Weekly-Round-up: Offer to buy Petrojam… OUR blasts NWC, JPS… Magnificent Girlz

Friday, January 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith on Monday dismissed Opposition criticisms that the Government has not involved Caricom in its negotiation of a buy-back of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam from Venezuela.

Johnson Smith insisted that the matter is a bilateral one and suggested that using Caricom would not have been an effective method.

Her comments followed a recent announcement that the Government intends to use legislative means to retake ownership of Venezuela's stake in Petrojam.

The minister also revealed that the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and the Venezuelan state-owned PDV Caribe have both received letters offering to purchase their respective 51% and 49% stake in the refinery.

The Office of Utilities Regulation on Thursday said that the country's major water and energy service providers are not meeting standards for notifying their customers of planned service disruptions, and has given them until January 25 to provide reasons for the failure.

In sport, the Reggae Girlz who last year became the first team from the Caribbean to qualify for a women's World Cup were on Tuesday awarded Outstanding Performance of the Year by the sub-continental body Concacaf, through popular vote.

Also, Reggae Girlz tactician Hue Menzies was named Coach of the Year for a female team, while strikers Khadija Shaw and Jody Brown were selected to the Concacaf Female Best Eleven.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

See story links below:

Jamaica says buy-back of Petrojam shares not a Caricom issue

Company offers to buy Petrojam

Bill to acquire Venezuela's shares in Petrojam for next sitting of House

Major glitch

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

OUR blasts utilities

Six high-risk inmates at women's prison relocated

JDF soldier shot dead in Manchester

Cop shot in face

Five charged with murder of Kingston businessman

Reggae Girlz, coach get prestigious Concacaf awards

CPL economic impact surpasses US$100-million mark

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