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Industry minister calls for reviewed trade agreements among CARICOM countries

Industry Investment and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton has called for a review of trade agreements and regulations among CARICOM countries.

This in the wake of the results of a two year probe into trade breaches by some private and state run companies in Trinidad.
Of the nine Trinidad based lubricating oil production companies investigated, five were reportedly found to have breached rules governing the origin of the products exported to Jamaica.

Opposition not pleased with statement on lube oil breaches

Opposition spokesperson on commerce and investment Karl Samuda has criticized the minister for being too vague in his statement, about the lube oil breaches committed by some Trinidadian companies.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday Mr Samuda said Anthony Hylton failed to outline which companies committed the breaches, and what is the financial loss for Jamaica, due to the payment of lower customs duties.

Overseas consultant agency to conduct audit at Accountant General Department after $7-million fraud

An independent overseas consultancy has been engaged to assist in auditing operations at the Accountant General’s Department following the arrest of five persons on fraud charges yesterday.

JCC President Francis ‘Paco’ Kennedy is dead

President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Francis Kennedy is dead.

Mr. Kennedy who had been ailing for sometime, died yesterday (October 25) at a Miami hospital, from a reported heart failure. He was 74 years old.

Kennedy, is a member of the internationally recognized family run business empire, Grace Kennedy, and served on the company's executive for many years.

Kennedy served as President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce for the past 2 years, after taking over the reigns from Milton Samuda, in 2012.

IMF: Regional governments commit to lower high energy costs

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says regional finance ministers have called for a robust comprehensive energy strategy that will help to reduce the cost of their countries energy import bills.
Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the IMF Alejandro Werner says the finance ministers and their delegations are deeply concern of the high cost they each pay to generate energy.

NWU wants Labour Ministry to intervene in Secrets Resorts bargaining rights issue

The National Workers Union (NWU) is calling on the Labour Ministry to act on a bargaining rights claim on Secrets Resorts in St. James.

Senior Negotiating Officer with the NWU Granville Valentine, says a claim was served on the hotel in June but to date there has been no word from the hotel’s management of despite the regulations stipulating a 30 day turn around time.

Mr. Valentine says the steps outlines in the regulations that govern bargaining rights have not been followed.

Fire Safety Week Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

The Jamaica Fire Brigade will be observing Fire Safety Awareness Week starting today (October 26) and up to Saturday November 1.

This year’s theme is: ‘Community in Action...Supporting Fire Prevention’.

Public Relations Office at the brigade Emilio Ebanks, said the theme is to highlight the importance of community involvement in preventing fires.

He said the focus will be year long, and is part of a broad approach to have communities being proactive, not only in prevention, but basic fire training.

Police Constable and male civilian on corruption charge granted bail

A policeman and a male civilian accused of corruption were granted bail when they appeared in the Montego Bay RM Court on Thursday (October 23).

They are Constable Dwayne Wright, who is attached to the Montego Bay Traffic department and civilian Damion Tummings of St. James.

Both Constable Wright and Mr. Tummings are charged with breaching section 14 of the Corruption Prevention Act.

The two were arrested and charged by detectives from Moca on Monday, October 20.

Father stabs son to death

A 68 year old farmer is expected to be charged next week, in relation to the stabbing death of his son, following a domestic dispute at the family home in Trelawny, on Thursday (October 23).

Dead is 34 year old farmer Bradley Smith of Warsop in the parish.

Reports are that on October 23, an argument developed between the father and son.

Relatives say the men have been arguing about a house, for the past week.

The argument escalated into a fight on Thursday, and a knife was brought into play.

Portland biker undergoes emergency surgery after accident

A Portland man injured in a motor vehicle collision yesterday (October 24) is said to be in critical but stable condition, after undergoing emergency surgery last night.

The man is one of 5 people injured in two separate accidents in Portland between yesterday and this morning (October 25).

In the first incident, about 10:30 p.m., a 19 year old man and his female companion were participating in a memorial motorcade in St. Margaret’s Bay.

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