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MINISTRY OF CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE AFFAIRS NEWSLETTER Volume 1, Issue 2 January – March 2009

“inside the beautiful twin isle parish”


MINISTER PRIME THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE 2000 INC. TH 13 ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA IN NEW YORK Carriacou and Petite Martinique 2000 was commended for its work by Senator Hon. George Prime in an address delivered at the o rg a n i z a t i o n ' s 1 3 t h A n n i v e r s a r y Extravaganza at Tropical Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York.

Members of the New York-based organization, Carriacou and Petite Martinique 2000 Inc., have been highly praised for their charitable work and donations. The organization, whose motto is “Lending a Helping Hand�, has sponsored the annual Spelling Bee Competition held among primary schools in Carriacou & Petite Martinique. It has also contributed to healthcare on the islands, and financed the award of ten (10) full scholarships to students who attend the T.A. Marryshow Community College, Six Roads Campus.

Martinique 2000 Inc. in the development of the twin-island constituency cannot go unnoticed. The contributions of the organization in education, sports, culture and all aspects of life in the 13-square-mile island cannot be over-emphasized, Senator Prime told a packed audience which included Hon. Nazim Burke, Minister of Finance and Deputy Leader of the NDC. Mr. Burke and Mr. Prime were invited to attend the event as special guests of Carriacou and Petite Martinique 2000 Inc.

The Senator, a former Deputy Leader of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), is the Minister of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs in the Government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. Mr. Prime said the importance of organizations such as Carriacou and Petite

REVIEW COMMISSION MET WITH CARRIACOU RESIDENTS TO HEAR LAND DISTRIBUTION CONCERNS The Land Settlement Board will also be reconstituted according to the stipulation laid down in law. Chapter 42 of the Carriacou Land Settlement and Development Act states that the Board shall consist of a Chairman and six other members, all of whom shall Minister of Carriacou and Petite be appointed by the Minister. Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, told the meeting that Senator Prime, in the meeting with the current Government wants to the Bristol-led Review Commission, bring a speedy resolution to the land said there were instances where d i s p u t e . H e a l s o r e i t e r a t e d persons were given approval letters Government's intention to ensuring for land, yet their names did not that people are treated fairly and appear on the June 2008 cabinet within the law. conclusion. However, he said, there were others whose names appeared As part of the attempt at finding a on the cabinet conclusion, but there is quick and reasonable solution, a desk no documentation to indicate that will soon be established in Carriacou they had ever applied to receive plots to deal with the land distribution of land in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. issue. situation in which only 59 lots were seen on a master plan for the Belair Land Settlement. However, it turns out that somehow a total of 82 persons were given property there.

Some of the alleged irregularities involving land distribution in Carriacou and Petite Martinique have been brought to the attention of a Review Commission headed by lawyer Carol Bristol, Q.C. Among the cases brought to the notice of the Commission, which recently met at the Sea Wave Upper Level Conference Room, was a

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PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS MET WITH TRUCKERS TO SEEK COMMON GROUND ON SAND MINING ISSUE sand mining issues on the As of December 31st 2008 sand sister island. mining became illegal in Grenada, however there are instances where Chairman of Gravel, persons continue to remove sand on Concrete and Emulsion our beaches illegally. Production Corporation's Board of Directors, Colin Minister of State in the Ministry of LaBarrie said that the Works, Physical Development and the Corporation is producing Environment, Hon. Sylvester Quarless sufficient quarry sand for reiterated Government’s position in l o c a l c o n s u m p t i o n providing quality product to be used in h o w e v e r t h e c o s t the construction industry. Government is considering the implication for Carriacou waiving some of the charges continues to be a concern. associated with the cost of alternative M i n i s t e r o f Wo r k s P h y s i c a l sand to Carriacou residents. Development and the Environment The issue of cost was raised at a Hon. Joseph Gilbert says the meeting with Government officials, Government hopes to make the homeowners, contractors and alternative sand more affordable to businessmen in Carriacou to address consumers.

GENDER & FAMILY AFFAIRS DIVISION OF GENDER & FAMILY AFFAIRS RECOGNIZES WOMEN CAREGIVERS Carriacou, like other parts of the nation, paid tribute to women on the just-concluded observance of International Women's Day. As part of the commemoration on the sister island, the Division of Gender & Family Affairs within the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs held a special recognition day for female caregivers. Gender Coordinator Vinishah Cudjoe presented food baskets to the women of the Christine David Child Development Centre, Top Hill Senior Citizens Home and the Hermitage Nursing Home. Ms. Cudjoe said the presentations were done in recognition of the tremendous efforts of the women who provide caring services to children and the elderly. Each year around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8.

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NEW EQUIPMENT FOR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT In keeping with Government’s policy to improve the road network and general infrastructure of the island, the Public Works Department within the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs has received two new machines, a backhoe and a stoneroller. The machines were purchased from Trintrac Ltd. based in Trinidad and the company’s Managing Director, Andrew Bernard and Technical Support & Control Quality Department Manager were on the island to provide training to the operators and promised to provide the necessary technical support for the upkeep of the machines.

reliant and ready to deal with the infrastructure development of the thirteen (13) square miles island. The machines cost approximately US$100,000.00 Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Hon. Sylvester Quarless was present and witnessed the training session.

Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime said that these machines will make the department more self

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As Government along with the Grenada Board of Tourism, seek to make Carriacou & Petite Martinique a more desirable tourist destination, members of the Carriacou & Petite Martinique Planning & Promotions Committee met with Director of Tourism, William Joseph. At the meeting, it was announced by the Director that 30% of the product development budget, which is equivalent to approximately $1/2m, will be spent on promoting the thirteen (13) square miles island. It was agreed that the focus areas for 2009 will be:

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PLANNING & PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE MET TO DISCUSS WAY FORWARD FOR CARRIACOU'S TOURISM SECTOR

Completion of the Belair Heritage Park Restoration of Heritage Sites Development of the Festivals Nautical Tourism with specific focus on diving & yachting Shakespeare Mas Local public relations

The Director also noted that in the area of yachting, discussions have been held with the St.Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism authorities to create a single yachting space between them and Grenada & the Grenadines. The preservation of the islands festivals is also critical, therefore at a date to be

announced the Board of Tourism will convene a meeting with the business sector on the island, to discuss sustainable partnerships for the promotion and development of the festivals. One of the goals of the new administration as outlined in their manifesto is to develop the tri-island state as the “dive capital of the Eastern Caribbean” and as a result, an understanding has been made between tourism officials and two associate deans of the University of St. Eustasius, to do under water photographs of the islands dive sites for marketing. The Director was accompanied by Senior Product Development Officer Kirl GrantHoschtialek.


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iving beyond 100 years is something to be revered and that is the way it is for the family of Joseph Jerome of Top Hill, Carriacou.

Mr. Jerome, who is widely and affectionately called "Da Joe," celebrated his 102nd birthday on Wednesday, February 18.

A birthday party in his honour was organized by his children, grandchildren and great-grands. They travelled by boat and plane, from different parts of the world, to celebrate the special milestone with Da Joe. His daughter, Vanilla, said she wouldn't exchange her father for anything. She described him by the best dad in the universe. She recalled that as a youngster, her father spanked her once, and utilized every opportunity to instill good moral values in her. Bernadette Lendore-Sylvester, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, also shared in the momentous occasion with the "Birthday Boy,'' Da Joe. She presented him with a token on behalf of the Ministry. Mr. Joseph is a member of the Church of Christ congregation. Although he is now unable to attend services, he still enjoys singing gospel hymns. His favourite hymn: "God Be With You Till We Meet Again".

ACTION TIPS FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE · · ·

Eat fruit at breakfast e.g. a banana with a cereal, a glass of fruit juice Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables Add salad to sandwiches

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Add extra fruit to dessert Put more vegetables in soups and pasta sauces Add sliced vegetables to pizza

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SPORTS

CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPORT OF BASKETBALL BY PEACE CORP. VOLUNTEER The items, which included fifteen basketballs, three soccer balls, six basketball nets, twelve training jerseys and two stop watches were handed over to Sports Officer in the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Joel Lendore by Costie's parents Bob and Veronica Costie. Peace Corp Daniel Costie with family

Lendore, upon accepting the donation, said that the items would help take the

The sport of basketball in Carriacou has been given an additional boost thanks to Peace Corp volunteer Daniel Costie. Costie, who is originally from Michigan, U.S.A said that during last year’s Thanksgiving dinner with his family, they decided to contribute towards the sport and over twenty-five sponsors both in the USA and Canada also contributed.

sport to higher level and improve the game especially among the primary and secondary students. Personal Assistant to the Minister, Anderson Matheson was also on hand to witness the handing over. Some of the sponsors included MC Sports and Field Fabrics.

LAURENA MT. ROYAL ALL STARS DEFEATED MARAN, ST. JOHN’S IN CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS CRICKET MATCH

It was a humiliating defeat for Maran, St. John's Cricket Team in their match against Laurena Mt. Royal All Stars Cricket Club. Participating in the Champion of Champions competition organized by the Ministry of Sports, Mt. Royal batting first scored two hundred and fifty eight (258) runs all out.

over, they had seventy-six (76) runs for the loss of seven (7) wickets. Maran was only able to score one hundred and fiftytwo (152) runs.

Top scorer for Mt. Royal was Elton Joseph who made seventy-six (76) runs while Kenrick Julien was the outstanding bowler for Mt. Royal he In reply, Maran lost its first wicket for took four (4) wickets for thirty-one (31) only seven (7) runs and by the 19th runs.

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15TH ANNUAL HILLSBOROUGH GOVERNMENT SCHOOL INTER-HOUSE SPORTS MEET A SUCCESS Paddy, Yellow House, placed second with 141 points. Mills – the so-called Red House –had to settle for third place with a score of 134 points. The stars of the games included Jenille Emmons who received the award as the most outstanding athlete for girls under 9 years, while Isaiah Simmons was the most Compton House has emerged as the by winning the march past. However, understanding performer for boys under 9. major winner of the 15th annual that was not all. Green House amassed a Hillsborough Government School total of 193 points in track and field events to walk away as overall Other outstanding athlete awards went to Inter-house Sports Meet. champions and take home the winners’ Lakisha Boatswain in the under 11 girls’ division, and Avian Alexis for girls under trophy. 13.

The athletes of Compton, or Green House, opened the meet with success

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1 MAJOR SPORTING ACTIVITY AT MINI-STADIUM, LAURISTON

He is not even a teenager as yet but many people believe that Mickel Joseph could be a future international Joseph broke two of the six records that track star for Grenada, Carriacou and were smashed at the February 19 annual inter-house sports meet of the L’Esterre Petite Martinique. Rosary School. He shaved .59 seconds

off old 100 metres mark for boys under 13, winning in a new time of 13:10 seconds. The previous 100 metres record holder was Nial Joseph. Joseph was also a record setter in the 800 metres open boys’ race. He completed the course in 204:83 seconds. The old record time was 244:16 seconds. The L’Esterre Rosary track and field event, sponsored by First Caribbean International Bank, was the first major sporting activity to be held at the Carriacou mini-stadium. Among the many spectators in attendance

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1ST MAJOR SPORTING ACTIVITY AT MINI-STADIUM, LAURISTON CONTINUED was Senator the Hon. George Prime, Apart from outstanding performances House) had to settle for third position Minister for Carriacou and Petite from individual athletes such as Joseph, with 220 points. Ryan Thomas, Kyla Julien, Kelisha Martinique Affairs. Samerson and Darion Fraser, the big team prize went to Francis House. The athletes in blue emerged as overall house winners with 287points. Stalin (Green House) placed second with 226 points, while Keturah (Yellow

COMPTON (YELLOW) HOUSE THE CHAMPIONS OF HILLSBOROUGH SECONDARY INTER-HOUSE SPORTS MEET The athletes of Compton (yellow) House were the dominant forces on the tracks at the 2009 Hillsborough Secondary Sports meet; they amassed a total of 687 points to gain the winning trophy. Fleary (red) House placed second with 637 points while Brathwaite who won 11 sports meet had to settle for third position on 418 points. Vondel Olive of Fleary House was the victrix ludorum while Ryess Albert of Brathwaite was the victor ludorum. Some of the other outstanding athletes were Andre McKie, Akiba Samerson, Joelyn Enoe and Lena Peters.

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CARRIACOU CRICKETERS PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING SESSIONS FOR THE NATIONAL UNDER 19 CRICKET TEAM Three talented high school athletes from Carriacou have been selected to a training squad which will represent the nation in regional under 19 cricket competition. They are Derrick Quashie of Hillsborough Secondary School and Curtly Charles and Jeremy Fraser, both of Bishop's College. The new Grenada government has made a commitment to make Carriacou and Petite more inclusive in national development, including

sports. Carriacou was represented in an historic $60,000 cash-prize cricket competition sponsored by the Ministry of Sports.

Residents of Carriacou and Petite Martinique are delighted with the selection of Quashie, Charles and Fraser to the under 19 training squad, saying it's a move that will boost the development of cricket on the Sister Islands. The players journeyed to Grenada for the trials, which include a series of games in April, with the support and sponsorship of the Division of Sports in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, the Ministry of Sports in St. George's, the Carriacou Cricket Association and the Grenada Cricket Association.

DOVER GOVERNMENT THE CHAMPION OF GUT CARRIACOU INTER-PRIMARY SPORTS MEET There is a new young track star in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. He's L'Esterre Rosary School's Mickel Joseph, who stole the spotlight at the Carriacou Inter-primary Schools Sports Meet of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT). Joseph dominated all the events in which he participated, winning the javelin under 13 boys, discus, and the under 13 races in the 100m, 200m and 400m. However, Joseph's individual success was not enough for his school to win the track and field competition, which was held for the first time at the mini-stadium in Lauriston. The athletes of Dover Government School were the dominant force, amassing 320 points to walk away with the champion's trophy. In second place was the march past winners, L'Esterre R.C .School, who gained 250 points, while Hillsborough Government placed third with 198 points. Harvey Vale Government and Petite Martinique R.C. tied for the fourth position with 178 points. In addition to Joseph, some of the other outstanding individual athletes were Jamaal Allen, Zachary Logan, Jeanette Stanislaus and Avian Alexis. The event was attended by representatives of the GUT and Ministry of Sports, including Senior Athletic Coach Bruce Swan, Physical Education Instructor Abel Patrick, and Senior Coach of Field Events, Curlon Peters.

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D Y E V T E I L N O U P M M E M NT O C ROTARY CLUB OF CARRIACOU the VOSH Eye Team from the United States. The team who visited the island on February 13th saw over 300 persons and over 200 pairs of new glasses were dispensed.

The Rotary Club of Carriacou is making a positive impact in the lives of the people of Carriacou & Petite Martinique as for the fourth year they sponsored the visit of

C a r r i a c o u a n d Pe t i t e Martinique Affairs, Grenada Cooperative Bank and Ade's Dream Hotel.

However, while the Rotary Club of Carriacou is the main initiator of the project, a number of organizations and corporate citizens played an instrumental role in the team visit. They included the Ministry of

SANDY ISLAND OYSTER BED MPA: Centre of Conversation Activities in Carriacou The 787 hectares park contains extensive reef systems with many types of corals, mangroves and sea grass beds. Endangered species in the park include the green sea turtle and the hawks-bill turtle. Sandy Island, with its postcard quality scenery and white sandy beach surrounded by turquoise waters is a cultural landmark for the people of Carriacou and is an important tourism destination. With the support of a number of stakeholders which includes the Government of Grenada, activities are progressing towards the development of a functioning MPA. Cabinet has approved the area in principle and last steps are underway to finalize the legal establishment of the park.

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Three contracts are being processed through the Fisheries Division and funded by the OECS. These contracts are (1) to develop a communication strategy and promotional materials for the park; (2) to install moorings and develop a maintenance plan; and (3) to

develop and expand park infrastructure to include an interim protected area office, design for an interpretation centre and park trails. A zoning plan, management plan and mooring feasibility study have been developed for the area by the community and local stakeholders with support from other programmes like Sustainable Grenadines Project, the Caribbean Regional Environmental Program (CREP) and the Nature Conservancy.


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JUNIOR MINISTER OF CULTURE MET WITH CULTURE OFFICIALS IN CARRIACOU looking at ways to ensure that stakeholders gain maximum benefits from the islands indigenous cultural heritage.

Carriacou and Petite Martinique are usually referred to as the cradle of culture and with four (4) major festivals namely Regatta, Carnival, Parang and the Maroon Music Festival. Government is seeking to develop a closer working relationship with the festivals committees and is

Therefore, Junior Minister of Culture, Senator Arley Gill met with culture officials on the island. He said that there is a need for institutional strengthening of the festivals through the establishment of the Carriacou & Petite Martinique Festival Commission, which would lead to the opening of an office of the Grenada Cultural Foundation on the island. Another issue raised during the meeting was in the Grenada Cultural Foundation Act, the festivals in Carriacou are

classified as grand festivals; however, Senator Gill said that an amendment would be made so that they too will be termed national festivals just as Grenada's Carnival. Meanwhile, Minister Gill is hoping that for Grenada Carnival, a contingent of masqueraders from Carriacou and Petite Martinique will travel to mainland to participate in the 2009 festival. Minister of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime also attended the meeting and said that there is need to form partnerships for the improvement of the islands' cultural package.

STEELPAN TAUGHT IN PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE Culture Officer, Felix Mendes said the goal is to develop enough pan men and women to see the establishment of various steel bands on the islands, and the hosting of a panorama competition for Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, led by Senator George Prime, is endeavouring to take steelpan music to another level on the Sister Islands. The Division of Culture in the Ministry has hired well-known panist Leroy Sylvester to teach pan music to students of the six primary and two secondary schools.

Mr. Sylvester has commenced the tutoring of young pianists, holding daily practice sessions at the Hillsborough Community Centre.

indicated that a contingent from Carriacou will be invited to participate in carnival on mainland Grenada in August. There are also plans to introduce schools in Carriacou and Petite Martinique to formal classes in poetrywriting, drama and Big Drum dancing.

The Government of Prime Minister Honourable Tillman Thomas has pledged itself to further developing and preserving all aspects of the rich and unique cultural heritage of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Apart from its input into steelpan on the islands, the Government has also

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MINISTER FOR CARRIACOU & PETITE MARTINIQUE AFFAIRS PLEDGES TO WORK CLOSELY WITH CARRIACOU HISTORICAL SOCIETY Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime, has congratulated members of the Carriacou Historical Society for their work in the preservation of the island's cultural heritage. The heritage of any country is important and crucial, Minister Prime said in remarks delivered at the Historical Society's annual general meeting. The Society was formed 35 years ago and its responsibilities include overseeing and running a museum in Carriacou. Senator Prime promised to maintain a close working relationship with the Society, for whom he was instrumental in securing a government subvention of $20,000. It was the first cash contribution of its kind from Government in the history of the Society.

The efforts of Mr. Prime in obtaining Government's help for the group didn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. Patricia John expressed the gratitude of the Historical Society to Senator Prime, who is Leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament. Ms. John was elected second vicepresident at the Society's AGM. She had just completed three years as president. The newly elected president is Stephen Alexander, with Cosnel McIntosh as

first vice-president. Among the goals of the new executive will be increasing visitor numbers to the museum. There was a slight drop in numbers in 2008, but members of the Historical Society are confident of achieving an upward trend this year. The Society has received assistance from the Grenada Cooperative Bank and plans on attracting greater numbers of visitors by improving the aesthetic of the museum's surroundings.

TRIBUTE PAID TO TWO PERSONS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE PRESERVATION OF CARRIACOU'S HERITAGE For 15 years, Mr. Compton served as Executive Director of the Historical Society's museum, and in 1999,

The Carriacou Historical Society (CHS) has paid glowing tribute to two stalwarts who have contributed immensely to the growth of the organization, which was founded 35 years ago. Members of the Society say the "sterling contributions'' by Patrick Compton and Dr. Edward Kent have helped "to preserve and enhance'' the cultural heritage of the 13-square-mile island.

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having played an "instrumental role'' in the building of the organization. Dr. Edward Kent was a founding member of the Society and, though aging, continues to take an active interest in its work. Immediate past president of the Society, Patricia John, said Dr. Kent's experience and guidance have been of "significant benefit'' to the CHS and all of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

coordinated a visit to Carriacou by professors from the University of Puerto Rico. The visit was part of an exercise to document Carriacou's Shakespeare Mas', which forms part of their annual carnival celebrations. Historical Society member Brian Whyte has described Mr. Compton, an Honorary Life Member of the CHS, as

Hats off to Mr. Compton and Dr. Kent for their contribution!


MT. PLEASANT & GRAND-BAY MAROON 2009 The people of Carriacou are keeping tradition alive, celebrating part of their culture handed down by their African ancestors. Residents of the twin villages of Mt. Pleasant & Grand-Bay held their annual series of Village Maroon activities in the month of February.

Turning of coo-coo

Coo-coo balls

This year's Village Maroon, held at Tan Dora Junction, started with the slaughtering and seasoning of the animals, followed on the next day by the gathering of villagers and the preparation and cooking of food in traditional Maroon style: massive pots of food cooked over an open fire. After the cooking, people from all across Carriacou indulged their palates with some of the Maroons' tantalizing food such as rolled rice, coo-coo with stewed peas and provisions. There was also a choice of chicken, mutton or pork.

CCO Big Drum Dancers

Wetting the ring

The 2009 Mt. Pleasant & Grand-Bay Village Maroon ended with Big Drum dancing by community members, as well as from performers of the Carriacou Cultural Organization. The Village Maroon tradition, which is more than 200 years old, is held to celebrate the productive harvest and to petition for success in the new planting season. Roll rice

Young ones dancing in the ring

JOEY STEVENS VISITED CARRIACOU CBS, and is well-known for his sidekick "Bob,'' the parrot. His visit to the 13-square-mile sister island was in pursuit of material for a twelve part TV programme he is producing on Grenada and Carriacou. "As soon as Joey Stevens arrived at the Harvey Vale Government School on Television viewers in North America will soon be getting a glimpse of the unspoilt beauty and rich cultural heritage of Carriacou.

Monday, he was easily and instantly identified by many of the students,'' said an official who accompanied him on the visit. The students entertained him by dancing the Big Drum.

This follows a visit on Monday, February 16, to Carriacou by TV personality Joey Stevens. He hosts a Caribbean weather programme on the U.S.-based Wsee TV, an affiliate of

The promotion of Carriacou on Mr. Stevens' Channel 5 Show could help in promoting Carriacou as “the perfect tourist destination�.

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U L C T I U R R G E A CARRIACOU FARMERS SHOWCASE THEIR PRODUCE

Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime has pledged to work with the Carriacou Farmers Association (CFA) to ensure that agriculture moves forward.

Locally produced onions

A wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, including onions, carrots and pumpkin were on display at the Exhibition. Minister Prime along with Senator Clouden & Farmer Selwyn Andrew

In an address to the 2nd Annual Carriacou Farmers Association Food Exhibition on Sunday, February 1st, 2009, Minister Prime said efforts are being made to get the tractor service restored. He said the administration is working toward a public/private sector partnership to have other tractors available to farmers.

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Farmers Representative in the Senate, Keith Clouden, who attended the function, promised to do “everything within my power” to ensure that the issues and concerns of farmers are properly addressed. Senator Clouden also called on Government to improve the conditions and environment for agriculture so it becomes a profitable industry. The Carriacou Farmers Association has as its motto, “sustaining food for life”.


AGRO-FORESTRY PROJECT IN BELAIR, CARRIACOU

Forestry Guard Samson Saxon

With one of Government's main thrust being the revitalization of the agricultural sector, workers attached to the Forestry Division within the Agriculture Department of the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs are hard at work developing an agroforestry project. This project will incorporate two disciplines, the development of food crops, which will include a nursery & an orchard, and the planting of trees such as cedar and teak.

Orange tree among banana plants

The development of the nursery has already started. Recently two (2) persons Alford Allard and Cindy Teka spent six (6) weeks attached to the Mirabeau Agriculture Station where they underwent training in plant propagation. According to Head of the Forestry Division Benson Patrice, farmers can expect to purchase a number of plants right at home for the new planting season. Some of the plants that will be available include mangoes, wax apple, cherries, a variety of citrus and vegetable seedlings. Lands on the outskirts of the Belair Nursery will be used for the development of the orchard and has already being cleared. Patrice said that this will help to provide much needed citrus fruits for local consumption. Another component of the agro-forestry project would be the reviving of ponds in the area and the development of new ponds. When fully developed, the Belair Nursery and Orchard will be used as a demonstration site for farmers and students.

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EDUCATION

SIX STUDENTS RECEIVED ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY FROM GRENCASE certificates of enrollment and cheques. He said that the Commonwealth Country League is based in London and is a charitable organization, which sponsors secondary education for needy girls.

Two (2) female students from Bishop's College and four (4) from Hillsborough Secondary School were among nine secondary school girls in the tri-island state who are beneficiaries of the Commonwealth Country League Education Fund. The fund was secured through the non-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Grenada Citizen Advice & Small Business Agency (GRENCASE). Managing Director of GRENCASE, Selby Henry who outlined what the CCL Education Fund is about, presented the students with their

The Fund has sponsored over two thousand (2000) girls in over thirty (30) countries giving them an opportunity to achieve their ambitions and expand their horizons.

Education Officer Gertrude SimonNiles expressed gratitude to GRENCASE and said that the

significance of this gesture to the children and by extension, their parents, lies in its appropriateness rather than its value. The cheques received can be used toward the cost of school (transportation, school meals, uniform, books and other incidentals) and examination fees.

The beneficiaries are Kimberly Quashie, Shenika Lalgie, Deanne Bethel, Lisa Charles, Nisa Daniel and Kathama McMillan.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMES TO THE MINISTRY On December 1st, 2008, the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs entered new territory when it commissioned the Division of Information Technology. For the first time in its 12 year history, this Ministry has a body which will manage all computer-related operations. In fact, it is the first I.T. unit of Government in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The new division, staffed by three persons, would manage and maintain the Ministry’s computer equipment and networks, and upgrade the computing services of the Ministry. The aims of the division are to extend the lifespan of computers, upgrade and modernize the computer equipment, and to provide a more productive environment for the staff of the Ministry. In the past, computer equipment were acquired and deployed in an ad hoc fashion. There was little control or supervision of their use, resulting in easy damage to, and consequent loss of, equipment. The new division now assumes responsibility for the installation of all hardware and software, for all repairs and maintenance. This division would also begin training staff in the proper usage of computing equipment, as this would serve to prolong the useful life of the equipment. Another primary goal of the new unit is to have the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs and other government agencies, such as the police, linked to the Government's computerized accounting system. This provides for the Ministry staff to more effectively manage its budget and transactions. The implementation of this initiative is already under way and is expected to be completed by the end of April, 2009. Although the idea of Information Technology management for Carriacou was put forward to the Ministry as far back as 2004, it was not until August

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2008 that the concept was first fully embraced. This unit was considered to be of such great importance to the operations of government in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, that it was one of the very first projects approved by the new cabinet. The unit is headed by Davon Baker, who serves as IT Manager/Systems Administrator. Mr. Baker brings to the unit a background in Computer Science, as well as his vision to take technology to new heights in our little islands. This has been his dream since his return home from university and he is very excited that the idea of technology management has finally begun to take root. Mr. Baker is quite convinced that not only would the Ministry be more productive and efficient in its operations, but that the use of computer equipment would be less costly, since we would be losing fewer computers due to careless and unmanaged use. The Manager is supported by two able technicians – Jamaal Adams has responsibility for networks and Trevlyn Cox, spearheads the maintenance of the Ministry’s computer hardware. “I'm confident”, Mr. Baker said, “that we can and will make a distinct difference in our Ministry. We are dedicated, diligent workers, and I promise that we would, in a most obvious way, impact on our Ministry's ability to serve our communities”. At present, the IT Division is housed at the Carriacou Multi-Purpose Centre, a facility for which it has also assumed a supervisory role. A key initiative of the division is to supervise the transition of the Centre from a place of casual use into a more education oriented facility, offering training opportunities in computers and other learning areas.


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TRUE PATRIOTISM SHOWCASED IN CARRIACOU IN CELEBRATION OF GRENADA'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE In celebration of Grenada's 35th anniversary of independence, schools, business places and Government buildings in Carriacou and Petite Martinique were beautifully adorned in the national colours.

Harvey Vale Pre-schoolers celebrating independence 2009

In recognition of the theme, “Celebrating 35 years of Grenadianism” the Harvey Vale Government School and Hillsborough Government showcased different aspect of the island's rich cultural heritage such as Shakespeare Mas, Big Drum dancing and the traditional wedding. A number of activities to celebrate this milestone were held; this included an independence road race for the secondary and primary students. In the secondary division Hillsborough Secondary School dominated with Akiba Samerson placing first in the boys’ category and Kaytana McMillan first in the girls division. Ziggy Stewart of Dover Government School was the outstanding male athlete in the primary division while Bianka Joseph took the first position in the primary girls division.

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PETITE MARTINIQUE INDEPEPDENCE CELEBRATIONS A SUCCESS Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime appealed for citizens to work together to build the tri-island state of Grenada. This appeal was made during the staging of the 35th anniversary of independence celebrations on the sister isle of Petite Martinique.

as an independent nation, citizens must take responsibility for their actions

Forming part of the celebrations was the distribution of awards in several areas, Chevelle Rock, a student of the Petite Martinique R.C School was awarded for the best student in Minister Prime who also read the Prime Minister's academics while Police Constable Leroy Nelson the most independence message was impressed with the turnout of the outstanding officer on the island. school children and residents in their national colours. He noted that while the road to independence was not an easy one it Businesses on the island also portrayed their patriotism by decorating and they received certificates of appreciation. showed that as a people we can rise above obstacles. The celebrations were also attended by Governor General His Parliamentary Representative Hon. Elvin Excellency Carlyle Glean and his wife. The Governor Nimrod also attended the General's speech focused on the word “responsibility”. He said celebrations.

AN IMPRESSIVE 2009 INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS IN CARRIACOU The people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique turned out in large numbers at the Lauriston mini-stadium on Thursday, February 5th to celebrate Grenada's 35th Anniversary of Independence which for the first time included fireworks display.

Governor–General His Excellency Carlyle Glean told the large gathering that if the tri-island state of Grenada has to continue on a progressive path, citizens must be held accountable for their actions.

Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs Senator, the Hon. George Prime in his first independence address said that as the task of rebuilding the nation continues; citizens need to keep in mind that this nation belongs to all of them. He congratulated the Independence Celebrations Committee led by Linton Lendore for working hard to ensure the event was a success.

Adding to the flavor of the celebrations was a contingent of officers from the Special Services Unit who for the first time participated in the military parade on the 13 square miles island.

Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas, in his address said it is important for citizens to remember and recognize the nation’s forefathers who have played a significant role in the early growth and development of the nation. He further stated that it is their vision, dreams, sacrifices and actions that have laid the foundation for our progress.

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The celebrations which were also attended by Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports & Culture Senator the Hon. Arley Gill and Parliamentary Representative Hon. Elvin Nimrod saw the distribution of awards in a number of areas. Some of the awardees were PC Clifford Charles – most outstanding police officer, Kimberly Quashie – most outstanding female athlete for Bishop's College and Sherika Patrice for outstanding performance in the 2008 CXC exams.


Oildown Special In Petite Martinique On Independence Day The people of Petite Martinique celebrated the 35 years of Grenada's Independence in style as the different businesses on the 586 acres island along with individuals cooked several pots of the national dish, oil down on Independence Day, which they shared with residents and people who came over from Carriacou. Independence Day celebrations on the sister isle culminated with residents and visitors enjoying the mouth watering dish and dancing to sweet string band music. It was the first time such an event was held on the island and many who attended described it as the best and hoped that next year will be bigger and better.

PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE HIGH LEVEL UNESCO DELEGATION VISITED CARRIACOU Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator the Hon. George Prime described the visit by the Director General of

The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koichiro Matsuura on Wednesday visited Carriacou for the first time in the organisation's 64 year history.

UNESCO's objectives, through its World Heritage Committee, is to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world that are considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

UNESCO as “historic� and looks forward to working with UNESCO to develop the Mr. Matsuura and his delegation also toured tourism potential of Carriacou. the Carriacou Museum where he viewed some of the artifacts unearthed at the GrandBay Archaeological Site and other aspects of the life of the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. He was accompanied by Victor Sologaistao: Chief of Latin America and Caribbean Section, Sector for External Affairs and Cooperation, Tosin Animashawun: Assistant Mr. Matsuura was given a tour of the Grand- Liaison Officer, Kwame Boafo: Director, Bay Archaeological Site, which government UNESCO Kingston Cluster and Lincoln hopes to develop as a tourist attraction. One of Campbell: UN Jamaica Security Assistant.

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