Caribbean Report 19-03-2002

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Title: Caribbean Report 19-03-2002
Author: Richards, Ken (anchor); Howard, John (speaker); Douglas, Denzil Llewellyn (speaker); Jagdeo, Bharrat (interviewee); Gonsalves, Ralph E. (speaker); Smith, Lou (correspondent); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Wester, Rick (speaker); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Whyte, Pat (interviewee)
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1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. After meeting with the Presidents of South Africa and Nigeria in London, the Australian Prime Minister John Howard, announces that the Commonwealth Group of Nations is suspending Zimbabwe for a year with immediate effect, as Commonwealth Observers say Robert Mugabe’s victory is marred by flawed elections (00:27-01:11)
3. Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of Saint Kitts/Nevis gives an early reaction to the decision to suspend Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth and Guyana’s Prime Minister Bharrat Jagdeo comments on how the rest of the Caribbean is taking the suspension saying Guyana and CARICOM will also support Zimbabwe’s efforts at promoting reconciliation (01:12-04:14)
4. Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves explains why phasing out the alien land holding licence is a priority for the OECS sub-region. Saint Vincent is the first OECS state to remove it on the road to full integration. However, Dr. Gonzales tells correspondent Lou Smith its removal is conditional upon reciprocity and he comments on free movement in the region (04:15-06:30)
5. The Trinidad and Tobago government has scheduled April 5th to convene parliament following the electoral tie of general elections but the opposition United National Congress of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday is billing it show-down time and aims to force a return to the polls. Correspondent Tony Fraser interprets Basdeo Panday’s warning that there’ll be craziness in parliament and mentions the Crowne Plaza Accord and power-sharing (06:31-09:43)
6. Coast Guard Spokesman Lieutenant Rick Wester tells BBC Caribbean Report that the region is becoming less of a trans-shipment point for cocaine smuggled from Colombia but regional countries remain significantly in the trade. Stepped-up surveillance since September 11th makes the navy confident that 2002 will be a record year for drug busts. Orin Gordon reports (09:43-11:49)
7. The International Cricket Council say they intend to begin trials of the extended use of television replays, hoping umpires will benefit from using the technology. Ken Richards interviews the President of the West Indies Cricket Umpires’ Association, Pat Whyte, who warns that if the proposals become law, umpires must be careful use of the technology is not overdone (11:50-14:53)
8. Leader of the Black Muslim group The Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, arrives in Jamaica for a six-day visit aimed at promoting a spiritual awakening. Mr. Farrakhan whose father is from Jamaica is expected to meet Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, opposition leaders and religious leaders (14:54-15:29)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/47149
Date: 2002-03-19


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