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Published:Wednesday | June 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Parliamentary staff upset over non-payment of salaries

Orderlies and drivers at the nation's Parliament were upset yesterday that they had not been paid since last Friday.

The workers reportedly showed up late for duties yesterday after expressing disgust with management at the delay in paying wages.

A member of the management team told The Gleaner yesterday that the delay was regretted and every effort was being made to rectify the problem.

The Gleaner understands that the management of Parliament had a meeting with the disgruntled workers in recent times where it was explained that the Parliament had been affected by a "systems breakdown".

It has been revealed that Parliament was now using the central treasury management system at the Ministry of Finance for paying salaries, and payments are made directly to the accounts of staff members.

"There was a systems breakdown last week when the vouchers were ready for payment, so that delayed it a little," reported a member of the management team.

NEPA to meet with sugar company over Clarendon river damming

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is to meet with the Chinese-owned Pan Caribbean Sugar Company this week over its failure to honour an enforcement notice to cease the damming of a river in Clarendon.

NEPA took action against the sugar company almost two weeks ago, but the Clarendon Parish Council has raised concerns that the company has not complied with the order to reopen the river.

Pan Caribbean Sugar Company blocked the river to create a dam for water to irrigate its cane fields.

NEPA's chief legal officer, Robert Collie, said the authority has agreed to meet with the sugar company later this week over the matter.

Collie said the sugar company's request for the meeting exceeded the time generally given for entities to respond to enforcement notices.

Councillor for the Milk River division, Carlton Bailey, said should there be heavy rainfall, the Bryan's River community would be adversely affected by the blocked river.

John Terry murder case to resume July 4


The case against Richard Ewen, the man charged with the 2009 murder of British consul John Terry, was set for mention on July 4 when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Ewen, who is of a Bull Bay address in St Andrew, was given the return date and had his bail extended by presiding magistrate Wilson Smith as the judge who had been hearing the case, Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie, was absent.

Ewen was charged with Terry's murder in October 2009 after Terry was found dead at his home in Mount Carey, St James, on September 10 that year. Terry reportedly died as a result of strangulation.

Yesterday, Ewen's attorney, Trevor Ho Lyn, sought to have the case deferred until a later date when Tie would be present to complete the matter. Eventually, the July 4 date was selected for the case to continue.