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SIERRA LEONE LINKED TO CARRIACOU

Although more than 200 years have passed since enslaved Africans were taken to Carriacou on the brutal Middle Passage, the people of Carriacou have never forgotten their African homeland. They continue to celebrate their African heritage through the famous "Big Drum Dance".

Now research by Grenadian historian John Angus Martin and American Joseph Opala has found that a group of people here can identify with a small tribe in West Africa, the Temne of Sierra Leone.

This year, Sierra Leone is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence. It is hoped that a group of Carriacouans will pay a visit to their ancestral land to participate in the Sierra Leone celebrations. Discussions have already started in preparation for this important and historic event.

Martin, Opala and Cynthia Schmidt, an American ethnomusicologist who has extensive experience in Sierra Leone, met with Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator George Prime, and Acting Permanent Secretary, Javan Williams.

The trio who was accompanied to the meeting by well known Big Drummer and dancer Winston Fleary, said the people of Sierra Leone will be ecstatic to see the Temne cultural performances of Carriacou.

Minister Prime said the planned visit to Sierra Leone will open an important link with the African nation, creating new possibilities especially in cultural tourism.

The proposed itinerary of the Sierra Leone trip includes meetings with Temne Paramount Chiefs and visits to rural villages, where centuries’ old traditions are maintained. They will also get the opportunity to visit Bunce Island where Africans were held before the ships brought them to Carriacou.

The Temne are the second largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone, numbering over two million.

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Government Owns Property At Bath Way

For the first time in 150 years the Government of Grenada now owns an acre and half of prime beach front property at Bath way, St. Patrick.

Ownership of the entire picnic area from the ruins of the old club house to the park headquarters and adjacent lands was passed to the government last Saturday at a ceremony.

The Kent family who owned the land since 1851 after 20 years agreed to transfer ownership of it in return for government’s infrastructural investment in the area.

Government’s input included developing the road network, making access easier to Bathway Beach. Investment also by government in installing water and electricity increased the value of the immediate surrounding properties.

Kent Estate Ltd. previously donated the Welcome Stones and areas around the Levera Lake to the Government of Grenada for preservation.

The document for the one and a half acre of now government-owned property was handed over to Prime Minister Tillman Thomas by Dr. Peter Gentle, a Director of Kent Estate Ltd.

Dr. Gentle said it was a comfort to finally bring the donation to a closure. He added that it is the Estate’s long-term wish that the properties remain for use by the Government and people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Prime Minister Thomas, who is also MP for St Patrick East, in accepting the entitlement for the land, gave the assurance that the area regarded as one of Grenada’s prime picnic and visitor attraction site will continue to be used for the nation’s people.

The Prime Minister also disclosed that it is government’s intention to engage other land owners in the area in an effort to create extended recreational facilities.

The handing over ceremony was attended by Minister for Tourism Peter David, as well as family and business associates of the Kent Estate Ltd.

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Kirani James posts the fastest 200m time

Kirani James set a school (University of Alabama) record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of
20.58 in the 200m at the Cherry & Silver Invitational Friday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

James' time is the fastest in the U.S. this season and set an Albuquerque Convention Center record by 0.16 seconds and bested the previous UA record
of 20.71 set by Latonel Williams in 2003. Last season, James had an indoor best of 20.94

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Simulation Exercises To Be Held In Eight Communities

Simulation exercises will be held in eight communities that are part of the ‘Readiness: Let’s Spice it Up’ disaster preparedness project being funded by the French Red Cross and European Commission for Humanitarian Aid Department through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The exercises are being implemented by the Grenada Red Cross.

These simulations are geared towards testing the response system of the community as established within their community disaster plans.

The exercise will test the end result of the various trainings conducted throughout the project.

National Intervention Team members, Community Disaster Response Team members along with First Aiders of the community, who were trained by project staff, are expected to participate in responding during the simulation exercises.

Simulation exercises would be held throughout the tri-island state to effectively test and evaluate the levels of response system in the communities.

Ultimately the project team would like to assess the levels of effectiveness of the project on the communities.

The eight participating communities are Belle Isle, Morne Longue, Clozier, Grand Anse Valley, River Sallee-St. Mark’s, Mt. Rich, Brunswick and Petite Martinique.

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PM Thomas searched at Airport

Details are beginning to emerge about an embarrassing incident at the Maurice Bishop International Airport in which officials of American Airlines allegedly searched Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.

According to a well-placed source, the incident took place at the VIP Lounge at the airport as the Prime Minister was waiting to board an American Airline flight to leave the country on an official overseas assignment.

The incident has reportedly caused a major embarrassment to the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA), which has since written to the Prime Minister apologizing for the ordeal. The source who asked not to be named said that GAA has retaliated by withdrawing the security passes given to the two employees of AA who were involved in the act against the Prime Minister.

Speculation is rife that the two employees have been effectively banned by GAA from working at the airport. It is believed to be the first time that a sitting Prime Minister of Grenada was physically searched while leaving the country. A source close to the Office of the Prime Minister said that the incident is somewhat strange since PM Thomas has never been searched by U.S security officials when entering or leaving the United States.

“We need to look into this thing since the U.S government itself as part of international protocol would provide security for the Prime Minister whenever he enters their country to ensure that nothing ever happens to him on their soil”, he said. “Why would AA want to search our Prime Minister? They have never attempted this thing before with our Prime Minister. At this stage, we would not want to see it as political but some kind of official explanation should be forthcoming to us from the airline”, he added.

When the NEW TODAY questioned a senior official at AA, it was told that the airline would prefer not to comment on the issue since it was currently a matter under discussion. The AA official dropped hints that whatever happened at the airport was in keeping with the airline’s attempt to implement the measures required of all American airlines by the U.S Homeland Security.

However, the source who informed this newspaper about the incident was adamant that AA’s action might have compromised the Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada.

He spoke of inquiries made by officials of the Airport authority which revealed that AA is not engaged in the physical or personal search of other regional Prime Ministers who use U.S carriers. “If that is so then one ought to find out what was the motive behind the search of PM Thomas. I will not rule out politics, they might have tried to embarrass the man”, he said.

Meanwhile, an influential member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in St. George’s took issue with the failure of the security detail accompanying the Prime Minister for not blocking the efforts of the AA employees from carrying out the search on Prime Minister Thomas.

“The security men with the Prime Minister should not have allowed this thing to happen at all. If it was (former Prime Minister Keith) Mitchell, these people would not have tried that thing. But you know Tilly is just easy going and will not be too bothered about things like that”, he remarked.

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CCC workers demand work

Displaced workers of Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) have given the Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government an ultimatum to ensure that they are back on the job in four weeks time.

The workers issued the warning through their bargaining agents, the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) headed by militant trade unionist, Senator Chester Humphrey. The workers armed with the union banner converged outside the Grenada Trade Centre on Monday while the debate in the 2011 budget was in progress to make their intention known.

Sen. Humphrey who led the workers delivered a petition that contained 79 signatures to each member of the Lower House. The CCC workers were displaced between the months of March and August 2009 when phase one of the Farm Roads Project came to an end.Since then government has been making moves to have phase two of the project resume.

However, Sen. Humphrey told the media they have so many different explanations why the work cannot start. Sen. Humphrey warned that if the project does not restart within a four-week time, TAWU is prepared to lead a massive national march of unemployed persons in the country. “We are not interested in resolving the explanations, or determining the legitimacy of each explanation. What we are interested in is work,” he said.

Sen. Humphrey charged that government has a moral obligation to look after people’s welfare, and to create a situation that allows people to find work. He said the protest is an appeal for work as the workers are in a desperate situation. He spoke of the government having in its possession just about $30 million that can finance the project.

According to the TAWU President General, the banks have already written notices to some workers who have mortgage on their homes. “They don’t understand or internalise the desperate nature of the situation that is facing workers in this country. We want work! Simply put,” he said.

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Decomposed Body Found Hanging

A partly decomposed body was found hanging on Friday night in Beausejour St. George. It was reported that after a few days of not seeing the deceased, villagers got curious. One neighbour said a funny scent was coming from his house and upon investigations found his body hanging. As a result, the police was then notified.

Sources say it appears to be the body of a man who recently had some difficulties with his lover who is currently nursing wounds at the general hospital. So far no name has been given.

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The following comments shed some light on what happened.


Shaka ___________
sickening

Debbie RobertsJan ________
so sorry for that man family.may god give strength to his family

Inez ________
men who hit women are cowards..He took the easy way out

Curlene ______
HIS HAND TO DAM FAST WHY DID HANG HIMSELF SHOULD BE A MAN A FACE THE PRICE POOR LADY ,S FACE.

Shattah ________
tear drop ) am really sorry for what happen to my aunt she men every thing to me and am sorry to hear what he did to him self

Lyndonna ________
my mom he badly beat up but am sorry to hear what he did to himself hope when i return back in greenz her face get better
 

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PM Thomas searched at Airport

Details are beginning to emerge about an embarrassing incident at the Maurice Bishop International Airport in which officials of American Airlines allegedly searched Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.

According to a well-placed source, the incident took place at the VIP Lounge at the airport as the Prime Minister was waiting to board an American Airline flight to leave the country on an official overseas assignment.

The incident has reportedly caused a major embarrassment to the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA), which has since written to the Prime Minister apologizing for the ordeal. The source who asked not to be named said that GAA has retaliated by withdrawing the security passes given to the two employees of AA who were involved in the act against the Prime Minister.

Speculation is rife that the two employees have been effectively banned by GAA from working at the airport. It is believed to be the first time that a sitting Prime Minister of Grenada was physically searched while leaving the country. A source close to the Office of the Prime Minister said that the incident is somewhat strange since PM Thomas has never been searched by U.S security officials when entering or leaving the United States.

“We need to look into this thing since the U.S government itself as part of international protocol would provide security for the Prime Minister whenever he enters their country to ensure that nothing ever happens to him on their soil”, he said. “Why would AA want to search our Prime Minister? They have never attempted this thing before with our Prime Minister. At this stage, we would not want to see it as political but some kind of official explanation should be forthcoming to us from the airline”, he added.

When the NEW TODAY questioned a senior official at AA, it was told that the airline would prefer not to comment on the issue since it was currently a matter under discussion. The AA official dropped hints that whatever happened at the airport was in keeping with the airline’s attempt to implement the measures required of all American airlines by the U.S Homeland Security.

However, the source who informed this newspaper about the incident was adamant that AA’s action might have compromised the Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada.

He spoke of inquiries made by officials of the Airport authority which revealed that AA is not engaged in the physical or personal search of other regional Prime Ministers who use U.S carriers. “If that is so then one ought to find out what was the motive behind the search of PM Thomas. I will not rule out politics, they might have tried to embarrass the man”, he said.

Meanwhile, an influential member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in St. George’s took issue with the failure of the security detail accompanying the Prime Minister for not blocking the efforts of the AA employees from carrying out the search on Prime Minister Thomas.

“The security men with the Prime Minister should not have allowed this thing to happen at all. If it was (former Prime Minister Keith) Mitchell, these people would not have tried that thing. But you know Tilly is just easy going and will not be too bothered about things like that”, he remarked.

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buh w.t.f
 

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SIERRA LEONE LINKED TO CARRIACOU

Although more than 200 years have passed since enslaved Africans were taken to Carriacou on the brutal Middle Passage, the people of Carriacou have never forgotten their African homeland. They continue to celebrate their African heritage through the famous "Big Drum Dance".

Now research by Grenadian historian John Angus Martin and American Joseph Opala has found that a group of people here can identify with a small tribe in West Africa, the Temne of Sierra Leone.

This year, Sierra Leone is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence. It is hoped that a group of Carriacouans will pay a visit to their ancestral land to participate in the Sierra Leone celebrations. Discussions have already started in preparation for this important and historic event.

Martin, Opala and Cynthia Schmidt, an American ethnomusicologist who has extensive experience in Sierra Leone, met with Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator George Prime, and Acting Permanent Secretary, Javan Williams.

The trio who was accompanied to the meeting by well known Big Drummer and dancer Winston Fleary, said the people of Sierra Leone will be ecstatic to see the Temne cultural performances of Carriacou.

Minister Prime said the planned visit to Sierra Leone will open an important link with the African nation, creating new possibilities especially in cultural tourism.

The proposed itinerary of the Sierra Leone trip includes meetings with Temne Paramount Chiefs and visits to rural villages, where centuries’ old traditions are maintained. They will also get the opportunity to visit Bunce Island where Africans were held before the ships brought them to Carriacou.

The Temne are the second largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone, numbering over two million.

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I'm just now seeing this article. Very nice! :good:
 

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I'm just now seeing this article. Very nice! :good:
Big Drum tradition is real nice... and I like that they pass it down to the younger ones.

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Kirani James posts the fastest 200m time

Kirani James set a school (University of Alabama) record and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of
20.58 in the 200m at the Cherry & Silver Invitational Friday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

James' time is the fastest in the U.S. this season and set an Albuquerque Convention Center record by 0.16 seconds and bested the previous UA record
of 20.71 set by Latonel Williams in 2003. Last season, James had an indoor best of 20.94

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Glad for him ..but its really early in the season and that time sure to be beaten
 

Okro

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Big Drum tradition is real nice... and I like that they pass it down to the younger ones.

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I'm curious to learn a little more about this. I'm going to have to do a little research. Thanks for the videos!
 

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SIERRA LEONE LINKED TO CARRIACOU

Although more than 200 years have passed since enslaved Africans were taken to Carriacou on the brutal Middle Passage, the people of Carriacou have never forgotten their African homeland. They continue to celebrate their African heritage through the famous "Big Drum Dance".

Now research by Grenadian historian John Angus Martin and American Joseph Opala has found that a group of people here can identify with a small tribe in West Africa, the Temne of Sierra Leone.

This year, Sierra Leone is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence. It is hoped that a group of Carriacouans will pay a visit to their ancestral land to participate in the Sierra Leone celebrations. Discussions have already started in preparation for this important and historic event.

Martin, Opala and Cynthia Schmidt, an American ethnomusicologist who has extensive experience in Sierra Leone, met with Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator George Prime, and Acting Permanent Secretary, Javan Williams.

The trio who was accompanied to the meeting by well known Big Drummer and dancer Winston Fleary, said the people of Sierra Leone will be ecstatic to see the Temne cultural performances of Carriacou.

Minister Prime said the planned visit to Sierra Leone will open an important link with the African nation, creating new possibilities especially in cultural tourism.

The proposed itinerary of the Sierra Leone trip includes meetings with Temne Paramount Chiefs and visits to rural villages, where centuries’ old traditions are maintained. They will also get the opportunity to visit Bunce Island where Africans were held before the ships brought them to Carriacou.

The Temne are the second largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone, numbering over two million.

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I met the couple from Canada & the US when they were staying at the same guesthouse as me in St George's. They told me they visited several villages
in Carriacou looking for families with a Temne background. The Sierra Leone -
Carriacou connection is quite significant and warrants a thread of its own.
 

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Hello - I am writing this for my very good friend and nanny, Gemma Passee her mother is Beulah Passee and her father was Peter Martin. She is from St. John's in Grenada. She is searching for her cousin, John Martin. She hears he is living in NJ. I did a search on John Martin for her and found very famous writer/historian John A Martin. Does anyone on this blog know how we could possibly contact John Martin as I believe his long lost cousin is living in Brooklyn and spends her weeks with me in Larchmont, NY caring for my two young children. She would be so happy if she could locate some of her family as she has so little left here in the U.S. Please, please if you have any information at all respond to this blog or email me directly - we are so hopeful that someone can help. Thank you so much.
 
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