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Weekly Round-up: Holness responds to Petrojam report… Opposition votes out SOEs… JDF soldier suspected of slaying wife … Alia Atkinson cops gold

Saturday, December 15, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in response to the damning report of corruption at the State-owned oil refinery Petrojam, on Monday ordered a forensic audit into the J$5.2 billion worth of oil that has been unaccounted for between 2013 and 2018 and said the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica is to return a US$100-million loan it was granted for a VDU project.

Holness also gave key directives to Government ministers to make changes to their accountability practices and announced new measures to make the traditional petrol pricing mechanism at the refinery more transparent.

The Opposition members of Parliament on Tuesday evening voted to end the states of public emergency (SOEs) in St James, St Catherine North, and sections of Kingston and St Andrew, arguing that their vote does not mean the security forces have to be removed from these areas.

On the crime scene, , the body of attorney Nordraka Williams-Burnett was on Thursday found with multiple stab wounds on a bed by the police who forced their way into the room in which her husband, a Jamaica Defence Force soldier, had locked himself.

And in sport, Jamaican star Alia Atkinson celebrated turning 30 by winning 50m breaststroke gold at the short course World Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

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Holness to order forensic audit of $5.2b unaccounted oil loss at Petrojam

Ministers must hold regular board meetings

An opportunity to regain public trust

PM happy Wheatley intends to ensure public purse is restored

PCJ returns US$100-m loan to Gov't

PNP rejects terms of reference for Petrojam forensic audit

JLP calls for Paulwell's resignation

Opposition leader expresses full confidence in Paulwell

Gov't, Opposition spar over PAC meeting

Vote against SOE does not mean security forces have to be removed — PNP

PNP defends decision to vote against SOE extension

PNP councillors in St James want 'even fuller' deployment of security personnel

Private sector groups request urgent meeting after Opposition pulls support for anti-crime measure

Water guns land Kalado in police custody

Man held after crashing stolen taxi into church fence

Family of five shot, injured in money quarrel

Late birthday gold for Alia Atkinson

Four-day celebration

Reggae Girlz get $13-m boost from Supreme Ventures Limited

Clovis toon