Alister Hughes 23rd April 1976
P 0 Box 65
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week Ending 2Lth April 1976
HEADS OF CHURCHES BLESS FASTER HATER PARADE
Early on the morning of Saturday before Easter (17th) a day still
called "Samedi Gloria" by French patoia influenced Grenadians, the
first ever Easter Water Parade was officially opened by Governor
General Sir Leo deGale.
At seven o'clock in the morning, a crowd of some 500 islanders,
tourists, visiting dignatories, athletes in uniform and policemen
witnessed Sir Leo, accompanied by Prime Minister Gairy, Ministers o:
Government and Ministers of religion, board a float stationed a few
feet off-shore at the northern end of St.Georges inner harbour for
the opening ceremony.
This started with special prayers of blessing offered by Trinidad-
born Bishop Sydney Charles, Head of the Roman Catholic Church,
Vincentian-born Archdeacon Hoskins Huggins, Head of the Anglican
Church, and Grenada-born Reverend Maxwell Thomas, Head of the
Methodist Church. Also on the platform were representitaves of
the Berean Church, Church of God, the Salvation Army and the Musles
faith, and it is understood that these representatives were also
scheduled to offer prayers but were prevented by pressure of time.
Mr Gairy was introduced by Mr John Morris, elected Member for the
Town of St.George. Mr Morris gave the Prime Minister full credJ
for conceiving the idea of the Easter Water Parade, and after
praising Mr Gairy's leadership, said, "I have no doubt whatever thi
our Prime Minister, Dr The Hunourable E M Gairy, will go down in
history as one of the greatest political leaders and stabeamen the
Westindies have produced in the 20th century."
Making the feature address, Prime Minister Gairy thanked those
Grenadians who, by hard work, had made the Water Parade possible.
He also thanked Dr Sam Lujan of the Organisation of American State
based in Trinidad, who, he said, had given invaluable services.
Mr Gairy had a special word of thanks for Columbian-born, Dr Jose
Cheves, Grenada's deputy permanent representative at the United
Nations. Dr Cheves, said Mr Gairy, had donated US$10 thousand
ao- plcahase chairs for use during the Water Parade.
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The Prime Minister disclosed, however, tber3 b'dl been difficulties.
"Our effortss have not been without some degree of opposition", he,
said, "but I have grown, and perhaps thrived, more successfully
than any other leader in the Caribbean on criticism. I consider
myself simply an instrument of the cosmic planning, and God inspires
me with some lofty thoughts and ideas, some of which are strange,
farfetched and apparently impossible to the minds of the uninitiated.
Continuing, the Prime Minister said, "Yea, God inspires me and most
certainly blessed with tremendous success the materialisation of
projects He directs me to initiate,"
Concluding his address, Mr Gairy said, "May God bless you all as I
continue to beseech our Divine Architect of the Universe. Lord,
help me to know myself. Lord, teach me to know myself. Lord,
help me better to understand the purpose for which I have been
placed on this earth plane. Lord, help me to perform my duties
and my obligations more promptly, more nobly, more effectively, and
to Your greater satisfaction and Your glory. Let God be praised I"
After a short address, Sir Leo performed the symbolic act of
releasing a flock of Trinidad homing pigeons, and declared the
Easter Water Parade open.
GAIRY FUR SOUTH KUREA
Prime Minister Gairy said this week that he had been invited by the
Government of South Korea to pay a visit to that country and he
would be leaving "in a few days."
"The people of the world, they like me", he said, "so I have had
many invite ions to visit many countries." However, the Prime
Minister would not disclose what other countries he would be
visiting on this trip or what his itinerary would be.
GAIRY DISCUSSING FUGITIVE WITH US GOVERNMENT.
During a Press Conference held on Tuesday (20th) by Prime Minister
Gairy for local and foreign media, Eugene Zeek alias John Clancy,
a fugitive from justice In the United States, and now resident in
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Grenada, heard Mr Gairy say that he was discussing his case with th
US Government. The Press Conference was called at the Spcretari
of the Easter Water Parade, and during the Conference, Zeek was at
a side table checking stacks of blue tickets for one of the Water
Asked by reporters how he intended to improve the island's image
before the world over the allegations that Zeek is receiving
protection from the Grenada Government, Mr Gairy said there had bee
a lot of "emotionalism and impetuosity" by local press representati
"But", the Prime Minister said, "no press or government or press
representative here, local or otherwise, could get me to fall to
He disclosed that there were "ongoing discussions with top levels
of the United States Government", but said the particulars of those
discussions are secret.
Referring to the charge of forgery now facing Zeek in Grenada (a
charge preferred by Attorney General Desmond Christian allegedly in
defiance of contrary instructions from Mr Gairy), the Prime Ministe
was queried on whether a man giving a false name to the Immigration
Authorities would be deported.
In reply, Mr Ga ry said that charge still had to be proved. *If a
man came and said his name is 'Tom Dick'", he said, "and somebody
else came and said his name is 'Henry Thomas', how do I know which
one is fooling ?" '%be Government would act, however, when there
was sufficient evidence. "If and when a situation presents itself
with the necessary level of clarity", the Prime Minister Stated, on
then will Government deal with it. What I will do, I will only
do when the situation arises."
COAICQM MINISTERS MEET
The 8th Meeting of the CARICUM Council of Ministers opened this
morning (23rd) at the Holiday Inn, Grenada, under the chetrmanship
of Mr George King, Minister of Trade & Consumer Protection in the
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In his opening remarks, Mr Alister McIntyre, Secretary General of
CE ICOM, said there were indications that the CARICOM countries are
turning the corner towards economic recovery. "The improvements
which are now taking place in the economic situation in North
America and the rest of the developed world should have a favourable
impact on the demand for some of our primary products and for tourism
by the latter part of next year", he said.
The Secretary General indicated that the final technical proposals
for the CA RICOi Process List was now before the Council of Ministers,
and the List should be introduced by October of this year.
iMr McIntyre said also that the Secretariat hoped to convene a meeting
of the Standards Council towards the end of May, and the Working
Party studying more comprehensive arrangements for intra-regional
trade in agricultural products hopes to complete its work by July.
Mr McIntyre also disclosed that full agreement has been reached .on
the establishment of the Caribbean Food Corporation, and the
Secretariat saw no technical reason why this Cvrporation could not
be established by September 30th, the deadline set by the Heads of
Government Conference in St.Kitts last December.
The Secretary General thought that, as the CARICuM movement deepens,
more effort is required to sustain dynamism. "In many ways," he
said, "we are coming to the end of our initial gestation period.
Like the cocoa and nutmeg tree, if I may appropriately use a
Grenadian analogy, the time is drawing near when we shall begin to
reap the first crop. It requires from all sides more effort,
more commitment, more patience."
The delegates were welcomed by Senator Derek Knight on behalf of
Prime Minister Gairy, and there were replies by Dr Cuthbert Joseph,
Minister of External -ffairs in the Trinidad & Tobago Government
who spoke on behalf of the More Developed Countries (MDC) and by
Mr Oliver Seraphim, Minister of Agriculture in the Dominica
government who spoke for the Leas Developed Countries (LDC).
Following remarks made by the Chairman, the formal opening came to
i close and the business sessions will continue until tomorrow
2w4th), Tie agernta has (ic'. been iaas public, bat aoiurces
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close to the meeting said discussions wiZ include the subject of
bananas although the Report of the Working Party is not yet -
available. There will also be discussions on the Process List
and the Standards Council.
EASTER WATER PARADE "EXPLORATORY"
On the last day of Grenada's Easter Water Parade (20th), Prime
Minister Gairy said he was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of
the venture. "The whole exercise is exploratory", he said, "and
we took about three months to get this parcel together. If we caT
do this in three months, I am rather optimistic about the outcome ol
next year's for which we have 12 months, starting from today."
Mr Gairy disclosed that the Governments of South Korea, Liberia,
Jamaica, Dominica, the United States of America and the United
Kingdon had sent representatives, and that most of the sporting
personal had come from Trinidad & Tonago. He said also that the
President of Panama sent a cultural group.
Relative to the overall cost of the Water Parade, the Prime tiniste
thought this was negligible. "I don't know that we have spent
anything at all", he said, "except for a pipe here or a pipe there.
To say that we have paid for what ? The lights ? The lights
are still there." Mr Gairy felt that whatever had been spent,
however, would be recovered a thousandfold, not only in money
collected by the Government, but in sales by the Commercial
Community and small vendors.
Making the point that the success of the water Parade had not been
"mere luck or chance", Mr Geary said that, after independence, the
island was "at a great disadvantage in the fact that Grenada's good
name had been damaged by people who were malicious, in the first
instance, some of them were ignorant ..... and some just had
political aspirations to fulfil." "But", he said, "by the
strength and the fortitude that the Great God, the Great Supreme
Architect has given me, and the wisdom, I have been able to project
Mr Gairy attributed the damage to "Grenada's good name" to what he
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called "that famous or infamous Committee oZ 22". "It was a
herculean task to resist them", saLd the Prime Minister, "but I
successfully resisted the Committee of 22 two and a half years ago,
and it appears that I did well. Since then, I have received
recognition from various quarters, eclesiastical, commercial and
otherwise. So, it appears to me that the world is with Grenada
and with me."
Also referring to the Committee of 22, Prime Minister Gairy alleged
there had been plots to assassinate him. "I couldn't imagine",
he said, "that there is a man in Grenada today who could say, were
it not for God, that Eric Gairy would have been still alive for the
machinations and the plans and the plots and the schemes. ''hat
Committee of 22 1 Twenty-two of the strongest organizations in
this country got together, 22 including the four strongest Churches.
The Service Organisations, the Jaycees, the Jaycettes, the Lions and
Lionesses, Chambers of Commerce, you name them, Unions, all of them I
This port was closed for three months 1 And you could feel the
thickness and solidity of hate. Bring that man, let us kill him i
Hate 1 Hate I Hate 1 "
Mr Gairy said he looked forward to bigger things for the Easter Water
Parade next year and in the years following, and he expressed the hope
that what he called, "the hard core of oppositionists in the town of
St.Georges", might have "a remorse of conscience". The Prime
Minister hoped these "oppositionista" might say of him, "if you
cant beat him, join him." "You cant beat me", Mr Gairy said.
LIAT/TAWU NEGOTIN IONS TO BE RESUMED
A reliable source said today (23rd) that the LIAT Headoffice in
Antigua is expected to approach the Technical & Allied Workers
Union with new proposals relative to employees at the Grenada
On Monday and Tuesday of last week (12th & 13th) members of
TAWU who are employees of LIAT staged a sickout in protest against
the breakdown of negotiations for a new Wage Agreement, but, since
then, have taken no further industrial action.
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It is unlikely, however, that negotiations will be resmedl before
early next month as it is reported that Mr Curtis Stewart, President
of TANfU, will be away from Grenada on a conference in Curacau until
GAIRY: "LIAT NEkDS COMPETITION"
Speaking at a Press Conference on Tuesday (20th), Prime Minister
Gairy said that, when he checked at Peawls Airport on Easter Sunday,
he learned that, with the increased traffic for Grenada's Easter
Water Parade, there were already 23 flights in of va ious air carie
as compared with LIAT's four or five daily flights. "LIAT notice
that sbe can have some competition if people got very serious",
Mr Gairy said.
Asked if that remark implied that he was disenchanted with the
airline, the Prime Minister said, "1ne is disenchanted with LIAT one
you live in the area. Whether it is inefficient or inadequate in
service, LIAT is unsatisfactory. We, the smaller islands, own th
airline, but it is not operating to our satisfaction, everyone knows
that. The consumer benefits from competition and I think LIAT
could do with some."
"JAWS" HELD BACK UNTIL AFTER WATER PARADE
A source close to the Government appointed Central Committee which
organized the Easter Water Parade said the Committee had been
concerned over the fact that the movie "Jaws" was scheduled to be
shown at a local cinema over the Easter week-end.
"With people worked up over attacks by sharks", said the source,
"it would have been no use trying to tell them that the waters of
St. Georges harbour and Grand Anse Beach are safe. Nobody would
have wanted to take part in the aquatic events".
The source disclosed that Prime minister Gairy himself had spoken to
the cinema operators who had agreed to co-operate by holding back
the showing of "Jaws" until after the Laster Water Parade.
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GRENADA TO HAVE ALDICAL UNIVgRgTY
Grenada is to have a Medical University established in the island
about January next year. This was disclosed by Prime Minister
Gairy at a Press Conference on Tuesday (20th) of this week, but
Mr Gairy declined to say w.o would be setting up the institution,
what it would cost and whether it would be affiliated to the
University of the West Indies.
A reliable source said, however, that the University will be located
at True Blue on Grenada's south coast, and it is understood that,
in the first year, some US$ million will be spent on the project.
It is reported that five scholarships will be given to Grenadians
and that the University will supply laboratory facilities to the
island's General Hospital.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
NEWSLETTER has been advised by the authorities of errors in the
statistics given for the week ending March 20th. The number of
passengers on the S S "Makhail Lemontor" which reported on 14th
March was 502 and not 402 as stated in NE'WSLETTER of March 27th.
Also, there were two other liners calling at Grerada in addition to
those reported in NEWSLETTER of March 27th. These were the "Italia"
and "Sun Viking", both of which arrived at Grenada on March 19th
-with 408 and 740 passengers respectively.
For the week ending March 27th, April 3rd, April 10th and April 17th,
the statistics given are as follows :-
Date Ship Passengers Week Ending
March 23rd Jason 225
Cunard Adventurer 549 March 27th
24th Amerikazis n 548 March 27th
25th Brittania 795
Delphi 636 (ks
March 30th Cunard Adventurer 54
31 at Amerikanis 57 April 2nd
April 2nd Sun Viking 70 7
April 6th Cunard Adventurer 565
7th Amerikanis 495 ril loth
8th Brittania 805 April th
Delphi 577 Ll4
Appril llth Sagafjord 388
13th Cunard Adventurer C 601 5 April 17th
15th Amerikanisa 712 April 7th
16th Sun Viking 756
PANAMA SHIP.AENTS On April 14th and 15th, the S 8 "Geestland" loaded
40,342 boxes bananas valued n+ TiC4103,788.00 and weighing I.221,044 ibs.
There were 152 boxes cf fruit rejecteu.
,,,th April 1976