Caribbean Report 17-09-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00 - 00:27)
2. Disturbing reports emerge on activities at the main jailhouse in St. Vincent following an enquiry into the state of the prison. Bribery and corruption involving inmates and staff, prisoners smoking marijuana, substandard food and living conditions, overcrowding, staff shortages and a lack of respect for authority are some of the issues reported in the enquiry. Mike Finley reports from Kingstown, St. Vincent (00: 28 - 02:07)
3. Officials from sugar producing countries in the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific are meeting in Swaziland in an effort to present a united front to European Union (EU) sugar buyers before new trade agreements commence in November of this year. Sugar producers have expressed fears about the potential loss in benefits and revenues currently enjoyed under existing Lome Agreements. Jamaican Carl James chairman of Caribbean Sugar Association presents the case for continued EU support for small sugar producers and discusses the competition faced in international markets. Keith Stone Greaves reports (02:08 – 05:03)
4. Reports are slowly emerging on the extent of damage to outer islands following the passage of Hurricane Floyd. Timothy Eckhert reports from Nassau on the extensive damage, disruption of major operations and services, the scale of relief efforts, and lack of communication between families (05:04 – 07:32)
5. Questions continue in Trinidad on the issue of assignment of contracts in the expansion of the Piarco International Airport. Critics of the project are calling for the government to set up a Commission of Enquiry investigation into the award of tenures. A council set up by Prime Minister Basdeo Panday compromising engineers, contractors, surveyors and other professionals discovered that there were irregularities in the award of contracts. Winston Riley head of the Joint Consultative Council comments on current tendering laws and the negative effects of the expansion project. Tony Fraser reports (07:33 – 09:57)
6. In a special report, correspondent Yvette Roe reviews Caribbean culture in the 21st century. This review follows a meeting of entertainers, politicians and academics at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. The importance and vibrancy and impact of Caribbean culture globally is reiterated by Prime Minister Basdeo Panday during the opening session. Jane Small discusses financial assistance for the art industry. Guyanese writer Ian McDonald comments on the reverence for artists. Writer and Senator Ken Ramchand analyses the role of social action in carnival and calypso themes. Professor of History at UWI Gordon Rohlehr calls for an improvement in air play policies (09:58 - 15:20)