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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending April 9, 2004

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS SUMMARY
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ATTEMPTS TO BRING IN MORE GUNS – 08/04/04
A shipment of guns and ammunitions was headed for the streets of Portland but was cut off by police in an operation at Kingston Wharf. The police, acting on intelligence, carried out an operation at Berth 5, Kingston Wharf where the find was located. Custom officers and police personnel were reluctant to comment on the operation, but sources inside said five brand new semi-automatic pistols, three high-powered rifles, two shotguns and an AK-47 rifle, plus 85 assorted rounds of ammunition…

GOVERNMENT WANTS OVERSEAS RESIDENCE TO HELP BUILD NATION
The government is seeking to build a relationship the overseas Jamaicans to assist in nation building. Prime minister P.J Patterson said a Jamaican Diaspora Conference would be held in the island on June 16-17 to advance combined effort with Jamaicans living abroad…

FINANCE MINISTER VOWS TO REMAIN ON TRACK – 07/04/04
The Minister of Finance vows to remain on track with meeting the fiscal target in the 2004/2005 Estimates of Expenditure. Dr. Omar Davies explained that intends to eliminate the fiscal deficit by 2005/6, which will bring the debt to Gross Domestic ratio, and all the other macro-economic variables back in line to build the confidence of the economy…

CASINO GAMBLING BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT
The president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce is supporting the government on its bid to revisit casino gambling. He posits that the other forms of gambling existing in the country are similar to that of casino gambling and its introduction could only serve to bring much need boost to the economy. Opposition spokesman on tourism Ed Bartlett further reiterated that casino gambling has the potential to bring “colossal benefits to the tourism industry”…

JDF RECRUITMENT DRIVE OVERSUBSCRIBED– 06/04/04
The Jamaica Defense Force was overwhelmed with recruits vying for a chance to serve their country. The Corporate Area Drive got on the way at the Up Park Camp with hundreds of young civilians turned out with their credentials. Major Charlene Steer, the JDF’s public information officer said she was not surprised at the large turnouts as the JDF was always able to attract large numbers at their recruiting drives…

MENTALLY ILL ACCUSED GETS SLOW TREATMENT
Resident Magistrate of St. James Valerie Stephens is concerned about the slow rate at which mentally ill patience being treated. She said that persons with mental problems were slow to get psychiatric treatment from the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Montego Bay. Miss Stephens said she would send a letter to the Ministry of Health to get to the bottom of this situation…

MEDICAL OFFICERS SHORTAGE HITS HOME – 05/04/04
The health sector is experiencing strain from the shortage of nurses, pharmacists, public health inspectors and medical supplies. President of the Nurses Association is calling on the government to intervene as the situation has reached crisis proportion. She explained that new graduates were not willing to tale the bus. This caused a problem as she explained that the graduates would only stay for a year then move to greener pastures…

HOMECOMING FILLED WITH MIXED EMOTION
Returning Residents seeking to resettle has mixed emotion from the escalating negative press of the island. The residents whom hold memories of a fun loving people and a beautiful country is sceptical of resettling for fear from violence. A recent visit by a group of overseas residents from the Jamaica Society (Leeds) expressed their desire to purchase land for their retirement. The group took a thirteen-day tour of the island…

HAITI CALLS FOR ARISTIDE TO BE EXTRADITED
The Haitian government has called for the extradition of Aristide on charges of human rights abuses and corruption. The interim government has reported that they are setting up a task force to gather all the evidence against the ousted president. The Jamaica Gleaner yesterday received a statement from Huntley Medley, Media Liaison officer to Mr Aristide that he would not be responding to the allegations, as he was not in the island for that purpose but to sort himself out…

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SPORTS
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WEST INDIES HALL OF SHAME – 08/04/04
The West Indies has been performing poorly during the four-match Cable & Wireless series and is yet to win one match. The shameful performance manifested itself when West Indies was dismissed for a mere 47 all out, the lowest score ever and 94, lowest score ever at Kensington Oval…
FAMOUS TIGER WOODS FOR JAMAICAN YOUNG GOLFERS – 07/04/04
The infamous Tiger Woods will be tutoring Jamaican youngsters mainly from the inner city. The Jamaican Golf Association and the Tiger Woods Foundation has joined forces to tutor young golfer mainly from Kingston inner city. Officials from the JGA and the TWF sealed the deal for From August 12-14, 150 young Jamaicans (75 on day one and 75 on day two) will be taken through the fundamentals of golf at the Cable and Wireless National Golf Academy in New Kingston…

JAMAICA HELD TO TIE BY HONDURAS
April 1
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were held to a 2-2 tie by Honduras in their friendly international at the National Stadium in Jamaica. Onandi Lowe scored Jamaica’s goals in the ninth minute and Fabian Davis in the 52nd minute to give the Boyz a 2-0 lead. Honduras was able to level the score with goals from Emil Martinex (66th minute), and Milton Nunez (78th). The Boyz fell asleep towards the end of the game and were lucky to earn a tie with their South American opponents. Jamaica’s technical director Carl Brown said that his team played well for the first 45 minutes but was affected by injuries to Donovan Ricketts, Claude Davis and Garfield Reid. This was the third meeting in three years between thetwo teams.

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