Caribbean Report 11-07-1988


This program reports on events in the Caribbean and in Britain. Constitutional reform in Haiti takes center stage, followed by news on Britain's war on drugs and the possibility of summer rioting in British inner city communities. The program concludes with a note of hope for victims of the dreaded disease Olivopontocerebellar ataxia, as collaborative efforts at fighting the disease have led to early identification of the gene responsible, thus giving the victims certain options with regard to passing the disease on to their children.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:07-00:23)
2. Jerry Timmins interviews Jean-Claude Bajeux, Haiti's Director of the Eccumenical Center for Human Rights. The two discuss the possibility of a review of Haiti's 1987 constitution as promised by Haiti's military ruler general Namphy (00:55-03:02)
3. Jerry Timmins focuses on an anti-drugs campaign launched by the British Government, and an independent report which has deemed the said campaign ineffective. Timmins interviews Colin Brown, Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute and author of the report (03:03-05:41)
4. A report to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by Home Secretary Douglas Hurd regarding the possibility of summer rioting in Britain has caused some concern in Caribbean inner city communities. Hugh Crosskill and Nick Jones comment on the report which was carried in the Sunday Telegraph (05:45-08:51)
5. Sport segment. Neil Allen and Hugh Crosskill discuss the on-the -track performances of Jamaican born British sprinter Linford Christie and former Jamaican sprinter turned manager Donald Quarrie (08:56-10:57)
6. Pat Whitehorn presents the BBC's daily financial report (11:01-12:42)
7. Report on a rare disease known as Olivopontocerebellar ataxia in Cuba which attacks the nervous system, and collaborative efforts by Dr. Susan Chamberlain of St. Mary's Hospital in London and Cuban neurologist Guillermo Orosco to combat the disease (12:47-14:37)