Grenlec rewards BFF Winners

Five customers of the Grenada Electricity Services Limited (Grenlec) have won the right to get one month free of electricity consumption. The five, Joiey Andrew from Top Hill, Carriacou, Agnes Barber of Calliste, St. George’s, James and Gwendale Bruno from St. Paul’s, St. George’s, Helena Antoine of Mt. Gay, St. George’s, and Hudson Buckmire from Frequente, St. George’s are the first set of winners in the year-long Grenlec “Bill For Free” (BFF) promotion. However, only Bruno and Buckmire were on hand Monday to be recognized by Grenlec as winners in their recently launched promotion. Interim Chief Executive Officer of Grenlec, … Continue reading

Less overseas travel for Ministers

The new Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s has committed itself to imposing a self-imposed austerity programme to deal with Grenada’s worrisome fiscal system including high debts. This was one of the issues, which Mitchell’s ruling New National Party (NNP) addressed in its manifesto for the February 19 general elections in which it won all fifteen seats against the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Tillman Thomas. Within days of coming into power, the Mitchell administration was forced to default on a payment of EC$19 million that should have been paid on March 15 to the island’s creditors group within … Continue reading

Grenada judge drops charges in Oscar Bartholomew beating death

TORONTO, CANADA — Grenada’s top prosecutor says manslaughter charges have been quashed against five police officers accused of beating a Canadian visitor to death there more than a year ago. Christopher Nelson, the Caribbean country’s Director of Prosecutions, says a judge ruled Friday that a coroner’s inquest must be held before the criminal case can proceed. But he says the charges can be brought back if evidence presented at the inquest suggests they are warranted. The officers are accused of beating Oscar Bartholomew, 39, into a fatal coma on Boxing Day 2011 while he was in a cell in the … Continue reading

Lawmen challenged by easy way of drug peddling

There is a level of uncertainty about why people get involved in peddling illegal drugs. Officer in charge of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Superintendent Rodriques James told members of the media last week Thursday that a first-timer getting involved in drugs does not necessarily need to have the collateral in order to get started. Supt. James said while drug suspects have not been forthcoming in the reasons why they are involved in drug peddling, a large sum of cash is not needed to get started off in the illegal business. He said based on … Continue reading

Vincentians caught with marijuana

Vincentian Nationals continue to use Grenada as a transshipment point in the illegal marijuana trade. Mere hours after the media was exposed to 1,433 pounds of marijuana last week Thursday at the Special Services Unit (SSU) compound at Point Salines that had been confiscated by the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force, the lawmen have added a further six and a half pounds to the lot. The vigilance of members of the Drug Squad lead them to a house at Grand Mal, St. George’s where two Vincentians, Gary Patterson and Eli Williams were caught with the illegal drugs. … Continue reading

Foodland gets ECCO Certified

Foodland Supermarkets have now earned the right to play “protected music” without having to face legal battles. The two supermarkets that are a division of George F. Huggins and Company (Grenada) Limited were presented with the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation (ECCO) Music Rights License at ceremony held last week Friday at the company’s Kirani James Boulevard outlet. The signing was done by ECCO’s Licensing Agent, Linda Straker and Divisional Manager of Foodland Supermarket, Marc Chow Chung. Straker who was presented with a play list agreement and a cheque covering March 2013 to March 2014 by Chow Chung, said the negotiations … Continue reading

Burke: Do not see Grenadians as fools

Former Finance Minister in the defeated National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government, Nazim Burke has accused Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of not providing the local people with the true economic picture of the country. Burke who appeared on a television programme on Monday was reacting to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance pertaining to the restructuring of the public debt. He noted that Dr. Mitchell who has assumed responsibility as the Minister of Finance recognised and acknowledged that the former Congress Administration had undertaken a package of reforms that were working in the direction of improving the condition … Continue reading

Grenada to address debt overhang

New York — Grenada’s new government has appointed advisers to seek a restructuring of its US$193m 2025 bond as part of a wider overhaul of the Caribbean island’s finances, which were devastated by hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 and which have been unable to recover during the wider financial crisis. Grenada is the latest Caribbean country to tread this path, following Belize and Jamaica, which have both initiated talks with creditors this year. Prime Minister Keith Mitchell returned to power last month with a mandate to sort out the island’s economic situation. “The global financial crisis has taken a heavy … Continue reading

Police morale run low

There are reports that some Police Officers, perceived to be supporters of the former government, are not happy with the treatment being meted out to them including transfers to other departments within the force. A high level source within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) confided to THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that within recent weeks a number of Police Officers who have been branded as sympathizers of Congress have been reassigned to new postings. He made specific reference to Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson who had an early run-in with Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell, … Continue reading

FAMILY IN DEEP MOURNING …. Woman Collapses Inside Courthouse

The St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s court was plunged into panic on Tuesday as a 48-year old woman from Tempe, St. George’s collapsed inside of the courtroom. A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that the woman Catherine Dominic was later pronounced dead at the St. George’s General hospital. According to a source, the woman had attended court following a dispute she had with another woman, Ann-Marie Baptiste, over a man. Dominic who is a former Security Officer had entered into a relationship with Peter Lewis who operates a Zone 8 bus that plies between Brizan and St. George’s. … Continue reading