Saved by DIGICEL 4G at LaTante

Digicel boss Patricia Maher and her team enjoyed the moments at La Tante

Digicel boss Patricia Maher and her team enjoyed the moments at La Tante

The young and not so young were out in their numbers at La Tante junction on Friday evening as Digicel hosted a movie night for the residents to conclude its week long community outdoor drive.

The week of activity at La Tante started with the Digicel Community Team bringing unbelievable deals on Smartphones and Top Up, how you can be saved by Digicel 4G, as well as personalised Customer Care.

A very important aspect of the Digicel Community activity is to give back to the community by identifying a community need.

In relation to La Tante, streets signs were identified as a major need and the Digicel team came out in their numbers to clean and erect road signs for Dieamorne, Bay Road, Center Road and Back Road respectively.

Residents expressed their appreciation to the Digicel team and came out in their numbers on Movie night to watch the popular movie Captain America and share in the refreshments provided with the help of local residents.

Jennifer Walters, project co-ordinator for the Community Day activity says that “the Digicel Community activity not only involves fun and entertainment for the residents but we also try to give back to community in a lasting way.

So for LaTante, we decided to assist the Road Signage; all of this at no cost to the residents. The activity also provides an opportunity for staff members to volunteer their time and often their hidden talents to give back to communites island wide. This is a great team building exercise.”

The Digicel Community activity tagged Saved by Digicel 4G drive moves to the St. Patrick area next week.

Where are we going and how soon

Lloyd NoelWe are moving speedily towards the two years dateline, since the Government in total control of the nation’s affairs gained power and the question posed above is crying out for an answer.

Despite the many promises, and projects, and development schemes that were put out to the electorate to convince them that the best team for the way forward, was the winners of all the seats in February last year, the only activity that is now a certainty come March, 2015, is the Reformation of the 1974 Constitution to enable the NNP Government to go its own way and join forces with whoever it feels like.

That is of course, on the assumption that a (2/3) two-thirds majority of the registered Voters do in fact vote in favour of the proposals that are being put forward by the Government.

Those proposals were from the Recommendations of a selected Committee headed by Dr. Francis Alexis but it seems that the said Committee is in the process of holding further public discussions, with the intention of making additional proposals to those already recommended.

Whatever maybe added or subtracted from the proposals the cornerstone and basic intention of The Controllers now in power, is to breakaway from the Commonwealth and the Privy Council in London and become a Republican state with our own President for life, and join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final Court of Appeal.

To do the above the Referendum must get a two-thirds Majority of the votes that will be cast on the date in question. And if that happens, then Grenadians will deserve whatever they get under the new system, in the months and years down the road.

And whatever those may be, one thing is very certain and that is we as an Independent state cannot return to the Commonwealth, nor the systems we will be giving up.

Should our people fall for the ole talk and glib promises that will be handed down in the coming months ahead, to persuade them to go down that dangerous road then we all who live on these isles will have to pay the price and suffer the consequences.

It seems that there has been some concerns expressed in certain quarters that the initial proposals handed down by the Committee have not gone far enough and that is why it was decided to hold further public discussions, so as to get some deeper or broader issues to make the Constitution Reformation more meaningful and attractive.

Whatever other issues maybe added, will make no difference to the fundamental principles we are being asked to abolish so as to give The Controllers a free hand to do as they very well please and leave us as an abandoned people in the political wilderness.

And that is why I am very concerned, that we are not hearing anything from the other political parties, nor other organisations and institutions like the religious bodies for example.

These groups have a duty and serious responsibility in my view to advise and guide their members, on such an important and fundamental matter as the Reformation of our Constitution, and even more especially, because once we go down that political road we will be standing on our own, with no facility for returning to what we will be abandoning in the process.

In these circumstances therefore, whatever those in control maybe thinking and have up their sleeves should the people by a two-thirds majority go along with them, our people and their advisors have a very, very serious duty and responsibility, to think and think again before voting in favour.

The existing Constitution has been in existence for just over Forty years, and goodness knows that we have had our ups and downs and political upheavals during those years but we have survived.

The current Controllers of our affairs, have been in the seats of power as a party for over half of that period and in the process of campaigning for the last elections, they made all sorts of grand promises of how and what they intended upon winning that election.

Reforming the Constitution and going down the Political road they are now advocating were not among the promises.

Should our people fall for the new measures now being promoted and vote in favour by a two-thirds majority come next March, they will have to live with that result without limit.

Ebola: Why such Indifference to West Africa?

SAUNDERSIs the global response to Ebola in West Africa indifference?  Whatever it is, the response of governments has been abysmal with the single exception of Cuba whose government has sent medical assistance disproportionately large to its size and resources.

While the US and China – the two largest economies – have also sent help, it is miniscule in relation to the severity of the Ebola problem.  It is distressing that the governments of rich countries in Europe, apart from a belated surge by Britain, have done little.

Already Ebola has killed 3,341 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  That’s only the official figure.   Not counted are many who could not get to doctors or whose families hid them through fear that “quarantine” was a euphemism for a place to die.  In these three countries alone, there are 6,553 probable, confirmed and suspected cases.

The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières, Joanne Liu, at the UN Security Council in early September, condemned the international response as “lethally inadequate”.

The US and other G7 nations are quick to respond to human rights violations the world over.  They are right to do so, particularly when innocent people are murdered in the thousands by tyrannical regimes.  But these wealthy nations should respond just as quickly when thousands of people are being killed by disease.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly in September, about containing Ebola, US President Obama said, almost prophetically: “We need a broader effort to stop a disease that could kill hundreds of thousands, inflict horrific suffering, destabilise economies, and move rapidly across borders.  It’s easy to see this as a distant problem – until it is not”.

Ebola is fast becoming a problem that is far from distant.  A team of scientists at Northeastern University in Boston have claimed that, by the end of October, the virus could spread across the world reaching China, Britain and France, among other countries.  The researchers put the chance of Ebola reaching France by November as high as 75%.

Europe has already registered the first person known to have contracted the disease outside of West Africa.   Teresa Romero, a nurse in Spain, is now in quarantine along with her husband and three others with whom she was in close contact. She had treated two Spanish missionaries who had contracted the virus in West Africa. They have since died.

Also dying this week was Thomas Eric Duncan from Liberia. He died in the US, having been the first person diagnosed with the virus within the US although it had caught him in West Africa.

The US and countries in Europe have moved swiftly to keep the disease from their shores and to contain it once it is within their boundaries, even though they say that the risk is “low”.  Already screening has begun at airports.  There will be more.  For sure, airlines will be instructed to curtail traffic to and from West African countries.

There will be a re-introduction of the kind of border vigilance that was seen after the 9/11 atrocities in the US.  There will also be mobilisation of hospitals and huge investment in medical equipment, medical personnel, training and mass education about the disease.  No one could possibly quarrel with that.

The protection and preservation of life is paramount among national responsibilities.  But, it should be so in the international community as well.  Caring about human suffering goes beyond borders.  The lives of people in West Africa are as valuable as lives in the west coast of the US or Western Australia.

Why has the global response to Ebola in West Africa been so poor?  If Ebola was spreading across borders in Europe and internal boundaries of the US, the response would have been more urgent and vigorous. Witness the media frenzy and the swift response of authorities to the announcement of the Spanish nurse’s infection, and the death of Thomas Duncan. The world quickly knew their names. But who knows any of the names of those killed by Ebola in West Africa?

As the problem in West Africa escalates, so too does the sum of money needed to combat it.  Current UN estimates that US$1 billion is now needed will rise exponentially if governments and the private sector around the world do not contribute funds swiftly.  What is urgently required is protective clothing for every worker who deals with people infected by the virus, including doctors, nurses, stretcher bearers, mortuary personnel and grave diggers.

More hospital beds are also needed, more transport, more laboratory testing equipment, and, importantly, quarantine facilities that do not become breeding grounds for the spread of the virus.

According to a recent report, the British capital, London, alone is home to 72 billionaires, whose individual net worth is more than the entire economy of Liberia. If these high-worth persons around the world and their governments were to demonstrate readiness to tackle Ebola in West Africa with the urgency and generosity required, they would not only stop the spread of the deadly virus, they would save lives of thousands who now face certain death.

To its credit, the British government organised a pledging conference in London on October 2 for Sierra Leone.  Several governments and charitable organisations pledged money or equipment.   Britain at US$200 million pledged more than twice as much as the second highest, Germany at US$86.6 million.  The pledges of many other European countries were pitiful, and others weren’t even there.

It is possible that countries that either made small pledges, or absented themselves, have pledged to other efforts in the UN system.  We must hope so. It also has to be hoped that the pledges will actually be delivered – so often, they are not.
If indifference was the reason for the poor response to Ebola’s deadly trek in West Africa, there can be no such unconcern now.  Ebola is knocking on everyone’s door.  At the UN in September, Caribbean governments called on UN agencies to increase and accelerate aid to the West African nations. But, the call of Caribbean governments would carry far greater weight if they – and their civil society – were to create a Fund to contribute to fighting Ebola in West Africa, however modest it may be.

Every country – rich ones especially, but even small ones – has a duty to make a contribution not only to stopping Ebola from spreading but also to saving the lives of desperate people in West Africa.

(Sir Ronald Sanders is a Consultant, Senior Fellow at London University and former Caribbean diplomat) 

Tribute to late Bristol

The University of the West Indies Open Campus Grenada extends our condolences to the family of Carol W.J. Bristol Q.C.

Mr. Bristol served the University of the West Indies for half a century. He served as Current Affairs Tutor of the University in the 1960’s and as Chairman of the University of the West Indies Territorial Advisory Council 1999-2014.

Mr. Bristol had an indomitable spirit. He understood that the true beauty of life is to serve one’s fellow man. He has left an indelible mark on the UWI Open Campus Grenada. He would be sorely missed for his stalwart leadership, benevolence and wit.

May God grant him peace.

NDC seeking additional consultations

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling for additional public consultations on constitutional reform other than Wednesday’s national public consultation that took place at the Grenada Trade Center in St. George’s.

The party’s political leader, former Finance Minister Nazim Burke made the call at a press conference called by Congress to outline its position on the Constitutional Reform exercise being undertaken by a government-appointed committee.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has asserted that his 19-month old government has already settled on the twelve proposals that were submitted by the Dr. Francis Alexis-led committee to go before the people in a national referendum planned for early next year.

The Advisory Committee of Dr. Alexis gave the people of Grenada an opportunity on Wednesday to further air their views on matters relating to the Constitution with the hope of having it form part of the referendum.

Senator Burke told reporters that every opportunity should be given to the people of Grenada to make a decision on what they would like to have included in the constitution.

He accused the ruling New National Party (NNP) of PM Mitchell of wanting to slam the door in the face of the Grenadian people while the Advisory Committee has acknowledged that the people should still be given a chance to say what issues should be included for the referendum.

“The NDC has taken the position the door must remain open and consultations must continue, and as such we cannot support the position taken by the New National Party,” he said.

Sen. Burke called on Prime Minister  Mitchell to give the nation the assurance that other issues that are not among the original twelve proposals and recommended by the Review body and considered to be important enough will be included in the referendum.

He referred to the work of past Constitutional Review Commissions that came up with a total of 25 recommendations, which became useful guidelines for the Alexis committee.

The Congress leader identified 6 items from the previous commissions that are not on the list of 12 as agreed by the Mitchell government that are strong enough for inclusion in the planned Referendum.

These include the need for Proportional Representation to ensure a permanent voice for the Opposition in Parliament, a fixed date for the holding of general elections, and term limits for the Prime Minister.

According to Sen. Burke, the previous commissions made it quite clear that certain things must go forward and be put to the people in any constitutional reform to make it meaningful.

The major item among the list of 12 already agreed to by Cabinet is the abolishing of appeals to the Privy Council in London and for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to become the final court of appeal in Grenada.

Sen. Burke commented on statements attributed to PM Mitchell at a meeting with the Social Partners grouping on September 19 where he allegedly said that his government would not entertain any other items other than the twelve that are already approved by Cabinet.

The Congress leader disagreed with the Prime Minister and called for the people to be given additional time to make their contributions to Constitutional reform.

He said: ‘Give people the time to better understand and appreciate what is in the  constitution what are the changes that are proposed, what are the benefits that are proposed and what are the downsize that are proposed.

“Allow them the opportunity to weigh the good and bad, the pros and cons of these recommendations and put them on the ballot so that when a referendum is held the people know what they are voting for,” he added.

Prime Minister Mitchell is said to be confident of getting the necessary two-thirds majority of the electorate with or without support from Congress to make changes to the Grenada Constitution.

The Grenadian leader is still basking from his second 15-0 clean sweep of the polls in the February 2013 general elections – the first being in 1999.

Co-operate in the name of ‘Project Grenada’

I hope that you would publish this letter since it touches on the hypocrisy of the typical Grenadian man.

A few nights ago, I was listening to one of the media houses that was playing a clip in their newscast from the Minister from St. David’s,Oliver Joseph.

Whoever is upset with me for what I am about to say is their business. Let me say from the onset that I am not taking any issue with the statement that was made by Mr. Joseph.

However, the minister said at one of these post-Cabinet press briefings that government would increase the bus fare allowances for the nation’s school children going to secondary schools and TAMCC in the 2015 budget.

That is good news for the children and their parents because some of them are badly affected by the decision of NNP to stop the free school books programme.

The same parents who voted out the NDC government that gave them free school books turned to begging their neighbours and other persons in the community to lend them money to buy school books for their kids to go to school.

The same people voted out a government that gave them free school books for a government that stopped the free school books programme. Isn’t that laughable!!

Anyhow, the Hon. Joseph told the reporters that government discovered that a number of students were not going to school because of the amount of monies they had to find to pay bus fares especially those who were living in the country areas.

The government was cognizant of the situation and was left with no choice but to come to the assistance of these needy students.

As the minister spoke on the issue, I couldn’t but help remember one Chester Humphrey who during the days of the NDC was all over the place shouting at Tillman Thomas and Nazim Burke to bring in school buses for the nation’s school children.

Where is Bro. Chester these days? Why is he so silent on the school bus issue under NNP? Bro. Chess, I am sure that you heard the Minister say that children are not going to school because their parents cannot come up with the money to pay the high bus fares every day from Sauteurs to St. George’s.

Brother Chess, please continue pushing for the government to buy a few school buses to solve the problem of high bus fares. Bro. Chess, you have my full support on the free school bus for the nation’s children.

Please, sir, do not lead me to believe that Project Grenada is all about giving support to NNP on everything as long as Dr. Mitchell continues to harbour the expelled Rebels and give them some kind of political shelter.

In the past I had a lot of respect and admiration for Bro. Chess but his behaviour in recent months – especially the last 19 months under NNP has changed my views about him.

The last NDC government talked about retrenchment at Gravel & Concrete and Bro. Chess was up in arms against Finance Minister Nazim Burke. Everything for him and the Rebels was that Nazim was bad and Peter was the good one.

Bro. Tilly and them were so afraid of Bro. Chess and his threats to close down the country that they backed away from the Gravel & Concrete issue.

Under “Project Grenada” and the new found love with NNP, Chess is so quiet and giving total co-operation with his new bosses in almost everything that they do.

The man in Works, Gregory Bowen visited Gravel & Concrete and Postal Corporation and informed the workers that retrenchment is a must because these statutory bodies are losing money.

Not one word from Comrade Boom Chess. Isn’t this the same man who during the Breweries strike was so militant that he threw himself down on the ground in front of the truck and blocked its path?

How come Bro. Chess has locked down his mouth under NNP? May be it is the Doc who locked it down. Word on the ground is that the Doc helped him out back into the 1970’s when he ran into a problem in the thing that was shipped out to overthrow the Gairy government.

In the past, Bro. Chess used to lock down work places and get workers so often to strike at will in order to push his agenda.

His “Project Grenada” is now in full swing but Dr. Keith has Bro.Chess, Peter and Joe under heavy, heavy manners.

The Doc is not like Uncle Tilly. Anyone giving trouble he would expel them from the party and government up front – not wait like what NDC do and expel them after the Rebels already did the damage.

The NNP is the only house that is now available to Bro. Chess and his political school children like Peter David and Joe Gilbert.

If Bro. Keitho throw them out then that’s the end of the road for them politically. Sister Glynis and NUF cannot take them to the promised land.

So, please do not expect Bro. Chess to make any noise against NNP on retrenchment and free school bus because the name of the game is now “Project Grenada” in the interest of Bro.Chess.

Former Chess Admirer

Adrian Hayes quits committee

Mr. Brian Pivott
Vice-Chairman
Interim Management Committee
St. Paul’s Community Centre
St. George

17th September, 2014

Dear Colleague,

It is with much regret that I hereby tender my resignation as Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the St. Paul’s Community Centre, effective today, 17th September, 2014.

This is as a result of my having only lately read the newspaper article “Who owns the St. Paul’s Community Centre” published in the New Today of 18th July, 2014.

As you would recall, when we accepted the charge given to the Interim Committee on 24th July, 2013 to manage the operations of the Centre, it was our intention to do so primarily in the interest of, and for the benefits of the residents within the community as well as the general public.

Unfortunately, however, in spite of our efforts in that regard, the writer of the article, in his reference to the Interim Committee and my involvement particularly, paints a picture that is totally contrary to the Committee’s actions, and creates a perception that is grossly unfair and blatantly dishonest, should the truth be told.

It is said that sometimes people are wrong because they choose to be wrong. In such instances, they are either reckless or uncaring as to the truth, mostly because they are driven by improper motives. In other cases, they are wrong because they believe, without seeking to ascertain the facts, that what they hear is true. Those three statements profoundly typify the writer of the article.

Consequently, I have no choice but to step aside as I do not wish to be further embroiled in any issue regarding the operations and management of the St. Paul’s Community Centre. Nonetheless, as an individual member of the community, I maintain my interest in it being used for the purposes envisioned by its original architects and in the best interest of all its stakeholders.

I therefore seize this opportunity to sincerely thank you and the other colleagues/members of the Committee for your co-operation, support and camaraderie in our efforts during the last year, and to wish you every success eventually.

Sincerely,
Adrian C. A. Hayes

Something for the Caribbean!!!

My name is Kim Jean creator and host of an internet weekly show called inpractopia – People. Places. Things Caribbean. It is for people everywhere who love and want to know more than the usual about our beloved countries.

“I feel that I have a big debt to the Caribbean, and if I can help one youngster achieve more than I have achieved by helping that youngster in the way others have helped me, then I would feel my life was actually worthwhile.” Dr. Cardinal Warde, Barbadian, Scientist, Professor MIT, Founder Caribbean Science Foundation – on inpractopia with Kim Jean.

The Caribbean is today more attractive to the rest of the world for many reasons: first class tourist destinations offerings, outstanding contribution in the field of sport, music and film industries. Many of our people are making valuable contributions in the field of science and research, and of course the region’s very lucrative investment opportunities.

As a West Indian I feel this is good, the more ways we can impact the world at large positively, should be saluted. But I also wonder how the ordinary man, woman and child is affected by these strides. More importantly how our people and those who work to make an impression in the region, are directly or indirectly contributing to the human, social and community growth in the region.

I wonder how we can help ourselves, if we heard ourselves. People in and out of the Caribbean are, probably at the right time peaking to do just that. The passion to do more and know more, how to exact change, is encouraging to me.

It is a driving force behind inpractopia. The show serves as a platform for our people and those who love our region to share their stories, ideas and best practices to grow our communities. It’s people practicing their passion, their inpractopia with the Caribbean in mind. It offers information and tips on all things Caribbean, but primarily the voices of people who are doing, with their talent, and giving back in a positive way.

***the mission of inpractopia is to: spotlight people and issues that are part of daily life; of which will inform, empower, engage and awaken the consciousness towards personal and community growth.

In our young existence (5 weeks, and hundreds of downloads) inpractopia has welcomed people in and out of the region including Nina Compton (finalist on Season 11 of Top Chef), Dr. Cardinal Warde (scientist and lecturer at MIT), and Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh (historian and lecturer at UWI, Trinidad). We will feature more recognized and not so recognized names, people who are influencing lives of our people or working to promote the social wellbeing of the islands.

Inpractopia (in-practice-utopia) can be heard on www.inpractopia.com, iTunes and Stitcher Radio. The show can be followed on twitter (@inpractopia) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/inpractopia). Feedback at: info@inpractopia.com.

I want your readers to know that this show is for them. A place solely committed to the human and social aspects of Caribbean life. A place to make conversation and add to it. I welcome you give it a try.

I was born Saint Lucia, and reside in Chicago, IL. Read more about me and the show at: www.inpractopia.com/meet-kim-jean/.

Kim Jean

Preparedness for Ebola

This letter is not intended to create any panic about the Ebola disease now killing people in Sierra Leone and Liberia in particular.

It is just that we here in Grenada have to be more vigilant and take steps to ensure that Ebola does not enter our shores.

I was in Grenville Town when I overheard a conversation a man was having with a vendor about a family member who came in a few days ago from the U.S.

The man said that this family person told him that she came from Texas, landed in Miami and then took a flight to her homeland Grenada.

The plane took her to the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA), she then did her thing with the Immigration and then onto Customs to get her luggage checked before walking out of the building and being picked up by a car that was waiting to take her up to the country.

No one asked the woman which part of the U.S she came from – much less if it was the same city that the Ebola patient was living before he died last week.

To me, the Immigration man who dealt with her was only interested in the fact that she was coming from the U.S. No one asked which part of the U.S because if the question was asked by the Immigration and the lady said Texas then someone’s eyebrow would have raised even higher.

It is quite possible that the woman never came near to the Ebola victim in Texas or anyone who is now a person of interest to health officials in Texas.

But the point I am making is that our health officials are only talking about doing this and doing that to make sure that Ebola does not come into Grenada.

For all you know, Ebola is already right here in Grenada. That woman might not have been the only person from Texas or to be precise Dallas who walked freely through MBIA without anyone checking her out.

The simple fact is here is a situation in which a woman left her home in Texas, the only State in the United States with an Ebola victim and no one asked the woman a thing at our airport.

Mr. Prime Minister, Dr. Keith and Madam Minister of Health, Dr. Modeste, we have to get more serious in this place. Let’s not just talk about being prepared but show us how prepared you really are to prevent this Ebola thing from coming into our shores.

I was a member of the Revolution and back then we were always vigilant against anything coming into our country.

True Nationalist

tWRF visits historic bridge in St. Mark’s

Historic Bridge at Crayfish Bay – St. Mark’s

Historic Bridge at Crayfish Bay – St. Mark’s

It was a sunny Thursday morning on October 9th, 2014 that members of the Willie Redhead Foundation assembled at the Spiceland Mall Car Park at Grand Anse, to be transported by celebrated Tour Operator: Mandoo Seales, who is also an active member of the Foundation, to Crayfish Bay (Non Pariel) St. Mark’s to interview Mr. Kim Russel owner of the Fifteen acre cocoa plantation which was acquired by the Russel’s after Hurricane Ivan – in order to inspect an historic bridge which lies within his property.

The bridge came to our attention when a few weeks ago there was a news item on GBN regarding the historic structure and the plea by the owner that it be rescued and repaired where necessary, as an historic monument for posterity and an attractive tourism site in PURE Grenada.

The produce from the 15 acre organic coca plantation is sold to the Cocoa Factory in St. Mark’s after fermentation and drying, and as the owner explained, there is a high demand for the product on the international market to which Grenada should endeavor to explore.

The site is wooded and well watered with a small river flowing under the historic bridge and spring water in good supply, which makes the plantation an almost self-sustaining agro facility.

Mr. Russel gave our party a very erudite and historic overview of the plantation and its connection with his family going back to the grey industrial age in England when coal was the main source of energy in the production of cast iron, of which the bridge is made.

An inspection of the bridge did not reveal the date of its fabrication, but Mr. Russel put the date in the 1830’s when it was transported from England in sections and reassembled on site with slave labour.

The construction of the bridge provided at that time, pedestrians as well as donkey and mule access to adjoining property. This access has now deteriorated into a track which the Russel’s with the help of government would like restored in order to bring idle land into production, thus contributing to Grenada’s food security in the 21st Century.

Mr. Russel wanted to know, what will happen after the visit, to which the President replied that the Sentinel would first publish an article in the press, copied to the electronic media and to the newly formed; NATIONAL HERITAGE COMMITTEE, (NHC) under the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, which is now the agency responsible for the protection, restoration and enhancement of our cultural heritage.

The Willie Redhead Foundation, though its mouthpiece the Sentinel is therefore taking this opportunity to respectfully request that the NHC engage the Foundation as a partner in the quest to inventorise (listing) this and other built heritage sites, with a view, in the first instance, to document our historic sites, monuments, artifacts and buildings in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique; prioritise them, with a realistic implementation programme, that is the provision of adequate funds for cleaning, upgrading and restoration, in order to make PURE GRENADA a living reality and not just a meaningless slogan for the satisfaction of those who see “verbalisation” of an issue, and not ACTION, as the desired end product.

(The above reflects the views of the Willie Redhead Foundation)