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THE GREADAa NEWSLETT
Volume 6 Number 10
For The Week Ending July toast 1978
6th Year Of Publication - 174th Issue
PUTTING NEWSLETTER' S HOUSE IN ORDER "
NWSLVLTTER was first published for the week ending 18th August
1973. To the current week, 174" issues have been put out, but
the publication has grown without thought for recording the
"Volumes" and "Numbers" through the years. It has now been
thought desirable to regularise this.
In 1973, 15 issues were produced and, in NWSLETTER'B archives,
these represent Volume I and have been numbered 1 to 15. 1974
was the year of civil unrest in Grenada when the Editor was forced
to flee from the island. For this reason, only 17 issues were
produced in 1974 and these comprise Volume 2 numbered from 1 to
In both of the years 1975 and 1976, 41 issues were produced.
These productions are Volumes 3 and 4 respectively, and the issues
are numbered I to 41 in each year.
Last year, thepe were 50 issues numbered 1 to 50 making Volume 5,
end, to this issue, 10 have been put out in 1978. In this year,
NL VoLETTER's 6th Volume is being produced and, culminating with
the current issue, productions have been numbered I to 10.
DIPLOMATS FIRED (?) .
A press release issued by the Grenada Government today (29th)
supports reports reaching the island that Grenada's High
Commissioner in London, Mr Oswald Gibbs, has been dismissed.
Prime Minister Gairy, accompanied by Cabinet Secretary, Miss
Gloria Payne and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance,
Mr Lauriaton Wilson, arrived in London last Sunday (25th).
According to the press release, Mr Wilson and Aias Payne spent
the next day at Mr Gibbs' office "investigating the general
operations of the Commission."
"It was discovered", says the release, "that an audited check of
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the accounts was necessary, and in this connacition Mn Wilson will
remain in London where he will be joined by another member of the
staff of the Ministry of Finance to complete the audit,"
According to the release, Mr Gibbs, who has not had leave since
his appointment as High Commissioner 4 years ago, will proceed
on holiday on July let. Mr Roy Philip, a Grenadian lawyer,
has been appointed to act as High Commissioner. Prior to
taking up residence in the UK eleven years ago, Mr Philip served
in the Grenada Government service.
NLWSLLTTER contacted the Grenada Government Information Officer,
Mr Jerry Romain, and asked whether today's news release is a
denial of the report that Mr GiABs has been fired. "The
official statement is that Mr Gibbs proceeds on leave from 1st
July", Mr Romain said.
i1r Remain was asked also for information concerning Mr Franklin
Dolland, Grenada's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
It is reported that, when Prime Minister Gairy visited New York
before going to London, he dismissed Mr Dolland.
"The Ministry of External Affairs has not said anything official
on that", Mr Romain told NEWSLETTER. Asked to say specifically
that Mr Dolland is still on the job, Mr Remain said, "I wouldn't
want to say that."
"When the Prime Minister was in New York", Mr Romain continued,
"Grenada's representative to Canada, Mr George Griffith, was
brought down and performed the duties usually carried out by
Mr Dolland." Mr Remain said he wouldn't want to say that
Mr Griffith has been transferred to New York and no announcement
has been made about the Canadian post. "I don't know whether
Mr Griffith will handle both posts", Mr Remain said.
Prime Minister Gairy's trip abroad began on Wednesday 14th
June and he returned to Grenada on wednesday 28th. In
Washington, he attended a meeting of the Caribbean Economic
Cooperation group sponsored by the World Bank. During his
ktay in London, he held discussions with Mr Shridath Ramphal,
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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, relative to
technical assistance for Grenada.
BELMAR MURDER TRIAL
The trial of Kennedy Budhlall and Lauriston Wilson for the murder
of Innocent Belmar completes its adbond week tomorrow (30th)
Belmar, who was made an Acting Minister of Government on January
4th of this year, was shot on the same day of his appointment.
The WfsqPng took place early in the evening at the village of
Adelphi about 10 miles from St.Georges, and Belmar died at the
General Hospital in St.Georges early on the morning of the 5th.
There have been several confusing pieces of evidence brought
before the trial Judge, Mr Justice Archibald Nedd, and the jury
of eight men and four women. Two eye-witnesses to the crime
have already given evidence and much of the confusion has arisen
as a result of conflicting statements made by these witnesses.
The first in the witness box was Corporal Cecil Gittens of the
Grenada Police Force who testified that he was within a few feet
of Belmar outside the "Bamboo Bar" when the shot was fired.
Belmar and another man were sitting on the railing surrounding
the platform at the top of the three steps leading to the bar,
and Gittens said he was standing on the lowest treader of the
According to the Corporal, Budhlall was standing a few feet
away when he (Gittens) heard an explosion, after which he
chased Budhlall in an unsuccessful attempt to arrest him.
That version of what happened has been contradicted by the
evidence of another eye-witness, Mr Nerry Lee. Mr Lee
told the Court that he was present when the fatal shot was
fired but that Coropral Gittens. was not. He said Gittens
was inside the "Bamboo Bar" at the time.
Contradictory evidence was given also by Surgeon Specialist,
Dr John Holgate, whose testimony is in conflict with the
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Proseoution' oease that Belmar was shot by Budhlall abo was
standing on a lower level and to Belmar's left.
Dr Blgate performed an emergency operation on Belmar after the
shooting and he told the Court that death had been caused by
severe haemorrage. He said also that the gun had been fired
by a person most likely stationed to there right of Belmar and not
far away. The gun, he said, must have been pointed downwarlds
beOause the single bullet had entered sho right aide of the
lower cheat and had emerged same two inches lower down on the
Path of Bullet
To date, 17 witnesses have According 'To According To
given evidence and a legal D. lante Prosecution
source lose to the trial /*)
told NBWSLETTER today (29th)
that the trial is likely to
last another 10 to 15 days.
Messrs Maurice Bishop, Lloyd'
Noel and Ben Jones appear for Budhlall, and Mestrs Kenrick Radix
and Wilberforce Nyaok for Wilson. Mr Bryan Alleyne, a
Dominioan barrister and Mr Doodnauth Singh, a Guyanese barrister,
arrived early last week t4. aesist with the defence. T'ey are
expected to leave for hose this week end.
Mr Nathanial King, a Trinidadian barrister, is conducting the
prosecutionn on behalf of Attorney General Ernest John.
AM OEM I'ITwIO"L 3iBtmY nuT OU
Mr Herb Semnal, an American lawyer and observer for Amnesty
International, left Grenada to return to Washington on
Mr Semmel oame to Grenada on June 18th to be present-.or the
Innocent Belmar murder trial btoh began here on. 3e 20th
and is continuing. With the permission of the trial Judge,
Mr Justice Archibald Nedd, Mr Semmel has observed the trial
,,'oceedings from the barrieters' gallery, Accused in this
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case are Kennedy Budhlall and Lauriston Wilson.
Before leaving Grenada, Mr Semmel said he would submit to Amnesty-
International a confidential report on his visit. He could not
say whether.his report would be published.
LIAT LOSES OVER EC$I 7 MILLION /
LIAT (1974) Limited, the "airline of the Eastern Caribbean", lost
EC$1,735,000 over the 12 months ending October 31st 1977.
In a June 14th 1978 circular to employees, Managing Director
Ray Lindsay said this "demonstrates some important results
as compared to prior results", and he felt that, "with sustained
efforts and continued improvement", the future could be faced
with more confidence.
Mr Lindsay's letter said the airline's Directors approved the 1977
Report on June 9th and he quoted the following figures from that
Operating Expenses 26.625.000
Operating Loss 1,072,000
Other Expenses 663,000
Total Loss EC$__1.13X O0q
The J377 Report records that the airline's load factor was at the
all-time high of 65% and traffic increased by 17i over the 1976
figure. The average number of passengers carried every day
VISITOR FRJM TURKS & CAICOS y/
The people of the Turks and CaL os Islands hope that casinos will
be established on their islands as a prop to their economy which
is now supported almost entirely by grants-in-aid from the
This was disclosed in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on
Tuesday (27th) by Mrs Ena Collymore-Woodatock, president of the
Caribbean Area Council of Soroptimist International.Mrs Collymore-
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Woodstock, a Jamaican employed as a magistrate on oontraot In
the Turks and Caicos Islands, has taken time off to visit
Soroptimist Clubs in the region.
"A lot of work is being done to get tourism and other investors
into the islands", she said, "and we hope to have off-shore
banking, other off-shore companies and a few large hotels with
The Turks and Caicos, comprised of 30 small islands with an area
of 192 square miles, are located at the southern extremity of
oi the Bahamas and about 90 miles north of
Haiti. Colonised by the British about ,'
the middle of the 18th century, the islands B
were originally administered by the Bahamas Tr oa
Government, but were made a Jamaican
dependency in 1873. When Jamaica became C____
independent in August 1962, the Turks and Caicos Islands reverted
to being a Crown Colony.
Mrs Collymore-Woodstock told NEVSLTT'ER the islands received a
new Constitition in 1976 when, for the first time, the ministerial
system was introduced. The ruling People's Democratic Movement
has six of the eleven elected seats in the Legislature, and the
opposition Progressive National Party has five. There are
three nominated members.
"The people of the islands dent have strong political feelings",
irs Collymore-Woodstock said, "it is new to them and they are
so interrelated that it is not easy to divide the electorate
into political parties."
According to Mrs Collymore-Woodstock, seven of the islands are
inhabited and the total population numbers over 7,000. On
the principal island, Grand Turk, there are approximately
3,000 people, South Calcos and North Caicos each have about
1 ,500, Salt Cay and Middle CaiOcseach with approximately 600,
Providenciales, 700, and West Caicos a few score. On
several of the small cays there are one or two scattered
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An American Naval Base and an Air Base are located on Grand Turk
Island and this accounts for the jet airport there. No
call, however, Tuk& Caicos
and Mrs Ian
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"We have only a twice-a-week connection with Nassau", she said,
"two small planes fortnightly to Jamaica and a link to Miami
three times a week." She said-the plane to Miami calls at
Grand Turk, South Caicos and Providenciales.
In connection with her visit to Grenada, Mrs Collymore-Woodstock
said it was part of a familiarisation tour of countries in the
region where Soroptimist Clubs have been established. These
are Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Jamaica. Leaving the
Turks and Caicos at the start of her tour, she flew on a United
States military plane to Antigua, from which island .ahe travelled
to Barbados by commercial plane.
"My difficulty in getting by air to Antigua highlights our need
for an air link to the Eastern Caribbean", she said, "and I am
grateful to the Government of the Turks and Caicos and the U S
Authorities for arranging and providing the means of getting me
down to this area."
Mrs Collymore-Woodetock left for Trinidad on Wednesday (28th)
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WHIT41ANt SPEAKER' S VERSION & FACTS DIPpER
Mr Unison Whiteman, Member of Parliament suspended by Speaker
Allison Reason last month, said today (29th) that Mr Reason's
version of what had happened in Parliament "does not correspond
with the facts."
At a press conference today, Mr Whitqman said he has written
the Speaker on June 22nd pointing out that when Mr Reason had
written him on June 15th quoting the statement for which
Mr Whiteman had been suspended, a word was omitted.
Mr Whiteman's suspension took place at a meeting of the House
on May 24th when, according to him, the Speaker called on him
to withdraw an unidentified statement which had been objected
to by Prime Minister Gairy. Mr Whiteman was suspended when
he said he could not withdraw a statement which was not
identified and, in protest against the Speaker's action, the
entire Opposition walked out. Both Mr Whiteman and the
Leader of the Opposition, Mr Maurice Bishop, told NEWSLETTER
they had made unsuccessful attempts after the meeting to get
Mr Reason to say which of Mr Whiteman's statements had been
On June 2nd, Mr Whiteman wrote Speaker season asking again to
be told which of his statements had offended the Prime Minister
and, in a letter dated June 15th, Mr Reason replied. He said
the offending statement was that in which Mr Whiteman said that
price control legislation being introduced would be "Just another
gimmick to harass people who do not show up in "Evening Palace"
on Satruday nights." "Evening Palace" is a nightclub owned
by Prime Minister Gairy.
At his press conference today (29th) Mr Whiteman released copies
of the letter he has written to the Speaker. In it, he states
that, in the Speaker's quotation of the offending statement, the
word "if" has been omitted. He also takes issue with the
Speaker over Mr Reason's contention that the offending statement
was communicated to Mr Whitemen in the House.
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"Let me stress", the letter says, "that at no point before my
naming and suspension was I informed of that statement. The
Prime Minister did not identify the statement which he was
challenging, nor did you tell me which words you wanted me to
Mr Whiteman told the Speaker also .that, with regard to the
statement itself, Mr Reason's version does not correspond with the
facts. "Therefore", Mr Whiteman's letter says, "I am applying
for permission to hear the taperecordings myself or, alternatively,
for the Leader of the Opposition to do so."
Mr Whiteman told NEWSLETTER he understands that his suspension
will be for the duration of the present sitting of the House,
which is likely to be until sometime in December.
NOT ENOUGH AIR SEATS FOR GREjN2ADAv
If LIAT can furnish more passenger seats to Grenada, the chances
are that the 1978/79 Winter Tourist Season will be a good one for
Mr Royston Hopkin, President of the Grenada Hotel Association
(GHA) expressed this view in an exclusive interview with
NEWSLETTER today (30th). "The seating capacity now supplied by
LIAT is still totally insufficient", Mr Hopkin said, "but we
understand the airline may have another aircraft in service for
the season. '1his cannot give us more than some 207 to 25%
increase in seats capacity, but that certainly will be of
Mr Hopkin said he understood LIAT has 5 48-aeater Avro planes in
service and he thought there would be no hotel expansion in
Grenada until this fleet is enlarged. "I can see no possible
hotel expansion on the island until we have seats to satisfy our
present demand", he said, "air seats are limited to the air
facility to the island, and that means LIAT only."
Concerning the Tourist Industry generally, Mr Hopkin said it was
"silly talk" to suggest that only a small percentage of the
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tourist dollar stayed in the island. He said a large
proportion of the hotels in Grenada are locally owned and
their earnings are spent here.
The GHA President said Grenadian hotels are making efforts to
use more local food but, in common with the Hotel Industry
throughout the Caribbean, local hoteliers experience difficulty
obtaining supplies. "One of the problems we have is getting
adequate supplies of meats and vegetables at the times they
are required", he said. "The hotels create great opportunities
for these products to be developed, but there are no marketing
facilities to exploit them."
Mr Hopkin thought that, if this difficulty could be overcome,
there would be a large inflow of money into the local economy
and he thought the Hotel Industry was important enough that
more consideration should be given to the matter.
"It should not be forgotten that the Hotel Industry in Grenada
pays higher salaries than any other industry", he said. "On
the average, a 20-room hotel will employ a staff of about 50
and will pay approximately EC$200,000 wages per annum". This
figure includes Service Charge, Mr Hopkin said, but it does not
include meals, transportation, pension plan or vacation.
Referring to benefits which could be reaped by local farmers,
Mr Hopkin said it was safe to calculate that Urenadian hotels
spend about EC$1,000 per room per month on food.
Mr Hopkin attended the Second Caribbean Tourism Conference &
Exposition in Puerto Rico from lIth to 17th June. This.
Conference was sponsored jointly by the Caribbean Tourism
Association and the Caribbean Hotel Association, and both
organizations held their Annual General Meetings during the
course of the Conference.
At the Annual General Meeting, Mr Hopkin was elected to
the Executive Board of Directors of the Caribbean Hotel
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The S S "Geestorest" sailed on June 27th with 19,666 boxes of
bananas weighing 628,026 Ibs. There were 314 boxes of rejected
fruit. Neither the boxing plant weight nor the price paid to
the Grenada Baana Cooperative Society by Geest Industries Ltd
is available. The Society paid producers EWO 14 per pound.
The last shipment for which the boxing plant weight was available
was that of the "Geeatland" of the 24th April. These
statistics still cannot be obtained, but it has been possible to
get some required figures covering the prices paid by Geest to the
The last Geest price given was for the "Geesttide" of May 9th,
and these statistics are now available for the shipments of 23rd
May and 6th, 13th and 20th June. There were no shipments on
16th and 30th May.
Prices paid by Geest to the Society for the four shipments are :-
"Geestland" 23. 5. 78 EC% 30.217
"Geeattide" 6. 6. 78 31.990
"Geestatar" 13. 6. 78 32.691
"Geestland" 20. 6. 78 32.490
CRUISE LINER CALLS I
During the week ending June 24th, two cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were the "Angelina Lauro" on 20th with 768
passengers, and the "Carla C" on 21st with 710 passengers.