THIS WEEKS NEW SUMMARY
CASINO GAMBLING CONTROVERSY – 03/10/03
The casino gambling controversy has again raised its head this week and has caused some religious leaders of the island to voice their opposition. It was one of the ways identified to stimulate Jamaica tourism by private sector and government officials who met last week at a 3 day retreat in Montego Bay. Further studies are being done by this group to assess the effects it would have on the Jamaicans economy.
NEW TAXES – 3/10/03
In his closing statements at last weeks retreat, between the government and private sector leaders, Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson indicated that new taxes would be necessary due to the economic crisis in Jamaica.
MAY PEN POLICEMAN KILLED – 3/10/03
A gunman shot and killed Corporal Paul Mc Donald while he was speaking on his mobile phone in a bar in May Pen. He is the first Jamaican policeman to be killed this year.
CENTRAL KINGSTON BLAZE LEAVES 21 HOMELESS – 3/11/03
A fire in central Kingston destroyed six homes and left 21 people homeless. The residents say the late arrival of the fire brigade was the reason for the loss, as they had called 4 times before they had arrived. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.
BAKED PRODUCTS PRICE HIKE – 3/11/03
Bakeries raised the price of their baked products recently citing higher operating cost of making these products as the reason for the hike. A 7% increase in flour took effect at the beginning of the month.
EMPLOYMENT AND INVESTMENT STIFLED BY CRIME 3/11/03
A study by the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) examined factors affecting investment and employment in Jamaica they identified crime as the main factor affecting growth in these areas. Over 90% of the managers who were contacted in the survey said crime was the main problem in these areas.
CORRUPTION PREVENTION COMMISSION LAUNCHED 3/12/03
This week PM P.J. Patterson launched the Corruption Prevention Commission (3/11/03) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. In his speech to the audience at the launch he indicated that his government has no tolerance for corruption.
ELECTIONS POSTPONED FOR 3RD TIME
PM P.J. Patterson told House of Representatives this week that the Local Government elections, which were due since 2001, have been postponed for the 3rd time. The PM had originally announced that the election would be held by March 31, 2003.
BRAETON 7 WERE “COLD-BLOOD” MURDERS BY POLICE – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL -3/14/03
Evidence found Amnesty International in the investigation of the murders of 7 men in Braeton in 2001 indicating that they were murdered by police. The revelation was announced this week at a press conference in Kingston. A protest was staged later in the week by members of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), Families Against State Terrorism (FAST) and Amnesty International, Jamaica Chapter, to mark the 2 year anniversary of the deaths.
PRICESMART TO OPEN IN JAMAICA
Membership club PriceSmart is set to open in Red Hills, Kingston on March 28th, 2003. The membership club has already signed up 8000 people in its membership drive and will employ approx 145 people in the area.
REGGAE BOYZ BEATEN BY CUBA 3/14/03
In the last of a friendly 2 games series, Jamaica lost to Cuba 1-0. The first match has ended in a 0-0 draw.
DROP IN CHAMPS PARTICIPATION – 3/14/03
There will be less school participation in the VMBS/Boys and Girls Championships in Jamaica. There is an 18% drop from last year in the number of both girls and boys schools participating in the competition. The VMBS/Boys and Girls Championships will be held at National Stadium from April 2-5, 2003.
‘A’ LEAGUE SCHOOLBOY CRICKET WINNER CROWNED 3/14/03
Norman Manley defeated Ardenne to claim the George and Branday ‘A’ League schoolboy cricket trophy at Melbourne Oval this week.
KC, ST. JAGO WIN CHAMPS PREVIEW 3/10/03
In a “Champs” preview Kingston College and St. Jago’s girls accumulated the most points at National Hurdles and Field events Championships held last Saturday March, 8th, 2003, at the G.C. Foster College.