Caribbean Report 30-07-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:25)
2. An undercover operation aimed at the crack cocaine trade in Bristol City brings more than two dozen arrests. Jamaicans appear to be responsible for much of the drug dealing particularly in Saint Paul’s district. Phil Mackie reports (00:26-03:39)
3. The Privy Council has thrown out an appeal by two Jamaican companies. They remain liable for taxes and penalties imposed on the Enchanted Garden resort while Opposition Leader Edward Seaga was a key shareholder (03:40-05:01)
4. The Privy Council hears what British Press reports as the first environmental case in its history. The Law Lords are being asked to grant an injunction halting construction of a dam in Belize because of a threat to rare wildlife (05:02-05:30)
5. The five-island Netherlands Antilles is warning that the Dutch territory is running out of money and time. The Antillean economy can collapse totally if immediate action is not taken. Joe Dominique has the details (05:31-07:11)
6. Caribbean countries are again discussing a mutual military treaty to protect the region’s security. The decision of the United States to withdraw military aid from six Caribbean countries underscores the need for such a treaty (07:12-11:19)
7. Guyana’s Attorney General, Doodnauth Singh, admits that a legal ruling against two policemen is a blow to the Force. An inquest jury found them to be criminally responsible for the death of a fugitive, Linden "Blackie" London (11:20-12:58)
8. The latest football ranking by FIFA shows that the Jamaica team “Reggae Boyz” has improved. From Orin Gordon’s report it seems that both Jamaica and its rival Trinidad and Tobago are still far off from the best teams (12:59-14:50)
9. From London, Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar says there’s too much ‘sledging’ (abuse of opponents on the field) and lack of sportsmanship. He believes that the bad behaviour of players could ruin the spirit of cricket (14:51-15:35)