Caribbean Report 31-07-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. About half of Haiti’s population is being affected by a silent food crisis. At the same time, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a six million dollar aid appeal for that country. Orin Gordon reports (00:27-03:58)
3. Following on the recent arrest of twenty-seven Jamaicans suspected of dealing in crack cocaine, three more people are taken into custody. Dr. Harley Lampitt offers his perspective (03:59-06:16)
4. A recent raid by members of Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit has resulted in four Guyanese and one Columbian appearing in court on charges of possession of over forty thousand dollars in forged US bills (06:17-06:49)
5. After decades, Trinidad and Tobago’s state owned sugar company, “Caroni (1975) Limited,” is finally closed. Most of its nine thousand workers have taken up redundancy packages but controversy remains over aspects of pension arrangements. Raymond Edwards reports (06:50-08:20)
6. Experiences of Caribbean nurses who were recruited to work in Britain in the 1950s and 60s are being documented by the National Archives (UK). Concerns expressed have been discrimination and a lack of promotional opportunities. Trinidadian-born Linda Ali describes a new e-resource (08:21-10.40)
7. A three-day meeting of trade and agriculture ministers ends in Montreal amid continuing disagreements. As members of the WTO, they will meet formally in September. Canadian journalist Katherine Canty is interviewed (10:41-13:27)
8. Suriname will join most of the rest of the Caribbean Community in designating its currency as the dollar, making a change from the Guilder. The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at restoring confidence in Surinamese currency (13:28-13:45)
9. The Dominican Republic races against the clock for the completion of venues before the opening of the Pan-American Games. One hundred and seventy-five million will be spent on the set up for the Games. Neil Nunes reports (13:46-15:16)
10. The High Court in London has overturned a speeding conviction against Tobagonian footballer Dwight Yorke. The judge says the black man’s signature was not on his Porsche when it was spotted (15:17-15:36)