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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week Endina August 6th 1977
NUTMEG CASE: STAY OF EXECUTION GRANTED.
Setting today (4th) as President of the Appeal Court, Mr Elvin
St.Bernard, Acting Chief Justice, granted a Stay of Erxeution In the
matter of the Nutmeg Board case.
Last Wednesday (28th), Mr Justice Archibald Nedd gave his judgement in
,favour of the elected Nutmeg Board which had been dissolved on July 4th
i975 by an Order of the Governor General. Mr Nedd held that the
Order was null and void and that it had infringed the rights of the
Applicants, the members of the elected Nutmeg Board, to freedom of
The Judge said a Declaration to this effect would be made and that an
injunction would be issued restraining the members of the Government
appointed Interim Board.
On Friday (30th), Mr Ernest John, Attorney General, filed an
Application in the High Court for a Stay of Execution and yesterday
(3rd), Mr John lodged a Notice of Appeal against Mr Neddsa Judgement.
To date, there has been no action by members of the Government
appointed Interim Board of which Mr Claude Morrison is Chairman.
Mr Morrison is now out of the island but legal circles say that an
appeal may be lodged within six weeks of the date of the Judgement.
Mr John's Application for a Stay of Esacution was heard today (4th) by
Mr Elvin St.Bernard, and the Stay was granted to have effect until the
Court of Appeal sits in Grenada towards the end of September. "The
actual date of that sitting is not known and depends on the length of
the sitting which begins in St.Vincent on September 19th.
Meanwhile, Mr Pisher Archibald, Chairman of the elected Nutmeg Board,
has called a meeting of nutmeg producers to be held at Seamoon race
course on Sunday (6th). It is expected that, at that meeting, the
elected Nutmeg Board will outline its future strategy.
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SHIPPING AGLETS TAKE FIRM STAND
The Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) have advised the Seamen &
Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) that they are not willing to
go beyond the offer made at the meeting held with the Union
on Wednesday July 29th.
Since last December, GSA and SWWU have been discussing a demand
by the Union for a cost-of-living allowance. Taking 1971 as
the "base year", SWWU's original claim was for an across-the-
board allowance of 33*, but this was subsequently increased to
350 to 40% covering different grades of worker.
Negotiations became deadlocked early in July and the matter was
referred by GSA to the Labour Commissioner. Following study
of documents prepared by economists representing the two sides,
negotiations were resumed but, at a meeting held on July 27th,
there was again a deadlock.
Sources close to the negotiations told NwjbLhTTE R today (5th)
that there had been agreement that a 1i5 cost of living would
be paid and accepted. 'There is, however, no agreement as
to the date from which this allowance will apply. SWWU has
demanded that it be paid from January fat 1977, but GSA are
adamant that the relevant date must be July iet 1977.
In a letter to the Union doted July 29th, GSA confirmed their
stand and a Union official told NEWSLETTER that the matter is
being considered. No further meetings have yet been scheduled.
HOTLL ASSOCIATION ELECTS PRESIDENT
At the Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel Association
(GHA) held on July 27th, Mr Royston Hopkin was elected President
for the 1977/78 term. Mr Hopkin, who served as President
from 1969 to 1974, replaced Mr Charles DeGale who has held the
post for the past two years.
Addressing the meeting after his election, Mr Hopkin said the
primary project he had in mind for 1977 was the teaching of the
tjlue of tourism in schools throughout the State. In en
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exclusive interview with NIMSLETTIR today (5th), the GHA President
said this task would not be left to persons employed for the purpose
but would be undertaken by hoteliers themselves and other members of
"With the cooperation of the management of the schools and the Ministry
of Education", Mr Hopkin said, "we want to hold seminars in the schools
to bring home to our youngsters the scope and value of the Tourist
Explaining his thinking behind these seminars, the President said he
expected two main benefits to be derived. "Grenadians still think
that service in the Tourist Industry has overtones of slavery", he
said, "and this must be corrected if we are to attract the best
material to the jobs we have to offer."
The other benefit Mr Hopkin thought would be gained is a realization
by the coming generation of the potential generated by the Tourist
Industry, particularly in the agricultural field. "During last
year", said Mr Hopkin, "hotels in Grenada had a gross revenue of some
EC$8 million and, of this figure, 20% was spent for food." He felt
that a very small portion of this expenditure went for local produce
and that his Association's project would open the eyes of school-
leavers to the vast potential thqy have to supply the food needs of
Another priority which will be before Mr Hopkin during his term of
office is the provision of attractions for the tourist. "T'he world
is becoming more and more aware that Grenada is second to none in
natural beauty and the unspoiled friendliness of our people", he said,
"but this is not enough for the winter visitor who stays an average of
two weeks. My Association has already started a project to
preserve and present our historic landmarks, but much greater efforts
must be made to provide scenic drives, duty-free shopping, recreational
facilities and entertainment."
Mr Hopkin thought the GHA school seminar project would assist in
highlighting the possibilities of exploiting the opportunity for
providing these needed attractions, and he had hopes that, not only
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the Tourist Industry, but the entire Grenadian economy noild
benefit by the greater awareness of young people of what was
open to them.
HOTEL aSSOCIATION PACES PROBLEMS
The biggest problem facing Grenada's hotel industry is the need
for an airport with night landing facilities. This view was
expressed by Mr Charles DeGale, outgoing President of the Grenada
Hotel Association (GHA), as he presented his Report to the
Associations Annual General Meeting on July 27th.
"We have attempted on several occasions to bring this matter
to the attention of Government", Mr DeGale said, "and we hope
they are still giving it priority consideration."
Mr DeGale thought, too, that the Grenada Government should
allocate more funds for promotion and advertising, and said he
understood that the Tourist Board plans to do some "destination
advertising" before the 1977/78 Winter Season.
In spite of these problems, the outgoing President saw the past
year as showing a definite increase in the tourist business.
The overall winter occupancy was only 401, he said, but he hoped
that the island would receive a greater share of the business
that will come to the region this year.
UNIVERSITY TRIES EXPERIMENT
Beginning in October next, the University of the West Indies
(UWI) will introduce an experimental programme to be known as
the "Challenge Examination."
This programme will allow Grenadians and qualified residents
of other non-campus territories to study at home and complete
the first part of a UWI degree. The experiment will apply
to first year courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences and
students will be permitted to write the examinations in their
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Mrs Beverly Steele, Resident Tutor of the Extramural Department of
UWI in Grenada told NEWLETTER today (5th) that it is estimated that
the Challenge Examination will save students approximately one-third
of the cost of obtaining a degree.
"The Faculties of Engineering and Agriculture are considering the
applicability of the Challenge Examination to their first year", said
Mrs Steele, "and the experiment may also be found relevant to the
Faculty of Arts and General Studies."
UWII' largest campus is in Jamaica and there are campuses in both
Trinidad and Barbados. The non-campus territories to which the
Challenge Examination will apply are Grenada, St.Vincent, St.Lucia,
Dominica, Antigua, Montaerrat, St.Kitts-Nevia and Belize.
JEMERARA MUTUAL HAS GOOD 1976 YEAR
Financial problems in Grenada may affect the profits of the Demrarra
Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd for the current year, but, for 1976
the Company showed a substantial income increase over the 1975 figure
This was disclosed by Mr B A Gonsalvea, Chairman of the Society, at
the Annual General Meeting held in Guyana in June, and Mr Gonsalves
said he hesitated to make any prediction for 1977. "We have
already seen signs in Guyana that the shortfall in production of
sugar, bauxite and rice in 1976, due mainly to weather conditions,
may affect our production in 1977."
The Chairman said that other areas too, Grenada, St.Vincent and
St.Lucia, have their share of financial problems and only Trinidad
& Tobago seems set for "better things" in 1977.
The accounts of the Society, published in Guyana dollars, show a
net income for 1976, after payment of taxes, of G$3,344,286.00
which represents an increase of 53.5 over the 1975 figure. The
total Premium Income received was 046,061,950.00 and Investment
Income was 0G2,728,366.00, making a total income of Q$8,790.516.00,
Gl$,117,011.00 more than 1975.
The Society's Agency Manager in Grenada, Mr Clifford Date, told
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NEWSLETTER today (4th) that 1974, 1975 and 1976 had been very
good years for the Society in Grenada. "We are already past
the half-way mark of the current year", said Mr Date, "and, in
spite of initial misgivings, I am confident that we shall have
no complaints with the results for 1977."
The S S "Geeststar" sailed on August 2nd with 44,973 boxes of
bananas weighing 451.,827 Ibs. Geest Industries paid 29.826
EC0 per pound making a total of EC0134,761.92. The price
paid to growers by the Grenada Cooperative Banana Society was
14.0 EO% per pound on the weight of bananas received at the
boxing plants, but this figure is not yet available. There
were 215 boxes of rejected fruit.
The weight shipped by "Geettide" on July 26th was 687,759 Ibe
and the amount weighed in at the boxing plants was 709,608 Ibs
making a difference of 21,849 Ibs between boxing plant weight
and shipped weight.
CRUISE LINER CALLS (O) 1$
During the week ending July 30th, two cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on July 26th with
692 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" on the 30th with the same
number of passengers as the "Gunard Countess", 692.
There is a typographical error on page 1 of the issue of
NEWSLETTER for the week ending July 30th. In the second
line of the lead story, the Dissolution Order made by the
Governor General in the Nutmeg Case is reported as being dated
July 4th 1977. This should read, of course, July 4th 1 .