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For The Week Ending October 16th 1982
10th Year of Publication -----276th Issue
Volume Number 14

Minister of Finance Bernard Coard disclosed on October 14th
that the World Bank has issued a favourable report on .Grenada.
Radio Free Grenada (RPG) reported this on October -i th and
said that, speaking to newsmen the day before, Mr Coard quoted
the report as saying that, after- inheriting a deteriorating
economy, the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) now faces
the task of laying foundations fbr future growth and assess-
According to Mr Coard, the report says that, in the area of
agriculture, the PRG has moved on several fronts to upgrade
extension services and technical assistance to farmers, and
has been providing more financial assistance for banana and
cocoa rehabilitation. The report also noted significant
improvement in feeder and main road development.
Concerning agro-indistries, the report says fruit and vege-
tables which are often lost through spoilage can now be
procesSed in a new agro-industrial plant established by the
"In the area of tourism", Mr Coard said, "it (the report)
has the following quote, 'The Government is trying to revive
this sector by way of a public relations campaign. The
completion in 1983 or 1984.of the international airport will
alter supply conditions' ".
The Minister of Finance also disclosed the following quote
from the World Bank report :- "The export of furniture and
processed foods -has been increasing rapidly over the last.
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Produced & Prire.d by Alister & Cynthia fHghes
O Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies
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three years, also the production add export of garments have increased

"Construction has experienced the highest growth rate in the economy,
spurred by public investment programmes, particularly the construction
of the international airport and the roal programme", Mr Coard quoted
from the report, "construction has also been stepped up in education
and health."

Mr Coard said the report records that the PRG has sought to encourage
private sector confidence in a number of areas, and the report says
Grenada of the lowest "debts service" ratios in the world.

Explaining this term, the Minister of Finance said the debts service
ratio of a country is expressed as the percentage of the.foreign
exchange earnings of the country which must be used annually to repay
the debts of the country,

According to RFG, Mr Coard quoted the report as sayin that Grenada is
one of the very few countries in the Western Hemisphere which contin-
ued to experience capital 9rowth-during 1981.


The October Assizes opened here on October 12th before the Chief
Justice Mr Archibald Nedd with 29 cases listed for hearing

st matters concern housebreaking and stealing with a sprinkling of
more serious charges, all of which will be tried by jury, but there
are two cases to be heard under the Terrorism (Prevention) Law which
provides for special rules of evidence and for trial by a judge with-
out jury.

in the first of these cases, Russel, Kenneth and Roland Budhlall,
Layne Phillip and Grace Augustine are charged with the "bombblast"
murders of 19th June 1980. This case came up for hearing at the
June Assizes this year but the start was delayed and it has been
fixed to commence before Mr Justice Satrohan Singh on October 18th.

The second case arises out of the killing, on the night of 17th/18th
November 1980, of Donald Stanisclaus,28, his brother Dennis,32, Andy
Courtnay,18, Stephen Lalsee,20. and Evan Charles. The first four
named were found in a bullet ridden car in the Plains area in
St Patricks' Parish while Charles, also killed by gun fire, was dis-
covered, ab6ut 2 miles away, at an abandoned Militia camp.

There are 7 accused in this case, Jimmy Julian, Densil Richardson,
Isaac James, Annas Pascall'and her children, Matthew, Richard and-

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Richard Pascall and Julien are charged with causing death by acts
of terrorism and with receiving training in the use of explosives
while these two, plus Richardson and James, face charges of con-
spiring to commit acts of terrorism. All 7 are accused of
failing to disclose information relative to acts of terrorism and
of aiding and abetting persons involved in such acts.

There is another case pending for trial under the Terrorism (Pre-
vention) Law but it is not listed for hearing at the current Ass-
izes. This is the case against Keith St Bernard, Raphael Rob-
erts, Godwin Charles and Joseph Jacobs who are accused of conspir-
ing, on 25th April 1980, to overthrow the Peoples Revolutionary

Originally also charged with this offence were the brothers Kenneth
and Kennedy Budhlall and Lyle St Bernard When the Preliminary
Inquiry closed on September 28th last, Chief Magistrate Lyle
St Paul found there was insufficient evidence to commit the Budh-
lalls and St Bernard, but St Bernard is to stand trial for
allegedly withholding information from the Security Forces.

In the case of the Budhlalls, director of Public Presecutions,
Langston Sibbles, has asked that Mr St Paul's decision be snt on
to a Judge of the High Court for review.


When the October Assizes opened in the High Court here on October
12th with Chief Justice Archibald Nedd presiding, it was still not
known whether Roland Budhlall had succeeded in retaining council
for his defence.

Roland Budhlall is charged under the Terrorism (Prevention) Law to-
gether with his cousins Kenneth and Russel and with Grace Augustine
and Layne Phillip, with the "bomb blast" killings of Lorraine
Charles,13, Laurice Humphrey, 23 and Bernadette Bailey,15.

The occasion was a Government sponsored rally on June 19th 1980 at
Queens Park, St Georges, to honour national heroes, and the bomb
exploded under a raised platform on which were seated Prime Minis-
ter Maurice Bishop, Governor General Sir Paul Scoon and several
Ministers of the Peoples Revolutionary Government.

The platform was undamaged and the official party unhurt but, of
the crowd standing under the platform, 23 were hospitalized, four
in serious condition. Under the platform, Charles and Humphrey
died on the spot- Bailey, hospitalized in serious condition, 'ded
subsequent ly.' .
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This case came up for hearing at the June 1482 AssiZes before Mr Jusit
tice Satrohan Singh, but never started and caused considerable loss of
time because of the alleged "malice" of one of the defendants, Layne

Phillip was brought to Court from the General Hospital in an apparently
unconscious condition and medical evidence was given indicating that he
'aas on a hunger strike. Mr Alan Alexander, Trinidad barrister leal-
ing the Prosecution for the Crown, said that, if Phillip's condition
was self inflicted, then the Court should find that the accused had
acted with "malice".

The Court made no ruling on this because events were overtaken by the
fact that it was found that Roland Budhlall was without council. He
ad been represented by Trinidad barrister Mr Gaston Benjamin who had
requestedd a two week adjournment because he had nt had ta ime to study
the documentation and, additionally, he had commitment. in Trinidad to
which he had to return.

The Trial Judge felt thatian adiournment of 2 days was all that
Mr Benjamin needed to study his case and Mr Justice Singh said no
"mmitments in Trinidad could be more important than Mr Benjamin's
fence of his client's life. After the 2-day adjournment, however,
Nr Benjamin failed to appear in Court and the Judje expressed the view
that the Trinidad barrister had abandoned" his client.

'My view at the moment", he said, "is that Mr Benjamin has misbehaved".

MIz Justice Singh adjourned the case to the present Assizes to give
Roland Budhlall time to engage Council, the cdcused stating that he
wished to employ a barrister from outside Grenada, but.the Judge made
it clear that, whether Budhlall was represented or not, the case
iould start at 9.30 am on October 18th.

Ihen the Assizes opened on October 12th, Chief Justide Nedd said the
i agistrar of the Supreme Court had written to ione of the defendants"
kingg if he had secured Council, and there had been a reply that "he
was in process of doing so". ..

"There has been a great deal of fuss ab6ut delay in bringing cases to
trial, in spite of all the investigation which has to be done",
Mr Justice Nedd said, "and I hope the Defence will not adopt delaying

Sources close to the accused could give no information as to Roland
3udhlail's defence, except to say that there were "indications that
Council has been'retained." '

Barrister Mr,:Ren Jones has been assigned by the Court to defend Layne
Phillip while Barrister Michael Andrews will appear for the Budblall
brothers, Kenneth and Russel and arciAugustine.

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Commissioner of Prisons Mr Patrick MacLeish confirmed to NEWSLETTER
on October 12th that a political prisoner'/ Antonio Langdon, held by
the Peoples Revolutionary Government,' had escaped.

Langdon, who was shot and seriously,injured in an alleged attempted
jail break in 1980, had been in and out of the denerai Hospital
since then, receiving medical attention for wounds which include two
broken ribs and damaged lungs. .

In June of 1980, the Caribbean Congress of Churches (CCC) telephoned
NEWSLETTER and requested that inquiries be made about Langdon as CCC
understood that his injuries were serious and there was a possibil-
ity that his release could have been requested on humanitarian

At that time, Langdon was under of D: Ethelstan Friday who
advised NEWSLETTER that, originally, his patient's condition had
been extremely serious but that he was then no longer on the critic-
al list.

Details of the escape are few but it is known that Langdon was a
patient at the'General Hospital on October 9th and it is understood
that he was last known to be in the ward under guard about 9.00 pm
or 10.00 pm.

Reports say his escape was not discoVered until about 5.00 am the
next morning (October 10th) when what was thought to be the'figute
of a man lying on Langdon'ts bed 'was found tb be cleverly laid' ut

Commissioner MacLeish told NEWSLETTER on October 12th that Langdon
had not yet been recaptured and he denied another report'that
another prisoner (not a political prisoner) had failed ih-an
attempt to escape on the week end of October 9th/10th. The
Commissioner said there had been no attempted jail break.


The Peoples Revolutionary Government .(PRG) has stated its opposit-
ion to the proposal that there should be separate financing of the
three campuses of the university of the West Indies (UWI).

For some time there has been regional discussion on the issue of
the reconstruction of UWI and one of the main'issues has.been a
proposal that Jamaica finance themain campus which is located in
that country while Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados finance the other
two campuses which they host.
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In a press release issued by' he Ministry of Education, Yodth & Social
Affairs on September 27th, the PRG expressed the view that separate
financing will- break up a: regional, university because, in that
case, real financial control and decision making would be in the hands
of the individual campus territory.

"It should be noted", the PRG says, "that the Governmental Committee
Jet up as long ago as 1975 ... reported that central financing was
essential to prevent total disintegration of the University."

The PR. points out that the Mona Academic Board and Associations of
'"achers, Graduates and Undergraduates have all opposed the idea of
separate campus funding and "certain powerful voices" have chosen to
ignore the views of these bodies.

': ,-i ether or not they realise or choose to admit it", the PRG said~,
"their position will certainly have the effect of first fragmenting
and ultimately destroying the regional character."

'he Mona Academic Biard has put forward the view that separate
financing will lead to a drop standards at UWI, the PRG said,
Tnd the Grenada Government supports this view because, it says, a
strong regional university is better maintain academic
standards apd attract ,the most competent lecturers.

7Standards will decline too from lack of finance for staff and
facilities .bcause,,ay time one island had financial problems, the
Jniversity -will suffer", the .PRG said,. "With central financing
as exist, now, the strength and vitality of UWI does not depend on the
economic health of any one island but on the collective strength of
the region as a whole."

'ine PRG put forward two other reasons for its, opposition to the
separatee fnancing proposal. The first is that the non-campus
territories, th, Less Develpped Countries (LDC) of the Caribbean
C community (CARICOM), will lose by,this arrangement as students, from
these territories are likely to face greatly increased costs and dis-
approportionate competition for Student placement, and it will be
difficult for the LDC to have universities of their own.

The other reason for opposition is that the POG feels that UWI is
ne of the few regional' institutions that has concrete practical-:
relevance to 'the people-. tis is because UWI provides an inter-
nationally recognized university qualification and it cements a sense
of regional oneness through friendships made by students from all
regional territories.

"The UWI was established in 1948", the PRG said. "It has growth up
with the region. The resources of Caribbea' countries have been
collectively invested in it. The hopes of Caribbean youth for
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more and better university education are set on it. Its degrees
are internationally recognized. Let us keep it regional, united
and strong."

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The Governing Body of the-University of the West Indies (UWI) the
Council of the University afd the University Grants Committee have
agreed to proposals toT structure UWI :.

Agreement was reached at a meeting on September 20th and 21st held
at the Mona Jamaica, campus, and. a press release states that a
"Working Party", a "Standing Committee" and a "Committee, of Legal
Experts" are to work out detailed arrangements to complete the re-
structuring exercise by 1984.

Details of.` the restructuring.have not been released but, since 1970,
the Trinidad & Tobago Government has' made demands for a more
"utilitarian" institute : and a White Paper published by that
Government in 1977 charged that 'UI had nct" kept pace with the
growth needs of Trinidad &.Tobago. The White Paper also con-
demned the "complicated and cumbersome management structure and
decision making machinery" of UWI.

Major restructuring of the Uhiversity is likely'to centre.around the,
financing'of the' three UWI campuses by the host countries, Jamaica,
Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados.


The Peoples Revolutionary government (PRG) has issued a statement
reiterating Grenada's "unwavering commitment to regional unity and
its firm commitment to CARICOM".

The State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG) said on October 2nd that
the statement had been released in response to a charge by the
Prime Minister of St Lucia, Mr John Compton, that Grenada does not
seem to be interested in regional integration and unity.

According to RF(, th_ statement described Mr Compton's charge aS
"a blatant and 'unwarranted attack' on the PRG and on the Grenada

The PRG said Mr Compton's charge is contradicted by reality since,
as a matter of policy, PAG members seek, whenever possible, to make
representation onhbehalf of all 'Caribbean Community (CARICOM) small
island-states and,'since 1979, Grenada has demonstrated this
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commitment, not only to ,CARICOM small, island-states, but.also tp dis-
advantaged states worldwide. -

The most recent demonstration of this, RFG quoted the statement as
declaring, ,was the official visit of -Prime Minister Maurice Bishop
to France .when.the Socialist Administration of President FrancoiS :
Mitterand took the include::7--ast Caribbean States,,in-
.iuding St -Lucia, in its' granf programme 6f 386 million dollars.

According to, RFG, the PRG statement said Mr Compton' should also; recall
that Grenada had been one of the leading voices calLingfor an e"
.onvening of the CARICOM Heads of Government Conference.


The Grenada Public Workers Union (PWU) formerly the Grenada Civil
Service Association- held, a meeting on October 4th to discuss, :among
,cther things, "procedures;: for the General ElectionS 1982/1983".

JWU has tried twice this year on May 27th and ine 28th to .hold
..s Annual General Meeting for the election qf officers but, on each
occasion, the meeting ended in chaos,,.

intentionn arose over whether voting was to be by show of hands or
secret ballot,, a group within the Union calling itself ,the "November
12th Committee" insisting that voting must be by show of hands.

This Committee takes its name from the date, iast year, when a
c"oup of PWU members tried unsuccessfully :to convene a special PWU
General Meeting.

Members of this Committee complain of "lack of life" in PWU, and
demand "greater democracy" ,and "broader participation of members in,.
the activities of the Union". .

qWhen the PWU General Meeting was held early"in October, other PiU
meetingss had already been held 4n the out parishes to discuss the
election, procedures and other matters covered were the National
Insurance Scheme to be introduced by GQvernment, Agency Fees. and

The meeting at WU headquarters ,in St Georges on October 4th was
the last in.a series and at this meeting certain amendments to, thh ,
Rules of the Union were agreed to, the Executive being,
make the changes.

Sources close .to PWU told NEWSLETTER that, when the Exec-utive is
elected, it will be by secret ballot. The sources said also
that there is tq be a departure from thy usual method of holding
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the meeting for the elections at the headquarters in St Georges.

Instead of all members coming in from the out parishes to St Georges,
meetings will be held in the out parishes for the members who live
in those areas, nominations for the Executive having been made in
writing in advance.

The date for these meetings has not yet been announced.


In a communique issued in Nassau at the end of its 13th General
Assembly on September 16th, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU)
said it is working towards organising training seminars and work-
shops for broadcasters in conjunction with the Caribbean Institute
of Mass Communications, the BBC and United Fat:- ns Radio..:

The release said also that CBU wanted more involvement in reflecting
the social, cultural, political and economic development of the
Caribbean via its programming, and plans are being formulated to
effect this in 1983.

CBU is an organisation of 26 broadcasting systems in the E-glish and
Dutch speaking caribbean (including Guyana :and' Su inam),T-the ,majgqrty
of which are Government owned. .

Mr Jones Madeira, CBU Secretary General, told NEWSLETTER in Nassau
that the meeting expressed the need :*br-closer collaboration with
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in .the interest of
making'the role of broadcasting in the region more definitive.

"To this end", he said, "the CBU and CARICOM will -be looking at a
working agreement which will ensure, not only the question of in-
creased frequency of co-produced programmes, but also making more
efficient usd of limited human, financial and technical resources
for communication.

The Nassau meeting agreed on a work programme for 1983 which in-
cludes arrangements for coverage of the Commonwealth Prime Min-
isters' Conference, Carifesta and the Indian Cricket Team's tour of
the Caribbean.. CBU will also undertake joint negotiations on
behalf of its members in securing broadcast rights for the 1984
Olympics and for Westindies cricket.

Mr Terrence Holder, General Manager of the Guyana Broadcasting
Corporation, was reelected CBU President.

The 4-day n.eeting, which wound up on September 16th, was attended
by observers from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, UNESCO,
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United Nations Radio, BBC and the CARICOM Secretariat.


Mr Jones P Madeira, Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting
Union (CBU), ha- resigned from that post.

The resignation was accepted at the CBU 13th General Assembly which
closed in Nassau, the Bahamas, on September 16th, and Mr Madeira, who
has headed the CBU Secretariat in Barbados for the past year, told
INSWSLETTER that, On October ist, he would take up a public relations
position with a State owned enterprise in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Nassau meeting endorsed the need for a full time Secretary
General and Secretariat arid supported this need by agreeing that
Members annual contributions to the organisation should be increased
by 50%.

"I was the guinea pig in trying to demonstrate this need", Mr Madeira
said, "and I am very happy with this development".

The CBU, whose membership spans the English and Dutch speaking
Caribbean countries will advertise in those countries for a
successor to Mr Madeira.


The second phase of the Adult Education Programme conducted by the
Centre for Popular Education (CPE) will get under way in mid-
October and by October 5th, 2,187 students and 385 teachers had

This was announced by Mr Aiden Slinger, CPE National Coordinator,
and he disclosed that, in this second phase, which is divided into
four 6-month sessions, participants will study maths, language, arts,
natural science and geography. This phase provides students with
a primary education course which will qualify him/her with a cert-
ificate equivalent to the Primary School-Leaving Certificate. In
late 1983 and 1984, therere re plans for adult education to be
continued at the secondary level.

Mr Slinger said that in the run-up period to commencement of the
second phase, preparations were being made through an internal
staff seminar, a refresher seminar for Zonal Co-Ordinators and
Centre Directors, and a base level teacher training seminar. A
"Teacher Delegation Process-" took place on October 14th and the
"National Enrollment Day" and commencement of classes. tok place
from October llth to 13th. %

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Secretary General of the Agency for Rural Transformation (ART), Ms.
Regina Taylor, attended a works. op in the Soviet Union during the
period 13th to 30th September.

Ms. Taylor told the Government Information Service that the work-
shop had the theme, "Social Aspects of Rural Development", there
was emphasis on the role of women, and participants had the oppor-
tunity to exchange experiences relative to the problems of rural
development and governmental efforts to overcome them.

The workshop was divided into two sections, she said, one discuss-
ing the role of the State and the other the role of institutions.
Ms. Taylor participate.' in the latter section and said her group
recognized the need for establishing non-government institutions
where individuals can embark on projects such as production cooper-
atives and literacy campaigns.


With effect from October 1st, all importations into Grenada are
subject to a "stamp duty" of 17i% of the CIF value of the import-
at ion.*

A Stamp Duty on importations has been in effect in Grenada for some
time and, in 1975, the rate stood at a flat: figure of 25 cents on
each Bill of Entry. In that year, the flat rate was dropped and
was substituted by a rate of 5% of.the CIF value.

The rate was increased to 71% in 1978 and was further increased to
121% earlier this year. The present increase to 172% is
authorised by Peoples Law 43/1982 passed and gazetted on September

Sources in the Commercial Community told NEWSLETTER that the
present increase of 5% will be reflected in an increased cost of


A United Nations expert on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) "Rules
of Origin" relating to Customs Regulations covering regional trade,
Mr Earl Bacchus, visited Grenada on October 5th on a two day visit.

Mr Bacchus, who is assigned to the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana
by the United Nations Developmp,.t Fund, held discussions with the
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private and public sectors with ;a view to gathering information which
may influence changes in the Rules of Origin.

Mr Bacchus told Radio Free Grenada that the Rules of Origin were intro-
duced with a view to facilitating regional trade liberalisation with
the objective of deepening the industrialisation process and facil-
itating extra regional exports.

'WMy work here is the first phase in the work programme designed to
review the operation of the Rules of Origin as well as to under-
take an update and strengthening of the Rules", he said.

a. the course of data gathering as a prelude to; more detailed work,
Mr Bacchus was expected also to visit St Vincent, Dominica, St.Kitts/
"levis, Montserrat and Antigua. The project to which he is ass-
S-ned covers 2 years and all CARICOM Governments will have the
opportunity to study the Report and proposals before firm recomm-
endations are made.


Mr Tod Payne, Local Representative of the Organisation of American
States (OAS), told NEWSLETTER on October 5th that entries may now
be submitted for -the Third Annual Photo Contest of the OAS magazine

The theme of the contest this year is "Faces of the Americas"v
(which includes Latin America and the Caribbean), and entries must
be received no later than February 1st next and must be mailed to
Americas Photography Contest, OAS General Secretariat, Washington
;.C., 20006, U S A.

Mr Payne said both amateur and professional photographers may
enter and there are two categories, colour and black & white.
First prize in each category is US$500, second prize is US$300
and third prize is US$100.


Grenada still faces a military threat from United States "imperial.-
ism" which is trying to turn back the gains of the revolution, and
the revolution is at a stage requiring further development of the
technological and academic skills of all Grenadians.

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop made these comments on October 7th
as he addressed a general meeting of t.e St Georges branch of the
National Youth Organisation (NYO).
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Week Ending 16.10.82


"Every single day we can see a-greatei and greater.need for people
with more skills, he said. "Every single day as more projects.
come on stream we can see new and advanced pieces of equipment
coming into the country and every time more advanced equipment comes
it means we need a more advanced type of worker."

Because of the current world economic situation which has seen. a :
fall in the prices of both cocoa and nutmegs, the Prime Minister
said, there is need to strengthen Grenada's economy and the NYO as
the organisation representing the majority of Grenadian youth, must
find ways to focus on the Grenadian economy and to involve more
youth in the Youth Employment Programme (YEP).

Mr Bishop said the NYO is laying a lot of emphasis on the YEP and
the Peoples Revolutionary Government :i~ paying a lot of attention
to the critical question of finding productive jobs for Grenadian
youth. A lot of beingg paid to/ getting more and
more youths involved in agriculture, he said, and the NYO will con-
tinue to have a critical role to play in this area.


The importation and sale of "Extra Strength Tylenol" has been bann-
ed by the Grenada Ministry of Health following the death in the
United States of 7 people. who took tablets of this pain killing drug
which had been contaminated with cyanide.

The State-owned Radio Free Grenada announced this on October 9th and
said the Ministry had ascertained that there are no stocks of
Tylenol in either Government or privately owned pharmacies, but it
warned persons who might have bought' the' drug in the United States
or received it fromfriends in that country, that it should not be

The radio station said the firm of Johnson & Johnson (Trinidad) Ltd,
which supplies Tylenol to distributors here, said the product has
been withdrawn from the market pending a change in packaging which
will make it safe against tampering.


Mrs Angela Smith, Director of the Grenada Employers Federation (GEF)
left Grenada on August 27th for a two-week stay in Sweden on a
scholarship given by the Swedish Institqte, a funding organisation
which promotes the visit df selected foreigners to Sweden,.
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In Sweden, the GEF Director met with officials of the Swedish Employers
Confederation, the Council for International Trade Unign Cooperation
and the Motor Trade Employers Association.

Mrs Smith also had the opportunity to meet and hold discussions with
personnel of the Swedish International Development Agency, Save the
Children Organisation and the Swedish Commiss.ion for Tec:hnical Cooper-
ation. *

During her stay in Sweden, Mrs Smith, who is the Consul for Sweden in
Grenada, met and held talks with the non-resident Ambassador to Grenada
Erik Tennander and other officials of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign
Affairs before leaving for Grenada on September 12th.


An official spokesman for the Venezuelan, Embassy in Grenada told
NEWSLETTER on October 13th that the Government of Venezuela has agreed
to lend the Peoples Revolutic a ', Government (PRG) HC$2.5 million.

"he Agreement covering the loan was signed on October 12th and it
.ill be repayable over 40 ydars at'an interest rate of 2%.

The spokesman said the loan will be used for erection of 100 pre-
jabricated houses which were a gift to the PRG by the Venezuelan
Government as a boost to the island's housing programme.

The houses, which were delivered in Grenada last August, are valued
.t US$3 million and each measures 72 square metres.


The official opening of the Grenada/Venezuela Cooperation Centre
took place on -October 12th before an audience which included repre-
sentatives of, the Diplomatic Corps ind a cross section of,the general

Located some 4 miles south of St Georges in the hotel area, the
Centre will be managed by Ms. Zelia Duboulay. Ms. Duboulay,
whose father was born in St Lucia, said there will be no charge
for the services of the Centre which, originally, will concentrate
on workshops covering aspects of home economics, culture and

Present at the opening was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Cuban
Ambassador Julian Torres Rizo. Also present were Mr.Romulo
Nucete, Venezuelan Charge d'Affairs, Mr Abdulla Attin, Chief of the
Lybian Peoples Bureau, Russian Ambassador Gennady Sajinev, Mr Norris
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Bain, Minister for Housing in the Peoples Revolutionary Government,
Mrs Angela Smith, Swedish Consul, Mr.Robert Whillock, :British
Government Representative in Grenada, ;Mr Gerald Watterson, European
Economic Community Representative stationed in Trinidad, Mr Tod
Payne, Grenada's QAS Director and Mr Didicus Jules, Permanent
Secretary in the Minustry of Education.

The'opening ceremony.was presided over by Dr Amry Touron Lugo. Ven-
ezuelan Director of International Cooperation, who delivered the
feature address. Also speaking were Messrs Nucete, Bain and Jules.
The official opening was followed by performances by Grenadian and
Venezuelan artists.


A seminar for small businessmen which opened here on October llth
is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and is
executed by the Barbados lhstitute of Management & Productivity in
collaboration with the Manitoba Institute of Management of Canada.

Aimed at upgrading management skills and techniques of small business
enterprises,. the seminar is being -conducted by four consultants and
will run until October 30th.

Addressing the opening session, Minister; of:Industrial Development
& Fisheries Kendrick Radix urged Grenada's small businessmen to
develop profitable, productive and thrifty businesses which will
have a fundamental effect on the overall development of the country.


The State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG) on October 13th quoted an
official of the National Marketing & Importing Board (NMIB) as
disclosing that St Lucia has placed an order for BC$15,000 of
Grenada's agro products while Trinidad & Tobago has placed an order
for EC$42,000 of the same products.

The NMIB official said markets for these products.are being sought
in Barbados, Antigua,;St Kitts, Martinique, Guadeloupe and the
United Kingdom, and he announced a change in NMIB policy in which
more than one agent for Grenada's agro industrial products will now
be appointed in each of the importing countries.

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The current Hold up in ioad repair and -construction work was expected to
come to an end with the arcivi 1 .fom Puerto Rioo .:n Octoberr 9th of 9,000
drums of bitumen. .

This was announced on October 13th by Radio Free Grenada (RMF) which
-ave the value of the shipment as $2.7 million and said 3,000 drums are
:- be allocated to the: astern Main Rodd Project ,and .to the;Inter-
national Airport now under construction at Point Saline.

RFG said the.arrival of the bitumen, which was 6 weeks overdue, will
permit the launching of a major resurfacing drive islandwide, and
Community Road Projects are also expected to be in full operation
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adio Free Grenada (RFG), on October 13th, disclosed a controversy
-which has arisen with the Government of Dominica over a report made to
.he station by RFG s Dominica correspondent, Clement Richards.

.FG said that, in its news during the previous week, it carried a
story y from Richards that, following a ruling by the Dominica Govern-
,ent that "persons wearing the uniforms of the security forces should
,o arrested, school children with bags resembling army hapsacks had
iad these bags confiscated,' .".

according to RFG,;the Dominica Government charged that the newsstory
-',s Tmischievous" and "malicious,, and a voicecast by Richards carried
by RFG on October 13th said'the Dominica Government also branded the
scory as "calculated to mislead and confuse".

RFG said that, in a dispatch on October 12th, Richards defended his
reporting on'; the issue'and refuted the Dominica Government's charges
'point by' oirnt". RPG did not give details of this defence .bst
the station said Richards identified a number of inaccuracies and
inconsistencies in the Government's position.

The station carried Richard's voice stating that he had never claimed
that the school bags were seizdd on-the direct orders of the Govern-
ment and he said he had no choice but to stand by his original story.

"Under the banner of the free and unfettered Press", Richards said,
"this correspondent will continue to report news from Dominica as
truthfully and objectively as possible, without fear or favour, until
I am prevented by legislation or otherwise."

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The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has embarked on a pro-
gramme to train all the State's nursery workers and pre--prirary
school teachers to a professional level.

Delivering the feature address at the opening, on Ocober 6th, of
the first national in-service training programme'for pre-primary and
nursery teachers, Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, Mrs Phyllis
Coard, said one of the main reasons for the PRG's emphasis on this
programme stems from the increasing employment opportunities for
Grenadian women.

Mrs Coard said that, at the time of. the revolution, 13th March 1979,
60% of Grenadian women were unemployed but this has changed. Seventy-
five percent are now working, she said, and she foresaw the day when
every Grenadian woman. who- wanted t wiok could get a job.

"Presently, most of our working :'-w6 ei-le1ave -their children with
grandmothers, aunties, sisters or other women friends", she said.
"However, we have to ask ourselves' wn a'-will happen when all these
women friends, sisters, aunties and even many-of:-the grand-
mothers are also working. Who are our working women going to
leave their children with ?"

The Deputy Minister said that, during the next 3 to 6 years, the
need.ff9 professional child care centres which offer both care and
education to children from 3 months to 5 years old, will become

Mrs Coard, who is also President of the National Women's Organisat-
i6ri (and is wife of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Bernard Coard), said the standards in the child care centres had to
be. of the highest "because no revolutionary society can afford to
neglect young children".

"If we want a society of healthy, creative and socially useful
adults", she said, "then we have to ensure -hat our children under
5 grow up in healthy,;happy and mentally stimulating and enriching
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Grenada's domestic exports decline -by nearly a third in the January
to July period in compared with the same period last year,
according to Government's Central Statistical Office.

The actual decline was 29.7% with exports of nutmegs falling 68.5%
from EC$5.4 million to EC$1 7 million, bananas dropping by 19.2%
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from EC$6.5 million to EC$5.2 million and cocoa declining by 29.7%
from BC$33.0 million to ki$23.- ma iio. "1

During the same period, the tourism sector also showed a decline with
visitor arrivals falling by 22% and cruise ships by 19.6%.

Private remittances increased by.30.2% from BC$23.8 million to EC$31.0
million and Government, revenue was up by 9.3% from EC$28.3 million to
EC$30.9 million.

The detail Price indek for July 1982i which' has a January 1979 base
of 100, stood at i75.9 points, an increase of 6.8% over the Julu 1981
figure of 164.7 points.

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East Caribbean Currency Authority
Statement of Assets & Liabilities
.i : As At 31st July 1982


SDemand Liabilities
Notes in Circulation
Coin in Circulation
Backers Balances
SUnpresented Cheques
International Organisations
Bankers Deposits
General Reserve
Special Reserve
SOther Liabilities


g 9,856,389
2.597.158 BS$143,724,533
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External Assets
Fixed Deposits & Money at Call 41,574,540
Securities 109,130,613
Regional Currencies 3,6i,731'
Bankers Balances 165,198
Internal Assets
Participating Governmerts Securities
including Treasury Bills
Other Assets


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Alj*e Tughes Cynthia Hughes
16th October 1982
Printed & Published"by the Proprietors -
Alistec & Cythia Hughes, Journalists .
of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies

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