Caribbean Report 15-09-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchors Orin Gordon and Jessica Robertson (00:00 - 00:28)
2. Journalists Jerome Sawyer, Debbie Nash reports on the extent of the damage in the Bahamian islands following the passage of Hurricane Floyd. Extensive damage has been caused to buildings, airports, roads, with loss of essential services, impassable roads, lack of communication. Prime Minister Hubert Ingram speaks in parliament about his government’s recovery efforts (00:29 – 04:31 )
3. In south eastern US, preparations are being made for the landing of Floyd described as the biggest storm to hit the US. President Clinton declares states of emergency in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina (04:32 - 05:45)
4. Athletics governing body IWAF has confirmed that backup samples taken from sprint star Merlene Ottey has tested positive for the ban substance nandalone (05:46 - 06:03)
5. Airline consultancy firm Speedway recruited to assist debt ridden airline LIAT will present its report to the board this week. Major recommendations include the hiring of foreign managers for efficiency. Antigua Transport Manager Robin Yearwood discusses the negative effects of privatizing the airline and measures to make the airline profitable (06:04 - 09:26)
6. During the opening day of the state of inquiry into the prison system in St Vincent, Barbadian Jurist Sir Frederick Smith speaks out on his investigation of prison unrest and escaped prisoners (09:27 – 10:04)
7. Correspondents Jessica Robertson, Keith Stone Greaves and Debbie Ransome reports on the inability to communicate during a hurricane, the importance of amateur radio and the role of internet in opening communication lines. St Lucia ham operator Timothy James discusses the critical role of radio during disasters (10:05 - 15:22)