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Volume 6 Number 27
For The Week Ending 'Iovember 4th 1978
6th-Yearof Publication - - 91st Issue
Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P -Box 65,-8t.Georges. Grenada, Westindies

4r':.'. ''


There is still no solution to the conflict which threatens to

break up "The Peoples' A3Aiance", the grouping of three Political

parties which makes up the official opposition in the Grenada

House of Representatives.

There have been indications of this conflict for some time, but it
came into the open late in August when two of the Parties, the

Grenada National Party (GNP) and the United Peoples' Party (UPP)

held discussions with Prime Minister Gairy on a plan he put forward

for the industrialisation of the island,

The third Party, the New Jewel Movement (NJM), refused to hold

discussions with Mr Gairy unless there was a previously agreed

agenda, and the Party said that "the lifting of all forms of
oppression off the backs of the people and restrictions on the

rights of the Opposition must be the first item on any agenda for

talks with Gairy."

This difference of approach brought the conflict between the
parties into the open with public statements being made by each of

them. It became clear -that UPP and GNP ware together against

NJM who, they said, had started a "scurrilous campaign" against
them and who, they indicated, they suspected of being "communist".
NJM denied that it was "communist", accused UPP and GNP of
"cooperating" with the Gairy Government, and said their two

partners in the Alliance are "jealous of growing support for NJM"

Discussions to resolve the conflict have resulted in an exc~ age
of "Position Paperas", the first published being that of the GNP on

October 11th. In it, GNP called on all members. of the Alliance

tQ declare
1. That they are not agents of the CIA nor of any other
Ol o.tdIde er. (continued)

T ir O iADA aUiilaT TER wteek Eading i .78age

2. That they are not involved with communists

3. That they reject communism

Reference to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
is probably a reflection of an accusation made by NJM agaiat UPP

before the formation of the Alliance, that the latter Party was an

agent of the CIA.

Last Friday (27th), the Parties held their regular fortnightly

Alliance Executive meeting and discussed the dispute further.

Also, both UPP and NJi presented "Position Papers". NJMa'

Paper has not been published but the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper

(whose Managing Director and Editor are both prominent UPP members)

said the NJM Paper "concerned itself with offering suggestions for

normalizing the Alliance and defeating Gairy."
No Assurance
"Torchlight" said too that NJr's Paper "also listed what it

considered acts of sabotage against the Alliance but gave no

assurance nor made any declaration on the points raised by the

other Parties.

UPP's "Position Paper", published by "Torchlight" on October 29th,

refers to GNP's Paper of October 11th and says UPP "agrees totally

with both the accuracy and validity of the content." UPP said

it found it necessary to list

i. "Irresponsible statements and vicious lies" published by NJM.

2. The necessity to "confirm to the people" a document setting

out the "principles and activities." of the Alliance in

opposition. UPP said this document must "stand alongside

our 1976 Manifesto which was our socio-economic guide for

an Alliance Government."

3. The need to foster better relationships between NJM, UPP

and GiP. Under this head, UPP referred to what it called

the "open and persistent attacks on the anti-.Gairy black

which does. not share NJM's viewpoint". UPP said these

attacks are "counter productive" and "afford Gairy

opportunities for exploitation."

Under this head also, UPP said the ileobf the business

and farming communities should be prdp~ly researched and

T'HEGRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.1.178 e

analysed "minus the cock-eyed label of 'capitalist

exploiters'". UPP feels that policies for advancement of

Grenada must be consistent with the island's sovereignty and

"do not render us lackeys of any world power and its credos."

UPP said the Alliance's declared stand is for "fair and free

elections", and "all political work must ensure that we do

not lose sight of that essential in flirtations with other

systems, conditions and military circumstances."

NEWSLSTER spokd yesterday (2nd) to Mr Herbert Blaize, GNP Political

Leader, and asked him what the position is since the Alliance

meeting last Friday (27th). Mr Blaize said there were no

developments except that UPP and NJM have submitted their "Position

Papers" and these are being studied. Mr Blaize expected there

will be further discussion.
Strains & Tensions
NEW8LETTER also spoke yesterday (2nd) to Mr Maurice Bishop, Leader

of the Opposition and NJM Joint Coordinating Secretary. Mr Bishop

declined to disclose the content of his party's "Position Paper" and

said that, at this stage, he preferred not to say very much.

"We of the NJM do not wish to make any statement with regard to the

situation in the Alliance at this time", he said, becausee of the

fact of the strains and tensions that are there, largely occasioned

by the manouverings and baiting of Gairy. So far as we are

concerned, it would be irresponsible, in these circumstances, for

NJM, or the other units of the Alliance, to make any statement which

may further increase these tensions."

Mr Bishop said the NJM position remains that the Party wants to see

the Alliance continue and is working hard to achieve this.. For

this purpose, NJM felt it necessary to maintain an atmosphere of

cooperation and conciliation, bearing in mind, he said, the primary

aim for which the Alliance was formed, that is, the removing of the

Gairy Government.

Referring to the UPP and GNP "Position Papers", Mr Bishop said NJM

has "responded to eagh of the concrete suggestions made by the

other units of the.Alliance." "We have put forward eleven
4 (continued)

THE GRENADA NEWULETTER Week Ending 4-.1.78 Page

proposals in our Position Paper", he said, "but, to date, we have

had no response from either GEP or UPP."
Commenting on what he called the "divide and rule" tactics of

Prime Minister Gairy, Mr Bishop said there is deliberate

discrimination being shown by the Police in granting permission

for use of public address systems. bNJM has been refused

permission to use a public address system at any of the sixteen

meetings we held over the past four weeks", he said, "and we have

now been refused permission again for four meetings scheduled for

this week-end. On the other hand, GNP was given permission to

use a public address system to advertise a meeting for this

afternoon, and we understand that they have received permission

to use a public address system at that meeting."

Concerning the next steps, to be taken in connection with resolving

the dispute within the Alliance, Mr Bishop said he expected that

further discussions will be held. "As Leader of the Opposition",

he said, "I have made it clear that I expect the regular fortnightly

meeting of the Alliance Executive to take place on November 10th,

and I expect that, by then, both UPP and OMP will have responded

to NJM's Position Paper."

NEWSLETTER spoke yesterday (2nd) with Mr Simeon Green, UPP Political

Leader, and asked for a statement on his Party's position on the

dispute in the Alliance. Mr Green said he had not been present

at any of the discussions and, since the meeting of Friday 27th,

he had not seen UPP'a Parliamentary Representative, Mr Winston

Whyte, who had been at the discussions. Mr Green promised

to confer with Mr Whyte and make a statement today (3rd), but

neither he nor Mr Whyte have been available today.
(1213 words)


Grenada's Minister of Labour, Mr Roy St.John, is actively involved

as Vice-President of the Grenada Manual Maritime & Intellectual

Workers Union, and negotiates on behalf of that union.


THE GRENADA NEISLETER Week Ending 4.11.78 gag

A press release issued after the 'Interim Meeting' of the Caribbean

Laployera Confudera'tion(OCE )eld recently in St.Vincent disclosed

this. aid called Mr StJohn's action an example of a breach of

internationally accepted standards and practices in industrial


The CEO learned of this situation. "with alarm", the release says,

and described Mr St.John's dual role as "a flagrant breach of the

principle of tripartism, the principle in which, in industrial

relations matters, Government, employers and employees are involved

as separate and distinct entities.

CIC members were alarmed also over the information that, in Grenada,

some employers have been called on to pay union dues to the union,

not from the workers' wages, but as a direct subscription from the

employer to the union. This, the release says, is another

breach of an international labour standard.

The CEC meeting was held from October 18th to 20th and the feature

address. was delivered by CEC President, Mr E A C Hughes. Mr Hughes

thought that the "shadow of disintegration hangs over several

regional organizations, and there is need for regional unity and

closer integration." (Please see top of page 12 for
Weakness paragraph inadvertently omitted)
The CEC President thought the principal problem is the weakhese of

the economies of so many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

This. weakness, he thought, creates unemployment and an adverse

balance of trade which tends to lead to both import and immigration

restrictions. "As a result", he said, "two of the very basic

factors for the existence of CARICOM free movement and free

trading between members -, are negated."

Mr Hughes mentioned also what he called the large amount of

industrial relations legislation being enacted throughout the

region. Almost without exception, he said, this legislation had

the objectives of protecting the worker and safeguarding the

economic life of the country by restricting strike action.

"However", said ar Hughes., "very little is being done to protect

the employer and his capital and, in addition, awards made by

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.11.78 Page 6

Industrial Tribunals and Arbitration Boards have been heavily

weighted in the workers' favour." He thought that, in spite

of the argument that the private employer is an anachronism, he

is, because of his capital investment, a vital link in the

development of the economies of the Caribbean, and the time had

come for some consideration to be given to him.

Turning to the question of job security, the OEC President agreed

that protection of employees' rights was necessary, but he was

alarmed at recent developments which, he said, indicated that

dismissal, even for a serious breach of contract, was becoming

difficult, if not impossible. This led to indiscipline,

inefficiency, poor work and low productivity, Mr Hughes said,

and he called on Governments and tradeunion leaders to consider

the welfare of their countries rather than be guided by narrow

partisan interests.
False pretense
In the course of its discussion, the meeting deplored what was

called the increasing tendency of employees to use the "sick out"

to settle industrial grievances. The opinion was expressed

that the "sick-out" brings suspicion on the medical profession,

increases the cost of medical care of employees covered by medical

insurance, and is a method of obtaining money under false pretenses.

CEC holds two meetings each year, the Annual General Meeting and

the "Interim Meeting" six months later. The 1979 Annual

General Meeting will be held in Jamaica from 25th to 27th April,

and the Interim Meeting is scheduled for October 1979 in Grenada.

Dates for the Interim Meeting have not yet been fixed.

Delegates to the St.Vincent meeting came from Antigua, Barbados,

Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St.Lucia, St.Vincent,

Trinidad & Tobago and from the International Labour Office.

Grenada was represented by the President of the Grenada

Employers Federation, Mrs Angela Smith.
( 662 words )



With effect from today (1st), Grenadas territorial waters extend

12 nortical miles from her shores. In addition, the State has

established an "Exclusive Economic Zone" running for 200 miles

outwards from the limit of the territorial waters.

These dimensions are set out in'two Acts passed by Parliament

earlier this year. They are Act Number 17, the drenada

Territorial Act 1978, assented to by the Governor General on 5th

May, and Act Number 20, the Marine BoundariocAct 1978, assented to

on May 19th. Provision was made that these Acts should come into

operation "on such day as the Minister may appoint", and November

ist has now been appointed that day.

Under Act 17, foreign ships-of-war may not navigate within 12 miles

of Grenada's coasts, but other.foreign ships are entitled to the,

right of "innocent passage". Among other- things, however,

fishing is not permitted within the island's territorial waters,

nor is research allowed or "extracting living or non-living


Act 20 extends the ban on fishing (other than by Grenadians and
permit holders) to the extent of the 200 mile zone. In addition,

all rights in and jurisdiction over the Zone are vested in the

Government of GrenadA in respect of, among other things, exploration,

exploitation, management of the resources of the sea-bed, scientific

research, prevention of and. control of marine pollution and all other

rights recognized by international law.

According to Act 20, when the 200 mile point from Grenada is more

than half the distance to an adjacent country, the limit of the

Exclusive Economic Zone is to be fixed by agreement with that

country. When there is no such agreement, the limit is the

half-way point between Grenada and that country. Countries

affected by this are St.Vincent, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.
(296 words)

Page 7



Although seven years is a very short time to correct some of the

established styles of life that Caribbean Churches have adopted

over the centuries, since the 1971 Chaguaramas Ecumenical

Consultation, some progress has been made towards identifying

the Church with the poor and oppressed of the region.

This opinion was expressed in an exclusive interview with NEHSLETTER

on Thursday (2nd) by Dr Roy Neehall, General secretary of thE

Caribbean Conference of Churches. ; "We can now count on a

network, a minority group, mind you", he said, "but a network

of Church Leaders and Church Members all around the Caribbean

who definitely have a new vision of the Church as the Church in

the service of the poor and oppressed."

Dr Neehall said.this network of people see the involvement of

the Church in "social action issues" as being an integral part

of the life and witness of the Church. He thought there is

now a much larger group of people across the Caribbean, both
ordained and lay, who never have any question in their minds about

the "social imperatives" of the Gospel.

"We were trained in the colonial Church to believe that, if you

concentrate on the individual", he said, emphasizingg individual

gr personal piety, individual morality, emphasising the full

conversion of the individual, then all those things which we

control as individuals, like the social system, the political

system, the economic system, all these things will work for the

benefit of all and will demonstrate that we are really concerned

about things like justice."
Not True
The General Secretary said that that colonial teaching "just
wasn't true, and he said "one has to recognize that the Gospel

has social imperatives which lead us, not only to be involved, but

to call into question those aspects of the life of Man, political,
economic and social, that are not, at the present time, working
for the benefit of all, and that include, within their structure,

injustices that must not only be condemned but that we must

struggle to correct."


THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.11.78 page 9

"I would say that we have a strong prophetic minority within the

Church", Dr Neehall said, "and it is that fact, that they are still

within the Church, that makes it possible for them to cooperate

with groups of people in the Caribbean who are working outside the

Church in order to bring about the kind of society that we all

dream about, a society in which justice will he the abiding


Dr Neehall thought the Caribbean Church had made some significant

steps forward in this direction, but it still had a long way to go.

Referring to Caribbean countries in which the Church appears to be

cooperating with oppressive and unjust Governments, the General

Secretary said there are also people, both leaders and others, in

and out of the Church, who are "found on the other side."

"One has to realise", he said, "that the difficulty that the local

Church faces in a national or local situation is, how to side with

those who are being oppressed, and yet maintain the kind of position

that they need in the society in order to continue working."

Dr Neehall said the local Churches have to endure pressures

that sometimes are exceedingly great and they have to count on a

regional Body, like the Caribbean Conference of Churches, to do

some of the work for them.

"Very often the local Church asks us to do something that they

cannot do themselves", he said, "for instance, to publicize abroad

a situation of injustice or violation of human rights."
Human Rights
On the question of human rights, Dr Neehall said it was necessary

to make one point clear. "Because human rights have to do, not

only with individual rights", he said, "but also with economic and

social thing& such as the right to work, the right to adequate

housing and the right to proper health care, it happens that the

economic and social rights of our communities are often not being


Dr Neehall said that Government policies are such that, even

though they pay careful respect to individual rights, and ,everybody

is equal before the law, they are not changing the system

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER week Ending 4.11.78 Page 10

sufficiently so that everybody can have an equal opportunity.

"We still have,, all through the Caribbean, these pockets of

privilege", he said, "where we have minorities, of people who seem

to be able to get everything they want and have.everything they

want. On the other hand, you have others who, for instance,

because their education is so diVfunctional, are now not able to

acquire jobs because they don't have the skills."

The QCC.General Secretary.aaid that, in Curacao, at the Consultation
on the Task of the Church in Social Change, held recently, the

Church was called upon to look on such situation where the Churches

themselves may be contributing to this type of violation of human

rights. He pointed out, for instance, that, in the Caribbean, the

Church is very involved in education, but he raised the question of

the type of education the Church is providing.

"How many of the Churches are transferring resources that are now

going into traditional forms of education into such things as

vocational training or skills training ?" he asked. Dr Neehall

felt that a lot of people are unemployed because they have no skill

whatsoever, and it is important that an effort be made to provide

them with skills.

"We have called upon the Churches", he said, "to divert more of their

resources and energies towards this kind of training. That,

however, is only a partial answer to the question, and I still feel

that the best situation is where a Church, or a group of Christian

people, are prepared to take a stand and face the consequences when

fundamental rights are being violated."
(963 words)


Workers at Barclays Bank Head Office and branches in Grenada took

industrial' action last week in support of their demand that

management negotiate with them the question of increased wages.

NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that, early in October, a committee
of the Bank's. employees wrote the Manager requesting a meeting to

discuss wages. The committee was told that their letter had been

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER'- -Week. Ending 1,, 78 Page ti

sent to. Barclays' headquarters in t#abgdoa for attpntipn and,

following thia, officials from Barclays Barbado bame. to Grshad

last week and met the committee..

NEIViLE'i'TER's source said these officials tbld ,the coiiittee that
they were "not properly constituted" and refused to discuss the

question of wages. This resulted .p.,go-alow on Monday

235r and Tuesday 24th, and then a "sick-out" on Wednesday 25th and

Thursday 26th.

The "sick-out" kept over 20 employees, more than half the Bank's

staff, away from work and at least one branch office was forced to
close. The Gouyave Agency remained open and, at the Grenville
Branch, six of the 10 employees were away from work.

Last year; an attempt was made -o unionise bank workers and, on

April 18th, the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU) was registered.

Employees from the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of

Commerce, the Grenada Cooperative Bank and Barclays Bank
International Ltd joined BGWU, but the union claimed a majority of

workers only at Barclays.
Intimidatory Tactics
Application for recognition by Barolays was, however, not
successful. A spokesman for Barclays told NEWSLETTER at the time

that the Bank would put no obstacles in the way of the Union, but
NEWSLETTER was advised that the. Bank emplayod'what officials of

BGUW called "intimidatory tactics" andr mo3t of those who had
joined, the union withdrew their membership.

In an exeluasiyeintefl (3rad}) with the BGWU President,

Mr Vinceheit Noelz, NEWLETTER was' tol a that, since the employees

committee has been told.shat they Were not properly constituted,
Barclays' employees have rejoined BGWU, and the Union now has nore

than 50% of the Bank's employees on its membership roll.

"We held a meeting yesterday (and)", Mr Noel said, "and Barclays.'
employees have told the Union that the attitude of the Bank's

management towards BGWU is one of total arrogance. And these
employees have stated that management is already bringing pressure
oe them." continuedo .

THL GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.11.78 Pae 12

The following paragraph was inadvertently omitted

following the fourth paragraph on page 5. NEWlLETTER

"There is, for example, no denying that CARICOU&

is experiencing difficulty staying alive",

S Mr Hughes said. "The vbrlous constituent

countries all have their own separate problems,

some of which may apply to more than one member."

Mr Noel declined to state what steps his union will take. "We

are applying to Barclays for recognition next week", he said, and

we will see what happens after that."
(413 words)


A Visitor expenditure iotivatibnal Survey (VES) was launched in

Grenada on October 23rd. According to a release from the

Grenada Tourist Board, this survey is being undertaken in

conjunction with the Organisation of American States (OAS)

Programme of Tourist Development and the Caribbean Tourism

Research Centre (CTRC).

A spokesman for the Tourist Board told NEWSLETTER today (3rd)

that the survey is expected to last six months and will be

conducted among visitors to the island to ascertain how much

they spend and what attracts them to Grenada.

Now in Grenada to launch the survey is Mr Bernard Spinrad, OAS

economist and Senior Tourism Specialist attached to CTRC in

Barbados, and M. Gerhard von Hauenach ld, Senior Karketing

Officer of the OAS Washington staff.
(121 word)


A development Committee under the direction of the Grenada

Conference of Churches (GCC) is to be set up to handle

disbursement of funds from the Christian Action For Development

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.11-.78 Page 13

In The Caribbean (CADEC) organisation.

This was disclosed to N.WbLk'rTER in an exclusive interview.

on Thursday (2nd) by Dr Roy Neehall, General Secretary of CADEC.

" We have not had a Grenada Committee with that autonomy before",

Dr Neehall said, "and the matter is now being discussed with GCC."

He said that, before the Committee can be set up, GCC must make

a formal request to CADEC, and qust decide how much money they can

handle in development annually.

Dr Neehall arrived in Grenada on Wednesday (1st) accompanied

by Dr Neville Linton, Special Advisor on CADEC affairs, and
Mr Lambert Rae, Head of CADEC's project Development Department
and Secretary of the CADEC Development Fund.

In addition to the eatabliashent.of the local Development

Committee, the purpose of the visit to Grenada is the setting up

of better communications between GCC and the CADEC Secretariat.

The visiting CADEC team will also assist GCC to develop its

infrastructure to facilitate programme development and fund raising.

Dr Neehall told NEWSLETTER that the local Development Committee will

be limited in the size of the development project it may finance.

"The present arrangement", he said, "which is fixed by the

Caribbean-wide Developlemt Fund Committee, is that projects up to

ten thousand Barbados dollars can be decided upon by the local

Development Committee."

CADEC's policy is to give this autonomy throughout the region,

and the General Secretary said that, in some territories, the loal.

Development Committee is working well. In others, there has been

difficulty in making a start, principally because the staff was not

available to go out into the field to find out exactly wnat is


"A lot of basic community work has to be done", he said, "so that
there will be much more for the Committee to do than just make .
decisions about how much money to allocate to particular projects."

Dr Neehall and his colleagues returned to Trisidad, today (3rd)

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.11.78 a,. ge 14


The European Development Fund (EDF) is to finance the purchase of

equipment to the value of EC$108,000 for the St.Georges. Hospital

Extension now being constructed. This value is equivalent to

approximately 33,500 "European Units of Account", and 'the equipment

is to be purchased in five lots.

A notice in the Government Gazette of October 27th invited tenders
for (1) Furniture & Sundry Hospital Supplies, (2) Ward Equipment,

(3) Surgical Instruments & Equipment, (4) Radiographic Equipment
and (5) Laboratory Equipment. "Invitation to Tendaer" dossiers
are available from the Ministry of Pinance and tenders should be

received by December 1st.

According to the notice, "participation is open on equal terms to
all natural and legal persona of the Member States and the African,

Caribbean and Pacific States which are signatories of the Lome
(132 words)


It is reported that the-Canadian firm, Beaver Asphalt Paving

Company, is to construct-ten miles of feeder road in Grenada.

Work will begin shortly and the project, estimated to cost EC#1.7

million, is expected to be completed by next April.

NEWSLhTTER is advised that this undertaking is financed by a

loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Agreement with
the construction company was signed on August 14th.

A feeder road programme, funded by the British, came to an abrupt
end in June last year. No reason was given for the folding up

of that programme.

Last Sarurday (28th), in preparation for the feeder-road
programme, a beach-landing craft unloaded equipment at '.a east

coast town of Grenville. The next day (29th), the ira* craft

unloaded other equipment at Grenada's sister island of Carriacou.

It is reported that this equipment wil; e used in resurfpoing
Carriacou's Lauriston Airport runway and in reconstructing the

THE GRENADA NdSLETTL'E week Ending 4.11.76 Page 0

Hillsborough jetty.
(157 words)


With effect from Wednesday (let), Mr George THevenet will no longer

head the office of the Organisation of American States. (AS) in

Grenada. It is reported that directorr Thevenet has not yet been

advised of his new posting, but Mr Samuel Lujan, who previously

worked in Grenada for the 0AD, will fill his post here until a new

Director is appointed.

Born in Uraguay, Mr Thevenet, who has been with the OAS for 14 years,

was posted to Grenada last December.

No reason has been given for his recall.
S(88 words)


Dr Wellington Friday, Miniater of Education, left here last Thursday

(26th) to represent the State at the Dominica Independence

celebrations which began October 27th. Dominica becomes.

independent on November 3rd.

Travelling with Dr Friday was Prime Minister Gairy, to whom Premier

Patrick John of Dominica extended a personal invitation.

Dr Friday and Mr Gairy are expected to return to Grenada on Saturday.
(63 words)


Grenada has two representatives at a seminar for Caribbean Public

Servants. opening in St.Luvia today (1st). They are Messrs Robert

Robinson and Herbert James, president and Vice-President respectively

of the Grenada Civil Service Association.

This seminar is sponsored by the International Labour Organisation

(ILO) and the Danish International Development Agency, and
participants are expected from Jamaica, Barbados,, Trinidad & Tobago,

Dominica, St.Vincent, Bermuda, Belize, AntigL and Suriname.

Among the lecturers will be Dr Zin Henry, J4p Caribbean Director,-

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER -.WekS Ending 4.11.78 h 16

Mr Frank Walcott, Secretary General of the Barbados Workers Union,

and Senator James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the Trinidad &

Tobago Public Service Association.

Messrs Robinson and James left Grenada yesterday (3iat) and are
expected to return this week end.
S((120 words)


Dr Ivan Markovics, Radical Director of the Grenada Health Clinic,

is to make an important announcement next week.

This Clinic, which was scheduled to be opened last August has not
yet started its service. Delay in arrival of equipment has been

given as the reason and, when N~iWTTE. asked Dr Markovica today

(3rd) when the Clinic will open its doors, he declined to answer.
He said that most of the equipment has now been received, but he

would make an important announcement next week.

"There are some important.and interesting people we expect to come

to Grenada next week as, our gueate", he said, "and I will then be

willing to give a press interview and make some important
announcements to NEWSLETTER."

According to a brochure put out by the Grenada Health Clinic,

patients entering that institution will be treated on the basis

of the "Niehans Cell Therapy". This treatment is given by

injections of sheep cells. Diseases of the liver are treated

with sheep liver. oells, diseases of the brain with sheep brain

cells, of the skin with sheep skin cells etc etc. Treatment

of all diseases. lasts one week and, including return air fare
from New York and aocomodation, costa USB2000.

There are unconfirmed reports that, for unstated reasons, the
Clinipcwill not open in Grenada.
(213 wordsal


The S S "Ggatstar" sailed on October 3,gt with 11`~561 boxes of
bananas weighing V4,609. Ibs. Therder6 229 box ee rejee4
S ,Oontinuedj

THE G"N ktaEW.ESL'ETTY Weok Ending 4,11.78 page 17

erOIillOOlcrliaricit!_: L''sib'hoa i.nCei.33 air*:na
fruit. The Grenada 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.

Also not available is the price paid by Geest Industries to GBCS

on this shipment.

Not available also is the boxing plant weight on the shipment by

"Geesttide" on October 24th.

On the shipment by "Geesttide" on October 24th, Geest paid GBCS

ECS 31.701 on the shipped weight.

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

27,881,052 Ibs.
(125 words)


The last statistics published in NhSLETTER were in the issue of

21st October and were for the week ending October 14th.

During the week ending October 21st, there were five calls as

follows :-

October 16th "Fairsea" 886 Passengers.

17th "Cunard Countess"

18th "Angegina Lauro"

"World Renaissance"

19th "Veendam"

677 do.

722 do.

393 do.
645 do.

Durihg;the week

October 23rd



ending October 28th,

"Fair Wind"

"Cunard Countess"

"World Renaissance"

there were three cal :-

904 Passengera

713 do.

311. do.

The "Angelina Lauro and "World Renaissance" both called on October
11th and their passenger complements have not been available bPCore.

TtRiy have noqprbeen advised as 697 and 310 respectively.

SEE PhE 18

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.11.78 4


Prime Minister Gairy would like to address all students of the

St.Georges School of Medicine in the presence of the Chancellor,

Dr Charles Modica, and his Board of Directors in order to clear

many matters relating to the School of Medicine, the Government

of Grenada and the United States Government.
I I/
This. is stated in a circular letter dated October 25th and

addressed to all the School's students. The letter says "there

are namy things which would surprise you which the Prine Minister

would like to divulge in the presence of the Chancellor and his


According to the letter (signed by Miss Gloria Payne, Cabinet

Secretary ) Government has requested a meeting for November 8th

with Dr Modica and his Board and "certain members of the Cabinet

including the legal advisers."

"Dr Modica says"that he cannot get his Board to come for the

meeting as requested by the Government", the letter says, "but

it is vitally important that this meeting be held as soon as

(163 words)

Alis er ghes;
3rd No mber 1978

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