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N E Vo uSeU Num er 17
For The Week Ending 13th December 1980
8th Year Of Publication - - 250th Issue
NEDD RULES AGAINST NOEL
Ex-Attorney GenerAl Mr Lloyd Noel has lost his bid to have the
High Court issue a Writ of Habeas Corpus on behalf of his
client Ralph Thompson.
Thompson, a former top ranking member ox)he Peoples'
Revolutionary Army, was arrested on June 19th, and Mr Noel
argued before Mr Justice Archibald Nedd that the tention Order
issued against Thompson is invalid because, among other things,
what is stated on it does not constitute "grounds" for Thompson's
arrest as required by law.
In the High Court on December 12th, Mr Nedd ruled that what is
stated on the Order is sufficient grounds and that the Order is
After his arrest, Thompson was held originally at Fort Rupert
(formerly Fort George), headquarters of the Peoples Revolutionary
Army, anid'was transferred to Richmond Hill Prisons on 21st July.
It was brought out in the hearing that the Detention Order is
dated June 19th, the day Thompson was arrested, but Commissioner
of Prisons, Mr Patrick MacLeish, dip not .receive it until 27th
October when he gave Thompson a copy.
"It is a matter or question", Mr Nedd said, "how the
Commissioner of Prisons arrived at he fact that Ralph Thompson
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was detained under the provisionis of the law."
The Judge said he is. "uneasy.".'at the prospect of'a detainee being
held for several months before receiving a copy of bis Detention
Order to know- why he is 'being held, -This is possible, under
the existing law and Mr Nedd believed some thought should be given
to this. "
"Before I bring down the curtain on what, for some reason, has
developed into a drama", Mr Nedd said, "I have this to say. This
Court does not propose to act in any way different from that in
which it has' -eet accustomed to act, that- is, to administer *.
justice according to the law, without fear, favour or ill will.*?
Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER that consideration is being given to
appealing against the judgement.
PREVENTIVE DETENTION TRIBUNAL SITS
he Preventive Detention Tribunal sat on December'9th and
reviewed the cases of three persons held in detention by the
Peoples Revolutionary Government.
The Tribunal was appointed in April 1979 to advise the Minister
of Security as to whether or not a detainee should be released.
The advice is not binding oh the Minister.
Originally, detainees (who have no right to legal council but must
present their cases themselves) had the right to have their cases
reviewed every two months. This was subsequently extended to
very sik months but the last time the Tribunal sat was in
The thiee persons heard by the Tribunal On December 9th are Messrs
Norman DeSousa, Oliver Raeburn And Norton Noel. DeSousa and
Raeburn were closely connected with the Government of deposed
Prime Minister Eric Gairy, Deso sa being the Labour Attache at the
fLondon Embassy and Raeburn the Minister for Agriculture, Land
abd Fisheries. Noel was employed at the Elections Commission.
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Members of tkl. Tribunal are-Dr Adolph Llerzynski, Chairman,
Mrs Alice McIntyre and Mr Bryce Woodroffe. Dr Bierz-ynski told
NEWSLETTER the Tribunal will meet twice a week and will see three
detainees at each sitting.
It is believed that about 100 persons are now held in detention and.
at last check, some 25 have applied for hearings before the
NO BENEFIT FOR MOTORISTS IN GAS PRICE REDUCTION
Decreases in the landed cost of gasolene will not be reflected in
a lower selling price to motorists but will result in revenue for
the Peoples Revolutioniry Goverrnment (PRG).
By legislation passed last month (Peoples Law 56/1980 "Petroleum
(Increased Profit Margin) Law, 1980), provision'is made that, when
there is a reduction inthe landed cost of gasolene, the Minister
of Finance may make an order to have the Oil Companies pay that
reduction into the Treasury.
Sources close to the Oil Companies told NEWSLETTER that, as a result,
of a glut on the market, gasolene was imported recently into
Grenada at a 'landed cost showing a reduction of BEC(c22 per imperial
gallon. The Government controlled selling price of gasolene is
EC$5.25 per imperial gallon and the Oil Companies suggested to the
PRG that the controlled selling price be revised downwards to
reflect the lower landed cost.
The sources said the PRG did not accept this suggestion but decided
instead to 'stabiliset, the price at its present level and the
necessary law was passed to authorise the Minister of Finance to
order the Oil Companies to pay the price reduction to Government.
CIVIL SERVANTS NOT SUPPORTING NCB
Civil servants in Grenada are not supporting the state owned
National Commercial Bank (NCB).
In a letter to Ms Bar.ard Couad,IAKniytr -o Finance, NCB'P gener-
al manager, Mr. M.B. Archibald, has expressed concern about this
and asked Mr. Coard to use his influence to encourage Government
employees to transact their banking business with NBC.
"We have realized that, although 'we have recorded substantial
growth", Mr. Archibald said, "the'support from Government employ
-ees can only be described as poor".
Acting on Mr. Archibald's request~ M. Coard has sent letters
to Government employees expressing the hope that theywill sup-,:
port NCB but stressing that this support must be voluntary".
"I want to emphasise". he said, "that the! placing of your account
with NCB must be doneO,ut of your.,own patriotism,and must be ex-,.
NCB commenced operations in October 1979 when>~the Canadian Imper-
ial Bank of ,Commerce (CIBC).ceased operations at its branch in
the island's second town,1 Grenville, and the Peoples .Revolution-
ary Government (PRG) purchased the, premises vacated by CIBC.
In March. last, CIBC sold iti remaining business, in Grenada to
the PRG and NCB opened its main, office in St. George's.
Informed sources say the purchase price to CIBC-was slightly
less than EC$S/but there were certain "liabilities" which NCB
undertook to honour., The nature of those ,,liabilities" is
not known.. :
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PRG MAY BUY BRAZILIAN PLANE
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) is considering the
purchase of a commuter type aircraft from Brazil. Manufact-
ured by Empresa Brazileira De Aeronatica, the aircraft is a
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"Bandierante" 1A8 seater turbo prop and is intended for shuttle ser
vice between Barbados.and Trinidad and Grenada.
Negotiations for the purchase were initiated by a two man Govern-
ment delegation which visited Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month at the
invitation of the Brazilian Government to attend the Brazilian In-
ternational Trade Fair.
The delegation, which comprised Mr. Lyden Ramdhanny, a member of
the PRG, and Mr. Terry Moore, an economist in the Ministry of Plan-
ning had talks with Mr. Paulo Roberto Da Fontoura, head of the Div-
ision of Operations of Latin America in the Brazilian Government.
"We are particularly interested in the Bandierante aircraft", Mr.
Ramdhanny told Newsletter. "It is as fast as the LiAT planes which
now serve us and the fuel economy is very good".
Mr. Ramdhanny said it is hoped to develop firm trading links with
Brazil and discussions were held with the Brazilian Government with
reference to establishing lines of credit on a Government to Gov-
The delegation also discussed the possibility of technical and eco-
nomic cooperation and, among other things, the Government of Bra-
zil is interested in assisting the Grenada Government in the manu
facture of "Gasahol", the fuel which is a mi ure of gasolene and
alcohol produced from sugar cane.
( 232 words )
RADIX PROTESTS NEWS REPORT
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Kendrick Radix,
has accused NEWSLETTER's Editor, Alister Hughes, of quoting him
"out of context".
The accusation came following a news story Mr. Hughes filed on Dec-
ember 2nd ,s correspondent for the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) in
connection with a case in which Mr. Radix appeared in the High
Court. In that case, Mr. Justice Archibald Nedd heard applica-
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tion for a writ of Habeas Corpus made by former Attorney Gen-
eral Lloyd Noel on behalf of his client, Ralph Thompson. Mr.
Radix appeared on his own behalf and on behalf of Commissioner
of Prisons, Patrick Macleish.
The CANA story reported that Mr. Radix had told the court"that '
'"Grenadians now have no fundamental rights and freedoms".
The story also reported that the Attorney General and Minister
for Legal Affairs said that the Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
ment, "as is comparable with the interests of the nation, will
observe and protect the interests of the individual".
Following a protest made by Mr. Radix over Radio Free Grenada
on the evening of December 2nd, Mr. Hughes called Mr. Radix
on December 3rd and invited him to make a statement.
"It was in the context of the suspension of the Grenada Con-
stitution that I told the Court there are no fundamental rights
and freedoms in a constitutional sense", Mr. Radix said. "But
in the declaration of the revolution, Government has pledged
to observe the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people,
subject' to the interests of the nation".
The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs said that
what he had done in Court was to put the matter within the con-
text of a l'.galistic argument that "whereas the concepts that
we are trying to depart from art constitutional rights and fund-
amental rights which are given by virtue of the Constitutional
per se, here you have to interpret the Declaration of the Revo-
lution that the Government wll protect these rights but, it is
protecting them from a revolutionary point of view and not with-
in the traditional norms as understood by constitutional law-
yers and within the Constitution".
"th my view", Mr. Radix said, "the news report ( to CANA on
December 2nd) failed to grasp, in its essence, the conceptual
framework in which I made my submission. The report'was but
of context in the sense that it was not ptefaced by the argu-
ments I had laid out relative to the suspension of the Con-
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THE MATeRNITY LEAVE LAW
Householders in Grenada who employ domestic help are now entitled
to a special "deduction" when income is being calculated for income
According to the Maternity Leave Law. passed by the Peoples Revolu-
tionary Government (PRA) on October 10th and gazetted on October
31st, persons employed as domestic help are among workers entitled
to receive maternity payl This law states that, when the joint
income of a husband and wife does not exceed EC$20 P00.00 per an-
num, half the amount paid in maternhiy pay may be deducted in as-
certaining the chargeable income.
The basic provisions of the law are that an employee who becomes
pregnant after she has been continuously employed for eighteen
months by an employer is entitled to three months maternity leave
and mate-nity pay. In the case of daily paid workers, "contin-
uously employed" means employment for 105 days in an 18 month
Maternity pay for monthly paid employees is two months pay and for
weekly and fortnightly paid employees, 8 weeks and 4 fortnights as
the case may be. For daily paid workers, maternity pay is one-
fifth the pay earned in the 12 months immediately before commence-
ment of the maternity leave.
In the case of women whpbecome pregnant before, they have worked
for the qualifying period, they are entitled to the three months
maternity leave but no maternity pay.
These rights are extended to women over the bearing of three child-
ren. After the first child, the woman may claim maternity leave
and pay only once in.each period of two years, and claims may be
made for a maximum of three pregnancies including the first.
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Sources close to the Greniada Employers Federation say many pro-
posals submittic to the PRG when the Law was being drafted have
not been included. The sources say one particular concern is
that maternity leave and pay should be given to unmarried school
teachers :and teenagers.
S( 316 words )
TASK FORCE STUDIES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
A financial task force visited Grenada earlier this month and
studied the operations of banks, insurance companies and other
The purpose of the visit is to gather information with a. view
to putting forward recommendations relative to making these in-
stitutions more responsive to development needs of the island
within the framework 6f the economic strategy of the Peoples
The task force is comprised of Mr; George Theophelius, deputy
Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Currency.Authority,
Mr. Nathaniel Richards, Advisor to the Caribbean Development
Bank, Mr. Huntley Manherzy, Deputy Financial Secretary to the
Bank of Jamaica and Mr. Alva James, Financial Consultant to the
3renada Ministry of Finance. Mr. James is Coordinator of the
"( 120 words )
BISHOP AND RAEGAN EXCHANGE MESSAGES
It has been disclosed that Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and
United States President Elect Ronald Raegan exchanged messages
expressing support for friendly relations between the United
States 'and Grenada,
Mr. Bishop's message, sent on November 10th, congratulated Mr.
Raegan on his election win and expressed hope that friendly
relations between the two countries will be maintained and
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and further developed.
Mr. Raegan's reply, on December 1st, said he looked forward "to
mutual efforts to promote friendly relations between our two nations"
( 75 words )
INTERIM PRfCE INDEX
Increases in the.costs of biscuits, salted beef, fresh fish and eggs
during November were not offset by falls in the. prices of fruit
salts, Irish potatoes and electricity, and the interim retail price
index stood at 148.4%.
This represents a rise of 1.7 points over the previous month and a
rise of 48.4 points since the Index was established in January 1979.
The following are figures supplied by the Central Statistical Office:
Alcohol & Tobacco-
Clothing & Footwear
Fuel & Light
Furniture & Appliances
October January November
148.4 146.7 120.3
GRENADA CONGRATULATES BARBADOS
The Peoples Revolutionary Government sent a message of congratula-
tion to the Government of Barbados on November 30th, the occasion
of the 14th anniversary of that country's independence.
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The message said the Government and people of Grenada look
forward to developing friendly ties with the Government and
people of Barbados based on the principles of good-neighbour-
liness, mutual respect, sovereign integrity and non-interfer-
ence in each other's internal affairs".
( 66 words )
CHILDREN TRAINED: IN WEAPONRY
The 6renadian family has been accused of failing to exercise
sufficient control over its children with reference to mili-
tary training offered by the Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
The accusation was made at a Seminar sponsored by the Confer-
ence of Churches in Grenada (CCG) held on 28th and 29th Nov-
Delegates told the Seminar that children between the ages of
8 and 14 years, who belong to the,,Government sponsored "Pio-
neers' Group, are being instructed in weaponry, and the CCG
has been asked to investigate this with Government.
"This practice may tend to'undermine children' respect for
authority in the home and at school", a Seminar spokesman said.
"Exposing children to the handling of guns is certain to af-
fect their young minds adversely."
The theme of the Seminar was "The Role of the Church in Gre-
nada Today", and among matters discussed was that of detain*
ces held by the PRG.
( 148 words )
PUBLIC TO MONITOR EXENDITURE
The Government Information Service has announced that the
public is to have an opportunity to monitor expenditure on
all Ministerial Departments.
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The arrangement is that each Department will prepare Work Plans
and Schedi-les" covering projects to be undertaken next year, and
these Plans and Schedules will be presented with the 1981 Budget
which is expected to be presented in January.
The Budget for 1980 was EC$103 million and was presented by Minis-
ter of Finance Bernard Coard at a public rally last May. In his
presentation, Mr. Coard gave a few details but full details have
not been published.
S( 98 words )
CATCOM TO SPONSOR SEMINAR
The Caribbean Agricultural Credit Training Committee (CATCOM) is to
sponsor a Seminar in Grenada on Project Appraisal and Preparation.
The Seminar is to take place in June 1981 and two other Seminars
have been scheduled by CATCOM for next year. The first is in
March in Guyana on Administration of Loans to Small Farmers, and the
second is in November in the Turks.and Caicos Islands on Small Scale
CATCOM is comprised of representatives of Development Banks in the
Caribbean community and Financial Institutions involved in dispens-
ing agricultural credit. The name of the Organisation is to be
changed to The Caribbean Agricultural Credit Association (CACRA) and
an office is to be established in Barbados.
A ( 46 words )
ARCHBISHOP WOODROFFE PAYS FIRST VISIT
Archbishop of the Westindies, Cuthbert Woodroffe, arrived at Grenada
on December 1st for the first time since he was made Archbishop last
A native of Grenada, Archbishop Woodroffe, who is also Bishop of the
Windward Islands, preached to a crowded St. George's Anglican Church
on December 7th, when there was a welcome service in his honour.
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After the service, the Archbishcp told NEWSLETTER it had been
"Quite an experience" to stand in the pulpit for the first
time as Archbishop in the Church where he had been baptised
and confirmed, learned his religion and romped with old col-
"I only hope", he said, "that the words I was moved by the
Spirit to deliver will be helpful to some people, or to most
Archbishop Woodroffe said Christmas time is one of looking for-
ward in hope and he thought that; perhaps, the greatest mes-
:age of the Christian religion is that of hopefulness.
"After all", he said, "we pray to a God who we declare is
almighty and, if when we fall on our knees before the Almighty
and, we look to Him in hope, then, we have nothing to fear
because God is .God".
The Archbishop returned to the Cathedral in St. Vincent on
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GDR MISSION TO VISIT
A two man delegation from the German/Republic (GDR) arrived
in Grenada on December 1st and held discussions with represent
-atives of key sectors of the economy including the productive
and public sectors.
Purpose of the delegation is to prepare for a high level GDR
mission which is to visit Grenada early next year to explore
possibilities of deepening and widening cooperation in the
fields of Trade, Economics, Science and Technology.
The members of the delegation, Messrs. Fitz Grabow and Deiter.
Hoffman, left Grenada on December 4th
S( 86 words )
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EAS: CARIBBEAN CURRENCY AUTHORITY
Statement of Assets & Liabilities
as at 31st August 1980
Notes In Circulation
Coin In Circulation
Fixed deposits & Money at call
Securities including Treasury
EC $255 ,487,409.00
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LIAT POINT TO POINT PASSENGER TRAFFIC
SKB MNI \NU PTP
29 6 354
11 4 659
10 8 289
33 9 353
POp 12- 6 24
930 607 -711 .;1768 1354 4787 1002 2042 1195
153 217 4
116 460 9
2214 2884 2179 231 9159
22 2892 129 1466 4565
52 2091 120 lb604 4132
83 229 1286 1664. 3304
3494 8761 4374 4090 3599 38714
Left hand column represents point of traffic origin;
Figures at right represent total traffic originating;
top line represents destination.
figures at foot represent total traffic arriving
GND POS Total
S1190-' St. Thomas
8 1 807 'St. Croix
4 4 641 St. Martin
1320 St. Kitts
13 1 4539 Antigua
15 4 963 Guadeloups
9 23 1897 Dominica
69 65 3373 St. Lucia
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NJM Joins Socialist International
The New Jewel Movement (NJM) has been accepted as a full member of
Socialist International. Acceptance was made at the 15th post war
congress of the Organisation held in Spain early in NoVember, NJM
was represented at the Congress by Mr. Unison Whnteman, Minister of
Agriculture, Tourism, Forestry and Fisheries.
( 50 words )
German Ambassador In Grenada
The Ambassador to Grenada of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr.
Karl-Heinz Rouette, paid an official visit to'the island on December
9th. The Ambassador, who is resident in Trinidad, left for St. Vin-
cent on December 10th.
( 36 words )
Grenada at CFC Seminar
Grenada was represented at a recent seminar in Trinidad organized
by the Caribbean Food Council (CFC), the Organisation of American
S+t'tes and the United Nations Development Programme.
Designed to cover concepts of the Caribbean Regional Food Plan, the
Seminar ran from December 1st to 5th and covered the areas of market-
ing, finance, production and management. It dealt also with the
role of CFC as the Food Plan's implementing agency.
Mr. Milton John, Manager of the Marketing and National Importing
Board, was Grenada's representative at the Seminar.
( 85 words )
Bullen Ambassador to Sweden
Mr. G.R.E. Bullen, Grenada Representative to the European Economic
Community, has been appointed Ambassador to Sweden and presented his
credentials to King Carl Gustav on December .4th.
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Mr. Bullen, who is based in Brussels, is also Ambassador to
Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands.
( 43 words )
Diplomatic Relations With Sweden
Grenada and Sweden have established diplomatic relations. Mr.
Eric 'Pnnander, non-resident Swedish Ambassador to Grenada ar-
rived in the island on December 6th and presented his creden-
tials to Governor General Sir Paul Scoon on December 9th. The
Ambassador, who is resident in Sweden, left on December 12th.
Mrs. Angela Smith, President of the Grenada Employers Federa-
tion, is the Swedish Honorary Consul in Grenada.
( 62 words )
Pilot Animal Feed Project
The Peoples Revolutionary Government has launched a pilot Ani,-
mal Feed Project which is expected to produce 1,500 lbs per day.
The grinding mill will use waste from the Government agro indus-
trial and fish processing plants to which small amounts of corn
will be added. Consideration is being given to importing a
high yielding variety of cassava plant from Columbia as a sub-
stitute for corn.
The animal feed is to be tested on pigs at Government's Mirabeau
( 75 words )
IMF Advisor Completes Term
Mr. Eric Thorne, Budget Advisor appointed by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed his term of service with the
Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) .
Mr. Thorne was appointed to this post in November 1979 under an
IMF Technical Assistance Prograime at the request of the PRG and
has been attached to the Ministry of Finance. continued
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Mr. Thorne left Greiada on December 5th and is to,be replaced late
this month by another IMF appointee, Mr. Anthony Harris.
( 76 words )
NSC JOINS IUS
The Grenada National Students Council (NSC) was elected a full
member of the International Union of Students (LUS) at the XUl 3th
Congress held last month in the German Democratic Republic.
The Congress was attended by over 200 delegates representing 79
student organizations and was called to review the work of students
over the past 3 years and to plan future programmes.
( 62 words)
A CHRISTMAS WISH AND HOPE
This is NEWSLETTER Christmas number and it is the 250th issue
since the first publication some 8 years ago.
There have been many changes since then. Changes in Grenada,
changes in the Caribbean, changes in the world and changes in
whateverr these changes may have been, the spirit of Christmas
brings to mind some things which are unchangeable. Like the se-
curity of proven friendship. Like the unselfish sacrifices of
love givenind received. And like the strength and confidence of
dedication to high ideals, principles and standards.
To their Subscribers and Friends, the Producers and Printers of
NEWSLETTER wish a full measure of the experience of these un-
changeables, and offer a hope that, whatever changes 1981 may
bring, they will be for the better.
13th December 1980