Mitchell slams WICB on firing of Simmons

Grenada Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell has slammed what he described as the bizarre action of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to fire coach Phillip Simmons, just over a year and a half after his initial appointment.

“The decision to fire Coach Simmons is consistent with the actions of this current WICB, whose actions are usually motivated by spite and vendetta, rather than by what is in the best interest of West Indies Cricket,” Mitchell said.

“I wish to go on record to register my disgust, (although I am not surprised), at this latest move by the Board, which will only be disadvantageous to the game and the players who have come to know and love working with Coach Simmons,” he added.

In this regard, Mitchell said the following must be noted:

(1). In the last two decades, West Indies cricket has been in a steady decline, even though the Board has had several presidents, CEOs, coaches and captains. The Board’s major problem over the years has not just been its leadership: some of its former leaders were competent people.

However, it has been doomed to failure because of the environment and structures in which it has operated. Structure controls behaviour and performance. If reform and restructuring are not incorporated in the Board’s improvement plan and strategy, West Indies cricket will remain trapped in its ever-increasing failure spiral.

(2). In the last two or three years, conflicts between the Board and its coaches and players have intensified. The Board has now become an extremely inflexible and autocratic unit in which power and control dominate. Cricket development and cricket performance appear to be low on the Board’s list of most important priorities.

During that time, the Board got rid of some of its best people — coach Ottis Gibson; Phil Simmons, a successful T20 World Cup coach; Darren Sammy, a two-time successful T20 World Cup captain; Clive Lloyd, the most successful West Indies captain; and Curtly Ambrose, one of the greatest fast bowlers the world has seen.

(3). Coach Simmons had a positive impact on the players and could have resurrected West Indies cricket if he was allowed to create a learning environment for his players. Instead, he was stymied by uncooperative administrators, antiquated structures and systems, and by a hostile working environment.  Once again the Board failed to see and seize a glaring opportunity.

(4). The WICB in a release on their firing of Simmons, stated, “In recent times, based on public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach.”

The Board is satisfied with its losing culture and will get rid of anyone who questions or challenges that culture. The question must be asked: How much does the Director of Cricket, who was brought up in England and Australia, know about West Indies culture and history and the psyche of Caribbean people?

“As Prime Minister of Grenada, and as a leader in the wider CARICOM region and an ardent cricket fan, I will continue to support the initiatives and demands of various stakeholders, and especially the calls of our legends — some of the greatest players who have played the game — and the many long-suffering fans, for a complete overhaul of the WICB.

“Reforms cannot come soon enough to help rescue cricket in the region,” Mitchell concluded.

Riviera Project moves ahead without Camerhogne Park

Opponents of turning Camerhogne Park into a hotel site have won a temporary victory in their battle with the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

During a press conference held last week in St. George’s, Dr. Mitchell announced that the developers have agreed to proceed with the project for the time being without incorporating the park.

However, he warned that the issue of the Camerhogne Park is not dead as it can be revisited sometime in the future.

“Investors of Silver Sands have now committed to building the Riviera Project. The clearing up and so on will start sometime in November and is expected to add an additional 120 rooms without Camerhogne Park.

That isn’t to say that they may not be some initiative in the future but right now it would be done without Camerhogne Park,” Prime Minister Mitchell told reporters.

Speculation is now rife that the Grenadian leader intends to revisit the issue if the NNP wins the next general election widely expected within the next year.

A Save Camerhogne Park Committee, under the leadership of Labour Senator, Ray Roberts has been in the forefront of moves to block the sale of the park to Egyptian Billionaire, Naguib Sawiris who is behind the hotel project.

The Committee has consistently called on the Mitchell government to reconsider the sale of Camerhogne Park, stating that it is the only green space on the island and an area that is appreciated by many Grenadians.

The Roberts-led group have been engaged in several actions including petitions signed by thousands of locals in an effort to have the park remain as part of Grenada’s patronage.

Prime Minister Mitchell told reporters at the press briefing that although the investors will proceed without the park, it still remains open for a revisit.

“The investors will accept whatever the government agrees to. In other words if the government says never touch Camerhogne Park, they are not interested (in getting the park for the project)”, he said.

“…The government is saying that we should still leave it open because I believe in development and my position on Camerhogne Park has been well known, so I would not say that I would not push to have that, maybe I would be out of government and still pushing to have it,” he added.

The Prime Minister indicated that the Riviera project will be major in scope and with lots of jobs for persons on the island.

“They (developers) have given instructions to the architects and the design is taking place. They hope to submit their drawing soon,” Dr. Mitchell said.

During its campaign to win the 2013 general elections, the NNP had promised construction of five 5-star hotels but only the Silver Sands project has actually started.

PI against Asp Coutain and Captain Harris

Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill has rejected a submission made by Queen’s Counsel, Celia Clyne-Edwards to throw out criminal charges laid by the State against a senior police officer in connection with an alleged driver’s license selling racket in the country.

Captain Harris –charged jointly with a police officer

Captain Harris –charged jointly with a police officer

Clyne-Edwards made the move last week Friday in the case which involves Superintendant Claudius Coutain and small businessman, Matthew Harris who is popularly known as Captain Harris.

Almost a year ago, police investigators arrested and charged Coutain and Captain Harris but the Preliminary Inquiry is yet to start in the lower court.

Supt. Coutain has been slapped with five charges of deceiving a public officer and is jointly charged with Captain Harris on one count of conspiracy to deceive a public officer.

The matter came up once again before the Chief Magistrate at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court and was dominated by legal submissions from defense attorneys Clyne-Edwards QC and Dr. Francis Alexis QC.

Attorney Clyne-Edwards, who is representing Captain Harris failed in her attempt to convince the court to dismiss the joint charge laid against her client.

The female QC took issue with what the court eventually ruled was a typographical error in one of the charges against her client, which read on the charge sheet, “Endeavour to deceive a public officer” instead of conspiracy to deceive a public officer.

She told the court that as a result of this, she was “unable to prepare a defense,” and insisted that the Prosecution “does not have a charge” against her client.

However, the Chief Magistrate was satisfied with the explanation provided by Senior Crown Counsel, Howard Pinnock, who is leading the Prosecution’s case in the matter.

Pinnock conceded that it was indeed an error that was overlooked since the charge sheet has the correct sections of the Criminal Code to support the charges laid – those being Section 48 dealing with conspiracy and Sec. 366 dealing with deceiving a public officer.

Magistrate Gill agreed with Pinnock’s application for an amendment to be made to the charge so that it now reads, “Conspiracy to deceive a public officer.”

According to Clyne-Edwards, “this is a completely different charge,” and told the court that “it is highly prejudicial (for the State) to come at this time and ask for an amendment”.

“That was nine months ago – they must have realised that there was an error,” she contended.
Pinnock informed the court that he only realised the error the night before.

THE NEW TODAY sought an explanation from the female QC, as to exactly when she made the discovery of the error on the charge sheet.

However, she refused to comment, stating that “the matter is still before the court.”

Dr. Alexis, QC, who is holding papers for Attorney-at-Law, Henry Paryag for Supt. Coutain told the court that his client was never served with the charge sheet, which according to the Criminal Code must be served on an accused person after a charge is laid.

This was disputed by Pinnock who informed the court that the accused was indeed served a copy of his charge sheet by investigating officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Earl Dunbar on July 22nd 2015.

ASP Coutain – one of the most senior police officers facing criminal charges

ASP Coutain – one of the most senior police officers facing criminal charges

Dr. Alexis remained adamant that his “client is sure that he has never seen a charge sheet or any other document apart from the bail form.”

He also told the court that his client is “protected by Section 67 (b) of the Criminal Procedure Code (which) entitles an accused person to be served with a copy of the charge that is proffered against him or her within, I think, its five days.”

In an interview with THE NEW TODAY following the sitting, Dr. Alexis explained that ordinarily the court does have discretion to rule withstanding five days have passed.”

“I stand on that point that Section 67(b) is protecting my client as it stands now”, he said.

The case was adjourned to December 14.

The state is optimistic that the court can get the ball rolling with the Preliminary Inquiry.

The Prosecution has a total of 12 witnesses lined up to give evidence against Supt. Coutain and Captain Harris.

THE NEW TODAY understands that there was a delay in the case due to an injury sustained by Paryag who is the defense attorney on record for the senior police officer.

Additionally, Captain Harris, who is involved in the boating industry, was on two occasions given permission by the Court to leave the jurisdiction in his professional capacity.

The State is said to be ready to proceed with the matter at the next fixed hearing date.

NDC rebrands

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has adopted a new logo inclusive of the three national colours in an effort to break the colour divide that has previously prevailed among political organisations in the country.

 The new NDC logo is displayed publicly for the very first time during the launch of the party’s policy agenda at the Grenada Trade Centre last week Thursday

The new NDC logo is displayed publicly for the very first time during the launch of the party’s policy agenda at the Grenada Trade Centre last week Thursday

Party Leader Senator Nazim Burke told supporters during the unveiling of the new logo last week Thursday that the party has decided to “put our money where our mouth is in a manner of speaking (and has) re-branded so as to include all three national colours Red, Gold and Green in our branding.”

Sen. Burke said the “re-branding signals the new approach of the NDC and its commitment to break the colour divide…taking an inclusive approach to governance.”

He said, “this is a decision of a party that has the courage to say colours must not divide our nation (and that) we are all Grenadians.”

According to Sen. Burke, the NDC is “prepared to demonstrate in word and in deeds that there is a place for every Grenadian on this journey and that not a single person would be left out.

“So from here on when they say Green, we say (we are) Green also; when they say Gold we say we are Gold also. These are the national colours and we must embrace Green, Red and Gold,” he declared.

According to NDC Party Chairman, Vincent Roberts, the re-branding is “something the people asked for.

“We have heard your call,” he affirmed.

“You will notice that the heart remains (as) it is the registered symbol of the NDC and represents our love and commitment to the people and patrimony of our nation,” Roberts explained.

“ The new branding also signals a departure from the past and the embracing of new attitudes, different approaches, new thinking, the application of new technologies and methodologies and the indication of a new hope and a new level of tolerance among us all, he said.

The NDC Chairman also used the opportunity to solicit financial support to assist the party moving forward.

“We cannot do this alone and we are depending on you to spread the word and assist us in any way possible…we are depending on the people’s support to take us into (the next) government through an election but we need your financial support as well.

“We are not embarrassed to say to you that if we had more funding and more finance we would have been able to do a lot more, a lot faster for more people.

“Anyone who is in a position to assist please contact your caretaker or an officer of the party and indicate your willingness and preparedness and you will be informed of the way in which you will be accommodated.

The new NDC logo was unveiled last week Thursday simultaneously with the party’s presentation of its 13-year (2017-2030) Policy agenda at the Grenada Trade Centre in Morne Rouge, Grand Anse, St. George.

CONSTITUTION OF GRENADA (RIGHTS & FREEDOMS) AMENDMENT BILL 2016 – PART 1

Claudette Josephby Claudette Joseph

On October 27th 2016 Grenadians will be asked to vote on the captioned Bill affecting our fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. The intent of this Bill is to refine the provisions of the Constitution that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms. That is, Chapter 1 of the 1973 Grenada Constitution Order.

The Bill also proposes to include a new Chapter 1A titled, “Directive Principles of State Policy” and a new Chapter 1B titled, “Gender Equality.”

The fundamental rights and freedoms in our Constitution are provided for at sections 1 to 15 and are drawn directly from the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, resolution 217A proclaimed on December 10th 1948. Fundamental rights and freedoms are those common, basic, inalienable rights that it is recognised must be enjoyed by all as the basis for freedom, justice and human dignity.

Observance of these fundamental rights and freedoms protects citizens from having to resort to rebellion against tyranny and oppression. When these fundamental rights are not observed, chaos and barbarism ensue.

The 1985 Grenada Constitution Review Commission expressed the view that the provisions are quite adequate and should not be interfered with. The 2006 Constitution Review Commission recommended an expansion of the fundamental rights and freedoms but did not specify which rights should be expanded.

It was within CRAC’s mandate to recommend expansion of the fundamental rights and freedoms to Cabinet.

What the Bill proposes:

The proposed Bill is expressed to be an Act to alter the Constitution to make better provisions for the rights and freedoms of the individual.

The Bill firstly proposes to insert a new Part titled: “Foundational” which will be the first 2 sections of the Constitution. Section 1 expresses what is already understood as our system of Government, that is, a democracy where the basis of Government is the will of the people. It also proposes to move section 106, the Supreme Law clause up to section 2.

The Bill proposes to include and spell out in section 1 of Chapter 1, that every person in Grenada shall enjoy the fundamental rights regardless of “disability”, “language” “ethnicity”, “place of birth”, “national or social origin”, “religion” and “social class”.

These rights are proposed to be added to the existing rights of: race, political opinions and sex. The words “creed” and “place of origin” are proposed to be removed. If successful on the referendum, this will expand and refine the existing rights and freedoms with the inclusion of: “disability”, “language”, “ethnicity” and “social class”.

It will also refine the section with the substitution of “religion” for creed, and “place of birth”, “national or social origin” for place of origin. It is to be noted that this section itself is not enforceable but most of the rights mentioned in it are enforceable under section 13.

Section 3 of the Constitution deals with the right to personal liberty, the Bill proposes to expand that section. Section 3(2)(a) is proposed to be amended to provide that a person who is arrested shall be informed: “without delay at the time of his arrest or detention, in a language that he understands….” of the reason for his arrest or detention; as opposed to: “as soon as reasonably practicable, in a language that he understands…” as is now the case.

The question here is: what mischief or existing deficiency is intended to be addressed by this amendment? While the current language is admittedly wide, there appears to be no issue with the practical application of this section. On the other hand, with the proposed amendment, it will mean that a person’s constitutional right will be violated if, based on the circumstances surrounding his arrest, it is not possible for him to be immediately, at the time of his arrest, informed of the reason for the arrest.

For example, if the arresting officer does not speak the language of the person being arrested or vice versa, his constitutional right will be breached if the arrest proceeds. The practical application of this new section may result in some unavoidable constitutional breaches. Noteworthy, is the fact that this proposed change will not affect the situation where a person can be detained for up to 48 hours without being charged with an offence.

Subsection 2 (b) of the new section also adds the right of an arrested individual to promptly retain and instruct a lawyer at his expense. Although this will be new to the Constitution, in practice, this is what already obtains.

The 2006 commission recorded strong calls from the public that accused persons should have a constitutional right to legal representation even if they cannot afford it. The commission declined to make this recommendation, perhaps in consideration of the financial ramifications for the State.

The suggested amendment to Section 8 is minor but has possible far reaching consequences. The Constitution at present guarantees any person charged with a criminal offence the right to a fair hearing, within a reasonable time, by an independent and impartial court established by law.

The proposal is to insert the words “and in accordance with due process…” This means that in addition to taking a procedural point where due process is not followed, an accused person may also take the position that his constitutional right to due process has been breached.

There is also the proposal to amend section 8 to include the right to remain silent after being charged. The reason for the proposal is not clear because this is already part of the law. Rule 2 of the Judges Rules sets out the procedure on being charged, which includes informing the person of their right to remain silent.

One wonders whether in making these provisions enforceable rights under the Constitution, due consideration was given to the costs implications for the State and the possibility of an increase in Constitutional cases before the courts, in an already backed logged system; or whether, the implications for the police in the execution of their duties were duly considered.

Part 2 of this article will address the proposed amendments to sections 10 and 11 of the Constitution and the new sections 13A, 13B and 13C.

(Claudette Joseph is a local attorney-at-law who is associated with Amicus Attorneys)

The shooting incident at Springs!!!

It’s time for Grenada as a society to do some stocktaking on the use of force by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) on the civilian population.

The latest shooting incident involving a member of the Drug Squad of the police force should result in the powers-that-be taking serious note of what is happening.

The key motto of RGPF is to protect and serve and by extension all police officers should see themselves as playing a role in ensuring that the law is enforced and not consider themselves as “the law”.

The laws are passed by those elected in the House of Representatives and RGPF has a major role in helping to administer those very said laws.

This very unfortunate shooting incident at Springs, St. George’s on Saturday afternoon brings back memory of the Frederick “Ballah” Noel shooting incident in the Bocas, St. George’s a few years ago.

Again, it was a police officer allegedly involved in a 3-way love affair that went sour between the parties.

The only major difference is that the police officer involved in the latest shooting was facing a barrage of stones from someone who became irate over what was happening before his very own eyes.

The big question to be asked in the Springs incident is the following: Was the life of the police officer under threat so as to warrant him to shoot the individual?

The related question is: Was a warning shot fired in the air by the officer in the first instance in order to scare off the other man?

From our investigation, persons in the area reported hearing only one gun shot and no more.

It begs the question: Was reasonable force used in the circumstances or the policeman resorted to excessive force in the circumstances.

There are so many questions that need to be answered especially when a policeman has to pull his weapon and fire on a civilian.

Was the Drug Squad member attacked while on duty or going on his own frolic?

Why was he in the area? Was he on official duties or put simplier – was he called into Springs to investigate some drug-related or illegal activities?

And RGPF is compounding the situation by keeping the public totally in the dark on the shooting of another civilian by one of its members.

The police force was quick to put out an official release on the fatal shooting incident involving Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Damian Lee at his home in Williamson Road but is dead silent on this one. Why?

One school of thought is that the latest victim is not dead and the situation does not warrant the putting out of a release at this point in time since an investigation is taking place.

Isn’t this arrogant, high-handed and insensitive behaviour by RGPF?

It matters not the status of the individual who was shot but the overriding issue is the public’s right to know what has happened.

It is still a human being who was shot by a police officer in certain circumstances.

The police force is not a law unto itself. The taxpayer’s purse is responsible for their upkeep and not the Police Welfare Association.

Information passed onto us by the family is that up to five days after the shooting not one member of RFPF including the Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James has been in contact with any one of them.

The family is also alleging that not one police investigator has visited the injured man at the hospital to get his side of the story.

THE NEW TODAY is not taking any side in the incident but want to remind RGPF that actions speak louder than words in all circumstances.

The police force will be judged by perception and if the public gets the impression that cases are given priority due to class and status in society then citizens will come to their own conclusions.

Two drowned at Concord

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is investigating a drowning incident, which claimed the lives of two young men, both in their early twenties.

Travis Alexander - went to the rescue of Karim but met his demise

Travis Alexander – went to the rescue of Karim but met his demise

The two – 26 year old Travis Alexander of Springs, St. George and 22 year old Karim Smith of Snug Corner, St. George – were enjoying some recreational activities at the Concord Waterfall when tragedy struck on Sunday.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Smith encountered some difficulties while swimming and Alexander attempted to rescue him.

Residents within the area reportedly performed resuscitative measures to revive both men but were unsuccessful.

According to a release from the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the Royal Grenada Police Force, the lawmen “are investigating the death of two St. George residents, who lost their lives at the Concord Waterfall on Sunday 25th September, 2016”.

The release said: “…The bodies of Travis Alexander, 26 years, of Springs and Karim Smith, 22 years, of Snug Corner were recovered from the water about 5:00 p.m.

“…Reports are Karim experienced difficulties whilst swimming and  Travis went to assist him following which both of them went under.

“…They were pronounced dead at the scene “…Autopsies are pending to determine the actual cause of death.”

Meanwhile, RGPF is also investigating the circumstances surrounding a partly decomposed body found at Concord on Sunday.

Karim Smith - was aspiring to become a Cricketer with the West Indies Cricket team

Karim Smith – was aspiring to become a Cricketer with the West Indies Cricket team

The body has since been identified as 68 year old Gregory George of Brooklyn (Concord), St. John.

He was reported missing last week Monday and was last seen by relatives about 8:40 p.m. on last Monday, according to a police release.

The body was found Sunday morning by two fishermen who were on an early morning fishing expedition at a beach at Cotton Bailey, St. John.

A postmortem is pending to determine the cause of death.

Republic Bank staff volunteerism

In a strong show of volunteerism, Republic Bank’s management team teamed up with approximately 40 staff members from Republic House on September 3 to refurbish the St. David’s Community Library, as part of their annual Branch Community Projects (Staff Volunteerism) programme, launched in 2014.

rbl_stdavids-library-beforeThrough the efforts of the management and staff, St. David’s Community Library received a much-needed makeover.

The scope of work included replacement of windows, doors, protective mesh and wrought iron bars; refurbishment of shelves and desks, and, repainting of the entire lower level as well as the exterior of the building.

Republic Bank contributed $20,000.00 towards the project.

Additionally, the Staff, through its own efforts, commissioned a special luncheon to raise funds to tile the floor of the building.

An elated Library Assistant, Cindy Francis, expressed her elation on the refurbished building.

“The physical structure has been in a terrible state of disrepair for many years and I prayed for someone to come to our aid. The number of users has noticeably dwindled over the years, but now, I know they will return”, she said.

rbl_stdavids-library-71aBranch Community Projects Grants (BCPG) provides funding to help establish or expand service projects that address critical and diverse human and social needs around the country.

This initiative is closely aligned with the Bank’s corporate social responsibility programme “The Power to Make a Difference”.

The objective is to assist the branch network and specialists units, in improving the quality of life in their communities, by meeting essential needs such as poverty alleviation, education, culture and literacy.

It is also meant to engender an increased sense of camaraderie and teamwork amongst the staff throughout the Bank’s network.

According to Valentine Antoine, Manager – Commercial Credit: “Volunteerism is not new to Republic Bank; but what’s unique about this event is that the entire management team and staff are actively participating together in the execution of this project.

“While we often provide financing for community projects, we also see it as important and necessary to give hands-on support and work together with community activists on projects like this that will benefit so many”, he added.

In keeping with the spirit of community volunteerism, the St. David’s arm of the SSU Fitness Club, chipped in to assist with the skilled labour, to repair/replace the broken windows, doors, bookshelves and furniture and the Bank expresses its appreciation and commendation to the participants from the St. David’s Community.

Republic Bank is proud of its management team and staff, for volunteering their time, away from the office, to this community project.

These activities, while benefitting communities at large, afford the staff a sense of individual satisfaction and creating powerful connections with community-based organisations at the same time.

Burke: Vote with your conscience

“The people are not ready for a referendum”.

That’s the view expressed by Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Senator Nazim Burke, during a special press conference at the party’s headquarters in St. George’s last week Thursday.

Sen. Burke told reporters that “the proposed changes to the Constitution have not been sufficiently explained to the voting population and the majority of Grenadians still do not know or understand what they are being asked to vote for or against on referendum day”.

The Congress leader accused the ruling Keith Mitchell-led government of “failing to adequately explain to the voting population and the nation as a whole what changes are proposed to the Constitution, what the changes will mean for our democracy and our country and what is expected of them on referendum day”.

“We (NDC) know for a fact that Government of Grenada has received a substantial sum of money from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to educate the people about the Constitution reform and the referendum”, he said.

Out of concern that “we do not adapt a position inconsistent with the wishes and aspirations of the Grenadian people”,  Sen. Burke said the NDC commissioned an opinion poll conducted among “about 800 people” by Don Anderson from Jamaica who specialises in Market Research, Polling and Analysis Political Electoral Polling Field Surveys, to assist in determining what the Grenadian people wanted.

He pointed out that “the poll results, which were received only Tuesday last indicate that while 5% of those polled said they supported all of the changes proposed and 6% said they did not support any of the changes proposed, 13% said they were not sure about their position and 43% said they did not know much about the changes to offer any comment”.

“The poll therefore revealed that 56% of the threshold were either confused or did not know or understand what is going on and what is expected of them on referendum day.

“Furthermore, when asked whether they intended to vote on the issues on referendum on Referendum Day, 34% indicated they intended to vote, 16% indicated that they did not intend to vote and 49% indicated that they were not sure if they would vote.

Sen. Burke said the poll” shows beyond doubt that the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are not ready for a referendum on the reform of the Grenada Constitution.

“We are not going to play politics with this process and have said before that we will prefer to approach the reform of the Grenada Constitution on the basis of consensus. Instead the government wishes to employ strong hand tactics”, he said.

“We will not be bullied into submission on this issue”, he added.  Sen. Burke stated that as the main opposition in the country, NDC has an obligation to ensure that all that is done in relation to changing the Constitution, which is the supreme law is done properly.

It is the duty of congress, he said to ensure that “the procedures and practices that are adopted are correct and do not violate established laws conventions, norms and standards”.

Sen. Burke encouraged the voting populace to “not sit on the side” but exercise their rights to help decide whether the Constitution should be changed in the manner now proposed by the NNP administration.

“In the end your vote for or against in the referendum must be an informed one – in the best interest of our country as a modern democratic state – we respect the right of the people to vote with their conscience”, he added.

Last month, a Congress spokesman indicated that NDC would give support to those pushing a “vote No” campaign for the October 27 Referendum.

Voting opens for People’s Choice Award of GCIC Business Award ceremony

LIME under its new consumer brand Flow continues to support the People’s Choice Award category of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCIC) annual award ceremony.

Marketing Manger of Flow, Kelly Mitchell and Executive Director of GCIC, Petipha Lewis Smith

Marketing Manger of Flow, Kelly Mitchell and Executive Director of GCIC, Petipha Lewis Smith

Launched last Friday at the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) training room, the People’s Choice Award is now open for nominations.

The launch was facilitated by Flow’s Marketing Manager, Kelly Mitchell together with Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Petipha Lewis Smith.

Mitchell explained that this category is just for the public to chime in and give their say on a company, which, they think, should be awarded.

“All of us would have admired some company or some business or the other, whether it is in terms of the way they handle their customer service, whether it is the range of products and services, we would have admired some company out there and this is your chance to vote for that company under the people’s choice award category,” he said.

He stressed that this will be done through texting through the Flow platform where patrons can get a chance to win prizes.

“Using short code 8683, you can text the name of the company to that short code and their location of operation. For example, if the company that you would like to see receive that award is James Brown and Associates located in Belmont St. George, you text that to us, using short code 8683 and just like that you would be nominating or voting for that company under the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Flow”, he said.

According to Mitchell, each text will cost one dollar and persons can text as many times as they would like to do so.

He also said that persons could vote for more than one company but only through individual texting.

“For the patrons who are texting, there is something in it for you because once you text you stand a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

We gonna have (a) first prize of a smart phone – all compliments Flow and we’re going to have two additional prizes of 6 months free high speed broadband from Flow, in addition to 6 months of free cable service,” he added.

Voting started on September 16th and will close on November 22nd.

The 28th annual Business Awards Ceremony will be held on November 26th at the Grenada Trade Centre and Categories up for awards are : Business of the year, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employer of the Year, Environmental Excellence, Excellence in Agricultural Services, Excellence in the Application of Digital Technology, Excellence in the Tourism Industry, Exporter of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year (Agro Processing), Rising Star, Service Excellence and Small Business of Year.