Caribbean Report 30-07-1999 



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00 - 00:28)
2. Seven hundred junior doctors in Jamaica are on work to rule and vow to ignore back to work orders by the Industrial Dispute Tribunal as they continue to protest plans to lay off colleagues, bargain for better working conditions and improve contracts. Carol Orr reports (00:29 - 01:42)
3. Prisoners housed in the main jail in the St. Vincentian capital of Kingstown are to get better quality food and improved recreational facilities. These changes came in response to two days of protests staged by the prisoners. Attorney General Carl Joseph reports on meetings with inmates and prison officers and government attempts to improve conditions (01:43 – 03:39)
4. Little progress is being reported on new trade and aid pact between European Union and The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) groupings. Delegates from the ACP are unified in their dissent against proposals and attempts to link aid package with good governance, commitment against corruption and economic mismanagement. BBC correspondent Jonathan Chapman reports from Brussels (03:40 – 05:32)
5. Bangladesh Farooq Sobhan candidate for post of Commonwealth Secretary General outlines reasons why he should replace outgoing secretary general Nigerian Emeka Anyaoku . Sobhan comments on Asians holding posts and acting in the role of Secretary . New Zealand foreign minister Don McKinnon is tipped to replace Anyaoku at the end of his second five year term. Keith Stone Greaves reports ( 05:33 – 07:40)
6. Dominican born barrister Patricia Scotland has become British first black woman minister as Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair reshuffles his cabinet. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook provide a brief profile of Ms. Scotland. BBC reporter Debbie Ransome analyses Baroness Scotland role as Junior Minister in the Foreign Office and oversight of Caribbean and overseas territories and British Council (07:41 – 11:08)
7. The British government launches an initiative to employ ethnic minorities form Asian and West Indian background into the British Civil Service. In recent time accusations have been leveled against the Civil Service in employing too many white Anglo Saxons and Oxford and Cambridge graduates. The new policy aims to accurately reflect modern multicultural Britain. Pauline Abrams Chair of the Black Members Committee for Public and Commercial Services Union and Cabinet Office Minister Jack Cunningham welcomes the new drive and talks favorably of the new reform initiatives. Geeta Guru-Murthy reports (11:09 - 13:27)
8. Orin Gordon reports on the annual carnival celebrations in Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla. Chairman of the Anguilla Carnival Committee John Benjamin discusses plans for the festivals and upcoming events (13:27 – 15:22)