The Grenada newsletter

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

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Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
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Grenada

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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 9t twt o+ 1975
P 0 Box 65
St.Georges
GRENADA 4
STHE GRENADA NEWSLETTER.

For Week Ending October llth 1975

VALIDATION ACT PASSED.

Parliament was called into emergency session on Wednesday October
8th to consider, principally, the Nutmeg Board (Dissolution) Order
(Validation) Act 1975.

Piloting the Bill, the Leader of Government Business in the House,
Mr George Hosten, told a morning meeting of the House of

Representatives that the Bill was non-controversial and had been
introduced merely to correct typographical errors in the Order
made by the Governor General on July 4th last to dissolve the
elected Board of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association.
Mr Hosten referred to clause 2 of the Bill which deems the elected
Board to have been "validly dissolved" from the date of the Order,
"notwithstanding the error in description of the Grenada

Cooperative Nutmeg Association ....."

Mr hosten, however, did not refer to sections 3 and 4 of the Bill.
In section 3, "all acts done or purported to be done or omitted
by the Interim Board appointed on July 4th are declared to be
"lawful and are confirmed", "notwithstanding the provisions
contained in section 35(2) of the principal law or any other law
to the contrary ....". The Dissolution Order of July 4th did
not comply with this section which requires that the Order make
provision for the constitution of a new Board within two months
from the date of the Order.

Section 4 of the Bill declared the Interim Board to be "lawful
and confirmed as, on and from the 4th day of July 1975 and until
such time as a Board elected under the provisions of the principal
law is constituted." This declaration is made, "notwithstanding
the provisions contained in the principal law or any other law
to the contrary ....."
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Speaking on the Bill, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Herbert
Blaize, said that the introduction of this type of legislation
indicated that the situation in Grenada is fraught with gloom
for the future. The Bill, he said, sought to validate an









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atrocity and he termed it a blatant political decision. He

said it was a good example of what the Speaker of the house,

Mr R C P Moore, has said some time ago. This was that the

House had the power to make legal things illegal, to make

illegal things legal and to overthrow.decisions of the Court.

Mr Blaize said he would not take part in the vote on this

Bill, and at this stage left the Chamber.

Replying, Mr Hosten regretted that the Leader of the Opposition
did not have the courage to remain, and he revealed that a

Commission of Inquiry has been set up by Government to probe

the workings of the Association from 1972. *his disclosure,

he said, was a warning to those who hoped to see the dissolved

Board returned.

The Bill was taken through all its stages and passed by the

House.
Typographical

Meeting in the afternoon, the Senate had this Bill presented

to it by Senator Derek Knight, Leader of Government Business

in the Senate. Mr Knight said that validation was necessary

because the Dissolution Order did not contain certain essential

ingredients. He said there had been a typographical error
in describing the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association and

further, the Order had not made provision for election of a new

Board as required by section 35(2) of the Nutmeg Industry

Ordinance.

Senator Knight said that Government was concerned over the

manner in which the Association had been run by the Board. He

referred to charges made in 1971 against the Board of the

Association by the Ward Commission of Inquiry, and he revealed

that this was what he called the "fobus of Government's concern".

The elected Board had been dissolved, he said, in the interest

of nutmeg producers.

From the other side of the table, Senator D M B Cromwell deemed

as "irrelevant" Senator Knight's reference to the reasons for

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before the Senate was an Act to validate the Dissolution Order
and he thought that the remarks of the Leader of Government
Business had no place in the debate. Senator Cromwell said
further that it was improper that this validation should come
before Parliament when the Dissolution Order is now the subject
of a Writ in the High Court.


Also speaking against the Bill, opposition Grenada National Party

Senators Eric Pierre and Charles Ferguson pointed out that the
Ward Commission of Inquiry had reported in 1971 and that Government
should have taken action against the Board which was then managing
the Nutmeg Association. They said a new Board was elected

every year, and the Board which was dissolved in 1975 was not the
same Board against which the Ward Commission made charges in 1971.

The opposition Senators said they would not take part in the vote
and they walked out of the Senate.

The Bill was then taken through all its stages and passed. It
must now go to the Governor General for his assent before becoming

law.

Mr L 0 Taylor, prominent agriculturist and members of the Nutmeg
Association, who is the person filing the Writ referred to above,
said today (9th) that he had not yet had time to consult his legal
advisors relative to the implication of the passage of the
Validation 'Act.
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NUTMEG ASSOCIATION WORKERS ON GO-SLOW.

Mr Eric Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers

Union (CIWU), disclosed yesterday (8th) that, following a meeting
of the Union on Tuesday 7th, the "work-to-rule" of the monthly
paid workers at the Head Office of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
Association had been extended into a "go-slow".


This industrial action is in support of daily paid workers of the
Gouyave station of the Association, which workers have been on
strike since September 18th in protest against the suspension of
two workers and the failure of the Interim Board of the Association








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to respond to a request from CIWU for a meeting to discuss proposals

submitted by the Union.
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COCOA REVENUE UP.

The Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper in its issue of October 5th states

that the last cocoa year (october 1974 to September 1975) earned the
island a record EC$7 million from the Cocoa Industry. The paper

states, however, that according to an authoritative source, these

high earnings were due to increased prices and not production.

Statistics quoted by the "Torchlight" show that during the last cocoa
year, 5.2 million pounds were exported to the value of EC$7,193,434.00.

In the previous year, almost as many pounds were exported, 5,169,894,
but this realized only EC$5,240,254.00.

The newspaper states that, at the beginning of the current cocoa year,
cocoa producers are receiving higher prices from the Cocoa Board.
Grade 1 cocoa has gone up from 70 to 80 cents per pound and Grade 2
from 68 to 78. Wet cocoa has increased from 26 to 3o cents per

pound. All figures are in Eastern Caribbean currency.
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CIDA OFFICIAL IN GRENADA

Mr Carl Mitchell, Grenada-born senior economist of the Canadian
Fisheries & Marine Service, was in Grenada this week carrying out
an assignment for the Canadian International Development Agency(CIDA).

Fish storage facilities, similar to those in Grenada, are to be erected
in St.Lucia at the request of the St.Lucia Government, and Mr Mitchell

conducted a survey of the Grenada facilities before proceeding to

St.Lucia yesterday (8th).
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NEW PUISNE JUDGE OPENS ASSIZES.

The October Assizes of the High Court of Justice opened on Tuesday

7th presided over by newly appointed Grenada-born Puisne Judge,
Mr R A Nedd.

Mr Justice Nedd was officially welcomed by the Attorney General,
Mr Desmond Christian, and by Mr Lyle Hosten, President of the









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Grenada Law Society. In his reply, His Lordship thanked the

Court for its welcome and said it was only with cooperation
he wbuld be able to carry out his oath of office.
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HIGH CODIISSIONER TO U K VISITS.

Arriving in Grenada on September 27th, Mr Oswald Gibbs, Grenada's

first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, paid what has been
called a routine visit to the island.

Earlier this year, Mr Gibbs told the "Caribbean Chronicle" in

London that, apart from promoting Grenada's development and
tourist potential, he saw his job as "correcting some of the
popular press misconceptions about Grenada."

Mr Gibbs also told the "Caribbean Chronicle" that Grenada had'been
maligned by the International Press, and he said that many
sensational reports from the island were "simply political

differences, common to any nation."

During his visit to Grenada, the High Commissioner was accompanied
by his wife.
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UNDP/FAO OFFICER IN GRENADA

Trinidad-born Mr Terrence Bedoe has been attached to the Grenada
Ministry of Agriculture in connection with a scheme sponsored by
the United Nations Development Programme (NDP) in association with

the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Mr Bedoe is assigned to the Plant Propagation (Horticulture)

Division of the Ministry, and it is understood that his appointment
is for one year in the first instance.
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GRENADIAN ELECTED JAYCEE EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT.

At the West Indies Jaycee 15th National Convention recently

concluded in Barbados, Jaycee Senator Evelyn Ross of Grenada,
already serving on the National Board as Vice-President, was

elected an Executive Vice-President.

The members of the new Board are Vivian Rochester, West Indies










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President (Jamaica), Evelyn Ross, Executive Vice-Prosident (Grenada),
Robert Mann, Executive Vice-President (Jamaica), Harry Charles, Vice-
President (Guyana), Hugh Bonteere, Vice-President (Trinidad),
Romances Lancique, Vice-President (St.Lucia) and Herbert Guantlette,
Vice-President (Jamaica).

The 16th National Convention of the West Indies Jaycees will be
held next year in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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TOURIST. BOKAD OFFICE IN MUNICH OPENS.

According to a release from the Grenada Tourist Board, Senator the
Honourable Paul Slinger, minister of State for Tourism, returned to
Grenada on Sunday 6th from the official opening of the Board's office

in Munich, Germany.

Wide newspaper and television coverage was arranged for the opening
by Mr Peter Capella, Director of the Tourist Office, and the opening
function was attended by more than 150 guests.

Senator Slinger has commented that "there seems a strong interest in
Grenada from several directions, firstly as a holiday destination,

secondly as a newly independent democratic nation, and thirdly as a
place to invest."

The release states that several potential investors plan to visit
Grenada shortly.
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CRUISE LINER CALLS.

During the week ending October 4th, only one Cruise Liner called at
Grenada. This was the "Cunard Adventurer" which docked on
Tuesday 30th September with 554 passengers.
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