Caribbean Report 31-05-2000



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1. Headlines: (00:00-00:34)
2. Grenada’s 1500 school teachers have called off their three-day strike following agreement with the government on salary increases, after a meeting with the government and the union where a 14% increase will be paid in cash and bonds over five years. (00:35-04:39)
3. The Guyana government has rejected as interference in its affairs, a Venezuelan statement opposing an agreement with an American company to construct a rocket launch site in Guyana. Guyana’s opposition leader has also objected to the agreement. (04:40-07:58)
4. Uncertainty continues over an alternative venue for the signing of the successor to the Lomé agreement between African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, and the European Union. The signing was set for Fiji in June but the meeting cannot go ahead due to the political crisis there. Several other countries have indicated their willingness to host the event. (07:59-09:22)
5. The Barbados government has delivered another strong attack on the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Prime Minister, Owen Author, called the organization’s attempts to regulate off-shore tax centres in the Caribbean and elsewhere nothing more than a form of institutional imperialism. Barbados Attorney General has reportedly also spoken out against the regime. (09:23-11:14)
6. The new President of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Majier, has announced that he would cut his salary by 40 percent, and reduce the salary of Cabinet officers and presidential staff. The move hints of an attempt by Mr Majier to run a lean and clean administration. (11:15-13:54)
7. The West Indies have arrived in England for the start of their five-match test tour, and a triangular one-day series that also involves Zimbabwe. Courtley Ambrose has signaled his retirement after this series. Ambrose needs 12 wickets to reach the 400 wicket milestone to become the 4th West Indies bowler in history, and the 12th overall to do so. (13:55-15:36)