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NEWSLETTER

Volume 8 Number 8
For The Week Ending 21st June 1980
8th Year Of Publication - --241st Issue



BOI~B EXPLODES AT RALLY: TWO KILLED

bomb exploded at a rally held at Queens Park, St.Georges on June
9th to honour two national heroes and the blast killed two persons
nd injured more than 20.

ome 1200 people had assembled to pay tribute to Alister Strachan and
ibal Uriah "Buzz" Butler. Strachan died by drowning on 19th June
S977 when he jumped into the sea off the Esplanade in St.Georges to
scape the bullets of then Prime Minister Eric Gairy's Defence Force.
Butler, who made a substantial contribution to the Trade Union
Movement in Trinidad, was Grehada born.

The raJly opened with a military parade and the salute was taken by
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and Governor General Sir Paul Scoon.
Following that ceremony, members of the official party took their
seats in the pavili-n and, shortly after, the incident occurred.

The Chairman of the rally was Mr Magadon 'demo' Grant, official
platform chairman of Mr Bishop's New Jewel Movement. Mr Grant
began his address and was speaking for just over 11 minutes when, at
3.05pm, the bomb exploded. Initially, there was a stunned, almost
silent,moment before it was realized what had happened, and then
there was panic as the estimated 1000 persons in the pavilion fought
their way out of the building.
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Przoduced & Pinted by Alistar Cynthia Rhs
PI 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Wetetindieq
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For some hours, the extent of the damage done by the bomb was not

known and there were conflicting reports as to deaths and injuries.

Further, there were no reliable reports as to whether or not anyone

in the official party had been killed or injured. And, the

tension was heightened considerably when, at 6.45pm there were

two explosions and rifle fire. The sounds appeared to come

from the direction of the suburb of St.Pauls and were heard at

several points in St.Georges and surrounding areas.
Live Broadcast
The situation became clearer when, .at 8.30pm, Prime Minister Bishop

made a live broadcast over Radio Free Grenada.


Mr Bishop reported that 2 persons had been killed by the bomb.

They are Laurine Charles,13, and Latrice Humphrey,23.

Additionally, he said, there were two other young persons, both

with the surname of Bailey who we critically injured. One

of these persons is 8 years old and the other 15. One had

lost a leg and the other had serious injuries to the back and

buttocks. Mr Bishop said two more people were in serious

condition and a further 19 were hospitalized.


The Prime Minister said the bomb had been planted under the

platform on which he and the official party had been seated.

(the platform held and nobody in the official party was hurt)

Accyiding to Mr Bishop, it was timed to explode at three o'clock

and fragments collected by the Security Forces indicate that the

clock was connected to sticks 'f dynamite and that the device was

very sophisticated.


Mr Bishop said the first thing to be noted about the incident is

that "the new technology" has been introduced. It is not a

case of taking a box of matches and lighting a fire, he said, nor

is*it a case of criminal elements using guns or of someone

lighting and throwing a stick of dynamite.


"What we have here instead"', he said, '"is a situation where people

make a bomb and do so in a very.clever way In a way that

indicates very clearly that they received training'. This is

not local technology. This is not the way of our Grenadian
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The Prime Minister said it should be noted that this wa:, not only an
attempt to kill the leadership of the country but the plan went
beyond this to the killing of dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands


of ordinary Grenadians.


In the situation in Grenada, he said,


only 'imperialism' could be responsible for this.


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"Cutaway" Sketch Of Bomb Location Before explosion
(Not To Scale).
18 18" high concrete block wall smashed by blast. Victims
believed to have been seated on this.
S18" diameter concrete pillar, undamaged
) 6" thick concrete platform, undamaged. Official party
seated here.
D) Concrete block wall
) 10" diameter (approx) hole blown out here.
SCantilevered concrete seat, 18" off floor, dislodged
and broken by blast.
@) Concrete wall, undamaged
) Location of bomb. '4" deep, 8" diameter (approx) hole
in concrete floor.
Distance from to underside of ) = 7' approx.

Distance from (A) to ) = 6' approx.
"Edge of platform () at left is front of pavilion.
Edge of platform T~ at left is front of pavilion.


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Pagt 4 TH UK A NEWSLETTER Week Endi 21.6.80


Mr Bishop said the events of JUno Q9th in Grenada bring memories
of events in other countries "which have faced the might and

fury of imperialism". He referred to mas:s raiders and torture

in Chile under the Piibchet regime, to fires in Jamaica in 1976

and to the recent fire at "Eventide" Home for the Aged in

Jamaica. Only "imperialism and their local reactionary agents"

could be responsible for these incidents, he said.
Bay Of Pigs
Mr Bishop said Grenadians also remembered at this time the many

trials and tribulations the people of Cuba have undergone. "We

recall the Bay of Pigs", he said, "when US imperialism trained

Quban exiles in Miami and backed them up and sent them to Cuba

with the intention of turning back the revolution. They were

routed by the brave, heroic people of Cuba."


The Prime Minister referred also to other incidents relative to

Cuba, which incidents he said had been engineered by "imperialism".

These include the bomb attack on the Cuban airlines plane in 1976,

the pirate ship attacks on Cuba and "the dozens and dozens of

unsuccessful assassination attempts at the Cuban leadership and,

in particular, at our friend and comrade, Pidel Castro."

Mr Bishop said Grenadians also remember Viet Nam where "thousands

and millions of people were killed and massacred by US imperialism"

and he thought it important to put into context what the events of

June 19th 1980 mean. These events, he said, 'did not "drop out

of the skies by accident" but are part of a "total unfolding plan

aimed at the destruction of the Grenada revolution." The plan

is aimed, he said,, at; the "wanton devastation of our country if

we do not choose to continue,along the Qld submissive:and

exploitative path: that Gairy and his minions pursued."


We think of the history of US imperialism", he said. "We think

of the days when the gunboats ruled the world, when you landed

marines in somebody else's country. Guatemala in '54, Dominican

iRepublic in '65, and dozens of other examples. 'We-think of the

lo.cupations and the annexations of other people's territories,

i:til.ularly in our region, in Latin America and the Caribbean. We

.ink of the assassinations of Sandino the patriot of Nicaragua, of
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Allende the hero of Chile, of so many other martyrs of this region

who had to die at the hands of imperialism."


The Prime Minister said "imperialism" has scientifically evolved a

new concept called destabilizationn" which is aimed atcreating

political violence and economic sabotage and, when this concept

fails, it leads to terrorism. Attempts are made to use "local"

opportunists and counter-revolutionaries" who try to build a

popular base, he said, and when they fail, then turn to the weapon

of "open, naked, brutal and vulgar terror."
Overthrow

Mr Bishop referred to the reported attempt to overthrow his

government last October, and to the anti-Government movement which

started in the Tivoli/River Antoine area early this year. And

he referred also to Professor Stanley Cyrus (a lecturer at Howard

University) who was a detainee in Grenada from October last until

March of this year and who, the Prime Minister said, continues to

pl t the overthrow of the Grenada Government.


Professor Cyrus,and those who had been involved in counter-

revolutionary activity, are prepared to use any amount of violence

and bloodshed to try to overturn the revolution, the Prime Minister

said, because they recognize that the revolution is strong and

popular and deeply rooted in the masses.


"They understand that reality", Mr Bishop said, "and they know that

after testing 15 months of Teoplelts participation and people's

benefits, the people will fight back and, therefore, the only

alternative to the revolution at this period in our history is

bloodshed, terrorism, open,naked, violent, facist dictatorship."


The Prime Minister said the Security Forces had received

information from members of the public, as a result of which

several arrests had been made in connection with the bomb incident.

Also as a result of information received and as a result of

previous surveillance, the Security Forces had moved in on a home

in the Mt.Airy region of the suburb of St.Pauls, which home, he

said, was "the headquarters of counter revolution."


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This is the residence of Strachan Phillip who, I~r Bishop said, was

the leader of "the counter-revolutionary gang" in Grenadi. The

Prime Minister said that, when the Security Fo.rces approached the

house, there was such a hail of'bullets directed at them from the

house that "they had to duck and run for their lives at first."
Battle
"And then, of course," he said, "they fought back and, up to when

I left to come down here (to Radio Free Grenada) to make this

address, that fight was still going on. That battle of our

forces, of our people in uniform, against the forces of counter-

revolution, was still being waged."


Mr Bishop said that, starting the next day (20th), recruitment

teams would visit all work places, all villages and all schools.

The aim, he said, is to recruit at least 20,000 more people for

the Militia and to "mobilise our people for a state of war, to

put our people on a war alert, to put them in a situation of

serious preparation for defence of our country."


He looked forward, he said, to the fullest cooperation of all

teachers, all employers and all people generally. ThE Peoples

Revolutionary Army and the present Militia is unable to provide

the defence r:peded against internal and external forces, the

Prime Minister said, and the only guarantee the country has

against these forces is if Grenadians are able, ready and willing

to fight-to defend the country.


About 90 minutes after the Prime Minister's live broadcast (which

lasted 55 minutes), Radio Free Grenada gave further news of the

happenings at Strachan Phillip's residence. It was announced

that, in a gun battle which had taken place there, Phillips had

been killed and another man, Keith St.Bernard who, it was reported,

had also fired on the Security Forces, had escaped and was being

hunted, The cause of Phillip's death is recorded at the

Registry as."multiple gunshot wounds".


Strachan Phillips, 42, was a member of Prime Minister Bishop's

New Jewel Movement (NJM) and is said to have been a member of the

party which attacked the headquarters of the Defence Force on 13th
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March 1979. Immediately following the revolution, he was placed
in charge of the Peoples Revolutionary Army camp at Fort George (now

Fort Rupert) in St.Georges but, following a disagreement with the

NJM leadership soon after, was transferred to another post. There

is some doubt as to whether, at the time of his death, he was still

a member of the Peoples Revolutionary Army.


NEWSLETTER visited the Phillips residence at Mt Airy, St.Pauls on

the morning after Phillips' death. The property, a well built

two-st~cied building, was guarded by the Army, but it was possible

to see the house from the road.
Blood
There were two holes about eight inches in diameter in the front

outer wall of the top story. Some 30 to 50 bullet marks pocked

the walls, mainly on the upper story, and one window on the upper

story (above the holes in the wall) was completely smashed. Panes

of glass in other windows on both stories were broken. A yellow

Datsun pickup in the yard had its windshield and one headlight

smashed, and all its tyros were flat. There was blood on the

concreted yard.


In the road outside of the house was a crowd of some 30 or 40

persons, most of whom appeared to be hostile towards the PRA

guards. Also present were two women, Cassilda Grant and Angela

Morris who were identified to NEWSLETTER as Phillipts sisters.

They were accompanied by Fred Grant, husband of Cassilda Grant, and

by laudlyn John who is reported to be Phillip.s common law wife.


The three wonen were extremely angry and accused the PRA guards of

murdering Phillip. They said he had been killed "because he

knew too much". And they warned that the "information" is

already out of Grenada ard will be published in due course.


Maudlin John related to the crowd her version of what had happened

the night before. She said she had been in the house with

Strachan Phi-Ilip, Keith St Bernard, another woman and a young boy.

She denied that Ph4llip had fired on the PRA and said that, when he

was called by the PRA unit in the road, he went out to them and was

shot at as he stood on the front steps, receiving one wound in his

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She alleged that Phillip ran back into :he house, going down an inner

staircase to the lower floor and then out into the yard where he

collapsed. She ran out to him, she said, and, on the instructions

of the PRA, dragged him by the arms across the yard towards the gate

leading to the road. At this stage, she said, Phillip asked for

water but she was not allowed to get it for him.


On the inquiry of the PRA, she named the other occupants of the house

and was told to go and bring them out. When she went back into the

house, however, there was no one there. The house was then

searched by the PRA and she was then instructed to get into a vehicle.

Phillip advised her to comply with this instruction, she said, and

she was driven away for questioning. W1fn .she returned about an

hour and a half later,, she found Phillip dead. Maudlyn John

was detained by the Security Forces on June 21st.


Resident of the area said the incident at Phillip's residence

lasted some 20 to 30 minutes. They confirmed that the explosions

had been very loud. No one NEWSLETTER spoke to could confirm or

deny the story told by Maudlyn John, nor could anyone say whether the

PRA had been fired on from the house.


There was an "anti-imperialism" demonstration in St.Georges on

Friday 20th June (the day after the bomb incident) in which about

1000 persons participated and which was led by Prime Minister Bishop.


Before the demonstration, NEWSLETTER spoke to Mr Bishop as he was

meeting and greeting hundreds of his supporters in St.Georges

lMarket Square, and Mr Bishop said the bomb incident is the beginning

of a new phase in Grenada.


"Our enemies have moved to the stage of open terrorism", he said,

"and this is the begi4,ning of a count down to an invasion. Already,

we have started to recruit for our Militia and our target is

20,000. We shall be on war alert."


(2314 Words)
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MCOOSE GANG N-N W, N ;,PPJIAL

Two members of the "mongoose gang", a band of criminals recruited

and commanded by former Prime Minister Eric Gairy, have won their

appeal against their conviction for attempted murder.


The charge arose out of an incident at the Central Police Station,

St.Georges on November 19th 1973, The two men, Phillip Brizan

and Gordon Noel were charged, together with six other men, with the

attempted murder of Eric Campbell and Eslyn Christopher, and with

causing previous bodily harm to Campbell, Christopher and Joseph

Grainger.


This case has political overtones. Campbell, Christopher and

Grainger are all members of the New Jewel Movement which, at the

time of the alleged offences, was in open opposition to the

Government of Premier Eric Gairy. And the date of the alleged

offences is significant. On the day before, six NJM members had

been attacked by the "mongoose gang" and three of them, including

Mr Maurice Bishop, had been severely ,beaten.


According to the evidence before the Trial Judge, Mr Justice

Archibald Nedd, the accused men administered a severe beating to

Campbell, Christopher and Grainger. Additionally, Christopher's

head was held in a toilet bowl while it was flushed, and a noose

was put around Campbell's neck in preparation for hanging. The

arrival of the Acting Commissioner of Police terminated the

incident.


The trial concluded last December and the eight accused were all

found guilty of attempted murder and of causing previous bodily

harm. Brizan was sentenced to serve 16 years. Ten were for

attempted murder, three (2 concurrent sentences of 3 years each)

were for harm to Campbell and Christopher, and three for harm to

Grainger.


Noel was sentenced to serve 12 years. Eight were for attempted

murder, two (2 concurrent sentences of 2 years each) were for harm

to Campbell and Christopher, and two for harm to Grainger.

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In its findings, the Appeal Court said it was not satisfied that,

at the trial in the High Court, "the evidence was ordered and

analysed to show exactly the part played by each accused and the

principles of law explained in relation to each set of facts."


The Appeal Court said further that, "having regard to the way in

which the evidence has been discussed witness by witness, the task

which the jury was asked to perform in the end was a difficult

one and we are not satisfied that the degree of guidance afforded

was adequate having regard to the complexities in a joint trial

of several defendants on multiple counts."


"While we agree that the jury could properly have been directed

that the evidence relating to the hanging and the immersion of

the head in the toilet bowl could be held to establish an intent

to kill", the Appeal Court said, "they also should have been

specifically directed to consider the possibility that there was

no intent other than that of instilling fear. The issue would

then have been their t- dec.ide."
Misdirection
"The failure to do this is a serious misdirection", the Ju rement

of the Appeal Court continues, "and it is not possible to say that,

if properly directed, they would inevitably have reached the same

verdict. Accordingly, the convictions of attempted murder

,against the appellants must be set aside and the sentences in

respect of those convictions quashed."


The Court dealt next with the charges for causing previous harm,

which charges, they said, cannot be successfully challenged.

With reference to the sentences imposed by the Trial Judge in

respect of these charges, the Appeal Court had strong comment.


"Plainly", the Judgement says, "the most serious view must be taken

of the deliberate subversion of the rights of citizens perpetrated

at the Police Station with the active concurrence of at least one

policeman. It should be noted, however, that the disorder

.pread far higher than the participants in the events at St Davids

-nd the Central Police Station. The Acting Commissioner,

Ir Nugent David, though well aware of what had happened, did not,
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as far as the records reveal, do anything but take the culprits to

his office to be talked at."


The Judgementsays also that, according to Joseph Grainger one of

the men who was beaten and an ex-policeman, when Premier Gairy had

discussed the idea of recruiting Secret Police, he stated that his

intention was to create fear and, to that end, he wished to recruit

these police regardless of character.


"Punishment in a case like this can serve only two purposes", the

Appeal Court said, "to record emphatically:the community feeling of

condemnation of such behaviOur, and to make plain to those willing

to permit themselves to be tools of those who seek to subvert the

established processes of law that punishment is possible when the

mantle of illegal protection is removed."
Inadequate.
The Court said it is of the opinion that the maximum sentence of

five years which can be imposed for causinggrevious harm is

inadequate. It said also that it is not considered correct to

impose consecutive sentences iin respect of offences which arise out

of the same incident. It felt, however, that this rule is not

inflexible and it thought that consecutive sentences are appropriate

in this case as there had been "a deliberate and calculated attack

on apparently blamelass citizens"


"Accordingly" the Judgement says, "the sentence imposed on the first

appellant (Phillip Brizan) is quashed and a sentence of three years

on each of the charges of causing previous harm, to run

consecutively, is substituted. The sentence on the second

appellant (Gordon Noel) is also quashed and a sentence of two years

on each of the charges of causing previous harm, to run

consecutively, is substituted."


The outcome of the Judgement is that Brizan will not have to serve

the 10 year sentence for attempted murder imposed by the High Court.

In connection with the charges for causing previous bodily harm,

however, he will serve 9 years instead of 6. Similarly, Noel will

not serve the 8 year sentence for attempted murder but will serve 6

instead of 4 years for causing previous harm.
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THE GRENADA, MSWSL$TR W


Of the eight men convicted by the High Court on the charges of

attempted murder and causing previous harm, only Brizan and Noel

have appealed to date. A source close to the Ministry of Legal

Affairs told NEWSLETTER that the decision of the Appeal Court will

not affect the snentces of the other six men who are Willie Bishop

Moslyn Bishop, Albert Clarke, Raphael Brizan, Lloyd Frederick and

Alston Hood.
(1070 words)




NOEL RESIGNS

Mr Lloyd Noel,46, prominent member of the Peoples Revolutionary

Government (PRG), resigned from the PRG with effect from June 9th.


Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER his resignation came about because of

"differences of opinion" he has with the PRG, but he declined to be

specific. "I have discussed the matter with Prime Minister

Bishop", he said, "and my resighaii6n ids by mutual agreement."


Mr Noel, who qualified as a barrister at the Tnnez- Temple, London,

in 1971, was appointed Secretary (Junior Minister) in the Ministry

of Legal Affairs shortly after the revolution last year. Minister

for Legal Affairs and Attorney General.is.Mr Kendrick Radix but,

since the revolution, Mr Raxix has been in the USA as Ambassador

to the United Nations, and Mr Noel has held the top post in the

Ministry.


In January last, Mr Noel went to the United Kingdom to attend a

course in International Law at the Institute of Advanced Legal

Studies at London University. He returned to Grenada early in

June and resigned shortly after.


"Now that I am no longer in Government", he told NEWSLETTER, "my

plans are to rebuild my private practice as a barrister."
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CCC CON&IRBlg.FElO (ANJ 1m OF DETJINKES.

The Caribbean wi6ference of Churches hrs 'eipre'ssed-con6ern over the

health of Antonio Langdon, a political detainee held 'by th6

Peoples Revolutionary Government.

In a telephone call on: June 11th frM ;CCC headquarters in Barbados,

the Reverend Dr David Mitchell told NEWSLETT9R that cCC has

information that Largdoni is in a critical state of health.

This detainee was allegedly involved in a reported jail break from

Richmond Hill Prisons about a month ago. Official reports say

three detainees were discovered In an attempt to escape, were shot

at and Langdon and.at least one other were wounded.


"He seems o have received, some serious injuries", Dr Mitchell said,

"and there is, I gather, a possible request that he should be

released on humanitarian grounds to have adequate medical attention"


NEWSLETTER made inquiries at the General,Hospital and found that

Langdon is a.patient there under, te care of pr Etbelstan Friday,,

and Dr Friday said his patient is no longer on the critical list.

The shot he received broke two ribs and damaged his lungs and,

originally, his condition was extremely serious. Dr Friday,

said, however, that he i' now out of danger and improving

satisfactorily.
(128 words)



US EMBASSY EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER BOMBING

The United States Eimbassy in Barbados has expressed its "shock

at the brutal act "'f violence attempted against the leadership of

the Peoples' ieVoT'l'tionafy" governmentt oh June 19th ...."


This expression .s; isw a message sent to the Grenada Government on

June 20th by the US Embassy, and refers to the bomb which

exploded at a rally at Queens Park, St;Georges on June 19th.


The Embassy message also expressed "sorrow and sympathy over the

loss of life and personal injuries inflicted upon the innocent

victims of this act of wanton terrorism." (91
(91 words)


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GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO PWU ULTIMATUM

The Peoples Revolutionary Government hasaverted an industrial

relations crisis by.its response to an ultimatum given by the

Public Workers Union (PWU).


In a letter to Government dated June 2nd, PWU demanded that a date

be set for a meeting not latgr than June llth. .. Failing this, the

Union said, it would feel "free to,commence industrial action as

deemed necessary."


Last November PWU (formerly the Civil Service Association)

submitted proposals to Government for an increase in travelling

allowances for public officers. Then, in February last, PWU,

together with the Grenada Teachers Union and the Technical & Allied

Workers Union, submitted proposals to Government for an upward

rcv:ision of salaries.

M:r Leslie Seon, PWU Executive Secretary, told NEWSLETTER early this

month that the Unions were sttll awaiting acknowledgement of their

proposals, and he felt Government had displayed scant courtesy in

the matter.


The PWU June 2nd letter to Government giving the ultimatum referred only

to the proposals for travelling allowances, and Government agreed

to meet the Union to discuss this matter. The first meeting

was held on Tuesday June 10th. There was a subsequent meeting

on Tuesday June llth, and NEWSLETTER is advised that agreement was

reached to meet on Tuesday of each week to continue the discussions.

"The talks have been cordial and constructive", Mr Seon told

NEWSLETTER, "and the negotiators on both sides have been working

like a single team to find solutions to the problem which has

already been recognized by Government."
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LAND USf COMMISSION APPOINTED

A Commission has been appointed to look- into the existence of idle,

unused, inc'ultivated or under-cultivated land in the State with'a

view to putting this land into production.


Chairman of the Commission is Mr Garth Southwell, former Technical

Head of the Grenada Ministry of Agriculture and recently a Lecturer

in Agricurtural Extension at the University of the West Indies,

St.Augustine, Trinidad.


Other members of the Commission are :-

Jacqueline Creft
Regina Taylor
Angella Cape
Moses Joseph
Winston Mitchell
John Wells
Victor Cenac
Codrington John


The Commission is charged, amonq other things, with determining

the "capability and accessibility of the land in terms of

production Of both agricultural crops, livestock or other

appropriate productive enterprise", and the "practibility of

utilising the land for the national good by change or control of

ownership or otherwise."


The Commission is also charged with 'identifying persons or groups

or persons who are willing to engage in cooperative work with

particular reference to agricultural production cooperatives or

other appropriate productive enterprise."


The Commission's appointment became effective on June 9th, it began

work on June llth, and the Commissioners have been authorised to

regulate their hearings and to report as it may "seem fit with all

convenient speed".
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: NEWS- ZrTS

Frcserve The Lighthouse Committee

A committee has been fotmed :to raise funds -to preserve the Point

Saline lighthouse which must be relocated because; of the

international airport hei ij constructed in that area.

Mrs Patricia Fletcher head; the Committee whose operations have

the support of Mr,Selwyn Strachan, Minister for Communications,

Works & Labour.
(46 words)



.I. Sponsors Youth Cricket Tournament

Geest Industries (WI) Ltd is sponsoring the 1980 Youth Cricket

Tournament which takes place in Grenada from 5th to 8th July.

Geest has given the Windward Islands Cricket Bdard of Control

LC$17,500 to cover the cost of the Tournament and the Geest

Youth Cricket Trophy will bh presented to the winners of the

Tournament which will be competed by Dominica, St.Vincent,

St.Lucia and Grenada.
(64 words)



fire in St.Georges

A fire d.Stroyed Macots Fop and Balgobins restaurant at the

corner of Halifax and Core Streets on the niiht of Satirday

June 14th. The Christi.An Book Shop on Gore Street was also

distroyod, and two other establishments, the- Arts & Crafts boutique

and the St Georges Book Shop, both hAd extensive water damage.
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:. 'tion' ; with Fin l.-.,i l & Bulgaria

Grenada has established diplomatic relations with Bulgaria and

Finland. : The Governnment Information Servioes announced that

the relations with Finland were established on June 1st... The

agreement with Bulgaria was signed by Deputy Minister of Foreign

Affairs when on a recent visit to that country, but the date was

-ot given by the Government Information Services.
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Grant For Hotel School

The Government Information Services has announced that Christian

Action for Development irn the Caribbean (CADEC) has given a grant

of BC$42,000.00 for the HIel Training School which was started

by the Peoples Revolutionary Covie.nment last year.

Forty-five students are expected to graduate on 20th June

from the 12 week training course which included two weeks of

practical training at hotels in the Grand Anse area.

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India Offers 3chioln-r0hips

The Government of India has offered Grenada 2 scholarships for

instructors in Arts and Crafts, two "Commonwealth Scholarships"

and two others in any field chosen by the Peoples Revolutionary

Government.

The offer was made on June 12th in the course of discussions held

in Grenada between Prime Minister Bishop and Mr Gajsing Jodphur,

Indian High Commissioner accredited to Grenada.
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Whiteman at Socialist International

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Tourism, Unison

Whiteman, represented Grenada at a Socialist International meeting

which took place in Oslo, Norway, on 12th and 13th June.
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Mardigras Water Project Opened

The Mardigras Water Project which was started some 5 years ago,

was opened on Friday June 13th by Minister of Communications,

Works & Labour, Mr Selwyn Strachan.

This reservoir, which has a capacity of 200,000 gallons, was

financed jointly by the Canadian International Development Agency

and the Government of Grenada through a grant from the Caribbean

Development Bank.

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