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Economy Grew by 0.9 Per Cent in July Quarter

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first_img This out-turn reflects a 0.6 per cent increase over the April to June quarter, and is driven by a 1.1 per cent expansion in the services industry and 0.1 per cent growth in the goods industry, said PIOJ Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry. Manufacturing and construction, with out-turns of 1.5 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively, were the star performers for the goods and producing industry, as agriculture, forestry and fishing remained flat, while mining and quarrying contracted by 8.6 per cent. Story Highlights The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that the country grew by an estimated 0.9 per cent for the July to September 2017 quarter, relative to the corresponding period last year. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that the country grew by an estimated 0.9 per cent for the July to September 2017 quarter, relative to the corresponding period last year.This out-turn reflects a 0.6 per cent increase over the April to June quarter, and is driven by a 1.1 per cent expansion in the services industry and 0.1 per cent growth in the goods industry, said PIOJ Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry.He was speaking at the agency’s quarterly media briefing at the PIOJ’s head office in New Kingston on Wednesday, November 15.Dr. Henry said growth in the services industry was mainly driven by a strong 5.5 per cent out-turn in the hotels and restaurants sector; and electricity and water, which recorded 2.6 per cent.Other sectors recording notable out-turns were finance and insurance services, up 1.4 per cent; and transport and communication, up one per cent.Additionally, Dr. Henry said the wholesale and retail trade, repair and installation of machinery, and real estate, renting and business services sectors, each recorded increases of 0.5 per cent.Manufacturing and construction, with out-turns of 1.5 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively, were the star performers for the goods and producing industry, as agriculture, forestry and fishing remained flat, while mining and quarrying contracted by 8.6 per cent.Dr. Henry advised that the economy grew by an estimated 0.3 per cent for the first nine months of the 2017 calendar year, between January and September.“This reflected projections of higher real value-added for the services industry, up 0.8 per cent, which outweighed an estimated contraction of 1.4 per cent in the goods producing industry,” he explained.The industries which recorded the largest increases include hotels and restaurants, up 3.8 per cent; manufacturing, up 1.8 per cent; electricity and water, up 1.2 per cent; and construction, up one per cent.Dr. Henry projects that the October to December quarter and the 2017/18 fiscal year will grow within the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent, pointing out that “general macroeconomic indicators and conditions augur well for the strengthening of economic growth”.last_img read more

SC refuses urgent listing of Chidambarams petition seeking protection from arrest in

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused urgent listing of Congress leader P Chidambaram’s petition seeking protection from arrest in the INX Media scam cases. The top court said the defects in the petition were removed just now and it “cannot be listed for hearing today itself”. “Without listing of the petition, we cannot hear the matter,” said a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi. “Sorry Mr Sibal. We cannot hear the matter,” the bench said when senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, repeatedly asked for hearing the matter on Wednesday itself. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the plea of Chidambaram for hearing the matter on oral mentioning saying that the papers are not with him. Just as the bench assembled in the post lunch session, Sibal said he was once again mentioning the matter for listing as he had not heard anything from the Registry about its listing. Sibal told the top court that the investigative agencies have now issued a look out notice against Chidambaram as if he is going to “run away”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench told him that there were some defects in the petition and the Registry has informed about it. When Sibal said the defects have been cured, the bench called Registrar (judicial) Surya Pratap Singh and enquired about the defects. The Registrar said the defects have been cured “just now”, and the petition will be placed before the CJI for allocating it before an appropriate bench. At this, Sibal said that the matter cannot be listed today as the CJI is sitting in the Constitution bench and he will not rise before 4 pm. While the senior advocate was repeatedly insisting the matter be hear, the bench told him, “we have already directed the matter to be placed before CJI”. “Generally, the matters for listing are placed before CJI in the evening but in the morning we immediately refer it to CJI,” the bench said. “It is not out job but the Registry has to take the step,” the bench further said. When Sibal reminded the bench that in the past on the basis of oral mentioning protection from arrest has been granted to people, the bench said, “we directed the Registry and it found that there were defects in the petition”. At the end of the hearing, Sibal said that Chidambaram was ready to give an undertaking that he will not run away but the bench did not consider the submission and concluded the brief hearing.last_img read more

Man accused of Fredericton murder spree says he wants different lawyer

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first_imgFREDERICTON – A Fredericton man accused of murdering two police officers and two civilians in an August shooting spree has told a judge that he wants a new lawyer.Matthew Raymond said he feels he has not been defended by his lawyer and wants a new one appointed.The court was to have heard the Crown’s application Monday for a psychological assessment, but that’s on hold until Raymond’s lawyer issue is settled.During two previous court appearances, Raymond told the court that he had tried to fire lawyer Nathan Gorham numerous times.Judge Julian Dickson asked Raymond to stand at the start of Monday’s provincial court proceeding and asked him a series of questions.“When you were before me on Oct. 22 you told me you had terminated your retainer with Mr. Gorham. Your words were ‘I have fired Mr. Gorham.’ Do you recall that?” Dickson asked.“Yes,” Raymond replied.“And last week when you were before me you said you had fired Mr. Gorham five times. Do you recall that?” the judge asked. And again the reply was “yes.”“Do you want Mr. Gorham to represent you?” Dickson asked. This time Raymond answered: “No.”“I have not been defended by him. I was supposed to have another lawyer here, but none is here,” Raymond said.“I am in the wrong clothes,” he added. During previous court appearances Raymond has repeatedly complained about the orange jail-issued jump suit he has been given to wear.Gorham told the court that Raymond wants to fire him, but keep his assistant, Spencer MacInnis, as the defence lawyer.“This is somewhat of an unusual situation. I have had concerns over the last two weeks that the instructions we have been given may not be the result of a fit mind,” Gorham said.Last month, Raymond said he should be “exonerated” immediately because of temporary insanity, and that he has evidence that will show his innocence in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The four were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the city.Last week, the 48-year-old Raymond said he now knows “what’s going on” but that “what happened in the past is something else.”Crown prosecutor Darlene Blunston has said she would be asking the court for a 60-day psychological assessment, but on Monday she said the issue of Raymond’s counsel had to be determined first.Dickson asked Raymond if he had spoken to another lawyer, but Raymond said “No.”“You agree you need a lawyer?” Dickson asked. “You agree a lawyer must be appointed on your behalf?”Both times Raymond replied “Yes.”Dickson will decide Wednesday if he’ll appoint a new defence lawyer.The lawyers and family members of the victims refused comment as they left the courthouse.Raymond is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip, and two police officers who responded to the scene.Costello, 45, was a 20-year police veteran with four children, while Burns, 43, had been an officer for two years and was married with three children.Robichaud, 42, had three children and had recently entered into a relationship with 32-year-old Wright when they were killed.last_img read more