29th May 1975
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER. l io
For Week Ending May 31st.
VENEZUELA PARTNERS GRENADA.
Venezuela will join Grenada in'a joint venture for the
exploration of oil in Grenada. This was disclosed in a
Government release issued this week, and it was revealed
that Venezuela's decision is the result of talks held in
Venezuela last week-end by Prime Minister Gairy with
Venezuela's Minister of Mines and Petroleum.
According to the released the Venezuelan Government will
be sending a high-leval team of technicians to Grenada
shortly to hold discussions on the actual methods to be
used'for the effective implementation of the agreement,
Mr Gairy 4 noted also to have taken advantage of his
visit to VrSuela to seek "cooperation and assistance
in the preparation and preseqgatipn of a case of
economic cruelty against the British, both to the JN
and the Permanent Court of Justice".
NO CONFIDENCE MOTION.
A Motion of "No Confidence" in the Government will come
before the House of Representatives at its next sitting.
This Motion was handed to the Clerk ofithe House on Tuesday
of this week (27th) by the Leader of the Opposition,
Mr Herbert Blaize, and it reads as follows :-
WHEREAS by a deliberate and studied seriesoof
Constitutional infringements and violations of
the Rule of law the present Government has
brought the country to a sorry state of political-
and social disorder, climaxed by the damaging
indictmentof Government contained in the
findings of.the Duffus Commission of Enquiry, and
WHEREAS incompetent handling of the country's
finances with blatant disregard for sound
economic principles finally resulted in open
admission by the Prime Minister of imminent
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER For ,Week Ending May31st 1975
BE IT RESOLVED thatthis Honourable House pass a
vote of "No Confidence" in the present Government.
Mr.Blaize is the sole Opposition Member in the House of
Representatives, and, in an exclusive interview with
NEWSLETTER today (29th), he explained that he did not need
a seconder for his Motion before he could speak on it.
"If there is no seconder after it has been moved, the Motion
may not be put to the House for a vote", fMr Bliaze said,
"but I am quite sure that after I have spoken on this
Motion, the Government side will have to speak on it. It
will be a full debate."
Continuing, Mr Blaize said that Government Members were
faced by a situation in which, two weeks after their Prime
Minister was "expostulating in Parliament how wonderful
their financial situation is with this record 44 million
(EC) dollar budget", Mr Gairy publicly announced before 33
Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth that Grenada is on the
verge of financial collapse.
"My 'No Confidence' Motion gives these Members of Government
an opportunity to clear their conscience", the Leader of the
Opposition said, "Grenada will watch them and I'm sure there
will be some men found among the Government Bench".
The Grenada Co-Operative Nutmeg Association has now exceeded
its 1974 export figure of 2,365,000 lbs, export figures to
May 1975 having reached 2,407,400 lbs. Earnings for the
1974/1975 year are now at the figure of $6,869,473.00 (EC),
and, as there is still one more month to go before the
Nutmeg Year ends on June 50th, the record EC$7.5 million
for the 1973/1974 year may be exceeded.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER For Week Ending May 31st 1975
Total production of mace, last year was 320,7'40 lbs which
earned EC$1,567,120.00; production to May is now 208,900 lbs,
and this brought a revenue of $1,060,289.00. Sources
close to the Association said there had been a marked decline
in both production and revenue earned in May,as compared
with April when 22,840 lbs earned $138,863.00.
Cocoa exports in May were 505,600 lbs valued at EX$908,856.00.
These figures bring totals to date for the 1974/1975 year
(whtoh ends in September) to 3,487,800 lb valued at
EC$4,858,507.00. last year, 5,166,654 lbs earned Grenada
Banana production in May fell below the figures for April.
In May, 2,367,549 lbs realized EC$536,403.00, and these
figures bring revenue for the current year up to
EC$2,547,240.00 from an export weight of 12,478,710 Ibs.
TRADE UNION COURSE.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is to conduct
a workshop training course for Trade Unionists in Grenada.
This was disclosed this week by Mr. Bent Pihl, ILP Caribbean
Area Supervisor on Workers Education, and Mr Pihl said this
course will be conducted in July and will be open to the rank
and file of the local Trade Union Movement.
Mr Pihl said a two year project sponsored by the Danish
International Development Agency commenced in April 1974,
and its main object is the establishment of a national
foundation for workers education.
During his visit to Grenada, Mr Pihl held talks with Trade
Union leaders, representatives of the Employers Federation and
the Ministry of Labour. He also held discussions with the
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of labour concerning
equipment which will be supplied by the sponsor for the
education programme. (138 words)
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER For Week Ending May 31st 1975
US ENTRY RACKET ?
In an interview with NEWSLETTER, an informant who wished to
remain anonymous stated that several Grenadians had paid a
Westindian man the sum of EC$1500.00 each "to get residence
in the United States".
NEWSLETTER was shown what appeared to be authentic Birth
Certificates issued and embossed by the Commonwealth of
Virginia, and, according to the informant, these Birth
Certificates were to be used to gain entry into the United
States from either Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin
The sum of EC$1500,00 covers the cost of transportation by
air to the US, but, NEWSLETTER was told, a further sum was
payable on arrival in the States before a Social Security
Card would be obtained for the illegal immigrant.
It is understood that this matter is now being investigated
by the Police.
The S S "Geesttide" loaded 27,107 boxes of bananas over the
two days 26th and 27th May. This shipment weighed 817,275 lbs
and was valued at EC$69,468.00. Rejects totaled 223 boxes.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
Only one cruise liner called at Grenada during the week ending
May 24th. this was the "Cunard Adventurer" and she carried
494 passengers. For the current month, 4045 cruise liner
passengers have visited Grenada up to May 24th.