Caribbean Report 07-03-1994



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Yvette Rowe (00:00-00:27)
2. Guyana’s Finance Minister Asghar Ali just delivered the second budget of the Jagan administration. Correspondent Sharif Khan reports on the cost saving measures announced in the budget to raise revenue for the cash strapped government (00:28-03:26)
3. As the people of Antigua and Barbuda prepare to go to the polls, many observers will be waiting to see if the issue of corruption has an impact on the outcome. Since the 1970s the ruling Antigua Labour Party has been plagued by corruption. Some of the scandal plaguing the ruling government include the guns for Antigua scandal where a huge cache of ammunition was uncovered on a farm of a Columbian cocaine baron in 1989 and it turns out the arms were being shipped from Israel to Columbia via Antigua. This segment features interviews with British lawyer Lou Blanc Cooper (03:27-05:03)
4. Lester Bird talks about the measures his party, the Antigua Labour Party, plans to implement to address corruption if they are re-elected to government (05:04-05:41)
5. Tim Hector, a journalist discusses how Vere Bird, Snr. has became something of a demi-God who is hard to remove and what he expects will happen in the upcoming general elections in Antigua (05:42-06:53)
6. Michael Roberts who looks at the issues being raised by the two parties contesting in the upcoming general elections in Antigua (06:54-09:47)
7. The arrival of Haitian refugees to the island of Turks and Caicos is causing serious difficulties. The Minister of Works, Immigration and Labour for the island Robert Hall talks about what measures are being taken to address the issue on the island whose populations is about 14,000 (09:48-12:52)
8. The Queen arrived in Freeport, the second city in the Bahamas. She was greeted by a larger more enthusiastic crowd than when she visited Nassau. Vikki Ainsworth reports (12:51-14:49)
9. Wrap up and theme music (14:50-15:06)