Sponsorship continues to plague SMC

One of the biggest challenges being faced by Spicemas Corporation (SMC) on a yearly basis is the issue of sponsorship, according to CEO of the corporation, Kirk Seetahal. Speaking on a radio programme last Friday, Seetahal said that the annual Carnival event is being taken for granted by business places and they are not maximising the benefits that Spicemas brings every year to them. He stated that it is time for the business houses to look at the festival differently in terms of the value of their sponsorship. “I always tell them … listen when you sponsor Spicemas I don’t … Continue reading

Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Bill passed in Senate

The Upper House of the Grenada Parliament has given approval to the Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Bill as introduced by the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) administration. The amendment seeks to set up a committee to oversee the operations of the Ministry of Finance to make sure that government keeps within spending limits. The bill was piloted by Leader of Government Business, Senator Simon Stiell and received full support from both sides at a sitting of the Senate at the Grenada Trade Centre. The Bill seeks to specifically amend the Fiscal Responsibility Act No. 29 of 2015 to improve the … Continue reading

The Scholar Silver Jubilee show

Former Calypso Monarchs of Trinidad and Tobago, Kurt Allen and Devon Seales are expected to arrive on the island today (Friday) to participate in the 25-year celebratory concert of 8 times Calypso Monarch Findley “Scholar” Jeffery on Sunday at the Spice Basket in Beaulieu, St. George. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Tuesday, Scholar confirmed a cast of a least 10 calypsonians and soca artistes, who will join him on the stage in celebration of his Silver Jubilee, a significant milestone in his musical career. “We are well ahead of schedule…the calypsonians would be coming in … Continue reading

A call for a national Jab Jab Soca Moanarch

At least one veteran soca artiste is calling for a national ‘Jab Jab Soca Monarch’ competition to be considered by the powers-that-be. Veteran soca artiste, Evyln “Zingo” Alexander cited this need in an exclusive telephone interview with THE NEW TODAY on Monday. Zingo expressed the view that while the standard of Grenada’s music has significantly increased, there is need for the Ministry of Culture and the Spice Mas Corporation, to consider having a “Jab Jab Monarch” based on the new and increasing “trend of Jab Jab Soca” music being adopted by the artistes of the day. “We have gone into … Continue reading

PM Mitchell talks about the diplomatic passport

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has said that the failure of government to grant a diplomatic passport to embattled senior executive member of the ruling New National Party (NNP), Terry Forrester might have triggered his animosity towards the political group. Speaking to local reporters Tuesday at a post-Cabinet press briefing, the Prime Minister said that Forrester’s failure to land the diplomatic passport apparently angered him and left him disgruntled. According to Dr. Mitchell, Forrester asked for a Diplomatic Passport for both he and his wife to travel during her days of illness but he refused the request on the basis … Continue reading

MacLeish takes over from Forrester at Nawasa

Businessman Tony MacLeish is earmarked to become the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the state-controlled National Water & Sewerage Authority (NAWASA). MacLeish confirmed to THE NEW TODAY on Monday that he was offered the position and accepted the invitation extended to him to take charge of the NAWASA Board. The position became open following the decision taken by the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government to sack the holder of the position, Terrence Forrester. This newspaper can confirm that Forrester, a long-standing member of the NNP, is at odds with Prime Minister Mitchell for overlooking him … Continue reading

Sen. Ray Roberts speaks

The Minister of Public Utilities ought to recuse himself from overseeing the oil and gas exploration in Grenada if the Russian company GPG is chosen for the project. The Minister and the little known company have had a long relationship and that raises lots of unanswered questions. The media is littered with allegations regarding the Russian company enjoying special favours because of its connection with ministers, among others; and therefore, the transparency is clouded. As Labour Representative in the Senate, which recently debated and approved an incentive package based on the Bill presented to the Parliament by the Minister of … Continue reading

New legislation for the museum

The Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government has passed legislation in Parliament that will have far-reaching effect on the operations of the Grenada National Museum. According to government the move is intended to ensure that the museum fulfills the purpose it was intended for when it was first opened by the labour party government of former Prime Minister, Sir Eric Mathew Gairy in 1976. The Grenada National Museum Bill 2017 was passed at a sitting of the Upper House at the Trade Centre after it was presented by the Minister of Culture, Senator Brenda Hood. The bill seeks to … Continue reading

Kaiso Bards Tent opens

The Kaiso Bards Calypso Tent got off to another early start this Carnival season with an official opening at its traditional home, the Deluxe Cinema in Grenville, St. Andrew’s last week Saturday. The Calypso Tent, which has in past years maintained the trend of being, first to open its doors to the public, unveiled a cast of close to 20 calypsonians, with more expected from overseas. Speaking with THE NEW TODAY prior to the launch, Tent Leader, Findley ‘Scholar’ Jeffery, indicated that this year’s cast is made up of young calypsonians as well as veterans in the artform. “We have … Continue reading

Industrial Action against GSWMA

The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (GTAWU) is planning to intensify the limited industrial action taken at the state-run Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA). The workers are now into the second week of industrial action at the authority and are currently wearing Red Union T Shirts on the job as a form of protest against unresolved Past Service Benefits and Pension. Speaking to reporters in St. George’s, the union’s President General, Andre Lewis said the action is being taken with the hope of getting the authorities to resolve the issue. “The outstanding matters as we indicated have to … Continue reading