Caribbean Report 28-02-2003

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1. Headlines with anchor Mike Jarvis (00:00-00:32)
2. The West Indies misses qualifying by just six runs for the second stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The team was edged out by Sri Lanka. West Indies will return to the Caribbean following the tournament for a home Test and one-day series against Australia. BBC correspondent Mike Jarvis reports (00:33-01:08)
3. Human Rights campaigners in Jamaica are to lodge a formal protest to the government after being locked out of a news conference about alleged excesses by police. Dr. Carolyn Gomes from Jamaicans for Justice speaks on this issue. Arlene Harrison-Henry, Vice President of the Jamaica Bar Association slams the Attorney General for barring the campaigners from the news conference. BBC’s Mike Jarvis and Karen Weir report (01:09-06:06)
4. Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur is backing away from his defense of the illegal hire trade that brought Guyanese tradesmen to work at his home. He reportedly called it a good thing for speeding up regional integration. The question of whether he has a legal case is put to Jeff Cumberbatch, Senior Law Lecturer at the UWI, Cave Hill who presents an in-depth legal analysis of the situation. The BBC’s Mike Jarvis reports (06:07-09:22)
5. The new leadership of China says it will continue its long standing friendship with Cuba as Cuban leader Fidel Castro continues on his four-day official visit to China. BBC correspondent Rosie Hayes reports (09:23-11:06)
6. Guyana-born cricket commentator Joseph 'Reds' Perreira reports on the match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka. A team from the West Indies Cricket Board meets with ICC Cricket World Cup organizers in South Africa in preparation for their hosting of the next tournament. Christopher Chris Deering, Head of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) 2007 Organizing Committee says he believes in detailed planning and meeting with the right people. The BBC’s Mike Jarvis reports (11:07-13:51)
7. The English port city of Bristol is known for its significant role in the transatlantic slave trade. However, Tristram Julian William Hunt, a leading University of London historian says that it should remember its shady past and he calls for a slavery museum to be built for disseminating more factual history to visitors. Diane Bunyan, Leader of the Bristol City Council says there is a lack of funding. The BBC’s Bertram Niles reports (13:52-15:35)
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