National water Policy and National Drought Management Plan in the making

With the dry season beginning to affect many parts of the country, efforts are being made to ensure that effective and efficient measures are instituted to avoid severe and drastic drought effects through the implementation of a National Water Policy and National Drought Management Plan. The Ministries of Health and Environment, the state-run National Water & Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) and other stakeholder bodies held a press conference to give the public details of the plan. The Drought Plan and Water Policy was outlined by Consultant, Dr Everson Peters who said that the time has come for people to begin to … Continue reading

WIFE DISCONTINUES RAPE CHARGE AGAINST HUSBAND

The St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court has discontinued a Rape charge brought against a 26-year-old St. David’s resident by his American wife of 19 months. THE NEW TODAY understands that Anthony Alexander, a Seaman and Boat Mechanic from the village of Corinth St. David, who was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison on his first court appearance on January 21, was freed of the charge last week Thursday by Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill. Alexander’s wife, Lisa, who is noticeably elder than him, retained the services of attorney-at-law, Derick Sylvester to assist her in moving the court to discontinue the … Continue reading

PAPER COMMITTAL FOR MURDER ACCUSED

Police Prosecutors will no longer be engaged in a Preliminary Inquiry into the case brought against 30-year-old Beausejour, St. George resident, Nyron Parris, who is facing a Non-Capital-Murder charge in connection with the January 11 death of 33-year-old Garvin Anthony of Mt. Rush, St. George. Attorney-at-Law Jerry Edwin who appeared in court to represent the accused has decided to go the route of “paper committal” for his client as opposed to the holding of a PI. When the matter came up before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Attorney Edwin, who was appearing … Continue reading

Samuel Andrew explains NNP resignation

Several days ago, I informed the Chairman of the New National Party of my decision to resign from the Party. Since actions of this kind are always the subject of rumours, gossip and speculation in our movement, it is only politically responsible of me to make the reasons for this action known to the people of Grenada – and particularly to my colleagues in the political arena. Firstly, let me say that I retain the greatest respect for the public and political sectors of Grenada. While this was not an easy decision, it was necessary because of my moral and … Continue reading

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR CO-OP BANK

At its meeting of January 29th, 2019, the Board of Directors of Co-op Bank elected, Darryl Brathwaite as its new Chairman. Brathwaite has replaced Ambrose Phillip who served as Chairman for the last two (2) years and remains a member of the Board of Directors. The new Chairman has served on the Board of Directors of the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited for the last fifteen (15) years. Brathwaite completed studies at the London School of Accountancy, London, UK and is an experienced businessman having worked in the UK, Latin America and the Caribbean before returning to Grenada in 1988 to … Continue reading

Dates given for National Secondary School Games

Minister of Education Emmalin Pierre has sent out an ominous threat to the nation’s school principals and teachers that she expects them to participate in the government-organised National Secondary School sports that will be held as a replacement for the cancelled Intercol games. The association grouping Secondary School principals took the decision not to hold any Intercol in 2019 as part of the ongoing impasse with the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government on demands by teachers and public officers for 25% gratuity and pension payment. Government is offering 8% on the grounds that it cannot afford any more … Continue reading

Culture Minister gives support to Grenadian artistes in semi-final in big shows in TNT

Minister of Culture, Senator Norland Cox has affirmed that government will give “all the necessary support” to the five Grenadian artistes to qualify for the semi-finals of the International Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking to reporters in St. George’s, Minister Cox noted that Grenada has “a solid representation” at the competition and this was a proud moment for the island. “We’re very proud and excited that five of our Soca artistes have made their way to the semi-finals in Trinidad – two artistes in the semi finals for the Groovy monarch and three in the Power Soca … Continue reading

Foreign Affairs Minister David: CARICOM has a stake in the Venezuela crisis

Grenada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David has said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) wants to see “a negotiated approach” to bring about a peaceful resolution to the political crisis now being faced in Venezuela. David was speaking to reporters in St. George’s last Friday, one day after returning home from a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Venezuela’s situation. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro is facing pressure from major Western countries like the United States to step down from power in favour of Opposition Leader Juan Guaido who has declared himself as Interim President. On Monday, … Continue reading

BAN ON IMPORTATION OF SINGLE USE PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS

The Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information hereby informs the general public that as of 1st February 2019, the ban on the import of single use plastic shopping bags with handles will take effect. This is part of a phased approach towards sustainable waste management, environmental protection and health. Key dates are as follows: – 1st February 2019 – Phase 1 – Ban on importation and local manufacture of single use plastic shopping bags with handles. A ten month interval will follow to allow for depletion of stocks on island. This interval will conclude … Continue reading

GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FLIRT WITH THE CONSTITUTION

As a concerned public officer, I continue to follow the developments between public officers and the Government and to examine the laws which inform the debates. The fundamental of good governance is that all transactions with and within Government must be guided by laws, rules and regulation. This allows for transparency, consistency and certainty of Government operations. If the State is not operating on these principles, we are slowly descending into a state of anarchy. The current negotiations for pension and gratuity between the Government’s Pension Engagement Committee and the Public Sector Workers Unions must be anchored in the laws … Continue reading