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It happened this week in 1998

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:00 AM
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Sunday, June 28

Ricardo Powell was selected to captain Jamaica's 14-man squad to the Nortel West Indies Youth cricket tournament which was held in Trinidad and Tobago. The Holmwood Technical captain and Jamaica President's Cup representative, was selected at the end of the second trial match at Kensington Park. The team, managed by Jamaica Cricket Board member Linden Wright and coached by Junior Bennett, included seven players with previous expedience and seven who will be in action for the first time.

Monday, June 29

Prime Minister P.J. Patterson left the island for the 19th summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Castries, St Lucia. Deputy Prime Minister Seymour Mullings will be in charge of the Government until Patterson returns. Patterson, as chairman of the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations, will report to the summit on the work of the committee and specifically, on the status of the regional negotiating machinery.

Tuesday, June 30

Andrew Holness, the man hailed as one of the youngest persons to become a Member of Parliament, returned to Gordon House after winning the West Central St Andrew seat following a second re-election in that constituency. Champagne flowed at the JLP headquarters on Belmont Road, New Kingston, as Opposition Leader Edward Seaga, flanked by party supporters, celebrated Holness' victory. "I am satisfied with the results," said Holness. "The JLP is very proud of their newest Member of Parliament, Andrew Holness," declared Seaga in proposing a toast.

Colourful costumes, lengthy tributes and witty comedy highlighted the official opening ceremony of the 19th meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government in Castries, St Lucia. Four of the regions' most outstanding sons - A.N.R. Robinson of Trinidad and Tobago, Vere Bird, Snr of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Phillip Sherlock of Jamaica and Sir Garfield Sobers of Barbados - were highly praised in the presence of regional leaders in many disciplines at the National Cultural Centre. The tributes to the four men, were bestowed along with the Order of Caribbean Community.

Wednesday, July 1

The crisis in Guyana threatened to railroad the established agenda for the 19th CARICOM Heads of Government conference being held in Castries, St Lucia. The signing of protocols crucial to the establishment of a Single Market and Economy (SME) in the 15-nation grouping, and the threat to the preferential status for Caribbean bananas in the European Community were put on the back burner, as former President of Guyana, Desmond Hoyte, met with the Heads.

Britain said it planned to keep a 12-year ban on Louis Farrakhan entering the country, but gave the militant US black leader a last chance to appeal despite his "clearly offensive" views. Home Secretary Jack Straw had told Farrakhan that "he is minded to maintain" the ban. Farrakhan had the opportunity to make further representations before the Home Secretary took a final decision. Straw, in charge of immigration, had considered lifting the ban after Farrakhan last month signed a pledge not to make attacks on whites, Jews and homosexuals while in Britain.

Friday, July 3

The Soufliere Hills volcano in Montserrat erupted sending super-hot clouds of gas, ash and rocks plunging to the sea, but causing no new damage. This was the biggest eruption since December 1997 came after three months of inactivity. The dome collapsed and spewed ash to 43,000 feet and sent a pyroclastic flow - a rapid-moving,1,000 degree Fahrenheit rush of gas, ash and rocks - charging down the eastern flank of the mountain to the sea.

Saturday, July 4

The United States of America is observing the 222nd anniversary of its independence from England. Regarded as the most important holiday in the USA, it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The day has always been an occasion for parades and patriotic speeches. Fourth of July fireworks are a special feature of the celebration. In his Independence Day message, President Bill Clinton said that the people had benefited from the wisdom of the nation's founders "who crafted a blueprint for democracy that has served well for more than 200 years and continues to inspire newly independent nations around the world".

A 43-year-old English fan was jailed after admitting to stabbing a Frenchman who died in the attack after a World Cup match between England and Argentina. Paul Birch admitted to the crime after 10 hours of questioning by an investigating judge. He was jailed in St-Quentin-Fallavier, in the Isere region. The judge placed him under formal investigation for murder one step short of being formally charged. Birch, an engineer from London, was not a known soccer hooligan.