The functioning of the Public Accounts Committee

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is having difficulty in functioning, according to Chairman of the body, Dr. George Vincent, a member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). Dr. Vincent who is an Opposition Senator in the Upper House of Parliament used his contribution to the debate of the 2016 budget to highlight the difficulty faced by the committee in conducting the nation’s business. He told his colleague Parliamentarians that over the last two years the committee has been having “real difficulties” in making the PAC functional. He noted that during 2013, the committee could not move forward as … Continue reading

No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement

The results of the climate change conference in Paris (COP21) give no reason for small island states to cheer. The agreement reflects many promises and little action. The one item of concrete action is merely an undertaking to evaluate carbon emissions every five years – and even that has no teeth. What is not in the agreement is a firm, legally binding commitment to limit average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Also not in the agreement is a legally binding commitment to provide developing countries with the funds needed to adapt to, and mitigate against the effects of … Continue reading

Smash the criminals!!!

The place is getting “hot.” THE NEW TODAY is not referring to the weather since December has been one of the wettest months for the year due to the frequency of the rain. The “hot” that this newspaper is alluding to is the upsurge of criminal activities on the island within the past month. The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) needs to become more proactive and to take concrete and affirmative steps to send clear signals to the criminal elements that their behaviour will not be tolerated. The absence of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Edvin Martin, who took a … Continue reading

Labour speaks of corruption with CBI Programme

Labour Representative in the Upper House of Parliament has once again voiced concerns about Grenada’s controversial Citizenship By Investment Programme (CBI). In his contribution to the debate on the 2016 budget, Sen. Roberts told the Upper house of Parliament that he is hearing “in between the corridor activity” of someone collecting US$250,000 for fast-tracking the applications of those seeking to gain Grenadian Nationality through the CBI Programme. “I want to say to the Prime Minister… these are things we must keep a tab on. You can’t have people in the corridors of power engaging in behind the scene activity,” Sen. … Continue reading

Air Panama to service Grenada from January

The inaugural flight of Air Panama that was first scheduled to land at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) on December 3 and then on December 10, is now expected to begin its service in the New Year. Minister of Health Nickolas Steele told the media during a post-Cabinet Press Briefing that the delay was due to the fact that Air Panama Officials “needed to put some of their logistical and administrative pieces together” before commencing the flight into Grenada from January 2016. However, days before Minister Steele updated the media on the status of Air Panama’s inaugural flight, President … Continue reading

Sandals LaSouce adds more rooms

With a Pure Grenada, nature centered theme, the world renowned Sandals La Source will be adding 24 suites to its already 125 room resort at Point Salines. This announcement was made during a media conference at Sandals La Source last week, by Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. This is the first addition made to the resort since it officially opened for business in December 2013. Project Manager at Sandals Resorts, Terrence Des Vignes outlined to the poll of assembled reporters the concepts the rooms will follow. “We want to do something around … Continue reading

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC), SENATOR V. NAZIM BURKE

Sisters and Brothers of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique: At this very special time of the year, I bring you greetings from my colleagues in the National Democratic Congress, my family and on my personal behalf. There is always an expectation of good tidings at Christmas. Whatever the season means to each of us, it is my desire that we will all  find it  joyful and fulfilling as we remember the hope that Christmas represents. The messages of love, self-sacrifice, sharing, prudence and constant prayer, need to characterise all our lives, as together, we work to build a better Grenada. … Continue reading

Senate President calls for establishment of Fishing School

President of the Senate, Chester Humphrey has made a strong appeal to government for the immediate establishment of a fishing school with the help of Cuba. During conclusion of the debate in the Senate on the 2016 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Sen. Humphrey reminded Senators that Cuban assistance in Grenada’s fishing industry became a reality during the 1979-83 leftwing Grenada Revolution. According to the leading leftwinger in the country, the help from communist Cuba in the area of fishing during the rule of the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) of late Marxist leader, Maurice Bishop, was responsible for the phenomenal … Continue reading

Government providing $1.5M towards Constitutional Reform

Leader of Government Business in the Upper House of Parliament, Senator Simon Stiell has announced that $1.5M is being provided in the 2016 budget to support the referendum on constitutional reform which is expected to take place in the first half of 2016. Six Bills to effect amendments to the Constitution had its first reading two weeks ago in the House of Representatives. They are Name of State, Term of Office for the Prime Minister, Fundamental Rights and Freedom, Establishment of an Elections and Boundaries Commission, Constitution of Grenada Caribbean Court of Justice and other Justice Related Matters (Amendment) Bill … Continue reading

Country Cold Store brings Christmas cheer

As a gesture of goodwill, the Management of the Country Cold Store Ltd (CCS) donated Hams and Turkeys to several charitable organisations throughout Grenada for Christmas. The company sought assistance from the Ministry of Social Development in order to identify one organisation per parish to receive the gift. The recipients were the Richmond Home – St. George’s, Hillsview Home for the Aged – St. John, Charles Memorial Home – St. Mark, Cedars Shelter – St. Patrick, Cadronna Home – St. Andrew, Missionaries of Charity – St. David and Tophill Senior Citizens Home – Carriacou. Presentations were made by a team … Continue reading