Caribbean Report 16-01-1997


Hundreds of demonstrators have literally cut off a section of Trinidad and Tobago's main land oil belt in protest of unemployment and poor living conditions in the area. The following segment states that after complaints from the Italian and Spanish producers, the British government is calling on the European Commission to modify the quotas on rice import from the Caribbean. British officials say that the measures are affecting the Rice Processing Industry in Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Next, Jamaicans will now have a third option, the National Democratic Movement, when they vote in the next general elections. Next, former US President Jimmy Carter is to visit former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley in January. In the next segment, the Grenada government says that it wants to diversify the country’s economic base. Casino gambling seems to be one of its options and church leaders are opposing this move. The freeing of Colville McBarnet and Phyllis Coard on medical and humanitarian grounds is dealt with in this segment. The final segment states that a New York City Police Department memo, which directs police to compile a special list of Caribbean people they arrest, is causing a political storm.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. Demonstrations in Trinidad and Tobago cut off the country's oil belt. An interview with Tony Fraser (00:27-02:39)
3. The British government is pressing the European Commission to modify the quotas on rice import from the Caribbean. Barnaby Mason reports (02:40-04:15)
4. After fifty years of Patterson's politics, Jamaican nationals will now have a third option when they vote in the next general elections. Brascoe Lee, General Secretary, New Democratic Party is interviewed. Jennifer Grant reports from Kingston (04:16-06:23)
5. A visit to Michael Manley, former Jamaica Prime Minister by ex-President of the United States, Jimmy Carter (06:24-06:50)
6. The governement of Grenada has announced that it wants to diversity the country's economic base. Lou Smith reports from St. Georges (06:50-08:56)
7. Penal Reform International supports the call by the Grenadian Conference of Churches to free Colville McBarnet and Phyllis Coard. Interviews by Wendy Singh, Vice Chairman of Penal Reform International, and Father Peter Clarke, Deputy Chairman of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (08:57-13:19)
8. A secret New York City Department memo is causing a political storm. Leslie Gaft reports (13:20-15:26)