Caribbean Report 18-03-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 18-03-1999
Author: Ransome, Debbie (anchor, correspondent); Maharaj, Ramesh Lawrence (interviewee); Cook, Robin (interviewee); Hughes, Hubert (interviewee); James, Edison (interviewee); Robinson, Randall (interviewee); Mayers, Patrick (interviewee); Lee, Chelston (correspondent); Orr, Carol (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Debbie Ransome (00:40)
2. Trinidad and Tobago will resume hangings according to a ruling by the British Privy Council throwing out the landmark appeal that inhumane conditions disqualified petitioners from being hanged. Ten people are eligible for hanging in the country. Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj discusses the Privy Council ruling (00:41 – 02:13)
3. A Britain white paper which addresses the issue of homosexuality is now a major issue in several dependent territories. Britain Foreign Secretary Robin Cook presents the case for overseas territories to follow Britain lead and adopt lenient measures against homosexuality. Anguilla Chief Minister Hubert Hughes discusses the territories response to the law package (02: 14 - 06:39)
4. Windward Islands leaders are working on ways to speed up the production of and quality of bananas. Prime Ministers in the Caribbean region met in Saint Vincent to discuss issuing independent certificates for Windward Islands bananas and financial restructuring of the industry. Dominica Prime Minister Edison James, the main spokesperson at the meeting, addresses safeguarding the banana industry in light of the current impasse between the US and European Union (06:40 – 10:19)
5. President of the Washington based lobby group TransAFrica Randall Robinson, accused President Clinton of not telling the truth when he gave his assurance to Caribbean leaders that his administration would protect the Caribbean within the European market for bananas. Carol Orr reports on the Bridgetown Accord which was signed by the US and fifteen other nations (10:20 - 12: 47)
6. The Caribbean region rum producers are warning that their product may face export and production problems in the future. Chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirit Association Patrick Mayers provides an overview of the rum industry and the issue of decline over the next ten years ( 12: 48 - 13:36)
7. West Indies captain Brian Lara retains his title as the world no. one batsman according to a Price Waterhouse/Cooper report as he single handedly won the second test match against Australia. Brian Lara scored a double century. Chelston Lee reports (12: 49 – 15:25)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40149
Date: 1999-03-18


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