The Grenada newsletter
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Title: The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication: St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Creation Date: August 28, 1975
Frequency: twenty no. a year
completely irregular
Subjects / Keywords: Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Social conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Grenada
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1973.
General Note: Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.
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Alister Hughes 28th August 1975
P 0 Box 65
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For Week Ending Angast 3Qth 1975.
Among the Bills passed by the Grenada Senate at its meeting on
Monday 25th was the Jury (Amendment) Act 1975, an Act which has
already been given passage through all its stages in the House
of Representatives.,

According to the Draft before the Senate, "The object of this
Bill is to provide for abolition of trial by jury in civil
cases and for purposes connected therewith." The Jury
(Amendment) Act 1975 provides the necessary changes to the
original Ordinance to achieve this object, and includes the
clause that :-
"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained
in Section 23 of the West Indies Associated States
Supreme Court (Grenada) Act 1971, and in any
Ordinance or Rule in force in Grenada, trial by
jury in civil cases is hereby abolished."

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (28th), Senator
Dunstan M B Cromwell (who was appointed to the Senate by
Government to represent the Chamber of Commerce), said he
regarded the abolition of jury trial in civil cases as
"sinister". Senator Cromwell said he had made a direct
inquiry to the Leader of Government Business in the Senate,
Senator Derek Knight, as to the precise reason why Government
was taking this step. "The only reply I could get from him",
said Senator Cromwell, "Is that trial by jury in civil cases is
'deadwood'. I find this extremely unsatisfactory and

Mr H E L Hosten, President of the Law Society, confirmed today
(28th) that the Jury (Amendment) Act 1975 was scheduled for
discussion by the Society at a meeting yesterday afternoon.
Because of a heavy agenda, however, this matter was not

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER - Week Ending 30.8,75
Sheet 4


The Resident Tutor of the Extra-Mural Department of the

University of the West Indies, Mrs Beverley Steele, 'said

in St.Georges today (29th) that the way had been cleared

for Grenadian students now attending the University to

register when classes reopen in September.

Students were advised recently that they could not return

to the University until arrears of contributions had been

paid by the Government of Grenada. Sources close to the
University indicate that these arrears amount to over a

million Edetern Caribbean dollars and cover the period 1969

to 1975.

Under an arrangement with the University, regional

Governments pay some 90W of tuition and other costs, so

permitting students to attend the University at greatly
reduced cost.

Mrs Steele did not say whether the Grenada Government had

paid off its debt in full, but, in a recent Press Interview

in Trinidad, Prime Minister Gairy said the Grenada Government
would propose to the University that EC$200,000.00 be put

down and the balance paid in monthly installments.

Mrs Steele said that students are being advised that they will

be permitted to return to the University in September, but

she said that new students will not be accepted unless the
full economic cost of their tuition is paid in advance.

(206 words)


Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER - Week Ending 30 8 75
Pag� 3

On the other side of town, thieves broke into the drygoodes
store of Messrs Moufidy's, taking about EC$20,000.00 in
cloth and clothes. This is the third time Moufidy's
has been burgled in 20 months.
(275 words)

During the week ending August 23rd, there were two cruise
liner calls at Grenada. These were the "Ounard Adventurer"
on the 19th with 655 passengers and the "Sun Viking" on the
22nd with 807 passengers.

According to figures furnished by the Grenada Tourist Board,
during the period January to June 1975, there were 93 calls
at Grenada by cruise liners carrying a total of 51,443
passengers. During the same period, there were 10,706
"stop-over" visitors. A "stop-over" visitor is classified
as one who stays a minimum of one day in the island. There
were no statistics available as to the average length of stay
of stop-over visitors.
(108 words)
According to a news release from the Grenada Chamber of
Commerce, a complaint has been made to Government that
lobsters are being exported from the State during the off-
season which is April to October.

The Chamber expressed concern that this practice is
likely to affect the industry and ultimately the economy,
and has received assurances that the matter will be
(61 wnrds)

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER - Week Ending 30.8.75
Page 2

discussed, but Mr Hosten said that it will be having the

attention of the Law Society.
(280 words)

On Tuesday morning of this week (26th), a fire of unknown

origin destroyed the top floor and roof of a two-storied
building in Scott Street, St.Georges, the property of Mr.

Joseph Pitt, a prominent Grenadian businessman.

The building, which housed the studio and showroom of "TV

House", was saved from complete destruction by a concrete

floor which separated the top-floor studio and the street-
level showroom. However, a small communicating apperture
permitted water to get through to the lower floor and

damaged several TV sets and other equipment.

The fire started about 1.30 AM and the firemen were soon on
the scene but were handicapped by a lack of water in the mains.
Eventually, water was pumped from the sea some 500 yards away,
and the fire was brought under control about 3.00 AM.

Also extensively damaged was the next-door building and stocks
of commission and insurance agents, Messrs M A Bullen & Sons.
Fire spread from "TV House" to the top story of the Bullen

building, causing estimated damage of EC#30,000.00 in stocks

and EC#40,000.00 to the building.

Mr Pitt estimated his loss at EC$100,000.00 in equipment and
EC$40,000.00 in damage to the building.

There was a near tragedy during the fire when a fire-engine
ran backwards down the hilly street, crashing into the "Tip
Top" Record Shop of Mr Evelyn Roos, smashing a plate glass

window and damaging stock. No one was in or on the fire-
engine at the time, and bystanders were unhurt.