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NEWS E TEF




For The Week Ending 3rd August 1985-
12th Year of Publication- - -20th Issue ;
Volume 13 Number. 9


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"MAURICE BISHOP" MURDER TRIAL FOR AUGUST 8TH
The stage is set for the start, on August 8th, of the much delayed
"Maurice Bishop" n.mrdper'trial, but :there is still uncertainty about
some of the principal players.
Nineteen persons are accused of. killing Prime Minister Maurice Bish
op and 10 others in..an incident at Fort George, headquarters of the
Peoples Revolutionary Army (PRA) on October 19th 1983, but 17 of the I
accused have informed the Court they are unable, financially, to re
tain counsel.
Under Grenadian law, jin these circumstances in a capital offence,
the State undertakes this expense, and 8 Jamaican barristers,
accepting a "Brief Fee" of EC$300,000 paid by the Government, are
already in the island.
*ix of these barristers were employed by the 19 to defend them at
the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the case, but 2 of the 19 have ad-
vised the Court that, for the trial" they wish to employ their own
counsel.
The 2 are Bernard Coard, former Deputy Prime Minister in the People.
Revolutionary Government (PRG), and his Jamaican wife Phyllis. The,
have been negotiating with Mr Ian Ramsey, Jamaican Qunen's Counsel.,
but informed sources say.,the negotiations haye not been finalised
and Mr Ramsey is not yet in Grenada.
On June 27th, when this case last came before Chief Justice Sir
Archibald Nedd and had to be adjourned because Defence Counsel had
not .been."properly briefed", Sir Archibald warned that, neither 11
ness nor iaok of Defence Counsel would stop the, case from going
ahead on August 8th.
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"This is the last adjournment this Court will allow", he said.
"If anyone is ill or without Counsel on that date (August 8th),
we shall proceed without them".

The Prosecuting team is led by Trinidadian barrister Mr Karl
Hudson Phillips Q 0. who, with his junior, Mr jlrie Dougan, s
expected to arrive here on August 5th. With Mr Hudson Phillips
are Jamaican Mrs Velma Hylton Q C, Grenada's Acting Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP), and her junior, Grenadian barrister
Mr Keith Friday.

Also in the Prosecuting team are Guyanese barrister Mr Doodnauth
Singh and his junior, Grenadian'barrister Miss Denise Campbell,
and Mr Michael Andrews, Grenadian barrister.

An informed source told NEWSLETTER that, for the Defence, it was
correct, in the PI, to refer to Mr Howard Hamilton Q.C. as the
"Leader" of the "team", but this is not so for the trial. The
source said the 6 barristers had been.employed in the PI as a
group but, for the trial, Individual arrangements had been made
with each.

Mr Hamilton is new the "Senior Counsel" and with him are Mr Glen
Cruickshank, Miss'Norma Litton, Mr Arnold J PLihj json.vM 'sarl
Witter, Mr Dolano Harrison, Mr Maurice Jachson and Mt s. f5.
queltne Samuels-Brown.

Those charged in this case are, in addition to the Coards,
Hudson Austin, Dave Bartholomew, Lium Japes, -Selwyn Strachan,
John Ventour, Raeburn Nelson, Cecil Prime, Calistus Bernard,
Lester Redhead, Fabian Gabriel, Leon.Cornwall, Vincent Joseph,
Cosmos Richardson, Christopher Stroude, Ewart Layne, Colville
McL.arnett ard Andy Mitchell.

Austin was General of the Peoples Revolutionary Army (PRA),
Ventour was Secretary of the Grenada Trades Union Council and
Strachan was Minister of Mobilisation in the PRG.

Bernard, Redhpead, Gabriel, Cornwall,. Joseph, Stroude, Layne,
Mitchell and James were all members of the PRA.

In the PI, 20 persons were charged but, after hearing the
evidence, lan St Bernard, a PRA officer, was acquitted by Chief
Magistrate Lyle St Paul.

!The charge then was that, iS addition to Maurice Bishop, 7 per-
-sons had been murdered. They were Jacqueline Creft, Minister
iof Education, Unison Whiteman, foreign Minister, Norris Bain,
Minister of Housing, Fitzroy Bain, a tradeunionist, Keith Hayling,
TEvelyn "Brat" Bullen and Cecil Maitland.

,When the case was brought' t trial, the .Prosecution added three
names to the list of-killed. They.ede femma Belmar, Avis Fer-
: sosn and Vincent Noel, a tradeunionist.
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Noel and Ferguson are alleged to have died on October 19th at Fort
George while Belmar is said to have died at the General Hospital on
November. 1:th 1983 as a result of wounds received on October 19th.

Informed legal sources express the opinion that this trial will last
more: than 10 weeks.

Twenty-seven witnesses are dn the indictment and 2 more are to be
summoned.



S*HOUSE AUTHORISES LOAN

The Grenada House of Representatives on July 19th authorized the
Minister of Finance to borrow, from the commercial banks, the sum of
EC$5 million "to meet current requirements".

Presenting the motion seeking this authority, Mr Herbert Blaize,
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, said the "current r3qulire-
ments" include financial commitments undertaken before tie Nsot Nat--
ional Party Government took office.

"We refuse to enter into further long term loans", he said, and
believe the situation can be handled instead th .-ugh a fl abing
overdraft with the commercial banks."'

Mr Blaize also introduced a motion to appoint a "Public Accuoint
Committee" as provided by the Rules of the House of Representativees
this Committee having authority to oversee the financial operea.l.ns
of Government.

"This Committee must be comprised of non-Cabinet members of the
House", Mr Blaize said, "and, following the convention established byi
forums similar to ours, I propose that the Leader of the Opposition
be the Chairman of that Committee".

In addition toNMr Marcel Peters, Leader of the Opposition, the non-
Cabinet members of the ruling New National Party, Mr Phinsley
St Louis and Ms, Crace Duncan, were appointed to the Committee.

"Government has nothing to hide", Mr Balize said, "let the Leader of
the opposition find it out'.



BANANA, BOTRD TO PRODUCT 'ABC STATEMENT'

Minister of Agriculture, Mr George Brizan, has instructed the Man-
agement Board of the Grenada Banana CooperatiVe Society (GBCS) to
produce an "ABC statement" of the finances of the Society for pre-
sentation to banana growers.

Mr Briz.n, gave this information on July 19th in the House of Rep-
resentatives as he tabled a Bill. to extend the life of the Manage-
ment Boar-d until fugust 31st.
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Tha Minister explained to the House that according to law, the
GBCS Annual General Meeting must be held before April 14%th but,
when that meeting was called earlier this year, it was abortive.

"No financial figures were given to the-meeting", Mr Brizan said,
"and growers objected to being asked to elect a new Board without
knowing what the financial state of the Society is. The meeting
ended in uproar".

This action by the growers shows a healthy awakening to matters
which affect their "bread and butter", he said, and he thought
one of the problems with such organizations is that they do not
put forward the required information in a way in which it is
understood by growers,

"All of us are not accountants", he said, "and we have asked
them (the Board) to prepare an 'ABC' financial statement, and this
Bill will give them time to do that".

The Minister of Agriculture also addressed the House.on uho
Banana (Protection & Quality Control) Act, which was taken r.hrough
its second an:d third stages and passed.

Mr Brizan said Grenada's Banana Industry has -,l.ied .teadil
since 1968 and that decline has accelerated sharply in ;b last
few years. In 1968, he said, the island exported '1 5rLiion
pounds of fruit, in 1978, that figure had declined to 31.5 million
and, in 1983, it was down to 19 million pounds.

In January of this year, the Minister said, there had been a "near
collapse" of the industry by a threat to suspend imports of Grenada
fruit to the United Kingdom because of poor quality.

Mr l4'izan said the answer to this problem is to institute more
field packing of bananas as opposed to packing at the boxing
plants. Recently, he had visited, in Britain, the plant o."
Geest Industries Ltd, buyers of the Windward Islands banana crop,
and had had a "vivid experience" of the superiority of field
Packed fruit.

"Field packed fruit from the Windward Islands", he said, "is
comparable to the best bananas shipped in from Central Amerlica".

The Act passed by the House provides for appointment of a Quality
Control Committee and introduction of a series of regulations
with reference to field practices, packing and marketing.



POLICE COMMISSIONERS STUDY VISA MATTER

SThe Commissioners of Police of Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago have
Been constituted into a Committee in .an effort to implement pro-
SC'd1.tl .: which will remove the security threat which prompted
rinidad & Tobago to impose visa restrictions"on Grenadianis,
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At -a meeting of the Hoause of Representatives on July 19th, Minister
of Foreign Affairs, Mr Een Jones., g.ve this information in reply to
a question asked 'by Leader of the Opposition, Mr Marcel Peters, -aind'
Mr Jones said the Commissioners have met frequently.

Mr Peters' question posed the inquiry as to why Grenadians have to
get a visa to enter Trinidad while Trinidadians can come to Grenada.
without having to sstirfy s'c.h a re'l. stoa

"Following, the advent of .the 4United Statee. and Peacekeeping Fc-rees in
October 1983" Mr Jhne s ald1 "'ridad imposed the Visa restrictions
on Grenadians resident t in G:e-4-". biut neither the Interim GCvernment
nor the present Goverinme-:t have th-gi it neees'sary to impose ".'inia
restrictions on Trinidadian.:"

Mr Jones said the Trinidad & To'b Goverr;:-ent has been asked why
these restrictions were imposed onh r':..-nadci. ns in spite of the "can-
genial and historic" ts!,!n which esiet be -1,-.r,. the two peoples.

"We have been-told that these restrietl.-ns were imposed to prevent,
Grenadians with connections to the Feo'jes.Rerolu.tionary Go-eriment
from entering Trinidad", the Minister said, "and to counter the-
threat of Communism being transferred to Trin,,ad-& Tobago."

The Foreign Minister said Jamaica had instituted the :ame restrietiaen
against Grenadia:ro and, at the recent Heads of Government Conference
in Barbados, Prime Minister Herbert- Blaine had had a promi-e from the
Prime Ministers of both Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobag-' that they wwuldd
give early consideration t'- hcviing the restrictions removed.
Mr Jones said both Prime Minristers'had go' -a. o'"ut of the .-.egicn.imped-
iatcsly after the Ba.'badm,, Conf'en erie a d thif; had ca.3ed a delay.

"We are doing everything to speed the ;tiatter up", he said, "but there
are constraints on the other side",. ,



IrrCTnTRIAL EST.A7. FPCR tARLS AIRPORT AREA ,
The Government of C-'c:-aJ. iJ curryeri-i;l h,-olding discussions with an
electronics company which, if leb. shed. in' Crnada, will employ
1000 persons,

Mr Ben Jonesa Minister of Fo-eig-. Affairss' gve this information as
he commented on July 19th irn the T. ~rsc. bf1f representatives on a Motion.
by the Leader of the Op.o'sLin. `1 i.'Maicel Peterr,.

Mr Peters Motion sought: to' have- Go',ver,,ient ren-ni Pearls Airport
which has not been in use sir o .'lri: SAli2 ::e International Airport, was
opened last year.
The Motion pointed out 'hat person- wh,: ': 3 with Trin.fdad, who fly
to that island frequently, and who live in 'l-.be eastern and northern
areas of the island, now have to travel to the extreme south of the
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The Motion tabled by the Leader of the Opposition asks that "Govern-i
ment give urgent consideration to the plight of the traders by re-
opening Pearls Airport as is necessary to provide convenient and
economic access to Trinidad"

Mr Jones reminded Mr Peters that, in his Budget speech earlier
this. year, Prime Minister Blaize had said Pearls Airport area is to
be converted into an Industrial Estate and, when that has been done,
the airport will be reactivated.

"Government's intention is to reopen Pearls Airport for the benefit
of the broader community"' he said, "and not just the small section
as comprised by the traders."



BLAZE & WILLIAMS IN USA

Prime Minister Herbert Blaize attended a meeting in Washir.jtn K r.
the International Democratic Union (IDU) on 26th to 28th Jtl ,.

Accompanying him was Minister of Health Mr Daniel "Danny" Wll Ian
who told NEWSLETTER that British Prime Minister :1s Margaret The'-
cher would attend the meeting. Mr Williams sa:>- President :; I
Reagan was also expected to attend if he had recovered suff~lt.-' ly
from his recent operation.

The Minister said, after the IDU meeting, he (williams) woulP
attend a seminar in Virginia sponsored by the medical organ 4s, t.
The Hope Project.
This seminar, he said, would run from 31st July to 2nd August.
Discussions would centre on the Hope operations in the Caribbean
and all Ministers of Health from the region had been invited to
attend.

Mr Williams said Grenada is deeply indebted to the Hope Project
for what it has done for t- island and he had a special word of
praise for Mr Joi-i WilhJimv, the Hope Administrator stationed in
Gren=a.
"We are very grateful for the technical assistance Hope has given
Ius", he said, "but, beyond this, we have benefited greatly from
the understanding Mr Wilheim has of our situation and the advice he
jhas given us on medical matters".
lAs an example of Mr Wilheim's service, Mr Williams said he had
been very successful in "fishing around" and finding qualified
SGrenadians who are willing to return and serve in the island.





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1rG AIRY ATTACKS BRIZAN

Sir Eric Gairy, Political Leader of the Grenada United Labour Party
(GULP), has charged that 'TMinister of Agriculture, Mr George Brizan,
has links with the Kremlin, *

On the front page of the 20th July s.ue of -he "Grenada Guardian",
official organ of GULF, he charges a-lso that "in ideology and policy
George Brizan and Maurice Bishcp ar. e one and the same person"., Briza
he says, is a "misplaced, disgruntled snd recalcitrant political
miscarriage" .. ....

Sir Eric was responding to a radi- broadcast by Mr Brizan on July 1st
with reference to Goverpmnent'sa agricultural policy and in which cer-
tain references .cold have been to :Sir -'17ic.

"He spoke (in the b-.:dca'dst)l with tbitte "ness and arrogance, with an
assumed air of supremacy-':abov' hi-s Prime Minister and his other
seniors in Cabinet"', Sir Eric-. ss... "He assumed the role of Prime
Minister General a.. .He.ad of Government and, at times, as though he
forgot that his .regime: s.Lccumbed .an vanished with the death and
annihilation of his Leader ,. omrxad e Bishcp".

The GULP Leader says Mr Brizan was the roal :Mlinister of Education
behind Jacqueline Creft, iMiinister. cf. Education in the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government (PRG)., and that the "true Brizan" was revealed
on the occasion of the.visit to Grenada of United States Vice Pres-
ident George Bush last March.

"Thousands of people were there, all emotively shouting agreement or
disagreement, frowning or. laughin,-, Sir Eric says, "but Brizan sat
as an immovable wooden communist .oldier with a most placid face with
no smiles, no frowns, no cheers and no tears and no open evidence of
his burning hate for the American dignatory and all other A!mericans"

In this, Sir Eric says, the Miinister of Agriculture "depicted a true
spirit of a trained Marxist".

Asked to comment on the Gairy atttch, MKr Drizan told NEWSLETTER it
does not touch him and,.he does not give it. thought.


"Politically, Gairy is a d1owr:.ni! :nan", -he said.
out of touch and should got his facts .s r-iht".


"H@e is completely


His (Brizan's) public opposition to the FRGw-as and is well known,
he said, as are the verbal public .arttacT:z,.he suffered under the PRG.
This is understlandblo, .EBr -zan -aid, because, in Communist states
all interlectuals are looked 9,n with sur-.icion.

The Minister described -as "rubbish" .Sir Eric's allegation that he
(Brizan) was the real Minister of Education behind Jacqueline Creft.
He and Creft were colleagues on the teaching staff of The Grenada
Boys Secondary School for many years, he said, and he was Principal
Sof the Institute for Fl-rth-r i;Ed*-:i'n un=r'- eft's's Ministry, but
he did not and could not have exe: -d any i-Iuence on her in'the
Ministry of Lducaticn.


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"Jackie ,andl were friends", he said, "and she is the Godmother
of my daughter _but we had absolutely no political or ideo-
logical affiliation."


PHILBERT WANTS "POOR HOUSE"
Mr Franklyn Philbert, 52, Former Acting Labour Commissioner under the
Peoples Revolutionary Government, on August 2nd, asked Chief Magistrate
Lyle St Paul to make arrangements for him (Philbert) and his family to
move into the "Poor House".

Mr Philbert was arrested last April and is charged on four counts of
"stealing by reason of his employment". The Prosecution, conducted b
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Jamaica born ILrs Velma
Hylton, alleges that Mr Philbert collected money from-non-nationals for
the issue of work permits and did not pay the money into the Treasury.

In the witness box on August 2nd was Grenada's Acdountant General, Mrs
Monica Harding but, apparently through an administrative foul up, she
did not have with her the required documents on which she could be
questioned.

When this became apparent, Mrs Hylton requested an adjournment but
Mr Philbert, who is not represented by Counsel, and whose appointment
to the Grenada Senate was revoked recently, objected.

'My reappointment to the Senate and the application I have made for a
job both depend on the outcome of this case", he said. "An adjournment
will deny me the opportunity to make a contribution to national develop-
ment and will be a handicap on my family whom I have to support".
Mr Philbert said all regional radio.stations are "blasting out" that he
is a "tief" (thief). He wants the case settled a: soon as possible
and he wants justice to be done so that he "can operate as a criminal or
as a free man".

Overruling the objection, Mr St Paul said, if justice is to be done,
there must be full'opportunity for the matter to be investigated, and he
granted an adjournmant until September 19th.
"Your Worship", Mr Philbert said, "I would be obliged if you will make
arrangements for me and my family to move into the poor house".

At the end of the proceedings, Accountant General Harding, standing in'
the witness box, was obviously distressed that, through somebody's faklt,
she was unprepared for the DPP's questions.
Noting her serious face, Magistrate St Paul said to her in a pleading
#voice, "Please, Mrs Harding, smile".

j"Your Worship", she replied, "How can I smile ? I feel like crying when
Things go wrong. I think I will have to go and study law so that I
shall know what to do."
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CHARLES: GIVE ME MY EQUIPMENT

Grenada's Commissioner of Police, Mr Russel Toppin, has been called
upon to return equipment seized by the Police early in-July from FM
Radio LaBaye.

The demand was made in a letter from Mr Stanley Charles, owner/man-
ager of the radio station,. delivered to Mr Toppin on July 30th'and,
in a press conference, Mr Charles said this is the second approach-
made to the Commissioner.

"MIy lawyer, Mr Fennis Augustine, wrote Mr Toppin last week or? this
matter", he said, "but we have had no official response".

Radio LaBaye started test transmissions on June 30th but was closed
by the authorities on July 5th. On that day, all the station's
equipment was seized by the Police, and taken to the Grenville Police
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Station. 'On that day, also, Mr Charles was detained by the Police
but was released on the following day.

A controversy exists as to whether or not Mr Charles has been granted
a 'licence to operate the Station. He has a letter from Government'
Wireless Officer which says, "a licence to operate an FM radio station
on the frequency of 88.8 Mhz and 90 Mhz has been approved".

However, in a recent interview,.Minister of Labour Dr Francis Alexis
said Mr Charles has not completed all the required formalities.

"The law makes iteQlear", Dr Alexis said, "that, not only is it
necessary. to got authorization ,fro, the Wireless Officer, but author-
isation must also be hrd from Cabinet and that has not been given".

The matter is further complicated by the possibility that action may
be taken by the Custome Authorities against Mr Charles. In a radio
broadcast on July 9th, Prime Minister Herbert Blaize said these
Authorities are "upset" because eq'il.inent for Radio a~Baye was import-
ed under a "false declaration". .... ..

At the press conference on July 30th, Mr Charles denied this.

"That charge is entirely untrue", he said, "and, all I can say is, if
they have that kind of -idence, they should take us to Court".

To date, no charges have been laid against him, he said, and, when
his lawyer, Mr Augustine, spoke with'^ommissi~ner Toppin, Mr Augustinei
"gained the impression the Police did not wi, :t. to prefer charges but
were holding the equipment". -.

Queried on this on July 30th, Mr Torpin said he could not comment on
what impression~-Mr Augustine may have gained, but at no time was the
barrister told no charges would be laid.

"This matter is to be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions
for advice as to what charges, if any, are to be laid", Mr Toppin
said.
(Mr Charles told NEWSLETTER he is concerned over the conditions under
j'hich the koliceare holding his crquipm-nt at the Grenville Pplice






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Station as that Station is close to the sea and he fears salt air
may cause corrosion.

It appears to him, he said, that, reluctant as he is to enter into
what may be a long drawn out process, he may be forced to take the
matter to Court to recover his equipment.

Mr Charles said it is not only he -,and Radio LaBaye who are "under
attack", but "some of what we believe should take place in a deo-
crathi society".

"If we allow this slide to continue", he said, "before longI-wrst
of us may regret we did not take a stand earlier on."

The root of the problem, Mr Charles paid, lies "in the fact that
the Blaize Government is having its internal problems".

"I think that Radio LaBaye and I are victims of the political
infighting within the Government and the rivalry for power, and
I understand there are external Governments sVuporting each side",
he said. "I think it is unfortunate that we are victims of
that because we are very strong supporters of the democratic
process and this particular Government, and we would not wish to
be in Grenada with any other Government at the helm".

Mr Charles said Grenadians would not like to be under the rul&
of Sir Eric Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party or Mr Kendrick
Radix' Maurice Bishop-Patriotic Movement (MBPM) and he, like
most Grenedians, would like to work with and not against the
Blaize Government.

"We have the best alternative now", Mr Charles said. ."I would
not like to be in Grenada under a Gairy or MBPM regime because
neither of them would have even considered granting a licence to
thaeradio station".

Mr Charles continues, he said, to be supportive of the Adminis-
tration and he and Radio LaBaye just "happened to be victims of
their stupidability (sic)".



GOVERNMENT SELLS/LEASES HOTEL PROPERTIES

The Grenada Government, faced with massive debts incurred by
Grenada Resorts Corporation (GRC), has agreed to sell its
largest holding entrusted to GRC, and is divesting itself of
the management of three smaller establishments in the Tourism
sector.

In an interview on July 20th, Mr George Brizan, Minister of
Tourism, said GRC, set up in 1980 by the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG) to manage State owned hotel .properties, As
always been a liability.
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"GRC lost,,over EC$20,000 in 1981", he said. "In 1982 and 1983,
losses were-respectively, nearly half a million and over quarter' f'
a million, and outstanding debts today exceed one million dollars."

Mr Brizan aaid Government has agr-ed to sell its 95WF shareholding in
the 12-room "Horseshoe Bay" Hotel. Sale price is EC$1.5 million,
he said, and the purchaser is Mrs Ray Nyack Fouche, a Grenadian
businesswoman resident in New York,

The Minister said the 9-room "Apole Inn" and 10-room "Hibiscus Inn"
are. to be leased on a long term basis to Grenadians. The first
will go to Mr Edmund Charles, a businessman, and the second to
Mr Russel and Mrs Jacqueline Antoine. Mr Russel Antoine is GRC
General Manager.

"These enterprises will be developed and improved by these nationals"
Mr Brizan said, "and, undoubtedly, will enhance the quality of the
physical plan in the hotel trade and tourism industry".

The Minister said a leasee has not jet been found for the 9-room
"Seascape Inn"..

"Hibiscus Inn", "Apple Inn" and "Seascape Inn" are all properties
confiscated by the PRG from Sir Eric Gairy. They were, formerly,
respectively, "The Tropical Inn", "Evening Palace" and "Rock Gardens"

By "Peoples Laws" enacted in December 1979 by the PRG, these and'
other properties owned by Sir Eric became forfeit to the State.

According to those Laws, the PRG had made extensive investigations
and was "satisfied that all the properties acquired by the said Eric
Matthew Gairy during his tenure of office as Chief Minister, Premier
and Prime Minister were acquired by means of corruption and the
blatant abuse and misuse of powers of his office".

The New National Party Government of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize
has established recently a Commission to investigate claims of per-
sons regarding financial loss resulting from action of the Grenada
Government.

It is not known whether Sir Eric has submitted a claim for properties
confiscated by the PRG which, in addition to the hotels, include,
among other items, 5 acres of land in what is now the area of Point
'Saline International airport.



BRIZAI: NO MACRO PROJECTS

Mr Andre Cherman, President of the Grenada Hotels Association (GHA),
has expressed concern over what his Association sees as Government's
policy towards Tourism.
Spooking on July 14Jth at the opening ceremony of a workshop on hotel
training under the direction of the Caribbean Hotel Advisory Council
(CHAC), Mr Charman referred to a recent statement by the Minister of






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Labour, Dr Franctl Alexis, and the GHA President said the New Nat-
ional Party's Tourim polic,.y seem- to have changed since the party
got into Government.

"Before the General 'Elections of 19398", he said, "GHA had a number
;of meetings with the different po!...l cal parties- ":l, arisi'g'fr-m
those meetings, we g, a consensus that our industry would develop
in a grad-".'1 bu.t sustained manner"

The GHA President said: there are G-vernment announcements today
about macro products '.ibh 7' rooms which, to the Association, brings
"mass tourism" immediately in'b focus f:

GHA thinks thi- is a serjouts rit;a:ke, he said, and hopes Governmemt
will reconsider and -dscus th n'tt. t:.' h the hoteliers.

Declaring the worTkshop open, .inise. c Tour'rism, Mr George Brizan,,
said, of the hotel p.rojc 7t: r.ov'- Government to date, none can
be considered -o be Zn the :'.c.c. cL a.',.

"So far", he sa'.d, "C.';ver:;rn. ha ap Jpr'v i 1 hotel enterprises
totalling 224!I rocm:r and ;;'. .i a jb' cr ation poto,-0tial of 1487, and'
none of these inv.lve 750 rooms "

Eight ether projects are "in the pip~..linet, he said, one of which
is "quite substantial" and is almos~ like a village.

This one, the :.nister said, is being developed by a Grenadian whose
family owned the land where Poinr Saline International Ai.rfort is
located.

"We,,are responding ver:, favourably Go that enterprise", Mr Brizan
said, "because .Governm en's pl. :y ., to ensure 'balance' between
local and fo rein entrepecLieu ..i,,': c...r: -:i_ ocf hotels in Grenada"

This 'balance, he e:; la ;re.;, a2;c: n4.t refer to the n'.merical
strength of hchtels b1t- r; i-her -'..e ~ -.- .ier.hip of hotel rooms.

Mr Brizan said. there i.3 c-Lear ia:i: cion of P,:wth in the Tourist
Industry and,.-as :an example, he said stay-over visitors in the first
four months of 1985 ~ct all' cj,031, a: increase of l;,, over the
corresppoding pe'r.., in "*- F the wiholei f 1984, 39,503
visitor arrival, tioped the pr ev s-,k oe -2-37,99- 3 3-in t 972

Both the;Grer ._i Hotel Acss"; .' ...:. ad the G-renarda Tiri'st Board were
associated with th T:-r.' .-'..- .lnT lanced by the Organisation
of American St-at e.,



SLJV:.' S 3

SDr John Watts, Char;1ua ct -'..e C ..i. ad. ... t Board, has warned
i.that taxr drivers who sr:w 1 in 2r:.r :"n ip-grading their services
:will be debarred front i'ne ornise s-h pa'e-~ trade.





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Dr Watts made this warning on July 15th as he declared open a one-
week seminar for taxi drivers which attracted a poor attendance.

"We in the Ministry of Tourism go outside and we promote, we adver-
tise, we sell and we bring the ships here", he said, "but then we
find that taxi drivers show little interest".

Dr Watts said that, after the Ministry takes the trouble to arrange
a seminar for taxi drivers and so few attend, it appears that taxi-
men are not interested in improving their.standard of service.

He said certificates would be distributed at the end of the seminar
and those certificates will be the expressed approval of the Tourist
Board for the holder to work the cruise ships.

"The next time we have a seminar", he said, "we are going to insti-
tute measures ,which will ensure that only taxi drivers approved by
the Tourist Board will be permitted to work the cruise ships"..

Dr Watts said this measure was not being instituted immediately but
the Government has made it clear to the Tourist Board that every-
thing must be done to develop a healthy Tourist Industry.

"We cannot develop such an industry if people are not interested
and keen", he said, "and it is not fair to *he handful of people who
take the trouble to attend seminars to have them come and get the
information and the others just want to 'do their own thing',"

The Chairman said Tourism is a very competitive industry and, if
Grenada wishes to make a success oT it, Ruch greater effort will
have to be made to up-grade thd product offered the visitor .

In the future, he said, the Board is going to be very strict and
will take steps against those taxi drivers who will not take the
trouble to attend seminars but who wish to capitalisee on cruise
ship days".. .



THE POLICE ARE READY

The Grenada Police Force is "as prepared as it wil.,ever be" to
provide security when the "Maurice Bishop" murder trial opens on
August 8th, and Commissioner Russel Toppin does not regard the
exercise as "something that is so extraordinary".

Mr Toppin expressed this view on July 31st in an interview and
said security will not be at risk as a result of the fact that the
strength of the Cariboean Peacekeeping Force (CPF) in Grenada'is
now less then 30.

"In the first place", he said, "the trial will be held in the pre-
cincts of Richmond Hill Prison (and) during the Preliminary Inquiry
the Rplice controlled that area and law and order in the courtroom.
They have become accustomed to doing that type of job and, now that
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The Commissioner of Police said the absence of the CPF will make
little difference. That Force did not play a prominent role
in the Court room procedures or in the law and order situation
with regard to the trial, he said, except when it was necessary
to have exterior defences in case ,of attack,

"We will look into this" he said, "and I am quite sure we are
able to handle the situation."

Mr Tz4in *.ia tah aaall CIF farea remaining tn Grenada oa made
up of Barbadians and Antigaans who are in theisland "for a
specific purpose" unrelated to 4dute nOr ma4ll.ys. aM& ted yhbI
"pe aekeeping".
"I 'muderstM&nd "teea =a,$ bhe aom&a fraininig of *th resev-e xcn@ a
of the Barbados Defence Force", he said, "and aerharb%& eay
(the CPF) will assist in this training".

The Commissioner said the Barbados Gove nkent has asked that
Grenada be used for this purpxoeA and he 4mdaeOtaD-a 6&arg
group will be arriving in the island for taixltng,



TOPPING JUSTIFIES USE OF CPF

The -CmmG tsioner of Police, Mr Russel Toppin, hbaa ,aea A4+o,.
poised with reference to two ra lnt occasion. when the para,
ilitarUy Speril Services Unit (SSU) of the Royal Qrenada
Police Force was called into action.

The first was when the equipment of the allegedly Unti-anad
Radio LaBaye was seized and the other was when, in mid July,
a paveamnt in St Ceoagea was alacred of vendors who are mai4l
"rastas".

In an interview on July 31st, Mr Toppin said the ultimate rec
sponsibility for the SSU rests with him and he'is careful the
unit is not called out unless it is absolutely essential.
However, he understands there will always be criticism to be i
contended with.

"If you call them (the SSU) out you are damned", he said, "and
if you don't call them out and something happens, you are still
damned".

The decision to use the SSU or not must be left to the Comm-
issioner of Police,-Mr Toppin said, and he emphasised that
the unit's function is to prevent any outbreak of disorder.

"When there is any suspicion that disorder will take place",
he said, "You don't wait until people start smashing and break-
ing and looting before you call then (the SSU). If you ant-
icipate phat that is likely to happen, where there is crowd
control, it is better that the crowd see themoand they will
desist from whatever they intended tc do.". t1,
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The Commissioner said the law requiring the permission of the Comm-
issioner of Police before a demonstration can be organised was remov-
ed from the statute books by the Peoples Revolutionary Government.
It is desirable that this legislation be brought back so the Police
can have better control, he said, and he has made representations in
this connection to the relevant authorities.

Mr Toppin pointed out that in both the instances of Radio LaBaye and
the pavement vendors, there were demonstrations, and it was these
demonstrations, he'said, which resulted in the SSU being called into-
action.

The Commissioner declined to discuss the matter further 'or to say
whether charges are to be laid in connection with Radio LaBaye.

'4The possibility exists that it may have the attention of the Court
in some other respect in the very near future", he said. "I don't
Want to say anything which will prejudice action the Police'might
take."



POLICE MORE ACTIVE AGAINST DRUGS

Over the past 6 months, marijuana valued at over EC$300,000 has, in a
number of raids, been confiscated by the Grenada Police, but Police'
Commissioner Russel Toppin says this may not mean an increase in the
illegal drug: trade.

"What you are witnessing is the increased intervention (of the Police)
in getting rid of the freedom which people had to cultivate mari-
juana", he said.

In an interview on. July 31st, Mr Toppin said it is difficult 'to assess
whether the drug is now being grown for export, but the Police are no
very much more active in going into the areas where marijuana is like-
Iy ti be grown.' And he does not think there has been an increase ir
:marijuana growing now that there is no longer an areal helicopter
surveillance of the island by United States forces.

"Somehow", he said, everythingg seems to revert to the Americans
,leaving, but Grenadians have been living their lives all the time and
;I don't supposed, if. a:Grenadian wanted to grow marijuana, the presence
or absence oef the Americans would cause him to do it or. not".

The Police are conscious of the upsurge of cocaine use world-wide and
.in some parts of the Caribbean, the Commissioner said, but he does
not think the position is particularlyy worrisome" at the moment in
Grenada.

"Visitors to the country -take the opportunity to indulge in the use
of cocaine", he said, "and we have charged a couple of: people found
doing this, but cocaine is a very expensive, drug. and the average Gre-
nadian cannot afford to buy it unless-he., ges int6. criminal activity"






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Few, if any, Grenadians now use cocaine, he said, and the presence
or absence of the United States forces has made no noticeable diff-
erence to the use of this drug in Grenadas

'The cocaine problem should be looked at from the point of view of
the persons who have the ability to come into and leave the coun-
try at will", he said. "Those are the people we have to be
more careful with, look at, and take a very serious view of,,

Grenada could be a transshipment point for hard- drugs, Mr Toppin
said, but he has no wish to point an accusing finger at the
"yacht trade".

"There are lots of people here who have yachts who I cannot
accuse in this connection", he said, "and I wont use a blanket
phrase which would include them, but I do say that people who
have the ability to come into and go out of the country at will,
more than the average Grenadian, are in a better position to be
associated with the drug trade."




NEW GENERATORS' GIVE TROUBLE

Grenada's present electricity problems are not expected to be
solved before the next three months.

This was disclosed on July 19th in an interview with.Dr Keith
Mitchell, Minister for Communications, who was asked the reason
why the island now has daily power outages.

"Two new generators supplied by an English firm have been
giving trouble .for the past five weeks", he said, "and the engin-
eers from the .manufacturers are now here to look into the prob-
lem.

One of the generators will have to be replaced, the Minister said,
and the other will have to have new parts fitted.

In addition to these generators, Dr Mitchell said, three-, of the
old engines have not been in operation for some time and these
also are being serviced now.

The Minister said he did not expect the daily power outages to
continue for more than a few weeks, but the Power Station will
not be in a position to deal adequately with the present load
and expansion before sometime in October or November.



ROAD WORKS IN PROGRESS

Acting Prime Minister Ben Jones has confirmed that Grenada's
Eastern Main Road Project, funded by the .'uropean Economic
' Community (EEC), is once more in full operation. -
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"There ws.-.a dela: for some time.because of the difficulty of get-
ting the- required amount of stones", he said, tbut now I am toldc-the
stone quarry is producing at full scale".

Mr Jones made this disclosure at a press conference on July 30th
following the .signing of an Agreement with the EEC under which funds
will 'minade available for the.third phase of the project.

The first two phases relate to the rebuilding and improving of ap-
proximate'1y 20 miles of road connecting the capital, St Georges,
with the island's scccnd town, Grenville on the east cast near to
the now-closed Pearls Airport.

Costing over half a million East Caribbean (EC) dollars per mile,
total cost of those two phases will be EC$11 million and estimated
time 6f completion is August 1986.

The third and final phase of the project will rebuild and improve
the road connecting Grenville with the town of Sauteurs on Grenada's
northernmost tip. Covering a distance of some 10 miles, this
phase of the project will cost more per mile than phases one and two.

i"What has been projected for the third phase", the Acting Prime Min-
ister said, "is a cost of approximately EC$10 million, and* that is
what the Agreement wehave signed today is all about".

Mr Jones said Government's other main road rebuilding programme,
the Western Main Road Project, is expected to start in about three
months. Covering approximately 23 miles and connecting St Georges
with Sauteurs.vi~a :the western coast, this project will be funded by
a loan from the.Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) at a cost of US$ i
Million. .

The Acting Prime Minister said a lot of preparatory work on the Wes-
tern Main Road Project has already been done. Bridges and culverts
have been widen.rd and there has been paving on certain areas of the
Road, he said.
S"The condition of the western main road", Mr Jones said, "might, in
some parts, be considered ahead of conditions on the eastern main
road.",



ITEW EEC AGREEM-ENT
The European Economic Community (EEC) and the Government of Grenada
Shave signedd an Agreement under, which some EC$10 million will be
available to the Government under the Lome 3 Convention.

Signing on .July,19th.fer the Government was Acting Prime Minister Ben
Jones, sand for the EEC -was Mr Michel Hauswirth, Deputy Director-Gen-
eral for Development in the Emrcpean Commission, and Leader of the
EECodelegation which spent from 26th to 29th July in discussions with
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Alsoe-sigting was Mr 3oS l~insworth in respectt of matters-under re--
sponsibility of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

At a joint press conference before the delegation flew out, it was
disclosed that 9 of every 10 dollars under the Agreement will be in
the form of a grant, the other dollar being "risk capital".

Mr Ainsworth explained that the EIB has two "pockets" from which
cash is available for investment.

"One pocket is the Bank's own resources which it lends ar a sub-
sidised rate of interest", he said, "and the other is the 'risk
capital' which comes ti the Bank from the European Development
Fund (EDF) and which we lend at very cheap rates, normally in the
range of 2% to 5%."

These funds, he said, are reserved for the less wealthy of the 66
African, Pacific and Caribbean (ACP) countries of which Grenada
is one.

Risk capital funds are available for such ventures as industrial
projects, agro-industrial projects and tourism projects, he said,
and, under the Lome 2 Convention, over EC$5 million of riek
capital was used to finance Grenada's electricity production ex-
pansioni
"These funds will be available also under Lome 3 for further ex-
pansion of the electricity services", Mr Ainsworth said*

The EIB representative pointed out that, under the Agreement with
the Grenada Government, the EC$1 million which will be available
to Grenada over the next 5 years as "risk capital" is not a fixed
sum but a minimum guaranteed to the Government.

Concerning the EIB's other "pocket" of funds for investment, the
Bank's own resources, Mr Ainsworth said loans from these funds are
more expensive. They come to the Bank from the EDF at 95 and,
subsidized by EIB by 3%, are loaned out at 6%.

"These loans would be reserved for projects particularly in the
industrial and tourism sectors that are well thought out", he said,
"and that can pay for themselves".

Such loans would be available to the private sector, he said, pro-
vided they have Government approval and that they could attract
some sort of outside guarantee, possibly an international bank, so
that they would not be a burden on the Grenadian economy.

It was disclosed at the press conference that Grenada will share
Sin some EC$145 million allocated by the EEC for regional cooperat-
ion programmes under the convention.

Mr Jones said Grenada's priorities in this connection are develop-
ment of maritime and air communications between neighboring is-
lands, improvement of sub-regional educational and training
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facilities, efforts to strengthen trade and tourism promotion, impro-
vememt of applied agricultural research and marketing facilities and
development of the fishing sector.


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IDC PROCESSES 5 APPLICATIONS

Since the establishment of Grenada's Industrial Development Corpor-
ation on February 25th of this year, the Corporation has received 75
applications from individuals and organizations wishing to invest in
the island.

This was disclosed on July.29th by IDC Chairman Mr Sam Graham as he
addressed a lunchean meeting of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and
Commerce.

"Of the applications received, 54 have been completely processed by
the IDC and have been forwarded to Cabinet with whom the final app-
roval rests", he said. "Cabinet has already approved 29 and 25 are
still under Cabinet scrutiny"

Mr Graham said 2 applications have been referred to certain Ministries
because "their imput is necessary", he said, and the remaining 19 are
being evaluated by the IDC.

Of the applications already approved by Cabinet, he said, 9 are fQr
hotel projects which will give the island some 761 more rooms.

"I do not consider to be reliable the figures given to me indicating
the jobs which-will be created by. these applications", the Chairman
said, "and; consequently, I do not propose to make any statement on
them".' T .'

Mr Graham said 64,t of the applications have been made by Grinadians or
people resident in Grenada, but these applications represent only 20%
of thdi.:total investment involved. Foreign investors, although
their applications are numerically smaller, their applications repre-
sent the bulk..:of the investment and their-projects will provide nearly
3 out of every 4L (70,.%) of the jobs it is hoped will be created.

The Chairman said these statistics should not be surprising because
it is in foreign sources that the largest amounts of investment are
available for the developments Grenada is looking for.



US$48 MILLION BOOST FOR TOURIST PLANT

Grenada's tourist plant is to benefit from an investment of some
US$48.million which will give the island 761 new rooms.

IT an interview on July 17th, Mr Sam Graham, Chairman of the Indust-
rial Development Corporation (IDC), said this investment is spread
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over 9 projects, 4 financed by foreign entrepreneurs abd 5 by dre-
nadian interests.

Of the total investment, the IDC Chairman disclosed, the biggest
contribution will come from foreign investors.

"With their total imput of US$44 million", he said, "they are in-
vesting one dollar to about every nine cents being put up loc-
ally".

Mr Graham said 29 applications to the IDC from investors have al-
ready been approved by the Grenada Cabinet, but those approvals
have been relatitely recent and he expected there will be some
delay.before construction begins.

While this applies to all projects, he thinks it especially so
with reference to the big hotel investments.

"Hotel investment of the magnitude of the Cinnamon Hill project,
the Grenada Beach Hotel and Lifespringe of Levera, take some time
to get off the ground", he said, "but I believe that, by January
we shall be seeing some action by the investors".

The IDC Chairman said that, of the total of applications to the
Corporation, to date, 14 have come from United States investors.
Of these, he said, 8 have already been approved by Cabinet and 3
others are to be submitted by IDC to Cabinet shortly.

Only one United States investor, the Ingle Company,..a manufact-
urer of wooden toys, had started operation, Mr Graham said, but,
apparently, this Company had run into difficulties and closed
down. The plang has, subsequently been taken over by another
firm, the Wood Company Limited, and is now devoted to furniture
making.

Five other United States projects, predominantly concerned with
manufscturung for the regional and United States markets, are
expected to begin operations within a year, Mr Graham disclosed,

and they will provide jobs for an estimated 180 people.



SH~RTJAC IN HOUSE

Minister of Communications, Dr Keith Mitchell, was noticeable"outlof
ptepn July 19th when the Grenada House of Representatives
sat for its third meeting since the General elections of December
1984.
jAt both the.first and second meetings of the House, all Members
!were dressed in the conventional "jacket and tie", and it was under-i
stood that, behind the scenes, Speaker of the House, Mr Hudson
SScipio, had let it be known that shirtjacs are not considered
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On July 19th, however, Dr Mitchell took his seat dressed in a smart -
light brown shirtjac and, in an interview after the House adjourned,.
Mr Scipio was asked whether the Minister had broken a rule of the
House.
"I did not notice what the Minister was wearing", he said, "but there
is no rule specifying what is the dress of the House. However,
Prime Minister Blaize has requested that Members wear a 'jacket and
tie' ."

Dr Mitchell, queried.on the matter said, with a smile, that he wore
ther.shirtjac suit because he "did not have a clean suit in the ward-
robe".

Shirtjac suits were. first seen in the Hou'se -after the General Eleo-L
tions of 1976. At the first meeting of:the House after those elec-
tions,.five of the six Opposition Members wore shirtjacs, They
were Messrs Maurice Bishop,' Bernard. Coard, Unison Whiteman, Norris
SBan and Winston Whyte,

The sixth Member of the Opposition, Mr Herbert. Blaize, was dressed
in a lounge suite with collar and tie:




DAVIS INI FREA ACCIDENT

Mr Ben Da.'is, prominent Gr.;-.nadian businessman, narrowly escaped being
killed on August 3rd in a freak accident which demolished his car and
wreckai a gasolene filling station.

The incident began when -Ir- Joslyn Pruno, a Customs worker, was driving
his car ou't f town, following a large trailer being towed up an in-
cline af Paddock, on the .southern outskirts of St Georges.

In an interview afterwards, he said he suddenly heard a "clanging
sound" but, at that.time, he did nor realise that the trailer had
broken loose.
"S'ddenly it started tb move-back and hit me", he sai.d,:'"and, by the
time I put the car in reverse to get out of the way, it was:.past me
and damaging: the -gas -station.".

At the gas station, about 75 yards from where 'r Br'uno's car was
struck, Mr Davis had just parked his car and wa' getting oiit of it,
The trailer slammed into the. front of the car, throwing Mr SaviB to
the ground,

Then, before wrapping the car around a steel upright supporting the
roof of the gas station, the trailer hurled the car against the thr-e
[gas punps, rooting them frem their' foundations.

iUnconfirmed reports say Mr Davis.was unconscious for a few minutes
After the accident, He suffered-cuts about the head and logs and
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was taken to the General Hospitals A complete X-ray examination
was made and an informed source told NEWSLETTER he did not suffer
se ivus injury a



STOPPIN CALLED TO BAR

An historical milestone was passed in Grenada on July' 31st when the
island's Grenada-born 'ommiSssioner of Police, Mr Russel Toppin,61,
was called to the Bar of the Grenada Supreme Courts

Before taking up his duties in Grenada last January, Mr Toppin was
a member of the Trinidad &.Tobago Police Force and, while with
that Force, he studied law and qualified as a barristers

Mr Toppin's application to be called to the Bar was sponsored.by
fellow barrister Mr Dennis Lambert and presented in the Court ef
Mr Justice James Patterson

Presenting the application, Mr Lambert said Mr Toppin migrated to
Trinidad in 1941 where he joined the Trinidad & Tobago Police
Force and worked his way to the top,- resigning in 1983 as Deputy
Commissioner of Police.

"He also studied law at the Inner Temple", Mr Lambert said. "He
was admitted as a member of that honourable society on 11th Novem-
ber 1964 and was called to the Bar of that Society on 17th July
1969."

Mr Lambert said it was an historical moment because Mr Toppin is
the first Commissioner of the Grenada Police Force to be called
to the-Bar of the Grenada Supreme Court and, in an interview after
the ceremony, Mr. Toppin said this is something of a "repeat per-
formance".

"I was fortunate to be the first serving Police Officer from the
Ranks isi Trinidad & Tobago to have been called to the Bar in Trini-
dad", he said, "and I continued then to perform my duties as a
policeman".
The Commissioner said the ceremony of being called to the Bar'of,
their Grenada Supreme Courtwill make no difference to his appear-
ances in'the Grenada Courts.

As Commissioner, he told NEWSLETTER, he had and still has the
authority of any Police Officer to appear in the Courts as a
Prosecutor. His being called to the Bar does not affect this
and his rights in the Courts as a barrister will not be exercised
during his tenure of office as Commissioner of Police.

Mr Toppin says he looks forward to the day when, as happened with
officers in the Trinidad & Tobago Police Force, other Grenadian
jPolice Officers will qualify as barristers.
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"This is very necessary now", he said. "Grenadians should begin to
regard policing as a profession and, if the public realizes that, in
the ranks of the Police Force there are barristers, they will begin
to have greater respect for policemen" ,

The Commissioner confirmed that his contract with the Grenada Govern-
ment expires at the end of 1987 and, at-that time; he said, if he and
the Government decide not to renew it, he will have to decide whether
to "hang out his shingle" in Trinidad or in Grenada.

"I have roots in Grenada and I have roots in Trinidad", he said'.
"When the appropriate time comes I will have to make a decision. t
don't have to decide now but I will give serious consideration, if I
decide to remain in Grenada, to practicing law here."



KAREN WETIER Z'CALARA ITITUS AWARD

Karen Weiner Escalara Associates, Pablic Relations Advisors to Gre-
nada's Tourism Department, are recipients of the 1985 Press Relations
Award of Merit given by the Tew:. York Chapter of the International
Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Presented to the Agency in recognition of its tourism publicity cam-
paign 'created for 'Crenada, the award in IABC's 1985 "Excellence in
jCommunications" programme was, in a field of some 1000 entries, the
only one won by an agency specialising in tourism and hotels.

Presenting the award to Ms. Karen we-iner Escalara, President of the
Agency, IABC's Award Programre Chairman, KP_.Andrea Sarkisian said,
this year, the competition had been Or.7:' cially stiff.

"Karen Weiner Escalara Associates received special recognition be-
jcause of the highly innovative programme it devised", she said, "'and:
the outstanding results achieved for its client, Grenada."!'

:Mr Lamuel Stanislaus, Grenada's Ambassador to the United Nations,
attended the banquet held in *the ballroom of 'New York's' Grnd Hyatt
Ho t.l. Also .t;tending were Miss o rmaa Blaize, Acting Consul General
in ew York an daughter of'Pr'i I; Lstererbert., aize, and Msa;
'Marilyn Marx, the Agency's Account Supervisor .for C-renada..

iIABC is an organisation of 12,000 communications professionals in
- advertising, public and corporate relations, marketing -and design.
iIts headquarters are in San Francisca.: ..,"" " -.

S i ,.'.. .A-..-- .-..-. .- "

i SIR CTUTThERT Ff"'l" I"'' "`t'

,St" CGeorges Anglican Church was crcuded on July 14th with past and
present students of the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS), and
they heard His Grace, the Angl1ican Archbishop of the Westindies, Sir
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uthbert- Woodroffe, reminisce about his days at GBSS. .

The occasion, was part of the centenary celebration of the school and
Sir Cuthbert,, who is stationed in St Vincent, came to Grenada espec-
ially for the service.

The Archbishop recalled the first time he was given "lines" to write.
They were given,.t.-him by Justice Sir Neville Peterkin of the Gre-
nade Appeal Gourt, then a GBSS prefect. They were in punishment for
talking in church during a service for students,: and Sir Neville made
Sir Cuthbert write, 100. times, "All gas-bags like me must stop gass-
ing"..

"Many years later', the Archbishop said, "I was able to tell Neville
that I was still gassing in church".

The Archbishop recalled the names of several "old boys" of the
school. These include Lord David Pitt of the British House of
Lords, Sir Wilfred Jacobs, Governor General of Antigua, Sir Paul
Scoon, Governor General of Grenada, Sir Sydney Gun Munro, until re-
cently Governor General of St Vincent, Sir Archibald Nedd, Chief Jus-
tice of Grenada and Prime Minister Herbert Blaize of Grenada.

"If the GBSS (and other Grenadian schools) can produce so mucb abil-
ity", he said, "we should be able to work together for the overall
good and, if we do not, then it must be because of basic selfishness'

Sir Cuthbert advised today's GBSS students not to fail to use the op-
portunities thay have which, he said, are far greater than the oppor-
Stunities, which existed when he was at school. And he warned them
against thinking that some jobs are more important than others.

"Society has been geared to classify employment", he said, "and we
tend to believe the doctor, is more important than the street sweep-
er. With all respect due to doctors, there are some street sweep-
ers who do as good or better. jobs in their own field than the doct-
tors do".

The Archbishop said, in an interview after the service, the occasion
had been 'tear-raising" for.him.,

"To think that, after 50 years, I could come back here and preside
over it as Archbishop of the Westindies is a tremendous and most mov-
ing occasion for me", he said, "and I cannot tell you how thankful
I am to God for the privilege which he has given me this morning to
be here."

Taking part in the service were Governor General Sir Paul Scoon and
SChief Justice Sir Archibald Neddi Also present was Mr Bernard
T"heSt" Oitbs, St--present Secretary to the Grenada Constitutional
Commission, and a former GBSS Master who Sir Cuthbert sing led ut
Sas having made a significant contribution to the School.

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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


"THE OLD GRAY MARE .....,..."


We're torn two ways. Should we sing, "The Old Gray Mare, she
ain't what she used to be" ? or should we compose a sentimental
ode to "Old Faithful" ?

Whichever way, the fact remains the same. Our duplicating
machine on which we have been turning out NEWSLETTER for the last
seven years or so, had finally packed up.


And, it faded out on us right in the middle of a production itI
In fact, while we were running off this issue of NEWSLETTERA
panic !t1


Near


There followed frantic phone calls to local suppliers of these mac-
hines, comparisons of costs, features, service facilities and guar-
antees, pnd then a visit to a sympathetic Bank Manager.

The result is that we did lose some time but there is now a brand
new machine on the job.

But, we shall miss the old one, temperamental as it had become. And
there's good reason. The new machine has several modern features
we like but the old one didn't do a bad job and galloping inflation
has put lhe cost of the new one up some 600f from he purchase price
of "Old Faithful" I'


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UV W.


Cynthia Hughes


3rd August 1985


Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
of Scott Street, St. Georges, Grenada, Westindies


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