JAMAICA NEWS WEEK – Week ending February 7, 2003

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NEW ARTICLES, UPDATES AND CHANGES
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STRIKE LOOMING IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION (07/02/03)
The Jamaica Teacher’s Association is threatening to go on strike if the government does not improve their wage offer by Monday. The teachers have put off their strike action on hold until next week despite an ultimatum given to the government which expired on Wednesday…

FLOUR FOR COCAINE?
A Twenty six year old man was charged with obtaining money under false pretences after he promised three men he could supply them with cocaine. When the goods were supplied, the three men went back to Kingston only to find that they were fleeced out of their money and was given flour instead of cocaine. The men made a formal complaint to the police where the supplier was pointed out in an identification parade…

LAWYERS WIDELY OPPOSES SOLDIERS GETTING JCF POWERS (06/02/03)
Jamaica Bar Association is opposing government’s intention to grant soldiers police powers. The Bar Association is just one among many groups and organisation calling for this plan to be shelved. The Bar Association has pointed out that this would more likely lead to an increase in the country becoming a police state….

ARDENNE HIGH WINS SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONSHIP
Young Trudy-Anne McLaren became the Gleaner Children’s Own 44th champion on Wednesday. The thirteen (13) year old, won by spelling the word DROMOMANIA, (meaning a love of running), although she had earlier mis-spelt the word ‘vicarage’. This is Trudy-Ann’s last year to qualify at the championship and against the odds and fighting the flu she came up the winner for 2003.

NO FURTHER ADJUSTMENT TO MP SALARY (05/02/03)
The Prime Minister has announced in the House of Representative that no further increases should be granted to parliamentarians until a five-member committee review their present salaries. In the meantime, 91 million has to be made available for payout to parliamentarians for retroactive salaries…

CONFORM OR LEAVE THE HOUSE WARNS PEART
A group of lawyers dressed in black gowns and bearing placards were ordered to leave the visitors gallery in the House of Parliament. Speaker of the House Michael Peart asked the visitors to leave the House or conform to the rules….

PUBLIC SECTOR TO CARRY OUT RESTRUCTURING (04/02/03)
The government has asked that a review of the public sector be carried out to facilitate restructuring. This team will look into mergers and or closures of some agencies in order to increase cost and efficiency of the sector. The government is also looking into lengthening the wage and fringe benefits contracts from the present two years to either three years or longer…

OPPOSITION LEADERS SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SOLVING DEBT PROBLEMS Leader of the Opposition Edward Seaga blasted the government on their inability to revise the target for reducing debt to the level of national output. The Opposition Leader says that the situation cannot be cured by postponing what is in evitable….

MORE FAT CAT SCANDAL? (03/02/03)
The Public Accounts Committee is probing allegations that an officer working with the Customs Department has received over seven hundred thousand dollars in overtime for the period January to December 2000. In questioning the Commissioner of Customs Allison Moore it was revealed that the worker in question was in charge of the unit in which the overtime work took place…

UNION CRITICISE GOV’T OVER MP PAY HIKE
The island’s trade unions strongly urged the government to break the link between senior civil servants and politicians. The umbrella of trade unions strongly criticised the government for the recent exorbitant pay package offered to parliamentarians and councillors for over 100% while offering the rest of the public officials three and four percent…

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SPORTS
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WILL SAMUELS GO THE WORLD CUP
February 7, 2003
Marlon Samuels should know by this afternoon whether he will be among the squad headed for the cricket world cup in South Africa. The International Cricket Council has contracted the services of the Rev. Wes Hall from the West Indies Cricket Board to convene the proceeding…

US/JAMAICA FRIENDLY SPARKS THE BEGINNING OF WORLD CUP 2006
The friendly football game to be staged at the National Stadium between Jamaica and the United States on February 12 is set to spark the beginning of the campaign trail to World Cup 2006 to be held in Germany. The Jamaicans are pulling out all the stops to beat the Americans for the first time on home soil. The JFF president Horace Burrell took the opportunity to outline the football programme and stating that a match is to be played once per month leading up to the qualifying rounds of the World Cup…

YOUNG REGGAEBOYZ TO GET FULL TIME TUTOR
Feb 6
Jamaica’s Under-17 footballers will be assigned a full-time tutor to assist them with their studies while they are in camp and travelling overseas on assignments. Retired school teacher, the former principal at Excelsior High School, Mark Loague, has been contracted by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to help the young Reggae Boyz with their studies and will be responsible for coordinating a study program for the Boyz outside of the classroom. Loague will travel with the team to the Bahamas from February 13-17 where they will play three friendly matches. The Under-17 Boyz will also host their Canadian peers for three friendly on February 20, 22 and 24. The team is in preparation for the CONCACAF Youth World Cup qualifiers in Guatemala from March 3-9.

REGGAEBOYZ TO PLAY SOUTH AFRICA
Feb 6
The JFF has announced that Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will play South Africa in a friendly international on Wednesday, April 30, in South Africa. The South African team, also known as Bafana Bafana (The Boys), previously played to a 1-1 draw with Jamaica in May of 1999, at the National Stadium. The South African team earned a second round placing in the 2002 World Cup

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