We stand firm!!!

The Robert Martin Oveson affair has lessons for both the ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on conducting business with foreign investors. It is clear to THE NEW TODAY newspaper that there is a flaw in the due diligence process that is done on non-nationals by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Anyone reading the front-page issue of this week’s edition of our newspaper will see the proof that was presented on the Criminal Record of Mr. Oveson in the State of Utah. This is not something made … Continue reading

Baptiste calls for Seales to be investigated

Former Opposition Leader, Michael Baptiste has called on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell to investigate what he described as the “on the spot fine” that is being issued by Magistrate Jerry Seales on persons appearing before him. The Magistrate who is presiding over the Traffic Court has been handing down stiff sentences including hefty fines on persons, mostly bus operators who have violated traffic rules. Baptiste described the “on the spot fine” being imposed by Seales as “unconscionable” and “an act of racism” against locals. He recalled that some years ago the Grenada Bar Association protested against Jamaican attorney-at-law, Hugh … Continue reading

Police body wants more money

The Police Welfare Association of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has rejected the one-off payment package of EC$1000.00 being offered by the Keith Mitchell government for the period 2013-16. According to well-place sources, PWA is seeking to get a commitment from the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Mitchell as to when officers will receive salary increases. A reliable source told THE NEW TODAY that the association raised the issue when they met with government negotiators on January 17 to discuss salary increases for public officers. He said the police body was informed that government cannot … Continue reading

Integrity Commission expresses surprise

The Integrity Commission (IC) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) both represent Grenada on the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB), a regional body supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat and a representative from the Commonwealth Secretariat is an Executive Member. The CCAICACB addresses and urges “Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies to develop and implement meaningful and effective strategies to achieve effective control of corruption”. These national agencies have been apprised with respect to a recent release of a Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International, which ranks Grenada at 46 in a global index of 176 … Continue reading

Poultry Policy coming

Protection of the local poultry industry may soon come on line. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Grenada Poultry Association, Josh Lewis has announced that efforts are being made to get a Poultry Policy passed within the next two months. Lewis who was speaking on a programme produced by Civil Society said one of the key recommendations of the policy is that there should be a local market share for the local producers although it is yet to be set. However, he said it is being recommended that the local market share should be 40 percent, and it should be … Continue reading

Economic Growth and Job Creation

A former high-ranking civil servant in Grenada, Curlan Gilchrist has said that people should be the object and subject of development in the growth of any economy. Gilchrist, a former Director of Statistics in the Ministry of Finance, made the statement last Thursday at a Town Hall Meeting organised by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Trade Centre in Grand Anse. He said that if this approach is taken then the mindset in setting the macro-economic policy would be clear, and there will be no contradiction. Gilchrist who spoke extensively on investment, growth and job creation indicated … Continue reading

Axcel opens new office in Grenville

Axcel Finance Grenada has expanded its services to the big parish of St. Andrew making micro-financing more accessible to persons residing in rural communities to the north and north eastern parts of the island. During a ceremony to mark the occasion at Axcel Finance’s new Ben Jones Street office in Grenville, St. Andrew, Regional Manager, Credit and Collections, Patricia Bissessar, expounded on the institution’s dedication to providing quality and innovative micro-financing solutions to serve the needs of individuals, retailers and micro enterprisers. “By declaring our capital in a prudent and responsible manner, we support investment, which will realise economic improvement … Continue reading

Has Nazim Burke cleared the air?

The saga between former Minister of Finance, who’s now Political Leader of the National Democratic Congress, V Nazim Burke, and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell over Burke’s application to the Commonwealth Secretariat for employment has taken a new turn. What started in his presentation during the wrap up of the 2017 budget debate, when Dr Mitchell somewhat jokingly commented that, contrary to the rumour published in a local newspaper that he tried without success to block the employment of one Brian Francis with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the only person he did not give support … Continue reading

CRIMINAL RECORD OF ROBERT MARTIN OVESON

THE NEW TODAY can confirm that U.S national, Robert Martin Oveson who was once identified as the brainchild behind the multi-million dollar Levera development project in St. Patrick has a criminal record in Utah. The State Prosecutor office in Utah has provided this newspaper with copies of the 2012 conviction of Oveson on charges of Assault, Burglary, and Domestic Violence. Judge Todd M. Shaughnessy sentenced the accused to jail time in the matter heard in the 3rd District CT- Silver Summit court. The court papers sent to our News Desk reveal that the State Prosecutor who had carriage of the … Continue reading

CBI programme under scrutiny again

The process of due diligence conducted under the Keith Mitchell government’s Citizenship By Investment programme, is once again coming under heavy scrutiny with the surfacing of information suggesting a potential criminal background of one of the principal investors of the Levera Project, which broke ground in the north of the island in November. The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at its weekly press conference Monday called on the Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s to clear the air on the Oveson matter. Congress leader, Senator Nazim Burke pointed to information obtained from Utahsright.com website which shows that a person … Continue reading