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THE GREMA NEWSLLETER
For The Week Endin 2P0th November 1976.
THIRTY-ONE CANDIDATES NOMINATED FOR ELECTIOpB
When nominations closed on November 18th for the. General Elections
scheduled for December 7th, 31 candidates had been put up to contest
the State's 15 constituencies. Fifteen of these candidates are of
the People's Alliance, 15 are of the Grenada United Labour Party
(GULP), and there is one independent.
In 14 constituencies there will be straight fights between the
People's Alliance and GULP, and in the 15th.coistituency it will be
a three-cornered fight of People's Alliance, GULP and the independent,
This independent candidate is the only woman who has been nominated.
She is Miasalanche Sylvester, a retired sohool-mistress, and she will
contest in the constituency of St.Georges North-West. *
Reliable sources state that the ZiUWi3iio'd exists that either Miass
Sylvester or the Alliance candidate, Mr ric Fierre, may withdraw in
order -to leave a straight fight against GULP. Up .to yesterday
(19th), however, .there was no indication of thia from giss .Sylvester..
In an exclusive interview.wi.th NLWSLETTER, Miss Sylvester -said sihe
had permitted herself to be nominated because of the demands* of the.
people of her constituency. "My: ex-pupils and the children of my
ex-pupils have made this demand updn me", she said "ana I cannot fall
to respond to them.'
The candidate line-up for the People' Alliance and th. 'GULP is as
Constituency Alliance GULP
St.Georges To*n Bernard Coard y St.John
St.Georges N.W. Eric Pierre George Hosten .
St.Georges N.E. Unison Whiteman Franklin Dolland
St.Georges S.E." Maurice Bishop Norman DeSousa
St.Georges South Selwin Strachan Eric Gairy
St.Johns Lloyd Noel Herbert Preduhomme.
St.Marka Rupert Japal Albert Forsythe
St.Patricks East Wilberforce Nyack Oliver Raeburn
St.Patricks West Winston Whyte Ashton Frame
St.Andrews N.E. Vernon Simon Chrysler Thomas
St.Andrews N.W. Raymond Rush Innocent Belmar
St.Andrews S.W. Norris Bain Lloyd St.Louis
St.Andrews S E Sydney Ambrose Hubert Alexis
St.Davida Kenrick Radix Cynthia Gairy
Carriacou Herbert Blaise Charles Cayenne
On the Alliance team, all are newcomers to national politics except
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Whiteman, Nyack, Blaize, Japal and Whyte. The first four
mentioned ran on the GNP ticket in the 1972 Genefal Elections while
Whyte was a candidate then on the GULP ticket. With the
exception of Blaize, all were losers.
The GULP team has four newcomer, St.John, Thomas, Belmar and
St.Louis. All the others, with the exception of DeSouaa
and Frame, contested on the GULP ticket in the 1972 General
Elections, and all were winners except Cayenne Yto lost to Blaise
in the Carriaoou constituency. DeSousa and Frame won by-
elections which were held when two successful candidates in the
1972 General Elections, Wellington Friday (GNP) and Armond
Williams (GULP) resigned.
VOTERS LIST PROCLAIM=D
The final revised List of Electors has been proclaimed by Governor
General Sir Leo deGale according to Statutory Rule & Order (SR&O)
number 13 published and circulated with the Government Gazette of
According to the SR&O, the List of Voters came into force on November
17th and it "shall remain in force until the List of Electors next
compiled under the provisions of the principal Ordinance or any
Law replacing it comes into force."
The Supervisor of Elections, Mr Albert Abraham, advised NEWSLETTER
today (20th) that "a limited number of Voters Lists" are available
for sale to the public.
ARCHBISHOP DENIED AWARD
In a letter to NEWSLETTER dated October 31st last, His Grace the
Archbishop of Toledo, Dr D Marcelo Gonzales, Primate of Spain,
denied that he made an award to Prime Minister Eric Gairy.
In a news release over Radio Grenada on Monday September 13th,
it was announced that at a ceremony at Government House on the
night before, Prime Minister Gairy had been made "a Knight of the
Order of Toledo" and, according to the announcement, "the medallion
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and enuignia of office were presented to Do Gairy on behalf of the
Archbishop of Toledo by Mr Thomas L Kelly".
In his letter, His Grace sa d there is no Order of Knights of Toledo
in his Diocese and '...neither I .nor this Archbishoprio granted any
Award to anybody ..." in Grenada.
A photo-copy of the Archbishop's leitea is 9tbachod to this "iaue
of NEWSLETTER as a supplement.
UNIONS CONCERNED OVR SALARIEg CgO*l1IRSlN
As a result of negotiations with the Government of Gregada by the
Civil Service Association (CSA), the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT)
and the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), the three Unions
authorized to bargain for Government employees, an agreement was
reached last March that a Salaries Commission should be appointed to
The -agreement stated that the findings of the Commission should come
into effect on January let 1977, and Mr John Tyndall of the CARIOOM
Secretariat was appointed Chairman. The other two members of the
Commission were Mr James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the Trinidad
and Tobago Public Services Association, and Mr Michael Caesar who, at
that time, was on the Grenada Mission to the United Nations and held
the post of Ambassador Extraordinary Deputy permanent Representative.
Mr Caesar resigned from that post on October 8th following a
disagreement with Prime Minister Gairy, and his pv.4 on the Salaries
Commission has been taken by Mr Edwy Talmer, former Deputy Prime
Minister of Barbados.
The CSA, GUT and TAWU are, however, dissatisfied over the fact that
the Commission has not yet started its sittings and, in a letter dated
October 29th, demanded of the Minitaer of Finance, Mr George Hosten,
that sittings commence by Eriday November 12th.
This deadline was nt met and, on November 16th, the Executives of the
three Unions met to give further consideration to the matter.
Following that meeting, in an exclusive interview with NIEWSLETTER, the
Executive Secretary of the CSA, Mr E M A Welsh, said the Unions had
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received a report that the Permaneca secretary of the Ministry of
Finance had got in touch with the Chairman of the Commiasion,
Mr Tyndall, who, in turn, would get in touch with the other members
of the Commission and fix a date for commencement of the sittings.
"The Unions. have expressed the hnpe", said Mr Welsh, "that this is
no empty promise, and look forward to making a definite statement
to their members by Friday November 19th."
Sources close to the Unions disclosed today (20th) that there has
not yet been any response from Government.
NUTMEG PAY-0UT STARTS ()
According to an announcement on Radio Grenada last night (19th),
nutmeg producers are already receiving and cashing cheques relative
to the record 0EC$3 million "bonus" pay-out.
"The record pay-out of three and one-half million dollars back-pay
to nutmeg producers has started, and already, in some areas", said
the announcement, "cheques are being cashed in preparation for the
festive Season of Christmas or to fulfil other financial obligations.
The announcement continued, "The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
has confirmed that the amount to be paid to producers is three and
one-half million dollars and not two and a half."
A spokesman for the Association sidd today (20th) that the pay-out
has not started, but it was hoped that clerical and administrative
work would be sufficiently advanced for the distribution of cheques
to begin sometime next week.
The same spokesman confirmed that the "bonus" pay-out will be
CHAMBER COMPLAINS TO MINISTER
The Grenada Chamber of Commerce has urged Mr George Hosten, Minister
of Finance,to investigate the price of sugar in Grenada.
In a press release dated November 11th, the Chamber said it had
pointed out to Mr Hosten that "despite the subsidy paid elsewhere,
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it was impossible to reconcile the difference in prEose obtaining in
Grenada and in other CARICOM countries, even after making allowances
for additional freight etc." The Chamber requested the Minister to
"cause an investigation to be made into the matter with a view to
substantially lessening the gap between the retail prices in Grenada
and in other. CARICOM countries"
Also in connection with sugar, the Chamber's press release said it had
previously drawn Mr Hosten's attention to unfair competition Grenadian
confectioners were getting from confectioners in other CARICOM
countries who were able to purchase sugar at subaidised prices, and
the Chamber had asked Mr Hoaten to take appropriate action to remedy
Another matter taken up by the Chamber with the Minister is its
suggestion of March 18th 1975 that, in the interest of national
health, the import duty on baby foods should be removed. No reply
has been received to the Chamber's suggestion, and it has now been
pointed biut to Mr Hosten that "the national well-being of our infants
had been further jeopardised by the increased cost of living since
the date of the previous letter."
Assented to by Governor General Sir Leo deGale on February 12th 1976,
the Stamp (Amendment) Act No. 39 of 1975 made provisions for
increases in stamp duty payable on various Customs documents. The
most important provision of Act 39 is Section 2 (b) which amends the
"by deleting the rate of 25% in respect of Customs Billa
of Entry inwards each set, and substituting the rate
of 5% of CIP value, provided that stamps on Bills of
Entry inwards for goods exempt from payment of Import
Duty in accordance with the Fifth Schedule of the Customs
Ordinance 1960, shall be at the rate of $1.00 per set."
In a letter dated 22nd January 1976, the Chamber urged Government to
repeal Act No. 39, and has no expressed disappointment that no action
has been taken. The Chamber has again brought to the attention
of the Minister this Act which it says has "proved to be unduly
burdensome at a time when efforts should be made to reduce the
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cost-of-livitn*, and it has asked that, pending the repeal of
the Act, urgent steps should be taken to exempt basic food items
such as flour, sugar, rice and milk.
On November 16th, the S 8 "Geestatar" sailed with 29,654 boxes
of bananas weighing 892,801 Ibs and valued at E0584,816.00.
There were 366 boxes of rejected fruit.
(9 CRUISE LINER CALLS \\ }
During the week ending November 13th, there re two cruise liner
calls at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday
9th with 718 passengers and the "Amerikanis" on Wednesday lOth
with 560 passengers.