Caribbean Report 02-08-1999 

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Title: Caribbean Report 02-08-1999 
Author: Gordon, Orin (anchor, correspondent); Katz, Teddy (interviewee); Smith, Colin (correspondent); Allum, Desmond (interviewee); Sankeralli, Acklima ((interviewee)); Maharaj, Ramesh Lawrence (interviewee); Delzin, Gregory (interviewee); Sutton, Jacky (correspondent); Gonzales, Ralph (interviewee); Joseph, Emma (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00 - 00:27)
2. Eight Cuban athletes including a prominent baseball player defected from the Pan American games village in Winnipeg Canada and are seeking asylum. Cuba’s president Fidel Castro claims that the athletes are being incited to defect. Canadian Journalist Teddy Katz reports (00:28 – 3:08)
3. Guyana Human Rights Association is questioning a decision by a High Court Judge to refer the case of two convicted killers back to the Mercy Committee arguing that the prisoners should have their sentences commuted to life or be set free. Colin Smith reports (3:09 – 5:18)
4. The reduction of violent murders in Trinidad and Tobago has been attributed to the government hardline policy on hangings. During the month of June a total of ten persons were hanged with more hangings scheduled during the month of July. Desmond Allum criminal barrister discusses the issue of hangings as a political ploy and not a hardline deterrent as proclaimed by government. Gregory Delzin comments on the role of the Privy Council and role of Caribbean Court of Appeal. Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj discusses government firm decision to carry out the death penalty. Acklima Sankeralli mother of convicted killer Russell Sankeralli reads the last letter of her son from death row (05:19 - 09:15)
5. How to reduce increasing debt of Guyana and other impoverished indebted countries is subject of a meeting taking place at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. The meeting includes representatives from Finance Ministers, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and other international aid agencies. Initiatives to help heavily indebted countries HIP. An organization Jubilee 2000 advocate for the termination of debt at the end of the millennium. Jacky Sutton of BBC Business Unit reports (09:16 - 12: 26)
6. Union representatives of government workers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are actively considering a government offer of 12.5 % rate increase. Opposition leader Ralph Gonzales discusses the issue claiming that the offer is inadequate given the current level of salaries of public sector workers (12: 26 – 13: 45)
7. Manager of the Jamaican Youth Cricket Team at the Nortel competition in Barbados reacts to negative comments on the bowling action of bowler Jermaine Lawson (13:46- 14:08)
8. Emma Joseph provides highlights of upcoming feature on BBC Caribbean Route of debate on gay cruise ships visits in the Caribbean (14:09 – 15:22)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/42340
Date: 1999-08-02


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