Caribbean Report 06-08-1993



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1. Headlines (00:00-00:37)
2. Residents of Trinidad and Tobago are bracing themselves for severe weather conditions. Tropical storm Bret is threatening to sweep across the country with winds up to 70 mph and is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane. Colonel Mahendra Mathur, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency says although he is confident the Agency is well equipped to deal with the expected damage, casualties cannot be ruled out. Colonel Mathur expects the damage caused by the storm to be far worse than that experienced after Hurricane Alma in 1974. Storm conditions have also been forecasted for Barbados, the Windward Islands and the southern Dutch Antilles. Interview with Colonel Mahendra Mathur, Director, National Emergency Management Agency. Tony Fraser reports (00:38-03:29)
3. The death of Jamaican deportee, Joy Gardner is expected to be a prominent feature at a festival organized by the British organization, the Anti-Racist Alliance. The festival has been planned long before the Joy Gardner’s case. Interviews with [Jim Bumero], organizer, Anti-Racist Alliance and Herman Ouseley, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. Mr. Ouseley says that the festival could be hijacked by extremist groups who have separate agendas (03:30-06:12)
4. Pope John Paul is to pay his first visit to Jamaica on Monday. The three-week visit will be the longest period he would have spent on a Caribbean island. Gary Allen reports that his impending visit is drawing mixed reactions from different sections of Jamaican society (06:13-08:48)
5. In Cuba, domestic, government, business and industrial activities are severely hampered by unusually long electricity outages. Even though the country, recently, had to impose electricity cuts, the interruptions in power supplies has led to a worsening of the situation. The situation is further aggravated by the country’s sweltering summer heat. Gary Allen reports (08:49-12:06)
6. A statement by the Guatemalan Vice President that his country may cease recognizing Belize is not being viewed as a reflection of current Guatemalan policy by Belizean Prime Minister, Manuel Esquivel. Speaking on Caribbean Report, Mr. Esquivel said he wants to have a clear indication from the government of Guatemala on its relations with Belize. Sebastian O’Meara reports on the feelings in Guatemala towards Belize, including an interview with a newspaper publisher (12:07:14:16)
7. In another news coming from Guatemala, Treasury police said today that they have found marijuana fields covering around a hundred acres in a joint operation with US authorities in the northeastern part of the country. Agents have destroyed 60,000 plants at two farms in a nine-hour operation and were to continue work on thirteen remaining plantations near the Belizean border. No one has been arrested in the operation (14:17-14:40)
8. Recap of Headlines (14:41-15:03)