No Charges Against Senior Police Officer

Director of Public Prosecutions (FPP), Christopher Nelson, QC has ordered a Coroner’s Inquiry be held into the Carnival shooting to death of Bruce Briggs, a former bus conductor by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) with the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

Speaking to THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Wednesday, Nelson said that he had reviewed the files of the case and tendered the advise to the police as the next stage of their probe.

A team of top officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police force visited Nelson early Monday morning to hand over the case files to him for direction.

The files were handed over to the DPP the day after CID investigators took a statement from their police colleague who fired the shot that struck Briggs in his leg.

According to the DPP, he concluded after looking at the information contained in the files that the best course of action in the circumstances was for a Magistrate and Jury to sit in a Coroner’s Inquiry and make a determination.

He said that all persons with information related to the killing could do so before the Coroner’s Inquiry.

DPP Nelson pointed out that he did not see the need to bring a criminal charge “up front” against anyone given the circumstances in which Briggs was shot and killed.

CID officers were called in the early hours of Wednesday last week to investigate a report that a man was shot on Williamson Road in St. George’s.

Sources close to the investigation told this newspaper that the deceased was a past visitor to the house where he was shot.

The senior police officer reportedly claimed that he was not aware of the identity of the person who was coming onto the property in the wee hours of last Wednesday when he fired the shot at him.

Briggs was said to have been on friendly terms with the brother of the police officer.

This newspaper was told that the brother informed police officers who interviewed him that Briggs had not visited the house for a very long time.

According to the source, one of the things that is seemingly going in favour of the ASP is the fact that the bullet which struck the deceased was not apparently aimed at the head or chest in order to cause death but rather at the foot.

In addition, he said that if the Ambulance and Medical team from the St. George’s General Hospital had arrived on the scene at a much earlier time it was quite possible that Briggs would not have died from the injury sustained.

“It was not a life-threatening injury. I have seen far worst cases.

The man was left lying on the ground far too long and bled to death from the injury”, he remarked.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the Coroner’s Inquiry could start within a matter of weeks into the death of Briggs.

The findings of the Coroner will determine if the DDP should bring closure to the matter or lay charges against anyone in connection with Briggs’ death.

Athletics stadium to be named after Kirani James

Monday night’s performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has prompted government to name the Chinese-rebuilt athletics stadium at Queen’s Park after the island’s premier athlete, Kirani James.

The Athletics Stadium at Queen’s Park to be officially named as the Kirani James Stadium

The Athletics Stadium at Queen’s Park to be officially named as the Kirani James Stadium

James, the winner of the island’s first Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic in the 400M race, struck silver this time around in the same event at Rio.

Several Grenadians including the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been calling for the stadium to be named after the man dubbed “The Jaguar” ever since the People’s Republic of China handed over the Athletics and Football Stadia to Grenada.

Addressing members of the media at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing on Tuesday at the Ministerial Complex, Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele made the announcement of the name change but did not say when it was done and by whom.

“It is most fitting to say based on the most recent performance of Kirani James and recognition of the people’s desire, I think the time has come for us to give serious consideration and I know that my colleague Minister in Sports has started that process to name our Athletics Stadium after Kirani James,” Steele said.

He said the proper legislation has to be put into place first to effect the decision, which he said should be done soon.

“I would like to see it (done) as soon as possible, it could be at the next Cabinet meeting. Minister Bhola will present that. As to the formalities it would be dependent on the individual being able to be here for the naming and to arrange whatever festivities or so we need
to arrange and it would occur on that time, on that date. It’s dependent on us getting that legal part done and I think that’s minor and also the schedule of all to be here,” he told reporters.

The Health Minister took the opportunity to congratulate the entire Olympic team on representing Grenada proudly at the Rio Games.

He singled out the athletes by name – Kirani James, Bralon Taplin, Kanika Beckles, Corey Ollivierre, Oreoluwa Cherubin, Curt Felix and Lindon Victor – as being proud representatives of Grenada.

He also pointed to the level of decorum that James continues to portray internationally.

“I want to draw specific attention to our two 400 meter runners to say that we were proud of their performance, that Grenada a smallnation, a proud nation had two individuals in the 400 meter finals and not only did they excel and make us proud but I also want to take note of Kirani not just in his silver medal and to say that he continues to carry out his performances with a level of decorum, humility and sportsmanship that makes us proud. He is a true ambassador, a true representation of who we are and who we would like the world to see us as.

“…We want to thank him for maintaining that standard for us. All of our athletes maintain a level of decorum and sportsmanship throughout their performance and we are proud of all of them.

According to Minister Steele, the hope is that all the athletes will soon be in Grenada for a ceremony to give them the special recognition that they deserve.

“We also look forward …. very soon, to have here nationally, locally here in Grenada all of our Olympians here that we can celebrate and give them the recognition that is due all of them (for) participating and making us proud as a people,”  he said.

Congrats to Gov’t and King Kirani

THE NEW TODAY would like to congratulate government on the decision taken to rename the Athletics stadium at Queen’s Park after Kirani James.

He is the most worthy person on the planet to be so honoured with our athletics stadium.

No other Grenadian – whether alive or dead – could have deserved the stadium being named after them.

Kirani is one of the best sporting ambassadors for this country by miles.

His promotion of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique far outweighs the budget of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Ministry of Tourism.

This newspaper is very proud of just how magnanimous Kirani was in defeat after he finished second in the Men 400 metres on Monday night at the Olympics in Rio.

As is customary, our “Golden Boy” in athletics was quick to congratulate the winner and the other competitors who all ran in the final.

This is the quality of a gentleman and a true ambassador for the Spice Isle – unlike those who have brought shame and disgrace to our name in the international community in recent times.

Our message to fellow Grenadians is that we need to always look at the bigger picture at times.

It is not only the medal that we have to be proud of but also the respect that King Kirani has earned for us internationally.

Kirani is a star athlete and one who will continue to do us proud in more races at the international level.

The fact of the matter is that he was beaten on Monday night in a race by an athlete who had to break the world record to finish in the top spot.

The South African did what no other athlete in the world has ever done in running the 400M in such blistering speed in terms of each and very 100M aspect of the race.

The challenge now for The Jaguar is to go back on the drawing board with his team and make the necessary changes in order to be more competitive against the new world record holder.

It could be done because Kirani has many more years of running in his legs at this level once he remains healthy and injury free.

This newspaper wants to congratulate Kirani and the rest of the team that did this small dot of an island in the Eastern Caribbean so proud on the biggest world stage for athletes to show off their prowess.

Government is on the right track by thinking about a ceremony for all the athletes to show appreciation for their showcasing of Grenada at Rio.

THE NEW TODAY would also like to make some passing comments on the recent death of Bruce Briggs who was shot in the leg by a policeman and apparently bled to death.

It is rather unfortunate that in these modern times someone would succumb due to the type of injury suffered by the deceased.

The Minister of Health and his team would have to take a serious look into this matter including all the relevant circumstances with a view to correcting the shortcomings.

Our hospital is about five minutes drive away from the scene of the shooting and one wonders why did the ambulance take such a long time to reach the destination?

It is very unlikely that the reason could be traffic congestion because town was asleep at 2.30 a.m.

Was there competent people in the team dispatched by the hospital with the ambulance who could have determined on the spot that this individual needed to be rushed to the hospital as quick as possible in order to get urgent treatment for the wound?

How long was Mr. Briggs left to lie on the ground even after the medical team had arrived on the scene and then took him away to the hospital?

It is long pass the time for action at the St. George’s General hospital in light of the frequent complaints from the public-at-large about the below par performance from our hospital care providers.

Let us do something and eradicate the belief in so many Grenadians that our hospitals are just a death trap for patients and a financial feeding ground for the undertakers doing business on the island.

Government vs WRB Enterprise in GRENLEC

There are further signs that relations are strained between the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and the American-owned WRB Enterprises, the main shareholder of the Grenada Electricity Services Limited (GRENLEC).

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing, Minister of Health Nickolas Steele said that government, which is a minority shareholder of the lone electricity company on the island, was not invited to a GRENLEC Shareholders Meeting on Monday although a proxy was nominated.

According to Minister Steele, “the concern we have is that the Government of Grenada was not invited as a shareholder” and this can be interpreted as an antagonistic approach by WRB to the administration.

He called on GRENLEC to explain the reason for the shareholders’ meeting, why they found it necessary not to have government present at the meeting, and why it was necessary for government to have a proxy and not actually be represented at the meeting.

“…We remain reserved, we remain cautious, we remain concerned, but we continue to say we had a proxy at that meeting. We continue to adopt the position that we have no fight with WRB or any of the shareholders”, he said.

“We too are a shareholder, we seek to create an environment which we believe we have that allows the carriage of electricity to be at a level that is in the best interest of the public, that allows private individuals to seek their best interests, that maintains an environment that WRB themselves found very inviting in Jamaica… “, he added.

The senior government is contending that this environment should be one that allows WRB to continue to stay in Grenada and conduct business as well.

“I reiterate, we have no fight with WRB or any of the shareholders,” he said.

THE NEW TODAY understands that a resolution was passed at the Shareholders’ meeting, which speaks to the protection of GRENLEC’s assets.

The once government-owned GRENLEC was privatized during the 1990-95 period by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite with WRB securing a majority shareholding interest.

The Congress government was forced to sell the loss making utility as the island struggled to regain creditworthiness after a period of NNP rule under late Prime Minister H.A Blaize.

Dr. Mitchell who served as Communication and Works Minister in the Blaize-led government has consistently opposed the privatization of GRENLEC and vowed to repurchase the utility company.

Minister Steele told reporters that the current NNP regime believes that the right of all GRENLEC shareholders should be protected and maintained by the company.

“We hope that was the spirit of the resolution, to protect all shareholders’ rights and not to simply seek the protection of one particular shareholder or group of shareholders,” he said.

The Mitchell administration earlier this year passed in Parliament the Electricity Supply Bill, 2016 which, seeks to remove the monopoly status of GRENLEC in generating electricity.

According to Minister Steele, the bill was assented to on August 1st by Governor General, Dame Cecile LaGrenade.

GRENLEC has strongly objected to government proceeding with this new piece of legislation, claiming that it violates a clause in the signed agreement when the public/private partnership was formed.

At a media briefing days after the Bill was passed, Vice-President of Engineering and Regulation with WRB, Murray Skeete pointed to a clause in the original agreement which states that in the event that government changes the legislation in a way that will abrogate the rights of WRB and the rights of GRENLEC, it requires government to repurchase WRB shares.

Skeete said the agreement that was established between GRENLEC and government over the past 22 years when WRB formed the public/private partnership in 1994, it was put in place to protect both parties.

He pointed out that once one party sought to make changes to the agreement, the correct process is to engage the other party in negotiating a new agreement, which he said has not happened.

“I want to be very clear, if we are forced to protect our rights under the agreement we will do so,” the Vice-President said.

Bail granted to McBurnie

Sharfi McBurnie - involve in fatal road accident

Sharfi McBurnie – involve in fatal road accident

A charge of causing death by dangerous driving is hanging over the head of a 32-year old man of Vendomme, St. George’s.

Sharfi McBurnie is accused of causing the death of 72-year old CecilMorgan of Tempe, St. George’s.

McBurnie who is not the holder of a driver’s license was at the time operating mini-bus, registration number HG 742 when he collided with Morgan on the Tempe Public Road last Saturday.

A release issued by the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) said the accident occurred at about 5:00 a.m.

McBurnie who appeared at the St. George’s Number Two Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday was granted bail in the sum of $15,000 with two sureties by Acting Magistrate, Francine Foster.

As part of the bail condition, McBurnie has to report to the Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and ordered to surrender all travel documents.

Magistrate Foster also ordered the accused who was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Francis Paul to have no contact with the witnesses in the case.

Magistrate Foster has set September 15th as the next court date for McBurnie.

Morgan was pronounced dead on arrival at the St. George’s General Hospital after he was rushed there for medical attention by the driver of the bus.

It is alleged that the bus belongs to Mc Burnie’s father and he used it on the night to attend a dancehall.

The deceased was an employee of Rainbow Janitorial Services.

In other news, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is investigating a shooting incident, which occurred at the Rocks Inn Guest House on H.A. Blaize Street on Saturday morning.

This newspaper understands that a Trinidadian who was staying at the inn was awaken by an intruder who placed a gun to his face at approximately 4.00 a.m.

The gunman reportedly demanded that the victim hand over everything that he had but was only given a cellular phone.

When he was leaving, the Trini man decided to chase after the robber who then turned around and fired a few shots in return.

The victim was shot twice, receiving one bullet to his leg and another to his hand.

He is currently at the General Hospital nursing injuries from the gunshot wounds.

Police officers are investigating the incident.

Rootsman Kelly: ‘I don’t think my song should affect our friendship’

“It’s a competition and everybody is trying to win.”

Rootsman Kelly performs “A request to the king” in this year’s competition

Rootsman Kelly performs “A request to the king” in this year’s competition

Those were the words of Kelly “Rootsman Kelly” Clyne who took second place in Dimanche Gras 2016 with his two songs “Flowers before I die” and “A request to the King.”

It was a night when most artistes directed their lyrics at the most decorated and former Monarch, Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell and Rootsman Kelly being included, dedicated his entire song to the former King.

“You win everything already, Road March, Soca, Calypso and Groovy, so now please leave a little thing now for Rootsman Kelly”.

This was a line out of the song, written by Rootsman Kelly who, in an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Monday, explained that the song was never meant disrespect  Ajamu but simply a request to give another to artiste a chance at winning the coveted title.

“I spoke to King Man (Ajamu) early up in the year, he said that he didn’t think he was going to take part in the competition this year. Since … we (have) been in the same tent and we’ve been working for the past three or four years … I said to him that I would write a song, making it look like “I asked you to step down instead of you just stepping down like that.” I sought of changed up the lyrics a bit coming down to the finals but that is how the song really comes about,” he said.

According to the second place winner in the Dimanche Gras show, although he has not spoken at length with Ajamu after the competition, he does not believe the song will affect their relationship as long standing friends.

“We have a long standing record, we’ve been friends for forever and I hope that this friendship would be able to continue – you know I’m still willing to be a part of the tent and to be working along with him in the studio”, he said.

“…From my perspective, I don’t see the relationship being affected because we always keep in mind that this is a competition, everybody is trying to win but at the end of the day it will be really nice for us to try to be mature enough so that we could still remain friends because it’s not a song that was disrespectful or derogatory in any way. It was just a song stating that ok, resign and if you don’t resign I will be forced to take the crown away,” he added.

Rootsman’s first song in the competition, “Flowers before I die,” he said is the type of song he is known for and was prompted to write the song after a good friend of his died.

“It (the song) speaks of a trend that we have in society whereby people only say good things about you after you die. I wrote this song as a dedication to one of my good friends, a Rasta man called Nelly from Belle Vue in St. David’s who died this year.

“While he was alive he was a real sufferer but on the day he died and up to the funeral, you could have heard all the good things people were saying , the big happy hour, the big funeral and the casket and everything.

“You know while he was alive he didn’t get the recognition that he deserved so that really prompt me to write the song.

Rootsman Kelly has been in competition consistently for the last four years and has placed second in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

This achievement, he said, is a clear manifestation of his consistency as an artiste.

“You can definitely see that I am not just a one time good performer or a one time good song writer, you can see it’s a pattern. It feels good still because you know coming second to Scholar, you know Scholar is an eight time winner right now, so he will always be a person that is very difficult to defeat… coming second to him, it feels very good,” he remarked.

For the 2017 competition, Rootsman said his fans can expect two songs with biting lyrics and commentary as he strives to reach the top spot.

“I don’t want to continue singing songs like my second song this year or even last year. If I sing another song like “Flowers before I die” or probably “What good for the goose good for the gander,” I would stand a better chance of winning the monarch but that’s my style, that’s where my strength lie.

“Next year the public can look forward to biting social commentaries from Rootsman. I just have to improve on my craft, improve on my writing, improve on my delivery and I think I stand a very good chance of capturing the Calypso Monarch.

The artiste’s advice to up and coming artistes is to recognise their strengths and stick to their craft.

“Stick to your game, recognise your strengths, don’t give up because when man judging man you can expect anything, so don’t let a result dampen your spirit or anything”, he said.

“In spite of people might say that Calypso is on the decline, I don’t think so because I can see the enthusiasm of the younger members of the audience and even the programmes that we have in the schools and so on. The young people are showing greater interest in the Calypso,” he added.

Record for G’da in Olympic games

A GOOGLE Earth inspection of St George’s — the capital city of Grenada — gives an immediate impression of the size of this Caribbean port.

There’s a bus terminal, a couple of grocery shops and a cricket ground where Darren Lehmann once made a century for Australia, but not much more.

Roughly a third of Grenada’s 110,000-strong population resides in St George’s and it would be reasonable to expect a large percentage of them know each other by name.

Famous for its production of nutmeg and mace, the West Indian island is adding spice of a different kind to the Rio Olympics.

After nine days of competition Grenada sits atop the unofficial medals per capita leaderboard. After failing to win a medal between the year it first competed at the Olympics (1984) and Beijing (2008), the Grenadians’ tiny population was more productive than any other country in London and is on track to defend its crown in Brazil.

The catch here is that because of the small number of people living in Grenada it’s only taken a single medal — won by the same athlete — at each of the past two Olympics to claim this unique honour.

Track star Kirani James is one of seven Grenadians competing in Rio and after becoming a national icon by winning the 400m in London, he finished second behind world record-breaking South Africa Wayde van Niekerk in Rio. His countryman, Bralon Taplin, finished seventh.

“It means a lot not just for me but for my country,” James said. “To have two guy in an Olympic final, in one of the toughest races, it’s a great achievement.”

Australia has often beaten its collective chest about the number of medals it wins for a country with a population of around 24 million.

But a breakdown on the website medalspercapita.com shows there’s plenty doing better, including one a little too close to home.

New Zealand may be struggling to convert silver into gold in Rio but its haul from the opening nine days of competition can’t be underestimated for a nation of around 4.5 million.

Two gold and six silver medals — including one gold and two silver in rowing — has the Kiwis sitting second behind Grenada with a week of competition to go.

Slovenia (which jagged medals in judo and canoe), Hungary (which performed well in swimming and fencing) and Usain Bolt-led Jamaica are other countries performing better than the Aussies.

Australia, with six gold, seven silver and nine bronze, sits in ninth on the per capita tally. It’s currently an improvement on London where we dropped all the way to 13th but still inferior to where we rated in Beijing (eighth), Athens (second) and Sydney (fifth).

Of course, Australia can take pride in the fact it’s the only country in the top 10 that is also in the top 10 on the official medal tally in Rio. Our 22 medals are currently good for sixth place behind the US (70, ranked 35th per capita), China (46, ranked 60th per capita), Great Britain (40, ranked 16th per capita) Russia (32, ranked 38th per capita) and Japan (27, ranked 36th per capita).

MEDALS PER CAPITA

1. Grenada
Medals — 1, Population — 106, 825, Per medal — 106,825

2. New Zealand
Medals — 8, Population — 4,595,700, Per medal — 574,462

3. Slovenia
Medals — 3, Population — 2,063, 768, Per medal — 687,922

4. Hungary
Medals — 13, Population — 9,844,686, Per medal — 757,283

5. Denmark
Medals — 7, Population — 5,676,002, Per medal — 810,857

6. Fiji
Medals — 1, Population — 892,145, Per medal — 892,145

7. Jamaica
Medals — 3, Population — 2,725,941, Per medal — 908,647

8. Lithuania
Medals — 3, Population — 2,910,199, Per medal — 970,066

9. Australia
Medals — 22, Population — 23,781,169, Per medal — 1,080,962

10. Estonia
Medals — 1, Population — 1,311, 998, Per medal — 1,311, 998

UNEP features sustainable fashion dress by local designer

A dress designed by Grand Anse resident Lois Mc Guire, made with wild pine straw and loofah, is one of seven sustainable development creations showcased this week by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), as the organisation continues its effort to promote Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP).

Lois Mc Guire along with her sustainable fashion creation

Lois Mc Guire along with her sustainable fashion creation

Speaking on the accomplishment in an interview with THE NEW TODAY last week Friday, the talented young lady, who has been sewing for many years and operates under the brand “Liberty Rose” said, she came upon the UNEP initiative though social media, namely (twitter) and entered her creation.

She stated that the dress was first displayed at a small business expo held in St. George on July 27 by the Grenada Dehydrated Fruit and Vegetable cluster (GRENFAVE) in collaboration with the Grenada Bureau of Standards.

“I saw it (the UNEP initiative) and they were asking for activities, what you were doing to promote sustainability and I had this dress that I made with wild pine straw, with flowers attached made from the Loofah plant, (which was) created with the view of generating discussion on sustainable fashion and possibly get people thinking about their social responsibility when it comes to your clothes, how you treat your clothes in regards to the environment as well as purchasing habits”, she said.

“I entered it (the dress) to the United Nations and it was chosen as one of seven entrees to be featured (on various platforms) throughout the next seven days starting today International Youth Day, August 12”, said Mc Guire who is currently employed at the Grenada Bureau of Standards.

Wild pine straw and Loofah dress created by Lois Mc Guire from Grand Anse

Wild pine straw and Loofah dress created by Lois Mc Guire from Grand Anse

UNEP, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and which was founded in June 1972, is the agency responsible for co-ordinating environmental activities and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.

The SCP is an essential requirement for sustainable development worldwide, as recognised in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.

STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) ON THE PERFORMANCE OF ALL OUR GRENADIAN ATHLETES AT THE 2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) joins with all of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique in extending heartiest congratulations to our hometown hero Kirani Zeno James, on his silver medal performance at the Rio Olympics 2016.

The gentle courage, humility and grace with which this young champion has bourne, and time and again exceeded the expectations of the people of our nation cannot be overstated and under-appreciated. Our party also salutes our “King Kirani” for being both an inspiration and role model for the youth of our nation.

“Because of Kirani, where once they hoped they could, they now believe they can! He has become the standard against which all other young athletes measure themselves, not only in our country, but across the Caribbean and indeed the world,” Party Leader Nazim Burke said.

The NDC also uses this opportunity to call on the government of Dr. Keith Mitchell to do right by our Sports Ambassador and rename the National Athletic Stadium in his honour, thus fulfilling a promise made to our Star before the nation and the world.

The National Democratic Congress also offers congratulations to Bralon Taplin for his outstanding campaign at the games and the coaches, the Olympic Committee and all other athletes who represented Grenada. We note that their journey to the games has been nothing short of amazing, as they all represented us and worked with distinction.

In closing we, like the rest of the country look on with pride at the athletic brothers Kurt Felix and Lindon Victor as they begin their quest for medals.

Today we have yet another reason to be proud! Grenada to the world!

Sen. Moses: Find time to connect with God

Newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs with responsibility for Youth and Religious Affairs, Senator Pamela Moses has admonished a group of parents to become the nucleus in the lives of their children leading them to know God.

Speaking at the recent Sir Royston Hopkin Scholarship Programme, Sen. Moses who once served as Principal of the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS), called on the parents of the recipients of the scholarships to ensure that their children attend church on a regular basis.

The government member said her ministry believes that Religious Affairs plays an integral role in the success of any young person.

She disclosed that the Department of Religious Affairs is endeavouring to create a deeper connection by encouraging the value of God and Religion.

Sen. Moses said she is aware that not everyone may attend a church but just wants them to find time to connect with God.

“Just being involved in any activity that relates to praying to God, communicating with God does something for you, the little children,” she remarked.

The former school principal told the children that now they have completed their primary education and are moving onto the secondary school, they have a lot to be thankful about because of God.

“We want you to be thankful to God,” she said.

Sen. Moses recalled that research has shown that children who attend church are not as involved in criminal activity as those who do not.

She argued that church going instills a sense of morality in the individual of what is right and wrong.

She informed the scholarship recipients that, as they enter secondary school, they will find that they have to make many decisions.

Sen. Moses said they would get a higher sense of morality being associated with the persons at your church who will encourage them to speak to God asking for strength to continue.

The Government Minister who pleaded for parental support in the lives of their children believes that in the end the children will become an asset to the country and will be able to contribute to the country’s development.

Sen. Moses is expected to stand as a candidate for the ruling New National Party (NNP) in the upcoming general elections.

She is due to contest the St. Patrick East constituency as a replacement for the incumbent, Clifton Paul, who party insiders have said, is being dropped from the line-up.

Paul won the seat when he defeated the incumbent Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas who was the then political leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to party insiders, Paul has been trying to drum up support among MP’s for him to be given another run for the seat but has so far not been successful.