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The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has released a statement through the National Security Ministry indicating that in 2004, businessman Patrick Powell and police inspector Patricia Primrose Powell-Wallace were both issued with a licence for same weapon – a Walther 9 milli-metre pistol. At the same time, the FLA Powell’s file is missing from its offices. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
2. Tougher penalty for improper garbage disposal
The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be undertaking a number of initiatives to promote the proper disposal of waste by Jamaicans. Included will be a comprehensive public-education campaign to involve the hosting of town hall meetings right across the country. Non-compliance will see tough penalties, says Desmond McKenzie. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
3. Debates to come for local government elections
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) have agreed to participate in two local government debates to be organised by the Jamaica Debates Commission ahead of the impending local government election. The Commission says debates will be televised and streamed on the Internet. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Jamaica’s economic growth projections for the fiscal year stand to be revised upwards over the strongest growth in a single quarter in 14 years. Stakeholders, including the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), say they are not surprised and forecast that the growth rate should continue. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
5. Tivoli Incursion Compensation Committee not interested in drama
The operations of the three-member West Kingston Compensation Committee will not be conducted under the glare of cameras, nor will it be guided by any strict rule of procedure, if chairman of the committee, retired Justice Seymour Panton, gets his way. The committee was set up to investigate and determine the value and credibility of claims brought against the State by aggrieved persons coming out of the events of the May 2010 West Kingston operations conducted by the security forces to capture then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
6. Docs bleeding state, says Juliet Holness
Member of Parliament (MP) for St Andrew East Rural, Juliet Holness, is calling for Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis to a probe allegations that some medical practitioners are bleeding the resources in the public health sector to care for their private patients without paying the Government for using the facilities. An apparently annoyed Holness told members of Parliament’s hard-hitting Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that some doctors are using theatres and other facilities in hospitals at the expense of the state. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.