Caribbean Report 23-02-1999

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1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:26)
2. President of the West Indies Cricket Board Pat Rousseau comments on the Board’s decision to retain Brian Lara as captain of the West Indies despite losing the test and one-day series against Australia. Ken Richards interviews sports journalists Jack Matthew (Antigua), Simon Crosskill ( Jamaica) Alvin Corneal (Trinidad and Tobago), Donna Symonds (Barbados) on Lara’s approval ratings and reappointment for only two upcoming test matches against Australia. Tony Fraser reports from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (00:27 - 09:41)
3. The current impasse over the Caribbean brokered peace talks has overshadowed public events during a Guyana public holiday. Guyana’s President Janet Jagan pleads for unity and opposition leader Desmond Hoyte comments on reasons behind his party’s non-participation in the event. Colin Smith reports (09:42 – 12:05)
4. In Britain, Liberal Democratic Leader Paddy Ashdown claims that racism is endemic in the country and not confined only to institutions such as the police force and that there are lessons to be learnt by the society following the death of Stephen Lawrence. Correspondent Keith Stone Greaves reports on the strained relationship between the black community and the metropolitan police force drawing parallels with US cities and the widespread use of excessive force. BBC US Affairs analyst Jonathan Marcus assesses police incompetence in handling the case ( 12: 06 – 14:23)
5. A court in Texas US has convicted a white supremacist of murder. John William King was tried and convicted for the death of James Byrd Junior in June 1999. He faces life imprisonment or execution (14:24 – 15:29)
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