The Grenada newsletter


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


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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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Alister Hughes
P o Box 65

For the week ending Maay lth 1977

Dominic pellato, Alias Prank Clancey, who was found dead in his
swimming pool on May 5th, was buried with Roman Catholic rites on
Sunday May 8th. The funeral service was conducted by Father
Michael Makhan at the Windsor Forest R C Church, about 6 miles east of

St.Georgea, and the body was buried in the Windsor Forest public

Eyewitnesses report the funeral was attended by some 00 persona and

that among the pall-bearers was Eugene Zeek alias John Clanoey.
Pellato came to Grenada over three years ago with Zeek who is wanted
by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation on a charge of
'fraud by wire', In Grenada, Zeek and Pellato passed as brothers.

Also present at the funeral was Evelyn Veronica Rosford, one of Prime
Minister Gairy's personal secretaries; Hosford was married to Pellato
in the St.Georges Roman Catholic Cathedral on October 13th 1974. In
that ceremony, Pellato used the name of "'rank Clancy". NEIWSLETTER
was advised that Hesford, who left Pellato some time ago, claimed the

body and made arrangements for the funeral.

Usually reliable sources allege that Pellato had underworld
connections, and there are persistent rumours in Grenada that he was
murdered. Sources close to the General Hospital state, however,

that the autopsy revealed that death was due to acute coronary
(217 words)

Sources close to the General Hospital told NEWBLETTER today (13th)

that several of the typhoid cases had been discharged and there are
only 15 cases now in the institution.

NEWSLETTER was advised that only one new case had been admitted this

week, and this case has not yet been confirmed as typhoid. The

admission case from the same area of the polluted stream on the
island's west coast.
(69 words)

_, n L18

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At a press conference called on Monday (9th) by the Central
Committee of the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU), it was
announced that the Union had been officially registered on April

18th and, on May 9th, had applied for recognition by four of the

five commercial banks operating in Grenada.

Mr Vincent Noel, President of BGWU, said the Union has a menberahip

of 77 which represents 55 of the total of 140 persons employed by
all the commercial banks, and the Union has as members a majority

of the employees at Barclays Bank International Ltd, The Bank of

Nova Sootia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the 0renada

Cooperative Bank Ltd.

With reference to the Royal Bank of Canada, Mr Noel said BGWU did

not yet have a majority of the workers but he expected that,

within a short time, the Union would be able to apply to this
Bank for recognition.

An unusual feature of BGWU's constitution is provision made
that neither the President nor the Grievance Officer can be

employees of any Bank. Mr Noel explained that, in other
countries, unions of bank employees have been handicapped by
"subtle pressures" brought on to the executive of the Union, and

the founders of GBWU have tried to avoid this. Mr Noel is

employed at a St.Georges CommeroLal House.

A spokesman for the Union told NEWSLETTER that the management of

Barclays Bank International Ltd is hostile towards the idea of
unionisation of the Bank's workers, but a spokesman for Barclays

told NEWSLETTER on Monday (9th) that the Bank has never been hostile

to unionisation and would put no obstacles in the way of GBWU.

Today (13th), however, GBWU sources said Barclays management

called a staff meeting this week and asked for a show of hands
to indicate Union membership. When no hands were shown, staff

members were called in by management for individual interviews.

The Union considers this action by management to be "intimidatory"

in the face of a reported meeting of Barclays senior staff at
which it was "hinted that those workers who join the Union could

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get into hot water".

Special Consultants to GBWU are Mr Maurice Bishop, legal affairs,

Mr Bernard Coard, economic affairs and Mr Unison Whiteman, industrial

relations. Mr Selwyn Strachan is Grievance Officer. These

gentlemen, together with president Vincent Noel, are all prominent

members of the New Jewel Movement (CMA), but it was emphasized at the

press conference that GBWU has no affiliation to NJM and that the

Consultants, President and Grievance Officer were appointed and

elected because of their competence and not for political reasons.

NEWSLETTER was advised today (13th) that no replies have yet been

received to the Union's applications for recognition.

(457 words)


It is reported that 60 hand-picked officers of the Royal Grenada

Police Force will conclude, this week, a special training course on

security measures to be effected during the OAS Conference due to be

held in Grenada during the period 14th to 24th June. This training

course commenced on April 25th.
(51 words)


Commander Carlos Raimondi, Advisor to the Argentine Cabinet of the

Ministry of External Relations and Culture, visited Grenada last week

in connection with the OAS Conference scheduled to take place here

commencing June 14th.

According to a Government Information Service release, Commander

Raimondi held discussions with Mr Henry Bullen, Permanent Secretary

in the Ministry of External Affairs, Dr Samuel Lujan, OAS Director in
Grenada and Mr Frank Loopes, an official from the OAS Washington


Commander Raimondi is reported as being very satisfied with Grenada's

handling of preparations for the Conference.

(93 words)

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A release from the Government Information Service reported that

Tourism showed an up-swing in Grenada during the first three months

of 1977.

Quoting figures supplied by the Tourist Board, the release says
that first quarter statistics for 1977 show a 19> increase in
stay-over visitors as compared with the same period last year.

Comparing cruise ship visitors during these two periods, 1977

shows an increase of 1%.

Relating these increases to the 1975 first quarter figures, the
Tourist Board reports that in 1976 there was 89 increase in stay-
over visitors and a 33~ increase in cruise liner visitors.

Actual figures quoted for January to March 1977 are 8,317 stay-
over visitors and 48,369 cruise ship visitors. These latter
figures, however, do not agree with the official figures given
to NEWSLETTER every week by the Tourist Board. According to
the figures given to NEWSLETTER, cruise liner visitors for the
period January 1st 1977 to March 31st 1977, broken down into months
are as follows :-

January 14,411
February 14,395
March 16.976
NELSLETTER has approached the Tourist Board with a view to verifying

the statistics.
(182 words)


In a letter dated May 3rd, the Grenada Chamber of Commerce has

drawn Government's attention to the "state of disrepair" of the
airstrip on Grenada's sister island of Carriacou, and to the
handling of cargo at Carriacou's port of Hillaborough.

In a press release issued on May 6th, the Chamber says that,
after heavy rain, it is possible to use only half of the runway

and that passengers must walk a considerable distance over muddy
surfaces. It is the Chamber's understanding that the original

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intention was to extend the Carriacou runway to oecomodate larger

aircraft, and Government has been reminded of the importance of this to

the tourist industry.

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (13th), Mr Lyden

Ramdhanny, President of the Chamber, said his Chamber feels that

priority should be given to repairing the present airstrip to avoid

further deterioration. "Carriacou used to benefit from tourist

visits which came from Barbados on fast Aerocommander aircraft operated

by Tropic Air and Aeroservices", he said. "Now that the runway is itX
such a bad state, the Aerocemmanders cannot land and, while some charter
flights are still coming in by Islander aircraft, these planes are slow

and Carriacou's tourist trade is affected because visitors taking day-

tours want to make the flight to and from Carriacou in the shortest

possible time."

Concerning the conditions at the port of Hillsborough, Mr Ramdhanny
said that insufficient attention has been given to problems of the

business community in Carriacou. "The jetty at Hillsborough, which

has been in a state of disrepair for many years, is now too dangerous

to use", he said, "and all cargo must be landed on the beach by boats."

The Chamber President said this operation greatly increased the cost of
goods and it added the risk of loss through wetting. He said that,

together with the poor state of the Carriacou runway, Government has
been urged to give priority to reconstructing the Hillaborough jetty.

(325 words)

During the

at Grenada

week ending May 7th, the following cruise liners called

May 3rd "Vistafjord" 412 Passengers
"Stella Maria" 267 do.
4th "Ivan Franco" [ 636 do.
5th "Cunard Countess" 747 do. i'
6th "Stella Oceania" 167 do. 1
"Mermoa" 344 do.

With reference to the "Ivan Franco" reported in NEWSLT1IER for the

week ending 30.477 as arriving in Grenada on April 17th, officials at

the Tourist Bureau have advised that difficulty is being experienced in

ascertaining the number of passengers on the ship as the Immigration

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Department does not have the figures. 'he matter Is being


In NEWSLETTER for the week ending 12.2.77, the "Sun Viking" with

689 passengers was reported as having visited Grenada'on January

29th. 'his statistic should not have been included in that
issue of NEWSLETTER as that visit of "Suit Viking" had been already

reported in the issue for the week ending 5.2.77. NEWSLETTER

apologises for this error.
(155 words)

Mr Stephen Vejvoda, Special Assistant to Dr Charles Modica, Chancellor

of the St.Georges University School of Medicine, has been replaced by
Dr Dunewood Truglia. It is understood that this replacement

took effect from April 1st, and Dr Truglia told NEWSLETTER that

Mr Vejvoda has been assigned other duties in the United States.
(53 words)


The S S "Geestland" sailed on May 10th with 16,714 boxes of bananas

weighing 505,089 lbs and valued at EC$65,661.00. There were

1,011 boxes of rejected fruit,
(31 words)


As NEWSLETTER is going to press, reliable information has been

received that all expenses for Dominic Pellato's funeral were

paid by Eugene Zeek. The cost was approximately EC$1,000.00.

NEWSLETTER is reliably informed also that Zeek wished Pellato

to be buried at sea. However, he deferred to the dishes of

Veronica Hosford that Pellato should be buried at the Windsor

Forest cemetery in the district where she resides.


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