Supporting Grenada’s Carnival Culture for the Future

Brimming with pageantry and artistic expression linked to Grenada’s, African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colourful, humorous and full of surprises. This is a time when the nation comes together to enjoy the celebration of its history and culture in the most picturesque manner. The island also welcomes hundreds of visitors to do the same. One week before Carnival Saturday the main events are preceded by the Children’s Carnival Frolic, held this year on August 5 at the National Stadium. The importance of this event lies in the opportunity it affords, generations of young Grenadians to be involved … Continue reading

Nurses within the service could begin to dwindle

The Public Workers Union (PWU) has challenged the statement made by Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele that all nurses within the government system are fully employed. Speaking to THE NEW TODAY, Public Relations Officer of the union, Brian Grimes described as “half-truth” the claim as made by the senior government minister. Grimes said that full-time employment is not what should be used to describe the status of nurses as many of them are severely underpaid by the State. “Even if all the nurses in the country are employed based on actuarial studies that have been done, it would still mean … Continue reading

The Father of Independence Sir Eric Matthew Gairy

Early days in Grenada: 1922–41 Eric Matthew Gairy was the son of Douglas and Theresa Gairy, and was born 18 February 1922 in Dunfermline, St. Andrew’s Parish on the eastern side of the island near Grenville, Grenada. He attended the La Fillette School and then the St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Senior School. He was also an acolyte at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, next door to the school. He became a primary “student-teacher” in the La Fillette School from January 1939 to September 1941. Gairy: Trade union leader and “Red Sky”: 1950–51 Eric Gairy returned to Grenada from Curaçao in … Continue reading

Health insurance still on!!!

In keeping with Government’s decision to introduce a National Health Insurance (NHI) programme for Grenada which aims to provide universally accessible and affordable health services to its residents, the University of the West Indies, HEU, Centre for Health Economics (UWI-HEU) has been contracted as the Lead Consultant, to complete the critical components of the project. Charmaine Metivier and Dr. Stanley Lalta, members of the UWI-HEU team arrived in Grenada in December 2017 and held introductory meetings and courtesy visits with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Implementation, Ministry of Health and the National Insurance Board. The consultants will be on … Continue reading

Frustrating the will of the people!!!

Campaign 2018 is now truly on among the two major contenders for the seat of power in the Botanicals Gardens with the announcement Sunday night by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell that March 13 is the date for the next general election. The announcement set in train a series of activities that can leave many scars on the fairness of the process that is to take place to elect a new government for the people of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique. The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been able to document a number of happenings on Monday, the … Continue reading

Is the OAS putting its credibility in doubt?

Not for the first time, the Organisation of American States (OAS) is in danger of reinforcing the widely-held view that it ignores its own declared values and principles. This time, the danger is posed by the way that the Organisation is handling developments in Honduras that threaten democracy and fly in the face of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. It was in defense of these matters that, throughout 2017, the OAS Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, and several states of the Organisation berated the elected government of Venezuela, leading to that country’s decision to withdraw as a member in April 2019. As 2017 … Continue reading

Crochu Man charged with discovery of 289lbs of ganja

Law enforcement officers have arrested and charged a St. Andrew man in connection with the discovery of 289 pounds of marijuana that was found hidden in some bushes in the vicinity of the Bel Air Resort in St.David’s on January 19. Charged with trafficking a controlled drug is 25-year-old, Jackson Crooks, an unemployed man from Crochu, St. Andrew. The accused appeared before Magistrate Karen Noel at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday, where he was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison, pending his second court hearing, which is scheduled for this Friday, at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court. The … Continue reading

Grenada citizenship warrants set to trigger

By Christopher Spink Grenada has been so successful in persuading people to pay US$200,000 to become citizens of the Caribbean island that a unique clause in warrants linked to bonds restructured in 2015 is expected to trigger, giving holders a share in revenues from the citizenship fees. Under the restructuring, holders of US$262m of local and international bonds agreed to take a 50% loss on the face value of their notes but one of the conditions was they would be allowed to take part of the monies raised from selling Grenada citizenship. The island agreed, under a programme monitored by … Continue reading

Statement from Clyde Martin Harvey, Bishop of St. George’s-in-Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique on the March 13, 2018 general election

To all the Catholic Faithful in the diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada and to all citizens of goodwill Beloved in Christ, Grenada stands on the verge of another general election. Once more the people of God in Grenada have the opportunity to choose who will lead them politically and economically. We can all be grateful to God that we live in a participatory democracy which allows all citizens 18 years and over to exercise their franchise. This is our right in a democracy which places on us an awesome responsibility to use our vote in the best interest of the nation. … Continue reading

March 13th is the date

“Get ready! Get moving! Keep moving!” Those were the words that resounded around the national stadium from Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell as he announced March 13 as the day that thousands of Grenadians will go to the polls and exercise their constitutional right to vote a new government into office. Nomination day for all candidates wanting to contest the election will be Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The controversial date for election has raised several eyebrows in the country given the significance of March 13 on the Grenada calendar. March 13, 1979 saw the birth of the ill-fated Grenada Revolution … Continue reading