NAWASA launches World Water Day Activities

Communications Manager at NAWASA Raelene Lazarus makes presentation on World Water Day Activities

The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) has launched its World Water Day Activities.

World Water Day will be observed on March 22 under the theme: “Water Cooperation”.

Activities planned are intended to involve all in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique with a special focus on gaining the participation of students and providing opportunity for them to have a voice on the issue of Water Cooperation.

The initiative will be facilitated via a Poster Competition which requires students between the ages of 9-15 to create visuals depicting examples of Water Cooperation in their communities, Water Cooperation in relation to economic benefits and Water Cooperation as it relates to preserving water resources and protecting the environment.

Poster entries will be accepted from March 22 and final submission deadline is July 1st, 2013.

Judging will occur by August 16 and winners notified by September 2.

Prizes of a tablet computer, digital camera and art supplies will be allocated to the first, second and third place winners respectively.

All schools throughout the Tri-island State are also invited to actively be a part of encouraging innovation and change in water practices via the Water Use Efficiency Project.

For this project, schools are required to identify areas within the school where water wastage exists and make a submission suggesting appropriate measures that may be taken to minimise excess consumption of water and to reduce wastage in those areas.

Schools are especially encouraged to submit projects maximising the use of rainwater or grey water recovery and use.

The deadline for submissions to take part in the Water Use Efficiency Project competition is March 8.

Only one school will be chosen as the winner and NAWASA will work with that school to implement the project providing support in both cash and expertise.

For all customers the popular Free Reconnection Programme will be repeated this year providing amnesty from the customary reconnection fee and the opportunity to develop a payment plan for any outstanding arrears.

Internationally, World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The event is one of the biggest on NAWASA’s calendar.

The Authority is excited about the possibilities for advocacy, education and change and looks forward to active participation in this year’s activities.

Top award for Nicholas Earle Brathwaite

Earle Brathwaite – to be honoured by UWI

Grenadian-born technology innovator, Nicholas Earle Brathwaite is among honourees for the University of West Indies fourth annual Toronto Benefit Gala scheduled for May 11, 2013.

Brathwaite, co-founder of PETNA Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organisation and the son of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite, former Prime Minister of Grenada, was among the list of honourees announced last week Tuesday.

Following a successful and rewarding career in the technology industry he co-founded the PETNA Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organisation he started with his wife Janice.

PETNA is committed to impacting lives and improving communities. It has provided financial support for students, funds to rebuild homes lost to natural disasters and donated supplies and service.

The other honorees includes Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay – renowned cardiologist, community leader, and philanthropist, Dr. Lennox Lewis – boxing legend, Dr. Upton Allen – physician and Division Head at Sick Kids Hospital, Dr. Mary Anne Chambers – former Ontario Cabinet Minister, Dr. Professor Jamal Deen – McMaster University, Douglas Orane, non-Executive Chairman, GraceKennedy Limited; Brigitte Shim – celebrated Canadian architect and the University of Toronto.

The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will be held on May 11 at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto,

 

and hosted by Vice-Chair for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and renowned motivational speaker, Michael “Pinball” Clemons and CTV anchor and Arts & Entertainment reporter, Andria Case.

Under the theme Light, Learning and Liberty and the patronage of G. Raymond Chang, OJ (Order of Jamaica), the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala raises funds for scholarships for outstanding academic achievers in the Caribbean, who are in great need of assistance.

Since the inaugural gala three years ago, 75 scholarships have been awarded.

The event also recognises the outstanding and tireless work of community leaders.

Past honorees include: award winning author Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Harry Belafonte, Michaelle Jean, Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police, Keith L. Forde, David Rudder; Michael Lee-Chin OJ, Olympian Donovan Bailey, leading professor of medicine, Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Ryerson University and the University Health Network.

Awards in three categories will be presented during the evening to outstanding leaders of Caribbean and Canadian heritage.

In addition to the awards ceremony, silent and live auctions, guests attending the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will enjoy live performances by internationally renowned Canadian jazz and blues artist Shakura S’Aida, Harpist Elizabeth Asuncion and Panman Pat’s Strolling Band, SwizzleStick Theatre Moko Jumbies and Michie Mee.

LIME continues sponsorship of Paradise Football Club

Dale Hinds – encouraged by LIME
sponsorship

Paradise Football Club continues to receive sponsorship from telecommunications provider, LIME.

The disclosure was made last week Wednesday during a press conference held at the company’s location at Mt. Hartman, St. George’s.

The St. Andrew’s-based club is receiving further sponsorship from LIME that goes up until 2016.

Member of the LIME Paradise Management Team Dale Hinds expressed their gratitude that LIME continues to keep the faith in them and supporting them throughout the years.

Hinds said they would not only become reliant on LIME for funds.

He said they are taking the initiative to conduct fund-raising activities to assist with projects.

One of their ventures Paradise Football Club is after is to purchase a bus.

Hinds disclosed that over $6,000.00 is spent annually for transportation.

“We want to be self-efficient and we hope with the support of LIME we can do our own activities so that we can raise our funds, and maybe even give back to the community,” he said.

Hinds recalled that when they first sought sponsorship from LIME in 2007 after winning the Grenada Football Association (GFA) Premier League Championship, the goal was to go further than just winning that competition.

The football coach said their goal was to develop young players within the community.

This year marks the sixth year since LIME has been sponsoring the St. Andrew’s-based Club.

Hinds said since 2008, Paradise Football Club has won the GFA on two occasions, Waggy-T Football Competitions twice, third on one occasion, and second on two occasions.

The Football Club will be venturing out on doing community projects.

Hinds said they will engaged in establishing road signs throughout Paradise and St. Andrew’s.

 

Vincy Caught Smuggling Ganja

Vincentian Elconado Sergeant and Albert Henry – caught in the police drag net

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) continues to reap success in the fight against illegal drugs.

A joint operation conducted by Police Officers attached to the Drug Squad, Special Services Unit (SSU), and the Grenada Coast Guard last week Saturday made a major dent into a Vincentian/Grenadian drug connection that netted close to four hundred pounds of marijuana that has an approximate street value of just over EC$890,000.00.

The drug burst took place in the early hours of last Sunday morning at Griffith Lane Beach in Grenville, St. Andrew’s as a Vincentian, Elconedo Sergeant and Albert Henry of Telescope, St. Andrew’s were caught carrying a fine bag and two backpacks that contained 12 pounds of marijuana.

The men had just come ashore from a fishing boat that was captained by Clivlon Eustace. The boat managed to get away from the law enforcement officers.

A well placed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper, the team of police Officers who gave chase after the boat with a Coast Guard vessel was able to recover from neighbouring Sandy Island four fine bags and three bales containing 184 pounds of marijuana that were buried in the sand.

The police operation also recovered 199 and a 1/4 pounds of marijuana at Marquis Rocks in St. Andrew’s.

Sergeant and Henry have been charged for the offences of possession and trafficking of 12 pounds of marijuana.

They appeared at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were remanded to the Richmond Hill prison by Magistrate Nevlyn John.

The drug suspects are due back in court on March 12.

BLOOD FLOWED AT WESTERHALL HEIGHTS …. Rampaging Youth Chop Two Persons

Three persons were left nursing injuries suffered at the hands of a cutlass-wielding man who staged a robbery at a private dwelling house at Westerhall Heights, St. David’s in broad daylight on Saturday.

THE NEW TODAY understands that a retired Grenadian nurse who spent most of her life in Britain and returned home to live permanently suffered the most serious of the injuries in the attack.

According to a well-placed source, the lady who is believed to be in her 60’s received a severe chop in the head from the attacker who was also said to be armed with a flare gun.

The source said that the house was left full of blood running on the floor as the rampaging youth, believed to be in his 20’s, also broke the finger of another lady in the house.

The attacker also used the cutlass to chop a visiting male person on the foot as he tried to flee for his life.

The source said that the lady got her finger broken as she wrestled with the man who broke into the house.

This paper was told that the injured man, believed to be a construction worker, was visiting the home when the intruder attacked him.

“The man was invited by the lady to come to the house to look at something she wanted him to do on the house for her. When he came up to the house, he saw the door wide open and found it strange since the lady is not the kind of person to leave her door open like that.

“He (the man) went inside the house only to see the lady lying on the ground bleeding. He thought she was dead. Before long, the person who was still inside the house attacked him.

The source said that the Construction Worker attempted to defend himself but was struck several times with the cutlass by his attacker.

He was forced to run out of the house and was eventually chopped on the foot by the intruder who chased after him with the cutlass.

It is believed that the youngster who broke into the house was able to steal a Dell Laptop computer, and a cellular phone from the property.

This newspaper understands that this was not the first time that the lady’s house was illegally broken into.

Police are said to be investigating the Westerhall Heights incident.

In recent weeks, there has been a spike in illegal activities in the country including a few house robberies and the theft of several animals especially goats and sheep from their owners.

Ex-convict Harms Former Lover

Shevon Gay – covered his face in shame as he makes his court appearance

Former murder convict, Shevon Gay of St. Jules Street, St George’s has once again found himself entangled with the law.

Gay has been charged with attempted murder and robbery with violence in connection with an alleged attack on his former girlfriend of Marigot, St. John’s.

A reliable source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Gay allegedly inflicted several chop wounds on Nyasha Langaigne after taking away some of her personal belongings.

Langaigne sustained injuries to her forehead, left side of the face and arms and was treated at the St. George’s General hospital.

The 27-year old victim was reportedly picked up from the side of the road bleeding profusely by a passerby in a white car and taken to hospital.

According to well-placed sources, Gay pursued the vehicle with his bus in an attempt to run it off the road.

Nyasha Langaigne – badly beaten by her former lover

A source who spoke on condition of not being identified said Gay stopped off at Langaigne’s home at Marigot and informed her that he had brought their two children to see her.

The accused man pretending that he wanted to hug her and then allegedly started to inflict the chop wounds on his ex-lover.

Gay once served prison time for an incident that occurred in front of KFC on Granby Street, St. George’s a few years ago which resulted in the death of a young man.

He was given a prison sentence at Richmond Hill and later fell victim to a sexual assault by fellow male inmates at the institution.

Gay was eventually released from prison to continue with his civilian life.

 

Family Reunion at South Grenada Regatta

The fifth edition of the South Grenada Regatta (SGR) was like a family reunion with lots of laughter, teasing and fun.

One of the yachts that participated in the Regatta

What is needed to organize a regatta? Some would say a committee, racing boats, a few markers to race around, race officials, prizes, parties and sponsors. Sounds easy but the South Grenada Regatta, hosted by Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel, offers so much more. Why? The organising committee sees their regatta as a platform to promote sailing to everyone and not just for sailors.

The SGR 2013, started with a free Dinghy Concert on Wednesday 20th February, a floating musical concert on the water, offering free water taxis from Le Phare Bleu out to the floating bar and seating area. Musicians perform for about an hour from a tug boat. One rule the musicians have to follow is that they must play a song about Grenada. This song is performed twice so a video can be made and if you go on to the Internet and type in dinghy concert you will be able to see a selection of past concerts plus the one performed last Wednesday, the 12th Dinghy Concert.

Anita Sutton, President of MAYAG (Marine and Yachting Association for Grenada) addressed the Dinghy Concert audience asking them to show support for the marine industry in Grenada. A collection passed around and $1029 was raised which will be put towards projects to enable easier clearance between Grenada and St Vincent & Grenadines. more emphasis on yachting safety and security and formal marine training for Grenadian technicians.

The Skippers briefing took place on Thursday 21st February, followed by a welcome party with a special pizza night offer at the Poolbar with DJ Leslie, again everyone was invited to join in and they did.

Friday and Sunday were the main Fleet Racing days offering two races each day and Saturday was reserved for the Match Race day.

North South Wines, Veuve Clicquot Trophy was the first race on the Friday with two categories – Cruising and Fun Class. The winds were light offering good sailing conditions. The category winners in order, Apero, Jason Fletcher and Category 6, Richard Szyjan. The overall winner winning the Verve Cliquot Trophy was Category 6.

The more challenging Westerhall Cup followed the first race again with 2 categories. Winners of each category were, Bloody Mary, Jerry Stewart and Samadhi, Frank Pearce. Overall winner of the Westerhall Twelve Degrees Cup, Bloody Mary.

Saturday was dedicated to the Match Racing. The Moorings & Sunsail donated two 39ft Beneteau Charter Yachts, one marked with a blue flag and the other with a green flag. 8 teams battled against each other for the title of Match Race Overall Winner. Race Umpire Neils Lund watched the action to ensure all teams were racing by the rules. Match

Racing is where two identical boats race against each other sailing the same course with different teams. The teams, with a maximum of 6 crew, were – Team Palm Tree Marine, Bloody Mary, Green Dragons, IWW Die Hard, Grenada Marine, Island Water World Posse, Sailing Underwater and Sailing School Grenada.

The competition was tight and spectators enjoyed watching the action from the floating regatta village, which offered delicious rotis and drinks. The weather conditions were mixed with light rain plus strong breezes one minute and sunshine with windless pockets the next, challenging conditions for some.

The final Match Race saw winning team Bloody Mary against the under dogs Sailing School Grenada battle it out for first and second place. The atmosphere was tight and everyone wished Sailing School Grenada, headed by Rene Froelich, all the best as they left the floating regatta bar to be taken to their awaiting yacht and join the Bloody Mary team out on the water. Sailing School Grenada team put up a good fight but Bloody Mary crossed the finish line first.

During Saturday the Junior Sailing Regatta also took place with 14 entries. 6 from St George’s and 8 from Gouvaye. Various volunteers helped to set the course and place the markers. Nicholas George, Store Manager from Budget Marine made sure that all was in order. The prize giving for the Junior Sailing took place the following evening along with the final days fleet racing. There were two categories Mosquito and Optimist and for the unfamiliar these are types of sailing dinghies. Optimist – 3rd place Michael Derrick, 2nd place Ralph, Francis, 1st place Noah Bullen. Mosquito – 3rd place Shakeem Robertson, 2nd place Kazim James, 1st place Kevi James. Each Junior Sailor was presented with a certificate and each placed Junior with a trophy and framed certificate.

On Sunday the wind had picked up offering challenging conditions. All the boats left Le Phare Bleu Marina to make their way to Clarkes Court Bay for the start of the Netherlands Insurance Cup, the first time Netherlands have offered a cup. Again two categories – Cruising and Fun. The category winners were Island Water World Die Hard, Robbie Yearwood and Samadhi, Frank Pearce. An additional race was offered on the last day being the Island Water World Cup another first time cup sponsor. Apero, Jason Fletcher won the cruising class and Samadhi, Frank Pearce won the fun class.

The overall winner of the South Grenada Regatta 2013 was Jason Fletcher with Apero.

James Beniot, Race Officer and also a member of the SGR Committee, had a big task on his hands making sure all the races ran smoothly. All went well but they did have a protest from one boat unusually protesting all other boats in the fleet. A little while before the prize giving all skippers were asked to attend the protest putting the prize giving proceedings on hold. The protest office was packed with most of the skippers attending and the volume was high. The Protest Jury declined the protest and all was well again. James was thanked for all his efforts and presented with a gift on behalf of the SGR Committee.

The entertainment every night offered a great range of talent, The Rocking Pontoons with special guests Keturah George and Doc Adams had the dance floor packed. The Wizards also did a great job before the Grenada Royal Police Force Band entertained the crowd for the last night of the event.

The committee will start planning soon for 2014 regatta but are taking a well deserved break to reflect on the event. They will tell you that organizing a regatta is more then just racing boats, a few markers to race around, race officials, prizes, parties and sponsors. Thank you to Dieter Burkhalter, Shawn Jardine, Daniela Froehlich, Jo-Anne Hypolite-Peters, Damon Dubois, James Benoit and Lynn Fletcher for all your hard work and commitment.

Well done to all those who helped organise, volunteered, took part and came to watch. A special thanks has to go out to all the Sponsors of the event – Westerhall Estate Ltd, North South Wines, Netherlands Insurance, Island Water World, Real Value IGA Supermarket, Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel, The Moorings & Sunsail, Grenada Board of Tourism, Turbulence Rigging and Sail Makers, Budget Marine, Carib, Wiremans House & ACDC, Sailing School Grenada, First Caribbean International Bank, Palm Tree Marine, Canvas Shop, Island Dreams Yacht Services, Grenada Chiropractic, Underwater Solutions, Modone and SOL Petroleum.

The SGR took place 20th to 24th February 2013 and further information by visiting www.southgrenadaregatta.com

Mitchell expects good relationship with media

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says he expects the relationship between his new administration and the local Media to grow from strength to strength.

The Prime Minister was addressing his first News conference shortly after his return to office on Monday following general elections last Tuesday.

The re-elected Grenadian Leader says all he is asking for is fairness of the Local Media when reporting especially on matters of a controversial nature.

“What I would like to know whenever statements are made about a government’s action that are controversial, is that we are given a chance before it reaches the Public to respond appropriately… that’s all we ask for,” Dr. Mitchell said in the presence of a large contingent of Local Media Workers during a session in the Cabinet Room.

“As long as we have an opportunity and is given play in the eyes of the public then I don’t think we have a problem…. That’s what we expect of you and I expect our relationship will continue to grow from strength to strength because I value your role and I know that your role is important in our success”, he added.

Dr. Mitchell told local reporters, that while they may have had some disagreements in the past, he has always respected their role in the democratic process.

The Prime Minister stressed that with the passage of time, he is confident that the level of respect between himself and the country’s Media Practitioners would have deepened.

“So I expect you, especially in the light where the people have voted for no Opposition in the Parliament of the country, we expect you to play the role of being a critical observer of government’s work while at the same time ensuring that the truth always is what we are all searching for,” said Dr. Mitchell who responded to a wide range of questions posed by Media Practitioners.

The Prime Minister also disclosed that he is prepared to accept critical opinion from the Media, and believes members of his Administration must also be prepared to follow suit.

The Grenadian Leader encouraged the Media to provide truthful information which he says would only enhance the work of the government.

“A government that does not wish to tolerate critical opinion is a government that will be doomed to failure,” Dr. Mitchell said.

“So you should not feel at any time that a criticism of an action of government would ever be a problem for me or members of my team and they would have to understand this”, he remarked.

International Drug Case set for April

The high-profile drug case involving local businessman Andre Thomas is now set to commence in early April.

Thomas who is the nephew of the Deputy Political Leader of National United Front (NUF), Ferron Lowe is accused of trafficking cocaine at the St. George’s Port on January 27, 2012, and also exporting cocaine from the Port on the same day.

The amount of cocaine was said to be one kilo with an estimated street value of 75,000 British Pound Sterling.

The drug was allegedly shipped to England.

A high level source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the cocaine was intercepted by the authorities in England, and the persons for whom it was intended have already been prosecuted there.

The matter against Thomas came up for hearing last week Wednesday but was adjourned by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour, Tamara Gill who announced in court that her attorney-at-law husband, Ruggles Ferguson, now has carriage of the case and the case will have to be transferred to a different person in the St. George’s Number Two Magistrate’s Court.

The senior magistrate scheduled April 2 and 3 as the dates for hearing of the matter.

Provisions are being made to have two overseas-based witnesses from England fly into Grenada to give evidence in the case against Thomas.

The drug accused who was previously denied bail by Magistrate Gill when he first appeared before her last month has been granted bail by the High Court.

 

Find the culprit!!!

The brutal and vicious attack by a youth armed with a cutlass on a defenceless elderly lady and two other persons at Westerhall Heights in St. David’s in broad daylight on Saturday should by given top priority by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

This crime is serious enough for the Police High Command to assign some of the most senior crime fighters in the country to find the culprit in short order.

The police set-up is such that a crime of this nature falls in the jurisdiction of the St. David’s Police Station and the Detective that is stationed within.

However, the crime should be given top priority by our law enforcement officials and for the top Members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in St. George’s to actively take charge of the case.

THE NEW TODAY is not making this suggestion because of the fact that the elderly lady who was chopped in the head and suffered injuries had lived and worked in Britain for a number of years and the matter would attract the attention of the British government.

This kind of attack should not be tolerated inside Grenada – regardless of who might be the victim.

Any attack on our senior citizens like the brutal assault on Westerhall Heights is an attack on all of us in Grenada.

The best talents within the Police force in terms of solving such crimes should be put onto the case, if not already, with a view to finding the perpetrator and giving him his just day before our law courts.

It is hard to believe that someone might not have seen something suspicious in the area on the day of the incident.

The perpetrator of the crime might have fled into the nearby bushes. How do we know for a fact that someone might not have seen him?

The fact of the matter is that some people do not like to voluntarily give information to the police depending on the crime.

Therefore, the onus is on the police to go out there and engage the community in such a manner that if anyone has information that can lead them to the culprit they might be then willing to divulge the information to the investigators.

At times, it is vitally important for our detectives to go back to basics and engage in those old-fashioned police work and methods to get a good lead to apprehend the criminal.

If the police stay put and do not go out into the field on a daily basis – hit the ground – the culprit might get away scotch free.

It is quite possible that someone might have been engaged in farming their lands on the day within the vicinity of the crime scene and could have just seen something suspicious.

What about the cutlass that was used to deliver the chop wounds on the persons? Did the perpetrator of the crime on fleeing the area leave it somewhere in the nearby bushes?

It is still not too late for the police to send out some of the best cops that are good in doing on the ground work to scout all the nearby bushes within a five mile radius to see if they can stumble on something or anything that might give them a good lead on which to work.

Too many times, our people are forced to complain that the police might be engaged in lackluster performances in solving crimes that are reported to them.

The persons who were attacked in such a brutal manner can identify the youngster involved in the crime.

It might be good for the police to get an artiste to draw an impression of the person as described by the victims and give it to the media for publicity.

No stone should be left unturned in identifying the culprit for his wicked deeds.

Grenada must always seek to preserve its reputation as one of the islands in the Caribbean that is not over-run by criminal elements.

Over the years, many of our nationals traveled to North America and Europe in search of a better life with the hope of one day returning home to spend their closing years in peace and comfort.

As a country, we must never under-estimate the roles played by our returning nationals in keeping the local economy afloat through the construction industry, jobs for the so-called small man as Gardeners and the purchase of items at our local supermarkets.

Our health system has been in a mess over the years and this has resulted in many of our nationals deciding to stay put in Canada, the United States and Britain and elsewhere in order to continue to get better health care services.

Those who choose to return and stay with us ought to always feel safe ad comfortable in their surroundings. This should equally apply to all our local people too.

So Mr. Commissioner and Members of RGPF, THE NEW TODAY is hopeful that the police would be able to find and apprehend the culprit of the Westerhall Heights incident very soon.