Volume 7 :Number 22 '
For' The Week Ending--June 30-th 1979
7th Yer. Of Publication --. 220th sasue
A 12-strong Cu6an Medical Team, including three women, flew into
Grenada on Friday (29th) and will work in the island for a year.
Led by Professor Cosme Ordonez, 52, Advisor to the Cuban Minister
of Health, the Team comprises 1 Orthopedic Surgeon (bones),
1 Opthalmogist (eyes), 2 Internists (physicians), 3 Pediatricians
childrenn), 3 Dentists and 1 X-Ray Technician.
The decision to bring the Team to Grenada resulted from the visit
in May of a Cuban Technical Assistance Mission, Among other
fields, that Mission surveyed GrInada's Health Care facilities and ,
after discussions with the island's Health Authorities, the
composition of the Team was decided.
Introducing the Team at a press conference on Friday (29th), Senor
Julian Torres Rizo, Cuban Charge d'Affaires in Grenada, said this
is just tike beginning of cooperation between his,Government,and
Grenada. ., bIn the near future", he said, "another Cuban Technical
Delegation will visit the island to evaluate the possibility of '
assistance ir the fields of education and agriculture.".
This TIlhnical Delegation, Senor Torres said, will pay particular
attention to.the qetions ofhe construction of "Riaooals"i, ,
cattle raising ant restry, areas in which the People's
Revolutionary Government (pRG) Aas made specific requests for
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The Charge d'Affaires said his governmentt has doctors working in many
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countries around the world and, in this region, there are 42 in Jamaica
and 22 in Guyana. "We establish different conditions for this aid
tiaccojding to the conditions of each country", he said. "There are
countries which have the economic resources to pay our Government for
the services our doctors .provide, such as the oil producing countries
lof Ibbia and Iran,where we have Cuban doctors working."
Venor Torres said there are other countries which do not have valuable
resources and Cuba could not ask them to pay for the Cuban doctors'
services. "That is the case with Grenada", he said, "where a
mutual agreement between-the two countries has been established, in
Sch it is provided that Cuba supplies the doctors and Grenada
supplies the accommodation, food and transport for the Team." ..
.r Norris Bain, Minister of H&alth, who was at the press conference,.
said that efforts are now being made to attract Grenadian professionals
Abroad to return to work in Grenada. He thought the' present
working facilities inadequate and would probably be frustrating to
renadian doctors now working abroad. ie hoped, however, that,
oYr the next 12 months, these facilities will be improved.
Professor Ordonez (the Team leader) said the alleged lack of facilities
would not frustrate the Cuban MediAl Team because, in their training
as doctors and dentists, theX are taught to work in every environment.
'f :er graduating in Havana'", he said, "the doctor can work in the
Who's In The Team
Professor Cosie Ordonez
Dr Jose Gomez Belazquez
Dr Jose Ferrin Rui Diaz
Dr' Eugenia Morena Perez
Dr Jose Lues.Medinai,
Dr Rogelia'Balado Sabson
bDr Ricard4 Aodrique
DrHetbor Ruis Candina
Dr Tereza Martinez NaraqLe.-.
Dr Maria Lourde Orta Miranda
Dr Jose Gonzales Bez
'Senor Antjel A tCuzer
52 m Leader and Advisor to the
'Cuban Minister 6f Health.
30 m Internist (physician) .'
28 m ,,do
27 f pattician childrenen)
31 m do.
33 m ertnopedic Surgeon boone)
30 m Dentitt
30 f do.
28 f do
37 m Ophthalmolgi't% (eyes) A
28 m yIRn Tei ? ich in '
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hospital with sophisticated equipment, he can work in the Health
Centre without sophisticated Iquipment: He is prepared to work
in rural areas, he is prepared to work in difficult places."
Minister of Health Norris Bain told NEWSLETTER that the presence of
these Cuban doctors and dentists in Grenada is a "tremendous boost"
to the Health Care of the .island. "Our sister islands of
Carriacou and Petit Martinique (in the Grenadines) have lacked vital
facilities in health for a long time", he said, "and we are now able
to correct this by letting them have the services of a dental
specialist, a pediatrician and an internist."
The Minister said something will be done also about St.Andrews
parish where, he said, Health Care, particularly in the field of
dentistry, has been lacking. Three members of the Cuban
Medical Team will be stationed in St.Andrews and six in St.Georges.
The services of these Cubans will be free to the public and, in 12
months, decisions will be made as to whether to keep the Team for
a longer period, and whether the composition of the specialists
should be changed. "The mRtte$ will be reviewed at the end of
the Cubans' year of service", Minister of Health Bain said.
ELECTCITY FUEL SITUATIIONIMPROVES
For the past two weeks, Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GES) has
been practicing "load-shedding" on week-ends only, and indications
are that the electricity supply situation may return tp normal
Bar Vy Waune, GES announced that, because of a cut-back by the Esso
Company, GES's suppliers of fl"dh4 power would have to Le turned off
daily for four houl erods, rotating the power cuts from area to
area throughout the island:. t that time, the Compny as
.assured of only 800 o4 theAkOOO barrels of"oil required akly, a'd
ESSo could not guarantee that the short-fall could be made up befot
A spokesman for the Company told NEWSLETTER today (30th), however,
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that Esso has been able to effect some improvement "We need
between 5,000 and 6,000 gallons of oil per day, depending on load
requirements",'the spokesman said, "and Esso is how giving us
4,785 gallons per day. This still does not allow 100% operation,
bj it places us in a much better position than when they made the
20% cut-back early this month, and load shedding can n&w be limited
to just two or three days a week."
The spofle said also that Government has made arrangements to get a
cpnsidVable quantity of oil from Venezuela, but he could not say
when it will arrive. "We hope to be able to buy some of this
oil from the Government when it gets here", he said. r
A Government source confirmed to NEWSLETTER today (30th) that the
Government of Venezuela is making a gift of 350,000 gallons of fuel 4
to the Grenada Government. "When Esso cut back on supplies to
the Power Station", the source said, "Government made efforts to get >
fuel from Venezuela. The inquiry was for the firchase of fuel,
but the Government of Venezuela has offered to give Grenada 350,000
gallons as a gift, which will save us. BEC million."
Problem facing the Government, the source said, is one of storage.
Up to a few days ago, storage for 275,000 gallons had been identified,
including 155*000 in the Power Sthtion compound. The source could
not say whether the additional storage required had yet been found or
when the Venezuelan Government was expected to send a tanker with the
gi-ft of fuel.
In ad tion to an oil shortage, GES is also handicapped at this time
_breakdowns in two generators. The starting mptor of one
thousand-watt generator burned out and a replacement was air- igt.ed
from the United Kingdom on June 16th. . tAccording to a GES official,
n spite of efforts by the Asal'IAT office, the *pment cannot be
I .T- .., -noth# atbr b
Strayed. *" ,.
'Anothe ^Bn ratobr fHas a bdch t obt radiatri4fanM-otor which we sent Iy
to, arbados to be rewound,", the official said. "The jobthas been
tion and we expect to have it for installation anyway now." The
official said that this generator, without the radiator fan-mot6r, is
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now being used at reduced output and, when it has been repaired and
is able to turn out its normal 1.2 Kva, the electricity supply
system, fuel permitting, should be back to almost normal%
FLOUR MILL TO EXPORT BRAN PELLETS
Arrangements have already been made to ship bran pellets (the hull
of the wheat) to Puerto Rico when the flour mill, now being
constructed at Mount Gay by MessrsAgro Industries Ltd, begins,
production on the scheduled date of January 1st 1980-v
Source close to the Company told NEWSLETTER today (30th) that
.-bran pellets, a by-product of flour milling, are in short supply on
the world market They are an important ingredient in the
manufacture of animal feels, and sales to Puerto Rico are expected
,to bring considerable foreign exchange earnings to Grenada.
Agro Industries Ltd was incorporated on 17th April 1978 with an
authorised capital of EC$10 million Senior partner and promoter
of the venture is the Continental Milling Corporation of the United
States with the local firm of George F Huggins & Co Ltd as the
The Company is the first to benefit under the Qualified Enterprises
Act passed by the Gairy Government early last year. Under this
Act, the Minister responsible for industry may make a "Tax
Stabilisation Order" under which "the taxes, duties and imposts
payable by a Qualified Enterprise shall not exceed the rate of tax
existing at the time the order was made." "
However,'4 well informed source told NEWSLETTER that this provision
of the Tax Stabilisation Order was amernded by Government on 15th
December last. Upder the amendment, AgrS4bd 4 ries will not be
exempt from increases in taxes dutieqand imposts .' lever,
even though the selling price of flour is ciitrolled by oAoeriT nt,
the Company will be Allowed to increase the price of its product in
order to off-set any. increases in these charges.
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kEWSLETTER understand that initially, the mill will produce flour for
the local market and, under Statutory Rule & Order number 12, dated
9th June 1978, the importation of flour and flour products is banned
from 1st January 1980. Also banned by that Order are importations
o Complete Formula Feeds, Concentrates for Poultry, Hogs, Cattle and
Rabbits, and Processed Corn.. In addition to flour, .the mill is
expected to move to production of cattle, pig, rabbit, horse and poultry
feeds, the latter being the principal line.
In addition to supplying the local market with flour and with animal
feeds, Agro Industries Ltd expects to export its products to the East
Caribbean Common Market, the Caribbean Community and abroad.
KIRPALANI'S CLOSING DOWN
The Trinidad & Tobago firm of Kirpalani's Ltd, which established
business here some eight years ago, is to close down. An advertisement
in the local press announces a "closing down sale" and says the Company
is going out of business.
4The decision to close down was taken some time ago", "Kirpalani's
General Manager Harry Gurbani told NEWSLETTER today (30th)., "but
this takes time to implement. Somebody rants *b buy our building
and we are now trying to sell out our stocks.",
At its peak, the Kirpalani's investment in Grenada included the
nain store on Melville Street, a shoe store on Halifax Street,
both in St.Georges, a branch store in Grenville, a garment factory
and a food canning plant, both at River Road St.Georges.
The shoe store closed about two years ago, the Grenville bradibh
closed last year and the garment factory was sold last December.
What remains now is the maih'store (where the closing sale is in
progress) and the canning plant, Grenada Foods Ltd.
Mr Gprbkni said he did no, know what plans his Company has for the
future and he declined to make any comment.
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TELEVISION FUTURE IN BALANCE
The authority to collect a levy on all television sets imported into
Grenada has been withdrawn from Grenada Television Co Ltd, but the
Managing Director of the Company, Mr Joseph Pitt, says he has not
yet been officially notified of this.
"I know only what I have seen in the press and heard on the radio",
Mr Pitt told NEWSLETTER today (30th), "and I really do not know what
is happening except that the station is losing money. Tht
electricity bill, alone, is EC$1500 a month and we just cant balance
Grenada Television Co Ltd was incorporated as a private company on
May 27th 1974 with an authorised capital of BC$250,000. The
.overwhelming majority of the shares are held by Mr Pitt, his wife
and children, and there were small holdings by Mr Ralph Alves of
St.Vincent and Mr Glyn Evans of Grenada. According to Mr Pitt,
Mr Evans never paid for his shares and they were recalled, and
Mr Alves was bought out by the Pitt family.
Mr Pitt told NEWSLETTER that there was never any signed agreement
with the Gairy Government nor any formal issuance of a licence, but,
according to the arrangement under which he was permitted to set up
the station, he had the exclusive right to import television sets.
When importations were made by other people, he had authority to
charge a levy of 30% on the duty paid value of the set, "as a profit
just as if the Company had imported the set."
A notice in the Government Gazette of. June 29th says the Ministry
of Finance has been authorised to permit importation of television
sets. Importation, however, is pending a Government decision on
the policy of television licences, and will be permitted provided
that importers sign an.undertaking to pay government any charges
which may be levied when the finaldecision is taken.
"The position is that people may no bringktr their televisilofsets,
paying the normal duties", Mrs Phyllis Coard, Deputy Secretary for
Information, told NEWSLETTER today (30th). "The levy which was
paid previously to the Talevision Company has been cut out, but
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Iimporters may have to pay a charge to Government after Cabinet makes
a final decision."
jAsked about Mr Pitt's statement that he has not been notified of this
!development, Mrs Coard said that, while Mr Pitt may not yet have
received an official letter, he was told some time ago that
Government was moving in this direction.
Well informed sources advise that Government is giving consideration
to buying out Grenada Television Co Ltd. In the State's estimates
for 1978, BC$112,000 was allocated to buy shares in the Company and,
last October, Mr Pitt confirmed that the transaction had gone through.
This sum, Mr Pitt said said today (30th) represented 15% of the value
of the Company, "but we gave them 20% in lieu of whatever little help
they were giving us from time to time."
According to Mr Pitt, Mr Raymond Smith, Electronics Engineer and
Consultant, recently made a survey of the Company's plant on behalf
of Government but, to date, no offer has been made for the station.
"I have offered to sell the Company to the present Government",
Mr Pitt said, "but I have heard nothing from them. When we
established the Company, it was worth EC$j million, but, with the
difficulty we have in getting service, there is a lot of equipment
needing to be sent back to the states for repairs now, and I really
do not know what the Company is worth now,.
SWWU & GSA SIGN AGREEMENT
The Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and the Grenada
Shipping Agents (GSA) have signed an Industrial Agreement covering the
period January 10th 1978 to January 9th 1981.
In a letter dated Oth June, SWWU complained to GSA that negotiations
relative to this AgreemhEt were completed on July 3rd 1978, and
the Union threatened tq take "whatever action it deems necessary
3nd expedient", if the Agreement was not signed within 14 days.
3-A denied that negotiations had been completed and a meeting was
.axed for June 18th to resolve the matter. This meeting was held
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Sand the Agreement was signed on June 21st.
SThis Agreement provides for 13 categories of worker, increments to be
made with effect from 10th January 1978, 10th January 1979 and 10th
January 1980. Rates of pay are by the hour and cover flat time,
time-and-a-half, RATES OF FLAT TIME PER HOUR
and double time Effective :- 10.1.78 10.1.79 10.1.80
and provision is General Foreman BC$10.00 EC$10.70 EC$11.55
made for "if the Foreman 7.40 7.92 8.55
Winch/Gangwayman 4.70 5.03 5.43
quantity and Holdman 4.00 4.28 4.62
quality of Craneman 6.35 6.79 7.33
equipment and Forklift Driver 7.20 7.70 8.32
Watchman 4.10 4.38 4.73
facilities ashore hief Tally Clerk 4.60 4.92 5.31
are improved." Senior Tally Clerk 4.35 4.65 5.02
In t is case, Stower/Slingman/
Handyman 3.95 4.23 4.57
the Agreement Truckman/Waterman
(shore) 3.75 4.01 4.33
says, "discussions Waterman (ship)/
between the ii Cooper/Junior Tally
Clerk 4.00 4.28 4.62
Shipping Agents and Chief Warehouseman 4.70 5.03 5.43
the Union shall commence on pay per ton of cargo."
Mr Eric Pierre, Secretary of SWWU told NEWSLETTER today (30th) that
this proviso reflects the Union's stand not to consider any pay
scale based on tonnage handled unless St.Georges docks are upgraded
considerably. "It has been proposed to us that workers should be
paid on the basis of tonnage handled", he said, "and we have been
offered incentive schemes based on this proposal, but the equipment
on the docks is in horrible condition and, unless this is corrected,
any pay system based on tonnage will be a handicap to the workers."
The Industrial Agreement provides for a Pension Scheme also. Details
of its administration have not been set out in the Agremment, but
each worker is to contribute "a sum equivalent to 7j% of the bqaic
wage ", while the employer will contribute awpum equivalent to
10% of the worker's wage." "Basic wage" and "worker's wage" are
Another provision of the Agreement is for a Cost of Living Allowance
:based on agreed Cost of Living index, The prices in that index
are to be reviewed quarterly and an adjustment of EC(5 per hour
worked will be effected for every 5% variation in the index.
In addition, the Agreement covers, among other heads, matters of the
ICheck-off of Union Dues, Hours of Work, Injuries, Special Allowances
;for handling Dangerous and Cold Storage Cargo, Severence Pay, Leave
land the Procedure for the Avoidance and Settlement of Disputes.
GSA and SWWU have agreed that, during the life of the Agreement, a
Health Scheme will be discussed and implemented. The cost of
,this scheme will be shared by the Union and the Company.
The Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and Geest Industries
iLtd are now deadlocked in their negotiations for a new Industrial
he last of some eight meetings for discussing details of the
agreementt was held on Friday 22nd June and, at that time, it was
Decided to submit the matter to the Labour Commissioner in an effort
;to break the deadlock.
NEWSLETTER is advised that the two parties will meet with Mr Robert
robinson, Labour Commissioner, on Friday July 6th.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
She last statistics for cruise liners were reported in NEWSLETTER
for the week ending 2nd June and covered calls up to that date.
t'igures are now available for the following :-
une 6th' "Carla C 803 Passengers
9th "Fair Wind" #90 do 1893 Week Ending 9.6 79
unel3th "Carla C" 743 Passengers 743 Week Ending 16.6.79
une22nd "Fair Wind" 1041 PasseAgerk 1041 Week Ending 23.6.79
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