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Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 4:00 AM
P.J. Patterson
Nelson Mandela
Derrick Dyer
Winnie Mandela
Robert Pickersgill
Pearnel Charles
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Sunday, April 9

- Minister of Public Utilities and Transport Robert Pickersgill ordered Florida consultant JosÈ Bestard sent home. The minister's administration had been stung by widespread criticism of its high-priced consultant to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo). In a scathing letter to Derrick Dyer, chief executive officer of the light and power company, the minister ordered the termination of Bestard's contract, which is reportedly costing the JPSCo US$20,000 per month.

Monday, April 10

- Prime Minister P.J. Patterson celebrates his 60th birthday with 11-year-old Todd Hudson Christopher Patterson, no relation, who shares birthdate with the prime minister. Young Patterson wished to spend his birthday with Prime Minister Patterson because they share the same interest, as Todd wants to become prime minister one day. "We share the same last name and the same birthday, so I thought it would be nice to spend that day with him," said Todd, who wrote the prime minister a letter to which the prime minister responded favourably. He was fÍted at a birthday lunch on Jamaica House's lawns where Patterson, members of the Cabinet and prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, were in attendance.

Tuesday, April 11

- A major liquor-smuggling ring was uncovered by the Revenue Protection Division (RPD). Acting RPD head Mike Surridge said it caused the biggest loss of revenue to the country in the history of the RPD. A senior customs officer and an importer were arrested. Surridge said the liquor was smuggled into the country disguised as groceries and personal effects. They include brands such as Johnnie Walker, Gordon's, Dewars, Absolut and Courvoisier.

Wednesday, April 12

-Deon McTaggart and Dave Sewell, two of six men charged with the murder of Errol Cann, a   Spanish Town, St Catherine, businessman, were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to hang.

- Two summonses were served on Pearnel Charles, vice-president of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, to appear in court and answer charges of assaulting the police and failing to move and keep on moving. The summonses were served in front of the Grand Lido Hotel where he was holding a meeting.

- General secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Lascelles Walcott, resigned. Walcott's resignation came in the wake of reports that a senior executive of the national football controlling body was involved in a big visa scam. Walcott has denied any involvement in a scam to illegally obtain United States visas for anyone, but conceded that he breached JFF procedures and protocol and exposed the federation to severe embarrassment.

Thursday, April 14

- A sculpture of Britain's Queen Elizabeth naked, except for a tiara, was condemned by Australian monarchists as an outrageous act designed to promote Prime Minister Paul Keating's republican cause. The rusting ferro-concrete sculpture of a flabby, naked queen and her paunchy, nude husband sitting together on a park bench by Canberra's Lake Burely Griffin was part of an officially sanctioned exhibition. The work was titled 'Down by the Lake with Liz and Phil'. The queen sits with her legs clamped tightly together and her arms resting on her lap, while her husband, Prince Philip, sits back casually with his legs wide open. Queen Elizabeth is Australia's head of state. The sculpture was made for a monthlong outdoor-sculpture exhibition.

Friday, April 14

- Winnie Mandela was fired from her Cabinet post for the second time, and President Nelson Mandela said he did it right this time. Mrs Mandela had gone to court to contest her original dismissal, after she was linked to a string of controversies. Rather than responding directly, Mandela reinstated his estranged wife, just long enough to shape his action in a way, he said, that could not be challenged.

Saturday, April 14

- The 24th staging of the annual Carifta Junior Games opened in Grand Cayman with 22 countries down to compete. After years of planning, it is all excitement as the people of the Cayman Islands will, for the first time, see the Caribbean's leading junior athletes on show at the recently constructed Truman Bodden track. Munro College's Bernard Claston and Kingston College's Enrico Gordon gave Jamaica a flying start. Claston struck gold in the boys' under-17 shot put with a throw of 12.54m, and team captain Gordon struck gold in the Under-20 boys' high jump. With four field events finals completed, Jamaica have taken the lead, picking up two gold and a silver medal.

- Seventy-year-old veteran journalist and former acting editor of The Gleaner, J.C. Proute, died at the Medical Associates Hospital. Proute, Barbadian by birth, had been ailing for years. Joseph Carlton Proute had a distinguished career of more than 40 years in print and radio.