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Briefs | Montague orders mud lake audit

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague has called on the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) to conduct an audit on all mud lakes in the island.

Jamaica has a number of mud lakes whose waste contains properties such as iron oxide, aluminium oxide, silicon dioxide, calcium oxide (quick lime), titanium dioxide, and sodium oxide.

The audit will explore the structural integrity of mud lakes and ensure that there is no leaching into groundwater systems, the mining ministry said in a press statement.

Red mud is the primary waste associated with the bauxite industry.


Fraud convicts

get probation

Two men convicted of fraud and larceny were sentenced to one year’s probation on Monday stemming from investigations from the Revenue Protection Division (RPD)of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

Steven Ming, a Tax Administration Jamaica employee who was arrested on charges of fraudulent conversion and embezzlement, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. Allegations are that Ming pocketed property tax payments on behalf of TAJ in 2016. Ming paid over $215,000 to the courts as restitution.

In the second case, Oshea Montique, who was arrested by officers of the RPD on February 23, 2018, and charged with eight counts of causing monies to be paid out in a fraud scheme perpetrated against the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, had pleaded guilty on his first court appearance. The former bank employee paid $620,000 as restitution.


JMEA slams Gov’t on

Chinese memorabilia

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has blasted the Government for allowing the use of mass-produced China-made memorabilia at the United Nations World Tourism Organization Second Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth in Montego Bay.

“Once again, the people of Jamaica’s money is being spent on imported memorabilia to promote brand Jamaica at events being hosted by our Government,” the JMEA said in press statement yesterday.

“Unfortunately, after 56 years, we have not changed our culture to accommodate national aspirations, and we remain uncommitted to the sustainable development of Jamaica. Again, Government procurement policy and our own public-sector workers have failed us by supporting overseas jobs, using vital foreign exchange and contributing to our high trade imbalance,” the statement read.