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mFr the Weak Endina Senttmber Mth g197
The hase manhattem Bank announced yete4day (2na) tha~ it will oloas
Its business In Grenada and It. sooounta are to be takea ove by the
Royal Bank of Canada.
This development wa made public in a press release Whabh quoted the
Regional Manager of Chase, Mr Uliees Oberga, as stating that, for
some time now, Chase MHnhattan has been aware that its potential for
developing new business in Grenada has been extraely Uialted.
"Aooordinglyt, said Ur Giberga, "we have regretfully de4td.o to
discontinue our opertiowa in Woenada in order to permit Mor
eftfetive app11oation of o~r resources to our other Oaribben .ea
ChMse first opened ts main branch in St.Georges In aid 1970, and two
aub-branohe., one on the Carenage and the other In the Grand Anse
hotel areas, were subsequently established. Thea sub-branohes Mera
closed In 1974, and sinoe then there have been speoulations that the
main office would lose .alo.
These apeoulations have now been oonfimod and, at the close of
business on Friday Bepteabeo 17th, the Chase lchatten Bank will bring
its operations in Grnada to a loses. Sources oloe to the ban
state that there is a long-standing cordial relationship between
Chase and the Royal Bank of Canada, and arrangement have been made
for the Royal to take over the aooounts now held by Chase.
The Management of Chase has expresed deep concern for the future of
Orenadians now deployed by the bank, and, acooordin to the Regional
Manager, etrenuous efforts are being made to find thea alternative
HOLIDAY 1IS TEMPOaAHILY CIn8ED
The Holiday Inn in Grenada has announced that it will be closed for
the month of Septoeber, and, in an exclusive interview with
Mr Kendall Dunn, Manager of the botel, he disclosed to NUSTL R
that "absolutely no reservations" had been reoeived for Septeebr.
TEB GRWIADA NEBSLaBT Week Handing h.9.76
ZW previously olosed for a month in Juneo, sa4 Mr D'una, "and it was
hoped that business would come in during July and August for September.
However, it has not done ao and the picture was ea bad that a decision
was made that we Close for September, reopening Ootobr let."
Concerning the coming "Winter Seasonl, Mr Dunn was optimistic,
There wase slow build up of buainese beginning in November, he fsad,
and provided there weae no transportation problems, he thought Greanada
would have one of the beeat Seasona aince 1973 *biho was the last good
year fer the island.
Asked what transportation problems he anticipated, Mr Dunu said
everyone knows about the subject of Leeward Islands Air Transport
(LIAT). "Unless something really drastic is dona to give LIAT a
reservation system the travel Ladustry can rely upon, the normal
Individual type of busineae is going to suffer tremendous.y."
Nr Dunn said the operation of the Holidw Inn was too large to rely
solely on LIAT, and, he said, "we have to go into group ohate methich
we will be doing in quite a big way this winter."
BOTTLIHECK OP PASSENGMERS AT PSEAR,.
Several angry individuals of a group of some thirty pasaengera
phoned HIWSLETTER on Priday 27tg from Peels airport to express
frustration over Leeward Islands Air Tramnport (LIAT) operations and
the fact that thee passengers could not get out of the island.
Opinion was expressed that =IT officials were uncooperative and
had refused to make any arrangements to provide a flight for this
considerable number of people who wished to go to Trinidad.
EWBLETTER spoke with Mr Fitzalbert Abraham, LIAT's Reservations
Superintendent io Grenada who said it would not have been economioal
to put on a special flight for 30 passengers. "-he person. at the
airport do not have confirmed reservations", Mr Abraham said. "They
are 'stand-by' passengers, but we are making every effort to get
them to Trinidad. We .re trying to see how sany people we
have from Trinidad or one of the other islands because we would have
to position an aircraft in Grenada empty, take these passengers to
Trinidad and then the aircraft would have to go back empty to
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THE i RRADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.t.76
Mr Abraham said it was not anticipated that the bottlaeosk of
paBaenges at Pearls airport would be eleaed before September 15th.
LP WINB BARBAD0S ACTIONS
A Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) broadcast originating in
Bridgetown and monitored in Grenada early this morning (3rd),
disclosed that, as a result of the General Blectiond yoYterday,
46 year old Mr ?Tom" Adsms, Political Leader of the Barbados Labour
Party (BLP), will be the next Prime Minister of Barbados.
Rejecting the 15-year rule of Mr Errol Barrow's Demooratio Labour
Party (DIP), the electorate of this 167 square-mile island gave the
BLP 16 of the 24 seats in the Barbsdo* Parliament. Mr Barrows.
DLP got 7 seats and, at the time of the broadotet, one seat was
still in dispute. Whichever way it goes, however, 17 to 7 or
1e to 8, Mr 'Tom' Aames (whose real name is John Michael Geoffrey
Mannin ham Adama) and his BLP have a olear mandate to rule for the
.oaxfitlye ears. ,
The OBU broadcast said the swing towards the BLP became clear
shortly after midnight, and, some three hours later, the Prime
luinater designate addressed BDrbadians on national radio and TV.
Mr Adamn Wai he would continue to support the ideals of the
Caribbeen Community and regional integration. He described his
government as "social-demooratia" and emphaslBed that It will not
be of the type which obtains in Caba or Guyana. One of his
Government's firstobjectives, he said, would be the institution of
an Integrity Commission, and there is to be a revision of the
island's libel laws.
Mr Adase aol also he looked forward to implementation Of Barbados'
next five year development plan which, according to the BLP manifesto,
includes the establishment of a tax haved, housing and agricultural
Mr Adaom afsed Barbadians to aee national unity after the last fee
weeks of dovlsiveness; there will be no reorlinations, he said, and
he hoped for a vigorous Opposition in Parliament. ,
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.9.76
Observers in Barbados have expressed the opinion, however, that
Mr Errol Barrow will not sit in parliament as Leader of the Opposition.
The 56 year old politician was extremely confident before the
commencement of the ballot count, but, by the time it was announced
he had won his seat, it was already clear that the tide had turned
against the DLP, and his dejection over the outcome has prompted
speculation that he will leave the island rather than live there
without the power he enjoyed for the last 15 years.
GERMN ENGINEER SURVEYS AIRPORT SITE.
Senator Paul Slinger, Minister for Tourism, disclosed on Monday
(30th) that a German engineer, Mr Schalt, is now in Grenada making
a preliminary survey of possible sites. for an international airport.
Several other concerns are reported as being interested in this
project, but the Government of Grenada has not yet made an announcement.
In 1960, the Canadian Government carried out a survey and plans were
drawn up for the construction of an international airport to be
located at Point Salines on the island's south coast about 7 miles
from St.Georges, but the project was not implemented. At that
time, the cost was estimated at 400,000.
OPPOSITION CALLS FOR NEW ELECTORAL ACT
liotice has been given to the Clerk of Parliament of a Motion which
the three Members of Parliament on the Opposition side of the table
wish to have debated at the next sitting.
The Motion recommends that Government introduce, in time for the
next General Elections, a Representation of the People Act which
would, inter alia,
(a) Establish either an independent Elections Commission or -provide
the Supervisor of Elections with adequate, separate funds to enable
that officer to properly perform his statutory functions.
(b) Provide for automatic registration of electors as they reach
the prescribed age,
(c) Provide for photographed cards that could be used for identifying
voters at election time and for other purposes.
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(d) Provide for staining of fingers at election time.
(e) Provide for allocation of radio time on the publicly owned Radio
Station to political parties at election time.
(f) Provide for use of public address systems by political parties
at eleotiol time with notice only to the Police.
&g) Provide for the allocation of symbols to political parties on
a perminant basis.
The Notice of this Motion was signed by Mr Herbert Blaize, Leader
of the Opposition, and Meadames Waple Nedd and Nadia Benjamin, the
two lady Parliamentarians who defected from Mr Gairy's ruling Grenada
United Labour Party earlier this year.
ANGLICAN CHURCH CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
Anglicans in Grenada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
consecration of the Anglican Church in St.Georges which was rebuilt
in 1825 and consecrated in 1826.
Anniversary celebrations will last for one week commencing on Friday
10th September, and personalities scheduled to take part in the
in the activities include Dr Alan Knight, Archbishop of the
Westindies, His Lordship Cuthbert Woodroffe, Bishop of the Windward
Islands, Bishop Clive Abdulah of Trinidad & Tobago and Dr Roy Neehall.
On August 31st, the S S "Geestland" loaded 21,611 boxes of bananas
weighing 667,515 lbs and valued at $73,426.00 There were 106
boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS S 4
During the week ending August 28th, cruise liner calls at Grenada
were the "Cunard Countess" with 726 passengers on the 244th, and
the "Amerikania" with 623 passengers on the 3th.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.9.76
1976xSHIPPING FIGURES APPROXIMATE 75
In spite of 9 drastic fall in the net tonnage of shipping eal
at Grenada during May and June, the total net tonnage for the firft
six months of 1976 closely approximate the net tonnage figure for
the same period in 1975. (see NEWSLETTER for week ending 28.8.76)
The figure for this six month period in 1975 was 1,182,205 net
tons, while in 1976, this figure was 1,171,771.
The following tables show the registry of ships, calling at Grenada
during the period January to June 1976, the net tonnage per flag
and the number of calls made. The tables also show net tonnage
and calls on a monthly basis during the same period.
Flag Tonnage Calls ... Month Tonnage Calls.
Greek 370,728 60 ... January 288,542 40
U.K. 284,144 55 ... February 226,380 42
Norway 186,881 20 ... March 282,347 43
U S S R 79,477 7 ... April 279,734 48
Netherlands ... May 38,580 10
Antilles 77,136 5 ... June 56.188 13
Italy 41,248 6 ... 1,171,771 196
Panama 38,538 3 ***
'Wiest Germany 32,898 9
Holland 21,761 10
U SA 15,957 4
Yugoslavia 14,060 5
Bangladesh 4,339 1
Liberia 1,624 5
Trinidad 1,615 1
Cyprus 896 4
Denmark 469 _1
3rd September 19V