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PCJ Commited To Securing Affordable Energy Supply – GM



KINGSTON, Sept. 8 (JIS):
Group General Manager at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Winston Watson, says the agency remains committed to securing an affordable energy supply for the country’s social and economic development.

“Our strategy is to spearhead the development of a national energy portfolio, which takes into consideration current needs and future developments,” Mr. Watson said.

He was speaking at the PCJ’s 35th anniversary luncheon and long service awards ceremony, held on September 5 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston.

Mr. Watson pointed out that the work of the organisation is now centred around increasing generation from indigenous and renewable sources; seeking investment for oil and gas exploration; and spearheading research in alternative energy.

The General Manager noted that so far, there has been the initiation and implementation of seismic surveys to determine Jamaica’s oil and gas potential. “This is work we hope that will bear fruit in the very near future,” he said.

For his part, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said the PCJ has come of age and continues “to demonstrate relevance to today’s reality and responsiveness to tomorrow’s challenges.”
“I think the mandate that was established for the company has been largely fulfilled. The company has been involved in a range of services. It is the umbrella group that takes care of our refinery, it has been involved and has gotten even more involved in the marketing arm (Petcom) and of course they are anxiously pursuing our adventure in oil and gas exploration,” the Minister said.

He also congratulated the 39 employees of the PCJ who were awarded for their years of service to the company.
“We want to salute our staff. Sometimes in the cut and thrust and the crisis of the moment, we forget those who really are the ones who enable us to achieve success,” Mr. Paulwell said.

The PCJ was formed through the Petroleum Act (1979) and includes subsidiaries: Petrojam Limited, which operates the oil refinery; Petrojam Ethanol Limited; Petcom Limited (the marketing and retailing company), Jamaica Aircraft Refueling Services; and Wigton Wind Farm Limited.

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Dominican poachers caught



#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – Several Dominican fishermen were caught in the midst of poaching from the Turks and Caicos waters last week.

A report from the Fisheries and Maritime Department and Marine Police, indicated the illegal fishermen were spotted in the vicinity of Bush Cay on September 18th.  The men were arrested and around six bags of fish recovered.

“We will not tolerate illegal fishing activities that threaten the delicate balance of our marine environment and the livelihoods of our people,” says Josephine Connolly, Minister with responsibility for Fisheries and Resources.

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Accused Sexual Degenerate Daddy case is held up; insufficient Jury



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Reporter



#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – A 31-year-old Providenciales man is accused of sexual abuse of his own daughter during the pandemic lockdown of 2020; the complainant is his own child.

We will give only the initials of that man, DF, in an effort to protect the young accuser.  DF is also facing two counts of sexual assault; one count of indecent assault and he has to answer to one count of sexual activity with a child family member.

DF, who appeared in the Supreme Court on Monday and Tuesday (September 25th & September 26th) to be tried, had his case stalled due to insufficient jury attendance on both days.

The mother came in support of her daughter on both days; the daughter is ready to testify against her father for what she is alleging happened to her between the June 1 and August 31 in 2020; a period of three months during the COVID lock down.

The case was adjourned to November 6, 2023 by The Hon. Lady Justice Ms. Tanya Lobban Jackson with thanks and apology to all 14/15 jurors who came and had to wait hours on both days and to all other parties involved in the matter that did not proceed.

The defendant, who is on bail in this matter, bail was extended to the new trial date.

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No direct hit but Tropical Storm Ophelia impacted TCI



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – Turks and Caicos residents are reconnected following inclement weather that caused disruptions in service from providers FortisTCI and Flow over the weekend.

It also affected several community services like the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex.

The heavy showers forecast to last just over two hours were caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia.

Grace Bay, Chalk Sound and Blue Hills lost electricity, while South Caicos, Ambergris Cay, Grand Turk & Bambarra experienced delays in getting Flow mobile and landline services restored after a power surge because the stormy conditions hampered movement.

Crews from these providers were deployed once it was safe to carry out repairs and services were restored.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, (TCIAA) also suspended air traffic at the islands’ airports for a few hours while the storm passed overhead.

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