Caribbean Report 12-02-1998



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Orin Gordon (00:00-00:30)
2. A conference on the future directions of CARICOM-British relations begins with assurances from Britain that it has CARICOM's interests at heart. Debbie Ransome reports on Caribbean concerns of a flagging relations with Britain and Bahamas Foreign Minister Janet Bostwick gives her thoughts on the issue (00:31-04:00)
3. British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is set to visit Montserrat as residents are determined not to be driven off the island. Health Minister Adelina Tuitt states that more money is needed as the island has only one hospital (04:01-06:55)
4. The Vatican has announced that the Cuban government has freed a large number of prisoners in response to an appeal from the Pope (06:56-08:26)
5. CARICOM's trade mission to South Africa has been criticised for a lack of organization. Carol Orr reports on what went wrong. Jamaica's Anthony Hylton states that follow-up is essential for success (08:27-10:27)
6. Guyana's Opposition Peoples' National Congress (PNC) is withdrawing its support for Carnival. PNC General Secretary Aubrey Norton responds to whether his party was politicising a non-political event (10:28-13:01)
7. The New York-based Exxon Corporation has signed a historic $200 million oil deal with Trinidad and Tobago in order to search for petroleum in the area over the next five years (12:08-13:20)
8. In cricket, the West Indies will field an un-changed team against England. Colin Croft comments on Brian Lara's innings and the ongoing Carnival celebrations in Trinidad (13:21-14:55)
9. Recap of top stories (14:56-15:12)