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
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


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Volume 7 Number 2
For The Week Ending February .0th 1979
7th Year of Publication - - 200th Issue


The current week marks a milestone in the l2fe of this publication
which now celebrates with a new masthead. First put out in the
week yeing 18 ugust 1973, NEWSLETTER has provided a service for
some five and,a half years, and this week's issue is the 200t.
publication since NEWSLETTER's birth.

Appreciation must be expressed of Mr F Seal Coon, -the then Editorial
Manager of the Gleaner Company Ltd of Jamaica who put forward the
idea of the GRENADA NEWSLETTER. In July of 1973, he suggested
te production ,of "a weekly Grenada newsletter" which would be
"purIly factual and be about usn words long". The suggestion
was accepted'and, typewritten and covering 7 ua usa.ories, the first
issue of NEWSLETTER was 537 words long.

.Since then, the publication has been improved and expanded.
Newsstories are reported in depth, statistics have been introduced,
annual chronological catalogues of events are produced and
exclusive interviews lend colour and provide information which, in
most cases, is not available elsewhere.

One feature, however, remains unchanged. As with its first
publication, the GRENADA NEWSLETTER has no opinion and takes no,
sides. Every effort is made to avoid bias and reporting is on-
a "purely factual" bapis. (continued)

Product= & Printed by ALister & CyntbiaL a ith
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, _Vqtian..
L" -- '


The producers and printers of NEWSLETTER believe that the sert7ce

rendered is valued by persons who require to be informed of facts

associated with developments in this island. As the 200th

anniversary of the first issue is marked, it is the aim and pledge

of the GRENADA NEWSLETTER to maintain and expand that service.


Grenada's economy has been given a boost with the launching of
"Product Industrialisation and Employment BootString". This

was disclosed by Governor General Mr Paul Scoon as he read the

Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament (held at Queens Park)

on the anniversary of the island's Independence Day, February 7th.

This projecttiwas put forward by Prime Minister Gairy last August

and Mr Sc66n described it as "a developmental thrust designed to

encourage foreign and local investment financing for industrial

enterprises, thereby creating job opportunities and utilising

agricultural raw material."

"After four months of planning and preparation in 1978", he said&

the response has been resounding and, in 1979, we shall see the

construction of 500 resort units, the establishment of a flour

mill, a cement plant, a concrete tile factory, a ratan furniture

factory and a number of agro-industrial enterprises."

The Goveinor General said one could look around and- ee a

definite improvement in the standard of living and tha quality

of life in the island, and this is due, he thought, to the fact

that Grenadians are demonstrating their ability to pull

themselves up by their own bootstrings.

The Governor General also disclosed that Government is to give

priority to the establishment of a "State University". This

University, he said, will upgrade, integrate and give new

dimensions to existing tertiary institutions and programmes.


"The University will be a hybrid between a traditional and a
... .. (continued)

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TH8 %cNaNuAa niwsbLurEiK -'Week Ending 10.2.79 Page 3

non-traditional institution", he said. "It will have

institutional links with several accredited institUtions in various

parts of the world, and will develop into a prototype for introduction

in other parts of the world."

Mr Scoon said this University is not intended to be competitive with

the University of the West Indies. Rather, he said, it will seek

to provide educational opportunities for which UWI is not'

philosophically or practically geared.

A healthy and productive agricultural sector is the key to

improvement in the economic and social development of Government,

the Governor General said, and he stated that his Government wished

to reemphasise this. "My Government will continue to take every

measure to ensure that a climate conducive to the expanded growth

and development of this sector will prevail", he said.

The Throne Speech covered also the field of health, and Mr Scoon said

the extension to the General Hospital, financed by the European

Development Fund, will be completed by the end of February. This

extension includes a new laboratory, an X-ray unit and a larger

maternity ward.

"It is also expected that the Eye Ward and Clinic will soon be

completed", the Governor General said, "and, during the year,

renovations will be carried out in the Operating Theatre to provide

facilities for two complete operating units, and an Intensive Care

Unit will be established."

The Governor General said that 1978 had been a good year for the

Tourist Industry. "The 1978 figures reveal an increase of 13% in

the number of stay-over visitors", he said, "and 7% in the number of

cruise passengers." He said that yachting continues its upward

trend with a 29% increase in the number of visiting yachts.

"Above all", said Mr Scoon, "my Government invokes the blessing of th

Almighty on Parliament, on our distinguished Prime Minister, Dr the

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10/2/';9 Page 4

Right Honourable Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, so that he would continue

to provide this country with positive and dynamic leadership, on

all Ministers of Government, so that they may give increasing

support to the formulation and execution of Government's policies,

on all Public Officers, so that they may be endued with the

strength and capacity to discharge their duties with diligence,

efficiency and loyalty, and on all the citizens of the country,

so that they may be spiritually and materially enriched.
(622 words)



It is clear that in today's Grenada, no one is safe from the

dangers posed by a rising Facist dictatorship. This opinion

is expressed by Mr Maurice Bishop, Leader of the Opposition, in

a document published on the occasion of Grenada's fifth

anniversary of independence.

Mr Bishop said the "so-called Labour Government" of Prime

Minister Gairy had launched an offensive on the human rights

of workers. "The Essential Services Act, passed in

February 1978, has effectively removed the right of some 15 of

the most important categories of workers to strike or take any

other form of industrial action", he said, "and now the ruling

Party has joined forces with the racist, imperialist Barclays

Bank in a naked attempt to prevent those workers from joining

the trade union of their choice and having such union bargain

for them."

Mr Bishop referred to the health situation in Grenada as

"shocking" and he catalogued several cases which, he said, made

Grenadians "desperately afraid of falling ill." He said a 4

year old boy died recently because: necessary brain surgery could

not be performed at the General Hospital and Government refused

to pay costs of his passage to Barbados or Trinidad.

"A few months before that", he said, "a 13 year Old girl died of

Brain haemotrhage wben she too could have been saved. On
i-__ (continued)

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER"- Week Ending 10.2.79 .Page 5

January 21st, another promising 25 year old was burled because the
relatively inexpensive machine that could have kept him alive was not

available at the hospital. On top of this, some 100 babies and

children died of vomiting and diarrhoea in Grenada in 1978 alone."f

Mr Bishop said this is what Grenada is like five years after what he

called "flag independence". And, alarming as the situation is in

the field of health, he said, it is no less frightening than in a

hundred other critical areas of life.

"Imagine that more than 800 poor, starving, frustrated Grenadians

turned up a few weeks ago after Radio Grenada advertised for just 37

jobs", he said. "Imagine that a senior Inspector of Police

disappears apparently without trace and the ruling Government

does not even announce the fact or call for an inquiry or

investigation into it." Mr Bishop said the right to life has

been replaced by "the twin spectors of political murders and Chile-

type disappearances."

The Leader of the Opposition said that Grenadians are learning that

"political or flag independence" is meaningless unless it is

accompanied by planned efforts to free the economy and society from

foreign domination and internal political repression, and he thought

there are clear signs of "consciousness", "organisation", "militancy"

and "activity" by Grenadians "to remove the ruling regime as a first

step towards restoration of our democratic rights."

"I remain confident", Mr Bishop said, "that neither internal

repression nor external ties with Facist dictatorships like Chile

will be able to stop the onward and united march of the Grenadian

people to peace, justice, democracy, social progress and genuine

(498 words"


NESSLETTER is reliably informed that the Roman Catholic and Anglican

Authorities have incurred the displeasure of Prime Minister Gairy by

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10.2.79 Page 6

their refusal to repd .i their churches an independence 'addres"-
from him to the people of Grenada.

This document was sent to all Churches on Saturday February 3rd

with the request that it be read in all churches on the next day.

At a hastily convened meeting of the Grenada Christian Council,

the Roman Catholics expressed the view that Mr Gairy's "address"

was a political document and they declined to accept it for..reading

in their churches. The Methodists thought certain parts could

be read and the Presbyterians were undecided.

Neither the Roman Catholocs nor the Anglicans read the "address".

The Methodists read the first paragraph, part of the second

and the last three paragraphs in the seven page document.

The Presbyterians read the entire "address"

To date (10th) there has been no reaction from Mr Gairy, but it

is believed that, after this week's independence celebrations

are over, he will make a statement.
(171 words)


The protest made by the Technical & Allied Workers Union about

the composition of the Tribunal appointed to resolve the Union's

industrial dispute with the Central Water Authority (CWA) has

not yet been dealt with.

This tribunal was appointed last December but did not meet

until recently. Little work has been done, however, because

TAWU objected to Mr T C Payne, CWA's nominee. Mr Payne

is a member of CWA's Board of Directors, and TAWU feels that

it is against "natural justice" to have him arbitrate in a

matter concerning CWA.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr Herbert Squires, told NEWSLETTER

today (10th) that TAWU's protest is still being considered.

"I have referred this matter to the Minister of Labour", he said,


THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER -'Weel Ending 10.2.79 Page 7

---- ----- -- - I ---- -- ----
"but it is not a simple one and he will have to be advised. If

the protest is found to be valid, it may be that CWA will have to

make a new nomination or the Minister may appoint a new Tribunal."

TAWU's nominee to the Tribunal is Mr Daniel Williams, and the terms

of reference include TAWU's proposals for amendment of the existing

Industrial Agreement.
(189 words)


The Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce (CAIC) has appointed

a three man committee to examine the rationale of the system of

allocation of industries in the Less Developed Countries (LDC) of the

Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

This committee was appointed at the CAIC Board of Directors meeting

in Guyana last October, and a Repprt is to be submitted to the next

Board of Directors meeting to be held in Trinidad on March 16th.

Members of the committee are Mr Lyden Ramdhanny of Grenada, Miss June

Clarke of Barbados, and Mr Orman Monplaisir of St.Lucia.

In an exclusive interviewiwith Mr Ramdhanny on Monday (5th), he told

NEWSLETTER that the expected to look into the industries

now operating in the LDC and ascertain whether they meet the

consumption demand. Mr Ramdhanny said that, in some quarters, it

was felt that protection of industries in the LDC was affecting

employment adversely in the More Developed CARICOM-countries, and

the committee was to look into this also.

The committee held its first meeting on January 29th. This was in

Barbado3 and it was adjourned pending presentation of statistics on

which to base its findings. A further meeting has not yet been

(207 words)


Grenada is soon to have a new sea link with Barbados and St.Vincent.

The 399 ton Motor Vessel "Aurora" will provide a weekly service

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10.79 Pa.e 8

between the three islands, catering to both" th cargo andi passing


In an exclusive interview on Monday (5th) with Mr Michael Forshaw,

Manager of the "Aurora", NEWSLETTER learned that the boat is a

former United States Army passenger/cargo service vessel. She

was built in Seattle, Washington, in 1944 and has a heavily

constructed ice-sheathed hull with dimensions of 148 feet overall,

33 feet beam and a draft of 12 feet.

"I brought her down myself from St.Thomas, arriving here on

January llth, "Mr Forshaw said, "and I am very pleased with her

performance. She's a comfortable boat and I'm sure she'll

do well in the service we shall be operating."

"Aurora" is owned by Messrs Coates Peterson Steamship Co of

Panama and' the boat is registered in that country. Her 875

horse-power FAirbanks-Morse engine gives her a service speed of

10 knots, but she can attain a speed of 12 knots. The boat

is expected to go into service shortly; she will be handled by

a Grenadian crew.
(198 words)


Miss World 1978, Argentine born Silvana Suarez, 19, arrived in

Grenada on Wednesday 31st January to be present for the island's

5th independence anniversary celebrations.

Accompanied from Barbados by her chaperone Miss Linda Rabin, and

the Executive Secretary of the Grenada Tourist Board, Mrs

Gertrude Protain, Miss World was met at Pearls airport by

Senator Paul Slinger, Minister of Tourism and other Government


Also in Grenada for the independence celebrations is Mrs Jennifer

Craig, Grenada's High Commissioner to Canada. Mrs Craig (nee

Hosten) captured the Miss World title for Grenada amid a storm of


I .....

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10.2.79 Page 9

protest and controversy-because the then Premrpr -B Grnada, Mr Eric

Gairy, was a judge in the contest.

While in Grenada, Miss World 1978 is a guest of the Government, and

her trip has been sponsored by BWIA and LIAT. NEWSLETTER is

advised that she will leave Grenada this week-end.
(146 words)


The most recent statement published by the East Caribbean Currency

Authori:1 (ECCA) is that for October 1978. That statement shows

that, at 31st October, the Authority had EC$76.6 million in

circulation, of which BC$69-6 million was in notes and EC$7' million

was in coin.

The October figure was an increase of EC$2.7 million over the

previous munth, at EC$73.9 million in circulation, was the lowest

figure in six months.

Details of the ECCA October 1978 figures are as follows :-

Statement of Assets & Liabilities

Demand Liabilities
Notes in circulation
Coin in circulation
Bankers balances
Unpresented cheques

Bankers deposits
General Reserve
Special Reserve
Other liabilities


External Assets
Fixed deposits
& money at call
Bankers balances

62,112,708 Internal Assets
8,902,435 Participating
3,093,120 Govtst
7,488,951 including
Treasury bills
SOther assets







The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) has employed a

British Agricultural Engineer to advise the Banana Development

Programme on soil and water conservation and irrigation.

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending IO.2.79 Page .1

He is Mr John W Cracknell, an honours gradnlate of the University

of Newcastle, and he has been attached to the OverSeas Department

of the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering.

Mr Cracknell will work in close association with the Ministries

of Agriculture, and will collect basic hydrological information

in each of the Windward Islands.
(78 words)


The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) has strengthened

its Research & Development Centre in St.Lucia with the appointment

of a Crop Specialist, Dr Murali Rao, a graduate of the University

of Agriculture and Technology of Nainital, India.

Dr Rao's appointment is financed by a grant from the International

Development Research Institute of Canada, and his attachment to

WINBAN will be for three years in the first instance.

During this period, Dr Rao will look into small farmer interplantin

practices in the Windward Islands and his research will be directed

to improving these practices. Work has already begun in

St.Lucia on experimental intercroppitg with bananas of short term

crops such as beans, potatoes, corn and peanuts.

Dr Rao will also review existing information on plantains with

a view to selecting the most appropriate strains for Windward

Island cultivation, and he will investigate the possibilities

of intercropping plantains with food crops.
(145 words)


Some eight years ago, the export of bananas from the Windward

Islands was changed from shipment in bunches to shipment in

fibre board cartons, and, according to the Windward Islands

Banana Association (WINBAN), these cartons must not only protect

the fruit in transit, but must reach retail outlets in

presentable condition.

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10.2.7N Page 11

In response to a request to the British Government, laboratory

equipment for testing cartons arrived in St.Lucia last year, and

Dr John New, a packaging expert from Tropical Products Institute,

visited the island and assisted WINBAN in training staff and

establishing test procedures.

According to a recent WINBAN release, the carton testing laboratory

is another tool "to further improve the quality of Windward Island

(116 words)


NEWSLETTER regrets that, to date, no banana statistics for this

year are available. Efforts to get them continue and it is

hoped that they can be included in the next issue.


The last statistics given for cruise liner calls by NEWSLETTER

were in the issue for the week ending February 3rd and were up to

the week ending January 27th.

The Tourist Bureau advises that later figures have not yet been

obtained from the Immigration Department. It is expected that

these figures will be available for our next issue.

Alister Hughes
10th February 1979

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