UWI chancellor appoints commission on governance

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CHANCELLOR of t he University of the West Indies (UWI) Robert Bermudez has appointed a nine-member commission on governance for the university.The commission, which is chaired by former president of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Dennis Byron, includes a multidisciplinary team with expertise in law, people, finance and corporate governance.

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JPS appeals to customers after OUR report

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THE Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it is working on a plan to improve internal efficiencies and broaden the base of contact information for customers.The light and power company gave the assurance yesterday following a media statement from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) on Thursday in which it said the JPS and the National Water Commission (NWC) have not been meeting standards for notifying customers of planned disruptions.

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Close call!

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ROSE HALL, St James – The driver of a truck transporting liquid petroleum gas (LPG) managed to escaped serious injury and possible death when he crawled out of his truck after it burst into flames on the busy Rose Hall main road in St James, yesterday morning.The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where he was treated for minor burns, according to the Fire Brigade.

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JCDC auditions for performing arts competition begin Jan 21

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ISLANDWIDE auditions for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Festival of the Performing Arts competition will commence on Monday, January 21.The competition constitutes five major areas of the arts, including music, speech, dance, traditional folk forms, and drama.

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Business fined $250,000 for failure to provide documents to TAJ

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TAX Administration Jamaica (TAJ), through its Intelligence, Investigation and Enforcement Unit, has prosecuted a wholesale and retail establishment in St Ann, under Section 17 of the amended Revenue Administration Act for failure to produce documents requested. The company, a TAJ release said yesterday, was found guilty in the St Ann’s Bay Parish Court last month and was fined $250,000.

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Lawyer shot dead

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AN attorney-at-law was shot dead at his home in Oakridge, off Stillwell Road in Kingston, Thursday night.The deceased has been identified as 49-year-old Gareth Forbes.The constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit reported that a relative found his body lying in a pool of blood about 10:00 pm.Upon closer inspection, it was revealed that Forbes had been shot several times.A motive has not yet been established for the killing.

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$7.28 billion more allocated for roadworks

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AN additional $7.28 billion has been allocated to the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) in the second supplementary estimates for the 2018/19 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke as he opened the debate on the estimates in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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Hospital upgrade, construction to put St James ahead in Caribbean — Tufton

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Once Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) is rehabilitated and the children’s hospital planned for the same premises is complete, St James will boast the highest concentration of medical services in the Caribbean, according to Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.The two, he said, will significantly boost health care services and the potential for health tourism in western Jamaica.

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PHOTO: After the rain…

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A woman makes her way on Gresham Road, off South Camp Road in Kingston, following a heavy downpour yesterday. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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G-G calls on leaders to build a crime-free country

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GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Patrick Allen has called on all leaders in Jamaica to join forces and build a nation that is free from crime and violence.

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