O-Wrap: Boat audit complete… High-risk inmates transferred from Fort Augusta… Mandela pipeline repaired

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:

1. Palisadoes boat audit reveals that only 3 vessels licensed to transport passengers

A just-completed audit by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) has revealed that only three of the 82 registered boats between Palisadoes and Portmore are licensed to carry passengers.

2. FLA distances itself from 'malicious' sex tape being circulated on WhatsApp

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is seeking to distance itself from a video with graphic sexual content that is purportedly being linked to the organization.

3. Six high-risk inmates transferred as ministry ramps up security measures at Fort Augusta

Six high-risk inmates have been transferred from the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre (FAACC) as part of efforts to enhance security measures at the South Camp Road facility following the recent assault of an inmate there.

4. St Elizabeth Health Dept to get more workers to destroy mosquito breeding sites

Vector Control Coordinator at the St Elizabeth Health Department, Michael Myles, says the Vector Control Unit will be getting an additional 34 temporary workers in an effort to destroy more mosquito breeding sites in the parish.

5. Repairs completed on transmission main along Mandela Highway — NWC

The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising that repairs are now completed on the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Spring water transmission main along the Mandela Highway.

6. US court blocks census question for Caribbean immigrants

Caribbean American New York City Council Member Jumaane D Williams has welcomed a ruling by a US federal judge blocking the Trump administration from including a question on citizenship status for Caribbean and other immigrants in the 2020 Census.

7. Bill to acquire PDV Caribe shares in Petrojam to be tabled at next sitting of House

The Government is to table a Bill entitled, an 'Act to Provide for the Compulsory Acquisition of the Shares Held by PDV Caribe in Petrojam and for Connected Matters', at the next sitting of the House of Representatives.

8. Taxpayers' money being wasted on local gov't ministry's head office — Brown Burke

People's National Party (PNP) spokesperson on local government, Dr Angella Brown-Burke has lashed out at the Ministry of Local Government's decision to spend $480 million over a five-year period on renting and renovating a space for its head offices.

9. 140 buyers expected for Caribbean Travel Marketplace

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), being hosted in Jamaica later this month, will welcome 140 buyers.

10. Haiti opposition to protest vote on Maduro's presidency

The opposition Pitit Dessalin party says it plans to stage a series of activities, including street demonstrations, to protest Haiti's decision to support an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution not recognising the legitimacy of the Nicolas Maduro presidency in Venezuela.

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