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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Fears of ageing may cause earlier death: UN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fears-of-ageing-may-cause-earlier-death--UN GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) &mdash; Being afraid of growing old may shorten your life, the UN health agency said Thursday, as new data highlighted the widespread prevalence of ageist attitudes worldwide.<br /> <br /> In a first-of-its-kind survey released by the World Health Organization, 60 per cent of respondents said they believed older people "were not respected."<br /> <br /> Attitudes towards older people were more negative in richer countries, according to the data from more than 83,000 respondents, who were 18 years of age and older in 57 countries.<br /> <br /> The data confirms "that ageism is extremely common," said John Beard, WHO's head of Ageing and Life Course.<br /> <br /> He warned that discriminatory and negative views about older people can have sweeping consequences, including for younger people.<br /> <br /> "There is very good evidence that people who have negative views of themselves as they grow older... it shortens their lives," Beard told reporters.<br /> <br /> WHO cited recently published research indicating that "people who hold negative views about their own ageing, do not recover as well from disability and live on average 7.5 years less than people with positive attitudes."<br /> <br /> Attitudes about ageing are "on the level that racism and sexism were maybe 20, 30 or 40 years ago," Beard said.<br /> <br /> "Things which are no longer accepted if you were talking about someone on the basis of their race or sex are still tolerated when it comes down to their age."<br /> <br /> WHO does not define the group of people victimised by ageism.<br /> <br /> Such discrimination could be directed at a 50-year-old seeking a new job, or a 65-year-old facing mandatory retirement but who remains a productive employee.<br /> <br /> The WHO official also came out against compulsory, age-defined policies like mandatory retirement, describing them as "problematic".<br /> <br /> In seeking a more just definition of what it means to be old, Beard said WHO had begun using the mid-point of life expectancy in each country.<br /> <br /> That means, for example, in Britain, where life expectancy is 81, anyone over 41 would be defined as "older", Beard said, voicing hope that this new definition would be "liberating" for those who viewed the onset of their 60s as an ominous benchmark.<br /> <br /> There are currently an estimated 600 million people worldwide over the age of 60, a figure set to double by 2025 and hit two billion by 2050, according to WHO.<br /> <br /> Because the survey released Thursday was the first set of global data on ageism, WHO officials said it was difficult to track how attitudes had shifted over time, but added there was some evidence that ageism was on the rise. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321793/aging_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:43 AM JMMB gets commercial banking licence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JMMB-gets-commercial-banking-licence KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The JMMB Merchant Bank, a subsidiary of the JMMB Group, has been granted approval to start operating as a commercial bank.<br /> <br /> The JMMB Group today announced that the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has approved the application to upgrade its existing merchant bank licence, to a commercial banking licence.<br /> <br /> The BOJ&rsquo;s approval is just the first step in the process of transitioning JMMB Merchant Bank&rsquo;s operations, to commercial banking operations, in the very near future, JMMB said in a release.<br /> <br /> In 2012, JMMB acquired the Capital & Credit Financial Group (CCFG) in Jamaica, which allowed JMMB to offer clients merchant banking, as well as remittances and unit trust, products and services.<br /> <br /> That acquisition helped to form the foundation for this significant commercial banking licence approval milestone, JMMB added.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321758/JMMB-Group_Head-Office_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:30 AM Barbados gives all clear following Tropical Storm Matthew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-gives-all-clear-following-Tropical-Storm-Matthew BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) &mdash; Barbados Home Affairs Minister Adriel Brathwaite has lauded the authorities following the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> In an address on national television early Thursday, shortly after the all clear was issued, Brathwaite, who is also Attorney General said he was satisfied that the necessary steps were taken to prepare for the system .<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think I am satisfied that everything worked as we had anticipated. When I left the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) this morning (Thursday) &ndash; it was just to ensure that on the roads for example, we got some teams out to clear a few roads, so that when we gave the all-clear, we would be satisfied that people can traverse as safely as possible.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> However he added that it was not all-smooth sailing during the passage of the storm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Maybe we had a bit too much traffic on the roads. We did have reports of one or two businesses opening&hellip;.we wanted as much as possible to ensure that people&rsquo;s lives are saved.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Brathwaite also expressed concerned about content exhibited on social media.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t control social media. It is good and it is bad. We see reports of some concern but we just can&rsquo;t respond to everything and we can only urge Barbadians that when we have occasions like this, to listen to the official reports , focus on the official reports.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in Dominica, the assessment is continuing as schools have been ordered to remain closed until Monday.<br /> <br /> Heavy remains from TS Matthew triggered landslides in several areas.<br /> <br /> There are also reports of some areas being without water and electricity. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321711/brathwaite_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:12 AM Man shot dead by licensed firearm holder in HWT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-shot-dead-by-licensed-firearm-holder-in-HWT ST ANDREW, Jamaica &mdash; A man was shot dead during a confrontation with a licensed firearm holder at the Constant Sprint Arcade, in Half Way Tree, St Andrew yesterday.<br /> <br /> He has only been identified by his alias &lsquo;Spike&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> According to reports from the Half Way Tree Police, about 3:30 pm, &lsquo;Spike&rsquo; and the licensed firearm holder were involved in an altercation when he was shot. The police were summoned and his body removed to the morgue. The licensed firearm holder has since been questioned and the firearm taken for ballistic testing.<br /> <br /> As investigations continue, the police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the Half Way Tree Criminal Investigation Branch at 926-2551, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321647/Police-line_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:29 AM Utah man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Utah-man-may-have-contracted-Zika-from-dying-father-s-tears SALT LAKE CITY (AP) &mdash; A Utah man who mysteriously contracted Zika from his infected father may have got it by touching his dad's tears or sweat with his bare hands, according to new research that found the unusual transmission method was likely caused by his dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus.<br /> <br /> The research done by University of Utah doctors and published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, doesn't give definite answers to why the father's levels were so high or why the son contracted the virus in a way not documented anywhere else. But it does offer new details about the events the led to a case that has puzzled researchers.<br /> <br /> The father, 73, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer eight months before his June death, the report says. He was receiving radiation therapy and anti-androgen therapy, which may have made it easier for the virus to replicate, said Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, chief of the infectious diseases division at University of Utah Health Care. But Swaminathan said the cancer and treatment doesn't totally explain why the man had such extremely high levels.<br /> <br /> He became ill after returning from a three-week trip to the southwest coast of Mexico, his native country that he left in 2003 to move to the United States, the paper says. The report still doesn't provide the man's name or the exact spot in Mexico he visited.<br /> <br /> In Mexico, he ate ceviche and soft boiled turtle eggs and went fishing in the ocean, but those food choices and activities played no role in coming down with the virus, Swaminathan said. He and other family members were bitten by mosquitoes, leading him and several others to come down with Zika.<br /> <br /> His son, a healthy 38-year-old, became sick five days after visiting his father in the hospital and was diagnosed with Zika. He recovered and later told doctors that he had helped nurses care for his father, including wiping his eyes without gloves.<br /> <br /> None of the nurses or doctors who treated his father became sick, or did other family members. Health officials and researchers tested mosquitoes in the Salt Lake City area and didn't find any Zika-infected bugs.<br /> <br /> The virus causes only a mild illness in most people. But during recent outbreaks in Latin America, scientists discovered that infection during pregnancy has led to severe brain-related birth defects.<br /> <br /> Researchers in this new report concur with a previous assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the son contracted the virus through a new method other than the two main sources: mosquito bites and sexual activity with an infected person.<br /> <br /> But Swaminathan said the findings don't mean people visiting Zika-infested areas and countries need to wear gloves all of the time. They believe the rare transmission happened primarily because the father's extremely high levels of the virus.<br /> <br /> "There's no risk of shaking hands with a person who has a typical Zika infection," said Swaminathan, who treated the two. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321634/zika_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:18 AM BVI to shorten processing time for work permit applications http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/BVI-to-shorten-processing-time-for-work-permit-applications TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (CMC) &mdash; The Department of Labour has announced change to the application process for work permits that will lead to a shorter processing period for applications as of January 2017.<br /> <br /> According to Labour Commissioner Janice Rymer the goal is to establish a four-week window for the processing of new permits and two weeks for renewals.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ultimately, we want to make the work permit application process as simple as possible, improve efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction,&rdquo; Rymer said in a government release.<br /> <br /> She added that plans are in place to establish an electronic central job board, and to strengthen the placement unit that is responsible for building the capability of job seekers in this British Overseas territory.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The new processes will facilitate a better link between the departments and their respective ministries, and will pave the way for more effective evidence-based policy making. It will also reduce administrative burden, thereby allowing more of the department&rsquo;s resources to focus on employment services, and helping locals to improve their skills and qualifications for available jobs,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, delivery specialist with the Financial services Implementation Unit (FSIU), Monique Hodge, who has been working with the Department of Labour, expressed optimism that the improvements will become a reality.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Both departments are firmly committed to having the improved processes implemented by January 2017.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The government says the Reform of Immigration and Labour is a critical component of the BVI Forward campaign.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is key to attracting and retaining the necessary talent to support the financial services industry while at the same time developing the capability of BVIslanders.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321619/Reymer_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:04 AM 'Don&rsquo;t run, show no hostility', cops warn as lawmen storm MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Don-t-run--show-no-hostility-cops-warn-as-security-forces-storm-MoBay ST JAMES, Jamaica &mdash; The security forces are currently conducting major internal security operations in sections of Montego Bay, St James with particular focus on the Glendevon and Norwood communities.<br /> <br /> The operations being conducted will include cordon and searches, stop and search and controlled vehicular check points. The police will also be executing outstanding warrants and serving summonses.<br /> <br /> As a result of the planned operations, members of the public are being reminded of the following:<br /> <br /> 1. Do not run away when being approached by a police officer, as you may appear guilty.<br /> <br /> 2. Show no hostility and comply with the instructions of the police.<br /> <br /> 3. Listen carefully to all the instructions or requests made of you.<br /> <br /> 4. Remain calm and remember that innocent persons have nothing to fear.<br /> <br /> 5. You have a right to ask what you are being arrested and or searched for.<br /> <br /> 6. You have a right to refuse to answer any questions until your legal representative is present.<br /> <br /> 7. Try to obtain the name, rank and regulation number of at least one officer on the scene.<br /> <br /> 8. If you are taken into custody, the police are responsible for your safety.<br /> <br /> 9. Citizens must not hinder the Police when they are arresting or apprehending anyone, as this constitutes a criminal offence.<br /> <br /> Responsibility of the police when making an arrest:<br /> <br /> 1. Do not use force if questions, requests, demands or commands are disregarded; citizens have a right to remain silent.<br /> <br /> 2. When questioning a citizen, it should not be done an intimidating manner.<br /> <br /> 3. An officer should present his/her identification card when asked by a citizen.<br /> <br /> 4. The Police have a responsibility to inform the citizen what he/she is being searched or arrested for.<br /> <br /> 5. Reasonable and proportionate force may be used by the Police to make a lawful arrest, in self defense, to other members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force or other citizens who are facing an immediate threat to their safety.<br /> <br /> These operations are part of ongoing efforts to cauterize the upsurge in violent crimes in St James.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321528/jdf_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:27 AM Train crashes into New Jersey station, over 100 reported hurt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Train-crashes-into-New-Jersey-station--over-100-reported-hurt HOBOKEN, United States (AFP) &mdash; A packed commuter train ploughed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring over 100, many of them critically.<br /> <br /> The train failed to stop as it pulled into Hoboken station,, causing major damage to the transit hub just over the Hudson river from Manhattan.<br /> <br /> Michael Larson, a New Jersey transit employee, told CNN the train hit a concrete block at the end of the line with such force that it went airborne -- hitting the roof and causing it to partly collapse.<br /> <br /> "We have 100 plus injuries," Jennifer Nelson, a New Jersey transit spokeswoman, told reporters at the scene, adding that there were "multiple critical injuries."<br /> <br /> NBC and CBS reported three fatalities from the early morning accident. No official toll was immediately available.<br /> <br /> Nelson said there were around 250 passengers on the train at the time of the crash, which occurred at around 9:00 am (1300 GMT), and that it was not known if there were still people trapped on board.<br /> <br /> Passengers quoted by US media described the train ramming at full speed into the bumper at the end of the track.<br /> <br /> "We never slowed down," Jim Finan, a commuter from New Jersey, told Fox. "We ploughed, I mean, right through the bumper."<br /> <br /> "Afterwards there was some panic. People were trying to smash some windows out."<br /> <br /> Finan said it was an unusually crowded morning.<br /> <br /> "Everyone who was standing kind of went flying," he said. "I saw a lot of head injuries and kind of people with cuts."<br /> <br /> - 'Pretty chaotic' -<br /> <br /> Nelson told reporters it was not known how fast the train was travelling as it entered the station, and that an investigation was ongoing.<br /> <br /> "We're looking at all things that could have caused this accident," she said.<br /> <br /> Emergency vehicles converged on the scene in response to the crash.<br /> <br /> Pancho Bernasconi, Getty's director of photography for news who arrived at the station just after the crash, told AFP he saw people running as he arrived on the scene.<br /> <br /> There was "a lot of damage" to the station. "Part of the roof has collapsed."<br /> <br /> Video on social media showed the station in shambles with the train tangled in wires and debris from what appeared to be collapsed portions of the roof.<br /> <br /> Other passengers described a scene of chaos with dazed and bloodied people making their way to safety.<br /> <br /> "We crashed, and the lights went out. A few people screamed," Leon Offengenden told CNN.<br /> <br /> "It was pretty chaotic. And people just in shock and everybody has photos and cameras out and iPads. It was pretty intense. I took a few snaps and video posted online," he said.<br /> <br /> The last major train crash in the United States was in May 2015, when an Amtrak train linking Washington to New York derailed in Philadelphia, leaving eight dead and 200 injured. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321349/063_611264690_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:09 AM Limited internet access inhibiting press freedom in Cuba &ndash; US-based NGO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Limited-internet-access-inhibiting-press-freedom-in-Cuba---US-based-NGO NEW YORK, United States (AFP) &mdash; Costly, limited access to the internet in Cuba is impeding the country's progress toward press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report published Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Most citizens cannot access the internet and authorities continue to "exert control over the media," said the New York-based NGO, which ranked Cuba tenth on its 2015 list of the world's most censored countries.<br /> <br /> "The internet is, perhaps, the biggest hurdle for journalists to becoming relevant, because most of their content is consumed outside the island," the organization said.<br /> <br /> "They must pay high prices for online access and find original ways to disseminate their work to a home audience that is largely offline."<br /> <br /> Cuba has cautiously loosened its grip on the press, the CPJ said, noting that President Raul Castro told the population in 2010 "not to fear discrepancies and differences of opinions."<br /> <br /> "Cuba&rsquo;s media is opening, with journalists and bloggers finding more space to be critical and delve into issues ignored by the state-run press," according to the CPJ.<br /> <br /> "However, a legal limbo over independent reporting, restricted and expensive access to the internet, and the threat of arbitrary detentions is slowing progress."<br /> <br /> The island nation's restoration of full diplomatic ties with the United States has made it difficult for Cuba to justify censoring the press as a form of protectionism, the CPJ said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321269/www_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:39 AM Cabinet examining report on INDECOM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cabinet-examining-report-on-INDECOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &ndash; The Public Order Committee of Cabinet is actively looking at the report of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).<br /> <br /> This was disclosed by Minister of National Security Robert Montague during the sitting of the House of Representatives on September 28.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This Government and this minister support the mandate of INDECOM, and we will continue to press for amicable and practical collaboration between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and INDECOM in the interest of citizens of the country,&rdquo; Montague said.<br /> <br /> He also informed that the Cabinet is carefully looking at the recommendations and will make an announcement shortly.<br /> <br /> The report of the Joint Select Committee was tabled in Parliament in November 2015. In it, the Committee recommends the establishment of a non-executive Board to oversee the Commission&rsquo;s work.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Security Minister also announced that after weeks of engagement, the JCF and INDECOM have concluded discussions on a Memorandum of Understanding, which is ready for signing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This document outlines the protocols governing the engagement of INDECOM and the JCF going forward. We believe that both the JCF and INDECOM should work together in the interest of the country,&rdquo; Montague said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13306421/Robert-Montague_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:16 AM J'can-born coach acquitted of killing ex's son  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/J-can-born-coach-acquitted-of-killing-ex-s-son CANTON, New York (AP) &mdash; A black former college soccer coach accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old white son in a largely white upstate town was found not guilty Wednesday by a judge.<br /> <br /> Oral "Nick" Hillary hugged his lawyer and cried as Judge Felix Catena ruled against prosecutors who relied on circumstantial evidence to bring a second-degree murder charge against Hillary in the October 2011 killing of Garrett Phillips. He was accused of choking the boy to death in an apartment in Potsdam, a small college town near the Canadian border.<br /> <br /> Hillary's lawyers argued during the nonjury trial that the case was "riddled with doubt" and repeated the claims of critics who said authorities in the overwhelmingly white community unjustly prosecuted him.<br /> <br /> Outside of court, Hillary thanked his lawyers and supporters while defense lawyer Norman Siegel said his client can finally move on after living "under this cloud for five years." Hillary did not take questions.<br /> <br /> St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said at a separate news conference afterward that race had nothing to do with the prosecution, which she still felt was justified.<br /> <br /> "There will be no search for anybody else," she said. "He was the only person that committed this crime. I'm 100 percent certain of that."<br /> <br /> Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, who helped Rain prosecute the case, told Syracuse.com that it's "hard to see a killer walk out of court, but I have tremendous respect for Judge Catena. I know he deliberated fairly."<br /> <br /> Hillary was born in Jamaica and first came to northern New York as a standout player at St. Lawrence University. At the time of the killing, he was the head soccer coach at Clarkson University. He and his daughter had lived with Tandy Cyrus and her two sons until the relationship ended in summer 2011.<br /> <br /> While prosecutors lacked DNA or fingerprint evidence, Fitzpatrick said during closing arguments that he had made a strong case based on evidence that included security camera footage showing the movements of the boy and Hillary on the streets of Potsdam right before the killing.<br /> <br /> After the verdict was read in court, Rain stood in front of the family section and said, "I'm sorry." The boy's relatives sobbed after the verdict.<br /> <br /> The family left the heavily guarded courthouse without speaking to reporters.<br /> <br /> The district attorney at the time of the killing never brought charges.<br /> <br /> Rain campaigned on the case, though the first murder indictment she secured was dismissed by a judge. She was able to get the current indictment last year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321210/Coach-Charged_Thom--1-_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:03 AM Pakistan, West Indies launch World Cup fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pakistan--West-Indies-launch-World-Cup-fight SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AFP) &mdash; Former champions Pakistan and the West Indies start a narrow two-way fight for an automatic place in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in a three-match one-day series starting in Sharjah Friday.<br /> <br /> Pakistan, the 1992 champions, need to win the series 3-0 to rise one place from ninth while their opponents &ndash; champions in the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 &ndash; need to avoid a clean sweep to maintain their current eighth spot.<br /> <br /> Hosts England and the seven highest-ranked sides in the one-day rankings on September 30 next year will qualify directly for the World Cup.<br /> <br /> The bottom four teams in the standings will be joined by six Associate sides in a 10-team qualifying round in 2018 from where two teams will qualify.<br /> <br /> Both Pakistan and the West Indies will also play in three one-day matches in the Caribbean next March.<br /> <br /> Pakistan also have a tough five-match series in Australia early next year but West Indies will be hard pressed to play England and India before the cut-off date.<br /> <br /> Both Pakistan and the West Indies have varied problems in the 50-over game.<br /> <br /> Pakistan, ranked number one in Test cricket, have slumped in one-day and are coming on the back of a 4-1 bashing in England, a defeat which almost cost Azhar Ali the captaincy, but he finally survived.<br /> <br /> - 'Important step' -<br /> <br /> Ali hopes his players take the confidence of their win in the final one-day against England at Cardiff and a 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies in the preceding Twenty20 series which ended on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> "Yes, it will be great if we take that form into the series and that will not only help us in improving our rankings but also take the important step towards the 2019 World Cup," said Ali.<br /> <br /> Pakistan will once again look to exploit their opponents weakness against the spin, which saw them restrict the West Indies to low totals of 115, 144 and 103 in the Twenty20 series.<br /> <br /> They have leg-spinner Yasir Shah and two left-arm spinners &ndash; Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz plus allrounder Shoaib Malik to launch the assault.<br /> <br /> West Indies had shown recent form, having beaten South Africa twice and world number one Australia once in a tri-series on home grounds in June before losing the final to Steve Smith's team.<br /> <br /> Shockingly, they sacked their successful coach Phil Simmons a week before the start of this tour, which evidently affected their performance in the T20 series.<br /> <br /> Still, captain Jason Holder put on a brave face. "In the ODI series we want to improve, we had a very good last Tri series with Australia and South Africa so it is important we keep improving," said Holder.<br /> <br /> West Indies will again be without dashing opener Chris Gayle, who is unavailable for the tour, and Andre Russell, missing due to an anti-doping hearing.<br /> <br /> The second match will also be in Sharjah on Sunday followed by the third in Abu Dhabi on October 5.<br /> <br /> Teams (from):<br /> <br /> Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan<br /> <br /> West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels<br /> <br /> Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)<br /> <br /> Tv umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND)<br /> <br /> Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321195/West-Indies_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:47 AM MPs on tropical storm alert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/MPs-on-Tropical-Storm-Alert KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Members of Parliament have been put on standby for a possible emergency meeting today at Jamaica House on emergency measures in case Tropical Storm Matthew hits mainland Jamaica this weekend.<br /> <br /> Leader of the House of Representatives, Derrick Smith, informed members yesterday that there is a possibility of TS Matthew intensifying and storming Jamaica between Friday and Saturday, &ldquo;bringing heavy winds and lots of water&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Accordingly, we are asking all MPs to standby for a possible meeting at Jamaica House tomorrow afternoon,&rdquo; he told members.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have not confirmed just yet, but we asking the MPs to standby for a meeting tomorrow afternoon,&rdquo; he reiterated.<br /> <br /> He said that rural MPs would be given ample notice to reach Kingston in time for the meeting.<br /> <br /> The Meteorological Service of Jamaica this morning said TS Matthew is expected to gradually strengthen during the next couple of days, and could become a hurricane by tonight.<br /> <br /> Balford Henry<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321166/Derrick-Smith1_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:30 AM One dead as TS Matthew lashes Windwards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/One-dead--as-TS-Matthew-passes-through-Windwards KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) &ndash; A fourth form secondary school student died Wednesday night after he was crushed by a boulder as he tried to alleviate flooding in his home during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.<br /> <br /> Police have not released the name of the student of the Buccament Bay Secondary School, and Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Michelle Forbes, has made a very strong appeal for persons to remain vigilant as drains and rivers have over flown their banks dumping debris and other materials on the roads making some of them impassable.<br /> <br /> A resident of the Central Leeward town said the teenager was crushed when he attempted to clear debris behind his home that was being flooded.<br /> <br /> The house is located close to a rocky cliff and reports are that the boulder had become lose pinning the student against the wall of the concrete house, killing him instantly.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in Buccament Bay, a neighbouring village in Central Leeward, several people abandoned their homes and sought refuge in emergency shelters as the river nearby again overran its bank.<br /> <br /> Police officers, including members of the Rapid Response Unit, where at the Buccament Bay Secondary School around 10:00 pm (local time) helping to transport people to the official emergency centre.<br /> <br /> Assistant Superintendent of Police, Enville Williams, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the police were there to help to save lives as an estimated 25 people left their homes for the shelter.<br /> <br /> In 2013, the river was responsible for the deaths of several people after heavy rains caused by the passage of the Christmas Eve trough system caused widespread flooding.<br /> <br /> There were reports of flooding in a number of areas, as well as landslides and power outages.<br /> <br /> The state-owned Agency for Public Information (API) said Wednesday night that there have been confirmed reports of flooding in Vermont, South Rivers, sections of Kingstown, Campden Park, Arnos Vale, including the ET Joshua Airport, Langley Park and Buccament.<br /> <br /> In addition, NEMO has received confirmed reports of damage to several homes, landslides and blocked roads.<br /> <br /> The Central Water and Sewage Authority (CWSA) has reported that Hermitage River has risen by 1.10 meters in the last hour and as a precautionary measure, the CWSA turned off all of their water systems.<br /> <br /> Schools will remain closed for the rest Thursday.<br /> <br /> NEMO is urging residents not to go sightseeing as emergency services will be responding to reports and roads have been impacted by landslides and flooding.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, forecasters at the ET Joshua Airport said late Wednesday that a tropical storm warning remains in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines<br /> <br /> A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely to affect the country &mdash; in this case, during the next 24 hours.<br /> <br /> Matthew was now moving towards the west at 15 miles per hour and a further decrease in forward speed is expected during the next few days. But it is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane by Friday.<br /> <br /> Forecasters say Matthew will continue to produce moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty storm force winds across St Vincent Wednesday night into Thursday.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321162/shelters-svg_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 AM WEATHER UPDATE: TS Matthew could become hurricane tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/WEATHER-UPDATE--TS-Matthew-could-become-hurricane-tonight KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Meteorological (Met) Service has continued the severe weather alert for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Matthew continues moving westward through the eastern Caribbean and could become a hurricane by tonight.<br /> <br /> At 4:00 am the centre of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 14.0 degrees North, longitude 64.7 degrees West or 500 km east northeast of Curacao, the Met Service said in a release today.<br /> <br /> Matthew is moving towards the west near 26 km/h. This general westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.<br /> <br /> On the forecast track, the centre of Tropical Storm Matthew is forecast to pass to the north of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao on Friday. Forecast models expect the storm to continue on its westward path on Saturday and then turn towards the north bringing it closer to the Jamaica area on Sunday and Monday, the release said. <br /> <br /> Maximum sustained winds are near 100 km/h with higher gusts. The Met Service said gradual strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Matthew could become a hurricane by tonight.<br /> <br /> Fishers on the cays and banks are further urged to complete their preparations and be on the alert to evacuate.<br /> <br /> The Met Service said it will continue to closely monitor this system.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319082/WEATHER_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:13 AM Allegations of detainee beatings at police station, JFJ demands action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Allegations-of-detainee-beatings-at-police-station--JFJ-demands-action KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Jamaicans for Justice is demanding that urgent action be taken by the relevant authorities after reports, which the group described as "credible", that two detainees received "serious physical abuse" while in police custody.<br /> <br /> In a news release Wednesday, JFJ said it received the reports from family members of people detained at the Central Police Station.<br /> <br /> "We demand urgent action by the relevant authorities to address threats to their life, safety, and fundamental human rights," JFJ said. "We call upon the authorities to immediately institute protective measures, conduct investigations into the reports of beatings, and provide access to proper medical care."<br /> <br /> In the news release, JFJ said according to informants, between September 19 and 23, the detainees were allegedly beaten by police officers during an attempted transportation to a scheduled court appearance.<br /> <br /> "One of the detainees reportedly sustained very severe injuries that have compromised his health. We are advised by multiple sources that based on the severity of their injuries, they were not brought to court as scheduled," JFJ noted.<br /> <br /> The human rights group said it was also advised that despite continued requests for proper medical attention, one detainee reportedly continues to experience debilitating health conditions that suggest worsening injuries and "potentially threatening medical complications".<br /> <br /> JFJ said the reports have potentially adverse long-term impacts for detainees that must be addressed as in several cases of beatings in detention in Jamaica, injuries have resulted in the death of detainees. <br /> <br /> "There exists at this point a well-established risk of irreparable harm to life, physical wellbeing and health in these instances which the authorities are duty-bound to meaningfully address without delay," JFJ said, adding that based on reports, this has not occurred.<br /> <br /> Subsequent to the alleged beating, the detainee was reportedly brought to a health centre but JFJ says that he continues to fear for his "declining health, and exhibits signs of severe distress and emotional trauma".<br /> <br /> "These reports, if determined to be true, raise serious human rights concerns, including possible violations of the right to bodily and physical integrity, the protection from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and the right to health, all of which are protected under national and international law," the group said.<br /> <br /> JFJ said it is "deeply disturbed" by the reports.<br /> <br /> "We remain concerned that so many Jamaicans face great risk of human rights violations while in the care of the State," JFJ continued.<br /> <br /> All persons, according to JFJ, regardless of criminal accusation or negative public sentiment against them, have fundamental rights which the State is legally mandated to protect. JFJ is insisting that <br /> <br /> people detained by the police, pending trial, do not lose their rights because they are detained. "Instead, the police maintain a duty of care that requires that safeguards be established to protect them," the group said.<br /> <br /> JFJ says it is therefore calling on the lawmen at the Central Police Station and the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to take decisive action to address the reports. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12579175/Jail-bird_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:51 PM JPS activates emergency operations ahead of Tropical Storm Matthew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JPS-activates-emergency-operations-ahead-of-Tropical-Storm-Matthew KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; With the approach of Tropical Storm Matthew, Jamaica Public Service says it has activated its emergency operations to facilitate timely response to any damage to its power delivery infrastructure.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;JPS began preparing for the hurricane season from the start of the year,&rdquo; said Winsome Callum, director of Corporate Communications. &ldquo;An important part of the preparation is our ongoing structural integrity programme, which involves lightning mitigation as well as upgrading equipment and other aspects of the network. We also ensure that adequate material and other resources are in place to facilitate repair and replacement of equipment that may be damaged during a hurricane.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The JPS corporate communications director, in a news release Wednesday, reminded customers that they may lose their power supply as a result of the storm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Weather conditions associated with the system are likely to include strong winds and rains. These may cause power lines to snap, trees to fall on power lines, and landslides which may cause poles to be dislocated,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> JPS advised that in the event of outages, JPS teams will first need to make the necessary checks and assessment of damage to the electricity network, before restoration efforts can get under way. The company said depending on the severity of the storm&rsquo;s impact and damage to the power delivery infrastructure, customers may be out of power for an extended period of time.<br /> <br /> JPS also urged the public to stay safe before, during, and after the storm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is very important for persons to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. We encourage customers to stock up on emergency supplies, stay indoors, and stay away from fallen poles and power lines,&rdquo; Callum said. &ldquo;We all have to make safety a top priority.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13276357/227535_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:13 PM Police say another escapee recaptured, six still at large http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-say-another-escapee-recaptured--six-still-at-large KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Six of nine men who escaped custody from the Denham Town Police Lock-Up on Monday, September 18, are still at large and the police are seeking the public&rsquo;s assistance in locating them. They are:<br /> <br /> &bull; Theodore Lawrence, 23, otherwise called &lsquo;Theo&rsquo;, of Baugh Path, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14, who was charged with murder.<br /> <br /> &bull; Kevin Thomas, 26, otherwise called &lsquo;Tatan&rsquo; of McKenzie drive, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged with wounding with intent and shooting with intent.<br /> <br /> &bull; Richard Richardson, 22, otherwise called &lsquo;Ritchie&rsquo; of Golden Heights, Denham Town, Kingston 14, who was charged with shooting with intent.<br /> <br /> &bull; Ian McBean, 30, otherwise called &lsquo;Pipe&rsquo; of Cling Cling Avenue, Kingston 11, who was charged with murder.<br /> <br /> &bull; Donovan Allen, 33, otherwise called &lsquo;Bitter&rsquo; Johns Road, Spanish Town, St Catherine, who was charged with robbery with aggravation.<br /> <br /> &bull; George Ballentine, 19, of Bedwood Gardens, Kingston 7, who was charged with murder and illegal possession of firearm.<br /> <br /> Reports from the police are that about 7:30 am, during a routine cell check the men were discovered to be missing. They reportedly escaped by cutting through a ventilation grille.<br /> <br /> Alex Bailey, 23, of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11, who was charged with murder and illegal possession of firearm was recaptured by the police in Whitehouse, Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> The police say the Inspectorate of the Constabulary has commenced a probe into the incident.<br /> <br /> Anyone with information that can lead to the recapture of these prisoners is asked to contact the Denham Town police at 948-6443, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295823/Kevin-Thomas_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295829/Donovan-Allen_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295827/Ian-McBean_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13295821/Theodore-Lawrence_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:31 PM JCF, INDECOM to sign MoU to govern engagement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JCF--INDECOM-to-sign-MoU-to-govern-engagement KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Minister of National Security Robert Montague has announced that the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Independent Commission of Investigations are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will govern their engagement.<br /> <br /> Speaking in Parliament today, Montague said, after weeks, the JCF and INDECOM have concluded discussions on the MoU.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The document is ready for signing,&rdquo; Montague said Wednesday. &ldquo;This document outlines the protocols governing the engagement of INDECOM and the JCF going forward."<br /> <br /> Montague said the Government believes that both the JCF and INDECOM should work together in the interest of the country.<br /> <br /> However, he did not outline what is entailed in the MoU.<br /> <br /> The JCF and INDECOM have had a tumultuous relationship since the commission was established in 2010, with the mandate to investigate actions by agents of the State, including the police, Jamaica Defence Force soldiers, and correctional officers, which result in the death, abuse of rights, or injury of people.<br /> <br /> Lately, police officers on front-line duty are increasingly declining to engage criminals as they fear being prosecuted by INDECOM.<br /> <br /> The MoU, which should establish protocols, is one of the short-term measures outlined by Montague, as he spoke about crime in St James and the measures being taken by the Ministry of National Security and the security forces to maintain law and order in western Jamaica as well as other trouble spots in the island.<br /> <br /> Other short-term-measures outlined today include:br&gt;<br /> <br /> &bull; Establishment of a Joint Police-Military Operating Centre in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> &bull; Increased number of police and military personnel in the region, as well as in other hotspots across the country.<br /> <br /> &bull; Increased intelligence assets, which have been deployed in areas of operation.<br /> <br /> &bull; The Commissioner of Police has instructed that serving of all warrants and summonses in police stations must be delivered within two weeks.<br /> <br /> &bull; Curfews have been imposed.<br /> <br /> &bull; Cordon and searches have been implemented.<br /> <br /> &bull; Mobile patrols and Vehicle Checkpoints have been increased.<br /> <br /> &bull; The Maroon Town Police Station was re-opened and staffed.<br /> <br /> &bull; A generator is being procured for the Montego Hills Police, and will be installed shortly.<br /> <br /> &bull; The police commissioner has informed of the splitting of parish of St James into two police divisions.<br /> <br /> &bull; The police commissioner is also moving with to improve public confidence in the police in Area 1 by instituting random lie detector tests and other measures.<br /> <br /> &bull; The Anti-Lottery Scamming Task Force has been revived since August and given added resources.<br /> <br /> &bull; A telephone number manned by senior police personnel in St James has been set up for citizens to call in confidence to share what they know. The number is 9524396. Calls to this number have yielded significant intelligence leads.<br /> <br /> &bull; Air and marine assets have deployed in the area of operations.<br /> <br /> &bull; 38 police vehicles will be repaired under Operation Quick Fix, and five have been deployed since Monday.<br /> <br /> &bull; 10 pre-owned cars have been procured and will be deployed to Area 1 next week.<br /> <br /> &bull; A permanent Police Mobile Reserve is in the process of being established in St James.<br /> <br /> &bull; A redesigned and expanded CCTV network, of which the design work has been completed for installation in St James.<br /> <br /> &bull; Discussions are set to commence with the Lay Magistrates/Justices of the Peace for the development of a MoU.<br /> <br /> &bull; Discussions have almost concluded with the Government of Cuba for a forensic pathologist to be engaged and dispatched to St James.<br /> <br /> &bull; A media saturation programme &lsquo;Creating a Safer Jamaica&rsquo; was launched today. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13313707/Montague_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:14 PM Woman gets 40 months for impersonating FBI agent in lottery scam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-gets-40-months-for-impersonating-FBI-agent-in-lottery-scam WASHINGTON, United States &mdash; The United States Department of Justice today announced that a woman has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for her role in a Jamaica-based lottery fraud scheme.<br /> <br /> She is Vania Lee Allen.<br /> <br /> According ot the Department of Justice, Allen&rsquo;s 40 months in prison will be followed by three years of supervised release.<br /> <br /> She was also reportedly ordered to pay $117,000 in restitution.<br /> <br /> Allen, 30, pleaded guilty on June 22 in the Southern District of Georgia to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and false impersonation of an employee of the United States. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Lottery fraud scams based in Jamaica targeting Americans typically need help from at least one co-conspirator in the United States,&rdquo; said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C Mizer, head of the Justice Department&rsquo;s Civil Division. &ldquo;Impersonating an FBI agent to convince an innocent victim that this so-called international lottery is real is deceitful, pure and simple. The Justice Department will actively pursue and charge those who participate in such criminal activity.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As part of her guilty plea, Allen acknowledged that she and a co-conspirator in Jamaica sought to unlawfully enrich themselves through a fraudulent lottery scheme targeting an elderly resident of Evans, Georgia.<br /> <br /> An indictment charging Allen was filed on March 3. According to the indictment, Allen&rsquo;s co-conspirator falsely informed the victim that he had won money in a lottery and instructed the victim to make payments to various people in order to collect the purported lottery winnings.  As part of her plea agreement,<br /> <br /> Allen acknowledged that in order to induce the victim to continue to make payments as directed by her co-conspirator, Allen travelled from Jamaica to the United States to meet with the victim personally. Allen also acknowledged that when she met the victim, she falsely portrayed herself as a FBI agent, provided the victim with a cell phone, and directed him to speak with the person on the line, who was Allen&rsquo;s co-conspirator in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The prison sentence given by the court demonstrates the significant consequences of engaging in fraud designed to steal from Americans,&rdquo; said US Attorney Edward J Tarver of the Southern District of Georgia. &ldquo;International lottery scams will not be allowed to continually target the most vulnerable segments of our communities without fear of severe consequences.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Department of Justice said Allen&rsquo;s prosecution is part of its effort to work with federal and local law enforcement to combat fraudulent lottery schemes in Jamaica that prey on US citizens.<br /> <br /> According to the US Postal Inspection Service, Americans have lost tens of millions of dollars to fraudulent foreign lotteries. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/8673532/Court.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:50 PM OPM sees 34% decline in electricity use with conservation programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OPM-sees-34--decline-in-electricity-use-with-conservation-programme KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; The Government&rsquo;s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) has enabled a number of State entities to effect essential operational changes in order to conserve energy.<br /> <br /> The programme&rsquo;s objective, which aims to change their approach to energy consumption, has been evident in several ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that have adopted effective conservation practices.<br /> <br /> Notable among these is the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).<br /> <br /> Acting Chief Technical Director for the OPM&rsquo;s Planning and Development Division, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, tells JIS News that there has been a 34 per cent reduction in the amount of electricity used by that office since its implementation of the EECP.<br /> <br /> She outlines that the first and second phases of the process entailed the installation of solar tinting and cool-roofing features, while the third, now under way, involves air-conditioning retrofitting.<br /> <br /> Additionally, Lynch-Stewart says smart meters have been installed in each building.<br /> <br /> She explains the meters are connected to the computer system, which facilitates the monitoring of electricity at each location. This, she adds, will identify where spikes in consumption occur and determine the reasons.<br /> <br /> In so doing, Lynch-Stewart says it will enable the OPM to better guide employees on measures to effectively address these.<br /> <br /> Two measures expected to go a far way in this regard are the installation of sensors, which enables lights in rooms to be switched off when persons leave and the appointment of energy wardens to monitor this activity.<br /> <br /> The acting chief technical director says the OPM has been proactive in enlightening the staff on energy-saving upgrades and tips by, among other things, placing posters outlining this information at strategic locations at the office.<br /> <br /> These tips are also disseminated electronically to each member of staff weekly, she adds, with the hope that they will have a positive impact on them at work and personally by effecting &ldquo;total behaviour change&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Lynch-Stewart is of the view that &ldquo;if all of us in Jamaica reduce our energy consumption, then we all benefit as citizens living on this little rock&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> She believes the impact of the energy-efficiency campaign is great and states that &ldquo;people are more conscious now&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Lynch-Stewart contends that &ldquo;little things like that encourage people to participate in the whole energy-conservation activity here in the ministry as well as in their homes&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Other engagements which have been carried out under the EECP are<br /> <br /> energy audits in organisations islandwide and sensitisation sessions promoting energy conservation.<br /> <br /> Sensitisation and promotions have also been undertaken through print, television and radio features.<br /> <br /> The programme, which aims to achieve a five per cent annual reduction in the Government&rsquo;s energy consumption, has realised savings of $100 million, and is now in the monitoring and verification stage of implementation. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319759/Jacqueline-Lynch-Stewart_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:58 PM Forex: J$128.11 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-128-11-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Wednesday, September 28, ended trading at J$128.11, up 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$96.35, down from J$96.94, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$166.43, up from J$165.02. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9847300/Forex_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:36 PM JGRA says energy minister's intervention averts petroleum crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JGRA-says-energy-minister-s-intervention-averts-petroleum-crisis KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) says there will not be a disruption in fuel supply in the retail network as it will not instruct its members to suspend petroleum sales at their outlets.<br /> <br /> The JGRA said the decision was taken after Minister of Energy, Science and Technology Andrew Wheatley requested that the JGRA suspend whatever industrial action was being contemplated at the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum issued to RUBiS.<br /> <br /> The JGRA gave petroleum marketing company RUBiS until 5:00 pm today to respond favourably to its requests to represent RUBiS dealers in their contract negotiations with the company.<br /> <br /> In a news release today, the JGRA said the minister responded to their call for his intervention by summoning the JGRA to his office on September 23, where he was updated on the current impasse between the JGRA and RUBiS Energy Jamaica Limited.<br /> <br /> The meeting was also reportedly attended by David Miller, executive director of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC); Hillary Alexander, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy Science and Technology; Collen Weise, legal counsel at the ministry, and other technocrats.<br /> <br /> The JGRA said it gave a full update on the contentious, contractual issues and having also heard comments from the FTC and other participants, the minister requested that the JGRA suspend whatever industrial action was being contemplated.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The JGRA will, therefore, in keeping with the minister&rsquo;s request, not instruct its members to suspend petroleum sales at their outlets pending the outcome of a meeting between RUBiS and his ministry,&rdquo; the JGRA said Wednesday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13216134/Andrew-Wheatley_JIS_w504_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:33 PM Gov&rsquo;t working on safeguards for children in sports, Grange says http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-working-on-safeguards-for-children-in-sports--Grange-says KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says her ministry will be establishing an inter-ministerial taskforce to develop safeguards that protect children in sports. <br /> <br /> This comes in the wake of the sudden death of St George&rsquo;s College Manning Cup team captain, Dominic James, who collapsed during a football match at the Stadium East field in Kingston on September 20.<br /> <br /> She said that the protection of children everywhere is always a priority for the Government.<br /> <br /> Grange said her ministry will be moving quickly to safeguard children in sports and to, among other things, protect them from abuses such as training beyond their physical limit, ensuring their proper nutrition, playing while being injured, lack of diagnostic and health checks, exposure to banned substances, sexual and mental abuse, and if they are made to feel like failures if they do not perform properly. <br /> <br /> She said that the taskforce would, in collaboration with various stakeholders, ensure training and certification in safety and response.<br /> <br /> Shanica Blair<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941647/201989_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:06 PM Experts to find source of ventilation issue at CRH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Experts-to-find-source-of-ventilation-issue-at-CRH ST JAMES, Jamaica &mdash; The Cornwall Regional Hospital is advising that the ventilation issues, which resulted in a suspension of clinics and outpatient services at the institution yesterday, have been contained.<br /> <br /> Although back to normal, the board of directors and management said a decision has been taken to bring in outside expertise to seek out the source of the ventilation problem and deal with it effectively.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, Services in Accident and Emergency, Medical Records and Clinics will return to normal as of Thursday. However, the hospital said the Blood Donation Unit is being relocated temporarily to the Infection Control Centre on the grounds of the hospital.<br /> <br /> The ventilation problem affected the first, second and third floors of the hospital resulting in only emergency cases being seen in Accident and Emergency yesterday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319611/crh.jpg Local News Wednesday, September 28, 2016 4:46 PM