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Grenada shines at CTO Caribbean Conference of Sustainable Tourism Development

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On 29 August, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort (True Blue Bay Resort) received the Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism award from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) at the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development.

The hotel’s operations manager, Mary Calliste, travelled to the award ceremony in St Vincent to receive the award on behalf of the resort.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation congratulated True Blue Resort on being successful with their ongoing efforts to transform the Caribbean tourism landscape and celebrates its commitment to sustainable tourism development within the region.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

True Blue Bay Resort has made environmental conservation a priority since opening its doors over two decades ago with its stellar commitment to operating and developing its business sustainably. At the start of 2019, the resort opened the doors to its new block of 21 climate-smart Cocoa Pod rooms and suites which are powered primarily by solar energy and harvest rainwater for use in its bathrooms. The boutique resort has advocated passionately for island-wide policy and legislative changes, including the recent ban on styrofoam and the importation of single-use plastic bags.

Russ Fielden, True Blue Bay Resort’s co-owner, said, “It is my belief that here in the Caribbean if we are to maintain our tourism sector we must provide destinations that offer net carbon zero accommodation to offset the carbon used in flying to the islands…I believe it is quite possible.”

True Blue Bay Resort is also dedicated to reaching into the island’s communities in a hands-on way by spearheading campaigns like the recent Green Up Grenada Coastal Cleanup Project. This project, which is now a collaborative effort with fellow businesses concerned about the state of our environment, takes place around the island throughout September in honour of International Coastal Cleanup Day on 21 September.

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Grenada’s COVID-19 public health threat level raised to HIGH

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The Ministry of Health today announced that it has raised its public health threat alert level to HIGH.

ORANGE (High) level means VERY HIGH POSSIBILITY/EXPECTED and the condition applies when a credible threat of increased infectious diseases transmission (of an unusual virus activity/spread/outbreak, etc.) exists of disruptive public health activity/activities with a direct and specific threat against the health sector/country and its dependencies…

The decision was taken in accordance with the Ministry’s Infectious Diseases Public Health Threat Level Response Protocols, at the daily (COVID-19) Briefings with the Health Minister  Hon. Nickolas Steele and his team, managing the current threat of the coronavirus.

In taking the decision the MOH considered the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) situation report #15, which concluded that the risk for the Caribbean is now Moderate to High.

Grenadian health authorities, keeping a very close eye on outbreak of COVID-19 indicated that they are also tracking travellers from Japan, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, and Italy, which have seen steady increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19) cases.

The MOH said it is presently monitoring the situation in the rest of Europe, the United States, North and South America, and any other region where community transmission has been established.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Francis Martin, told the GIS that at this time all options are being considered and the system is in full response mode.

The Ministry, acting on sound advice from its local, regional and international public health experts, reminds the Grenadian public that its Importation Transmission Watch (ITW), remains in full effect for the entire tri-island.

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IRD keeping in touch with the sister isles

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The Inland Revenue Division (IRD) is encouraging the citizens of Carriacou and Petite Martinique to take advantage of its visit to the island from Monday 2 to Friday, 6 March 2020.

A team from the IRD will be conducting an Outreach Office at the District Revenue Office in Hillsborough, where the general public will be able to:

  • Register businesses
  • File objections for property tax
  • Obtain clarity/information on any tax-related matter including assistance with the completion of tax returns

Tax advisory for businesses will also be conducted.

All residents, agents and/or representatives of properties on the Sister Isles that have to be assessed for Transfer Tax are advised to contact the Division via telephone on 435-6945/6, 435-1905 or email at gndird@ird.gd to facilitate same.

Inland Revenue Division – Striving for Greater Taxpayer Compliance.

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St David’s Day celebrations 2020

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The Virgin Parish Cultural Organisation (VPCO) will be hosting St David’s Day celebrations from 1–8 March 2020.

Activities kick off on 1 March with a church service from 10 am at the Petite Bacaye RC Church, St David. On 8 March, celebrations go into full mode at the organisation’s home, Marlmount Big Yard, from 3 pm. There will be an exhibition featuring arts, crafts, agricultural produce, and more. Individuals in the parish and organisations who have made an impact in various areas will also be recognised. The event will culminate with performances from calypso and soca artistes and a live band from the parish.

 

Additionally, during the month of March, VPCO’s Facebook page will highlight groups, organisations, companies and individuals who have made significant contributions towards the development of the parish.

The Virgin Parish Cultural Organisation (VPCO) is an organisation made up of individuals committed to the development of sports and culture in the parish of St David. Our current focus is on raising the standard of events that are part of our parish way of life. 1 March is recognised as St David’s Day.

Follow the Virgin Parish Cultural Organisation on Facebook for updates.

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