Silver Sands to start welcoming guests in December

The US$125M Silver Sands Resort is preparing to welcome its first set of guests to the silver-white sands of the Grand Anse Beach on Saturday (December 1), according to Sales and Marketing Director Jorge Collazo. He made the disclosure to reporters on the occasion of the official ribbon cutting ceremony last week Thursday evening for the controversial hotel. The ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, who assisted Egyptian investor, Naguib Sawiris in cutting the bright blue ribbon to declare open the resort, which according to the Silver Sands website, presents a “radical departure from conventional Caribbean … Continue reading

Prime Minister skips high-level, resilience conference in Washington because of tense industrial climate

Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell did not travel to Washington as planned this past weekend to attend a high-level meeting at the World Bank. Noting the current instability in the country’s industrial climate, Dr. Mitchell has decided to forego the Building Resilience to Disaster and Climate Change in the Caribbean Conference, which was held Monday in Washington, DC. The conference, organised jointly by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, brings together key stakeholders to explore shifting the focus of policies towards building resilience as well as innovative disaster risk financing policies and … Continue reading

Tesday McSween committed to stand trial for murder

32-year-old Tesday Mc Sween was last week Friday committed to stand trial at the High Court on a Non-Capital Murder charge in connection with the July 18, stabbing death of former Calypso Monarch Rootsman Kelly’s, 24-year-old son, Khalid Griffith. The murder accused was apprehended by police investigators and slapped with the indictable charge on July 20, two (2) days after the deceased was found lying in a pool of blood on the ground, somewhere in the vicinity of the Grand Anse Beach area, close to the popular Umbrellas Restaurant. Griffith, who was from the village of Perdmontempts, St. David, had … Continue reading

Pay up!!!

The seeds for the current impasse on the issue of pension and gratuity for public officers were sown many years ago by the politicians who have ruled Grenada over the years. It was the late Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, the first real labour leader in Grenada who had the foresight to ensure that a pension and gratuity plan was put in place for public officers when Independence came into force on February 7, 1974. The left-leaning People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) of late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop purported to affect the pension act that was guaranteed by the Constitution when it … Continue reading

Carriacou businessmen and women voice concerns

A town hall meeting geared at finding ways to ease the burdens for Carriacou businessmen and women due to the move of the port from Hillsborough to Harvey Vale was held at the conference room of the Mermaid Hotel on Saturday. The meeting organised by Tevin Andrews of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was held in response to a call made by Carriacou businessmen and residents who are most inconvenienced by the move of the island’s main port from the central Hillsborough town to Harvey Vale in the south of the island. Andrews told THE NEW TODAY last … Continue reading

Is negotiated settlement possible?

By Claudette Joseph So I’ve slept on that National Address by our leader Monday night and now I’m up with a hole in my stomach at what is happening to my little beloved country. Friends, has that national address sunk in? We have a situation where, the laws of the land, the Constitution no less, enshrines pension benefits for all public workers. As it now stands, we need pension reform because an attempt at such by the PRG Government, in 1983, 35 years ago, has been declared unconstitutional by our courts. The first time our courts suggested that the PRG … Continue reading

The Government Must Act Responsibly

The National Democratic Congress commends the people of Grenada for the overwhelming support that they have so far given to Public Officers in the struggle for their pension rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. The numbers who came out in public protest on Tuesday 20th November 2018 sent a clear message to the Government that it is time to act to resolve this impasse. We thank and commend Bishop Clyde Harvey for his timely intervention in bringing the Government and unions back to the negotiating table. We are however, very disquieted by the Prime Minister’s conduct in the last few … Continue reading

Prime Minister Mitchell explains his Cabinet of teachers’ theory

In the face of what many regarded as a publicity stunt, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said he was serious in announcing to the nation that several members of cabinet were prepared to go into the classroom to teach students in order to do the work of striking teachers. Dr. Mitchell made the disclosure Monday night in a national television and radio broadcast as teachers and public officers remained off the job over the past month over a dispute with government on a 25% pension and gratuity payment due to them. He said the Cabinet membes who had taught before … Continue reading

Peter David flies out

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Grenada’s Foreign Minister Peter David arrived here Saturday night to join his regional counterparts in the first ever CARICOM – United Arab Emirates meeting. The UAE is hosting the First UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum in Dubai from 24 to 26 November 2018. The Forum will be the first of its kind for the Region with the UAE. The three-day event which will host key government representatives and private sector stakeholders is designed to create an exciting opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences; to build strong networks; and to engage in dialogue at the highest level. The … Continue reading

No lawyer for Murder accused

It’s almost 1-month since Randy John was slapped with a Capital Murder charge in connection with the death of 16-year-old Belle Vue resident, Queenette Johnson and the suspect has not been able to retain legal counsel up to his third appearance in court last week Friday. John appeared at the St. David’s Magistrate’s for his second mention date before Magistrate Karen Noel with no one to defend him in the indictable matter. The suspect, who was not represented by legal counsel on his first two court appearances, is accused of suffocating the teenage girl to death and hiding her body … Continue reading