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Sinikka Fisher, Swim Instructor of 2019 – NOW Grenada

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Grenada Youth Adventurers, in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports, awarded Sinikka Fisher of Sauteurs, the Swim Instructor of the Year for 2019.

Fisher has had a huge impact on swimming in Sauteurs with free swim lessons at the Breakwater Project on Saturdays and on Tuesdays with schools from St Patrick and St Mark. She received the Swim Instructor of the Year award at the recent Inter-Beach Competition in front of her peers and some of her swim students. Previous winners of the annual award include Nataly Regis (Head Swim Coach, Ministry of Sports) Kevin Phillips (Mt Moritz) and David and Linda Wright (Bathway).

These exemplary service awards recognise swim instructors, coaches, volunteers who have contributed to the “Get Grenada Swimming” initiative to teach 8,000 children to swim by 2021. As of the end of 2019, more than 5,600 children have been taught in the GGS programmes.

The criteria for receiving a Swim Instructor of the Year Award are:

1) Must be involved in giving free swim lessons

2) Must have shown exemplary service in the growth of a particular beach or area in Grenada

3) Must be working to continue to develop themselves and others in swimming

Fisher embodies all of these wonderful qualities. She grew up in Sauteurs and after a long sabbatical in London for college and university, she returned to her hometown wanting to make a difference. In 2017, with the development of the Sauteurs Breakwater Project, she started volunteering to teach swimming lessons for the children in the local primary schools. That soon expanded to the secondary schools and even out of St Patrick to the parish of St Mark. On Tuesdays, you can find her in the water non-stop from 10:30 am to 3 pm teaching classes, with up to 60 children taught on any given Tuesday.

Fisher formed a non-profit organization called “Generations to Come” dedicated to helping young people in Grenada. Their aim is to alleviate poverty through education. An example of this was last summer’s 6-week, all day summer camp that she organised for the Sauteurs youth. She also began community swimming on Saturdays under the Grenada Youth Adventurers umbrella in 2017 and has developed her own swimmers into instructors to help her with the Saturday morning free lessons. Initially trained by Nataly Regis, Head Swim Coach, Ministry of Sports, she has taken every opportunity to develop herself including taking a certified Red Cross lifeguarding class to make sure her swim students stay safe. She recently expanded her Saturday programme and began working as a swimming teacher for the Ministry of Sports. She meets all the criteria for the Swim Instructor of the Year Award and is very deserving of this award.

The “Get Grenada Swimming” initiative has just ended the third year of its 5-year programme and has ten locations throughout Grenada which offer free swim lessons on Saturdays. Adults and children (above the age of 6) are invited to attend.

Saturday Free Lessons

  • Bathway 9-11 am: David/Linda Wright 442-0495
  • St David, Grenada Marine, Corinth 9-11 am: Catherine John 458-3474
  • Grand Anse 9-11 am in front of Umbrellas: Deb Eastwood 404-5237
  • Grand Mal 10 am-12 pm in front of the Go Cool Steps: Camme Roberts 417-8399
  • Gouyave 10 am-12 pm in front of the fish market: Sharm Ashton 421-6702
  • Waltham Beach (North of Gouyave) 2-4 pm: Korah Ashby 410-0208
  • Sauteurs Breakwater 9-11 am: Sinikka Fisher 422-9880
  • Carriacou (Lumbadive) 2-3 pm children, 3:30-4:40 pm adults: Diane Martino 443-8566,
  • Birchgrove (Mellows) 9-11 am: Lovell Alexander 416-1226
  • St Andrews, Hope Beach 9-10 am: Naddy Mitchell 449-8984

For more information go to www.getgrenadaswimming.com or call Deb Eastwood at 404-5237 or email: debeastwood@gmail.com

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Prime Minister meets with executive members of Caribbean Congress of Labour

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Prime Minister, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, and Minister of Labour, Honourable, Peter David, met Friday with executive members of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) who were in Grenada for a meeting of the regional organisation.

In welcoming the team, headed by President Andre Lewis of Grenada, Dr Mitchell underscored the importance of the labour movement and of working together.

He noted that the current Chair of the Caribbean Community, Honourable Mia Mottley of Barbados shares that opinion, hence the invitation to labour representatives to attend the inter-sessional meeting in Barbados this week.

Dr Mitchell said, “In the new global community, unless we work together, we would not survive. We need to unify our efforts – businesses, governments and labour to meet the fundamental challenges we face today. The Government of Grenada looks forward to continued cooperation as we go forward.”

Andre Lewis, who was elected President of the CCL last November, said the organisation also favours the collaborative approach and welcomed the opportunity to work with Caribbean leaders. He said, the CCL also believes the tripartite approach is necessary.

The Prime Minister also raised the issue of productivity, which he said needs to be addressed. The CCL executive members noted that productivity must be looked at in all its dimensions.

The subject of a possible government subvention for the CCL was discussed. Dr Mitchell, who is also the Minister of Finance, said government will be willing to support efforts by the regional trade union umbrella body, especially as it endeavours to empower its membership.

This drive to empower has already started. Through the CCL’s partnership with Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies in Trinidad and Tobago, the Grenada Trades Union Council is planning a one-week training session in leadership for its affiliates.

Dr Mitchell also suggested that the trade unions get involved in business ventures that can benefit their members over time. Some unions in Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica are already engaged in such activities and Dr Mitchell suggested that this approach be encouraged in other countries, including Grenada.

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CARIBEWAVE 2020 to be staged on 19 March

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The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) continues its preparation for the hosting of CARIBEWAVE 2020, carded for Thursday, 19 March 2020.

This year’s scenario will involve a 8.9 magnitude earthquake just off the coast of Jamaica, triggering a tele-tsunami in our area.

The exercise will be held along the western corridor: Victoria, Gouyave and Grand Mal, but triggering a national response.

The 2020 exercise gives the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique a unique opportunity to test the SOP (Standard Operating Protocol) created in 2019 as part of the certification of being Tsunami Ready in November 2019.

The exercise will be conducted simultaneously in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. We therefore encourage the general public to visit the website Tsunamizone.org to register for the exercise.

CARIBEWAVE (Caribbean Tsunami Warning Exercise) is a tsunami exercise held annually in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, under the direction of UNESCO and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The purpose of the CARIBEWAVE exercise is to improve the effectiveness of the Tsunami Warning System along the Caribbean coast.  The exercise provides an opportunity for emergency management organisations throughout the region to test their operational lines of communications, review their tsunami response procedures, and to promote tsunami preparedness.

The objectives of the CARIBEWAVE Exercise are to test and evaluate the operations of the Caribbean Tsunami Warning System (Caribe EWS), to validate preparedness response to a tsunami (which are test protocols and communications systems between tsunami warning centres and the tsunami warning focal points), and the use of the PTWC (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center) enhanced tsunami products for the Caribbean, as well as assist in tsunami preparedness efforts of the emergency management agencies in those areas.

For additional information, please contact Oslyn Crosby Public Relations Officer, NaDMA on 440-8390/ 440-0838, or 533-0766 email: nadma@spiceisle.com / nadmapr@gmail.com . 

NaDMA, the official source for all disaster related information in Grenada. 

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Missing Man Found | NOW Grenada

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30-year old, Devon Jeffrey of La Mode, St George, who was reported missing on Monday, 17 February 2020 has been found and has been reunited with his family. 

The Royal Grenada Police Force thanks the general public and the media for their continued support.

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