VAT removed from ice

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell has announced an incentive for the island’s fishermen. He said the two-month old New National Party (NNP) government will not allow them to pay VAT on ice with effect from the start of next month. This is what the Prime Minister told Parliament in delivering the 2013 budget on the issue:   Mr. Speaker, during the recent consultation with the farmers and fisherfolk held in Grenville, it was brought to our Government’s attention that ice is not available at the Grenville and Melville Street Fish Markets due to unrepaired equipment. As … Continue reading

The need to raise revenue

A return to the selling of Grenadian passports under a renamed programme called “Citizenship by Investment”, will be one of the major planks of the Keith Mitchell government in St. George’s to raise badly needed cash. A previous Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government disbanded the controversial programme after radical terrorists brought down the Twin Towers including the Empire State building in a strike in New York in September 2001. The move to disband the programme came amidst fears that the Grenadian passports could fall into the wrong hands. But Prime Minister Mitchell is promising a much tighter and strictly … Continue reading

Sharma eyes regional service for water taxis

Transport Minister Chandresh Sharma says the Government’s water taxi service is open for business and cruises to neighbouring Caribbean destinations seem to be the ideal venture. Sharma made the comment during yesterday’s launching of Grenada’s Spice Mas 2013 aboard the Paria Bullet at the Waterfront, Port-of-Spain. He said the State was eager to see the service, which is operated by the National Infrastructure Development Company and heavily subsidised, turn a profit. But the only way this could be achieved, he said, was by generating new business and the planned sailing to Grenada in August for Spice Mas Carnival 2013 has … Continue reading

Creditors might give trouble

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is anticipating a tough period of negotiations ahead in the coming weeks with creditors as the financially-plagued island seeks to restructure its massive national debt of EC$2.3 billion. In presenting the 2013 budget to Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mitchell who is the country’s Minister of Finance hinted that some creditors might not be that accommodating. Grenada has been forced to default for the second time in eight years on some of its debt payments in the face of an almost empty Treasury. Dr. Mitchell raised the prospects of some creditors not willing to accept … Continue reading

Dame Hilda laid to rest

Hilda Louisa Bynoe, former Governor of Grenada and other islands, was an inspiration to the people of the Caribbean. Bynoe, 91, was a doctor, a hospital administrator and the only woman to have been governor of one of the British dependencies. She was the first woman governor of a Commonwealth of Nations country, and spent most of her adult life as a teacher and doctor. She passed away at her home last week Saturday after a short illness. Msgr Christian Pereira, who delivered the homily at St Finbar’s RC Church, Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin, said he hoped Bynoe’s death … Continue reading

Businesswoman to become sixth Governor General

Businesswoman, Dr. Cecile La Grenade would be Grenada’s next Governor General. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in a national address last week Tuesday. “I am pleased to announce that our next Head of State will be Dr. Cecile La Grenade, a prominent and successful business person, and a prominent and successful Grenadian,” Dr. Mitchell told the nation. The Prime Minister said his government, which took Office almost two months ago, has put the motion in train with a view to having a new Governor General in place in the very early days of the coming month. … Continue reading

No immediate salary increase for public servants

Public workers will have to wait a while longer before they can receive their increase in salary and retroactive payments that were agreed upon by the former Tillman Thomas Administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). In an agreement signed last year, the workers are due to receive four percent increase for 2009 by the end of May, two percent for 2012 to be paid in December, a one-off payment for 2010 by July, and a one-off payment for 2011 by August. In an address to the nation last week Tuesday, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell announced that a revised … Continue reading

Health insurance is coming

A National Health Insurance is in the making. Outspoken trade unionist, Chester Humphrey who is the President General of the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU), has been given responsibility by the new Keith Mitchell-led government to lead the process. Humphrey was selected to head a Committee for the proposed National Health Insurance and to assist Government in putting the necessary plans in place for its implementation. According to Health Minister, Clarice Modeste-Curwen plans for the insurance will be outlined during the 2013 Budget of Revenue and Expenditure, which was delivered to Parliament on Tuesday. Addressing last week’s post-Cabinet press … Continue reading

The Oscar Bartholomew Manslaughter Case

World attention will continue to focus on Grenada especially in North America over the Oscar Bartholomew case in which five police officers have been implicated in his death just over a year ago. The Grenadian-born man who became a Canadian citizen died in hospital after an altercation with several police officers who had detained him after an encounter with a female cop. Attorneys for the charged officers have made a successful challenge to their bid to get a high court judge to stop the preliminary inquiry into the charges of Manslaughter brought against the suspects pending the holding of an … Continue reading

Spice Mas 2K13 media launch

Addressing the media for the first time during the weekly post-Cabinet briefing last week Tuesday, the tourism minister informed local journalists about the planned Spice Mas launch in the neighbouring twin island republic. The early launch of Spice Mas 2K13 is part of the Grenada Government’s effort to aggressively market the annual festival in advance of activities leading up to the August 12-13 cultural event. The launch of Spice Mas 2K13 will focus on the country’s historical and traditional mas bands as well as Steelpan. The launch was done in partnership with IMG Entertainment Company Limited and Unlimited Resources both … Continue reading