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NEWSLETTER
Volune 7 Number 3
For The Week Ending February 17th 1979
7th Year of Publication - - 201st Issue



GUNS FOR GRENADA

WSLETTER is reliably informed that two Grenadians have been
arrested in the United States of America on a major arms charge. The
alleged offence is believed to be either crossing State-lines with
arms or conspiring to export arms. The arrest was made by the
US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Information from NEWSLETTER's contact is that arms and ammunition
ere packed in two barrels labeled "Grease" and, unconfirmed report,
state that the barrels were consigned to Grenada.

According to a report in the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper of
February llth, the names of the Grenadians are Wardally and Humphrey
- Christian names were not given. "Torchlight" said the men have
been released on bail in the sum of US$10,000 each.


In an editorial in its issue of February 14th, the Government owned
"West Indian" newspaper expressed alarm "at recent news reports of
the arrest in the US of two Grenadian youths actively connected with
the radical New Jewel Movement for alleged attempted gun-running.
The newspaper said the consignees of the two barrels of arms and
ammunition are not yet known, but the paper thought there is "an
uncomfortable silence from all quarters which has been providing
unhealthy suspicions as to the intended use of the guns."
(continued)



Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia H he
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westi ie









THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 2

The "West Indian" thinks that Gover ment's silence on the matter is

understandable as this would facilitate apprehension of the "principal

culprits here", and also, Government would be concerned over the

damage which could be done to the Tourist Industry by "such senseless

playing at guerrillas".


What the newspaper finds really sinister, however, is "the out-of-

character silence of the New Jewel Movement." The "West Indian"

says that, "for a Movement always ready to rush to the aid of

victimised brothers in Dominica, Guyana and Timbucktoo (sic) too if

needs be, it is unusual that no one has yet flown off to the

"'bastion of capitalist oppression'to ensure that Bros. Humphrey and

Wardally's human rights are not violated."


the "West Indian" says it does not know for whom the guns were

intended and it presumes nothing but the innocence of the arrested

men until a Court decides otherwise. "We must", nevertheless",

concludes the editorial, "draw the attention of today's misguided

youths, who see glamour in revolution, to beware armchair generals.

When the push comes to the shove and there is the possibility of

these leaders being incriminated, they, all of a sudden, become

'deadly' silent and immobile."
(403 words)




OPPOSITION MP's MOTHER's PREMISES SEARCHED

The premises of Mrs Louisa Whiteman, 75, mother of New Jewel

Movement Member of Parliament, Mr Unison Whiteman, were searched

yesterday (15th) by the Police and Defence Force for arms and

ammunition.


In an exclus ve interview today (16th), Mr Whiteman told NEWSLETTER

the search began at dawn'hhd, when he had news of it, he hurried

immediately to his mother's four-acre farm in Vincennes, about 7

miles from St.Georges.


"I have never been so annoyed in my life", Mr Whiteman told

NEWSLETTER, "imagine 100 military men, heavily armed with rifles,

shot-guns and hand-guns, and detailed to search one 75-year-old

woman !" Mr Whiteman said the concreted area in the 500-bird
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 3

chicken farm was dug up in several places and he felt the authorities

have the responsibility to restore the farm to the condition in which

they found it, "I have already taken legal advice on this", he i

said.


Mr Whiteman said the search lasted about four hours and covered

both the grounds of the farm and his mother's residence. It

was the fourth time in four years that she has been searched

by the Police, he said. One time was for illegal

publications and the other three were for arms and ammunition.

Nothing was found on any occasion.

(209 words)




BISHOP STILL MISSING 4

To date, Friday 16th February, the whereabouts of Police

Inspector Iri Bishop are still unknown. Inspector Bishop

was last seen on Tuesday December 19th, and today is the

59th day that he has been missing.


This Police Officer was in charge of and lived in at the

Esplanade Police Station in the down-town St.Georges shopping

district. He occupied a room there together with his son,

Wilbur Bishop, 16, who is a member of the Grenada Volunteer

Constabulary.


In an interview with NEWSLETTER on February 3rd, the Inspector's

sister, Mrs Monica Andrews said, as far as she knew, Wilbur was

the last person to whom the Inspector spoke before he

disappeared. It was on the morning of December 19th, she

said, and Inspector Bishop had said something to his son as

he (th4 Inspector) left their room at the Esplanade Police

Station. Mrs Andrews said, however, that Wilbur was half-

asleep at the time and does not remember what his father said.
Big Man
Mrs Andrews said also that she visited Acting Commissioner

of Police Osbert James and asked for information of her

brother, but Mr James was unable to give any. the

Commissioner told her that investigations were being catied

out but he refused to entertain her request that a call 'be
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put on Radio Grenada asking whether anyone had information which

could assist the investigations. Mrs Andrews told NEWSLETTER

Mr James had told her that Inspector Bishop "is a big man and he

is sick with his nerves and he couldn't put that kind of call on

the air."


NEWSLETTER called Acting Commissioner James today (16th) and asked

for information relative to the Inspector's disappearance. Mr James

declined to give any information and the following is a verbatim

transcript of the telephone conversation :-

NEWSLETTER Good morning Mr James, can you tell me anything

about the disappearance of Mr Iri Bishop 7

Commissioner No.

NEWSLETTER Is the investigation still going on on that ?

Commissioner If I tell you that, I'll be telling you something.

I'm not telling you anything on it. That's

what I said, no. I cant tell you anything on it.

NEWSLETTER Well, a lot of people have been asking about it ....

Commissioner Well, that's just the same thing. That leaves me

in the same position. Whether they ask or

not, it's the same thing. That's the same thing

I'll answer you

NEWSLETTER But, there's a lot of public concern, if you could

perhaps .........

Commissioner Thank you for calling me.

NEWSLETTER Have a good day, sir.

Commissioner Thank you

NEWSLETTER Thank you.


Inspector Bishop is married and he and his wife have 8 children.

Mrs Bishop has been in the United States for some 2 years and in

an interview on February 3rd with Mr Thomas Bishop, the Inspector's

father, NEWSLETTER was told that the Inspector and the children

had hoped to join Mrs Bishop there.


NEWSLETTER understands that 7 of the children live in Grenada's

Ssistr isc-T-tland/ oOf Ca i dva Wilb IJiI hA hT br- n


r isan o rr acov u an uri. s op as now -een
transferred o that island. Sources close to the family said

today (16th) there have been no further developments (500 words)
____ worrs









THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 5

DANIEL FEELS SACRIFICE WAS NOT IN VAIN

The Government owned "West Indian" newspaper indicates that Grenada-

born Mr R A Daniel is now the State's Consul-General in Canada. This

appointment has not been previously announced but the newspaper

refers to Mr Daniel as holding this office and says he sent a

congratulatory cable to Prime Minister Gairy on the occasion of

Grenada's 5th anniversary of independence.


"I take pride in my 28 years of contributing association and

solidarity with the Party and Government under your dynamic

leadership which has brought about independence for Grenada",

Mr Daniel's cable said in part. "Whatever setback I may have

suffered in Grenada through such an association was not in vain and

I pray God's blessings for your well-being to continue the

development and prosperity of Grenada."


Mr Daniel's association with Mr Gairy was highlighted by the Field

Commission of Inquiry which looked into the control of public

expenditure in Grenada in 1961. Mr Gairy was then Chief Minister

and Minister of Finance of Grenada and the Commission found that he

had browbeaten the Public Service into subservience and then

"proceeded to embark on a series of financial adventures ..."


The Commission reported that Mr Gairy has "severed all effective

contact with his Financial Secretary and relied for financial advice

"on a Principal Secretary, Mr George Hosten (now Grenada's Minister

of Finance. NEWSLETTER note) who, on his own evidence, had no

understanding of the laws and regulations governing expenditure ..."


For the execution of his decisions, the Commission said, Mr Gairy

relied "on a comparatively junior officer, Mr R A Daniel, who,

though claiming to have some knowledge of financial matters, was

found on examination to be so ignorant of them that he did not know

whether or not he himself was in control of any vote."


As a result of the Inquiry, Mr Gairy was deposed, Grenada (then a

colony) had her Constitution suspended and Mr Daniel was fired from

the Public Service.


In 1967, however, when Mr Gairy again had control of t Government,
(contintinued)










THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Pagc 6

and Grenada was an Associated State with full control of internal

affairs, a special enabling Bill was passed authorising a pension

and gratuity to Mr Daniel.


Shortly after the 1961 Inquiry, Mr Daniel immigrated to Canada and

has been resident in that Country since then.
(377 words)




BARRISTER ACCUSES CHIEF MAGISTRATE OF BIAS

Mr Kendrick-Radix,barrister, has accused the Chief Magistrate, Mr Nolan

Jacobs, of exhibiting bias against him in his decisions.


In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (16th), Mr Radix said

that, for some time, he had become increasingly concerned over what he

called Mr Jacob's "lack of impartiality". "Every lawyer knows when

he has a strong or a weak case", Mr Radix said, "but I have noticed that

over the last month or six weeks, Mr Jacobs has been giving me some

terrible decisions."


According to Mr Radix, the matter came to a head last-week when, "in

moderate language" he advised the Chief Magistrate that he .hd "lost

confidence in his impartiality". At this stage, Mr Radix said,

Mr Jacobs adjourned until some time in Aprill the cases before him

in which Mr Radix appeared.



Mr Radix said he made the same objection when he appeared in the

Chief Magistrate's Court this week when he asked that all cases

in which he appeared be transferred to be heard by another

Magistrate. "Mr Jacobs refused my request", Mr Radix said. "He

said he was noting my objections, he saw no reason why I should

think him biased against me, and he would go ahead and try nm cases.

I then told him in more open language the grounds for my objections."
Criminals
Mr Raxix told NEWSLETTER that Mr Jacobs had been Grenada's Solicitor

General in 1973 when an incident occurred in.which Mr Jacobs and

himself were involved. Mr Radix is a member of the New Jewel

Movement (NJM), a political party in opposition, and he, together

with 5 oth NJM members were set upon by a gang of State-paid

criminals. Three of the NJM men were badly beaten and the six
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page


were held in jail.


"With full knowledge of the fact that we had not committed any

offence", Solicitor General Jacobs formulated charges against us and

refused to agree to the Magistrate granting us bail when he knew that

the provisions of the law entitled us to bail. For this, he was

cited with some contempt by the Commission of Inquiry investigating

the breakdown of law and ordar in Grenada."


Mr Radix's reference is to the Duffus Commission of Inquiry which

found of the then Solicitor General Nolan Jacobs that he, "on his

own evidence demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the duties of a law

officer of the Crown and acted with gross impropriety at the hearing

of the applications for bail on behalf of six persons charged before

the Magistrate's Court on November 19th 1973."


The Commissioners suggested that the Judicial & Legal Services

Commission examine Mr Jacobs' conduct with a view to firing him as

Solicitor General. That examination never took place but

Mr Jacobs was transferred to Prime Minister Gairy's office and,

eventually, was appointed Chief Magistrate on January 1st last year.
Limbo
"After having been in legal limbo", Mr Radix told NEWSLETTER,

Mr Jacobs was appointed Chief Magistrate over the heads of all other

Magistrates." But, Mr Radix did not find it surprising that the

Judicial & Legal Services Commission had made this appointment.

According to him, in Grenada's present circumstances, "such things

can be engineered and worked out."



Referring to Mr Jacobs' alleged bias against him, Mr Radix said that,

as an officer of fact and law, "the Chief Magistrate can find for

this or that as he thinks fit." "But, I'told Mr Jacobs can no

longer tolerate his bias against me", Mr Radix said. "If he wants

to penalise me, don't take it out of my clients. Justice ought to

be a very impartial thing-and people have the right to have their

matters adjudicated upon fairly."


Mr Jacobs iS not available for comment as he is out of the island.
(628 wordsA

"9I









THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Pge 8


BANANA PRODUCTION UP, SHIPMENTS DOWN

Grenada's banana production in 1978 did not reach the peak of 1976,

but it was higher than in 1977. However, because of
tonnage not taken by Geest Industries Ltd, the sole buyers, shipments

in 1978 were slightly lower than in the previous year.

It has been difficult to get precise statistics on the Banana Industry

because figures given by Geest vary from those given by the Windward

Islands Banana Association (WINBAN). These, in turn, both vary

from NEWSLETTER's statistics which are compiled from figures taken

weekly from the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS).


According to a release from WINBAN, Grenada exported 14,530 long tons

in 1978. The figure given to NEWSLETTER by Geest is 14,058 long

tons. Converted to pounds, WINBAN's 32,547,200 lbs and Geest's

31,489,920 lbs are both higher than NEWSLETTER's 31,329,521 Ibs.

Of these three, the most acceptable figures are those of Geest,

and the difference of 160,399 Ibs or 72 tons between these and the

NEWSLETTER statistics is small enough to permit the latter to be

used as an indicator of trends and patterns-

tI POUNDS BANANAS SHIPPED L1
CI 1976 1978
1976 1977 1978
January 2,218,132 2,564,180 3,711,002
u February 2,500,011 3,156,809 3,058,837
March 2,251,788 2,435,316 2,806,265
f April 2,615,513 2,136,171 2,956,500 f
J May 2,916,298 3,341,015 2,836,554
0 June 3,597,155 2,801,261 3,379,572 0
SJuly 2,737,918 2,594,278 2,524,307 U
August 3,527,396 2,874,397 2,541,754
September 2,755,105 2,023,514 1,789,201
SOctober 3,163,609 2,207,598 2,277,060
SNovember 4,063,751 3,430,771 1,924,346
SDecember 2,682,203 2,391,473 1,524,123
o 35,028,879 31,956,783 31,329,521
[ (- 8.77%) (- 1.96%)
U 803 Tons Not Shipped 1,798,720
0 Production 1978 :- 33,128,240
SAverage (+ 3.66%)
SMonthly U
I Shipment 2,919,073 2,663,065 2,610,793

(continued)








THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 9


On that basis, Grenada's shipments of 35,028,879 Iba in 1976 fell

by 8.77% to 31,956,783 lbs in 1977. Last year, there was

a further fall in shipments by 1.96% to 31,329,521.

However, whereas shipments in the two previous years

represent the islands annual production, in 1978, there were

803 tons or 1,798,720 lbs which.were produced but, for various

reasons, were not shipped. Taking this into account,

Grenada's production for 1978 was 33,128,240 Ibs, up 3.66%

from the 1977 figure.


Over the years 1976, 1977 and 1978, the number of boxes

shipped have been respectively 1,142,352, 1,065,368 and

992,069 and, in each year, the average weight per box

has been approximately 30 Ibs. Actual averages are

respectively 30.663 Ibs, 29.996 lbs and 31.579.lbs.


BO~ES SHIPPED, REJECTS ETC
1976 1977 1978
Boxes Shipped 1,142,352 1,065,368 992,069
Rejects (boxes) 10,286 30,549 21,869
Rejects as % of
boxes shipped .9% 2.8% 2.2%
Average price paid
by Geest (per Ib) EC 22.0956 26.60912 30.30
Total Gross.,Earnings
of Industry BC$7,739,843 8,503,421 9,408,509
(+9.86%) (+10.64%)


In 1976, 10,286 boxes of fruit were rejected as being unfit for

shipment. This represented .9% of the number of boxes

shipped and there was a sharp rise in this percentage in 1977.

During that year, 30,549 boxes were rejected and this was

2.8% of the number shipped. The 1978 figure of 21,869

rejects shows a slight drop to 2.2% of the number of boxes

shipped.


Although shipments in 1978 were the lowest in weight for the

last three years, earnings were the highest. In 1976,

Geest paid GBCS an average of ECO 22.096 per pound which

resulted in earnings of BC$7,739,843. Actual payments varied

between ECC 18.272 and ECC 24.384 per pound. Geest p~m)ents in

1977'averaged ECC 26.609 per pound and ranged from ECc 19.042 to
(continued)










THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 10


BCO 31.762. .Earnings.,totaled EC$8,503,421.


Geest's range of payments in 1978 was EC 25.504 to ECO 35.19 per

pound, and the average per pound was BCC 30.03. This resulted

in earnings of EC$ 9,408,509, which represents an increase of

10.64% over earnings for 1977.
MONTHLY SHlPMENIors

Millions 1976-1978
Of lbs
4

1978





I \ / 1 I -

1976 "












Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec



The three year graph (1976-1978) of monthly shipments indicates a

marked drop in the level of Grenada's shipments during 1978, a drop

which appears to coincide with the discovery of "Moco" disease in the

island.


In February 1978, WINBAN advised the Grenada authorities that Moco

had been identified definitely and, in that month, shipments dropped

from the January figure of 3.7 million pounds to 3 million pounds.

Shipments were below this figure in March, April and May, and, while

3.3 million pounds were attained in June, declining figures reached

a three year low of 1.5 million pounds in December.


This picture is distorted by the fact that, in December, some 900,000

Ibs were not shipped because the Geest ship encountered a storm and,

as a result of damage sustained, was unable to call for the fruit.

SEven taking this into account, however, the decline in the level
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Eluntn 17.2.79 Page 11


of shipments is marked.


Concern is now being expressed by sources in the Industry over the

present drought which is regarded as severe. Shipments for

January were nearly 10% less than shipments for the corresponding

period in 1978, and it is feared that, unless there are early rains,

overall production for 1979 may be adversely affected. NEWSLETTER

is advised, however, that considerable new plantings have been made

And, if the effects of the drought can be overcome, it is expected

that production in 1979 will maintain at least last year's level and

will probably exceed that figure by a small margin.
Moco
Concern is also being expressed over the fact that the island's

plantations have been affected by Bacterial Vascular Wilt or Moco

disease. This disease was identified by WINBAN scientists early

last year and Mr Arthur Branch, Field Officer of the Ministry of

Agriculture told NEWSLETTER today (16th) that Moco has not yet been

eradicated by the programme which was introduced, but the disease

has been confined to the island's northernmost parish, St.Patricks.


Mr Branch said the worst affected area is the Drumlithe-Estate and

NEWSLETTER spoke also to Dr Rupert Japal,.the owner of that estate.

"The situation is very bad", Dr Japal said, "and we are having to

destroy great numbers of banana trees."


Other information given by Mr Branch is that the Banana Industry is

being attacked by Panama Disease. There are two strains of this

disease in the island, he said, No 1 and No. 2. The first attacks th

Gros Michael banana which Grenada does not cultivate for export and

the second attacks the Cavendish banana, of which Grenada cultivates

the Lacatan, Robusta, Giant Cavendish and Valery varieties for

export. The No 2 strain also attacks the "bluggoe", a type of

banana which is not edible raw but which forms an important part of

the Grenadian diet when cooked.


Mr Branch said the danger of Panama Disease cannot be minimised, but

he thought it was under control in Grenada.
1. ( 994 words)










THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79


BANANA BAROMETER


Total Pounds
Shipped to ......
1977 1978
31,956,783 31,329,521
29,564,608 29,805,398
26,133,837 27,881,052
23,926,239 25,603,992
21,902,725 23,814,791
19.028,328 21,273,037
16,434,752 18,748,730
13,633,491 15,369,158
10,292,476 12,532,604
8,156,305 9,576,104
5,720,989 6,769,839
2,564,180 3,711,002


Total Dollars (EC)
Earned to ......
1977 1978
8,503,421 9,408,509
7,891,650 8,967,352
6,874,142 8,382,371
6,219,691 7,640,980
5,590,339 7,036,196
4,722,874 6,180,346
3,983,182 5,349,667
3,171,067 4,257,377
2,233,740 3,395,955
1,680,370 2,530,502
1,125,411 1,773,422
507,027 961,909


- 1.96%
+ .81%
+ 6.68%
+ 7.01%
* 8.72%
+ 7.20%
+14.08%
+12.73%
+21.76%
+17.40%
+18.33%
+44.72%


+10.64%
+13.63%
+22.85%
+25.86%
+30.85%
+34.31%
+34.26%
+52.03%
+50.59%
+57.59%
+57.57%
+89.72%


1979
De ember
November
October
Septem ee


Jul




March


3,374,687 -09.06%., anua


1979



October
-Se te er

-1-

June






922,307 -04.12 January


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PHONE~SYSTEM FOR UPGRADING/EXPANDING


The Grenada Telephone Co Ltd (GTC) has been given the go-ahead to

install a EC$10 million Digital Multiplex System which will make up to
6.
100,000 new lines available by 1984.


In an exclusive interview with Mr Ivor O'trien, GTC's Manager, he told

NEWSLETTER that the final decision was taken on February 8th at a

meeting of his Company with the Continental Telephone Corporation and

Prime Minister Gairy. GTC is owned in equal shares by the

Government of Grenada and the Continental Telephone Corporation.


"The system to be installed will be the very latest in the state of

the art", Mr O'Brien said, "and the service it will provide will be

the best obtainable."


Installation is to be in three phases. The first, which will be

completed in 1981, will provide new lines in St.Georges and in the

tourist development area of Morne Rouge. Mr O'Brien said there are

now some 600 persons awaiting lines in these areas and he felt that,

by the time phase one is completed, the number of lines required in

these areas will be higher.


Phase 2, expected to be completed in 1982, will cover parts of the

parishes of St.Andrews and St.Patricks, including the island's

second largest town of Grenville, Pearls airport and most of the

north-eastern section of Grenada. The final phase will be

completed in 1984 and this will link the remainder of Grenada into

the system. Under this phase, also, the obsolete telephone system

in the sister island of Carriacou will be replaced and direct dialing

to that island will be provided.


The present system has a capacity of 3,187 lines and these are now

all in use. Mr O'Brien said that, by 1981, he estimated that the

system will be handling over 1000 lines and, at the end of the third

phase, it will be possible to have up to 100,000 lines, these be

added as required.


"Direct dialing broad is not included in the programme", the Manager

said, "but we have been requested to look into this and if is being

given consideration. This operation will require the use of a
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 14


computer and the estimated number of lines we will have are
insufficient to warrant the use of this equipment. However,

in conjunction with other regional Telephone Companies, direct
dialing may be arranged sometime ofter 1984."


Mr O'Brien declined to say hpw the proposed expansion is to be

financed, but it is unlikely that GTC will provide any of the funds.

A recent report of a Tribunal investigating an industrial dispute

revealed that, in 1977, the Company was in debt to over EC$4 million.

The Tribunal found too that some EC$* million was owing to the

Company, of which debt Government owed just under EC$} million.


GTC sustained a loss of EC$133,429 in 1976 but, since then, has

shown improved performance. Profit in 1977, after tax, was

EC$112,006 and the forecast for 1978 is EC$204,211 after tax.
(488 words)



FLOUR MILL CONSTRUCTION STARTS

Caribbean Agro Industries (CAI) began construction of the Company's

EC$i million flour and feed plant at Mt Gay, just outside St.Georges,
on January 28th. A spokesman for the Company said Mr Anthony

Munro has been appointed Project Manager and: the Barbados firm of

Consulting Engineers Partnership has been employed.


A contract has been placed with Messrs Henry Simon Ltd of Stockport,

England, to design and equip the mill which will have a capacity of 45

tons of wheat per day.


CAI was incorporated on 17th April 1978 with an authorised capital

of EC$10 million and, while it has not yet been announced, NEWSLETTER

is reliably informed that the Continental Milling Corporation of

the United States is the Senior Partner in this ve1ture. Local

interests hold minority shares.


TheAI plant will manufacture both flour and animal feed, and it

is -p cted that construction will be completed by the end of this

year and production will begin on January 1st 1980.

As an incentive, the Company has had a Government "Tax Stabilisation

Order" made in its favour. This is the first Company to receive
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 17.2.79 Page 15


this incentive which guarantees that the "taxes, duties and imposts"

payable by the Company "shall.not exceed the rate of tax existing

at the time the order was made". CAI will enjoy this
@9
stabilisationn" for 15 years from January 1st 1980.


The Company will also be exempt for 15 years from the payment of

income tax and from the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Act,

under whichh tax is payable on transactions involving foreign

exchange.
(261 words)




HI MMISSIONER ADMITTED TO BAR

Grenadats High Commissioner to London, Mr Raymond Anthony, 32, was

admitted to the Grenada Bar on Monday (12th). The Court was

presided over by Mr Justice Hewlitt and Mr Anthony's petition was

presented by Senator.Derek Knight, Q C.


Mr Anthony replaces Mr Oswald Gibbs who was fired from the post of

High Commissioner to London by Prime Minister Gairy last July. The

aew High Commissioner has not yet presented his credentials to.the
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Queen as Mr Gibbs ha. nott yit fotAmal taken his leave-of Hei Majesty
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CRUISE LINER CALLS

During the week ending February 3rd, eight cruise liners called at

Grenada. These were :-


January ,28th "Stella Oceanis" 269 Passengers
"Doric" 742 do
29th "Fair Wind" 904 do
30th "Angelina Lauro" 764 do
"Veendam" 609 do 5718 Pass.

February 1st "Jupiter" 339 Passengers
"Britanis" 1026 do
"Stella Maris" 156 do 1521 Pass.


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7239 Pass.*

Up to the week e.ng January 27th, 13,058 cruise passengers had

arrived at Grenada for the year. Adding 5,718 passenger

arrivals between that date and the end of the month, the total
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cruise liner passengers for January is 2 The total cruise

liner calls totalled 28. These figures are both under those

recorded in January 1978. In that month, 41 cruise liners called
0**
with 24,676 passengers.


During the week ending February 10th, seven cruise liners called.

These were

February 4th "Statendam" 761 Passengers
5th "Dalmacija" 267 do
6th "Angelina Lauro" 740 do
"Cunard Countess" 732 do
9th "Vistafjord" 653 dO
"Stella Maris" ft yet available)




BANANA SHIPMENTS

Five shipments of bananas were made by the Grenada Banana Cooperative

Society (GBCS) during January to a total of 108,015 boxes weighing

3,374,687 Ibs. Details of these shipments are as follows

S S "Geestland on.January 3rd
24,470 boxes were shipped weighing 769,031 Ibs. Weight of fruit
received at boxing plants, 824,949 lbs. GBCS paid producers BC14
on the boxing'plant weight. Geest paid GBOSC.C0 29.151 on the
shipped weight. There were 420 boxesof rejected fruit.

S S "Geestcrest" on January 11th
16,429 boxes were shipped weighing 510,872 lbs. Weight of fruit
received at boxing plants, 674,176 Ibs. GBCS paid producers EC14
on the boxing plant weight. Geest paid GBCS ECO27.413 per pound
on the shipped weight. There were 420 boxes of rejected fruit.

S S "Adina" on January 16th
22,019 boxes were shipped weighing 686,207 Ibs. Weight of fruit
received at the boxing plants, 714,333 lbs. GBCS paid producers ECC12
per pound on the boxing plant weight. Geest paid GBCS BCO27.122 per
pound on the shipped weight. There were 461 boxes of rejected fruit.

S S "Geeststar" on January 25th
21,244 boxes were shipped weighing 661,078 lbs. Weight of fruit
received at boxing plants, 698,028 lbs. GBCS paid producers BCa12
SP pound on the boxing plant weight. Geest paid GBCS EBC26.511 per
p:.und on shipped weight. There.were 356 boxes of rejected fruit.

S S "Geestland" on January 30th
S23,853 boxes were shipped weighing 739,499 lbs. WVeight of fruit
received at boxing plantsis not yet available. GBC'paid producers
ECcl2 per pound on boxing plant weight; Geest pai' BEC!26,304 on
Chipped weight. 564 boxes were rejected.
-Al;t Fhbzruary 17g9




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