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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday October 10th 1987 Page 7

DIDXCAL SCHOOL .1
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CONFLXET
MINISTER of "There has been dents "have some which is a private
Health, Mr tension between the measure of accom- business".
Daniel School and Project modation" with the Ters
"Danny" Williams, Hope for some Project Hope spec- Under the terms of
said at a press time", the Minister ialists who work at an Agreement with
conference on Oct- said, "and I have the General Hos- the GrenadaGovern-
ober 7th that he is said to them that pital. ment, the General
aware of con- there should be Hospital may be
troversyexisting be- peaceful coexist- "Project Hope does used by the Medical
teen the Grenada ence". not want to have School for teaching
based St Georges Problem dealings with stu- purposes and, since
University School The Minister said dents of the Medical the School was
of Medicine and the basis of the School", he said, established 10 years
Project Hope, the problem is that "they don't want to ago, its students
United States med- Project Hope vill teach them, they have been attached
ical organisation not fall in with the don't want to super- to doctors there in
which is aiding the request of the vise students of a this connection.
Grenada Govern- Medical School that Medical School
meant. the School's stu- See CONFLICT Page 1I
NC From Pag 4
was overthrown by the New Jewel When Mr Lalsingh launched the DLC in
Movement revolution of 13th March 1979. August last year, Mr Griffith was a
foundation member and said, at that time,
Mr Forsythe has been a junior Minister for he had dropped out of NJM because he
Agriculture under Sir Eric's leadership believes in "the democratic institution.
and, at the time of the overthrow, was Backgram
Minister for Works and Communications. Another foundation member of Mr
In the 1984 General Elections, he was an Lalsingh's DLC who is now a member of
unsuccessful GULP candidate and, re- the proposed NDC is Mr Michael Pitt (41).
bouncing that Party, became a foundation On the occasion of the DLC launching,
member of Mr Peters' Grenada Mr Pitt disclosed that he had lived in
Democratic Labour Party when that Party Toronto, Canada, for the past 15 years and
was launched in March 1985. that he has "an educational business
Recommen nation background".
Mr Forsythe was appointed to the Senate
on the recommendation of Mr Peters when Prominent among the members of the
Mr Peters was Leader of the Opposition. proposed NDC is Mr Michael Andrews,
President of the Grenada Bar Association,
Mr Terrence Griffith (25) was appointed a wvo was a member of Mr Brizan's NDP
Senator on the recommendation of Mr and the NNP after the merger. Mr
Phinsley St Louis when Mr St Louis was Andrews chaired the first public meeting
Leader of the Opposition. Mr Griffith held by Dr Alexis with Messrs Brizan and
was a member of Maurice Bishop's New Thomas, after their resignations from
Jewel Movement (NJM) after the 1979 NNP.
revolution and was involved in youth work
for that Party. See kNDC amg 8






Page 8 Saturday October 10th 1987 The Grenada Newsletter


OF AIDS,
S INCE THE any o0
first case of said,
AIDS was dis- do is tc
covered in Grenada what
in 1985, the island disclose
has had six con- ve ma
firmed cases of at just
which three have iceberg
died, and there are
two or three yei The
unconfirmed cases m-'
under observation. ct
Caution "impor
This was disclosed the
by Minister of Grenad
Health Mr Daniel came
"Danny" Williams vithth
at a press confer- there i
ence on October yet of
7th, but he urged been p
caution in consider- these
ing these statistics. others
"It is always Mr W
difficult to tell the this is
records on AIDS at aging


s time", he
What you can
say, to date,
has been
ed, because
y be looking
the tip of the

minister said
x confirmed
-'- all
ted", that is,
victims are
ians who
from abroad
e disease, and
s no evidence
AIDS having
passed on by
persons to
on the island
Fact
lilliams said
an encour-
fact but


should not be used
as an excuse for
complacency be-
cause, in the med-
ical world, a
multiplier of 50 to
100 is used for
every confirmed
case to estimate the
number of likely
infections in the
population.
Stressed
The Minister att-
ended the PanAmer-
ican Health Organ-
isation (PAHO)
annual meeting in
Washington from
21st to 26th Septem-
ber, and he told the
press conference
that, at that meeting,
he had stressed the
vulnerability of
Grenada to the


AIDS threat
"I made the point to
PAHO that, because
of our peculiar
position, we have to
be more concerned
about AIDS than
some other coun-
tries", he said, "and
I base this on the
fact the population
is exposed in several
areas."
One area, he said, is
Tourism, on which
Grenada depends
heavilyand which
involves a flow of
people through the
country. Another
area is that of
"Traficking", the
business carried on
See AIDS Page II


NDC From Page 7
The following is a chart of the political history of NDC membership:-

BP. GNP. GULP. (GDM. NDP. DLC. GDLP. NJM. NNP
George Brizan ________ __.
Francis Alexis ____
Tiliman Thomas ___ ___ _
Phinsley St Louis ___
Kenny Lalsingh 0 e _______
Marcel Peters ___________
Jerome Joseph ___
Pope McLean ____
Albert Forsyte
Terrence Griffith __
Michael Andrews __ ___
Michael Pitt _

BP = The Butler Party GDLP = Grenada Democratic Labour Party
GNP = The GrenadaNational Party DLC Democratic Labour Congress
GULP = The Grenada United Labour Party NJM =The New Jevel Movement
GDM The Grenada Democratic Movement NNP = Ne National Party
NDP = The National Democratic Party


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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday October 1th 1987 Pag 9
MORMONS From Page 4


the GIS release says, "there
vere two tribes in the year
600 BC vhich settled in
North CenA'al America
vwhre they lied until one
tribe vaa xte&rwr by
the other because of alleged
apostasy (and) for their sin,


At the meeting, Mrs
Throughbridge behaved
very arrogntly, the GIS
release sa:ys' She burst into
sonsg says GIS, and then
".....proceeded to read a
letter written in one of the
local papers in defence of


required information.

I've told you all I know",
Elder Southvick told
NEWSLETTER, "the
lawyers and the President
know what took place at the
meeting vith the Prime


accord Minister.
ing to fJor their sin ....tfW Wee You'll have
Sto ask
tyeormon, cursed with a black, skin the
theyverecur- Pres-
sad wit a black an flattene rOses
skin and flattened


noses. This and other
matters taught by the
Church, including the
prohibition of Blacks from
the Mormon priesthood,
were drawn t the attention
of the Elder".
Ancient History_
"While not disclaiming the
teaching", the GIS release
says, "he (Elder Through-
bridge) referred to them as
'ancient history', saying that
Blacks can nov become
Ministers".

In an interview on October
20th, another Mormon
representative, Elder South-
wick, told NEWSLETTER
that, at the meeting on
September 8th, the subject
of racial discrimination was
not discussed.
"The GIS release is correct
as far as it records what was
discussed", he said, "but as
far as the racism part about
being cursed with a black
skin and a flat nose, that's
not true, that was never
brought up at the meeting"
Work-Permits
GIS says another matter
discussed by the Govern-
ment representatives with
the Throughbridges was the
fact that non-Grenadian
Mormon Ministers were
working in the island
without work-permits.


the Mormons, and ended
her performance with a
period of violent banging
on the table ......."

According to GIS, an
apology for this behaviour
vas demanded and was
received but "....the
contents of the apology
were unacceptable".
Reconsidered
Informed sources said that,
following the meeting,
Government indicated to
Elder Throughbridge that
the Mormons would not be
allowed to remain in
Grenada, but this decision is
now being reconsidered.
In the interview with
NEWSLETTER onSeptem-
ber 20th, Elder Southwick
said that on September 11th,
Sir Fred Phillip, prominent
Caribbean barrister, had
had an interview vith
Prime Minister Blaize on
behalf of the Mormons.

Elder Southvick said he
could say no more than that
and, on the insistence of
another Elder (who did not
give his name) that "we
should not get involved",
Elder Southvick terminated
the interview saying that the
Mormon Mission President
in Barbados should be
approached for any


ident, Idontknov"


In response to a request for
a reaction to the charge of
racial discrimination laid
against the Mormon
Church, the unnamed Elder
said the activities of the
Church are sufficient
answer to that charge.

"How could ve be racist 7",
he asked. "If we are racist,
how could we be working in
Grenada ? How could we
be all over Africa?"
Detractors of the Mormon
religion brand "The Book
Of The Mormons" a fake
and give an alternate
version of its authorship.

The volume is founded
upon a religious romance
entitled, "The Manuscript
Found", the alternate
version says. That ro-
mance was written, early in
the 19th Century, by a
Presbyterian Minister of
Religion, Solomon Spald-
ing and, after his death, his
vidov took it to New York
with the hope of finding a
publisher.


By some
version says,
came into


weans, this
the manuscript
possession of


See MORMONS Pame 10


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Page 10 Saturday October 10 1987 The Grenada Newsletter


IN THE absence
of a central or-
ganisation ser-
ving the needs of the
employers of the
country, Grenada
would run the risk
of lapsing into
industrial chaos.
Acie e mennts
Mrs Angela Smith,
Executive Director
of the Grenada Em-
ployers Federation
(GEF), expressed
this opinion on Sep-
tember 28th as she
discussed, in an in-
terviev with
NEWSLETTER,
the achievements of
her organisation
which is celebrating
its 25th anniver-
sary.

"Trade Unions have
nothing to do but
service their Agree-
ments", she said.
"They can spend all


E3LE-BIRATES

A VMiBisAR


their time working
for their members
in pursuit of better
fringe benefits and
higher wages. Em-
ployers, on the
other hand, are
involved in details
of their businesses,
imports, exports
anm sales. They
cannot devote all
their time to indust-
rial relations"
Essential
Because of this, Mrs
Smith said, the Fed-
eration has filled an
essential need in the
community and,
generally, has been
able to maintain a
good working relat-
ionship vith the
trade unions.

"That relationship
has not always been
good", she said, "it
has varied, but there
are very few strikes


MORMONS From Page 9
Smith or Ugdon, one of
associates, and was used as the
vhich to fabricate the t"fantasy"
"The Book Of The Mormons".


Smith's
basis on
set out in


TOURISM From Page 6
"but I knov vhat we used to be and I am
aiming at an ideal. Tourism is a very
competitive business and, no matter
what physical attractions we develop, we
have to back them up, and we have to
make sure that taxi men, vendors,in fact,
th, entire population, has the right
attitude towards people who come to
visit us".
.... .... 6,


---~ -- -- --- -- S


in Grenada today,
and the Federation
can take credit for
helping to maintain
a calm industrial
climate which is
very important to
the economy".
Difficult
The years of the
New Jevel Move-
ment revolution,
1979 to 193, the
Executive Director
said, had been
"fairly difficult" for


her organisation.
During that time,
she said, most of the
trade unions had the
backing of the
Peoples Revolut-
ionary Government
and this encouraged
them to be extreie-
lymilitant.
Mrs Smith said the
demands made
during those years
were a little heivy
See GEF PaR 12


AIDS From Page
by a host of small traders who travel
frequently to neighboring islands. Mr
Williams referred also to students aid
other Grenadians vho live abroad ai
return home from time to time.
These circumstances, the Minister said,
increase the opportunities for making
contact with the disease and o
introducing it to the population.

Mr Williams said that he had made the
point to PAHO that, because of Grenada's
vulnerability to the threat of AIDS, m'*a
assistance should be given to the health
services in the island.
Routine
"For example", he said, "Our medical
costs have gone up became of AIDS. In
the past, if you vent to a health visiting
ration with a vound, the nurse or doctor
vould dres it as a routine matter. Nov,
the moment health personnel see someone
with a wound, for their own protection,
they reach for gloves before they touch
the patient".

Grenada has 27 Health Visiting Stations,
6 Health Centres and 3 Hospitals, the
Minister said, and extra costs have to be
faced to stock all these places with the
necessary extra material to cope with the
AIDS threat.
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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday October 10th 1987 Page 11


ACCUSED


OF


IMOCODPiT3ICE


INFORMED sour-
ces close to the
Government
owned Grenada
Electricity Services
(GES) confirmed to
NEWSLETTER on
October 7th that
GES had withdrawn
the letter of redun-
dancy issued on Oc-
tober 2nd to the
Company's Meter
Inspector, Mr Igna-
tius Whitenn.

"Whiteman will
return to his job",
the source said,
"and there is to be a
full investigation,
probably by a Com-
mission of Inquiry
vith vide powers to
l. ,ok into the
possibility of incom-
petence and fraud".
In aninterviev vith
NEWSLETTER on
October' 6th,` Mr
Dennis Campbell,
Chairman of the
GES Board of
Management; said
the Company is
concerned over un-
explained discrep-
ancies between total
power generated by
the Power Station
and the total of bills
sent to consumers.

The Chairman said
there must be some
loss of pover in
"line losses" and
about 15% is
considered normal.


Over the last year,
however, GES has
been losing some
20% and a thorough
check at the Power
Station indicated the
problem is not
there.
"We decided then to
make a physical
check of our heavy
consumers", he
said, "and we
discovered that with
the Government
consumers, the Tele-
phone Company,
the Central Water
Authority, the Inter-
national Airport,
there was no prob-
lem. We found,
however, that some
other key con-
sumers were being
underbilled by a
factor of 10%"

This underbilling,
Mr Campbell said,
was discovered
when the Com-
pany's engineers
made a physical
check of the meters
on consumers prem-
ises and found
meters had been
incorrectly read.
The Company's five
meter readers were
then called in and
asked to read a
number of meters
set before them, the
Chairman said, and
it was found that
only one meter


reader could read
all the meters
correctly.

The Accounts De-
partment was asked
for a comment on
this situation, Mr
Campbell said, and
that Department ad-
vised that, on many
occasions, the Meter
Inspector, Mr Igna-
tius Whiteman,
(who is supposed to
verify that meters
are being correctly
read), vhen asked
to check readings
made by meter
readers, had, him-


self, produced
wrong readings.
"On the basis of
this", the Chairman
said, "we could have
fired him on the
grounds of gross in-
competence, but,
because he as
worked a number of
years with the Com-
pany, we decided
we should pay him
all his redundancy
benefits and he
should get at least
EC$30,l00.

The letter sent o
&See GpSage I?


CONFLICT From Page 7
After. the military intervention of
October 1983 and the vithdrawing of the
Cuban doctors, Project Hope came to
Grenada and, since then, has provided
assistance to the medical services.

Mr Williams said that, during 1985, after
he took office following the General
elections of December 1984, there had
been no friction between Project Holpe
and the School.

"There may have been little tension in
1985" he said, "but, generally, all va|
well. In 1986, all was vell most of the
time but, every now and then there was
something. In 1987, however, it started
to show up".

The question remains, Mr Williams said,
as to why, in 1985, there was .
"conflagration", in 1986, not much, and
nov the tension has grovn. The
Minister expressed the opinion that there
must be a compromise solution and he,
thought he could find it.
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Page 12 Saturday October 10th 1987 The Grenada Newsletter

"CA.3LABAS AWARDED

"UOLDK IFOR "
T HE22-ROOM "Cala- "Calabash" has received te NEWSLETTER on Oct-
bash" hotel, located avard,the scroll says, be- ober 22nd, Mrs Jeane
on an eight acre lot cause of demonstrated Harman said that, vorld-
on Lance aux Epines bay on consistent preparation of vide, there are 132
Grenda's south coast, has fine cuisine, superb offer- members of IFWTWA, and
been awarded the "Golden ing of fine vines from one of the privileges of
Fork" by the California around the vorld and for m rship is to nominate
based International Food, "its vel informed gacious a "Golden Fork" avard.
Wine & Travel Writers and expert service".
Association (IFWTWA). P std "This avard was created
On behalf of IFWTWA, the about six years ago", she
The avard vas made at a avard vas formally pre- said, "and, to date, just 24
ceremony at the "Calabash" sented to the have been avarded".
on October 20th and, ovner/manger of "Cala-
according to the scroll pre- bash", Mr Leo Garbutt, by Hotels receiving the
sented, it is in recognition Mr & Mrs (Jmanne) Harry "Golden Fork" are located
of "the highest international Harman, vell known travel in Italy Svitaerland,
standard of the ultimate in writers and members of France, England, Havaii,
gracious hospitality and IFWTWA. The United States, she said,
memorable dining .........." and, in addition to the
In an interview with S ALAB
GiF Prom Page 10


and difficult for
employers to deal
vith", but she de-
clined to brand
them all as "un-
realistic".

I"Some of the
demands at that time
vere unrealistic",
she said, "but, to
employers, a lot of
demands seem un-
realistic. One has
to think, not only of
hov they will affect
the employer, but
how it ill affect
Grenada in the long
run. And that's
here it is necess-
ary to sit down and
carefully think the
demands through
before the Feder-
ation gives advice
or employers give
answers to the de-
mands made"

The Grenada Em-


players Federation
was established on
24th October 1962
vhen it vas
officially register-
ed under the Trade
Union Act.
GEF had 10 Found-
ation Members, and
the Executive Direc-
tor said this number
has expanded to 55
covering avide rep-
resentative cross-
section in the com-
mercial, industrial,
agricultural and
tourism fields.
Reprwsentation
"In the essential
services field", Mrs
Smith said, "our
representation cov-
ers The Grenada
Telephone Com-
1ay, The Grenada
lectricity Com-
pany, Cable & Wire-
less and LIAT


Airline".
Mrs Smith joined
the Federation as
Secretary in 1964,
two years after the
organisation vas es-
tablished. In 1967,
she was a inted
Executive Sertary
and, in that year,
became a Member
of the Federation
representing her
family's agricul-
tural interests.
Raswategd
A nav post of
Executive Director
vas created by the
Federation in 1975
and offered to Mrs
Smith. She ac-
cepted and, in the
same year vas
elected President of
the organisation, a
position she was
annually reelected
to until 1982.


Mrs Smith foresees
"great strides" a-
head for the Fed-
eration.

"There is a need for
greater member-
ship",she said, "and
the occasion of our
25th anniversary is
being taken to
publicise the Feder-
ation and the serv-
ices it gives to
employers. Behind
us, we have a
quarter century of
service ve can be
proud of and, on an
even greater scale
than before, ve are
nov geared and
poised to continue
to make our con-
tribution to the in-
dustrial vellbeing
of Grenada".
lazinEND mlagl







The Grenada Newsletter Saturday October 10th 1987 Page 13

UWIDIITE'S GMWADA

LM OPFMND
T ECHNOLOGI- an interview vith West Indies(UWI)", them towards ad-
cat develop- NEWSLETTER on he said, "Many vaced studies".
ments at the the occasion of the more of our stu- F M abl
University of the formal inauguration dents who would UWIDITE is the
West Indies have of the Grenada link have found it successor of "Pro-
opened new oppor- of the University of difficult or imposs- ject Satellite", a two
tunities for Edu- The West Indies Dis- ible to go to one of month UWI experi-
cation in Grenada. tance Teaching Ex- the University cam- meant undertaken in
periment(UWIDITE) puses vill nov have 1978. That eperi-
This opinion as ex- Link an opportunity to sit meant, the results of
pressed on October e can now link here and participate which vere favou4-
5th by Minister of up vith various in programmes able, linked the
Education Mr campuses of the which vill lead Mona, Jamaica ca-
George McGuire in University of the Se ~ DITE Pag
* ~lll l l i t I I ll l l t I l


GES From Page


Mr Whiteman on October 2nd was signed
by GES Manager Mr Gregory Boven and
charged that, as Meter Inspector, Mr
Whiteman has exposed the Company to
loss.

"Your errors have caused the Company
not to collect revenue totaling EC$1.6
million, a clear case of incompetence", Mr
Boven's letter says, "I am directed to
inform you that, effective October 5th
1987, you will be made redundant and
should immediately leave the job. All
benefits due to you will be computed and
paid after one month as per the Union
Agreement".
Reaction
There vas reaction to this letter on
Monday October 5th when employees at
the Power Station and GES Head Office
vent on an unofficial protest go-slow.

Later in that day the workers rep-
resentative, the Technical & Allied
Workers Union (TAWU) met and the
decision was taken to demand Mr White-
man's reinstatement.
Union meetings with the GES
Management brought no solution to the
situation and on Tuesday October 6th, the
decision was taken to shut down the Power
Station in protest. This action was
forestalled by the intervention of the
Labour Commissioner, Mr Percival
Louison and, in the meantime, in an
interview on the same day, Mr Whiteman
gave NEWSLETTER his side of the story.


Mr Whiteman said he is 57 years old and
gave the information that he has been with
the Company 26 years, the last 16 as Meter;
Inspector. He had no reason to doubt, te#
says, that there have been discrepancies
but it is his opinion that it is improper
application of new technology which has
resulted in losses for the Company.
Multiplication
The meters used by GES have six digits
vhich have to be read, he said. To get the
correct reading, the last digit on the right
must be multiplied by 10, he explained
and, up to 18 months ago, vben the
Company made its bills "by hand", the
billing clerks did the necessary
multiplication.
According to Mr Whiteman, GES has
nov installed bill-making computers, and
he contends that the errors in billing have
occurred because the computers have not
been programmed to multiply the last
digit by 10.
At a meeting of TAWU with GES
management on October 6th, it was
decided to withdraw the letter of
redundancy and institute an investigation,
Both the Head Office and Pover Station
were operating normally on October 7th
but Mr Whiteman vas not yet back on the
job.
He vas at home awaiting a formal letter of
ad vice from the Company.
Eankean fl> END ^n^ rame


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Page 14 Saturday October 10th 1987 The Grenada Newsletter
UWIDITE From Plae 13


pus vith the Cave
Hill, Barbados cam-
pus and the St Lucia
Extra Mural Cen-
tre.
Satelliter
The link vas acc-
omplished via tvo
NASA satellites
and, in addition to
the regional hook-
up, teleconferences
vere held vith sites
as far avay as
Havaii, the Cook
Islands and Welling-


ton, Nev Zealand.
The outcome as
that funding vas
obtained from the
United States Agen-
cy for Internat-
ional Development
(USAID) to carry
out a feasibility
study to find out
whether (and hov)
distance teaching
and "teleconferenc-
ing" could contri-
bute to region-


CA ABASH From Page 12
Calabash" there ar two in the Caribbean,
'Round Hill" in Jamaica and El San Juan"
in Puerto Rico.

Mrs Harman said she and her husband had
nominated "Calabash" for the avard and
she felt it had been accepted by IFWTWA
because of strong reasons.

"The IFWTWA Board takes into
consideration the factt that knov the
Caribbean very vell', she said, "and ve
made three points in support of our
recommendation".
Cultural In~teritV
First, she said, is the fact that she and her
husband have seen "Calabash" maintain its
high standards for over 20 years.
Secondly, the hotel has maintained the
cultural integrity of the area It "did not
succumb to chrome, glass and plastic", but
maintained the quality of the Westindies.

"The third and most important point", Mrs
Harman said, "is the hospitality. We felt
Grenada has been a very good friend of
America and visitors to the island vould
get an unconditional welcome, vhich is not
true everyhre".

Mr Harry Harman said the hospitality of
Grenada as a destination is a large part of
the basis on vhich the "Golden Fork" has
been awarded to the hotel. No matter vhat
high standards "Calabash may have
exhibited, he said, if the hotel had been
locd in an area vhich could not boast of
Grenada's general hospitality, the avard
vould not have been made.


al education
public service.

That exercise,
Caribbean Regi
Communications
Study(CARICOS
is the basis on v
USAID provide

$600,000, andU
DITE vas form
launched on M
7th 1983.

That grant cov
salaries and o
support for a t
year period
additionally,
AID ave some
$220,000 for c
munications 4
and funds
technical assist
and training.

A UWI Re
published last
ember indicates
USAID funds ar
longer available
there vil have
a revision of
lov charges ma
users of the sy
during the
perimental peri


and "There is a great
deal of support for
UWIDITE, but this
the has not yet crys-
oral tallised into cash",
s the Report says.
T), "UWI has included
which a sum of $1.5 mill-
d a ion Jamican dollars
US- (US$.28 millionJ
WI- over the last two
lly "years of the present
arch triennium and, in-
creasingly, users
are being required
ered to contribute to the
theirr cost of their pro-
hree grammes"
and, Rest
US- Highligting the
US- results of the
om- Distance Teaching
costs Experint the
for Report says that in
ance the 30 years be-
tWeen 1954 and
1984, UWI avard-
,port ed 1009 Certficates
Nov- of Education to full
that time students from
eeno 18 countries, an
and average of 33 per
to be year.
the
de to In 1985, tbh Report
stem says, after only tvo
ex- years vith students
od. from six countries
Sa UWIDITE Pam. 15


"Calabash and Grenada are tied together",
he said," and Grenada can take a lot of
credit for the avard. Had Grenada been a
place of hostile taxi drivers and an
unfriendly population, ve vould hae
recommended against the aard. All
Grenadians should take it as a personal
compliment".
Associated
"Calabash" hotel vas built about 25 years
ago by Mr Brian Thomas. He vas
associated in the venture vith Mr Charles
DeGale vho eventually assumed
ownership of the hotel. Mr Garbutt
became the ovner of "Calabash" on
September 1st 198 /
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participating in UWIDITE, 77 Certificates
of Education were awarded (an average of
over 38 per year) and there were several
more candidates still completing the course.

The Report also indicates the cost
effectiveness of UWIDITE.
Estimate
Taking into account an estimate of the cost
of study leave and staff replacement, the
Report says, it vould have cost $7.4 million
Jamaican dollars (US$1.3 million) to send
those 77 students to the Mona campus as full
time students.


costs for
the UWI- jinrag
DITE op-
erations ]
the eighteen month period beginning
Augst 1986 is about $3 million Jamaican
dollars (US$545,500)", the Report says, "so
that, in principle, the annual savings from
this one programme could meet all the
recurrent costs of UWIDITE:"
Potential
Equipment for the Grenada link of
UWIDITE vas provided by the United
States based Project Hope and, at the official
inauguration of the link ton October 5th, Dr
Robert Burastero, Project Hope Head in
Grenada, said the potential for education
and training is nov multiplied manifold by
the link.


He referred also to Project Hope's
involvement in Grenada vhen the health
services vere assisted following to
military intervention on October 1983.

Project Hope is proud of its association vitn
UWI, Dr Burastero said, and, through
UWIDITE, looks forward to working
closely vith the UWI medical campuses in
Trinidad, Barbados aid Jamaica.
IXnterest *
"Project Hope's interest is in health and
training health manpover", he said, "but th
other avenues are open in other discipline"
and there is unlimited potential for


exchange of knowledge and inform-
ation".

St Lucia is the hub of the system vhich
vorks through the international telephone
circuits of Cable & Wireless (West Indies)
Ltd, the Barbados External Telecomm-
unications Ld, Jamaica International
Telecommunications Co and Trinidad &
Tobago External Telecommunications Co.


There is a link
Jamaica via the
satellite.


between Trinidad and
INTELSAT FliT t 4


Dr Burastero said that, through joint
participation in joint training ventures in
health care in Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia
and other islands, the association between
Project Hope and UWI extends back to the
early 1970s.


On the Saturday afternoon of August 1st
1970, the motor vessel "Christena" set out
from Basseterre, St Kitts for the short run
to Nevis, immediately to the south.

Designed to carry 150 passengers,
"Christena" was flat bottomed and more
suitable for river work than the sea,
but vas overcrowded that day vith more
than 300 souls going home for the August
Bank Holiday weekend


Stramlier
Teleconfeerening rooms in the system are
equipped with microphones, loud speakers,
slov scan television equipment and a
televriter. There are also video playback
facilities and each campus site has a
scrambler vhich, allows for confidently
discussions.
I^^^th 'mmuummmu


The sea vas calm and the vind moderate
but, approaching the narrov channel be-
tveen St Kitts and Nevis, the ship began to
take vater over the ster

Suddenly, "Christena" began to roll and
within a fe short minutes sank.

The bodies of 57 persons vere identified
and 170 are missing. Onl 92 survived.
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NNP oin. IDU


The Nev National Party (NNP) of Prime
Minister Herbert Blaize has been accepted
as a member of the International Democrat
Union (IDU).

NNP vas elected tor membership on
September 24th at a IDU conference in
West Berlin vhere the party vas
represented by Dr Keith Mithe, NNP
General Secretary.
Dr Mitchell, vho holds the portfolio,of
Minister of Communications & Works in
Mr Blaize's Cabinet, reported to the
Government Information service that th
Conference vas opened by the West
GermanChancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Other delegates included Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher of Britain, and Prime
Minister Edard Seaga of Jamaica.
The conference, vhich opened on
September 23rd, ran until September 27th.


Fire AMMORffEctod Progmrame
A fire at the Mt. Hartman quarry on
September 22nd is having an adverse effect
onthe road programme.

A spokesman for the Grenada Rock,
Asphalt & Concrete Production Ltd said the
fire started in the oil boiling section and
resulted in the loss of 90 drums of bitumen.

There will be a temporary stoppage in
production of hot asphalt mix, the
spokesman said and, over the next three to
five veeks, it vill be necessary to use cold
asphalt on road vorks.

It is reported that the building housing the
asphalt plant vill have to be replaced
together vith the boiler and feed lines.


Dam is estimated
EC$150,000 and EC$200, 000


Sine 1984, 28 major areas have
electricity through the Rural
ication Programme.


received
Electrit-


This as disclosed by Dr Keith itchell in
reply toa question tabled byMr Phinsley St
Louts in te House of Representatives on
September Ih.

Dr Mitchell said the cost of this expansion
vas EC$1,393,612 and all the funds hal
been provided by Grenada Electricity
Services.


Vitor Arrivals Up
Figures released by the Department of
Tourism indicate that, i July, there was a
slight increase in the number of visitor
arrivals as compared vith the same month
lastyear.

According to the release, 6,565 stay-over
tourists visited the island in July this year
and this represents an increase of .6% over
the correspondin figure for July 1986.

In July 1987, 6,493 cruise shi pang
visited Grenada and their
together vith the spend of the 6,565 stay
over visitors is estimated at EC$7,365,930.

The average length of stay for the stay-over
visitors in July as 8.5 days. Of the total,
the hotels housed 1,403 of which 504 came
from the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM).

As compared ith July last year, there va,
in July 1987 a decline of 20% in arrivals
from CARIOM countries, but there vas
an increase of nearly 14% of Grenadian'
residentaroadgreturning ome.


"There vere 17 cruise ship calls at Grenada
at bet n during July 1987.

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NEWS SHORTS From Pae 16


I e-: Full Mniberjhipj


The Federal Republic Of Germany (FRG) is
to seek full membership of the Caribbean
Development Bank (CDB).
A release issued by the FRG Embassy in
Trinidad says that on September 21st and
22nd, at the third negotiation meeting of the
Special Development Fund (SDF), the FDG
Government declared its willingness to
become a full member of CDB and a con-
tributor to the SDF.

The amount pledged to the Fund is US$26
million.

CDB uses the SDF to make or guarantee
loans of high development priority, with
longer maturities, longer deferred
commencement of payment and lover
interest rates than those fixed by the Bank
for its orirr-'y operations.


esada,_Represented at


OAS CIECC Meeting


Senator Ben Andrews, Parliamentary
Secretary in the Ministry of Education, and
Mr Harry Ogilvie, Acting Ambassador of
the Grenada Mission to the Organisation of
American States (OAS) in Washington, rep-
resented Grenada at the 28th Regular
Meeting of the Inter-American Council for
Education, Science & Culture (CIECC)
which opened at OAS Headquarters in
Washington on October 1st.

Among persons addressing the meeting was
Mr Val McComie, OAS Assistant Secretary
General. Born in Trinidad, Mr McComie
holds Barbadian citizenship.


Chinese Aribasacdor Presents

Non-resident Ambassador to Grenada of
the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Lu
Zongqing, presented his credentials to
Governor General Sir Paul Scoon on
October 6th,

The Ambassador paid courtesy calls on


Acti:j Prime Minister ad Mistar for
External Affairs, Mr Ben Jones, and other
Ministers of Government.

According to a release from the Govern-
ment Information Service (GIS), Mr
Zongqing discussed with Minister of
Education & Social Services, Mr George
McGuire, the possibility of constructing a
10,000 seat stadium, and the proposal is to
be put to a high level Chinese delegation due
to visit Grenada in October.

Ambassador Zongqing paid courtesy calls
also on the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps,
Venezuelan Ambassador Efrain Silva, U.S.
Charge d'Affaires Mr John Leary, and Mr
Graeme Roberts, Representative in Grenada
of the British High Commission.



cr emafctna O f

Mr Livingstone Coakley, non-resident High
Commissioner of the Bahamas to Grenada,
presented his Letters of Introduction to
Prime Minister Herbert Blaize on Septem-
ber 22nd.




The Pan-American Health Organisation
(PAHO) is to fund a regional workshop to
examine the proposal that nursing schools
be moved from under Ministries of Health
and become a part of tertiary education.

According to the Government Information
Service (GIS), the proposal arises from a
recommendation of a sub-regional seminar
on Health Manpower Development held in
Antigua from 28th September to 1st Oct-
ober.
GIS reports that PAHO has agreed also to
fund Health Services and Development
workshops for health personnel in the
Organisation of East Caribbean States.
The first workshop is expected to he held
before the end of this yawr.
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NEWS SHORTS From Page 17


ACOR BAT Meeting


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Mr Ralph Bhola and Mr Anthony Isaacs,
respectively the President and Manager of
the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society
(GBCS), represented Grenada at the 8th
meeting of the Association for Cooperation
in Banana Research in Latin America & the
Caribbean (ACORBAT) held in Santa
Marta, Columbia from 27th September to
2nd October 1987.

The occasion was taken to hold a special
session of the International Network for
Improvement of Baranls & Plantains
(INIBAP), vhich organisation provides
training support and encourages coord-
ination of research on bananas.

In addition to Messrs Bhola and Isaacs, the
Windward Islands Banana Industry vas
represented at the ACORBAT meeting by
16 representatives drawn from the banana
marketing associations in Dominica, St
Vincent and St Lucia.

Power Say Frewell
Nlon-resident Canadian High Commissioner
to Grenada, Mr Noble Power, completed
his final official visit to Grenada on October
9th, just short of four years since he first
visited in October 1983.

Mr Power, who initiated several Canadian
aid projects to Grenada, was never formally
accredited to the island.

Representing a Commonvealth country, in
order to establish his accreditation, he vas
required to present Letters of Introduction
to Grenada's Prime Minister.

When Mr Pover first came to Grenada,
however, it vas immediately following the


military intervention of October 25th 1983.
There vas then no Prime Minister in office
and that post was not filled until after the
General Elections of December 1984.

.Mr Pover has been closely associated vith
Canadian aid projects covering telephones,
sewerage, the Cocoa Industry, the Central
Garage and the International.Air ort


USAID Increar ea Infra-


The US$4 million grant, made by the
United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) for infrastructure
improvements in Grenada in 1987, has been
increased by US$259,000.

According to a USAID release, the original
grant, vhich vas signed on March 13th
1987, relates to improvements in the
Tourism and Industrial fields, including
installation of a severage system in the hotel
area at Grand Anse and funding for the
Frequ.nte Industrial Park.

The amendment, signed on September 28th,
provides additional funding for the
Frequente Industrial Park vhich will cover
landscaping, provision of toilet facilities,
and renovation of buildings housing the
Park Centre.

Cwadi Aid To Fih1na
Industry
Tvelve fishermen returned to Grenada on
October 3rd from a five-veek course in
Nova Scotia Canada, and seven other
fishermen lent on October 4th for a seven
week course in Trinidad.

Both courses are sponsored by the Canadian
Training Awards Programme and cover a
vide range of relevant skills.


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NDC TO


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1 IMr GEORGE BRIZAN DESIG-
l llated Political Leader of the
Jt '-pr opposed National Democratic
Congress (NDC), disclosed in an interview
with NEWSLETTER on September 26th
that the Party will be launched formally at a
convention on October 18th.
"That convention will constitute our
National Executie by election", he said,
"and we will ratify our Party's Constitution
and Statement of Principles and Policies".
The Constitution provides for a Political
Leader, Mr Brizan said, and there will be
two Deputy-Political Leaders. In addition
to other offices, there will be a Chairman
of the Party, he said, a Deputy-Chairman
and a& General Secretary.
The six members of the Opposition in the
Grenada Hotse of Representatives form the
nucleus of NDC. Most prominent of
these are Mr Brizan, vho is Leader of the
Opposition in the House, and Dr Francis
Alexis.
Both Mr Brizan and Dr Alexis were
Political Leaders in their own right prior to
August 1984 vhen they merged their
Parties ith Mr Herbert Blaize's Grenada
National Party, creating a unified front to
fight the General Elections of December
3rd 1984.
Dr Alexis' party vas the Grenada
Democratic Movement (GDM) and Mr
Brizan led the National Democratic Party
(NDP).
Coming together, the three Parties became
the Nev National Party (NNP) led by Prime
Minister Blaize, but, with effect from last
April 14th, both Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan
resigned from NNP.


At that time, Mr Brizan held the Ministerial
portfolios of Fisheries, Education, Culture
and Co-operatives while Dr Alexis vaw
charged with the portfolios of Labour and
Legal Affairs. Additionally, Dr Alexis
held the post of Attorney General.

IN THIS ISSUE

NDC To Be Launched
October 18th .................. 1
Graham Is Chief Justice....... 2
Mormons Charged With
Racism........................... 3
New Senator Appointed........ 4
Grenaa's Tourism On
Up-swing: Andrews.......... 5
The Economy "Not Very
Bright": Toppin............... 6
SMedical School/Project
Ho Conflict......... .... 7
Six Confim Cases of
AIDS In Grenada............. 8
GEF Celebrates 25th
Anniversary.................... 10'
GES Meter-Readers Accused
Of Incompetence..............11
Calabash Avarded Golden
Fork ................. ....-... 12
UWIDITEGrna Link
Opened. -...-.................... 13
SNews Shorts ...................... 16

Before the resignations, it had been knovn
for some time that there vas friction
betveeh the Prime Minister and these tvq
members of his Cabinet. They had sniped
at Mr Blaize publicly charging the Prime
Minister with being "dictatorial", but the
final break came, principally, on the issue
of Government's policy of retrenchmnt in
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I "IIS CIEF R JSTCI
M R SAMUEL GRAHAM (75) is Grenada's new Chief Justice. According to the
Government Information Service, he was sworn in by Governor General Sir Pat$
Scoon on October 1st.


NDC From Page I
the Public Service.
Dr Alexis and Mr Brizan criticized this
policy at a meeting of the House on April
10th last, and this brought a demand from
the Prime Minister that they vithdrav their
statements or resign. Both men were
unwilling to withdraw and their
resignations were submitted to Governor
General Sir Paul Scoon on April 13th.
Resigning at the same time was another
NNP member, Mr Tillman Thomas, who
had been a member of Dr Alexis' GDM and
who was Parliamentary Secretary for Legal
Affairs and Labour.
Two other members of the Opposition are
former NNP members. Mr Kenny
Lasinghwho was identified with GNP
before the merger, resigned from NNP on
22nd May 1986 amid charges of corruption
and that he had "entered into public
controversy" with the Prime Minister.
Three months later, on 29th August 1986,
Mr Lalsingh launched his own party, the
Democratic Labour Congress (DLC), but
this Party never became active.

The other NNP resignee is Mr Phinsley St
Louis, who was a member of Mr Brizan's
NDP before the merger.

Mr St Louis, who vas Deputy Speaker of
the House, left NNP on 21st August last
year. He, too, charged Mr Blaize vith
being "dictatorial" and said he (St Louis)
had been left out of the decision making
process.
"Governmental things have been taking
place in my constituency" ,he said in an
interview with NEWSLETTER on August
23rd 1986, "and I am embarrassed because I
know nothing of them".
The sixth member of the Opposition is Mr
Marcel Peters who, in the December 3rd
1984 General Elections, von his seat on


Mr Graham was born in Trinidad and
,educated in Barbados. Headeacer at
Wesley Hall School in Grenada from 1936
to 1943 he then joined the editorial staff of
Grenada's "West Indian" newspaper for
about a year.
Migrating to Trinidad in 1944 he worked
with the "Trinidad Guardian" ewspaper,
returning to Grenada in 1946 to rejoin the
staff of the "West Indian".

During this period, Mr Graham studied law
and passed the Bar Finals in 1947. He vwa
called to the Bar at Gray's Inn two year
later and entered private practice ii
Grenada in the. same year.
Crown Attor=y
From 1953 to 1957 he served as a
Magistrate in St Lucia following which h~
took up an appointmet as Cron Attorney
inSt Kitts, holding that post for two years.

The Chief Justice V'f a Puisne Juge in
British Honduras (nov Belize) from 1966
to 1969.

Mr Graham was ap noted Chairman of the
Grenada Developit Bank (GDB) and
Grenada Industt" Corporation (GIC) in
1985. Telephone inquiries made by
NEWSLETTER 'for him to those
organizations received responses that he vas
"out", and it could not be ascertained
whether, ith his appointment as Chief
Justice, he has retained the Chairmanship of
GDB and GIC.

the ticket of Sir Eric Gairy's Grenada
United Labour Party.
Following the Electiors, Mr Peters jo*ed
Sir Eric in condemning those elections 6
"rigged" and, in protest, refused to take his
seat hen the House first meton December
28th 1984. Hechanged his mind, however,
and took his seat at the next meeting on
February 4th 1985.
"I thank God who gave me the wisdom and
See DC Page 4


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MOlRMONS CAMRWID

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T HE JOY OF THE GRENADA BRANCH
of the Mormon Church, in
celebrating an important milestone
on October 21st was tempered by im-
plications of an unresolved confrontation
between the Church and the Nev National
Party (NNP) Government of Prirm
Minister Herbert Blaize.
Exactly one hundred and sixty-four years
ago, on 21st September 1823, the Mormon
Church received its foundation when,
according to records of that Church, the
founder, Joseph Smith, was visited by a
supernatural being.
"He called me by name", Smith's testimony
claims, "and said unto me that he was a
messnr sent from the presence of God to
me, and that his name vas Maroni........
Stone Box
According to Smith, Maroni said God had a
work for Smith to do and Smith was
directed to a hill near the town of
Manchester in Ontario Country, New York,
US A. There, Smith records, he found a
"stone box" in vhich was a book, "written
with gold plates, giving an account of the
former inhabitants of this continent"
(America).

Smith was not allowed to unearth the plates
until four years later, he says, vhen, on
22nd September 1827, "...........the same
heavenly messenger delivered them to me

Smith translated these "plates"into "The
Book of Mormon", the "bible" of the
Mormons or Church Of Latter Day
Saints", and that translation is at the heart of
some of the confrontation with the Grenada
Government.
On September 8th in St Georges, a meeting
was held by to representatives of the
Mormons, Elder Throughbridge and Mrs
Throughbridge, with Senator Norton Noel,
Parliamentary Secretary and Leader of
Government Business in the Senate, and Mr
Felix Alexander, Minister of State in the
Ministry of Social Affairs.
According to a Government Information


Service (GIS) release, that meeting vas
ca"ll, in part, to seek clarification on
teachizgs of the Mormons with reference to
the Negro race, the need for clarifications
arising from certain statements in "The
Book of the Mormons".
That book teaches that, when the confusion
of languages (referred to in the Christian
Bible) took place at the Tower of Babel,
God allowed one family to continue to have
the ability to communicate with each other
and this family, the Jaredites, crossed the
Atlantic and settled on the American
continent.
PrE udice
About 600 B C, the Mormons say, another
vave of immigrants arrived in America
from Jerusalem. This second vave split
into two nations, the Nephites and the
Lamanites, and the record of the "Book Of
The Mormons" relative to the Lamanies
has given rise to a charge against the
Mormons of racial prejudice.
In chapter 3, verse 6 of the Book of Alma,
(part of the Book of the Mormons), a curse
against the Lamanites is recorded.
"And the skins of the Lamanites were dark",
the Book of Alma says, "according to the
mark vhich vas set upon their fathers,
which vas a curse upon them because of
See MORMONS Page

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Mr John DeRoche has replaced Mr
Franklyn Bullen as Government appointed
Senator and Parliamentary Secretary
responsible for Carriacou and Petit
Martinique affairs.

Mr Bullenresigned on September 30th and,
on October 1st, Governor General Sir Paul
Scoon having issued Mr DeRoche In-
struments of Appointment to the Senate, the
new Senator took his Oath of Allegiance on
the same day as Parliamentary Secretary
responsible for Carriacou and Petit
Martinique Affairs.

Mr DeRoche was born in Petit Martinique.
He passed the Pupil Teachers Examination,
holds a Junior Cambridge Certificate and
taught at the Petit Martinique Roman
Catholic Primary School from 1939 to
1946.

According to the Government Information
Service, Mr DeRoche migrated to Cayenne,
French Guyana, where he worked before
returning to Grenada 1959. In 1966, he
moved to Canada, retiring from his
employment there in 1983 and returned to
live in Carriacou.
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MORMONS from Page 3
their transgression ......."


Details of that curse are set out, as
follows, in Chapter 2, verse 21 of the
Second Book of Naphi, another part of
the Book of the Mormons :-

"........... therefore, as they were vhite,
and exceedingly fair and delightsome,
that they may not be enticing unto my
people, the Lord God did cause a skin of
blackness to come upon them".
When the Mormon representatives met
with Senator Norton Noel and Mr Felix
Alexander on September 8th, this
teaching was brought to the attention of
Elder Throughbridge.

"The Book of The Mormons teaches",
..See MORMONS Page Q


NIC rm PageJ 2
guidance to be present here today", he
said on that occasion.

As the only member of the Opposition
then (the NNP von 14 of the 15 seats in
the House), Mr Peters vas made Leader
of the Opposition and held that post until
February 16th 1987 vhen Mr St Louis
vas appointed. (Mr St Louis vas Leader
of the Opposition until September 8th
1987 vhenMr Brizanvas appointed)
Riggot
On March 6th 1985, Mr Peters launched
his ovn party, the Grenada Democratic
Labour Party (GDLP) and, at that tine,
publicly vithdrev the charge that the
1984 Elections were rigged. GDLP
never became active and Mr Peters has
nov thrown in his lot vith NDC.

In addition to the six Opposition
members, anotherer member of the
proposed NDC is Mr Jerome Joseph ho
vas a member of Mr Brizan's NDP
before the merger. Mr Joseph was an
NNP appointed Senator vho resigned last
April at the same time as Dr Alexis and
Messrs Brizan and Thomas.

Three persons nov holding seats in the
Senate are members of the proposed
NDC. They are Mr Pope McLean, Mr
Albert Forsythe and Mr Terrence
Griffith.

Mr McLean was a member of the Butter
Party (BP) in Trinidad & Tobago and
von the Point-a-Pierre seat on that ticket
in the 1950 General Elections. He
returned to Grenada in the 1960s and
became associated with the GNP but held
no public office. Mr McLean contested
the St Andrews North East seat in the
December 1984 Elections under the
banner of the NNP and vas that Party's
only unsucessful candidate. He vas
defeated by Mr Marcel Peters.

Mr Albert Forsythe (57) entered politics
when, as an independent, he won a by-
election for the Constituency of St
Johns/St Marks on 6th October 1960.
Some six months later, he joined the
Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) of
Sir Eric Gairy, remaining a member of
that party until Sir Eric's Administration
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MiWADA': ETOUI3SM

UW4BWEIG: AND0E


T TOURISM IN
Grenada is
experiencing
a positive up-swing
and the Tourism
Authorities are de-
veloping imagin-
ative programmes
to supplement the
island's natural att-
ractions of sand, sea
and sunshine.

Mrs Pauline An-
drews, Minister of
State for Tourism,
disclosed this in an
interview with
NEWSLETTER on
September 28th and
said a great deal of
emphasis is being
placed on develop-
ment of National
Parks and Nature
Centres.
Enhanced
"The Visitors Cen-
tre in the Grand
Etang Lake Nat-
ional Park has been
enhanced", she said,
"There is now a
video presentation
of Grenada's flora
and forna, explain-
ing the beach and
reef areas and
giving details of
other natural fea-
tures of the island.
In addition, the
Centre will offer
many new att-
ractions this coming
Winter Season".
These attractions
include trails with
picnic areas and bar-
b-que facilities, Mrs
Andrews said. For
those who prefer
not to go on foot,


there vill be
donkey-cart rides
and boating on the
lake.
For the bikers,
there is an inter-
esting innovation in
keeping with Gre-
nada's reputation of
being the "Spice
Island in the
Caribbean". On the
shorter trails, a
carpet of aromatic
nutmeg shells has
been laid down.

The hiker's foot-
falls, crushing those
shells, release the
aroma of nutmeg
and generate the
exotic perfume of
spice, she said.

Scenic look-out
points and bird-
watching positions
have been created,
she said, and, for
the more adventure-
some, there is the
Mount Qua Qua
trail finding up-
ward, over 2,000
feet, to the mid-
point of Grenada,
and affording a
spectacular pano-
ramic view.

The shorter Morne
La Bay trail dis-
plays the sweep of
the basin of the
Great River, drain-
ing the island's
eastern watershed
and flowing away to
its estuary close to
Grenada's second
town of Grenville.


"There is another
trail which has not
yet been completely
mapped out" Mrs
Andrews said, "This
one goes to the
'Seven Sisters"
waterfalls east of
the Nature Centre,
and bathing in the
sparkling mountain
pvols fed by these
falls is an invig-
orating experience"

Facilities at the
va't ia lls at Annan-
dale and Concord
hwe also been
enhanced, Mrs An-
drews said. At
Annandale, a "Spice
Trail" has been
created where the
visitor can see and
smell a variety of
spices growing al-
ong the path.

Changing cubicles
and toilet facilities
hwve been installed
ard, at Concord,
bridges have been
bjilt across the
river to provide
access to the upper
falls.
The Minister of
State said Tourism
in Grenada is de-
veloping satis-
factorily. Its ex-
pansion can be
gauged by the fact
that, while in 1985
the island had 580
first class rooms,
that figure has now
climbed to 743 and
is expected to reach
nearly 800 by the
end of this year.


ON


"I don't like to sveep
the bad things under
the carpet", Mrs
Andrevs said, "and,
along with the
undoubted growing
success of the In-
dustry, I must admit
we have had some
problems over the
last to years".

One of these
problems, she said,
was the behaviour
of some taxi drivers
who overcharge,
are discourteous
and make no effort
to give visitors in-
formation.
Cgwplints
Another problem is
harassment of visi-
tors by vendors,
she said, and there
have been serious
complaints about
this.

To solve these
problems, she said,
seminars have been
put on for both the
taxi drivers and the
vendors. Not only
are they educated on
the history and
background of the
island, Mrs An-
drews said, but they
are schooled in such
matters as their
mode of dress, the
way they approach
visitors, and the fact
that harassment will
operate against
them in the long

"These seminars are
being undertakeno
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TE ECONOMY


DNOT


VEIo BIerTpIT: TOPPFN
Government Depleting Sources Of Funds


MR FRED TOPPIN, MANAGING
Director of Jonas Brovne &
Hubbard Ltd, one of Grenada's
biggest firms, said in an interview with
NEWSLETTER on October 9th he sees the
island's economy as being "not very
bright".

"The obvious reason is Government does
not have any money", he said, "and inorder
to meet their commitments, they are
depleting many of the sources of funds,
such as the to Government Banks and the
National Insurance Scheme"

This is unhealthy for the country, he said,
and there is no mistaking the down-sving in
the economic trend.
False
The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Ass-
ociation is expected to pay farmers a large
dividend during the last quarter in this year,
Mr Toppin said, and this may give the false
impression there is a lot of money around,
but he predicted 1988 vill be a very "quiet
year economically and commercially.

"The construction business is always a good
barometer of the economy", he said, "and
we are still getting a fair amount of business
in the building trade, but one is tending to
see a fall off in this area."
Mr Toppin said thq present political
situation does nothelp the position as people
are not certain what the future holds, and
the inadequate service rendered by Grenada
Electricity Services is another adverse
factor.
Power Cuts
"We have been waiting for 10 years to get
electricity on a fairly continuous basis", he
said, "and last year when our Company put
down a paint plant in the south end of the
island, we were assured we would get what
is necessary in vater and electricity. Nov,
at this critical time of the year vhen we
should be producing fully, we find we have
over cuts half of the day".
It seems strange to people vho have
invested in industry in Grenada that


Government makes such loud political
boasting about nev areas in the country
being connected to the electricity system,
Mr Toppin said, vhile, at the same time,
Grenada Electricity Services cannot supply
their existing customers.
"It is clear that the opening up of new areas
in these circumstances is definitely just a
political move", he said
Decline
For the financial year ending 30th
September, the Managing Director said,
sales of Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd vere
dovn 5%. The change over to the Value
Added Tax (VAT) system will have had the
effect of shoving a decline in sales as "part
of your sales dollar belongs to the
Government", Mr Toppin said, but the
trend, generally, is down and vill continue
that vayin 1988.


TOURISM From Page 5
Mrs Andrevs said, "and, in this
connection, ve nov have funding from
the Organisation of American States to
undertake classes and a programme in
tourism development".
A training session has now been
completed for policemen vho serve at
the Port and for Immigration and
Customs officers at points of entry, she
said, and this has already begun to shov
good effect in the handling of the visitor
flow and the control of harassment.
She is extremely critical of Grenada's
standards as far as Tourism is concerned,
Mrs Andrews said, and, vhile visitors to
the island compare Grenada favourably
with other destination points, she is
avare that there has been change and
Grenadians are not as friendly as they
used to be.

"To the visitor, comparing us vith other
places, Grenada is a heaven,", she said,
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