Caribbean Report 20-08-1999 

Table of Contents
1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:00 - 00:32)
2. Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines announced the terms of reference into an enquiry into the country’s prison system. The one-man commission follows a series of protest by prisoners in late July and early August. Mike Findlay reports on the mandate given to chief judicial commissioner Barbadian Jurist Sir Frederick Smith to investigate prison conditions, examine terms and working conditions of prison officers, discipline, prison site and prison conditions. St Vincent as a typical example of current prison conditions in lock-up facilities in the Eastern Caribbean is analysed by Wendy Singh regional penal reform consultant based at the Caribbean Office of Penal Reform and International (00:33 – 04:44)
3. Caribbean sugar producers have been given reasons to increase output in the European market. This follows a shortfall by Mauritius, the largest supplier to the European Union. This drop in production has been attributed to drought which ravaged the sugar cane industry in the country. Brain Webb Chief Executive of the Guyana Sugar Cooperation gives the assurance that Guyana can boost production and fill the gap if other Caribbean territories cannot meet shortfall (04:45 – 07:18)
4. The recent announcement by the British based Telecommunications giant Cable and Wireless to reduce rates of international direct dialing calls in the Caribbean region has received mixed response from Donnie De Freitas who is currently spearheading the proposed OECS reforms in the sector. He contends that this gesture was not aimed at ending the monopoly currently held by the telecommunication company in the Caribbean and warns customers to diligently evaluate new offers of reduction in rates ( 07:19 - 09:11)
5. In the United States a new survey shows that 50 percent of the country’s young adults approve of racial segregation. The racial attitude poll of young Americans was commissioned by the Hamilton College in New York. Blacks, Whites and Hispanics between the ages of 18 – 30 are happy to live in a segregated America. Donald Washington Young Christian Minister, Academic consultant Dr. Basil Wilson Jamaican professor at New York City University and Edward Hughes City University student express divergent views on segregation within an integrated multi-racial society. Reporter Leslie Garth reports from New York (9:12 - 12:45)
6. The World Championships opened in Seville Spain with over 2,000 athletes and officials from 200 countries around the world registered to take part in the games. Representing the Caribbean are athletes from Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and smaller territories Anguilla, Antigua and St. Lucia. Jamaican Sportscaster Laurie Foster reports from Seville (12:46 – 15:22)