Flouting “established protocol” for QC

In an unprecedented move, the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government has identified two lawyers from the private bar who should be made Queen’s Counsel. Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the names of the lawyers who operate law firms in the city were presented at Monday’s weekly meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. According to a Cabinet insider, Attorney-General, Cajeton Hood who attended the meeting urged the administration to be cautious in the manner in which it was seeking to get QC status for the two attorneys-at-law. He said that as he looked around the room … Continue reading

NDC remains committed to “One-China” Policy

Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Senator Nazim Burke, has dismissed claims that party officials collected money from Taiwan during a recent visit to neighbouring St. Vincent & The Grenadines. In a statement issued last week Friday, the Congress leader labelled the accusation as a “poisonous insinuation, contrary to the party’s position to adhere to the One China Policy.” Sen. Burke believes that the accusations are being peddled by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and his ruling New National Party (NNP) in what he termed a “sick, sinister effort to gain financial resources to finance their … Continue reading

A CALL TO REPORT

Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is an issue that the Child Protection Authority is not taking lightly. As the institution responsible for protecting children, and responding to cases of abuse affecting them, we often witness, firsthand, the dire physical, emotional and psychological consequences that result from these gruesome acts, and our cry is for the abuse to stop. Child abuse does not only affect one family or community, but has wider implications for our nation as a whole. Our society simply cannot continue like this. If we truly desire our children to live and grow in safe and secure … Continue reading

Protective vests for RGPF

The Grenada Organisation of the New York Police Department (NYPD) has provided the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) with 99 protective vests at a cost of over US $11,000 to aid its men and women in uniform in carrying out their tasks. The presentation was made last Thursday by Grenadian-born NYPD Lieutenant, Nimrod Ollivierre, who is also known as a major promoter of one of the White shows in the annual carnival festival. In making the presentation in the presence of a number of high-ranking members of the local police force, Ollivierre, who is a frequent contributor to RGPF, said … Continue reading

PM Mitchel tour hurricane-ravaged islands

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Tuesday and Wednesday was at the head of a CARICOM delegation that visited several of the Hurricane Irma-stricken islands in the Caribbean. The team, which includes Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and the Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Ronald Jackson made the rounds of visit on an RSS plane. Among the islands visited were the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and Barbuda. A government release in St. George’s said that this is the first of several visits by regional leaders “in an expression of solidarity and support to all … Continue reading

Prison Officer Caught with Illegal Drugs

A 54-year-old prison officer is facing three drug related charges after being caught trying to carry just over two pounds of marijuana onto the prison compound. THE NEW TODAY understands that Daniel Charles from Upper Depradine Street in Gouyave, St. John, who has been employed as a prison officer at the Richmond Hill Prison for several years, found himself on the wrong side of law after the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value of $4, 200 was found in his possession, while he was reporting for duty on Sunday morning. Charles was charged with Possession of a controlled … Continue reading

EU disburses EC$4.4M grant to Grenada’s health sector

The European Union has disbursed 1.368 million euros (EC$4.4M) to Grenada, the first tranche of grant assistance under the 11th European Development Fund towards reform of the country’s health care system. The overall grant amount allocated by the EU under the 11th EDF is 4.8 million euros (EC$15.4M), with 3.4 million euros (EC$11M) earmarked for the health sector as budget support, and the remainder going as technical support to the government and non-state actors. EU Ambassador Daniela Tramacere said: “As long time partners, the EU is pleased to assist Grenada with the modernisation of its health sector, especially in reducing … Continue reading

Canada writes RGPF on Insp. Antoine

The Canadian arm of INTERPOL has written to Grenada’s Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James on the sexual assault matter involving a Grenadian-born Canadian woman at the hands of a local police officer. Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the victim, Eleanor Peterkin-Walters reported the matter to the Canadian police on her return to Canada. A source who asked not to be named said that the Canadian police arm of INTERPOL sent a letter to Acting Commissioner James on the issue. Inspector of Police, Clevroy Antoine who was attached to the South St. George Police Station was charged … Continue reading

Child Sexual Abuse – A National Issue

The Grenada government has established a committee, headed by former School principal, Ursula Antoine to help arrest the growing problem of Child Sexual Abuse in the country. According to Minister of Social Development and Housing, Delma Thomas the committee is also made up of representatives of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Grenada Bar Association (GBA), Child Protection Authority, Conference of Churches of Grenada, Youth Organisations, and the Ministry of Social Development, among others. Addressing members of the media at the weekly held Post Cabinet Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex, Minister Thomas said that child abuse has become very … Continue reading

Geo. F. Huggins assists two needy families

Being 100% home grown, Geo. F. Huggins in fulfilling one of its mandates in being a good corporate citizen has provided assistance to two very needy families in the form of health and education. The lending hand from Huggins would help take some of the strain off them. One family had sought assistance from the company for their daughter to receive a sound education after losing all their belongings to a house fire in June while another needed help to travel overseas to have their daughter walking once again without the help of others. A ceremony was held at Huggins’ … Continue reading