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    Miscellaneous News Out Of Grenada

    Students Continue To Travel Abroad On Government Scholarships

    Fifteen scholarship awardees, who left Grenada on Sunday have arrived safely in Morocco.

    The fifteen were among over one hundred beneficiaries awarded at a ceremony on August 12, 2011, to study in Grenada and other countries.

    They will be pursuing studies in Computer Science, French, Chemistry, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Engineering, Architecture and Mathematics.

    Twenty-eight awardees left the island previously, seven to study in China, five in Cuba, six in Jamaica and ten in Trinidad and Tobago. Another twenty-four are scheduled to leave in the coming months, four will be traveling to Serbia on October 5, 2011 and twenty to Venezuela in January 2012.

    The awardees are pursuing studies in varied fields at undergraduate and Master’s levels.

    The fifteen awardees left Grenada at 7p.m. on Sunday 25th September, 2011, and traveled to England and unto Morocco.

    The availability of scholarships for Grenadians to advance their studies further highlights governments’ commitment to the educational development of the country’s human resource.

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    Judicial Manager To Host Forums For Policyholders Of Clico

    Policyholders of CLICO International Life Insurance Limited (CIL) have been invited to meet with the company’s Judicial Manager, Oliver Jordan and his Grenada representative Pearlena Sylvester Monday next week.

    Corporate Executive Flexible Premium Annuity (EFPA) holders are asked to attend the forum from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm while Individual EFPA Policyholders and holders of traditional policies are asked to attend from 2:30 to 4pm.

    The meetings will be held within the Annex of The Trade Centre, Morne Rouge, Grand Anse.

    They follow the presentation of options for a restructuring plan for the Company as presented in the High Court of Barbados on Tuesday this week.

    Policyholders will be provided with a comprehensive update on the financial condition of CIL and the various options considered for restructuring.

    The Grenada forum will be the first in a series of meetings planned in the interest of policyholders in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

    Each option of the restructuring plan has its own funding implications.

    As such, the Judicial Manager will also engage discussions with insurance regulators and the governments of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to establish the preferred option and the available funding.

    Upon confirmation of available funding the Judicial Manager will seek final approval in all regional courts for the restructuring of CIL.

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    “Love The Child; Fathers Care Too”

    “Love the Child; Fathers care too” Is the theme for this year’s observance of child month; and is in keeping with the focus on the role of fathers in the lives of children.

    An address by Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean will officially mark the start of activities.

    The month will be observed with activities and Schools, churches, clubs, and groups throughout the island are being encouraged to engage fathers in a positive way during the month of October.

    Other suggested activities include:

    Programs with fathers to be featured through (on) the media

    School concerts featuring dads

    Church and community programs featuring dads

    An Afternoon with Dad

    Award ceremony for fathers

    And the usual highlights of the annual street marches in the various districts.

    The month is being observed from October 1st to 31st, 2011.

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    Thompson takes charge

    The baton has been passed on to Willan Thompson, making him the 23rd Commissioner of Police in the existence of the 158th year of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), and the 16th Commissioner since the People’s Revolutionary Government of 1979.

    Thompson took charge of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) last week Friday at the Special Services Unit Compound, Point Salines in what was regarded as the change of command ceremony which marked the completion of duties of James Clarkson who, for the past three years served as Commissioner.

    In an impressive ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Tillman Thomas, members of his cabinet of ministers, and former Commissioners of Police among others, Clarkson had the opportunity to inspect a guard of honour that was formed by various arms of the RGPF before making the symbolic presentation of the RGPF Flag to Thompson, and making his final march along a red carpet as the country’s commissioner.

    However, the rank and file members of the RGPF did not just sit back and bade farewell to their former commissioner, he was given a musical rendition by the RGPF Band, and a token of their appreciation. In his final address, Clarkson said when he took command of the RGPF in August 2008, it was faced with a number of challenges, with a perception that the force was not credible. However, he said today it has become a professional unit which, according to him, is the envy of every other police force in the region.

    He said the hallmarks of the RGPF are the zero tolerance for all forms of lawlessness, engagement with the community, rebuilding of homes, cleaning of wells, landscaping, keeping the community fit, the absence of police brutality, the centralization of command, and the annual recognition of police officers. However, Clarkson said the highpoint of the RGPF came when he was awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd an Order of the British Empire for Public Service. He said throughout his journey in the RGPF he has had some good times and some bad times.

    He spoke of having met some wonderful men and women, and many of them were involved in making his journey successful. “Let me publicly congratulate Superintendent (Edvin) Martin and the divisional commanders - CID, drug squad, traffic, our foot soldiers - for keeping this country safe one more time during the carnival season,” he said.

    The retired commissioner also commended the men and women in uniform for taking back control of the country from certain elements who “prefer robberies to hard work.” “My feelings was and still is, that the country must not be held hostage to a bunch of thugs bent on putting fear in the minds of our people... Our country today is one of the safest,” he said.

    Clarkson also referred to the appointments of Andrea Cadet and Andrea Jones as Cadet Officers, and giving the women time offs at nights to be home with their new-born which were heavily criticized by the men in the force. He said it was a tough decision he took, which he said is the responsibility of leadership.

    “This lifted the status of women in the force,” he quipped. The former commissioner spoke highly of his successor whom he said he has come to know and respect for a number of years. “Mr. Thompson has a good pair of hands. I know he will run his leg with the same care and more than I did,” he said.

    However, he said with whatever personal success Thompson may have in life, he must have leadership ability to be effective. Just as how King Solomon had prayed to God for wisdom in the Book of 1 Kings (chapter 3, verses 5 to 14) in being able to rule his people, Commissioner Thompson prayed for wisdom and direction in the dispensation of his duties.

    The new man at the helm of the RGPF recorded his appreciatioon to his predecssor for the service he rendered to the police force. He said he is happy to have been given the opportunity to serve his country at the level of Commissioner of Police.

    Thompson who has been associated with RGPF for almost 22 years spoke about his commitment of service to his country. He said in 1987, just two years into his policing career while on a junior command course in Jamaica he was invited by a senior police officer of the Royal Barbados Poluice Force to join that police force.

    “However, I was not tempted for one minute to accept this offer, for now having been given the opportunity to serve my force at the highest level, despite the difficulties experienced, speaks to patriotism and destiny,” he said. He promised that as Commissioner to guide the process of the RGPF, but pleaded for the assistance of all members to be able to bring to the nation the service it expects of them. He recognized that it is an onerous task especially in today’s world where there are so many ills.

    However, he pledged to do his best by using his knowledge, skills and experience to guide the RGPF as they embark on the challenge that lies ahead. Commissioner Thomposn admonished his troupes to recommit themselves, redouble their efforts and continue to be professional, be disciplined, and work towards building a force that will be the pride of the nation.

    Prime Minister Thomas who addressed the change of guard ceremony indicated that the occasion signifies the importance his three-year old government places on institutions. He said the elevation of Thompson who for the past year served as a Deputy Commissioner of Police, gives testimony to his governent’s commitment of having things done in a transparent manner.

    The Prime Minister recalled that in the past appointments for the position of Commissioner of Police did not go through a transparent process. He said in this case, an interview panel was set up by the Public Service Commission who interviewed applicants for the post of commisisoner, and in the end a recommendation was made to him.

    “This we see as something that is transparent and something that is vital because we want people to be promoted on merit in the police force and in other institutions. We must have certain standards in our society because we want to get the best results for our people, therefore, I am really pleased with the process that ahs been set up to identify or recommend someone to the Minister of National Security as Commissioner of Police,” he said.

    The Grenadian Leader said standards for promotions need to be established. “People must be promoted by merit. There must be standards established, what are the requirements, and the police must know the requirements so they could apply themselves to do the necessary studies,” he said.

    The Prime Minister expressed his gratefulness to the out-going commissioner for the work he has done in being able to fight crime. At the same time he said Commissioner Thomposn now has a challenge on his hand. He said police officers must be committed to the prevention and detection of crime in the society.

    However, he recognize the need for the RGPF to be equipped in order to deal with the sophisticated type of criminal activities that are taking place. The Grenadian Leader said although resources are scarce his government will endeavour to partner with other governments to secure training for police officers and to improve the phsyical facilities under which they have to work and live.

    Earlier this year police officers at the Criminal Investigation Department in St. George’s staged a mild protest to register their disgust over the physical condition of the building on Hillsborough Street.

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    MAN CHARGED FOR DAMAGE TO PASSPORT

    A 30 year old St. Andrew resident has been charged with damage to Government property after he allegedly tore a page off in a Grenadian passport.

    Dowlyn Joseph of La Poterie was charged for the offence which was reported on September 14th 2011.

    If found guilty Joseph is liable on summary conviction to one year imprisonment and a fine of four hundred dollars.


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    Police Recovers Stolen Monies

    Swift response by Officers attached to the Gouyave Police Station has resulted in the recovery of a quantity of monies reported to have been stolen from a Gouyave, St. John’s business place.

    Less than two hours after the report was made to the Police on Tuesday 20th September, 2011, Kellon WELCH, 27 yrs old Mason of Gouyave Estate was arrested and charged in connection with housebreaking and stealing at Licks & Bytes Restaurant and Bar, Lower Depradine Street, Gouyave.

    Welch was apprehended while aboard a mini-bus en route to St. George’s just at 10:00 a.m. A search of him led to the recovery of a total of fifteen thousand, ninety-nine dollars and twenty-five cents.

    Licks & Bytes was reported broken into during the night on Monday 19th September and cash amounting to fifteen-thousand five hundred and fourteen dollars and twenty-five cents were stolen. ($15,514.25 ECC)

    Welch who appeared before the Sauteurs Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 22nd September 2011 has been remanded to prison to reappear in Court on Tuesday 26th September, 2011 at the Gouyave Magistrates’ Court.

    He has also been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug and two other charges relating to housebreaking and stealing in connection with offenses committed at the St. John’s Roman Catholic School in Gouyave.

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    Teenager Facing Numerous Charges Remanded To Prison

    Police investigators have laid an additional seven (7) charges on a 16 years old teenager of Grand Anse, St. George who earlier this week (Monday 19th September) was charged for the offenses of Arson and house breaking.

    The 16 year old who appeared before the St. George’s Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 22nd September 2011) has been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison.

    He is been charged with five (5) counts of housebreaking and stealing, two (2) counts of stealing from a dwelling house and one count each of housebreaking, grievous harm, rape, indecent exposure and arson.

    The youngster will reappear in Court on September 30th to answer to the charge of indecent exposure which is a summary offense and October 11th to answer the other nine charges which are of an indictable nature.

    More charges are expected to be laid against the teenager

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