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* TE BRITia GOVYER1MEFT was defeated
iA Parliamenut ou ThuredaSy ny tiprty-
four votes, after a debate on L.e-
immUgratioi rules prior to Britai.'s
eatry itto the zuropea-. CoDwtmu ity.
We tniiiL they deserved o De defeated
eO, despite what 3ir A-ec DouglaB-
ae ad la statement, the rules
pea unfair to Counmoweal.tn ci.tisatu,
Wai,,pp laud tne Tory MPs wno fo. lowed
tnelr-e.ascieiuce aud abe-t.a led, anud
the Memx4er'.-wno. ved ageaiuat It
is no good saying that Coinaonaealtr,
cltizea ...wi'l continue to eujoy full\
civic p fvIleges suca as tae r1.gnt to
vote aem; to fill posts close to allesa
- if the cltizei.s are 't allore A to
.eUtpr _ritaii as residents L- t ae flrt
oat alac e.
-Tne otaer clauses auoted by .ir tAlec
are ameliorative but do u.ot go far
enough to help coloured applicats; for
eatry. IL L ojdLdo today, we are rel .t ly
told, of 3 passers-by oily oae speake
SEilish. Tae free movement of labour
will orig with it a irge influx of
Europeans aud not CoMoawealtoa t agllen
speaKAig persons. Sir Aleo may tm.:
that there is no evidr. c that large
numbers of people from otrier ESuropeaL
countries wian to come an~ settle per-
max&ectly ln britaia, out w, couJilui. I
disagree with him more. Tfere's a fatal
attraction aDout cold grimy wondaerffl
Loondon a-4 the vaunted. freedom of the
British people.

EMINENT JOURNALIST

Here on a short visit while working on Sn
arncle about nature conservancy was Mr.
John Crocker, feature Writer for the Lon-
don Observer and other Pu ieacios. Mrs&
Crocker's .best arncles are pbish.ed iQ
book form from tunme to 4mre.

IM TitS i
Ma TMitlne peAe five
A visit to Central Afnca (Malawi)
by Mane Davis Pierre, Pages ? and 0


natgain,
ntIttirally


62 East P7 brv' ,

J.S iA.,' y 2691. Editor 2610
)S/5. Media Representative:
[Colin Turner ( Londcn) Ltd.
i22 saftesbury A w. .


WE who walk or drive through tVi
A:ghways of Dominlea ia fall
possession of all (o*r most) of
our faculties should certainly
lead the ear of yapathy to otr
local I.H.A. appeal duriLg Mental
health week.
It is due largely to the AssoC-
iatioa's efforts that the public
attitude toward mental patients
nea greatly changed duirrug .t -
past few years. There is less
fear ad4 ,uperstitiou, more hope
ajd a Vwi1r sense that mental ill-
healtJi is an ill sie which coUld
Iappea to me or you or you.
UL page 5 the Week' s progra=a
eStartiig Sunday) is set forth.
nhy not listen to the talksO te
part, join the Aessociation?

NEW MAN ON TOUR


raking over from Mr. Marnhan
as Britian government Repres-
entative to tne Associated
States, Mr.Mlihaoel Laird C.M.(.
MB2 ban arrived in St. Lucia
witnh his wife, and will sooa
tour the States to present his
credentials and meet people.


Too Caess


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U1NMIR TO THE COM MW IT MENTAL HE LTH WEEK









SELF INTEREST AND THE LAW : by JOHN SPECTOR
I wonder how many citizens realise that there are laws abdut
animals on the Statute Book here .- to be precise, nine laws.' Some of
these are for the protection of animals as property, such as the "De-
pasturisation Ordinance" (nothing to do with pasturising milk to pro-'
tect the consumer of that drink); another has to do with quarantine
and to ensure that diseases in animals, poultry etc. are notified tothe
veterinary officer...and properly dealt with. Another law penalizes a
person for not keeping a dangerous dog under proper control Cap.95
deals with 'rabies' '.a 'disease so far unknown in Dominica but fairly
common in Asiatic countries. Then, the Government can establish Pounds
where strayed'animals, or- animals not allowed in certain towns (such'as
pigs or- goats often seen around the House ,that Johnson built), can be
impounded.
All those laws are for the protection of persons or property.* The
ones I am now interested in are the ones for the Protection or Conser-
vation of Animals, Birds and Reptiles. Cap. 96 is for the Prevention of
cruelty to Aiimals and it is very specific on what constitute cruelty;
'animals' includes "any domestic, captive or wild animal either bird,
beast, fish, reptile or insect". Starving, beating, kicking or permit-
ting any unnecessary suffering etc. etc. are all against the law-and
draw a heavy fine or six months with or without hard labour (on convic-
tion). Carrying in "such a manner or position as to cause unnecessary
suffering" is also an offence. How many of us have seen small boys
swing a live mahicou by the tail or pick the feathers off live birds?
Both these examples are subject to the law'
The Wild Birds Protection Ordinance is a very important one, if we
want to attract that 'different' type of tourist to this island. The
wild birds to be protected from "Taking, killing or wounding" are listed
in Schedule A : Humming Birds, Siffleur Montagne, Wren (Rossignol),
Yellow Warbler (Titine), Redstart (Chat), Swallow (Hirondelle),Cheweck,-
Gobmouche, Loggerhead (Pipiri), Parrot (Ciceroo), Tick Bird (Merle Corbeau)
Gauldings, Wild Duck, Teal, Widgeon etc., Troupial, Merle (Blackbird),
the Smaller Parrot (Chrysotic Bougueti or Amazonia lNichollsi) and lastly
if ever observed Pterodroma Haesitata, otherwise the Capped Petrel
locally known as the 'Diablotin'.
Among the birds which may not be molested (nor their eggs taken)
during the Close Season (mating time) of February 1 to July 15 are: the
Blue Pidgeon (Ramier), Perdrix, Dove (Tourterelle) Ground Dove (Ortolan),
Gros Grive, Thrush, Trembleur and Morvie. Parents, please take note and
warn your boys who aimlessly catapult at anything that moves or flies,
that they are committing an unlawful act.
The other m6st important animal protection law is the Act to "pro-
vide for the protection and preservation of Crapaud (Leptodactylus-
Fallax) and to control the export thereof". I believe that a recent-
Order in Council has prohibited its export. This Act provides for the
declaration of..a Closed Season for crapaud and for making rules for
their protection and preservation.
There has-been quite a lot of work done on the biology of the
Crapaud, both by a French team who discovered that the gonads of
crapaud do not develop until they are several years old and the frogs
are of a fair size and Mr. John Archbold's scientific research team
at his Williamsburg (U.S.A.) farm, the results of which are (as far as
I know) unpublished. Some say that the close season should be July 1 to
September 30. This is borne out by the finding by the Editor's son David
of a crapaud's next with eggs and tadpoles on August 10, 1969.
In view of the new look that, according to Mr. Hiller of the Carib-
bean Tourist Association, Dominica is going to adopt for tourism, the
conservation of our crapaud, native animals and unusual birds is a
priority. Let us hope that our new Commissioner of Police will alert his
men to the laws I have mentioned, and that other news media will join
with the Ministry of Education to tell children and their parents the
facts. on wildlife and k ndnss o aimas. (Concluded o
$. '" mals* (Concluded on-page four)


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Friday,iNovember 24, 1972


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SELF INTEREST AND THE LAW by John Spector from page two
If what one hears and reads is true, another glaring misuse of
power has recently happened this time in St. Vincent. Some of our in-
formation comes from correspondents, some of it by radio, and an editor-
ial, news item and letters in the VINCENTIAN furnished the rest. The
newspaper carried an editorial "An Immoral Government". It seems that
after the last election, writs were filed against three Ministers for
alleged electoral offences, within the time limits prescribed by law,
and the dates were fixed for hearing; as a matter of fact some of them
were called and adjourned. But during the interim, legislation was in-
troduced (in the absence of the Opposition) limiting the time whensuch
legal action could be taken, and making it retroactive for the obvious
protection of the Ministers. The original period was six months after
'election date. It is obvious also that thousands of Vincentians feel
that justice is not being done nor does it even appear to be done. Thus,
(and those of us who felt that Milton Cato was growing dictatorial may
sigh "yoh tout c'est meme")- the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Cato, put
down a motion for the last meeting of the St. Vincent House of Assembly
stating that "the law is immoral and an affrtnt to the people of the State
of St. Vincent", asking in his resolution "that this Act be Revoked".
You who read the STAR last week know that a fracas resulted which only
a show of armed force prevented from becoming St. Vincent's sixteenth of
December. The echoes and outcome of this event are not yet over.
Is it not pathetic that Lord Acton's dictum'Power corrupts, absolute
power corrupts absolutely' should be demonstrated so frequently in the
Caribbean's mini-states, which many of us hoped would set an example to
the world' In the years of Federation, short though they were, it did
seem that, with a watchdog central government of considerable integrity,
such abuses would never, like snakes, be allowed to raise their ugly heads.
The lip service paid to 'Integration' as a step towards the road to pol-
itical federation in the Commonwealth West Indies is at present, it would
seem, bound to be limited to minor economic get-togethers (with overtones
of folklore) until a strong corps of politicians spring up who will con-
sider social justice and democracy before their own little positions,
There is of course thd possibility that the judiciary, not to mention
Br.it.sh observers, may have something to say about this St. Vincent scan-
dal : can anyone level any provable charges against the Associate States'
Judiciary of putting legalism before justice? May they for ever maintain
their integrity ... then perhaps some modicum of it may brush off onto
the ruling politicians before it is too late.
Where things judicial have gone wrong in the past, is when supporters
or members of a ruling party have either never been prosecuted for offences
blatantly committed to public knowledge or, if prosecuted and found guilty,
have been pardoned on specious grounds through the advice of the "Prerog-
ative of Mercy Committee" (the services of such a committee being generally
invoked in civilised Commonwealth countries for capital offences and not
for minor crimes and misdemeanours). Edward Kennedy was not spared in the
U.S.A. over the midnight bridge tragedy in which he was involved; nor
were the British Princes spared for motoring offences. Let us hope that
the new 'Mercy Committee'will not listen to any social/political pleas.

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY at GOVERNMENT HQ BIBLE SOCIETY AUXILIARY,DOMIAICA
On Weds. Nov.29, 1972, the pro- On llth November an Executive
rogued House of Assembly will meet Committee of eleven members drawn
for the first time in Johnson's House from six churches and groups Ang-
at 10 a.m. They will confirm minutes lican, Baptist, Christian Union,
of their meeting on Aug. 17. The Gov- Methodist, Pentecostal and Christian
ernor will read the Speech from the Literature Crusade (chaired by Rev.
Throne, to be debated later. We are Atherton Didier) was inaugurated.
neither paid nor empowered to issue Similar bodies exist in other W.I.
official notices, so do not know if States. Christians in sympathy.may
the public is invited. A group photo- contact Mrs. CoMartin at the Christian
graph of Members is anticipated. Literature Centre,Gt.Marlborough St.


Thf STAR


Friday,November 24, 3972


Page Four






Friday, November 24, T9'7 1 Ti h S T AR Page VI *
MA TITINE by Cynthia Watt(fiction) B I N G 0 F R T Y
It's a fact that Ma Titine had! In aid of the Children's Ward
gone underground since before Nat- of Princess Margaret Hospital
ional Day. That's nobody's business SATURDAY Deca 2nd, at 8 p. m.,
but her own and perhaps Reuben's.I GOODWILL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.
When the national celebrations were IMENTAL HEALTH WEEK events:
fast approaching,those three cron- Sunday 86th Nov.(a.m.) Church ser-
ies Titine, Baby and Genelia got vices in various churches of Dominica.
together again, all excited for 4,30 0_m. Joint service at St.Luke's
different reasons, hospital, followed by arts & crafts
Two of the three were not so en- exhibition there.
thusiastic about the celebrations: Mon. 27th Nov, Dr. John Royer talks
they planned to go on a picnic.Gen- to Police and Defence Forces & Warders,
elia, a civil servant with a good g i.m.: Radio address by Min./Educatica
salary and loads of free 'time, had 9 m. by President Gillette
bought a couple acres of land about Registe.
eight miles from town. Week-ends Tues.Nov.28th: Schools debate for
usually-found her there with a few Secondary Schs.;Panel for Primaries.
friends, including Reuben of course. .m Radio talk by Dr. John Royer.
Baby and Genelia loved picnics: 8.30 adm. Country dist.film show.
strong rum, gin, rum punches,milk Weds. Nov. 29th: Formal opening of
punches, river-bathing, callaloo Acute'Psychiatric Unit with talks by
and pelau, coconut water, crab-baci e Minister & Chief Medical Officer.4.465
and creole-cooked ground provisions 8.30 p.m. Film show in country dist.
Ma Titine also enjoyed picnics; but Thurs. Nov.350th: Again film shows in
why then did she have to be persua- country districts. 8.30 D. Film.
ded? Did she expect Garge or Euril- premiere.
la to turn up on a plane before 8.30 Radio panel on Role of the Com-
LIAT raised its fares? Nobody knew. unity in Rehabilitation of Mental
Friday morning at about ten unity in Rehabilitation of Me'tal
y mrl st bou en T -0 Patients. Panellists Dr.J.Royer, Dr.
lock they all set off in Titine's Dorian Shillingford, Rev.Fr.Wyatt
car for the holiday house and the (2nd Vice Pres.), Miss Ambrose and
river. Reuben had brought two of his M.H. Pres. Gillette Registe.
male pals. Genelia said the Minis- Fridly Delc.lst: F L A G D A Y
try wouldn't miss her. They dipped (hoping that the public will support)
in the cool water, drmak, ate and 8 p.m. Address by Dr. Royer at Ports-
then drank again, listening to the mouth on Depression and the itervous
radio. "I wan to heah wha moh dey +
say about de wan trouble in de Gardensy Child.* PICIC and/or outing for the
say about d.e trouble in de Gardens," patients at St. Lukes Hospital. *
aaid Reuben's friend Raymond, amem-patients at St. Lukes Hospital. *
ber of the Movement for a New Dom- AA Les-R. Film show & refres ts at
inica. S. Lukes. *8 p.m_ Open Film show.
Genelia said: "You'heah what de (TITINE) quietly slipped away before
announcer say, an Clancy talking fas light came on Saturday morning. She
like a disc jockey? Dey have Black even hitched a ride from a farmer.
Power Boys wid placard, an de Amer- The others had swallowed drinks lus-
ican lady have to cut her speech!" tily but Titine drank craftily, so
Baby shrugged, "Dat dere bisniss. she escaped while they were dead to
I not dere. I waiting for anodder the world,.
sixteenth of December." Reuben cut "Me Titine' I cannot do widdout
in a-BA&by sighed: "I wish I dere to my jumpup,and dat macco Reuben, I
see dem. Zaboca in it, man." Titine feel I could cut his troat. De ole
said"Pas palay sotte' We havin a bet- traitor' I going enjoy myself fuss,
tah time. Awee go an stan in dat mud but I will fix him, let him wait."
an rain in de Gardens? Doan even hare So Titine jumped up like mad. She
de ole stan foh people to sit'Chien found a few casual friends and had
fou poco mang6 mweh, garcon. I all a half-swell time.
right where I is." She stopped short Reuben and the others were much
frowning, for Reuben had Genelia a- put out. "Fancy Titine playing a trick
straddle on his shoulders and 1was like dat!"
dipping her now and then into the "Ho ho!" chuckled Baby who had
stream. This was really too much by.seen Titine's sour looks at Genelia
Titine. "De bastard!" she muttered, and Reuben in the river. "She must
"I self goin to town." And believe it gone to Leblanc patty. Jus you doan
or not she left her car behind and trouble her. Better be careful."




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MY VISIT TO MALAWI : by Marie Davis Pierre PART II
I would now like to tell you about the people themselves. A
happier and friendlier people I have never seen. It brought back mem-
ories to me of the days when we Dominicans were considered the most
friendly and happy people in spite of our poverty. Oh, how this attit-
ude makes a world of difference to a human being: words cannot express
it. The people greet you with a smile and a wave of both hands and that
comes from the smallest tot to the grown man. In their various tasks,
be it service at a hotel or as information officers or as guides on the
various tours, one did not see subserviency in them but one saw a,con-
fideut and intelligent people working to portray a good image of their
country. They all spoke English with a very strong accent, as it is not
their native language, but nevertheless the message was conveyed in
grammatical English.
Most of their womenfolk still wear the traditional dress, which is
the long wrap-around skirt and blouse with a turban. The mini skirt and
pant suits are not allowed by their Life President. When I questioned
some of the young girls who accompanied us on the tours about the wear-
ing of mini skirts, they told me that it was considered indecent for a
woman to expose her legs. Neither the Afro nor plaited hair is worn by
the men. Excessively tight shorts or trousers, unkempt beards, unwhole-
some hippie images, beads, ultra long hair and tight jeans are frowned
upon. This is written in bold type all over the hotels and places of
interest. The men wear the Western style clothes.
Shoes are worn by the Africans and those who do not wear them are
the very poor people. When I saw some of them walking bare-footed it'
again brought back memories to me of the days of great poverty in
Dominica when some of our people walked barefooted or wore alpagarters.
A most striking feature was the way the women carried their babies
on their backs securely fastened with a large cloth, In this way the
women's hands are left free to do their work. During our tours we were
.also entertained to traditional dances by both men and women and would
you believe,.it the women danced with their babies on their backs: It
was really something to see. Their interpretative dances were all done
with the drums. This aspect with regard to interpretative dances (done
here) could be examined, and more use made of the drums.
The traditional houses which are still around are made of mud with
a thatched roof. They are gradually being replaced by more modern homes
built by the Malawi Housing Corporation, as the people improve their
standard of living.
I was particularly interested in their illegitimate birth rate and
the practice of birth control, but I was told that illegitimacy is not
.a problem as the people marry, and they use the traditional method of
birth control since any other method would encourage promiscuity among
their young folk. I was also told that polygamy is still practised in
some parts of Malawi, but it is gradually on the way out.
Wages are very low;, an ordinary labourer gets about 10 a month,
but the Government is seeing to it that the people are not exploited
and that the cost of living is controlled. Previously they exported
most of their raw materials, but now investors have come in and have put
up factories, thereby using up the raw materials of the country.
I enquired whether there was any Black Power Movement in existence,
but I was told that all people are treated alike, no matter what their
colour or creed, as long as they satisfy the conditions of human beings.
This was also reiterated by the Lile-President in his welcoming address
to the delegates at the opening of-the Conference. The fight, he says,
is against poverty, disease and ignorance. He also made reference on
another occasion to the new doctrine that has been adopted in America
and Europe about youth being set free and should not be suppressed or
inhibited. He said that he would not have this in his country: youth has
to be disciplined and the four corner stone on which his country is to
build a nation is unity, obedience, loyalty and discipline.
(Concluded on -page nine)


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Friday, November 24, 1972 T HE .S T AR
Mg VISIT TO MALAWI by Marie Davis Pierre


Page Nine
from page seven


This view held by Malawi's Life President seems to be working very
well for I must confess that the routes on which we travelled to the
Kwacha Centre where the Conference was being held were lined with chil-
dren and there was a very marked orderliness among those children. There
was no pushing and mad confusion such as is often exhibited elsewhere.
When Dr. Banda was strongly criticised'for visiting South Africa,
he said that -he believed in dialogue and not violence and isolation.
The Malawians are very religious, more so the men who outnumber the
women at Mass and..are extremely active in leading the'singing. Their
hymns, unlike their buoyant dances, are sombre. They do not believe in
bringing their traditional dance music into the Church.
The young Malawian girls have great respect for themselves,and this
was highly commented upon by the delegates to the Conference.
I would like to comment on the attitude of the West Indian delegates
who attended the Conference. Unlike the Indian delegates who came from
all parts of India as far apart by land as we are by water, and kept to-
gether and stood out as a group at the Conference, the delegates from
the West Indian islands stood out in isolated pockets, Trinidad grouping
with Jamaica, Barbados going it alone, St. Lucia and Dominica nowhere.
I believe it is at these conferences that we should show solidarity, but
this was absent. Again on our arrival in London after we left Malawi,
this insularity was most apparent. A car was provided for the delegates
.of Trinidad and Jamaica by their High Commissioners, and whilst they
looked on comfortablyy seated in their cars) we from the- smaller islands
(St. Lucia and Dominica) had to fend for ourselves. We were left in the
cold by our bigger black brothers. This is in contrast to the U.K. Gov-
ernment whiqh always tries to afford us any privileges that are available.,
For instance, I had a splendid opportunity of seeing the State Opening of
Parliament. Now, not because I mention this that I advocate Colonialism,
far from that, but what I wish to say is that it is time that the West
Indian Isla4ds became less insular and came together as one unit, if we
hope to stand on an equal footing with the bigger nations of the world.
I would conclude by saying that I do not see therefore why we should
align ourselves in times of strikes and demonstrations with our bigger
brothers, as a mark of sympathy. Rather,, we should try to emulate the
(Malawi) Africans in being industrious, affable, respectful and in having
a strong code of morals, and (where necessary) dialogue instead of viol-
ence and isolation. Marie Davis Pierr
Marie Davis Pierre,


FAMILY REUNION
Mr. Mark Gilbey, Chairman and
founder of an international distil-
lers group, announces that as from
Nov. 1, his cousin Mr. Walter Gilbey
has joined the Board as Executive
Vice Chairman. Of course it s a mat'-
ter for family rejoicing; and why
not? Walter seems to be a very able
fellow. Duncan, Gilbey & Matheson
are best known in Dominica for their
participation, with local interests,
in Dominica Distilleries Limited,
who bottle, distill, and blend a fair
range of supremely drinkable drinks:
whisky, gin, vodka and brandy under
some sort of franchise.

Mr. M&rk Gilbey is no stranger to
Dominica but he was a stranger to us
until he came to a party 'in the wake-
of Stanley and Gelia Fadelle dia-
guised as a ifshol:. He had a proper


invitation, being known to our
daughter Phina (who gave the party),
iL Africa, but we unaware of his
true calling -gravitatqd him to-
wards some religious-minded ladies.
It was a good party, anyway, and he
enjoyed the joke,
As regards Mr. Walter Gilbey, he
is prospective Conservative Parlia-
mentary Candidate for Ealing Southall
and a wine & spirit merchants direct-
or. If he ever supports Mr. Enoch
Powell, he'll have a tough time on
visiting Dominica, but we doubt that
the Gilbeys could ever be so stupi/L,
So we welcome the news of this 6fam-
ily Peunion, although we don't un-
derstand all their controlling and ".
financial ramifications .
CHRISTMAS MESSAGES: If you want
your usual or even an unusual greet-
ings notice in the STAR, kindly send
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Friday, November 24,.1972


Th'e Ten THE STA


r** S*T*A*R*S*P*O*R*T*S -Morchristcn
FOOTBAIL: After some anxious times
following the announcement that no
funds were available to send the
Dominica team to St. Lucia to con-
test the Popham Cup as defending
champions, Government, the Employers
Federation and the St.Lucia F.A.
(who guaranteed lodgings) came to the
rescue, and the team set out for
the matches today,Friday, with Viv-
ian Rent as V.Capt. and R.St. H.
Shillingford as Manager/Coach. The
St. Lucia team is led by Patrick
Gabriel. Grenada and Dominica will
meet on Saturday. The State team
from here practised hard and is ex-
pected to retain the trophy,
DIVISION II: St. Mary's Win
The St. Mary's Academy football
team emerged champion in that div-
ision for something like four champ-
pionships in five years: in the odd
year, they captured the knockout
cup while Harlem Rovers won the
League cup.
Their recent victory occurred
when Potters United defeated the
Dominica Grammar School 4-1, leav-
ing S.M.A.champions with 12 points
out of seven matches,to Potters U.
and D.G.S. eleven points each in
the seven matches
BOXINIG: Muhammed',Ali, former World,
Heavyweight Boxing-Champion,defeated
his sixth opponent this -year when
he knocked out reigning World Light
Heavyweight champion Bob Foster.in
the predicted elghihround of their
12 round bout.
Ali suffered his ifirst,,serious
injury (to his face a cut above
the right eye) and this: had tt have
five stitches. This was unique in
his professional career gad against
a light-heavy at that! after he
had clashed with so many, heavies'
before.
MARXIST WINS BOOKER LITERARY PRIZE
As we go to press we learn that John.
Berger has won the valuable Booker
prize for literature (last won by
Vidia Naipaul) and he has said that
after deducting enough cash to enable
him to finish his next book,he will
give the proceeds to radical move-
ments assisting the people of the
Caribbean. ***. ********.*.** **
TO A YOUNG REPORTER who promised to
give us a report on the "New Dominica


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Page Ten


WEST INDIES NEWS EVENTS'
BARBADOS: Spending 140 minutes in
Barbados in a flight from New York -
Mustique (Grenadines), the Queen's
sister Princess Margaret formally
opened a satellite earth station
link with the interstellar world
system. The event marked the centen-
ary of external communications in
that State. Also in Barbados, the
Barbados Labour Party (leader, Tom
Adams) tabled a Bill in the House
of Assembly seeking an amendment to
their 1952 Immigration Act to enable
the alien husbands of Barbadian women
to live and work in that country, as
hitherto wives only have been permit-
ted to do. This fits in with the new
UK Foreign Office rule that children
whose mother is born in Britain should
be free to come and go as they please.
Before now it was only the father's
privilege.
GRENADA: Two Members of the House and
of Gairy's party, resigned because of
disputes over leadership.
TO our Correspondent Hugh Lawrence:
Sorry your letter is too long and a
bit too gloomy for this issue. May
we hold it over until after the fes-
tive season? Kindly notify. ******
TO DIGGER, Roseau, who wants to know
what qualifications the Editor has
in a literary and editorial sense. -
Nothing much, really. I only came in
second in a global competition for
the best poem in the world written
by a Woman, my. poem rating A+A+A(the
winner got A+A+A+). Two other poems
which I submitted got A+A,A and A+
A,A-. As a result I Went to a cele-
bration given by the Lord Mayor of
London and sold my novel 'he Orchid
House within 24 hours after one of
England's best publishers had read it.
I have been translated into French
anid German while still alive. Some
of my best poems have been broadcast
over the BBC, Radio Jamaica, WIBS (un-
til last year) but never over Radio
Dominica. Above all, I prefer to
write short stories, some of which
have been published in magazines I
respect. That's about all. PSA&
DOMINICA: The (Leblanc) Labour Party
is holding its AGM in that controver-
sial area, Castle Bruce, on.-Sunday. *
Do we expect standing ovations,. unan-
imous decisions, unopposed nominations?
CARIB RESERVE: a 2-line banana boxing
plant has begun construction there.




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