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A. & C. Hughes
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IThe Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st Augut 1993 Page 8

These inJlunses qla mo rise crifeE, i8ioe 1

ibados-based Hel the Aged
Internation al (H ELPAGE)
".Ca.bbean RPae2-gioal Rep-
resernative, on Aug:it illth, exmressed
cancer in Grenada over the inmact of
United States cultural and social influences.

These influences glaOrise crine, violence
and drug, she said, and are a pre-
dominantly United Staes oriented tele-
vision culture offering little in the way of
appropriate cultural roie models and
social values to young Caribbean people-

"In passing on their wealth of skills,
knolviedge anr- experience she said, "older
people iave a veiy important role to play in
providing positive and inspiring role models
for young people."

Ms.Ball's corrmments were made as she
addressed the opening ceremony of a two-
day HELPAGE conference held under the
auspices of the Grnada HELPAGE affiliate,
Extended Care Through Hope And Op-i
timism 1(ECHO).

The conference was a continuation of a
similar exercise held in Dominica in
February lat, and Ms Bail said theseI
metings are part of a quest by Caribbean
organizations:, woring for and with older
people, to find specific goals and objectives.

The context and reality is vhich these
organizations work, and must respond; isl
constantly changing and. evoling, sheet aid,
and sle listed several realities affecting old
people in tins region.
P Sease BALI. Page 9 I

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-I I I- - I I I

kare careless dnvig anDo overtaking irnm-
properly, and 2 demerit points vwil go t.
such offences as parking m aresitcted area,
caminunnec essary obstcion andee ed-
ing the speed limit by 5 miles per hour.

1rAk&rss&sid "AhawrambsJcarinreis 6a

fWhear azr s s acrszvufr b of 18 or

he sakt he Janna swizsao r Afr 3

But the nmtorist has a. opportunity to
redeem herself, the Atton-ey Genera said.

If there is a penod of three years during
which he has a clear record with no
additional demerit points recorded against
him, his slate is viped clean.

Under the Ticketing System, wviich also
comes into effect on September 1st., al
motornst vho has been given a "ticke t by a
policeman hasr two options Dr Alexis said.
He can either pay a fixed penalty or go to
the Court and contest the charge.

If the motorist decides to pay the fixed
penalty, the Attomny( General said, no
conviction is recorded against him and he is
not awarded any demerit points.
Pleae See MOTORISTS Pagg 9

The Greada Newsletter Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 9

Cadastral Survey Nearing
Coma letion being the parishes of St Patricks and
om lotion Carriacou.

The Fiscal Cadastral Survey, launched in GIS quotes a statistical officer attached to
1991, is expected to be completed by the Survey as saying the purpose of the
December 31st next Survey is to prepare a computerised fiscal
cadastral plan for the Inland Revenue De-
According to the Government Infomation apartment.
Service (CIS), the Survey is progressing
smoothly, the only areas still to be covered This Survey will re-establish and up-grade
Pleae See NEWS SORTS Page 10

MOTORISrS from Page 8

The fixed penalty never exceeds
EC$150.00, he said, and the penalty is
always substantially less than what the
motorist would be fined if found guilty in
the Court.

As an example of this, Dr Alexis said,
the fixed penalty for speeding is
EC$150.00, while a conviction in Court
for that offence would attract a fine of
EC$1000 00 and/or 12 months in jail.

The ticketing system will not apply to all
traffic offences, he said, but will apply to
such offences as not complying with a
"no-entry" sign, improper overtaking,
improper parking, overloading and
driving without a lience.

"We hope this system will reduce the
Court's calender considerably, the
Attorney General said, "in that motor-
ists who accept they did park in the
vrong place dangerously, or whatever,
vill own up and pay the fimd penalty
rather than g to tCourt"

The Attorney General said the Act also
has provisions against vehicles vith
heavily tinted glass, provisions allowing
the police to to away vehicles under
certain conditions and provisions against
loud music from vehicles

BALL FlPm Page 8
These include the increasing numbers
of old people, economic recession,
indebtedness, and Structural Adjust-
ment Programmes being implemented
in several Caribbean countries.

Delivering the feature address, Min-
ister of Health, Phinsley St Louis, said
the present system of retiring ex-
perienced, skilled, able people at age
60 is resulting in a great vaste of
human resources.

The Minister challenged delegates to
take a national look, not only at the
destitute aged, but at the aged
generally, with a view to saving
them from a life of emptiness by
getting them into some sort of
organisation after retirement

"We must try to look, not only at
the poor, but at aging people," he
said, 0so we can get a national
organisation here skilled, ex-
perienced people, coming from
rewarding employment, vill be
available for consultation"

Inadditionto Grenada, delegates attending
the conference were dzavn from Bar-
bados, Belize, Domidnica, Jarmica, St
Vincent, St Lucia and Montserrat.

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The Grenada Nevslettdr Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 10

the property tax records which vere lost
when fire destroyed the Financial Complex
in April 1990.

Chinese Introduce Sweet Corn

An attempt is being made to introduce sweet
corn as a comnrm.ial crop in the hope of
reducingrimports and launching a boiled corn

According to the Govenanent n Information
Service (G IS), the first state of the plan was
a field day at the Cinnese Mission Agricul-
tural Station where the co-m was introduced
to local farmers.

An agronomist from the Ministry of Agri-
cultre told GIS there aredifferences be-tween
the sweet corn being introduced and locally
grown com., the principal one being the high
sugar content of the sweet con.

There is a difficuty, too, in that, with the
sweet corn, after irvessitig, there is rapid
conversion of the sugar to starch.

Sweet n om cannot be grown near to the local
corn variety, it must be harvested early in
the morning, and must be mrfiget.mted shortly

In the light of concerns expressed by
some motorists that there may be
victimisation by Police constables in
operation of the system, Dr Alexis said,
for the first six months after its imple-
mentation, the system will be admin-
istered from the rank of Corporal
upward s

New Project For Repair

The National House Repair Programmne has
undertaken a new project to assist lowI
income earners whose houses have been'
destroyed by fits.

Accorirng to a riease from the Government
Infoiraton Serice (G IS), the prognamnr
allows for EC$1,000 worth of building
materials to be given to beneficiaries under
this project.

GIS quotes an official of the House Repair
Programme as saying that, although there
has been some improvement, there is still a
problem relative to collecting refundable
money trom pe-rsons who have been
advanced sums for repair work.

Port Authority Makes

Warnin Tickets First

iDr Francis Alexis, Attorney Generl and.
Minister of Legal Affairs, has announced
that, with the coming into effect on
September 1st of the traffic ticketing system,
tickets issued during the first month w ill be
"warming" tickets onl. (See story on page

The Attorney General said this concession
has been made after consultation with the
Police Authorities and is to enable motorists
to set accustomed to the system.


A release issued on August 20th by Dr
Carlyle Mitchell, Chairman of the Grenada
Ports Authority, accuses Mr Eric Piene.,
General secretary of the Seaman & Water-
fmnt Workers Union (S WVU), with making,
"inaccurate allegations". (See story on page

Dr Mitchell says, in a public statement made
on August 18th, Mr Pierre accused the Gre-
nada Governrjent of being anti-union in that
Pleae see NEWS SHORTS Page 11

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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 11

NEWS SHORTS From Page 10
SWWU had not been invited to submit a
tender for the contract to suppy labour on St
George's docks.

The Governmenthad nothing to do with the
avard of the contract, the Chairman said,
that was done by the Board of Directors of
the Port Authority.

Additionally, DrMitchell said, SWWU vas
invited on two occasions to submit a tender.

The Authority met with the Union on May
27th last, he said, discussed a contract for
stevedoring and longshoring services and
submitted a draft to SWWU on 1st June.
On 8th June, he said, .the Union responded
to the Authority rejecting the proposed con-

The Chairman said the Authority vrote
S WWU on 28th Jue describing the Union's
rejection, as unfortunate" and stating the
Authority was left vith no option but to
advertise for a supply of labour.

The Union was told, he said, that the
Authority would welcome their tender.

USAID Helps Aged

Six Homes for th aged have received an
assortmentof supplies donated by the United
States Agency for Inte mationa Development

The supplies, which include wheel chairs,
bedside trollies, stools, blankets and bedside
curtains, were distributed to the Homes by
Minister of Social Security, Mr Edzel

Grenada In Management
Training Programte

ance Programmne, M. Margaret Williams,
Senior Assistant Sec.etary in the Office of
the Prime Minister, recently completed a
seven-veek Management TMning Pro-
gramme at the St. Augustine, Trinidad,
campus of the University of the West Indies.

Theme of the Programme vas "Quest For
Total Quality" It was attended by forty-
four senior managers in the Public Service
in the Caribbean Community and topics
discussed included job appraisal, develop-
ment administration, job rationalisation and
financial management.

English Language Workshop

For Secondary School

A serve n-day Engli
shop for thirly-fiv
teachers vil open
Minysho-- House,
West Indes (UWI)

sh Language Work-
e Secondary School
on August 23rd at
the University of the
Centre in Grenada.

Sponsored by the University and the
Canadian International Development
Agency, the workshop vill aim at
improving the quality of teaching and
learning English through the formal
system of education.

According to a release from the Govern-
ment Information Service (GIS), limited-
English proficiency of students at the sec-
ondary school level, evidenced particularly
in the results of the Caribbean Examinations
Council (CXC) "A" examinations, has
become a major and urgent national and
regional concern.

Similar workshops have already been held
in Jamaica and Trinidad, and participating
teachers are expected afterwards to organise
and conduct similar workshops in their own

Sposord by the Canadian Training Assist-

Pasw e NEWS SHORTS Pawe 12


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 12

NEWS SHORTS From Page 11
Mr.Roy Nainesingh of the UWI Faculty of
Education is the Regional Coordinator
of all English Workshops through the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and
will be the chief facilitator.



Five Grenadian educators are attending
a week-long workshop on "Improving
the Management. of the School",
organized at the Cave Hill, Barbados-
campus of the University of the West

Don't write "Weot 1
That space divides,
Let's write "Westimn
Proud symbol of orU

Indies (UWI) and opened on August

This workshop was designed to give
participants the ability to apply function-
al principles of social management to
the administration and improvement of
the institutional prograrrmne.

It vas also intended to facilitate devel-I
opment of the physical and human resources
in the institutions.

The workshop is sponsored bythe Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA)
and UWI, and is being attended by 36
participants from the Organisation of East
Caribbean States (OECS), Barbados andi
GNC Lecturers To Attend
Maths Workshop

Tvo lecturers from the Grenada National
College will attend a regional mathematics

. -" iS-a:S ity of the
West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica, campus
from 23rd to 28th August.

The aim of the workshop is to improve
effectiveness of teaching mathematics in
the region and it is sponsored by the
Canadian International Development
Agency (C IDA).

V Alister Hughes
21st August 1993

Primtd & Pubished By The Prprietor,
Alster Huges, Journalbt,
Of Scott Street, St.George GreRada, Westfdies
(P0 .Bor 65: Pmme [809] 440 2538: Cables HUD N, Grenada


The ,/


Volume 21 Saturdady 21st August 1993 Number 12

An awttmpt- to dotsrroy utioU n
organisation in the port
R- C- ERIC PIERRE Failingp tis t'h leter said, ITF vould call
SI Genit Sec utary; of the on its affiliates to tIa. solidarity action andd
Grenda S;amen Water- in a letter to SWU, IT asked to be kept
-r n Woreis Union advised.
S WWUi a,.d P ,sident of the Gr-nadja
T"de rUnionr CoLuic (ITUC), said ata press "f this letter ito Te tPnm Miniterj does
conference on:nAugnst 1gth that ChGlerda r.t have the desiid effect", SWSkiT
may be headirn for a tot s hut d- -j n s ~ n ol "-please c- th ITI
of St -George's port ce a l iL IL
T; ---.r icall for solidarity action irrmmediate-i
Thp Genetrl Secretary said the Port
Authority has adve f--" Had Not R eonded
tenders te handle labou n Mr Piene said Mr Bmrthaite hIadI
the docks. Th1 "ig e responded to the ITF letter
the h stoicall elusive nght -as resuJlt he said, under date
of SW JU t h handle dock ~ A "t 17th th Prime M
e ---M., M E rpi P-Rp -. E
labor he said;l a, i an aea"i has: --. ER PRase See THREAT Page 2
t.T. 4

LfIi mae 'Lto r1kftf Intr I I-i 1 Uina.:i
Workers 1Fedemaon ir f:r sohidarity
An Attempt To Destros
iT a fned letter to FPrme Minister
Nicholas Brath wate, dated August 6ti,
ITF said it reads the Port Authority
action as "an as& pt to desry u

The Fedenation expressed full su r for
S WWU attempt ma. intan "this eaxlirive
nghf' actnd, on behalf of its 5 million
members -"orld-wide, urgd the Pnme
aMi nisr te ttene th to secu
a negotiated settlerrunt.

lThreat To Close St George's
W arned ...... .. .. .. ...............
' Greada Banzania Producers

OECS E=xo For Granada...........
Smaller CARICOM Countries
S Need Exposire to UWI-..........
SGrenada Short Of Medical
Specialists-.................... ........... ....
SGGrenada Motorists Face
Demerit Points........................
*United States TV Slated............
UNews Shrts_ __ _....






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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 2


Unle-ss twy irnrease
iwav no choi e but to p


t es .i. Limi
S, ,Aitedo b- .yr o and 0
-marketing agn _,ts f ...:r Wi 77j :. -
Islands banaras, nas named Gre- -11
niada banana fa_.-.ers that unless i
They iiicrease proi.tion, ,_Geest : B;.
will have no choice but to pull ut .
the -barunanab .

"7V ..
IUi slad

I at Car--d. oncea a ^
t for 250 tons
when the other- M
st ien, T Lucia, t-R_

Dormnimrca are each shipping between 1,000
-an 2,000 per e ek" he said. "and it
is clear how nconomic-- that situation- is.

THREAT From Page I
ister' as been told that. iltss h too-k action
by Thursday 19th, SWW. voud ha no
alterlativ than to ask ITF irmpos san-
Cticns. against G--n rda.

ItflY hats agdEs AtS at-S -Iiar J

BTrars s Candg Apun Trkzthf & ssss
l-1z. the t- ztid .,notk'm and7te&

AmufItg w' t Ih onak; as- a sayof
cI s!ftkt r d :ettfl ar-dn aaeW

prodLuction, eest will
ul out the banana boats

Mr Rapier's wamirng was made at a press
-co-nfeirence on Aungust. 11th when he intro-
; t.duced Mr Michael Dowdail. the i
new Chainnan of the parent corn-
S!a, United Kin.dom based Geest
.n?'- u+nes (PLc.

STo -help boos the isl-an's produ tio
Gest has loa ned the Grenada Gov-
: enant EC $ million and Mr .a. er
Ssaid, he an Mr -Dowdall awei im-
presso- psed with progress
being mrade at Belvidere
EL DOWDL Estate here 350 acres of
pure-stand- bananas are being
Pl se e e BAIAA Page 3

At. pres time, Mr Pen-e told NEWS-
LETTER he a- been adv;hied' f the Port
Athont that the contact to handle lab:ur!
on te docs h-ad been awaTred to a thinj
pa.y. The GeB:_-T See_-tary sid the
Authority w--s to convene a meet.g of tha
hid pTrty i'ft S W and the Authority,
iT. lli jhad IIot Tyet been done.

An irfbrmed s-ce close T, -,e cusminess!
co.:nunityt-. told NEWSLETTER that
because the r-i t-d K as leslaon
baming "s-condary skrAas, any ITF
sanctions taken against Grnada- Will not
affect Grenada' s tide with that country.

The source vc unable to say what the]
position is Vith refeiarie to Ci-ranada's other
\^^^i"A s

The Grenada Newsletter

Saturday 21st August 1993

BANANA from Page 2
MIr Rapier referred. to tht t pose- d t he
Windvard islands EBanana Ind.usrl b. '
implementation of the Eu-rpeanm
;.Com:o1 Market (M). .

ITiPditionally-, Windwait'sbanas tlE
have enjoyed prctectionon ithe

are che enging them as being inco..nsitent of te general Ac9ereement on
Tmde m d Tariffs (GATT). A
decision -has n yet been taken, he
explained. and it is hoped the
ldifficties can be straightened out.

Britush market and pir- FI -. "On papef, the ew ECM
mission was .quired ito *.. p agr ngements for bananas
p, mport the .cheaper priced :- i remain m eect until the year
dollarr banamns r om.---... 2000 when a ne Lonme
Cental A ca. MR. WILLIE RAPIER Agreement must be negoiated., he
-aid but became of GATT n es, the high
Fom y st 1993, this management can duties against "dollaC bananas ae likely to
o an ern Rapr s, a system f b dced before that.
lincees .as introduced. Under that

system b W idan. nut (tog ether vit fruit w

rom teK o: r African, Caribbean and

ue is ssssnttcL thi

| quaity be imf

i n uql there

iPacific countries of Lome) remains du y free
fand, up to the highest tonnage shipped over
the last L six years, Yithout qu-ntatv e limit
throughout the ECM

"Dollar" b'anas on the other hand, ha- a

on 'vhich" a duty of about UU$10t.00 per
:Iton must. b That ee limit nay
be e .ceede, he said, but duty must isn b
j-paid at near USi QO. p-O r t n on the
Xsad t. -- .' <"' nn



Msf oAv ozscm s ri q.quaf-
af -; nasA r so raer
w sty w Are .- Op IV &AP

satimfed wish e sn e b__u- e Ay. ess-
0azf &naap ve am ndst&gem to Ae sh/
A seMf the hpqeks sAW"

r apier said the fight is .not yet over
because dollari banana producers, dis-
satisfied ith the ne JECM anangements,




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bananas are not going to last, Mr Rapier
Sproiuction a

roAve if we are

"d st LF in there

said, and it is essential that production and
quality be improved if "we are to get 3 -
there and stay! m Ite ".

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if o ith AaguA t 1973
L481s 1issma

Psya, e la Adamce|
iPostF Paidu By Se te. Cla Airmail
(laialA Pos iuAGrenada)

1h1t IsPues 11 G0 fl0o$

20 laws $2107730 $ 77)00

14) Imu $390.00 $1460J0
Abou 20 Issues Published Annually

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 4

StrviR E txctMAn A
striing for ExceECEne

SMinister of Agriculture and
JJ Trmd ad. tmouiced at a press
conference. on A'ugust. 20th
-at the tghiJ Oranisrsation of I-t Cawfb-
bean States (OECS) Trae Exposition vill
take place in Grenada- :e.- t ar.

companies ad. risen to 170 and there were
375 buyers in attendance.

These exhibiting: compamnes, hE said, were
based. ni .t only m te -OES countmnes, but
irna Jani rdca. nida. Barbados,
MIGu._yana amd Belize.

Imuif&t-rf$ I&mnu t&P- qafut _t Q W
"Cs ajw7?Ka hwne Kresn .Re t?& fMW di- m 19 re mpv-^
Saw^nwat tr c? rr rontr e
SB EC$, Ce.t_ adton" to -.n
hw? the eswonI _Iwa" nara of ow- fr-

T'he RO.: win A :-,.!:tz "
$k gmn of4;jyL.
EC$i1.075 million V
towards this pro- rMm !
ijec Mr Biizan Ar v
said. -and the r'Gm- :-- ..
nada 'ovennrent v i i MR- GEORGE BRIZAN t? tjaIi;-_
provide the balance.

SThe Minister said the TrJde Centre will be
located on a 28 acre ot at Mome Rouge mi
the hotel area. The tuning of the sod to
Launch construction vold take place vithimi
!a few days ard the Centn is expected to be
completed by April 1994.

Grernada-born Mr Justin Vincent, Eaec utive
Director of the Dominica-based Eastern
Canbbean Stats Export .Developrment
Agency (ECS EDA) as in renada to
launch the local comm-ittee for orgamsation
of OECS CariTbbea Expo 1994.

IAddressinr the press conference, he said the
two preceding e positions had been held. i
ntigua. Te f st. vas in 1988 when
tLheI had been 90 eiibitors and qihe second.
in 1991 when the number of exhibit

The sales target of the 1991 exposition tas
about EC$1 million the Executive Dictor
said, and actual sales had totaled EC $1.25
ilo. sales r E- E po 1994 is
some EC $1.75 to EC $2 million.

Pstdan* o.2f" -f wkim r m &- &W

affrBagkct hsaa4 gra rdat sdmAmk6
done fti tie quafirofsuzamgerwnt anf
rarskunaBssijis Se OECSrrachsan

This is a particular concern of his, Mr
Vincent said, and it is with this is mind that
"Striving For Ixcellence" has been chosen!
as the theme of ihe exposition. Also in
this cormection, he said, the exposition will
host a series of seminars for manufacturers.
Pl.aSes e EXPOPag 5

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st August 1993 Page 5

The need r food processing tEc-kwroyi is as
qreat the sfalter island s

va .. Con.-irssiong, lecturer in
Foo ecog at the St.
Aucgstine, Trinidad -capus of
the University of the -Wes Indies (Uj),
said in Grnada on August 16th that, in the
field of Food T nology, the smaller
member stats of the Caribbean iComunityi
(CARICOM) havPe not had sufficient ex-
posurs to U WI.7

"Agncies hawe funded UWI workshops
in the larger islands and invited small
numbers of people from the smaller
islands to attend he said, "vhich oeans
1you haw limited exposure of the small
island person."

Dr Coqmrsissiong's itmIarks wer made in
anin terviev with NEWSLETTER follow-
ing thie ope-ing cei-rnvny of a one-veek
Food Proc.essin Technology Coune soon-

scored by the Office of University Services
(OUS) and the Upated States Agency For
International Development (USAID).

The nimding agencies ifel that, in the larger
islands, the re re mre people involved in
cottage industrnes than there are in the
smIaller islands, is said. That may be true,
he continued, bui the need for food pro-
cessing techrnologyv is as great in the smaller
islands, and the course in Grenada vas a
step tovanas filling this need.

To date, Dr Corr-rissiong said, UWI has
orgaitsed thee courses m this field. Two
ven? in Barbados and Jamoaica, and vem
sponsoimd by th International Developnent
Bak and the Caribbean A-ssociation of
Industry mad Commnirce.

The thiAr j a held in Trinidad sponsored
Please see CARICOM Pare 6

EXPO From Pa'g 4
The E~cutive Diractor said in addit-
lion to the explosion, vhich vill take
place from une 30h to Juy 3rd,
there vill he3 a display of other
regional talents. These vill iitclde
!an evening of calypso, folk groups ar
a fashion shove of OECS manuactured

Mr Vincent congratulated Grnada on-
finding the resouiwes to construct the
iTrade Centm. and said it ill stand t-he
!island in good stead as Glenada vill be
the only countiv i, the reginm with the

exhibition space which vill be available
at. the Cenbse.

Mr Bnizan said that, following the expo-
sition, the Tr e Centre will be con-
verted into a "House of Trade" for the
manufacturing sector in Grenada aj:nd
the OECS. This vill contribute t: t-h
strengthening of those sectors, ie said,
and enhance the capability to get into
the international market.

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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 21st Augast 1993 Page 6


Different spe ciaList fn ilities skouud be set up
in each island to serte the needs of .LL

equipped to take care of the health
of the population, but them is
need for specialist services
vhich the Govemneienfs financial
situation makes it.difficult to meet

This was declared at a p ies con-
ference on Aug-.t '17th by.-. ::
Phirsley St Louis. Minister .o r-
Health anid -hen sai S ome ,
people who go abroad for ,
'medical tmratrment exercise'
this preference only becar-u they MR- PHI N
can afford to.

"There are persons having the same
complaints vho are treated successfully
at the General Hospital." he sid

He disclosed, however, t heire are a tas in
Which required equipment -aid facilities -ae
not a-Tailable on the is lan. In, these
cases, he said, Lterm are am -gements with


other islands to send the patient here the
required treatment can be had.

Even in the more developed neigh-
bouring countries like Barbados, the
Lnia ster said, there is a lack of some
specialist services. To meet this
need, Mr St Louis will table a proposal
-vhen re.gioral H health Ministers
eet in Septenmber under the
'auspices of the Pan Am-
-, ericani Health Orgarnisation
"At least in the Organisation of East
Caribbean States (OECS), he said,
"different specialist facilities should be set
up in each island to serve the needs of

Present at the press conference, Dr Eugene
Laument, Chief Medical Officer (CMO). said,
since 1986, there has existed the Cartbbean
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by USAID, and Dr Cortnissioing was
pleased that the course in Grlendaa, al-so
sp onrd by US AID, indicated the~ is
recognition that food technology needs of
the smedler islands must be met.

Dr C o is siong said he w-ould -actively seek
funding for extending these courmes to the
smaller islands, but feels there should be
mome specialisation.

"The prog'-ni-re in Grenada will deal! with
areas in general," he said, "but we need to
have specific prog:raxnfmes geaed to meet
the food pro-:-cessing needs of the individual

Another advaTtage, Dr Comr4-ssiong said,
is that UWI has come to recogrise the ira-
porta:ce of ood science aind tecnlcigy. At
present, the Unrversity offers only advanced
deg-rees in thi& field, but a decision has been
taken that, by the year 2000, a bachelors
de~gee wvill be oftimd.

The course, which was being conducted at
the Produce C chemistry Laboatory, covered,
among other subjects, the study of micro-
biology, dehydiMtion, qniality contmrls, heat
processing and management of a small
business. Some two dozen participants
were attracted.
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The real trouble starts when the motorist~
chalks up 14 dmwarit points within a year

soon have their driving licences
S sus ended if they accumulate too
many "demerit points".
This was disclosed by Atto-mr
General and Minister of L~-galP
affairs, Dr Frincis Alexis, at a
press conferePrce onAur gu t 3 .
as he disc ussed a inew Road
STaffic Act coning into effect
on September 1st.

DrAlexis expects the Acto ieleve
congestion n Cranada' -ac
Traffic Couts and said
the new legislation vil -1
operate on two principal

"The two highlights of this Act"
he said, "are the Demerit Points System and
the Ticketing System."'

Under the Demerit System, the Attorney
General said, a motorist, on conviction, vill
have a number of points noted against his
driving mcoid.

e rrmimrrm number of demerit points
or any offence is 7, and the scale runs
through 6 and 4 down to 2 depending
; oni the seriousness of the offence.

-YIMaidmlm points vill apply to
t offences such as drunken driving arn
,e-3 feedingg the speed limit by 20
Smiles per houror moie, while
y .emeedir the limit
,by nmore than I:
- *:.-.L-les per hour and
failing to obey a stop
S:-- sign are offences re in
IS ALEXIS line with 6 points.

Examples of the 4 demerit point category
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Co-operation In Health (CCH), an initiative
of Ministers of Health of the Caribbeann
Community (C AR IC OM).

*Supported by PAHO, Cn ofrf C s oec-
tives is mobilisation of regional resources.
he said. This p-rject is pr-ogrssingr well,
!he continued, and Grerada ias benefited
When specialist surgeons f-rm Trindad and
other islands visited and. performed oper-

The cooperation continues, the CMO s:aid
the latest development being that, recently,
representatives of the Frlch Mission totued
the OECS and discussed with Health
Authorities the possibility of setting up
intensive care units.

What needs to be done, Dr Laurent said,
is to remove the "red tapse" so Ministries
of Health can communicate directly with
each other- Somtimes, it is necessary
to go through Ministes of Foreign
Aflhirs, he said, and the resultant delays
operate against getting treatment to the
patient as soon as possible.

The p.ess confe.-rence was called for the
h- mding over of hospital supplies to the
Minister fmrn several groups of Grenadians
resident abroad. Those supplies included
theatre equipment and ins truments, linenand
tools for the Maintenance Department.

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