Grenada PM calls for unity in plans to develop Single CARICOM space

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has said there were still many “vexing” issues confronting the Caribbean as it moves to establish a single Caribbean Community (CARICOM) information, communication and technology (ICT) space. Addressing the 25th anniversary of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Dr. Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for ICT within the quasi CARICOM Cabinet, said that regional leaders had last year agreed on working between 2014-19 on establishing the single space to enhance the environment for investment and production. He said the single ICT space will be bolstered by the initiatives and programs in support of bringing technology … Continue reading

Jurist project for G’da

Grenada has been selected as one of the pilot countries for the implementation and benefits of the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) project which is the brainchild of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The six month long project will highlight the introduction of backlog and delay reduction strategies to improve case-flow management in the judiciary. It is hoped that the initiative will develop public trust and confidence in judicial institutions and also develop more transparent systems and processes that will enable law courts to manage and dispose of cases efficiently. The legal experts are optimistic that the new … Continue reading

Clouden speaks on problems affecting judges

Outspoken attorney-at-law, Anselm Clouden has once again spoken out about the conditions under which judges are forced to function in some of the high courts on the island. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, the lawyer who is considered as a criminal specialist said that the high court did not sit last week because of a lack of facilities. He stated that the only fully working court set aside to hear criminal matters had to be used to facilitate a conference involving Canada which is giving assistance to the Caribbean Justice Improvement project. “We had some (criminal) … Continue reading

Congress leaders defend Jenny Simon

The Leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has come to the defence of the President of the Women’s arm of the party, Jenny Simon in light of calls being made by the ruling New National Party (NNP) to take action against her for allegedly attacking the local Churches. Simon, host of the weekly “NDC Heartbeat radio programme”, took issue with the comments made by the Chairman of the Conference of Churches of Grenada (CCG) Reverend Osbert James who gave support to avowed atheist, Chester Humphrey landing the prestigious post of President of the Senate. The NNP also … Continue reading

GUTCU ‘Pass the Torch’ Independence showcase a success

It was a colourful explosion of nationalism and talent reflecting Grenada’s 41st Independence Anniversary last week Wednesday, when the Grenada Union of Teachers Co-operative Credit Union (GUTCU) held its Independence Calypso showcase for the first time. Some 15 aspiring calypsonians from various primary and secondary schools throughout the island, were given the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents at the Deluxe Cinema in Grenville, St Andrew. Among the participants who graced the stage were Khalil Paul with his rendition ‘Uncle Gairy thank you’, Joshell Augustine (Three beautiful women), as well as Janeal Harris (Flag woman), Akish Rennie who did … Continue reading

Scotiabank announces consolidation in Grenada

Scotiabank has announced that it will be closing its Grenville branch, effective May 22nd, 2015. The closure is part of the global restructuring exercise which was announced by Scotiabank’s CEO Brian Porter in November 2014. Scotiabank Caribbean East’s Managing Director, David Noel travelled to Grenada to meet and speak with staff about the changes. Noel said, “We are conscious that the consolidation or closure of branches can have a significant impact on our customers, colleagues and communities. This decision was not taken lightly and was made with careful thought.” He stressed that in keeping with Scotiabank’s values, staff will be … Continue reading

New fee at Co-op bank from March

Account holders with the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited will be subjected to a new fee from March. According to Managing Director of the bank, Richard Duncan, an Account Maintenance fee will be applied in order to recover the cost of doing business. Duncan told reporters at a press conference held at the bank’s head office on Church Street, St George’s that Co-op has been forced to take a fresh look at its operations.. He said: “The model that we have used in the banking industry over the years is being recalibrated, so things that people did not pay for in … Continue reading

Project Grenada: An achievement for 41 years

The economic and financial downturn in the country might have contributed to the low turn out of Grenadians at the national stadium at Queen’s Park on Saturday to witness the official events marking the island’s 41st anniversary of independence. The occasion saw the usual military parade from various arms of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) including the Special Services Unit (SSU), the Women’s arm of the Police Force (RGPF), Prison Officers, Cadet Corp and Girl Guides among others. The men and women in uniform marched into the stadium to the beat of the RGPF musical band before a disappointing … Continue reading

China’s Yuan will rival US dollar globally

Within the next ten years the world community should expect China’s Yuan (also called renminbi) to be as widely used as the United States dollar.  For almost a decade now the Chinese currency has been popular with neighbouring countries which, along with China, are among the fastest growing economies.   Now, the yuan is becoming popular with Western countries too as their trade with China increases and they target the Chinese market for investment and tourism. In a report entitled “Global Development Horizons 2011: Multipolarity – The New Global Economy”, the World Bank predicts that the US dollar will lose dominance … Continue reading

Statement by Political Leader of the National Democratic Congress, Senator V. Nazim Burke, on the occasion of Grenada’s 41st anniversary of Independence

Fellow Grenadians: On behalf of the National Democratic Congress, I wish to extend to you heartiest congratulations on this the 41st anniversary of our independence. The raising of the Grenadian flag on Fort George at Midnight on February 6th gave us the power to manage our own affairs, including the resources that were and still are crucial to the shaping of our destiny. The history of human civilisation shows that the struggle for genuine national independence is never an easy one. We must therefore be forever mindful of the very difficult road Grenada has travelled on its way to gaining … Continue reading