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NAWASA to repair Annandale water system on Thursday, 24 October

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The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) advises the general public that it will institute a system shutdown at the Annandale Water Treatment Plant on Thursday, 24 October 2019 in an effort to address the current water challenges.

The Annandale Water Treatment Plant is NAWASA’s largest water treatment facility producing on average 2.5 million gallons of water per day. The system serves on average 57,000 customers stretched from Annandale through to Point Salines. The treatment plant is supplied by three transmission lines from the dam.

On Thursday, 17 October 2019, NAWASA’s distribution network from the Annandale dam to the treatment plant was severely damaged during the rainfall event. It is the first time in the history of the plant’s existence that all three transmission lines that supply the plant were rendered inoperable at the same time. Two of the lines were broken away and transported down the river. The third, while not dislodged, was blocked by debris.

On Thursday, 17 October and Friday, 18 October teams responded, but were unable to effect any significant repairs due to the condition of the river. On Saturday, 20 October one of the dislodged lines was repaired and restored to service. The other dislodged line was repaired and restored to service on Sunday, 21 October. These two transmission mains are only able to supply the plant with 75% of its production capacity. This is the main reason for the interruption in supply during the course of this week.

The third transmission line which is blocked, must be restored to enable the plant to get back to its normal production and provide persons with their regular supply. To unblock this line, it requires the dam to be emptied to address the problem from that end.

In this regard, the Annandale dam will be drained on Thursday, 24 October, weather permitting. Consumers in low-lying communities such as Annandale through to Tempe may experience low water pressure from 8 am on Thursday, 24 October to midnight on Friday, 25 October. However, consumers served by the Woburn Distribution System serving Woburn through to the entire south of the island will have their water supply interrupted.

NAWASA advises ALL consumers (domestic and commercial) to ensure that their storage facilities are filled to last at minimum three days. Storage must reflect 35 gallons of water, per person, per day. The team will be working to have supply back to normal for the weekend.

The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) apologises to all affected consumers for the inconveniences caused and thanks consumers for their patience as we work towards the delivery of a safe, adequate and reliable water supply.

NAWASA…. committed to meeting customers’ needs.

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Co-op Bank and Grenada Nurses Association commence new relationship

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On 5 December 2019, Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited and the Grenada Nurses Association Inc. (GNA Inc.) forged a new business relationship.

At a ceremony held at the bank’s head office on Thursday, 5 December 2019, the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding that offers preferred terms and conditions to members of the GNA Inc. and their spouses when seeking credit facilities from Co-op Bank.

Signing on behalf of Co-op Bank was the bank’s Chief Operating Officer, Deon Moses, while President of the GNA Inc., Nurse Patricia Strachan, executed on behalf of the nurses.

Nurse Strachan stated that this agreement is first of its kind for the association and described the occasion as a “great moment”, especially as there are limited opportunities existing for nurses. She believes this will enable members to become more empowered to advance and invest in their development once this opportunity is tapped into.

Moses reaffirmed Co-op Bank’s commitment to help build our local economy and people, and sees this relationship as another way it is manifested. He also pointed to the bank’s mission statement which highlights the bank’s commitment to contributing to the wellbeing of citizens where it operates.

Both organisations hope this relationship will be long-lasting and be mutually beneficial.

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Cuban nurses to temporarily fill vacancies

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  • 30 to 40 nurses from Cuba will be contracted to help fill vacancies within healthcare systems
  • 50 persons will undergo nursing assistants training through National Training Agency

In early 2020 Grenada will be contracting between 30 to 40 nurses from Cuba as a temporary measure to help fill vacancies within the healthcare systems as part of a short-term measure adopted by health administrators aimed at reducing the impact of nurses who are leaving the system and taking up jobs in places like the United Kingdom.

Health Minister Nikolas Steele said government is finalising arrangements for the nurses following the visit of a delegation to Grenada a few weeks ago. “This is a stop-gap measure,” he said, admitting that over the years nurses with experience are leaving the system. “Unfortunately, we are losing our nurses to first world countries,” he said. He did not share the number of nurses who have left the system in most recent times.

Besides Cuba, Steele said that Grenada is also looking to import nurses from Ghana and India. The final agreement will include housing for the nursing professionals.

While the government will be importing the qualified registered nurses and those of high-level qualification, Steele said that 50 persons are desirous of becoming nursing assistants while undergoing a one-year training through one of the certified national training centres of the National Training Agency (NTA).

“We are still on schedule for a January start of our nursing assistants programme. We are in final negotiations with La Boucan and the national training authority of Grenada as well as our Ministry of Youth and Education to finalise the training of 50 nursing assistants, in two batches of 25,” the minister said.

The curriculum is expected to meet the criteria of the Nursing Council, the National Training Agency and the Ministry of Health. The training will involve both theory and practical.

La Boucan Creative Centre is owned and operated by former Health Minister Ann Peters, and her husband Francis Urias Peters. As a recognised national training centre, its programme will be accredited by the National Accreditation Board.

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China proving EC$34.8 million in aid to Grenada

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  • EC$38.4 million in aid will fund Cricket Stadium renovation and other projects
  • Over 1,800 Grenadians have attended training courses in China
  • Chinese government has implemented several China-Aid framework projects

China is to provide EC$38.4 million in aid to the Government Grenada which will see the funding used for the Cricket Stadium renovation and other projects.

On 9 December, Dr Zhao Yongchen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada and Hon. Peter David, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Labour of Grenada signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Grenada.

According to the agreement, the Chinese government will provide a grant fund of 100 million Chinese RMB yuan (EC$38.4 million) to the Grenadian government to implement the Cricket Stadium Renovation Project and other projects.

Ambassador Zhao Yongchen said that under China-Aid framework, the Chinese government has implemented many projects for Grenada such as Low-Income Housing Project, Rebuilding of Grenada National Cricket Stadium and Athletic Stadium, and Technical Cooperation on Agriculture.

A statement from the Chinese Embassy in Grenada said that since 2005 more than 200 Grenadian students have studied in China sponsored by the Chinese government and over 1,800 Grenadians have attended seminars or short-term training courses in China.

The Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark visited Grenada twice, providing free medical service to the Grenadian people. The Chinese government also donated police vehicles and medical equipment to the Grenadian government.

“All these projects are funded by the Chinese government grant assistance. He hopes the signing of the agreement will further enhance the bilateral cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative and promote the social and economic development of Grenada,” the statement said.

Minister David, on behalf of the Grenadian government, expressed his sincere appreciation to the Chinese government and people for the generous assistance. He acknowledged the support from the Chinese government to Grenada in infrastructure, education, sports and many other areas and said that Grenada is willing to deepen the cooperation with China under the Belt and Road initiative.

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