Caribbean Report 07-01-2003

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Title: Caribbean Report 07-01-2003
Author: Smith, Colin (correspondent); Meade, Ben (anchor); Richards, Ken (correspondent); Pickersgill, Robert (interviewee); Nunes, Neil (correspondent); de Castro, Humberto (interviewee); Daly, Martin (interviewee); Niles, Bertram (correspondent); Blunkett, David (interviewee); Cato, Randolph (interviewee)
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1. Headlines (00:00–00:27)
2. A sudden and sharp increase in the price of petrol in Guyana causes confusion among commuters, vehicle owners and even in the government’s own regulatory regime. Colin Smith reports from Georgetown (00:28-02:23)
3. In Jamaica taxi and mini-bus drivers take strike action but Jamaica’s Transport and Works Minister Robert Pickersgill says the situation is largely back to normal. Ken Richards reports on petrol price increases in both Jamaica and Haiti (02:24-05:21)
4. In Dutch Sint Maarten motorists must brace themselves to pay more for gasoline. However, in Curaçao and Bonaire the gas prices are expected to fall. Humberto de Castro talks of stabilizing gas prices. Neil Nunes reports (05:22-07:20)
5. The Trinidad and Tobago government is seeking ways to cope with an increase in crime in the country. Recently, there’s been a rise in kidnappings with a high rate of killings centred in poverty stricken areas. Martin Daly comments on the discomfort of Trinidadians (07:21-10:10)
6. Britain’s Home Office denies performing a U-turn on plans for a minimum, mandatory, five-year sentence for illegal possession of a fire-arm. But soon after the sentencing policy announcement the department admits that judges will be given some discretion. Home Secretary David Blunkett is interviewed. Bertram Niles reports (10:11-11:57)
7. Two heads of government in the OECS raise doubts about joining the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas the FTAA. Both Prime Minister Denzil Douglas and Lester Bird are concerned about the effects of the trade bloc. Randolph Cato, Economic Director at the OECS is interviewed (11:58-15:35)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/46006
Date: 2003-01-07


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