Sod turning for Top Health facility in St. John

Government has signed a multi-million dollar contract with a Chinese company, Qingdao Fuhaiyang Construction Group Caribbean Ltd to build a Polyclinic for residents of the parishes of St. John and St. Mark. A sod turning ceremony was held recently on the grounds of what was once the Gouyave Health Centre for the start of work on the facility that is being funded to the tune of EC $7 million by the European Union. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Health Nickolas Steele described the Polyclinic as “an equitable sustainable health service that responds to the needs of the population” through … Continue reading

GUT claims success in two-day protest action

President of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), Lydon Lewis has described as a success the two days of “rest and reflection” by the nation’s teachers as a protest action over government’s offer of a mere 2% in gratuity payment upon retirement from the service. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY, Lewis said that the checks made by GUT including “our own tours around and visit, we realised it was tremendously successful”. “Most, if not all of the teachers stayed away from class and the few that went in soon returned to their homes. So the impact was … Continue reading

“Diego” Nabbed with two Foreigners in Cocaine Burst

More than 20 years after serving an 18-month jail sentence for the biggest cocaine haul in the country – possession of 45 kilos of cocaine – La Potrie drug lord, Diego Peters is back in trouble with the law for drug possession. Peters, the operator of the popular Moonlight City entertainment arena, was charged along with two non-nationals – Decauris Fransico Alberto of the Dominican Republic and Venezuelan Breeny Emeneria Drira Lopez for possession of 3.175 kilos of cocaine. Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the St. Andrew businessman was taken into custody following the arrest of Alberto and … Continue reading

Two hospitalised in crash of stolen vehicle

Police are looking to press drug charges against two men who were left to nurse serious injuries at the St. George’s General Hospital following a major accident along the Lagoon Road last Sunday morning. The vehicle that the men were travelling in got out of control at high speed and collided with the bus shed along the Kirani James Boulevard. The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident as a quantity of ganja was allegedly discovered in the damaged vehicle. A police insider told THE NEW TODAY that the owner of the vehicle who … Continue reading

School principal in Carriacou will be removed

Minister of Education, Emmalin Pierre has confirmed reports circulating in the country that the ministry is making moves to replace the principal of the Mt. Pleasant Government School on the sister isle of Carriacou, Emma Williams on grounds of inability to properly manage the affairs of the school. The minister said that this decision stemmed from the decision of the principal to change the uniform of the school at the beginning of the school year in September without the proper authorisation from the Ministry of Education. Speaking on a popular social media programme on Monday, the female government minister said … Continue reading

Chinese Embassy donates computers to Her Majesty’s Prison

Approximately $14,000 have been invested in Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill by the Chinese Embassy as it provided five computers to the institution to help in its drive towards enhancing security there. The handing over ceremony was held last week Wednesday at the Conference Room of the Chinese Embassy on Maurice Bishop Highway, Grand Anse, St. George. Chinese Ambassador to Grenada, Zhao Yongchen stated that the computers can be used in an effective way towards the security of the island. “Today we are donating some computers to the National Prison. We hope the National Prison can use these computers … Continue reading

Another failed Referendum

By Carrema Lewis It was a very low voter turnout for the country’s second attempt at a referendum to break away from the London-based Privy Council and accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final Court of Appeal. On Tuesday, 12,133 persons voted against the bill, “Caribbean Court of Justice and Renaming of the Supreme Court” that was meant to have the country recognsie the CCJ as its final appellate court. According to results from the Parliamentary Elections Office, a total of 21,979 votes were cast on Tuesday with 9,846 voting in favour of the bill while … Continue reading

Maitland: Victimisation is rampant in G’da

One man who has been nabbed and charged by police officers for a drug related matter is now shouting “police brutality” as he says beatings he endured by an officer of the law has left him currently unable to provide for his family. Martin Telesford, a 42-year-old Auto Body Repairman from Syracuse, St. David walked into THE NEW TODAY newspaper last Wednesday complaining that he was physically assaulted by a police officer at Westerhall Point in a recent operation. Telesford claimed that he was an innocent passenger in a vehicle in which a quantity of compressed marijuana was found inside … Continue reading

Plans to re-establish Rathdune at the General Hospital

Government is putting plans together to refurbish or re-construct the Acute Mental Health Institution, Rathdune, in light of the growing concerns of mental health in the country, according to Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele. Addressing reporters at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister Steele said that Rathdune, which is now temporarily housed at the Mt. Gay Psychiatric Hospital, will be built as a separate wing to the St. George’s General Hospital. He disclosed that once phase two of the General Hospital work is complete then the construction of Rathdune will most likely begin. He said the facility that is being … Continue reading

Dr. Keith Mitchell may give evidence in MNIB investigation

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has dropped the strongest possible hints yet that he might be called to give evidence in the controversial Commission of Inquiry being conducted by the Integrity Commission into the misuse of funds at the state-owned Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB). The Prime Minister made the statement as he met with reporters at a recent post-Cabinet Press Briefing at the Ministerial Complex and gave an update on the work done by the Integrity Commission, headed by attorney-at-law, Anande Trotman-Joseph, the wife of the Acting Attorney General, Dr. Lawrence Joseph. “They may call me too and … Continue reading