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The Grenada newsletter
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tAlister Hughes
P o Box 65
St.Georges
Grenada
JWESTINDIF':

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
Volume 6 Number 11
For The week Ending July 8th 1978
6th Year Of publication - 175th Issue


BELMAR MURDER TRIAL

Since last Friday (2nd), the jury in the Belmar murder trial have

been kept out of the Court while a "Voir Dire" has. been in

progress. Legal circles told NEWSLSTTER this legal term

refers to "a trial within a trial" and, in this case, it concerns

the admissibliity'of statements alleged to have been made by one

of the accused.

On trial before Mr Justice Archibald Nedd are two persons,

Kennedy Budhlall and Lauriston Wilson. They are accused of the

murder of Innocent Belmar who, at the time of his death on

January 4th last, was an Acting Minister of Government. The

three statements in the "Voir Dire" are alleged to have been made

by Wilson after his arrest on January 5th, and these statements
were produced by the Prosecution during the Preliminary Hearing

in the Magistrate's Court.

The Defence, however, has objected to having these documents

before the High Court, and five grounds for objection are being

argued. These are :-
1. The statements were not free and voluntarily obtained.

2. They were obtained in circumstances amounting to
oppression.

3. They were obtained in violation of the Judges' Rules.

4. To have the statements introduced would be manifestly

most prejudicial at this joint trial and would be
probative.

5. If grounds 1 to 4 do not succeed, the Court is asked to
exercise its over-riding discretion to reject the

statements.

Leading evidence to support these grounds, the Defence has called

Police Sergeant Winston James who took the statements, Inspector
I (continued)










A4ister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEwSLETTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 2
Godfrey Augustine, a cousin of the accused Wilson, who is alleged

to have been present when the statements were taken, and Police

Corporal Jason Franklin who witnessed the signing of the statements.

The Defence also called Lloyd John who was also arrested for this

crime but was released after the preliminary Hearing in the
Magistrate's Court.
"Mongoose Gang"
The Defence has tried to establish that conditions under which
the statements were made exerted undue pressure on Wilson. The

lawyers have attempted to show that, as a relative of the accused,
Inspector Augustine offered inducements to Wilson to make the

statements. The Defence also tried to establish that, when

the statements were being made, two policemen, convicted in the

Courts of brutalising arrested persons, were present. They

have put forward also that members of the former "mongoose gang"
wvo.te present.

.he Duffua Commission of Inquiry into the breakdown of law and

order in Grenada (1973/74) found that the "mongoose gang" was

a band of criminals personally recruited and controlled by

Prime Minister Gairy. The murdered man, Innocent Belmar, then

a Police Officer, commanded the gang.

Lloyd John has already been examined by the Defence and is now
under cross-examination. He probably will be in the witness

box until sometime on Friday (7th), after which both Defence and

Prosecution will address the Court. If addresses are concluded
on Friday, it is expected that the Trial Judge will reserve

until Monday (10th) his judgement as to the admissibility of

the statements.

Appearances in this case are Messrs Maurice Bishop, Lloyd Noel

and Ben Jones for Budhlall, and Mesers Kenrick Radix and

Wilberforce Nyack for Wilson. The Prosecution is being

conducted by Mr Nathanial King, a Trinidadian barrister, who
is appearing for the Attorney General, Mr Ernest John.
(540 words)









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 3

uNIQUE HEALTH CLINIC OPENS NEXT MONTE

Grenada is to have a health clinic offering special treatments

not available anywhere else except Switzerland and Germany.


Located about four miles from St.George, in the heart of the

tourist development centre and occupying the former Grenada

Beach Hotel (now a wing of Holiday Inn), the Grenada Health

Clinic will be the only organisation in the Western Hemisphere to

offer the "Niehans Cell Therapy".


In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (6th), Dr Ivan

Markovics, Head of the Clinic's staff, said Professor Paul Niehans

of Clarena, Switzerland, developed this "cell" therapy 40 years

ago. It has been used successfully for a wide range of

ailments, he said, and these include asthma, disorders of the

liver, rhznratdiai, deafness, low blood pressure, bladder infections

and kidney disorders.


Other illnesses and disorders for which the therapy is recommended

are impotence, frigidity, premature senility, forgetfulness,

menopausal and menstrual disorders, anaemia, heart complaints,

depression, obesity, loss of weight, muscular and joint disorders,

indigestion and lack of concentration.
Sheep
"The basis of the treatment is injection into the muscles of

active cell elements taken from youthful tissue", Dr Markovlcs

said, "and the supplies to be used in Grenada come from a special

herd of sheep in New Zealand". He said these sheep are

carefully preserved from contamination by insecticides and other

pollutants. The animals feed on grass only and great care is

taken to ensure that they are in perfect health.


The cells used in the Niehans Cell Therapy are not drawn from the

adult sheep but from their unborn offspring. Female sheep are

slaughtered before they give birth and, under scrupulously

hygenic conditions, parts of the unborn sheep are reduced to

"cells" for treatment of different diseases.


"We have liver cells, brain cells, kidney cells, skin cells and

cells from almost every part of the body", Dr Markovics said, "and
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Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 4
when these young cells are injected into the human body, they

have a similar effect to that of recharging a run-down battery."

Treatment at the Grenada Health Clinic lasts one week. The

first day is devoted to orientation and instruction by the medical

staff and, on the second day, there is a doctor's examination.

On the third day, laboratory and electroophysiological teats

are made and there is a personal discussion with the Medical

Director.

The treatment is given on the fourth day. According to a

pamphlet put out by the Clinic, there is an "early morning

intramuscular injection-transplattation of embryonic Professor

Niehans cells". The treatment must be followed by four days

of strict bed-rest under medical supervision and, at the end of
the week, there is a final medical check.
Charges
including return air passage from the United States, accommodation

and meals, the one week treatment costs US$2000. However,

patients are encouraged to stay for another week for "cosmetic

treatment". Developed on the principle of Dr Niehans'

cellular therapy, five special beauty preparations have been

developed. These preparations, says the Clinic's brochure,

"open up exciting possibilities for preserving the skin's

youthful beauty and staving off ravages of pollution, stress

and aging." For the additional week, the charge is US$950.

It was originally reported that this establishment would be a
"Cancer Cure Clinic", but Dr Markovios described that as

"complete misinformation". "We are convinced that the

Niehans cell treatment helps to prevent cancer", he said,

because the cell material used is obtained from animals widely

considered to be cancer resistant, but we do not offer the

therapy as a cancer cure."

In addition to Dr Markovics, who is Hungarian, one other

doctor, an American, Dr Donald Rooke, is on the full-time

3taff. A news release from the Clinic says Dr Rooke is an

I pett rienced specialist from California who received his medical

(continued)









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWBY~TTER Week Ending 8.7.76


degree from Glasgow University. The release asys also that

Dr Albert Szent-Gyorgyi of Boston, U S A, Nobel prize winner for

MLdical Rusearch, is the Clinic's Scientific Advisor.

The Clinic will handle 80 to 100 patients at a time, Dr Mprkovics

said, and some 25 to 30 nurses will be employed. He expected

that three more doctors will be in.the full time staff and these

will be drawn one each from Germany, Rumania and the United States.

Also associated with the Clinic is Mr Peter Capella, Grenada's

official tourism representative in Germany. Dr Markovics

told NEWSLETTER that Mr Capella is the Director of the Clinic and

he will be in Grenada for the formal opening next month.
(739 words)


HUBBARD' S SHARE OFFER UNDERSUBSCRIBED /

Sales of the share issue offered by Jonas Browne & Hubbard.Ltd

have fallen short of the target of EC#2 million. Mr Leonard

Hughes, Acting Managing Director of the Company, told NEWSULETER

yesterday (6th) that just over 50Q of the shares have been sold.

In a prospectus published in May, Hubbards offered 200,000 shares

at EC$10 each. The Company has an authorised share capital of
EC$6 million of which EC$2,941,280 had already been paid up. If

the offer had been fully subscribed, the paid up capital would
have increased to nearly EC$5 million.

"The sales which have been made amount to EC51,070,000",

Mr Hughes told NEWSLETTER, "and this is 53.5% of what we offered".

The Acting Managing Director declined to disclose names of

purchasers or to say what percentage of the shares had been

purchased in Grenada. He did say, however, that the large

majority of the shares had been bought by people in Grenada and
the remainder went to purchasers in other parts of the Caribbean.

Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, one of the oldest firms in
the island, was bought out by Grenadians in 1972 from the

Company's British owners. With a diversified revenue ranging

from shipping agencies through supermarkets to insurance
brokerage, the Company had sales of over EGC14 million last
(continued)











Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Pige 7

EC0100. The minimum for all other elassifioations is F"~POO

per month.

The profit sharing clause which existed in the last Agreenent
between CIWU and Hubbards has been retained. 'In this, after

making allowance for 7j% on the Company's issued share capital,

25% of the net profit (before provision for income tax) shall be

reserved for the staff, This deduction will be divided on a

pro rata basis relative to total emoluments drawn.

Another feature of the old Agreement which has been retained is

the pension and Security Scheme. In this oase, however,

there has been an amendment. Under the old Agreement, the

Company and employees each contributed 5 of the employee's

salary to the Scheme. Under the new Agreement, the rate of
contribution has been increased to 71*.

The new Agreement is taken as coming into force on 14th

February t978 and its 33 clauses will remain in effect until

13th February 1981. However, a proviso gives the Union the

right to negotiate for salaries and profit sharing for the third

year of the Agreemaent.
(447 words)


GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT TUO v

The Government owned newspaper, "The West Indian", reports in

its issue of June 15th that, at a meeting of Prime Minister

Gairy with the recently formed Grenada Trades Union Congress,

Mr Gairy pledged Government's support for the organisation.

On April 25th, Mr Gairy's union, the Grenada Manual Maritime &

Intellectual Workers Union (GMMIWU) resigned from the Grenada
Trade Union Council, and May Day celebrations this year saw the

emergence of the Grenada Trades Union Congress. In addition

to GMMIWU, the Congress is comprised of three taxi unions.

These are the Hotel Taxi Association, the Airport Taxi

Association and the National Taxi Association.


The Trade Union Council, which is recognized by the Caribbean

Congress of Labour, is comprised of the Civil Service Association,
(continued









Alister Hughea
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 6
year. Profit after tax exceeded EC4s million and a 10y

dividend was paid.

The Acting General Manager, Mr Hughes, could not say whether a
new offering of shares is to be made. "The Board of Directors
will have to decide that", he said.
(265 words)


HUBBARD'S WORKERS TO GET COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE

A committee of 4, 2 appointed by the Commercial & Industrial
Workers Union (CIWU) and 2 by Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, will

monitor the cost of living in Grenada and make corresponding

adjustments to allowances to the Company's employees.

This arrangement is part of an industrial Agreement signed by

CIWU and Hubbards on June 29th. -'he base date from which
the cost of living will be monitored is February 14th 1978, and

a joint committee of the Union and the Company is now drawing
up a "food basket" of items to form the base commodities from
which the cost of living will be calculated,

According to the Agreement, employees with salaries up to EC300O

per month will receive a cost of living allowance of 4J? for every
56 increase in the cost of living. On salaries from ECI301 to

EC$550 per month, the allowance will be 3%, and, above EC$550,
21% will be paid. The cost of living index will be reviewed
every three months.

Employees are also to get salary increases with effect from

February 14th. The three scales, "up to EC$300 per month",

"EC$301 to EC$550" and "over EC$550", will have increases of
20%, 15p and 10* respectively. On 14th February 1979, there
will be further increases of 15%, 10io and 7-%.

There is provision, however, for minimum rates on established

job classifications, and minimum rates covering new classifications
created by the Company are to be negotiated. On the established
causifications, maids, messengers and wrappers will receive a

minimum m of EC$$40 per month, porters and package room assistants,
EC 160. cold room assistants, EC$180 and apprenticed mechanics
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Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTEr Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 8
the Technical & Allied Workers Union, the Grenada Union of Teachers,

the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, the Taxi Owners & Drivers

Association and the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union.


At his meeting on June 5th with the Trades Union Congress,

Mr Gairy undertook to provide accomodatiop for the organisation

in the building which used to be the Town Hall before Local

Government was abolished. The Prime Minister also undertook

to set up a committee to look into the request by the Congress

for a 40W increase in taxi fares.
Profit Sharing
The Congress put forward the view that workers in the hotel

industry, the commercial sector and in other fields should be

entitled to profit sharing. The Prime Minister is reported

as saying that profits are like the "child of a marriage between

the money and managerial skills of employers on one hand, and

the labour of employees on the other." He expressed the view

that, in the same way that a child belongs to both parents,

profits should be shared by both employers and employees.


Closing the meeting, the Prime Minister gave the assurance that

Government will give favourable consideration to the Congress'

request that it be represented on Government appointed Committees,

Boards and Commissions. Mr Gairy said also that, when.

delegations are being chosen to represent Grenada at 'rade Union

conferences and seminars abroad, consideration will be given to the

Congress.


SWWU/GSA NEGOTIATIONS HIT PROBLEMS

Negotiations between the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union

(SWWU) and the Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) for a new

Industrial Agreement have run into trouble.

The old Agreement expires on Januay 9th and negotiations for

a new Agreement began on April 24th, but progress bogged down

over 12 items and the matter went before the Labour Commissioner,

Mr Robert Robinson, on Tuesday (4th)


..ir Eric Pierre, SVIWU Secretary, told NhWsLETTER today (7th) that
(continued)









Alister Hughes
THE GRLNADA NEWBSLTTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 9
matters still in dispute include wages, a health scheme, alBk

leave and an increased pension allowance. Mr Pierre said that

Tuesday's meeting did not bring agreement and SVWU and G3A will

meet with the Labour CoUissioner again on Wednesday (12th).
(113 word)


CLOSING DOWN OF CIBC BIRAB C IN BALAkCE /

Whether or not the Sauteurs branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank

of Commerce (CIBC) will close now depends on the outcome of

discussions held between the CIBC Caribbean Area Manager and the

Grenada Government.

Sauteurs is a small town on the northern tip of the island and the

CIBC branch was established there 10 years ago. Recently, the

Bank's Sauteurs customers received letters advising them that the

branch would close on July 31st, and this resulted in a public

outcry and demonstrations outside the CIBC branch premises.

Mr Mike Smith, CIBC Manager in Grenada, told NEWSLETTER yesterday

(6th) that Mr Geoffrey Poster, CIBC Caribbean Area Manager

stationed in Barbados, came to Grenada this week and held

discussions with Government. Mr Smith could not say what the

outcome of these discussions was or whether or not the decision

to close the branch will be carried out.

Mr Smith said the Sauteurs branch has a staff of 7. He declined

to say why CIBC wants to close the branch but it is generally
believed that declining business and difficulties of operation

created by legislation have influenced the Bank into cutting down
on the scope of its operations in the island.
(191 words)


BANANA BREEDING ORGANISATION IN MAKING /

The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) will be a member

of a proposed International Banana Breeding Organisation (IBBO)
which will be supported by the major banana exporting countries
of the world.


At a recent meeting in Jamaica, preliminary discussions were held
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Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEBSLETTER Week Ending 8.7.78
Page 10

on establishment of IBBO, and WI4BAN was representedi there by

Dr Eddie Edmunds, Director of WINBAN research & Development.

Other banana interests at the meeting were the Jamaica Banana

Board and representatives from Ecuador and the Union of Banada

Exporting Countries (UBEB) which is comprised of Costa Rica,

Colombia, Hfnduras, Guatemala, Santo Dom&ngo and Panama.
I

Discussions covered staffing needs, finance and testing centres,

and plans have been made for another meeting later this year.

It is hoped to finalise plans then for an international scheme

which will include, not only the participants at the original

meeting, but banana interests in trinidad & Tobago, the

Phillipines and other banana exporting countries.
(1,52 words)


ADDITION TO NCI

The NEWSLETTEPR Cost Index (NCI) published in the issue for the

week ending 24th June, had an important omission. This was the

cost of gasolene which is essential to reflect the cost of

transportation. The only gasolene now sold in Grenada is the

"super" grade and the base price on the NCI Shipping List is

EC02.74 per imperial gallon.
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BANANA SHIPMENTS & CRUISE LINER CALLS

NhWSLETTER regrets that statistics covering banana shipments and

cruise liner calls have not come to hand in time for inclusion

in this issue. It is hoped to bring the figures up to date

next week.
sen**** **$*
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Alist ughes
July 1978




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