Volume 7 Number 2
For The Week Ending February .0th 1979
7th Year of Publication - - 200th Issue
The current week marks a milestone in the l2fe of this publication
which now celebrates with a new masthead. First put out in the
week yeing 18 ugust 1973, NEWSLETTER has provided a service for
some five and,a half years, and this week's issue is the 200t.
publication since NEWSLETTER's birth.
Appreciation must be expressed of Mr F Seal Coon, -the then Editorial
Manager of the Gleaner Company Ltd of Jamaica who put forward the
idea of the GRENADA NEWSLETTER. In July of 1973, he suggested
te production ,of "a weekly Grenada newsletter" which would be
"purIly factual and be about usn words long". The suggestion
was accepted'and, typewritten and covering 7 ua usa.ories, the first
issue of NEWSLETTER was 537 words long.
.Since then, the publication has been improved and expanded.
Newsstories are reported in depth, statistics have been introduced,
annual chronological catalogues of events are produced and
exclusive interviews lend colour and provide information which, in
most cases, is not available elsewhere.
One feature, however, remains unchanged. As with its first
publication, the GRENADA NEWSLETTER has no opinion and takes no,
sides. Every effort is made to avoid bias and reporting is on-
a "purely factual" bapis. (continued)
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The producers and printers of NEWSLETTER believe that the sert7ce
rendered is valued by persons who require to be informed of facts
associated with developments in this island. As the 200th
anniversary of the first issue is marked, it is the aim and pledge
of the GRENADA NEWSLETTER to maintain and expand that service.
GG READS THRONE SPEECH
Grenada's economy has been given a boost with the launching of
"Product Industrialisation and Employment BootString". This
was disclosed by Governor General Mr Paul Scoon as he read the
Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament (held at Queens Park)
on the anniversary of the island's Independence Day, February 7th.
This projecttiwas put forward by Prime Minister Gairy last August
and Mr Sc66n described it as "a developmental thrust designed to
encourage foreign and local investment financing for industrial
enterprises, thereby creating job opportunities and utilising
agricultural raw material."
"After four months of planning and preparation in 1978", he said&
the response has been resounding and, in 1979, we shall see the
construction of 500 resort units, the establishment of a flour
mill, a cement plant, a concrete tile factory, a ratan furniture
factory and a number of agro-industrial enterprises."
The Goveinor General said one could look around and- ee a
definite improvement in the standard of living and tha quality
of life in the island, and this is due, he thought, to the fact
that Grenadians are demonstrating their ability to pull
themselves up by their own bootstrings.
The Governor General also disclosed that Government is to give
priority to the establishment of a "State University". This
University, he said, will upgrade, integrate and give new
dimensions to existing tertiary institutions and programmes.
"The University will be a hybrid between a traditional and a
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non-traditional institution", he said. "It will have
institutional links with several accredited institUtions in various
parts of the world, and will develop into a prototype for introduction
in other parts of the world."
Mr Scoon said this University is not intended to be competitive with
the University of the West Indies. Rather, he said, it will seek
to provide educational opportunities for which UWI is not'
philosophically or practically geared.
A healthy and productive agricultural sector is the key to
improvement in the economic and social development of Government,
the Governor General said, and he stated that his Government wished
to reemphasise this. "My Government will continue to take every
measure to ensure that a climate conducive to the expanded growth
and development of this sector will prevail", he said.
The Throne Speech covered also the field of health, and Mr Scoon said
the extension to the General Hospital, financed by the European
Development Fund, will be completed by the end of February. This
extension includes a new laboratory, an X-ray unit and a larger
"It is also expected that the Eye Ward and Clinic will soon be
completed", the Governor General said, "and, during the year,
renovations will be carried out in the Operating Theatre to provide
facilities for two complete operating units, and an Intensive Care
Unit will be established."
The Governor General said that 1978 had been a good year for the
Tourist Industry. "The 1978 figures reveal an increase of 13% in
the number of stay-over visitors", he said, "and 7% in the number of
cruise passengers." He said that yachting continues its upward
trend with a 29% increase in the number of visiting yachts.
"Above all", said Mr Scoon, "my Government invokes the blessing of th
Almighty on Parliament, on our distinguished Prime Minister, Dr the
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Right Honourable Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, so that he would continue
to provide this country with positive and dynamic leadership, on
all Ministers of Government, so that they may give increasing
support to the formulation and execution of Government's policies,
on all Public Officers, so that they may be endued with the
strength and capacity to discharge their duties with diligence,
efficiency and loyalty, and on all the citizens of the country,
so that they may be spiritually and materially enriched.
OPPOSITION LEADER PUBLISHES STATEMENT
It is clear that in today's Grenada, no one is safe from the
dangers posed by a rising Facist dictatorship. This opinion
is expressed by Mr Maurice Bishop, Leader of the Opposition, in
a document published on the occasion of Grenada's fifth
anniversary of independence.
Mr Bishop said the "so-called Labour Government" of Prime
Minister Gairy had launched an offensive on the human rights
of workers. "The Essential Services Act, passed in
February 1978, has effectively removed the right of some 15 of
the most important categories of workers to strike or take any
other form of industrial action", he said, "and now the ruling
Party has joined forces with the racist, imperialist Barclays
Bank in a naked attempt to prevent those workers from joining
the trade union of their choice and having such union bargain
Mr Bishop referred to the health situation in Grenada as
"shocking" and he catalogued several cases which, he said, made
Grenadians "desperately afraid of falling ill." He said a 4
year old boy died recently because: necessary brain surgery could
not be performed at the General Hospital and Government refused
to pay costs of his passage to Barbados or Trinidad.
"A few months before that", he said, "a 13 year Old girl died of
Brain haemotrhage wben she too could have been saved. On
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January 21st, another promising 25 year old was burled because the
relatively inexpensive machine that could have kept him alive was not
available at the hospital. On top of this, some 100 babies and
children died of vomiting and diarrhoea in Grenada in 1978 alone."f
Mr Bishop said this is what Grenada is like five years after what he
called "flag independence". And, alarming as the situation is in
the field of health, he said, it is no less frightening than in a
hundred other critical areas of life.
"Imagine that more than 800 poor, starving, frustrated Grenadians
turned up a few weeks ago after Radio Grenada advertised for just 37
jobs", he said. "Imagine that a senior Inspector of Police
disappears apparently without trace and the ruling Government
does not even announce the fact or call for an inquiry or
investigation into it." Mr Bishop said the right to life has
been replaced by "the twin spectors of political murders and Chile-
The Leader of the Opposition said that Grenadians are learning that
"political or flag independence" is meaningless unless it is
accompanied by planned efforts to free the economy and society from
foreign domination and internal political repression, and he thought
there are clear signs of "consciousness", "organisation", "militancy"
and "activity" by Grenadians "to remove the ruling regime as a first
step towards restoration of our democratic rights."
"I remain confident", Mr Bishop said, "that neither internal
repression nor external ties with Facist dictatorships like Chile
will be able to stop the onward and united march of the Grenadian
people to peace, justice, democracy, social progress and genuine
ROMANS AND ANGLICANS UNDER DISPLEASURE
NESSLETTER is reliably informed that the Roman Catholic and Anglican
Authorities have incurred the displeasure of Prime Minister Gairy by
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their refusal to repd .i their churches an independence 'addres"-
from him to the people of Grenada.
This document was sent to all Churches on Saturday February 3rd
with the request that it be read in all churches on the next day.
At a hastily convened meeting of the Grenada Christian Council,
the Roman Catholics expressed the view that Mr Gairy's "address"
was a political document and they declined to accept it for..reading
in their churches. The Methodists thought certain parts could
be read and the Presbyterians were undecided.
Neither the Roman Catholocs nor the Anglicans read the "address".
The Methodists read the first paragraph, part of the second
and the last three paragraphs in the seven page document.
The Presbyterians read the entire "address"
To date (10th) there has been no reaction from Mr Gairy, but it
is believed that, after this week's independence celebrations
are over, he will make a statement.
CWA/TAWU TRIBUNAL STILL DELAYED
The protest made by the Technical & Allied Workers Union about
the composition of the Tribunal appointed to resolve the Union's
industrial dispute with the Central Water Authority (CWA) has
not yet been dealt with.
This tribunal was appointed last December but did not meet
until recently. Little work has been done, however, because
TAWU objected to Mr T C Payne, CWA's nominee. Mr Payne
is a member of CWA's Board of Directors, and TAWU feels that
it is against "natural justice" to have him arbitrate in a
matter concerning CWA.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr Herbert Squires, told NEWSLETTER
today (10th) that TAWU's protest is still being considered.
"I have referred this matter to the Minister of Labour", he said,
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"but it is not a simple one and he will have to be advised. If
the protest is found to be valid, it may be that CWA will have to
make a new nomination or the Minister may appoint a new Tribunal."
TAWU's nominee to the Tribunal is Mr Daniel Williams, and the terms
of reference include TAWU's proposals for amendment of the existing
CAIC's INDUSTRIES ALLOCATION COMMITTEE
The Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce (CAIC) has appointed
a three man committee to examine the rationale of the system of
allocation of industries in the Less Developed Countries (LDC) of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
This committee was appointed at the CAIC Board of Directors meeting
in Guyana last October, and a Repprt is to be submitted to the next
Board of Directors meeting to be held in Trinidad on March 16th.
Members of the committee are Mr Lyden Ramdhanny of Grenada, Miss June
Clarke of Barbados, and Mr Orman Monplaisir of St.Lucia.
In an exclusive interviewiwith Mr Ramdhanny on Monday (5th), he told
NEWSLETTER that the committee.is expected to look into the industries
now operating in the LDC and ascertain whether they meet the
consumption demand. Mr Ramdhanny said that, in some quarters, it
was felt that protection of industries in the LDC was affecting
employment adversely in the More Developed CARICOM-countries, and
the committee was to look into this also.
The committee held its first meeting on January 29th. This was in
Barbado3 and it was adjourned pending presentation of statistics on
which to base its findings. A further meeting has not yet been
NEW INTER-ISLAND LINK
Grenada is soon to have a new sea link with Barbados and St.Vincent.
The 399 ton Motor Vessel "Aurora" will provide a weekly service
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between the three islands, catering to both" th cargo andi passing
In an exclusive interview on Monday (5th) with Mr Michael Forshaw,
Manager of the "Aurora", NEWSLETTER learned that the boat is a
former United States Army passenger/cargo service vessel. She
was built in Seattle, Washington, in 1944 and has a heavily
constructed ice-sheathed hull with dimensions of 148 feet overall,
33 feet beam and a draft of 12 feet.
"I brought her down myself from St.Thomas, arriving here on
January llth, "Mr Forshaw said, "and I am very pleased with her
performance. She's a comfortable boat and I'm sure she'll
do well in the service we shall be operating."
"Aurora" is owned by Messrs Coates Peterson Steamship Co of
Panama and' the boat is registered in that country. Her 875
horse-power FAirbanks-Morse engine gives her a service speed of
10 knots, but she can attain a speed of 12 knots. The boat
is expected to go into service shortly; she will be handled by
a Grenadian crew.
MISS WORLD IN GRENADA
Miss World 1978, Argentine born Silvana Suarez, 19, arrived in
Grenada on Wednesday 31st January to be present for the island's
5th independence anniversary celebrations.
Accompanied from Barbados by her chaperone Miss Linda Rabin, and
the Executive Secretary of the Grenada Tourist Board, Mrs
Gertrude Protain, Miss World was met at Pearls airport by
Senator Paul Slinger, Minister of Tourism and other Government
Also in Grenada for the independence celebrations is Mrs Jennifer
Craig, Grenada's High Commissioner to Canada. Mrs Craig (nee
Hosten) captured the Miss World title for Grenada amid a storm of
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protest and controversy-because the then Premrpr -B Grnada, Mr Eric
Gairy, was a judge in the contest.
While in Grenada, Miss World 1978 is a guest of the Government, and
her trip has been sponsored by BWIA and LIAT. NEWSLETTER is
advised that she will leave Grenada this week-end.
EAST CARIBBEAN CURRENCY AUTHORITY
The most recent statement published by the East Caribbean Currency
Authori:1 (ECCA) is that for October 1978. That statement shows
that, at 31st October, the Authority had EC$76.6 million in
circulation, of which BC$69-6 million was in notes and EC$7' million
was in coin.
The October figure was an increase of EC$2.7 million over the
previous munth, at EC$73.9 million in circulation, was the lowest
figure in six months.
Details of the ECCA October 1978 figures are as follows :-
Statement of Assets & Liabilities
Notes in circulation
Coin in circulation
& money at call
62,112,708 Internal Assets
AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER JOINS WINBAN
The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) has employed a
British Agricultural Engineer to advise the Banana Development
Programme on soil and water conservation and irrigation.
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He is Mr John W Cracknell, an honours gradnlate of the University
of Newcastle, and he has been attached to the OverSeas Department
of the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
Mr Cracknell will work in close association with the Ministries
of Agriculture, and will collect basic hydrological information
in each of the Windward Islands.
CROP SPECIALIST JOINS WINBAN
The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) has strengthened
its Research & Development Centre in St.Lucia with the appointment
of a Crop Specialist, Dr Murali Rao, a graduate of the University
of Agriculture and Technology of Nainital, India.
Dr Rao's appointment is financed by a grant from the International
Development Research Institute of Canada, and his attachment to
WINBAN will be for three years in the first instance.
During this period, Dr Rao will look into small farmer interplantin
practices in the Windward Islands and his research will be directed
to improving these practices. Work has already begun in
St.Lucia on experimental intercroppitg with bananas of short term
crops such as beans, potatoes, corn and peanuts.
Dr Rao will also review existing information on plantains with
a view to selecting the most appropriate strains for Windward
Island cultivation, and he will investigate the possibilities
of intercropping plantains with food crops.
WINBAN TESTS BANANA CARTONS.
Some eight years ago, the export of bananas from the Windward
Islands was changed from shipment in bunches to shipment in
fibre board cartons, and, according to the Windward Islands
Banana Association (WINBAN), these cartons must not only protect
the fruit in transit, but must reach retail outlets in
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In response to a request to the British Government, laboratory
equipment for testing cartons arrived in St.Lucia last year, and
Dr John New, a packaging expert from Tropical Products Institute,
visited the island and assisted WINBAN in training staff and
establishing test procedures.
According to a recent WINBAN release, the carton testing laboratory
is another tool "to further improve the quality of Windward Island
NEWSLETTER regrets that, to date, no banana statistics for this
year are available. Efforts to get them continue and it is
hoped that they can be included in the next issue.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
The last statistics given for cruise liner calls by NEWSLETTER
were in the issue for the week ending February 3rd and were up to
the week ending January 27th.
The Tourist Bureau advises that later figures have not yet been
obtained from the Immigration Department. It is expected that
these figures will be available for our next issue.
10th February 1979