Alister Hughes 30th January, 1975
P 0 Box 65
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For week ending 1st February, j975
The inquest into the death of the late Rupert Bishop, father of
Mr Maurice Bishop of the New JewelMovement, has been postponed
until Friday 14th February.
Rupert Bishop, was one of the anti-Government demonstrators
trapped in the Trade Union Headquarters, Otway House, on the
Carenage, St. George's, on January 21st 1974, when there was an
attack by Police and Secret Police, and he allegedly lost his life
as a result of a wound from a rifle bullet.
An inquest into this death was fixed for hearing on January 24th
1975 before Magistrate Lloyd St. Louis sitting as Coroner.
However, the Police Prosecutor told the Court that he was unable
to proceed because he had not received, from the Police Department,
copies of statements made by persons who are to give evidence.
The Solicitor General, Mr Nolan Jacobs, who was in Court to
assist the Police Prosecutor, also said he was unable to proceed.
It was only on the night before that he had received copies of
witnesses statements for study.
In this matter, Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal Secretary of the New Jewel
Movement is representing the interests of Mrs Alimenta Bishop,
widow of the late Rupert Bishop.
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NEW BISHOP OF GRENADA
Father Sydney Charles, a Trinidadian priest of the Roman Catholic
Church, has been ordained a bishop and appointed to the diocese
The ordination service, which was conducted by Archbishop
Anthony Pantin of Trinidad, was held on Sunday 26th at the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St. George's, and was
attended by thousands of Grenadians, among them being Prime
Minister Gairy and Lady Brenda DeGale, wife of the Governor General.
Sir Leo was unavoidably absent as a result of ill health.
Bishop Charles replaces the former Bishop Patrick Webster who has
been appointed Archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of
Castries, St. Lucia.
DROP IN ELECTRICITY DEMAND
There has been a serious drop in electricity demand in Grenada,
as much as 35% compared with that of 1973, and this has resulted
in a corresponding fall in the revenue of the Grenada Electricity
This information is revealed in a published statement of GES which
seeks to set out the Company's side in the current dispute over
increased rates which have been in effect since January 1st 1975,
and, according to the Company, this drop in demand is as a result
of "the island-wide troubles at the beginning of 1974."
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"To partially offset this serious fall in revenue", the Statement
said, "the labour force had to be reduced to a certain extent
where th3 Company could still continue to give a reliable service."
"The effect of the fall in revenue", the Statement continued,
"is further aggravated by those consumers who have their accounts
?Hk m7 XONry fI'4tr
unpaid, and the Company, therefore, does not receiveXWhe~ is
expected for its operations".
Queried on this today (30th), Mr William Pritchard, Manager of
GES, said that when bills were unpaid, consumers were normally
given a two month grace period before service was cut off, but
that the Company had been very tolerant and that some consumers
owed for much longer periods. The Company was now pursuing a
vigorous campaign of disconnection, but, even this had had to be
modified when it was found that, due to slow postal delivery, it
was found that some bills posted for November were not postmarked
On the question of electricity demand, Mr Pritchard said there
had been a slight increase over the Christmas season, but, this
had now fallen back again, and, electricity being sold was
insufficient to pay the overhead expenses of the Company.
Grenada Electricity Services is jointly owned by the Commonwealth
Development Corporation (CDC) and the Government of Grenada, the
shares being divided in a ratio of 60 to 40 in favour of CDC