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THE GRTEADA NEWSLETTER '
Bor The Week Ending August 20th 1977
TOURIST BOARD RELEASES STATISTICS
During the first six months of 1977, 14,563 stay-over visitors
were recorded at Grenada, of which 4,917 or 33% came from the
United States of America. These figures were given by the
Grenada Tourist Board in statistics released this week, and the
Board disclosed also that 3,183 stay-over visitors came from
within the region, 1,816 from Canada ans 1,402 from the United
These figures show an increase of 326. and 15% in United States
and Canadian stay-over visitors as compared with the January to
June figures for 1976. According to the Tourist Board, there
is also increasing interest from European markets. Between
January and June 1977, there were 1,176 stay-over visitors from
Germany,, the highest number ever recorded from that market for
Compared with the first six months of 1966, the total of stay-
over visitors for the corresponding period in 1977 was 1,806 more,
representing an increase of 14%.
The Tourist Board figures show an increase in cruise liner
visitors also. During the first half of 1976, there was a
total of 61,112 cruise liner passengers calling at grenada. The
figure for the same period in 1977 is 64,596, representing an
increase of just under 6%.
CADIAN TEACHERS WIND-UP ASsIGNMliT
A team of five people from the Canadian Teachers Federation will
complete this week a "summer" course in Grenada which began early
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (18th), the
leader of the team, Mrs Laura Lawson, maid this was the seventh
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project of its kind held in Grenada. The first had been in
1969 and, apart from an interruption from 1972 to 1974, members
of the Federation have come regularly to the island to conduct
courses in teacher training.
Mrs Lawson said the initiative had come from the Grenada Union
of Teachers (GUT). GUT requested this assistance from the
Federation and advised the Federation of the subjects it wished
to have included in the course. The Federation then put
together a team to meet the needs of GUT and the full cost of
bringing the teachers to Grenada and maintaining them here is
met by the Federation.
As to the method in which the courses are handled, Mrs Lawson
said each course has a Canadian and a Grenadian co-tutor.
Courses taught this year were Metric Mathematics, Administration,
Science, Language, Arts and Reading.
Two persons on the Canadian team are Westindians now resident
in Canada. "Judy Cazemier and Selwyn Lewis both grew up
in San Fernando, Trinidad", said Mrs Lawson, "and they were a
great help to those of us who are not familiar with the
Caribbean because they know a lot of little things one really
The team first arrived in Grenada on July 10th and they leave for
Canada on Saturday (20th).
INTERNATIONAL SCOUT COMMISSIONER VISITS
Sir Marc Noble Bart., International Commissioner of Scout
Associations in the United Kingdom, visited Grenada from lith
to 15th August.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on Sunday (14th)
Sir Marc said this was not his first visit to Grenada. Some
years ago he had visited the island on personal buFiness but
this was his first visit since he joined the Scout Movement five
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Asked whether his position in the Movement corresponded to that
of the Chief Scout of the Commonwealth, Sir Marc qaid there was
no longer such a post. "My position is really that of
International Commissioner of Associations", he said, "and that
is the person who is responsible for relationships outside his
Sir Marc said there were 11 different countries in the world
which are members of the World Scout Conference, and each of
these countries would have its own International Commissioner
who deals with relationships between his Association and the
"In the case of the United Kingdom", he said, "we have divided
the world into two. Our International Commissioner deals only
with the foreign countries while the Commonwealth Commissioner
fulfils the same function for Commonwealth Obuntries."
In his own case, Sir Marc said, he had an additional specific
role to look after and be responsible for the 26 Overseas Branches
of the Scout Association based in London. "Grenada is one of
these Overseas Branches", he said, "and, basically, that's the
reason why I'm here."
Sir Marc's trip began on July 13th when he left England for
Montreal where he attended a World Scout Conference. Leaving
on 24th July, he visited Belize and the Turks & Caicoa Islands
before going to Jamaica to attend a Scout Chief Commissioner's
Conference. He arrived in Grenada on August 11th and
returned to London on August 15th.
During his stay in Grenada, Sir Marc was the guest of Governor
General Sir Leo deGale and Lady deGale.
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PIERRE ILL NEGOTIATIONS DELAYED
The negotiations between the -irenada Shipping Agents (GBA) and
the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) over a cost-of-
living allowance have been delayed. NEWSLiTTER learned
today (18th) that Mr Eric Pierre, Secretary of the Union and
chief negotiator, has been ill for the past two weeks and
entered hospital a few days ago for a minor operation.
After negotiations dating back to last December, GSA and SWWU
have agreed on a 15% cost-of-living allowance, but the date
for implementation of this allowance is still in dispute.
GSA have proposed July st 1977 as the date for implementation
while SWWU would like the allowance paid with effect from
January 1st 1977.
The S S "Geestcrest" sailed on August 16th with 18,383 boxes
of bananas weighing 555,426 Ibs. Geest Industries paid
30.035 EC! per pound, making a total of ECj166,822.19. The
price paid to the growers by the Grenada Cooperative Banana
Society was 14.0 ECO per pound on the weight of bananas
received at the boxing plants, but this figure is not yet
available. 'here were 585 boxes of rejected fruit.
The weight shipped by the "Geestland" on August 9th was
675,905 Iba and the amount weighed at the boxing plants was
709,191. Ibs, making a difference of 33,286 lbs between the
boxing plant weight and the shipped weight.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
During the week ending August 13th, there were two cruise
liner calls at Grenada. The "Cunard Countess" arrived on
Tuesday 9th with 766 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" berthed
on Saturday 13th wit 803 passengers.
Alieter Hughes 19th August 1977