The truth about the Hamilton deal

This little upstart called Nikki Steele over the last few weeks continues to demonstrate that he is a real political rookie. His poor performance at all his public appearances clearly demonstrates that he is in the wrong business. When he entered politics, I felt good, as he appeared to be a talented Grenadian from a class that never bothered about public service. However, it is quite clear that the culture of the NNP is too strong for Mr. Steele to make a positive impact. On the contrary, the converse has occurred. Mr. Steele has been baptised in NNP’s culture of … Continue reading

Get the records straight

In your weekend newspaper, August 24, 2012 and in a subsequent document on Pg. 11, “Overview of Dock Labour at the Port”, paragraph 3, it states in part “According to the General Foreman of the Seaman and Water Front Workers Union (SWWU), the last fatality on the port occurred back in 1958…”. That statement is incorrect for according to the death certificate of James Taitt – “On February 6th, 1964, The Pier, St. George’s, James Taitt, male forty six (46) stevedore…….”was struck by a case of searchlight batteries while working in the ship’s hatch, which fell from a sling of … Continue reading

Open letter to NIS Manager

The Manager National Insurance Scheme Melville Street St. George’s Dear Sir: I write on behalf of all the persons who have been contributors to the National Insurance Scheme since its inception in 1983, and who are now being faced with the possibility of having their retirement ages increased from 60 to 65. The National Insurance Scheme has stated that the pension fund is being depleted due to the fact that fewer people are contributing toward the scheme and that persons are living for longer than they did previously. The former reason is understandable since unemployment is exceptionally high and continues … Continue reading

Misapplied Doctrine of Necessity

At the recently held New Democratic Congress (NDC) Convention, some ten members of the party were expelled. On the “You Decide” program on Channel Six on Wednesday 10th October, Mr. William Joseph sought to invoke the Doctrine of Necessity to justify the expulsion of the members without due process. This is a misapplication of the doctrine which is justifiable when virtually there are no other options available for addressing a problem. The standoff between the Prime Minister and his supporters and the so-called “Rebels” was essentially settled by the showing of support for the Prime Minister in Gouyave compared with … Continue reading

Noise from Simon Stiell

Well, well, Simon Stiell! In your haste to attack the NDC administration, you failed to do a little research. Go now to page 30 of the NDC 2008 Manifesto where we undertook to prepare a new Development Plan for the sector. Go next to the 2008 Throne Speech. There you will find a commitment to transition the GBT to a Tourism Authority (TA). A Tourism Authority is an administrative and governance structure, the implementation of which is a matter for the policy makers. It is Government’s responsibility to make the call. It has nothing to do with managerial discretion or … Continue reading

The NNP political advisors

In virtually every speech or public utterance Keith Mitchell and his band are singing the tired old song about Government Advisors. He is blaming Government Advisors for all the woes the country is facing: from Payroll difficulties to problems in servicing the massive Public Debt, which the NNP administration so recklessly accumulated in the 13 years when they ran Grenada. To hear Mitchell speak of Advisors, one would think that the very word was invented by the NDC Government in office. Consider that this is coming from the very man who will go down in history as the Prime Minister … Continue reading

Remembering October 19th 1983

As we approach the 29th year of the memory of October 19th 1983, some have begun to reflect on the loved ones that were lost and incidents that occurred on that day. Recently I was asked “Where were you on that fatal morning?” The question was being asked in an attempt to gather information for a television program. It occurred to me that the question that needed to be asked was: “Why I was there?” Answering the “why” will uncover the reasons behind the peoples’ motivation for where they were on October 19th, 1983. From School Children, Officers of the … Continue reading

Loud mouths on the rampage

The need for public visibility, the pursuance of political agendas and demonstrated manifested power aspirations appear to be powerful motivators for some people. Many are prepared to do anything to achieve political power. Some seem to think that frequent posturing in the media projecting their desired slants and spins will endear them to the unsuspecting Grenadian public. And they do so despite their checkered track record. They seem to think that Grenadians have short memories and that they are easily fooled. One such individual is the controversial self-anointed Trade Man who frequently lands in Grenada to berate the government. It … Continue reading

In-fighting in our politics

WHY do people like Sediqui Sylvester and Stanford Simon WANT to stay in the NDC … so BADLY? A Political Party is like a living organism; constantly changing – not static. In an organism, changes to the constitution can be (and are) made. The Clothe can be changed to fit ongoing situations. Changes are made “You guys – Get over it”. If I was in an organisation and I fell out with the majority, I would not fight to stay with them. It would be stupid; very uncomfortable and non-productive. (Nay! Counter-productive). We’d BOTH be tremendously uncomfortable and fighting the … Continue reading

Cocoa to CHOCOLATE

Grenada is blessed with two (2) of the World’s finest tree crops – Nutmeg and Cocoa – sometimes said to be “Grenada’s Black Gold” & “Grenada’s Brown Gold. In this contribution, I shall discuss Cocoa as Cacao (Theobroma cacao, Linn.) -Grenada’s Brown Gold. Please note, the Grenada fine Flavour Cocoa Beans is Forty (40) times more valuable when converted to Finished Chocolate Products. Thus if we receive US$2.00 per pound (lb) for the dry cocoa bean in Crocus Bags, we can expect to receive up to US$80 for a total pound of Chocolate Bar, Truffles, Bon Bon and so on. … Continue reading