Caribbean Report 28-01-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:26)
2. One hundred and ninety seven prisoners in Antigua were relocated after a major fire resulted in extensive damage at the state prison. Correspondent Horace Helps reports on the worsening, inhumane conditions at the privatised prison and the Antiguan government appointment of a three member team to investigate the incident. Journalist Louis Daniels reports onsite about the extent of the damage and the efforts by government to relocate the prisoners (00:27 - 04:37)
3. The OECS Heads of Government meeting in Dominica is expected to focus on the banana industry. Ahead of the meeting, St. Kitts Prime Minister Denzil Douglas is urging the US to retreat from its current impasse on trade with the European Union as this action will hurt the Caribbean banana industry. Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair is also calling for an end to the impasse. Reporter Chelston Lee reports on the World Trade Organization success at removing procedural hurdles in the transatlantic dispute between the US and the European Union (04:38 - 07:39)
4. At the OECS meeting in Roseau Dominica, Ken Richards reports on calls by Saint Vincent Prime Minister James Mitchell for Caribbean countries to adopt the Republican form of government. This proposed move facilitate reforms in the political structure including an end to Britain Queen Elizabeth representation by a Governor General, a presidential form of government, a parliament constituted on a system of proportional representational, fixed dates for elections and restriction on terms held by Presidents. Grenada’s Deputy Prime Minister Gregory Bowen supports Mitchell stand and speaks on the merit of the approach (07:40 - 09:53)
5. Geraldine Cockland reports on the French Prime Minister plans to lead a group of parliamentarians to the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Saint Martin. Talks will be centered on the economy, taxes and tourism (09:54 - 11:29)
6. New rulings and pressure from international human rights organisations are frustrating efforts by Caribbean authorities to execute prisoners. The Privy Council in Great Britain granted a stay of execution for two convicted murderers in Trinidad and Tobago. Emma Joseph reports on the vocal campaigns in Great Britain to abolish hangings and calls by Pope John Paul II to end the death penalty. Amnesty International researcher Piers Bannister speaks on how the death penalty is not a deterrent to violent crimes. Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is adamant that death penalty should be carried out (11:30 - 15:30)