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For The Week Ending 29th A-ril 1978
FOR THE AsCORD
The Senior Editorial Course attended by the Editor was a worth-
while experience. Attendance at the Thomson Foundation
editorial Study Centre in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom was made
possible by a scholarship given by the Foundation and a monetary
grant from Christian Action for Development in The Caribbean
Thse jKiiol tales this opportunity to record his.indebtedness to
both tlh. Thomson Foundation and CADEC.
The course, which began on January 9th, was completed on March
21st. A Diploma was awarded.
During the Editor's absence until April 16th, NEWSLATTER was not
published. The last issue was for the week ending 31st
Deuejabor 1977 and this leaves a gap in the records of subscribers
'who wish to keep close touch with events in Grenada. To meet
this ne'iG ik,'in BLETTR will carry a resume of the more important
hs ipcniigs since January 1st.
It had been hoped that the resume would have been completed in
this first issue for 1978. However, the need to find facts
relative to "cold" news stories calls for much time and effort
and, as this issue goes, to press, research on some stories has not
yet been completed. As the facts of these stories are
establishc, Ntwo-ITTtt will report them in future issues.
T~i it!J # i/ii 7iIt 7 tr/thtf
BILMAR AdJASSINATED /
The lIonourable Innocent Belmar was assassinated on Wednesday 4th
January 1978. He was shot outside the 'Bamboo Bar' restaurant
at Adelphi (near Birch Grove about 10 miles from St.Georges.) and
died during the early hours of Thursday January 5th 1978.
THE GRENBASA KNh.aLjLTTI Week Fni np 2. 3,-7C
Belmar, aged 42, came to prominence in 1975 wth the publication
of the Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into "The
Breakdown of Law & Order and Police Brutality in Grenada". He
was then a member of the Grenada Police Force and commanded the
"Mongoose Gang" or "Police Aids" which, according to the Duffua
Commissioners, was "an unlawfully constituted body of men ....
,, whose qualification for service in many oases, particularly
asong the leaders, was their known disposition for violence and
R.cvie ing lsliar's behaviour and general conduct, the Duffas
Gomriaasionoer concluded he was a megalomaniac. They considered
him "totally unfitted for any position of authority" and
comramended that "he be removed from office in the Police Force
And be precluded from holding any office in the Public Service ...."
.-wever9 in a national Broadcast on Monday March 31st 1975,
Prime aninister Gairy said Belmar was "... the best policeman
*: 'nada had seen and known for a long time ..." Mr Gairy
sa-id olaer would be retired from the Police Force and he (Belmar)
nad indicated that "he might get involved in service to the people
through the Trade Union Movement and, possibly, in politics."
1;. Prime Minister was sure Belmar would be "most welcomed in
o-llowing his retirement, Belmar became involved in the affairs
cf Air Gairy'a trade union, the Grenada manual, Maritime &
Intellectual Workers Union. Then, contesting the General
Elections of December 7th 1976 on the ticket of Mr Gairy's
United Labour Party, Belmar won the St.Andrews North-East
constituency seat. Originally appointed a Minister of State,
Belmar was made, just a few hours before his death, Acting
Minister for Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries.
Tioree arrests have been made in connection with Belmer's murder.
aennedy Budblall, 24, on January 5th, Lauriston Wilson and
Lloyd John, both on January 12th. The Preliminary Inquiry
~-s set down to be heard in the Grenville Magistrate's Court on
January 17th before Magistrate I I Dunoan, but the Police did
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not bring the three accused to Court and the Inguiry did not
begin until Thesday March 7th. The presiding Magistrate
was Mr Nolan Jacobs.
Legal appearances for the accused were Mr Maurice Bishop for
Budhlall, Mr Lloyd Noel for John and Mr Kenrick Radix for Wilson.
Mr Nathaniel King of Trinidad appeared for the Crown.
Applications for separate trials for the accused/by Makistrate
Jacobs and submissions relative to the Magistrate's possible
bias were not accepted. (The Duffua Commissioners said of
Mr Jacobs, then the Solicitor General, that he had "......
... demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the duties of a law
officer of the Crown and acted with gross impropriety ...")
The Inquiry before Magistrate Jacobs ended on Friday March 17th
after 26 witnesses had testified. At the conclusion, Lloyd
John was freed and Budhlall and Wilson were remanded in custody to
appear at the June assizes.
In an interview reported in the Urenada "Torchlight" newspaper of
February 12th, Kenny Budhlall, brother of Kennedy Budhlall, said
when his brother was arrested on January 5th, he was "severely
beaten in public by policemen, members of the Defence Burce and
supporters of the Gairy regime."
Budhlall said his brother was taken unconscious to the Grenville
Police Station and was beaten there again when he regained
consciousness. 'he arrested man is alleged to have suffered
cuts in the head, body bruises, strained ankles and a suspected
broken rib. S
In his Independence Day speech on February 7th, Prime Minister
Gairy described Belmar as "a good parliamentarian, a good
policeman, a good tradeunionist, a good man." Mr Gairy said
Belmar's death was "unquestionably a direct outcome of the
introduction to our country of new and disruptive ideologies,
and the sale and distribution of Communist literature."
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The Prime minister said Belmar's ussaaination resulted fXm a
"new breed of crime" introduced into Grenada. "This new
breed of crime", he said, "necessarily warrants hard measures
and greater security."
The alleged scene of the murder, the "Bamboo Bar" restaurant,
was demolished during the week ending January 28th 1978 and has
been replaced by a new building.
i: -i.nent Belmar was buried at Birch Grove on Sunday 8th January
1~8S according to Roman Catholio rites.
GOVLRAMENT HlOjfTiILY PAID EiLOYKhAAC(TBEhP_.Cn5OHP3SE 4
Government monthly paid employees have accepted pay increases far
ealow those recommended by the Salaries Revision Commission. At
a meeting with Prime Minister Gairy on Thursday 2nd February, the
-.hee trade unions representing the workers agreed to a
.oja-romise of 554 increase for salary earners drawing less than
** per yecr, 30% for those receiving less than EC58628,
?- '20% for the top grades over CD$8628.
confrontation arose late last year when Government refused to
.aiplement the Report of the Government appointed Salary Revision
Coanidssion. That Report, which recommended increases from
.14*3 for the lowest grades to between 60% and 70% for the top
grades, was handed to Government on November 8th 1977.
The Prime Minister announced publicly then that the Report was
"wicked and malicious". The three unions representing the
workers, the *vil Service Association, the Grenada Union of
Teachers and the Technical & Allied Workers Union, were told
that Government rejected the Report and the Minister of Finance,
Mr George Hosten, invited the unions to discuss the Report with
him "as a basis for negotiation."
At a meeting on January 4th with representatives of the
business community, Prime Minister Gairy said the Government's
financial position would not allow implementation of the Salaries
o.ievision Report. "Over the last 10 years even more so
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since 1974'-" he said, "we have never been able to collect
sufficient revenue at the end of one month to meet our inescapable
commitments of salaries and wages."
Mr Gairy disclosed that, at the most, GovernMuent had been able to
collect between EC$800,000 and LC$900,000 only each month while
the wage bill was approximately tC0i .3 million,
Two days later (6th) the Prime Minister met with the uniona'
iHegotia~ing Teae and offered increases of. 25%, 15% and 10% 2or
the three categories of monthly paid employees. At a meetingg
c the unions or 7th, this offer was rejected as "unjust,
unacceptable and insulting", and a decision was taken to hold
meetings throughout the State to explain the unions' position to
the public. A further general meeting was fixed for January
Government issued a release on January 11th saying that separate
meetings had been held with the Police and Nurses and that these
bodies had accepted Government's offer. This was denied by
-le. .ncans and, when the General Meeting was held on Janury 21st,
a Resolution was passed fixing February 3rd as the deadline for
Government's agreement to implement the Salaries Revision Report.
February 6th was fixed as the date for strike action.
At this stage, the Grenada Christian Council, headed by Bishop
Sydney Charles of the Roman Catholic Church, came into the
picture. The Council met Prime Minister Gairy and had
discussions with the unions on Wednesday 25th January.
No agreement was reached, however, and, in a national broadcast
on January 27th, Mr Gairy warned Civil Servants that, if they
went on strike, there would be no guarantee of re-employment.
The Prime Minister said Government's final offer was 50T, 30% and
20. Pay sheets for January had been made up on this basis
and "those who do not want it can leave it."
At a public meeting at St.Georges market square on Sunday 29th
January, Mr Galry restated Government's stand in the matter.
THE GRENADA N"WSLlTTPR VWyek Tndinr ?9.4.78
On the following day (30th), five senior Civil Se-rvants received
death threats through the mail. The letters were identical
and said, "If you strike you dead." They were written in red
and they all carried the drawing of a star, the symbol of Mr Gairy's
Grenada United Labour Party.
The editor of the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper, Mr Albert Xavier,
,lso received a death threat. Shortly after 1.00 am on January
:test, Mr Xavier's wife answered the telephone to hear a male voice
cay, "Tell Xnvies we're coming with guns for his arse."
At a eating on Thursday February 2nd under the chairmanship of
Dishop Sydney Charles, the unions accepted the compromise of 55%,
5:'% ain: 20o for the low, middle and upper income brackets
respectively These increases are effective from ist January
.977. They also accepted an increase of 20% in travelling
allowances for 1977 and 50% for 1978.
S-i salaries of Government monthly paid employees are to be
oev-lwed in 1981.
NOLAN JACOBS APPOINTED SENIOR MAGISTRAIE 4
Mr Holan Jacobs has been made Senior Magistrate in Grenada with
effect from January lst 1978.
C-icr to this appointment, Mr Jacobs held the post of Permanent
Secretoay, Mijistry of Social Affairs, Community Development &
Cooperatives. At the time of the Duffus Commission of
liaquirY into the Breakdown of Law & Order and Police Brutality
i CGrenada, during 1973/74, he was Solicitor General.
In their Report, the Duffus Commissioners said Mr Jacobs was
"luite unfitted" for the responsible past of E.licitor General.
They said he pad "demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the duties
of a law officer of the Crown and acted with gross impropriety .."
',he Commissioners suggested that the Judicial & Legal Services
commissionn enquire into Mr Jacobs' conduct with a view to
-.tominining whether the Governor General should be advised to
THE GRPJADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 29.4.78
remove him from his office as Solicitor General.
The Duffus Report was published in Grenada on Friday March 7th
1975 and Mr Jacobs spoke to NEWSnETTER the following day. "The
Commissioners in their wisdom have recommended an inquiry into
my conduct", he said, "and I look forward to this investigation
which, I feel sure, will clear my name."
This investigation has not taken place. In a White Paper
on the Duffus Report produced by the Government of Grenada, it
was stated that "Mr Nolan Jacobs, Solicitor General, has been
transferred from his post as Solicitor General to the Prime
Minlstar's office, and the Commissioner's recommendation in this
?'s;Bect is no longer relevant."
Mr Jacoba' appointment as Senior Magistrate was made by Governor
General Sir Leo deGale acting on the advice of the Judibial and
Legal Services Commission.
ARBITRATOR RULES AGAINST DISMISSED WORKERS J
Jonaa; Crowne & Hubbard Ltd were winners in their dispute with
the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU).
In a decision dated 26th January 1978, Mr Justice Elwin L
St.Bernard, sitting as a one-man tribunal,-said the Company was
justified in sacking seven workers during a go-slow last year.
) ress workers' claims for a cost-of-living allowance, CIWU
launched a go-slow against Hubberds on October 21st 1977. On
Octoberr 28th, agreement was reached on the issue of the cost-of-
living allowance but, during the go-slow, seven workers had been
dismissed and CIWU refused to call off the go-slow until they .
wwere reinstated. The Company, on the other hand, refused to
discuss the dismissals until the go-slow was called off.
Efforts by the Grenada Employers Federation, the Trad6 Union
Council, the labour Commissioner and the Minister for Labour were
unsuccessful in breaking the deadlock and it was mutually agreed
to put the matter to arbitration.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 29.4.78
In his decision, Mr Justice St.Bernard said the union's call for
a go-slow amounted to an instruction to the workers to break their
contract of service with the Company. "The PreSident of the
union stated that the go-slow was a deliberate slowing down of
work whereby the output was reduced"',,the Arbitrator said. "I
asked about the wages and he said it would be the same. The
dismissals, were a direct result of the union's instructions to
ga-slow and the union was aware of this. It appears that the
thinking was, in fact the submission was made, that the workers
cannot be dismissed during industrial action."
"' ere is no such provision in the Agreement", the Arbitrator
tonhti. 'ed, "and it is a fundamental principle of law that a
person cannot both approbatee and reprobate', that is, claim to
take the benefit of a transaction or relation whilst at the same
time refusing to perform obligations imposed upon him. The
workers' behaviour amounted to wilful neglect and disobedience
and this is a repudiation of their contract of service under the
The Arbitrator found that the Company was justified in dismissing
tho seven persons and that the dismissals was "in accordance with
the terms of the Agreement during an industrial dispute."
CANCER CURE CLINIC OR KEEP-FIT CLUB ? /
Grenada's proposed Cancer Cure Clinic may turn out to be no
more than a keep-fit club.
In an interview with the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper in
January, Mr Peter Capella, Grenada's Tourism Representative
in Germany, said plans were well under way for a Cancer Cure
Clinic to be opened at the Grenada Holiday Inn.
But Senator Paul Slinger, Minister for Tourism, told NEWSLETTIE
today (24th) that there were many things about the project which
had to be clarified. "There was some talk about cancer", he
said, "but the clinic will not have anything to do with that. I
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believe it will have to do with fitness." The alinister
thought Mr Capella's imperfect English had brought dbout some
misunderstandings and 'it's just not clear enough at this stage."
In its January 15th issue, "Torchlight" reported that the Clinic
would offer the "new secret Russian cures" for cancer, and the
paper saidthat, on January 14th, 'Mr Capella had held discussions
on this matter with Dr Barry Rapier, Medical Superintendent at
St.Georges General Hospital.
In an exclusive interview with NLWSLETTER today (24th), Dr Rapier
denied discussing the Cancer Clinic with Br Oapella. "It is
entirely false that I had discussions with Mr Oapella about the
-reatment of cancer", he said. "He came to my office and
introduced me to two American gentlemen who, he told me, were to
start a clinic in Grenada for the treatment of cancer, but I had
no discussion with them on the matter."
Dr Rapier said Mr Capella and the two American gentlemen had come
to talk to him about Mr George Hosten, Minister of Finance, who
ws ~ni,.n under his professional care. ,'hey came to see me
aboalb taking Mr Hosten to the States and that's how I was
introduced to them."
Senator Slinger said sr Capella phoned him from Munich, Germany,
today (24th) and had said work is going ahead on the project.
Senator Slinger did not think the clinic would be at Holiday Inn,
but Mr Capella will be in Grenada shortly and will clarify the
XyE-hIECTION TO FILL BELMAR'S BERT /
The Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) has retained the
St.Andrews North-West constituency seat. In a bye-election
to fill the vacancy resulting from the death of Innocent Belmar,
GULP, Mr Herbert Basanta Fletcher, GULP, was returned unopposed.
Nomination Day was fixed for February 8th and, in the event of a
contest, an election was to have taken place on March st.
There was no election as Mr Fletcher only was nominated.
THE GRENADA NEWaBLETTF V;eek ERding 29.4.73
According to the Government Gazette of February 24th,
Mr Fletcher was appointed a Minister of State in the Ministr%
of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries with effect from February
TELEPHONE RAC S UP 4 *
Telephone rates in Grenada are up with effect from Jamuary 1st
i978. Private lines moved from EC$27 to EC$32 per month,
business lines from EC$60 to EC$72 and private box exchanges
(PBX) from EC$84 to ECO100.
In an interview with the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper in
.,Enuary, the Manager of the Grenada Telephone Company,
'ar Ivor O'Brien, said the increase in rates was made to show
"a little more viability" to the Caribbean Development Bank
'CDB) from whom a loan would be sought.
Interviewed today (24th), Mr O'Brien told NEWSLEaTER the loan
ha not yet been applied for. "We are working out the details
of wh.E ':- will need", he said, and, hopefully, we will be in
touch with ODB this year."
Ir O'Brien said the proposed loan would be for expansion of
tlhe telephone service.
OAS PLANNING SYSTEM~ FOR GRENADA
The existing Tourism Division of the Government of Grenada is
to be reorganised into a modern institution.
This is one of the goals of the Organisation of American States
(OAS) planning system project which, according to a Government
release issued in January, was due to start in February.
By the endpf this year, the project will establish the basic
institutional framework for the planning system. By June
1979, a 10 year development strategy for the island will be
drawn up and, during 1978, some 25 Government officials should
b= trained in project evaluation.
THE GRQEADA NEWSLhETER Week Ending 29.4.78
A number of projects are to be prepared for external financing.
WORLD. BANK REVIEWS GRENADA'S PROSPECTS V
A World Bank team is preparing "project lists" based on a review
of Grenada's economic development prospects. this team
visited Greada from 23rd to 26th February and held discussions
with Government officers and representatives of the nutmeg,
cocoa and banana industries.
The team comprised Mr George Papadopholeus, Mr J Sokel and Miss
C Bernard, and they were accompanied by Ar Eric Armstrong of the
Caribbean Development Bank.
Ths a visit was part of a regional economic mission and resulted
from a meeting held in Washington last December in connection
with Caribbean economic development. The team's report will
be submitted to a group set up for Economic Cooperation and
Development in the Caribbean.
ELECTRICITYY LIKELY TO COST MORE
Electricity rates are likely to be increased soon to meet wage
increases of employees at Grenada Electricity Services Ltd.(GES).
Negotiations between GES and the Technical & Allied Workers Union
(TAWU) became deadlocked in January this year but were resolved
after a meeting with Prime Minister Gairy, GES and TAWU on 14th
January. At that meeting it was agreed that workers earning
less than EC$450 a month would get an increase of 335$ in 1978
and a further 25% in 1979. 'hose earning over EC$450 would
receive 30% in 1978 and 20% in 1979.
The Company said, however, that electricity rates would have to
be raised to meet these increases and, as required by law, GES
has submitted details of the new rates required to th# Ministry
of Communications & Works for approval.
ir W R Lord, manager of GES, told NhWSLETTER today (24th) that
these details were submitted in February but have not yet been .
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approved. In the mean time, the Auditor General and the
Accountant General have inspected the Company's accounts for
1977 and have submitted a report to the Minister of Finance.
CHAIL1BER IRENEWS CALL FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMiITTEB/
Grenada's businessmen view the island's deteriorating economy
with a laisse faire attitude and have shown little inclination
to do anything about the situation.
ITHEWSLLTTER was told this today (24th) by Mr Albert Xavier,
President of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce. "Businessmen
seem to accept the state of the economy as an accomplished fact
about which they can do nothing", he said.
Mr Xavier told an Extraordinary General Meeting on January 12th
that the time was opportune for the Chamber to see how it could
help to put some life into the economy. That meeting decided
to renew the Chamber's call to Government for a National
Development Committee but Mr Xavier told NEWBLETTER that, to
date, not even an acknowledgement of the Chamber's letter to
the Prime Minister had been received.
In the mean time, vlr Xavier said, the Chamber's Development
Committee is studying the situation and will make proposals.
An interim report was submitted last week and, when the final
report is ready, giother attempt will be made to discuss the
matter with Government.
The President thought the reason for the lack of action by
the business community might be a fear of Government reprisals
if protests and criticisms were made about the economy.
However, Mr Xavier thought it more likely that, as the adverse
effect of the situation were being passed on to the consumer,
businessmen had not yet feltthe pressure to do something about it.
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SUGAS gRoDUCTIO.. UP J
Grenada's sugar crop is expected to be considerably bigger this-
year. Up to April 14th, the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd ground
6,220 tons of canes and this produced 313.3 tone of sugar. This
was considered the half-way mark in the crop and was about 66% of
the total of 9,000 tons ground last year.
In an exclusive interview with NtWSLETTER today (24th), Mr D M B
Cromwell, Managing Director of the company, said the return of
sugar to raw cane might seem small but only "A" grade sugar ie.
being produced and most of the molasses is being made into rum.
"Rum is more profitable to make than sugar", he said, "and the
company is now actively engaged in looking for an export market
Mr Cromwell said negotiations are well under war with a rum
distributor in the United States of America. Discussions hame
been "encouraging" and it was not unlikely that initial orders
would be placed soon.
The company has spent EC$150,000 on modernizing the factory as
much as possible but Mr Cromwell didn't think much more could be
done. "The mnahinery in the factory is old", he said, "and it
has almost lived out its usefulness. With replacements and
careful handling we may get another 10 years service out of the
plant, but one has to remember that, no matter how many nice
patches one puts on an old pair of pants, it still remains an old
pair of pants.
Harvesting of canes began on February 17th.
REGULATIONS MADE UNDER GAIDC ACT V
The Minister of Finance has made Regulations under which the
Grenada Agricultural & Industrial Development Corpori ion (GAIDC)
may make loans.
Three types of loans have been authorized. "Long term",
repayable within 10 years, "Medium term", repayable within 5
years, and "Short term", repayable within 18 months from date
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The Corporation may grant loans "for the promotion, establishment,
carrying on and expansion of development enterprises as defined in
the Act, and to persons pursuing courses of higher, technical and
vocational education approved by the Board. Authority is also
given for loans in connection with a range of purposes including
agricultural, industrial and tourism.
These Regulations were made under the GAIDC Act and were published
in the Government Gazette of March 10th 1978.
ITALIAN AkBASSADOR PReSENTS CREDENTIALS
His Excellency Guglielmo Folchi, Italian Ambassador to Grenada,
presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Leo deGale on
Wednesday 18th January.
BARBADOS HIGH CJOMLISJJNER PRESENTS CR.DE TI.4LS
Mr Carlyle Burton, Barbados' High Commissioner to Grenada,
presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Leo deGale
on Wednesday January 18th. Mr Burton also called on Prime
Minister Gadry on January 19th, and had discussions with Miss
Gloria Payne, Acting Cabinet Secretary, and Miss F A I Rapier,
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Mr Burton left Grenada on January 21st.
PANAMANIAN DELEGATION VISITS 4
A three-man delegation from the Government of Banama arrived
in Grenada on January 25th. Headed by Dr Jose Esqgivel,
the other two members were Mr Everardo Gonzales and Mr Lie
Pedro Erin Martinez.
The delegation held discussions with Hon. Herbert Preudhomme,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health & Housing, and
with Senator Henry Bullen, Minister of State in the Prime
Minister's Ministry with responsibility for Home & Foreign
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A courtesy call was paid on the Governor General.
CTA DIRECTOR VISITS.
Mr Peter Morgan, Executive Directpr/ of the Caribbean Tourism
Association (CTA), paid an official visit to Grenada from 26th
February to March 1st. Mr Morgan had discussions with Prime
Minister Gairy, Senator Paul Slinger, Minister of Tourism, and
representatives of the hotel industry.
dIS i8JONTRh L VISITS J
The Grenada Tourist Board and Holiday Inn were hosts to Gall
Eastmond, 18, Miss Montreal Carnival Queen 1977, during her stay
in Grenada in January.
Gall, a graduate of Rosemount High School, Montreal, is studying
dietetics at Dawson College, Montreal, and she won her title in a
field of 10 at the Verdun Auditorium on July 1st 1977. Her L
visit to Grenada from 24th at 27th January was part of her prize
trip to the Westindies.
PM' DAUICGHJER APPOINTED J
Miss Marcello Gairy, L L B, daughter of Prime Miniater Eric Gairy,
was appointed to act as Assistant Secretary in the fEternal
Affairs Division of the Prime Minister's Ministry, with effect
from March 15th 1978.
ACCUSED IN TRENCH SAILOR MURDER ACQUITTED
Jameson Green Gittens and Cuthbert John, accused of the murder of
a visiting French seaman, have been acquitted.
Bertrand Joseph Mari% Homo, a sailor on the cruise liner "Menmoz",
waa shot on February 9th last year as he walked in a secluded area
of one of St.Georges' suburbs with a friend, Serge Commenoez. It
is alleged that the men were trying to buy marijuana at the time.
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''e principal eyewitness, Serge Commenoez, wai not available
at the trial, but his deposition was allowed by the Trial Judge
to be put into evidence. Gittens and John were freed on
ACUPUNCTURh CONGRESS 4
ihe first International Congress on the study and research of
acupuncture and auricular (relating to the ear) medicine was
opened in the geodesic dome in the grounds of the Grenada Holiday
,':nn on March 8tho
The opening ceremony was performed by Minister of Health, Herbert
griudhomme, and the Congress was under the chairmanship of
Dr F M Worley, President of the North American Academy of
Auricular Medicine & Acupuncture Research.
''he Congress lasted three days.
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ROUND GRhZADA RECORD BROKI N O /
iie Round Grenada Yacht Race record has been smashed.
Completing the course in 6 hours, 2 minutes on January 8th, the
735 yacht "Black Fin" bettered by 18 minutes the time of "Bolero"
in the 1970 race.
This is the second successive year "Black Fin" was first around
the 70 mile course, but, as happened last year, she was beaten
out of first place on corrected time. The winner was the
Finnish entry "Mayumi" with the Trinidad yacht "Carnival" second.
Winning in her own class, "Black Fin" was third in the overall
A feature of this year's yachting was the introduction of the
Carl Schuster Memorial Race on January 7th. Schuster, a
popular Aoerican yachtsman resident in Grenada,for many years,
;sa, murdered on his yacht in St.Vincent last year.
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EAST CARIBBEMAI CuRBNCY AUTHORITY
Statements of the East Caribbean Currency Authority' published i:
the Grenada Government Gazette, show the following figures :-
Q 30.9.77 -3Mt10.77 @ 30.114.77 Q 31.12.77
Balances 1.3 54364
2.884,214 1, 08.605
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ACTING MINISTER PRZESE'TS 1978 BUDGET
Grenada's 1977 Budget fell short of estimated revenue by 42 cents
in every dollar. This was disclosed by figures presented to
the House of Representatives on Wednesday (26th).
The occasion was the presentation of the 1978 Budget. The
Minister of Finance, Mr George Hostefi, was in the House but has
not yet recovered from recent illness. The Budget speech was
read by the Acting Minister of Finance, Mr Oliver Raeburn.
Reading Mr Hosten's speech and reviewing 1977, Mr Raeburn said
the continued surge in economic activity is manifested in the
public finances. "Preliminary data indicates that current
revenue rose by approximately 15 o during 1977 to a level of
EC431.8 million", he said.
This figure fell short of the budget estimate, the Acting
Minister said, mainly because of the collapse of The Grenadian
Conrpany, operators of an international lottery.
The 1977 Budget totalled EC$58.1
million of which EC$38 million was
estimated to come from local
revenue and EC020.1 million from
External Aid. Figures before
the House of Representatives show
that local revenue realized only
EC$31.8 million. External Aid
was down to ZC$1.6 million and the
overall drop in revenue from local
and external sources was 42%o.
Expenditure for 1977 was EC$36.8
million, resulting in a deficit of
"A" !CW20.1 11
"BA" 38 A
"A" Estimated :"C" Actual
"B" Estimated :"D" Actual
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER week Ending 29.1.78
Figures for the 1977 outturn are :-
Local Revenue EC$35,707,750
Special Reimbursements 1.570.000O
Local Revenue EC$ 718,000
External Aid 2.1A20 1.600.000
Total:- EC058,136,950 EC033,400,000
Actual expenditure 1.977 EC$36,800,000
(Note Government's figures presented for 1977 are
termed "Revised Estimated" and will show some
change when Government's accounts for 1977 are
completed. It is not expected that these
changes will be significant.)
Reviewing the 1977 Capital Budget, Mr Raeburn said progress was
made on the British Aid Development Project but the rate of
spending was not as fast as Government wished. However,
negotiations are under way for a further UK aid programme which
should begin in April 1979.
"The European Development Fund Programme which was approved for
Grenada has progressed satisfactorily", the Acting Minister of
Finance said. "The financing of the major east coast road is
in the final stages of negotiation." Also in connection with
this programme, Mr Raeburn said work has already begun on
improvements at the General Hospital.
Concerning the World Bank Project, which includes provision for a
new airport, there was some delay in 1977.. The Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA) has agreed, in principle,
to finance the physical planning and costing survey, and
Mr Raeburn said Government hoped to begin construction in 1980.
"It will be observed", said the Acting Minister of Finance, "that
progress on aid schemes has not been all that could be desired,
but we have taken measures to rectify this through the initiative
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 29.4.78
of the Right Honourable Prime Minister."
Reviewing prospects for 1978, Mr Raeburn said the international
economic outlook is not as prosperous as 1977, but it was not
expected that Grenada's economy will be seriously affected by
the unfavourable forecasts. "My judgement is", he said,
that for this year the market for our ifain crops will remain
firm and that the rate of increase of import prices will decline."
iMr Raeburn estimated that the growth in real Gross Domestic
Product for 1978 will be approximately 5%. "It is with the
greatest confidence that I invite the people of this country to
expect that 1978 will be a better year than 1977 for all of
us", he said.
The Budget for 1978,
External Aid ##
EC$75.4 million, is made up as follows :-
EC .5,589,584 Recurrent EC049,467,377
46,451,810 Capital 25,918,614
25. 89.005 Surplus 44,408
*' Local Capital
Sale of Government Lands
International Monetary Fund
Trust Fund 800,000
Sale of Grenada's share of Restituted Gold 412,000
Profit distribution 220,000
Special Deposits Increase 4.139.584
## Eternal Aid
British Development Aid EC$ 6,533,036
Canadian International Development Agency 4,740,847
Luropean Development Fund 4,982,000
Caribbean Development Bank 4,577,950
Error in published figures 11 2.950
Mr Raeburn said estimated increases in local revenue ever the
1977 figure were due, among.other factors, to higher customs
-evenue based on current trends. More income tax was
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week -Eading 9.4.78
anticipated because of estimated higher profits of businessmen
and tax revenue would be increased also because of increased
stamp duty and foreign exchange tax.
Highlighting what he called the "major spending'departments", the
Acting Minister of Finance said a sum of about E0K5.6 million had
been earmarked for Charges on AcCdnt of the Public Debt. This
was made up of some ECj4.6 million to cover liabilities arising in
1978 and a further EC$l million for arrears.
'he estimates show provision for increased salaries and allowances
for parliamentarians and agreed salary increases for Civil
Servants. Referring to the latter, Mr Raeburn said, "I need
not go back over the details of this negotiation; the measure of
the financial burden it has imposed on the taxpayers of the
country is obvious."
Some details of expenditure are :-
Prime Minister's Office 0C$2,236,409
Ministry of Finance Trade & Industry 3,116,039
Ministry Communications & Works 4,692,606
Ministry of Education 8,865,086
Ministry of Health & Housing 7,302,422
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries 2,115,899
Ministry of Labour, Youth Development & Sport 420,t78
Ministry of Social Affairs, Community
Development & Cooperatives 689,172
Salaries Revision 4,630,000
Mr Raeburn said that, in round terms, EC01.8 million of the
estimated external A~. would be -pent on roads, schools and other
infrastructure, ECt5 milal on agPiouLtture and EC$2 million for
port development and other smaller items. "1his is a realistic
and well balanced programme", he said, "and it will transform
The Acting Minister of Finance thought it easy to anpipate the
Opposition's criticisms of the budget. "Unless their views
have changed since last year"$ he said, "they will say our
planning is insufficiently precise, that guidelines are ot .
clearly laid down, that the role of Government is ill defined and
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inadequate and the! 'Im uar gremt brgqJots r iStaete Inrst e."*
His head was unbo*ed by these critioire, he said. Tjie polidy.
M--r ,eaeburn thought the Opp"ottion's development poltciisa at
si v te Irndstria ins ivsed onwhich, otefprie witha necesaai 6
m iniiu, of Go.eirnmet initerfereCe. "i, belev' this i t wht
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thae country wants ua needs", be si, "te a surest tay to'ell man
S"o wa neve.a grow than polteial f a crude pitial ra
Tr haeburn thought the Oppoaltion'l development pothActiA tr Mi
i.itdated, "1'be Idea that aOvelupijment can come only by
f massive industrial investment atieon of townasiy has dountr t
Gt u aided, cby urbaniation, by the attnanpt toan sel b etter btued
,. aho-pogucth instead ff oi moedities is now agriculted" ral
idevelot a never ineh rmeore than a rude political roion an
rd proto- volonialivemeno ty l
S"The speha r is no onfter thul velopent", tier of ing Mia.tes
of Pinice continued, "the intefaton ofce toh andi coat tr a
S he pndaue eoeon mioand e ocilOl eiaanaion-.aml bettwj t." He
thought this pattern fitted Gxenada with agricultural
*development increaeing farmers' wealth, and Sooial prcjectm and
I rodLnitro oveini enricIbng 40nDilty life. i-l *
"rMa ^t'iI j06at amtt, Mr tRabura maid, "we owe.to the atur sly
anI' gt *s n the part of daenadianns nbo live s o _'
Sfly exasplflj8, by our Prime MI~iintn.'" -* .
;- *ira.ilrst speaker after lthe Acting Minister of Finance ras *
Mr. Br'fturice Bishop, Leader O$ tlE Opposition, end it is eXpeotl ''.
that all hiaibab' on the Opposition side will contribute. .
nir Geozs "stj~n, the minister of ?intaoe, has Indioated. thBet IV
4- i d ]a. reply. .. I
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31 956,- t- anans o BrIlain. ThLi i s eqat to -
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Sjust over halft pound or banana and a halt torevery person
.. .. '. "-! 1 1 l a p .. i
"in the uited'Udo. .
SoatA grtpioalely monthly Shipfents during 1977. n.millions of
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w. re re 5 weeklI shipments iBnlaruary, Wey, Augst' and
:-Sinbt e lst,4 weekly shipmentosia i 1 other months.
Totaes U t2on 4tpinpaents in 1977 w beres-
; 4 -Jary 2,564,,80- lb July 2,594,978 lb(
'eb 3,156,8094 August 2,874.397 "
aroh 2,435,316 september 2,093,514 0
;-Aprit' 2,136,13671 btober 2,207,598
a, A.* 3,341t,015 November 3i3p,771 "
SJune 2 801,261 December 2039j,473 n
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d .gate, Column "A" rOZseo Shipped
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ps dienada dooperativeE a nana Soietr C(1
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