Caribbean Report 05-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:00-00:26)
2. Michael Baptiste, Grenada’s Opposition Leader calls for a full investigation into one group of recipients of the island’s shelved Economic Citizenship Program, a seven member Iraqi family with Grenadian passports who attempted to travel to the US. BBC’s Ken Richards reports (00:27-04:04)
3. In a short while the Jamaica Teacher’s Association and its members expect to learn whether the government will improve on its salary increase offer after twenty thousand teachers rejected the government’s initial offer and threatened industrial action. Dr. Adolph Cameron the Jamaica Teachers' Association Secretary discusses the issue (04:05-06:44)
4. Jearlean John, former Works Minister in Trinidad and Tobago testifies to a Commission of Enquiry that Basdeo Panday, former Prime Minister admitted to her that there was absolute chaos, major cost overruns and corruption in the building of the Piarco International Airport. The BBC’s Tony Fraser reports (06:45-09:18)
5. Authorities in the Dominican Republic (DR) say that at least fifteen people were injured when participants in a nationwide protest took to the streets to demand a lower cost of living and an end to poor social living conditions. Fernando Ferran, Editor of El Caribe Newspaper talks about this critical situation. BBC’s correspondent Karen Weir reports (09:19-10:50)
6. The Cuban exile group, Brothers to the Rescue is suspending its operations as founder José Basulto reveals that they no longer have the resources to carry out flight operations to save Cuban refugees. In 1996 the Cuban Air Force shot down two of their planes and killed four pilots, actions defended by Castro saying they had illegally entered Cuba’s airspace. BBC’s correspondent Rosie Hayes reports (10:51-12:25)
7. The West Indies cricketers win their latest World Cup warm up match. Meanwhile, injured batsman Marlon Samuels rejoins the team (12:26-13:10)
8. More than one in four British men of West Indian origin have more than one white ancestor according to new genetic profiling conducted at University of Leicester to trace the African ancestors of over 230 black Britons. A film about the study is made for BBC TV and Director Archie Baron is interviewed. Dr. Mark A. Jobling, Geneticist from the University explains the genetic tracking process. It was an emotional journey said participants; one such is Mark Anderson, Public Relations employee. BBC correspondent Bertram Niles reports (13:11-15:34)