THIS WEEKS NEWS SUMMARY
———————————————————————COURT UPHOLD RULING ON CCJ – 18/06/04
The Jamaica Labour Party lost again in their bid to bar the proposed Caribbean Court of Appeal. The Jamaica Court of Appeal upheld the previous ruling by the Supreme Court that the Labour Party’s actions were premature. Lawyers representing the Labour Party and other opponents of the regional court now say they will take their case to the Privy Council, Jamaica’s UK-based court of last resort, which the CCJ is to replace as the final court for several Caribbean countries…
LEADER OF MOST WANTED GANG FACE COURT IN AUGUST
Leader of the notorious Andem Gang, Joel Andem will face the courts on August 24. He was on the island’s most wanted list in 2000 after the brutal murders of businesswoman Sylvia Edwards and her brother-in-law, Everett Edwards. Andem managed to elude police for four years until his capture on May 26. He is facing six counts of shooting and a murder charge levelled against him, for the shooting death of Lennox Ffrench whom police say was killed by Andem and his crony, Alrick “Tata” Simpson…
CELL TOWER SHARE SUGGESTION AS PROVIDERS INCREASE MARKET-17/06/04
An official from one of the major cellular providers have suggested that companies share cell tower as they move to increase market share. MiPhone, one provider is moving to increase market share and officials of the company are exploring co-location as well as acquisition of cell towers in the interest of the environment. Senior vice-president in charge of commercial operations David Palmer said, “we are working with Digicel and Cable & Wireless, where possible, to share towers as opposed to building the towers,” said MiPhone’s…
OVERSEAS TEACHERS RETURN FOR SUMMER PROGRAMME
Fifteen of the islands’ teachers based overseas have agreed to return home to take part in a summer pilot project. The pilot programme aimed at improving the reading skills of third and fourth graders, who are performing below their grade levels. Personnel from Scholastic Incorporated, of New York trained the teachers to use the state-of-the-art material, which will be provided by that company for use in the project….
AMERICAN FRIENDS OF JAMAICA DONATE OVER J$20MIL – 16/06/04
Some non-governmental organisations will receive cash boost, as the organisation American Friends of Jamaica donated over J$20 million in financial and pledged in-kind grants. The American ambassador to Jamaica Sue Cobb will present sixteen grants at a luncheon. The MoBay Hope Medical Centre, which serves tourist, and Jamaicans alike will receive the largest cash grant…
JANICE ALLEN CASE BACK AT THE FORE – 15/06/04
The mother of the teenager Janice Allen, who was shot and killed by police in 2000, is asking the court to grant a judicial review of the case. The mother is asking the court to overturn the acquittal of the policeman charged with killing her daughter and to issue a declaration that the trial held at the Port Antonio Circuit Court on March 15, 2004, was a nullity…
MICHAEL MANLEY HONOURED AFTER HIS DEATH
The late and former prime minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley will be posthumously honoured in South Africa for the part he played in the dismantlement of Apartheid. He will be presented with the Order of Companions of O.R. Tambo in South Africa. The award is named off Oliver Tambo, former president of South Africa’s African National Congress. Manley will receive the highest of the order, that of Gold, and bears the designation ‘Supreme Companion’…
POOR INFRASTRUCTURE HINDERS ST. JAMES COPS – 14/06/04
Poor infrastructure hinders St. James Cops from carrying out their duties to that community. The St. James police have called on the government to correct the problem of street lighting, and poor roads, that prevents them from patrolling the troubled plagued community. Reports of a major upsurge in gun violence in the Rose Heights community within the last two weeks, and only 10 days ago, violence claimed five lives, including a double murder of a mother and her 11-year-old son. Sixty-two persons have been killed in St. James since 2004.
STETS IMPLEMENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME
The St. Elizabeth Technical High School has implemented mentorship programme in the light of a lack of parental guidance among the school population. The St. Elizabeth Technical High School on Wednesday launched its mentorship programme under the theme ‘Empowering Students through Mentorship’. The aim of the programme is to provide support for the students, to teach survival skills and to facilitate personal development.
UNA CLARKE URGES JA. TEACHERS TO GO FOR GREEN CARD –13/06/04
Despite the confusion over the dismissal of over 200 Jamaican teachers from the US, there is still hope that an amicable solution can be reached. In the meantime, Una Clarke, African American and former Councilwoman of New York City, is urging the teachers to go for the ‘green card’. Ms. Clarke is standing by willing to use her clout to assist in settling the matter…
CLUSTURING PROGRAMME BEING DEVELOPED FOR SCHOOLS
The Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry Wilson says that a is being developed under which groups of schools will be clustered for the purpose of having common services delivered, such as plant management. This Henry Wilson says this will allow the principals more time to provide instructional leadership in their schools….
———————————————————————WEST INDIES BEATEN BY IRELAND – 18/06/04
The West Indies and skipper Brian Lara getting prepared for the three-nation One-Day International, suffer a further blow to their self-esteem after a six-wicket beating from underdog Ireland. Chasing a target of 293 to win, Ireland won with 19 balls to spare after some purposeful top order batting produced three half century-makers.
Jamaica hangs on to 1-1 tie with Haiti
Jamaica survived a scare from Haiti and held on to a 1-1 draw in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match Saturday night. A badly missed penalty by Haiti’s Wadson Corriolan in the first 5 seconds of the game had Jamaica on the defensive as Haiti took the fight to Jamaica. Jamaica remained composed and were rewarded in the 38 minute with a goal from Marlon King. The game continued to swing from side to side as both teams tried to take charge but it was the Haitians that seemed to have the edge as they were putting the better passes together. The half ended with Jamaica leading 1-0. Three minutes into the second half Haiti’s attack paid off, as they were awarded a second penalty when Jamaican defender Claude Davis deep in the goal area fouled from behind Jean-Phillipe Peguero. Peguero made no mistake as he sent the Ricketts diving the wrong way. Both teams desperately attacked in search for the tiebreaker and Jamaica looked more dangerous after the introduction of Damani Ralph to the line-up but Haiti refused to give them the edge and fought all the way to the end. Both teams will meet in the second game on June 20 in Jamaica…
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