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Prickly Bay, St. Georges Grenada

11 Aug

Now this is a beautiful shot, magnificent in every aspect. Photo by @brandetang

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Grenada’s Oldest Woman Honoured By Queen Elizabeth

6 Aug

Source: Grenada Informer

Written by  Rawle Paterson

A 114-years-old great-great-grandmother from Carriacou is being honored as one of the oldest women in the world.

For the first time in her long life Leonora Noel has received a birthday greeting from Queen Elizabeth – but it arrived late.  The first card sent from Buckingham Palace went missing in the post.  A replacement was dispatched via the office of the Governor General of Grenada and delivered to Carriacou by the Governor General.

Masima, as she is known to friends, is recognized as Grenada’s oldest resident.  She lives modestly in a simple wooden house above the village of L’Esterre, Carriacou.  She spends most days sitting quietly where she can watch her chickens roam around the bushes outside and spot visitors who call to wish her well.  Grandson Gibson George is on hand next door to help the lady who he says was so important to him as he was growing up.

The super-centenarian enjoys a good appetite and takes occasional trips in a neighbor’s car to the local town. Apart from help around her home she looks after herself and says she is strong and in better health than the 83-year-old daughter who lives with her.  She admits her hearing is not as good as it has been but she can happily sing in tune the song she learned as a little girl in school more than a century ago.

This remarkable lady is bright, alert and surprisingly mobile. Recently she climbed up a flight of stone steps to meet her new great-great-grandchild, a baby girl named Sarah.  Her trip is documented in the short video made by a visiting

 

Masima is greatly admired by the Carriacou community which speaks of her many kindnesses to local families over generations.

Masima is obviously thought to have been born before almost anyone still alive today in the British Commonwealth – only one Jamaican woman is older. There are only four more people in the world verified as older – one woman in Italy, another in Spain, and two in Japan.

Masima was born in 1902 in Venezuela. When she was seven years old her mother died there in childbirth. The young girl was brought to Carriacou by her father Sherman, who originated on the island, and she was raised by grand-parents and aunts.

Grenada was a British colony until independence in 1974. Grenada remains part of the British Commonwealth and Masima is a subject of the Queen’s Realm.   Many local people left the islands to seek work in the United Kingdom and scores became nurses and factory workers there.

#NewMusic: TV Jab by Squeeze Head (Grenada Soca 2016)

3 Aug

 

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Andrew Phillip – the ‘Hitz’!

2 Aug

 

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“There’s a flame in me that drives me to achieve and exceed; I see a vision and I am reaching for it”

The sobriquet ‘Hitz’ is in one word the mission statement of Andrew ‘Hitz’ Phillip who is of the conviction that with a name like ‘Hitz’ he has no choice but to deliver such says the singer, songwriter and music producer.

 

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Grenada’s Commitment to Sustainability and the Blue Economy

26 Jul

Source: The Huffington Post

“I was always inspired by the marine environment. Growing up I spent a lot of time on the sea, so the oceans are something near and dear to my heart,” explained Dr. Angus Friday, Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States. In an interview, we discussed Grenada’s commitment to growing the blue economy, why tackling the issue of sustainability is critical for future generations, and how their innovative efforts are serving as a model for the Caribbean.

Tell me a little bit about Grenada’s commitment to ocean health, biodiversity and environmental efforts. What sparked the initiative to be a leader on these issues in the Caribbean?

Grenada became a major leader in the climate change space during the early 2000s after successive hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, impacted and devastated our country. It became clear that something had changed, especially because we had historically been below the so-called “hurricane belt.” We’re known as the Spice Island, but we lost a lot of our crops as a result of these hurricanes, and that resulted in tourism becoming the main driver in our economy. Compared to other islands in the region, Grenada remains relatively underdeveloped. And so there is a sense of purity that is important to maintain.

A second component to our commitment is the fact that fisheries represent the fastest growing area of agriculture for Grenada in terms of exports. We are actually one of the few countries in the Caribbean that has a license to export fish to the European Union. Our Prime Minister has seen how important these tourism and fishing industries are for the people of Grenada, and is committed to ensuring that our oceans and environment are protected.

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Seven Sisters Falls – Grenada

13 Jul

Photo by @discovergrenada

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La Sagesse Beach in St Davids – Grenada

6 Jul

Photo by @amsylvester

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