The Grenada newsletter

Material Information

The Grenada newsletter
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
Publication Date:
Twenty no. a year
completely irregular
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Social conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:


Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

Record Information

Source Institution:
A. & C. Hughes
Holding Location:
A. & C. Hughes
Rights Management:
Copyright A. & C. Hughes. Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
Resource Identifier:
24157414 ( OCLC )
sn 91021217 ( LCCN )
F2056.A2 G74 ( lcc )


This item has the following downloads:

Full Text

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 28th November 1987 Page 5

.. Political Leader of the National "..
Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr
George Brizan, disclosed at a press
conference on November 19th that he
would leave Grenada on the following day
|on a private trip to the United States of
"I have been invited by NDC party groups
Sin Washington and New York to come to the ij
j United States and bring them up to date, on
developments in Grenada", he said "and to
throw some light on the political future of Mr Geor
NMr George Brztaon
the country".
SOpportipy. Democratic Committee for International
SMr Brizan said, while he is in Washington, Affairs.
he would take the opportunity to visit the
IU.S State Department and hold discussion The Leader of the Opposition said press and
with officials who deal with Grenada radio interviews and public meetings had
affairs. been arranged for him, and he vas
i scheduled to deliver a lecture at Edgar
SOther appointments arranged, he said, are Meggers University on "Crisis, Conflict &
vith officers of the National Endowment Change In The Caribbean"
For Democracy, the Republican Committee
For International Affairs and. the End
UlITY From Pag- S
and because the varying economic the first testing of the union, it could
'strengths of the OECS countries are disintegrate".
brought together in that Bank, the Eastern
Caribbean dollar is now the strongest Mr Brizan advised against undue haste
currency in CARICOM. which could result in indiscretion, and said I
the OECS already has a treaty outlining 18
But it is not only the material advantages areas of functional cooperation.
i which are important in this quest for unity,
Mr Venner said. The critical task nov, he said, is to
Exited implement areas of functional cooperation
"Every generation must have something to which have not yet been implemented and
look back to as a great thing in the life of strengthen and deepen those areas in which
their nation", he said "There must be attempts have been made at implementation.
something in the Caribbean which alloiy:s u Beefit
to get excited about an idea, to propagate it "I am not saying everything has to be
and, then .........we too will have our record done", he said, "but the people in the street,
jinhistory". workers, investors, business people, must
feel and see, in tangible vays, results of
Mr George Brizan, Leader of the functional cooperation and be convinced
Opposition in the House of Representatives greater functional cooperation, and
and Political Leader of the National ultimately, closer political union, will
Democratic Congress, said his party bring greater benefits".
supports the idea of closer OECS unity but
he sounded avaring Other speakers at the workshop were Mr
George De Bourg, President of the Grenada
"Successful political union within .the Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Mr
SCommonwealth Caribbeazr must'be built Royston Hopkin, President of the Grenadea
upon some socio-economic foundation", ihe
s aid, "or else its base can be fragile and' at SeeUNITY Pa !

The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 28th November 1987 Page 7


Mr George
National Democrat-
ic Congress (NDC),
vhich has resulted
in the resignation of
Senator Terrence,
Griffith, has been
blamed on what Mr



some days after Mr
Griffith's departure
for London, in-
quiries by the travel
agent at the local
High Commission
office brought a
negative response.

The sources say Mr

Mr Griffith sub-
mitted his resignat-
ion from the Senate
to Governor Gen-
eral Sir Paul Scoon,
citing "personal rea-
sons" and, in what
Mr Griffith des-
cribed as a "breach
of faith", the

said the ex-Senator
had not resigned
from the Party.

Mr Griffith told
however, that he
had not resigned
from the Executive
but would be sub-
W itti h jiiii iu

*:::,;ii'.'; ::-; "" "* /" .. ," ..** "" .- .** ..** .** /*" .. .. *' .' ..-. .-** .. .. "tionia^ bs J.t U t BP .
trr nation to the Party

S" " """ A spolkesran f
th te British Hi
Commission Off,
3riffih calls "a i tTl (a
nisunderstann g" . ; ..
Brizan was then ,ffT -
n r interview with approached and.

November 12th, Mr
Griffith said that,
earlier this year, he
held discussions
with a represent-
ative of the British
High Commission
with reference to a
trip he (Griffith)
subsequently made
to the United King-
MU erst fading
"It was my
understanding", Mr
Griffith said, "that
my flight expenses
would be paid by
the High Com-
mission, but it has
turned out other-

Informed sources
say flight tickets for
Mr Griffith and his
wife were issued to
him by a travel
agent on Mr
Griffith's advises
that thlSy would be
paid for by the
British High Com-
mission but,

when Mr Griffith
returned from Brit-
ain, he and Mr
Griffith met and
discussed the matter
and it was decided
then that he
(Griffith) should
resign from the
Mr Griffith con-
firms that he had a
meeting with Mr
Brizan, and says he
expressed a wish
then to call a press
conference to dis-
close what he calls
"the facts of the
matter". He told
however, he had
accepted Mr
Brizan's advice that
such a move would
hurt the image of
both the Party and
Mr Griffith and it
was agreed, he said,
that no public
statement would be

On November 9th,

National Democrat-
ic Congress issued a
press release two
days later on No-
vember 11th.

That release noted
that "personal rea-
sons are respon-
sible" for the resig-
nation and said "Sen-
ator Griffith's rea-
sons do indeed re-
late to the conduct
of his affairs"
"This conduct ran
contrary to what is
expected of a Sen-
ator", the release
says, "and, in the
circumstances, the
Party thought Sen-
ator Griffith should

The release said Mr
Griffith, who was
elected NDC Youth
Officer at the recent
launching of the
Party, has resigned
from the Party
Executive, but an
NDC sDokesman



in Grenada said, at
Mr Griffith's re-
quest, certain app-
ointments had been
made in B~rizin to
facilitate 'he Sen-
ator. These ar-
rangements related
to arranginr inter-
views and a visit to
the Houses of Parlia-
ment, and the
spokesman denied
that the High Com-
mission had agreed
to pay the cost of
Mr Griffith's flight
"It was made clear
to Mr Griffith", he
said, "that we would
not pay his air

Mr Griffith has
served in the Senate
since last February
vhen he was
appointed by the
then Leader of the
Opposition, Mr
Phinsley St Louis,
^-- --- *jgjj -al..l

Page 8 Saturday 28th November 1987

BIZAN: "...A Relative Aom
BRIZAN: "....A Relative Newcome

The Grenada Newsletter

T PoitiED
r To Politics"

SMRS JUDITH PAL- Senator Palmer said she did After Senator Griffith left
mer has been not like the method of for Britain, Mr Brizan said,
nominated to the voting used at the con- he (Brizan)was approached
Senate by Leader of the vention and the atmosphere by the airline agents with
Opposition, Mr George was such that it appeared the information that the
Brizan. Mrs Palmer, people were canvasing as Senator had obtained airline
whose appointment dates though NNP was divided tickets for himself and his
from November 18th, re- into the Grenada National wife and had told the airline
places Mr Terrence Griff- Party, the Grenada Demo- the British Government
ith who resigned from the cratic Movement and the vould pay for them.
Senate on November 9th. National Democratic Party,
the three parties which The Leader of the
At a press conference of his merged to form NNP. Opposition said he
.investigated the matter and
"J, Le fL' IAI:i:G::St: found there vas no
io:::al.J :7 *:' undertaking by the British
National Democratic Con- (N N)l i: ri 1 ".- .. 'i
gress (NDC) on November ...... 0
19th, Mr Brizan introduced .: :
Mrs Palmer as "a relative uie S e
nevcomer to politician With reference to Mr'iiti- us U..
said the new Senator has Griffith's resignation, Mr Wus... S.
spent over 20 years in the Brizan said he (Griffith) .::'::-:::::: ::::::
teaching profession here had been guilty of conduct (1011143 011
she was a very active which made it necessary to meet thisexpense. Mr
member of the Grenada that Mr Griffith resign or Brizan said on further
Union of Teachers. he (Brizan) vould have investigation he was told
S Distinction been forced to revoke his that the Desk Officer at the
"She has served with appointment to the Senate. Foreign Office in London,
distinction and is now in responsible for Grenada
retirement", he said, "and The Leader of the had spoken go Mr Griffith
she provides a tremendous Opposition said Mr Griffith on ti matter.
amount of support, encour- had advised him he was Cjqul
agement and guidance to all going to Britain on the "Mr Griffith indicated to
of us within the NDC". invitation of the British the Desk Officer that he had
Government, but he subse- intended to leave a cheque
At the NDC convention on quently discovered there with the Resident British
October 18th, when the was no such invitation. Representative to give to the
Party was launched, Mr Gas S airline" Mr Brizan said.
Brizan said, Mrs Palmer "What happened is that
was elected, unopposed, to Senator Griffith indicated The Leader of the Oppo-
the post of Assistant to the Office of the British sition said, on Mr Griffith's
Recording Secretary. High Commission in Gre- return to Grenada, he held
r amr td t r ada that he was going to discussions with him on No-
Mrs Palmer told the press England on a private visit", member 7th. Mr Griffith
conference that she had Mr Brizan said, "and the made no denial of the
been a member of Prime Resident British Repre- accusation that he had
Minister Blaize's New tentative said the British obtained the airline tickets
National Party (NNP) but would assist with a pro- under false pretenses, Mr
has now resigned gramme while Mr Griffith Brizan said, and the Senator
t left wt -t y was in the U.K., which is was given the ultimatum to
I lftat last year's the normal courtesy extend- resign from the Senate by
convention she said, ed to Commonwealth Parl- November 8th or have his
"becaiise I did nt like what iamentarians" appointment revoked.
was going on" V 1

_ II~__ _I~

"Lt's Results TFrit Coiut"

Scoon said on November 12th that
the Public Service in Grenada, as in '. '
oth.r -oiumtris of the Commonvealth
Caribbean, has an important role to play. j ..

Sir Paul's comminnt was made in the course
of an address as he declared open the Third
Annual Conference of the International
Management Associates Network (IMAN),
and the Governor General said Civil
Servants, whatever their private political
views, must be loyal to the Government of
the day.
'Desp-, te constant criticisms of Public
Officers", he sald, "by and large, our Public
Serv-nrs in the Caribbean have served us

IMAN grev out of a two-year training
progr'amme funded by the Canadian
international Development Agency (CIDA)
and organize. by the Manitoba Institute of
Mnfuawement for senior Civil Servants in the
Orgarisaticn of East Caribbean States
(OECS), the British Virgin Islands,
Anguilla and Montserrat.

In an interview on November 12th, Dr
Allan Johnson, Co-ordinator of the training
programme,told NEWSLETTER that at a
meeting in Anguilla in 1985 to evaluate
results of the programme, itwas decided to
establish IMAN with a mission to "develop a
cadre of effective and efficient professional
public servants from the Caribbean and
Manitoba ........

That mission, he said, includes a
commitment to on-going management
training programmes, development of a
system of communication among Associates
and to on-the-job training executed by the
Manitoba Institute of Management and
regional institutions in the Caribbean and

Delivering the feature address at the
opening, Prime Minister Herbert Blaize
complimented IMAN on its motto, "In
pursuit of excellence He warned,
however, that that pursuit must not be only
in technical skill but in results.

"In the long run", Mr Blaize said, "the
bottom line is what results you get from the
efforts you make in developing manage-
ment for change."

It can happen easily, he said, that vhen
technical, professional expertise is
developed, the question of change for
change sake becomes more important than
the results that change may bring.
The Prime Minister reminded the Civil
Servants that, as managers of their Depart-
ments, they are also teachers and it is their
responsibility to ensure that their juniors,
who they may think dumb or stupid,
understand the aims and objectives of the

"If the pupil has not learned, he aid "the
teacher has taughth"

Mr Blaize said he is confident of the success
of IMAN. He has looked at the record of
the programme, he said, and, vhile there is
some classroom training, there is also
interfacing vith experienced persons
together with on-the-job training, and this is
the synthesis of development which will
make a difference in management
i C -..-.. '" ". - ,.

__ __ _I _

Page 9


The Grenada Newsletter

Saturday 28th November 1987

Pae1 aura 8hNoebr18 The-- Gread Nwlet


said in a TV broadcast on November
22nd that Grenada's economy grew
by 6.2% during the first nine months of this

"This silent uplift and expansion is
encouraging", he said, "and it is our
intention to continue to facilitate continued
growth, especially in the export oriented

To this end, the Prime Minister said, he had
accepted an invitation from the Executive
Director of The Caribbean/Central Ameri-
can Action to participate in a special inter-
parliamnt dialogue on the Caribbean
an which vill beheld in Miami on
November 30th.
Grenada was one of four specially invited
guests to speak on the subject of Caribbean
trade and investment issues, he said, the
other guest speakers being from Jamaica,
Barbados, and St Lucia. Also in attendance
will be U.S. Congressmen as vell as British
and Japanese parliamentary representatives,
Mr Blaize said.
"As the investment climate and oppor-
tunities offered by the Caribbean Basin
Initiative continue to improve and
increase", the Prime Minister said, "it is
necessary to keep pace with the
development opportunities offered. The
purpose of my talk, therefore, will be to
inform companies willing to invest locally
about the investment and production
sharing opportunities available to them in
Draft Billl
Additionally, Mr Blaize said, he would take
part in discussions on a draft bill to be laid
before the United States Congress. That
Bill is entitled the "Caribbean Basin
Economic Recuperation Expansion Act of
1987" or CBI 2 as it is commonly referred
to, he said, and it seeks, among other
measures, to extend the life of CBI for an
additional telve years.
. r-T. 7-- --. End .. .... .-- ... *


Iau Anmbmsador Parenkt

Mr Hisham Al Shavi, non-resident
Ambassador of Iraq to Grenada, presented
his credentials to Governor General Sir
Paul Scoon on November 1 Ith.

Ambassador Shavi, who was accompmed
by his wife, paid courtesy calls on Prime
Minister Herbert Blaize, Dean of the
Diplomatic Corps, Venezuelan Ambassador
Efrain Silva, the Resident British
Representative, Mr Graeme Roberts and
United States Charge d'Affaires, Mr John

Govemmnent Clectm VA
From Defaultem

Some three quarters of a million dollars of
Value Added Tax (VAT) have been
collected by the Inland Revenue Department
during September and October.

This was disclosed
Herbert Blaize in a
November 6th, and
Revenue Department
detecting fraudulent

by Prime Minister
radio broadcast on
he said the Inland
has methods for
evasion of paying

Ken Gordon Vishi

Mr Ken Gordon, Minister of State for Civil
Aviation in the Government of Trinidad &
Tobago, had discussions in Grenada on
November 21st with Minister for Civil
Aviation, Mr George McGuire.
Discussions centered on arrangements for
Grenada to name Trinidad & Tobago's
national airline, BWIA, as Grenada's flag
carrier onthe Grenada/Toronto route.
Mr Gordon is the former Managing
Director of Trinidad Express Newspapers
Ltd, a position he held for some 15 years
before accepting a nomination to the
Trinidad & Tobago Senate.

*--- --

~_~_ ~ _L

Page 10

Saturday 28th November 1987

The Greaa Nevsletter

USAID Funds Short-term

The United States Agency For International
Development (USAID) continues to fund
short-term training courses for Grenadians.

Mr Egbert Barrett, Co-ordinator of the
Fruit Project under the Agricultural & Crop
Diversification Project is attending a six-
week course in Aribusiness at Prairie View
A & M University, Texas, along with Mr
Durrant Bhola, Store Manager of the
Productive Farmers Union.

Executive Secretary of the Public Workers
Union, Mr Herbert James, is attending a
three-week Labour Study Programme in
Washington, D.C., while Mrs Margaret
Fletcher, Personnel Officer, Grenada
Airports Authority, and Mrs Donna Lander
Personnel Officer at the National
Commercial Bank have completed a two-
week course in Modern Personnel

Task Force For Illegal
Immigrant Problem

Government has set up a "task force" under
Parliamentary Secretary, Senator Bennet
Andrew, to deal with the problem of illegal
immigrants and related matters.

According to the Government Information
Service (CIS), in addition to the matter of
illegal immigrants, the task force will
interest itself with the sale of uncustomed
goods, the influx of drugs at Point Salines
International Airport and other ports of
entry, airport and port security, illegal
foreign currency business transactions and
irregularities concerning non-nationals.
Senator Andrews told GIS the task force has
the "blessing" of Cabinet and. "a mandate to
act unimpeded in their duties".
On the task force are representatives of
Government, the Police Department the
Immigration Department, Customs Depart-
ment, the Labour Movement and Airport

Amnaety Team In Banadai

Mrs. Angela Wright and Mrs.Dina Coloma
of Amnesty International paid a short visit
to Grenada early in November.
According to the Government Information
Service (GIS), the Amnesty team was given
a two-hour conducted tour of Richmond
Hill Prison by Mr Lionel Maloney, Com-
missioner of Prisons.

GIS says it was pointed out to the visitors
that, although there are no political
detainees in Grenada, Government was
pleased to allow Amnesty to inspect prison
conditions, but Government is not
prepared to accept that some prisoners
under sentence of death should be treated
differently from other prisoners under the
same sentence

Williams At Pharmaceutical

Mr Danny Williams, Minister for Health,
attended a conference on Pharmaceuticals
Management sponsored by Project Hope
and held in Washington, D C. on 23rd and
24th November.

The Conference was attended by health
ministers from developing countries and
discussed management of procurement of

CIDA To Fund Fisheries

The Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA) will provide most of the
funding for a C$19 million project to
survey the marine resources of countries
in the Caribbean Community (CARICOMITH
According to the Governmment Inform-
ation Service (GIS), the project, drawn up
by Canadian fisheries consultants, was pre-
sented for approval to delegations from
CARICOM countries at a workshop in

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 28th November 1987 Page 11
NEWS SHORTS From Papn 10

Page 12 Saturday 28th November 1987 The Grenada Newetter
NEWS SHoRTs From Pag~E

IICA Team In Grenada

A seven-man team from the Inter-American
Institute, For Cooperation On Agriculture
(IICA) arrived in Grenada in mid-
November to help the Ministry of
Agriculture to assess and make recommen-
dations for improving the efficiency of the
Agricultural Sector.
The team was led by -IICA's Regional
Planning Specialist, Mr Gonzalo Estafanell,
and included specialists on Agricultural
Economics, Marketing, Livestock, Tech-
nology Development and Fruit Production.

It was expected that the team would spend
two to three weeks on the island.

Fishermen Trained In ..

Six Grenadian fishermen and an Extension
IOfficer of the Fisheries Department return-
ed to the island early in November after
having completed a six-weeks training
course at the Caribbean Fisheries Training
&c DevelopmetA Institute in Trinidad.

The course, which ias attended by 30
fishermen from th Organisation Of East
Caribbean States, covered seamranship,
navigationr safety at sea, first aid and fire
fighting procedures.

Attention for Weli

The Caribbean Well Service Company Ltd
of Trinidad has been contracted by the
Central Water Commission

These consultants vill assist in putting into
condition the water wells in the south of the

Two Mpor Children Oet
.t Treatmunt

The Grenada Heart Foundation has been
instrumental in getting two more Grenadian
children to the United States for surgical
Cardiac treatment

Samantha McEvan, 2 years and 9 months
and Ellis Noel, 14 years, left Grenada on
November 12th, with their mothers, for the
Deborah Heart & Lung Centre at Browns
Mills, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Courtesy of BWIA, the children travelled
free. Adults' tickets were half price and
the organisation, "Inovating Worthy Pro-
jects" assisted with the remaining air fare

To date, the Grenada Heart Foundation has
sponsored 25 children who have travelled to
the United States for cardiac treatment.

Rodent Control Training

A one week regional training course on
rodent control opened at the Mirebeau
Agricultural Training School on November

The course is part of the Food &
Agricultural Organisation regional project
aimed at reducing food losses caused by
rodents in priority crops.

Representatives of seven Caribbean Com-
munity countries took part in the course.
They were St Lucia, St Vincent, Dominica,
St Kitts/Nevis, Antigua, Barbados and
-.-- fnd- ..*.*... - -'

'AIfisf 28th November 1987
Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street, St Georges. Grenada Westindies
(P.O.Box 65; Phone [809] 440 2538; Cables, HUSON, Grenada


The Mrem


Volume 15

Saturday 28th November 1987

Number 10


Joint Company By 1st July 1988
C ABLE & WIRELESS and the Government oned Grenada Telephone Company are
to form a joint company to operate all internal and external telecommunication
serviLes of the State.

A joint press release issued on November
20th, by the Government of Grenada and
Cable & Wireless (WI) Ltd, states that the
nev Company will take over the assets of
the Grenada Telephone Company and those
assets of Cable & Wireless located in
Grenada and the sister island of Carriacou.
"Both Companies are already vell advanced
in their separate development plans to
modernise the country's communications",
the release says, "and bringing together the
expertise of their respective staffs will
enable a co-ordinated, accelerating effort to
be made to ensure the people of Grenada
enjoy all the benefits of latest technological
As a gesture of its commitment to the,
proposed joint company, Cable & Wireless
has made a cash advance to the Government
of Grenada in anticipation of such
adjustments as will emerge when the final
structure of the ner Company has been
The release did not disclose the amount of
the advance but, at the meeting of the
House of Representatives on November
20th, Prime Minister Herbert Blaize said it
was over EC$26 million.
Mr Blaize said that, from this sum he had
repaid some of Governments local debts.

*C&W And Phone Company
To Merge ....................... 1
SWest German Diplomat
Visits............................. 2
GULP Lanmhes Campaign .. 3
GCIC Workshop Discusses
OECS Unity................... 4
SBrizan Visits The USA ....... 5
Blaize Threatens Non-
Nationals........................ 6
*A Correction (Sorry 1)....... 6
SSenator Griffith Resigns...... 7
*Nev Senator Appointed....... 8
*P.M. To Civil Servants:
It's Results That Count.... 9
Economy Up By Over 6%.... 10
*Nevs Shorts..................... 10

EC$6 million had gone to the NAtional
Insurance Schame, the Government owned
National Commercial Bank and C enada
Bank of Commerre has received EC$3.12
million and EC$4.3 million respectively,
Barclays Bank got EC$3.5 million and the
Bank of Nova Scotia EC$3.9 million,
The Prime Minister said he had also put
away EC$5.9 million to take care of othir
important matters.
Grenada vas first telegraphically onnecte4
See MERGE Parn 2

~* ~T

`-w w --- - .. . . .

Page 2 Saturday 28th November 1987 The Grenada Nevsletter

i .--

SR HELMUT SCHAEFER, Minister ranking West German politician thought it
of State in the Foreign Ministry of necessary to visit Grenada to see, first hand
West Germany, met with Prime in what areas his Government could
Minister Herbert Blaize during the week -materially assist us, is, by itself, of con-
ending November 21 st. siderable significance"
Mr Blaize disclosed this in a TV broadcast The Grenada Government proposes to
on November 22nd and said it was an follow up this opening vith a view to
important meeting, securing further assistance from this
source, Mr Blaize said.
"Apart from the fact that Mr Schaefer was
the first (West) German political figure to )Emil
visit Grenada", he said, "the fact that a high

MERGsE From agse
to the rest of the world in August 1871 by a The reasons for this, the source said, are
-- --'t. .... j4-- : ____ 2( ... A JI TI ....... t A4. I '__.: Q e *L ,* * #J Ji

cao~e in tf system of me west Indian St
Panama Telegraph Company. External
Communications were enhanced in 1925
when the Pacific Cable Board established a
wireless station on the island, and there was
a merger of these two Companies when
Cable & Wireless was established in 1947.

Telephones were introduced in 1887 when a
telephone line connecting the Police Stations
in the island (except in St Davids) was
erected and the public was allowed to send
private messages at moderate charges.
That system expanded with the telephone
service being run as a Government
Department until 1957 when the service was
run by Cable & Wireless (West Indies) Ltd
as an agent for Government.
That arrangement came to an end on 14th
February of 1969 when the Grenada
Telephone Company was incorporated as a
limited liability company with capital of
EC$1 million. The Grenada Government
contributed its telephone plant and held
50% of the shares while the Continental
Telephone Corporation of St Louis,
Missouri, U S A. subscribed EC$500,000
and held the other 50% of the shares.
On 19th January 1982, the Government of
Grenada became the sole shareholder. An
informed source told NEWSLETTER that,
on that date, Government paid Continental
EC$1.00 only and, for this consideration,
Contiental transferred its holdings in the
Telephoto Company to the Government

tworold. in the rst place, Conunentai nan
become disenchanted with the then Peoples
Revolutionary Government and vished to
rid itself of its Grenada investment..

Secondly, the Telephone Company owed
Continental a considerable sum of money
and this debt became more secure with
Government as the sole shareholder.

Formal discussions between Government
and Cable & Wireless are expected to begin
early in the New Year and, according to the
press release, the intention is to launch the
joint Company on July 1st 1988.
_. 1 .. .

St Georges, Grenada's capital town, was
described in 1700, by a visiting Roman
Catholic priest, as "....with ill-built and
worst furnished hovels to represent
dwelling-houses ...."

That voodxen.iovn was completely des-
troyed by fire in 1771, two days after Christ-
mas, and, being rebuilt in wood, most of it
was again burnt out on November 1st 1775.
Today's aspect of the town is as a result of a
law, passed then, limiting construction
materials of buildings to brick or stone
covered with tiles.
__\1nd\ 13

- c


The GrnadaNe.sletter Saturday 28th November 1987 Page 3

Political Leader of
S the Grenada United
ILabour Party (GULP) has
Expressed concern over the
"rising crime rate" in
i Grenada and promised to do

i 1t E % U w &If ii
something about it if he is
returned to power at the
next General Elections con-
stitutionally due not later
than 4th March 1990.

Sir Eric expressed this on
November 8th at a meeting
in Grenville which marked
the official launching of his
SParty's election campaign.

"Those who are putting
stockings on their faces,
ve're going to tear that
stocking out and we're
going to lock you up", he
said. "We're going to pick
Syou up and lock you up. I,
Eric Gairy, I tell you that I
afraidd no criminals".

According to the indepen-
dent "Grenadian Voice"
newspaper, a GULP execut-
ive questioned a report in
the newspaper that Sir Eric
made the public statement
that, when he is returned to
over, he vill employ, in
his army, ex-members of
Ithe Peoples Revolutionary


The "Grenadian Voice" says
when a recording of Sir
Eric's statement was played
to the questioner, the res-
ponse was, "You should not
have reported that, you
looked only for the negative
thing he said".

Speaking at the Grenville
meeting, senior GULP
executive, Dr Wellington
Friday, -said a "wind of
change" is blowing through-
out the length and breadth
of Grenada
"That wind of change is
gradually becoming a
hurricane and irresistible",
he said.

Dr (then Mr.) Friday
entered politics in 1972
when he successfully
contested a seat in the House
of Representatives on the
ticket of the Grenada
National Party led by Prime
Minister Herbert Blaize
who was then Leader of the
Opposition. However,
Dr Friday
did not serve The
his terms, a ontTN E
few months IMJ V
after taking Founde
his seat, he
went to the co
United States maIA
on six S3
months leave P
from the Postage Pa
House to (Inl
study for a
Doctorate in
Education. 10 Issues
20 Issue
When that
leave vas not 40 Issues
extended, he About 20

riday: "Tha aOod GULP

oninig Back"

ReturniAn to Grenada in
197'5, e joir ;.~ GULP and
-s ~Sir Zric's Ambassador-
at-large and Vice-Chairman
of the Grenada Delegation
to the :'2nd session of the
General As nmbly of the
Ur-1.J. Nations.
O;: Cctober 31st 1977 he
was appointed to the Senate
and mrnad Minister for
Education in Sir Eric's
Cabinet, a post he held until
the New Jewel Movement
: -rmuniTst revolution of
M.Th 13th 1979. At the
time of thE revolution, Dr
Friday 7-.1s out of the State
ad returned after the
military intervention of
25th October 1983.

In his address to the
Grenvile meeting on
November 8th, Dr Friday
expressed confidence in a
GULP 'victory at the next
General Elections and
urged his listeners to sing,
"Thank God GULP is
coming back".

'd 17th August 1973
367th Issue
0oos CABOT AVAND 1904
ibscription Rates
payablee In Advace
id By Second Class Air Mail
and Post In Grenada)

S$102. r 39.00
$Ui..3 : $ ?%.20
S$3$<6.c $132.60
Issues PtriLit.d Annually

............ -

- -- --



Page 4 Saturday 28th November 1987 The Grenada Newsletter



matters is still awaited from the
Secretariat of the Organisation of
East Caribbean States (OECS), but, in
Grenada, there has been no dragging of feet
in connection with the proposed closer unity
of the OECS.

This was disclosed on November 14th by
Minister of Education, Mr George
McGuire, as he read a message from Prime
Minister Herbert Blaize to a workshop
organized by the Grenada Chamber of
Industry & Commerce (GCIC) to discuss
OECS closer unity.

"I have had my Cabinet's approval of draft
legislation for establishing the mechanism
for a referendum on the subject", Mr
Blaize's message said "It is proposed to
have this draft legislation introduced in
Parliament for approval at the forthcoming
meeting scheduled for next Friday,
November 20th".
A Bill entitled the "Referendum Act 1987"
had its first reading in the House of
Representatives on November 20th. That
Bill empowers the Prime Minister to hold a
referendum "if in his opinion it is necessary
or desirable to do so". The referendum
vill be held under the direction of a
"Referendum Commission" and, generally,
will be governed by the Act regulating
elections to the House of Representatives.
Speakers at the workshop included Dr
Vaughn Levis, OECS Director General,
and he said that, in the context of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recess-
ion and decline in trade, the larger
CARICOM countries are aware that the
OECS, as a single market, is the largest
importer of CARICOM goods.
"That is the context" he said, "in which you
are beginning to hear there should be no
special consideration for the OECS
countries within the CARICOM frame-
There is awareness that the OECS has a
certain market strength within CARICOM,

Minister For Education

Dr Levis said, and the question within the
minds of the OECS political leadership is
how to consolidate that strength.

That is the general context of the decision to
hold a referendum to seek the people's
permission to move to another stage in the
OECS integration process, he said

Dr Lewis dealt in detail with advantages
closer integration will bring to the OECS in
areas including aviation rights, education,
security and the judicial system.
Another speaker was Mr Dwight Venner,
St Lucia's Director of Finance. According
to him, the economic record of the larger
CARICOM countries who have gone it
alone should be contrasted with what little
experience the OECS has had of closer
"The single states which pursued their own
independence", he said, Guyana, Jamaica
and nov Trinidad & Tobago, have, after a
period of 25 years, all become 'unstuck'.
That is because, even for countries of that
size, the vicissitudes of the international
economy, .............have placed their
exposure in stark outline".

The OECS have a common Central Bank
and a common currency, Mr Venner said,
See UNITY Pane 5


Page 6 Saturday 28th November 1987 The Grenada Newsletter


ister Herbert
SBlaize has
threatened non-
national business-
men that, if they do
not comply with
Grenada's tax laws,
they will not be
granted permanent
residence in the

The threat was
made in a television
broadcast on No-
vember 8th, and the
Prime Minister said
much of Govern-

ment's difficulty in
collecting the Value
Added Tax
(V.A.T.) has been
as a result of the
"short-practices" of
"Some non-national
people in business in
Grenada believe
that, (the practice of
not) issuing bills to
customers and re-
porting inaccurate
sales could not be
corrected or dis-
covered", he said,
"but they are

UNITY From Pag 5
Hotel Association, Mr Arslem DeBourg,
President of the Trade Union Council,
Mr R 0 Palmer, President of the Grenada
Employers Federation, Mr George
Williamson, delegate from the Grenada
Manufacturers Association and Senator
Norris James, President of the Nutmeg
***---- ...*- * E m. * 1 *- *


The Inland Revenue
Department, Mr
Blaize said, now has
in place methods to
detect cases of
fraudulent evasion
of V.A.T. Over
the last two months,
he said, about half
of the defaulters
have been dealt with
and some three
quarter million
(EC) dollars have
been collected.

Non-nationals in
Grenada should re-
cognise .that Gre-
nada is a hospitable
country and wel-
comes foreigners,
the Prime Minister
said, but some have
decided they will
make what they can
out of Grenada and
then leave.

Some non-nationals,
through their con-
tacts abroad, he
said, have been
goods in order to
evade import duties
and this gives them
the opportunity to
price under-cut lo-
cal businessmen.
"We are catching up
with those and
dealing with them",
he said, "and those
who do not yet have
permanent resi-
dence, permanent
residence will not
be granted to people
who are under-
mining the coun-
try's economy and
defeating the whole
purpose of our
taation measures"

The "printers devil" got his hand into NEWSLETTER's publication for the week ending
October 24th, and there are a couple of errors in the published list of officers of the
National Democratic Congress. We apologise. Following is the correct listing :-

Political Leader
Deputy Political Leader
Deputy Political Leader
Deputy Chairman
General Secretary
Assistant General Secretary
Assistant General secretary
Public Relations Officer
Assistant Public Relations Officer
Youth Officer
Labour Relations Officer
Women's Liason Officer
Recording Secretary
Assistant Recording Secretary

George Brizan
Francis Alexis
Phinsley St Louis
Kenny Lalsingh
Michael Andrews
Jerome Joseph
Jerome Thomas
Tillman Thomas
Maureen Emmanuel
Michael Regis
Michael Pitt
Terrence Griffith
Albert Forsyth
Zorina Frederick
Cecilia Aberdeen
Judith Palmer


; cix ::~:::: -~h:~ '';-;j: ~i~' ~'~'-',:~:~:.; 7::fji~~g:~::j~l~:~:1
~r~f~ :i;.:: ~:~.::jij~.~\~:~:~.:;~-:: _-:i:i.: W-i~: 'i:~i:.W::i:::::[j:^ji: : TS.;;`:~:~.:~~-:tE::~-~:~:'JX ~"


Full Text

xml version 1.0 encoding UTF-8
REPORT xmlns http:www.fcla.edudlsmddaitss xmlns:xsi http:www.w3.org2001XMLSchema-instance xsi:schemaLocation http:www.fcla.edudlsmddaitssdaitssReport.xsd
INGEST IEID E3N6YVGQK_NDNX3G INGEST_TIME 2011-05-04T22:24:03Z PACKAGE AA00000053_00354