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O-Wrap: Donations a 'glaring weakness' at PetroJam ... 'PNP's threat a retrograde step' ... Taskforce to protect returning residents

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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

1. Corporate donations a 'glaring weakness' in Petrojam matter, says Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday pointed out that the issue of donations and corporate social responsibility (CSR) was a “glaring weakness” in the Petrojam matter and “could be an area of systemic weakness”.

2. Phillips insists Wheatley should be held accountable

Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, insisted yesterday that former energy minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, should be held accountable for the breaches which have been linked to operations at the PetroJam oil refinery under his administration.

3. PNP's threat to withdraw from Vale Royal Talks a retrograde step – G2K

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) young professionals affiliate Generation 2000 (G2K) has described threats from the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) to withdraw from the Vale Royal Talks as “self-serving and retrograde”.

4. Glasspole Brown to be appointed director of elections

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has recommended Glasspole Brown to the Governor General for appointment as director of elections.

5. Foreign Affairs Ministry announces taskforce to protect returning residents

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says it will be establishing a taskforce to address the safety and security concerns of returning residents seeking to live, work, and conduct business in Jamaica.

6. Thai boys were sedated and stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave were sedated and passed on stretchers along the twisting, narrow passageways of the Tham Luang complex; a rescuer said Wednesday as the first footage emerged of an astonishing mission that has captivated the world.

7. Budget in place for MOCA — Chang

A budget has been put is in place for the establishment of an independent Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and focus will now be placed on ensuring that the entity is adequately staffed.

8. Gov't allocates $30m to mitigate drought in affected parishes

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says due to severe drought conditions across the island, the Government is allocating $30 million in a mitigation programme to distribute adequate water to affected parishes.

9. Pan Caribbean Sugar Co pulling out of Monymusk sugar factory

Pan Caribbean Sugar Company has given notice that it will not operate the Monymusk sugar factory next year.

10. World U-20 Champs: All eight J'cans advance on day two

Jamaica's joint World Junior Record holder in the 110m hurdles Damion Thomas and National Junior Record holder in the 400m Christopher Taylor led all eight Jamaicans pass the first round on today's second day of action at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.