Caribbean Report 18-03-1998



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Debbie Ransome (00:00-00:30)
2. Guyana to seek international aid to fight forest fires. Minister responsible for Forestry, Satyadeow Sawh comments on the issue (00:31-05:39)
3. Regional officials express the need for local governments to pay more attention to regional disaster planning. Barbados Disaster Coordinator Judy Thomas comments on regional disaster planning (05:40-08:04)
4. Finance Ministers from across the Americas meet for talks on a hemispheric wide trade zone. Jamaican Ambassador Richard Bernal states special conditions of the small states must be addressed (08:05-10:14)
5. Cuba has signed an agreement with some of Japan's top firms rescheduling debt repayments. This move is likely to boost trade and investments links between the two countries (10:15-11:49)
6. A senior Vatican official is visiting Cuba to meet with local church and charity officials to help coordinate assistance programs for Cubans (11:50-12:17)
7. Five missing members of Cuba's national baseball team have sparked off a search and rescue mission in the Florida Straits. Michael Brabant reports (12:18-14:19)
8. The InterAmerican Press Association has condemned several Caribbean countries at its mid-year meeting. These countries include St. Kitts/Nevis, Cuba and Puerto Rico (14:20-14:55)
9. Recap of top stories (14:56-15:15)