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Volume 8 Number 14
'or The Week Ending 18th October 1980
8th Year Of Publication - - 247th Issue



Terrorists in Grenada warned the Peoples. Revolutionary
.Goernment that, unless all Cubans in Grenada were sent back.
within three days, there would be "war" in the island.

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop disclosed this in a national,
broadcast on October 5th and said the warning had been left in
a note at the site of the bomb explosion which took place in
the parish of St.Patricks on September 27th.. He said this ie
the first time in Grenada that a note had been left by
terrorists. He called the development "sinister" and,
referring to anti-Cuban rumours being circulated, said the
attack on Cuba is not accidental.

"The counter-revolutionaries and the imperialists understand
very well how important Cuban solidarity and assistance to our
country has been and continuei- tq .be to the task of building
pur economy", he said. "They understand very well that one
of the best ways in which they can turn back our revolution is
prec ely if they are able to break or to weaken the present,
unshakable links and bonds between our Government .and the
Government and people of Cuba."

Mr Bishop said the truth is that Grenada's relations with Cuba
are better than ever. "Our admiration for and friendship
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with Comra4p Fidel Castro is stronger' than ever and our need-,

desire and appreciation for their fraternal and unselfish assistance

is firmer than ever", die said. "The reactionaries may as well

stop thdkr childish attempts to fool and confuse our people on this

question. '
* Gains
The Prime Minister said the revolution has made tremendous gains

since March 13th 1979 but "local counter-revolution aided by its

foreign friends" is trying to turn back process. "iln order to

defend our gains and to safeguard our applee from mercenary invasion

or any violent attack", he said., -"we must have all our people, ready

in the Militia to be able to defend our country.,

Mr Bishop called on Greriadians to join the Militia, to work actively

in all the revolution's programmes and 'to jin the "mass

organizations". "If '-you are womann ", he said, "join the

National Women's Organisation, if you are a youth,,, join the National

Youth Organisation, if you are between the ages of 6 and 15, >join

the Pioneers Organisation."

The -Prime Minister said the activities of counter-revolutionaries

are detectable and he called on Grenadians to be alert. "Keep

a look out in your area or in your work place for those elements

';ho are likely to be involved in these counter-revolutionary

Activities", he said, "and, whenever you catch them or suspect

them, report them immediately to the Security. Forces."

(431 words)


The opening of Grenada's High Court Assizes has been delayed
S- 1
because the Legal Department does not have anyone appointed as

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In Court, on October

14th, the day scheduled for the opening, Mr Justice Archibald Nedd

said he would deal with Civil matters until October 20th and, on,

October 21st, "we will hope to get some work done" in the Assizes.

The Legal Department had been without a DPP since August 31st when

:yanese Mr Desmond Christian resigned from.the post to take up a
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teaching job at the Hugh Wooding Law School at St Augustine,

Trinidad. Since then, efforts have been made to fill the

vacancy, but it is understood that difficulties are being


In addition to Mr Christian, there have been five resignations fro.,

the Legal Department this year. Magistrate Mrs Holly Dabreo

resigned at the end of February and Acting Attorney General Lloyd

Noel resigned early in June. Registrar Me E C Wilkinson left

at the end of August and both Crown Counsel Henry Paryag and Deputy

Registrar Miss Denise Campbell are due to leave the Department at

the end of this month.

Informed sources told NEWSLETTER that interviews are being

conducted with persons from other regional countries who might fill.

the post of DPP, and it is understood that efforts are being made

in other Commonwealth Caribbean countries to find suitable legal


"We are urgently trying to make the necessary arrangements to get

personnel", Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs

Kendrick Radix told NEWSLETTER, "but I cannot say when we will be

able to make an appointment."

(263 words)


The Peoples Revolutionary Government has appointed a Commission of

Inquiry to look into the management of Grenada Electricity Services

,Ltd (GES).

This action comes as a result of a GES request for increased

electricity rates and the Ministry of Communications says that, for

the time being, the request has been refused.

"When the Commission has submitted its Report and the Government

has had an opportunity of studying it", the Ministry says, "the

Government will then be in a position to decide whether or not to

grant the requested increases in the statutory rates."

- continued -


GES, a Company jointly owned by the Commonwealth Development

Corporation (59.3%) and the Government of Grenada (40.7%), has

applied to Government to increase its rates by an average of 4.5

East Caribbean cents per unit. According to GES Manager Mr

Rodney George, this increase is required because of sharp rises in

wages and other cost since the last rate increase in August 1978.

Additionally, major equipment overhauls estimated to cost

EC$836,OOO.00 are required and GES hopes to raise a loan from the

Caribbean Development Bank to buy a new generator which must be

installed next year. "There is no which we can service

that loan on the present electricity tariff"l Mr George says.
The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Guyanese barrister Mr Miles

Fitzpatrick, is to examine the performance of GES with special

reference to the development programmes GES undertook by agreement

when the Company, as formed in 1960.

The first programme, which was to be completed by the end of 1963,

involved the extension of the service to the suburbs of St.Georges,

to Crenville on the east coast and to Gouyave on the west'coast.

The second programme was to carry the service to the island's

9ther two towns, Victoria and Sauteurs. No deadline was agreed

for completion of the second programme, but the Company was to

use its best endeavours" to have it done. All towns and most

areas now have electricity.

The Commission is also to examine the financial operations of GES

and the relationship of the Company to the Commonwealth Development

Corporation. GES' plant and machinery is also to be examined

with special reference to cost efficiency, technological

development and the needs of the consumer community.

This is the second time in recent years that a Commission has

been appointed to look into GES. The Gairy Government appointed

the Date Commission in 1977 to inquire into a variety of matters

including "those aspects of the Company's operations carried on

outside of Grenada" aad "the location of the seat of administrative

-ontrol of the Company." The Report of that Commission has not

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been published.

Other members of the Fitzpatrick Commission are Mr Osbert Benjamin,

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Mr Eric Glean

a Manager of Government's former Electricity Department which was

closed down when GES commenced operations in 1960.

(483 words)


"The New Jewel", official organ of the New Jewel Movement (NJM),

in its issue of October llth, has accused the Commonwealth

Development Corporation (CDC) of "ripping-off" Grenadians.

"Multinational corporations such as CDC, which manages and controls

Grenada Electricity Services (GES), go to developing countries such

as our Grenada, pretending to be here to help us", the paper said.

"When this so-called assistance is examined, one clearly sees that

their real aim is to make profits and that is all."

"New Jewel" said CDC has not properly implemented the "so-called

plan for development of electricity island wide" and many critical

areas are without electricity. It said the Colonial Government

gave CDC "the right to exploit the Grenadian people for 30 years

and, last year, CDC made EC$249,O00 and "they shipped this profit

to England and did not repair the machines. Thus, we have the

reason for today's blackout."

"Judge for yourself", the paper said. "Isn't this a rip off ?"

GES is owned jointly by CDC and the Government of Grenada on a

59.3 to 40.7 basis. GES has applied to Government for a tariff

increase of an average of 4.5 East Caribbean cents per unit, but

this has bean refused pending the Report of a Commission of Inquiry

appointed by Government to look into the management of GES. The

Commission is due to commence sittings on October 20th.

(239 words)



Secretary for Tourism, Miss Palme Buxo, 53, has resigned from

the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) and has taken up

residence in the United States of America.

Mr Unison Whiteman, Minister for Tourism, confirmed this to

NEWSLETTER on October 16th and said the resignation is effective

September 30th. "Miss Buxo haseadvised us that she has

migrated to the States and is now studying in Miami'", he said.

Miss Buxo is reported to have fallen ill in May while on an

official trip and is said to have received medical treatment in

Barbados and other Caribbean islands before going to the United

States. Since becoming ill, she has not returned to Grenada.

Miss Buxo became a member of the Government when members of the

PRG were announced three days after the revolution of March 13th

1979, and was appointed Secretary (Junior Minister) for Tourism

on March 29th. She was Secretary to Governor General Lord

Hailes when the West Indies Federation was established in 1958

and had a spell,of duty as Executive Officer in the Federal

Defence Office.

This is the second resignation from the Peoples Revolutionary

Government, the first being that of Acting Attorney General

Lloyd Noel who left the Government last June because of

unspecified "differences of opinion." Mr Noel subsequently

criticized the Passport Law passed by the PRG in August and, in

an official statement, was branded an "opportunist" and charged

#with being guilty of "serious lapses bordering on corruption"

while he was associated with the New Jewel Movement.

(254 words)


The St Georges University School of Vedicine has the blessing of

the Peoples Revolutuonary Government (PRG) but there are aspects

of the School which need up-grading.
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Week Ending .8.10.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7

At a press conference on 30th September, Dr Bernard Gittens,

Secretary (Junior Minister) for Health, disclosed this and said

the University of the West Indies (UWI) has been requested to

monitor the School of Medicine on behalf of the PRG.

A UWI team led by Professor E R "Mickie" Walrond conducted a survey

of the Medical School late last year and found that, in some aspects

the School is deficient, Dr Gittens said. "We are not satisfied

with the speed with which these deficiencies are being corrected",

he said, "but efforts are being made."

The School of Medicine was opened in January 1977 with a student

enrollment of 197 drawn from 24 countries including Jamaica,

Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Under an Act passed by the

Gairy Government,the School was granted the "sole and exclusive

charter for a Medical School", and an agreement pledged that degrees

issued by the School will be "fully recognized and accepted by the

Government of Grenada."
Private Company
Under that agreement with Government (signed by the shareholders of

the private Company owning the School, Dr Charles Modica (a lawyer),

Louis J Modica (Charles' father) and Patrick Adams) the School

leased from Government for 10 years at US$21,500.00 per year, a six

acre lot with buildings at "True Blue" on the south coast for its


The Company also agreed that, with the commencement of the Clinical

Programme in 1979, it will pay annually US$100,000.00 in medical

supplies and equipment for the General Hospital. It also agreed

to give an additional US$75,000.00 'to be used for Government


The Grenada Medical Association (GMA) was unhappy that it had not

been consulted over establishment of the School and, in a press

release issued soon after the opening, said the standards of the

institution had not been subjected to scrutiny and may not conform

to acceptable levels.

There was no reaction to this from the Gairy Government and, in

June 1977, the "New York Times" quoted Dr Bernard Gittensdontinued


GMA Secretary/Treasurer (now PRG Secretary for Health) as saying

that the School was "substandard". "There is no one monitoring

the situation", he said, "and they set their own standards"..
The GMA concern was justified. An investigation made and
published by the GRENADA NEWSLETTER disclosed that, of the five

faculty members with which the School opened, four did not have

the academic background stated by the School. According to a

spokesman for the School, these faculty members had taught and

had been "Professors" at certain prestigious universities in

North America. Checks with these universities disclosed this

information was false.

Months later, the faculty was expanded to 12 members with some 30

"Visiting Professors", and the Chancellor of the School, Dr Modica,

said the original faculty members had not measured up to

expectations. "Some of our original professors were not

everything we expected", he said, "and I realized we had some

changes to be made in our faculty."

The School now has some 600 students enrolled and a faculty of 39

with Dr Geoffrey Bourne, Director of the Yerkes Primate Research

centre, as Vice-Chancellor. In addition, there are 54 "visiting

Professors" who stay one or two weeks and give 3 to 5 lectures.

The Clinical Programme of the School was due to start in August

1979 but, when the UWI team investigated, the programme had not been

completely formulated. The team felt, however, that the programme

being put together did not guarantee good clinical training both in

terms of methodology, types of exposure and the lack of continuity

in the care of the clinical teaching staff.
The risk here is particularly high in the case of Grenadian

students who, under the terms of the agreement with the School,

receive five scholarships annually. Unlike U.S. students, these

students cannot enter American Medical Schools for clinical training

and GMA has express* the fear that the clinical training they will

receive will be of poor quality and, since their diplomas from the

continued -
(NEWSLETTER for week ending September 2nd 1978)

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Week Ending 18.10.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 9

School of Medicine will be recognized in Grenada, the quality of
the medical service in the island will be lowered.

The suggestion has been made that, to correct this deficiency,

Caribbean Community students attending the Grenada School of

Medicine be made eligible for attachment to clinical programmes

operated by UWI, and that UWI act as external examiners to these

(730 words)

,, ,


A Familiarization tour of Grenada has been arranged for a group of

travel agents as a follow-up to hiyh level promotion recently

undertaken in North America.

In an effort to win back the lost North American tourist trade,

Acting Secretary for Tourism, Mrs Angela Bishop, led a Grenada team

3o Tourism seminars organised in Toronto, Chicago and Los Anygles

by the Caribbean Tourist Association (CTA). The team visited

North America late last month and comprised Mr Royston Hopkin,

President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA), Mrs Gillian

Thompson, GHA Executive Director, and Dr John Watts, Chairman of the

Grenada Tourist Board.

Mrs Bishop told NEWSLETTER the seminars had been a great success.

Her team had been able to talk to a wide cross section of travel

agents, tour operators and airline representatives, and she is

looking forward to the arrival of those who will be taking the

familiarization tour.
Favourable Impact
"We were able to remove much of the negative impression of Grenada

created by unfavourable press reports", she said, "and I feel that

this, together with the visit of the travel agents, will have a

favoutable impact on the coming Winter Trade".

The Acting Secretary for Tourism said that, together with 31 other

countries in CTA, Grenada will take part in the CTA Fall Caribbean

travel Trade Exposition which commences in North America on October
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P'ge 10. *'THE GRE:NADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 18.10.80

20th. Covering 7 locations on the United States eastern seaboard,

the Exposition has as its theme, "A world of its own", and will last

two weeks.

"We don't expect to see a fantastic increase in the number of stay-

over visitors this coming Winter Season", Mrs Bishop said, "but

there will be some increase and we are hopeful that the 1981/1982

Winter Season will show the complete recovery of the North Amarican

(288 words)


The International Monetary Fund '(IMF) i"''to assist Grenada in the

preparation of the necessary documents to apply for an IMF loan

of some EC$5 million to rehabilitate the Agricultural Industry

damaged by hurricane 'Allen' early in August.

Minister of Finance, Trade & Planning, Bernard Coard, held talks

with officials of the IMF on this matter during the recent IMF/

World Bank meeting in Washington and said, in a broadcast over

Radio Free Grenada on October 15th, that the funds available for

this loan have little terms and conditions attached.

"Hopefully, with the completion of the necessary data collection

and documentation within the next few weeks", he said, "we will be

able to actually receive the funds, hopefully, before the end of

the year."

Radio Free Grenada said Mr Coard had talks also with the World.

Bank on the possibility of providing funds for Grenada's low income

housing scheme. Discussions centered on a loan of EC$8 million

to be provided by the World Bank on concessionall terms".

The Minister of Finance used the opportunity in Washington to hold

talks with the Finance Ministers of Indonesia and Ghana on the

possibility of cooperation in the world marketing of nutmegs and

cocoa. Indonesia produces about 70% of the world supply of

autmegs and the major portion of the remainder is produced by
continued -



Grenada's cocoa, in terms of world production, is negligible.

According to Radio Free Grenada, Mr Coard feels the formation of

single world bodies for nutmegs and cocoa will eliminate competition

and lead to a "universal price".
(193 words)


The Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) held a presidential

election on October 9th amid strong overtones of political interest.

In February last, when the Union's Annual General Meeting wks called,

TAWU President Curtis Stewart failed to attend and, instead, his

resignation was read to the meeting. It is alleged that

Mr Stewart had been receiving death threats and, as a result, left

the island to reside in the USA.

That meeting broke up in disorder, following which, Mr James

Wardally, a TAWU member, issued a statement through the Government

Information Service. In that statement, Mr Wardally expressed

the opinion that "stewart has a history of betrayal of the workers

and has sold them out on several occasions."

Mr Wardally is a member of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) and is

wanted in the USA to face charges of gun running. It is alleged

that, together with others, he smuggled arms and ammunition out of

the United States to the NJM prior to the revolution. He was

arrested in Washington in February 1979 and placed on bail. His

case was due to be heard in October 1979, but he escaped and

returned to Grenada.
A second TAWU meeting was called to elect a President and

Mr Wardally was a candidate. He lost to Mr Reginald Dowe by 282

votes to 136 but, without giving reasons, Mr Dowe resigned on 2nd

September and a General Meeting was called on October 9th to fill

the vacancy. Mr Wardally won by 225 to 66 from Mr Simeon Green,

who is Political Leader of the United Peoples Party, one of the
continued -

Week Ending 18.10.8Q


political parties which existed before the revolution.

Sources close to TAWU said that both the day and the time of the

mveting were unsuitable for many members and the results of the

election have caused dissatisfaction. It is pointed out that

the total of votes cast at this meeting, 291, is 305 less than the

total cast at the last meeting, 419, and this is considered an

unsatisfactory turn out of the some 700 TAWU members.

With the election of Mr Wardally as TAWU President, the only major

tradeunion (with the exception of the Teachers Union and Public

Workers Union (formerly the Civil Service Association)) not headed

by an NJM supporter is the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union.

Mr Vincent Noel, Minister of Home Affairs, is President of both

the Bank & General Workers Union and the Commercial & Industrial

Workers Union, and President of the Agricultural & General Workers

Union is Mr Caldwell Taylor, a member of the Peoples Revolutiinara

Government recently appointed Ambassador to the United Nations.

-418 words)

(Since the above was written, Mr Berty Lessey, General

Secretary of the Agricultutal & General Workers Union

(AGWU) has advised NEWSLETTER that, sometime in August

and to replace Mr Caldwell Taylor, the Management

Committee of his Union has appointed Mr Fitzroy Bain

to be President General. Mr Bain was formerly the

Union's "Coordinator" in the St.Davids parish.)


The commercial banks in Grenada .have paid Governmerntover EC$200

thousand under the Banking (Special Deposits) Act-

Passed in-March 1976 by the Gairy Government with retroactive effec-t

to January 1st .1976, this Act stipulates. tha, where moneys remain

"dormant and unclaimed" in a bank's books for 6 years, these, moneys

-aust be transferred-to Government. Depositors .jIay.claim their

.oney from the Accountant General within one year, failing which, it

-:hall lapse to and become part. pf the revenues of Grenada."
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This Act also provides that "every bank shall maintain a deposit

with the Accountant General of an amount equivalent t9 five per

centum of the amount of its total deposit liabilities. (The rate

was subsequently increased to 10%). "Deposit Liabilities" are

defined as "liabilities in respect of all savings accounts and

includes fixed deposits and current accounts".

When the Act was passed, it caused concern in banking circles and

this concern was reflected in a change on bank interest rates on

fixed deposits. Up to that time, 6 month and 12 month period

deposits had enjoyed interest rates of 8% and 9% respectively, but

these rates fell drastically to a flat 22% payable on all fixed

deposits irrespective of the length of period up to 12 months.

Since then,,there has been a slight upward revision and current

interest rates are 3- for all fixed deposits for both 6 and 12

month periods. There is an additional 1% for deposits over

EC$25,000.0O for a 12 month period.
The New Jewel Movement (NJM) opposed this Act. Calling it "The

5% Robbery Act", NJM pointed out the loss of interest suffered by

depositors and said, "no one is encouraged to save because the

sacrifice is not worth the returns on interest."

NJM held a series of meetings in 1976 to oppose the "crappism

passing for a new law" and reported there was then a run on the

banks with depositors lining up to withdraw their savings. The

Party also called on Grenadians to "keep the full pressure on."

"The idea is not to close the banks but to bring pressure on Gairy

to change this thiefing law. NOW 1", NJM said. "Let Gairy

know that people will keep the pressure on until he withdraws his

monkey law".

The Gairy Government did not withdraw this law and, to date, the

PRG has not withdrawn or amended it. And, informed sources say

that bank interest rates are unlikely to be increased as long as

the commercial banks (Barclays Bank International, The Royal Bank

of Canada and the Bank of Nova Scotia) are forced to maintain a

continued -

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deposit with the Accountant General of an amount equilavent to 10%

of the amount of their deposit liabilities.

The Grenada Cooperative Bank has not been made subject to the

provisions of the Act but the Government owned National Commercial

Bank, which bought out the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

(CIBC) in January last, is subject to the provisions.

According to the statements of "dormant and unclaimed" accounts at

March 31st 1980, published in the Government Gazette, there was a

total of 906 such accounts at the four banks and these accounts

totalled BC$218,411.92. Barclays had the highest number of

accounts, 452, at the highest figure, EC$119,711.89. The Bank

of Nova Scotia was next with 321 accounts totalling BC$55,383.88

and the Royal Bank followed with 68 accounts totalling 2t$35,359.40.

The National Commercial Bank, with accounts taken over from CIBC,

had 65 accounts totalling EC$7,956.75.
The range of totals of the 906 "dormant and unclaimed" accounts

is from several accounts at the Bank of Nova Scotia at two cents

each to one at Barclays for BC$12,114.39. This last mentioned

stands in the name of Evelyn Booxin at a London, England address.

Two accounts at the National Commercial Bank stand in the care of

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. One is for EC$15.10 for Moco

enterprisess and the other is for EC$203.52 for the Jeremiah

Richardson Fund. Jeremiah Richardson, the anniversary of whose

.eath is commemorated as an Official Day on April 20th, was shot

by a policeman on Good Friday 1973.

'Inere is also,.an amount of EC$737.87 standing in araccount at the

koyal Bank of Canada in the name of the Government of Grenada,

Savings Bank Account.
(698 wor )


Week Ending 18.10.80 THE GRENADA NE.SLf;ETTER Page 15


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is assisting the Peopled

Revolutionary Government in funding a scheme to compensate banana

farmers for trees destroyed in the Moco disease eradication


Moco disease (Bacterial Vascular Wilt) was discovered in Grenada in

1978. Its symptoms include premature yellowing of leaves,

premature ripening of several bananas while the bunch is still on

the tree, and a black rot inside otherwise healthy looking fruit.

According to the Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN), there

is no chemical which can be applied to affected plants to cure them,

and control of the disease is difficult. Destruction of the

plants appears to be the only remedy and, where large areas are

affected, no bananas should be replanted for two years.

"Control of Moco", says WINBAN, "is a matter of life or death for

the Banana Industry n Grenada."

The Moco Eradication Programme started some three months ago and,

to date, over 17,000 banana mattss" (clumps of trees) have been

destroyed. Farmers will receive EC3 for each matt. Assistance

in implementing the programme is being given by the Grenada Banana

Cooperative Society and WINBAN.
(188 words)


The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) was represented at

a recent meeting in Puerto Rico of some 80 plant pathologists from

North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Purpose of the meeting was to discuss plant disease problems

affecting cultivated crops in the region, and the WINBAN

representatives were Dr J Edmunds, Director of WINBAN Research &

Development, and Dr D K Cronshaw, plant pathologist attached to

WINBAN Research.

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Page 16 .HE GPENADA IEWSLETTER Week Ending 18.10.80

Among matters discussed was the banana disease, "Black Sigatoka",

which, according to WINBAN, is now considered the most deadly

disease of bananas. "Yellow Sigatoka" (also called "Banana

Leaf Spot") is common in the Windward Islands, but "Black

Sigatoka", known in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica and

Nicaragua, has not hepn found in Grenada, St.Vincent, St.Lucia

,nd oaminica.

"To our knowledge", says a release from WINBAN, !'the Windward

Islands and Jamaica are free of the disease, but we must be very

vigilant And must tighten our quarantine efforts to prevent the

organism from reaching the islands.

WINBAN says its Research Department carries out regular tests to

determine whether the fungus causing "Yellow Sigatoka" in the

Windward Islands is becoming tolerant of the fungacides now in

(97 words)


The Peoples Revolutionary Government has passed a law which

ensures three months maternity leave for all women who work

regularly. For women who have worked for more than 18

months for the same employer, the law provides that two of the

three months leave shall be on full pay.

Copies of the law (which went into effect on Octobdr 5th) are

not yet available bit the Government Information Service (GIS)
says women workers must work on a regular basis f"r two days in

every week or four days per fortnight to qualify for maternity.

leave. "Daily paid workers", says GIS, "will be entitled

to one fifth of their annual pay."
(110 words)


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825 329 739 1346 1227 4060



















3 109

10 404

8 4





2 101


6 15


56 249

6 89

125 108
















1 38 1963

10 28 1804


774 .- 2705



5 42


2 8


11 45

2514 1597



1082 1329

6887 368% 3145

POS Total






2 3988

14 988

25 1678

13 961

43 2667

248 7282

861 2955

1360 3326

2566- 30816
2566 3 '0'816'


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origin; top line represents destination.

Figures at right represent total traffic originating; figures at foot represent total traffic arriving.



Page 18 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 18.10.80

EDF Funds Road Project

Preliminary work has begun on a road project which is to be

funded by the European Development Fund (EDF). This project,

under which the Eastern Main Road (a distance of some 19.5 miles

between St.Georges and the island's second town, Grenville,) will

be resurfaced, has been estimated to cost EC$11 million.

Culverts are now being repaired and overhanging trees trimmed, and

resurfacing is expected to begin early next year. The road

design is being prepared by the Ministry of Communications, Works

& Labour, and 4 Cubans are to give technical assistance on the

.(100 words)

RFG Power To Be Boosted

The transmitting power of Radio Free Grenada is to be increased.

According to a release from the Government Information Service,

the present power is 1 kilowatt but GIS did not say what the

increased power will be or how soon it will be effected.

The increase in power will be made possible under terms of a

technical and scientific cooperation agreement between the Peoples

Revolutionary Government and the Government of Cuba. Cuba is

to provide technicians to install the transmitter and will give

scholarships to Grenadians to be trained to maintain it.

(93 words)

Project To Benefit Fishermen

The Peoples Revolutiopary Government is seeking EC$4..178 million

from the International'Fund for Agricultural Development to

finance a four year project to benefit fishermen..

The project will establish fish storage centres, sponsor formation

of fishermen's cooperatives and launch a EC$I million revolving

credit union scheme for fishermen.

The project is expected to begin in January next.

r .(63 words)
continued -


Retail Price Index Up

Retail prices in Grenada have risen 21.2% since January 1st 1980

and 459 since the Retail Price Index was established by Governmen

in January 1979. The increase in September over August was

... (33 words)

Basic Human Needs Project

Grenada is benefiting to the sum of US$1.7 million is a "Basic

Human Needs Project" being funded by the Agency for International

Development through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Under this project, 7 health centres and 4 schools are to be

rehabilitated. Two water projects and some road projects also

fall under this scheme.

Officials of the Planning Division of the Ministry of Finance and

of the Ministry of Communications & Works, recently visited

Barbados to report on progress of the project to Mr Edmund Valmont

CDB Director of Projects.
(94 words)

Argentine Ambassador Presents Credentials

Mr Juna A Lanari, Non-Resident Ambassador to Grenada of the

Republic of Argentina, presented his credentials to the Acting

Governor-General Mr Allan La Grenada, on Thursday 25th September.
(29 words)

Strachan Addresses UN General Assembly

Minister of Communications, Works & Labour, Selwyn Strachan, left

Grenada on October 8th for the United States where he was due to

address the 35th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

scheduled to be opened on October 10th.
(40 words)

TUC Represented at CCL Congress

Three members of the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC) left

Grenada on October 12th for Barbados to attend the Seventh

Triennial Congress of the Caribbean Congress of Labour scheduled
continued -

Week Ending 13.10.80

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Page 20. THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 18,10.80

to run from 13th to 15th October.

The TUC representatives were Mr Vincent Noel, Secretary (Junior

Minister) for Home Affairs, Pr4sident of the Bank & General

Workers Union and President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers

Union (CIWU), Mr Septimus Forsythe, TUC President and Mr John

Ventour, Secretary/Treasurer of TUC and of CIWU.
(83 words)

Netherlands Ambassador Presents Credentials

Mr E G Manduro, Non-Resident Netherlands Ambassador to Grenada,

presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Paul Scoon on

Friday October 10th.
(22 words)

EDF Offers Incentive Bonus

The European Development Fund, which is providing funds for

construction of the Birch Grove Community Centre, has offered

EC$500.00 as an incentive for the best worker or workers on this

building project. The Peoples ;Revolutionary Government is

providing EC$6000 00 for labour on this project.

(46 words)

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