Caribbean Report 09-07-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 09-07-1999
Author: Stone Greaves, Keith (anchor, correspondent); Spenser, Baldwin (speaker); Bird, Lester Jr. (interviewee); Daniels, Louis (correspondent); Smith, Colin (correspondent); Nagamootoo, Moses (interviewee); Hernandez, Martha (interviewee); Smith, Colin (correspondent); Gibb, Tom (correspondent); Owen, Richard (interviewee); Timothy, Julius (interviewee)
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1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:00 - 00:27)
2. Hundreds of mourners paid their last respect at the funeral of Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Sr., who was buried at National Heroes Park in St. John’s Antigua. The service of thanksgiving commemorating the life and times of Vere Bird was held at the Antigua Recreation Grounds in a separate ceremony. In his tribute Antigua opposition leader Baldwin Spencer said that despite his failings Mr. Bird was truly an international statesman: “history cannot but be kind and record the enormity and profoundness of this great man contribution to Antigua, Barbuda and the Caribbean and indeed the world civilization.” Prime Minister Lester Bird in recalling the highpoints of his father’s legacy described him as “the undisputed father of the nation” and “a national hero”. Correspondent Louis Daniels reports on the solemn and moving ceremony onsite in St. John’s Antigua (00:28 – 05:16)
3. Guyana’s president Janet Jagan is in Trinidad for further medical checks following complaints of chest pains. Ill health has given rise to speculations on how much longer she will be able to hold the office of President and her possible successor. Information Minister Moses Nagamootoo discusses the prevailing health of the 78 year old President and succession planning within the reigning political party given impending general elections and industrial unrest. Colin Smith reports from Georgetown Guyana (05:17 – 07:15)
4. Banana producers in the Dominican Republic have expressed concerned about the future of the European Union (EU) regime following the recent ruling by the dispute panel at the World Trade Organization. The regime is under review after protests by US and Latin American producers on unfair favorability given by the EU to producers from former European colonies in the Caribbean and Africa. Martha Hernandez from the Agro Business Association in Santo Domingo comments on the uncertainty of the future of the EU banana regime. Keith Stone Greaves reports (07:16 – 09:58)
5. Cuban state television is giving live coverage to a court case in which the defendant is the United States. Cuba is demanding 181 billion US dollars in damages for debts and injuries the country suffered during 40 years hostilities with the US. Tom Gibb reports from Havana on the propaganda trial which have been given widespread publicity through all media houses (09:59 – 12:10)
6. A Spanish court has ordered the Australia businessman Christopher Skase to leave the country. Mr. Skase is considered a fugitive and is currently hiding on the Spanish island in Majorca since his Qintex business empire folded in 1991. Finance Minister Julius Timothy discusses possible expedition to Dominica. Orin Gordon and Australia financial journalist Richard Owen report (12:11 – 15:29)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/42258
Date: 1999-07-09


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