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Grenada to Debut Culinary Team at Taste of the Caribbean Competition : South Florida Caribbean News

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The seven-member Grenada culinary team will bring the flavor from the Spice of the Caribbean to the annual competition taking place in Miami this June

ST. GEORGE’S, GrenadaAmidst cheers  in a room filled with budding chefs and bartenders, the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association (GHTA) announced the team of culinary experts selected to represent the three-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique at the prestigious ‘Taste of the Caribbean’ competition, from June 21-25, 2019 in Miami.

“This is a proud moment for all the members of the GHTA and the island of Grenada,” commented Jerry Rappaport, GHTA president. “The team is thrilled to be representing the destination on the international stage and is eager to show the world the depth of talent here on the island.”

Sponsored by the GHTA, Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and other private sector entities, the delegation, led by team manager, Chef Belinda Bishop will join 11 other Caribbean teams in various competitions and will also showcase innovative cuisine inspired by the destination’s rich culinary traditions during the Caribbean 305 cooking showcase on June 22, which is open to the public.

Members of the six-member delegation include senior chefs Josh D. Buckmire of Silversands Grenada and Kellon Maximay, Sandals Grenada; bartender Antonio J. Bayne, Mount Cinnamon; Pastry Chef, Nelcia Joseph-Mapson, Silversands Grenada and junior chefs Samesha Dominique and Shemar Clarke, T.A. Marryshow Community College.

The 2019 Pure Grenada National Culinary Team

“Pure Grenada is known as the Spice of the Caribbean, and it’s our goal to highlight and bring awareness to the amazing culinary offerings and the tremendous creativity in the world of gastronomy available on the island,” noted GTA CEO, Patricia Maher. “It’s been 11 years since a team from Grenada last competed in the competition and we are delighted to once again be part of this stellar event.”

From now until June 12, Chef Belinda will work with the team on a strict schedule that will include practice dinners and culinary showcases as they prepare for the ‘Taste of the Caribbean’ competition.

Chef Belinda Bishop is highly respected within the industry, having cooked for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and former US President Bill Clinton, in her role as Chef de partie at the iconic five star Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Since relocating to Grenada, she has been an advocate for sustainable culinary practices, and spearheads Grenada’s annual food and beverage festival – Flavours of Grenadaâ May 20-27, 2019.

Since 1993, ‘Taste of the Caribbean’ has been the Caribbean’s leading culinary competition. Held annually under the auspices of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), the four-day event showcases the best chefs and bartenders from around the region.

Aptly described as an avenue ‘to provide education and inspiration through tastings and demonstrations,’ Taste of the Caribbean also offers participants an opportunity to receive expert advice from culinary connoisseurs, all on hand to help build the region’s food and beverage industry.

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UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina

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One man was killed and another injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.



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Claudette Joseph receives pre-action protocol letter from PM Mitchell

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  • Seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to pre-action protocol letter
  • Letter demands cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000

Claudette Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to a pre-action protocol letter from Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell. If she fails to comply with the demands, a defamatory lawsuit will be filed against her in the civil court.

The letter to Joseph said that on 2 December in a live news conference from the headquarters of the NDC, she uttered words that can have negative effects on the Prime Minister who is the Minister for Finance and is also the person under whose ministry the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme falls.

“You made certain statements on behalf of the NDC about our client which we believe are defamatory in nature, and geared to impugn on his good name, his standing and reputation,” said the letter from the law firm of Nigel Stewarts and Associates. “These statements are therefore completely false and malicious in all respect and were intentionally made by you to cause damage to our client’s reputation.” The letter demands that Joseph, who is a lawyer by profession, cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000.

In the news conference whose speakers were former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, and Joseph — who was elected to the PRO role in early November 2019 — they expressed concern about the recent Al Jazeera production called “Diplomat passports for Sale.”  The documentary is claiming that several Caribbean islands with citizenship by investment programmes are selling diplomat passports.

The segment on Grenada focused on the failed Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project which was to be located in St Mark. While speaking on the matter, Joseph said that the Prime Minister was also an investor in the project and directed members of media to watch a Youtube video where he is disclosing the information.

“Our client denies uttering those words but merely to say that he has invested in the parish,” the letter informed Joseph.

The Prime Minister is known to own a historic house in St Mark which is undergoing significant refurbishing and upgrading.

As for the project, in October 2018, government placed a notice on its CBI website announcing the suspension of applications in respect of the project until further notice. In March 2019, the Prime Minister announced that an investigation was been conducted. An update is yet to be provided.

The letters ended by informing Joseph that failure to comply with the demands of the letter will give the firm no choice to proceed with legal action.

Calls to Joseph for a comment on the development proved futile as her telephone went unanswered.

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All government pensioners and ex-gratia recipients and advance payment recipients are reminded that the deadline for submission of Pension Life Certificates for the period 1 January to 30 June 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Pensioners who have not yet submitted their Life Certificates are asked to do so immediately so that their pension payments can be processed.

Kindly ensure that the correct information is included on the Life Certificate and that it is signed and stamped by an Official Certifier: a Justice of the Peace, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law or Permanent Secretary.

Additionally, pensioners who are able to present themselves in person to the Ministry of Finance can have their certificates, certified, by the Permanent Secretary or Deputy Permanent Secretaries, with proper national identification, such as passport, driver’s licence or voter’s registration card.

Pensioners residing in a foreign country are to be attested by a Notary Public, Head of Overseas Mission or Consulate Office of Grenada.

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