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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending June 04, 2004

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THIS WEEKS NEWS SUMMARY
---------------------------------------------------------------------RESTRICTION PLACED AGAINST FORBES – 04/06/04

Commissioner of police Francis Forbes was issued an injunction by the courts blocking him from overturning the inspectors within the Police Federation’s March election. Forbes argued that the elections were tainted and ordered them null and void after seeking advice from Attorney General A. J Nicholson. Forbes moved to void the election came from a complaint from an inspector that he was disfranchised…

US/JAMAICA RELATIONSHIP IMPORVING

The relationship between the United States and Jamaica has been strenuous in the last few months. This is due to the island housing Jean Bertrand Aristide, and the Jamaican businessmen who have built up hotel businesses in Cuba. With the departure of Aristide, relations between the two countries have improved, but the US is still concerned with CARICOM’s insistence on an investigation into the removal of Aristide from office and their intervention, as well as CARICOM’s failure to recognise the interim government put in place by the US… CUSTOM BROKERS DISGRUNTLED – 03/06/04

Recent policy change that prevents the release of containers from the wharfs before they are inspected has caused Brokers to be angry. The Brokers are disgruntled over the long appointments given of two to three weeks before their containers are cleared, irrespective of the amounts they have. The are also complaining about the shortage of staff at the customs office…

 

SHOULD TEACHERS BE LICENSED?

Should teachers be licensed or not? This is the latest proposal made on Tuesday by Dr Dennis Minott, author of a recent study on CXC performance in high schools. Education Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson says she will not be drawn in any such discussion…

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CRITICAL AT BIRTH AND AFTER – 02/06/04

New scientific discovery has illustrated that the years in pre-school and basic schools are not the only critical yeas in a child’s life, but those years between birth and three are most critical which sets the stage for just about all the functions a child will perform in adulthood. Emphasising the importance of early childhood development at the recent launch of the Commission in Kingston, Dr Samms-Vaughan notes that in those first 3 years of life, experiences and interactions with parents, other family members and other adults influence the way a child's brain develops, with as much or greater impact than nutrition and clean water…

 

SPANISH TOWN UNDER GUN FIRE AGAIN

The Spanish Town community is once again experiencing gun violence. This time the violence has erupted between the "One Order" and "Clansman" gangs in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Two men have been shot dead and two others injured and sent to hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds…

49-YEAR OLD PILOT ON DRUG CHARGE – 01/06/04

An American pilot was arrested on drug and ammunition charges after he failed to get off the ground at the Ken Jones Aerodrome. He was caught with 62 packets of compressed ganja, each weighing about 80 kilograms; a bag containing ecstasy, a magazine with six .45 cartridges, a flare gun with six cartridges, navigation kits, binoculars, an emergency kit and US$1,855 were found in the aircraft…

FATHER ABDUCTS CHILD FROM US

A father abducted his child from the United States without the knowledge of his mother. The mother, who filed a felony warrant for the father is a native Nigerian living in the United States. The child was reported to the authorities after a teacher noticed his picture on a website for Missing and Exploited children. The child was subsequently returned to his mother in Minnesota to his mother and his father turned himself in to the local police…

US CONTINUES TO DEPORT OFFENDERS - 31/05/04

The United States have continued relentlessly to deport convicts who have served their time in the United States. Last Thursday, forty-nine convicts were deported to the Capital one of which was immediately taken into custody for absconding a previous charge of illegal possession of firearm in 1996…

OUSTED ARISTIDE STILL CLAIMS THE PRESIDENCY

Ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide still claims that he is president of Haiti. He vows to return to his country after a short stay in South Africa where he is exiled. As he left Jamaica, Aristide in a prepared speech said, South Africa will be his temporary home as he expects to return to Haiti after a short stay in his exiled country…

NARCOTICS POLICE ARREST BUSINESSMAN – 30/05/04

A businessman, his girlfriend and helper were arrested on narcotics charges after police allege that he is a major cocaine distributor. Paul Cargill, 30 is said to distribute the drug in the United States and England and was found to be in possession of 23 and a half pounds of cocaine during an early morning raid on his home…

DOUBLE MURDER CAUSES TWO BURNT BODY

A police sergeant reported that a double murder in Rema two weeks ago, might have accounted for the burning bodies of two persons found in Port Royal streets in Kingston. The sergeant sick to the stomach, asked a reporter nearby for a cigarette, while viewing the ugly sight of the charred burnt bodies. A police source said, "We hear that persons close to the man who was killed may have abducted the two men and shot them before dumping the bodies and burning them."…

 

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SPORTS
---------------------------------------------------------------------MUST WIN FOR BRIAN LARA – 04/06/04

The West Indies enters the second C&W Test against Bangladesh at Sabina Park today knowing they must win. The captain has laid his cards on the table, saying that he Lara, may not be leading the team to England….

400M CHAMPION TO LEAD JAMAICAN TEAM IN ITALY

Davian Clarke, 400m champion will attempt to hold on to his position as Caribbean’s best as he goes up against Dominican Felix Shanchez. Clarke won the two last events when the two met at an invitational International in Kingston on May 7, when Clarke won that event and Sanchez was fourth. He hopes to keep the position at the Primo Nebiolo Memorial track & field meet in Turin, Italy…

Ireland 1-0 over Jamaica
June 3
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz last night lost against the Republic of Ireland 1-0 and ended the three-nation Unity Cup in last place. Graham Barrett got his first start for Ireland and beat Jamaica's goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in the 26th minute with a 25-yard shot. Jamaica's coach Carl Brown said, "I'm pretty satisfied with the team and that they have achieved what they set out for in two very tough games. Reports from our members indicates that The Boyz played the better football and certainly looked to be the more interesting side but arguing, squabbling and passing the buck that was going on between players which hurt the team. The Boyz travel to Jamaica tonight and will return to camp before the team departs for Florida on Monday. Jamaica - Donovan Ricketts, Damion Stewart, Ian Goodison, Gerald Neil, Garfield Reid, Cornel Chin Sue (Richard Langley 65th), Fabian Davis, Micah Hyde, Deon Burton (Narado Bernard 83rd), Kevin Lisbie (Jermaine Johnson 61st), Marlon King (Craig Dobson 84th).

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Jamaica vs Nigeria: May 29 - London,
Jamaica vs Ireland: June 2 - London
Jamaica vs Haiti: June 12- Miami

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