Is Grenada closed for business?

On Tuesday, 3rd November 2015, I attended the World Travel Market Conference (WTM) in London, UK, on behalf of the Grenada National Trust, to gain a greater insight into how other countries promote their heritage product. This is the leading global annual event in the tourism calendar, the place to put your best foot forward and make connections that can drive traffic to your shores. The event is of such magnitude that the numerous halls are split into regions of the world. I got my bearings and ventured over to the Caribbean section, which was sandwiched between the Americas and … Continue reading

New swimming facility to include business component

A new home is on the horizon for swimmers in Grenada as negotiations continue for the construction of an Olympic size structure in the St. George’s area. Sports Minister Emmalin Pierre made the announcement during a recent appreciation ceremony held for members of the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association (GASA), who emerged winners of the 25th Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Swimming Championships held November 5-8 in Antigua. The Grenadian swimmers dethroned St. Lucia, which has been its closest contender in recent years. In an address at the ceremony, Minister Pierre disclosed that a few locations were identified in St. … Continue reading

GEF release survey results

The Grenada Employers Federation (GEF) has given details of the results of a survey that was conducted into the level of service provided by business operators to consumers. The survey was conducted by an official at the Cave Hill campus in Barbados of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The survey focused on consumers and their experiences of service, quality, productivity, employee attitudes, and employment relations in Grenada. The local Employers Federation has released some of the major findings of the survey. As a public service, THE NEW TODAY has decided to highlight some aspects of the report:- A … Continue reading

BUDGET 2016: MILLSTONE OR PANACEA

Let me be the first to admit that I do not have a crystal ball. I do not have any insider information in relation to the Budget for 2016. Worse yet, I do not have a magic wand that I can use to determine what is likely to be included in the new Budget. Further, the Budget for 2016 would have been presented to Grenadians two days prior to the publication of this column. That situation, by definition, means that anything that appears in this piece about the Budget would have been pure speculation on my part. But, there is … Continue reading

The abandoned buildings in the city

There has been swift reaction to comments made by Works Minister, Gregory Bowen on the amount of derelict buildings in the nation’s capital. In a recent interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, the senior government minister stated that government was severely challenged to find an appropriate solution to address the issue of the old and abandoned building in the town of St. George. Minister Bowen hinted that one of the possibilities is that the buildings can be demolished and the owners then sent a bill to pay the cost. He was not specific as to whether government will do the … Continue reading

Clear and present danger

There is no doubt that the selling of our national passports by our bankrupt Caribbean leaders who have lost the Banana war is the greatest clear and present danger to our relations with the civilised world. Recently, under the heading “Antigua Gov’t ‘actively’ reviewing citizenship for Syrian nationals” in the Antiguan Observer, the Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne was quoted as saying that the Antigua and Barbuda government is “actively” considering preventing nationals from Syria obtaining citizenship under the island’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) and it denounced the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 129 people … Continue reading

Winners crowned at Rightstart Cup 2015

The finals of the 2015 Republic Bank RightStart Cup Youth Football Tournament took place at the National Cricket Stadium, on November 18. Thousands of supporters were at the stadium to cheer on the young avid footballers who competed for the first place trophies in their respective categories. In the boys’ Under 15 category, St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary emerged successful with a 4-1 win over St. Mark’s Secondary. Also claiming a 4-1 success were the girls of Happy Hill Secondary who claimed the Girls’ Open title over Mac Donald College, and the champions in the Boys’ Under 21 category were the … Continue reading

Launch of Grenada AIDS Care Foundation

The official launch of the Grenada AIDS Care Foundation (GRACF) came with a $50,000 grant from the Together We Care Campaign from Scotia Bank. The funds were raised over a 12-month period and will be used to manage HIV/AIDS risk within the country and to minimise the impact it has on families. A ceremony to hand over the cheque took place Monday at the Grand Anse Branch of Scotia Bank, which also witnessed the launch of GRACF. Speaking at the ceremony, Scotia Bank Country Manager, Roger Archer said the money raised is needed to carry on a continuous awareness programme … Continue reading

The Cletus St. Paul apology

Cletus St. Paul, the former Chief Bodyguard to executed Marxist Prime Minister Maurice bishop and current National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has apologised to Radio station owner, George Grant over statements he made accusing him of committing a criminal offense. St. Paul, an executive member of the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration, had accused Grant of defrauding customs over the importation of telecommunication equipment. The top security advisor was captured making the allegations in a conversation held with talk show host Kem Jones earlier this year over the Chester Simon container debacle. St. Paul alleged … Continue reading

Government’s claim of debt servicing tested

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has challenged statements made by a senior Cabinet minister, Alexandra Otway-Noel that the Keith Mitchell-led administration has paid off more than fifty percent of the national debt since coming into office two-and-a-half years ago. Congress leader, Nazim Burke is taking issue with Otway-Noel and called on Prime Minister Mitchell to clear the air since his minister is misleading the nation. The Minister of Implementation told a recent radio programme that “the NNP Government has paid off more than fifty percent of the national debt in the two and a half years we’ve been … Continue reading