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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending March 12, 2004

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS SUMMARY
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EXILED ARISTIDE TO VISIT JAMAICA – 12/03/04
The exiled Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide is to visit Jamaica for approximately ten weeks. The ousted president was forced from office after being faced with a bloody rebellion by his countrymen and foreign pressure. The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party president Edward Seaga his voicing his disapproval of Aristide’s visit and warns that his planned stay of 10 weeks may be enough time to build a plot to return to Haiti as president. Seaga suggested that Mr. Aristide could only remain in Jamaica for no longer than three weeks…

OMAR SAYS DEBT WILL BE PAID AS USUAL
Minister of Finance Dr Omar Davies says that Jamaica’s debt repayment will be met despite the obvious economic crisis. Dr Davies said he expects to maintain the proud track record the country held regarding it debt repayment. Davies was defending his economic management despite a $17.4 billion addition to the $261.4 billion budget for the fiscal year ending on March 31, and a fiscal deficit that will be near seven per cent of gross domestic product, a full percentage point higher than initially projected. …

REFUGEE HAITIANS TO GET NEW HOME – 11/03/04
The Haitians who fled their country to Jamaica should be getting a new home by month’s end. The 137 Haitians will get new facilities built for them in St. Mary. The decision was made and stated at Monday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, by Information Minister Burchell Whiteman. Funding for the projects is provided by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has supplied promised funding to the island and many local companies have indicated a willingness to offer discounted or free services during the construction of the St Mary facilities…

MALVO STILL AT RISK OF GETTING DEAH PENALTY
Lee Boyd Malvo, the Jamaican teenager charged with the death of an FBI analyst could still face the death penalty despite being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Malvo’s accomplice John Allen Muhammed, was sentenced to death by a choice between the electric chair and lethal injection. Both terrorised the Washington area in a sniper spree that left 10 people dead in 2002…

MOTHER ABANDON TWINS ON HOSPITAL FLOOR – 10/03/04
A mother abandoned her twin babies on the floor of the Spaulding Hospital in Manchester. The babies were found wrapped in blanket on the floor when a female patient went to use the bathroom. The woman is been sought by police and it was later determined that the twins were not born at the Spaulding hospital…

CRIME STOP PAYS OUT MILLIONS TO CALLERS
Crime Stop programme has reaped success in recovering 35 guns in 2003. The programme was started to allow persons an anonymous means of reporting crimes of all types for a reward. Murder and manslaughter accounted for the programme paying out $305,000, while rewards to those who gave tips that led to the confiscation of illegal drugs totalled $166,500. …

JAMAICANS BORROWING FROM THE TRINIDADIANS – 09/03/04
The Jamaican public will now be indebted to the Trinidadian as government just concluded a US$58 million payable over a four-year period, the money being raised via private placements by the Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago (RBTT). It is the second time in the last few months that the Jamaican government has turned to Trinidadians for money, with RBTT having floated a bond last year October through which it was able to raise the TT$ equivalent of J$3 billion for the Ministry of Finance.)…

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS TO MARCH TO GORDON HOUSE
A local human rights group, Global Justice is planning a march to Gordon House in the hopes of pressuring the government into withdrawing the Terrorism Prevention Bill. The group says the Bill will only serve to suppress the constitutional rights of Jamaicans and amendments made by the government in parliament last month did little to change the worrying issue. The group says the Bill is being forced on small states like Jamaica from more powerful nations…

BERNARD ST. JOHN DIES AT 72
The former Prime Minister of Barbados died at 72 years old after a long battle with cancer. Family members surrounded him at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday where he died. Flags were lowered to half-mast yesterday and the government announced an official period of mourning until St John’s funeral date, which is yet to be announced…

JEAN BERTRAND ARISTIDE RESIGNS AND GOES INTO EXILE – 01/03/04
Jean Bertrand Aristide has bowed to the pressure of the United States after being faced with a bloody rebellion by his countrymen and foreign pressure. The United States marines were dispatched and Aristide fled into exile. France will also send troops to protect its citizens and the head of Haiti’s Supreme Court said he was taking control of the government. A notorious rebel leader also said he welcomed the arrival of foreign troops…

OPPOSITION SENATOR CHIDES GOVERNMENT FOR LATE PAYROLL
Senator Bruce Golding of the Jamaica Labour Party has chided the government on the late payment of salaries to doctors and nurses. Golding told Labour Party supporters at last Thursday night’s JLP divisional conference in Castleton, St Mary that the difficulties the Government was having paying its bills was due to it having exhausted its creative potential…

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SPORTS
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WEST INDIES GETTING IT RIGHT? 12/03/04
With skipper Brian Lara out and West Indies 73-3 all hopes were dashed of recovery by the home team. After much ado, and dismissal of key batsmen like Chanderpaul. Lara Gayle, and Sawan, the tourist looked set to win the first test, however, young 22 year-old Grenadian opener, Devon Smith, playing with the cool, calm assurance of a veteran hit his maiden Test century (108) and fellow left-hander 23 year-old Barbadian Ryan Hinds (84) turned the game around…

CROWD TROUBLE ALMOST SPOILED JNBS SPONSORED FOOTBALL
Arnett Gardens and Waterhouse met in the second leg of the national premier league at the Tony Spaulding Sport Complex. Crowd trouble threatened to spoil the match in which Waterhouse won the match, 3-1, to advance to the next round, 4-1 on aggregate.
Shane Edwards gave the visitors the lead in the 29th minute before Oche Chinyere (68th) and Kevin Lamey (penalty 86th) added second-half goals to put the game beyond Arnett’s reach …

Jamaica is home to the CFU marketing division
March 7.
At the official opening ceremony of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) marketing division at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, the vice president of FIFA, Austin “Jack” Warner said that in his opinion the best location to host the CFU marketing division is Jamaica. The CFU marketing division will be headed by Horace Burrell, former JFF president, and will be located at the Towers, in New Kingston. One of the functions of the CFU is look for profitable areas in marketing of Caribbean football including the selling of the Caribbean television rights for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. A part of the profits is to be used to put in place an under-14 tournament throughout the Caribbean. Warner expressed confidence in Burrell as head of the marketing division and his ability to sell ideas. Also in attendance was Creston Boxill who recently defeated Burrell for the post of JFF president.

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