Problems with Intra-Regional Travel feature at CDB Meeting

The thorny issue of air transportation in the region was featured highly at the 48th annual Board of Directors meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) held in Grenada last week. Addressing the opening ceremony last Wednesday at the Grenada Trade Centre, host Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell made another call for the boiling issue of regional air travel to be addressed by the Governors and for there to be a reduction in cost of travel throughout the region. “I have long advocated that we urgently need to reduce the cost of intra-regional air travel. I echo my call made … Continue reading

Bishop Harvey – Child Sexual Abuse is unacceptable

Grenada’s Roman Catholic Bishop, Trinidad-born Clyde Harvey has expressed grave concerns over the rampant occurrence of Child Sexual Abuse in the country. Making an appearance on a local radio station, Bishop Harvey said he is hopeful that Catholics are not involved but are exuding better morals than what is being displayed very often in the country with sexual abuse of children. However, he said that while he holds out hope, he will not be fooled into thinking that members of the Catholic church are not involved in this depraved act. According to Bishop Harvey, who this month is officially celebrating … Continue reading

National Ozone Unit Hands Over Climate Smart A/C Units

Thirty (30) energy efficient and ozone-friendly air conditioning (AC) units were handed over to be used by beneficiaries from the public and private sector in Grenada as an initiative of the “Cool Contribution fighting Climate Change” (C4) project. The ceremony took place in the presence of Minister of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities, Energy, Transport & Implementation, Gregory Bowen at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens. Among the officials present were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Patricia Clarke, Head of the GIZ Programmes in Grenada, Dieter Rothenberger, and the head of the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Leslie Smith. … Continue reading

“Jughead” placed on $20, 000 bail for rape and sexual assault

Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill has granted bail in the sum of $20, 000 to alleged sex offender Wendell “Jug Head” Ledlow, 50, who is facing indictable charges of Rape and Indecent Assault. Ledlow, who is a painter by profession, was denied bail when he made his first court appearance on May 15, before the Chief Magistrate, who sits at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court. The Williamson Road, St. George’s resident found himself in trouble with the law after allegedly raping a 72-year-old disabled woman at her Cemetery Hill, St. George’s residence on May 13. THE NEW TODAY understands … Continue reading

McIntyre speaks about the Hurricane Season

“Readiness is relative to what threat you face and as an Agency we have things in place, but, as to say yes or no, we’re ready, it is something that you can’t say yes and should not say no to.” Those were the words uttered by National Disaster Coordinator at the state-run National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA), Superintendent Sylvan McIntyre as he responded to Grenada’s state of readiness for the 2018 Hurricane Season which started on June 1. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper at his office on Fort Frederick at Richmond Hill St. George on Monday, … Continue reading

PM Mitchell: Frequent natural disasters new normal for the region

The Board of Governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) began its 48th annual meeting last Wednesday at Grand Anse with Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell warning that natural disasters and hazards associated or linked to climate change is creating a new normal in the region that will require a shift in developmental planning. “Adjusting to the new normal requires comprehensive and coordinated efforts to mainstream climate change considerations in development planning. In practice, this will require a shift in focus, from sustainable development to climate-smart sustainable development,” Dr. Mitchell told the meeting. He said that at the … Continue reading

Moving forward with the National Adaptation Plan

After approving its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) as the first CARICOM country in November last year, Grenada is now taking steps to involve relevant stakeholders across the different sectors in implementing the different Programme of Action outlined in the NAP. At a workshop organised by the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information in partnership with the Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS) project, 40 representatives from the government including members of the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC), private sector and NGO came together in this first forum to prioritise the next steps for the … Continue reading

‘Dumplin’ committed to stand trial for sex offence

Good Hope St. Paul’s resident 46-year-old Demlyn ‘Dumplin’ Murray was last week Monday (May 14) committed to stand trial at the High Court for the offence of Sexual Intercourse with a Minor. The decision was taken by Chief Magistrate Her Honour Tamara Gill, who presided over the Preliminary Inquiry into the alleged offence, which was committed sometime in August 2015, against the now deceased 15-year-old school girl, Brittney Baptiste, at her home in Good Hope St. Paul’s. Leading the State’s case against the alleged sex-offender was Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Christopher Nelson QC, who called a total of 4 … Continue reading

Sylvester out, Isaac heading to PSC

Cabinet Secretary Beryl Isaac is tipped to become the next Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Grenada. Isaac is expected to assume the role following the decision of attorney-at-law, Derrick Sylvester to resign from the position after giving five years of service. A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY that Sylvester will be holding a press conference on June 25 to give details about his stint on the job. His resignation came against the backdrop of reports in some legal quarters about strained relations with a major figure in the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime … Continue reading

Edmund Gilbert to remain in Prison until 2019

The once prominent Baptist church leader, Archbishop Edmund Gilbert, who has had a death sentence reduced from life in prison to 18 years for the 2001 murder of 15-year-old Robby-Ann Jeremiah will have to wait until next year to become a free man. Attorney-at-law Anselm Clouden was not successful in an application made to the Court of Appeal at a sitting in St. George’s last week for an early release of his client on the grounds of ill-health. Gilbert was the Archbishop of the Unicorn Spiritual Baptist Church in Springs, St. George’s when he was apprehended and convicted for the … Continue reading