Climate change is an existential threat for us in the islands

CNN — Grenada and other Small Island Developing States are on the front line in the war against climate change. Although hurricanes are no stranger to the Caribbean, the overwhelming scientific evidence of how extreme weather conditions are worsening due to global warming shows that we need to take the signals that our Earth is sending us seriously. That evidence can be found in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2018 special report on the effects of global warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius — and in the devastation left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the region, in … Continue reading

CARICOM MUST UNIFY TO RESIST IMPOSITION OF OAS BOSS 

Readers of this commentary, particularly those in small countries, might wonder why they should be concerned about who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of any multilateral or international organisation. It could be claimed that the disposition of the person, holding such an office, is far removed from the existence of people who are focussed on the necessities of living and improving their lives. They would be wrong to dismiss interest in the holders of these positions. Caribbean small states are already marginalised in the world with little account being taken of the significant threats posed to their well-being. Among … Continue reading

EDUCATION IS PRODUCTION. LET’S PRODUCE MORE!

This time of year is always an important one for students throughout the country. The primary school children have just completed the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) exams. The CSEC (CXC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) are also now underway and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wishes all students success as they prepare for and sit these exams. It is also an important time to reflect on what happens after examinations are completed. What are the available opportunities that can be pursued by young people as they complete this phase of their academic development? Many of the young people … Continue reading

AN UNSTABLE ECONOMY WHILE OUR BEST PROSPECT FOR GROWTH REMAINS A SECRET

Between 25th April and 8th May 2019, a housekeeping mission comprising representatives from the IMF, World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank visited Grenada and held meetings with key interest groups including Government, the NDC as the main opposition party, trade unions, private sector and civil society organisations. The NDC welcomed the interaction with the mission during which we were able to share some of our concerns with Government’s current policy focus and give some insights into our own vision for Grenada. In the press briefing that the mission held at the end of its assignment, … Continue reading

Minding Your Legal Affairs

The Employee’s Rights- Part VI In this week’s article, we will address: (1). Who is considered to be an employee entitled to the protections of the Act (Employment); (2). What must be addressed by the employer in the contract of employment/statement of particulars; and (3). Minimum wages protections. Who is protected by the Act The Act defines an employee as anyone who has entered into a contract of employment. The contract, which is simply an agreement under which someone works and is paid for the work, does not have to be expressly discussed between the parties; their conduct can be … Continue reading

DR. MITCHELL IS THE UNDISPUTED AND DESERVING WINNER OF TAKING ORDINARY WORKERS INTO A FOOL’S PARADISE

by Ray Roberts Grenadian workers need to rekindle the passion to struggle intensely, and protect their hard earned benefits. The rich and treasured history of May Day, Labour Day, unites the workers of the world to struggle against injustice of all kinds. And, as such, the Labour movement is irreplaceable in society regardless of their shortcomings. The fact is Government cannot be trusted because the key decision makers are generally capital and business oriented, and some even with a dislike for organised labour. Nevertheless, each year, May Day arouses the workers around the world to rekindle the memories of their … Continue reading

CARICOM DIVIDE MUST BE BRIDGED

It’s no secret that the countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) are divided over the response to the situation in Venezuela. Detractors of the CARICOM project and Caribbean integration have seized upon the obvious cleavage in the grouping to advance their view that not only is Caribbean integration not possible, it isn’t even desirable. It might surprise these detractors to know that CARICOM is not the only group of nations in the Organisation of American States (OAS) in which division over the response to the situation in Venezuela exists. There is similar division among the members of … Continue reading

Minding Your Legal Affairs

The Employee’s Rights- Part V So far, the four (4) articles dealing with employee’s rights under the Labour Code have addressed general protections for the employee with penalties for breach of the rights creating those protections, hours of work of employees, annual (vacation) leave and maternity leave. In this week’s article, we will look at the other types of leave provided for under the Employment Act – Sick Leave & Family Leave. It is important to recall that what is set out in the Act are minimum standards, and that employees and employers, either directly or through collective bargaining, can … Continue reading

OIL & GAS: OUR PATRIMONY, GOVERNMENT’S SECRET

In the first part of this article, we indicated that the Production Sharing Agreement (“PSA”) between the Government of Grenada (“GOG”) and GPG dated March 31st 2008, for the “exploration, development and production of offshore petroleum resources of Grenada”, was for an initial period of 4 years and was manifestly disadvantageous to Grenada. Because of the plethora of evidence that showed the PSA and the accompanying 40 year Exploration Licence literally gave away the patrimony of the people of Grenada, the NDC spent 2009 to 2012 working to undo the tremendous damage done by Mitchell and Bowen. During that time, … Continue reading

Belt and Road Initiative Outlines Blueprint

China-Grenada Cooperation Embraces New Opportunity   By Dr. Zhao Yongchen   On April 25-27, 2019, the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) was successfully held in Beijing. The major events of the forum include opening ceremony, leaders’ roundtable, high-level meeting, 12 sub-forums and entrepreneur conference. The forum was attended by over 6,000 participants from more than 150 countries and 92 international organizations. Leaders including heads of state and government of 37 countries, as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund attended the roundtable. As for Grenada, Hon. Gregory … Continue reading