Caribbean Report 29-03-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:27)
2. The Windward Islands Farmers Association (WINFA) says it supports efforts to help growers in the OECS get into organic production of crops but the association understands the reluctance of some farmers to do so. Ken Richards interviews WINFA Coordinator Renwick Rose (00:28-02:29)
3. In St. Kitts Nevis, OECS Heads of Government resume discussions started in Grenada on telecommunications matters relating to Cable and Wireless. The new Chairman, Kittitian Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, says outgoing Chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada will continue to spearhead the OECS negotiating team (02:29-03:05)
4. Britain’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Edward Glover, says the Caribbean region must give priority to international trade rules and transnational crime, focal points of the UK-CARICOM Forum in Georgetown being attended by Britain’s Foreign Minister Jack Straw and a British delegation including: Baroness Valerie Amos; Baroness Patricia Scotland and Home Office Minister Bob Ainsworth. Ben Meade reports (03:06-04:27)
5. Haiti’s new Prime Minister says the country is determined to do its bit in the international fight against drug trafficking but Prime Minister Yvonne Neptune says Port-au-Prince is hampered by a lack of resources. Rosie Hayes reports (04:28-05:54)
6. The fate of ten percent of Dominica’s public service workforce hangs in the balance as the Caribbean Development Bank and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank make recommendations the Government is considering, regarding rescuing the island from economic disaster. Bernard Wiltshire a former Attorney General tells Ken Richards while the measures will be unpopular they are necessary (05:55-07:56)
7. Three Federal law suits claiming as many as 1000 unidentified corporations in the US may have encouraged and profited from slavery are filed in New York seeking unspecified reparations for the 35 million descendants of African slaves. The actions are against the Aetna Insurance Company, the Fleet Boston Financial Services Group and railroad giant CSX. The plaintiff Deadria Farmer-Paellmann is a recent law-school graduate. Bertram Niles reports (07:57-09:13)
8. Ken Richards interviews David Comissiong of the Commission for Pan-African Affairs in Barbados who says his organisation is watching closely how the US reparations case develops (09:14-11:55)
9. The Florida Supreme Court rules that death-row prisoner Krishna Maharaj should be re-sentenced to life in prison. It’s a victory for Krishna Maharaj who was convicted of the double-murder of Derrick and Duane Moo Young. Karen Weir interviews Trinidad and Tobago Former Attorney General Ramesh Maharaj (11:56-14:28)
10. A US Department of Agriculture report says high percentages of soybeans and maize grown by farmers in the US will be from genetically modified (GM) crops despite international criticism of GM foods. International, environmental and consumer groups call on the US Government to tighten regulations, siting safety concerns for humans and animals (14:29-15:25)