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Title:
The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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Frequency:
twenty no. a year
semimonthly
completely irregular

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Spatial Coverage:
Grenada

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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NEWSLETTER
Volume 8 Number 9
For The Week Pnd ng 28th June 1980
8th Year Of PUblication - - 242nd issue



-MAN BOWN, UP

A man was killed instantly on Wednesday 25th June when he was
blowsr to bits by a bomb.

The incident took place shortly after 11.30pm in a small
cemetery in the Belmont area on the island's east coast about
five miles north of Pearls airport. Residents of the area
heard the explosion, but it was not until about 7.30 o'clock
on the morning of the 26th that a young boy, passing through
the cemetery, found the body and raised the alarm.

The body had not been moved four hours later when NEWSLETTER
visited the scene. The cemetery is in rising ground some
200 feet from the main road near to a river, anq is reached
by a rough track. There were some 15 or 20 members aq the
PEOPLES RXEVLUTIONARY ARMY present and a ,curious crowd of
about 1CO,.

The body was lying face down partly covered by banana leaves.
It appeared to be that of a black man in his 20s, tall, well
built and wearing Rasta ."locks". Bystanders said his ,
face had been completely destroyed and the aras blow oaf at
the elbows.


continued -


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The right leg was lying up the hillside about 30 feet away and, also

up ihe hillside but in another direction about 50 feet away, was

the left leg. They had both been severed from the body at the

knee. The man had been wearing blue jeans and a pair of light

brown suede ankle boots soled with motor car tyre rubber.
*Debris
A resident ,gf the area, Mr Tyrell Wardally,.told NEWSLETTER he had

visited the scene shortly after thi body was discovered. Near the

body he had seen a clock, a damaged walkie-talkie, wbres, a blanket

and a pistol. Mr Wardallyf's home is about 200 feet from where

the body was found and he said debris fell on his roof after the

explosion.


The body was later identified by a relative as James Williams, 24.

Williams is said to have been living with his grandmother- ome

miles away from where his body was found, and was last seen alive

about 6.30pm on the 25th (the day he died) when he left, home.


This incident came just 8 days after a bomb exploded at a rally at

Queens Park, St.Georges. That bomb killed two people and

injured more than 20, and official sources link the two incidents

with the activities of'""counter-revolutionaries".


The Belmont area'is adjacent to the Tivoli/River Antoine area which,

in recent months, has been linked with an anti-Government movement.

That movement came to notice last february whe grup of former

supporters of Prime Minister Bishop's New Jewel Movement' (NJM)

seized the River Antoine estate and announced that it was renamed

"The People's Collective Farm".


'he keys of the estate buildings were given up after three days

and those 'whbh'ad-hijafked 'he estate began negotiations with the

owners for better wages and working conditions for the employees

on the estate. From a document published by the hijackers,

however, it was' clear there were political motives underlying the

industrial relations aspect of the matter.

That document was strongly against the Peoples Revo ationary

government (PRG). It dubbed the PRG. leaders "pseudo-
continued -


Week Ending 28.6.80


Page 2




THE GRENuJA NEWSLETTER


revolutionaries" and said if the leade-s "were acting in the

interests of the majority of the people and not of a handful of

rich Grenadians and themselves", they would, among other things,

immediately nationalise all insurance companies and banks, and

introduce Grenada's own currency.


This matter came to a head on April 25th when Dennis Charles and

Ken Bain, two of the group of former NJM supporters at Tivili, were

arrested and others of the group went underground. At the same

time, Kennedy Budhlall, a senior member of the Peoples

Revolutionary Army stationed at Pearls airport, and an associate

of Charles and Bain, was also arrested.
Helicopter
According to the PRG, these men, together with others, plotted to

size Pearls airport at Midnight on Saturday 26th April as a first

step towards overthrowing the Government. According to official

sources, a helicopter flew over the airport at the time it is

alleged it was to be seized, and the PRG said the.United States

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in the plot.


These arrests created strong anti-Government feeling in the

Tivoli area and there were two protest demonstrations early

in May. There were also two pro-Government demonstrations.

The pro-Government demonstrations were bigger than the

demonstrations protesting the arrests but, because the PRG

moved numbers of secondary school students into the area to join

the pro-Government demonstrations, the number of persons taking

part in the demonstrations cannot be taken as as accurate indicator

of public feeling in the area.


Some two weeks later, Evan Bhola and two others of the group of

former NJM supporters who had gone underground were arrested in the

sister island of Carriacou. Others are being sought by the

Security Forces, and official sources link the Queens Park and

Belmon. boml incidents with this group.


Chief among those being sought are Kenneth "Buck" Budhlall and

Russel Budhlali, brothers of Kennedy Budhlall, and their cousin

Roland J Budhlall.


Wqe Ending 28.6.80


Page 3




Page 4 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER WeeK Enainq 8.o.8Oa


"TORCHLIGHT" DIRECT ORS TO WRITE GOVERNMENT

Shareholders of Grenada Publishers Ltd, owners of the banned

"Torchlight" newspaper, have expressed concern over Government's

failure to acknowledge receipt of a letter written by the Company

more than a month ago.


That letter, dated May 21st last, was read to the Company's Annual

General Meeting on June 26th, and shareholders learned from it that

their Directors have denied Government's charges that "Torchlight"

attempted to destabilizee" the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG).

.It was following those charges that, last October, "Torchlight" was

ordered closed by the Secretary for National Security.


tShareholders learned also that the Directors have advised Government

'that they are ready to hold discussions with Government relative to

freopcning "Torchlight", but no reply has been received from the PRG.
Law
After the closure of "Torchlight", Government passed a law which

automatically vested in Government all shares in the Company held by

Grenadians above a limit of 4% each of the capital of the Company.

All shares held by aliens were also automatically vested in the

Government.


This law makes Government the largest shareholder in the Company with

31% of the shares, and Government was represented at the Annual

General Meeting by Mr Lauriston Wilson Jr, Permanent Secretary in,

the Ministry of Finance. Acting on Mr Wilson's suggestion, the

!meeting decided to write Government reminding of the Company's

letter and asking for a reply.


The audited accounts of Grenada Publishers Ltd, presented to the

Annual General Meeting, show that, in the year ending 31st December

1979, the Company lost EC$15,666.00. The printing department

showed a gross profit increase of EC$6,869.00 over the 1978 figure

of EC$30,847.00, but gross profit figures for the newspaper

department dropped from the 1978 figure of EC$76,140.00 to

EC$32,259.00.


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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


"In 1977, for the first time since the company was established in

1974, the Accounts showed a modest net profit of BC$13,706.00",

the Directors Report says. "In 1978, as a result of substantial

improvement in newspaper circulation and advertising revenues, that

profit was increased to EC$38,169.00. For the year under

review, the picture has changed dramatically and the Company has

now reverted to a loss position ....."


The total unrelieved losses of the Grenada Publishers Ltd stood

at EC$162,773.OO at 31st December 1979.
(377 words)



HEALTH SERVICES WORKSHOP

A Caricom sponsored workshop for personnel in the health services

was conducted in Grenada from 23rd to 28th June.


Funded by the United States Agency for International Development,

the workshop was part of a regional project which will benefit

Grenada, Barbados, St.Lucia, St.Vincent, Dominica, Antigua,

Montserrat, St.Kitts and Belize.


Team Leader of the workshop is Mr Alston Fergusson and he,told

NEWSLETTER that the project, which was started last September, is

divided into "packages".


"Package A is a basic management course introducing participants to

functions of management and giving them basic training in

communications, planning, organising, staffing and controlling", he

said. "To follow in the second half of this year will be

package B, a course in team building, and later we will have

courses in supervision and advanced techniques of management."


In addition to the courses in management, Mr Fergusson said, the

project includes technical assistance in .the fields of health

planning, information systems, organisational analysis and district

health team building.


- continued -


Week Ending 28.6.80




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Page 6 THE CRENADA NEWSLETTER weeK nallng 2o.o.ou


Of the nine Countries involved in the project, only Dominica has

not yet had the courses in basic management. Those courses are

expected to start in that country on July 7th.
(194 words)




US PUBLISHES DENIAL

The PFxbados FmbFassy of the United States has denied that the

United.States was in any way involved in the bomb incident which

killed two people at a rally at Queens Park, St.Georges on June

19th. The denial was issued in Bridgetown, Barbados on June

24th.


"The Embassy takes this opportunity to state categorically that no

Agency of the U S Government was in any way involved in that

occurance", a press release from the Embassy says. "The

Embassy further denies allegations that the United Stares

Government is engaged in any effort whatsoever to 'destabilize'

the Peoples Revolutionary Government of Grenada."


This statement comes in the wake of accusations by the Peoples

Revolutionary Government (PRG) that the United States Central

Intelligence Agency was involved in the bomb incident and other

attemptss to destabilizee" the PRG.


In a national'broadcast on June 19th, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop

blamed "imperialism and their local reactionary agents" for the

bomb incident. And, he asked Grenadians to remember Viet Nam

where "thousands and millions of people were killed by U S

imperialism." The June 19th bomb incident, he said, "is part

of a total unfolding plan aimed at the destruction of the Grenada

revolution."
(197 words)




GOVERNMENT MAKES OFFER FOR SEAMOON

The Ponrploc Aovliutionary Government (PRG) has made ah offer to

purchase the "S-amoon" race track and pavilion located on the

island's east coast a short distance from Pearls airport.
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Week Ending 28.6.30 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7


"Seamoon" race track, once the centre or horse-racing in Grenada,

belongs to the Grenada Racing Company Ltd. Two decades ago,

there existed in Grenada two horse-racing organizations, the

Grenada Turf Club and the St.Andrews Race Club, and there was

friction between them. The former, holding its meetings at

Queens Park, St.Georges, was the representative of the Jockey Club

and the official racing authority in Grenada, but the latter had

greater support from the public.


Early in the 60s, the two racing organizations amalgamated as the

Grenada Racing Co Ltd, operating at the Seamoon race track. Towards

the end of the 70s, however, the Company came under pressure from

the Government of Premier Eric Gairy and ceased to hold race

meetings. In latter years, the pavilion and grounds have been

used for political meetings and rallies.
Proposal
Last October., the Directors of the Company approached the

Government with a view to selling the property which is 50 acres

and the pavilion. NEWSLETTER is advised that the PRG has now

considered the proposal and has advised the Company that it is

willing to purchase the property for EC$300,000.00.


Two alternative methods of payment have been proposed as follows:-

Alternative I
Cash 9E$100,000.00
Airport Bonds 200,000.00
SC$300,000.00
Alternative II
Cash EC$100,000.OO
Airport Bonds 100,000.00
Payment schedule
over 10 years 100,000.00
EC$300,000 .0


The Airport Bonds referred to are Government bonds on sale to

finance the building of the international airport now under

construction. These bonds pay interest at 6% per annum and are

redeemable at par in the year 2000 or earlier at the Government's

option.


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Page 8 TfhE GRrNADA NEWSLETTER Week ending 28.6.80


NEWSLETTER is advised that a meeting of the Company is to be

called to discuss Government's proposals.
(314 words)


BANANA BAROMETER


Total Pounds
Shipped to...


S.1978
31,329,521
29,805,398
27,881,052
25,603,992
23,814,791
21,273,037
L8,748,730
15,369,158
L2,532,604
9,576,104
6,769,839
3, 7f1 ,002


1979
30,909,292
28,909,371
25,996,791
23,547,561
21,465,760
19,597,697
16,548,601
13,811,088
11,030,527
8,228,054
6,055,675
3,374,687


1980


- 1.34%
- 3.01%
- 6.76%
- 8.03%
- 9.86%
- 7.87%
-11.73%
-10.14%
-11.98%
-14.07%
-10.55%
- 9.06%


10,706,030
7,963,321
5,830,929
3,255,111


[December


i Qctober i
Septembe


I Ju_ _






- 3.71% I lebrua-y
3 .5 ... '._. ',
- 3.54% !T nuar-r.


Cotal Dollars (EC)
larned to....


1978
9,408,509
8,967,352
8,382,371
7,650,980
7,036,196
6,180,346
5,349,667
-4,257,377
3,395,955
2,530,502
1,773,422
961,909


1979
9,822,400
9,274,319
8,453,969
7,695,367
6,995,465
6,301,442
5,105,946
4,148,878
3,163,850
2,246,667
1,627,932
922,307


+ 4.39%
+ 3.42%
+ .85%
+ .71%
- .58%
+ 1.96%
- 4.56%
- 2.55%
- 6.83%
-11.22%.
- 8.20%
- 4.12%


3,583,197 +11.70%
2,566,457 +12.46%
1,825,401 +10.82%
969,961 + 4.91%


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tiat point Tqo pointt passengerr Traffic
April 1980


St.Thomas
St.Croix
St Maarten
St.Kitts
Montserrat
Antigua
Guadeloupe
Dominica
Martinique
't.Lucia
Barbados
ft.Vincent

G ada
Trinidad

Total


S-
STX
SXM
SKB
MNI
ANU
YT
DOM
FDF
"LU
BGI


GND
"I-)'


STT STX SXM
107
129


109
3.41
21
381
.2
41
5
16
7


75
142
4--
230
1
28
3
21
2


102
12
399
6
77
.1
43
16
5


SKB MNI
281 11
146 4
97 4
36


45
711
4
10
8
21
44
7
1


- 894 506 897 1375


ANU
270
191
261
655
1363


1347
149
12 573
106
19 -275
9 308
60
29
14

1442 4254


PTP
13
8


8
7
437


250
3
112
139


DOM
37
50
51
19
10
561
124


171
255
406
14


FDF SLU
1 15
10 32
8
9 13
4.
86 213
25
151 207
503


474
436
2


2048
115


BGI
5
5
11
55
16
220
50
443
486
2410


2761


5 18 10 55 2476
7 29 71 301

989 1745 1179 3309 9239


SVD G:MD POS Total
740 St.Thomas
3 578 St.Croix
2 1 619 St.Maarten
5 3 1359 St.Kitts
3 1 1416 Montisrtat
41 27 4 4657 Aptigua
2 2 .55 Guadeloupe
23 18 26 1859 Dominica
1 .9 3 .1293 Martinique
54 141 127 3968 St.Lucia
2410 1789 136 7750 Barbados
119 1293 4.76 St Vincent
53 2378. 5025 Grenada
1250 2227 3899 Trinidad

3847 4335 3969 37030


Left hand column represents


point of origin of traffic; top line represents destination


Figures at right represent total traffic originating; figures at foot represent..total
traffic arriving.




Page 10. THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 28.6.80


LIAI PASSENGER TRAFFIC

During the first quarter of 1980, Liat handled 228,650 passenger

passenger arrivals and departures (PAD). Busiest point in

the airline's fourteen point circuit was Barbados with 53,264 PAD,

representing 23.29% of the total traffic.


Next busy point was Grenada with 28,859 PAD (12.62%), followed by

Antigua with 28,092 PAD (12.29%), St.Vincent with 23,877 PAD

(10.49%) and St.Lucia with 20,427 PAD (8.93%)


At the low end of the scale in terms of traffic were St.Maarten,

St.Thomas and St Croix in that order. Over the three month

period, Liat had 4,890 PAD (2.13%) at St.Maarten, 4,759 PAD (2.08%)

at st Thomas and 2,933 PAD (1.28%) at St.Croix.

(103 words)



NEWS SHORTS

An International Students Seminar began. in Grenada on June 27th

and is expected to run until June 30th. Twenty-seven Youth and

Student Bodies are represented at this seminar which is jointly

sponsored by the International Union of Students, the Grenada

National Students Council and the National Youth Organisation.

(49 words)

Grenada/Cuba Communications Agreement

Minister of Communications, Works & Labour Selwyn Strachan and

his Cuban counterpart, Sr.Pedro Guelmas signed an agreement in

the area of communications on June 16th. According to the

Government Information Services, this agreement is expected to

bring improvements and upgrading to Grenada's communication

services.
(43 words)


Honorary Swedish Consul Appointed

Mrs Angela Smith has been appointed Honorary Swedish Consul in

Grenada. Mrs Smith, President of the Grenada Employers

Federation, is wife of Consultant Electronics Engineer,

Mr Raymond Smith.
(25 words)




Week Ending 28.6.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 11


Prime Minister BisIhop Rplies to Barbados Bishop

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop has said that statements

attributed to Anglican Bishop of Barbados, Drexel Gomez,

identify the Bishop as a "spokesman for imperialism".

According to the Government Information Services, Bishop

Drexel Gomez is reported to have said that the Grenada

revolution and its leadership had to continue to rule by

violence, the gun and the bomb.

"Such attacks would always be led by U S imperialism

backed and supported by other imperialist forced and a tiny

local and regional minority which thrives on exploitation",

Prime Minister Bishop said.
(88 words)



Agricultural Students Graduate

Forty-seven students graduated from the Mirabeau Farm Training

School on June 26th. They completed a pne year course in

modern techniques of farmingL
(24 words)



Venezuela Names Resident Ambassador

Retired Brigader General Hermes Jose Salas Rivero has been named

resident Ambassador to Grenada. He is expected to take up his

duties shortly.
(23 words)








Aliste ghes
2 June 1980




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