School Boy Raped

A 15-year old young man from Fontenoy, St. George’s has been slapped with three counts of rape.

The young man who is a recent graduate from a prestigious school in St. George’s and is currently unemployed is accused of raping an 11-year old boy on three different occasions.

The sexual onslaught on the young boy began in the month of May.

A well placed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper the school boy was sexually molested on two occasions in the month of May.

However, it was on the third occasion of the sexual assault that took place last month that the parents of the victim became aware of what was happening to their child.

The source said that the last incident occurred in the early morning of September 16 on the school compound.

The source who spoke on condition of not being named said neighbours in the vicinity witnessed the incident and were able to raise the alarm.

The boy was rushed to the St. George’s General Hospital by his school principal who alerted the mother that her son was at the hospital.

This newspaper learnt that the medical team at the Accident and Emergency Department of the General Hospital was able to extract semen from the boy’s buttocks.

The incident has outraged the parents of the victim who believes that a full investigation needs to be carried out by the Ministry of Education as very little detail is being released to them by the school over the incident.

They are saying that since the boy was in the care of the school, it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that the students are protected from intruders.


Man Looses Wrist At Boca

Renn Pursue – accused of chopping off his  friend’s wrist

Renn Pursue – accused of chopping off his
friend’s wrist

A squabble between two friends of Boca, St. George’s has resulted in the loss of the wrist of one of the men.

Jaward Bridgeman, a 29-year old, is currently warded at the male surgical ward of the General Hospital in St. George’s after his right wrist was cut off, allegedly by his friend, Renn Pursue, alias “Rens” on Monday.

A high level source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper the unemployed Bridgeman was at Pursue’s house at Boca on Monday afternoon when he and an unknown man had an altercation.

The source who does not want to be identified said the victim claimed that in the process of the confrontation with the other man he was attacked by his “buddy” from behind who cut the wrist.

However, Bridgeman is disputing that claim.

The source spoke of the accused man saying it was just a case of self defense.

He is claiming that he was first attacked by Bridgeman with a knife and he just had to defend himself.

The wrist which was completely chopped off was carried away by members of the Criminal Investigation Department.

Pursue who sports a Rastafarian hairstyle appeared in court on Wednesday on a charge of maiming.

He was granted bail by Magistrate Karen Noel in the sum of $20,000.00 with two sureties.

However, as part of the bail Magistrate Noel ordered Pursue to surrender all travel documents, have no contact with the virtual complainant, and to report to Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s every Monday and Friday between 6:oo a.m, and 6:00 p.m.

Pursue is due back in court on October 29.

Meanwhile, violence continues to be occurring at Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill, St. George’s.

THE NEW TODAY Newspaper has been reliably informed that an inmate, Kenton Clarence of Mont Toute St. George’s is a patient at the male surgical ward of the General Hospital after he was allegedly attacked by a fellow inmate, Jonathan Richards of Gouyave, St. John’s.

This newspaper learnt that Clarence suffered injuries to his head, right side of his face and left side of his chest.

There are reports that sometime during the month of August both inmates had an altercation.

The confrontation spilled over to last Sunday when the incident occurred.

This newspaper learnt that Clarence was close to one of the cells at Block A when Richards approached him from behind with a sharp instrument and assaulted him.


Females dominate Right Start Football

The female footballers of SJC

The female footballers of SJC

School-aged girls are more and more getting involved in the sport of football.

The girls’ involvement in the game which was once primarily dominated by the male sex has caught the attention of many including Managing Director of Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, Keith Johnson.

The bank’s commitment to youth football in the country was underscored by Johnson while addressing the opening ceremony of the 2013 Right Start Cup Youth Football Tournament at the Fond Recreation Ground in St. Patrick’s last week Thursday.

The bank manager described as “special and exciting” this year’s tournament which runs until November 20.

He disclosed that the tournament, now into its tenth anniversary is receiving sponsorship to the tune of over $80,000.00.

According to Johnson, twenty thousand dollars of that money, including cash awards is allocated for prizes.

St. Mark’s Secondary School

St. Mark’s Secondary School

Republic Bank has pledged to once again provide each player with monetary incentives by matching the players’ initial deposits when opening a Right Start account.

Players with an existing account will benefit also when they make a deposit up to a maximum of $20.00.

Johnson noted that over the past decade, Republic Bank has invested almost $1M to assist the development of youth football in Grenada.

“Today the Right Start Cup remains the premiere sponsorship event of Republic Bank, and continues to be the primary pool of football talent at the national level, particularly where women’s football is concerned,” he said.

Youth and Sport Minister Emmalin Pierre who declared the tournament open applauded the investment that Republic Bank is making in the lives of the young people through football.

Minister Pierre said what the bank is doing cannot be seen in isolation.

The Senior Government Minister encouraged the young footballers to exercise excellence in all that they do and to take the competition seriously.

She said the Right Start Cup Youth Football Tournament is an example of why excellence must always be considered an important ingredient.

The Youth and Sport Minister believes the competition will help to provide the tools for life for the participants.

“On the field you are going to learn discipline, on the field you’re going to learn self-respect, on the field you are going to learn how to respect each other,” she said.


Playing with the people’s mind

There appears to be a deliberate attempt by those now in charge of the affairs of Grenada to engage in a mind game with the people.

This is becoming clearer each and every passing day as events continue to unfold in the tri-island State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Let’s take for example the statements being put out by the Government Information Service (GIS) now headed by Rawle Titus on the proposed debt restructuring exercise that the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government is expected to undertake with the creditors.

The GIS quoted the Prime Minister as saying that he expects 300 million U.S dollars in debt relief and that the monies being received will do a whole host of things.

As stated in the release: “The monies we are getting could help people invest in more Small Business Enterprises, could help develop more educational activities for our children – more scholarships and training to prepare them to take the jobs that’s coming, could be put to health care so that when you go to the hospital you can get modern day treatment and also help to expand Agricultural activities by investing in technology and improving production levels, giving farmers more power to earn more money.”,

The impression is clearly being given by the government to the unsuspecting that Grenada is getting US$300M in its coffers to do a number of things in terms of bettering the lives of the people. Even if there is debt relief of US$300 million that cannot be interpreted as receiving US$300 million in hand

THE NEW TODAY would like to ask the following question – who is giving this money? As a matter of fact were did this figure of $300 million U.S. come from when the same government is yet to put forward any proposals to the creditors? Who is really trying to fool whom and for what purpose?

This newspapers challenges anyone in the current government to provide the evidence that either the IMF or the Creditors would be making that amount of money available to Grenada.

What makes the government so cocksure in the absence of any proposals on the table that the creditors would be prepared to take a “hair cut” of US$300 million dollars on the monies owed to them for loans contracted by Grenada over the years?

There is absolutely no direct discussions taking place right now between the Mitchell administration and the group of Creditors who have formed themselves into a committee to deal with government on its stated policy of seeking a restructuring of the national debt of EC$2.3 billion in light of Grenada’s uncreditworthiness in the eyes of the international community.

Did the IMF tell the Mitchell government that it would get the Creditors to give up US$300 million dollars in interest payments on the outstanding loans? What is it Prime Minister, please inform the nation where this figure of US$300 million dollars in debt relief came from.

Prior to the February 19 general elections, the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine in his capacity as a preacher was heard on a local FM radio station making some critical remarks about borrowing and spending.

Mr. Antoine’s message was that no one should seek to borrow if they cannot pay back. As Permanent Secretary of Finance, did he tell this over the years to the governments that had hired him as PS Finance? Is he preaching that language and message to the current Minister of Finance who happens to be the Prime Minister and the leader largely responsible for the current economic and financial crisis facing the country?

The clear attempt by GIS to massage the minds of Grenadians can have the chilling effect of telling the people that there is nothing wrong in borrowing and not paying back the loans because through debt restructuring and debt forgiveness the country will get more money like US$300M that is being bandied about these days for development purposes.

The unfortunate NNP “borrowing and spending spree” was in keeping with the philosophy of one of its financiers in the 1990’s that there was nothing wrong in borrowing because creditors cannot sell a country if they are owed and cannot be paid.

The future leaders of our country should not listen to the current message of GIS but instead understand the need to inculcate in the minds and heads of our people each and every day that they should always live within their means and do not put their hats where they hands cannot ever hope to reach.

The other mind game being played out by those now in charge concerns the GRENLEC issue and the intention of the majority shareholders, WRB Enterprise to sell their shares.

The first major statement that came out from government is that it had notified WRB that it would buy back the shares since government considers the island’s sole electricity company as strategic for the development of the country.

Quite frankly THE NEW TODAY regarded this statement as “public political grand-standing” by the Mitchell government since the IMF had already made a pronouncement that the Grenada Government was bankrupt and uncreditworthy

The creditors would have taken notice of this initial statement on GRENLEC since on one hand, the government was telling the world that it did not have money to pay its debts but on the other hand it had money to buy back majority shareholding interest in the utility company.

At a later stage, a chief spokesman for the government appeared on a local radio station and informed the Nation that the administration would only buy back the shares for a short period since it needed to change the law providing for the operation of GRENLEC.

However, less than 12 hours later, the GIS put out another statement which quoted Prime Minister Mitchell as saying that government would not buy back the GRENLEC shares but would facilitate the process in order to get a private sector entity with Grenada’s best interest at heart to make the purchase from WRB.

Who are these private sector entities that have Grenada’s best interest at heart and not their own interest which is making profits on their investments?

As former Accountant-General in the Ministry of Finance, Richard Duncan stated on “the Beyond The Headlines” radio and TV program on GBN on Monday night, the country might have squandered the gains that came from the first serious Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) that was done by the Congress government of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite and late Finance Minister, George Brizan.

Are we prepared to make more sacrifices now and 20 years later another “smart man” who can talk the talk to the ignorant and unsuspecting will fool the nation with more “pretty words” and embark on another borrowing and spending spree that would take us back again to the feet of the IMF?

Civilian accuse police of kicking him in the mouth

Ishmael Ranger – claims he was arrested without a cause

Ishmael Ranger – claims he was arrested without a cause

My name is Ishmael Ranger of Dunfermline, St. Andrew’s

On Wednesday, September 25th, I was physically abused by two members of the Royal Grenada Police force for no reason whatsoever near to my home.

I was on my own affairs throwing some old golden apple that were lying around where I live for a couple days in bags when a white van, Registration No: TAD1 was traveling from Sauteurs to Grenville and saw me with the bags, profiled me, went and turned and they came back in my direction.

I was not doing anything wrong, I was just going about on my own affairs.

Two guys in civilian clothes jumped out from the back of the van and ran to me, one grabbed me by my pants waist and the other grabbed me by my arms and started pulling and pushing me.

They were saying to me: Way you get that bag? Way you come out with that? I was trying to explain to them about the bags, but they insisted on going with me to the Grenville Police Station..

I said to them, “ I did not do anything so where am I going? I also said to them – Is just some old golden apples that’s in the bags and ah throwing them away.

One of the guys grabbed me and pulled me to the ground and within seconds I started receiving several kicks and punches to my face. One of their boots was mashing my face to the concrete and the other person kept punching me in my face.

Ishmael Ranger – show signs of the injuries he received at the hands of Police Officers

Ishmael Ranger – show signs of the injuries he received at the hands of Police Officers

They took the bags from the garbage bin and put it into the back of the van. I was then handcuffed and put into the back of the van. While going down in the back of the van handcuffed, sitting facing the opposite direction of the officers, one of them kicked me in my mouth and burst it and told me to swallow my own spit.

I was brought down to the station at Grenville. I spent about 10 minutes there and after that they took me to the Princess Alice Hospital where I was inspected by a doctor and then brought back to the station.

I was kept in the station overnight and was formally charged the next day for unlawful possession of golden apples without reasonable explanation.

I am presently on $3000.00 bail to appear in court on October 24.

Global Dynamics call for “strike out” of the oil agreement


This was the word used by Texas-based Dynamic Global Advisory Company to describe a 2008 oil and gas agreement signed by the 2003-2008 New National Party (NNP) government of Dr. Keith Mitchell with some Russians who formed a company known as Global Petroleum Group (GPG).

Global Dynamic was contracted by the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to review the agreement that was initialed on behalf of Grenada by then Energy Minister and former Deputy Prime Minister, Gregory Bowen.

A copy of the report obtained by THE NEW TODAY newspaper indicated that Grenada should not proceed with the agreement since it heavily favoured the interest of the Russians and put the government and people of Grenada at a tremendous disadvantage.

According to Global Dynamic, the evidence sen seem to suggest that there was “conscious manipulation” of the agreement in favour of GPG and that the Russians were the one most likely to make a financial killing on any oil and gas discoveries.

This week, THE NEW TODAY would highlight the final part of the review of the Grenada/GPG oil deal that was done by the Texas group which has over 30 years experience in the oil business:


The Exploration License

The fourth Whereas clause of the Exploration License recites that GPG applied for an Exploration License covering 11 blocks on February 15, 2008. This is the only place in either the Exploration License or the PSA that the number of blocks covered by the Exploration License and PSA appears in writing.

Schedule I of the Exploration License sets out the same description of the Exploration Licensed Area that is contained in Annex 2 of the PSA in terms of the letter and number designation, coordinates and sea depth of the 11 blocks.

Part 7(3)(b) of the Petroleum Regulations contemplates that an application for an Exploration License may request the grant of more than one block, and part 8(1)(a) states that the Minister may “grant an exploration licence on such terms and conditions as he or she may determine.”

While the Minister had the authority and discretion to issue the Exploration License covering 11 blocks, the GOG may not have been aware that the failure to incorporate the concept of ring-fencing, which requires each block so granted to be covered by a separate production sharing contract, would be a significant detriment to the GOG.

Otherwise, the Exploration License is written in accordance with the provisions of sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Petroleum Act. However, it should be noted that section 6 of the Petroleum Act refers to “an agreement” generally when referring to the Minister’s authority to enter into an agreement in connection with the Exploration License.


A specific type of agreement is not mentioned, which may provide the Minister with more flexibility on one hand, but does not provide any guidance on the other hand. In addition, the definition of “petroleum agreement” in section 2 of the Petroleum Act merely refers to section 6.

We believe it would be more advantageous to the GOG if section 2 of the Petroleum Act named the production sharing contract as the type of international petroleum agreement that is acceptable, and then set forth in section 6 a detailed outline of the topics it should cover.

Also, we believe it would beneficial for the GOG to develop a separate model production sharing contract that would serve as the starting point for negotiations.

The seven substantive paragraphs of the Exploration License cover some basic topics, as well as obscure and unusual topics. The basic topics include the work program and the schedule (paragraphs a and c), possible boundary disputes with Venezuela (paragraph d), the Minister’s right to acquire an interest in the PSA (paragraph e), and possible cancellation of the Exploration License (paragraph g).

An obscure requirement is contained in paragraph (b), wherein the shareholders of a Belizean company named Multiple Investments Limited and their percentage holdings and identities must be provided to the Minister, which typically would have been done in a side letter.

Finally, paragraph (f) recites GPG’s obligation to pay for any legal costs or awards resulting from the RSM arbitration proceeding that might arise from the GOG’s decision to grant the Exploration License to GPG.

The obligation in paragraph (f) is redundant with respect to the Undertaking described in paragraph 5 of the Analysis of the Documentation section of this report above, and seems out of place in an administrative, rights granting document of this type.

Grenada currently has no hydrocarbon production. It is considered by industry to be a high risk area for exploration, with only modest gas-prone prospectivity. Little or no petroleum-related geological and geophysical data are publicly available. Certain offshore boundaries with adjacent sovereign nations are yet-to-be delineated and legally defined.

Taken together, these circumstances would normally serve to discourage rather than attract exploration investment if the PSA was too favorable to the government. Therefore, assuming the GOG wished to attract investment in exploring for hydrocarbons, it may have chosen to negotiate a PSA that would be advantageous to an exploration company.

The key question is how advantageous and what is a reasonable expectation in such a situation?

(A document showed to (Dynamic Global) gave some insights into PSAs and the percentage of Government Take for a broad range of countries. The Government Take from the GOG-GPG PSA has been added to the chart for comparative purposes. It is clear that this PSA has a lower Government Take than any of the other PSAs shown. This raises red flags due to the extreme deviation of the GOG-GPG PSA from industry norms.


(To be continued)

Male Student Wins Courts Reading Competition

Dean Bedeau displays his winning cheque with Courts Deleon Walters

Dean Bedeau displays his winning cheque with Courts Deleon Walters

A youngman from a rural school has created history by being the first male to win the Grenada-leg of the Courts Reading Competition that is into its fifth year.

Dean Bedeau from Bonaire Government School in St. Mark’s took the top honours at the final of the competition that took place last Friday at the Auditorium of the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS).

Bedeau who is from District Seven representing St. John’s and St. Mark’s emerged as the top primary school reader from among a field of six other Readers from the other School Districts on the island.

The Bonaire Government School Child scored 273 points at the end of the two rounds of reading.

In the first round of the competition the children read a narrative featuring the Olympic victory of Grenadian-born Kirani James.

The second round, which was a news item, featured the call made by the St. Lucia Employers Federation to the Government of St. Lucia to lower the rate of the Value Added Tax.

An elated Bedeau told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper he came fully prepared for the competition.

Bedeau said he was coached by his Teacher, Theresa Ganpot, as well as Carl Bristol who exposed him to different types of reading that included narratives and newspapers.

In addition, as part of the preparation he engaged in reading every day including mornings and evenings.

The nine-year old Grade Five Student said he enjoys reading especially mysteries.

The 2013 Winner has earned the right to represent Grenada at the COURT’S OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) competition to be held in St. Lucia later this month.

The first sub-regional competition was won by Malika Bain, a former student of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic School in Grenville in 2009. She is now a student at the St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George’s.

Bedeau said he now looks forward to representing Grenada in St. Lucia and will be working hard to bring back the regional trophy.

In addition to being the student representing Grenada in St. Lucia, Bedeau took home a cheque valued $2,000.00

He also received a Smart Saver Account from the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) Cooperative Credit Union valued $300.00.

The Bonaire Government School also received a prize of $2,000.00.

In the competition itself, only one point separated the other two top positions as District Six Representative, Canaa James who is from First Choice Private School took the second-placed position with 245 points and the prize of $1,000.00.

In third position with 244 points was Erin Gilbert of St. Louis Girls’ Roman Catholic School, which is located in District Five. She received $750.00.

The other four participants each received $500.00.

The participants were judged by a four-member panel of judges that comprised Yvonne Alexis-Jones, Allana Charles, Sandra Thomas, Denise Brathwaite on the fluency of their reading of the two passages.

The assessment was based on the children’s reading accuracy, smoothness, expression and confidence.

Charles who gave the results spoke of the competition being keenly contested.

However, she said the students showed signs of being tense when they took to the stage.

The judge said the children performed very well in delivering the narrative, but had some difficulty with the news item.

She encouraged teachers and parents to give the students the opportunity to read different types of writing.

“In our judging we realised that some of the students were just calling words and not necessarily understanding what they were reading,” she said.

Sixty-two schools had entered the preliminary stage of the competition.


Sandals moves a step closer to opening

Regional Director of Eastern Caribbean, Sandals International, Jeremy Jones

Regional Director of Eastern Caribbean, Sandals International, Jeremy Jones

Grenadians have been credited as the most qualified and certified in the region by Sandals LaSource Resort Management team

The praise were showered on the locals as hundreds flocked to the Grenada Grand Beach Convention Centre last week as the company started the process of looking for potential employees to work at the internationally recognized resort when it opens in December.

Regional Director of Eastern Caribbean, Sandals International, Jeremy Jones, said that they have not been disappointed with the turnout of approximately 1600 potential employees of which 600 would receive placement.

He disclosed that all of the persons interviewed were very qualified, well spoken and properly attired.

The opening of the job fair on Monday catered to immediate former employees of La Source Hotel prior to the acquiring of the property by Sandals.

According to Jones, approximately 200 to 250 people come forward for interviews on a daily basis.

He described the people who were interviewed last week as well spoken, very qualified, friendly and accommodating, which are all ingredients needed in the hospitality industry.

Pre-Opening General Manager for Sandals LaSource, Winston Anderson, also emulated the characteristics of Grenadians crediting them for their warmth and friendliest in the Caribbean.

He said that these qualities were discovered when the company first made its move to invest in the country earlier this year (July).

In commenting on the scores of people attending the job fair, which ended last week Saturday, Anderson said that he is quite happy with the response from the Grenadian workforce.

Screening of perspective employees is expected to be completed next week and letters of intent to be issued to the 600 selected candidates subsequently.

Those selected will attend a one-week orientation session from October 21, followed by four weeks intense skills training to ensure that employees are in line with the company’s standard.

The Resort’s new management team of 26 persons will be sent to a number of Sandals properties scattered throughout the Caribbean to do understudy work.

The majority of the persons serving on management, (99%) of whom are Grenadians will also undergo a period of training.

The managers are expected back on the island from training in November.

The selection panel stressed that the “best of the best” would be selected to work with the world-class brand resort.

As the mega Resorts continues preparations for the December 12 opening, the management team reported that 1,200 employees are now working on the construction site at Point Salines, 99% of them Grenadians.

They reported that the company has extended it working hours to ensure the project is completed in time for the scheduled opening date.

Already the company has reported good bookings for the Resort, with a 90% occupancy expected for the first six months in 2014.

The Sandals official said this is a first for the company as no other Sandals Resort has done this in the past.


IMF it will be!

Brian FrancisBy Dr. Brian Francis


It is no secret that since the 1970s the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as part of its mandate to maintain stability in financial systems and economies around the world, has been playing its role in the stabilisation of several economies in the Caribbean.

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago, just to name a few, have all experienced the effects of IMF-type remedies to help soothe ailing economies at times when no other institution will provide much needed financial support to those countries.

Given the purpose of the IMF in these circumstances and taking into account the mix of policies normally suggested by the IMF to resolve the burning economic woes confronting countries seeking its assistance, one thing is always certain: the infliction of severe pain and suffering on the citizens of the countries that sign IMF-type Agreements. And that is so because of the restrictive fiscal and monetary policies involved in these types of stabilisation packages.

Since a mountain of evidence exists all across the Caribbean in strong support of the suffering that the people usually undergo under IMF’s stabilisation programmes, then, why would our governments not avoid the IMF at all cost? After all, there is no secret when it comes to the financial and economic conditions that often force countries to seek help from that notorious international financial body.

Generally, the IMF suggests stabilisation programmes to countries showing symptoms of economic agony. The symptoms commonly observed are budgetary/fiscal deficits (particularly on the current account); heavy external debt (debt to GDP ratio that approaches and exceeds 100%); stagnant productive sectors (especially the export-oriented sectors); rising levels of unemployment; high inflation rates; large current account deficits (on the external side); and chronic shortage of foreign reserves which makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to facilitate imports and service foreign debt.

What this theoretical list suggests is that once any or all of these major macroeconomic indicators start moving in the wrong direction and a trend begins to emerge, corrective actions must be instituted instantaneously. And that is the only way in which our governments in the region can avoid the IMF. Evidently, we do not seem to appreciate this basic fact. The net result is that our governments are left with no other choice but to enter into financial agreements with the IMF.

Case in point, Grenada. In his 2013 budget, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance characterised the present state of the Grenadian economy as follows: “In 2012, the deficit on government’s fiscal account was about $7.9 million. On December 31, 2012, the total public sector debt was $2.33 billion or 108% of GDP. Since 2009, the Grenadian economy has declined on average by 2.0% per year (only life in agriculture). The present rate of unemployment stood at 40%, while the level of Poverty exceeded 37%. On the external side, the deficit on the current account has widened as the growth of Grenada’s imports increased but the growth of exports has been sluggish.”

Clearly, the Grenadian economy could only have gotten to that terrible state because those in authority, ad infinitum, failed to recognise the clear “danger signs.” It is no wonder that despite all the public pronouncements by the Prime Minister and Chief Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Finance that Grenada will not be going to the IMF, as of today’s date, the country is awaiting the singing of a financial and economic agreement between the IMF and the Grenadian government. Fascinating!

Dr. Brian Francis, the former Permanent Secretary in the local Ministry of Finance, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Cave Hill Campus in Bridgetown, Barbados of the University of the West Indies)


NAWASA amends second place winner

NAWASA's General Manager Christopher Husbands makes presentation to Jalin Lalgie, 2nd place awardee - NAWASA's Water Cooperation Poster Competition

NAWASA’s General Manager Christopher Husbands makes presentation to Jalin Lalgie, 2nd place awardee – NAWASA’s Water Cooperation Poster Competition

The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) wishes to amend the award for second place in its Water Cooperation Poster Competition.

New second place winner Jalin Lalgie, a student of the St. Joseph’s Convent Grenville, was presented with her award, a Canon Digital Camera, and Certificate, by NAWASA’s General Manager, Christopher Husbands on Wednesday, September 25 at the Main Office on the Carenage.

Jalin’s piece on cooperation as it regards protecting the environment, won much accolade from the judges who viewed the posters on display at the National Museum on August 1st, 2013.

When asked about her artwork, Jalin shyly admitted that she did not intend to join the competition; it had only started out as a game between friends, but with a little push, she eventually submitted and …Result! She placed second. Jalin’s mother was a vision of pride as her daughter was handed the award.

Says General Manager Christopher Husbands, “Jalin’s achievement in the competition speaks to the talent of our young minds on issues relating to water. Via art she was able to bring to life the numerous ways there can be cooperation on the distribution and use of this precious finite resource. We commend her creativity and recognise the support of family and friends, again co-operation, an essential factor to her success.”

NAWASA commends all the participants of the poster competition including first place winner, Akel Passe and third place winner, Cherise Blache.

NAWASA also wishes to thank the participating schools and judges who made the competition possible.

World Water Day was observed on March 22nd, 2013 and provided an opportunity for students to have a voice on the issue of water cooperation.