Caribbean Report 25-07-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:46)
2. In Bermuda, Progressive Labour Party leader Jennifer Smith is sworn in as Premier for a second term after the PLP’s elections victory but half of the PLP’s MPs want to remove her from the leadership. Don Burgess reports and the Anchor interviews the opposition UBP leader Dr. Grant Gibbons (00:47-04:19)
3. US Federal officers round up twenty-seven people under a new immigration programme against sex offenders. Offenders from six Caribbean countries are included. The number of deportees is expected to rise. Leslie Goffe reports from New York (04:20-06:02)
4. Ships registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are on a new international listing of vessels flagged for violating the new European Union safety regulations. Ships from those islands are in the ‘High Risk’ group and may be banned from all EU ports (06:03-06:39)
5. A small Jamaican contingent will join thousands attending the Annual National Gay Pride Parade in London. A member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) says that three years earlier an attempt to de-criminalize Jamaica’s buggery law was unsuccessful (06:40-09:22)
6. A shipment of livestock just arrived in Havana is the first significant batch of American animals to be sold in Cuba. The shipment was made possible by the 2000 exemption to a long-standing US trade embargo on Cuba (09:23-09:45)
7. The thirteenth anniversary of the ill-fated coup attempt by radical black Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago is here. Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson who was among the MPs held hostage, survived, and later became the country's President. He is interviewed by Ken Richards (09:46-11:49)
8. More than five thousand members of the New Testament Church of God gather in Brighton to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Church’s British branch by Caribbean immigrants. Martha Doyle's report includes an interview with co-founder Rose Lyseight (11:50-14:04)
9. The West Indies Cricket Board says it will submit a review to the sport’s governing body concerning the bowling action of pacer Jermaine Lawson during the fourth Test against Australia. Neil Nunes has more on this, a Bahamian athlete and a friendly football game in Jamaica (14:05-15:52)