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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Allster Hughes
P o Box 65

For the week ending October lat 1977

Two senior officers of the Grenada Defence Force are now in Chile

for training. These officers are Mr Fitz Abraham and Mr Leon

La Crette and, up to the time of going to press, their ranks in

the Defence Force could not be ascertained nor could any

information be had as to how long they will be in Chile.

Since Prime Minister Gairy visited Chile during the holding of

the General Assembly of the Organisation of American States in

that country last year, there have been growing reports of

increasing relations between Grenada and Chile. These reports

were confirmed in August when, in an exclusive interview with

NEWSLETTER, Lieutenant Commander Gaston Vidal of the Chilean

Navy disclosed that the Governments of Grenada and Chile were then

considering the proposal that members of the Grenada Police Force

be trained at the Police Acadaey at Santiago, Chile.

Lieutenant Commander Vidal was, at the time, on the Chilean naval

training ship "Eameralda" which was then on a visit to Grenada.

In his interview with NEhSLETTER, Mr Vidal, who is the Public

Relations Officer of the "Esmeralda", said a team of medical

officers and agricultural experts from Chile had already visited

Grenada as part of a technical assistance programme to Grenada.

These growing ties between Chile and Grenada have caused local

concern because of reports of Amnesty International and the

Organisation of American States of the use of torture, murder and

"disappearances" as official policy of the military Government of

General Augusto pinochet. Protests have been voiced by. the

Grenada Council fortHuman Rights and sections of the Trade Union

Movement, but there has been no reaction by the 'renada


A reliable source reports that two members of the Royal Grenada

Police Force are soon to join Messsr Abraham and La Crette in
f- (401 WO-nr)

Alister Hughes
Pape 2


The Execution Orders of six men who were to be hanged in Grenada

have been stayed. This was disclosed to NEWSLETTER today (30th)

by a source close to the Prison Authorities, and the information

was also given that these stays have been granted "because of

appeals to the Privy Council."

The six men are Charles Ferguson, convicted for the murder of

Roy Donald in 1974, and Leonard "Precious" Stewart, Dennis "Kay-

Kay" Viechweg, Renard "Machete" Frederick and Cecil Boyke, all

convicted for the murder of Bernadette John in September last

year. Ferguson and Stewart were due to be hanged yesterday

(29th) and the others on October 6th.

On Tuesday (27th), Mr Lloyd Noel, Counsel for Ferguson, received

a cable from the London based firm of Solicitors, Messrs Seifert

Sehley & Co, advising that application had been lodged for

permission to appeal to the Privy Counsel. In an exclusive

interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr Noel said that, as a matter of

urgency, these Solicitors have consulted legal Counsel in the

matter and he was awaiting further advices from London.

"I have since confirmed with the Registrar of the Supreme Court

and the Superintendent of Prisons that Perguson's execution has

been stayed", Mr Noel said, "but I still have to be advised as

to when the Privy Council will hear the appeal."

Legal appearances for the defence were Messrs Herbert Squires,

Christian St.Louis, Hudson Ocipio and Wilberforce Nyack, but

none of thesebsritto-st-i~- -Rw could be contacted today (30th)

to discover whether their clients have also applied for leave

to appeal to the Privy Council.
According to confidential instructions issued to the Superintendent

of Prisons, the working of the scaffold must be tested a week

before any scheduled execution. Detailed instructions for

this have been issued including the stretching of the rope with

a bag of sand equal in weight to that of the condemned man.

'he Fstrnn on the rope must be of a foece of "not more than

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1,000 foot pounds", and a "Table of Drops" for various weights of

condemned person is given. These vary from a drop of 8 feet

6 inches for a person of 118 Ibs weight to a drop of 5 feet for

one of 200 lbs. The "Table" states that "the length of the

drop may usually be calculated by dividing 1,000 foot-pounds by

the weight of the culprit and his clothing in pounds, which will

give the length of the drop in feet, but no drop shall exceed 8

feet 6 inches." "Death by hanging", say the instructions,

"ought to result from dislocation of the neck."

After the execution, the body is to hang for one hour and then

"detached from the rope and removed to the place set aside for the

Coroner's inspection. In laying out the body for the inqueat,

the head will be raised three inches by placing a small piece of

wood under it."

Today (30th), NEWSLETTER asked the Superintendent of Prisons,

Mr Francis Jones, how many persons are now in 'death row', but

Mr Jones declined to give this information. It is understood,
however, that there are eleven men now awaiting execution.

(515 word)


Sixty-Seven pallets of bananas with 4,826 boxes of fruit were

left on the docks at St.George. when the "Geeattide" sailed from

Grenade on Tuesday September 20th,

The weekly banana boat sent by Messrs Geest Industries Ltd

usually arrives here on Monday morning and, after discharging

cargo, begins to load bananas on Tuesday morning. During the

period of the go-slow resulting from the dispute between the

Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and the Grenada shipping

Agents (GSA), thesboat have not carried cargo for this port and

have arrived on Tuesday mornings.

In the week ending September 24th, because of delays resulting

from repairs which had to be made in Barbados, the "Geesttide"

did not arrive until the afternoon of Tuesday 20th and loading

of banana did not begin until 3.09 pm. At 11.00 pm, however,
when there was still a considerable quantity of fruit still on

Alister Hughes,
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Por week ending 1.10.77

the pier, the dock workers stopped loading.

This was in accordance with the terms of the contract betvreen

SWWU and Geest Industries Ltd and, normally, at this hour, -hen

there is fruit still to be loaded, a special arrangement is

negotiated for payment of the workers. On this occasion,

however, in spite of discussions between representatives of

S'W\YU and Geest Industries, no arrangement could be arrived at

and the ship sailed that night without the fruit.

At the time of this incident, the go-slow on the docks (which

did not affect the loading of bananas) was still in effect, and

a source close to SWWU told NEWVSLETTER today (30th) that the

"reluctance" of the dock workers to reach an agreement with Geest

was "probably a spill-over of the tensions which existed then

between SWWU and the Grenada Shipping Agents". The Chairman

of GSA, Mr Lloyd Benjamin, is also Manager of Geest Industries Ltd

in Grenada, and the opportunity may have been taken to stick to

the letter of the contract with Geeat in order to exert indirect

pressure on GSA.

A reliable source told NIWdLETTER today (30th) that the value

of the bananas left on the docks was EC$1,538.19, which loss,

according to the contract between Geest and the Grenada Banana

C6operative Society, must be borne by Geest. It is

understood, however, that talks have taken place between Geest

and the Society with a view to sharing this loss.
(389 words)


According to a statement published in the Grenada Government Gazette

of September 23rd, assets held by the East Caribbean Currency

Authority at 30th June 1977 were EC$194,363,255.00 This shows a

decrease as compared with assets of EC4197,196,823.00 held at 31st

May 1977.

The Assets at 31st dune are made up of Internal Assets totalling

EC$164,749,861.00 and External Assets of EC$29,613,394.00.
Those Assets are balanced by Demand Liabilities of EC$72,151,533.00,

Bankers Deposits EC$106,022,596.00, General reservee ECt7,193,741.00,

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Special Reserve ibc3,093,120.00 and Other Liabilities


The Demand Liabilities are made up of Notes in Circulation

EC$58,675,236.00, Coin in Circulation EC#6,381,966.00, Bankers
Balances B0$6,869,358.00, Unpresented Cheques EC$29,463.00 and

International Organiestions EC4195,510.00
(146 words)

Mr Royston La Hay, President of the Grenada Basket Ball
Association, told NEWSLETTER today that a team from Dawson

College,Quebec will tour Grenada towards the end of this year.

Mr La Hay said this tour is as a result of correspondence
addressed to the Secretary of his Association, Mr York Marryahow,

by Mr Ferron Lowe, Public Relations Officer for the Dawson

College Basket Ball Team, and the Canadian team is expected to be

in Grenada from about December 26th to January 12th.

Mr Lowe is a Grenadian now studying at Daweon College and he was

formerly the Public Relations Officer of the Grenada Basket Ball


The Grenada national team were favouritee to win the Windward

Island Basket Ball Tournament scheduled to take place in Grenada

last month, but, because St.Vincent and Dominion were unable to

come, there were just a series of matches between Grenada and

St.Lucia. The St.Lucians were no.match for the Grenadians and

when the Arime League sent a team to Grenada shortly after, the

defeat of the visitors gave great hope that the Grenada team will

make a good showing against the Canadians. The Arima League

is based in Trinidad.

"The opportunity to play the team from Dawson is a great chance

for the Grenada aquad to show its mettle", said President La Hay,

and I feel sure th t we shall learn a great deal from the

The Dawson College/ Grenada tournament will cover six mstchea.

/F 1- ,4 (237 words)

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The S S "Geeststar" sailed on September 27th with 14,752 boxes

of bananas weighing 439,904 Ibs. Geest Industries Ltd paid

the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) 31.076 EC0 per
I)ound making a total of EC$136,704.56. The price paid to

growers by GBCS was 15 ECO per pound on the weight of bananas
received at the boxing plants, but this figure is not yet

available. There were 1,056 boxes of rejected fruit.

The weight shipped by "Geesttide" on September 20th was

504,263 lbs and the weight weighed in at the boxing plant was
526,690 Ibs, making a difference of 22,427 Ibs between boxing
plant weight and shipped weight.
(98 words)

During the week ending September 24th, two cruise liners called
at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Thesday 20th

with 621 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" on Saturday 24th
with 695 passengers.
(33 words)

A source close to the Grenada Technical & Allied Workers Union

(TAWU) told NEWSI&TTER today (30th) that the Union has submitted
proposals to Messrs Grenada Electricity Services for consideration.

These proposals were submitted yesterday (29th) in accordance

with the terms of the contract between TAWU and Grenada electricity
Services, in that proposals must be submitted by the Union three
months before the existing contract expires.

Tne existing contract expires on Oecember 31st.
(71 words)

epteer he
30th September 1977

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