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During the recently concluded training workshop on Alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances Technology for the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC)sector, held in Grenada from November 27-29, 2012, over thirty five technicians from several Caribbean states took the opportunity to discuss the establishment of a regional association for refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians.

The idea to establish this regional body received overwhelming support from the technicians at the workshop. President of the Association of technicians in the Bahamas, Mr. William Sturrup and Secretary of the St. Lucia Association, Mr. Frederick Beausoleil led the charge in the establishment of a working committee.  This committee’s primary responsibility is to put the appropriate measures in place that would lead to the establishment of the regional association.

It is expected that this association would comprise of representatives from all member states of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti. The interim committee that was established comprised of the various presidents of the association that was presentat the workshop: Mr. Henry Frederick of Grenada, Mr. Gary Peters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. William Sturrup of the Bahamas and Mr. Albert Leming of Suriname.  Also forming part of the committee are, Mr. Randolph Ask from Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Frederick Beausoleil from St. Lucia and Mr. Grantley Parris of Barbados. Representative of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize who were present could not confirm their inclusion on the committee since they needed to consult with their respective associations before doing so.

In the short term the committee would meet electronically and would set up a support structure that would include a chairperson and other administrative officers to guide the operations of the committee.

Program Officer from the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Marco Pinzon who was present was elated at such an initiative and encouraged the technicians to seek assistance from their National Ozone Units and respective governments for support in establishing the association.  While not committing UNEP ROLAC to any assistance, Mr. Pinzon did hinted that there might be a window of opportunity where some form of support can be given to such an initiative.

Attempts have been made in the past to establish a regional association for RAC technicians with out any success. It is left to be seen whether or not this renewed effort could deliver more positive results.

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ST. GEORGE’S, Monday, November 26, 2012: The National Ozone (NOU) Unit of Grenada in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC) and the Grenada Refrigeration Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) will host a three (3) day regional training workshop in Alternative Refrigerants to Ozone Depleting Substances for technicians of the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Sector. This training workshop will be held at the Media Conference Room, Level 1, Grenada National Stadium from Tuesday November 27th – Thursday November 29th, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

The training workshop has been organized as an initiative to facilitate South-South co-operation between the network of National Ozone Units of the Sub-region of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti and will focus on two primary areas: Hydrocarbons and R-410A Technologies. Seventeen regional participants are expected to join with local technicians in this training exercise.

NOU Certified Trainers, Mr. Michael Mitchell and Mr. Henry Frederick of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), will conduct the Hydrocarbon component of the training. Mr. Badasee Nanan, an RSES Certified Member (CM) from the Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Association (ARIA) of Trinidad and Tobago, will conduct the R-410A component.

All members of the media are invited to attend the opening ceremony tomorrow Tuesday November 27th, at 9:00 am.

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Friday, November 16, 2012: The NationalOzone Unit (NOU) of the Ministry of Finance, takes this opportunity to congratulate the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) on their election of a new executive to manage the operations for the fiscal year October 2012-2013.

During a Special Meeting called by the members on Saturday November 10th, 2012 at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Mr. Henry Frederick, Public Relations Officer on the outgoing executive was elected as the new President. Mr. Frederick replaces Mr. Michael Mitchell who served as President of the Association for the last six (6) years. Mr. Mitchell was elected to serve on the new executive as the Treasurer.

The following is the full composition of the new executive:

President – Henry Frederick

Vice President – Lennard Frank

Secretary – Carlos Ambrose

Treasurer – Michael Mitchel

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer –  Nicholas Joseph

Public Relations Officer (PRO)  – John Campbell

Trustees –  Denis Powlette, Glen Forsyth

Among his immediate responsibilities, as the new president, Mr. Frederick is expected to brief the executive on its role and responsibilities as outlined in the constitution of the Association and to outline plans for the new fiscal year.

GRAVA’s first major undertaking under his stewardship will be the facilitation of a Regional Workshop on Alternative Refrigerant Technologies organized by the NOU. This workshop is scheduled for November 27th – 29th at the Grenada National Stadium.

The NOU pledges to continue working with GRAVA in the promotion of Alternative Refrigeration Technologies and the phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons. (HCFCs).

The National Ozone Unit of Grenada in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC) and the Grenada Refrigeration Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) has organized a three (3) day regional training workshop in Alternative Refrigerants to Ozone Depleting Substances for technicians of the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Sector.

The training workshop has been organized as an initiative to facilitate South-South co-operation between the network of National Ozone Units of the Sub-region of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti and will focus on two primary areas: Hydrocarbons and R-410A Technologies.

This training workshop will be held at the Grenada National Stadium from Tuesday November 27th – Thursday November 29th, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

NOU Certified Trainers, Mr. Michael Mitchell and Mr. Henry Frederick of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA), will conduct the Hydrocarbon component of the training. Mr. Badasee Nanan, an RSES Certified Member (CM) from the Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Association (ARIA) of Trinidad and Tobago, will conduct the R-410A component.

An invitation is hereby extended to you to nominate one of your technicians to attend this training. Please find attached a copy of the registration form to be completed and submitted on or before November 20th, 2012. Limited spaces are available and confirmation of attendance will be on a first come first serve basis. The cost of the workshop is fifty dollars ($50.00) for members of the Grenada refrigeration Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association and one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) for all other persons. Participants will receive a certificate of competency at the end of the workshop. Overseas participants are free.

For further clarification and/or information, feel free to contact Ms. Judy George, National Ozone Unit, Grenada, on telephone number 1 (473) 435 8708 or via email: judygeorge06@gmail.com or energydivisionou@gmail.com or visit www.nou.gov.gd for registration forms and the course outline. Overseas participants can also find logistics information.