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Published: Thursday | November 29, 2012 Comments 0

Cecil Thoms fired

Communications director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Cecil Thoms, was yesterday dumped from his post with immediate effect.

Thoms firing took place a day after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn recommended mediation in the matter which developed from allegations that he had secretly recorded junior agriculture minister Ian Hayles' conversations.

Hayles, who claimed there were also recordings of Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke and Permanent Secretary Donovan Stanberry, had reported the matter to the police.

However, in a detailed ruling Tuesday, Llewellyn said the investigating officer had told both Thoms and Hayles that the matter was a civil one.

In her ruling, the DPP said there was no basis for criminal prosecution in the matter, and suggested that the relevant department deal with the case, giving due regard to the principles of natural justice.

It was not certain yesterday whether Thoms would take legal action over the manner in which he was dismissed.

Jamaicans can now travel to Mexico without a visa

The Embassy of Mexico in Jamaica announced yesterday that the waiver took effect this month.

The embassy said Jamaicans travelling to Mexico as visitors can stay in the country for up to 180 days.

It noted that this would allow Jamaicans to carry out activities in Mexico such as tourism, sports, business, medical treatments and attend conferences.

The embassy said at the time of admission, immigration authorities might request documents related to the purpose of travel.

The embassy has expressed confidence that its decision to waive visa requirements for Jamaicans would strengthen relations between the two nations.

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