Another State of Emergency is Declared in Jamaica’s Capital As Crime Level “Greatly Endangers Public Safety”

first_img Sharing is caring! Share                                        Boundaries of State of Emergency in Jamaica Tweet 144 Views   no discussions (Caribbean360) Another part of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, is now under a state of emergency (SOE), with the island’s police chief saying the level of crime there is “at a scale and nature that greatly endangers public safety”.The SOE took effect in the Eastern Kingston Police Division on Sunday.Prime Minister Andrew Holness said security personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were deployed to carry out the enhanced security operation.Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson said the area has been experiencing a high incidence of violent crimes from the latter part of 2019 and since the start of this year.“Eastern Kingston has persistently been one of the country’s crime hot spots with several gangs engaged in deadly inter and intra-gang conflicts or other criminal enterprise. Today, there are currently 32 criminal gangs with over 16 now actively engaged in various violent conflicts in the Division. There are 33 wanted persons and another 34 violence influencers within the Division,” he said.He said that murders in the division increased by 16 per cent in 2019, when compared to the previous year, while shootings increased by 49 per cent. Of those incidents, 67 per cent were related to gang activities.“In 2019, we recovered 36 firearms along with 622 rounds of ammunition in East Kingston alone. Already, since the start of 2020, the Eastern Kingston Division has recorded 11 murders when compared with the three (murders) during the corresponding period last year,” Commissioner Anderson said.Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang noted that the areas extending from Upper Mountain View to Rockfort along the coastline “continue to have a serious increase in…homicides”. And he said the Government was therefore obligated to take strong steps to protect the lives of the law-abiding citizens.“The security forces will take all steps required to apprehend, prosecute, and disrupt the gangs that exist in these areas,” he said.Meantime, Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade reminded that the SOE will give the security forces temporary additional powers of search, arrest and detention and limited suspension of individual rights.“We believe that this is necessary in order to give the security forces the necessary space to carry out the operational tasks that will be required to help bring a sense of normalcy to the communities affected,” he said.He assured citizens that both the JDF and JCF have been properly trained and oriented to give due regard to basic human rights and citizen rights of all the persons within the communities. Share LifestyleNewsRegional Another State of Emergency is Declared in Jamaica’s Capital As Crime Level “Greatly Endangers Public Safety” by: – January 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

DOH confirms 2 more cases of COVID-19

first_imgHe became the 44th COVID-19 case inTaiwan. The patient is currently stable at theResearch Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City. The fifth confirmed case is a62-year-old male Filipino with hypertension and diabetes mellitus. He coughedwith phlegm on Feb. 25. DOH also received reports of 3confirmed COVID-19 cases among foreign nationals who had a history of travel tothe Philippines. “The patient returned to thePhilippines on Feb. 25 and experienced chills and fever beginning March 3. Hehad himself checked by a hospital. Samples were collected for testing. Thesewere positive for COVID-19,” Duque said. Secretary Francisco Duque said thefourth confirmed case is a 48-year-old male Filipino with a travel history toJapan. “These recent developments aresignificant, but we are prepared to respond to its potential consequences. Ourpriority is to protect our health workers and the most vulnerable populations,”Duque said. This patient had no known travelhistory outside of the country, said Duque. “The fifth case is known to haveregularly visited a Muslim prayer hall in Barangay Greenhills, San Juan City.Previous visitors to the prayer hall who have fever and/or respiratory symptomsare encouraged to call the DOH hotline (02)8-651-7800 local 1149-1150 forproper referral to the appropriate health facility,” he added. The Health chief said contact tracingis being done and DOH is in close coordination with concerned local governmentunits.center_img “We can still contain the spread ofthe virus in the country, which is why we are encouraging the public topractice proper hand-washing, social distancing, and cough etiquette. We callon the public to be vigilant and continue doing their part in containing thedisease,” he added./PN Secretary Francisco Duque. PNA The first case is a 38-year-oldTaiwanese male who went on a five-day trip to the Philippines with his friendsand, while in the country, had diarrhea on March 2. After returning to Taiwan he hadhimself checked by a clinic for dry throat and tiredness. The third case is an Australian female(from the southeastern state of New South Wales) in her 60s who traveled to thePhilippines. “The patient sought medical help inMetro Manila on March 1 and was hospitalized for severe pneumonia. Specimencollected on March 4 tested positive for COVID-19,” Duque said. The second case is a 44-year-oldJapanese male who visited the Philippines from Feb. 21 to 28. Prior to visitingthe Philippines, he traveled to Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan. Hestayed at three different hotels during his visit to Metro Manila. MANILA – The Department of Health(DOH) has reported two more confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)in the Philippines, bringing the total cases in the country to five.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win Ripley County Middle School Track Meet

first_imgThe 2015 Ripley County Middle School Track Meet was held at Jac-Cen-Del on Monday (5-4).Batesville won both the girls and boys titles.Girls team results:  Batesville 69, South Ripley 58.5, Jac-Cen-Del 34.5, Milan 22.Boys team results:  Batesville 78, South Ripley 36, Jac-Cen-Del 35, Milan 35.BMS Track Results-Ripley County MeetCourtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img

Maradona autographs jersey to help Buenos Aires poor

first_img Loading… “We’re going to get through it,” Maradona wrote on the jersey, a replica of the one he wore when he led his country to victory in the 1986 World Cup. The jersey was first offered at auction, but is being raffled to those who have given donations in an initiative that has collected hygiene products, masks and around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of food for charity. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your ChildhoodWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Read Also: Ronaldo, Mayweather own supercars but not richest collection in sport“Diego can’t even imagine what he has done for us, it’s priceless. I’ll be grateful to him until the day I die,” said local resident Marta Gutierrez.In addition to the pandemic, Argentina is facing a serious economic crisis and is in laborious negotiations on debt restructuring with creditors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Diego Maradona has lent a hand in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in his hometown by autographing an Argentina national team jersey for a raffle. The sale raised money for an underprivileged area on the outskirts of Buenos Aires affected by quarantine rules.last_img read more

Preseason training tones Holloway into leader of Syracuse defense

first_imgIona Holloway’s rigorous preseason training cost her more than sweat and time.“Blew out a lot of shoes,” said Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley with a smile.After a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA tournament cut last season short, the senior back chose to stay in Syracuse for the summer, rather than return home to Scotland. Disappointed in her personal performance, Holloway challenged herself physically throughout the offseason and her hard work has paid off thus far.The senior is the unquestioned leader of a defense that has shut out two of the nation’s top offenses in North Carolina and Princeton.“I felt that throughout my season, my performance was quite inconsistent,” Holloway said. “I dipped in and out of form. I didn’t want that to be the case this year. I wanted to really focus on my fitness as well as my game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a sense, Holloway can attribute her success this season to a birthday present she bought for herself during the summer: a Beachbody Insanity workout DVD — a 60-day program that she followed every day.Her teammates see the results.“She would do the workouts and do extra,” said midfielder Liz McInerney. “And I think she changed her diet. She looks great.”Even with the rigorous exercise Holloway was putting herself through, she found satisfaction in her ability to transform herself into a better athlete.Holloway recognizes the physical changes she has undergone from last season. She said her footwork and speed have improved, even though she considered herself relatively fast before last summer.Aside from putting her birthday present to good use, Holloway said she spent more time during the offseason on the field working on her skills than she had in previous years.Even if she was only on the pitch for 10 or 15 minutes, Holloway knew each rep she practiced of hitting, sweeping or any other skill would benefit her during the season.“That gives you more of a comfort level when you come back and you believe you can do it in a game,” she said.Holloway’s training may have cost her a few pairs of shoes, but it also has her at the top of her game. And the Orange will need her to maintain her performance if the team hopes to play late into November.With that goal in mind for her final season, Holloway pushed herself to become a different player in the middle of SU’s defense in 2012.“I just tried to do everything that I could to make sure that we’re as successful as possible,” Holloway said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 25, 2012 at 12:11 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

LeBron James reacts to Colin Kaepernick’s settlement with NFL: ‘I’m happy he won his suit’

first_img“I think that anybody that would sacrifice their livelihood for the better of all of us, I can respect that. I mean you’ve got a guy that basically lost his job because he wanted to stand for something that’s more than just him.”LeBron James reacts to Colin Kaepernick’s settlement with the NFL.”I stand with Kaep. I hope it’s a hell of a lot of money!”— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 16, 2019In 2016, Kaepernick became the first player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality. He filed his grievance against the NFL in October 2017 as part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, claiming owners “blackballed” him as he has yet to find a landing spot since opting out of his 49ers contract in March 2017.  Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid reach settlement in NFL collusion case Related News Lakers star LeBron James expressed his full support behind former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who settled his collusion case against the NFL on Friday. “I think it’s important for you to stick up for what you believe in. I stand with Kaep. I kneel with Kaep,” James told reporters Saturday during All-Star weekend. “I feel what he was talking about nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody ever really actually wanted to understand where he was coming from. “I’m happy to see the news come out yesterday that he won his suit,” James added. “I hope it’s a hell of a lot of money that can set not only him up, but set his family up. … I hope that the word of what he did will live on throughout American history, and also world history because it’s important for all of us, not only African-Americans but for everybody to stand up for something that’s more important than them.”Details were not announced and the settlement terms prevent the parties from commenting, but the end of legal proceedings in the case indicates the players got what they believed to be fair compensation from the league they accused of colluding against them.last_img read more


first_imgBREEDERS’ CUP LAUNCHES ‘WIN WITH WALKER’ PROMOTIONAL SWEEPSTAKES One Lucky Winner to Meet Superstar Pitcher Walker Buehlerat 2019 Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsLEXINGTON, Ky., (October 3, 2019) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced the launch of a new sweepstakes with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Walker Buehler. Titled Win with Walker , the sweepstakes offers one lucky winner the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place at the storied Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1 and 2, alongside the baseball great, gaining unprecedented access to many of the event’s most exclusive experiences. In addition to receiving two VIP tickets to the World Championships event, the winner will get the chance to watch a Championship race with the famed athlete, beginning with the competing horses’ parade around the Paddock and culminating in the Winner’s Circle.“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience and we’re proud to be partnering with a world-class baseball player like Walker to offer such an unbelievable opportunity for one lucky fan,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup.“We’re grateful to Walker for his support of the Breeders’ Cup and wish the best of luck to all the fans hoping to win this one-of-a-kind experience!”“Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve been a big racing fan, and I am excited to be a part of one of the biggest events in racing,” said Walker Buehler, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.To enter the Win with Walker sweepstakes, participants must visit and sign up with their name and email address. Hopeful fans can share a unique referral link via social media and email to earn additional entries into the sweepstakes and increase their chances of winning the Grand Prize. Entries are currently being accepted now through October 23, 2019, at which point the Grand Prize winner will be randomly chosen from the eligible entries and notified via email. Winners and guests must both be 18 years of age. Any and all transportation to/from Santa Anita Park and any corresponding accommodations will not be provided and will be winner’s sole responsibility. For complete rules visit year, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return to the historic Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 for a record-breaking 10th time. To learn more about the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit read more

Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Waiting for your name to be called in the draft is always a nerve-wracking experience, especially when 40 names had already been announced before your turn came.That’s exactly what John Ragasa went through in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft when he was called as the 41st overall pick for a chance to fight for a roster spot at NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT “Being the last pick in the Draft? It was crazy man. I thought I was going to go undrafted,” said Ragasa, who let out a sigh of relief Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing and a good feeling to be drafted.”Ragasa was, technically, the third pick in the fifth round and was a former player of the Mekong United Raptors in the Thailand Basketball League and once played with former national team center Marcus Douthit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlthough he was still drafted, Ragasa’s future with the Batang Pier isn’t set in stone as only the first round draft picks will have a guaranteed contract. Meaning, the 6-foot guard will still have to fight for his place.“As cliché as it sounds, I’d say I’d work on my defense during practice. Of course, each team has go-to guys,” said Ragasa, who was NorthPort’s fourth pick in the draft after Robert Bolick, Edrian Lao, and Jeremiah Taladua. “I think I know my role, I know what my role should be which is in the defensive end. But if I need to score, I’ll score.”And if Ragasa endured almost three hours of high-wire tension, he had a bit of a laugh when the one who announced his pick was Batang Pier superstar Stanley Pringle.For those uninitiated, Ragasa is a dead ringer of the bearded Pringle. Moala Tautuaa, who also has a thick beard, helped lighten up the atmosphere of the proceedings.“It must be the beard, but he has a baby beard and I got a big beard,” said Ragasa laughing.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel Beer offers Brian Heruela, David Semerad, 1st round picks for embattled Terrence Romeo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READlast_img read more

World Bank: Oil Prices Fall Affects Africa

first_imgThe World Bank forecast has predicted that the fall in prices of oil and other commodities are likely to slow economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa to four percent in 2015 from 4.5 percent in 2014.The bank said in its Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects, released in Nairobi that excluding South Africa, the average growth for the rest of Sub-Saharan African countries is forecast to be around 4.7 percent.“As previously forecast, external tailwinds have turned to headwinds for Africa’s development. It is in these challenging times that the region can and must show that it has come of age, and can sustain economic and social progress on its own strength,” said Francisco Ferreira, the bank’s chief economist for Africa.”For starters, recent gains for the poorest Africans must be protected in those countries where fiscal and exchange rate adjustments are needed,” Ferreira added.The 2015 forecast is below the 4.4 percent average annual growth rate of the past two decades, and well short of Africa’s peak growth rates of 6.4 percent from 2002 to 2008.The report says the continent’s huge economic diversity is also mirrored in the impact of commodity price declines, even among oil producers.It notes that although the Nigerian economy will suffer this year, growth is expected to rebound in 2016 and beyond, driven by a relatively diversified economy, and a buoyant services sector.Low oil prices will continue to weigh down on prospects of less diversified oil exporters such as Angola and Equatorial Guinea. In several oil-importing countries, such as Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Senegal, growth is expected to remain strong.In Ghana, still high inflation and fiscal consolidation will weigh on growth. In South Africa, growth continues to be curtailed by problems in the electricity sector.World Bank Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop, who spoke earlier said, despite strong headwinds and new challenges, Sub-Saharan Africa is still experiencing growth. And with challenges come opportunities.“The end of the commodity super-cycle has provided a window of opportunity to push ahead with the next wave of structural reforms and make Africa’s growth more effective at reducing poverty.”According to the report, the fiscal policy stance is expected to remain tight throughout 2015 in most net oil-exporting countries across the region, as countries take measures to rein in spending in light of anticipated lower revenues.While capital expenditures are expected to bear the brunt of expenditure measures, recurrent expenditures, including fuel subsidies, will also be reduced.Despite these adjustments, fiscal deficits are likely to remain high. Fiscal deficits are also expected to remain elevated in net oil-importing countries.“Large fiscal deficits and inefficient government spending remain sources of vulnerability for many countries of the region,” said Punam Chuhan-Pole, World Bank Lead Economist for Africa and co-author of the report.Sub-Saharan Africa is a net exporter of primary commodities. Oil is the most important commodity traded in the region, followed by gold and natural gas.“It is urgent that these countries strengthen their fiscal positions and fortify their resilience against external shocks,” Chuhan-Pole added.New and Old Risks to Africa’s Economic FuturePersistent conflict in a number of areas, and recent violence by extremist groups such as Boko Haram and Al Shabaab pose security risks with the potential to undermine development gains. Also, the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has highlighted preexisting weaknesses in the health systems of the three most affected countries, as well as others.Although substantial progress has been made against the Ebola epidemic, it remains premature to declare victory until there are zero cases left. A World Bank study released in January estimated that the three hardest-hit countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) will face at least $1.6 billion in forgone economic growth in 2015, and social costs in terms of nutrition, health and education are equally severe. The Bank Group has mobilized about $1 billion in financing to date for the three countries hardest hit by Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senior Police rank committed to stand trial for rape of a minor

first_imgSeecharran SinghAn Assistant Superintendent of Police who was charged for engaging in sexual activity with a 13-year-old child in June 2018 was on Tuesday afternoon committed to stand trial at the High Court.Thirty-one-year-old Seecharran Singh of Providence Plantation, appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was told that sufficient evidence was provided by the prosecution against him and as such, the case will be sent to the High Court for trial.The cop was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Bernard DaSilva.Singh was charged for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with the underaged child during June 17-18, 2018, at his home.It is alleged that the child was left in the care of Singh on June 17, while her mother was out with a friend. It was reported that he made advances towards the child and raped her.Upon the return of the child’s mother and the friend, the incident of what took place between the teen and the police officer was recounted to one of the female adults and the police were informed.Singh, on his first appearance, was not required to plea to the indictable charge that was read in-camera. However, he was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 after spending two weeks on remand.last_img read more