Economics vs politics

It is not always the case for governments in the Caribbean to take wise and prudent economic decisions as opposed to the political ones, which they see as necessary in order to get re-elected in the vicious five year circles that is a hallmark of the Westminster parliamentary system. The current government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in Grenada has been placed in such a situation in light of the current economic and financial crisis facing his nine-month old New National Party (NNP) administration. As a consummate politician, the Grenadian leader is faced with the unique challenge of solving … Continue reading

THREE YEARS FOR INTRUDER

Drug addict and night robber, Richard Andrew will spend the next three years at Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill. Originally from Darbeau and recently a resident of Kirani James Boulevard, St George, Andrew was arrested and charged by members of the Royal Grenada Police (RGPF) after illegally entering the home of veteran Broadcaster George Grant on Woolwich Road, St. George’s about 2:35 a.m. on October 23. The accused appeared on Monday before Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill, and after pleading guilty to the charge received a three-year prison sentence for the offence of illegal entry and stealing. The Chief Magistrate … Continue reading

Financiers meet with OAS in Grenada on Caribbean debt

Heads of some of the largest public and private financial institutions in the Caribbean gathered in Grenada recently, to meet with the prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell; the assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin; and international financial experts retained by the Bertelsmann Foundation to critically examine the debt situation facing several Caribbean nations. The discussions focused on key areas including debt restructuring and sustainable growth strategies, public-private partnerships, international debt negotiation and other related issues. According to Mitchell, the meeting was convened at a crucial time for Grenada, since the nation “is … Continue reading

NNP’ites getting ready for Tanteen

Supporters of the ruling New National Party (NNP) will assemble in Tanteen this weekend for the first Convention and Rally following its clean sweep of all fifteen seats in the February 19, General Election. The Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) is the venue for the convention, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday while the Roy St John Playing Field will be used to stage a public rally from 4.00 p.m. The convention will be conducted in a closed-door session for delegates and senior members of the party. It comes against the backdrop of plans by the cash-strapped NNP-led administration … Continue reading

Hillsborough Government wins reading competition

Kady Mills, daughter of broadcaster Kimberlain Mills is the winner of this year’s Michelle Coy Reading Competition. Mills, a Grade 5 student of the Hillsborough Government School was adjudged the best reader from a field of six (6) participants who came from the primary schools in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The 2nd place went to Grace Niles of Mt. Pleasant Government School and 3rd Dover Government School student Montez McLawrence who was the sole male student in the competition. The others participants were Rianna Charles of Harvey Vale Government, Latoya Frank who attends Petite Martinique RC and Khadijah Benjamin from … Continue reading

New symbols approved for parties

Two months after the death of popular political leader of the People’s United Labour Party (PULP), Parliament has approved his party’s election symbol. The Representation of the People (Election Symbols) (Amendment) Regulations, 2013, which makes provision for the insertion of new symbols to be used on ballot papers, was approved in the House of Representatives last week. PULP was one of four minority political parties in Grenada that was unable to use their advertised symbols on the elections ballot paper for the February 19, General Election because of a failure by the Parliamentary Elections Office to do so in time … Continue reading

Free Tablets coming in September

The New National Party (NNP) led Administra tion of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says its full steam ahead for tablets distribution to school students. In his ministerial statements during a recent sitting of the House of Representatives, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works with responsibility for ICT, Alvin Da Breo, informed members that government intends to launch a pilot project with the tablets by September 2014, in time for the new school year. “We are working on the content for the tablets and we are hoping that very soon maybe we will have a competition so that … Continue reading

Gill appointed Magistrate in Dominica

After months of debate, Grenadian lawyer and former National Democratic Congress Minister of State for Culture, Arley Gill has taken up his post as a magistrate in Dominica. That island’s Attorney General, Levi Peter, had earlier this year indicated that Gill was to have taken up an appointment in Roseau from “June 1, 2013 as a “magistrate” but pointed out, “I don’t know what’s the hold up and why that appointment had not yet been approved by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.” A news online publication in Dominica confirmed that Gill received his instrument of appointment on Nov 1, … Continue reading

‘Uncle Tilly” had to run for his life

Former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and other executive members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were forced to scamper to safety grounds after a vehicle allegedly driven by a political activist of the ruling party threatened their lives at a public meeting at Snug Corner in St. George’s. Addressing the media last week Thursday, Thomas, the Political Leader of Congress said he was forced to make a dash from the podium as he was addressing a party pocket meeting last week Wednesday night in the St. George North-east constituency. The ex-prime minister told the media that for the first time … Continue reading

Another amendment to Terrorism act

Grenada again amended its Terrorism Bill to ensure compliance with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). The Terrorism (Amendment) (N0. 2) Bill, 2013 is intended to enhance Grenada’s compliance with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force recommendations. The Amendment to the existing legislation now makes provision for the publication of a list of designated entities by the Security Council of the United Nations. The Bill also provides a procedure for financial institutions to adopt once it receives the list of designated entities. The legislation now makes provision for procedures to be followed when a financial institution receives the list … Continue reading