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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week 'Snding January 22th 1977
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OPENS
The St. Georges University School of Medicine started its first
classes on Monday January 17th with an enrollirent of 197 students
drawn from 24 countries. This was disclosed in an exclusive
NEWSLETTER interview on January 21st with Mr Stephen Vejvoda,
Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the University.
More than 50% of these students are from the United States of
America, and there are students also from Jamaica, Barbados,
Trinidad, Romania, Iran, Czechoslovakia, England, Surinam, Mexico
and the Republic of China.
This School of Medicine was established as a result of an Act of
Parliament passed in July 1976 giving a Company under the name of
The St. Georges University School of Medicine Ltd the "sole and
exclusive charter for a medical school". The campus at
True Blue on the island's south coast is located on Government
property leased for 10 years at US$21,500.00 per annum and the
Company has agreed that "as long as its school is in operation and
commencing with the clinical programme of 1979, it will pay
Government in medical supplies and equipment the sum of 1
US$100,000.00 for use at the Hospital and/or other health facilities
in Grenada and, in addition, US$75,000.OO0 to be used for Government
According to a copy of Act 17 of 1976 circulated with the
Government Gazette of January l4th, signatories to the Agreement
on behalf of the Company are Patrick F Adams and Louis J Modics.
Mr Vejvoda identified these persons as shareholders in the Company
toqther with Dr Charles lodica (son of Louis Modica) and
Mr #"rd McGowan.
Dr todica (who is a doctor of law) is the- Chpoellor of the
University and members of the faculty are Dr Ajit Dhswan who will
teach Anatoiy, Dr Henry Natunewica, Medical Research Writing,
Dr Shah, Biological Chemistry, Dr Brown, Development Psychology
and Dr Helmut, Nienstedt, Biological Statistics.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.,1.77
"The totality, therefore", said ir Bishop, "would seem to augEeat
that Government is trying to hold out for as long as they can before
calling parliament, and we are very concerned about this and feel
it is a grave and serious violation of the people's rights."
NEhWLETTER checked with the Clerk of parliament, Mr Curtis Strachan,
but Mr Strachan said ha did not know of any date fixed for a
meeting of Parliament.
TUC CONSIDERS "VICTIMISATIQN"
A meeting of the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC) was scheduled
to be held yesterday (21st) to consider letters from three of the
Council's affiliates alleging victimisation of workers in the
public and private sectors.
A source close to TUC said the Council had received a joint letter
signed by the Presidents of the Civil Service Association, the
urenada Union of Teachers and the Technical & Allied Workers Union
complaining of what the Unions say is a spate of transfers,
diamseS640 and forced leave which has taken place in the Public
In addition, TUC has received a letter from the Seamen & Waterfront
workers Union (SrWU) alleging that there have been widespread
dismissals and other fdrms of victimisation in both the Public
and Private sectors. SBWU has asked TUC to investigate these
matters and take appropriate action.
ar Erio Pierre, Secretary of SWJU, told NEWSLETTER that his
Union had received a "multitude of reports" from workers in both
the Private and public sectors, and SWWU had felt it its duty
to bring this to the attention of TUC.
No report has been made following the TUC meeting yesterday.
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.1.77
"BLOODY MOX hY" COi.MEMORATE
On Friday 21st, the New Jewel Movement (NJM) commemorated what has
become known as "Bloody Monday". This was the occasion when, on
Monday 21st January 1974, an anti-Government demonstration was
attacked by Police Aids and Regular Police and vhen Rupert Bishop,
father of Mr Maurice Bishop, Leader of the Opposition was killed.
The commemoration took the form of a procession to St.Georgea
cemetery where wreaths were laid on the grave of Rupert Bishop, and
this was followed by a public meeting on the Carenage on the spot
where the attack took place in 1974.
Speakers at the meeting referred to the fact that, since the General
Elections on December 7th, a meeting of the House of Representatives
has not been called. It was pointed out that in Jamaica, where
General elections were held after Grenada's General Elections, a
meeting of parliament has already been held and, i n an excsuaive
interview with NLWSLETTER after the NJM meeting, Mr Maurice Bishop,
Leader of the Opposition expressed his reaction to this delay.
"The Estimatea of Revenue and expenditure for the coming year must be
laid before Parliament by December 31st", said Mr Bishop. "his is
demanded by Grenada's Constitution and, by not calling parliament,
this has not been done and it is a violation of the Constitution",
The Leader of the Opposition thought that, more fundamentally,
failure to summon Parliament was a serious violation of the people's
right to representation. It was his opinion that people had been
elected to Parliament so that their views, opinions and grievances
would be aired in that forum and his Party felt that the fact that
Parliament had not been summoned is a reflection of "the contempt
Government has for the verdict of the people."
Mr Bishop said there were a number of fundamentally important
issues which should be aired in Parliament, among which he named
victimisationn which has become quite widespread", increase in phone
rates, "police brutality which has been on the increase", rising
food prices and "denial to the Alliance to hold meetings during the
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Mr Vejvoda said Dr Dhawan has taught at Columbia University
(Physicians & Surgcons) and at Einstein College, and that
Dr Natunewicz, who is a graduate of Stanford University is a past
professor of Yale.
Commenting on reasons why the School has been set up outside the
United States, ir Vejvoda said the Federal Government accepted
the advice of the American Medical Associatipn (AuA) in granting
licences to Medical Schools, and it was very expensive to comply
with AMA standards.
"However", he continued, "some requirements of AMA are such that
they are not absolutely essential for turning out good doctors.
As a matter of a fact, there are States in the USA Ohio, for
example which, because of restrictions AIA has put on them,
no longer recognize AMA as a Body to set standards for their Medical
School educational facilities because they are so strict and
unreasonable, and they no longer relate to the quality of
or Vejvoda said the University hoped to receive a lot more applications
for entry from Westineiane. "I think the School is viewed now
as an American enterprise to educate Americans and ship them
back", he said. "This is in no way our design. We want
an international University. Especially, we want to become
part of Grenada, educating Grenadians."
Dr !Aichael Radix, President of the Grenada Medical Association
(GRUA) told I'L..6LEI'TiR today (22nd) that he had been dek Zated
to talk to the School Authorities in an effort to find out
something about the organisation. He had done this and a
meeting of G'AA has been called for Wednesday 26th January when
he will report,. Dr Radix said the Dean of the School
has been invited to attend that meeting.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.1.77
LhADER OPF OPPOSITION GAZEPTED
The appointment of Ar Maarice Bishop as Leader of the OpDosition in
the Grenada House of Representatives was published in the Government
Gazette of January 14th 1977. The appointment, given under the
hand of Governor General, Sir Leo deGale, is dated 15th December 1976.
The Governor General, Sir Leo deGale, and Prime Minister Gairy were
among the dignatories who were taken on a demonstration flight in
a De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft t@day (22nd)
The demonstration took place from a short cleared strip of land
in the Grand Anse area in the heart of the hotel district, and was
intended to show the possibilities of establishing a shor$ runway
at Grand Anse which would be convenient to the Tourist Trade.
The aircraft has a seating capacity of 20 and can take off from
a strip 700' long. For landing, a strip of only 515' in
required. With a maximum range of 985 miles (with wing tanks),
this aircraft cruises at over 200 m p h and has a take-off weight
of 12,500 Ibs.
Several hoteliers and others interested in the Tourist Trade watched
the impressive demonstration and it is understood that consideration
is being given to forming a local Company to operate one of these
planes between Grenada and the jet-ports at Barbados and Trinidad.
On January 18th, the S S "Geestland" sailed wit4 20,782 boxes of
bananas weighing 623,052 Ibs and valued at EC$43,613.00. There
were 333 boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending January 15th, the following Cruise Liners
ed at Grenada :-Ship passengers
January 10th Atlas ( n/a to date)
11th Cunard Countess 684
11th Rotterdam 1050
12th Mesmoz 280
/ 12th Amerikanis 573
I l4th Angelino Lauro (n/a to date)
15th Sun Vi2ing 326
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