Alister Hughes 15th April 1976
P u Box 65
GRENADA Th iuNi.-A iELJ0R
For The We.ek Ending April 17th 1976
GREIADA PREPARES FOR EASTER FIESTA.
The Draft Programme for the "Easter Water Parade" has been released
and indicates that festivities will begin on Saturday 17th at 7.00am,
when, after a ceremony of blessing by Heads of Churches, there will
be a formal opening symbolised by the release of Trinidad homing
pigeons by the Governor General, Sir Leo deGale.
According to the Draft Programme, during the four days of the Parade,
there will be a variety of activities including Game Fishing
Competitions, Swimming Races, Dinghy Races, Row-boat Races and Power-
boat Races. There will also be Rod Fishing, Work-boat Races and
underwater swimming events.
A water polo exhibition match has been scheduled, and, on q stage
built on two iron buoys and stationed in the Carenage, there will be
boxing, judo and karate exhibitions. Also on this stage, the
Draft Programme says there will be "Show Time" every evening of
Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Away from the sea, there are other events scheduled* Among these
are a Kite Flying Competition, a Cricket Match, a Fashion Show, a
Children's Easter Bonnet Parade and exhibition Netball and Tennis
Originally, when the holding of the Easter Water Parade was
announced by Government, the official release disclosed that
invitdions had been sent to Canada, the United States, Mexico, Chile,
Guatemala, Bolivia, Panama, Guyana and all the Caribbean islands to
take part. Following the pattern of Grenada's Expo '69, it was
expected that these nations would erect booths along the Carenage
waterfront, to which area the public must pay an entrance fee.
A check late today (15th), however, revealed that the only booth
building wc tivity was that of the Agricultural Department
constructing bamboo and thatch structures in the roadway outside the
Government Buildings on the west side of the Carenage. It is
understood that these structures will house an Agricultural
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The Carenage has been given a gay look with potted plants placed at
intervals along the horseshoe shaped roadway from the docks on the
eastern side to the Goverhment buildings on the west. In addition,
lamp standards made of water pipe and draped with brightly coloured
cloth have been put up at approximately fifty foot intervals along
the roadway. Around the entire length of the Carenage, a water
pipe with spaced nozzels has been run, and it is understood that,
with the aid of water pumps, this installation will provide a
During the past two weeks, efforts have been made to create a beach
at the northern end of the Carenage, but this has presented difficulties.
Scoes of truckloads of sand have been dumped in this area, but the
sea action has constantly taken it away.
Overseas response to the Easter Water Parade has, so far, been
disappointing. A check around the harbour this afternoon (15th)
revealed that, so far, Trinidad is the only country responding to the
invitation to participate, and even this response is small. In
the large game-fishing boat section, only three had arrived. In
the small game-fishing boat section, five had come. Only one
racing power-boat was here. However, there is still another day
before the Parade opens and there may be other arrivals.
It could not be ascertained how many foreign entries had been
received for the competitive events.
GRENADA STUDENTS RLFUSEiD ENTRY TO UWI.
Students in Grenada who made application for entry to the University
of the West Indies for the academic year 1976/77 have had a
disappointment. Letters received by these students from the
Registrar state that, although they are qualified to pursue the
course of their choice, "we are unable to offer you a place as
your Government has not yet made suitable arrangements for the
financing of its students."
The letters said if students are prepared to pay, in advance, the
full economic cost of the course plus tuition and examination fee,
cautionn Money, Guild Fee, Hall Fee, Identification Card and Health
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Fee, they should let the University know immediately.
Last year, Grenadian students had the same difficulty when it was
disclosed that the Grenada Government owed UWI over EC$1 million
covering the period 1969 to 1975. Prime Minister Gairy announced
that UWI would be paid EC$200,o00.00 immediately and the balance in
monthly installments. Students were then advised they could
register when classes reopened in September.
Under arrangements with UWI, regional governments pay some 90% of
tuition and other costs, so permitting students to attend UWI at
greatly reduced cost.
It is understood that between 30 and 40 Grenadian students are
affected by the present ban.
LIAT WORKERS STAGE SICKOUT
LIAT workers returned to their jobs yesterday (14th) after staging
a two-day sickout in protest against the breakdown of negotiations
between their Unton, the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and
the airline over a new wages Agreement.
The old Agreement expired last October, but, by mutual consent, a
three month grace period was allowed. 'his grace period expired
in January, but, according to a spokesman for TAWU, "pressure had to
be exerted on LIAT before they would come to the bargaining table."
Negotiations did not begin until March and details have not been
disclosed, but it is known that the last time the Union met with
the LIAT team was on M.onday April 5th. Following that meeting,
there were two phone calls to TAWU from the LIAT headquarters in
Antigua advising that the workers' demands could ndt be met.
During the sickout, three members of the management staff kept the
operation going. One was stationed at the office in St.Georges
while the other two were at Pearls Airport. It is reported that
all flights were handled normally and with no inconvenience to
Neither Mr Curl Searles, Manager of LIAT in Grenada, nor Mr Curtis
Stewart, President of TAWU, were available for comment.
GRENADA BAGS TWO RECORDS.
Within 24 hours of each other, two big-game fishing records came to
Grenada. Last Friday (9th), Michael Grimes of the United Kingdom
fishing from the Motor Launch "Behari" and using 201b test line,
landed a Yellowfin Tuna fish weighing 1773 lbs. On the next day,
fishing from the same launch and using the same type of tackle, Suesa:
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Gillybrand, also of the United Kingdon, caught another Yellowfin Tuna
weighing 138 lbs.
Mr James Needham, local representative for the International Game
Fishing Association (IGFA) confirmed that these are world records for
men and women anglers.
Mr Needham explained to NEWSLETTER that IGFA regulations not only divide
game fishing competitions into classes for men and women, but that the
breaking strain of the fishing line used is critical in deciding records.
"We have different classes fur anglers using fishing lines with breaking
strains of 61bs, 12lbs, 20lbs, 301bs, 501bs, 801bs and 130lbse", said
Mr Needham. "Before Michael Trimes' catch of his Yellowfin Tuna of
177*lbs", continued Mr Needham, "the men's record for 201b test line was
held by Thomas 0 Mitchell who caught a Yellowfin Tuna of 1531bs off of
Montague Island in Australian waters in 1973."
Susan Gillybrand's 1381b catch will replace the women's 201b test line
record held by Pamela Hudspeth who caught a Yellowfin Tuna of lO01bs off
Sydney, Australia in 1971.
The world's all time record for Yellowfin Tuna is now held by Harold J
Tolson. Using 1301b test line, Tolson landed a 3081b whopper off
Mexico in 1973.
While he had no doubt that they would be confirmed, tAr Needham said there
were certain formalities which were essential before the Grenada records
could be recognized. These formalities include affidavits sworn before
a Notary Public, possible evidence taken from crew members of the boat by
representatives from the IGFA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale in Florida,
and the testing of a section of the fishing line by IGFA. "It is not
that anybody's word is being doubted", said Mr Needham, "but IGFA has a
"world wide responsibility, and the organisation goes to great lengths to_-
ensure that, when a record is claimed, there is no doubt about the facts.,
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Aichael Grimes said he had been
big-game fishing for some time and had hoped that, some day, he would
achieve a record. "viwe have some of the finest fishing in the world off
Grenada", he said, "but that is not all. I want to pay special tribute
to Captain Martin Matthias and his boat "Beharri.""
thile Grimes had previous experience, Susan Gillybrand was an absolute
novice. "This is the first time I've been out", she said, "and I'm
thrilled that I've caught this fish. It's really good for women's lib '
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