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THE GREADA NISLEwTTER
Volume 6 Number 17
For The Week Ending August 19th 1978
6th Year Of Publication - 181st Issue
GAIRY BUYS LAD AT POINT SALINE J
Prime Minister Gairy has purchased the Point Saline estate "Great
House" with five acres of land.
Located on Grenada's southern peninsular, Point Saline estate,
formerly the property of the late W E Julien, now belongs to the
Julien Finance Co Ltd of which Mrs Ena Julien, W E Julien'e
widow, is Managing Director. The area is considered prime
tourist development land and has been suggested as the possible
location of an international airport for the island.
The conveyance to Mr Gairy, dated August 4th, shows that he paid
EC#200,000 for the property and that he owns mother lot of land
in boundary with it on the western side, but a preliminary search
of the official records failed to disclose the Prime Minister's
purchase of that lot.
A legal source expressed the opinion today (18th) that Mr G. ry
may have legal possession of the lot of land in boundary with that
which he has purchased from Julien Finance Co Ltd, but the
transaction has not yet been recorded.
ESSENTIAL SERVES ACT AMENDED
The Governor General has assented to an amendment to the
Essential Services Act passed at the last meeting of Parliament.
Sir Leo's assent was given on August 10th and the amendment
provides for a new section, 21A, which reads :-
"The Minister may by order add to the Schedule of this
Act any service he considers essential or may delete
any service therefrom".
The Schedule of essential services was also amended to include
"Port and dock services including pilotages
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The Schedule of the Principal Ordinance, passed by pwliament
last February and repealing the Essential Servioea Ordinance of
1966, names nine essential services in the Schedule. Thee
are Electricity, Water, Services provided for Public Health and
Related Services, Hospital and Nuraing, Airport, Fire,
Lighthouses, Air Trtfio Control, and Telephone, Telegraph
& Overseas Telecommunication.
Under the Act, special procedures are laid down relative to
industrial disputes in essential services. D tputea must
be referred to the Labour Commissioner who must try to effect
a settlement, and the Minister of Labour may refer the dispute
to an Arbitration Tribunal whose award is binding.
If "lock-out, strike or irregular industrial action" is to be
taken by an employer or trade union, 28 days notice must be
4iven to the Labour Commissioner.
PINSIOEIS FOR AGRICULTURAL 0ASSO9 I'0 v/8
L.onthly paid officers and serva ts of the Grenada Banana
Co-operative Society (GBCS), the Grenade Cocoa Association
(GCA) and the Grenada Co-operative Nutmeg Association (GONA)
&aey not 'o paid ppiatoi. --
Act No 27, the "Pensions (Agricultural Associations)Act",
assented to by the Governor Ueneral on August 10th, states
that, "notwithstanding any law to the contrary, there shall
be charged and paid out of the funds of an Agricultural
Association all sums of money as may from time to time be
granted by way of pension or gratuity to Association Officers."
Retirement age is fixed at 55 but, under Section 7/(1) the Act
says, "No Association Officer shall hwre a right to any pension
or gratuity under this Act." Part (2) of that Section permits
the Association to withhold or reduce the pension if the Officer
"has been guilty of negligence, irregularity, misconduct or has
failed to perform his duties efficiently and with fidelity and
a li gence."
( continued )
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Officers who have served for 10 yewra and upwa s are eligible
for pension which must be calculated "at the annual rate of one
sla-hundreth of his salary for each complete month of his servioeV
POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL TO REOPEN
The Grenada "Torchlight" newsapaer reports that Police
Commissioner Osbert James said the Police Training School was
likely to reopen on August 16th.
The School was started in 1975 under the direction of two
Nigerian Police Officers, Commissioner Janes Usen and Deputy-
Commissioner P E Oyakhilome, who were then seconded to Grenada.
These policemen, originally assigned to Grenada for two years,
left in 1976 after one year's service and the school then ceased
Before his departure, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER,
Commissioner Usen declined to comment on then persistent reports
that he and Mr Oyakhilome were leaving because of disagreement
with Prime Minister Gairy over political interference with the
Police Force. "I am prepared to say no more than that we are
being reassigned", Mr Usen said.
According to the 'Torchlight' report, Commissioner James could
not say how many recruits the reopened School will handle or who
will be in charge.
NUTMEG SHORTAGE v
Officials of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) are
unable to account for a considerable shortage of nutmegs.
The OCNA auditors, Messar Coppers & Lybrand, in their "Report To
Members" state that they are "unable to determine the reason for
the apparent shortage of 137,658 'equivalent pounds processed' in
nutmegs, and they note that "in prior years there were always
overages as ascertained by deduction."
It is reported that this unexplained shortage is creating concern
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among nutmeg producers who, since the take-over of GCNA by
Government in mid-1975, have not been called to a General
Meeting. Frustration among producers relative to their
inability to raise questions dbout the shortage with .the
Government-appointed 'Interim Board' is said to have been
increased by the fact that, in its Repprt on Trading published
recently, the Interim Board has not mentioned the shortage.
Sources close to GONA told NESI3ITTER today (18th) that an
investigation into the shortage is in progress but the cause
has not yet been discovered.
WAtINIG AGAINST CORED BEEF
The Grenada Ministry of Health has warned the public against
eating corned beef from Argentina which carries a certain
.*lentification on the container.
Mr Winston Thomas, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health,
:old NEWSLLTTER today (17th) thet the Urenada Government had
received a report that the United States Department of
Agriculture had recalled from sale all tinned Argentine corned
beef carrying the identification "Establishment Ho. 1964".
Confirmation was received from Panamerican Health Organisation
(PAHO) experts in Trinidad that ome corned beef from
Argentina could cause poisoning because of the decomposed
condition of the meat and, as a result, caution has been
advised with several brand names published.
"We have made a survey of the local market", Mr Thomas told
NEWSLETTER, "and, so far, none of this infected meat has been
found." The Permanent Secretary saad a watch is being
maintained at the Customs and shipments about which there is
any doubt will be confiscated.
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LOYD ST LQUIS TO GEM PENSION /
Mr Lloyd St.Louts, ex-Magistrate and defeated -and.Aj te of the
Grenada/Labour Party -(GULP) in the last General Elections, is to
receive a pension frog Government.
According to an Act passed by Parliament in February and assented
to by Governor General Sir Leo deGShl on August 10th, Mr St.Louis
is to be given a pension "notwithstanding anything to the
contrary contained in the Pensions Ordinance."
Mr St.Louis figures prominently in the Report of the Duffus
Commission of Inquiry into the breakdown of law and order and
police brutality in Grenada. The Commissioners, looking into
Mr St.Louis' conduct as a Magistrate, found he exhibited "callous
disregard" for the liberty of persons whose application for tail
he refused. "He acted without regard to the Fundamental
Rights and Freedoms section of Grenada'a Constitution", the
Commissioners said, "and has shown himself to be unfitted for the
responsible post of Magistrate."
In their recommendations, the Commissioners said Mr St.Louis
failed to discharge his judicial office with fairness and
competence, and they suggested that the Judicial & Legal Services
Commission (JLSC) enquire into his conduct with a view to
The JLSO did not, however, look into Mr St.Louis' conduct and he
continued in his post as Magistrate until he resigned on 31Bt
October 1976 to contest the St.Andrews South West seat under the
banner f Mr Gairy's Guenada United Labour Party in the General
Elections of December 7th 1976.
Mr St.Louis was defeated and has since held various posts with
Government including that of Personal Advisor to Prime Minister
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NEW BDD HEAD TO VISIT QRFNADA/
Mr John Edwards, recently appointed Head of the Brit&sh
Development Division (BDD) in the Caribbean, is to visit
Grenada in connection with British aid to the State.
"Mr Edwards will advise the British High Commission on aid
to Grenada matters", Mr Michael Dibben; iocal representative
of the High Commission, told NEWSLETTER today (17th), "and,
in due course, he will visit Grenada in this connection."
Mr Ldwards, who took up his appointment in Barbados on August
3rd, replaced Sir Bruce Greatbatch who retired in July. The
new BDD Head was recently in charge of the Development
Co-ordination Department of Britain's Overseas Development
Ministry, and previously headed the British Development
Division in East Africa.
The British Development Division in Barbados advises British
High Commissions and Embassies in the area on local
development needs and technical cooperation. In addition,
BDD administers the British aid programme to the Associated
States and British Caribbean Dependencies.
BRITISH DEFENCE ADVISOR VISITS J
Colonel R M Harms, British Defence Advisor for the Caribbean,
visited Grenada from August 9th to 11th.
Colonel Harms held discussions with Senator Henry Bullen,
ministerr of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Lieutenant
Colonel Winston Massanto, Commanding Officer of the Defence
Force and Mr Osbert James, Commissioner of Police.
NEWSLETTER understands that Colonel Harms* visit was a
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CSB REiRESENTAIIVE VISITS /
Mr Kevin Carey, Regional Representative of the Cmmoawealth
Society for the Blind (CSB) visited Grenada this week.
Mr Carey, 27, who has been in Trinidad for the past four months
and who has been blind from birth, is on a two year contract
which gives him responsibility for the Commonwealth Caribbean,
and, in an exclusive interview with NEW CETTER on Wednesday (16th),
he said his main objective is to help the region to upgrade all
services for blind people and for eye care.
"Eye care goes outside people who are technically blind by legal
definition", he said, "it meai.n stopping people from going blind
and it means curing people who are blind who can be cured."
During his visit, Mr Carey paid a oouttesy call on Governor
General Sir Leo deGale, the Minister of Health and other officials
of Government. He held discussions-also with Sir Dennis Henry,
President of "The Priends of the Blind", and with Mrs Stella
Neckles, Mannger of the Workshop for the Blind.
As an Independence gift to Grenada, Barclays Bank International
Ltd is building an Opthalmic Clinic and Mr Carey visited the site
where construction work has already begun. The CSB
representative said the principal objective of his Grenada visit
was to promote cooperation between his organisation, the Grenada
Government, service organizations. and the general public.
In this connection, he cited the Opthalmic Clinic as an example of
the cooperation he hopes to promote. "Barclays Bank is
building a Clinic as a gift to Grenada", he said, "my organisation
could provide the equipment for the Clinic and the Government of
Grenada will pay.salaries of the nurses working there."
"I am convinced that the people of Grenada want the help of the
Commonwealth Society for the Blind", Mr Carey said, "but, in
addition, they are not willing to sit back, they want to help too
and be part of it so that, at every turn, we have full
participation in all our programmes."
Mr Carey left Grenada on Thursday (17th) for Antigua and will
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visit Montserrat, St.Lucia and Barbados before returning to
GRhNADA FOR PIEA/COCA-COLA TOUR AMbMT T
Grenada is to enter the World Youth Football Tournament
sponsored by the International Football Federation (FIFA) and
Coca-Cola. This was disclosed in an exclusive interview
with NEW1~ ETTER on Wednesday (16th) by Mr Royston La Hee,
Secretary of the Grenada Football Association.
Mr La Hee said Grenada had been admitted to full membership
of FIFA at the 1978 Congress held in Argentina during the
holding of the World Cup finals. iThis entitles Grenada
to take part in all FIFA sponsored competitions", Mr La Hee
said, "and we are fielding a team in the regional eliminations
of the World Youth Tournament which tsteaplaoc in Honduras in
riovember". Mr La Hee said the finals of this tournament
tapaplace in Japan next year.
Grenada's membership of FIFA also entitles the State to take
part in the PIFA/Coca-COla sponsored seminars on world football
development. In this connection, a team of experts arrives
in Grenada on Sunday (20th) to begin a week-long seminar to
which 60 local participants have been invited.
Mr La Hee said this team will comprise four experts.
"Mr Vojislav Bizic of Yogoslavia will deal with Sports
Administration", he said, Mr Hienz Marotzke of East Germany
with Coaching, Mr Stanley Lover of England with Refereeing,
and Dr David Muckle with Sports Medicine."
In connection with Sports Medicine, Mr La Hee thought this was
one of the most important subjects to be dealt with at the
seminar as it is a growing field and has gained a lot of
attention. "About 10 members of the medical community have
accepted our invitation to attend the seminar", he said, and
I have received a cable from the Antigua Football Association
Paying that they are sending a medical representative."
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The Governor General, Sir Leo deGLe, has been invited
to attend the opening ceremony which takes place at the
Conference Dome, Grand Anse, on Monday (21st).
The 8 S "Geestland" sailed on August 15th with 1,8,41i
boxes of bananas weighing 576,159 lbs. The Grenada
Banana Cooperative Society paid producers EC014 per
pound on the boxing plant weight but this weight is
not yet available. There were 324 boxes of rejected
The price paid by Geest Industries to the Society on
this shipment is not yet available, but on the shipment
by "Geeattide" on August iat, Geest paid ECg33.948.
On the shipment by "Geeatatar" on August 8th, Geest
paid the Society ECG 33.815 per pond.
The boxing plant weights for the shipments of
8th were respectively 661,730 Ibs and 469,572
Total weight shipped 1977
Total weight shipped to date 1978
1978 shipments to date as % of
total 1977 shipments
Shipments January to June 1977
Shipmaeta January to June 1978
CRUISE LINER CALLS I
During the week ending August t2th, three cruise liners called
at Grenada. The "Cunard Countess" arrived on the 8th with
775 passengers, the "Angelina Laura" on the 9th with 781
passengers, and the "Pair Wind" on the 10th with 1,106 passengers.
7 1Alister Hughes
18th August 1978