Caribbean Report 22-08-2001

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1. In Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Basdeo Panday has strippled his Attorney General and Minister of Information of parts of their portfolios. While the Prime Minister today sought to avoid making a connection between his ongoing row with Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj for the changes the sign seems clear that he is going after the man who referred to the proposed appointment of his as just a token. Prime Minister Basdeo Panday and Attorney General Ramesh Maharaj are interviewed. Tony Fraser reports (00:00-02:07)
2. Some Caribbean leaders from the OECS are due to fly out to Tripoli for an official visit. The aim is to develop trade, aid and financial links with Libya. Press Secretary to Dr Denzil Williams, Erasmus Williams is interviewed (02:08-04:05)
3. Death of eight people in the border town of Corriverton in Guyana has once again re-opened the debate on the use of force by law enforcement officers. Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon is interviewed. Colin Smith reports (04:06-06:22)
4. Tropical storm warning for Southern Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands as Hurricane Dean is South East of the Islands. Neil Armstrong of the Bahamas Meteorology Department is interviewed and Barry Wilkinson reports (06:23-07:38)
5. Trade union in Grenada is calling for an independent inquiry into last Thursday's show of force by the police. President of the Bank and General Workers' Union Derek Allard is interviewed and Lou Smith reports (07:39-09:43)
6. Contentious American Senator Jesse Helms has announced that he is about to retire from Congress next year. Larry Burns of the Washington-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs is interviewed (09:44-11:44)
7. Court hearings have continued today in a case of more than two dozen Puerto Rican police officers on drug charges after they were caught in a sting operation. Shannon Novak reports (11:45-15:10)