Caribbean Report 13-01-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:31)
2. Jennifer Laszlo, an American political consultant hired by the Barbados opposition party the Democratic Labour Party to assist with their political campaign strategy was forced to leave Barbados. Ken Richards reports (00:32- 04:19)
3. Members of the Organization of American States Observer Mission arrive in Grenada ahead of general elections and are holding meetings with Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, the Supervisor of Elections Victor Ashby and members of the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP). Lew Smith reports (04:20- 06:24)
4. Classrooms in Jamaica remain empty as Jamaican teachers commence a two day sickout to protest the Jamaican government refusal to amend its contract offer. The Jamaica Teachers Association has accepted the new government pay increase offer but rejected the proposed increases in uniform allowance, laundry material and equipment (06:25 - 06:50)
5. Sister and private secretary of Haitian Prime Minister Rene Preval sustained several gunshot wounds in a planned attacked. Politicians are united in their condemnation of the shooting of Marie-Claude Preval-Calvin. US State Department spokesman James Rubin comments on the ensuing deadlock between Haiti’s legislative and executive branches and calls for a quick and constructive resolution of the crisis. Michael Norton reports (06:51 - 09:29)
6. Britain and Montserrat sign a seventy five million pounds agreement to ensure the island’s viability in the long-term. Prior to the signing of the agreement, Chief Minister David Brandt called for the doubling of the aid package to support priorities such as the provision of additional housing and improvements in the health sector. Chelston Lee interviews Montserrat governor Tony Abbott on airfares and accommodation for Montserratians who wish to return after the volcanic crisis (09:30-14:52)
7. Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tobago Basdeo Panday calls for public debate on whether or not Trinidadian politicians should receive hefty salary increases. Parliamentary debate was halted to allow for more widespread consultation on the issue (14:53-15:21)