Caribbean Report 13-05-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00: 30)
2. CARICOM position on bananas as this relates to the World Trade Organization ruling and proposed changes to the European Union banana regime has been advocated by Dominica Prime Minister Edison James and discussed with key stakeholders in Spain, Brussels, Finland and Denmark. Ken Richards reports (00: 31 – 04: 52)
3. The United States and the European Union (EU) prepare for another battle to lift a ten year ban on US beef exports treated with hormones. Prime Minister of St. Vincent Sir James Mitchell discusses the issue. Keith Stone Greaves reports (04:53 - 06:56)
4. Grassroots organisations are spearheading protest actions in Haiti against the sitting police chief and some observers tie this move to upcoming elections. Journalist Michael Norton reports (06:57 - 09:20)
5. Political advisors in the British Virgin Islands are predicting the formation of a coalition government after the next general election. Four political parties are fielding thirty six candidates and nine independents are contesting the elections. Political commentator Douglas Wheatley discusses the political campaigns . Angela Burns-Piper reports on the elections (09:21 - 10: 44)
6. In Dutch Sint Maarten motorists have been given relief from a petrol shortage. The government and oil companies Shell and Texaco reached partial agreement on settling the fuel prices dispute. Mike Jarvis reports (10:45 - 12:27)
7. Cricket World Cup begins with England versus Sri Lanka. Other teams contesting include the West Indies, Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya. Orin Gordon reviews preparations for the opening matches. Cricket commentator Reds Perriera comments on players’ readiness for the matches. Jude De Silva reports (12:28- 15:32)