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THE GREfADA NEWSLETTER
Volume 6 Number 16
For The Week Ending August 12th 1978
6th Year Of Publication - 180th Issue
TWO SPECIES OF 'MOCO' J
There are two species of Mooo disease threatening agriculture in
Grenada. One specie affecting bluggoe (a type of banana)
plants in Grenada has been in the island for some time, and the
other specie has only recently attacked the banana grown for
This information was given today (11th) by an officer of the
Ministry of Agriculture when NEWSLETTER phoned Mr Franklyn Duncan,
Permanent Secretary in that Ministry, for information relative to
Moco disease reported by the Windward Islands Banana Association
(WINBAN) as being in Grenada.
Mr Duncan referred NhivSLETLER to Mr Neville Nedd, an Agricultural
Officer, who said it is known that one specie of Moco has been
attacking the bluggoe for years. The bluggoe is of the banana
family but cannot be eaten uncooked. It is an important item
of the Grenadian diet.
According to Mr Nedd, the other specie of Moco is confined to one
area, Samaritan, at the north end of the island. Here, several
farmers have reported the disease in their banana plantations and
a survey is now in progress to ascertain the spread of the
disease in that area.
Taking part in the survey are the Ministry of Agriculture, the
University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Development
Institute, The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society and WINBAN.
"This suayey is confined to the known infected area", said
Mr Nedd, "but field members of the Ministry of Agriculture are
vigilant throughout the island for signs of Moco."
Mr Nedd said also that the dwindling supply of bluggoes is not
due to Moco disease but to the fact that land formerly planted
with bluggoe is now used for export bananas. "tlere were
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areas where bluggoes used to be grown and where farmers had
difficulty with the plants", he said, "and these areas have
now been given over to bananas".
OAS TRANSNATIOMAL VOTE: GRENADA ABSTAINS
The Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper reports that Grenada
abstained from a vote on an OAS Resolution setting out
guidelines for transnational Companies.
The vote took place at the recent 8th Regular Session of the
OAS General Assembly in Washington. The Resolution, which
was adopted, sets out 10 behaviour guidelines as "valuable
elements for the preparation of a code of conduct" for
Twenty Latin American countries voted for the Resolution, the
"Torchlight" reports, the United States voted against and
Grenada abstained. The news report did not indicate the
position of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbadas and Jamaica on this
PRIVY COUNCIL RESERVES DECISION IN FERGUSON CASE
Charles Perguson, convicted for the murder of Roy Donald on
April 6th 1974, will know the result of his appeal to the Privy
Council in October. Ferguson was sentenced on November 4th
1975 and, before his Privy Council appeal, was to be hanged on
September 29th last year.
Ferguson was tried twice for this crime. He was first
convicted on October 11th 1974 but the Appeal Court ordered
a retrial. Convicted at the second trial, the Appeal Court
upheld the conviction, findind that though there were
inconsistencies in the evidence, the jury had enough evidence
before it to reach a decision.
Mr.Lloyd Noel, Counsel for Ferguson, presented the case for the
defence before the Privy Council last month. He was led by
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British barrister Mr Nigel Murray and the appeal was heard by five
Mr Noel argued that the Court's decision against his client was
wrong, unsafe and unsatisfactory in that witnesses had told
blatant lies and the Trial Judye had deemed their testimonies
"CORA" SPARES GRENADA /
Tropical storm "Cora" passed near Grenada last night (40th/11th)
but there are no reports of damage.
'his storm, which has been developing in the western Atlantic
for the past few days, was located at latitude 12.3 degrees north
and 58.5 degrees west longitude at noon yesterday (10th).
Grenada's geographic position is centered at 12.13 degrees north
latitude and 61.66 degrees west longitude so that, at that time,
the centre of the storm was about 190 miles away and almost due
east of the island.
The forward speed of the storm was given as 20 to 25 miles per
hour and, three hours after the noon location yesterday, its
latitude was unchanged but it had moved forward to 59.5 degrees
west longitude. That was a distance of some 60 miles travel
since its noon position and this confirmed the forward speed as
approximately 20 miles per hour.
The distance of the storm from Grenada was then estimated to be a
little over 100 miles and it was thought its centre would pass
the island at approximately 9.00pm. There was, however,
little public awareness that bad weather was approaching. Radio
Grenada broadcast no storm warning until 4.00pm. Blue skies
and normal conditions prevailed and it was not until about 6.00pm
that the wind dropped to nothing, the sky became overcast and
there was light rain.
NEWSLETTER was in touch with points islandwide and reports
indicate that, by 8.00pm, the entire island was covered by very
low cloud with intermittent light rain. There was little wind
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except for occasional light cold puffs from the north and west.
Wind and rain increased in intensity towards midnight with
lightening and thunder especially in eastern and northern areas.
Between 9.00pm and 4.00am, nine tenths of an inch of rain was
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measured ot thp no bhern endof .te island. Towards morning
there was a lifting of the clouds and a lightening of the rain,
but dawn found an overcast sky with a threat of more rain.
At 6.00am today (11th), "Cora" was centered at 12.2 degrees north
latitude and 64.4 degrees west longitude or about 120 miles west
of Grenada. The speed of the storm was still being given
as 20 miles per hour but it is probable that when it passed
Grenada it was moving ..omewhat more slowly. It is estimated
that the centre of the storm passed a little north of the island
at approximately midnight.
Mr ~'ranklyn Duncan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Agriculture, told NEWSLETTER today (11th) he had had no reports
of damage to crops and, as far as bananas are concerned, this
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was confirmed by Mr Hatold Baptiste, Manager of the Grenada Banana
The aftermath of the storm, however, may bring more damage than
the storm itself. Heavy rainfall is reported today (11th) and,
at the northern end of the island, 21 inches of rain were recorded
in the 50 minute period between 9.30am and 10.20am.
Rivers are swollen, especially on the east coast and, on that
coast also, there have been power failures. Mr W R Lord,
Manager of Grenada electricity Services, told NLWSLLTTER these
failures were due to fallen trees damaging power lines. Most
have been cleared but electricity to Pearls airport is still
POSETT FAVOiRED DOMINICA OPPOSITION/
When Mr Richard Posnett, Special Advisor to the British Foreign
Office, visited Dominica last May to assess public opinion in that
island, he deliberately directed his closest attention to the
opposition Freedom Party and to groups known to have expressed
reservations concerning the termination of Dominica's status of
association with the United Kingdom.
This information was given to NEWhLETThR by the British High
Commission in Barbados in reply to a letter sent by NEWSLETTER to
Mr Ted Rowlands, British Under-decretary of State for Foreign and
Writing to Mr Rowlands, NLWSLETTIE noted that the Leader of the
Opposition in the Dominica House of Assembly, Miss Eugenia
Charles, together with other Opposition parliamentarians, had
condemned Mr Posnett's "manner of consultation". It was said
that Mr Posnett "did not gain a thorough view of the issues
involved nor could he appreciate the nationally recognized fear
of Dominico becoming independent under the present leadership.
The British High Commission pointed out to NEWNLETTER that,
because Mr Posnett directed his closest attention to the
opposition, "if there was an imbalance in the opinions expressed
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to him, it seems likely to have been in favour of the Freedom
party and those other groups."
The British High Commission advised NEWSLaTER also that, when
the Dominica Termination of Association Order was discussed in
the House of Commons on July 21st, Mr Evan Luard MP, Chairman
of the Dominica Constitutional Conference, was able to announce
agreement between the Dominica Government and Opposition
concerning the constitutional provisions for the Eleotorial
These provisions are covered by Section 56 of the draft Dominica
Constitution and, originally, Premier Patrick John proposed there
should be a single Electorial Commissioner appointed by the
President of Dominica.
This proposal was subsequently modified by premier John to a three
nan Electorial Commission appointed by the President. The
President would appoint the Chairman "in his own deliberate
judgement", and he would appoint the other two after consulting
the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
2iss Eugenua Charles, the Leader of the Opposition, would not
agree to this. In his Report on his visit to Dominica,
Mr Posnett says the Opposition "attached great importance to
adopting for the Electorial Commission a pattern of appointment
similar to that of the Constituency Boundaries Commission, namely
that, aside from the chairman, one member should be appointed on
the advice of the Prime Minister and one on the advice of the
Leader of the opposition."
It is not clear when these opposing views were reconciled.
Mr Luard announced in the House of Commons on July 21st that
agreement had been reached, but it is reported that, in Dominioa
on the evening of the 20th July, an opposition public meeting
vigcVotaKy protested the provisions of Section 56.
That meeting condemned the proposed provisions in that "the
composition of the Electorial Commission in particular which
'-ovides for a Chairman appointed by the president (a lackey of
f cor.ti n ued)
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the Prime Minister) and two members appointed by the President
ensures that the Electorial Commission will be totally manipulated
by the Prime Minister."
A news story in the Dominica "New Chronicle" of Saturday July
29th says that "this week" Premier John announced an amendment to
Section 56. Under this amendment, there is to be a five-man
Eleetorial Commission. One will be appointed by the President
"in his own deliberate judgement", two on the advice of the Prime
Minister and two on the advice of the Leader of the Oppgsition.
As a result of Premier John's comment when he announced the
amendment, doubts have deepened as to whether the House of
Commons had accurate information that an agreement had been
reached between Premier John and Leader of the Opposition Miss
Charles. TMis amendment, Mr John said, was requested by his
Government and "not,as claimed, by the Opposition."
Premier John said he had asked also for a provision that the
Leader of the Opposition must submit names of nominees for the
Electorial Commission within 30 days of notification for
Dominica will become an independent nation on Friday November 3rd,
on the 485th anniversary of the discovery of the island by
Christopher Colunbus on Sunday November 3rd 1493.
CI\U ELECTS OFFICERS /
Mr Eric Pierre has been reelected to the post of President of
the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU), the office he
has held since this union was founded in 1956.
Election took place at the CIWU Annual General Meeting on July
31st with Mr Vincent Noel voted into the post of l1st Vice-
President and Mr Anslem Peters, 2nd Vice-President. These
officers will comprise the Executive of the union together with
Miss Tessa Copland (Assistant Secretary), Hugh Romain (Organising
Secretray), Messrs Osborne Baptiste and Anslem Dubourg and
Ms. Sheila Noel (Trustees), and Mr Roger Jones, Miss Lucy Stroude,
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Miss Linette Edwards, Mr Charles Hood, Miss Andrea Stephena and
Miss Gloria St.Bernard.
The post of Secretary is not an elected one. Mr John Vinoent
was appointed to this position.
OPENING OF HEALTH CLINIC DELAYED
The Grenada Health Clinic which was scheduled to open early this
month will not start to accept patients until about August 25th.
Dr Ivan Markovics, Medical Director of the Clinic, told NEWSLETTER
today (11th) that certain laboratory equipment shipped by air
from New York had not yet arrived. "We are having problems
with certain packages which have been on the way to us for the
last seven weeks", he said, "and although we have the invoices,
the airlines have npt brought us the goods."
The Grenada Health Clinic will offer treatment by the "Niehans
Cell Therapy". This therapy is based on the theory that
injections of cells from sheep "offer new life to the diseased
organism." "The basis of the treatment is injection into
the muscles of active cell elements taken from youthful tissue",
the Medical Director told NEWSLETTER, "and supplies to be used
in Grenada come from a special herd of sheep in New Zealand."
Treatment will last one week and, among other ailments, will
deal with diseases of the liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys, gall
bladder, lungs, reproductive glands and brain. Including
return air passage from the United States, accommodation and :
meals, the one week treatment will cost US$2000.
The Clinic will cater to some 80 patients at any one time and
Dr Markovics said bookings for November, December and January
are "quite satisfactory". Booking offices have been set up
in New York, Frankfurt and Munich, and Dr Markovics said he
hoped soon to have a detailed report on how well these offices
P'ir Peter Capella, Grenada's official tourism representative in
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Germany and tbe Director of the Clinic io elected to arrive in
Grenada shortly", Dr Markovics said, "and he will have information
on the bookings." He said also that, when Mr Capella arrives,
the opening date of the Clinic will be decided.
The S 8 "Geestatar" sailed on August 8th with 14,150 boxes of
bananas weighing 448,148 Ibs. There wvee 191 boxes of
rejected fruit. The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society
(GBCS) paid produoera ECO 14 per pound on the weight received at
the boxing plants but this weight is not yet available.
The price paid by Geest Industries Ltd to GBCS is not available
nor is the Geest price on the shipment by "Geesttide" of August
1st. Also still to be obtained is the boxing plant weight
relative to the shipment by "Geesttide" of August 1at.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
Cruise liner calls at Grenada for the week ending August 5th
were as follows :
Monday July 31st "Fair Wind" 1102 Passengers
Tuesday August sat "Angelina Lauro" 740 do.
S"Cunard Countess" 815 do. 11r
Wednesday August 2nd "Carla C" 788 do.
lit ugust 1978