Caribbean Report 16-12-1996



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:29)
2. Another special Caricom Committee setup this time to deal with the common approach of international treaties. Prime Ministers P.J. Patterson and Lester Bird are interviewed. Jennifer Grant reports (00:30-02:50)
3. St. Lucia's crisis ridden banana industries facing the prospect of renewed strike action by farmers as a problem of poor quality food pushes down prices. St. Lucia's Banana Growers Association Rupert Gajadhar is interviewed and Pete Ninvalle reports (02:51-05:08)
4. Grenada's Postal Service was at a near standstill today as workers stayed off their jobs to protest what the union leaders have described as the government's disdainful attitude towards them (05:09-05:52)
5. Haiti's Justice System is severely criticised after an allegedly embezzler walks free. Michael Norton reports (05:53-09:06)
6. The Right Reverend Jim Thompson, a senior Church of England Bishop has reopened the debate in the church about homosexuals. However, this issue does not appear to be a matter of priority for the Caribbean. Dr David Holloway of the Evangelical Reform Group and Bishop Neville De Souza, Head of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and Reverend Jim Thompson are interviewed. Moya Thomas reports (09:07-12:19)
7. An Antiguan born Minister of Religion Ermal Kirby has become Britain's first black district chairman of the Methodist Church (12:20-12:50)
8. A moral booster in the Christmas Camp for the struggling West Indies team Down Under (12:51-14:36)
9. Australia has criticised Norway and Japan for continuing to hunt and kill the minke whales in defiance of international appeals for an end to our whaling (14:37-15:33)