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NEWSLETTER
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.
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Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies





Page 2 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 31.5.80


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'* -
-* Charge
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attempted deitabil$sation, originally made against "Torchlight",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

Company".

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

the problem".
(679 words)



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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Page 4 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 31.5.80


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. ,
Appointment
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,
Antoine estate.

(b) the benefits to workers including pensioners provided by
the said estate.

(c) the managerial structure and operation of the said estate
and

(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."
S(638 words)


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"
S--continued -
,** t . C r




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.
-Discontent: .
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

revolution ."


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.
Commission
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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Page -8. THE' PA NSL T We, End .3.5.8


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.
(776 words)



COURT OF -APPEAL APPOINTED ,

Grenada's Coutt of Appeal has beeA appointed and has had its first
sitting.

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. "

continued -




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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Page.10., THI, RgPiRNADA. IER Week Endina 31 ,80


Professor Cyrus.


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.. ..
(196 words)



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

Published.
(91 words)



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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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.,
Scholarships
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. ;

continued -





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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."
(456 words)



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

expenses, -.


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

50%.


"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
(236 words)



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

August 1st.

"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.
(272 words)




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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.


- continued -


/ ..* *w '





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.
(454 words)



S*' : "'Cruiie Liner Calls"& Passengers
1976 1979

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

' continued -




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-Passengers. Week Ending


4 '


December 3rd
3rd
4th
5th


December 11th
11th
12th
12th
12th
S 15th


S.'Fair Sea" 932
"Fair Wind" 925
S"Cuqard ,ountess'I. 705
"Carla C" 719
S" 3281


"Cu ar4 Chii dtess"
"Americanis"
"StI11M"'Polar is"
"Carla C"
"Sun Princess"
"Stella -Odeanis"


. 18
193
S636
704
687
S236


S .2974 15.12,,79


December 16th
18th
19th
19th
19th
20th


December 25th
25th
26th
26th
26th
26th
27th
28th
28th
29th
29th


"'Golden Odyeeey 430
"Cunard Countess" 447
"Carla C" 613
"Aquarius" 106
"Sun Princess" 668
"Danae" 38
2651


"OCeanus"
"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C"'
"Sun PrincesS".
"Daphne"
"Dalwacija"
"Bri %ta nis ,
"Queen Elizabeth"
"Victor a"
"Rotteralp!' ,
"Stella-O6eanis" .


4' .. 4 .
44, I. .r


386
680
822
739
372

S1440
1583


, j 492

.... 294 .
8294


22.12.79-


26th Aquarius


29.12.79


~~i): ;' 1 F'


"Cu iard Countess".
"Carla C"
"'Sun Priicess" ,:
"Daphne"
"Aquarius"
"Brittanis"
"Vict oria" -


;, 776,,,.v
789
*" 731 '
S430 :
171
1427
494 .


I *- *'~ 4818

"Cunard Countess" 583 -'
,'Daphne", 233,
"Sun Princess" 685
"Aquariu"'" 134
"Brittais" : 992,
'"Queen Elizabeth" .. 1645
."Victpoia' 427
"Stella Oceanis" 275
S, 4974


5. 1.80


12. 1.80


January 14th
15th
16th
16t1 h
16th
16th
16th
17th
17th
18th
18th


"Dalmacija" 261
"Cunard doUnItes" ~1 :' 562
"Carla C" 711
"Su i 'Princess" 684 '
"Daphne" 335
"Statendam" 740'r
"Aquarius" 138
'iBrita'dnis" 1:090
"Dalmacija" 277
"Fair Wind" 939
'"ictoria"' 397-- '


19. 1.80
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:'8.12.79


194


January


January


1st
2nd
2nd
2nd
2nd
3rd
4th


8th
9th
9th
9th
10th
10th
12th
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22nd
23rd
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23rd
23rd
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26th
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27th
29th
30th
30th
30th
30th
31st
1st


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5th
6th
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6th
6th
7th
8th
9th


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12th
13th
13th
13th
13th
14th
15th


17th
19th
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20th
20th
20th
21st
21st
22nd
22nd
23rd
23rd



25th
26th
27th
27th
27th -
27th
28th
29th:
1st


.." Passengers
"Doric" 693
"Cunard Countess" 620
"Carla C" 737
"Sun Princess" 692
"Daphne" 300 .
"Aquarius'" 117
"Victoria":, 437
"Stella Ocrpanis" 280
"Oceanis" 434
431


"Stattendam"
"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C"'
"Sun Princess"
"DaPhne" v
"Aquarius"
"Brittanis "
"Victoria'",.


"Dalmacija"
"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C".
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne"
"Aquarius";
"Dalmacij 'i
"Victor ia"
"Stel.a C0eanis"'


"!Cunard Countess"
"Doric"
"Carla C"t
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne"
"Aquarius"
"Brittanistg
"Victoria"'


"Stattendam"
"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C"!'
"Sun Prinpess"
,'Daphne" .
"Aquarius".
"Brittanis"
"Mikhail Lermontov"
"Eugenio"'
"Victoria",
"Doric" :
"Stella Oceanis"



"Dalmac ija"
"Cunard ;Copntess"
"Carla C",
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne" ".
"Aquarius"
"Brittanis"
, "V:itoqia"'
'^Oceanic"


790
726
. 5
6189
225.
195
1082

4881

277
667
749
700
324

257
470;,
293
3861 1

752
692
748
"701 0
420Q .
176
1048
467
5004


798
749
74i
707
405
11 '. '
460

428
620
284
84686



715
747
703
404
118
1120
471
856
5397


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Passengers


Wee


kk Ending

,


March


452
713
t62
708
353
148 '
1092r
934'
11A
487 i' 'i
283


3rd
4th
5th
5th
5th
5th
6th
7th
7th
7th
08th


9th
11th
12th
12th
12th
12th
13th
i1th
13th
14th
14th


18th
19th
19th
19th
19th
20th
21st


"Oceanus"
"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C" ~
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne" .
"Aquarius. .f,
"Brittanis"
"Fair Winf4
"Doric"
"Victor ida
"Stella Ocpanis"


"Stattenda*'
"Cunard Coubtess"
"Carla C" "
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne" ,
"Aquarius"
"Brittanis"
"Europa" "'
"Golden Odyssey"
"Belouissiya"
"Victoria"'

I,'

"Cunard Countess"
"Carla C'f "
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne"
"Aquarius" -
"Brittaniso
"Victoria"


S' 789 : ;' '
630

705
3 6 9 ': : "
2 8
980
319
465
249
476.
5957 5.

690
684
696 ; .


939
335


3818


"Cunard C6untess"
"Carla C" '
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne"
"Aquarius" '
"Brittanis,'
'"Doric" 0,
"Victoria"


"Stattend'a"
"Carla C"
"Sun Pri pss"
"Daphne"
"Aquarius"
"Brittani si
"Victoria"'


"Cunard Cpuftess"
"Carla Cd'
"Sun Princess"
"Daphne'".
"Brittans!'
" Danac"
"Victoria!'


22. 3.80


692
694 :
704
329

525
561
478
418'i 29.

744 -
190 .
723
3871 '
235 .
1463
3 ', 5.
4793

528
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725
369


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27th
28th -
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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

March.

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. .
(236 words)




Liat Point To Point Passenger Traffic
February 1980


STT .ST


-t.Thomas STTY

ot .4roix

ft.Maarten h

't.!(itts K:

Montserrat .NJC

Antigua Ag,
Guadeloupe O .

Dominica DOM

Martinique FDF

ft.Lucia SLU

Barbados BGI I

t .Vincenrt SVD

Grenada GND (

Trinidad -'OS


162

276

6

305

12

40


55

113

6

220



24



16

.4


8I30 440fC~


SXM SKB- MIN ANU PP
85 248 15 233 30O


109 140
S -76


87

14

434

25

61

6-2

S24


22

616

26

19

4

15


5, 127

303

24 668

.. 228

1300


-510

8 462

1 07

6 209

4 '262

41
S 29


3 SO


853 "1216 1362-


DOM -FDF SUJ
46 15 14


& 33

.12


37

2 49


8

8 ,

302



216

,27

I36

149 7

S6

10


10

>8'

534

427



110

149

395

8

8


__ 28


9



139

10

97



518


20

9

195

97 .

138

499


401. 2128

-.6 104

31 66

.76


BGI SVD
15 1

5 3

2 '.

30 7



168 32


131

AS4

423

2122



2645

2455


20
.

46

2764


277 922


41-899C "15 189 ~128? 3391 866'7 3849'


GND. POS


4-

I-


4 1



20 9

3 15

15 58

2

118 109

2129 210

146 1047

2046


1833


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


Tote t.
7(-

465

702

1257

1304

4474

1256

1542

S1191

,3486

8528

4008

4677

3167





L~at Point To Point Passenger Traffic
S March 1980 -


T -
STT .STX

.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


SXM

67

50



126

.11

482

6

81

7.-

39.

12

9'


239




4- 3


. 341
-41



15
723 121



^25

2

25

70 1

4


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 "
S"5 6

29;- :, 9', -=
29 9

99 9 1

24 1

240 39 21 2

94 i 9-

423 45- 19 37

'40$

2050 85c 16 : 84.

26842 2316 -14

2734 186 76$

2900 15. 1956.


STotal

615
351 -


:863

1365

1373

4342
1162

1808

1127

3388

8573

5 3929

5055


Trinidad

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
arriving.


I;;
jI.d


t


i


? ..

..





Page 22 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 31.5.80


ARCHIBALD RESIGNS

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."
(223 words)




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.
continued -





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
(119 words)



NEWS SH.TS

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

Fransa.
(38 words)


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.
(40 words)

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.
(48 words)

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.
(20 words)




Page 2 4 T!%ISK1 MAMMANIYP&gI WqMc E&iWing 31D5.80


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

million.
(87 words)

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.
S(47 words)
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.
(65 words)

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.
S (67 words)

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.
+ (45 words)

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.
(50 words)

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

May 3rd.
(33 words)






Alister es
3 L May 1980


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