Minister Boatswain: Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or forfeit your scholarship

Forty-eight individuals who have been afforded the opportunity to pursue higher learning at St. George’s University (SGU) under a Government scholarship programme have been told to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of “3.0 or higher” in order to sustain their scholarships. The warning came from Education Minister Anthony Boatswain, who disclosed last week Friday plans to take to Cabinet a recommendation to the effect that if awardees allow their GPA grade to fall below 3.0 they will “forfeit” their scholarships. Minister Boatswain was at the time addressing awardees at the fourth scholarship award ceremony of government and the Ministry … Continue reading

All sorts of things!!!

We are now in our 40th decade of independence.  Yet on introspection we must ask ourselves:  Are we really independent? We are unsure of the CCJ, unsure of revisions to our constitution. We hardly export any goods. Thank God for “Remittances”.  Every week we see the large ships brace up at the port, bringing lots of imported Goods.  The car boat comes and delivers brand new cars.  We go to Miami to shop. Our import bill is way in excess of our export bill. The rest is made up of “Remittances” from the families abroad, plus loans and grants.  To … Continue reading

A bad insurance company!!!

I am at my wits end at this point and have no choice but to put pen to paper on this matter, which involves a particular insurance company overlooking the Carenage. It’s plain that there are serious problems at that establishment. People are paying policies and are told that they owe and are sent letters stating their policies have lapsed. You try to reach relevant persons including the General Manager and you are not getting anywhere – excuses, excuses, screening calls and lies. It’s plain the person in charge is not capable, very disrespectful and do not see the need … Continue reading

PWU not happy with Imani programme

An executive member of the Public Workers Union (PWU) has criticized the Imani programme that is run by the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government to tackle unemployment among young people in Grenada. In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, the union’s Public Relations Officer, Brian Grimes said the millions of dollars being spent on the programme could be used more productively in the country especially within the Public Sector. “The union is for employment. The union is for youth empowerment at all cost but (when) we look at what is happening with the IMANI programme, reportedly … Continue reading

Clouden makes a case for effective legal aid system

One of the country’s most vocal Defense Attorneys, Anselm Clouden is clamouring for legal services to be provided to accused persons who cannot afford representation in court. Clouden’s appeal came in light of the number of persons who are now before the high court for the current criminal assizes and cannot afford to pay a lawyer to represent them. He told reporters last week Tuesday it is distressing to have so many unrepresented accused persons on the cause list. The outspoken Attorney-at-Law pointed out that there are 19 persons with varying charges who are unrepresented for their trial. Some of … Continue reading

JetBlue adds fifth New York flight to Grenada in January

Travellers between New York and Grenada will have the option to chose from five nonstop flights per week starting in January 2017. JetBlue Airways is increasing its flight frequency to five times a week from the current four times weekly. Effective 9th January 2017, JetBlue is adding a Monday flight to its weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This Monday service will continue until 30th January and resume on 13th February 2017 continuously. In welcoming the news, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen, spoke of the benefits to Grenada of this additional option. “Increased airlift … Continue reading

37 certified in drug prevention control

Thirty seven persons are now certified by the Mona Campus in Jamaica of the University of the West Indies (UWI) to administer drug control and preventative measures in Grenada after participating in a 6-month training session, which culminated in March. A certification ceremony for the Caribbean Prevention, Treatment Training and Certification Program (PROCCER) was held last week Thursday at the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Conference room, in Tanteen, St. George. PROCCER is an inter-agency and inter-disciplinary program in the Caribbean for the development and institutionalisation of training and certification mechanisms for drug prevention and treatment personnel. It … Continue reading

GIDC and SGU begin historic partnership

After months of discussions and planning, September 21, 2016 marked the start of a historic partnership between the state-owned Grenada Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and St George’s University (SGU). For the first time in its 40-year history, SGU began delivering certificate courses off campus, at GIDC. This partnership is aligned with one of GIDC’s goals to develop employees’ competence through learning and development opportunities. It is also part of SGU’s mandate to make academic programmes easily accessible to Grenadians. Dean of SGU’s School of Arts and Sciences, Dr Theodore Hollis fully endorsed the initiative when he and faculty heads met … Continue reading

Corruption in the Public Service

Since the advent of Public Administration here in the early 1960s, the issue of corruption has occupied the minds of Grenadians, for the simple but important reason that it impacts the society in several negative ways. It costs a lot! So let us begin by attempting to clarify and comment on the concepts, commencing with the Public Service and turning thereafter to corruption. Every country is organised for the provision of services by the Government to the citizens. All citizens constitute the public, hence those persons employed to service the needs of the citizens have come to be referred to … Continue reading

Rubis launches Big 5 Promotion

Rubis is rewarding its of its fifth anniversary. Customers 18 years and over now have the opportunity to win through Rubis Big 5 Fuel Promotion, which runs until November 20th. The fuel company commenced business in Grenada and other territories of the Eastern Caribbean on April 1, 2011. Speaking at a media launch last Friday, the company’s Marketing Manager, Glenroy Peters told reporters at the ceremony held at the conference room at Rubis’ terminal at Grand Mal that on offer will be a grand prize that has five elements valued at $12,500. “At a time like this when economic challenges … Continue reading