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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
For the week ending Maay lth 1977
CL YCFf/Pl.LATO BURIED
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
TYPHOID OUTERlM ON WAME
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.
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NEW TRADE UNION FORMED
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.
SECURITY FOR OAS CONFERENCE
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.
ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT ADVISOR VISITS
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.
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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
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 :-
NELSLETTER has approached the Tourist Board with a view to verifying
CHAMBER COMPLAINS ABOUT CARAIACOU
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
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.
kIS y LINER CA
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.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT REPLACED
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.
BANANA B IPMENTS
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,
LATE NEWS :L:!
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.