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JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the Week ending March 5, 2004

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS SUMMARY
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US CALL FOR EXTRADITION OF TWO ALLEGED DRUG DON!! – 05/03/04
The United States has requested that Jamaica extradite two alleged drug dons, recently arrested by narcotics police. Leebert Ramcharan and Donovan “Plucky” Williams Provisional warrants of extradition been already been served on both men, Senior Superintendent Williams told the court…

RESEARCH URGED TO BE DONE ON SCHOOL VIOLENCE
The Jamaican government is being urged to carry out a national survey on school violence. Pauletta Chevannes, co-ordinator of the Change From Within Project, said Wednesday that despite mounting reports of school violence, which she said has been challenging the best efforts of educators and the government itself, no national survey has been done to date. She cited several individual studies and news reports, which confirm that there is a growing incidence of violence among children and adolescents…

MARCUS MITCHELL – JAMAICA’S WAR VETERAN – 04/03/04
Marcus Mitchell, Jamaican war veteran will return to the island for a vacation after sixty years of living in Britain. The veteran returns with 25 other members of the Jamaica Society Leeds, which he founded. Mr. Mitchell left the island in 1944 to join the British Air Force where he fought in World War II. Since leaving the shores sixty years ago, this is the first time he will set foot on Jamaican soil…

FISH FESTIVAL HOST WANTED BY US ON DRUG CHARGES
Lewis Timoll has been a wanted man in the United States for 17 years. Timoll, host of the popular fish festival in Old Harbour, was arrested in November on an extradition warrant. He allegedly absconded bail and fled the US 17 years ago. Timoll is 56 years old will be held until April 2, and his lawyers Earl Witter and Maurice Frankson, are fighting his charges on the grounds that 17 years is too long a time to apply for extradition…

NCB TO OFFER HEALTH SCHEME – 03/03/04
The National Commercial Bank is planning to enter the health market by offering its customers and the Jamaican public health insurance. The Bank’s Deputy Chairman, Kris Astaphan, has confirmed this and said that this is a well need segment of the market which has been duo polished by a few mergers and acquisitions…

JAMAICA’S CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT REDUCED
The Bank of Jamaica has reported a reduction in the current account balance for 2003. The deficit was reduced by approximately US$23 million to $60.7 million, from the $83.2 million shortfall that was recorded during trading with the rest of the world in July 2002. Additionally, tourism earned over $12 million more for Jamaica during the review month than the comparative month in 2002…

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL ON SOLID WASTE – 02/03/04
The Jamaican public will be subjected to a fine beginning in March for breaches of the National Solid Waste Public Cleanliness Regulations, which were passed in Parliament last year. The National Solid Waste Management Authority is now trying to identify an agency that will collect fines. The state agency is also actively pursuing the printing of tickets that will be issued to offenders who may have to pay fines of up to $1 million or spend up to six months in jail)…

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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RICHARDS WITHDRAWS FROM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 05/03/04
Jamaican Sandie Richards has withdrawn from the World Championship being held in Hungary Budapest citing dissatisfaction. She explains, “I found out that I was running the relays on the Internet and when I inquired about it I was told that I was not entered for the 400m,” added Richards, who has taken part in three Olympic games…

WEST INDIES/PAKISTAN FINALS IN YOUTH CRICKET
Young West Indies will face the might Pakistanis in the finals of the ICC Youth World Cup Bangladesh 2004. Both teams had convincing victories in the semi-finals. Sub-continental titans Pakistan secured their spot with a breathtaking five-wicket victory over arch rivals India in the first semi-final last Sunday and West Indies stunned England by 94 runs in the second semi-final on Tuesday…

JAMAICA SHOCK URUGUAY 2-0
Feb 19.
In a thrilling display, Jamaica defeated two-time World Cup champions Uruguay 2-0 in their international friendly at the National Stadium on Wednesday. With goals from striker, Onandi Lowe and the speedy Jermaine Johnson, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz turned in an exciting performance in front of over 25,000 spectators at the game. The first goal came from a free kick after the tricky Ricardo Fuller was brought down on one of his dribbles only 10 minutes into the game. Lowe, the Rushden and Diamond striker, hit a thunderous 25-yard freekick to beat Gustavo Munua in goal for Uruguay. The second goal came late in the second half when Tyrone Marshall, having an outstanding game, dismissed two defenders and then dribbled to the edge of the penalty area before passing the ball Jermaine Johnson, who slotted home to the delight of the Reggae Boyz fans. Uruguay had their share of chances, the best being a penalty in the 34th minute when Fabian Davis was called for handball. Jamaica’s goalkeeper captain, Donovan Ricketts, blocked the resulting kick from Erenesto Chevanton’s. Teams: Jamaica: Donovan Ricketts, Fabian Davis (Michael Johnson), Damion Stewart, Claude Davis, Garfield Reid, Tyrone Marshall (Jermaine Johnson), Richard Langley (Cornel Chin-Sue), Micah Hyde (Jonathan Williams), Andy Williams (Craig Ziadie), Ricardo Fuller (Damani Ralph), Onandi Lowe. Uruguay: Manua Gustavo, Diego Forlan (Fernando Correa), Ernesto Chevanton, Jorge Curbelo, Pablo Lima, Pablo Mello, Richard Nunez, Martin Liguera, Ruben Olivera, Jorge Martinez, Marcelo Zalayeta. Referee: Ted Gordon (Trinidad & Tobago).

URUGUAY TO FIELD STRONG TEAM AGAINST BOYZ
Feb 9
Two-time World Cup champions Uruguay will play an international friendly against the Reggae Boyz at the National Stadium on Wednesday, February 18. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has announced that Uruguay is expected to field strong team for the engagement. In a media release, the JFF disclosed the Uruguayan team, who are ranked 21 by FIFA, have confirmed that they will be in Jamaica. Among the players listed to make the trip are Gustavo Munua (Deportivo LA Coruna), German Hornos (Sevilla), Martin Liguera (Mallorca), Fernando Correa (Mallorca), Ruben Oliviero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Lopez (Cagliari), Giani Guigou (Siena), Alvaro Recoba (Inter Milan), Marcelo Zalayeta (Perugia) and Enesto Chevaton (Lecce) along with England-based Manchester United star forward, Diego Forlan. The Reggae Boyz are expected to include players such as Ricardo Fuller and Claude Davis (Preston North End), Onandi Lowe and Paul Hall (Rushden and Diamonds), Omar Daley (Reading), Donovan Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Johnson (Oldham), Richard Langley (Cardiff City), Frank Sinclair (Liecester City), Kevin Lisbie (Charlton Athletic) and Ian Goodison…

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