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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Don&rsquo;t hate me, Jamaica, Ugandan athlete pleads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Don-t-hate-me--Jamaica--Ugandan-athlete-pleads_93762 <br /> <br /> Kingston College&rsquo;s middle and long distance runner Aryamanya Rodgers wants Jamaican lovers of athletics to love, respect and support him as he prepares to make history later this week by competing at the premier schoolboy event this side of the world.<br /> <br /> Rodgers, who related his hell, pain and discomfort when he left his homeland in August in a bid to reach Jamaica to start school at Kingston College, has come under pressure from members of the Calabar High School fraternity in respect of his participation for KC in the Boys and Girls Athletic Championship which begins tomorrow at the National Stadium and ends on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Calabar, led by its principal Albert Corcho, objected to the manner in which the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) which manages the championship, approved Rodgers&rsquo; participation, saying that the youngster had missed the deadline for him to be in school, and demanded of ISSA a written explanation as to why discretion was applied in this case to allow the Ugandan youth to run.<br /> <br /> Corcho, who in 2012 was interviewed and shortlisted to become principal of KC, has publicly criticised the ISSA management committee, of which he is a part, for the decision that was taken in his absence recently.<br /> <br /> Followers of athletics have put forward mixed views on the subject, some even citing the anticipated fierce battle between Calabar, the defending champions in the boys division, and KC, the most successful school with 31 titles overall, as the real reason for Calabar&rsquo;s protests.<br /> <br /> But Rodgers, who will run the 1,500 metres Class Two and the 5,000 metres Open, wants Jamaica to show him some warmth, as according to him, the challenges that he faced in getting to Jamaica, a country that he has always loved, were not caused by him. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s my first time in Jamaica and it disturbs me to see some of the things that people are saying about me,&rdquo; Rodgers told the Jamaica Observer in an interview last week.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Supporters of track and field should stop hurting people because of their talents. In track and field it&rsquo;s one man&rsquo;s effort, it&rsquo;s not like football. I want to stay in Jamaica and develop my track and field, and you never know, but I may wish to represent Jamaica one day, and if that opportunity comes up, I will make an effort, if there is some encouragement.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I learnt that I was coming to Jamaica I was happy because I never expected to be out of Uganda and I had an interest to know that there was a chance to be in Jamaica, to be near to Usain Bolt and all the other great athletes that Jamaica has produced. So I want to develop my athletics here.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But so far I haven&rsquo;t moved around so much because I am expecting some bad influences from outside, so for now I choose not to move around and just focus on the KC programme and school work,&rdquo; Rodgers said.<br /> <br /> Told that critics of his running at &lsquo;Champs&rsquo; this year said they were merely following the rules in objecting to his participation, Rodgers dismissed that.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s the rule only, because people feel hurt by my performances, I don&rsquo;t know why. It&rsquo;s not my fault that I am this talented. I don&rsquo;t know why you should hate me because of my talent. I don&rsquo;t think hating me for my talent is gonna do anyone any good.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The 16-year-old is preparing himself for a career in engineering, should his plan for becoming a professional athlete not work out, and so while he puts a lot of energy into the track programme, his school work is equally important, the lover of fried chicken and rice suggested.<br /> <br /> He emphasised the learning of mathematics as crucial in his upward mobility as, according to him, nothing beats &ldquo;being able to do addition, subtraction, division and multiplication&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;To some extent, what I am experiencing now at KC is what I expected. I expected a lot of fun and I am seeing it. I am loved by KC people, but what I never expected is the social media things. I am disturbed by what&rsquo;s happening on social media, so I try my best not to pay too much attention to them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My experience was bad coming here. I was turned away by the airline two times, had my money taken away in Kenya, but fortunately all the money was not kept in one place, and it was a good thing I hid some of it. The Kenyan soldiers and the government were not so friendly, so it was all bad,&rdquo; he recounted.<br /> <br /> Rodgers, while he was growing in western Uganda, ran in primary school, but said he was never interested in track and field. Football was his first love, a sport that he still plays, but he was encouraged by his uncle Reuben Twijukye, who is doing postgraduate studies in the United States to take track and field more seriously. That ended in him surprising everybody in his first race, and after that went on to win cross country races and other long distance events.<br /> <br /> So when &lsquo;Champs&rsquo; begin this week, Rodgers will go into the greatest school sporting event in the region with a strong commitment to succeed, record good times, but better yet, shake the negative monkey off his back, as he tries to win over the love of Jamaicans, and in turn force them to admire and respect the talent that he is equipped with. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13737713/266794_92707_repro_w300.jpg Local News Monday, March 27, 2017 Worker fatally stabbed at JUTC Twickenham Park depot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Worker-fatally-stabbed-at-JUTC-Twickenham-Park-depot <br /> <br /> ST CATHERINE, Jamaica &mdash; A worker is dead this morning after being stabbed by a colleague at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Twickenham Park depot in Spanish Town.<br /> <br /> Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that the deceased was the assistant canteen manager who was stabbed by the canteen manager during an altercation between the two.<br /> <br /> Read: UPDATE: Worker killed at JUTC bus depot identified<br /> <br /> Police scene of crime officers are currently at the location. <br /> <br /> According to a JUTC official at the Spanish Town depot, members of the canteen staff operate on contract and are not directly employed to the JUTC.<br /> <br /> The official withheld the identity of the deceased individual until police are able to notify relatives. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13675023/Stabbing1_w300.jpg Local News Monday, March 27, 2017 Water is on the way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Water-is-on-the-way_93688 <br /> <br /> Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I regard as unfortunate the contents of the article &lsquo;MP, we are human&rsquo; by your Staff Reporter Kimone Francis which appeared in the Observer North & East section of your newspaper of Monday, March 20, 2017. While I was not named as the &ldquo;MP&rdquo; in the interview done with the three photographed residents, Mt Pleasant is located in my constituency of Portland Western.<br /> <br /> Perhaps if my comments were sought, or that of the National Water Commission (NWC), for that matter, we would have had the opportunity to elaborate on the efforts being undertaken by myself and the NWC to improve and expand the Mt Pleasant water supply. As well, the article would have been more balanced.<br /> <br /> Both as Government and Opposition MP, prior to February 2016 I had several meetings with officials of the NWC in relation to the rehabilitation of the Mt Pleasant water supply. This resulted in an estimate of $200 million being provided for the upgrade of the water supply for potable water to the entire Mt Pleasant and surrounding communities. This would complement the Fruitful Vale water supply, which was commissioned in 2013 in collaboration with my office through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).<br /> <br /> Owing to the unavailability of the projected funds of $200 million, the decision was taken to implement the project on a phase-by-phase basis, with possible help from other stakeholders such as service organisations. The NWC had two community meetings with residents to apprise them of the situation and the work to be carried out in order to get their co-operation. <br /> <br /> Since then the water supply in the Panton and Bottom Road areas has been upgraded, where old pipes were replaced. The NWC has also laid pipes in West End, Barracks, Settlement Road, and has started minor works in Darley in the constituency. The NWC has spent over $12 million to carry out extensive repairs and major expansion works to repair the system. <br /> <br /> The work includes restoration of the Mt Pleasant pumping station with the installation of a new pump, sterilisation of the storage tank, installation of a chlorination system, and repairs to approximately 20 leaks. As Member of Parliament, I must publicly acknowledge the work that the NWC has done, even with a lack of financial resources.<br /> <br /> I must also hasten to point out that the recent disruption in water was caused by the JPS meter to the NWC pump burning out twice, which has now been rectified, allowing for the NWC to restore the water supply.<br /> <br /> Like some other rural areas in Jamaica, Portland has experienced extremes of weather conditions with periods of severe drought and then periods of devastating flooding. In those times of drought, I have either used funds from my CDF or special allocations received from the Ministry of Water to truck water to affected areas, including schools to avoid interruption of classes.<br /> <br /> Other measures which I have used to alleviate the lack of water in the constituency include tanks in 12 communities across the constituency in conjunction with the NWC and the parish council. <br /> <br /> I must point out that after heavy rainfall there is usually high turbidity which temporarily disrupts service to residents. On those occasions, the NWC advises the public of this inconvenience and I, as MP, ensure water is trucked to the affected areas.<br /> <br /> I wish to state that it is not necessary in my 10th year as Member of Parliament to be reminded that any of my constituents is &ldquo;human&rdquo;. It is unfair and unjust for any article headline to accuse me of neglecting any sector, community, supporter of the other party, or &ldquo;human being&rdquo; of my constituency. <br /> <br /> Oftentimes, as MP, creative ways have to be found to ensure that the needs of constituents are met &ndash; whether by way of government resources, fund-raising, or simply begging. Every constituent has my respect. They are the ones who continue to elect me. They are the ones who I will continue to serve and respect in the interest of all my constituents.<br /> <br /> Once again a commitment made by me has been kept, despite the sideshow. <br /> <br /> Daryl Vaz<br /> <br /> Member of Parliament<br /> <br /> Portland Western<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13739846/filename_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Alleged Clansman leader Tesha Miller to be deported from Bahamas today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Alleged-Clansman-leader-Tesha-Miller-to-be-deported-from-Bahamas-today <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Alleged Clansman leader, Tesha Miller is to be deported from Bahamas later today. <br /> <br /> Last year, Miller was listed as a &ldquo;person of interest&rdquo; by Jamaica's Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and was asked to report to the police following a spike in murders in the St Catherine North Division, where the Clansman Gang is actively engaged in criminal activities.<br /> <br /> The police theorised that Miller could assist in their investigation of several of the murders recorded in Spanish Town and sections of Portmore during the first quarter of 2016.<br /> <br /> Miller was deported to Jamaica last year after being imprisoned in the US.<br /> <br /> He reportedly fled to The Bahamas from Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Raquel Porter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13741289/tesha-miller_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Records aplenty as Olympians strut stuff at UWI Invitational Meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/Records-aplenty-as-Olympians-strut-stuff-at-UWI-Invitational-Meet_93713 <br /> <br /> Triple jumper Shanieka Thomas was among a number of Olympians that produced creditable performances as the records were aplenty at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Invitational Meet at the UWI/Usain Bolt Stadium on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Thomas, now sporting her married name Ricketts, leapt to a season opening mark of 14.20 metres in a negative 0.1 metres per second wind speed. She won ahead of her UWI teammates Tamara Myers (14.02m) and Natrena Hooper (12.26m).<br /> <br /> Though the performance was nowhere close to her personal best and meet record leap of 14.57m, achieved last year at the same meet, the 25-year-old Thomas-Ricketts was pleased with the opener.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This was my season opener and 14.20m is well over the qualification standard for World Championships, so I am ok with it. It is a different season working on different things, and it is also early in the season, so we still have a lot of things to work on,&rdquo; the 5ft 9in tall jumper told journalists.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This was my first time running from 18 strides all season, so it is a good start. And I am just looking forward to what the season has to unfold. [My goal is] to make the World Championships final and hopefully make it on the podium,&rdquo; she added.<br /> <br /> The men&rsquo;s triple jump was won by unattached jumper Wilbert Walker, who established one of eight records on the day. He achieved a mark of 16.23 metres in a positive 1.6 metres per second wind speed, bettering the old mark of 15.34m set by Jellani Bogle in 2015.<br /> <br /> The GC Foster College pair of Aubrey Allen (16.18m) and Shown-D Thompson (14.95m) were second and third respectively.<br /> <br /> National discus record holder Fedrick Dacres of the UWI topped the men&rsquo;s shot put with a heave of 19.78m ahead of teammate Christopher Brown (17.10m) and Alec-Verne Longmore (16.33m) of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).<br /> <br /> Isheka Binns also of the UWI won the women&rsquo;s event with a new record mark of 15.71m, bettering Genneva Greaves&rsquo; previous mark of 14.80m set in 2015. UTech&rsquo;s Latifah Smith (14.74m) was second and Tia-Gaye Johnson (13.85m) of GC Foster College third.<br /> <br /> Dacres also topped the discus with a mark of 66.38m, two metres shy of his own record of 66.40m set in 2015. Chad Wright (58.44m), throwing unattached, and Basil Bingham (56.80m) of UWI were the runners-up.<br /> <br /> Venique Harris of UWI launched the discus to a new record 58.76m to finish tops in the women&rsquo;s division as she bettered 58.55m set in 2015 by Tarasue Barnett. Binns (55.57m) was second with Smith (41.51m) in third.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson once again tested her mettle at the 400m event and finished down the track despite improved performance.<br /> <br /> The MVP representative finished fifth in heat one of the time final event with her time of 55.98 seconds placing her 14th overall.<br /> <br /> Olympic 400m hurdles finalist Janieve Russell also of MVP won the event in 52.59 seconds, ahead of Dawnalee Loney (53.18s) of Mico University College and Jodean Williams (53.58s) of UWI.<br /> <br /> The men&rsquo;s event, which featured the likes of Warren Weir, Jaheel Hyde, Annsert Whyte and Julian Forte, was won by former St Jago star Martin Manley of Cameron Blazers in 46.36 seconds. Miguel Francis (46.48s) of Racers Track Club was second and Rasheed Dwyer (46.64s) of Sprintec third.<br /> <br /> Javon Francis of Akan Track Club went from the quarter-mile to the 200m half-lap event which he won 20.73 seconds running in a negative 0.2 metres per second wind speed. Oshane Bailey (20.85s) of GC Foster and Chad Walker (20.87s) of UTech were second and third respectively.<br /> <br /> GC Foster College&rsquo;s Sashalee Forbes won the women&rsquo;s 200m in 23.48 seconds in a wind speed of negative 2.3 metres per second. She was followed in by the Sprintec pair of Gayon Evans (23.52s) and Natasha Morrison (23.87s).<br /> <br /> It was a clean sweep for MVP Track Club in the women&rsquo;s 100m with Shericka Jackson leading the way with a 11.32-second clocking in a positive 0.2 metres per second wind speed. Stephanie-Ann McPherson, who has been frequently sprinting since the start of the season, was second in 11.50 seconds, while Srabani Nanda (11.68s) was third.<br /> <br /> The UWI-based Trinidadian Emmanuel Callender finished tops in the men&rsquo;s dash with a time of 10.28 seconds achieved in a negative 0.3 metres per second wind speed. Former St Elizabeth Technical High School stalwart Nigel Ellis (10.29s) was second with MVP&rsquo;s Kavean Smith (10.30s) third. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13705272/263819_90157_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Jamaican mother of teen killed by white cop robbed of moral victory &mdash; US Congresswoman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-mother-of-teen-killed-by-white-cop-robbed-of-moral-victory---US-Congresswoman <br /> <br /> NEW YORK, United States (CMC) &mdash; A Caribbean American legislator says that the Jamaican-born mother of a teenager killed by a white police officer five years ago and was allowed to resign from the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been &ldquo;robbed of an important emotional and moral victory.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Officer Richard Haste, who resigned from the NYPD on Sunday, killed unarmed, 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home, in 2012, in front of his grandmother and six-year-old brother.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The fact that Richard Haste was allowed to leave on his own terms, resigning before termination, robbed Constance Malcolm [Graham&rsquo;s mother] of an important emotional and moral victory,&rdquo; New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It also robbed supporters and advocates, who through each denial of justice told her and her family to just hold on, &lsquo;we will prevail,&rsquo;&rdquo; added Williams, Deputy Leader of the City Council.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On a day that we all should be using to celebrate this step forward in accountability that has been lacking, somehow we still fell short. Not to mention the fact that Richard Haste should have been removed from the force years ago, denying him promotions received on Constance Malcolm&rsquo;s taxes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Critically importantly now is to understand if there are any legal differences in the ramifications of Richard Haste resigning as opposed to being fired,&rdquo; said Williams, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So far, my understanding is he will not be eligible for a pension, and will not receive the commonly called &lsquo;Good Guy Letter&rsquo; for future employment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To be clear, Richard Haste should be in jail. Absent that, the only option left to the City was a departmental trial and removal from the force.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Williams urged the deBlasio administration in New York City to now take immediate steps &ldquo;to confirm any distinctions that may exist, and make clear the full impact on the officer who murdered Ramarley Graham, unarmed, in his house, and in front of his grandmother and little brother.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Only then can we try and salvage the accountability so many thought would come from today&rsquo;s news,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Haste said that Malcolm has &ldquo;got every right to be mad&rdquo; and that he wanted to talk with her &ndash; an offer she quickly rejected.<br /> <br /> A day after he resigned from the NYPD instead of being fired, Haste, 35, told the Daily News that he wished he&rsquo;d been able to talk with the family since the February 2, 2012, shooting.<br /> <br /> But he said the NYPD&rsquo;s communications department, known as DCPI, had prevented him from speaking.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been wanting to talk to the family since day one. I&rsquo;ve been restricted by DCPI. You want to speak, but you can&rsquo;t,&rdquo; Haste said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She&rsquo;s got every right to be mad,&rdquo; he added, referring to Malcolm. &ldquo;I felt like they deserved to hear what happened.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> But Malcolm, according to the Daily News, was not interested, saying that Haste had his opportunity to speak at a NYPD departmental trial regarding the shooting.<br /> <br /> Haste was found guilty Friday, at the departmental trial, of having &ldquo;exercised poor tactical judgment leading up to the discharge of his firearm&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Richard Haste sat through a trial and lied up there. Now you want to meet with me? That was your opportunity, on that stand. So, no, I won&rsquo;t meet with him,&rdquo; Malcolm said, adding &ldquo;nothing he could say to me is going to take away that pain.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13740789/judge-gavel_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, March 28, 2017 14 arrested last week as cops seize 18 guns, 124 rounds of ammo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/14-arrested-last-week-as-cops-seize-18-guns--124-rounds-of-ammo <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The police this evening reported that 14 people were last week arrested in connection with the seizure of 18 firearms, including high-powered weapons, and more than 124 assorted rounds of ammunition. <br /> <br /> Since the start of the year the police have seized 205 firearms, 2139 rounds of ammunition and have made over 140 arrests in relation to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.<br /> <br /> Members of the public are advised to support the police in the mission to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise family and do business. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13739736/bullets.jpg Local News Monday, March 27, 2017 TripAdvisor ranks Jamaica top Caribbean destination http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/TripAdvisor-ranks-Jamaica-top-Caribbean-destination <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; TripAdvisor Travelers&rsquo; Choice has ranked Jamaica number 12 on the &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Best Destinations" list and number one in the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> The awards rank Jamaica among destinations such as Bali, London, Paris and Rome.<br /> <br /> A news release from the Jamaica Tourist Board explained that the award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveller booking interest on TripAdvisor. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jamaica is honoured to have been recognised as one of the top destinations in the world by the TripAdvisor community, not to mention the number one in the Caribbean,&rdquo; said Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our hospitality offerings and especially our warm-hearted people, make each vacation unforgettable. We want to thank all of our visitors for choosing Jamaica and we are ready to welcome them back again and again.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jamaica has a large variety of accommodations for travellers looking for a memorable trip, including boutique hotels, all-inclusive resorts and expansive villas. Some of Jamaica&rsquo;s top accommodation offerings on TripAdvisor include Geejam, Hermosa Cove, The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel, and Jamaica Inn. <br /> <br /> The island has the most attractions of any other English-speaking Caribbean country including natural wonders such as Dunn&rsquo;s River Falls and Seven Mile Beach, to thrill-worthy adventures like Mystic Mountain&rsquo;s bobsledding and zip lining experiences. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13739508/Dunn-s-River-Falls_w300.jpg Local News Monday, March 27, 2017 MOCA charges MD of communications company with fraud http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/MOCA-charges-MD-of-communications-company-with-fraud <br /> <br /> KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has charged managing director of Jamus Communications Limited, Peter Sangster, with obtaining money by false pretence, uttering forged documents and forgery.<br /> <br /> In a release, MOCA said it is alleged that between January 2011 and August 2013, Sangster solicited and obtained over US$600,000 from the chairman of the company with the promise of providing a waiver for funds owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund (USF).<br /> <br /> MOCA said in August 2013 Sangster then presented the promised waiver allegedly signed by the then prime minister of Jamaica. When the document was tendered by the company to the USF for it to be enacted, it was discovered that the signature was forged.<br /> <br /> A report was made to MOCA by the company and an investigation into the matter was conducted by detectives from the anti-corruption agency. Sangster was arrested on Tuesday, March 21, this year after a question and answer session.<br /> <br /> He will appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this week.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9049866/black-man-handcuffs_w300.jpg Local News Monday, March 27, 2017 FIFA bans Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/FIFA-bans-Messi-for-4-World-Cup-qualifying-games <br /> <br /> ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) &mdash; Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifiers, starting with Tuesday's game in Bolivia.<br /> <br /> Messi was banned for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kick-off in La Paz.<br /> <br /> "This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee's previous rulings in similar cases," the world soccer body said.<br /> <br /> Messi and the Argentine soccer federation can appeal against the ban to FIFA. Messi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (US$10,160).<br /> <br /> FIFA intervened when the incident was not initially reported by the Brazilian referee after Argentina's 1-0 win at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.<br /> <br /> It was judged a red-card offense for Messi, who scored the only goal from a first-half penalty.<br /> <br /> Television pictures showed Messi reacting angrily late in the game when the assistant flagged him for a foul. He waved his arms and shouted profane insults at the Brazilian official.<br /> <br /> After the game, Messi refused to shake hands with the assistant who had annoyed him.<br /> <br /> Messi will also miss Argentina's game at Uruguay on August 31, and home games against Venezuela on September 5 and Peru on October 5.<br /> <br /> Argentina is third in the South American standings with five games left. Four teams qualify directly to play in Russia.<br /> <br /> The 2014 World Cup finalists have struggled without their star player in qualifying for 2018, earning only seven out of a possible 21 points when he did not play. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13741108/Lionel-Messi_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, March 28, 2017