Consulate Office in Miami and Diplomatic Mission in UAE

The one-year old government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has agreed to establish a Consulate Office in Miami in the United States to facilitate nationals living in the U.S State. In making the announcement, Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade and Cooperatives, Oliver Joseph told reporters at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing that the office will seek to promote trade and tourism for the island, as well as serve the Diaspora population in the Miami area. According to Minister Joseph, Grenadians living in Miami will now have an opportunity to go to the Consulate to address any issues that … Continue reading

Generations of N.J. residents have studied medicine in Grenada

Several doctors practicing in New Jersey earned their medical degrees abroad at St. George’s University on the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Now, their children are following in their footsteps as the next wave of physicians to be educated at the international school. Founded in 1977, SGU was the first private medical school in the Caribbean. Today, it is the leader in first-time scores on the U. S. Licensing Examinations. “There are some fine medical schools outside of the country,” said Paul Verona Sr., a graduate of SGU’s historical Charter Class of 1981. “SGU has really flourished and … Continue reading

Sexual Harassment at Work

The writer hopes that republication of this article will raise greater awareness that harassment of women, especially of the youth, continues unabated despite the efforts of governmental agencies and international women rights organisations to stamp out this despicable practice. An appeal is made to young women, in particular those new to the workplace, to read this article carefully – know and exercise your rights – liberate yourselves! Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The legal definition: unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, severe or pervasive, affecting working conditions or creating a hostile work environment. … Continue reading

Education Fiascos, Failures, and Fallacies

The Mighty Sparrow once scolded children to “go to school and learn well, otherwise later in life you go’ ketch real hell”. But perhaps the hundreds of young university graduates now languishing at home “seeing hell”, their aura of euphoric expectation shattered, learned a little too well for their own good. Every year hordes of students qualified in diverse fields graduate from institutions of higher learning excitedly anticipating entry into the world of work. The lucky few are struck with the harsh reality that real world exigencies are alien to all their precious learning. Work environment socialisation is daunting and … Continue reading

Grenadians must stop this name game culture

Dear Sir: I find it difficult to understand why so many well educated people living in Grenada find themselves unable to write good quality readable articles without the temptation of having to drag the good name of prominent individuals into what has become a name blame culture in Grenada. This practice seems common to Grenada and nowhere else. Some of the articles published on websites and in national newspapers are becoming intolerable as they portray Grenada and Grenadians in particular as a tiny nation that consists of bitter, frustrated and arrogant people, where words such as love, friendship, understanding, tolerance … Continue reading

Sri Lanka – straining the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of 53 nations is facing yet another ordeal because of the government of Sri Lanka.  This time the Sri Lankan government is refusing to co-operate with a UN-mandated investigation. On March 21 the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution requesting the UN Human Rights Commissioner to undertake “a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka”. The “both parties” to which the resolution refers are the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the so-called Tamil Tigers) who fought … Continue reading

35 years of Cuba/Grenada relations

Activities have been held on the island to mark the 35th anniversary of bilateral relations with Grenada and Cuba. A local group known as “Friends of Cuba” along with the resident Cuban Ambassador to Grenada, Maria Caridad Balaguer Labrada was behind the planning of two major events to raise awareness about the special relationship existing between the two Caribbean states. Grenada was once considered as Cuba’s close  ally in the English-speaking Caribbean when late leftist Prime Minister Maurice Bishop came to power on March 13, 1979 when his New Jewel Movement (NJM) seized power in a coup d’etat against the … Continue reading

Law and Politics: We can only wait and hope

The IMF conditions that were laid down by the organization for helping our government – and contained in the structural adjustment program (SAP) – should have been signed by the prime minister when he visited the USA last week for that purpose. And if it was, then the release of the $21 million from the world financial body should be any time now to help the government in the financial crisis the country is facing. What those conditions are only the people in government know about them and so far they have not disclosed to John public any details, but … Continue reading

Sir Royston knocks promotion of Spicemas in TNT

Grenada’s most decorated and successful hotelier, Sir Royston Hopkin has issued a word a caution of local tourism officials on their plans to market the annual Spicemas carnival in the neighbouring market of Trinidad & Tobago. Sir Royston told local reporters that the island is not getting value for the dollars being spent since it was marketing the product too late. He said that Spicemas needs more promotion in Trinidad than it is currently getting and that more effort needs to be put into doing it a little bit earlier than it is usually done. “Every year we’re going down … Continue reading

Salaries of $7,215.98 for Backbenchers

It’s now official that the three government backbenchers – Tobias Clement, Yolande Bain-Horsford and Clifton Paul – are getting salaries in excess of EC$7000.00 a month. The salaries of the three successful candidates in the February 2013 general elections who were left out of Ministerial appointments were released by government to the Senate following a question asked on the salaries of the trio. According to the response from the Accountant-General in the Ministry of Finance, Clement, the Parliamentary Representative for St George North-East, as well as the Parliamentary Representative for St Andrew South-West, Bain-Horsford and Paul, the elected MP for … Continue reading