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MINISTRY OF CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE AFFAIRS

Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 5 October - December 2009

“inside the beautiful twin isle parish”


Education

Mentorship Program Launched At Bishop's College

Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, has hailed an initiative that has been undertaken at Bishop's College in Carriacou. The secondary school has just launched a Mentorship Program, the first of its kind on the island.

At the official launch of the program on October 16th, 2009 fifty (50) students pledged to be a “Big Brother'' or “Big Sister'' to younger students, guiding them in their academic and social life.

The Minister said he hopes the mentoring program would be an example to be followed by other schools throughout the Tri-island State. He highlighted the importance of education to the government, mentioning of the recent election of Education Minister Senator the Hon. Franka AlexisBernardine to the UNESCO Board of Executive.

School principal Rholda Quamina described the launch of the program as “a proud moment'' for Bishop's College. She emphasized that children today need role models, inspiration and motivation to help them face the daily challenges with which they are confronted. Programs like mentoring encourage students and help them find meaning to life, the principal said. Ms. Quamina also appealed to parents to support the mentorship program, saying it fosters leadership skills and the attitude to care. The program mentors, who accept the call to serve, must do so with dignity, she said.

Senator Prime, who was among special guests invited to witness the Bishop's College Mentorship Program launch, highly commended school counselor Nadine McLawrence, whose idea it was to start the program.

Students and guests at the official launch of the program also received a motivational speech from Area Education Officer, Gertrude Simon-Niles.

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Hillsborough Secondary School Awards Those Who Contributes To Its Development A senior member of the Grenada Government says that education is the underlying thread to the nation's development. Education and Human Resources Minister, Sen. the Hon. Franka Alexis-Bernardine, has also said that a nation committed to excellence will be able to hold its own not only regionally but also internationally.

The Minister made the remarks while delivering the th featured address at the 4 Annual Hillsborough Secondary School Award Ceremony. She was joined by cabinet colleague Sen. the Hon. George Prime, Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament.

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Female students dominated the awards' ceremony, including Akida Muller who received five awards for her performance at the 2009 CXC Exams. She was named “Student of the Year� for passing 10 subjects. Among other awardees were principal Brian Lendore and teacher Paul Hamlet. They were presented with the Long-standing Teachers' Awards for having served at Hillsborough Secondary for 21 years. Apart from teachers and students, several other persons received awards for their contributions to the school's development.

Minister Bernadine, while praising the achievements of female students, admonished the males to persevere. She cited the achievement of world-famous race car driver, Lewis Hamilton, as an example for male students to follow. British-born Hamilton is of Grenadian heritage.

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Grade 3 Teacher of Hillsborough Government School Awarded A Carriacou educator has won a major regional teaching award.

Martinique, Michelle Coy, plays a critical role in monitoring the programme to ensure its success. The CCETT project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and administered by the University of the West Indies, aims to reduce illiteracy and underachievement in schools through teacher-training and improved reading and writing instruction. In 2007-2008 post-test results, Mrs. Lawrence's Grade 3 students achieved a class average of 86%, one of the best performances nationally. In fact, in the test of 2006-2007, one student earned a perfect score.

Veronica Lawrence, a Grade 3 teacher at Hillsborough Government School, copped a Teacher of Excellence Award from the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training (CCETT). Mrs. Lawrence was part of a delegation of five awardees from Grenada and Carriacou who travelled to Dominica to attend the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training (CCETT) presentation ceremony. The Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training project began nationwide in 2004 at 18 schools, including Hillsborough Government School and Petite Martinique Roman Catholic. Reading Specialist for Carriacou and Petite

Among those who have congratulated Mrs. Lawrence on receiving her teaching award is the staff of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs led by Senator the Hon. George Prime.

ANOTHER NEW YORK BASED GROUP CONTRIBUTES TO EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT The importance of the Diaspora to the development of the tri-island state of Grenada has once again been recognized and applauded. In the latest development, the New York-based Big Apple Social Club has provided three scholarships to students attending secondary schools on the island of Carriacou. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, expounded on the important role played by overseas nationals who are members of social groups.

and Petite Martinique Affairs view the scholarship donation from Big Apple Social Club as a bright light in the educational development of the nation, Senator Prime said. Fitzroy Thomas, a representative of Big Apple Social Club, said that while the group has assisted in other areas, one of their main goals is the empowerment of young people. The three scholarship recipients are Leron Gabriel, Kentisha McGillivray and Rolan Compton. They each will receive financial assistance of US$280.00 quarterly for their entire secondary school life.

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NATIONAL TRAINING AGENCY TEAM VISITED CARRIACOU With government seeking to increase the employability of Grenadian youth through public/private sector partnerships, a team has visited Carriacou and Petite Martinique to share information on technical and skills training that could lead to employment. The team of senior officials were from the National Training Agency (NTA) led by Chief Executive Officer Lincoln Morgan. The Agency was established in December 2008 and among its key functions are to establish a technical and vocational education training policy, and to promote the adoption of a regional occupational standards framework. During their visit, the NTA team met with Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, other ministry officials and potential training providers. The main topics of discussion included the roles and objectives of the National Training Agency, and plans for the implementation of the OECS Skills for Inclusive Growth programme. The OECS programme, funded by the World Bank, aims to provide quality competency-based technical and life skills training for unemployed youth in the hospitality, construction, agriculture and marine sectors. It is expected that training will be offered to 1,200 young people. Further information on the National Training Agency and its programmes for young people is available by calling 435-9092.

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Events on the Sister Isle of Petite Martinique

Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs Responds to Call For The Protection of Petite Martinique

The Government of Grenada, through the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, has responded to the call by residents of Petite Martinique for assistance in protecting a section of the island that appears to be quickly disappearing into the sea.

Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime. He was accompanied by Ministry of Works Advisor Juan Carlos Perez, a specialist in sea and harbour protection, and Anthony Appiah – an officer with the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Corporation.

government, and indicated the willingness of residents of the island to join the work in finding an immediate solution to the land erosion problem in Petite Martinique.

Mr. Perez and Mr. Appiah noted that the seawater level appears to be rising, saying it's an example of the effects of climate change. In order to mitigate the problem in the short term, they advised that a concrete break-away system be built. Government is now studying a proposal by a couple of experts who visited the section of the island, where Petite Martinique's only playing field is located. Residents of the area claim that almost 20 feet of land were lost in the past four months. An observation of the area was u n d e r t a k e n o n Tu e s d a y, December 8, by Minister for Page 6

Minister Prime reiterated that protection of the environment is one of the major focuses of

Government, as part of its environmental commitment, only recently assigned six environment wardens to the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs. The wardens' job includes patrolling the beaches of Carriacou & Petite Martinique, where illegal sand mining continues to be a problem and a serious threat to coastal erosion and the environment.

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E H

I F L E S Y T H Y T L LE A TIPS & RECIPE

Exercise & Fitness Swimming, cycling, jogging, dancing, walking and dozens of other activities can help your heart. Whether it is included in a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all physical activity adds up to a healthier heart. Making Coo-coo with Ochro 1 tbsp oil 1 medium onion, chopped finely 1 tsp garlic, minced 2 pimento peppers, finely chopped 12 ochroes, sliced thinly 2 tbsp. all purpose seasoning 1 tbsp butter 1½ cups hot water 1 cup coconut milk powder dissolved in 1 cup warm water (you can also use 1 cup of fresh coconut milk) 1 cup yellow cornmeal/corn flour

Heat oil in medium pot; sautĂŠ onions, garlic and pimento peppers until tender. Add ochroes and cook for 5 minutes. Add seasoning, butter and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and cook until ochroes are tender. In a medium size bowl, mix cornmeal in the hot water. Add cornmeal, a little at a time, stirring vigorously until all is added. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and a stiff ball is form. Remove from heat and pour into buttered bowl and smooth top with the back of a buttered spoon. Leave to stand for 15 minutes before serving. Hint: The coo-coo is removed from the fire when it appears stiff and can hold a peak.

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PARANG FRIDAY NIGHT: HOSANNA SINGING

Hills & Valley Staff

Vena Bullen & Sons Staff

Zerina Bedeau

Revenue Staff

Akida Muller

L'Esterre Junior Choir

Petite Martinique Choir

T.A.M.C.C Six Roads Campus

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PARANG SUNDAY NIGHT: Melee Competition

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All Female Band “Dominators”

The winning Band “BBH Seranaders”

Ghetto Youths

BC Stars

The famous “Strugglers”

Stinging Mentors

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GOVERNOR-GENERAL BROUGHT CHRISTMAS CHEER TO SENIOR CITIZENS & PATIENTS AT PRINCESS ROYAL HOSPITAL Hillsborough, Carriacou, December 21st, 2009 - In keeping with the spirit of the season, Governor-General, Sir Carlyle Glean accompanied by his wife, Lady Norma Glean, brought Christmas cheer to the matron, staff and patients at the Princess Royal Hospital and the Top Hill Senior Citizens' Home. His Excellency, noting that Christmas is a season of sharing and giving, said he was delighted to bring holiday greetings to the various groups of people in Carriacou. Nurse Annmarie Bullen, Matron at the hospital, and Lyburn Phillip – Matron at the Top Hill Senior Citizens' Home – both

expressed their appreciation to the Governor-General for his visit and the gifts that were received. This is the second visit to the institutions for Sir Carlyle since assuming the office of Governor-General in 2008. The Governor-General who also attended the Parang Festival, called on the bands to be creative and utilize the various cultural aspects of the island in composing songs. Meanwhile, BBH Seranaders won the Parang Melee competition for yet another year which saw for the first time a female dominated band called the “Dominators”.

STEEL PAN FEATURED AT PARANG 2K9 FOR THE FIRST TIME The idea of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs to introduce steel pan music to the students of the six primary schools on the sister isles is now reaping success. For the first time ever, steel pan music was one of the features at the annual Parang Festival. Students from the L'Esterre and Petite Martinique R.C Schools, led by tutor Leroy Sylvester, entertained the crowd at the opening of this year's festival. They received raved

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reviews from many in attendance for playing a variety of Christmas songs on the pan. Listening to the young pan musicians was a happy moment for Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime. He has been piloting the government's efforts to further develop and preserve all aspects of the rich and unique cultural heritage of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPTAIN BRUCE The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs congratulates Captain Bruce Roberts who hails from the Sister Isle of Petite Martinique travelled to Miami, Florida where he attained his navigational certificate. Captain Bruce captains the boat “Magic”, one of two boats that transports students attending secondary school in Carriacou and provides service for people travelling to and from the island to Carriacou.

VENEZUELAN AMBASSADOR PAID OFFICIAL VISIT TO CARRIACOU One month after assuming the role of Venezuelan Ambassador to Grenada, His Excellency Carlos Perez paid an official visit to the sister island of Carriacou. He was welcomed to the island by Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime. During his one-day visit, Ambassador Perez was given a tour of the 13-square-mile island and shown areas identified by the National Democratic Congress government as having the potential for developing a sustainable economy for Carriacou

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and Petite Martinique. They included the boat building village of Windward, the yachting community of Tyrrel Bay and agricultural lands in Dumfries. Ambassador Perez admitted that Carriacou has “excellent'' locations for development, and expressed his government's commitment to working with Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas and his administration to further develop the Triisland State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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Ways of Improving The Health Sector In Carriacou & Petite Martinique Looked At The Grenada Government, which has made the delivery of services at home for people living on Carriacou and Petite Martinique one of its priorities, has outlined some of its plans in the area of health for the Sister Islands. The plans are to be executed jointly by the Ministry of Health, headed by Senator Ann Peters, and the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, led by Senator George Prime. Hon. Peters, who led a Ministry of Health delegation on a two-day visit to Carriacou and Petite Martinique, said one of the goals is to see the Princess Royal Hospital – the lone hospital on the 13-square-mile square mile island of Carriacou – operate with greater efficiency and self-sufficiency. Among other things, government would like to see fewer people from Carriacou and Petite Martinique travelling to Grenada for “basic procedures'' such as blood tests, Senator Peters said. The delegation, which visited the Princess Royal Hospital, the Petite Martinique Health Centre and other health facilities, included Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Allison Miller and Chief Nursing Officer, Nestor Edwards. They were accompanied on the site tours by Senator Prime and by Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Dr. Everson Peters.

Staff at all the institutions was highly commended on their level of dedication, and on the general upkeep of their working environment. The visit is all part of the strengthening of collaboration between the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, in seeking to reorganize and refocus the quality and level of service provided to the people, Senator Peters said. “As part of plans for 2010, a lot of focus will be placed on the subsidiary services,'' said the Health Minister. Senator Prime added that the visit by Senator Peters and her team, as well as the health plan, are in keeping with government's overall thrust for his Ministry to better coordinate and work along with other Ministries in Grenada. In decentralising services, and making them more accessible to people in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, drivers' licences are now being issued in Carriacou. Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his administration are also working on an initiative to establish local government in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and to open Petite Martinique's first secondary school.

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WATER STRATEGY BEING DEVELOPED FOR CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, led by Senator the Hon. George Prime, is planning a public relations campaign as part of what is being described as a “proactive and strategic approach'' for dealing with the islands' long, dry weather spell. Rainfall in Carriacou and Petite Martinique is down about 50% compared to last year. One consequence is that at least two cattle have died monthly since August. This figure is projected to rise if the scarcity of rainfall worsens. The situation has prompted the convening of two strategy meetings involving Sen. Prime and other senior officials of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs to look at developing a water strategy for the islands. A survey has also been conducted examining water catchments on the islands, and what remedial repairs need to be done to make them more useable. The Division of Agriculture, which is playing a major role in the initiative to arrest the situation, has developed what is called an “Agriculture Water Shortage Mitigation Plan.'' One of the recommendations emerging from the plan is for livestock farmers, especially owners of large species, to reduce their livestock population by 40% and small species by 25%. Such a move, Division of Agriculture officials say, would mean that the “carrying capacity base on available feed supply from pastures can be met.'' They are also appealing for the “collaborative effort of all key stakeholders,'' especially livestock farmers and persons rearing animals. Their support of the strategy is “invaluable,'' the officials added. In the coming months, the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs will be embarking on a public relations initiative to inform residents of the details of the “Agriculture Water Shortage Mitigation Plan.''

Ten things that will save the most water 1. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set your sprinklers for more days in between watering. Saves 750-1,500 gallons per month. Better yet, especially in times of drought, water with a hose. And best of all, convert your lawn to native plants. 2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Saves up to 600 gallons per month for every leak stopped. 3. Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two-car family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month. 4. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Saves 500 to 800 gallons per month. 5. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons per month. 6. Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month. 7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month. 8. Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Saves 400 to 600 gallons per month. 9. Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on house plants or your garden. Saves 200 to 300 gallons per month. 10. Don't water the sidewalks, driveway, or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs-and only there. Saves 500 gallons per month Page 12

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CARRIACOU

ITS IMPORTANCE TO ARCHAEOLOGYby Quetta Kaye, Scott Fitzpatrick and Michiel Kappers.

Carriacou is a small island – but a small island with a big history. Amerindian people had been living in Carriacou for some twelve hundred years before the French explorer, Jean Baptiste du Tertre visited in 1656 and described the beauty of the island. Since 2003 the Carriacou Archaeological project has mapped evidence showing where these early Carriacouians lived, and four seasons of excavation have provided massive evidence of the importance of Carriacou to understanding the prehistory of the region. What has emerged is the complex lifestyle of those early inhabitants, revealing their rituals, fine ornate pottery and decorative objects carved from shell, stone and bone. It is clear that these early Amerindian societies had an elaborate spiritual belief system and utilised the island's natural resources of fertile soils and abundant fishing. They had established complex trade and exchange systems with other islands and possibly even mainland South America. Carriacou seems to have been the hub of a network of inter-island activity. How can we be so sure of this? Well the answers lie in the Carriacou Historical and Archaeological Museum in Hillsborough which now holds more than 3000 kg of material which we have excavated from Grand Bay and Sabazan, but sadly we can only guess at the sheer amount of evidence that has already disappeared. Scattered all around the island, every rainy season sees artefactual evidence eroding from the coastal profile, carried out to sea and lost forever. The Workings of The Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs

What we have identified at Grand Bay are the patterns of postholes of family huts, the remains of food and other subsistence items and hearths where fires were lit – and even the bodies of just some of those early Carriacouian people, from which we can tell their age at death, sex, health and injuries. Expert study of the excavated artefacts shows these include ritual goods made from imported stones and clays as well as from the bones of imported animals. And scientific analysis of small ritual inhaling bowl fragments reveals that these were made centuries before they were brought to Carriacou, possibly from Puerto Rico 750 km away, and had been passed down as heirlooms through the generations. So why is Carriacou important to archaeology? Because the abundance of the archaeological remains is staggering – it is in quantities that make it unique compared to most other islands in the Caribbean. That is why these remains should be cherished and preserved -- they provide evidence of the people who once lived in Carriacou and once it is destroyed, the story of these early Carriacouians is lost forever. You can help by being observant, noting unexpected finds on building sites or on walks along the coast, handing-in to the Museum in Hillsborough any artefacts which you might pick up on your walks, and calling in help from the Historical Society if you spot something unusual, or notice unauthorised digging in archaeologically rich areas. You can do your bit to make sure Carriacou's importance to archaeology continues to survive and is not destroyed. Page 13


Community Development INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT ONGOING IN CARRIACOU The people of Carriacou are soon to have easier travelling access to the island's Princess Royal Hospital. That's because government is spending close to EC$1 million on reconstruction of the Top Hill/Belair road that leads to Princess Royal, the lone hospital in Carriacou. Senator the Hon. George Prime, Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, has described the project as a “major accomplishment for the National Democratic Congress government. All previous governments have only made promises to reconstruct the road.'' He added that it is important for residents on the eastern side of the island to have proper access to the Princess Royal Hospital.

The repair project, which has commenced with the construction of drains and a retaining wall, involves work on about 2890ft of road. Two contractors, Karl Benjamin Construction Firm and Simon Lendore, are responsible for completing the project. Meanwhile, in the village of Mt. Desire, the Public Works Division within the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs supervised the construction of an 85ft retaining wall. Edward Modeste Construction constructed the wall which is costing government over EC$70,000.00.

PHYSICAL PLANNING UNIT TEAM VISITED CARRIACOU Officials of the Physical Planning Unit (PPU) are reminding nationals to observe the laws relating to infrastructural development, such as the construction of buildings. The reminder was made during a recent visit to Carriacou by Fabian Purcell and

Mr. Purcell is Acting Senior Planning Officer and Mr. Lalgie is Senior Building Inspector. While in Carriacou, they assessed planning applications for land development and also observed what they claimed were persons engaged in a number of physical development activities without having the necessary permission from the PPU. The Planning and Development Act of 2002 stipulates that no person shall commence any development in the State without the authorisation of the Physical Planning and Development Authority. Persons who breach the regulation, and are found guilty of such, are liable to face penalties and can be charged a maximum of $10, 000.00

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The PPU is advising all nationals to familiarise themselves with the regulations dealing with infrastructural development. The Unit is suggesting the purchase of the Grenada Building Code and a copy of the Building Guidelines at the Government's Printery. The Building Code costs $100 and the Building Guidelines are available at $50.00 each. Residents of the sister isles can also visit the Beausejour Office of the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs or the Public Works Division for further information.

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COASTAL ENGINEER VISITED CARRIACOU ON FACT-FINDING MISSION The Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, led by Senator the Hon. George Prime, is close to fulfilling another of the NDC government's election promises to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. A first step has being taken in the pledge made by the National Democratic Congress to provide a berthing terminal with adequate facilities for the inter-island ferry, Osprey. Coastal Engineer Andrew Chadick, a professor at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, was in Carriacou on a fact finding mission to look at the best possible sites for the construction of the berthing terminal. Residents and visitors to Carriacou have for many years been complaining about inadequate facilities, such as being left exposed to sun and rain. Senator Prime, who is also Leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament, says there are many benefits

to be derived from the construction of the berthing terminal. It will not only make travelling by ferry more comfortable for residents and tourists, but it will also improve intra-island communication among nationals of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, he argued. Since forming the government in July 2008, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his administration have taken a number of measures to enhance life and living conditions for the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. These have included eliminating travel to Grenada to obtain drivers' licences, and reconstructing the road leading to the Princess Royal Hospital. The NDC government is also forging ahead with plans to institute local government for Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

LAND SETTLEMENT & DEVELOPMENT BOARD CONVENES FIRST MEETING Senator Prime, Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, noted that a cabinet conclusion of June 2008 showed that approval was given for the sale of land to 293 persons. However, letters of approval were received by 333 persons, including 168 who had made no application whatsoever for land. The Minister, while thanking members for accepting the responsibility for serving on the board, said their main and immediate mission is to address and solve the land situation.

The first meeting of the Carriacou Land Settlement & Development Board was convened on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at the Carriacou Multi-purpose Centre as the Government of Grenada seeks to resolve the land distribution issue on the 13-square-mile island. Senator the Hon. George Prime, who chaired the meeting, highlighted the land situation which the National Democratic Congress government inherited on assuming office on July 8th, 2008. The Workings of The Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs

The bigger vision of the government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas is to have property title reform, he added, pointing to approach already made to the Australian Government for assistance in this area. Further meetings of the Carriacou Land S e t t l e m e n t & Development Board, led b y F o r e s t r y O ff i c e r Benson Patrice, will be held within the coming weeks and months. Page 15


CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY ELECTED TO MANAGE COMMITTEE FOR THE SANDY ISLAND/OYSTER BED MARINE PROTECTED AREA Officials in Carriacou are optimistic of the commercial viability of the Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Roland Baldeo, the MPA Coordinator, said the strategy has been prepared by a Jamaican company which will present a report to the Management Committee shortly.

At a meeting on Monday, October 5th, 2009 at Sea Wave Upper Level Conference Room, officers were elected to a Stakeholders Management Committee for the protected area. It's the latest move in the MPA plan in which most of the groundwork has been completed for its implementation.

Mr. Baldeo also announced that mooring and demarcation buoys procured from the United States by the OECS for the MPA are expected to arrive in Carriacou soon. Studies have indicated that there are huge potential for generating income from the MPA when it is fully implemented. It is anticipated that within one year of its establishment, user fees collected from the MPA will be able to cover the expenses of running it.

Officers elected included Luther Rennie as chairman of the Stakeholders Management Committee, with Allison Caton as secretary. Ms. Caton is also the Tourism Development Officer for Carriacou & Petite Martinique. The Sandy Island/Oyster Bed area was declared a MPA by government after strong lobbying from several individuals and organisations, including the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, and the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture. The project has the backing of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which have sponsored the development of a communication strategy for the MPA.

Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas, since assuming office in July 2008, has been one of the leading voices regionally and internationally on environmental issues. His cabinet recently approved the establishment of the National Marine Protected Area Management Committee. The responsibility of the committee is to manage the Sandy Island/Oyster Bed and other MPAs throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

INTERNATIONAL CREDIT UNION DAY CELEBRATED IN CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE Government, which is about to construct a berthing terminal in Carriacou as part of efforts to improve ferry service being offered by Osprey, is to receive local assistance with the project. Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, has announced that the Grenada Credit Union League has given a commitment to assist in the development of the Osprey berthing terminal. He made the announcement as he joined members of the credit union fraternity in Carriacou & Petite Martinique in the observance of International Credit Union Day. Minister Prime noted that despite the world economic crisis, credit unions – which have just celebrated a month of activities as part Page 16

of Credit Union Month – continue to stand among the world's economic pillars. Reflecting on the theme, “Your Money, Your Choice, Your Credit Union”, he said the movement is growing from strength to strength. The Senator's remarks were echoed by Pastor Standford Simon, President of the Grenada Credit Union League. He said that the future of the movement in Carriacou & Petite Martinique looks strong, pointing to the number of students who participated in this year's Credit Union Day activities. Meanwhile, Harvey Vale Government won the schools' division of a quiz competition held as part of the observance of Credit Union Month. Rohan Compton of Dover Government School was adjudged the best student of the quiz.

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WORLD FOOD DAY 2009 A SUCCESS IN CARRIACOU Farmers in Carriacou & Petite Martinique are setting an example in the nation's quest to achieve food security in times of crisis. Remarkably, they are doing so despite a long and dry weather spell that the islands have experienced. The results of the farmers' efforts were displayed during World Food Day celebrations in Carriacou. They showcased a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, along with locally produced wines and dishes. Persistent showers during the day did not prevent residents, including scores of students, from attending the event and purchasing many of the products. Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, congratulated the farmers for their determination to drive agriculture to a higher level on the 13-square-mile island. Minister Prime, who is also Leader of Government Business in the Senate, reminded the farmers of the importance being placed on agriculture by Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas and his National Democratic Congress administration. He noted that government has embarked on the revitalization of agriculture, which includes a policy on achieving food security. As part of the World Food Day event, the contributions of a number of farmers and fishermen were recognized with the presentation of awards. They included Selwyn Andrew who was presented with a medal from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization The Workings of The Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs

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for his contribution to livestock and crop development. Other award recipients were Howard Mitchell and Keith Lawrence. The celebration also involved an essay and poetry competition among students of the primary and secondary schools. Its focus was on “Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis�, the theme of the 2009 World Food Day celebrations. Hillsborough Government School copped the first prizes in the primary category in both the essay and poetry competition. Hillsborough's Shania Chase won for best essay and the school's Jamiah John took the poetry title. Bishop's College student Makiba Williams won the poetry competition for secondary schools.

Shania Chase- winner of essay competition

BELAIR POND RESTORATION COMMENCES A pond, which once was a major source of water, has been restored to its primary use. For many years, the Belair Pond has been covered with lilies. However, that has changed due to a feverish effort to clean the pond by Benson Patrice and a team from the Forestry Division of the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs.

The pond will be a main source of water supply, especially during the dry season. It will also be utilised both for

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communal purposes, as well as for plant irrigation at the nearby Belair Nursery.

Meanwhile, in keeping with government's thrust to revitalize agriculture, lands on the outskirts of the nursery are being ploughed by agricultural workers. It's part of a major agricultural drive which will include the planting of bananas and a variety of citrus.

Pond after cleaning

Workers at the nursery hard at work

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“Achieving Food Security In Times Of Crisis� Grow what you eat and eat what you grow Yes! Food security depends on all ah we Oh! No money, no honey So back to the garden we must go. Grow what you eat and eat what you grow You see the economy crumbling on we? Yes! We must depend on food security. Tell you mommy, tell you daddy, tell you uncle and you tantie Corn, peas, cassava and sweet potatoes. That is what we grandparents know Back to agriculture, tell your sons and daughters. Grow what you eat and eat what you grow Food security depends on you and me. Written by: Jamiah K. John

MARKETING BOARD CONTRIBUTES TO CARRIACOU FARMERS ASSOCIATION The presentation of two weed eaters and other farming accessories from the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB) to the Carriacou Farmers Association (CFA) is the start of a closer working relationship between the two groups. That's the view of Byron Campbell, chairman of the board of directors of the MNIB. He made the comment during the presentation ceremony, which was attended by CFA members and Mr. Anderson Matheson, Personal Assistant to Senator George Prime, the Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs. The MNIB presentation follows a September visit to several farmers' garden in Carriacou by members of the MNIB. Mr. Campbell described the Carriacou

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operation of the Marketing Board as one of the most profitable MNIB outlets. CFA President Randolph Fleary, in expressing his gratitude to the MNIB for the donation, said the items will aid in increasing farmers' level of production as they continue striving to improve the agriculture sector in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Farmers' efforts are being supported by the government of Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas. Since assuming office in 2008, the government has signaled its intention to return agriculture to the fore of economic development by such actions as investing in a national food security program and backing the purchase of an agro-processing operation by the Windward Islands-based Winfresh group.

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Public Statement on Stray Animals The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique has been receiving queries concerning the impounding of small livestock. The public is hereby reminded that the Ministry has the responsibility to ensure that rights are maintained for persons who wish to plant crops without having to fence their property. Further, the Ministry wishes to remind persons who rear animals that they have a responsibility to secure their animals; that is, to have their animals tied or have them in a secured enclosure. The Ministry has observed that there is some confusion as to where impounding can take place. Stray animals can be impounded if found in a public space or on a property which is owned by a person who has complained to the Ministry. The public is advised that the impounding officer can pursue such animals on any property, if the animals escape from public or authorized space to a private holding. The impounding officer has the full support of the police to carry out his duty. In the interest of the further development of local agriculture, and in respecting the rights of those who want to produce crops, the public is advised that there is now a zero-tolerance to the “leggo'' beast season.

FARMERS IN CARRIACOU TRAINED IN FORAGE CONSERVATION FOR THE DRY SEASON A training session in forage conservation has been conducted for farmers in Carriacou, which has been experiencing less than the normal amount of rainfall. The training, held on the onset of the dry season in Carriacou, was also attended by students of the island's two secondary schools. Lead trainer Pweil Mwasha gave practical demonstrations of how to prepare the forage, which include silage and hay. Mr. Mwasha, a livestock consultant, noted the importance of training, saying the amount of feed demanded by an animal is constant throughout the year. However, the quantity supplied by a pasture fluctuates with the season and the nutritive value of the forage also decreases as grass matures, he said.

The training was organized by the Division of Agriculture, within the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs. Senator the Hon. George Prime, the Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, witnessed and applauded the training. He said it signifies government's ongoing support for the development and revival of the agricultural sector. Government's efforts include a commitment to ensuring that the 13-square-miles island becomes what is known as the “Centre of Excellence for Small Ruminants Production.''

“It is therefore important to cut grass at the correct stage of maturity and conserve. The grass that is usually cut by road gangs can also be utilized,'' Mr. Mwasha said. Page 20

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Staff Development Public Relations Officer within the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs Deanna Isaac along with Community Development Officer Roxanne Cox were among twenty-seven (27) public officers who participated in a three (3) day training on Events Management & Protocol in the month of November. The training which was held at the Grenada National Stadium was facilitated by Mrs. Hazel Bierzynski, Training & Development Consultant along with the Chief of Protocol Alice Thomas-Roberts.

Isaac and Cox described the information gathered as excellent as it will lead to the better organization and execution of the activities of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs. They both intend to share the knowledge acquired with their colleagues. Some of the topics covered included risk management, developing interpersonal skills and qualities of event planners.

Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs Meets Its Budget Objectives Young people in Petite Martinique may soon have the option of remaining on the island to complete their secondary education. Over the years, students have had to travel to Carriacou to study at Bishop's College or Hillsborough Secondary or attend one of the many secondary schools in Grenada. However, the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, under the leadership of Sen. the Hon. George Prime, is making the commencement of secondary schooling in Petite Martinique one of its priorities to be achieved in the 2010 budget. Other priorities will include the improvement of the tourism product of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, rehabilitation of the Top Hill Senior Citizens Home, and restructuring the operations of the Social Service Division of the Ministry. Sen. Prime, in a review of his Ministry's work, said that most of the objectives set out in the 2009 budget were met. Close to EC $5 million dollars were spent in areas such as completing preliminary work for the construction of a Ministerial Complex, the restructuring of the Ministry. The site and topographical surveys for the Complex were completed, and two architectural designs have been proposed. Finance was also invested in support of the food security program, with assistance provided to farmers to help with the construction of livestock pens, poultry units and the clearing of pastures. Local government for Carriacou and Petite Martinique was also a top priority during the past year. Two stages of island-wide consultations were completed.


Prime Minister Looks Toward An Improved Public Service Officials of the Ministry of Petite Martinique Affairs which included Permanent Secretary Bernadette Lendore-Alexander, Senior Administrative Officer Marie Alexis and Information Technology Manager Davon Baker were among public officers who participated in a Change Management Workshop as Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas looks forward to an improved public service.

The Prime Minister said it is critical that the public service is adequately structured, properly resourced, responsive and motivated to perform and deliver; adding that despite some progress at reform, there is much to be done. He suggested that the public sector must accelerate the process if meaningful change is to be achieved, with the resulting professionalism and modernization of the service.

Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas says an improved, efficient, productive and motivated public sector is absolutely essential if government is to achieve its developmental objectives.

“This assumes greater significance given the current recessionary environment and the consequent diminishing of resources. We must find creative ways to do more with less and to

Addressing Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Managers of the public service in a change management workshop, the Prime Minister said “the embrace of change is necessary and inevitable as we strive to become a competitive, resilient and sustainable society, delivering quality goods and services to our populace and indeed the wider world.” He called on the public service to adapt to the changing environment, which he said is characterized by accessibility to information and a more discerning and demanding public.

gain added value and synergies in our approach to the management of our various programs and initiatives,” the Prime Minister said.

“These expectations speak to their need for improved delivery and quality of goods and services. Additionally, there is the need to be effective and efficient in the delivery of those goods and services to the satisfaction of reasonable expectations. This is the role of government, of which the public service is the primary vehicle for delivery and implementation,” he added.

He called on Senior Managers to “take ownership of the change process”, declaring that “our success at modernizing our public service is contingent on our ability to effectively lead and manage this process.” The workshop was facilitated by Consultants Linda Cameron and Shirley Dusa from Canada.

Sand Mining Continues to Plague The Island of Carriacou Police in Carriacou are trying to find out who was responsible for a quantity of sand believed to have been removed illegally from one of the island's beaches. Officers attached to the Carriacou Police Station recently discovered 31 bags of sand on the eastern seacoast of Grand-Bay. The police suspect that it is a case of sand-mining, which is prohibited. So far, no one has been arrested and charged. Since assuming power in July 2008, the government of Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas has made the protection of the Tri-island State's pristine environment an issue of key importance. Page 22

The Prime Minister and his cabinet has just appointed “Environmental Wardens'' for the various parishes, including six who will be attached to the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs headed by Sen. the Hon. George Prime.

Noting the negative effects the practice has caused, government decided to cease sand-mining operations on all of the nation's beaches. However, mining of sand continues to plague Carriacou, with police trying to track down the culprits.

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Tourism Development Promoting Tourism in The Nation's Schools The latest stop in the programme was a visit to the Hillsborough Government School by Allison Caton, Tourism Development Officer for Carriacou and Petite Martinique. She highlighted the various aspects of tourism and the role students can play in ensuring the 13square-mile island benefits from the sector. The Carriacou Office of the Grenada Board of Tourism is continuing its programme of educating primary school students in Carriacou and Petite Martinique on the importance of the tourism industry to the nation's development.

Ms. Caton, who also pointed to the destructive effects of littering and how it can affect the image of the island, promised to continue with a once-perterm schedule of visits to schools. Meanwhile, the Grenada Board of Tourism is making preparations for the

Carriacou Maroon String Band Festival in April of next year. The festival is intended to capture the unique cultural heritage of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

BETTER HOUSING FOR TWO RESIDENTS OF PETITE MARTINIQUE It has been a promise of the government to provide better housing for the citizens of the tri-island state and it is now fulfilled by the 17-month-old government of Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas as two (2) residents of Petite Martinique, Iney Clement and Catherine Clement, now have brand new houses. The houses were built under a programme through which the Ministry of Housing provides material for housing construction nationwide. Earlier this year, the Ministry's programme enabled the construction of seven (7) houses in Carriacou. The Clements received the keys to their homes at a ceremony at the Petite Martinique R.C. School attended by Governor-General Sir Carlyle Glean and his wife, Lady Norma Glean; Minister for Housing, Lands & Community Development, Hon. Alleyne Walker; and Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon. George Prime. In expressing her gratitude, Iney Clement thanked the Government of Grenada and, in particular, the Ministries of Housing and Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs. She recalled that when her mother passed away nine years ago, she died worrying about the condition of the house in which they lived. Ms. Clement said they had received numerous unfilled promises of fixing the house which had several leaks in the roof and became water-soaked on the inside when rain fell. Housing Minister Walker, in his address at the handing over ceremony, said he was delighted to fulfil the mandate given to him by the people and by Prime Minister Thomas. He reminded the audience that government had developed several ways of ensuring that citizens have better houses. Senator Prime, who is Leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament, lauded the efforts of community members who volunteered their labour to build the houses. The Workings of The Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs

The National Democratic Congress administration, he said, values partnerships and the establishment and maintenance of “good community spirit.'' His Excellency, the Governor-General, took the opportunity to extend 2010 best wishes to the residents of Petite Martinique. Page 23


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HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHILD MONTH CELEBRATIONS OCTOBER 2009

Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs Contact: Deanna Isaac PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER Phone: 1-473-443-6026, Fax: 1-473-443-6040 Email: prccou@live.com, Website: www.gov.gd Government Printery

Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs - Newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 5 ) Oct - Dec 2009  

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