Gift of Fertiliser not for all

People owning farm lands but are not engaged in farming will not be among farmers to benefit from the gift of fertilisers given to Grenada by Morocco. That’s the word from Agriculture Minister Roland Bhola in a ministerial statement delivered to the House of Representatives last week Friday. A consignment of 7,200 bags of fertiliser came into the country as a gift from the African country to assist farmers with their crop production. Minister Roland Bhola outlined the guidelines that were put in place for the distribution of the fertilisers. He said Extension Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture will … Continue reading

Budhlall: Glen Noel was paid gratuity

There are reports that at least one member of the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has received his gratuity payment from the current rulers. The claim was made by political activist, Kennedy Budhlall who is associated with the New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. Appearing on a local radio station last Sunday, Budhlall claimed that Noel who is the current Deputy Chairman of  Congress was given his gratuity payment due following the 2013 change of government in order to help him service a bank loan for his vehicle. He spoke … Continue reading

Franka Bernadine: Minister Curwen…come outta the thing and let somebody who can handle it, handle it

Former Education Minister, Franka Alexis-Bernadine has called for the resignation of  Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen over sensitive and controversial statements made in connection with aid given by Mainland China to Grenada. The Member of Parliament for St. Mark is under fire for rebuking Grenadians who raised concerns over the Chinese-looking Pagodas that were erected by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the popular Grand Etang tourist area. In condemning locals who voiced strong opposition to the structure, Minister Modeste-Curwen chided them for showing ingratitude to Beijing. ”We must know who (is) feeding us too, and we must … Continue reading

Alexis happy over state of Constitution Reform

Chairman of the government-appointed Constitution Reform Advisory Committee (CRAC), Dr. Francis Alexis has applauded the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration for having the political will to move forward with the process of constitutional reform in Grenada. Dr. Alexis, a highly rated Constitutional expert, who was a guest on the weekly “Sundays With George Grant” radio programme last Sunday felt that last Friday, December 4th was a day of momentous historic significance for Grenada with six Bills approved by Cabinet to bring about constitutional reform getting their first reading n the Lower House of Parliament. The Bills are an Act … Continue reading

Statutory Bodies in financial debacle

Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities Gregory Bowen has re-iterated that a number of Statutory Bodies on the island are experiencing severe financial problems. During his contribution to the 2016 budget debate last week Tuesday, Minister Bowen painted a sorry state of the financial debacle facing most of the state-run institutions. He said the Grenada Postal Corporation (GPC) has an outstanding debt of $13.6M, and made a loss of $5.1M over the last five years. He told the Lower House of Parliament that the Post Office owes the Customs Department one million dollars for money collected on its behalf … Continue reading

NDC: Save the jobs at Postal Cooperation

The ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell should live up to its promises of jobs, jobs and more jobs rather than create job losses. This was the charge made by Deputy Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Andall, who was speaking at a recent media briefing at the party’s headquarters on H.A Blaize Street in St. George’s. Andall attacked the NNP policy on job losses in light of the decision taken to send 130 workers home at year-end as part of retrenchment policy at the state-run Grenada Postal Cooperation … Continue reading

Problems in health sector being addressed

Under fire Health Minister Nickolas Steele says government has heard the complaints of the general public and is currently addressing the myriads of problems affecting the island’s ailing health sector. During his contribution to the debate on the 2016 Budget, Minister Steele informed the House of Representatives that he “proudly stood” and listened to the nurses at the General Hospital who voiced their frustration during a recent protest action. “I understand the issues, I understand also that our nurses are the fibre that holds our health system together… and that is why I could proudly stand with them knowing what … Continue reading

Roman Catholic Church staring at legal action

The Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada could face legal action if it fails to honour loan payments due to the state-controlled National Insurance Scheme (NIS). The church has borrowed over one million from NIS to engage in the refurbishment of the Cathedral which suffered structural damage during the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. Vicar General, Fr. Clifton Harris made a passionate appeal to the Faithful of the Church to make financial contributions to the Cathedral Restoration Fund in order to pay off an arrears of $108,000 by December 31 that is due to NIS. … Continue reading

Steele said promises to Doctors and Nurses have been delivered

Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele has highlighted in Parliament the delivery of a number of promises made to house doctors and nurses for 2015. Addressing a sitting of Parliament on Monday at the Grenada Trade Centre at Grand Anse, St. George’s, the Health Minister told the Lower House that on the first day of becoming Minister of Health after a stint as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he made promises to state-employed doctors that he can now say have been delivered. “On the first day that I became Minister of Health, I did not go to the Ministry, that was not … Continue reading

St. Andrew man sentenced for wounding

St. Andrew resident Sheldon Ruben, who was last November accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend, has been sentenced to 4 years behind bars on a wounding conviction. High Court Judge Justice Shiraz Aziz handed down the ruling Tuesday at the No. 1 High Court in St. George’s. The 35-year-old gambler from Paradise, St. Andrew, was charged with wounding and attempted non-capital murder, following an incident that occurred on November 6, 2014, that left the young lady, who was appearing as a witness for the Prosecution in a case against him nursing a 1.5 centimeter long wound across her neck. … Continue reading