Caribbean Report 30-01-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Bertram Niles (00:00-00:31)
2. Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago says that the government will take legal action against a local newspaper if its report of a terrorist plot is found to be fiction. Spiritual leader of the Anjuman Sunnat ul Jammat Association (ASJA) of Trinidad and Tobago, Maulana Siddiq Ahmad Nasir says that he is worried about these claims of terrorist threats (00:32-04:05)
3. Nelson Mandela, former South African President launches a blistering verbal attack on US President W. George Bush accusing him of engineering a war in Iraq to gain control of the country’s oil. He alleges that the President by-passed the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan simply because he is black. BBC correspondent Matthew Exell reports (04:06-06:24)
4. St Lucia launches a national crime commission. It coincides with the release of a national survey that says 70% of the population is dissatisfied with the performance of the police and 80% lack confidence in the justice system entirely. Kenny Anthony, St. Lucia’s Prime Minister addresses the public on the results of this report and Professor Ramesh Deosaran, Caribbean criminologist says that based on the unsatisfactory survey results tax payers need to demand answers from the police. The BBC’s Pete Ninvalle reports (06:25-08:53)
5. The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTA) meets in St Lucia to review a twenty percent telephone rate increase on domestic rates proposed by Cable and Wireless to compensate for a cut in the cost of international calls. Gregory Bowen, Grenada’s Telecommunications Minister says that the proposal was rejected before and he is prepared to let the government regulatory body resolve this matter (08:54-12:04)
6. Jamaica’s Public Transport Company is shedding two hundred and eighty jobs in what is the first phase of its downsizing exercise. This represents eight percent of the company’s workforce and according to a review undertaken by a group of Swedish consultants, the bus company was incurring multi-million dollar losses being blamed on overstaffing (12:05-12:37)
7. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he is still the best man for Head of State of Haiti, despite having to confront growing hostility at home and abroad as well as demands for his resignation. BBC correspondent Karen Weir reports (12:38-14:27)
8. A West Indies cricket team arrives in South Africa to prepare for the World Cup and skipper Carl Hooper says the pressure will be on South Africa who are playing at home and are expected to win. Meanwhile, the international Cricket Council Meeting in London decides that World Cup matches scheduled for Zimbabwe should go as planned despite English concerns about security. Bertram Niles reports (14:28-15:29)