Caribbean Report 01-08-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:39)
2. The Government of Santo Domingo bans protests during the Pan American Games. Tear gas is used to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathering for a march. Michael Bascombe reports (00:40-02:22)
3. In Trinidad, over eight thousand sugar workers laid off from “Caroni (1975) Limited” are due for redundancy payments. They’ve given the Government a payment deadline. Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday talks to the BBC Caribbean Report (02:23-05:45)
4. Police in the Bahamas say eleven year old Junior Reme is missing. This is the fourth boy since May. Reginald Ferguson, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Crime provides an update in this Rosie Hayes report (5:46-07:13)
5. Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is in London to campaign and raise funds for upcoming elections. He gives a response about the call to release the seventeen prisoners who had plotted against the then Prime Minister Maurice Bishop (07:14-11:30)
6. “Jeb” Bush is criticizing the Bush government’s decision to return a group of twelve alleged hijackers to Cuba. For many Cubans, Florida by sea may seem the easy way out but one defector Juan Antonio Martínez chose differently (11:31-12:58)
7. Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Patrick Manning states that Emancipation Day is for all races. Raymond Edwards reports from the celebrations in Port of Spain. Artist LeRoy Clarke and Culture Minister Edward Hart offer their interpretations (12:59-15:45)