Caribbean Report 18-05-1999

Table of Contents
1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00: 31)
2. Ken Richards reports on the elections held in the British Virgin Islands. Electoral officials report that initial elections results show victory for Chief Minister Ralph O'Neil. Angela Burns-Piper reports from Tortola on the elections (00:32 - 04: 39)
3. In the Dutch Caribbean Sint Maarten voters goes to the poll. BBC correspondent Mike Jarvis reports on media coverage of the political campaigns (04: 40 – 06: 21)
4. In the Dominican Republic a two day strike called by the coalition of trade unions received widespread support as schools and businesses remain closed in Santo Domingo. Protesters are demanding lower fuel and food prices and higher salaries. Journalist Jean Michel Caroit monitors the effectiveness of the strike (04:41 - 09:24
5. In Suriname a sitting of parliament was postponed following demonstrations outside a court building in Paramaribo. This protest follows government appointment of five new judges which is considered unconstitutional (09: 25 – 09: 59)
6. At the start of the official hurricane season regional leader Prime Minister of Dominica Edison James is calling on insurance companies to do more to assist with nation building in the Caribbean region by investments and provision of finance for development. Keith Stone Greaves reports (09: 60 – 12: 22)
7. Outgoing Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam was appointed as the Caribbean Red Cross Ambassador for Youth to assist with AIDS prevention in the region. Fitzwilliam discusses the AIDS crisis in the Caribbean and her role as goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations with correspondent Emma Joseph (12: 23 - 14: 30)
8. Puerto Rico governor Pedro Rosselló appeared in court to testify in a case against a former advisor on health matters. Current investigation is ongoing into the disappearance of two million dollars in aids funds (14: 31 - 15: 27)