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" Volume 15 Saturday 27th June 1987 Number 9
WemqCvY IS'ow ACT
Opposition Accuses Prime Minister Blaize of "going out of
his way to be identified with a certain other Prime Minister"
a marathon 12 hour sitting on June 26Lh, the
New National Party (NNP) Government of
Prime Minister Herbert Blaize passed into law the
controversial Emergency Powers Act (EPA).
The warm exchange of views which the debate
generated was anticipated as, in the days before the
sitting of the House, the Opposition made it clear
they were against passage of the Act.
In a press release issued on June 25th, Dr Francis
Alexis, former Attorney General and Minister of
Legal Affairs in Prime Minister Herbert Blaize's
Cabinet, accused the Prime Ministerof introducing
an Act which he (Blaize) resisted when he was in
Dr Alexis' reference is to the fact that the
Emergency Powers Act is not new. The Act now
brought to the House by Mr Blaize is the same Act
which was passed v the Adminstration of Sir Eric
Gairy in 1970. That was at a time when the
"Black Power" scare was at its eight and when Mr
Blaize was Leader of the Opposition.
The Act remained on the statute books until 1983
when, on November 15th of that year, following
the military intervention of the month before, the
newly appointed Interim Government repealed it
and substituted their own Preventative Detention
Dr Alexis' press release says that, when the Act was
debated in 1970, Mr Blaze charged thatithad room
for "more oppression than anything envisaged" in
Britain's Emergency Powers Act of 1920.
In 1970, Dr Alexis said, Mr Blaize and Mr Ben
Jones (then a Senator: now Attorney General and
Minister of Legal Affairs) opposed the Act and
walked out of Parliament in protest.
"But the same Herbert Blaize and Ben Jones who
stormed out of Parliament in 1970. rejecting the
EPA 1970". Dr Alexis says. "are the very ones now
storming in to Parliament to bring back the EPA,
word for word with all the 'oppression' Blaize saw
in it. Every single provision Blaize and Jones so
righteously objected to in 1970, they are now happy
to put into their EPA 1987".
Ar a press conference on June 25th, the Prime
Minister said the EPA of 1970 had been repealed
by the Interim Government when that Government
bad enacted its own Preventive Detention
SIN THIS ISSUE
NNP Passes Emergency
Povers Act .......... .............
"Strangers" Evicted From
Parliament----.......-- ..-......... 2
> arliamentarian .........3
Unity Proposal................ 4
Peters Elected Deputy
Patterson Hands Over
Contempt Case.................... 5
iMcGuire To Investigate
Bandeirante Affair ..........6
Miracles" Save Pastor and Son. 7
Grenada Born Painter Wins
Royal Acadamy Award......... 8
News Shorts.......................... 9
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"That Ordinance was valid only while the Advisory
Council Proclamation was in force", he said. "It is
now not in force (and) since that time we are naked
with regard to the usual provisions that are made
with regard to any emergency which might
With respect to the charge that he is now
introducing an Act which he opposed in 1970, Mr
Blaize said at the press conference that his resistance
then had been on the grounds that the Opposition
had not been given the draft Act in time for study,
and he had objected to the legislation being rushed
through all its stages
"If you get an opportunity to read the Hansard
(official Minutes of the House)", the Prime Minister
said "you will see that the thrust of my
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EICTEMD IROM PAILXAJMKNT
keakter of the House of Representatives, Sir Hudson Scipio, during the debate on the controver-
ia Emergency Powers Act on June 26th, ordered the Public alley to be cleared of"strangers,
the traditional parliamentary term for members of the public.
The incident occurred when, contrary to the rules of the House, persons in the Gallery applauded a point
made by a Member of the Opposition.
Sir Hudson warned then that, if the breach was repeated, he would order the gallery cleared but, about an
hour later, there was another burst of clapping in response to a contribution to the debate being made by a
Member of the Opposition.
opposition was against the timing. That was the
first time Grenada would have an Emergency
SPowers Act and people should have been given an
opportunity to see what was unphed'
Against the background of the oppressive Gairy
Administration of 1970. he said, there were one or
two things in the Act which he pointed out then
Might give Government the opportunity to oppress
people, but his main objection was the haste with
which the legislation was being enacted.
Introducing the Bill to Parliament on June 26th. The
Prime Minister told the House that the Preventative
Detention Ordinance is no longer valid as it died
with the dissolution of the Interim Government.
The reintroduction of the EPA, he said, is to correct
a situation in which, as far as security is concerned,
the Government is 'naked".
In the debate, however, the Opposition emphasised
its accousali that, when this Bill was introduced by
the Gary Government in 1970, Mr Blaize, then
Leader of the Opposition, resisted its passage into
In the Opposition also at that time and resting the
Bill, was today's NNP Attorney General, Mr Ben
Jones, then a Senator, and today's Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Sir Hudson Scipio, then
an elected Member of Parliament.
Dr Alexis, on the Opposition side of the Table, said
there is now no unrest in Grenada and he
questioned the need for emergency legislation.
Quoring extensively from the 1970 flansard (the
official records of Parliament). he showed that, at
that time. Mr Blaize also had questioned the need
for this legislation.
"How dare the Government bring an Emergency
Powers Act when we see no alarming indications or
signs of disturbance or riot", Dr Alexis quotes Mr
Blaize as telling the 1970Parliament,
From the 1970 Hansard, Dr Alexis pointed out also
that, at thattime, Mr laize had condemned the EPA
Sas it makes provision for "more oppression than
ian hing envisaged in the United Kingdom
Emergency Powers Act..."
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At 10.55 pm, the sub fired two torpedoes, sinking
(with a loss of 20 lives) the "Lady Nelson" and
"Umtara". both moored alongside the northern
At this point, on instructions from the Speaker, the
Sergeant-At-Arms, cleared the Gallery of some 50
or 60 persons who had been listening to the
debate. Waited O
While this was taking place, Member of the
Opposition, Mr Tillman Thomas, was on his feet
attempting to have Sir Hudson reverse his order
and, when the Speaker would not hear him, Mr
Thomas walked out of the Chamber.
When the Gallery had been cleared, Opposition
Member Dr Francis Alexis told the Speaker that it
had always surprised him that the people in the
gallery, the tax-payers who pay the politicians.
should be called "strangers".
Dr Alexis, said he appreciated the need for the
Speaker to maintain discipline, but he requested that
the public be allowed back in with, perhaps, a
At this stage. Prime Minister Herbert Blaize. moved
that the lunch adjournment be taken and, on the
resumption. spectators were again allowed in the
On the resumption, Sir Hudson told Mr Thomas
that Mr Thomas' walk out of the Chamber had been
noted but that the Speaker preferred not to construe
that action as deliberate disrespect for the
Speaker. Sad' D
Mr Thomas assured Sir Hudson that no disrespect
had been intended. The Member asserted,
however, that he felt strongly that it "was a sad day
for democracy when the people who voted for you"
should have beenlexcluded from the Chamber for a
single act of misconduct.
"I am not identfvyng with the wrong doing", he
said, "but I know that democracy is far more
important than people coming into the House and
violating the ruless.
It was on the night of Monday March 9th 1942 that
German submarine U-161, lnder the command of
Kapitanleutnant Albrecht Achilles, nosed slowly in-
to Castries harbour, St Lucia, at coning tower depth
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DA ELThe BacW Lund Pictu
The Background Picture
Daniel ("Danny") Williams, Minister
of Health and Cabinet Member in the
Government of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize,
came into the world with a tiurst for education.
Born of humble parentage on 4th November 1935,
his family's economic situation did not afford him
the benefit of a secondary education. He was
educated at the St Da- -
vids Roman Catholic T
a This article is
Primary School, and, Ths article is
not withstanding the i series of NE
handicaps he faced. views with Mei
became one of the of Representati
island's better quali-
fied teachers. At the LETTER1 o
young age of 22, he
was appointed to the
post of Deputy-Pricipal of Mount St Ervan's
Primary School in St Andrews Parish.
By that time, through correspondence courses, he
had passed the Cambridge School Certificate
Examination with exemptions from the then newly
Introduced Cambridge General Certificate of
Education (GCE> at Ordinary ("O") level, and he
also held two GCE certificates at the Advanced
"I also passed the School Management Examination
set by the Ministry of EducaLnon" lie told
NEWSLETTER in a recent interview. "This
covered the subjects of teaching agriculture and the
Education Code, and that examination had to be
passed before one was accepted as a fully qualified
But, the urge to acquire further education was
strong and, in September 1958, Mr Williams moved
to the United Kingdom where he landed a job as a
machine operator in a factory. But that job had
irregular hours which interfered with study. This
did not suit his plans.
Nevertheless, he found time to
Polytechnic College and added
British Constitutional Studies to
GCE "A" Level examinations.
his passes in the
Looking for a job with more regular hours, Mr
1' ihams ran into a problem.
"It was not easy in those days', he told NEWS-
LETTER, You would apply for a job, they would
call you for an interview and you would'present
your certificates which showed you had the paper
quAlifications' for the job but, when they saw you
were not white, they had reasons for turning you
When an opportunity presented itself to get a job in
the British Civil Service, Mr Williams together
with over 300 applicants, sat the required ex-
"I was lucky". he said. "Only the top 30 in the
examination got jobs. I was within the 30, and
being just a number to the examlersthe colour"
of my skin did not show through and I got the
This was early in 1960. The job was that of a
Counter Clerk in the General Post Office and he
found he was the only coloured person in the
Mr Williams told NEWSLETTER that, initially, his
fl fellow workers
the second in a [showed a "cold-
rSLETTER inter- ness" towards him,
SLETTER iter- but this did not last.
ers of the House The chill disappear-
s. (See NEWS- ed and, within six
h April 1987 months of taking
Sthe job, when he
Married a Gre-
nadian girl in London, the entire office staff was
present at the wedding.
"If you meet people with an open mind", he said.
"they will respond with an open mind, and I have
found this to be true in all the offices I have worked
in the United Kingdom".
While employed at the Post Office, Mr Williams,
studying part time at West London College,
successfully took the examinations for the first part
of the Bachelor of Laws (LL B) degree. A grant
from the Greater London Councif enabled him to
leave the Post Office and study full time. This was
at West London College and' the Holbor College
of Law & Languages where he completed the LL B
degree in 1967,
During that period, because of economic necessity.
he maintained contact with his Post Office
employers and, during the long vacations was able
to earn money doing part time jobs in sub-Post
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Ad f meeLinm of past and present members of the Grenada Parliament has called upon the "appropriate
authorities" to prepare, for study by the peoples of the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS),
a document relative to the proposal for OECS political unity.
That proposal, embodied in a resolution passed by OECS Heads at a summit meeting in the British Virgin
Islands on 28th and 29th Ma' last, is that there be "closer union among Member States of the Association",
and it was decided that 'a process of comprehensive consultation on the subject with the peoples
concerned" should begin immediately. ;- I no, it r,, f th, zfo i., r,,f th,
W / U n.^,uR dir itc iafttf^ oi* f f -ha cffortsB of thel~
From Pae 2
S"And now today......" Dr Alexis said, "that same
goodly gentleman ..........who I would not have
wanted to see going to the evening of his political
career this way, comes before this House and, that
same 'more oppression than anything envisaged in
the United Kingdom Act', he attempts to foist upon
Highlighting Mr Blaize s change of attitude to-
wards the PFA since he (Blaize) had opposed it
when it was introduced by Prime Minister Sir Eric
Gairy in 1970, Dr Alexis said it must be a stain on
the pages of parliamentary democracy for members
of the House to find Prime Minister laize "going
out of his way to be identfied with a certain other
Quoting from Hansard, Dr Alexis, showed that. in
11970. Mr Jones also had opposed passage of the
EPA. According to Hansard, Dr Alexi:, said,
Mr Jones told the House there was "no justification
whatsoever in passing these regulations'.
In his contribution to the debate, member of the
,ooosiuoo Mr George Brizan said political
considerations lay at the heart of Government's
move to pass the EPA. Security considerations,
he said. whatever they are, are "not substantial but
"The present regime has lost its moral authority to
govern", Mr Brizan said, "and the Government is
resolved to stay in office by petty spite and by threat
of possible force".
Mr Brizant r erred to the Prime Minster's recent
statement that members of the Opposition are
adopting the "politics of c rofrontation, which
began, Mr Blaize said in Grenada in October 1973
when members of the New Jewel Movement
(NJM) attempted to take over a Police Station by
The Duffus Commission of Inquiry said there was
no evidence to support the charge that such an
attempt had been made by the NJM or anyone else
and. referring to the Prime Minister's charge, Mr
Brizan said "the type of mind capable of making
such mirtpreesefniations is irresponsible and
S"The EPA in the hands of such an unstable mind".
Mr Bnzan said, "can be used unwittingly or
Smaliciousiv ro hurt hundreds"
I Labeling EPA as "vicious", Mr Brizan said it will
SSee PA Pane 5
1c A o LL L aLvp LprLec VI e. ZeL bL
OECS Council of Ministers to have national and
regional discussions on closer political union. the
meeting of Parliamentarians in Grenada, held on
June 24th, calls for preparation of a study doc-
ument under four heads.
First, that document should put earlier experiments
in Caribbean cooperation into historical perspective.
The document should also identify areas of
functional cooperation among OECS countries and.
thirdly, there should be an analysis of the success or
otherwise of those cooperative endeavours.
Under the fourth head, the Parliamentarians want
the document to further identify other possib! e areas
of functional cooperation with a view to deepening
and strengthening the OECS integration move-
m ent. "-.._ .. ...... ........
Mr Marcel Peters, Member of the Opposition in the
Grenada House of Representatives has been elected
Deputy Speaker of the House.
The election, which was unanimous, took place on
June 25th during the sitting of the House and was
on the nomination of Prime Minister Herbert
Mr Peters is the only member of the six-man
Opposition who was tiot previously a member of
the ruling New National Party.
In the 1984 General Elections, he was the only
successful candidate of the slate put up by Sir Eric
Gair)'s Grenada United Labour Party (GULP).
Sir Eric charged that the elections had been rigged
and instructed Mr Peters not to take his seat in the
MrPeters, however, resigned from GULP, took his
seat in the House. becoming the only member of the
Opposition and formed his own party, the Grenada
Democratic Labour Party.
Since then, Mr Peters has been joined in the
OpposiLion by five Members of the House who
have resigned from Mr Blaize's New National
Party. Recently, a Shadow Cabinet has been
formed in the Opposition (see NEWSLETTER
13.7.87) and Mr Peters has charge of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Cooperatives.
Speaker of the Senate is Sir Hudson Scipio. long
time friend and political colleague ofPrime Minister
b i --- s!
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PATTERSON HANDS OVER RADIX CONTEMPT CASE.
Chief Justice James Patterson has adjourned, to a date to be fixed, the contempt proceed ige
o be beard against Grenadian barrister, Mr Kendrick Radix.
The alleged contempt took place on June 23rd during the hearing, before the Acting Chief Justice, of case
in which Mr Radix appeared for the Defendant.
EPA From Pag,4 While he was cross-examining one of the
have adverse effects on tourism and investment, witnesses. Mr Radix was told by the Judge to allow
Outside of Grenada he said, in spite of the fact that the witness to complete her answers before
there is no unrest here, it will be thought that interrupting her and it is alleged that itwathen that
unfavorable conditions in the country have Mr Radix became contemptuous.
warranted this legislation, and he asked Gov-
ernment to delay the passing of the Bill. The charge is that, while the Judge was speaking to
Shim MrRadix interrupted the Judge, upon which
Re-plying. the Prime Minister said conditions of Mr Patterson asked him to shut up and take his
1970 were totally different from conditions of seat. No Little Boy
1987. Some people. he said, like to live in the
past without recognizing what the present says. It is said that Mr Radix neither shut up not sat
Emotional down but said, in a loud and boisterous voice,
"The present situation he said, "is that the country Listen man, let me tell you something.. I am no
is restoring the means whereby the Administration little boy, I am over 10 years old and you cant tell
can take necessary steps to protect the people and, me to hut up......."
if it did not do so and bowed to the emotional,
stridentcries.......... the same Administration could The Acting Chief Justice cited Mr Radix for
be held to be at fault ......." 'conempt in the face of the Court" and, after Mr
SRadix had been giventime to engage Council, Mr
SMr Blaize said that, in 1940, when he was Leader Carol Bristol Q C appeared for im before Mr
of the Opposition, his principal resistance to the Patterson on Friday 26th June.
EPA had been that the Gaity Administration had
given no time to the Opposition to study the Bill Citing similar cases of contempt. Mr Bristol said
before it was presented in Parliament and passed there is precedent that a judge should not preside
through all its stages at one sitting. over hearings in a case in which the alleged
contempt took place before him. On this basis, he
What is now being put before the House is the same asked that the hearing be transferred to another
Bill, he said, not something new requiring study, judge.
and. in any case, Members of the Opposition had
had the Bill in their hands for some three or four "This I will gladly do", the Acting Chief Justice
days before the sitting of the House. replied. "There is no more painful thing a judge has
to do than to preside over a matter like this".
Speaking onathe Bill, Attorney General Ben Jones
said Grenadians experience in 1987 is vastly Addressing Mr Bristol, the Actng Chief Justice said
different from that experience in 1970. In 1970, judges are no more than human and he is big
he said, there had not been the experience of the enough to apologise if his tone of voice transmitted
revolution, something which he did not intend.
Ile had been against the EPA in 1970, he said, "But what I will not tolerate", he said,- "is the
because he was convinced it was being introduced reaction which we witnessed in Court".
to be used against people to prevent them from
demonstrating and exercisng their freedom to The Acting Chief Justice told Mr Bristol he will be
assemble. advised when the case has been transferred.
I Grenada has only one other Judge, Mr Justice Lyle
S"In 1987, 'te Attorney General continued, "we St Paul. and it is expected that this case will be
have.people out.there who are attempting to impose trasferredto Mr St Paul's Court.
i f will upon the society by force of arms.' -- __'_ _
I He' b~ed this conclusion upon the fact that there are i" g
S"guns hidden in the bush", he said, guns which are
being fired off all around the country-to terrorism The earliest eruptions, in historical times, of St
people.:. .' Vincent's 4,048 foot volcanic Morne Garou, the
S te r n fr hs p soufriere" or sulphur pit, have not been accurately
This is the reason for his present poison with recorded, but the first known reference is for the
reference to the EPA, the attorneyeneral year 1718
Sand he does not apologise for this. It is for the
good of the Opposition and the good of all Writing in his personal 'Narrative", the
irenadians that he has taken this stand and, rather distinguished German traveller Baron Frederick
than criticise him, he felt the Opposition should Henry Alexander Humboldt says that, in that year,
!complement him. More Garou erupted.
The EPA was passed through all its stages with two Recorded eruptions took place on l th 1812,
minor amendments. 7th May 1902 and April 13th 1979.
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Ij| s~i ser of Civil Aviation, Mr George McGuire, has promised there will be afull investigation into the
e of the Bandeirante, an aircraft purchased by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PR) and
recently disposed of by the present New National Party Grenada Government.
The promise was made in the House of Representatives on June 26th and came in response to questions by
Opposition Member Mr George Brizan.
IThe Bandeirame,. a commuter type 18-seater turbo prop aircraft was purchased from a Brazilian
manufacturer, Empresa Braileira De Aeronatica, in December 1980 for an undisclosed price, and was
Leased by the PRG to LIAT Airways in an effort to improve air connections into Grenada, principally to
benefit the TouristIndusty
MP Im FroR P&B 3
"I had to send home money now and then", he told
NEWSLETTER, "I was brought up with my
grandmother, I could not forget her, and the part
tine jobs helped me to honour my respon-
He was also writing parts of the Bar Examinations
durig the time he was doing the LL B, he said,
and, n 1968, taking the Council of Legal Education
final Bar Examinaons, hequalified atLincolsnn
as a barrister.
Mr Williams said he did not practice in London after
he qualified but did a post-final course which,
under the supervision of practicing British lawyers,
provided "hands-on experience in the techniques
of the profession.
"I did not work for a salary as a barrister in
London", he said, "but, at Notting Hill Gate, we
formed a group of Westindian lawyers who gave
free advice to Westndians and other immigrant
people who had legal problems"
Life did not settle down for Mr Williams and his
family until late in 1969. He returned to Grenada
with his wife and children early in that year and
'hung out his shingle". but he had unfinished
personal business in London which he returned to
unalise, leaving his family in Grenada.
One piece of business was the acquiring of enough
cash to set up his practice reada and during
his stay in London for about a year, he took a good
paying job as a telephone operator where
considerable overtime could be made.
'When you get back home to a -mall country like
Grenada", he oldNEWSLETTER "you have tobe
careful how you behave. I don't have to be
governed by that now. but when you come back as
an unknown lawyer, you must have a car. You
cant take the bus to travel to the Courts or wait on
busses to get back to your othice or you will be
IThe return to his Grenada Chambers in 1970
1 opened up good prospects for success but, within a
On August 8th 1986, Leader of Government
Business in the Senate, Mr Norton Noel, in reply to
questions, disclosed that, at that time, the airraft
was being used by Grenada Airways.
Mr Noel said also that, as at June 1986, there was
still the sum of EC$1,378,643 owing on the
purchase from Empresa Brazileira De
In reply to other questions, Mr Noel made further
disclosures in the Senate on September 12th 1986.
He said then that the Bandeirante had been sold to
Grenada Airways for EC$400.000 but was unable
to say what the original price from the Brazilian
manufacturers had been.
Grenada Airways went out of business late in 1986
and Mr Brizan s questions in the House on June
26th sought to find out the date on which the aircraft
had been sold and to whom.
Mr McGuire was unable to give s ecific replies but
said the sale price had been US$ 00.000 of which
US$175,000 had been paid into a Grenada Airways
account in New York.
In reply to a supplementary question as to why the
money had been paid to Grenada Airways, the
Minister said Grenada Airways had made the sale of
the Bandeirante. Mr McGuire said he did not know
the name of the purchaser but as far as he was
aware, the plane had been sold to a company located
in Oklahoma, USA.
When Grenada Airways went out of business, the
Company reportedly left considerable unpaid debts
including the sum of EC$1.6 million due to the
Government owned National Commercial Bank.
Questions asked by Mr Brizan also sought to find.
out whether the Minister could place before the
House of Representatives audited, or unaudited,
statements of Grenada Airways' balance sheet and
income statement showing, in detail, the assets and
liabilities of the airline from the date of operation to
March 31st 1987.
Mr McGuire said he was77 not able to present these
statements but promised a full investigation into
Grenada Airways, following which he will report to
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SAV PASTOR AND SON
of a miracle
That is how Paster Roger Barcus described his rescue from an airplane accident which he and his 15 year
old son Jon survived on June 13th.
In an interview with NEWSLETTER, Pastor B arcus, 40, who has been stationed in Grenada now for a
year, said that, with Jon as "co-pilot", he had flown his Cessna 172 Skyhawk plane to St Croix early in
Purpose of the visit was to preach a revival mission for the United Pentecostal Church, of which he is a
iianister, and the opportunity was taken also to have the annual mechanical check made on the
"From St Croix, we flew north to Puerto Rico where we did some shopping for the Church and ourselves",
he said, "and, at nine o'clock on the morning of Saturday June 3th, we took off for home on what was to
be the most eventful flight of our lives".
few months, he was offered the post of Magistrate
in St Lucia.
"in those days, it was still the practice that one
should give some public service he said, "so I.
took up the post in August of 1970. While there, I
was offered the job of Senior Crown Counsel but,
in spite of the political turmoil Grenada was
exeriencing then, I moved back home in August
The next 10 years were spent in building up a
successful law practice in private chambers.
"I had no thought then of entering politics", Mr
SWilliams told NEWSLETTER, "I was an ordinary
Sfloormemberof Herbert Blaize s Grenada National
Parry (GNP) and it is purely because of a series of
coincidencesthat iam inGovernment todav" t
Those coincidences relate to the fact that, since
school days, Mr Williams has been a keen member
of the Scout Movement. He was District
Commissioner for St Davids Partsh and, in August
1984, he said, when there was so much political
activi-t in Grenada, welding the New National
Party (NNP- ) together he was in Trinidad at a Scout
He had some latitude in deciding the day on which
he would return to Grenada ,nd, when he did
decide on the day and returned, he did not follow
his usual practice of dropping in at the homes of
friends along the w ay from the airport. He drove
" Asl.dr.e into the yard", he said. 'the phone rang
and it was a call from theGNP headquarters asking
me to be on the steering committee charged with
putting together a new Party. That was the-start
of my entry into politics, and. had I chosen a later
day to return from Trinidad and had I not driven
straight home on that day. I mnav not be where I am
The first part of that flight, at 5,500 feet south-
easterly to Dominica was quite uneventful, Pastor
Barcus said, and then began the chain of events
,which led to the "miracle'.
From Dominica, following the chain of islands, the
Cessna flew more southerly, heading for Vigie
airport in St Lucia where the flight plan called for a
"In answer to my call to the Vigie tower", Pastor
Barcus told NEWSLETTER, "they advised me
that they had no fuel available. They could'nt find
the man in charge but they guaranteed fuel at
Hewanorra International Airport at the southern end
of St Lucia"
That guarantee was not satisfied. Hewanorrahad
only jet fuel. so the Cessna flew on southward,
heading for the next island, St Vincent.
"Rechecking the time flown and our fuel
consumption" Pastor Barcus relates, "I knew I had
enough left to get us to St Vincent, plus 35 to 40
miumes reserve to satisfy the requirement that a
pilot must have half an hour extra fuel calculated on
in the flight plan".
Visibility was down to about 20 miles he told
NEWSLETTER it was hazy and he had to rely on
his radio direction finder. The strength of the
radio direction beam out of St Vincent s Arnosvale
airport is very poor he said, so he decided to tune
in instead to Radio St Vincent on a frequency of 705
Kh, and "home in" on that signal".
He had used Radio St Vincent as a beacon before
utt. this time, the reading on his equipment did not
show quite right.
'The readout showed 710 Kh instead of the 707Kh
or 708Kh I usually got", he told NEWSLETTER
"I was certain I was tuned to Radio St Vincent
because it was English speaking and carrying the
usual calypso music but, to make sure, I called
another pilot who was heading in my direction. He
verified that Radio St Vincent was on the air."
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Saturday 27th June 1987
Pr 'e Royal Academy's 1987 Summer Exhibition
&Premier Prize, the 5,000 sterling Korn/Ferry
International Award, has been won by Grenadian-
born painter, Mr Denzil Forrester, 31.
Mr Forrester's painting, "Carnival Dub", which
measures some 10 feet high by 13 feet wide, is an
aeriel view of the spectacle of Carnival as it would
be viewed from a helicopter, and it captured the
Award for "a work of exceptional merit in any
SThe picture depicts Carnival's vivacity and
Movement and the noise and excitement of the
festival is suggested by the four loudspeakers
Intwtinnewd st the enrn r of the ~nnvav
The Grenada Newsletter
"It was inspired partly by the Notti Hill Carnival
in London to which Igo every year Mr Forieser
is reported as saying, "and also by the memory of
the Carnivals in Grenada when I was a
Mr Forister went to Britain in 1966 when he was 10
years old and began painting in earnest when he left
school and went to the Colverstone Youth Centre in
He progressed to two London art schools, first the
Cenitraf School and then the Royal College of
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Commenting on the
dissentions which have
rocked NNP recently
and the resignations of
two prominent Cabinet
Members and a Parli-
amentary Secretary, Mr
Williams said he is not
He does not see a
smooth path ahead, he
said, but he believes
that, eventually, things
will work out favour-
"The Government will
can-y on", Mr Williams
said, "because I believe
Grenadians are not yet
ready for elections.
These events will not
brine the Government'
down and I don't believe
those who have resign-
ed want the fall of the
they have no political
could belp them to fill
the gap. They are just
not re edfor a
The Minister of Health
said he is sympathetic
towards some of the
positions taken up by
Dr Francis Alexis, for-
mer Attorney General
and Mimster for Legal
Affairs, and Mr George
SBrizan, former Minister
for Education, before
"But I want stability'".
Mr Williams said, "and
although I may take up
a bpo.tion of I think
that, by going too far, I
run the risk of
instability, then I will
back down. I would
not want a 'Danny
Williams' feeling to
upset a national situ-
ation. The country is
still very fragile and,
for the larger national
good, I would look
lor a compromise".
three years", the
Minister said, "in spite
of financial constraints
but, with overseas help,
we have been able to
upgrade our plant and
offer vastly improved
Mr Williams told
NEWSLETTER he is
records, health econom-
ics, hospital administrat-
ion and equipment
Whatever the Ministry
may have achieved in
the physical sense, Mr
Williams said, he is
very satisfied with what
has been achieved in a
less tangible field.
It is unfortunate, he on building the "health
said, that this rift has infrastructure and health "I don't like to see
appeared in NNP now. system" but, he said, people at work looking
Members, he feels downcast and worried ,
would have~'-- --- _khe said, "I
been ., like
dhwt this fxt has appeal d
..... unforW .tnt --..
i. NNP now.... ff /
wiser -'s bouy-
to contain '- --------- ancy and
their feeligsand mi-- fendliness. I like to
sea stsd Mr Williams The Mistry of Health
mise the disseniaon util hse tin g areh nt see people looking as
closer to the M nextry s e isst te Minister sai
of H health after the Ge He feels this work and
eral sections of Dec lo eal beneficial effect andstill
could have been The &catractis nede life itsen
clear ed. 1ying to h attat needed
specialists, MrWilliams The Ministry of Health
said, but, already, the enjo those attributes
When Mr Williams island is served in the
took over the fields of patholo now, the Minister said.
of Health after the Goen- He feels this has a
eral Elections of Dec- radiology, health econ- beneficial effect and
ember 1984, the health omy and piedreatrics thatitisclearlyreflected
services stood in need where Grenada had no inthe overallefficiency
of considerable upgrad- specialists in those of every department of
,io .. .. L fields before. U., s.:
In particular, he said,
the laboratory, surgical
and orthopacdic equip-
ment is now consider-
ably advanced over
what it was when he
"We have achieved a
great deal over the past
There is also additional
specialised staff in
and in the field of the
internist, the Minister
said, and there now is
counterpart training of
Grenadians in supplies
s In smUtUry.
'Health is not just the
absence of disease", Mr
Wilhams told NEWS-
LETTER, "it is a state
of complete physical,
mental and social well
The Grenada Newsletter Satur
Ceosorhip Com tt.ee
The Minisitr of Culture has named a panel of five
rons to serve as a Censorship Committee for
Cnival 1987 which takes place on August Mon
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The Cessna flew on, with its pilot expecting to see
the north coast of St Vincent within 20 minutes,
but, when 30 minutes had passed and no land
appeared. concern grew and Pastor Barcus radioed
another pilot in the area and asked whether Radio St
Vincent was on the air.
S"He affirmed my fear, the radio station was not on
Sthe air". he cold NEWSLETTER. "There was no
1 signal coming from St Vincent that could help me.
Praying silently, I tuned to Radio Barbados on
900Kh and flew east, but I knew I did not have
enough gas to get there.'
Hope Sliping Away
Hope of an airport landing was slipping away at this
stage and father and son began to prepare for the
worst. They got out and put on the life preservers
and made ready the --man raft and Emergency
lay 27th June 1987 Page 9
day 10th and Tuesday 11th.
See Mil'a WERTH Pe E10
The plane sank within two minutes. Somewhat
shaken by the ditching, but unhurt. Pastor Barcus
and his son swam some 200 yards to the yacht and
were pulled aboard to learn that they had come
down about. 60 miles west of St Vincent. The time
was 3.45 P.M.
The "L'Orenock" was not equipped with radio.
The dramatic rescue could not bt re-
ported, and when NEWSLETT
viewed the Pastor's wife* Mrs
Marine Barcus. on the morning
of Sunday 14th June the day
after the plan i disappeared,
she had had nn news of her
husband stnc contact had been lost
with the 1 lan .
ocating Iransmitter. Short after, however, Mrs Barcus
told 'EWSLETTER her husband had
Then they lightened the plane by throwing out all .o Lphoned her from Martiniqued ha
the things they had bought in Puerto Rico, Out orning soon after his arrival there
went also the Pastor's trumpet and alto saxo .o
phone, boxes of Bibles and study books fI could halybelieveitwhenthe message came
the Churchin Grenadapersonl baggage that Roger wanted me on the phone", she sa&d, "'and
and Sunday School supplies. I could only think, 'thank God he and Jon are
"A few very short minutes later 1.
heard the engine splutter, catclutter Pastor Barcus said the "L'Orenock" had arrived at
Again and then cough its ast", Paster Martinique at 2.00 am on Sunday 14th June but it
Barcus told NEWS- was not until several hours later, and after
LETTER. "I was then at 7000 feet interviews with the officials at Fort de France that
and in a good position for a long he had been able to phone his wife.
glide ithou power and then the
miracle happened. I spotted a boat And it was not until two days later, Tuesday 16th
It was te only one we had seen in the June, that he and Jon were able to get a flight back
last our and I fired I could put the to Grenada for a reunion with the rest of the
SCessna down near to it". family
Pastor Barcus said he learned after of two more
miracles" which contributed to his rescue. The
Sboat he saw was the 37 foot yacht "L'Orenock" on
i its way home to Martinique from Venezuela. The
First "miracle" was that it was. pro'.identialy, inthat
Location because the owners, a 27 year old French
Couple. Olivver and Jose Malones. had decided to
take a direct course home instead of the usual route
Along the island chain.
SThe second "miracle was that, as reported by the
Malones. both the wind and sea had calmed down
considerably just before the plane appeared
Overhead, wagging its wings as an indication of
" We settled on the crest of a wave and the front end
Snosed in with water cascading over the windshield",
Pastor Barcus told NEWSLETTER. "Jon's door
Swas easier to operate and he was out first. Then I
i shoved mine open as hard as I could with only one
thing in mind......Get out before it sinks "
"It was a tearful time of reunion at the lobby at Point
Salines International Airport", he said, "We just ran
into each other's arms and thanked God for the
miracle rescue at sea".
Pastor Barcus' home town is St Paul, Minnesota,
but he with his family moved to Grenada last June
from Midland, Michigan. U.S.A. where he had
been in charge of United Pentecostal Church for
10 years. In Grenada, he followed in the footsteps
of another Pastor who had established the first
United Pentecostal Church on the island. Two
more have since been built.
Mrs Maurine Barcus is from Farina, Illinois. In
addition to Jon, there are two other children in the
Barcus family. Stephany, 13, and Gregory, 10.
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According to the Government Information Service
(GIS), the Committee will listen to all calypsos
before they re aired on the Government owned and
run Radio Grenada. and three criteria have been
established as follows :-
(1) Culypsos should not be vulgar, libellous,
otiscene or immoral.
(2) Calypsos should not seek to derde women in
a scanodaous manner.
(3) Calypsos must be free from politically sensitive
matters that cannot be substantiated.
Minister of Culture, Mr George McGuire, told GIS
there will not be a ban on calypsos because they are
According to the Minister, these measures have
been taken to ensure that Radio Grenada is not
nauedinan libel litigation.
SGovernment does not have any intention of
restricting the calvpsonian's right to creative
ireedom,"Mr McGiire said, and is not afraid of
Te9ache For U.S. Summer
Grenadian teachers will be among a group of
approximately 200 primary and secondary school
teachers who leave Barbados on July 11th to attend
a four-week Summer Teacher Training Institute in
Taalauassee, Florida. US A.
The Institute consists of a, specially designed
programme at Florida Agriculture & Mechanical
University and includes teaching skills develop-
ment, lesson planning, motivation of students, and
practice teaching in US schools.
SUndergraduate credits, valid towards degree
attainment, will be granted by the Institute
In addition to Grenada, teachers for the programme
will be drawn from St Lucia, St Vincent, Dominica,
Montserrat, Antigua and St Kitts,Nevis
Spectales Anembly Plt
According to the Government Information Service
(GIS). Minister of Heath Daniel Williams, has
announced that, wih ee months, Grenada is to
programme to assemble low cost
The programme is sponsored by the Pan American
Health Organisation (PAHO), the Minister said, and
a PAHO technician is to come to Grenada to train
Ministry of Health personnel.
GIS said the progamme will be phased, the first
phase being te fitting of lenses. The grinding of
lenses will come at a later stage.
Orenadian Student Wins
Medical ShooM l Awards
Louis Andre Telesford, a Grenadian student at the
St Georges University School of Medicine
graduated from the School on June 26th, winner of
three awards for scholarship and leadership.
In what a news release from the School describes as
an "unprecedented achievement, the first in the
University's eleven-year history", Telesford
received the Sir Gordon Wolstenholme Award, the
John Adriani Award and the International Student
The first two Awards are in recognition of
outstanding performances in the comprehensive
examination, both oral and written, and the third is
in recognition of his" outstanding contribution to the
development of the international character of the
Another Grenadian student, Dave Martin Purcell,
Vincentian student Ramesh B Lakhram, and
Telesford were the only three students of a class of
135 to receive the Sir Gordon Wolsienholme
To date, 17 Grenadians have graduated from the
School of Medicine and Telesford is the fourth
Grenadian scholarship student to graduate at the top
of his class.
Alva Clarke Advises
St Lucia born MrAlva Clarke, Secretary-General of
the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, has
advised Prime Minister Herbert Blaize on improve-
ment of broadcasting in Grenada.
Mr Clarke's meeting with the Prime Minister was
on June 15th and was on the invitation of Mr
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