The Grenada newsletter

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Title:
The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
Frequency:
twenty no. a year
semimonthly
completely irregular

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Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Social conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
Grenada

Notes

Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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oclc - 24157414
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lcc - F2056.A2 G74
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Alister Hughes 20th February, 1975
P 0 Box 65
St George's
GI iNADA

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER

For Week Ending February 22nd \o0


Cui'ONER'S INLCUIRY INTO BISHOP'S DEATH

The Coronar's Inquiry into the death of the late Rupert Oishop

opened before Magistrate L G St.Louis in the Magistrate's Court

in St. George's on Friday February 14th.



Rupert Dishop, who was a prominent St. George's businessman and

father of ir Maurice Bishop, Joint Organising Secretary of the

New Jewel Movement, is alleged to have met his death as the

result of a bullet wound inflicted on January 21st 1974 when an

anti-Government demonstration was attacked by Regular Police and

Secret Police.



The first witness to give evidence was Assistant Superintendent

of Police (\,SP) Adonis Francis, the Head of the Criminal

Invastination Department. Mr Francis said when he arrived

on the Carenage near to Otway House at about 12.45PM on the day

in question, he saw a parked truck loaded with soft drinks about

100 yards away from Otway House, and about 50 men in civilian

clothes between Otway House and the truck. Between the Truck

and Otway House, there was a quantity of broken bottles.



A S P Francis said he heard bawling from inside Otway House and

afterwards he saw women and children looking through the windows

towards the street. Some of the children were attempting to

jump through the window, but he stopped them and said, "take it

easy, come down through the main door".


Hysterical

Mr Francis said he then escorted a number of children from

upstairs to the street and, after the children, journalist












Alister Hugjhes

Sheet 4

The Grenada Newsletter



and that, in the years between, these lists must be revised

annually and that this revision must begin on February 1st and

be completed by March 31st.



To'date, no steps have been taken to do this revision this year

and ir Blaize has pointed this out to the Supervisor of Elections

and has further pointed out that, according to Grenada's

Independence Constitution, the vote is given to persons 18 years

old and over.



Interviewed at his home in Carriacou, the is and dependency of

Grenada, Mr Blaize said he has received a reply from Mr John

stating that, prior to the receipt of Mr Blaize's letter, the

matter had been discussed with the Governor General and the

Minister responsible for such matters and that "it is the

intention of the Supervisor of Elections that the Lists of

Electors which would include persons attaining the age of 18 years

will begin shortly and be completed by 31st March 1975"



Mr fjlaize pointed out, however, that the statutory requirements

for this revision demand a proclamation to be made, time for

adding new names to the lists, time for claims to be made for

addition, time for objection to claims, time for publication of

the lists, and other stipulations set out in the law, all of which

require that the process must be started on February 1st if it

is to be completed by March 31st as required by law.



The Leader of the Opposition said that since 1968, the Government

had not been doing the statutory annual revision of the Lists of

Electors and that there were hundreds of people who were entitled

to be included. Mr Blaize intends to raise this matter at

the next meeting of Parliament.
(336 V'ords) Alister











Alister Huohes

Sheet 3

The Grenada Newsletter


Mr Watson disclosed that he had obtained 16,000 doses of Polio

vacc.in, for use locally, but the donor required as a prerequisite,

that legislation be introduced making it compulsory for the pre-

school child to be innoculated before entry into school.

Mr Watson said that the Grenada Cabinet was willing to accept the

vaccirin, but refused to pass the required legislation as had

been done in Trinidad and Barbados.



"Thu germs are in this area", said Mr 'Watson, "and it would be

difficult to see how Grenada will escape such an outbreak".



Arising from this, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Herbert Blaize,

has tabled a question for the next Meeting of the House of

Representatives. Directed to the Minister of Health, Mr Blaize

wants to know whether an offer of Polio vaccine was made to

Governm-nt, the terms of the offer, how long ago was the offer

made, and, if the offer has not yet been accepted, what steps are

being taken for acceptance. A similar question has been tabled

by Senator Dunstan B Cromwell for the meeting of the Senate

scheduled for Saturday 22nd February.

(251 Words)



VOTE FUii 18 YEEA-l OLDS

The question of the vote for Grenada's 18 year olds has again been

revived as a result of a letter written to the Supervisor of

Elections, Mr Ernest John, by the Leader of the Opposition,

Mr Herbert Blaize.



According to the Electorial Laws of Grenada, there is a statutory

requirement that an enumeration of voters be done every five years










Alister Hughes

Sheet 2

The Grenada Newsletter


Alister Hughes came down the steps. Hughes appeared to be

hysterical and, when he was about 4 faet away he said, "Adonis,

I am afraid they are going to beat me". Mr Francis said he

reassured Hughes and let him away from the scene.



On his return to Otway House, Mr Francis said he was told by

Inspector .;aymond that Rupert Bishop was lying at the top of the

stairs and appeared to be injured. Investigating this report,

Mr Francis said he found Bishop lying on his stomach, face

downwar:ds and that the front of his shirt was wet with blood.


The only other witness to give evidence so far is Inspector

Cosmos Raymond who was on the scene together with A S P Francis.



Legal appearances in this matter are iessrs Lloyd Noel and

Kenrick for Mrs Alementa Bishop, widow of the late Rupert Bishop,

while the Attorney General's office is represented by the

Solicitor General, Mr Nolan Jacobs and MIr L St. Paul.



Further hearing has been adjourned until February 28th.

(390 Words)




POLIO VACCINE REFUSED ?

A statement published recently in the local press by a PAHOA/.iH

official will soon have its repercussions in both the Grenada

House of Rupresentatives and the Senate.


Addressing a Rotary luncheon late in January, Mr Stewart Watson

who is now completing his tour of duty here as a PAHO/WHO officer,

said he was "disgusted" with the Grenada Government's reluctance

to take the necessary precautions to avoid an outbreak of polio.




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