Caribbean Report 24-06-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:24)
2. Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Basdeo Panday responded to British parliamentarians’ attempts to tie economic aid to Caribbean countries with the abolishment of the death penalty. The Prime Minister argues that this latest move in Great Britain signals a return to colonialism, and he is determined to follow the law. Tony Fraser reports (00:25 – 02:02)
3. Officials in Barbados are signaling their satisfaction with a new air agreement signed with Great Britain which allows Barbadian air carriers to fly to any point in Great Britain Chief Technical Officer in the International Transport Ministry discusses the strategic alliance. Ken Richards reports (02: 03 – 05:18)
4. The International Monetary Fund issues a warning to the government and Central Bank of Suriname to immediately halt printing of money to finance economic activities. The IMF is also calling for a further devaluation of the guilder (05:19 - 06:06)
5. Montserrat rebuilding programme in the Northern part of the island is continuing apace as the island seeks to recover from damage caused by the Soufriere volcano. Housing Minister Austin Bramble discusses the initiative (06: 07 - 08: 36)
6. World Weather and Disaster Preparedness experts focus on the hurricane season and predict increasingly violent storms. Weather analyst Eric McKie analyses the La Nina and EL Nino phenomenon. John Mitchell Humanitarian Advisor at the British Red Cross discusses strategies to assist the Caribbean region prepare for natural disasters. Debbie Ransome reports (08:37 - 11:39)
7. Cuba labour laws and practices are to be challenged in an American Court. A Havana based Human Rights group and Cuban Trade Union plan to file a billion dollar law suit in Florida against more than twenty international companies’ airlines and banks tour operators with links to Cuba Tourist industry. Keith Stone Greaves reports (11: 40 - 14: 08)
8. Bilateral Cuba/Spain talks are on the agenda when the two leaders meet during the Latin American summit (14: 09 – 15:24)