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IJ apanese efficiency may have been a motivating
I actor behind the recent proposal that there
should be amove towards unity in the Organiisation
of East Caribbean States (COCS).

This was disclosed to NEWSLETTFR, in an
it.erview on August 16th. by Prime Minister Mary
Fugeima Charles of Donunica who was then on a
private visit to Grenada.

The Prime Minister said the idea of uit-y may have
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yoo get in the world comes from you and not
from what you think other fopule think"

Mr Blaize said that, current, the delegates may
h ave been reading and hearing that things are bad
in Grenada, but they would have an opportunity
to speak to Grenadians and make an assessment
When the delegates return to theic homes, he
said, there may find people who still doubt that
Grenada is a desirable place, and he hoped the
delegates would give the doubters the answer I
which is recorded in the fikol, as that given by
Philip to Nathaniel when Phili had found Jesus, i
the Christ,

The Prime Minister said that, gacng imno his
-iiiage, Philip had met his friend Nathaniel and
said, "Boy. we have founw .rUm who Moses
spoke about, the Christ. Jesus of Nazareth".
iNathaniels response was, What you walking
About, anything good can come out of Nazareth ?
Ti o which Phillip replied, "Come and se
i Tbe Prime Minister asked the delegates. on their i
return home, if they found doubters who still fee i
Grenada is not the beautiul "right little island m
Sthe Caribbean sea", on behalf of Gruea.dians,
they should do like Philip and invite the doubters
to "come and see".

Delegates at the Convention cam from Antigua,
SBarbados, St Kitus/Nvis St Lucia, St Vincent,
Guyana, Dominica, Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago
and Grenada, the only member country not
Represented being Montserrat.
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been bor in 1985 during a visit to Tokyo, Japan by i
Prime Minister John Compton of St Lucia, Prime
Minister James "Son" Mitchell of St Vincent and
Deputy Prime Minister Lester Bird of Antigua.

"In their discussions there", Miss Charles said,
"they pointed out to the Japanese how many cars we
buy from Japan, but they got the feeling of how
smuin these East Caribbean islands are when the
Japanese told them they could make those cars in
two hours any afternoon".

The feeling was born then, she said, that if there
was agetuth together, the East Caribbean would be
in a much bLtter position to bargain and to afford to
hire the best personnel in the several fields in which
each of the islands is interested.

Since that visit to Japan, Miss Charles said, there
have been informal talks by the OECS Heads of
Government on the subject of unity and, arising out
of such talks at the OECS meeting in Antigua last
November, there was a decision to seek technical
assistance and advice so there would be direction to
the discussions.

When the new Trinidad & Tobago Parliament was
.iauguratcd some months ago, she said, the Prime
Ministers of St Kitts,Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent
and Dominica had been present and the opportunity
was take-, over breakfast for further

"By this time we realized how much we had been
working together". Miss Charles said.

One of the ways of working together, she said was
in the matter of education books The lack of
school books is a stumbling block" in the
educational systems of the islands, the Prime
Minister said, many children in primary schools
still iot having the opportunity to take a book home
to read.

The OECS States got together on this problem, she
said, and had books printed in bulk in Trinidad for
all the islands. There is cooperation also in
fishicries, she said. and in the bulk purchasing of

''- ore and more we are getting together to do
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Canadian Official Calls On

Netherlands Honourary

C~onzulx Presents Cheeesa-

Mr Arthur Saper, who has replaced Mr John Wood
as Head of the Development Section of the
Canadian High Commission in Barbados, paid a
courtesy call on Prime Minister Herbert Blaize on
August 25th.

Mr Saper was accompanied by Mr Wood and,
according to the Government Information Service,
the opportunity was taken to review Canadian aid
projects in Grenada.

Mr Saper told the Prime Minster the Canadian
Government is awaiting concrete evidence of the
amalgamation of the Cocoa Association with the
Cocoa Rehabilitation Board

Guest delegations were present from Bermuda
and Guadeloupe.

Among greet ings brought to the Convention were |
letters from Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford of I
Barbados, President HD Hoyt of Guyana, Prime
Minister Edward Seaga of Jamaica Prime
Minister Kennedy A Simmonds of St Kitts Nevis
Prime Minister John Compton of St Lucia. Prime
Minister James "Son" Mitchell of St Vincent and
President Noor Hassanali of Trinidad &

The Convention, which had as its theme, The
Human Resource Key to Caribbean Develop-
Sment", ran until August 29th.

I The Jumor Chamber of Commerce was founded
by a young businessman. Mr Henry Giessenbier.
in St Louis, Missouri U S A. The year was
1917 and the organisation retained that name'until
11th December 1944.
In that year, at a Convention in Mexico City,
Mexico. 36 representatives from six Junior

Chamber of Commerce "nations" in the free
world took the decision to change the name of the
organisation to what it is now, Jaycees

The Grenada Jaycees as an arm of Jaycees
International, was formally established in
i Grenada on 20th October 1960 at a Convention at
Ithe Santa Maria Hocel Mr David Otway was
elected the first President.
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Mr Richard Menezes, Netherlands Honourary Con-
sul, has presented Mr George McGuire, Minister
for Social Services, with cheques totaling

The presentation was made on August 25th, and
these funds were drawn from the Trinidad based
Netherlands Ambassadors "Special Projects
Account .

According to the Government Information Service,
US$3,000 will be used to develop an agricultural
cooperative and US$2 500 will go towards
improving drainage in a section of St Georges.

The remaining US$3,500 will help to refurbish the
bandhouse of one of the island's steel bands.

Two Year Skills Training

Fourteen women will take part in a two-year skills
training programme at the Grenada Technical &
Vocational Institute.

The programme will commence in September and
will cover plumbing, refrigeration and electrical

The Government Information Service said that,
during the programme, the Division of Women's
Affairs will conduct courses on business
management, family life education cooperatives
and child care.

Participants in this programme successfully
completed an orientation course funded by the
Barbados based Women And Development
(WAND) and the Association of Canadian
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island is not a workable prospect, she said, and
there will have to be parties whose interests cover
'aif the islands.

Our elections in Dominica come upin three years
time", she said, 'and I hope that those elections
will be the OE:S elections".
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Review Of PAHO/WHO
Technical Cooperation

Technical personnel from the Ministry of Health met
on August 31st with their counterparts from the Pan
American Health Organisation (PAHO) for a joint
review of Pan American Health Organisation!World
Health Organisation technical cooperation.

The seven-man PAHO delegation included
Caribbean Programme Co-ordinators Dr Halmond
Dyer and Dr Juan Manuel Setelo, together with
Engineer Mr Ron Williams.

From the Ministry of Health, there was the
Permanent Secretary, Mrs Pamela Steele. the Chief
Medical Officer, Dr Herbert Jasudason and the
Hospital Administrator. Mr Douglas Andrew.

West Gernian Prokect

Three micro projects funded by the West German
Government have been completed.

According to the Government Information Service,
these are all drainage projects in the St Georges
area, and work has begun on a similar project in
another section of St Georges.

It was previously announced by the Government
Information Service that projects in the St Georges
area, funded by the West German Government,
include construction of public toilets and erection of
a sub-Post Office.

United State_ Sip
nPharmri Visits
The USS "Pharris". U.S. frigate under the comm-
and of Commander William Busching, paid acourt-
bsy call to Grenada from August 27th to 31st.

While in Grenada, the ship's crew painted the
interior of the Queen Elizabeth's Childrens Home as
part of their community action programme.

Williams Opens Nature

Mr Daniel "Danny" Williams, Minister for Health
and Parliamentary Representative for St Davids,
opened the La Sagesse Nature Centre in his
constituency on August 26th.

The Nature Centre, a joint venture of Grenadian,
British and American businessmen, is comprised of
a four bedroom guest house with bar and restaurant,
and offers nature trails and surfing facilities.

Mr Williams said this development, on the island's
east coast some 10 miles from St Georges, is
evidence of decentralisation in the Tourist

A spokesman for the Nature Centre said the opening
of the Centre marks completion of the first phase of
a three phase project. The aim of the
management, he said, is to make La Sagesse, after
the Grand Anse area near St Georges, the second
most important tourist attraction in Grenada.

Emulsion Plant Expand
The Government owned plant for producing
emulsion used for road surfacing has increased in
efficiency since it became a statutory body.

This was announced by the Government
Information Service (GIS) on August 28th, and
GIS says production in 1986 increased to 8,893
drums of CMS1 (the standard formula) from the
1985 figure of 4,238.

In addition, the plant produced two new types of
emulsion, Catonic Rapid Setting (CRS) and Catonic
Medium Setting (CMS2h).

According to GIS, with the increase in production,
the Emulsion Plant has increased its sales to the
private sector by almost EC$63,000 and its staff by

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29th August 1987
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Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies
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Volume 15- Saturday 29th August 1987 Number 13





r George Brizan, Member of the House of
representatives, Political Leader of the
proposed new political party, the National Demo-
cratic Congress (NDC). and former nlim-ter for
Agriculture in the New National Party (NNP)
Government of Prime Minister Blaize, warned on
August 23rd that the Cocoa Rehabilitation Pro-
gramme funded by the Canadian Government is in

The Cocoa Rehabilitation Programme, funded by
the Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA) to the sum of EC$20 million and designed
to replant 10,000 acres of cocoa fields, came into
operation in 1981, but has not worked
satisfactorily. Overdesig~
According to Mr Brizan, the Programme was
originally overdesignedd and, in 1985, when he

Mr Brizan, speaking
at a NDC party
meeting. said Govern-
ment has plans which
will violate a vital
condition of funding
laid down by the
"One condition is
there must be no
export duty on cocoa
shipments", he said.
"Government has ab-
olished export duty.
but Government now
has a bill before
Parliament which will

2.5% Tax Will Kill Rehab. Scheme: Brizan............ I
SOpposition Leader Says CPA "Hijacked............. .2
Ij Government To Appoint Cocoa Committee........ ...3
i* CDC To Sue Minister McGuire........................... 4
;*4 Alexis Charges Corruption in Ministry................ 5
J* Judge Reserves Judgement In Ramsay Application..6
g Cocoa Association Condems 2.5% Tax................7
SP.M. Charles Was Convent Boarder In Grenada.....7
4 Westindies Jaycees Hold Convention..................8
O OECS Unity May Have Been Born In Japan...........9
b Nevs Shorts ...................................... 11

impose a 2.5% levy on the gross sales of the Cocoa
Association, Nutmeg Association and Banana
I Society".

The technical work behind the funding was done on
the assumption there would be no export duty or
any levy on the Cocoa Association, he said, and it
does not matter what name is used, the proposed
levy becomes a tax just like the export duty.
SThis condition, laid down by the Canadians, was a
very important one in working out the cash flow
projections oftheCocoaRehabilitationProgranme,
i Mr Brizan said. and he predicted that, if the Bill
Imposing a levy on the Cocoa Industry is passed
into law, it will destroy the Programme.

was Minister of Agriculture. a CIDA team examined
the operations of the Programme and redesigned it,
fixing the funding at EC$13 million over five

CIDAhas not been satisfied with implementation of
the redesigned Programme and, on August 12th the
present Minister of Agriculture, Mr Ben Jones,
disclosed at a press conference that the Grenada
Government had been given notice that Canadian
funding for the Programme will come to an end on
December 31st next.

Mr Jones said CIDA s dissatisfaction is based in the
fact that there are two centres of control in the
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"fiere has been no meeting of the GrendtW branch of
CPA to select wigone to jo' to the Conferece": St Loui

Tcader of the Opposition in the Grenada House of Representatives, Mr Phinslev St Louis, has accused the
.Lf New National Party (NNP) Government of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize of hijacking" the local
branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

In aninterview with NEWSLETTER on August 26th, Mr St Louis reacted to a news report on the state-
owned Radio Grenada that Member of the House, Miss Grace Duncan, Minister of State, and Senator Ben
Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary, will represent Grenada at the 33rd CPA Conference to be held in
Malaysia from 28th August to 6th September.

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Cocoa Industry, the Cocoa Association and
Rehabilitation Board. In the interest of
efficiency, CIDA wants the Industry under a
single Authority and, on August 13th, Mr Jones
addressed a General Meeting of the Cocoa Ass-
ociation urging compliance with CIDA's

That General Meeting had before it expert advice of
Mr Arnold Cruickshank, an authority on the Cocoa
Industry on the staff of the Caribbean Development
Bank but acting, in this instance, on his own
Four Phases
Mr Cruickshank recommended four phases of
development which would ensure improved cost
effectiveness and managerial efficiency in both the
Cocoa Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) and the
Grenada Cocoa Association (GCA).

"Once phases one to four have been carried out and
there is a consensus that the different systems are
operating effectively and efficiently", his
recommendations say, "the final phase of merging
the CRP and the GCA should be imple-

These recommendations were accepted in a
Resolution passed by the GCA General Meeting of
13th August but, according to Mr Brizan,
Government's plan to impose a levy on the gross
sales of the Association will create another hurdle
to continuance of CIDA's financing of the

The levy, which is to be imposed through an
amendment of the Business Levy Act, will be
applicable to the Cocoa Association, Banana

"There has been no meeting of the Grenada branch
of CPA to select anyone to go to the Conference",
Mr St Louis said, "neither has the Executive
Committee been consulted in choosing the

The Leader of the Opposition condemned the
choosing of the delegates as "dictatorial" and "high-
handed" and said the NNP Government is using the
CPA "to practice dictatorship in a most flagrant and
vile way".

"The CPA is a body of all Parliamentarians, and not
an arm of Government", Mr St Louis said, "and this
action is a naked usurpation by Government of the
role and function of the CPA".

All past and present members of Parliament are
members of the local CPA Branch which has two
Presidents, the Speaker of the House and the
President of the Senate. The Branch also has two
Vice-Presidents, the Prime Minister and the Leader
of the Opposition.
SPy-TC' hE t ND "^-

Society and Nutmeg Association, and is causing
concern throughout the Agricultural Industry.
The amending Bill was given first reading in the
House on July 31 st and, in a press release issued on
August 19th, Chairman of the Nutmeg Association,
Mr Norris James. condemned "the move by
Governmentto include the Commodity Associations
among the enterprises that are made to pay such tax,
thereby imposing further burdensome taxes on our
poor farmers".

Mr James said his Association had requested a
meeting of the three Commodity Boards and this
meeting would take place on August 26th.
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"...,.........there s c eect for positive steps to
demonstrate our commitment to the merger": Jones
T he Grenada Government is to set up a Comm- recommendations for its structure,
itee to implement a merger of the Grenada and Mr Arnold Cruickshank, an e
Cocoa Association (GCA) and the Cocoa Rehabilit- Cocoa Industry, attached to th
action Board (CRB). Development Bank, has been asked<
This was disclosed to NEWSLETTER by Mr Ben Effected
Jones. Minister for Agriculture, in an interview on The Minister said the Committee st
August 26th, and he said the merger will take place first meeting by September 14th, itis
by October 1988. can be submitted by October 2nd a
will be effected within 12 months.
"Bearing in mind the situation with which we are
faced", he said, "I consider it necessary for Serving with Mr Cruickshank on tl
Government to take some initiative". will be the Chairman and Deputy
DiSsatilsfactio GCA, the Chairman and a represe
The situation arises from dissatisfaction of the CRB, the Chairman and Deputy-Ch
Canadian International Development Agency Pest & Disease Control Reorganisatio
(CIDA) with implementation of the Cocoa the Chief Technical Officer in th<
Rehabilitation Programme which CIDA has been Agriculture and the Manager ol
funding since 1981. RehabilitationProject.

In 1985. the Programme was reviewed and revised. "Depending on the substance of the
but the dissatisfaction continued and, last July, Committee, its recommended plan
CIDA gave noticethat, with effect from January 1st timetable, Mr Jones said, I expe<
next, it would disassociate itself from the end of October, we will have in place
Programme. which will lead to a unified manage
Cocoa Industry by October of next
At a press conference on August 12th, Mr Jones -
said CIDA is dissatisfied with the cost-effectiveness
of the management of the Cocoa Industry in The G lrenads
Grenada, but would continue with the funding if
there is a merger of GCA and CRB into a single NE W S LETT
Authorty. Founded 17th Augusi

Government holds the same view, and, on August 362nd Issue
13th, following an address by Mr Jones to that A COLUMIA DIA UNVS A
effect, a GCA General Meeting passed aResolution Sbsriotion Rat
which did not lay down a timetable but said the
merger should take place in five phases. Paid By Secod Cl a
iPostage Paid By Second Clas
3SSlo Up. (Iland Post la Grensd
"That Resolution tended to slow up the process",
the Minister told NEWSLETTER, "and there is a
need for positive steps to demonstrate our 10 Issues $102.00 $
commitment to the merger"

Those positive steps now take
appointment of a Committee which
the question of the merger

the form of
will look into
and make

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expert on the
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d to head the

iould have its
hoped a report
id the merger

ie Committee
-Chairman of
ntative of the
airman of the
an Committee.
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ast year's (1986)
SCarnival Develop-
ment Committee (CDC)
has taken legal action
against Mr George
McGuire, Minister for
This was disclosed on
August 17th at a press
conference called by the
Committee in response
to statements made on
August 8th by Mr
McGuire in an inter-
view on the State
owned Radio Grenada.

ber Committee, seven
of whom were present,
Committee Chairman
Mr Hugh Dolland said
the Minister's "damag-
ing statements" have
caused great concern.
Mr Dolland alleged that,
in his interview. Mr
McGuire had said, in

ro su
"............... this
year, having recog-
nised what has
happened in the
past. (we) have
invited into our
committee some
people of proven
managerial skills
and people who
know how to
handle money, in
an honest way. I
should say, and I
am very pleased to
welcome into our
committee ...... .. "

It is evident, the
Chairman said, that Mr
McGuire is implying
that the 1986 CDC is
"All members of the
1986 Executive Body
of the 1986 Carnival
Development Com-
mittee are hard-
working, honest indi-
viduals who enjoy good

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Details of thatmeeting have not been released
but informed sources told NEWSLETTER that
a resolution mandating strong action by the
three organizations did not have unanimous
support and there is to be further consider-

At his party meeting on August 23rd Mr
Brizan said that, in addition to the condition
that there should be no export duty paid by the
Cocoa Association. CIDA had laid down three
other conditions.

One is that the Grenada Government should
provide EC$3 milionin counterpart financing
over five years, the second is there must be a
reduction in costs to the GCA relating to pest
control and the third is there must be annual
production increases of 6%.

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,reputations", Mr Dol-
land said, "so when
statements of this
nature are made, we
have no alternative but
to come out and clear
the air".

Mr Dolland said the
Minister had charged,
in his interview, that
the 1986 CDC had left
considerable debts
unpaid. Mr Dolland
did not dispute that
some debt had been left
but he pointed out that
these debts are about
equal to debts incurred
by previous Carnival
Development Commit-
tees as far back as
1981, which debts his
Commiaee had liquid-

Mr Dolland also
accused the Minister of
giving false information
when he said that, in
1986, the Carnival cele-
brations, which are held
every year in August,
had cost Government
According to the
financial statement sub-
mitted to the Minister,
Mr Dolland said, the
1986 Carnival oper-
ations showed a deficit
of EC$23,248 which
the Committee commit-
ted itself to discharg-

In the CDC Chairman's
Overview for 1986
submitted to the
Minister with the
financial statement, Mr
Dolland said, the
Committee accepted the

responsibility to wipe
off these debts and, to
that end, shows have
been held.

"At the final figure
now", he said, "Carni-
val 1986 would have
cost Government
EC$2,835 and not
EC$120,000 as stated
by the Minister"
Following the 1986
Carnival, the Commit-
tee Chairman said, Mr
McGuire wrote the
Committee a "beautiful"
letterof appreciationbut
said the Committee
would be dissolved.

An Interim Committee
would be appointed to
arrange shows at Christ-
mas, the Minister said,
and a new Committee
for 1987 would be
appointed in February.

"If Carnival is to be
developed, this is not
workable", Mr Dolland
said. "We need on-
going planning and a
full time secretariat".

The 1986 CDC felt that
the direction Carnival is
taking now is not the
right one. Mr Dolland
said, and most mem-
bers of the 1986 CDC
"did not come forward
to serve in 1987'.

He hoped, he said, it
was not reaction to this
which had prompted Mr
McGuire's statements
on Radio Grenada.

But, in an interview

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; r Francis Aexis, Member
i o tme House of Reore-
Ssentaives and fonner
Auiorn'ey General and Minisuer
Sfor Labour in the New National
Party (NNP) Govern- ment of
!frame Mimster Herbert :!1v..:,
Sch r es that r hre is corVPpttoe
ivc Ministry of Works.

SThe charge was made in an
|inte-iview on August 23rd and
Refers to he question o0 the
Importation of a concrete blcr k
! m naan plant which is theauject
of a libel action.
i "

)r Aleris said "In. any
country where there is
imoraliLy in public affairs.
that Minister would
rcslgn* -

If this equipment had reached the
bands of the prtvar Company by
ieirimate means, he said, it
would have been a simple matter
for Dr Mitchell to have answered
Mr Thomas when, at a ITIP
C(eneral Council meeting in
November last. Mr Thomas
asked Dr Mitchell to give an
expia.atiion of the circumwances
surrounding importation of the

"A block making plant, imported block mlant. mpod blocng
into the country consigned to Ute MS R UP.
( Water Commission Dr Alexis said U Dr Mitci
StCWC), ends up n the tba's ( had. l.gicmate answer h
a pt vate Company owned by have given it then but t
i cousins and dose relatives of she response Dr MtEchel ma
Minister rcspun.sibl for ihe that Mr Thomas "was t
2CWC".hesaid, "inourviewtheba masn up-lme Pary".
is gross mifebcir. and corrupT-
ion" In the publication
S"Grenadian Voice" .Ne'
1Because of differences win lA October last, p
rimneMinister Blaize, DrAlcxi i (.reYndian bir-ster Mr
together with Mr GeorGe BrEzan Noet !, n hJs weekly
ani Mr Tillman Thomas !r. made certain charges rela
i s nud from ,NNP lsI Apri' anc block making machine
SDr Aiexis said hat.. while ttjy Mitchdl's cousin, Mr
were still in Government, these Camrp" Maaga
three Parlian3riarar~u-. supposed Central Water Commissi
Sa call by the Oppo'Gitior, for wu'
Sinquiry into the CWC relative to n 21st November 9
Ithe block mr:.irg plant. Camapbell filed a libel
orurMptiLO agei Jr>7 Mr Nuovl. again-
S "It c i corruption for a Island Printers, publtiher
Minister of Government to "CTenadia:. Voice" and
have imported into thee he V est.indinM Pl?,shtn
country, for a Departmcen p'.ny Ltd printers
ai his Ministry, a piece of newsoa.pei
ieqipmatent which finds its
way into the hands of a The Statement of Claim.
Company owned by to this action was filed
relatives of that Minister" December 1986 and ir

hell had
e would
he only
de wtas
: rg mt

of the
l. ovd
tiveto a
and Dr
of the

86. Mr
ii Spict
s of the

i-g Corm
of the

on 9th
tit Mr

Campbeil charged that libelloust
scatemeats concerning him hadI
been falsely and maliciously
printed and published.
Mr Noel responded on 22nd
December with three queries to
Mr Campbell.

First, Mr Noel wished to know,
precisely, which statements Mr
Campbell considered to be false
and malicious.

The second query sought an
answer as to what business Mr
Campbell is in and whether he,
or members of his immediate
family and relatives, are con-
cerned in the operation of a
block making business.

The third query is whether or
not, during 1986. maciery for
use in that block making
business was consigned to the
CWC of which Mr Campbell is

On 29th January last, Mr Noel
filed a summons calb ne on Mr
Campbell to appear in Cobit on i
15th April to answer theseI
queries, but, in an interview with
NEWSLETTER on August 25th,
Mr Noel said the hearing did not
come oil as that date wasi
inconvenient to the Court
New Date
"I have not yet beea given a new
date and the Court is now in|
recess he said, "but as soon as
it resumes. I shall be taking
active steps to have a date
assigned for the hi-ai-ing~.

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I r Justice JO F Hay'es. President of the Appeal Court, sitting as a single Judge of that Court,
j reserved his judgemut on August 18tbh with reference to an Application by Jamaican banister, Mr
i n Y Rmsay ora a Stay Of Execution of the sentence impose on him for a conviction of Contempt
i of Coart

i Th r sentence was imposed by Mr Jstice Le St. Paul on July 7th last,.. ad, under it. Mr Ramsay is to
iser`- trne ei onthsin jail and pay a fine of EC$5.000 An Airoeal ~~imst tiis was lodged on July 13th,
1 Mr Rambay s legal representave and the Appiicaaiou for the Stay Of Sentence was filed on August
4th. grouds
.The grounds mipporing the Application are that an
From a r 4. Appeal against Mr St Paul's sentence is now
[ on .August 19th, Mr George McGure denied pending and, if the Stay is not granted and Mr
that b ad made any charges of dishonesty Ramsay is called upon to serve the sentence now,
against the 1986 Carnival Development then the hearing of the Appeal by the Court of
Committee. Appeal will become no more than an academic
Bad blood exercise.
I"Thre has been some 'bad blood' i!nCemaid bv

certain people inthe CDC". he said, 'They have
manipulated the situation and are in the mood
fr a controversy'

Mr McGuire said it is a total misreading of
what he had said when the CDC reads into his
words a charge that the Committee does not
know "how to handle money in an honest
way", and he pointed out that, in common
GrenadiaJi slang. "to handle money" means to
be dishonest with money.

In the interview on Radio Grenada, when he
had spoken of the invited people as k.nowtng
now to handle money", he said. he had
immnediate!v realized that this could be
mink iterplced and so had added, "in an
honest way. I should say".

! have made no charge of dishonest)' against
the t986 CD)C". the vhniste said, "anm, in tac,
i have publicly stated how impressed I am with
with the way they did their job,"
In The Red
With reference to the Committee's -uhwe that
he had made false statements relative to the
tlnancial outcome of the Carnival operate on- 'or
that year. Mr McGuire said he had not accused
t.he CDC of losing EC$120.000 but had said
Government had been 'in the red" for this

S"If th 1986 Committee felt I had made
it seLemccns which needed caotioation". he said,
t ".lel would havebeen common decencv ;ud i
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Guvanese barrister, Mr Clarence Hughes, Senior
Counsel, elaborated this point before Mr Haynes on
Monday 17th August. and appearing with him for
MrRamsay was Jamaican barrister, Mrs Jacqueline

Appearing for the Director of Public Prosecutions,
with Mr Keith Friday, Crown Counsel, was Trini-
dadian barrister. Mr Karl Hudson-Phillips Q C, but
he was not able to appear before the Court until the
next day, Tuesday 18th August

.Mr Hudson-Phi ips told the Judge that, under
-'Grenadian law, there is a specific procedure to be
followed when there is an Appeal against a sentence
for Contempt of Court.
Under that procedure he said, Mr Ramsay should
have lodged his Notice of Appeal within two days
of the sentence having been passed on him, and,
within a further two Jays of the Notice of Appeal.
Mr Ramsay should have posted bail in the sum of
FC$I 00.

Under the law, Mr Hudson-Phillips said, this
would automatically have ensured a Stay of
Execution of the sentence and there would have
been no need to make a special Application for a
Stay. Mr Ramsay had not complied with the
provisions of the law, Mr Hudson-Phillips said,
and he opposed the Applicatioa.

Mr Justice Haynes said he wished to give himself
time to study the principles of the matter and fixed
September I'h for deliver of his judgement.

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1) tlie Btoard o the
iA Greanada Cocaa
association has strong-
S Iy coademnbed a "'harti
aijad unreasonably opp
r resa've Bilf wthch is to
be passed into law hy
tie New Naiional Party
I(N f ) Government of
Priune Minister Herbert
0 l a: Ze.
The Bill is an
I amendment to t e
SBusiness Levy Act.
hJchi Act imposes a_
w- ...... ,' C

2.5. ~ax o gross
iaic:s, ,au the amkend-
mic:a.t makes thei
Gcadara Coc Looa isocia-
ti2. (GC';, Ti; G-re-
ne.a. Coopera,,u ve Neit-
meg Assoctat on
(Gr.)'-1, and the Gre.-
auda Danana Cooper-
adive Society (GBCS'
a!t subject to this

A press release issued
on .-wuua 2Aiid Sdas
thai a, a. r lmeeibCLu on

August 2 7h, the Cocoa
oeard examined the
imphcations of the am-
c.dlmen', number 5 of

1.-? plores
"The Board on behalf
of the Cocoa Farmers",
the release says,
"strc;:y" deplores and
condefmnls uis harsh
ano unreasonably opp-
ressive Bill which will
defiitel have a
negative impact on the
Agricla!tnra Industry

generally, and will
definitely add ocre
taxation to the already
burdened farmers".

The release says that
GCA, GC2.A and
G[.1'S all operate as
1on-profi: nmarketingI
assocIations on hebaflf
ol their members", and I
it calls f or me suppon r
of all Cocoa Farmerson I
this issue.

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: pupils of Grendai's St Joseph's Convent iiave made their mark in the religious life. politics,
ePucataon, adimjstrition and in the prc-tssio',.'

This was viateLtd by Lady Esmay Scooo wife of Governor Genertal Sir Paul Scoon, as, on Au.ust 15th, she

dteclared open a week of Dast stuweni reunion ceiebrauon's.

"'The: S Jose Os Convet i Lady S herself a pas
#ad many firsts' to its c~ri.". of hi Convcnt and now
Lady Scoon said "For -:.: ;' .'. of the Past Pupils .;;soc
the first womTia ( verirn- te sad that, in Grenada
frJs woman PrWime -! ali'r.' tie invenit produced the
first woman. May-v., the fiVs woman Uiuster of Govei
wiwmanaPermanen;tSecretarv, the and the fist bsarrister at
First woman AttorMey G~rc;in-
:he first womaa Chief Persone The Primiue Miiste- rcl
COficer, ditnttli arihibeao. to by Laldy Scton is

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courtesy thft they should
contact me antd as' abort i.t it
I tt. there wasi noi one worY to
me uad inLacd Loey iumv ed
into the press and made al!
sorts of accusations'.

Mr McGuire said he uOnder
stads legsa: ~CTI'mI is -,,"v
Scontnemplat.d aeaast him by
the Comnitutc. but he is noti
1j ware of any step-s taken in
that connection.
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inica's Prime Miaister
Mary Eugenia Charles.

l4iss ii5 :u ;e was in Grenada for
ice rejnxion celebration aad, in
an intet rew wth NEWS-
LEfTT., m.i.:.- fdetaIs oM her
student, ,lays a the Convent.
Ciii Ser vaij.
"When I ca~ e to tLth Convent",
she said, "I had already cele-
htated tmy 21st. birthday rand had
been tr.o1 l Donomiaca as a
Civ. Servant for four years".

iss Charles said that. in those
days of the I940s, Ia1.i was not

taught in amw school in Dominica
and, as she was determined to be
a barrister, and because qualif-
ication ip latin is essential for that i
profession anaingrempnts were;
made tor her to study at the
Convent in Grenada.
She arrived in Grenada in 1941, i
the Prime Minister said, andl
stayed for one year D-ing that
stay, she said, because of her
deierminauo;: to achieve tnerj
goals, she was "quite happy to
give up being a giowri-up and
become a 14-year-old again"

She was tflly subject to all the
Convent rules. Miss Charles
said, and she had no special
privileges above the other

'! had to wear my uniform
exactly like them", she said "the
Panama hat. the blue skinr, the
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governor General
ir Paul Scoon has
.rged the West Indies
Jaycees never to lose
sight of the goal of
regional unity.

Sir Paul. officially
opening the Jaycees'
27th National Convent-
ion at the Ramada
Renaissance Hotel on
August 26th said "this
lope of our future" has
been elusive but there


mustbe no relaxation of
efforts to strengthen the
bonds of unity which
now exist.

"It is only as a united
people that we in the
Caribbean can surpass
our present levels of
achievement and im-
prove our global
status", he said.

Where, as

a matter of
so many

From Page 7

white blouse and the tie".

Only one rule had she been exempt from in
order to give her more time for study, she said,
and that was the boarders "two-by-two croco-
dile walk round St Georges on Sunday after-
noons with the nuns".

Miss Charles expressed great gratitude to the
Sisters, especially Sister Columban who taught
her latin, and, having passed her examinations
in 1942, she said, she flew out of Grenada for
home on the historic first plane which left the
island's then newly commissioned Pearls

Those being the days of World War II, the
Prime Minister said. students were discouraged
from going to London, so she took advantage of
arrangements made to do her degree at the Uni-
versity of Toronto Law School in Canada.

Her studies there lasted four years and, in 1946,
she successfully took her final examinations in

The St Joseph's Convent, then a "School For
Young Ladies", was first opened on 17th
January 1876. Run by the Sisters of St Joseph
of Cluny who had established themselves in
Trinidad, the School has expanded into both
primary and secondary education and now has a
branch in St Andrews Parish.
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people need to put aside
the mantle of divisive-
ness or relinquish their
adversarial role in order
to work together for the
common good, the
Governor General
said, the Jaycees are a
beacon of hope for
Caribbean lands.
"Today we stand at the
crossroads of West-
indian integration", he
said, "and, in some of
our countries there is a
growing awareness of
the advantages to be
derived from closer
regional cooperation
and meaningful West-
indian unification"

The Governor General
saluted the Jaycees as
an action oriented body
which identifies prob-
lems and seeks solut-
ions in practical ways.
The organisation helps,
cares and builds, he
For over a quarter of a
century, the Jaycees
have kept the torch of
Westindian unit alight,
Sir Paul said, and he
knows that a tremen-
dous impact has been
made on the social and
economic life of the

isation. Mr Jerome Lee,
pointed out a unique
characteristic of the
Westindies Jaycees.
The organisation is
unique, he said,
because there is no
country called "The
West Indies". At
Jaycees International,
the President said, un-
like sovereign coun-
tries like the United
States and Canada, the
sovereign countries of
the Caribbean are not
represented individ-

"Within our territory of
'The West Indies Jay-
cees"', Mr Lee said,
"we have eleven differ-
ent, sovereign, indepen-
dent territories meeting
together as one at the
international level."

This fact, he said, gives
the West Indies Jaycees
an important part to
play and an important
example to set to fellow
citizens of the region.

Prime Minister Herbert
Blaze was guest
speaker at the opening
ceremony, and, in a
short address, he
advised the Jaycees to
be true to themselves.

Ten of the eleven "You must always be
countries represented you", he said, don'tt let
by the West Indies a ody tyto make
Jaycees had delegates at youinto something else
the Convention and, in because then you will
his address at the be false to your own
opening ceremony, self. Whatever regard
President of the organ-
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things", she said, hav-
ing a single spokesman
on the theme, and we
accomplish a great deal
by telephone".
The closer union pro-
posal was put forward
formally at the OECS
Heads meeting in
Tortola last May, and
Prime Minister Charles
does not believe the
present Heads of Gov-
ernment have insular
outlooks and will hesi-
tate to go into a Unitary
State because their
chances of being Prime
SMinister will be reduc-

"This thing will have to
go to elections", she
said, "a new person
may -emerge and none
of us present Heads
may be the Prime
Minister of the Unitary
State when it comes
about". .

Miss Charles said she
has had discussions
with Prime Ministers
Mitchel and Compton
and, like her, they have
no hesitation in this
matter. She has not
spoken in this con-
nection with the other
Heads, she said, but,
from the way the
discussions have been
going, although there
has been no decision
tat closer unity should
be in the form of a
Unitary State, she
believes "most people
ie thinking that

"I do not think that
having a loose
federation will be of
apy use", she said.
"nor do I think we

should have a con-
federation. I cannot
see the virtue of having
eight Parliaments. In a
Unitary State there will
be a great saving of
money and you can
afford to employ the
best qualified people
you need".
With reference to the
statement made by Dr
Francis Alexis, member
of the Opposition in the
Grenada House, that
Prime Miniser Blaize
seems to be "dragging


s fte wtl
kect to the
Litv, i!


Miss Charles
did not agree.
Mr Blaize, she said,
may be going about it
"if a different way"

For her part, she said,
she insists that the full
implications of the
matter must be dis-
cussed with the people.

It is a similar situation
to when Dominica was
going independent,
Miss Charles said. She
was in the Opposition
then, and the Dominica
Government of that day
had turned down the
Opposition suggestion
that Government and
Opposition should go
together to the people
and explain what
"independence" means.

"They did not accept the
invitation but I went
and did my 22 seminars
around the island', she
said, "and I think itpaid

off because we got
people in a better frame
of mind. I also did
myself a lot of good
because it meant people
got to know me better
and were ready to put
me in the Government

when the time can

Dr Alexis has
Prime Minister


edy Simmonds of
St Kitts/Nevis
as one of .

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OECS Heads
y who is showing
some reluctance to
move towards unity.
Miss Charles said this
seeming reluctance pro-
bably relates to Prime
MinisterMitchell's sug-
gestion that the
proposed referendum
be held before the end
of this year.

'Prime Minister Sim-
monds thinks we 'are
hastening too quickly",
Miss CharleS said. "But
the suggestion from
Prime Minister Mitchell
is only a suggestion. I
do not think that he is
married to the suggest-
ion of a referendum
before the end of the

Another consideration
for St KittslNevis is
whether Nevis would
come into the proposed
union as a separate
state, she said.

Contrary to the relation-
ship between Grenada
and St Vincent and the
Grenadines, Nevis has

almost colete aut-
onomy and Prime
Minister Charles thinks
it may be awkward to
have a grouping such as
St Kitts and Nevis in a

e !" Prime Minister Charles
said (
med Ai
enn- :

: ;:decision has been

made that there are to be
two referendums.

The first, which she
thinks could take place
before the middle of
next year, will put the
basic question to the
people of the OECS ,
"Do you want closer
unity ?"

The second refer-
endum, which could
take place about nine
months after the first,
she said, will deal with
the type of unity favour-
ed by the people and
whether they want a
Unitary State or not

"I think it will take
about two and a fal,
years before we have
our first elections under
the new closer union
structure", she said,
"because we will have
to put the machinery in
place for the elections
and there are many
constituency details to
be worked out"

Miss Charles said there
are also matters to be
straightened out on the
political party level.

Separate parties in each
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