Caribbean Report 22-08-1991



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1. Headlines (00:00-00:35)
2. Barbados’ Prime Minister, Erskine Sandiford announced that the salaries of public servants are to be cut by $24 million and new measures are to be implemented to raise revenue. The Barbados government also aims at raising $72 million in the current financial year and drastically reducing spending. Sandra Baptiste’s report from Bridgetown includes an extract of the speech by PM Erskine Sandiford. Bernard St. John, former PM and member of the opposition Barbados Labour Party is interviewed by Pat Whitehorne (00:36-07:09)
3. Caribbean Tourism Organization is calling for a regional appeal to the US to withdraw a travel advisory recently imposed against Jamaica due to high crime rates. Comments from Jean Holder, General Secretary of the CTO (07:10-09:14)
4. Tensions diminish between Haiti’s Prime Minister, Rene Preval, and the country’s Chamber of Deputies over a motion of no-confidence in the prime minister. The President of the Chamber is forced to resign and Michelle Montague reports that the Haitian Parliament is set to reconvene next week with a new Chamber president (09:15-11:25)
5. The Trinidadian branch of the doomed Bank of Credit and Commerce International is dissolved. Debbie Ransome reports from Port of Spain (11:26-12:52)
6. In St. Vincent, the opposition party has given a cautious response to the setting up of a Commission of Enquiry, headed by Justice Rex McKay, to investigate allegations of misconduct against the Police Commissioner, Randolph Toussaint. Colin Williams reports that the opposition parties are questioning the terms of reference of Justice McKay (12:53-14:56)