How Ruel, co-accused allegedly milked over $50m in State funds

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FORMER education minister and Senator Ruel Reid and his four co-accused are alleged to have milked more than $55 million from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and in excess of $1 million from the Ministry of Education.

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Ruel Reid’s wife should take leave from CMU, says judge

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PARISH Court Judge Vaughn Smith yesterday advised that Sharen Reid, wife of embattled former Education Minister Ruel Reid, take leave from her post as legal affairs manager at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), given charges laid before her in a matter now before the courts.

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No longer ‘chucking’ it

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Faced with a barrage of criticism over comments he made on Wednesday, following the arrest of his former Cabinet colleague Ruel Reid and four others on corruption charges, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday backtracked to muted applause from his Opposition counterpart, Senator Donna Scott-Mottley.

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UWI Antigua campus accepts first set of students

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THE University of the West Indies (The UWI) Five Islands Campus in Antigua and Barbuda, officially welcomed 147 students at its inaugural matriculation ceremony, recently.Vice-chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who presided over the ceremony formally accepting the students into the university, said history was made with the induction of the first student cohort at the new campus.

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Parliamentary committee shelves CMU probe

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PARLIAMENT’S Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) has decided to end any further probe into activities of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the Ministry of Education, which the police have now linked in a multimillion- dollar corruption matter allegedly involving former education minister Ruel Reid and head of the university, Professor Fritz Pinnock.

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St Thomas students get Seprod Foundation scholarships

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PROUD family members, friends, and well-wishers gathered on Tuesday to welcome the newest cohort of Seprod Foundation scholars at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

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Smiling Ruel, subdued Pinnock face court

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IT was a somewhat subdued group of co-accused who faced the Corporate Area Parish Court in St Andrew yesterday, in an alleged corruption matter that has rocked the country.Former Education Minister Ruel Reid and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock were the first of the five to appear, entering the courtroom at 10:16 am.

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All set for Health, Home & Garden Expo

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ORGANISERS say all is set for the 12th Health, Home & Garden (HHG) Expo, scheduled for Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27 at the National Arena in Kingston. At the launch held recently, organisers promised that the National Arena will come alive – transformed into a place of beauty and excitement.

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‘Not just the inner city that is to be raided’

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ANTI-CORRUPTION watchdog Professor Trevor Munroe has labelled Wednesday a good day in the history of Jamaica, as a former Cabinet minister, a university professor, and three of their relatives and friends were taken into custody to face corruption charges.

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‘Gun without bullets’

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Two of three lawyers representing the five people accused of milking State coffers of over $50 million, among other illegal acts, yesterday came out swinging in defence of their clients, charging that the allegations were false and unsubstantiated while lambasting the investigators for using unnecessary tactics to detain the individuals.

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