Alister Hughes 22nd May 1975
.p 0 Box 65
THE. GRENADA NEWSIBTTE \( \. 4
-For Week Ending May 24th.
WRIT FILED AGAINST ~RTM MINISTER.
Mr James "Ken" Milne, prominent Grenada businessman and
hotelier, has filed a writ in the High Court against
Prime Minister Gairy,
This action arises out of an incident on Sunday November
4th 1975 at a political meeting of Mr Gairy's Grenada
United labour Party, and Mr Milne's claim against Mr Gairy
is for assault and battery on this occasion. Mr Milne
alleges that he suffered two broken teeth, lacerations
of the back and legs, cuts on the head and face, bruises
and swellings over the entire- body and concussion of the
This incident came before the Duffus Commissioners, and
the evidence before them was that Mr Milne, who went tO
the political meeting, "was wearing a large straw hat
which, he says; he doffed to persons who greeted him, but
which, according to Mr Gairy, he was using to attract the
attention of persons in the crowd",
According to the Commissipners, "there can be no doubt
that he caught the attention of Mr Gairv who called him
by name." The Report goes on to say that there are
different accounts as to the exact words used by the
Prime Minister, but, "one thing is clear and that is
that, whatever it was Mr Gairy said, several persons in
the crowd took the words he used as a call for instant
action and savagely attacked Mr Milne ......"
Mr Milne's claim against Prime Minister Gairy is for
EC$4,500.00 for special damages, and EC$25,000.00
for general damages, plus costs.
Alister Hughesa .
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending May 24th 1975
TIGHTER, CHANGE CONTROBT
According to a Release from the Ministry of Finance, Trade
and Industry, Government has decided that all transactions
relating to the purchase of any currency for the purpose of
remitting funds abroad will be subject to normal Exchange
Prior to this, there were no dontfols on money transfers
between Grenada and CARICOM countries or Britain, but,
sources close to banking circles say that no money can now
be sent out of Grenada without Government permission.
The Release from the Ministry says that this action has
been taken "following..the imposition of the United Kingdom
Government since 1972 of Exchange Controls against the former
Scheduled Territories, and the termination by that Government
of the Sterling Guarantee Agreement at 51st December 1974".
The "Former Scheduled Territories" nglude Phe fully self-
governing territories of the Bri.tiepsC6momnwvealth., except
Canada, any colony under the domain.of iHer, Majesty, any
territory administered by5'the Government of any part of Her
Maje.sty's Dominion under the Tr'satyship System of the United
Nations, any British Protectorate or British Protected State,
South-West AfriCa, the Irish Republic, Irac, Iceland, Burma
The Sterling Guarantee Agreement was made in 1967 following
the devaluation of the pound, and provided that all
Territories using British currency would leave their Sterling
balances in Britain to stabilize the pound. It was agreed
that, in the event that the pound was further devalued,
Britain would make good any loss to these Territories.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER For Week Ending May 24th 1975
INDICTMENT AGA INST BRITAIN.
In a Government Release issued on May 16th, Mr Gairy is
reported to have referred,(in his recent address to the'
O.A.S. when Grenada was accepted as a full member), to
his intention to charge the British Government with
mismanagement of Grenada's economy while the island was
under colonial rule.
"I have nothing against the British people, nor
individual Ministers", he said, "it is the system they
represent that I object to".
According to the Release, Prime Minister Gairy has asked
the O.A.S. "to render legal assistance and statistical
research expertise in order to formulate an indictment
against British colonial domination", which he will
"present before the United Nations and the Permanent
Court of Justice in Den Haag."
According to a review published by Grenada's "Torchlight"
newspaper, renada's Tourist Industry slumped by nearly
50% in 1974 as compared with' 1975. In 1973,
estimated receipts were EC$23,255,490.00 as compared
with only EC$12,609,750.00 taken in 1974.
Up to March 1975, estimated receipts from Tourism
totaled EC$4,720,540.00, of which 6646 overnighting
visitors brought EC$4,004,500.00 and 35,802 cruise
liner visitors, EC$716,040.00.
Of 22 cruise liner calls scheduled for April, only
14 were made and these brought a total of 8082 visitors
According to the same newspaper survey, during the
period July 1974 to April 1975, Nutmegs earned Grenada
$6,148,666.00, while Mace brought in EC1,037,658.00 over
THE GRENADA 1RWST~mPRT Pnr Week Ending May 24th 1977
the same period. By the end of the Nutmeg year in
June, Nutmeg revenue is expected to surpass the record
EC$7.5.million achieved in- 1974.
Cocoa exports were lower in April 1975 thah for the
corresponding month ih 1974. In April 1974, 1,522,600
lbs valued at $1,3400,904.00 EC were exported In
April 1975, these figures dropped to 217,200 lbs
valued at $355,221.00. Total shipments for the Cocoa
year ending September 1974 were 5,166,654 lbs valued at
EC$5,240,254.00. For the current year, shipments so
far have been 2,982,200 lbs valued at EC~3,949,671.00.
The "Torchlight" survey states that thete was a marked
increase in Banana production and revenue in April 1975
as compared with the same month last years The 1974
figures were 244,700 Ibs valued at EC$114,857.00, while
for 1975, they were 5,078,675 lbs valued at EC$555,045.00.
For the Banana year ending December 1974, 19,578,221 lbs
were exported for a value of $39,539,187.00 EC. To April
1975, exports have been 10,111,161 Ibs valued at
Three persons drowned and three are missing in a whitsunday
sea disaster in the mile-wide channel between Grenada's
south coast and the off-shore little Glovers Island.
An outboard motor powered fourteen foot boat was being used
to ferry a party of picnic- makers and was within fifty
yards of Glovers Island on its second trip when the incident
happened. On board were two men, three women and nine
teenagers and children, including two toddlers.
It is reported that the engine was giving trouble, and as
the boat approached Glovers Island, the engine stopped,
it encountered rough seas and swamped.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Weok Ending May 31st 1975
Two men, one woman and a child were able to swim t9 Glovers
Island, but the other four survivors, one woman and three
children, were not recovered until some three hours later
when a searching fishing-boat found them clinging to the
upturned boat about 30 miles west of Grenada.
Survivors have told of friends and relatives succumbing to
fatigue and being washed away from the upturned boat to
their death, and sorrow over the incident is tinged with
bitterness and indignation that neither of Grenada's fast
Coast Guard launches are in working condition and so were
unable to join in the search.
NEW NUTMEG BOARD.
One hundred and eighty-two delegates elected at Area
meetings all over the State will meet in the east-coast town
of Grenville this week to e-lect,,from, among themselves, six
Members to serve on the Board of the Grenada Co-operative
Nutmeg Associatioon for the Association's year beginning July.
1st next. According to the law under which the Nutmeg
Association operates, a new Board must be elected by May 31st
or Government has authority to appoint a Board.
Last year, a group of persons disrupted meetings called to
elect the new Board, and three separate attempts had to be made
before the Association could perform this statutory obligation.
The election of the Board was subsequently challenged in the
High Court, but it was ruled that the election was valid.
This year, there have been no incidents and it is believed
that the election of the new Board will go smoothly when
delegates meet on May 23rd.
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THE GRENADA NEWWSETTERB- Week Ending May 2~-hA195'
NIGRtIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER VISITS
Mr Emmanuel Kolade Nigerian High Commissioner, helA discussions
in Grenada last week with Prime Minister Gairy as a follow up
to recent talks between Mr Gairy and the Nigerian Head of
State, General Gowon.
It is reported that General Gowon is willing to assist Mr Gairy
in the financial crisis now facihg the Government of Grenada.
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CURRENCY AUTHORITY HEADQUARTER TRANSFERD.
A notice appearing in the Government gazette of May 16th states
that, with effect from Monday May 18th, the Headquarters of the
East Caribbean Currency Authority will be in Basseterre, St.Kitts.
These Heahquarters were previously located in Bridgetown, Barbados.
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The S.S."Geeststar" loaded 16,796.boxes of bananas at Grenada on
May 20th. This shipment, which weighed 511,901 lbs, is
valued at EC$38,392.00. Fifty-two boxes were rejected.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
During the week ending May 17th,, the cruise linerscalling at
Grenada were the "Cunard Adventurer" with 457 passengers and
the "Sun Viking" with 631. This total of 1068 passengers
brings the total of cruise liner visitors to 3,549 for the
period ending May 17th.
22 May 1975