Former beauty queen raises cancer awareness, hurricane relief

By Alexandra Simon It’s a slay day for cancer. A breast-cancer survivor hosted a fun and informative cancer awareness event in Bedford Stuyvesant on October 29. Former Miss Grenada/USA, Deniece Mitchell, organised her “Slay Cancer Sip, Shop, and Fete” event to help inform her community about the invasive disease, and also raise funds for victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria. “It’s very important for the young black community because there’s a face for breast cancer, and that face is an older white woman but that’s not the truth,” said Mitchell. To counter this misconception, she organised an educational and entertaining … Continue reading

“Red Flag” on agent selling Grenadian passports

THE NEW TODAY has unearthed a negative review of one agent in the Middle East responsible for marketing Grenada’s passport selling scheme known as Citizenship by Investment (CBI). The Marketing Agents has been identified as Bayat Legal Services or Bayat Group located in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company has been accused of not delivering a refund to a customer after his citizenship was rejected from the country to which he applied. This newspaper visited the company’s website and was drawn to a comment from an unsatisfied customer who goes by the name of Mohsen Hafez of … Continue reading

Clouden: Voters should support candidates who favour legalising marijuana

Outspoken attorney-t-law, Anselm Clouden has again made another pitch for ganja to be legalised in Grenada for medicinal purposes. Speaking to reporters at his Church Street office, Clouden called on voters in the upcoming general election to cast their ballots for those candidates who give support to medicinal marijuana. According to Clouden, it is time the island’s cash-strapped government take advantage of the financial returns and economic benefits that medical marijuana can bring to the country. He said the voters must ask candidates putting up themselves in the election to declare their hands on the controversial issue. “Ministers must be … Continue reading

A call for legislative and regulatory changes for effective renewable energy penetration

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine has cited a need for private sector partnership and changes to be made to Grenada’s legislative and regulatory environment for the country to effectively increase its renewable energy penetration. Antoine, who is the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), made the remarks on the heels of the 2017 launch of the 2nd annual CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) initiative on November 1, under the theme: “Re-Thinking Energy Shaping a Resilient Community”. Addressing the 29th Annual GCIC Business Awards held at the Spice Basket on October 28, under the theme: … Continue reading

Benjamin Pleads Guilty

Coals Gap resident, 28-year-old Dave Martin “Giant Shuttle” Benjamin, the man accused of killing American citizen, Jessica Colker in January 2016 in the La Sagesse beach area, has pleaded guilty to the offence before the start of his high court trial. Benjamin struck a deal with State Prosecutors on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of non-capital murder instead of the indictable charge of Capital Murder. The murder accused who was represented by attorney-at-law Andre Thomas, entered his plea just before noon at High Court No. 2 in St. George’s, which is presided over by Guyanese-born judge, Madam … Continue reading

Akim Accepts Manslaughter Verdict for Death of Canadian Woman

December 7 is the date set for the sentencing of 27-year old Akim Frank who pleaded guilty last week to Manslaughter for the 2015 death of Canadian national, Dr. Linnea Veinotte, who was attached to St. George’s University. Frank, a resident of Jean Anglais, St. George’s, was initially charged with non-capital murder but struck a deal with State Prosecutors for a lesser sentence. The matter came up last week Thursday at the No. 2 High Court in St. George’s, before Guyanese-born High Court Judge, Justice Paula Gilford. Frank who was represented in court by criminal defense Attorney Peter David, entered … Continue reading

Battle over Bain’s lumber yard building

St. Patrick businessman and former Member of Parliament for St. Patrick West, Kenny Lalsingh has asked the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to look at the possibility of instituting criminal charges against a brother of female government minister, Yolande Bain-Horsfor. Speaking with THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Monday, Lalsingh said that he was forced to make a report to the Grenville Police station after the minister’s brother, Colville Bain unlawfully entered private property and allegedly attempted to damage a padlock on the building. The controversy surrounds Bain’s Lumber Yard on Gladstone Rd in Grenville which was repossessed by the bank … Continue reading

Baptiste pleads not guilty to Non-Capital Murder

Twenty-three-year-old Labourer, Phillip Baptiste has pleaded not guilty to a Non-Capital Murder charge brought against him in connection to the March 2017 death of his uncle, 55-year-old Glen “Brass” Baptiste, who allegedly died after receiving a fatal blow to the back of his head with a glass bottle. The youngster, entered the plea last week Thursday, when he appeared before Madam Justice Paula Gilford at the No. 2 High Court in St. George’s, represented by criminal defense attorney, Peter David. The Sanko, Boca resident, who was described by his own father as being problematic due to constant smoking of ganja … Continue reading

Chinese Embassy symposium on 19th National Congress

The Chinese Embassy in Grenada held a symposium on Saturday aimed at helping to push forward the agenda of President Xi Jinping who strengthened his grip on the country at the just-ended 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Resident Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Yongchen brought together members of the media, friends of the Chinese embassy and government representative, Senator Winston Garraway, the Minister of State with responsibility for Natural Disaster and Information. In addressing the gathering, Ambassador Yongchen said that the ruling communist party in China will continue to expand into the wider world for the next five … Continue reading

Clouden: Jurors need to be trained

Grenada’s most experienced criminal defense attorney, Anselm Clouden has called for Jurors to be given at least one week of training in order to handle high-profile cases like murder. Clouden made the call as he challenged the stiff prison sentence handed down by female high court judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford after a 12-member jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on 62-year-old Albert Alexis for murder. Justice Gilford imposed a life sentence on Alexis for Non-Capital Murder for the May 2015 death of 31-year-old Alson Henry of Plaissance, St. Andrew. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Clouden said that Jurors need … Continue reading