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The Grenada newsletter
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A. & C. Hughes
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SVolume>8 Naumber.10i-
For T h Week ending i6th Aoust. t198a
8th Year of PublicAtion 243rd. Issue


Although Grenada was hit by only the tail winds of hurricane
"Allen" which cut a path of destruction through the Windward
Islands on August 4th, the island suffered severe crop damage

Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Fisheries, Unison White
-man told NEWSLETTER today (15th) that crop damage amounted
to EC$15.48 million. Of this figure, he said the banana indus-
try damage was BC$5.4 million, the Nutmeg industry BC$4.2
million and the Cocoa industry BC$5.8 million. At another
level, there had been an EC$.08 million dollar loss of the
corn crop.

Mr. Whiteman said 40% of the banana crop had been destroyed
27% of the nutmeg crop and 19% of the cocoa crop. .These
losses, taken together with losses suffered from heavy rain-
fall between last October to January, he said, resulted in
an estimated 50% loss of the island's export crops.

"A top level committee of Government officials 'And faimrs
has been formed to deal with this crisis", Mr. Whiteman said,
"and the priorities are to bring supplies of fertilizer and
pesticides to our farmers as soon as possible."

The' Grenad Govienment iS' seekii tbe assistance1 of regional'
and international agencies, and Mr. Whiteman thought W:t'l
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chances are good that aid will be received because "there is great

sympathy forGrenada in the international community, the Government

being seen as serious and not corrupt."

The Minister estimated it' will take 6 months for the Banana Indus-

try to recover,. 2 months for ithe-Cocoa Industry and between one

and two years for the Nutmeg Industry.
'_ _( 254 words)

In spite of existing strained relations between St. Georges and
Washington, the Government of Grenada will approach the United

States for emergency aid following hurricane "Allen".

"This kind of emergency situation requires sympathetic consider-

ation quite apart from political differences", Minister of Agri-

culture, Tourism & Fisheries, Unison Whiteman, told NEWSLETTER to-

day ( 15th). "There has to be a level of assistance and coopera-

tion between countries in spite of what differences they might

have otherwise."

Relations have been very cool between Grenada and the US for some

time. Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and other members of the

Peoples Revolutionary 'Government have publicly accused Washington

of attempting to destabilize the Grenada Government, and Mr. Bish-

op said the US Central Intelligence Agency was associated with

the bomb explosion which killed three persons at a rally on June

19th. The, US has denied this. ,,

Mr. Whiteman said US Ambassador Sally Shelton had visited Grenada

and seen some of the damaged areas following heavy rains the is-

land experienced last October to January. Application was made

to the US for emergency aid i! this. connection, hpe aid, but none

was received.

"I really don't know what the reason is for the US refusal to give

aid", Mr. Whitiman said, "but we hope that, this time, they will

follow the example of so many other otganisations and Governments,
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regional and international, and give tas 'onme aid based on the gen-

uine needs of our people at this time".
( 239 words )


The Windward Island Banana Industry will not recover from the blow

struck by hurricane "Allen" until sometime after April 1981. That

opinion is expressed today ( 15th) in a press release from Geest

Industries Ltd., the British Company which is the sole buyer f Winds

ward Islands bananas.

"As far: as Carm be ascertained at. present;v Geest says ?' there will,

be no banaa- shipmentsefro. St. LUoia, Dominica and-St. Vincent in

significant quantities for at least eight months."-

Hurricane,'"Allen" passed.ifrom the Atlantic. into the Caritbbdan on the

night ;of August 4th on a.path running throughJ thE- channel, between St.

Lucia and S -t Vincent.; i. Ac6c4ding to Geest, the damage done to

Grenada by "Allen'S, 10-15% of the banana plantations, was the light-

est. In Dominica and St. Vincent, 90% of the bananas was destroyed

and, in St.Lucia, all plantations were completely destroyed.

Quotiqg: the ,report of,areCent visiting mission", Geest; aid banana

directly, and indirectly,, employ 35-40% of the poptlatan. ,The in-

dustry provides nearly 60% of the export earnings of D)omiic. and St.

Vincent, over 40% of St. Lucia's and 30% of Grenada's. In 1978/79,

Geest said, bananas represented over 43% of the combined exports of

the Windwards.

Windward Island bananas enjoy protection on the Britjsh market as

long as' ttey canijmet the -demands of that market. Now that the is-

lands' production has been limited by hurricane destruction, however,

they will be unable to meet that demand and the market will be opened

to other fruit. Principal sources of supply will be Central and

South America and there will be an influx into-the British market of

"US dollar fruit" brought in,: A't oly'by the c.'eipetitioh 'but by

Geest. .

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No Choice.
"Geest has no choice but to buy U.S. dollar fruit to replace

the Windwards lost tonnage and thus protect the Windwards share

of the market", Geest says. '"Evn noi the first Geest Line

vessel is on the way to Ecuador".

These developments highlight the precarious position of the Wind-

ward Islands Banana Industry. Bananas from Central and South

America are cheaper priced and more attractive in appearance than

Windward Islands bananas and interests in Britain and the European

Common Market are strongly opposed to the protection given the

Windward's fruit. And, experience has proved that, following op-

pottunities for-'7tU Dollar Fruit,-toa enter-.the Bitxis i market in 0ol;

ume, there Mave baen Senewr S attacks on the protectionn given&i.ind-

ward Islands fruit'. f '. .. -' -.,

Bananasshipped.. from the Windwatf before the! haiuicaner averaged 2.i

400 tra weekly, and. itrfAs e timated; thdtrqot noreAthan Q 600 tons i d

will be availabLe weekly now, half of'twhih will: oome from Gtenadai

Geest ships will now call at the island fortnightly ( instead of

weekly) bringing cargo from the United Kingdom and loading such ba-

nanas as are available. According to the Company, however, with

a road tirip frvione'iof -itS sHipts costing in excess 'of '-C$~5 tS'mil-

ion, "maintainifgra It nti s ChSthule' for %t4 benefit of th@ isl&nds-

will be-.eric el 1kc4c9ly-and:'arif4d ilal' fair Geest. r

"But after an association of a quarter of a century, we cannot
f -. ;1'i:i :; J _. f , f , I( f I '* I' l I., f'f
desert the islands in their hour of need", Geest says, and we wili

do all reasonably possible to speed the progress of rehabilita-

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4, sopt,ing incident,! p4 4July, 4^t 9p Mt. Reuij 444 te,,to ftfrcks

is allege q9, beG cfiected yn4th. the apti poyrnment ppvep iit, which,

has been manifesting itself in the Tivoli area on Grenada's east .

coast. continued -

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According to Government reports, a member of thT Peoples Revolution-

ary Army (PRAY, Simon Layne and two members of the Militia, Danny

and Bernard Baptiste, brothers, were in the Mt. Reuil Waterworks
building when, about 8.00am they heard, voices outside.

"Get ready to come out", the voices daid, automatic weapons out-

side here. Guerrillas around."

A Government Information Services (GIS) report says, Layne opened
the door, looked out and was shot in the chest. The Baptiste bro-

thers, ran for cover; Bernard escaped but Danny was shot in the

back .

Usually reliable sources in the Mt. Reuil area give a different time
for the shooting. These sources say the shots were heard about

6.30 am. Other sources say Layne was not shot in the chest but in
the side.
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Because of the Editors' absence from the island
for some weeks, this issue of NEWSLETTER is the

First for seven weeks, the last issue being Vol-
ume 8 Number 9 for the week ending June 28th.

Following the present issue, there will be again

a gap in publication as the Editors have accept-

Sed an invitation to spend two weeks in Cuba as

Part of a Christian Church group.

The next issue of NEWSLETTER is expected to be'

about the third week in September.



Since February last, there have been indications of an extreme left-
wing anti-Government movement in the Tivoli area which is some

three miles east of Mt. Reuil

This movement is said to have been led by members of the Budhlall

family, Kennedy, Kenneth, Roland and Russel and Government alleges

that the three last named were involved in the bomb explosion which

took place at a rally on June 19th.

CIA Connections
Kennedy budhlail, who was a prominent member of the Peoples' Revolu-

tionary Army, was arrested on May 29th when Government alleged that

he was associated with a reported attempt to take over the Govern-

ment. The other Budhlall together with some of their associates

went into hiding at that time and Government alleges that they

have strong connections with the United States Central Intelligence

Agency. (CIA)

GIS announced that Kenneth, Roland and Russel Budhlall were cap-

tured on July 2nd two days before the shooting at Mt. Reuil. They

are said to have been found on a small, rocky island "Mouchoir

Caye", off Grenada's north east coast. A Government patrol boat

is reported to have found them and they are said to have had large

quantities of money.

According to a GIS report, the men who attacked the Mt. .Reuil

waterworks building are Mikey James, Joseph Charles also known as

Yussuf Abdul, Glen Simon, also known as Habbif Ali and Wilber

Charles, also known as Ayub. They are said to have been associa-

ted with the Budhlalls. It was announced on July 9th that

Mikey James had been captured but there has been no announcement

of th' arrest of Joseph and Wilber Charles and Glen Simon. GIS

has announced;,that these men are heavily armed and that their

arsenal includes automatic weapons.
(452 words )

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Prime Minister Maurice Bishop..told.a meeting on June 29th that the

United States of America would 1. like Grenadians to forget it was"US

imperialism, first and f-,Pemost, that provided the weapons that the

Shah used to murder his own people".

The meeting was called to mark the close of an International Stud-

ents Seminar which opened in Grenada on June 27th.

"Today they ( the US) would like us to join with them in calling for

sanctions against revolutionary Iran because 53 American hostages

are being held", Mr. Bishop said, but we ask, in free Grenada, if

you want sanctions against 53 hostages in Iran, what about sanctions

because of the millions of black people in South Africa who are held

as hostages?"

The Prime Minister said if the US wants sanctions against Iran, he

asked the question about sanctions against the United States itself

"for the criminal aggressive treatment meted out to the millions of

Blacks in America itself who are living under conditions of virtual


A resolution condemning "Imperialism's maneuvers and provocations

against theGrenada revolution" was adopted by the meeting.

( 183 words )


Some 90 participants representing 16 Caaibbean Count-

ries took part in the Annual Conference of Caribbean Community

(CARICOM) Health Ministers which took place in Grenada from 15th to

17th' July.

This Conference is a CARICOM institution and it meets each year to

determine regional health policy and review the work of the Secre-


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In addition to the participants, there were observers from other

Caribbe4i-,tountries, from the University of the West Indies and the

University of Guyana, from the PaRnamerican Health Organisation

(PAHO), from the World Health Organisation (WHO), and from other

national and international agencies interested in Caribbean health


There were 45 items on the agenda and 42 documents were circulated

to the participants before the Conference for study. Some of the

more important items discussed were the Special Health Problems of

Small States, Caribbean Food and Nutrition Strategy, Drug Abuse,

Disaster Preparedness and a Regional Policy On The Safety of Food.
( 154 words )


The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) share a number

of disadvantages as a result of their "common history of colonial-

ist exploitation and continuing imperialist domination".

This view was expressed by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop as he de-

livered the feature address at the opening ceremony on July 15th

of the 6th Annual Conference of CARICOM Health Ministers.

Mr. Bishop said Westindians have an economic system which teaches

them to look outside their own countries for solutions to their

problems. It is a system, he said, which has perpetuated the

rule of a privileged local elite working in the interest of and

as the handmaiden of rapacious external forces.

"This legacy has also left us with an educational system.that has

prepared a tiny elite to be masters while condemning the broad

majority to perpetual self contempt, degradation and poverty", he


This education system, the Prime Minister said, trained this tiny

elite to measure progress in terms of dollars, and so to be un-

patriotic and uncaring for the sufferings of others, to get rich

quickly and seek better fortunes abroad if and when the local

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Week Ending 16.8.80 IHE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Paug 9

environment does not 'allot'fdor sufficiently rapid advance.

Mr. Bishop gave the Conference an insight into his Government's

plans for health care and said his Government has begun to develop

a National Health Plan.

"The Peoples Revolutionary Government of Grenada views health as a

basic human right and as a fundamental prerequisite for the formula-

tion of a sound socio-economic policy", he said. "Purther, the PRG

is aware that health for all can be attained only through national

political will and through coordinated efforts of the health sector

and the relevant activities of other social and economic development


The Prime Minister said it is clear that the full development of

the Primary Health Care Programme and the achievement of its funda-

mental purposes is a long term process, and the strategy willhave to

be constantly adjusted in the light .of new information, #ay to day

experiences and social change.

"However, he said, "while the primary health care approach itself is

universal, there is no universal recipe for a primary health care

programme, each one being a national endeavour, specific to the

country's concrete situation. What succeeds in one country cannot

necessarily be transplanted and have the same results elsewhere".

Mr. Bishop said, however, that his Government firmly believes that,

in the Caribbean Community, the question of health is geographically


Other speakers at the opening ceremony were Mr. Norris Bain, Minis-

ter of Health and Housing in the Grenada Government, Dr. Kurleigh

King, Caricom Secretary General, Dr. Paul Earlich, Deputy Director

of the Papamerican Health Organisation and Governor General Sir

Paul Scoon who declared the Conference open.
( 452 words )

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One of the most reassuring features of the regional integration

movement is the way in which the institutions of the Caribbean Com-

munity (CARICOM) have been functioning.

This opinion was expressed in Grenada by Dr. Kurleigh King, CARICOM

Secretary General, as he addressed the sixth Annual Conference of

Health Ministers on July 15th.

" It is true", he said, "that the Conference of the Heads of Gov-

ernment,'the highest policy making body in the Community, has not

met in ordinary meeting since december 1975. It is no less true,

however, that during the last two years or so, most of the institu-

tions have been meeting regularly and making decisions and recom-

mendations that have assured the continuance of the operation of

the Caribbean Community"

Dr. King referred to one of the items on the Conference agenda,

"Special Health Problems of Small States", and said it is gratify.

-ing to note that Health Ministers see it fit to consider this

question which, he said, is clearly one of the key issues of dev-

elopment in the region and a key issue in the philosophy underly-

ing the establishment of the Caribbean Community.

"You are all no doubt aware", he said,'" that the Common Market

Council of Ministers has, itself, been giving serious attention

to the question of the special problems of the Less Developed Coun-

tries (LDC) of CARICOM".

Certain decisions have been taken, he said with a view to finding

solutions to the problems of these small territories and he dis-

closed that a "Country Officer" scheme is to be implemented to

strengthen regional cooperation. This scheme, he said, will en-

able the CARICOM Secretariat to furnish technical resources to the

LDC in order to increase their technical and administrative cap-

abilities for the attainment of national and regional objectives.

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"The scheme is further designed to improve communications between

the CARICOM Secretariat, the Individual LDC and their East Carib-

bean Common Market (BCCM) Secretariat", he said, to facilitate

the work of the Secretariat within the LDC and to alleviate some

problems faced in the execution of such work".

Dr. King disclosed that 5 secretariat officers will be assigned to

the scheme, one being posted to Belize, one to Antigua to serve thai

island and liaise with the ECCM Secretariat, one to serve St. Kitts

Nevis and Monteserrat, one for Dominica and St. Lucia and one for

Grenada and St. Vincent.
( 389 words)


The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has given

Can'350 thousand to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to organise

and conduct a programme of regional examinations for nurses.

This was one of the developments disclosed by Dr. Philip Boyde,

Chief of the Health Section of the CARICOM Secretariat, when he

spoke at a press conference at the close of the CARICOM Health Min-

isters Conference on July 17th.

"These Conferences are serious gatherings of the Caribbean to dis-

cuss our problem and arrive at our priorities, to determine our

own objectives and to discuss with other people from outside who

may want to help us to achieve those objectives", he said.

Dr. Boyde said the CARICOM Secretariat is anxious that at the

"gatherings of the Caribbean family" all the members shall take

part, and the Secretariat intends to press for this. Significant

absentees from the Conference, however, were Guyana, Trinidad &

Tobago and Jamaica. Dr. Boyd and other conference sources decline

-ed to'comment but NEWSLETTER understands that the fact that these

countries stayed away caused concern and resentment among partici-

pants at the Conference.


Dr. Bqyde said one of the. major items on the .gcenda had been the

Special Problems of Small States, and one of the objectives dis-

cussed was the setting up of a pool of specialists to serve the

Less Developed Countries (LJC) qf CARICOM~. Also discussed was a

policy on pharmaceuticals which will guarantee the LDC inexpensive

drugs through bulk buying from certain sources.

"The LDC were interested in having their own facilities for treat-

ing cancer", he said. "As you know, CARICOM invited the Univer-

sity of the West Indies a year ago to provide a study carried out

by Professor Vasil Persaud of the University, and he reports that

there are 5000 new cases of cancer in the Caribbean Community each


Dr. Boyd said it is estimated there are some 100 new cases of can-

cer in a small island like Grenada every year, and the LDC are

anxious, not only to have a programme for early diagnosis, but

they want their own facilities for radium treatment of certain

cases of cancer.

Another matter discussed by the Conference was drug abuse and Dr.

Boyd said the discussions were helped greatly by a special report

presented to the committee of Health Officials which met in April

last to prepare for the Conference.

"The two doctors who prepared this report are originally from

Grenada", he said. "They are Professpr Michael Beauburn from

the University of the West Indies Trinidad campus who is well

known and an authority on the subject, and Dr. George Mahy who

now works in Barbados.

Professor Beaubrun presented the report to the Committee of

Health Officials, Dr..Boyde said, and what was revealed is that

the Caribbean's principal drug problems, in this order, are ,al-

chplism, tobacco.smoking and the use of marijuana. According

to Dr. Boyde, the resolution adopted by the Conference says that

the use of Marijuana for social and recreational purposes is n6t

recommended, and its use in adolescence and childhood is to be
strongly discouraged. continued -
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There may be some indications-for the Medicnal use of marijuana, the
Confe*nce said.,. but such use should be carefully controlled and the

drug should be available.only to specified physicians.

With respect to the smoking of tobacco, Dr. Boyde said, the Confer-

ence was deeply disturbed by the number of diseases with which the

practice is strongly associated as a cause, and has c6mmissidhed the

formulation -Of a prbgrammne for controlling smoking.

"With reference to alcoholism", Dr. Boyde said, "the Conference had

two strategies before it. One strategy was aimed at reducing the

availability of alcohol while the other was aimed at reducing the

demand.' CARICOM countries have been asked to consider both strate-

( 621 words )


A-one week Caricom sponsored Health Information Systems Workshop

.wound up in.Grenada on Sunday, July 13th.

The workshop was part of a project which started in 1978 and is de-

signed especially to benefit Barbados and the Less Developed CARICOM

countries (LDC). The aim is to strengthen the managerial capacity

of personnel in the health field. *

Miss Margaret Price, the Project Manager, told NEWSLETTER that the

overall programme was commissioned by the CARICOM Health Ministers

to improve the level of health management in the LDC and Barbados.

"As such", he said, "th'li workshop is just a part of the whole exer-

cise. This particular workshop starts off with looking at the

health information systems as now exist and then we will look at

each country in detail and see how ,they can be helped to get a

health information system that would work for them at a cost they

can afford".

The project is expected to run until the end of 1982.
S( 161 words )

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Six persons were charged on July! 21ast with the murder of oDrris

Humphrey 23, and Lorraine Phillip 13a, who died when a bomb ex-

ploded at a public rally held at Queens Park on June 19th last.

The persons chargedare Fitsyn Joseph,: GOace Augustine, Roland

Budhlall, Kenneth Budhlall, Russel Budlhal.1 andLayne Phillip.

These five men and twowomen are being held,in custody and, so

far, have appeared before a Magistrate on 22nd and 29th July, 5th

and 12th August. On each occasion, the Prosecution has not been

ready to proceed and the men have been remanded.

According .toi a Government Information: Services release, the Police

would like to interview Stanley Cyrus and James Herry "who they

think can assist them with investigations into the bombing at

Queens Park".

Grenada born- Stanley Cyrus is a- Professor at Howard University

in the United States. He was,'.at one time, a detainee in Gre-

nada and has been accused by the Peoples Revolutionary.Government

of having connections with the United States Central Intelligence

Agency (CIA).

Mr. Ben-Jones is appearing in this case for Layne Phillip. NEWS

-LETTER understands that Barristeis from'Trinidad will appear

for the other defendants.
( 90 words )


The Venezuelan Government has presented the Peoples Revolution-

-ary Government (PRG) with a non-directional Navigational Radio'

Beacon for use at Pearls Airport .

Pearls was originally equipped with a navigational, beacon early

in the 1940s. It was installed by the United States Authori-

ties and was used principally by Pan American Airways on flights

into Trinidad and South America. It was also used during World

War II by the US Army ferrying aircraft to Europe through Belem,

':razil and Dakar, Senegal, Africa. continued -

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This beacon ( which has the call sign ZGT) has been in use since

then. In recent years, maintenance has been a problem and, some

months ago, the equipment was found to be beyond repair.

The formal presentation of the new beacon; was made on Saturday 16th

August. The ceremony took place at Pearls airport and the present

ation address was delivered by Venezuelan resident Ambassador to

Grenada, Hermes Salas Rivero.

The formal presentation documament was signed by Colonel Borrell

Ycaza of the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Transport and

the equipment was received on behalf of the PRG by Minister of Com-

munications, Works and Labour, Selwyn Strachan.

The new -beacon has a power rating of 1000 watts and is said to be

twice as powerful as the one it replaces. The original 180-foot

vertical antenna will be used with the new equipment.
( 221 words )


Mr. Claude Cheysson, Commissioner of the European Communities (EC)

paid a two day visit to Grenada on July 16th and 17th. It was the

first visit paid by a member of the European Commission to the Gov-

ernment of Grenada.

In addition to Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, Mr. Cheysson had talks

with Minister of Trade & Finance, Bernard Coard, Minister of Commun-

ications, Works & Labour Selwyn Strachan, Minister of Agriculture,

Tourism & Fisheries Unison Whiteman and Minister of Health & Housing

NOrris Bain.

Mr. Cheysson was accompanied by Mr. Franco Nicora, EC-Chief of Cabi-

net, Mr. Manfriedo Macioti, EC Delegate for South and Central Ameri-

ca and Mr. G.G. Watterson., EC delegate for Grenada. The delegation

paid a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Paul Scoon.

Mr. Cheysson and his delegation arrived by private plane on July 16tb

from Caracas and were met at Pearls Airport by Minister of Education

George Louison. They left on the 17th for Nicaragua.
(' 157 words )



Grenada will receive some EC$14 million in grants for projects

in the island under the Lome Convention, and this represents an

approximate increase of almost 1005; on the amount received under

the Lome Convention now coming to a close.

This was disclosed at a press conference in Grenada on July 17th

by Mr. Claude Cheysson, Commissioner for the European Communities

and he said Grenada will:get additional assistance under the new

Lome as;-was given under the old.

"In the new convention, the one that is dying now", he said, "Gre-

nada received $BC7.8 million in grants for development aid which

were used for micro products which are projects for community de-


The Commissioner said these grants were used in part for the re-

habilitation of the General hospital, some training facilities

and the largest amount was spent on-the rehabilitation of 32 kilo-

metres of the East .Coast road.

In addition to grants for micro projects. Mr. Cheysson said Gre-

nada received EC$1.2 million worth of skimmed milk powder and,

following the heavy rainfall which did extensive damage to roads

and crops last year, the EC supplied a "special credit" which was

used for fertilizer and for road clearance., The Commissioner said

that, under the new Convention, Grenada: will be eligible for fur-

ther grants for food supplies and in case of emergencies

With reference to projects financed under Lome I which have not

yet been completed, Mr. Cheysson said the funds would be still

available when Loan II comes into effect. "There is a rule with

us" he said, "that the money that has been allocated has no end

until it has been disbursed".
( 274 words )


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A major development between the Lome 1 and Lome 2 Conventions will

be the emphasis which, under the new Convention, will be placed on

regional developments, that is, developments which concern more that

one country of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (APC) group of


This view was expressed in Grenada on July 17th by Mr. Claude Cheys-

son, Commissioner of the European Communities, and he said the mone-

tary allocation for regional action has been doubled under the new


"Under Lome 1", he said, "..we had made available US$420 million for

regional action within the ACP group. This is exactly doubled,it

goes to US$850 million of credits strictly reserved for action which

concerns more than one ACP country. This goes very much with the

approach of our partners which is that everything they can do togeth-

er must be done. Self-reliance at collective level."

Another feature of Lore 2 referred to by Mr'Cheyssun is that the

Stabilisation of Exports Returns Systems has been enlarged, new pro-

ducts have been added to the system and there is another system now

for minerals. Lome 2 will give more importance also to industrial

development, he said, particularly through more consultation between

economic forces on both sides.

"If we really want to help our partners to industrialise", he said,

"we must be ready to enter into adjustment policies. We must be

ready to reduce growth or even to decrease activity in certain in-

dustrial sectors where we can expect imports from the developing

world. That means consultation, not only with Governments, but ali

-so with the industries and with trade unions".

The Commissioner said trade unions will be much more active in the

implementation of Lome 2. There had been a meeting in June between

African, Caribbean and European trade unions which discussed the pro-

blem of adjustment policies and the implementation of industrial co-

operation between the EC and ACP countries.
continued -


Mr. Cheysson thought. that, for countries like Grenada and Jamaica,

where trade unions are significant, the involvement of trade un-

ions in Lome 2 is a particularly promising development.
( 343 words )


Mr. Claude Cheysson, Commissioner for the European Communities (EC)

told a press conference in Grenada on July 17th that freedom of ac-

cess to the European market under the Lome Convention has not been

enough to promote industrialisation in the African, Caribbean and

Pacific (AFC) countries.

"This is particularly true for Africa", he said. "Ninety percent

of African exports are raw materials just as in the past. The

freedom of access to the market was not enough to trigger a process

of industrialisation so we must do much more".

The Commissionet said the EC'must do iore marketing research for

all types of products, there must be a transfer of technology and

the encouragement of joint ventures. He said also that industries

in the ACP countries must be given guarantees of a market over a

long period, and this called for discussions.

"These discussions are not only for the Governments", he sdid,"but

also for the economic forces including the trade unions because it

is not Governments that buy, sell and produce. For instance, the

impact on our market of more textiles production in this or that

country must be accepted and integrated into our planning in order

that we should stop producing and count on the imports. This

means adjustment policies because workers will not be content to

be just thrown out of the window".

He said it is necessary to arrange for jobs for the affected work-

ers and this is possible because industrialisation in the ACP

countries means a chance for the EC to sell equipment and tech-

nology, but this means an adjustment through implementation of

a comprehensive EC/ACP planning system.
( 272 words )

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"I sigh whenever the banana market is mentioned", Mr. Claude Cheyssor

Commissioner for the European Communities, told a press conference

in Grehada on July 17t'h.

Mr. Cheysson, who was on an official visit to Grenada,was responding

to a question relative to the protection given to Windward Islands

and Jamaica bananas in the British market.

"You can't break that market overnight", he said. "First, because

there are rather powerful Companies in the market and, secondly, we

are not going to dismantle the protection and leave the Windwards

with nothing, although that protective system, that monopolistic sys-

tem, is certainly not the most satisfactory".

The Commissioner said he is surprised that, unlike Jamaica, the Wind-

ward Islands has never called on the Stabilisation of Exports Returnsi

System for assistance even though he is sure there were years in

which there were shortfalls in Banana Export Returns. He thought

the Stabilisation of Export Returns System is a step towards remov-

ing the protection for Windward Islands benanas on the British mark-

et because it enables Governments to guarantee the earnings of bana-

na producers.

"This is not the final answer because this is just a guarantee of

continuity of even level and not a guarantee of increasing revenue",

he said. "I do not think it is enough but, frankly speaking, I do

not see either what one can do id the near future with regard to the

banana market".

( 130 words )


Persons held in detention by the Peoples Revolutionary Government

(PRG) are not being allowed to receive visitors. They have also

lost the privilege of having food sent in to them.

- continued -


- .i


These restrictions have been in effect since May 3rd and are

believed to have been instituted following a re rted attempted

jailbreak from Richmond Hill prisons. 1

There are now 91 persons held in detention at Richmond Hill Pri-

sons plus an unknown number held at Fort Rupert ( formerly Fort

George) which is the headquarters of the Peoples Revolutionary

Army and a further unknown number held at Mt. Royal, the resi-

dence of former Prime Minister Eric Gairy.

NEWSLETTER knows the name, of only one of the detainees held at

Fort Rupert. This is Dr. Jenson Otway who was detained on' Jun'

19th.. Usually reliable sources say that those detafnod at Mt.

R.yal are Rl6and Budihla1l,' Kenneth Budhlall, Russel Budhlall,.

Layne Phillip, Fitslyn Joseph and Grace Augustine.

Under Peoples Law No. 8 of 1979, a Preventive DeXention Tribunal

was established to review the cases of detainees every two months

and make recommendations. On 18th April 1979, the Tribunal was

appointed with Dr. Adolph Bierzynski as Chairman, other members

being Mrs. Alice McIntyre and Mr. Bryce Woodroffe.

The Trib4pal had its first sitting in April/May 1979 and a fur-

ther sitting in September 1979. It was announced.subsequently

that the Tribunal's sittings would be every six months instead

of every two months, but since the September 1979 sitting, the

Tribunal has not met.

The official list of detainees held at Richmond Hill prisons is

as follows:

Name Address Detained

Herbert Preudbomme Archibald Ave.,St. Geo. 13.3.79
Chrysler Thomas Mt.Rose,St.Patricks 15.3.79
Albert Abraham "M.Parnassus ,St .Geo. 13.3.79
Normar*DeSouza LaBorie,St.Geo. 13.3.79
Norton Noe-T Westerhall,StJDavids 5..4.79
George Donovan Sans Souci,St.Geo. 13.3.79
Oliver Raeburn iSauteurs,St.P&tricks 14.3.79
Albert Forsyth Victoria, St. Marks 13.3.79
Osbert James Mamma ..Cannes,St .Andrews. 5.3.79
Abraham Joseph River Road,St.Geo. 133.379
Raymond DeSouza LaBorie,St.Geor. 13.3.79
Dudley Passee River Road, St.Geo. 13.3.79
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fdmuhd Gilbert'-': i: -
Clinty Samue, .
David Coomansingh
Kingston Baptiste
Ashley Church
Tannil Clarke
Dennis Rush.
Neville Rennice
Donnally PatrickF
Ter-rence Jones'
Noble Phillip
Steadman Patrick
Dalton Pope
Daphney Baptiste (F)
Lester DeSouza
Ann Alexander (F)
Antonio Langdon
Francis Jones
Teddy Victor
Ant4bpnyrMitch ei
James Antoine
Rasta- ng Nam' .
Winston Whyte
Kenny..JaAs), , ,
Mathias Belfon
Ricky Baptiste
Leslie Phillip
Dominic'" ~gi s '
Hayes James
Goslyn Jones
Michael Rodney
John Thomas
Lennox Scott
Eric Chairles
Joseph Peters
Jate Dubb4of: '
Godwin Charles
Conroy 'Paray, '
Winston Courtehay-
Wayne Lett
James Modeste
Stephen Cuffie
Matthe ir tojilr i
Twistleton Patterson
Wil't6n OefiAiivere
Benedict George
James Bowen '"'"'
Jerome Ro man -
Gabriel Lalgie
Kade Layne
Errol Charles
Leroy Noel
Anthony Butkmire
ReginpAd Plillipi. :
Rodney Garraway
Carlos Davis
Clifford Marryshow
Kennedy Budhlall
Dennis Charles
Vinopnt .Reuben ., .,
Peter Lashley
Kent Bain
Edrick George
Evan .Bhq , .
Rodnejy Nelson
Ronnie Nyack
Julius Alexander
Maurice Patterson
Vaughn Noel

A.4 dresz ""Detained
-Springs, St. Geq. 15.3.79
St, Patrick's 15.3'.19
St,. a id. ais 13.3. 39
Gouyave, St John's 14,.3 17
Grand Anse, iSt. Geo- 13.3.79
St. 4ohn,'s 14.3.79
Greawille, St. Andrews 7.3.79
Grenville, St. And. -~1.3.79
Happy Hill, St. Geo. 23,_t79;
'ByelandS, St.. Andrews 23,.3.;79
Mt.Rich,St. Patrick's 25.3.79
Hermitage, St. Patrick's 25.3.79
Sauteurs,.,t Patrick's 25.3.79
St. "Georges 4.7.79
LaBorie, St. George's 30.7.79
Grenvi! St. Andrews 31.7.79
Happy Hiil, St. Geo: 15.8.79
Westehball, St-. David's 13 .,3.79
Virnceonnes, St.David's 15.10.79
Vincennes, St.: Davidts 15.10.79
Windsor Forest,St.David's 15.10.79
RiverjRoad, St. Geo. 14,10,79
Grand Anse, St. Geo. 15.10.79
,, Sauteur ,,i St. P t,5 ipl^ .l .p.,79 m...,.
Chantimelle, St. Pat. 15. 0..9
MtReuil,!St. Patr,ipks.a 3.5..0. .7i.,.
Mt.Rich, St. Patrick's 15.10.79
Mt. RiO.hSt. Patrick's 15.10.79
Chantiiille, St. Pat. 15.10.79
Marli, St. Patrick's 17.12.79
Mt. Carmel, St. And. 17.12.79
.Grand Roy,;s6."John 's 17.12.79-
Telescope, St. And. 17.12.79
SGrabnd ~ oy, St .' John's 17.12.79
Mt. Granby,St. John's 17.12.79
Marli', St .Patrick's 17.12 179 '
Sauteurs, St. Pat. 17.12.79
IRiver Road, St. Geo.' 18.12!79
Sauteurs 18.12.79
SGrand Arnse, St. Geo. 18.12.79
Grand Roy, St. John's 18.12.79
Grand Anse, St. Geo. 18.12.79
s Grnd1Anse, St. Geo. 18.12-.79
Tempe, St. Geo. 18.12.79
PoAie Rose ,St'. Daviv 's 1 1.i12.79
Mt.Carmel,St. And. 18.12.79
i Westertall ;S1.Davi''6 I l11.79
Belmont, St. Geo 18.12.79
Marlmount, St. David's 24.12.79
Belm ont St. Geo. 6.3.80
Belmont, St. Geo. 6.3.80
Belnmont, St.reo. : 6..3.Q80
SRiver Road., STi.. Geo. 6.3 80
Mt,. Parnassus, St. Geo.. 6..
Springs, St. Geo.- 7.3.80
Grand Anse,; St., eo 7.3.80,
Belmont, St. Geo. 7.3.80
,TivQl.i,2,St:.. Andrew's 29.4. 89
Tivoli, St. Andrew's 29.4.80
Tempe, St...Geo. 30.4..89- ,,
Carenage, St. Geo. 5.5.80
Belmont, St.,Geo. 29.4.80
River Road, St. Geo. 8.5.80
SRiver Aptoine. ., .6
Tivoli, St. Andrew's 8.5.80
LaFillette, St. And. ,8.5.49:
Springs, St. Geo. 8.5.80
Lucas Street, St. Geo. 12.5.80
Walke. ,-St. And. 15.5.80

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Name Address Detained

Raphael Roberts St. Paul's St. Geo. 1745.80 .
Norris Walker Tivoli; St. And. 19.6.80
Emmanuel Toussaint Tivoli, St. And. 19.5. 80
Roland Joseph Tivoli, St. And. 19.5.80
Sydney Bartholomew Tivoli,,'St.. And. 19.5.80
Bob Courtenay Tivoli, S%' And. 19.5.80
Brenda Joan Phillip (P): Tivoli,- St' AMd,. 22.5.80
Simon Roderiguez Tempe,, St.. Go., 19.6.80
Ralph Thompson- Tqempv St Qeo'. 21.7.8
Benedict, bnry vol, Andrew's ,


Intcr-lin'e Desk Established in Blrbados.

The Grenada Tourist Board has announced establishment of an "t'In

ter-line Desk' at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barba-

dos. The Desk, which will become-operational in September will

assist intransit passengers to Grenada-
:(32 words)

Preliminnaryy Work Begins On Eastern Main Road

Soil testing, clearing of drains and cutting of over-hanging

branches, have begun on the Eastern Main Road rehabilitation prq-

ject which i$s joint venture of the European Developmept Fund

(EDF) and the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour.,

An EDF grant of BC$5 million willfinance this project which in-,

volved the repair of. some19,.5 a sf -oad. Re-buildi and

resurfacing of the road is expected to begin in December..

Tourist 'Board Officials To Visit West Germany

Dr. John'WPttS, Chairman of the Grenada Tourist Board and Mrs.

Gert Protain past Executive Director of the Board, left Grenada

on August'19th for a tour of six major cities in West Geriany.

According to a Government Information'Service report, theie obf-

ficials will hold a series of workshops "to expose the true''

situation in Grenada and counter the bad image of the country

,spread in press reports".

(68 words)
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Venezuela Gives Aid
Following the visit in July of a Government delegation to

Caracas led by Mr. Lyden Ramdhanny, the Venezuelan Govern-

ment has given six tons of agricultural insecticide tV the

Peoples Revolutionary Government. In addition, the Vene-

zuelan Government has given a supply of poliomyletis vac-


The delegation discussed with the Veriezuelan Government the-'

transportation of 10,000 gallons of fuel wliich was promised

by Venezuela last year. According to a Gov-rnment Inform-

ation Services report, some &C the transportation problems

have been solved and the first shipment of fuel is to ar-

rive in Grenada during August
A -'(93 words )

Grenada Co-sponsors Palestinitin Resolution

Grenada was one of the co-sponsors of a resolution at the last

sitting of the United Nations General Assembly. This resolu-

tion, which was-passed 112 fdr 7~ aga st and 24 abit~ttionhs,

recognized the rights of the Palestinian people and recognis

ing Palestine as a state. Mr. 'Kendrick Radix, Attorney Gen-

eral and Minister of Legal Affairs, who is Grenada's represent-

ative at the United Nations, returned to the State from the

meeting on July 31st.
(72 words)

Agricultural Conference in Grenada

Grenada was host to the 15th Westindio Agricultural Economic

Conference which ran from July 27th to August 2nd. The

theme of the Conference was "Implementing Gren.d-i 's Rural

Development Programmes through Project Planning".
'./, (32 words

Emmanual *Is High Commissioner 'to Canada

Mr. Jimmy Emmanuel has been appointed Grenada's Hi h Commiss-

ionrr to Canada. He succeelds Mrs. Jennifer Hosten-Craig

who has resigned from the 'post.
( 22 words)


Grenada and Mo;ngolia Establish Relations

Diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level were established on

July 25th between Grenada and the Mongolian Peoples Republic.
( 17 words )

bomb Attack Claims Another Victim

Bernadette Bailey, 15, who was one of the persons injured when

a bomb exploded at a rally at Queens Park on June 19th, died on

July 21st. an. was, buried on qJuJly 24th. Two persons died in-

stantly. when the bomb exploded.
( 41 words )

Bullen Presents Credentials To EEC

Mr. G.R.F. Bullen, Grenada's Ambassador to the European Economic

Community (EEC) presented his credentials to the President of the

EEC Mr. Gaston Thorn on July 23'rkd. Also on that date, Grenada

was chosen to represent the Cqribbean countries on the Bureau of

the Committee. of ,Ambassadors' of the African Caribbean and Paci-

fic (AFC) countriess, This Bureau is the coordinating body of

the APC institutions and is comprised of 6 members, 4.from Africa

and one each from the Caribbean apd Pacific. Mr. Bulle~ will

serve on the. Bureau until January. 1981.
( 93 words )

GATDC Renamed Development Bank

The Grenada Agricultural & Industrial Development Corporation

(GAIDC) has been renamed the Grenada Development Bank. This

organisation, originally the Grenada Agricultural Bank and re-

named GAIDC some years ago, provides financing for local de-

velopment projects.
( 34 words )

Students Return From Cuba

Thirty-eight Grenadian students, who are studying in Cuba on

scholarships, returned to the island on holiday on July 16th,

travelling on the Cuban ship 'Matanzes'";. These students, who

went to,Cuba a year ago, will return to Cuba late this month.

Their areas of study include Medicine, Economiqs, Engineering

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and Agriculture.

( 51 words )

PRA Members Suspended

Three members of the Peoples Revolutionary Army (PRA) have been

suspended pending investigations into allegations of midconduct

with respect to persons held in their custody. According to a

Government Information Services release of July 15th, the Commander

of the Army and two senior officers have been appointed to conduct

investigations and submit a report.
( 54 words )

Fisheries Students Graduate

The fist batch of students has graduated from the Grenada Fisher-

ies School. The graduation ceremony took place on July 8th. Prin

-cipal of the School is Mr. Emmanual Robert and the tutors are

dra wn from Cuba.
( 35 words )

Policemen Complete Training Course in Panama

Thirty Grenadian policemen, who completed a training course in Pana-

ma, returned to the island on June 3rd. The Panamanian Government

has donated some EC$100,000 worth of equipment to the Grenada Police

( 33 words )


Diplomatic Relations With Poland

Grenada established diplomatic relations with Poland on June 2nd.

The formal documents were signed in Caracas, Venezuela by Mr. Matthew

Williams, Grenada's Ambassador to that country, and his Polish

( 30 words )

CYC Representatives in Cuba

Three representatives of the Grenada Catholic Youth Congress (CYC)

attended a regional work-study camp which opened in Cuba on July 3rd
Also attending were representatives f~/om Trinidad & Tobago, Suri-
continued -

Week Ending 16.8.80.

name, Guyana axnd Cuba. The camp, which ran until July 16th, was

organised by the Caribbean Ecumenical Youth Action and the Cuban

Christian Students Movement.
( 54 words )

Smut Attacks Grenada Sugar Cane

The sugarcane disease, smut, has been found in plantations in,

Grenaddis "sugar-belt" in the southern part of the island. This

is reported in the July 26th issue of the Government owned "Free

West Indian" newspaper. The paper said the disease was noticed

by farmers about two months ago and an island-wide survey has been

undertaken. 58 words

Noel Reelected President of CIWU

Outgoing President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union

(CIWU) Mr. Vincent Noel, was reelected to the post at the union's

Annual General Meeting on July 28th. Mr. Noel who is also'Presi-

dent of the Bank & General Workers,4Union, holds the portfolio of

Home Affairs in the Peoples Revolutionary Government.
( 48 words )

Al Hughes
16th August .1980


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