IS GRENADA’S CCJ REFERENDUM REALLY ABOUT ACCESS TO JUSTICE?

(PART FIVE) In the strictest legal sense, within constitutional governance as is typical of Grenada, justice begins at the law-making point and ends at the point of receiving satisfactory solution for an unlawful action. In effect, the spectrum of addressing justice entails the structures and processes from the formulation and passing of laws in the Parliament, to the administration and application of the laws by the Executive, and to the interpretation and judgement on the laws by the Judiciary. The Parliament, Executive and Judiciary form the government of the land, which has been developed to facilitate justice by means of … Continue reading

LIL NATTY & THUNDA TOPS SEMIS IN SOCA MONARCH

‘Get in your section.’ That was the song performed by 2 times Road March winners from St. David, Lil Natty and Thunda under the jargon ‘Wuss Ways’, to top the semifinal round of the national Soca Monarch competition on 241 points last week Friday (July 27) at Progress Park, in the big parish of St. Andrew. With an energetic performance, the St. David duo scored 241 points, 4 points more than their closest contender Javis ‘Muddy’ Cuffie, also from St. David, in 2nd position on 237 points with his selection ‘Done stupid already.’ Placing 3rd on 231 points was the … Continue reading

Scholar tops Calypso Semi-finals

Two former monarchs have been included in the list of ten calypsonians who will challenge Rootsman Kelly for the coveted title on Dimanche Gras on August 12. Eight times Calypso Monarch, Findley ‘Scholar’ Jeffery and Elwin “Black Wizard” McQuilkin got the judges on Sunday night at the Melody/Papitette semi-finals held at the Progress Park in Grenville, St. Andrew. With a score of 499 points, ‘Scholar’ topped the semifinal round of the competition – 4 points ahead of his closest rival, Jerry ‘Pappa Jerry’ Baptiste, who placed 2nd with 495 points, followed by Sean ‘Sour Serpant’ Niles in 3rd position on … Continue reading

Four On Murder Charge

An altercation between 22-year-old mentally challenged Woburn resident, Bradley Francis and four others resulted in his death last week Monday morning. Police have since slapped non-capital murder charges against four suspects including three 19-year-old St. George residents for the death due to stabbing. The suspects who appeared in court last Friday are 19-year-old Woodlands resident, Kendal Stanisclaus, Donte Joseph from Frequente and Tyrell Frederick of Woburn, along with 36-year-old Brendon Gill of Morne Jaloux. Francis met his unfortunate demise after receiving a stab wound to his back and what appears to be chop wounds to his right shoulders. Sources told … Continue reading

Tempe man on sex-related charges

A 55-year-old Tempe, St. George’s man who is accused of committing sexual crimes against his 13-year-old daughter, was last week Wednesday granted bail in the sum of $35, 000 with 2 sureties. Charged with two indictable counts of Indecent Assault and one count of Having Sexual Intercourse with a Minor, is Lincoln Jones, who appeared last week Wednesday before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court on St. John’s Street. THE NEW TODAY understands that the accused father was apprehended by police on July 21 for questioning in connection with the allegations brought against him by … Continue reading

FROC: Drop in unemployment and growth in GDP are responsible for economic growth in G’da

In its second review of Grenada’s economic performance, the five-member Fiscal Responsibility Oversight Committee (FROC) has reported a rebound in Grenada’s economy citing the growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the decrease in unemployment. The report which was submitted to Parliament stated that “the government continued, throughout 2017, to put measures in place to satisfy the requirements of the FRA (Fiscal Responsibility Act) including capacity building in the Macroeconomic Policy Unit.” According to FROC Chairman, economist Richard Duncan, the committee is satisfied with the economic context with which they operated in 2017 to confirm the data collected from the … Continue reading

PI into Renwick’s death

The Preliminary Inquiry into the death of 61-year-old insurance executive Trevor Renwick, started last week Tuesday before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill, at the St. George’s No. 1. Magistrate’s Court on St. John’s Street. Renwick was a prominent member of the local business community and served as the Managing Director of Massy United Insurance Limited at Woolwich Road in St. George’s. He died at the St. George’s General Hospital on April 12, shortly after the motorcycle he was riding along the Grand Anse Valley main road, collided with a motorcar driven by Police Constable Denson Charles, within close proximity to the … Continue reading

IMF reports on G’da economy

The Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has Mitchell-led government in St. George’s another passing grade with the performance of its economy following the implementation of a Structural Adjustment Programme. In its latest report, the Executive Board of the IMF is projecting growth in the economy in 2018 and 2019 but has expressed its usual concerns with the high unemployment figures in the country. Following is the full text of the report that was released on July 25: The Grenadian economy grew by an estimated 4½ percent in 2017, driven by strong activity in construction, tourism, and education sectors. Weather-related weakness … Continue reading

Ralph Blackman on another drug charge

A Woburn resident considered as one of the major players in the illegal drug trade on the island, Ralph Blackman has been charged in connection with the multi-million dollar drug haul on Hog Island. Approximately 2 weeks ago, law enforcement officers recovered 10 kilograms of cocaine on the offshore island which carries an estimated street value of EC$1, 126, 500. Blackman is the 5th suspect to be arrested and charged with Possession and Trafficking of a Controlled Drug, in connection to the illegal substance, which was found buried in a hollow hole in a number of sealed plastic bags. The … Continue reading

Government to invest millions in Gravel & Concrete

Moves are being made by government to invest approximately $15 million into the state-owned Gravel and Concrete Emulsion Production Corporation for its viability after a failed attempt to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with a Trinidad businessman. This was disclosed by Minister of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities, Energy, Transport and Implementation, Gregory Bowen to reporters at last week’s post-Cabinet press briefing. The senior government minister said that the PPP arrangement with Trinidadian Lindsay Gillette was not successful as the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration feared that the deal would not have served the best interest of … Continue reading