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THE GRENADA NEWQSLLTTlR '
For The week Ending August 2ist 1976
ATTORNEY GENERAL CuNSIDES .RETURN TO GRENADA.
Mr Desmond Chrietian, Grenada's Attorney General and Director of
public Prosecutions, is giving consideration to the invitation of
the Government of Grenada that he should return to the island and
resume his duties.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER en the telephone today
(20th), Mr Christian (who is in Trinidad) gave this information and
said that, while he is still unwell, he hoped soon to reach firm
decisions as to his future course of action.
On August 3rd at Pearls airport in Grenada, the guyana-born Attorney
General was told by Immigration Authorities that he was a "prohibited
alien", was manhandled out of the airport terminal building and put
on an outward bound aircraft.
Subsequently, after Mr Christian was cleared of all charges made
against him last May by Prime Minister Gairy, the Prime Minister
said that, although the Report of the Tribunal which investigated
the charges was "disappointing", the "doors of Grenada" were "wide
open again for Mr Desmond Christian to enter".
In the telephone interview today, Mr Christian told NEWSLETTER that
he had received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary to the effect
that the "doors were open", but the Attorney General did not think
this was sufficient.
"In view of the incident at the airport on August 3rd and the
indignity and humiliation to which I was exposed", said Mr Christian,
"a great deal more sla required than merely a statement that the
doors of Grenada are open to me, and, as soon as I am well enough
to travel, it may be necessary for me to return to Grenada to have
the situation clarified."
LIFE INSURANCE ShJINAR
A one-day seminar for life-insurance salesmen is being held today
(20th) at the Holiday Inn in Grenada. Lecturers include
;!:i- .alal Jeedoonan# n member of the Life Assurances Companies
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Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr Hugo MCowlanA, avervtimor
of the Northern Branch of Maritime Life Caribbean Ltd, and Mr Thomas
E Bishop of the American Life Insurance Company Ltd of Trinidad.
CARIBLEAN BOROPTIMISTS MEET IN GRENADA
Some two dozen representatives of the Soroptimist Clubs of Jamaica,
Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados will get together on Saturday August
21st with representatives of the local Club for the three-day
Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Area Council of Soroptimiat
This was disclosed to NEWXLETTER today in an exclusive Interview
with Miss Louise Rowley, outgoing President of the Caribbean Area
Council and a member of the Soroptimist Club of Grenada.
Miss Rowley said that this year's Annual General Meeting was
particularly important because, in addition to the regular matters
of receiving a Report on the past year and laying down a programme
for the coming year, the Meeting would consider a number of
resolutions for amendment of the Constitution of the Area Council.
"The Caribbean Area Council is a new body", said Miss Rowley.
"'ie have been in exietance only three years and, in the light of
our experience over those years, we need to review our Constitution."
According to disa Rowley, Individual Soroptimist Clubs have existed
in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Grenada for some time,
and, three years ago, urged by the oldest of the four Clubs, that
of Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean Area Council was formed to
promote greater unity, understanding and uniformity of action
for the Caribbean.
The Constitution of the Area Council states that the Presidency
must rotate among the Clubs in the order of Jamaioo, Barbados,
Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Miss ZRowley will now hand over
the office to Miss Lorna Rigsby of the Sorgptimist Club of Trinidad
& Tobago. This handing over will be done at the Annual
General Meeting and, as Miss Rowley relinquishes the post, she
feels that the highlight of her term of office has been the
coordination of legislation affecting women and children and
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family life in the Caribbean.
"We have been co-relating this legislation from all the countries
of the Commonwealth Caribbean", Miss Rowley said, "and the view is
to keep the Clubs informed and to make it possible to move to have
good legislation adopted where it does not exist." Miss Rowley
said that the task of co-relation had not yet been completed, and
she expected that, when it was, the Caribbean Area Council would
make recommendations to Governments where necessary.
The Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Area Council coincides
with celebrations on Monday August 23rd of the 5th anniversary of
the granting of a Charter to the 3oroptimiat Club of Grenada.
The Grenada Government Gazette of August 6th lists 1,969
"dormant and unclaimed" accounts at the four commercial banks
in Grenada, and advises that, unless the monies in these accounts
are olatmed within a year, they "shall l ee to and become part of
the revenue of Grenada".
This action follows the passage by parliament in March last of the
Banking (Special Deposits) Act which provides that "where any
moneys have remained dormant and unclaimed in the possession or
under the control of a bank for a period of six years or more
(beginning either before or after the commencement of this Act)
the bank shall immediately transfer such monies to the Accountant
A breakdown of the "dormant and unclaimed" accounts listed in
the Gazette shows the following :-
Barclays Bank 940 accounts $141,981.82
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 133 do. 10,218.57
The Bank of Nova Sootis 176 do. 10,462.70
Royal Bank of Canada 715 273.785.45
l\ Total :- 4436,448.54
These "dormant and unclaimed" accounts range in value from a few
cents to over eighteen thousand East Caribbean dollars.
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iMEJAn YOUNG CRICKETER8
The England Young Crioketera team under the captaincy of
Christopher Cowdrey won its match against the Windward Islands
Youth team played in Grenada this week. The Windward Islands
team was captained by E. Kentish of St.Lucia.
Cowdrey is the son of former England captain, Colin Cowdrey, and,
together with the "stistant Manager/CoeoU of the England Young
Cricketers team, L J Lenham, is the centre of some controversy
in the Weatindies. Both Cowdrey and Lenham have taken part
in cricket fixtures in South Africa and, for this reason, some
Commonwealth Caribbean countries have refused to have the English
Cricket officials in Grenada have refused to comment
CRUISE LINER CALLS
only one cruise liner called at Grenada during the week ending
August 14th. This was the "Amerikanis" which berthed with
634 passengers on August 11th.
On August 17th, the S 8 "Geeattide" sailed wLth 24,113 boxes of
bananas weighing 747,774 lbs and valued at EC178,516.00. There
were 91 boxes of rejected fruit. Officials of the Grenada
Banana Cooperative Society advise that growers received I0)JC
per lb on this shipment, an increase of J}EC per lb.
20th August 1976