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NE LETTERR
FOUNDED 17TH- AW ST 1973

For The Week Ending September 18th 1982
10th Year of Publication- --- -.--275th Issue
Volume 10 Number 13




U.S. GIVES VERSION OF "BERKLEY INCIDENT"
The United States Embassy in Barbados has charged that state-
ments made by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) about
the "Suzanne Berkley Incident" were based on an inaccurate ver-
sion of the events.

Grenadian born Miss Berkley,20,.went to Puerto Riico, on May 4th
last to attend a conference on Theology in the Americas organ-
ised by the Inter-Ethnic Indigenous Coalition. She was, how-
ever, prevented from entering Puerto Rico by Immigration Author-
ities and sent back to Grenada.

The State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG) reported that the PRG
had protested to the American Embassy in Barbados saying it was
"deeply shocked at the harsh, inhumane and intimidatory treat-
ment" meted out to Miss Berkley and, in a public statement,
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said this treatment is an example
of "the disrespect the United States has for the people of the
region."

Until late in June, the Barbados U.S. Embassy made no statement
on the matter but, in a requested statement to NEWSLETTER,
Charge d'Affaires Joseph McLaughlin denied that Miss Berkley had
been treated with anything but the "utmost courtesy".

"Neither she nor any of the 4 attorneys who represented her ever
*alleged any 'gross humiliation, intimidation and harassment' as
did the PRG in its protest to the Embassy", Mr McLaughlin said.

In reply to :a charge by RFG that Miss Berkley had been "forced
to sign an adverse statement prepared by U.S. Immigration.
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Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hugher
P Box 65, St.Gemorges Grenada, Westindies


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Authorities", the Charge dtAffaires said she had signed only a standard
form withdrawing her application to enter the United States, and at no
time was she forced to sign anything.

"Clearly, with four lawyers assisting her, this could not have occurred ,
Mr AIH~augflfin: said, "nor has any of the four alleged it did."
Press Access
Mr McLaughlin said that, besides being allowed untrammelledd press
access", Miss Berkley was given the means to contact Grenada's Perm-
anent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Caldwell Taylor, who
provided her with advice.

"The.reasons for the precipitate and virulent PRG stance on this issue
are a matter for speculation", Mr McLaughlin said.

Ir his statement to NEWSLETTER, Mr McLaughlin commented that it is
"odd" that the PRG provided a diplomatic note in support of Miss
Berkley's application for a-visa to visit Puerto Rico. The
diplomat said such notes are required only for holders of diplomatic
and official passports, but it has been noted that the PRG provides
notes for regular passport holders when these individuals are sent on
official business to the United States.

Mr McLaughlin said Miss Berkley is an official of the Pope Paul
Ecumenical Centre in Grenada and of the National Youth Organisation
which is affiliated to the New Jewel Movement and, he said, the Pope
Paul Centre seems to enjoy PRG approbiation "as is evidenced by the
participation of PRG leaders in its conferences which-members of
Puerto Rican separatist groups have attended."

"It would certainly seem to meethat the PRG's collaboration with
Puerto Rican separatist groups, as evidenced by its support for such
conferences in Grenada and by its endorsement of Miss Berkley's visa
application in such a manner, could be construed as interference by
the Government of Grenada in the internal affairs of the United
States", Mr McLaughlin said.

"Certainly Miss Berkley has reasons to be thankful that. she was in
a country where, although neither a citizen nor admitted to the United
States",, Mr McLaughlin said also, "she was afforded full due process
(including legal representation), access to representatives of her
Government and (more than any laws require) access to members of the
press and of a private organisation."

A copy of the McLaughlin statement was made available to the Grenada
Ministry of Foreign Affairs by NEWSLETTER but that Ministry declined
to comment.

"We have nothing to say at this time", a Ministry spokesman said,
"except that we have received from the United States Embassy a reply
to our protest note and this is being studied."




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EMBASSY CHARGES NO PRG RESPONSE T U.S. PROTESTS

The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has failed to respond'
adequately to protests made by t-he'United States.Embassy in Bar-
bados relative to incidents involving U S citizens in Grenada.

This charge has been made by Charge d'Affaires at the United States
Embassy in Barbados, Mr Joseph McLaughlin, in a statement dated
June 28th 1982 issued to NEWSLETTER, and the diplomat said one such
case is that of an American citizen passenger aboard the cruise
ship "Carla C" which called at Grenada on March 3rd 1982.

"As he was boarding the lighter to return to the ship",
Mr McLaughlin said, "this man said something which apparently dis-
pleased a group attending a ceremony at the harbour:. In full
view of Police officials, who did not intervene to protect him, he
was assaulted by the group, later identified to him by a Government
tourism official as 'Cuban military men'."

Mr McLaughlin said the U.S.Embassy sent a diplomatic note on March
17th calling the PRGts attention to the incident but nothing.
further had been heard except for an interim reply 2 months later
advising that "a full investigation is being carried into the
allegations."

In his statement to NEWSLETTER, Mr McLaughlin- said another case of
this nature is that of an American citizen detained without charges
or due process from July 9th to November 27th 1979. According
to the diplomat, normal consular access, as is prescribed under the
existing Consular Convention, "was constricted by the PRG".

lHe.referred also to the case of an American citizen Peace Corps
volunteer who, he said, made an anti-PRG statement at a public
rally on August 9th 1979 and was deported by two PRA soldiers the
next day after being forced to sign a "confession" at gunpoint at
the airport.
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SORRY LtL

SThe Publishers and Producers of NEWSLETTER apologise
Sfor the long delay since publication of the last issue.

A series of circumstances, iincling the'need to under-
take extensive regional travel, has beenresponsible
Sfor this'delay.

Subscribers can be assured .that, in keeping with
NEWSLETTER's policy, in spite"of this delay, every
effort will be made to produce a full record of all
7 important developments.
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"In neither cage was the PRG responsive'to repeated, measured United
States Government,protests", Mr NcLaughlin said.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreigh Affairs declined to comment n
these charges.




BiSHOP VISITS FRANCE

Prime Minister. Maurice .Bishop flew .out of Grenada on September 15th at
the head of a delegation paying what has been described as a "very
important" official visit to the Government of France.

According to Radio Free Grenada (RPG), the delegation included Foreign
Minister Unison Whiteman,. Grenadars Ambassador to France, Mr Mario
Bullen, aid the Director of the Budget Office in the Ministry of
Finance, Mr Bernard Lacorbiniere,

Speaking to RFG before his departure, Mr Bishop said the delegation
would have the opportunity to hold discussions with the French Presi-
dent Francois Mitterrand and with Foreign idaister C4au4e. Cheysson who
the Prime Minister described as "a good friend of Grenada".

"Foreign Minister Cheysson was the person principally responsible for
helping us to organise the co-financing,conference in Brussels in
April of 1981", he said. "He was then in charge of overseas
development for the European Economic Community."

Mr Bishop said the visit will give the Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
ment (PRG) an opportunity to initiate contacts with different levels
of the French Administration and, given that this is the first high
level visit to France, he thought that the question of getting a high
level dialogue.going is very. important.

"Ouring the visit", Mr Bishop said, "we hope that possible areas of
cooperation between France and Grenada can be concluded. We have
already discussed a number of possible projects with the French
Government and we are going to be pursuing those discussions during
the visit with a view to seeing if any of them can be finalized."





BARCLAYS'S WCO.PRS: "I-UNIONISE US"
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Thirty-three members of the staff of Barclays Bank International,.
reported to be slightly more than 50% of the Bank's employees, have
advised the Labour Commissioner, Mr Franklin Philbert, that they no
longer wish to have the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU) re-
present them.
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Week Ending 18.9.82 THE GRENADA NEWSLMTT&B Page 5


The letter to Mr Philbert is 'ated 24th February last and, on March
1st, these staff members told BGWr that "due to the non-activity of
the Union over the past year, we feel that the Union has deserted
us ."

The letter noted that it was then the beginning of March and there
had been no negotiations for the annual cost-of-living allowance
which was'due on January 1st.

"In view of these circumstances", the letter said, "we feel it
would be better if we were no longer unionised."

BGWU replied on. March 23rd pointing out that two Union meetings had
been .called to discuss the expiry of the Industrial Agreement be-
tween the Union and the Bank in addition to salary increases for
1982 and further unionisation of new workers.

BGWU said the response to the first meeting was favourable but, when
the second meeting was called to.discuss cost-of-living allowances
and the renewal of the Agreement, most workers failed to attend.

"Therefore", the BGWU letter said, "the present set back in having
these :issues finalised is a direct result of this failure by work-
ers to play their part."

The Labour Commissioner told NEWSLEUTTER On August 30th that he had
taken no action on the letter .he received from the 33 Barclays
employees as there are certain formalities which have to be satis-
fied and he was waiting to hear further from them.

On the same day,. Miss Jemma Holder, BGWU Secretary, declined to
comment on the position of the 33 members of Barclays staff who
advised the Labour Commissioner that they no longer wish to be
represented by BGWU.

"All I can tell you", she said, "is that we represent the majority
of workers at Barclays and we are now in process of negotiations
for a new Industrial Agreement."

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TUC SUPPORTS PROFIT SHARING DEMAND '

Striking employees at the Bata Shoe Company received support on
September 16th with a statement from the Trade Union Council (TUC)
broadcast over Radio Free Grenada.

The strike, which started on September 7th, is in support of a
demand that a profit sharing clause be included in an Industrial
Agreement now being negotiated with the Commercial & Industrial
Workers Union (CIWU), and the TUC statement, signed by TUC Presi-
dent Ms. Jeanette Dubois, said profit sharing is not strange
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to Grenada and is the inalienable right of the workers.

"The TUC is calling on Bata to end the delaying tactics that prevent
settlement of the dispute", the statement said. "We say that profit
sharing is not only a privilege of Management and shareholders, but a
right of every worker who is engaged in the accumulation of profit. The
TUC supports the policy of profit sharing and advocates that it be
implemented. The TUC supports the CIWU in its struggle to ensure
that the Bata workers obtain maximum benefits of their labour and calls
on all its affiliates to do likewise."

Questioned by NEWSLETTAR on September 16th, Mr Carlyle Andrews, Manager
of the Bata Shoe 'Company in Grenada, declined to comment on the sit-
uation and said bairister Carol Bristol was representing the Company in
its dealings with the Union. Mr Andrews confirmed that Bata has 3
outlets in Grerada, one of which is a "consignment outlet" and was.un-
affected by the industrial action. The other two outlets, which
were affected, are in St Georges with 10 employees and at Grenville,
the island's second town, with 3 employees.

Mr Bristol could not be contacted for comment.

Arn informed source told NEWSLETTER that the Bata workers are employed
on the basis of a fixed salary plus a commission on sales.




PRG PAYS FOR GES

Manager of Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GES), Mr Winston Bullen,
was quoted on August llth by the State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG)
as saying that the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) had become
the sole owner ,of GES.

GES was established in 1960 as a joint venture between the Government.
of Grenada and the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), the
latter holding a majority shareholding of 59.3%.

Relations between the PRG and CDC had deteriorated since mid-1980 and
in May 1981, following an announcement by Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop that a "plot" by CDC, Barclays Bank International and the Esso
Standard Oil Company against the PRG had been discovered, the PRG
passed legislation which "without payment of further compensation"
transferred CDC shares to the PRG and gave the PRG majority control.

RFG said Mr Bullen disclosed that the total take over of GES by the
PRG was arranged following discussions with CDC last June. RFG
did not give the terms of the take over but informed sources said the
PRG is to pay CDC 235,000 sterling over 12 years starting in 1986.

The station reported also that GES is to receive an EC$6 million loan
from the European Investment Bank under the terms of the Lome Con-
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Week endingg 1,, 9.82,


vention. These funds cover installation of 2 diesel generators,
improvements in the transmission and distribution systems, 'a
feasibility study of "smAll hydro electric schemes", the drawing up
of a medium term electricitydevelopment programme and technical
assistance.

RFG said the loan is repayable over 20 years at an interest rat? of
2% and that the covering Agreement was signed in Luxembourg on
Augusti 5th by :M Mario Builen, Grenada's Ambassador to Brussels




CREFT RESPONSIBLE FOR WOMEN'S AFFAIRS

Minister of Education Jacqueline Creft is to have.new responsibil-
ities in her portfolio with the official opening on August 12th of
the Ministry of Women's affairs.

This Ministry, established in June, has a staff of 31 and has a
Women's Bureau and an Barly Childhood Division. Current pro-
grammes-include organisation of women to take part in adult edur
cation programmes, social education and leadership training and!
establishment of Day Centres ,and pre-primary schools.

During the next two months, this Ministry will be responsible'
for distribution of EC$200,000 worth of school books and uniforms
to some 4,000 needy students.

Secretary (Junior Minister) in the Ministry of Women's Affairs Is
Mrs Phyllis Coard, wife of Minister of Finance Bernard Coard aid
President of the New Jewel Movement's National Women's Organisai-on.





BISHOP OPENS MINISTRY OF WOMEN'S AFFAIRS

One of the first tasks of the newly established Ministry of Woments
Affairs will be to work towards elimination of artificial barriers
which have served to keep back the development of women in Grenada.

This declaration was made on August 12th by Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop as he officially declared the Ministry open;

"The task of this Women's Ministry is to face up to these obstacles,
to continue to identify them, to ensure that, as rapidly as possible,
they.develop allthe necessary forms and mechanisms to ensure that
we can remove them as quickly as possible", Mr Bishop said.

The Prime Minister said that it will take a. long time but, when
these obstacles to women's development have been removed, then
there will be no need for a Ministry of Women's Affairs.


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"But that is going -to take us many years of hard work and struggle",
he said, "many years of the woman and the man in .our society working
together, jointly, facing the problems we have inherited and under-
standing that it is not a question of competition between man and wo-
man, but a question of the man and the woman working. together to face
our common enemy, imperialism, and, in particular, United States
imperialism.

Speaking at the official opening of the Ministry, Mrs Phyllis Coard,
Secretary (Juinior Minister) in that Ministry said it is political
outlook and no* sex which determine one's attitude to women.

"It has been a fundamental aspect of our Party's commitment to'
Socialism", she said, "and that is that there are equal rights for
all working people including women and youths."





VESSELS COLLIDE; LIVES LOST

Mr Miclael Forshaw, Port Manager of St Georges, told NEWSLETTER on
August 30th that he had been advised.that, from daylight on that day,
the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard was conducting a search,for five
persons missing after the collision of two.inter-island trading, sail-
ing vesseol in the early hours of August 29th.

Mr Forshaw said the Coastguard was using helicopters in the search
and it was hoped then that news of the results of the search would
have been received shortly.

The collision is reported t. have taken.place approximately 50 miles
scuth of Grenada between 2.00 am and 3.00 am on August 29th, and the
vessels involved are both Grenada registered, the "Picadilly" and
"Sea Fortress".

The "Picadilly" was on her way to- Genada from Trinidad and she is
reported to have sunk.within minutes of the impact. Her Captain,
Mr L Clement (affectionately known as--"Norway")-, is among the missing
together with three-others who were on that boat. They are Bernard
Lendor, Austin Gay and Veronica Gilbert. Lendor is the nephew of
the owner of "Picadilly", Mr Cosmos Regis, who-is reported to have been
on the boat at the time'of the accident and who was rescued by "Sea
Fortress".

Also missing is Adolphus Munro, the cook of the "Sea Fortress" who
is reported to have been sleeping in the stern of the boat when the
accident occurred. "Sea Fortress" had cleared from St Georges,
Gr* nada and was on her way to Ptrt of Spain, Trinidad.

News of the accident was relayed by the Trinidad & Tobago Coastgnard
after the "Sea Fortress" arrived at Port of Spain on August 30th, but




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full details of the accident are not available,.

Mr Courtney Renwick, Harbbur Master at Grenada to ld BNWSLETTER he
had few details of the incident but..it was his understanding that
"Picadilly", which was on her way from Port of Spain to St-Georges,
ran into "Sea Fortress", carrying away the after end of that boat.
He said that the cook of the "Sea Fortress", who is reported to havel
been asleep in the cabin, is among the missing persons.

"I am told that 'Sea Fortresst:came around as fast as she could
after the impact in the somewhat rough seas", Mr. Renwick said,
"and she was able to brace, alongside..the stricken *Picadilly, but
it was only a matter of minutes ,before 'Picadilly' sank.

According to Mr Renwick, any hope of rescuing the missing persons
or of finding their bodies lay entirely with the efforts of the
Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard.

"The accident .took place some 50 miles south of Grenada", he said,
"and we have no boats here which coula undertake -ai: search s,o far
away. We did not get the news here'untill lati on Sunday (29th
August) and there were no boats here whi:h whe eco' ld-,have- commandeer-
ed".

NEWSLETTER is advised that an inquiry into the accident is to be
held in Trinidad but the Grenada Authorities have no information.

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TAYLOR MADE- DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER

Mr Caldwell Taylor, Grenada's Ambassador to the United Nations, has
been appointed Grenada's Deputy Foreign Minister, with effect from
August 12th according toa notice in the Government Gazette of
August 13th.

Mr Taylor was not among the original 14 members of the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG) announced 3 days :after the revo-
lution of March 13th 1979, but was included among the additional
9 members announced on March 25th 1979. His name is.-one of the
23 listed in Peoples Law 12/1979 which appoints the PRG.

On April 12th 1979, he was made Secretary (Junior Minister) in the
Department of-Information & Cuilture in the Prime Minister's office,
and he has served as Ambassador to the UN. since 1980.

In his new appointment, Mr Taylor will serve under Minister of
Foreign Affairs Unison Whiteman,.and the appointment is in addition
to his office as Permanent Representative to the United Nations,
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary.
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DIESEL OIL' LOAN1 FROM VENEZUELA

The Venezuelan Government has agreed,.to supply the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government (PRG) with 10,000 barrels of diesel oil which will
be used'in equipment engaged dn road construction projects in the
State.

This was announced by Radio Free Gqenada (RPG) on September 7th, and
the station said this fuel is to be.supplied in the form of a "loan",
repayment of the value being over 40 years with a 5 year grace period,
Interest is at the fate of' 2%.

Ihis Venezuelan aid was agreed upon at a meeting of the Venezuela
Grenada Joint Government Commission which met in Caracas late in
'.igust. The Grenada delegation to this meeting was led by WJaister
cf Health Chris DeRiggs and other proposals discussed included ass-
istance for Tourism, education, sports and an airport development
project for the sister island of Carriacou.

The two day Joint Commission meeting wound up in Caracas on August
27th and RFG announced on that day that -the-Grenada delegation had
asked for a review of current Venezuelan Government projects in
Grenada including the gift of 100 prefabricated houses.

Material for election of these houses arrived -in Grenada early in
.tAugust according to RFG and the station said the gift had been made
following a request for housing assistance made by the PRG about a
year ago.

Also in connection:with Venezuelan aid, RFG said.discussions are to
take place between the PRG and the Veokualxn 5orsament xelav._tie
that country's offer to construct 3 recreational parks for school
children, pharmacy units and a school.




GPPA TO -EDXCATE ON VENERRAL HERPES
(GPPA)
The Gr nada Planned Parenthood Association/is to incorporate Venereal
Herpes in its general campaign to educate the public on venereal
disease .

A spokesman for GPPA told NEWSLETTER that, as far as the Association
knows, there are no cases of Venereal Herpes in Grenada, and it is
felt that, as soon as possible, the public should have all the avail-
able information on this disease.

The spokesman explained that this disease is of the family of Herpes
Simplex Virus of which there are 5 members, Venereal Herpesbeing
Herpes Simplex Number 2. Virus Number 1 is the best known, being
the familiar type which produces "cold sores".and blisters around the
mouth, and this type effects from the waist up.
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Virus Number 2, venereal Herpes, affects the genitals, legs and anus
with similar blisters while Virus Number 3 is.the type which causes
Chicken Pox. The GPPA spokesman said that, in the case of Virus
Number 3, when the Chicken Pox is.cured, the virus lies dormant in
the body and can, at a later date, cause Shingles.

Virus Number 4 is particularly deadly to Cancer patients and those
whose immunisation systems have been suppressed by.drugs, while
Virus Number 5 is believed to contribute to Cancer, particularly in
Africans.

The GPPA spokesman told NEWSLETTER that literature on the subject in-
dicates that the first symptoms of Venereal Herpes is a tingling and
itching inthe genital area followed, 5 days later, by an outbreak
of painful, weeping sores. No cure is known for the disease which
causes more distress in women than in men, the spokesman said and,
while the sores will dry up after a while, they will recur in a con-
tinuing cycle.

According to the GPPA spokesman, doctors have found that the recurr-
ence is often based on psychological reasons, the.patiesnts exposure
to worry and stress seeming to bring on the condition.

"In-the case of pregnant women", the spokesman said, "Venereal
Herpes contributes to birth defects in the child including brain
damage and blindness, and the woman is subject to miscarrage and
premature birth."

The GPPA spokesman said the Association's six Community Educators
will stress the importance of using condoms as a protection against
contracting Venereal Herpes, or of using spermicides which have germ-
icidal agents which operate against Herpes Simplex Virus Number 2.





MOCO CLAIMS 163,000 PLANTS

Mr James Marrast, Technical Officer in charge of the campaign to
eradicate Moco disease in Grenada's banana plantations, disclosed
to Radio Free Grenada on August 24th that, during June and July this
year, more than 27,000 plants were lost to the disease.

Moco disease (Bacterial Vascular Wilt) was first discovered in Gre-
nada in 1978 and, according to the Windward Islands Banana Assoc-
iation, there is no chemical which can be applied to the plants to
cure them. The disease, which is spread .ty insects, bees and
wasps, by the movement of planting material from one area to another
and by the transfer of the bacteria on cutlasses used for pruning,
is very difficult to control.


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Strict regulations have been set up in Grenada for the control of Moco
but, Mr Marrast said, some:farmers have not been complying with these
regulations. He said that, since the disease was discovered in the
island, 163,000 plants have been lost and he called for greater coop-
a.:atmon on the part of banana producers.




WEST GERMAN PARLIAMENTARIAN VISITS,

Mr Gunter Herterich, a member of the West German Bundestag
(Parliament), completed a two day visit to Grenada on August 28th in
the course of an extended trip which took him to over a dozens countLr,
-ies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ine West Germ4A Parliamentarian., who was paying his second visit to
the island for this year, -s a member of the West German rulirq
Social Democratic Party's Committee fo. roreian Affairs and is also
a member of the Committee for Foreign Af airs of the Bundesty.

During his stay in Grenada, Mr Herterich held talks with Mr George
Louison, Acting Foreign Affairs Minister in the Peoples Revo-
lationary Gov-ernment.




NEW READING BOOKS

Grenada is to introduce a new series of reading books for infants in
primary schools,

.he books, which were written ip Grenada, are called the "Ma ryshow
R.-aders" in honour of T Albert Marryshow, one of the countrys,
national Heroes, and they will be put into use in the school term
which opens in September.

On August 28th, Radio Free Grenada quoted MS. Merle Hodge, one of
the officials responsible for production of the new readers, as
saying that comtents of the books will be more familiar.to Grenadiaq
students and, if the books are used as they ought to be, there will
be a significant improvement in the students' mastery of English as
well as their ability to read.

Ms, Hodge said also that production of these readers in Grenada
will result in savings of .substantial amounts of foreign exchange.




AID FOR NEEDY STUDENTS

The Peoples Revolutionary Government has al'bcated over EC$200,000
to the "School Books & Uniforms" programme which was introduced
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last year.

Under this programme, which is managed by the Ministry of Women's
Affairs through the National W6men's Organisation (NWO), needy
students are assisted in the purchase of school books and uniforms
and, according to Radio Free Grenada (RFG) in a release on August
20th, distribution of this aid was to begin in September during
the first week of the new school year.

RFG quoted the NWO coordinator of the programme, Ms. Rita Joseph,
as saying that the emphasis this year will be on assistance with
school books rather than uniforms, and the books will be issued on
a loan basis, students having the responsibility to return them to
the Ministry of Women's Affairs at the end of the school year.





FORMER GAIRY MINISTER COORDINATING MED. SCHOOL PROGRAMME

Dr Wellington Friday, former Minister of Education in the Govern-
ment of deposed Prime Minister Eric Gairy, is the Coordinator of
a programme initiated by Grenada's St Georges University School of
Medicine to assist students foreign to the United States of
America.

A 6 year premedical and medical programme, which starts in Septem-
ber 1982 and which is to be operatedin cooperation with Waynes-
burg College in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., will provide opportunity for
foreign medical students to study at Waynesburg and at the campuses
of St Georges School of Medicine in Grenada and St Vincent. These
students will also attend teaching hospitals in the United States
and United Kingdom.

Dr Geoffrey Bourne, Vice Chancellor of St Georges Medical School,
told NEWSLETTER that the programme is being initiated to help
foreign medical students who do not have the qualifications to,
enter St Georges.

"What we are doing", Dr Bourne said, "is to provide these students
with 22 years of premedical training at Waynesburg which will give
them the qualification for the medical training we offer at the
St Georges University School of Medicine".

A delegation from Waynesburg and-St Georges has just completed a
visit to Nigeria where the programme was brought to the attention
of educators and Government officials.

Dr Bourne said' Dr Wellington Friday is on the administrative staff
of Waynesburg and is associated with public relations.
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KUDOS FOR ST GEORGES MEDICAL SCHOOL

An article in a recent issue of "The Lancet", the well known British
Medical Journal, says that the American Association of Medical Colleges
and various medical schools are exposing themselves to criticism by
their opposition to such medical schools as Grenada's St Georges
University School of Medicine.

' student from-the Grenada school obtained the highest marks in the
National Boards Examination, Part-1, the article says, and other
students from that school gained passes at a higher rate than those
of many schools in the United States.

n 1981, the article continues, 2 St Gebrges students achieved perfect
scores in the Medical Knowledge Profile Examination and another
-.ored eight 9s and one 8, the perfect scores being an achievement
nequalled since the examination was instituted.

St Georges students have also gained'a very high rate of passes in
the .examination of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical
Students, coping second for the second consecutive year, the article
Jays.
Ceans and other officials in some Medical Schools are earning them-
-elves a poor reputation by trying to dissuade members of their
-aculty from giving lectures in overseas Medical Schools", the
-irticle says, "thus interfering with both academic freedom and the
civil rights oftheir staff."





CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/PRQ PLAN TRADE EXHIBITION
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The Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce in cooperation-with the
Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG), is planning to stage a trade
exhibition in Trinidad sometime during the second quarter of 1983.

Ati a meeting on August 10th with local manufacturers and a represent-
ative of the PRG, Mr Keith Joseph, President of the-Chamber,
Mr Richard Menezes outlined the plan and said such an exhibition
offered tremendous opportunities to Grenadian manufacturers.

"Some Grenadian garment manufacturers have already penetrated the
lucrative Trinidad market'*, he said, "and there is no reason why
furniture and other manufacturers should not be able to take

advantage of that market also."

The meeting appointed a committee to survey the manufacturing
sector of the economy with a view -to getting commitments from-
possible exhibitors and to ascertaining potential for supplying the
iieds of the Trinidad & Tobago market.

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A decision is to be made as to whether the Tourism sector of the
economy is to be included in the exhibition and December 31st has
been set as the date by which plans must be finalized and approved
for holding the exhibition.





RAMDHANNY AT FINANCE MINISTERS-MEETING
Deputy Minister of Finance Lyden Ramdhanny represented Grenada at
the four-day meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers which
opened in London on August 27th.

That meeting is reported to have had on its .agenda a review of the
current world economic situation and the funding of a proposed
multinational bank.





ZAMBIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER PRESENTS CREDENTIALS

The Zambian High Commissioner to Grenada, Lieutenant General Ben-
jamin Ndabila Mibenge, presented his Letters of Commission on
Aulgust 19th to Governor General Sir Paul Scoon.


Lieutenant General Mibenge was accompanied by Mr B.K.Chiyangi, the
Second Secretary in the High Commission, and is stationed in
Canada to which country he is also accredited.

The High Commissioner and Mr Chiyangi left Grenada on August 23rd.

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AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES GET CANADIAN $$ V

Three cooperatives, producing agricultural produce have been given
commitments totaling Can$20,000 from the Canadian Development
Foundation, Radio Free Grenada said or) August 13th.

This aid has been generated through the efforts-of the Agency for
Rural Transformation, a Government appointed organisation whose
responsibilities include the soliciting and distribution of aid.





GBCS GETS FERTILIZER

A spokesman for the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) con-
firmed to NEWSLETTER on August 13th that over 1000 tons of fertil-
izer, imported by the National Importing & Marketing Board, had
arrived in the island for distribution shortly to banana producers.
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The Society is a statutory body through which all banana exports are
handled.

The spokesman said this fertilizer will be paid for by the producers
at a subsidized price.





MANGO EXPORTS TO U.K.

In a release issued to Radio Free Grenada on August 12th, the
National Exporting Board disclosed that, during-the two weeks period
to that date, 811 boxes of mangoes had been shipped to the United
Kingdom.





HEALTH COMPLEX FOR SAUTEURS

A new health complex incorporating, among other departments, a
dental clinic, maternity ward and diabetic clinic, is to be opened
shortly in the town of Sauteurs in Grenada's northernmost parish of
St Patricks.

The complex has been built with funds from the Caribbean Development
Bank and the United States Agency for International Development.





PRG TO MAKE ICE CREAM

The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) is to establish an ice
cream and dairy products plant capable of producing 29,000 gallons
of ice cream and juices Annually and, in the production of ice
cream, will use goats' milk from the Government livestock centre
at Westerhall.

On August 27th, Radio Free Grenada quoted Mr Anthony Boatswain,
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries, as saying that
the PRG has already spent EC$330,000 on the purchase of the locally
privately owned "Best Lait" plant on the Carenage, St Georges where
the PRG plant will be located, and BC$132,000 is needed to renovate
the "Best Lait" building and obtain new equipment.





ECONOMIC INDICATORS

During the month of June last, Grenadians and others abroad made
private remittances to the island totaling BC$4.72 million. This
sum brought the figure for total private remittances for the half-
year ending 30th June to EC$26.272 million dollars, an increase of
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26.8% over the total for the same period last year.


Othez figures published by .the Government's Central Statistical
Office (CSO) show that Government revenue Customs, Taxes,
Licences etc was up during this period compared with 1981,
revenue having increased by 12.2% from the 1981 figure of EC$23.807
million to EC$26.703 million.

Domestic Exports, however, continue to show a downward trend. The
biggest fall was in nutmegs which, in the first half of 1982,
dropped by 71.6% from the comparative 1981 figure of EC$4.866
million to BC$1.380 million.

Cocoa was down by 27.9% from EC$12.270 million to BC$8.343 million,
and bananas by 24.3% from EC$5.699 million to EC$4.312 million. All
domestic exports, including non-traditional exports, were down by
27.7% from a total of EC$28.389 million to EC$20.539 million..

In the area of Tourism also, a decline was recorded. According
to CSO figures, 1,047 visitors came to Grenada in June last and the
total visitor arrivals for the half-year is 10,863. This represents
a decline of 21.1% from the 1981 figure of 13,775 for the same
period.

CSO lists Cruise Ship arrivals separately and, in the first half
of 1982, there were 66 such arrivals, a drop of 20.5% from the 1981
figure of 83 for the same period.

The Retail Price Index, with a base of 100 established in January
1979, stood at 174.4 in June last and rose slightly to 175.9 and
176.5 in July and August respectively. The August figure is
6.45% higher than the August 1981 figure and 4.49% higher that the
January 1982 figure.

In 1980, CSO fixed a base of 100 for.the Index Value of Retail
Sales, and the June figures for 1980, 1981 and 1982 are respective-
ly 89.3, 74.6 and 96.4, the 1982 figure being 29.2% up from the
1981 figure.





BANANA MEN AT CARIMAC
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Thirty-two participants drawn from a wide range of regional insti-
tutions, governmental agencies and media houses completed the first
"summer" session for communications personnel organised by the
Caribbean Institute of Mass Communications (CARIMAC) and conducted
over the period 5th to 30th July last.

The session, chaired by CARIMAC's Director, Dr Aggrey Brown, con-
centrated on training skills and techniques, and participants had
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an option of four modules, viz. audio-visualS., print journalism,

community service television and radio news and/or radio documentaries

An official of the Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN),
Mr Ted Theobalds, the Association's Com~munications Officer and
Mr Michael Noel, Communications Assistant attached to the Grenada
Banana Cooperative Society, attended the session.

Mr Theobalds concentrated on audio-visuals while Mr Noel, who has beer
involved in radio productions for banana farmers for the last four
years, did the radio module with emphasis on documentaries.


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18th'September 1982


Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister &.Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
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