Grenada’s Olympic and world champion 400 metre runner, Kirani James is one of two persons featured on LIME’s, World Talk Cards.
The telecommunications provider unveiled the cards during the company’s regular media briefings held last week Wednesday at its head office at Mt. Hartman, St. George’s.
The other featured citizen on the card is Jeanne Fisher, one of the founding members of the Grenada Arts Council.
LIME’S General Manager, Angus Steele, presented the senior citizen with a plaque in recognition of her more than 50 years of service to the industry.
The company also gave details about the upcoming Grenada Nutmeg Festival spearheaded by Broadcaster, Shirma Wells which is due to run from October 26 to November 4.
The event will include competitions for farmers, school children, and a culinary competition involving the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association.
The festival will culminate with an exhibition and Nutmeg Jam featuring cultural performances.
In an effort to revitalise the nutmeg sector, the Government of Grenada has declared 2012 as the ‘Year of Nutmeg and Other Spices’, and has chosen the week for its first-ever Grenada Nutmeg Festival.
Wells believe that Grenadians should not ignore the importance of the nutmeg and the festival to the island.
She recalled the days when the industry generated $30 million to the economy just prior to being hit by Ivan, when about 90 percent of trees were wiped out.
Another initiative receiving assistance from LIME is Grenada’s world-renowned Underwater Sculpture Park.
Designed by Jason Taylor, the park was set up in 2006 and is known internationally as one of the unique places for diving.
National Geographic magazine has named the site one of “Earth’s most awesome places.”
LIME’S contribution to the Park is the replacing of two of the 25 children holding hands in a circle.
The company has partnered with Howard Clarke and his team as a co-sponsor of that replacement exercise.
LIME has also partnered with the Mt. Moritz Community Development Organisation for the next three years with the intention of enhancing the monthly breakfast in that community, but also for fostering closer community ties through scholarship programmes for the nation’s youths.
Another area of LIME’s support is with the Market Access for Rural Enterprise Project (MAREP), which provides training for rural communities aimed at stimulating economic development.
In Carriacou, the company has also partnered with the LIME Stars Community Project to build a recreational center in the Lauriston Road area.
The company’s support to the Diaspora continues with sponsorship of “Grenada Days” in Toronto and New York and its continued support of the GBSS alumni scholarship programme for the second time.
The programme is planned for December, and this year will feature the World 400m Olympic Gold winner, Kirani James.
Steele highlighted a number of improvements in the company’s services to customers such as a 98% completion work on its G-volution.
This entails decommissioning the current mobile structure and replacing it with an entirely new one as part of Lime’s moves to the 4G standard and to enable the island to have the most advanced voice and data mobile network possible.
According to Steele, the network is already fully installed, and the tweaking process is now being performed.
Earlier this week, the National Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission announced that LIME was one of the companies selected by the Universal Service Fund to expand accessibility to the Internet in Grenada.
LIME will be providing broadband in areas such as Morne Lung, Prospect and Darvy.
LIME is also the major sponsor of Spice Mas and earlier this year the company invested $2.3 million towards the development of Grenada’s Carnival over a three-year period (2012-2014).
It also sponsors nine soca artistes to help with the development of the cultural showpiece through greater exposure of their music in other LIME territories.
The list includes Soca Ambassador, Wilt “Tallpree” Cambridge, 2012 Soca Monarch Marcus “Lavaman” James, and 2012 Groovy Soca Monarch Finbar “Shortpree” Andrews who will all leave Grenada to attend Dominica’s World Creole Festival at the end of this month.