Caribbean Report 21-04-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:26)
2. In Jamaica, demonstrations against a government tax increase in petrol continued in several parts of the capital Kingston and outlying areas. The demonstrations involved roadblocks and violent confrontations with the police. An overnight curfew has been imposed. The UK issued an advisory against non –essential travel to the island. Deputy Director of Tourism discusses the short and long and term effects that the unrest is likely to have on the tourism sector. Dr. Brian Meeks of the Department of Government at the UWI Mona analyses the protest action. Carol Orr reports (00:27 - 06: 18)
3. Police in Antigua and Barbuda uncovered a passport scandal involving nationals from the Dominican Republic. Three men have been detained for attempt to defraud the country’s immigration policies. Louis Daniel reports (06: 19 – 07:55)
4. The Unites States is reviewing plans to use the naval base in Guantanamo Bay Cuba as a camp for Kosovo refugees. Relief agencies have criticised the suitability of the shelter for 20, 000 refugees based on climate and distance from their homeland. Journalist Luis Torres discusses the readiness of Washington to house the refugees. Chelston Lee reports (07: 56 - 11:02)
5. The International Monetary Fund in a report states that there is consensus that further steps are needed to relieve the debts of poorer developed countries including the Caribbean region. Management at the IMF and the World Bank calls for better debt management in debt ridden countries. Andrew Walker reports (11: 03 – 12: 42)
6. A nail bomb planted by a Neo Nazi group named Combat 18 exploded in the multi-ethnic area of Brixton in London. In the US two students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of the Trench Coat Mafia shot and killed 16 students at their school before committing suicide. Emma Joseph reports on right wing affiliations (12: 43 - 15: 27)