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Acting COP promises probe into allegation Grenada’s regular passport traded without permission

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  • Grenada’s regular passport costs EC$250
  • Claims about sale of regular passport rumourmongering against immigration division
  • Acting Commissioner of Police also carries title post of Chief Immigration Officer

Edvin Martin, Acting Commissioner of Police (COP), has assured that the necessary probe will be undertaken into what he described as “unsubstantiated and slanderous” rumour that Grenada’s regular passports are being sold without the consent and permission of the relevant authority.

“I heard of that rumour being perpetuated and as it relates to passports, what I say is that the office of the immigration department is responsible for the distribution of passports and an unsubstantiated and slanderous remark like that can be very detrimental not just to the force, but to the country,” Martin said.

“As far as I am concerned, the issuance of passports is well regulated and if anyone has information to that effect I will really encourage the person to come forward with it so we can look into it,” he instructed via the weekly post-cabinet briefing. Martin was one of the persons who addressed the media during the scheduled Tuesday one-hour event where information about cabinet decisions is normally shared. The session is followed by questions and answers from the media.

“To me at this point in time it’s unsubstantiated. I do not have any information to suggest that, that is something that is occurring. I will be interested in looking into it and the fact that assertion has been made, I will not be waiting for persons to come with it, I will be going to whoever is responsible for perpetuating that kind of rumour, because there is an interest on both sides,” he said. “If something like that is happening it is important that it be resolved. If that sort of information is being perpetuated and it is not true, it is critical that it be identified for what it is and neutralised immediately,” said Martin.

“I must get to the bottom of this. We will see where the facts on this lie and we will see where the case goes,” said Martin who, as Acting Commissioner of Police also carries the title post of Chief Immigration Officer.

Nickolas Steele, who served as a former minister for Foreign Affairs and is currently International Business Minister, said that he sees the spreading of claims about the sale of regular passport as rumourmongering against a division of the force that is known for its integrity.

Grenada’s regular passport costs EC$250.

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Werley Zeus: Haiti And African Countries Should Become One

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The 26 years old, Werley Zeus is a musician, author, entrepreneur, and politician from Haiti. He owns a mass media company operating under the name of Ceraphin Corporation that owns different types of businesses including publishing companies and radio stations.

The 26 years old CEO believes that Haiti and African countries should unite together again and become partners because Haiti and African countries belong to black brothers and sisters.

“I think Haiti and African countries should unite together and become partners.”, said Werley Zeus.

Let’s not forget that Ceraphin Corporation’s Werley Zeus launched ‘Woy Africa! Network’ and ‘Afro! PopUp’ in Africa to serve the continent.

According to Werley, the brands named ‘Woy Africa! Network’ is a publishing magazine operating by Ceraphin Network and ‘Afro! PopUp’ is an internet radio station managed by Ceraphin Radio Network. The brands are operating in Africa and Werley thinks it makes for Haitians and Africans to work together because unity is power.

According to reports and studies, Haiti has been abused by the U.S. for years and years, so the time has come for Haiti to cut off every relationship with the U.S. to join Venezuela, Africa, Russia, and others in order to grow and prosper before 2045 arrives.


Werley Zeus hopes to become a leader in the upcoming Haitian Government that the Haitian population will install soon, so the plans will succeed. Hopefully, a new Haitian Government will take power in 2020 so the right leaders can lead Haiti in the right direction.

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Prime Minister meets with executive members of Caribbean Congress of Labour

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Prime Minister, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, and Minister of Labour, Honourable, Peter David, met Friday with executive members of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) who were in Grenada for a meeting of the regional organisation.

In welcoming the team, headed by President Andre Lewis of Grenada, Dr Mitchell underscored the importance of the labour movement and of working together.

He noted that the current Chair of the Caribbean Community, Honourable Mia Mottley of Barbados shares that opinion, hence the invitation to labour representatives to attend the inter-sessional meeting in Barbados this week.

Dr Mitchell said, “In the new global community, unless we work together, we would not survive. We need to unify our efforts – businesses, governments and labour to meet the fundamental challenges we face today. The Government of Grenada looks forward to continued cooperation as we go forward.”

Andre Lewis, who was elected President of the CCL last November, said the organisation also favours the collaborative approach and welcomed the opportunity to work with Caribbean leaders. He said, the CCL also believes the tripartite approach is necessary.

The Prime Minister also raised the issue of productivity, which he said needs to be addressed. The CCL executive members noted that productivity must be looked at in all its dimensions.

The subject of a possible government subvention for the CCL was discussed. Dr Mitchell, who is also the Minister of Finance, said government will be willing to support efforts by the regional trade union umbrella body, especially as it endeavours to empower its membership.

This drive to empower has already started. Through the CCL’s partnership with Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies in Trinidad and Tobago, the Grenada Trades Union Council is planning a one-week training session in leadership for its affiliates.

Dr Mitchell also suggested that the trade unions get involved in business ventures that can benefit their members over time. Some unions in Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica are already engaged in such activities and Dr Mitchell suggested that this approach be encouraged in other countries, including Grenada.

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CARIBEWAVE 2020 to be staged on 19 March

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The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) continues its preparation for the hosting of CARIBEWAVE 2020, carded for Thursday, 19 March 2020.

This year’s scenario will involve a 8.9 magnitude earthquake just off the coast of Jamaica, triggering a tele-tsunami in our area.

The exercise will be held along the western corridor: Victoria, Gouyave and Grand Mal, but triggering a national response.

The 2020 exercise gives the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique a unique opportunity to test the SOP (Standard Operating Protocol) created in 2019 as part of the certification of being Tsunami Ready in November 2019.

The exercise will be conducted simultaneously in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. We therefore encourage the general public to visit the website Tsunamizone.org to register for the exercise.

CARIBEWAVE (Caribbean Tsunami Warning Exercise) is a tsunami exercise held annually in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, under the direction of UNESCO and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The purpose of the CARIBEWAVE exercise is to improve the effectiveness of the Tsunami Warning System along the Caribbean coast.  The exercise provides an opportunity for emergency management organisations throughout the region to test their operational lines of communications, review their tsunami response procedures, and to promote tsunami preparedness.

The objectives of the CARIBEWAVE Exercise are to test and evaluate the operations of the Caribbean Tsunami Warning System (Caribe EWS), to validate preparedness response to a tsunami (which are test protocols and communications systems between tsunami warning centres and the tsunami warning focal points), and the use of the PTWC (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center) enhanced tsunami products for the Caribbean, as well as assist in tsunami preparedness efforts of the emergency management agencies in those areas.

For additional information, please contact Oslyn Crosby Public Relations Officer, NaDMA on 440-8390/ 440-0838, or 533-0766 email: nadma@spiceisle.com / nadmapr@gmail.com . 

NaDMA, the official source for all disaster related information in Grenada. 

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