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THE GRILADA MN WSLMTTk
For The Week Ending December 31at 1977
PRIME MINISTER GAIRY TO CONTRIBUTE TO SCIENCE
Notwithstanding the fact that he is a politician, Prime minister
Gairy has a significant contribution to make in the field of
science with regard to the work he is doing in the sphere of
Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO).
According to a broadcast over Radio Grenada today (29th), this
opinion was expressed by Mr Gairy at a party for his staff held on
the 28th, and the Prime Minister is quoted further as saying that
his contribution to science will lend freshness in maskind'a
scientific efforts in the 20th century, especially as he is
making the entire world more informed than ever before on the
techniques of UFOs.
Mr Gairy said that beings from other worlds will come to earth to
save man from total collapse, and the Prime Minister said also
that he had found a way to harness the mental eand intellectual
faculties of man. It was for this reason, he said, that he had
been able to accomplish so much for so many in such a short time.
CDB LOAN FOR GRENADA
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has conditionally approved a
loan of US$112,510.00 to the Grand Bacolet Estates Ltd "to assist
in financing the expansion of its acreages under banana, cocoa
and nutmeg cultivation and the rehabilitation of some of its
This information is given in a CDB press release dated December
21st in which it is stated that this loan, together with others,
was approved at the 44th meeting of CDB's Board of Directors on
19th and 20th Veoember.
ELhCTION PETITION POSTPONED SINE DIE
The Election petition of Dr Rupert Japal of the opposition
Pe''-.-le' Alliance against Mr Albert Forsythe of the ruling
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Grenada United Labour Party, originally set down for hearing on
December 5th, has been postponed sine die.
This petition is based on arguments similar to the Election
petition of Mr Kenrick Radix against Mrs Cynthia Gdiry. Mr Radix'
petition was heard earlier this year and zMr Justice Archibald Nedd
delivered his Judgement on September"16th in favour of Mrs Gairy.
Mir Radix appealed and this appeal is to be heard when the Appeal
Court sits in Grenada on January 24th.
Inasmuch as the grounds of the Japal Petition are similar to those
of the Radix Potition (both seeming to stand principally on the
validity of the Election Lists), the Japal Petition will not be
heard until after the Court of Appeal has delivered its Judgement
ii the Radix case.
Dittings of the one-man Arbitration Tribunal in the industrial
dispute between the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union and
Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd have been postponed to Tuesday
The matter to be settled by the Tribunal is whether the dismissals
by the Company of seven employees is in keeping with the terms
of the Agreement between the Company and the Union and, when the
Arbitrator, Mr Justice Elwin St.Bernard, first sat on December
19th, it was agreed between Counsel for the two sides that, before
any evidence was taken, a document of agreed points should be
drawn up. This document Was to be ready in time for a
sitting on December 28th.
When the Tribunal sat on that date, however, Counsel for the
Company, Mr Carol Bristol, was ill and a new date for the sitting
was fixed for January 3rd.
Counsel for the Union, Mr Lloyd Noel, told N.MLaBLETTER today (29th)
that the document of agreed points has been drawn up and is now
.n the Arbitrator's hands.
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YACHT CLUB STAGES MEMORIAL RACE
The Grenada Yacht Club has organized a race to honour the memory.
of an American, Carl Schuster, who lost his life in tragic
circumstances last June, Schuster, a popular yachtsman and
resident of Grenada for many years, was murdered in his yacht
"Zig Zag" as it lay at anchor in Cumberland Bay on St.Vincent's
west coast. His body was buried at sea off Grenada on June
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER yesterday (28th),
Mr Ron Smith, Chairman of the Racing Committee of the Grenada
Yacht Club, said that, on January 7th, the Club will run the Carl
Schuster Memorial Race to honour the memory of the murdered man.
"Carl was extremely popular", said ir Smith, "and we see this race
as an opportunity for his sailing friends to honour his memory in
a way Carl himself would have appreciated."
The Carl Schuster Memorial Race will start at Lance aux Epines on
Grenada's south coast and, after the boats have rounded Point
Saline, the island's southernmost point, they will beat northwards
to Halifax Harbour, about half-way up the weat coast, before
running south again to finish in St.Georges Herbour.
The week-end of 7th/8th January will see also the annual staging
of the Round Grenada Race. Completely circum-navigating the
island, this race is about 70 miles long and produces a wide
variety of wind and sea conditions. The Round Grenada Race was
instituted in 1969 and the record, established in 1970, is held by
the yacht "Bolero" at 6 hours 20 minutes. Last year's winner
was the Canadian yacht "Scarlet Shammock" with a time of 7 hours
'he S S "Geestatar" sailed on December 20th with 20,035 boxes of
bananas weighing 599,030 lbs. The price paid by Geest
Industries. Ltd to the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society is not
yet available but the Society paid growers ECW 14 per pound on the
wei.rht (of fruit received at the boxing plants. The boxing
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plant weight is not yet available. There were 522 boxes of
The S S "Geestorest" sailed on December 28th with 20,101 boxes
i.f bananas weighing 605,069 lbs. The price paid by Geest to
the Society is not yet available but the Society paid growers
ECO 14 on the boxing plant weight "which is not yet available.
There were 377 boxes of rejected fruit.
The price paid by Geest on the shipment of December 13th was
For purposes of record, statistics still to be had are :-
hinmhent of December 13th '.he boxing plant weight.
Shipments of December 20th & 28th The prices paid by Geest and
the boxing plant weights.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending December 24th, the following cruise
liners called at Grenada :-
20th Cunard Countess 742 Passengers
22nd Jupiter **
22nd Stella Oceania 201 do. />
23rd Dalmacija 287 do. 6"')
24th Sun Viking 795 do. f
24th Italia 481 do. (/
** Information not yet available.
_AIRY RLPRlMANDS UNCORPORATIVE CHURCHES
Delegations from seven Churches in frenada were summoned to
attend a meeting of Cabinet on December 7th and were severely
repremanded by Prime Minister Gairy for not taking part in the
'pilgrimage' he had organised on Thursday 24th November.
In a letter dated 30th November addressed to these Churches,
it is said that Government views with grave concern their non-
participation in this event, and it is stated that "it was
expected that every Faith and Church operating in the Otate
would participate in thanking God for his blessings to the Nation."
.I am to remind you", said the letter, "that Government has
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ensured that Freedom of WorshiAn Gronada is enshrined in the
Constitution and Government co-operates in many ways with the.
Churches by granting Work Permits without charge, Marriage
Licences and Extensions of Stay where visiting clergy are involved
in the work of their Churches. It is expected that
reciprocally the Church will co-operate and support any National
It is reported that some Clergymen attending this Cabinet meeting
raised with Prime Minister Gairy the matter of Freedom of Worshbi
and, under this Freedom, claimed the right to attend or not to
attend such events as a Government organised 'pilgrimage'. "I
will not tell you on which day of the week you should worship",
said Mr Gairy, "or how you should worship, but Freedom of Worship
does not include the right of any Church to decide not to
participate in any National exercise."
It was made clear to these Clergymen that Government "found it
difficult to reconcile" non-participation in the 'pilgrimage'
when its 'stated objectives" are considered, and it was pointed
out that the attitude of certain Churches "may be construed to
some extent as a departure from the co-operation traditionally
existing between Church and State in Grenada and which is very
relevant to the furtherance of National spiritual development."
CARNIVAL CONTROVERSY SETTLED
The controversy over the date on which Grenada's 1978 Carnival
celebrations will be staged has been cleared up, but there are
still sone question narke hovering over the reign of the "Merry
At a press conference last month, the diinister of Information,
OSnator Henry Bullen, announced that, instead of Carnival being
celebrated as usual on the two days before Ash Wednesday,
Government proposed to shift Carnival to Easter monday and Tuesday.
The reason given for this was that, as Grenada's Independence Day,
February 7th, falls on Carnival Tuesday next year, it Was
thoriht appropriate to have Carnival during the Easter Water
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The Churches in Grenada objected to thie move as it was felt
that the Carnival activities would interfere with Lenten
cbssrvances. Particularly, 4it was thought, the-Holy Week
observances would be disturbed and this point was made very
strongly to Prime Minister Gairy.
The Grenada Conference of Churches had several meetings with
the Prime Minister to discuss the matter and, at a meeting on
December 19th, Mr Gairy promised to reconsider his decision.
In this connection, on December 23rd, he advised the Chairman
nf the Contereuce of Churches, the Roman Catholic Bishop of
irenada, Bishop Sydney Charles, that he would respect the wishes
of Church Lboders and not schedule Carnival for Easter next year.
jwever, some doubt still exists as to what will be done about
.h. clash of dates between Carnival Tuesday and Independence
nay, both of which fall on February 7th. A Government
announcement is expected.
As you have been advised, this is not only the last issue of
NEWSLETTER for 1977 but the last for some four months.
Resumption of publication is looked forward to and, in the
mean time, suggestions from subscribers as to how the interest
content of NEWSLETTIR can be enhanced, would be appreciated.
Way the New Year bring -us all peace.
3 December .1977