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THE GRENADA ANEWkTTiR
For the week ending October 8th 1977
YSTERIOUS MEDICAL SUPPLIES
The arrival of a Hercules transport of the Chilean Army has
created much speculation in Grenada. This plane, carrying the
registration number '995' and covered with camouflage paint,
touched down at pearls Airport at 11.08 am last Sunday (2nd).
For more than a month there had been reports from reliable
sources that this plane was expected. At least on one oce.ason
vehicles of the Royal Grenada Police Force awaited it long after
dark and, as the airport is not equipped for night flying, it
appeared that a night landing with the help of automobile
headlights might have been contemplated.
When the aircraft did arrive eventually, however, it was in the
bright sunlight of a Sunday morning. During the next hour or
so, 15 men disembarked and went directly to the VIp lounge from
which they emerged to be taken away by waiting official care.
Passengers in the airport terminal building also saw the loading
bay of the Hercules opened and 10 cases made ready to be landed.
Nine of these oasee each measured approximately 4' 6" by 3' by 2',
and they were marked, "Ministry of Health (Chile) To General
Hospital Saint George (Grenada), Medical Supplies." The tenth
case was somewhat smaller. After some delay, a Government
owned van arrived and, backing up to the aircraft, was loaded
with the consignment of 10 cases.
It is not known where these cases were taken in crenada, but,
contacted op the telephone the following day, the Acting Chief
Medical Officer, Dr Leonard Commissiong, said he waO not expecting
and had nor received any medical supplies from Chile.
Dr Commission said he expected medical supplies from Venezuela.
He wondered whether the Chilean plane had brought the Venezuelan
medical supplies and he suggested a check with the Medical Store
Keeper. When asked, however, the Storekeeper said he had~not
received any supplies from either Venezuela or Chile.
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The iead of the Grenada Defence Poroe, Lieutenant Colonel Winston
Massanto was then contacted and asked whether the consignment from
the Chilean Army plane had been for his Command. The
Lieutenant Colonel, however, declined to comment. "All
information relative to the Army is restricted", he said.
NEWSLETTER called the Ministry of hcternal Affairs and tried to
get information concerning this consignment of medical supplies.
Mr Henry Bullen, permanent secretary in this Ministry, was asked
if he could give the purpose of the visit of the Chilean plane
to Grenada, what the 15 men planned to do here, how long they
planned to stay and what was in the 10 cases marked "Medical
Supplies." Mr Bullen declined to give any information.
The Chilean aircraft flew out of Urenada at 10.45 am on Monday,
bound for the United States of America. It could not be
ascertained how many of the 15 men were left behind when the
plane took off.
APPEAL COURT RESERVES NUTMEG DECISION
On Tuesday of this week (4th), the Court of Appeal began its
hearing of the Appeal brought by Government against the judgement
of Mr Justice Archibald Nedd in the suit filed by Mr P J Archibald
and members of the dissolved, elected Nutmeg Board against the
Government of Grenada.
This suit arises from the Order issued by Governor General
Sir Leo deGale on July 4th 1975 dissolving the elected Nutmeg
Board. Among other things, it was argued before Mr Nedd on
behalf of the dissolved Board that this Order is null and void.
It was also argued that the Order had deprived the elected
Board of their property and had infringed their right to
freedom of assembly.
Delivering his judgement on July 29th, Mr Justice Nedd did not
agree that the Applicants had been deprived of their property.
He said the law speaks of the "Association's property" which
is not the property of individual members. Mr Nedd did find,
-Lever*,tnat the right of assembly of the Applicants had been
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infringed and that the Dissolution Order was null and void.
He considered this Order 'bad law'.
The Court of Appeal hearing this matter was comprised of Sir
Maurice Davis, Chief Justice of Grenada, Mr Justice Elvin
St.Bernard and Mr Justice Neville Berridge. Arguing the case
for the elected, dissolved Board, Mr Allan Alexander (of Trinidad)
expressed the view that the Dissolution Order was ultra vires the
Nutmeg Industry Ordinance. Mr Alexander argued also that the
Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg associationn was a private organisation
and that its members were entitled to compensation for having
their property illegally taken away.
Presenting the case for Government, Senator Derek Knight quoted
several sections of the Nutmeg Industry Ordinance in support of
his arguments that the Nutmeg Association is not a producers
association but an organisation which is intended to protect the
interests of the Nutmeg Industry. Replying to Mr Alexander's
contention that natural justice had been violated when the elected
Nutmeg Board had not been given an opportunity to offer a defence
against any charges laid against it, Senator Knight put forward
the view that Parliament may infringe the rloes of natural justice
as long as that infringement does not violate the Constitution.
At the end of Senator Knight's address today (6th) which marked
the conclusion of the hearing the President of the Appeal Court,
Sir Maurice Davis, announced that judgement would be reserved.
Senator Knight then asked that thea8tay of Execution issued after
Mr Nedd'b judgement should remain in force until the judgement of
the Appeal Court is delivered.
Mr Alexander objected to this. He said that the basis on which
Courts of Appeal grant such Stays of Execution was on grounds put
forward by the Appellant (in this case, the Government), to show
that, if the Stay was not granted, and if the Appellant won the
case, then the judgement in the Appellant's favour would be
meaningless. Mr Alexander said Senator Knight had put forward
no such grounds and he (Mr Alexander) could not see that such
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Speaking for the Court, Mr Justice St.Bernard said that, despite
Mr Alexander's submissions, the Court was of the view that the
better prooeedure was to extend the Stay of Execution until
judgement has been delivered.
No indication was given as to when this judgement may be expected.
TOURIST WINTER CRUISE SEASON OPENS.
The visit of the 'Cunard Countess" on Tuesday (4th) of this week
marked the official opening of Grenada's 1977/78 Winter Cruise Season.
The Season ends on May Mat 1978 and, during this period, 185 cruise
ships are expected to call, an increase of 32 over the 1976/77 figure
There will be, however, no dramatic increase in the number of cruise
liner calls until the last week in December when 11 ships are
expected. During the 'off' Season, the island has had one or two
cruise ships call every week, notably the "Cunard Countess" which is a
regular caller and, except for slight increases during November, this
weekly average will continue until the latter half of December. Prom
that time until the end of the Season, there will be an average of
well over six calls per week.
According to statistics published by the Grenada Tourist Board,
86,500 cruise liner passengers visited Grenada during the 1976/77
cruise liner season, and it is expected thet the current season will
register a considerable increase over this figure.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (7th), Mrs Gertrude
Protain, Executive Secretary of the Tourist Board, said the "Queen
Elizabeth 11" will pay 2 visits to Grenada during the season and that
Grenada's sister-island, Carriacou, will have 6 cruise liner calls
this season. "'This will have a favourable impact on Carriaoou",
said Mrs Protain, "and the whole favourable aspect of our Winter
Cruise Season is a reflection of an encouraging upsurge of interest,
not only in Carriacou, but in Grenada generally."
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J B RENWICK PASSES ON
NEWSLETTER regrets to record the death today (6th) of John Byron
Renwick, well known Grenadian, solicitor and landed proprietor.
Born on 27th August 1896, J B Renw.iek was educated 'at the pGenada
Boys' Secondary School and served during World War I with both the
British 'vest Indies Regiment and the British Lxpeditionary Force,
seeing service in Egypt and Palestine.
Serving in Local Government on the St.Georges District Board, and
at various times as both a Nominated Member and an Elected Member
of the Legislature, and as a Member of the Executive Council,
J B Renwick also served on numerous other Bodies, Oommittees and
Boards. perhaps, however, he is best known as Grenada's
representative on the conferences which took place prior to the
establishment of the federationn of the West Indies, and as Vice-
president of the Senate of that Federation until its collapse in '
For some time, J B Renwick has not enjoyed good health; he died
at his residence at Lanse aux Epines, St.Georges, Grenada during
the early hours of this morning (6th). Among those left to
mourn are a son, Mr Justice John Barrymore Renwick, Puisne Judge
resident in St.Lucia, a daughter, Stella, wife of Senator
Dr Michael Beaubrun of Trinidad & Tobago, and a daughter, Dr Sonya
Renwick Humphreys of Barbados.
The funeral takes place tomorrow (7th)
A source close to the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union
disclosed to NEWSLETTER today (7th) that, with reference to the
demand made on Messrs Ceest Industries Ltd, buyers of Grenada's
bananas, for a cost of living allowance, proposals were submitted
to Geest by the Union on Tuesday October 4th.
The source said that a cost of living allowance of 15% payable
from October 1st 1977 had been proposed. Geest and the Union
have not yet met for discussions.
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For over a year, the ,renada Commercial & Industrial workere Union
(CIWU) and Messrs Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, one of the island's
largest firms, have been holding discussions relative to a demand
made by CIWU for a cost of living allowance.
A proposal for an allowance of 21% was first put forward by the
Union in August 1976, but this was unacceptable to Hubbards.
After several meetings, it was decided that the economist employed
by the Company should hold discussions with the Union's economist
and that a joint report should be made. A report was prepared
and this proposed a 15o allowance from August 1976, but the document
was signed by the Union's economist only.
bubsequently, Hubbards offered 70- from February 1st 1977 to 30th
September 1977, and 5< after that date. CIWU countered with
_fjo from August !st 1976 and 171 from Januay ist 1977. No
agreement was reached and the parties had two meetings with the
Labour Commissioner, one about a month ago and one yesterday (6th).
A CIWU spokesman told NJW8LITTER today (7th) that at yesterday's
meeting the Hubbards negotiating team expressed the opinion that,
if agreed to, the Union's proposals would "put the Company out of
business." It is understood that CIWU asked to see certain
documents relative to the Company's business and these have been
supplied. Another meeting has been scheduled for next week.
The S S "Geestland" sailed on October 4th with 17,041 boxes of
bananas weighing 506,825 Ibs. Geest Industries Ltd paid the
Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GCBS) 31.259 OEC per pound
making a total of EC$158,428.00. 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. here
were 618 boxes of rejected frlit.
The weight shipped by "Geeststar" on Seotember 27th was 439,904 Ibe
and the weight at the boxing plants was 470,397 Iba, making a
difference of 30,493 lbs between boxing plant weight and shipped
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
The "Cunard Countess" with 731 passengers on September 26th was the
only cruise liner calling I ngthe week ending October 1at.
Al Hughes 7th October 1977