Caribbean Report 14-07-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 14-07-1999
Author: Stone Greaves, Keith (anchor, correspondent); McCalla, Jocelyn (interviewee); Mitchell, James (interviewee); Jones, Nicholas (correspondent); Smith, Godfrey (interviewee); Singh, Carl (interviewee); Smith, Colin (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:00 - 00:30)
2. A high level CARICOM team is scheduled to travel to Haiti to oversee elections in November. Prime Minister of St. Vincent Sir James Mitchell will head the team. In response, the National Coalition for Haitian Rights, a New York/Haiti based group is pressing for postponement of the elections citing violence and political instability. The Executive Director for the National Coalition for Haitian Rights Jocelyn McCalla analyses the role of human rights groups in the elections and the need to foster a climate which will accommodate free and fair elections. Sir James Mitchell discusses the role of the CARICOM mission (00:31 – 05:18)
3. In Britain, probing questions continue to be asked of the Belizean Ambassador to the UN Michael Ashcroft and his ability to maintain his job as treasurer of Britain’s opposition conservative party and maintain his business interest abroad. BBC West Minister correspondent Nicolas Jones covers the controversy. Keith Stone Greaves interviews Godfrey Smith the Chief of Staff of the Belizean Prime Minister on the government’s response to the issue (05:19 – 11:08)
4. In Guyana, the Commission of Enquiry into Protest Activity which resulted in breaches of the law during the recent public workers strike, opened in Georgetown. Colin Smith interviews Justice Carl Singh, Head of the Commission on the lack of interest by representatives of the union, striking workers and government officials into the enquiry (11:09- 13:20)
5. A new finance Minister Russell Bogue is appointed to address a growing financial crisis of two billion US dollars debt owned by the Netherlands Antilles to the US. (13:21 – 13:46)
6. British Airways has been fined seven million US dollars by the European Commission. EU ruled that the airline made illegal payments to travel agents to promote ticket sales and reduced competition of other airlines. Orin Gordon reports on the ruling (13:47 – 15:25)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/42261
Date: 1999-07-14


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