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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1990, Kingston, Kingston Police did not give rogue cop gun 3 INDEX Opp ACTOM Wral Colombian Presidential inauguration 4 Hatly gleaner Vol 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 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 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 cial Importers and other business people were totally shut down Customs brokers interviewed last night said there was no 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 McLaughlln said that the department will continue to services to the public In sued by 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 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- affected If it continues further it could mean 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 said Anything in this time of perilous state of economic crisis that Is not 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 to create effect Mr said One thing is clear Is as one of the most agencies hac ike firm action against com i and we support any action against this Labour ty spokesman on the Public ice Derrick Smith yesterday pressed concern with the way in which the 16 senior Customs cers have been transferred In a statement Mr Smith said that while civil servants mav be transferred ihc mass In the of Government s an that it Is losing million per year through corruption in the customs raises questions about the transferees integrity ind could seriously hurt their careers There wu a commotion in the park Some people 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 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 aboard the ANETT II oil er in the Montego Freeport ended in the Montego Bay Court yesterday The six men all from tego Bay were Kenneth Col- lins 50 of Ian Lumley 22 of Rosemount Lloyd Barrett 25 of Mount Salem Herman Stevens 55 of 7 Water Lane Brian Waite 29 of Flankers and stone James 47 all 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 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 starved South American republic has confirmed speculation It Is ing hard currency from black ket dealers because money Is not coming in from sugar exports The Independent Stabroek News Tuesday newspaper quoted 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 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 By Ann-Marie HEALTH OFFICIALS suspect an outbreak of typhoid fever in Westmoreland after 32 people Including 13 children were admitted to the Savanna-la-mar hospital last week-end with symptoms We do have cases 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 but febrile er Dr Setter Officer In of Health Dr from the W the Cornwall Regional Hospital will be In Westmoreland today to 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 tal who has been seeing patients since last week However field cers have been dispatched to try and Identify the source Mrs Reid said the mar hospital has been In constant dialogue with the Primary Health Care unit of the of Health to dotag field wort la and around the to identify the source of Qtt the 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- Kuwait Thursday were 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 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 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 ment of U.S troops and aircraft to help defend the vulnerable 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 billion dollars billion in in- vestments owned by the tiny rich land and tied the of the managers of nies around the world Since Iraq's lightning Invasion of Kuwait last Thursday at least 21 countries including all major em powers have frozen Kuwaiti assets within their control In some manner according to the U S State Department These include Britain West many Italy Canada the lands Belgium Luxembourg way Switzerland Japan and the United States The freeze was Imposed to pre- vent Iraq from seizing Kuwait's lions to fuel Its military efforts stave off creditors and keep its economy BE receipts at this time of the year when the corporation is changing over to the second crop Sugar is this former British main export crop and foreign exchange earner The administration last March licensed the booming 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 tion of all of these Mrs Reid explained that tion to the patienta la being kept at a pending the of culture tests were carried out Dr told the that tf testa confirmed thai the virus to typhoid the hospital is equipped to deal with It and they had the capability to the required standard treatment The bacteria can be through water or a M a vendor who not good hygiene or set wider in which effluent to can atao be a powerful rier atra to HUH JHM to the but none haa ban In few fever diarrhoea Kw LIQUID COOLED SUPER QUIET ELECTRIC START 2 WHEEL DOLLY MANUAL START ELECTRIC START 4 WHEEL DOLLY ftt Years of by reliable 4 stroke Honda engine Visible Control Panel Easy Operation Com pact Economical CO LTD Hilts 10
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