Caribbean Report 04-01-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Kenny Anthony, says that Cuban President Fidel Castro will pay an official visit next month. The relationship between Cuba and St. Lucia is summarized by correspondent Pete Ninvelle (00:27-02:08)
3. The economy and crime emerged as major issues as Barbadians prepare to go to the polls. Bertram Niles reports that the ruling Barbados Labour Party is campaigning largely on the strengths of the economic gains of the last four years, while the opposition Democratic Labour Party says that there are flaws in the economy (06:14-08:17)
4. In Grenada, voters will go to the polls on January 18th. Corruption and the misappropriation of government funds have been the dominant themes in the campaign. Lew Smith reports that within the last twenty-four hours Marcelle Gairy has emerged to ensure victory in the polls for the Grenada United Labour Party (08:18-10:33)
5. Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Laurie Lewis, has admitted that crime has increased significantly. These comments follow an announcement by Guyana’s President, Janet Jagan, of the government’s plan to increase funding for the police. Correspondent Colin Smith reports that Commissioner Lewis also suggested several measures to President Jagan to improve the police’s ability to fight crime. He also commented on the deportee situation, which has been discussed by the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (10:34-12:37)
6. Bermudians have been celebrating what the newly elected Progressive Labour Party says will be a one-off public holiday. This holiday has been criticized by some sections of the business community. Correspondent Vickie Abraham reports that the primary concern was a loss of business on the first trading day for the New Year (12:38-14:31)
7. In cricket, the West Indies face a battle to avoid their fourth straight defeat against South Africa in Cape Town (14:32-15:20)