Caribbean Report 09-07-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:28)
2. According to Cuban security forces three people are killed in one of two hijacking attempts taking place on the island. Stephen Gibbs reports (00:29-02:22)
3. The Government of Montserrat says that Britain has approved one a half million USD in emergency aid following the eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano. Meanwhile, in Saint Lucia a new law is being discussed that will include provisions for the forced evacuation of people from disaster zones (02:23-04:49)
4. According to one political analyst from The University of the West Indies, Prime Minister Patrick Manning should not read too much into his win of nine electoral districts. The voter turnout was thirty-seven percent for Trinidad’s Local Government Elections even lower than the one before (04:50-08:18)
5. More than a thousand workers from Antigua’s Public Works Department stop work briefly to protest government’s failure to pay outstanding wages. About thirty representatives visit the Office of the Prime Minister before meeting with the new Minister of Finance, Robin Yearwood (08:19-09:50)
6. The President of the Guyana Cricket Board, Chetram Singh, withdraws from the election for President of the West Indies Cricket Board. In an interview, Mr. Singh says he wants no questions raised about his suitability for President (09:51-13:07)
7. Police in the Bahamas extends the search for three boys from Grand Bahama who mysteriously disappeared beyond the country’s borders. They are seeking help from other Caribbean countries as well as the United States. Bertram Niles reports (13:08-14:58)
8. Thousands of Cubans turn out in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to pay their respects to the celebrated musician Compay Segundo (14:59-15:30)