Caribbean Report 26-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Bertram Niles (00:00-00:29)
2. The Caribbean share of cocaine trans-shipment to Europe increased nearly four-fold between the 1990’s and 2001 based on the latest report figures released by Flavio Mirella, Senior Officer of the United Nations Caribbean Office on Drugs. Tony Fraser reports (00:30-03:09)
3. The Dominica Public Service Union and the government must meet again to address the deadlock over the pay dispute affecting hundreds of striking workers. At a news conference, Swinburne Lestrade, Director of Finance and Planning says the ongoing industrial unrest could have great consequences on Dominica’s ailing economy. The BBC’s Paul Charles reports (03:10-04:51)
4. Jamaican students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus staged a rare political protest due to controversial statements by Omar Davies, Finance Minister about government spending. Anissa Gill, President of the UWI Mona Students’ Guild voices the sentiments of students. BBC’s Bertram Niles reports (04:52-07:41)
5. Robert Giuseppi, Head of the Organization of Labor Unions in Trinidad and Tobago is in Britain making a case against demands by international agencies for the privatization of essential services in developing countries. He was invited to speak by the Anti-Globalization World Development Movement. The BBC’s Bertram Niles reports (07:42-09:58)
6. Journalist Michèle Montas describes her reasons for closing Radio Haiti almost three years after her husband Jean Dominique was killed. At the top of the list are death threats to her staff. The BBC’s Bertram Niles reports (09:59-13:07)
7. In cricket, Australian cricketer ex spinner Shane Keith Warne will not be appealing against his twelve-month ban from the game, despite believing that the punishment for taking substances was harsh. Sympathy for his plight is being expressed by his fraternity globally and that includes cricketer Brian Lara. Dr. Adrian Lorde, Chairman, Barbados National Anti-Doping Commission is interviewed. The BBC’s Orin Gordon reports (13:08-15:33)