Vo___e Number 6
For The Week Ending March 10th 1979
7th Year of Publication -- 204th Issue
NJM MEMBERS' HOMBS SEARCEBD
A series of searches at. homes of New Jewel'Movement (NJM) members
was mounted by the Police about 2.OOpm today (10th).
When NBWSLETTER checked between 2.15pm and 2.30pa, there were
squads of plain-clothes policemen at the homes of Mr Maurice
Bishop, Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bernard Coard, Member of.
Parliament for the town of St.George, Mr Unison Whit4 an, Member
for St.Georges North.-ast and Senator Kendrick Radix. '
There were police squads also at the homes of two other
prominent NJM members. These are Mr Hudson Austin and
Mr Vincent Noel, President of the Bank & General Workers Union,
Vice-President of the Commercial & Industrial 9'Wozk~ Union and
Vice-President of the Grenada Trades Union Council.
When the Police arrived at Mr Coard's home, the family was out and
the house closed. As this report is being written, nobody has,
as yet, returned and a police guard is at the house.
Mr and Mrs Whiteman were -'1o out when the police arrived but the
house was open and occupied. However, the police did not enter
as an employee of Mr Whiteman told them they could not come in in
the absence of the residents. A guard hb.a boon posted here
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Mr Bishop was not at home when the police arrived but Mrs Bishop
was. The police searched that home and the home of Mr Bishop's
mother, Mrs Alimenta Bishop, which is next-door. Mrs Maurice
Bishop told NEWSLETTER after the searches that the police took
During the search of the Bishop homes,.another NJM member, Mr Lium
!James, arrived and his person and car were searched. He was
!detained and taken away after, it is reported, an autobiography
of Fidel Castro was found in his car.
Mr Austin was at home when the police.Arrived and was present
while the search was conducted. A source close to th'6 family
told NEWSLETTER that nothing was taken away by the police except
tan NJM manifesto.
Mr Vincent Noel.was at home when the police arrived and, after his
home hd. been *We bhed, he was ,arrested and taken away to the
central Police Station. Mrs Noel told NEWSLETTER' that the police
took nothing away after the search. She said also that she was
told by the police that Mr Noel would be charged with smuggling
arms into Grenada.
s this report is being written, i't is reliably reported that no
Charges have been laid against either Mr Noel or Mr James'. It
ts understood that they are being held under the regulation which.
allowss the police to detain a person for 48 hours without laying
Every effort to contact Messrs Bishop, Whiteman, Coard, Radix and
pustin has failed. Mr Austin left his home shortly after the
search was completed and the others have not returned home.
Inquiries made of the families of these men have not resulted in
any information being obtained.
"INDIGENOUS" BANK TO BE ESTABLISH
group of leading businessmen and agriculturists have agreed to
nvernment's proposal that they should be the first Directors of
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!an "indigenous" bank. ,. ,
The nature of the bank and the method of its funding has not been
disclosed, but it is likely that the. bank, ill offer .full commercial
services, and be located on Halifc Sreet, St .Georges, in premises
now being. compulsarily, acquired .by Government.
According to a notice in the Govefnment Gazette 6of ebruary 16t', :a
lot of land "containing 2,600 square feet by estimation, and
believed to be under the control of the Beneficiarieg of the late
PG Hosten", i.S to be acquired "to provide office space for
Government and for housing a Financial Institution.'"
The Directors of the bank will be 'Mr 'Fred Toppini; 'aadging 'Difealor
of Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, Mr Richard Menezes:e', anaglng Direct
of Geo F Huggins & Co Ltd, Mr Angus Minors', Direttor T Eryden &
Minors Ltd, Mr L A Purcell, agriculturist and owner/mamager of the
firm of L A Purcell, Syrian-born businessman, Mr Moses Nahous and
Sir William Branch, agriculturist. -
Messrs Menezes andr'Minors have banking experience and Mr Toppin,
before joining the firm he now manages, was a senior member of a
firm of auditors. NEWSLETTER is-advised that the !irectors'of
the bank will hold their posts in their own right.,and not:by virtue'
of the position they hold Ah- theit onm'firms.' ". .: 1;
. Speculation. ,*
There is considerable speculation as to the method by which this
bank will be financed, and it is reported that an initial sum of
EC$10'million will be required. 'It is reportedalao:that *r'
consideration is being given to acquiring this sum fk'On the- eservl
of the producer cooperatives which are nbw controlled-by Governuent
These are the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA), the
Grenada Cocoa Association (GCA) and the Grenada Banana Cdcperativk
Society (GBCS);' i '
The financial position of GBCS is not known but, at the end of its
trading year at 30th June 1978, GCNA had EC$7.5 million on fixed
deposit with three foreign banks operating in Grenada. GCA's
accounts for the Cocoa Year ending 30th September have not yet been
published but, at 30th September 1977, the Association had
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EC$826,817 on fixed deposit and in savings accounts."
|At the present time, there is only one active local bank in'Grenada.
This is the Grenada Cooperative Bank which is a savings bank Only.
Full banking services are o4fered by four 'foreign' banks. These
are Barclays Bank Internatxodal', the R69al BSnk of Canada, The
iCanadiap Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Bank of Nova Scotia.
There is, theoretically, another local':bank. this is the
Grenada National Bank & Trust Company which was established by
Government and which opened its doors to the public 6n 11th
August 1969. That'bank, hoWever, has not attracted depositors
and, while it still has an office, it is by all appearances,
defunct. It is not known whether, with the opening of the new
bank, the National Bank & Trust Company will close.
VOTERS LIST REVISION CAUSES CONCERN
A revision of the Voters List was commenced on Wednesday (7th), but
the way in which this operation is being conducted is causing concern
SIn an exclusive interview today,(9th) with Mr -Maurice Bishop, Leader
of the Opposition and Joint Coordinating Secretary of theNew Jewel
Movement (NJM), NEWSLETTER was told that NJM feels it is highly
irregular that the first public notice of this revision was given
on the afternoon of the day the revision began.
"What Mr Albert Abrahamn the Supervisor of Elections, is conducting",
Mr Bishop said, "is not a revision of the List at all. ."It can be
More properly described as:a fraud, a farce and a fake."
The Leader of the Opposition said the announcement over. Radio
SGrenada of the revision had been "stuck in the middle of .a music
programme" on Wednesday (7th) afternoon. His Party had tried
immediately to get in touch with Mr Abraham, Mr Bishop said, but
the Supervisor had not been located until the following morning.
According to the NJM leader, Mr Abraham's attitude then was such
that it was clear "he did not want to have a revision at all but
oly wished to have the appearance of a revision."
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Mr Bishop saidahis larty had'adde a survey yesterday (8th) and today
(9th) of the Electotial Revision OffiCes and had found that.; thedi ,
vast majority of them have been locked tight when the'agents are
supposed to be in there taking names." He said also that
yesterday (8th) the second day of-'the revision, when his Party
visited "the few Revision Offices that were!open", it was discovered
that, until then, tobddy had yet been registered.
"The reality of the situation is that, after three days of an alleged
revision", Mr Bishop said, "even as Members of Parliament we are
unable to get any Registration Forms, our agents cant get Forms and,
worse still, the people of this country cant go in to be registered
because most of the Revision offices have been closed."
Mr Bishop said a protest was made to Mr Abraham today (9th) and the
Supervisor had charged NJM with 'talking hot air'. "I think this
amply illustrates the way i, Which. e sees the rights of the people
of Grenada to vote in fair and..-ree elections", the NJM leader said.
NE'SLETTER personally checked the St.Georges Town Revision office
yesterday (8th) and found it closed. A further check disclosed
that Mr Roy Rathan, the person in charge of that office, was'at the
Queens Park playing fields assisting as. an official at a sports
Following the interview with Mr Bishop, NEWSLETTER contacted
Mr Abraham and asked for his comments on the fact of Mr Rathan's
absence from the Revision office in the light of Mr Bishop's
complaints. Mr Abraham said nobody had to be "stuck down" and,
while Mr Rathan is in charge of the office, he had an assistant to '
take over if he was away... .. '
Newsletter pointed out that Mr Rathan's assistant had not been present
and, in fact, the office was found to be closed when the checks were
made. Mr Abraham said the key of the office had been lost but the.
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place is open now.
Asked about the NJM charge that they could not get Registration Forms,
the Supervisor said the law does not provide for thbae Forms to be
given to agents. "In the past", he said, "we have let the agents
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have Registration Forms as a service, but I have been pushed so hard
iby the New:Jewel Movement that I have decided that every voter must
now come and get his form.hitself,"
COCOA INDUSTRY SHOWS GAINS
If the trend in the Cocoa Industry continues, the 1978/79 Cocoa
Year should be an excellent one for Grenada compared with recent
years. Figures for the first half of the Year, October 1978
to February 1979, are attractive and the Year should bring total
revenue of some EC$14 million.
Figures for the 1977/78 Cpcoa Year are not yet available but,
compared with the 1975/76 and 1976/77 Years, the first half of
I Cocoa Sales
Year Ending Total lbs Totals 1976.& 1977 Average Price
30th Sept Sold Projected 1978/179 Per lb (EC$)
1976 5,858,000 8,480,453 1.4477
1977 4,673,678- 8,837,940 1.8829
1978/1979 1,454,000 7,185,441 x 2
= 14,370,882 4.9418
the current Year indicates that gross earnings are up by some
70%. At the same time, projecting the figures for 12 months,
the total weight of cocoa sold this year should be, on average,
over 50% less than the weights sold in the 1975/76 and 1976/77
This improvement in the Industry was anticipated by the Chairman
of the Cocoa Association, Sir William Branch. In a Report for
the Year ending 30th September 1977, published in August 1978,
Sir William noted that there was a serious shortage in the cocoa
crop caused mainly by drought, by an acute outbreak of "Witches
Broom" disease and by a high incidence of Thrips and Beetles.
"Despite all this", Sir William said, "I am pleased to report that
ar surplus payment for this year (1978) will not be less than
IEC 50 per pound as compared with ECj 25 paid last year and the
previous year." (continued)
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Since 1975, the Cocoa Industry has faced Ediffcu-Ies "aiSTo"-
to disease, considerable loss was sustained when, on July 6th 1976,
the East Caribbean dollars was "pegged" to the United States dollar.
Shortly after, the Pound Sterling fell heavily as against the US
dollar and, as most of the crop was sold on sterling markets at
fixed contract prices, losses resulted..
Cocoa Exports .
By Country i There have been
October 1978 February 1979
% of Total problems too in
Weight(lbs) Value(EC ) Value administration;-
Britain 615,800 3,232,622 44.99
Holland 570,600 2,6661, 49 37.11 the Cocoa Board.
West Germany 222,800 1,052,644 14.65 The Association'
Canada 44,800 233,44 3.25tors report
1,454,000 7,185,441 1i00000 t
that there was
an unaccounted shortage of EC$106,400 in connection with the Year
ended 30th'September 1977. Exporters hold stocks and make
shipments on behalf of the Association, and the Auditors reported
that this shortage occurred in the stocks oftwe exporters.
In his Report, Sir William said one of these exporters has paid for
his shortage While the other was to have a further check with the
Auditors. The final report on this matter has .not, yet been made.
The Auditors said also that they could not reconcile the balance of
the control account for the Fertilizer Scheme with the balances of
the accounts of the individual cocoa producers. The total of the
Cocoa Exports balances of the individual
October 1978 February 1979
producers was approximately
EC$173,233 less than the
. ". ;. total of' the Control Account
I,,T', .,.. ... ,. ,, '. / ,
Britain' ,i", As no physical check was
S' made of the lertilizer'stock
-Y : at either 30th Seitelbler
a,7 1 1976 or 30th September 1977,
?. .'~ _Hollan.dq .- the matter could not be
I t'.4 /,. resolved.
..:'. Reporting on this matter,
S .ir William s~iid, "This
difference has been subsequently investigated and it now appears
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that it was caused by fertilizer orders having heen issued and
recorded in total, but not recorded in tie individual growers
accounts, as the fertilizer has not been actually collected by
Sir William said that a physical check of the fertilizer was made
at 30th September 1978 and the Auditors were present for that
FUEL PRICES UP AGAIN
For the second time in three months, there has been an increase in
the price of fuel. The last increase took place on December 8th
last, and the present increase came intoeffect on March 1st.
Gasolene has risen by ECC 13 to 0C$2.97 per imperial gallon, kerosene
by BCO 24 to BC$2.78 per imperial gallon, and cooking gas has gone.up
by EC$2.00 to BC$57.12 per 100 Ib cylinder. The price of diesel
oil has not been increased, it remains at BC$2.71 per imperial gallon.
The price of diesel oil is not Government .controlled but. those of
gasolene, kerosene and cooking gas are. NEWSLETTER is advised
that the present increases resulted from an advance in the landed
costs of the fuels, which advance was occasioned by the crisis in
RADIX DENIED ENTRY IN ANTIGUA
Senator Kendrick Radix was denied entry into Antigua when he arrived
at that island on the evening of March 5th. The. enator, who is
a barrister,.had flown to Antigua at the request of the Caribbean
Human Rights & Legal Aid Company (CHRLAC) to defend Mt Tim Hector
and other teachers in a case brought against them by the Antigua
Government. Senator Radix was, however, put on a plane and flown
out of Antigua on the morning of the 6th.
In an exclusive interview with the Senator on Wednesday (7th) he told
NEWSLETTER that, in Antigua, he had spent a very uncomfortable night
at the Central Police Station. 1 : "I was kept behind a desk on a chair
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for the entire night and hot ever given any, reason for my detentin*',
Senator Radix, who is a prominent member of the New Jewel Movement, '.
said that, at one time during the night, a sympathetic police officer
had allowed him to lie on a'bed'in the station, but this had'not
lasted for long. He' said senior police officerhad come in and
had started to question him and, when he asked for the officer's
identification, he had been "hustled" out of the bed and back to the
chair behind the desk.
"I am amazed", Senator Radix said, "that the Antigua Government could
hand out such disrespectful treatment to a Senator in the Grenada
Parliament, and a barrister who had come to the island to appear for
a person charged before the Courts."
Senator Radix said protests will be lodged with the Antigua
Government by CHRLAC and NJM.
The Tourist Industry continues to be a big money earner for Grenada.
The record peak of 1972 has not yet been achieved, but figures
SCruise Liner Visitors
released by the Grenada 1976- 1978
reee 000 ----------------
Tourist Board disclose 19.6 1_74,--- -. ---
that the industry earned --'4L
some EC$40 million last
year. 13 --..
The oil crisis of 1973 and 1
civil unrest in the island 10
late in 1973 and early :
1974 caused a severe slump 7
in tourism. S.iace then
however, annual figures ..
have shown a steady 3 0 .
increase. Stay-over 2
visitors, the main source i 1
o l- S- -r- 9 1o 0 12
of revenue, have increased 1 -2 = JaPery to December
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by weal over 100% between 1974 abd 1978, while cruise liner.,visitors
have doubled over the same period.
During last year, the United States of America regained its position
as the country from which most stay-over visitors come. Prior to
1974, approximately 35% of the islart 's visitor beds were filled
SStay-Over Visitors by US citizens but, after the 1974
U.S.A 9,191 28.42 crisiss', the lead was taken p.er
SWestindies 8,773 27.13
Britain 3,949 12.21 by Westindian visitors. This
Canada 2,977 9.21
Venezuela 498 1.54 position was maintained until 1977
All Other 6,948 21.49 I
32,336 100.00 when Westindians had a mere 1% lead
over US citizens, and, in 1978, while only 1% separated them still,
the United States took over the lead with 28.42% to Westindians
An interesting feature of the tourist industry is the growing peak
in the off-season section of the graph showing both stay-over
visitors and cruise liner visitors. In Stay-Over Visitors
1978, By Month
both these categories, there is 4 heavy January 3,482
fall off in April after the close of the February 3,242
"Winter" Season. Normally, the figures April 2,426
db not begin to climb again until about July 2,479
October when the next "Winter" Season Austber ,87
begins, but, in recent years, there has November 2,527
been a marked rise in the graph during the December 3,118
July-August period. -
A Visitor Expenditure Motivational Survey was launched in Grenada
last October in conjunction with the Organisation of American
States and the Tourism Research Centre. This Survey is due
to be Concluded this month and it is expected that analysis of
the results will lead to improvements in the industry.
GERMANS SPONSOR FUTURE DIPLOMATS AT UWI
A Grenadian will be one of a group of Westindians from the Eastern
Caribbean who will be awarded scholarships by the Federal Republic
of Germany to persue studies at the University of the West Indies
(TJWI) leading to a Diplome or Masters Degree in diplomacy.. continued )
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SThis was announced recently.by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of
Germany in Trinidad. Eleven students are to take part in this
programme and they will attend the Institute of International
Relations at the UWI campus at St.Agustine, Trinidad, where they will
study economic relations and,structures as well as international law
In addition to Grenada, participants will be drawn from St.Kitts,
St.Vincent, St.Lucia, Guyana, Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad &
Tobago. All will be members of staff of Ministries involved in
The Acting Director of the Institute, Dr Basil Ince, visited Germany
last year to finalise arrangements and take part in coordinating the
i TAWU/CWC TRIBUNAL COMPLETES HEARINGS
I The Tribunal appointed to arbitrate the industrial dispute existing
between the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and the Central
Water Commission (CWC) completed its hearings on Monday (5th).
An informed source said the Tribunal began private sittings on
SWednesday (7th) to assess evidence given by five TAWU witnesses and
the solitary CWC witness, the Commission's Secretary/Manager,
Mr Martin Pierre.
The terms of reference of the Tribunal are to make awards on
proposals made by TAWU for a new industrial agreement. The case
for TAWU was put by Mr Curtis Stewart, President of the Union and
Mr Pierre put the case for CWC.
Members of the Tribunal are Mr Herbert Squires, Chairman, Mr Daniel
Williams nominated by TAWU, and Mr Adrian Date nominated by CWC.
GOVERNOR GENERAL KNIGHTED
Governor General, Mr Paul Scoon, has Peen made a Knight Grand Cross
of the Most Distinguished Order of St.Michpel and St George (GCMG).
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Sir Paul, 43, who became Governor General; of Grenada with effect
from 30th September 1978, was a member of the Grenada Civil Service
and became Cabinet Secretary to Mr Gairy's Government in July 1969.
Seconded, in January 1973, to the post of Deputy Director of the
Commonwealth Foundation in London, Sir Paul returned to Grenada on
SOctober 3rd last year and was sworn in as Governor General on the -
The announcement of the honour conferred on Sir Paul was made in an
Extraordinary Government Gazette on March 8th.
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EAST CARIBBEAN CURRENCY AUTHORITY
The East Caribbean Currency Authority has now published statements
for November and December 1978, and these show a marked upward
trend in the amount of money in circulation towards the end of last
The ECCA statement for September 1978 showed BC$73.9 million in
circulation, the lowest figure in six months, but October showed
an increase of EC$2.7 million to BC$76.6 million. Figures.now
published show there was a further increase in November to EC$80.5
million and, in December, money in circulation increased by over
17% to EC$94.3 million.
Details of the November and December 1978 statements are as
ECCA STATEMENT NOVBEMBR 1978
Notes in CirculationBC$ 73,539,497
Coin in Circulation 7,562,529
Bankers Balances 44,498,217
Unpresented cheques 840,460
Bankers Deposits 65,826,761
General Reserve 8,902,435
Special Reserve 1,546,560
Other Liabilities 7,427,702
& Money -at
Regional Currencies 6,512,831
Bankers Balances 2,783.078
Treasury Bills 26,714,151
Other Assets 5,169.269
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ECCA STATEMENT DECEMBER 1978
Demand Liabilities External Assets
Notes in Circulation EC$87,259,576 Fixed Deposits &
Coin in Circulation 7,135,951 Money at call EC$117,581,968
Bankers Balances 43,702,309 Securities 56,861,020
Unpresented Cheques 401,702 Regional Currencies 1,710,794
International Organisations 431,591 Bankdrs Balances 786,191
Bankers deposits 53,668,461 Internal Assets
General Reserve 8,902,435 Participating Govt
Special Reserve 1,546,560 Securitie including8,682151
Treasury Bills 28,682,151
Other Liabilities 7,244,978 Other Assets 4.671,439
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending March 3rd, eight cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were :-
February 25th "Stella Oceanis" 275 Passengers
"Stella Maris" 168 do
"Statendam" 791 do
27th "Dalmacija" 253 do
S"Angelina Lauro" 763 do
"Oceanic" 878 do
28th "Sunprincess" 687 do
"Carla C" 731 do
The last statistics given for banana shipments were in NEWSLETTER
for the week ending February 24th. These st-tistics covered
shipments up to February 22nd. NEWSLETTER regrets that no
further figures are yet available.
l March 1979