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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Forex: J$128.78 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-78-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Friday, December 9, ended trading at J$128.78, down by one cent, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$98.17, up from J$96.66, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$161.77, up from J$161.45.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Friday, December 09, 2016 4:59 PM UPDATE: JLP candidate gets 15 more votes, retains Moneague Division http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--JLP-candidate-gets-15-more-votes--retains-Moneague-Division ST ANN, Jamaica &mdash; The Jamaica Labour Party candidate for the Moneague Division Delroy Kelly was again declared the division's winner following a magisterial recount at the St Ann Parish Court on Thursday.<br /> <br /> Kelly received 837 votes to beat the People's National Party candidate Lloyd Garrick, who received 817 votes, and the independent candidate Vernon Williams who received 789 votes.<br /> <br /> Kelly was initially declared the winner of the division following the local government election on November 28.<br /> <br /> However, the People's National Party filed documents earlier this week requesting a recount. Following the recount, which finished minutes after 6:00 pm on Thursday, the independent candidate picked up eight additional votes, Garrick received an additional eight votes, while Kelly picked up 15 additional votes.<br /> <br /> Kelly was extremely happy about his victory.<br /> <br /> "I never have any doubt," Kelly said.<br /> <br /> He said he is now looking forward to being sworn in to represent his division.<br /> <br /> Renae Dixon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10624858/jlp-logo_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:56 PM Moneague Division magisterial recount gets under way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Moneague-Division-magisterial-recount-gets-under-way ST ANN, Jamaica &mdash; Parish Judge Vaughn Facey has ruled that a magisterial recount in the Moneague Division of St Ann will proceed.<br /> <br /> Facey made the decision after listening to arguments made by attorneys representing both candidates Thursday afternoon.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Labour Party sought to have the matter thrown out, stating that the request for a recount was made outside the stipulated time of four days.<br /> <br /> Judge Facey, in making his ruling, said the court would have been closed on a Saturday, hence that day would not be counted among the four days.<br /> <br /> Delroy Kelly of the Jamaica Labour Party was declared the winner of the division by 13 votes over the People's National Party&rsquo;s Lloyd Garrick. Following the November 28 local government election.<br /> <br /> The recount is now under way.<br /> <br /> Renae Dixon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13465306/JLP-pnp-logo_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:08 PM Gas prices down $0.83, diesel down $1.07 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-prices-down--0-83--diesel-down--1-07 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday, December 8, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.<br /> <br /> 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $101.41 and $103.07 per litre, respectively, down by $0.83 each. <br /> <br /> Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $95.38 per litre following a decrease of $1.07, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is down by $1.27, and will be sold for $105.35 per litre.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, kerosene decreased in price by $0.53 and will be sold for $87.38 per litre.<br /> <br /> Propane liquid petroleum will be sold for $34.32 per litre, down by $0.04 and butane liquid petroleum will be sold for $42.49 per litre after a decrease of $0.63.<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, December 07, 2016 6:32 PM Forex: J$128.84 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-84-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Wednesday, December 7, ended trading at J$128.84, down by seven cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.94, down from J$97.21, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$163.22, down from J$163.31. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, December 07, 2016 5:41 PM Simpson Miller to step down as PNP president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Simpson-Miller-to-step-down-as-PNP-president KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; People&rsquo;s National Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller has announced that she will not be seeking re-election as party president next September. <br /> <br /> Simpson Miller, who was addressing party members at a National Executive Council meeting in Cedar Grove, Portmore, St Catherine, said that &ldquo;I will leave you as party leader but I will always be with you,&rdquo; Simpson Miller said on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Her announcement came on the heels of two major political defeats, the first in the February 25 General Election and then again on November 28, in the Local Government Election.<br /> <br /> Many, including the youth arm of the party, Peoples National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), have since called on her to resign.<br /> <br /> PNPYO has called for a change in the political vision being presented to the public, beginning with her as leader, as &ldquo;the premier political movement in Jamaica, finds itself at a crossroads, where the noble institution has lost the faith, trust, and confidence of the majority of Jamaica&rsquo;s people&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Moya Hinds<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13479953/psm_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, December 04, 2016 1:54 PM UPDATE: Police High Command condemns murder of cop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Police-High-Command-condemns-murder-of-cop KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The Police High Command has expressed outrage at the murder of another member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) while at the same time expressing condolences to his family and colleagues.<br /> <br /> The policeman has been identified as 31-year-old Kemoi Miller of the Kingston Eastern Division.<br /> <br /> Reports are that about 1:00 am residents heard loud explosions and called the police, who on their arrival found Miller slumped over the steering wheel of the car he was driving. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the High Command is reminding members of the JCF that the threat level against police personnel remains at extreme.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13479884/police-strike_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:42 PM Cop fatally shot on Maxfield Ave http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-fatally-shot-on-Maxfield-Ave ST ANDREW, Jamaica &ndash; A policeman assigned to the Kingston Eastern Division was shot dead by unknown assailants on Maxfield Avenue in St Andrew early this morning.<br /> <br /> Details surrounding the incident are unclear at this time. <br /> <br /> More information will be provided later. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13479711/crime-scene-2_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, December 04, 2016 9:46 AM Jamaican arrested day after making FBI wanted list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-arrested-day-after-making-FBI-wanted-list LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) &mdash; The FBI says it has arrested a Jamaican fugitive a day after he was added to the agency's top 10 most wanted list following the deaths of four people at a Los Angeles birthday party in October.<br /> <br /> Marlon Jones was added to the list Thursday, with a reward up to US$100,000 offered for information leading to his arrest.<br /> <br /> FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the agency's fugitive task force arrested Jones after a freeway pursuit following a tip from the public.<br /> <br /> Los Angeles prosecutors have filed four counts of murder against Jones for a wild gun battle that erupted in a home after the FBI says Jones shot and killed a rival Jamaican gang member.<br /> <br /> Three others were killed and 10 were wounded in the ensuing gun fight.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13477692/fugitive_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, December 03, 2016 10:30 AM Ministry orders probe into NMIA malfunctioning runway lights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ministry-orders-probe-into-NMIA-malfunctioning-runway-lights KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash;Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the malfunction of lights on the runway of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston. <br /> <br /> According to a release today, Henry said that while he understands acts of God and unforeseen circumstances, &ldquo;there is just no room for error as Jamaica&rsquo;s enviable aviation record must not be compromised at any given time&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Henry also maintained that against a background of the government&rsquo;s Open Skies Policy, operations at the island&rsquo;s airports must be flawless.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, chairman of the board of the Airports Authority of Jamaica, William &lsquo;Billy&rsquo; Shagoury and chairman of the board of NMIA, Neil Seaton have been asked to provide a report in the &ldquo;shortest possible time&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Henry added that given increased activity in the Jamaican ports and airspace, every precaution must be taken to ensure smooth operations at our airports and the absolute safety of passengers and employees.<br /> <br /> On Wednesday, the lights on the runway at the NMIA malfunctioned forcing flight delays, cancellations and rescheduling. Several passengers were inconvenienced. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13475933/NMIA_w300.jpg Local News Friday, December 02, 2016 5:11 PM Bolt and Ayana crowned 2016 World Athletes of the Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bolt-and-Ayana-crowned-2016-World-Athletes-of-the-Year KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Jamaica&rsquo;s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia&rsquo;s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday.<br /> <br /> Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth occasion. The sprinting superstar this year successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, bringing his lifetime tally of Olympic gold medals to nine.<br /> <br /> He clocked season&rsquo;s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 when winning the 4x100m.<br /> <br /> He also went undefeated throughout the whole season at all distances, including heats.<br /> <br /> Ayana had a record-breaking year. After recording the fastest 10,000m debut in history in June, the Ethiopian went on to win the Olympic title at the distance in a world record of 29:17.45.<br /> <br /> She added to her Olympic medal haul in Rio by taking bronze in the 5000m, her only loss of the year. Having recorded three of the eight fastest times at 5000m, she ended the year as the Diamond Race winner for that discipline.<br /> <br /> She becomes the third Ethiopian woman to win this award, following Genzebe Dibaba in 2015 and Meseret Defar in 2007.<br /> <br /> IAAF President Sebastian Coe presented the trophy to Bolt, while International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the trophy to Ayana. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13475635/Bolt-award_w300.jpg Local News Friday, December 02, 2016 3:03 PM Jamaican fugitive on FBI wanted list for quadruple killing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-fugitive-on-FBI-wanted-list-for-quadruple-killing LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) &mdash; A Jamaican fugitive sought in the slaying of four people at a Los Angeles birthday party in October was added Thursday to the FBI's most wanted list.<br /> <br /> A reward of up to US$100,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest of Marlon Jones, who should be "considered armed and extremely dangerous", the FBI said.<br /> <br /> Los Angeles prosecutors have filed four counts of murder against Jones for a wild gun battle that erupted in a home on October 15 after he shot and killed a rival Jamaican gang member, the FBI said.<br /> <br /> Three others were killed and 10 were wounded in the ensuing gun fight in the house that was being used as a restaurant.<br /> <br /> Dozens of people were at the party and witnesses said they heard gunshot blasts and then saw several bloody victims sitting or lying on the ground outside the house.<br /> <br /> Putting him on the most wanted list provides publicity that has led to the capture of more than 150 suspects with the help of the public, the FBI said.<br /> <br /> Los Angeles police have obtained a warrant for Jones' arrest, but he is believed to have fled California and could leave the country, the FBI said. In addition to ties to California, he has connections to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, and Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Jones, who uses several aliases and birth dates, is believed to be in the United States illegally.<br /> <br /> He has a violent history and is a member of an East Coast Jamaican gang known for illegally selling marijuana. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13474292/fugitive_w300.jpg Local News Friday, December 02, 2016 8:11 AM Political Ombudsman calls on JLP, PNP to remove campaign paraphernalia from communities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Political-Ombudsman-calls-on-JLP--PNP-to-remove-campaign-paraphernalia-from-communities KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; As the final count of ballots from divisions contested in Monday&rsquo;s local government election show the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) winning over the opposition People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) with 9-5 councils, the Political Ombudsman is calling on the parties to now clean up the divisions in which they campaigned.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to remind everyone of the Town and Villages Act and the regulations there under relating to advertisements. It is now time for the big clean up. I ask every candidate and their supporters to go back to where you had placed your signs, material or anything at all to denote your candidacy or your party and have it removed urgently,&rdquo; Parchment Brown said in a release Thursday afternoon.<br /> <br /> Under the Town and Country Planning Act, candidates have two weeks for these signs and items to be removed, she reminded party supporters.<br /> <br /> Parchment Brown said that if there was no compliance within the specified time frame, she will &ldquo;be partnering with parish managers and town clerks to use their powers to remove these promotional items&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13473279/JLPNP-flag_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, December 01, 2016 5:56 PM Political Ombudsman still urging local gov't candidates to sign code-of-conduct http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Political-Ombudsman-still-urging-local-gov-t-candidates-to-sign-code-of-conduct KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown in congratulating candidates in the recently held Local Government election, again urged those who are yet to sign the political code of conduct to do so. <br /> <br />  Parchment Brown, in a statement this afternoon said, &ldquo;&hellip;Any councilor as well as any other person who should have signed the code and have not yet done so, please ensure that you go to your Custos and sign the code before you are signed in as the councilor&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Last week, the office of the Political Ombudsman said that more than 100 of the 489 nominated candidates for the Local Government election had not signed the political code of conduct.<br /> <br /> Parchment Brown added that it was &ldquo;sad that some candidates failed or refused to sign the code of conduct because of their perception of breaches of the code conduct by others.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;These perceived breaches are being investigated by my office with a view to arrive at a speedy resolution. The leaders of the political parties must acknowledge that specific action on their part or lack thereof is adding fuel to the discord among candidates and supporters and have a critical role now as election looms.<br /> <br /> Leaders at all levels are being encouraged to lead from the front and do all in their power to prompt their members to adhere to the political code of conduct to contribute to free and fair elections&rdquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13473181/Donna-Parchment-Brown_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, December 01, 2016 5:29 PM Forex: J$128.95 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-95-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Thursday, December 1, ended trading at J$128.95, down by nine cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$94.67, down from J$95.30, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$161.30, up from J$160.65.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13473090/forex_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:42 PM Gas prices up $0.70, diesel up $1.36 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-prices-up--0-70--diesel-up--1-36 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Motorists should see an increase at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday, December 1, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.<br /> <br /> 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $102.24 and 103.90 per litre, respectively, up by $0.70 each.<br /> <br /> Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $96.45 per litre following an increase of $1.36, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is up by $1.92, and will be sold for $106.62 per litre.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, kerosene increased in price by $0.99 and will be sold for $87.91 per litre.<br /> <br /> Propane liquid petroleum will be sold for $34.36 per litre, up by $0.06 and butane liquid petroleum will be sold for $43.12 per litre after an increase of $1.03.<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, November 30, 2016 5:58 PM Forex: J$129.04 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-129-04-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Wednesday, November 30, ended trading at J$129.04, 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$95.30, up from J$94.80, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$160.65, up from J$159.59. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:45 PM Gov't loses $2 billion from illegal, counterfeit cigarettes annually http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-loses--2-billion-from-illegal--counterfeit-cigarettes-annually KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Managing Director of Carreras Limited, Marcus Steele, a short while ago disclosed that the Government is losing close to $2 billion in taxes annually from the importation of illegal and counterfeit cigarettes.<br /> <br /> Steele, who was speaking at a press briefing at the company&rsquo;s Rippon Road office, announced that counterfeit brands including D&J, Pacific and Sunny have accounted for roughly $800 million in taxes lost to the Government.<br /> <br /> He added that the inflow of illegal cigarettes has now reached almost 20 per cent of Jamaica&rsquo;s total consumption.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is very disheartening. When you look at where we are finding these brands, they are right across the island and it is very frustrating for the legal cigarette operators,&rdquo; Steele said. <br /> <br /> According to the managing director, the frequent increase in excise rate is contributory to the influx of illegal cigarettes on the local market, as consumers seek cheaper alternatives.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Government stipulates that a stick of cigarette is sold for $45, but these brands are being sold for $25,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He noted that the matter is being addressed by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, which is working with other local authorities to increase border protection, port monitoring and enforcement.<br /> <br /> Karena Bennett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13469958/CARERRAS-3_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:13 PM Man beaten to death after 84-y-o woman found dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-beaten-to-death-after-84-y-o-woman-found-dead KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; A man was this morning beaten to death by residents of Cockburn Avenue in Kingston, after an 84-year-old woman was found dead inside her house.<br /> <br /> The police have not released the names of the deceased.<br /> <br /> The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit says initial reports are that the woman's relatives discovered her body about 7:30 am.<br /> <br /> An alarm was raised and residents reportedly saw two men who were not known to anyone in the community. The men were allegedly questioned by the residents but one of them ran, the other was held and beaten. He died.<br /> <br /> The police say they are investigating the circumstances which led to the deaths of the two people and will provide an update as soon as more information is available. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13462598/crime-sceneLD_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, November 27, 2016 11:49 AM Forex: J$129.07 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-129-07-to-one-US-dollar2016-11-25T14-42-33 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar trading at J$129.07 on Friday, November 25, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$94.91, down from J$95.40, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$159.51, down from J$160.78.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13459884/forex_w300.jpg Local News Friday, November 25, 2016 5:40 PM PNP calling on EOJ to appeal court&rsquo;s decision on Portmore municipality http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-calling-on-EOJ-to-appeal-court-s-decision-on-Portmore-municipality KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) says that they have learnt that the judge's recent ruling in the Portmore municipality case was based on an interpretation of the old Municipalities Act and has called on the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) to appeal the decision.<br /> <br /> In a media release a short while ago the PNP argued that the Act was repealed by the Local Governance Act (LGA), which came into effect in February this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The LGA has an express provision preserving the Municipality of Portmore, and a savings section preserving the validity of the regulations etc (including the 2015 order adjusting the boundary to coincide with the constituency boundaries) made under repealed Municipalities Act,&rdquo; PNP said. <br /> <br /> The PNP lamented that it is both remarkable and regrettable that the repeal of the Municipalities Act, and the relevant savings provisions in the LGA, were not brought to the court's attention.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The court's decision is therefore clearly per incuriam&lrm; -- that is, fatally flawed for having failed to take into consideration statutory provisions that are directly relevant to the issues it decided,&rdquo; the PNP said.<br /> <br /> The PNP added that they have been advised that the Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo-Forte, will belatedly be issuing an opinion on this highly political matter. The Opposition, however, argued that the ECJ should not accept Malahoo-Forte&rsquo;s opinion as she is a Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament and is &ldquo;clearly conflicted in the matter, as her party has a strong political interest in it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Electoral Commission of Jamaica urgently needs independent professional legal advice. The PNP is therefore calling on the four independent ECJ commissioners forthwith to instruct &lrm;outside counsel to appeal the decision, and to seek an immediate stay of the judge's order (overnight) so that early voting can proceed tomorrow without disenfranchising the almost 5,000 affected electors in the two divisions who want to vote for the mayor of Portmore,&rdquo; PNP said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13457977/Gavel-Canada_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:06 PM Forex: J$129.07 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-129-07-to-one-US-dollar2016-11-24T15-15-29 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Thursday, November 24, ended trading at J$129.07, 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$95.40, down from J$96.95, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$160.78, up from J$160.67.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13457777/forex--3-_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, November 24, 2016 6:13 PM #LocalGovt16: EOJ says all is ready for elections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-LocalGovt16--EOJ-says-all-is-ready-for-elections KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says that staff and polling station materials are in place for election day workers and members of the police and military forces to cast their votes tomorrow. <br /> <br /> In a press release this afternoon the EOJ said, &ldquo;Preparations have been made to accommodate voting for the 38,877 special services electors ahead of the November 28 Local Government election. This group is made up of 10,196 police officers, 2,373 soldiers and 26,308 election day workers.<br /> <br />  The EOJ has added that there have been 230 designated locations set up to facilitate voting on the day. The locations and polling stations have been allocated as follows:<br /> <br /> &bull; Six polling locations (18 polling stations) for military voting;<br /> <br /> &bull; 21 polling locations (74 polling stations) for the police; and<br /> <br /> &bull; 203 polling locations (237 polling stations) for election day workers.<br /> <br /> The list of polling locations includes schools, churches, police stations, court houses and military bases.<br /> <br /> Police and military personnel have been assigned to vote at the voting location closest to where they are based or stationed, the EOJ said. The ballots will later be sorted and transferred to the respective Returning Officers to be counted on November 28.<br /> <br /> The EOJ says it has worked closely with the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Defence Force to ensure that the lists for police and military voters were prepared in time. Election Day Workers have been notified of their voting day through phone calls, text messages and via the media.<br /> <br /> Polling hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.<br /> <br /> The EOJ emphasised that election day workers, military and police personnel who do not vote tomorrow will not be able to do so on November 28, because their names will be extracted from the voters&rsquo; list to accommodate the November 25 voting and therefore will not be on the civilian list used on November 28.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13457550/ORETTE-FISHER-2_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, November 24, 2016 3:25 PM Forex: J$129.05 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-129-05-to-one-US-dollar2016-11-23T15-25-20 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Wednesday, November 23, ended trading at J$129.05, down by four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.95, up from J$96.34, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$160.67, up from J$159.87. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:24 PM Gas prices down $2.01, diesel down $2.03 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-prices-down--2-01--diesel-down--2-03 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday, November 24, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.<br /> <br /> 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $101.54 and $103.20 per litre, respectively, down by $2.01 each.<br /> <br /> Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $95.09 per litre following a decrease of $2.03, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is down by $2.00, and will be sold for $104.70 per litre.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, kerosene increased in price by $0.26 and will be sold for $86.92 per litre.<br /> <br /> Propane liquid petroleum will be sold for $34.30 per litre, down by $0.04 and butane liquid petroleum will be sold for $42.09 per litre after an increase of $0.05.<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, November 23, 2016 6:03 PM