Caribbean Report 29-04-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 29-04-1999
Author: Richards, Ken (anchor, correspondent); Mitchell, James (interviewee); Weiner, Robert (interviewee); Kemp, Albert (interviewee); Talbot, Kennedy (interviewee); Ninvalle, Pete (correspondent); Smith, Colin (correspondent); Ransome, Debbie (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00: 25)
2. The European Union will not be appealing the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on the banana import regime. Ken Richards interviews Saint Vincent Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell on the Caribbean lobby to European Commissioners and European MPs. These discussions will address key negotiation points, prospective structure of a new banana regime, efficiencies in productivity, competiveness and other active measures (00:26 – 03:40)
3. US drug authorities have expressed concern that illegal drug traffickers are disguising cocaine as metal to avoid detection. Cocaine shipments, mainly from Colombia, are being chemically altered to escape detection. Robert Weiner spokesman in the Drug Control Policy Office in Washington discusses the effectiveness of the new thrust by traffickers and obstacles faced by authorities. Assistant US Attorney Albert Kemp analyses alterations with other chemicals such as fertilizers to prevent detection and the ensuing problems. British attorney Kennedy Tabot calls on Caribbean countries to share in the assets forfeited from drug barons. Pete Ninvalle and Ken Richards report (03: 41 - 08:26)
4. Protesting public workers in Guyana brought key areas in the public sector to a halt by marching through the streets. This strike action was initiated by unions to press for new wage increases. Colin Smith reports from Georgetown (08: 27 – 10:06)
5. A court ruling in Georgetown Guyana is viewed as having major implications for telecom giant Cable and Wireless to maintain its monopoly in the Caribbean. Cable and Wireless Dominica lost a significant battle when the court ruled in favor of local television and telecommunications firm being granted a new license allowing the firm a foothold into the telecommunications market. Ken Richards reports (10: 07 – 10:45)
6. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is recommending ending the suspension of Nigeria from the fifty-four nation grouping. Chairman Doug McKinnon discusses the issue of lifting the suspension and reform of the Commonwealth. Ken Richards reports (10:46 – 13: 29)
7. The World Trade Organization is expected to end months of uncertainty by appointing a new Director General. Two candidates Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Supachai Panitchpakdi and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Michael Moore. There is no firm indication of which candidate has more political support. Ken Richards reports (13: 29 – 13: 48)
8. In London, police released a video of a man suspected of nail bombing in Brixton. Debbie Ransome reports (13: 49 – 15: 24)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40179
Date: 1999-04-29


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