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Grenada and St Kitts-Nevis officially to join ALBA next month

November 22, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba -- It is expected that the membership of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis will be made official during 13th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) in Havana, Cuba, on December 14, when the regional bloc will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding.

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Democracy and finance

November 22, 2014
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Democracy and finance Finance always poses a disadvantage and danger to democracy, when power and control is sought at all cost. Whilst it is welcome news that monies will be amassed to aid with the constitution reform project in Grenada, it must be of grave concern about the plans and procedures for the use of the monies.

Basketballer recalls Grenada, Iraq experiences

November 21, 2014
Basketballer recalls Grenada, Iraq experiences ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Nigel Byam, a Grenadian-American, has been deployed to the Middle East – Bahrain and Iraq. And, no, he’s been there not as a member of the US Armed Forces; but as a professional basketball player. Byam, 27, is now pursuing his pro career in Ireland.

Commentary: A media dictator censors comments, but cries that government censors him

November 20, 2014
Commentary: A media dictator censors comments, but cries that government censors him There are more similarities between those Grenadians who are politically active on both sides of the political fence than differences, except that they belong to opposite political parties. And it is amazing to hear some folks who control media houses that are not pro-government cry out about media freedom.

RORC Transatlantic Race prepares to cast off for Grenada

November 20, 2014
RORC Transatlantic Race prepares to cast off for Grenada LANZAROTE, Canary Islands -- There are just nine days to go until a highly competitive fleet sets out to compete in the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The race across the Atlantic will be a very different experience for the crews from 12 different nations taking part.

Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020

November 19, 2014
Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020 LONDON, England -- Hugh Walker (head of DFID Caribbean) has signed a joint letter of intent with St Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of Desmond Swayne, Britain’s minister for international development. Walker said, "The United Kingdom is committed to the long-term development of the Caribbean."

Commentary: Will Chester Humphrey be a fair arbiter in the Grenada senate?

November 19, 2014
Commentary: Will Chester Humphrey be a fair arbiter in the Grenada senate? The surprise announcement of Chester Humphrey as a New National Party (NNP) senator raised many eyebrows after more than 15 years of vociferous opposition to that party. Many rank and file supporters listened in shock and amazement when Prime Minister Mitchell made the announcement.

No confidence crises make mockery of democratic system, say former Caribbean lawmakers

November 18, 2014
No confidence crises make mockery of democratic system, say former Caribbean lawmakers BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former Grenada attorney general Jimmy Bristol has compared the situation of sitting governments in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and his own native Grenada, avoiding the tabling of a motion of no confidence. "Amazing similarities, and amazing how...

A Tribute to a Comrade, Senator Jester Emmons

November 17, 2014
A Tribute to a Comrade, Senator Jester Emmons Just this July, I stood before hundreds of children, youth and adults in the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, delivering the high impact social skill session “Getting Up and Moving On when Life gets Unfair,” Session #4 of “Project STOP ‘n’ THINK-Carriacou 2014.”

CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals

November 15, 2014
CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals in six member states are to benefit from a greater flow of tailored information on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM). This is under a new project that aims to connect nationals with the information they need to work, travel and...

Letter: Chikungunya preparedness: What happened?

November 15, 2014
Letter: Chikungunya preparedness: What happened? A Caribbean subregional workshop introducing the new guidelines for preparedness and response for chikungunya virus was held in Kingston, Jamaica, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from May 28-30, 2012. The big question is what happened after that? There is a lovely picture with smiling faces...

Grenada PM reshuffles cabinet

November 14, 2014
Grenada PM reshuffles cabinet ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- In what had been heralded as a major address to the nation, and one of his most significant since taking office last year, on Thursday night Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell addressed upcoming budget issues, as well as adjustments to ministerial portfolios

Letter: Response to Comrade Gill

November 14, 2014
Letter: Response to Comrade Gill In Arley Gill’s article about the modern socialist in your November 13 issue, he remarks that the legacy of the Grenada revolution is a strong residue of anti-communist rhetoric. That is his perception but mine is the opposite. What we hear mostly is favourable opinions, such as his own.

Commentary: The modern socialist

November 13, 2014
Commentary: The modern socialist One of the legacies of the Grenada Revolution is a strong residue of anti-communist anti-socialist rhetoric. For the most part, persons who were hurt by, or otherwise disagreed with the Grenada 1979 to 1983 experiment, continue to dislike or hate those who were involved with the Revolution.

Letter: Stop the betrayal Nazim Burke

November 12, 2014
Letter: Stop the betrayal Nazim Burke In one of his appearance on the weekly current affairs program Beyond the Headlines, former minister of finance and political leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Nazim Burke was strongly condemning the Keith Mitchell-led government for its management of the economy.

Death of Grenada senator leads to debate over replacement

November 11, 2014
Death of Grenada senator leads to debate over replacement ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The death on Thursday night at age 45 of Senator Jester Emmons, who represented the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique in Grenada’s upper house of parliament, has generated some debate over his replacement. Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has reached...

Condor Airlines returns to Grenada from Germany

November 11, 2014
Condor Airlines returns to Grenada from Germany ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Condor Airlines resumed its direct flight service from Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday after three years. The ten-hour flight landed in the afternoon, bringing 136 passengers to Grenada. The weekly flight service will continue until April 11, 2015, and is expected to boost...

Commentary: Law and Politics: Where to from hereon?

November 11, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: Where to from hereon? Now that the committee for advising the government on the issues to be included in the constitution reformation document to be voted on in March next year have had the public input at the Trade Centre last month, and would have made the necessary additions to the original number...

Letter: No! Peter David, no! Kayaks don't want you

November 11, 2014
Letter: No! Peter David, no! Kayaks don't want you The people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique are adamantly against Peter David becoming the island's new senator following the death of Senator Jester Emmons. Senator Emmons had the potential to represent the people of Cariacou in that nation's parliament if he had the opportunity to do so.

Caribbean Association of Banks to hold annual conference next week in Grenada

November 8, 2014
Caribbean Association of Banks to hold annual conference next week in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) is to host its 41st conference next week in Grenada from November 12 - 15. As an advocate for the industry and its commitment to education and best practices, the CAB conference has been approved by FIBA.

Letter: Closing Grenada's consulate in New York is abandoning Grenadians abroad

November 8, 2014
Letter: Closing Grenada's consulate in New York is abandoning Grenadians abroad Embassies and consulates are diplomatic offices of a foreign country. Due to the high level of interaction between countries in our interconnected world of today, diplomatic offices are needed in each country to aid in and allow such interactions to occur. The results of these diplomatic relationships...

Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications

November 7, 2014
Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications LONDON, England -- Cable and Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Columbus International Inc., a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband Internet...

Letter: Grenada needs an inspirational prime minister

November 7, 2014
Letter: Grenada needs an inspirational prime minister The citizens of Grenada are living a life of denial, apathy and frustration. Having heeded the call of Keith Mitchell and the NNP to rally behind the NNP, the majority of the electorate voted to return the party into office with the hope of a better standard of living. Some 33,000 voters believed that...

ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU

November 5, 2014
ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The fiscal and debt positions of the governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is estimated to have improved for the year to September 2014 with declines in the primary and overall deficits of EC$71.8million and EC$17.8 million.

Carnival Cruise Lines returns to Grenada after 15 years

November 5, 2014
Carnival Cruise Lines returns to Grenada after 15 years ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Carnival Cruise Lines returned to Grenada for the 2014/2015 cruise season on Tuesday, after an absence of 15 years. The Carnival Splendor berthed for the first time from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Melville Street Cruise Terminal with a passenger capacity of 3,002.

Commentary: Law and Politics: The trips are not producing

November 4, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: The trips are not producing The government officials seem to be always on trips overseas and holding meetings with a variety of individuals and organisations in the business and interests of the country but for whatever reason the outcome and expectations are not very productive. The latest trip and meeting in Rome with the Pope by the PM...

Letter: While Jamaica rises, Grenada is going down

November 4, 2014
Letter: While Jamaica rises, Grenada is going down In the latest issue of the Doing Business Report published by the World Bank Group Grenada fell from 107 to 126 while Jamaica moved from 94 to 58 out of 189 global economies. The 2015 Doing Business Report found that Grenada’s registering of property rank was 128 while enforcing contracts stood at 144.

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