P 0 Box 65
15th January 1976
ThE GRENADA NhEWSLETTER VlO ?
Por The Week Lndina JMInary.L7j --
PoLICL TRAIi4lG CULIAGE OPENS
The ceremonial opening of the Grenada Police FOrce Training College
took place on January 6th. Located at True blue on the Island's
southern coast, the College is under the direction of Nigerian born
Deputy Commissioner of Police, ,ir P E Oyakhilome, and over 100
recruits will now undergo some six months of intensive training.
Addressing the recruits, Prime Minister Gairy impressed upon them
their good fortune that their Commandant, Mr Oyakhilome, has come
from one of the best Police organisation in the world.
Mr Oyakhilome, he said, was a lawyer, a university graduate and has
been involved in police work for over fifteen years. "Discipline
is the only safe pillar on which a Police career is built",
continued Mr Gairy, "and you are fortunate to have the best of
TAOWU/WC AGREEMENT STILL UNSIGNED.
Mr Curtia Stewart, President of the Grenada Technical & Allied
Workers Union (TAVU), said today (15th) that the new Agreement
with the Central Water Commission (CWC) had not yet been signed,
and it was unlikely to be signed before certain "difficulties"
had been removed.
Last December, following a breakdown of negotiations between TAWU
and CWC, workers at CWC went on strike. A compromise was
reached, following which the workers returned to their jobs, but,
when they received their pay-packets on December 30th, there was
considerable dissatisfaction over the money they received for the
period for which they were on strike. There was also <
dissatisfaction over certain deductions made from travelling
Sources close to TAWU said the amounts of money received by workers
were not in accordance with the terms which had been agreed to for
resumption of work, but "because of economic necessity, the payments
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had to be accepted under Trotesa."
Since then, discussions have 'ien taking place and on ionday of this
week (12th), 'ir Curtis Stewart, President of TAWU, had a meeting with
Sir Franklin Dolland, the -4l-teter for Labour. A. 3 tewart said t'day
that Mr Dolland had promised t:. uouaider the matter and get in tou.h
with the Union, but nothing has been hard yet.
SUPEUVIvR OP ELECTIONS TU gETIRi. ?
It is reported that Ur Ernest John, Supervisor of Elections and
Magistrate of Grenada's Eastern District, is shortly to proceed
on long leave prior to retirement.
ir John, who was formerly a Permanent Secretary in the then Office
of the Premier, became a Magistrate about eight years ago, and was
appointed Supervisor of Elections for the 1972 General Elections.
Recently, .'Ir John has come under heavy public criticism for failure
to carry out an enumeration of voters at the time required by law.
SCUJi.DED TO CARIGOU
Mr Otto George, Permanent Secretary in the Grenada Government ministry
of Sport & Youth, has been seconded to the CARICUM Secretariat in
Georgetown, Guyana, for a period of two years. Mr George's new
job will be that of Health Administrator to the Secretariat, and his
appointment is one of a number being made to CARICOM's Trade & Integration
Mr George, who was at one time Deputy Head Master of the -tate owned
Grenada Boys' Secondary School, left Grenada for Guyana on January 7th.
SCOUT CUl..iISblUi~ER RETIRELt
Mr Willie "Skipper" Redhead, Chief Commissioner of the urenada Soouts
Association, hae retired from the post and has been succeeded by
UMr -eslie Pierre. Ar Redhead, who has been involved in scouting
for more than half a century, has received several awards from the
Mlovemenrt. Thec include the Medal of Merit and the Silver Acorn. In
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1970, he was honoured with Scouting's highest award, the Silver Wqlf.
Commenting on the new responsibilities he has taken on, Ar Pierre
said, "It is guing to be an extremely difficult task to fill the
shoes of a person whose contribution.to the community ead to the
development of young men is immeasurable."
Mr Pierre became associated with the Scout Movement in 1939 and has
served as Secretary and Scout Leader for several years. He was
appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner recently.
TRIIDAD & ToBAGO WINS FISHING TOujRNAa4ENT.
Trinidad & Tobago won the three top prizes in the three day fishing
tournament held in Grenada's waters from 9th to llth January. Ray
Thompson was the most successful angler with Chris Telfer and Ian
Periera placing second and third.
Forty-three fishermen from Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and St.Lucia
took part and they operated from 10 boats, five of which came from
Trinidad & Tobago, one from St.Lucia and four from Grenada. On
the first day, 584 lbs of fish were caught, 917 lbs were taken on
the second and 560 on the third.
A total of 44 sail fish were hooked during the tournament, Ray
Thompson, the number-one fisherman landing seven of them. Two
white Marlins were also caught.
TRImlDAD & TOuAGO WINM RuUTND GRENADA RACE
For the second consecutive year, Trinidad & Tobago has won the annual
70 mile long Round Grenada Yacht Race. Instituted in 1969, this
race starts in St.Georges outer harbour on the south-west coast, goes
up the lee side of the island to its northern point, then runs down
the eastern coast to Point Saline in the extreme south, and finishes
with a tricky beat back to St.Georges inner harbour.
This year's race was run on Sunday llth with 10 starters and under
conditions described as "extremely rough sea conditions and with
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winds of 20/25 knots." Two boats, the "Olinka", a Sparkman &
Stephens 60' yawl, and the Grenada built 23' "Satyrion", a gaff-
rigged sloop, dropped out of the race, the first because of a torn
mainesil and the second because of damaged,rigging.
The first boat to cross the finishing line was "Tangaroa", a
Swan 65 ketch sailed by John Thorpe, and her elapsed time, (that
is the actual time in which she completed the course) was 7 hours,
2 minutes and 8 seconds. Next over the line was the Trinidad
boat, "Bewitched", a Hughes 38 sloop, and her elapsed time was 7
hours, 54 minutes and 33 seconds. "Bewitched" was skippered by
Lauri Vaigo. Third over the line was the Grenada boat "Zig Zag",
a yawl rigged Pearson 43, and at her helm was skipper/owner Carl
Schuster. "Zig Zag's" elapsed time was 8 hours, 28 minutes and
25 seconds. "he record time for monohull boats in this race is
held .by the yacht "Bolero" which completed the course 4- 6 hours and
20 minutes in 1970.
The Round Grenada Race is a handicap race and, on corrected time,
"Bewitched" is the 1976 winner with "Tangaroa" beaten into second
place by 34 minutes. "Zig Zag" is third.
This is the second time "Bewitched" has won this race and Grenada
Yacht Club officials say no other boat has done this. Her
previous victory was in 1973 when she was based in Grenada and was
sailed by Douglas Taylor of the United Kingdom. "Bewitched" was
among the winners last year also when three Trinidad boats, "Sweet
Luv", "Domani" and "Bewitched", in that order, took first, second
and third places.
GAS PRICE TJ GW UP AGAIN ?
Sources close to the Government disclosed today (15th) that another
price rise in the coat of gasoline is being 'considered.
As a result of applications made by both the Gasoline Distributing
Companies and the operators of service stations, Government authorised,
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an overall increase .in the price of gasoline with effect from
January 8th. The old pric of gasoline used to be EC$1.78
per gallon,, and, with an authorised increase of 190 per gallon',
the retail price of gas was incremed to G$Ci.97 per Imperial
This inceesse was to be divided between the Gasoline Distributing
Companies, Esso, Shell and Texaco and the service stations, the
Companies receiving 150 per gallon and the service station
getting the remaining 40.
Imformed sources state, however, that the Distributing Companies
do not feel they can continue to"operate with the selling price
permitted them by Government. With increasing world prices of
crude oil, the application made late last year was for an increase
slightly above 200 per gallon. But, this was before the Grenada
budget proposals increased the cost of gasoline by an additional
53q, and it is understood that the Distributing Companies now feel
that an increase of oven 300 ia required if they- are to continue to
Discussions have been held this week with Mr George Hosten, Minister
of Finance, and it is understood that Cabinet is to consider the
Meanwhile, informed sources estimate that, considering the increased
price of crude oil and the additional expense imposed by the 1976
budget proposals, Cabinet is likely to authorise a price increase
which will bring the retail cost of gasoline to approximately
ECt2.15 per imperial gallon.
DISSOLVED NUTAEG BOARD SUIT.
Mr Maurice Bishop, one of the legal Council appearing in the Suit
filed by members of the dissolved elected Nutmeg Board, said today
(15th) that a tentative date had been fixed for hearing on
,Aonday January 19th.
This Suit challenges the validity of the Urder which dissolved
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the elected Nutmeg Board on July. 4th 1975 .and hearing wefe begun
in the High Court on December lst and 2nd. A postponement to
January 12th was advanced to January 1ith, but Mr -ALan Alexander',
a Trinidad barrister associated with -ir Bishop in this case, was .
unable to come to Grenada for this date.
Mr Biship said he would have to find out whether Ar Alexander is
able to come for the proposed continuation of the hearings on
CUISEL LINER CALLS ( )
During the week ending January 10th, six cruise liners with over
2,500 visitors called at Grenada. These were the "Istra",
"Amerikanis". and "Otella Oceanic" on the 7th with 80, 537 and 226
passengers respectively, the "Italia" and "Sun Viking" with 370 and
756 on the 9th, and the "Statendam" on the 10th with 623 passengers.
Officials of the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society have advised
NEWSLETTER that the Geest boats have changed their schedule and
will now 'arrive for loading late in each week instead of on Mondays
Because of this, statistics will not be available for publication
in NEWSLETTER until the following week.
For the week ending January 1.7th, the S.S. "Geestland" is expected
to arrive on Friday 16th.
1 January 1976