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THE GRXNADA N*MSl TT"ER
Volame 6 :: N1mber-22
For The week F~ding September 30th 1978
6th Year of Publication 186th Issue
DaEgICE FORCE TRAINEH1S RETURN PFROM CHILE /
Two members of the Grenada Defence Ponce have returned from Chile
after undergoing training at the Police Acadamy in Santiago.
They abt Fritz Abraham and Leon La Crette and are said to hold the
ranks of Captain and Sargeant respectively.
Following Prime Minister Gairy's visit to Chile for the General
Assembly of the Organisation of Ameridan States in $976, there
were reports oi growing good relations between the Governments of
Chile and Grenada. The Grenada Government did not confirm
reports ea t- t had received offers of aid from Chile, but
confirmation cane in august 1977 when the Chilean naval training
ship "Eameralda" visited Grenada.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, the Public Relations
Officer of the "Esmeralda", Lieutenant Commander Gaston Vidale,
said the Governments of Chile and Grenada were then considering
the proposal that members of the Grenada Police Force be trained
As far as is known, no Grenada policemen were sent to Chile, but
Mesars Abraham and La Crette left for C4ile late in september 1977.
NEhW8LETTER understands that they underwent intensive military
training before returning to the island last week.
The Commanding Officer of the Grenada Defence Porce, Lieutenant
Commander Winston Massanto, declined today (29th) to say whether
the two men have yet taken up duties with the Defence Force.
Mr Abraham is the son of the Supervisor of leetiona and Education
Officer, Mr Albert Abraham.
THE GRENADA NEWBLEI'TER Week Ending 30.9.78
GG DEQALE ON PRE-.RTIRSiINB T LAVE
Governor General Sir Leo De Gale left Genada today (29th) on
pre-retirement leave. He is ue to take formal leave of the
Queen at Buckingham Palace on October 19th.
Mrs Marie-Josephine McIntyre has been sworn in as acting Governor
General pending the arrival of Mr Paul Odoon, Governor General
Mr Scoon is expected to arrive in Grenada on Tuesday next (3rd)
PAB CO NERENCE IN VGREADA'
The 20th Pan Ameficfa Sanitary Conference opened in Grenada on
September 25th with representatives from 32 countries present.
Minister of HeaLth, Mr.Herbert Preudhomme, was elected Chairman
of the Conference, and a speech by Prime Minister Geiry was read
by Senator Henry Bullen, Minister of State responsible for Home
& Poreign Affairs.
An important function of this Conference was the election of the
Director General of the Pan American Health Organisation.
Outgoing Director General, Dr Hector Acuna, was eligible for
reelection and sources close to the Conference told NEWSLLETTE
that considerable behind-the-scenes lobbying was taking place
and it was anticipated that Dr Acin' would be replaced. T'his
prediction, however, proved false and Dr Acuna has been reelected
to the post.
Each country represented at the Conference has reported on the
state of its health services and today (29th) is being devoted
to technical discussions. There wil. be an adjournment thia
afternoon until Mondeay (2nd) and the Conference is due to
conclude on Friday October 6th.
DAVtI: OEMENT PROJECT NOT IN TROUBLE /
Mr B N Davis, Manrging Director of Grenada Cement Co Ltd, denied
today (29th) that his Company is in any difficulty getting off
the ground. (eont ated)
TH1 GRkBADA NBEWSLEITER Week-Eading 30.9.78
N.WSLETTER asked Mr Davis to comment on a report in the
Grenada "Torchlight,' newspaper of September 24th that the
Company had "run into troubled waters over the Company's.
refusal to pay a S.a..'0f .3.% of the share capital"4
Mr Davis was asked also about allegations in the newspaper
that he has "Austrian co-principals and a member of the
T-i.ni.ad judiciary due to sit on the Board of Directors
after his imminent retirement."
"I snt know where the "Torchlight" has got this cock and
bull story", Mr Davis told NhWSLaiTTiR, "and I don't understand
:*r Davis said he didn't know what the newspaper meant by
being "in troubled waters", and there was no truth in the
statement that his Company has Austrian ao-prinoipals or a
member of the Trinidad judiciary who is due to retire and
will sit on the Board of Direators of the Grenada Cement
Co Ltd. "Where they have got all that from, I just
dent know", Mr Davis said.
The Grenada Cement Co Ltd was incorporated on September 15th
1978 with an authorized share capital of EC$20 million.
There are 200,000 shares each of Ec100 but, according to
documents filed at the Registry, only two shares have been
.issued. These are held, one each, by Mr Davis and his
wife Dr I M Trimmingham-Davis.
The Articles of Association of the Company make Mr Davis
Managing Director "until he dies or resigns". He has the
power to appoint other directors but "all powers, authorities,
and discretion" vested in the Directors are vested in him.
Mr Davis declined today (29th) to give any information about
the Company. "The venture is moving ahead successfully",
he said, "but it is still in its embryonic stage and I have
no statement to make now."
THE _GRPADA NEWSLETTER i~ M Ending 30o.9.78
NIW l "O6uIa6ION4R OF kOLICGE
Mr Anthony "Lucky" Bernard, 46, has been appointed Acting
Commissioner of Police, replacing Commissioner )sbert James who
has gone on leave. Mr Bernard's appointment dates.from
September 20th. It is understood.that Mr James has over
one year's accumulated leave and that itAis not expected that
he will return to the post of Commissioner.
,ir Bernard was a school teacher for some 20 years before he
joinae the Royal Grenada Police Force on December 1st 1969 with
the -annk of Inspector in Charge of the Special Branch. In
1170, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police,
and, in 1973, was made A D C to the triGovernor, Dame Hilda
When Dame Hilda fled from Grenada on January 2iat 1974, .at the
time of the looting of St.Georges by Prime Minister Gairy's
State-paid 'police Aids', Mr Bernard was made ADO to then
Governor Sir Leo DeGele who replaced Dame-Hilda. He has
remained in that post until his present appointment as Acting
Commissioner of Police.
RADIX LOSEm APPEAL /
The Court of Appeal has handed down a decision against Mr Kenrick
Radix in his Election Petition against Mrs Cynthia Galry, which
Petition arose out of the General Elections of December 7th 1976.
Mr Radix' main contention was that the List of Electors used
for the General elections was invalid because the Supervisor of
Elections had failed to carry out annual.revisions of the List
as required by law.
'his case was first heard in the High Court before Mr Justice
Archibald Nedd in July 1977 and, on 16th September 1977,
Mr Nedd gave judgement against Mr Radix.
Dealing with Mr Radix' contention that the Electorial List
was illegal, the Trial Judge referred to Section 3 of the
House of Representatives (Registration of Electors 1976
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Revision) Act, number 14/1976,* This motion reads ;:
"3. Notwithstanding the protiatons of the principal
Ordinance, the revision of the existing list shall
be in accordance with the provisions of this Acts"
Mr Nedd's finding was that this section takes care of any
deficiency occasioned by the failure of the Supervisor of
Elections to make an annual revision of the Electorial List.
The Appeal Court, comprised of Justices Neville Berridge, Neville
Peterkin and Sir Maurice Davis, agreed with Mr Nedd's finding and,
on September 19th, rejected Mr Radix' appeal.
Two other Election were filed together with that of
Mr Radix. They are by Mr wilberforce Nyack against Mr Oliver
Raeburn and by Dr Rupert Japal against Mr Albert Forsythe. The
grounds of these Petitions are similar to those of Mr Radix and,
after his loss in the Appeal Court, legal sources think it
unlikely that these Petitions will be proceeded with.
All three petitioners belong to the opposition New Jewel
Movement and the three petitioned against belong to the ruling
Grenada United Labour Party.
MGA "RELUCTANT" TO ENDORSE HEALTH CLINIC /
The Grenada Medical Association (GMA) is "reluctant to endorse"
the practice of the "Niehans Cell Therapy" which the still-to-be-
opened Grenada Sealth Clinic proposes to administer.
A spokesman for GMA told NLWSLETIt2E today (29th) that the practice
of administering cells to patients, as advocated in the cellular
therapy, As not a universally accepted medical principle. The
benefits claimed for this therapy, he said, have not withstood
proper scientific scrutiny, and GRA "is reluctant to endorse
The Grenada Health Clinic, located in the East Wing of the Grenada
Holiday Inn, proposes to treat patients by the "Niehans Cell
Therapy". This treatment involves injecthdi. of cells from
sheep tissue, brain cells being used to treat brain diseases, bone
THE GRENADA NEWStLETTER Wek. Ending 30,9.78
cells for bone diseases, cartilage cells for joint diseases eto.
"We have liver cells, brain cells, kidney cells, skin cells and
cells from almost every part of the body", Hr Markovic, the
Medical Director of the Clinic told NEWILLTTER in an interview
in July, "and when these young cells are irnacted into the human
body, they have a similar effect to that of recharging a run-
1o A"I battery."
It wes originally reported that this establishment would be a
"Cancer Cure Clinic", but Dr Markovios said this was "complete
misinformationn" But, he said, he was convinced that the
'Niecans Cell Therapy would help to prevent cancer because the
cells used are obtained from animals widely considered to be
Original plans were that the Clinic would open in August, but
equipment shipped months ago to Grenada from the United States
has not arrived and Dr Markovica cannot say when patients will
be accepted. In the mean time, it is reported that the
Clinic is having staff problems. Dr Donald Rooks, the only
other doctor on the full-time staff, left the island early in
September and NEWSLETTER is informed that, because of differences
with Dr Markovics, he will not be coming back.
NLSWSLETTER is advised also that the Clinic's Laboratory
Technician, Miss Maria Vidal, also had differences with
Dr Markovics and left the island on September 19th. Today
(29th), Dr Markotics told NEWSLETTER that Dr Rooks is away
from the island on holiday and will be returning. Miss
Vidal, he said, had been foubd to be "unsuitable" and had been
The opinion of the Grenada Medical Association with reference
to the "Niehans Cell Therapy" is similar to that of the American
Cancer Society (ACS). In a document entitled 'Fresh Cell
Therapy', ACS Bays, "After careful study of the literature and
other information available to it,-the American Cencer Society
does not have evidence that treatment with the Fresh Cell
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 30.9.78
Therapy or 'C1T results in obje.otive.benefit in the treatment."
When the Grenada Health Clinic opens, it will handle 80 to 100
patients at a time. treatment will last one week and will
cost U8#2000 including return air passage from the United States,
accommodation and meals. Dr Markovioa told NEWSL~TTER that
patients will be encouraged to stay on for an extra week to be
treated with special beauty preparations developed on the
principle of the "Niehans Cell Therapy". Cost for the
additional week will be US5950.
ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERiNOR VISITS V
Mr W Fritz Humphreys, Governor of Rotary District 404, is now on
a four-day official.visit to Grenada.
Mr Humphreys, who arrived in "renada on Tuesday (26th), is resident
in St.Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. In an exclusive
interview with NEWSLETTER on 26th, Mr Humphreys said he had
visited Grenada several times before, but this was his first
visit as District Governor.
Before coming to Grenada, Mr Humphrey visited Barbados, St.Lucia.
and St.Vincent. He leaves for Trinidad on Saturday 30th.
COA GUARANTEES SEATS FOR GOVERNMENTS
The Caribbean Conservation Asaociation (CCA) has guaranteed to
regional Governments that they will be represented on the
Association's Board of Management Tnis guarantee is in the.
form of a Resolution approved by CCA'a 11th Annual General
Meeting held in Caracas last September. It changes CCA's
Constitution and reserves for Member Governments four of the nine
seats on the Board.
Pour regional Governments are now members of CCA. They are
Venezuela, Guyana, the British Virgin Islands, and Barbados, and
it was the last named Government which proposed and piloted this
THE GRENADA NELSLhTTIE Week. ending 30.9478
In an exclusive interview on September 22nd in TortolA,.'-
e.g h AjiL. Dat.a6h ASibota *.ida!- 12th linau l General Meeting,
CCA's outgoing president, Senator John Connell of Barbados, told
NEWSLETTER that, by guaranteeing Board seats to Governments, the
organtbation hoped it wpuld receive more financial support and
"we are hoping that this move will encourage regional Governments
to become more actively involved with CCA", Senator Connell said,
"because they do pay a substantial part of the money we need to
operate and they would wish to feel that, for the money their pay,
t :-;y have some voice at the highest level of COS's councils."
CCA was founded on May 5th 1967 at an inaugural meeting in Grenada.
Mr Ronald Tree was elected in absentia to be the first President
but he never assumed responsibilities of the post. On
September 27th 1968, the 2nd Annual General Meeting held in
Port of Spain, Trinidad, elected as President Dr Edward L Towle,
then Director of the Caribbean Research Institute in St.Thomas,
United States Virgin Islands.
Dr Towle headed the Association for six years. Regional
financial. support for CCA was then almost entirely non-esaistnt
and Dr Towle was largely responsible for securing grants from
the American Conservation 4Association to meet CCA's overheads
and finance the organisation'a projects.
At the 8th AnnuallGeneral Meeting of the Associatidanheld
in Barbados on 28th September 1974, Dr Towle declined, for
personal reasons, to stand for reelection and Mr (afterwards
Senator) John Connell of Barbados was elected President.
At that meeting it was decided to incorporate CCA under the
laws of Barbados and to accept the invitation of the Barbados'
Government to establish the secretariat in that island.
Since his election, Senator Connell has made strong efforts
to have Caribbean Governments become members of CCA. He
told NEWSLETTER that, in addition to the four Governments
which have paid their subsccfrlMawy Grenada and the Assoulated
States are also members but are in arrears of their subscriptions.
THE GRENADA NEW&SE1T2R Week Ending 30.9, 1
"The Gover~monts of the Eastern Caribbean have Vooognised the
valtl of 004', he. said, "but they are having some dittafulty with
making the contribution weehave saked of them*"
The new Board of Management, elected at the Tortola Annual
General Meeting, includes, for the first time, four Government
Members appointed under the amended' Constitutionb *hesa
memberss are the Governments of Barbados, Venezuel, Guyana hnd
h.e British Virgin Islands;
In addition to the Government Members, the Constitution requires
that there be three other full Members and two Associate Members
*.a the Board. The full members are Dr Norwell Harrigan,
Director of the Caribbean Research Institute in St.Thomas, U S
Virgin Islands, Senor Morilio Morel of the Direcson de Parque
of the Dominican Republic and.M. Gerard Werter of the Association
des Amis du Parc Natural de Is Guadeloupe. The Asociate
Members are Senator John Connell-of Barbados and 'Sir Rupert John
The new Board met in Tortola on'September 24th and elected
Senator Connell as its President.
GRENADA CRITICIZED AT CPA CONFERENCE /
Delegates to the 24th Commonwealth Pealiamentary Assooiation (CPA)
Conference, which convened in Jamaica on September 19th, were
critical of the fact that the Grenada delegation did not include
a representative of the Opposition.
This was told to NEWSLETTER today (30th) by Mr Unison Whiteman,
Member of the Opposition in the Grenada House of Representatives,
who attended the Conference as an observer on the invitation of
Mr Keeble Munn, teaderrof the House in the Jamaica House of
"Several delegations expressed concern that we were not
represented on the Grenada delegation", Mr Whiteman said, "and it
was obvious that the Grenada Beleggtion was embarrassed by the
criticisms which were leveled."
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 30.9.78
The question of Opposition representation on Grenada dBt4egttios
to CPA Conferences arose last May when delegates wet'e being elected.
by the local branch of CPA to attend a CPA Conference in Trinidad
on June 10th. At that time, Government members of the branch
said Opposition members declined nomination to the delegation
but this was denied.
In an interview with NEWSLETTER, UM Maurice Bishop, Leader of
the opposition, said the convention is that two Government
representatives and one Opposition representative form the
delegation, but the Government Parliamentarians refused to
c....-lder the nomination made by the Opposition because the
nominee was not at the meeting.
"It was pointed out that our nominee had indicated his
willingness to be on the delegation", Mr Bishop said, "and it
was also pointed out that one of Government's nominees was also
not at the meeting, but, in spite of this, they persisted in
refusing to accept our nomination and proceeded to elect one
of their own number to take our plawe on the delegation."
As a result of this, the Grenada Opposition was not represented
on either the delegation to the Trinidad Conference in Trinida#
on June 10th, or the Jamaica Conference on September 19th.
Among the delegations, criticizing the absence of the Opposition,
Mr Whiteman named Jamaica, United Kingdom, Australia, Gibraltar,
Malta, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.
The Grenada delegation was led by Mrs Cynthia Gairy and
Mr Whiteman told NEWSLETTER that she had told the Conference
that she had noted the concern expressed over the absence of
the Opposition from the Grenade delegation and she would report
this concern to the Grenada branch of the CPA.
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BVI TO MAY NATURAL v
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are in their "natural physical
state" wnd, while the BVI Government is promoting the development
of the Touristtlndustry, the intention is to keep these islands
as natural as possible.
This wras disclosed to NEWSLETTER by the Chief minister of the BVI,
Yr 'T.-T..d Wheatley, in an exclusive interview in Tortola, BVI, on
September 25th. "Tourism is our main industry", he said, "and
I nd' s
,tC i i enada arb
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in spite of the fact that, year by year, the number of tourists
increase rapidly, we' have succeeded in preserving the greatest
attraction we have, our natural charm and beauty."
Tha BVI are a group of some 50 islands and cays located about 60
milas east of Puerto Rico. The territory, lying close to the
United States Virgin Islands, is a Aritish Colony having a
-i,:ulation of approximately 11,000. Ntne thousand of this
population reside in the capital island, Tortola, and 1,000 on
the next most densely populated island, Virgin Gorda. The
total area of the islands is 59 square miles and some 13 of then
The backbone of BVI tourism is yachting and over 250 Yachts are
available for charter from well equipped marinas. The area
proves some of the world's finest sailing and yachtsman have the
opport-unity to sail between such exocitally named islands and caya
as "Dead Chest", "Fallen Jerusalem", "The Dogs" and "Jost Van Dyke".
"We have been told that the British Virgin Islands are unique",
Chief Minister Wheatley told NEWSLETTR, "and, in order to keep
the islands that way, we ensure that nothing is done in the
territory, by way of construction or otherwise, without the
authority of the Planning Board."
Mr Wheatley said that the success of his Government's plans is
reflected in the fact that "tourists from all over the world who
have been here return year after year", and published official
figures support growing tourism.
In 1977, tourist arrivals were up by 21% to 84,929 from the 1976
figure of 70,287. Over 30,000 visitors came on charter yachts
in 1977, an impressive 37% increase over the 1976 figure.
Tourists at hotels moved from 17,096 in 1976 to 19,441, but the
biggest increase was in visitor rentals of beach-houses and
appartments. 'the figure in this connection moved from 542 in
1!976 to 1009 in 1977, an increase of 97?.
Tortola was recently host to the Annual General Meeting of the
Caribbean Conservation Association, and Chief Minister Wheatly told
Ali ter Hughes
- THE BREHADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 30,9.78
NEiSLLTTEI that -it is the intntetio. of bqi Ga0ernmet, as part of
the effort to promote Tourism, to host more conteroenes of this
BAI.NA PRODUCTION UP V
The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) Five Year
Development Plan is operating satisfactorily, Windward Island
bbsiana production this year is up by 18% over the 1977 figure,
and it is expected that, by 31st december, total production
should reach 135,000 tons.
This is disclosed in a recent WINBAN release which gives the 1975
Windward Island production as 90,000 tons and allays "the fears
in some quarters that the Windward Islands would lose its
The Five Year Development Plan was inaugurated on June 1 st
1977 and is financed by the British Government. The Plan has
two main threats. The first is the payment of a subsidy and
the second involves Extension and 'raining.
Subsidies began with the commencement of the Plan, EOt 9 per
pound being paid on fruit sold by growers up to a maximum of 15
tons per grower over 12 months. Growers may use this money
to buy fertilizer, weedicides, insecticides, nematicides or any
other imput recommended by WINBAN,. '2hi aid is intended for
small farmers and, at 30th 'une 1978, subsidies paid amounted
to E0#1.7 million.
The Extension and Training section of the Plan got off to a slow
start. Detailed programmes for Dominica, St.Vidcent and
St.Lucia were not approved until qptober/Noveaber last year, and
the Grenada programme did not have clearance until June 1978.
Under this section of the Plan, a Banana Development Officer has
been appointed for each island and there is a total field staff
of 110. Their objective is to promote increased production
by advising and demonstrating better methods to farmers.
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"though the Ixtension and. Training programmes have got off to a
slow start and only 50% of the estimated EC#i 6 million :hd been -
spent by the end of June 1978", says the W INBH release, "the pace
is increasing rapidly under the guidance sand encouragement of
Mr Benolt Laville, WINBAN's Deputy Co-ordinstor (Extension &
Training), and all time lost should be recovered by the end of
WINBAN has built a Communications Centre in St.Lucia to assist
the Banana Development Officers and their staffs. this
venture was financed by Barclays Bank International and the
Br--' ish Development Division. As another back-up to Extension
and :-aining, WINBAN is conducting experiments on the response
to the application of various levels of fertilizer and the effect
of dii;.rent types of nematicides.
The pr;ubLe. o*f transportation and handling of fruit are also
being studied and work is being done on locally made field
boxes. Improvements to the suspension of vehicles used to
transport bananas over bad roaa are being looked into, together
with tho design of locally built trailers.
"Perhaps the most speetieular success so far, however, has been
in the vital and highly complex sphere of Fruit Quality", the
release says. "The Windward fruit quality reached an all-time
low in 1976/1977, and the Industry realized that something
drastic had to be done to improve matters."
According to WINBAN, the British Development Division has
funded proposals put up to improve fruit quality and, since
January 1978, each island now has a fruitt Quality Assessment"
at the docks to analyse fruit blemishes and pin-point the stage
of production at which they owured. "Even in so short a
time ar from the beginning of this year", the release says,
"positiwa results can be seen in the Windward fruit quality."
Against the background of these successes and increased
production, WIIBAN is optimistic. "The rapid increase in
production shows what can be done", the release says, "and with
the yive Year Development Plan getting into top gear, the future
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can be viewed with Bnthyi. i~itp confidence."
BANAASNABAJkE3T R '
Shipped to ...
September 23,926,239 25,603,992 Up 7.01%
August 21,902,725 23,814,791 .J. Up 8.72%
July 19,028,328 21,273,037 .-i Up 7.20%
June 16,434,752 18,748,730 Up 14.08%
May 13,633,491 15,369,158 N Up 12.73%
April 10,292,476 12,532,604 t Up 21.76%
March 8,156,305 9,576,1.04 .. Up 17.40%
February 5,720,989 6,769,839 __ Up 18.33%
January 2,564,180 3,711,002 Up 44.72%
BANANA SHIIPMET S
'he last statistics given for banana shipments were in NEWSLITTE
for the week ending September 16th and covering shipment by S S
"Geeetland" on September 12th.
The S 8 "Ge-stcrest" sailed on September 19th with 13,895 boxes
of bananas weighing 464,064 Ibs, There were 226 boxes of
rejected fruit. The *renada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCB)
paid producers ECO 14 per pound on 491,082 Ibe received at the
boxing plants. Geest Industries Ltd paid GBCS ECi 33.692 on
the shipped weight.
The S S "Geesttide" sailed on September 26th with 13,373 boxes
of bananas weighing 438,019 lbs. I theve were 528 boxes of
rejected fruit. GBCS paid producers ECO 14 on the boxing
plant weight but this figure is not yet available. 'he price
paid by Geest on this shipment is also not yet available.
The prices paid by Geest on shipments of 5th and 12th September
are respectively ECO 33.674 and ECG 33.751.
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The boxing plant weight of the shipment of Septambp i*.2th was
49,597 Ibs. A )
The total weight of bananas shipped in 1978, to date, is
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
The last statistics given for oruise liner calls was in NAIWLETTER
for the week ending September 16th and these covered the week
ending September 9th.
NEWSLETTER regrets that no further statistics are yet available.
POR THE RECORD
The last issue of NhWSLETTER was for the week ending September
16th and was number 21 of Volume 6. Due to the fact that
NEWSLETTER was away from the island, there was no issue for the
week ending September 23rd.