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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending June 11, 2004

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THIS WEEKS NEWS SUMMARY
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HENRY-WILSON DENIES ALLEGATIONS – 11/06/04

Maxine Henry Wilson, Minister of Education and Culture, has denied allegations that she told the New York Board of Education (NYBE) to discontinue a waiver for Jamaican teachers working in New York. Allegations are that these instructions were issued on her visit to New York in February. However, the minister vehemently denies the allegations and reported that “They (NYBE) said their policy had changed,” she said. “I told them that it is your responsibility to tell the Jamaican teachers,” she added…

POLICE NARCOTICS DEVISION RESHUFFLED

The top leadership of the Police Narcotics Division has been reshuffled and the Assistant Commissioner Errol Strong, the security attaché at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., has been recalled to replace Senior Superintendent Carl Williams. Strong has served the Jamaica Constabulary Force for over 30 years and has received overseas training in professional management and was one of the first to be promoted under the 1974 accelerated programme… YARD MEN CALLED IN BY PM –103/06/04

The Prime Minister of Jamaica P. J Patterson has called on Scotland Yard to intervene into investigation of three men who were killed in an alleged shootout. Scotland Yard will be assisting with the forensic evidence in particular the ballistic side of it. On March 2, 2004, the three men were killed in what police reports indicated was a car chase and subsequent shoot-out after their vehicle ignored a police signal to stop…

LEADER OF J-FLAG KILLED

The leader and founding member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexual and Gays (J-FLAG) has been killed. Brian Williamson, outspoken gay rights activist was found dead with multiple chop wounds in his apartment. Mr. Williamson’s murder was described as a hate crime and his organisation hastily concurred…

MOTHER AND CHILD KILLED IN DOUBLE MUREER – 09/06/04

The community of Rose Heights in St. James woke up to the murder of two of their own. A 35 year old mother and her 8 year old child was killed and their bodies dragged onto a dirt track in the community. The two were identified as Paulette Morris, shopkeeper. The police said they suspect that the killings were one of reprisal…

 

CARICOM PAYS THEIR RESPECT TO REGAN

All Caribbean politicians have sent tribute to the United States on the death of former president Ronald Regan. Former president of St. Lucia Sir John Compton described Regan as a friend of the Caribbean who may have saved us from Communist rule. Sir John also hailed Regan for sending US troops to Grenada on the death of president Maurice Bishop by members of his own Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)…

 

100 TEACHERS LOOSE THEIR JOBS IN US – 08/06/04

Over one hundred teachers have lost their jobs in the United States after claiming that their dismissal was due to the Jamaican government’s tardinessThe teachers were recruited in 2001 and operated with a J-1 visa. However, that visa now has to be converted to the H-1B visa. Part of the change is dependent on the Government sending a ‘No Objection’ statement, which clears the teachers of all financial obligations…

JAMAICANS LIVING ABROAD URGED TO ATTEND DIASPORA

Influential Jamaicans living abroad is being urged by the ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend a conference on Part of the effort is to capture and retain the interests of second to fourth generation Jamaicans in the Diaspora. According to Senator Delano Franklyn, Minister of State for Foreign over 148 persons from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada are to meet…

RICHEST BLACK MAN IN BRITAIN CHARGED WITH FRAUD – 07/06/04

The man described as Britain’s richest black man has been charged with fraud. Founder of collapsed finance house Versailles Group was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud more than a week ago. Carlton Ellington Cushnie is a broken man who has lost his reputation. His sympathisers said his only guilt was to go into business with Federick Clough whom they say was the main the bespectacled former finance director of Versailles turned key prosecution witness against Cushnie after pleading guilty to being the main conspirator in the fraud….

GOV’T OF JAMAICA OWNS FARM WORK AGENCY IN CANADA

The government of Jamaica now owns two buildings in Canada, the latest being the Jamaica Liaison Service a Government agency responsible for Jamaican farm workers in Canada headed by John Wright. A recent opening ceremony was attended by a delegation of Jamaican Government and religious officials, including Horace Dalley, Minister of Labour and Social Security; Alvin McIntosh, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour; Julia Dundas, public relations officer in the Ministry of Labour; Bobby Clarke, Barrington Bailey, Sonia Ellis Williams and the Rev. Oliver Daley…

DR. MINOTT REPORT CORRECTED –06/06/04

A review of Dr. Dennis Minott on the performance of secondary schools in Jamaica, which had head teachers in a huff, is now corrected. Dr. Howard Campbell, lecturer at the University of Technology insists that only 10 of the 148 schools placed were correctSt. George’s, who received a disgraceful ‘F’ rating from Dr. Minott has moved from their original position of 130 to a more remarkable 37th position…

ARNETT GARDENS HOME OF DANGEROUS FUGITIVES

Arnett Gardens has been known for producing many talented and musicians and reggae artistes. However, over the past 30 years, that community has become a war zone for gangs and drug dealers. After Tingle’s death on June 1, 1981, Christopher Henry, alias ‘Natty Chris’ shot to the top of the police most wanted list. Many others followed Henry The latest round of hostility in this People’s National Party (PNP) enclave is really just another chapter in its frightful history…

 

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SPORTS
———————————————————————ALFRED VALENTINE DEAD– 10/06/04

Former left arm spinner and West Indian cricketer Alfred Valentine died in Miami at the age of 74. Valentine was considered as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Kingston yesterday….

 

GARDNER WILL NOT BE MOVED UP – 11/06/04

Despite two injuries and two others on watch for injuries, coach Carl Brown will not be moving Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner of Bolton Wanders up. Tyrone Marshall and Ian Goodison are nursing knee and muscle injuries respectively. Brown yesterday said Gardner would assist in “taking the fight to the Haitians”, playing in his usual wide left position in midfield. Brown further explained that other players will have to fit in where players are out because of injuries…

 

Injury filled Reggae Boyz prepares for Haiti
June 7
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz sets up a weeklong training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in preparation of Saturday’s first-leg CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Haiti at Miami’s Orange Bowl on June 12. Both teams are also scheduled to meet in the second-leg of this knockout tie at the National Stadium in Jamaica on June 20. Players scheduled for the camp include Richard Langley, Deon Burton, Marlon King, Micah Hyde, Ricardo Fuller, Donovan Ricketts, Aaron Lawrence, Claude Davis, Ian Goodison, Damion Stewart, Gerald Neil, Garfield Reid, Fabian Davis, Cornel Chin Sue, Jermaine Johnson, Theodore Whitmore, Ricardo Gardner, Tyrone Marshall, Fabian Taylor, Damani Ralph, Andy Williams and Craig Ziadie. The team is filled with injuries, which is cause for concern amoung fans of the boyz. Players listed as not 100% are Craig Ziadie with strained quads, Ricardo Gardner bothered by swelling of the knee, Theodore Whitmore, reported to be about 80% fit and limping, Ricardo Fuller has problems with his knee, Fabian Taylor bothered by hamstring problems and Marshall who has not represented his club for some time due to injury…

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Jamaica vs Haiti: June 20- Jamaica

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