Caribbean Report 24-01-2002

Table of Contents
1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. Preliminary arguments are heard in a motion challenging the constitutionality of Saint Lucia’s recent general elections. Constitutional lawyer Martinus Francois who is a member of the Freedom Party which failed to make a showing at the last poll is taking legal action against Prime Minister Kenny Anthony and the Attorney General Petros Compton (00:27-03:05)
3. In what is being described as a land mark case in the history of constitutional law in the Caribbean, the Privy Council in London looks set to rule on whether regional states still have the right to impose the death penalty as a mandatory sentence (03:06–05:40)
4. Ahead of the Commonwealth head’s meeting, the Commonwealth Secretary General, Don McKinnon is visiting four Caribbean countries: Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Dominica and Belize, featuring the agenda for the summit in Australia in his discussions with officials (05:41-9:17)
5. The leader of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party (NPP) in Puerto Rico says it is the victim of persecution following the arrest of a former education secretary and sixteen others on corruption charges. More than a hundred people including law enforcement officials have been charged with corruption over the last year (9:18-11:05)
6. British customs seize cocaine with an estimated street value of about a million U.S. dollars after a routine search of a banana boat from the Windward Islands. Two crewmen have been arrested (11:06-11:34)
7. Teachers in the French Caribbean territory of Saint Martin take strike action in concert with their counterparts in France and its Overseas Department. Neil Nunes reports (11:35-12:56)
8. The West Indies premier cricket competition the Busta Cup begins amid concern that standards are declining as the West Indies, once the strongest team in the cricket world have been defeated in twenty of their last twenty-five test matches overseas and this regional first class competition is not churning out the quality players that their international side demands (12:57-14:37)
9. In football there is no word from Middlesbrough F.C. on the possible signing of Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke although reports from Old Crawford suggest a deal is immanent (14:38-15:29)