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losing "one of the best polixemet G.onad i has er er seen or known",
Subsequently the Bill to grant a pension to Mr Belmar was passed;
and it must now go to Sir Leo for his assent before it becomes law.
According to Grenada's Constitution, the Governor General must act
on the directions of Cabinet in this matter, but Mr Blaize said he
urged Sir Leo to do his best to persuade Government to trop the
matter as it was not a purely domestic one but has Caribbean
overtones in view of the fact that the Duffus Comrmissi6ners were
men of high standing and reputation in tho region, and, giving a
pension to Mr Belmar was not in harmony with their findings.
The Leader of the Opposition said he told the Governor General that
if he failed to persuade Government, then Mr Balise was of the
opinion that Sir Leo "need not sign the Bill".- Mr Blaize did
not elaborate on this opinion, but, in view of the provisions of
the Constitution, if Cabinet insists on having the Governor
General's assent and Sir Leo refuses, Sir Leo has no option but to
SMPLYESS MEET .
The Grenada Emplot:Wz federation was host to the Caribbean
Employers Confederation as it held its 10th Interim Meeting at the
Grenada Holiday Inn from 28th to 30th Alril.
Agenda for this meeting included representation at the
International labour Organisation (ILO) Conference in Geneva, a
special ILO Round Table Conference to be held in the Caribbean,
and the employer's role in population issues.
At the meeting were representatives from Antigua, The Bahamas,
Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St.Lucia,
St.Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago.
In an exclusive interview with Newsletter before he left for home
in Trinidad, President of the Caribbean Employers Confederation,
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Mr Dennis de Verteuil, said the meeting had been very successful.
Referring to the discussions, he said, "Of particular interest is
one we had on 'worker participation'. This is not a subject we
have exhausted by any means, and I'm sure we will discuss it again
at our next meeting,"
Mr de Verteuil disclosed that the next meeting will be the
Confedaration's 15th Annual General Meeting, and it will be held
in Bermuda next October.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the period 20th to 30th April, there were three Cruise
Liner calls at Grenada. These were the "Sagafjord" (245),
"Cunard Adventurer" (636), and again the "Cunard Adventurer" (514).
This total of 1395 passengers bring the total of cruise liner
visitors up to 9716 for the month of April.
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HOSTEN PRESBENTS BUDGET.,
Minister of Finance, George Hosten, presented a 44 million dollar
1975 Budget to the House of Representatives on April 25th. Of
this total, 23.4 million represents Recurrent Expenditure, while
20.6 will be absorbed by Capital Expenditure.
Describing the 1975 Budget as a "holding budget", Mr Hosten said
"an attempt was made to hold recurring expenditure to irreducible
limits, whilst a high level of capital expenditure is provided
for the purpose of pump-priming the economy in order to generate
Reviewing the 1974 period, the Minister said Grenada's principal
export crops assisted the country from falling into total economic
collapse, and that export earnings for 1974 had reached the figure
of 16.2 million as compared with 13.3 million in 1973.
Dealing with Government finances, the Minister said they reflected
the adverse impact which world inflation and the local crisis had
on the economy. Provisional figures indicate there will be a
surplus of $600,000.00 on recurrent account in 1973, but a deficit
of 7.3 million is anticipated in 1974.
MrbHosten-felt, however, that the outlook for 1975 shows signs of
improvement. On the international scene, there were plans for
recycling petrodollars, and there was the UN Emergency Fund to
assist countries hardest hit by the oil crisis. Grenada intend
to approach both schemes for assistance.
On the local scene, although there was a slight downturn in prices
of export crops towards the end of 1974, Mr Hosten saw indicationE
that, overall, exports will maintain the buoyancy they had in 1971
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Indicating some advantages for Grenada's export crops, the
Minister of Finance said a loan of (EC)$370,000.00 had been
secured from the Caribbean Development Bank for establishment of
a Cocoa Fermentary, and another loan of 1.4 million from the same
source would be used to improve the Banana Industry.
Dealing with some specific aspects of the Budget, Mr Hosten said
the main thrust of the capital expenditure programme was towards
increasing agricultural output with a view to winning more foreign
exchange and reducing dependence on imported food.
In the field of housing, 1.5 million had been voted, and 5.5
million would be spent on infrastructure, the largest amounts
going to roads and bridges, and the airport.
To meet the capital expenditure of 20.6 million, local revenue
will provide 1.1 million. ihe balance will be financed by loan
funds, of which, 1.8 million will be local funds, 815 will come
from the Caribbean Development Bank, 6.5 from British Development
Aid, and 2.7 from Canadian Aid.
On the question of recurrent revenue, Mr Hosten said a study of
the economic situation indicates that the scope for additional
taxation is extremely limited, and that the country's principal
salary earners have not received increases in income for some time.
Increased Government earnings were expected, however, on Customs
& Excise, Inheritance Tax, profits from the East Caribbean
Currency Board, and from the Post Office.
There is need to introduce a stabilisation programme to
effectively plan for the future, Mr Hosten said, and he revealed
that a mission from the International Monetary Fund is expected
in Grenada during May to assist in this connection.
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PM Gairy "Grand Master" For Life
According to a Bill circulated with the Order Paper for the
meeting of the House of Representatives on April 25th, Grenada is
to have its own National Honours awarded by a Society of Honour to
be known as the National Order of the Grand Cross of Grenada.
This Society is to he headed by a Grand Master, and the definition
of this post in the Bill says, "The Grand Master means Dr Eric
Gairy, Prime Minister of Grenada, and, after his demise,
succeeding Prime Ministers."
Awards will be conferred in seven categories, the Grand Collar
(in gold), Grand Commander Cross, Grand Officer Cross, irand Cross,
Commander Cross, Officer Cross and National Cross. These
honours shall only be conferred by a Grand Council as approved by
the Grand Master, and Section 4 (1) of the Bill states, "Dr Eric
Matthew Gairy, Prime Minister of Grenada, shall, during his entire
lifetime, be Grand Master of the Order of The Cross and Chairman
of the Grand Council."
Honours of the Cross will take precedence over any other honour or
award, and they centre around the 50-foot illuminated cross which
was erected by Government last October on the ruins of Fort
Frederick overlooking St.Georges. This cross was consecrated
before a distinguished gathering at an ecuminical service held on
October 7th 1974, and has since been the subject of controversy.
There is a strong body of opinion which holds that, at a time when
the Government of Prime Minister Gairy is under suspicion of
condoning Police brutality, erection of the cross was a
hypocritical gesture motivated by political considerations.
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RECORD NUTMEG YBAR.
Sources close to the Grenada Co-operative Nutmeg Association
reveal that, for the 1974/75 nutmeg year which ends in June, over
two million pounds of mutmegs have been shipped so far. This
brought revenue of ome 6.1 million dollars (EC), and this figure
exceeds last year's record figure of 6 million dollars realized
from exports of 2.3 million pounds.
To date, this year, mace has yeilded 203,280 lbs as compared with
320,740 last year. Total revenue from mace last year was 1.5
million dollars; this year, receipts to date are just over one
During the year ending December 31st 1974, the Grenada Banana
Co-operative Society shipped 19.5 million pounds of bananas which
earned 3.3 million dollars. For the period January to April
1975, 10.1 million pounds have been exported for a total value of
2 million dollars. The most recent shipment was by the
"Geesttide" which, on April 28th/29th, loaded 57,148 boxes
weighing 1,120,606 lbs valued at (EC)$840,454.50. One hundred
and thirty-five boxes were rejected.
During April, 217,200 lbs of cocoa valued at $355,221.00 (EC) were
shipped. The cocoa year ends in July, and the April shipments
brought this year's production figure to 2.9 million pounds valued
at 3.9 million dollars. Last year's exports were 5.1 million
lbs valued at 5.2 million dollars.
PRIME MINISTER'S CAR IN FATAL ACCIDENT.
According to a report in the local "Torchlight" newspaper, a 2%
year old child died at the General Hospital on April 24th after
being involved in an accident with a car owned by and registered
in the name of Prime Minister Eric Gairy.
According to the "Torchlight", the woman driver of the car was
unlicenced and had been lent the vehicle by Mr Gairy tc learn to
drive. The paper further said that a check with the Licencing
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Officer at the Inland Revenue Departmert revc: ie tbha the car's
insurance expired on 21st March 971?4 thirteen months go.
Mr Kenrick Radix, Barrister-at-law, has been retained by the
child's mother on a "watching brief", and expressed the opinion
that, in this matter, at least two mandatory charges must be
brought against the owner of the car. First, for permitting
the car on the road uninsured, and, secondly, for allowing it to
be handled by an unlicenced driver.
Informed legal opinion said today (1st) that, according to
Grenada's laws, the Magistrate has no option but to suspend for
one year the diving licence of a car-owner found guilty of having
an uninsured car on the road.
No information coud bte otaited from the Police on this matters
SMPMOLWA1WDN CAML GG
The Leader ot the Oppeeitimn, Mf erbert Blaise, last Xaay (28th)
telephoned fro Mhis evidence in the island dependency of
Carriacou to 4he *Gorsor Geera3,, Sir Leo deGale.
Mr BlaisI's call ,sa g connection itth a Bill passed by both the
Government doamiated Ho&e an$ senate, and which seeks to provide
a pension for Apsistanat Superintendent of Police Innocent Belmar.
Mr Blaize has urged the Governor General to do his best to persuade
Government not to persue this matter.
In the Duffus Report, Mr Belmar is referred to as a "megalomaniac",
and the Commissioners found he had proved himself "totally
unfitted for any position of authority." They recommended that
he be removed from the Police Force immediately and be precluded
from holding any office in the Public Service.
One Of The Best.
In a broadcast on March 51st, however, Prime Minister Gairy
announced that Mr Belmar had decided to resign from the Police
Flrrce, and M.r G 7ai.ry ynrp. the opin fo that. the ici .m..n