Independent On-line, 22 November 2002, Glover in Trinidad to film children and Aids

Actor Danny Glover is on a three-day visit to Trinidad to film a television programme on HIV/Aids and children.

The 55-year-old American, who starred in the Lethal Weapon movies and the film The Colour Purple, arrived early on Wednesday at the
Caribbean country's Piarco International Airport, United Nations spokeswoman Vashty Maharaj said.

Glover will host the first of 10 episodes of a series called Hot Spots, scheduled to begin airing in January on the American cable network Showtime, Maharaj said.

The programme is part of a series about the struggles children face around the world. Actress Angelina Jolie will visit a refugee camp in
Zambia
and actor Jeff Bridges will host an episode looking at hunger in the United States.

The Trinidad episode will focus on children and HIV/Aids, with Glover talking about the virus with Trinidadian youths. Some 17 000 people out of Trinidad and Tobago's population of 1.3 million are infected with HIV, including 300 children, officials say. About 3 600 children under the age of 15 were living without one parent or both because they had died of Aids, 2001 UN estimates showed.

The Caribbean has the world's second highest infection rate, after sub-Saharan Africa. About 2% of people, or 500 000 - excluding Cuba where infection rates are low - are HIV-positive, the Caribbean Task Force on HIV/Aids said.

Glover is also one of several celebrities who serve as goodwill ambassadors for the UN Development Programme to draw attention to poverty.

After his visit to Trinidad, Glover plans to travel to Jamaica. A Jamaican film festival plans to present Glover with a lifetime achievement award tomorrow.

The fourth annual Jamerican Film and Music Festival, taking place this week in the resort town of Montego Bay, will give Glover its third Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.

Last year, the award went to British actor Roger Moore. The first was presented in 2000 to entertainer Harry Belafonte. - Sapa-AP