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Pure Grenada centre stage at global tourism showcase

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A delegation led by Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen and Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) CEO, Patricia Maher, are in the UK for World Travel Market (WTM), the world’s foremost global tourism showcase.

Seven island stakeholders have joined GTA to exhibit in London this week at the three-day event, which attracts global travel brand decision makers including airlines, tour operators, hoteliers and attractions.

Her Excellency Kisha Alexander-Grant, Grenada’s High Commissioner to the UK officially opened the Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean booth with the Minister, GTA CEO and stakeholders.

Meeting over 25 airlines and tour operators, including senior representatives from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Condor in addition to Kenwood Travel, Trailfinders and Lotus Dial-a-flight, provides opportunities to promote Grenada and further enhance the tri-island destination’s reputation and reach in key overseas markets. The Minister and CEO will undertake meetings and interviews with senior journalists and accredited social media influencers in addition to attending networking events.

Modeste-Curwen said, “World Travel Market provides a springboard for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique ensuring we continue to deliver sustainable and significant growth for the tourism sector.”

Maher said, “The global buzz about Grenada continues as we welcome increasing numbers of visitors and add more upscale accommodation next year and beyond.” She added, “Interaction with Grenadians, whether that’s at annual events like Spicemas and Grenada Chocolate Fest or during regattas and community events is at the heart of every visitor’s experience. World Travel Market provides an opportunity to showcase what makes our destination and our people stand out and ensure our success endures.”

Stakeholders exhibiting with GTA at WTM 2019 are: Blue Diamond Resorts/Royalton Grenada; Blue Horizons Garden Resort; Kalinago Beach Resort; Kimpton Kawana Bay; Mount Cinnamon Resort; Spice Island Beach Resort; St James Travel & Tours; and True Blue Bay Boutique Resort.

Attached photo shows Team Grenada: (L-R) Renatta Fielden and Marie Fielden, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort; Patricia Maher, GTA CEO; Lynn Girling, Spice Island Beach Resort & Blue Horizons Garden Resort; Minister for Tourism, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen; Francine Stewart, GTA Marketing Manager; Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, Spice Island Beach Resort; Marielle Alexander, St James Travel & Tours; Sharon Bernstein, Rob Bates and Lisa Braithwaite, GTA UK.

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Grenada confirms 2 more cases of coronavirus

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The Minister for Health has announced that 2 more laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed on mainland Grenada.

This brings the number of total confirmed cases of Covid-19 to nine. Of that number, one is an imported case, and the other is likely an import-related case, with relatives who were visiting from New York.

“The new cases are as follows: A 72-year-old female, who started experiencing symptoms on 20 March and was tested on 25 March. Since the onset of her symptoms, she has been under the care of a doctor. Healthcare officials are aggressively investigating, in an effort to determine the exact point of contact, as well as potential mass exposure, given that the relatives arrived on a flight from NY on 17 March.”

Healthcare officials do not yet know the exact point of contact for this particular case, but are operating under the assumption that all of the foregoing are real possibilities, just to be safe. The Minister stated that once that information is available, the public will be informed.

“The second case is a 50-year-old male who was on the same flight from the United Kingdom on 16 March, sitting within a 6-foot radius of our first confirmed case, and several of the other cases that were confirmed two days ago on 26 March. Both individuals, as well as the other cases previously announced, are all exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms.”

The minister also gave reports on testing, citing that 9 people have been tested positive so far, and 35 negative, with none pending, but with the developments now, we anticipate that this will change overnight.

“The pending cases are all under surveillance so as to contain further spread of the disease. The testing included people who we have been found through contact tracing, as well as people who had ailments, such as respiratory issues.”

With increasing numbers of cases, CARPHA has been working with Grenada and the rest of the region to deliver results in as timely a manner as possible. This is why, now that numbers are increasing, the healthcare team is sparing no effort in contact tracing to determine points of contact, as well as to ascertain the possibility of community spread.

In terms of quarantine and isolation measures, the ministry continues to rigorously enforce those. Several entire households are presently under quarantine, and the RGPF has been asked to further tighten their surveillance mechanisms to rigidly ensure that people are observing the rules. The ministry remains vigilant.

The ministry’s medical team, led by Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr Shawn Charles, has been working tirelessly on actively following up with contact tracing since our first case, and even more so after our next 6 cases were confirmed 2 days ago. Health officials have already moved to isolate and monitor several others, who were in close contact with any of the cases. This will continue for the next 14 days, at least. All confirmed cases are being reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and Pan American Health Organisation Organisation.”

The minister urged the public to report or inform the Ministry of Health or nearest health facility, of any possible, or suspected individuals displaying acute respiratory symptoms at this time.

Minister Steele asked that anyone who believes he or she is exhibiting symptoms of the virus, not to leave their house or take public transportation, and instead, should call the health hotline at 538 4787 or 458 4787.

In closing, the Minister of Health emphasised again, that the entire population must continue to rigidly observe the practices and precautions necessary to contain the spread of Covid-19, here in the State of Grenada.

“A Limited State of Emergency is in place to safeguard the population from further spread of the virus. Failure to comply with those measures is potentially fatal to the general population. For every one person who contracts the disease, potentially dozens more are exposed and vulnerable. Do the math.”

He implored the public to be their brother’s keeper because an individual’s actions can potentially have life or death consequences for someone else. The Minister of Health again urged the public to wash hands frequently; practice proper cough and sneeze hygiene; refrain from touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands. “It is extremely critical that you also maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. Those are simple measures you can take daily to do your part to curb the spread of Covid-19.”

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Several entire households presently under quarantine

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  • First Covid-19 case confirmed on Sunday, 22 March 2020
  • Country’s Covid-19 positive cases now at 9
  • Relatives of index patient arrived on a flight from New York on 17 March
  • Several households are presently under quarantine

Health Minister, Nickolas Steele, has announced that several homes are presently under mandatory quarantine and the country’s Covid-19 positive cases are now at 9.

“Several entire households are presently under quarantine, and the RGPF has been asked to further tighten their surveillance mechanisms to rigidly ensure that people are observing the rules,” he said in a special broadcast on Saturday evening.

Without explaining what he meant by ‘tighten’ surveillance of the households, the Health Minister said that his ministry remains vigilant and the medical team spearheading the contact tracing exercise is actively engaged.

The team led by Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr Shawn Charles have been working tirelessly on actively following up with contact tracing since the first confirmed case, and even more so after our next 6 cases were confirmed 2 days ago.

“Health officials have already moved to isolate and monitor several others who were in close contact with any of the cases. This will continue for the next 14 days, at least,” said the minister.

Sharing details on the new cases, Steele said that one is a 72-year-old female, who started experiencing symptoms on 20 March and was tested on 25 March. Since the onset of her symptoms, she has been under the care of a doctor.

Labelling her as imported-related, he said that healthcare officials are aggressively investigating to determine the exact point of contact, as well as potential mass exposure, because relatives of the 72-year-old arrived on a flight from New York on 17 March.

“Healthcare officials do not yet know the exact point of contact for this particular case, but are operating under the assumption that all of the foregoing are real possibilities,” Steele said. He promised to provide the public with more information once it becomes available.

Grenada publicly confirmed its first Covid-19 case on Sunday, 22 March 2020. She is a 50-year-old who arrived on a Virgin Atlantic flight from the United Kingdom on 16 March.

The second case is a 50-year-old male who was on the same flight from the United Kingdom on 16 March, sitting within a 6-foot radius of the first confirmed case. This is the third person to test positive from the flight. The other cases are relatives of the index patient. Steele said that all Grenada positive Covid-19 cases are all exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms.

All confirmed cases are being reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).

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Statement from WRB Enterprises (WRB)/Grenada Private Power (GPP)

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24 March 2020

Statement from WRB Enterprises (WRB)/Grenada Private Power (GPP)
regarding International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Award

WRB/GPP confirms that on Thursday, 19 March 2020, it received notification from ICSID of its Award in the arbitration between the Government of Grenada and WRB/GPP. While the award document itself is quite lengthy, the salient points are as follows:

  1. The Government is to pay the WRB/GPP Second Schedule Compensation assessed at US$58,427,962
  2. The Government is to reimburse the WRB/GPP for advances to ICSID in the sum of US$239,972.37
  3. The Government is to pay the WRB/GPP Attorneys’ Fees and Disbursements in the sum of US$6,333,142.51
  4. The Government is to pay pre-Award and post-Award interest on the amount listed in (i) compounded annually from 3 May 2017 until fully paid
  5. The Government is to pay interest on the amounts listed in (ii) and (iii) compounded annually from the date of the Award until fully paid
  6. WRB/GPP will reimburse Grenlec the sum of US$522,353.15 for legal and accounting services

While we regret Government’s uncollaborative approach to electricity reform, which culminated in the passage of new legislation in 2016 and which resulted in this arbitration, we are pleased that the ICSID tribunal understood our case and has upheld the terms of the contract that we had with the Government. We now expect Government to fulfil its obligations as set forth in the judgement. Until then, we will continue working with Grenlec’s management and staff to provide the people of Grenada with the top-quality electricity service that they expect and deserve.

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