For T h Week ending i6th Aoust. t198a
8th Year of PublicAtion 243rd. Issue
GRENADA SUFFERS SEVERE CROP DAMAGE BY HURRICANE "ALLEN"
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
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.
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GRENADA TO ASK U.S. FOR AID
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
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
"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".
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"ALLEN" DEVASTATES WINDWARD ISLAND BANANA INDUSTRY
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
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
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"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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s* SHor OdTl AT M. REUIL ST. PAGRICK'S
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 .
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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
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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BISHOP: WHAT ABOL'T BLACK "iHOTAQIES" IN SOUTH AFRA?
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
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 )
HEALTH MINISTERS CONFERENCE IN GRENADA
Some 90 participants representing 16 Commonwca3.th Caaibbean Count-
ries took part in the Annual Conference of Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Health Ministers which took place in Grenada from 15th to
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 )
BISHOP ADDRESSES HEALTH MINISTERS CONFERENCE
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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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.
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KING DISCLOSES "COUNTRY OFF ICL.-" SCHEME
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)
REGIONAL EXAMINATIONS FOR NURSES
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.
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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
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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 )
HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS WORKSHOP
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
The project is expected to run until the end of 1982.
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IX CfHARLRD WTTH MURDER
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
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
Mr. Ben-Jones is appearing in this case for Layne Phillip. NEWS
-LETTER understands that Barristeis from'Trinidad will appear
for the other defendants.
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VENBEZULA GIVES A B4ACN.
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,
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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.
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CHEYSSON PAYS OFFICIAL VISIT
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
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.
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EEC AID FOR GRENADA
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".
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EEC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT .DID DOUBLED
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.
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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.
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CHEYSSON: ACCESS TO ECC MARKET NOT ENOUGH
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.
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UK PROTECTIVE SYSTEM FOR BANANAS NOT '1OST SATISFACTORY
"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-
"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
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NO VISITS ALLOWED TO DETAINEES
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.
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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
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, .
Daphney Baptiste (F)
Ann Alexander (F)
Rasta- ng Nam' .
Kenny..JaAs), , ,
Dominic'" ~gi s '
Jate Dubb4of: '
Conroy 'Paray, '
Matthe ir tojilr i
James Bowen '"'"'
Jerome Ro man -
ReginpAd Plillipi. :
Vinopnt .Reuben ., .,
Evan .Bhq , .
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
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-
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".
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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.
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.
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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.
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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-
( 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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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-
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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.
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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 )
16th August .1980
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