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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending April 7th, 2006

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS SUMMARY
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RESIDENTS CUT OFF DUE TO ROAD CLOSEURE—4/1/2006
Residents of Portland neighborhoods fear the worse now that the main road from Bangor Ridge to the rest of the communities has been closed by the National Works Agency. The NWA closed the road due to washouts that have now caused the road to be unsafe for vehicle and foot traffic. The residents of Portland’s neighborhoods have been working around the frequent land washouts they have experienced since Hurricane Ivan. Residents blame the slow acting Government for the current road conditions and ask them to work quickly on fixing them now before jobs are lost.

DIRECTIVES GIVEN FROM SIMPSON-MILLER—4/1/2006
After the inauguration of Simpson-Miller’s new 14-member Cabinet, the new Prime Minister has made her directives very clear. According to Simpson-Miller, each and every one of her Cabinet has taken an oath to work hard to produce results including lowering crime rates, reducing the number of people that are unemployed and eliminating poverty. Other urgent situations the Cabinet is to work on include the welfare of the nation’s elderly and establishing a way to build the economy. Simpson-Miller expressed she is further confident these new Cabinet members will be successful, as she chose them to guarantee unity.

FORMER MINSTER RETURNS TO PRACTICE LAW—4/3/2006
K.D. Knight, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade announced, last week, his plans to practice law again. Knight appeared before the Court of Appeals and made his announcement. Before joining the political arena 17 years ago, Knight was a senior partner at Knight, Pickersgill and Dowding. He will be returning to this law practice. The announcement came after Knight resigned from the Cabinet last week. Knight has been versed on the new court procedures and is looking forward to appearing before the Court of Appeal.

TWO NEW ON JUNIOR CABINET—4/4/2006
Two new people have been appointed to the Junior Cabinet by Prime Minister Simpson-Miller. Richard Azan, Simpson-Miller’s deputy campaign manager, and Victor Cummings have joined the 12-member Cabinet. Azan is now a Junior Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Cummings is now a Junior Minister in the Ministry of Land and Agriculture. Of the 10 returning Cabinet members, only five are to remain in their current post. Others, including Dr. Rhodd, and Dr. Ferguson have been transferred from their former positions to the Ministry if National Security and the Ministry of Health, respectively.

THREE DIE IN CAR ACCIDENT—4/4/2006
Three people died in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday in the early morning hours. The accident claimed the lives of 16-year-old Danielle Richards of London, England, 20-year-old Jerome Cohen of Bonham Spring and 19-year-old Che Blackwood of Content Gardens. One other person traveling with Richards was hospitalized and remains in serious condition. According to reports, the accident occurred around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday when the driver of car lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The two Jamaican men worked at the Shaw Park Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios where the other two were guests.

MAN ATTACKED AT UWI—4/5/2006
At the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, a man was allegedly attacked by a group of students after he made advances towards another male student. Police, dressed in full riot attire, were sent to the school to calm already high tensions. According to reports, students chased the man into Taylor Hall and while being led away by police, the students continued to throw objects at the man. Security Guards in Taylor Hall were also abused by students, being hit with bags of water and verbal comments. Police say one student attempted to cut the accused attacker with a knife.

TWO MORE TEACHERS WOUNDED BY STUDENTS—4/6/2006
Two high school teachers were being treated for wounds suffered after being assaulted by a student in two separate incidents this week. At Knockalva Technical School, an electrical installation teacher was cut on his forehead by a student while the two were arguing. The young man is now in custody after running away and is being held on $80,000 bail. At St. Thomas Technical High School, a teacher was sent to the hospital and received 12 stitches after being hit in the head with a piece of iron by a 16-year-old student. The incident occurred after the teacher asked the student to adjust his uniform. He is currently being held on $20,000 bail.

PARCHMENT LEAVES JAMAICA LABOR PARTY—4/7/2006
Verna Parchment, Member of Parliament for St. Ann Northwest, has officially left the Jamaica Labor Party. She is the second representative to quit within 30 days. Reports say Parchment cited poor leadership and lack of decision making as her reasons for leaving. With her resignation, The JLP now has 24 Members of Parliament in contrast to the 33 from the People’s National Party. Another Member of Parliament, Abe Dabdoub from St. Catherine resigned in March. Both Dabdoub and Parchment will continue to serve as Independent’s.

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SPORTS
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PORTMORE BEATS VILLAGE—4/3/2006
In a last minute goal by Ricardo Cousins, the Portmore United were able to defeat the Village Untied 1-0. The Wray and Nephew National Premier League game was held yesterday at Ferdie Neita Park. With the win, Portmore moves into third position with 50 points. Village stays in fifth position with 45 points. On the way to being Portmore’s 15th draw this season, goals were missed by Morrison, Wolfe, Morrissey, Swaby and Deerr. It was with six minutes left in the game, Cousins took to the field and was set up for a goal by Deerr and Morrissey.

KINGSTON COLLEGE, HOLMWOOD TECHNICAL, WINNERS—4/4/2006
Kingston College has been confirmed as the champion of the boys’ 2006 VMBS/ISSA Athletic Championship while the girls of Holmwood Technical have been named the champions in the girls’ division. With 233.5 points, the Kingston College boys placed first, two points ahead of second place finishers, Calabar. Holmwood secured their championship with 319 points, 16.5 points ahead of the Vere girls. In the individual point standings, Kingston College’s Alain Bailey and Manchester’s Natoya Goule were named as the top performers for the boys’ and girl’s divisions.

ST. JAGO MOVES ON TO SEMI-FINALS—4/5/2006
With a 53-35 win over Muschette High School, the St. Jago basketball team has clinched their spot in the Under-19 KFC/ISSA All-Island National Basketball Championship semi-finals. Adrian Forbes led the St. Jago boys to the victory with 21 points and 13 rebounds. For Muschette, Jermaine Grey led their charge with 22 points. St. Jago now moves on to face Old Harbour in the semi-finals. Old Harbour defeated Jamaica College and Port Antonio to move into the semi-final round.

JAMAICA TO MEET DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOMORROW—4/6/2006
Team Jamaica, the highest ranking team in the Caribbean Football Union, will travel to Suriname to play Suriname and the Dominican Republic in the qualifying round of the Caribbean Football Union Group 5 play of the Central American and Caribbean Games. They are looking to win a spot in the Group 5 play in CAC Games held in Colombia later this year. According to the team coach, Jamaica is expected to do well, although they know the competition will harsh. According to Downswell, the team has experienced players, however they will be without the injured Luton Shelton. Jamaica plays the Dominican Republic tomorrow and Suriname on Sunday.

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