Alister Hughes 16th January, 1975
P 0 Box 65
Nowsletter for "'i t-c- i- week ending Saturday 10th JanyUry197_5
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POLICE LYING ?
At the Magistrato's Court in the west-coast town of Gouyavo,
thispwouk, Magistrate Irvin Duncan accused the Police of 'trying
to make trouble for him'".
Before the Magistrate was the case of three members of the New
Jewel Movement who had been arrested on Friday 10th and charged
with using a loudspeaker without permission, and using a noisy
instrument on a motor vehicle.
Those three Jewel members, Simon Daniel, Dion Joseph and
Alison ThumEs ware represented in Court by Mr Maurice Bishop,
'-r i.tor (and Joint Organising Secretary of Jewel), and he told
the Hagistrate that the Police had told Mr Jerome Ford (another
Barrister) and himself, that bail for these men must be provided
in cash, according to instructions issued by Magistrate Duncan,
"I never said cash"', said Mr Duncan. "I said '500.00 and one
surety. If the Police say I said cash, they will be lying.
All they trying to do is make trouble for ma".
On application for a reduction of the amount of bail, Mr Duncan
reduced the sum of .,500.00, originally fixed, to o450.00, which
drew from Mr Bishop the comment that this was similar to the
commercial practice where merchants offer goods at 42.99.
COMMISSION OF jlJUIRY '
A three man Commission of Inquiry is to oe set ..jp to probe the
operations of the Grenada electricity Services. This was
disclosed on Tuesday (14th) following a meeting with Prime Minister
Gairy with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Trade
Union Council and Businessmen's Association, to discuss the now
electricity rates with a view to obtaining the Prime Minister's
support in an effort to hold back the application of the rates
which bccimie effective on January 1st.
Mr Gairy has agreed to use his influence with the Management of
Electricity Services to request suspension of the now rates for
the time being, and it is understood that a representative from
each of the three organizations meeting with Mr Gairy will meet
shortly with Cabinet to discuss the terms of the Commission of
WARD NOT FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
Mr Erskine Ward, well known Barbadian Barrister, has denied recent
Press and Radio reports that he was duo to take up tha appointment
of Attorney General in Grenada.
i1r Ward was in Grenada recently at the request of the Government
to define the duties of the Attorney General and those of the
Solicitor General, and this, coupled with the fact that he has
recently relinquished certain positions he held in Barbados, may
have given rise to the belief that he was leaving that country
to take up residence in Grenada.
Alister Hu he s
POSTAL RATES UP
With effect from this week, Gronadians will pay more tu post
their letters. The new rates, made under Section 10 of the
Post Office Urdinance, ware fixed last August end were Gazetted
on December 27th, and in some instances raprusant a substantial
Local postaou has moved from 3 cents to 5 cents per half ounce.
Leoters posted to countries in the Commonwealth Caribbean used
to be 0 conts per half ounce and ara now 15 cents. Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands arc up from 15 to 25 cents while Canada
and the USA ore up from 25 to 35 cents. Letter postage to
Europe has moved up only 5 cents over the old rate of 40, while
postage to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland is unchanged
at 35 cnts per half ounce.
These rates all refer to air mail letter postage, but surface
rates, post cards, air letter forms and parcel post have all been
affected by the new increases.
16th January, 1975