Steele lays out the foreign policy road map

New Foreign Affairs Minister, Nicholas Steele has stressed the need for respect to be shown to Ambassadors and Honorary Counsels when they are recalled following a change of government in Grenada. Steele made the statement as part of his contribution to the debate on the 2013 Budget of Revenue and Expenditure in which his New National Party (NNP) controls all fifteen seats in the House of Representatives. In his maiden speech to Parliament following the February 19 General Elections, Steele said although persons serving the country abroad as diplomats have been recalled some weeks after the NNP victory at the … Continue reading

Sand mining returning to Grenada

Grenada’s two months old New National Party (NNP) administration of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will turn to beach sand mining on the island in an effort to boost the local construction industry. This was disclosed last week Thursday by Works Minister, Gregory Bowen in his contribution to the debate on the 2013 Budget of Revenue and Expenditure. According to Bowen, sand mining activities will return in at least three locations on mainland Grenada and one for Carriacou and Petite Martinique for better accessibility to consumers. “The ministry has already engaged our counterparts – agriculture and environment to work with … Continue reading

“Flogging” Principal now House Speaker

The plight of the poor and vulnerable doubled with memories of her childhood days occupied the contribution made by Social Development Minister, Delma Thomas, in her contribution to the 2013 Budget debate. The Parliamentary Representative for St Andrew North-West touched on the plight of children within her constituency who are affected by lack of resources in her maiden address to Parliament as first timer. Minister Thomas said that the lack of resources is simple inhibiting children some times from attending school as they are unable to afford a proper meal. She recounted her own life experience to drive home the … Continue reading

The lined-up foreign investors

With no representatives sitting in Parliament among elected officials, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made its first official reaction to the 2013 budget as presented a week ago by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell. The NDC which failed to win any of the fifteen seats in the February 19 general elections raised questions about the jobs promised by Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) when in opposition based on the amount of foreign investors it claimed that it had lined up to come into the country. Following is the full text of the release … Continue reading

Legal action for spreading HIV

People who intentionally transmit HIV/AIDS to unsuspecting partners may soon find themselves on the wrong side of the law in Grenada, according to Health Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen. In making her contribution to the debate on the 2013 budget, the Member of Parliament for St. Mark said a tough stand has to be taken against persons who set out to deliberately infect persons with the killer disease. “There are those who are saying when they discover their positive status, I ain’t going down so alone”, she told Parliament. However, Modeste-Curwen is warning that in due course, legislation would be tabled … Continue reading

SGU Graduate to start Endoscopy Unit at General Hospital

St. George’s University alumnus, Dr. Patrick Tempara, SGUSOM ‘86 has donated equipment valued at over US $200,000 to the General Hospital, Grenada to create the hospital’s very own endoscopy unit. Donations, from Dr. Tempara and several corporate donors, included endoscopes, pediatric endoscopes, colonoscopes, sigmoidoscopes, and supporting equipment and supplies. Dr. Tempara, who is a gastroenterologist from New Jersey, has also organised a network of over ten physicians, made up of SGU alumni and friends of SGU, who will hold clinics at the unit year-round. The unit is expected to launch later this year, after which Grenadian physicians will be trained … Continue reading

G’da to participate in St Lucia Drag racing

Two local race cars left the island last week strapped in a twenty foot cargo container to take part in the biggest Drag Racing Event in the English-speaking Caribbean. The Base at Vieux Fort, St Lucia will be the venue tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday as Absolute Promotions stage their 4th Annual “Drag Wars Retribution” Drag Racing Event. The event will attract racers from Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, The Cayman Islands, Tortola and host country, St Lucia. Representing Grenada for the fourth time are local veteran drag racers, Alan McIntyre … Continue reading

Revamped Imani programme

Following on the heels of the New National Party’s 15-0 seat victory at the polls on February 19, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Ecclesiastic Affairs is getting ready to launch The New Imani programme on Saturday at the Victoria Park in Grenville, St. Andrew, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The New Imani project is one of the youth-related projects to be launched by the Minister for Youth, Sports and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Emmalin Pierre, as she seeks to deliver on her promise to address youth development. A government statement said that the New Imani is intended to deliver immediate … Continue reading

Saving the Ecosystem One Step at a Time

St. George’s University students held a recycling symposium to support the efforts of the Grenada Government in controlling the effects of waste on the environment in Grenada. Attended by faculty, staff and students from St. George’s University and T.A Marryshow Community College, Education Conservation Outreach (ECO), a student-led environmental organisation, held the symposium on March 18. Helping to further the ongoing efforts of the Grenada Solid Waste Management, the symposium was created to help residents focus on recycling and waste disposal by emphasizing responsibility and accountability. Michael Mitchell, a representative from Spice Isle Recycling, a local business recently awarded by … Continue reading

The national health scheme

The newly elected Government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is forging ahead with plans for the establishment of a National Health Insurance Scheme, with the delivery of quality health care a top priority of the new Administration. A committee headed by former Labour Senator, Chester Humphrey, has been established to chart the way forward. Government places high priority on the new committee, given the acute shortage of medication and other services experienced at the General Hospital. Health Officials say, that the financial depression has made it difficult for Government to meet its commitment. It owes more than EC$ 3 … Continue reading