Flow is unethical in its delivery of Internet Service

A former Grenada Senator who is now a Pastor believes that telecommunications provider, Flow should be made to be held accountable for the “unethical” standards that it is operating under in the delivery of its internet service on the island.

Devon Rachae – Flow should be held accountable

Devon Rachae, who served as an opposition Senator in 2008 after the New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell was voted out of office, made the charge last week Thursday in an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper.

Rachae said that a petition is in the making as a form of protest against the unsatisfactory internet service that many people been complaining about in recent months about Flow.

According the Rachae, it is his hope that the petition which will start at the beginning of September, will garner enough signatures from the public to get Flow management to take responsibility for not holding up to their end of the contract they gave customers to sign up to when seeking internet service.

“What we have is a situation whereby customers have been complaining that they are dissatisfied with the service delivery of Flow and with the lack of service they get when they contact Flow customer service line concerning their complaints”, he said.

The former parliamentarian cited the most predominant complaint coming from customers is the level of Internet Speed that they are receiving from Flow.

Rachae said it is unfair for customers to be paying for a service they are not receiving.

“Flow is charging customers based on speed that they are supposed to receive. The last time Flow raised their rates, they have said the justification for that increase had to do with their plan to offer greater speed to the customers and therefore, the customers had to pay more”, he told THE NEW TODAY.

“Customers didn’t have a choice as to whether they pay more or not, everybody was made to pay more, but over the last couple months, if not a year, we have seen the number of complaints increase to proportions that require attention from Flow and Flow has been unresponsive to those complaints,” he said.

Rachae charged that Flow is aware of the problem but has seemingly turned a blind eye to the issue, as there is no indication that it is willing to compensate customers for the inadequate service they have been receiving.

“We have persons who have done speed tests on their systems which shows that they are not receiving the speed that they are paying for and that have been brought to the attention of Flow and we have not received (a) response in terms of improving the speed or crediting the individuals for the lack of delivery of the service that they are paying for…”, he remarked.

“I believe that, that is unethical. If somebody is paying for a service and they are not receiving the service that you have promised to offer in the contract, the company has an ethical and moral responsibility to address that problem or credit the person for their lack of delivery of the promised service,” he said.

Rachae noted that switching service provider might be the easiest thing to do in the process but believes the company needs to be held accountable.

He said: “When they have problems that they know they have, for example, you have situations, whereby in a geographical area, they’re having fibre optic problems and their customers are not able to get proper internet service, Flow will still charge or bill the customer the same amount on a monthly basis, even if they are aware, the service is not delivered…now that is not ethical business practice, you can’t do that to people…”.

“Some people may say, well switch – switching is an easy thing for some persons but based on the location, they do not have the opportunity to switch because the alternative service providers are not in their area.

“So, while it may be easy to say switch, I don’t think that is the issue, the issue is that Flow needs to operate by some type of ethical standard and in my view Flow is not upholding those ethical standards because they are not delivering to many of their customers the service for which the customers are paying.”

The former NNP executive member contended that Flow needs to be made to understand how its lack of internet service is affecting customers and he believes the petition can do just that.

“We want to establish a petition that we intend to send to Flow’s management, so that Flow can give attention to the problem and see the magnitude of how this problem is affecting their customers.

“(I am) calling on the management of Flow to give credit to customers in cases where there is lack of service delivery and the customers (are) able to present evidence that they are not receiving the service for which they are paying.

“So, If a customer does a speed test and they are not receiving the speed over a period of time, for a reason that has to do with Flow side, we want to petition that Flow will credit the customer or not charge the customer for this if they are not getting the service that Flow is guaranteeing them in contract that they will receive.

Rachae stated that if Flow fails to respond to the petition then the next course of action will be a protest action against the company in order to get a meeting with management to “secure commitment from them to seriously address the issue with certain timelines.”

He also sees a role for government in addressing the inadequate internet service provided by the telecommunications company.

“We know that it is not a governmental issue but we believe that there needs to be some regulation whether it’s NTRC or some other customer agency, or regulatory agency that has to ensure that such businesses deliver the services as promised to customers because internet service is not just a leisure, internet service is necessary…,” he said.

Ex-Senator Rachae did not rule out the possibility of “legal action” against Flow since the issue at hand is a very far-reaching one.

Andre Lewis: I am for the CCJ but I feel rushed

Although he is in support of Grenada acceding to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court, Labour Representative in the Senate, Andre Lewis has expressed concerns with the manner in which the island is attempting to rush into it.

Andre Lewis – is questioning the quick move towards CCJ

Speaking on the CCJ Bill at the sitting of the Upper House at Parliament Building at Mt. Wheldale last Friday, Sen. Lewis said the people have been expressing these concerns and they need to be addressed before the country decides to move fully in the direction of the CCJ.

“I would want to boldly say that the time has come, it is long overdue for us in the region to take our own destiny in our hands and the CCJ is one of it. The issue for me is that I am feeling rushed”, he told fellow legislators.

Andre questioned the expeditiousness in which the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister in pushing forward the CCJ as the final appellate court for Grenada.

“There are a number of concerns outside there and we need to face it frontally. In other words, we must not view those concerns as opposition but as genuine concerns, just as how you have reached that journey where most people feel convinced, and I am convinced, I do not need to be sold on the CCJ but I am not representing myself only, I am not representing me…I feel very rushed”, he said.

“The question is – why the haste? I feel that haste, I honestly (do) colleagues, I honestly feel that haste. I don’t have an answer but I feel that haste and I hear the argument about the local courts and we can address it as we go forward … but the concern that I have and a number of us have is that once we achieve that objective of the CCJ, these matters will be forgotten, these matters would be forgotten,” he added.

According to the TUC boss, the local issues affecting the local man should first be addressed because they can easily be forgotten after accession to the CCJ.

Lewis told the Upper House: “The man from the back of La Fillete is very much more concerned about access to the Magistrate level. The bulk of our people, how many cases, we would have liked to take to the Privy Council and we can’t, it pales into comparison at the level of the Magistrate level.

“…I am for the CCJ but one has not yet gotten (the) feel that the powers-that-be – yes some attempts have been made – but the genuine effort or the prioritising of that issue has reached that level to address the access to the mass of our people.

“And therefore, we would like to propose that in furtherance of going to the CCJ and that is all we are saying, we feel rushed – it does not have to be voted upon right now. Let us give ourselves a timeline, let us demonstrate to the mass of our people that we are committing the resources, the necessary resources to addressing the local issues.

“I’m saying yes to the CCJ but I am a negotiator, I am a Trade Unionist and we all know that when promises are being made that yes these matters that you raised are important but if you give us that bligh we would come back and address it…the question would arise, why the rush, why the haste?

Lewis noted that if government can explain that accession to the CCJ has to be done at a particular deadline at a particular time, he would jump on the wagon and push forward the CCJ agenda.

“Is it that we must do something by the deadline? So for instance, in our earlier debates in this house and in the other place, because we are under the Structural Adjustment Programme and we had to meet certain legislative deadlines, it was said that we had to do certain things by X or Y times and therefore we all threw our hands up in the air and said yes, although there are short comings but we have a bigger obligation to meet some international commitments and let us rush along”, he said.

“…If we could be told that this must be done before the end of the year, then I would be one of the leading voices that would go out there for the bigger picture and say let’s do it now, we are saying yes to the CCJ, don’t get us wrong…” he added.

One of the reasons being put forward for signing onto the CCJ by the promoters is the need to break the shackles of colonialism that the Privy Council puts on Grenada.

Lewis believes that if it were to be looked at in terms of a colonialism point of view, there are a number of things that need to be changed first before accession to the CCJ.

He pointed a finger at the wearing of wigs in Parliament by both the Speaker of the House of Representative and the President of the Senate.

“We can make a statement from today that we are not wearing the wig. In other words, anti-colonialism. There are small measures that we can take and so I look at you and I say yes Deputy President, I didn’t see the wig and that’s good because one of the hallmarks…I am anti-colonialist but that’s not the major matter for me but…the sir this and sir that needs to be addressed and there are certain basic steps that we can take,” he remarked.

Lewis warned that if the people are to be convinced in the upcoming referendum to move to the CCJ then their concerns must be addressed.

“…One of the most serious calypsos that I’ve heard, very deep, my view that advances the thinking of the general public was Rootsman Kelly about the CCJ. In my view, it’s my view, he addressed the issues…and we have not addressed them frontally in my view and we as leaders must take responsibility”, he told the sitting.

“If only within the Labour Movement because we have to be outside there either advocating for or against because we must be part and I am calling on the wider community, the different organisations to be part of that debate but we must do it on the basis of respect for each other’s view and to get us along the line, not by condemning those who say well we have concerns, these are valid concerns…”, he said.

Bascombe resigns as Chairman of Grenada Invitational

After news circulated of Grenada Invitational Inc’s default in payments to athletes who competed in the 2018 Grenada Invitational, Founder of the games, Michael Bascombe, who served as Chairman of the Board of Directors has tendered his resignation, which took effect on September 11.

THE NEW TODAY newspaper was unable to get in contact with Bascombe for comment on his resignation but has gotten a copy of the resignation letter which was sent to the directors of the organisation.

Michael Bascombe – distancing himself from the Grenada Invitational following its failure to deliver on payments to some athletes

In the letter dated September 11, Bascombe stated that his reason for resigning has to do with the lack of accountability that has now found itself in the realms of the Grenada Invitational Inc.

The letter said in part: “”I want to clarify to the board my sudden decision to resign. I have repeatedly requested in writing (Email Correspondence – September 2 & 7, 2018) information regarding a summary of the “outstanding payments in the Grenada Invitational.

“…Additionally, as the founder of the Grenada Invitational, I found it necessary to bring to the attention of fellow directors a list of concerns and the urgency to address same (Email Correspondence – May 29, 2018), as well as an acknowledgement to restructure the Grenada Invitational to ensure proper accountability.

“…Within the past few weeks there have been a promised audit and a report based on the outcome of the audit, a response by an attorney to the queries made in public by journalists, none of which have materialised, an indication that there is a disregard for basic accountability.

“…It also relates to the failure on the part of management to account appropriately of which I am the Chairman and my failure, though solicited, to secure any response from Board members on a very important matter which speaks to the heart and character of the Grenada Invitational, and as such I can’t continue to be part of this business entity.

“…I am of the opinion that my contribution to the progress of the company is very limited. In this context, I feel I should allow the other directors to determine the direction in which the company should move.

“…While I have not received an acknowledgement from any of the directors I have been acknowledged from other interests who have been notified.

“…This is not about Michael or any persons but an issue of accountability and as such if my request for such information continues to be ignored then I could stick around and beat my chest as the person in charge or I could move away and allow persons who believe that they have this under control to do so.”

A few weeks ago, this newspaper carried a story which indicated that thousands of dollars were outstanding in payments to several of the athletes who took part in the games held in April.

Minister of Sports, Senator Norland Cox, spoke to this newspaper via telephone on Tuesday and said he was unaware that Bascombe had resigned from his position with the Grenada Invitational.

Minister Cox indicated that he “had a conversation with him (Bascombe) a few weeks ago requesting information” surrounding the claims of non-payments of some athletes who competed in the 2018 Invitational.

He also said that the Grenada Invitational is a “private event” and that the only dealings government had with the event was making financial contributions towards its successful hosting.

Information reaching this newspaper indicates that one of the negative effects due to the Grenada Invitational failure to deliver on payments to some of the athletes is that a license will not be granted to Grenada to host the 2019 invitational or future events.

In response to this, Minister Cox said: “I can’t speak to something that I don’t know about but any negative move is not pleasant for Grenada.”

Speculation is rife that the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell had issued instructions to several statutory bodies to purchase block of tickets which were then distributed to party members and supporters to attend the Grenada Invitationals.

Two fires at MNIB linked to corruption investigation!!!

Two recent fires at premises owned by the state-controlled Marketing & National Importing Board (MNIB) are being treated as acts of arson, a well-placed police officer has told THE NEW TODAY newspaper.

The officer who did not wish to be named said that a number of persons have already been interviewed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) as part of the ongoing investigation.

The mysterious fires affected the MNIB Depot at River Road in St. George’s.

The first fire took place on January 26 and the other one six days later on February 2.

The officer who spoke on condition that he was not identified, said that the probe into the fires has taken a new turn in light of the now wider investigation into MNIB by the Integrity Commission, for alleged corruption and financial wrong-doings.

This newspaper understands that a fire expert from neighbouring Trinidad & Tobago was called in to assist the Fire Department of the local police force in trying to ascertain the causes of both fires.

According to the source, there was enough evidence within the building which led firemen to conclude that the fires were deliberately set in order to destroy evidence.

“The fire did not start in one place but at different places in the building. It is quite obvious that the person or persons wanted to set the place ablaze to destroy documents”, he said.

Integrity Commission member, Robert Robinson who is leading the investigation into wrong-doing at MNIB, told reporters last week Wednesday that the fires will also form part of the probe.

The source said that the CID investigation is at an advanced and delicate stage of investigation but extreme care and caution is being exercised before any charges could be pressed against anyone.

THE NEW TODAY understands that among the persons who offered information to the police about the fire were the wife of a police officer, as well as a Security Guard attached to a private security company that was working in the vicinity of the MNIB Depot at River Road.

The source said that the lady in question was in the area and saw a suspicious person close to the building minutes before the fire started.

“We do not live too far and by the time we reach home – less than 15 minutes later we hear fire at MNIB”, a source quoted the lady as saying.

The woman reportedly visited the CID to provide information to the lawmen on the person who is believed to be the brother of a person of interest to the police in the fire.

The husband who is also an Inspector of Police and was present with his wife on the night of the fire has not been interviewed by his colleagues as to what he saw on the night around the MNIB compound.

The source said: “The question that one now has to ask is this – were the fires linked to what has currently emerged? Was someone trying to destroy documents?

“This MNIB investigation is much bigger than the Integrity Commission and Scotland Yard should be called in to help us get at the bottom of the corruption at the Marketing Board”, he added.

He went on: “It is clear by now that a lot has been happening at MNIB and that fingers should not be pointed at only one man. I am sure that there are others who were engaged in serious corruption and wrong-doing and were trying to burn down the building to hide evidence”.

Former Chief Executive Officer of MNIB, Ruel Edwards also visited CID to offer a statement on the fire at the River Road Depot.

MNIB is said to be in dire financial straits and left struggling with a massive debt in the region of EC$4 million.

A number of farmers have complained of not being able to get payment for produce sold to Marketing Board in recent weeks.

Murder PI for Francis Williams

The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the March 24 stabbing death of Francis Williams, 61, of Beaton in St. David, commenced last week Monday before Magistrate Karen Noel at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court, with the Prosecution taking evidence from its first three witnesses.

Johnny Perryman and his uncle David Gulston are facing a Non-Capital Murder charge in connection with the death of an elderly citizen

The senior citizen succumbed to two stab wounds just after 8 o’ clock on the fatal Saturday night, following a physical altercation with two other persons at a village shop.

He reportedly received stabs to his face and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beaton residents Johnny Perryman, 25, and his 37-year-old uncle Davis Gulston have since been slapped with a joint charge of Non-capital murder in connection with the death of the senior citizen.

The indictable offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The murder suspects have retained the services of Attorney-at-Law Anselm Clouden from Grenlaw Chambers in St. George’s to assist them in the matter.

Information reaching THE NEW TODAY at that time indicated that the elderly man, along with three others were having a drink at the village shop, when another individual, whose name was withheld, showed up.

The man’s presence was not welcomed and he was asked to leave the compound but did not comply and this resulted in an altercation with one of the men who was drinking inside the shop.

Williams reportedly left the scene and returned moments later with a cutlass and made a strike with the instrument at the individual.

The cutlass is said to have struck another man who was trying to put peace.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the man who was struck with the cutlass got upset and attacked Williams and the two were soon afterwards engaged in a scuffle.

Information revealed that they separated and after a few minutes of fighting Williams stood up and then fell back down.

According to Senior Crown Counsel Howard Pinnock from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), which has carriage of the matter, a total of 10 witnesses will be called to give evidence against the two murder suspects.

The Preliminary Inquiry into William’s death had been adjourned to September 28.

JK Roberts advocates for a “No Vote” on CCJ Bill

As Grenada makes a second attempt to get the electorate to say “yes” to the Trinidad-based, Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court through a referendum on November 6th, one citizen is asking his countrymen to vote “no”.

JK Roberts embarks upon his “Vote No Campaign” at the entrance of the road leading to the Parliament Building at Mt Wheldale

Former Public Servant, Joseph Roberts staged a one-man protest Friday, described by him as a “Vote No Campaign” at the entrance of Mt. Wheldale, the road leading to the newly opened Parliament Building while the Senate was in session.

Roberts told reporters who approached him that the bill is not in the “main interest and authority” of the people and that it sends a message of disrespect to them from the powers-that-be.

Against that backdrop, he issued a call for the people to come out on Referendum Day on November 6th and “vote no” to the CCJ Bill.

His chants on Friday were: “Get the message, share the message, take the message, vote No.”

Roberts said: “I am here at the junction of the Parliamentarians and the people. I am sending a message, both for the politicians, parliament and the people, the masses… I am asking the politicians to have more respect for the people and I am asking the people to vote no at the CCJ referendum.

“…One of the reasons – while the Parliamentarians are debating the bill, the people have not seen the bill, the people are going to vote on a CCJ bill which also contains and makes reference to the CCJ agreement and the general mass of the people do not have a clue as to how the bill looks, much more to read it.

“I am saying it is unfair, we need respect, I am saying to the people I am here on a Vote No Campaign saying to the people, there is no harm in voting no.

Roberts extolled the many virtues for the electorate in voting down the CCJ bill once again on the second Referendum in two years.

“You have a better chance to get more information about the issue…get the message, share the message, take the message, vote No.

I am hoping that the politicians, the powers-that-be get the message to show more respect to people.“I am saying to the people again to vote no, moreso that we can have many of the local issues addressed, come let us negotiate, let the people know that the power is in their hands and hoping that they get the message and Vote No for the referendum.

“…Look at the introduction of the bill, it is not written in the main interest and authority of the people and for this reason, the people must reject the bill and ask the politicians to show them more respect.

The CCJ and six other bills were rejected by the people in Grenada’s first attempt at a referendum on November 24th, 2016.

The Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government has embarked upon a high-pitch campaign by bringing in a number of high-profile regional figures to promote its “Yes” vote campaign including the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley and former CCJ President, Sir Denis Byron of St. Kitts.

PM Mitchell is confident that he can get Grenadians to vote for the CCJ this time around since in 2016 he did not campaign for the CCJ bill.

The Grenadian leader is confident of prevailing on November 6 given his third 15-0 clean sweep at the polls on March 13.

Parliament passes Extradition Treaty Bill

Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter David have both given strong support to an Extradition Bill which will bring into law an Extradition Treaty signed in 2016 between the Governments of Mainland China and Grenada.

This bill is intended to make it easier for Grenada to extradite criminals back to China.

The bill, Extradition Treaty (Government of Grenada and the Government of The People’s Republic China) Bill, 2018 was passed in Parliament last Friday after being presented by Minister of Legal Affairs, Kindra Maturine-Stewart who described the treaty as a mutual arrangement between Grenada and the China.

“Mr. Speaker, the present treaty between the Government of Grenada and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is a treaty which embodies mutual arrangements made between Grenada and China for the sole purpose of extraditing persons from Grenada to China…”, she told the lower house.

“…However, Mr. Speaker the signing of the treaty alone is only a preliminary endorsement of the obligations and arrangements therein.

It does not create that binding legal obligation on behalf of the parties, as a result Mr. Speaker, Grenada is now required to take legislative action to make the said treaty legally enforceable and binding in our domestic laws,” she said.

In his contribution, Prime Minister Mitchell stated that Grenada has a history of dealing with criminal and corrupt individuals who are hiding from foreign law enforcement agencies.

He said: “…Everyone should know clearly that if they commit a crime in most countries that we have relationship with …that Grenada would not be the best place to come – find another hiding place. We would not be the right place to come, it wouldn’t be smart at all…historically we have been a country that has taken this position.

“…Grenada is known to be very firm where these issues are concerned and Mr. Speaker… do not under estimate Grenada’s strong position on issues of criminal nature and extradition of persons committing crimes and getting to here,” he added.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter David pointed out that the Bill will compliment Grenada’s passport selling scheme known as Citizenship by Investment (CBI).

“These issues arise sometimes with our CBI programme, there’s a lot of talk about CBI and persons who not above board. This legislation here is an indication that we are prepared to do everything to ensure that persons who come into Grenada, persons who transact business in Grenada, persons who become citizens of Grenada possibly under the CBI programme, if it is found that they have done something that is against the law of another country, in this case, China, we are prepared to deal with it…”, he said.

“…Only last year, Mr. President, Grenada cooperated with other Caribbean Countries in order to extradite persons, not from Grenada, in other countries, to China and the Chinese government was extremely pleased…and coming out of that…the person I spoke about last year…stole $100,000,000 in China and they were returned to China.

According to Minister David, the signing into law of the Extradition Treaty will send “a strong signal” that Grenada under the watch of PM Mitchell “will do everything to ensure that the scourge of corruption” does not get a foothold on the island.

He said the island’s government is bent on ensuring that “persons who come into our shores, persons who acquire citizenship, persons who do business in Grenada will not leave from where they have committed their crimes to come to us…”.

“… We would do everything to ensure that as we develop, as we attract tons of investment, we want clean, proper investors to this country so that we can develop Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique”, he added.

The Extradition Bill is also expected to be passed into law in China.

Underworld figures in China are known to be interested in purchasing CBI passports from Grenada and other islands in the Eastern Caribbean.

THE NEW TODAY has reported in the past about an attempt by a Chinese group to buy 1000 Grenadian passports from both the 2008-13 Congress government of then Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and Mitchell’s NNP in the 2013-18 period.

People’s Victory Over Silver Sands

Hotel Developer Forced To Demolish Illegal Walls on Grand Anse Beach

It’s being hailed as a People’s Victory.

Workers were caught in action tearing down the controversial walls on the popular Grand Anse beach

After weeks of outcry on Local radio stations and on Social Media platforms, the developers of the Silver Sands Resort have finally bowed to public pressure and demolished the wall that was being built on Grand Anse Beach.

At around 2.00 p.m. Tuesday, construction workers at the hotel were seen manually removing the walls on the beach.

The wall has become a very controversial issue in the country and a petition was mounted by Executive member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Randal Robinson against its continued construction.

The petition which reportedly attracted over 600 signatures on Grand Anse Beach on Sunday gave the hotel developers until Saturday to demolish the wall on the beach and that failure would result in citizens demolishing it themselves.

The Physical Planning Unit (PPU) within the Ministry of Finance, headed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell had been very tight-lipped about whether permission was granted for the erection of the wall on the beachfront.

Robinson immediately took to Facebook on Tuesday saying that the dismantling of the wall came about due to “the power of the people”.

He said, “Hats off to everybody who is responsible for taking down this wall and to those of you who are viewing…we feel really good.

This is about people power. Brothers and sisters, this is about you and you saying this thing can’t remain here and it has to go. Thank you very much for your advocacy, thank you very much for everything that you have done for Grenada this time folks…amen, amen, amen”.

The promoters of the petition did not get any support from President of the Senate, Chester Humphrey who has shifted his support from Congress party to the ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Mitchell.

Humphrey said that any petition he would sign is to break down the structure on Grand Anse beach involving former Miss World 1970, Jennifer Hosten and not the Silver Sands.

“I will sign a petition to break down the Palace Hotel and Jenny’s Place whose owner seized more than half the beach. Go to the Northern section of the Grand Anse and see for yourselves. The wall you want to break down is but an inch to the massive wall built on over half the beach by the Palace Hotel and former Ms. World Jenny’s Place. The initiating petitioners are anti-government activists with a political motive mainly made up almost exclusively of NDC operatives.

“The concrete steps you see in Randal’s video is placed over the swamp which has been reconstructed to filter the run -off water from the Cafebeau Hill which brings down plastic and other garbage onto the beach. That swamp was killed by a garage to the back of it that drained old oil and other harmful effluent which later seeped into the beach. This hotel is providing hundreds of needed jobs both in construction and permanent. It’s all an opposition NDC campaign against the Government playing on the sensitivities of the Grenadian people about beach rights.

It’s the second structure that the Silver Sands developers have been forced to dismantle in recent weeks.

After an expose from THE NEW TODAY newspaper, the developers removed some propane gas tanks which were installed near to a pre- school and a day care for toddlers that could have posed a serious health risk.

The Silver Sands hotel has been dogged by controversy since the start of its construction with a number of persons expressing concerns over its potential environmental impact on the area especially marine life.

Ariza donates to GRENCODA

Ariza, Grenada’s largest Credit Union is making another contribution to the development of youth and the community through the donation of $20,000.00 to Grencoda.

Grencoda is a well-established organisation, committed to providing guidance and support to rural individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of life.

This is achieved by encouraging people’s participation in community based initiatives in order to build self-reliance and promote opportunities for personal development and social mobility.

A release from the credit union said, “Ariza Credit Union is steeped in a commitment for the development of the individual, for the pursuit of the realszation of dreams, and in this mission, the Credit Union has found a worthy partner in Grencoda.

“The Credit Union’s contribution to the Student Assistance programme will go a long way in supporting the nearly 300 students who are currently in the programme.

“2018 heralded the addition of 52 new students from every parish in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique”.

According to the release, “Ariza is involved in many initiatives which target and encourage the development of young children”.

“Its focus on education as a vehicle for advancement is evident in the many programmes which target, incentivise and reward students.

The Secondary School Scholarship targets students who are financially challenged”.

The scholarship is valid for the recipient’s secondary school life.

Ariza referred to the “Brighter Futures Scholarship” which was recently introduced and benefits Secondary School Graduates who were part of the Credit Union’s education Savings Plan/Excel Programme.

Under this arrangement, two awardees are chosen annually.

The credit union also has the Joseph Bain Scholarship which rewards participants who seek to attain university or college level education.

A bursary of $30,000.00 is awarded annually to recipients from a variety of disciplines of study.

Ariza said it is proud to be associated with ventures like these which make “a positive impact on the lives of people in the communities in which we operate and serve”.

New ambassadors to be appointed

The ruling New National Party (NNP) Government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is reportedly on the verge of making some major diplomatic appointments for the country.

A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the daughter of a senior government minister is in line to become Grenada’s new envoy to China.

The individual is believed to have studied International Relations at a university in China during the 2013-18 term of the NNP regime.

The source who spoke on condition that he was not named said that the daughter of another family with close ties to the NNP regime could be named shortly as the island’s Ambassador in Washington to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The expected appointment is intended as replacement for Ambassador Dr. Angus Friday who was recalled to St. George’s in the aftermath of the NNP victory in the March 13 general election.

Foreign Affairs minister Peter David could not be reached for comment on the issue.

The source also said that the Mitchell-led government has also offered a top job in the Ministry of Finance to the daughter of an ex-government minister who has been opposed to him over the years.

“All kinds of nepotism going on. That is the man’s tactic to eliminate opposition. He thinks that he is putting out fires in some quarters. Old foes become allies in old age? None of those moves are earther shattering. No improvement of anything will result. Be careful as he is trying to distract from MNIB”, said the source.

Prime Minister Mitchell has led the NNP to three 15-0 victories over opponents at the polls during the past 20 years as part of his legacy agenda.