Caribbean Report 25-04-1994



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Yvette Rowe (00:00-00:26)
2. In Havana, a conference aimed at tightening links with Cuba and exiles abroad, is being held. President Fidel Castro was not at the opening ceremony but his absence has led other new faces to take front and centre at the conference of the nations and Cubans overseas. Participants discuss the significance of the conference; Lionel Martin reports (00:27-03:09)
3. The UN Conference in Barbados for Small Island Developing States has been billed as the international commitment on development. On the agenda, is climate change in the Caribbean, the Pacific and Mediterranean Islands. The conference will also look at the problems of urban expansion, limited land resource and water supplies. Yvette Collymore reports (03:10-05:28)
4. Dr. Mark Griffith has been conducting the conference on Small Developing States in Barbados. He hopes that the conference will result in improved communication amongst small islands and the development of a technical assistance programme. Limited land reserve could become a concern for small islands across the region (05:29-06:39)
5. More than 400 Haitian refugees have been brought ashore in Miami. The move comes just a day after Washington said it would seek a world wide trade ban against Haiti at the UN meeting. Exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide condemned UN policy against Haiti as racist. Journalist David Adams, discusses if there were a hint of change of attitudes towards the Haitian (06:40-09:11)
6. In Britain, the parents of black school boy Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death in a racist attack while waiting for a bus near his home in South London, is considering prosecuting the police for negligence. Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the boy is interviewed and Anna Forde interviews the Assistant Police Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Ian John who responds to Ms. Lawrence’s criticism of the police investigation (09:12-12:58)
7. Trinidad and Tobago welcomed home local hero, Brian Lara. Thousands of people came out to welcome the cricketer. Lara visited the Harvard Cricket Club and the Queen’s Park Oval. Prime Minister Manning announced the state will give Brian Lara a house, the promenade in Port-of-Spain will be named after the cricketer, the state airline will allow him and his mother up TT 375,000 worth of travel. Mr. Manning also hinted that Lara would be given the highest national award, the Trinity Cross. Tony Fraser reports (12:59-14:45)
8. Wrap up and theme music (14:46-15:22)