The “Golden Boy” Comes Home

Grenadians are finally getting an opportunity this weekend to celebrate with the country’s first ever Olympic Gold Medallist, Kirani James. The Jaguar who brought home the country’s first Olympic medal earlier in the month came home Thursday night to a warm welcome by hundreds of Grenadians who converged on the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) for the momentous occasion. Dubbed the “Golden Boy”, Kirani touched down on his home soil for the first time since the history-making event in London. In preparation for the homecoming celebration, Youth Empowerment and Sports (YES) Minister, Patrick Simmons told the media on Tuesday that … Continue reading

Republic Bank gives to St. Mark’s Secondary School

St. Mark’s Secondary School, located in Waltham, St. Mark is the latest to benefit under Republic Bank’s Power to Make a Difference Program. The Bank has responded positively to the School’s request to assist with refurbishment of the Home Economics laboratory, which requires new windows in some areas, replacement of the cabinetry and rehabilitation of sections of the roof to include new galvanised sheeting and ceiling ply. Republic Bank’s contribution to this worthwhile cause is $20,000.00, with the School pledging an additional $6,000.00. On making the presentation to the School’s Principal, Irva Alexander, Public Relations Officer, Rachael Jones reiterated the … Continue reading

Call for Hood to resign as MP

Supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC)  government are planning to picket the home of their embattled Member of Parliament, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Karl Hood. A prominent party member in St. George South-east told THE NEW TODAY on Monday that the supporters “are real mad” with Hood for taking a unilateral decision to file a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and the government. He said that the MP took the decision on his own and never consulted any of the executive members of the constituency branch. He spoke of members giving serious consideration to mounting … Continue reading

Woman Stabbed in St. John’s

Another intimate love relationship has gone sour as domestic violence continues to be of major concern in the country. An informed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper fingers are being pointed at an ex-boy friend of a female resident of Mt. Nesbit, St. John’s. He said that the suspect allegedly inflicted a stab wound on her last week Friday. According to the source, the injured woman Deanne Sylvester recently broke off a relationship with her male companion who was living with her. He said that the woman was engaged in a telephone conversation with the man when they got into … Continue reading

The Karl Hood no-confidence Motion

Details have emerged in Grenada about the Motion of No-confidence filed by former Foreign Affairs Minister Karl Hood in his own National Democratic Congress Government. THE NEW TODAY has obtained the copy of a letter dated August 24, 2012 that Hood sent to the Clerk of Parliament for the motion to be brought before the House of Representative for debate among Parliamentarians. It is styled, “ No Confidence Motion in the name of Karl Ignatius Hood, Member of Parliament for St. George South East Constituency”. In the letter to the Clerk, Ray Donald, Hood indicated that he was writing “pursuant … Continue reading

LIME continues to support education

Telecommunications provider, LIME continues to demonstrate its corporate responsibility by adding 13 new students to its Scholarship Programme that is now into its 21st year. The new group of students was among seven other groups that was recognised last week Thursday during an awards ceremony held at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex. General Manager Angus Steele who addressed the ceremony said the support is to enable the students on their journey in becoming better persons, better assets to the country, and better individuals in the world. Steele spoke of education being a pillar of life, and LIME has invested over … Continue reading

The Chinese pledge assistance

The People’s Republic of China has pledged millions of dollars in developmental assistance to the Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration. Beijing has agreed to give Grenada a package of $US8.5 million in developmental grant fund and another grant to fund the reconstruction of the athletics stadium at Queen’s Park in St. George’s. The stadium facility was badly damaged by the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. Finance Minister Nazim Burke and Chinese Vice Minister for Commerce, Li Jinzoa, signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement last week Friday at the Ministerial Complex in St George’s that will … Continue reading

Winty Frederick launches PULP

The island’s newest political party, the People’s United Labour Party (PULP) was launched Sunday at the Deluxe Cinema in St. Andrew’s by former parliamentarian, Winston Frederick. The lackluster affair attracted a small gathering of 20 persons including members of the local media. Frederick, who served as Member of Parliament for the rural St. Patrick East Constituency in the 1990-95 period in Parliament stood alone on the podium as he delivered a 75-minute address to promote the plans of the party. Most of the speech were directed at making a plea for PULP to be seen as the alternative to both … Continue reading

Reflections on London 2012 Olympics

Two months ago, the UK’s Conservative government appeared vulnerable against the backdrop of a deepening recession and a seemingly unpopular Prime Minister. Many were calling for a change of PM. This was the scenario prevailing before London 2012 Olympics. A skeptical media, nationals pissed about restrictive travel arrangements and some empty seats at early events threatened to negatively impact public perceptions about the relevance and importance of the Olympic games. Then came Romney’s unfortunate comments about the British readiness, and a magical moment ensued. The Olympic fever caught on. The British reacted. Patriotism unleashed. Massive public support, enthusiastic volunteers, comparatively … Continue reading

Rum threat looming larger

In an unfortunate statement, attributed in several news reports to one of its spokespersons, the huge multi-national company, Diageo, has effectively threatened non-US Caribbean governments. Diageo is reported to have said that it would “re-evaluate” its relations with several rum producers in non-US Caribbean countries if their governments file a dispute against the United States government at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over huge subsidies to rum producers (including Diageo) in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In other words, what Diageo is saying is that if the huge subsidy it is enjoying in the USVI is legitimately questioned … Continue reading