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Volume 8 Number 6
For The Week Ending 10th May 1980
8th Year Of Publication - - 239th Issue
TENSION RISES ON EAST COAST
Tensions are rising on Grenada's east coast as anti-Government
demonstrations indicate increasing hostile sentiments towards the
People's Revolutionary Government (PRG).
Centre of disaffection is the village of Tivoli, four miles north
of Grenville, the islands second town, and the first ...*
demonstration took place on Sunday 4th May. Leaving Tivoli, it
paraded to Grenville protesting the arrest on April 25th of two
young men from the Tivoli area.
Immediately following that demonstration, a pro-Government
demonstration led by Minister of Finance Bernard Coard paraded
through the streets of Grenville and, while there are conflicting
reports as to the number of persons involved in these ......
demonstrations, it is clear that the pro-Government demonstration
Speaking at a public meeting on May 1st, Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop described the arrested men as "ultra leftists" and said
they were part of a plot to overthrow his Government. According
to Mr Bishop, these men, Kenneth Budhlall and Dennis Charles,
former members of his New Jewel Movement (NJM), were part of a
group which planned tp capture Pearls airport as a first step
towards seizing power.
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Government sources say the airport was to be attacked by the
alleged counter-revolutionaries at midnight on Saturday 26thMal,
These sources say that Kennedy Budhlall, a brother of Kenneth
Budhlall and stationed at Pearls airport as a senior member of the
People's Revolutionary Army (PRA) was involved jp the plot.
Moving against the alleged plotters, the Army Command suspended 15
PRA members stationed at the airport and arrested Kennedy Budhlall
just hours before the alleged attack on,the airpost was said to be
due to take place.
Tivoli village came to public notice on February 13th last when a
group cf young men from that area went to the near-by River
Antoine Estate and demanded the keys of the estate buildings from
the manager, Percival Campbell. Surrendering the keys, Campbell
sought the assistance of the Police and PRA, but it was some three
days before the keys were retrieved.
No action was taken against the young men and it appeared that the
matter was closed, but there were reports that the Manager visited
the estate under Police guard. There were also reports that the
group of young men exercised some authority on the estate so, to
get clarification, NEWSLETTER visited the estate on Thursday 24th
April and spoke with Patrick Bhola, the overseer, and his son Evan
Bhola,23, who was one of the group which seized the estate in
Accorcdpg t Evan Bhola, after the keys were handed over by the
Manager on February 13th, the estate was visited on the same day
by Commissioner of Police James Clarkson and other members of the
Police Force. The keys were not given up and, on the following
day, Cald ell Taylor, a member tf the PRG, Secretary for....
Information and President of the Agricultural & General Workers
Union (AGWU) came to the estate. AGWU represents the workers
On River Antoine Estate.
Again the delivery of the keys was refused and it was not until
Saturday k th February that they were surrendered to the Police.
On the same day, Evan.Bhola, together with another leader of the
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group, Kenneth Budhlall, held a meeting with Miss Jessie DeGale and
Mr Daisy Alexander (nee DeGale) part owners of River Antoine
Estate. Also present was Mrs Brenda Degale, wife of Sir Leo
DeGale, Administrator of the estate.
Bhola told NEWSLETTER that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss
"better working conditions for the workers on the estate", but it
.,as a-.storhy meeting and achieved nothing. "It came to an end",
he said, becausee of the childish, hostile attitude of Mrs Leo
DeGale who took it upon herself to command the two aunts-in-law
inside and away from us."
However, another meeting.was arranged, for Friday 14th March.0
Representing the workers were Evan Bhola and Kenneth Budhlall and
they met with Sir Leo DeGale,; Administrator of the estate. Also
present were Caldwell Taylor, President of AGWU and Lyden ....
Ramdhanny, a prominent Grenville businessman and *member .of the PRG
who lent his good offices to the discussions.
Bhola and Budhlall put forward an 11-point proposal (see box on page;
4) for consideration and, at a further meeting on Saturday April
5th, counter proposals (see bok on page 5) were submitted to Bhola
and Budhlall by Lyden Ramdhanny on behalf of Sir Leo DeGale who was
not present. Caldwell Taylor attended that meeting also.
Agreement was reached on these counter-proposals on all points
except three. First, it had been demanded for workers that the
pension rate of 'EC$6 per fortnight be increased to EC$20. I
Leo offered to increase the rate to EC$10 per fortnight but this was,
was not accepted.
Secondly, it was demanded that all workers, those employed and those
retired, 'be given EC$100 for each year of service from thd time
they were first employed. Sir Leo was willing to pay this
sum but only with effect from 1980. Finally, on the matter of
profit sharing, there was discussion but no agreement and a third
meeting was fixed for Saturday April 19th.
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Present at that meeting were Kengeth Budhiall representing the
workers and Lyden Ramdhanny representing Sir Leo DeGale. On
behalf of Sir Leo, it was proposed that the pension rate be
increased to EC$12 per fortnight and this was accepted. His
proposal that the workers share in the profits to the extent of 15%
was not accepted; Budhlall 'insisting on the original demand of 259.
Meeting Of Friday 14th March
1. That the pension rate:be'increased 'from EC$6 to
EC$20 per fortnight.
2. That all workers, retired arid employed, be given
EC$100 for each year worked since first employed.
3. That Lazarus Moore (an employee alleged to be 80
years old) be given either BC$100 for each year
he has "worked orb b6 given a home. .., '
4. That 7 workers alleged to have been injured on the
job be compensated.
5. That workers who have 'been injured on the job be
given transportation to hospital.
6. That workers be paid overtime.
7. That workers in the distillery be given an increase
8. That workers get 25% of the profits of the estate.
9. That bananas rejected as unfit for shipment be
''" given tbothe 'workers.
10. That the house of the overseer, Patrick Bhola, be
moved from the path of the smoke from the
distillery and be renovated.
11. That the overseer's salary be increased from the
present EC$270.00 per month
Concerning the payment to workers pf a sum for each year of service
from the.date of, first employment, the workers' demand for EC$O00
pe Vear was dropped to C,$50 and, on behalf of Sir Leo, Ramdhanny
offered EC$30. Nq compromise was reached and Evan Bhola told
NEWSLETTER he had been advised subsequently that Sir Leo
intended to take the matter to the Minister of Labour.
Relating the details of these negotiations 1, NEWSLETTER, Evan
Bhola said. the discussions had been cordial but the workers had
been disappointedover the breakdown of the talks and, Op Monday
21st April, a Pgo-slow' was instituted on the estate.
Four days later, on April 25th, t4oiather leaders of the group,
Dennis Charles and Ken Bain, were arrested and Bhola, Kenneth'
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group went underground. Bhola and two others were arrested some
two weeks later in the sister island of Carriacou and NEWSLETTER
understands that others are still being sought by the Police.
These arrests caused considerable anti-PRG feeling in Tivoli and
the near-by district 6f La Poterie, the first .protest ..
demonstration took'place on Sunday May 4th, and a second ....
demonstration from Tivoli was organized on Thursday May 8th to
protest the arrests.
DeGale Counter Proposals
Meeting of Saturday 5th April
1. That the pension rate be increased from EC$6 to
EC$10 per fortnight. (this was not accepted)
2. That all workers, retired and employed, be
given EC$100 for every year worked with effect
from 1980. (this was.not accepted)
-3. That half the cost of materials for a home for
Lazarus Moore be provided by the estate.
(this was accepted).
4. That the matter of compensation for injuries
on the job be investigated. (see note below)
5. That transportation to hospital be provided
for workers injured on the job. (see note below)
6. That overtime be paid at an hourly rate equal
to oneseventh of the worker's daily wage.
(this was accepted)
7. That the wages of male workers in the distillery
be increased from BC$7.65 to EC$10.00 per day,
and'female workers Irom EC$7.35 to EBC8.00 per
day (this was accepted)
8. That the matter of profit sharing be further
9. That rejected bananas be given to the workers.
10. That the overseer!s house be moved and
renovated, including the provision of running
11. That the overseer's salary be increased from
EC$270.00 to EC$302.00. (This was accepted)
Note NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that
workers have been paid compensation
for injuries and that transportation
to hospital has been provided. There
appears, however, to be a .3
misunderstanding. An injured worker
is kept on half-pay until the claim on
the insurance Company is settled and,
.the estate then reimburses itself for
this expenditure plus all costs. It
is believed that workers expect.to be
kept on the pay sheet, to have all
expenses relating,to their injury paid,
and also receive the full amount of
the claim when it is settled.
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Prading the four.miles to Grenville in..carnival style, some 250
demonstrators shouted stlgans and carried placards which were
strongly anti-PRG. .3"Bishop is not God", said one, and another
advised the Prime Minister, "Dont bite the hand that fed you."
Leaving Grenv4lle after circling the town three times, the
demonstrators were confronted by a booing crowd of hecklers
comprised chiefly of,~unformed secondary school students. There
were no incidents, but the demonstration broke up into groups
hotly arguing for and against the Government.
About an hour later, a pro-Government demonstration, this one also
in carnival fashion, got under way in Gfenville. It was led by
Attorney General Kendrick Radix, Minister of Education George
Louison and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism, Unison
Whiteman'. Some 350 people took part,with about ohe-third of
the demonstrators being uniformed second ry school students, many
of them from Ochbols in,.the St.Georges area.
Theme of this demonstration was the accusation that the Tivoli
demonstrators are "stooges" of the United States Central
Intelligence Agency (C(EA).. And another accusation leveled
against the Tivoli demonstrators was t'at they are supporters of
Evan Bhola, the Budhlall brothers and Dennis Charles who,'the PRG
alleges, planned to take over Grenada so that they could become
involved in large scale production and export' of, marijuana.
Whaltver the allegations made against the arrested men and whatever
aspects of industrial relations may have been evident in the
negotiations with Sir Leo DeGale, there is evidence that there is
political motivation behind the, events at Tivoli and River
In a 26 page document published early in April, the group which
took over the estate in February denounces the owners of the estate
as oppressors qnd say "the history of River Antoine Estate is a
history of class'.struggle, a struggle, between the exploited and the
exploiters, a struggle between the workers on the estate and the
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The document contains a resolution dated February i3th 1980 (the
day the estate was seized) proclaiming that the private ownership
of River Antoine is "abolished forever" and the property, now
called "The People's Collective Farm", belongs to those "whose
parents have worked the estate over a period of 100 years."
Details are set out in the document as to why the action was taken
against the estate and there is criticism of the Agricultural &
General Workers Union (AGWU) as a protector of the workers' rights.
Allegations of infringements of workers' rights are made and the
document speaks out against "Fight",a publication of the New
Jewel Movement (NJM) which, in its issue of March 10th, criticized
the seizure of the estate.
"We wish to inform the general public that they are free to have a
see-for-yourself investigation of the facts and conditions
existing on the estate", the document says, "and that the workers
and villagers move on February 13th was a genuineand honest move
to better their socio-economic conditions, and was not a
'misguided, arbitrary, incited, politically unstabled (sic), s.elf-
seeking, confused, crazy, disorganised, chaotic, counter-
revolutionary, mad, desperate, opportunistic, astray' move as we
are made to believe in the 'Fight'. That there is no
premeditated strings of destabilisation attached to this move as
the public is made to believe."
There is also a strong attack in the document against the .Peoplols
Revolutionary Government (PRG) which the document calls the "Petty.
bourgeois Reformist Government,"(PRG), The PRG is accused of
failing "to bring forth a Workers Outlook" and of "continuing
class collaboration with the dominant bourgeois ruling class."
The life style of "some members" of the PRG is criticised and the
document expresses the opinion that there must be a choice
between luxuries and the welfare of the workers. "Our economy
cannot afford the luxury life of some members of the PRG", it says
"we must not feel comfortable living ina society where government
officials wallow in luxury and where, on the other hand, workers
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who have worked for over 50 years and now crippled are receiving
a pension of EC$3.O0 per week ...."
The document says that, if the PRG was truly revolutionary and npt
merely making "verbal concessions to socialism ..... in order to
preserve their prestige among international revolutionaries to see
what assistance they can get from Socialist and Socialist-
orientated countries", they would take steps "in the interest of
the majority of the people and not a handful of rich Grenadians
The steps advocated are (1) the nationalisation of all banks and
the introduction of a Grenadia~ currency, 42) the "abolition of
all commercial secrecy", (3) the nationalisationof all insurance
companies and (4) the n ationalisatidh of the shares owned in the
Grenada Telephone Co Ltd and Grenada Electricity Services Ltd by
"Of course", the document says, "this one may be very difficult to
suggest to the PRG. To decree at least 50% of the shares of
the foreign owned Holiday Inn, simply because that principal
measure will cut short their numerous expensive formal cocktail
parties which they have regularly with their bourgeois friends."
The document says it is known that the number of class conscious
NJM party workers is small and that the working class in Grenada
is still in the phase of formation. "But, with socialism
whicA has now become a serious force over vast territory of the
globe", it continues "NJM leaders' who sit on their backsides in
air-conditiohed offi'Ces behind a desk getting fat on poor
people's sweat, growing huge belly, should realise that a genuine
workers' :party,' openly guided by the principles of Marxism-
Lenninism, must be set up and do work, not only among the urban
workers, but also among the rural poor, even before the working
class matures numerically and qualitatively."
A second document, published early in May,'continues the attack
against the PRG arid calls forran "immediate end to all.military
ties with Cuba, including military personnel on the island." "We
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appreciate Cuba's economic assistance", it says, "but since the
Cuban gunsi are now pointing towards the masses, we denounce their
"Grenadians have been calling upon us to put into operation a
movement that can .struggle to liberate our lovely country from the
shackles of repression, victimisation, exploitation and deceit",
the document says, so as from today this new organisation will be
called Movement For The Liberation Of Grenada."
NEWSLETTER is informed that a pro-Government demonstration is
being organised to take place in Grenville tomorrow (lltb).
REVOLUTIONARY COURT TO BE APPOINTED
A Revolutionary Court is to be appointed by the People's
Revolutionary Government (PRG). The duties of this Court will
be to try counter-revolutionaries and Attorney General Kendrick
Radix has already drafted the law which will create it.
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop disclosed this on Anril 30th as he
addressed a public meeting on the matter of the reported plot by
elements in the Tivoli. area to overthrow the PRG.
"Under that Court there will be three sentences only", he said.
"One will be life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years, the
second will be 25 years imprisonment and the third will be
Mr Bishop warned that elements in the community which believe they
can disrupt the smooth, orderly and progressive development of
Grenada, and the building of the revolution, will have to reckon
with what he called "this new state of affairs".
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: BISHOP ATTACKS THE, MED IA
PrimeMiiniSter Maurice Bishop toid a public meeting'on April 30th-
that "imperialism" has started a new series of attacks on the
Grenada revolution and is using the Caribbean media in this effort.
"Last week in the Trinidad 'Express'i newspaper well khown organ
of imperialism", he said, "out of seven editorials, about fi~ve of
them attacked Grenada."
Mr Bishop referred also to the Montserrat based Radio Antilles
which he called the "'1CA Radio Station". : Hae said that, almost
every day, this Station "fodnd some excuse to attack the Grenada *
"What I am saying is that the campaign that is building is an
obvious campaign in which some of the newspapers in the region are
involved", he said, "in which so of the radio stations in -the
region are involved and in which the main leaders of imperialism
The Prime Minister said that United States Presidential
candidates Ronaid Regan and George Bush, and President Cartetr are
all attacking the Grenada revolution. 'All of the*e elements .'i
are trying to see if they can gang up and help each other 'to try
to roll back what we have begun in Grenada", he said, "because
the one, thing they cannot take is a small country that is brave
enough to stan .up and speak up for itsrights."
Because of this, Mr Bishop said, "imperialism" will employ all"
sorts; of agents and use "J'ocal opportunists"; and exploit all
kinds of issues in,order to stli up and divide the people.
US WAR GAMES LINKED WITH GRENADA PLOT
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop has linked the United States
Caribbean "war games" with the reported counter-revolutionary
plot to overthrow his Government on April 26th. ,4
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Addressing a public meeting on April 30th, Mr Bishop said the
imperialist plan is to finance local 'counter-revolutionailes in the
country ahd, at the same time, bully and frighten the people of the
region to make them feel they have no right 't build their destiny.
Referring to the United States maneuvers in the Caribbean, the
Prime Mijister Said the purpose behind them is to be 'prepared to
use physical violence "as they have always done" to crush the
people of the Caribbean and Central America if they "try to
organise to defend their revolution."
"Take my word for it", he said, "the imperialists are looking right
n&w at a number of possibilities for attacking the.region."
COARD PRESENTS BUDGET
Grenada's budget for 1980 totals EC$103 million and is to be
financed by EC$25.4 million in grants, EC$10.4 million in loans
"on concessional terms", and the balance from local revenue and
Addressing a rally at Queents Park, St.Georges, on May 2nd,
Minister of Finance Bernard Coard gave these figures and said the
biggest'allocation is EC$13.7 million for education. Of this
figure, he said, EC$12.5 million represented recurrent expenditure
and EC$1.2 million capital expenditure.
The next biggest'allocation is for health with recurrent
expenditure of EC$9 million and, while he did not give the capital
expenditure under this head, Mr Coard did say that education and
health together accounted for 36% of the recurrent budget.
Other recurrent figures given were EC$4.2 million on agriculture,
BC$2.4 million on the Prime Minister's Ministry and EC$3.6 million
on the Police. National Defence will absorb BC$4 million
under recurrent and capital expenditure.
Four tax measures are to be introduced. .he first two are
withholding taxes on subsidiaries of foreign companies and on
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non-residents when dividends and profits earned in Grenada are
being remitted. Thirdly, a licence fee is to be charged ;to
businesses and, fourthly, a 5% tax is.to be collected on airline
Details of the withholding taxes were not given by Mr Coard, but
he said that businesses having fixed assets.of oyer EC$300,000,
will pay an annual licence of EC$5,000.00.. The licence fee on
businesses with fixed assets over EC$100,000 is EC.$. ,000.00.. No.
licence is payable by businesses having fixed assets under
The Minister of Finance said the Income Tax laws have been adjusted
to give relief to-taxpayers at the low end of the economic scale.
Personal allowances and allowances fbr dependent children have been
increased and there is a new allowance for the cost of children
being educated abroad. In addition, there has been a lowering
of the tax rates.
Mr Coard said-the budget is-one for development built, not on the
sacrifices of the workers, but on Grenada's resources, and is part
of a revolutionary process of transformation.
"It can work", he said, "if we discipline .ourselves to make it work
and we can make it work if, together, we fight against waste,
corruption and inefficiency apd replace them.with.vigilance,
cooperative effort and hard work."
As NBVSLETTER Goes to press, details of the budget are not yet
GNP ASKS FOR CONSTITUTION
Political leader Herbert Blaize of the Grenada National Party
(GNP) has written Prime Minister Bishop making certain proposals
for the restoration of a Constitution for Grenada under terms he
feels sure will be satisfactory to "the Government faction and
the non-Government faction."
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Mr Blaize told NEWSLETTE orf April 30th that the letter had been
sent to Mr Bishop.orn.hat day but he declined to disclose the
contents. JHe said, however, that the letter had nothing to do
with his previous criticism that the People's revolutionary
Government had failed to hold elections. It was concerned,
rather, with constitutional arrangements which he considered a
matter of priority.
"Our concern is tp secure a constitutional situation for the
interest and protection of all the people of Grenada", Mr BAlize
said. "Election.i# a second priority, it will follow from the
Constitution itself but,, first thinggfirst. We anticipate no
real opposition from Government with regard to the constitutional
proposals that we have offered to put our State dn a'rather stable
Some indication of the GNP. proposals is given in a release put out
by the Party on April 30th. -The release expresses the belief
that a Constitution can be devised under which the PRG would have
ati least one sure term in office and at the same time enable the
people to exercise their fight to vote. "This double objective
could be achieved Under a presidential type -of government", the
release say'. .
The constitutional .,developments of Ghana and Nigeria have been
examined by GNP, '-the release says, and the opinion is expressed
that they provide useful precedents for Grenada.
Since the revolution of'Match 13th"1979, Grenada's Constitution has
been suspended A new Constitution and speedy lectionswere
early PRG promises but, although an~Electorial Comiission was named
in April 1979, a law has not been passed to give that Commission
authority,., Last September, Prime Minister Bishop said elections
are "not the key question."
Sources close to GNP told NEWSLETTEPR that, t6 date 1iOth), there
has been no response to Mr Blaize's letter to the Prime Minister.
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ECONOMIC TREND MAY BE ALARMING
There was negative growth rate during 1979 in the physical volume
of the sales of Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, one of Grenada's
largest Companies and, in the value or sales for the year, if
adjustment is made for inflation, an alarming situation could well
This was told to NEWSLETTER by Mt C F Toppin, Chairman of the Board
of Directors of the Company and, in his Report to'the shareholders
at the Company's Annual general Meeting on February 28th, Mr Toppin
said the management of the Company understands that this negative
trend is island-wide and not peculiar to his Company
"It is true that Government has several large projects such as the
airport, feeder roads and housing which should come on stream
during the year and could stimulate the economy", the Chairman told
the Annual General Meeting. "Whether or not these will
materially affect our results for the current year is still
Mr Toppin's concern is based on the unfavourable ratio of sales to
profit when the results of the,,Company for 1978 and 1979 are
compared. The Company's sales y-'Sales & Profit After '&x
increased by nearly 21% from Profit
Sales After % of
HC$17.8 million in the year Year EC Tax(fC$) Sales
1972 9,324,816 290,976 .3.12
ending 30th September 1978 to
1973 9,453,205 267,523 2.83%
EC$21.6 million in the year 1974 7,696,327 109,233 1.41%
ending 30th September 1979. 1975 8,452,960 163,107 1.93%
1976 10,263,195 313,834 3.05%
However, the net profit on sales3,5 3 4
1977 14,290,202 554,737 3.90%
in 1979 was less than in 1978. 1978 18,219,857 705,241 3.90%
1979 22,037,286 678,615 3.10%
According to the Chairman's -..__-
Review, circulated to shareholders, this lack of profit growth is
attributable to three reasons. First, Government price controls
have reduced profit margins on lumber, cement, a wide range of
hardward items and a wider range of goods sold by the Company's
supermarkets and distribution departments.
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Then, there have been sharp rises in expenses. Figures quoted
are salaries,andwages up by 24.73%,,cost of living allowances up
'by 33.77%, contributions to pension scheme up by 85.71% and
electricity up by 37.73%. These increased in the 1979 year over
the 1978 year represent a total of BC$309,192.
Finally, the Chairman sai4 the operations of two departments, the
supermarket in,St.Georges and the Agency Department "Were far from
sat ifactory"..r "Both of these are under.careful review and it
is hoped that with new management at the Food Fair and tighter
controls in both departments, that results for this year should be
Jonas Browne &' Hubbard Ltd
Statement Of Earniigs And Retained Earnings (EC )
Gross Sales. & Commissions :.-
Cost of Sales-
Less 1979 1978
Direct Expenses 1,826,417 1,485,452
Expenses 686,022 668,271
Interest. Expense 426,210 ..428,609
Depreciation 76,900 63,870
Net Operating Income -
Plus Other Income
Interest received 8,832 8,597
Gain on disposal of :
fixed assets 6 ,0694
Ren s received 113,985 97,Q54
Gain on realization
of investments 19.359
Net Income before income tax
Less provision for income tax
Retained earnings @.: beginning of year
:Less dividend ,12 %
Retained earnings @ end of year
2 ,148477 1 727,105
Total earnings at 30th September 1979 were EC$2~-4 million and the
Annual General Meeting, on the recommendation of the Board of
Directors, approved a dividend of 12j% less tax.
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Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd is the successor Company to one ob the
oldest businesses in Grenada. Founded in this island about
1837, it became, in 1915, a limited liability Company, A Hubbard
& Co Ltd and, by 1940, control had passed to the Browne family of
The Company was amalgamated in 1947 with the Btitish firm of oJmas
Browne & Sons and the new Company w a incorporated in sngland under
the name of Jonas Browne"'& Hubbard Ltd. The Gfenada business of
Jonas Browne & Hubbakd Lid was sold to Grenadiah shareholders in
Of .an authorised capital of 600,000 of EC$10 each, 294,128 were
fully paid up when the Company passed into Grenadian hands and,
in 1978, 200,000 of the remaining shares were offered publicly.
To 30th September 1979, a total of 411,589 shares valued at
EC$4,115,890 had been issued and fully paid up.
CARIBBEAN FOOD CORPORATION AGREEMENT MADE LAW '
People's Law 15/1980, passed on 25th April, brought the'Agreement
establishing the Caribbean Food Corpqration into force in Grenada,
establishmentt of the Corporation was agreed by the Government of
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in 1976 and, on behalf :of Grenada,
the Agreement was signed by the then Minister of Agriculture,
Mr Oliver Raeburn, of September-3rd 1976. Other countries'
signing the Agreement that year were Antigua, Belize, Dominica,
Guyana, Jamaica, St.Kitts, St.Lucia, St.Vincent and Trinidad &
The Agreement, attached as a schedule to People's Law 15/1980,
makes provision for signature also by Barbados and Montserrat,
but the schedule: does not show the document signed bythese
two countries. '- :. .. .
The Corporation is to have an authorised capital of ne- hundred
million dollars (in the currency of the country in which the
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Head Office is located), and its establishment is prompted by "the
need to adopt a scheme for the rationalisation of agricultural
*production Within the region ... "
The first issue of share capital will be ten million dollars
"comprising of at least two portions"'. And the first portion,
to the value -of $4,450,000.00 shall be allocated :-'
Jamaica $1,250, 000
Trinidad & Tobago 1.250,000
Less Developed Counitries
(other than Belize) 100,000
The structure of the Corporation ,AS hat, of a Board ofGovernors,
a Board. of Directors, a Managing Dirbetor "and such other staff as
may be considered necessary.for the exercise of is functions".
The Minister of Agriculture in each, member country shall be a member
of the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors is limited to
The CARICOM Secretary General and the Managing Director (appointed
by the Board of Governors) shali .both be members of the Board of
Directors but shall have po vote. The four More Developed
Countries and .Belize will each have the right to appoint one
Director and the Less Developed Countries (other than Belize) may
appoint two directors to represent them.
Setting out the adverse situation caused .by' "the alarming rate of
increase in the importation of agricultural products into the
region", the preamble to the Agreement expresses a determination
"to remedy the situation by using advanced technology to implement
a viable, efficient import replacement scheme in order to achieve
self-sufficiency in food, and to raise nutritional levels within
the Region without displacing or competing with national efforts".
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GRENADA REPRESENTED AT CBC AGAM
Grenada .was represented at the Annual General Meeting of the
Caribbean Employers Confederation (CEC) which took place in Nassau.,
the Bahamas from April 23rd to 25th
Mrs Angela Smith, President of the Grenada Employers Federation
(PEF) was the representative from Grenada, and other territories.'
represented were, in addition to the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda,
Guyana, Jamaica, St..Lucia, St.Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago.
According to a release issued after the meeting, a major concern
of delegates was "the serious problem of some countries varying
from the democratic norm". "gince such developments are causing
concern' to 'members with regard to the successful functioning of
employee/employer relationships"', the release said, "members of the
CEC undertook to emphasise to their Governmenzts the need to'
maintain and encourage stabTe,' democratic and free'societies."
The next CBC Interim Meeting will be held in October 1980 in
Trinidad & Tobago, and the next Annual General Meeting in Guyana.
WEED CONTROL WORKSHOP
Thirty participants drawn from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago,
St.Vincent, St.Lucia and Grenada took part in a one week workshop
in Grenada designed to investigate appropriate technology for
small farmers wifth'emphasis on weed control systems. .
The workshop, which began on April 21st, was conducted by the
Caribbean Agricultural Research,& Development Institute (CARDI),
and was funded by the United States Agency for International
The workshop leaders were D'r John Hammerton and Mr Myron Shenk.
Mr Shenk is 'a weed scientist with the International Plant
Protection Centre at Oregon State Univerisity, and Dr Hammerton,
who is CARDI's Chief of Programmes, specialises in weed agronomy
THE G9N A -A-NEWSLETTER.
Dr Hammerton told NEWSLETTER .that CARDI has a Small-farmer multiple
cropping project which is financed by USAID. "As part of this",
hi*paid, "we have funds for training so we regard this workshop as
a training course and also as an exchange of information so that we
can perceive the needs of small farmers in terms of weed control,
and can develop appropriate technologies for improving their weed
Dr Hammerton said that, following the Grenada workshop, a similar
exercise will be undertaken in Antigua.
The last statistics given for banana shipments were in NEWSLETTER
66r the week ending March 29th and covered shipents'up to
"Geeststar" of 4th March 1980.
The boxing plant weight for the shipment by "Geeststar" was not then
available. This weight was 515,312 lbs. Other statistics now
available are :- 1
15 -21 '0.
;# Geest,Industries Ltd paid-to the Grenada Banada
Cooperative Society on shipped weight of fruit.
* Grenada Cooperative Banana Society paid to
producerss on weight of fruit.received at
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CORRECTION: FUEL,' PRICE INGREAST3 r ,
In the issue for the week ending April 19th, NEWSLETTER reported'
that the rice of kerosene had increased to EC$5.34 per"imperial-'
gallon. This is- incorrect. People s Law 16/1980,
published on April 25th, gives the retail price of kerosene as
EC$5.39 ex tank and EC $5.20 ex drum.
The figures reported by NEWSLETTER for the increases per imperial
gallon of gasolene (EC$5.04) and diesel oil (EC$5.08, are in
accordance with the prices proclaimed by People's Law 16/1980.
CPE Programme, Launched .
The Ministry of Education launched the Centre for Popular
Education (CPE) on May 1st. Coordinator of ,the programme is
Mr Malcolm Antoine and the aim is to raise the level of education
in the country.
Registration of volunteer teachers in the programme and of pupils
was launched on April 26th and, according to a Government
Information Service release, 6,000 pupils and 1,700 volunteer
teachers had registered by'May 7th.
(67 words) ,
Deputy Secretary For Information' In Cuba
Mrs Phyllis Coard, Deputy Secretary for Information, left for Cuba,
on April 3rd to hold didcussions.with government information
officials in that country. Mrs Coard was expected to examine
information structures and systems which would be of use in
developing Grenada's information machinery.' '
More Women For The PRA
Following discussions between Cabinet and officials "of the Women's
Desk in the Ministry of Education, Youth & Social Affairs, a
decision has been taken to recruit more women. in the Pepple's
Revolutionary Army (PRA).
According to a Government Information Service release, recruitment
of women into the PRA during the first year of the revolution was
.restricted because of a lack of suitable facilities, but this has
now been remedied. '
Iraqui Delegation Ih Grenada
A high level Iraqui delegation headed by His Excellency Mister Abdul
Karim Al Amir of the Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited
Grenada from 23rd to 25th April. The delegation, which included
representatives from the Ministries of Trade, Education and
Industry, held discussions with members of the People's
Revolutionary Government. '
;. r .( ; 49 words)
Trade Unionists Meet In Grenada
A two-day conference of trade unionists met ineGrenada on April 29th
Attending the conference were trade union leaders from Cuba,
Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Belize and
According to the Grenada Information Services, the conference
assessed developments in the Caribbean and Latin America "with
reference to workers' struggles and the latest US manoeuvers in the
Grgnada And Cyprus Establish Links
Grenada and the Republic of Cyprus have established diplomatic
relations with effect from April 29th. The signing ceremony
took place in New York and was performed by Mr J&mmy Emmanuol,
Grenada's Ambassador to the United Nations, and by the
representative of Cyprus to that organisation.
NIB Branch Opens In Carriacou
A branch of the National Importing 3oard (NIB) was opened in the
sister island of Carriacou on April 27th. The branch will deal
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in rice, sugar an-d cement which Will be distributed to shopkeepers
*n the island and it is expected that, in the near future,
vegetables and ground provisions will be imported.
Coffee Grinding Begins
The Government operated coffee grinding plant at Telescope,
St.Andrews, began grinding in April but the Lplant lHas not yet..
been officially opened.
The Government Information Services (GIS) says over 5,000 kg of
coffee was imported last year and this is to be blended with
2,000 kg of local coffee.
According to GIS, the processed coffee will Srye the loc4,
market and will be exported by the National Importing Board to
foreign markets having large Westin communities.
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