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Grenada National Swim Team ready for OECS Championship this weekend



The stage is set for the 29th Annual OECS Swim Championship that will take place in Ratho Mill, St Vincent from 8-10 November 2019.

Under the auspices of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Swimming Federation, five OECS countries will converge at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre to vie for the coveted Championship Trophy. Competing teams from, Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts and host St Vincent, will all strive to dethrone reigning champion Grenada to break their attempt at a fifth consecutive win.

Grenada’s 34-member team departs the island on Thursday morning in preparation for the three-day competition that gets underway on Friday. Coaches Gerson Escobar, Damique Walters along with Team Manager Nigel Ollivierre and GASA President Peron Johnson will accompany the team.

The first events of the weekend swim off on Friday evening with the 100M Freestyle for the 8 and under swimmers and the 400M Freestyle for the 9 and over swimmers.

Coaches Walters and Escobar with the support of Coach Nataly Sierra have been working with the team over the past three weeks to prepare them for this competition. “About 1/3 of our team comprise of new swimmers to the OECS stage this year, however, they have been working hard and our prospects look good for a great overall performance in St Vincent,” stated Ollivierre. “We look forward to the participation of our senior swimmers Kerry Ollivierre, and Delron Felix, both of whom have represented Grenada on some of the biggest international stages. Felix will Captain the 2019 OECS Team.”

“Our regional counterparts have not been asleep,” said Johnson. “They have been working hard with their eyes on Grenada. We have confidence that our technical team has put in the required work with our swimmers; the swimmers are prepared for the heightened level of competition and are expected to put out their best performances.”

Through the support of the Ministry of Sports, the Grenada National Lottery Authority and the Grenada Olympic Committee, the team is largely able to participate in this critical championship event. OECS sets the stage for many swimmers who seek to further qualify and participate in the UANA Swim Meet in February followed by the CARIFTA Championships later in 2020.

2019 OECS Team:


8 & Under

Zeia Ollivierre Jaaziel Francis
Maggie Watson Jacob Collymore
Kristin Gresham Tre Sparks St Bernard

9-10 Age Group

Victoria Buxo Elliot Fletcher
Karniel Francis Mallon Paterson
Aresha Regis Michael Robertson Jr.

11-12 Age Group

Tilly Collymore Nathan Fletcher
Sara Dowden Joshua Wilson Dumont
Nina James Jermaine Donald

13-14 Age Group

Anaika Charles Zackary Gresham
Kimberly Ince Parshawn Haynes
Ariann Clouden Jose Buxo

15-17 Age Group

Ifeoma Cherebin Eli Zerpa
Zoe James Thabo Antoine
Sydnee Steele Jenebi Benoit

18 & over Age Group

Mia Benjamin Kerry Ollivierre
Nixe Ogilvie Delron Felix


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Two MWAG executives resign | NOW Grenada




by Linda Straker

  • Two of the six-member MWAG executive resigned with immediate effect
  • Reasons for resignations have not been openly shared
  • Increased number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job recently

Two executive members of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) who were elected at the Annual General Meeting held in December 2018, have resigned from their post with immediate effect as of Friday, 17 January 2020.

Tonnia St Louis-Lawrence is an employee of Meaningful Television (MTV), while Joseph is an employee of the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN).

According to MWAG’s constitution, the AGM shall be held on before 30 November each year, but it was unable to be held in November 2017 and thus the executive was elected in December 2018.

Shere-Ann Noel who is currently a senior employee of the Government Information Service (GIS) was elected by the members to serve as President at that AGM, and she has confirmed receiving the resignations on Friday.

The other executive members are Rickisha St Louis and Delroy Louison who are also employed with the government, and Asher Andall who is an independent media worker.

Both Lawrence and Joseph have not openly shared the reason for the resignation, but have given the assurance that they will continue to be members of the Association. According to its constitution, the Association “is dedicated to the best interest of the media in Grenada, particularly for the furtherance of the education and professional status of its members.”

The constitution provides guidance on the process to fill the vacancies. “In the event of a vacancy occurring on the Executive by the death, incapacity or resignation of an officer, a successor may be appointed by the Executive Committee to complete the remainder of the term.”

President Noel said that an emergency meeting will be called to formally inform the membership of the resignations and for the Association to decide the way forward.

It is not certain if the action of the two is linked to the growing number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job in recent months and the executive decision to not publicly condemn all reported acts. It is understood that some members of the Executive have been demanding that there be open condemnation and concern about the assaults, but at least on one occasion, there was no public action.

The latest was an online journalist being barred from recording a public meeting for news purposes in the village of Mt Moritz. Residents of the area were meeting with Acting Commissioner of Police and other government officials, but some in attendance said they were uncomfortable having the media present.

After the journalist left, the Government Information Service arrived at the venue and was allowed to record, and an edited version of the recording was later disseminated to media houses who requested a copy of the meeting. Traditionally, the GIS makes available unedited footage of government events.

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What it means to be mixed race in the US




The number of multi-racial people in the US is on the rise. But the experience comes with struggles.

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ECCB Vacancy: Banking Officer II






Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit (PSDOU)

Banking and Monetary Operations Department (BMOD)

Suitably qualified citizens of member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are invited to apply to fill the position of Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit, within the Banking & Monetary Operations Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, headquartered in Basseterre, in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The successful candidate will be based in St Kitts and hired initially on a two (2) year contractual engagement with the opportunity to transfer to the permanent establishment based on performance. All applicants must complete the ECCB Employment application form, which is available on the ECCB’s Website (


  • A first degree in banking, accounting, finance and or a business-related discipline;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in either banking, accounting or finance;
  • The ability to cope well in and adapt to a fast-paced dynamic environment;
  • Strong problem solving and analytical thinking skills;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and function independently;
  • Leadership qualities and excellent interpersonal and networking skills;
  • The ability to manage human resource;
  • Strong self-management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Strong administrative and organisational


The successful candidate will be directly responsible to the Head of the Unit and Department, for the proper performance of his/her duties, which will include:

  1. Assist in the development of the ECCU Payment System by undertaking relevant research on issues and monitoring events relating to payment systems:
    • Review, research, interpret and evaluate data from questionnaires, templates and other payment system related documents to ensure its accuracy and make appropriate recommendations.
    • Design survey forms/templates intended to capture pertinent payment system data.
    • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to identify emerging payment system trends, risks, and report accordingly.
    • Actively research payment system developments in the global community and particularly in the ECCU region.
    • Ascertain trends and developments through the collection of data and information and prepare periodic reports to inform policy decisions.
    • Engage in constant dialogue with internal and external stakeholders and partners in the payment systems environment.
  1. Propose arrangements for the onboarding of qualified institutions on the Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House (ECACH).
  2. Work in close collaboration with the Management Information Systems Department (MISD) to develop and translate a business case solution into systems requirements for the project on onboarding of the qualified institutions.
  3. Review payment infrastructures example Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and Automated Clearing House (ACH) and inform on developments taking place that can increase the efficiency of the payment system.
  4. Develop rules and procedures for RTGS that are consistent with the legislation, Principles Financial Market Infrastructure standards and in accordance with developments taking place in the payment system environment.
  5. Perform as alternate to the substantive Payment System Oversight officer in instances where the officer is unable to undertake the required responsibilities, in an effort to maintain continuity.
  6. Liaise with Eastern Caribbean Payment Council (ECPC) Working Groups to provide the assistance required in the facilitation of meetings.
    • Actively follow-up on ECPC matters with Council Members and members of the Working Groups as required.
    • Undertake research and make presentations at the request of the ECPC.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications MUST be submitted online ONLY via the ECCB’s Website ( along with certified copies of certificates.

Deadline for submission of application is 31 January 2020.


  1. Applicants may enquire of the Human Resource Department to ascertain receipt of applications;
  2. Only candidates shortlisted for the selection process will be contacted;
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit additional documents and undertake various assessments.

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