FAO assists with reviewing 1986 Fisheries Legislation

The Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s has reached out to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for assistance in reviewing the Fisheries Act of 1986, with a view towards modernization and making it more compliant with international law. According to Legal Officer with the FAO, Manuela Cuvi, the review of the 32-year-old fisheries legislation is being done under the 3-year Global Environment Facility (GEF) USD 1.95 funded – Caribbean Billfish Project, which aims to reduce billfish mortality and increase billfish stocks in the Caribbean through the development of business models for long-term sustainable management of fisheries in … Continue reading

Grenada students unveil Mural at ELAM

MIRAMAR, HAVANA, CUBA, THURSDAY 14th JUNE, 2018. On Wednesday 13th June, 2018, Grenada’s Ambassador to Cuba and Dean of the Caricom Diplomatic Corp, Claris Charles on June 13 attended the unveiling of a mural dedicated to Grenada and organised by Grenadian students at Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM). Following is the message delivered by one of the students, Shadell Peters at the ceremony: “GRENADA EXPRESSED THROUGH PAINTING” The Grenadian students’ delegation of The Latin American School of Medicine (La Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina), Havana, Cuba celebrates the elaboration of a mural in Cuba featuring Grenada ‘the isle of spice’. It … Continue reading

Special Education Schools shine in 2018 CPEA

Several schools and institutions for Special Education achieved outstanding, first-time successes in the 2018 CPEA exams, including the Resource Centre for the Blind, Grenada School for Special Education and the School for the Deaf. Speech-Language Pathologist and Autism Specialist at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs, Tonya Hyacinth, is pleased with the achievement of the special schools. “It’s a great success for us. It’s the schools for special education first attempt at CPEA. In the past many of the students have been reintegrated into primary schools and have sat it via their schools,” Hyacinth said. At … Continue reading

MARTIN TIPPED TO BE NEW POLICE CHIEF

THE NEW TODAY understands that an announcement is expected to be made today (Friday) by government on a new Acting Commissioner of Police in Grenada. Well-placed sources told this newspaper that Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edvin Martin is due to take over the leadership of the Royal Grenada Policer Force (RGPF) from the current holder of the post, Winston James. Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell told police officers shortly after returning to office following the March 13 general elections that he would make a decision soon on a new Commissioner. James was brought out of … Continue reading

Fake news and propaganda

A Grenada newspaper is largely written by one who took part as a teacher in the literacy project launched by Maurice Bishop’s revolutionary government. He claims in his June 8th article, “Did You Know?” that it made a huge difference. Today that difference may be hard to detect. Unfortunately, the good things in the revolution were not maintained after its demise. Even so, I was critical of the literacy campaign at that time, (the campaign to get those Grenadians who could not read, to read) because the special reader that had been produced was in itself a book of propaganda … Continue reading

The IMF staff concluding report on the Structural Adjustment program – PART 2

Part 1 of this 2 part commentary partially reviewed the concluding staff report of the IMF Structural Adjustment Program (“the SAP”). It highlighted some of the indicators that suggest that despite the commendations that the NNP administration has been heaping upon itself, Grenada’s economy is not doing well after three years of sacrifice and hardship. Indeed, the indicators suggest that we may have endured the sacrifices of the SAP, only to find ourselves right back where we started or even worse off. The report revealed that “gains” of the SAP are fragile and tenuous at best. This doesn’t surprise us … Continue reading

Christopher Husbands in, Ron Antoine out

General Manager of the state-owned National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA), Christopher Husbands is now the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of another state body, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). The announcement was made Tuesday by Minister of Health, and Social Security, Nickolas Steele during the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens. Minister Steele also told reporters that medical doctor, Dr. Bert Brathwaite, a strong supporter of the ruling New National Party (NNP) government will serve as Deputy Chairman of the NIS Board. Husbands is considered to be closely aligned to NNP … Continue reading

PM Mitchell: I never promised him (Tobias Clement) any Cabinet Post

“I promised no one Cabinet post. Tobi could tell you this – I never promised him any Cabinet post.” Those were the words that came from Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell as he addressed supporters of the ruling New National Party (NNP) at a session in the St. George North-east constituency on the exclusion of their Member of Parliament, Tobias Clement from a position in the Cabinet of Ministers. There have been widespread reports that Clement is no longer employed at St. George’s University (SGU) and the salaries paid to him by government in the 2013-18 term has been cut-off. … Continue reading

Grenada praised for best practice in fight against corruption

Grenada is now the epitome of best practice in dealing with corruption, according to head of the Integrity Commission, Guyana-born attorney-at-law, Lady Anande Trotman Joseph. The island’s Chief Integrity Commissioner was at the head of a local three-member delegation that attended the 4th annual conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commission in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Other members of the delegation were Commander of the Commission, Bertie Hill and Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Superintendent of Police, Tafawa Pierre. Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Lady Anande said that Grenada was praised for its … Continue reading

Swan assumes Temporary Position as Acting PSC Chairman

Controversial former civil servant, 74-year-old Prescott Swan has been appointed to act as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), the body responsible for hiring and firing public officers. The longstanding PSC member took up his appointment last week Thursday and will serve in that capacity until October 31 or until it is revoked. Swan succeeds Attorney-at-Law Derrick Sylvester, who resigned from the position on June 11, almost a year before his 3-year contract was due to expire. THE NEW TODAY was told by Swan that he has no desire to become PSC Chairman but took up the appointment out … Continue reading