Caribbean Report 04-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Bertram Niles (00:00-00:24)
2. Officials of the Jamaica Teachers' Association meet to fine tune intended industrial action if they do not get a satisfactory pay settlement. Sadie Comrie, President of Jamaica Teachers' Association when asked what is considered a reasonable wage increase says between seven and eight percent (00:25-03:18)
3. Police in Trinidad and Tobago say that they remain skeptical about the existence of a laboratory that can produce chemical bombs to be used against the British and US interests. This is in response to the Trinidad Express newspaper’s story about bottles of substances that were dumped and burnt near a chemical lab in Debe (South) Trinidad. The BBC’s Tony Fraser reports (03:19-05:16)
4. Caribbean governments are told by Sir Shridath Ramphal, former Commonwealth Secretary General that CARICOM leaders ought to take a public stand against any war against Iraq because the consequences can be economically hazardous. An Iraqi family with Grenadian passports is deported from Barbados. Opposition politicians in Grenada are using this case to suggest that Keith Mitchell’s Economic Citizenship Programme is still posing problems for the island. The BBC’s Ken Richards reports (05:17-10:41)
5. Underground cable faults are being blamed for power outages in parts of the Saint Kitts capital of Basseterre that affected the commercial district. Terence Byron, Manager of the country’s Electrical Department says that workers are working diligently to ensure that customers receive electricity (10:42-11:21)
6. In cricket, the West Indies is seeking to have Jamaican Marlon Samuels reinstated to the World Cup squad after the middle order batsman received clearance to play despite his persistent knee injury. However, Jackie Hendriks, President of Jamaica Cricket Board states that he is not in support of this controversial decision (11:22-14:43)
7. Lawyers for Lester Bird, Antiguan Prime Minister are explaining why law suits for defamation against two journalists have been withdrawn. Lawyers have dropped the case because they want the journalists to provide full testimony. The PM is suing the fifteen year old girl, Antigua Observer Media Group (employers of the journalists) and members of the Opposition United Progressive Party. BBC's Bertram Niles reports (14:44-15:33)