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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
Volume 6 Number 24
For The Week Ending October 14th 197&
6th Year of Publication - - 188th Issue
FERq~SON LOSES APPEAL
Charles Perguson, condemned for the murder of Roy Donald on 6th
April 1974, has lost his appeal to the Privy Council.
This case has created considerable interest because of its
political overtones and the fact that, as far as could be
ascertained, this is the first time in this century that a local
barrister has appeared before the Privy Council.
The case against Ferguson rested, principally, on identification
by Mrs Donald, the murdered man's wife. Doubt was cast on her
evidence, however, by Dr Lawrence Gibbs who received Donald's body
at the Princess Alice Hospital.
In a sworn affidavit, Dr Gibbs said, on the night of the murder,
Mrs Donald told him she didn't know who shot her husband. In
Court, Dr Gibbs said, when he signed the affidavit, he had been
certain Mrs Donald had said this to him but he agreed that he
might have confused Mrs Donald with her sister.
Ferguson was tried twice for this crime. He was convicted at
the first trial and the Appeal Court ordered a retrial. Convicted
at the second trial, the Appeal Court.upheld the conviction,
finding that there were inconsistencies in the evidence but that
the jury had had sufficient evidence to reach a decision.
An execution date was fixed for September 29th 1977 and, at that
time, Ferguson's council, Mr Lloyd Noel, in an interview with
i&WSLETTER, expressed concern that his client had been singled out
from all the persons in 'death row' who had been there before
"Since the conviction", Mr Noel said, "there has been growing
concern that the case may have been influenced by political
overtones and, after 15 years in which Grenada has had no
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executions, the unexplained selection of Ferguson has increased
Mr Noel told NEWSLETThR then that he was in touch with the London
based firm of solicitors, Messrs Seifert, Sedley & Company and,
.two days before the date fixe& for the execution, he had advices
from them that an application had been lodged for permission to
appeal to the Privy Council. As a result of this, a Stay of
Execution was issued.
Ferguson's case was heard before the Privy Council on July 12th
last. Mr Noel appeared on his behalf, instructed by Mr Michael
Seifert and led by British barrister, Mr Nigel Murray. Decision
was reserved and was handed down against Pergusin on October 5th.
In an exclusive interview today (12th), Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER
that the Order in Council formalising this decision may be made
on October 24th.
"I have already written to our new Governor General, His Excellency
Mr Paul Scoon," Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER, "the prerogative of mercy
is vested in him and I have given him a history of the case and
asked him to reopen it." Mr Noel said he had written to
Mr Scoon on October 5th and 'had had a reply the following day
stating that the matter is being investigated.
Mr Noel said hb had written also to Prime Minister Gairy on
October 5th suggesting that he make a recommendation of clemency.
"It is normal in most civilised countries of the world that, on
the advent of a new Head of State, some measure of mercy is
shown", Mr Noel said, "and as Mr Scoon has just taken office, I
have asked the Prime Minister to recommend that all condemned
persons have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment."
Mr Gairy is now out of the State and Mr Noel said he would seek
an appointment with him on his return.
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FLOUR MILL CONSTRUCTION TO START BOON,
A source close to Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd told NETWLLTTER
today (12th) that construction work on the proposed multi-million
dollar flour mill is to commence soon. Prime 'Minister Gairy
performed the ceremonial 'turning of the sod' at the Tempe site on
September 20th, and it is expected.that the mill will go into
operation by January slt 1980.
Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd was incorporated on 17th April 1978
with an authorised capital of EC$10 million divided into 100,000
shares of EC100O each. These shares are divided into 49,000
"A" shares, 49,000 "B" Shares and 2,000 "C" shares, each category
having different voting rights.
According to the Company's Articles of Association, holders of
class "A" shares shall be deemed, for voting purposes, to hold
512o of the shares and may elect up to 3 directors. Holders df
class "B" shares are considered to hold 47% of the shares and may
elect 2 directors. Class "C" shareholders have one vote for
each fully paid up share.
The financiers of the flour mill are not recorded at the Registry
and only two shareholders names have been given. They are
Mr George A Menezes, Company Director, and Mr Carol Bristol,
Barrister-at-Law. They are each recorded as holding one share.
Mr ienees is Managing Director of Geo F Huggins & Co Ltd. It is
known that this Company is interested in the venture and NhWSLETTRl
is reliably informed that Huggins is a junior partner in Caribbean
Agro Industries Ltd. The senior partner and promoter of the
venture is the Continental Milling Corporation of the United States.
Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd is the first Company to benefit under
the Qualified Enterprises Act passed by the Grenada Parliament
earlier this year. Under that Act, the Minister responsible
for industry may make a 'rax stabilisation order' under which "the
taxes, duties and imposts payable by a Qualified Enterprise shall
not exceed the rate of tax existing at the time the order was made."
The Company will enjoy this stabilisationn' for 15 years from
January 1st 1980. (continued)
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The Company will also be exempt for 15 years from the payment of
Income Tax end from the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Act,
under which tax is payable on transactions involving foreign
NEWSLETTER is advised that there was an agreement between the
Governments of the East Caribbean Common Market that St.Vincent
would be permitted to establish a flour mill to supply the whole
Market. That mill has been producing since July 1977 but a
mill has been constructed in St.Lucia also and has been in
production since late last year. The Grenada mill will be the
third in the East Caribbean Common. Market.
CARIBBEAN ENVIRONmaITAL INSTITUTE /
The establishment of a Caribbean Environmental Institute is one
of the principal items on the agenda of the Commonwealth
Environmental Health Strategy Conference/Workshop now in session
A source close to the Conference said that the idea of such an
Institute was originally proposed by the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Secretariat, and has been endorsed by CARICOM Health
Ministers. The proposal is that the Institute be located in
The Conference/Workshop opened on October 9th and is scheduled
to end today (13th). It is sponsored jaiUtly by the CARICOM
Secretariat, the Pan-American Health Organisation, World Heaqth
Organisation and the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is being
attended by delegates from these organizations and from GARICOM
Other items on the agenda include water supplies, sewerage disposal,
beach pollution and industrial waste disposal.
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TUC PROTESTS GOVERNMENT'S 'DONT-CARE' ATTITUDE /
The Grenada Trade Union Council (TUG) has appointed a seven-man
delegation to discuss with Prime Minister Gairy "Government's
apparent dont-care attitude towards resolutions' submitted by the
TUC Secretary, Mr Curtis Stewart, told NEWSLETTER today (12th)
that there is now considerable concern over Government's attitude.
"From time to time", he said, "we have passed important
resolutions and have forwarded them to Government and we have had
absolutely no response."
The decision to appoint the delegation was taken at the TUC
Regular Convention held on October 7th. Two Conventions are
held each year, the first in March for the election of officers
and receiving or reports, and the second six months later to deal
with such matters as may be pending.
Mr Stewart said the delegation to Mr Gairy will be led by TUC
President, Mr Percival Louison. Mr Gairy is now attending the
33rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and, on his
return, an appointment will be sought.
Last April 30th, the Grenada Manual Maritime & Intellectual
Workers Union (GMMIWU), of which Prime Minister Gairy is President
General Por Life, resigned from the Trade Union Council. No
reason was given but, shortly after, the "Grenada Trade Union
Congress" was formed with GMMIWU and three other unions, these
three being associations of taximen.
The Trade Union Council, which is recognized by the Caribbean
Congress of Labour, is comprised of the Civil Service Association,
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.
Thirty-six representatives from these unions attended the TUG
Convention on October 7th.
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CIBC TO PROVIDE 'AGENCY' IN SAUTEURS UNTIL DECEMBER /
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) will provide agencyy
services" only in Sauteurs after the end of this month, and will
cease operations entirely in that town after 31st Deeember.
This was disclosed to NEhbLETTER today (13th) by Mr Mike Smith,
Grenada Manager of the Bank. Mr Sdith declined to state why
the Bank was pulling out of Sauteurs, the small town on renada's
north coast, but he thought some other Bank might provide service
in that area.
CIBC established a branch in Sauteurs 10 years ago but, late last
June, announced it was closing this branch on July 31st. There
was a protest demonstration in Sauteurs against this, following
which, Prime Minister Gairy intervened and there were discussions
with Mr Geoffrey Foster, CIBC Caribbean "rea Manager stationed in
Barbados. It was subsequently announced that the Sauteurs
branch would remain open until October 31st. In July, Mr Smith,
the Grenada Manager, told NEWSLETTER that he did not know what
would happen after that date, but he said today (13th) that the
branch will close at the end of this month.
"We will still provide full banking services in Sauteurs until
the end of this year", he said, "but these will be on an agency
basis and all the records will be kept at our Head Office in
NCI SHOPPING LIST UP
The NEWSLETTER Cost Index (NCI) rose 6.62% in September as
compared with the base cost of the Shopping List in June
In an effort to fill the void caused by the lack of an
official cost-of-living index, NEWSLLTTER introduced a Goat
Index three months ago (see NEWSLETTER for the week ending
24th June 1978). It was pointed out then that, because
it was not scientifically constructed, NCI could not be taken
as an accurate presentation of Grenada's cost-of-living, but
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it was hoped it would be useful as a rough indicator of trends.
Of the 36 items in NCI, 6 show a downward trend in the September
figures. Eleven items are static and 16 show increases. It
should be noted that, when prices were being collected, three
items were not available on supermarket shelves, Pigeon Peas,
Around Coffee (local) and Manioc Flour (farine). These have
been excluded in arriving at the overall increase in September,
Since the introduction of NCI, another cost-of-living indicator
has been provided as a result of an Agreement reached between the
Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) and Jonas Browne &
Hubbard Ltd. The Company's employees are paid a cost-of-
living allowance based on increases over the cost of a "Food
Basket" drawn up on 14th Februaryy 1978.
According to the Agreement, the cost of the Food Basket is
adjusted every three months, and, on 14th May, it was found to
have increased from the base of EC#152.87 to BC0163.82. This
increase of EC$10.95 represents an upward move of 7.1.6% above the
At the 14th of August, there was a further increase of EC$10.22
to 0EC174.04, making a total increase of 13.85% over the six
month period. This figure is close to the NCI increase of
6.62% over a three month period.
The Hubbards/CIWU Food Basket is due to be adjusted again on
Details of the NCI Shopping List are shown on the following page
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NCI SHOPjiING LIST
Ground Beef 1 lb
& necks) 1i lb
Pickled Beef 1, lb
Tails 1 Ib
Salted Fish 1 lb
Smoked Herrings 1 lb
In Oil 3a oz
Powdered Milk 1 lb
Pigeon Peas 1 Ib
Split Peas 1 lb
Butter 1 Ib
Shortening 1 lb
Cooking Oil 26 ozs
Counter Flour 1 Ib
Brown Sugar 1 Ib
Rice 1 lb
(Imported) 26 oz
(Local) 26 oz
Beer (Locel) 10 oz
Instant Coffee 2 oza
Ovaltine 4 ozs
('Crix') 5 ozs
Salt (Cooking) 1 lb
Onions 1 Ib
Toilet Soap 35 oz
(Single Ply) Roll
Gasoline (Super)Imp. Gal
+ 0 .25, + 9.25
.80 .70 .10 12.50
2.20 ,3.45 + 1.25 + 56.81
1.88 1.78 -
3.15 3.44 +
1.95 2.45 +
92 .70 .82 + .12 + 17.14
4.08 4.14 + .06 + 1.47
3.78 + 1.00
739ml.5.82 5.82 nil nil
.87 + .10 + 12.98
1.02 + .19 + 22.87
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SCOUT PROURiAME 'CAARIbiEANISED'
The basic world-wide programme for Scouts was not altered by the
recent Chief Scout Commissioners Conference in Grenada, but it has
been 'Caribbeanised' to make it more relevant to boys in this
region. This was told to NEWSLETTER today (13th) in an
exclusive interview with Mr Leslie'Pierre, Grenada's Chief Scout
"Proficiency tests will be the same basically as those taken
anywhere else in the world", Mr Pierre said, "but Westindian boys
will not be asked to recognize trees of northern climates and we
will no longer have an 'Angler's' proficiency badge. It will
be the same test but, in the Caribbean we don't talk of 'anglers'.
We will have a 'Fisherman's badge', and it is with this sort of
action that we have 'Caribbeanised' the Scout programme for our
Originally, 20 countries were to take part in this 8th Conference
of Caribbean Chief Scout-Commissioners, but 9 only were able to
attend. These were Anguilla, Barbados, Nevis, Turks & Caicos
Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, St.Kitts, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada.
Mr Pierre said that the Conference had no 'legal status' and that
none of the independent Scout Associations belonging to it are
bound by its recommendations.
"However", he said, "because of the fact that our Programme was
circulated in advance to all the Associations and we have had no
objections, and because of the unanimity of the decisions of those
of us who did attend, we are satisfied that the Programme will be
accepted by all the easociations for which it is intended."
A highlight of the Conference was a luncheon honouring Mr Lyle
Harrison, retired Chief Commissioner of Barbados. A tradition
of the conference is that an 'honour-lunch' be held for Chief
Commissioners who have retired. Mr Harrison retired five years
ago and this is the first occasion on which he has been able to be
Grenada's new Governor General, Mr Paul Sao.on, and Mrs Scoon
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hosted the Commissioners at a dinner at Government House on
October 6th, and they were guests at the residence of Grenada's
Chief-Commissioner, Mr Leslie Pierre and Mrs Pierre on the next
evening. The Conference ran from October 4th to 8th and, on
the last day, the Commissioners were taken by Grenadian families
on 'home hospitality'.
The 8 S "Geestland" sailed on October 10th with 13,176 boxes of
bananas weighing 434,803 Ibs. There were 133 boxes of rejected
fruit. The Urenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) paid
producers ECO 14 per pound on the weight of fruit received at the
boxing plants, but this weight is not yet available.
The price paid by Geest Industries Ltd to GBCS on this shipment
is also not yet available, but the Geest price on the shipment by
"Geeststar" on October 3rd was ECO 33.369.
The boxing plant weight of the shipment of 3rd was 436,170 Ibs,
and of September 26th, 466,629 Ibs.
The total weight of bananas shipped in 1978, to date, is
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending October 7th, three cruise liners visited
Grenade. They were the "Cunard Countess" on 3rd with 727
passengers, the "Angelina Lauro" on 4th with 617 passengers and
the "World Discoverer" on 5th with 111 passengers.
To date, statistics for the week ending September 16th have not
been reported. These are the "Cunard Countess" on 12th with
776 passengers, and the "Angelina Lauro" on 13th with 577