Ferguson blames political interference for CCJ defeat

Attorney-at-law, Ruggles Ferguson has sought to blame political interference in the main for Tuesday’s rejection by the electorate to vote in favour of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to replace the Privy Council as the final appellate court in Grenada. The CCJ Advisory Committee, headed by Acting Attorney-General Dr. Lawrence Joseph lost the popular vote 12, 133 to 9846 as the “No Vote” platform emerged victorious in the CCJ referendum. Speaking to reporters at the St. George’s No. 1 High Court at St. John’s Street, St. George’s last Thursday, Ferguson who is a member of the Advisory Committee pointed … Continue reading

Sandals Foundation and Lions Club help paralyzed man

A few months ago 70 year old Desmond Sandy of Happy Hill suffered with backaches which he overlooked and presumed were just a natural part of aging. Little did he know he suffered with a severe case of spinal cord compression which would leave him in severe pain and later unable to walk. Fortunately, for Mr. Sandy he was able to receive emergency spinal cord decompression surgery and begin his road to recovery. With the surgery and the gradual lessening of his aches and pains, sensation in his legs will regenerate slowly but surely with the aid of physical therapy. … Continue reading

Historic CCJ sitting in Grenada by video-conference

Just two days after the Grenadian voting public rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final Court of Appeal in a referendum, history was made with the first-ever sitting of the CCJ in its original jurisdiction in Grenada. The case which was done via video-conferencing at High Court No. 1 at St. John’s Street, St. George’s last Thursday was heard by CCJ Judges, President Adrian Saunders, along with Justices Jacob Wit, Winston Charles Anderson, David Hayton, and Rajnauth Lee. Local attorney-at-law and CCJ advocate, Ruggles Ferguson of Ciboney Chambers represented the Gilbert Family while Barbados was represented by … Continue reading

Answers are needed!!!

I will be most grateful if you will grant me space in your papers to enquire of Cable & Wireless Grenada Ltd. or any relevant authority why is it that there has been no Annual Report to the shareholders since the 2013/2014 report. I was of the view that all public companies were obligated to inform all shareholders of their companies’ Annual Shareholders General meetings and to furnish them with such reports. Is it because, in the case of Cable & Wireless Grenada Limited, that members of the public who own only 992,767 or 2.5% of the company that they … Continue reading

A furious PM Mitchell!!!

Don’t be disappointed and furious Mr. PM because you and your team is responsible for the unsuccessful referendum. It turned out the way it did because of your stubbornness. You’ve forgotten that the main focus was supposed to be about the Grenadian people – those from all walks of life the rich, less unfortunate, the haves and haves not. Instead of trying to take your time and educate, likewise redress the issues with the judicial system, you’ve found yourself on many occasions castigating the decision makers. You also failed to recognise that the judicial system is one of the executive … Continue reading

Government looks at Labour Commissioner to resolve industrial impasse

Government will seek the intervention of the Labour Commissioner as part of efforts to resolve the current impasse with public sector trade unions. This was communicated to the President General of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and the three other executive members who met Monday with the Head of Government’s Pension Engagement Committee, Beryl Isaac. Government has since received an invitation for a meeting with the Labour Commissioner, which it promptly accepted in a bid to resolve the impasse. At Monday’s meeting, Isaac also relayed to the union representatives, Government’s desire to return to the negotiating table to further … Continue reading

Opposition Senators call on the Minister of Labour to intervene with the impasse involving Public Workers and Teachers RE: Pension and Gratuity negotiations

The increased industrial activity by Public Officers and Teachers warrants an immediate response by the Ministry of Labour to seek a resolution with the negotiations on Pension and Gratuity between the Government negotiating team and the unions named in the memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed on the eve of the last general election in Grenada. In accordance with section (45) Part VIII (8) “Disputes Procedures” of the Labor Relations Act, the Minister of Labour can be brought into a trade dispute as a mediator promoting a settlement, if the negotiations of the said dispute have failed to reach an agreement. … Continue reading

Will Police Officers rest and reflect too?

Who would have thought that just a mere eight months after a general election in which the NNP won all fifteen seats we workers would be taking industrial action? After all it seemed just before the election that everything was good. Who can remember the speech at Pearls in which we were told that oil money will flow, and we could not trust Nazim Burke with the money? Today we are being told that for six years straight we have had positive growth, and yet government cannot honour their obligations to the workers of the nation. Why are we in … Continue reading

Statement by Mrs. Beryl Isaac, Chairman, Government Pension Engagement Committee to give an “Update and to Clarify the Issue of Pension Restoration and Reform”

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, the Government Pension Engagement Committee (GPEC) finds it necessary to update the nation and Government employees in particular at this time, on the issues of pension restoration and reform and more specifically, the issue of gratuity. We wish to assure you that Government values and recognises the work of all public officers and has, as a matter of policy, made every effort to improve the pay, benefits and working conditions for its employees. Government however can only do so within the limits of what the economy can afford. Our country has just emerged from a … Continue reading

Duped and out-foxed!!!

The old saying, “a hurried bird never builds a good nest” is the best way to describe the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by those representatives of public sector employees and the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government in the dead of the night just before the March 13 general election. THE NEW TODAY has often questioned the motives of both sides to rush into signing the MOU when all the dots, T’s and I’s were not properly put in place as a full-proof document for the next phase of the discussions to hammer out a final deal on … Continue reading