Family will press on with sexual molestation case

The family of a child who was the victim of sex crimes continues to cry out for justice, after a Magistrate set the perpetrator free with a fine and a suspended sentence. They are particularly hurt by the reaction of certain Parliamentarians who have condemned public outcry against the court ruling. In early April, 36 year-old Michael Alexander of Waltham, St Mark pleaded guilty to indecent assault and received what is being viewed as a slap on the wrist – a fine of $3, 200 and a suspended prison sentence of one year. But relatives have vowed not to stop … Continue reading

FIU workshop for upcoming evaluation from CFTATF

With the objective to find out where Grenada is in terms of technical compliance with standards from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFTATF), a workshop involving multi-sectoral stakeholders was held by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Representatives from Government Departments, Financial Institutions and Designated Non-Financial Business and Professions (DNFBPs) convened at the National Stadium last Thursday to begin the process of a mutual evaluation due for Grenada in 2020, by completing a technical compliance questionnaire. According to Head of the FIU, Assistant Superintendant of Police, Tafawa Pierre, the questionnaire precedes the evaluation that is expected to take place in … Continue reading

Skeete speaks on resignation

Former President of the Grenada Steel Bands Association (GSA) Jason Skeete believes that he has grown to become a much stronger individual as a result of the treatment meted out to him during his tenure at the helm of the organisation. Skeete, who served as the organisation’s President since October 14, 2017, tendered his resignation last week Tuesday, ahead of moves by the Keith Mitchell-led government to set up an interim body to run the affairs of the body ahead of biannual elections in September. “I took time so I searched myself and I looked at everything and I made … Continue reading

THE NIS SAGA

I recently attended a consultation by the NIS and the discussion was eye-opening. I learnt more about the workings of the NIS in 3 hours than I have in my entire professional life. I don’t know if it’s my fault for not investigating the body or the NIS’s lack of public relations or maybe it’s a mixture of both. Nevertheless the consultation was educational to say the least. According to data submitted by the NIS, in 2016, for the first time in the existence of the scheme the expenses of running the scheme was more than the income collected from … Continue reading

Grenada Making Significant Leap

Grenada’s cruise passenger arrivals grew from 299,449 passengers in 2017 to 342,826 in 2018, due to larger ships. If predictions hold, 2019 will be another significant step forward, with 229 calls bringing 382,989 passengers to the Spice Islands. Both the Celebrity Reflection and MSC Preziosa made maiden calls Dec. 13 – two of six maiden calls this season. Other maiden calls came from the Viking Sun, MSC Magnifica, AIDA Perla, and Oceania’s Sirena. Environmental sustainability is foremost in Grenada’s tourism goals, said Nikoyan Roberts, manager of nautical development at the Grenada Tourism Authority. “As a result of a strong focus … Continue reading

Kite Flying

I have written about kite flying before, but I have been encouraged to return to the subject, not only because it is Easter time, but because the subject seems to have taken on additional public order interest lately. Kite flying is a healthy pastime for children to engage in, it encourages craftsmanship, it is traditional, and it is also part of our culture. But it is also the year 2019. Our country has developed rapidly, property density wise, and there are less open spaces where kites can be flown without endangering electricity pylons, or disturbing the rest of citizens at … Continue reading

Government officials unaware of Justice Redhead’s passing

The Keith Mitchell Government has so far been unable to justify why it snubbed the Redhead family and did not issue an official statement on the passing of the Grenadian-born retired Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Albert Redhead who died on March 4. In addition, the administration did not send anyone to the official funeral given to the OECS Court of Appeal judge in his adopted homeland of Antigua on March 26. Legal Affairs Minister Kindra Maturine-Stewart remained totally silent and stone-faced when asked at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet Press briefing by a NEW TODAY reporter why the government did not issue … Continue reading

Tributes flow for Sir Alister

The Caribbean region has sent out an outpouring of condolences on the passing of the distinguished Grenadian-born internationally recognised economist and statesman, Sir Alister McIntyre who passed away over the weekend in his adopted homeland of Jamaica. Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell delivered condolences on behalf of the people of the Spice Isle on the passing of Sir Alister who was Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Dr. Mitchell said: It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Sir Alister McIntyre. Grenada, Jamaica, in fact the entire Caribbean has lost a … Continue reading

Two Deaths Over the Easter Weekend

One man is dead following a tragic boating incident in the Woburn Bay, while another man lost his life by drowning in the parish of St. David on Easter Monday. A short trip to the beach for a moment of leisure as is customary for many people around Easter, has led to the death of 30-year-old, Requin, St. David resident, Jevon Ferguson, popularly known as Coolie. THE NEW TODAY understands that on Monday, the deceased and a friend left the village and journeyed to the nearby Marlmount beach to cook and enjoy themselves. After eating the food that was prepared, … Continue reading

The TAMCC deal is off!!!

An initiative aimed at turning the island’s premier tertiary institution, the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) into a major institute of learning has fallen to the ground following the decision of United States-based PETNA Foundation to pull out of the deal. The announcement was made at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at the Ministerial Complex in Tanteen, St. George’s by Information Minister Senator Winston Garraway. He told reporters that PETNA has pulled out of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to give a badly needed lift to TAMCC due to the Keith Mitchell-led government’s failure to attract the desired candidate to become … Continue reading