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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending Febraury 19, 2004

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS SUMMARY
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HAITIAN REFUGEES LAND IN JAMAICA–20/02/04
Jamaica is once again the recipient of Haitian refugees to their port. Twenty more Haitian refugees including a three-year-old child and two pregnant women were involved. The refugees fleeing the violent ridden Haiti landed in Manchioneal Portland, bringing their total to thirty. They have
since applied for refugee status…

US EXERCISE ITS POWER OVER JAMAICA
The United States has once again exercised its power over Jamaica by exerting pressure to limit its international obligations as a member of the International Criminal Court. Jamaica has joined the International Criminal Court but has yet to ratify its membership, hence the US pressure to sign…

FATHER PERSUADES PUPILS TO ATTACK ‘GAY’ SON AT SCHOOL-19/02/04
A father persuaded students from his son’s school to attack his gay son. In homophobic Jamaica, gay men can hardly get protection from even their parents. The father, who suspected that his son was gay, turned up at the school and encouraged students to beat his son. One student reported that
the child was badly beaten by his peers, and benches broken up on him. His life was speared because of the intervention of an ancillary staff…

PUBLIC DEFENDER THINKING OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST STATE
The Public Defenders office is contemplating a class action suit against the state for the West Kingston massacre. The incident, which took place three years ago, killed 22 and injured 50, during a three-day violence West Kingston. However, the solicitor general, Michael Hylton, suggested that
such a course would be problematic. He explained that the circumstances of the various persons affected were different and thus compensation would also be different…

UWI DEPT OF APPLIED SCIENCES OFFERS MORE – 18/02/04
The head of the Mona Institute of Applied Sciences has revealed that his department has begun to offer masters degree in Computer Science. This is the thrust to broaden its academic offering by introducing a number of masters programmes. The programme is being undertaken by in conjunction
with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science…

WOMAN BURIED BABY’ BODY IN SHALLOW GRAVE WITHOUT REPORT
A woman was charged with hiding the birth of her child. Police charged the woman because they found the baby girl buried in a shallow grave. Neighbours who said she had buried the child’s body in a pit latrine reported the woman to the police. On investigation, the police found the child’s body wrapped in plastic buried in a shallow grave…

NO TURNING BACK ON WAGE RESTRAINT – 17/02/04
The government and the political directorate have vowed to lead by example through the up coming wage restraint on public sector wages. Last week a historic Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the government and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTUC). The Prime Minister said he or his government would not seek to gain any benefits from the recommendations of the Oliver Clarke-led Parliamentary Salaries Review Committee over the life of the MoU…

FBI PRAISED COMMISSIONER FORBES FOR HIS ASSISTANCE – 16/02/04
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently praised the Jamaican commissioner for his assistance in the investigation involving a Russian organised crime. Reports are that both the Commissioner of Jamaica and Barbados assisted in Los Angeles, California, to trace the funds of a
Russian organised crime group in their countries, which was crucial to a recent kidnapping/murder investigation…

“JAMAICA”T NOW A BRAND NAME?
Countries outside the country and in neighbouring islands, who use the name “Jamaica” to produce goods to gain unfair advantage in the marketplace, will now be liable for prosecution. This is now official under the Geographical Indication (GI) Law of 2004. The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), established by the Ministry of Commerce and Technology, will actively police and prosecute persons passing off fakes as Jamaican- made goods…

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SPORTS
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JAMAICA ON TOP OF THEIR GAME– 20/02/04
The Jamaican Cricket team is holding its own amidst the loss of their skipper Garreth Breese. The Jamaicans were dismissed for 200 on a pitch of uneven pace and bounce as young off-spinner Chaka Hodge, 4-67, and West Indies pacer, Adam Sanford, 3-57, reaped most wickets. Then, helped by some
atrocious Leewards batting, West Indies fast bowler Darren Powell (4-18), in his first bowl of the Carib Beer season after recovering from a lower back injury, grabbed four wickets, including two from consecutive balls in his first over, as the Leewards staggered to 39-5…

REID AND BURRELL NO HARD FEELINGS
Pass officials of the national football teams Horace Burrell and Horace Reid says they do not have any resentful feeling toward the new management. This was noted because both ex-officials were notably absent from the recent game in which the Reggaeboyz defeated Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly held at the National Stadium…

JAMAICA SHOCK URUGUAY 2-0 – Feb 19.
In a thrilling display, Jamaica defeated two-time World Cup champions Uruguay 2-0 in their international friendly at the National Stadium on Wednesday. With goals from striker, Onandi Lowe and the speedy Jermaine Johnson, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz turned in an exciting performance in front of
over 25,000 spectators at the game. The first goal came from a free kick after the tricky Ricardo Fuller was brought down on one of his dribbles only 10 minutes into the game. Lowe, the Rushden and Diamond striker, hit a thunderous 25-yard freekick to beat Gustavo Munua in goal for Uruguay. The
second goal came late in the second half when Tyrone Marshall, having an outstanding game, dismissed two defenders and then dribbled to the edge of the penalty area before passing the ball Jermaine Johnson, who slotted home to the delight of the Reggae Boyz fans. Uruguay had their share of chances, the best being a penalty in the 34th minute when Fabian Davis was called for handball. Jamaica’s goalkeeper captain, Donovan Ricketts, blocked the resulting kick from Erenesto Chevanton’s. Teams: Jamaica: Donovan Ricketts, Fabian Davis (Michael Johnson), Damion Stewart, Claude Davis, Garfield Reid, Tyrone Marshall (Jermaine Johnson), Richard Langley (Cornel Chin-Sue), Micah Hyde (Jonathan Williams), Andy Williams (Craig Ziadie), Ricardo Fuller (Damani Ralph), Onandi Lowe. Uruguay: Manua Gustavo, Diego Forlan (Fernando Correa), Ernesto Chevanton, Jorge Curbelo, Pablo Lima, Pablo Mello, Richard Nunez, Martin Liguera, Ruben Olivera, Jorge Martinez, Marcelo Zalayeta. Referee: Ted Gordon (Trinidad & Tobago).

URUGUAY TO FIELD STRONG TEAM AGAINST BOYZ – Feb 9
Two-time World Cup champions Uruguay will play an international friendly against the Reggae Boyz at the National Stadium on Wednesday, February 18. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has announced that Uruguay is expected to field strong team for the engagement. In a media release, the JFF
disclosed the Uruguayan team, who are ranked 21 by FIFA, have confirmed that they will be in Jamaica. Among the players listed to make the trip are Gustavo Munua (Deportivo LA Coruna), German Hornos (Sevilla), Martin Liguera (Mallorca), Fernando Correa (Mallorca), Ruben Oliviero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Lopez (Cagliari), Giani Guigou (Siena), Alvaro Recoba (Inter Milan), Marcelo Zalayeta (Perugia) and Enesto Chevaton (Lecce) along with England-based Manchester United star forward, Diego Forlan. The Reggae Boyz are expected to include players such as Ricardo Fuller and Claude Davis
(Preston North End), Onandi Lowe and Paul Hall (Rushden and Diamonds), Omar Daley (Reading), Donovan Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Johnson (Oldham), Richard Langley (Cardiff City), Frank Sinclair (Liecester City), Kevin Lisbie (Charlton Athletic) and Ian Goodison…

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