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New Zealand Ambassador pleased with progress of GNOW’s floriculture project

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  • GNOW’s floriculture project at four sites, in St David, St Patrick and St George
  • New Zealand provided grant funding of EC$44,000 for project
  • Plants purchase supported by grant funding from Commonwealth Countries League

Anton Ojala, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Grenada and other regional territories is satisfied with the progress of a floriculture project that his country is co-funding in Grenada.

A project of the Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW), “Upscaling a Promising Sustainable Livelihoods Project for Rural Women” involves the growing of anthurium flowers at four sites, two in St David and one each in St Patrick and St George.

The plants were purchased with grant funding from the Commonwealth Countries League and imported from Holland. The sites are managed by women who have formed themselves into cooperatives.

Ambassador Ojala who was in Grenada last week, presented his credentials to Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell and visited the Mt Gay, St George site led by Ester Henry-Fleary. “I am very pleased to come and have a look at this project to see what our money is being used for. The plants are looking great and I think they are well looked after,” he said after touring the facility.

New Zealand provided grant funding of EC$44,000 for the project, to be used to build the green/shade houses and purchase equipment for the successful implementation and management of the sites.

“There is a small amount of money that I have to spread around the region, but when we have seen a project and how it is working effectively, we will work again in the future with the organisation,” he said.

Henry-Fleary who has been involved in the Chelsea Flower Show for several years said that the market in Grenada is very good for flowers and its many value-added products, but anthuriums are among those that are hard to find.

“In fact, it is very difficult to get anthuriums, even the gingers which give less problems to grow. It is always a problem to get plants to supply the market,” she said, pointing out that the scarcity has resulted in the importation of flowers.

Lorice Pascal of GNOW said that the project is aimed at building capacity and empowering women as part the organisation’s broad-based sustainable livelihood plan. “The idea of this project is to empower women. Therefore, it is complementary to the Ministry of Agriculture’s Zero Hungry Project as well as the national development plan. When women can engage in sustainable projects it makes a big difference to them personally and socially,” she said.

Pascal said the intention of GNOW is to expand on the project because there is a demand for floriculture products worldwide.

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The country with no army! – Nas Daily

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“One of 31 unique places in the world that doesn’t have a standing Army. How does it feel like to be here? Awesome.”

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In coronavirus, our shared humanity is reiterated

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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

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  • 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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