INPUT ON OUR NATIONAL DEBT AND THE WAY OUT TO SUSTAINABILITY!!!

By Kenneth Nedd

As a Grenadian living abroad with much interest and concern for the level of pain and hardship facing our nation, I am taking the liberty to share my observations to the attention of all Grenadians at home and abroad; but specifically to our leaders and stakeholders in the public, private and charitable sectors.

Leaders and stakeholders, for too long, have been mostly disconnected with the issues resulting with far too little development and implementation of strategic models in the direction of growth, debt management and sustainability. Therefore, we find ourselves in massive DEBT and still without common-sense solutions; these debts are financial, physical, emotional and spiritual.

In times like these we need miracle solutions to solve our national debt with little or no private investment. Strategic models provide solutions based on stated vision, mission, goals, objectives, tasks, timelines, outcome and impact above self and differences.

The old saying, “failing to plan is planning to fail” is probably the basic lesson we ought to take from what has happened since our independence. We have seen some good, some bad and some ugly outcomes, but not enough good outcomes in nation building, management, sustainability and national pride.

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ProtectEM- Local Excellence; Global Reach

Nurse DeAnn Scott Creator of ProtectEM, an app to  help victims of Domestic Abuse and Violence.

Nurse DeAnn Scott Creator of ProtectEM, an app to help victims of Domestic Abuse and Violence.

ProtectEM, an App which  targets victims of domestic abuse and created by Grenadian Nurse DeAnn Scott, has been internationally recognized for excellence with a nomination for a World Summit Award in the E-Health and Environment categories.  

It links victims to emergency, police, and social services, empowering them to better manage an abusive situation, allowing victims of violence to call for help at the moment when they need it most.

Nurse Scott was inspired to create the app in response to three domestic violence related killings.

Though developed with Grenada in mind, the app is being downloaded widely via the Apple apps store.

Should ProtectEM win the World Summit Award, Scott would apply the award to improving ProtectEM and applying the ProtectEM concept in innovative ways.

Nurse DeAnn Scott Speak About ProtectEM’s World Summit Award Nomination

A Book Launch And Laying of A Foundation

H.E presenting a complimentray copy of Dynamics of Urban St. George to Ms. Sylvester of Library Services. copy

Governor General – H.E Dame Cecile La Grenade presents a copy of Dynamics of Urban St. George to Ms. Sylvester of Library Services

For change to occur, there needs to be a catalyst. One  of the most pressing issue for Grenada is prevention of devastating lost of its unrivaled (in the Caribbean) heritage assets.

As a result of both natural and human actions, the quality and quantity of irreplaceable heritage site are under severe threat, with many at the precipice of destruction.

Norris Mitchell, with the publication of Dynamics of Urban St. George (previous review here), has laid a solid foundation and created a strong reference point for revitalization of St. George through preservation of the built heritage.

As this excerpt from the Willie Redhead Foundation’s Sentinal and the  book’s launch illustrates, key to realizing progress and effective change is educating current and future generations to understand and appreciate the value of Grenada’s heritage assets.  Dynamics of Urban St. George is uniquely positioned to meet this task.

From TWRF Sentinal….

It was about two years in the making, but on Wednesday July 31, 2013 at 5pm, family members, well wishes and friends of Norris Mitchell and the Willie Redhead Foundation gathered at the Grenada National Museum on Young Street for the launch and celebration of Dynamics of Urban St. George, a book dedicated to our unique capital city.

The book treats of its origin, as a French colonial outpost in the Caribbean, its evolution, its growth, its blossoming as a the “pettiest little town in the Caribbean”, and its recognition in 1988 by CARIMOS – the Cultural Arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), as “a moment of the wider Caribbean”.

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Local Excellence and The Mott Green Model

Mott composite copy

It has been two months now since the tragic passing of Mott Green (born David Friedman), founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company. His contribution to Grenada has defined a model that is applicable broadly throughout Grenada’s development.

At its core is a simple philosophy: develop high quality local products that have global reach.

In the case of the Grenada Chocolate Company, this meant establishing a strong foundation based on the highest quality raw product (organic cocoa), continuous refinement of the roasting and fermentation processes, presentation in well-designed packaging, and a relentless focus on empowering its most important asset, the people farming and working for the company.  The end result: a competitive, world-class Grenadian product.

Whether it is a small ice cream shop, 5 star hotel, the private sector, or the government, applying the Mott Green model would have the same effect. Read On!

Art That Makes A Difference

A work of art that works in life is the aim of many artists, artisans and craftspersons. Chris Mast and Lilo Nido, owners of Art Fabrik, winner of the 2012 Caribbean UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicraft, have introduced to Grenada, high-quality solar-powered lights for living, learning, and earning.

Little Sun solar-powered lights were created by an artist and an engineer which provide one evening of light when charged in five hours of sunlight. Little Suns are durable, affordable and safe additions to hurricane readiness kits and boat essentials.

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Never A Dull Moment In Carriacou

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Anse La Roche Showing an Encroaching Shoreline Threatening Vegetation

Is the Ministry Of Carriacou and Petite Martinique about to allow sand mining at one of the island’s premier tourist beach, Anse La Roche? There are rumors that this is indeed the plan.

Anse La Roche is a top tourist destination on Carriacou, advertised worldwide. Additionally, it is the number 2 nesting ground for two endangered species of turtles, the Hawksbill and Leatherback. And as part of the proposed High North National Park, is a significant component in the proposal.

The following equivocal statement, found in the draft Land Use Policy for Carriacou and Petite Martinique: “Revise beach Protection act and institute a ban on sand mining from all damages coastlines.” , can be interpreted basically as go sand mine where there is still sand. Read More

Outside Learning Key to Grenada’s Development

Gertrude Duncan – Source: GrenadaBroadcast.com

If Grenada is to realize accelerated growth and development across it various economic sectors, it is important that some of its bright minds travel to “developed” countries to gain knowledge and experience through educational, business, and cultural opportunities. The new perspectives these Grenadian explorers gain will be key in enabling Grenada to implement best practice concepts and systems that can increase its global competitiveness. In the same way that Indians have used the knowledge and experience gained from Silicon Valley, Corporate 500 companies, and top US schools to transform the Indian economy, so too can Grenadians, following the same model. This story about former Grenada Board of Tourism Quality Assurance Officer, Gertrude Duncan, exemplifies this well.

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Pushing Grenada Backwards With Beach Sand Mining

By Fritz Geller-Grimm (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Sand mining has had a devastating impact on Grenada’s beaches and coastline. Rapid growth in tourism, building of private homes and businesses, and road construction have markedly increased the demand for sand. The removal of sand and stones to fuel this demand has resulted in substantial ecological degradations.

The new NNP government’s decision to reverse the 2009 ban on sand mining, is a move that will undo all beach and coastline recovery realized during prohibition instituted by the previous NDC government.

In Grenada, 100% of the fine aggregate used in construction is sand, and in the interest of minimizing cost, builders have resorted to mining beach sand. Until the 2009 ban, sand removal from many non-designated beaches occurred with reckless abandon that has had significant ecological consequences, including coastline and habitat lost, due to levels of beach sand removal that overwhelmed natural replenishment cycles.

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Book Review-DYNAMICS of Urban St. George

norrismbookcoverAny one seeking to gain a better understand of the town of St. George, Grenada will do well to pick up a copy of Dynamics of Urban St. George (Xlibris Corp., 2013), by author, distinguished architect, and historic preservationist Norris Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell, currently president of The Willie Redhead Foundation, an organization that advocates for the preservation of Grenada’s built heritage, set about to provide a historical background of the town, from its beginning in 1650 as a French colonial outpost in the Caribbean Its evolution is very much defined by the intense rivalry, including 17th and 18th century wars, between colonial powers, such as France and England, for the prized possession of Grenada.

The historical background set the scene for the growth of the town from 1650 to present (2013), by examining and analyzing the town mainly from an architectural and urban planning perspective. This has been achieved by dissecting the town into its principal components which come together, and is unified in a comprehensive dramatic whole, which includes topography, urban planing, architecture, and location.

The 149 page book looks at key features such as: Market Square, the buildings of Church Street, The Carenage, and the area known as the Historic Village. It describes these and other areas, outlining their present decline and deficiencies and offers recommendations for rescuing this urban center which has been described by CARIMOS – the cultural arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), as a “monument of the wider Caribbean”, and is regarded regionally as a cultural center, second to none in the Anglophone Caribbean.

Dynamics Of Urabn St. George is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Google or at orders@xlibris.com. Local purchases can be made from Norris Mitchell Associates Tel: 473 444-4012/405-4012.

At $19.99US for the paperback and $3.50US for the e-book, Dynamics of Urban St. George is a gem of a book that should be added to the reading collection of anyone interest in historical architecture, Caribbean history, and, certainly, all Grenadians seeking to expand their knowledge of Grenada’s heritage.

At Last! A Patroness For The Protection Of Our Built Heritage

Dr. Cecile La Grenade

Governor General, Dr. Cecile La Grenade – Source: Caribbeanlifenews.com/GoG

Written by Norris Mitchell – The Willie Redhead Foundation

It was like a breath of fresh air, hearing Her Excellency – Dr. Cecile La Grenade, our new Governor General, in her inaugural address on Tuesday May 7, 2013 declaring her commitment to the protection of our built heritage with special reference to the restoration of the Governor General’s residence and York House, which were severely damaged by hurricane Ivan in September 2004, and remain derelict up to this day.

In this regard it is appropriate that The Sentinel bring to the fore the declaration by the United Nations on world heritage, as follows:

“In a society where living standards are changing at an accelerated pace, it is essential for man’s equilibrium and development to preserve for him a fitting setting in which to live, where he will remain in contact with nature and the evidence of civilization bequeathed by past generations; and that to this end, it is appropriate to give the cultural and natural heritage an active function in community life, and to integrate into an overall policy, the achievements of our time, the values of the past and the beauty of nature” UNESCO preamble to Heritage Protection 1972.

Of course, there are several other heritage buildings and sites in our Capital City that have been neglected/ abandoned over the years. A few which come to mind are the St. George’s Market Square, which is undergoing some very insensitive changes, the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches, Edinburgh House on Young Street, the Georgian House on Church Street with an authentic Sedan Chair porch, which is in an advanced stage of decay, the reclaiming of Fort George, and within recent times the abandonment of the Public Library building on the Carenage.

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