Caribbean Report 08-02-2000

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Title: Caribbean Report 08-02-2000
Author: Gordon, Orin (anchor); Rodriquez, Dwayne (interviewee); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Baksh, Sadiq (interviewee); Jones, Ben (interviewee); Smith, Colin (correspondent); Forde, Jacqueline (interviewee); Musa, Said (interviewee); Josephs, Emma (correspondent); Gordon, Orin (correspondent)
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1. Headlines: (00:00-00:34)
2. Travel agents in the Caribbean are informed that they should not expect government intervention in the dispute over commission cuts from American Airlines and British Airways. Delta, Air Jamaica and Continental Airlines followed shortly after by reducing commissions from 9% to 6%. The President of the Regional Association, Dwayne Rodriguez, is appealing to the government to intervene on the matter. (00:35-01:48)
3. The proposal put forward to the government of Trinidad and Tobago was to ensure all airlines guarantee the agent’s 9% commission. Minister of Transport, Sadiq Baksh said he is committed to have dialogue to ensure airlines will agree to the 9% commission. (01:49-04:10)
4. The former Prime Minister of Grenada says Keith Mitchell’s inclusion of permanent Opposition Member in his Cabinet is an attempt to neutralize the Opposition. (04:11-07:21)
5. Caribbean Ministers with responsibility for trade and development are announcing a breakthrough in the region’s first single market. The Ministers also spent time discussing matters involving telecommunications, intellectual property rights and e-commerce. (07:22-09:47)
6. The Belizean Prime Minister, Said Musa, opens up for the first time about his government’s support of the controversial Ambassador to the United Nations, Michael Ashcroft. Controversy surrounding Ashcroft is centred on allegations of his companies being involved in drug trafficking and money laundering. The government continues to support Ashcroft in light of possible damaging effects to the country’s image. (09:48-12:42)
7. Doubts have been raised of the testing for the drug Nandrolone following another positive test result from a well-known athlete. The British 400m athlete Mark Richardson had traces of the banned drug in his urine sample. (12:43-14:47)
8. In London, the Office of Prince Charles has revealed his plans during his visit to the Caribbean later this month. He is scheduled to visit Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica. (14:48:15:29)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/41284
Date: 2000-02-08


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