Caribbean Report 11-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Mike Jarvis (00:00-00:32)
2. Caribbean countries are warned of no decrease in gasoline prices when Curaçao’s Isla refinery, one of the world’s largest returns to full production. Its operations were shut down when a national strike in Venezuela halted its crude shipments. Norbert Chaclin, General Manager Refineria Isla says normal production will not resume due to a malfunction in one of the production units and because of what current global trends dictate. The BBC’s Neil Nunes reports (00:33-02:23)
3. Legislators in the Cayman Islands vote unanimously to censure the Territory’s Attorney General David Ballantyne. The motion of no confidence was with regard to his role in a failed money laundering case. Tim Godber, President of the Cayman Islands Banking Association expresses support for the AG’s exit from office and asks for his rectification of the situation. The BBC’s Ken Richards reports (02:24-07:06)
4. CARICOM leaders will meet in Trinidad and Tobago to sign an agreement that could finally bring the Caribbean Court of Justice into existence. Prior to this Summit, Finance and Tourism Ministers intend to draw up plans for a fund to assist member countries. Edwin Carrington, CARICOM Secretary General reiterates that all of CARICOM needs to unite and support the CARICOM single market and economy. BBC’s Tony Fraser reports (07:07-09:25)
5. Too little too late, is how the small political party, Rise Organize and Rebuild (ROAR) Guyana describes calls for trust and inclusive governance by President Bharrat Jagdeo who was responding to calls by the opposition leader for executive power sharing. According to Ravi Dev, President of ROAR who agrees with the People's National Congress (PNC) party, the counter proposal does not go far enough. BBC’s Mike Jarvis reports (09:26-12:24)
6. Elmeade Jarvis, former accountant of Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) in Antigua is arrested by local police after Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Woodman executed the arrest warrant. Jarvis is charged with larceny and operating at the center of a fraud and corruption network in the workplace (12:25-13:09)
7. In football, a new world cup qualifying format for the CONCACAF region may pose a problem for team players. The Mexican coach complains that his team, one of the top performers may have to play on substandard pitches in smaller Caribbean islands. However, Harold Taylor, General Secretary of the Caribbean Football Union disagrees and dismisses this remark. The BBC’s Bertram Niles reports (13:10-15:32)