Government initiates Employee Assistance Programme

The ruling New National Party (NNP) administration has announced plans to initiate an Employee Assistance Programme in which public workers will be given special attention in order to bring about increased productivity at the workplace. The Employee Assistance Programme was launched last week by the Department of Public Administration (DPA). In speaking to reporters at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Legal Affairs, Elvin Nimrod said this new initiative which will be done in collaboration with government and the Private Sector, will aid all government employees, providing a range of social services. “The government of … Continue reading

Madness!!!

I wish to make the point that despite the numerous letters over the years concerning the deplorable condition of the drains in St. George’s, very little has been done to correct the situation and there is always mere talk than action whenever a situation arises (Zika) causing someone to act (stink drain). Some may think that this letter may be long and repetitive of matters published before, but about six weeks ago at a meeting of a group who met to discuss our future, the matter of the damages being caused by improper and broken drains along the entire Lucas … Continue reading

Sen. Roberts voices concern over salary increase to press secretary

Trade unions representing public sector workers in Grenada are annoyed over the $12,000 a year salary increase granted the press secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister. Labour Representative in the Upper House of Parliament, Senator Raymond Roberts addressed the issue of the salary increase to Kisha Abba Alexander-Grant during Monday’s sitting of the Senate. According to Sen. Roberts, a former Director of the Government Information Service (GIS) and executive member of the Public Workers Union (PWU), employees in the civil service feel betrayed by the action of government. He drew the Senate’s attention to Vote 10 on page … Continue reading

Ralph Gonsalves: a history making fourth term

Dr Ralph Gonsalves is set to make history in St Vincent and the Grenadines as he starts a fourth term in office as Prime Minister.  Having already completed fourteen years as Head of Government, within three years of the term to which he was elected on December 9, Gonsalves will overtake the record of former Prime Minister Sir James ‘Son’ Mitchell who served sixteen years from 1984 to 2000. Securing re-election to a fourth term as leader of a political party and Head of Government is no easy task as the closeness of the elections shows.  Indeed, in many cases … Continue reading

NDC forecasts tough Christmas Season

The Leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not believe that the people of Grenada would have an enjoyable Christmas Season due to the continued depressed economy. Party officials voiced their concerns about a possible bleak Christmas for the people during a public meeting held last week Wednesday at Byelands, St. Andrew’s. Congress General Secretary, Patrick Simmons who recognised that the country is now into the Christmas Season said it is important for the people of Grenada to be aware of what is happening around them. Simmons said even if he uses the opportunity “to say to … Continue reading

Temporary License to be given to nurses

The Lower House of Parliament has given government authorisation to bring into the public service a number of nurses who have completed their formal training while awaiting regional certification. Health Minister Nickolas Steele who tabled the Nurses and Midwives Registration (Amendment) Bill 2015 said government is seeking to maintain the highest standard of nursing in the country. The Health Minister told Parliament that the amendment of the Bill seeks to allow the trained individuals, mainly those who have studied in Cuba, to be able to operate as nurses. According to Minister Steele between 2013 and 2015, 20 Grenadians were trained … Continue reading

Sen. Stiell accused of misinforming Senate

A fellow Senator in the House has accused leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament, Senator Simon Stiell of misinforming the Senate. Farmer’s Representative, Sen. Keith Clouden who made the accusation during his contribution to the debate on the 2016 budget, was referring to lands at Laura Estate in St. David’s that have been given to a non-national. “Why is it the Leader of Government Business always try to provide this House with misinformation?” Sen. Keith Clouden asked as he displayed pictures of destroyed productive cocoa trees, which he said, are from the Laura Estate. In a … Continue reading

Scotiabank named Bank of the Year in Grenada

Scotiabank is celebrating its second win of the prestigious Bank Of The Year – Grenada award. The recognition comes from The Banker Magazine, which is published by the London-based Financial Times. The Banker also named Scotiabank Bank Of The Year in Barbados, Belize and the British Virgin Islands. The announcement was made at a black-tie reception in London on December 2 where Scotiabank Caribbean East Managing Director David Noel collected the Bracken Awards on behalf of the bank. Scotiabank Country Manager Roger Archer said, “this award is a real tribute to the hard work of our staff”, who have been … Continue reading

NDC Leader questions budget figures

Lead Opposition Member in the Upper House of Parliament, Senator Nazim Burke has questioned the authenticity of some of the figures presented in the 2016 billion-dollar budget presented by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell. Sen. Burke who is the Political Leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) indicated that on page seven of the budget statement Dr. Mitchell said that at the end of the year he expects the total revenues collected to be $550.4M as compared to the $545.4M that was budgeted. In making his contribution to the debate on the 2016 Estimates of Revenue … Continue reading

‘Joy, peace and abundant life’

The following is the Christmas message from the Conference of Churches of Grenada Peace to you and Grace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! The Conference of Churches Grenada takes this opportunity to extend Christmas greetings to all, as we celebrate the Christ-Event. A survey of the contemporary thoughts surrounding the celebration of this Christian Festival raises grave concerns for the Conference. As one peruses the many facets of the media, the various understandings of Christmas demonstrate a disconnect with the Christ-Event. One hears opinions like “Christmas is all about the children, the giving of gifts and … Continue reading