Measures Being Put In Place To Address Murder Spike In St. James – Bunting

first_imgRelatedTraffic Plan for Emancipation and Independence Celebrations Measures Being Put In Place To Address Murder Spike In St. James – Bunting National SecurityAugust 3, 2015Written by: Marlon Tingling Advertisements RelatedCISOCA Appeals for Sign Language Interpreters National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, is assuring the business community of Montego Bay that the Government and members of the police force are working hard to address the high level of murders in St. James.He said policing measures and other interventions are being rolled out, which will result in a decline “in short order”.Minister Bunting, who was addressing members of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry at their Union Street offices on Thursday, July 30, reported that over 100 additional police officers have been deployed to the parish and some 19 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at strategic areas.This is in addition to improving the mobility of the police through the acquisition of motor vehicles.Minister Bunting informed that in addition to motor cars, 60 trail-type bikes will come on stream shortly, with most of them being deployed to rural areas such as Montego Bay.“The bikes that we are getting, only about 15 of them are kitted out as the traditional police bikes…the other 45 are trail bikes where patrols of two policemen can go up into any little tracks, and these will be deployed in some of the rural areas in some of the informal communities,” he informed.Minister Bunting admitted that the high number of murders in the parish since the start of the year “is worrying” and is primarily related to the lottery scam.“We have seen a 77 per cent increase in murders…up to June 15, when we looked at 150-something murders in Area One, 36 per cent of them could be directly linked to  lottery scamming activities…when we try to look at the spike, there is definitely a strong correlation between lottery scamming activities and murders,” he pointed out.Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Lloyd B. Smith, who also addressed the meeting, said tackling crime in the parish requires a united approach.“This is not something that can be dealt with only by the Minister of National Security or the police. It has to involve the entire community,” he said.Mr. Smith noted that a number of business operators in Montego Bay have been taking a “hands-off approach” as they have not been adversely affected by the scourge of crime and violence. He said, however, that the time has come for the “laid-back” attitude to be cast aside and “all hands should be placed on deck.”“I think the time has come when everybody, including hoteliers, including those in the wider Montego Bay community must get involved because it is only a matter of time before this scourge of criminality spreads its wings. We have seen the brazenness of some of our criminals and we see that they can become even more brazen if certain steps are not taken,” he said.The Deputy House Speaker, who is also Member of Parliament for Central St. James, called on Justices of the Peace (JP) and other change agents to help  prevent crimes, by becoming mentors to those in their communities, deemed to be “trouble- makers.”“I would love to see the Justices of the Peace getting out there, becoming mentors, becoming interventionists in terms of going into some of these communities. We need the Social Development Commission, the CSJP (Citizen Security and Justice Programme), and the PMI (Peace Management Initiative) and if we can find a way to get into these communities through social interventions …all of us can play a part,” he said.Following the meeting, the Minister toured sections of Mount Salem, which is among communities showing a major increase in crime since the start of the year.He was accompanied by Minister of State in the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Measures Being Put In Place To Address Murder Spike In St. James – BuntingJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, is assuring the business community of Montego Bay that the Government and members of the police force are working hard to address the high level of murders in St. James.He said policing measures and other interventions are being rolled out, which will result in a decline “in short order”.Minister Bunting reported that over 100 additional police officers have been deployed to the parish and some 19 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at strategic areas. Photo: Marlon TinglingNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting (right), makes a point during a meeting of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the organisation’s Union Street offices on Thursday (July 30). Listening attentively (from left) are: Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Senator Noel Sloley; Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris; and Chamber member, Sonia Clarke Bowen. RelatedTrafficking in Persons Report On Jamaica Unfair – SSP Chamberslast_img read more

Pilkadaris leads Nacho Elvira in India; Paddy MC

first_imgNEW DELHI – Australian Terry Pilkadaris cut loose with nine birdies in a round of 8-under 64 for a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Indian Open on Friday. Trailing him on 10-under totals after 36 holes were India’s Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia (67), and Spain’s Nacho Elvira (68). Pilkadaris, who made just one cut in his last six starts, was 9 under through 15 holes in his second round but parred the next two and dropped a shot on the par-5 18th after hitting his tee shot into bushes. He’s a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, but winless for 11 years. Pilkadaris said he was only just starting to feel better after trapping a nerve in his back while moving furniture in December. ”It was a rookie mistake and I’m no rookie, so I should be shot for that one,” he quipped. Elvira missed six straight cuts until the Thailand Classic last week, while Chawrasia, a four-time runner-up in the Indian Open, made some fine saves on the back nine, including birdies from the bushes on the 11th and 14th. ”My putting saved me, no doubt,” Chawrasia said. David Lipsky of the United States (67), and Ben Evans of England (66) shared fourth place, five shots behind, and defending champion and Asian Tour No. 1 Anirban Lahiri (71) was in a tie for 14th, eight shots behind Pilkadaris. Padraig Harrington was among those who missed the cut in the European and Asian Tours event at even par.last_img read more

Chase Elliott wins Most Popular Driver Award in NASCAR Cup Series

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The fans have spoken, and the legacy lives on for another year. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott was named the 2019 NMPA Most Popular Driver on Thursday night during the year-end Champion’s Week banquet.The annual award is determined 100% by fan voting, and Elliott, 24, topped the ballot for the second consecutive year.RELATED: All-time Most Popular Driver winners“Just an honor, really, and just a big thank you to everybody who voted,” Elliott said after the awards celebration. “Obviously it took a lot of votes to make it happen and everybody that took time to do that, I do really appreciate it. Like I said out there, too, it’s more than a trophy or a sticker or an award, really and truly. So I just really enjoyed this past season and just seeing all the people that were at the race track that wanted to see us do good. And you can genuinely feel that, and that goes a long way. So I appreciate it, and hopefully try to make everybody proud next year, too.”There’s a history there, of course. Elliott’s father, Bill, won the award a record 16 times, including 10 consecutive years from 1991-2000.Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the award 15 times, all consecutively from 2002-17 before his retirement, paving the way for Chase Elliott, who drives the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, as the heir apparent.“First off, it was really cool that Dale retired a year early,” Elliott said. “I think all Elliott fans appreciated that, so I think that’s really cool. To have now, I guess 18 awards going back to Dawsonville (Georgia) is pretty cool, and obviously I think a lot of that is due to him and his career and what he and his family built. It certainly isn’t all just me and what I’ve done. I haven’t done anything a drop in the bucket compared to what they did, and that’s the real reason where the core Elliott fan is, I feel like, is recognizing that.”All told, the Earnhardt and Elliott families have held the award for 34 total years, nearly all of it consecutively. Only Darrell Waltrip’s back-to-back honors in 1989-90 broke up a run that began in 1984 when Bill Elliott won the award for the first time.Chase Elliott won three races for the second straight year in 2019 and had 11 top-five finishes and 15 top 10s. His win at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval in the Round of 16 finale led to one of the most memorable burnouts and celebrations of the year.MORE: Allgaier wins Xfinity Most Popular honor | Chastain takes home Gander Trucks Most Popular Driverlast_img read more