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   Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1990, Kingston, Kingston                               Police did not give rogue cop gun (3) INDEX Opp. ACTOM .14-13 -----19 Wral Colombian Presidential inauguration (4) Hatly (gleaner Vol. CLVl No. 186 ESTABLISHED 1834 KINGSTON, JAMAICA, WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 8, 1990 PRICE THIRTY-TWO PAGES CUSTOMS CRIPPLED Sick-out by officers could continue today CUSTOMS operations at the two international airports and at the wharves were crippled yes- terday as many Customs officers stayed away from work in protest against the transfer of 16 of their colleagues from the airports. More of the same is expected today when the Customs officers say they will continue their sick-out. Customs brokers and busi- ness leaders said the country's trade could become completely tied up if the action continues much longer. Hundreds of people spent longer than usual in the customs hall of the airports trying to clear personal effects, as only a few senior staff were on the job yesterday. The lines catering to Informal Commer- cial Importers and other business people were totally shut down. Customs brokers interviewed last night said there was no clear- ance of goods on the wharves and no shipment of cargo that needed to be checked by customs Impacted The Commissioner of Customs and Excise, H.J. McLaughlln. said yes- terday that the department will continue to providerritical services to the public" In is- sued by Jampress, the government news agency, Mr McLaughlin said a number of officers in Customs reported sick yesterday and this had "impacted on the service the department offers to the public He said the officers transferred had been moved to equivalent posi- tions in other ministries. They had been he said, in line with a tradition in the department "in the interest of the Department and their personal development" Those moved had been promoted, he said. Business leaders expressed the fear that if industrial action by Customs officers continued, then the nation's economy could be ad- versely affected "If it continues further it could mean Ihe disruption of commerce and marketing Factories depending on raw material from the wharves to ketp going would be Sameer Younis. President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce said Too early Delroy Lindsay, executive director of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) said 'Anything in this time of perilous state of economic crisis that Is not condu- cive to creative solutions cannot be good" However, he said yesterday that it was too early to assess the impact of the sick-out "It will take vme tl-ne to create effect Mr iT1- said "One thing is clear. -.turns Is vitved as one of the most corr- agencies Gov- ernment hac ike firm action against com i and we (PSOJ) support any action against this." Labour Par- ty spokesman on the Public Serv- ice, Derrick Smith yesterday e> pressed concern with the way in which the 16 senior Customs offi- cers have been transferred In a statement, Mr Smith said that while civil servants mav be transferred ihc mass transfrr "In the roptext of Government s an nouncement that it Is losing S700 million per year through corruption in the customs, raises questions about the transferees' integrity ,ind could seriously hurt their careers GONE: There wu a commotion in the park. Some people rnxhed away. There was scream. A voice shouted "Stopl Don't A man in plain clothes pulled a gun and everyone thought there was going to be gun play. The mmn, a policeman, held onto the pants waist of another man who, it was said, had tried to rob someone. Photographer Junior Dowie caught the action as the policeman marched off with the accused. Police at Half Way Tree police itation said last night they couldn't identify the man (left) or the charge on which he had been because several people were arrested daily in Half Way Tree. Inquest Negligence caused deaths NEGLIGENCE caused the death of six men in the ANETT II fire in Montego Bay in May, an inquest yesterday found. The inquest into the death of the six men in a ffre aboard the ANETT II oil tank- er in the Montego Freeport ended in the Montego. Bay Coroner's Court yesterday. The six men. all from Mon- tego Bay, were Kenneth Col- lins, 50, of Glendevon; Ian Lumley. 22, of Rosemount, Lloyd Barrett. 25, of Mount Salem, Herman Stevens. 55, of 7 Water Lane, Brian Waite, 29. of Flankers and Glad- stone James. 47, all steve- dores who worked at the Montego Freeport wharf. The men were among 22 passengers on the pilot boat, SUZY H, which was carrying port workers across the har- bour to downtown Montego Bay when on reaching the burning tanker there was an explosion and a sheet of flattie was sent over the small boat forcing the men to Jump overboard. (Details page 3) Guyana buys black market GEORGETOWN, Guyana AP THE government of this finance- starved South American republic has confirmed speculation It Is buy- ing hard currency from black mar- ket dealers because money Is not coming in from sugar exports The Independent Stabroek News Tuesday newspaper quoted Presi- dent Desmond Hoyte as saying the Central Bank of Guyana has had to buy currency to meet several im- portant financial commitments In recent weeks because of the lull in sugar receipts The state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation last weekend resumed production for the second crop after completing maintenance work at its eight factories on the coast. A spokesman, who asked to re- main anonymous, said Tuesday that it is usual for the country to feel the effects of the lack of sugar Typhoid outbreak in Sav-la-mar? By Ann-Marie Mlttoo HEALTH OFFICIALS suspect an outbreak of typhoid fever in Savan- na-la-mar. Westmoreland, after 32 people, Including 13 children, were admitted to the Savanna-la-mar hospital last week-end with ty- phoid-like symptoms "We do have cases sdll coming in, as a result we have had to double our medical supplies and step up our sanitary said Stephanie Reid, hospital ad- ministrator So far medical officiate have not been ante to Identify the vtniaeaus- but thto febrile (fever-rttated) 111- whfch reaonhta tyjfcoid fev- er. Dr. Pete- Fttutroa. Setter Medfcal Officer In tSe7Mtatotry of Health. Dr. flrtdiri from the UtotShy W the Cornwall Regional Hospital will be In Westmoreland today to investi- gate and get a first-hand account of the situation The area of concentration has not yet been discovered, according to a medical source from the hospi- tal who has been seeing patients since last week However, field offi- cers have been dispatched to try and Identify the source Mrs Reid said the Savanna-la- mar hospital has been In constant dialogue with the Primary Health Care unit of the Wnlatry of Health whteft to dotag field wort la and around the partob to identify the source of Qtt fflnni the npattH and staff tare U.S. troops head for Saudi Arabia UNITED STATES President George Bush ordered US warplanes and ground forces to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, as Iraqi troops that in- vaded Kuwait Thursday were with- in a mile of the Saudi bonier World condemnation and action to squeeze the economy of Iraq continued yesterday with Iraq's neighbour, Turkey, Joining the freeze of Iraq assets and closing off the pipeline of Iraq's oil to the West The Associated Press quoted an Informed source as saying the Americans would serve in a multi- national force to discourage Iraq's Saddam from sending his army into the vulnerable Saudi kingdom Egypt and Morocco were the first nations to commit troops to the multinational military force led by the United States to protect Saudi Arabia from possible Iraqi attack Washington sources said Tuesday No reports There were no reports of any West- ern European or other Arab nations joining the force. Japan said it would not participate in any such action. President George Bush ordered US troops and warplanes to the front line of the explosive standoff. A fresh U.S Navy task force was en route White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the Saudis faced an "imminent threat" of Invasion Plans drawn up by U S. officials called for Arab soldiers from the region to Join In the International force and serve as a "trip warning to President Saddam Hus- sein Saudi Arabia has never before agreed to stationing U.S. military power on its soil Vulnerable Mr. Fitzwater declined to confirm or deny the reports of a major deploy- ment of U.S troops and aircraft to help defend the vulnerable, oil-rich Saudi kingdom. "We're not playing games. There are strategic reasons why I can't tell Fitzwater said He de- clared, "We believe there is an Im- minent threat to Saudi Arabia." Reuter news agency reported yesterday that a broad freeze on Kuwaiti assets in Western hands had put in limbo some US8100 billion dollars (JS700 billion) in in- vestments owned by the tiny oil- rich land and tied the of the managers of Kuwaiti-owned compa- nies around the world Since Iraq's lightning Invasion of Kuwait last Thursday at least 21 countries including all major West- em powers have frozen Kuwaiti assets within their control In some manner, according to the U S. State Department These include Britain, West Ger- many, Italy, Canada, the Nether- lands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Nor- way. Switzerland, Japan and the United States. The freeze was Imposed to pre- vent Iraq from seizing Kuwait's bil- lions to fuel Its military efforts, stave off creditors and keep its economy allvr BE PREPARED! receipts at this time of the year when the corporation is changing over to the second crop Sugar is this former British Colo- ny's main export crop and foreign exchange earner The administration last March licensed the booming Mack-market currency trade, granting licences to street dealers to buy and sell at their own rates provided they re- corded their transactions and have fixed business address. GENERATORS stupor and headache or a combina- tion of all of these. Mrs. Reid explained that medica- tion to the patienta la being kept at a miqimutn pending the reMiIla of culture tests whlcn were carried out. Dr. ngueroa told the Gkajttr that tf testa confirmed thai the virus to typhoid, the hospital is equipped, to deal with It and they had the capability to dlapenae the required standard treatment The bacteria can be trancmjtted through water or a carrJeriaiKh M a vendor who. not pracOae good hygiene. Rtmr or set wider, in which effluent to can atao be a powerful car- rier. atra to HUH JHM outbreato to the but none haa ban In few fever. diarrhoea, [65 Kw LIQUID COOLED SUPER QUIET ELECTRIC START 2 WHEEL DOLLY MANUAL START ELECTRIC START 4 WHEEL DOLLY -Celdnlxtig ftt Years of by reliable 4 stroke Honda engine Visible Control Panel Easy Operation Com pact Economical CO LTD Hilts Rurf 10 flanr9M657S -92-98567 SPAPLRl NEWSPAPER!   

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