Caribbean Report 17-01-2003



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1. Headlines (00:29)
2. Prime Minister, Patrick Manning tells the Parliament that a British travel advisory against Trinidad and Tobago is completely unwarranted. However, Baroness Valerie Ann Amos, Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says that the PM's request not to publish the warning cannot be considered. Tony Fraser reports (00:30-02:26)
3. Plans put before Caribbean countries by IMF and World Bank officials are not endorsed. Sir Ronald Sanders, Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force says that the Caribbean has set up a working group that will contribute to the external methodology and process in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. Ben Meade reports (02:27-06:17)
4. Bill Clinton, former US President meets with Dr. Kenny Anthony, St. Lucian Prime Minister and a delegation of OECS leaders for a discussion and a lecture. Mario Michel, Deputy Prime Minister, St. Lucia explains that the venture is being funded by Financial Innovation Incorporated (USA). Timothy Poleon reports (06:18-08:09)
5. In Jamaica, medical technologists at twenty-two of the twenty-five public hospitals as well as at the national blood bank are on strike. They are asking for the same rate as senior scientific officers in the Health Ministry but the government disagrees. Conrad Hamilton reports (08:10-11:27)
6. The US mission to the OAS says time is running out for Haiti and it is placing the responsibility to resolve its political crisis and to ultimately lead Haiti to free and fair elections squarely on President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Bertram Niles reports (11:28-12:58)
7. Trevor Phillips is elected Head of the UK Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). His appointment was announced by British Home Secretary, David Blunkett and he is the second person of Guyanese birth to chair the CRE. He promises to work towards rooting out racism and discrimination in all forms (12:59-13:28)
8. US President, George W. Bush says he will for another six months retain a measure barring law suits by Americans whose properties are being confiscated in Cuba by the Castro government. He says the waiver of the law in the Helms–Burton Act is in the interest of the US. Orin Gordon reports (13:29-15:34)