Caribbean Report 19-04-1990

The Surinamese politicians call for more effective enforcement of the death penalty due to the recent rise of crime rates in the country. In an emergency meeting, the members of the National Assembly pleaded for the death sentence to be enforced more readily. Secondly, general elections are on the agenda for Haiti and Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a radical priest, expressed a lack of confidence in the Haitian army and the new civilian government in ensuring free and fair elections in Haiti. Following the Financial News, Jamaica is on the brink of easing its commercial debt through a deal negotiated with the advisory committee of the commercial banks. The new agreement may result in an annual savings of approximately forty to fifty million dollars for Jamaica. The report concludes with comments from the editor of the Jamaican Gleaner on the standard of reporting in British newspapers, the need for a resident Gleaner correspondent in Britain and the current status of the press in Jamaica.
Table of Contents
1. Headlines (00:00-00:28)
2. Politicians in Surinam call for reinforcement of the death penalty amidst rising crime rates. Chandra van Binnendijk reports from Paramaribo (00:29-03:31)
3. Haiti's radical priest, Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, doubts the commitment of the army to free and fair elections. Michael Norton reports (03:32-06:16)
4. Financial News. Mark Jeffery comments on the closure of the Guyanese office of IBM World Trade Corporation (06:17-07:54)
5. Jamaica to sign a new agreement to ease the burden of commercial debt. Interview with G. Arthur Brown, Governor of the bank of Jamaica (07:55-10:41)
6. Franklin McKnight, Editor of the Gleaner, comments on the standard of reporting in Britain and the state of affairs of the press in Jamaica. (10:42-14:21)