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It happened this week in 2009

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Chris Brown
Kerron Stewart
Oswald Harding
President Barack Obama
Smikle
Michael Jackson
Andy Roddick
Roger Federer
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Sunday, July 5

Serve after booming serve, game after nerve-racking game, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick went at each other with everything they had in the fifth set of the Wimbledon final. When it finally ended, with Federer claiming a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title and a sixth Wimbledon trophy, the fifth-set score of 16-14 stood apart from any other ever seen after a final on the All-England Club's Centre Court. " It's frustrating at times because I couldn't break Andy till the very, very end," said Federer, who won the match 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in his third straight five-set Wimbledon final.

Tuesday, July 7

The Government announced measures to intensify agricultural production as the country takes aim at positioning the sector to take advantage of opportunities created by the global economic crisis. Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton listed a number of initiatives that would attract greater private investment into the sector and provide better access to credit for farmers. Among the major initiatives announced was the establishment of a new agro-investment corporation to promote large- and medium-scale investment in an effort to drive up production in the sector.

Officials released Michael Jackson's death certificate, but it did not state the cause of death. The cause of death is listed as "deferred" police and coroner's officials continue to probe what killed the 50-year-old singer on June 25.

Michael Jackson was eulogised in words and song by an all-star list of musicians, athletes and other celebrities during a mournful ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, with the most poignant moment delivered by his sobbing 11-year-old daughter. "I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much," Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson said, before almost collapsing in the arms of her aunt, Janet Jackson.

Jamaicans paid tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on the day when thousands of persons gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for his memorial service. Dedicated fans signed a condolence book, set up at the Institute of Jamaica, signalling their final farewell to Jackson. The recorded sentiments showed how loved Jackson was by Jamaicans.

Dr Jephthah Ford was freed after the Crown failed to prove charges of illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent against him. He was accused of discharging his licensed firearm while he and policemen had an altercation at a function at Fun Citi, Portmore, St Catherine, on April 8, 2007. Ford contended that he was severely beaten during the incident, handcuffed and taken to a police station. The policemen in their testimony gave different versions as to how the gun was fired.

Usain Bolt ran the fourth fastest 200-metre race ever in 19.59 seconds in sinking temperatures and heavy rainfall at the Athletissima meet. It was one-hundredth of a second slower than what American Tyson Gay ran earlier in the year with fair weather and a breeze at his back. Bolt showed he was back in top form a year after winning the 100 and 200 metres in world records at the Beijing Olympics.

Wednesday, July 8

Traves Smikle's history-making discus throw handed Jamaica a surprise bronze, the country's first medal, on opening day of the 6th IAAF World Youth Championships. The Calabar High School student, who won Jamaica's first medal in discus at any world level, qualified for the final with a personal best of 57.28 metres which bettered his entry standard of 55.86m. He recorded 60.22m on his first attempt in the final, but later bettered it to the bronze medal mark of 61.22m.

Thursday, July 9

President Barack Obama and his G-8 summit partners held tense discussions about how both rich and emerging nations can live up to new clean-climate goals adopted by leading industrialised nations. Nearing six months on the job, Obama has seen a flicker of progress, the chance for a new agreement among developed and developing nations to cap rising global temperatures, plus goodwill from his peers for repositioning the US as a newly aggressive player in the debate.

The Upper House of the bi-cameral legislature sank to arguably one of its lowest levels in more than a decade. Bitter verbal attacks and insults were traded liberally across the political divide during deliberations on an amendment to the Trade Act. The drama that unfolded prompted a response from President of the Senate, Dr Oswald Harding, that could be deemed historic. For the first time in his capacity as president of the Senate, Dr Harding rose from his chair and demanded silence, banging the gavel. "I am not going to tolerate this in this Senate," Harding declared.

Friday, July 10

Jamaican Kerron Stewart and Chris Brown of The Bahamas registered wins for the English-speaking Caribbean at The IAAF Rome Golden League meet. Stewart produced a fabulous world-leading 10.75 seconds, the second-fastest time ever by a Caribbean athlete, to win the women's 100 metres, and Brown won the men's 400 in 44.81 seconds. American Tyson Gay won the men's 100m in 9.77 seconds ahead of the Jamaican pair of Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake.