Caribbean Report 08-04-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. Trinidad and Tobago fails to elect a speaker of Parliament and Prime Minister Patrick Manning promises to push for another attempt and to call general elections. Former Attorney General Kamla Persad Bissessar makes claims about the government, Information Minister Fitzgerald Hinds rebuts them and both sides receive condemnation from the man on the street. Raymond Edwards reports (00:27-02:48)
3. Ken Richards interviews Prime Minister Patrick Manning who confirms another attempt will be made to elect a speaker, answers questions about his decision to suspend Parliament and whether the Elections and Boundaries Commission’s probe will be completed before going to the polls (02:49-05:31)
4. Guyana’s main opposition party, the People’s National Congress (PNC) alleges that the killing of Shaka Blair by the “Black Clothes Police” is politically motivated and call for a commission of enquiry into the operations of the Guyana police force. PNC Executive Member Raphael Trotman and Officer Superintendent Ramnarine comment. Colin Smith reports (05:32-07:42)
5. Caribbean Trade Ministers meet in Barbados ahead of major trade negotiations and Barbados Foreign Trade Minister Billie Miller says we are unprepared for trade talks with the Hemisphere and Europe, for example there is no consensus on key elements for the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Bertram Niles reports (07:43-09:07)
6. Leading candidates in France’s general elections woo voters in the French Antilles. Martinicans are presently assessing Jacques Chirac’s message. His main rival Lionel Jospin and French Guiana born Christiane Taubira are among the candidates attracting attention. News Director at Radio Caraibes International, Martinique, Jean-Philippe Nilor is interviewed (09:08-12:04)
7. “Windies” Cricket Captain, Carl Hooper will ask star batsman Brian Lara back on the West Indies team for the series against India. The thirteen-man team includes Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mervyn Dillon, Adam Sanford, Stuart Williams, and Jr. Murray and Sports Analyst Simon Crosskill comments on the pecking order and on players Ridley Jacob, Darrel Powell, Devon Smith, Mahindra Nagamootoo and Ryan Hinds (12:05-14:45)
8. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth expresses her gratitude for the public response to the death of her mother at the age of one hundred and one. Ken Richards gives the funeral schedule (14:46-15:25)