Caribbean Report 12-05-2000



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1. Headlines (00:00-00:22
2. Grenada is bracing itself for demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. An anti-government rally is taking place in St Georges after the union representatives of dissatisfied teachers refused to turn up for a meeting with the Prime Minister. Workers at the Grenada Broadcasting Network are currently on strike. (00:23-01:06)
3. The authorities in Cuba have freed one of the country’s best known jail dissidents Félix Bonne. Human Rights activists and family members said Mr Bonne’s release was conditional. He was entitled to parole after completing most of his four-year sentence for criticizing the Cuban government. (01:07-01:40)
4. Jamaican businessman, Pat Rousseau, turned back the challenge of Trinidad and Tobago’s Board President, Allan LeQuay, to secure a third successive term as President of the West Indies Cricket Board at the AGM in George Town. It came a day after speculations about Brian Lara being on the West Indies team for its tour of England. (01:41-04:53)
5. An anti-government rally is now taking place in St Georges. A crowd of workers has gathered and several union and political representatives have been addressing them. Some Unions are supporting the sick-out by teachers and the Grenada Broadcasting Network demonstrations. (04:54-06:37)
6. Football officials from the Caribbean, and North and Central America, are having their regular congress in the Bahamas. They are being courted by delegates from the six countries competing to host the World Cup in 2006. (06:38-10:22)
7. Panama is going after the 13 CARICOM votes to help its candidate to the position of Assistant Secretary General of the OAS. Elections for the position will be held at the Annual General Meeting of the OAS in Canada in June. Trinidad and Tobago’s Christopher Thomas has held the position for the past 8 years. (10:23-12:57)
8. “St Vincent and the Grenadines is being criticized by London’s Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society for ignoring world bans on the killing of dolphins”. They are referring to an incident in which a fisherman harpooned a 20 foot Bordeaux whale. (12:58-15:30)