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THe GR4ADQA IE7WVSiiERT'
oar The Week Ending December 2th 1977
CONTROVERSY OVER EASTER CARNiVAL
Heads of Churches in Grenada are concerned over a proposal by
Government to shift the celebration of Ca nival next year from its
accustomed place on the calendar. At a press conference on
November 9th, Minister of Information, Senator Henry Bullen,
announced that, instead of being celebrated on the Monday and
Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Carnival next year will be observed
on Easter Monday and Tuesday.
Senator Bullen said that, if Caenival is celebrated at the usual
time, it will conflict with Grenada's Independence celebrations
which are on February 7th. Ash Wednesday falls on Pebruary 8th
in 1978 and, normally, the two days of Carnival would be on
February 6th and 7th. "We see Canival to be more appropriate
with the Easter Water Parade", said Senator Sullen,..
Shortly after this, the Grenada Conference of ChurchBe (to which
belong the four main denominations, Roman Catholic, Anglican,
Methodist and Presbyterian) protected to Prime iiniater Gairy that
Carnival at Easter would interfere greatly with observances of
Holy Week. Mr Gairy assured the Churches that there would be
no Carnival Queen Contest, Steel Band Competitions or any of the
usual Crnival activities during Holy Week, but this does not seem
to have satiefie4 the Churches and there was growing feeling that
the entire Lenten observances would be disrupted.
U. Unalniouus ,
It is reliably reported that the Roman Catholic Clergy gave
consideration to the matter and came to the unanimous decIsion
that carnival at Easter is unacceptable. The Anglican Church
weft a step further and, last Sunday (18th), at the regular
'Sunday morning Communion Service at St.Georges Church, the
Agchdeacon of Grenadp, the Venerable Hoskins Huggins, put the
matter to. the congregation and asked whether they approved of
Carnival at Easter.
Thefe were resounding shouts of "NO 1" throughout the Church and
.a general risirg to the feet as the Archdegcon asked the
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congregation to stand as a mark of their disappoval,
on the evening of the niZ 9ay Bt a delegation from the
Conference of miia'ct Sia an dai'ncie with prime Minister Gair
: isdisa the matter Thil dlegatioin comprised the Roman
::tholio Bishop of Grenada, His Lordship Sydney Charles, the
Anglican Archdeacon of Grenada, the Venerable Hoskins Huggins,
tlh Superintendent of the Methodist Church in Grenada, everend
axYweli Thomas, the liinister-in-charge of the Presbyterian Church,
Reverend Michael Chandoa and Paster Clarence of the Baptist Church.
informedd sources say the Churchmen protested firmly to Prime
Minister Gairy over the proposed change of date for Carnival.
;.r Gairy felt, however, that there were other matters with which
the Church would be more fittingly concerned. He pointed, for
instance, to the mode of dress adopted by some young women
.Ittanding Church services, and said the Heads of Churches should
.,v outspoken in condemning immodesty.
This meeting with the Prime Minister was inconclusive and, on
Tuesday (20th), the Conference of Churches held another meeting
at which the situation was discussed. No release was issued
5ftor this meeting and it is understood that, at the request of
rt-i.e Minister Gairy, the Church Leaders will make no public
statement until Government makes an announcement on the matter.
fuformed sources say that announcement may be made today (23rd).
ONE-MAN TRIBUNAL BEGINS SITTINGS
Mr Justice Elwin St.Bernard of the Appeal Court of Grenada and
the Associated States was sworn in this morning (1,9th) before
Governor General Sir Leo deGale as the one-man Tribunal to
arbitrate the outstanding matter between the Commercial &
Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) and Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd.
Last October 21st, CIWU instituted a go-slow against Hubbards
in supportt of the Union's claim for a cost-of-living allowance.
..Areement was reached on October 27th over this claim, but thA
ac-slow was not called off becausee seven employees Epd been
dismsse, and the union claimed that the Company's action was
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tantamount to victimisation.
A deadlock resulted from this as the Company would not disua- the
dismissals until the go-slow was called off, and the Union would
not call off the go-slow until t p employees yere reinstated.
efforts by the Grenada Employers Federation, the Trade'Union
Council, the Labour Commissioner and the Minister for Labour all
proved unsuccessful in breaking the deadlock and, finally, it was
mutually agreed that the matter be put to arbitration.
Terms Of Reference
Following his swearing in, Mr Justice St.Bernard opened the
sitting of the arbitration at Parlianent Building. Mr Crol
Bristol appeared for Hubbarde while Mr LLoyd Noel represented
e IBr.., -and the Arbitrator- announced that his Terms of reference
"Tox- determine whether the dismissals during an Industrial
Dispute of the below listed employees were in keeping with
the terms of the collective Agreement between the Grenada
Commercial & Industrial Workers Union and Jonas Browne &
Hubbard (G'da) Limited on 26th May 1976, which Agreement
forms part of the terms and conditions of employment of the
The name, of the employees listed below are 'rank Strachen,
Martin Regis, Earl Andall, Marlon Croney, Teasa Copland, Bryce
Lander and Clifton Medford.
It was agreed between Counsel and the Arbitrator that, before any
evidence is taken, a document should be drawn up setting out the
points on which the two sides agree. It is expected rt this
document will be ready within a few days and sittings of the
Tribunal have been adjourned tft December 28th.
NUTIME BOARD CASE
The Government Gazette of December 16th carries a notice by Sir
Maurice Davis, Chief Justice of Grenada, to the effect that the
Court of Appeal will sit in Grenada on Janury 6th to deliver
Judgements with respect to certain cases from Antigua and Grenada.
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Among these Judgements are appeals made by the Attorney Gencral
of Grenada and the.members of the Government appointed Interim
3utmeg Board against the Judgement delivered by Mr Justice
Arch..bald Nedd in favour of the dissolved elected Nptmeg Board
f the. Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA)..
Tbe elected Board, under the chairmadship of Mr P J Archibald,
%as dptaolved by an Order of Governor General Sir Leo deGale on
July 4th .1975, and was replaced by a Government appointed Interim
Board chaired by Mr Claude Morrison. On october 8th 1975,
governmentt passed the Nutmeg Board (Disablution) Order (Validation)
?ct, but, claiming that the Dissolution Order was invalid, ultra
-.res and unconstitutional, the dissolved elected Board instituted
-sal proceedings on October 8th 1975.
-ie matter was first heard in the High Court on December slt 1975
and the case was concluded on April 9th 1976. Judgement was
reserved by Mr Justice Nedd and,r on July 28th 1977, was'given in
favour of the dissolved elected Board. .i Appeals were made
against this Judgement by both .the Attorney General, Mr Enest
John and the members of the Interim.Board, and these Appeals
vere heard during 4th to 6th October 1977. Judgements in these
Sters were reserved and will now be delivered on Friday 6th
AIR MARTINIQUE FLIES TO GRENADA
Air Martinique commenced scheduled flights to Grenada on Sunday
December 11th when their 16-seater Ti;L-Lafri~ aircraft touched
dvwn at Pearls airport. The present schedule calls for three
flights weekly, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Fort-de-
France at 12.00 noon, arriving at Grenada at 1.35 pm and returning
at 2.00 pm.
Local agents for Air. artinique are Messrs Winston A Massanto
& Co Ltd, and a spokesman for the Company said the return air-
fare to Martinique is EC$125.00. This is 50h6 of the charge
'ade by LIAT and it is expected that this advantage will be made
rf by passengers on tourist charter flights terminating at
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"At the prpeent time we are flying practically empty", said the
Company' spokesman, "but the reservations for next year are
building up and we expect that this air link will become very
Air Martinique has a scheduled stop at Union Island in the
Grenadines on both the down and up flights.
DISSATISFACTION A MONG NUTMEG PRODUCERS
Growing dissatisfaction among nutmeg producers over returns from
their produce surfaced on Sunday (18th) with publication in the
Grenada "Ta'chlight" newspaper of StA.ementa issued by theGrenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association to one producer for the years
1976 and 1977.
These rSteej9t ts w,-.' .t,, ;although.,tha.prodnoer delivered .
considerably more nutmegs and mace to the Assooiation in 1977
than he did in 1976, the additional money he received in 1977 was
significantly lower than what might have been expected, taking
into consideration the fact that market prices were considerably
higher in 1977 than they were in 1976.
In an exclusive interview today (23rd) with the Manager of the
Association, Mr Robin Renwick, NELWSTTER was told that any
dissatisfaction which exists among producers is as a result of a
misunderstanding of the operations of the Association. "Producers
are paid on the basis of the weight of their deliveries to the
'Association", he said, "and the rate per pound is based on the
s .o~. made during the current year. During 1977, producers
deliVered .netrly. seven million, pounds to..the Lsaociation. and on
this they were paid on, the -hasis loft-~ t5, million derived, from
the sale of just under six million pounds."
"In other words", the Manager continued, "the rate at which the
producer is paid results from dividing our sales by what the
producers deliver to the Association and, to take the matter to
the extreme, no matter what the producers deliver, if we sold
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nothing, producers would get nothing unless ',e draw on: oi reserves."
Mr Renwick went on to o3lain that the ratio of sales to deliveries
in 1976 was more favourable than in 1977, and it is for this
reasonn that some producers, not understanding the working of the
association felt that it was unusual that there had not been a
direct increase in remuneration based on the increased deliveries
im-uch had been made in 1977.
LOW BANANA YIELD NEXT YEAR (?1
According to a release (9.12.77) from the Communications Centre
of the Wineward Islands Banana Asaociation (WINBAN) in St.Lucia,
'low rainfal.. during the first half of 1977 has resulted in banana
plants now having a low internal supply of nitrogen, the main
Pood needed for rapid growth. The release says that samples
emittedted recently for analysis by WINBAN show that banana plants
generallyy have a very low reserve of nitrogen.
The release adv4Ies that nitrogenous fertilizer should be applied
now, "between the damaging heavy rains and the beginning of dry
weather" in order to build up the reserve of nitrogen in the
banana plants, "otherwise very low yields will be obtained next
NATIONAL COMMUNITY CHEST
According to .a circular dated December 6th, a group of prominent
persons have been selected to form a committee called the
"Inational Community Cheat."
'he circular states that "among the many problems of grave concern
to Dr the Rt. Hon. Sir Eric M Gairy and the Government of
--renada is the subject of the welfare of the Aged and less
fortunate especially that of the Needy Children of ~renada", and
the National Community Chest is expected to "assist in an organized
manner to help alleviate the sufferings of the poor and needy
G':Lldren of the State as well as the aged people who worked so
hard during their better years for the development of this
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"he Secretary of the National Coammunity Chest is a ia Marguerite
Preudhomme, Grenada's 1977 Carnival Queen, and the circular, -which
is signed by her, says the committee "is now endeavouring to
raise funds for these charitable causes by sponsoring a formal
Inaugural Ball which will be held at Governor-General's
Residence under the distinguished patronage of their Excellencies
Sir Leo and Lady deGale."
ine date of the Ball has not been given but the circular expresses
the opinion that "the standard of decorum over the years has
degenerated and it is hoped that such a function would tend to
revive and maintain some modicum of formality at least once a
year on ab occasion like this."
Tickets for the Ball coat ECf100.00 per couple and EC$60.00 for
FERGUSON GETS LEAVE TO APPEAL
According to Mr Lloyd Noel, Counsel for Charles Ferguson, now in
'death row' at R4ohmond Hill Prisons awaiting execution for the
murder of Roy Donald, leave has been granted for an appeal to be
made to the Privy Council.
Mr Noel received a cable to this effect on Monday (19th) from the
firm of Solicitors representing his client in London, '"esare
Seifert Sedley & Company. .The first hearing was held on
December 19th and a date is to be fixed fpr the. next hearing when
the Attorney General will have a representative present.
GAIRY'S DAUGHTER ADpITTED TO BAR
Miss Marcel Gairy, daughter of Prime Minister Eric Gairy and Mrsa
Cynthia Gairy, was admitted to the Grenada Bar on Tuesday (20th).
The petition for admission was presented by Mr E A Heyliger
before Mr Justice ArchibaLd Nedd. diss Gairy attained her
L.L.B. in 1975 at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the
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According to figures supplied by 'the local
378,807 tons of shipping called at Grenada
Jrlj to October 1977. The breakdown of
:' flag is :-
L9sa Tonnage Call
United Kingdom 237,989 40
Acrway 87,597 9
Wost Germany 21,933 5
holland 17,557 5
Greece 4,236 1
U.S.A. 2,827 1
Cyprus 1,975 1
Singapore 1,616 1
"Pnana 1,477 7
.Lberia 1,303 4
'uynna 297 _
:-oken down according to month,
M2ud i3 Tonnage
agents of Lloyds,
during the period
this figure according
these figures are :-
The noticeable drop in shipping during September is probably due
to the fact that, as a result of an industrial dispute, the
Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union instituted a go-slow on the
docks on September 5th, following which, several ships were
diverted from Grenada. The go-slow was called off on
On December 13th, the S S "Geesttide" sailed with 21,094 boxes
of bananas weighing 632,663 lbs. The price paid by Geest
Industries Ltd to the trenada Bahana Oooperative Society
'mBCS) is not yet available but GBCS paid producers ECO 14 pet
pnund on the weight of bananas at the boxing plants. This
eight is not yet available.
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No statistics are yet available for the shipment this week.
With reference to outstanding statistics, the boxing plant
weights on the shipments of November 22nd and 29th and December
5th are, respectively, 652,072 Ibs, 701,273 .Ibs and 564,860 lbs.
The price paid by Geest on the December 5th shipment was
For purposes of record, the following statistics, are still to be
Shipment of December 15th The price paid by Geest Industries
and the boxing plant weight.
ShiAment of December 20th The name of the ship, number of boxes,
weight, rejects, the price paid by Geest and the price paid by
GBCS to producers.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending December 17th, the following cruise liners
called at Brenada :-
Tuesday 13th Monarch Star 397 Passengers
During the week
Cunard Countess 697 Passengers
Angelina Lauro 359 Passengers
Golden Odesay 397 Passengers
ending December 10th, the Angelina Lauro carried
when she called on Wednesday 7th.
NEWSLETTER takes this opportunity to wish
all subscribers the joy which comes with
the true meaning of this happy eason.
23rd Decem er 1977