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The Grenada newsletter
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NEWSLETTER
FOUNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973
For The Week Ending November 20th 1982.
10th Year of Publication -- -- - -278th Issue
Volume 10 : umber 16




DETAINEES RELEASED

Twenty-eight political prisoners.released on November 17th by
the Peoples Revolutionary Government were given until the next
day to hand in their passports to the Police.

'They Were each presented with a document stating that they are
"suspected of involvement in activities designed to subvert
and sabotage the economy of the State, to endanger public safe-
ty and public order and the defence of Grenada,". and they' have
been ordered to report to the Police every fortnight.

However, in a public statement made on the day these political
prisoners were released, Minister of'.National .Mobilisation
Selwyn Strachan said the detainees had been.discussed for some
time and that, after investigation and careful analysis, the
PRG is convinced that those set free no longer pose a threat
to national security,

Mr Strachan said the PRG's policy is to review the cases of
detainees continually. The PRG recognized that many people
are opposed to the release of these persons, he said, but he
gave the assurance that the PRG will never do anything to harm
the revolution.

Initially, the names of only 2 of the released political
prisoners were disclosed by the Government Information Serv-
ice. These are Oliver Raeburn and Osbert James, and
NEWSLETTER made efforts to get from the Commissioner of
Prisons the identity of the other twenty-six.
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Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
S 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies




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After referring NEWSLETTER to the Commissioner of Police Ian St Bernard
who referred the matter back to him, Commissioner of Prisons released
the following list of the political prisoners set free. They are,
with descriptions arising out of NEWSLETTER's investigations
1. Oliver Raeburn.
Minister of Agriculture, Lands & Fisheries in the Government
of deposed Prime Minister Eric Gairy. Elected to Parliament
in the December 7th 1976 General Elections, he represented
the St Patricks-East constituency. He has been in
detention since 14th March 1979, the day after the revolution.

2. Osbert James.
Acting Commissioner of Police in the Gairy administration.
He has been in custody since 15th March 1979.

3. Clinty Samuel.
Ex-Police Sargeant. President of St Patrick's Parish.
D tainted 15th March 1979.

4. Donnally Patrick.
An important member of the General Council of Prime Minister
Gairy's United Labour Party. A resident of Happy Hill,
St Georges. Detained 23rd March 1979.

5. Tannil Clarke.
A "driver" in the Public Works Department. Resident of
St Johns Parish. Detained 14th March 1979.

6. Kade Layne.
Described as a "rasta type". Resident of Belmont,
St Georges. Detained 6th March 1980.

7. Rodney Garraway.
Described as a "rasta type". Resident of Springs,
St Georges. Detained 7th March 1980.

8. Ronald McSween
Motor mechanic. Address and date of detention unknown.

9. Reginald Phillip
Described as "rasta type". Resident of Mt.Parnassas.
Detained 6th March 1980.

10. Vincent Reuben.
Ex-Polite Corporal. Address and date of detention
unknown.

11. Fitzroy Parayag.
Corporal in Gairy's Defence Force. Address and date
of detention unknown.

12. Cosmos McIntyre.
Employee of the Department of Co.:munications & Works.
AdCress and date of detpntior unknown.

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13. Dave Greenidge.
A mason andex-mefmber of the Peoples Revolutionary Army.
Reported to be in the Mental Hospital, Address and
date of detention unknown.


14. Clarence Bernard.
Described as a "rasta type'*.
detention unknown.


Address and date of


15. Kelly Rod.
A bus conductor. Address and date of detention
unknown.
16. Eric Charles
Said to be a resident of Moyah, St Andrews. Mode
of employment,and date of detention unknown.
17. Joseph Peters.
Farmer. Resident of Mt. Rose, St Patricks.
Date of detention unknown;

18. James Modeste.
Ex soldier in Gairy's Defence Force.. Resident of
Grand Roy, St.Johns. Date of detention unknown.


19. Goslyn Jones..
Ex -soldier in Gairy's Defence Force.
date of detention unknown.


Address and


20. Catherine Fleming.
Described as "rasta type". Said to be related
to Selwyn Fleming and Charles Fleming who are still
held as political prisoners.


21. Harold Lewis.
Described as a "rasta type".
detention unknown.


Address and date of


22. Francis Aberdeen.
An ex-policeman. Resident of Birch Grove, St Andrews
Date of detention unknown.


23. Edwin Jeldiu
A farmer and described as "rasta type".
date of detention unknown.


24. Worrel Lewis
Described as a "rasta type".
detention unknown.


SAddress and


Address and date of


25. Anthony Mitchell.
A farmer. Address and date of detention unknown.

26. Errol Charles
A "turn hand", i.e., on- who buys and sells, small
quantities of produ-e and other items., Address and
date of detention unknown. cn
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27. Victor Scott.
A farmer. Address and date of detention unknown.

28. Devon Louison.
A farmer and fisherman. Address and date of detention
unknown.

nose released political prisoners who it has been possible to reach
=ive told NEWSLETTER they have not been subjected to physical torture
but they all complain of the quality of the food served and of the lack
of adequate exercise.

-Since last December", one said, "we have been allowed only one hour a
day out of the cells".




FOUR TO HANG

. PJustice Satrohan Singh, on November 1st, pronounced the death
sentence on 4 persons charged and convicted under the Terrorism
(Prevention) Law.

They are Grace Augustine, Layne Phillip, Russel Budhlall and Kenneth
budhlall. Roland Budhlall, charged also with these accused, was
acquitted.

The charges arose out of an incident on 19th June 1980 when three
young girls, Laurine Charles,13, Laurice Humphrey,23, and Bernadette
SAiley,15, died from the blast of a bomb which exploded under the
speakers' platform at a Government sponsored rally.

The Crown led evidence in the testimony of two "accomplices", Fitzlyn
J.seph and Eddie Richardson, who were charged originally with these 5
'zcused, but who had the charges against them stayed. The Crown
relied also on signed statements alleged to have been made by Grace
Augustine, Russel and Roland Budhlall and Layne -Phillip.

In separate "voir dire" (trials within the main trial), the Trial
Judge declared that he was not satisfied that the statements of Augus-
tine and Roland Budhlall had been given "freely and voluntarily", and
he ruled them inadmissable as evidence. He accepted as evidence
the statements of Russel Budhlall and Layne Phillip.

With reference to the evidence of Fitzlyn Joseph and Eddie Richardson,
Mr Justice Singh said in his written judgement that he is aware of the
danger of accepting uncorroborated evidence of accomplice, but he was
convinced that their testimony is "solid" and he accepted it.

",They impresspd me that they were sure of vhat, they had come to court
to say", he sail, "and they had Ahe air of wanting to tell it all
without regard for who might be hurt by their testimony."
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At the end of the trial, both Richardson and Joseph were still in
custody and Mr Justice Singh 'said he had taken this into consider-
ation as to whether these witnesses gave their testimony freely or
whether there was an inducement for them to appear for the Crown.

"They were both trying to save themselves", the Trial Judge said,
"but they oozed confidence in themselves as to the truth of what
they were saying and I accept their testimony"

The Trial Judge said that, from the evidence, he is satisfied that
Kenneth Budhiall had secured bomb making material and,.with the
help of Russel Budhlall, had manufactured two bombs. These bombs
had been given to Grace Augustine and Fitzlyn Joseph and they had
been driven by Layne Phillip to Queens Park, St Georges where they
had placed the bombs under the speakers' platform in the hope that
the explosion would kill Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and Deputy
Prime Minister Bernard Coard.

In addition to the death sentences pronounced, Mr Justice Singh
found Russel Budhlall, Kenneth Budhlall, Layne Phillip and Grace
Augustine guilty of -conspiring to commit an act of terrorism and,
on this charge, he;sentenced Augustine to 10 years in jail and the
Budhlalls and Phillip tboS1 'years in jail each.

On the charge of counselling and abetting, Kenneth and Russel
Budhlall were both found guilty and thk.-Trial Judge pronounced the
deathb.sentenee on them.

On the principal count, causing death by the use of explosive,
Augustine and Phillip were both found guilty and the death sentence
was pronounced on them.

Mr Justice Singh found there was insufficient evidence',to connect
Roland Budhlall with any of the charges and he ordered -him to be
discharged. He was not released, however, because he is still
held under a detention order issued by the Minister for Security
and he was taken away by the Police with the convicted persons
after the trial.

One of the Council for the Defence, Mr Michael Andrews, told
NEWSLETTER that an appeal will be lodged on behalf of the four
convicted persons.

In this trial, Mr Alan Alexander, a Trinidad barrister, led the
Prosecution and he was assisted by another Trinidad barrister Mr
Elton Prescott and by Jamaican born Director of Public Prosecution
Mr Langston Sibbles.

Jamaican barristers Messrs Frank Phipps, Noel Edwards and Earl
Delissa appeared for Grace Augustine and Kenneth Budhlall, while
Trinidad barrister Mr Gaston Benjamin appeared with Grenadiarf
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barrister Mr Michael Andrews for Russel and Roland Budhlall. The
fifth accused, Layne Phillip, wax represented by Trinidadian barrister
Mr Israel Khan and Grenadian barrister Mr Ben Jones.




FIVE CHARGED WITH AIDING ESCAPEE

Five persons appeared on November 9th in the Magistrates Court at
St Georges charged that they "did comfort Clement Antonio Langdon,
a detainee in lawful custody, after he had escaped such lawful
custody."

Charged were Jerome Wiiiiams, Zephryn Williams, Vessina Williams,
Lestef Neptune and Dreda Edwards, all of Happy Hill St Georges and
all reported to be relatives of Langdon*

Langdon has been a detainee since 15th August 1979 and he was shot
and seriously injured in an alleged attempted jail break in 1980.
Since then, he has been in and out of the General Hospital receiving
medical attention for wounds which include two broken ribs and
damaged lungs.

He was in hospital.under guard on the evening of October 9th when it
is understood that he was last seen about 10.00 pm but, about 5.00 am
the following morning, it was discovered that he had escaped and that
what had been thought to be the figure of a man lying on his bed was
cleverly laid out pillows.

A search was immediately undertaken by the Security Forces and it is
reported that, on November 3rd, he was discovered hiding in a home at
Happy Hill, some 4 miles north of St Georges on the west, coast.

No pleadings were taken from the accused (who were on bail) on November
9th, but they appeared again on November 11th when they all pleaded
'not guilty".

Also before the Chief Magistrate Lyle St Paul on November llth was
Langdon himself and, on the instructions of his Council Mr Hudson
Seipio, h'e pleaded "not guilty" to the charge of escaping from
lawful custody.

The charges in these cases are laid under Peoples Law 21/1979,
the Preventive Detention Regulations, which stipulate a penalty of
five years in prison for escape or for aiding an escapee.

h.:ief Magistrate St Paul fixed the hearing of these cases for
november 23rd.

Co ;ncil for the three Williams, Neptune and Edwards is Mr Michael
Andrews.
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OBCS MEETING "VERY PRODUCTIVE" BISHOPP

Flying out of Grenada on November 10th for a November 11th meeting
in St Lucia of Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said that the
Grenada delegation would raise matters which reflect issues and
problems affecting the citizens of the OBCS member States.

According to Radio Free Grenada (RFG), Mr Bishop made this comment
before leaving for St Lucia at the head of the Grenada delegation
which included Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman, and he said Grenada
would put ideas forward for uplifting sports and culture in the
region. RFG said Mr Bishop would also emphasise the need for
making middle management training accessible.

This OBCS meeting was very important for member States, RFG quoted
the Prime Minister as saying, since it would be followed immediately
by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit opening in Jamaica on
November 16th.

Returning to Grenada on November 12th, Mr Bishop described the OBCS
meeting as "very productive".

RFG reported that, speaking to newsmen at Pearls airport, the Prime
Minister said the agenda had been full but all the items had been
dealt with and he felt the results of the meeting were productive.

"I think it is a very good indication, a very good sign, of what is
going to happen in the future in the building of the OBCS as a
viable sub-regional organisation", he said.





BISHOP ACCUSES MEDIA OF ANTI-GRENADA PROPAGANDA

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop has declared that Grenada is the most
democratic country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and that it
allows for the greatest level of participation by the people in the
decision making and development processes.

According to the State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG), Mr Bishop
made these comments on November 4th at a women's Parish Council
meeting, and he charged that, as the CARICOM Heads of Government
meeting in Jamaica approached, there had been intensification of
the anti-Grenada propaganda, particularly in the regional media,
and this propaganda campaign and those behind it, had reached 'an
unbelievable level of desperation."

"What is important for us to note ....", he said, "is that the rea-
son tnese elements have to come out and spread all these lies in
their desperation is because of this democracy in our country, be-
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cause of the progress" the economy has been making in the country, is be-
cause of the fact tbat'we have been able to .knock out a 35% unemploy-
ment over 3 years when so many inddstrialised countries around the world
are, every day, finding more and more people out of work, like the great
United States."

Mr Bishop said one of the main elements of the anti-Grenada campaign is
to try to get the people to lose faith in their revolution and to iso-
late Grenada inside CARICOM, but in both cases there had been failures.
The Prime Minister said the continuing work and development of mass
organizations in developing and deepening Grenada's democratic process
.s one indication that the people remain firm in their commitment to thel
revolution.

i'iile regional newspapers continue to print lies and distortions about
Lie process, he said, the people of the region continue to come to
Grenada and see for themselves that Grenadians are a happy people work:
ing to build their country.

"The best response we can give to those who would like to try to.iso-
late the Grenada revolution, who would like to try to get us out of
"ARICOM and away from contact with our neighbours", he said, "is that
we understand very well that what is happening here in our country
has a tremendous relevance to the people of the region, and that what
is happening right here in Grenada has to be and has to continue to be,
something which focuses on the real problems of the people of the
region and not on those questions and issues that divide us."

r.r Bishop said his Government was not going to get into any "slinging
match" with anybody or .engage in "any combat and struggle" with those
who want to bring up "divisive issues, and to "operate as puppets of
i..:perialism".

"What we are saying and saying clearly", he said, "is that the CARICOM
Heads of Government meeting (to open on November 16th) is the single
most important meeting that CARICOM has in its structure and charter,
that the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting is, therefore, the most
important event to take place in the Caribbean this year for the
CARICOM region, and what we must do, as leaders of CARICOM, must be
ro focus on the real problems that the people have."




BISHOP PLEDGES COMMITMENT TO INTEGRATION

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, on November.7th, repeated his call to
Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Heads of Government to use the
November 16th Heads of Government meeting in Jamaica to deal with
issues whizh are of critical importance to the people :of the region.

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Bishop made the call at a rally organized by the 4'edic. Workers Ass-
ociation of Free Grenada to mark the birthday of national hero
T A Marryshow, a champion of Westindian unity, and the; Prime ILinister
took the opportunity also to restate Grenada's commitment to tho
regional integration movement.

Mr Bishop made no direct reference to it, but his comments appear to
have been sparked by the move by Barbados, and Jamaica to attempt to
amend the Caribbean Community Treaty to force member states to hold
elections and respect human rights.

At the conference of Commcnwealth Prime Ministers held in Lusaka,
Zambia, in 1979, the Prime Minister said, the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG) delegation had not spoken only of and for Grenada.

"We wanted nothing for ourselves that our neighbours and brothers
and sisters in the neighboring islands could not enjoy also", he
said. "We have never said that only Grenada matters because, for
us, that would be impossible as the heirs of Marryshow, Fedon and
Butler". (all national heroes).

Mr Bishop said the PRG believes that what is good for Grenada is
also good for the entire Caribbean but the PRG's view would -never be
forced on any of Grenada's sister islands.

The PRG knows, he said, that all the islands suffer from the same
under-development, the same scars of colonialism, the same trade
imbalance, the same exploitation by the trans-national corporations,
and whatever Grenada labours to find for itself it will also labour
to find for the rest of the Caribbean.

"The fact is", he said, "that 3 years after the Lusaka conference,
the mighty presence of Marryshow still accompanies us when we travel
around the world to seek assistance, cooperation, friends and allies
who will help us without-trying to dictate to us."

The Prime Minister said it was in this spirit of commitment to the
region that Grenada would participate in the Organisation of East
Caribbean States meeting in St Lucia on November 1lth and the
CARICOM Heads of Government meeting on Jamaica on November 16th.
Grenada was not going to these forums to "cuss or to fight with any
other nation", he said.




BISHOP GOES TO OCHO RIOS

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop flew out of Grenada on November 14th
at the head of a powerful delegation to attend .the Caribbean Cqm-
,,unity (CARICCIM) Heads of governmentt meeting which was scheduled
to start at Ocho Rios on Jamaica's north coast on November 16th.
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Together with Mr Bishop were Mr Bernard Coard, Deputy Prime Minister and

Minister of Finance, Mr Unison Whiteman, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Mr Jimmy Emmanual, Grenada's High Commissioner to the Organisation of
Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and Ms. Shahiba Strong, Chief of Proto-
col.

Informed sources told NEWSLETTER that also included in the delegation
were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Mr Ashley Taylor, three economists, four "assistants', a Press
Secretary, four Security officers and a secretary to the delegation.

"adio Free Grenada (RFG) reported that, on his arrival at Norman
Manley international airport in Jamaica, Mr Bishop received a
rousing welcome from hundreds of supporters of the Grenada revolution.

Zhe station said Mr Bishop was expected to present to the CARICOM
summit a number of proposals dealing with problems affecting the
region These proposals, RFG said, were outlined At the meeting
of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States which took place
in St Lucia over the period llth to 12th November.

*n its issue of November 24th, the State owned "Free West Indian"
newspaper said Mr Bishop had reported that the Ocho Rios meeting had
been "a massive and resounding victory for the Government and people
c.f Grenada.

Mr Bishop was speaking at a rally on November 21st to mark the 9th
anniversary of "Bloody Sunday", the occasion in 1973 when he and
r-hher members of the New Jewel Movement were brutalised by Prime
Minister Gairy's "mongoose gang" of criminals.

The Prime Minister told the rally that all of Grenada's objectives
at the Heads of Government meeting had been achieved and the Grenada
delegation'ss firmness and principled position had defeated attempts by
"right wing Governments" to oust Grenada from CARICOM because of the
State's refusal to hold "British-style parliamentary elections" and
because of "so-called human rights violations".

'Those who had wanted to persecute us became the persecuted", he said,

"those who has set themselves up as hunters became the hunted."

jx Bishop said the Grenada delegation had fought to uphold the
principle of ideological pluralism, and he said a major political
and ideological struggle had been Waged at the meeting with some
regional Heads of Government showing disrespect for a people's right
,o national determination and an independent path of development.

accordingg to the "Free West Indian", The Pr.me r'~nister said he had
d ifned to rte Ocho Rios meeting .rena'a's concept of human rights
which maintains that the majority of people are entitled to food,
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water, electricity, and the right to live a decent and dignified
life.

"Our task is to continue the struggle for regional integration,
unity, practical co-operation and greater people-to-people contact",
the Prime Minister said.





THE "OCHO RIOS DECLARATION"

Following the Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Heads of Government meeting which
concluded on November 18th, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
leaders issued statement called the "Ocho Rios Declaration".

This document was signed also by Prime Minister Lynden Pindling of
the Bahamas, which country is not a member of CARICOM but takes
part in summits and in a number of CARICOM projects.

The full text of the Ocho Rios Declaration reads :-

"We the Heads of Government of Member States of the Caribbean
Community and the Bahamas here assembled ----
Deeply aware of our situation as small states,, for the most'
part newly independent, island-developing, prone to natural
disasters and with small open economies particularly vulner-
able to' turbulence and pressures from within the internation-
al system;
Concerned about the global trend towards the use of force as
a means of settling disputes and the assertion of spheres of
interest and the hazards to which in consequence small states
are increasingly exposed;
Mindful of the fact that external strategic perceptions of
the Region can present both special opportunities and diffi-
cult problems for the development of our States;
Deeply aware of our common destiny and of the need to con-
solidate and strengthen the bonds which have historically
existed among our peoples;
Recognising nevertheless the reality of the growing
heterogenity in the social, economic and political systems
of our States;
(1) Reaffirm our strong conviction that the:maintenance and
deepening of the Caribbean Community established by the
Treaty of Chaguaramas provides the only certain way for the
survival of our States as independent, free and developing
societies'.
(2) Declare our belief that the regional integration move-
ment is the only viable option for the optimal development
of all the human and natural resources of the region in the
contemporary economics and political circumstances in'the
region as well as in the world ads a whole.
(3) Reaffirm our commitment to the political, civil, economic,
social and cultural rights of the people of the region in
accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and
the International Covenant on Econcr;ic, Social and Cultural
rights.
(4) Assert that while recogrising that the emergence of
ideological pluralism in the community responds to internal
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processes and isahk irteversible trend within the-inter ati ohal"
system, we are committed to ensuring that it will not inhibit the
processes ,of integration.
(5) Accordingly affirm our commitment to the interests of the
Community as one of the main determinants in the formulation of
foreign policy goals ih response to regional and global issues.
(6) Reaffirm further that Member States will aim at the fullest
possible coordination of their'foreign policies and should seek to
adopt as far as possible common positions on major international
issues.
(7) Express our profound concern at the heightening of tension in
the region resulting from recent increase in military activities
in the Caribbean area.
(8) Reaffirm and call. on all States .t respect the principles of
non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of
other countries.
(9) Reiterate the right of self-determination of all peoples.in-
cluding their own path of social, political and economic develop-
ment and insist that there dan be no justification for any ex-
ternal interference with tne exercise of that right.
(10) Assert our commitment to the maintenance of absolute respect
for defined.borders.and demarcated and traditional lines of
jurisdiction of States of the region.
(11) Insist that while the Member States have an urgent and pressing
need for external economic assistance to achieve goals of rapid
social and economic development, the principles of international
social justice require that.such assistance be given in consul-
tation with, and with the fullest respect fp:' the sovereign wishes
of the recipient countries.
(12) Consider that aid programmes for the region should therefore
be truly reflective of national 'goals and priority areas for
development.
(13) Affirm that programmes of aid channelled through regional
institutions should be supportive of the integrity of such
institutions and their autonomous character should utilise indigen-
ous resources and expertise.
Attaching the highest importance to the principles and objectives
asserted herein, declare our common resolve to work together
towards fhir maintenance .2.i1'fulfilment."

'resent at the meeting and signing the Declaration were Mr George
Chambers, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Prime Minister Edward
Seaga of Jamaica, Mr Maurice Bishop, Prime Minister of Grenada,
President Forbes Burnham of Guyana, Miss Eugenia Charles, Prime
Minister of Dominica,' Mr George Price, Prime Minister of Belize, Mr.
John Osborne, Chief Minister of Montserrat, Mr Vere Bird, Prime
Minister :of Antigua Dr Kennedy Simmonds Premier of St;Kitts/Nevis,
Mr John Compton, Prime Minister of St Lucia, Mr Tom Adams, Prime
Minister of Barbados, Mr Lynden Pindling, Prime Minister of the
Bahamas and Mr Hudson Tannis, Deputy Prime Minister of St Vincent
representing Dr Milton Cato,Prime Minister of St Vincent who was
reportedly ill.




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BISHOP VISITS BOUTERSE

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop returned to the island on November 1st
at the end of a 4-day visit to Surinam on the invitation of that
country's leader, Lieutenant Colonel Daysi Bouterse.

In a news broadcast, the State.owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG) quoted
Mr Bishop as saying that the experience of the Grenada delegation
has given rise to confidence that the Surinamese revolution will
continue to march forward.

RFG said the Prime Minister's comments were made at a departure
function before he left Surinamt and the station said there were
loud chants of "lohg live the friendship between Grenada and Suri-
nam".

Mr Bishop is reported as having assured his audience that Grenada
will always be.a true friend of Surinam and he said the visit had
resulted in a deeper understanding of the outstanding qualities of
Lieutenant Colonel Bouterse and other members of the Peoples Comm-
ittee.

The delegation to Surinam included Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman
and Minister of Construction, General Hudson Austin. The return
ing party was met at Pearls airport by Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Finance Bernard Coard, Mobilisation Minister Selwyn
Strachar and Agkiculture Minister-George Louison.





GDR TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT ARRIVES

Four hundred and fifty tons of telephone equipment have arrived
from the German Democratic Republic for the Grenada Telephone Com-
pany.: /VsC ,tt/o1^

This consignment, which arrived here on N ember 16th, by the M.V.
"Edgar Andre",. is the first of three s eduled to fulfil an agree-
ment between the Peoples Revoluttona Government (PRG)-and the GDR
under which.the GDR has extended a $13 million line of credit to
enable the expansion and upgrading of the Grenada Telephone service.

Included in this consignment are cables, pulse code modulation
equipment and automatic telephone exchange equipment.

Three GDR technicians arrived here recently and they will leave the
island at the end of November after supervising the unloading of
the equipment from the "Edgar Andre" and checking the proposed site
for the radio link between Grenaca a,.d the sister island of Carria-
ccu.


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Two other technicians will arrive from the GDR in January for an 18--
month stay during which they will install and test the equipment and
train Telephone Company personnel in its use and service. They will
be;_assisted by 9 Cuban technicians also expected to arrive in January.

The Telephone equipment ie -being supplied by the GDR firm of Elektro
Technic Exports/Imports





HOPKIN REFLECTED GHA PRESIDENT

Mr Royston Hopkin, outgoing President of the Grenada Hotel Associat--,
ton, has been reelected to that post to serve for the 6th'cobn
secutive year and for a total'of 11 years as Head pf the Association.

Election took place on November 12th at the GHA Annual General Meet-
ing and, presenting his report, Mr Hopkin said the service given by
ther.LIAT airline became worse over the last yea 'and the airline has
lost the confidence of the Nkrth American tra-el agent.

"Our hoteliers have been very cautious not to criticize LIAT too
much", he said, "as this ultimately affects our own business, but it
is difficult, when one has put so much effort and expense into pro-
moting Grenada, to have to face up to these air access problems."

Mr Hopkin said the word,"-ubsidisel' is a bad one in the ears,of many
governments but, he said, LIAT is totally: underfinanced and he
suggested that Caribbean Governments should consider subsidising the
airline in order to enable it to have more flexibility in serving
countries which depend in its scheduled flights.

The GHA President referred to BWIA, the Trinidad & Tobago national
airlinee and said that airline is losing millions of dollars every
year. However, he said, the enhancement of the credibility of
Trihidad 'as a destination and the business generated as a result of
those losses is immeasurable in terms of the subsidized loss by the
airline.

Mr Hopkin said that in thb fcorceeabio future LIAT is tha- only
airline Grenada will have to depend on to link with other carriers.
He said he knew that the plan is to expand the number of hotel rooeas
and new carriers will be sought, but those carriers w11l not fly to
Grenada until the island has 10 or 15 thousand rooms and that, he
said, is a long way off.

Grenada is a typical example of the advantage which would come if
aribbean Gov2rnments put money into LIAT, he said. iHe expressed
the opinion that, if the airline had enough s.-ts and flexibility
n r as a reailt of governmental support, Grenada's hotels 'would not
be under their present disadvantage of very low occupancy.
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Over the yeazs, he said, the Government might spend a million or two
on LIAT, but the expansion of the tourist plant and related indus-
tries as a result of increased air service would compensate far above
this expenditure.

"My view, and the Association's view', Mr Hopkin said, "is that we
know that LIAT will lose money but Government should look into gett-
ing the airline on its feet and functioning as a regional carrier".




BISHOP SUGGESTS 2 NEW PLANES FOR LIAT

One of the proposals put by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop before the
meeting in St Lucia on November 11th of the Organisation of East-
ern Caribbean States (OECS) is that the OECS Goverhments should
jointly finance at least one, and possibly two, additional Avro air-
craft fobr LIAT.

This was disclosed on November 12th Iy Mirister of Finance Bernard
Coard as he addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Grehada
Hotel Associatiopm.

"We can only speak for Grenada", he said, t"we don't know how the
proposal will be accepted but we have suggested a financing formula
which will permit the financing of the additional plane or planes
without any money having '; come out of the Treasurpry Is'nt that
always the best formula ? We will know the answer in a day or
two".


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WHAT THE .RG HAS FOR TOURISM -

Minister of Finance Bernard Coard has disclosed that there will be
a substantial increase ih allocation for tourism in both the 1983
and 1984 Budgets.

Mr Coard made this disclosure on November 12th as he addressed the
Annual General Meeting of the Grenada 'Hotel Association(GHA), and
he reminded the hoteliers that in 1981 and 1982 there had been
record allocations of EC$700,000.00.and EC$1.1 million respectively.

These increasing allocations reflect the attitude of the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG) which regards money spent on tourism
as an "investment", Mr Coard said, and the expenditure on tourism
is a paving of the way for the coming on stream of the international,
al airport nr, being constructed at Po-'.t Salin on the island's
south .rnmost tip*
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"In this regard", he said, "the Minister of Tourisn a.C the Director of
Tourism have already done a lot of preparatory work.with a-view to
placing more professional staff in the major capitals of the world in
1983 and 1984 in order to do the follow up on promotional work."

Mr Coard said the Ministry of Tourism will shortly be appointing a
public relations firm tb promote Grenada in Britain and Western Europe.
The Ministry has sought the assistance of the West India Committee and
other organisation in selecting the public relations representatives,
and the Minister and Director of Tourism.will go abroad before the end
of this year to interview a number of firms with a view to making an
ppoihtment.

Other developments in the tourism field disclosed by Mr Coard are
That, over the next 2 years, there will be a significant expansion
.-n the professional and technical staff based in Grenada. This
is necessary, he said, in order to monitor the development of the
international airport from the standpoint of tourism.

Mr Coard told the hoteliers that a Physical Planning Unit has been
spt up under the-direction of Dr Bryan Hudson, a senior lecturer at
the University of the West Indies. Mr Coard said Dr Hudson will
:)e in Grenada for a limited time, another 10 or 11 months, but a
Grenadian graduate is his understudy, the Unit has the services of
an architect and there is a staff with the necessary skills and
training which will help with the physical planning of "the 84,000
acres which is the totality of Grenada."

Mr Coard was present at the GHA meeting substituting for Tourism
ministerr Unison Whiteman who was out of the country.




SCOON BLASTS "CARPING CRITICS"

Governor General Sir Paul Scoon has publicly condemned critics of the
St Georges University School of medicine as people who express their
criticism "against a backdrop of their own vested interests"

Sir Paul's:comments were made at the National Convention Centre at
Morne Rouge on November 1st in the course of his delivery of an'
address to a graduating class of students.

"The Faculty and students have proven wrong those carping critics,
from far and near, who felt that this University was not only doomed
to failure but was also poised to create innumerable problems for
the practice of meJicine in the Caribbean and in the United States
jf America", he said.

The Governor Gene-al said that, since its establishment, the
School has aimed at academic excellence and has proven itself to
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be a place of enlightenment, liberty and learning.


The School has been able to attract professors of the highest
calibre, either on a part or full time basis, he said, and graduates
of the institution have excelled in both the National Board Exam-
inations and the examinations of the Educational Council for Foreign
Medical Graduates.

"These examination results have dispelled all doubts as to the cap-
acity of the School to respond effectively and efficiently to
challenges", he said. "Clearly, these results have demonstrated
that the St Georges University School of Medicine is able to attract
its fair share of top students, can hold its own among medical
schools operating within the United States and is well ahead of
similar foreign schools."

The School was founded in 1977 with an initial enrollment of 197
students and against a background of Controversy involving the
qualifications of the original Faculty and questions as to the
standards which the institution would maintain.

Since' then,.enrollment:has increased to over 1,000 and an affiliate(
School has been established in.St Vincent. The Faculty has been
changed and expanded to include well known and internationally
recognized personnel and the Vice Chancellorship is in the hands of
Dr Geoffrey H Bourne, former Director of the Yerkes Primate Research
Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Chairman of the School's Board of Academic Trustees is Sir Gordon
Wolstenholme, a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a
member of the United Kingdom General Medical Council.

The ceremony on November 1st, at which 49 students qualified as
Doctors of Medicine after taking the School's 4.year course, was
the thild graduation exercise and this class brings the total of the
School's graduates to 464.

St Georges University School of Medicine is owned by a private
Company of which the shareholders are Messrs Patrick F Adams,
Edward McGowan, Louis J Modica and Dr Charles Modica. The last
named is a Doctor of Laws, son of Mr Louis Modica and he is Chan-
cellor of the University.

Under an Agreement with the Government of Grenada, the University
holds the t"sole and exclusive Charter for a Medical School" in
Grenada and pays the Government annually US$100,000 in medical
supplies and equipment plus a further US$75,000 "'to be used for
Government pi-rposes."

The School -anipus is located on Government property at "True Blue"
on the island's south coast near to where the international air-
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port is being constructed and is leased at US$21,500 pe:" annum.





SCHOOL OF MEDICINE'S: ST GRENADIAN GRADUATE

The St Georges University School of Medicine has, for the first time,
cw.:ded a degree to a Grenadian.

makingg part on November 1st in the School's third graduation ceremony
was Miss Joy Church, a scholarship student and a niece of Governor
general Sir Paul Scoon.

jader an Agreement with the Grenada.Government, five qualified
students from Grenada are granted full university scholarships to
.ie School every year. In St Vincent, where an affiliated School
S been established, four scholarships are granted annually.




NEW KIND OF WORKER NEEDED: BISHOP

',ime Minister Maurice Bishop has said that, if the Grenadian economy
to continue to expand, the country will have to create a new kind
of worker who is highly skilled and highly educated academically and
Politically.

tr Bishop made this comment on November 4th as het addressed a meeting
,)' the National Women's Organisation (NWO), and he called on the NWO
.o contribute to the process of creating these new workers by maki-ng
-c ucation and skills-training the main priority of the NWO.

-n as the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) grappled success-
fully with the unemployment problem, he said, it is having problems
finding skilled workers for the many development projects shortly to
-"ome on stream.

Where are these workers to come from ?", he asked rhetorically.
-he fact of the matter is, at the time of the revolution, (there was)
:9% unemployment. Among our women (unemployment was),70,% But
et, today, we have already reached the stage of a 14% unemployment
-.gure."

The Prime Minister said that in arriving at these statistics even
those people who have stopped looking for jobs have been counted and,
if these people are left out of the calculations-'as is done in some
countries the real unemployment Iigure' in Grenada is EC. .

:~ Bishop said the l-. G is having -'iffic;.lIt: fil.inig persons suitably
.'..I-ie -;o fill the available icbs arn1, while there is still un-
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"That is why I am stressing this question of education"-, he said.
"That is why I say to you that, while we must solve this problem of
jobs completely in our country, we can only solve the question of
jobs completely if, at the same time, we deal with the question of
education. Jobs and education go h(.nd in hand."





HOLIDAY INN SUBMITS DRAFT CONTRACTS FOR REOPENING TO PRG

The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) hopes,to finalise, within
the next two months,an Agreement with the Holiday Inn for the re-
building and reopening of the hotel which was partially burnt out in
October 1981.

Minister of Finance Bernard Coard g'.ve this information as he ad,
dressed the Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel Association
(GHA) on November 12th.

"They have sent us down a 'package of draft contracts for us to ex-
amine", he said, "and, therefore, we are at a fairly advanced stage.
We would be very happy to let the Association see copies on a con-
finential basis and Holiday Inn would not be averse to the Associat-
ion seeing copies of the draft contracts,. getting your views pn it
and also finding out whether any of you are interested in any way in
participating in the future of Holiday Inn in a -ore direct way."





CANADA GIVES LAW LIBRARY

The Grenada Court of Appeal has received a gift of a law library from
the Canadian Government.

Comprising some 1,500 volumes costing EC$75,000, the library was
formally handed over on November 15th by Canadian High Commissioner
Alan Roger to the President of the Appeal Court, Mr Justice Oscar
Fitzclarence Haynes.

Accepting the library, Mr Justice Haynes said no attempts have ever
been made to influence the course of justice in the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Justice is a place where men and women expect to re-
ceive justice, he said, and he promised that justice will always be
done according to the law.

Chief Justice Mr Archibald Ned,' said the gift of a library is the
result of an eopeal made by the Peoples Revolutionary Government to
several Comm- e alth Gcvernments T%_ Governments, Britain and
Cana-'- .jad respondedd .he sai', anrd the Commonwea lth Foundation had
assisted -ol.olvng a retreat made by. Governor General Sir Paul
Scoon.
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Grenada takes second place to none in the administratioY of justice,
the Chief Justice said, and the judiciary struggles to do. whAt is right
in the administration of justice.

Until 1979, Grenada was the Headquarters of the Associated States
Court of Appetl which was served by a law library located in this
island. Following the revolution of 1979, the Headquarters of that
Aleal Court with its library was moved to St Lucia and no longer
served Grenada which appointed its own Appeal Cpurt.

The Canadian donated law library will serve not only the Appeal Court
uJt the High Court and other branches of the judiciary.

The other members of the Appeal Court are Mr Justice Nick Liverpool
.,d Mr Justice Fredrik Gladstons Smith.





ALGERIA I.AKES LOAN

The Government of Algeria has agreed to lend the Peoples Revolution-
-y Government US$700,000.

a document signed on October 24th .in Algiers by Grenada's Ambass-
ador to Algeria, Mr G R E Bullen,. the PRG has undertaken to repay
.iis loan over a period of 4 years after an initial grace period of
years. Interest is at the.rate of 6% per annum.





SCOON: "HANDS OFF OUR UNIVERSITY"

'T en Sir Paul Scoon, Grenada's Governor Geneial thinks of autonomy
.c; the University of The West Indies (UWI), he thinks of greater
independencee for the people who teach at the University.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Marryshow Folk Theatre at
the UWI Extra Mural Centre -in ,St Georges on November ''th, Sir Paul
-sclosed his stand in the current controversy over the future of
U I and said that, while he is completely divorced from politics,
1is view is that those responsible for providing the wherewithall
rn.-st find ways of getting that wherewithall so that the University
can get on with its work.

"Education must be left to the educators", he said, "and I would like
6O see a stronger regional University, and I would say, 'Hands off
"ur University and let the Vice Chancellor and his staff get on with
,ne job of searching for trruh and in the advan-ement of learning' ".

', cannot made into any kind o-' "foot-ball":, the Governor General
said, ai.d he called on regional Governments to provide the mncey and
let UWI remain an institution that serves the whole region. -continued


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"The UWI and Westindian cricket are the only two things that make
sense to me as far as Caribbean integration is concerned", he said.

Sir Paul's remarks were made against the background of a proposal of
separatee funding" for UWI which has three campuses, one each locate
in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados. In the "separate finding"
proposal, it is suggested that those three countries each fund the
campus they host.

This is opposed in several quarters (including the Grenalda Govern-
ment)as it is felt that such a move will destroy the regi:pal
character of UWI, will weaken the autonomy of the institution and
create hardships for the non-campus-hosting Caribbean Community
countries.

It is reported, however, that the Council of UWI and the University
Grants Committee have agreed on proposals for restructuring UI..
Details have not been published but committees have been appointed
to complete the exercise by 1984.





MARRYSHOW FOLK THEATRE OPENED

The Grenai.. Extra Mural Department of the University of the West
Indies (UWI) celebrated "Marryshow Day" on Nov- nber 7th with the
formal opening of the Marryshow Folk Thea-re at Miiarryshow House, the
UWI Extra Mural Centre in St Georges.

Marryshow House is the converted residence of National Hero Theo-
p-ilus Albert Marryshow, the anniversary of whose birthday was
November 7th.

T A Marryshow, who earned for himself the popular title of "Father
of Federation" as a result of his efforts to promote Westindian
integration and unity, died in 1958 shortly after the establishment
of the short lived West Indies Federation. His contributions to
Grenadian and Westindian development cover the fields of journalism,
politics, tradeunionism and the arts.

The Marryshow Folk Theatre has been built at the back of Marryshow
House where T A Marrishow had his rose garden, and the main funding
agency in this project which, to date, has cost over EC$170,000, is
the Inter American Foundation.

Mrs Beverley Steele, UWI resident Tutor, told NEWSLETTER that more
expenditure will be necess-ry before the Theatre -s fully equipped.

"The 'tnch se-. s can be ma.. more co. portablee with cushion covers",
sh 2 ;a-, "'and .here is a -ot of equipment which we hope to get in
due course and which will permi- fuller and more efficient use of
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The opening ceremony was attended by Governor General Sir Paul Scoon,
Minister of Agriculture George Louison (Formerly Ninister for Educat-
ion), Dr Bernard Gittens, Secretary (Junior Minister) for Health
representing the Peoples Revolutionary Government, members of the
Diplomatic Corps and a. ide cross section of the public.





1CC DELEGATION VISITS

A four-member delegation from the World Council of Churches (WCC)
-ompleted a-visit to Grenada on November 8th.

The delegation, which arrived on November 5th, was led by Reverend
.esley Anderson, Chairman of the Panama and Costa Rica District of
;he Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, and included
Father Albert Nambiaparambil of India, Father Michael Cockburn: of
Trinidad & Tobago and Ms. Marama Sovaki, the only lay member of the
delegation .

The WCC team met members of the Conference of Churches, Grenada
(CCG), a cross section of the public and the Minister for Foreign
affairs Unison Whiteman. Discussions with the Minister centered
around (Grenada'c foreign relations, political prisoners held by the
peopless Revolutioa.ry Government, freedom of the press in Grenada
and elections.

esverend Anderson told NEWSLETTER the delegation appreciated the
work CCG is doing, their insights into the problems and the fact
that they encourage dialogue and persue goals and projects for the
good of the people.

.vCC is comprised of some 300 Churches representing about 4 million
Christians of which 13% are in Eastern Europe, 33% in Western Europe
and America, ad the rest distributed throughout the world. The
WCC Secretary General is Dr Phillip Potter of Dominica in the East-
ern Caribbean and the organisation has a budget of over US$90
million which is contributed by the Churches and by Governmetnts and
funding agencies.

Every 7 years, WCC holds an Assembly and the next is scheduled for
Vancouva, Canada on August 10th 1983. The visit of the dele-
gation to Grenada was part of a regional tour in preparation for
that Assembly.
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PO'.'E DID i: OT HARASS C-- DREF: DC.:ilNTCA GOV'P.

The D'.;iinica police were in no way involved in the alleged harass-
ment of school children reported by the Dominica correspondent of
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Radio Free Grenada (RFG).

This has been stated by Mr Alvin Knight, Press Secretary to the
Dominica Governnent, in a release to NEWSLETTER in response to a
request for clarification of the matter.

Early in October, RFG carried a story from its Dominica corres-
pondent, Mr Clement Richards, that, following a ruling by the Dom-
inica Government that persons wearing the uniforms of the Security
Forces would be arrested, school children with bags resembling
army knapsacks had had these confiscated.


According to RFG, the Dominica Government had charged that the
newsstory was "mischevousl and "malicious", and a voicecast by
Mr Richards, carried by RFG, said the Dominica Government also
branded the -story as calculatedd to mislead and confuse."

In his release, Mr Knight said that, when Prime Minister Eugenia
Charles became aware of a rumour that canvas type school-bags were
being taken away from school children, she issued a release so that,
if the rumour was true, the persons harassing the school children
would become aware that Government knew of their act.

Mr Knight said also that the Police immediately carried out a
thorough investigation and the Police Chief was able to go on radio
the same day and state categorically that the Poli.ce w'ert not in-
volved.

"The report by Clement Richards after all of this (which he knew
of)", said Mr Knight, "still linked the police with the affair and
sought to malign not only the Police but Government."

RFG reported at the time of the incident that Mr Richards had re-
futed the Dominica Government's charges "point by point". The
station did not give details of what Mr Richards had said but re-
ported that their'correspondent had identified a number of inaccurac-
ies and inconsistencies in the Government's position.

The station carried Mr Richard's voice stating that he had never
claimed that the school bags were seized on the direct orders of the
Government, and he said he had no choice but to stand by his orig-
inal story.

"Under the banner of the free and unfettered press", Mr Richards
said, "this correspondent will continue to report news from Dom-
inica as truthfully and objectively as possible, without fear or
favour, until I am prevented by legislation or otherwise."

In hi, release, Mr Knight charged that Mr Richards has political
connections and that his reporting is coloured by this.
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v "Clement Richards is, the inforr.tion man for the Farmers' Union

Officials", Mr knight said, "all of which are connected with the
Domrinica Liberation Movement, a leftist political party operating
here."
^WTpt .




J GG AT BREZNEV'S FUNERAL

Governor General Sir Paul Scoon left the island on November 6th for
Moscow where he represented Grenada at the funeral of President
Leonid Breznev, General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party who
was buried on November 8th:

C;ir Paul was accompanied by Mr Bernard Coard, Deputy Prime Minister
.-cd Minister of Finance who was expected to join the Grenada
delegation at the Caribbean Community submit which opened in tcho
Rios, Jamaica on November, 16th.





GRENADA TO HOST INTELLECTUAL WORKERS CC' FERENCE,

Granada is to host a 3-day "Conference of Caribbean Intellectual
workers" which will open at the NationalConference Centre on
November 2.Oth.

rime Minister Maurice Bishop disclosed this on November 7th.as he
delivered the feature address at the launching of the "Grenada
Committee of Intellectual Workers", an organisation dedicated"to
*,king the public aware of "attacks on their cultural and ti,~6logical'
independence", and to organising programmes around, the "defence of
their sovereignty".

Mr Bishop said that what was formerly known as the "intelligencia"
-- authors, journalists, artists, poets, scholars -- have seen them-
selves as alienated from ordinary working people of the region, and
have tended to distance themselves from the people's struggles, liv j
ing abroad or "in ivory towers of dreams and sheer individualism".

"This conference is designed to help to create intellectual workers
out of all our intellectuals", he said. "To form a policy and a
plan of action that will make cultural and intellectual work, in
the words of one of the Conference's organizers, the brilliant Bar-
badian novelist, C-orge Lamming, 'to make culture an essential part
of the lives of all our people' "

The Prime Ninister said Grenada will be host at the Conference to
"'any out:; ::,.ndini mindc and immaintations", including Michacl
;lmanley of Jamaica, poet Martin Carter of Guyana, Paul Keens-
Douglas, Ernesto Cardinal, the Minister of Culture in Nicaragua,
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Trevor Farrel, George Beckford, Gabriel Garcia Martinez of Colombia,
1982 Nobel Prize Winner for literature ald Harry Belafonta who
starred in the film "Island In The Sun" which was made in Grenada in
1955.

The "Grenada Committee of Intellectual Workers" will function as an
advisory and consultative body to the Ministries of Culture and
National Mobilisation.





TRAINING FOR' COMMUNITY HEALTH.AIDS J

A five-week training programme for Community Health Aids was offic-
ially launched on November 8th by-Dr Bernard Gittens, Secretary
(Junior Minister) for Health in the Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
ment (PRG).

Funded by the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund
(UNICEF) in collaboration with the PRG, the programme has some 30
participants who will study basic anatomy and physiology, environ-
mental health, psyco-social factors affecting health, maternal and
child care, care of the handicapped and the primary health care app-
roach.

The programme inc ufes three students who will be involved in the
Rural Health Project, a plan with which the Grenada Food & Nutrition
Council and the Planned Parenthood Association are involved and
which is designed to bring health care to farm workers.





CANADIAN AID FOR COOPERATIVES

The Canadian Development Foundation (CDF) has approved some
BC$50,000 as aid to three agricultural cooperatives, and two of
these cooperatives have already received the first part of this
grant.

This was disclosed to Radio Free Grenada by an official of the
National Cooperative Development Agency (NACDA) who said the CDF aid
package comes under the head of "crop intensification/diversific-
ation"

Part of the funds allocated will go to construct a green-house for
one of the cooperatives while the other will use its share of the
funds to rehabilitate cocoa acreage and to launch a pig rearing
project after constructing a pig pen.


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SMALL BUSINSSMEIN'S SEMINAR

A four-day seminar for small businessmen opened here on November 8th
under the auspices of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
and the Ministry of Planning.

Conducted by CARICOM Training Officer Mr Darnley Boxhill, the seminar
covered preparation of a business plan, export marketing, finance and
operation.

Addressing the opening session. Ms. Noreen Alleyne, a representative
of the CARICOM Secretariat, said this is the 29th of a series of 48
seminars of this nature planned by CARICOM for the Windward Islands,
Leeward Islands and Belise. Some 600 persons have already been
trained in these seminars, she said.









Al uhes Cynthia Hughes

20th November 1982


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