Alister Hughes 7th February, 1975
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MILITARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR GRENADA
The Government of Grenada is to receive technical assistance from
other Commonwealth countries in the form of police and military
experts to assist in the preparation of disciplined, efficient
and effected forces.
This was disclosed by Sir Leo de Gale, Governor General of
Grenada on February 5th as he delivered the Speech from the
Throne at the opening of the second session of Grenada's first
Parliament as an independent nation.
In the Speech, Sir Leo said that his Government believed that
"this will be a time to plant, a time of peace and a time of
love". The Government thought that there had been "enough
of opposing for opposition sake", and that "the frivolities
that might have enchanted a few of our people have all lost
their novelty and appeal".
The Governor General warned, however, that "the preservation of
the new freedom for which we have waited so long, demands maximum
security and preparedness so that the misguided few who may still
continue among us, will not be tempted into falling into
Uutlinning the Governments programme for 1975, Sir Leo said that
it was recognized that Agriculture was the main source of income,
employment and foreign exchange, and that, during 1975, special
attention will be paid to the diversification of Agriculture,
Improvement of Marketing facilities, import substitution,
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improvement and expansion of the livestock industry, resuscitation
of the sugar and lime industries, and research' and control of
recent outbreaks of diseases in the coconut industry.
Other aspects of Government's activities will include the
establishment of Junior Seccndary schools to cater to children
in the 12 to 15 age group, and the Governor General said that
work had already begun on two of these schools and plans for
another were being prepared.
The Throne speech revealed that 2.25 million pounds of British
Development aid had been approved for Grenada for the period
ending 31st March 1976, and that the Grenada Government would
raise funds by the sale of debentures to finance specific projects.
It was also revealed that Government was now studying the Report
of a Committee set up to examine the possibilities of changing the
island's fiscal system to that of a "tax haven", and that, during
1975, the Government proposes to subject to exchange control
procedures all transactions relating to the purchases of
currencies, "so that the present easy movement of capital could
The debate on the Throne Speech has been deferred to a date
to be named.
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The Soroptimists Club if Grenada were hosts this week to two
top-ranking officers of the organisation who are now on a
Caribbean tour of Area Clubs.
These visitors were Miss Ruth Harris f.D., F.R.C., (Pathology),
M.R.C.P.E., President of Soroptimist International of Great
Britain & Ireland, and Mrs Uinnie Ward of Barbados, President
of the Caribbean Area Council of Soroptimist Clubs.
During their stay in Grenada, the visiting Soroptimists paid
courtesy calls on the Governor General, Sir Leo DeGale, and
Lady DeGale, and were guests of honour at a cocktail party at
the home of Soroptimist Jean Fisher, where they were presented
by moments and packets of spices.
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LEADER UF OPPOSITION NOW SOLICITOR
On February 4th, in the High Court in St. George's, the
Honourable Herbert Blaize, Leader of the Opposition in the House
of Representatives was admitted to practice as a solicitor.
Before hr Justice George Cabral, and a court room crowded with
barristers, solicitors and well wishers, Mr George Clyne,
Barrister at Law, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives
presented the Motion requesting Mr Blaize's admission.
Mr Clyne, relating the life story of Mr Blaize, said he had been
severely handicapped by an automobile accident in his youth,
an accident, the effects of which were still being felt, but,
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nevertheless, Mr Blaize had lived a fulj. and productive life and
had had a distinguished career which included the holding of the
positions of Chief Minister and Premier of Grenada.
It was this political career which, Mr Clyne said, had delayed
Mr Blaize's completion of his studies qs a Solicitor until the
age of 55 which he has now achieved. Mr Blaize was first
articled to Mr Clyne some 20 years agq, but it was not until
last November that he sat and passed his final examinations.
Following the acceptance of the Motipo for admission, the Court
was adjourned and Mr Blaize was mobbtid by the crowd of men,
women and children who were in the Court for the occasion.
7th February, 1975