Public officers reject $1000 one-off payment

The ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has turned to Attorney General, Cajeton Hood for legal options that might be available in dealing with public sector unions on salary increases. A high level source told this newspaper that the government which is preparing for upcoming general elections wants advise on the options open to it in light of commitments given to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the Structural Adjustment Programme. He said the Mitchell administration is not prepared to do anything that will hurt the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) that it has committed … Continue reading

NDC to unveil Council of spokespersons on Saturday

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has announced plans to unveil its newly established Council of Spokespersons on Saturday in keeping with its recently launched policy Agenda for the period 2017-2030. Party Chairman, Vincent Roberts, who made the announcement during the weekly NDC press conference on Monday, said an activity is planned for 4 p.m. at the Grenville Car Park in St. Andrew. Roberts told reporters that the Council of Spokespersons should not be interpreted or mistaken as a Shadow Cabinet. “A lot of people are familiar with what is often referred to as a Shadow Cabinet,” (but with) … Continue reading

78 Police Officers receive promotion

Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James has distanced himself from being engaged in corrupt practices in the selection process of Police Officers for promotion within the rank of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF). James who was addressing the second phase of police promotion that took place at the conference room of the Special Services Unit (SSU) at Camp Salines, St. George’s on Tuesday spoke of having heard of a Police Officer being dissatisfied with the first phase of promotion that was done by the Public Service Commission (PSC). “I understand that a certain Police Officer listened to the news … Continue reading

GTA unveils 2017 plans

By Gay Nagle Myers The Grenada Tourism Authority began the year with a new face at the helm, initiatives set to launch and the addition of Mint to its airlift portfolio. Patricia Maher joined the authority as its CEO on Dec. 19 just as the high season was getting underway. Maher is a former country manager for Digicel Grenada and previously served as General Manager for Go Caribic Tours. Together with her colleague Francine Stewart, who joined as Marketing Manager in August from her post at Sandals LaSource Grenada as Resort Sales Manager, the two professionals plan a targeted approach … Continue reading

Industrial problem at Grenada Distillers

An industrial dispute is brewing at Grenada Distillers between Management and the workers who are represented by the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU Grenada). The bargaining agent of the workers has accused the company of wanting to decertify the union. THE NEW TODAY understands that a pamphlet was distributed on the compound in which TAWU has encouraged the workers to stand firm and do not allow the management of Distillers to rob and exploit them. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, President-General of the union, Andre Lewis charged that it is now a clear case that … Continue reading

Succession plan for NNP Leadership

A debate has started among some leading political activist within the governing New National Party (NNP) over who should succeed the ageing 70-year old leader, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell. Former Revolutionary soldier, Kennedy (KB) Budhlall, along with Insurance Executive, Stan Phillip, and radio station owner, Andre Donald expressed their views on the issue during a radio programme last Sunday. Budhlall threw his support behind Works Minister, Gregory Bowen or former General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Senator Peter David as the best candidates to be considered for the top position. David, a former Foreign Affairs … Continue reading

The end of ‘wet foot-dry foot’ – parting gift for whom?

Tomas Regalado, the Mayor of Miami – long a hot bed for Cuban exiles – has described as a “parting gift” the decision of the waning Obama administration to end the US ‘wet foot-dry foot’ policy toward Cubans seeking entry to the US.  The question is: a parting gift to whom? President Obama announced the decision on January 11 in a three-paragraph statement on Cuban Immigration Policy. Regalado believes the decision is a parting gift to Raul Castro, the Cuban President, with whom Barack Obama worked last year to establish diplomatic relations between their two countries after more than five … Continue reading

Burke clarifies VAT reduction

Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress NDC), Senator Nazim Burke has sought to set the record straight on the lowering of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on certain building materials in 2012 when he was the country’s Minister of Finance. Sen. Burke was forced to explain the rationale behind the VAT reduction following a statement made by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell indicating that it was done for selfish reasons by the former Government Minister. Appearing on a GBN radio and television programme, Dr. Mitchell told the nation, “the same Minister of Finance, … Continue reading

NDC to hold Town Hall meeting on January 26

January 26 is the date set by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for a Town Hall meeting at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex in Grand Anse, to discuss issues surrounding the country’s economy. According to NDC Chairman, Vincent Roberts, the meeting will be held under the theme, “The state of Grenada’s economy, where are we, where do we go from here,” and will be addressed by a panel of persons who are well versed in the economic history of the country. “The presenters will be independent Grenadians (who are) not established or known to be part of the … Continue reading