CARICOM heads of government meet on hurricane situation

Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in special emergency session on Saturday to receive an update on the effects of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Jose on the region and progress on the co-ordinated response to provide relief for those affected. The meeting, presided over by CARICOM chairman, Dr Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada, received a full briefing on the situation from representatives of the affected countries, the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA), the Community’s lead agency for disaster response, CARICOM secretary-general, Irwin LaRocque, and regional institutions. Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Dr Orlando … Continue reading

Protect our Children from Child Sexual Abuse

The Progress Party condemns the actions of those who seek to violate the rights of others by sexually assaulting and abusing our nation’s children. Article (33) on rights of the child states, “Government should protect children from sexual abuse”. A child must be allowed to be a child. A child must be allowed to grow up properly in a conducive environment free from sexual violence and abuse. It doesn’t matter how mature he or she looks, we have to always remember they are a child and they deserve our protection. We are urging all men to “please leave them alone” … Continue reading

Antoine heads Diabetes Association

Medical doctor, Alister Antoine is the new President of the Grenada Diabetes Association (GDA) following recent general elections. He is supported on the new executive by Roslyn Douglas as Vice-President, Antonia Sandy-Antoine, Secretary, Dr. Roger Radix (MD), Treasurer; and Alexis Simon, the Public Relations Officer. A GDA release said that the priority for the newly elected body is strengthening the association and building on the foundation already laid. Since the elections the new Executive has been meeting to draft a strategic plan, and to review the 35-year-old association’s Constitution and By Laws. According to the release, it is the goal … Continue reading

CDB announces support for countries affected by Hurricane Irma

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced support for its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) affected by Hurricane Irma, and for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is coordinating the Region’s response to the affected states. The Bank is in the process of providing Emergency Relief Grants to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. These Grants, totalling USD200,000 each, will assist with costs associated with damage assessments and the provision and transportation of emergency relief supplies, water and sanitation resources, roofing materials for emergency shelters and community buildings, and temporary … Continue reading

Post-Hurricane Irma Outreach by Foreign Affairs

The Government of Grenada through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wishes to assure everyone affected and/or concerned about others affected by Hurricane Irma, that the Ministry is currently working to confirm that ALL Grenadian nationals in Hurricane Irma’s path are safe. Affected nationals with reliable access to telecommunication are encouraged to contact the Ministry using the contact information provided below. To concerned family, friends and well-wishers, the Minister, Honourable Elvin Nimrod, and staff at the Ministry are prepared to assist you in any way possible during this difficult period of uncertainty. The Ministry encourages all concerned to remain optimistic while … Continue reading

Doctoral student studies archaeology/community in Grenada

By Jonathan Hanna “You want pot-trie? Look, I got loads!” The half-naked man was yelling out the window of a small, dilapidated board-house, shaking a bowl full of prehistoric ceramic sherds. I looked up. “No, no, I’m just trying to find the boundaries of the site, thanks.” The man mumbled something as his face turned sour. “Eh, so ya pay dat man and not me?” A machete appeared next to his bowl of ceramics. I apologised, but he kept yelling as I walked away. The man was right: I did pay the landowner a few dollars to survey a site … Continue reading

Is the NNP government responsible for the increase in rape crimes?

Although Grenada can be called “a democracy” it has made no progress when it comes to reforming its criminal justice system. The court system stinks and it’s not dedicated to the protection of children. Why has the moral character of our society deteriorated to such an extent? In this process of moral degeneration in our Grenadian society, what role does each of us play? Is the Keith C. Mitchell government encouraging or preventing this trend? A rape survivor’s worst nightmare is having to face their attacker in court, and come in contact with the person who changed their life forever. … Continue reading

PM Mitchell: The picture is a hoax

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has dismissed as fraudulent a picture posted on the website of a Miami-based blogger which shows him in the company of someone named PK Sandhu who is the alleged holder of a Grenada diplomatic passport. Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the Prime Minister addressed the issue at last week’s Cabinet meeting held at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens. A usually reliable source said that Dr. Mitchell told Cabinet colleagues that he does not know where the picture came from since he does not know Sandhu and had never ever met him … Continue reading

Sanctions for bikers who ride without helmets

Government has passed legislation in Parliament to institute tougher measures to prohibit bikers from riding on the nation’s road network without protective head gear. The New National Party (NNP) dominated Lower House last Friday passed the Road Traffic Amendment Bill which outlined the do’s and don’ts for persons riding bikes and the penalties in default. Leader of Government Business, Gregory Bowen who is the Minister of Communication and Works, told Parliament that one of the things highlighted in the bill was the mandatory wearing of a helmet when riding a motorcycle. According to Minister Bowen, Section 72 of the existing … Continue reading

CIBC donates blood donation chair

The Blood Donors unit at the St. George’s General Hospital is now equipped with an additional blood donation chair, through the efforts of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. The chair, which was purchased in Florida to the tune of $6, 500.00 was handed over to the Pathology department of the hospital last week Wednesday by the bank’s Country Manager, Nigel Ollivierre. During the brief ceremony, the bank manager who has been a blood donor for over 30 years said that he has first-hand experience of the discomfort of donors in giving blood to the bank at the hospital. Olliviere said he … Continue reading