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It happened this week in 2010

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke
Alphanso Cunningham, Sylvia Grant and Tanto Campbell.
Robbie Earle

Sunday, June 13

• Former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament (MP) and senator, William Isaacs, died at 80 years old. Isaacs was the son of PNP stalwart Wills O'Gilvie 'Wills O' Isaacs, a flamboyant politician who was MP for Central Kingston, East Central Kingston and North East St Ann. William Isaacs was an outstanding sportsman at Jamaica College. He followed his father into politics, but his tenure as MP was not as lengthy. He represented the East Kingston and Port Royal constituency from 1975-1980.

• Ghana scored Africa's first FIFA World Cup win for an African team on African soil, making Ghana's victory over Serbia more significant than three points. In the process, Ghana gave a big boost to their quest to progress past the first round after winning their Group D opener against Serbia. The Black Stars created better chances in a match in which the Serbs had the edge in possession.

Tuesday, June 15

- Professor Charles Winston Anderson was sworn in as the first Jamaican judge appointed to the Caribbean Court of Justice. The swearing-in ceremony was officiated by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at King's House. Anderson, who resigned from his post as executive director of the Caribbean Law Institute Centre in the Law Faculty at the University of the West Indies, Mona, said he was ecstatic but humbled to have been selected.

- Former Jamaica footballer Robbie Earle was fired as a World Cup commentator for British TV station ITV after violating FIFA's ticket regulations at the tournament in South Africa. According to the broadcaster, tickets allocated to Earle for the Denmark vs Netherlands game were used for "unauthorised purposes" and were passed on to third parties, which is in breach of FIFA rules. Earle's contract was terminated with immediate effect. Earle, who is also an ambassador for England's 2018 World Cup bid, said, "Call me naíve, but I didn't think I was doing anything wrong."

- Four of Jamaica's Paralympians left the island for the 2010 US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships being held in Miramar, Florida. The team, which consists of veteran athletes Sylvia Grant, Alphanso Cunningham, Kevon Reid and Tanto Campbell, is hoping to use these games to qualify for the International Paralympic Committee World Athletics Championships, which is set for January in New Zealand.

Wednesday, June 16

- Switzerland pulled off a shock victory at the World Cup, beating European champion Spain 1-0 in their opening group match. Gelson Fernandes bundled the ball into the net in the 52nd minute in one of Switzerland's few attacks, ending Spain's 12-match winning streak and handing the Spanish team only its second loss in 50 games. Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, dominated possession throughout the match, but could find no way through Switzerland's determined defence.

- A Nigerian man was sentenced to three years in prison by a World Cup-dedicated court in South Africa for being in unlawful possession of 30 match tickets. Police said Kunle Benjamin was sentenced after he "could not give a satisfactory explanation" why he had the tickets in his possession. Benjamin was stopped in the South African capital, Pretoria, when police noticed him driving erratically.

- Substitutes Javier Hernandez and Cuauhtemo Blanco scored a goal each in Mexico's 2-0 win over France at the World Cup, leaving the French on the verge of elimination from Group A. Hernandez ran on to Rafael Marquez's pass and rounded goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before guiding the ball home in the 64th minute. Hernandez's grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, also scored for Mexico against France in the 1954 World Cup.

- Greece earned their first World Cup win, coming from behind to beat 10-man Nigeria 2-1 in Group B. Vassilis Torosidis scored the winning goal in the 71st minute after a mistake from Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, to make history for Greece, who had lost all four of their previous World Cup matches. Enyeama fumbled a low shot from Alexandros Tziolis, and Torosidis pounced on the loose ball for the crucial goal.

Thursday, June 17

- The registrar of the Supreme Court signed a bill of costs for $25 million, to be paid by Minister of Information and Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz, in legal costs to the law firm which represented former People's National Party candidate Abe Dabdoub in the dual-citizenship case against him. Last year, a bill of costs for approximately $49 million was submitted by Gayle, Nelson & Co. Following discussions, Vaz agreed to pay $25 million. The legal costs include the lengthy election petition hearing in the Supreme Court and the appeal in the Court of Appeal.

Friday, June 18

- Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results were released, and anxiety turned into anger for some parents and teachers as they showed disappointment at the placement of their children and students, respectively. As administrators and teachers of some Corporate Area schools combed through the results, they raised concerns about the placement of some students in comparison to the grades they received. The level of outrage was obvious at Clan Carthy Primary School, where several parents and teachers spoke openly against the placements.

- The bounty on the head of country's most-wanted fugitive, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was increased to $5 million. The Police High Command reported that the reward has increased for information leading to the capture of the former Tivoli Gardens strongman, who is now on the run. The police earlier offered a reward of approximately $1.7 million for information leading to the capture of Coke following the issuing of a warrant of arrest by the courts of Jamaica. Coke was wanted by United States law-enforcement agencies to answer charges of gun and drug-running.