Slow pace of probe into $600-m investment irks PAAC

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A year-and-half since the police were called in to investigate the use of $600 million from the National Insurance Fund (NIF) for investment in stocks, the probe has still not yet been completed.At yesterday’s meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon House with officials of the labour ministry, Permanent Secretary Colette Roberts Risden said she had no update on the matter.

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Gov’t: No mining taking place in protected area of Cockpit Country

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HEADS of relevant government agencies, following a request by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, have advised Cabinet that no bauxite mining is taking place in the Cockpit Country (designated) Protected Area.Holness, who toured the Cockpit Country yesterday, had made the request following public concerns about mining in the Cockpit Country Protected Area.The Ministry of Transport and Mining reported that:

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Fearful vendors, customers stay away from Old Harbour Market

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VENDORS who ply their trade in the Old Habour Market and nearby shops in St Catherine are fearful that Tuesday’s double murder will drive away customers.Thirty-seven-year-old vendor Donovan Young, otherwise called “Fargo”, and 24-year-old Oshin Moncrieffe, both of Old Harbour, were killed in the afternoon attack.

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Beaten pregnant woman seeks $1-m compensation

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A woman, seven months pregnant, who was reportedly attacked on a roadway and beaten by the father of her child, to the point where she urinated on herself, is requesting $1million in compensation.The unemployed 23-year- old woman was reportedly assaulted when she went to collect money from the accused, Jadaen Baker, 30, a businessman of Moreton Park in Kingston 10.

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Water hope

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A search for precious metals in several areas of the island has produced an unexpected windfall — the discovery of what is believed to be large bodies of water which could solve the annual drought problem which plagues the island.

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Hundreds pay tribute to Seaga at JLP headquarters

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Hundreds of mourners poured in to 20 Belmont Road in St Andrew yesterday to pay last respects to the man many dubbed “Papa Eddie” — the former leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and fifth prime minister of Jamaica, Edward Phillip George Seaga.

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STATIN conducting listing of dwellings

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THE Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is conducting a “listing of dwellings exercise”, which is aimed at updating the count of dwellings in Jamaica between censuses. It will provide the sampling frame for the selection of households to be included in the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, and the Labour Force Survey, among others, STATIN said.

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Students get up close to tourism product at Sandals

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MORE than 80 level two commis chef, commercial preparation and culinary students from Boys’ Town HEART/NTA, Dunoon Technical High School and Clarendon National Youth Service Programme experienced the tourism product first hand during tours of Sandals Montego Bay, recently.Following the tours, a number of excited students said they wanted to seek employment at Sandals following the completion of their studies.

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Man, 55, accused of indecent assault of girl, 9

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A 55-year -old-man accused of pulling a 9-year old-girl into his yard and assaulting her inside his bedroom is to be tried in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on July 11.The Kingston labourer appeared in court last Friday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith.

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Island Traffic Authority is oversight body for new Road Traffic Act

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MINISTER of Transport and Mining Robert Montague says that the new Island Traffic Authority (ITA) board, which will be the oversight body for the long-delayed Road Traffic Act (RTA), has been appointed.“The board is getting [to work] and they must recruit a CEO in fast order. I will come back with an update soon,” Montague told members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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