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THE GRENADA NHEWSI.LTER
For the week ending March 12th 1977
RJAD AND BRIDGE REBUILDING PROJECT TO BEGIN 8OON
The British financed road and bridge rebuilding project to be
undertaken by the British firm of Messrs Higgs & Hill Limited will
start in about 4 or 5 weeks time.
This was stated by the Project Manager of Higgs & Hill, Mr Basil
Bumatead, in an exclusive interview with NEHSLETTER on Monday (7th).
"We are now erecting site offices", said Mr Bumatead, "all being well
we will complete the job before Christmas and I see no reason why this
date should not be achieved."
This project, backed by a contract awarded to Higgs & Hill by the
British Government for the sum of LC$1,000,600.00, covers the
rebuilding of approximately 2 miles of the Woburn-Calivigny road and
repair of some 30 bridges. According to Mr Bumetead, however,
three or four of these bridges are in so bad a state of repair that
they will have to be replaced by Bailey bridges.
"The number of people we anticipate to employ on this contract will bk
of the order of no more than 50 at any one time", said Mr Bumatead,
"although, indirectly, several people involved in specialist elements
of sub-contracted works will contribute towards the number of people
A Government Release issued on March 4th states that Higgs & Hill wil2
use road building equipment owned by the Government of Grenada and,
should the Company have to import any equipment, import duty will be
refunded when it is exported after the project is complete.
THE GRENADIAN COMPANY HOLDS SECOND LOTTERY DRAW
Ticket number 98479 won the Grand Bonus Prize of 100,000 Swiss Francs
in The Grenadian Company's first international lottery draw which
took place at the end of January, and the money has been paid to
someone "somewhere in the Western Hemisphere."
This was disclosed by Mr Robert Hunt, Managing Director of The
Grenadian Company, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today
(10th), but Mr Hunt declined to name the winner or state the winner'e
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country of residence. "I cannot disclose these facts", said
Mr Hunt, "I can only say what the winning number is, because we
have committed to our membership that all winners will remain
Tickets for the Grenada Overseas Lottery Club (which cost Vr$500
each) first went on sale last November fst, and each ticket has a
chance in 12 consecutive monthly draws. These monthly draw,
each for a million Swiss Francs, Deutchmarks or US Dollars, do
not begin until the end of April, but, to encourage early sales,
purchasers of tickets up to March 20th are offered "bonus draws".
The first "bonus draw" took place at the end of January and there
was another at the end of February. In the February draw, ticket
58332 won 100,000 Deutchmarks, but Managing Director Hunt said
prize money has not yet been paid. The final "bonus draw" takes
place at the end of March.
The system of drawing is that a "New York" First Prize is paid
to the ticket whose number is identical to the last five digits
of the total of the shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange
since the first business day in January as published by the "Wall
Street Journal" on the last Friday of the month. Similarly,
a "London" First Prize is paid to the ticket whose number is
identical to the last five digits of the winning number of the
Grand Prize of the English Premium Bond drawing which takes place
on the first day of each month.
The Grand Prize of the Grenada Overseas Lottery Club is determined
by adding together the ticket numbers winning the "New York" and
"London" First Prizes and taking the last five digits of that sum.
The "New York", "London" and Randnd Prizes for the January and
February "bonus draws" were won respectively by tickets 11060,
87419, 98479, and 58332, 40646, 98978.
Each month, a total of 99,999 tickets is offered for sale and,
in addition to the "New York", "London" and Grand Prizes, tickets
having 4 digits and 3 digits correct as compared to the Grand
Prize ticket number, receive bonus prizes. In the "bonus draws"
for January, February and March, 4-digit prizes are respectively
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15,000 Swiss Franca, 15,000 Deutchmarks and US$15,000. Three-digit
prizes are 2,500 Swiss Francs, 2,500 Deutchmarks and US$2,500.
"The first of the regular cycle of 12 draws begins at the end of
April", said Mr Hunt, "and the Grand Prize for that draw will be one
million Swiss France. In May, it will be a million Deutchmarks, in
June a million US Dollars, and so .it, will rotate through the three
When the regular draws begin, the "New York" anc ",London" First Prizes
will. be 100,000 in the currency of the month, 4-digit prizes will be
50,000 and 3-digit prizes 5,000. In addition, there will be
"Random Draw Prizes" which, according to the Official Rules and
Regulations, "are determined by a random selection under supervision
of the Ministry of Finance of Grenada, the Chartered Accountants and
the Lottery Administration". Random Draw Prizes are either 125
Swiss Francs, 125 Deutchmarks or US$50, depending on the currency of
According to the Managing Director, in each 12 month cycle of draws, a
minimum of 51% of members of the Grenada Overseas Lottery Club can be
winners, there are 4,302 prizes monthly and over 51,000 prizes
This lottery is conducted under a 99-year exclusive licence granted b.
the Government of Grenada to The Grenadian Company Ltd.
SUGAR PACTJRY IN OPERATION AGAIN
The Grenada Sugar Factory commenced grinding operations on March 8th
after an inactive period dating back to 1973 when the factory was
closed down for economic reasons.
Resumption of operations has come about as a result of an agreement
reached between, and a cooperative effort involving Government, the
Management of the Factory, the Cane Farmers associationn and trade
unions representing both daily and monthly paid workers.
Under this agreement, cane farmers will be paid EC$40.00 a ton on
delivery of canes at the factory and, at the end of the season, will
divide the net profits of the Factory's operation on a 50/50 basis
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with the Grenada Sugar Pactory Ltd. The factory will produce
"dark crystal" sugar, importation of which is now prohibited as
long as the island's requirements can be supplied locally, and
importations of all other types of sugar are placed on a licence
The price of sugar ex the factory will be 50OEC per pound and the
retail price will be 600EC per pound. According to the Managing
Director of the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd, "dark crystal" sugar
now imported from Trinidad retails at between 640EC and 68gEB
Mr Cromwell also disclosed that the current crop is expected to be
10,000 tons and the the yield is expected to be between 12 and 14
tons of cane to one ton of sugar. "This is no t a level at
which we can operate economically", said Mr Cromwell, "and we
should have at least 20,000 tons of cane to process. Also,
the yield is extremely low and we look forward to implementation
of the undertaking of the Cane PFarmers Association that steps will
be taken to improve the strain of cane planted."
The Managing Director said that monthly paid factory workers, who
are represented by the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union, have
been given a 45% wage increase over 3 years, and that recognition
has been given to the Grenada Mental, Manual & Maritime Workers
Union (GMMMWU) (which is headed by Prime Minister Gairy), as the
bargaining body for daily-paid workers. Mr Cromwell said
daily-paid workers have been given an increase of 33J' and the
Company has now received proposals from GMMMWU for an overall
Agreement, details of which he declined to give. He did
indicate some concern, however, as to the effect these proposals
might have on the future working of the factory.
"The Company is going all out in this cooperative venture to
revive the sugar industry in Grenada", Mr Cromwell said, "and
what we would like is industrial peace. Up to now, there has
been a general spirit of cooperation by everybody in all we have
done, and it is my hope that the situation can be kept that way."
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MDCs MAY HIISDER LDCs
Grenada and the other Less Developed Countries (LDC) of CARICOM face
the danger of having their industrial development hindered by the
More Developed Countries (MDC) of CARICOM.
This view was expressed by Mr Lyden Ramdhanny, President of the
Grenada Chamber of Commerce, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER
yesterday (10th). At the time, Mr Ramdhanny was commenting on a
Resolution passed by the Board of Directors of the Caribbeah
Association of Industry & Commerce at a meeting held in Barbados last
month, which Resolution expressed concern over restrictions placed by
the Governments of Jamaica and Guyana on importation on CARIGOM
"The LDCa have had little benefit from CAAICOM", said Mr Randhanny,
"but the action taken by Jamaica and Guyana indicates what is likely
to happen if the LDCs manage to get off the ground industrially."
The Chamber President said the present situation showed up the
"weakness of CARICOM", and that, if the LDCs ever succeed in improving
their balance of payments position relative to the MDCs, there
probably would be heavy restrictions imposed on free trade of LDC
"St.Lucia is already suffering this way", said Ar Ramdhanny, "and it
is clear that the position of the LDCs in CARICJM is very
unsatisfactory." Mr Ramdhanny thought the Heads of Government of
the Commonwealth Caribbean would have to take a careful look at the
CARICOM Treaty with a view to revision if Westindian integration is
SALARIES COMMISSION CONCLUDES SITTINGS
The Government appointed Commission charged with recommending a
revision of salaries of all Government monthly paid employees, and
recommending a reorganization of the Public Service, concluded the
taking of evidence from the employees' representatives today (10th).
Evidence was taken from the Negotiating Team comprised of members of
the Civil Service Association, the Technical & Allied Workers Union
and the Grenada Union of Teachers, and also from representatives of
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the Police Association and the Nurses Association.
A source close to the Negotiating Team disclosed that the
Commission was expected to return to Grenada on April 4th and
would then begin investigations into reorganization of the Public
Service. It was not known how long these investigations would
last. It was also expected that the Report recommending the
salaries revision would be ready within 4 to 6 weeks.
Members of the Commission are Mr Eldon Maturin, Tax Administration
Advisor attached to the CARICOM Secretariat, Chairman, Ur Edwy Talma,
former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, and Senator James Manswell,
Executive Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Public Services
BBC OFFICIAL VISITS
Early this week, Mr Robert Milne-Tyte, Head of the Talks & Features
Department of the British broadcasting Corporation's World Service,
paid a visit to Grenada.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr Milne-Tyte said he
was on a familiarisation tour of the Commonwealth Caribbean.
"I have visited Guyana and Trinidad and I shall be going on to
St.Lucia, Barbados and Jamaica", he said, "and the purpose is to
get the 'feel' of this territory because I am responsible for a
good deal of the output of the BBC World Service, and you cant
get a good grip on the situation unless you've visited the areas."
Mr Milne-Tyte said he had visited 50 countries and had a good
working knowledge of a great part of the world, but the Caribbean
was missing from his range of interests and he is now filling in
that lack by meeting politicians, journalists, academics and
others in this region to talk about what is going on in their
Before joining the BBC 15 years ago, Mr Milne-Tyte was for 5
years a leader-writer, foreign correspondent and feature-
writer with the Fleet street "News Chronicle".
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AGRICULTURAL COiPAY ENTERS INSURANCE F-lip.
The private Company of i.esars yVesterhall Estates Ltd has branched
into a ntw field and, from March let, is selling insurance for
Lloyds of London.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr George Williams,
Managing Director and Chairman of thp Board of Directors of
Westerhall Estates Ltd, said the new division of his Company will sel:
all types of insurance except life insurance, and he is now in
process of appointing sales representatives.
Westerhall Estates Ltd was established in 1966 and was managed by
Mr Williams at a time when he was still Managing Director of the local;
firm of Masers McCartney & Williams Ltd, wholesale and retail
merchants and insurance agents. After 1974, when McCartney &
Williams merged with W B Hutchinson (Grenada) Ltd, Mr Williems has
devoted his time entirely to Westerhall Estates Ltd, whose operations
cover the manufacture of rum and stock raising.
Mr Williams said the Insurance Division of his Company will operate
under the authorised capitalisation of Westerhall Estates Ltd which
is 0$750,000.00. Paid up capital is ECD450,200.00 and
shareholders are Mr Williams himself, his wife, Brenda, Mr John Otway
and Mr & Mrs Oliver Wallis of Yorkshire, England.
NEh SECONDARY SCHOOL BUILDING
His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Leo deGale, will turn the
sod on Sunday March 13th for the construction of a new building for
the St.Andrews Anglican Secondary School which is to be located at
Telescope near to the town of Grenville on Grenada's east coast.
In an exclusive interview today (llth), Rev. Hermon Bhola, Chairman
of the Building Committee and a Member of the Governing Board, said
this coeducational school will stand in 5 acres of land, will
accommodate 1,000 pupils and will cost approximately EC#j million.
Honey for this project has been collected through fund raising drives
over the past 15 years, but these efforts have been intensified over
the past 2 years.
"This final drive was started by the pupils of the school which now
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occupies temporary quarters", said Rev. Bhola, "During the 1975
August vacation, they transported great quantities of gravel and -
sand from the near-by river to the building site, and this has saved
us a lot of money."
The Right Reverend G C ? Woodroffe, Lord Bishop of the Windward
Islands, is expected to be present at the sod-turning ceremony and
to bless the site.
CSA EXECUTIVE 8ECRLTARY FOR TRINIDAD
Mr E M A Welch, Executive Secretary of the Grenada Civil Service
Association, will proceed at the end of this month to Trinidad where
he will be articled to the Trinidad & Tobago Public Services
Mr Welch disclosed this to NEWSLETTER yesterday (10th) and said the
purpose of his visit to Trinidad is to give him the opportunity to
study the working of the PSA. "This opportunity was offered to
me last August when I attended a Trade Union seminar in Tobago",
said Mr Welch, "and I expect to be in Trinidad for a month."
On March 8th, the S S "Geeststar" sailed with 20,751 boxes of
bananas weighing 616,507 lbs and valued at EC452,403.00. There
were 395 boxes cf rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending March 5th, the following cruise liners
called at Grenada :-
February 27th "Stella Maris" r 164 Passingers
28th "Monarch Star" 1 55 do.
March 2nd "Stella Oceanis" 257 do.
"Amerikanis" 611 do.
"Argoncut" U 62 do.
3rd "Brittanis" rm 1,024 do. p qt>
5th "Statendam" 786 do.
With reference to the "Atlas" which called on February 20th and
the "Sun Viking" on February 26th, these cruise liners carried
respectively 399 and 737 passengers.