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The UGrenad


NEWSLETTER

Volqme 15 Saturday 9th May 1987 Number 7

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AMERICANS NOT PULLING OUT
Heavier Reliance on Orenadian Expertise In Fuure


John C Leary, Charge d'Affaires of the
ted States Embassy in Grenada, has de-
nied reports that the United States commitment to
Grenada is waning.
Mr Leary was speangon Api 15th at the opening
of the Mount Gay Psychiatric Facility on the
northern outskirts of St Georges, and he said
reports that the Americans are 'pulling out" of
Grenada are untrue.
Commitment
"I assure you that nothing could be further from the
truth", he said. "While it is true that we have
suffered some reduction in our staff and expect a
further decline in the next few months, especially on
the USAID side, this reduction does not in any way
reflect a diminution of our commitment to
Grenada"
This reduction, the Charge said, is a result, in part,
of the Embassy's budgetary constraints which are
forcing maintenance of programmes with fewer
resources.,
The reduction in the number of U S technical
advisors in the island has come about, also, he said,
because, in the future, there will be heavier reliance
on Grenadian expertise in execution of the
programmes.
The Mount Gay Psychiatric Facility was built by the
United StatesAgency forlnternational Development
(USAID) at a cost of some EC$13 million and it
replaces the Richmond Hill mental asylum which
was bombed by United States forces in October
1983 when they attacked ananti aircraft gun in the
compound of that asylum.
The new Facility can cater to 80 patients and Mr
Leary highlighted the special significance of the
institution.
"The new Facility represents not only the best in
institutional heath care in the entire Caribbean", he
said, "it represents the special relationship which we
have with the Government and people of Grenada
and our commitment to them"
Mr Darnel ("Danny") Williams, Minister or Health,
spealong on this occasion, said he is uncomfortable
over "whisperings" thatU.S aid to Grenada is to be
reduced. With Mr Leary and other important
American officials present he said, he wished to
emphqsise that Grenada still needs as much
assistance as she can get.


"We are developing and putting a lot of structures
into place", he said, "and it may be that things look
very well because of the enterprise of our people,
but it does not necessarily mean that all that is
glittering is gold".
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Leary: Americans Not
Pulling Out.........................
Ne Portfolios Published........ 2
PM. Charges "Politics Of
Confrontation ............... 3
cabinet Dubbed "Clique
Of Five" .......................... 4
EEC Library Project
Nearing Completion...........5
Government On Dangerous
Ground" .......................... 6
amay Challenges Judgement. 7
avana Medical Graduates
Must Do Internship............ 8
Eastern Caribbean Suffers
Severe Drought ................. 8
evs Shorts.......................... 9

The reality is that Grenada's economy is based on
agriculture, he said, and the island looks to industry
for employment rather than from an economic point
of view.
Mai Stay
There are some areas of industry where the island
can compete, the Minister said, but agriculture is the
main stay and Grenada's principal crops take time
before giving an economic return.
"So, we need the assistance while we build", he
said, "and we would not like those who are giving
assistance to treat this lightly because, sometimes,
we do things and, later on, it costs more to
repair".
Ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to open the Facility
was done by Governor General Sir Paul Scoon in
the presence of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize,
Members of the Grenada Cabinet, Professor
Michael Beaubrun of the University of the West
Indies, representatives of the Health Authorities and
a cross section of the general ubflic..


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NEW PORTFOLIOS PUBLISHED
Five Ministers Now Instead Of Seven


ollowig recent resignations from the
A.Government, the Government Gazette, under
date of April 24th, has published details of the
portfolios of Cabinet Ministers which take effect
from 21t April 1987.
Those resignations were made on April 13th when
of Dr Francis Alexis, former Attorney General and
Minister for Legal Affairs and Labour, and Mr
Gege Brizan, former Minister for Agricultre and
Fisheries left the Goverme


Before the resignations, the Cabinet consisted of
seven Ministers headed by Prime Miniser Blize.
With the resignations, the Prime Minister has not
replaced Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan but has
distributed their potolios between two of the
.remaining Ministers.
The following table shows responsibilities of the
current Cabnet with indications of the new
deprtents allocated as a result of the
resignations.


Mra Bi.mJones


(1) External Affairs
(2) Arriculture
(3) Forestry
(4) Lands
(5) Tourism


(1) Civil A
(2) Local
3) Social
(4) Youth
(5) Sport,


* (1) Attorney General


From Dr Francis Alexis
Mr George McG re
aviation *" (1) Education
Government (2) Culture
Security- 3) Labour
Affairs (4) Coo lives
(5) Fisheries
** From Mr Georue Brizan
From Dr Francis Alexis
Mr Deany Wil liam


Jl) Health
(3) Women's Affairs
(4) Physical Plmnngw
Dr Keath Mitchell
(1) Works & Utilities
(2) Community Developmea
UK Hertt Bmai


None




None


(1) National Security None
(2) Home Affairs
(3) Carriacou & Petit Matinique Affairs
(4) Information
5) Finance
(6) Trade
(7) Industry
(8) Economic Planning
(9) Energy
The other fo members of te New National ty (NNP) in the House of Representatives have been made
Ministers of State and members of Cabinet Details of these eats are:-
1Mi EZV_ O DaL Cmmanm Wn msumm t.*


Minister of State in the Ministy of
Health & Housi.,
MrA ins>Nag Aedrw
Minister of Stae in the Ministry of
Legal Affairs. External Affairs
Agricultre and Tourism
Mi AlleyM Wak
Mimiser of State in The Ministry
of Works
Mr Felix Alexuader
Minist of State in the Ministry
of Education and Social Services


-Women's Affairs

Agriculture & Tourism


Worts

Labour
Cooperaives
Fisheries
Culture


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The Grenada Nevsletter


Saturday 9th May 1987


P.M. CHARGES

"POLITICS OF CONFRONTATION"


d ime Minister Herbert Blaize has accused three
. members of the Opposition of having embarked
on the politics of confrontation" and has warned
G-renadians that this could lead to "pain and suffer-

Mr Blaize made the charge in a national broadcast
on May 8th. Two days before, he said, the
Ministry of Health had received a letter from Dr
Francis Alexis, Mr George Brizan and Mr Tillman
Thomas, stating they would visit the General
Hospital, the Princess Alice Hospital and the St
Patrick's Clinic at certain stated hours.


"There is nothing wrong with "
visiting the Hospital to see what .. .
Soes on there". the Prime cofio
Mini-ster said, It is, however,
well known to all.......... that 6iO
there are certain times of the day
when visitors are not allowed at O v
the hospitals ........... Whythen e
should some of the Opposition
Members chose an hour when visitors are not
allowed ?"'
SSignificant
Mr Blaize said it is significant that during almost
two and a half years (since the elections of 1984
these Parliamentarians had made no attempt to visit
the mstiiutions. and he expressed the opinion that,
to find the answer to the present move by these
Opposition members, it is necessary to look back to
1973.


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"You will recall that the politics of confrontation
started at Grenville on November 18th 1973", he
said "It was on that Sunday that a few persons
travelled to Grenville with the expressed intention of
seizing the Grenville Police Stauon as their first
move to bring down the then Government. How
Sdid this all end? It ended with pain and suttering
and, after having placed Grenadians under 'heavy
manners' for four and a half years, it finally came to
an end with massacre and execution."
Mr Blaize's reference is to an incident which was
investigated by the Duffus Commission of Inquiry
into the Breakdown of Law & Order and Police
i Brutality in Grenada,
Evidence was given to the Commissioners that, on
18th November 1973, six members of the New
Jewel Movement, including the Joint Co- Ordinating
Secretaries of the Movement. Maurice Bishop and
Unison Whiteman, were severely beaten in
Grenadas second town. Grenville, by the Police
Aids, a gang of criminals recruited by the then
Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy.
Conflicting
I The details of the attack, which led to near fatal
results, were established, but there was conflicting
evidence as to the motives behind the NJM s visit
i to Grenville.
SPolice Inspector Innocent Belmar, who commanded
the Police Aids. testified he had received
information that the NJM intended to attack the
SGrenville Police Station. On the other hand, a
Grenville businessman Mr H M Bhola, told the


Commissioners he had been one of a group of
businessmen who had organized a meeting in
Grenville to which the NJM had been invited.
Protest
The purpose of the meeting, Mr Bhola said, was to
discuss a "shut down" of the island in protest
against the activities of the Police Aids,
In their Report, the Duffus Commissioners said
they are satisfied that Maurice Bishop had been
invited to attend a meeting of businessmen which
had been arranged in Grenville.
They said also, i
epolThere is no
Sof credible evidence
ationfst ed to support the
alleged rumour
on h upon which police
action was based
1 to -the effect that
... the six men, or
any one else. had
conspired to take over the State of Grenada on
Sunday November 18th 1973, and that the seizure
of the Grenville Police Station was part of such a
conspiracy .
In his broadcast on April 8th, Mr Blaize said the
strategy and objectives of Dr Alexis, Mr Brizan and
Mr Thomas seem "distressingly identical with those
of November 1973".


"The three members of the Opposition, who claim
to be part of Her Majesty's loyal Opposition", he
said, are the same ones who have now embarked,
by this approach, on the politics of con-
frontation".


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Cabinet Dubbed




SFrancis Alexis, former Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs and Labour in the New
SLNational (NNP) Government of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize, disclosed on April 28th that he
had been invited to New York to address the CaribbeaniAmerican Chamber of Industry &
Commerce.

Dr Alexis, whu resigned from Government and the NNP recently over differences with the Prime Minister,
made the di closure at a press conference called by him with Messrs George Brizan and Tillman Thomas,
both of whom had resigned at the same time.
"I was asked before I resigned", Dr Alexis said. "and I have since been assured that the invitation was to me
personally and the fact of my resignation does not alter the decision to havmeme speak.
The theme of his address was to be Economic Trends in the Caribbean". Dr Alexis said. His flight tickets
Shad not yet been received he said, but. if they did come, arrangements had been made for him to also
address Grenadians in New York.
I


"The Prune Minister is in New York and, I
understand, will be talking to Grenadians on Friday
(May 1st)" the ex-Attorney General said, "and, just
mi case he needs to be assisted with the truth I will
be there to address them on Sunday night (May
3rd).
(Dr Alexis subsequently advised NEWSLETTER
that the expected tickets from the
Carbbean'Amencan Chamber of Industry &
Commerce did not arrive in time. Nevertheless,
he did fly to New York'where, at the "Flamingo
Inn" in Bmrooklyn. he addressed a gathering of
some 300 Grenadians).
At the press conference on April 28th, Dr Alexis
referred to developments in Government since the
resignations.

Before the resignations. NNP had, in the House of
Representatives, 12 members of which 7 were
Ministers and constituted the Cabinet.
Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan were Ministers but, after
their resignations, Mr Blaize has not replaced them.
In his new Cabinet, the Prime Minister has only 5
Ministers, Mr Ben Jones, Mr George McGuire, Mr
Dannv Williams, Dr Keith Mitchell and himself.


The other four Members in the House Mrs Pauline
Andrews, Miss Grace Duncan, Mr Felix Alexander
and Mr Allevne Walker the Prime Minister has
taken into the Cabinet as Ministers of State who
Swill each be responsible to a Minister,

"With those nine of us in Cabinet". Prime Minister
Blaze said when he announced the new Cabinet,
"we have nine united much stronger than twelve
divided".
Dr Alexis told the press conference it is ohxj ous that
it is not "nine united" but a clique of five MNinisters
headed by the Prime Minister plus another four
Members in which the Prime Minister has no
Confidence.
I"If he had any confidence in them", he said. "how it
I is that he has loaded up the Ministers he has with so
I many departments and he has not given
i responsishlit for any department to any of the four
i others ?".


Mr Brizan said that, in assessing the Cabinet, it has
to be remembered that this is the Body entrusted
with management of the country's affairs and he
recalled that, in Mr Blaize's firs Cabinet after the
1984 elections. Mr Ben Jones was given the
Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Legal Affairs.
With Mr Jones in charge of Legal Affairs, Mr
Brizan said, the legal profession had many
difficulties and complaints which were not attended
to and "it had reached such a low level" that the
Prime Minister had to take the initiative and instruct
that six persons be hired immediately in the R registry
of the High Court.

Mr Bnzan said also that, when one heads a
Ministry, one must be in total control. However, he
said, Grenada's Representative to the United
Nations had made a statement in the U.N. and,
when Mr Jones was asked about it, he had been
ignorant of what had been said.
"That was the position then", Mr Brizan said, "but
now, in addition to External Affairs and Legal
Affairs, Mr Jones holds the post of Attorney
General and, on top of that, he has the formidable
Ministry of Agriculture and the sensitive industry of
Tourismm.
Based on past experiences when Mr Jones had only
two Ministries, Mr Brizan said he does not
anticipate a high level of productivity and
performance now that Mr Jones has some five or
six Departments in his portfolio.
Mr Brizan said that, at a public meeting held
recently by him with Dr Alexis and Mr Thomas in
the west coast town of Gouyave. the electricity had
been turned off in the area and there had been stone
throwing. He said also there had been
distribution of a pamphlet with propaganda against
him, that pamphlet having no identification as to
who had published it.
"I am not saying the Prime Ministerhad anything to
do with this or encouraged it", he said, "but, from
what I have been told, the tuning of of the
electricity, ne e stone throwing and publication of the
pamphlet all originated with NN .
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EEC LIBRARY PROJECT

NEARING COMPLETION

Eastern Main Road To Be Completed By 1989
Senovations to the Mr Shaw said "There were procedural one and the installation
blic Library in completion of tins problems in setting up of new water pipes in
St Georges have been project coincides with this arrangement", the thatphase".
Completed and the celebrations of the 30th EEC Delegate said,
building was officially anniversary of the "but, by and large, it Because of shortage of
opened to the public on signing of the Treaties worked so well that it Government revenue,
May 8th. of Rome (25th March was taken as the the EEC Delegate said.
1957) which created framework for the the Government has
This project is financed the EEC. Treaties of Rome when been unable to fulfil its
by the European Eco- they were signed", agreement to finance
Snomic Community "After World War II", La t purchase of the new
(EEC) and. in an he said, "Europe was Mr Shaw said the pipes. It has now been
interview with NEWS- again in chaos, but largest project financed agreed he said. that
LETTER on May 9th their e wee attempts by by the EEC in Grenada some of the Eastern
Mr Keith Shaw, 62, far-sighted European is the Eastern Main Main Road project
Delegate of the EEC statesmen to try and so Road. This project money will be used to
Commission (stationed integrate the economies was started in the late buy these pipes, lay
in Trinidad) said the of European nations, 1970s and involves them and resurface
total cost will be about particularly the heavy upgrading and resurfac- phases one and two.
EC$900 000. industry, so it would be ing of some 30 miles of
S eferihia difficult to unmesh road, 20 between St Mr Shaw expressed the
"We have already spent them and there was Georges in the south hope that, with the
some EC$750,000 on hope that this would be and Grenville in the down-turn of the
the building", he said. a sound foundation for east, and 10 between Lmted States dollar, the
"and the balance is to be ensuring peace". Grenville and Sauteurs conversion of European
spent on refutrishing of in the north. Currency Units (ECU)
furniture and fittings The first person to
and on equipment". articulate this idea. the
EEC Delegate said, was PUBLICATION
The Public Library is trains iston IN O MAT
Located on the Churchill who, in
Carenage, near to the 1946, in a public Over the next month,
Treasury, in one of the speech in Zurich, NEWSLETTR's Pub-
oldest buildings in St Switzerland. advocated
SGeorges. That build- establishment of a lishers and Printers
ing was, originally, two "United States of will be engaged in
stories for only half its Europe'. covering an epithal-
length, the Library then i i. a
being housed on the top There were no movesin amial ocason and
floor while the ground this direction until the next iSSUe Of
floor was used as a 1951, Mr Shaw said. NEWSLETTER vill
Customs warehouse. when the Coal & Steel be for he veek
Community (CSC) was eding J
I In the early 1930s, the set up. The six ending June 1
Library was given more member states of CSC
space when the upper were then France.
floor was extended for Germany, Italy, Lux
the full length of the embourg, Belgium and The project is divided will realise a higher
Building, cut stone from Holland, each state into tree 10-mile return and, even though
Sthe parapets of Fort relinquishing a part of phases. Mr Shaw said some of the project
Frederick being used its sovereignty to a the first two have been money is now allocated
for the project.- The higher Authority in completed at a cost of to unexpected expend-
lower floor continued to CC matters. about EC$4.5 million, iture on phase one, it
be used as a Customs Diputes and the third phase will will be possible to
Warehouse until after That Authority, he said. cost an equal amount. complete the remaining
the deep water pier and was composed of three two miles of phase
warehouses were con- sections. There was Initially, we are going three.
structed in 1939. an Assembly which tO do only about miles Link
was similar to a of phase three", he "By the end of May",
sad "because a hav s Shaw said,' we
The entire building. Parliament, aCommiss- said, 'because we have M Shaw said,we
under the EEC project, ion which was the had to rehash the hope to have a
has now been recon- Executing Agent of the original programme to rogainme which will
structed and both AuthoriLy and a take account of lnk in the laying of the
floors have been turned Judiciary which settled maintenance of phase pipes, the resurfacing
over for use of the disputes relative to
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Page 6 Saturday 9th May 1987 The Grenada Newsletter

Government On


I ANUUOUS GoWu nol


'T he New National Party
JL (NNP) Government of
Prime Minster Herbert Blaize
has been accused of treading on
dangerous ground as it indulges
in"fiscal experimentation
The charge was made in the
House of Representatives on
April 22nd by Mr George
Brzan. former Minister of
Education. Neie
Needed
"The main person in the Ministry
of Finance who is giving advice
is a tax collector, fie said,
"when what is needed is a fiscal
manager".
Mr Brizan, together with Dr
Francis Alexis, former Attorney
General and Minister for Legal
Affairs and Labour, and Mr
Tillman Thomas, former
ParliamentarySecretaryfor Legal
Affairs, resigned on April 13th
over disagreements with the
Prime Minister.
Api 22nd was the first time
er their resignations they
appeared i the House and they
sat with the Opposition and
criticized an amendment to the
Business Levy Act tabled by Mr
Blaize who is Minister for
Finance.

In 1985. introducing a policy of
fiscal reform, the Prune Minister
announced the abolition of
Company income tax (50% of
net profits) and the introduction
in its stead of a Company Tax of
10% on gross profits. There
was immediate unfavourable
reaction from the Business
Community and, repealing the
Company Tax Act, a Business
Levy was introduced.
SThis, too, was at the rate of 10%
of gross profits, but certain
specified expenses were allowed
to be deducted before the tax was
calculated.

The Business Levy Act did not
produce the anticipated revenue
and it was repealed. In its place
was enacted an amendment
which fixed the tax at 2.5% of on
gross sales with an exemption
i for the first EC$50 000

Discussing that amendment with
the Prime&Minister, the Chamber


of Industry & Commerce pointed
out several anomalies which,
they said, would work hardships
on sections of the Business
Community.
When, at the meeting of the
House on April 22nd, Mr Blaize
tabled the most recent am-
endment to the Business Levy
Act, he said it was to take care
of the anomalies pointed out by
the Chamber.
Details of the amendment are that
there will be no tax on the first
ECS100,000 of gross sales, on
the next ECS900,000 the tax will
be 1%, on the next EC$1 million
it wil be 1.5% and all sales over
EC$2 million will attract a tax of
2.5%.
"The Business Community is not
happy with this tax", he said,
"but we have made it clear that
we have no intention of going
back to a tax on profits because
we have had enough of tax
fidlers".
In his contribution to the debate,
Dr Alexis said he and Mr Brizan.
while they were Cabinet
Ministers, had warned the Prime
Minister that his fiscal policy
would force Government to
borrow money and bring
hardships to Grenadians. And
he was critical of the Prime
Minister's methods of dealing
with the Chamber of Industry &
Commerce.
"I asked for dialogue with the
private sector". he said. "not
autocraticarrogance",
The House had before it also a
Bill with reference to the planned
retrenchment of some 1800
persons from the Public Service,
this retrenchment being the major
cause of the resignations of
Messrs Brizan and Thomas and
Dr Alexis.
They object to this action without
the provision by Government of
retraining for the retrenchees and
assurance that the Private Sector
can provide jobs for most of
them.
Mr Brizan told the House that


putting 1800 Civil Servants "on
the street" is breaking the NNP
pledge that it would do all it
could to reduce and abolish
unemployment which was
pinpointed by the Party as the
most serious problem facing the
nation.
Violation
"Any deviation from this
pledge", he said, "is a violation
of the sacred trust between the
people and Government".
Dr Alexis referred to the fact that,
at the meeting of the House on
April 10th, he and Mr Brizanhad
spoken out against the proposed
retrenchment, and he said Prime
Minister Blaize had called onhim
to retract his statements and
apologise publicly.
"When and if I am wrong", he
said, "I don't have to be asked to
apologise. He who apologises
when he is wrong is a big man,
but he who apologises when he
is not wrong is nothing more
than a mouse".
One clause of the Retrenchment
Bill denies the retrenchees the
right of appeal which is given by
the Public Service Commission
Regulations and there was
strong condemnation of this
denial from the Opposition side
of the Table.
It was pointed out that, should a
vindictive Government use this
Bill to vent its spite on selected
Civil Servants, effecting their
retrenchment in the name of
reorganizationn", the persons
affected could not appeal against
Government's action.
This argument was not accepted
by the Government side of the
Table and the Bill was passed.
In reply to a question, the
Mister for Civil Aviation, Mr
George McGuire, told the House
that the State-owned Grenada
Airways which went out of
business late last year, now has
no assets.
He further disclosed that an
aircraft purchased from the
Brazilian Government by the
Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
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RAMSAY CHALLENGES JUDGEMENT
President Haynes Accused of "Abuse Of Judicial Privilege"
VAr lanRamsay, Jamaicanharrister who faces .TheAppeal Justices said. that, arguing thematterin
i.charge of Cont of C t of Court, lodged, on (the High Court, Mr Ramsay's Counsel had said
ril 27th, a Motion in the High Court that their readiness to start on September 16th
testing a judgement of the President of the (when Judge Patterson was out of the State), had
peal Court, Mr Justice j 0. F. Haynes. been conditional on the Maurice Bishop Murder
Trial being completed by then.
e Contemp, charges are based on the fact that Mr Decision
msay is alleged to have referred to the Maurice That being so. the Appeal Court said, it was not Mr
shop MurderTrial as a "travesty of justice" and to Patterson s refusal to grant an adjournment which
ve dubbed the Grenada High Court a "kangaroo had deprived Mr Ramsay of the services of his
urt". Counsel, but his Counsel's decision not to proceed
until the Bishop Trial had been completed.
is case has been.before the High Court since
nd .May last year and, when it came up for The Motion filed by Mr Ramsay or April 27th asks
ring last September. MrRamsay charged that the the High Court fora Declaration that the Judgement
ring dare had been fixed unilaterally by the tral wriuen by the President of the Appeal Court, Mr
Ige. Mr Justice James Patterson. Justice J ) F Haynes in this matter "constitutes a
continuing cOntravention" of his right to a fair
ptember 16th, a date convenient to Mr Ramsay hearing in the Contempt case against himn
d his Counsel. had been fixed originally, but
Ige Patterson was out of the State on that date Particular objection is taken to the part of Mr
d Mr Ramsay said the new date fixed by the Haynes' judgement which, referring to the
Ige was not convenient for the legal Counsel he contempt Mr Ramsay is alleged to have made.
Retained. proved reads in part:-
e Jamaican barrister charged that Judge "But this is not the end of the matter.
person's action, in fixing the new date There is the additional factor that there was
.laterally. and refusing to grant an adjournment. in the publications not only a general
d deprived him (Ramsay) of the constitutional attack on the constitutionality of the Court
ht tobe defended "by a legal representative of his but also what a judge at the hearing of the
n choice". Motion might well hold to be a vicious
attack on the integrity of the trial judge, on
st January, the three Justices of the Appeal Court the integrity of the jury and on the conduct
rd this matter and gave judgements against Mr of the trial as a whole".
msay.
In an affidavit attached to his Motion. Mr Ramsay
charges that Justice Haynes is guilty of "an abuse of
.IBRARY" From Pam 5 judicialprivilege".
phases one and two and the operations on phase "Speaking as he did". Mr Ramsav's affidavit says,
e. and it should all be completed within two "the Learned President created the invincible
irs from now". impression that if a trial judge took the view set
forth. it would have the Court of Appeal's approval
e EEC Delegate said EEC has aided Grenada in advance".
o in the field of overseas agricultural training, in
ticipation in trade fairs, intechnical assistance to The Motion, which was filed by Mrs Jacqueline
Ivunstry ot Finance and to the Veterinary Samuels-Brown, Jamaican barter attached to Mr
vices, in reconstruction of the Hillsboroughjetty Ramsay's Chambers, asks the High Court to
Grenada's sister island of Carriacou, in building dismiss the contempt charges against Mr Ramsay
Mirabeau Agricultural Training School. on the grounds that Mr Haynes' judgement has
mansion of the Institute For Further Education. created an 'incurable prejudice" againsthim.
rism promotion and na tariff study for Grenada Critical
:ctricitServices Mrs Samuels-Brown has herself filed an affidavit
__ _....._.."" "__ "_ which is attached to the Motion and she, too is
r' .v critical of Mr Haynes' statement.

ANGE" From Pae "Nothing more prejudicial or destructive of the
A U ROUS" ftrom Pae 6 constitutional right to a fair trial can be imagined",
she says. "as such judicial holdings would have
nt, and on which a balance of EC$1,148,870 is considerable weight with a judge................
1 owing, has been sold to a United States buyer
ECS300.000. In an interview with NEWSLETTER on April 2 7th,
Mrs Samuels-Brown said an application has been
me Minister Blaize was due to leave for the made to the Court for a date to be fixed for hearing
ited States on April 23rd for medical treatment, but that date has not yet, at that time, been
I the House was adjourned until May 8th, by arranged. Sources close to the Supreme Court
ich time it was expected that he would be back. confirmed subsequently to NEWSLETTER that this
hearing has been fixed for 29th June.
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Pag 8 Saturday 9th May 1987 The Grenada Newsletter

EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUFFERS SEVERE DROUGHT
BANANA INDUSTRY ADVERSELY AFFECTED


Tvfhe Eastern Carib-
Sbean is experienc-
ing one of the most
severe droughts on
record and this will
have adverse effects on
the Banana Industry of
the Windward Islands.
"This weather pattern is
similar to that ex-
perienced during the
severe drought years of
the 1970s says a
press release from the
Windward Islands Ba-
nanaAssociation (WIN-
BAN), "except that this
year's drought is more
intense"

The banana plant
requires at least four
inches of water per
month for vigorous
growth, WINBAN
says, but in certain
banana producing areas
of St Lucia, total
rainfall during the
months of January to
April has been less than
five inches.
Rainfall figures at the
WINBAN Research
Station at Roseau,
Dominica show that,
for January, February,
March and April, the
recorded inches of
rainfall have been 2.7,
0.4, 1.0 and 0.4
respectively.
"Grenada, St Vincent
and Dominica are
similarly affected", the
WINBAN release says.
"Government statistics
from these islands for
the first three months of
the year show that these
islands received a total
of 2.5, 2.0 and 3.7
inches of rainfall
respectively"

The banana plant is
dependant on move-
ment of water through
the soil to bring
dissolved nutrients to
its roots but, according
to WINBAN, the
reduction of this action
is not the most serious
consequences of
drought conditions.
1 Thi nrnn e mfnt


severely affected during
periods of "water
stress" is photo-
synthesis, an activity
which uses carbon
dioxide in the air, water
and sunlight for the
production of carbon-
hydrates in the plant.
WINBAN says.
"When the plant is
under severe moisture
stress", the WINBAN
release says, "the
passages stomataa) on
the leaves which allow
air to enter are closed
most of the day, thus
bringing photosynthesis
practically to a stand-
still.

The adverse results of
the severe "water
stress" now being
experienced include low
bunch weights, shorter
fingers" (individual
fruit), lower number of
inge-s" per bunch and
reduced number of
"hands" (clusters of
fruit) bunch.
Deformed
"Fingers" will also
become deformed and
extremely curved, these
curved fruit damaging
the backs of the
"fingers" in the "hands"
immediatelvabovethem
on the bunch.

WINBAN has advised
banana farmers to be
careful how they mulch
their fields during this
dry spell. Mostmulch-
ig materials, leaves
and other banana plant
residues, will have
dried out because of the
intensity of the drought
and will have lost their
effectiveness WINBAN
says. Mulch should,
therefore. not be spread
all over the soil surface
but be gathered in piles
three or four feet from
the plants.

"Most soil surface will
thus become exposed to
accept moisture directly
from any showers
which the mulch would
otherwise intercept",
the release says.


According to WIN-
BAN, severe drought
was one of the major
factors responsible for
the decline of the
Banana Industry in the
early years of the
1970s. In 1975,


WINBAN says, ex-
Sproduction in the
windward Islands hit a
record low of 91,800
tonnes as compared
with 201.900 tonnes in
1969.
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HAVANA MEDICAL
GRADUATES MUST DO
INTERNSHIP
-Ihe University of the West Indies (UWI) has
Given a "qualified bill of health" to Grenadians
who have graduated in medicine from Havana
University.
This was disclosed to NEWSLETTER in an
interview on April 27th by Mr Daniel ("Danny")
Williams, Minister for Health in the New National
Party (NNP) Government of Prime Minister
Herbert Blaize.

"UWI said that Havana University is as good as
any", the Minister said, "but they left areas open.
They said it is up to us whether we wish to accept
diplomas from that University".

Late last year, General Medical Practitioners
qualified at Havana University returned to Grenada
but were denied registration without which they
were unable to practice here.
These doctors, who began their studies under the
auspices of the Peoples Revolutionary Government
were advised originally by the Grenada Govern-
mentthat, beforethey could be registered as medical
practitioners, they would have to sit and pass
examinations set by UWI.
Mr Williams said that, in Barbados, these graduates
would have been made to sit the examinations but
another plan was put into operation.

"About four months ago", he said, "Prime Minister
Blaize met with the other Prime Ministers of the
Organisation Of East Caribbean States (OECS), and
the decision taken was that Havana graduates in
Medicine would do two years of internship and then
w ouldbe eligible for registration"

The graduates resisted this approach, Mr Williams
said. They wished to have immediate registration,
he said. but there has been no change from the
requirement of internship as the decision of the
OECS Prime Ministers was backed up by both the
Medical Association and the Registration Board.
His problem, the Minister of Health said, was to
accept these graduates into the Health Service and
povide them with salaries when there had been no
budget provision for them.

There had been 13 such graduates, he said. and
after "searching for money within the system", 10
had been employed and, he understood, others had
been taken on by other OECS Governments.
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M.NE 1SHOTS


EDP Willing To Aid
Democratization in Grenada

Dr Jocher Krebs, Economic Advisor for the
European Development Fund (EDF) has advised the
Minister for Works, Dr Keith Mitchell, that the EDF
is willing to aid the process of democratization m
Grenada.
Dr Krebs, who is resident in Trinidad, made the
announcement during a recent visit to Grenada and
said this aid will be forthcoming particularly in
providing funds for useful projects in the
country.
The Economic Advisors visit to Grenada was to
hold discussions with Dr Mitchell in connection
with the Eastern Main Road Project for which the
EDF is providing EC$11.3 million.
:Phase three of this project. road construction from
Grenville to Sauteurs, is about to begin and.
according to the Government Information Service.
Dr Mitchell says employment will be provided for
over 300 persons.


Ten Airline Apply To
Operate Into Point Saline:

Ten airlines have applied to the Ministry of Civil
Aviation for licences to operate into Point Salines
International Airport.
This was announced in the House of
Representatives on May 8th by Minister for Civil
Aviation Mr George McGuire, and he said there are
plans to improve the departure area.
Thereis now a need for additional airline desks, he
said, and funding is being sought to undertake their
installation.
The Minister said there are now six fully trained
Imeterological officers as Point Salines, and the
airport will soon be able to give a 24 hour
meterologicalservice.


Federal Republic Of


Germany To GLive Aid


The Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to
provide funds for several projects in Grenada over
the next twelve months.
According to the Government Information Service,
a spokesman for the Ministry of Social Services
says this aid will include funding for purchase of
five specially designed school busses.
Itwill also cover establislunent of Iibrarvfachtues in
St Patricks Parish, drainage in the St Georges area
and construction of a tourist shopping complex on
the Carenage in St Georges,


PFRG Offers Scholarhi I
To reanadian I

Through its Embassy in Trinidad, the Federal
Republic of Cermanv has offered several
scholarships, in variety'oftechnical and vocational
disciplines, to Grenadian students.
The courses, which will be conducted in German in
West Germany, commencing next Octoober, will be
preceded by a three month language orientation
course which will serve also as a supplementary
skill for the trainees,
The courses are expected to last from three to ten
months.


New Generator For OGES
By October

Dr Keith Mitchell, Minister for Public Utilities,
announced in the House of Representatives on May
,th that a new five megawatt generator is expected
to be installed at Grenada Electricity Services (GES)
by October next.
Dr Mitchell said a two megawatt generator was
installed recently and, when the five megawatt
equipment is put down, it will increase the GES
plant capacity to a total of 13.4 megawatts.
The Minister said the Commonwealth Fund for
Technical Co-operation is providing GES with
assistance and tie Company has sent some of its
staff abroad for training.


P.M.Say8 Compromise
Reached On Business Levy


Prime Minister Herbert Blaize announced in the
House of Representatives on April 22nd that he had
reached a compromise with the Business
Community on details of the Business Levy
Act.
This Act, winch, under Government's fiscal reform
programme replaces Company Income Tax at the
rate of 50% of net profits, has not been well
accepted by the Chamber of Industry &
Commerce.
Appearing first as a Company Levy of 10% of
gross profits, under pressure from the Busines
Community it was amended to 10% of gross
profits after deduction of certain specified
expenses.
This was found not to produce the anticipated
revenue and it was amended again to be a Business
Levy of 2.5% of gross sales over
EC$50.000.
See Nes Shorts" Pae 10


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S'NEWS SHORTS' From Pae 9

This, too, did not find favour with the Chamber
and, in discussions with Prime Minister Blaize,
several anomalies and hardships on particular
sections of the Business Community were pointed
out.
The 'compromise" amendment announced
by the Prime Minister is that there will be
no tax on the first EC$100,00 value of
sales.
On the next EC$900,000 the tax is 1%, on
the next EC$1 million 1.5% is payable and
on al sales over EC$2 million, 2.5% will
Sbe payable.
A spokesman for the Chamber told NEWSLETTER
that no "compromise" has been agreed and the
Prime Minister has been advised that the Chamber
does not accept his tax amendment as
equitable.


EngL]lylSumrvy._kha


I The Pest Management Unit of the Ministry of
Agriculture has announced that, by Septemnber
next,the United States Department of Agriculture
could declare Grenada a fruit-fly free zone.
The announcement was made to mark the
anniversauv of a survey which began on April 2ind
1986 to determine whether or not dangerous species
of the fruit-fly are present on the island.
The survey, financed by the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID), is also
being conducted in Barbados and St Vincent.
ITechnical assistance is provided by the United
States Department of Agriculture and the Inter-
American Institute for Cooperation on
Agriculture.
According to the Government Information Service
(GIS), an average of 260 traps per month have been
placed on approximately 9.800 fruit trees.
GIS says dangerous species of the fruit-fly are
known to exist on most Caribbean islands but, to
date, none have been found on Grenada.
The survey in Grenadais to last a total of 18 months
I and if, by September next, the island's record
remains te same, it may be possible to have the


United States Department of Agriculture give
Grenada preliminary fruit-fly free status.



D fgiahlg Ahmbagador
Prelnt Credenti s

Non-resident Ambassador-Designate of the
Kingdom of Denmark to Grenada, Mr Henrik Ree
Iversen, 47 presented his credentials to Governor
general l Sir Paul Scoon on April 29th.
During his stay in Grenada. Mr Iversen, who joined
the Danish Foreign Service in 1967, held
discussions with Mr Ben Jones, Minister for
Foreign Affairs.
Mr Iversen paid courtesy calls on Mr John Leary,
Charge d'Affaires of the United States Embassy in
Grenada and on Mr Graeme Roberts, Resident
Representative of the British High Commission in
Barbados.



His Sight Rstored

A six year old Grenadian boy. Aul Renaud, who
lost the sight of his left eye when he fell and cut the
cornea, was successfully operated on by a graduate
of St Georges University School of Medicine,
ophthalmogist Dr Orazio Giliberti.
Aul was rushed to the United States to take
advantage of fresh corneal tissue which had become
available and the operation was done at United
Hospitals Medical Centre in Newark, New Jersey
on April 10th.
According to a press release from the St Georges
University School of Medicine. the operation and
hospitalisation were provided free of cost to Aul's
family. Aul's father. Alistir Renaud said his
employers. an insurance company, will pay for the
air fares.
Dr Giliberti, who is Chief Resident inthe Affiliated
Eye Residency Programme of the University of
Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, has setup an
eye clinic on the Grand Anse campus of St Georges
University as an independent project of the
University.


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