Clouden appeals for gender balance in jury list

One of the country’s most seasoned criminal attorneys Anselm Clouden is advocating the need for there to be a balanced jury list. Clouden who was at the time reacting to a guilty verdict that was handed down in a rape case by a nine-member jury panel that comprised seven women and two men believes that there is a gender imbalance in the pool of jurors who are usually selected for the criminal assizes. Food vendor, Kert Brizan was found guilty last week Thursday of raping a young lady in May 2010. The defense counsel said he would like to reiterate … Continue reading

NAWASA makes a Covenant with customers

The National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) has given a commitment to Grenadians to quench the needs of customers in a more timely and efficient manner. In what was referred to as being a covenant, the lone water supplier on the island on Monday launched its Customer Service Charter. General Manager Christopher Husbands said the Authority looks forward to continued improvements in the level of service that it provides, and the relationship that exist with customers. He disclosed that the launch of the Customer Service Charter is another output from the first-ever five-year strategic plan that covered the 2009-14 period. … Continue reading

Sen. Bernadine: Attempts were made at reconciliation

A senior government minister has accused members of a rebel faction within the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of resisting all attempts at genuine reconciliation. Senator Franka Bernadine who was a guest on “Sunday’s With George Grant” said she has not seen any serious attempts on the part of the dissident group that is led by General Secretary Peter David to engage in reconciliation. The female Education Minister disclosed that two years ago it was quite noticeable what was about to surface within Congress. According to her, “an objective person” from the region was brought in to mediate over … Continue reading

Rubis comes to Grenada

A French supplier of petroleum has made its way onto the Grenadian market. Rubis has formed a partnership with local businessman Lyden Ramdhanny to have the supplier become a household name in Grenada through the Melville Street Service Station. During the commissioning of the Rubis Melville Street Service Station last week Thursday, Chief Executive Officer of Rubis West Indies Limited, Mauricio Nicholls promised a modern, clean, appealing, and welcoming image. Nicholls who is based in Barbados pointed out that the investment made demonstrates the company’s commitment to Grenada, which he said is a very special and important market. “We hope … Continue reading

Gill: There is no confusion

Public Relations Officer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Arley Gill has said that there is no confusion over the two-tier celebration to mark the fourth anniversary of the party’s victory at the polls on July 8, 2008. The Government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has planned a major rally at Gouyave on Sunday, the actual date of the anniversary, while another faction in the party has planned a fun-day at La Tante Beach to commemorate the anniversary. Gill who was promoting the fun-day through a Press Conference on Tuesday told members of the media that the Prime Minister’s … Continue reading

PM Thomas vs Peter David

The warring factions in Grenada’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) are battling again in public. This time the issue at stake is the holding of an event on Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of the party’s victory at the polls on July 8, 2008 to take power from the New National Party (NNP) of former Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell. Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that a rebel faction of the party that is loyal to General Secretary, Peter David is planning an all-day event at the La Tante Beach while Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his … Continue reading

Coast Guard receives interceptive vessels

Operations at the Grenada Coast Guard have been enhanced with the provision of two new safe boats and a maritime support package by the Government of the United States valued at US$2m. The keys for the boats were presented last week Friday at the Coast Guard Base in True Blue, St. George’s by the United States Ambassador to Grenada, Larry Palmer to Prime Minister Tillman Thomas who then handed them over to Commissioner of Police, Wilan Thompson. The commissioning of the two boats that are to be used in the fight against the illegal drug trade is part of the … Continue reading

Peter David seeking re-control of NDC Women’s Arm

A rebel faction within the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is making moves to regain control of the Women’s Arm of the party. The NDC Women, last month, put in place a new executive that is headed by South St. George Constituency Branch Member, Jennifer Simon-Rapier who is known to be a strong ally of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. The Grenadian leader has been engaged in a serious battle in recent months to try and regain control of the National Executive of Congress in which David is said to be in control of most of the membership. Prime Minister Thomas … Continue reading

Statutory Bodies to reclaim money

Five Statutory Bodies have won the first round of a battle with EX-IM Bank of Taiwan, which has embarked upon legal action against Grenada to recover an estimated EC$83 million owed in loan commitments. EX-IM Bank last year served restraining orders on state-owned bodies like the Grenada Airports Authority, Grenada Ports Authority, National Water and Sewerage Authority, Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority, and the Grenada Postal Corporation which provide services to cruise lines and aircrafts to have the money that they collect paid into an escrow account. The five state-entities came together to fight the action taken by the Taiwanese … Continue reading

G’da/US ties take centre stage

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, is seeking the assistance of the United States in strengthening Grenada’s capability to utilise alternative and renewable sources of energy and in accessing greater foreign direct investment in tourism related development. The call came during a conversation with new US Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados, Larry Palmer, who paid a courtesy call last week on the Prime Minister at his Botanical Garden office. PM Thomas said that Grenada and the United States share a special relationship because of “certain historical situations” and shared democratic traditions and human values. He welcomed the United States commitment … Continue reading