Help for Princess Alice Hospital

The British government is coming to the assistance of the Princess Alice Hospital at Mirabeau in St. Andrew. According to Health Minister Nickolas Steele, the hospital is in line to receive help from the Department for International Development (DIFD) in England. Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex on Tuesday, Minister Steele said the hospital will be retrofitted with amenities that will allow it to be able to handle most of the negatives that could be thrown at it. He alluded to an initiative called “Smart Hospital” in which many health centres throughout the island … Continue reading

Minister Steele responds to Grenlec

Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele who has emerged in recent months as the chief spokesperson for the ruling New National Party (NNP) government has commented on the decision by the major shareholders of Grenlec to approach a United Nations body for arbitration in a matter involving the State. Speaking at last week’s Tuesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, the senior government minister said that what the electricity generating company has simple done is to trigger the mechanism that relates to a particular issue in the Share Purchase Agreement when the company was privatized in 1994. “….They have exercised the buyback clause which … Continue reading

NDC calls for professional negotiations on Grenlec issue

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government to engage in “professional negotiations” on the Grenlec issue with the Grenada Private Power Limited (GPP), the 50% shareholder of Grenlec, and its parent company WRB Enterprises Inc (WRB) of the United States. GPP has approached the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the Washington-based World Bank for arbitration in a matter involving the administration. The company, owned by the Blanchard family, is seeking intervention by the World Bank body to enforce the buy back clause in the Share … Continue reading

NDC defends ‘broadening the tax base’

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been forced to defend one of its promises for the upcoming general election on “broadening the tax base”. The host of the “Hard Talk Radio Programme,” that is sponsored by the ruling new National Party (NNP) government has been telling listeners that Congress intends to move into certain service sectors that are not yet paying taxes to bring them into the system. Sheldon Scott made the claim in a commentary on the 13-year Policy Agenda set out by NDC for the period 2017-30. In defense, Deputy Political leader of congress, Joseph Andall … Continue reading

Police and Magistrate’s Court receive equipment to aid in juvenile issues

A much needed tracking equipment has been handed over to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) and the Magistrate’s Court for use in serving and protecting juveniles. Known as the Therascribe Information Management System, it was provided to the island under the Juvenile Justice Reform Project that is funded primarily by USAID. At the handover ceremony held at the Ministry of Works Conference Room on Tuesday, Planning Officer in the Ministry of Social Development, Samuel St. Bernard said that the tools will go a long way in assisting juveniles who come in conflict with the law. “This (the equipment) is … Continue reading

TUC pays tribute to the late Stanley Roberts

The Grenada Trades’ Union Council (GTUC) mourns the passing of one of its outstanding stalwarts Brother Stanley Roberts. In paying tribute to Brother Roberts, President of the GTUC Andre Lewis said, “we are deeply saddened by the passing of this outstanding Grenadian”. “He (Roberts) constantly and unequivocally articulated a vision that placed education, training and improved worker productivity as central pillars of economic development and growth”, he added. According to Lewis, the “brilliance, foresight, passion and commitment” that the late trade unionist demonstrated for Grenada and to the development of the Grenadian workers will be missed. Roberts served as President … Continue reading

TAWU helps steer workers in right direction

A workshop organised by the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (GTAWU) is expected to tap into the psyche of its members, hoping to stimulate the attitude of a better employee at the work place. According to President General of the Union, Andre Lewis, the Union is seeking to develop their shop stewards and trade union activists to ensure that they become better persons at the workplace. In an interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Monday, Lewis said that the issue of punctuality and productivity will be addressed at the workshop so that members can be mindful of the … Continue reading

Hope Vale Man on Murder Charge

A 42-year-old man from Hope Vale in St. George’s is facing an indictable charge of non-capital murder after allegedly causing the death of 61-year-old Grand Anse resident, Junior Lewis. Peterson Mitchell is accused of delivering a dangerous blow to the head of the deceased with a piece of wood during an altercation that occurred in Grand Anse on April 24. THE NEW TODAY understands that the two, who are said to be mentally challenged, were having a misunderstanding over a crack pipe, when the murder accused allegedly struck the deceased a few times in his head with a piece of … Continue reading

Grenlec makes strategic move

The owners of the island’s sole electricity company, GRENLEC has up the pressure on the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) Government which has been battling the company since it was privatised by the 1990-95 Congress government of late Prime Minister Sir Nicholas Brathwaite. The Grenada Private Power Limited (GPP), the 50% shareholder of Grenlec, along with GPP’s parent company, WRB Enterprises Inc. (WRB), on May 5 filed a request for arbitration with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an arm of the Washigton-based World bank. A Grenlec release said, “the purpose of this arbitration is to … Continue reading

TAMCC says farewell to Ambassador OU

The teachers and faculty of the T.A. Marryshow Community College said a formal goodbye to Chinese Ambassador Madam Ou Boqian, as she ends her four-year ambassadorial stint in Grenada. During her stay on the island, the female Chinese ambassador had established a special relationship with TAMCC, which saw the establishment of the Confucius classroom and the opportunity for students and teachers to visit the People’s Republic of China. The sending-off ceremony was held at the Science block at the college last Wednesday with Dean at the School of Continuing Education, David Fleming extending farewell to Ambassador Ou for all that … Continue reading