The Grenada newsletter

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The Grenada newsletter
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
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Twenty no. a year
completely irregular
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes.
P 0 Box 65 4
St. Georges
Grenada L
For The Week Ending December 31at 1977

Notwithstanding the fact that he is a politician, Prime minister

Gairy has a significant contribution to make in the field of
science with regard to the work he is doing in the sphere of

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO).

According to a broadcast over Radio Grenada today (29th), this
opinion was expressed by Mr Gairy at a party for his staff held on

the 28th, and the Prime Minister is quoted further as saying that
his contribution to science will lend freshness in maskind'a

scientific efforts in the 20th century, especially as he is

making the entire world more informed than ever before on the

techniques of UFOs.

Mr Gairy said that beings from other worlds will come to earth to

save man from total collapse, and the Prime Minister said also

that he had found a way to harness the mental eand intellectual
faculties of man. It was for this reason, he said, that he had

been able to accomplish so much for so many in such a short time.
(168 words)

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has conditionally approved a

loan of US$112,510.00 to the Grand Bacolet Estates Ltd "to assist

in financing the expansion of its acreages under banana, cocoa

and nutmeg cultivation and the rehabilitation of some of its

existing cultivation."

This information is given in a CDB press release dated December

21st in which it is stated that this loan, together with others,
was approved at the 44th meeting of CDB's Board of Directors on
19th and 20th Veoember.
(83 words)


The Election petition of Dr Rupert Japal of the opposition
Pe''-.-le' Alliance against Mr Albert Forsythe of the ruling

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Grenada United Labour Party, originally set down for hearing on

December 5th, has been postponed sine die.

This petition is based on arguments similar to the Election

petition of Mr Kenrick Radix against Mrs Cynthia Gdiry. Mr Radix'

petition was heard earlier this year and zMr Justice Archibald Nedd

delivered his Judgement on September"16th in favour of Mrs Gairy.

Mir Radix appealed and this appeal is to be heard when the Appeal

Court sits in Grenada on January 24th.

Inasmuch as the grounds of the Japal Petition are similar to those

of the Radix Potition (both seeming to stand principally on the

validity of the Election Lists), the Japal Petition will not be

heard until after the Court of Appeal has delivered its Judgement

ii the Radix case.
(149 words)


Dittings of the one-man Arbitration Tribunal in the industrial

dispute between the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union and

Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd have been postponed to Tuesday

January 3rd.

The matter to be settled by the Tribunal is whether the dismissals

by the Company of seven employees is in keeping with the terms

of the Agreement between the Company and the Union and, when the

Arbitrator, Mr Justice Elwin St.Bernard, first sat on December

19th, it was agreed between Counsel for the two sides that, before

any evidence was taken, a document of agreed points should be

drawn up. This document Was to be ready in time for a

sitting on December 28th.

When the Tribunal sat on that date, however, Counsel for the

Company, Mr Carol Bristol, was ill and a new date for the sitting

was fixed for January 3rd.

Counsel for the Union, Mr Lloyd Noel, told N.MLaBLETTER today (29th)

that the document of agreed points has been drawn up and is now

.n the Arbitrator's hands.
(167 words)

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 31 .12.77


The Grenada Yacht Club has organized a race to honour the memory.

of an American, Carl Schuster, who lost his life in tragic

circumstances last June, Schuster, a popular yachtsman and
resident of Grenada for many years, was murdered in his yacht

"Zig Zag" as it lay at anchor in Cumberland Bay on St.Vincent's

west coast. His body was buried at sea off Grenada on June


In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER yesterday (28th),

Mr Ron Smith, Chairman of the Racing Committee of the Grenada

Yacht Club, said that, on January 7th, the Club will run the Carl

Schuster Memorial Race to honour the memory of the murdered man.

"Carl was extremely popular", said ir Smith, "and we see this race

as an opportunity for his sailing friends to honour his memory in

a way Carl himself would have appreciated."

The Carl Schuster Memorial Race will start at Lance aux Epines on

Grenada's south coast and, after the boats have rounded Point

Saline, the island's southernmost point, they will beat northwards

to Halifax Harbour, about half-way up the weat coast, before

running south again to finish in St.Georges Herbour.

The week-end of 7th/8th January will see also the annual staging

of the Round Grenada Race. Completely circum-navigating the

island, this race is about 70 miles long and produces a wide

variety of wind and sea conditions. The Round Grenada Race was

instituted in 1969 and the record, established in 1970, is held by

the yacht "Bolero" at 6 hours 20 minutes. Last year's winner

was the Canadian yacht "Scarlet Shammock" with a time of 7 hours

13.14 minutes.
(276 words)

'he S S "Geestatar" sailed on December 20th with 20,035 boxes of

bananas weighing 599,030 lbs. The price paid by Geest

Industries. Ltd to the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society is not

yet available but the Society paid growers ECW 14 per pound on the

wei.rht (of fruit received at the boxing plants. The boxing

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plant weight is not yet available. There were 522 boxes of
rejected fruit.

The S S "Geestorest" sailed on December 28th with 20,101 boxes
i.f bananas weighing 605,069 lbs. The price paid by Geest to
the Society is not yet available but the Society paid growers

ECO 14 on the boxing plant weight "which is not yet available.
There were 377 boxes of rejected fruit.

The price paid by Geest on the shipment of December 13th was

BEO 24.949.

For purposes of record, statistics still to be had are :-
hinmhent of December 13th '.he boxing plant weight.
Shipments of December 20th & 28th The prices paid by Geest and
the boxing plant weights.
(173 words)


During the week ending December 24th, the following cruise

liners called at Grenada :-
20th Cunard Countess 742 Passengers
22nd Jupiter **
22nd Stella Oceania 201 do. />
23rd Dalmacija 287 do. 6"')
24th Sun Viking 795 do. f
24th Italia 481 do. (/
** Information not yet available.


Delegations from seven Churches in frenada were summoned to
attend a meeting of Cabinet on December 7th and were severely
repremanded by Prime Minister Gairy for not taking part in the
'pilgrimage' he had organised on Thursday 24th November.

In a letter dated 30th November addressed to these Churches,
it is said that Government views with grave concern their non-

participation in this event, and it is stated that "it was
expected that every Faith and Church operating in the Otate

would participate in thanking God for his blessings to the Nation."

.I am to remind you", said the letter, "that Government has

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THE GREMADA NEiSLETTER Week Ending 31.12.77

ensured that Freedom of WorshiAn Gronada is enshrined in the

Constitution and Government co-operates in many ways with the.

Churches by granting Work Permits without charge, Marriage

Licences and Extensions of Stay where visiting clergy are involved

in the work of their Churches. It is expected that

reciprocally the Church will co-operate and support any National


It is reported that some Clergymen attending this Cabinet meeting

raised with Prime Minister Gairy the matter of Freedom of Worshbi

and, under this Freedom, claimed the right to attend or not to

attend such events as a Government organised 'pilgrimage'. "I

will not tell you on which day of the week you should worship",

said Mr Gairy, "or how you should worship, but Freedom of Worship

does not include the right of any Church to decide not to

participate in any National exercise."

It was made clear to these Clergymen that Government "found it

difficult to reconcile" non-participation in the 'pilgrimage'

when its 'stated objectives" are considered, and it was pointed

out that the attitude of certain Churches "may be construed to

some extent as a departure from the co-operation traditionally

existing between Church and State in Grenada and which is very
relevant to the furtherance of National spiritual development."
(310 words)


The controversy over the date on which Grenada's 1978 Carnival

celebrations will be staged has been cleared up, but there are

still sone question narke hovering over the reign of the "Merry


At a press conference last month, the diinister of Information,

OSnator Henry Bullen, announced that, instead of Carnival being
celebrated as usual on the two days before Ash Wednesday,

Government proposed to shift Carnival to Easter monday and Tuesday.

The reason given for this was that, as Grenada's Independence Day,

February 7th, falls on Carnival Tuesday next year, it Was

thoriht appropriate to have Carnival during the Easter Water
(co nttnued )

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The Churches in Grenada objected to thie move as it was felt

that the Carnival activities would interfere with Lenten

cbssrvances. Particularly, 4it was thought, the-Holy Week

observances would be disturbed and this point was made very

strongly to Prime Minister Gairy.

The Grenada Conference of Churches had several meetings with

the Prime Minister to discuss the matter and, at a meeting on
December 19th, Mr Gairy promised to reconsider his decision.

In this connection, on December 23rd, he advised the Chairman

nf the Contereuce of Churches, the Roman Catholic Bishop of

irenada, Bishop Sydney Charles, that he would respect the wishes

of Church Lboders and not schedule Carnival for Easter next year.

jwever, some doubt still exists as to what will be done about

.h. clash of dates between Carnival Tuesday and Independence

nay, both of which fall on February 7th. A Government

announcement is expected.
(250 words)

As you have been advised, this is not only the last issue of

NEWSLETTER for 1977 but the last for some four months.

Resumption of publication is looked forward to and, in the

mean time, suggestions from subscribers as to how the interest

content of NEWSLETTIR can be enhanced, would be appreciated.

Way the New Year bring -us all peace.

SAlis ubghea
3 December .1977

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