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    Miscellaneous News Out Of Grenada

    Promotion for Grenada to be year-round cruise destination

    Grenada is seeking to promote itself as a year-round cruise destination, and also trying to secure additional employment for Grenadians on tourist boats.

    The country continues to benefit from record numbers of cruise ship arrivals during the winter period; but tourism officials are currently meeting with decision-makers in the United States in an effort to attract increased calls during the summer months.

    A delegation, headed by Tourism Minister Peter David, is attending the annual Sea Trade Summit in Miami, Florida.

    Minister David says Grenada’s participation is critical in ensuring year-round employment for people working in the local tourism sector.

    Should government’s attempts succeed, it would be welcomed by tourism partners, including taxi-drivers and vendors, who have been clamouring for many years for more off-season visits by tourist liners.

    The Sea Trade Summit, from March 13 – 17, is the world’s most important and largest annual meeting for the cruise industry.

    Minister David and his team are also using the meeting to explore opportunities for the expanding of the hotel industry, which will in turn mean more airlift into the country.

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    PM Thomas, MPs build ‘houses and hopes’

    One of the workmen, mixing concrete and bending steel on a bright Saturday recently in La Taste, deep inside his own constituency was Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.

    Thomas headed a brigade of MPs, ruling party officials and community activists in seeking to make a difference in the life Lorin Charles, a mother of four, whose low income status did not match her willingness and desire to get a better place called home.

    That is when a team of MPs headed by Glynis Roberts came together, and got into action.

    Charles was the third person who has been assisted under this new drive, following two similar recent projects in the Grand Anse area.

    The MPs on the recent “project” who joined Prime Minister Thomas and Roberts were Works Minister Joseph Gilbert (St Patrick’s West), Housing Minister Alleyne Walker (St Andrew’s North West) and Tourism Minister Peter David (Town of St George).

    Also on hand were Ingrid Rush, a major player in the National Democratic Congress’ Women’s Arm; former Senator Pemba Braveboy, from NDC’s Youth Arm; and former Attorney General Jimmy Bristol.

    The idea for the weekend community house building project was borne from MP Roberts’ desire to help people with such need in her own area, and was formulated in a discussion she had with Pastor and Community Activist Stanford Simon, who himself has a construction company.

    Simon so loved the idea that he first began seeking to mobilize material and whatever inputs they may need from his church members before taking it to the wider community.

    When MPs David and Gilbert joined them on the first housing project in St George’s South, they were so impressed with the efforts and the community participation that they lobbied for the effort to be taken nationwide.

    It was from there the idea of ‘The National Maroon’ was born, and the ruling National Democratic Congress excitedly stepped forward to be the main sponsors of the drive.

    “We have this goal of helping to build completely new homes or renovate existing ones for the most needy in our society at the rate of one a month,” says Glynis Roberts, the MP for South St George who has been one of the main spearheads of the drive.

    Roberts said they have had many requests since, but was glad that they were first able to take the work brigade to an area represented by the Prime Minister.

    “PM Tillo and his team had this burning concern about a few people in his area for whom assistance from the national housing programme has not reached fast enough, and so we decided to spring into action,” she said.

    “I am the line Minister for Housing, and whether is through government or the party or the community, any action to help improve people’s housing you will find me in the center of that,” Walker said on site at the latest project, after he cancelled his previous schedule to be present.

    “I am glad that we could be of some assistance. Hon Roberts has been very passionate about finding creative ways to helping people in direct ways,” Simon said. “Her strength has always been this connection to her community and her awareness about the needs of people and the need for people to come together and help each other.”

    “These are politicians of course and they have a constituency to help out, but in the wider scheme of things it’s a very Christian thing to do as far as I am concerned; brother helping brother and sister helping sister,” Simon, who is with the Springs Baptiste Church, said.

    “This is not just about building houses, it is about building hope – one person, or one family at a time,” David, who is the MP for St George’s said.

    The team said the brigade will be going to its next project in St Andrew’s South West by month end.

    Asked how can people in need of assistance, get it, Roberts said: “We suggest that they make recommendations to their MP or any member of his or her team, and then the MP will bring it to our inner core and we will collectively assess the needs and decide where next we will go.”

    The programme is very dependent on donations from the wider community – for materials to cash.

    “We want individuals and companies to get involved. If they feel the urge to help, they can call on their MPs or specifically Hon Roberts, who is spearheading and co-ordinating this entire drive,” Simon said.

    “This is what our duty is about as individuals and members of our wider community; neighbor helping neighbor,” MP Gilbert, who by profession is an engineer, chimed in as he listened on the interview.

    “It’s a little while I did not mix some concrete myself, but it also gave me a good workout,” he joked.

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    Promise of a “better than before’’ Old Trafford Playing Field

    Government has been applauded and has received broad support for its decision to return Old Trafford Playing Field at Tanteen, St. George’s, to complete use for community activities.

    “For a long time we were clamouring for this,’’ said football coach Jeffrey Depradine of Carenage United Sports Club. He was one of several representatives of sporting and cultural groups that attended a March 9 ceremony at Old Trafford.

    It signaled the formal hand over of the playing field from a teaching site and back to its original purpose for sports and recreation.

    Buildings were erected at Old Trafford in 2004 to cater for students attending T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC). Like many educational institutions, TAMCC was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan.

    At the handing over ceremony, the Sports Coordinator in the Ministry of Sports promised that very soon, Old Trafford “will even be better than before.’’

    Conrad Francis said the Sports Ministry had opened a bidding process to find a contractor that would be hired to upgrade and rehabilitate Old Trafford, which also had been used by some as a vehicle parking lot over the past six years.

    In addition, said Mr. Francis, the rehabilitation of Old Trafford will help prevent the current overuse of the nearby Roy St. John Recreation Ground, the main playing facility at Tanteen.

    Town of St. George MP, Peter David, said the plans for Old Trafford include covered bleachers’ stand, dressing room and toilet facilities.

    He recalled that Old Trafford was the venue that spawned the careers of many national cricketers and footballers. It was a place where people gathered to have fun “in an atmosphere of good community spirit,’’ MP David said.

    “We believe that by rehabilitating this field, we are going to be rekindling that community spirit in the area,’’ said Mr. David, who is also Tourism Minister. “We lack sufficient open spaces in the Town of St. George. With the rehabilitation of the Old Trafford Playing Field, we see an opportunity to provide an open space for people to enjoy.’’

    The government was congratulated on the Old Trafford gesture by Trevor Joseph, Chairman of the St. George’s Sports Council; Nigel German McKie of the Generations Basketball Club; and Lincoln Depradine, Chairman of the Carenage Organisation for Recreation and Entertainment (CORE).

    “We intend to return this playing field to a high level of sporting activities,’’ said Depradine, who was part of 1970s Old Trafford football competitions that involved such teams as Halifax City; NJM United; Phoenix Third World; Tanteen Scrunters; Ajax; Rockshire; and The Might Have Been.

    Depradine said organisers of future competitions will seek the cooperation of householders in the Tanteen neighbourhood, and are also interested in obtaining private sector support for the upkeep of Old Trafford.

    CORE is inviting members, and other residents of the Carenage and surrounding communities, to a meeting to discuss plans for a clean-up drive for Old Trafford, as well as proposed activities to be held over the Easter holidays in April.

    The CORE meeting will take place on Thursday, March 17, 6 p.m., at the Carenage Sports Complex Community Room.

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    Jail for Antonio

    A St. Andrew’s man who attacked and robbed two Indian Businessmen is to spend seven years in jail. The sentencing of Antonio Lewis came one month after a nine-member jury found him guilty of robbery with violence, and robbery on January 24 at the Number One High Court.

    On the first count, Madam Justice Clare Henry imposed a seven-year sentence, and gave him five years for the second count with both sentences to run concurrently.

    The case against Lewis who is from Gladstone Road, Grenville, St. Andrew’s stemmed from a robbery that took place on April 3, 2010. The Indian Businessmen, Biju Anthony and Dipak Kumar Saitai who co-manage the Super Store on Jubilee Street, Grenville were attacked by two men while they were about to enter their vehicle.

    Biju was carrying a bag containing $100.00, while Dipak had in his possession $8,640.00 in a black plastic bag. The court learnt that Antonio who is a secondary school drop out, armed with a knife, was in the company of an unknown masked assailant when he launched the attack on Biju.

    The convicted man reportedly cut the string of the bag, and in the process some of Biju’s fingers got injured. Biju told the court that as he and his colleague approached their vehicle that was parked on Sendall Street, Grenville they noticed Antonio close to the driver’s door with his hands behind his back.

    The Indian businessman told the court that during the incident he fell and the convicted man swung the knife at him saying:” I will kill you.”

    In his evidence to the court, Dipak said he was at the side of the vehicle when he felt something on him like an iron or a gun that was placed in the area of his stomach by the person wearing the mask.

    After the robbery, the Indian businessmen said both men along with another person ran away in the direction of Moon Shadow Park. Since the start of the New Year there has been a spate of unsolved armed robberies on the island.

    Statistics released by the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force, through its “On The Beat Article” show that for the first two months of the year as much as nine armed robberies were committed.

    The CRD notes that the spate of robberies that have been taking place throughout Grenada has raised some serious concerns for both civilians and the police alike.

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    Plans to market Grenada’s carnival in North America

    Grenada plans on marketing its 2011 carnival in North America and the Caribbean, starting in Trinidad later this month.

    Junior Culture Minister, Senator Arley Gill, made the disclosure at a meeting with Chris Alexander, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Festival Management Committee of Toronto’s Scotiabank-sponsored Caribana.

    Sen. Gill said the regional campaign will capitalize on the popularity in Trinidad of Grenadian artiste, Tallpree, and on Iwer George’s hit, “Come to Meh.’’ In the song, George threatens to leave Trinidad for Grenada to be part of the island’s carnival Jab Jab celebrations.

    “Trinidad has been one of our focal points for marketing for the past two years,’’ the Culture Minister said. “We are going to kick off our regional campaign in Trinidad because it’s an important market. We’re going to piggyback on the success not just of Iwer George, but of our own Tallpree as well, in the Trinidad market. By next week we should be able to engage the Trinidad market for Spicemas 2k11.’’

    Sen. Gill said with regard to Toronto, he’s interested in partnership that would allow for the marketing of Grenada and its Spicemas carnival.

    He described the talks with CAO Alexander as “just the beginning of a discussion to see how best we can, as much as is possible, bring benefits for both Caribana and Grenada carnival.’’

    Sen. Gill presented Grenada-born Alexander, a former banker and now an independent businessman, with a copy of “Canboulay,’’ the 2010 souvenir magazine of Grenada’s carnival celebrations.

    Mr. Alexander travelled to his homeland after visiting Trinidad for the country’s carnival that ended March 8.

    “I had a series of meetings in Trinidad with different ministers and other officials to see exactly what they do, to see what we didn’t want to take away and what we wanted to take away,’’ Mr. Alexander said.

    “There are a few things that I know we wouldn’t do, and some good things that we picked up from Trinidad’s carnival that we probably could take back to enhance what we’re doing in Toronto right now.’’

    Toronto’s 2011 Caribana will be held on the weekend of July 29. Mr. Alexander said Grenada’s culture will be highlighted at the festival with the participation of members of the Toronto-based Spice Youth Organisation.

    He’ll like to have artistes from Grenada visit and participate in Caribana, but admitted that cost may be a prohibitive factor.

    “Grenada,’’ Mr. Alexander said, “has a lot of great artistes, so it would be nice to see if we can get them more involved. But you know the aspects of what happens when artistes come in. First thing, there is the cost aspect to bring them in.’’

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    11 Year Old Boys Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 9 Year Old Girl

    According to a reliable source, a 35 year old supervisor of River Lane, Gouyave, St. John has complained to the police, on behalf of her nine year old daughter, of being indecently assaulted by two eleven year old boys. It is alleged that this incident happened at the home on the victim on March 11th 2011, at about 9pm.

    The matter is being investigated by the CID at the Gouyave Police Station.

    On the same day of the alleged incident, Rondalph Benjamin, Alias "Benji" 43yrs, Maintenance Worker of Upper Depradine Street, Gouyave, St. John, was charged for defilement of a female to wit: his 14 year old daughter, student of the same address.

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    Promotion for Grenada to be year-round cruise destination

    Grenada is seeking to promote itself as a year-round cruise destination, and also trying to secure additional employment for Grenadians on tourist boats.

    The country continues to benefit from record numbers of cruise ship arrivals during the winter period; but tourism officials are currently meeting with decision-makers in the United States in an effort to attract increased calls during the summer months.

    A delegation, headed by Tourism Minister Peter David, is attending the annual Sea Trade Summit in Miami, Florida.

    Minister David says Grenada’s participation is critical in ensuring year-round employment for people working in the local tourism sector.

    Should government’s attempts succeed, it would be welcomed by tourism partners, including taxi-drivers and vendors, who have been clamouring for many years for more off-season visits by tourist liners.

    The Sea Trade Summit, from March 13 – 17, is the world’s most important and largest annual meeting for the cruise industry.

    Minister David and his team are also using the meeting to explore opportunities for the expanding of the hotel industry, which will in turn mean more airlift into the country.

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    Its about time you know how long they should have been doing this. The island is so nice and the beaches are beautiful arguably some of the best in the Caribbean, and warm friendly people. I have yet to meet a person who been to Grenada and did not like the island.

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