Regulatory agencies say they have no evidence to support claims of bad gas

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Regulatory agencies say they have no evidence to support claims of bad gas

by Myesha Broadie

The regulatory agencies that monitor fuel have indicated that they have no evidence to support claims of bad gas, as is being reported in the media.

In a joint statement today (February 18), the Bureau of Standards Jamaica BSJ, National Compliance and Regulatory Authority, NCRA and the Consumer Affairs Commission CAC said they have taken note of the reports on foul-smelling fuel.

This morning, members of the respective boards of directors and relevant executive teams convened a joint meeting to discuss the concerns raised.

BSJ Executive Director Dr. Dwight Ramdon told Irie Fm News, that the BSJ and the NCRA have no evidence of contaminated fuel in the market place, and that all fuel on the market meets required specifications.

It was further noted that the CAC has no report of vehicular damage as a result of fuel, in the last 90 days.

He said the agencies will continue to monitor fuel quality.



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KSAMC begins talks about replacing Golden Bridge in Stony Hill

KSAMC begins talks about replacing Golden Bridge in Stony Hill

by Myesha Broadie

The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation has begun discussions with other entities, including the National Works Agency, about efforts to replace the compromised Golden Bridge in Stony Hill.

A crack appeared across the road yesterday (February 17) after a truck attempted to cross. The incident also resulted in broken National Water Commission, NWC, water mains that were under the bridge.

The bridge has been closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams, along with the corporations civil engineers, as well as representatives from the NWC and the NWA, visited the site today to conduct assessments.

The team also met with residents to come up with suggestions for an alternative path.

It was noted that residents could access the community, by foot, via another route close by.

Mayor Williams says the NWA and the civil engineers are examining proposals to replace the bridge.

He explained that a temporary bailey bridge is not being considered.

In the meantime, the National Water Commission, NWC, has begun repair work on the pipeline, under the Golden Bridge in Stony Hill St. Andrew, that was broken after the bridge was compromised.

Teams from the NWC, and the National Works Agency, NWA, as well as from the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation visited the site today (February 18).

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams said the NWC has already sent out a truck to distribute water to affected customers in the community.

Earlier today, the NWC held an emergency meeting to discuss solutions to the problem created by the compromised bridge.

Two raw water mains, which supply the Seaview Water Treatment Plant, were broken.

The Seaview Water Treatment Plant, which is the fourth largest water treatment plant in the corporate area, has been shut-down.

This has resulted in hundreds of residents in Stony Hill, sections of Jacks Hill, Skyline and Mount Ogle, being without water.

Corporate Public Relations Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan said the commission is looking at what options may be possible to respond to the situation.

He said the situation poses a challenge to the commission, as parts of the areas served by the Seaview Plant, cannot be served by any other facility.



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Court orders psychiatric evaluation for woman charged with stealing baby from Victoria Jubilee Hospital

Court orders psychiatric evaluation for woman charged with stealing baby from Victoria Jubilee Hospital

by Myesha Broadie

The court has ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the woman charged with stealing a day old baby from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital last month.

27 year old Peta-Gaye Ffrench of Hawkers Hall, St. Catherine appeared today (February 18) in the St. Andrew Parish court.

She was remanded to return to court on March 13.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith ordered psychiatric evaluation for Ffrench following an application made by Attorney-at-Law Rachel Donaldson.

Ffrench was arrested by the police on February 5 when she attended the Registrar General’s Department at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine to register the birth of the stolen baby.

Some staff members became suspicious after Ffrench gave conflicting information about the birth of the baby boy and called the police.

The child was reunited with his parents after DNA tests were conducted, confirming he was the baby stolen on January 9.



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Stafanie Taylor up two places on ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings

Stafanie Taylor up two places on ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings

by Wayde Brown

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has moved up two spots to number 8 among batters on the latest release of the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s One Day International Rankings.

It comes after she compiled a series leading 158 runs, including two half-centuries, for the Windies women in the recent three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Dubai.

The in-form Deandra Dottin who moved up one place to number 20 and Hayley Mathews at 27 are the next highest placed West Indians.

India’s Smriti Mandhana meanwhile, leads the ODI Batting Rankings ahead of Ellyse Perry of Australia and Meg Lanning of New Zealand.

Taylor in the meantime is second behind Perry among all-rounders with Dottin in the no. 9 spot.

Among bowlers, Taylor continues to pace all West Indian at joint 13th alongside Dane van Niekerk of South Africa with Windies teammates Anisa Mohammed (25) and Shakera Selman – up 8 places to 26 – also in the top 30.

Pakistan’s Sana Mir continues to occupy the no.1 spot with Megan Schutt (Australia) and Jhulan Goswami (India) rounding out the top 3.

The Windies Women following their 2-1 series defeat to Pakistan are 5th on the ICC Women’s Championship table on 11 points.

Australia leads the way on 16, New Zealand are third on 14 followed by India and Pakistan on 12.

The top three teams along with World Cup 2021 host New Zealand will gain direct qualification for ICC’s pinnacle event. The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event in which they will be joined by six teams from four regions – Africa, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.



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Defending champions Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win in KPMG league

Defending champions Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win in KPMG league

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions, Cereal Killers will be looking for a repeat win as the 20th staging of the KPMG league gets underway tomorrow at the Liguanea club in new Kingston.

All Jamaica under 15 boys champion, Tobias Levy will be heading the Cerials line-up. However, standing firmly in their way are last year’s runner-up, the saints as well as 2018 semi-finalists, Stoneleigh coffee.

Another team to watch is former champions, the Milex eagles whose roster includes former Caribbean junior champions Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire as well as former all Jamaica junior champion, Tahjia Lumley.

Also in the mix are the newly formed power bolts which features junior national champions Savannah Thomson and Aman Dhiman, current holders of the under 13 titles.

At a ceremony held at the Liguanea club over the weekend, KPMG handed over their $300,000 sponsorship contribution to officially launch the tournament.

The 2019 KPMG squash league is scheduled to run for six-weeks and close to 60 players will contest the team-based handicap competition.



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Caster Semenya expresses disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today

Caster Semenya expresses disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today

by Dwight Fraser

Caster Semenya has expressed her disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today in which the world athletics governing body disclosed the names of expert witnesses it plans to call before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Semenya, the women’s world 800 metres champion, arrived at the sports arrived at the Sports Tribunal in Lussane today to challenge proposed rules that could force her to lower her testosterone levels.

In a statement on its official website the IAAF revealed the names of experts supporting its Eligibility Regulations for athletes with disorder of sexual differentiation (DSD).



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Defending champions Cereal killers looking for a repeat in KPMG Squash league

Defending champions Cereal killers looking for a repeat in KPMG Squash league

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions, Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win as the 20th staging of the KPMG league gets underway tomorrow at the Liguanea club in new Kingston.

All Jamaica under 15 boys champion, Tobias Levy will be heading the Cerials line-up. However, standing firmly in their way are last year’s runner-up, the saints as well as 2018 semi-finalists, Stoneleigh coffee.

Another team to watch is former champions, the Milex eagles whose roster includes former Caribbean junior champions Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire as well as former all Jamaica junior champion, Tahjia Lumley.

Also in the mix are the newly formed power bolts which features junior national champions savannah Thomson and Aman Dhiman, current holders of the under 13 titles.

At a ceremony held at the Liguanea club over the weekend, KPMG handed over their $300,000 sponsorship contribution to officially launch the tournament.

The 2019 KPMG squash league is scheduled to run for six-weeks and close to 60 players will contest the team-based handicap competition.



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There are report that Cardiff City could launch a negligence claim against Nantes

There are report that Cardiff City could launch a negligence claim against Nantes

by Dwight Fraser

There are report that Cardiff City could launch a negligence claim against Nantes as soon as next week if an official report finds Emiliano Sala was flown to his death by a pilot who did not have the correct licence. 

Premier League side Cardiff already find themselves involved in a legal dispute with French side Nantes over whether they are contractually obliged to pay a transfer fee for the Argentinian striker, who died without playing a game for the Welsh side.

Nantes reportedly demand the first installment of the fee last week but Cardiff’s insurance is believed to only cover around half of the total costs, which would also include agent’s fees and the player’s salary over the course of his three-year contract.

Sala had signed for Cardiff for a club record £15 million and was flying to his new team from former side Nantes in France when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.

The wreckage was located on the seabed. Sala’s body was recovered but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing. The aircraft remains under the sea.

Details of how Sala died, and who was responsible, could be clarified in the coming days by Britain’s Air Accidents Investigations Bureau, which had previously said it intended to publish an interim report into the crash within a month of it occurring.

The Telegraph said an internal Cardiff inquiry had found no evidence that Ibbotson held the licence necessary to carry passengers on a commercial basis.

If the AAIB report upholds this view, it may constitute the basis for a claim of negligence against whoever recruited Ibbotson as the pilot for Sala’s flight.

Agents Willie and Mark McKay have said they arranged Sala’s flight but did not select the plane or pilot. The pair had been working for Nantes.

A successful negligence claim against Nantes would reduce the transfer fee that Cardiff owed the French club.

And that payment could decrease further if Cardiff can show that Sala’s transfer was incomplete at the time of his death because he had not yet been registered to play in the Premier League.



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Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after ICC World Cup

Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after ICC World Cup

by Dwight Fraser

Veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after this year’s World Cup in England and Wales, Windies Cricket announced on Sunday.

The big-hitting 39-year-old opener, who has scored 9 727 runs in 284 ODIs, is set to play his first international since last July against England on Wednesday.

Gayle needs 677 more runs to surpass the great Brian Lara as the West Indies’ all-time record ODI runscorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his fifth World Cup, which starts on May 30.

He has been mainly a T20 specialist since making his last Test appearance in 2014, and most recently played in the Bangladesh Premier League earlier this month.

 Since making his debut in 1999, Gayle has also scored a Windies record of 23 ODI hundreds, including the first ever World Cup double century against Zimbabwe four years ago.

The game in Barbados on Wednesday is the first of a five-match series against World Cup favourites England



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Energy Minister holds meeting with Petrojam’s technical team amidst fuel concerns

Energy Minister holds meeting with Petrojam’s technical team amidst fuel concerns

by Donique Weston

There is no word yet following a meeting with the Energy Minister and Petrojam’s technical team earlier this afternoon (February 17).

 

A release from the ministry said Energy Minister Fayval Williams, summoned Petrojam’s technical team to a meeting, following recent media reports of fuel concerns at the state owned oil refinery.

 

A full briefing on the issues is expected in order to gain understanding of the matters at hand.

 

The statement added that all entities that interact with the industry, and have responsibility to ensure the integrity of the product, will have review meetings within the next 24 hours.

 

Their reports will be submitted to their respective ministers, copying Minister Williams.

 

The Ministry said the Minister is taking the necessary steps and will update the country of any and all findings as soon as they become available.



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