Reynold Benjamin Pays $400, 000.00 To Walk Free

It was a close shave with the law for longstanding attorney-at-law, Reynold Benjamin who was facing a charge of fraud before a high court judge and jury. Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Christopher Nelson had already called one witness to the stand when he had to halt the proceedings as Benjamin was able to come up with EC$400, 000.00 to satisfy the complainant, accountant, David Holocuff. DPP Nelson QC told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Holukoff, and Benjamin were able to resolve the dispute over the money which resulted in him taking the decision last Friday in open court to … Continue reading

American scholar supports Park and Shuttle initiative

Research Scholar from the American-based New York University (NYU) Marron Institute of Urban Management, Patrick Lamson Hall, who is assisting the Keith Mitchell-led government in its quest to make the town of St. George a ‘Climate Smart City’ is in full support of the Park and Shuttle initiative recently announced by Transport Minister Gregory Bowen. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper last week Wednesday, Hall said that if the objective is to create “the swiftest transportation that produces fewer green house gas emissions, it’s possible that that would be a good solution.” His comments were made following … Continue reading

Deterrence, punishment and rehabilitation at prison

Acting Commissioner of Prisons, Assistant Superintendent of Police (AS) John Mitchell has revealed that six out of every 10 inmates that are incarcerated at the Richmond Hill prison return to prison, while eight in every 10 inmates who are rehabilitated no longer come back to serve time at the institution. Mitchell who was speaking at a recent ceremony in which a number of items were given to Her Majesty’s Prison, said that although rehabilitation is one of the things that seem to be working at the prison, he is questioning other methods such as deterrence and punishment. He described as … Continue reading

Integrity Commission taken to court

THE NEW TODAY has seen the case files of the lawsuit brought by former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the state-owned Marketing & National Importing Board (MNIB), Ruel Edwards against the Integrity Commission seeking a court order to stay the proceedings until certain legal points are determined. The suit was filed on February 1 by attorney-at-law, Cajeton Hood who served as the island’s Attorney General from 2013 to 2018. In the suit, Edwards is challenging the legal authority of the Integrity Commission, headed by Anande Trotman-Joseph, the wife of a former Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney-General to conduct the … Continue reading

TEACHER TAKES COURT ACTION AGAINST GOVERNMENT

A female teacher of St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George’s is taking the Keith Mitchell-led government to court for docking her salary following protest action taken by teachers and public officers to press their demands for 25% gratuity and pension payments in the face of a 2% offer from the administration. This was disclosed by former Attorney-General, Cajeton Hood who is representing the teacher whose name was not given. In an interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, the lawyer said that June 3 is the date set for the first hearing of the matter at the level of the High Court. … Continue reading

Chapel instituted at General Hospital

Government has taken a step forward to give a spiritual touch to medical care at the St. George’s General hospital with the commissioning of a Chapel. Launched at the Hospital’s Court Yard, the Chapel, which came into effect after consultations among faith-based institutions in the country, is located on the last floor of the building. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele said he believes that the Chapel will provide some form of comfort to patients, families of patients and staff members who may use it. “We have faith in those that provide the service and that is … Continue reading

RUEL EDWARDS CLAIMING UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Former Attorney-General, Cajeton Hood has confirmed reports that he has filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Labour over what he labeled as the “unfair dismissal” in October of Ruel Edwards from his high paying job as Head of Economic and Technical Cooperation in the Ministry of Finance. Attorney Hood told THE NEW TODAY newspaper last week Wednesday that he has filed the appropriate documents at the Ministry of Labour to get Labour Commissioner Cyrus Griffith to begin looking into Edwards’ dismissal, which followed an announcement by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell last September, that the Public Service Commission (PSC), … Continue reading

Salary increases for Spice Island Beach Resort Workers

The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (GTAWU) and the Spice Island Beach Resort have signed onto a collective agreement for the period January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 that provides for a salary increase of 11.5% for workers. The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Labour Conference Room last Friday between President General of the union, Andre Lewis and General Manager of Spice Island Beach Resort, Brian Hardy in the presence of Labour Commissioner, Cyrus Griffith. Speaking to reporters after the signing, Lewis expressed his gratefulness for the speedy conclusion of the agreement between TAWU and the … Continue reading

Grenada Culture Minister: Foreign ISM winner will be good for T&T

Grenada’s Culture Minister Norland Cox believes that if a foreigner wins the International Soca Monarch (ISM) it would be a win for Trinidad and Tobago. Cox, who was in T&T ahead of last Sunday’s semi-final round of the ISM, told a local media outfit in TNT that should a foreigner win the title, it would show the world that the event is truly an international one. “It removes any thinking or perception that someone outside of Trinidad cannot win the Power soca monarch and it will create new hope because the thinking is that no one but a Trini could … Continue reading

Carpentry Equipment donated to Her Majesty’s Prisons

Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill has received $30,000.00 worth of Carpentry equipment from a helping hands initiative with a Grenadian Dentist based in Toronto and the Orange County Corrections Facility in Orlando, Florida. The equipment which will go towards the Carpentry Programme at the prisons was handed over in an official ceremony held last Friday. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter David who attended the ceremony on the prison compound, reiterated the importance of the Diaspora in the development of the island and praised the donor, Dr Sheridan Cyrus for rising towards the effort. “I want to say to Dr … Continue reading