Strokes For Medical Student Robbers

Tony Hector and Jason Buchanan – to be flogged six times

Tony Hector and Jason Buchanan – to be flogged six times

Two young men who pleaded guilty to viciously robbing a Medical Student from St. George’s University (SGU) have been ordered to be whipped or to receive six strokes each by Her Worship, Magistrate Karen Noel on Monday.

Jason Buchanan and Tony Hector who were among a group of four men who attacked the Medical Student on the True Blue main road last week Friday and took away EC $1,300.00 and US $60.00 in cash along with a Samsung Cellular Phone valued $100.00.

The court was told that the Medical Student who is from California in the United States was returning to his apartment at True Blue at about 9:30 p.m. after visiting a restaurant in Grand Anse, St. George’s when he was attacked by the party of men.

The student who has been living in Grenada for just about one year had just dropped off from the SGU School Bus and was making his way home when he noticed someone who was speaking on a cellular phone walking in his direction.

The court was told that two other men approached him from the side and another two came from behind to form a cordon around the student.

The group of men surrounded the Medical Student and then began to punch him in the face, which resulted in the right side of his forehead being cut.

The student reportedly fell to the ground and which time one of the men removed his wallet that contained the Eastern Caribbean Currency while one of the other men took away the cellular phone.

THE NEW TODAY understand that the men then ran away from the scene.

The injured Medical Student was taken to the SGU Health Centre where he received medical attention.

The incident was immediately reported to SGU Security, and the following day, Saturday August 17 a formal report was made to South St. George Police Station from where Police Officers moved quickly into action to arrest both Buchanan and Hector.

The police were able to recover EC $720.00 and US $40.00, together with the cellular phone without the chip.

Both convicted men gave the police a statement about the part they played in the robbery.

Hector who is 35 years old said he was at home taking a rest when someone whose name was given as “Champ” and his girlfriend picked him up in a car.

They first went to downtown St. George’s before making their way to Grand Anse and onto True Blue.

On approaching the Banana’s Night Club, they admitted seeing the Medical Student and went after him. They confessed that the student had put up a struggle with them while they were taking away his possessions.

Hector told the police they shared up the stolen money among themselves and then everyone went their separate ways. He spoke of receiving $329.00 and the phone.

The 25-year old Buchanan who has four previous convictions of a similar nature said he met his accomplice and two other men on Church Street, St. George’s.

They went over to the Carenage and took a bus for Grand Anse. The men then went to Calliste using a by-road that leads to Banana’s Night Club.

He told the police while there Hector told him they would “eat ah food” which the court was told meant that they will rob someone.

While being there they saw a “White Guy” walking and they stopped him to see what he had in his possession.

The convicted man said the Medical Student put up a resistance and they had a scuffle, and in the process they took away his wallet and the cellular phone, and went off to Dusty Highway.

Buchanan claimed he received $470.00 including US$20.00.

Both men spoke of being remorseful over their actions with Buchanan admitting to the court that crime is not working out for him,

According to Hector, he was sorry and felt it for the Medical Student even after he did the crime.

Apart from being flogged, both of the convicted men were fined $2,500.00 each by Magistrate Noel to be paid in three months and in default serve four years at the Richmond Hill Prisons.

The convicted men were each ordered to pay compensation to the Medical Student in the sum of $1,000.00 within one month, failing which they will be committed to prison for the next four years.

However, the Medical Student expressed dissatisfaction over the judgement handed down by the magistrate since he would have liked to see his attackers taken off the streets.

He claimed that his wallet, which was taken away by the men had inside it, his debit card and that there was an unauthorized transaction made from it of US$50.00.

 

No need to humiliate them!!!

It is becoming quite obvious that the new rulers in Grenada are committed to some kind of “ethnic political cleansing” within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

The treatment meted out to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Smith Roberts on Monday by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James is a clear indication of the policy that is being pursued by the change of regime following the February 19, 2013 general elections.

The first to become a victim of the new dispensation under the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is the substantive holder of the post of Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson who was appointed to the post under the former Congress administration.

Thompson decided to take forced leave after meeting with new Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell who as Minister of National Security expressed grave concerns with some of the decisions taken by him since he was appointed to the post by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

And one of these related to a decision taken by Mr. Thompson not to provide Dr. Mitchell in his capacity as Opposition Leader with official police protection.

The Thompson/Mitchell mistrust is something that dates back to the 1980’s when the Commissioner of Police then held the post of Head of the Special Branch and would have been engaged in monitoring the activities of the current Prime Minister who as then Minister of Works and General Secretary of NNP was engaged in moves to rest the party from the late H.A. Blaize.

Mr. James who was brought back from retirement to Act as Commissioner of Police following the February 19 general elections is now giving the impression by his actions that he too is embarking upon a course of action to clean out the force of some elements.

ACP Roberts and ACP Dowlin Bartholomew were given questionable “verbal instructions” by Mr. James a few weeks ago to proceed on vacation leave that had accumulated.

Persons who are familiar with the operations of the public service hold the view that Mr. James had no such legal authority to order any of his ACP’s to proceed on leave since this fell within the domain of the PSC.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Mitchell has since stated publicly at a press conference that he was in full support of the actions taken by the Acting Commissioner of Police against the two high-ranking members of the force.

As expected, both senior officers sought legal advice from the country’s foremost constitutional lawyer, Dr. Francis Alexis and from all indications the island’s former Attorney-General is preparing his legal papers to haul Mr. James before the high court and to challenge his authority to send home the two senior police officers.

Dr. Alexis has won several similar cases in the past for civil servants who felt they were treated wrongly by arms of the State and got the court to make the Treasury pay dearly. Two names come to mind immediately – Richard Duncan and Dr. Brian Francis.

Despite the looming court battle that lies ahead, THE NEW TODAY is making a special appeal to both Prime Minister Mitchell and Mr. James to show some kind of respect to ACP’s Roberts and Bartholomew given their years of service to this country and especially to law-enforcement.

If the authorities do not wish for these two senior officers to be of further service to the country as members of the police force then a more honourable and dignified way can be found to pave the way for their exit from RGPF.

It is sending a bad signal to the current members of the force, as well as persons who might be thinking of making policing a future career about the kind of treatment they can be subjected to at any stage of their careers.

This newspaper would also like to make a few passing remarks on the policy decision taken by the current Mitchell administration to return to the old days of selling Grenadian passports through a Citizenship by Investment programme.

THE NEW TODAY is philosophically opposed to the selling of passports for cash purposes in the name of development.

All the credible investors now doing business in Grenada were never attracted to the Spice Isle with the waving of a passport before their eyes.

The region’s leading hotel tycoon, Butch Stewart of Jamaica got involved in La Source resort because he saw something good and went after it. He was not lured to invest millions into this country because of any economic citizenship that was dangled before him.

This citizenship programme that Grenada is embarking upon could put the final nail in the coffin on the country’s chances of getting a review of the visa imposition that was imposed by Ottawa on St. George’s due to the first failed programme.

A check made by this newspaper on the webiste of the Canadian government found the following interesting statement dated July 2013.

 

It reads in part: “ Visitor visa restrictions were imposed on Grenada in December 2001, after increasing concerns with its Economic Citizenship Program. This program has since been suspended indefinitely. Canada’s consistent view remains that, unless citizenships sold under the program are rescinded, it is impossible to sort out which potential visitors to Canada from Grenada are legitimate citizens, and which purchased their status”.

This is a clear warning from the government of Canada as regards its policy towards Grenada on the selling of passports.

U.S.-GLOBAL ECONOMY NEXUS

Brian FrancisBy Dr. Brian Francis

If ever anyone was in doubt about the degree of interdependence between the performance of the United States’ (U.S.) economy and the global economy, the unfolding of events arising out of the 2007/2008 worldwide financial and economic crisis should have put those misgivings to rest. And I really do hope so!

Hence, accepting the fundamental fact that when the U.S. economy is in recession, economic activity all around the world typically slows down. In times of booms in the U.S. economy, global financial and economic prosperity soars. Clearly, therefore, the movements taking place in key macro-economic variables in the U.S. must have serious implications for countries internationally and should warrant some attention from them in relation to adequate fiscal and monetary policy responses.

Within that context, the recent reports on the performance of the U.S. economy should bring welcoming relief to a number of countries seeking to maintain some levels of financial and economic stability let alone emerge from the recent economic slumps confronting them. But what precisely do the reports say about the major macro-economic aggregates in the U.S.?

First, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July 2013. Most of the new jobs were created in the retail, restaurants, and financial services sectors, typical of an economy that has moved into the phase of mass consumption and in which the services’ industry dominates economic activity.

The number of jobs added in the previous month is exciting news because it is vaguely in excess of the estimated 150,000 minimum required to generate vigorous economic growth in the economy. Simultaneously, there is bad news. You see, most of the new jobs have been created in sectors that are well-known for the minimum wages they offer – a phenomenon that can do little in terms of lifting people out of the Federal poverty echelon.

Second, economic activity in the U.S. expanded by 1.7% during the second quarter of calendar year 2013. Although fairly impressive for such a large economy, the 1.7% still falls short of the 2-3% “ideal” economic growth rate for the U.S. based on economists’ estimates as well as the Federal Reserves’ targeted 2.3%-2.6% growth for the fourth quarter.

In the view of one analyst: “What’s more important to look at is the underlying strength of the growth we are getting. It’s being driven by exports and residential construction. It’s also growing despite an untimely cutback in government spending. These are solid signs of economic strength. That’s far more important than Fed (Federal Reserves’) policy.” I concur!

Third, in keeping with growing confidence in the U.S. economy, businesses have been steadily increasing their orders for durable goods in the past three months. Specifically, these orders rose by 3.6% in April, 5.2% in May, and 4.2% in June. Undoubtedly, these continuous rises in orders of durable goods (for example, capital equipment) suggest that businesses remain positive in their outlook for the U.S. economy and that job creation can intensify in the months and years to come.

Logically, then, on the basis of growing potential for new job creation, higher economic growth prospects, and expanding investments by private companies, the U.S. economy stands ready for take-off. And if that happens, the global economy will prosper and Grenada as well as other Caribbean countries can reap significant financial and economic benefits – benefits that are desperately needed at this critical juncture in our country’s financial and economic history!

Retroactive payments to teachers and public offers and new salaries for police officers

The Government of Grenada wishes to advise that the payment of retroactive pay (backpay) to teachers and public officers for the year 2009 will be made on August 30, 2013.

It may be recalled that Government sought and obtained the cooperation of the Public Workers Union, the Grenada Union of Teachers, the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union, the Bank and General Workers Union and the Grenada Manual, Maritime and Intellectual Workers Union to revise the schedule for the retroactive payments to teachers and other public officers for the period: 2009-2012.

This payment at end of August will be the first of four retroactive payments and which Government has committed to honour. In keeping with this obligation, the Ministry of Finance endeavoured to put the machinery in place to facilitate payment as early as possible within the month of August. However, given the magnitude of the task, more time is needed to satisfy the administrative requirements for effecting the payments. Most of the requisite paysheets have now been received by the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry staff have been working assiduously (including over the Carnival weekend) to complete the administrative preparations required. This effort continues. Consequently, the date for disbursement is August 30.

According to the schedule, the next payment will be made at the end of November 2013 while the third and fourth payments will be made in 2014.

It may be recalled that Government commenced payment of the new salaries to public officers, teachers and prison officers at the end of May 2013. These new salaries are based on salary negotiations for the period 2009-2012.

Government also wishes to advise that Police Officers will receive their new salaries from the end of August 2013. This action follows the recent conclusion of discussions with the Police Welfare Association and representatives of the Gazetted Officers Association for salary increases for the period 2010-2012. Retroactive payment for the Police will commence in November 2013 and will follow the same schedule as teachers and public officers.

The Government of Grenada expresses its appreciation to the unions and their members for their cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Finally, Government affirms its commitment to meet all obligations to Public Officers, Teachers, Prison Officers and Police Officers, as negotiated.

ACP Roberts is humiliated again!!!

ACP Smith Roberts – asked to go back home

ACP Smith Roberts – asked to go back home

A month after he was asked to take forced vacation leave from the Royal Grenada Police force (RGPF), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Smith Roberts has again been humiliated by Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James.

Roberts confirmed to THE NEW TODAY that he showed up for work on Monday after the end of the one-month leave and was instructed once again by James to go back home on more leave.

“He (James) told me that he is not yet ready for me and he is going to call me when he is ready”, Roberts told this newspaper.

A source close to the senior police officer quoted him as saying that he has never felt as humiliated as he did during the encounter with Acting Commissioner James.

He spoke of the island’s chief cop being dismissive of ACP Roberts and did not engage him in any discussion on his status with RGPF.

Roberts and another ACP Dowlin Bartholomew were unceremoniously sent on vacation leave through verbal instructions from James and not as is customary by the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is the legal body responsible for them as government employees.

According to Roberts, since he was requested to take vacation leave, he wrote to James seeking confirmation of the verbal instructions given to him to proceed on leave.

He said that James is yet to respond to the letter.

Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell has given public support to the move by James against ACP’s Roberts and Bartholomew.

ACP Bartholomew is said to be due back to work in early September at the end of his forced vacation leave.

The two ACP’s have reportedly retained leading constitutional lawyer, Dr. Francis Alexis to look after their interest in the standoff with Acting Commissioner James.

A source close to the current administration said there is little or no chance of the two senior police officers returning to the force.

He also ruled out the possibility of the substantive holder of the post of Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson returning to the post at the end of his leave that he was forced to take until November.

Speculation is rife that the move against the senior police officers within the force is aimed at paving the way for some senior officers known to be aligned to the current government to be promoted into key positions within the Police High Command.

The former spy chief under a previous Mitchell-led NNP administration, Superintendent Anthony De Gale is tipped to become an ACP or the higher position of Deputy Commissioner of Police, a post currently held by Frank Redhead.

 

Government Ministers refueling at police station

There is some uneasiness among Police Officers stationed at the Central Police Station on the Carenage in St. George’s as they have been ordered to provide Government Ministers with gasoline for their personal vehicles from the pump that is stationed there.

An Official within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) informed

Central Police Station on the Carenage

Central Police Station on the Carenage

Newspaper that just over a month ago a notice went up at Central informing the lawmen there that authorisation has been given for Ministers of the ruling New National Party (NNP) government to fill up their gas tanks from the resources that are provided for police vehicles.

The source who spoke on condition of not being identified believes the new system of providing the Government Ministers with the gasoline will put additional pressure on Police Officers there.

He said the person assigned to deliver gas to at least two police vehicles every half hour may now have to give gas to as much as 12 vehicles.

It is not clear how regular the ministers will have to refuel their tanks from Central gas pump.

Checks made by this newspaper reveal that this never happened under the former Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

A former government official said that ministers like all civil servants are entitled to a fixed travel allowance of $600.00 a month.

In addition, he said that ministers were afforded a gas allowance of $500.00 a month at any of the private service stations on the island.

“What I can tell you is that the ministers did not receive this $500.00 in cash in their hands. They could have go to any gas station of their choice and take up to $500.00 a month in gas. The gas station will then send in their bill and the Ministry of Finance will then make the payments.

“So if a Minister took more than $500.00 in gas from this particular station on a monthly basis then he (the Minister) would have to pay for the extra. It would be interesting to find out if the NNP Ministers are not getting this $500 in cash in their hands and still taking free gas from the police.

According to the ex-government official, this move on the part of the Keith Mitchell-led government could put some financial strain on the budget allocation of the police force.

The sources indicated that the new system introduced by the new administration could compromise the RGPF and make some feel that its members were politically aligned to the NNP which returned to government last February.

“The Police Force that should be independent and neutral is now aligned with the government, this is something that should not happen. It calls into question the independence of the Police Force,” he said.

 

Darshan Ramdhani to serve as High Court Judge

Darshan Ramdhani – to serve as High Court Judge of the ECSC

Darshan Ramdhani – to serve as High Court Judge of the ECSC

Former Solicitor General, Darshan Ramdhani is due to take up an Acting position as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court next month.

Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Ramdhani who is a partner in the Law Firm of Ramdhani and Associates will be heading off to St. Kitts for a six months period on the bench.

According to a close associate of the Law Firm, who spoke on condition that he was not named, Ramdhani would soon leave the island since he is due to take up the appointment on September 1.

Ramdhani previously served in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as a Senior Crown Counsel before serving as Solicitor General for four years.

Sometime in 2008, he was offered an appointment as a Judge in Guyana, but he opted to remain in Grenada to serve in the DPP Office.

Ramdhani who was called to the Bar in 1997 in Guyana practiced at the Private Bar in his homeland for a number of years before he joined the Attorney General’s Chambers to do matters on government’s behalf.

Associates close to Ramdhani who wrote a book on “Confession Evidence – Practice and Procedure in the Commonwealth Caribbean” describe him as someone who is well reasoned.

The book, which deals with confession evidence in criminal matters, was launched in 2009 by the Grenada Bar Association.

Ramdhani has been a lawyer for 16 years.

 

The Dutch Lady milk promotion

The Hubbard’s/Friesland Dutch Lady milk promotion was launched on Tuesday with one added initiative – a “Back Pack” competition, which will include a poetry component.

The Back Pack initiative will give 7 to 11 years old students an opportunity to create advertisements to promote Dutch Lady products.

The theme for the Poetry competition is “The Glass of Milk.”

Promoters say that the new initiative is expected to inspire students to think outside the box and develop innovative ideas and thoughts on the subject.

The promotion, which is into its third year, involves Friesland Campiga Export, producer of the milk along with its local agent, Hubbards, and the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.

Curriculum Development Officer, Home Economics in the Ministry of Education, Pamela Courtney said that the Secondary Schools Dutch Lady Milk Culinary Competition, which began in 2011 remains on their list of activities as it seeks to attract students at the forms four and five levels who do Food and Nutrition to build awareness of the ‘Dutch Lady’ Milk and to enhance students’ preparedness for the CXC Home Economic Examination.

Courtney explained that all participating schools are required to select a team of two students and that the participants will be given food items in a “mystery” basket, which they must use in the preparation of their dishes.

The competition is organised in two rounds, the first being a semi-final with all schools and then a final round comprising all selected schools.

In addition, the participants will compete in the following categories – Dessert, Main Dish with a Starchy accompaniment, and Entrée; and are required to make use of the Dutch lady milk (as the main sponsor) in all their products.

The criteria for judging are: creative use of ingredients, hygiene, taste and texture of dishes, technical skills, and presentation.

The competition takes place October 7-10.

The annual Essay competition, which will be held for the third year, remains as a key aspect of the promotion.

This year’s topic for the essay competition is, “You have been given the job as the advertising manager, write a descriptive analysis of how you would convince people to use your product.”

According to the Manager of Hubbards’ Agency Department, Margaret Roberts, students participating in the annual essay competition not only develop good penmanship and proper research skills but also an awareness of the use of milk as a product for growth and development as well as build their knowledge in nutrition.

Roberts reported that last year’s competition saw an increase of 60% in Schools participation and 75% increase in students’ participation in the Essay competition.

The essay should be between 350 and 400 words for students of primary schools and 500 and 600 words for those at the secondary level.

One requirement is that every entry must be accompanied with proof of purchase of any size of Dutch Lady Milk product.

Essays will be judged on health facts, content, grammar, clarity, paragraph, sequence and legibility.

The entire promotion runs from August 22 to the end of November.

 

The act to sell passport

It’s now official.

The Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government is back into the selling of Grenadian passports to raise revenue.

A previous programme that was very controversial was halted after many questionable persons were able to purchase passports.

Officials of the six month old Mitchell government which was re-elected into office in February have said that the newlook citizenship programme is vital to help raise funds to pay off the national debt now standing at EC$2.3 billion and to help create opportunities for employment.

 

As a public service, THE NEW TODAY has decided to print in full the act that was taken by government to give teeth to the sale of passports to foreigners.

 

ACT NO. OF 2013

 

AN ACT to enable persons to acquire permanent residence and citizenship of Grenada by registration following investment in Grenada and for incidental and connected purposes.

 

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Representatives of Grenada, and by the authority of the same as follows-

 

Short title and commencement

 

1. This Act may be cited as the

 

GRENADA CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT ACT, 2013

 

and shall come into force on a date to be fixed by the Minister by Notice published in the Gazette.

 

Interpretation

 

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

 

“Applicant” means a person who applies for Permanent Residence or Citizenship by Investment;

 

“Approved project” means a project that is approved by the Minister following the review and recommendation of the Citizenship by Investment Committee;

 

“authenticated translation” means a translation done by either a professional translator who is officially accredited to a court of law, a government agency, an international organisation, or similar official institution, if done in a country where there are no official accredited translators, a translation done by a company whose role or business includes that of professional translation;

 

“certified copy” means, subject to section 5(10) a photocopy certified by a notary public or other person of similar stature in the country where the document originates to be a true copy of the original;

 

“Child” means a biological or legally adopted child of the main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant;

 

“Committee” means the Citizenship by Investment Committee established pursuant to section 3;

 

“Dependant” means-

 

a spouse of the main applicant;

 

a child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is less than eighteen years of age;

 

a child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is at least eighteen years and less than twenty-six years of age and who is in full time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning and fully supported by the main applicant;

 

a child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is at least eighteen years of age, who is physically or mentally challenged, and who is living with and fully supported by the main applicant;

 

parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of sixty-five years living with and fully supported by the main applicant;

 

“Investment” means –

 

a payment into the National Transformation Fund in accordance with section 10;

 

a payment towards an approved project in Grenada in accordance with section 11;

 

“Local Agent” means a national of a member state pursuant to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, who is ordinarily resident in Grenada, who has paid the authorized fee pursuant to the Regulations, who has been granted a Local Agent’s licence by the Minister and is authorized to act on behalf of the main applicant in relation to a permanent residence or citizenship by investment application.

 

“Local Agent’s Licence” means a Citizenship by Investment Agent’s Licence granted under section 4;

 

“main applicant” means the person who, either as a single applicant or as the head of a family, undertakes an investment for the purposes of this Act and signs the relevant agreements and undertakings on behalf of his or her dependants;

 

“Marketing agent” means a person or body granted a marketing licence under section 13

 

“Marketing licence” has the meaning assigned to it under section 13;

 

“Minister” means the Minister with responsibility for citizenship;

 

“National Transformation Fund” means a special fund established under section 43(1)(a) of the Public Finance Management Act Cap 262B for the purpose of funding government sponsored projects including public-private partnerships;

 

“Parent” means a biological parent of the applicant or the spouse of an applicant, or a person who adopted the applicant or spouse of an applicant when the applicant or (in the case of the parent of a spouse) spouse was legally a minor in keeping with the laws of Grenada;

 

 

 

“Police certificate” means a statement on the status of the applicant and his or her dependants’ criminal records from the national law enforcement authority of each country or countries where the applicant and his or her dependants has resided for more than 1 year over the five (5) year period which immediately precedes the making of an application for permanent residence or citizenship;

 

 

Establishment of Citizenship by Investment Committee

 

3. (1) The Minister shall establish a Citizenship by Investment Committee which shall be responsible for processing any application for any licence under this Act, and any application for Citizenship by Investment or Permanent Residence by Investment.

 

 

(2) The Committee shall be comprised of persons of integrity who are qualified and have the necessary experience and capacity in matters relating to law, finance, trade and other relevant areas.

 

 

(3) The Minister shall subject to sub-section (2), appoint one of those persons to be the Chairperson of the Committee whose paramount duties shall be to provide the necessary leadership to the Committee and to continuously monitor the Citizenship by Investment programme to ensure that its independence and integrity are maintained and that it is managed in accordance with international best practices.

 

 

(4) The Chairperson shall keep the Minister fully informed of the business of the Committee and shall furnish the Minister with such information as the Minister may request with respect to any particular matter relating to the business and activities of the Committee.

 

 

(5) The Minister may make regulations to provide for the procedures and administration of the Committee.

 

 

Local Agents

 

4. (1) An application for Citizenship by Investment or for Permanent Residence by Investment shall only be submitted by an Agent who is the holder of a Local Agent’s licence issued under this Act.

 

 

(2) The Minister may grant a Local Agent’s licence upon application by a natural person or body upon making such application on the prescribed form and submitting same to the Committee accompanied by the fee prescribed in the Regulations.

 

 

(3) An Agent shall maintain a registered office in Grenada and shall promptly inform the Committee of any changes in the location thereof.

 

 

(4) A person who does not have a Local agent’s licence under this Act, who willfully misrepresents himself or herself as an agent to another person, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve months, or to both.

 

 

(5) An application for Permanent Residence by Investment or Citizenship by Investment made under this Act may be submitted by any person or body licensed under section 13 of this Act, who shall-

 

 

(i) assist applicants in preparing the said application; and

 

 

(ii) transmit the said application to an Agent who is a holder of a Local Agent’s licence issued under this Act together with any information relevant to said Application.

 

 

(6) The Minister may revoke the licence of any agent granted a licence pursuant to the provisions of this Act, if he reasonably believes that the agent’s performance does not meet the required standard, in particular if; –

 

 

the ability, resources, experience or integrity of the Agent has fallen below the standard that might reasonably be expected;

 

 

the fee specified in the Regulations remains unpaid for fourteen days after it has become due; or

 

 

(c) the requirements of sub-section (3) have not been complied with.

 

 

(7) Before revoking any licence under subsection (6), the Minister shall give the agent concerned notice in writing, served at the registered office or other local address provided pursuant to section (3) hereof, of his or her intention to do so, specifying therein the grounds upon which he or she proposes to make the revocation and shall require the agent to submit to him or her within a specified period being not less than thirty days, a written statement of objections to the making of the revocation and thereafter, the Minister shall advise the agent of his or her decision.

 

 

(8) For the purpose of this Act and for the avoidance of any doubt, a Local Agent shall act solely on behalf of an applicant for citizenship or permanent residence by investment, and not on behalf of the Government of Grenada.

 

 

Qualifications and general requirements and procedures for citizenship by investment

 

5. (1) A person who is-

 

 

at least eighteen years of age; and

 

 

 

who meets the application requirements,

 

 

may apply as a main applicant to become a citizen of Grenada, or as a main applicant to become a Permanent Resident by virtue of this Act.

 

 

(2) Applications shall be made on the forms prescribed and shall be accompanied by ten percent of the processing fees and the full amount of the due diligence fees as specified in the Regulations, together with the originals or certified copies of –

 

 

a certificate in the prescribed form by a medical practitioner that the main applicant and his dependants are not suffering from any communicable disease and that they are otherwise in good health; and

 

 

a police certificate.

 

 

(3) Subject to subsection (2), the due diligence fees shall not be refunded in the event of an application not being granted.

 

 

(4) Applications may only be submitted to the Committee by a Local Agent.

 

 

(5) An application form shall be completed in English and any document submitted with the application shall be in English, or, if the original language of the document is not in English, the document shall be accompanied by an authenticated translation.

 

 

(6) The main applicant shall, with the exception of his or her spouse, provide a sworn affidavit of support of each dependant over eighteen years old.

 

 

(7) Each application form must be completed personally by the main applicant or the Agent and signed by the main applicant and by any of the dependants over the age of eighteen, and the following conditions shall be applicable-

 

(a) for a child who is below the age of eighteen, both parents may be required to sign the forms on behalf of the child as the child’s legal guardians;

 

 

(b) in a case where one parent has sole custody of a child, or another person has legal guardianship of a child, the appropriate legal documentation shall be provided to demonstrate that sole custody or guardianship was awarded by the court of law or other relevant authority; and

 

 

(c) any document required to be signed by the applicant in accordance with this Act or Regulations may be signed in accordance with the Electronic Transaction Act.

 

 

(8) An application shall only be accepted and processed if all the forms are properly completed, dated and signed, and if accompanied by all required documents and fees, except in circumstances otherwise permitted by the Committee.

 

 

(9) Every application that is submitted shall be examined by the Committee.

 

 

(10) An applicant who is at least eighteen years and less than twenty-six years of age who is applying as a dependant of a main applicant shall submit official transcripts or written confirmation from an accredited university or college of further education of the applicant’s enrolment at that university or college at the time of application.

 

 

(11) Where a notary public, or other functionary that is officially approved by the relevant government for that purpose, attests that a certified copy of a document is a true copy of the original, that document must be authenticated by-

 

 

an apostille in accordance with the provisions of the an Hague Convention of 5th October 1961 Abolishing the Requirements for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, as provided for in the Public Documents (Exemption from Diplomatic or Consular Legalisation) Act No. 28 of 2012 in the case of a jurisdiction that is a party to that Convention; or

 

 

validation of the certificate of the notary public or other functionary that is officially approved by the relevant government for that purpose, by the appropriate government department in the case of a jurisdiction that is not a party to the Convention.

 

 

Proof of financial resources

 

6. For the purposes of an investment under this Act, an application shall be considered only after all monies have been placed in an irrevocable escrow account controlled and managed by a Local Agent who has been selected by a marketing agent, pursuant to such guidelines contained in regulations published by the Minister.

 

Due diligence checks

 

7. The Committee may engage the services of one or more persons or bodies which are independent, professional, and qualified, to conduct due diligence checks in respect of every applicant and every dependant over eleven years of age and the applicant may be required to attend an interview in Grenada or at an embassy or High Commission of Grenada before any decision is made in relation to his or her application.

 

 

Approval, denial or delay of application

 

8. (1) The Committee shall, after due consideration of an application for citizenship or Permanent Residence by Investment according to this Act, make a recommendation to the Minister with respect to the outcome of the application and the Minister shall, upon recommendation of the Committee-

 

 

(a) grant;

 

 

(b) deny; or

 

 

(c) delay for cause

 

 

an application.

 

 

(2) Within sixty (60) days of the submission of a complete application for Permanent Residence or Citizenship by Investment, the Committee shall notify in writing the Agent on behalf of the main applicant, of the decision made regarding the application.

 

 

(3) An applicant who –

 

 

has provided false information on his or her application form;

 

 

not having received a free pardon, has at any time previously been convicted in any country of an offence for which the maximum custodial penalty for the same or similar offense in Grenada is in excess of six months imprisonment;

 

 

 

is the subject of a criminal investigation;

 

 

 

is considered to be a potential national security risk to Grenada or to any other country;

 

 

 

is involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to Grenada; or

 

 

 

has been denied a visa to a country with which Grenada has visa-free travel and who has not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial,

 

 

shall not be approved for permanent residence or citizenship under this Act.

 

 

(4) Subject to section 5(2), within thirty (30) days of the notification of the approval under sub-section 1 (a) the applicants shall pay the balance of the processing fee and-

 

 

deposit the required contribution into the National Transformation Fund established by the Government, to be held there until the registration of the permanent residence or citizenship of the applicant has been completed, when the contribution, shall be applied in accordance with the terms of their application for permanent residence or citizenship by investment; or

 

 

complete and execute all necessary documents for the payment or investment of all sums due for the involvement in the proposed approved project in accordance with the guidelines established by the Committee.

 

 

 

(5) An applicant who is granted citizenship by investment shall attend at such office in Grenada or elsewhere as provided by law and at such time as may be specified by the Minister to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance in the form contained in the Schedule to the Citizenship Act, Cap 54.

 

 

(6) An applicant who is granted citizenship by investment shall enjoy all the rights of a citizen subject to the limitations contained in the Representation of the People Act Cap 286A.

 

 

(7) An applicant who is granted Permanent Residence by virtue of this Act shall appear in person at a consulate or embassy of Grenada within six months after the issuance of a Permanent Resident Certificate for purposes of identification and confirmation of materials in the application, and any failure to make such an appearance may result in loss by the Applicant of the status of Permanent Resident by Investment, together with the loss of any contribution or investment made under this Act.

 

 

Review process

 

9. (1) The Minister may, where he or she deems it necessary, appoint a panel to review applications that are denied.

 

 

(2) Where a review panel has been appointed, the panel may request the applicant to appear in person before it.

 

 

 

(3) A panel that is appointed pursuant to sub-section (1) shall be comprised of the following persons-

 

 

(a) an attorney-at-law recommended from the Grenada Bar Association with at least 10 years of practice in the field;

 

 

(b) a representative of the Immigration Department;

 

 

 

(c) a minister of religion or other representative from the religious community;

 

 

(d)a representative of the Ministry of Finance; and;

 

 

(e) a representative from the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation;

 

 

a representative from the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

 

 

(4) The Review Panel shall make recommendations to the Minister based on its findings in relation to the application under review.

 

 

National Transformation Fund Investments in Grenada

 

10. (1) Where a person makes a qualifying investment into the National Transformation Fund of an amount determined by Regulations, application for Permanent Residence and subsequently for Citizenship by Investment may be submitted on his or her behalf through a Local Agent.

 

 

(2) In order to qualify for the grant of citizenship through the National Transformation Fund an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

 

 

he or she must be granted Permanent Residence by virtue of this Act;

 

 

he or she must reside in Grenada for at least fourteen days after obtaining Permanent Residence; and

 

 

he or she must after twelve (12) months of obtaining Permanent Residence apply for Citizenship and deposit the required contribution into the National Transformation Fund.

 

 

Approved project Investments

 

11. (1) The Minister shall from time to time by Order identify projects to be managed by identified bodies and organizations and approve those projects for the purpose of investment under this Act, and such approval shall be published in the Gazette, and the Committee shall be notified accordingly.

 

 

(2) Where a person proposes to make an investment of at least the amount determined by Regulation for Citizenship by Investment into an approved project described in sub-section (1), application for Citizenship by Investment may be submitted on his or her behalf through an Agent.

 

 

Deprivation of citizenship by investment or permanent residence by investment

 

12. (1) The Minister may by Order:

 

 

(a) deprive a person of permanent residence under this Act; or

 

 

(b) in addition to the powers conferred on him or her by section 9 of the Citizenship Act, Cap 54 deprive a person who has been granted citizenship under this Act,

 

 

for material non-disclosure of any information relating to section 8(3) herein.

 

 

(2) A person who is deprived of his or her citizenship or permanent residence under sub-section (1) shall not be entitled to repayment of any investment or contribution made by him or her in his or her original application for citizenship or for permanent residence.

 

 

(3) An applicant who is granted Permanent Residence by Investment according to this Act and who does not apply for Citizenship by Investment within twelve (12) months following the granting of Permanent Residence status, may, at the election of the Minister following recommendation by the Committee, forfeit to the Government such investment as was made to qualify for Permanent Residence status.

 

 

(4) The Permanent Residence Certificate issued to an applicant shall not be revoked solely by reason of the said failure to apply for citizenship by investment status but shall be subject to review by the Minister and the subsequent status of the applicant shall be subject to the discretion of the Minister.

 

 

(5) The Minister may revoke the citizenship or Permanent Residence Certificate issued to an applicant pursuant to this section if he or she is satisfied that the applicant issued citizenship or a Permanent Residence Certificate pursuant to the provisions of this Act no longer satisfies the provisions hereof.

 

 

(6) Before revoking citizenship or a Permanent Residence Certificate pursuant to subsection (5) the Minister shall give the holder of citizenship or a Permanent Residence Certificate notice in writing, served at the address provided in the application form or other address subsequently provided, of his or her intention to do so, specifying therein the grounds upon which he or she proposes to make the revocation and shall require the holder to submit to him or her within a specified period being not less than thirty days, a written statement of objections to the making of the revocation and thereafter, the Minister shall advise the agent of his or her decision.

 

 

Marketing Agents

 

13. (1) A person or body who-

 

 

(a) wishes to promote, market or disseminate information locally or overseas; and

 

 

(b) intends to identify suitable applicants for citizenship by investment or permanent residence by investment for submission through a Local Agent to the Committee regarding any aspect of an investment under the sections 10 to 11,

 

 

shall make an application to the Committee using the prescribed forms, for a marketing licence.

 

 

(2) Upon recommendation by the Committee, the Minister may grant a marketing licence and an official certificate demonstrating same to an applicant whose professional qualification, ability, resources, experience, expertise, integrity and conduct conform to the relevant guidelines issued by the Committee.

 

 

(3) The marketing licence and certificate shall identify the specific aspect of the permanent residence or citizenship by Investment program that the marketing agent, the holder of the marketing licence, is so authorized to market or promote.

 

 

(4) A marketing agent may issue sub-licences to such persons whose professional qualification, resources, integrity and conduct conform to the relevant guidelines for licences. The sub-licences may only refer to the marketing or promotion of aspects of the Permanent Residence or Citizenship by Investment program that the marketing agent is authorized to market or promote.

 

 

(5) A sub-licensee shall operate under the supervision of the marketing agent, who shall indemnify the government from all liabilities in respect of any issue arising from marketing or promoting any aspect of the Permanent Residence or Citizenship by Investment program.

 

 

(6) No person shall market or promote any aspect of the permanent residence or citizenship program with the intention of receiving suitable applicants for citizenship or permanent residence by investment for submission to the Committee without being the holder of a marketing licence and official certificate pursuant to sub-sections (2) and (3) above.

 

 

(7) A person who contravenes sub-section (6) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars.

 

 

(8) The Minister may revoke the licence of any marketing agent granted a marketing licence pursuant to the provisions of this Act if he or she is satisfied that the marketing agent no longer satisfies the provisions hereof.

 

 

(9) Before revoking any licence pursuant to subsection (8), the Minister shall give the marketing agent notice in writing served at the address provided in the application form or other address subsequently provided, of his or her intention to do so, specifying therein the grounds upon which he or she proposes to make the revocation and shall require the agent to submit to him or her within a specified period being not less than thirty days, a written statement of objections to the making of the revocation and thereafter, the Minister shall advise the agent of his or her decision.

 

 

(10) For the purpose of this Act and for the avoidance of any doubt, a marketing Agent shall act solely on behalf of an applicant for citizenship or permanent residence by investment, and not on behalf of the Government of Grenada.

 

 

Publication of information

 

14. It shall be lawful for the Minister, from time to time by Notice in the Gazette to publish information regarding the following;-

 

 

(i) the names and identities of all local agents;

 

 

(ii) the names and identities of all holders of marketing licences; and

 

 

(iii) notice of any revocation of any licence or permanent residency or citizenship status.

 

 

Bi-annual Report

 

15. (1) The Minister shall, every six months on the prescribed dates, prepare a report containing the prescribed information on the applications made, granted and refused under the Act, and shall, as soon as practicable but not later than thirty days after the completion of the report, cause a copy of the report to be laid before the House of Representatives.

 

 

(2) The reports referred to in sub-section (1) shall set out information as prescribed in sub-section (3) for the six month period in each year starting on January 1, and July 1 and may be prepared within one month of the expiry of each half-yearly period.

 

 

(3) The information contained in the reports referred to in sub-section (2) shall include-

 

 

the number of applicants made, granted and refused under the Act;

 

 

the names, addresses and nationalities of the applicants and any dependants included in the applications;

 

 

 

the amounts of the investments, as the case may be;

 

 

 

the names of the approved project, government-sponsored project in respect of which payment was made;

 

 

 

the aggregate amounts in the National Transformation Fund, at the date of the report;

 

 

the aggregate amounts of funds received pursuant to section (11) of this Act; and

 

 

 

such other information as the Minster may consider appropriate.

 

 

Regulations

 

16. (1) The Minister may make such Regulations as appear to him or her to be necessary and expedient for the proper carrying out of the intent of this Act.

 

 

(2) Without restricting the generality of subsection (1), the Minister may make Regulations prescribing forms to facilitate the making of applications required under this Act.

 

 

 

 

 

Passed in the House of Representatives on this day of 2013.

 

 

 

 

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Clerk to the House of Representatives

 

 

 

 

Passed in the Senate on this day of 2013.

 

 

 

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Clerk to the Senate.

 

GTM supports JJ Health Media Awards

GTMBasseterre, St. Kitts—19th August, 2013–Insurance Company GTM Grenada is one of the latest companies to join the list of official sponsors for the inaugural staging of the Jennifer Joneses Barbados and OECS Health Media Awards. Company Manager Shonette Inniss-Hoyte confirmed this recently, adding that she is elated to be adding her name to such an event.

She said that her company firmly believes that supporting a media event of such magnitude will help to assist with holistic development within the region. She pointed out that the level of reporting bythe media is certainly cause for concern in many areas, hence the reason her company is lending its support.

“While we are an insurance company and we have been supporting a number of sports and educational related initiatives and programmes, we felt that it was pivotally important to jump on this project. There is a lot more that needs to be done within the media thus we have sought to support this event,” Inniss –Hoyte said.

She hopes more media houses will be participate in the awards event in the coming years, which will be held this year at the end of this month.”This should be the event that all media houses and practitioners should seek to determine the level and quality of their work whether it be radio, TV or print so I would like to implore all to ensure that you get involved,” the insurance company manager said.

She gave her company’s assurance they are committing to increase their support in the coming years, as their support this year was limited due to budgetary constraints. “We will certainly make this event one of our priorities next year so that we can give the amount that we honestly believe is needed. Improving the level and quality of media coverage will not be an easy task thus I believe that all corporate companies would need to play their part,” she declared.

She added that all should support the event noting that Grenadians at home and abroad can feel a sense of pride that the first Media Awards being held for the OECS has been named after one of their own in Jennifer Jones. “I believe that all Grenadians should feel a sense of pride and joy that an event of such magnitude is being staged in Grenada and more in particular in memory of one of their own Jennifer Jones,” Inniss-Hoyte declared.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Jennifer Jones Foundation Susan Jones-Benjamin expressed thanks and gratitude to GTM Grenada for being one of the contributors to the overall development of society. She said that helping to motivate and reward the media for placing more emphasis on heath reporting augurs well for all as it will result in increased sensitization and education on several heath issues.

“Its competitions like these that will certainly boost the media’s role in covering health issues thus resulting in the public being more informed and educated on health,” she said.

Jones –Benjamin lauded GTM Grenada and indicated that supporting the staging of this competition will help the respective media houses within Barbados and the OECS to showcase their talent. “The support from GTM Grenada is tremendous; we are looking forward for their continued support thus we are hoping that other companies will emulate them in providing the required support and assistance in making this event a success,” Jones-Benjamin said. “We within the Jennifer Jones Foundation are all looking forward to a long and very fruitful relationship with GTM Grenada.