Alister Hughes 1lst September 1975
P 0 Box 65
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For Week Endina September 1 th 1
TRAINING FOR POLICE
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr F E 0yakhilome, is
expected to run Grenada's Police Training College which will be
located in the True Blue area on the island's south coast.
This information was disclosed by Commissioner of Police,
Mr J Usen, who, together with Mr Oyakhilome, is now on
secondment from the Government of Nigeria.
Mr Oyakhilome, who has had 15 years experience of police work,
is a Barrister-at-Law and holds a Master of Law degree from the
University of Lagos. Before his secondment to Grenada, he
headed the River State Criminal Investigation Department in
Port Harcourt, and was also Head of the Advanced Training Wing
of the Nigerian Police Force in Lagos.
According to Commissioner Usen, the Training College will be
staffed by some 20 men drawn from the Police Force, and before
taking up their appointments as lecturers, these men will
undergo a course of training. In addition, the College will
have the services of part-time lecturers drawn from specialist
fields such as Education, Law and Public Relations.
The College will cater initially to about 120 trainees, but
this number is likely to increase with the planned expansion of
the Force. Commissioner Usen said, also, that with expansion
and reorganisation of the Force, the present Police Headquarters
located at Fort George will be too small, and new Headquarters
will ne necessary.
The Commissioner stressed that new recruits to the Police Force
will be required to meet certain minimum standards of education,
and it will not be sufficient that a man can just read and
write his name.
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For the past three years, she has been attached to the World '
Council of Churches in Geneva.
Outgoing President of the Council was Mrs Athena Athanassiou-
Tsouderos of Greece who served two consecutive four-year terms.
For this year's elections, Miss Osborne said that, originally,
there were some six candidates drawn from countries all over
the world, but, in the final ballot, delegates had to choose
between Mrs Violet Coomarasamy of Malasia and Miss Nits Barrow
of the Caribbean. Pour hundred and seventy delegates
representing 80 countries were present at the meeting, and the
ballot favoured Miss Barrow who will now be President of the
YWCA Council for the next four years.
Miss Osborne said that, celebrating this event, the Caribbean
delegation hosted a reception for the Heads of Delegations.
The Caribbean delegation was drawn from Guyana, Suriname,
Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St.Vincent, Grenada, Antigua,
St.Kitts and Puerto Rico.
OCCBA MEETS IN GRENADA
The Organisation of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations
(OCCBA) will hold its Annual Council Meeting in Grenada over
the period 12th to 14th September.
This Meeting, which will be held at Holiday Inn in the Grand
Anse beach resort area, will discuss, among other things, The
Grenada Situation, The Dominica Situation, The Anguillan
Situation and Human Rights.
Mr Hudson Scipio, Secretary of the Grenada Law Society, told
NEWSLETTER today (11th) that between 25 and 30 delegates were
expected to attend. These will be coming from Jamaica,
Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Antigua and
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TORCHLIGHT'S "STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE"
In its issue of September 10th, the Grenada "Torchlight"
newspaper carries a front page Editorial under the headline,
"Our Struggle To Survive", and outlining the paper's
difficulties arising from the passing into law of the Neaspaper
"The Act itself did not catch us with our pants down", the
Editorial said. "We instinctively felt that, as the Antigua
Act was upheld by the Privy Council, the resultant political
backwash might affect us in Grenada."
Explaining the assistance which was given by the Caribbean
Publishers & Broadcasters Association (CPBA) resulting in
agreement by Prime Minister Gairy to amend the law to permit
the effecting of insurance instead of the depositing of
EC$20,000.00, the Editorial said, "subsequently, however, it
was found that insurance coverage presented us with very high
costs ....." It went on to say that, if the paper was not
to go out of publication, it had to comply with provisions of
the original Act which called for a deposit of EC$20,000.00.
Donations and shares given and purchased by friends and well-
wishers permitted "Torchlight" to realize half the required
sum, and the balance had to be borrowed.
"We are not out of the wood financially", the Editorial
concluded, "hence our continued appeal to our friends and well-
wishers at home and abroad to lend their support in assisting-
us to underwrite the cost of making the necessary deposit."
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CRUISE LINER GALLS
During the week ending September 6th, two cruise liners, the
"Cunard Adventurer" and "Sun Viking" called at Grenada. The
"Ounard Adventurer, which docked on 2nd, carried 593 passengers,
while the "Sun Viking arrived on 5th with 692. (37 words)
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Grenada. Affirmative replies had not yet been received from
St.Vincent and St.Lucia, but Mr Scipio still hoped these islands
would be represented.
Mr Norman W I Hill, Q C is now the President of OCCBA
MIUNISTER TAKES COURSE.
The Reverend Michael Chandoo, Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church in Grenada, is now in Barbados attending the communication
training programme sponsored jointly by Christian Action for
Development in the Caribbean (CADEC), the Extra-Mural Department
of the University of the West Indies and Codrington College.
this is the third such training programme and it has been
designated "Communicarib 3". Lectures began at Codrington
College on September let and the 14 students taking the course
are drawn from Jamaica, Cuba, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados,
Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Curacao and Grenada.
The course, which is scheduled to last three months, is divided
into two parts. The first part, devoted to academic and
practical work at Codrington, will be completed at the. end of
October, and the second part will involve acquisition of on-the-
jnb experience. To achieve this, arrangements have been made
for students to be apprenticed to various communication agencies
Lecturers for Communicarib 3 have been drawn from the Mona
Diploma Programme in Jamaica, the Institute of Public Relations
in Trinidad, as well as from the professional, academic and
media communities in Barbados.
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The Public Works Department is now con-erting one b- the
Government owned Motel buildings at True Blue for use as
the College, and Mr Usen was anxious to see the training
programme started, particularly as the men themselves had
shown keen interest in this development of the Force.
COMMISSIONER USEN PROMOTED.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (11th),
Grenada's Commissioner of Police, Mr J Usen, said he had
received official notification that, in his homeland, Nigeria,
he had been promoted to the post of a Commissioner of Police.
Mr Usen said that, prior to his secondment to Grenada, he
had held the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police with
a posting to the North-Eastern State, Now, he holds the
rank of a full Commissioner and will receive a new posting
on his return home.
Commissioner Usen said this promotion will make no difference
to his secondment to Grenada, and he expects to serve the
full term, which, it is understood, is for a two year period.
CARIBBEAN WOMAN WORLD YWCA PRESIDENT
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (11th), Miss
Phyllis Osborne, one of Grenada's delegates to the YWCA
World Council Meeting held during July in Vancouva, Canada,
said the Caribbean had been specially honoured at the Meeting
by the election, as President of the Council, of Miss Nita
Miss Barrow, who is a member of the Nursing Profession, is a
sister of the Prime Minister of Barbados, and, for some years,
worked with the World Health Organisation in the Caribbean.