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The Grenada newsletter
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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65
St.Georges ,Vo q
Grenada V
WESTINDIES

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week Ending June 24thth 1978

BELMAR MURDER TRIAL

The trial of Kennedy Budhlall, 24, and Lauriston.Wilson, 23, for

the murder of Innocent Belmar, 42, on January 4th this year,

opened in the High Court before Mr Jastice Archibald Nedd on

Tuesday (20th).


At the time of his death, Belmar was an Acting Minister in the

Grenada Government and, considering the public interest this trial

has aroused, the crowd at the Court House was small.


A jury of 8 men and 4 women was sworn in after several challenges

by both Prosecution and Defence, and the first witness called was

Mrs Ionica Belmar, widow of the deceased. Mrs Belmar, dressed

completely in black, gave evidence of Belmar's movements in the

hours immediately before the murder. Under cross-examination,

she said she did not know that people had started to call her

husband "Uncle Belmar". She knew that Belmar hunted in the

forest and she knew he had only one gun. It was a "short" one.


Mrs Belmar said also that, while her husband was asleep on the

afternoon of the 4th, one iMr Nurse called it the house and left a

message for Belmar that he was "in front". She did not know

that a small party was to be held at the "JBamboo Bar" to celebrate

Belmar's appointment that day as Acting Minister of Agriculture,

she said, and she confirmed that there had been an unusual number

of phone calls for Belmar after he left for the "Bamboo Bar" about

6.45pm.
Eyewitness
Corporal Cecil Gittens of the Grenada Police Force followed

"irs Belmar in the witness box and testified that he had been an

eye witness to the shooting. About seven o'clock on the

evening of the 4th, he was at the "Bamboo Bar" in the village of

Adelphi and saw Belmar and one Aberdeen sitting on the

rail of the steps leading to "Bamboo Bar", he said.


According to Gittena, he knowE the accused Budhlall and saw him

walking rapidly towards the Bar. When Budhlall was about 5 or
continuedd)











Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
page 2

6 feet from Belmar, Corporal Gittene heard an explosion and saw

Budhlall start to run. Gittens saw Belmar touch his left side

and saw blood on Belmars hand. The Corporal than gave chase
to Budhlall.


The fleeing man was about 30 or 40 feet ahead of him, Gittens

said, but he (Gittens) had a taarhllghwhich he shone on the

running man and he could see the butt of a gun in Budhlall's

right hand. However, he did not catch the fugitive for, at

a corner of the road, he lost sight of him;.
Quizzed
Under cross-examination, this witness was quizzed closely by

the Defence on the point that, when he reported, later that

evening, the incident of the shooting, he did not identify the

assassin as Kennedy BudblalW or anyone else.


Twenty-nine witnesses have been listed for the Prosecution and,

after Mrs Belmar and Corporal Gittens, two more gave evidence

this week. Ben Joseph, alias "Bo", testified to having seen

the accused at various places on the day of the murder. Nerry

Lee, the fourth witness, was present at the "Bamnbo Bar" when

Balmar was killed and, as NEWSLETTER goes to press, is under

cross-examination.

Appearances in the case are Messrs Maurice Bishop, Lloyd Noel

and Ben Jones for Budhlall, and Messrs Kenrick RaEix and

Wilberforce Nyack for Wilson. The Prosecution is conducted

by a Trinidadian barrister, Mr Nathaniel King, acting for the

Attorney General.


A feature of this trial is that it has attracted the attention

of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International. An

American lawyer, Mr Herb Semmel, is watching the proceedings.
(601 words)


SOMEBODY'S LYING

Conflicting stories continue to be maintained by Government

and the Opposition in the controversy over the election of

delegations to attend Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

conferencess in Trinidad and in Jamaica.
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
Page 3

According to Mr Maurice Bishop, Leader of the Opposition, when

Parliamentarians met last month to elect the delegations, the

Government Parliamentarians refused to accept the Opposition's

nominees. Mr Bishop said that, according to.convention, the

Opposition is entitled to representation on the delegation and

entitled to representatives of their choice.


Mr Bishop said Government Parliamentarians had nominated

Opposition Parliamentarians Winston Whyte and Herbert Blaize

for the Trinidad and Jamaica Conferences respectively, but both

men declined and nominated Opposition Parliamentarians decided

upon by the Opposition caucus. These nominees were Unison

vWhiteman for the Trinidad Conference and Maurice Bishop for the

Jamaica Conference, and they were nominated respectively by Messrs

Whyte and Blaize.
Informed
This version of what happened is denied by Senator Knight, Leader

of Government Business in the Senate and Regional Representative

on the CPA Executive. Senator Knight told NEWSLETTER on

Wednesday (21st) that he was not present when Mr Winston Whyte

declined nomination, but Mr Knight said he has been informed on

impeccable authority that Mr Whyte did not nominate Opposition

Parliamentarian Unison Whiteman. Mr Knight said Mr Whyte

nominated Government Parliamentarian Albert Forsythe and

Mr Forsythe was elected to join the delegation to the Trinidad

CPA Conference.

In connection with the Jamaica Conference, Senator Knight said he

was present when Mr Blaize declined. Mr Knight did not say

whether Mr Blaize nominated anyone, but he did say that he

(Mr Knight) nominated Government Parliamentarian R A Brewster when

Mr Blaize declined. Mr Brewster was elected to the delegation.


The two Opposition Parliamentarians at the meeting, Messra Blaize

and Whyte, have accused Senator Knight of lying. They have

described as "bunk" any suggestion that the Opposition would

nominate a Government Parliamentarian to fill the Opposition's

place on the delegation.
(continued)










Aliater Hughea
THE RiENADA N1hrSLETTER Week EZdina 24,6,78
Page 4
Concerning the right or otherwise of the OppIa&tion to be
represented on delAgations to GPA Conferences, Senator Xnight
holds strong views. "There is no convention or prcettow -th
respect to the Grenada GPA Branch governing the composition of
delegations to CPA Conferenoes", he said, "because this is the
first time, to my knowledge, that the General Body of the Branah
has been called upon to select the delegation."

Senator Knight said that, in the past, the Exeoutive Ooamittee
of the Branch had selected the delegation, and no pattern has
developed in which Opposition parliamentarians are or are not
included.
(415 words)


SPEAKER TELLS OFFENSIVE STATEENT

Mr Union Whitemec, Member of parliament for St.Georges North-
East, has received a letter from the Speaker of the House,
Mr Allison Reason, quoting the statement alleged to have been made
in the House by Mr Whiteman last month.

The incident took place on Hay 24th when Mr Whiteman was making
his contribution to the debate on a bill to amend the Price
Control Ordinance. As Mr Whiteman concluded hia speech,
Prime Minister Gairy onjeoted to something he had said and the
Speaker called on Mr Whiteman for a.withdrawal.

Mr Whiteman contended that he was entitled to know precisely
what statement he was being called upon to withdraw and, at
a press conference on May 24th, he said he had not been'told
this by either the Prime Minister or the Speaker. Mr Whiteman
said the Speaker continued to call on him for a withdrawal
and "when it was not withdrawn because it was not identified",
he was 'named' on a motion by Prime Minister G.Lry.

Refusing to leave the House at thi' point, the Sergeant at Arms.
was called upon to ejeot Mr Whiteman, whereupon the entire
Opposition walked out.

BotBhe Leader of ie Opposition, Mr Maurice Bishop, and
.:r Whiteman told NEWSLlTTER-that, after the meeting of the
continuedd)









Alister Hughes
THEK GRENADA NEWSLETTER week Ending 24.6.78
Page 5
House at which lr Whiteman was 'named' and suspended, they had

made ruitless efforts to have the Speaker tell them the statement
which had offended the prime Minister. Mr Whiteman subsequently
wrote Speaker Reason asking to be informed about this and, under

date of 15th June, Mr Reason had replied quoting the following
statement as the one relevant to the incident.

"Mr Speaker, the Government has plan to do something small about
the cost of living. We would be happy to support them, but it

is obvious that this will be just another gimmick to harass
people who do not show up in 'Evening Palace' on Saturday nights."

"Evening Palace" is a nightclub owned by Prime Minister Gairy.
(326 words)


SHIPPING TONNAGE UP
The annual total of ship tonnage calling at Grenada hit the 2
million mark in 1976. This represents an increase of 8y over

the 1975 figure. In 1.977,total tonnage was again over 2
million although there was a slight daop of lees than 2,000 tons
below the high of 1976.

Based on figures supplied by Lloyds Agents, Messrs Jonas Browne &
Hubbard Ltd, ships flying the flags of three nations have
consistently topped 9-- 5
the tonnage list over Ti
the 1975 to 1977
period. In 1975, the /-

United Kingdom headed /L Greeoe i I
the list with nearly a i
U.K.
third of the total II .31
tonnage. Greece was I
next with a quarter of I \ > jN -&I
the total tonnage and 23
Norway was third with Norwa
a fifth.

In~i976, Greece headed
the list but the
United Kingdom was a very close second, both countries accounting
(continued) *.









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
Page 6
each for approximately 30yo of the total tonnage. Norway
was third with about
12976
a 2% drop on her 1975 --
figure.

The United Kingdom w
again the leader in r/ ece
1977. In that year, 29K8 1
British registered
shipping amounted to
a third of the annual
total. Norway took \ Neoray
other 17-.8Y
second place with ", '.
almost the same
percentage recorded in
1976, but the Greek
percentage fell by a half. In 1977, only 48 ships of Greek
registry called as compared with 90 in 1976, and this reduced
the Greek percentage of the total to about 15%.

During 1.975, Grenada recorded ship calls from i different
countries of registry. This figure increased to 17 in
1976 and to 20 in 1977.
The calls in 1977 1
included one ship
registered in Cuba. i "ii
Greece
It should be noted that
in previous shipping / U \
figures given by
NEWSLETTER, some
tonnage was recorded asi ,,t '
33.3%
having been registered I \
in the United States ofi Norwoy
America. In 1975, 0 \
ship calls with a total \
tonnage of 30,640 was
reported as US registry
and, figures for US registry for 1976 and 1977 were given as 7 calls,
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 2J.6.76
Page 7
25,149 tons and 3 callas 8955 tons respectively.
information was incorrect.


That


The ships to which this tonnage refers are recorded as being
registered at "Boston" and, in error, this was taken to be


Tonnage and Calls by Country
1975 tp .1977


United
Kingdom
Greece
Norway
Liberia
Netherlands
Antilles
Panama
Holland
West Germany
Trinidad
Italy
Yugoslavia
USSR R
Monrovia
Cyprus
Barbados
Bangladesh
Denmark
Pranoe
Sweden
Guyana
Singapore
Honduras
Cuba


Tonna Calls .

601,838 104
473,833 41
390,556 34
87,834 20

67,854 10
65,203 9
39,203 17
35,396 10
34,219 22
28,657 3
28,136 10
24,062 4
7,550 1
3,301 1
2,773 12











1,890,415 98


Tonnage calls

609,269 110
626,440 90
363,776 38
3,248 10

77,700 7
45,644 5
71,013 22
43,972 17
1,615 1
66,186 8
16,872 6
93,132 8

5,094 6

4,339 1
6,164 6
7,497 1







2,041,961 33
r~T~sTfcf=~==^ aaa


Boston, Massachusets, U.S.A.


It has been pointed out that the


ships concerned are registered at Boston, Lincoln, United Kingdom.
NELSLETTER regrets this error which has been corrected in the

accompanying figures.

Comparison of the figures for 1975, 1976 and 1977 show, in ea
year, a marked mid-year low with sharp rises from November
carrying on to April of the following year. These rises

correspond with the Tourist Season, and the increased shipping
continuedd)
I


677,735
316,701
368,424
9,947

44,581
98,595
104,179
63,790

242,923
2,825
71,408

1,975



1,346
52,479
8,813
594
1,616
180
.1,871
2,039,982


10
26
17
12

16

6

1



3
7
1
2

1
1
309
i

i


Tonngge Calls









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
Page 8
tonnage has been reflected by the cruise liners which oall
during the Season.

A rise in tonnage is also noted in the July to October period
in each of the three years. This up swing is considerably
smaller as compared with the year-end rise, and the reason for

Tonnage 'and Calls by ionth
1975 to 1977
9 1976 19
Tonnage Calls Tonnage calls Tonnage Calls
January 191,993 32 288,542 40 302,583 40
jFebruary 232,563 31 226,380 42 258,468 36
1March 396,327 33 282,347 43 239,547 34
April 199,381 29 279,734 48 480,478 26
ay 1.14,784 21 38,580 10 88,279 20
June 4757J 15
July 7 ,6 *j20
August. 72,741 18 114,150 19 94,319 17
September 83,920 17 150,761 23 81,566 15
October 81,507 1.9 129,718 21 103,756 23
*November 126,710 23 168,741 25 212,166 25
December 234,278 38 214,421 33 311,671 39
S1,890,415 298 2,041,961 336 2,039,982 309


it is not clear. This rise, however, may be the reflection
of an increase in the in-flow of goods to merchants stocking
for the Christmas 400 ---- ----- ----
trade. 350
350 --
The first quarter 977
of 1978 shows the
S /
highest number of 250 '.
calls but the 97
200 .
lowest tonnage for
the first quarters 150 .
in the period 1975 .\
1,00
to 1978.* bThe fall
in tonnage is 8% 50
dbwn from the 1977
figupe.,and 12% do A 2 3 5
(If. to 1,2 January to Deoember
from the the high (Tonnage in 000)
-" 1975. However, low first quarter tonnage cannot be taken as
(continued)








Alister Hughes
THE GRE~ADA NEWSLETTER week Ending 24.6.78
Page 9
an indication that the year's total tonnage will be low. The
year's total tonnage in 1975 was lower than the total tonnage in
1976 and 1,977, but, of the three years, first-quarter tonnage in
1975 was the highest.


First-~aarter Tonnage And Galls
1975 to 1978
January February March Total
Tonnage Call Tonnage Calls Tonnage Calls Tonnage Calls
1975 191,993% 32 232,563 31 396,327 33 820,883 96
1976 28&,542 40 226,380 42 282,347 43 797,269 125
1977 302,583 40 258,468 36 239,547 34 800,598 110
1.978 271,895 42 214,724 36 229,341 41 715,960 119


#####Wi ##
WORKERS PROTEh T GEC RE'JRENCHEmT V
The Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) has protested the
retrenchment of workers by Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GEe),
but the Company says it has been forced.to take this action.

On May 16th, 21 GEC employees were told by the Company that it
had found itself in a position where it could no longer continue
to pay its wages. The letter to the workers said that the
Company's financial position has continued to worsen and "the
position has now been reached where the very survival of the
Company is threatened." These workers one from the office
staff and the others employed in the Transmission and Distribution
Department were given 30 days notice and the assurance that they
would receive severance pay.

A source close to the Company told NEIV8L'TTER today (23rd) that
there had been no reaction from either the workers or TAWU until
the 30 days notice had expired. At that point, workers staged
a sit-dpwn strike, but the electricity service to the public was
not affected as essential operations were manned.


The matter went before the Minister of Labour, Mr Roy St.John, who
met representatives of the Company on Tuesday (20th). Followidaig
that meeting, GES is to hold a Board Meeting to discuss certaf
proposals before meeting again with Mr St.John. NhW8LiTTIER w1I
advised that the GLO Board likely to meet on July 6th.
### ### (231 words)











Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
Page 1.0
STALWART COORDINATES COURSE IN WASHINGTQN

Mr Curtis Stewart, President of the Grenada Technical & Allied

Workers Union (TAWU), left Grenada on Monday (19th) to carry
out a special assignment in Washington.

Mr Stewart, who is coordinator of regional programmes for the

Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) and.the American Institute

for Free Labour Development (AIFLD), will be Resident
Coordinator for an AIPLD course for Caribbean tradeunion students.

This course, which opened on June 20th, has as its theme, "New

Concepts in Labour Relations", will be attended by 18 students

from Jamaica, Belize, the Netherlands Antilles and the Eastern

Caribbean.

In an exclusive interview with NEwSLeTTER before he left,

Mr Stewart said Caribbean Governments are creating difficulties
for the tradeunion movement. "Some Governments hurredly enact

new legislation", he said, "some of it definitely anti the
development and the progress of the tradeunion movement, and

some of it affecting collective bargaining."

The TAWU President said also that some industrial courts tend

to rule in favour of employers, and he thought the tradeunion
movement had to initiate new concepts to grapple with the problem.

It is the hope of the movement, he said, that the base of its

leadership could be broadened and that the leadership could

become fully aware of areas in which it could establish better

relationships with management and with Government.

In this way, he felt, the tripartite aspect would be projected
and this would be "for the betterment of the country and for

the workers at large."

As coordinator of CCL/AIPLD programmes, Mr Stewart has
responsibility for the Commonwealth Caribbean (with the
exception of Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago where
there are labour colleges) and the Netherlands Antilles.

Hia regular duties include organisation and supervision of

tradeunion courses in this area, and his appointment as
..ident Coordinator to the Washington course is a new
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
Page it
departure.


In Washington, his duties will include teaching, conduct of group

discussions, organisation of field trips, supervision of

instructors and coordination of visiting lecturer. The course

will last approximately two months.
(341 words)


NEWSLBETER COST INDEX J

The absence of official statistics makes it impossible to chart

the cost of living in the State. Undoubtedly, living costs

are rising but, to this date, the percentage of increase from

time to time cannot be stated. There is not even a record of

the actual increase in cost of individual items over a period of

time.

In an effort to fill this void, the NEWSLETTER Cost Index (NCI)

is now introduced. Its lack of scientific basis is admitted

and it is not intended to be an accurate presentation of the cost

of living in Grenada. Nor is it put forward as a substitute

for the needed official cost of living tabulation. It is felt,

however, that in the absence of official figures, NCI will be

useful as a rough indicator of trends.

The accompanying list has been put together as being items on the

shipping list of most Grenadians. It is not exhaustive but
NEWSLETTER would welcome suggestions for inclusion. The weights

given are those stated on the package (where applicable) and the

metric weight is also given wherever available.

NEWSLETTER does not have the organisation required to survey all

supermarkets and retail outlets to obtain the lowest prices at

which these items are being offered, and a compromise method has

been adopted. Prices have been taken, and will continue to be

taken at one supermarket where prices are usually (but not

always) lower. Competition tends to level out prices and it
is felt that, over a period of time, prices at this supermarket

should reflect price trends in the State.

The NCI prices now given in this issue are those presently
(continued)











Alister Hughes
TIE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 24.6.78
Page 12

obtaining (June 1978) and these prices will represent the NOI

"base". No decision has been taken as to how frequently

prices will be sampled, but this will probably be on a quarterly

basis.


N
Item Weiah
Ground Beef
Chicken (backs & necks)
Pickled Beef
Salted Fish
Smoked Herringa
Canned Sardines in oil
Eggs
Canned Powdered Milk
Pickled Pig Tails,
Pigeon Peas
Split Peas
Processed Butter
Shortening
Margarine
Toilet Soap
Washing Soap
Tooth Paste
Toilet Paper (Single ply)
Counter Flour
Brown Sugar
Rice
Refined Rum (imported)
Refined Rum (local)
Beer (local)
Instant coffee
Ovaltine
Ground coffee (local)
Cocoa balls (local)
Biscuits
Salt (cooking)
Onions
Cooking Oil
Matches
Manioc flour (farine)
Kerosene Oil


During the week


ending


CI SHOPPING LIST
t (Av)/Size Weight (Grams)
SIlb
1 lb




3, on 92
Doz.
1 lb 454

1 lb
1 lb
I lb

1 lb
3 lb
3j oz


Roll
1 lb
1 lb
1 lb
26 oz
26 oz
10 oz
2 oz
4 oz
lb
Slb
5 oz
1 lb
1 lb
26 oz
12 boxes
1 lb
Imp. Gal.


CRUISL LINER CALLS

une 17th, only one


47






739 ml
739 ml

56
113
















cruise liner,


"Cunard Countess", called at Grenada.

passengers.


She oa ried 771


(continued)


Price (Bog)
$2.70
.80
2.20
3.15
1.95
.70
4.08
2.78
1.88
1.25
1.05
3.20
2.65
.57
.58
.50
*.70
.77
.41
.55
.65
5.82
4.30
.68
5.20
2.74
4.00
.60
.60
.24
.80
2.40
.83
1.20
2.41


the


Jl










Alister Hughea
THE GRENADA NEWBiLETTER Week Ending 2L.6.78


In the issue of Nh SLEfLTER for the wtek ending June 3rd, it was

not possible to give the number of passengers carried by "Teras

Shevchenko" which berthed here on May 24th. The Tourist Board

has- now advised that there were 650 passengers on board.

The Tourist Board has also advised that, in the week ending June

3rd, in addition to the "Oriana" and "Cunard Countess", the

"Carla C" called at the island. She arrived on May 31st with

741 passengers.
(99 words)


BANANA SHIPMENTS

The last statistics given were in NEWSLETTER's issue for the

week ending June 6th, and those statistics covered the shipment

by "Geesttide" on June 6th. Some information is now

available for shipments made on 13th and 20th June.

The S 8 "Beestetar" sailed on June 13th with 442,356 Iba of fruit

in 13,231 boxes, There were 445 boxes of rejected fruit.
The Grenada Cooperative Banana Society (GB08) paid producers

ECG 14 per pound on the boxing plant weight.

On June 20th, the Geestland" left with 26,119 boxes of bananas
weighing 822,647 Ibs and there were 724 boxes of rejected fruit.
Rate of payment to producers by GBCS was the same as the week
before, ECO 14 on the boxing plant weight.

In recent months, it has become increasingly difficult to get

statistics relative to shipments of bananas. It has not been

possible to give the boxing plant weights and price paid by

Geest Industries for several shipments. Efforts are still

being made to get this information and it is hoped that the

situation will improve soon,






Aliste hea
23rd June 1978




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