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Weekly Round-up: Wheatley, Forrest resign.... Baker accused of buggering 11-y-o... Ja cops 17 CAC medals

Sunday, August 05, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government continues to haemorrhage from allegations of mismanagement and corruption at a number of agencies under the Ministry of Science, Energy, and Technology formerly held by Dr Andrew Wheatley, who resigned from the Cabinet on Monday.

In an effort to cauterise the problem, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has summoned all boards of agencies under the energy portfolio — over which Wheatley once had charge — to a meeting next week.

The announcement was made shortly after news broke that Spectrum Management Authority Chairman Trevor Forrest had tendered his resignation on Tuesday amid pressure over his attempt to improperly insert Carolyn Warren, who has several criminal convictions, into a recruitment process at the agency two years ago.

In other news, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie on Thursday disclosed that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force are now protecting personnel and property at the island's disposal sites as part of a wider security plan being implemented in the wake of recent fires at Riverton in St Andrew, Retirement in St James and Church Corner in St Thomas.

And, Olympian Warren Weir apologised on Tuesday for his reaction to being stopped by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force during a recent traffic search.
The apology came on the heels of video being circulated on social media of an encounter between Weir and traffic police in Trelawny during which Weir ridicules the officers, while expressing that he was unfairly targeted because he owns a “nice SUV”.

In Sport, Caitlin Chang won Jamaica's first medal in fencing after she copped silver in the final of the individual fencing competition at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, last Saturday.

Jamaica finished the competition with 17 medals, including eight gold, three silver and six bronze.
It has been reported that Telecoms provider Digicel is involved in negotiations to sponsor the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association football competitions, after rival telecoms company Flow on Thursday announced that its five-year title sponsorship deal has ended.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

See story links below:

Who'll replace Wheatley?

Trevor Forrest resigns from SMA

Opposition wants PM to name new Minister of Science and Technology

PM summons all boards in energy ministry to meeting

JCF, JDF to protect disposal sites island wide – McKenzie

Is the BoJ deliberately weakening the Jamaican dollar? PNP asks

Warren Weir apologises for reaction to police stop

Suspect in beheading of Hanover man, fatal chopping of another killed by police

Baker accused of buggering little girl out on bail

Father disarms son, hands over homemade gun to police

Jamaica's Caitlin Chang wins historic fencing medal

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Digicel, Wisynco take over Manning, daCosta cup sponsorships

Williams, Russell power West Indies over Bangladesh

Clovis Toon