Healthcare a catastrophe in St. Patrick’s

If Grenada has a national health crisis, St. Patrick’s has a health catastrophe. About three years ago, a young woman died on the grounds of the Sauteurs Health Complex because there was no oxygen at the facility. Earlier this year, an elderly lady from Mt. Rich died at the same facility because there was no trained person to administer oxygen to her. Just a few days ago, the Mt. Rich Medical Station was closed down without any prior notice. On the night of September 23, a young woman gave birth in Darvey. She was unable to pass the afterbirth. Given … Continue reading

Caribbean bowed but far from beaten

This week I was asked to provide an answer to a question posed by an influential Washington-based publication regarding the future of tourism in the Caribbean in the wake of the damage wreaked, in quick succession, by two Category 5 hurricanes. The question was disturbing. Its inference was that tourism in the Caribbean could be fatally affected by the recent storms and by more frequent and intense storms in the future, and, further, tourists would now have to consider alternative destinations. I did not regard the question as idle speculation and I pondered whose interests would be served by spreading … Continue reading

The QC protocol!!!

In the past two weeks, THE NEW TODAY has been reporting on a matter that should be of grave concern to the Public – the attempt by government to give Queen’s Counsel status to private lawyers outside of the protocol set down by the Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court. This vulgar attempt by the government sends a clear message that the administration is prepared to violate the well-established tenets of the Constitution about the separation of powers. It is a given that the Executive ought not to impose its will on the Judiciary, as well as the Legislative … Continue reading

GUT awards TAMCC grants

Twelve first year students at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), have had their first year of studies fully covered financially by the GUT Credit Union. The ‘TAMCC scholarship grant,’ run by GUT Credit Union was created with the vision of giving students an opportunity to pursue a higher level of education. The students were awarded during a brief handing over ceremony held last week Friday at the Horizon Plaza in St. George’s. The grant is open to needy Grenadian students who have completed secondary school and gained acceptance to the college. Addressing the ceremony, General Manager of the GUT … Continue reading

Insp. Antoine Pleads Not Guilty

Suspended Inspector of Police Clevroy Antoine made his first court appearance Monday to answer two (2) counts of Indecent Assault brought against him in connection with an incident last month involving a Grenadian-born Canadian citizen, Eleanor Peterkin-Walters who was vacationing on the island. Supported by his wife and daughter, the 55-year old middle rank officer who is currently on $8, 000.00 bail pleaded not guilty to the charges. The officer appeared to be very well composed and confident as he appeared in the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court when the charges were read out to him by sitting Magistrate, … Continue reading

NDC: Transparency needed in oil and gas exploration deal

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell to stop playing games of secrecy and be transparent with information surrounding the exploration of oil and gas in Grenadian waters by a Russian company. Addressing the issue at Monday’ weekly NDC press conference in St. George’s, the party’s Caretaker for the Town of St. George, Claudette Joseph commented on a report in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, dated September 21, 2017 that natural gas has been found in Grenada. She noted that the article states that the find was made by the Russian outfit known … Continue reading

Dealing with the issue of Child Abuse in Grenada

I must first state categorically that I am totally against the abuse of our children be it sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse or neglect. Roma Finley started the campaign against child abuse in Grenada approximately 35 to 40 years ago and as a result she was affectionately referred to as “the child abuse lady.” Prior to that, many people felt that child abuse did not exist in Grenada. Since her retirement, the issue of child abuse is talked about conveniently. After all these years it seems as though we are just starting. We still don’t have a plan on … Continue reading

The sister of Maurice Bishop?

Ellen Bishop-Spielman claims to be Maurice Bishop’s sister. In fact, she was adopted by Maurice Bishop’s parents and has never been mentioned by Maurice’s sisters to me nor by Maurice although I only saw him on rare occasions. A contemporary tells me he can remember this rather precocious teenager who somewhat scandalised the straight-laced bourgeoisie of the period by taking part in some film. That may have been the beginning of her career in films. Well, she has re-appeared in Grenada of late, selling herself to all and sundry as Maurice Bishop’s sister. She runs an outfit calling itself the … Continue reading

NDC opposes additional tax proposal

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has publicly expressed strong objection to the 5% tax proposal by Independent Candidate for South St. George, Terrence Forrester to help boost relief efforts for countries hit hard by two devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria. Speaking on the issue at the party’s weekly press conference in St. George’s on Monday, NDC caretaker for the Town of St. George, Claudette Joseph commented on Forrester’s call for the government to “impose a 5% tax on services and utility bills for a short period of 3 months to help raise much needed funds to our sisters … Continue reading

Huggins Male employees educated on cancer

An initiative of Project Blue Grenada in collaboration with George F. Huggins has left some male employees of that establishment more sensitised on the effects of prostate and colon cancer. In recognition of September as the month of prostate cancer awareness and with Project Blue on island to give rise to awareness for those illnesses, Huggins has come on board as a major sponsor of the initiative. With this in mind, Project Blue with agreement from Huggins, has decided to bring some knowledge to the male employees there. The session was held at Huggins’ main office on Kirani James Boulevard … Continue reading