Caribbean Report 08-02-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Jamaica’s governing People’s National Party, the PNP, defends its decision to reject at least five potential election candidates for the forth coming general elections as the unnamed are suspected drug dealers. The General Secretary of the PNP Maxine Henry-Wilson says they are justified in this case to reject the potential candidates (00:31-03:44)
3. Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony accuses Barbados of weakening the regional effort to negotiate with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with regard to tax havens. Pete Ninvalle reports (03:45-06:00)
4. At the meeting with the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell in Nassau, Bahamas, fifteen Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers voice concerns over a clamping down of the region’s offshore sector activities. Karen Weir reports (06:01-07:54)
5. Guyana’s Foreign Minister Rudy Insanally, one of the chairpersons at the meeting with American Secretary of State Colin Powell and CARICOM Foreign Ministers in the Bahamas, tells Rosie Hayes that CARICOM members were disappointed with the decision by the United States to continue withholding aid to Haiti (07:55-10:12)
6. Political developments in the Netherlands Antilles and Holland cause mounting unease amongst Caribbean Antilleans living in the Dutch Islands. Clyde van Putten and Vance James give views. Neil Nunes has the story (10:13-13:06)
7. There are further protests in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas by supporters and opponents of the President Hugo Chaves. The demonstrations follow a call by two mid-ranking military officers for the president’s resignation (13:07-13:31)
8. On the day West Indian cricketer Cameron Cuffy celebrates his thirty-second birthday the West Indies plays the second day of the second test against Pakistan in Sharjah. Chris Lawrence sends this report (13:32-15:29)