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SAEP Enterprise Business Development component begins with 50 trainees

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • 50 trainees between the ages of 16-35 years will receive start-up entrepreneurial training provided by GIDC
  • Over six-year life cycle of SAEP, 500 unemployed or underemployed men and women expected to benefit from Enterprise Business Development training

High rates of unemployment, especially among the youthful population throughout various rural communities in Grenada, prompted the launch of the Enterprise Business Development, a component of the Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP).

Over the next 33 days, the first 50 trainees between the ages of 16-35 years will receive start-up entrepreneurial training provided by the Grenada Investment Development Corporation (GIDC) and at the end would have the opportunity to qualify for Grant Financing to assist in the of their business ideas.

Over the six-year life cycle of SAEP, it is expected that 500 unemployed or underemployed men and women will benefit from Enterprise Business Development training and grant financing with the ultimate aim of establishing 90 new sustainable businesses out of a target of 120.

Funding is provided through the Government of Grenada, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). At present, the training is at the GIDC in Frequente Industrial Park, but it is expected that training will move in April, to the refurbished building at the Seamoon Industrial Park in St Andrew. Areas of training include Business Plan Development, Recordkeeping, Marketing, and Costing and Pricing.

Addressing trainees on Thursday, 29 January 2020, GIDC Chief Executive Officer, Ronald Theodore, said, “I implore you to embrace every aspect of this training to be provided. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the essential knowledge, information and communication technology, remedial math, remedial English, entrepreneurial skills development, Grant proposal writing, and life skills.”

Head of Rural Development and Project Manager of Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP), Byron Campbell, said, “You (trainees) have to dedicate yourselves and you would have to ensure that you are here every day and on time if you have assignments that you focus on it and that will only happen if you dedicate yourselves and you are focused. This is work and you would have to see it in that sense. We look forward to you completing this business training, the support you would receive, we will be testing your ideas, but will follow up with financing and support.”

Project Coordinator, Enterprise Business Development, Shievlyn Noel, stated that trainees upon completion of the programme, will be eligible to receive the first push grant financing which will be used to test their business ideas to ensure its viability and thereafter once successful will receive business grant financing which will help establish their business. There are two grant financing available under this project that caters for individuals and groups. The first is the First Push grant which provides for individuals to access 95% of US$1,000 and 95% of US$2,500 for groups. While under the Business Grant financing component, individuals can access 90% of EC$25,000 and a maximum of EC$75,000 for groups.

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Nawasa dry season challenge | NOW Grenada

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Nawasa is faced with distribution challenges as a result of the present dry season facing Grenada and the rest of the region.

Daily, Nawasa monitors all systems and their capacity to meet demands, and notes an increasing shortfall in production. The company’s ability to provide a 24-hour supply is further hindered as a result.

It has become necessary to institute valve regulations for the Les Avocat and Mardigras Water Systems, serving communities in the parishes of St George and St David as follows:

Les Avocat: Berrotte, Minorca, Windsor Forest, Apsley, Perdmontemps, Marian, St Paul’s, Richmond Hill, Morne Jaloux, La Borie, Hope Vale, Creighton.

Mardigras: Mardigras, Antoine Hill, parts of St Paul’s, Berrotte, Corbeau Town, Bay Gardens, Africa, parts of Mt Parnassus, Morne Delice and Old Westerhall.

This schedule takes effect from Wednesday, 1 April 2020, and will remain unless otherwise advised by Nawasa.

Days & times Communities
to receive water
Communities
without water supply
Water system: Les Avocat
Mon & Fri
5 am to 1 pm
La Borie Mt Airy, Morne Delice, Mt Parnassus, The Bocas, Creighton, Holder Hill, Parade
Tue
5 am to 1 pm
Upper St Paul’s (from the Greens), Mt Airy, Morne Delice La Borie, Lower St Paul’s, Mt Parnassus
Wed
5 am to 1 pm
The Bocas, Mt Parnassus, Creighton, Parade La Borie, Mt Airy, Morne Delice
Thur
5 am to 1 pm
Holder Hill, St Paul’s Mt Parnassus, La Borie, Mt Airy, Morne Delice, The Bocas, Creighton
Water system: Mardigras
Mon 6 pm to
Tue 6 am

Wed 6 pm to
Thu 6 am

Fri 6 pm to
Sat 6 am

Mt Parnassus Mardigras

As we approach the peak of the dry season with the continued threat of Covid-19 which requires increase used of water for personal hygiene such as hand washing, Nawasa strongly encourages persons to conserve and limit non-essential uses such as for:

  • Power washing of paved surfaces such roads, sidewalks, driveways, garages etc.
  • Washing of vehicles with hoses
  • Irrigation of lawns and gardens

Nawasa is committed to meeting the needs of every consumer; however, individuals are also reminded of their personal responsibility to ensure they collect and store a minimum of 35 gallons of water, per person, per day for a three-day period, taking into consideration the needs of their households and pets.

The current projections for the remainder of the dry season will certainly bring additional stress for all water systems, and others may be added to the list as necessary.

Nawasa… committed to meeting customers’ needs

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Imported Covid-19 patient sneaks out

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by Linda Straker

  • Man and his family who are UK nationals, boarded an Air Canada flight before start of 24-hour mandatory curfew
  • Decision was unknown to health authorities in Grenada
  • Departure in violation of the Public Health Act

Health authorities have confirmed that one of Grenada’s nine Covid-19 confirmed patients has sneaked out of the country on an international flight.

The person is one of 2 persons who were sitting within close proximity to the index patient who arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom on 16 March 2020.

“We have information that one person left with their family,” said Dr George Mitchell who is the Coordinator of the Covid-19 Response Committee. Speaking as a virtual guest on the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) daily “To-the-Point” programme, he said that the man left the island with his wife and child. He did not say when the man departed.

All persons tested positive for Covid-19, are placed in home quarantine once the symptoms are displayed. This is in keeping the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for home quarantine. They are required to keep in contact daily with the relevant health authorities.

Dr Mitchell who is the immediate former Chief Medical Officer, did not provide details about the man on the programme, but research later revealed that the man’s decision was unknown to health authorities in Grenada. It is understood that the man and his family who are UK nationals, boarded an Air Canada flight before the start of the 24-hour mandatory curfew.

Grenada has accommodated several international airlines to arrive at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) only for outgoing passengers mainly to Canada and the United States. There was an Air Canada flight on 24 March and one on 31 March. Grenada began the mandatory curfew on 30 March.

Dr Mitchell said that since this particular Covid-19 patient sneaked out, his local contact tracing has been robust. “It’s detective work,” he said. As a result of the departure of the patient which was in violation of the Public Health Act, Grenada’s current Covid-19 count stands at 8.

The index case who is a 50-year-old female, infected 5 other family members, who according to Dr Mitchell, are presently recovering.

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Investigation into homicide #7 and death threats against PM and police

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  • Murder occurred in a St George village overnight
  • Video threatening life of Prime Minister and officers of RGPF circulated on social media
  • Under Grenada’s Sedition Act, penalty is 2 years imprisonment and $5,000 fine

Police are denying involvement in Grenada’s 7th homicide for 2020.

Grenada is presently in a 24-hour mandatory curfew as part of measures to reduce the community transmission of Covid-19. However, citizens woke up to the news of a murder with what some said showed signs of a gunshot wound, in a village in the parish of St George.

Fingers began pointing at the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) on various social media platforms, but Superintendent Vannie Curwen, who is currently in charge of the Community Relations Department, said that no member of the police force is involved with the incident and that several persons are currently detained. “I can confirm that we are currently investigating a murder and I want to be categorically clear here, I want to say to the Grenadian public, there is no police involvement in this shooting,” he said in a virtual police briefing with members of the media.

“We are currently investigating a possible murder committed with a gun. We have started our investigations vigorously. We do have a number of persons in custody assisting us with our investigation,” he said without providing information on the deceased.

Curwen said that there are certain procedures that must be followed before officially making a public pronouncement about a deceased person. However, via social media, family members of the deceased identified him as Kimron Charles, who had spent time in prison.

Shortly, after news broke of the murder, someone wearing a face mask posted a video on social media threatening the life of the Prime Minister and officers of the RGPF.

Claiming that “real police go dead” or “feel the pain” if justice is given for the death, the person in the video warned the Prime Minister to take action because he lives by the sea and is in the front line.

Speaking about threats to the police and the Prime Minister who is also the Minister for National Security, Curwen said the police is vigorously using all available means to track the person who is in the video. “We are vigorously pursuing this individual. We have had a number of leads. We think we probably know who it is, and we will leave no stone unturned to find whoever is responsible.”

Under Grenada’s Sedition Act, a person can be charged with sedition if that person engages in behaviour that is a breach of public order or in disturbance of the peace by publishing seditious words. Once convicted, the penalty is imprisonment for 2 years and to a fine of $5,000.

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