Chitan on EC$500, 000 Bail for Stealing

An elder with the Seventh Day Adventist Church has been picked up by police in connection with stealing nearly half-a-million from his former employers, Columbus Communication. Two van loads of police officers swooped down at the home in Defoo, Springs of 39-year old Elvin Chitan, early last week Friday morning in connection with allegations that he stole approximately EC$465, 000 from his former place of employment. Chitan was employed as an accountant at Columbus Communication for a number of years, and is accused of abusing his authority to steal monies from the company during the period January 1st 2010 – … Continue reading

Gov’t moves to increase VAT threshold

The Government of Grenada has taken the decision to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) threshold from EC$120, 000 to $300, 000 with the aim of providing greater incentives for the expansion of small businesses on the island. This is one of several new measures to be introduced with the passing of the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2015, tabled in the Lower House of Parliament last week Friday. The Bill also proposes a reduction in the late fee for filing VAT returns from EC$10, 000 to either 5% plus 1% for each month thereafter or whichever is greater. Health … Continue reading

IMF calling the shots!!!

A recent statement made in another island within the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has raised once again the austerity measures inflicted on the backs of Grenadians by the New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. St. Lucia Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony told his own Parliament that he had the choice but decided against introducing any of the harsh measures that were instituted in the Spice Isle. The St. Lucian leader was making reference to measures such as the doubling of the Property Tax on home owners, the widening of the income tax … Continue reading

SJC St. George wins another trophy

The St. Joseph’s Convent St. George (SJCSG) has emerged the winners of the 2nd G.U.T. Credit Union National Secondary Schools Financial Literacy Quiz. The final, held on May 28 at the Grenada Trade Centre saw the SJCSG team keenly challenged by the team from the Mac Donald College. Both teams ended rounds one on equal points, however SJCSG pulled ahead in round two by providing quicker, more accurate responses. Sixteen secondary schools participated in the quiz, including Bishop’s College from Carriacou. According to President of the G.U.T. Credit Union, Carl Andall, “the staging of an activity of this nature could … Continue reading

Massive victory for St Mary’s Junior School

The St. Mary’s Junior School (SMJS) has dethroned the Grenada Junior Academy (GJA) in the 2015 Private Primary School’s Championship held last week Thursday at the grounds of the National Stadium, Queen’s Park, St. George. GJA, the six-year champions, suffered a massive defeat when the curtains closed on the 64-event Ribena-sponsored games, amassing a total of 362 points, 134 points less than the athletes of St Mary’s (496 points). SMJS seemed to have been on a winning streak as the school also won the March Past parade, while Alpha Junior and Westmorland trailed behind on 253 and 260 points, respectively. … Continue reading

Burke expresses concern over Fiscal Performance

The Grenada Government has registered a decrease in the level of its fiscal performance for the month of April, 2015 as against the corresponding period in 2014. A fiscal summary report released by the Ministry of Finance for the month of April shows that revenues for the month of April was $1.2m above the target with the Treasury taking in collections of $45.6M as against the projected $44.4M. Total revenues collected in April 2015 were $11.9M lower than the collections in April 2014 on account of a huge one-off receipt in April of last year. However, Political Leader of the … Continue reading

The Trinidad & Tobago-based Medical Associates Hospital has expressed a willingness to improve the health care situation in Grenada with the use of advanced medical services. The private hospital has 50 plus medical specialists, 50 beds and 35 years experience in providing quality health care. A number of representatives from the hospital visited Grenada recently to engage in some preliminary work and conducted an interview with The New Today newspaper. According to Vice President in the office of the Medical Director at the hospital, Karen Hinds, the hospital is mainly looking towards public/private collaborations. “I want to emphasise the private … Continue reading

Government launches National Plan 2030

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has unveiled a national plan to take the Grenadian economy up to 2030. Launched at the Trade Centre at Grand Anse last week Wednesday in the presence of private and public sector officials, the National Plan 2030 focuses on the extensive development of the island for the next 15 years. The plan will build on other existing plans including the Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy. A National Steering Committee headed by Minister for Economic Development and Planning, Oliver Joseph along with a Technical Working group has been established to help drive the process. The National … Continue reading

Sylvester Quarless: The rural economy is on a downturn

Business activity in St. Andrew’s is slowly grinding to a halt, and according to a former Parliamentarian and Government Minister, Sylvester Quarless, the situation is bad due to high unemployment, and the fact that the key agriculture sector is on a low profile. Quarless, a former Government Information Officer, won the St. Andrew South-west seat in the 2008 general election but lost it in 2013 to current Tourism Minister, Yolande Bain-Horsford. Appearing on a Radio Talk Show Programme, the former Social Services Minister painted a bleak picture about the economic downturn that has taken place in the rural economy over … Continue reading

WOLF! WOLF! WHERE? WHERE?

By William Joseph Will someone please tell him that there is something called the ‘national table’ with seats for all who seriously and with merit wish to lead the nation? Will someone also tell him that anyone who is seized with the ‘cry-wolf’ syndrome entraps himself and thereby loses the freedom of perspectives necessary for good leadership? Will some believer pray that he receives an anointing of sound political judgment, very, very soon? Let us all now say to him that when the subject or cause is national in nature and scope, it is for that very reason bigger than … Continue reading