6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. PM to address Chinese land saga
  2. Chinese land saga deepens
  3. Indecent solicitation in construction
  4. Transport Authority  ordered to pay taximan $7.3m
  5. Standoff between agriculture ministry, coconut growers
  6. New JPS chairman appointed

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1. PM to address Chinese land saga

Prime Minister Andrew Holness could address the land saga in Parliament this afternoon. Minister without responsibility in the Economic and Growth and Job Creation Ministry, said yesterday Holness could speak on the matter. Yesterday, former transport and works minister, Dr Omar Davies, who had inked the highway deal in 2012 on behalf of the government, distance himself from the controversy and pointed fingers at the Ministry of Finance and Urban Development Corporation (UDC).  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Chinese land saga deepens

The Jamaican Government had no intention of valuating lands owned by the Urban Development Corporations (UDC) that were earmarked for transfer to Chinese developers of the US$720-million North-South Highway, and only started negotiations after the board aggressively insisted on it, former chairman K.D. Knight has revealed. Knight, who served as board chairman from April 2012 to March 2016, also said the Simpson Miller Government did not plan to compensate the UDC. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. ‘Indecent solicitation’ in construction

Local construction industry professionals have urged the Government to stop accepting “unsolicited proposals” from developers for large projects in Jamaica, saying that it is a recipe for corruption. Retired government town planner and fellow of the Jamaica Institute of Architects (JIA) Carl Chen said that across Commonwealth countries, it is “unprofessional and not allowed and will be considered and construed professional malpractice if I solicit jobs from any agency or ministry of government”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Transport Authority ordered to pay taximan $7.3m

The Transport Authority has been ordered to pay the owner of a route taxi $7.3 million in damages plus legal costs. Supreme Court Judge Courtney Daye made the award to St Catherine businesswoman Trecia Miller who had sued the Transport Authority in November 2009 seeking damages for negligence, loss of earnings and the cost of the motor vehicle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Standoff between agriculture ministry, coconut growers

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda on Saturday admitted to coconut growers that the Government would be going after the $5 billion held in trust on their behalf by the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) to bolster its coffers. He used the annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston to appeal to coconut growers from across the country to persuade the board of directors that it was in their best interest to hand over the money. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. New JPS chairman appointed

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has appointed a new chairman for its board. Seiji Kawamura has been named to replace Chang Sup Jo, who served as chairman of JPS during the period June 2014 to April 2017. Kawamura has worked with Marubeni Corporation – one of JPS’ main shareholders – since 1994. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.