The Grenada newsletter

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Title:
The Grenada newsletter
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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 )
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Grenada

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
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 Hughee
P 0 Box 65
St.Georges
Grenade a
WiESTINDIES
THE GREHADA NWVSLETTLER
For The Week Ending July 9th 1977

DISPUTi OVER PRaSS RELEASE WORDING
NRWSLETTER is reliably advised that talks have broken down between

Prime Minister Gairy and the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC) on the

wording of a proposed joint release relative to the incident on June

19th when the Defence Force broke up, with the use of automatic rifle

fire, a meeting and demonstration of the opposition People's Alliance.

A day or two after the incident, TUC issued a press release expressing
its non-partisan stand but stating that it appeared that the "acts of

the Police and Military in using force and intimidatory tactics to

break up the meeting and demonstration were both unwarranted and

unjustified." TUC said also that it was seeking an interview with

Prime Minister Gairy, as Minister responsible for Security, to discuss
the matter.

Reaction to the TUC release was a Government announcement on Radio

Grenada accusing TUC of interfering in politics. However, last

Tuesday (5th) Prime Minister Gairy met and held discussions with the
Executive of the TUC led by its president, Mr Osbert Benjamin.

Sources close to these discussions describe them as cordial and said

that, after TUC had refuted the charge of interfering in politics,
the matter of the actions of the Police and Defence Force on June 19th

was discussed. Several members of the TUG recounted acts of

brutality and terrorism they had witnessed personally on that day,

and the point was made to Mr Gairy that TUG protested this as a

violation of the rights of workers.

In the discussions, Mr Gairy admitted that, "in their exuberance",
the Defence Force had gone too far in the use of rifle fire and the

beating of persona, and he undertook to investigate all the fact of

the incident.

It was decided then that a joint release should be issued and it was

at this point that the discussions broke down. The TUC Executive

insisted that the Prime Minister's admission that the Defence Force

had gone too far must be included in the release, and Mr Gairy was
d-imant that this fact of the discuesoion was not to be mentioned.
(3 tinuo'J)










THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Woek Ef.-ng 9.7.77


The breakdown by

first six months


U.K.
Greek
Norway
Liberia
Netherlands
Antilles
Panama
Holland
West Germany
USA
Italy
USSR
Denmark
Prance
Sweden
Gurans


flag of the total tonnage and calls for the

of 1977 is as follows :-

Tonnag.e Calls
232,824 46
258,868 42
229,119 22
8,379 4

30,410 8
61,357 10
45,094 7
29,032 4
6,128 2
115,439 8
57,753 5
1,346 3
52,479 7
8,813 1
297 1


1,137,338 170


AMERICAN YACHT ARRESTED

The US registered yacht "Barbara" was arrested here on June 30th

as a result of a writ filed by the boat's Captain Dan Meredith

for unpaid wages and the value of a plane fare to Miami.


In an exclusive interview with NEWELETTER on Wednesday (6th)

Captain Meredith said the "Barbara" had sailed from Port Lauderdale,

Florida, on May 7th, but, because of the aggressiveness of the

boat's part-owner, Mr Robert Moffitt, who was on board, several

members of thi crew had "jumped ship" at ports touched on the

voyage south through the Caribbean.

In Grenada, t .e remainder of the orew left the boat, and Captain

Meredith told NEWSLETTER, "I am off the 'Barbara' now because

I'm afraid Moffitt could injure someone or worse, and, in the

exercise of my duty as Captain, I may be forced to do something

I would be sorry for."

NEWSI.iTTER also interviewed Mr Moffitt on the "Barbara", now

berthed at the Grenada Yacht Services for repairs. Mr Moffitt

said his idea had been to find some experienced and non-

experienced sailors and make the trip through the Bahamas and

the Caribbean, and through the Panmna Canal to Los Angeles.

Dat, he was not impressed with the persons he had recruited.
(continued)









Alister Hughes
THE *GRNADA NBI NELTTER Week Endinng 9-7.77

SHIPPING FIGURhS
Por the period January to June 1977, total tonnage or shia~ calling
at Grenada shows a drop of 2.9% below the figure for the corresponding
period in 1976. This cannot be taken, however, as an indication
that total tonnage for 1977 will show a fall from the 1976 figure.
The first six months of 1976 showed a fall of .88% below the Ja&uary
to June figures for 1975, but total figures for these years show aa
81 rise in 1976.

Actual figures in this connection, compiled from the records of LloyFd
Agents at Grenada, are as follows :-
January to June 1975 1,181,205 tons
1976 1,1.71,771 do
1977 1,137,338 do.

The following table shows a comparison between 1975 and 1976, taking
into account total net tonnage per flag and number of calls made :-
1975 1976


U.K.
Greek
Norway
Liberia
Netherlands
Antilles
Panama
Holland
West Germany
Trinidad
USA
Italy
Yugoslavia
U SSR
Monrovia
Cyprus
Darbados.
Bangladesh
Denmark
France


Tonnage Calls Tonnane
571,198 94 584,120
473,833 41 626,440
390,556 34 363,776
87,834 20 3,248
67,854 10 77,700
65,203 9 45,644
39,203 17 71,013
35,396 10 43,972
34,219 22 1,615
30,640 10 25,149
28,657 3 66,186
28,136 10 16,872
24,062 4 93,132
7,550 1
3,301 1 5,094
2,773 12
4,339
6,164
7,497

1,890,415 298 2,041,961


Tonnage and calls per month for the period January to June 1977 es
compared with the corresponding period in 1976 are as follows :-
19762 1977
Tonnage Gall Tonnage -Call

jnaarj 288,542 40 302,583 40
February 226,380 42 258,468 36
March 282,347 43 239,547 34
April 279,734 48 180,478 26
May 38,580 10 88,279 20
June 56,188 13 67,983 14
1,1.71,771 196 1,157,338 170
(continued)


Galls
103
90
38
10

7
5
22
17
1
7
8
6
8
6

1
6

36
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Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 9*7.77
page 2

It now seems unlikely that there will be a joint release anda, a

NEWSLETTER goes to press, it is not known whether TUC and Government

will issue individual releases.
(369 words)


IAN GALLE TO QUIT POST

The office of Director of Information in the Information Service

of the Government of Grenada will soon be vacant.

'his was confirmed to NEWSLETTER on Wednesday (6th) by Mr Ian

Gale, Director of Information, who was appointed to this post

in Prime Minister Gairy's office on March Ist of this year.

Mr Gale said he is leaving Grenada to take up an appointment

with an international Company in London and he will be involved

with this Company in the field of public relations. He

declined to name the Company with which he will be employed.

Before coming to Grenada to take up his present poet, Mr Gale

told the "Nation" newspaper of Barbados that the international

press in particular had been responsible for negative publicity

of Grenada, much of it, he said, founded on untruths and hearsay.

He said Grenada had suffered badly from this adverse publicity

and he saw his job as Director of Information as one in which

he would "diEseminate accurate information about Grenada ...."

Barbadian born. r Gale is a barrister-at-law, a graduate of

Cambridge Uni %r.-sity and started his journalistic career at the

"Daily Express" in London. He has been editor of the Barbados

"Advocate" newspaper and General Manager of the Barbados

Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. Mr Gale is a past-

president of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, is also a past-

president of the Caribbean Publishers & Broadcasters Association

and was Chairman of the Steering Committee which established

the CANA news agency.

He leaves Grenada in August to take up his new post in London.
(247 words)

&MfW-tWM










Alister Hughes
THI-GRINADA NEWSLElTE week Ending -9.777
pfge 5
"The sea has a way of changing people for better or for worse", he

said, "and when it's for worse it affects the running of the ship,

But, I have not abandoned the venture. In a week or two I hope to
have the necessary repairs done and take on a new and more eaperiencec

crew".

The "Barbara" has not only been arrested, but Captain Meredith has

filed a protest with the Harbour Master, Mr Glyn Edwards, that the

boat is unseaworthy and should not go more than 50 miles offshore.

Built in 1913, the "Barbara" is a 72' ketch-rigged 'New York 50'

design created by world-famous yacht designer Francis Herschof. She

carries a US Coast Guard registration number 211095 and is said to be

owned by Messrs Robert Moffitt and Neil Davis.

Sources close to Grenada Yacht Services have expressed the opinion

that, in her present condition, the "Barbara" could not survive the

trip to Lo. Angeles.

(362 words)


BANANA SHIPMENTS

On July 5th, the S S "Geestland" sailed with 18,612 boxes of bananas

weighing 565,909 Iba and valued at EC$79,227.00. There were 778

boxes of -ojected fruit.

(25 words)


1977




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