Alister Hughes 31st October 1975
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BUJINESSMEN CALL FOR PRISS COUNCIL
Caribbean businessmen and industrialists, meeting in Grenada on
October 29th and 30th as delegates and observers to the Annual
General Meeting of the Caribbean Association of Industry and
Commerce (CAIC), have condemned legislation in the Caribbean which
inhibits Freedom of the Press, and have called for the establishment
of a Press Council.
In a Resolution directed to recent statements made by the Government
of Guyana, CAIC said :-
WHEREAS this Association has previously expressed its concern at the
deterioration of Press Freedom in the Caribbean, and,
WHLREAS representatives of the Government of Guyana have recently
articulated the view that the traditional concept of Press freedomm
is an inherited concept and has no relevance or meaning within the
context of developing and under-developed countries, and
WVJIRAS we are firmly convinced that the emasculation of Press
Freedom, inherited concept or not, will irretrievably lead to
emasculation of personal freedoms of the people of the Caribbean,
BE IT RESOLVED that, in recognizing the weakness, and in some cases
the irresponsibility, which still exists in certain sections of the
Caribbean media, we call upon the Caribbean Publishers and
Broadcasters Associntion to expedite establishment of a Press
Council to provide a regulatory function and raise the standard of
journalism in the Caribbean, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CAIC calls upon the Governments of the
Caribbean to rescind whatever legislation or other controls now
exist to inhibit Freedom of the Press, on the establishment of the
Commenting on this Resolution, Mr D M B Cromwell, Managing Director
of Grenada's "Torchlight" newspaper, said today (31st) that he was
pleased that a body as influential as CAIC had interested itself
in the matter of Press Freedom. "It is with considerable
difficulty that the "Torchlight" has met the heavy financial
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commitmcntb. demanded by Grenada's Newspaper Amendment Act", he said,
"and my Company is now faced with considerable debt. With:the ..
growing inclination of Westindian Governments to try to smother the
media, the timely action of CAIC is a very welcome development."
Mr Cremwell pointed out that CAIC has consultative status with the
CARICOM Council of Ministers, and he had confidence that the -esolution
would bear fruit to the benefit of the region.
Other matters discussed by CAIC were the Process List of CARICOM,
(which is due to replace the present Basic Materials List), the
Raw Material Policy in CARICOM, Bulk Purchasing by CARICOM Governments
and Currency & Fiscal Policies in the Caribbean.
Certain documents which should have been before the meeting were
unavoidably delayed, and the Annual General Meeting will be reconvened
in Barbados for the presentation of these documents on December 6th.
At that reconvened meeting, there will be the election of officers
of CAIC for the 1975/76 term.
The 1976 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Bahamas.
DEVELOPMENTS IN NUTMEG DISPUTE.
Another Writ, in the form of a Notice of Motion, has been filed in
the High Court of Justice in connection with the dissolution of the
elected Board of Management of the Nutmeg Association and the
appointment of an Interim Board by Government.
On September 29th, Mr L 0 Taylor sought a declaration from the Court
as to whether the Dissloution Order of July 4th is "valid and
enforcable", (see NEWSLETTER for week ending October 4th), and on
October 28th, the members of the dissolved Board filed a Notice of
Motion seeking a declaration by the Court that the Dissolution Order
is null and void, and that it contravenes their rights to protection
of their property as guaranteed by the Constitution.
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The Applicants also seek a declaration that the Dissolution Order
constitutes a contravention of their rights to.freedom from slavery,
their rights to protection of the law, and their rights to freedom
of assembly. The High Court is also asked to declare the
appointment of the interim Board to be unconstitutional, ultra
viree and null and void.
Mr Maurise Bishop, Council for the Applicants, said that he did
not think that Government's Nutmeg Board (Dissolution).Order
(Validation) Act had any effect on the Notice of Motion filed
by his clients. "It is not legal to legislate away the
constitutional rights of anyone", he said. Mr Bishop said
today (31st) that a hearing for the Notice of Motion has been
set for November 10th, and it is understood that the Writ filed
by Mr L 0 Taylor will also be heard on that date.
In a parallel development, Mr Harold Dennison, the one-man
Commission of Inquiry appointed to look into the affairs of the
Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association, began hearings on Tuesday 28th.
This in the second time within recent years that Mr Dennison,
a Guyanese, has served on a Commission of Inquiry in Grenada.
In 1973, with Mr Adrian Date and Dr Zin Henry, he investigated the
legal ownership of properties of the late S A Francis, a wealthy
property owner in Grenada. That Commission also looked into
the possibility of Government's acquiring Mr Francist properties.
It is understood that the Report of that Commission has been
p*submitted, but it has not been made public.
In Mr Dennison's present capacity as a one-man Commission of
Inquiry, his terms of reference are to look into the administration,
operations ard affairs of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
and the Nutmeg Industry, with particular reference to the financial
affairs of the Association as administered by the Grenada Nutmeg
Board during the period Ist June 1969 to 4th July 1975, to report
on such findings and make recommendations.
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The first witness to give evidence was Mr Robin Renwick, Manager
of the Association. He was followed by Mr Colin Dathorne, Manager
of the Grenada office of Messre Cooper & Lybrand, Auditors to the
Association. Today, (31st) Mr Paul Richards, a member of the
Association, is giving evidence, and, when the Commission adjourns
this afternoon, it will not resume until Tuesday morning (4th).
Mr Desmond Christian, Grenada's Attorney General, is leading the
MET COUNCIL MEETS IN GRENADA.
The Canadian and United Kingdom Governments have offered to assist in
the erection of on Instrument Centre at the Barbados Headquarters of
the Caribbean Metroorologicel Institute. This was disclosed at
the 15th meeting of the Caribbean Metreorological Council which took
place at the Holiday Inn, Grenada on October 29th.
The Council Meeting, which was opened and chaired by the Honourable
Herbert Preudhnmme, Minister of Communications & Works in the Grenada
Government, was attended by representatives of 10 governments, as well
as observers from the University of The West Indies, University of
Guyana, the United Kingdom Government and the World Metreorological
The Council received a Report of the meeting of Directors of National
Metreorological Services in the region, and noted with special interest
the Report of the Director of the Jamaican Met Service. This Report
referred to the successful experiment in "cloud seeding" which was
carried out this year and which helped to alleviate a serious drought,
During the CouncJ1 Meeting, developments in the operation of the
Regional Radar Network were nntod, and decisions were taken with a
view to improving the quality of the Service which plays an important
rnle in the detection of hurricanes.
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CRUISE LINER CALLS.
According to a News Release from the Grenada Totrist Board, the
island's 1975/76 Winter Cruise Season opened of October 18th with
the visit of the "Sun Viking"t This ship brought 735 passengers
and was the only cruise liner to call in the week ending October 18th.
The Tourist Board Release disclosed that, for the coming season,
there will be 144 cruise liner calls, and this compares favourably
with the 131 calls recorded for the 1974/75 Season.
Among the liners expected this year are the "Amorikanis" with 750
passengers on Christmas Eve, the "Istra" and "Jason" with 650 on
Christmas Day, and the "Italia", "Sagafjord" and "Sun Viking" on
Boxing Day. These ships over the Christmas Holidays will
account for some 1,700 cruise liner visitors.
The "Dritania" is due at St.Georges on New Yacr's Day, and the
"Queen Elizabeth" will make two calls on January 10th and March
6th with a total of 3,000 visitors.
The cruise season, however, has got off to a slow start, with only
one ship calling in the week ending October 25th. This was the
"Cunard Adventurer" which docked on October 21st with 578 passengers.
Over the two days of 27th and 28th October, the S S "Geestcrest"
loaded 20,496 boxes of bananas valued at EC$57,987.00 and weighing
610,396 Ibs. There were 45 boxes of rejected fruit.
31st October 1975