Caribbean Report 26-07-1999 

Table of Contents
1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00 - 00:29)
2. The Caribbean Community team which visited Haiti to assess the country’s readiness for elections will submit its findings to the CARICOM Secretariat. Head of the team St. Vincent Prime Minister James Mitchell discusses Haiti’s shortcomings and state of readiness of hosting elections in November (00:30 - 03:42 )
3. In Guyana, local government elections will be postponed as local government Minister Clinton Collymore lays a bill in parliament proposing postponement of elections until 2000. The polls are now three years overdue. Colin Smith reports on the response of parliamentarians and opposition parties to this legislation (03:43 – 05:49)
4. Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez has been given a strong mandate to carry out his proposed political reforms as his Patriotic coalition secured about 120 of 128 votes in the national assembly. One of the key reform is to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. Hugo Chavez speaks on the outcome of the electoral vote. AFP correspondent in Caracas discusses Chavez’s plans for radical reforms for the Congress and the Judiciary (05:50 – 08:50)
5. Scientists at the Seismic Research Unit in Trinidad are moving to improve means of monitoring the underwater active volcano off the coast of Grenada known as ‘Kick em Jenny’. John Sheppard Head of the Seismic Unit discusses threats to the marine environment and plans to purchase equipment for monitoring the volcano. Lew Smith reports on the volcano eruptions since 1939 (08:51 - 10:45)
6. Trinidad and Tobago authorities continue in the bid to hang convicted killer Anthony Briggs this week as Brigg’s appeal to human rights organizations and the Privy Council have failed. In 1992 Briggs hammered a taxi driver to death. Francis Joseph of the Trinidad Guardian reports from Port of Spain (10:46 – 12:48)
7. The Jamaican government is being asked by the organization Caribbean Rights Network to reconsider its intention to withdraw from the Inter-American convention on Human Rights. The group claims that this withdrawal has grave implications for civil and political rights of Jamaicans (12: 49 – 13:05
8. Parents of slain Jamaican youth Stephen Lawrence is demanding an apology from senior police officer Ben Bollock who has accused the Lawrence family for their failure at responding to their son’s murder investigation. Lawyer Imran Khan responds to the accusations. Keith Stone Greaves reports on the failure and deficiencies of the police enquiry (13:06 – 15:28)