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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'.
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-
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-
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-
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
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
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-
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.
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.
"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%.
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-
"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
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
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.
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
( 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
"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
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-
( 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
"We did not tell the U.S. who they should send to the Caribbean
when Sally Shelton was appointed their Azbassador to this region",
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-
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.
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
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
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
"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
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.
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".
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 )
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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
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.
"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
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 )
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
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-
stand scientifically that imperialism is the number one enemy
of mankind's progress today". continued -
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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
( 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
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-
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".
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
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-
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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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
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 )
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
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-
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
"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
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
'age 38 THE GPr,:AA NEWSLETTER Wpek Enr'inq 151i1.80
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 )
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
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
(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 )
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
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.
( 60 words )
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-
( 124 words )
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
( 113 words )
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.
( 76 words )
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
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
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
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-
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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
storage and other operational facilities. continued -