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    Miscellaneous News Out Of Grenada

    Discovery Train Launched

    Grenada’s newest tourism product – the Discovery Train – was officially launched at the Queen’s Jetty, Carenage on Friday morning.

    This latest unique attraction is the brainchild of Belgian owner and operator, Gerrit Vant Dack, who created a charming and comfortable way to visit the main attraction sites in and around St. George’s.

    Tours are scheduled to commence at the Cruise Ship Terminal with stops at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Fort George Entrance, The Museum and Tanteen.

    It is expected that these excursions will terminate at Sendall Tunnel.

    The Grenada Discovery Train “‘hop-on, hop-off” concept is entirely new to the line of products currently offered to visitors and locals, and is intended to help diversify Grenada’s tourism product and add value to the advantages that St. George’s already offers.

    It will also appeal to the growing trend for new experiences beyond the more common one-off traditional tours currently provided by our existing stakeholders.

    Ronald Theodore, Investments Promotions Manager at the Grenada Industrial Corporation congratulated the projects sponsors for such an initiative.

    Passengers are being promised background information of the town, along with its history, people, culture whilst enjoying the scenery, busy street life, architecture and fabulous vistas.

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    2010 NAWASA National Primary School Quiz

    The NAWASA National Primary School Quiz for 2010 has finally ended and St. George’s Anglican Senior School has retained their crown. During a keen battle with Paraclete Government School, St. George’s Anglican Senior School showed their dominance and after the final question was asked they were declared the champions with a loud cheer erupting from their supporters. In the third place playoff newcomers Mt. Moritz Anglican School defeated Hermitage Government School to take the spot.
    The competition which started on November 19, 2010 with a preliminary round saw the participation of over 159 students from Grenada and Carriacou. The top eight schools from this round were then advanced to a quarterfinal round. Special mention was made of Mt. Pleasant Government School in Carriacou, which did not qualify for the quarterfinal round, but placed 12th out of the 53 schools; and Mt. Moritz Anglican School who made it into the semifinals and finished third in the competition.
    The presentation ceremony followed the championship match and began with all students representing the top eight schools receiving a NAWASA logoed shirt and bag filled with notebooks and pencil cases from Catwills Stationery and Brydens & Minors.
    Fourth placed team Hermitage Government School walked away with gift baskets compliments Independence Agencies, Gift Certificates from Rick’s Café, disposable cameras from Kool Systems, savings accounts at Grenada Cooperative Bank for each representative, trophies and a cheque valued at Five Hundred Dollars from NAWASA.
    Mt. Moritz Anglican School on placing third walked away with gift certificates from Grill Master, disposable cameras from Kool Systems, savings accounts at First Caribbean International Bank for the representatives, gift baskets from Food Fair Supermarket, trophies and a cheque valued at One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars from NAWASA.
    Second placed team Paraclete Government School received disposable cameras compliments Hankeys Computer Servives, savings accounts at ScotiaBank for all representatives, shopping vouchers courtesy Real Value IGA Supermarket, gift baskets from Huggins Distribution, a day pass inclusive of lunch at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort for the team and their coach, trophies and a cheque valued at Three Thousand Dollars from NAWASA.
    The 2010 Champions, St. George’s Anglican Senior School received disposable cameras from Hankeys Computer Services, shopping vouchers from Real Value IGA Supermarket, a nite’s stay at the True Blue Bay Resort inclusive of dinner, Mp3 players from Beacon Insurance, gift baskets from Andalls Supermarket, movie tickets from movie Palace, accounts at Grenada Public Service Credit Union compliments Grenada Development Bank, a computer courtesy LIME, trophies and a cheque valued at Five Thousand Dollars from NAWASA. The coach of the winning team, Mr. Pierre also received a plaque courtesy ADM Caribbean Agro and a mobile phone courtesy Digicel.
    The top student from the preliminary round was Othniel Simon from St. George’s SDA School and he received a plaque from Creative Designs and a gift certificate from Grenada Teachers School Supplies.
    Students were encouraged to continue being water wise kids and ensure that the knowledge gained through this competition is shared with others.

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    GOVERNMENT CREATING SHORT TERM JOBS

    ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA: Over 10, 000 jobs short term jobs were created from September 2010 to present as a result of the short term job creation measures announced by the Prime Minister in his September 7th address to the nation.

    Under the Debushing Programme, 1, 400 contracts were awarded amounting to EC$3.13M. This resulted in over 9, 800 jobs.

    Under the Road Maintenance (concrete roads) Programme, 80 contracts amounting to EC$2.34M were awarded. This resulted in over 500 jobs.

    Truckers also benefited under these two programmes, with 80 contracts amounting to EC$96,000 awarded.

    Overall, Government has spent EC$5.58M in the past two and a half months under these two programmes.

    Government is satisfied that the impact of these short term measures is being felt. According to the Prime Minister, he and his team are determined to see the country “work its way out of this crisis” as they “continue to look for ways to increase jobs, increase economic opportunities and sustain the livelihoods of our people.”

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    Biker Loses Life

    There was a fatal accident in the area of Wall Street, Grand Anse on Saturday night. WeeFm got word just about 11:30 on Saturday night that a young man fell of the bike he was riding and was rushed to the General Hospital, where he later died.

    An eyewitness told WeeFm “the fella wasn't wearing a helmet, but at the scene he didn't have any obvious bleeding or open wounds and he didn't have any external tell-tale signs of a head trauma (fluid from the eyes/ears).”

    The eyewitness went on further to state that the victim was breathing and had a pulse when they loaded him on the ambulance.

    There is no details on the circumstances leading up the the rider falling.

    The young man was identified as Shawn Elcock from Golf Course, St. George.

    May his soul rest in peace.

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    MWAG Calls On Prime Minister To Withdraw Statements

    The Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) roundly condemns public statements made by Prime Minister and Minister of Information and National Security Tillman Thomas in relation to the recent series of online commentaries by our colleague Hamlet Mark. While it is the Prime Minister’s right to robustly defend his government on any matter that is part of the public debate, we are concerned that his comments could intimidate and by extension inhibit the work of the local journalist.

    MWAG believes Mark’s articles were in the best traditions of commentaries, using the most modern form – blogging. MWAG also believes it was not as the Prime Minister suggests, bent on creating instability. We do not believe it’s in the best interest of public debate, freedom of expression and freedom of the press that the Prime Minister should assert sinister motives that he has not substantiated with the facts.

    His statements could be interpreted as reckless and not well thought out and MWAG is on record as having condemned previous Prime Ministers and politicians for similarly irresponsible public statements. As a person who holds the powerful position of Prime Minister, his declaration that Mr. Mark is dangerous to Grenada can be perceived as a deliberate attempt to set up the journalist and commentator as an enemy of the state. History proves when leaders do that it can have serious and harmful consequences for the practitioner and the profession.

    Similar comments by former Prime Ministers and politicians have resulted in verbal and physical attacks on local journalists by supporters of political parties on the island. The current Prime Minister and politicians in general in Grenada must be aware that this has been a matter of concern and MWAG has ventilated on this on numerous occasions. Prime Minister Thomas said in his statement that “when people go out to undermine and to create instability in the country deliberately we have to take a stand against it.” What stand do you propose Mr. Prime Minister? And are you suggesting some sort of sanction?

    We call on the Prime Minister to withdraw his comments on this matter, guarantee the safety of Mr. Mark and restate his commitment in no uncertain terms to freedom of the press.

    MWAG would also like to remind media practitioners on the island that while they have a right to support a political party they have a responsibility to strive for balance and fairness in their reporting. Practitioners are being cautioned against subscribing to persuasions that have the potential to compromise their career in particular and the profession in general.

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    Does Grenada have any plans on becoming a Republic ?

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