For Tiue _k Ending 1tl-h 3-rber 1985
12th Year of Publication - - 328th Issue
Volume 13 Pumber 17
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Guyanese Barrister Clarence Hughes on November 29th told the Grenada Court
of Appeal that there 'es no authority to arrest his client, Chester Hum-
phrey, with a view to having him extradited to the United States to face
Humphrey was arrested in the Inited States in 1979 and charged with smug-
gling arms to Grenada to support the New Jewel Movement revolution. Re-
leased on bail, he jumped bail and returned to Grenada.
On an application by the United States, extradition proceedings against
Humphrey were started in Akgust 1984 when Humphrey was arrested and jailed.
Hearing in the Hai .-itrates (curt and High Court resulted in judgements
against Humphrey and the matter is now before the Court of Appeal.
Quoting the Extradition Treaty between Grenada and the U.S.A., Mr, Hughes
said there is an im --'tant provision that a person may not be extradited
for a orime of a "political characters
"The overthrow of a Government is clearly an act of a political- haracteI
he said, "politics is about government".
President of the Court, Mr. Justice J.O.F. Haynes, said he is of the belief,
that what is intended in the Treaty is that for a crime to be considered
of a "political character", that crime must be an act against the state
where it was committed.
prevention of the violation of0 "political asylum" seemed to be at the base
of the provision, Mr. Haynes Itid, and this did not appear to apply in
Humphrey's case. i-r. HiLhL-s ri( erred to a case tried by the British House
of Lords in which extradition _f a person. from the U.K. to the U.S.A. was
alJlowed because the crime thv'.gh of a pol tical character, had Aotbeen
Sag.inst ,the U.S.A. -corinu.dT
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The Guyanese Barrister admitted the majority judgment of the; House of Lerds
did not support his arguments but said there is a minority dissenting judge-
ment in that case which he asked the Court to consider.
That judgement said the words in the Treaty placed no qualification mn "poli-
tical character". According to that minority meaning and the limitation
against extradition must be respected no matter against which state the crime
Mr. Hughes argued before the Court also that his client is being held in jail
"The warrant to commit Humfrey to jail is a nullity in law", he said "It
should be set aside and my client should be set at liberty".
Supporting this charge, Mr. Hu~.lhes told the Court the Magistrate's authority
to issue that warrant is based on an order issued to the Magistrate )y the
That order states two charges against Humphrey, the Barrister said, one for
forging a document and the other for uttering (issuing) that document. Ac-
cording to Mr. Hughes, these are the only charges the Magistrate could have
investigated and the warrant should have been in connection with these two
"The warrant issued by the NM~.titrate for Humphrey's cumattatlrefers not on.
ly to forgery and uttering but to conspiracy and aiding and abetting", Mr.
Hughes said, "and I submit this warrant is in respect of crimes not author-
ised by the Governor General's order".
The Barrister argued that the unauthorizedd" crimes cannot now be deleted
from the warrant to correct it and that the warrant is bad in law and illegal
He charged also that affidavits submitted to the Nagistrate provided no ad
missable evidence to support cl arges of forgery and uttering against Hump~.
Those affidavits, made by a truck driver and by a Special Agent, both in
..h.l:: .tcnt D.C.i speak of a bi-. of lading and an invoice signed with the
fictitious name of "Carl Clarke' by James '.lardally, another Grenadian 'al
leged to have been involved with Humphrey in gun-running. (Wardally is
believed to be resident now in East Germany).
Mr. Hughes daid that, even if this isi videnti ag aintarida3lly, it is net
When he addressed the Court on November 30th, Mr. Hughes asked the Court to
consider the irony of his client's situation.
"The cruel irony in this case"f ha said, "is that Humphrey's activities
Brought about the revolution in 1979 which was welcomed by a mniorgu&
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the population of Gr'tnada, and now there is this attempt to t-ak-eim back
to America to face charges in this connection".
In his submissions on this day, Mr. h'ugrhr- dealt with affidavits setting,
mut the alleged activities of Humphrey relative to this case.
From these affidavits, it appears that Yunmlhrey, together with aamther Gre-
r.adian, James .Jardally, (now a naturalised U.S. citizen ) embarked on the
alleged gun-running activities in June 197,3
At that time, these men op- ned a joint account at Riggs National Bank in
Washington, D.C., arid began buying arms. They also bought 3-55 gallon
drums of *grease and stored them i:. a garg..: at Montague Street, Washington,
According to the affidavits, -is:ng the name of "Carl Clarke", Wardally ar-
ranged; through the World Trade Transportation Corp. in Baltimore fmr the
shipment of the drums to W.B. Hutchinson and Co., Grenada, and they were de-
livered to the 1diiion r picking Co., the drums being eventually shipped to
"Wardally, a.t times in the co-'pany of Humphrey, continued to purchase fire-
arms and ammunition from Federally licenced dealers in the state of Mary-
land", says Mr. Douglas Behr, assistant U.S. Attorney in the District Mf
Columbia, in his affidavit.
Mr. Behr says V.rdally pur-hared more drums of grease and packed 4 of them
with 43 firearms and 800 rou .s of ammunition. The drums were then welded
shtt by the ABC Welding Comp.iy, Silver Spring, Maryland, and arrangements
made for shipment to Gr(nada
"Subsequent to the attempted shipment of the 4 barrels by Wardally", Mr,
Behr says, "search warrants ire executed at Wardally's residence and other
places. Among the items re .vered were documents clearly indicating the
intention of Wardally to purchase weapons for transfer to and use 4y others"
Mr. Hughes' submissions centered on claiming that the affidavits did not
produce evidence to justify the Magistrate's warrant of committal to jail
of Humphrey. He said too that the offences for which Humphrey is charged
in the U.S.A. are non-extraditv le offences.
When the Court sat again on De,'mber 2nd, Mr. Hughes dropped a "bomb-shell"
as he introduced'new arguments fn favour of his client.
Mr. Hughes told the Court that. according to U.6. law, there are certain
crimes for which a person cannot be tried after the lapse of 5 years.
According to the liaginstrate's inquiry in Grenada, the extradition order
against Humphrey is for the crises of "forgery" and "uttering (issuing) a
forged document", and Mr. Hughe: said prosecution for these crimes is bar-
red after the lapci y,. i ,.ears. -continued-
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"Humphrey is charged in the Un:-ted States only with 6 counts of gun running",
Mr. Hugh'es said, "not with forgery and uttering and, according to the Extra-
dition Treaty between Grnada and the U.S.A., he cannot be extradited for a
crime which he has not been ch.-ried and with which h'e cannot now be chargedd,
The foriery and utterir:- cri.in.as with which Humphrcy's extradition order is
concerned relate to 2 bills of lading, one made on August 3rd 1978 and the
other on February 2nd 19?9. The 5 year lapse would have rended, for the
first, in August 1985, and, for the second, in February 1984.
Replying on behalf of the Crown, Mrs. Velma Hylton Q.C., Director of pihlic
Prosecutions (DPP), directed the Court to one of the counts of tun-running
with which Humphrey is charged. .
That count is for the charge of delivering firearms to a carrier for ship-
ment in foreign commerce without disclosing to the carrier the true nature
of the shipment.
"That act of deliverrin.;; the fire rms for shipment involved the making .of
a bill of lading", Mr_. Hylton said. "That bill of lading was forged and
a charge for the delivery of the firearms under those circumstances alit-
matically involves a charge of forgery".
Earlier, the DPP replied to a submission by Mr. Hu, nhes that the extradition
order ought not to be executed because the United States had not made the
applicationn in good faith for the return of Humphrey.
The application, he said, had been made so that the U.S. could try Humphrey
for crimes other than those for which it is legall to extradite him for.
Mrs.Hylton quoted authorities which, she said, proved that the Couit could'
not inquire into the good faith'of the United St-tes in this matter.
"The final decision as to whether Humphrey is extradited does not rest with
the Court", she said. "According to the law, the Governor General has the
prwer to allow the extradition or not",
The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision which will be given at a sito
ting of the Court starting on January 20th.
Justices of the A~'epal Court sitting with the president, Mr. Justice J.O.F.
Haynes are Mr. Justice Nicholas Liverpool and Mr. Justice Sir Neville Peter-
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..ALEXIS IS DEPUTY P.L.
An effort by Prime Minister Herbert Blaize to diffuse tension at the 1st
Annual Convention of the New National Party (NNP) held on December 8thi
NNP was formed, just before the 1984 General Elections, ty a fusion of
three political parties, of which Mr. Blaize headed one. The tension at
the Convention centered on election of a Deputy NNP Pilitical Leader and it
was known that the men who were leaders of the other two parties were riv-
als for this post.
The two ex-Political Leaders are Dr. Francis Alexis, Minister of Labour and
Mr. George Brizan, Minister for Agriculture and Tourism, and it was report-
ed that their rivalry was strong enough to damage the structure of NNP.
In his feature address to the Convention, Mr. Blaize suggested a change in
the Party's Constitution to allow for two Deputy Political Leaders instead
of one, which amendment would have accommodated both Dr. Alexis and Mr.
But, in the discussion which followed the political Leader's address, it
was clear that there was a deep division o. the matter and the suggested
constitutional amendment was not accepted.
The situation was made more explosive because of.Mr. Blaize's health. Ef-
fects of ah accident in his youth (in which his spine was injured) are hav-
ing inereasing impact and it is reported also that the Prime Minister has
cancer of the prostate.
There is a possibility that Mr. Blaize may not complete the present 5 year
term;aof:Government as prime Minister and, in any case, it is unlikely that
he will continue as political Leader at the next General Elections.
Both Dr. Alexis and Mr. Brizan were nominated for the post, a vote by sec-
ret ballot was conducted, Dr. Alexis winning by a narrow margin of 9'votes
over Mr. Brizan's total of 167.
The Convention was attended by some 800 persons of which 350 had voting
Following Dr. Alexis's election, sources close to NNP said it is not ex-
pected that his win over Mr. Brizan will cause any factionism in the Party,
"Brizan has accepted the decision of the Convention", the sources said,
"and there is no doubt that his cooperation is assured".
Both the political Leader and Deputy Political Leader are to be elected at
bhe annual Convention and, now being elected Deputy, it appears Dr. Alexis
has a head start to being the next Prime Minister if NNP is reelected.
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The Convention elected Mr. Ben Jones, Minister for legal & Foreign Affairs,
Chairman of the Party, and Dr; Keith Mitchell Minister for Construction, as
FRICTION IN INP (?)
The Grenada House of Representatives was the scene on December 10th of what
appeared to be signs of friction in the ranks of Prime Minister Herbert
Blaize's New National Party (NNP).
On the agenda for the meeting of the House were questions posed, not by the
Opposition, but by Mr. phinsley St. Louis, a Government backbencher.
Mr. St. Louis wanted to know, among other things, whether Government has tak-
en an inventory of the building material and vehicles left behind by the
Cubans at the point Saline International Airport, and he wanted to know the
value of the inventory.
Replying on behalf of the Minister for Construction, Dr. Keith Mitchell, who
was absent, Minister of Education Mr. George McGuire pointed out that "the
question had been put by one whom we regard as a colleague".
"In asking a question", Mr. McGuire said, "there can be two objectives, one
to seek information and the other to embarrass. In this honourable House.,.
there should be no imputations and honourable Members will never contemplate
that second objective".
Mr. McGuire told the House an inventory has been made but a list was not then
available and he wondered "whether the honourable Member for South St.George
(St. Louis) wishes to have the value quoted in Cuban or Grenadian dollars".
"I have spoken to the Leader of the Opposition", Mr. McGuire said, "and I
asked him whether he had any tough questions for the Government at this sit-
tingC He assured me there were none as there is no need for him to get up
iand do his job because there are others who can do it for him".
Later in the sitting, the Speaker, Mr. Hudson Scipio, also took a hand at
baiting Mr. St. Louis.
On the agenda was a motion recording appreciation of the "gracious speech"
delivered by Queen Elizabeth when she visited the island last October, and
Mr. Scipio said he noted that up to that time, all comments by Members of
t4he House had been favourable.
'However", the Speaker said, "perhaps some industrious, honourable Member may
Uind something other than praise and I don't know whether any other Member
should like to make other observations".
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Then, with a questioning note in his voice and a gesture towards Mr. St.
Louis, he said, honourable Member for St. George's South? Any comments?
But Mr. St. Louis did not rise to the bait, mn-.kinr instead a short ,address
of appreciation of the Queen's speech and noting that her presence in Gre-
nada was indicative of the confidence of the British Government in the N'iF.
After the meeting, Prime Minister Blaize said, in the circumstances of the
Grenada Parliament, Mr. St. Louis' .quLtions had been perfectly in order.
"Especially in a situation where the ruling party is in such tremendous
mnjorityr', he said, "op1,crtunities are given to backbenchers to raise
questions which, normally, would come from Opi'osition people."
Mr. Blaize said such questions are not necessarily asked for the sake of
opposition but can be to provide clarity and information for the public.
GCOVi:iL, 'lT TO PAY SALARIES AT HOMES
2he 1986 budget of the Grenada Government will make provision for pay-mnir:nt
of salaries of staff at -all homes-for-the-aged in Grenada.
This was disclosed on November 25th by Dr. Francis Alexis, Minister for
Labour and Social Services, as he sroke on the occasion of the opening of
"Hill View" Home-for-the-aged in the west coast town of Gouyave.
"The New National Party Government has decided in principle to take over
responsibility for r-'ying the salaries of all staff at all the homes-for-
the-aged across the country, some 5 of them", he said, "and we should be
honouring that commitment from early in the new year".
Dr. Alexis said it was not possible to undertake this responsibility until
the 1986 budget had been presented but he said this will be done "soon".
The "Hill View" Home is a community based project headed by prominent Gre-
nadian barrister Lloyd Noel former Attorney General of the Peoples Re-
volutionary Government and a detainee of that Government for over two
To date, the project, not yet fully complete, cost more than a quarter of
a million E.'st Caribbean dollars to which the principal contributor has
been the St. Georges University School of Medicine.
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::,iJTICTICIN ^,INI. KiIIC:T UEHLLD
The Grenada Court of -Appeal on December 2nd confirmed a judgement given last
May in a contempt charge against prominent Grenadian Barrister Senator Derek
Mr. Knight was accused and convicted of "contempt in the face of the Court"
arising out of an incident last January in the chambers of Trial Judge Mr4
Justice James patterson.
Mr4 Patterson dealt with the matter summarily. He had Mr. Knight arrested
and jailed, sentenced him to 6 weeks imprisonment and fined him EC$5,00*
Mr. Knight appealed and, delivering a verbal judgement last May, the Court
set aside the sentence and fine, but upheld the conviction.
President of the Court, ir. Ji3utice J.O.F. Haynes, said the written judge-
ment was then ready.
"The conviction is upheld", he said. ** "Ve have set aside the-sentenoe and
fine and have substituted an admonition"'
Last September Mr. Knight filed a writ in the Hiih Court against Mr. Patterson
seeking compensation fot ',ffi't .ful- arrest. r
In addition to compensation ,;..yable by Mr. Pattorson, Mr. Knight wants the war
want for his arrest and all' consequential documents destroyed in his presence.
"1L 1-a LLiE:ING E,.IN"; G* EF F:RESIDEUT
M'. William Otway, President of the Grenada Employers Federation (GEF)', pe
November 27th expressed -criticism of president .Rea,an's Caribbean Basin In-
Mr. Otway was, at the time, .Oressing a poorly attended GEF Annual General
Meeting and said, although CBI provides opportunities for Grenadian bust-
nessmen to enter joint ventures with United States counterparts, there is
"a serious problem with this basin".
"It is leakingl, he said.
Before Grenadian businessmen can address joint ventures with non-Grenadiasa,
the President said, they must see what can be done with ventures of their
"We must first be able to invest in ourselves before we can ask anyone to
invest in us", Mr. Otway said.
What Grenadians need is help, not hand-outs, he said, and if Grenadian busi.
ne4ssmen are to develop new business or expand existing ones, the tax struct-
ure must be revised. -continued-
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That structure must be "changed across the board"t he said, with revisions
-in import taxes, personal income tax and company tax.
"We have many prospective investors who come and go", Mr. Otway said, "and
they will continue to come and go, but we have no where else to go and we
must look after our own".
The President was critical also of politicians who exploit the "have-nots",
to gain power.
Undoubtedly, "the people" have rights to work, education, equal apprrtun-
ity and all the rights of a'democratic society, he said.
"Unfortunately", he continued, "we also have in our society the politician
.... who desires to use those people to springboard himself into-popular-
ity, to ride on the backs of the people, to oain favour for the majority
over the minority,.
Experience shows that all must work together to survive, for one cause,
destiny, people and country he said, government, trade union and employer
must be able to deliberate together in an atmosphere of calm, without dom-
inance or dictatorship.
The report of the GEF Management Committee for the 1984-1985 period des-
cribes the industrial relations climate in Grenada as "calmt'. It records
one strike at a garment factory which resulted from workers being laid off.
The strike had support of the Seamen & .'stcrfront Workers Union whichre-
fused to handle shipments for the factory. .
"The mahafaeturer claimed that without fabric he could not remain open,
consequently more workers had to be laid off,", -the report says. "T1he
Union withdrew its, strikers and took steps to have the consignment return-
ed to Grenada. T.he Comipany then put the workers on rotation".
The report records 12 industrial agreements signed over the period and
points out that one of them (Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd. with Commercial
& Industrial workers Union) establishes maximum wages in 14 categories of
Mrs. Angela Smith, 'IF- Director, told the meeting this is a desirable
trend and it is hoped that more agreements will do this.
"As employees get annual increases", she said, "they move up the salary
scale until it is possible for a person to be paid much more than the post
held is worth".
Cleaning maids can qualify to be promoted to be a typist and typists can
be promoted to be a steno-typist or secretary, she said, but each of those
positions should have a maximum salary attached to it
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Mrs. Smith expressed disappointment at the poor attendance at the meeting
and said it is essential that members be made to realise the importance of
their support to the r.d'-ration.
There is to be a reor2 ..nii-tion of the structure of GEF in the new year she
said, and this will include plans to project the Federation's image.
Mrs. Smith reported also on plans to establish a "Coordinating Body" coca
prised of three representatives each from G(F, '.:the Grenada Chamber of In-
dustry and Commerce and the Grenada Hotel Association.
Details of tHis have not yet been finalised, she said, but the Director em-
phasised that, while the other two bodies favoured a merging of the three
into a single orgarii-:tion, C;LF is not in favour of this.
"It is essential that we remain a s,:p'rate entity and be registered as a
trade union if we are to be effective in the field of industrial relations",
Hr.i LLILr.S L0 1i.!.~ F'Y
The Grenada Hotel Association (GHA) is dissatisfied with the attention, it
has been receiving from Government and would like to have changes made in.
the operation of Ministry of Tourism which, together with Agriculture, is
in the portfolio of Mr. George Brizan.
In his report to the Annual General Meeting on November 25th Mr. Andre Cher-
man, GHA President said the past year has been one of trial and frustration
for the hoteliers.
The president said the facts are that 3HA letters to Government have gone
unanswered and the kind of close co-operation and dialogue enjoyed with
past administrations is vJri-. ilY7 non-existent.
"Our principal concern at this time is to have the Ministry of Agriculture
& Tourism separated", Mr. Cht-rman said, "and have a sep-rated Ministry *er
Tourism because we feel tourism is not given the attention it deserves".
The president said, in his report, that "critics" have charged that GHA is
S"protectionist" and, in an interview after the meeting, he explained.
"To a large extent", he said, "these are members of the business community
who would like to see cxp:-..:sicn at any cost. They know little or nothing
about the hotel industry and, at least, they should sit down with us a4n
find the facts before they talk nonsense".
Mr. Cherman's report charges too that there are "experts in every field and
masters of none" who are o.:.-ortunists jumping on the bandwagon of every
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government which comes to power and are concerned with nothing but them-
"The same 'r-:. .'ts' who were hanid and foot with the Grenada United Labour
Party when'they were in power", he said, "these are the same experts who
were around the Grenada National Prty Government and the Interim Govern-
ment. Now we have the New National Government and these people, who have
no credibility, they e.ro the ones advising".
These "advisors", he said, can be seen in both an official capacity and
behind the scenes.
In his address to the meeting, Minister of Agriculture & Tourism George
Erizan said Grenada's ecor.::om stands on the pillars of Agriculture, Tourism
and Light Manufactburzn ana if ie- i.ust u bond between Agriculture and
"Any attempt at a devclc.pm-rt that is contrary to this will in the long run
result in the ultimate, destruction of Il' ismr he said.
As an examn;l- of -whez could happen, Mr. Brizan said that if agriculture is
neglected and '- :.~lsm goes ahead rapidly, Grenada will suffer from the
"raral/urban di_;if'' with consequential social problemss j-opprdising the
quiet of the country ar.K d'',gli:ig tourism.
In an intervie-., Mr. Brizan said the hotel plant owned by the Grenada ho-
teliers-is small and they feel "threatened" by new hotel development tak-
ing place in Grcnada.
"What we are having is merely a reaction to this feeling of threstt, he
said, "arid I feel 'the only way to get around this is for both sides to sit
down and plan the industry"%
The %Minister said his relations with GIHA remain cordial and he looked for-
ward-to working r with the hoteliers.
'ijURISM HAS UP JAAD TEND
Minister for -,;iculture & Touriam, Mr. George Brizan, told the Annual Gen-
eral Meeting of the Grenada Hotel Association on November 25th that Gre-
nada's tourist industry shows an upward trend.
The stay-over visitor rate has increased by 35', he said and the cruise
ship trade is growing at a healthy rate.
"In 1982", the Minister said, "there were 100 cruise ship calls, in 1983
there were approximately 80 calls, in 1984 there were 65 calls, and, in
1985, there will be 175 calls" -continued-
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Mr. Brizan said it is one thing to bring visitors to Grenada and another
thing to get them to spend, particularly on locally pro.tduc.d item-* with a
value added content.
'There are little or no shopping facilities in the country", he said, "and"
that is a major area of weakness".
This is a challenge, he said, not only to Government but to local entre-
preneurs who underst-nd the considerable income which can be' generated
through visitor spending.
The Minister said there is also the problem of "exuberant" vendors and taiyr
men who cause difficulty to visitors. Cabinet has already considered draft
leg"zl3otion for the control of this problem and it should he before Parlia-
Work has already start-ed on 5 hotel projects, Mr. Brizan said and 4 if thele
"The fifth of these (hotel projects) involves Ramada Renaissance", the Miril-
ter said, "('and) we are hopeful it will open in December and will add a tor-
siderable number of beds to the hotel plant".
Three further projects will e't off the ground next year Mr. B'rizan said, and
one involves Levera Beach Developments at the north end of the island, a pro.
ject which started in 1962 but which "had to be terminated because of unreas~
enable demands placed on the developer after 1967".
"The developer has returned and has decided to put down a 2f. bedroom hotel
catering for the high end of the market", he said."
Another 1986 project identified by Mr. Brizan is the "Camahone" resort locet-
ed in the south of the island in the point Salin.- area, a luxury astablil.sk
ment tied in with the operation of Grenada Airways.
The third 1986 project, the Minister said is the "Carinex" project which is
to be another luxury hotel of 250 to 300 rooms, and this is expected to be-
gin construction within the first quarter of the year.
In his report to the GHA Annual General Meeting, GHA president Andre ChePman
said in the January to October period in 1985, the hotel occupancy rate had
averaged 41.17% as compared with 47.3% in the corresponding 1984 period.
De-partment of Tourism statistics show a 67% increase in visitors from the
Caribbean community (CARICCll), he said, with Trinidad & Tobago accounting
for 77% of that increase.
"This leads to the conclusion that traditional tourism as we know it from
North America and Europe has not returned to Grenada to any significant
degree", Mr. Cherman says.
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With reference to stay-over visitors, in the first 9 months, he said, there
was an increase of 37.9'7.; from the 1984 figure of 27,919 to 38,511.
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IF7 LCiN TS7 1-ICHOL U,6 MILLION
Issa Nicholas (Grenada) Ltd., owners of Grenada Ramada Rennaissance Hotel,
on December 12th si'n. d a US$( million loan .-greeerrnt with the Internation-
al Finance Corporation (IFC), affiliate of the World Bank.
The ceremony took lne in the office of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize and
signing on behalf of IFC was Mr. pho Ba quan, Divisional Manager of the
IFC Department of Investments responsible for Latin America and the Carib-
Signing for the c.l .p-iny was Mr. Issa Niciolas, Managing Director and his
wife Susan Nicholas, Secre ;ary/Director. The loan is repayable over 10
years: the rate of interest has not been disclosed,
Grenada Ramada Renaissance iotel is sited in premises owned by the Grenada
Government on Grand Anse Beachabout 4 miles south of St. George's, which
premises were formerly the Grenada Beach Hotel. That hotel had 186 rooms
of which 46 were destroyed during the October 1983 military intervention.
These destroyed rooms have been restored and 6 more added. Plans are to
add another 100 next year.
.Originalarrangements were that the hotel should open on December 9th, but
heavy rains delayed construction and a "soft" opening is now scheduled for
The hotel is to be run by -he U.S. based hotel management firm of Ramada
International Incorporated and will be on -:rm:de's Worldwide Reservation
System by mid-January.
According to Mr. Issa Nicho .as, total investment in the project will be
"some US$12 to 14 million."
Mr. Ge-orge Brizan, -inister for Tourism and Agriculture, on December 6th
delivered the feature address at the opening of the "Grand Etang Iaterpre-
tation Centre", establishment of which was contributed to by the United
States Agency for International Development and the Organisation of Amer-
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Located close to the Grr.nml Et-~-. ("L.:,rL- Lake), the crater of an extinct
volcano lying some 1700 feet above sea level in tropical forest, the centre
.i a visitor attraction comploeentinr, what the island offers in "sun, sand
:The idea of the c'ntre was conceived to provide the visitor with informa-
tc o on and access to the flora and fauna of the.tropical forest", Mr. Briz-
a, said, "and to expose him to a microcosm of Grenadian natural life",
pen ing the Centre marks cor,l.l tion of Phaoe .1 of the project, Mr. Brizan
d. with U.S. Forest Service and U.S. National Parks Service having an
'-put in interpretation displays,
I a.I"3 2 will involve funding of ai.dio visual equipment and programme de-
v. opment", the Minister said, "with the construction of trails and picnic
aetes near the lake ",
.r Brizan disclosed Ohat the E: d ard Agriculture Organisation of the Uni-
ted Nations has approved : .S3140,0000 project for technical services in de-
vor..m.rnt of forest road: and forest reserves.
'"his project", he said, ."will be of.great assistance in developing the
attractions of the Ce- cre",
:E'.::LO "CLD Ist RADUJ.,TcI]; C- LIC: Y
ro-an Catholic Bishop of Grenada, Sydney Charles,-said in an interview on
o! ,veiber 28th that the I.Nw Life Organisation (I.idLO) of which he is Chair-
.an the Board of Directors, offers a great deal to Grenada's development
l:- te future.
NIWLO; a traiinin school for underprivileged youth, held its first gradua-
tion exercises on that day and Bishop Charles feels the impact of the school
will now be felt to an increasing dcgrc-,
S" am very proud to be Chairman", he said, "and I feel this organisation has
a lot for our country in the Iuture, especially since it concentrates on
youth who, normally, are '.:. 't incapable of ;:.:ing a contribution to'the
building; of their countyy.
:...'j was established in 1983 on Bishop Charles' initiative. It is located
near the west coast town of Gcuyave on R.C. church property and is managed
by..aBoard of Directors representing the Christian "L.Iurc.hes in the island.
in-. first intake of 40 studv.-nts (33 boys and 7 girls), in August 1984, has
grown to 103 (76 boys and 27 girls), divided into four groups at different
Sivels of achievement. The -r tion cer-ccny involved -26 c .these btm-
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Students receive training in'electrical installation, plumbing, masonry,
woodwork, paintin,-, sewing straw craft, kitchen and cafeteria skills, Cir-
pentry4 muffler repair, and gas appliance r..'pair. Arrangements have been,.
made with local contractors and establishments for onathe-Job training.
Using student$ .lbour, the NEVLO premises have been mbdernised and extended
with the effect that the organisation can now respond to the islandwide de-
mand for resident students
Principal funding for TLY;LO comes from Misereor, a Roman Catholic Founda-.,
tion based in West Germany.
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The American yacilt "qhiTys-,lis" on November 26th completed at Gipnada a
3,000 mile, 6 year and 11 months round-4he-world trip which started at Gre-
nada on Boxing Day 1978.
Skipper of the 11-metre boat is Mr. Mike phclps (34) of Austin, Texas, qual-
ified Merchant Marine officer and one-time Captain of a passenger ferry
boat in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
With him is his "first mate" and co-owner of the yacht, Miss Susan McBride
(33) who Mr. phelps met when he worked in the USVI.
"I gave her a free ride on the ferry", he said, "and she has been riding
with me every since".
The voyage took "Chrysalis" through the Panama Canal to the Pacifie Islands,
Australia and New Zealand before crossing the Indian Ocean to Siuth Africa.
"We made a landfall at Durban", he said, "and this was just about 5 years
after we left Gr:nad:.. It's a wonderful place and we spent a year there
while I worked as Chief Mate on a salvage tug".
Both Mr. Phelps and Miss McBride are radio amateurs and, not only was this
useful in keeping in touch with land and the weather nets but, they were
able to chat with c~ch other when he was away on the tug.
"Chrysalis" ltad a'c6im 30-day Atlantic crossing, stopping at St. Helena
and making a Brazilian l:,ndfall at Salvador last May. Then, up the coast
to the Caribbean, arriving at Grenada where a contingent of 9 "homefolks"
S waited to give a welcome and celebrate Thanksgiving on November 28th.
Among these were Mr. Phelps' father and mother, William and Alison Phelps
of Fredericksburg, Texas (near Sin Antonio), a younger brother, John, an
aunt, Mrs. Mathildo Hill of Alhambra, Los An:.cles, and her d.nu!hter,Caro-
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
"Chrysalis" is an "Alberg 37" design built in Canada 17 years age-.
sleep rigged, has a .Diesel auxilary and can sleep 6.
The family returned to the.States after the Thanksgiving celebation-lbut Mr,.--
Phelps expects to spend Christmas in the Grenadin'es, sailing on to the USVI'-.
tn the new.year.
"If there are opportunities .in St. Thomas", he .says,: "we'll stay there, oth.-
erwise, well move on to Florida".
AU- er Hughes
14th December 1985
- Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street,, St. Georges, Grenada, Weatindiea, '
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