Caribbean Report 26-04-1999

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1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00 : 27)
2. Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson is expected to announce his decision on whether to roll back the controversial tax imposed on gasoline following three days of civil unrest in the country. The Prime Minister appointed a task force to examine the options available for an increase. Carol Orr reports from Kingston (00:28 - 02:26)
3. The outcome of the first in a series of elections in the Netherland Antilles has resulted in a change in government in Bonaire. The Democratic Party in Bonaire has been forced to the opposition benches retaining only four of nine contested seats. A new coalition government will be formed. Mike Jarvis reports (02: 27 - 04: 34)
4. The Head of the British Foreign Policy Center Mark Leonard suggests a major shakeup for the Commonwealth as the organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Center’s senior researcher Sunder Katwala describes the Commonwealth as ineffective, not having a permanent presence and not developing conditions for prosperity. Ken Richards reports ( 04: 35 – 07: 22)
5. The state owned media house in Trinidad and Tobago has been instructed to eliminate negative reporting and programming from its schedule by Prime Minister Basdeo Panday. The Prime Minister is calling for an end of programming which promotes violence, urging the network to promote cultural development and give voice to artists and heroes. Leader of the opposition Patrick Manning views this move as government’s attempt to control the media. Tony Fraser reports (07: 23 - 09: 53)
6. Venezuela voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution in a national referendum. However a relatively low turnout has raised questions as to whether President Hugo Chavez has moral authority to implement the central plan for his program for reform. BBC correspondent Peter Griste and Ken Richards report (09: 54 - 12: 06)
7. Unruly spectators at a cricket match with host West Indies against Australia in Guyana cast a shadow over the region’s ability to host big matches. Jamaican journalist Horace Helps and Australian captain Steve Waugh comment on mob rule in cricket. Keith Stone Greaves reports on this incidence of disruptive behavior by cricket spectators. International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richards is awaiting a full report from the West Indies Cricket Board (12: 07 - 15: 24)
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