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    Caribbean Report 11-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-11) Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Gonsalves, Ralph (interviewee); Werleigh, Claudette (interviewee); Richards, Ken (correspondent); McCormack, Mike (interviewee); Kaufman, Gerald (interviewee); Heaven, Derick (interviewee); Singh, Rickey (interviewee); Cuffy, Victor (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report, France is willing to extradite former Guyanese soldier Gregory Smith to testify at an inquiry into the death of Guyanese activist Dr. Walter Rodney. In Guyana, the inquiry into the Omai Gold Mines cyanide spill concludes with the submission of a report favourable to the Canadian-owned company. Next, the Windward Islands prepares a response to the proposed sale of the banana division of British fruit retail company, Geest. Haiti's Prime Minister Claudette Werleigh plans a secure environment for the December 17th Presidential elections but acknowledges that limited resources could cause problems. Caribbean Report looks at human rights in the Caribbean from Guyana to Cuba. Caribbean Rights Executive Secretary Victor Cuffy highlights what exists and what needs to be done in terms of the region's human rights. In Trinidad, women organizations plan to protest what is being considered a lenient sentence handed down to a 20 year old man who raped an 11 year old girl.
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    Caribbean Report 29-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-29) Richards, Ken (anchor); Niles, Bertram (correspondent); Potter, Philip (interviewee); Watty, William (interviewee); Thomas, Moya (correspondent); Jenkins, Stephen (interviewee); Coughlan, Geraldine (correspondent); Paul, Eric (interviewee); Orr, Carol (correspondent); Neutelings, Michel (interviewee); Roberts, Andy (interviewee); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report the late Governor General Dame Nita Barrow is laid to rest in her native Barbados. Dr. Philip Potter, former General Secretary of World Council of Churches and William Watty, President of the Caribbean Methodist Church paid tribute to Dame Nita and her significant achievements. Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Basdeo Panday is set to undergo angioplasty surgery in London. Dr. Stephen Jenkins, Consultant Cardiologist will perform the operation and comments on the chances for success. In St. Martin, hotel workers left jobless by the passage of hurricane Luis continue protest action in spite of arrests and the use of teargas. The tiny island of Barbuda receives maximum attention from the British press as Princess Diana is there on vacation. In cricket, the West Indies cricket coach, Andy Roberts remains concern about the performance of the team despite their first win in the Australian tour. Roberts states that there are still a number of problems to be ironed out.
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    Caribbean Report 28-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-28) Crosskill, Hugh (anchor); Panday, Basdeo (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Coughlan, Geraldine (correspondent); Savage, Frank (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); Milner, Alex (correspondent); Fornos, Werner (interviewee); Richards, Ken (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Basdeo Panday heads to London to undergo heart surgery. Mr. Panday spoke about his upcoming surgery and his hope to be back in time for the budget presentation. Tony Fraser comments on what exactly the surgery involves and the impact of the Prime Minister's health problem on Trinidad's politics. In Mr. Panday's absence, A.N.R. Robinson will return to the seat of power. In French St. Martin, hotel workers who lost their jobs as a result of hurricane Luis, have staged a demonstration. After a miserable Christmas, Montserrat's residents are optimistic for the new year following a drop in the level of activity at the volcano. Governor Frank Savage announced the good news. In Haiti, the level of apathy towards the political process remains high as two thirds of eligible voters did not bother to cast their ballots. The world's population grew this year by 100 million people, the largest increase ever. However, Caribbean countries are in line with efforts being made to control the world's every expanding population. In cricket, England's cricket captain Mike Atherton was handed a reprieve by match referee Clive Lloyd after his show of dissent in a match against South Africa.
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    Caribbean Report 27-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-27) Richards, Ken (anchor); Hayes, Rosie (correspondent); Castro, Fidel (interviewee); Formell, Juan (interviewee); Burac, Maurice (interviewee); Best, Lloyd (interviewee); Douglas, Rosie (interviewee); Garner, Joel (interviewee); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Rush, George (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report, Cuban President Fidel Castro strongly criticised sugar workers and the construction industry for poor results and not achieving their targets. Castro also attacked the Cuban dollar-earners and stated it was time for them to pay income taxes. Meanwhile, a truck being used as a bus skidded off a mountain road in Cuba which killed at least fifteen people including three children and injured sixty-five people. Universite des Antilles et Guyane official Maurice Burac argued that the issue of licenses affecting trade between the French and English-speaking Caribbean should be addressed. French President Jacques Chirac has sent a message to congratulate Haiti's President-elect Rene Preval. The Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of the West Indies, Lloyd Best states that he would like to see not only constitutional reform but also political and economic change in the Caribbean. Best comments on the spate of government changes in the region with particular focus on Trinidad and Jamaica. Dominica's Opposition Leader Rosie Douglas believes that Ecuadorian banana company, NOBIA will now support American objections to Europe's banana regime since it has lost out in its attempt to buy Geest. In cricket, former fast bowler Joel Garner argues that management must shoulder some of the blame for the team's poor run of form in Australia and stresses that Brian Lara will have a hard time fitting back into the team. In Bermuda, George Rush reports on the headline in the Bermuda Sun newspaper which states that the island has more prisoners per capita than any other democracy. Britain's Princess Diana has slipped out of London for a Caribbean vacation after a miserable Christmas.
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    Caribbean Report 22-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-22) Richards, Ken (anchor); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Wenner, Claire (interviewee); James, Edison (interviewee); Douglas, Rosie (interviewee); Rose, Renwick (interviewee); Compton, John (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Orr, Carol (correspondent); Liverpool, Anthony 'Mamba' (correspondent); Smith, Lew (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Glasgow, Sheena (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report Geest's banana division changes hands as Fyffes and the Windward Islands' bid is successful. The joint venture partnership will pay 147.5 million pounds for the business. Clare Wenner of Geest comments on the situation which this new partnership will inherit. Dominica's Prime Minister Edison James comments on whether there are any fears about increasing their debt burden. Also, Renwick Rose of the Windward Islands Farmers Association (WINFA) expresses concern about the deal given the already heavy debt burden of the islands. St. Lucia's Prime Minister John Compton gives his view on the issue. Meanwhile, in Trinidad and Tobago the new coalition government, the UNC/NAR is preparing for budget day on January 10th. Tony Fraser analyses the challenges ahead as the government seeks to outline its economic and social policies for 1996. Caribbean Report examines Caribbean Christmas warmth and cheer in Antigua, Grenada, Guyana and the Cayman Islands. The Christmas spirit in Antigua had all but dampened given the serious damages wrought by hurricane Luis earlier in the year. The mealybug devastated the crops of green peas and sorrel in Grenada but Christmas preparations were in high gear in Guyana and the Cayman Islands.
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    Caribbean Report 21-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-21) Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Carrington, Edwin (interviewee); Bruney, Mike (correspondent); Thomas, Moya (correspondent); Gordon, Ken (interviewee); Josiah, Jocelyne (interviewee); Jarvis, Mike (correspondent); Coughlan, Geraldine (correspondent); Barnhill, Bobbie (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    This report examines the US Administration plans to eliminate all tariffs on textile imports from CBI nations. However, a group of seventy-one Congressmen are threatening to vote against any final budget bill since they believe that Caribbean countries do not require additional trade preferences. The CARICOM Secretariat is looking to strengthen economic relations with Canada at a time when US-CARICOM relations appear to have wane. CARICOM Secretary-General Edwin Carrington refers to the US preoccupation with domestic politics and states that the region can not ignore other important parts of the world. In Dominica, the Parliament has passed the Caribbean Community Skilled Nationals Act which allows for qualified persons of other Caribbean countries to enter the island without restriction. In the Caribbean the problem of cultural penetration through the American media has received attention in the British Parliament. Trinidadian Ken Gordon agrees that there is a problem and comments on the issue. The program concludes with a look at Christmas celebrations in Dutch and French St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands following hurricane damages sustained earlier this year.
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    Caribbean Report 20-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-20) Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Niles, Bertram (correspondent); Barrow, Lesley (interviewee); Barrow, Nita, 1916-1995 (interviewee); Lane, Kingsley (interviewee); Mullings, Seymour (interviewee); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Jagdeo, Bharrat (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    This report highlights the mourning of Dame Nita Barrow in the region and beyond. Dame Nita was the sister of Barbados' first Prime Minister Errol Barrow and was appointed Governor-General of Barbados in 1990 following an outstanding career in national, regional and international public service. Journalist Bertram Niles comments on the funeral arrangements and what the Barbados government had to say on the issue. People on the street of Bridgetown give their reactions to Dame Nita's death. Errol Barrow's daughter, Lesley explains what Dame Nita meant to her personally and comments on the achievements of her aunt. Caribbean Report has Dame Nita Barrow's last public speech given when she distributed gifts to the needy at the local Salvation Army. As tributes pour in from across the region, St. Vincent's Ambassador to the UN and OAS, Kingsley Lane, spoke on behalf of Caribbean diplomats in Washington. A Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which includes Jamaica's Foreign Minister Seymour Mullings has been set up to visit Nigeria to help resolve that country's problem with the Commonwealth. Nigeria was suspended from the grouping after the military regime executed nine environmental activists including author Ken Saro-Wima. In Guyana, Foreign Minister Bharrat Jagdeo is hoping for an early resumption of operations at the Omai Gold Mines. Orin Gordon assesses the impact of the forced closure of the mine. In the British Parliament, Labour MP Bernie Grant raised the issue of voluntary repatriation of members of the black community by referring to the recent Brixton riots.
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    Caribbean Report 19-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-19) Richards, Ken (anchor); James, Edison (interviewee); Douglas, Rosie (interviewee); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Charles, Eugenia (interviewee); Goffe, Leslie (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); George, Kenneth (interviewee); Searwar, Lloyd (interviewee); Perreira, Joseph 'Reds' (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    The Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company (WIBDECO)-Fyffes bid for Geest banana division runs into obstacles as there are concerns about the type of deal secured. Moreover, Dame Eugenia Charles called on the Windward Islands leaders to explain the proposed arrangements being made. A group of ten Haitian boat people landed on Jamaica's Northeastern coast seeking political asylum. In the US, the Republican controlled Congress target immigrants in a bill which seeks to end the automatic granting of citizenship to everyone born in the US. Also, three men were arrested by the FBI in what they claimed was a conspiracy to invade Cuba. In Guyana, the final report of the Omai cyanide spill continues but the socio-economic impact report has been delayed. Orin Gordon reports on a new foreign bid from Barama Timber Company which is interested in gold mining in Guyana. In cricket, the West Indies team remains without a win after three one-day matches in the World Cup Series. Sports commentator 'Reds' Pereira comments on Lara's return to the team and states West Indies batting needs Brian Lara. Finally, in Montserrat despite the threat of the active volcano, residents prepare for dual celebrations of Carnival and Christmas.
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    Caribbean Report 15-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-15) Richards, Ken (anchor); Milner, Alex (correspondent); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Nairn, Allan (interviewee); Ninvalle, Pete (correspondent); Little, Rex (interviewee); Marshall, Hugh (interviewee); Bernal, Richard (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    The West Indies Cricket Board of Control discusses among other issues, the future of Brian Lara with the West Indies team. In Haiti, the country heads into Presidential elections with Rene Preval, candidate for President Aristide's Lavalas party, regarded as a favourite to win. American journalist Allan Nairn states that he has uncovered new evidence which further implicates the CIA in supporting the paramilitary gang FRAPH in Haiti. Police are investigating fires at two Cable and Wireless installations in St. Lucia which affected many cable subscribers and ran into millions of dollars in damages. In Antigua, there is a leadership crisis in the two months old People's Democratic Movement. Some Antiguans express skepticism about the new party and Mr. Hugh Marshall comments on the power struggle within the ranks. Jamaican Ambassador Richard Bernal urges small developing countries to vigorously pursue the process of preparation for participation in the Free Trade of the Americas (FTAA). In cricket, the West Indies Cricket Board has taken a decision that its headquarters will be moved from Barbados to Antigua.
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    Caribbean Report 14-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-14) Ransome, Debbie (anchor); James, Edison (interviewee); Richards, Ken (correspondent); Hoey, Kate (interviewee); Clarke, Peter (interviewee); Donovan, Tim (correspondent); Stewart, Neville (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Niles, Bertram (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report Windward Islands leaders, Sir James Mitchell of St. Vincent, John Compton of St. Lucia and Dominica's Edison James prepare to seek funding in London to purchase the banana division of Geest. Prime Minister Edison James comments on whether the British government can offer any assistance and he also discusses the effect this debt can be a burden on the Windward Islands. Police in Brixton, South London are expected to meet with community leaders following rioting. Ken Richards reports on the protest over the death of a black 26 year-old man Wayne Douglas while in police custody. Brixton Village Magazine journalist Neville Stewart comments on the mood in Brixton and how the community is handling the situation. Meanwhile in Montserrat the workers of the lone electricity plant have staged a strike which has further disrupted life for the residents evacuated to the North of the island. In cricket, the West Indies Board will hold a key meeting with batsman Brian Lara to determine his future in West Indies cricket. The future direction of West Indies cricket hinges on this meeting as questions of the Board's headquarters agreement, future site and leadership issues are raised. Board's President Peter Short comes under threat over his handling of Lara going AWOL on the tour of England. Finally, in Haiti, three days before Presidential elections, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide states he is being held back from achieving his goals due to political sabotage.
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    Caribbean Report 13-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-13) Richards, Ken (anchor); Gonzales, Anthony (interviewee); El Hadj, Sidya (interviewee); Compton, John (interviewee); Singh, Rickey (interviewee); Davidson, Winston (interviewee); Turnbill, Bill (correspondent); Preval, Rene (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Lequay, Alloy (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is advising Caribbean states to seek a phased entry into the Free Trade Agreement proposed by the US to come into effect in 2005. In St. Lucia, banana farmers are closely monitoring the uncertainties surrounding the region's banana industry. Some banana growers comment on the Geest sale issue. Meanwhile, EU Deputy Director General for Agriculture, Ralf Mohler is set to meet with US Trade Representative Mickey Kantor on December 18th to discuss the bitter trade dispute over bananas. Prime Minister John Compton has criticised the region's electronic media and discussed the freedom of movement for journalists in the Caribbean Community. A British and French effort for an European initiative to clamp down on drug trafficking in the Caribbean has been welcomed by former Chairman of the Jamaican National Drug Abuse Council, Dr. Winston Davidson. In Haiti, Rene Preval, close friend and political ally of President Aristide, is a front runner in the presidential elections. However, on the streets of Port-au-Prince, the debate is not over politics but prices and the high cost of living. Mr. Preval comments on how he intends to implement security on the island, if he is elected. In cricket, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Mr. Alloy Lequay has a plan to resolve the Brian Lara controversy.
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    Caribbean Report 12-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-12) Richards, Ken (anchor); Ninvalle, Pete (correspondent); Compton, John (interviewee); Lansico, Romanos (interviewee); Ransome, Debbie (correspondent); Grant, Bernie (interviewee); Coughlan, Geraldine (correspondent); Moraes, Claude (interviewee); Smith, Lew (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    The Windward Islands Banana Development Exporting Company (WIBDECO) in partnership with Fyffes has submitted a bid for the Geest banana division. In St. Lucia, Tourism Minister Romanos Lansico sees himself as the candidate to succeed Prime Minister John Compton. However, there are growing reports that Dr. Vaughan Lewis may be the man to replace Mr. Compton. Britain and France are pushing for an European plan to tackle drug trafficking in the Caribbean. Britain's new asylum and immigration bill is receiving flack from organizations that feels the proposed legislation discriminates against the black community. MP Bernie Grant comments on the hardships ahead for refugees and asylum seekers. Meanwhile, Guadeloupeans continue strike action in solidarity with their counterparts in France. In Grenada, a commission of inquiry led by Dominican Justice Ashton Piper is formed to look into the part privatization of the solar electricity company (GRENLEC) and the use of a capital fund. In Guyana, questions surround the report on the environmental and economic effects of the Omai cyanide spill. Next, gunmen opened fire on the home of Leon Jeune, a leading presidential candidate in Haiti. Cuban President Fidel Castro called for Japan's support for achieving an end to the US economic sanctions against Cuba.
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    Caribbean Report 01-12-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-12-01) Richards, Ken (anchor); Savage, Frank (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); Smith, Lew (correspondent); Alexis, Francis (interviewee); King, Stephenson (interviewee); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Norton, Michael (correspondent); Wilson, Ken (correspondent); Burrell, Horace (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report the Montserrat population is being evacuated due to the threat of volcanic eruption. Governor Frank Savage explains that Montserrat is once again in a heightened state of alert. In Grenada, former Attorney General Francis Alexis launches a new political party, the Democratic Labour Party. Meanwhile in St. Lucia, the Health and Information Minister Stephenson King, has been relieved of his Information portfolio. The inquiry into the cyanide spill continues in Guyana as a suggestion is made that the company operating the Omai Gold Mines should be fined for polluting the country's main river. Next, the Cuban President Fidel Castro praises China's dramatic economic development and plans to draw on Beijing's experience. US-Haiti relations are affected by a few rough patches and Emmanuel Constant, Leader of the paramilitary group in Haiti is expected to go public with his links with the CIA. The Jamaican Football Federation has been forced to suspend all matches on the island following attacks on players, referees and linesmen. Federation President Horace Burrell comments on the problem of football related violence.
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    Caribbean Report 30-11-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-11-30) Richards, Ken (anchor); Goffe, Leslie (correspondent); Norton, Michael (correspondent); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Panday, Basdeo (interviewee); Brookes, Adam (correspondent); Guerra, Jose (interviewee); Alleyne, Gary (correspondent); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Barnett, Jonathan (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    This report highlights the major political unrest ahead of Haiti's presidential elections as the US government has uncovered an assassination plot against supporters of President Aristide. Meanwhile, President Aristide has decided to leave office, after his successor takes power. In Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Basdeo Panday wants to hold on to his trade union roots. Economics and politics dominates Cuba's President Fidel Castro first visit to China. China's President Jiang Zemin comments on the US embargo on Cuba and the Cuban Ambassador to China, Jose Guerra, is optimistic that the Cuban embargo will be lifted. The Jamaican Council for Human Rights is staring closure in the face by year's end and is engaged in a desperate fund raising activity to avoid this. Jamaican cricket fans have their say on the Brian Lara controversy. Brian Lara's British-based agent, Jonathan Barnett states that the cricketer needs support rather than chastisement and comments on the danger of loss of some sponsorship.
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    Caribbean Report 29-11-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-11-29) Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Spray, Paul (interviewee); Gourde, Rejean (interviewee); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); Richards, Ken (correspondent); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Short, Peter (interviewee); Orr, Carol (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    This report highlights the possible cuts in British bilateral aid to the Caribbean. Aid agencies warn that it is part of a larger trend of the North turning their backs on the countries in the South. Christian Aid, Policy Director Paul Spray comments on how the Caribbean could expect to be affected. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has constituted its Court of Appeal as the highest level at which a country could appeal an international trade conflict. In Guyana, the General Manager of Omai Gold Mines, Re-jean Gourde has strongly rejected a statement by UN expert that the cyanide spill could have been prevented with better monitoring. Cuban President Fidel Castro makes his first official visit to China to improve bilateral relations and economic cooperation. In Washington, President Clinton's Special Advisor for Cuba, Richard Nuccio is under criminal investigation for allegedly divulging classified C.I.A. information. Meanwhile in cricket, the President of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control, Peter Short has rejected accusations of high handedness in the Lara controversy. Brian Lara's decision to opt out of the Australian tour continues to make headlines in the British press. Ten French observers are expected to monitor Haiti's presidential elections on December 17th.
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    Caribbean Report 28-11-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-11-28) Richards, Ken (anchor); Webster, Rudi (interviewee); Orr, Carol (correspondent); Ransome, Debbie (correspondent); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Becca, Tony (interviewee); Mark, Ruskin (interviewee); Cozier, Tony (interviewee); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Scovell, Brian (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report the region is still reeling from the shock of Brian Lara's decision not to tour Australia. Prime Minister James Mitchell has confirmed that the Windward Islands in a joint venture with Dublin-based Fyffes has made bid to buy the banana division of the British banana import and food manufacturing company, Geest. St. Lucia's Prime Minister John Compton met with finance officials to bridge the country's financing gap. In Guadeloupe, two thousand employees marched through the streets in support of the strike in France. Dominicans were sent home from the nearby French island, Marie Galante, after two people were questioned by French police about drug trafficking. In Guyana, the recent cyanide spill and the halt of operations at the Omai Gold Mines is costing the company and the Guyanese government. In cricket, sports psychologist Dr. Rudi Webster had predicted that Brian Lara could be facing too much pressure. Tony Fraser reports on what is being said on radio stations, street corners and in cricket circles. Sport editors from Jamaica and Trinidad comment on the matter. The Lara story was prominent on the sport pages of most mainstream British newspapers. Students at Brian Lara's old school, Fatima College comment on the issue of Lara's decision not to tour Australia.
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    Caribbean Report 24-11-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-11-24) Crosskill, Hugh (anchor); Brown, Headley (interviewee); Ninvalle, Pete (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent); de Caires, David (interviewee); Jagan, Janet (interviewee); Coughlan, Geraldine (correspondent); Lines, Jo (interviewee); Leake, Colin (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report, the former Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Headley Brown has been found dead and the police suspect suicide. In the Windward Islands there are rumors about a possible takeover of British importers, Geest. St. Lucia's Opposition Leader, Julian Hunte states he has been reliably informed that the sale of Geest is imminent. Meanwhile, in St. Lucia the Banana Salvation Committee has threatened to take strike action if certain issues facing the industry are not clarified. In Guyana, the Editor-in-Chief of Stabroek News, David de Caires has reacted angrily to remarks made by the First Lady Janet Jagan about the newspaper's reporting of the border dispute with Venezuela. As Haiti's Presidential elections kicks off, some grassroot supporters of Lavalas have expressed discontent with the chosen candidate, Rene Preval. In France, thousands of students protest in order to demand more government spending on higher education. Scientists attempting to stop the spread of malaria around the world are developing ways to transform the malaria carrying mosquitoes. Dr. Colin Leake, comments on if the work being done on malaria carrying mosquitoes could be applied to those carrying dengue fever.
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    Caribbean Report 27-11-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-11-27) Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Crosskill, Hugh (correspondent); Lequay, Alloy (interviewee); Neblett, Liz (interviewee); Goffe, Leslie (interviewee); Mitchell, James (interviewee); Maynard, Charles (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report West Indies cricket was stunned by the news that batsman Brian Lara has pulled out of the tour of Australia. Mr. Alloy Lequay, President and Chief Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board comments on what lies behind Lara's decision. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has listed three Caribbean countries that have been unable to guarantee international safety standards. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba have all been classed as category two. FAA spokesperson Liz Neblett comments on what being placed in category two means for these countries. Meanwhile in the US, Republicans have abandoned their plans to deny federal higher education aid to lawful immigrants. Representatives of the Caribbean Banana Exporters Association (CBEA) met with Europe's new member to seek extra support during Europe's debate on the banana regime. Prime Minister James Mitchell of St. Vincent, Chairman of the OECS, has accepted the resignation of the Director General Dr. Vaughan Lewis. One of the persons tipped for this top administrative position of Director General of OECS, former Dominican Trade Minister Charles Maynard, comments on the issue. In Trinidad and Tobago, the Opposition has refused to support the government's nominee Hector McClean for Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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    Caribbean Report 23-11-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-11-23) Orr, Carol (anchor); Kaptur, Marcy (interviewee); Bernal, Richard (interviewee); Howard, Michael (interviewee); Richards, Ken (correspondent); Alleyne, Brian (interviewee); James, Edison (interviewee); Niles, Bertram (correspondent); Nicholls, Neville (interviewee); Thomas, Moya (correspondent); Rattray, Alfred (interviewee); Houlihan, Mike (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report, a US bill set to look at NAFTA raises questions as to whether the vast majority of people living in the Caribbean would benefit from NAFTA. Jamaican Ambassador to the US Richard Bernal states he is skeptical of any real support for the NAFTA Accountability Act and its impact on the Caribbean. The Director General of the OECS, Dr. Vaughan Lewis has confirmed reports that he wishes to step down from office. However, there is speculation that Dr. Lewis may be considering a career in politics although there has been no confirmation of this. Britain's Home Secretary Michael Howard outlined the government new proposal on immigration and asylum. This planned legislation has met fierce criticism from Opposition and ethnic groups. Dominica's banana industry could be plunged into further crisis as farmers protest against government's plan to scrap the Dominican Banana Growers Association. Meanwhile, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Sir Neville Nichols has advised Caribbean countries which suffered hurricane damage to set up their own emergency funds. In Jamaica, the debate over how Jamaica should find the funds to educate the young, became controversial after a statement made by US Ambassador to Jamaica Gary Cooper which suggest that the proceeds from gambling ventures be used to help finance education.
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    Caribbean Report 31-08-1995
    (The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1995-08-31) Richards, Ken (anchor); Port, Hagel (interviewee); Goffe, Leslie (correspondent); Bruce, Iain (correspondent); Laurent, Edwin (interviewee); Urfie, Jean-Yves (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Orr, Carol (correspondent); Jefferies, Hugh (interviewee); Atherton, Mike (interviewee); Hayes, Rosie (correspondent); Peretti, Ignacio (interviewee); The British Broadcasting Corporation
    In this report a German-based importing company, T. Port has filed a complaint against Europe's banana regime. The owner Mr. Hagel Port states why his action can prove a threat to Caribbean bananas and feels confident that he would win the case. However, Ambassador Edwin Laurent does not believe one single threat would make or break the regime but concedes that the threat is serious. In Haiti, the second round of legislative elections get on the way but many are looking further ahead at the Presidential elections due in December. In Trinidad and Tobago, ethnic and religious differences have sparked off controversy. Hindu Pundit Krishna Maharaj has refused the nation's highest award, the Trinity Cross because it reflects a Christian bias. A British stamp collector who bought an album for £1 at a car boot sale found two rare stamps. These stamps from Trinidad, dated back to 1847 were sold for £95,000. In cricket, England's captain Mike Atherton spoke about the just concluded drawn series with the West Indies and credited his side's teamwork. Cuba's government has given the go ahead to an Italian motor club to host an international three day car rally in December.