PE GREHADA INEWSLERTTR
Volume 6 Number 27
For The Week Ending 'Iovember 4th 1978
6th-Yearof Publication - - 91st Issue
Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P -Box 65,-8t.Georges. Grenada, Westindies
NO ALLIANCE SOLUTION YET
There is still no solution to the conflict which threatens to
break up "The Peoples' A3Aiance", the grouping of three Political
parties which makes up the official opposition in the Grenada
House of Representatives.
There have been indications of this conflict for some time, but it
came into the open late in August when two of the Parties, the
Grenada National Party (GNP) and the United Peoples' Party (UPP)
held discussions with Prime Minister Gairy on a plan he put forward
for the industrialisation of the island,
The third Party, the New Jewel Movement (NJM), refused to hold
discussions with Mr Gairy unless there was a previously agreed
agenda, and the Party said that "the lifting of all forms of
oppression off the backs of the people and restrictions on the
rights of the Opposition must be the first item on any agenda for
talks with Gairy."
This difference of approach brought the conflict between the
parties into the open with public statements being made by each of
them. It became clear -that UPP and GNP ware together against
NJM who, they said, had started a "scurrilous campaign" against
them and who, they indicated, they suspected of being "communist".
NJM denied that it was "communist", accused UPP and GNP of
"cooperating" with the Gairy Government, and said their two
partners in the Alliance are "jealous of growing support for NJM"
Discussions to resolve the conflict have resulted in an exc~ age
of "Position Paperas", the first published being that of the GNP on
October 11th. In it, GNP called on all members. of the Alliance
1. That they are not agents of the CIA nor of any other
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2. That they are not involved with communists
3. That they reject communism
Reference to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
is probably a reflection of an accusation made by NJM agaiat UPP
before the formation of the Alliance, that the latter Party was an
agent of the CIA.
Last Friday (27th), the Parties held their regular fortnightly
Alliance Executive meeting and discussed the dispute further.
Also, both UPP and NJi presented "Position Papers". NJMa'
Paper has not been published but the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper
(whose Managing Director and Editor are both prominent UPP members)
said the NJM Paper "concerned itself with offering suggestions for
normalizing the Alliance and defeating Gairy."
"Torchlight" said too that NJr's Paper "also listed what it
considered acts of sabotage against the Alliance but gave no
assurance nor made any declaration on the points raised by the
UPP's "Position Paper", published by "Torchlight" on October 29th,
refers to GNP's Paper of October 11th and says UPP "agrees totally
with both the accuracy and validity of the content." UPP said
it found it necessary to list
i. "Irresponsible statements and vicious lies" published by NJM.
2. The necessity to "confirm to the people" a document setting
out the "principles and activities." of the Alliance in
opposition. UPP said this document must "stand alongside
our 1976 Manifesto which was our socio-economic guide for
an Alliance Government."
3. The need to foster better relationships between NJM, UPP
and GiP. Under this head, UPP referred to what it called
the "open and persistent attacks on the anti-.Gairy black
which does. not share NJM's viewpoint". UPP said these
attacks are "counter productive" and "afford Gairy
opportunities for exploitation."
Under this head also, UPP said the ileobf the business
and farming communities should be prdp~ly researched and
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analysed "minus the cock-eyed label of 'capitalist
exploiters'". UPP feels that policies for advancement of
Grenada must be consistent with the island's sovereignty and
"do not render us lackeys of any world power and its credos."
UPP said the Alliance's declared stand is for "fair and free
elections", and "all political work must ensure that we do
not lose sight of that essential in flirtations with other
systems, conditions and military circumstances."
NEWSLSTER spokd yesterday (2nd) to Mr Herbert Blaize, GNP Political
Leader, and asked him what the position is since the Alliance
meeting last Friday (27th). Mr Blaize said there were no
developments except that UPP and NJM have submitted their "Position
Papers" and these are being studied. Mr Blaize expected there
will be further discussion.
Strains & Tensions
NEW8LETTER also spoke yesterday (2nd) to Mr Maurice Bishop, Leader
of the Opposition and NJM Joint Coordinating Secretary. Mr Bishop
declined to disclose the content of his party's "Position Paper" and
said that, at this stage, he preferred not to say very much.
"We of the NJM do not wish to make any statement with regard to the
situation in the Alliance at this time", he said, becausee of the
fact of the strains and tensions that are there, largely occasioned
by the manouverings and baiting of Gairy. So far as we are
concerned, it would be irresponsible, in these circumstances, for
NJM, or the other units of the Alliance, to make any statement which
may further increase these tensions."
Mr Bishop said the NJM position remains that the Party wants to see
the Alliance continue and is working hard to achieve this.. For
this purpose, NJM felt it necessary to maintain an atmosphere of
cooperation and conciliation, bearing in mind, he said, the primary
aim for which the Alliance was formed, that is, the removing of the
Referring to the UPP and GNP "Position Papers", Mr Bishop said NJM
has "responded to eagh of the concrete suggestions made by the
other units of the.Alliance." "We have put forward eleven
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proposals in our Position Paper", he said, "but, to date, we have
had no response from either GEP or UPP."
Commenting on what he called the "divide and rule" tactics of
Prime Minister Gairy, Mr Bishop said there is deliberate
discrimination being shown by the Police in granting permission
for use of public address systems. bNJM has been refused
permission to use a public address system at any of the sixteen
meetings we held over the past four weeks", he said, "and we have
now been refused permission again for four meetings scheduled for
this week-end. On the other hand, GNP was given permission to
use a public address system to advertise a meeting for this
afternoon, and we understand that they have received permission
to use a public address system at that meeting."
Concerning the next steps, to be taken in connection with resolving
the dispute within the Alliance, Mr Bishop said he expected that
further discussions will be held. "As Leader of the Opposition",
he said, "I have made it clear that I expect the regular fortnightly
meeting of the Alliance Executive to take place on November 10th,
and I expect that, by then, both UPP and OMP will have responded
to NJM's Position Paper."
NEWSLETTER spoke yesterday (2nd) with Mr Simeon Green, UPP Political
Leader, and asked for a statement on his Party's position on the
dispute in the Alliance. Mr Green said he had not been present
at any of the discussions and, since the meeting of Friday 27th,
he had not seen UPP'a Parliamentary Representative, Mr Winston
Whyte, who had been at the discussions. Mr Green promised
to confer with Mr Whyte and make a statement today (3rd), but
neither he nor Mr Whyte have been available today.
GRENADA VIOLATES INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PRACTICES
Grenada's Minister of Labour, Mr Roy St.John, is actively involved
as Vice-President of the Grenada Manual Maritime & Intellectual
Workers Union, and negotiates on behalf of that union.
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A press release issued after the 'Interim Meeting' of the Caribbean
Laployera Confudera'tion(OCE )eld recently in St.Vincent disclosed
this. aid called Mr StJohn's action an example of a breach of
internationally accepted standards and practices in industrial
The CEO learned of this situation. "with alarm", the release says,
and described Mr St.John's dual role as "a flagrant breach of the
principle of tripartism, the principle in which, in industrial
relations matters, Government, employers and employees are involved
as separate and distinct entities.
CIC members were alarmed also over the information that, in Grenada,
some employers have been called on to pay union dues to the union,
not from the workers' wages, but as a direct subscription from the
employer to the union. This, the release says, is another
breach of an international labour standard.
The CEC meeting was held from October 18th to 20th and the feature
address. was delivered by CEC President, Mr E A C Hughes. Mr Hughes
thought that the "shadow of disintegration hangs over several
regional organizations, and there is need for regional unity and
closer integration." (Please see top of page 12 for
Weakness paragraph inadvertently omitted)
The CEC President thought the principal problem is the weakhese of
the economies of so many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.
This. weakness, he thought, creates unemployment and an adverse
balance of trade which tends to lead to both import and immigration
restrictions. "As a result", he said, "two of the very basic
factors for the existence of CARICOM free movement and free
trading between members -, are negated."
Mr Hughes mentioned also what he called the large amount of
industrial relations legislation being enacted throughout the
region. Almost without exception, he said, this legislation had
the objectives of protecting the worker and safeguarding the
economic life of the country by restricting strike action.
"However", said ar Hughes., "very little is being done to protect
the employer and his capital and, in addition, awards made by
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Industrial Tribunals and Arbitration Boards have been heavily
weighted in the workers' favour." He thought that, in spite
of the argument that the private employer is an anachronism, he
is, because of his capital investment, a vital link in the
development of the economies of the Caribbean, and the time had
come for some consideration to be given to him.
Turning to the question of job security, the OEC President agreed
that protection of employees' rights was necessary, but he was
alarmed at recent developments which, he said, indicated that
dismissal, even for a serious breach of contract, was becoming
difficult, if not impossible. This led to indiscipline,
inefficiency, poor work and low productivity, Mr Hughes said,
and he called on Governments and tradeunion leaders to consider
the welfare of their countries rather than be guided by narrow
In the course of its discussion, the meeting deplored what was
called the increasing tendency of employees to use the "sick out"
to settle industrial grievances. The opinion was expressed
that the "sick-out" brings suspicion on the medical profession,
increases the cost of medical care of employees covered by medical
insurance, and is a method of obtaining money under false pretenses.
CEC holds two meetings each year, the Annual General Meeting and
the "Interim Meeting" six months later. The 1979 Annual
General Meeting will be held in Jamaica from 25th to 27th April,
and the Interim Meeting is scheduled for October 1979 in Grenada.
Dates for the Interim Meeting have not yet been fixed.
Delegates to the St.Vincent meeting came from Antigua, Barbados,
Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St.Lucia, St.Vincent,
Trinidad & Tobago and from the International Labour Office.
Grenada was represented by the President of the Grenada
Employers Federation, Mrs Angela Smith.
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uLLADAI:L t-RiiuO TERRIORIAL .WATERS
With effect from today (1st), Grenadas territorial waters extend
12 nortical miles from her shores. In addition, the State has
established an "Exclusive Economic Zone" running for 200 miles
outwards from the limit of the territorial waters.
These dimensions are set out in'two Acts passed by Parliament
earlier this year. They are Act Number 17, the drenada
Territorial Act 1978, assented to by the Governor General on 5th
May, and Act Number 20, the Marine BoundariocAct 1978, assented to
on May 19th. Provision was made that these Acts should come into
operation "on such day as the Minister may appoint", and November
ist has now been appointed that day.
Under Act 17, foreign ships-of-war may not navigate within 12 miles
of Grenada's coasts, but other.foreign ships are entitled to the,
right of "innocent passage". Among other- things, however,
fishing is not permitted within the island's territorial waters,
nor is research allowed or "extracting living or non-living
Act 20 extends the ban on fishing (other than by Grenadians and
permit holders) to the extent of the 200 mile zone. In addition,
all rights in and jurisdiction over the Zone are vested in the
Government of GrenadA in respect of, among other things, exploration,
exploitation, management of the resources of the sea-bed, scientific
research, prevention of and. control of marine pollution and all other
rights recognized by international law.
According to Act 20, when the 200 mile point from Grenada is more
than half the distance to an adjacent country, the limit of the
Exclusive Economic Zone is to be fixed by agreement with that
country. When there is no such agreement, the limit is the
half-way point between Grenada and that country. Countries
affected by this are St.Vincent, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.
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CHURCH IDENTIFYING WITH POOR AND OPPRESSED
Although seven years is a very short time to correct some of the
established styles of life that Caribbean Churches have adopted
over the centuries, since the 1971 Chaguaramas Ecumenical
Consultation, some progress has been made towards identifying
the Church with the poor and oppressed of the region.
This opinion was expressed in an exclusive interview with NEHSLETTER
on Thursday (2nd) by Dr Roy Neehall, General secretary of thE
Caribbean Conference of Churches. ; "We can now count on a
network, a minority group, mind you", he said, "but a network
of Church Leaders and Church Members all around the Caribbean
who definitely have a new vision of the Church as the Church in
the service of the poor and oppressed."
Dr Neehall said.this network of people see the involvement of
the Church in "social action issues" as being an integral part
of the life and witness of the Church. He thought there is
now a much larger group of people across the Caribbean, both
ordained and lay, who never have any question in their minds about
the "social imperatives" of the Gospel.
"We were trained in the colonial Church to believe that, if you
concentrate on the individual", he said, emphasizingg individual
gr personal piety, individual morality, emphasising the full
conversion of the individual, then all those things which we
control as individuals, like the social system, the political
system, the economic system, all these things will work for the
benefit of all and will demonstrate that we are really concerned
about things like justice."
The General Secretary said that that colonial teaching "just
wasn't true, and he said "one has to recognize that the Gospel
has social imperatives which lead us, not only to be involved, but
to call into question those aspects of the life of Man, political,
economic and social, that are not, at the present time, working
for the benefit of all, and that include, within their structure,
injustices that must not only be condemned but that we must
struggle to correct."
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"I would say that we have a strong prophetic minority within the
Church", Dr Neehall said, "and it is that fact, that they are still
within the Church, that makes it possible for them to cooperate
with groups of people in the Caribbean who are working outside the
Church in order to bring about the kind of society that we all
dream about, a society in which justice will he the abiding
Dr Neehall thought the Caribbean Church had made some significant
steps forward in this direction, but it still had a long way to go.
Referring to Caribbean countries in which the Church appears to be
cooperating with oppressive and unjust Governments, the General
Secretary said there are also people, both leaders and others, in
and out of the Church, who are "found on the other side."
"One has to realise", he said, "that the difficulty that the local
Church faces in a national or local situation is, how to side with
those who are being oppressed, and yet maintain the kind of position
that they need in the society in order to continue working."
Dr Neehall said the local Churches have to endure pressures
that sometimes are exceedingly great and they have to count on a
regional Body, like the Caribbean Conference of Churches, to do
some of the work for them.
"Very often the local Church asks us to do something that they
cannot do themselves", he said, "for instance, to publicize abroad
a situation of injustice or violation of human rights."
On the question of human rights, Dr Neehall said it was necessary
to make one point clear. "Because human rights have to do, not
only with individual rights", he said, "but also with economic and
social thing& such as the right to work, the right to adequate
housing and the right to proper health care, it happens that the
economic and social rights of our communities are often not being
Dr Neehall said that Government policies are such that, even
though they pay careful respect to individual rights, and ,everybody
is equal before the law, they are not changing the system
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sufficiently so that everybody can have an equal opportunity.
"We still have,, all through the Caribbean, these pockets of
privilege", he said, "where we have minorities, of people who seem
to be able to get everything they want and have.everything they
want. On the other hand, you have others who, for instance,
because their education is so diVfunctional, are now not able to
acquire jobs because they don't have the skills."
The QCC.General Secretary.aaid that, in Curacao, at the Consultation
on the Task of the Church in Social Change, held recently, the
Church was called upon to look on such situation where the Churches
themselves may be contributing to this type of violation of human
rights. He pointed out, for instance, that, in the Caribbean, the
Church is very involved in education, but he raised the question of
the type of education the Church is providing.
"How many of the Churches are transferring resources that are now
going into traditional forms of education into such things as
vocational training or skills training ?" he asked. Dr Neehall
felt that a lot of people are unemployed because they have no skill
whatsoever, and it is important that an effort be made to provide
them with skills.
"We have called upon the Churches", he said, "to divert more of their
resources and energies towards this kind of training. That,
however, is only a partial answer to the question, and I still feel
that the best situation is where a Church, or a group of Christian
people, are prepared to take a stand and face the consequences when
fundamental rights are being violated."
BARCLAYS iBAiK WORKERS TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Workers at Barclays Bank Head Office and branches in Grenada took
industrial' action last week in support of their demand that
management negotiate with them the question of increased wages.
NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that, early in October, a committee
of the Bank's. employees wrote the Manager requesting a meeting to
discuss wages. The committee was told that their letter had been
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sent to. Barclays' headquarters in t#abgdoa for attpntipn and,
following thia, officials from Barclays Barbado bame. to Grshad
last week and met the committee..
NEIViLE'i'TER's source said these officials tbld ,the coiiittee that
they were "not properly constituted" and refused to discuss the
question of wages. This resulted first.io .p.,go-alow on Monday
235r and Tuesday 24th, and then a "sick-out" on Wednesday 25th and
The "sick-out" kept over 20 employees, more than half the Bank's
staff, away from work and at least one branch office was forced to
close. The Gouyave Agency remained open and, at the Grenville
Branch, six of the 10 employees were away from work.
Last year; an attempt was made -o unionise bank workers and, on
April 18th, the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU) was registered.
Employees from the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce, the Grenada Cooperative Bank and Barclays Bank
International Ltd joined BGWU, but the union claimed a majority of
workers only at Barclays.
Application for recognition by Barolays was, however, not
successful. A spokesman for Barclays told NEWSLETTER at the time
that the Bank would put no obstacles in the way of the Union, but
NEWSLETTER was advised that the. Bank emplayod'what officials of
BGUW called "intimidatory tactics" andr mo3t of those who had
joined, the union withdrew their membership.
In an exeluasiyeintefl aw.today (3rad}) with the BGWU President,
Mr Vinceheit Noelz, NEWLETTER was' tol a that, since the employees
committee has been told.shat they Were not properly constituted,
Barclays' employees have rejoined BGWU, and the Union now has nore
than 50% of the Bank's employees on its membership roll.
"We held a meeting yesterday (and)", Mr Noel said, "and Barclays.'
employees have told the Union that the attitude of the Bank's
management towards BGWU is one of total arrogance. And these
employees have stated that management is already bringing pressure
oe them." continuedo .
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The following paragraph was inadvertently omitted
following the fourth paragraph on page 5. NEWlLETTER
"There is, for example, no denying that CARICOU&
is experiencing difficulty staying alive",
S Mr Hughes said. "The vbrlous constituent
countries all have their own separate problems,
some of which may apply to more than one member."
Mr Noel declined to state what steps his union will take. "We
are applying to Barclays for recognition next week", he said, and
we will see what happens after that."
VEKS SURVEY FOR GRENADAV/
A Visitor expenditure iotivatibnal Survey (VES) was launched in
Grenada on October 23rd. According to a release from the
Grenada Tourist Board, this survey is being undertaken in
conjunction with the Organisation of American States (OAS)
Programme of Tourist Development and the Caribbean Tourism
Research Centre (CTRC).
A spokesman for the Tourist Board told NEWSLETTER today (3rd)
that the survey is expected to last six months and will be
conducted among visitors to the island to ascertain how much
they spend and what attracts them to Grenada.
Now in Grenada to launch the survey is Mr Bernard Spinrad, OAS
economist and Senior Tourism Specialist attached to CTRC in
Barbados, and M. Gerhard von Hauenach ld, Senior Karketing
Officer of the OAS Washington staff.
MORE AUTONOMY FOR oCC IN CADEC DEVELOPMENT'
A development Committee under the direction of the Grenada
Conference of Churches (GCC) is to be set up to handle
disbursement of funds from the Christian Action For Development
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In The Caribbean (CADEC) organisation.
This was disclosed to N.WbLk'rTER in an exclusive interview.
on Thursday (2nd) by Dr Roy Neehall, General Secretary of CADEC.
" We have not had a Grenada Committee with that autonomy before",
Dr Neehall said, "and the matter is now being discussed with GCC."
He said that, before the Committee can be set up, GCC must make
a formal request to CADEC, and qust decide how much money they can
handle in development annually.
Dr Neehall arrived in Grenada on Wednesday (1st) accompanied
by Dr Neville Linton, Special Advisor on CADEC affairs, and
Mr Lambert Rae, Head of CADEC's project Development Department
and Secretary of the CADEC Development Fund.
In addition to the eatabliashent.of the local Development
Committee, the purpose of the visit to Grenada is the setting up
of better communications between GCC and the CADEC Secretariat.
The visiting CADEC team will also assist GCC to develop its
infrastructure to facilitate programme development and fund raising.
Dr Neehall told NEWSLETTER that the local Development Committee will
be limited in the size of the development project it may finance.
"The present arrangement", he said, "which is fixed by the
Caribbean-wide Developlemt Fund Committee, is that projects up to
ten thousand Barbados dollars can be decided upon by the local
CADEC's policy is to give this autonomy throughout the region,
and the General Secretary said that, in some territories, the loal.
Development Committee is working well. In others, there has been
difficulty in making a start, principally because the staff was not
available to go out into the field to find out exactly wnat is
"A lot of basic community work has to be done", he said, "so that
there will be much more for the Committee to do than just make .
decisions about how much money to allocate to particular projects."
Dr Neehall and his colleagues returned to Trisidad, today (3rd)
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EDF FINANCES HOSPITAL EXTENSION EUIPjaENT
The European Development Fund (EDF) is to finance the purchase of
equipment to the value of EC$108,000 for the St.Georges. Hospital
Extension now being constructed. This value is equivalent to
approximately 33,500 "European Units of Account", and 'the equipment
is to be purchased in five lots.
A notice in the Government Gazette of October 27th invited tenders
for (1) Furniture & Sundry Hospital Supplies, (2) Ward Equipment,
(3) Surgical Instruments & Equipment, (4) Radiographic Equipment
and (5) Laboratory Equipment. "Invitation to Tendaer" dossiers
are available from the Ministry of Pinance and tenders should be
received by December 1st.
According to the notice, "participation is open on equal terms to
all natural and legal persona of the Member States and the African,
Caribbean and Pacific States which are signatories of the Lome
CAIADIAN FIRM. TO CONSTRUCT PEIDER ROADS
It is reported that the-Canadian firm, Beaver Asphalt Paving
Company, is to construct-ten miles of feeder road in Grenada.
Work will begin shortly and the project, estimated to cost EC#1.7
million, is expected to be completed by next April.
NEWSLhTTER is advised that this undertaking is financed by a
loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Agreement with
the construction company was signed on August 14th.
A feeder road programme, funded by the British, came to an abrupt
end in June last year. No reason was given for the folding up
of that programme.
Last Sarurday (28th), in preparation for the feeder-road
programme, a beach-landing craft unloaded equipment at '.a east
coast town of Grenville. The next day (29th), the ira* craft
unloaded other equipment at Grenada's sister island of Carriacou.
It is reported that this equipment wil; e used in resurfpoing
Carriacou's Lauriston Airport runway and in reconstructing the
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OAS DIRECTOR RECALLED
With effect from Wednesday (let), Mr George THevenet will no longer
head the office of the Organisation of American States. (AS) in
Grenada. It is reported that directorr Thevenet has not yet been
advised of his new posting, but Mr Samuel Lujan, who previously
worked in Grenada for the 0AD, will fill his post here until a new
Director is appointed.
Born in Uraguay, Mr Thevenet, who has been with the OAS for 14 years,
was posted to Grenada last December.
No reason has been given for his recall.
FRIDAY REPRESENTS GRENADA IN DOMINICA/
Dr Wellington Friday, Miniater of Education, left here last Thursday
(26th) to represent the State at the Dominica Independence
celebrations which began October 27th. Dominica becomes.
independent on November 3rd.
Travelling with Dr Friday was Prime Minister Gairy, to whom Premier
Patrick John of Dominica extended a personal invitation.
Dr Friday and Mr Gairy are expected to return to Grenada on Saturday.
GRENADA REPRESENTED AT ILO SE1IKAR'/
Grenada has two representatives at a seminar for Caribbean Public
Servants. opening in St.Luvia today (1st). They are Messrs Robert
Robinson and Herbert James, president and Vice-President respectively
of the Grenada Civil Service Association.
This seminar is sponsored by the International Labour Organisation
(ILO) and the Danish International Development Agency, and
participants are expected from Jamaica, Barbados,, Trinidad & Tobago,
Dominica, St.Vincent, Bermuda, Belize, AntigL and Suriname.
Among the lecturers will be Dr Zin Henry, J4p Caribbean Director,-
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Mr Frank Walcott, Secretary General of the Barbados Workers Union,
and Senator James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the Trinidad &
Tobago Public Service Association.
Messrs Robinson and James left Grenada yesterday (3iat) and are
expected to return this week end.
GRENADA HEAIMtH CLINIC TO MAKE IMPORTANT ANN OuCEAENT
Dr Ivan Markovics, Radical Director of the Grenada Health Clinic,
is to make an important announcement next week.
This Clinic, which was scheduled to be opened last August has not
yet started its service. Delay in arrival of equipment has been
given as the reason and, when N~iWTTE. asked Dr Markovica today
(3rd) when the Clinic will open its doors, he declined to answer.
He said that most of the equipment has now been received, but he
would make an important announcement next week.
"There are some important.and interesting people we expect to come
to Grenada next week as, our gueate", he said, "and I will then be
willing to give a press interview and make some important
announcements to NEWSLETTER."
According to a brochure put out by the Grenada Health Clinic,
patients entering that institution will be treated on the basis
of the "Niehans Cell Therapy". This treatment is given by
injections of sheep cells. Diseases of the liver are treated
with sheep liver. oells, diseases of the brain with sheep brain
cells, of the skin with sheep skin cells etc etc. Treatment
of all diseases. lasts one week and, including return air fare
from New York and aocomodation, costa USB2000.
There are unconfirmed reports that, for unstated reasons, the
Clinipcwill not open in Grenada.
The S S "Ggatstar" sailed on October 3,gt with 11`~561 boxes of
bananas weighing V4,609. Ibs. Therder6 229 box ee rejee4
THE G"N ktaEW.ESL'ETTY Weok Ending 4,11.78 page 17
erOIillOOlcrliaricit!_: L''sib'hoa i.nCei.33 air*:na
fruit. The Grenada 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.
Also not available is the price paid by Geest Industries to GBCS
on this shipment.
Not available also is the boxing plant weight on the shipment by
"Geesttide" on October 24th.
On the shipment by "Geesttide" on October 24th, Geest paid GBCS
ECS 31.701 on the shipped weight.
The total weight of bananas shipped in 1978, to date, is.
CRaUISE LINEt CALLS
The last statistics published in NhSLETTER were in the issue of
21st October and were for the week ending October 14th.
During the week ending October 21st, there were five calls as
October 16th "Fairsea" 886 Passengers.
17th "Cunard Countess"
18th "Angegina Lauro"
ending October 28th,
there were three cal :-
The "Angelina Lauro and "World Renaissance" both called on October
11th and their passenger complements have not been available bPCore.
TtRiy have noqprbeen advised as 697 and 310 respectively.
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MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BE SURPRISED
Prime Minister Gairy would like to address all students of the
St.Georges School of Medicine in the presence of the Chancellor,
Dr Charles Modica, and his Board of Directors in order to clear
many matters relating to the School of Medicine, the Government
of Grenada and the United States Government.
This. is stated in a circular letter dated October 25th and
addressed to all the School's students. The letter says "there
are namy things which would surprise you which the Prine Minister
would like to divulge in the presence of the Chancellor and his
According to the letter (signed by Miss Gloria Payne, Cabinet
Secretary ) Government has requested a meeting for November 8th
with Dr Modica and his Board and "certain members of the Cabinet
including the legal advisers."
"Dr Modica says"that he cannot get his Board to come for the
meeting as requested by the Government", the letter says, "but
it is vitally important that this meeting be held as soon as
Alis er ghes;
3rd No mber 1978