Hypocrites in the woodwork

While everyone is jostling each other to heap praises on Nelson Mandela; recalling what a great statesman and example to the rest of the world he was, it is important to note the history of the Grenadian opposition to Apartheid and support for Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress.

Those of us who achieved political awareness and interest in social and racial justice in the late seventies and early eighties will recall names like Kwame Toure (Stokely Carmichael), Walter Rodney, Michael Manley and of course the bold and brave freedom fighters in Southern Africa.

At the fore of our attention would have been the South African struggle and names like Steve Biko, Walter Sisulu, Desmond Tutu, Thabo Mbeki and others; at the top of the list being Nelson Mandela.

The continued incarceration of Mandela remained a burning topic with militant young people at the time and we all raged while reading reports of the Sharpeville massacre and other atrocities of Apartheid.

With the rise to power of the People’s Revolutionary Government, issues of African liberation became national issues. The Nelson Mandela imprisonment was condemned on every platform and formed part of almost every speech by political leaders.

African Liberation was celebrated every year with a big public rally and many ANC leaders were invited annually to be part of the activities including Thabo Mbeki who would eventually become the second black president of South Africa.

So during that period Grenada was very much a part of the struggle of the victimised and repressed peoples of Africa and Nelson Mandela was idolised as a hero by the leaders and citizens of Grenada then.

Too bad some of our present leaders only jumped on the bandwagon after the world changed its course and condemned the De Klerk government in South Africa until global pressure forced them to release Mandela.

I recall after the destruction of the revolution, I was a member of an obscure political party called the Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement which sought to continue to champion the good aspects of the revolution.

We continued to celebrate African Liberation Day and at one celebration we brought down a member of the ANC and the then Blaize government of which our present Prime Minister was a member stopped him at the airport and sent him back.

On another occasion police surrounded the Progress Park where we had planned the celebrations and prevented it from going on. Persons like Dr. Terry Marryshow, Einstein Louison, Joseph Charter and others can attest to this.

So when I hear Prime Minister Keith Mitchell shed tears at the Media Awards recently when he spoke about Mandela I wondered from what theretofore inaccessible reservoir he pulled those tears and if that reservoir was dry during the eighties when Mandela was in prison and the ANC was outlawed.

The world has lost a real once-in-a-lifetime icon; a true giant; a man in the truest sense of the word but sadly his death has also pulled some real hypocrites out of the woodwork.

Richard Peters

A refined version of N.N.P

The New National Party has shown a new mindset, and a refined model of its intention to tackle Grenada’s grave economic problems which we all know is not easy for any government taking office at this time.

However, we all should get on board to ensure that Grenada succeeds as a nation, and not continue with the same type of low down politics by putting one party supporter against the other because if this trend continues we would surely return to the nasty politics of the 1970’s.

For too long we have been continuing with this unhealthy trend which is responsible for keeping us where we are, by just seeing Grenada in terms of yellow or green.

We should support the Government’s effort in its new dispensation while being very cautious about their ability to manage Grenada in a much better and matured way.

After all, they have made some serious mistakes but I believe that this round they will do a much better job of managing the economy.

My own conviction is that Dr. Mitchell has learn his lesson and with being the most experienced politician around, I am convinced that he means well for taking Grenada forward.

We have to think of tackling the high unemployment rate facing our people, creating more jobs, and empowering more small businesses.

That initiative is being already addressed by this government through making a special fund available of over 3 million dollars for persons who are willing to open micro/small businesses of up to $ 25,000 with the Grenada Development Bank.

This element was clearly lacking in giving impetus to small and new businesses, understanding that if the small man does not have spending power, then the big man cannot prosper.

I must also say that I am very happy to see that after almost six years that C.C.C. is back where hundreds of workers will regain employment including the long-awaited stranded farmers who were waiting desperately on those much needed feeder Roads which most definitely will enhance the tremendous development of the Agricultural sector, as well as the leasing out of Government’s idle estates which could not have even sustained themselves.

I believe that the private sector will do a much better job in bringing these lands into greater production since tourism by itself cannot do all but rather there should be a marriage of these two vital sectors which will lesson on Government’s food import bill.

As a people we can continue for years blaming a particular Government and this will bring our nation no where.

We are involved in too much cheap politics, with the mudslinging, hate and spite after all there are many of us who have genuinely, and constructively criticised the N.N.P for how they managed some aspects of the economy, but the bottom line is that the people once again gave them a complete mandate to lead the Government of this country again, with the N.D.C not winning a single seat.

I do believe that if we do give this government a chance we will see a dramatic change in the style of governance and in the overall improvement of this country.

The current leader has been seriously criticised in the past by a great segment of our society over briefcase money and bad government policies.

Some of the criticisms may be true but Grenadians for the second time have consistently demonstrated their strong desire and placed their total trust in the leadership of the N.N.P once again.

Kennedy Jawahir

The LIME/ERICSSON partnership

Telecommunications Company, LIME, is introducing improved efficiencis that will enable the Full-service provider to increase subscriber satisfactio.

LIME on Monday announced that it has entered into an exclusive Managed Services Agreement with Ericsson to manage the company’s field operations and network infrastructure.

In a move that will deliver the greatest value and efficiency to customers, LIME is partnering with Ericsson, a world-leading managed service specialist of telecommunications networks, to deliver significant enhancement in service delivery while managing the Technical Operations and Field Services arms of the LIME Grenada business.

LIME anticipates that the implementation of the Ericsson’s Managed Services Solution will bolster its network operations and cut operating expenses over the seven year life of the contract, a significant overhead reduction aimed at helping the company to become more competitive while being better able to respond to customer needs.

As part of the agreement, the positions of nineteen (19) members of LIME’s current Service Delivery team have been made redundant effective 12th December, 2013.

Ericsson has offered employment to all of the former LIME employees, and the global firm will benefit from one of the most experienced technical teams in the region.

LIME will work to ensure the smoothest possible transition for employees who elect to seek employment with Ericsson or otherwise.

LIME selected Ericsson as the world leading provider of communications technology and services. Today 40% of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks.

The company supports customers’ networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions and manages networks that serve 1 billion subscribers worldwide.

Ericsson has more than 110,000 people that speak more than 100 languages working with customers in more than 180 countries.

Ericsson has been providing LIME/Cable & Wireless with advanced integrated mobile voice and data services for nearly a decade.

Ahead of its official commencement of operations in Grenada, Ericsson will establish locally registered offices in preparation for its management of LIME’s field operations and service delivery and its employment of staff.

LIME Grenada’s General Manager, Angus Steele said: “LIME is committed to delivering world-class service that will differentiate us from all our competitors, and when we consider Ericsson’s domain knowledge, economies of scale, network design, optimisation and field maintenance, we are confident that LIME will be able to provide service that is on par with best-in-class operators across the globe.

“Through this agreement, LIME has also stimulated foreign investment for Grenada as Ericsson will now be establishing local operations. A move that is not only good for LIME but also for the country at large,” added Steele.

Huge Fines on Drug Men

Shankiell “Riley” Myland – to loose some of his property

Shankiell “Riley” Myland – to loose some of his property

A Magistrate’s court in St. George’s has handed down stiff fines on four men who have been charged with drug offenses.

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), on March 2, 2012, arrested and charged Waynesworth Barrett of Jamaica, Jason Gellizeau of River Road, St. George’s, Pinero Thomas of Paradise St. Andrew’s and Shankiell “Riley” Myland of Woburn St. George’s, for the offences of Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Drug to wit: cocaine.

All four accused were also charged with the offence of trafficking in a substance believed to be a controlled drug to wit: cocaine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Pinero Thomas - fined $30,000

Pinero Thomas – fined $30,000

These charges arose from an investigation carried out by the FIU into the operations of a criminal network involving the exportation of cocaine from Grenada, to the United Kingdom by couriers and the transfer of monies as payment, via a money remitting service, from the United Kingdom to Grenada.

All defendants appeared before the St. George’s number Two Magistrate’s Court before Karen Noel and Barrett, Gellizeau and Thomas pleaded guilty to the offence of trafficking in cocaine.

Barrett was fined $15,000 to be paid immediately and in default serve nine months in prison.

In the case of Gellizeau, he was fined EC $15,000 to be paid in eight months, in default spend the next nine months in prison while Thomas had a fine of $30,000 imposed on him to be paid in eight months and in default serve one year in prison.

Myland who had had brushes with the law on drug charges over the years pleaded guilty to the charge of Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

Waynesworth Barrett - fined $15,000

Waynesworth Barrett – fined $15,000

The Woburn resident was fined $65,000 on Friday, November 1 to be paid in eight months and in default subjected to a one-year term in prison.

Magistrate Noel also issued a confiscation order against Myland in the sum of $24,000, to be paid in four months, in default one year

The confiscation order is the second of its kind in Grenada, and the first within the last ten years in the Eastern Caribbean.