Caribbean Report 04-04-1994

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Caribbean Report 04-04-1994

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Title: Caribbean Report 04-04-1994
Author: Rowe, Yvette (anchor); Fairley, Ian (correspondent); Gunn, Richard (interviewee); Crawley, Sean (correspondent); Torrez, Rigoberto (interviewee); Juan, Antonia (interviewee); Geoff, Leslie (correspondent); Burden, Elizabeth (interviewee); Wilkes, Lloyd (interviewee); Beriman, Pamela (interviewee); Rios, Miguel (interviewee)
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1. Headlines (00:00-00:25)
2. Pressure is mounting for the Dominican Republic to clamp down on illicit border trading with Haiti. The New York Times and other US newspapers have reported that the Haitian military regime is being sustained by petrol smuggled across the Dominican Republic. The authorities have responded by strengthening the military command along the border. Ian Fairley reports (00:26-01:51)
3. The battle for Europe’s banana market is one of the areas outgoing Eastern Caribbean (EC) High Commissioner to London Richard Gunn, says he will remember most. Gunn is at the end of his 6 ½ year term EC High Commissioner. Being involved in Lome IV negotiations and working to try to maintain the market for Caribbean bananas in Europe have been key issues of his tenure (01:52-03:20)
4. The Cuban government has released figures for HIV infection on the island. One hundred and forty-six (146) patients have died from AIDS-related illnesses and just over 1,000 HIV carriers have been detected since the start of hospitalizations in 1986. This relatively low rate of infection is due in part to Cuba’s controversial policy of mandatory blood testing coupled with the isolation of HIV positive people in secure sanatoria. Sean Crawley reports there are signs of a new flexibility in the treatment of AIDs sufferers on the island. Dr. Rigoberto Torrez, Deputy Director of the country’s AIDS programme discusses Cuba’s policy (03:21-08:05)
5. St. Lucia is to legislate to ensure that minimum standards are maintained in the area of accommodation in its tourist sector. St. Lucia’s tourism industry has expanded rapidly. British holiday makers account for about a quarter of the 180,000 visitors. Antonia Juan, standards officer from St. Lucia was recently in London to exam the hotel grading system (08:06-09:37)
6. Brain drain has robbed developing countries of professionals that are crucial to their development. To reverse this trend, a pilot scheme has been launched by organization to finance the return to Jamaica of ex-patriots to work in jobs linked to national development through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) scheme. Leslie Geoff interviews Jamaican-born civil Engineer Elizabeth Burden is asked about her desire to return home via the IOM scheme. Lloyd Wilkes talks about the skills bank that was set up at Jamaican embassies in North America and Europe. And Pamela Beriman, an architect and journalist says finding work appropriate to her qualifications is the deciding factor in applying to the scheme (09:38-12:58)
7. IOM’s Miguel Rios says applications to the scheme must be clear about their reasons for wanting to return to Jamaica through the scheme (12:59-14:26)
8. Recap (14:27-14:42)
9. Theme music (14:43-15:07)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/48976
Date: 1994-04-04


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