Caribbean Report 20-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Bertram Niles (00:00-00:22)
2. In Guyana, the Opposition People’s National Congress announces that its boycott of the Parliament will resume. E. Lance Carberry, Opposition Chief Whip says he is unaware that anything has changed. The visit of Sir Paul Scoon, Special Envoy of the Commonwealth Secretary-General to Guyana to bring the two sides together fails and Reepu Daman Persaud, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs states that if there was more time, there may have been an agreement. BBC Bertram Niles and Colin Smith report (00:23-02:34)
3. In Dominica, public sector workers seem set to take industrial action into its third day in protest of the financially beleaguered government’s strategy, a pay cut through shorter working hours. Sonia Williams, President of Dominica’s Public Sector Union gives her response to the unsatisfactory feedback from government to the workers’ proposal. BBC’s correspondent Mike Jarvis reports (02:35-04:47)
4. Due to mounting concerns of violence against teachers throughout the Caribbean, the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) wants governments to put measures in place to protect its members. To Undine Whittaker, CUT’s Second Vice President, it appears that the region’s governments do not fully comprehend the critical nature of the issues. Virginia Albert, EI Caribbean Regional Coordinator for Education International and former President of the St. Lucia Teachers’ Union recommends technology skills. BBC’s correspondent Pete Ninvalle reports (04:48-07:19)
5. Sam Condor, Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis seeks to develop a consensus among political parties of both islands to negotiate full autonomy for Nevis within the Federation. Joseph Parry, Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), the minority party has concerns and prefers the negotiation route. BBC correspondent Bertram Niles reports (07:20-09:39)
6. The British government launches a fresh drive to boost the educational achievement of African-Caribbean pupils in Britain. This follows the publication of the official GCSE or O-Level results which showed a decline in their performance. BBC correspondent Karen Weir reports (09:40-11:22)
7. The United Nations describes the trafficking of women and children from Asian countries as the largest slave trade in history. Kul Gautam, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director has accused the ring leaders of using more cruel and devious methods than those in the original slave trade (11:23-12:23)
8. Opposition leaders in Venezuela threaten to call another strike over the arrest of Carlos Fernandez who is accused of treason and instigating violence. He is a leading figure in the campaign to oust Hugo Chavez. BBC correspondent Bertram Niles reports (12:24-12:49)
9. In cricket, as the West Indies team prepares for the remaining preliminary matches of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, there is a concern about the form of the opening player Chris Gayle. The BBC’s Orin Gordon reports (12:50-14:37)
10. Susan Jean "Susie" Maroney, an Australian marathon swimmer who became the first person to swim from Manly, New South Wales to Darling Harbour and back again in seven hours, announces her retirement. BBC correspondent Bertram Niles reports (14:38-15:25)