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Share (Jamaica Observer) The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is threatening to withdraw its cooperation on a range of matters of national importance if Prime Minister Andrew Holness does not remove Dr Andrew Wheatley from all ministerial duties.Dr Peter Phillips, the PNP president and Opposition leader, issued the warning yesterday at a press conference at PNP headquarters in St Andrew, stating that he expected the prime minister to let good sense prevail, and conform to the requirements of the constitution and the expectations of political tradition.Phillips did not elaborate on just how far the Opposition would go with its threat, but said that: “Smooth Government in our system requires extensive cooperation between Government and Opposition in all kinds of areas — cooperation in relation to the passage of legislation, consultation and collaboration in regards to appointment of boards, (and) far-reaching policy initiatives. All of these things, including how we conduct ourselves in the Parliament, are standard in our democracy. What we are saying is that we expect the prime minister to act, and failure to do so will bring into question the basis for further collaboration in all of these areas.”Public pressure has been mounting on the Government over the past several weeks to fire Wheatley over the corruption scandal that has engulfed the State oil refinery – Petrojam.Jamaica House announced last Monday that the energy portfolio had been transferred from Wheatley’s ministry to the Office of the Prime Minister. However, Wheatley, who came under fire in the House of Representatives last week as Opposition legislators questioned him about reports of corruption and victimisation at Petrojam, remains in the Cabinet in charge of the science and technology portfolios.Yesterday, Phillips said that the prime minister’s decision to relieve Wheatley of the energy portfolio, while leaving him with Cabinet responsibility for the other areas of the ministry, raises more questions than answers.He said that there was a “litany of corrupt practices and breaches of public trust at Petrojam”, and argued that this behaviour could spread to the other areas of the ministry.Phillips said the prime minister’s failure to act decisively against corruption points to an inability to discipline those who are involved. He said Holness has failed to apply sanctions in response to issues of national concern over the past two years, such as in the $600-million islandwide de-bushing programme, and that this lack of sanction had embolden “those who want to engage in improper conduct”.He insisted that while investigative bodies such as the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the auditor general are carrying out their own probes into the allegations of corruption at Petrojam, the prime minister has a duty to enforce his own sanctions under the constitution.The opposition leader also pointed to questions hanging over other agencies, such as National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL), and the Universal Service Fund (USF). “We know that an officer employed to NESOL — who was recently promoted rapidly — was found by MOCA and FID (Financial Investigations Division) to be in possession of tens of millions of dollars and that an investigation is underway. On the face of it, the source of these funds seems to have come from NESOL itself. If that turns out to be the case, it would obviously imply impropriety or worse in the conduct of their operations of NESOL,” he stated.Last month, the police laid criminal charges against an operations engineer at the agency in connection with the seizure of over $80 million.Meanwhile, Phillips said there are also concerns at the USF about politically connected and unqualified individuals being employed to high positions without the proper employment procedures. “All of these suggest that the carnival of misconduct uncovered in Petrojam was not limited to that agency alone, but apply to other areas of the ministry,” he stated. NewsRegional PNP threatens withdrawal of cooperation on vital national matters if Wheatley not fired by: – July 10, 2018 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 22 Views no discussions
Ceres Negros’ Manuel Herrera (right) and Home United’s Song Ui-yong contest for the loose ball during the second leg of their 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final match in Singapore. AFC MANILA – Ceres Negros’ journey in the 2018 AFC Cup came to an end after a 0-2 loss to Home United of Singapore in the second leg of their ASEAN Zonal Final match on Wednesday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Ceres, which played without the suspended Bienvenido Marañon, will try to bounce back in the 2019 AFC Cup after qualifying again for ruling the 2018 Philippines Football League for the second straight year.The Busmen lost to an aggregate score of 1-3 after settling for a 1-1 draw with Home United during the first leg on Aug. 1 in Bacolod City.Shakir Hamzah and Song Ui-young scored a goal each in the second half for Home United, which avenged its ASEAN Zonal Finals defeat in the hands of Ceres last season. Needing an away goal to virtually tie Home United, Ceres went aggressive in the opening half with attempts from Patrick Reichelt and Manuel Herrera but these were thwarted by the defense.The Busmen suffered a huge blow near the end of first half – Reichelt went down with an injury after colliding with Home United’s goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah and was not able to return to the game.In the second half, Home United diminished Ceres’ chances of advancing to the next round as Hamzah drained a well-placed header in the 62nd minute from a corner kick.Ceres scampered to score a goal but failed to penetrate the tough defense of Home United. Ui-young sealed the win for the Singaporeans with a header in the 74th minute./PN
The Airline Vikings, Parkway Panthers and Bossier Bearkats won boys basketball district games Tuesday night.Leader Airline opened the second half of District 1-5A play with a 66-48 home victory over Byrd.Parkway gave Airline (18-10, 7-0) some help with a 71-66 overtime victory over Evangel at Evangel. The Eagles (11-13, 5-3) went into the game tied with Southwood (13-12, 5-2), which was idle Tuesday, for second.In the other 1-5A game, Haughton fell to Captain Shreve 61-54 at home.In District 1-4A, co-leader Bossier routed Northwood 66-44 at Bossier on a night that former coach Jeremiah Williams was honored.Also in 1-4A, Benton suffered an 80-54 road loss to Booker T. Washington.Bossier (21-6, 8-1) and Woodlawn (22-5, 8-1), a 101-62 winner over Minden, remained tied for first in the district.In a District 1-1A game Monday night, Plain Dealing knocked off Arcadia 53-45 at Arcadia.At Airline, Fred Lemons hit three 3-pointers and paced the Vikings with 16 points. TJ Robinson added 11 and Trent Ivy 10.Airline led 11-8 after the first quarter and then outscored the Jackets 24-15 in the second. Lemons hit two from behind the arc and Ivy scored seven.At Evangel, Ty Hubbard poured in 24 points, including seven in OT, to lead Parkway (10-11, 3-5). Hubbard was 4 of 5 from the free-throw line in the extra period. Chase Turner hit three 3s en route to 19 points. He was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in OT.Parkway rallied from a 32-21 halftime deficit. Hubbard scored nine points as the Panthers outscored the Eagles 21-11 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to one.Parkway hit four from long range in the fourth quarter, including two by Bryce Roberts (eight points) and one each by Turner and Sheldon Dudley.Freshman Gabe Larry scored eight of his 12 points in the second half, including four big free throws in the fourth quarter.At Haughton, the Bucs remained winless in district play but the seven-point margin was their closest since a 54-50 loss to Parkway on Jan. 9.At Bossier, Jacoby Decker and Dante Bell scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Bearkats, who have won 12 straight.Kaalas Roots and Tim King chipped in with nine each.At BTW, Jalen Harding scored 20 in the Tigers’ loss. Benton dropped 14-12 and 5-4.At Arcadia, Dakeldric Oliver pumped in 25 points and Derrien Perry scored 17 to lead Plain Dealing (12-13, 6-3) to the win. — Russell Hedges, [email protected] You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Driven by a crushing victory inside four days in the opening Test in Bridgetown, West Indies will chase a long awaited major series win when they clash with England in the pivotal second Test starting here today. No one could have foreseen the home side’s commanding performance at Kensington Oval which left the pre-series favourites shell-shocked and handed the Windies the upper hand in three-Test rubber.In fact, the series was supposed to be another whitewash with the home and visiting pundits having written the Windies off before a ball was bowled, especially with the build-up to the opening Test mired in controversy over the appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus as interim head coach.Last weekend’s victory completely transformed the narrative, with the Windies now in with a real chance of clinching their first series win over a higher-ranked side, since they swept New Zealand in the Caribbean seven years ago. However, skipper Jason Holder told reporters here yesterday his side had already put last weekend’s heroics behind them and were aware they had to start from scratch in order to taste success again over the coming days.“Most of the guys are pretty focussed, they’re really hungry. We understood what we did in the last game but that’s gone – I said that to the guys,” Holder said.“That game is history, it’s just a matter for us to move on and understand what we need to do to continue being consistent. I always speak about consistency in the dressing room and I think in order to be consistent, we’ve got to be hitting all three departments every time we step on the field.”