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Grenadian awarded master’s degree scholarship in Russia

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by Linda Straker

  • Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is an educational and research institution in Moscow
  • Over 31,000 students from more than 155 countries study at the university
  • Kason Charles master’s degree in Agronomy will study plant protection

A young man who entered the workforce as an Imani trainee, was recently awarded a master’s degree scholarship and internship due to high performance during his bachelor’s studies.

Kason Charles left Grenada in 2014 to pursue studies in Russia, after five years of studying in Moscow he has achieved his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. He recently received another scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in the same field at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN).

A news release on Grenada’s Russian Embassy website said that during the master’s degree studies, Charles will study plant protection with a focus on bacteriology, agrochemicals, pesticides, plant quarantine, mycology and entomology in addition to agricultural statistics.

“As part of the internship at the Federal Centre for Grain Quality Assurance, Kason is involved in a wide variety of food security, food quality testing and assurance, work with plant pesticide and heavy metal residue in agriculture produce, seed quality inspection and GMO testing,” said the release.

“Through this valuable experience Kason will gain the knowledge needed to contribute to the enhancement of Grenadian agricultural stock in compliance with modern international standard requirements,” the release explained.

The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, also known as RUDN University, is an educational and research institution located in Moscow. It was established in 1960 to provide higher education to international students. Today more than 31,000 students from more than 155 countries study at RUDN University and include future mathematicians, physicists and chemists, agricultural workers and ecologists, doctors and medical workers, economists, linguists and diplomats.

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RBC announces sale of Eastern Caribbean banking operations

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Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced it has entered into definitive agreements to sell all banking operations in the Eastern Caribbean to a consortium of indigenous banks within the region.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to be finalised in the coming months.

“Consistent with our strategy of being a competitive leader in the markets where we operate, RBC is always evaluating opportunities for our business. Earlier this year, we were approached by a consortium of indigenous banks with their proposal to acquire all RBC Eastern Caribbean operations,” said Rob Johnston, Head, RBC Caribbean Banking. “After a review of our operations and strategy, we determined this opportunity was a good decision for the long-term future success of RBC Caribbean, and also, that it aligned with our vision to help our clients thrive and communities prosper,” he said.

The sale encompasses the branches of Royal Bank of Canada in Antigua, Dominica, Montserrat, St Lucia, and St Kitts and Nevis, as well as regional businesses operating under RBC Royal Bank Holdings (EC) Limited in Nevis, Grenada, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Collectively, these operations are referred to as “RBC Eastern Caribbean”. The consortium of five financial entities purchasing includes 1st National Bank of St Lucia, Antigua Commercial Bank Ltd, National Bank of Dominica Ltd, the Bank of Montserrat, and Bank of Nevis Ltd.

Johnathan Johannes, Managing Director, 1st National Bank of St Lucia, shared, “We formed the consortium for the express purpose of expanding the scale of the locally-owned financial entities in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. This transaction gives us the size and scale to play a more active role in the development of our respective countries. We see this transaction as the first step in achieving even greater synergies, efficiencies and cross-territory marketing opportunities.”

“RBC has operated in the Caribbean for more 100 years – longer than we have been in many parts of Canada. We remain committed to the future of the Caribbean and to a vision of digital innovation that transcends traditional services,” said Johnson. “This transaction will allow us to realign and focus our strategy on Caribbean markets where we can achieve that vision most successfully.”

“Self-determination is the highest level of empowerment – and the indigenous banks acquiring this business will now have an increased opportunity to influence the development of their communities,” said Johnston.

Johannes added, “And speaking on behalf of the local banks, we embrace and eagerly anticipate that opportunity.”

The consortium was advised by PwC (JA), led by Wilfred Baghaloo, who added, “this transaction demonstrates that Caribbean countries and businesses have the capacity and capability to come together when the circumstances are right.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. RBC will release its first-quarter 2020 results and host an earnings conference call on 21 February 2020.

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Diversion of traffic to facilitate road closure Moliniere

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The general public is advised that the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities, Energy, Transport and Implementation in collaboration with the Traffic Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has made alternative traffic arrangement for the Western Main Road Corridor, Moliniere area.

The diversion of traffic will be as follows:

  • Effective Friday, 13 December from 7 am, heavy trucks will not be allowed to use the Western Main Road. All heavy trucks and trailers are advised to use the Eastern Main Road and other alternative routes. The RGPF will issue an advisory in that regard.
  • Effective Monday, 16 December 2019 from 7 am, all other vehicles are advised to use the alternative routes as specified below.
    • Mt Moritz Concrete Road – to facilitate the traffic coming from St John, St Mark and St Patrick towards St George.
    • Jones Road to facilitate the traffic coming from St George towards the Western side.

This arrangement is made to facilitate geotechnical and engineering studies and design work on the road section between Mt Moritz junction and Moliniere. This intervention is urgently required to address the land slippage in that area.

The general public is advised that the diversion of traffic will be in effect until further notice as the ministry endeavours to enhance road safety in the area. The studies will commence in the coming weeks. The kind cooperation of homeowners in the area and the motoring public is anticipated.

The ministry apologises for any inconvenience.

For further information, please contact Najar Andall, Chief Technical Officer (Ag) and or Merina Jessamy, Permanent Secretary at 440-2271.

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TAMCC College Council $1.75 million increment payment offer

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11 December 2019: The industrial actions at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) is in now in its sixth week and coincide with the end of semester examinations and the advisement on course selection for the next semester registration, that will prepare students to meet the academic requirements for their programme.

The council anticipated this critical juncture in the lives of students, made an offer on 6 December 2019, which was rejected by both the Public Workers Union (PWU) and the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), as such, the industrial action continued.

In recognising the negative effects the continuation of the industrial actions is having on students, the council, with limited resources, made a new offer today (11 December 2019) of $1.75 million, with the hope that the unions will study and accept it, so that negotiations can continue towards a speedy settlement.

The council is committed to the payment of the increments in question and all members of the council (long-standing and new) are fully aware of the devastating effects it will have on national development if not properly managed.

The TA Marryshow Community College was established on 1 July 1988 to provide accessible quality tertiary education and training opportunities in the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Its primary purpose is to help individuals achieve their personal and professional goals, and to effectively respond to the changing needs of the national, regional and global communities.

Augustine Vesprey, Interim Chairman, TAMCC

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