Caribbean Report 21-02-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:24)
2. Lawyers for Antigua’s former Attorney General, Dr. Errol Cort of and Barbuda, are likely to appeal the dismissal of their case against the government. Prime Minister Lester Bird sacked Dr. Cort at the height of a scandal involving the island’s medical benefits scheme on the basis of the government’s forensic audit report of the benefit scheme, saying he had used poor judgement. Chelston Lee reports on the ruling by Justice Ephraim Georges and Dr. Cort’s retorts (00:25-03:00)
3. Joyce Kentish is part of the legal team representing Dr. Cort and she acknowledges that the Prime Minister does have the constitutional right to hire and fire government ministers but reasons given for dismissal are reviewable (03:01-05:56)
4. As OECS countries prepare for free movement of nationals, security concerns emerge, however, the Saint Lucian based OECS Secretariat says it is about to launch a major public awareness programme addressing all concerns. Pete Ninvalle reports on this initiative and OECS Director General, George Goodwin, comments (05:57-08:14)
5. In Roseau, Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) Member of Parliament, Frederick Baron urges the DFP to pull out of the coalition administration led by Prime Minister Pierre Charles, which he considers to be mediocre and incompetent. A DFP break-away will leave the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and its eleven seats with a very slender majority in parliament. Ken Richards interviews Historian and Political Analyst, Dr. Lennox Honychurch (08:15-11:06)
6. At a conference on aviation security in Montreal the International Civil Aviation Organisation endorses an action plan for strengthening aviation security, while Cuba is among a block of seventeen nations petitioning member countries to help poorer ones to pay for airport security measures introduced after the September 11, attacks on America (11:07-11:33)
7. The authorities in St. Martin assess the damage done to its image in the US by the arrest on gun charges of Ira Power, a businessman resident in the Dutch territory at Miami’s International Airport. Neil Nunes reports and we hear from head of the island’s tourist office Regina La Vega (11:34-13:35)
8. The Jamaican government and four international pharmaceutical companies announce an agreement to cut the cost of HIV/AIDS drugs by as much as 90%. Health Minister John Junor says the agreement offers a tremendous opportunity for HIV sufferers to have easier access to treatment (13:36-14:00)
9. Nobel Prize for Literature winner, V.S. Naipaul, becomes enraged at an Indian literary festival. Emma Joseph gives details (14:01-15:26)