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For The Week End ing June hth 1977
GCE EXAMINATION QULSTtIOM PAPERS STOLE&
Last Wednesday night (let), two masked men armed with cutlasses stoM
a number of question papers for the Cambridge General Certificate ef
Education (GCE) examination now being held in Grenada.
The robbery was committed at the home of Anglican priest, Reverend
Peter Clarke, who is invigilator for students taking the examination
at McDonald College at Sauteurs at the north end of Grenada and, in a
exc).Oaive interview with NEWSLETTER yesterday (2nd), Father Clarke
said the incident had taken place about 8.30 pm just after he had
Darked hia car in the garage about 80 yards from his residence.
Father Clarke said that, as he got out of the car, two masked men
armed with outlasses approached him and demanded "political documented"
which they said he had. He denied having any such documents and
told them that all he had in the car was a bundle of OCE examination
This did not satisfy the masked men and, after tying the priest's
hands behind his back, they forced him to take them into the house
where they cut the telephone wires. "They then made me give them
the keys to the cupboard where the OCE question papers were kept",
said Father Clarke, "and they opened the cupboard and took out a lot
of question papers for future exams."
Ripping open the sealed envelopes, the men sold Father Clarke they
would take a copy of each paper back to their "organisation" to prove
they had "made the raid". "While they were engrossed in this", t1hi
priest told NEWSLETTER, "I managed to get one of my hands free,
managed to run out of the room and out of the house and across the
road to get helps"
At this stage, the masked men fled but Father Clarke said evidence
was found which made it clear who the masked men were and two
teenegera who were taking the GCE examinations have been arrested.
Sources close to the Ministry of Education told 1EBSLETTOR that one
copy each of question papers for J3 "0" level examinettons had been
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stolen but had all been recovered by next morning. 'h.s
sources did not feel that there had been sufficient time for
the question papers to be studied by anyone except the two
teenagers (who are now debarred from the examination) but, the
fact that the sealed packets were opened other thep immediately
before commencement of the various examinations has violated
the secrecy of the questions.
The matter has been referred to Cambridge University and a
request has been made for substitute question papers.
PROBLEMS ON ROAD PROJECT (?)
An undated Government Information Service Press Release issued
this week states that work on the Woburn-Calivigny road being
done by the British contracting firm of Messrs Higgs & Hill
ise going according to schedule", but there are persistent
rvmours that operations have run into difficulties.
Reports state that differences of opinion have developed between
Messrs Higgs & Hill, the Consulting Engineers, Sir William Halorow
& pertness and the Government of brenada over recruitment of
'.cbour, deduction of union dues for Mr Gairy's Manual Maritime
& Intellectual Workers Union, and modification of specifications
f2r the road to be reconstructed.
in an effort to learn the truth, NEWSLETTER phoned today (3rd)
nnd spoke with Mr Compton Jagernauth, Resident Engineer for Sir
Robert Halcrow & Partners. Mr Jcgernauth was told of the
r~mours and asked to clear up the situation but he declined to
do so. "I cannot tell you anything", he said, "because I'm
afraid I have n) comment to make on what has been going on."
The Resident Engineer said work was proceeding and, in reply to
a direct question as to whether or not problems had developed,
he said, "I will not answer that question". *agured that
?sT3LETTER wae not maling an effort to put him "on the spot",
'ir .Tagernauth said, "1du =A putting me on the spot. As far
-u can say, the work is going according to schedule and that's
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it, nothing further than that."
NLWISLTTER also phoned Mr Michael Dibben, Officer-in-Charge of the
Grenada Desk at the British High Commission in Trinidad, who is now
in Grenada on a routine visit. Mr Libben was asked for his.
comments on the situation on the Higgs & Hill project but he declined.
Mr Dibben also declined to comment on whether or not any problems
have arisen on the project.
In an interview with NEWSLtLTTER on March 25th, hMr Basil Bumstead,
Project Manager of Messrs Higgs & Hill, said he expected the whole
project would be completed before the end of this year. Higga &
Hill have been awarded a contract by the British Government to
rebuild approximately 21 miles of road and repair some 30 bridges
around the island.
GRENADA' DELEGATION TO LONDON CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
Prime Minister Gairy will lead Grenada's delegation to the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference due to commence in London
on Wednesday 'une 8th.
This was announced in a Government Information Service release of
June 2nd, and other members of the delegation named are Mr George
Hoasten, Minister of Finance, Dr Wellington Friday, Consultant to the
Government and Ambassador-at-Large, and Mr Oswald Gibbs, krenada's
High Commissioner in London.
According to the release, three other persons will also be attending
the Conference. These are Mr David Fletcher, Senior Economist in
the Ministry of Finance, Mr Cecil Edwards who is attached to the
Grenada High Mission and the East Caribbean Mission in London, and
rea Barbara Radix, Secretary to the Prime Minister and Protocol
GOVERNMENT COLLECTS EC 37.5 THOUSAND
Complying with provisions of the Banking (Special Deposits) Act 1976,
Commercial Banks operating in Grenada have deposited with Government
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the sum of E0$37,533.82 representing "dormant & unclaimed
This information is published in the Government Gazette of May
20th and the sum is made up from 80 accounts at the Royal Bank
of Canada totaling EC$36,309.36, and 14 accounts at the
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce amounting to ECfJ,224.46.
According to the provisions of the Act, monies to the credit
of any account in a Commercial Bank which have remained "dormant
and unclaimed" for six years or more, must be paid to Government
and, if unclaimed within one year after publication of the notice,
"shall lapse and become part of the revenues of Grenada." This
statement of dormant and unclaimed accounts is up ,to 31st March
and the date of the notice is May 6th.
The largest sum involved Is that of ECt10,236.22 in the joint
names of two persons with a given address in Venezuela, and the
other end of the scale Is shared by two accounts, both in the sum
(193 word a)
JAPAN GIVES THREE CARS
At a ceremony at the Botanical Gardens on Thursday (2nd), Mr Konishi,
Counsellor in the Embassy of Japan in Venezuela, presented the
Government of Grenada with 3 Mazda 929 oars for use during the
OAS Conference to start here on June 4th.
Receiving the care on bahalf of Government was Mr Herbert Preudhomme,
Deputy Prime-Minister and, in his presentation address, Mr Konishi,
who is accredited to Grenada, said the gift was a symbol of
developing relationships between Grenada and Japan.
Replying to Mr Konishi, Mr Preudhomme said Grenada and Japan had
been working closely at the United Nations and the Deputy Prime
Minister said it was important th t a young independent country
like Grenada should show friendship to other nations. He
regretted that Prime Minister Gairy was not present to receive
the care himself because everyone knew it was because of the
dynamics and activity of Mr Gairy in establishing friendly relations
with Japan that the gift of the oars was being made. (165 words)
The 8 S "Geeststar" sailed on May 31st with 26,328 boxes of bananas
valued at EC~o02,456.00 and weighing 788,.30 lbs. There were 757
boxes of rejected fruit. (24 words)
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
One cruise liner called at Urensda during the week ending May 28th.
This was the "Maxim Goaki" on Monday May 23rd with 566 passengers.
I^ Alister Hughee 3rd June 1977