Too bright for comfort!!!

The combative Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele is once again at the centre of another controversy. Mr. Steele has found himself at odds with the Grenada Nursing Association (GNA) for jumping the gun on the recent deaths of three babies at the St. George’s General Hospital. The President of the nursing body quite rightly took offences to statements made by the minister, which sent out the message that the doctors and nursing staff at the hospital should be held accountable and responsible for the deaths. As THE NEW TODAY understands it, the issue is not whether one, two, or three … Continue reading

The Grenlec saga!!!

The government is definitely speaking the truth when it said that it was not surprised by the move by Private Power Limited (GPP), the 50% shareholder of Grenlec, along with GPP’s parent company WRB Enterprises Inc. (WRB) to seek an intervention from the World Bank on the Grenlec issue. The major significant shareholder in Grenlec had given a very clear signal earlier of its intent when it made public a few weeks ago its desire for the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government to repurchase the company under a well-crafted Share Purchase Agreement (SPA). This is the agreement that … Continue reading

Wayne – the committed media practitioner

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without (integrity), you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” This is a quote taken from Warren Buffett, an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world, and the second wealthiest person in the United States with a total net worth of $78.7 … Continue reading

Developments inside TUC

There has been a significant development within the trade union movement in the past week that has political connotations. It involves the removal of Kenny James as President of the Grenada Trades Union Council (GTUC) and replacing him with Andre Lewis, the President General of the once formidable Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU). The move was apparently orchestrated by the delegates of the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and got the support of TAWU which usually has a big block of delegates at GTUC conferences. The SWWU has often been considered as supportive of the ruling New National … Continue reading

It’s Jamaica not Grenada!!!

There was a news item in March that virtually went unnoticed by many of the media houses in Grenada. It involved the disbarring of an attorney-at-law in Jamaica for bringing the profession into disrepute. The item that was published in one of the newspapers in Jamaica said, “A noted attorney and senior member of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has been disbarred after being found guilty of professional misconduct. “Harold Brady was found guilty of misappropriating funds belonging to the state-run Factories Corporation of Jamaica, which he represented in a legal matter. “And over the weekend, the disciplinary committee … Continue reading

The real burning issues!!!

With another general election looming, the state of the Grenadian economy will play a major role in how many Grenadians will cast their ballot on polling day. The ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has signaled its clear intent to ask the electorate to stay the course and continue to support the government for its handling of the economy and the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). This period has been marked by the highest ever levels of taxes on the population and marked a drastic turn around from the philosophy of Dr. Mitchell of putting disposal … Continue reading

Pie in the sky!!!

It is not surprising that the New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell is gloating over the most recent report put out by the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the performance of the 3-year old structural Adjustment Programme. As expected it was another very positive report from the IMF team that has been monitoring the programme, which started in 2014 to help Grenada grapple with a serious fiscal situation. The 1995-2008 rule of the island by Mitchell and NNP was largely responsible for the heavy debt burden that the island faced in recent years. It … Continue reading

A closer look at developments!!!

Sunday’s annual convention of the ruling New National Party (NNP) will give some kind of a clue as to the thinking of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on the date for the next general election. The Prime Minister is expected to send a message to the party delegates, members and supporters to start thinking of the upcoming poll which he is confident of winning once again from the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). There are those who have a keen interest in seeing whether any significant changes will be made to the NNP Executive especially to the key positions … Continue reading

CBI on trial!!!

The unfolding saga in the missing US$1 million dollar affair involving CBI Agent, Robert Martin Oveson and U.S-born Roger Ver will only hurt the image of Grenada’s passport-selling scheme known as Citizenship By Investment (CBI). Mr. Ver has made a serious allegation about the conduct of Mr. Oveson who is the Managing Director of NTL Trust, a company that operates out of an office in Nevis and is listed on the Grenada Government website as an approved CBI agent. Mr. Oveson is identified on the NTL Trust website as its Managing Director so no one can deny that he is … Continue reading

THE FEAR FACTOR

There are growing signs that a large section of the media in the country have become timid and fearful of the powers-that-be and engage in a great deal of self-censorship. This can be gleaned by the approach of some of the press people in their lack of coverage about a particular businessman who is a high profile figure in a company that is an approved agent for the sale of Grenadian passports under the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) programme. THE NEW TODAY would hate to think that Grenada is slipping back into the dark days of the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution … Continue reading