Caribbean Report 07-04-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 07-04-1999
Author: Richards, Ken (anchor, correspondent); Brittan, Leon (interviewee); Zeigler, Jay (interviewee); Joseph, Patrick (interviewee); Granville, Bridget (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); Williams, Arthur (interviewee); Niles, Bertram (correspondent); Nagamootoo, Moses (interviewee); Smith, Colin (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:29)
2. After months of wrangling the World Trade Organization has issued its rulings on the banana trade war between the European Union and the US. The ruling is in favor of the US with negative consequences on the EU and Caribbean banana producers. The WTO ruled that the US has the right to impose stringent tariffs on a range of European products including bananas. EU Vice President and Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan discusses plans to ask the Commission’s fifteen members to appeal but will abide the ruling. Jay Ziegler spokesman for the US states that imposition of the tariff is consistent with US rights and the decision is validation that the WTO dispute settlement process can work. Ecuador will lodge a counter appeal. Patrick Joseph Chairman of the St. Lucia Banana Corporation and Brigitte Granville, Head of the International Economics Programme at the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London speaks out on the negative effects on banana producers in the Caribbean. Keith Stone Greaves and Ken Richards report (00: 30 - 06:22)
3. Vincentian police remain silent on allegations by Police Commissioner Simon Darroux of death threats against Dominica police and customs officers by criminal elements based in Saint Vincent. Saint Vincent leading criminal lawyer Arthur Williams is dismissive of the charge. Ken Richards reports (06: 23 - 09: 25)
4. Central Bank of Barbados Governor Winston Cox has been removed from office following disagreements with managerial changes and internal restructuring at the bank. Bertram Niles reports (09: 26 – 11: 29)
5. The US Treasury department urged US banks to scrutinize financial transactions in and out of Antigua/Barbuda. The US issued the advisory to assist with the crackdown of money laundering and other illegal financial activity (11:30 - 12: 00)
6. In Guyana there is growing fear among private media owners on growing pressure by both sides of the political divide. Minister of Information Moses Nagamootoo refutes fears that the media is susceptible to political pressure and all consequences associated with this. Colin Smith reports from Georgetown (12 :01 – 14: 18)
7. West Indies failed in their bid to win the 4th test against Australia in Antigua. West Indies captain Brian Lara won Man of the Series ending with a series total of 546 runs with an average of 91. Seven one-day series matches starts in Saint Vincent (14: 19 – 15: 23)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40163
Date: 1999-04-07


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