Caribbean Report 05-05-2000

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2. After weeks of protests by the oposition and trade union groups in St Vincent and the Grenadines, an agreement has been brokered by OECS for elections to be held before March 2001. The OECS leaders indicated that the meeting was a major success, not just because the impasse in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was resolved, but also the recommitment of OECS countries to the various issues facing the sub-group. (00:33-07:42)
3. Guyana has appointed Army Chief of Staff, Joe Singh, as the new Elections Commissions Chairman. Guyana's general elections are scheduled for January 2001, nearly two years ahead of schedule under an agreement btokered by CARICOM. (07:43-10:06)
4. The US House of Representatives last night approved a trade bill putting Caribbean, African, and Latin American garment manufacturers on level footing with NAFTA countries including Mexico. Jamaica’s Ambassador to Washington, Richard Bernal, calls it a major opportunity for the CBI countries. (10:07-13:24)
5. History of a kind will be created in America’s most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby which will run tomorrow, as Marlon St Julian, the first African American jockey to ride in the Derby in almost 80 years. African Americans once dominated racing in the US, as 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derbies were won by African Americans. (13:25-15:23)
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