Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Weekly Round-up: 7 shot in MoBay&hellip;Schoolboy footballer dies... Rita Marley hospitalised http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Weekly-Round-up---7-shot-in-MoBay-Schoolboy-footballer-dies----Rita-Marley-hospitalised KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The police on Friday urged Montego Bay residents to remain calm following a recent series of shooting in the city.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, a bus driver was killed while two 13-year-old girls were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a Coaster bus.<br /> <br /> The injured girls, both students of Maldon High School, were shot in the leg and admitted to hospital along with a traumatized St James High student who witnessed the incident.<br /> <br /> Then on Thursday, seven people were shot, one dead in two separate shooting incidents, which the police believe were carried out by the same attackers.<br /> <br /> It is reported that the first shooting took place shortly after midday when four people were shot by men travelling in a white motorcar.<br /> <br /> Then about 5:00pm it is alleged that the same motorcar drove up to a business establishment where there were four people.<br /> <br /> The occupants of the car opened fire hitting three men. One of the men succumbed in hospital.<br /> <br /> In other news, tears flowed this week for captain of St Georges College Manning Cup team Dominic James, who was pronounced dead at hospital on Tuesday after he collapsed on the field two minutes into their game against Excelsior High school.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, it has been reported that Rita Marley, widow of reggae superstar Bob Marley, was on Tuesday admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke.<br /> <br /> Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps the week for you.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309223/Kimone_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:00 AM Forex: J$127.99 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-127-99-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Friday, September 23, ended trading at J$127.99, down by two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$97.64, up from J$96.00, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$166.28, up from J$164.62.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309022/forex_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 23, 2016 5:21 Parents of footballer Dominic James ask for 'sensitivity' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parents-of-footballer-Dominic-James-ask-for--sensitivity- KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash;  The family of late schoolboy footballer Dominic James, while expressing gratitude for the public show of support, have requested the &ldquo;highest level of sensitivity be applied before decisions are made regarding what is to be published on the various [media] platforms regarding Dominic&rsquo;s sudden passing&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> In a letter to the media today, the family said that they understand the age of technology and that access to information is highly valued but (at the time of writing), they were yet to receive information from doctors on the cause of their son&rsquo;s passing and was very surprised and concerned that such sensitive information was already in the public domain.  <br /> <br /> &ldquo;In particular, while we truly appreciate the coverage provided by mass media, we expect that the individuals in the media will afford to the family the courtesy of receiving certain vital information before sharing with the wider public,&rdquo; the statement read.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;&hellip;we must say thanks for the great demonstration of love and care from so many.  We pray for God&rsquo;s continued comfort as we mourn and that our son&rsquo;s ethics of Godliness, hard work, and perseverance will be emulated by all,&rdquo; the family said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308971/domm22_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 23, 2016 4:56 Forex: J$128.01 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-01-to-one-US-dollar2016-09-22T15-25-57 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar on Thursday, September 22, ending trading at J$128.01, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.00, down from J$98.75, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$164.62, down from J$165.48.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13306285/forex_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:23 Two experimental Zika vaccines show promise in monkey studies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-experimental-Zika-vaccines-show-promise-in-monkey-studies WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) &ndash; A pair of experimental vaccines being developed by the US National Institutes of Health protected monkeys against Zika virus infection after two doses, researchers said Thursday.<br /> <br /> One of the vaccines, known as VRC5288, has already begun early trials in humans to test safety and efficacy, according to a study published in Science.<br /> <br /> A phase 2 trial in Zika-endemic countries could begin next year, officials said.<br /> <br /> The second vaccine (VRC5283) is awaiting a Phase 1 clinical trial start date.<br /> <br /> The research involved vaccinating rhesus macaques using "the two different experimental Zika DNA vaccines in different doses," said the NIH in a statement.<br /> <br /> Two doses were "highly effective" at protecting macaques exposed to an infectious dose of Zika virus. <br /> <br /> Experts say it will be years before a vaccine is developed to prevent infection from Zika, which is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause brain defects in the foetus.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13306222/Zika-virus-test_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:25 Appleton sugar factory to resume operations in January 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Appleton-sugar-factory-to-resume-operations-in-January-2017 KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, has disclosed that the Appleton Sugar factory in St Elizabeth will resume operational activities in January 2017.<br /> <br /> Samuda, who was speaking at the Sugar Industry Authority&rsquo;s Inaugural Post Crop Seminar in Mandeville, Manchester yesterday, said he welcomed the planned resumption, noting that the government continues to pursue new investments in the sugar industry to ensure its viability.<br /> <br /> The agriculture minister reiterated Government&rsquo;s commitment to &ldquo;do everything possible to transform and reposition Jamaica&rsquo;s sugar cane industry even in the face of the many challenges which confront the industry&rdquo;. These challenges, the agriculture minister said, provided an opportunity for innovation, reorientation and redirection of the sugar industry.<br /> <br /> Samuda expressed support for initiatives which were being undertaken for the export of packaged sugar and the production of liquid sugar and said diversification of the product bases and markets, and improvements in activating new streams of revenue, such as ethanol production, cogeneration and the production of liquid and plantation white sugar, were essential to the sustainability of the industry. <br /> <br /> The Appleton sugar factory was closed as a result of an injunction obtained by fish-farming company Algix Jamaica Limited in January against J Wray & Nephew, which resulted in a suspension of operations.<br /> <br /> Algix, in filing the injunction, claimed that Appleton was discharging effluent from the sugar factory that was killing its fish, an allegation that J Wray & Nephew denied.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13306212/Appleton-estate1_w400_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:15 44 arrested in second night of Charlotte violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/44-arrested-in-second-night-of-Charlotte-violence CHARLOTTE, United States (AFP) &mdash; Police arrested 44 people during a second night of violent protests over the police shooting of a black man, Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney said Thursday.<br /> <br /> Putney said nine civilians were injured during the protests late Wednesday and into the early hours Thursday, including a person who was in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13305498/063_609665676_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:52 AM Gas prices down $1.90, diesel down $2.43 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-prices-down--1-90--diesel-down--2-43 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday, September 22, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.<br /> <br /> 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $105.86 and $107.52 per litre, respectively, down by $1.90 each.<br /> <br /> Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $97.16 per litre following a decrease of $2.43, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is down by $2.72, and will be sold for $105.61 per litre.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, kerosene decreased in price by $2.87 and will be sold for $85.09 per litre.<br /> <br /> Propane liquid petroleum will be sold for $36.29 per litre, up by $0.01 and butane liquid petroleum will be sold for $43.54 per litre after an increase of $0.03.<br /> <br /> Marketing companies and retailers will add their respective mark-up to these prices. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9070182/Gas-Pump_w304_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:53 Forex: J$128.01 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-01-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Wednesday, September 21, ended trading at J$128.01, up by six cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$98.75, up from J$96.83, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$165.48, down from J$166.05. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:20 Forex: J$127.95 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-127-95-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Tuesday, September 20, ended trading at J$127.95, up by three cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.83, down from J$97.46, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$166.05, down from J$166.91. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:49 Forex: J$127.92 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-127-92--to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Monday, September 19, ended trading at J$127.92, up by two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$97.46, down from J$99.04, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$166.91, down from J$168.66. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Monday, September 19, 2016 5:48 #PNPConference: Jamaicans paying price for JLP &lsquo;trickery&rsquo;, Simpson Miller says http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-PNPConference--Jamaicans-paying-price-for-JLP--trickery---Simpson-Miller-says ST ANDREW, Jamaica &ndash; President of the People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller is insisting that the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) continues to "trick" Jamaicans.<br /> <br /> Simpson Miller told Comrades gathered at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at Jamaica College that the party she has led for 10 years has never done this.<br /> <br /> "We have never lied to the people of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> We have never used trickery to win an election," she said, referring to the JLP's $1.5-million tax plan.<br /> <br /> Leading up to the February 25 General Election, the JLP promised to increase the income tax threshold from the then threshold of $592,800 to $1.5 million, which would exempt everyone earning below that from paying income tax.<br /> <br /> When the JLP won the general election and eventually implemented the income tax plan, instead of the threshold being moved to $1.5 million immediately, as promised, it was announced that the income tax threshold would be increased in two phases &ndash; an increase to $1,000,272 effective on July 1, 2016 then to $1.5 million on April 1, 2017.<br /> <br /> "The people are now paying the price for the JLP trickery," Simpson Miller said on Sunday.<br /> <br /> The PNP president said Government's $13.5 billion tax package will add pressure to already overburdened Jamaicans.<br /> <br /> She said inflation, coupled with a lack of confidence, has caused the further devaluation of the Jamaican dollar.<br /> <br /> As a result, Simpson Miller said the purchasing power of "especially the poor" will continue to shrink.<br /> <br /> "...More suffering is expected in April of next year," Simpson Miller said.<br /> <br /> Kimone Francis<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295915/2016-09-18-18-22-54_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 18, 2016 5:41 #PNPConference: PNP president calls for unity as 'real work' begins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-PNPConference--PNP-president-calls-for-unity-as--real-work--begins ST ANDREW, Jamaica &ndash; With a new mandate, People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller is calling for unity in the embattled party, following yesterday's presidential and vice-presidential elections.<br /> <br /> Simpson Miller, while speaking at the public session of the party's annual conference at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at Jamaica College High School in St Andrew, told Comrades that the elections have concluded and "the real work must now begin".<br /> <br /> "...This is not a time for bragging and boasting. ...It is a time for building bridges to work for a better PNP and Jamaica," she urged.<br /> <br /> "In the same way we are united in good times we must be united in bad times as well," she added.<br /> <br /> At the same time, Simpson Miller said, on reflection, a disorganised PNP election machinery cost the party to lose by one seat in the February 25 General Elections.<br /> <br /> "We made some mistakes on the organisational side. We did not communicate with the people on the ground [effectively]....despite my warning," she said.<br /> <br /> Simpson Miller insisted that members of the party must take collective responsibility for this defeat.<br /> <br /> "Let us practice collective responsibility," said Simpson Miller.<br /> <br /> "I also take, seriously, my responsibility to positively lead this party into the new political season," she added.<br /> <br /> The PNP leader urged Comrades at the same time, to be vigilant and prepare for imminent Local Government Elections.<br /> <br /> She said while the party has no control over when the election will be called, Comrades must be "prepared, smart and strategic" in the meantime.<br /> <br /> "We must effectively explain the party's principles to the people," Simpson Miller said.<br /> <br /> Kimone Francis<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295897/Portia-Simpson-Miller_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 18, 2016 5:02 Demand for Blue Mountain Coffee declines in Japan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Demand-for-Blue-Mountain-Coffee-declines-in-Japan KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; There has been a decline in the demand for Blue Mountain Coffee on the Japanese market, where 70 per cent of locally produced coffee is sold.<br /> <br /> This was disclosed during a meeting Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda had with coffee farmers, dealers, exporters as well as officials from the Coffee Industry Board, at the ministry&rsquo;s Hope Road offices on last Friday, as part of a review of the sector.<br /> <br /> A news release from the ministry said the level of coffee production and the price to be paid per box to farmers were among the topics discussed.<br /> <br /> According to the release, the decline in the demand for Blue Mountain Coffee on the Japanese market is because of the increase in prices charged by local processors.<br /> <br /> The product has moved from US$27 to US$65 per kilogram in the last two years, the release stated.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is clear we must now understand that unless our coffee can be competitive against other albeit inferior sources of coffee, we will not be able to get the level of market satisfaction we need and this will impact negatively on our coffee farmers,&rdquo; Minister Samuda said.<br /> <br /> The agriculture minister has agreed to lead a team to include people from his ministry as well as processors, to visit farmers in the Blue Mountain coffee region to explain the pricing mechanism. <br /> <br /> In addition, the Coffee Exporters Association, working in collaboration with the farmers, has been asked by Samuda to present a proposal to establish agro-parks in coffee-producing areas. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295778/Blue-Mtn-Coffee_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 18, 2016 1:43 U-17 Boyz whip Bermuda 6-2 in CFU finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/U-17-Boyz-whip-Bermuda-6-2-in-CFU-finals COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago &ndash; Jamaica&rsquo;s Under-17 Reggae Boyz made a winning start to their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) final round World Cup qualifying tournament with a 6-2 win over Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium here on Friday evening.<br /> <br /> For Jamaica, Kaheem Parris led the scoring with a brace (17th-penalty, 72nd), followed by one each from Raewin Senior (5th), Kendall Edwards (37th), Nickque Daley (42nd) and a Keishon Bean Own goal (90th).<br /> <br /> Bermuda&rsquo;s goals were scored by Rahzir Smith-Jones (30th minute) and Tokia Russell (80th).<br /> <br /> In the other game of the double-header on Friday, hosts Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti were goal-less at time of posting.<br /> <br /> Jamaica&rsquo;s next game will be against Haiti on Sunday, while hosts Trinidad and Tobago take on Bermuda.<br /> <br /> From the eight-nation, two-group tournament, The top-five teams will book places to the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship to be held April 21-May 7 in Panama City. That would be the four semi-finalists and the best third-placed team.<br /> <br /> Four teams from the CONCACAF tournament will earn places to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India next summer.<br /> <br /> Sean Williams<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292370/ONLINE-BOYZ_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 9:14 Nabbed drug mule passes 49 ganja pellets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nabbed-drug-mule-passes-49-ganja-pellets ST ANDREW, Jamaica &ndash; Police assigned to the Border Security Branch have charged 33-year-old Rohan Lugg, otherwise called &lsquo;Melon&rsquo;, of Mannings Hill Road in St Andrew for several offences under the Dangerous Drugs Act.<br /> <br /> Lugg has been charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja, and conspiracy to export ganja.<br /> <br /> According to the police, Lugg was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, September 9 after an interview and subsequent checks by airport officials showed a positive reading for ganja contamination. <br /> <br /> The police were called and Lugg was taken to the hospital, where he expelled 49 cylindrical pellets containing ganja. <br /> <br /> He is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday, September 20.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292277/arrest_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 7:35 Man presents fake UK passport at NMIA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-presents-fake-UK-passport-at-NMIA ST CATHERINE, Jamaica &ndash; Officials at the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) arrested and charged a man at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) on Sunday, for breaches of the Forgery Act. <br /> <br /> He has been identified as 41-year-old Horace Joseph of Queensborough Terrace, Golden Acres in St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Reports are that about 8:00 pm, Joseph arrived at the NMIA in Kingston from London, England where anomalies discovered during processing by PICA led them to make checks with their counterparts in the United Kingdom. It was subsequently discovered that Joseph purchased the British Passport he presented. <br /> <br /> He was subsequently charged for Forgery and Uttering Forged Documents. <br /> <br /> He is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday, September 22.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292255/NMIA_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 7:13 Two nabbed attempting to export ganja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-nabbed-attempting-to-export-ganja KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; An aviation services employee and a security officer were arrested for suspected breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Tuesday, by members of the Border Security Branch.<br /> <br /> According to the communication arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the two were arrested about 1:25 pm when officers intercepted a shipment of fifty boxes &mdash; which was consigned by a London-based company &mdash; at the Kingston branch of the aviation services company. <br /> <br /> The boxes were searched and two of them were found to contain five packages of compressed ganja weighing approximately 15 pounds. The drug has an estimated street value of J$120,000.<br /> <br /> The police say investigations pointed to the involvement of the two, and they were arrested. They remain in custody as investigators continue to probe the matter.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292185/Drug-Bust-C-L_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 6:18 Bobbi Kristina Brown's partner loses wrongful death case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bobbi-Kristina-Brown-s-partner-loses-wrongful-death-case ATLANTA (AP) &mdash; A judge ruled Friday against Bobbi Kristina Brown's partner, Nick Gordon, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate, though the decision doesn't answer any of the questions surrounding her mysterious death.<br /> <br /> Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. She died in hospice care about six months later.<br /> <br /> Investigators with the medical examiner's office were not able to determine exactly how she died. An autopsy showed that she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body, but the medical examiner couldn't determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.<br /> <br /> Her family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving her a "toxic cocktail" before putting her face-down in the water. But he has never been charged in the case. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in an emailed statement that his office continues to investigate the case.<br /> <br /> Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil case, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T Jackson Bedford said in his order. A jury trial will be set to determine how much Gordon must pay in damages; if he cannot pay, he could face a lien on property he owns or have his wages garnished.<br /> <br /> No lawyer was listed for Gordon in online court records. Two attorneys representing him against any criminal allegations that may be filed said they were not involved in the civil case.<br /> <br /> Bobby Brown, who had joined the wrongful death suit filed by his daughter's estate, said in a statement released by his attorney that he is pleased with the judge's ruling.<br /> <br /> "All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter's death. Today's judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon," Brown said in the statement.<br /> <br /> However, the ruling does not mean the judge made any determination about Bobbi Kristina Brown's death based on the facts of the case, said Page Pate, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney not involved in the case.<br /> <br /> "There's been no finding of liability, no finding that he killed her or had any involvement in the killing," Pate said. "It's simply a sanction imposed by the court because he failed to participate in the litigation in any meaningful way."<br /> <br /> People who face the possibility of criminal charges can find it tough to defend themselves in a civil case because, if they assert their right not to incriminate themselves, it can be interpreted as an admission of liability, Pate said. They may also not want to spend the money on a lawyer in a civil case where there's no right to a court-appointed defense attorney.<br /> <br /> "If you don't have the money to begin with, then many defendants say, 'Why would I pay a lawyer to represent me in this case? Sure, let them get a hundred million dollars against me. Good luck finding a hundred million dollars,'" Pate said.<br /> <br /> David Ware, an attorney for Brown estate conservator Bedelia Hargrove, said his client is satisfied with the judge's ruling and will aggressively pursue whatever damages are awarded.<br /> <br /> The lawsuit seeks $50 million in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages, and the return of Bobbi Kristina Brown's property, including a valuable ring, Ware said.<br /> <br /> "You can't ignore the court process, especially when you are accused of having engaged in this sort of horrific conduct," Ware said in a phone interview, "You have to give account, and Gordon decided to thumb his nose at the court process and the court has finally said that he must pay."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292145/nick-kristina_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 6:00 NWC to repair Marcus Garvey Drive sewer line on Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWC-to-repair-Marcus-Garvey-Drive-sewer-line-on-Sunday KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that they will be carrying out major repairs to a ruptured sewer pipeline along Marcus Garvey Drive on Sunday.<br /> <br /> In a news release this afternoon, Wastewater Manager of NWC, Patrick Daley, said that the Darling Street Wastewater Plant will be shut down in order to facilitate the repairs.<br /> <br /> Daley added that the break occurred earlier this week and the delays in effecting the repairs were due in part to the challenging nature of the work and the team having to properly coordinate the activities.<br /> <br /> The NWC has assured customers that repairs are scheduled to be completed by late Monday, September 19.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292063/NWC-leak_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 5:12 Forex: J$127.90 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-127-90-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Friday, September 16, ended trading at J$127.90, up by 13 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$99.04, up from J$97.97, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$168.66, up from J$168.02.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292050/forex--3-_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 5:02 I don't want to be the Leader of Opposition, says Blythe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/I-don-t-want-to-be-the-Leader-of-Opposition--says-Blythe KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Dr Karl Blythe has dismissed what he said is a last minute attempt to make People's National Party (PNP) Members of Parliament nervous, and ruffle delegate support for his bid to unseat party leader Portia Simpson Miller.<br /> <br /> "I have no desire whatever to ask anyone to step aside to give me a seat.  There is absolutely no way that I could be seeking to be the leader of the Opposition, "Dr Blythe assured earlier today at a press conference held at the Jamaica Employers Federation in Kingston.<br /> <br /> "Should I be successful it would be my responsibility to ask the Governor General to inquire from PNP MPs which among them they believe have their full confidence to be the leader of Opposition, and it is they as MPs that would decide who that person is from among themselves," he outlined.<br /> <br /> Dr Blythe emphasised that: "My mission is very clear.  I must stop the hemorrhaging of the democratic process within our party." <br /> <br /> Blythe is going up against party president Simpson Miller at the PNP's 78th annual conference tomorrow.<br /> <br /> Alphea Saunders<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292045/BLythe_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 16, 2016 4:45 Forex: J$127.77 to one US dollar  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-127-77-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Thursday, September 15, ended trading at J$127.77, up by five cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$97.97, up from J$97.24, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$168.02, up from J$166.14 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:14 12 injured in new French demos over labour reforms   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/12-injured-in-new-French-demos-over-labour-reforms PARIS, France (AFP) &mdash; French riot police fired teargas and stun grenades Thursday during clashes in Paris with opponents of labour reforms who threw molotov cocktails in the latest outbreak of violence over the controversial new laws.<br /> <br /> At least four demonstrators and eight police were injured &ndash; including one officer who sustained burns &ndash; as tens of thousands rallied against the law, forced through by the Socialist government in July after months of often violent protests.<br /> <br /> At least 15 people were arrested in the capital, where police said around 13,000 people took part in the rally against measures aimed at loosening France's notoriously rigid employment laws &ndash; the 14th such demonstration in six months.<br /> <br /> A march in the western city of Nantes also turned violent, with police there using tear gas and water cannon against protesters.<br /> <br /> Nationwide, around 78,000 took part in the protests, according to the police. The organisers estimated the turnout at around 170,000.<br /> <br /> Scores of flights in and out of the country were also cancelled as air traffic controllers went on strike to protest the law that makes it easier to fire workers during downturns and for bosses to negotiate directly with employees on working time.<br /> <br /> "We will show them that, law or no law, we will always stand against them," Francois Roche, a member of the hardline CGT union demonstrating in Marseille, told AFP.<br /> <br /> The turnout nationwide was however far lower than at the start of the rallies six months ago, when they brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets.<br /> <br /> One of the focal points Thursday was the eastern city of Belfort where the government is locked in a battle with train-building giant Alstom over the future of a locomotive factory threatened with closure.<br /> <br /> Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the city, chanting "Alstom is Belfort, Belfort is Alstom".<br /> <br /> Belfort's history is intertwined with that of Alstom, which produced its first steam train there in 1880. The plant now assembles high-speed TGV train locomotives.<br /> <br /> Last week, Alstom had announced it would close the plant due to a lack of orders and move production to a site 200 kilometres (120 miles) to the north.<br /> <br /> The prospect of up to 400 job losses is deeply embarrassing for the Socialist government eight months ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections, in which high unemployment is expected to be a key issue.<br /> <br /> Aviation authorities had advised airlines serving Paris airports to cancel 15 percent of their flights Thursday over the air traffic controllers strike.<br /> <br /> Low-cost airline Ryanair said it had cancelled scores of flights to or through France.<br /> <br /> The new labour law &ndash; one of the few major reforms of President Francois Hollande's tenure &ndash; aims to bring down France's unemployment rate of around 10 percent.<br /> <br /> Opponents, however, see the measures as an erosion of workers' hard-won collective bargaining rights.<br /> <br /> Such was the opposition to the changes on the left, including from within the Socialists' own ranks, the government had to force through the bill without a vote, causing a deep divide within the ruling party.<br /> <br /> "The biggest loser from this law is Francois Hollande," Jean-Claude Mailly, leader of Force Ouvriere trade union, said Thursday.<br /> <br /> The violence unleashed by the reforms peaked on June 14, just four days after the start of the Euro 2016 football championships in France, when around 40 people were hurt and dozens arrested.<br /> <br /> CGT leader Philippe Martinez has appealed to workers to continue "fighting tooth and nail to stop it (the law) crossing the threshold" of their companies.<br /> <br /> Hollande, who has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election next year, had hoped for a signature reform to boost his dire approval ratings.<br /> <br /> Currently, around four out of five French voters oppose him standing for a second term.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13288890/000_G65RE_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:25 ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Rules do not equate racism or classism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--Rules-do-not-equate-racism-or-classism Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I find it utterly amazing that when black people do not wish to conform to rules and regulations the first card we draw is the racism card.<br /> <br /> What is even more amazing is the fact that we will raise our voices to defend issues we seem to think are dealt to put us down as a people, but on issues which stare us straight in the face, which demean us as a people, we are silent.<br /> <br /> This entire fiasco with this three-year-old boy and what took place at Hopefield Prep School in St Andrew speaks more to the ignorance of the mother than it does about the school.<br /> <br /> As a mother she was told what the standards of the school were, yet she did nothing about her son's hair and then seriously expected that, for her, the rules did not apply. And then she had the nerve to make a big stink about it? Seriously?<br /> <br /> So, for the entire summer she had the choice to abide by the school rules as it relates to the grooming of her child. If she decided not to cut or comb his hair she could have found a school that would be OK with that, or to home-school him, if such be the case.<br /> <br /> But no! Her child is different from all the other children, and the school has the audacity not to bow to her demands. Then she makes a big stink about it, shouting racism or classism? Seriously?<br /> <br /> What is baffling is the fact that so many people seem to think the school was wrong, when in truth the blame lies solely on the mother.<br /> <br /> I am sure neither the principal of the school nor the teachers can go into her home and tell her how to raise her child, and how to apply her rules. So why does she seem to think she has the right to go into the school and expect them to bow to her?<br /> <br /> And then Jamaicans want to call it racism or classism, Seriously?<br /> <br /> What is baffling is to see what is happening as it relates to the high incidents of murder in the country and the focus is to cry racism and put a school under fire for daring to have rules and regulations.<br /> <br /> This is not about teaching a child to love who he is, because it was her decision and her decision only to have his hair that way. Who knows, maybe when he grows up he will decide that he does not want his hair that way.<br /> <br /> This is why, as a people, our children behave the way they do, because by our actions we are teaching them that the black skin is not a badge of honour, but to be used as a defence when they break rules and laws that everyone else has to obey.<br /> <br /> When I was a child even basic schools had rules, suddenly, now schools should conform to what parents want and desire. And then we wonder why so many of our schools are now battlefields with the students raging wars, and teachers running for their lives. It is because of parents such as that woman who seems to think her child is &lsquo;more special&rsquo; than the other children in the school. <br /> <br /> Michelle Bradshaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13288856/comments_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:05