St. George’s is the capital of Grenada, a small (approx. 110,000 people) island nation in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. I spent some time in the downtown part of St. George’s yesterday for the first time on my holiday visit to Grenada and the first time in a bit over a year.
New development has occurred in the City, or ”Town” as locals call it. Included in the development is a new fish market, bus terminal, indoor shopping malls on reclaimed coastal land, and a cruise ship entry port. Yesterday, there were at least two large cruise ships on the island and many tourists were walking about – easily identifiable because of the white complexion in a predominantly black country. The influx of tourists wasn’t any help for the narrow roads of the City, which are already struggling to accommodate the increase in-car ownership in Grenada. Many streets were congested with car traffic, taxis trying to hustle a tourist fare, buses, and pedestrians – walking in the streets because of little or no sidewalks………………….
On Friday, a Krasnodar Krai official said that about 300 Cossack volunteers would help enforce law and order during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Krasnodar Krai, where Sochi is located, was the first to set up official Cossack squads last September. About 1,300 Cossacks now help law enforcement. The Cossacks, who originally hailed from the southern borderlands of Russia, are known for social conservatism; the tsarist authorities used them to quell popular rebellion.