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Radisson Grenada renovates some of PAM’s infrastructure

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • Volunteer staff of Radisson Grenada Beach Resort undertook renovations at PAM
  • Artist commissioned to beautify school’s daycare centre
  • Landscaping department volunteers planted trees and flowers

For a number of years, the staff and students of the Programme for Adolescent Mothers Inc. (PAM) have had to cope with the deteriorating building structure which posed challenges for learning. Areas that needed repair were the clothing and textile department, the daycare centre and the school’s kitchen.

About 3 weeks ago the institution received a surprise visit by the volunteer staff of the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort who undertook some renovations as part of their community strategic plan to foster better relations. This is the second year that the hotel was able to assist an institution of learning, the first being the School for Special Education.

June is normally designated as community action month for the Radisson Hotel Group which is the parent body that governs the operation of more than 1,100 hotels in destinations around the world.

In Grenada, the volunteer staff was able to refurbish the ceiling of the clothing and textile department, repainted the entire room and installed electrical switches. Maintenance work was also carried out in the school’s kitchen by installing new cabinets and tiling the floor.

The hotel commissioned an artist to beautify the school’s daycare centre and volunteers from the landscaping department refurbished the outdoor spaces by planting trees and flowers.

Staff of Programme for Adolescent Mothers Inc. (PAM) receiving toys and baby clothing from the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort

Students Mowesha Toussaint, Theresa Thomas, and Tahira Belfon all hailed the resort for coming to their aid.

“It was terrible in my first 2 years. It was very difficult coming to school to study together with our kids having to work under those conditions, but now we feel more comfortable because we have a fixed clothing lab, especially because we always wanted to do clothing and textile but never got the opportunity to do it, so we thank Raddison for that and we look forward to being able to receive job training at the hotel in the housekeeping department,” said Toussaint.

Thomas expressed gratitude to the volunteers. “Due to the conditions, sometimes we had to leave school early because of the rain, but now we like to thank Radisson for fixing the ceiling of the clothing and textile room, and for renovating the daycare and kitchen lab especially. I also want to be a receptionist so I am looking forward to getting on-the-job training from Radisson.”

Echoing similar sentiments Belfon also took the opportunity to lament other challenges faced on a daily basis that need to be addressed. “I have been a student of PAM for the last 3 years. I had to drop out because of financial problems, now that I am back and it is still hard for me, but I’d like to thank Radisson for the support and [I am] hoping next year I can graduate with the help of my teachers, because I need help.”

The ceiling of the Clothing and Textile department, before the refurbishment

Daycare supervisor at PAM, Sherla Charles believes the intervention by the resort is quite timely as the institution is in dire need of more assistance.

“Operations, prior to the renovation made, were quite hectic as staff and students had to learn in the clothing and textile room that was less than inadequate, but now that Radisson has intervened, they did a proper roof for the young ladies to make it more comfortable. But there is still a lot of work to be done on the building, because there are areas affected by leaks and there are also areas with holes in the flooring, so we are asking anybody out there who could come and support us just as Radisson Grenada Beach Resort did.”

The ceiling of the Clothing and Textile department, after the refurbishment

General Manager at the Radisson Kendal Jackasal, was pleased to be a part of this initiative of giving back. “The community initiative is headed by the Radisson hotel Group. It’s part of their 5-year strategic plan to foster a good relationship between the hotel and the community. At our hotel, we give to our guests and staff but we want to do a little more so we are going back into the community.”

As part of giving back, the staff of Radisson Grenada Beach Resort also presented baby clothing and toys for the children of adolescent mothers. In 2017, Radisson Hotel Group reported a total of US$1 million to benefit local charities around the world.

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Michael Bascombe says his daughter is lucky to be alive

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  • Doctors have given thumbs up on Micah’s prognosis
  • Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York

Michael Bascombe, father of Micah Bascombe has described his daughter as a walking miracle and lucky to be alive, following an early Sunday morning shooting in University Heights, Buffalo, New York, USA.

“She remains conscious. The doctors have given the thumbs up on her prognosis,” Bascombe said in a Facebook post on Monday, 24 February in which he updated his friends and followers. Early Sunday morning he called on friends to pray for his daughter and the family.

“She’s a walking miracle and lucky to be alive because the bullet penetrated and exited the skull just above the left eye,” he shared in the post. He had earlier posted that his daughter continues to be in high spirits, but remains in the ICU.

“When you see your baby smile, there is nothing more you can ask for,” was the message on her mother, Hazel Ann Bascombe’s Facebook page. Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York, studying psychology.

Bascombe is well known for his sport journalism work and is presently working in the US with the Department of Homeland Security. He said the family spent most of Monday morning with the detectives of the Gun Violence Unit of the Buffalo Police Department, the Assistant Chief of Police of the University Police Department of Buffalo State and the Dean of Students of Buffalo State. “They have been collecting evidence and interviewing people who they believe could assist in their investigations,” he said.

A report in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News website quoted the police as saying that a 20-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was struck by gunfire just before 3 am near Bailey and Berkshire avenues. She was transported to Erie County Medical Centre.

Bascombe, who migrated with his family to the USA more than 10 years ago used the post to thank all those who prayed and continue to pray for his daughter and the family. “Thank you for the many calls and offer of support through this difficult time including some incredible folks at the Department of Homeland Security and the many family members who made the journey and gathered at her bedside with short notice,” he wrote.

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Arrests made in Soubise drug bust

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Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the 20 December 2019 drug bust at Soubise, St Andrew, which netted 698 pounds of cannabis.

The men, Ronald Thomas, 35 years of Post Royal, St Andrew; Rol Mc Queen, 31 years of La Fortune, St Patrick, both Fishermen, and Finbar Phillip, 43 years, Mechanic of Soubise, St Andrew will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

Finbar Phiilip
Rol Mc Queen
Ronald Thomas

Thomas has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Drug, while Mc Queen and Phillip have been charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Drug.

One blue fishing boat with a 75 horse-power was also seized.

Police investigation continues.

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Traffic notice: Pearls Bridge, St Andrew

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The Ministry of Works and the Traffic Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) wishes to inform the general public and in particular, motorists that the Pearls Bridge, St Andrew will be closed to all vehicular traffic effective Tuesday, 25 February 2020 until further notice.

An assessment conducted by the Ministry of Works has determined that the bridge is unsafe and can no longer accommodate vehicular traffic.

Motorists are advised to use alternatives routes to get to their destinations. This action is a necessary measure to ensure the safety of the motoring public.

The Ministry of Works and the Traffic Department of RGPF apologise for any inconveniences caused.

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