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BISHOP/A.AMS "WAR OF WORDS "

The "War of Words"between Grenada and Barbados took on a more
formal diplomatic tone on November llth when the Grenada Min-
istry of External Affairs lodged a formal note of protest
with the Barbados Ministry of External Affairs.

The "War" began on November 4th when Barbados' Prime Minis-
ter Tom Adams called on the Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
ment (PRG) to hold elections it had pr ea after seizing
power on March 13th 1979.

Two days later (6th).Grenada's Prime Minister Mauaice Bishop
issued a statement in which he accused Mr. Adams of currying
favour with the United States of America. "Like an expectant
dog barking for its supper", Mr. Bishop said, "He( Adams)
rushes in to please his new master, Reagan, like all good
yard fowls, by attacking Grenada".

( "Yard fowl", in Barbadian dialect, is a derogatory term
applied to a person of low integrity).

In retaliation, the Barbados Government withdrew diploma
tic privjliges and immunities from PRG members and, when
the Minister of Agriculture Unison Whiteman, was intransit
at Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport on Satur-
day 8th,le was subject to this ruling. coninued-



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Speaking at a public meeting in Grenada that day, Mr. Bishop

reported that Barbados customs officials had threatened to

slash Mr. Whiteman's bags if he did not open them' and that

Mr. Whiteman's personal assistant had been manhandled into a

room for searching.


Mr. Bishop reported this incident at another public meeting on

November 10th and said there is a close relationship between

'back-yardism' and 'yard-fowlism'. Explaining 'back-yardism',

he said it is the belief on the part of the United States that

this region is part of their backyard, 'that they can just stand

up and spit and we must swallow'.
Policy
Mr. Bishop said if there is a back-yard policy, there must be

a 'yard-fowl' to help carry out that policy. And it is this

spirit and feverish attempt to link up his yard-fowl approach

to the back-yard approach of the Americans", he said, "This

man Tom Adams has now moved to the stage of being willing even

to threaten and use force "against our Ministers".


Mr. Bishop said the PRG has decided it is "not going to stoop

to Adams' low, base and vulgar level" of withdrawing diplomatic

privileges from Barbadian Ministers when they are in Grenada and

he said Grenadians must make a sharp distinction between 'yard-

fowl Uncle Tom' and the people of Barbados.


The protest note sent to Barbados on November llth complains

that Barbados has a 'carefully orchestrated pattern of harass-

ment' of employees and officials of the PRG, and of tourists

and visitors intransit to Grenada. It alleges that the inci-

dent with Mr. Whiteman on Saturday was the second in which he

(Whiteman) has been searched "in spite of the fact that, to the

knowledge of the Barbadian Customs and Immigration officials,

he was travelling on both occasions under protection of diplo-

matic passport".


The note says the matter was taken up with Mr. Adams iri'Dec-

ember last and he gave the assurance that PRG Ministers would
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be treated with respect. In spite of this and other assurances",

the note says, "the harassment of Grenada Government Officials con-

tinued unabated".


The protest note did not say what steps the PRG will take if the

alleged harassment continues, but, when he spoke to the public meet

-ing on November 10th, Mr. Bishop issued a threat. "We are not

going to sink to Adams' level and withdraw diplomatic privileges

from his Ministers", he said, "but, if he continues this harass-

ment, we are not going to take it".
( 652 words )



CANADIAN FIRM HAS TOURIST DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Peoples Revolutionary Government is studying a US$60 million

plus proposal to develop Grenada's tourist industry. Prepared by

the Canadian firm of Carinex Resources Ltd., the proposal calls

for the 5 year development of the entire Grand Anse Beach area and

for establishment of a Grenada National Airline.


Grand Anse Beach is located four miles south of St. George's and

the area proposed for development is approximately 250 acres ex-

tending the length of the estimated two mile beach and including.

the flat land and foot hills at the back of the beach. This area

includes the Holiday Inn, Spice Island Inn, Blue Horizons Hotel,

Cinnamon Hill Condominium and an undeveloped section of some 50

acres at the north end of the beach


Thirty years ago, when the first serious steps were taken to devel-

op a tourist industry, this northern area of the beach was reserved

for undeveloped popular use, and it now has only one hotel, the

"Silver Sands", which was built some 40 years ago before any real

development was contemplated.


Almost a thi.d of the land in this proposal belongs to Government

and this includes land leased by Government to the Holiday Inn and

other principal hotels in the area. However, all the lands at the

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north end of the beach and some of the lands back of the beach

are privately owned and it is estimated that over US$1 million

will be required for acquisition.


The CARINEX proposal calls for formation of a Grenada Develop-

ment Corporation for running what would be called the "Grand

Anse Community Complex". This responsibility will entail man-

aging Government properties, arranging leases to developers,

managing utilities and maintaining roads, parks and sports com-

plexes.
.Direct Flights
The Corporation would also manage the National Airline which

would consist of a single Boeing 737 twin jet aircraft which

accommodates 115 passengers. This plane will make direct

flights to Miami and will also work as a shuttle out of Barba-

dos, freeing the Grenada tourist industry of dependence on LIAT ,


It is proposed that 3000 hotel rooms be constructed over the 5-

year development period and this, together with a central shop-

ping centre and operation of other facilities is estimated to
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net an operating profit of over US$10 million per annum. The

National Airline, requiring a capital outlay of US$22 million

will produce a net operating profit of US$5 million dollars per

annum.


Between US$2 million and US$3 million are required initially for

the drawing up of the overall plan for this development project

following which, it will be financed by sales of leases to de-

velopers.


CARINEX resources Ltd. has proposed that it fit into the develop-

ment scheme as joint Ianagers ( with Grenada Government) of the

Grenada Development Corporation. CARINEX will also arrange for

the establishment and development of the National Airline. In

return, the Company will not have to pay "front end leasehold

charges" on areas on which it intends to erect hotels, and the

company will be given the Quarantine Station point (south of

and adjoining Grand Anse Beach) for its development purposes.
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Informed sources say CARINEX has impressed on the Peoples Revolution-

ary Government the need to declare a policy towards the project

which will convince investors of the stability of the undertaking

and will assure them there will be no problems in taking profits

and capital out of Grenada.

CARINEX has established an office in Grenada but neither the Company

nor the Government has made any statement concerning the proposed

development, except that a plan is being studied.
Misgivings
A well-informed source close to the Hotel Industry has expressed

misgivings to Newsletter over the CARINEX proposal which, the source

says, plans to remove from the Grand Anse area all existing hotels

with the exception of Holiday Inn, Blue Horizons Hotel and the Cin-

namon Hill condominium.


"What that plan aims to do", the source said, is to remove all the

smaller now-existing Hotels from the beach front and replace them

with 250 room structures. This will effectively remove Grenadian

ownership of the best located hotels in the tourist plant and place

that ownership in foreign hands".


The source said that, with Grenada's investment in an International

Airport, a plan to expand the tourist industry is needed, but the

feasibility study ( funded by Canadian International Development

Agency) on which CARINEX based its proposals, did not have enough

local input to take care of any more than "the mere dollars and

cents aspects of the matter".

( 745 words )




AIK<~Uk ...-.- oCHEDULE

Grenada's International Airport, now being constructed with Cuban

assistance at Point Saline on the island's south coast, may be open-

ed in November 1981, one year ahead of schedule.


This was disclosed here on November 14th by Prime Minister Maurice

Bishop as he delivered the feature address at the 19th annual
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General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA) which

opened at Holiday Inn on Grand Anse each on that day


"At this point in time", Mr. Bishop said, "We are about three

months ahead of schedule on the project and our present hope

is that, around this time next year, we will be able to open

the airport one year ahead of schedule".


Mr. Bishop said the opening next year will not be of the full

9,000 feet of runway but of 5,500 feet which is the length of

the present runway at Pearls Airport on the island's east

coast. He said, however, that, contrary to what now exists

at Pearls, the Point Saline runway will have night landing

facilities and this will allow Grenada to utilise the possi-

bility of a greater flow of tourist traffic.


In the course of his address, the Prime Minister raised the
matter of the 71% occupancy tax which, he said, is "slightly

controversial". The amount collected by Government .under

this tax is "pitiably small"', he said.
Unrealistic
"There would appear to be several people in the tourist sector",

he said, "who are not paying this tax or are not paying as much

as they should. Obviously, this is a problem because, if we

are speaking about improving infrastructure ( which benefits

tourism directly), this requires money and the tax base in our

country is already so very small that it is unrealistic to ex-

pect that taxpayers in general are going to be able to pay for

the costs of running the tourist administration".


Referring to another matter involving money, Mr. Bishop said

that, in past discussions with Directors of GHA, a difference

of opinion remains as to the sharing of costs of establish-

ing tourist offices abroad.


"We believe, definitely, that the major beneficiaries of

tourist development in our country are the people involved

in the industry itself", he said, "and it is our view,

therefore that there is no good reason why there could not
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be a sharing of these costs".


Mr. Bishop said the costs of overseas tourist offices are now being

borne by Government alone out of very slender resources and he

thought next year will present an even worse situation. The ex-

pectations are, he said, that Grenada will balance its budget in

1981 but, he thought, if the same amount is to be accomplished next

year in the recurrent area of the budget as was accomplished in-'1980,

the expenditure will go up by some 8%.
Bad Relations
The Prime Minister assured the hoteliers that his Government will

continue to promote Grenada, to look for diversification of the

tourist markets and to look seriously at the question of "gateways"

into Grenada. In connection with "gateways", he referred indirect-

ly to the bad relations which have developed recently between Bar-

bados and Grenada and said this is-an important matter "particularly

in the light of the existing situation between our country and Bar-

bados".


"As far as we are concerned", he said, this situation is a storm-

in-a-teacup situation involving a particular individual and his at-

titude and statements and comments made by him, so far as we are

concerned, not speaking on behalf of the people of Barbados, but

speaking in his own personal individual behalf and, therefore, we

do not intend to allow this dispute to affect in any way our rela-

tions between our two peoples".


Mr. Bishop said that, nevertheless, the situation with Barbados may

pose some problems in the immediate future but it certainly would

not pose problems his Government could not solve.
( 644 words )




IMPORTANT DETAINEES RELEASED

The Peoples Revolutionary Government has released three former mem-

bers of the Cabinet of deposed Prime Minister Gairy from detention.

They are Mr. George Donovan, former Minister of State responsible for

foreign and home affairs, Mr. Chrvstler Thomas, former Minister of
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State in the Prime Minister's ministry and Mr. Albert Forsythe,

former Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture,Land

and Fisheries.


The order for release came on Thursday 23rd October and the

three men, who have been held at Richmond Hill Prisons for

over 19 months, walked out to freedom together with 10 others

released at the same time.


Among the others are Mr. Neville Rennie, prominent member of

Mr. Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party, and Mr. Albert Abra-

ham, civil servant and Supervisor of Elections in the Gairy

regime.


Also released was Mrs. Ann Alexander who figured in the 1973/

1974 Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the breakdown of law and

order in Grenada. She gave evidence to the Commission pur-

porting to support the allegation that the New Jewel Movement

planned to attack a Police Station as the first move to over-

throw the' Gairy Government. The Commissioners found there

was nothing she said which supported this.
Roughneck
A former member of Mr. Gairy's roughneck gang, the "Mongoose

Gang", was also released. He is Dudley Passee and he has been

in detention since the day of the revolution, March 13th 1979.

Eight other members of the "Mongoose Gang" are now serving sen-

tences for attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm.


Other detainees released on Thursday 23rd October are Messrs.

Dominique Regis, Gabriel Lalgie, Clifford Marryshow, Julius

Alexander, Edrick George and Bob Courtney.


The release of these 13 persons leaves 75 detainees being held

including three other former members of Mr. Gairy's cabinet.

They are Mr. Herbert Preudhomme, Deputy Prime Minister and

Minister of Health and Housing, Mr. Norman De Sousa, Minister

of State in the Ministry of Environmental Development, Work

and Sport, and Mr. Oliver Raeburn, Minister of Erucation.
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Messrs. Preudhomme and De Sousa were picked up on the day of the

revolution and Mr. Raeburn on the following day.


In addition to the 75 detainees at Richmond Hill, others are being

held at Fort Rupert ( formerly Fort George) and at Mount Royal, resi

-dence of former Prime Minister Gairy, These detainees do not fall

under the prison administration and information about them is not

available.
( 492 words )




IMPERIALISTS PLANNED MANLEY'S DEFEAT

The Government-owned "Free West Indian" newspaper has attributed

the Jamaica Peoples National Party (PNP) defeat in the October 31st

general elections to a-well orchestrated, systematic, imperialist

plan of destabilisation".


In an editorial in its November 1st issue, the paper says that, over

the past few years, "International Reaction" had carefully sowed the

seeds of Mr. Michael Manley's defeat. The International Monetary

Fund had an 'economic stranglehold' on the PNP government and Mr.

Manley was "forced to cut back or stall the development of many so-

cial programmes that.could have delivered direct material benefits

to the working people of Jamaica".


"Then there was the infamous Jamaica 'Daily Gleaner' which waged a

relentless, CI.-inspired propaganda campaign against the PNP Gov-

ernment", the paper said..


The 'Free West Indian' said that "alongside this propaganda onslaught,

reaction unleashed, early this year, a br-tish campaign of naked

terror against the PNP, its supporters and other progressive forces

in Jamaica".


"The people became fearful, intimidated, confused", the paper said.

"Finally, they lost confidence in Michael Manley and the PNP and

voted him out of office".


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The "Free West Indian" rejects as a "false interpretation" the

claim that the Jamaican people voted against Socialism and

Communism. "The vast majority of JLP voters did not cast

their ballots on the basis of ideology", the paper said. "They

voted much like they did in 1976 on the basis of programme,

party loyalty, frustration and a hoped for change from 'hard

times'".
Concern
The paper sa-id there is concern that, as an outcome of the re-

sult of the Jamaica elections, "Imperialism will step up its

aggression against the Grenada Revolution" it stated, however,

that regardless of threats, intimidation or pressures, the

Grenada Revolution will forever be grateful to Michael Manley

for his Government's material and technical assistance. The

Revolution will also be forever grateful to the progressive

forces in Jamaica for their unbending solidarity", and they

can count on the friendship of the Grenada Revolution.


"No matter what happens as a result of changes in our region",

the"Free West Indian"said, "the Grenada Revolution will remain

committed to a policy of respect for national sovereignty,

non-interference in the domestic affairs of other nations,

ideological pluralism and Caribbean cooperation. Grenadians

were the first to have a revolution in the .English-speaking

Caribbean, and we will remain firmly dedicated to our revolu-

tionary principles".
( 395 words )




U S. REJECTS WILLIAMS AS AMBASSADOR

The United States Government has refused to accept the ac-

creditation of Mrs. Dessima Margaret Williams, 30, as Ambass-

ador of Grenada to the United States on the grounds that she

is "too young".


Prime Minister Maurice Bishop disclosed this in an address to

a convention of Insurance Agents here on October 20th and said
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Grenada's choice of an Ambassador to the United States is "none of

their business".


"We did not tell the U.S. who they should send to the Caribbean

when Sally Shelton was appointed their Azbassador to this region",

he said.


Mr. Bishop said Grenada wants to have normal relations with the

U.S. and he saw the rejection of Mrs. Williams' credentials as an

expression of the United States' desire nbt to have normal rela-

tions.


NEWSLETTER called the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States

Embassy in Barbados, Mr. Virgil P.. RandolphCIII on October 23rd.

and asked for a reaction to Mr. Bishop's statements. "This is a

matter which is decided by the Department of State in Washington",

Mr. Randolph said, "and I have no comment to make".


Mrs. Williams was appointed Ambassador to the Organization of Ameri

-can States less than a month after the Revolution of March 13th,

1979, succeeding Mr. Rabian Redhead who held that post under the

Gairy Government. Mrs Williams is a graduate in Economics.
( 221 words )




COURT TO HEAR MOTION OF HABEAS CORPUS

Mr. Justice Archibald Nedd is to hear a Motion of Habeas Corpus

brought by barrister-at-law and former Attorney General Lloyd Noel

on behalf of his client Ralph Thompson.


Thompson is reported to have been picked up by Security Forces on

June 19th, the day on which a bomb exploded at a rally at Queens

Park killing three young girls. Mr. Noel alleges that Thompson

is being held illegally and, on October 29th, applied to Mr. Just-

ice Nedd for leave to apply for a Writ of Habeas Corpus.


Leave was granted and Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney Gen-

eral Kendrick Radix together with Commissioner of Prisons, Patrick
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Macleish will appear in Court on Novembe.r 28th for the hear-

ing of the Motion.


Ralph Thompson is a former member of the New Jewel Movement

and was a prominent member of the Peoples Revolutionary Army

(PRA). It is reported that some time ago, through a dis-

agreement with the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG), he

was removed from the PRA and, at the time of his arrest, was

in charge of Government's gravel quarry.
No Charges
According to Mr. Noel, no charges have been laid against his

client and no Order has been issued for his detention as re-

quired by law. The Preventive Detention Regulations set out

in Peoples Laws 21/79 and 24/79 say a Detention Order must be

made and, within 7 days, a 'detainee must be given a copy of

that order setting out the grounds under which he is detained.


In the meantime, the PRG has passed Peoples Law 52/80 which

may have some effect on this matter. Law 52/80, Gazetted

October 27th, amends Laws 21/79 and 24/79. According to the

mnmondment, the detainee must receive a copy of his Detention

Order but, if it is not given to him within the prescribed

time, his detention is not invalidated.

(305 words )




LOUISON SLATES ADAMS

Grenada's Minister of Education, Mr. George Louison, has ac-

cused Barbados Prime Minister Tom Adams of using the Caribbean

Community (CARICOM) to further a campaign against Grenada.


Mr. Louison made the accusation in Barbados recently when he

was intransit to Washington to attend the meeting of the Uni-

ted Nations General Assembly.


Since November 4th, there has been a "war of words" between

Barbados and Grenada following Mr. Adamstpublic call on Prime

Minister Maurice Bishop to call General Elections as he had
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promised to do after the power takeover on March 13th, 1979.


In this "war", Barbados Foreign Minister Henry Forde has announced

that, effective November 14th, the accreditation of Barbados non-

resident Commissioner to Grenada has been withdrawn n and, until

Prime Minister Bishop supplies a satisfactory explanation of his

recent comments about Prime Minister Adams, Barbados will not at-

tend any CARICON meetings in Grenada.


Mr. Louison said Barbados' action is an attempt to interfere in the

Grenada revolution and he thought the other CARICOM countries should

not allow Mr. Adams to get away with it.
( 174 words )




RECURRENT BUDGET TO BREAK EVEN

Grenada's recurrent budget is expected to 'break even' around the

EC$60 million maxk.


The Government Information Service says Minister of Finance,Bernard

Coard has disclosed that the estimated EC$62.1 million recurrent

revenue has decreased to EC$60 million as a result of a drop in the

export price of cocoa, and estimated recurrent expenditure of

EC$59.5 million has increased by one million.


Mr. Coard presented the 1980 Budget at a public rally last May and

said then it would be EC$103 million. It was to be financed by

EC$25.4 million in grants, EC$10.4 million in loans "on concessional

terms" and the balance from local revenue and reserves.


Full details of the Budget have not been published but Mr. Coard

said the biggest allocation is EC$13.7 million for Education. Of

this, EC$12.5 million is recurrent expenditure and EC$1.2 million

capital expenditure.


The next biggest allocation is EC$9 million for recurrent expendi-

ture on health. Mr. Coard did not give capital expenditure under

this head but said education and health together accounted for 36-

of the recurrent budget. -continued -
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Other recurrent figures given were EC$4.2 million on Agricul-

ture, EC$2.4 million on the Prime Minister's Ministry and

EC$3.6 million on the Police. National Defence will absorb

EC$4 million under recurrent and capital expenditure.

( 218 words.)




BISHOP CONGRATULATES BRE.7HNEV

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop sent a congratulatory message to

President Leonid Brezhnev on the occasion of the 63rd anniver-

sary of the Soviet Revolution.


On behalf of the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) and the

people of Grenada, Mr. Bishop expressed "deep admiration for

the untiring and courageous struggle being waged by your people"

he said, "and look forward to working together to strengthen

the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two count

-ries".


Two Trade Unionists. of the Grenada Trade Union Council, Mr.

John Ventour and Miss Jeanette DuBois, are now in Russia on

the invitation of the All Union Central Council of Trade Unions

of the USSR. These Trade Unionists were expected to take part

in the Soviet Revolution anniversary celebrations.

( 141 words )



GES COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

The Government-appointed Commission of Inquiry into the manage

-ment of Grenada Electricity Services had its first evidence-

taking sitting on November 4th.


Originally scheduled to begin its work on October 20th, its

first sitting was postponed to October 30th because one of the

Members of the Commission was out of the State. The three

Commissioners were sworn in on October 30th but no evidence was

taken until November 4th.


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Grenada Electricity Services Ltd., (GES) a company established in

1960 is jointly owned by.the Government of Grenada (40.7%) and the

Commonwealth Development Corporation (59.3%). Government must

approve the tariff operated by GES for the sale of electricity and,

following a GES application for an increase in the tariff, the Com-

mission of Inquiry was appointed.


Members of the Commission are Mr. Miles Fitzpatrick, Guyanese bar-

rister (Chairman), Mr. Osbert Benjamin, Permanent Secretary in the

Ministry of Education and Mr. Eric Glean who was Engineer-in-

charge of Government's Electricity Department for a period before

that Department was replaced by GES.


Mr. Rodney George, Grenada born GES Manager told the Commissioners

that his Company is short of working capital and the Company's bank

-ers have refused to extend the EC$ million overdraft on which

GES pays 101-_ interest
Defaulters
"The point I would like to make", he said, "is that this overdraft

can be eliminated if the debts owed to the Company, especially by

the major defaulters, namely the Government and the Central Water

Commission (CWC), could be collected".


Mr. George said the Company is owed over EC$1.5 million of which

Government owes EC$276.5 thousand and CWC EC$210 thousand.


Speaking about the equipment at the Power Station, Mr. George said

all the generators are already past the halfway mark of their use-

ful life. "The normal useful life of a diesel generator is taken

to be 100,000 hours",he said, and a table of the generators now

in use at the Power Station shows that they are all past the

50,000 hour mark".


Also in connection with the Generators, Mr. George said some of

them now need specialisedd attention" and he believed this situa-

tion could have been avoided if the Company had undertaken a phas-

ed system of major overhauls a long time ago".
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Mr. George told the Commissioners he is not able to say why

such a system had not been taken. "To be quite honest", he

said, "I do not know".


A major question raised at the inquiry is whether alleged im-

paired performance of the generating sets has been occasioned

by lack of proper maintenance. Mr. George did not admit

that the present situation is "critical" or that GES has been

guilty of "negligence". He said, however, that if a phased

programme of major overhauls had been instituted, the Company

would not be faced.( as it is now) with the major overhaul of

three engines.


Also giving evidence was Mr. John Taylor, Chairman of the GES

Board of Directors and CDC Representative fot the Windward and

Leeward Islands. Mr. Taylor said that day to day management

of GES is wholly controlled, within the approved estimates,by

the Grenada staff of the Company. but major policy decisions

can be taken only with CDC's consent. He said too that, be-

cause CDC has three Directors on the Board of Management and

Government has two, CDC has a veto on all decisions.
Conflict
It was suggested that, because of CDC's majority position,CDC

representatives on the Board are exposed to a conflict of in-

terest between their responsibilities to GES and their respon-

sibilities to CDC and, in this connection, Mr. Taylor was asked

to comment on the sale of a generator in 1974 by the CDC control

-led St. Lucia Electricity Company to GES.


The Commission was told that the Generator was purchased by the

St. Lucia Company in 1968 for EC$226,319.00 and, five years

later it was sold to GES$200,000.O0


Commenting on the sale, Mr. Taylor said he had not been involv-

ed in the transaction but is not surprised at the price. "I

expect that negotiations would have been done at arms length

between the St. Lucia Company and the Grenada Company", he
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said,"and the valuation would have taken inflation and the compare
-able price of new equipment into account".


The purchase of this rgnerator was inquired into in 1977 by the

Date Commission whose report is still unpublished. The Commis-

sioners said then they were "satisfied that the decision to pur-

chase the unit from St. Lucia was at the time thought to. be in the

best interests of Grenad-".


The Date Commissioners also said it was clear to them that the de-

facto seat of control of GES is not in Grenada and they "do not

think it unreasonable to say that the board of Directors in Gre-

nada is little more than a rubber stamp".
Mystery
At the Commission's sitting on November llth, an air of mystery in-

vaded the proceedings when the Chairman said a matter had been

brought to his attention by the Company's legal representative.

"It is not a matter which has anything to do with our terms of re-

ference", he said, "but it could have effects on our proceedings".


A 30 minute adjournment was taken during which the members of the

Commission together with the legal representatives for the Company

and Government and Mr. George retired to a private room for dis-

cussions. No subsequent announcement was made but NEWSLETTER is

reliably informed that these discussions centered around threats

made to one of the witnesses.


Legal representatives at the hearings were Mr. Lyle Hosten for GES

and Mr. Daniel Williams for Government. Also at- the sittings and

taking part, was Mr. James Wardally, President of the Technical &

Allied Workers Union, the Union representing the workers at GES.


To date, the Commission has had 9 sittings, the last being on Fri-

day 14th November. The Chairman said the Commissioners wished to

visit the GES offices and Power Station and he expected that there

would be one more public meeting before the taking of evidence

would be completed.
( 1014 words )




THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


ANTI-GOVERNMENT PAMPHLET DISTRIBUTED

Another anti-Government pamphlet has been distributed and the

writer promises to give full details of certain activities of

which, it is alleged, Prime Minister Bishop is guilty.

Enumerating the activities, the writer says that they, and

many more, were "studied" by Grenadians under Mr. Bishop's

guidance. "You must pay now", the pamphlet says "for we

shall soon give full details of the aforementioned and many

others".

The pamphlet was distributed during the daylight hours of Nov-

ember 6th, motorists finding it in their parked cars. Distri

-bution took place in Grenville, the island's second town, and

it is not known if they were distributed elsewhere.


Entitled; "Ent No Stopping Us Now", the name of a popular

American song, this pamphlet follows on the heels of the first

anti-government pamphlet which was distributed middle Septem-

ber and was called after another song: "Getting To Know iou".


The second pamphlet claims to be associated with publication

of the first. "We have received the highest acclaim.for our

fearless and heroic efforts in our last issue 'Getting to Know

You' it says. The second, however, is not typed on the same

typewriter, the writing style appears to be different, and it

differs from the first in that it is addressed directly to Mr.

Bishop.

"We know that anyone who opposes you is a CIA, a capitalist,

an imperialist, a reactionary, a counter-revolutionary, a pet-

ty bourgeoisie, a destabiliser, an exploiter or an opportunist",

the pamphlet says. "You really thought it was only the Cubans

wh.> helped you to seize power. No, you are mistaken because it

was a concerted and a united effort by we, the people,against

Gairy".

The pamphlet charges that Mr. Bishop surrepttitiously "invaded"

Grenadians with.Cuban military personnel and then deserted

them. Claiming that Mr. Bishop's biggest mistake was "add-
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ing insult to injury", the pamphlet says he will be tried and pun-

ished for his "past and present sins and crimes against the people".


"We shall let the people know of some of your acts of terrorism,

subterfuge and other clandestine activities against the Gairgyreg-

ime", the pamphlet says.


The last paragraph of the pamphlet has puzzled political observers.

It reads, "God bless us all. Love, ,peace and togetherness. Com-

pliments Grenada National Party for reconstruction and liberation".


Officials of the Grenada National Party ( of which Mr. -Herbert

Blaize is political leader) disclaim any connection with or know-

ledge of the pamphlet.
,_:.~:,: ( 396 words)

ACTING APPOINTMENTS PERMIT ASSIZES-

The Assizes of the High Court, originally appointed to commence on

October 14th, got underway on October 22nd following key acting ap-

pointments made by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG).


The assizes did not begin on October 14th because the post of Di-

rector of Public Prosecutions (DPP), left vacant by the resignation

of Mr. Desmond Christian on August 31st, had not been filled. Mr.

E.C. Wilkinson, Registrar of the High Court, also resigned on Aug-

ust 31st, and that post, too, had not been filled.


Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General Kendrick Radix told

NEWSLETTER that every effort was being made 'to fill the posts and

NEWSLETTER is aware that approaches were made to persons in other

Caribbean Community countries with a view to filling the posts.


These efforts, however, were unsuccessful and, to permit the Assizes

to sit on October 22nd, two acting appointments were made. Mr.

Dennis Lambert, who was Acting Registrar, was made Acting DPP and

Mr. Christian St. Louis, a practising Grenadian barrister, replaced

Mr. Lambert as Acting Registrar.


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Mr. Lambert, who has been in private practice for some years,

held the post of DPP in 1974 under the regime of deposed Prime

Minister Gairy. As a result of disagreement with Gairy, he

was forced into retirement and was replaced by Mr. Desmond

Christian who, again because of disagreement with Mr. Gairy,

was deported in 1976. Mr. Christian subsequently accepted

the post of DPP with the PRG on a two year contract but re-

signed aftez one year.
( 253 words )

0. IM...lu

ROJAS: IMPERIALISM IS NUMBER ONE ENEMY

Grenada's Government-owned "Free West Indian" newspaper does

not have adequate technological capacity at its disposal and,

according to Mr. Don Rojas, 31, the Editor, he has to "franti-

cally scurry around" every week to find enough newsprint.


Mr. Rojas was speaking on November 8th at a function organised

by the "Free West Indian" to honour the memory of T.A. Marry-

show,Grenadian patriot and national hero. Marryshow was a

founder ( in 1915) of the "West Indian" newspaper which was

purchased by the Gairy Government some years ago and renamed

the "Free West Indian" by the Peoples Revolutionary Government

(PRG).


The Editor related several problems which, he said,' faced the

paper and said Grenadians have a right to know of these diffi-

culties because the "Free West Indian" is "The People's Paper".


"This open and democratic approach is diametrically opposed to

the boardroom secrecy of those profit-hungry newspaper barons

and publishing magnets who still dominate the information media

in the Caribbean and Latin America", he said.


Mr. Rojas said his paper is "one of the few uncompromisingly

anti-imperialist publications in the region because we under-

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The Editor said the aim of the "Free West Indian" is to editorially

present the Revolution at work and to attempt "to bring the true

word of the Grenada Revolution to the world at large so that, in a

small unspectular way, we may be able to counter the vicious inter-

national campaign of propaganda and lies against the Revolution'


Mr. Rojas expressed the view that "the Press must be a spur",

but he thought pressure on the spur "should always be adequately

measured". And, he issued a call for media workers in Grenada

to work more closely together.


"We at the 'Free West Indian' support the initiative to form a

national association of media workers", he said, and we urge

that this association undertake as one of its first tasks the

drafting of a code of ethics for journalists in our country".


Vincentian born Don Rojas came to Grenada from the United States

in November 1979, and it is reported that the PRG hoped then that

the banned "Torchlight" newspaper could be reopened under his edit-

orship. Before coming to Grenada, Mr. Rojas was Editor of the

Brooklyn and Caribbean edition of the New York "Amsterdam News"

newspaper. He has edited the "Free West Indian" since January

1st.
( 502 words )




NO MINISTERS ON SWWU EXECUTIVE

The Grenada Seamen and Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) has amended

its constitution to effect what a spokesman for the Union said is

"Greater protection for the workers from political influence".


According to the amendment, which was made at the Union's annual

General Meeting on September 19th, "any member who becomes a min-

ister of Government or holds any Cabinet post or position shall not

be eligible for election to the Executive Committee".


Among other amendments made to the constitution, one provides for

a biennial election of officers to the Executive Committee
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( instead of annual as it has been), and the other provides

that any member of-.SWWU who becomes a member-.of '-a similar body"

shall automatically .forfeit membership in SWWMJ.


At the elections held on September 19th, Mr. Arthur Ramsay was

reelected President. Mr. Eric Pierre has been General Sec-

rotary since 1960. His post is not subject to election but

to the decision of the Executive Committee.
( 157 words )




GHA HOLDS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The North American Market, which represented about 60% of Gre-

nada's total visitor arrivals two years ago, has almost com-

pletely disappeared and about 80% of the business now comes

from Europe.


This was disclosed by Mr. Royston Hopkin, President of the Gre-

nada Hotel Association (GHA) when he presented his report to

the Annual General Meeting on November 14th. Mr. Hopkin said

the figures he gave referred only to hotels and apartments

which are members of GHA.


The President said his Association's greatest concern is the

very low year round occupancy experienced in Grenada which, he

said, has been the same for the past seven years.


"This is unique", Mr. Hopkin said, as there is no other Carib-

bean tourist destination experiencing such low year round oc-

cupancies. This fact, coupled with the high cost of energy

and maintenance, has spiralled overhead costs way out of pro-

portion, resulting in some of our luxury properties not being

able to satisfy their creditors with interest on their deben-

ture payments".
Occupancy
Average occupancy for the Winter Season 1979/1980 was 36%,

Mr. Hopkin said, and this was a bid decrease from the 46%

average of the Winter Season 1978/1979. Last year's Summer
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occupancy was 10C average, this year it was slightly higher at 21%

at the end of October and it was hoped that it would rise to 25%

before the end of the Season.


Mr. Hopkin had a complaint against the Caribbean Tourism Research

& Development Centre (CTRDC). He said CTRDC had produced the

FRropean Tourism D,-m.-nnd Study last year at a cost of EC$350.00 per

copy and is now attempting to sell this publication to GHA at a

very high profit", EC$1,600.00 per copy. The President thought

this unfair, particularly as, in most cases CTRDC has undertaken

research in Grenada, GHA has cooperated in supplying information

and complementary accommodation.


"I am calling on the Grenada Government, as a Director of the Cent

-re to take the matter up at the next Board Meeting", Mr. Hopkin

said, and to ensure that the Study is not sold at such a large

profit to hoteliers in the Caribbean who contributed significantly

to the Study".
L.IAT
Mr. Hopkin blamed the poor service by the LIAT Airline as a contri-

buting factor in the decline of the North American market. He

said there is a total lack of confidence expressed by the Travel

Trade in selling Grenada, due to the problems clients encountered

in getting to the island, and he said there has been no improvement

in LIAT's service to Grenada.


"It is our understanding, however", he said, "that Government is

seriously considering proposals for increased air capacity to the

island, and this initiative is fully endorsed by the Association".


GHA now has a membership of 43., 10 Ordinary, 5 Associate, 25 Allied

and 3 Honorary. This is a slight increase over last year's member

-ship which was 39, 10 Ordinary, 5 Associate, 21 Allied and 3

Honorary.


Mr. Hopkin was reelected President for the 1980/1981 term.


( 497 words )

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IMF MISSION IN GRENADA

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived

here on November 4th for a three week stay during which dis-

cussions are being held with officials of the Peoples Revolu-

tionary Government on provision of funds under IMF's compensa-

tory financing facility.


The visit of the Mission is a followup to discussions held by

Minister of Finance Bernard Coard during the recent IMF/World

Bank meetings in Washington. It is hoped that under the IMF

facility, Grenada can get assistance to compensate for the

shortfall in export earnings caused by damage to export crops

by hurricane Allen last August.


The Government Information Service reports that a member of

the Mission, Mr. Gopal Yadav has held discussions with officials

of the Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture relative to the

problems facing those Ministries'and the prospects for develop-

ment.


A five year projection of the Tourist Industry is to be taken

as the basis on which an IMF loan will be considered.
S( 58 words )




NBC COMPLETES FIRST YEAR

The Government-owned National Commercial Bank (NCB) completed

one year of operations on October 15th.


NBC first commenced operations in Grenville, the island's sec-

ond town, after the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

ceased operations there and the CIBC premises were bought by

Government. CIBC sold its remaining business in Grenada to

Government, in March last, and NBC then opened its main office

in St. George's.


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THE GRENA NEWSLETTER


According to the Government Information Service, the Grenville

branch began with a zero deposit base and had EC$5 million in de-

posits after four months operation. The St. George's branch start

-ed off with a deposit base of EC$11 million and after one year had

BC$37 million in deposits. Of that figure EC$26,million was de-

posits from nationals.
( 123 words )




.FIRE AT "NUTMEG".


A fire which started about 11.30 p.m. gn. November 9th did consider-

able damage to the popular "Nutmeg" restaurant on the Carenage in

the heart of St. George's.


The origin of the fire is unknown but it appears to have started in

the kitchen and spread into the ceiling. The Fire Brigade was

quickly on the scene and the blaze was under control in about 30

minutes.


The value of the damage has not yet been assessed but most of the

restaurant's equipment appears not to have been damaged by the fire.

Some tables and chairs were destroyed by the heat and major repairs

will be needed to the ceiling and to the roof supports.


Sources close to the restaurant owners say the first estimates are

that "Nutmeg" will be out of business for the next six months.
( 38 words )




IN-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING

A three year in-service training programme for teachers was, launch

-ed on October 30th as a replacement for the Teacher Training Col-

lege which has been scrapped.


The programme involves all untrained teachers in Junior Secondary

and Primary schools, and is geared for faster results than the

Teacher Training College which produced an average of 25 qualified
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teachers in each two year period. Of the 1122 teachers in

Grenada, only 380 are trained.


According to the Government Information Service, the in-ser-

viceitraining programme will cost an estimated EC$3 million;

training at the college would cost EC$17.5 million.


The teacher Training College will now be used for refresher

courses for Teachers.
( 109 words )
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CARIB BREWERIES HAVE GOOD YEAR

Grenada Breweries Ltd., bottlers of "Carib" beer and "Giant"

Malt, generated EC$3,831,267.00 gross sales in the year ended

30th June 1980, an increase of EC$663,813.00 or 21% over the

figure of EC$3,167.454.00 in the previous year.


Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. C.F. Toppin, in a re-

port to the shareholders says production reached an all time

high of just over 300,000 cartons of beer and malt but this

was still well short of estimated demand.


"The increased production forecast last year was not possible

for several technical reasons", Mr. Toppin said, but all the

necessary equipment is installed and it is expected that a two-

shift brewery operation will enable us t9 reach a target of

36,000 cartons per month in November and December this year".


The Chairman said the anticipated monthly demand for "Carib"

and "Giant" is 30,000 cartons and, as this leaves the brewery

with unused capacity, negotiations are underway with Guiness

Overseas Ltd. to bottle "Guiness" in Grenada.


Shareholders have been warned, however, that there are fact-

ors which will have a deleterious effect on the Company's pro-

fitability for the current year. First is the fact that the

brewery had to be closed for approximately two months to ef-

fect essential maintenance, there having been continuous op-

eration since 1974. In addition, costs are up on every-
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thing, electricity, water, spare parts, and, while a favourable

contract for malt has been negotiated, the price is, nevertheless,

up by approximately 10%.


Mr Toppin said that, in March and April last, the Company carried

out extensive studies of the operation of the Coca Cola Plant. This

plant was seized by the Peoples Revolutionary Government following

an industrial dispute and strike, and, since then, it has been run

by Government. The Chairman said negotiations were entered into

with the Plant's owners, W.E. Julien & Co. Ltd., for the purchase

of the Plant but, satisfactory terms could not be arranged and the

Company's offer to buy was withdrawn on September 3rd.


In his Report to shareholders, Mr. Toppin said the Company's assets

have been revalued and now stand at EC$4,604,900.00 of which Land

& Building accounts for EC$1,685,400 and Plant EC$2,919,500. Fol-

l.owing this revaluation, an Extranrdinary General Meeting on 26th

June 1980 decided to increase the share capital from EC$2 million

Ordinary Shares of EC$1.O0 each to EC$6 million Ordinary Shares of

EC$1.00 each.


The Extraordinary General Meeting also decided to issue to share-

holder two bonus shares for each share held on 26th June 1980.


The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held on November

27th and the Board of Directors has recommended that a dividend of

6% be paid. "If adjustment is made for the increase in the share

capital" the Chairman points out, this would equate to 18% net

when compared with 121% for last year".


Mr. Toppin warns, however, that according to the new Income Tax Law,

No. 20/1980, shareholders may no longer claim a tax credit equal to

the 50% tax paid by the Company. Under the new law, tax credits

will be allowed to resident companies and resident persons on divi-

dends in varying amounts, non-residents will pay withholding tax at

25% and all tax credits for resident persons will cease after the

1982 assessment year.


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"While this type of legislation is not uncommon in other

territories and in developed countries", the Chairman says,

"nevertheless, it is my opinion that it is punitive in Grenada

and can only stultify investment by residents in Grenadian com-

panies".


Mr. Toppin expressed the opinion that Government should take a

careful look at this section of the Income Tax law and the long

term effects it will have on the investment climate.
( 633 words )




WORKSHOP ON TREE CROPS

It is important for Caribbean countries not to allow damage

done by hurricanes or weather to give opportunity for policies

of "divide and rule" to re-emerge in this region.


Prime Minister Maurice Bishop expressed this on November 10th

as he gave the feature address at the opening of a Caribbean

workshop on development of traditional and potential fruit tree

crops.


"For example", he said, "we notice that the United States agency

for International Development ( USAID) was making feverish and

desperate attempts to keep Grenada out of the assistance to the

Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) following hurricane

Allen".


Mr. Bishop said that, notwithstanding that the approach for as-

sistance was made by WINBAN as a single organisation represent-

ing four countries, efforts were made by USAID to exclude Gre-

nada from the aid package. To the credit and integrity of

our sisters and brothers in Dominica, St. Vincent and St. Lucia"

he said, "they have spoken up against this divisive policy and

have insisted that Grenada be part of any assistance to WINBAN".


The workshop was jointly sponsored by the Grenada Ministry of

Agriculture and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation

in Agriculture (IICA). It was attended by delegates from 18

countries and representatives from 12 organisation: inc uding
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The plant began operations in April and now has 8 employees.

During September and October, 688 pounds of salted fish and

185 packets ( 8 each) of smoked fish were produced. Sales

are made to supermarkets and other retail outlets, and fresh

fish is sold to hotels, restaurants and the general public


It is expected that the Plant's efficiency will be improved

next year with'installation of better equipment and facilities

and a bigger staff.
( 88 words )


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the Caribbean Development Bank, The University of the West Indies

and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.


Mr. Bishop underlined the importance of the Workshop and said agri-

culture is "the motor and heart" of Grenada's economy. During

1979, he said, the island had imported EC$57 million Worth of food

products while export crops earned EC$58 million. Against the

overall imports of EC$117 million. However there was a deficit

of some EC$60 million which had to be made up from remittances, the

Tourist Industry and External Grants.


"If we are to break this dependence of our economy", he said, "(be-

cause we do have an open, dependent, capitalist economy), then it isl

going to be necessary for us to greatly improve production (and)

we see the growing of food in particular as being a key component

of any agricultural strategy".


The workshop ran until November 13th.
( 351 words )




MARRYSHOW COMMERATED

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop opened an Art Exhibition on November

3rd to mark the opening of "Marryshow Week" organised to honour

Theophilus Albert Marryshow, one of Grenada's national heroes.


Born of humble parentage towards the end of the last century, Mar-

ryshow entered the journalism field and used the media to campaign

for his dream of a Westindian nation. His struggles in this con-

nection earned him the popular title of "The Father of Federation",

and he represented Grenada in the Federal Senate when the West

Indies Federation was launched in 1958. He died before the col-

lapse of the Federation in 1962.


At the exhibition Mr. Bishop said that, since the Revolution of

March 1979, Grenada has seen a remarkable upsurge in creative and

artistic activity. "The evidence for this can be seen in the

roadside artists, in the plays and skits being put on all over

the place, and in the number of people who are becoming interested
in poetry", he said. He believes this is an important reflection
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of what can happen when people's creative talents and abilities

are unleashed.


The Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Grenada Arts Council and

the Extra Mural Department of the University ofthe West Indies,

was held at Marryshow House which was Martyshow's residence and

is now headquarters of the Extra Mural Department in Grenada.


The Prime Minister feels it is significant that the Exhibition

was housed at Marryshow House because, he says, Marryshow (whose

birthday is November 7th) was the most intellectual, artistic

and, in many respects, the most creative of Grenada's national

heroes.
(261 words )




SUGAR CROP DCWN AGAIN

Grenada's sugar crop continues 'itt-downward trend, falling in

this year's crop by 5.9% from the 1979 figure of 524 tons to

4.93 tons. In 1979, the fall was by 10.1% from the 1978 figure

of 583 tons to 524 tons.


Under an arrangement with the Cane Farmers Association, cane

farmers sell their cane to the Company at a fixed price and en

-joy a profit sharing scheme at the end of the crop. Last year,

the fixed price was EC$40.00 per ton and the "bonus" after the

crop was EC$14.00 per ton, making the total paid BC$54.00 per

ton. This year, the total paid is EC$57.00 per ton.


According to figures given by the Government InformatiOn Service,

this year's crop of 493 tons represents 17% of. Grenada's annual

sugA, requirements. Because of bad cultural practices, sugar

cane yield is only 15 tons per acre and juice purity is down

to 70% from a "normal" 85%.
( 161 words )



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OOUSE REPAIR PROGRANIE BENEFITS 400

Over 400 persons have, so far, benefited from Government's House

Repair Programme which was introduced last December. The Program-

me is divided into two parts, the first being for rural workers who

earn less than EC$150.00 a month, and the second for rural workers

who earn less than EC$250.00 a month.


Under the first part of the Programme ( which is financed with

EC$iOO,000.OO by the Peoples revolutionary Government) loans are

made to a maximum of EC$1,000.0. Loans are interest free, one

third is given to the borrower as a grant and the balance is re-

payable over 10 years.


Under the second part of the Programme, (financed with EC$300,000.O0

by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) loans are

made int*r:-st free to a limit of EC$1000.00 and the repayment period

is 5 years.


It appears that it is the second part of the Programme which is be-

ing implemented as the Government Information Service reports that

"Repayment is made over a 5 year period".
( 169 words )




NEWS SHI-ORTS

Disappointing Cruise Liner Winter Season

Grenada will have a disappointing Winter Cruise Liner Season. Ac-

cording to information from the Grenada Tourist Board, the Winter

Cruise began on October 15th and 127 liners will call before the

Season ends on May 27th next year.


This represents a considerable fall from the figures for the 1979/

1980 Season when 209 liners were expected and 210 arrived. In the

1978/1979 Season, 170 liners were expected and 168 arrived.
( 69 words )

Interim Retail Price Index

The Interim Retail Price Index for October stood at 146.7%, a rise

of 0.9% over the September figure and a rise of 46.7% above January
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1979 when the Index was established. The rise from January

to October 1980 is 21.95%.


the Central Statistical Office advised that main factors in

the October Index are increases in the prices of tailoring,

washing powder, biscuits, matches, cornflakes, salted beef,

wine and fruit salts. These increases were not offset by

falls in the price of chicken, shoes and galvanised nails.
( 90 words )


CDB Approves Grenada Projects

The Caribbean Development Bank has approved two projects in

Grenada to be funded from the Bank's Technical Assistance Fund.

The first is a practical training Course for the General Mana-

ger (Designate) of the Sheep Production project on Grenada's

sister island of Carriacou, and the second is a study on Com-

mercial Banking and Development Finance Institutions in the

island.


These projects were previously approved by Mr. William Demas,

CDB President, and were formally noted by the Board of Direct-

ors on October 23rd.
( 81 words )

WINBAN at Pest Seminar

Two representatives of the Windward Islands Banana Association

attended a seminar/workshop-on Pest and Pesticide Management

from November 3rd to 7th.' The seminar/workshop, which was or-

ganised by the Barbados Government, the Caribbean Agricultural

Research & Development Institute, the Caribbean Community Sec-

retariat, the Pan-American Health Organisation and the Univer-

si ft of the West Indies, was held in Barbados.
( 57 words )


Willie Redhead Honoured

Popular Mr. Willie A. Redhead, has been made a Paul Harris

Fellow by the'Rotary Club of Grenada. A Rotarian himself,

Mr. Redhead was honoured for outstanding service to the com-

; Iunity in Scouting and in literary and other fields.
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The presentation was made to Mr. Tcdhead on November 10th by Mr. H.

A Braman, District Governor of Rotary District 404 to which the

Rotary Clubs of Grenada belong. Rotary District 404 is Rotary

International's most extensive district encompassing 62 Clubs ex-

tending from Cayenne in the south to the Bahamas in the north. Mr

Braham is resident in Jamaica.
( 98 words )


Agro Plant Extends Production

The Government owned Agro plant will begin largescale canning of

juices and nectars this month. Production capacity is one can per

second and fruits to be processed include mangoes, soursop, plums,

bananas and citrus.


According to the Government Information Service, next year the plant

will extend its range to handle callaloo, beans and peas.


The canned products are intended for both the local and export mark-

ets, and markets have already beeki established in areas where West-

indians have migrated overseas.
( 80 words )


Argentina Sends More Wheat As Gift

The Peoples Revolutionary Government has received a shipment of 600

tons of wheat from the Government of Argentina. The shipment ar-

rived in October and is the second gift of wheat from Argentina,

The first shipment arrived in June.


The wheat, which was handled by the National Importing Board, has

been sold to the local flour millers, Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd.
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Albatross III Under Repairs

The gear box of the Government owned 148 nett tons freighter "Alba-

tross III" has been sent to Trinidad for repairs.


This boat, purchased by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)

last May for EC$201 thousand, was owned formerly by the Jim Jones

Peoples Temple Cult of Jonestown, Guyana. It was seized for debt
in July 1979 and was sold at auction in May this year by the
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Registrar of the High Court.


Minister of Agriculture Unison Whiteman has announced that

"Albatross III" is to be converted into a refrigerated carrier

and will be used to transport agricultural produce. Mr.White

-man said the PRG's aim is to own a fleet of refrigerated car-

go ships to solve the problem of safe transportation of Grena-

da's produce.
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Another Ambassadorship For Bullen

Mr. E R.E. Bullen has been appointed Ambassador to the Italian

Republic and has presented his credentials to the Italian Pre-

sident, Sandro Pertini. The ceremony took place on October

22nd. Mr. Bullen is also Ambassador to the European Economic

Community, the Kingdom of Belgium, and Syria.
( 47 words )




Soviets Continue Fish Potential Survey

The Russian research vessel "Corifena" arrived here on October

25th to continue the study of Grenada's fish potential. Mr.

Stepenko Anatoli, heading a three-man team of Soviet scientists

told the Government Information Service that the team will con-

centrate on bank and reef fishing using the trawling method.


This phase of the survey ran from October 27th to November 10th

and another Soviet ship is expected in March 1981 to look into

deep sea fishing. The "Corifena" is the second Soviet ship to

undertake research into the island's fishing potential. Last

Jily, a team of Soviet researchers discovered in Grenada's wat-

ers what has been described as "a unique and expensive variety

of shrimps".
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Roberts Manages GDB

Daniel Roberts has been appointed Manager of the Grenada Dev-

elopment Bank (GDB) with effect from November Istontinued -




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Mr. Roberts replaces Barbadian born Mr. Rupert Headley of the Carib.

bean Development Bank,who has been in Grenada since 1979 as advisor

to GDB. Mr. Headley assumed the duties of Manager when Mr Michael

Archibald, then Manager, left late last year to manage the Govern-

ment owned National Commercial Bank.


Mr. Headley is expected to return to Barbados shortly.
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Grenada And Indonesia May Cooperate

The Government of Indonesia has expressed interest in exploring

the possibility of coordinating the sale of nutmegs on the world

market.


Grenada and Indonesia control almost 100 percent of the world sup-

ply oi nutmegs and, during the recent IMF/World Bank meetings in

Washington, Minister of Finance Bernard Coard held discussions on

this matter with Indonesian Minister of Finance Mr. Ali Wardhana.


Indonesia has now asked the Peoples Revolutionary Government for

details of Grenada's nutmeg trade in order that a suitable policy

may be developed.
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Netherlands and Argentine Ambassadors Present Credentials

Two non-resident Ambassadors have presented their credentials in

Grenada


Mr. Juna A.Lanari of the Republic of Argentina presented his cre-

dentials to the Acting Governor General, Allan La Grenada, on Sep-

tember 25th, and Mr. E.G. Manduro of the Netherlands presented 'his

credentials to Governor General Sir Paul Scoon on October 10th.
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EDF Offers Bonus

The European Development Fund, which is providing funds for con-

struction of a Community Centre at Birch Grove, has offered EC$500
as an incentive for the best worker or workers on the Project. The
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Peoples Revolutionary Government is providing EC$6000 for lah

-our on this project.
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Grenada At Mechanics Course

Grenada is represented by Mr. Alban Eastman at a three-week re-

gional Mechanical Supervisors Induction Course which began in

St. Lucia on November 12th.


This course, sponsored jointly by the United Nations Development

Project .and the International Labour Organisation, is one of a

series which started in February last and is aimed at upgrading

skills and introducing more effective maintenance practices.
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Trade Unions Advise On Budget

The Government Information Service has announced that the Budget

for 1981 is now being prepared under a new system.


For the first time, Trade Unions will meet with the Minister of

Finance and contribute to the decision-making process and help

to decide on priorities. The Trade Unions to participate are

the Public Workers Union ( formerly the Civil Service Association),

:he Grenada Teachers Union and the Technical and Allied Workers

Union which represents workers in various areas of the Public

Service.


Finance Minister Bernard Coard is expected to present the Bud-

get in January.
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More Non-Aligned Money For Dominica

Cuba's Ambassador to Grenada, Mr. Julian Torres Rizo, has pre-

sented Dominica's Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles with a

donation from the Non-Aigned Movement's special fund for the

reconstruction of Dominica from hurricane damage.


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That fund was set up at the 6th Non-Aligned Conference in Havana in

September last year and this donation, amounting to EC$698,932 00

was made in Dominica on October 28th.


This is the third donation Ambassador Rizo has made from the Spe-

cial Fund on behalf of the Movment and, todate, Dominica has re-

ceived EC$8,102,235.00

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Radix At WISA Meeting

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Kendrick Radix was

Grenada's representative at the 25th meeting of the Council of Min-

isters of the West Indies Associated States (WISA) which opened in

Montserrat on 29th October.


Items on the agenda included the E3atern Caribbean Tourist Associa-

tion, status of the European Development Fund Common Programmes and

the Law of the Sea
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Nigeria Gives Grenada Money

The Government of Nigeria has given US$45 thousand to the Peoples

Revolutionary Government (PRG) in response to a request for aid

following severe damage done to Grenada's agriculture by heavy

rains last year.


The presentation was made in Grenada to Prime Minister Maurice

Bishop on October 27th by Nigeria's acting High Commissioner to

Trinidad Mr. F.C. Nwoko.


At the ceremony, Mr. Bishop said Grenada has no diplomatic rela-

tions with Nigeria but that a formal letter requesting these re-

lations would be given to Mr. Nwoko.

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Fish Plant Being Ren.vated

Government's fish processing plant is being renovated to provide
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