Unblock Cuba Now!

For the last 26 years (1992-2018) the United Nations General Assembly continue to vote for the USA to lift the financial and economic blockade against the Government and people of Cuba…It is time to Unblock Cuba. Before my second birthday, the Government and people of Cuba started to feel gaunt of the financial and economic blockade imposed by the USA on the backs of our Caribbean brothers and sisters in Cuba. It is important to know that after the Historical Leader and Commander In Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Dr Fidel Castro Ruz declared the character of the Cuban Revolution … Continue reading

Three new ambulances commissioned

Grenada has received five new ambulances at an estimated cost of over EC $1 million to help improve the delivery of health care in the country. Three of the five new ambulances were commissioned and handed over to the Ministry of Health at a ceremony held last Friday at the the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens, St. George’s. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele said that the ambulances will be put into service right away and urged the users to take good care of them. “The challenge … for us in the ministry (is) to make … Continue reading

PANCO DIES IN MYSTERIOUS ACCIDENT

One (1) man is dead, while two (2) others are nursing injuries, following a mysterious, fatal accident last week Saturday morning in Berrotte, St. David, which recorded the island’s eighth road fatality for the year. Dead is Raymond Strachan, 59, a Taxi Driver of Perdmontemps, St. David, also known as ‘Panco’ and ‘Chow Chow,’ who met his demise just after 1:00 a.m., when the Noah mini-van he was driving, rolled uncontrollably, approximately 22 feet down a hill, colliding with a mini-bus before coming to a complete stop. THE NEW TODAY understands that the mini-bus was at the time occupied by … Continue reading

Interviews set to begin in MNIB probe

Office of the Integrity Commission, St George’s, Grenada, 12 December 2018: A Commission of inquiry is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of the new year, in the Office of the Integrity Commission led probe into the affairs of the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB). This was revealed by Chairman of the Commission, Anande Trotman-Joseph (Lady Joseph), in her message to mark International Anti-Corruption Day on 09 December 2018. Lady Joseph said in her message that interviews with individuals who have knowledge of the operations of the MNIB were scheduled to begin on Friday 14 December 2018, and … Continue reading

GOVERNMENT AND TRADE UNIONS RESUME PENSION NEGOTIATIONS BUT NO SETTLEMENT YET

The Government’s Pension Engagement Committee (PEC) and the public sector trade unions and staff associations resumed pension negotiations on Friday. In an amicable meeting which lasted over two hours, the two sides discussed their respective proposals but are not any closer to resolving the issue. The unions continue to demand 25% advanced payment of pension which is commonly referred to as gratuity. The Government offer is 8% gratuity, with reduced pension over eight years. Minister of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and CARICOM Affairs, Honourable Oliver Joseph, who chairs the PEC said, while Government is keen to resolve the matter, any settlement … Continue reading

Senate President calls for tightening sexual crime laws

With the increasing occurrence of sexual violence in the country, President of the Senate, Chester Humphrey has called for a tightening of the laws to ensure that less lenient punishments are handed out to perpetrators. Speaking at the last sitting of the Upper House of Parliament at Parliament Building, Mt. Wheldale, St. George, Sen. Humphrey charged that the legislation governing sexual-related offences is too lenient and people are only given seven years in prison for committing sexual crimes against children. “What’s happening to us? There was a murder of an eight year old after which she was sexually assaulted…the leniency, … Continue reading

Christmas Message of the President of the Grenada Football Association

As we celebrate yet another Christmas season, let me extend special greetings to our staff at the Grenada Football Association (GFA), the coaches and players, sponsors, media, fans, volunteers, Security and transportation personnel, hoteliers and their staff, our creditors and all other partners in football. On behalf of the Executive committee, we extend best wishes to each and everyone at this time of giving and sharing. Christmas represents a time of reflection, family gathering, expressions of love and togetherness. We in the GFA wish to convey our appreciation for the support received and those committed in the future. At this … Continue reading

Police Declare Zero Tolerance On Fireworks

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has once again declared a zero-tolerance policy against the use of pyrotechnic material such as firecrackers, scratch bombs, sparklers, and other similar explosives during the Christmas season. They have warned that the relevant authorities will be intensifying their monitoring policies regarding the importation of the items. The police said they will be intensifying their security measures aimed at stemming the illegal and indiscriminate use of these explosives and will take a zero-tolerance approach against offenders. “Persons are reminded that the activating, discharging, or throwing of these explosive devices in any public place is prohibited,” … Continue reading

23-year-old man sent to prison for 13 years

A 23-year-old La Digue, St. Andrew man, who was facing 20 years on an Attempted Murder charge, was sent off to prison for 13 years and one (1) month following a sentence handed down last week Thursday by High Court Judge, Justice Paula Gilford. Deron Jeffery pleaded guilty to attacking his 56-year old uncle, who is also from La Digue, on September 21, 2017, with a cutlass. The court was told by the State Prosecutor, Crown Counsel Brendon La Touche that prior to the incident the uncle took the now convicted man to live with him at his La Digue … Continue reading

Scotiabank’s obligation for decades of profits

A curious double standard is being applied by the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) by its decision to sell its operations in nine Caribbean countries to Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) of Trinidad and Tobago. In Canada, banks cannot be sold to foreigners without the expressed approval of the government of Canada. The Canadian banking act is quite specific in two relevant areas. First, no bank or bank branch can carry on business in Canada without obtaining the approval of the finance minister and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI). This is especially important in the context … Continue reading