Police Officer to reach out to Drug Addicts

Sgt. Kenny Smart – reaching out to Drug Addicts

A Sergeant of Police is forging ahead with plans to reach out to drug addicts in the society.
Kenny Smart said he has realised that there is no known drug rehabilitation centre on the island, and with the assistance of a group of medical professionals he is in the process of starting a mobile centre by the beginning of next year.

The facility would operate under the name, “The Positive Changes Services.”

The Police Officer who previously led the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) for 12 years told reporters that the initiative was born out of the devastating effect he has seen on some persons due to the use of drugs.

According to Sgt. Smart, as a result of his expertise and training, it is clear that a habit cannot be broken easily, but with the help and assistance of others a difference could be created in the lives of those who are hooked on the banned substances.

He said that the constant use of drugs have resulted in the breaking up of some families while others have been sent to prison for drug use and abuse.

Stating that the eyes and minds of several persons are focused mainly on the current political situation in the country, Sgt. Smart stressed that he is instead focused on his brothers and sisters who are hooked on illegal drugs.

“So we are asking people not just to focus on the political situation, but to focus on the coming of God,” he added.

Sgt. Smart disclosed that the base of his outfit would be at the Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Grand Anse, St. George’s, but the team of people associated with the project would venture into the villages to make different presentations.

A series of programmes would be conducted with the drug addicts and their families at the Maranatha facility.

The targeted group would be identified by those running the drug rehab center from records obtained from RGPF and the prisons.

Ruggles Ferguson takes over the regional bar

Attorney Ruggles Ferguson – elected to the top post of the OECS Bar

A former President of the Grenada Bar Association is now the new President of the OECS Bar Association.

Ruggles Ferguson, who served as President of the Grenada Bar for seven consecutive years (2001-2008), was elected unanimously at the Biennial meeting of the OECS Bar held over the weekend in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

He succeeds Tapley Seaton Q.C., a former long serving Attorney-General of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, who has been at the helm of the organisation for the last four years.
Ferguson is the first person from the Grenada Bar Association to hold the post of President since the sub-regional body was established 23 years ago. He served as 1st Vice President for the last four years.

Other members of the newly elected executive are First Vice-President, Betram Commissiong Q.C of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Bar, Second Vice-President, Thaddeus Antoine of the St. Lucia Bar, Secretary Yvette Wallace of the Anguilla Bar and Treasurer Jean Dyer also of the Anguilla Bar.

Tapley Seaton Q.C of the St Kitts & Nevis Bar remains on the Executive as the Immediate Past President.

Two representatives, including the President of each of the nine constituent Bar Associations, together with the Executive members, comprise the Council of the OECS Bar which meets quarterly in a different jurisdiction.

The OECS Bar is the umbrella body representing the nine countries that make up the sub-regional grouping – Anguilla, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Other activities of the OECS Bar over the weekend in St Vincent & the Grenadines included its 9th Regional Law Fair and a Joint Symposium with the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Professional Ethics.
One of the first acts of the new President was to deliver a key-note address at the opening of law year 2012-13 at the high court in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

As a public service, THE NEW TODAY reproduces the historic speech as delivered by Ferguson to the bar in the neighbouring OEAS territory:

“The Opening of Law Year 2012 comes at the heels of a very successful weekend of activities including the 9th Regional Law Fair on Friday (Sep. 14th), the now annual Joint Symposium hosted by the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) and the OECS Bar on Saturday morning, the Biennial Meeting of the OECS Bar on Saturday afternoon, and several social activities spread over a three day period.

Our 9th Regional Law Fair was again a resounding success with attorneys throughout the sub-region engaging, discussing, and debating a range of legal topics touching and concerning the Civil Procedure Rules; Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism laws affecting our region;  the rights of minority shareholders in companies; the professional obligations of lawyers when dealing with clients, particularly in criminal matters; and  the role of the recently established OECS Regional Assembly  in the integration process.

Our very interactive and stimulating Joint Symposium on Saturday focused  on  the several facets of Professional Ethics. It was comprehensively prepared and thoroughly  presented by Justice of Appeal Alice York Soo Hon of the Trinidad and Tobago Court of Appeal, complete with humorous illustrations and several cases from all levels of the court.
It is a must read for practitioners and we are endeavoring to get copies of the power point presentation for the widest circulation to Attorneys.


Coming out of the Biennial meeting on Saturday (Sep 15th) a new executive was elected to lead and co-ordinate the work of the Association over the next two years. It  comprises Ruggles Ferguson as President;  Bertram Commissiong Q.C.  as 1st Vice President; Thaddeus Antoine as 2nd Vice President; Yvette Wallace as Secretary; and Jean Dyer as Treasurer. Tapley Seaton Q.C remains on the Executive as Immediate Past President.
Let me take this opportunity to publicly thank Queens Counsel Seaton for his calm and steady leadership of the Association over the past four (4) years.
Members of this new executive all come with a proven record of commitment to the growth and development of the OECS Bar and with extensive organisational experience. They have all been exposed to the rigours of leadership, both at their respective  local Bars and the OECS Bar.
The Executive, together with the respective Presidents and another nominee of each constituent Bar, will constitute the Council of the OECS Bar.
Let me take this opportunity to again thank the St. Vincent  & the Grenadines Bar for a wonderful weekend and a particularly fabulous trip to Bequia on Sunday.
Special thanks to the indefatigable Nicole Sylvester, our Law Fair Co-ordinator, who worked tirelessly to ensure the huge success of the weekend events and who, in characteristic style, ensured that we received the best Vincentian hospitality.
Remarkably, we were still able to get the best out of Nicole notwithstanding her many serious challenges over the past year, including her loss of both parents in relatively quick succession. Well done Nicole.


Let me take this opportunity also to record warm congratulations to our very calm, composed and competent newly appointed Chief Justice, the Hon Janice Pereira – the first female in the OECS to be appointed to this lofty position.
Often times, you hear dissenting voices regarding appointments to high office, the office of Chief Justice being no exception. In this case I’ve heard none. On the contrary I have heard a chorus of concurring voices in recognition of the scholarship, judicial wisdom, ability to listen, and humility of our new Chief Justice.
We also wish to take this opportunity to congratulate you Justice Blenman and you Justice Michel on your permanent elevation to the Court of Appeal.
I cannot help but note that apart from the noted judicial wisdom of our last four Chief Justices – Justices Saunders, Alleyne, Rawlins and now Pereira –  whether confirmed or serving in acting capacities – they were all great listeners, showed respect for Attorneys, demonstrated humility and never allowed the power of the office to get to their heads.
We urge judicial officers at all levels to embrace these outstanding attributes.
We must always remember that the legal system is not for judges and lawyers and for those employed in the system. It’s for the people. We are merely there to serve.


Chief Justice, your choice of theme “Improving Efficiency and Integrity in the Administration of Justice in times of Economic Adversity” fittingly recognises the  serious economic challenges we continue to face in this sub-region. Indeed, improving efficiency calls for cutting back on wastage, ongoing training of Registry staff, keeping abreast and constantly embracing new technology, proper and advanced scheduling of court matters at all levels of the court, enhancing the mediation infrastructure throughout the sub-region, more timely delivery of judgments, and giving more focus to enforcement mechanisms to ensure that litigants receive the fruits of their judgments.
Enhancing the integrity of the profession, on the other hand, calls for ongoing training and sensitisation of our Attorneys on the ethics of the profession, ensuring the passage of Legal Profession Acts in all nine jurisdictions of the OECS, promoting public legal education, utilising the various avenues of communication (electronic and otherwise) to build a better and more consistent rapport between Attorneys and clients, and ensuring greater transparency and accountability within the profession,


Twenty-three (23) years ago our founding fathers came together for the purpose of lobbying Governments to improve the terms and conditions of members of our judiciary. We recorded success then. Out of those initiatives the OECS Bar was born, expanding its mission to include the protection of human rights, the preservation of the rule of law, the promotion of access to justice, and the organisation of the nine constituent bars under a single regional umbrella body.
Today, 23 years later, we are again coming together in Dominica (in November 2012) to specifically look at the terms and conditions under which members of our judiciary serve – their accommodation, their security, their salaries, their administrative support, their pension benefits.
One of our hard working past presidents, Courtney Abel, has prepared a comprehensive paper for discussion.
We shall be looking at the different components of the entire package available or which ought to be made available to members of our judiciary. Thereafter we shall engage the sub-regional governments to make it happen.


We wish to salute the founding fathers and all those who contributed to the growth and development of the OECS Bar. Yours have been a labour of love, a commitment to cause, a dedication to duty. How else could you describe those who, year after year, attend meetings, pay their own air fares, pay their own meals and incidentials, pay their own hotel accommodation and other related expenses – all in the interest of building a strong regional organisation for the common good of all members of the profession and the people of the sub-region.
Twenty-three (23) years after our founding fathers conceived this organisation, we have moved from periodic meetings to fully structured meetings every quarter in a different jurisdiction. Now, when the OECS Bar Council meets every quarter, the constituent Bar hosting the meeting is required to host a continuing legal education (CLE) programme for local lawyers.
In other words, the entire Saturday mornings are reserved for CLE programmes and the Saturday afternoons for discussing and seeking to resolve the common issues facing constituent Bars.


Madame Chief Justice, we applaud the initiative of the court to become proactive in the area of public legal education, through your proposed outreach programmes. The OECS Bar also intends to place public legal education  high on the agenda of its new two year programme.
As part of that process, I intend to propose for adoption the introduction of a Law Week in all nine (9) jurisdictions before the end of this Law Term.
Justice David Souter, Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S., while delivering the keynote address at the Opening Assembly of the American Bar Association in Chicago in 2009, noted that civic education is crucial to preserving an independent judiciary.
Pointing to a recent poll that showed that 2/3 of Americans can’t name the three branches of Government – executive, legislative and judicial – Justice Souter warned that the failure of many Americans to understand how the government work poses a serious threat.
“There is a danger to judicial independence when people have no understanding of how the judiciary fits into the constitutional scheme”, he noted.
We also note your continued embrace of technology in an effort to make the court more productive, effective and efficient. In that regard, we welcome the introduction of e-filing.
We urge practitioners to ‘get with the programme’: get in tune with the technology, set aside some time to learn the relevant software, maximise your productivity.  Older practitioners, in particular, must remove mental blocks and make the technology work for them.
Madame Chief Justice, we also welcome your emphasis on greater access to justice for citizens, your calls for mentoring young lawyers and continued professionalisation of the Bar, and your commitment to make the Halls of Justice project a reality.
The OECS Bar shall endeavor to put effective systems in place for the guidance and mentoring of young Attorneys.


We recognise the strategic importance of the Halls of Justice project. Most jurisdictions are crying out for modern and well equipped courts. While we await these modern facilities though, immediate attention needs to be given to improving some of our existing facilities now, not later.
Short term solutions need to be found even while we work on long term plans. In Grenada, for example, the use of the Mediation Centre for the monthly visit of the Master poses serious challenges. Attorneys handling the various matters are usually packed like sardines into a small room, waiting, at times, for hours until their matters are called.
These Attorneys are unable to properly and privately consult their clients, fettered by the absence of adequate space.
Litigants, on the other hand, have to stand on the steps, and sometimes on the side of the road, waiting for hours until their matters are called. Similar examples exist in other jurisdictions. Urgent cost-effective steps need to be taken to correct these shortcomings.


In my capacity as President of Grenada Bar, I advocated for many years the formation of a Bench-Bar Committee so that the various stakeholders could come together and collectively approach common issues affecting the administration of justice.  It eventually became a reality in 2008.
All the stakeholders in the justice system including Judges, Bar Association, Attorney-General, Registrar, and the Ministry of Legal Affairs (through its Permanent Secretary) constitute the Bench-Bar Committee.
One of its early projects was the training of Registry Staff in all facets of the job, including an understanding of relevant rules and procedures and good customer service techniques.
Madame Chief Justice, I wish to strongly recommend, as a priority in the upcoming Law Year, the formation of Bench-Bar committees in the other eight (8) jurisdictions, using the Grenada model and developing it even further.


This Law Year I shall also be advocating strongly for the institutionalisation of a Law Week in all nine (9) jurisdictions of the OECS, modeled after the Grenada experience.
Law Week in Grenada sees lawyers visiting schools to sensitise students about the Constitution and different aspects of the law; visiting the prisons and police stations to experience first-hand the conditions under which prisoners and detainees are kept and to engage officials on relevant issues; providing free legal consultations on designated Pro-bono days; and appearing on radio and television programmes to speak on relevant legal topics of interest to the general public; facilitating lower versus upper sixth form debate among students at the local community college; and engaging in friendly cricket encounters with police prosecutors and doctors.
During the week, students also visit court houses throughout the country to experience first-hand the court in action.


In my capacity as President, I intend to focus on certain key areas including continuing legal education for Attorneys, public legal education, passage and implementation of legal profession acts in all jurisdictions, and professional indemnity insurance for all Attorneys.
We need to promote teamwork, create institutionalised programmes (like Law Week) and involve the widest cross-section of Attorneys in the work of the OECS Bar.
We also need to pursue an individual membership drive to strengthen the membership base of the OECS Bar and develop a well-rounded package of benefits and incentives for individual members.


Colleague attorneys throughout the sub-region must become more proactive.  Don’t just recognise and complain about the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit back and complain about how much your Bar Association is not doing. Step forward and do something. Play an active role. Make suggestions. Make a difference. Join a sub-committee. Encourage your colleagues to become part of the solution.
Local Bar Associations must also become more efficient, more proactive, more organised, and more creative in energising the membership base. It is often very easy to give up in the face of constant criticisms, lack of support from members, and lack of appreciation for the time and resources expended to make things happen, especially in the context of your own busy schedules, your purely voluntary contributions and sacrifices, and the constant challenges of staying afloat in these economically challenging times.
Don’t be daunted by the critics and the naysayers. In fact, listen to the critics and even try to get them on board. Let them strengthen, not weaken, your own resolve to get the work done.


Madame Chief Justice, let me renew the pledge of the OECS Bar to continue to work with the bench to uphold the rule of law and to make the justice system more accessible to the man in the street.
We pledge also to continue to defend the independence of the judiciary, to work towards improving the terms and conditions of service for our judiciary, to sensitise the public on our constitutions and our laws, and to work closely with all stakeholders to strengthen and modernise the administration of justice.
We wish all a productive, stimulating and successful Law Year!”

Grenada and Latvia establish diplomatic relations

NEW YORK – Grenada and Latvia have established diplomatic relations.

A Joint Communiqué on establishing diplomatic relations between both countries was signed in New York last week Wednesday

Grenada’s Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Ambassador Dessima Williams and her Latvian counterpart, Normans Penke signed on behalf of the two governments.

“The Republic of Latvia and Grenada, with the purpose to promote mutual understanding and strengthen the friendship and co-operation among their two peoples, and on the basis of the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, have decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level,” according to the communiqué.

The ambassadors discussed economic and cultural development of both countries and the possibilities for further cooperation in other areas including tourism.

Ambassador Williams and her Latvian counterpart also discussed the possibility of a visit in February 2013 by a Latvian delegation to coincide with Grenada’s Independence anniversary.

The diplomats agreed to actively explore co-operation between both countries including cultural exchanges.

Ambassador Penke reiterated Latvia’s interest in developing bilateral economic co-operation.

“We are open for co-operation. At the UN, we are at your disposal for assistance,” he said.

Randal Robinson gets the nod

Randal Robinson – selected as NDC Caretaker/Candidate for
St. George’s South East

A service provider in the Tourism industry, Randal Robinson has been selected by the Constituency Branch of St. George’s South East to be the Caretaker Candidate for the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in the next General Elections that are constitutionally due next year.

Robinson got the nod during elections held Monday night by NDC members at the Marian Multi-Purpose Centre that was presided over by the party’s Treasurer, Bernard Isaac.

He received 93 votes as opposed to 31 by Elliot Bishop, the former President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) and current Public Relations Officer of the NDC branch in the constituency.

There was one spoiled voted, and two persons abstained.

Robinson’s elevation comes less than one week before Congress holds its annual convention in which Prime Minister Tillman Thomas is seeking to regain control of the party following a bitter fight for control with a faction led by his General Secretary, Peter David, a former Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.

The crucial party meeting has been shifted from River Sallee in St. Patrick’s to the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) in Telescope, St. Andrew’s.

Although being appreciative to the people who supported him, Robison recognised that the journey ahead would be a tough one to win the seat and to allow it to remain in the hands of Congress.

In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY Newspaper, the new NDC Caretaker Candidate admitted that it would take hard work and “a leap of faith” in pulling through when the elections are called.

The seat was won in the 1999 and 2003 general elections by former Deputy Prime Minister, Gregory Bowen of the New National Party (NNP). Congress won the constituency in the July 2008 poll when former Foreign Affairs Minister, Karl Hood defeated Bowen.

Robinson spoke of having “a good team of people” with him to assist in the campaign and that while he is not gloating over the victory against Bishop, it feels good to being able to go forward.

He said that the defeated Bishop must also be recognised as being part of the process in going forward.

According to Robinson, both he and Bishop have made a commitment to continue working together in the interest of the constituency and the party.

The NDC Caretaker Candidate noted that he was urged to come forward to serve the country by a former Choir Mistress, Pat Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago.

He said Bishop told him last year that he can become a good advocate for the people of Grenada, and that he should consider it.

Robinson pointed out that the urge to get involved became more forceful to him when members of the constituency started the search for a replacement for Hood.

He stressed that before making the decision to go forth in frontline politics, he had to seek the advice and blessings of his family who are not engaged in political matters but they were very supportive.

Robinson said as soon as he declared himself interested in accepting the challenge to be the NDC Caretaker Candidate for the constituency, he received mixed reactions from members in the area.

He stated that while some people lauded it as a brilliant move, there were others who expressed severe reservations and indicated to him that politics can become nasty business.

“I think the Lord is ahead of me, and I am behind so the way is being made clear,” he said.
Robinson sounded optimistic when he said that some people whom he met in the constituency who were previously disillusioned have now become energized.

The newly installed NDC Caretaker joins a number of new faces on the NDC Team for the upcoming general elections such as Senators Denneth Modeste and Dr. George Vincent in St. Mark’s and St. John’s respectively, and Terry Hillaire in St. Andrew’s North East.

The NDC is also expected to install new candidates in St. Patrick West, The Town of St. George, St. George North-west, South St. George, and St. David’s.

Speculation is rife that a well-known businesswoman is tipped to replace former Tourism Minister, Glynis Roberts in South St. George while a prominent calypsonian is considered as the front-runner for the St. David’s seat as the incumbent, Michael Denis Lett will not be seeking re-election for a third consecutive term in Parliament.

Prime Minister Thomas is said to be concentrating on ensuring that the party is purged of the pro-David elements and to get Congress ready for a major battle against NNP in the upcoming national poll.

Glynis Roberts accused of being ‘indecent’ and ‘selfish’

MP Glynis Roberts – chided by her constituents

The St. George South constituency branch of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is not taking too kindly to the manner in which former Minister of Foreign Trade and The Environment, Glynis Roberts took her exit last Thursday from the Cabinet of Ministers.

Roberts’ not surprising resignation left Prime Minister Tillman Thomas in charge of a Cabinet that now comprises only six elected Members of Parliament from the July 2008 general elections.

The female MP is known to be a close ally of attorney-at-law, Peter David who resigned as a Minister of the Congress government some three months ago citing fundamental differences with the Prime Minister and the fiscal and economic policies being pursued by the four-year old administration.

In a strongly worded letter sent out to Roberts over the weekend, the new Chairman of the NDC Constituency branch in the south of the island, Halim Griffith dropped strong hints that the resigned minister can expect to be treated like an enemy by supporters.

According to Griffith, the branch members do not expect to see Roberts attending Sunday’s crucial NDC annual convention in which Prime Minister Thomas is expected to regain control of the National Executive of the party from David and chart a new course forward for the impending general elections.

Following is the full text of the OPEN LETTER TO HON. GLYNIS ROBERTS from Griffith:
September 22, 2012

Dear Mrs Roberts,

I write you in your capacity as Member of Parliament for the Constituency of South St George, on behalf of the Executive of the Constituency Branch of the NDC.

I have also been asked by numerous members and constituents to associate themselves with this letter. Please know that this letter takes issue with all aspects of your resignation from the Cabinet.

You will know that your election to represent the people of our Constituency also carried with it an expectation that you would serve in the Government, should the NDC win the majority of seats. In fact, you enjoyed the benefit of this second privilege up until your very indecent and indefensible decision to resign on September 20, 2012.

There has been widespread consternation among the constituents that you were happy to apprise certain political “friends” of your intention to resign, while not coming to those who elected you until after the fact. It should not shock you to realise that those few friends do not live and vote in the South and therefore can contribute little to your political relevance and survival.

As a matter (of) absolute clarity, you must know that the vote given to you in 2008 did not carry with it a power or the freedom to either misdirect yourself or act in concert with others to bring down our Government. This may well surprise you, but we of the South, have given you no authority to mash up the Government.

Your conduct is therefore highly abusive of the confidence which had been placed in you to represent us. That confidence has now been squandered in a selfish and disgusting manner.

The fact that you have not resigned as MP means nothing to the constituents who see your action as intended to contribute towards the fall of our party from Government. Simply put, Madam, you will not be able to separate the two issues, because they cannot be separated.

Halim Griffith – takes issue with MP Glynis Roberts

Last Thursday evening, you hosted a meeting at the Woburn Pre-school. You were surrounded at the head table by persons who have publicly declared their hostility to the Prime Minister and his Government. In fact, Chester Humphrey is on record as being determined to ensure that our Government serves only one term.

Chester’s conduct and that of Mr. Arley Gill, whose tone and mood can best be described as that of a frothing ‘frillster’, were so despicable that even you, if you are able to have quieter moments, would concede, were unfit for public consumption. However, it may well be that such indecency and generally low standards of discourse are very unlikely to cause you any trouble.

Just a few weeks ago, you were unable to give a definitive answer when you were asked by constituents at a branch meeting, if you were willing to work under the leadership of Hon. Political Leader and Prime Minister, Mr. Tillman Thomas. On a second occasion you were coerced when questioned again to say “yes”.

Evidently, we now know that your answer was untruthful and designed to mislead the members into endorsing you.

Two weeks ago, you participated in elections for a new Constituency Executive.  As we know, that vote did not go in your favour. But it was very telling, disrespectful and undemocratic of you, not to even congratulate the newly elected Executive.

What is equally distressing, is that on that very evening that you were pretending to vote on NDC party business, you had already made up your mind to opt out as a member of Government. This conduct raises fundamental issues of CHARACTER on your part.

When word broke of your intention to resign on Monday of this week, you told the media various things. You spoke of it as rumour, you said it was “neither here nor there with you”; you said you might run as an independent candidate; you said you do not know who you would be running for; and much more.

On this evidence, the members of the Executive of the Constituency Branch are of the firm view that you have publicly abandoned and discarded your obligations as an NDC representative.

The fact that your name appears in an e-mail now in circulation, in which you appear to have been assigned certain tasks towards the formation of a new Political Party, is reasonably reliable evidence that you are no longer with the NDC.

In the circumstances, the Executive of the South St. George Constituency Branch can find NO reasonable, prudent or justifiable basis for your attendance at the upcoming NDC Convention or our monthly NDC meetings since you certainly do not represent our Party nor share our core values.

We are embarrassed and utterly disappointed. This is not what we voted for nor envisaged that we would receive from your representation. As you know, the electorate in the South are an intelligent, proud and respectable people.

We offer you our prayers in your new political endeavours.

Yours respectfully,

Halim Griffith
NDC South St George Constituency Branch

Cleaner and more sustainable energy

Grenada was represented at the Regional Sustainable Energy Workshop for Energy and Educator Stakeholders in the Caribbean which was held in Basseterre Saint Kitts and Nevis from September 10 -14 by Hervis Adrian and Francis Viechweg

The Organisation of American States (OAS) through its Department of Sustainable Development and the Energy Department of the Caribbean Community Secretariat is collaborating with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) to accelerate the transition toward cleaner and more sustainable energy in Caribbean countries.

The three organisations working under the umbrella of two EU-funded initiatives, namely, the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Capacity Support (CRECS), co-hosted three regional workshops on sustainable energy from September 10 -14, 2012 at the Marriott St. Kitts Resort in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The workshops were attended by delegates from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The first workshop from September 10-11, focused on building capacity for the design and implementation of sustainable energy and energy conservation awareness programs.

The second workshop on September 12, which was attended by government officials from Ministries responsible for Education, and energy and climate change, as well as science school teachers, reviewed the Caribbean Energy Awareness and Education Programme (CEEAP) and its campaign Learn and Save, and explored avenues for its expansion as a follow-up to the CSEP.

The intention is that CEEAP would help to reinforce institutional and pedagogic capacities to integrate in the curriculum, the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

On September 13 and 14, a Teacher’s Sustainable Energy Workshop was held.
The session was attended by government officials from the Ministries of Education and science school teachers.

This session consisted of lectures and hands-on exercises in renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation.

In addition, a package of educational materials and toolkits were handed over to the six independent OECS countries and the Bahamas.

The workshops were led by Dr. Alexandra Daval, an expert in Information and Communications and Jonathan Rand, who has taught thousands of teachers and students about wind energy, and has facilitated teacher workshops on renewable energy science across the United States as well as Canada, Costa Rica, Chile and Ireland.

TAWU engaged in serious negotiations

The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers’ Union has been reporting on a series of negotiations being held with private sector companies.

According to a TAWU release, the union has settled a new Collective Labour Agreement with Caribbean Agro Industries that provided increased benefits to workers.

The militant union is also seeking to conclude negotiations on the terms and conditions of exit from Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd. by way of redundancy for several workers.

The release said that the negotiations with Caribbean Agro Industries concluded on a positive note in which the Union secured a twelve percent (12%) increase in salary and a thirty-three percent (33%) increase in Severance Compensation for the General Staff.
There was also agreement on increases in several Allowances.

The release said that the agreement reached by Union and Company negotiators will first have to be ratified by Union members at a meeting.

Talks between TAWU and Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd. concerning the reduction of staff are still somewhere off in terms of a comprehensive agreement.

The union said that one of the sticking matters involving Exit Compensation is to be referred by the Company to the Ministry of Labour.

“This issue of retrenchment facing Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd. workers has been an ongoing matter regionally and in the context of Grenada will eventually lead to a loss of over thirty percent (30%) of the jobs”, said the union in its release.

The Union has been engaged in hard bargaining with the Company and no final agreement has been reached. The Union will meet with the SSD division of Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd….”, it added.

In the matter of the LIAT Extended Hour Compensation, the Union said it has not yet received a response from the regional airline over its latest demand for the payment of one (1) million dollars at the end of the month and a payment plan for the outstanding amount of approximately four point nine (4.9) million dollars.

TAWU said that it intends to schedule an emergency meeting with LIAT workers shortly to discuss the issue.

Customers win with LIME

Eight lucky customers walked away with shopping vouchers compliments LIME.
The draw presentations were held Tuesday at the Bruce Street retail store.

Customers got the opportunity to win the vouchers by topping up $20 or more on their LIME phones, paying their bills in full and on time, signing up for new service or purchasing a handset at any of LIME’s retail stores.

Customers can also text the word LIME to 2265 for a chance to win.

Among this week’s winners were Bernadine Baptiste, Reuben Mains, Carol Noble, Yvonne Gilkes, Melissa Blake, Cuthbert Noel.

Merilene Thomas was the winner of the Text to Win element of the promotion.

In addition to school supplies vouchers from Cathwills Stationery and Grocery Shopping vouchers from Real Value, customers will also get the opportunity to win cash and other prizes during LIME’s Wacky Wednesday specials.

Customers can also look out for additional specials on products and services on those days.

Real Value Supermarket loses thousands

Police have been called in to investigate the disappearance of thousands of dollars from the Real Value IGA Supermarket at Grand Anse, St. George’s.

According to a well-placed source, fingers are being pointed at a senior member of staff for allegedly committing the offense.

The suspect is accused of stealing $5,000.00 of the supermarket’s funds sometime in July but it was not until last week the matter was reported to the police.

The source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that cash amounting to $18,109.91
was placed inside a deposit bag and entrusted to an employee for deposit.

However, he said it was not until the operators of the supermarket received the deposit slip from the bank last week that it was discovered that $5,000.00 was short from the original sum of money.

This newspaper learnt that the police have launched an intensive investigation into the matter.

J.W. Fletcher joins Right Start Youth Football tourney

Grenada’s newest secondary school is among three secondary schools that are among the competing schools in the 2012 Republic Bank Right Start Cup Youth Football Tournament.

J.W Fletcher Catholic Secondary School, Beacon Secondary, and Grenada Christian Academy are among 17 schools that are seeking to grab the coveted title from the defending champion, St. Mark’s Secondary (boys), and St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George’s (Girls).

Prizes and prize monies have increased from $15,000.00 to $20,000.00.

Managing Director Keith Johnson reminded the students that learning is not restricted to a classroom indicating that the bank remains committed to the empowerment of the nation’s youth during the opening ceremony that took place at the Alston George Park in Victoria, St. Mark’s.

Johnson challenged the athletes to cultivate the attributes of Grenadian Olympic Gold Medalist Kirani James.

The tournament is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Sports (YES).

The YES Minister, Patrick Simmons assured the bank that the monies being invested is well spent, and encouraged parents to support their children during the tournament.

Simmons said their attendance during the games will not only give their children support and encouragement, but will ensure that they demonstrate discipline during the games.