National good over narrow interests in Guyana

The President of Guyana, David Granger, and the Opposition leader, Bharat Jagdeo, showed political maturity when they met on January 9 to try to resolve a constitutional crisis that could have led to civil strife and the destabilisation of Guyana. They should be applauded for the good sense they have showed so far, and they should be encouraged to continue to place the national good of Guyana before narrow party-political interests. The two political leaders met after a motion of no confidence against the government was passed on December 21 in the House of Assembly by 1 vote. A member … Continue reading

ESCAPED PRISONER STILL AT LARGE

Police have mounted a massive manhunt for 35-year-old Hayden Phillip who escaped from the Richmond Hill Prison in broad daylight eight days ago. The Cherry Hill resident, who was discovered missing around 3:45 p.m. last week Thursday, is creating panic in the society as some homeowners especially females are worried that he remains on the loose. A release issued Monday by the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) said that the search for Phillip has intensified and warned the general public that according to section 383 of the Criminal Code CAP 72 (A) Volume 4 … Continue reading

Athletes paid, preparations underway for 2019 Grenada athletics meet

One of the two remaining directors of Grenada Invitational Inc, Karline Purcell, has confirmed that all outstanding payments to athletes have been settled and the company is presently in the process of finalising details to apply for permission to host the 2019 games. The company, which owns and administers the Grenada Invitational Track and Field meet, had struggled to meet its financial obligations, especially to athletes who participated in last year’s event. “To the best of our knowledge, we have paid up all athletes who participated in the 2017 and 2018 meet, if there is anything outstanding it will be … Continue reading

Pension engagement committee refers pension deadlock to Labour Commissioner

Chairman of Government’s Pension Engagement Committee, Honourable Oliver Joseph has referred the deadlock in pension negotiations with trade unions and staff associations representing public officers to Labour Commissioner, Mr. Cyrus Griffith. The referral is in keeping with the procedures for settling disputes as provided for in Section 45, Sub-section 2 of the Labour Relations Act, CAP157A. In a letter to the Labour Commissioner, Hon. Joseph said, “there has been little advancement on narrowing the respective positions.” Both sides have already agreed on the need for a pension plan for public officers. Government is offering a pension of 70% for its … Continue reading

An online platform for farmers and consumers

An online link has been created to provide an avenue for farmers and potential consumers to connect in finding everything agriculture. The Agricultural Network, which is the brain child of local journalist, Maryam Tawfiq, is a digital community for persons within the agricultural industry that allows its members to share information, and connect with agricultural suppliers and customers. The user friendly environment of the theagriculturalnetwork.com consists of directory and research centre, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to accommodate and connect persons, businesses, institutions and organisations involved in the agriculture industry. The Network, launched at the Grenada Industrial … Continue reading

A serious investigation is needed!!

THE NEW TODAY is calling for an independent investigation to be launched into the operations of another state-owned body – the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA). The current rulers are fully aware of a report prepared by CARTAC – an arm of the Washington-based World Bank on all statutory bodies in Grenada with recommendations on which should be sold or kept by government. The ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is yet to dispose itself of any of the state-bodies singled out by CARTAC such as the Marketing & National Import Board (MNIB), … Continue reading

STABBED TO DEATH!!!

Grenada recorded its first murder for 2019 with Friday night’s slaying of 33-year-old Mt. Rush resident, Garvin Anthony, who is known by law enforcement officers as a player in the illegal drug trade. Anthony who is originally from Calivigny, succumbed to stab wounds at the hands of 30-year-old Nyron Parris, who allegedly used a cutlass to stab him to death just after 11:30 p.m at a local bar on St. John’s Street in St. George’s. A police spokesman could not say whether the killing was drug related or the exact motive behind it. Parris who is from Beausejour, St. George … Continue reading

Over half a million visitors to Grenada in 2018

It’s being billed as a significant milestone in Grenada’s tourism history as the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) reported that over half a million visitors were recorded for the first time in 2018. The tourism body said that 528,077 visitors were welcomed to the island in 2018, which surpassed the target of 500,000 set in 2017. According to GTA, the periods of August and December were the peak months for the island. The numbers recorded are as a result of the combined tabulations of cruise, yachting and stay-over arrivals. Speaking on the achievements of the sector, Chief Executive Officer of GTA, … Continue reading

The Solid Waste contracts

Speculation is rife that the state-owned Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA) is handing out contracts worth thousands of dollars without utilising the established tendering process. A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the contracts are often given out to persons who are known to be associated with the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. He cited the case of the contract that was given to St. Andrew Island Supply Ltd that is owned and operated by a political activist of the ruling party in the St. Andrew South-east constituency. He said … Continue reading

The Grenada Invitational saga!!!

I am writing in hopes that some sort of media coverage can provide assistance with an urgent matter. I was the Production Manager for the ESPN Broadcast Crew that worked on the 2018 Grenada Invitational. To this date, 9 months after the completion of the event, the entire broadcast crew has NOT BEEN PAID. Initially (April 30), we were told, by Fenton Frederick, that it will just be a few more weeks, then (May 11) a few more weeks. There is an outstanding balance of approximately 50KUSD. I have several emails showing my asking about payment and the disrespectful lack … Continue reading