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For The Week Ending 26th Cctober 1985
12th Year of publication - - - 325th Issue
Volume 13 Numbaiar14

A stone throwing incident brought to a premature close.a New National
Party (NND) meeting called on October 25th to commemorate the 2nd an> ,,
niversary of the military intervention of United States Military
Forces and the Caribbean Peacekeeping Force on October 25th 1983.

The meeting was held at Grenville, the island's second town,and the
incident occurred as acting Prime Minister Ben Jones, the last speaker
was winding up his address.

It was after dark and it appears that three stones were thrown from
the back of a crowd of some 800 people. rne stone struck NNP Parlia-
mentarian Mr. Felix Alexander on the knee, another hit Minister of Edu_-
cation Mr. George McGuire on the stomach and the third hit the loud
speaker of the public address system.

Neither Mr. Alexander nor Mr. McGuire were seriously hurt.

"We do not want to expose you to any injury", .MrI, Jones told the crowd,
"and we will close the meeting so you can go home. But we wish to
assure you that, whatever your political complexion, the Government is
dedicated to serve all the people of this country".

Earlier in the meeting, there had been addresses by Parliamentary
Secretary Mrs. Pauline Andrews, Minlister bf Labour and Local Government
Dr. Francis Alexis, Minister of Health Mr. Danny Williams, Minister of
Education Mr. George McGuire, Minister of Tourism and Agriculture Mr.
George Brizan and Dr. Keith Mitchell, Minister of Communications.

Mr. Brizan reported to the meeting that he had represented Grenada at
a conference of Commonwealth Ministers of Finance in the Maldives,


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at a World Bank meeting in South Korea and he Was present also at the recent
Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference in the Bahamas.

Mr. Brizan said that, at the meeting in the Maldives, one important subject
discussed was the question of the debts of developing countries. The de-
veloping cAuntries, he said, put forward argument whereby the industrial
world and the international financial institutions can become more under-
standing and agree to a rescheduling of the debts.

"We feel assured that there is increased understanding now of the debt prob-
lem as itb successful resolution will favourably affect both the debtor and
credi-itat- countries", he said.

In his Addiess, Dr. Mitchell said some sections of the community claim that
the 14 perora -charged with the murder of Maurice Bishop-aMd Others are the
only people who should )ave to-answer charges of that nature.

He referred to the deaths of several persons during the regime of the pee-
ples-Revolit.nary -Government and to the detention by that Government of
perno.n without charge or trial.

"I want to know where the leadership of the Maurice Bieshp Patriotic Mone-
ment.was at that time", he said. "They were all enjoying the beautiful
life btt they want you to believe they were all saints,

Dr. Mitchell called on all eectiona of the community to consider -this time
as one of reflactjin and he called An the media to ensure that it did not
spread nfusicr...

"You, shouldd ncrt-b-e. -cncernem only about selling a newspaper f^r a dollar",
he said, "but you should be concerned about the suffering and pain which fon-
fusion and false information may cause",.

Mr. Jones said Prime Minister Herbert Blaize has been out if the country for
some 7 weeks and there have been false rumours spread about Mr. Blaize's
health in an effort to dentabilise the country.

These ruroura, he said, include the report that Mr. Blaize is suffering from
cancer and is dying.

Mr. Jones said it is true that Mr. Blaize has not been well and did go to
Walter Reid hospital in Washington for treatment. He received treatment
for 5 weeks, Mr. Jones said, but during that period he was well enough to
carry on his normal prngramme of "interviewing people and talking on behalf
of-our country".

It was at this stage that the stone throwing incident occurred and the meet-
ing was brought to a close.


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Governor General-Sir Paul Scoon and Lady Scoon headed a packed Roman Catho-
lic cathedral in St. George's on.October 25th in an ecumenical service of
"thanksgiving and reconcil-_-'.ica commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the
United States' and Caribbean peacekeeping Force military intervention on
25th October 1983.

The entire Grenada Cabinet, led by acting Prime Minister Ben Jones was at
the service together with Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Hud-
son Scipio, members of the diplomatic corps, a wide cross-section of the
public and Rear Admiral Ted C. Steele, Commander of the U.S. Forces in the-
Caribbean, then on a visit to the island.

Clergy conducting the service were the R.C. Sishop of Grenada, Sydney
Charles, the Anglican Archdeacon of Grenada, Bishop Phillip Elder, Reverend
Phillip ponce, Head of the Methodist Church, Lieutenant Voyans Morancy of
the Salvation Army and Father Cyril Lamontaigne, R.C. Vicar General of

The first lesson was read by Sir paul and the sermon was preached by a
Grenadian, Dominican Father Mark Haynes who had experienced the events of
October 1983.

Father Haynes said he had visited London,.England recently and had had
great difficulty convincing "some misguided and misinformed persons" that
what had happened in Grenada on October 25th 1983 was not an "invasion".

"Our island had been 'invaded' a long time before that day", the preacher
said, "what did happen is that a rescue mission was mounted to save us from
a political system which had the seeds of its own destruction".

Father Haynes said there is a Greek word for "Christ" which means "rescuer"
and when the military intervention took place, Grenadians had experienced
"Christ the Rescuer".

He warned that, though the operation is over, Grenada is still a "wounded
nation" and Grenadians should not seek to slake their thirst for freedom
by drinking from the "cup of bitterness".

Grenadians must seek reconciliation, he said, but they must be realistic
and reconciliation must not be at any price. God has not rescued the is-
land to put it back into the same problem, he said, and, one day, the nat-
iion will rise to "majestic heights",

Following the service, there was a reception at Government House.

Background to the October 25th commemoration is that a power struggle in
the Marxist Peoples Revolutionary Government resulted in the assassination
Sof Prime Minister Maurice Eicop and the: massacre of a still unknown number
of Grenadians in a bloody coup on 19th October 1983. -continued-

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This threw the country into a state of anarchy and prompted Governor General
Sir Paul Scoon to request Washington, through the Organization of East Carib-
bean States, to undertake a "rescue mission" to save Grenadians from the
chaos into which the island had been plunged.

That mission was undertaken on 25th October 1983, the island being restored
to law and order and a democratically elected Government taking office last

By December 1983, the American military presence in Grcnada had been greatly
reduced leaving only a Military Police force which left Grenada in June of
this year. The last of the CPF left in September.

October 25th was declared a public holiday.


Mr. Stan Lucas, 49, father of one of the United States servicemen who lost
their lives during the military intervention in Grenada, laid a wreath on
October 25th at the monument erected at the St. George's University School
of Medicine to commemorate the sacrifice of these men.

The occasion was the 2nd anniversary of the October 25th 1983 intervention
and Mr. Lucas, who is a builder/developer from Granite City, Illinois, was
visiting the island for the first time.

"I had a lot of questions in my mind about the circumstances of my son's
death", Mr. Lucas said in an interview, "and now that I have visited Grenada
and some of the sites, they have all been answered".

Mr. Lucas said he found Grenada a beautiful island and he hoped the country
will get a lot of help to develop. He may return to the island later this
year with his wife who is a school teacher and who could not get away at
this time.

Keith Joseph Lucas was killed during the intervention when his helicopter was
shot down on the south coast of the island and he is one of the 19 men lost
during the intervention and in whose memory the momument was erected.

SDesigned and executed by an American sculptor Mr. Ken Clarke to be symbolic
of "a page of history moving in the wind of time", the 6-foot high golden
bronze monument was unveiled last October in the presence of Governor General
Sir Paul Scoon, the then U.S. Ambassador to Grenada Mr. Loren Lawrence and
Other dignatories.

SAlso present at the unveiling were friends and relatives of the dead service-
men including Mrs. Patricia Butcher, mother of John Kenneth Butcher, 26, and

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her daughters Kerry and Kathy. present too was Lee, Kenneth's wife of 3
years, who is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"I think it was worth while", Mrs. Lee Butcher said in an interview. ';hen
"Kenneth died a hero and I have no regrets".

The other relatives of the dead men were present at the unveiling ceremony.
They are Mrs. Kathleen Morris, sister of Stephen LeRoy Morris and Mr. Ste-
phen Lannon, father of Kevin Joseph Lannon.

Present at the October 25th wreath-laying c-remony were acting Prime Minis-
ter Ben Jones, the United States chargee ad Interim, Mr. J. Peter Becker,
members of the Grenada Government, Rear Admiral Ted Steele, U.S. Supreme
Commander in the Caribbean, a cross section of the Grenada community, stud-
ents of the St. Georges University and Roman Catholic Vicar General of
Grenada Monsignor Cyril Lamontaigne who gave the invocation.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Jones said, although freedom and democracy
have been returned to Grenada through the intervention, the safety of the
island has not yet been fully assured.

"Our Government has been striving to cement the type of freedom that the
American and Caribbean forces -ave us", he said. "This struggle is still
on and we are pleased to note that our people and our friends from abroad
are still contributing in the effort to ensure that peace, freedom, stab-
ility and democracy are being settled to the extent that they can be last-

Mr. Jones expressed "a million thanks" to the United States for its part
in the intervention and said what the U.S. forces had achieved was beyond
the capability of Grenadians or even the coirinie forces of "our Caribbean

"In a larger way we should take time off to remember those people who paid
the supreme penalty" the acting Prime Minister said, "the fighting men
whose job it was to take care of the enemy and clear our land of the
scourge of communism and oppression".

Mr. Jones said he is sure the 19 men who died would be satisfied to know
that those who survived the intervention are dedicated to carrying on the
struggle they started, to ensuring that the fight they waged was not in
vain and that the menace of that day never bestrides Grenada against

MF PM IT4 r? c,' T B, 1 I th

The Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM) attracted some 300 to 400
people to a rally on October 19th in St. George's Market Squire to

page 6 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 26/10/85::

commemorate the assassination of prime Minister Maurice Bishop and others
on October 19th 1983.

Bishop members of his cabinet and supporters were gunned down by the peo-
ples Revolutionary Army (PRA) following a tussle for power in the Marxist
Peoplts Revolutionary Government (PRG). Nineteen persons, including PRG
Deputy prime Minister Bernard Coard, have been charged with these killings.

Main speaker was MBPM political leader Mr. Kendrick Radix but, before him
came several delegates, leaders of groups which hnd been bussed in for the
occasion. Among these was Mr. George Thomas who was introduced as one of
a 20-member delegation MBPM sent to a recent "Festival of Youth" in the
Soviet Union.

Mr. Thomas said the Grenadian delegation had had a good reception in the
gathering in Moscow o-f more than 20,000 youths and students from 157 count-

"In Moscow our Grenadian delegation was highly appreciated by all the dif-
ferent delegations at this festival", he said. "nnce they knew there was
a Grenadian delegation, ev-ryonc came to us and showed us a high level of
appreciation knowing that we were sons and daughters of Maurice Bishom".

Referring to the murder of Bishop and the PRA killing of a still unknown
number of Grenadians, Mr. Radix, in his address, said the "guns of freedom"
had been turned into "guns of death" in the hands of a "murderous, Fascist,
Nazi clique",

"They turned the guns on the people in their vain and hungry craze for pow-
er"i' he said, "while remembering that power does not come from the barrel
of a gun but from the belly from the hearts nnd minds of the people".

The MBPM leader repeated the call for an identification by the authorities
of the burial place of Bishop and others who died with him so that they can
"be buried with dignity".

Mr. Radix said MBPM possesses sworn testimony that the bodies were recovered
by United States forces from a pit at a PRA c-mp on the south coast and were
taken to St. Georges University School of Medicine for forensic examination.
Following this, he said, the remains were turned over to a firm of morticians
for burial but the location of the grav s has not been disclosed except that
they are "in St. George's cemetery".

SReferring to the trial of the 19 charged with the murder of Bishop and others
and to the delays which have attended this trial, Mr. Radix, a barrister him*
Self, charged that "from captain to cook afraid to try them".

'Those people in authority are afraid of what will happen to them", he said,
S. . and they have them up there (Richmond Hill Prison) still".


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Mr. Radix said the sum of $5 million is being'spent by Government on the
trial of the 19 accused and he said these persons are no different from
any other citizen charged with murder. He said, however, that the author-
ities are "playing with them" and that "outside" lawyers had to be retain-
ed to defend them because Grenadian lawyers are "not good enough"*

The MBPM leader criticized also Grenada's Church leaders when he said that
in Trinidad, one week after Bishop's death, the Trinidad and Tobago Oil-
field Workers Union had invited MBPM to "a high ecclesiastical religious
service" in the Cathedral in port of

"A prophet has no honour in his own country", Mr. Radix said. "In the
Roman Catholic Cathedral in St. George's, in the high evangelical English
Church, not a word of pryricr from these papalhypotrTiteLmwhoimbellish their--
selves in all kinds of nice clothes, drink all kinds of high wines and
claim to be in direct communication with God".

Since October 25th 1983, Mr. Radix said, and the coming of the United
States forces, a "tiny handful" of parasites have been living well.

"These same elements who the revolution had covered d-wn have got a chance
to rise again to exploit the workers", he said, "(and) we will have t- c-v-
er them down again so the workers can enjoy dem,-cracy".

Other speakers at the rally were Messrs G.orgL and Einstein Louison, prom-
inent MBPM members, and there were several reggae, calypso and other West
Indian musical presentations.

--s---a -- --


The Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce on October 17th issued a
press Release referring to "the tragic loss of lives on October 19th 19P3
(which) has left an indelible mark on the minds of all Grenadians."

On that day, following a split in the leadership of the Marxist Peoples
Revolutionary Government, prime Minister Maurice Bishop and members of his
Cabinet were assassinated in a bloody coup. Additionally, still unknown
numbers of Gren-dians, including children, lost their lives lc-aing in
terror over the walls of Fort George or were shot by the Peonles Revolu-
tionary Army*

"We take this opportunity to ponder these events lest we remember only the
pain and forget the lessons", the Chambers Release says. "By s- d-ing,
we can avoid a repetition of this blotch in our history".

The Chamber extended condolences to the bereaved families of "our nation's
sons and daughters", and offers sympathy to the physically and mentally
..-continued- ....

page 8 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 26/10/85

maimed who, the Release says, "are still among us today".

The Chamber expressed the wish that God may, "in his benevolent wisdom,heal
the nation with the passage of time".


The bunting has not yet started to go up along the streets of the capital,
St. George's, but preparations are well in hand for the arrival in Grenada
on October 31st of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and of

Accompanied' by her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Oueef will disembark
from the Royal Yacht "Britannia" at 10.00 a.m. on'Thursday of next week and
this will mark the second occasion on which she has visited this 130 square
mile section of her "dominions beyond the seas".

Her previous visit was in 1966, just one year before Grenada graduated from
colonial status to become, with a new constitution' and full internal self-
government, a "State in Association with Great Britain".

A special planning committee, chaired by Mr. Curt Strachan, Clerk of Grena-
da's Parliament, is now busy cleaning up the city, painting, decorating,
stringing coloured lights and, generally, getting things ready.

"Arrangements are proceeding very smoothly", Mr. Strachan says. "i.e are
making tremendous progress. I am getting enormous support from the sub-
committee chairmen and from all the people who will be functional on that
memorable day".

That "memorable day" will begin with a 21 gun salute from Fort George over-
looking the scenic inner harbour of St. George's. Built by the French in
the early years of the 18th century, this fort originally called "Fort oval"
was renamed by the British after King George III and, recently, carried yet
.an her name for a short while.

After the revolution of 1979, it was renamed '1Frt-Rup rt'" in honour of
-Prime Minister Maurice Bishop's father who was murdered during civil disturb-
ances of 1974. It was at this fort that Maurice Bishop himself was assass-
inated in the bloody coup of 1983.

Across the harbour from Fort George, a special jetty has been constructed
on the Carenage where the Queek and Duke will disembark to be met by Govern-
or General Sir Paul Scoon, prime Minister Herbert Blaize, other Ministers of
Government and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Marcel Peters.

From this point, the Royal Party motors to York House in the heart of St.

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George's. In York House is located the island.'a p-a.liament and the build-
ing is thought.toilShb' e been named in honour of one of the QJeen's ancestors,
Frederick, Duke of York, the second son of George III.

This building was purchased by the Grenada Government early in the 19th
century at a time when the popular Duke of York, who gained the nickname
of "the soldier's friend", held high rank in the British army.

Also named after the Duke of York is Fort Frederick, guarding the eastern
flank of St. George's, and another important site in the tragic events of
the 19F3 coup.

At York House,. Her Majesty will address both Houses and declare open a
special'session of the 3rd Parliament of Grenada, following which she bolds
an investiture at Government House* The Duke of Edinburgh will also, at
that time present awards in the award scheme which is named after him.

At 1#30 p.m.*, there will be a lunch party on the "Britannia" and at 3.30'
p.m., the Royal Party proceeds to the playing fields -n the northern ?yt-
skirts of St. George's for a public welcome. These playing fields were.
in 1887, named queen'ss Park" in hpnour of the 50th anniversary of the
crowning of Queen Victoria, the great-great-grandmother 'of both the Queen
and the Duke.
This story continued on page 15'


The Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM) declared its intention to
cable the Chairman of the current Commonw-elth Heads of Government Confer-
ence in the Bahamas, Prime Minister Lynden pindling, requesting his assist-
ance in getting information relative to the burial place of slain Prime
Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop.

This was disclosed at a Press Conference on October:.16th by Mr.'Kendrick
Radix4 MBPM Political Leader who said the Movement would also be contact-
ing the Commonwealth secretariat in this connection,,

"Grateful if you would, on humanitarian grounds, use your good offices to
obtain from Grenada delegation attending Nassau meeting, information as
to present location of the remains of former Prime Minister'-f Gre~da
Maurice Bishop i", the proposed cable read.

Bishop was Fort George in a bloody coup on October 19th 1983 to-
gether with members of his Cabinet, and the MBPM cable sought also inform-
i ation relative to the remains of Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman, Minister
of Health Norris Bain, Minister of Education Jacqueline-Creft "and other !
Citizens of Grenada",.
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page 10 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 26/10/85
; i_

The draft cable said it is public knowledge the bodies were recovered,,from
the site of a military camp in Grenada at the time of "the invasion by U.S.
military and Grenadian authorities".

"This was confirmed by the United States Embassy in Grenada", the draft said.
"These bodies were secretly buried in the public cemetery in St. George's".

As Head of the Grenada Government, Bishop believed in the importance of the
Commonwealth, the MBPM Leader said, and the commonwealth should be involved
in assisting to provide the information requested "so that the former prime
Minister may be interred with dignity".

Mr. Radix said it has been confirmed by the United States Embassy in Grenada
that the bodies of Maurice Bishop and others were recovered from a "pit" and r
taken to the St. Georges Medical School where forensic examinations were car-
ried out.

"Subsequently, these bodies were handed over to the Grenadian authorities who
handed them over to a funeral agency in Grenada", he said, "which agency, sec-
retly buried the bodies iA St. George's public cemetery.

Mr. Radix said boththhe Grenada Government and the morticians refuse to dis-
close .any of the pertinentt facts'.
The MBPM Leader called on the Government of Grenada to recognize the import-
ance of October 19th and to mark the day with a public holiday. The MBPM
would salute that day with a "tribute", he said, and the main event would be
a rally oh Sunday 20th.


Mrs. Pauline Andrews, acting Minister for Agriculture, said on October 16th
the Grenada Government is not willing only to make speeches about food pro-
duction but is doing something practical about it.

Mrs. Andrews made the comment as she declared open an exhibition of local
foods put together to commemorate "World Food Day",

"Cabinet has decided to establish a model Farms Corporation utilising Gov-
ernment lands now managed by Grenada Farms Corporation", she said. "These
|lands are already being cut up for the project and we expect it will have a
very favourable impact on our food production".

:The model farms will vary in size from 5 to 15 acres, she said, and, in
their allocation, preference will be given to estate employees and farm
!workers who have demonstrated the ability to manage small farm units.

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week Ending 26/10/85 THE GR~NADA N,.3LiTTER Page 14

The acting Minister said "World Food Day" prompted thoughts as to what is

essential if adequate supplies of food are to be available to everyone.

Things which have to be considered, she said include increased
production, better distribution and fair prices for both farmers and con-
sumers. There must be thought too, she said, of improved nutrition for
longer, healthier life, recognition of the key role of women in production
of food and protection of the environment.

The acting Minister said famine has killed thousands of people in Africa,
Asia and Latin America, but the conditions which caused this tragedy did
not happen overnight*

"Our brothers and sisters are constantly driven from their lands because of
wars", she said. "Time which should be spent in an atmosphere of peace
cultivating the land with food crops, has been spent running for their

World food shortage has been brought about also by drought caused by the
destruction of forests and floods occasioned by bad agricultural practices,
she said.

Grenadians have been blessed that this type of disaster has not overtaken
them, Mrs. Andrews said, but care must be taken now to preserve both the
fresh and salt waters of the country, the forests, the shellfish and the
indigenous animals.

"One of our problems is our bad eating habits", she said. ""e send very
much on imported food although some of those foods are found right here".

She referred to Grcndirns' preference for imported tinned and bottled
juices when local fresh fruit is available.

"Bananas, yams, corn and sweet potatoes", she said, "they are in zbunlance,
yet we prefer English potatoes, rice and other imported products".

"World Food Day" emphasises the maximum use of land, including our back-
yards, the acting Minister said, and she encouraged Grenadians to produce
more agricultural produce and livestock.

Also present were Mr* George McG3uire, Minister for Education, Mr. Daniel
SWilliams, Minister for Health and Mr. Ben Jones, acting prime Minister.
Speaking aft6r Mrs. Andrews, Mr. Jones said a lot of people have been asking
questions and making statements about the health of Prime Minister Herbert

g"I spoke to him very recently and he could have been heard last night ad-
dressing the United Nations", Mr. Jones said, "so those of you who may have

had misgivings about his health, I can tell yoe that he is well and in good
form." c u
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page 12 THE GRENADA NE'?SLETTER V'eek Ending 26/10/8,5

The acting Prime Minister said Mr. Blaize was then in the Bahams. for the..
Commonwealth He6ds~6f Government Conference and the prime Minister was ex-
pected back in Grenada on October 2?th.

"Never mind the rumours you have been hearing", Mr. Jones said. "Prime Min-
ister Blaize is still taking his treatment and has responded very well to it.
He is making much better progress than was anticipated".

TOC'V M'.N-'GEMrTNT .:EMIji.'. 1

A one day seminar for employers opened here on October 15th hosted by the
Grenada Employers Federation (GEF) and sponsored by the International Labour
Organisation (ILO) and the Danish International Developmrnt Agency (DANIDA)Z

Under the direction of Mr. Collis Blackman, ILO Chief Technical Advisr with
responsibility for an ILO/D.-NID. programme of technical assistance organised
for the Windward and Leeward islands and the Bahamas, the seminar was open
to top management.

Its purpose, Mr. Blackman said, in an interview with IIEUSLETTER was to re-
kindle and strengthen interest in having a vibrant and vigourous Employers

"This seminar has been organised in conjunction with Mrs. Angela Smith, Dir-
ector of the Grenada Employers Federation", he said, "and is part of a two-
pronged programme".

Mr. Blackman said one 'prong is direct contact with employers in the seminar
and the other will be his visits to Grenada from time to time to discuss cer-
tain operational aspects of GEF with the Director.

"There is great need for a strong Employers Federation", the ILO Chief Tech-
nical Advisor said. "The Unions are strong and getting stronger, Govern-
ments are there and, in keeping with the ILO principle of tripartism, it is
necessary that the third body, the employers, be strong".

I Mr. Blackman said the ILO is built on the "tripnrtism" principle where it is
recognized that Governments, worker organizations and employers -rnnisiticns
are equally important in the field of industrial relations.

The seminar in Grenada was handled by the employer branch of the ILO and
there are other progr:mm~ s promoted by the workers branch and the Government
branch, he said, and these three branches are called "social partners".

*With Mr. Blackman at the seminar were Mr. Jack Dear, Legal Advisor to the
JBarbados Employers Confederation and Mr. G.L. "Mickie" Challenor, past pres-
ident of both the Barbados Employers Confederation.and the Caribbean Employ-
ers Confederation.
S-con .tinued___


"Thisis the start bf:an.:ongoing programme", Mr. Blackman said.
with Grenada a'd there 'afr 8 other territories to be covered".

"We begin


The 20th Interim Meeting of the Caribbean Eimployers Federation (C^t) was
held in St. Vincent on October 17th and Grenada was represented there by
Mrs. Angela Smith, Director of the Grenda Employers Federation.

Feature address was given by Dr. Keith.Jenson, CELpresident. He noted
that trade unions have become heavily, i-volved in politics and felt the
time had come for Che..BhbbbbBa business community to reconsider its role
in the political process.

"The Caribbean Employers Confederation, too, must plan ahead", he said,
"it was not raining when Noah built the ark".

An important consideration of the meeting was the need to express'CEt's
deep concern over what the organisation considers the imbalance created by
social legislation now being enacted in the region. There was a unanimous
decision that a paper in this connection should be prepared and put before
a meeting of Caribbean Community Labour Ministers.

Delegates attending the meeting came from Antigua, Bermuda, Dominica, Gre-
nada, Guyana, jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago.

The next scheduled CELmeeting is the 1986 Annual General Meeting which
will be held in Nassau, the Bahamas next April.

FRorty-fivyvwprkers in Grenada's hotel industry completed a 10-day
training course on October 24th and, at a ceremony, at the Cinnamon
Hill hotel, were prei(t&dtCWith "16etificates by Mrs Pauline Andrews,
Parliamentary Secretary for tourism.

The course was sponsored by the International Labour Organisation
(ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and was
under the direction of Mr John Colinson, Antigua based ILO training

Mr Andre Cherman, President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA),
told the gathering that, at his Association's 1984 Annual General
SMeeting, members.had placed'great emphasis on the'lted for training
at all levels in 1985.

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Mr Cherman.said GHA thinks training in the industry must continue and,
with the expected expansion of the industry over the next few years,
the training programme will have to be accelerated. fttet986, he
said, plans are that 160 people should receive training and Government
has already been approached for financial assistance in this connect-
ion. .- .""

The GHA, Mr Cherman said, is the first to admit there is a lack of
proper service in the industry, and he thanked ILO and UNDP for put-
ting together the training programme.

Mr Colinson said the programme had been arranged at the request of
the Grenada Government and had been geared to cover front office
management, food and beverage management and housekeeping*

"We discovered that we did not have the people to conduct the plann-
ed programme', Mr Colinson said, "so ILO contacted the Brazilian
Government which was able to make available three highly qualified,
well travelled people to come to Grenada."

A contract was drawn up between ILO and the Brazilian Central Train-
ing Institute, he said, and three members of that Institute, Mr
Moacyr Florentino De Sousa, Mr Paulo Graziano and Ms. Anna Maria
Oliveriera, were responsibAe for planning and executing the Pgr8

Mr Colinson said he has been given a brief to prepare a training
programme for next year. The scope of that programme depends on
the finance available, he said, but he hopes he will be able to
influence further training courses in Grenada, possibly with the
cooperation of the Brazilian Government.

"The Government of Brazil has agreed in principle, in conjunction
with ILO and UNDP, to give scholarships to Grenadians", he said.
"Brazil is a highly developed tourist country with first class
establishments and,'while all the scholarships will not be in
tourism, some certainly will1'.

This seminar was the second held recently in Grenada for the tour-
ist industry by ILO and UNDP. The first was in September and
covered front office management, reception, food and bar tech-
nology and housekeeping.

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A ster Hughes Cynthia Hughes
26th October 1985
Printed & Published by the Proprietors.
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies


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THII~ QUE:r'S VISIT (continued)

(Omitted in error on page 9)

At Queen's Park, members of parliament and-other VIPS will be preseAted to
the Queen and an address of welcome will be read by Prime Minister BlaizaA
The Queen will reply and, after a cultural presentation, there will be .a
reception. at Government House.

The day will be brought to a close by the Beating of the Retreet by the
Band of the Rnyal Marines.

The first Royal visit to Grenada was made in 1787 by Prince William Henry,
the third son of George III who, 33 years later, became King William IV.
The young prince -was serving as a naval officer on the frigate "Solebay"
at that time and, from the records, appearA to have been sumptuously enters

Other Royal visitors to Grenada include Princess Marie Louise, the Queen
Mother, Prince Charles and Princess 1largaret.

In 1950, the Duke<' mother, Princess Alice came to Grenada and the hospital
in St. Ajdrew's# which she opened at that time, bears her name.

Perhaps, however, the visit best remembered by the "old timers" is that of
His Royal Highness the Prince of a'ales, later to become King Edward VIII
and to abdicate in 1936 to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson.

Amang the entertainments for the then 26-.year old Prince was a garden party
at Government House. Thought of, even then, by some as a "rebel", legend
has it that the Prince was late for this occasion because'he had slipped
away from officialdom and was enjoying a barebacked horse-ride on Grant
Anse Beach.


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