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It happened this week in 2007

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Sherri-Ann Brooks
NKrumah Bonner
Robert Pickersgill
Jamie Merchant
Kenneth Hall
Errol Lamey
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Tuesday, July 24

Governor General Professor Kenneth Hall issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament, bringing an end to the tenure of the 60 members of parliament and 21 senators.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller wrote to the governor general advising him to issue the proclamation for the dissolution of Parliament.

Clerk to the Houses of Parliament Heather Cooke said she had received the proclamation. However, although the term of the current legislature has expired, ministers of the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration will still be required to perform their ministerial duties until a new government is elected.

Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works Robert Pickersgill broke ground on for a multimillion-dollar transport centre for the town of Linstead in North West St Catherine. The development, which is to take place at 23 King Street in the town, will be funded by the Transport Authority of Jamaica to the tune of $25 million, and is expected to be completed in four months.

The Gleaner walked away with the Best Print Media award at the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ) Media Awards 2007 ceremony. During the event, which provides members of the advertising fraternity with a chance to show gratitude to the Jamaican media industry, The Gleaner was also awarded runner-up for Overall Media of the Year.

The other AAAJ awards went to TVJ Media of the Year, broadcast television; Irie FM Media of the Year broadcast radio. The overall Media of the Year award went to the Jamaica Observer.

Wednesday, July 25

Businessman Errol Lamey, the People's National Party caretaker-councillor who was detained in connection with a drug, was slapped with drug charges and is to face the Half-Way Tree Criminal Court.

The 44-year-old, who underwent two days of intensive interrogation by detectives attached to the Narcotics Division, was charged with possession, dealing in, taking steps to export and conspiracy to export ganja. The drug was found concealed in a shipment of lumber.

Jamaica gave an authoritative display to hold the upper hand on the second day of their opening-round match against Trinidad and Tobago in the 2007 TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Challenge.

At the Cayon Sporting Complex, Jamaica, which led by a hard-hitting 90 from No. 10 batsman Jamie Merchant, went on to tally a competitive 336, after they resumed on 270 for nine.

They then dismissed Trinidad and Tobago for a modest 191, with leg-spinner Nkruma Bonner doing the damage with four for 49. He was well supported by pacer Jason Dawes with three for 16 and right-arm spinner Andre Creary two for 55.

Thursday, July 26

Bruce Golding, leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), vowed to reverse a legislative decision which brought the pension of former prime ministers in line with the salary of the current head of government.

Golding criticised former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson for taking legislation to Parliament just before he retired to amend the Pension's Act to give effect to the increase.

According to Golding, if the JLP forms the next Government, he would take a bill to Parliament to amend the law within the first 100 days in office.

Friday, July 27

Jamaica's young Reggae Boyz produced a gallant display in the Pan American Games football final at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, but it was not enough to deny Ecuador.

The South Americans, helped by a very soft penalty, came from behind to beat the young Boyz 2-1 to capture the gold medal.

Jamaica won three silver medals - two in track and field and the other in football - to bring their tally at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to eight.

Sheri-Ann Brooks and Marvin Anderson captured silver medals in the women's and men's 200 metres final, respectively, while the young Reggae Boyz lost 2-1 to Ecuador in the football final.