The Grenada newsletter


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


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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 Hughea
P 0 BO 65
St. aea o
Grenda J
For The Week Endina August 6th 1977
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.
(307 words)

Alister Hughes
P~age 2

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.

(225 words)

SftmhffOii irfofitf

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
(c-nn i. nod

Alister Hughes
THE GREMADA NEWSLETTER week ending 6.8.77
Page I
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

the Association.

"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

the hotels.

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

Alister Hughea
THE GRENADA N WSTWTERT weei Ending 6.8.74
Page 4t
the Tourist Industry, but the entire Grenadian economy noild

benefit by the greater awareness of young people of what was

open to them.
(450 words)


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.
(160 words)


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

own territory.

Aliater Hughes
Page r.
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.
(190 words)


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

Alister Hughes
THE GRNADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 6.8.77 <
Page 6
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."
(262 words)


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.
(114 words)


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.
(41 words)


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 .
NEWSLETTER apologises.

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