Caribbean Report 17-04-1995

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The US State Department responds to the letter of protest written by St. Vincent's Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell. Tensions have gripped the Jamaican money markets a few days before the presentation of the 1995/96 budget. Errol Gregory, Managing Editor of Money Index magazine explains why the money markets are so jittery at this time. Chiquita Brands, the American multinational distributor and producer of bananas and other produce lost $71.5 million last year due to new EU quotas, a strike in Honduras and poor sales in Japan. The Trinidad and Tobago government has withdrawn a bill which sought to end constitutional appeals to the British Privy Council on criminal matters. As thousands of school children in the region prepare for exams set by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), teachers criticise the exams as too difficult and syllabuses too burdensome. Irene Walter, CXC Acting Registrar comments on the issue.

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1. Headlines with Yvette Rowe (00:00-00:29)
2. The US State Department responds to the protest letter written by Vincentian Prime Minister (00:30-02:57)
3. Devaluation fears arise as Jamaica's budget approaches (02:58-08:04)
4. Chiquita Brands, the American fruit multinational records huge losses last year (08:05-08:55)
5. The Trinidad and Tobago government has withdrawn a bill which sought to end constitutional appeals to the British Privy Council on criminal matters (08:56-11:20)
6. The CXC exams are in danger of becoming too much of a test for the region's students (11:21-14:58)

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