The Grenada newsletter

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

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Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
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newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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Grenada

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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blister Hughes h
P 0 Box 65
St.Georgea
Grenada

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
?or The Week Ehdina June 1th 1977 \
GEC COMMISSION OP INQUIRY RiSUMES.

Grenadian consumers of electricity can expect an tnr-eaae in rates.
with effect from January slt 1978. This was disclosed by Mr

William Robert Lord, Manager of brenada Electricity Services Ltd,

(GES), on Tuesday 7th as he gave evidence before the three-man
Commission of Inquiry appointed by Governor General Sir Leo deGale to
"examine and investigate all aspects" of GEC and to make, -
recommendations.

"This (proposed increase in rates) is with a view to meeting rising
costs of equipment", said Mr Lord, "and to try and maintain our
expansion programme, modest though it is, it in necessary for the
rates to increase because our overdraft position is, .... well, we

only function by virtue of Barcays Bank."

The Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired judge of the Supreme
Court, Mr Adrian Date, first sat on Tuesday May 24th when, apart
from formalities, the only business done was the taking of evidence

from Mr. F M Coard, an electricity consumer, whose principal complaint
(a wide-spread one) is the difficulty in understanding the machine-
printed bills sent out by GEC.

Mr Date, together with his fellow Commissioners, Mr Joseph Bain, the
Grenada Government's Director of Audit, and Mr Glyn Evans, the

Grenada Government's Electricity Inspector, toured the GEC power
station on Wednesday May 25th, and on the following day, GEC's
Generation Engineer, Mr Jack Allen, gave evidence concerned
principally with the technical aspects of the installation.

Up to this time, GEC had submitted copies of the Company's accounts
to the Commission, but no memorandum. The Manager of the Osmpany,

Mr Lord, was due back at the end of May, and the Commission adjourned
until June 7th to give GEC time to prepare the memorandum to be put
before the Commission by Mr Lord.

Questioned by GEC Council, Mr H E L Hasten, Mr Lord said Grenada
Electricity Services was incorporated in Grenada on 27th September








Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEMSLETER Week endingg 11.6.77


1960 and, on the following day, the Government of Uroada and the

Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) signed a "cooperative

agreement" under which, among other things, GEC agreed to purchase

existing electricity undertaking from Government.

GEC took over the electricity services and commenced operations

on January let 1961, Mr Lord Said, shareholders in the Company

being CDC with 59.3/o of the shares and the Government of Grenada

with 40.7b. The Manager also disclosed that the present

members of the Board of Directors are Mr T A Kerwood (Chairman),

Mr J Osmond and Mr J C Ryan representing CDC, and Mr Walter

St.John and Mr E A Heyliger representing the Government of
Grenada.

Mr Lord spent some 44 hours giving evIdence, during which time

he was questioned by Mr George Brizan, economist representing

interests of the Grenada Trade Union Council. Among other

information given by Mr Lord was the fact that the Government

of Grenada is given a 10% discount on its electricity bill,

that CDC would be willing to sell its shares to Government, and

that, between 1960 and 1975, the Company made a cumulative nett

profit, after deducting all expenses including interest, of

EC$2,048,232.00.

Mr Lord said also that, at any one time, GEC is owed approximately

EC$4 million for electricity consumed, which disclosure brought

a query from the Chairman as to whether the bills making up this

sum are settled in due course. "The average for the non-

Government consumer is 6 weeks in arrears and so they are

collectable", said Mr Lord, "but the Government Departments are

76 weeks in arrears".

The Manager said that, because the Government of Grenada is some

1' years in arrears on its electricity bill, GEC was owed

EC$387,635.00 by Government up to the end of April 1976.

Giving evidence to the Commission on Wednesday (8th), Mr Jeaes

Parrish, representing CDC as their Senior Regional Accountant

in the Caribbean Region, Oxplained what was meant by charges
for "debenture administration" appearing in the GEC accounts.










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 11.6.77
Page 3

"Under the Loan Agreement dated 17th December 1966 between the Company

and CDC under which ODC agreed to lend 63 thousand to the Company",

said Mr Parrish, "it was provided that, during the first 6 years of

the loan, the loans would be interest free. After the end of the

interest free period, interest has been charged at 8J or 8 7/8 per

cent.


Mr Parrish went on to explain, however, that during the interest froe

period, CDC charged an "administration fee" of 1Vjb per annum of the

capital sum of the loan outstanding, and this was the charge referred

to as "debenture administration".

Queried by the Chairman as to whether the charge of 1Ie per annum

cound not be regarded as an interest charge, Mr Parrish said it was

not described as such but was called "an administrative fee to try to

cover the costs of CDC executive time in administering the loan."

Explaining another charge, "debenture commitment", Mr Parrish said

this was a fee charged by CDC to GEC for setting aside its resources

and making them available to the Company at oall. "It ia quite
normal to charge a commitment fee", said Mr Parrish, "and in this case

the fee has been calculated at 16 per annum on the capital amount of

the loan from the time when the loan agreement was signed to the time

when the loan was actually drawn."

Outlining CDC's role, Mr Parrish said this was the provision of

capital and management, and CDC enters into and remains in a country

only at the invitation of and continuing goodwill of the host

Government. Generally, the CDC role is of a temporary nature as it

seeks to develop the project and then expects to sell its capital

investment to the nationals of the host country or to the host

Government. CDC also expects that, as local management staff

becomes available, to withdraw its own mang ement "in accordance with

the best interests of the particular project."

According to Mr Parrish, the British Government requires that ODC

operate on a commercial basis, and CDC must pay interest on all money

borrowed from the United Kingdom treasury.

Mr Parrish was the only witness appearing before the Commission on











Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 11.6.77
Page 4

Wednesday (8th), and he was oloaely qliestione on COD apportion

of costs to GEC and other matters concerning the financial

relationship between CDC and GhC. One matter which was not

discussed in public was that of salaries paid to the Manager and

other senior staff. Mr Parrish submitted a statement on this

and a discussion was held in camera after the public hearing

closed.


Mr Lord took the stand again today and was the only witness

testifying. Because the Secretary to the Commission,

Mr Maudsley James, is required for duties in connection with the

OAS Conference due to open in Grenada next Thesday, June 14th,

sittlnga of the Commission of Inquiry have been postponed to

Monday June 27th.

(1123 words)


OAS CONFERENCE CENTRE OPENED

The geodesic dome especially constructed in the grounds of Holiday

Inn on Grand Anse beach to house the 7th Annual Regular Assembly

of the Organisation of American States (OAS), was officially

opened today (11th) by Her Excellency, irs Marie Jo McIntyre,

Acting Governor General of Grenada.

Before a gathering of some 300 invited guests and visiting

dignatories, 25 Heads of Churches, headed by the Roman Catholic

Bishop of Grenada, Monsignor Sydney Charles, assembled to bless

the structure.

After six had prayed, however, Prime Minister Gairy, in the

interest of saving time, asked the remaining 19 to cooperate

in a joint blessing. "I will ask you", he said, all

of you that have not yet prayed, if you will come forward

please, and I will ask all of you to hold hands. One of

you can lead in the Lord's Prayer and all the others would

join in spirit, and in hearts and hands."

After the ceremony, the building was open to inspection by

the gathering. The Conferenve starts on Tuesday (14th).
(159 words)










Alister Hughes.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 11,0.77
page 5

oAIRY: I DID NOT INSIST

It was announced today (11th) that Prime Minister Gairy has been made

e Knight Bachelor (Kt.B) in the Birthday fInours of Her Majeaty Queen

Elizabeth.

On his return to Grenada yesterday from the Commonwealth Heads of

Government Conference now taking place in London (and prior to the

announcement of his Knighthood), Prime Minister Gairy denied that he

insisted on being addressed as "Sir" at the Comference.

This was disclosed in a Government Information Service Release which

quotes Mr Gairy as saying that "articles" datelined London and

appearing in the Eastern Caribbean Press are untrue. On June 8th,

news stories in the Eastern Caribbean stated that Mr Gairy was ceasins

British protocol officers "some consternation with his insistence that

he be addressed as Sir Eric Gairy."

According to the Government Information Service release, Mr Gairy sai.

he had not insisted on any mode of address and that it was the British

and Conference officials who referred to him as "Sir".

From time to time, Mr Gairy has announced various honours conferred

upon him and these include four Knighthoods apart from that now given

him by Queen Elizabeth. These are the Knighthood of the Grand

Cross Doctorate in Political Science from the Ecoleetastical

University of England, the Knight Grand Cross of the Sovereign Greek

Order of St.Dennis of Zante, the KAighthood of the Distinguished

Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Knighthood of the Order of

Toledo, Spain.

In connection with the last mentioned, which was presented to Prime
Minister Gairy last September by a Mr Thomas L Kelly "on behalf of the

Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo", His Grace the Archbishop of Toledo,

Dr D Marcelo Gonzalez, Primate of Spain, has announced that there in
no Order of Knights of Toledo in his diocese, and "...neither I nor

this Archbishopric granted any Award to anyone ...." in Grenada.
(293 words)









Alister Hughes
THE GREJNADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 11.6.77
Paga 6
SZE& VISITS BARBADOS

A well informed source disclosed to NEWSLaTTAR today (10th) that

fugitive-from-justice United States citizen Eugene Zeek, who has

been resident in Grenada since 1974, paid a secret visit to

Barbados last month.

zeek is wanted by the FBI on a charge 6f "fraud by wire" involving

over USb1 million and, as far as is known, has not left Grenada

since his arrival for fear of the possibility of being arrested

in either Trinidad or Barbados.


In Grenada, Prime Minister Gairy said last year that he will

honour his international obligations if the United States of

America issues an Lxtradition Order. Questioned in the House

of Representatives in March 1976 on press reports of Zeek's

continuing presence in Grenada, Mr Gairy said, "The Government

is known to be fair, straightforward and strong, and we will not

allow any pressure groups to interfere with the fair manner in

which we govern."

"We will not allow ourselves to he dictated to by any reporter

or Government", he continued. "In the old days, Grenada's

affairs were in the hands of the British Government, today, they

are in the hands of the elected representatives of the people.

If the High Courts in the USA issued an Extradition Order, then

the Government of Grenada will bow to its international obligations."

However, informed legal opinion states that the Extradition Treaty

existing between Grenada and the Lnited States does not cover

Zeek's alleged crime.

Last May# Grenada's then Attorney General, Guyanese ir Desmand

Christian, was suspended from his duties because, against the

wishes of the Grenada Cabinet, he took action to have ZEek

deported. In August, Mr Christian was, himself, deported,

but a Commission of Inquiry found he was within his right in

his action against Zeek. However, as a result af the bad
relationship which had developed between Mr Christian and the

Grenada Government, he did not return to Grenada.
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week h3iing 11 .G.I
pange 7
In disclosing information on Zeek's visit to Barbadoa, the source said

he was positively identified on Broad Street in Bridgetown on Friday

May 27th. He was then wearing a pink shirt and brown pants and,
later on that day, identified himself to someone lose to the American

Authorities as "James Lawless".

It is not known who alerted the barbadian Authorities, but q search

was instituted for Zeek. During the next few days, he was seen

fleetingly in the commercial sector of Bridgetown and it was thought

that he was based on a yacht in the Bridgetown harbour, but the Police

never reached him.

Inquiries today (10th) revealed that Zeek is back in.Grenada where he

operates a night club and a charter yacht service, and where he goes

under the name of "John Clancy". His secret trip to Barbados,

however, heightens recent speculation that he is now seeking a haven

elsewhere.

(481 words)


GRENADA iAS NEW OAS REPRESENTATIVE

According to the April issue of "Americas", publication of the

Organisation of American States (OAS), Mr Alfredo Neirs has presented

his credentials to OAS Secretary-General, Mr Alejandro Orfila, as

Grenada's new Permanent Representative to the OAS.

Ar Neira, a Columbian who holds a degree of Master in Humanities from

the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, succeeds Dr Jose M Chaves

as Grenada's OAS Permanent Representative.

Mr Neira also holds the Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the
University of Laval in Quebec, Canada, the Master in Sociology degree

from the George Washington University, and he has held the Chair of

Sociology at the Technological State University in Magdalene, Columbie.

Mr Neira's appointment has not been announced in Grenada.
(116 words)











Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 11..6.77
Pasge 8
BANANA SEIPMIAETS

Og June 7th, the S "Geestland" sailed with 22,521 boxes of
bananas weighing 683,656 lbs and valued at EC$88,875.00.
There were 99t boxes of rejected fruit.

(30 words)

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CRUISE LINER CALLS

During the week ending June 4th, only one cruise liner, the

S S "Sun Viking" called at Grenada. This was on Friday

June 3rd and she carried 594 passengers.

(27 words)
NO NEWSLETTER NEXT VEI

The Organisation of American States Conference is scheduled

to commence in Grenada on June 14th and inquiries have brought

indications that there is no certainty as to how long it will last.

Officially, the Conference should conclude on June 24th but

sources close to the OAS have stated the possibility that

delegates could conclude the business before them within four

days or the Conference may be prolonged over the officially

scheduled period.

With the limited personnel facilities available to NEWSLETTER,

it will not be possible to cover this important Conference

adequately and, at the same time, produce an issue for the

week ending June 18th. Also, if the Conference lasts until

June 24th, it will not be possible either to produce an issue
for the week ending June 25th.

What is planned is that a special OAS Comference issue will
be brought out whenever the Conference concludes and, following

this, the normal weekly issues will be reverted to.


June 1977




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