Volume 7 Number 19
For The Week Ending June 9th 1979
7th Year Of Publication - - 217th Issue
MORE ELECTRICITY LOAD S D
The power cuts instituted this week by Grenada Electricity Services
Ltd (GES) have been extended and now include "load shedding" at
Effective Monday 4th, GES began turning power off for four hour
periods on a rotation basis in areas throughout the island. This
move was to meet the crisis of a 20% shortage of fuel and it was
announced that power cuts would be confined to daylight hours. By
mid-week, however, load shedding was extending beyond the announced
four hour periods and was being experienced at night in several
areas throughout the island.
NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the additional power cuts have
resulted from a breakdown of one of the generators. Sources
close to GES say efforts are being made to get the required parts
this week-end, and it is hoped that the power station will be back
to full capacity by the middle of next week.
In the mean time, .efforts continue to be made to secure supplies
of fuel to meet the present shortage. GES announced last week
that it was assured of only 800 of the 1000 barrels of oil required
weekly, and the suppliers, the Esso Company, were then unable to
say when the situation would improve.
There are two other suppliers of fuel in Grenada, Shell and Texaco
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'and sources close to these Companies disclosed that they have both
;been approached by GES to make up the shortage. The Shell Company
jia reported to be making efforts to supply, but Texaco has said its
stocks are sufficient only to meet the general public demand in
A spokesman for the Government told NEWSLETTER that efforts are now
being made to get oil supplies from both Venezuela and Trinidad &
Tobago. These efforts have not yet brotigh results, and, in the
case of Venezuela, the problem is complicated by the fact that the
Venezuelan Government does not control exports. The spokesman
said that, even though the Venezuelan Government may be sympathetic
Ito Grenada's needs, supplies will still have to be negotiated through
ione of the oil companies.
"The situation is serious", the spokesman said, "and the Government
ihas to think of introducing energy saving measures. Esso has told
us that, from July 16th, there will be adequate supplies of fuel for
electricity generation, but the overall cut-back will remain and will
affect other users of fuel adverselyl.
No decisions have yet been made on the nature of the energy saving
measures, the spokesman said, but it is expected that Government
will make a statement shortly.
GES MANAGER'S WORK PERMIT CANCELLED
The Manager of Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GES), Mr W R Lord,
had had his work permit cancelled, and the Company is now being
managed by the Electrical Engineer in charge of the Power Station,
Grenada born Mr Rodney George #
NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the cancellation has been made
as a result of what has been called Mr Lord's contempt" of the
Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) in a matter concerning
Mr John Peters, the Company.s Accountant.
It is reported that Mr Lord claims Mr Peters is inefficient and not
u--to-date in his work. Mr -eters' defence, however, is that he
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Inherited a back-log of work and, while he has not yet been able to
bring it up-to-date, it is now much more advanced than when first it
became his responsibility. Mr Lord does not accept this and, at
a GES Board of Management meeting on the week-end of June 2nd, the
decision was taken to dismiss Mr Peters.
GES is a j)nt venture of the Government of Grenada and the
Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), and Government has two
representatives on the five-man GES Board of Management. It is
reported that one CDC representative was absent from that meeting,
but the protests of the Government representatives against Mr Peters
dismissal were overruled by the .votes of the two CDC representatives
plus the proxy vote of the absent third CDC representative, which
proxy vote is claimed to be "illegal".
At this stage, it appears that Mr Peters' co-workers threatened
strike action in protest against his dismissal, but this was averted
following two meetings held by them with representatives of the
Ministry of Labour. It is reported that Mr Lord was then requested
by Government not to dismiss Mr Peters until an investigation was
made, but it is alleged that, in spite of this, Mr Peters was
Government representatives then held a meeting with:Mr'Lord (who had
been due to leave the island on leave on Tuesday 5th), and he was
told that his work permit was being cancelled and that, until the
matter waAleared up, he could not leave the State.
Yesterday (8th) Mr W Hoodless, CDC General Manager in the Eastern
Caribbean, visited Grenada, held talks with Government and request
the reinstatement of Mr Lord's work permit. This was not agreed
to but an under ing was given that the matter would be reviewed.
jtewas agreed with Mr. Hoodless that Mr Peters would be reemployed
immediately and that thtCompany and the Ministry of Labour will
und*take an investigation into Mr Peters' case. Sources close
to Government said this investigation is likely to take place in
about six weeks. at"
Following the talksAkth Mr Hoodless, e ban on Mr Lord's travel
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Iwas lifted and he left the island yesterday (8th), He is expected
to return for the investigation.
GES FUEL COSTS UP NEARLY 600%
The cost of fuel purchased by Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GBS)
has increased by nearly 600% since the oil crisis of 1973.
According to figures supplied by GES, fuel was being purchased
immediately before the crisis at BC$2.265 per imperial gallon.
In December 1978, this price had Fuel Consumed (Imp Gals) &
increased to EC$14.523 per tnits sold a)
imperial gallon, an increase of Gals. x 000
Units x 0000
541.2%. And, by March 1979, 180-
there had been a further 55.8%
Fuel Consumed (Imp Gals) &
Units Sold (Kwa) 160 Unit
oty 1978 :
Gals. x 000, u
Units x 0000 150
Gallons/ .. C1. increase of 597
I J--- ino-^--_- -_-.the cost
I This increase in the cost of fuel
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12is not being met by GE but
J F M A M J AS 0 ND passed on electricity D
in the form of ,'"fuel charge,'. The additional cost of fuel ajove
the bas price of 2.2 e imperial gallon is divided by the number
Sunits sold, and corners he this charge5.787, added to their bills.of 597%
120 -- --- Gallons
21. _This increase in the cost of fuel
is not being met by GES but isk-.
J10 FM A AM J J A S N D passed on to electricity consumers!
in the form of a""fuel charge". The additional cost of fuel aJove
the base price of EC$2.265 per imperial gallon is divided by the number
|oZ units sold, and consumers ha e this charge added to their bills.
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In March last, the additional cost of fuel was BC$13.522 per imperial
gallon and, in that month, 150,547 imperial gallons were consumed.
This made the additional cost of fuel consumed in March to be
EC$2,035,896.50 and, when this amount was divided by the number of
units of electricity sold, 1,735,395, the fuel charge per unit
became BCO 11.7.
That fuel charge for March was, to that month, the highest ever paid
by Grenadian electricity consumers. During 1974 and 1975, this
charge moved little above EC( 5 per unit and then only rarely.During
1976 and 1977, the. charge moved higher, but it was not until Februar
1977 that it exceeded ECO 10. In that month and the following, ii
stood at EC( 10.4 but fell again (in one month as low as EC 7.3)
until November 1977 when it rose to ECO 10 per unit.
During the first two months of 1978, the fuel charge was again below
BEC 10, rising in March and April slightly above that figure and
falling below again in May, June and July. From August 1978,
however, the figure has been constantly above EC 10 per unit,
reaching the record high of BCC 11.7 in March.
The average number of units sold monthly in 1978 (1,619,562) shows
an increase of 10.06% over the average number sold monthly in 1977
(1,471,523). Figures for 1975 and 1976 are incomplete but, on th
basis of figures available for nine months and eleven months
respectively, average monthly sales were 1,247,376 and 1,255,136.
This indicabs that sales in 1976 were only fractionally (.622%) up
from 1975. Also on this basis, sales in 1977 were 17.24% up
(see Table at foot of page 6)
CCC REPRESENTED AT CCG SE.1INAR
The representatives of the Caribbean Confereice of Chu!ihes attended
a seminar of the Council of Churches, Grenada (CCG) which concluded
in St.Georges today.
Dr Neville Linton, Special Consulting to'the CCC and The Reverend
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Dr David Mitc~ell, Editor in the Christian Action For Development
In The Caribbean (CADBC) section of the CCC, played prominent parts
in the seminar which began yesterday, and which had as its theme,
"The Church In A Changing Society".
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GRENADA ELECTRICITY SERVICES
SCurrent Fuel Additional Fuel Units
Price (EC$) Cost Consumed Sold
'Month Per Imp Gal Per Gal Imp.Gals Kwa
June 7.471 5.206 100,405 1,444,036
July to September not available
October 8.154 5.889 103,958 1,211,040
November not available
iDecember 8.470 6.205 112,496 .1,170,902
January 8.071 5.806 106,564 1,418,357
;February 8.071 5.806 94,609 1,211,458
IMarch 8.071 5.806 109,388 1,1l2,088
;April 8.071 5.806 108,384 1,250,705
May not available
June 8.071 5.806 95,172 1,130,888
july 8.071 5.806 101,609 1,194,834
August 8.071 5.806 106,046 1,393,369
September 9.385 7.120 103,039 1,153,354
October 9.575 7.310 109,113 1,321,335
November and December not available
January 10.511 8.246 100,322 1,317,529
:February 10.511 8.246 95,820 1,169,562
!March 11.911 9.646 104,000 1,193,747
'April 12.230 9.965 104,722 1,168,927
May not available
June 10.275 8.010 113,600 1,277,37C
July 12.230 9.965 101,600 1,087,193
August 12.230 9.965 103,850 1,379,91S
1jeptwmber 12.215 9.950 100,630 1,214,34
October 12.474 10.209 111,203 1,314,14(
November 12.474 10.209 107,150 1,334,711
December 12.525 10.260 110,732 1,349,05(
January 13.075 10.810 113,708 1,473,571
February 13.480 11.215 121,000 1,300,40:
March 13.480 11.215 121,000 1,300,40:
April 13.350 11.085 116,300 1,767.60.
May 13.350 11.085 122,549 1,373,02.
!June 13.350 11.085 127,200 1,477,99:
July 13.350 11.085 118,800 1,394,30
August 13.350 11,085 123,181 1,525,79
ISeptember 13.350 11.085 120,116 1,470,85.
iOctober 13.350 11.085 132,735' 1,574,24
INovember 13.350 11.085 131,461 1,463,86
iDecember 13.350 11.085 133,430 1,536,19
:January 13.350 11.085 129,270 1,754,83
,February 13.350 11.085 123,670 1,616,11
March 13.123 10.858 137,919 1,435,42
April 14.307 12.042 138,258 1,'43,17
May 13.665 11.400 138,691 1,666,72
June 13.665 11.400 126,464 1,630,69
July 1f>665 11.400 127,777 1,573,75
August 13.665 11.400 135,686 1,490,02
'September 13.623 11.358 142,464 1,559,49
October 14.675 12.410 153,532 1,645,04
KNovcmber 14.476 12.211 144,389 1,707,3C
December 14.523 12.258 149,882 1,712,15
Adjustments in fuel charge made from March 976 t
' correct pr evious ip-or s 5-
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In an interview today (9th), Dr Mitchell told NEWSLETTER that,
throughout the Caribbean, the Christian Church is involved in social
change, and events in Grenada over the past three months indicate
that Grenada has embarked on those changes.
"Here in Grenada", he said, "by a set of circumstances many of us
consider fortunate, you are embarked on change and it is no longer
an academic approach. It is a practical bread-and-better what-
The CADBC Editor said the Christian Churches in Grenada had called
people together from all parishes in the island to take part in the
seminar, and there had been full discussions on the issues of
development. The seminar had looked also at the rationale, the
reason why Christian people are interested in these things, he said,
and the theology behind their actions.
"One important thing about this seminar", Dr Mitchell said, "is the
impression that we from the outside have had of a desire in the
community to heal the breaches, to develop a sense of belongingness
and a sense of being able to be together to move forward into the
Dr Mitchell said he sensed in the People's Revolutionary Government
a desire for participation, and he did not think it was forced.
"This is part of a philosophy of life", he said, "a philosophy that
demands community, and a situation in which people now have to drop
the individualistic approach and develop a sense of belonging to a
group of people."
The CCC representative expressed concern, however, that "so much
rumour and misinformation, deliberate or otherwise, is being spread
about the situation and events in Grenada." "Some voices in
GrVnada, themselves questionable in their own right, are being
regarded as the authentic voices coming out of the island", he said,
"and the opinion of the Grenada community has not bee*anvassed
accurately by the press and by the reports that have come into the
knowledge of the world outside."
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jIt is with a view to correcting this, Dr Mitchell said, that the
General Purposes Committee of the CCC has scheduled a meeting in
Grenada from June 20th to 22nd. The responsibility of this
Committee is primarily to review existing plans and give approval
Ito new projects, but Dr Mitchell said there is particular significance
in holding this meeting in Grenada.
"The significance of coming to Grenada is to expose members of the
Committee to'the reality of what has happened in Grenada", he said,
"and with'the rumour and misinformation being circulated throughout
the region about the island, it is good for them to see and hear for
themselves and not depend on what is coming through the media."
Dr Mitchell said it was the need for accurate information which had
influenced the CCC to schedule its meeting in Grenada .. Holding
the meeting here would also give members the opportunity to
experience the "structure change" which is taking place in the island,
and enable the members to interpret, in their own situations, what
SHIPPING AGENTS GET ULTIMATUM
The Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) have given the Grenada
Shipping Agents (GSA) 14 days to have a Collective Agreement "fully
prepared and ready for signature", failing which, the Union "will
feel itself free to take whatever action it deems necessary and
This action was decided by a General Meeting of the Union on Friday
(9th) and, on the same day, the letter of ultimatum was delivered to
the Manager of GSA, Mr Lawrence "Laddy" Duncan.
according to SWWU, negotiations relative to this Collective Agreementl.
.iere concluded on July 3rd 1978, but, in spite cf "many reminders and
kprdding" to havtit signed, there has been "no positive attempt" by
GSA to have this done.
Source close to GSA say, however, that the picture painted by SWWU
i- not correct. These sources told NEWSLETTER sat a draft of the
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Agreement was submitted to the Union on 19th February last, at which
time the Union said that certain things which had been agreed upon
were not included in the draft.
The draft was rewritten and submitted again to the Union on April
27th, but was still not acceptable to SWWU. "The Union said the
draft now included things which had not been agreed to", the sources
said, "and we agreed to look at it again and get back to them."
NEWSLETTER understands that, since then, there has been no contact
between SWWU and GSA until GSA received the Union's letter on June
GSA is to discuss the ultimatum next week, following which, there is
likely to be a meeting with SWWU. The Union's 14 day ultimatum
expires on June 22nd.
JAPANESE FIRE ENGINE HANDED OVER
At a simple ceremony at the St.Georges Fire Station on Thursday (th
a Fire Engine, a gift from the Government of Japan, was handed over
to the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG).
Performing the ceremony was Mr Hironori Magariyama, 28, Chief
Technical Instructor of Messrs Hino Motors Ltd, manufacturers of
the Fire Engine. Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Vincent Noel,
received the equipment on behalf of the PRG.
This Fire Engine is equipped with a 2,000 imperial gallon capacity
water tank, and it can pump water at the rate of 250 gallons per
minute from each of four outlets. It has also a 44 imperial
gallon foam tank, and its pump can lift water 28 feet through its
inlet suction to utilise sea water or any other body of water.
Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER that this Fil- E gine is the most modern
piece of fire fighting in the island and, because of *j special
suitability for airport use, it will be stationed at Pearls Airport.
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GRENADA REPRESENTEp AT -CHA/Ctf MerETNG
Together with the Secretary:for Tourism, Miss Palme Buxo, leading
figures in Grenada's tourist industry are representing the islaM at
the Third Caribbean Tourism Conference which opens in Ocho Tios,
Jamaica, tomorrow (10th).
Mr Royston Hopkins, President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA)
and Mrs Gillian T' '., GHA Executive Director, are attending the
Conference together with Mr Geoffrey Thompson, Director of-the
Grenada Hotel Association. Mr Thompson is also President of the
Grenada Chamber of Commerce.
The Conference is a combined Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean
Hotel Association and the Caribbean Tourism Association, and this is
the third year in which the two affiliated organizations have got
together in this way. In addition, the Caribbean Tourism Research
Centre is holding its Annual General Meeting this year at the same
time and in the same place, and its representatives will take a full
part in the Conference.
The theme of the Conference, "The Caribbean For All Seasons",
reflects the concern for the need to develop year-round tourism.
Jamaica's Prime Minister Michael Maley-will open the-Conference and
the keynote address is to be delivered by Colonel Frank Borman,
former astronaut and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Airlines.
Each year, CHA presents awards to persons who have made outstanding
contributions to the Caribbean Hotel Industry, and one of Mr Hopkins
responsibilities at the Conference will be to be Chairman of the
GCNA'TO HOLD AfIEA MEETINGS
For the first time in four years, the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
Association (GCNA) is to hold "area meetings". Advttisements
in the local press announce meetings in several areas and the first
is scheduled to take place on June 19th.
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GCNA is a Statutory Body establishedd in 1947 under the Nutmeg Industry
Ordinance and, in that Ordinance, provision is made that "area
meetings of members of the Association in any area of the State, at
which all members of the Association resident in that area may attend,
shall be held in such area."
On July 4th 1975, however, the Government of then:Prime Minister Eric
Gairy dissolved the Nutmeg Board elected by producers to run the
affairs of the Association, and in its stead was placed a
Government nominated "Interim Board". From that date there
have been no area meetings or General Meetings of GCNA, and the
affairs of the Association have been exclusively in the hands of the
Following the revolution of March 13th, the People's Revolutionary
Government (PRG) disbanded the Interim Board and, on April 5th,
appointed a seven-man caretaker Board to run the affairs of the
Association until elections can be held. Heading this Board is
Mr F J Archibald who was Chairman of the elected Nutmeg Board
dissolved by Government in 1975.
"The area meetings we have advertised are intended to be the
opening of a channel between the producers and their Association",
Mr Archibald told NEWSLETTEP today (9th). "This channel has
now been blocked for several years, and these meetings will give
the Board an opportunity to report on the state of the Association
and to hear the comments and views of members."
The Board Chairman said that, from the information before him,
nutmeg production during the current year is low, and the earnings
of the industry can be expected to be disappointing. He felt,
However, that profits could be augmented by reserve funds and, at
the end of the trading year, nutmeg producers could be paid a fair
"bonuef No decision has yet beLn tak~e zk thisb -said, but
he expected that consideration will be given to the proposal.