Caribbean Report 23-02-2000



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1. Headlines: (00:00-00:25)
2. There has been an increase in the trafficking and consumption of narcotics in the Caribbean region based on a report published by the International Narcotics Control Board. The United Nations commissioned this 75 page document that covers the drug trafficking problem in the Caribbean and Central America. (00:26-02:04)
3. Drug trafficking in the Eastern Caribbean is being replaced by organized money laundering as reported by the UN Drug Control Coordination Programme in the region. Puerto Rico remains at the heart of the operation for drugs moving from the Caribbean to North America and Europe. Based on UN statistics, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are quickly becoming alternate routes for drugs. (02:05-04:13)
4. There are some Anguillan politicians who are resorting to court. Chief Minister Hubert Hughes’ attorneys are appealing a High Court ruling made in favour of the speaker of the legislature Leroy Rogers. Justice Adrian Saunders dismissed 2 suits brought against the speaker in January. (04:14-05:54)
5. In St. Kitts and Nevis, the public will be informed by Friday, nominations day, the names of the candidates who are running for the 11 seats in the March 6 general elections. The Labour Party in the last poll with Denzil Douglas won 7 of the 8 St. Kitts seats and the People’s Action Movement 1. In Nevis, 2 constituencies are held by Premier Vance Amory and the third by Nevis Reformation Party. (05:55-08:31)
6. Oscar Biscet who was a Cuban doctor now turned activist, is expected to go to trial this Friday. His charge is offending symbols of the country such as turning the national flag upside down and public disorder. Biscet could face up to 7 years in prison. (08:32-10:32)
7. In Guyana thousands took to the streets today to commemorate 30th anniversary in carnival style irrespective of political rivalry. (10:33-12:01)
7. Roger Harper, the new coach for the Windies team, acknowledged it’s a tough job ahead. Harper and manager Ricky Skerrit are the new members of the team’s management staff. They have replaced Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd. A corporate approach was taken by the Board in these 2 appointments with a focus on coaching and management qualifications. (12:02-14:45)