NHI is right around the corner

The Keith Mitchell-led government is hoping that health care will become more accessible and affordable to Grenadians through the National Health Insurance (NHI), which is soon to be launched on the island. According to Minister of Implementation with responsibility for Health Insurance, Emmalin Pierre, the insurance plan is intended to provide an opportunity for all persons in Grenada to have free and easy access to whatever health care they might need. The female Government Minister gave details of the scheme at last Tuesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens. Minister Pierre said the ruling … Continue reading

Shortpree: Promoters should show more respect to local artistes

At least one entertainer has spoken out about what he feels is one of the biggest challenges facing local artistes – the unprofessionalism often dished out to them by local promoters. “I think it’s a mentality of promoters getting more professional with local artistes. It’s like they are professional towards everybody (other artistes) they bring in (to perform on the island) except the people (artistes) that (are) here already and it’s very difficult”, said three time National Groovy Monarch, Finber Shortpree Andrews. “I realise (the need) for local promoters or business people to have their local artistes on a high … Continue reading

FATCA bill passed in Upper House with concerns

Under pressure from the United States, legislators in Grenada have passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance bill 2017, which provides for Washington to obtain information on the bank accounts of its citizens in the Spice Isle. The United States of America, Grenada Foreign Account Tax Compliance bill 2017 was tabled last week Thursday at a sitting of the Senate held at the Grenada Trade Centre at Morne Rouge in Grand Anse. Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Sen. Simon Stiell stated that Grenada does not have a choice than to follow through with the FATCA Bill as presented by … Continue reading

Heritage Committee takes a bite out of slavery for Heritage month

One of Grenada’s heritage sites will be used to re-enact 18 century Grenada, the time when slavery was at its peak, to give tourists and locals a reminder as to where Grenada’s heritage stemmed from. The River Antoine Estate will be transformed into the days of slavery, with song, dance, and real life enactment of what the days of slavery were like. Member of the Heritage Committee, former Cabinet Secretary, Gloria Payne-Banfield gave an idea as to what they estate will look like during a recent press briefing. “What we have in Grenada is a number of sites which we … Continue reading

Kites in the sky!!!

The Easter holiday period is noted for kite flying all around the island. And the 4th Annual Flow Kite Flying Competition was held at Pearl’s in St. Andrew’s and attracted about 3000 patrons and 115 registrants. According to the company’sMarketing & Communications Executive, Chrislyn Lashington, the Kite Flying Competition is bills as “a family-affair for kite-enthusiasts island-wide. She said at Flow, the company believes “in the preservation of the Easter kite-flying tradition in Grenada, and this event is part of our promise to build, connect and serve our communities. “The Flow team thanks all 115 registrants and 3000 patrons who … Continue reading

Kimani Sent to Prison on Sexual Offence

The dream  of 26-year-old Kimani Telesford, to establish a small business, bar and eatery, somewhere in the St. George’s area, has come to a standstill, as the aspiring chef has been ordered to spend the next 7 years and 11 months of his life behind bars at the Richmond Hill prison for the indictable offence of unlawful carnal knowledge. The sentence was handed down on the Beaulieu, St. George resident last week Thursday by Madam Justice, Paula Gilford, at the No. 2 High Court on The Carenage in St. George’s, following the return of a guilty verdict by a 9-member … Continue reading

Tanteen Bullets strike gold again

After three days of intensive competition in track and field at the National Athletics and Football Stadium, the Anglican High School (AHS) and the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS), regarded as the ‘Tanteen Bullets’ captured the championship titles of the premier sporting event last week Wednesday. The athletes jubilantly celebrated their success with a motorcade dominated by singing and chanting last week Thursday. GBSS was jubilant as the Tanteen boys dethroned the 2016 Champions, St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) in finishing on 472 points. SAASS had to settle for second place on 453.50 points. The athletes of Carriacou stepped … Continue reading

The time is coming!!!

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has given a clear signal that his New National Party (NNP) is getting ready for the next general election. The party has announced the first batch of five persons to be officially recognised as NNP Caretakers with a view to installing them as the defacto candidates. The five did not take anyone by surprise and put to rest once and for all the status of Peter David as a possible candidate for NNP in the general election. The Peter David factor once again reminds us that there are no permanent friends or enemies in the … Continue reading

Ex-school teacher sent to Prison for Intercourse with Student

Guyana-born female high court judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford has imposed a 4-year and 2-month sentence on former Chemistry teacher, Joel Pascal, who was found guilty of committing a sexual offence against one of his students. Justice Gilford, who handed down the sentence at the No. 2 High Court on The Carenage in St. George’s last week Wednesday, also banned the 33-year-old from working in an environment around children. Pascal, who formerly taught chemistry at the Happy Hill Secondary School in St. George, was accused of leading a 14-year-old female student into sexual acts back in 2012. The accused was … Continue reading

SMC in financial dire

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spicemas Corporation (SMC), Kirk Seetahal has accused some mas bands of theft by getting subvention money from government and not bringing out masqueraders on Carnival day. Seetahal made the charge at a press conference to outline plans for the holding of this year’s carnival celebrations in August. He told reporters that the state-controlled body would have received a list of Mas Bands and the sum of money for subvention as recommended by the Grenada Mas Bands Association. He informed the media that since taking charge of SMC, he noticed that bands would have received subvention … Continue reading