Caribbean Report 02-07-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 02-07-1999
Author: Stone Greaves, Keith (anchor, correspondent); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Ransome, Debbie (anchor, correspondent); De Caires, David (interviewee); Maharaj, Ramesh Lawrence (interviewee); Bannister, Piers (interviewee); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Lee, Chelston (correspondent); Weiner, Stephen (interviewee); Holder, Jean (interviewee)
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1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:00-00:30)
2. Caribbean leaders arrived in Trinidad for the start of the 20th Heads of Government Summit. Before the official start of the conference all leaders were actively involved in an informal working lunch with Spanish Prime Minister José María Alfredo Aznar López. Venezuela President Hugo Chavez was invited to the Summit as a special guest. Principal agenda items include the formation of a single market economy and the establishment of a Caribbean Court of Justice. Incoming CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Basdeo Panday will chair the session. Correspondents Debbie Ransome and Tony Fraser reports (00:31 - 03:06)
3. Guyana’s President Janet Jagan is likely to return to her official residence on the weekend. Mrs. Jagan was admitted to hospital with what has been described as ill-defined and persistent body pains. Government officials are reporting that her condition has been stabilized and that she may seek further medical attention in the United States. Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Clement Rohee will attend the Summit in her absence. Correspondent David de Caires, editor of Starboek News discusses President Jagan’s hectic work and travel schedule, succession planning and possible successor if she vacates office (03:07- 07:20)
4. Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj discusses the case of Russell Sankarali, one of nine men hung in connection with the murder of a family of four in Trinidad and Tobago. Amnesty International in a strongly worded letter chastised the Attorney General for his failure to stop the execution despite receiving a tape recording which could have proven Sankarali’s innocence. The organisation also reiterates calls for the government of Trinidad and Tobago to implement the recommendations of the UN Commission on Human Rights by establishing a moratorium on executions with the ultimate aim being to abolish the death penalty. Amnesty spokesman Piers Bannister comments on the course of action engaged by the Attorney General (07:21 - 09:00)
5. A Puerto Rican human rights organisation is gathering information to determine the extent of violation of the rights of nationals living on the off-shore island of Vieques. A government appointed committee is calling for the permanent closure of the US naval base on the island (09:01- 09:49)
6. After initial endorsement of the zero tolerance policy enacted by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the New York Police department is now reviewing the policy. Civil rights lawyer Stephen Weiner discusses the negative aspects of the policy. Correspondent Orin Gordon reports on the infamous case of police brutality against a Haitian immigrant (09:50 - 11:45)
7. Caribbean Tourism officials are reviewing a sharp drop in visitors’ arrival in the region. Chelston Lee reports on the proactive response of officials at the Barbados based Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Jean Holder, Secretary General of the organisation, comments on the impact of the Millennium boost and calls for a holistic solution to tourism efforts (11:46 – 13:47)
8. The death of prince of reggae, Jamaican artiste Dennis Brown, is sending shockwaves throughout the Caribbean and London. Brown died in Kingston of a heart attack. London Choice FM reggae DJ ‘Daddy Ernie’ elaborates on Brown’s contribution to reggae in the London community (13:48 - 15:25)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/41454
Date: 1999-07-02


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