Map Page 1137 Area 133 square mi (344 square km) Population 89,258 Capital Saint George's Highest Point 2,756 ft (840 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $5,000 Primary Natural Resources timber, tropical fruit, agricultural products.
GRENADA IS AN independent island country in the CARIBBEAN SEA.
It is a member of the British Commonwealth.
The country was in the news in 1983, when the UNITED STATES led a successful military invasion of the island to protect U.S.
citizens there and to restore the island's parliamentary form of government.
Free elections have taken place there ever since.
Grenada is one of the smallest nations in the Western Hemisphere; it is about twice the size of Washington, D.C.
The country consists of the main island of Grenada, which makes up three-fourths of the country's total land area, as well as hundreds of mostly uninhabited tropical islets.
Three landscapes divide the main island: a coral-lined shore, an agricultural plain fringed by mangrove swamps, and a mist-shrouded volcanic highland.
Tropical storms and hurricanes traveling from the Atlantic Ocean menace the islands each year.
Volcanic eruptions also threaten the tiny nation: A volcano (Mount St.
Catherine) dominates the main island of Grenada and a submarine volcano (Kick-Em-Jenny), which is the most active volcano in the Windward Islands region, rumbles fitfully 5 mi (8 km) offshore.
The climate is the tropical-wet type.
Temperatures average a sweltering 84 degrees F (29 degrees C) throughout the year.
Northeast-flowing trade winds assure abundant moisture from June through November, when the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) passes over the islands.
Precipitation decreases noticeably when the ITCZ shifts south during the remainder of the year.
Due to the prevalence of the northeast trade winds, there is a prominent rain shadow area on the leeward (southwest) side of Mount St.
All but about 700 of the country's population lives on the main island of Granada.
Approximately 82 percent of the people are black, 13 percent mixed black and European, and 5 percent European and East Indian.
The only large urban center is the capital, St.
George's (population 4,300).
English is the official language, but most people also speak French patois.
The main island's impressive production of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves earns it the nickname Spice Island.
Bananas, cocoa, citrus, avocados, sugar cane and root crops also earn income.
Industry involves agricultural processing, construction, offshore financing, and tourism.
Grenada was the world's second-poorest country based on the percentage of the population living below the poverty line in 2003.
(DOMINICA, which is also a Caribbean nation, ranked first.)
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "
- The seaweed invasion prevents tourists to enjoy the Dominican beaches
"Tourists couldn’t but leave the country due to the experienced inconveniences. Basically, these are the eastern resorts that prevent tourists to enjoy their vacation. The embarrassing seaweed made their staying here simply intolerable. Local travel agencies say that the number of holidaymakers went down up to 95%.
The authorities are trying to deal with a bad luck collecting the weeds around the coastal areas. However, they are still facing a problem and the number of the sea “inhabitants” is still growing. It is stated that it is a priority to clean all the rubbish stored at the beaches, otherwise the country will have no tourists that will bring them no income afterwards.
Scientists report that the mounting pollution may be caused by two reasons. According to the first assumption the seaweed appeared on the Dominican coastlines due to the climate change: the average temperature has considerably increased over recent years. The second theory goes that the hurricane has brought them. "