Prime Minister meets with Integrity Commission Investigation team

Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell has met with the investigations team at the Office of the Integrity Commission.

Dr. Mitchell, as the Minister responsible for the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB), was called to meet with the investigations team as part of the information gathering process.

Prior to being called for an interview, Dr. Mitchell had indicated his willingness to meet with investigators looking into the operations of the MNIB.

Several other persons are expected to meet with the investigations team at the Office of the Integrity Commission. These interviews will continue after the Christmas season.

In September, the Office of the Integrity Commission announced that it had commenced an investigation into the current and past affairs of the MNIB. This came against the backdrop of allegations about the inappropriate use of funds.

(Submitted by the Government Information Service)

Layne: “Brutal, savage and prolific convicted mass murderer”

Over the last few weeks, I have read with disdain the ranting of what one would be excused for believing is a deranged and deeply disturbed megalomaniac.

There is no evidence yet that this is the case, therefore we are left to conclude that Grenada’s most brutal, savage and prolific convicted mass murderer is either deluded, has visions of self importance or grandeur, or simply thinks in his warped little mind that his past is forgotten or did not exist.

Or maybe his Soviet indoctrination has so badly warped his perception of reality that he believes he is, or will be able to rewrite Grenada’s tragic past. A past, in which he played so prominent a role, was previously willing, and indeed eager, to accept responsibility for. This is the same braggart that boasted about being the “youngest” Officer in the illegal PRG and equally illegal RMC.

This is the same despicable brutish thug that has attempted to twist his boasts of being the “youngest” to now casting aspersions at the Editor as being a grown man who removed sand.

By his convoluted thinking, his previous atrocities can now be forgotten because he was young?

Mr. Layne, you are over the age of eighteen, now and also when you committed your awful deeds. Those for which you have been found guilty in a Court of Law, and for those which we all know you committed like treason but were never charged for. It matters not that you have passed a Law degree; the Court that found you guilty of your brutal horrific crimes was a lot more Court than you ever afforded your victims.

And as we have seen since you have decided to “raise ant’s nest” began very early in the murderous killing spree that culminated on Fort Rupert/George. It is time that you join your co-conspirators who when you “got away” with your killing spree, swore that you had no further interest in things Political, shut up! That promise seems a lie in your case as you seem like many of your former fellow travelers, only interested in raw power.

But as another has asked you, tell us what you know about Mr. Brizan who was murdered on March 13th. Who murdered him? Your book “We move at Dawn” shed no light on that murder did it? What about Inspector Bishop who disappeared before March 13th. Do you know about him, or Bernard K Noel, a member of the PRA, who was detained for questioning in connection with the sinking of four Ferro Cement fishing Trawlers which sank in front of the Fire Station? He was “picked up” and never seen again.

As a Commander of the PRA, would you not have a vested interest in finding out about the disappearance of one of your soldiers? He did not desert, he has disappeared. If you do not know, and did not cause an enquiry, then you are a failure in your duties, or were you complicit?

Similarly when the enquiry into the disappearance of Mr. Bedeau of Fantasia fame seemed to be headed to implicate a member of the Security apparatus of the repressive PRG, it was shut down. Do you know why, if you do please tell us? That particular “Chicken” ran away to the USA, and has not darkened these shoes again. He knows there is no statute of limitation on murder, as no doubt so do you, with your vaunted Law Degree.

Let me ask you since you are such a “hot shot”. Does not the average Law Degree take four years to obtain? You had twenty eight years with nothing to do but study Law. You did not have to feed, clothe or house yourself, or take care of basic necessities of life, like the rest of us. These were being provided free of charge by Taxpayers. All you had to do was sit on your big fat brutish backside and study Law.

If you were so “brite” you would have a PHD, or frankly be a Professor in Law. Instead of which you are seeking to further tarnish the badly bruised reputation of what was once considered a Nobel Profession.

You like other fellow travelers who “helped” wash down Ft. George, or engage in the comingling of clients funds to just scratch the surface; as Madam Justice Price-Findlay so eloquently said in her decision, if admitted to the Bar, your admission would only serve to further erode the confidence of the public in our Judiciary.

It matters not what the Privy Council rules. Even if you are admitted, it will not be a victory; it would serve only to confirm Madam Findlay’s ruling – you are not a fit and proper person; you are Grenada’s worst convicted Mass Murderer, whether or not you practice Law here.

It would only add to the shame and disgrace of all those Lawyers who initially supported your application and are now attempting to “hide” and claim their ignorance of you and others in the mistreatment of so many other individuals. Individuals for whom sworn testimony exists, and for those who being broken individuals are dying with broken minds, spirits and bodies.

Perhaps it is your hope or plan that if enough die your horrific misdeeds will be erased. It is not so, there are very many of us who know you for the convicted mass killer that you are.

For the despicable human being that you are, for the disgrace that you must surely be to your parents who provided you with a comfortable middle class home and upbringing as a child in the upscale Richmond Hill residential area of the 1960’s.

Layne – you are a disgrace to your Father, a highly respected Senior Police Officer, who could never imagine that his son would end up behind bars, when he built a career putting the scum of society behind those same bars. And for the most horrific of crimes imaginable, not just murder. But treason and multiple brutal mass murder.

Surely you have no shame or regard for the legacy of your ancestors. But then again, you have been taught there is no God and you will not be held accountable. It is the indoctrination of feeble minds that allows Despots to have enforcers of their dirty deeds. You are one such feeble minded creep, who has been convicted and is forever guilty of the most awful crimes committed in Grenada’s history.

Forever, you can change your despicable skin like the chameleon you wish to be, but forever you will be recorded in Grenada’s History as the lowest of the low, the most brutal, awful and thuggish of our criminals. You should seek repentance and forgiveness from the families of those of your numerous victims who are still alive, or you will forever be engaging in your charade of ugliness, to no avail. Yours is a soul condemned to Hell, here and the hereafter.

Disgusted

Save Camerhogne Park Committee looks toward 2019

Despite not being able to achieve some of the things that it would have liked to accomplish this year, the Save Camerhogne Park Committee still described 2018 as a “good year” but is now promising to continue the fight in the new year.

Some members of the Save the Camerhogne Park Committee as they hosted an appreciation lunch for the local media

The committee was formally incorporated in 2018 as a duly registered organisation.

According to Chairman of the group, Jude Bernard, the incorporation provided an opportunity for the committee to start raising funds and to exercise its rights as a duly recognised non-profit organisation on the island.

“Looking back at the year, it was a good year and I think we were able to keep up the momentum, we were able to have a lot of activities and with the help of the media, we were able to keep the park in the minds of Grenadians and we continue to galvanise a lot of support”, said Bernard in an interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper at a recent appreciation get together for the media at Camerhogne Park.

“We launched our bumper sticker campaign, we were not able to get off the ground as we would like but we are determined to re-launch it again in the New Year and we are confident that we would be able to get it up and running”, he added.

The Save Camerhogne Park Committee was formed against the backdrop of widespread reports in the country that the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government had entered into an agreement with a foreign investor to use the park for a hotel.

Bernard also told this newspaper that 2018 was the year the committee had planned to work along with the Ministry of Tourism in maintaining the park and it was rather disappointed that this was not achieved.

“We were disappointed that after months of waiting, we received words in the negative in terms of our approach to the government via the Ministry of Tourism to collaborate with them in terms of enhancing the park and generally doing things for the park.

“Although, it seems as though, while they didn’t accede to our request to work with us, they have done some of the things that we told them needed to be done, so I must give them credit.

“We saw the benches being repaired and painted – finally after many, many years of neglect. So we’re happy about the park. It’s all about the park, it’s not about what we can do or whoever can do for the park, it’s a plus and we’re happy that in spite of not expressing the desire to work with us, the ministry has taken up some of the things that we would have loved to do, that we would not have been able to do without their co-operation because they are the official custodians of the park.

The Chairman welcomed the positive turnaround with the park but could not say if the committee has hit mid-ground in securing the park.

Bernard said: “I am not 100% sure. We heard towards the end of the year about the eminent start of the phase two of Silver Sands Project. The investor did indicate that he was no longer interested in the area occupied by the park but he is an investor, he is not the leader of our country – the park doesn’t belong to him but it was disappointing to hear that our Prime Minister aside from all the data and everything else chose to register his view that the park shouldn’t remain a park.

“However, the Prime Minister, once he recognises that his view is a minority view, everybody is entitled to their views, sometimes when we are in leadership position, it’s considered prudent to reserve our opinion about national issues of different nature. The Prime Minister chose to exercise his right as any other Grenadian to express his opinion that he doesn’t think that the park, should remain as a park and he made statements of the fact that they could have had their park somewhere else, which to me indicates that he doesn’t see himself together with other Grenadians as owners of the park.

“…Three years ago, it was 14% of the population who felt that the park should go in favour of hotels, today I think it would be less than 10%, so he is not on the right side of the statistics and once he realises that his view is the minority view and his view should not be considered as policy, that’s fine, he can express it but we would hope that by now, he would have come around,” he stated.

Deputy Chair of the Committee, George Mason stated that it is becoming more and more clear that the park is definitely appreciated by the people for their own use.

He quoted someone as telling him that it seems as though people are now using the park more than ever before because anytime they travel around the place it is always occupied.

“…This is what we have been saying – this is the park for the Grenadian people to say that we can enjoy it as the only green space around”, Mason said.

He went on: “So, I would like to join the Chairman by saying next year, we hope to make it more visible, more in your face and also try to make the authorities, even the Prime Minister realise that he is on the wrong side of history, the majority of Grenadians are in support of this place and the investor’s decision to back off is a clear indication that even he is aware of the Grenadians and our desire generally to use this place for recreation and whatever else”.

Another Committee member, Ray Roberts pointed out that the park served the public well during the just-ended Christmas season.

Roberts said: “I thought for 2018, the young people in particular have demonstrated in no uncertain ways that there is no other place in South St. George and perhaps across Grenada where they can recreate, find time to engage each other without any sense of distraction. I think mothers and fathers, if you come here during the build up to the Christmas, there was, I would say close to about 3000 primary school, pre-primary students using the park and I don’t think we could find another place.

“Where we going to put it ( the relocated park)? By Umbrellas? Hate to say it, that’s where people drink rum and have another kind of pleasure, so I would want to say to the government and to people of Grenada, we need to have stages of development. Camerhogne Park (is) the right place where our young people can grow and enjoy it and for our senior citizens, it is the ideal tonic for whatever they desire in their spare time,” he added.

Flow files legal action to have LTE license revoked from Digicel

Minister of Infrastructure Development, Public Utilities and Energy, Gregory Bowen has broken his silence on a looming battle between the two major telecommunications companies on the island, FLOW Liberty Global and its competitor, Digicel over the granting of Long Term Evolution (LTE) license.

Speaking at a recent sitting of Parliament, Minister Bowen who is considered as the Number Two man in the Grenada government said that Lime is crying foul and believes that favouritism was shown to Digicel over it.

He told legislators that FLOW Liberty Global has filed legal action against the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) and possibly the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) requesting that the 700 band license be revoked.

According to the senior government minister, both Digicel and Flow had applied at the same time for the license but in the end only Digicel was granted the requested band.

“LIME/Liberty Flow, that combination, has constituted legal proceedings against the NTRC and possibly ECTEL because they have filed a complaint based on the fact that Digicel has been granted a license in the 700 band and Digicel is now moving speedily to move into the LTE Mode of service and they were not granted having applied at the same time (for) frequencies in the LTE spectrum”, he said.

“I would not elaborate on it, but just to let the public know that at the point in time when the applications were made, Digicel ended up with only (them) in that special band requested but LIME/FLOW Liberty that combination, had a clash for the same frequency with Aislecom and Aislecom and LIME were sent to see how (they) can find some accommodation for each other…”, he added.

Minister Bowen went on: “…The frequency or the band that was applied for by Digicel, other persons were there including LIME but then they came to an understanding and so since that band was free, it was given to Digicel but now they’re claiming, even requesting that the license be revoked from Digicel because of what we would call in local parlance favouritism.

“…Just to let the public know that both parties applied for the same frequency and so we didn’t want to impose the decision to say well you get it and you do not get it, so we asked them to go together and find a solution. They did not find a solution (and) because Digicel has moved ahead, they have now filed this (legal action) in court”.

The minister stated that he was still hopeful that this new development would not affect Digicel’s commitment to provide broadband internet services to all government-operated buildings on the island.

“We hope that it could work out quite amicably but we know what court cases can do and Digicel is now moving speedily to implement some $384 million PPP (arrangement) which includes a data centre for the government, connection for schools and connection for all government buildings not only in Grenada but Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Lucia.

“…The public should be aware of this (court action) and we’ll just allow the process to take its course and we hope that nothing would go contrary to stop the big investment and the big development because education would be affected, people would be affected if we revoke the license and we would only do this on a court order but we hope that everything works out well.

GFA President tight-lipped on financial issues

The Grenada Football Association (GFA), the governing body of football in Grenada, may have found its feet in financial hot water with the international governing body of association football (FIFA), over monies gone unaccounted for.

Cheney Joseph – very tight-lipped on the financial issue

Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that the Queens Park-based GFA, has in recent times been unable to give account for how its annual grant of US$250, 000, received through FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme, has been utilised.

In an effort to shed some light on the issue, THE NEW TODAY contacted GFA President Cheney Joseph, who flatly denied that the association was having difficulties giving financial account to the international football body.

“I don’t know about that (this is the) first time I am hearing about it. You are the only person I am hearing from on that,” Joseph declared in a recent telephone interview with this newspaper.

When THE NEW TODAY asked him to clear the air on the issue, Joseph, who is also the Chairman of the GFA Board of Directors, instead requested that the source from where the information came be disclosed.

“Who is your source? He asked in a rather angry manner.

“You can’t give me your source and you are asking me to confirm something that I can’t even speak to,” he said after his request was denied.

“I hope whatever you choose to put out there you get (the) facts because I am telling you this is what according to Donald Trump is called fake news because first time I (am) hearing that in life,” the GFA President added.

Information has also reached this newspaper that the local football association may have spent over its budget as some workers went up to about two (2) months without receiving a salary during the mid to last quarter of 2018.

In response to questions posed on the issue of late payment of salaries to GFA staff, the GFA Chairman redirected THE NEW TODAY to the GFA General Secretary, who he said deals with administrative duties.

“Between you and I, you need to know the GFA statues. On things to do with payment of staff, you need to go (speak) to the General Secretary.

“So whoever is asking you to call me, I think you are calling the wrong person,” Joseph said, further attempting to explain his role as the GFA President, which “is (to be) the head of the board (GFA Board of Directors).

“And this “board deals with policies…Anything administrative, you have to talk to the General Secretary. So I don’t know who gave you the advice to call me (but) I think I am the wrong person you are speaking to,” he added.

Several attempts by this newspaper to contact the GFA General Secretary on these issues in recent weeks and months have proven futile.

Shooting incident on the weekend

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the wounding of a forty-six year old man as a result of a gun play incident on Sunday.

Warded at the General Hospital is Anthony Sylvester, popularly known as Iron Monkey, a resident of Ka-Fe Beau, St. George after receiving a single gunshot wound to his right shoulder.

Information is rather sketchy as to the circumstances surrounding the incident.

However, THE NEW TODAY was informed that the incident resulted from an alleged drug deal that went sour and started on the Carenage in St. George.

A police official said the shooting incident only culminated in the vicinity of South City Plaza in Grand Anse, St. George.

It is alleged that “Iron Monkey” met with his someone around 10:00 p.m on Sunday to carry out a deal but there was a falling out in the process.

A suspect from the Carenage area has been identified by the police as the wanted man for the shooting.

The lawmen have not been able to apprehend the suspect who is very familiar to them but he is believed to have gone into hiding.

Last weekend, officers attached to Drug Squad arrested a 34 year old painter of Corinth, St. David after finding in his possession 21 pounds of Cannabis which carries a street value of $44,588.

The suspect was also found with $9,474 in cash which was confiscated by the police for investigative purposes.

Police also reported that there were 87 road accidents over the Christmas season – 61 between December 21st and December 26th and 26 from December 27th to 29th.

THE NEW TODAY spoke with Officer-in-Charge of the Community Relations Department (CRD) of RGPF, Inspector Desmond Richard on Monday, who indicated that” carelessness” and “speeding” were some of the main contributing factors for the number of accidents experienced over the period.

“Most of the accidents are either speeding or somebody is not driving with due care and attention. Persons might be drinking, some again might be on the cellular phones and so people are not paying attention to the volume of traffic on the road as we have now…”, he said.

“…In fact, just about two/three years ago we had in region of 19,000 vehicles give or take, we are about 37,000 plus now. Within that short period of time, the rapid increase in the volume of vehicle and traffic we have on the road, which at least let persons know that we need to pay more attention and be more responsible when we driving because of the volume of traffic, one, and we have more young drivers, who for some reason or other is not taking heed to the traffic regulations and rules that govern our road,” he added.

Inspector Richard believes that most of these accidents could have been avoided if proper consideration and thought are given by drivers while on the road network.

Is a Lesbian Lifestyle Alright With God?

A man said: “I cannot stand to see two men kissing intimately! But two women kissing intimately is alright with me. That doesn’t look too bad.” That is the view of some persons – men and women alike. What is the view of our Creator, the only true God? ( Genesis 1:1; John 17:3) At Romans 1:26 God states: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.”

Therefore, God is saying that women who are attracted romantically to each other is doing what is not natural; they are going against the natural way God wants them to be. They are doing something vile, that is, something extremely unpleasant!

The very next verse (Romans 1:27) also condemns men having romantic relationships with men. Few verses later, at Romans 1:32, God reveals that those who practise lesbianism (women with women romantic relationships) are “worthy of death.”

Of course, it is God, through Jesus Christ, who will put to death lesbians and homosexuals who deliberately do not change their lifestyle for better before God’s day of Judgment comes.

No human has the right to harm or kill a lesbian or homosexual. That is God’s job, not ours! Thus, lesbianism is not pleasing to God. But God is pleased when lesbians, homosexuals, and others who live immoral lifestyles, change and live a life approved by Him.

Kenneth Kayman

Minister Oliver Joseph hopeful that goodwill will prevail in pension negotiations with public sector trade unions and staff associations

Chairman of the Government’s Pension Engagement Committee (PEC), Honourable Oliver Joseph is hopeful that there can be an amicable settlement to ongoing pension negotiations with public sector trade unions and staff associations.

Speaking at Wednesday’s sitting of Parliament Minister Joseph expressed the hope that the spirit of the Christmas season will extend to the negotiating table and the two sides can reach agreement on pension reform.

Minister Joseph said Government has honoured its commitment to restore pension, paying more than $7 million to 56 workers earlier this year. He added that there must now be a genuine commitment to pension reform by both parties.

“You can’t reform and want to hold on to the 1958 formula. We are hopeful that the discussions around the table will bring the matter to an amicable resolution that will see the interest of workers and that of the country being protected,” he stated.

Minister Joseph also reiterated that any pension agreement will commit the state and not just the government of the day to honouring the agreement, therefore it must be affordable and sustainable and must not break the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The Minister also noted that the trade unions and staff associations have not capitalised on the offer to sit with the Ministry of Finance staff to examine the figures that would help inform the negotiation process.

Noting that it’s the first time in negotiations where the employer has offered free examination of the books, he believes it’s a privilege that should have been taken advantage of.

However, the unions have requested that Government model various scenarios and provide these to them in addition to the raw economic data already provided.

ALBA-TCP summit begins in Havana

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other leaders were in Cuba to attend the Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

The Alba was created 14 years ago on December 14, 2004, by the deceased presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and of Cuba, Fidel Castro, describing it as an alternative to the Free Trade Area for the Americas (FTAA).

On December 12, 2018, before the opening, the Cuban head of State received the participants of the meeting, at the venue of the Protocol Hall Cubanacan of Havana.

Attending the meeting are the Secretary-General of the integration bloc, Bolivian David Choquehuanca, presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, of Bolivia, Evo Morales and Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, as well as Prime Ministers of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.

Several dignitaries, among them Cuba’s President, Miguel Diaz-Canel and Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, who has highlighted on social networks the importance of consolidating unity and the regional integration to defend independence and sovereignty of the peoples.

To comply with that objective, they also highlighted the pertinence of strengthening the ALBA-TCP, which appeared as the alternative to the Area of Free Trade of the Americas (AFTA), a neoliberal proposal of the United States that pretended to break the sovereignty of Latin American and Caribbean nations.

The usual anti-US rhetoric prevailed at the meeting and ALBA, which marked the 13th anniversary of its founding, “needs an additional push,” Rodriguez said at the inauguration of the organisation’s 16th Political Council.

He said this year had been one of changes in the international arena, including a “growing onslaught of US imperialism” in Latin America and the Caribbean, an “escalation” of aggression (by the US) against Venezuela and “growing threats to peace and security.”

In one of the sessions, ALBA members reviewed global political issues such as the “campaign against Venezuela,” a reference to harsh sanctions imposed earlier this year by the United States, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s director-general for Latin America and the Caribbean, Eugenio Martinez, told reporters.

US President Donald Trump in August signed an executive order that bars dealings in new debt and equity issued by the Venezuelan government and that nation’s state oil company, PDVSA.

The US Treasury Department said the measures were “carefully calibrated to deny (President Nicolas Maduro’s) dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule, protect the United States financial system from complicity in Venezuela’s corruption and the impoverishment of the Venezuelan people, and allow for humanitarian assistance,” the statement said.

Because the re-election of Maduro was considered illegal and rigged, like the US, the European Union and Canada also have imposed their sanctions on Venezuela.

At the conference, Maduro presented his old re-modeled plan to try and damage the dollar, called on all the ALBA members to follow Venezuela’s lead and adopt the Petro cryptocurrency and dump the dollar.

Of course, most of the hemisphere’s intelligencia realise that Maduro invented the Petro cryptocurrency because Venezuela was rapidly being prohibited in dealing in dollars because of ever squeezing US sanctions.

The conference all agreed that their respective countries would adopt the Petro cryptocurrencies, but not one of the leaders have relayed to their citizens of this critical shift, an action which will more than annoy the US.

How that will affect the East Caribbean Dollar Union EC$, which is the currency of some of the Caribbean members, is not yet fully understood. The EC$ is tied in value to the US$, if it is realigned to be set against the Petro cryptocurrency it could quite well become valueless in a brief time after adoption. Unless of course those countries like Saint Vincent and the Grenadines opt out of the ‘Petro’ which would be a sensible thing to do. Problem is there are not any sensible leaders among the ALBA membership, otherwise they would have not taken their countries into the membership in the first place. Also they are all obliged to provide solidarity to each other, it is one of ALBA’s terms of membership.

Six of the states using the EC$ are independent states: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts, and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The other two are British overseas territories: Anguilla and Montserrat. These states are all members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, are all members of the East Caribbean Dollar monetary alliance. They all owe their citizens an explanation regarding the adoption of such a far-reaching decision.

The petro, or petromoneda, launched in February 2018, is a crypto-currency invented and developed by the government of Venezuela.

As of August 2018, it did not appear to function as a currency.

Announced in December 2017, it is supposed to be backed by the country’s oil and mineral reserves and is intended to supplement Venezuela’s plummeting bolívar-Fuerte-currency, as a means of circumventing U.S. sanctions and accessing international financing. On August 20, 2018, the bolívar Soberano was introduced, with the government stating it would be linked to the petro value.

The problem is that the country’s oil and mineral reserves are already in hock to Russia and China, which makes the Petro little more than useless and valueless. Cuba has bled Venezuela dry, and now agrees with the adoption of the petro.

In 2017, a month after Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of the Petro, a state-backed cryptocurrency that would supposedly bring the country out of six-figure hyperinflation, the only place the Petro seemed to exist was in the media.

Now it will take on a new status if adopted by all the ALBA members, who may just be adopting Venezuela’s one million percent inflation, ALBA wide.

Jolly Green

The Solid Waste investigation!!!

Another state-run entity is now the subject of alleged wrongdoing.

THE NEW TODAY can inform the nation that it has officially written to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority, Dr. Bert Brathwaite to bring to his attention some troubling information in our possession.

We are duty bound to inform the nation that Dr. Brathwaite has confirmed receipt of our letter and indicated that an investigation will be carried out into alleged wrongdoing with the funds of this state body.

The allegation is that the Credit Card of the Solid Waste Authority was used without the approval of the Board of Directors to purchase two airline tickets including one to facilitate an overseas trip some where in Europe by someone who is not known to be an employee of the statutory body.

The information points in the direction of an individual who was a prominent member of the ill-fated 1979-83 Grenada Revolution.

There are also reports that the credit card was used to cover other expenses of a personal nature on this overseas outing like hotel accommodation.

THE NEW TODAY was told that when the ticket was purchased for the overseas engagement that no one from the Solid Waste Management Authority was known to be travelling to an European capital undertaking any function on behalf of the state entity.

It begs the question – if no one from Solid Waste was on official business for the state body then what was its Credit Card doing in Europe?

Equally important is the related question that the person who used it was supposed to be on holiday from the authority at the time. Why would a person who is on holiday be using the Credit Card of Solid Waste and not surrender it?

THE NEW TODAY is also forced to ask the additional question – where is the credit card at the moment? Has it been surrendered to the authority?

Our investigation points to Solid Waste Authority having two Credit Cards – one Master and one Visa for its sole use.

It does not take a forensic accountant to undertake a simple exercise to find out whether the Credit Card of the state body was abused without the knowledge of the Board of Directors.

The bank that issued the Credit Card often issues a financial statement on the use of the credit card.

All the Board of Directors has to do is request from its Financial Department the bank statements for the two credit cards in the last six months for perusal. It is as simple as that.

THE NEW TODAY has no reason to doubt the sincerity of Board Chairman Dr. Brathwaite to carry out some kind of an investigation into the allegation as brought to his attention by this newspaper.

The Chairman was seen on the compound of the authority on Monday holding a series of meetings with the relevant staff members who should be able to shed some light on the alleged illegal use of the Credit Card.

This newspaper is also getting some more troubling information about alleged wrong-doing at Solid Waste that the Board of Directors needs to investigate as a matter of urgency.

There is another serious allegation surfacing that the letterhead of Solid Waste was used to help persons who are not employed with the state body to apply for visas to gain entry into the United States.

If correct, this is fraudulently use of the property of this important and vital state body.

It is well known that a number of persons have been prosecuted in Grenada for engaging in scams to get visas to enter the United States.

Two high profile sporting personalities are currently facing fraud and forgery charges before the high court in a US visa scandal.

This kind of activity raises serious questions about whether or not persons are not collecting money under the table for using the letterhead of Solid Waste to help persons to gain entry into the United States.

THE NEW TODAY is also calling for a probe into the manner in which contracts are awarded to persons by Solid Waste to engage in garbage disposal on the island.

The evidence seems to point to political cronyism especially in the rural areas with persons getting contracts and not performing and still being paid handsomely.

There is an allegation that an illegal dump site has been erected at a place called Windsor in St. Andrew and someone hired by Solid Waste is allegedly dumping garbage at this location and not at the official site.

It appears that the authority is aware of the development and in the past few days visited the area and was seen putting up no dumping signs.