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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending April 16, 2004

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NEW BUDGET READ FOR 2004/5 – 16/04/04
Dr. Omar Davies, Minister of Finance and Planning told Jamaicans that no new tax is required to finance the 2004/5 budget this year. He was speaking in the House of Representative on Thursday where he explained that the Government’s $328 billion spending plan is to be financed from existing taxes, borrowing and other revenues. The event was the opening of the 2004/5 Budget Debate where dr. Davies was He was outlining the Government’s plans for financing its programmes for the current financial year, which started on April 1….

The Director General of the Tax Administration, Clive Nicholas says that Jamaica needs a tax system friendly to investment. He explained that although Jamaica was a cut above the rest, and even on par with some of their Caribbean counterparts, the country still needed to become even more competitive. This he said would attract much needed investment and improve their performance. He went on further to explain that a country with a 2.5 million population needed to look outside if they hope to increase our markets for the sale of goods and services….

The managing director of the Bank of Jamaica William Clarke explained to group of people attending a Bank of Nova Scotia-sponsored function, that the Debt Swap Initiative was not a good investment. Mr Clarke explained that the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ)-led initiative Partnership for Progress “will not gain traction” Mr Clarke further explained that the Partnership for Progress will be doing is a form of dollarisation of the economy,”…

A group of lawyers from the United States of America is investigating the hasty departure of the exiled President of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide. They said they have no doubt that he was forced from office by the US government. The lawyers said they would be lobbying the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to ensure that “international legal principles are upheld. The group also accepted Aristide’s kidnapping claim…

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has ruled that the policemen involved in a shooting incident in Kraal north central Clarendon last year should face the courts. The incident has been under investigation by local and international detectives. It is not certain whether Senior Superintendent Renato Adams is among the policemen on charge for the killings…

Led poisoning in Jamaican children is once again at the forefront of the media. Some years ago it was determined that the main source of led poisoning was contacted from used car batteries left laying around by battery repair workers. Though uncommon, high lead levels in the body can cause problems with the brain, kidneys and bone marrow (the soft tissue inside bones). Symptoms of high lead levels can include belly pain, headaches, vomiting, confusion, muscle weakness, seizures, hair loss and anaemia (a low red blood cell count). In a study reported in 1994 at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the most common age group admitted were under 3 years old…

Lara the great has once again been crowned king of batting after a whooping 400 not out at the recently concluded Test of the Cable & Wireless Series between the West Indies and England at the Antigua Recreation Ground yesterday. Lara batted for over 700 minutes and faced over 500 deliveries with 43 fours and four sixes. It was their highest total against England at home or away, and after their 790 for three declared against Pakistan at Sabina Park in 1958, their second highest ever against all comers…
Children from abused situations are to be protected by a response team put in place to rescue them. Alison Anderson, head of the Child Development Agency said that the response team would be set up to work with people in traumatic and crisis situations, including child abuse their retirement. Ms. Anderson said that details regarding the team was being worked on…

The Parish of St Ann will be seeing brighter days after a project approving twenty streetlights will be installed over 16 parish council divisions. In a recent meeting of the St. Ann Parish Council tensions were high over the streetlight arrangements. Secretary manager of the council, Dorothy Delgado, reported at last week’s monthly meeting that under the street light expansion programme, 33 lights were installed and 38 repaired during January 2004. She read a letter dated April 5, 2004 from the JPSCo, which stated that 420 new lights would be installed
England’s captain Michael Vaughan holds up the Wisden Trophy his team won after beating the West Indies 3-0 in the four-match Test series, which ended yesterday in Antigua. West Indies fought to break the ducks, but England held on to a tame draw. The series ended with a final score of West Indies 751 for five declared, England 285 and 422 for five…

Jamaica’s U-20 Performance in Germany
April 15
Jamaica’s U-20 team advanced to the second round of the 12-team Die Auslosung Fur NOKIA-debitel-Cup 2004 held in Germany, which was won by Juventus.Below, do forum members Andy and Frog from Germany submit the game performance summary. Read more at their website www.reggaeboyz.de
Game 1: Reggae Boyz 0 vs Fortuna Duesseldorf 1
Reggae Boyz seemed to suffer from jet lag after the 15 hours journey and arriving 19 hours before their first kick-off. Temperature was a cold 5 degrees celius and raining. Fortuna played a well orginized defense and has one strong guy in the offense. Reggae Boyz had 80% ball possession during the match, but no big chance until the last 5 minutes. Fortuna scored in the middle of the second half and held off the young Boyz for the win. The young Reggae Boyz Team: R. Thompson – J. Taylor, Findlayson, Howard, Wolfe, Priestly, Myton, Shelton, West, Austin, and Reid. Subs in the second half: in: Bernard, D. Thompson, Wong – out: Findlayson, Howard, Myton

Game 2: Reggae Boyz 1 vs Borussia Dortmund 1
Dortmund is twice as strong as Fortuna and much more experienced as a team. It was starting to rain at kick-off and just as cold as the previous day. The Boyz find their way through a strong Dortmund midfield and Priestly scored. The game had lots of little fouls on both sides, but the referee only uses his whistle to give Dortmund the ball. He was really home-blinded at all. Dortmund equalized from a free kick from 18 meters as there was some confusion in Boyz-defense. Team: Robinson – J. Taylor, Howard, Wolfe, Priestly, Myton, Shelton, West, Austin, Reid (11th is missing, Moodie). Subs – in: Findlayson, Spence, D. Thompson – out: Priestly, Myton, West

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