PNP threatens withdrawal of cooperation on vital national matters if Wheatley not fired

first_img 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 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 22 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

South Africa, Australia resume battle after tempestuous first Test

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa and Australia resume their battle, while looking to temper hostilities and histrionics, in the second Test of the four-match series at St George’s Park tomorrow, just four days after the visitors won the opener by 118 runs.It was a result that maintained Australia’s long-standing Test dominance on South African soil but was overshadowed by spats both on and off the field that have left the participation of Australian vice-captain David Warner in doubt.The feisty opener is to answer an International Cricket Council (ICC) charge for a staircase scuffle with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after they traded barbs out in the middle and continued the conflict on the way to the changing rooms.Warner faces a level two charge that could see him suspended for the second Test, while South Africa’s de Kock faces a lesser offence.The outcome of the disciplinary proceedings is not likely to be known until the eve of the Test and overshadows the build-up after a good Australian victory at Kingsmead.The bowling of Mitchell Starc and a strong batting performance by the tail in their first innings proved the difference between the sides in Durban, where the wicket was slower than anticipated but made for a gripping contest.Much the same is predicted for Port Elizabeth with Starc ominously warning that Australia’s bowlers could do better.“The reversing ball is going all right this season but there’s maybe a little bit of work to do with the new ball and getting a few more early wickets,” he said.South Africa were poor in the opening innings but put up a good fight in the second, where they were set a mammoth 417-run chase and fleetingly looked capable of achieving it before their resistance crumbled.“We would have liked to start the series on a positive note. There are quite a bit of learning opportunities for us to take going forward,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.“We will need to take a lot more responsibility with the bat. We didn’t have a great start with the bat but saw great character – from the young guys -which started their series off well.”The 23-year-old Aiden Markram was the only centurion in the Test, his 143 confirming his potential at the top of the order for the home team.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Dec. 30, 2019 – Jan. 6, 2020

first_imgMirt, Trevor Austin24Wellington, Kansas800 S. Blaine St., Wellington, KSDriving Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs1/1/20 Page, Brian Kent51Wellington, Kansas400 W. 4th Ave., Belle Plaine, KSDriving While Suspended; 2nd or Subsequent Conviction1/2/20 NAMEAgeHOMETOWNLOCATION OF ARRESTCHARGESDATE OF ARREST WEEKLY   BOOKINGS12/30/2019 thru 01/06/2020 Morris, Kasandra Mari30Wichita, KansasSedgwick County JailProbation Violation x312/30/19 Schaubliege, Beau Morgan32Norwich, Kansas900 N. Argonia Rd., Milton, KSDriving While Suspended / No Vehicle Registration1/2/20 Ashiedu, Emmanuel Durowunmi34Salina, KansasN I-35 MP 14, Wellington, KSFailure to Appear x21/2/20 Higgins, Joseph Paul48Wichita, KansasI-35 South MP 33, Peck, KSPossession of Stolen Property / Driving While Suspended / Vehicle Liability Insurance Required1/4/20 Leathers, Joshua Sean37Tulsa, OklahomaNB I-35 MP 20, Wellington, KSPossession of Marijuana / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia1/4/20 Humphrey, Richard Dallas37South Haven, Kansas200 E. 3rd St., Wellington, KSViolate Protection Order / Driving While Suspended / Vehicle Liability Insurance Required12/31/19 Yager, Cody Nelson41Wichita, Kansas1700 N. A St., Wellington, KSDriving While Suspended; 3rd or Subsequent Conviction1/3/20 Norris, Gregory Bryon44Caldwell, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSProbation Violation x21/3/20 Long, Brandon Russell37Wellington, Kansas610 E. Hilside, Wellington, KSServe Sentence (2 Days)1/3/20 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Dec. 30, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Tillery, Steven Anthony29Wichita, Kansas610 E. Hilside, Wellington, KSServe Sentence (1 Day)1/5/20 Morris, Justin Wayne46Danville, Kansas801 E. 16th St., Wellington, KSFailure to Appear // Violation of Restrictions on Driver’s License or Permit / Failure to Comply with Citation1/4/20 McGinn, David Justin Ambrose32Towanda, Kansas1000 E. 16th, Wellington, KSPedestrians Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs / Traffic Contraband in Corr/Care Facility1/1/20 Washburn, Sherry Ann52Wichita, Kansas1400 N. US 81 HWY, Mulvane, KSOperate a Car without Required Ignition Interlock Device / No Vehicle Registration / Vehicle Liability Insurance Required / Driving While Suspended1/3/20center_img Van Horn, Matthew Jason50Arkansas City, Kansas910 Fuller St., Winfield, KSProbation Violation1/3/20 Webber, Cody William31Wichita, Kansas1400 N. Meridian, Peck, KSFailure to Appear1/4/20 Noyes, John Jacob43Wellington, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSProbation Violation (Arrest and Detain)1/2/20 Montgomery, Christopher Lee36Winfield, KansasCowley County JailFailure to Appear (Serve 5 Days)1/2/20 Beckner, Michael Jason35Wichita, KansasCowley County JailFailure to Appear1/2/20 Phillips, Jackson Henry23Wichita, Kansas777 Kansas Star Dr., Mulvane, KSManipulating Electronic Gaming Machine Game or Lottery Facility Game12/30/19 Jones, Kyle Anthony20Oxford, Kansas610 E. Hilside, Wellington, KSServe Sentence (2 Days)1/5/20 Ary, Katie Corder32Wichita, Kansas1400 N. Meridian, Peck, KSProbation Violation1/4/20 Marshall, Della Lynn43Olathe, Kansas501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSContempt of Court1/3/20 Johnston, Sean Patrick44Tulsa, OklahomaNB I-35 MP 21, Wellington, KSTraffic Contraband in Corr/Care Facility / Possession of Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Theft / Operate a Vehicle Without Registration / Vehicle Liability Insurance Required1/4/20 Williams, Daniel Joseph50Haysville, Kansas610 E. Hilside, Wellington, KSServe Sentence (1 Day)1/3/20 Kurtz, Bridget Louise33Tulsa, OklahomaNB I-35 MP 20, Wellington, KSPossession of Marijuana / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia1/4/20 Morgan, Matthew Dale48Wellington, Kansas500 W. Harvey, Wellington, KSDriving While Suspended / Failure to Appear1/6/20 Buck, Jonathan William Chevy27Winfield, Kansas610 E. Hilside, Wellington, KSServen Sentence (2 Days)1/3/20 Fann, Joseph Wayne35Winfield, KansasCowley County JailFailure to Appear12/30/19 Wilson, Austin Lee25Mulvane, Kansas500 S. Fourth St., Mulvane, KSDriving under influence of alcohol or Drugs / Driving While Suspended1/5/20last_img read more