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HERO in Grenada in December



by John Crow

HERO is back in Grenada 4-7 December. Dr John E Mitchell, General/Trauma Surgeon, and president of Health and Educational Relief Organisation Incorporated (HERO), heads-up an all-star medical team coming to Grenada’s General Hospital.

While in Grenada, they plan to implant fistula access valves via vascular operations to an additional seven patients, free of charge. The HERO team will do follow-ups on previous operations done in August of 2018, during their inaugural visit. Alongside Dr Mitchell, will be HERO’s Vice President, Dr Claude Scott. He is a Paediatric Orthopedic Surgeon who worked for the last 20 years with HERO, doing similar missions to Guyana.

Other members on the team are: Dr Marcus D’Ayla, Vascular Surgeon; Dr Adil Kabeer, Plastic Surgeon; Angelina Welsh-Mitchell, Vascular Sonographer; Maria Mitchell, RN, Recovery Room Nurse; Natasha Johnson, RN, Operating Room (OR) Nurse; Ricki Aguila, Certified Registered Nurse Anastasias (CRNA).

One of the sweet spots in this visit is the presence of a Grenadian-born nurse as one of the volunteers. Maria Mitchell, RN, is the recovery room nurse on the team. Nurse Mitchell has extensive years of experience in the recovery room at Brooklyn Hospital. Operations are scheduled for two days, 5-6 December.

“Our goal is to conduct follow up, and new procedures for patients with kidney failure requiring dialysis,” said Dr Mitchell. “In addition, we hope to conduct clinics in paediatric orthopaedics and plastic surgery.”

Dr Mitchell stated that the paediatric clinic is for children and their parents, with lower leg deformities (club foot, etcetera). Plastic surgery clinic is for women who may need breast reconstruction after having their breast removed due to cancer.

“We would also see women with breast enlargement who may need reduction due to back pain as a result,” Mitchell explained. “Children with cleft lip/palate would also be seen.”

The cleft lip/palate operation is something new that the HERO team is bringing to Grenada for the first time. They have had tremendous successes in Guyana where they have done several such surgeries. According to Dr Mitchell, Dr Kabeer is one of the best at reconstructive surgeries. This reporter has seen before and after photos of their work. From a layman’s point of view, Drs. Mitchell, Scott and Kabeer do remarkable work.

One of the mission’s chief organisers, let’s call her “GeeGee” (she asked not to use her real name), “GeeGee” said that those patients seen during the clinic visits are only for assessment. After the assessments are made, the doctors will determine which patients qualify for surgery. Necessary procedures will be done on HERO’s return to Grenada in 2020.

Built into this visit are “teach-in” workshops. Selected members of the team will conduct educational sessions for local medical staff members. According to “GeeGee,” this is part of the package that HERO brings to the table at no cost to Grenada. For HERO it’s part of their mission.

One very excited individual and fan of HERO’s programme is Sister Janet Harris. She is a former supervising nurse and fistula implant patient who worked her way up the chain to become a quintessential medical professional. She was one of the patients who was operated on and nursed during HERO’s first visit in August of 2018.

Harris heaped praises on the doctors and staff “for a job well done,” she said. While acknowledging the entire team, Nurse Harris singled out Erica L Mitchell, MD, Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon, Professor of Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, for the job she did with the 42-year veteran. Harris retired from active duty since 2009.

“It was a very good experience,” Nurse Harris said. “I have no problems with my implant. I am glad to know that they are coming back.”

Harris who has been living with the implant for about one year now, shared some uplifting words for the team. even upon learning that Dr Erica Mitchell was not on this mission, this time. After Harris mentioned how supportive her daughter is, and how expensive dialysis is for her and others in Grenada, to receive dialysis at least twice-a-week, Nurse Harris said, “On behalf of all the patients, I have to thank your team for coming to Grenada and doing these implants. We could not afford it. They did a marvellous job. God sent you all. I want to extend my personal gratitude,” conversationalist Harris continued. “There are not many people like that, nowadays. I am alive today because of my knowledge, my education, my expertise and this surgery. In Grenada, we are seeing real trouble. We are seeing hell. If you doe have money; you die!”

HERO’S medical mission is backed and supported by Grenada’s Ministry of Health and the administration at the General Hospital.

HERO is a charitable organisation based in the United States. The organisation is made up of medical personnel, volunteers, and students from the US and many Caribbean countries. HERO conducts medical missions to Guyana, twice a year, providing free medical services to impoverished communities. This is HERO’s second official visit to Grenada doing the same. Members and all volunteers are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses when they venture on these missions. All HERO’s work is on a volunteer basis, offered free to the public.

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In coronavirus, our shared humanity is reiterated




by JC Jan

We carry within us the wonders we seek without us…(Sir Thomas Browne – Religio Medici, 1645)

John Donne, a poet, once wrote that the death of another diminishes him because he is involved in mankind. This invariably reiterates Sir Thomas Browne’s creed that there is a bit of us in all of us and this coronavirus has become a talking point for the manifestation of that fact.

When the news of this deadly virus broke out, it puts China in the eyes of the world and due to their itinerant nature, we all have reasons to be concerned. Coronavirus is a global health emergency and we cannot afford to fold our arms from a distance and watch China battle for the soul of her republic. Through genetic testing, over 74, 499 victims are now infected in China alone. In about 30 countries and territories, 76,805 cases are confirmed.

For the record, Grenada is not among the 30 countries and we are grateful for that. Though Grenada and her government do not have the resources or the capacity to fight this deadly disease and therefore not ready for such, it is interesting to note that our weather will not make life easier for the cold-loving virus. As our government is assuring us that our citizens studying in China are safe, we believe and pray that they stay so.

True to this calling of our shared humanity, the world has not pretended in their sympathy to China and other unfortunate nations that are now with this virus and are fighting to contain it. Countries like Japan have already recorded two deaths, with 731 cases. South Korea has 204 cases with one death on record. Australia now has 17 cases. The United States of America has about 27 cases. The United Kingdom has 9 cases. The list goes on.

The human response to stimuli overbears the urge to withhold, hence, we are now collectively united in the fight against the continued spread of the disease and it is at tensed times like this that the beauty of the world comes to the open despite how gloomy the situation that prompted it appears.

The issue at stake is not about “race” in the world. All we need to remember is the need to survive. It’s about humanity. With over 2,449 deaths and still counting; with over 76,805 infected and still counting, and with more cases being reported all over the world, we bow down our heads in recognition of the efforts The People’s Republic of China has been making, even as players in the medical field continue to struggle to curtail the spread of this virus.

However, the efforts of experts around the globe should not go unrecognised, especially those experts in China who are working indefatigably. Their hard work is paying off. It seems they have sighted the end to this virus. In Karachi, Pakistan, China’s Consulate General made a statement. “I have seen that according to the experts in China, they are saying the peak of the epidemic has already arrived and it will come down no matter from the epicentre and across the whole of China. This will be coming down this week and next week, and the epidemic may be over by the end of March,” said Li Bijian.

If this virus continues to spread across nations, we are bound to feel every bit of its fang because of the current global system that has reduced the world to a micro-community of humans.

Our heartfelt sincere love goes to the infected and affected persons, and to the dead, our total respect. Long live The People’s Republic of China, and long live humanity.

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Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG has died




by Linda Straker

  • Sir Royston died early this morning in Trinidad, age 75 years
  • Survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his three children
  • Awarded Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 2004

Almost 7 months after receiving a lifetime award from Tourism Minister, Claris Modeste, hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin has died. He was the owner of Spice Island Beach Resort, located on the Grand Anse Beach.

“Yes, he died early this morning in Trinidad,” said Brian Hardy, General Manager of the hotel. Hardy promised that a statement will be issued later in the day. Sir Royston was recovering from a medical procedure which occurred a few weeks ago. Sir Royston was 75 years old. He is survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his three children.

“It is a true honour to be recognised with the Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award. As I accept this prestigious recognition, I reflect on how far we’ve come and the continued growth we are realising today,” Sir Royston said at the award ceremony in mid-2019.

Besides the minister’s award, Sir Royston received many awards. In December 2004, he earned the introduction “Sir” when Queen Elizabeth II deemed him Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for his contributions to the tourism industry in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean.

Sir Royston held numerous positions within the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and served on the board of directors. He received the organisation’s 1991 “Hotelier of the Year” award as well as Lifetime Achievement awards from CHTA and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). In early 2019, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in Miami recognised his contributions to the tourism industry in Grenada as well as the luxury services he provides at his resort.

Royston Hopkin began his tourism career when he joined his family business, the Ross Point Inn, in 1965. By age 20, he was appointed to the Grenada Board of Tourism, where he served 18 consecutive years. By age 24, he became the first Grenadian-elected president of the Grenada Hotel Association, a position he held on 14 occasions. By 1987, he had purchased a majority interest in the Spice Island Inn and became the owner and chairman of the property, which he renamed Spice Island Beach Resort. Under his direction, the property expanded from 28 to 66 suites as part of a $6 million renovation in 2000.

Like much of Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but one year later, and with a $12 million investment, the resort reopened.

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CAIPO presentation on compliance for Non-Profit Organisations




Presentation by Jodie-Anne Johnson, Deputy Registrar, Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO), delivered on 19 February 2020 at a compliance symposium hosted by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the Anti Money Laundering and Combating Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) Commission, and CAIPO.

Non-Profit Organisations

A non-profit organisation is a type of company that has no share capital. They are tax-exempt or charitable, meaning they do not pay tax on the money they receive for their organisation.

Pursuant to the Companies Act No. 35 of 1994 now contained in the Continuous Revised Edition of the Laws of Grenada, 2010, Cap 58A, no individual who is less than 18 years of age; is of unsound mind and has been found so by a tribunal in Grenada or elsewhere; or has the status of a bankrupt, shall form or join the formation of non-profit company.

The Companies (Amendment) Regulations SRO No. 36 of 2014 allows for an attorney-at-law to swear a declaration on behalf of his client declaring that no signatory to the articles is an individual recently described when submitting the articles for incorporation.

It is a requirement under the Companies Act Cap 58A, that prior to registration at the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO), the Articles of Incorporation must be approved by the Attorney General Chambers. The fee to register a non-profit company at CAIPO is $100.

In order to qualify for approval at the Attorney General Chambers, a non-profit company shall restrict its business to one that is either patriotic, religious, philanthropic, charitable, educational, scientific, literary, historical, artistic, social, professional, fraternal, sporting or athletic nature.

The word Incorporation or Corporation or the abbreviations “Inc” or “Corp” shall be the last word of the name of every non-profit company and that every non-profit company must first reserve its name, by filing a Name Search and Reservation Form at CAIPO before sending the articles to the Attorney General Chambers. A name can only be reserved for 90 days. The fee for the Name Search and Reservation Form is $10.

Every Article of Incorporation, pursuant to Section 329 of the Companies Act shall state (a) the restrictions that the company is to carry on, (b) that the company has no share capital and is to be carried without pecuniary gain and that profits or other accretion shall be used in furthering its business, (c) if the business of social nature, the address in full of the clubhouse or similar building and (d) that each first director becomes a member upon its incorporation.

Once incorporated, every non-profit company must file its by-laws at CAIPO and every Articles of Incorporation shall not be contrary to its by-laws. By-laws are rules established by an organisation to regulate itself. By-laws are also necessary when opening an account in any financial institution.

In accordance with the Companies (Amendment) Act No. 23 of 2014, it is mandatory that the Articles of Incorporation of a Non-Profit Company, include information on the beneficial ownership of the company. Beneficial ownership refers to the natural person or legal person who has the direct control over the company. If such information is not included in the articles, then the application together with such articles will not be approved by the Attorney General Chambers.

Every non-profit organisation upon incorporation shall have no fewer than 3 Directors and at the time of sending the Articles of the Company for registration, a Notice with the names of the Directors together with a Notice of Address of the Registered Office shall be filed with CAIPO.

Where there is a change after incorporation in the composition of the Directors or in the particulars of the non-profit company, that company must within 15 days of the date of the change, file with the Registrar, a notice that contains the particulars of the change. Any non-profit company in default of this requirement is liable to a penalty of $550.

It is provided in the Companies (Amendment) Act No. 23 of 2014, that a non-profit company must within 15 days after its annual meeting, send to the Registrar, a copy of its annual financial statement showing (a) the assets and liabilities of the company in form of a balance sheet (b) the revenue and expenditure of the company since date of incorporation or the date of its previous financial statement.

Such Annual Financial Statement must be accompanied by a financial report of the auditor of the company and approved by the Directors of the Company and such approval must be evidenced by the signature of at least two directors. A person in respect of a non-profit company who fails to transmit to the Registrar any financial statement as required is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment for 6 months or both or to a further fine of $500 for every day or part thereof that the offence continues after a conviction is first obtained.

A non-profit company must also file, no later than the first day of April in each year after its incorporation, Annual Returns. In default, the Registrar may strike off that company of the Register. An Annual Return is a document which contains details of the company’s directors, secretaries, and registered office address.

These requirements are also necessary when requesting a Certificate of Good Standing. A certificate of good standing is a document that says your company is legally registered with CAIPO and under the Laws of Grenada. The document is proof that you are authorised to do business and that you have followed all the requirements in law, like submitting required documents and paying fees.

Where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that a non-profit organisation is not carrying on business or in operation, a letter to the effect will be sent by post to the organisation, inquiring whether that Company carrying on business or in operation. If no answer is received within one month of sending the letter, 14 days after the expiration of the month, another letter will be issued stating that no answer has been received. If no answer is received to the second letter within one month thereof, a notice will be published in the Gazette with a view to striking the name of the company off the register.


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