Grenadian Archbishop Face Charges

March 1, 2001
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ Dozens crowded the courthouse Thursday to catch a glimpse of a Baptist church leader, who is also a prominent member of Grenada’s governing party, charged with killing a 15-year-old school girl.

As Archbishop Edmund Gilbert was led out, people surged toward him shouting “Murderer! Murderer!” His soldier escorts rushed him into a waiting car.

The victim’s mother, Maureen Jeremiah, stepped into a shadowy archway and began to cry. “She was brave and bright,” Jeremiah said of Robbie-Ann Jeremiah. “I miss her.”

Police discovered the teen-ager’s body Feb. 1 near the airport. Officers said she had been strangled. Read more >>

An island of spice : Grenada offers sun and sand, mountains and waterfalls

August 19, 2001
GOUYAVE, Grenada — Gliding into one of this island’s many tranquil ports, it’s hard to imagine anything beyond the smell of the sea, the hum of boat engines and the rhythm of the fishermen.

But away from the lap of the turquoise waters lies a lush interior of green mountains, wooden houses, waterfalls and dense nutmeg-scented forests, which give Grenada its nickname, ”Spice Island.”

Grenada offers visitors white sand beaches in the capital of St. George’s; posh hotels that overlook the bay; delicious Caribbean cooking; rugged hikes through mountains; charming guest houses, great scuba diving and history.

Grenada, however, is perhaps most well known for the bloody 1983 coup that prompted the United States to invade the island.

After former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop fled to Fort Rupert, a police and military installation, the revolutionaries stormed the building. A firing squad then executed Bishop and his Cabinet. Read more >>

Caribbean backwater boasts boat builders, African exoticism

August 19, 2001
WINDWARD, Carriacou — Eric Bynoe squints his hazel eyes to deflect the searing sun and shakes the saltwater from his ankles as he surveys the object of his affections, a sailboat made of white cedar.

The scene could be one that his Scottish grandfather acted out a century ago after he and other whalers settled on this tiny dependancy of Grenada, which is about 23 miles (37 kilometers) to the south.

But Bynoe is no fisherman. He’s part of a dying breed of wooden boat builders who handcraft the vessels using little else than their brine-withered hands and generational knowledge.

”It seems like all of the trades these days are dying out,” says Bynoe, 77, with the ”Loretta B” bobbing in the background. ”This is a business that’s dying out. It’s sad.”

Bynoe’s trade sets him apart in today’s world of preassembled, mass-produced objects, but his unique appearance — dark bronze skin and green eyes — is a common sight on this diverse island. Read more >>