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Last updated: 17 March, 2008 - Published 21:52 GMT
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Caribbean Court of Justice
Mr Eustace wants more reforms to remove 'political interference' of justice in courts
Eustace not in favour of CCJ

The leader of the opposition in St Vincent and the Grenadines has announced the withdrawal of his support for the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Most Caricom governments have pledged to replace the London Privy Council with the CCJ as their highest court.

However, Arnhim Eustace told BBC Caribbean he wanted to see more reforms to remove what he says is political interference in the administration of justice in the region.

“I want to see further movement in relation to the issue of political involvement and what role the political directorate can play.”

“I don’t think the level of confidence in our courts is as high as it should be,” he said.

Mr Eustace said he will ask his New Democratic Party to back his stance at a convention next month.

To become law as a civil and criminal court in the island, the CCJ will require special majorities in parliament and a referendum.

Liat pilots fear Trinidad security

The union representing pilots at Liat is looking for pay and security guarantees before working at a proposed airline base in Trinidad and Tobago, where violent crime has been on the rise.

Liat plans to open the base within three months.

The chairman of Liat Pilots Association Michael Blackburn told BBC Caribbean the company is going through restructuring process.

“The decision to decide the number of bases we have is purely a management one.

“However, the industrial components which would involve contract arrangements with us has not been completed, the process is under negotiation.”

Mr Blackburn said security and allowance issues were some of the points to be discussed with management.

Children’s summit underway

Caricom is searching for ways to tackle the impact that migration within and outside the region is having on children.

A report on the subject is down for discussion at the ministerial meeting of Council for Human and Social Development in Guyana.

At the heart of the solutions to the range of problems facing children is getting tougher laws in place, something that has been the victim of changes in governments.

Ministers hope to find solutions in the context of the 2002 United Nations General Assembly on children, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UN warns glaciers are melting rapidly

Glaciers are melting rapidly causing sea levels to rise

The Caribbean Oceanography Group, a consulting firm specializing in physical oceanography and environmental impact assessment, says the region should be prepared for the impact that melting glaciers will have on the Caribbean.

The Puerto Rico based consulting firm specializing in physical oceanography and environmental impact assessment has cautioned planning development leaders to take into account the risk of rising sea levels caused by the glaciers and to reconsider building on low lying coastlines.

It comes as a new UN report shows that the number of the world's glaciers melting or thinning has more than doubled in the last four years.

It says in 2006 glaciers shrunk by an average of one and a half metres, a huge change compared to 10 years ago.

Dominica oil plant protests

A coalition of environmentalists in Dominica has announced plans to protest a planned oil refinery that would be financed under Venezuela's Petrocaribe energy programme.

Activists warn that the 76 million US dollar refinery could threaten the environment on the island, which promotes itself as one of the Caribbean's top eco-tourism attractions.

But backers say the facility will supply much-needed jobs and diversify Dominica's fragile economy.

The Spokesman of the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation, Joseph Williams, said the group is organising several rallies in the coming weeks.

The refinery is expected to produce 10 thousand barrels of oil a day.
It is part of the PetroCaribe agreement, under which Venezuela provides oil on cheap terms to the Caribbean.

Woolmer anniversary

Tuesday March 18 will be a year since the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer at the Cricket World Cup put the event on front pages around the world.

So much so that the Jamaican hotel room where he died has gone from a crime scene to a tourist attraction.

The body of Woolmer was found in Room 374 of the Jamaica Pegasus, launching an international investigation after Jamaican authorities said he had been strangled.

In an embarrassing reversal, police later said experts had concluded he died of natural causes.

The hotel's general manager, Lloyd Bremner, told the Associated Press that he was amazed visitors had requested to stay in the refurbished room -others wanted to be on the same floor.

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