Francis-Banfield replies to the $450, 000.00 Westerhall Heights Case

Attorney-at-law, Venescia Francis-Banfield has denied a claim made in last week’s issue of THE NEW TODAY newspaper that she had violated a court order that requested her to hand over the sum of EC$171, 439.70 in a case filed against her in the high court by the owner of a mansion that she sold for him in Westerhall Heights, St. David’s. 21-year old Nicholas Moller got an English lawyer, Jacqueline Mc Kenzie to sue Francis-Banfield for not accounting to him over the sale of the house, valued at EC$992,161.00 for only $EC450, 000.00 to a Grenadian living in New York … Continue reading

No Bail for Cocaine Suspects

  Three men arrested in a police sting operation that netted 60 kilos of cocaine valued at EC $6 million have been denied bail and sent to the Richmond Hill prison until their next court date on April 4. The trio – Mahendra Singh, Asstaf Alley and Paul De Roache – appeared last Thursday before Magistrate Karen Noel in the No. 2 Magistrate’s Court in St. George’s who rejected submissions made by a team of defense attorneys for bail to be given to their clients. The Magistrate had actually heard the submissions one day earlier on the Wednesday and reserved … Continue reading

Dr. Marryshow : The Revolution brought benefits

Medical doctor, Terrence Marryshow who was the Political Leader of the now defunct Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM), has added his voice to the state of Grenada’s ailing economy. Dr. Marryshow was sharing his reflections on the Grenada Revolution that took place 35 years ago He said that had succeeding governments embraced “the fruits” of the four and a half years revolution from 1979-83, Grenada would not have found itself now having to be in bed with the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF). He lamented that all of the benefits that were realised by the leftist People’s Revolution Government (PRG) … Continue reading

A tangled web

The issue of the embattled Capital Bank International of Finton De Bourg is back on the front burner. At Tuesday’s post-Cabinet Press Briefing, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell restated the commitment of his one-year old New National Party (NNP) government to honour its promise to pay out close to EC$500, 000.00 to nearly 4000 depositors holding under $500.00 at the bank which has been placed in Receivership. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine elaborated and announced that the cheques are being prepared and arrangements are being made to pay out the … Continue reading

Gov’t failed to ‘deliver’ on back-pay issue

Grenada’s cash-strapped government of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell has notified three public sector unions on the island that it was experiencing problems in raising the millions of dollars needed to honour a commitment made to public sector employees. A government release said that Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine met with the Presidents of the Public Workers Union, Adrian Francis, Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), Lydon Lewis and the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU), Chester Humphrey to update them on the status of the third installment of retroactive payment which was scheduled to be … Continue reading

LIME Building – New home for courts

The complaints from Judges and Lawyers about the conditions of the law courts in Grenada is to be addressed as government has decided to take possession of the LIME building on the Carenage to house three courts. This was announced by Attorney General, Cajeton Hood during a recent post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens in Tanteen, St. George’s. The previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas had expressed interest in purchasing the building from LIME and had agreed on a price but the deal fell through. Congress wanted to use … Continue reading

Call for lawyer to be fully investigated

An English lawyer with ties to Grenada is putting together the final touches to her papers to send to the relevant legal authorities in Grenada to investigate female attorney-at-law, Venescia Francis-Banfield with a view to seeking her dismissal from the profession. Jacqueline Mc Kenzie confirmed to THE NEW TODAY that an official complaint will definitely be filed with the newly created Legal Council that is expected to deal with complaints from the public about the conduct of lawyers. “We are putting together a complaint but plan to send it to the Secretariat for the new Legal Council and copy it … Continue reading

Education Minister battles GUT President

A war of words is being waged between Education Minister Anthony Boatswain and President of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), Lydon Lewis over the handling of the free school books programme that was introduced in 2008 by the former Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC administration. The programme, which was one of the NDC social safety nets for the poor, afforded children school books at a cost of $25. It was being managed by the various schools throughout Grenada. Two weeks ago, Minister Boatswain reported that an audit conducted by the Department of Audit unearth several financial irregularities with … Continue reading

Foodland shows appreciation to employees

Foodland is giving back to its employees as it held a promotion that allowed four winners a shopping spree worth $200. The four consist of Iris Alexis of the Market Square Department, Donna Calliste of Kirani James Boulevard, Sharon Sandiford of the Administrative and Pre-Packing centre and Lesley Bedeau from Management. The promotional period was from February 1-28 and to enter the promotion, staff had to ensure that they had at least one Food Club item on their receipt. At the Market Square supermarket on Monday, they were given two minutes to fill their baskets with $200 worth of items … Continue reading

Chamber reacts to tax increase

The Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCIC) is seeking a meeting with Minister for Economic Development, Trade, Planning and Cooperatives, Oliver Joseph to raise concerns over the recent hike in the Customs Service Charge (CSC). The cash-strapped Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government increased the CSC from 5% to 6% in order to raise more revenue for the island’s Treasury. Industry sources believe that the increase is part of government’s attempts to satisfy the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the administration is taking steps to address the severe fiscal situation facing Grenada. The island has defaulted on … Continue reading