JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending June 25, 2004

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THIS WEEKS NEWS SUMMARY
———————————————————————ROAD WORKS BRINGS EMPLOYMENT – 25/06/04

Jamaica’s most elaborate road network, Highway 2000 has brought with it thousands of jobs for skilled workers. Sixty expatriates, along with the local labourers, have been recruited to work on the project as the developers move swiftly to complete construction on time. Tank Weld, one of Jamaica’s biggest Civil Engineering and Building Construction, reported an increase in business as a result the major project of Highway 2000…

LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL DRUG SUSPECTS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

The American Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jamaican police have once again successfully carried out operations against the drug trade. The Jamaican Police Commissioner was pleased with the arrest of over fifty persons from the US, Columbia and the Caribbean, all suspects of being heavily involved in the drug trade. US Attorney John Ascot and Karen Tandy, administrator of the U.S. DEA said the arrest were due to collaborative efforts between US, Canada, Columbia, Bahamas, Jamaica and Panama…

CHILD PROTECTION ACT PASSED – 24/06/04

The government has finally passed a new Child Protection Act, designed to protect the rights of children. The Act “Act Right, Love, Honour and Protect our Children” is theme of the campaign being carried out to educate the public of the new Act. The Health Minister, John Junior launched the campaign in order to make the public aware of the existence of the Act and what it entails…

SCOTLAND YARD RECOMMENDS X-RAY FOR POLICE VICTIMS

Scotland Yard has caused controversy in the police ranks after the two visiting detectives invited to assist in the investigation of the killing of three men by the police in Westmoreland in April, this year recommended x-ray of victims of police shootings. Officers working on the case said that the recommendation was not plausible because it would be to expensive to x-ray bodies…

 

DRUG SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN MONTEGO-BAY- 23/06/04

Two prominent citizens of Montego Bay have been taken into custody and waiting extradition to the United States on drug involvement. Both men have been identified as Dennis ‘Den-Den’ Gayle, a 40-year-old ex-policeman of the Immigration Department, and businessman Hartford Montaque, also known as ‘Bruckie’ and ‘Iwad’, of Coral Gardens, St. James. The Narcotics Division also sized assets from both men including cars and computers…

CELL TOWERS CONTINUE TO CAUSE CONTROVERSEY

Cable & Wireless is once again is suffering the wrath of the Jamaican public over erection of cell towers. This time the protest it is by the residents of Brumalia and West Roads in Mandeville. The protest has caused the Mayor to call a halt to the erection of the towers until there is an investigation into the matter…

US-BASED TEACHERS LOBBY TO STAY BEYOND JULY – 22/06/04

The over two hundred teachers from the Caribbean who had their services terminated effective July, are being assisted by the Caribbean Immigrant Service (CIS). The CIS is lobbying on behalf of the teachers so that they can remain in the United States until they acquire the required documents. By June 30th the 210 teachers will be out of a job because they have not switched their J1 visas to the requisite H1B…

TWO MONTEGO BAY BUSNIESSMEN OPPOSE EXTRADITION

The two Montego Bay businessmen, who were taken into custody and ordered by a judge to face extradition to the United States, have taken steps to oppose order. Leebert Ramcharan and Donovan ‘Plucky’ Williams were arrested on the morning of March 3 this year in Montego Bay, St. James, during a raid conducted by local police, assisted by United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents. Both men oppose the US’s government’s claim that they are drug kingpins and as such have been charged under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act…

STOCK MARKET MERGER BETWEEN JAMAICA & T&T – 21/06/04

Both the Jamaican Stock market and the Trinidad Stock Market are to be merged. The stock exchange chairman Roy Johnson has reported that Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica has been working for years to make trading between their country’s smooth…

TOP GSAT STUDENT GETS SCOTIA SCHOLARSHIP

The top GSAT performer Xavier Francis has been awarded the top scholarship from Scotia Bank. He has outperformed every other student in the island who took the exams and he was elated, but surprised at the prospect. Xavier was reported to have said that, I feel overwhelmed. I am extremely happy”, and “I am a little surprised that I came out as the top boy in the island but I always knew I was going to do well.”

 

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SPORTS
———————————————————————BRITISH PLAYER JOINTS BOYZ– 22/06/04

Jason Euell, born in Britain of Jamaican parentage, is the newest addition to the Reggae Boyz squad. After months of speculations, Euell had decided that he has made a good decision to join the team on the invitation of president Boxill. Euell was impressed with the level of play, the camaraderie and the style of play of the Jamaican team…

 

CONCACAF Roundup
CMC/AP Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Mexico hammer Dominica 10-0 SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CMC) – CONCACAF giants Mexico pounded Dominica, 10-0, in the first-leg of their second round World Cup qualifying series at the Alamodome on Saturday evening.Adolfo Bautista, Jared Borgetti and Daniel Osorno each scored twice, while Duilio Davino, Jamie Lozano, Rafael M‡rquez and Juan Francisco Palencia added other goals for the Mexicans’ handsome victory.The 10-0 margin was the most goals scored by Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match since an 11-0 win over visiting St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) in Mexico City December, 1992. The return-leg of the Mexico-Dominica series will take place at the Estadio Victoria in Aguascaliente, Mexico on Sunday.

In their elimination game of the first round CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match, Jamaica and Haiti finished 1 – 1. A volley by Marlon King on 38 minutes put the Reggae Boyz into the lead. Four minutes after the half time break the Haitians equalized through a penalty by Jean Phillipe Peguero who had a late challenge from behind by Claude Davis. It was the second penalty kick for the Haitians, having the referee pointing to the spot just seconds from kick off when Peguero was supposedly fouled by Jamaica’s goalkeeper, Donovan Ricketts. However, it was booted high.

The Jamaicans, even though they appeared to be slow, forced Haitian goalkeeper, Gabard Fenelon into a few saves, while except for the two penalties their goalkeeper (Ricketts) was merely a spectator. The Jamaicans were in control of the game in the last 20 minutes but was not able to convert any of their chances.

 

St Vincent stomp on Nicaragua 4-1 KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – St Vincent & the Grenadines emphatically reached the semi-final round of CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 with a 4-1 win over Nicaragua in the return match of the second round at Arnos Vale on Sunday. The Vincentians, who held the Central Americans to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Managua last Sunday, win the series, 6-3, on aggregate.

 

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