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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending April 28th, 2006


Police officers from Operation Kingfish were able to foil a murder-for-fire plot after receiving information from an informant. The police team set up round-the-clock surveillance and arrested the hired hit man in route to kill the wife of George Proctor. According to police, Proctor hired Glenford Flemington to murder his wife during the week Proctor would be away from the island. Proctor, 86, is originally from the Untied States but has been living in Jamaica for more than 50 years where he worked as a speaker and scientist. According to sources, Proctor paid Flemington $90,000 to commit the murder. The two men are currently in jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and intention to murder.

The shootings of seven people in Montego Bay may be part of an extortion ring targeting taxi drivers, according to reports. Thursday night, taxi driver Leebert James, a teenage passenger and pedestrian were shot on William Street in Montego Bay. According to St. James liaison officer, Peter Salkey, the taxi driver was just sitting in his car when the gunmen open-fired. James then drive off and crashed his taxi into a wall and the teenager was able to escape the area. This shooting came just hours after gunmen shot four others in a separate accident.

The mother of a 15-year-old girl is planning to take legal action against the Contraband Enforcement Team for what she calls an illegal search. Juliet Miller’s daughter was allegedly searched by the Customs authorities without her presence. Miller’s daughter was scheduled to fly from Jamaica to Ft. Lauderdale, however she never boarded the plane. Miller says her daughter was asked to step to the side and agents searched her luggage then walked her to a room where she was told to remove her clothes for x-ray search. Reports from the Narcotics Department indicate no search was performed.

Citing lack of communication and consultation during negotiation processes, the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) has pulled out from the Trade Unions (JCTU). According to Edith Allwood-Johnson, President of NAJ, they believe the JCTU was taking on a new role of negotiating for members without consulting them first. This pull-out did not come without warning. Allwood-Johnson says they have made their frustrations known. What Allwood-Johnson would like to continue to doing is have the NAJ continue to negotiate salary and benefits for members, not the JCTU.

After three hours of discussions Tuesday, Prime Minister Simpson Miller and Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning had reached an agreement to have Jamaica serve as the supplier of natural gas for the neighboring island. The agreement was made on Simpson-Millers first official visit to the island since taking office. According to the agreement, beginning in 2009 Jamaica will become the long term supplier of natural gas to Trinidad and Tobago. The two nations will be working together on a pricing structure to benefit them both.

Omar Clarke of Cockburn Gardens, Kingston is a free man after the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction stemming from an murder in 2000. Reports indicate Clarke’s attorney appealed the 2002 conviction because of breach. The Court of Appeal agreed with the attorney and set the 22–year-old man free. At the time of his arrest, Clarke was teenager and gave a statement to police without parental or attorney presence. Clarke and Nassive Harriott were convicted of the murder of Detective Constable Selvin English. He was murdered during a attempted robbery. Harriott is serving a life sentence.

Police in St. Andrew say they have new leads and are closer to making a break in the murder of Sheridon Hibbert of Waterhouse. Hibbert was shot and killed while driving his car. He then lost control and hit three children. Two little boys were injured, but the little girl died. According to reports, Hibbert was speaking with two men while driving on Balcombe Drive when two other men came from the other direction and shot him. Hibbert sped away but hit the three children after collapsing in his car. The two boys are in the hospital recovering. Andrew Holness, Member of Parliament, will be assisting the girl’s family with counseling and funeral expenses.

Paul Pennicook was named the new Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Air Jamaica yesterday. Pennicook will officially hold this title beginning June 1. Pennicook has a long career in the tourism and marketing industry. Before becoming the current Director of Tourism, he the CEO of Couples Resorts and a member of the Air Jamaica board of directors. A search to replace Pennicook will begin immediately according to JTB chairman, Dennis Morrison. Morrison further explained JTB will work closely with Pennicook in his new role to maintain the important and crucial partnership with Jamaica Tourism and Air Jamaica. Pennicook received his hotel management degree from Cornell University in New York and spend the last 32 years in the tourism industry.

Street basketball is coming back to Jamaica when the And1 team comes the island as part of the JAMROC Street Ballers Weekend on May 4-7. The And1 team will take to the court against local players, entertainers and businessmen on May 6 at the National Indoor Sports Centre. The And1 team is comprised of Anthony Heyward, Dennis Chism, John Harvey, Malloy Nesmith, Tyron Evans and Grayson Boucher. This basketball weekend is made possible by Legend Sports Management and Consultancy and the Jamaican Basketball Federation.

The Under-15 squad of the Tornado Swim Club returned home with 17 medals after competing at the Stingrays 2006 Long Course meet in Winter Haven, Florida. Of the 17 medals, 5 are gold, four are sliver and eight are bronze. Dominic Walter led the charge, receiving 55 points in the 13-14 age group. Walter won gold in the 200m butterfly, silver in the 100m butterfly the bronze in the 200m individual medley. Walter beat Jamaica opponent Richard Graham with a time of 4:35.38 in the 400m freestyle competition.

The Urban Knights beat the Portmore Flames 81-61 to begin the second half of their season with a good start. The game was played at National Stadium Monday night. The Knights were led by point guard Fernando Young with 15 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Adrian Coote lead the Flames with 23 points and 11 rebounds. At halftime the Flames led 40-36, but the Knights came back in the fourth quarter with an easy victory. The Knights advance to 16 wins and 2 losses and the Flames drop to 10th place with 5 wins and 10 losses.

After a tense game against Boys’ Town at Ferdie Neita Park, the Portmore United have advanced to the semi-final round of the Wray and Nephew Knockout Cup. Portmore won in a 5-4 penalty shoot-out. The United goals were scored by McDonald, Morrison, Cousins, Sawyers and Reid. The United will now face the winner of the Seba/ Waterhouse game in Drewsland. Seba enters the game with a 3-1 advantage and look to advance to the semi-finals. Harbor View is also scheduled to play Arnett Gardens tonight.

The weekly news is compilation of new articles from top Caribbean and Jamaican news sources.

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