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The Grenada_



NEWSLETTER

I Voluae 15 Saturday 18th April 1987 Number 6


CABINET MINISTERS

QUIT GOVERNMENT


When PM


Gives


Ultimatum :-


Rnract And Apo

T tensions which have been mounting in Prime
t Minister Blaize's New National Party (NNP)
climaxed early in April and two Cabinet Ministers
have resigne.
They are Dr Francis Alexis. Attorney General and
IMimster for Legal Affairs and Labour and Mr
eorge Brizan, Minister for Education and
IFisheres. The resignations took effect on April
14th and resigning also, at that time, was Mr
Tillman Thomas, Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Legal Affairs.
lf has been an open secret for many months that
there have been serious differences within the ranks
of NNP. However, an open break was not
expected at this time and, on 8th, only five
days before his resignation, in an interview with
N IWSLETTER. Dr Alexis gave no indication of his
coing regnation.
In fact, when questioned about differences in the
party, he declined to comment except to say "there
has been exaggeration'.
"I have heard the General Secretary of the Party, Dr
IKeith Mitchell, say there is a conciliatory team
sitting to iron out whatever differences there might
be", he told NEWSLETTER, "and I would not want
tosay anything that could prejudice the chances of
success for that",
I that interview, Dr Alexis described his
relationship with Prime Minister Herbert Blaize as
"good" but he was asked to reconcile that with
statements he (Alexis) made last September 14th, at
a public meeting, when he appeared to be sniping at
the Prime Mhinister.
At that meeting, Dr Alexis declared that no one
person is going to "mess up" Grenada. The
country is mightier than any single individual, he
said, and, however high a position anyone might
occupy, the national interest takes priority over any
personality.
"When decisions are going to be made", Dr Alexis
said at the meeting, it must be understood that it is
t a matter of one man getting up in the morning
and deciding to smash up the place" .


logrise OrResig

Dr Alexis told NEWSLETTER he could not
remember the context in which he made those
statements last September, but he did not think he
could have been referring to the Prime Minister.
"I hope that (what he said last September) could not
be referring to Mr Blaize", he said, because I
would be very sony to know there was even
the most remote possibility of Mr Blaize

IN THIS ISSUE
Cabinet Ministers Quit
Government. ................. I
Brizan, Alexis & Thomas
Resign From NNP........... 2
Briza: No Resignations In
SRight Atmosphere" For
Consultation.............. 3
Alexis' Letter Of
Resignation ......?....... ... 4
Brizan's Letter Of
Resignation.................... 5
Soft Windov French
Loans -........... ............. 6
NBC Shares To Be Offered
To Public...................... 7
Radio LaBaye Hearing
To Re-Start................... 8
St Paul Elevated To Bench .... 9
OAS Donates Instruments...... 10
News Shorts.......................- 13

wanting to do that, so I couldn't think it could be
Sreferrig to him"
With reference to Mr George Brizan, Dr Alexis was
asked to describe his relationship and to comment
on the fact that the popularly expected Brizan/Alexi
fight for the future leadership of NNP had not
materialised.
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BRIZAN, ALEXIS &THOMAS:

L RESIGN FROM N:N

Senator Joins List Of Resignees


r Francis Alexis,
Former Attorney
General aad Minister
for Legal Affairs and'
Labouw, in the 'New
Natioda Party (NNP)


Government of Prime
Minister Herbert Blaize.
who resigned from the
Government on April
14th, confirmed in an
interview with NEWS-


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"I don't have just a good relationship
with George", Dr Alexis said, "it is a
very, ver ood relationship. I am
quite pleased with him, why should I
be fighting him ?"
Dr Alexis said that, from the time
they became associated, he had had
opportunity to observe Mr Brizan.
feis fully satisfied with what he has
seen in the mpan, he said, and this is
not a forced development but a
natural evolution
"I am satisfied with George Brizan
om the point of view of the view-
points he will put". he said, "the
analysis he will subject an issue to,
he positions he will take up. the
honesty of the man, the integrity of
the man, the reliability of his word
I-and this is a critical factorin Grenada
today -, given all of these factors, I
am quite pleased with George
Brizaa".
tAnother key personality in the NNP
issention is Dr Keith Mitchell,
Minister of Works, NNP General
Secretary and a member of the
Grenada Democratic Movement
which Dr Alexis led before it died in
the merger which produced the
NNP.
It is rored that much of the friction
in NNP arises from strained relations
between Dr Mitchell and Dr Alexis,
and NEWSLETTER asked Dr Alexis
to comment on his relationship with
Dr Mitchell.
wThe way I can answer that is to
what he (Mitchell) said", Dr
s told NEWSLETTER. "He
fold a group of Grenadians in New
York that he has a 'professional'
relationship with me and I cannot
foist a better relationship than that on
rim. He has decided what is the
nature of the relationship.

Within a eek of the interview
NEWSLETTER had with Dr Alexis
SApril th the situation had
Arlfnr~w rEmwatpr*-Ilv


LETTER oh April 15th
that he had resigned
from NNP on that
day.
Dr Alexis said Mr


NEWSLETTER saw Dr Alexis again
on Monday April 13th, the day on
which he and Mr Brizan submitted
their resignations. and Dr Alexis said
the resignations were the outcome of
statements made by the two men in the
House of Representatives on the
previous Friday (10th).
Those statements, Dr Alexis said,
were with reference to Government's
plan to retrench 1,800 persons in the
Public Service.
"We said in the House that, given that
unemployment is the most pressing
problem confronting the nation", he
said, "we could not go along with
retrenchment in the Public Sector
without retraining for the retrenchees
and without the Private Sector being
ready and able to employ a good
number of those being retrenched"
Dr Alexis said that, since the meeting
of the House of Representatives on
3rd December last, he and Mr Brizan
had expressed this view and he said
both ie and Mr Brizan are of the
opinion that the difficulty lies in the
scal policies of the Government and
these should be reviewed.
These policies he said, are not
allowing Government to "trap enough
of the money going around in the
economy" which money would allow
Government to meet its labour bill and
other commitments.

"We felt also that Government should
take more seriously the negotiations
with the Public Sector unions", Dr
Alexis said, "and the 'not-one-cent-
more' attitude Government has
adopted is not going to help the
nation"

These are the points he and Mr Brizan
had made in the House on Friday 10th
April, he said. and. at the weekly
Cabinet meeting on April 13th. Prime
Minister Blaize had presented them
with an ultimatum,
SSee *MINISTERS' Pae 7


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George Brizan, former
Minister of Education,
who also resigned from
the. Government on
April 14th, had taken
his resignation from
NNP to the Party
Headquarters on that
day (15th) but had
found it closed.

queried about M
Tillman Thomas, for-
mer Parliamentay Sec-
retary in the Ministry of
Legal Affairs, who was
the third Member of
Parliament to resign his
post on April 13th, Dr
Alexis said Mr Thomas,
who lives in the
country, may not have
yet come into town to
hand in his resignation
to NNP.

(Messrs Brizan and
Thomas both subse-
quently confirmed to
NEWSLETTER thai
the had resigned from
C.fi..ed
The Ex-Attornev Gen-
eral confirmed thatthere
had been a fourth
resignation from NNP
This was by Mr Jerome
Joseph, an NNP Sen-
ator, who resigned from
the Senate and NNP on
April 14th.
In related news, a
source close to the State-
owned Radio Grenada
confirmed to NEWS-
LETTER that an
announcer, Mr Troy
Garvey, has been
suspended for playing
on the air a popular
Trinidadian calypso.

Composed as propa-
ganda against Trinidad
& Tobago's former
ruling Peoples National
Movement, the calysc
is called, "Captain, Th
Ship Is Sinking".

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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th April 1987 Page 3

BRIZA N SA S: -

There Wouid Have Been
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S"Right Atmosp

f Prime Minister Herbert Blaize had been willing
to consult with his Cabinet and consider advice
given by his Ministers, the resignations which have
en place would not have happened.
This view was expressed by Mr George Brizan,
former Minister of Education and Fisheries, in an
interview with NEWSLETTER on April 18th.
jMr Brizan, together with Dr Francis Alexis.
'Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs and
Labour, and Mr Tillman Thomas, Parliamentary
Secretary for Legal Affairs, resigned on April 14th,
and Mr Brizan said, if Mr Blaize had created the
"right atmosphere" for consultation, they would all
have been glad to continue under his leadership.
"I say without doubt or hesitation that, under the
proper conditions, we would have accepted the
Prnie Minister's leadership", he said. "There
would have been no headache or problems at
all"
Reacting to the new Cabinet which Mr Blaize
announced on April 16th, Mr Brizan said it is "very
shaky"
in a broadcast over State-owned Radio Grenada, the
Prime Minister said there will be, in addition to
himself, only four Ministers instead of the six as
formerly, and the 9 members of the House of
Representatives who remain loyal to his New
National Party will now constitute the Cabinet.
"With those nine of us in Cabinet Mr Blaize said,
"we have nine united much stronger than twelve
divided"
The Ministry of Education, the Prime Minister said,
wll be combined with the Ministries of Social
Services and Labour and will be headed by Mr
peorge McGuire with Mr Felix Alexander as
iMinister of State with special responsibilities for
labour, fisheries and cooperatives.
D Keith Mitchell continues to have the Ministry of
Works with Mr Alleyne Walker as Minister of
State.
tThe post of Attorney General, held formerly by Dr
Alexis, will be filled by Mr Ben Jones who will
continue to head the Ministries of Agriculture and
External Affairs
The Ministry of Health continues to be headed by
jMr Danny Williams and with him is Miss Grace
Duncan now a Minister of State with responsibility
or Wonfin's Affairs.
In the interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr Brizan
Said the reconstituted Cabinet does not have the


ere" F .or: Consu nation

capacity to be objective in its thinking and
advice.
"I don't want to be a prophet predicting how long
they will last" ,he said, "but they are shaky and very
limited in terms of experience, management skills
and abilitvto conceptualise administrative problems
and to deal with them".
Contradicting
The ex-Minister of Education charged the Prime
Minister with contradicting himself and misleading
the public
"In his previous radio broadcast", Mr Brizan said,
"Mr Blaize indicated, quite clearly, that ow
resignations had been made over certain issues, but,
in his last broadcast, he accuses us of struggling for
power".
What has happened now, he said, is that "other
people" have advised the Prime Minister to take thel
line of a "power play" in order to deceive the public
with reference to the truth behind the
resignations.
Mr Brizan said the Prime Minister is on "dangerous
ground". Those who resigned were in no way
grasping forth "mantle of lead erhip", he said, and
it will now be for Mr Blaize to reconcile for the
public the "contradictory statements" he has made
relative to the reasons for the resignations.


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Ministry of Legal Affairs
His Excellency St Georges
The GovernorGeneral 13thApri 1987
SirPaul Scoon GCVO, GCMG, OBE
Government House
ST GEORGES
Dear Governor General,
The National Economic Council in its National Development
Strategy 1986 -1990, said certain things about national unemployment. Your
Excellency will note that the National Economic Council is headed by the distinguished
Prime Ministerhimself and includes three other Cabinet Ministers, the Director-General of
Finance, the Economic Advisor and leading persons from the Private Sector, one of
whom is the President of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce.
It is this top flight National Economic Council in its National
Development Strategy which says :-
"Unemployment remains high and constitutes the most pressing problem to be addressed
within the development strategy"
Estimates of national unemployment go as high as 40%. They hardly
go below 25%. The National Economic Council puts it at "about 25 percent".
Yet the Government is determined to retrench 1,800 workers without
providing for their re-training for special work or otherwise.
Nor can one really believe that the Private Sector is at all able to
absorb any significant number of the 1,800 public workers intended to be
retrenched.
The result of this retrenchment, in the circumstances, is sure to inflict
untold suffering on our people.
At the same time, Government has failed to settle the long
outstanding salaries dispute with the public sector trade unions, This is hardly the
example for Government to set the private sector, and is likely to be very counter-
productive.
Last Friday, 10 April, in my contribution to the Budget Debate in the
House of Representatives, I made such pronouncements.
Your Excellency will know that, as Minister of Labour, I would be
directly concerned with retrenchment and wage disputes.
This morning, the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister asked me to publicly
retract those sentiments or resign.
I b eli eve too sincerely in what I said in Parliament to even think about
withdrawing those views. The only honourable thing for me to do in the event is to
tender to your Excellency my resignation from the offices of Attorney-General and
Minister of Legal Affairs and Labour.

I wish Your Excellency to know that I enjoyed serving the people of
Grenada as Minister.
But, inthe conflict between my clear conscience and what I am asked
to do by the Prime Minister, Your Excellency will perceive that I have no choice but to let
Your Excellency have my resignation. This letter constitutes my resignation.

I wish it to be effective at midnight tonight.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
Francis Alexis.








The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th April 1987 Page 5






Ministry of Education; Culture, Co-Operatives & Fisheries
\ Young Street
St George's
GRENADA, W.I.
13th April 1987
His Excellency, Governor General
Sir Paul Scoon
Governor General's House
St Georges
Dear Sir,

During the past two and a quarter years, I have striven to give dedicated service
to the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique in whatever area I was asked to
serve.

When I was given the Portfolio of Agriculture 1 found it on the ground and.
with the assistance of the Ministry staff and the cooperation of the Farmers and Fisher-
men, it was put firmly on its feet.

In the Minisuw of Education & Culture, we have embarked on a programme to
rebuild the morale of teachers and other workers in that sector.
SI have enjoyed working and serving in the interest of the Grenadian people. In
all of this, service always too precedence over everything else.

SIn recent times, certain economic issues had arisen over which I gave sound
advice continuously.

One is the issue of "Retrenchment of over 1800 workers in the Public Service" I
have advised the Prime Minister and Cabinet over and over that there should be a
programme of training and redeployment of workers into special projects so that workers,
the majority of whom have families would not suffer hardships. I said this, fully aware
that unemployment was high and that the Private Sector, which is being look (sic) upon
to provide the jobs. was ill-prepared and not in a position to employ some 1800
workers.

Furthermore, the National Economic Council of which the Prime Minister is
Chairmanannd which includes three Ministers and representativesfrom thePrivate Sector,
inits July 1986 official Nataonal Report, has estimated unemploymentto be 25% of the
work force it went further to identify unemployment as the most critical problem to be
addressed by Government,
In our Manifesto for the 1984 General Elections, we wrote and we all subscribed
to the following :-

Unemployment in the country is high and it is rising. At present about 33 out of every
100 Grenadians who are able to work cannot find work. It is a source of social
instability. As we step into Grenada's future, the opportunity of every Grenadian to
have a vob must be our Government's first priority, Only through secure employment
will Grenadians be able to regain this personal digmty and participate fully in our
society.

Hi'. iiw subscribed to this I have found it difficult to accept putting 1800 persons
out of work when it is Government's responsibility, directly and indirectly, to help create
jobs.
Over and over, I have called in Cabinet for a re-examination of the New Fiscal
Policy to see itfit is achieving its goals, as retrenchment is related to this, but the appeals
have been in vain.

Moreover, my experience in Cabinet has been that many matters are not fully and
extensively discussed and the best opinions taken and then decisions arrived at. There is
al ways an effort to ensure that the Chairman's views prevail even when the results
appear to be disastrous. And, on many occasions disastrous they were.

See" Letters" Page 6
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Soft Window


French Loans

For Community Projects


SFrench Government lending agency. Caisse
A entrae de Cooperation Economique(CCCE),
is to assist basic productive projects in Grenada.
This was disclosed by Prime Minister Herbert
Blaize in a TV broadcast on April 5th, and he said
the terms of assistance are highly concessionary.


* pttm' Fram page 5
The second issue is that of the
impasse between the unions representing Public
Workers and the Government
I have advised that this should
have been solved with rapidity immediately after the
1986 budget. And I have called on many occasions
since for a quick solution, even if Government and
Unions have to yield some ground. As you know
the impasse counties and certainly this is not in the
national interest.
Thirdly, I have asserted that.
since unemployment is our number one national
problem and is more important than even fiscal
balance, all resources should be organised to reduce
and solve it based on a sound national plan for
curing unemployment.
When Parliament met on Friday
10th April, I spoke on the above issues in very
much the same way as they have been expressed
above.
On Monday 13th April, the
Prime Minister asked that I make a public apology
for the way on which I spoke on the issues as it ran
counter to Governments policy, or resign.
Clearly, I cannot apologise for
speaking in the national'interest and advising that
unemployment be reduced, the Unions' issue be
settled and that retrenchment be reexamined.
Therefore, I am left with no
alternative but to tender my resignation as Minister
of Education, Culture. Cooperatives and Fisheries
as of 14th April 1987.
I assure you that I will continue
serve the people of my constituency of St George
Nrth Bast with even greater zeal, and the people of
nad. Carriacou and Petite Martinique with even
reer diligence and conscientiousness.
May God bless us all
Yours sincerely,
George Brizan.
f^I I W '^ *.f'.^j''^*'^*^- -eZ .- *


"This opens a new window of opportunity for us in
Grenada" he said.
For some time, the Prime Minister said,
"Government has been trying to establish a
"Merchant Bank" to give young entrepreneurs a
businessmen financial support which will let them
get started even if they don't have "a big Godfather"
behind them.
"CCCE intends to help community projects", Mr
Blaize said, "and provides loans on very
concessionary terms so that young struggling people
can get started".
Criteria
The Prime Minister said that one of the criteria for
getting CCCE aid is that the project should be
implemented by the community concerned. That
implementation could be through labour, savings
and "expression of continued involvement", he said,
and the project must be on behalf of a group
developer such as a cooperative, farers group,
labour association or as an individual developer
who is a craftsman, cattle-rearer or farmer.
Preference will be given to "integrated development
projects", he said, and other criteria are that the
project must be for the community as a whole and
must generate an economic return so as to service
the loan.
Mr Blaize said priority will be given to rural
development, craft industry, small businesses,
commerce and trade activities. Loans will be
limited to 300,000 French Francs (ap a
EC$137,000) and will not exceed 90 of or
costs.
'Rates of interest will range from zero percent to
5%", the Prime Minister said, "and that is what is
really called concessional rates".
O oaortity
There is a period of about three years before the first
repayments of these CCCE loans must be made, he
said, and the Prime Minister thought that, through
CCCE, an opportunity has been provided which has
long been sought.
The Planning Division of the Ministry of Finance
will make the necessary arrangements with the
French Agency in St Lucia, Mr Blaize said. It is
hoped that, by the end of April, mechanisms will be
worked out and directions to prospective applicants
will then be published.
"This is an opportunity which we embrace with both
hands", he said, "because, although projects are to
be cleared with the French Agency. they have
promised that, given the nature of the projects and
the small size of the loans, the processing procedure
will be substantially streamlined and quickened"

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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th April 1987 Page 7

NCB SHARES TO BE OFFERED TO PUBLIC
The 'People's Bank" Not Only In Name But In Fact
)rime Minister Herbert Blaize announced, in a TV broadcast on April 5th, that, during the course of this
Year, the public will be offered a substantial portion" of the shares in the Government owned National
Commercial Bank (NCB).


B prides itself on being called the 'Peoples Bank'
i in name. but in fact".


MINISTERS' FromPue 2l


SBlaize, he said, asked them either to publicly
refract their statements in the House and apologise
for them orresign.
I am sympathetic with Mr Blaize's position", Dr
Alexis said, "but we cannot retract or apologise for
what we know to be the correct position. We have
therefore done the honourable thing and have
resigned"

The other side of the picture was presented that
night (13th) when the Prime Minister addressed the
natioonn Radio Grenada.
Principle
"Public statements made by the Ministers in the
Continuing 1987 budget debate have, quite clearly,
been contrary to Cabinet decisions in which the two
'Ministers participated", Mr Blaize said. and have
patently abrogated the long established principle of
Cabinet collective responsibility. This obviously
could not be tolerated"
IDr Alexis and Mr Brizan have "distanced
Themselves" over the issues of unemployment and
retrenchment in the Public Service, MrBlaize said.
and these matters have been made political issues
with a high degree of emotionalism.
iSuch "political posturing", he said, is unfortunate in
ithe face of facts known to the Ministers.
Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan know Government was
forced to borrow money in order to pay Civil
'Servants salaries in November and December last
!year and again in February and March of this year,
jthe Prime Minister said, and they knew that.
because of this, the public debt has risen by several
!million dollars.

Retrenchment in the Public Service is not a matter
iof choice", Mr Blaize said. "it is a need. an absolute
necessity for the country to survive. We very much
regret having to persue it but there is no viable
alternative"
Irresponsibilit
A Government which fails to take fiscal measures to
bring its finances under control must be guilty of
reprehensible conduct and gross irresponsibility in
dealing with the affairs of the nation, the Prime
Minister said.
Government is concerned over the unemployment
Situation Mr Blaize continued, but the facts are that
some 8000 new jobs were created over the last two
years and the atmosphere has been provided for
creation of still more jobs in construction,
manufacturing and Tourism.
Those being retrenched from the Public Service, he
,said have Government's pledge of retraining and
Government already has training and placement
prrammes in operation. _


q,b "P


" he said, "We want it to be the peoples bank not
This move is part of Government's Divestment
Programme the privatizationn" of several state-
owned enterprises which, the Prime Minister said.
is an opportunity for 'private people to developi
them and to bring them viable and worthwhile"
First Opened
NCB was first opened on 15th October 1979 by the
Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG). The
Bank was then located at a site previously occupied
by the Canadian Imperial fank of Commerce
(CIBC) in Grenville, the island's second town.
In the following January (19 O) the PRG entered,
into an Agreement with CIBC to buy out the CIBCj
plant and building in St Georges. The Agreementl
was implemented on March 1st 1980, that plant and
building becoming the NCB Head Office, and the'
original location in Grenville becoming a
branch.
Other branches have subsequently been opened in
Gouvave on the west coast in St Davids Parish and
in Hillsborough, the capital of Grenada's sister
island, Carriacou.
In his broadcast. the Prime Minister said
professional assistance has been sought to ensure
that, when the shares are offered, they will be
available to all Grenadians, of every walk of life.
and not to any single grouping which will be able to
acquire majority shares and control NCB.



"We have reduced unemployment", he said, "from
about 40% to approximately 20%".
With reference to the long drawn out wage
negotiations with Government employees, thePrime
Minister expressed regret that there has not yet been
a settlement but said Government is ready and
willing to conclude the negotiations "within the
limits'of the public finances available".
In his interview with NEWSLETTER on the 13th,
Dr Alexis said the first thing he and Mr Brizan plan
to do is fight Government s retrenchment plan but
he did not see a new political party being formed
immediately.
The only public surprise these developments have
generated is the timing of the resignations. The1
tensions building obviously in ti NNP seemed toJ
make an eventual split inevitable but it was believed
NNP would survive the conflicts until at least thel
approach of the 1989 General Elections.
The party was boa in August 1984 when, under
pressure from the Governments of the United
States. St. Vincent. St Lucia and Barbados, three
rival middle-of-the-road political parties merged tol
form NNP. I
See -MINISTERS- Page 9








Page 8 Saturday 18th April 1987 The Grenada Nevsletter

Radio LaBaye Hearing To Re-Start
MAGISTRATE CANT READ HANDWRITING
defendant in the Magistrates Court in Gre new on this case, he had decided to start it agae
ville, Grenada's second town on the east from the beginning.
coast, on April 9th, told Magistrate Anthony Rob-


s tre that justice is not in the Magistrate s
Court but a the Prime s office.


Before the Court was Mr Stanley Charles who, with
Mr Paul Roberts, is charged with operating an FM
radio station without a licence.
The offense is alleged to have taken place in June
1985 and this case has been "on the books" now for
nearly two years. For a variety of reasons,
adjournments have been requested by, and granted
to both sides but, on April 2nd 1986, a hearing did
start before Magistrate Miss Patricia Mark
Only one witness, the Wireless Officer, Mr Leroy
Baptiste. was called at that time. Appearing for
heProsecution, Mr Baptiste told the Magistrate that
he had issued a licence for the operation of "Radio
aBaye, the FM station belonging to Messrs
arles and Roberts.
"The licence was issued on May 6th 1985".
br Baptiste said. "It was for the
oe on of an FM Station on 88.8 and
0.0 ah and, in my estimation, it was a
cease to operate on tht particular
requency"
junior Counsel in the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions, Mr Keith Friday, was then in charge
of the prosecution and, obviously surprised by Mr
Baptiste's evidence, he sought and was granted an
adjournment to permit him to get further
instructions.
The next hearing was set for 23rd April 1986 but
again. for a variety of reasons, there were several
adjournments until today's hearing.
On this occasihn,- the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs Velma Hylton Q C was in
Court. Magistrate Miss Patricia Mark having been
ransferred to another Court. she was replaced by
r Roberts butthe Court was advised by the Police
hat Wireless Officer, Mr Baptiste, was ill and
unable to attend.
Permission
The DPP said she would be requesting permission
to recall the Wireless Officer for examination and,
"because of the state of the evidence". she preferred
not to proceed with other witnesses until Mr
Baptiste had been recalled. She requested an
adjournment.
Mr Fennis Augustine, Counsel for the Defendants,
resisted this. There were other witnesses present,
e said, they could give their evidence immediately
dhe did not think it fair that his clients should
have to wait any longer for trial.
At this stage, Mr Charles, who was sitting next to
Mr Augustine got to his feet.
" sf this is a political trial", he shouted at the
Magistrate, I think we ought to be told."
Ordered by Mr Roberts to take his seat, he did so
and be Magistrate announced then that. since he is


"I am not going to read the notes of anyone else", he
said. 'In any case, I cant understand the
handwriting and, besides, I want to see the
demeanour of the witness myself".
Political
Mr Charles then said there was something "political"
about the Magistrate's decision, to which Mr
Roberts replied that, if anyone was accusing him of
being political, they could go to another Court.
And the Magistrate ruled then that he would hear
nothing more from Defendants Charles and Roberts
except through their legal representative, M
Augustine.
At this stage, both Defendants announced that the
had dismissed Mr Augustine and they demanded the
right to address the Court.
"As of now", they said, "we have no lawyer".
Defendant Roberts started to speak first, beinnin
to explain why he thought the Court was "political"
but the Magistrate would not allow him to
proceed.
"I am not going to hear anything political", he said,
"I am not interested in that"
Then began a shouting match betw Mr Charles
and the Magistrate.
"We came here looking for justice and you wont
hear us", Mr Charles told Mr Roberts. "We have
the right to speak. We cant accept decisions
which have been taken outside the Court".
And. in spite of threats from the Magistrate that he
would jail him, Mr Charles, banging the desk before
him, continued,

"We understand the position which has been
outlined to this Court he said, "and we are
concerned that we have not been given the rights
which Her Majesty the Queen gives to all her
subjects".
Mr Charles also challenged Mr Robert's acceptance
of the Police advice that the Wireless Officer was
ill.
"Where is the 'sick note' from the witness?" he
asked the Magistrate. "Man, pull yourself together !
It seems that you want to make your decisions in a
political office. If you are looking for justice in
Grenada, you don't go to the Courts, you go to the
Prime Minister's office"
Unab le
Defendant Roberts pressed the Magistrate for a
resumption of the case within the next day or two,
but DPP Mrs Hylton said the High Court was then
sitting and she would be unable to attend the
Magistrate's Court within the next week.
MrRoberts fixed the hearing for May 14th when, he
said, the case will be started again from the
beginning.
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ST PAUL ELEVATED TO BENCH

A large number of members of the Grenada Bar Association (GBA), together with barristers from other
T-gartibbean Community States, were in the High Court on April 6th when the island's newest Puisne
dge, Mr Justice Lyle St Paul. was elevated to the Bench.
Grenada born Mr St Paul, whose appointment is an acting one. entered the judges' dias accompanied by
Guyanese Acting Chief Justice, Mr James Patterson, and the first speaker to address the Court was Mr
lMichael Andrews, GBA President.

On behalf of GBA, Mr Andrews welcomed Mr St Paul's promotion from the post he held previously, that of
Senior Magistrate.

"It is with great satisfaction", he said, "that we see one of our own elevated from the Magistracy to the High
Court".


Mr Andrews congratulations went also to Attorney
General Dr Francis Alexis who was present and
who, the GBA President said had shown a
willingness to listen to the Association.
Not Worthy
*Previous Administrations, he said, had treated
members the Grenada Bar as though they were not
worthy of high office, and Mr .Adrews'looked on
Mr St Pauls appointment as the start of a new
chapter.
When he addressed the Court, Dr Alexis said Mr St
Paul comes to the Bench with an interesting career
in which he has gained the reputation for speaking
out on matters on which he felt strongly.
The Attorney General said also that Grenadi ans have
matured sufficiently to accept their own.
We must look to the day when we will put an end
to our sending our appeals to the Privy Council", he
said. We have enough people of ability and talent
n our islands to set up a final Appeal Court of our
wno

Mr Karl Hudson-PhillipsQ C, Trinidadian barrister,
spoke next and assuredDr Alexis that his sentiments
about a final Caribbean Court of Appeal were shared
many Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
countries.
o the new Puisne Judge, Mr Hudson-Phillips said
he noted that he carried the name, "St Paul".
"With the epistles of your famous predecessor", he
aid, "we need give you no injunctions".
IChief Justice Patterson said he noted the Attorney


General's comments with reference to Mr St Paul's
reputation for speaking out. but he warned that there
is another side and there must be a sense of
balance.

"It has been said":, Mr Patterson commented, "that a
'talking judge is like an ill tuned cymbal"'".
Public confidence is the corner stone of the Courts,
the Chief Justice said, and he promised that he and
Mr St Paul would endeavour, always, "to ride the
waves of a tempestuous past".
Replying. Mr Justice St Paul said it was a moving
day for him. He was grateful to all the speakers
and asked for forgiveness if "my joy overflows my
eves
Accused
He has been accused, he said, of saying too much
sometimes, but he gave the assurance that his
utterances are always based on the principles of love
and charity.

He said too, that, at the start of his career on the
Bench of the High Court, he had been inspired by
the verse of a hymn which had been sung at his
church on the previous day (Sunday).
Lord in thy mercy guide me,
Be thoue er beside me.
In thy ways direct me
Neath thy wings protect me.
Present in the Court for the ceremony were Mr St
Paul's wife, his brothers and their wives.

.1 .


MINISTERS" FroaLe i
The merging parties were led, respectively, by Mr
Blaize. Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan and, in the General
Elections, held four months later, NNP captured 14
of the 15 seats in the House of
SRepresentatives.
Following this landslide victory, it was soon
apparent that there was in-fighting in NNP and,
'because Mr Blaize is elderly and infirm, political
observers predicted that, before long. Dr Alexis and
Mr Brizan would openly be at each other's throats,
fighung for the mantle of leadership.
| Rupture
IFirst rupture in the party came a year ago, not,
Shower from the expec-.ed Alexis/Brizan fight but
when, amid hints of conrupLion. Mr kenny


Lalsingh, who was a Parliamentary Secretary
.Junior Minister) resigned from 1QNP.
Dictatorial
He was followed, last August, by Mr Phinsley Stj
Louis Deputy Speaker of the House, both menj
accusing Prime Minister Blaize of being'
dictatorial.
The Alexis. Bnzani eight surfaced attheNP Annua
Convention in December 19&5 when both men were
nominated for the post of Deputy Political Leader,
Mr Blaize tried to diffuse the tension by proposing
a cl ange in the Party s Constitution to allow for two
Deputies, but he failed, and, with the Convention


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OAS


PRESENTS


MUSICAL


INSTRUMENTS
Occasion Marks 97th Anniverary


r Todd C Payne, Organisation of American
J.1 (OAS) Director in Grenada, on April
14th, handed over several musical instruments to the
Ministry of Education for the use of a school
band.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Albert Xavier,
Grenada's Ambassador to the OAS, said
expenditure for the instruments had been limited to
US$4.000.00 (EC$10,800), but he has "sounded a
waring" that Grenada wants a similar amount
S"MINIST S" FromPa I_


ngily divided, Dr Alexis was elected by a small
majority.
In the months which followed, there was a complete
change. The picture which emerged was that, far
from fighting each other, Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan
had formed an alliance and were confronting the
Prime Minister. No names were called but their
public statements revealed that they were
dissatisfied with the level of consultation Mr Blaize
was affording his Cabinet colleagues.
The tensions climaxed in February last when there
was an attempt within NNP to unseat Mr Blaize.
Who started it, and whether Messrs Brizan and
Alexis were aware of it, is not certain, but the Prime
Minister got wind of it and it died.
Following this abortive attempt, a letter confirming
confidence in Mr Blaize's leadership and asserting
that, in NNP, there are no differences of
substance", was circulated for signature of all NNP
members of the House.
Author of this letter was Dr Keith Mitchell, Minister
for Works and all Members, with the exception
of Dr Alexis and Mr Thomas, signed. Mr Brizan
signed originally, but subsequently withdrew his
signature.
A dividing line was clearly drawn in NNP party
ranks at this point and is now in effect.
The position is that Prime Minister Blaize has nine
votes on which he can depend in the 15 Member
House. These votes are his own, the votes of
Ministers Ben Jones, George McGuire, Danny
Williams and Dr Keith Mitchell, and the votes of
Mrs Pauline Andrews, Miss Grace Duncan. Mr
Felix Alexander and Mr Alleyne Walker
On the other side is a fragmented Opposition of 6
votes divided into three groups. The first is Mr
Marcel Peters who holds the single seat NNP did
nor win in the December 4th 1984 General
Elections. The second is Mess s St Louis and
Lalsingh who have not formed a party but who are
working together in the House, and the third is the
trio of Messrs Alexis, Brizan and Thomas.
1On the day the resignations took effect (14th), Dr
g See "MINISTERS Pagel 1


this year.
"If I know Grenada well", he said, "this school
band will be for St Georges, and I am not satisfied
that we should not have one in the country also, in
St Andrews."
Mr Payne pointed out that A il 14th marked the
97th anniversary of the founding of the OAS and
said the occasion of the donation of the instruments
was being used to symbolize the cooperation which
continues to exist between the OAS and the people
and Government of Grenada.
The OAS Secretary General, Ambassador Joad
Clemente Baena Soares, had issued a special
message to mark the occasion, Mr Payne said, and,
at a meeting in St Kitts to be convened shortly, the
Ambassador will talk to OAS Office Directors about
pressing issues in the Member States of the
Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS).
Dren
The dream of a hemispheric political organisation
was first expressed by Simon Bolivar when, in
1815, he wasin exile in Jamaica. It moved a little
closer to reality when Bolivar called the Panam
Congress in 1826, but only a few nations sent
delegates and the Congress was not a success.
Other Pan-American conferences were called i
1847, 1856, 1864 and 1877 but, while they were
important in that they established the principle of
hemispheric cooperation, they were not well
attended.
In 1889, however, the then United States Secretary
of State, Mr James G Blaine called the first
International Conference of American States. This
was held in Washington D C and, with the
exception of the Dominican Republic, all Latin
American nations sent delegates.
That Conference set up, on April 14th 1890, the
International Bureau of AmericanRepublics, whose
name was changed in 1910 to the Pan-American
Union. A further development took place in
Bogota, Columbia on April 30th 1948 when the
organisation of American States (OAS) was
launched, the Pan-American Union. with
Headquarters in Washington D C, serving since
then as General Secretariat to the OAS.
Resigned
Mr George Brizan, who was Minister for Education
until he resigned on April 14th, was originally
scheduled to officially receive the musical
instruments at the ceremony at the OAS offices..
This function was performed by Mr Ben Andrews,
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of
Education.
Also presented on that day (14th) by the OAS to the
Ministry of Education was a projector which will be
used in the Public Library to enhance the facilities of
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MINISTERS. FromPae 1&
Alexis told the press that NNP, as it is presently
constituted. stands no better chance of surviving
than "a snow-ball in hell".
He expressed this opinion at a joint press conference
Called by him with Messrs Brizan and Thomas.
i"I say so, because, every time the grassroots section
!of the party meets and passes resolutions", he said,
'"those resolutions are not worth even the
:paper on which
They are written". Alexis: NNP a
NNP has been ofur
hijacked he said, gO W-Ad/. ja
and the history of
Grenada shows, that wy party'whichvhqs been'
MtjacKed by a small clique is going to die sooner
rather than later. Mr Blaize will be the object of
the next "rescue mission", Dr Alexis said, the Prime
Minister is surrounded by "guerrillas' and will have
to be rescued.


At the press conference, the two ex-Ministers denied
Prime Minister Blaize's accusation that. by making
public statements contrary to Cabinet decisions in
which they participated, they had violated the
principle of the collective responsibility of members
of Cabinet.
IMr Brizan said the policy of retrenchment was never
'presented to Cabinet in the form of a submission.
'The subject was "mentioned" from time to time, he
said, but "collective responsibility" and "solidarity
Within the Cabinet is based on the principle that
i matters must be extensively discussed and the best
view points put together in arriving at a
decision.
lWhen the matter of retrenchment came up in
ICabinet. he said, he and Dr Alexis did not support
it. They advised, he said that, before any
action is taken, the best course is to train the
retrenchees and design a programme of special
projects to create employment.
Other Korums
"Of course, you are in Cabinet", Mr Brizan said,
"and, if you find yourself in the minority, you have
Itogo along but, if the issue is a major, national one,
tand the course advised in the interest of the nations
not taken, then one has to raise it in other forums i,..
order to see if the advice can be considered and be
effective".
|Dr Alexis said in the Westminster model of
Government which is effective in Grenada, the
obligation of a Cabinet member is to support
democratically reached majority decisions

'No one who believes in parliamentary democracy
can free himself of the ligation to fully support
Cabinet decisions arrived at democratically", he
said, "and i is precisely because of our commitment
to parliamentary democracy and our appreciation of
the need to give solidarity to democratically arrived
Sat decisions that we are where we are today, outside
lof Cabiner
IThere ,re three related matters at issue, Dr Alexis
said. the question of unemployment the matter of
retrenchment inthe Public service and the matter of
settlement of wage negotiations between Govern-
e i and QGovernme m lees.


As far back as December 3rd last year, he said, he
served notice in the House of Representatives that
he could notbe expected to supportthe retrenchment
plan unless and until it was clear that the Private
Sector was able to absorb a good number of those
laid off,
"We know that we cannot expect to stay in the
Cabinet and take pot shots atthe Cabinet", Dr Alexis
said, "We have looked atitfrom
S l ter all angles and have faced up to
Sour clear duty in the
g far i Westminster model of
Government. which is to


resign"


'p


Melssr Thomas, Brizan and Alexis all said that,
whlle they have resigned their positions in
Government, they had not resigned their
membership in NNP. They were giving
consideration to this matter and were unclear as to
what their future in the House of Representatives
would be.
Dr Alexis said that the overwhelming majority NNP
had after the 1984 elections may have made debates
in the House uninteresting because they were so one-
sided, and he thought there will now be a
change.
"It may well be that,whether we sit on the
Government or Opposition side of the Table", he
said, "(and I would be surprised if we were to
continue long on the Government side), whether it
is debating a Bill, asking questions or making
personal statements, it is reasonable to expect that
Parliament from here on in is going to be a quite
different kettle of fish"
The former Attorney General said he, Mr Brizan and
Mr Thomas, do not believe in precipitating matters
They did not precipitate their resignations from the
(Goernment, he said. and they were not about to
precipitate their resignations from NNP.
He has no animosity against the Prime Minister, he
said, he has learned a lot from Mr Blaize and he
does notintend, ever, to "sling his name down in
the mud".
a'I am sorry for him ,Dr Alexis said, "he has, close
to him, certain elements. and I give thanks and
praise to the'Lord that I am no more near to these'
characters .

The next step taken by the three ex-m embers of thet
NNP was to hold a public meeting on April 15th
and this threw more light on their plans andl
policies.
Mr Brizua, who is an economist, told the meeting he
would like to see income tax re-introduced into the
fiscal policy of Grenada.
Modified
That tax was abolished in the 1986 Budge
proposals. Mr Brizan said it should be made
effective again but in a modified form.
"Income tax should be retained for very high income
people", he said. "Let them pay something".
l See "MINISTERS" Pag 12








PIg 12 Saturday 18th April 1987 The Grenada Newvletter

SlUNISTERS.' From gL.


The ex-Minister said income tax on business places Governme
should also be re-introduced, but the law must be
tightened up. ut De Mr St Loui
Alexis thin]
"What you have to do is redefine the definition of an almost
Company", he said, "so every Company will pay will lose it
their 'just due". Opposition
Criticizing the Prime Minister's fiscal reforms, Mr Mr Marcel
Brizan said Government should invest in two well Governor (
trainedaccountantswithexperienceintaxcollection. Messes St
And,. as far as the new Value Added Tax is members n
concerned, he said, this should be collected when
goods are imported, perhaps also at the wholesale With Mr
level, but not at retail outlets, .
....&/1 W
:The three parliamentarians took the i A e sa
opportunity to report on their
stewardship, explained the reasons for T fo D i ...
their resignations, and Dr Alexis issued a wanig Brizan and
about the still-unsolved murder of a young girl in that Mr Bri
his constituency last December. it is not un
will be pre
"While 1 was Attorney General he said, "I saw the House.
certain files, and I want to make it clear that I am
following the investigations like a shark". The nine/s
SBlaize had
It is reported that that murder is connected with the after the
illegal drug trade and Dr Alexis said whoever is developme
connected, and whatever his social status, the culprit considered
ust pay for the crime.
SHis Grena
The ex-Attorney General said he is not yet prepared 37% of the
to name names but, using a Grenadian prove, he chose then
warned that, "all who have cocoa drying in the sun won only
should look out for rain", defected t
Dr Alexis said the first task he and his colleagues However,
ave set themselves is the organisation of Opsition
demonstrations in protest against the proposed N and,
retrenchment of workers in the Public Service. party, GU
elections t
These demonstrations will be held in the face of any
position which might be encountered, he said, According
and in what appeared to be a reference to the "bad less sooner
lood existing between him and Dr Mitchell, from the d
Minister for works, he said that, if Government any dissoli
pending on public works in his constituency and
those of Messrs Brizan and Thomas is culled, The Consti
there will be other demonstrations. of Membe
"We have struggled "i Wo lJ O iffowRs f
too hard and too long a t-_ __
or any little political d A I' A Ziim
pimp, any little political prostitute, any 'house
slave', he said, to believe he can hold us to The first
ransom" Elections
December
Dr Alexis said there is now no plan to form a date on wl
political party and, as far as he is concerned, the fixing a de
ostof Leader of the Opposition in the House of on which
representatives is "neither here nor there". held.
"We are not seeking office", he said, "We are Thedevel
seeking to serve and George Brizan has the left wi
demonstrated an all-round ability. We will go Jewel Mo
forwardledbyGeorge Brizan. Wewillgoforward Bishop Pa
,guided by him" Kendrick
According to the Constitution, Governor General MBPM gc
Sir Paul Scoon must appoint, as Leader of the Elections.
Opposition the person who commands support of
e miajurity of members of the House outside of the


It.
s now holds that post but, although Dr
ks the post is "neither here nor there" it is
foregone conclusion that Mr St Louis
and Mr Brizan will become Leader of the

Peters has indicated in a letter to the
general that he is not able to work with
Louis and Lalsingh, the other ex-NNP
Low in the Opposition.
Peters out of the way, Messrs Alexis,
harv cocoa diryisng
should look out

Thomas have the voting power to ensure
zanis made Leader of the Opposition and
likely that Messrs St Louis and Lalsingh
pared to accept Mr Brizan's leadership in

ix division in the House, where once Mr
a majority of fourteento one immediately
General Elections, is a promising
nt for Sir Eric Gairy whose politics are
right wing.
la United Labour Party (GULP) captured
vote in the last Elections even though he
not to be a candidate himself, but GULP
one seat, that of Mr Marcel Peters, who
o form his own party.
with the ex-NNP members now in the
sharing the same centrist philosophy as
at the polls, splitting the vote with that
LP has brighter prospects at the next
han it had at the last.
to the Constitution, "....Parliament, un-
Sdissolved, shall continue for five years
ate of the first sitting of Parliament after
ution and shall then stand dissolved"
tuition says also that, "A General Election
rs of the House of Representatives shall
be held at such time within three
months after any dissolution of
Parliament as the Governor-General
may appoint".
sitting of Parliament after the General
f 4th December 1984 was on Friday 28th
1984, making 28th December 1989 the
which Parliament will stand dissolved and
adline of 28th March 1990 as the last date
the next General Elections may be

opments in NNP will be of interest also to
ng. the remnant of Maurice Bishop's New
vement (NJM), which is the Maurice
triotic Movement rMbPM)led by Mr
Radix.
tt less than 4% of the vote in the 1984
Outside of a violet revolution, that


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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 18th April 1987 Page 13


Ii.l anyi 1


r


NIS Director Give Statistic

Director of the National Insurance Scheme, Mr
Leroy Robinson, told the Government Information
Service (GIS) early in April that a total of 24,971
persons are registered with NIS. Of these,
13.832 are males and 11,139 are females.
Since the Scheme was launched on April 4th 1983,
Mr Robnson told GIS. 192 contributors have died
and more than ECS90.000 has been paid out in
Funeral Grants.
So far, the Director said, EC$341,987.00 has been
paid in Sickness Benefit, EC$330,,892.00 in
eternity Benefit. EC$206,236.00 in Age Grants
and C$202,263.00 in Provident Fund
Pensions.
The largest single payment made by IS, Mr
Robinson said, was the sum of EC$4,266.90 which
was an Age Grant paid out in July 1986.


Minister Call: on NIS To
Undertake Motg gFinann .

Mr George McGuirte, Minister for Social Services,
has made a call for the National Insurance Scheme
(NIS) to become involved in mortgage financing,
youth training and attracting the self-employed.
The call was made on March 25th as the Minister
addressed the NIS Board of Directors, and he uged
them to open up areas for mortgage financing which
would compete with other local financial
institutions. -


UMINISTERS"FromPage 12
artyhas no chance, in the near future, of being the
Government but, should GULP replace NNP at the
next Elections, it may mark the start of a similar
cycle to that which began in 1973.
That year experienced the height of oppression
exercised by the Government led by Sir Erc. The.
gang of criminals hired by his Government to
victimise and intimidate opponents was at the height
of its activities, and it was about that time that NJM
as born.
Using Sir Eric's oppression as a lever, NJM was
able to sell itself as a "saviour" and win sufficient
popular support over the next six years to take
power by force of arms.
At a recent press conference, MBPM Political,
Leader Kendrick Radix said, "revolution is a
legitimate and legal tool......... In the context of
a's recent history, that statement may be
ignifcant and should be considered against the
aground of current developments.
^ 00 w^^^f w'.


"Exercise Camile"
To .Be Held In May

The Barbados office of the United States
Information Service (USIS) has announced that
approximately 700 personnel from the
Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS) will
participate in Exercise Camile'. a joint-combined
aeration to be held in Dominica from 5th to 10th
May 1987,
According to USIS, this is the first exercise in
which personnel participating in the operation will
be drawn from all seven RSS member nations.
These are Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts-
Nevis, St Vincent & The Grenadines, St Lucia.
Grenada and Barbados.
Also participating in "Exercise Camile" will b
personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force, and the
armed forces of The United Kingdom and the
United States of America.
The exercise will provide Caribbean actions and the
RSS Forces the opportunity to participate with U.S
and U.K. forces in a series of land and sea
operations.
Major events during the exercise will include
simulated volcanic eruption associated civilian
evacuation conducted by RSS and U.K forces on
the southern part of Dominica.
The exercise will also include patrol boat training
and operations by RSS and United States forces,1
and security and medical support provided under the
auspices of the RSS.
According to USIS, a major component of
'Exercise Camile" willbeacivicactionprora e.
The United Stales Army Reserve 358th Ciivd Affairs
Team from Norristown, Pennsylvania, working
with local volunteers, will supervise and coordinate
efforts of several military units in various
projects.
These will include upgrading recreation fields,
repairs to hospital auxiliary building, harbour
clearance operations and a Public Works Ministry
ground demolition project.


1. aPirm Tihrtenialg To
So Local Manufaeturer

The United States firm, Calvin Kline, is threatening
to sue Grenadian manufacturing businesses, Deco
Industries and Grentex Ltd because goods
contracted for are not being delivered on time.
This was disclosed on March 30th by Mr Edwin De
Caul, Managing Director of the local businesses,
during a meeting held by Minister of Labour, Dr
Franaas Alexis, with workers on Mr De Caul's
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Mr De Caul told Dr Francis that some of s-
workers were not obeying instructions and did not
want to handle manufacture of difficult parts of the
garments,
He complained too of ill discipline, unnecessary
talking and late coming to work by workers.
Dr Francis told the workers his visit was an effort to
improve management/worker relations and he urged
thbe to play their part.
Management had done its part. he said, and he
pointed to installation of a ceiling in the factory,
extractor fans, a lunch room and toilet facilities, all
improvements which have been done at his request
when he visited the factory last year.

U.S.iOren da Taxe...
Exchange A9t Pfad

The United States of America/Grenada Taxes
Exchange of Information Act 1987 was passed
through all its stages at the meeting of the House of
Representatives on April 10th.
This Act gives legal effect to the U.S./Grenada
Agreement for the exchange of information with
respect to taxes, signed in Washington on 18th
December last.
Speaking on the Bill, Prime Minister Herbert Blaize
told the House that this Act will facilitate thesiteing
of the operations in Grenada of certain United States
subsidiary corporations.


An Adult Literacy Seminar will be held in Grenada
in August next.
This has been announced by the Information Section
of the British High Commission in Barbados
Specialist from the British Council. Ms. Espeth
hardy, visited Grenada early in April and held
relimi discussions in this connection with
officials of the Continuing Education Programme of
the Ministry of Education.
The Auust Seminar will be preceded by a Regional


Adult-Education Seminar in Grenada in early May
for education officials from member States of the
Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS).
The aim of the August Seminar is to train resource
personnel to conduct adult literacy programmes, and
both this seminar and the regional OECS seminar in
May are being funded by the British Development
Agency, the British Overseas Development Ad-
ministration and the United Kingdom Agency in
conjunction with the British Council.


Gremda" Represented At
Aricultral Policy Smina

Three delegates will represent Grenada at the Agri-
cultural Policy Seminar to be held at the Caribbean
Community Scretariet Headquarters in George
town, Guyana from April 22nd to 24th.
They are Dr Winston Phillip, Project Manager of the
Agricultural Rehabilitation & Crop Diversificatio
Project, Project Officer Ms. Monique Noel and
Agricultural Assistant Mr David McLeish.
Seminar participants will review progress made in
development of a regional agricultural sector
programme which has, as its main objective, the
strengthening of the regional approach to agriculture
planning and project implementation.
The seminar is expected to produce recom-
mendations for the further development of increased
co-ordination of programmes for both the crop and
live stock sub-sections with inclusion of support
services such as marketing and research.


Builder. Hold Meeting
With Minifter

Members of the building industry have made several
recommendations to improve the physical
development of Grenada.
According to the Government Informatiion Service,
these recommendations were made at a meet held
recently "ith Mr Danny Williams, Minister
responsible for Housing & Physical Planning
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18th April 1987
Printed & Published By The Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes. Journalists
Of Scott Street. St Georges, Grenada, Westindies
(P.O. Box 65: Phone [809] 440 2538: Cables. HUSON, Grenda)


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