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For .The Week ending -11th June 198a
lth Year of Publication - 287th Issue
Volume 11 Number 8

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Prime Minister Maurice Bishop left Grenada on May.30th at the
head of a delegation which spent some 8 days in theUnited
States on a combined tourist promotion drive and public relat-
ions venture in New York, Washington and Detroit.

The visit was on the invitation of the Black Caucus of the
United States enatee and of Trans Africa, a Black Advocacy
organisation of Afro-Americans which promotes African and
Caribbean interests. The Prime Minister was expected to
address and hold discussions with both these groups in Wash-

Additionally, the opportunity was taken to promote the island's
Tourist Industry and Mr Bishop W ~ accompanied by Mr Lyden
Ramdhanriy,' Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation in the
Peoples Revolutionary Government, and by Mr Royston Hopkin,
President of the Grenada Hotels Association. :Also in the
delegation was Mr Richard Menezes, President of the Grenada
Chamber of Industry & Commerce.

Mr Randhanny told NEWSLETTER the Prime-Minister would host a
reception on June 6th at the New York Sheridon Hotel for
tour operators, travel writers, and travel agents, and there-
would also be individual discussions by members of the d.le-
gation with operators in the Travel Industry.

"We will make every effort to counter the negative publicity
we have had to face in the United States", the Minister of
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Tourism said, "and the opportunity will be taken to answer queries of
operators in the Industry and let them know what, Grenada has to offer."

Mr Ramdhanny said, the delegation would "let the American public know
the truth about Grenada", and he was optimistic that this visit to the
United States would affect the island's tourist trade favourably.

Official preparation for this visit included a request to the United
States Government by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) that
arrangements be made for Mr Bishop to-meet with President RonalC'

This was disclosed on May 31st by the State owned and managed Radio
Free Grenada (RFG), and the station said a meeting had also been re-
quested with U.S.Secretary of State George Shultz for Grenada's
Foreign minister Unison Whiteman who, RFG said, was also in the

Because of Grenada's close and deepening ties with Cuba and the Soviet
Union, relations between Washington and St Georges have deteriorated
to a very cold state and RFG said it was "hoped that the one-week
visit by the Grenada delegation will reduce whatever tension now
exists between the Grenada Government and the U.S. Administration."

RFG said 'zso, that the:United States Government "has guaranteed to
provide Prime Minister Maurice Bishop with security during his one-
week visit to that country."

However, Mr Bishop failed in his bid to hold discussions with Presi-
lent Ronald Reagan.
.-FG did not refer to the request for the Schultz/Whiteman meeting
but said on June 4th that the request for the Reagan/Bishop meeting
'had been refused and, additionally, Mr Bishop had been told that he
could not meet with the U.S.Vice President or with the U.S. Deputy
Secretary of State.

The Prime Minister had been told, RFG said, that he could meet the
U S Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, but this
alternative had been turned down and, speaking at a news conference
on June 3rd in New York, Mr Bishop had described the United States
Administration as "arrogant".

"We are not prepared to allow our dignity and respect as a nation
to be abused in this way", he said.

But, before he left the United States for Grenadak, the Prime Minister
did eventually meet officials of the U.S. Administration. Arranged
by the State Department, he held discussions with Acting Secretary of
State Kenneth W Dam and Mr William Clark, President Reagan's national
security advisor.
continued -


Following that meeting, both fMr Bishop and the State Department de-
clined to comment on the discussions' but the Prime Minister said the
meeting had been conducted in "an open atmosphere" and was "a use-
ful first step towards the recnmmencement of dialogue between the
United States Government and Grenada.i:

The U S State department is reported to have said merely that the
discussions "reflected the concerns of both sides".

Details of the A4ime Minister's other activities in the.United Statel
as given by RFG, were an address at a luncheon at Wayne St&te Uni-
versity ih Detroit and a reception hosted in his honour by the Mayor
of Detroit. In New York on June 3rd, the Prime Minister acdressel
the Latin American Caucus of the United Nations, had lunch with the
Editors of the "New York Times" and met the Editors of "Newsweek"..

In WasHiigton, he had discussions with the Black Caucus of the Unite4
States Senate and delivered the feature address on June 4th at the
annual dinner of Trans Africa.


Prime Minister MauriCe Bishop has repeated his assurances that the
international airport now being constructed in Grenada (mainly with
Cuban assistance) is intended only to increase Grenada's tourism and
trade possibilities. And he said the Peoples Revolutionary
Government has given this assurance re3eatedly:to the Administration
of President Ronald Reagan.

Mr Bishop's statements were made at a news conference in Washington
on May 31st, at the start of his recent visit to the United States,
and some details of the conference were broadcast on June 1st by the
State owned and managed Radio Free Grenada (RFG).

The Prime Minister told the conference that the assurances had been
given "ad nauseam" and he was sure that the American Administration
knows that the airport "is for normal civilian purposes, particular-
ly for the development of Grenada."

"We really see this international airport as the gateway to our
future", he said. "We see this airport in exactly the same way as
your forefathers would have seen the railways in the last century."

Mr Bishop was, at the time, on an 8-day visit to the United States
on the invitation of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Trans
Africa organisation. The Prime Minister delivered the feature
address at the annual dinner of Trans Africa on June 4th.

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Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, addressing the Permanent Assembly of
the Organisation of American States on June 1st in Washington, called
for greater unity between the Caribbean and Latin America.

The State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG), carrying excerpts of his
speech, said that, in making the call, Mr Bishop stressed that unity
should be based on the right of OAS member states to choose their
own destinies, and he emphasised that the region must not only be
united but must have peace.

"A peace",he said, "which brings economic and social justice, equality
and greater independence and freedom for all those who are down-
trodden and oppressed."

The people of the United States fought bravely in their revolution
of 1776 for their freedom, he said, and, throughout the region, the
struggle for independence, peace, progress and genuine development
has gone on.

"We are experiencing a natural, historical continuum between these
brave early struggles for independence and self determination on the
one hand", Mr Bishop said, "and the epic struggles of the people of
the Americas on the other hand, of which ;the heroic and unconquor-
able people of Central America deserve singular mention."

The Prime Minister pledged Grenada's support for the so- called
"Contadora" group of nations (Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Colom-
bia) which is making efforts to promote a peaceful solution to.
conflicts in Latin America, andhe said these efforts offer hope of
a negotiated solution to the problems.

Additionally, he said, the Contadora efforts reemphasise the import-
ance of "peacefully settling disputes through dialogue and without
resort to the use of force or interference in the affairs of our


The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has appointed a 5-man
Constitutional Commission mandated to produce a draft Constitution
for Grenada within 2 years.

According to the State owned Radio Free Grenada (RFG), announcement
of the Commission was made in St Georges on JLyne 4th by Minister of
1obilisation & Labour, Mr Selwyn Strachan, and he named three of thl
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Week EndiDg 11.6.83


They are Mr Alan Alexander Trxiidad born barrister (Chairman),
Mr Ashley Taylor, Grenada born barrister who is legal advisor to
the Ministry of Foreign.Affairs, and Mr Richard Hart, Jamaica born
solicitor who was recently appointed Grenada's Attorney General and
Director of Public Prosecutions.

The other two members of the Commission will be a nominee of the
Trade Union Council and a joint nominee of the Productive Farmers
Union, the National Wcmen's Organisation and the National Youth

Grenada's Constitution was suspended by the first law enacted by the
Peoples Revolutionary Government after the New Jewel Movement
revolution of 13th March 1979. That law, in addition to throwing
out the then existing Constitution "as of 12.01 a.m. on March 13th
1979", declared that "all acts and/or deeds by or under the author-
ity of the PRG are hereby deemed and declared to have been legally
done and shall not be called into question in any Court of law or

Proclaiming this law at a rally 12 days after the overthrow of the
Gairy. regime, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said the island would
be without a Constitution "for .a few months" but, six months later,
Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard tied the holding of elections to
establishment of a new Constitution and said the PRG considered
there were more important things.

"The question of holding free and fair elections is a matter of
principle as far as we are concerned", he said, "and it is something
we will certainly do, it is one of the principles of the revolution,
but it is not the first order of priority."

About the same time, Prime Minister Bishop said the people of
Grenada did not have a revolution to have an election and that this
is not the major area of concern for them.

"What they want to see is certain material benefits being brought to
them as a result of having risked their lives on March 13th", he
said. "That,for them, is the key issue."

With reference to Grenada's return to constitutionalityy", Mr Bishop
said that what had existed under the Gairy regime was not constit-

"The bit of paper that you can wave around which you call the
Constitution, that entrenches all sorts of nice rights on paper",
he said, "never found practical reflection in terms of the way In
which the country was run."

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The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) and the people of Grenada
have regarded development of the economy, improvement of the standard
of living, expansion of education and employment, development of pop-
ular organizations and improvement of the country's defences as mat-
ters having priority over.,constitutional reform.

This was expressed on June 4th in a 'kRi statement read by newly
appointed Chairman of Grenada's Consitutional Commission, M Alan
Alexander, and made public by Radio Free Grenada.

The following is the full text of the statement :-
"On March 13th 1979, the people of Grenada overthrew t 'e tien
existing corrupt and oppressive regime. One of the first
acts of the revolution was to suspend te Grenada Constit t-
ion Order, devised and imposed by the' former Colonial'Authcr-
ity, a form of Constitution which had, indeed, facilitated the
emergence of the constitutional diktatpkship of 'the deposed

The Declaration of the Grenada Revolution, issued on March 13th
1979, pledged that a new Constitution,reflecting the she's and
aspirations of the people, would be prepared and submitted for
popular approval in a referendum. In pursuance of that
undertaking, the Constitution Commission, with terms of ref-
erence set out below, has been established.

Pending the introduction of a new Constitution, the necessary
steps were taken to
(1) proclaim legislation providing for the establishment
of the Peoples Revolutionariy Government and making
provision for the effective carrying-on of the legis.-
lative and executive functions of Government, the
defence of the country and.revolution.
(2) reinstate certain sections of the suspended Const-
itution and enact certain legislation governing the
structure and functioning of-the country's Courts of,
Justice, and making provision for other essential
functions and requirements of the society. And
(3) confirm the validity of existing legislation, unless
and until repealed or amended.

Life in Grenada has, therefore, continued to function without
interruption, under the Rule of Law.

Restrictions on the free functioning of trade unions,.imposed
by the former Colonial Authority and the deposed dictatorship,
acting under the Constitution that then existed, were removed
and the trade unions have grown rapidly in strength and
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Week Ending 11.6.83 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7-

influence since the revolution. At the same time,- the
formation of a Productive Farmers Union was encouraged.
The organizations serving the interest of women and youth
have become'mass organist ions-, enrolling and representing
the special interests of the majori-ty of the women and
youth in Grenada.

Of equal importance to the development of popular part-
icipatory democracy has been the formation of the Parish
and Zonal Councils whose meetings are open to all the work-
ing people and provide a means of public consultatitn on
all important new legislation and the annual budget ct the
draft stage before enactment or introduction.

In advance of the establishment of the new Constitution,
the Grenada revolution has already achieved a high level
of popular participatory' democracy. In'revolutionary
Grenada many more people have become involved in the de4
cision making process of:Government than in:any .other
country in the English speaking Caribbean 'area.

The, Peoples Revolutionary Government and the people of Gre-
nada have regarded development of the economy, improvement
of the standard of living, expansion of education and em-
ployment, development of the popular organizations and im-
provement of the country's defences as matters having prior-
ity over constitute onal reform. ,The time has come, how-
ever,,to take the process of the formal institutionalisat-
ion pf the revolution a stage further and commence work on
the preparation of the proposed new Constitution.

The Constitution Commisiion has been mandated to present its
first draft within 24 months. The terms of reference of
the Constitution (sic) are as follows :-
(1) To obtain information on alternate forms of political
constitution and the way ih which political con-
stitutions work in practice in other countries.
(2) To receive and consider written and oral represen-
tation as to matters which should be provided for,
and the form and structure of the Constitution for
(3) To receive and consider the views and proposals of
all classes, strata and interests of the Grenaadian
(4) To prepare for public consideration and discussion
a draft Constitution, and participate in public And
other discussions thereon.

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(5) To consider and assess written and oral proposals for
improvement or alteration of the draft Constitution
received from organizations, groups and individuals.
(6) To prepare for the Government with such notes and other
supplementary:material as may be appropriate, a final
draft Constitution for approval by the people of.
Grenada in a referendum.

In performing their task, the Commissioners have been required to
give consideration to the historical, political, social and. eco-
nomic development of the peoples of the english speaking Carib-
bean in general, and Grenada in particular, whilst adhering to
the following guiding principles upon which the Grenada revo-
lution is based :-
(a) The social, economic political and structural trans-
formation of Grenada, geared towards a higher standard
of living for the working people. : The building of
a new and just society, people's participation in
grassroots democracy, national unity,
(b) The widest possible participation by the people in the
country's decision making process and the day to day
administration of affairs of state and of matters affect-
ing their work and residential communities. The concept-
of popular democracy should be reflected in the provis- -
ions of the Constitution whereby the structures..therein
contained shall be designed to'facilitate continuous'
popular involvement. Something more meaningful is
required than,the illusions of popular control by the.
right merely-to enter a polling booth once.or twice-
every four -or .five years.
(c) The prevention of.any recurrence of the violations and.
abuses of democratic rights and the corruption so wide-
spread during the regime overthrown-on March 13th 1979.
And finally
(d) Entrenchment of the principles of public accountability
.including the right, of recall.

At the time of the publication of the above statement by the State
owned and managed Radio Free Grenada (RFG), the station gave the
following descriptions of the three Commissioners who have already
been named.

"Mr Alexander has been practising in the Caribbean for 22 years and
is an advisor to leading trade unions in Trinidad & Tobago. He is
a former Leader of the Opposition in the Trinidad Tobago-Senate and,
in 1980, acted as a Judge for the High Court in that country."

'"Another member of the Commission if Jamaica born attorney Mr"Richard
Heart who qualified as a solicitor in 1941 in Jamaica where he prac-
ticed for many years. He qpent 15 months in Guyana between 1964
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Week BEnding 11.6.83


and 1965 and was Head of the Legal Department of a Local Government
Authority in England ftor 17 years before coming to Grenada in 1982.
In England, he was co-founder of the Caribbean Labour Solidarity, a
foundation member of Jamaica's Peoples National Party and a member
of its Executive up to 1952. Mr Hart was also an active trade
unionist and was Secretary of the Caribbean Congress of Labour from
1946 to 1953. He is also author of several publications on West-
indian history."

"The third lawyer on the Commission is local attorney Mr Ashley
Taylor who is Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Taylor is the youngest member of the Grenada Civil Service to
have been appointed to the post, of Permanent Secretary. He
studied;law in Canada and England and practiced his profession in
Canada and Grenada. Mr Taylor is also active in the American
Association of Jurists."


A member of the Central Executive of the National Youth Organisat-
ion (NYO) advised the State owned and managed Radio Free Grenada
(RFG) that a meeting of the NYO Council of Delegates had been
brought forward to June 4th (some time before it was due to be held)
because of "the low state of the organisation".

That meeting reviewed the work of the organisation since its first
Congress two years ago and drew up a work plan for the rest of this

Some 300,delegates were expected to attend the meeting which had as
its theme,"Youths in the Struggle for Democracy, Social & Economic
Progress and Ant -Imperialist Unity."

The Central Executive gave an up-date on the work of the organisat-
ion and it was expected that the meeting would be addressed by a
member of the Political Bureau of the New Jewel Movement.


Because of the increased services offered by the Grenada Cooperative
Bank, public appreciation and confidence have increased resulting in
greater profits for the.Bank's shareholders.

This opinion was expressed to NEWSLETTER by Mr George Williams, Chair-
Iman of the Bank's Board of Directors, as he discussed the Directors's
Report and Financial Statements of the Bank for the year ended 30th
September 1982.
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"With our expansion into the out-parishes of the island over the last
few years", he said, "and with our staff training and increase-in
services, we have been able to more than hold our own in the banking
business, a clear sign of which is the increase in both our customer
deposits and customer loans".

Established in 1932, this Bank (popularly and affectionately known as
the "Penny Bank") handles no foreign exchange but is devoted to
mortgage-loan operations. It has an authorised capital of EC$1.5
million of which EC$392,600 has been paid up.

The Directors' Report shows that 1982 was another successful tred-
ing yeaf and the Directors have recommended to the Annual Genera2
continued -
Grenada Cooperative Bank Li ited

Statement of Earnings & Retained Earnings

Year Ended 30th Septeriber 1982

Gross Interest received
Deduct Interest paid'

Add Miscellaneolis Income

Direct expenses (St Georges &
General & Administrative Expenses

Net Operating Income
Other Income
Rent Received
Net Income (before extraneous item)
Cash recovered from robbery
Net Income before Income Tax
Provision for Income Tax
Net Earnings for Year
Retained Earnings @ beginning of Year

Proposed Dividends'

S 30,925
BC$ 767,298

BC$ 454,901

EC$ 224,439

BC$ 210,477
EC$ 123,977
EC$ 192,200

Shares 10% gross (1981-10% grgss) BfC$
$100 Ordinary
Shares 16% gross (1981-15% gross) BC$
$1 Ordinary
Shares 16% gross (1981-15% gross) BC$
Increase in Provision for Doubtful
Loans BC$

Transfer to General reserve BC$

IjRetained Earnings @ End of Year BC$

C$ 705,463

BC$ 381j327
92 ;707

EC$ 231,429


EC$ 232,149
EC$ 140,233
EC$ 175,463

3,000 BC$


38,816 BC$ 36,240

19,200 EC$ 18,000

30,000 BC$ 25,000

25 000 C$

25 000


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Meeting to be held on June 16th that Ordinary Shares be paid a rec-
ord 16% dividend while Preference Shares be paid a dividend of 10%,
a rate which has been paid for the last seven years.

Net earnings for last year were EC$123,977 (slightly less than the
1981 figure of BC$140,233, but the Bank's assets have risen from
BC$12.8 million in 1981 to EC$15.1 million in 1982.

Customer deposits in 1982 rose by 18% to EC$13.7 million from the
1981 figure of EC$11.6 million and customer loans moved up by over
10% from EC$10.8 million to EC$12.0 million.

Mr Williams pointed to an increase in "Cash Reserves" from EC$1.5
million in 1981 to BC$2.4 million in 1982 and said the Bank is
actively seeking to lend this money.

"We do have it reinvested and are making between 3% and 4% on it",
he said, "but our business is that of mortgage-loan where the return
is higher and, if we are to continue our present rate of success, we
will have to find outlets for some of this money."

Grenada Cooperative Bank
Balance Sheet
As At 30th September 1982

Cash Reserves
Accrued Interest & Prepayments

Investments @ Cost
7%-7%-Govt. of Grenada Debentures
redeemable 1983/1992
6% Govt. of Grenada Airport Bonds

Customer Loans
Fixed Assets @ Cost
Land & Buildings
Furniture & Equipment
Motor Vehicle
Less: Accumulated Depreciation

Total Assets
Customer Deposits
Accounts Payable & Accrued Liab.
Provision For Income Tax
Unpaid Dividends
Proposed Dividends

Net Assets
Represented by :-
Share Capital
General Reserve
Retained Earnings


25 _000
125 000


EC$ 993,784

EC$1,465 ,890



BC$ 959,8231

392,600 391,600
525,000 500,000
76,184 68,223
EC$ 993,784 BC$ 959,823

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Thirteen passengers from the motor vessel "Humming Bird" which dis-
appeared last month on a voyage from Trinidad to Grenada are reported
to have arrived at the Colombian port of Puerto Estrella after drift-
ing in a lifeboat for 18 days.

The State owned Radio Free Grenada reported on June 1st that news of
the safety of the passengers was conveyed to Grenada's Foreign Minis-
try by the island's Honorary Consul in Curacao and Aruba, Mr Dean

Mr Whiteman, who visited Grenada early in June, told Radio Free Cre-
nada that Mr Nolani Lazarus, one of the 13 passengers from the "Humming
Bird", had travelled by ship to Aruba from Puerto Estrella and had
contacted the Consul. Mr Lazarus had confirmed that the "Humming
Bird" had sunk and said the survivors had arrived at Puerto Estrella
on May 9th.

The 65-foot Grenada built "Humming Bird" left Trinidad for the 100-
mile crossing to Grenada on April 23rd and, from the information
given by Mr Lazarus, seems to have sunk within hours of having put
to sea. The lifeboat with the survivors will have drifted over
600 miles before arriving at Puerto Estrella.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told NEWSLETTER
that the survivors were all in good condition but could not say what
arrangements were being made to repatriate them.

No information was available as to whether there had been any loss of
life when the "Humming Bird" went down.


A second Grenadian has received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from
the St Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada.

He is Dr. Philip Arthur Adrian Finlay,31, and the award was made on
May 6th at a graduation ceremony held at the United Nations building
in New York for 104 of the School's students.

The first Grenadian to receive a degree from the School is Dr. Joy
Church, a scholarship student and a niece of Governor General Sir
Paul Scoon.. Dr Church graduated at a ceremony held in
Grenada last November.

Dr Finlay, who received his early education at the Grenada Boys'
Secondary School (GBSS), also held a scholarship to the School of
oldicine and joined that institution in 1979. His clinical
training included one semister at the General Hospital in Kingstown,
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St Vincent and 13 months at the Basingstoke & District Hospital in
Hampshire, England. He also spent two months at the Ikethodist
Hospital in Brooklyn, New Ycrk..

"As a scholarship holder, I have been given the opportunity to
qualify myself in a field I love", he told NEWSLETTER, "and I hope
the day is not far off when I will be able to serve Grenada. I
cannot allow this opportunity to pass without expressing ny grat-
itude to GBSS, not only for sound academic grounding, but for
training which included inspiration to high ideals and principles"

Dr Finlay said his internship is now being arranged and, when that
has been completed, he will specialise in internal medicine.


Mr Arthur Ramsay was returned unopposed to the post of President of
the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) when that organisation
held its second Biannual Meeting on 27th May last.

Nearly three years ago,nSWWU changed its constitution to provide
for Biannual rather than Annual General Meetings. The first Bi-
annual meeting was held on 29th May 1981 and, at the meeting on
27th May last, the first Biannual Report was presented.

That Report, dealing with industrial relations, says "the climate ef1
industrial'relations with the employers has been fairly good", but
it refers to one unsettled dispute with Geest Industries Ltd
(buyers of Grenada's bananas) over an "Incentive & Productivity
Scheme" to be arranged for in an Agreement still being negotiated.

"At the end of the first shipment of implementation of this Scheme"
the Report says, "a discrepancy arose in which the Union found the
Company to be dealing with them in a dishonest manner, and the
matter was referred to the Labour Commissioner but the matter is
still unresolved ...."

The Report refers also to Mr Stanley Roberts, an officer of the
Union who is a political prisoner held without charge by the
Peoples Revolutionary Government.

"The Assistant General Secretary Brother Stanley Roberts was de-
tained on 8th July 1981 (sic) by the Peoples Revolutionary Govern-
ment and released in December 1982," the Report says. "He-was
again detained in January 1983 and is still in detention. Despite
our efforts to ascertain the reasons for Brother Robert's deten-
tion, we are unable to get anywhere."

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S.JWtJ has a membership Of some 250 to 300, and the Report records that,
during the period under review (29.5.81 to 16.5.83), twelve members
retired or resigned and left the State. One member died and 20 new
members Were accepted.


The Interim Retail Price Ihdex published by Government's Central
Statistical Office (CSO) rose to 181.1 points in April from the
March figure of 181.0 points, and in May and June, there were
further rises to 183.5 and 18410 points respectively.

According to CSO, during the second quarter of this year, there
have been price increases relative to, among other items, fresh
pork; beef and mutton, laundry soap ard powder, locally produced
beer, clothing, coffee and lumber,

Decreases have been recorded in the prices of cigarettes, cheese
and some local vegetables.

The June Indpx of 1804.0 points represents a rise of 2.4% since
January 1st 1983 and, in comparison with June 1982, registers an
increase of 5.5%.

Alister Hughes Cynthia Hughes
lith June i983

Printed .& Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynt-ia Hughes, Journalists
of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies

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