Caribbean Report 24-08-1999 



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:00 – 00:29)
2. Protest erupted at a St. Vincent prison with reports of gunshots and minor injuries Prisoners are reported to have set fires and wrecked offices. This is the third prison disturbance and reports of violence in less than three weeks. A government appointed committee led by the country’s Attorney General Carl Joseph reached a consensus to improve meals, reduce lockup times and install two televisions sets. Government also appointed Barbadian jurist Sir Frederick Smith to lead a judicial commissioner enquiry expected to begin 15 September. Mike Findlay reports from Kingstown St. Vincent (00:30 – 02:08)
3. In St. Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony has removed from office three government appointed senators who failed to support a government propelled loan guarantee to support the local airline. Kenny Anthony comments on the senators’ inability to support the government in passing key legislations when the credibility of his government is in question. Fired senators Tessa Mangal and Rick Wayne disagree with the Prime Minister decision and speak out on the revoking of their appointments, and lack of support for the government resolution. Patrick Joseph discusses the role of senators in office. Pete Nimvalle reports from Castries (02:09 – 07: 25)
4. Incoming leaders of the World Trade Organization calls on the organization to address needs of smaller states. New Zealand Michael Moore and Thailand Supachai Panitchpakdi will take up posts of Director General for three years each. Debbie Ransome evaluates the just concluded campaigns and future role of the WTO. George Williams Dominica’s High Commissioner to London discusses a climate of change within the organization’s view of smaller nations and changing attitude towards world trade (07:26 – 12:26)
5. BBC Athletics correspondent Michael Castillo reports on the World Championships in Seville Spain (12:27 - 14:52)
6. The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos have posted a tropical storm watch as Dennis the newest hurricane approach the western Atlantic with winds measuring over 39 mph (14:52 – 15:27)