Pan Men Still Calling for New SMC Board

Despite a payment of just over quarter of a million dollars to compensate the island’s steelbands for the failure to hold Panorama in 2017, a number of the leading pannists in Grenada are still calling for the dissolution of the Spicemas Corporation (SMC) and the firing of its Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Seetahal. A total of $233,000.00 was paid out to the eight steelbands that were down to compete on Pantastic Saturday (August 12) with each band receiving $29, 125.00. In interviews conducted by THE NEW TODAY with several members of the Grenada Steelbands Association, some are still demanding the … Continue reading

12-year old loses life in fire

Two families are left homeless and one mother is mourning the death of her child who lost her life in a house fire last Wednesday night in the Tempe area of St. George’s. Fire fighters were called to the scene only to find two wooden houses completely engulfed in flames and a mother screaming for her physically challenged daughter who was in one of the buildings. Unfortunately, 12-year old Dennisha Dominic, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy perished in the fire. Information reaching THE NEW TODAY indicate that Dennisha was a victim in a previous fire which resulted in her … Continue reading

Sheldon Monah wins appeal against the State

“It is not just a victory for me. It’s a victory for all who have been brutalised by the police and got no justice….”. Those words were uttered by Green Street resident, Sheldon Monah who won his appeal in an assault and battery case brought against Sergeant of Police, Kenny Smart following an incident in February 2013. The Justices of the Court of Appeal ruled in Monah’s favour in a ruling handed down last Friday at a sitting in St. George’s. The case for the appellant was argued before the Chief Justice, Dame Janice Pereira and Justices Gertel Thom and … Continue reading

Insuring the Caribbean’s future

Insurers and re-insurers are facing major losses in the wake of the damage done in the Caribbean and the United States by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These losses will have a direct and immediate impact on insurance premiums across the entire Caribbean and the Eastern seaboard of the US. Higher building and flood insurance costs coming on top of the costs of rebuilding damaged properties will prove to be too expensive to many home owners and proprietors of businesses. Consequently, even as reconstruction takes place in the several islands that were hammered by these violent storms, there will be … Continue reading

Lovely 1 discontinues service to Grenada

Grenadian traffickers have been dealt a serious blow with the decision of The Lovely 1 passenger ferry to discontinue its services between St. George’s and Trinidad and St. Vincent. THE NEW TODAY understands that the ferry, which started travelling to and from Grenada during the last week in April, left the island on August 23 and has not returned since. The double-decker boat, which has a seating capacity of 350 persons, operated through local agents Paddy’s Shipping. It was used as an alternative by traffickers to travel weekly to Trinidad due to the high cost of air travel to fly … Continue reading

GUT: More teachers should be regularised

Although the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) is pleased that the process to regularise teachers in the service are continuing, the body is not happy with the due diligence being done on the issue by government. President of the union, Lydon Lewis has criticised the Ministry of Education for not doing the proper due diligence needed to ascertain how many temporary positions are within the system. The Ministry announced that 70 temporary positions will be made permanent in the system and another 31 will be reviewed for regularisation. New Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Senator Kate Lewis told reporters at the … Continue reading

Over 40 prison officers recruited

The staff at Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill, St. George has been increased by another forty-five young men and women following a Passing out Parade last Thursday at Camp Salines in the south of the island. The newly recruited prison officers were trained by members of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) and received three months of rigorous training and exercises. Held under the theme, “Discipline and Commitment – The Key to Correctional Excellence”, the passing out ceremony was held under the patronage of Commissioner of Police, Winston James, and Commissioner of Prisons, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), John … Continue reading

Ayo wins local leg of Courts OECS Reading Competition

Eight-year old Ayo Taylor of First Choice Junior School has emerged as the winner of the 9th Courts OECS Reading competition held last week Tuesday at the National Cricket Stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George. Ayo will represent Grenada at the OECS level of competition in St. Lucia on a date to be announced by the organisers. The youngster walked away with the $2000 grand prize while her school was also awarded matching funds of $2000. There were six (6) finalists in the competition with Philon George of St. Joseph’s R.C. taking the second placed prize of $1000, while Jordyn … Continue reading

The Political Castration of Boatswain

Anthony Boatswain finds himself surrounded by enemies. The three-time MP for St. Patrick West has been heavily targeted by the rebel leader faction, which apparently still wants Joseph Gilbert to be the candidate. Over the past 18 months or so, most of Boatswain’s key people have been investigated, transferred, fired or forced to resign. In every instance, the replacement has been a rebel loyalist. The most notable casualty was the once-powerful Adam Andall, who was replaced by Joe Gilbert’s former personal assistant, Elpheridge Phillip. Also prominent as Boatswain’s campaign manager is Isaac Oliver, a former top-ranking member of Gilbert’s team. … Continue reading

“Bo-Pig” killed in house robbery

A burglar was killed in the early morning of last Sunday when he forced himself into a house at Old Westerhall in St. David. Dead is 47-year old Ricky Noel, popularly known as “Bo-pig” of Perdmontemps, St. David who succumbed to stab wounds inflicted by the owner of the house. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Christopher Nelson could not state categorically whether any charges would be laid against the home owner in connection with the incident. When contacted by THE NEW TODAY for comment on Wednesday, DPP Nelson said: “Normally, according to law a citizen has the right to defend … Continue reading