Caribbean Report 24-08-1995


This programme highlights the increasing number of Montserratians arriving in Antigua, although there has been no official evacuation order. Antigua's Health and Home Affairs Minister Hilroy Humphreys comments on whether any early assistance has been forthcoming from Britain. British volcanologist Dr. William Aspinall gives a best and worst case scenario. Meanwhile, met officials in the region are keeping a close watch on hurricanes Iris and Humberto. Barbados met official Peter Drakes states the two system are interacting and warrant very close scrutiny. In Guyana, tempers rise over the cyanide spill caused by Omai Gold Mine into the Essequibo River. Both anti-Omai and pro-Omai protesters picket outside Parliament as the debate on the spill begins. In Trinidad and Tobago, Ralph Maraj, former Public Utilities and Foreign Minister, has resigned from his parliamentary seat and the ruling party, People's National Movement. In Bermuda, there is intensive lobbying as two candidates vie for the leadership of the ruling United Bermuda Party (UBP). The two men that offered themselves for selection are Mr. C. V. Jim Woolridge and Dr. David Saul. In cricket, West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose had a good day as England tried to stay on top of the West Indies bowling on the first day of the sixth and final test.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Ken Richards (00:00-00:27)
2. A growing exodus of Montserratians put pressure on the Antiguan authorities (00:28-05:47)
3. The Eastern Caribbean keeps a close watch on hurricanes Iris and Humberto (05:48-06:59)
4. Protest in Guyana as Parliament debates the Omai's cyanide spill (07:00-10:56)
5. In Trinidad and Tobago, former Foreign Affairs Minister Ralph Maraj has resigned (10:57-11:36)
6. In Bermuda, two candidates are in the race for the position of leader of the ruling UBP (11:37-13:17)
7. West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose had a good day at the start of the sixth Test (13:18-14:20)
8. Recap of top stories (14:21-15:00)