CHRISTMAS GREETING 2018 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN

Fellow Grenadians and visitors alike as we celebrate yet another festive season signifying the birth of Christ, it is with pleasure that I bring you greetings of Christmas cheer from the Office of the Ombudsman. This season is a most significant one for many of us because it brings to focus all of His story from that Holy Night and His eternal message of boundless love, compassion and hope. This occasion of giving reminds us all that we are truly our brother’s and sister’s keeper and that we should treat others as we would want to be treated. It is … Continue reading

Young Grenadian on Commonwealth Youth Council

Young Grenadian Zoe Hagley is now serving on the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Council for the period 2018 to 2020. Zoe was appointed to the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee of the CYC and holds the position of Director of Public Relations and Communications. She is responsible for promoting the council’s work on all media platforms across the Caribbean and the Americas. A communications specialist by profession, Zoe was awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2016, and holds a MSc in Development Management with a focus on Information Communication Technologies, from the London School of Economics. She also earned a BSc in … Continue reading

Evangelical Churches calls for speedy resolution to industrial unrest

The Alliance of Evangelical Churches has added its voice to the ongoing impasse between government and public sector unions on the contentious issue of a 25% gratuity payment due to public officers including teachers as part of their pension package. The churchmen made a call at a press conference in St. George’s for a consensus to be reached on the issue by the two parties and decided to set aside a day of prayer to bring an end to the conflict. Executive Members of the Alliance told reporters that last Saturday was the day for the prayers at 10.00 a.m. … Continue reading

Salary increases for NIS Staff

As Public Sector Unions find it difficult to come to a consensus in their fight for 25% gratuity from government, one other union, the Commercial Industrial Workers Union (CIWU), has completed negotiations with one of the state-owned entities. President of the CIWU, George Mason and Deputy Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Dorset Cromwell and Labour Commissioner, Cyrus Griffith last Friday signed off on salary increases and other benefits for workers. Mason told reporters after the signing at the Ministry of Labour that the agreement had been concluded for some time now and what has been agreed upon took … Continue reading

Students protest in solidarity with teachers

Although their numbers were small, the message was loud as the nation’s students sounded their disapproval of the handling of the 25% gratuity payment between the Keith Mitchell-led government and Public Sector Unions. A small section of students from the St. David’s Catholic Secondary School (SDCSS), Presentation Brothers’ College (PBC) and St. Joseph’s Convent, St. Andrew marched last week Thursday from the car park of SDCSS to the entrance of the La Sagesse Playing Field calling for a speedy solution to the impasse. Chants of “25%…a set of flies” and “Tell me what we need… Education” were heard coming from … Continue reading

FORMER MAGISTRATE MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE

Former acting Magistrate and practicing attorney-at-law, Raphael Baptiste has retained the services of Attorneys Dr. Francis Alexis, QC, Celia Clyne Edwards, QC and barrister-at-law, Derick Sylvester to defend him in a Sexual Assault case brought against him by a 24-year-old woman. The 68 year-old La Fortune, St. Patrick resident was spared the embarrassment of having to appear in court in handcuffs for a bail hearing, as he posted bail in the sum of $10, 000, following his arrest by police investigators during the second week of October. Baptiste made his first court appearance on Tuesday before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at … Continue reading

NDC Statement on the current Industrial Situation

The National Democratic Congress views with great concern the rapid deterioration of the industrial climate in the country. As we understand it, the unions signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government relating to the outstanding and long delayed issue over Public Sector pension benefits. The timing of the signing of the MOU on the eve of the last elections exposed the opportunistic intent of the Government. The time has come for the government to deliver on its promises as detailed in the MOU and other surrounding discussions with the unions. It is indeed very disturbing that while the parties … Continue reading

PM Mitchell disappointed at results

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Tuesday night said he was disappointed at the results of a referendum that would have allowed Grenada to join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final appellate court. Earlier in the day, Grenadians voted for a second time within a two year period, to reject efforts to replace the London-based Privy Council with the CCJ as the highest court. In a national referendum on Tuesday, the preliminary figures released by the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) show that the “No’ vote secured 12,133 as compared to 9,846 for those supporting the … Continue reading

$60, 000 BAIL FOR DRUGS

St. George’s Magistrate, Tahira Gellineau has put a St. Andrew man on $60 000 bail on a charge of being in possession of 113 grams of cocaine, valued at $11, 300 along with $545.00 worth of marijuana that were found inside a bag he was carrying on the Carenage. The drug suspect, Delon Niles of La Fillette, St. Andrew, appeared Monday before the No. 2 St. George’s Magistrate’s Court to face the indictable drug-related charges. Magistrate Gellineau granted bail with 2 sureties to the 24-year-old Crane Operator who was apprehended last week Saturday morning by police officers who slapped 4 … Continue reading

Miss St. George wins Carnival Queen contest

It was keen competition and fine pageantry at The Spice Basket last Thursday night as seven beauties vied for the coveted title of Carnival Queen 2018. The young ladies whowere representing all seven parishes on the island competed in five different categories – Talent, Costumes, Swimwear, Evening Wear and Interview. The overall winner was Miss St. George, 20-year-old Kemik Degale who captured the titles of Best Talent, Best Evening Wear and Best Interview. After the show, Kemik dedicated the win to both her late father and her supporters. “It’s a dream come true…the energy, the support, the love is what … Continue reading