More Laws, Harsher Penalties

The Justice System is in dire need of reformation by instituting stricter penalties for certain offences. For this to come to fruition the public has to play an instrumental role in pushing for change. A lot of issues are forgotten and left by the way-side, instead of taking measures to curb temptations for reoccurrence.The penalties need to allow persons to think about their actions.

Child endangerment cases should be pursued and not ruled an accident. Leaving a minor (especially one who’s disabled or mentally challenged) home alone can result in harm to the child including death. It’s time parents must take responsibility for their actions.

There should be more life sentences for murder and heinous sexual crimes. How is justice served when victims of abuse are sent back to the environment where the abuse takes place. “Safe havens” must be established in the form of temporary foster care homes (where persons are thoroughly vetted) and the provision of adequate counselling programs. An substantial investment must be made into our children to ensure they have the opportunity to bloom.

In the case of vehicular manslaughter, traffic regulations should be enforced with a zero tolerance policy on speeding, driving under the influence and obstruction. Traffic at critical locations needs to flow efficiently. This is dependent upon having more traffic lights and traffic officers.

The universal problem of littering may not seem as significant but enforcing litter laws and putting into effect litter wardens can be beneficial to the environment and a plausible revenue stream. Since we depend so much on tourism sector, maintaining a clean, pure and beautiful Grenada is essential.

Given we’re a society that consumes huge amounts of alcohol, regulations must be passed in regards to public consumption. Too many bar brawls end up in persons losing their life. As a small island with one of the lowest crime rate it’s important that offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that “John Public” understand the consequences of foolhardy actions.

 

Vintage Reflections: Dunfermline Estate

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The Dunfermline Estate is situated on an enchanting hilltop in the Dunfermline, Moya area of St Andrew with perhaps the best panoramic view you will find. The property is adorned with beautiful flowers and an immaculate lawn.

Vintage Reflections: Hermitage Estate

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It was definitely an adventure exploring this Plantation Estate, particularly the interior of the Great House. The steps and flooring were very fragile so we had to proceed with extreme caution. I really admire the architecture of these houses, in … Continue reading

Magazine Inspired

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Magazine Beach is another beautiful beach along the strip of beaches that include Portici beach and Parc a Beouf Beach a..k.a Dr. Grooms beach. Given that there has been severe damage to the coral reefs along this beach, it’s waters … Continue reading

A Very Caribbean Olympics

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In recent Olympic Games more and more Caribbean nations have not only been represented but dominated in the athletics events particularly the sprints. This year Grenada proudly sent 7 athletes whose performances were exceptional. History was made in the 400m final by Kirani James, defending Olympic champion and Bralon Taplin who placed 7th, although he didn’t medal getting there was already a victory in itself. Kirani secured silver behind the impressive Wayde Van Niekerk who smashed Michael Johnson’s 19 year old WR, a truly phenomenal performance. Kurt Felix and Lindon Victor, two of our athletes represented in the decathlon placed 9th and 16th respectively with Kurt placing second in the Javelin throw and Lindon topping the Discus Throw.

The Jamaicans showed up and served as expected with Usain Bolt accomplishing a triple-triple and Elaine Thompson acquiring the title of new sprint queen with the defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking bronze. Other highlights include the dive from Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas to win gold in the 400m final and Trinidad’s Keshorn Walcott claiming bronze in the Javelin Throw. Our Caribbean athletes on a whole truly did us proud! I was impressed with ESPN in collaboration with CANOC broadcasting coverage of the games with a Caribbean focus, we deserved it.

When our athletes are about to start a race, the entire nation/region is there with them. the comradery  in times like these is extraordinary; like the gathering at Half Way Tree in Jamaica and in Cuthbert Peters Park in Gouyave, hometown of our Hero. I hope that despite being small nations we continue to produce world class athletes and they receive the support they deserve.

A Caribbean Tradition

The documentary Vanishing Sail has truly left me inspired. It portrays the importance of sea life as it was the main income in many households. Hence, during the height of sea trade record numbers of sailing boats were launched in the Caribbean. The prominent themes presented were family, keeping traditions, hard work and survival. The protagonist of the film was Alwyn Enoe. The focus was on his endeavors to keep the trade of wooden boat building alive through his sons. The film follows him over three years as he constructs his last vessel “Carriacou Sloop” named Exodus and competes with her as the Antigua Classics. His first boat was named Genesis. It was simply amazing to see the behind the scenes artistic process unfold. The simple and hands on approach, from the cutting of specific trees with the right shape. I could only imagine the monumental stress incurred trying to keep precision without the use of fancy equipment knowing your entire life savings was on the line.

Congratulations to the entire team who brought this Caribbean tradition to life. Job well done.

For more visit: http://www.vanishingsail.com/


I’ve never been an ocean lover but lately I have grown to appreciate it in its entirety.
Its calling, so powerful yet very subtle
Its serene effect
Feeling the wind hug your face in an unwavering embrace.
An innate connection that cannot be ignored
Its unpredictability and destructive nature
Its depth and diversity
Things that makes it frightening yet so unique.

Petit Saint Vincent

After a fun-filled day of exploring the Tobago Cays on Saturday, we ventured over to Petit Saint Vincent on Mother’s Day for breakfast. The food was delicious and quite fulling. Thanks Bev 🙂

The staff was gracious enough to give us a tour of the island paradise where most couples visit for some RnR. What I love most about the island is the sense of seclusion given that the cabins are separated from each other by a generous distance. There is no internet nor television and any requests/orders are made by the ‘flag system’. The telephone is only used in case of an emergency. After our tour we lounged on the beach and thought how lucky are we?

For more visit: http://www.petitstvincent.com/

 

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View of the Atlantic Ocean side.

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Extremely dry but still a great view.

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Shades of Blue

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Your own private beach…Check!

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Petit Martinique in the distance. Most of the staff live there and are transported over by boat everyday.

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They even recycle! Christmas trees made out of dried coconuts.♥

Tobago Cays Marine Park

In less than 2 months I have had the pleasure of experiencing the wonders of the Grenadines more specifically the Tobago Cays; one less thing on my  bucket list.  On this second time around the trip was much shorter but nonetheless exciting.

The flight from Grenada to Carriacou via SVG Air was smooth although the landing got a bit shaky. The view was spectacular. Instead of a sail boat (Savvys Sailing) we went via speed boat on Simply Carriacou Island Tours. Our ride up to the Cays was a very bumpy one but our captain assured us that the boat was made to ride the waves best.

The Tobago Cays is a Marine protected area that consists of 5 uninhabited islands. It’s most prominent feature is its picturesque turquoise waters. The main inhabitants on these islands are iguanas and birds. Out of all of the islands, Baradal is most fascinating since its located on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. As you walk towards the Atlantic side you can feel a slight difference in the temperature. We devoured our scrumptious  lunch on Petit Bateau compliments Chef MandyMan- best Lambi anyone ever had.

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“The Landing”

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      1. Jamesby Island

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2. Petit Tabac aka ‘Rumrunners Island’ from The Pirates of the Caribbean:

The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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3. Baradal Island

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Taking in the view on Baradal Island.

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View of the Caribbean Sea side from Baradal Island.

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View of the Atlantic Ocean side from Baradal Island.

One of the many iguanas spotted on Baradal Island.

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4. Petit Bateau

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5. Petit Rameau

 

A Glimpse of the Grenadines

My three day sailing adventure up the Grenadines has been by far my best boating experience. Although it was my first sailing trip, and given that I am not a deep water lover, it exceeded all expectations and incentive to do it again. It was a truly authentic experience of sun, sea and sand aboard Savvy. Pictures simply doesn’t do justice. After you’re done viewing you’ll feel compelled to book your trip to The Grenadines.

1st stop: Carriacou

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Just landed: Hillsborough

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Grabbin’ a bite: Kayak Kafe, Hillsborough

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Anse La Roche Beach

2nd stop: Union Island

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“Indeed!”: The Snack Shack, Clifton

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“Where else would you find a bar in the middle of the ocean…” : Happy Island

3rd stop: Tobago Cays Marine Park

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Petit Bateau

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“When you have a professional photographer around….” © Orlando Romain

4th stop: Mayreau

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Salt Whistle Bay

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5th stop: Saline Island

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