Caribbean Report 19-08-1993



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:38)
2. Jamaican sprinter, Merlene Ottey took the gold in the 200m at the World Games at Stuttgart in Germany. With a convincing win and a time of 21.98 seconds, she defeated Olympic champion, Gwen Torrence. Ottey has finally taken her first individual title, taking home the gold after a run of bronze medals and the silver in the controversial 100m earlier in the week. Earlier in the day, Winthrop Graham, Jamaican Team Captain and 400m hurdles runner took home the bronze medal in his race with a time of 47.62 seconds. Speaker – John Rawlins, Sports Commentator with the BBC Crew. Interview with Winthrop Graham, Team Captain, Jamaica’s Olympic Team (00:39-03:19)
3. French Saint Martin has been an open house for Europeans for many years because of its integral relationship with the European Community. Both EC and state funding from France flow into Saint Martin and contribute to the high per capita income. Since 1986, Saint Martin’s population has increased five folds to 30,000. With only 10,000 of those being St. Martiners, there is growing fears about job security and the lack of economic safeguards for the local population. Mayor of Saint Martin, Albert Fleming says that Saint Martin is happy with its existing relationships. However, an official interviewed from the Saint Martin’s Educational and Cultural Organization felt that there is the need for greater autonomy of the island. Interviews with Albert Fleming, Mayor of Saint Martin and an official from Saint Martin’s Educational and Cultural Organization. Geraldine Coughlan reports (03:20-08:22)
4. In Britain, a government decision to monitor the health needs of Blacks and Asian people has heightened the debate amongst academics on why African-Caribbean people is more likely to be diagnosed as schizophrenics. Last week, the Department of Health launched a special unit to address diseases including sickle cell anemia, hypertension, diabetes and schizophrenia. Later this week, Clara Buckley, originally from Jamaica would commemorate the second anniversary of her son’s death who had died at Broadmoor Hospital after being injected with drug by staff to restrain him. Orville Blair had been diagnosed as schizophrenic. His inquest recorded that he did not die unlawfully. Mrs. Buckley says that her son’s experience highlighted the theory that social attitudes are likely to cause a negative diagnosis. Interviews with Clara Buckley and Dr. Simon Wessely, Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, London (08:23-13:05)
5. In Washington, the White House has yet to finalize the arrangement for a meeting with five CARICOM leaders later this month. White House officials say that the discussion will center on the Caribbean Basin Initiative, developments in Haiti, democracy in the region, human rights, drug trafficking and the environment. Yvette Collymore reports (13:06-15:02)