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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65
Volume 6 Number 24
For The Week Ending October 14th 197&
6th Year of Publication - - 188th Issue


Charles Perguson, condemned for the murder of Roy Donald on 6th

April 1974, has lost his appeal to the Privy Council.

This case has created considerable interest because of its

political overtones and the fact that, as far as could be

ascertained, this is the first time in this century that a local

barrister has appeared before the Privy Council.

The case against Ferguson rested, principally, on identification

by Mrs Donald, the murdered man's wife. Doubt was cast on her

evidence, however, by Dr Lawrence Gibbs who received Donald's body

at the Princess Alice Hospital.

In a sworn affidavit, Dr Gibbs said, on the night of the murder,

Mrs Donald told him she didn't know who shot her husband. In

Court, Dr Gibbs said, when he signed the affidavit, he had been

certain Mrs Donald had said this to him but he agreed that he

might have confused Mrs Donald with her sister.

Ferguson was tried twice for this crime. He was convicted at
the first trial and the Appeal Court ordered a retrial. Convicted

at the second trial, the Appeal Court.upheld the conviction,

finding that there were inconsistencies in the evidence but that

the jury had had sufficient evidence to reach a decision.
An execution date was fixed for September 29th 1977 and, at that

time, Ferguson's council, Mr Lloyd Noel, in an interview with
i&WSLETTER, expressed concern that his client had been singled out

from all the persons in 'death row' who had been there before


"Since the conviction", Mr Noel said, "there has been growing

concern that the case may have been influenced by political

overtones and, after 15 years in which Grenada has had no

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLeTER Week Ending 14i.0.78

Pas.e 2
executions, the unexplained selection of Ferguson has increased

this concern."

Mr Noel told NEWSLETThR then that he was in touch with the London

based firm of solicitors, Messrs Seifert, Sedley & Company and,

.two days before the date fixe& for the execution, he had advices

from them that an application had been lodged for permission to

appeal to the Privy Council. As a result of this, a Stay of

Execution was issued.

Ferguson's case was heard before the Privy Council on July 12th

last. Mr Noel appeared on his behalf, instructed by Mr Michael

Seifert and led by British barrister, Mr Nigel Murray. Decision

was reserved and was handed down against Pergusin on October 5th.

In an exclusive interview today (12th), Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER

that the Order in Council formalising this decision may be made

on October 24th.
"I have already written to our new Governor General, His Excellency

Mr Paul Scoon," Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER, "the prerogative of mercy

is vested in him and I have given him a history of the case and

asked him to reopen it." Mr Noel said he had written to

Mr Scoon on October 5th and 'had had a reply the following day

stating that the matter is being investigated.

Mr Noel said hb had written also to Prime Minister Gairy on

October 5th suggesting that he make a recommendation of clemency.

"It is normal in most civilised countries of the world that, on

the advent of a new Head of State, some measure of mercy is

shown", Mr Noel said, "and as Mr Scoon has just taken office, I
have asked the Prime Minister to recommend that all condemned

persons have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment."

Mr Gairy is now out of the State and Mr Noel said he would seek

an appointment with him on his return.
(585 words)

Alister Hughes

Page 3

A source close to Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd told NETWLLTTER

today (12th) that construction work on the proposed multi-million

dollar flour mill is to commence soon. Prime 'Minister Gairy

performed the ceremonial 'turning of the sod' at the Tempe site on

September 20th, and it is expected.that the mill will go into

operation by January slt 1980.

Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd was incorporated on 17th April 1978

with an authorised capital of EC$10 million divided into 100,000

shares of EC100O each. These shares are divided into 49,000

"A" shares, 49,000 "B" Shares and 2,000 "C" shares, each category

having different voting rights.

According to the Company's Articles of Association, holders of

class "A" shares shall be deemed, for voting purposes, to hold

512o of the shares and may elect up to 3 directors. Holders df

class "B" shares are considered to hold 47% of the shares and may

elect 2 directors. Class "C" shareholders have one vote for

each fully paid up share.
The financiers of the flour mill are not recorded at the Registry

and only two shareholders names have been given. They are

Mr George A Menezes, Company Director, and Mr Carol Bristol,

Barrister-at-Law. They are each recorded as holding one share.

Mr ienees is Managing Director of Geo F Huggins & Co Ltd. It is

known that this Company is interested in the venture and NhWSLETTRl

is reliably informed that Huggins is a junior partner in Caribbean
Agro Industries Ltd. The senior partner and promoter of the
venture is the Continental Milling Corporation of the United States.

Caribbean Agro Industries Ltd is the first Company to benefit under

the Qualified Enterprises Act passed by the Grenada Parliament

earlier this year. Under that Act, the Minister responsible

for industry may make a 'rax stabilisation order' under which "the

taxes, duties and imposts payable by a Qualified Enterprise shall

not exceed the rate of tax existing at the time the order was made."

The Company will enjoy this stabilisationn' for 15 years from

January 1st 1980. (continued)

Alister Hughes

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The Company will also be exempt for 15 years from the payment of

Income Tax end from the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Act,

under which tax is payable on transactions involving foreign


NEWSLETTER is advised that there was an agreement between the

Governments of the East Caribbean Common Market that St.Vincent

would be permitted to establish a flour mill to supply the whole

Market. That mill has been producing since July 1977 but a

mill has been constructed in St.Lucia also and has been in

production since late last year. The Grenada mill will be the

third in the East Caribbean Common. Market.
(431 words)


The establishment of a Caribbean Environmental Institute is one

of the principal items on the agenda of the Commonwealth

Environmental Health Strategy Conference/Workshop now in session

in Grenada.

A source close to the Conference said that the idea of such an
Institute was originally proposed by the Caribbean Community

(CARICOM) Secretariat, and has been endorsed by CARICOM Health

Ministers. The proposal is that the Institute be located in


The Conference/Workshop opened on October 9th and is scheduled

to end today (13th). It is sponsored jaiUtly by the CARICOM

Secretariat, the Pan-American Health Organisation, World Heaqth

Organisation and the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is being

attended by delegates from these organizations and from GARICOM


Other items on the agenda include water supplies, sewerage disposal,

beach pollution and industrial waste disposal.
(132 words)

Alister Hughes.

Page 5

The Grenada Trade Union Council (TUG) has appointed a seven-man

delegation to discuss with Prime Minister Gairy "Government's

apparent dont-care attitude towards resolutions' submitted by the


TUC Secretary, Mr Curtis Stewart, told NEWSLETTER today (12th)

that there is now considerable concern over Government's attitude.

"From time to time", he said, "we have passed important

resolutions and have forwarded them to Government and we have had

absolutely no response."

The decision to appoint the delegation was taken at the TUC

Regular Convention held on October 7th. Two Conventions are

held each year, the first in March for the election of officers

and receiving or reports, and the second six months later to deal

with such matters as may be pending.

Mr Stewart said the delegation to Mr Gairy will be led by TUC

President, Mr Percival Louison. Mr Gairy is now attending the

33rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and, on his
return, an appointment will be sought.

Last April 30th, the Grenada Manual Maritime & Intellectual

Workers Union (GMMIWU), of which Prime Minister Gairy is President

General Por Life, resigned from the Trade Union Council. No

reason was given but, shortly after, the "Grenada Trade Union

Congress" was formed with GMMIWU and three other unions, these

three being associations of taximen.

The Trade Union Council, which is recognized by the Caribbean

Congress of Labour, is comprised of the Civil Service Association,

the Technical & Allied Workers Union, the Grenada Union of Teachers,

the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, the Taxi Owners. & Drivers

Association and the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union.

Thirty-six representatives from these unions attended the TUG

Convention on October 7th.
(274 words)

Alister' Hughes
THE G:REiADA NEWSLETTER week Ending 14.10.78
Page 6

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) will provide agencyy
services" only in Sauteurs after the end of this month, and will
cease operations entirely in that town after 31st Deeember.

This was disclosed to NEhbLETTER today (13th) by Mr Mike Smith,

Grenada Manager of the Bank. Mr Sdith declined to state why

the Bank was pulling out of Sauteurs, the small town on renada's

north coast, but he thought some other Bank might provide service

in that area.

CIBC established a branch in Sauteurs 10 years ago but, late last
June, announced it was closing this branch on July 31st. There

was a protest demonstration in Sauteurs against this, following
which, Prime Minister Gairy intervened and there were discussions
with Mr Geoffrey Foster, CIBC Caribbean "rea Manager stationed in
Barbados. It was subsequently announced that the Sauteurs
branch would remain open until October 31st. In July, Mr Smith,
the Grenada Manager, told NEWSLETTER that he did not know what

would happen after that date, but he said today (13th) that the
branch will close at the end of this month.

"We will still provide full banking services in Sauteurs until
the end of this year", he said, "but these will be on an agency

basis and all the records will be kept at our Head Office in
(223 words)


The NEWSLETTER Cost Index (NCI) rose 6.62% in September as

compared with the base cost of the Shopping List in June

In an effort to fill the void caused by the lack of an
official cost-of-living index, NEWSLLTTER introduced a Goat

Index three months ago (see NEWSLETTER for the week ending
24th June 1978). It was pointed out then that, because

it was not scientifically constructed, NCI could not be taken

as an accurate presentation of Grenada's cost-of-living, but

Alister Hughes

Page 7
it was hoped it would be useful as a rough indicator of trends.

Of the 36 items in NCI, 6 show a downward trend in the September

figures. Eleven items are static and 16 show increases. It

should be noted that, when prices were being collected, three
items were not available on supermarket shelves, Pigeon Peas,

Around Coffee (local) and Manioc Flour (farine). These have

been excluded in arriving at the overall increase in September,

Since the introduction of NCI, another cost-of-living indicator
has been provided as a result of an Agreement reached between the

Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) and Jonas Browne &

Hubbard Ltd. The Company's employees are paid a cost-of-
living allowance based on increases over the cost of a "Food

Basket" drawn up on 14th Februaryy 1978.

According to the Agreement, the cost of the Food Basket is

adjusted every three months, and, on 14th May, it was found to

have increased from the base of EC#152.87 to BC0163.82. This

increase of EC$10.95 represents an upward move of 7.1.6% above the

base cost.

At the 14th of August, there was a further increase of EC$10.22

to 0EC174.04, making a total increase of 13.85% over the six

month period. This figure is close to the NCI increase of

6.62% over a three month period.

The Hubbards/CIWU Food Basket is due to be adjusted again on

November 14th.

Details of the NCI Shopping List are shown on the following page

Alister Hughes.
THE" GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 14.10.78

Page 8


Weight Weight
(Av)/Size (Grams)

Ground Beef 1 lb
Chicken (backs
& necks) 1i lb
Pickled Beef 1, lb
Pickled Pig
Tails 1 Ib
Salted Fish 1 lb
Smoked Herrings 1 lb
Canned Sardines
In Oil 3a oz
Eggs Doz
Powdered Milk 1 lb
Pigeon Peas 1 Ib
Split Peas 1 lb
Butter 1 Ib
Shortening 1 lb
Margarine lb
Cooking Oil 26 ozs
Counter Flour 1 Ib
Brown Sugar 1 Ib
Rice 1 lb
Refined Rum
(Imported) 26 oz
Refined Rum
(Local) 26 oz
Beer (Locel) 10 oz
Instant Coffee 2 oza
Ovaltine 4 ozs
Ground Coffee
(Local) lb
Cocoa Balls
(Local) lb
('Crix') 5 ozs
Salt (Cooking) 1 lb
Onions 1 Ib
Toilet Soap 35 oz
Washing Soap
Tooth Paste
Toilet Paper
(Single Ply) Roll

Kerosene Oil

12 Boxes

1. Ib
Imp. Gal

Gasoline (Super)Imp. Gal



+Chang Change
+ 0 .25, + 9.25

.80 .70 .10 12.50
2.20 ,3.45 + 1.25 + 56.81

1.88 1.78 -
3.15 3.44 +
1.95 2.45 +


92 .70 .82 + .12 + 17.14
4.08 4.14 + .06 + 1.47

454 2.78


3.78 + 1.00
Not Available
1.05 nil


+ 35.97



739ml.5.82 5.82 nil nil




47 1.70





Not available



nil nil

- 16.66
- 31.25
+ 5.17
+ 2.94

.87 + .10 + 12.98
1.02 + .19 + 22.87

Not Available
2.41 nil
2.74 nil


$3.94 6.62

#62.23 $66.17

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NhESLXTER week Ending 14.10.78

Page 9

The basic world-wide programme for Scouts was not altered by the

recent Chief Scout Commissioners Conference in Grenada, but it has

been 'Caribbeanised' to make it more relevant to boys in this

region. This was told to NEWSLETTER today (13th) in an

exclusive interview with Mr Leslie'Pierre, Grenada's Chief Scout


"Proficiency tests will be the same basically as those taken

anywhere else in the world", Mr Pierre said, "but Westindian boys

will not be asked to recognize trees of northern climates and we

will no longer have an 'Angler's' proficiency badge. It will

be the same test but, in the Caribbean we don't talk of 'anglers'.

We will have a 'Fisherman's badge', and it is with this sort of

action that we have 'Caribbeanised' the Scout programme for our


Originally, 20 countries were to take part in this 8th Conference

of Caribbean Chief Scout-Commissioners, but 9 only were able to

attend. These were Anguilla, Barbados, Nevis, Turks & Caicos

Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, St.Kitts, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada.

Mr Pierre said that the Conference had no 'legal status' and that

none of the independent Scout Associations belonging to it are

bound by its recommendations.

"However", he said, "because of the fact that our Programme was

circulated in advance to all the Associations and we have had no

objections, and because of the unanimity of the decisions of those

of us who did attend, we are satisfied that the Programme will be

accepted by all the easociations for which it is intended."

A highlight of the Conference was a luncheon honouring Mr Lyle

Harrison, retired Chief Commissioner of Barbados. A tradition

of the conference is that an 'honour-lunch' be held for Chief

Commissioners who have retired. Mr Harrison retired five years

ago and this is the first occasion on which he has been able to be


Grenada's new Governor General, Mr Paul Sao.on, and Mrs Scoon

Alister Hughes
THE GAENADA NEMSLhTTER eaek Ending 14.10.78

Page 1.0
hosted the Commissioners at a dinner at Government House on

October 6th, and they were guests at the residence of Grenada's

Chief-Commissioner, Mr Leslie Pierre and Mrs Pierre on the next
evening. The Conference ran from October 4th to 8th and, on

the last day, the Commissioners were taken by Grenadian families
on 'home hospitality'.
(380 words)


The 8 S "Geestland" sailed on October 10th with 13,176 boxes of

bananas weighing 434,803 Ibs. There were 133 boxes of rejected

fruit. The Urenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) paid
producers ECO 14 per pound on the weight of fruit received at the

boxing plants, but this weight is not yet available.

The price paid by Geest Industries Ltd to GBCS on this shipment
is also not yet available, but the Geest price on the shipment by

"Geeststar" on October 3rd was ECO 33.369.

The boxing plant weight of the shipment of 3rd was 436,170 Ibs,
and of September 26th, 466,629 Ibs.

The total weight of bananas shipped in 1978, to date, is

26,453,081 Ibs.


During the week ending October 7th, three cruise liners visited
Grenade. They were the "Cunard Countess" on 3rd with 727

passengers, the "Angelina Lauro" on 4th with 617 passengers and

the "World Discoverer" on 5th with 111 passengers.

To date, statistics for the week ending September 16th have not

been reported. These are the "Cunard Countess" on 12th with

776 passengers, and the "Angelina Lauro" on 13th with 577
passengers. )33


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