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It happened this week in 2004

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Christopher Jackson
Courtney Walsh
Jeffrey Dujon
Lawrence Rowe
Michael Holding
George Headley
Alfred Valentine
Burchell Whiteman
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Sunday, May 9

- Tivoli Gardens earned their spot in the final of the Wray & Nephew National Premier League with an impressive 6-2 win over a beleaguered Village United team at the National Stadium. The League Cup champions will play Harbour View in a two-way final. Harbour View earlier defeated defending champions Portmore United 2-1 to claim their place in the final.

- An explosion ripped through a stadium in the capital of Chechnya during a 'Victory Day' parade, killing its president, Akhmad Kadyrov, the Kremlin's point man for efforts to restore stability to the war-wracked region. The bombing harshly underlined the difficulties Russia faces in controlling the separatist region's violence despite a massive troop presence, and was expected to set off a new round of killing between Kadyrov's camp and his enemies, who had long pledged to eliminate him.

- Cabinet approved the award of a $222.5-million contract for the construction of a multistorey car park and two-storey gymnasium at Park Boulevard, New Kingston. Minister of Information Burchell Whiteman announced that the new car park, to be constructed by local contractors Cooper and Associates Ltd, will have a capacity for 330 motor vehicles. "It is being created in order to satisfy the parking requirements of the National Housing Trust's customers and staff, as well as visitors to Emancipation Park," the information minister said. The car park, comprising 5.5 split levels, will encompass 12,185 square metres in total parking area. It will include 1.5 below-ground levels, roof parking, as well as the other three above-ground levels.

- Disgruntled residents of Bamboo Avenue and surrounding communities in Liguanea, St Andrew, staged a protest outside the proposed site of the new United States Embassy building, voicing their opposition to its construction. The residents contend that the security and safety of the neighbourhood would be compromised by the installation of high-tech surveillance systems and the installation of security devices such as bomb deflectors, which are designed to deflect the impact of a bomb from its intended target.

- Former West Indies left-arm spinner Alfred Valentine, who was among 15 cricketers recently nominated as Jamaica's all-time greats, died in Florida after a long illness. Valentine, 74, born April 28, 1930 in Kingston, died hours before the top five Jamaican cricketers of all time was announced at the local leg of the Scotiabank West Indian 75th Anniversary Jubilee at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Valentine made his debut for the West Indies during the 1950 tour of England.

Wednesday, May 12

- George Headley, Michael Holding, Jeffrey Dujon, Courtney Walsh and Lawrence Rowe were selected as Jamaica's five top cricketers of all time at the Scotiabank West Indian Cricket Jubilee function. It was a night of laughter, applause, praise and even sadness, but ultimately, the gala at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel was simply a celebration of Jamaican cricket. The Scotiabank West Indian Cricket Jubilee acknowledged the island's greatest cricketers and top Test and one-day performances. Star pacemen Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, along with batting legend the late George Headley, master batsman Lawrence Rowe and wicketkeeper-batsman Jeffrey Dujon, were chosen as the island's five greatest cricketers over the past 75 years.

- With one leg of the two-way Wray & Nephew National Premier League final tie to go, Tivoli Gardens, with the aid of a brace from Christopher Jackson, had one hand firmly on the Premier trophy with a 4-1 whipping of title contenders Harbour View at the National Stadium. Jackson scored in the 36th minute, and Tivoli had claimed their second in the 54th through Roland Dean. Harbour View managed to pull one back in the 58th with an effort from Oneil 'Bigga' Smith. However, Tivoli came back to knock in two more when Jackson had his second in the 80th minute and Lenworth Hyde Jr pushed one over the line in the 85th.

Thursday, May 13

- The South African Government approved temporary asylum for deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and will foot the bill for his stay, a government statement said. The decision will offer a welcome relief to the United States, amid Haiti's Caribbean neighbours facing a major diplomatic problem over Aristide's sanctuary since he lost power in February in the face of a rebel uprising and US pressure.

Friday, May 14

- The Danish royal heir, Crown Prince Frederik, married Tasmania's Mary Donaldson in a fairy tale prince-and-commoner wedding that delighted pro-monarchy Danes and Australian republicans alike. Danes lined the streets to cheer as their prince married a foreigner without a drop of blue blood, putting Donaldson in line to be the first Australia-born woman to become a queen.

Saturday, May 14

- FIFA president Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter announced that South Africa was chosen to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup in Zurich. FIFA's Executive Committee chose South Africa in the first round of voting ahead of Morocco and Egypt.