Caribbean Report 09-01-1998

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The European Union prepares its proposals on the overhaul of the banana regime after being given until January 1st 1999 to fully implement the WTO ruling. American Congressman Major Owens changes his tune on NAFTA parity for the Caribbean after he was taken to task by constituents in the overwhelmingly Caribbean district of Brooklyn, New York. In Guyana, two initiatives aimed at halting the political crisis have been gathering pace. The proposed CARICOM initiative has been welcomed by both major political parties. Meanwhile, the Guyana Election Commission is moving ahead with plans for an international audit of the general elections. Cubans will vote in the up-coming general elections which is being promoted by the Communist Party as a vote of unity for the revolution. President Clinton has expressed hope that the forthcoming visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba will improve relations between Washington and Havana. In Britain, a conference attempts to address racial discrimination in the recruitment process. The report examines the hurdles Caribbean applicants face in the race for British jobs.
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1. Headlines with Moya Thomas (00:00-00:24)
2. The EU fine-tunes its proposal for reforming the banana regime (00:25-04:23)
3. Democratic Congressman Major Owens changes his tune on NAFTA parity for the Caribbean after Caribbean New Yorkers took him to task (04:24-07:29)
4. In Guyana, attempts to halt the political crisis gather pace (07:28-10:11)
5. Cubans to vote in general elections being promoted by the Communist Party as a vote of unity for the revolution (10:12-12:05)
6. President Clinton expresses his hope of improved relations between the US and Cuba in light of Pope John Paul's visit to Cuba (12:06-12:27)
7. A conference attempts to address racial discrimination in the recruitment process in Britain (12:28-15:22)
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