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Volume 8 Number 7
For The Week Ending 31st May 1980
8th Year Of Publication - - 240th Issue
PRG OFFENSIVE AND UNNECESSARILY HOSTILE
The People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) has been accused, of
being "offensive and unnecessarily hostile" in its dealings with.
Grenada Publishers Ltd, the owners of the. "Torchlight" newspaper
which was closed down by the PRG last October.
The accusation came on May 21st in a letter from the Directors.
of the Company to Prime Minister Bishop's Permanent Secretary,
Mr Ian Jacobs. ;The Directors' letter, signed .by the Company's
Secretary, was in reply to a letter of; March 31st last from
Mr Jacobs, and the Directors'said they are astonished at the
language in which that letter is couched.
Writing Mr Jacobs, the Company's Secretary said she had been
directed to express her Directors' concern "that a letter of that
nature could emanate from a high Government official to
publishers of an independent newspaper in 4a country where there
is so much talk of freedom."
"Torchlight" was closed by the PRG on October 13th last, and
Government passed Peoples Law 81 to "democratise" the Company.
Under that Law, all aliens' shares in the Company passed to
Government together with all shares held by Grenadians above 4%
of the paid up capital.
Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies
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On Febru&iy 8th last, the Company wrote Prime Minister Bishop
expressing the opinion that,, since the passage of Peoples Law 81,
the Directors "see no barrier to the resumption of publication of
our newspaper!'. They expected publication to take place, they.
said, "not later than the first Sunday 'in'April." t'* -
However, Governmenit 's letter of 31st March (the tone of which
letter is complained of by .the Directors) repeated ,the charge of
attempted deitabil$sation, originally made against "Torchlight",
and said there is no indication that a resumption of publication
"would not once again lead to the publication of lies, distortion'
or counter-revolutionaky material."
The letter charged that the Company had refused to.admit that
anything it printed in "Torchlight" was counter-revolutionary, and
had also refused to iiiite Government to meetings although
Government was made a shareholder by Peoples Law'81. The
Company was charged also with "refusal to sit down and discuss
with Government the terms under which the paper should reopen' .." "
"As ar as Government can see", the letter said, "there is no
reason why the order of the Secretary for National Security to
close down the 'Torchlight should not remain in'effect."
IT their reply, the Directors point out that "Torchlight" was
cleared by the Caribbean Press Council of the charge of counter-
revolutionary activity. And, concerning the PRG's complaint
that, although Government is a shareholder,it had not been invited
to any meetings, the Directors said there had been no shareholders'
meeting&h, since November -12th when Government attended.
Dealing with the complaint that the Directors refused to discuss
the matter with Government, the Directors say they have had
discussions with. Prime Minister Bishop and that he had indicated
two main areas of concern. First, that the Company should be
"democratised" and secondly, that "a serious, professional
editor with the necessary skills and experience to run it" should
be appointed. The Directors say Mr Bishop suggested that this
appoi.ntmMnt should have Government's approval.
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"Peoples Law 81 of i979 Was, ir our 6piinibn, the iditibAl step'
towards meeting the first concern by vesting th Goveirnment alien '"
shareholdings and shares of Grenadians in excess of 4%"',- the '
Direci6rs i letter said. t"With reference t to he' second concnin,
as has been made clear to the Prime Minister, the'Board maintains
its right to appoint its Editor and all other employees of the
Closing their letter, the Directots assbied the PRG'that'the' are
anxious to work in harmony with Government and feel strongly that
"Torchlight" can play a worthwhile role in the democratic and
progressive development of Grenada. "The Board holds itself
ready to enter into discussions with Government with a view to
achieving these aims", they said.
Prime Minister Bishop's Permanent Secretary, Mr'Ia&t Jacobs,
confirmed to NEWSLETTER that Government has received a: letter from
the Comnany's Directors, but declined to comment. A source close
to the Prime Minister's o fice said, however that the Directors'
letter "does not indicate that they have addressed themselves to
RIVER ANTOINE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY APPOINTED
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has appointed a
Commission of Inquiry to look into and report on certain, matters
connected with the River Antoine estate.
This estate has been in the news over the last three months in
confused circumstances of political developments and negotiations
in the industrial field.
On February 13th, a group of young men, former supportert'.of
Prime Minister- Maurice Bishop's New Jewel Movement from the
surrounding LaPoterie aqd Tivoli areas, seized River Antoine. The
authorities made no firm move :to eject them but, after three days,
they gave up the keyq and began negotiations with the owners for
better wagcs aid working conditions for workers on the estate.
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These nEgptiat%.opp were still., i .,progress when the.,PRG azrested.
some- of4 the group Allegedly for planning a counter-revolution..
According, o the PRG., Pearls,airport was to bethe first target
in tbs: .plan .which was,. to be put. inmotion on Mapy 26th, and tie,
arrests were made the day,bbefore Aat oforestall this..
Further arrests were made some two weeks later and NEWSLETTER is
advised that some members of the group are still being sought by
the, Polic. aad,Pepples Revolutionary Army. ,
The Commission of Inquiry appointed in this matter is a one-man
Commission. The Commissioner is Mr Orgias Campbell, a Civil
Servant attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, and his
appointment dates from May 9th. His terms of reference are
"to make diligent inquiries into and report on all facts relating
to the matters set.out, hereunder, that is to say 3-
( -a) th. living and working .endit.ions of workers, oP River,
(b) the benefits to workers including pensioners provided by
the said estate.
(c) the managerial structure and operation of the said estate
(d) matters directly related and connected to the above."
The Commission had its first sitting on May 12th and, since then,
NEWSLETTER has received two' releases from the Governmeht
Information 'Service relti'e' to' evidence taken. 'Th following
are extracts from these' releases :
"The Commission .... has revealed that the conditions for
workers there (River Antoine') are "ot'fa4odrab le".
"Brother James also said there was no pension scheme (so)
.... a worker could only except (sic) the paltry sum of
EC$6.00 to EC$12400 per fortnight." ., ,
"The"worker's pointed But' to 'the Codmmision 'thai t-he issue
Which' caused most 'e-adra'ssaint 'to ;the4.'was the'preseice;,"
of tii three coffith dri the esftte'": t *It was .earned
thai' the c6ff ins were ti to f&i lies who were tnab'le'
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to buy for their relatives who might die while wiring on
River Antoine estate. Similar oppressive conditions
for the workers have been revealed to the Commission in
each sitting during the past week."
.,"Another worker disclosed that, instead of being, paid for
overtime work, workers are given a drink of rum, ,or their
extra time," .. ,, ..
"Another of the chief areas of concern is the payment
of wages and the amount of profits made by the estate.
The facts revealed before the Commission show that, in
1978, after paying expenses and salaries to the tune of
EC$100,000, a profit of EC$110,000 was earned by the 9
owners., In addition to this, the Commission was
unable to properly investigate the financial records.
There are no receipts of salary payments to workers
and 'o proof' of 'a specified wag, pet worker could"'
be determnlred. Added to this n prof of the .
receiving of salaries could be determined because
w&rker dia not' sign for 'them. BecauSe 46f these-
irreguLrities, the C6mission was left in doubt as to
the' ;age' every' worker received' "
According to a Government Informat ion Services release of May 21st
Commissioner Campbell has recommended an investigation of the
financial records of the estate by a team comprised 'of himself,
a representative of the Ministry of Finance'and the'estate's
Auditors. "This recommendation 6y the C6mmissi6n'was'
necessary", the release says, "because of the unavailability of
adequate financial records for investigation by'the Commission,
in order to continue the inquiry."
PWU PROTESTS TO PRG
The Public Workers Union (PWU) formerly the Civil Service
Association has protested to the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (P1G)'ove-' what the' Union calls: the "scant courtesy"
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THE -QR.IAA NWMSUBT-ER,
shown by the PRG.-
The Union's dissatisfaction lies in the fact that a letter sent to
Government last November with proposals for an upward revision of
travelling allowances for Public Officers has not been acknowledged.
Additionally, 'PWO got together with t'he Grenada Unidn of Teachers
(GUT) and the Technica'l '& Allied Workers Union (TAWU) in February
last and sent proposals to Government for an upward revision' of
salaries. :, This, too, has not b en acknowledged.
!"The scant courtesy shown to our several demands and the number of
letters and reminders we have sent to the Minister of Finance on
this matter indicates a suggestion that we are being regarded as
second-class citizens", PWU Executive Secretary eslie Seon told
NEWSLETTER. "We want to offer ourselves as crew members on
this new Ship of State, not as galley slaves.f
Mr Seon did not give details of the demands made bu:. sad th.
proposals covering travelling allowances were in a letter,date4
28th November last to Minister of Finance Bernard Coard. PWU,
GUT and TAWU are the three unionshaving bargaining statVs for,
Government employees.: Mr Seon said the joint proposals from
these unions for an upward revision,of salaries,to take effect
from 1st January 1980 went to Mr Coard on 14th February last.
These demands have besn made against a background of growing
discontent in ,the Ciyl Service over the method by which the PRG
has employed "imported technocrats". QU Executive Secretary
Seon told NEWSLETTER that his Union deplores the present procedure
adopted ,by the, RG.ior recruitment of certain categories of Public
Officers. He said it would be preferable that Government adopt
the procedure of advertising the posts locally first, and than abroad.
Mr Seon said a Government Minister "(whom he declined to name) had
recently made the "unfortunate statement" that "six technocrats
imported to Grenada are performing in excess of the work being
produced by the entire Civil Service."
"We entitirly reject the implication, that we are a bunch of 1 zy
people", Mr Seon said, "and there can be no doubt that the
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combined skills'and experiences of the career officers in the
Public Service are far superior to abythihg imported since the
Government employees last had a revision of salaries in 1977 and it
came into effect on January 1st O thayear. Demand for this
revision was first made in 1975, but it was not until February 1976
after a threat of strike action, that the then Minister of financee
George Hosten -began negotiations' with a team from the Civil SerVice
Association, the Grenada Union of'Teachers and' the Technical &
Allied Workers Ungon.
Because of the wide gap between the Unions r demands and
Government's offers, negotiations soon broke do* n.'. Agreement
was reached in March 1976 that Government should give interim
increases with back pay from Jan aryr1975 and that Salaries
Revision Commission be appointed to "*&ke recommendations on
salaries to;,become effective_ nt later than,1st January 1977.
The Commission, headed by Mr Eldon Mathurin of the Caribbean'
Community Secretariat, ias-not appointed until November 1976
following pressure put, 9n Governen1 by the Unions;andit
commenced sittings .th following qonth, Its Report was handed
in nine months later.,,
This Report recommended substantial increases f6r Government
employees ranging ,from 143%, n t ,e lowest salary grades to 70% in
the top grades, which increases, tIee Pommissioners said, were "the
barest minimum. which, are necessary to restore some semblance of
value. to, the. pay of Public: Servants ."
Government, however, rejected tth Reo ePrime Minister
Gairy callin,9 it "wicked and malicious'". Minister of Finance
George Hosten met ithe Unions, and .offered increases of 25% on
salaries under. EC$4884.per annum, 15% on salaries under EC$8628
per annum and 19% on ,salaies qver ~Q$8628 per annum. This
offer was rejected by the Unions as "unjust, unacceptable and
insulting", and a strike was fixed for February 6th 1978.
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At this stage, with the situation, deteriorating,(Prime Minister Gairy
threatening the. los,.-o, jobs i.if Civil Servants took strike action, and
senior Civil Servants receiving anonymous death threats through the
mail) the Grenada Christin Council came into the picture.
Meeting with both the Government and Unions negottiang teams, the
Council acted as a go-between and, on February 2nd 1978, strike action
was averted when .the Unions agreed to accept a compromise. They
accepted increases of 55., 3.0% and 2Q% respectively for the low,
Middle and upper salary brackets, these increases to become effective
from 1st January 1977.
It was also agreed ,at travelling allowances be increased by 20% for
1977 and 50% for 1978.
COURT OF -APPEAL APPOINTED ,
Grenada's Coutt of Appeal has beeA appointed and has had its first
The appointments were miad by Governor General Sir Paul Scoon with
effect from May 16th' and President of te CoLr is Mr 'Justic '
Teltord Georges. The other :members of6 h Court are Mt 'Justice
Joseph Oscar Fitzclarence ("Jof") Haynes and Mr Justice Nicholas
Joseph Oryillea i.vepol ...
Following the revolution of Mac h 1ith ~979, the' Peoples
Revolutionary Goverhment repealed the Westindies t-Asoiated States
CCourt (Grenada) Act 17/Y971. Thi' was done by 'Peoples Law No.4
on March 25th 1979, and the same law .stabl;ished B Supree' Court
of Grepada consisting of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Peoples Law No 14of 29th March 199 established the 'jurisdiction
of the Supreme Court an d' set 'out 6ther matters relatings:e' this:
including the stipulation tht here shali not bd more than two
Judges of the High Court and't'lat the Court of Appeai shall consist
of three Judges. "
Week 'EnIng 31.A .b80- THE 6itAF -NwSL tE'TTBR Pag '9.
Mr Justice Archibald Nedd who, up to the revolution, served in '-
Grenada as Judge of the .West Indies Associated States Supreme
Court, is the, sle Judge of the Grenada High Court.
The President o 'the Appeal Court', Professor Georges, is Dean of the
Faculty of Law 'at the Cave Hill, Barbados campus of the University
of the Wesit Iidies, and once served as Chief Justice' in Tanzania.
Justice Georges is a native of Guyana.
Mr Justice Haynes, also a native ofGuyana, has been Chancellor of
the Guyana Judiciary and a Judge of the Appeal Court of that
country. He was awarded the national decoration of the Honour
of Roraima by the Government of Guyana.
Mr Justice Liverpool lectured at McGill University in Canada and at
the University of Guyana. He also served as a LAw Tutor in the
Bahamas and was a High Court 'Judge in Antigua. Justice
Liverpool was bprn in Dominica,,,,
The Court 6f Appeal h d its frst 'ittihg 'onr Tuesday May 0Oth; dne
civil an eight criminal appeals 'ere' de t'be heard.
:*:. 0 ': :::' . (336 words'),
CYRUS' TAPES NOT WITH AMNESTY
The International Secretariat of Amnestjy International, the London
based Human Rights Organisation, has not yet received any
information from Professor Stanley Cyrus with reference to alleged
torture of detainees in Grenada.
In an interview with the Trinidad "Express" newspaper on April 16th
last, Professor Cyrus said he had tape recordings and signed
statements from prisoners recounting torture by prison authorities.
Professor Cyrus said he had already sent tapes to both the Human
Rights Committee of the Organisation of American States and
Amnesty Internatiqnal, .
In reply to an inquiry bby'NEWSLETTER, an official of the
International Secretariat of Amnesty international said, in a letter
.;.,; r .) *" a, -i : i' i. . .
of May ,16 that no information had yet been received from
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Professor Cyrus, a native of Grenada, lectures at Howard Univeity y''
in the United States o America and was in Grenada iast Octobe'r i"
when he was detained by the Peoples Revolutionary Gove~nment. t
was alleged then that thqe,Profess9r, had connections with the United
'StatesCentral Intelligence Agency and that he had attempted t
"infiltrate the New Jewel Movement".
To mark the first anniversary of the revolution, Prime Minister
Bishop released 13 detainees .on March 25th last; Professor Cyrus
Iwas one of these.. ..
NO BUDGET DETAILS YET
Government has not yet published the details of the 1980 Budget.
Minister of Finance presented this Budget at a'rally 6i: May 'd' ,
and disclpsgd that ,the total to :e handled this year wi3l be
EC$103 million. Of thisfigure, Mr Coard said, EC25.4 million
was being obtained in )grants, BC$10.4 million in loans and the
balance would be from local revenue-and-'reserves.
In his Budget speech, Mr Coard did not give fullidetails of
revenue and expenditure and these details have not since been
GRENADA/CUBA JOINT COMMISSION FOR TECHNICAL COOPERATION
S, .. ,
The Cuban Government has already delivered two of ten fishing boats
it has ,undertaken to donate to the Government of Grenada and, in
addition, will mke. available a research boat to survey and evaluate
resources existing for fisheries development in Grenada
This was disclosed by the Cuban Embassy in Grenada following
discussions of the Grenada/Cuba Joint Commission for Techcical
Coooerat'on, This was the first meeting of the Commission,
the discussions took place from 1Ith to 20th May and, according to
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Week Ending 31.5.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 11
a release from the Cuban Embassy, decisions were reached for
cooperation in 10 sectors.
These sectors are Construction, Public Health, Fisheries, Education,
Transportation, Sport, Agriculture, Culture, Finance, & Planning and
the Sugar Industry.
Outlining some of the areas discussed, the release said there is to
be expansion in cooperation in the field of Public Health. Eleven
Cuban doctors have served in Grenada during the latter part of 1979
and the early part of 1980, and'this figure is to be increased to
14. These doctors will be seconded to Grenada for a 2 year stay
and the possibility exists fpr extension of his. period.,
Forty scholarships in the middle and high grades have been given to
attend academic courses, which begin in Cuba next September and, on
the local level.,the Government oq Cuba has agreed to fill, Grenada's
request that five Spanish teachers be made available.,
It was agreed also that the two Government would exchange technical-
scientific information in agricultural matters including cocoa
propagation, forestry and ,the sugar cane industry.. aIn connection
with the latter,.a Cuban technical delegation is to, visit Grenada
mid-1980. : .
Grenada is also to receive Cuban assistance in the fields of
Planning and Sports Medicine, in the first instance it being
arranged .that, ome Grenadians are to visit.Cuba t6 study the
subject., following which a Cuban Planning Specialist ,is, to be
assigned to .Grenada. Also to be assigned to Grenada later this
year is a sp.cia;List ,to conduct. seminars, in Sports Medicine.
A Foreign Trade Work Group has been established as a committee of
the Joint Commission and, as one of its first projects, has made a
study ofthe development of trade between Cuba and Grxqada. ,This
committee has agreed that there will be joint marketing of products
from the two countries, and that there should,be cqoperati.on to
solve problems, s h ,as transportation which affgEc tirade. ;
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the release from the Cuban Embassy says the first meeting of the
Joint Commission contributed to strengthening technical and
scientific cooperation. "The optimum relations of solidarity,
cooperation and mutual help"alteady existing between our two
icdlit riis" have been reaffirmedt, the' releas'e'says, "ad the
foundations are laid in order to expand the cooperation and make
!it more effective."
PRG BUYS FREIGHTER ,
The Peoples REv6lutionary Governmei t "has pUrthased' he
i'Albatross III", 140 fobt freighter of 148 hett tons, formerly
owned by the people's Temple c lt of o6nestown, Guyana.
The bCat was'Seized in Grenada'la'st jUlr ol11ow rihg the filiig *f *
High Cooirtl writ fby Triniidad-basd 6omfiy Director Mr Nigfel Sitger.
Mr Slinger claimed the owners fct the' ship owed him EC$107,83oo'.00
for money advanced by him to pay wages, insurance, repairs and other
A notice by ghe Registrjar of :the Grenada :Supreme Court appearing
in the' Geerhiuent Ga'zette of May 9th advised that "Albatross III-
would be sold at the Registrar's office on May 23rd. The reserve
Drice was fixed at US$72,000.00 or EC$192,110.00. The PRG
bought the vesset for EC$201,000.00 at this sale.
Minister of Agricuiture tniso6h Whitemen' blid :he G6oernment-oGned
"Free West Indian"' newspaper tha'j the purchase of this boat -had
eased a' Mi6n T'jbiim for b0oal 'farmers. Previously, Mr Whitbmai'
said, farmers'-were forced to export theit produce 4on smal1
non-refrigerated ships and this has resulted in losses as high as
"Albatros 'Iii' h is beeg attached to the National 'Imp6rting &
Marketing Board andt plans rhave- btje matte--to-refrige'rate the boat,
SAt a reeet public' meeting;'Mr' Whitemen said the 'PRG's aim is: to
own a fleet '-f '6refrigerated'b atgo ships to-;olve the problem :of, 4
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safe transportation overseas of !Grjead sa'.-produce
CPC HAS NEW CONSTITUTION
The Caribbean Press Council (CPC) held its Annual General Meeting
in Barbados on MaFy 23rd and adopted a new Constitution.
CFC'ERacutive Secretary Alister Hughes told NEWSLETTER that the
principal feature of the new Constitution is provision for the'
appointment of"National Committees. in each country served by the
Council, and he expected these Committees will be in operation by
"In the past", Hughes'said, "complaints have had to wait' until the
Council met, and this took time'as members are spread as far apart
as Belize in the west, Jamaica and the Bahamas in the north and
Guyana in the south. There is need for much faster handling Of
complaints than this allows and the National Committees on the
spot will fill this need."
C P iwaa '.founded ih 1976 and i'ts fundti6n is to investigate
complaints' made by the'public against;'the media and complaints by
the media when it considers it has been treated unfairly. Most
recent complaint handled by CFC was that of the "Torchlight"
newspaper of Grenada which claimed that its closure last October by
the Grenada Government was unwarranted. CFC examined this
complaint and found no justification for Government's action.
CPC is an independent body funded by the Caribbean Publishing &
Broadcasting Association (CPBA). The Council has no legal
authority to force the correction of any matter complained'about,
but relies on moral pressure backed by the undertaking of CPBA
members (which include the major Caribbean newspapers, radio and
TV stations) to publish its findings.
Mr Aubrqy Fraser, directorr pf Legal EFucation at the norman Manley
Law School at Mona, Jamaica, is. PC Chairman.
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CRUISE LINE TRADS ENCREASM G
The Cruise Liner section of Grenada's Tourist Industry has shown a
steady increase over the last four years.
In 1976, 180 cruise liners called, bringing an average of 283
visitors to the island every day. In the following year,
although the total of liners dropped by 1, the daily average
moved up to 290 and,,in J. 78, with 183 liners calling, th average
numberxof daily visitors was 315. ,
This average showed a dramatic increase in 1979. Between 1976
and 1977, the increase was only 2.5% and, in 1978, the total
number of visitors moved up by 8.4%. In 1979, however, the
increase was over 18. and,;the 136308 tota of, visitors for the
year resulted ina daily average of 373.
This is a record kor Grenada, The previous highest figure was
recorded in 973 when, after a slow but steady climb through the'
1960s and early 190s, the Cruise Liner Trade reached the peak'
of 132,297 visitors for the year. This gives a daily average
of 362. The ,ciAil unrest ;9:f -974 ut -this, figure drastically-
by over. 50%,and it; has, ,taken 5 years .toq regain and exceed the
1973.. peak. : .
An interesting statistic is that the average size of cruise liners
visiting Grenada has increased. Twelve years ago, in 1967,
there was an average of only 317 passengers on each cruise liner.
By 1973, this figure rose to 510, in 1977 to 592 and, in 1979,
it reached 710; .. '
While there is a growing tendency for some ships to visit the
island every week throughout the year, the Cruise Liner Trade
remains basically seasonal. Normally, over half of this
trade is done in the December to March period and, while there
is a slight increase in July/August resulting in some 10% of
the -trade, about one-third 'of"the Cruise LinefiTrade is spread i
thinly over the remaining six-months.
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Week Ending 31.5.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Pae -15
The year 1978 was an exception to this. In the July/August
period, there was a marked increase in cruise liner calls resulting
in nearly 20% of the annual totil of visitors, while the December
figures did not comerup to the expected peak. In that year, the
January/February/March/December figures accounted for only,44% of
the total, a drop of some 10% from the average.
The January to April 19.80 figures indicate an excellent year
developing f6r the Cruise Liner Trade. Every month has exceeded
the records of 1979. For every 5 persons who came to Grenada on
cruise liners during the first four months of last year, six people
came during the same period this year. Iffthis trend continues,
the island may record a total of over 160 thousand cruise liner
visitors by the end of the year.
S*' : "'Cruiie Liner Calls"& Passengers
1976 1977 1978 1979
Calls Pas'ngs'Calls Pas ngs Calls Pas'ngs Calls Pas'ngs
.n -- '
Jan 34 161851 : 28 14,901 32 16,719 28 18,776
Feb 28 13,714 26 13,905 23 13,353 27 15,899
Mar 29 15,766' 31 16,976 20 11,503 29 21,340
Apr 15 9,236' 18 10,447,, 10 7,244 19 14,615
May 2 1,484 9 4,270 9 7,213 14 10,418
Jun 4 2,683 4 2,610 7 4,19 5 4,491
Jul 6 4,095': 7 4,724 13' i0,555 9 7,610
Aug 9 6,279 7 5,102 13 10,494 8 7,112
Sep 9 5,903 6 3,954 .,8 5,342 2 1,395
Oct 10 6,294 7 4,251 14 8,425 12 8,658
Nov 13 8,797 14 10,290 16 9,653 i11 8,794
Diec 21 12,265 22 14495 18 9,249 28 17,200
180 103,367, 179 105,925 183'114',869 192 136,308
CRUISE LINER CALLS
The last statistics given for cruise liner calls were in
NEWSLETTER for the week ending 15th December last and covered
calls up to the week ending December 1st 1979t
The following additional statistics .are nqw available
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
I 4-. .," 1-
-Passengers. Week Ending
S.'Fair Sea" 932
"Fair Wind" 925
S"Cuqard ,ountess'I. 705
"Carla C" 719
"Cu ar4 Chii dtess"
S .2974 15.12,,79
"'Golden Odyeeey 430
"Cunard Countess" 447
"Carla C" 613
"Sun Princess" 668
"Bri %ta nis ,
4' .. 4 .
44, I. .r
, j 492
.... 294 .
~~i): ;' 1 F'
"Cu iard Countess".
"'Sun Priicess" ,:
"Vict oria" -
*" 731 '
I *- *'~ 4818
"Cunard Countess" 583 -'
"Sun Princess" 685
"Brittais" : 992,
'"Queen Elizabeth" .. 1645
"Stella Oceanis" 275
"Cunard doUnItes" ~1 :' 562
"Carla C" 711
"Su i 'Princess" 684 '
"Fair Wind" 939
'"ictoria"' 397-- '
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"Cunard Countess" 620
"Carla C" 737
"Sun Princess" 692
"Daphne" 300 .
"Stella Ocrpanis" 280
11 '. '
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" 23. 2.80
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Pa2l;ae 6~~6~364 31.5,80T~~'
487 i' 'i
"Carla C" ~
"Carla C" "
"Carla C'f "
S' 789 : ;' '
3 6 9 ': : "
696 ; .
"Carla C" '
"Sun Pri pss"
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Week hidingg 31.5.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 19,
Passengers Week Ending
April 13th "Queen Elizabeth" 1424
15th "Cunard Countess" 567
16th "Carla C" 552
16th "Sun Princess" 692
17th "Brittanis" 764
18th "Victoria" 214
4213 19. 4.80
April 20th "Oceanus" : 330
22nd "Cunard Countess" 579
i'23TB' "Carla C" 731
23rd "Sun Princess" 703
24th "Brittanis" 799
25th! "Victoria" 178
3320 26. 4.80
LIAT PASSENGER TRAFFIC
Liat passenger traffic fell in February and March by some 7% from
the traffic in December and January; .The peak in the period .came
!in January with a total of over 80 thousand passenger arrivalJ and
departures (PAD), and the low point was February which, with 73.5
thousand PAD, was just slightly lower that 74.4 thousand PAD.in
During .the fo ir month period, Barbados continued to be the point
handling most PAD. Between December 1st and March 31st, Liat
recorded a otial of just over 308 thousand PAD, of which 23%
passed through Barbados. During the same oeriod, Grenada was
responsible fqr 12.5% of thed traffic., Autigua; for 12.3%, St..incent-
for 10.3% and St.Lucia and Trinidad for 8 9% and 8.8% respectively..
Comparison of point to point PAD figures indicates that Liat faces
severe competition on the Trinidad/Barbados and Trinidad/Antigua
sectors Which are served by airlines operating jet aircraft. Over
the December/March period, Liat handled only 1512 PAD between
Trin~dad and Barbados, an average of 378 per.month, and 1977
between Barbados and Antigua, an average of 494 per month.
These are low figures considering the totil PAD handled at the
main Liat "hubs" of Barbados and Antigua, and they indicate that
for every 200 passengers carried by the airline eve tLe four month
period, only one PAD was recorded on the Trinidad/Barbados sector
and one PAD on the'Barbados/Antigua sector. .
Liat Point To Point Passenger Traffic
Guadeloupe O .
Barbados BGI I
t .Vincenrt SVD
Grenada GND (
SXM SKB- MIN ANU PP
85 248 15 233 30O
853 "1216 1362-
DOM -FDF SUJ
46 15 14
41-899C "15 189 ~128? 3391 866'7 3849'
4'1j" ic98`-'' 3675~~i~ '
Left _.and column .represents points of origin of traffic, top line represents destination
Figures at right represent total tra fit originating; figures at foot represent total
S traffic arriving.
'.~~ ''. .. '- ^ / 1 il : *r
L~at Point To Point Passenger Traffic
S March 1980 -
.t .Thoamas. STT
St Crqtx STX
PT -Maarten SXM -178 56
St.Kitts ZSB 22 145
Moltse rat MN1 818 5
Pntigira ANU 29 177
Gude loupe rT'. 12 4
Dominica < DOM .68, 33
Martinique FDF 12 2
.t'.Ludia ,SL 22 20
-Barbados BGI 16
pt. Vincent SV
G lnaS tt) 1
AMNU 2 B 2M
5 195 10 56 1 I 13
4 26& 3 26
4 112 -
375 8 19
0 693 14 29 .15
1252 "4 10 -1" 6
5 '- 341 53 79, 181
462 430 4 124
1 564 :239 145 i18
2 101 4 .151 443
6 194 105 166 42
5 334 93 402 373. 2144
S.57 :6 -14 10 144
4 -55 4 3 1-07
G' V D GND S
15 -1 3 "
29;- :, 9', -=
99 9 1
240 39 21 2
94 i 9-
423 45- 19 37
2050 85c 16 : 84.
26842 2316 -14
2734 186 76$
2900 15. 1956.
Total :-- -
S, .7 '9 38 4 '58 '248 925- 2184 3473
837 443 890 1362 1310 4401; 857 1927 1045 3398 9269 38117 4901 2967 37424
Left hand column represents points of origin of traffic; top line-.prpresentS-:destination.
Figures at right represent total traffic originating; figures ar foo: represent otalt traffic
Page 22 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 31.5.80
Mr F J Archibald, Chairman of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
Association (GCNA) has resigned his post with effect from June 30th.
In a letter of May 26th to Governor General Sir Paul Scoon,
Mr Archibalt said that, as there is no indication that Sir Paul will
replace the present GCNA "Caretaker Board" in keeping with the
provisions of the Nutmeg Industry Ordinance, he wished to resign
from his post as Chairman of that Board.
GCNA is a statutory Body which handles the curing, sale and shipment
of nutmegs, one o Grenada's principal crops. According to the
Nutmeg Industry Ordinance, a Board is to be elected annually by the
island's 6000 plus nutmeg growers.
Mr Archibald was Chairman of the elected GCNA Board in 1975 when the
Government of then Prime Minister Eric Gairy dissolved it and
nominated an "Interim Board". Members of the elected Board took
legal action but lest in the Courts, and the nominated "Interim
Board" remained in charge until the revolution last year. Shortly
after, the Peoples Revolutionary Government, through the Governor
General, nominated a "Caretaker Board" to run GCNA, and Mr Archibald
was elected Board Chairman.
"I propose to surrender my post with effect from 30th June next,
the end of the official Nutmeg Year", Mr Archibald said in his
letter to Sir Paul, "unless, of course, Your Excellency wishes to
terminate, the appointment sooner."
WINBAN REFRESHER COURSE
The Wundward Islands Banana Association (WINBANT annual refresher
course opened in Grenada on'May 12th.
Organized by WINBAN's Extension Division, the course was designed
to expose banana Extension Officers to new research findings and
new banana technology especially in the fields of Leaf and Soil
Sampling and Inter-cropping.
Week Eniinqgi:L.5. 8Q. TrS 0o.Rf'e 'glifeTUtR Page 2'3
Lectures were given by WINBAN scientists., and WINBAN,cheais.t., ,
Dr Errol Rei,, was expected, t,o deal with ,the subject of banana
nutrition.;, WINBAN Crop Specialist,, r Murali, Rao, was scheduled
to lecture on the fieldd e~peiments now being conducted on inter-
cropping. Additionally, ,the poprse included lectures on Banana
Agronomy, Weed Control, Control in insect pests, Bannana Diseases,
Control q Nenetodes., Fruit Quality,, Cropp Protection,..oil 3
Conservation and Farm Management; .. r
IIAS To Help Agriculture
The Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences, an agency of
the Organisation of American States, has established an of .ice in
Grenada and is to assist in the island's agriculture and agro-
industries development. IIAS Director in'Grenada is Mr Mario
Another Fishing Boat From Cuba
With the receipt of another fishing boat donated by the Government
of Cuba, the Peoples Revolutionary Government now has a fleet of
three. Two are gifts from Cuba and the third was purchased by
the Grenada Government in March last.
United Nations Delegation Visits
A United Nations delegation led by Mr Enrique Iglesias, Under-
Secretary General ,of the UN and Executive Secretary of the Economic
Commission for Latin America (BCLA) visited Grenada on May 16th and
held discussions with Pcing Prime Minister Bernard Coard. The
delegation was on a familiarisation tour of the region.
Labour Commissioner Attends Meeti*ng
Mr Robert Robinson, Labour Commissioner, attended the Caribbean
Community Labour Ministers meeting which took place in St.Kitts
from 12th to 15th May.
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OPEC Loans GXr-hda' US$1 -Million
Grenada is to receive-a loan of US$1 million from the Puhd of the
Organisation of Petroleum exporting Ccuntries (OPEC). The loan,
which' has. an interest rate o 4% and a seviiie charge of 0'.5% per
annui on amounts withdrawn and outstanding, has a 10 year
maturity including a 3-year giace period. The Loan Agreement'
'was signed on May 5th. According to a Government Information
Service release, this is the third OPEC: 1ah 'to Grenada. The
first two were balance of payment support loans totaling US$1.35
House pReair Scheme In Progress
Up to mid-May, 74 houses had been repaired under Government's
House Repair Scheme. Under this Scheme, workers whose
salary does not exceed EC$150.00 per month may borrow up to
EC$1,000.00 for house repairs. The loan is interest free and
the borrower repays only two-thirds of the loan.
Coard Meets Foreign Delegations
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister .hf Finance Bernard Coard met
three foreign delegations on May 15th. They were a Venezuelan
delegation led by Senor Halarion Cardozo, Venezuela's
Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Mr Gordon
Bilney, the new Australian High Commissioner based in Jamaica,
and Mr A Turquet,First Secretary in the British High Commission
in Barbados. Mr Turquet was accompanied by Mr R Whillock,
Britain's Permanent Representative in Grenada.
Coffee Plant Officially Opened
Government's coffee processing plant was officially opened on
May 30th. The plant, which has been grinding and packing
for the past six weeks expects t9. have its product on the
local market shortly and to make export sales. According
to the Government Information Services, some 5 thousand
kilogrammes of coffee were imported during the second half of
last year and this is to be blended with 2 thousand kilogrammes
of locally grown coffee.
THE GLREA NVSLeER
Delegation To Attend ILO Meeting
A Grenada delegation headed by Minister of Communications Works &
Labour, Selwyn Strachan will attend the 66th Session of the
International Labour Conference due to be opened in Geneva,
Switzerland on June 4th. Other members of the delegation are
Mr Robert Robinson, Labour Commissioner, Mrs Angela Smith,
President of the Grenada Employers Federation and Mr Septimus
Forsythe, President of the Grenada Trade Union Council. The
Session continues until June 25th.
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Grenada Gets Grant For Archaeological Work
The Government Information Services reports that the Caribbean
Conservation Association has received a grant of BC$7,000.00 which
is to be used to finance archaeological work being done at Point
Saline, the site of the new international airport. The grant
was made by the Canadian Government.
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Prime Minister Bishop Visits Middle Ieast
During the early part of May, Prime Minister Bishop led a
delegation to the Middle East where Libya and Iraq were visited.
The Government Information Services reports that US$4 million-swere
given by Libya and US$7 million by Iraq. This money is in the
form of grants and soft loans.
CDB Loan For Black Belly Sheep
The Caribbean Development Bank will lend EC$107,000 to the Grenada
Government for the development of Black Belly sheep farming in the
sister island of Carriacou. The Loan Agreement was signed on
3 L May 1980
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