Caribbean Report 22-01-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (01:22)
2. Donald Johnston, OECD Secretary General says a crackdown on tax havens may be undermined by an EU compromise agreement that eases pressure on three locations. Victor Banks, Finance Minister of Anguilla, expects a negative impact on business in the British overseas territories. Bertram Niles reports (01:23-05:07)
3. After a six-day pay strike that forced stoppage of operations at Jamaican state-run hospitals, medical laboratory technicians are returning to work. The Health Minister assures them of goverment's willingness to restart settlement talks (05:08-05:29)
4. British immigration authorities are strongly criticized by a high court judge for their treatment of a Jamaican female resident of twelve years. Deportation will be a breach of her private and family life rights. Ben Meade reports (05:30-07:00)
5. The West Indies Cricket Board is forced to apologize to the new sponsors of its world cup squad. This after players reject their share of the sponsorship deal for being too small. Colin James reports (07:01-09:00)
6. Gordon Brown, Britain’s Senior Finance Minister proposes a new funding mechanism to support the investment required by the developing world. It will effectively double the money countries receive. This fight for development is part of the battle against terrorism. Ben Meade reports (09:01-09:37)
7. A Venezuelan Supreme Court suspends an upcoming referendum on the presidency of Hugo Chavez. Jimmy Carter, former US President has proposed amending Venezuela’s constitution to bring forward presidential elections (09:38-10:04)
8. Aston "Family Man" Barrett, a base player with Bob Marley takes his battle for a multi-million dollar slice of the late Marley’s legacy to the London High Court. Ken Richards reports (10:05-11:47)
9. A Virgin Atlantic plane strikes a lamp post in an abandoned section of Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport. No plane damage or injuries were reported. Ken Richards tells more (11:48-12:44)