The Grenada newsletter

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Title:
The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
Frequency:
twenty no. a year
semimonthly
completely irregular

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Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Social conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
Grenada

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes
P 0 BOX 65
St.Georges
LiRENADA
THE GREWADAU NEWSLETTER
or- th wto ek ending March 5th 1977
SALARIES REVISION COMMISSION RESUMES SITTINGS

The Government appointed three-man Commission charged with

recommending a revision of salaries for all monthly-paid Government
employees, and also recommending a reorganization of the Public
Service, resumed the taking of evidence on Monday (28th)

Heading this Commission is Mr Eldon Maturin, Tax Administration

Advisor attached to the CARICOM Secretariat, other members being

Mr Edwy Talma, former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados and Senator

James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Public

Services Associat ion.

The Commission first met in Grenada on December ll1th and adjourned on

the same day with the expectation of resuming on February 9th. Due
to circumstances beyond their control, however, the Commissioners were

unable to return in time for that date and the meeting of February 28t",

was the first since December.

During this week, meetings have been held with representatives of the
Police Association, the Nurses Association and the Negotiating Team

representing the Civil Service Association, the Grenada Union of

Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU). In
the absence from the island of Mr Curtis Stewart of TAWU, leader of

the Negotiating Team, Mr Christopher Williams of GUT is deputising for

him.

A source close to the discussions said the Commissioners have indicated

their wish to complete their investigations into the revision of

salaries and to submit a Report by the end of this month. Following
this, the section of their terms of reference dealing with

reorganisation of the Public Service will have their attention.

Appointment of this Commission came as a result of an agreement

reached last April between Government and the Negotiating Team, and it
was expected then that the Report of the Commissioners would be

implemented on January 1st 1977. At the initial meeting on
December 11th, however, Chairman of the Commission, Mr Eldon Maturin,

said that, with the volume of work to be done, July let 1977 was a
more realistic date to consider. (315 words)
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Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 5.3.77
page 2
GREMADA FIRST LEG OF CDB PROJECT

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has undertaken prodauctol of -

a documentary film which is to cover all CA ICOM countries, and the

first leg of this project began this week with the arrival in 1renada

of a three-man team.

Heading the team is Mr Ron Sanders, well-known Westindian broadcaster

who is now advising the CDP on the setting up of a Communications

Department. In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on

Wednesday (2nd), Mr Sanders said the film being produced would

cover "some of the real and practical developments that are taking

place in the Caribbean."

"Traditionally", said Mr Sanders, "films that have been made in the

region have tended to focus on the sun, sea, beaches, and that

kind of thing, but the Caribbean is much more than this."

Mr Sanders said his team would be visiting every Commonwealth

Caribbean country from Belize in the north to Guyana in the south

and would look at projects in which CDB has involvement. He

said CDB has been putting a lot of money in developmental projects

- particularly in the Less Developed Countries but also in the More

Developed Countries and he felt these projects had been extremely

successful because CDB financed projects only after careful study

of their viability.

"It is this kind of success story of both the planning and

organisation of CDB and the tenacity of the farmer and industrialist

in the Caribbean that we are trying to demonstrate in this film",

said Mr Sanders, "so that the Caribbean people can look at

themselves again and realise that all that's said about us being

calypso and fun islands is not entirely true, and that there is a

very serious and developmental side to the Caribbean people."
(287 words)

CARNIVAL QUEEN GOES ON PROMOTIONAL TOUR

Miss Marguerite Preudhomme, winner of Grenada's 1977 Carbival

Queen Contest, leaves the island tomorrow (5th) on a promotional

tour of the United States and Canada.


accompanyingg Miss Preudhomme as her chaperone will be Mrs Gertrude









Alister Hughes
THE GRkNADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 5.3.77


protain, Executive Secretary of the Grenada Tourist Board, and Mrs.
Valerie Steele, representative of Miss Preudhomme's sponsors, Messrs

Geo, F Huggins & Co Ltd, distributors of Black & White Scotch Whisky.

Mrs Protain told NEWSLETTER today (4th) that the tour will include
seven cities, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto, Montreal
and Ottawa, and that the opportunity is being taken to publicise
Grenada's Easter Water Parade.

This tour is to last two weeks and Mrs Protsin said that extensive
programmes have been arranged.
(121 words)

M P BAIN CONVALESCING SATISFACTORILY
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLLTTER today (4th), Mrs Norris Bain,

wife of Opposition Member of Parliament Norris Bain, said her husband
would probably be discharged from the Princess Alice Hospital this
week-end.

Mr Bain, who collapsed on February 17th and had to be rushed to
hospital, has been a patient there since, but Mrs Bain said his
recovery has been very satisfactory and that the last few days have
been a period of rest only, treatment having been discontinued.

According to Mrs Bain, it is suspected that Mr Bain's problem stems
from results of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident some 17
years ago, the first signs of this appearing in 1975 when he was
stricken in a fashion similar to his present illness. Mrs Bain
said medical advisors suggested that Mr Bain go abroad for a
complete diagnosis, but the details of this are still to be worked out,
(154 words)

GAIL APPOINTED GIS DIRECTOR

Barbadian born Mr Ian Gale has been appointed Director of Grenada's
Government Information Service (GIS), and is understood to have
assumed his duties from March 1st.

A barrister-at-law, graduate of Cambridge University, Mr Gale started
tis journalistic career at the "Daily Express" of London, and was
appointed General Manager of the Caribbean Bcoadcasting Corporation

(Barbados) in 1968, a post he resigned last year.
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 5.3.77
Page 4
Mr Gale is a past-President of the Caribbean broadcasting Union and

of the Caribbean Publishers & Broadcasters Association. He was

also a member of the Steering Committee which established the

Caribbean News Agency canaA).

According to a report in the Barbados "Nation" newspaper of February

27th, Mr Gale told that newspaper that /his job will be to

"disseminate accurate information about Grenada and to highlight

the development plans of the country." Mr Gale is. reported as

saying Grenada has suffered badly from adverse publicity, much of

it founded on untruths and hearsay, and that the international

press in particular had been responsible for this negative publicity.

The new GIS Director said he would seek to promote without bias,

especially for the overseas media, the development trends in Grenada.
(190 words)

TWO MORE AWARDS FOR P M GAIRY
According to a report in the "Torchlight" newspaper of Grenada,
prime Minister Galry has received two more awards.

One is the Cross of Merit presented by the National Legion of
Great American War Veterans in America, and the other is the
appointment as Colonel Aide-de-Camp, Commissioner's Staff of the
Kentucky State Police.

"Torchlight" reports that the citation for the Cross of Merit
reads, "In appreciation of conspicuous and valuable services in the
emergency of war and to the ideals of peace and liberty."
(82 words)

SWWj AWAIT MEMORANDUM FROM GSA
Negotiations between the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union
(SWWU) and the Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) on the Union's demand
for a cost-of-living allowance have been held up pending preparation
of a memorandum by GSA.

Last December, SWWU submitted a document to GSA supporting a demand
for an across-the-board cost-of-living allowance of 33J based on
estimations up to February 1976, but, up-dating these estimations,
the Union subsequently increased its demand to between 355y and 40.yo
covering different grades of worker.

GSA asked for time to prepare a Memorandum in reply to points
raised by SWWU and it is understood that this Memorandum was to be
ready by mid-February. A source close to the negotiations told
NEWSLETTER today (4th) that preparation of the Memorandum is taking
longer than was expected and that, to date, it has not been
sent to SWWU for consideration.
(143 words)
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Alister Hughes
THE GRWIADA NEWSLETTER Week EMnding 5 3.77


FISHERMEN SAVED

The crew of a small fishing boat is reported safe and well after -near

disaster early this week.

The boat put to sea at dawn on Monday (28th) skippered by Harold

Francis, and with him was his fishing partner, Mitchell Joseph.
The point of departure of the boat was the small fishing village of

Soubise on Grenada's east coast, and the boat, a 25' craft powered

with a small motor, was seen to proceed towards fishing grounds to

the south-east of the island.

Failure of the boat to return by dusk that evening caused concern and,

next morning (let), the control tower at Pearls Airport was notified,

pilots of aircraft being asked to be on the look-out. 'renada's

Harbour Master, Mr Maudaley James, was also notified, but the two

Coast Guard launches being out of commission, they were unable to put

to sea. Mr Benson Charles, Grenada's Assistant Fisheries Officer

advised NEWSLLTTER, however, that a "surveillance launch" was making

a search.

At this time, Francis and Joseph were in considerable danger, their

boat having run out of fuel and a strong tide was sweeping them away .

from Grenada and towards the Venezuelan coast. To counteract the

tide, the men used all the sinkers for their fishing lines as a make-

shift anchor, tying them to the end of a fishing line which,

fortunately, could reach the bottom at that point.

This anchor could only slow the drift, however, and it was fortunate

that a passing yacht, noting their difficulty, took the boat in tow

and averted what would, most certainly, have been the loss of both

men and boat.

Interviewed by NIWSLETTER on vdednesday (2nd) Harbour Master James

confirmed that the men were safe but said he had not yet investigated

the incident.
(289 words)








Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTiR Wcek Ending 5.3.77


BANANA SHIPMENTS
On February 28th, the S S "Geesttide" sailed with 26,365 boxes
of bananas weighing 782,705 iba and valued at EG062,61600.
There were 891 boxes of rejected fruit.
(24 words)


CRUISE LINER CALLS.

During the week ending February 26th, the following cruise
liners ca l1ed at 1renada.
February 20th Vistajford 335 Passengers
20th Atlas **
22nd Cunard Countess 764 do,
23rd Amerikanis 603 do. 30
23rd Mermoz L 445 do.
25th Angelina Laura .323 do.
26th Sun Viking **
Information not yet available.







Alister hea
4 March 1977




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