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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending March 20, 2004

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS SUMMARY
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US EMBASSY BUILDING PLANS UPSET BAMBOO AVE RESIDENTS – 3/13/2004
Plans by the United States Embassy to build a high-tech security system around their building, including a wall, has upset the residents in the area. They are concerned that they will become a human shield to deflect bomb attacks.

Child protection Act on the brink of becoming law – 3/13/2004
The new Child Care and Protection Act is expected to become law soon as it has passed in the Senate and will now return to the lower house. They are expected to pass the bill and send it to the Governor General for his signature to sign it into law.

MURDER STATS FOR 1997 – 2002 RELEASED MARCH – 3/14/2004
Data from the Statistics Department of the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that DRUGS, GANG wars, reprisals and domestic violence was the source of approximately 90 per cent of murders in Jamaica between 1997 and 2002.

ARISTIDE AND WIFE ALREADY IN JAMAICA– 3/15/2004
Aristide and his wife is already in Jamaica and enjoying a peaceful day at the countryside mansion in Lydford Park, St. Ann, which will be their home for the next eight to 10 weeks. Aristide has been not been avoiding the press although it is been said that he is. His movements will not be restricted and he will be responsible for his activities while in the island…

HAITI BREAKS TIES – 03/16/2004
This week Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue withdrew his ambassador to Jamaica in what is seen as retaliation to Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s visit.

JLP ACCUSED GOV’T OF USING ARISTIDE AS A DIVERSION MARCH – 03/16/2004
This week the Opposition party, JLP, accused the government of using Bertrand Aristide’s visit to Jamaica as a “diversion” from next month’s budget presentation.

US GUN AND AMMO IMPORT FREEZE – 03/17/2004
United States had ordered a freeze on import of guns and ammunition into Jamaica. The freeze does not affect the army and police. The USA has maintained that the freeze is not in retaliation to Jamaicans action on Haiti but to a request by the Jamaican government to control the number of guns held by criminals.

JAMAICA TOP 10 IN ‘DOING BUSINESS’ – 03/17/2004
The United States Agency of International Development (USAID) this week named Jamaica to it’s list of top 10 countries that is easy to do business.

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO CYBER CRIME – 03/18/2004
Recent losses of millions of dollars by RBTT Bank Jamaica Ltd. through its automated teller system has promoted the government to meet with the private sector this week to discuss Cyber security.

DISAGREMEN IN CARICOM OVER HAITIAN CRISIS – 03/18/04
CARICOM members are airing their disagreement over Jamaica’s decision to host Aristide for 10 weeks. Barbados is the most recent CARICOM country to voice their disapproval of the way Jamaica has gone about inviting to Aritide without their knowledge. The Foreign Minster Billie Miller said that the act would have serious implications. The Jamaican Prime Minister is taking the allegations seriously and is anxious to sooth any hurt his actions has caused. However, it was revealed that he had previously sought approval from CARICOM regarding Aristide’s visit…

COULD JAMAICA’S DEBT RISE TO I TRILLION? – 03/19/04
According the Senator Bruce Golding of the Opposition JLP, Jamaica’s debt is mounting and is likely to rise to one trillion dollars by 2006. Mr. Golding explained that an unborn child at the island’s main maternity hospital, Victor Jubilee would owe approximately $260,000.00 before he was born. Mr. Golding explained that the government was frequently amending the Loan Act to increase the borrowing ceiling, thereby approving its own overdraft. The Senator called for the decentralisation of the Central Bank…

JUVENILE WINS LAW SUIT AGAINST SCHOOL – 03/19/04
A child attending the Little London Primary School won a lawsuit against the school for damages sustained to her eyes six years ago. The child was hit in the eye by a stone thrown by another student during sports day. She sustained permanent scars to her left eye with increasing risk of developing
early glaucoma and cataract. The Supreme Court ordered the school to pay $380,000 with interest to the six-year-old student….

ARISTIDE DAUGHTERS ARRIVE REUNITES WITH HIS – 03/19/04
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was reunited with his two daughters, Christine, seven, and Michaelle, five, who arrived in Jamaica on Thursday.

JLP TO DECIDE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN NEXT SUNDAY – 03/19/04
This Sunday the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Central Executive will decide on whether party leader Edward Seaga or chairman Bruce Golding should chair its influential Selection Committee.

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SPORTS
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CALABAR WINS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Calabar High edged Old Harbour High 67-66 to win the Under-19 basketball THE NATIONAL championship of the ISSA/KFC Schoolboy Basketball.

JC WIN A LEAGUE FINAL
Jamaica College (JC) won the in A League cricket final. It was their first schoolboy cricket title in 20 years.

WINDIES APOLOGISE TO PUBLIC
THE WEST Indies cricket team has apologised this week for its embarrassing lost to England at Sabina Park with a for record-low 47 runs. They have vowed to fight back. In the second test match

CAMPBELL CLOCKS 2004 BEST
Jamaican sprinter VERONICA CAMPBELL ran a 2004 world best 22.43 seconds in the women’s 200 metres to win gold at the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

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