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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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1. Auditor General uncovers corrupt practices, nepotism at Petrojam

The controversy surrounding State-owned oil refinery Petrojam has drastically deepened, following the release of a report by the Auditor's General Office yesterday on its operations and that of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

2. Surprise parties for Wheatly, Petrojam chairman cost $2.6m — AGD

The Auditor General's Department (AGD) has revealed that within a three-month span, Petrojam financed two “surprise parties” totalling $2.6 million for then energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley and former chairman of Petrojam Perceval Bahado-Singh.

3. Auditor general finds 'explicit acts of nepotism' at Petrojam

Yesterday's report from Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis found inconsistencies in the recruitment and selection processes at the State-owned-oil refinery Petrojam, indicating “explicit acts of nepotism”.

4. Holness to review AGD report on Petrojam

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to review the auditor general's report on the operations of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and its affiliate, the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam, after which further action will be taken.

5. Processing of badges for PPV drivers to be improved, says Montague

The Ministry of Transport and Mining is to undertake a 'Free up the Badge' campaign, geared at improving the processing of badges for drivers of public passenger vehicles (PPV).

6. Regional leaders concerned about information flow in the C'bean

Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have expressed disappointed at the flow of information within the 15-member grouping and have agreed to a working group to examine the situation, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has said.

7. IDB in Jamaica opens its doors to partners

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Jamaica is to welcome members of Government, civil society and academia to its new office for Open House Week from Monday, December 10 to Friday, December 14.

8. Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones

Cuba announced Tuesday night that its citizens will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week, becoming one of the last nations to offer such service.

9. Former Colombian president to be keynote speaker for upcoming int'l tourism conference

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that Álvaro Uribe, former President of Colombia, is the keynote speaker for the 'Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth - Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs)', scheduled to take place next January.

10. Early childhood practitioners exempted from some registration fees

Early childhood practitioners who are employed to institutions that have applied for a Certificate of Registration with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) have been exempted from fees for police records, medical records and food handlers' permits.

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