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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1990, Kingston, KingstonJgjl4 Road safety month feature cl-3 Index foreign 5 a eateruinawnt.8-1ia we them Wuti------.6-7c financial gleaner 4.6% growth rate 1989 not far fetched gleaner vol. Cliv no. 122 established 1834 Kingston Jamaica Friday May 25, 1990 Price fifty two pages to import Mercedes Benz trial application accepted in Good Faith or. Warren Woodham a former permanent Secretary for Industry and Commerce told the court yesterday that in May 1982 he accepted in Good an application for . Smith to be granted a no fund licence to import a Mercedes Benz car. _ he said the application was sent to him by his col league or. Probyn Aitken former permanent Secretary in the ministry of labour but he could Only assume the applicant was the then minister of labour or. . Smith. Or. Woodham the sixth wit Ness called at the trial of or. Smith in the Kingston criminal court at Sutton Street said he approved the licence sent to him by or. Atken because or. Aitken held a position of Trust. Or. Smith charged with conspiracy to defraud and unlawfully obtaining from the United states and Canad an farm work programmes is on bail to return to court on monday May 28, when the trial continues before resident magistrate or. Donald Mclntosh. Or. Woodham now assistant executive chairman of the Petroleum corporation of Jamaica said the application was dated May 20, 1982 and was for the importation of a 1982 Mercedes Benz on a no fund licence meaning it should not have been paid for by funds not originating in Jamaica. Or Ronan Critchlow a former director in the ministry of labour who concluded his evidence yester Day told the court he had known or. Smith for 42 years and there had been no bad feeling Between them or. Critchlow said the Canadian management committee set up to administer the affairs of the Ca Nadian farm work programme appointed him chief Liaison officer of the programme in 1981. His appointment should have taken effect december 21, 1981, but in truth i never took up the appointment because by december 7, that year he was recalled to Jamaica he said. Cheque or. Critchlow had said earlier that or. Aitken gave him a Cheque for and ordered him to Cash it at a Canadian Bank. The Cheque drawn on the account of the West indies Central labour organization the . Farm work programme was made payable to the Perma nent Secretary in the ministry of labour. Under Cross examination he said he was suspicious of or. Ait Ken s action and considered himself then to be aiding and abetting the dishonesty of a permanent Secre Merab is of the pantomime company in schooners file photo tary but reported it to no one. Or. Critchlow who also said he refused to comply with the min ister s order to buy electrical appliances out of the farm work funds. Said he was grieved when he was sent Back to Jamaica and Felt that or. Smith had something to do with it. The witness said that before he was to Canada following the decision to appoint him chief Liaison officer he was Given a letter which directed him to carry out eight those he considered improper directives to buy a communications system motor vehicles and other , he said he told no one about the impropriety until earlier this year. Authorized another witness. Miss Maizie Coombs Deputy financial Secre tary in the ministry of finance said funds for the Canadian farm work programme As authorized were to be kept at the jamaican High commission in Ottawa. She was entitled to approve any application for the funds to be transferred and she did not Autho Rize any such application in 1981. Also she did not authorize or. Aitken to use funds from the . And Canadian programmes to open an account in Miami. Attorneys at Law or. Frank Phipps q.c., miss Millicent Rick Man and or. Wentworth Charles Are representing or. Smith. Or. Glen Andrade q.c., director of Public prosecutions. Or. Lloyd Hibbert. Deputy director of Public prosecutions or. Samuel Bulgin Crown counsel and or. Patrick Cole clerk of the courts Are rep resenting the Crown. Hell going pop in Miami if they Don t turn up9 Princess Anne coming unofficial reports to the gleaner Are that her Royal highness the Princess Anne daughter of Queen Elizabeth ii is to visit Jamaica in october the Princess will make a presen tation to the University of the West indies Mona during her visit. When contacted yesterday a spokesman at King s House said it would be unethical to give detailed information to the gleaner before the Princess Anne s visit is announced in England. The Public relations department of the University of the West indies said it was unable to give details of Princess Anne s visit but was aware of plans for her to come Here. Princess Anne s last visited Jamaica from december 12 to 14, 1973 on the first leg of her carib be grounded Here because of the . An honeymoon with Captain Mark embassy s refusal to Grant them Phillips whom she married on no visitors visas. Vember 14 that year. By Franklin Mcknight officials of jamaican missions in the United states were making last ditch attempts last night to save what could be a historic trip by the Little theatre movement to the United states for sold out performances of the National Panto mime this weekend. After Days of communication be tween the Miami based jamaican promoter of the shows. Michael Shaw and the United states Immi Gration and naturalization service the visas for nearly 30 jamaican musicians and actors in the company were turned Down yester Day. Jamaicans involved in the pantomime said last night jamaicans who had gone on group trips and had run away had apparently made things bad for the pre sent group. The pantomime was to have one showing saturday night Andelt had appeared yesterday afternoon that the Way was being cleared for the visit because or. Shaw was to take a petition to the tropical depression the first Atlantic tropical Depres Sion of 1990 formed thursday about 275 Miles 442 Kilometres South of Havana according to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. The Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins june 1 and ends in november. Yesterday the Caribbean meteorological Centre at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston said that area of Low pressure which has been causing cloudiness and most areas of Jamaica since Early yester Day morning had developed into a tropical depression. The meteorological Centre said last night that the depression was located near latitude 19.5 degrees North Longitude 84.0 degrees West or about 275 Miles South South West of Havana Cuba. Movement continues to be to Ward the North away from the Island of Jamaica at about 7 mph with sustained winds estimated at 30 the Caribbean meteorological Centre said. Jamaica remains covered by the Eastern Edge of the Cloud mass produced by this system and is Likely to continue experiencing Cloudy periods and outbreaks of Light to mod Erate showers tonight thursday and tomorrow this activity will however be confined mainly to Western and Central parishes of the the Caribbean meteorological Centre said that the Strong southerly winds being experienced along Southern parishes were expected to continue Over those areas for the next 24 to 36 hours Small Craft warning remained in effect for inshore areas of the South coast today due to these sustained wind of about 25 knots gusting in excess of 40 knots. The tropical depression to not an immediate threat to Jamaica and the meteorological Centre would continue to Monitor its Progress. . Embassy officials Here again requesting visas for the performers. The gleaner Learned last night that the promoters were being asked to put specific restrictions on the movement of the visitors As a condition for the granting of visas. But in spite of the guarantees being Given by the promoters the visas were denied. It was also stated that the 50-year-old Ltd was not a National group and not Well known. A jamaican pantomime has never been performed in the United states. Last night members of the com Pany were said to be broken heart yesterday afternoon they had gathered at the Little theatre Tom Redcap Avenue in Kingston in a Jovial mood to Complete visa application forms. Costume and props had been packed away for air freighting it would take a Miracle now for the trip to go a spokes Man at the Ltd said last night. The group was to leave this afternoon and manager George Carter said they were holding the airline reservations and keeping their Fin Gers crossed. The jamaican embassy in Washington . Acting with its consulate in Miami which has been communicating with ins of fice in Texas is to make an at tempt today to get the . State department to intervene in recent weeks groups going abroad have been put through extensive interviews and required to establish their Bou fides. Even the National dance theatre company which has been it Slang the United states for nearly 20 years was before their visit to Miami three weeks ago asked questions which a spokesman said we were never asked before jamaican government officials recently had to intervene when members of a team identified to tour the Usa and promote suns Plash the reggae festival were be prepared 16.5 Kwh liquid cooled super quiet electric Start 2 wheel Dolly by reliable 4 stroke Honda engine visible control panel easy operation durable quiet compact portable economical reliable Remote control electric Start 4 wheel Dolly to excelled Mewkim Imit. 000 Mot. 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