The Grenada newsletter


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


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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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Alister Hughes 27th March, 1975
P 0 Box 65
St. George's


For week ending 29th March


Prime Minister Gairy told a House of Representatives Meeting on

March 21st that Cabinet is examining the Duffus Report and a

'White Paper' on it will soon be laid before Parliament.

It has been announced that the Prime Minister will address the

nation over Radio Grenada on March 31st, and, in his statement

to the House of Representatives, 'ir Gairy said excerpts from the

'White Paper' will be included in his address.

Meanwhile, in a letter dated March 14th addressed to the Prime

Minister, the Businessmen's Association has condemned the Duffus

Report. The Association claims the Commissioners gave a

"distorted picture" of events in Grenada during 1973 and 1974,

and conclude that "complaints to the Commission were made only by

vehement and malignant sections of anti-Gairy nationals." The

Association further observed that "supporters of the Government

have shown tremendous nonchalance by their failure to testify".

Arising out of its rejection of the Duffus Report, the Businessmen's

Association recommended to the Prime Minister that none of the

Police Officers named in the Report should be dismissed.

Further, the Association recommends that Assistant Superintendent

Innocent lielmar (of whom the Commissioners said, '... we have come

to the conclusion that his acts were those of a megalomaniac"),

be sent abroad to a reputable Police Training School to do a

course in Police Administration.

The Association also rejects the Commissioners recommendation

that Government pay compensation for looting done by Police Aides

Alister Hughes

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The Grenada Newsletter


Geest Industries Ltd., sole purchasers of Grenada's bananas, will

pay a 45% wage increase to dock workers loading shipments of fruit

on to the Company's boats.

This increase results from a new one-year Agreement between Geest

Industries and the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, and it was

signed before the Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson, on

March 7th.

The new wage rates are retroactive from February 21st, but,

provision has been made for discussions on or before 21st November

next relative to a method of payment based on the number of

"pallets" of bananas loaded instead of the present method of

payment by the hour worked.

This new method of payment has been suggested by Geest, but the

Union feels it does not have sufficient information on the

operation of this scheme. As a result, Geest will provide

transportation on one of its ships for a Union representative to

travel to St. Vincent and St. Lucia to observe operation of the

scheme which has been used in those islands for some time.

(169 Words)


At a meeting of the Grenada Employers Federation held on March 14th,

Mrs Angela Smith was elected President of the organisation.

Mrs Smith who was formerly the Executive Officer and Secretary

of the Federation, is the first woman to hold the post of

(42 Words)

Aliste ughes
27th arch, 1975

Alister Hughes

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The Greiiada Newsletter

by the Government of Grenada as being of the 'highest calibre'",

the Council was pleased the Report had been made public so quickly

and said, "We trust that you will cause the recommendations to be

implemented with equal speed, in the interest of peace, justice,

unity and reconciliation."
(579 Words)


It was recently reported in the local press that Mr Nolan Jacobs,

Solicitor-General, had been transferred to the Department of

External Affairs. Mr Jacobs advised NEWSLETTER today (27th-),

however, that that information is incorrect.

Mr Jacobs confirmed he has been transferred from the post of

Solicitor--General, but, he said, "My new position is in the

Department of Home and Carriacou Affairs, and this has been with

effect from March 17th.

Mr Jacobs (who was born on the island dependency of Carriacou),

was referred to in the Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry

as a person who "on his own evidence demonstrated a lack of

knowledge of the duties of a law officer of the Crown and acted

with gross impropriety ..... The Commissioners suggested

that the Judicial & Legal Services Commission enquire into his

conduct with the view to determining whether His Excellency the

Governor General should be advised to remove him from his office

as Solicitor- General.

(156 Words)

Alister Hughes

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The Grenada Newsletter

and others on January 21st 1974, and has expressed implicit trust

that Prime Minister Gairy, who is Minister of National Security,

will protect all citizens.

One prominent member of the Businessmen's Association,

Mr W E Douglas, is also Chairman on the Public Service Commission.

Mr Douglas told NEWSLETTER today (27th) that he would say nothing

as to whether or not he disassociates himself from the position

taken by the Businessmen's Association. "It is in my best

interests and the best interest of the public that I do not

comment or say anything at this time. If I express any opinion

it may be construed as that of the Public Service Commission and

I do not want to involve the Commission."

In its editorial of March 26th, the local independent "Torchlight"

newspaper points out that "all the known figures of the(Buinessmen's)

Association have at one time or another been in the favour of the

Government. Not one of them had his business place looted during

the crisis. They have never been scorched or touched by the

Police or the Police Aides. Several of them are members of the

ruling Party and are known to have made substantial contributions

to the Party's cause. It is not surprising, therefore, that

they would react in this manner."

Meanwhile, two other organizations have commented on the Duffus

Report. In a press release dated March 20th, the Grenada

Chamber of Commerce said it "strongly supports the recommendations

of the Commission and looks forward to its implementation in a

'meaningful way'." In a letter dated March 24th, with copies

to the Governor General, Press and Radio, the Grenada Christian

Council sent a letter to Prime Minister Gairy expressing

"heartfelt thanks to the Duffus Commission for doing so fine a

job..... Referring to the Commissioners as men recognizedd

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