Caribbean Report 15-01-1990


The program reports on the response by the Haitian people to a call by the Opposition party for a national strike to prevent President Prosper Avril from returning to Haiti. The majority of Haitians did not answer the strike call. Secondly, a new Caribbean export agency, the Eastern Caribbean States Export Development Agency (ESCEDA) calls for free trade in the Caribbean in order to increase the effectiveness of the organization. Following the Financial News, the focus is on the recently concluded COMECON meeting in Bulgaria which was attended by Cuba’s Vice President, Carlos Rafael Rodrigues. Cuba’s stance against the proposed reforms at the meeting was addressed. Finally, the sporting segment centres on the first anniversary of the death of St. Kitts/Nevis cricketer Will Flack who died at the wicket in Gambia one year ago. The program concludes with the victory of Nigel Benn against Sanderline Williams and his upcoming fight against Roberto Duran as he vies for the World Middle Weight Title.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:32)
2. Haiti's Opposition party calls for a national strike. Michael Norton reports from Port-au-France (00:33-02:57)
3. ECSEDA and the establisment of free trade in the Caribbean. Sandra Baptiste interviews Justin Vincent, Executive Director of ECSEDA (02:58-06:49)
4. Financial News. Leslie Garth reports on Chevron's prospective sale of the Bahamas-based oil storage and refinery facility to a Venezuelan company (06:50-08:22)
5. Cuba's stance at the COMECON meeting in Bulgaria (08:23-10:18)
6. Commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of St. Kitts/Nevis cricketer, Will Flack. Chris Green’s report from Gambia and includes an interview with Will’s sister, Phyllis (10:19-13:02)
7. Sporting segment. Ian Dark reports on the upcoming World Middle Weight Title (13:03-14:29)