The consequences of selling passports

Two recent incidents involving foreign persons who purchased passports from St. Kitts & Nevis should serve as red flags to Grenada which has returned to a similar programme of selling passports to raise revenue. Incidentally, the two incidents took place on Canadian soil and from all reports irked the Canadian authorities. The government in Ottawa has already imposed a visa requirement on Grenadians entering their territory on security concerns given the fact that some of the sold passports were in the hands of people from the Middle East and other hot bed areas of the world. Imagine Russians who can … Continue reading

‘People’s Choice Award’ goes to SP’s International

Automotive and electronic store, SP’s International Trading Ltd. has been named the recipient of this year’s ‘People’s Choice Award’. The award was a collaboration between the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce Business (GCIC) and LIME. The winner was announced on the night of the GCIC’s annual Banquet and Business awards on November 23 at the Grenada Trade Centre. While the company has co-sponsored the award in the past, LIME was the sole telecommunications sponsor and facilitator of this year’s award. The award allowed the general population to text the name of a business they believed displayed outstanding customer service. … Continue reading

NNP Takes $20 Million from NIS

After criticising the former Tillman Thomas administration for selling state properties to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to pay salaries a year ago, the scheme has now come to the rescue of the nine month old Keith Mitchell-led administration. The Board of Directors of the island’s lone Social Security institution met on Monday to approve a request made by government to purchase approximately EC$20 million dollars worth of Treasury Bills to make payments to public sector employees. The funds will be primarily used by government to pay salaries for the period November and December, as well as outstanding back pay … Continue reading

Happy Hill Secondary takes Right Start Cup

New Champions have emerged in the 2013 Republic Bank Right Start Football which is in its tenth year. The curtains of the tournament which is opened to Secondary Schools came down last week Wednesday at the Grenada National Stadium with the crowning of new winners in all three categories. In the featured game of the tournament in the senior boys, Happy Hill Secondary School (HHSS) humiliated the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) three goals to nil. The young men from the school on the West took home the hefty sum of $4,000.00. while GBSS received $2,000/00. GBSS was also on … Continue reading

A budget of hope

In keeping with his campaign theme of, “We will deliver”, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has told the nation that the 2014 budget to be presented by the New National Party government will fall in line with the commitment. Addressing a public meeting of the NNP at the Roy St. John Recreation Ground on November 17, the Prime Minister told party supporters, “Your next budget will be most likely on December 06, 2013. That Budget my friends, will be the first demonstration of a Budget that meets the commitment to the people of this country.” The NNP took all fifteen … Continue reading

Sen. Raymond Roberts hits out at sporting staff

One of the country’s best known sport writers, Raymond Roberts has slammed the technical staff of the Ministry of Sports for not being smart in having extra sporting facilities included in the rebuilding of the athletic stadium. Refurbishment work in the stadium, which was partially destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, is scheduled to begin by the middle of next month. The construction work has been awarded to China State Construction company. Roberts who is the representative for Labour in the Senate told a recent sitting in Parliament that he is disappointed with the technical staff for agreeing to have … Continue reading

Sylvester heads PSC

Local Attorney-at-law, Derick Sylvester has been appointed to head the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Grenada. Sylvester who is the main Attorney of the Law Firm of Derick Sylvester and Associates on Lucas Street, St. George’s replaces Gloria Payne-Banfield whose term in the chair has come to an end. The barrister will be in charge of a five-member Commission whose members received their instruments of appointment last week Friday from Governor General, Dr. Cecile La Grenade, a former PSC Head herself. The recommendation of Sylvester to the top position did not come as a surprise. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell … Continue reading

Billfish Tournament reaps financial benefit

Organisers of the Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament (SIBT) are impressed over the economic impact the tournament is having on the local economy. The Budget Marine SIBT which will be the 45th next January was launched at a press briefing last week Wednesday at the Grenada Yacht Club. Chairman of the Organising Committee, Richard Mc Intyre informed members of the media that an economic impact assessment study that was conducted in 2012 by Dr. Linus Spencer Thomas and Leon Charles revealed that the fishing tournament generated $2,330,31 in economic activity, and net tax revenue of $210,411 for Grenada. Mc Intyre … Continue reading

“Win A Fantastic Holiday” with FLOW

The time for giving is here again and FLOW Grenada is ready to “Flow” with some gifts to lucky customers. The company launched its 2013 Christmas Campaign, “Win A Fantastic Holiday”, last week Friday at its Grenville Street Office in the city. This year’s promotion packages were announced by Country Manager Gail Purcell in the presence of staff members. Purcell told the media that her company is in the mood of giving and has already begun doing so, by giving disconnected customers an opportunity to have their services re-connected free of cost in addition to one month free service. This … Continue reading

Senate President: ‘I did not block Members’

President of the Senate, Dr. Lawrence Joseph has refuted charges that he has been blocking Opposition Senators from asking questions in Parliament. Dr. Joseph made the statement following reports carried in the August 30 edition of THE NEW TODAY Newspaper about Senator Franka Bernadine voicing frustration at not being able to get answers to questions placed before the Senate. During the recent sitting of the Senate, President Joseph said he did not block Members from asking questions, but specifically prevented Sen. Bernadine from continuing a debate with regards to why her questions were not being answered. “I as President, I’m … Continue reading