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NEWSLETTER
FOUNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973


For The Week Ending 21st July 1984
11th Year of publication - - 304th Issue
Volume 12 lumber 8





NEDD REJECTS DEFENCE .MOTION
Chief Justice Archibald Nedd, sitting in the High Court on July 9th
reserved his decision in connection with 2 motions brought before
him by Guyanese barrister Mr. Clarence Hughes, acting on behalf of
ex-deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard and his wife Phyllis.

The two Coards are charged, together with 18 other persons, with the
murder of the late prime Minister Maurice Bishop and 7 others last
October.

Early in June, at the preliminary inquiry into this murder charge,
Mr. Hughes argued before Chief Magistrate Lyle St. Paul that, under
a certain section of the Grenada Constitution, Mr. St. Paul ought to
refer certain matters to the High Court for a ruling.

Mr. St. Paul did not accept Mr. Hughes' arguments and, as a result,
Mr. Hughes filed a motion in the High Court seeking an <*oder to have
Mr. St, Paul submit: the matters to the High Court for a ruling.

He asked also for an order to stop hearings of the preliminary in-
quiry until the High Court reached a decision.

On July 9th Mr. Hughes argued his motion before Chief Justice Nedd
as to why the various matters should bo referred to the High Court.

"The judicial power in the High Court", he said, tis such as to em-
power it to inquire into any question raised concerning the Constitu-
tion".

The only limitation on this power, he said, is that a question must
be raised and "question", in his opinion, does not have the same
meaning as the word "issue", as between persons in litigation.
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On'e "'question' raisedly Mr. Hughes is whether the Grenada Constitution
exists in whole or in part, taking into account the fact'that in 1979,the
P*opBHy& evo ionary 0gvernmeat (PRG) suppetded thq Copstitution .which
a|ve~ig hority to all other laws.
"'-een C(n- sti o a itat r'Fi'A it '."1, *'* 5" "

"e Aen Constitution of -stat ,c nrm. and that regulates
all other legal normst-. Mr, .Hghes said,. 'on suspension of the Constitu-
tion by the PRG, what became of the basic norm? Upon cessation of the PRG
.,z-gime,.-.*hat be.tame,-'f the b&reic norm and -whit is now the bae'c norm of Gre-
nada's legal system?";,* ..-. --

Mr. Hughes said these questions should be put before the High Court for an-
swers.

.Trinidad barrister Mr. Karl Hudson-Phillips, appearing for Chief Magistrate
Lyle St. Paul, said the proceedings before the Court were an "abuse of pro-
cess".

The'section of the Constitution under which Mr. Hughes had filed his motion,
Mr. Hudson-phillips said, required that there should be a need for an in-
terpretatiosn of the d"ontitution.

"None of the questions my learned friend has raised require an interpreta-
tion of the Constitution", Mr. Hudson-phillips said. "These questions Are
merely hypothetical' and acadenmi~6"'

Also addressing the Court were Guyanese barrister Mr. Doodnath Singh ap-
pearing for thd Director of public prosecutions and GrenadR's Barbados born
Attorney' General, Mr. Carlisle Payne who appeared as "a friend of the court,.
Both Mr. Singh 'and kr. Payne supported Mr. Hudson-Phillips.

Chief Justice Nedd reserved his decision until July 13th and gave his judge-
menrt onthat ay.

In' his. judgement., Mr. Nedd'accepted arguments of Trinidadian barrister Karl
Hudson-Phillips who appeared for Mr. St.Paul. Mr. Hudson-Phillips said Mr.
ITughes had'tade his application to the High Court under authority of a sect
-ion of the very Constitution he sought to query the existence of. In
this, Mr. Hudson-Phillips said, Mr. Hughes was reprobatingg and approbating,
(trying to eat your cake and have it).

:r. Nedd said Mr. Hughes hadapplied to the Court under a section of the
.renada Constitution which required, that the questions raised by Mr.Hughes
should need an interpretation of the Constitution. That section also re-
quired that the interpretation be used by Mr. St.Paul in settling the mat-
'r before him,.

,-n my opinion", Mr..Nedd said, "not one of the questions posed requires
i interpretation of the Constitution which is necessary for the disposal
of the Pre^-im .ary. I.aqui.y Lu yr. *Magiltra I -;;


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It may well be, he continued, that the Coards may be entitled to get an-
swers to the questions raised 6y Mr Hughes, but not in the present cir-
cumstances or by the procedure used. Tlat procedure, he said, was "an
abuse of process".

"This has been an attempt to stop the wheels of justice from turning", the
Chief Justice said, "even temporarily",
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TEN WITN4SESES TESTIFY IN P.I.

Ten persons have, up to Friday July 20th, given evidence in the Prelimin-
ary Inquiry now being conducted before Chief Magistrate Lyle St. Paul into
the deaths, last October, of the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and 7
others.

twenty persons, including Bernard Coard, Deputy Prime Minister in the Peo-
ples Revolutionary Government (PFr) and his wife Phyllis have been charged
with murder in this matter. Others are Hudson Austin, General in command
of the peoples Revolutionary Army (FRA) and twelve other known members of
the PRA: Andy Mitchell, Vincent Joseph, Calistus Bernard, Lestar Redhead,
Christopher Stroude, Fabian Gabriel, Lium James, Leon Cornwall, Ewart Layne,
Ian St.Bernard, Cecil prime and Raeburn Nelson.

Also charged are two members of the PRG, Selwyn Strachan, former Minister
of Mobilisation & Labour and Colville McBarnette, Junior Minister for In-
formation and Manager-of Radio Free Grenada. '.

The other three persons charged are John Anthony Ventour, a member of the
New Jewel Movement Central Committee, Cosmos Richardson who may have been
a member of the 'PRA and Dave Bartholomew.

The first of the nine witnesses who:have, so far, testified was Mr. Errol
Seaton Gec.'r t, a'Security Guard of the: FRG and he was followed by Miss Syl-
via Belmar, a standd Manager".. Next was Mrs. pamela Cherubim, daughter of
Evelyn "Brat" Bullen, one of the'persons alleged to have been murdered a-
long with Maurice Bishop.

She was followed by Mrs. Agnes Grant, Matron of the General Hospital and
next came Miss Beverly Ann-Marie Charles, a member of the disbanded Peoples
Revolutionary Militia. After Miss Charles came Mrs. Lynn Creft, mother of
Jacqueline Creft, Minister of Education in the PRG and also alleged to have
been murdered along with Maurice Bishop.

The last four witnesses to testify were former member of the PRA, Walter
Charles, Tnspector Sheridan Williams of the Grenada Fire services Ms.
Merlyn Rullow, formerly a nurse in the Medical Unit of the PRA, and Ms.
Jemma Bullen, a former member of the PRA.
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On completion of the evidence of the first witness, Mr* George, leader of the
7-barrister Defence team, Jamaican barrister H6ward Hamilton, told Chief Magis-
trate St.Paul he(Hamilton) had agreed with the Prosecution Leader,' Mr. Karl
Hudson-phillips, that, subject to the Magistrate s approval the cross examina-
tion of Mr. George would be deferred while that witness' evidence would be read
back to him and he.would sign it as a statement.

Originally# Mr. St.Paul opposed this proposal but, after an adjournment, he grant
-ed the Defence's application for the cross-examination to be deferred.

"It is the practice in Grenada that cross-examination and reexamination be com-
pleted before a witness evidence is taken as a deposition"9 Mr. St.Paul said,
"but I have looked, at the law and there is nothing to prevent it being done the
way the Defence wishes".

This procedure was adopted with each of the first six witnesses, no cross-exam-
ination.being done by the Defence until after the evidence given by Mrs. Creft.
The Defence did not cross-examine Mrs Creft, waiving this right in order to
savee the witness any further distress".

Before commencement of..the sitting of July 4th, Defeice leader Mr. Hamilton told
Mr. St.Paul there had been a redistribution of representation of the 20 accused
persons&

In the redistribution, Mr. Hamilton and his Junior, Miss Jacqueline Samuels-Brow*
now represent Andy Mitchell, Bernard and Phyllis Coard, Leon Cornwall and Lium
Jamesi

lies Norma Linton has had assigned to her Selwyn Strachani Dave Bartholomew and
John Ventour, while Mr. A.J. Nicholson represents Hudson Austin, Lester Redhead,
Christopher stroude and Cosmos Richardsont

Ewart Layne, CalistuB Bernard, Raeburn Nelson and Fabian Gabriel are represented
by Mr. Earle Witter while Vincent Joseph and Ian St.Bernard are the responsibili.
ty of Mr. Delano Harrison.

To Mr. Maurice Frankson has been assigned Cecil Prime and Colville McBarnette.

Because this is a Prelimrnary Inquiry and not a trial, evidence given may not
be reported. The object of the preliminary Inquiry is for the Magistrate to
decide whether the accused have a case to answer. If his decision is that there
is a case to answer, the matter .will be sent to the High Court and evidence giv-
en in a .trial there nay be reporte.





ELECTRICITY PROBLEMS

rnager of the Government owned Grenada Electricity Services (GES), Mr. Winston
Ballen, told NEWSLETTER on July 10th that GES could then supply only one-third of
'.he power -equired by.the island at peak periods, and, in the short run at least
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.;renadians must expect even greater inconveniences than they have been suf
-fering from "load shedding"i

"The position at the moment is that we have only 2 of our 9 generators work
-ing" Mr. Bullen said, 'and those 2 generators can produce only 1.6 mega-
watts of the 4.6 megawatts we require at peak periods".

Mr. Bullen said if the 9 generators were all in working condition, the
power station could produce 8 megawatts, but the three largest generators
have been out of commission for several months* One of these generators
needs a new crankshaft, another needs turbo-chargers, he said, and the
third has to be completely replaced.

"The British Government is financing the replacement of the third generate
-or" the GES manager said, 'Ibut we have to buy it through the Crown Agents
and, even though we have indicated the type and make of machine we want as
a replacement, they still insist that the order has to go to tender".

Mr. Bullcn said the type of machine required as a replacement is the same
as that of two generators which the Government of Grenada has already pur-
chased for EC$3 million with the assistance of the European Investment
Bank.

"We hope the first of these two L.enerators will be commissioned by July
15th", Mr. Eullen said, "and that the second will be in operation before
the end of July. These together, each with a rating of 1.8 megawatts,
will take care of three-quarters of our peak load".

The GiES manager said 2 rented generators, each 1.5 megawatts, which have
been in service since the end.oflast year, are listed among the 7 genera-
tors not in working condition, and-they are presenting a specidi problem.

"We thought we had the problem solved", he said. "We fixed what we
thought was Wrong but they have failed to start",.

The engineer who installed these rented generators was due in Grenada on
July 10th and Mr. Bullen hoped they could be put into service promptly so t
the "load-shedding" could be reduced.

The'GES :.inager was hopeful that, if the rented generators could bestarted
and the two new generators could be put into commission by the end of July,
then'the peak load requirements could be met and there would be the necess-
ary "breathing space" to permit overhaul.

"But we are dealing with machinery", he said, "and we can only hope that
nothing goes wrong"..

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BULLEN RESIGNS

Mr. Winston Bullen, manager of Grenada Electricity Services (GES), resign-
ed from the company with effect from July 15th.

Mr. Bullen disclosed this to NEVSLETTER in an interview on July 10th and
said he is leaving GES to manage the family insurance business.

"As you know", he said "my brother Evelyn, who used to manage our business
was one of those murdered at Fort George last October 19th when Prime Minis
-ter Maurice Bishop and others were killed, and I am needed to fill Evelyn',
place in the business".

The outgoing manager said that three and a half months ago he gave the SES
Board of Directors one month's notice, but they had asked for three months
notice, and that notice expired on July 15th.

Mr. Bulltn, who has managed GES since May 1981 when the Peoples Revolution-
ary Government seized the company, said he will be succeeded by Grenada-
born Mr. C.B. Francis, now assistant manager of St. Vincent Electricity Ser-
vices Ltd, The outgoing manager said he was preparing a detailed report
for Mr. Francis to facilitate a smooth takeover of management.





MAN RUNS AMOK

A man ran amok with a cutlass in St, George's on July 2nd, injuries 5 per-
sons, two of them seriously.

An eyewitness said that, about 9.15 a.m., she was in a queue at the National
Commercial Bank in downtown St. George's and was atanrding immediately behind
Mr. Cyril Dowe, an orderly employed at the General Hospital.

"I noticed a man sitting on one of the chairs in the open section of the
FRnk", she said. "He was carrying a yellow bag. I was looking away from
Mr.:Dowe when I heard a chopping sound and, when I looked, I:saw that the
man had chopped Mr. Dowe on his head".

Shortly after this, plain clothes policemen, uniformed policemen and a pol-
ice photographer were seen making investigations behind the closed glass
doors of the Bank and it was reported by persons in the crowd present that
another man and a woman had been attacked and injured in the Bank.

Inquiries at the General Hospital disclosed that the other injured man is
Mr. Winston Audain.1 assistant General Manager of the Grenada Beach Hotel;
che woman's name could not be ascer'nined at the time. Both Mr. Dowe and
"r. Audain were reported to be in serious condition.

i.ospital authorities said 5 persons had been admitted, all allegedly vic-
cims of this incident. One of the persons admitted was Mr. Wilber Buckley,

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24, who was treated for a wound on his left shoulder and discharged. Mr.
Buckley said he was standing with his mother about 50 yards from the Bank
when he saw t-o men running towards him.

"The man in front had a chop on his head streaming blood", Mr. Buckley said
"and the man behind had a raised cutlass and was chasing the wounded man.
When they got close to us, the man with the cutlass turned towards my moth-
er and, as I moved in to protect her, I got the cutlass chop on my should-
er".

An eyewitness report says the man with the cutlass was captured by civil-
ians about half a mile from the Bank and, with the help of a plain-clothes
policeman, was taken to police Headquarters.

On the floor of the Bank was a lbrgc pool of blood and a Police photograph-
er was seen taking pictures of what appeared to be bits of human fingers
and hair-covered scalp. In the open marketsquare opposite the Bank's en-
trance was another large pool of blood and there was more blood in the
street about 50 yards from the Bank's entrance.

Later that day Hospital authorities disclosed that the names of the 5 per-
sons injured are Messrs. Cecil Dowe, 48; Winston Audain, 30; Wilber Buck-
ley, 24; Leonard Nicholas, 31 and Ms. Cicily Sandy, 43.

Mr. Dowe,an orderly employed at the General Hospital was the most seriously
injured. He received a chop across the back of his head and his condition
was described as "critical".

Also badly injured and considered to be in serious condition was Mr. Audain.
Assistant Manager of the Grenada Beach Hotel, Mr. Audain also was chopped
in the head and lost fingers on one hand.

Ms. Sandy also received a chop to the head but, though hospitalized, was
not considered to be in danger.

From his hospital bed (also considered to be not in danger) Mr. Nicholas
told NEWSLETTER he had been standing in the queue at the Bank when he was
chopped at the back of his head.

"I ran out of the Bank as fast as I could", he said, "but when I was about
30 feet from the Bank's entrance, the man caught up with me and gave me a
chop on my left forearm which sent me spinning into the drain".

An eyewitness told NEWSLETTER that, when Mr. Dowe was attacked, he fell to
the floor but when Mr. Audain was struck, he ran out of the Bank.

The police told NEWSLETTER that a man has been arrested in this connection
but no charges had yet been laid.




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U.K. "CK TRIKE AFFECTS BANANAAS

Mr. Lloyd Benjamin, manager of the Grenada office of Geest Industries Ltd.,
marketing agents for the Windward Island banana crop, said in an interview
with NEWS3LETTER on July 14th that the Windward Islands banana industry may
experience severe losses as a result of the United Kingdom dock strike which
started on July 9th*

'tWe have three ships with bananas on the way to the United Kingdom now", he
said. "Groaers associations will receive payment from Geest in respect of
the 5676 tons of bananas carried by these ships, but, at the present time,
these bananas are not being allowed to reach the U.K. market and we cannot
say when next we will be able to load again in the Windwards".

Mr. Benjamin said the ships affected are the "Geestland", "Artic" and "Geest
-bay", and he said, if the strike continues beyond the cormnercial life of the
fruit, the cargoes, estimated at a value of over 10 million East Caribbean
dollars, will be lost.

"The heads of the Windward Islands Governments and certain waterfront work-
ers unions, including the Grenada Seamen and Waterfront Workers Union, have
made strong representations to the United Kingdom Transport and General Work-
jrs Union to allow Windward Islands bananas to be discharged", Mr. Benjamin
said "but this has been refused despite a plea for consideration ,of the ec-
onomic hardships which will result from a setback to the Windward Islands
banana industry".

The Geest Grenada manager said his company was "working incessantly" to find
,ays and means by which the cargoes of bananas, then on their way to the U.K.
-ight be discharged successfully*

Tn the past, he said, some consignments have been sold in Italy and efforts
were being made to find an outlet in that country as a solution to the pre-
sent crisis.

"When we sell on the continent", Mr. Benjamin said, "we get a much lower
price for the fruit, but it would be better than having to dump the whole
LOt".

Until then, Geest had not been able to find a solution to the problem, Mr.
Lenrjamin said, but efforts were continuing and he hoped the dock strike
would be over soon enough to avert the blow to the economies of the Windwards.

-our days later on July 18th there was hope that the three shipments of ban-
anas might be saved.

~:ecutive of the striking United Kinriom Transport and General Workers Union
<-_WU) was to ask dock workers whether they would unload the banana ships.


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"The 'Geestland' and 'Artic' are now berthed at the port of Barry", Mr.
Benjamin said, "and I understand that the TGWU National Executive is to
meet tomorrow (19th) with the Barry dock -orkers and will find out whether
they are willing to handle these ships and also the 'Geestbay, which is
still at sea".

Mr. Benjamin said he had every confidence that, if the meeting took place,
the Barry dock workers would agree to handling the banana ships.

"We have a very good relationship with those workers", Mr. Benjamin said,
"and I feel sure they will want to help us to avert this potential loss of
many millions of East Caribbean dollars"f

The Geest Grenada manager said the "Geeststar" which arrived at Grenada on
July 16th and was discharging general cargo, would remain berthed at St.
George's until the U.K. strike was over. No bananas are to be loaded
from Grennda, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica until this industrial dis
-pute has been settled and U.K. ports have been reopened, he said.

On July 21st banana growers in Grenada were given the green light to cut
fruit in preparation for a ship loading on July 23rd, and hopes were rising
that the anticipated great losses resulting from the United Kingdom dock
strike would be averted.

Mr. Justin Francis, Assistant Manager of the Grenada office of Geest Indus-
tries Ltd., told NEWSLETTER his company had not yet had advices that the'
dock strike had been settled but, in the interest of having bananas ready
for loading on 23rd, a banana "cutting notice" had been issued to farmers
here.

"It was a bit of a brave move made by the Chairman of the company, Mr. Leo-
nard Van Geest", Mr. Francis said, "but it was a good calculated risk in
that all signs are that U.K. ports are returning to work".

Mr. Frincis said when Mr. Van Geest made the decision to issue a "cutting
notice" in Grenada, the meeting to determine the end of the strike was still
in progress.

Farmers will have some losses as a result of the delay in cutting fruit,
the Geest Assistant Manager said, because some fruit would already be too
mature for shipment, but he did not think these losses will be high.

"Ov-r the last week, we have had the kind of weather which would have pro-
moted rapid maturing of fruit", Mr. Francis said, "and over-mature bananas
will have to be kept out of the shipment. However, for quite some time
now, Grenada has been having fortnightly cuttings and the situation we have
now is about that of a 13 to 14 day cutting".

With reference to the three banana ships caught at sea by the strike, Mr.
Frnncis said the "Artic" had been diverted to a West German port. The
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other two 4 the "Geestland'1 aid "Geestbay" were at a UKst port and he hoped
they would be discharged.

The Assistant Manager said all three ships are likely to suffer higher than
normal shipp ripening", and he "Geestland" is more open to this risk than
the others.

"The 'Geestland' would normally have been discharged in the week beginning
july 15th", he said "and getting the fruit off her is already five days
overdue. Most shipments have their share of 'ship-ripe* losses and, with
this delay, it must be expected that these losses will be above normal".

The Assistant Manager expressed the view that the losses as a result of the
dock strike will not be as great as had been anticipated Originally,
Geest estimated a loss of some EC$10 million, but Mr. Francis thought that,
with the development of events, this figure will now.be very much lower.





BRATHWAITE: CARICOM STRONGER

Mr. Nicholas Brathwaite, .Chairan of Grenada's Interim Government has said
that the Caribbean Community (CURICCO!) is "stronger than it was before",
following the recent CARICOM meeting in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Mr* Brathwaite was speaking in Washington on July 11th at a meeting with
organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Joao Clemente Baena
Shares and, according to an OAS release issued here on July 14th, the Chair-
-'an praised the "forward looking position" taken by Caribbean leaders at the
Nassau Meeting.

Mr. Albert Xavier, Grenada's Ambassador designate to the OAS and a former
Editor of the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper, accompanied Mr. Brathwaite,
who was then on an official visit to 'Cashington to meet U.S. State Depart-
ment officials, met also with OAS Assistant Secretary General, Val. T.
McComie.





POST OFFICE BURGLED

spokesmann for the Post Office Department confirmed on July 10th that there
ias a robbery at the General Post Office in St. Georgets on the weekend of
7th and 8th July.

When the Mails Officer opened the i premises shortly after 6.00 p.m. hst sun
-day (8th) to receive incoming mail", the spokesmen told NEWSLETTER, "he
found that someone had gained entry to the premises by cutting a hole in the
floor of the planning Departmtena which is directly above the Post Office in
.he Government buildings". -continued-
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The spokesman said 8 bags of mail which had been prepared for delivery to
the out-districts had been tamiered with and opened envelopes were found
strewn on the floor* Mail was found also in the Planning Department, he
said.

Also found in the Planning Department was a carpenter's auger which, it is
suspected, was used to cut the hole in the floor,

The spokesman said no open door or window had been found and it is not know
how the thief or thieves gained entrance to or left the Government buildings4

No estimate was possible of the loss, the spokesman said, but postal orders,
cheques and money were found among the torn envelopes.





GH.3' H jS 'iT'URISM GUIDELINES

when Grenada's new international airport is opened at Point Salines later
this year, it must be the "tool" and not the "master" of the island's econ-
omy.

This opinion was expressed in an interview with NEWSLETTEP on July 19th by
Mr. Andre Chcrman, president of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA), as he
discussed "Tourism policy Guidelines", a .recently published GHA documr t.

Mr; Cherman said if the airport is allowed to dictate Grenada's tourism
growth, airlines serving the island will each require a minimum number of
rooms. This, he said, will.mean immediate constructionn of a number of
large hotels whichwould tend to cater to-the mass market,

"The hotel industry in Grenada op,.osCs such a development policy", the GHA
president said. "It is undesirable because :the mass market is the most
competitive of all markets and is most susceptible to economic fluctuations"

Mr. Cherman. said GHA recommends that, rather than have the airport in the
role of a "master", it should'be used as a "tool" to promote a gradual and
sustained growth of the tourist industry.

To implement this, the GHA president said, his organisation recommends a
three-pronged approach. First, there should be an expansion of the exist-
ing hotel plant (consisting now of 645 rooms) which is some 90% owned by
Grenadians.

The second step is for the Grenada Government to invite two "quality" chain
hotels, each of between 400 and 500 rooms, to establish themselves in Grenada,
The third pronr is encourag-m.e of the setting up of new, owner-operated,
locally controlled resort hotels ranging in size from 30 to 100 rooms.

"We understand the general concern reg-'rdin: unemployment and the poor state
of the economy", Mr. Cherman said, "and the tendency to turn to the mass
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tourism market for a solution to these problems but this is a short-sighted
view"

The GHA recommendations for a gradual and sustained growth will bring tever-
al advantages, he said, among these being that Grenadians will continue to
control a substantial portion of the industry,

-,her benefits, Mr. Cherman said, will be management of the tourist industry's
development with the minimum of:social dislocation, minimum foreign exchange
"leakage" and a higher "multiplier effect," rom the tourist dollar throughout
the economy.

To achieve these ends, the GHA "Tourism Policy Guidelines" document makes re-
commendations for use of the international.'airport in both the short and long
term.

Tn the short term, there should be an increased and diversified air feeder
service from Trinidad and Barbados to service existing hotels. Also, there
should be established a new service of aircraft larger than the LIAT 48-seat
-era to support the expansion of existing hotel plant and gradual setting up
of new resorts

"The new service should not be of the lirge wide-bodied planes", Mr. Cherman
said. "What We need is a medium-sized aircraft and, since, at the begin-
ning, we will not be able to cater to full plane loads', these aircraft should
come to us on a 'leg down# basis, that is, not direct after they have stopped
first at another destination".

Tn the long term, he said, the "leg down" flights can be expanded and a dir-
ect service of wide-bodied aircraft established: to feed the two chain hotel
and the new resort hotels*

Mr. Cherman said GHA thinks it important that hotel development should be on
I "quality" basis, matching existing resort hotels on the iSlaid which are
quality constructed". Modern resort hotel construction demands a minimum
size of room, each of which costs US$100,000, he said,

'Tn the case of the local entrepreneur", he said, "the approach must be for
ore individualistic design, with style and quality being substituted for
size. `GHA recommends appointment of a well-balanced board, drawn from both
t.e public and private sectors, to ensure that high standards are maintained
I the industry".

,r. Cherman said GHA's "Tourism Policy Guidelines" document which covers ex-
pansion of recreation and other facilities, was being discussed by the GHA
-th Grenada's Interim Government and with the Executives of political part-


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GA;.I2Y THi: TENSS HCTELIERS
-- 7 -- ,
An informed source told NWJS3LETTR on July. 18th that Sir Eric Gairy, poli-
tical leader of the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP), had threatened mem-
bers of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA) that he will "deal with them
in three months time after the elections".

According to the source, the threats came at a meeting on July 13th when
at the hoteliers request, GHA met with Mr. Gairy at his home to discuss
"Tourism Policy Guidelines", a GHA document published recently.

The source said Sir Eric accused Mr. Andre Cherman, GHA President and Man-
ager of the Grenada Beach Hotel, of keeping him (Gairy) out of the hotel
when he wanted to address workers there. Grenada Beach Hotel is now head-
quarters of United States Forces in Grenada and it is reported that Sir
Eric was told the decision to block his entry had been taken by the Ameri-
can military.

Thv source said Sir Eric described that statement as "laughable", and said
he would "talk to" Mr. Cherman in three months time because 'all indica-
tors point to a GULP victory in the coming elections".

According to the source, sir Eric told the GHA representatives there are a
number of hotel managers, owners and directors who had underminedd" him
and who are telling "vicious lies" about him in an effort to keep him from
winning the elections, but he would "deal with them" when his party gets
into office.

Another hotelier directly attacked by Sir Eric, the source said, was Eng-
lishman Mr. Richard Gray, man,:er of the Cinnamon Hill Hotel. Mr. Gray
has been in the island too long, sir Eric is reported as saying, Mr. Gray
is "conniving" and is a "communist" and Sir Eric would deal with him also
when GULP won the elections.

The source said the GHiA meeting with Sir Eric did not achieve the intended
purpose of diEcuscing the GH.' "Tourism Police Guidelines" document as Sir
Eric told the GHA representatives he had not yet read it.





"BhD \PPLE" IN PRESS BRP.EL

Ort-n-id-'s Chief Magistrate, Lyle St. Paul, had stern words for the Press on
July 5th as he presided over the Preliminary Inquiry into the charge agair-t
20 persons accused of the death of the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop
and 7 others.

"If I find there is one bad apple in the barrel", he said, "r shall take
action in a drastic manner to get that apple out".


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THE GRELI.LD. tEZ;.SLhTTER


Mr. St. Paul was reacting to a complaint by Leader of the Defence, Barris-;
ter Howard Hamilton, that the Grenada correspondent of the Montserrat bas-
ed Radio Antilles had been guilty of an "irresponsible piece of journalism'.

Mr. hamilton said that, on July 4th, the Radio Antilles correspondent had
filed a story with the station-reporting the names of the accused persons
being represented individually by the 7-barrister Defence team. The cor-
respondent Mr Hamilton said, had used an "unfortunate description" of the
accused persons whose defence is Mr. Hamilton's responsibility.

"The Radio Antilles correspondent described those persons as 'the suspect-
ed masterminds behind the execution of Maurice Bishop'", Mr. Hamilton said,
"or something like that".

Magistrate St. Paul invited Mr. Hamilton to name the correspondent so action
could be taken against him, but Mr. Hamilton declined, stating that all he
*ishcd was that there should not be a repetition.

The Radio Antilles correspondent said after that he had not described these
persons as "suspected masterminds .behind the coup". .

Outside of Court, Mr. Hamilton said his objection was to the word "master-
rmind".

"That is an emotive word", he said, "and it should not be used in connection
with my clients at this time".

Mr. Hamilton pointed out that the accused persons have not yet been tried
and nothing should be said in the press at this stage to prejudice a fair
hearing.





GAIRY .UNlcUNrCES TWO CANDIDATES

The Gr-nada United Labour Party (GULP) led by former prime Minister sir Eric
Gairy, has announced two c-ndidates for the General Elections to be held in
Grenada before the end of this year.

They are Mr. Michael Donelan who will contest the St. George's Southeast
3eat, and Mrs. Erleen Adams, the GULP candidate for St. George's South,
Lhe seat held previously by Sir Eric before he was deposed by the New Jewel
movementt revolution of 13th March 1979.

pamphlets quote "Uncle Gairy (sir Eric)" as describing Mr. Donelan as a
"well qualified and responsible young man".

'e has a Bachelor of Art degree in Commerce" Mr. Gairy is quoted as say-
., "He is also an artist and a journalist".

e Gairy quote includes the stat' lent that Mr. Donelan is dedicated to
trving the working man and woman and to protecting all private enterprise".
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The pamphlet quotes Mr. Donelan as telling Grenadians he comes to them
"with peace and justice but most of all with love".

"Love that has not surfaced much during the last 5 years", the pamphlet
quotes M1. Donelan as saying, "surely, one of the greatest things Jesus
Christ said was, 'Love thy neighbour'".

Concerning Mrs. Adams, the pamphlet announcing her GULP candidacy quotes
Sir Eric as describing her as "dynamic" and as having been "active as a
Senior Law Enforcement Officer in Grenada".

"She lived three and a half years in New York as an active and militant
executive secretary of the Grenada Democratic Council which was one of the
4 organizations that triggered the successful rescue operation' in October
last year", Mr. Gairy is quoted as saying.

Mrs. Adams promises on the pamphlet that "as a candidate of GULP, we shall
bring back happiness and prosperity to Grenada".

"It is high time that women should come forward fearlessly to take up the
cause of women in particular", she said, "and lead in projecting a better
image for all our people in general".

The Donelan pamphlet urges Grenadians to "vote GULP for a better Grenada".

"The world respects Sir Eric Gairy as the only real leader in Grenada",the
pamphlet says, "All others are communists they helped to bring about
the sad and sorrowful conditions we experienced for four and a half years".





BWIA FIIES IN

BWIA instituted its "airbridge" to Grenada as the first flight under the
corimand of Captain Kenraj Singh touched down at Pearls Airport on July 20th.

Aircraft on this service are Avro 48-seaters. There will be two flights
daily and the schedule is geared to making connection in Trinidad with
B'IIA's Jet service to North America.

In spite of the fact that, for Grenadians, connections in Trinidad with thr
North American Jet service involve more route miles than connections in Bar-
bados, BJIL.'s marketing manager, Mr. Earl D. Govia, has given the assurance
that using this service will not cost more.

"The air fares we have set up have.taken into account the fact that we will
be going over Trinidad" Mr. Govia said in an interview today, "and it will
cost exactly the same as if you went over Barbados".

The Marketinj. Manager said LIAT has been -pointed BWIA's general sales and
ground handling agents in Gionada, and his company looked forward to pro-
viding a first-class service to the island, -continued-




THE GREN.'.D.; NE ISLETTER


No arrangements have yet been made for operations when the International
Airport at point Saline opens Mi- Govia said, and' he did not know whether
BWIA will use its Avro aircraft into that airport or whether a Jet service
will be instituted.

"The route rights have to be cleared", the Marketing Manager said, "and
this calls for Government to Goverhm-et negotiations".

Mr. Govia said Grenadians making use of the "airbridge" to connect with jet
flights in Trinidad must obtain visas to enter Trinidad, but he did not
think this would pose problems as he understood that Trinidad & Tobago of-
ficials are in Grenada every week to issue visas.


Alister Hughes


Cynthia Hughes


21st July 1984


































printed & published by the proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes,Journalists
Of Scott Street, St Georges, Grerede, Westindiea


Week Ending 21/7/84


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