Caribbean Report 08-01-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:27)
2. Guyana is not satisfied with the explanation given for the Christmas Eve intrusion into its air space by two Venezuelan fighter jets. Head of Guyana’s Presidential Secretariat, Roger Luncheon, in an interview with correspondent Colin Smith, disclosed that no approval was given to Venezuela to access Guyana’s air space and that Venezuela’s explanation for the intrusion was not acceptable (00:28-02:09)
3. Forty years ago today Fidel Castro triumphantly entered Havana. Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense and one of the growing numbers of influential Americans arguing the case for the lifting of the American embargo, speaks. Some Cubans also share their views about Castro (02:10-05:57)
4. Cuba has initialed agreements with Canada to increase co-operation to fight the illegal drug trade and allow an exchange of prisoners so that inmates could serve their sentences in their own countries. Correspondent Tom Gibb analyses the benefits of the new arrangements (05:58-09:02)
5. Crime and leadership have emerged as the two major issues in the first full week of campaigning in Barbados’ general elections. Correspondent Bertram Niles reports (09:03-11:03)
6. OECS member countries are clamouring for more of their workers to be employed on Canadian farms. There are more than 7,000 Caribbean workers employed in the Farm Labour Programme, but less than 400 are from the OECS. George Mario Bullen, the OECD High Commissioner to Canada, said in an interview with Ken Richards that he is confident that the strong appeal of the OECS will be heeded (11:04-15:19)