Caribbean Report 07-08-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Heated debate over the election of an openly gay Anglican Bishop continues in the US. Leslie Goffe reports that Caribbean born Episcopalians are discussing a break-away from the Church. Among them are Rev. Peter Bramble and Joyce Prime of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, New York (00:31-02:07)
3. Following the confirmation of their first openly gay Bishop, American Episcopalians reject a proposal to draft standard language for blessing same sex couples. In the Caribbean, Satnarayan Maharaj of the Hindu organisation, the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, anticipates rebellious behaviour from members because of this (02:08-03:14)
4. One academic at the University of the West Indies is accusing the Anglican Church and in particular the Province in the Caribbean of being resistant to change. However, Peter Wickham, a Barbadian lecturer believes that the timing is good for the Church to treat with this controversial matter (03:15-06:13)
5. The President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez is coming to Trinidad and Tobago for energy talks. Prime Minister Patrick Manning says that he is seeking Venezuelan cooperation in securing a greater share of the US market for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Raymond Edwards reports (06:14-08:35)
6. Three Tobagonian fishermen lost at sea for thirty-three days return home with a terrifying tale of surviving on raw fish and rainwater. They received medical treatment after their rescue off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula (08:36-09:10)
7. Two important by-elections are being held In the Turks and Caicos Islands to determine who will run the country after the Supreme Court threw out previous results in the two constituencies. Both the Opposition PNP leader Michael Misick and the Chief Minister Derek Taylor of the PDP Movement are interviewed (09:11-12:25)
8. High ranking economists and banking experts warn that Cuba’s economy is in dire straits. Dennis Flannery, Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank says that Cuba’s foreign debt has reached a record high and Beatriz Casals, President of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy says that Cuba is experiencing its worse crisis in decades (12:26-13:03)
9. A former rebel, Cuban Commander Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo who broke with Fidel Castro’s government and ended up serving twenty-two years in prison announces his return to Cuba to lead an opposition movement. Stephen Gibbs reports from Havana (13:04-14:28)
10. Cuban American leaders in Miami are outraged at the decision of Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo to return to his homeland. A spokesman for the Cuban American National Foundation says that he has taken a backward step (14:29-14:45)
11. The United States leads the medals table at the end of the fifth day of the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. The Americans have twenty-seven gold medals with Cuba close behind on twenty-two. Apart from Cuba, Caribbean nations are not faring too well (14:46-15:39)