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Willie Redhead Foundation Patrimonial Award Ceremony 2019

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Supporters, friends and members of the Willie Redhead Foundation gathered at the Radisson Beach Resort in Grand Anse on the evening of Monday, 18 November 2019 to celebrate the climax of the 25th anniversary (1994-2019) of the foundation.

They gathered to honour those in our society who have demonstrated their awareness and significance of the built heritage by the award of a Patrimonial Plaque and an Honour Scroll to those in the wider community who have made significant contributions to national development.

To begin the event, the Master of Ceremony, Cecil Edwards, requested the invitees to stand and give the foundation a hearty round of applause in achieving this milestone, despite the challenges over the years.

This was followed by the Invocation from President Rev. Samuel “Tim” Byam, then the playing of the National Anthem by Pianist Kemik DeGale, who displayed her virtuoso to the delight of the audience. President Byam gave the welcoming remarks and expressed the “good news” that at last, after 15 years of the passing of Hurricane Ivan, the debris from the damaged York House is being removed by the Ministry of Works.

Gathering at TWRF Patrimonial Award Ceremony

Alan Bierzynski gave the feature address and drew attention to two salient points among other burning issues as follows: “If our primary school students are not engaged in developing an appreciation of the built heritage and the need not to litter their surroundings, it will be that much harder when they are distracted by the demands of secondary school and the cultural penetration coming over the internet on their personal electronic devices.” And the other, “Our tourism product …… should not ever be the subject of political differences because it just makes common sense to renovate the public library building on Mathew Street and the burnt-out buildings adjoining the drill yard to be at least cleaned up and make safe for tours, and finally, it appears that “something” may be happening at York House. Is this another state secret?”

There were five plaque awardees and four honour scroll recipients. The citations for the plaque awardees were read by Gloria Payne-Banfield, and that of the honour scroll recipients were read by Lorice Pascall. Anya Chow Chung, CEO of George F Huggins, graciously made the plaque presentations while Roxie McLeish-Hutchinson, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Climate Resilience, graciously made the honour scroll presentations. All of these proceedings were ably assisted by Kemik DeGale.

For the record, the five plaque awards were presented to the St John’s Anglican Church in Gouyave; the St Louis RC Girls School (stone building) in St George’s; The Holas Residence “Chez Nora” in St Patrick; the Mt Rose house of Tony Courtney in St Patrick, and Denis Mason’s house in St Andrew. The four honour scrolls were presented to the St George’s Community Library, the Coyaba Beach Resort landscaped gardens, Catherine John and her Chelsea Team with five consecutive golden awards, and Jeanne Fisher for the promotion of Grenada’s History, Arts and Culture.

The Vote of Thanks by Lorice Pascall which acknowledged the support of our three sponsors, namely Co-op Bank, Republic Bank and Hubbards, ended the formal session This was followed by a presentation by the Ven Vwei La Grenade Dance Company under the direction of Davis Thomas This dance company is perhaps the leading performers of Grenada Folk music and dance, which left us with a taste of the culture of Grenada’s latent performing arts, and a reminder of the artistic expressions of our ancestors.

The curtains came down with a standing ovation for Jeanne Fisher who gave a short history of her arrival in Grenada from Mexico in 1955, and her immediate love for the island on her dramatic arrival via a five-seater seaplane on the Carenage with the Georgian warehouses lining the water edge and the surrounding mountain and green backdrop interspersed with Grenadian vernacular buildings – together, made a lasting impression on the visitor, now permanent resident and major contributor to the craft Industry, the setting up of the museum, the arts council, and what she is most remembered for, her Tikal art shop on Young Street in St George’s, now the Chocolate House.

The foundation wishes to thank WEE-FM for its radio recording of the event and looks forward to having it exposed to the public as soon as possible.

Last but not least, the staff of the Radisson Beach Resort for the efficient and professional service provided for the successful holding of the event.

A Willie Redhead Foundation Presentation

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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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