Caribbean Report 14-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Mike Jarvis (00:00-00:29)
2. Political integration is big on the agenda of the mini CARICOM summit in Trinidad but leaders are mindful of the effects of a war on oil prices. Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago says his government will consider selling oil at lower prices to CARICOM. Jamaica’s PM PJ Patterson states that CARICOM needs an overhaul and Osborne Riviere, Dominica’s Foreign Minister delivers a statement from Dominican Prime Minister Pierre Charles (00:30-04:06)
3. Maxwell Richards, retired principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is the newly elected President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is the nominee of the PNM ruling party and replaces ANR Robinson. Barry Sinanan, Speaker of the House of Representatives makes the announcement. The BBC’s Tony Fraser reports (04:07-06:33)
4. The controversial situation of the Iraqis being detained in Jamaica may end in their release. A US embassy spokeswoman told Jamaican radio announcers that she had received no information on the Iraqis being held on suspicion of terrorist activity. BBC correspondent Orin Gordon reports (06:34-08:09)
5. British Airways suspends flights to and from Venezuela after finding a hand grenade in the luggage of a Venezuelan man bound for London's Gatwick Airport. Officials from British Airways are on their way to investigate a security breach. David Blunkett, Home Office Secretary explains the seriousness of the security alert at Gatwick. BBC correspondent Rosie Hayes reports (08:10-09:52)
6. The Dominica Public Service Union is adamant that unless the government changes its current plans for more austerity measures in the public service, it will stage industrial action. Thomas Letang, General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union details how union members will be affected by the cuts (09:53-12:46)
7. The crisis in Guyana’s electricity sector worsens with the capital currently without power. This comes out of a deadlock among parties involved in running the country’s electricity company, Guyana Power and Light (GPL) which is jointly owned by the Guyanese government, the UK’s CDC, and the ESBI of Ireland. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds states that the impending collapse of the GPL lies in the failure of its managers to fix the key issues. The BBC’s Colin Smith reports (12:47-15:29)