PM wants change in bureaucratic culture

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness said yesterday that, while he understands the fear of increased bureaucracy leading to more corruption in the public sector, he could not ignore the rules of procedure.

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Cop says Jungle 12 drive-by shooting a reprisal killing

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THE August Town police are theorising that Tuesday night’s drive-by shooting in Jungle 12 was a reprisal.Seventeen-year-old Javaughn Ferguson, otherwise called Alkaline, was shot dead and another man was shot and injured in the incident.

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Jamaica House appeals for patience amid Petrojam allegations

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JAMAICA House yesterday sought to allay the concerns still surrounding scandal-hit Petrojam, despite the resignation of executives and senior personnel over the past few weeks, including General Manager Floyd Grindley, who had come under pressure from the Opposition and some staff of the State-owned oil refinery over the past month.

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Rotarians urged to inspire change

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Rassin made the call while in Jamaica for the installation of Dr Patrick Adizua as governor for District 7020 last Saturday.

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Rotarians urged to inspire change

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Rassin made the call while in Jamaica for the installation of Dr Patrick Adizua as governor for District 7020 last Saturday.

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Chang says budget in place for MOCA

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MINISTER of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the budget is in place for the establishment of an independent Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and focus will now be placed on ensuring that the entity is adequately staffed.“At the moment, I think they are at less than half of the establishment, and we intend for that to be corrected quickly.

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Brown humbled by ECJ recommendation

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GLASSPOLE Brown, the man recommended to take over the reins at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), says he is humbled by the decision.Brown, who spoke to the Jamaica Observer yesterday, was recommended for the position by the eight commissioners of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ). Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is expected to appoint him shortly.

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Gov’t allocates $30m to alleviate drought conditions

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THE Government has allocated $30 million to truck water to several communities across the island that are experiencing shortages due to drought conditions.Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said the measure forms the first phase of the Government’s response to the current dry spell affecting the parishes of St Catherine, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St Mary, and Portland.

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Task force on safety, security of returnees to be established

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THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says a task force will be established to address the safety and security concerns of returning residents seeking to live, work and conduct business in Jamaica. The move comes weeks after three British citizens were brutally murdered in two separate incidents in rural Jamaica.

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Brexit!

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Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time in its history yesterday, sparking scenes of joy in Moscow and in Zagreb after Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner prolonged England’s decades of pain to set up a decider against France.“We’re gutted,” said England captain Harry Kane, still on course to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer with six strikes in Russia.

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