Caribbean Report 15-06-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:26)
2. Police fired teargas on violent demonstrators in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown in the latest standoff in support of a strike staged by public sector workers. Police Commissioner Laurie Lewis discusses the protest action. Colin Smith reports (00:27 - 04:35)
3. A flu epidemic in the Dominican Republic claims the lives of seventeen elderly persons. Jean Michel Caroit reports on the flu outbreak and its debilitating impact on a large cross section of the population including schools, offices, factories and the response by the Ministry of Health (04:36 – 06:39)
4. The Windward Island Farmers Association commissioned a study on the Caribbean banana industry in the wake of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in favor of the US and its Latin American partners. Keith Stone Greaves reports on the study which solicited the views of all non-governmental bodies in the region and sought to identify alternatives to the banana industry in the region and the likely impact of the WTO ruling. Dennis Pantin Economist at the UWI, and chief researcher discusses the significance of this comprehensive review of the banana industry in the region (06: 40 - 08:56)
5. Antigua Aviation Minister Robin Yearwood meets with LIAT officials to discuss the problems the airline is currently experiencing as a result of non-payment of salaries to its workers (08: 57 - 11:07)
6. In Jamaica, the government efforts to speed up the execution of condemned prisoners has been ineffective as an Appeal Court panel ruled this move as unlawful and unconstitutional. The inmates have been issued instructions to make petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Carol Orr reports (11:08 -12: 34)
7. West Indies Cricket coach Sir Vivian Richards advocates for radical changes to be adopted by selectors of the West Indies cricket team. Orin Gordon reports on the upheaval in West Indies cricket (11:09 – 15: 27)