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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
twenty no. a year
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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Aliater Hughea
P 0 Box 65
St.Georges. l
Por The week Ending Aorjl 30th 1977


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,

Allster Hughes
PaPe 2

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

La Sagesse.

As NEWSLETTER goes to press (noon 29th), there has been no
release from the Ministry of Health on the typhoid outbreak.
(605 words)


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.

Alister Hughes
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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


(101 words)


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."

Alister Hughes
page k

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, " holding the Uriah Butler Commemoration Day."
(556 words)


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

Alister Hughes
THE GREMADA NB~SIETTER Week Ending 30.4.77
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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

Aliater Hughes.
Page 6

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

of Government."

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.

(521 words)


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 .... "

Alister Hughes
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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
(229 words)

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.
( 65 words)


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%,

56.5/, 76%o and 653. (236 words)

Alister Hughes.
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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.



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.
*** Not yet available.

Aliste ea
April 1977

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