Caribbean Report 21-01-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:27)
2. In St. Lucia, the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) summons its parliamentary leader Marius Wilson. Stephenson King, UWP Chairman describes the complaints against Mr. Wilson. He refutes allegations of violent threats to police. Bertram Niles reports (00:28-05:57)
3. Basdeo Panday, Opposition Leader, Trinidad and Tobago says he has no hard evidence to support his claim about an Al-Qaeda link. Prime Minister, Patrick Manning says this unsubstantiated allegation has influenced the UK government’s travel advisory. Tony Fraser reports (05:58-08:15)
4. Striking workers of the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) take their protest to St. George’s streets. They want the Company’s management to accept proposals by Lawrence Joseph, Labour Minister to end the industrial dispute (08:16-08:40)
5. The Jamaican Court of Appeal grants leave for lawyers to challenge the constitutionality of the mandatory application of the death penalty before the Privy Council based on the conviction for a double murder in 1999. Nancy Anderson, Jamaican lawyer and human rights activist explains (08:41-11:13)
6. Jack Warner, President of CONCACAF causes controversy by calling for a reassessment of the FIFA USD quarter of a million grant to Caribbean national football associations. According to Matthew Excell, Warner is questioning the spending on non essential items and services (11:14-12:44)
7. Anti-rape campaigners in Trinidad and Tobago call on calypsonians to show more social responsibility with their lyrics. This follows the release of Edwin Ayoung’s (aka Crazy), “Rosie”. Sandra Mata-Theodore of the Rape Crisis Society speaks out. Ben Meade reports (12:45-14:57)
8. Jimmy Carter, former US President has proposed a plan to resolve Venezuela’s political crisis and put an end to the country’s punishing fifty-one-day old strike. The plan encompasses the basic demands of both sides (14:58-15:34)