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Volume 7- Number 21
For The Week Ending June 23rd 1979
7th Year Of Publication - - 219th Issue


The curfew imnosed on March 13th after the revolution has been


Prime Minister Maurice Bishop announced the removal of this
restriction on movement as he addressed a rally called on Tuesday
(19th) to commemorate Alister Strachan and Tubal Uriah "Buzz"
Butler, two national heros. The curfew, originally in effect
from 8.00 pm to 5.30 am, was afterwards reduced to midnight to
5..30 am and, from Tuesday (19th) was lifted entirely.

Mr Bishop also announced the repeal of what he called "vicious,
repressive laws passed by the Gairy dictatorship". These laws,
the Prime Minister said, are the Newspaper (Amendment) Act 9/1975,
the Public Order (Amendment) Act 15/1974, the National Honours &
Awards Act 12/1975 and the Shop Hours (Amendment) Act 1/1974.

The first mentioned Act demanded a deposit of EC$20 thousand before
a newspaper could be published. The second made it illegal to
use a public address system without permission of the Commiasioner
of Police. In the third, a system of National Honours was
arranged and Prime Minister Gairy was made "Grand Master of the '
Order" for life. The fourth was passed in January 1974 during
the civil unrest when, in protest against the Gairy regime,
business places were closed. That Act made it illegal to open
for business for less than six-hours in each week day.

Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Heges
PO Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies

Page 2 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 23.6.79

The Prime Minister also announced repeal of Statutory Rule & Order

j(SR&O) number 7 of 1965, (made under provisions of the Importation

jof Publications (Prohibition) Ordinance), which became effective

when Grenada was still a British Colony.

Under this SR&O, specifically named publications from Austria, Canada,

Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Egypt, Hungary, Switzerland, the

United Kingdom and Russia were banned. These publications are

Austria Three named publications of the International

Institute For Peace in Vienna, and the "Bulletin

of the World Peace Council".

Canada "World Marxist Review"

Cuba Eight named publications including "Hoy",

"Revolucion" and "Cuba'Socialista"
Czechoslovakia Three named publications including "World Student

Rast Germany "Women of the Whole World"

Egypt "Afro-Asian Bulletin"
u .. .. ,* _= .. .. --"



United Kingdom


- woura federation or Democratic Youth News"

"Africa, Latin America, Asia Revolution"
Six publications including "World Trade Union

Movement" and "Scientific World"

"Soviet Woman"

fso banned were nine publications of the World Federation of Trade

Snions, including "Land & Labour", "Information Bulletin" and "For

democraticc Education.

People's Law Number 46 (dated June 18th) repeals the four Acts

mentioned above together with two further amendments which affect

|Newspaper (Amendment) Act 9/1975. These further amendments are

Newspaper (Amendment No 2) Act 14/1975 and Newspaper (Amendment)
iAzt 7/^976.

People's Law Number 46 also repeals Essential Servgces Act 16/1978

a.nd Essential Services (Amendment) Act 33/1978. These two Acts
.~ealed the Essential Services Act of 1976, increased the number

.:" scheduled "essential services", and gave the Minister of Labour

to',er to add or delete any service from the schedule.


Week Ending 23,6.79 THE GRENADA N* SLETIER Page 3

People's Law Number 46 does not repeal SR&O 7/1965, made under

provisions of The Importation of Publications (Prohibition)

(501 words)


Six. prisoners (not political detainees) were freed today (23rd) and

five others had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment

under People's Law Number 45 (Grant of Pardons Law 1979), and in

accordance with a promise made by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop at

a rally on Tuesday (19th).

Those released are DeCosta Andrew, Kingston Coutain, Lawrence Simon,

Norris Steven, Fenrick Scrubbs and Ramjathan Juerakhan. The death

sentences of Anthony Douglas, Strachan Julien, William Frank, George

Joseph and Joseph Brathwaite have been commuted to life sentences.

Addressing the rally called to commemorate two national heros,

Mr Bishop said that "as a symbol of the new situation and the new

process" in Grenada, it was the intention of the People's

Revolutionary Government to release a number of prisoners.

"Some pf them will have completed their sentences some time this

year", he said, "others have served very many long years, and, on

the advice of the Superintendent of Prisons, Mr Patrick MacLeish,

that they have shown that they intend'to rehabilitate themselves,

in recognition of the fact that we are starting a new process in

the country where we are trying to build a new civilisation, a

number of them will be released shortly."

Paving the way for this, People's Law 45 was passed on June 18th.

Under this Law, acting with the advice of Cabinet, the Prime

Minister may grant a pardon or respite to "any person convictA of

any offence." He may substitute a less severe form of punishment '

or may "remit the whole or any part of any punishment imposed on

any person for any offence or of any penalty or forfeiture otherwise

due to the Crown on account of any offence."


_____________________________------------ i


In the care of persons sentenced to death, the Prime Minister has an
obligation to have a report on the case considered by Cabinet and,
after obtaining Cabinetks advice, he shall decide 'in his own

deliberate judgement' whether to pardon, grant a respite or substitute
a less severe form of punishment.

Following the commuting of the sentences of the five mentioned above,
there are now no prisoners in Grenada under the death sentence.
(352 words)


At a rally called on Tuesday (19th) to commemorate two national heros,
Alister Strachan and Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler, Prime Minister Maurice

Bishop asked Grenadians to remember other heros in the island's history.

He recalled the Caribs who were massacred by the French colonists
in 1651, the revolution against British tyranny in 1795 by the
[coloured French planter Julian Fedon, and the struggles of Theophilus

Albert Marryshow, during the early part of this century, towards his

dream of Westindian nationhood.

Referring to the 1951 civil unrest spark&dd by the trade union
activities of deposed Prime Minisrer Gric.Gairy, Mr Bishop made no
mention of Mr Gairy but spoke of two of Gairy's lieutenants. "We
must remember the.fighters of 1951", he said, "we must remember the
workers there led by Gascoigne Blaize and Festus Curwin as they

fought in 1951 for a better share of the economic cake in our
country, and as they carved out the beginning of a new


The Prime Minister also brought to memory the 1973 period when the
!New Jewel Movement was born. He called it the "1973 Movement

which promised and aspired to more justice, more participation,
!more democracy for our people, that whole 1973 Movement which led
up through 1974 and was finally crowned with success on 13th March
when our glorious revolution took place."

In that "1973 Movement", Mr Bishop referred to Jeremiah Richardson
who was shot in the head by a policeman on Good Friday 1973 "as he

Week Ending 23.6,79

Week Ending 23.6.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 5

stood innocently and quietly in Grenville". He referred also tj

the murder of Harold Strachan who was shot in December 1973,

allegedly by a member of Prime Minister Gairy's "mongoose gang".

And he referred to the murder of his father, Rupert Bishop.
"Today we should remember the spirit and example of Rupert Bishop

who was murdered on 21st January 1974 as he stood defending the

lives of innocent school children and women", he said. "All of

these heros, all of these fallen patriots who have helped to bring

the struggle to the point where it has gotten today, have played a

most important part in shaping and developing the process of the

Grenadian and Caribbean masses for freedom, justice, independence

and equality."

June 19th, the day on which the rally was held, is a significant

date in the lives of both Strachan and Butler, the two national

heros commemorated. For Butler, it was the day on which, in 193/

he emerged as a leader of the working classes and, for Strachan,-it

was the day, in 1977, when he died violently.

Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler was born on 21st January 1897 in Grenada's

west coast fishing village of Gouyave. He had an elementary

education and, as a young man, moved to St.Georges where he was

employed as a telegraph clerk by one of the two communications

services then operating in the island. These were the West

India & Panama Telegraph Company which operated a cable service,

and the Pacific Cable Board operating a wireless station. It is

not known which of these organizations employed Butler. It is

known, however, that he was then resident in the building which

still stands at the corned of Hughes Street and the Carenage,

opposite to the Grenada Telephone Co Ltd.

Butler enlisted in the British West Indies Regiment and saw active

service in Egypt during World War I with the 1st Batallion as*

Private 793. Returning to Grenada after the War, he was

attracted by the oil boom which began in Trinidad a few years

before, and moved to that island in 1921, getting a job in one of

the oilfields in the Forest Reserve area.


Page 6 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 23.6.79

In 1929, 'e received an injury to his leg while at work, and this

left him with a permanent limp. It is not known whether he left

his job in the oilfield at this stage, but he did join the Trinidad
Labour Party and became active in agitation for better wages and

conditions of employment for the working man.

In 1935, he organised a strike at Ppex Oilfield and led a "hunger

march" into Port of Spain. The more conservative leadership of

the Trinidad Labour Party did not approve these activities and

Butler was expelled. He then founded, in 1936, the British

Empire Workers & Citizens Home Rule Party with its trade union arm,

the British Empire Workers, Peasants & Ratet hyers. Trade Union.

1With this organisation as a base, Butler attempted to negotiate

with the oil-field employers on behalf of workers and, when he was

'ignored, he ordered a sit-down strike on 19th June 1937. The

authorities reacted by sending police into the Fyzabad area with

!instructions to arrest Butler.
This was the start of a period of violent confrontation. Butler

was approached by the police as he addressed a workers' meeting at

Fyzabad but, as the warrant for arrest was being read, the workers

attacked the police who were forced to withdraw.

There followed a period, until July 2nd 1937, of violence, arson

and killing in w#ich 16 people lost their lives and 68 were

wounded. As a result, the Forster Commission of Inquiry was

appointed and came to significant conclusions.

The Commissioners found that ".... some of those engaged in the

sugar industry appear to have displayed a lack of regard for the

well-being of their labour which has clearly been such as to create

an underlying current of resentment." They found too that "the

immediate cause of the outbreak was the activities of Butler ...",

and their Report made far reaching recommendations which did much

to improve the lot of workers in Trinidad & Tobago.

afterr the Inquiry, Butler served 18 months in jail for "inciting

t. -iot and sedition". He was also interned during World War II

fo fear that his agitation on behalf of workers might disrupt



Week Ending-23.6: 79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7

The circumstances of his death are that, on June 19th 1977, he

attended a public meeting called by the New Jewel Movement (NJM) in I

protest against violations of human rights by the Government of

Prime Minister Eric Gairy. This meeting was held in the Market

Square, St.Georges and, after the police confiscated the public

address system used by NJM, the then Leader of the Opposition in th-

House of Representatives, Mr Maurice Bishop, led a demonstration of

some 400 persons through the nearby streets

Strachan was part of this demonstration and, when it was broken up

by units of the Grenada Defence Force firing automatic weapons into

the air, he jumped into the nearby sea and swam out.

Mr George Pilgrim, a member of the staff of the Grenada "Torchlight"

newspaper, told NEWSLETTER that he saw Strachan jump into the sea

and he saw a group of the Defence Force shooting at the swimming

man. Pilgrim took photographs of the incident, but his camera

was Seized by the soldiers. The camera was returned the

following day, but not

Strachan was last seen alive swimming away from land and his body

was recovered in St.Georges outer harbour on the following'day. The
Continued) i

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industrial relations in the oilfields. Entering politics after

the War, he was elected to the Legislative Council at the General

Elections of 1950 and 1956, but dropped out of politics when his

party was defeated in 1961.

In 1970, he was awarded the Trinity Cross, the highest national

honour of Trinidad & Tobago. Regarded as the "father" of the

Trade Union Movement in Trinidad & Tobago, Butler died (after a long

illness) of a stomach haemorrage at his home at Brute Force Village,

Guapo, in southern Trinidad at 11.17 am on Sunday 20th February 1977.i

He was given a state funeral and was buried at the Fyzabad Public

Cemetery on Thursday 24th February 1977.

It has not been possible to get much information about Alister

Strachan. He was born of humble parentage at Woburn, a district

on Grenada's south coast and, at the time of his death, was 23 year:



autopsy revealed that he had diedfrom drowning.

People's Law Number 38, dated June 12th, declares June 19th, Butler

& Strachan Day, to be a Public Half-Holiday. All Banks, Public

Offices and Business Places shall close from 12.00 noon.
(1374 words)


Aiss Sally Ann Shelton, United States Ambassador Designate to Grenada,

has been advised that it is "not convenient" for her to come to Grenada

at this time to present ner credentials.

At a press conference on Monday (18th), Prime Minister Maurice Bishop

said there are a number of reasons for delaying Miss Shelton's visit,

some of them relating to things happening in Grenada this week and

some relating to the fact that some "key persons" who he would like to

be present when the Ambassador arrives, are absent from the State.
"I can tell you, additionally,", Mr Bishop said, "that we are trying

to get hold of a clear tape-recording -- we already have one that's

not very clear -- of what she said at a press conference in Barbados

two Thursdays ago, so that we will be in a position to discover

exactly what she said and will know what attitude to bring to bear

on that when she comes."

."he Prime Minister said his Government is not happy that a person

'A'ho is to be accredited and has not yet arrived in the country,

Should be making statements abroad about the situation in the

;country. Miss Shelton is reported to have spoken of evidence

the United States has of a Cuban military presence in Grenada,

and of alleged eyewitness reports of Cubans being seen with guns

in the island.

"It is one thing to have the right to make whatever comments you wish

or to criticize (we, of course, reserve that right to ourselves, also)",

SLishop said, "but we do not believe that diplomats who are not yet

-credited should be allowed that particular right or privilege, and

--refore, that as ct of the behaviour of Ambassador Designate Shelton

Es not please us. C p (299 words)

Week Ending 23.6.79

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Week Ending 23.6.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 9


Grenada will become a member of the Non-Aligned Movement when member

countries of the Movement assemble in conference in Havana, Cuba

next September.

This was disclosed by Mr Kendrick Radix, Grenada's Ambassador to the

United Nations, on Tuesday (19th) as he addressed a rally called

to commemorate two national heros, Alister Strachan and Tubal Uriah


Mr Radix said he recently attended, in Sri Lanka, together with

Mr Selwin Strachan, Minister of Communications & Works, a

preparation meeting for the Havana conference, and he had been

assured that Grenada's application to join the Movement will be


"We have a proud occasion coming up in Havana", he said, "when our

Comrade Prime Minister Bishop will be visiting Cuba together with

representatives of the other 88 nations which make up the Non-

Aliggedd Movement, to speak with one voice on the important question

of the guarantee of our independence."
(152 words)


The recent Caribbean Tourism Conference, held in Jamaica, provided

an "international platform" from which many frightening rumours

about Grenada, circulating in the Travel Trade, were cleared up.

This is the opinion of Mr Royston Hopkin, President of the Grenada

Hotel Association (GHA), and Mr Hopkin told NEWSLETTER that some of

the rumours were almost unbelievable.

"One female tour operator who knows Grenada well was particularly

anxious to know something about the motorable tunnel which connects

the Carenage area of St.Georges with the Market Square area", he

said, "and I was able to assure her that this unique feature of the

town is not being used as an arsenal by the People's Revolutionary

Army (PRA) as she had heard".

Page 10 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 29.6.79

The GHA President said the situation in Grenada since the revolution

of March 13th had not come up for open debate at the Conference, but

there had been opportunities to talk to persons in the Travel Trade.

Also at the Conference were Miss Palme Buxo, Secretary for Tourism,

Mr Geoffrey Thompson, President of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce

and Mrs Gillian Thompson, GHA Executive Director, and Mr Hopkin

thought the Grenada team had been able to correct many wrong impressions

which had existed about what was happening in Grenada.

There had been, however, a down-turn in hotel bookings in Grenada since

April, Mr Hopkins said, and this had resulted from a combination of

factors. First had been the wrong information reaching the Travel

Trade, and he believe that, since the Conference, this had been

corrected. Next was the fact that visitors to the island had been

frightened by the automatic weapons which the PRA carries in public

places such as the Airport.

"We recommended to Prime Minister Bishop", he said, "that while there

are times that these weapons carried, there are many times

when side-arms are all that is necessary. This recommendation

was accepted and, as a result, we were able to tell the Travel Trade

at the Conference that the PRA is now much less conspicuous."
The GHA President also blamed "irresponsible journalism" for the fall

loff in hotel bookings., and he cited, for example, a news item which

appeared recently in the West German illustrated magazine, "Bunte".

Jnder the headline of "Soviets In A Holiday Paradise", the magazine

Reports that Cubans and Russians are now building a naval base for

Russian warships, and that American reconniasta ce,' planes have

discovered that "vast areas" of forest in the "interior' of the

island have been cleared and interconnected by roads. The

magazine said "similar pictures were taken by American spy-planes

about 17 years ago as Fidel Castro of Cuba allowed the installation

of Russian rocket bases."

"i'he building of a naval base in Grenada could not be kept a secret",

Cr Hopkin said, "and I certainly do not know of any such undertaking,

'coI- in our little,;island of 120 square miles, do I know of any 'vast'

in the 'interior' being cleared and interconnected by roads". He

3e01e0ieae M.ETO muWnyam ng.---i

Mr Hopkin said his impression is that the members of the Travel Trade

with whom he had an opportunity to talk at the Conference, and

particularly those from North America, had been fearful that

Grenada's involvement with Cuba would jeopardise the freedom of

Grenadians and create a situation which visitors to the island would

find uncomfortable.

"We were able to explain", the GHA President said, "that revolution

is new to Grenada and, while in the early days following March 13th

there might have been an abundance of guns in evidence, these were

never turned on the people and there is no sign of Grenada being

converted into an armed camp. Besides, Prime Minister Bishop has

shown the commitment of the Government to Tourism by appointing his

wife, Mrs Angela Bishop, to be Assistant Secretary for Tourism, and

there is no indication that visitors should have fears about

visiting the island."

Mr Hopkin said the Travel Trade had been impressed also when it was

pointed out that a hotelier, Miss Palme Buxo, had been made

Secretary for Tourism, and that Mr Lyden Ramdhanny, a prominent and

well established member of the Commercial Community, is also a

member of the People's Revolutionary Government. "These facts

went a long way to convince them that Grenada has not been taken

over by wild-eyed, irresponsible, left-wing radicals", he said.

"It would have been too much to hope that, with a revolution.ving

taken place in our island, there would be no adverse reaction on the

tourist trade", Mr Hopkin said, "but the Jamaica Conference gave us

an opportunity to correct much of this reaction, the Government is

cooperating fully with us and, if we can counteract the irresponsible:

section of the Press which seeks to damage us, I have no doubt that

the coming Winter Season will be an excellent one."

The Caribbean Tourism Conference, an annual event, was the third of

its kind and opened at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on June 10th. At the

first two Conferences, the Caribbean Hotel Assocation and the




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Page 12 THE GRBEADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 2A.6.79

iCaribbean Tourism Association held their Annual General Meetings and,

this year, these two bodies were joined by the Annual General Meeting

! of the Caribbean Tourism Research Centre, resulting in a registration

of just under 600 delegates. The Conference ended on June 16th.
( 889 words)

Total Pounds -
Shipped to ....
1977 1978 1979
31,956,783 31,329,521 1.96% e
29,564,608 29,805,398 ..81% Novier
26,133,837 27,881,052 + 6.68% 'tor
23,926,239 25,603,992 + 7.01% iSeptemberi
21,902,725 23,814,791 + 8.72% fus T
19,028,328 21,273,037 ..+ 7.20% Ju
16,434,752 18,748,730 +14.08% June
13,633,491 15,369,158 +12.73% 13,811,088 -10.14% May "
10,292,476- 12,532,604 +21.76% 11,030,527 -11.98%, 'Apr-
8,156,305 9,576?104 +17.40% 8,228,054 -14.07% March
.5.,720,989 6j769,839 +18.33% 6,055,675 -10.55% February
2,564,180 3,711,002 +44.72% 3,374,687 9.06% ry

1A.. .. .-:-' ..
: , ,.. .

ITotal Dollars (BC)
Earned to ....
1977 1978
3,503,421 9,408,509
7,891,650 8,967,352
6,874,142 8,382,371
6,2 I 91 7,640,980
5,594 39 7,036,196
4,722,874 6,180,346
3,983,182 5,349,667
3,171,067 4,257,377
2,233,740 3,395,955
1,690,370 2,530,502
1,125,411 1,773,422
507,027 961,909





- 6.83% IApr
-11.22% .I-r
- 8.20% .Febru
- 4.12% 1JainuLJr

Y, ..: o. ..'


Week Ending 23.6.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 1

During the first quarter of 1979, the Nutmeg Industry had a better

performance than in the July to December 1978 period, the first

half of the Nutmeg Year.

Atf3ist December 1978, the mid point of the Year, total foreign

exchange earnings were BC$4.7 million and this compared unfavourably

with the EC$16.1 million earned during the Nutmeg Year ending June

1978. However, during the first three months of 1979, foreign

exchange earnings were EC$3.9 million, representing 83.84% of the

earnings from exports during the last six months of 1978.

During April 1979, the improvement in the.industry's earnings has

continued. For the 10 months, July 1978 to April 1979, foreign

exchange earnings were BC$10,189,279, resulting in a monthly average

of BC$1,018,923. Figures for April 1979 show an increase of more

than 50% above this average, standing at BC$1,536,199.

The overall poor performance of the industry is as a result of low

production to the point where, with no reserve stocks in hand, the

Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association is unable to meet the demand

of the world market. This fall off in performance was predicted

when in 1976/77, there was the highest production on record since

the Association was established in 1947. The decline, however,

was more severe than had been anticipated and, while reserve stocks

cushioned the effect in late '77 and early '78, the industry is now

feeling the full effect of the shortage.

Sources close to the industry say the recovery now in effect 14.'

expected to continue, but results of the current Nutmeg Year

(ending June 30th) will be poor. Total foreign exchange earnings.

are not expected to exceed EC$13 million, a figure some 20% down

from last year's earnings. In a recent interview with Mr F J

Archibald, Chairman of the Nutmeg Board, he said it was possible

that reserve funds of the Association may be used to supplement

earnings and permit a fair year-end "bonus" to be paid to producers.

See table on page 14


Week Ending 23.6.79

Nutmeg & Mace Shipments

Weight Weight
(Ibs) (lbs)



4 1



31,240 104.458 1,

48,190 142,454 1




215,781 1








53,360 168,121

3,546,869 433,230


-- .. ... -

(343 words)

Jones Charged With Fraud

Francis Jones, until March 13th last, Superintendent of Prisons in

reriada, has been charged with defrauding the Government of Grenada

of some EC$2,500. Jones, who has been in preventive detention

since the revolution of March 13th, appeared before a Magistrate on

Wednesday (20th) and was remended in custody.
(49 words)

Cuban Doctors Legalised

People's Law Number 39, dated 8th June 1979 and Gazetted on 12th June

1979, permits persons holding a recognizedd degree or diploma granted

lin the Republic of Cuba" to be registered in Grenada under the Medical

P-.:ctitioners & Bptists Registration Ordinance.
T, (44 words)






_ I



Page 14

July To
1978 1599,253


Nutmegs 532,600


Week finding 23.6.79 THE GRWNADA tPWSLITPeER

Queen's BirthdaygDeleted ,A

The "day officially observed as the birthday of the reigning

Sovereign" has been deleted from the list of official holidays

observed in the State. This deletion is done by People's Law
Number 37 of 1979, dated 7th June and Gazetted 12th June.
(42 words)

Interim Board Chairman Dies. W

Claude Morrison, former Chairman of the Interim Nutmeg Board, died

on Saturday 16th June and was buried yesterday (22nd). Morrison

was appointed to head the Interim Board in 1975 by deposed Prime

Minister Eric Gairy, after Government dissolved the elected Nutmeg

(42 words)

Sandinistas Recognised By PRG

Nicaragua's Provisional Government For National Reconstruction has

been recognized by Grenada's People's Revolutionary Government (PRG)

This was announced on Friday (22nd) by Ambassador Kendrick Radix at

an Organisation of American States meeting in Washington.
(33 words)

PRA Displays Flag

The flag of the People's "Revolutionary Army (PRA) was flown

publicly for the first time on Tuesday (19th) at a rally called

to commemorate two national heros.

The flag has a green background and there is a red circle standing

in a blue isosceles triangle which has its short side against the

flag pole. There is a yellow border separating the equal sides

of the triangle from the background. The apex of the triangle

and the border extend for moze than half the lengy of the flag.
(85 words)


The last figures given for banana shipments were in NEWSLETTER for

the week ending June 6th and covered shipments up to the "Geestland:'

of May 21st.

Page 3



The following figures are now available :- ''

Ship & Boxes Weight Rejects Geest
Date Shiped Shipped (Ibs) .Boxes) Price (BCc)

29.5.79 20,480 650,019 592 36.111

5.6.79 19,591 621,400 199 35.075
11.6.79 20,376 645,165 273 35.037

"Geestland" 19,116 602,283' 72 n/a

On the shipment by "Geesttide" of 29.5.79, the Grenada Banana

Cooperative Society paid producers ECC 15 per pound on the boxing

plant weight of 661,084. On the other three shipments, payment
Swas at ECO 16 per pound on the boxing plant weights, but these

figures are not yet available.

Boxing plant weights for shipments by "Geesterest" 8.5.79, "Geeststar"
15.5.79 and "Geestland" 21.5.79 were, respectively, 708,184 Ibs,

755,233 lbs and 717,111 Ibs.

Statistics still to be reported are the Geest price for shipment by

"Geestland" of 18.6.79, and the boxing plant weights for shipments

by "Geestcrest" of 5.6.79, "Geeststat" of 11.6.79 and "Geestland"
of 18.6 79.
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