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NDC statement on the accident of 20 September on the Carenage

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the passenger bus that plunged into the sea on the Carenage resulting in one death, is not just a wake-up call but requires an urgent review of traffic regulations and road safety for public transportation.

The party, in extending its sympathy to the family impacted by the incident, says that this tragedy and the acts of heroism that followed surely overwhelmed the nation.

Acting Party Leader Joseph Andall says the party feels the pain of the family of 65-year-old Altrice Theresa De Coteau of White Gate, St John who tragically lost her life when the bus plunged into the water. Andall extends his party’s condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and assures them that the NDC membership, like all Grenadians, are praying for them, and asking God’s guidance in this most difficult period.

Andall says the members of his party are also praying for the speedy recovery of all the other victims of the tragedy, especially the nine-year-old girl who survived the incident but is in intensive care.

The party praised the first responders including the civilians among them, noting that their bravery and heroic efforts helped save many lives.

The NDC’s interim leader echoes the sentiments of Acting Police Commissioner of Police, Edvin Martin in commending all those who assisted in saving lives and providing care for those affected. The NDC welcomes the speed with which Commissioner Martin has launched an investigation into the incident.

NDC says government owes it to the people of Grenada to immediately commence a review of our traffic regulations, road safety procedures for public transportation, and the erection of appropriate safety barriers in areas that present hazards to the general public; with the aim of improving road safety for all.

NDC’s Caretaker for the Town of Saint George, Claudette Joseph, said that over the past several years, there have been incidents where vehicles plunged into the sea in the general area where yesterday’s accident occurred, which she says, is the deeper end. Joseph says that it is urgent that government installs a protective barrier at least in that area of the Carenage.

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UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina

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One man was killed and another injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.



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Claudette Joseph receives pre-action protocol letter from PM Mitchell

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  • Seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to pre-action protocol letter
  • Letter demands cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000

Claudette Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to a pre-action protocol letter from Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell. If she fails to comply with the demands, a defamatory lawsuit will be filed against her in the civil court.

The letter to Joseph said that on 2 December in a live news conference from the headquarters of the NDC, she uttered words that can have negative effects on the Prime Minister who is the Minister for Finance and is also the person under whose ministry the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme falls.

“You made certain statements on behalf of the NDC about our client which we believe are defamatory in nature, and geared to impugn on his good name, his standing and reputation,” said the letter from the law firm of Nigel Stewarts and Associates. “These statements are therefore completely false and malicious in all respect and were intentionally made by you to cause damage to our client’s reputation.” The letter demands that Joseph, who is a lawyer by profession, cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000.

In the news conference whose speakers were former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, and Joseph — who was elected to the PRO role in early November 2019 — they expressed concern about the recent Al Jazeera production called “Diplomat passports for Sale.”  The documentary is claiming that several Caribbean islands with citizenship by investment programmes are selling diplomat passports.

The segment on Grenada focused on the failed Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project which was to be located in St Mark. While speaking on the matter, Joseph said that the Prime Minister was also an investor in the project and directed members of media to watch a Youtube video where he is disclosing the information.

“Our client denies uttering those words but merely to say that he has invested in the parish,” the letter informed Joseph.

The Prime Minister is known to own a historic house in St Mark which is undergoing significant refurbishing and upgrading.

As for the project, in October 2018, government placed a notice on its CBI website announcing the suspension of applications in respect of the project until further notice. In March 2019, the Prime Minister announced that an investigation was been conducted. An update is yet to be provided.

The letters ended by informing Joseph that failure to comply with the demands of the letter will give the firm no choice to proceed with legal action.

Calls to Joseph for a comment on the development proved futile as her telephone went unanswered.

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All government pensioners and ex-gratia recipients and advance payment recipients are reminded that the deadline for submission of Pension Life Certificates for the period 1 January to 30 June 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Pensioners who have not yet submitted their Life Certificates are asked to do so immediately so that their pension payments can be processed.

Kindly ensure that the correct information is included on the Life Certificate and that it is signed and stamped by an Official Certifier: a Justice of the Peace, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law or Permanent Secretary.

Additionally, pensioners who are able to present themselves in person to the Ministry of Finance can have their certificates, certified, by the Permanent Secretary or Deputy Permanent Secretaries, with proper national identification, such as passport, driver’s licence or voter’s registration card.

Pensioners residing in a foreign country are to be attested by a Notary Public, Head of Overseas Mission or Consulate Office of Grenada.

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