Caribbean Report 27-04-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 27-04-1999
Author: Ransome, Debbie (anchor, correspondent); Patterson, P. J. (interviewee); Lodge, Junior (interviewee); Anthony, Kenny (interviewee); Ninvalle, Pete (correspondent); Anyaoku, Emeka (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); Beckles, Hilary (interviewee)
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1. Headlines with anchor Debbie Ransome (00: 31)
2. Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson announced that he will roll back a controversial tax imposed on gasoline by fifty percent. This decision is in line with recommendations made by a Task Force report by cabinet. The gas tax hike sparked three days of civil unrest in Jamaica. Debbie Ransome reports (00: 32 - 03: 23)
3. CARICOM leaders are in Europe this week putting forward new proposals for a compromised deal in the banana trade war. The World Trade Organization (WTO) gave a final ruling forcing Europe to reconsider its special import arrangement with Caribbean banana producers. CARICOM officials are putting forward recommendations drawn up by a joint team of Caribbean technocrats, diplomats and banana farmers representatives. One member of the team Junior Lodge Executive Director of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) discusses Caribbean trade advantages (03:24 - 07: 15
4. Prosecutors and financial investors from seventeen Caribbean countries gathered in Saint Lucia to close ranks against drug traffickers. One of the main issues addressed at the conference is how to enforce legislation provided to seize assets of convicted drug dealers and how member states can share in assets to combat drug rehabilitation and social projects. Prime Minister Kenny Anthony comments on the need for enacting laws which are effectively enforced. Pete Ninvalle reports (07: 16 - 09: 48)
5. The fifty four nation Commonwealth group marked its 50th anniversary with calls for major reform as the new millennium approaches. Radical changes include moving its headquarters from London to Cape Town or Delhi and replacing the Queen as head of the organisation with an elected president. These reforms were presented in a paper by London based think tank the Foreign Policy Center. Commonwealth Secretary General Chief Emeka Anyaoku voices his dissent to the proposed measures. Keith Stone Greaves reports (09: 49 - 12: 16)
6. Crowd interferences in one day matches in Guyana and Barbados is analysed to link violence the state of the region economies. Hilary Beckles Professor of History at UWI correlates the development of cricket with the development of Caribbean society (12: 17 - 15: 26)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40177
Date: 1999-04-27


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