Caribbean Report 24-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Mike Jarvis (00:00-00:27)
2. Efforts are underway in Jamaica to get the countries two main political parties to resume their political talks. One of the key players in bringing the two sides to the table is Bishop Herro Blair. BBC correspondent Mike Jarvis reports (00:28-03:54)
3. In Trinidad and Tobago, the case is adjourned against Leader of the Opposition Basdeo Panday for failing to declare to the Integrity Commission, a joint British bank account held with wife Oma Panday. The charge covers a two-year period while he was the country’s Prime Minister. The BBC’s Mike Jarvis reports (03:55-04:39)
4. Two US Republican Senators are visiting Guyana and Haiti to learn first-hand about HIV/AIDS in the two poorest nations of the Hemisphere. This follows US President Bush’s announcement that Guyana and Haiti will be prioritized in his disbursement of a fifteen billion dollar fund. Senator Richard Michael “Mike” DeWine talks about the visit. The BBC’s Mike Jarvis reports (04:40-05:49)
5. French Caribbean territory Saint Martin is presenting the French government with proposals for greater internal autonomy. Jean-Luc Hamlet, First Deputy Mayor of French Saint Martin gives an account of what this new level of autonomy will entail. BBC correspondent Mike Jarvis reports (05:50-08:50)
6. Abdullah el-Faisal is a thirty-nine year old Muslim cleric who preaches in the United Kingdom. Born in Jamaica as Trevor William Forrest, he became a Muslim cleric and was found guilty in a London court of inciting murder and preaching racial hatred after telling his followers to kill Jews, Hindus, Christians, and Americans. He could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The BBC’s Orin Gordon reports (08:51-10:37)
7. America’s oldest law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) announces that it will be setting up shop in Jamaica. Several Jamaicans are on the US Most Wanted list and Jamaicans are among the highest number of deportees. BBC correspondent Karen Weir reports (10:38-12:21)
8. Connoisseurs from all over the world will be sampling cigars at Cuba’s Cigar Festival where most agree the finest cigars are to be found. These cigars are a big source of revenue as well as part of a vibrant, thriving black-market trade in Havana. BBC correspondent Stephen Gibbs reports (12:22-15:35)