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THE GRENADA NEWNSLTTER
For The Week Ending September 3rd 1977
GRENADIAN POLICEMEN TO BE TRAINED IN CHILE (?)
The Governments of Chile and Grenada are considering the proposal
that members of the Royal Grenada Police Force be trained at the
Police Academy at Santiago, Chile.
This was disclosed in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on
Monday (29th) by Lieutenant Commander Gaston Vidal, Public
Relations Officer of the Chilean naval training ship, "Esmeralds",
which arrived at Grenada on Saturday August 27th. Describing
the Acadamy as "highly technical", Mr Vidal said policemen from
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti and Paraguay are already being
trained in the institution and it was hoped that trainee policemen
from Grenada would also attend.
The Public Relations Officer said the training of policemen would
be an extension of technical aid already being given to Grenada.
"A few months ago a team of medical officers visited Grenada", he
said, "and agricultural experts also have been to the island."
The "Esmeralda", a 3,673 tonUhis*awt-lhas an overall length of
1t3 metres and her four towering spars carry a total sail area of
2,870 square metres. She is powered with a 1,500 horse power
diesel engine which drives her at 12 knots per hour. Under
full sail, "Eameralda" achieves a top speed of 17.5 knots.
Lieutenant Commander Vidal said the "Eameralda" sailed from
Valparaiso, Chile on January 15th under the command of Captain
Jorge J Davanzo, and with a complement of 340 men of which 88 are
Cadets from the Chilean Naval Acadamy. Rounding Cape Horn,
the ship's first port of call was Cape Town, South Africa. After
a stop at Durban, the ship visited Kenya, the Seychelles,
Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia before crossing the Suez Canal to
Turkey and Israel had both been visited when an accident caused a
change of plans which cut out several planned ports of call in
the Mediterranean. A collision with a Greek ship damaged
"E'meralda's" stern wand, while it was not considered serious~.
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Captain Davanzo decided to sail directly to GadJiz, pain for
From Cadiz, "Esmaralda" asiled southwards to the Canary Islands
and, at this point, another change was made in the ship's
sailing plan. Originally, the first port of call after
Droasing the Atlantic was to have been La Guaira in Venezuela,
but "Esmeralda" sailed instead to Grenada.
"'hen the Foreign Minister of Chile, Mr Patricio Carvajal Prado,
was in Grenada for the OAS Conference a few months ago", said
?r Vidal, "the Prime Minister of Grenada suggested to him that
"Esmeralds" should pass at Grenada because a mailing-ship has
sever visited the island. Our Foreign Minister enjoyed
himself very much in Grenada, and he passed on the invitation
Saus on the ship."
anortly after arriving at St.Georges on Saturday August 27th,
-*iptain Davanzo paid courtesy calls on Governor General Sir
.eo deGale and Prime Minister Gairy, and, that evening, the
-,overnor General and other officials were entertained at a dinner
:.arty on board.
.,a Tuesday 30th, a reception was held on board for some 100
;'fsts among whom were the Governor General and Prime Minister
.riry. A party of Ministers, Officials and friends was taken
:or a pleasure cruise on Wednesday 31st and "Esmeralda" wailed
that afternoon for Cartagena in Colombia.
After calls at four or five Central and South American ports
and, having crossed the Panama Canal, "Eomeralda" will return
to her home port ofV VWtiaiado with a navigated distance of
Z8,212 miles behind her on this training cruise. When she
drops anchor, her crew will have been away from home for 280
'icys, 76 of which will have been spent in port and the remainder
,-maeralda" was one of the flotilla of "tall ships" which took
pa~t in the United States Bicentennial celebrations last year.
Two Lundred and twenty-five sailing ships from 30 nations paraded up
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the Hudson River on July 4th and "Eameralda" had a spenal plane
as being among the 16 largest windjammers in the world which wire
in the parade.
In reporting the event, "Time" magazine said, '"It is an ugly
detail of the event that, according to a 1974 report from the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in the days following
the overthrow of Marxist President Salvador Allende, the
"Esmeralda" was used as a prison and torture chamber for political
prisoners held by the new military rulers. 'he Chilean
embassy in Washington denies the charge."
Commenting on the political situation in Chile, Lieutenant
Commander Vidal said that, "when the country was first relieved
trom the destructive power of Allende", it had been necessary to
jail several of Allende's supporters in the interest of national
security. Mr Vidal saia, however, that there are now no
political prisoners in Chile and that Amnesty International has
"There awe enemies of Chile who spread false propaganda about us",
he said, "and they state that Chile is not acceptable to the
nations of the world. The enthusiastic welcome "Esmeralda"
has had wherever we have visited is proof that this is untrue."
Speaking of the ship's visit to Grenada, Mr Vidal thought it
provided a foundation on which stronger links, could be forged
between Chile and Grenada. "The 'Eaneralda' is here to
increase friendly links and to know the people of Grenade", he
said, "we have found the people very friendly and we are looking
forward to strong links of friendship and cooperation between
Chile and Grenada."
PRESENCE OF CBILEAN SHIP PROTESTED
In a strongly worded press release on August 30th, the Grenada
Council for Human Rights protested the presence of the Chilean
Naval Training Ship "Esmeralda" at Grenada.
"The present Chilean regime, under the notorious President
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Pinochet, has been condemned by the United 'lNatonns general
Assembly, the Organisation of American States, Amnesty
International, the World Council of Churches and many other
Human Rights organizations throughout the world for its blatant
and relentless violations of human rights", the release said,
"we call upon the Grenada Government to never all ties with
the present Chilean Government and we urge all Human Rights
Organizations and other concerned Bodies throughout the
Caribbean and elsewhere, to support us in this stand."
In an exclusive interview with INEWXSLETTE on Wednesday (31st),
Dr Bernard Gittens, President of the Grenada Council for
Human Rights, expressed grave concern that the "Eameralda" was
berthed at St.Georges. "It is a flagrant insult to Grenadians.
that a Chilean naval ship should enjoy the hospitality of our
harbour", he said, "Grenadians are a friendly people but, if
:'e are to be part of the growing world movement for the protection
of human rights, we must protest, in the strongest terms, the
presence of this Chilean ship in our waters."
INJUNCTION SOUGHT NOT TO CALL GONA MEETINGS
iiEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the Interim Board of the Grenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) has filed a Writ in the High
Court seeking an Injunction against Mr P J Archibald to restrain him
from publishing notices of meetings of the Association.
In the local "Torchlight" newspaper, a notice signed by Mr Archibald
appeared on August 24th giving dates, times and places at which Area
Meetings would be held for the election of delegates to a GCNA
General Meeting on September 29th. However, in the next issue of
"Torchlight", the 28th, the Editor of the paper published an
announcement that Mr Archibald's notice had not been published with
the authority of GCHA.
On Friday 26bh, an official of GCNA had told NEWVSLETTER that the
Association had not published this notice and had not scheduled the
holnding of any meetings, and the Manager of GONA, Mr Robin Renwick,
Snfirmed to NEWSLETTER today (2nd) that the withdrawal of the notice
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from the "Torchlight" had been done at his request.
Mr Archibald is the Chairman of the elected Nutmeg Board
which was dissolved by Governor General Sir Leo deGale on
July 4th 1975. Mr Archibald and his Board were replaced by a
Government appointed Interim Board. The High Court ruled on
July 28th 1977 that Sir Leo's Disbolution Order was null and void
but, as a result of an appeal by Government against this ruling,
a Stay of Execution has been granted until the Appeal Court meets
towards the end of this month.
NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the Writ seeking an
injunction to restrain Mr Archibald from advertising meetings of
GCNA will be heard in Chambers on Monday (5th).
LABOUR COMMISSIONER AGAIN IN PICTURE
Ihe Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson, has, once more, been
brought into the dispute between the Seamen & Waterfront Workers
Union (SWWU) and the Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) over a cost of
Negotiations in this matter began last December when SWWU, using
1971 as a base year, demanded a cost of living increase which
varied between 35% and 40% covering different grades of worker.
After several meetings, GSA took the stand that wage increases
were paid in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and "the percentage increases
paid in those years were seen as fully accounting for the
decrease in the purchasing power of the dollar in the respective
.JWU could not accept this point of view, negotiations became
deadlocked and, in July, GSA referred the dispute to the Labour
Following examination of memoranda submitted by the economists
representing the two parties in the dispute, agreement was
reached that a cost of living allowance of 1.5% across the board
would be paid and accepted, There was again deadlock,
however, over the date from which this allowano: wc-uld be
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paid. The Union was adamant that it should be from Ist
January 1977 while GSA were firm that it should be from July
Crisis point was reached on 25th August when, in a letter to
GSA, SWWU stated that it wished to have the matter, settled
"not later than August 31st." Sources close to GSA said
further consideration had been given to the matter and it
was decided that it should be referred back to the Labqur
Commissioner for mediation.
The Labour Commissioner could not be reached today (2nd) for
information as to when he will call a meeting, nor were
Mr Lloyd Benjamin, Chairman of GSA or Mr Eric Pierre, Secretary
of SWWU, available for comment.
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PLRLIMENTARY CONPEtUNCE DELEGATON ANNOUNCED
''he Grenada Delegation to attend the 23rd Commonwealth Parliamentary
Conference opening in Ottawa on September 18th will be led by the
r'onourable George Hosten, Minister for Finance, Trade and Industry.
,.!.er members of the four-man delegation are, Senaor Roy St.John,
ti. Honourable H A Blaize and Mr Curtis Strachan, Secretary to the
Locording to a press release issued by Mr Strachan, Senator Derek
Knight will attend the Conference in his capacity as Regional
keoresentative for the West Indies, Central and South American
CRUISE LINER CALLS 1 -
there were two cruise liner calls at Grenada during the week
ending August 27th. thesee were the "Cunard Countess" on the
'3rd with 687 passengers and the "Sun Viking" on the 27th with
The S S "Geeststar" sailed on August 30th with 17488 boxes
of bananas weighing 527,216 Ibs. There wre 306 boxes
of rejected fruit and the price paid by the Grenada Banana
Cooperative Society to growers was 14 EC0 per pound on the
weight of fruit received at the boxing plants.
N;j.'SLETTER regrets that, at time of going to press, no
other statistics on this shipment are available. An
-'tort will be made to get these figures for inclusion in
..,e next issue of NEWSLE;$*]./ /7
2nd September 1977