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Launch of Dev Info and Strengthening Capacity Project

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA Wednesday, March 05, 2014: The CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will launch the Implementation of Dev Info and Strengthening Capacity Project, on Thursday March 6th 2014, at the Public Workers Union, Conference Room, Tanteen, St. George’s, at 1:00pm.

DEV INFO is a database system which harnesses the power of advanced information technology to compile and disseminate data related to human development, as reflected by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), and other priority areas. It is a tool for organizing, storing, and presenting data in a uniform way to facilitate data sharing at the country level across government department as well as Regional and International Agencies.

This Project would provide technical assistance and build capacity to the Central Statistical Office and Line Ministries in Grenada and other participating member states. 

The overall objective of the Project is to enhance the capacity of participating countries and the OECS Secretariat to monitor progress and report on the Caribbean Specific Millennium Development Goals and other key thematic and cross-thematic development indicators. The enhanced capacity can enable fulfillment of reporting commitments to the CARICOM Secretariat the CDB, UNICEF and other agencies and can also encourage more evidence-based decision-making by officials and other data users in Grenada.

The project targets all line ministries and departments that produce information that are used for the monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals and the Caribbean Specific Targets and Indicators.


In this regard, the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Central Statistical Office is requesting the Media’s presence at this launch.

Caribbean groups to debate ACP future in Grenada

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (ACP) — Stakeholders from Caribbean governments, private sector bodies and civil society will tackle critical questions about the future outlook of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries, including the region’s stakes in the world’s largest intergovernmental association of developing countries.

The ACP Eminent Persons Group (EPG) will host two days of consultations from 1 to 2 November in Grenada following the CARIFORUM senior officials and Council of Ministers meeting earlier in the week. The talks aim to gather the region’s views on “re-inventing” ACP Group as a global player, and the future orientations of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020.

“It’s really looking up to the future in what will happen when the Cotonou Agreement [framework for ACP-EU partnership] expires in 2020,” said the vice-chair of the ACP EPG, former president of the Dominican Republic Dr Leonel Fernández Reyna.

“A lot has been happening in the world, in the European Union and also in the ACP countries. We need to adjust our future relationship within a new context, within a new paradigm shift that has taken place in terms of international relations, and a new perspective… The whole the whole idea of cooperation, trade and political dialogue will go into a process of transformation.”

Reyna is joined by fellow Caribbean members of the EPG, including former president of Guyana Bharatt Jagdeo as co-vice chair, and former executive director of the International Trade Centre Patricia Francis of Jamaica.

“There has been a lot of soul-searching that we have been going through, as to what is the essence of the ACP that we want going forward? What are the kinds of values that we have in common that we want to retain? What is it that we think we can achieve going forward, recognising the huge diversity that we have in the ACP itself? … We want to make sure that the ACP articulates its position clearly as to what it wants and then looks at what are the partnerships that can add value to this position,” said Francis, in explaining the key issues.

The meeting is the second in a series of six rounds of consultation in the various ACP subgroups. The first was held 17-19 October in Samoa (Pacific region), with four more to go in the Eastern, Western, Central and Southern African regions. Outcomes of these meetings will feed into a final report to be presented to the eighth summit of ACP heads of state and government, projected to take place in the Caribbean in December 2014.

The 12-member ACP Eminent Persons Group is chaired by former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. The seventh Summit of the ACP heads of states and government, held in Equatorial Guinea on 13-14 December 2012, mandated the creation of the EPG to examine the overall framework of ACP-EU cooperation, and provide concrete recommendations for the future of the ACP as an intergovernmental body.

US willing to work with Grenada in search for Bishop’s body, says ambassador

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — American diplomat Larry Palmer says his country is willing to continue the search for the remains of former Grenada prime minister, Maurice Bishop, who was murdered along with several others in St George’s on October 19, 1983.

US Ambassador Larry Palmer

Larry Palmer, the Barbados-based US ambassador to Grenada and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean, made the comment last week as Grenada marked 30 years since the execution of Bishop and the subsequent US invasion on October 25.

Palmer said that, although the US has cooperated with Grenada on “multiple occasions” in previous unsuccessful attempts to locate the bodies of Bishop and the other Grenadians, his country is still prepared to assist in a further search if a formal request is made to the United States administration by Dr Keith Mitchell, Grenada’s prime minister.

“I just want to say to the prime minister if asked, if requested, we stand willing to continue to work, to cooperate, with you to try and work this out,” Palmer said.

Various accounts have been bandied about on the whereabouts of the bodies.

There is little dispute, however, that at some point the remains were in the custody of US Army Graves Registration personnel.

But claims that the remains eventually were buried at the main cemetery in St George’s have failed to bear results, despite investigations conducted by secondary school students of the Presentation Brothers’ College and a so-called “Recovery Project” embarked upon by the Conference of Churches in Grenada (CCG).

The CCG, which says it still has an outstanding debt of US$21,000 for the project that involved a team of forensic anthropologists from the University of Maine, said that in May 2012 a “thorough, professional examination” of the purported grave site was conducted but no remains were found.

Meanwhile, 13 Grenadians soldiers who died in the 1983 invasion by US forces are being remembered with a headstone that was unveiled here last Friday.

The 19 US servicemen who died in the invasion were recognized years ago with monuments at St George’s University and at the entrance leading to Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The headstone unveiling ceremony for the late Grenadian soldiers was endorsed by the National Celebrations Committee, and attended by former members of the now defunct People’s Revolutionary Army (PRA).

“They were soldiers who died defending the country and we should treat them with respect regardless of who was the government at the time,” said Ashley ‘Ram’ Folkes, a former senior PRA officer, who is now Commissioner of Prisons.

5 Landscape Design Tips For Beginners

I have recently been working on planning the new design of my front yard. Having previously been a horticulture specialist (in a past life), I knew where to start my research, but maybe others don’t. Here are my tips to designing a yard that not only compliments your home, but is also functional for your needs.

Know your climate. You have to really know the climate you live in: average temperatures during the day and at night, what seasons (if any) does the area experience, how much rainfall does the area receive throughout the year, and does the climate include extreme temperatures (hot or cold, or both). You’ll want to find plants that tolerate the conditions in your specific climate.

Watering. Is there, or will there be, a sprinkler system? Are you willing to go outside and water the yard (plants) every day? If the answer is no to these questions, and there isn’t an abundance of rain year-round, you’ll likely want to go with drought-tolerant plants. You’ll also want to look at each type of plant you choose to make sure the watering requirements are similar so you don’t over-or accidentally under-water any of them.

Sunlight exposure. You’ll need to look at the specific sunlight conditions in the area you are looking to plant in. You’ll need to be aware of how much sunlight each area receives during the day and in what areas of the yard. Be sure to look at the specifications for the plants you are considering to ensure they will receive the appropriate amount of sunlight in that particular area of your yard.

Maintenance. You’ll need to decide how much time and money you want to throw at the maintenance of your yard. Some plants require more maintenance than others, so the time spent will vary by the type of plants you use in your landscape. Also, will you (or someone in your home) be doing the maintenance, or are you going to hire someone to do it for you? How much are you willing to spend?

Color. The fun, but for me, the hard part of the process. What color do I want in my yard? What compliments the color of my home? What color schemes look the best for my yard, and where do I want to put the colors? These are all questions that should be asked.
Other things to think about:

Fillers – i.e. small plants, grass, artificial turf, wood chips, etc.

Fertilizer – what type you should use

Sprinkler system – if you’re going to put one in, you’ll need to decide what type to purchase, who is going to install it, and where the controls for it will go

Trellis – if you choose to add vines to your landscape, you’ll likely want to include a trellis, so you’ll need to know what type, size, and color will look and work best.

By Kristy M Lopez

Grenada to launch reformed public assistance project

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Ministry of Social Development will on September 26 formally launch the reorganized government assistance program, which brings relief to the most vulnerable Grenadians.

The Support for Education Empowerment and Development (SEED) project now unifies three grant giving programs under one administrative arrangement. The programs are the school transportation allowance, the necessitous fund and the public assistance program. The focus is on families rather than individuals, which was the case in the past.

The project has a number of other new features and its primary focus is developing the human capital potential of underprivileged school aged and youthful beneficiaries. For the first time school aged beneficiaries are required to attend school regularly and do health checks at specified intervals, which will be verified.

An increase has also been given to the maximum qualifiable benefit per family, making it possible for a family duly comprised of beneficiaries to receive a maximum of $400, whereas in the past it was effectively $300 that could be applied.

For the first time since the establishment of SEED, needy students from T. A. Marryshow Community College, the Program for Adolescent Mothers and New Life Organization will be included for transport assistance under the program. Also for the first time a central beneficiary information management system has been put in place and a more impartial system of targeting through a proxy means test.

Under this project, a family agent or representative will collect benefits once per month at the revenue offices, unlike in the past when various members collected on their own behalf at more than one approved locations.

The elderly will continue to benefit from government assistance as usual.

The SEED project will continue as a program after the current phase of funding from the World Bank and government of Grenada culminates, as will the operational and other structures.

The SEED project is the first under government’s safety net advancement project and is intended to serve as a pilot for similar projects in the OECS.

Grenada upgrades from board of tourism to tourism authority

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) — Increased marketing opportunities, greater potential for earning and better partnership with airlines and cruise ships are just a few of the benefits that Grenada will enjoy as it embarks upon new tourism frontiers by embracing the concept of a tourism authority.

At a media conference held on Wednesday, members of the transition team, comprising the minister of tourism, civil aviation and culture, Alexandra Otway-Noel; parliamentary secretary in the ministry of agriculture, Senator Simon Stiell; and lead consultant and former tourism minister in Barbados, Noel Lynch, spoke to the media about the significance of the Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT) to Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) transition and the positive impact it can have on Grenada’s tourism industry.

“We all understand that the tourism sector is critical to Grenada,” Otway-Noel said at the conference. “It is the number one driving force in our economy and it is important that we are meeting all the marks. In doing so, our marketing and our public relations and all of these areas have to be manned by the most appropriate people, in a time when the tourism industry is changing so rapidly.”

According to Otway-Noel, the decision to transition, which was well thought out and very calculated, did not exclude the relevant stakeholders.

“When the strategic plan was created in 2012, hundreds of tourism stakeholders participated and this was one of the components coming out of that, which needed to be done. So, what we are doing is carrying out the wishes of the tourism sector and making sure that Grenada is where it ought to be,” she said.

Stiell, former director of the Grenada Board of Tourism, said that with this strategic move, Grenada can begin to make head way in the dynamic and competitive tourism industry.

“We have a lot of catching up to do, but with the establishment of this new Authority a greater focus will be placed on development of the sector and we will be able to take advantage of many opportunities in the tourism sector that, to date, we have failed to really capitalize on,” he said.

While the work on the transition intensifies, Otway-Noel said that tourism business is not on hold.

“Tourism is ongoing. We have flights coming in; we have hotel rooms to fill, so we have to make sure that we do this in a very succinct way, because tourism continues,” she emphasized.

Mother of Grenada’s former revolutionary leader Maurice Bishop dies at 97

By Marcia Braveboy
Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent
Email: marcia@caribbeannewsnow.com
Twitter: @mbraveboy

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The mother and wife of two of Grenada’s leading revolutionaries, Alimenta Bishop — the mother of Grenada’s second prime minister, Maurice Bishop, and the wife of Rupert Bishop (the father of Maurice) — died on Saturday at the age of 97.

Alimenta Bishop

Alimenta Bishop died without realizing her wish to get her son’s body to give him a decent burial.

“Every year I get upset about the same thing” she said eight years ago. “Every time I ask why I can’t get a word about my son’s body, they saying to forgive, but I am saying how can I forgive when I don’t have results about my son.”

In 2005, 22 years after he was assassinated, Maurice Bishop’s mother asked the Grenada authorities to release the body of her son to her care.

The mother of the Spice Island’s former leading revolutionary said even Jesus’s mother got his body to bury after they crucified him.

Rupert Bishop. Photo: grenadarevolutiononline

“His mother was able to get his body to bury, but when I ask what happened to my son, nobody would tell me,” Mrs Bishop said.

Alimenta Bishop said she at least got her husband Rupert Bishop’s body to bury. “I could go to the grave and say this is the spot where my husband is buried, but I can’t say that for my son.”

Rupert Bishop was shot and killed by bullets from a police constable’s gun on January 21, 1974. He was standing in the doorway of Otway House, the home of the Grenada Seamen and Waterfront Workers Union on the Carenage when he was gunned down on what was later dubbed Bloody Monday. It was a traumatising experience for Mrs Bishop and her son Maurice.

Bloody Monday demonstrators.
Photo: D. Sinclair Babreo’s
“Prostitution of a democracy”

The trade union movement was demonstrating against Grenada becoming an independent state under Eric Gairy’s rule. Four years later on March 13, 1979, his son Maurice and his New Jewel Movement party overthrew the Gairy-led government in a coup.

Nine years after the assassination of Rupert Bishop, Alimenta Bishop faced her second major trauma — her son Maurice Bishop, like his dad, was killed in similar fashion, only worse. He was lined up against a wall, along with other comrades on Fort George in St George’s and brutally gunned down. To this day, it has not been revealed what happened to Bishop’s body. His left wing People’s Revolutionary Government perished with him.

Just a few years ago, Mrs Bishop also lost her grandson Vladimir tragically in Canada in 1994, following a knife attack on him and his friends at a Caribbean night club. Vladimir was stabbed to death. He was the son of Jacqueline Creft and Maurice Bishop. Creft was education minister in the Bishop-led People’s Revolutionary Government.

Maurice Bishop

Mrs Bishop witnessed the ceremony of the renaming of the Grenada Point Salines International Airport to the Maurice Bishop International Airport in 2009, under the Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

As condolences pour in for Alimenta Bishop, some Grenadians can be seen on social media calling her by affectionate names like: “Ma Bishop” and “Lioness;” others describe her as a pillar of strength, and as one who gave all for her country.

Mrs Bishop will go down in history as paying a high price for two significant moments in Grenada’s history; the slaying of her husband during mass demonstrations against the Eric Gairy government to prevent the island becoming an independent nation under Gairy and the assassination of her son Maurice Bishop, who led Grenada as the country’s second prime minister from 1979 to 1983.


How should Alimenta Bishop be remembered?

Claude Douglas, sociologist and lecturer at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in Grenada, said Mrs Bishop should be remembered as a pillar of strength and courage.

“She is an embodiment of the saying that on the side of every good man is an excellent woman,” Douglas said. “I believe that she has endured a lot of grief and pain, notwithstanding that she lived subsequently to the death of her husband and son to this ripe age.”

The deaths were not because of natural causes, they were violent deaths, Douglas stressed.

The date for Alimenta Bishop’s funeral is still being finalised.

The history of events surrounding Bishop’s father and his son’s death sourced from www.grenadarevolutiononline.com

Grenadian Journalist Wins Caribbean Media Awards on Water

We would like to share with you, the results of our Media Awards on Water for 2013. We take this time to congratulate the winners and we would also like to acknowledge the work of all other participants in the competition.

Below you will find a press release on the winning journalists and profiles on the awardees:

Press Release – Grenadian Journalist Wins Caribbean Media Awards on Water

Meet the Winning Journalists

You, the members of our Journalists Network are very important to us. We continue to encourage you at anytime to share your work with us on water related topics.

Best regards,

Gabrielle Lee Look
Communications Officer
Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C)
#77 Eastern Main Road
St. Augustine
Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
Tel: +868 663 4829
Fax: +868 645 7805
E-mail: gleelook@gwp-caribbean.org
Website: www.gwp-caribbean.org
Find Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gwpcaribbean

2013: The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation!

Happy New Year’s

Early New Year’s Celebrations

The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival called Akitu (derived from the Sumerian word for barley, which was cut in the spring) that involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days. In addition to the new year, Atiku celebrated the mythical victory of the Babylonian sky god Marduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat and served an important political purpose: It was during this time that a new king was crowned or that the current ruler’s divine mandate was symbolically renewed.

Throughout antiquity, civilizations around the world developed increasingly sophisticated calendars, typically pinning the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile, which coincided with the rising of the star Sirius. The first day of the Chinese new year, meanwhile, occurred with the second new moon after the winter solstice.

January 1 Becomes New Year’s Day

The early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox; according to tradition, it was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. A later king, Numa Pompilius, is credited with adding the months of Januarius and Februarius. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today.

As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties. In medieval Europe, Christian leaders temporarily replaced January 1 as the first of the year with days carrying more religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation); Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582.

New Year’s Traditions

In many countries, New Year’s celebrations begin on the evening of December 31—New Year’s Eve—and continue into the early hours of January 1. Revelers often enjoy meals and snacks thought to bestow good luck for the coming year. In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the months ahead-right before midnight. In many parts of the world, traditional New Year’s dishes feature legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; examples include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States. Because pigs represent progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and other countries. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle, round out the feast in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and elsewhere. In Sweden and Norway, meanwhile, rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is served on New Year’s Eve; it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune.

Other customs that are common worldwide include watching fireworks and singing songs to welcome the new year, including the ever-popular “Auld Lang Syne” in many English-speaking countries. The practice of making resolutions for the new year is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. (They would reportedly vow to pay off debts and return borrowed farm equipment.)

In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. Millions of people around the world watch the event, which has taken place almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball itself has ballooned from a 700-pound iron-and-wood orb to a brightly patterned sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds. Various towns and cities across America have developed their own versions of the Times Square ritual, organizing public drops of items ranging from pickles (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania) to possums (Tallapoosa, Georgia) at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

IT Jobs: A promising Future

Information technology has entered almost in all sphere of our life. From electricity bill payment to shopping all are related and effected by IT in some way to other. Industries are automating their task to cut down manual labor cost. Home appliances, industrial machines, watch, automobiles are using software to enhance the quality of products. As a result demand of IT professionals is high in market.

IT jobs are promising, it offers hefty salary package with immense opportunity to grow and expand your career. If you are expert in your field and have good knowledge on your subject then you can easily get handsome salary package. All you need to have to build your career in It industry is right degree and skill, it is the only qualification you need to make your career in IT industry. If your are fresher and looking for primary level IT jobs then internet could help you in finding your avenue but for specialist level and higher standard IT jobs you have to rely on your professional contact as most of the organizations did not disclose higher level job opening at job portals.

You can start your IT career as a software engineer, web developer, database manager and IT Hardware professional. To accelerate your IT career it is important to update your skill from time to time. Learn industry level skill and enhance your capability. Course offered by SAP and Oracle are very promising though it is not easy to clear these exams but once you become SAP or Oracle certified professional you value will increase in the industry.

Searching IT Jobs is not a tough job there are various online portals and IT recruitment companies dealing in IT jobs. Job portals are more useful as there you can see different openings posted by numbers of IT companies. IT jobs are promising; it is one of the well-paid industries with fast growth rate. Start hunting for your dream IT job with online portals and give right shape to your career.

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