JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the weeks ending January 21, 2005

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THIS WEEKS NEWS SUMMARY
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BEENIE MAN PUTS UP MILLIONS FOR THE CAPTURE OF BOGLE’ KILLER – January 21, 2005

Moses Davies otherwise known as Beenie Man has offered a reward of one million dollar to the person who brings ‘Bogle’s’ killer to justice. The infamous deejay has promise to raise the amount by a million dollars until the killer is found. Gerald Levy, otherwise known as ‘Bogle’ is also a well-known dancehall personality and leader of the notorious Black Roses Crew. Beenie Man said Bogle is a friend for life and his death would not go like that of Willie Haggart, former leader of the Black Rose Crew. Reports are that Bogle was at a petrol station filling up when two men in on a Honda motorbike rode up and fired shots injuring all five occupants of the Ford F-150 van he was driving. All five were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where Bogle succumbed to his injuries. Two others were treated and sent home while the other two are in serious but stable condition…

 

INCOME TAX THRESHOLD TO BE INCREASED

The Finance Minister Dr. Omar Davies is set to issue a provisional order increasing the income tax threshold. The Prime Minister himself released this welcomed news, which would see persons earning low income would be relieved from paying income tax. Only last week the minimum wage was increased by twenty percent moving from $2,000 to 2,400. Further, the lowest legal annual wage would now be $124,000, and would have brought the lowest paid into the tax bracket, thus resulting in the increase in the threshold…

 

BREATON KILLINGS NOW ON TRIAL – January 20, 2005

The trial of the Breaton seven killings that took place in March of 2001 is now in motion. Testimony from a fellow police officer who was present in the squad are that Renato Adams, a senior police officer and officer in charge of the Crime Management Unit, went crazy when he heard shots being fired from inside the house where the seven teenagers were. The police officer further testified that Mr. Adams described the teenagers in the house at 1088 Seal Way as ‘Jangcrows’ (John Crows)…

 

COMMISSIONER LUCIOUS THOMAS SWORN IN

Lucius Thomas was sworn in as Jamaica’s new Police Commissioner on Thursday. He vowed to make professionalism and efficiency high on his list and asked for the cooperation and understanding of the public where genuine mistakes were made. He was sworn in with the usual fanfare and was handed the symbolic Baton of Command by outgoing Police Commissioner Francis Forbes…

JLP LOOSES TWO OVER CONSTANT BICKERING

Two members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have resigned citing personal reasons and frustration over the constant division in the party as the chief deciding factor. Additionally, contender for head of the party Bruce Golding said that he was not surprised over the resignation of senator Horne as comments he made in the media of recent times indicated that he was leaving the party…

CHILDREN FEAR IN GUN BATTLED COMMUNITY.

Children of the St. Paul’s Basic school which has been in operation over fifty years, is finding it very difficult to keep its doors open. The community in which the school resides is been challenged by the constant gun battles. One child who was chosen to speak with the media said that she was in constant fear for her life each time she heard guns barking in the Tower Hill community of West Kingston. Other children her age can identify with her as they too are caught in the middle of rival political gangs…

 

SEAGA BIDS FINAL GOODBYES TO THE HOUSE – January 19, 2005

The former Opposition Leader Edward Seaga took his final walk down the isle of Gordon house bringing to an end his forty-year political career. The former Opposition Leader leaves his long service political life to join the academics at the University of the West Indies as lecturer in the Department of Government. Thousands of person from his West Kingston constituency was on hand to bid their former leader adieu. There was only standing room inside the chamber and the visitors’ gallery was packed with many of Mr. Seaga’s supporters including some of his attackers who came to pay their respects…

 

PUBLIC HOSPITAL USERS TO PAY MORE

Public hospital fees are set to increase as the last increase was over six years ago. The Minister of Health John Junior said that the increase was delayed last year as it was thought that users could not bear the burden of an increase. However, he posits that, with the growing burden of providing health care for the nation, it has become necessary to increase the user fees. The level of increase was not revealed, however, implementation of new fees will take effect by the end of the month…

BLOSSOM OMEALLY-NELSON DENIES UK REPORTS

The head of the Postal Corporation of Jamaica has denied reports coming from the United Kingdom that the local post is encouraging drug trafficking. A report carried by the South London Press claimed that a package containing crack/cocaine was shipped to the UK through the Jamaican postal system. However, the report was later retracted as the package was shipped by a private courier company and not the local postal service Postmaster General, Dr. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson, declared, “drug and contraband interdiction procedures are coordinated and monitored by the police and Jamaica Customs Department. All packages carried by Jamaica Post are subjected to a range of security procedures including ‘sniffer dogs’, under the jurisdiction of the Jamaica Constabulary Force”…

 

CHIEF JUSTICE WOLF CALLS FOR ARMY INTERVENTION – January 18, 2005

Indiscipline in schools should be curtailed by the army says Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe. The Chief Justice challenged a batch of soldiers graduating to obtain permission from their superiors to start a programme for young males to instil discipline in them and save them from destruction. Mr. Wolfe said that the soldiers should become involved in national life and become positive influence on the young boys in school…

GIVE THE POOR QUALITY WORK – January 18, 2005

Dr. Pauline Knight has revealed in her presentation on Jamaica’s progress under the United Nations Millennium Project, has revealed that over seventy percent 70 percent of the country’s population is poor. Her presentation also revealed that these poor persons are under employed and in serious need of decent work. She posits that without economic growth and the creation of more jobs, the situation could continue. The U.N. Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people…

 

MOST IMPORTANT INVESTIGATIVE TOOL ABSENT

The Jamaica Constabulary Force is looking at a six-month period to replace the missing ballistics machine, which is one of the most important tools it uses in investigations. The ballistic machine will replace the drug-fire machine once used by the forensic laboratory. The reason given for the two-year delay is due to the cost of replacing the machine, which is estimated at US$2million, but a similar one costing under US$1 million was located…

 

UWI ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY BACK TO NORMAL- January 17, 2005

The UWI’s A & E Department is back to normal after the death of a colleague, Dr. Ken Nanton by the hands gunmen last week. The hospital administration has set a date to meet with the Security Minister Dr. Peter Phillips to discuss issues surrounding crime and violence. The hospital employees were badly shaken up after a lone gunman accosted Dr. Nanton and a nurse killing him on the spot. The nurse accompanying him escaped without injury. Dr. Nanton worked with the University Hospital for over ten years…

 

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SPORTS
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JAMAICA SEEKS TO HOLD ON TO LEAD – January 2005

The Jamaica National Cricket team is set to hold on to their lead in the Carib Beer Cup cricket match. Jamaica will review their opening pair to gain a comparative advantage by bringing in experienced Keith Hibbert. Their next match is between Barbados, two-time champions of the Cup…

 

BOXING OR FOOTBALL, WHICH WAS PLAYED?

The Jamaica premier League was marred by violence at a recent match between Village United and Constant Spring Football Club. The match saw three players being ejected and one hospitalised with a broken arm. The referee was said to be judging a boxing match instead of a football game. The game saw three players being red-carded, 7 yellow cards shared between the two teams. The teams ended with nine and ten men playing because of the ejection and ended in a 1-1 draw…

 

Jamaica and French Guiana play to 0-0 stalemate
Jan. 16, 2005
Cayenne, French Guiana
The Reggae Boyz played to a 0-0 draw and maintained a five-goal cushion against French Guiana in their third-round return leg of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. The game was played before a small crowd on a soggy pitch, which accounted for the dull performance by both teams. Jamaica’s head coach Wendell Downswell said some of his players gained valuable experience. Jamaica will face Barbados, Cuba or Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago or St Vincent in the next round. The three top teams will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, set for later this year…

 

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