Jamaica PM warns of gang wars

first_imgJamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says criminal gangs are now engaged in feuds leaving several communities tense as the Parliament unanimously approved a three month extension of the state of emergency (SOE) in sections of Kingston.Gangs reach are far and wide “The impact of these gangs is not confined to the specific area in which they reside, but their reach is far and wide, extending to all parishes,” Holness said, as Parliamentarians gave the green light to extending the SOE in Kingston Central, Kington Western, and St. Andrew South Police Divisions.Last month, Holness had declared the SOE in these areas of the capital and the Emergency Powers (Continuance) Resolution 2018 was approved on Tuesday.Holness told legislators that the informed opinion of the security forces has been that the level of criminal activity experienced continues to be a threat in certain areas.He noted that during assessments undertaken regarding communities affected by gang warfare and violent crimes, several communities within the geographic area in question emerged among the top 10, with respect to murder and shooting incidents, over the year 2017 and as at September 30, 2018.“In Trench Town, for example… that community had a combined total of 100 murders and shootings. That was the highest of any community and that was in 2017. Whitfield Town in St. Andrew South had the third highest of 67, and Tivoli Gardens in Kingston West had the fifth highest combined total of 43 murders and shootings.“For the period January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018, Trench Town recorded the highest combined total of murders and shootings in the country, with 55; Whitfield Town recorded he fourth highest total of 34 and Tivoli Gardens recorded the sixth highest of 32 murders and shootings combined,” Holness said, adding that his administration is committed to retaking and transforming Kingston.Aim to dismantle plethora of gangsHe said the SOE would facilitate the operations of the security forces in dismantling the plethora of gangs that are operating in the affected areas.“Many of these gangs are currently embroiled in feuds that have left communities tense and have adversely affected the livelihood of citizens in neighboring communities,“ Holness said, adding the reprisals, counter-reprisals and general gang warfare, which has caused fear and insecurity, cannot be allowed to continue.Strong support for Security forces “We must, therefore, offer the strongest support for the security forces, within the context that they will be enforcing the laws within the provisions of the laws and to the benefit of our citizens,” He said the security forces have done well, thus far, and they have shown through their conduct of operations, both in the SOE and the zones of special operations, that they can use extraordinary powers responsibly.“This government expresses its gratitude to the security forces. Many of them have not been able to spend time with their families, [as] they are on duty and on call protecting the people of Jamaica,” Holness said.last_img read more

Hockey Hall of Fame 2019: Five players who should be inducted into this year’s class

first_imgThe Swedish winger didn’t make the cut last season, but will likely get in this time around. He’s 51st on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,157 points in 1,246 career games; he also managed at least 70 points in 10 seasons and was a seven-time All-Star. Although he never won the Stanley Cup, he still has a lot of hardware, including Olympic gold and silver medals, four world championship medals (two gold, two silver), the Calder Trophy, the Mark Messier Leadership Award and the King Clancy Award.Alfredsson was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in May 2018 and is expected to make his way into the HHOF this summer to boot. The former Flames forward is in his 13th year of eligibility and would be a great addition to this year’s class. The 50-year-old played 15 seasons in the NHL, posting 1,088 points in 1,044 games. He also had eight 30-plus goal campaigns, four of them being 40-plus goal seasons. He won a Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary and was an eight-time All-Star. In addition to being an outstanding scorer, the 5-foot-6 winger was one of the league’s biggest goons, unafraid to play a physical, gritty game while also throwing hits, trash-talking and slashing opponents much bigger than him to get under their skin. Off the ice, Fleury has also participated in humanitarian efforts and has also done a lot to raise awareness for sexual abuse victims. His contributions to the game should finally get him into the HHOF.Jeremy Roenick, C Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/f0/hayley-wickenheiser_fvfnrc1o4xdj1lef744k61sfd.jpg?t=1998616195&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/14/daniel-alfredsson_1261yh0kr1p3q10g8ux5my67hn.jpg?t=1998684387&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f3/30/kevin-lowe_mv9uw9uns6k11nn7ka2mafwdl.jpg?t=1998649787&w=500&quality=80 In his seventh year of eligibility, Roenick does have a decent shot at getting inducted this year. He is one of the league’s most prominent figures, from his days with the Blackhawks to now working with NHL on NBC Sports. The former Chicago forward played 20 seasons in the NHL, registering 1,216 points in 1,363 games, including over 100 points in back-to-back-to-back seasons between 1991 and 1994. He also won a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics. His 513 goals also rank 40th on the all-time goal-scoring list. Right now, it appears that Wickenheiser will most certainly become the seventh female hockey player inducted into the HHOF. The 40-year-old is in her first year of eligibility after retiring in January 2017. She is a five-time Olympic medalist and won four gold medals and one silver medal with Canada, and she also won seven gold medals and six silver medals with Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship.In just 61 world championship games, Wickenheiser registered 37 goals and 86 points. In the CIS, the highest level of university hockey, she had 68 goals and 134 points in 51 career games with the University of Calgary. She also spent time in the Western Women’s Hockey League recording 155 points in 51 games. Wickenheiser currently serves as the director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs and is a trailblazer for women in hockey; that alone makes her worthy of a spot in the Hall of Fame.Kevin Lowe, D Theoren Fleury, RW A number of players are worthy of a spot, but here are the top five eligible candidates that should get the nod this year.NHL AWARDS: Robin Lehner gives heartfelt speech after winning MastertonHayley Wickenheiser, C Next week, the Hockey Hall of Fame will meet to decide who will be inducted into the 2019 class.There are a number of big names including Theoren Fleury and Rod Brind’Amour along with some players who are newly eligible and others who have been eligible for over five years now. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7c/4e/theoren-fleury_ougafocjpuol1kmgquziq8vgo.jpg?t=1998751275&w=500&quality=80 It’s been years since a blueliner was inducted, and Lowe should break that streak. Wayne Gretzky advocated on his behalf to be selected last year, and for good reason. The 60-year-old is a six-time Stanley Cup champion, having won five times with the Oilers and once with the Rangers. He was an alternate captain for Edmonton and New York and wore the “C” for the Oilers during the 1991-92 season. Additionally, Lowe was a seven-time All-Star and won the King Clancy in 1990.He was outstanding on the backend over the course of his NHL career, able to bring stability, physicality and solid defense while also having the skill to create plays and generate production from the point. What was equally important, though, was his off-ice presence; his leadership alone makes him a top candidate and someone who left a huge impact on his teammates.Daniel Alfredsson, RW Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/eb/38/jeremy-roenick_cjvz5ittxtz31t6qjhld4q9rd.jpg?t=1998796387&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Anushka Sharma breaks silence and unleashes on ‘news’ mongers using her name

first_imgAdvertisement v04dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc6yoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ax5Would you ever consider trying this?😱49w6tCan your students do this? 🌚lm54Roller skating! Powered by Firework Anushka Sharma finally broke silence and unleashed on ‘news’ mongers using her name. The actress has been criticised badly recent times in the media. Very recently, former Indian wicketkeeper, Farokh Engineer made a comment that the selectors were busy in serving tea to Anushka Sharma during the World Cup.Advertisement The renowned actress could not stop herself after hearing this news. She thought that the truth should be out in public. That’s why she posted a long message in her social media handles to clarify her stance in this situation.Advertisement According to Farokh Engineer, the qualification of the Indian selectors are not enough. They have not even played 10-12 matches in total altogether. The Board should appoint a person like Dilip Vengsarkar as selector of Indian cricket team.Anushka Sharma was clearly hurt by the comment made by Farokh Engineer. According to Anushka, she was not even in the selectors box during the World Cup. She was in the family box and the last line of her post was really witty. Anushka said that she would have liked to take coffee not tea. The way Anushka replied to the comment of Farokh Engineer, people would certainly think twice to make the next comment against her in this purpose.The Hitman shatters records after slamming ton against South Africa in third test Advertisementlast_img read more