Caribbean Report 30-04-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Debbie Ransome (00: 30)
2. There are reports of a hostage incident in Cayman Islands where two prison officers were being held by five Jamaican prisoners. Negotiations are continuing. Orin Gordon reports (00:31 – 01: 30)
3. A joint anti-drug operation between police in Saint Vincent, Dominica and Guadeloupe has landed nine people behind bars. The operation has resulted in the dismantling of an international drug network based in Saint Vincent. Geraldine Cockland reports (01: 31 - 02: 26)
4. Cybercrime and corruption will be two of the main issues at the top of the agenda when Commonwealth Law Ministers begin meeting in Trinidad. Diane Stafford Deputy Director of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat discusses agenda issues including modernisation of extradition arrangements, computer related crimes, and technology and the law (02: 27 - 06- 07)
5. The Trinidad sugar industry which provides livelihood for twenty five percent of the country’s population could be on the brink of decline as Caroni Limited plans to rationalize its operations after losing billions of dollars in the last decade. Boysie Moore Jones President General of the Sugar Union comments on job losses. Caroni Board Chairman Trevor Murray outlines transformation plans for profitability and diversification from sugar. Tony Fraser reports (06: 08 – 08: 59)
6. A group of black MPs and lobbyists launched a campaign in Britain to promote the Caribbean point of view in the banana trade war. This effort is aimed at promoting Caribbean bananas and boycotting bananas from Latin America. Guyanese member of British Parliament Bernie Grant comments on the success of the campaign. Kimberly Anderson Thomas reports ( 08: 60 - 11: 32)
7. Representatives of overseas territories of European nations have been meeting with their European counterparts in Brussels. Anguilla Chief Minister Hubert Hughes discusses agenda items including calls for increase in trade and investment and development aid (11: 33 – 15: 24)