Caribbean Report 16-01-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:23)
2. Grenada is on the verge of a national strike after a dramatic turn of events in the industrial dispute between the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) and its employees. GBN has fired all twenty-three employees involved. Union Leader Chester Humphrey, Shop Steward Martin Redhead and Bernadette Connell express strong dissatisfaction. Lou Smith reports (00:24-03:36)
3. A group of sixty senior doctors in Trinidad and Tobago threaten to resign within a month. However, Colm Imbert, Health Minister says that they will be replaced. Doctors are demanding that the Medical Professionals Association be allowed to negotiate on behalf of over four hundred junior doctors. Tony Fraser reports (03:37-05:44)
4. Bermuda has slapped visa restrictions on Jamaicans travelling to the island as part of the drug trafficking and crime crack down. Trevor Fife, President of the West Indian Association (Bermuda) defends the Association’s position on the visa restrictions and the rationale for it. He believes it will also bring positive change in Jamaica (05:45-09:04)
5. Possible terrorist threats to passengers appear in a travel advisory on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. Renatta Mohammed, Corporate Communications Manager, TIDCO says this can cause considerable harm to Trinidad and Tobago's image and to the tourism sector. Ben Meade reports (09:05-10:41)
6. In Jamaica, tourist officials and taxi operators at the tourist port Ocho Rios are implementing a new arrangement for taxi drivers to satisfy the urgent need for improved security raised by cruise operators. Ben Meade reports (10:42-11:16)
7. An opposition boycott of the Guyana Parliament is being blamed in part for what is being described as the deplorable state of the administration of justice in the country. Desiree Bernard, Chancellor of the Judiciary said that this could result in the justice system being in imminent danger of collapse (11:17-13:27)
8. A juvenile court judge in Fairfax, Virginia has ruled that seventeen year old Jamaican, John Lee Malvo can soon be tried as an adult and face the death penalty for the shooting of an FBI analyst which left ten people dead. Bertram Niles reports (13:28-14:37)
9. Curacao’s island refinery is to resume processing crude. The refinery which receives most of its oil from Venezuela recently shut down its operations when oil shipments from Venezuela stopped as a result of a general strike already in its seventh week. Ken Richards reports (14:38-15:29)