Chester Humphrey: Everything is not smooth sailing

The planned transition of the state-run Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT) to the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is likely to hit rough waters. December 10 is the time set for the dissolution of GBT to make way for the more independent GTA one day later, December 11. The man charged with the responsibility of undertaking the transition process, Barbadian Noel Lynch told stakeholders last week that it is the intention of the New National Party (NNP) Government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell to severe all the staff members of the GBT. He said, however, that a core of the … Continue reading

Obama: The cold logic of mass graves

US President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 24 should rank as a rare breath of fresh air in a body that for decades has been accustomed mostly to rant and rhetoric. Obama spoke truth to power in a refreshingly frank and painstaking manner. Given the turmoil that exists in the Middle East his remarks on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict received the most media attention. Important though those remarks are, President Obama said a lot more to which the world should be paying keen attention. Of particular significance are his remarks about policing … Continue reading

Are we advancing or improving?

It has been very widely documented and accepted by those who seek power to serve the community – that the duty of those in power to serve the people, must work for their common good, and not just for the interests of themselves or their party to remain in power. Indeed the state and those in authority exist for the benefit of the individual and family – not the individual and his family for the benefit of the state. In today’s developed world setting, Governments are expected not only to provide social services and infrastructure, but also to stimulate economic … Continue reading

New Headquarters for GFA

The road is now clear for the Grenada Football Association (GFA) to have its own secretariat. A sod-turning ceremony to mark the commencement of work for the headquarters of the local football body was held last week Thursday and involving President of the Confederation of Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF), Jeffrey Webb and Youth and Sports Minister, Emmalin Pierre. The headquarters will be built at Queen’s Park, St. George’s on the location of the old saw mill at a cost of $1M. Technical Director of GFA, Lester Smith told reporters he is confident that construction of the building could begin before … Continue reading

US$300M expected in debt relief

Grenada is expecting about US$300 million dollars in debt relief as a result of a debt restructuring programme being designed by the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government in St. George’s. Prime Minister Mitchell made the announcement at the Constituency Forum of St John at the Grand Roy Government School. According to a release from the Government Information Service (GIS), the disclosure created a big stir among the many who were on hand for the occasion. “If we get that arrangement settled, and we do what we are expected to do we could get as much as US$300 million … Continue reading

NNP put Grenada in a monkey pants

In recent days, the prime minister of Grenada has been making all kinds of noises about what he will or will not accept from the IMF as a structural adjustment program. Like mouth open, word jump out! The Keith Mitchell-led NNP government has little or no credibility with international creditors. In the 2005 restructuring exercise, they assured the creditors that Grenada will produce an annual growth rate of 4.7%. That was a “pie in the sky” assumption. Besides the effects of Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, the same NNP leadership gave a license to De Bourg to operate CapBank where Grenadians … Continue reading

Rekindling and a New Awakening

An animated Brian Cassidy, MD SGU ’85, sat at a table recounting his rich experience at the St. George’s University to a captive audience. He was at the time enjoying a sumptuous luncheon at the Spice Basket as part of the Eco Tour, one of the activities at an action-packed Family Weekend, held at the beginning of each term at SGU. Thirty years after he himself was a student, Dr. Cassidy returned in a different role, yet it was no less exciting. He is the proud father of a first-term medical student, and for him, there could be no other … Continue reading

CIBC FirstCaribbean engages with Customers

“If doing your banking on a Saturday matters to you, it matters to us!” These words capture the chief reason behind the CIBC FirstCaribbean Banking Fair held at the Grand Anse branch. From 9.00 a.m. To 2.00 p.m. on Saturday, 21st September, the Bank encouraged the public to attend a function specifically hosted to accommodate customers who are unable to complete banking transactions during the work week. Country Head, Nigel Ollivierre, commented, “We have listened to our customers and realised that a number of existing clients and potentially new clients, are unable to visit the Bank during the working week. … Continue reading

Charges dropped against Fullerton

The fraud charges that have been brought against former Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kenrick Fullerton have been withdrawn by the State. This was confirmed to THE NEW TODAY Newspaper on Tuesday by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Christopher Nelson who made it clear that no pressure came upon his Office in taking the decision to have the charges withdrawn. “The decision to discontinue the matter was a purely internal matter we had in consultation with the virtual complainant,” he said. The State Prosecutor advanced four reasons why the decision was taken to drop the charges that were … Continue reading

One Hundred Cases on Criminal Assizes

A startling one hundred matters are listed for the October Criminal Assizes, but Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Christopher Nelson is not perturbed over the number. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY Newspaper at the commencement of the Continuous Assizes on Tuesday, DPP Nelson indicated that although the list is significant at around the same period of time last year there was a similar number of cases on the Cause List. The list went down slightly during the May Criminal Assizes into the eighties. In providing this newspaper with an overview of the cases. DPP Nelson said there … Continue reading