Major Drug Seizure at Mt. Egmont

A police operation at Mt. Egmont, St. George’s has led to drug-related charges being laid on two persons from the small village of Marian, as well as the confiscation of a number of drugs, impounding of a speed boat and a car. THE NEW TODAY understands that as a result of the police operation, 48 pounds of compressed marijuana was confiscated in the raid. The lawmen had failed to nab any suspects in the initial operation but days later the police arrested and charged two men – 33-year old Elvin Pivotte and 31-year old Carmichael St. Bernard who are residents … Continue reading

Lalsingh: All is not lost

Former government minister, Kenny Lalsingh has branded as “political” the recently held constitution reform in Grenada. Lalsingh who added his voice to the debate over the failure of seven Constitutional Bills to receive the required two-thirds majority in order to become part of the Grenada Constitution said the voting process had nothing to do with constitution reform. “I believe it was more political than anything else,” said the former President of the Senate. The former Member of Parliament for St. Patrick West told a radio station in the north of the country that he was disappointed with the outcome of … Continue reading

Burke: PM Mitchell is an “economic con-man”

In a blistering attack, Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nazim Burke has labeled Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell as an “economic con-man” who delivered the 2017 budget with the sole purpose of trying to win the next general election. Speaking at Monday’s weekly press conference held by Congress, Burke said that Dr. Mitchell was on an “election journey of lies, deceit and manipulation,” and described some of the relief fiscal measures announced in the budget as “crumbs (being) dangled in the face of the people.” He charged that if re-elected into office, the Prime Minister … Continue reading

Independence 2017 launched and theme unveiled

“Forging Ahead Together for Continued National Development”. That is the theme selected for the island’s 2017 Independence celebrations. The logo which encompasses, the cocoa, nutmeg, national dove and the flag was designed by Annil Holder, a young Imani student who is from Grand Roy, St. John’s. Grenada’s 43rd independence anniversary celebration will begin officially on January 2 when the National Environment & Beautification Campaign will kick off. The events will climax on February 7th with the Independence Day Celebrations to be highlighted by a Military Parade, Cultural Display and Made in Grenada Exposition at the National sports stadium at Queen’s … Continue reading

Billion Dollar Budget in 2017

Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell has unveiled an EC$1, 100, 578, 144 Budget for 2017 fiscal year, with a number of fiscal relief measures to be implemented in the country under the theme: “Working together to build on our successes for a better country.” The billion dollar budget presented to the nation during a joint sitting of the House of Representatives last week Friday at the Trade Centre in Grand Anse, represents an increase of EC$99, 578, 144 from the 2016 Budget, which stood at EC$ 1.1 billion. “All records show that we continue to be a … Continue reading

The LIAT dilemma!!!

There is a serious issue which needs to be addressed very urgently by government since it is affecting thousands of Grenadians. THE NEW TODAY is referring specifically to the cut back in services to the island by LIAT – which is known as the regional island-hopping carrier. The two most travelled routes by Grenadians in the region are Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados. LIAT has caused major disruptions in its schedule of flights to these two destinations from the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA). The removal of the morning fight by LIAT into the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados … Continue reading

2016 Throne Speech: A Commentary

by William Joseph A standard feature of the British parliamentary system (Westminster) is the annual Speech where Her Majesty’s Government discloses its legislative agenda for the ensuing term. In Grenada, the Speech tends to be more about general policies and updates than legislation. The 2016 Speech does not contain a legislative agenda, as such. Interestingly, the Throne Speech is not a particularly popular political product among citizens; but investors, businesses and Trade Unions tend to pay it some attention. While promises excite ordinary voters, policies cause others to think! Thinking (reading, listening and reflecting/assessing) is not a widespread aspect of … Continue reading

SMC seeking financial sponsorship

The Spicemas Corporation (SMC) has made an early appeal to Corporate Grenada for financial assistance for the 2017 Carnival Season which is scheduled to be launched in April. SMC under the stewardship of Kirk Seetahal held a “Sponsorship Breakfast” for leading members of the private sector at Radisson Beach Resort, Grand Anse, St. George’s last week Wednesday. High on the agenda was a presentation from the corporation in which it outlined the need for the financial backing of the business community for the country’s premier cultural activity. Seetahal who is SMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) told the business leaders that … Continue reading

New bulletins developed for climate sensitive sectors in the Caribbean

The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has announced plans to launch a new climate services product in time for 2017 wet/rain season in an effort to better assist stakeholders within the four identified climate sensitive sectors in Grenada and other Caribbean islands to effectively prepare for the challenges associated with climate change and climate variability. The newly developed climate service bulletins will be tailored specifically for the water, health and tourism sectors, with work ongoing to enhance the already existing agro-bulletin called the Caribbean Agro-net Initiative for the agriculture sector in a more detailed manner that is … Continue reading

DPP appeals Justice Rudd’s judgment in Oscar Bartholomew case

Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Nelson, QC, has appealed the March 2013 order of High Court Judge, Justice Septimus Rudd to squash Manslaughter charges brought against five police officers in connection with the December 2011 death of Grenadian-born Canadian citizen, Oscar Bartholomew following an incident at the St. David’s Police station. The order resulted in the officers – 649 Edward Gibson, 237 Ruddy Felix, 675 Shaun Ganness, 748 Kenton Hazzard and Rural Constable Wendell Sylvester – being reinstated into the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) after they were suspended. The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal last week Thursday took the … Continue reading