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Grenada THL GRDNADA NEWSLEPTER
Por The week Ending Aorjl 30th 1977
QUA WARN OP TYPHOID
The Grenada Medical Associatioa (GMA) issued a press release yesterday
(28th) warning the public of an outbreak of typhoid in Grenada and
giving "some basic profesais~al advice in an efGfot p minimize the
danger of the spread of this disease."
GMA said it was within its knowledge that 26 cases are in isolation in
the General Hospital, 12 of which are confirmed as typhoid cases while
another 14 remain under observation. A source close to GMA said
there were also 2 confirmed cases in private nursing homes, but the
source declined to speculate on the possibility that there were
several cases being treated privately in homes.
GMA said all oases in Hospital, with one exception, come from
Dogladston/Gouyave Estate area in St.Johns; the s ngle exception is
from La Sagesse, St.Davids, and GMA advised that people who travel to
and from these areas regularly should be inoculated "immediately".
The release said also, "special attention is drawn to the fact that,
within a few days, schools will reopen and children travelling to and
from the affected areas should be inoculated."
"The Association wishes to emphasise, the release soL,' "that,
throughout the State, special attention should be paid to the practice
of good hygiene habits". In particular GOA advised, among other
things, that all drinking water be boiled, that fruit and vegetables
be washed before eating and that, as far as possible, people should
avoid eating any food outside of their own homes."
In an exclusive interview with NEISLEETER, Dr Michael RaAix, president
of GMA, said there was no need for panic as it is not unusual to have
"a case or two every year". "This is not to say", he continued,
"that there is no threat of an epidemic, and it is because G(A is
aware of t1ais threat that we have issued our release which gives some
basic advice as to precautions people should take". The GMA
president thought that, if these precautions are taken, the "typhoid
threat can be well contained".
Contacted yesterday (28th) by NEWSLETTER, the Minister of Health,
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Mr Herbert Preudhomme, confirmed that there are 12 typhoid casea.
at the General Hospital but said there was no need for panic.
Asked whether any precautionary release had been issued,
Mr Preudhomme said the Chief Medical Ofticer (CMO), Dr L M Gommissiong,
was "looking into this" and suggested that Dr Commisaiong be
Dr Commission confirmed to NEWSLETTER that this matter had had
his attention and said that, in conjunction with the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr Winston Thomas, a release
had been drawn up for the Minister's approval. "This release
will cover the present situation and advise the public of
precautions to be taken", sakd Dr Commissiong, "but it cannot be
made public before Mr Preudhomme gives his approval." The
CMA said that, because the Minister had been involved in a
sitting of the House, it was unlikely that he had seen the draft
of the release up to 4.00pm on Wednesday 27th.
Sources close to the General Hospital said today (29th) that the
first typhoid case was admitted two weeks ago and there were two
cases admitted this week, one on Wednesday 27th and one yesterday,
28th. Of all admiasiona, 16 have been positively confirmed as
typhoid cases. With the exception of 2, all the cases have
come from the Dougladston/ Gouyave Estate area on the west coast.
The exceptions are, I from the La Sagesse area on the east coast
and the other from Vincennes, St.Davids which is adjacent to
As NEWSLETTER goes to press (noon 29th), there has been no
release from the Ministry of Health on the typhoid outbreak.
01S GPCE HADA ME TNG CONFIRMED
Dr Wellington Friday, Educational Advisor to the Grenada Government,
and Mr George Griffith, Grenada's Acting High Commisaioher in Canada,
attended a meeting of the Council of the Organisation of American
States (OAS) in Washington on April 25th, at which meeting it was
confirmed that the 7th General Assembly of the OAS will be held
in Grenada in June.
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This was disclosed in a Government Information Servioe (GIS) release
on April 28th. The release said that "Dr Friday and Mr Griffith
succeeded in effectively dealing with the concerns voiced by many OAS
delegates regarding arrangements for the forthcoming Conference in
TWO COMMEMORATIVE DAYS POR BUTLER
The Grenada Agricultural, Commercial & Factory Workers (GACFW) Trade
Union will hold a commemorative meeting on Sunday May 1st in honour of
the late T. Uriah "Buzz" Butler, well-known Trinidad & Tobago trade-
unionist who died in Trinidad on February 20th.
Butler, who celebrated his 80th birthday on January Vlst last, was
born in Grenada but migrated to Trinidad in 1921 where he became
involved in trade union activity. At one time employed in the oil
industry, he sustained an injury in 1929 which left him permanesfly
lame, and he first came to prominence in 1935 when he organized a
hunger march in support of workers then on strike at the Apex oilfield
In the following year, having been expelled from the Trinrdad Labour
Party, Butler funded the British Empire Workers & Citizens Home Rule
Party, from which base he organized a strike for higher wages for
workers in the oilfields. It appears that management of the oil
companies reacted to the strike with hostility, and the Government put
on a show of Police force in an effort to break it.
On June 19th 1937, an attempt was made to arrest Butler while he was
addressing a meeting of workers. The crowd resented this and, as
a result, there was a confrontation with the Police which resulted in
serious rioting. There were 14 deaths and scores of persons were
Following the quelling of the riots with the assistance of the Britisil
Navy, a Commission of Inquiry was set up, the recommendations of
which did much to improve the lot of the working man in Trinidad. It
should be recorded that, with reference to Butler and on the basit.
of their findings, the Commissioners observe in their Report that "in
the light of all the circumitambee, it is a matter of surprise that
Butler did n't secure more support than was aotuallt the case."
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At the planned commemorative meeting on Sunday May let of the
GACPW (which has an unofficial affiliation with the New Jewel
Movement), it is expected that Mr George Weeks, President General
of the Trinidad Oilfield Workers Trade Union, and Mr Raffique
Shah, President General of the Trinidad Islandwide Canefarmers
Trade Union and Opposition Chief Whip in the Trinidad & TobEgo
House of Representatives, will be guest speakers.
Mr Selwyn Strachan, General Secretary of GACPW told NEWSLETTER
today (28th) that his Union has applied to Government for
permission for Messrs Weeks and Shah to come into the State and
talk at the Butler Commemorative Meeting, but no reply has been
received. Mr Strachan also expressed surprise that, two days
ago, a Government Information Service (GIS) release announced
that Government plans to proclaim a Butler Commemorative Day.
"It seems strange", said Mr Strachan, "that although we have
publicised our Butler Commemorative Day since two months ago,
it is only now that we apply to Government for permission for
our Trinidad comrades, Weeks and Shah, to speak at our meeting,
that Government has decided that it wants to honour Butler."
The GI8 release referred to by Mr Strachan states that the
importance of Butler's work for the labour movement and the
inspiration he gave to workers organizations has never been
recognized. "The Government of Grenada plans to correct this
failure to recognize the greatness of Urish Butler", the release
said, "....by holding the Uriah Butler Commemoration Day."
ELECTRICITY COILAISSION OF INQUIRY APPOINTED
The Government of Grenada has appointed a three-man Commission of
Inquiry "to examine and investigate all aspects of the hrenada
Electricity Service operations in Grenada with particular
reference to :-
(1) The financial operations of the Company which must include
an examination of the following :-
(a) Actual procedure and practice particularly those
aspects of the Company's operations carried on
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outside Grenada and charges made thereor 4&.eianq Heaw
Office and administrative expenses;
(b) Staffing arrangements at all levels with particular
reference to the number of persons employed in relati.,m
to their productivity;
(2) An examination of the rate structure, having regard to :-
(a) (1) above.
(b) The possibility of increased revenue as a result of
capital expenditure and the expansion of services;
(c) The suitability of equipment, particularly the most
recently acquired, used in generating electricity;
(d) The desirability to improve the present standard of
equipment and the need of urgent expansion for the
purpose of increasing revenue;
(3) The location of the seat of administrative control of the
Company and its effect on :-
(a) Labour relations within the Company
(b) Coats of electricity to consumers in Grenada."
These terms of reference are published in the Government Gazette of
April 7th, and the Commissioners, who are "to report and make
recommendations", are Mr Adrian Date, a retired Judge of the Supreme
Court (chairman), Mr Joseph Bain, the renada Government Director of
Audit, and Mr Glyn Evans, the Grenada Government Electricity Inspector
The appointment of this Commission was first raised at an
Extraordinary General Meeting of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce held
on December 18th 1974. This interest was sparked by announced
increases in electricity rates to take effect from January 1st 1975
and, shortly after, Mr D M B Cromwell, then appointed to the Senate a-
a representative of the Chamber, introduced a Motion in the Senate
urging Government to inquire into the operations of Grenada
Exectricity Services Ltd.
This Motion was passed unanimously and, in an exclusive interview wit-
NEWSLETTER today (29th), Mr Cromwell said he was pleased that the
Commission has been appointed but disappointed that it has taken so
long. "It has taken Government over two years to act in this
matter", he said, and my hope now ig tiht there will be a minimum
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of delay in organising the sittings and submitting a Report,.
Mr Cromwell also expressed the hope that the inquiry will be
conducted in public.
This hope is expressed also in a press release issued on April
23rd by the opposition Peoples' Alliance. This release expresses
concern, too, over the personnel of the Commission. "It would
have been obviously preferable, for instance", it says, "if
Government had requested the Trades Union Council to nominate
a Commissioner, particularly as two of the three names Commissioners,
without intending any disrespect whatsoever to them, are employees
Among other things, the Peoples' Alliance recommends that the
Commission commence sittings by May 16th and that the Report be
made public no later than three months following the conclusion
of the sittings.
Grenada Electricity Services Ltd is a joint venture of the
Government of Grenada and the Commonwealth Development Corporation,
the former holding 40.-7 of the shares, and the latter, 59-.3.
UFO CONFERENCE FOR GKEADA
The next International Conference on Unidentified Flying Objects
(UFOs) will be held in Grenada. This was disclosed in a
broadcast over Radio Grenada on Wednesday 27th by Dr Wellington
Friday, Educational Advisor to the Government of Grenada, who
accompanied Prime Minister Gairy to the st International UFO
Conference held in Acapulco, Mexico, last week.
According to a Government Information Service (GIS) release issued
on April 27th, the Prime Minister was invited to deliver the
feature address at the Acapulco Conference "because of the initiative
he has shown in urging the United Nations to set up an agency or
department to study UFO phenomena", and a Resolution passed by
the Conference congratulates Mr Gairy and resolves to "stand
behind his efforts to foster United Nations participation in
this important matter .... "
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The Resolution also recorded acceptance by the 1st UPO International
Congress "of the Prime Minister's kind invitation for the holding of
the Second International Congress before the end of the
next two years under the sponsorship of the United Nations".
Another GIS release (dated April 28th) disclosed that the President
of the Organising Committee for the UPO Conference was Dr Eno Gramo,
and that there were 400 participants. Prime Minister Gairy was
"the only politician in a panel of 26 comprising the most
distinguished and internationally famous scientists, researchers and
Hiss Joyce Holder, Communications Secretary to the Caribbean Area
Young Women's Christian Associations (YWCA), is now conducting courses
in Grenada for the local branches of the YWCA.
Miss Holder, who is based in Barbados and whose territory covers the
english-speaking Caribbean including the United States Virgin Islands,
told NEWSLETTER that the communication courses now being held are
designed to foster closed links between YWCA branches in the region.
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BANANA PRODUCTION FIGURES
According to a release by the Windward Islands Banana Association,
production of export bananas in the Windward Islands dropped to
10,481 long tons during January, but this is an increase of 62.5%
on the January 1976 production figures.
St.Lucia, says the release, remains the major contributor to Windward
Islands export production. St.Lucia's January production of 3,854
tons was 76% higher than that of last year and this, according to
the release, is an indication of the influence larger estates have on
the St.Lucian economy.
January's production figures, in long tons, for the islands were,
Grenada 1,279, St.Vincent 2,558, St.Lucia 3,854 and Dominica 2,789.
These figures show respective increases over January 1976 of 37%,
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On April 26th, the S S "Geesttide" sailed with 17,055 boxes of
bananas weighing 514,807 lbs and valued at EC059,202.00. There
were 425 boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending April 23rd, the following cruise liners
called at *enada :-
April 17th Vistafjord 314 Passengers
Ivan Franco **
19th Cunard Countess 610 do. /
23rd Sun Viking 672 do.
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