DPP to get three-year extension of tenure

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has recommended to the Governor General that the tenure of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn be extended by three years. The Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips had objected to the extension after…

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Integrity Commission corrects error that Creary interviewed Petrojam boss

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The Integrity Commission has corrected an error in its damning reports on the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam. In two reports released last week, the commission had said Port Maria Mayor Richard Creary was part of the panel that selected…

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Six alleged King Valley gangsters found not guilty

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The six alleged members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley Gang have been freed after Chief Justice Bryan Sykes found that prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to convict them. Sykes, in his ruling said the main witness, a proclaimed…

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Banking hiccup - Thousands with invalid accounts yet to receive COVID relief, two-month extension for some grants

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Opposition Spokesman on Finance Mark Golding has asserted that the banking sector has fallen short in facilitating COVID-19 relief payments from the Government, as it was reported yesterday that some beneficiaries faced significant hurdles in…

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Wheatley, Integrity Commission head to court over report

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Former Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley has taken court action challenging a “dishonest” characterisation against him in an Integrity Commission report on allegations of corruption at the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam. One of Wheatley’s…

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Trump shuts door on work and travel students

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Thousands of tertiary students hanging on to a thin thread of hope of travelling to the United States in the summer to earn funds to cover tuition and other costs for the upcoming academic year have had those dreams dashed with the Donald Trump…

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Oversight body notes Integrity Commission’s criticisms on donations - Questions raised about processing of agency staff’s own declarations

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The Integrity Commission Oversight Committee (ICOC) of Parliament could be on a collision course with Integrity Commission Chairman retired Justice Seymour Panton for statements the latter made in the body’s second annual report, chiding…

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What about the south coast? - Tourism operators left in the dark, anxious to reopen

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WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism stakeholders on the island’s south coast are sitting in limbo, a week after a June 30 deadline for the Government to announce the second phase of reopening plans for the sector. The situation has left them unsure of when…

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King Valley Gang Trial | Sykes tosses witness’ explanation for inconsistent statements

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Chief Justice Bryan Sykes yesterday rejected the reason the main witness in the King Valley Gang trial gave for inconsistencies in his statement given to the police and that given as evidence in court. Last Friday, attorney-at-law Everton Bird was…

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COVID-19 spend reaping desired results, say Tufton

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Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has defended the Government’s approximately $3.8 billion spend on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Some $6 billion has been budgeted to tackle the deadly coronavirus, of which close to 600 cases…

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