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Volume 9 Number 6
For The Week Ending October 10th 1981
9th Year of Publication - -257th Issue
EXPENDITURE FIGURES GIVEN
The Peoples Revolutionary Government has disclosed that, for
the third consecutive year, the Ministry of Communications,
Works and Labour has been allocated the biggest bite of the
"Appropriation Laws" passed on September 9th and gazetted on
September 25th show that in 1981, that Ministry will spend
36% or just over EC$55 million from Grenadats record EC$151.4
million budget. Last year, from a budget of BC$92 million,
Communications, Works & Labour:also had the lion's share with
EC$38.4 million while, in 1979, that Ministry topped the
allocations with EC$11.6 million from the.EC$64.6 million
The PRG's drive to increase production is reflected in the
steady increase in expenditure on agriculture which, in 1981,
ranks second in the budget with EC$19 million. this. is an
increase of over 300% from the 1980 figure of EC$6 million
and is a far cry from the EC$4.2 million of 1979 which
included provision for tourism.
Expenditure on the Ministry of Education has also increased
considerably in 1981, rising from the 1980 figure of EC$11.6
million to EC$17.7 million. Estimating Grenada's popu-
lation at approximately 100,000, the allocation for 1981
provides expenditure of about $175 for each citizen. With
the same estimate of population, the provision for 1979 was
just over $100 per citizen.
One Head of expenditure which has fallen considerably is
that for servicing the Public Debt. In 1979, the figure
for this head stood at EC$10.1 million. In 1980, it fell
to EC$3.4 million and, in 1981, it stands at EC$4.8 million.
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Appropriation (1980) Law 1981
195) '. '
1 Governor-General 126,000
2 Parliament 54,000
2a National Secretariat 701,000
3 Supreme .Court & Court
of Appeal 262,000
3a Magistracy 173,000
4 Ministry of Legal
5. Audit 80,000
6 Public Service Commission 96,000
10 Prime Minister &
1Oa Ministry of External
14 Radio Free Grenada 471,000
15 Television Free Grenada 30,000
20 Ministry of Finance,
Trade, Industry &
21 Pensions 2,444,000
22 Public Debt Servicing 3,441,000
30 Ministry of
& Labour 8,702,000
31 Post Office 593,000
40 Ministry of Education,
Social Affairs, Youth
50 Ministry of Health &
60 Ministry of
Provision for the Police has also fallen, The 1979 Appropriation
Law allocated EC$4.7 million to this Head and that figure fell, in
1980, to just over EC$3.5 million.
In 1981, it has been reduced
again by about half a million dollars to exactly EC$3 million.
On the other hand, provision for the Peoples Revolxtionary Army has
The provision of EC$2.7 million in 1979
rose to EC$3.9 million last year and stands at EC$5 million in the
T::e Ministry of Finance, Trade, Industry and Planning also has had
a considerable increase in allocations in the 1981 budget. In
1979, the allocation was EC$5 million and this remained almost
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the same with an allocation of EC$4.9 million in 1980.-
however, the allocations for Finance, Trade & Industry and Planning
have been shown separately and together total EC$14.2 million
Additionally, the Minister of Finance has been allocated EC$6.1
million for "contingency", so that the total allocated to the
Ministry exceeds EC$20.3 million,
Details of the Heads of Revenue have not been published.
Appropriation Law 1981
Supreme Court & Court
of Appeal 400,000
Public Service Commission 105,000 i
Ministry of Legal Affairs 201,000.'
Prime Minister & Cabinet 2,243,000
Police. ;..., 3.,500, 000-, :
Prisons .. 726,000,
Peoples Revolutionary '.;-
14 Radip Free Grenada
15 Television.Free Grenada
16 .Ministry of External
18 National Secretariat
20 Ministry of Finance
21 Pensions '
22 Public Debt Servicing
23 Minister for Finance
24 Ministry of Trade &
25 Ministry of Planning
30 Ministry of
Works & Labour
32 Post Office
40 Ministry of Education,
Social Affairs, Youth
Development & Sports
50 Ministry of Health &
60 Ministry of Agriculture
62 Ministry of Tourism
63 Ministry of Fisheries &
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NEW ELECTRICITY RATES
The Peopled Revolutionary Government (PPG) has passed into law newv
rates controlling the sale of electricityyby Grenada Electricity
GES is owned jointly by the PRG and the Commonwealth Development
Corporation (CDC), the latter originally having majority shares in
and management of the Company. In lay last, however, there was
The position then was that, following refusal of the PRG to grant
a CDC request for an average 4.5 cents per unit increase in rates
for the sale of electricity, a Commission of Inquiry was appointed
last year to look into the affairs of the Company. The
Commission's Report was handed in in January last but, in May,. sso
Standard .Oil Company cut off GESts fuel supplies pending.payment
of outstanding bills.
Prime Minister Mauruce Bishop then accused Esso, CDC and Barclays
Bank of being involved in a plot to sabotage GES. A law was
passed transferring to the PRG from CDC a sufficient number of
shares in the Company to give the Government control. The PRG
then guaranteed the debt to Esso and assumed management of the
Seven weeks ago, Mr Winston Bullen, Government appointed GES.
Manager, warned that rates for the sale of electricity would have
to be increased. "We lost EC$197 thousand (East Caribbean)
dollars in the first six months", he said, "and we project that
we will lose a million this year if we do not restructure the
According to Mr Bullen, about a third of the Comp&ny's consumers
use less than 50 units a month, and the new rates, he said, would
give these consumers a 10% reduction on what they were paying then.
Another third of the consumers occupy the middle range in the use
of electricity and they would get a 5% reduction. The heavy
consumers would face a 10% increase and Commercial Rates would go
up by 15%.
Under Peoples Law 34 of October 2nd gazettedd October 9th), the.
new "Domestic Rate" is 21 cents per unit for the first 50 units,
24 cents for the next 50 and 26 cents per unit for the remainder.
Previously, the Domestic Rate was 23 cents per unit for the first
50 units and the remainder at 18 cents.
For persons using 50 units or less, the new rates give a reduction
of slightly over 8%.7 Users of 50 to 100 units enjoy the
decrease on the first 50 units but face an increase of 333% on the
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remainder. The new rate above 100 units shows an increase of
The Serrice Charge of 20 cents per month for each 50 square feet of
floor area under the old "Commercial Power" rate remains the same
under the new rate as does the rate of 23c per unit for the first
75 units. Unddr the new law, the rate for the hext 4,925 units
moves up from 180 to 24< per unit and the remainder from 17 to
25 per unit.
Users of Commercial Power, therefore, consuming 75 units per month
or less, have an unchanged rate under the new law. From 76 to
4,925 units, the rate has gone up by 33,%, and above that number of
units, by just over 47%.
Operators in the supermarket business say their consumption of
electricity is well over 10,000 units per month and these operators
describe the increases in rates as "very steep". The
indications, they say, are that, particularly for .frozen foods,
this rise in electricity rates will have a marked effect on prices.
BISHOP jIN"MEXICOT /
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop flew into Mexico City, Mexico, late
on September 23rd at the start of:an official visit to that country
at the invitation of Mexican President,-Jose Lopez Portillo.
In a cable to President Lopez Portillo on September 16th, Mr Bishop
said he looked forward to "strengthening of already warm relations
which exist between" Grenada and Mexico, and political observers
here expressed the view that these "relations" include trade
relations which were likely to be discussed during Mr Bishop's
With Mexico's large petroleum resources, top priority in these
discussions was expected to be given to fuel supplies for Grenada,
and it was thought that President Lopez Portillo would be willing
to give consideration to granting special concessions in this
Mr Bishop left Grenada on September 18th at the start of a tour
which took him to the other side of the world, First visiting
Cuba, he was in Belize for that country's independence celebrat-
ions on September 2 th and, from Mexico, he flew to Australia for
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference which opened on
September 30th and ran until October-7th.
Prime Minister Bishop had a busy round of activities on September
24th, his first full day in Mexico City. These activities
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commenced at 8.00 am with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the
Heroes following which he had his first working session with
President Jopez Portillo at the presidential residences
Later, Mr Bishop addressed a meeting of the Congress of Workers
where, speaking through an interpreter, he said the opportunity
to address the Congress was, for him, "a wish come true". His
Jdsire to address the workers, he said, is based in the fact that
he considers them the "heart, soul and motor" of the Mexican
economy and of Mexico itself.
the Prime Minister told the Congress that his New Jewel Movement
(NJM) is a party of the workers, and he outlined some of the bene-
fits he said the revolution had brought to Grenada. Among these
he listed the abolition of laws banning workers from strike action,
the outlawing of sexual exploitation for jobs, equal pay for equal
work and the Maternity Leave Law.
!i, Bishop told the Congress ^also that Grenadians are very conscious
of the tremendous role played by the Mexican workers and peasants.
"We recognize, applaud and salute your history of struggle", he
said. "We know that it was on that foundation of struggle that
your fierce sense of independence, of social justice and of freedom
have been built and consolidated."
While the Prime Minister was taken on a tour which included presen-
tation to him of the "key" of Mexico City, technocrats in his party
held talks with their Mexican counterparts on technical matters
arising from the Bishop/Lopez Portill6 discussions.
Grenada and Mexico are to establish an inter-governmental bi-
lateral Commission for cooperation in the economic, commercial,
scientific, technical and cultural sectors.
This is one of the disclosures made in a joint Mexico/Grenada
communique issued in Mexico City on September 26th at the conclus-
ion of a four day official visit paid to Mexoco by Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop on the invitation of Mexican President Jose Lopez
In the words of the communique, Prime Minister Bishop and President
Lopez Portillo were able "to confirm with satisfaction that concrete
measures for technical cooperation have been agreed upon in the
areas of petroleum storage and exploration, road building, housing
construction, design of hotels and of the airport terminal and
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the training of personnel in the use of heavy machinery,"
The communique emphasises the importance of Mexican technical
assistance in construction of the new international airport at Point
Saline, and a team of.Mexican experts was to come to Grenada to
assist Grenada's aviation authorities.
In this connection, a seven-man Mexican team arrived in Grenada on
October 6th for a two day visit. The delegation, headed by
Mn Abundio Juarez Mendez of the state-owned Mexican Oil Company,
held talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Bernard Coard relative to oil exploration and the construction of
storage of the different petroleum products to be used at the
In keeping with the communique which stated that petroleum explor-
ation in Grenada offers the possibility of development on the basis
of specific proposals that are to be analysed, the Mexican team of
experts carried out a geographical survey'of rock formation in the
vicinity of Point Saline to determine whether there are off-shore
deposits of oil.
Mexico and Grenada have agreed on"a' programme of cultural inter-
change and, as a step in this direction, President Lopez Portillo
has offered five scholarships in Mexican institutions to be awarded
to Grenadians in the fields of technical and higher education.
Prime Minister Bishop and President Lopez Portillo are convinced
that relations between St Georges and Mexico City will continue to
develop under the best auspices in an atmosphere of respect, under-
standing and friendship, and the President has accepted an invit-
ation to visit Grenada at an appropriate time.
Mr Bishop left Mexico on September 27th for the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Conference which opened in Melbourne, Australia on
WHITEMAN AT SI MEETING
Grenada was represented by Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman at a
meeting of Socialist International (SI) which opened in Paris on
A Government spokesman told NEWSLETTER that Mr Whiteman would
present to SI Grenada's position "in view of the current invasion
threat from the United States, ,andwimld probably restate Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop's submission made in Grenada last July to
the SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean.
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"The time has come", Mr Bishop told the Committee then, "that we
must move to elevate the question of propaganda destabilization, of
economic aggression, of mercenary invasion or the threat of mercen-
ary invasion, to the same level that we have already internationally
elevated the question of direct landing of marines."
Mr Bishop told the Committee that the United States had embarked
on a total offensive against Grenada on the propaganda and economic
fronts and he said that, when there is evidence of a systematic and
concerted plan to destabilise in these ways, there should be as
strong an international protest as where "marines land on somebody
Before going to Paris, Mr Whiteman had already visited several
European capitals including London where he held talks on
September 15th with parliamentarians of the British Labour Party
and got their undertaking to raise, in the British Parliament, the
questionof the Thatcher Government's position and the United
States approach to the Caribbean.
Following the SI meeting in Paris, and discussion with the French
Socialist Party of President Francois Mitterrand, Mr Whiteman was
expected to visit other European capitals in an effort to mobilise
support for tho PcoploC Revolut.i.onry Government.
GRENADA/CUBA AGREEMENT EXTENDED
The Cuban Government is to supply the Peoples Revolutionary
Government- PRG) with a pre-fabricated concrete plant under the
extension of the joint Grenada/Cuba Trade and Technical Cooper-
ation Agreement successfully negotiated in Havana last month.
Announcing this in St Georges on September 22nd, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance, Trade & Planning Bernard Coard,
who. headed Grenada's negotiating team, said the plant would be used
for housing construction and the construction of schools, health
clinics, community centres and a range of other buildings.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Coard said the provision by Cuba of
technical assistance is an important part of the agreement which
has been extended for one year.
"l think provision of technical assistance in specific areas from
Cuba to help in building the economy in different directions -
construction, agro-industries, agriculture, fishing - is an
extremely important part of this coming year's Agreement", he said.
Mr Coard disclosed that the emphasis of the Agreement is more and
more in the direction of assisting Grenada in promoting her
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economy, and this, he said, would have the impact of providing
greater incomes for Grenadian farmers and greater employment for
"Of course", he said, "part of the collaboration Agreement is the
continuation of the work on the international airport which is of
enormous importance to our people, and that will continue, that work
will, in fact, continue apace."
Minister Coard disclosed that, as a result of a recent visit to Cuba
of a delegation from the Chamber of Commerce, 36 items manufactured
in Cuba are now on sale in Grenada, and efforts are being made to
strengthen trade relations with Cuba "in terms of being able to have
the opportunity of purchasing a number of items at a cheaper price
than we have been able to get it from other sources."
The NInistry of Trade & Industry is seeking to increase the number
of items imported from Cuba, he said, as well as exploring the
possibility of arriving at a line of credit with the Central Bank of
Mr Coard said the provision, of technical assistance by Cuba will
have a very favourable impact on Grenada's, budget because this type
of assistance is very expensive.
"We have certain projects, for example, we have been discussing with
other countries and international oxganisations",,he said, "and just
to get half a do7en people with the technical expertise. to train
Grenadians would cost as much as three quarters of a million dollars
over 4 years."
The provision of this type of aid through "fraternal sources", in
this case Cuba, he said, makes an enormous difference to Grenada's
"extremely meagre" budget as it would not have to absorb these
Cuba's Ambassador to Grenada, Mr Julian Torres Rizo, who returned
to Grenada on September 2Rnd with the Grenada negotiating team,
said his country is not rich but Cuba regards its assistance to
Grenada as part of its "internationalist duty."
WORKERS "TAKE OVER" NEWSPAPER
"Workers at tL. Grenada Publishing Company, publishers of the
former counter-revolutionary 'Torchlight' newspaper, yesterday
afternoon took an historic decision to take over the Company after
they found that the Management and Directors have been deliberately
running down the Company and not paying wages."
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This announcement came from Radio Free Grenada (RFG) on August 15th
and RFG said the workers' decision was taken on the day before, after
which they called a press conference "to announce their revolutionary
RFG said the workers passed a resolution pointing out their decision
was democratically arrived at by themselves in order to protect their
livelihood. According to RFG, the workers also said in their
resolution they will form a cooperative to run the Company and they
called on the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) "to pass the
Company's assets on to the cooperative and, in the mean time, to
take steps to protect the workers."
The resolution also called on the PRG to suspend the rights of the
Directors to transfer assets or levy against them until a legal
entity is created.
A spokesman for the Company said that, on 15th June, the workers
at the Company were told that the Company could no longer afford
to employ them but they were free to use the equipment if they
could make a living out of it. Some left, the spokesman said,
and some remained.
"At the end of 1980", the spokesman said, "the Company's losses had
climbed from EC$162 thousand in 1979 to over EC$188 thousand, and
the trend in 1981 is even more frightening, It is only a matter
of time before the Banks foreclose and, in sympathy with the
workers, we were giving them a chance to make some money before the
Company is wound up."
Only one worker was present when the Company's premises on Melville
Street were visited by NEWSLETTER on August 15th, and that worker
said the meeting on the day before had been held under the auspices
of the Grenada Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) which
represents workers at Grenada Publishers Ltd. The worker was
unclear as to what the next step would be and suggested that
Mr James Wardally, TAWU President, who was at the meeting, be
contacted. Mr Wardally could not be reached.
"Torchlight" newspaper was closed by the PRG in October 1979 for
alleged "counter-revolutionary activity." Together with the
publishing of the newspaper, Grenada Publishers ran a job printer
and it is this section of the business which has been kept open
Since the closure of "Torchlight", the Directors have tried
u-isuccessfully to have the PRG remove the ban on the newspaper
.id, in a Report to'the Annual General Meeting of the Company in
Sy last, they said they are without replies to letters to the
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Prime Minister "emphasing the financial position and the possib-
ility of a total shut down of the Company with loss of employment
of some 18 persons."
As a result of Peoples Law 81/1979, passed after "TorcL.light" was
closed down, the PRO is the largest shareholder in Grenada
Publishers Ltd, holding over 30% of the stock. According to
that law, no one may hold more than 4% of the total stock and the
law automatically vested in the PRG any holding over that figure.
It also vested in the PRG any stock held by non-Grenadians.,
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It was announced on September 29th that 9 persons have been charged
under Grenada's Terrorism (Prevention). Law in connection with an
alleged plot to overthrow the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)
Those charged are Kenneth Budhlall, Kennedy Budhlall, Percival
Roberts, Raphael Roberts, Strachan Phillip, Keith St Bernard,
Lyle St Bernard, Joseph Jacobs and Godwin Charles.
Godwin Charles is believed to be the person whose name was
given previously as Dennis Charles and who, with Kenneth Budhlall
was arrested on April 25th 1980, These young men are from the
east coast TivPli district and are former members of the New Jewel
Speaking at a public meeting,a few days after their arrest, Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop described them as ".14ltra leftists' and said
they were part of; a plot to overthrow his Government.
According to Mr Bishop, the plot was that counter-revolutionaries
would attack Pearls airport on April 26th 1980 as a first step
towards seizing power, and Government sources said at that time
that Kennedy Budhlall, a brother of Kenneth Budblall, stationed at
Pearls airport as a senior member of the Peoples Revolutionary
Army (PRA), was involved in the alleged plot.
Moving against the alleged plotters, the Army Command suspended 15
PRA members stationed at the airport and arrested Kennedy Budhlall
just hours before the alleged attack on the airport was said to be
due to take place.
A few days alter the arrest of Kenneth Budhlall and Charles,
residents of the Tivoli village staged a demonstration to protest
the arrests. A second demonstration, yet a few days later,
paraded the 4 miles from Tivoli to the town of Grenville in
carnival style, the demonstrators shouting slogans and carrying
placards which were strongly anti-PRG. "Bishop is not God",
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said one, and another advised Prime Minister, "Dont bite the
hand that fed you."
In Grenville, the demonstrators Were confronted with a booing
crowd of hecklers and, shortly after, a pro-PRG demonstration, this
one also in carnival style, got under way in Grenville. That
demonstration was led by Attorney General Kendrick Radix, then
Minister of Education George Louison and then Minister of Agri-
culture, Tourism & Fisheries Unison Whiteman.
Theme of the pre-PRG demonstration was that the Tivoli demon-
strators were "stooges" of the United States Central Intelligence
agency and that they were supporting people who planned to take
over Grenada so they could become involved in large scale pro-
duction and export of marijuana.
One of the 9 men now charged with the alleged plot is dead. He
is Strachan Phillip, a member of the NJM and said to have been a
member of the party which attacked the headquarters of the Defence
Force at the start of the revolution on 13th March 1979.
Following a bomb explosion at a rally at Queens Park, St Georges,
on June 19th 1980, Radio Free Grenada (RFG) reported that Phillip
had been killed in a shoot out at his home with Security Forces.
RFG said also that Keith St Bernard (one df the 9 men charged)
was at Phillip's home at the time of the incident but escaped.
St Bernard was arrested subsequently.
According to the announcement from RFG, Kenneth Budhlall, another
of those now charged with the alleged plot, has already been
charged in connection with the June 19th 1980 bomb incident which
'-illed 3 people.
RFG said also that 4 persons have been charged under the Preven-
tive Detention Regulations Law for allegedly attempting to escape
custody on May 6th last year. They are Dennis Crow, Dennis
Charles, Antonio Langdon and Kennedy Budhlall.
It is reported that, during the alleged attempted escape, Langdon
and at least one other person were shot and wounded. Langdon
was hospitalized and, in July 1980, the Caribbean Conference of
Churches expressed concern over his health. Inquiries by
NEWSLETTER at the General Hospital disclosed that Langdon had been
hit by a bullet which broke two ribs and damaged his lungs and,
originally, his condition had been extremely serious. Hospital
authorities advised at that time that he was making satisfactory
FG said that the charges now made against the 9 persons bring to
'7 the number of persons charged under the Terrorism (Prevention)
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Law and the Preventive Detnr: tion Regulations Law.
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PRG STUDIES CANADIAN DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Minister of Finance Bernard Coard has announced that the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG) is now studying a US$62 million
development and investment programme put forward by a Canadian
firm. The programme involves the building of hotels to coincide
with completion of the international airport now being constructed
at Point Saline.
Mr Coard did not name the firm but, for about a year,now, the PRG
has had before it a proposal from the Canadian firm of Carinex
Resources Ltd for a US$62 million 5 year development of the 250 acre
Grand Anse area and the establishment of a Grienada National Air-
The proposal included construction of. 300 hotel rooms and other
facilities, and this investment~ was estimated to net an operating
profit of over US$10 million per annum. Additionally, the
National Airline, requiring a capital outlay of US$22 million, was
estimated to produce US$5 million per lianinum in net" operating profit.
Local interests were concerned over the Carinex proposal, the
feasibility study of which, they said, did not have enough local
imput to take care of any more than "the mere dollars and cents
aspects of the matter."
The first phase of the international airport is scheduled f(r
completion in August 1982. It is estimated that, at that time,
the Liat planes now serving Grenada through Pearls airport will be
able to use Point Saline with night flying facilities.
ISLAND LAW AMENDED
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has amended the Land
Development and Utilization Law so that Section 18.no longer applies
to "agricultural land of any size whatsoever."
This law, passed in August, makes* it the responsibility of occupiers
of agricultural land of 100 acres or more to farm that land "to such
extent as may be practicable.". Should the occupier fail to do
so, the Minister of Agriculture is empowered to compulsorily acquire
a leasehold interest in the land and to develop it.
Section 18 of the law stipulated, however, that, without permission,
an owner or occupier of "agricultural land of any size whatsoever"
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must not "sell, lease, let or otherbwise charge or encumber or sub-
divide the land or part thereof: or transfer or assign his interest
therein or in any part thereof, whether or not for consideration".
In a public statement last month, Minister of Legal Affairs Kendrick
Radix said his Ministry would correct "certain unintended defects"
in the law which a number of persons had pointed out.
Those "defects", which include typographical errors, have been
corrected in the amendment, Peoples Law 33/1981, passed and
gazetted on September 28th, but the principal amendment is that
provisions of Section 18 no longer apply to "agricultural land of
any size whatsoever" but to landd comprising or included in an
agricultural unit" which is, according to the definition in the
law, land of 100 acres or more.
NOEL: NEW LIFE FOR TUC
Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC) First Vice President Vincent Noel
said here on September 25th there are plans to put new life into
the organisation. The second regular TUC Convention opened on
September 26th and Mr Noel disclosed that the Convention would
appoint "work committees" to take care of particular aspects of
the Council's work.
"The TUC in Grenada has been, historically, a very dormant organ-
isation", he said, "and it is the intention of the present
Management Committee to rejuvenate the TUC, really give it some
life and make it one of the most vibrant and powerful organizations
in the country".
Another item on the Convention's agenda was the Conference of the
"Caribbean Workers & Solidarity Group" scheduled to take place in
Grenada from November 18th to 21st. Mr Noel said that Con-
ference will have representatives from more than 40 workers'
organizations covering the Dutch, French, Spanish and English
TUC is comprised of 7 member unions and the convention considered
the application for membership of an eighth, the
Agricultural & General Workers Union which was formed just after
the revolution of March 13th 1979. Approval was deferred.
Present TUC members -re the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union
'CIWU), Bank & .General Workers Union (BGWL), Seamen & Waterfront
workers Union, Public Workers Union (formerly the Civil Service
.*;ociation), Technical & Allied Workers Union, Taxi Owners &
)rivers Association and the Grenada Union of Teachers.
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Mr Noel, ~hio is Sdcreta'v (Junior Minister) in the Peoples
Revolutionary Governmentt' Ministry of National Mobilisation, is
President of CIWU and BGWU#
U.N. DELEGATION IN GRENADA
A seven-man United Nations delegation headed by U.N. Assistant
Secretary General Gordon Goundery arrived here on September 27th
on a four-day fact finding mission.
This visit resulted from a U N:General assemblyy Resolution Mad-
dating the Secretary General to look into the needs of the less
developed Caribbean countries. The delegation was expected to
hold discussions with the Peoples Revolutionary Government on
emergency assistance to Grenada, financing for local projects and
general development plans..
GRENADA AT FINANCE' MEETINGS
The Grenada delegation to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers
meeting in the Bahamas, which ended on September 23rd, moved on to
Washington,for scheduled meetings of the International Monetary
Fund and World Bank which began on: September 28th and continued to
The delegation, headed by Deputy Minister of Finance Lyden
Pamdhanny, included Permanent Secretary y'i the Ministry of Finance
Lauriston Wilson and Ms. Lana McPhail, an assistant from that
The World Bank/IMF meetings focused on the world economic position,
and the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting was called to form-
ulate a common position on this issue.
AGWU CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
Radio Free Grenada announced on September 23rd that the Agricul-
tural & General Workers Union (AGWU), which was formed after the
New Jewel Movement led revolution of March 13th 1979, would
celebrate its second anniversary on October 2nd at the Government
owned La Sage.se estate in St Davids.Parish.
AGWU, which has been recognized as .the bargaining agent for workers
on all.Government owned estates, recently won recognition as such
an agent for workers on two privately owned estates on the island's
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A strike called t.y AGWU at pri_.t -ely owned La Pastora estate in
St Davids Parish in September was settled after a satisfactory
response was received to the workers' demands, but a: strike at
privately owned L'Esterr,. and Bagatelle estates in St Andrews
Parish over the issue of pay for public holidays continued into
L'Esterre and Bagatelle estates are owned by the Ramdhanny family
and are managed by Mr L L Ramdhanny, father of Mr Lyden Ramdhanny,
Deputy Minigser of Finahce in the Peoples Revolutionary Government.
NteW.AECY "ARL''. ESTABLISHED
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has appointed an
"Agency for Rural Transformation", ART, a department which will
be responsible for coordinating development programmes of mass
organizations in Grenada.
The Agency is headed by Ms. Regina Taylor, former General Sec-
retary of the National Cooperative. Development Agency, and among
its responsibilities is development and preparation of projects
for submission to foreign doner agencies.
ART will coordinate with externally based non-governmental
agencies in securing financial and technical assistance for
implementation of mss organisation projects.
IRAQUE PRESIDENT CABLES BISHOP
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq has cabled Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop to express his country's "fullest backing and support for
the Grenadian people in defence of their sovereignty and indepen-
dence of their country."
President Hussein's message, which was received late in September,
condemned "all imperialist attempts aimed at invading Grenada" and
expressed confidence that, under the revolutionary leadership of
Prime Minister Bishop, Grenadians will "be able to defend the gains
of the revolution and the sovereignty of Grenada with the assistance
of friendly states and peoples."
JNICPF .p:2onsored workshop on child-development and curriculum
planning opened during the last week in September at the Teachers'
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Training College, St Ger 'es. Seventeen new teachers from pre-
primary schools participated in the exercise which covered curric-
ulum planning and child development up to 5 years old.
Tutors for the two week workshop were drawn from the Early Child-
hood Division of the Ministry of Education, and there is-to be a
once-a-week follow up session over the next 6 months.
VENEZUELAN FISHERMEN CONVICTED
Thirteen Venezuelan fishermen were fined a total of EC$3,300 in
the Sauteurs Magistrates Court on September llth and had their
vessel, the "Linda Rose", (approximately 80 feet) with its equip-
ment and a catch of 6,000 lbs of fish confiscated and forfeit to
the Peoples Revolutionary Government.
The "Linda Rose" is reported to have been intercepted i0 miles west
of Grenada by the Grenada Coast Guard on August 30th and brought
into St Georges.
Charge d'affaires at the Venezuelan Embassy here, Mr Hernei Bscobar,
expressed surprise to NEWSLETTER that the penalties in this case
are so heavy. "We have brought a lawyer here from Venezuela",
he said, "and he is looking into this case with a view to deciding
whether there is any action we should take in the matter."
The first ever camp for "Pioneers", youngsters between the ages of
5 and 14, was opened on August 10th by Prime Minister Maurice'
Addressing the 175 assembled campers, Mr Bishop told them that to
be living in Grenada today means that they are part of a new pro-
cess which is being built in the country and they are fortunate to
be growing up in an atmosphere of freedom which gives full rein to
"You are part of a revolution that is also young", he said. "A
revolution that is under 2j years and, because of your own ages,
it means that you can say that you and the revolution are growing
and learning together and, therefore, you have a real task of
helping to shape exactly what the revolution will be like 10 years
and 20 years from now."
Mr Bishop told his young listeners that this is what the Peoples
Revolutionary Government means when it says that Grenada's child-
ren, the "Pioneers", are the future of the revolution. They
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are the future of the revol'itio: because they are growing and learning
with the revolution, the revolution stands on their young shoulders,
is held in their young hands and will be shaped and made by their
"Your creativity, your talent, your ability, your skill, your hard
work, your patriotism, is what will make sure that this revolut-
.on grown stronger and stronger every day", Mr Bishop said, "and
that is something you must never ever forget."
The Prime Minister told the Pioneers that the revolution must not
only be respected, it must be admired, and this admiration, inside
and outside Grenada, will depend largely on the way the Pioneers
carry themselves. It will depend on how they apply themselves,
show discipline and develop their cultural, sporting, educational
:,.d community abilities and responsibilities.
"In that way", Mr Bishop said, "we can be certain, not only that
the revolution will be respected, but also that the revolution,
more and more, will be admired".
This Pioneers camp, which lasted one month, was aimed at assisting
in the development of sports and culture, in the children, as well as
developing their sense of patriotism, making them aware of their
role in the new society.
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MEASURES FOR MOCO
The Peoples Revolutionary Government has instituted tough measures
tc cope with moco banana disease which was.discovered in Grenada
three years ago and which is doing considerable damage to plant-
In a proclamation issued on September 4th gazettedd 11.9.81) over
the signature of the Minister of Agriculture, Mr George Louison,
the Chief Plant protection officer of the Department of Agri-
culture is authorised to destroy, without compensation, any plant
of the banana family discovered to be infected with the disease.
Diseased plants may not be transported from the spot at which they
are discovered and, for two years after those plants have been
destroyed, no banana plants may be put in within 20 feet of where
the diseased plant was growing.
Moco, or bacterial vascular wilt disease, originated in tropical
A:.erica and now has world wide distribution. The disease is
e:-;, difficult to control and symptoms include premature yellowing
ou leaves, premature ripening of several 'fingers' while the
rt'sanch is still on the plant and a black rot inside otherwise
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healthy looking fruit.
Moco appeared in Trinidad in epidemic proportions in 1890 and the
outbreak almost eliminated the 'bluggoe', a member of the banana .
family which must be cooked before it is eaten and which is an
important item in the Westindian diet. In 1934, there was
another severe outbreak"in Trinidad and, in the early 1960s, the
disease devastated the plantations in that island, driving farmers
out of commercial production.
Additional measures introduced here by the Ministry of Agriculture
include authority to declare areas with diseased plants as "moco
infected areas". The sale, removal and distribution of planting
material from such areas is prohibited and the planting of bananas
in these areas is strictly controlled.
When the disease was first discovered here, a release from the
Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) declared that the
control of moco is a matter of life and death for the banana
industry in Grenada.
The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Soroptimist International
Club of Grenada were officially opened on August llth at the
Holiday Inn by Acting Governor General Mr !Allan LaGrenade.
Addressing the Club and its visitors, which included Mrs Catherine
Salt, World Soroptimost International President, Mr LaGrenade said
the occasion was one for looking at both the past and the future.
He thought the Grenada Club would do this with particular reference
to their special circumstances and needs, but against the background
of an increasingly interdependent and rapidly changing world.
"Yours will be the task of finding how the ideals of Soroptimism
can best be given expression in a Caribbean beset by all sorts of
problems political, economic, social and.even cultural",
Mr LaGrenade said. "Problems that have assumed the greatest pro-
portions and urgency in the last two decades as a result of an
emergence from colonialism and dependence, and with a determination
to find our own way in the world with the help, sympathy and under-
standing of our friends, yes, but by our own efforts and by methods
of our own."
However much the method may vary from place to place or within a
particular place, the Governor General ~continued, the search is the
same for a better quality of life, equal opportunities for all
better fed people, better housed, better clothed, having reasonable
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access to education and adequate health services. All of this,
however, Mr LaGrenada thought, is not enough because "man is not
body only, he is body and spirit and will never be content merely
with material benefits."
"Our new Caribbean Man must be, in addition, someone with head held
high, strong, vibrant, confident, free, knowing who he is and what
he is", Mr LaGrenada said, "and fully accepting himself for what he
The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Grenada Club lasted two
days and were attended by top Soroptimist officials. These
included Dr Prescilla Turnbull, President of Soroptimist Inter-
national Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, Vice-President
of Soroptimist International Federation of Europe, Mrs Sadun
Katipoglu of Turkey, and President Mrs Betty Loughead of Sorop-
timist International Federation of South West Pacific.
Represented also at the celebrations were the Soroptimist Inter-
national Clubs of Barbados, Great Britain, Jamaica, New Zealand,
Norway, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey and the Turks & Caicos islands.
SOROPTIMISTS SEEK EEC GRANT
The Sorpptimist International Club of Grenada has sponsored an
application to the European Economic Community (EEC) for a grant
of EC$200,000, being 50% of the estimated cost of a new building
for the Grenada School for the Deaf.
Support for this School has been the Club's main project since
the Club received its Charter on 23rd August 1971, and the
disclosure that the Club has applied for a grant from the EEC
was made by the Club's President, Miss Louise Rowley, at a funct'
ion on August 11th marking the 10th anniversary of Soroptimist
International in Grenada.
"The building which houses the School is a make-shift one", Miss
Rowley said, "and it is not only inadequate to meet the demands
for new admissions, but its physical condition is rapidly deter-
iorating and there is urgent need for a new and properly designed
The new School, the President said, will be built on lands donated
by the Peoples Revolutionary Government in one of the suburbs of
St Georges. This institution, she said, will provide adequate
classroom and dormitory accommodation as well as a technical centre
for training children in skills which will make them useful in the
To compl.ea the project Mi ss Rowley said, her Club will collab-
orate with the Grenada Sciety of Friends of the Deaf and other
kindred organizations to raise an amount equal to the g-ant
requested from the EEC.
President Rowley said an appeal is also being made to other Sorop-
timist Clubs for assistance in the project, and she acknowledged
donations already received from 3oroptimist International of Great
Britain and from Soroptimist International of Greater London.
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CACRA IN GRENADA
The Caribbean Agricultural Credit Association (CACRA), which was
formed in Guyana last year, held its first Annual General Meeting
in Grenada on September 24th.
Comprised of agricultural lending organizations in the region,
CACRA organised a senior management regional workshop for its
member organizations, this workshop taking place immediately before
the Annual General Meeting.
The workshop focused on the problems of small farmer crediting and
had participants from Jamaica, Antigua, Guyana, Dominica, St Kitts-
Nevis, St Lucia, Belize, Haiti, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas
and Santo Domingo.
the three day discussions covered small farmer crediting and pro-
duced recommendations to solve the problems of such lending oper-
ations. Field trips were planned for the participants to visit
the Madigras Water & Soil Conservation Project, and the Agro-
Industries plant at True Blue.
The CACRA Annual General Meeting elected officers to the Executive
of the Association, reviewed the work of the organisation and made
plans for the 1981/1982 term.
SWWU PROTESTS TO PINOCHET
The Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) cabled
General Augusto Pinochet of Chile on October 13th to "denounce
vehemently Law 18032 depriving Chilian port workers of their right
to collective bargaining and Agreements",
Mr Eric Pierre, SWWU General Secretary, told NEWSLETTER that the
new Chilian law cancels all collective industrial Agreements and
fcr-c: workers to renew their applications to work every 20 days.
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"The law is in contravention of ILO Conventions 87 98 and 137, and a
retrograde step in industrial relations", the SWWU cable told
Mr Pierre said his Union is the oldest Caribbean affiliate of the
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) which is based in
London and which has asked all its affiliates to cable their
protests to the Chilean leader,
"Swwu is pleased and proud to join with our brothers throughout
the world in solidarity with the port workers of Chile in demanding
immediate withdrawal of the decree and a-restoration of their trade
union rights", Mr Pierre said.
The Media Workers Association of Free Grenada (MWAFG) was launched
officially on July 11th.
The idea of such an Association was first publicly put forward last
November by Mr Don Rojas, Editor of the Government owned "Free West
Indian" newspaper. Addressing a function organised to honour
the memory of Grenadian and Westindian journalist and patriot,
T Albert Marryshow, Mr Rojas 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."
Speaking to Radio Free Grenada on July 9th, Mr Rojas said MWAFG
is firmly behind the building of the revolution, and the Assoc-
iation will also address itself to the establishment of a New
International Information Order.
The first meeting of MWAFG took place on May 12th last and Mr Ray
Donald of the Government Information Services (GIS) was elected
President. First Vice-President is Mr Don Rojas and Second
Vice-President is Miss Cheryl Fletcher of Radio Free Grenada (RFG).
The General Secretary is Mr Lew Smith of RFG, Mr Rugglos Ferguson
of GIS is Assistant Secretary and Mr Kevin Williams of the Free
West Indian is Treasurer.
The aims of the associationn have been stated as being to assist
media workers in the country, to perform their duties properly, and
to increase the participation of the workers in building the
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NEWS ITEMS FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR
For a variety of reasons, the number of issues of
NEWSLETTER published this year hve' been' uch less
than usual. The result has been that several
news items of a generally lessex,importance.have
not been carried.
For the benefit of those of our subscribers who
require as full as possible a record of develop-
ments in Grenada, we now devote the remained of
this issue to news items from earlier .this year.
GRENADA DONATES TO NAMIBIA FUND
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Grenada has donated EC$50 thousand to the Namibia Liberation Fund.
This was disclosed in February by the XGovernment informationn
Service which said the donation was made by the then Minister of
Communications, Works and Labour Selwyn Strachan on. ebruary 10th.
at the Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference in Delhi.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Participants from Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica attended a work-
shop in Grenada on Rural Development planning.
Organised by the Peoples Revolutionary Government in collaboration
with the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American
Institute of Agricultural Sciences, the workshop was opened on
February 16th by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs,
Agro-Industries and Fisheries Kendrick Radix.
The workshop ran until February 27th.
OAS DELEGATION VISITS
A four man delegation from the Organisation of American States
(OAS) completed a 3 day mission to Grenada on January 16th during
which discussions were held with the Peoples Revolutionary
Government on regional and multi-regional projects.
The delegation was headed by Mrs Dorrel Calender, Technical Coord-
inator for the Caribbean, and other members were Dr Jose Restrepo,
Director of Planning and Statistics Programme and Coordinator for
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the OAS Training Project, Mr Brian Thompson from the Regional Plan-
ing and Development Programme and Mr Alan Rondole of the Rural
This was the first visit of the OAS Programming Mission to Grenada
since the March 13th 1979 revolution.
CUBANH HEALTH EXPERTS VISIT
A three man tean of health experts arrived in Grenada on January
9th for talks with the Ministry of Health concerning Grenada's
National Health Policy and programmes.
The team was led by Professor Cosme Ordonez who was the leader of
the first Cuban medical team which arrived in 1979.
FAO RBPRBSENTATIVE ACCREDITED
Mr Giovanni Tedeso, Eastern Caribbean representative of the Food
& Agriculture Organisation (FAQ) of the United Nations, presented
his letter of accreditation to .Prii Minister Maurice Bishop on
Mr Tedeso, who resides in'Barbados, is also accredited to Barbados,
St Lucia and Dominica.
BULLPEN COMES FOR TALKS
Grenada's Ambassador to the European Economic Community, Mr G R
Bullen, paid a visit to the island in February for discussions
with the Peoples Revolutionary Government concerning the work of
the Grenada Mission in Brussels.
Mr Bullen is also Grenada's Ambassador to Sweden, Belgium, Italy
and the Netherlands.
SOVIET UNION MAKES GIFT
Early in February, the Peoples Revolutionary Government received
a gift of agricultural equipment from the Government of the Soviet
Speaking on the occasion of the presentation of the Budget on
February 12th, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said 16 jeeps, 20
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irrigation pumps, 12 trucks,, 10 tractors and 6 bulldozers had
Mr Bishop said this gift is a result of a'trip made by Minister of
Finance Bernard Coard to the Soviet Union last year, and the
"proof of what Grenada has been able to get out of trips to the
Socialist world is now in the island for all to see."
RICE FROM VENEZUELA
The National Import &'Marketing Board received a shipment of 200
metric tons of rice from Venezuela' early this year,. The ship-
ment arrived on February 9th and it was announced that a single
110 lb bag would be sold for EC$80f.4. ::The last shipment of
rice received before this by the Board from Guyana sold at
EC$101.00 per 100 lb bag. ,Lots of 2 to'24 bags of the Venez-
uelan rice cost EC$77.41 per bag and, on lots of 25 bags and over,
the price was EC$74.86 per bag.
According to a release from the Goveigtl*A" Information Service,
successful maneuvers to integrate the Security Forces and increase
the defence capabilities of the country were carried b-t.
The maneuvers, code named "March 13", the most extensive to that
date, were undertaken on the weekend of February 1st and were
organized as part of the celebrations of the second anniversary of
the March 13th 1979 revolution.
Representatives from Dominica, St Lucia, Guyana, Jamaica, Surinam
and Grenada took part early this yeaf.in a 5-day seminar spon-
sored here by the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE).
Olade has already sponsored two courses in Grenada on construction
of biogas plants, and this seminar was on "methodology for the
elaboration of energy balance."
The Grenada Ministry of Planning was cosponsor of the seminar
which ended on January 29th.
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WINBAN TEAM VISITS
A four-man team from the Windward Islands Banana association
(WINBAN) visited Grenada in February to review the operations of
the Banana Industry.
Principal interest of the team was the moco and leaf spot disease
now affecting the Industry and several field trips were organised
to provide first hand information.
The team, which arrived on February 2nd, was comprised of
Dr Joseph Edmunds, WINBAN Director, Dr Keith Cronshaw, Plant Path-
ologist, Mr Colin Burton, Post Harvest Scientist and Mr Newman
Knight of WINBAN's Fruit Quality Department.
GRENADA RATIFIES IICA CONVENTION
Grenada has ratified the convention of the Inter-American
Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA). The ceremony
took place in Washington on December 22nd and signing on behalf of
the Peoples Revolutionary Governmen.t at the headquarters of the
Organisation of American States (OAS) was Miss Dessima Williams.
BULLPEN PRESENTS CREDENTIALS IN ALGERIA
Mr G R E Bullen presented his credentials on December 24th last
as Grenada's Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of Algeria.
Mr Bullen, who is based in Brussels, is also Grenada's Ambassador
to the European Economic Community, Sweden, Belgium, Italy and
Mr Vincent Noel, outgoing President of the Bank & General Workers
Union (BGWU) was reelected President at the BGWU Annual General
Meeting on February 15th last.
Mr Noel, who was then Secretary (Junior Minister) for Home Affairs,
in the Prime Minister's Ministry in the Peoples Revolutionary
Government, is also President of the Commercial & Industrial
Addressing the meeting, Mr Noel spoke of the many benefits, he
aaid, workers had received since the revolution of March 13th
1979, and he urged more worker participation in building the
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RADIX IN SURINAM
Attorney General & Minister of Legal.Affairs, Agro-Industries &
Fisheries Kendrick Radix, was Grenada 's representative at .Surinam's
first anniversary celebrations of the.military.coup which toppled
the Government.of .Prime Minister,Henck Arron on February 25th 1980.'
Grenada and Surinam have no diplomatic relations but an official
source reports that discussions have taken place between the two
countries.in this connection.
NON-ALIGNED SOLIDARITY WITH GRENADA
The Ministerial meetingof the Non-Aligned Movement held earlier
this year in India reaffirmed its support and solidarity for and
with the Grenada revolution.
This was disclosed by the then MtrnisT~ir of Communications, Works &
Labour Selwyn Strachan who returned from the meeting oh February
19th. Mr Strachan sza participants at'.the meeting also called
on the International Community not to interfere in Grenada's
NEW DEPARTMTS AT GENERAL HOSPITAL
Several new departments at the St Georges, General Hospital were
opened officially on February 4th. These departments include
the Casualty Section, a Maternity Block, a Laboratory and an X-ray
Present at the opening ceremony were Prime Minister Maurice Bishop,
the then Minister of Health Norris Bain, the then Minister of
Communications, Works & Labour Selwyn Strachan, Cuban Ambassador to
.Grenada Mr Julian Torres Rizo and Mr Alberto Ferrari, Resident. :
Representative of the European Economic Community.
The air conditioning unit for the operating theatre and intensive
care unit was donated and installed by the Government of Cuba at a
cost of over EC$1 million, and a new X-ray unit was given by the
St Georges University School of Medicine.
Funds for the building of the Casualty Section, Maternity Block,
Laboratory and X-ray Departments were provided by the European
Development Fund which also financed the purchase of some of the
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LANDS NEAR AIRPORT MAY BE ACQUIRED
A Government notice published in January Said it appears to the
Peoples Revolutionary Government that all lands on Grenada's south-
ern peninsular, in the vicinity of the now-being-constructed inter-
national airport, "are likely to be required by the Government in
the State for a public purpose, to wit, the construction of an
international airport together with attendant services."
In a schedule published with the notice, the land likely to be
acquired by Government is described as the land on both sides of
the road from "the True Blue roundabout to the Point Saline light-
i cause This description covers land on the peninsular about
a mile wide and tapering to a point approximately two miles away.
Interested persons were requested to give notice of their right,
title or interest in these lands to an authorised officer in the
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands & Surveys.
VOA RELAY STATION AGAINST U.S. LAW
The United States of America negotiated with the Government of
Antigua to locate a "Voice of Ameica" relaystation on that island
because it is against U.S. law to place such a powerful transmitter
on U.S. soil, including the soil of U.S. "colonies" of St Thomas,
St Croix and Puerto Rico.,
This declaration was made here on January llth by Mr Tim Hector,
Political Leader of the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement (ACLM)
and a delegate to the Caribbean Workers Conference which took place
in Grenada on the week end of 10th/llth January.
"Against*this.co$strainrt", Mr Hector said, "they had to find a
wiilling power in the Caribbean in the person of the Bird regime
to carry out this violation of their own regulations."
The ACLM leader said the transmitter was placed on the U S naval
base in Antigua because the U.S.Authorities felt it had to be
"defended by the arms and might of the United States" as it was
feared that "the wrath of the population might eventually turn
against the Voice of America."
!'This has forced .them into another contradiction", Mr Hector said,
"because the U.S.Navy is objecting to having the Voice of America
operate from United States controlled territory in Antigua, and
this has prevented the Voice of America from emerging as the
dominant electronic media voice in the entire Caribbean basin."
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Mr Hector said the Navy is objecting because locating the Voice of
America transmitter on the base means placing on the base a civilian
controlled agency and, he said, there are certain.United States
regulations which forbid this. Mr Hector said the Navy has asked
for contractuall terms" which will allow control of the transmitter
to remain with the Navy,i
EL SALVADOR REPRESENTATIVE: REAGAN IS WRONG
Mr Fernando Rivas, a representative of the Democratic & Revolutionary
Front (DRF) of El Salvador, said here on January llth that United
States President Ronald Reagan is wrong in his stated assessment of
the situation in El Salvador.
Mr Rivas said that, at the recent meeting of Mr Reagan and President
Jose Lopez Portillo of Mexico, Mr Reagan declared there is a civil
war going on in El .Salvador between the Left, the Centre which
represents the Government and the Right.
"This is in no way true of El Salvador", Mr Rivas said, "and the
Constitution of the Democratic Revolutionary Government reveals "
The DRF representative said that, grouped in the fight against the
Government are the Labour Organisations, the Social Democrats,
dissident sectors of the Christian Democrats, Teachers Associations
and some sectors of the Army.
The anti-Government forces include even some sectors of the Roman
Catholic Church which have decided to follow the advice of the
assassinated Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero to accompany the people
in their struggle, Mr Rivas said.
"We do not have a situation in which the Government represents the'
Centre", Mr Rivas said. "The Government represents the Right
against the people and the Government has no support from the
The DRF representative said the present Government of El Salvador is
no more than a small minority of politicians who have support only
from "the most repressive Army" and the "military and economic
support of the United States of America".
Mr Rivas was a delegate to the Caribbean Workers Conference held in
Grenada in January.
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BISHOP ATTACKS JEANE DIXON
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, speaking at a public meeting in
St Georges on January 26th, branded Jeane Dixon, well known
American seer, an "obeah woman".
Mr Bishop was referring to Miss Dixon's published prediction that
she senses "imminent change in Grenada and E1 Salvador", and that
"more admirers of Mr (Fidel) Castro are going to be toppled from
power in those countries, just as Mr (Michael) Manley was."
Jeane Dixon is an obeah women", Mr Bishop said, "and her method is
to predict 400 things every year and claim success when only four
of them come true".
Mr Bishop announced to that meeting that a ministerial change would
soon be made in his Cabinet. This year has been proclaimed the
"Year'of Agriculture and Agro-Industries" and the ministerial
change would give emphasis to this. Responsibility for agro-
industries would be given to Mr Kendrick Radix .who, in addition,
would retain the portfolio of Attorney General and Minister of
Mr Unison Whiteman who, until then, had been responsible, among
other things, for agro-industries and Fisheries, would have his
Ministry reduced to Agriculture, Lands, Forestry & Tourism
Mr Bishop announced also that the Cuban National Airline, CUBANA,
was to make an inaugural Grenada/Cuba flight.on 31st January. A
weekly schedule was to be maintained and Mr Bishop said that, now
that the need for Cubans and Grenadians to get viras to visit each
other's country had been removed (an Agreement on this was signed
on January 19th), he expected that a lot of use would be made'of
this new air connection.
Also in connection with air travel, Mr Bishop announced that the
Peoples Revolutionary.Government had purchased a "Bandierante" 18-
seater turbo prop aircraft from Brazil. Pilots were then being
trained in Brazil, he said, and the plane was to be used on the
Trinidad/Grenada and Barbados/Grenada routes.
Ali er ughxas
10th October 1981