Professional Child Development Associates Participates in Special Olympics Annual Summer Games

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News From Left to Right: Coach Priscilla S., Angelo G., Justin C., Victoria S., Jason, Miles W., Max V., Coach Reyhanak S. Photo courtesy PCDAOn Saturday, June 7, 2014, young athletes from Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) participated in a Young Athletesâ„¢ Program (YAP) demonstration at Special Olympics’ 45th Annual Summer Games Invitational at the University of Southern California.Special Olympics’ Young Athletesâ„¢ Program is a sports play program adopted by PCDA for young children, 2-7 years, with cognitive and developmental challenges. Using the DIR/Floortimeâ„¢ model, fun activities and games are designed to teach fundamental skills that introduce young athletes to sports and the world of Special Olympics. The non-competitive, sports play environment allows for children of all abilities to develop skills important to mental and physical growth. For more information about the Pasadena Young Athletes Program located at PCDA, visit www.pcdateam.org. HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Giving Back Professional Child Development Associates Participates in Special Olympics Annual Summer Games From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 6:34 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentlast_img read more

Dare promises to pay outstanding athletes allowances, AFN hails him

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has hailed Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare’s intervention regarding payment of allowances to athletes that represented Nigeria in international and continental competitions in the last three years. Athletes and officials have either been short paid, underpaid or not paid at all by the suspended President of the AFN. Dare tweeted on Friday that he is going to effect these payments once they are verified. Acting president of the AFN, Olamide George, said the federation is grateful to the Sports Minister “for trying to wipe the tears of our athletes, especially the young ones who travelled by road to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire for the CAA U-18 and U-20 championships last April”. “We are indeed blessed to have Mr Dare as Sports Minister who understands that welfare of athletes remains a key factor in their development,” said George in a press statement. “The Minister only recently in his new year message harped on welfare of athletes as one of his priority areas in his short term sports development plan and he is already matching his words with action. Like they say in local parlance, he is proving to be a talk and do Minister.” George added and revealed that athletes and officials have been at the receiving end of the maladministration that highlighted the tenure of the suspended President of the AFN, Shehu Ibrahim Gusau. “Since the board was inaugurated in 2017,the administration of Gusua has been owing athletes and officials allowances. Coaches who accompanied the team to the World Championships in London in 2017 are still owed part of their allowances. Athletes and coaches that participated in the African Championships in Asaba in 2018 were underpaid despite the approval of N39million by the Ministry,” revealed George. “In 2019, athletes and officials were owed allowances for the CAA U-18 and U-20 championships despite an approval and release of N13m by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. They are owed allowances for the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan as well as the World Championships in Doha. “For Doha, the athletes were paid $1000 each instead of $1,300 they agreed to collect despite the AFN under the administration of Gusau collecting $92,000 (N35million) from government to prosecute the championships. “The IAAF (now World Athletics) paid 100% for the travel and accommodation of all 25 athletes Nigeria took to Doha and gave 55% rebate on the accommodation of all 14 officials Nigeria was entitled to but the AFN under Gusau gave the Secretary General $38,000 to pay allowances out of the $92,000 he got approval for from government. “Anyway, that’s one of the questions he was called to provide answers for by the panel the board of the AFN set up to investigate various allegations against him.” The AFN acting president was particularly unhappy with the then athletes representative who abdicated his responsibility by not fighting for the rights of the athletes. “The two occasions we did not have problems with payment of allowances to athletes between 2018 and 2019 were at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018 and the African Games in Rabat, Morocco in 2019. This was because it was the Sports Ministry that undertook the payments and not the AFN under Gusau,” George revealed.Tags: Athletics Federation of NigeriaOlamide GeorgeSunday Darelast_img read more

Gillings’ strike gives FC Reno first RSPL win in six matches

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Denmark Gillings had a man-of-the-match performance, scoring his first goal of the season for FC Reno in their 1-0 victory over Harbour View FC, lifting his team to sixth in the Red Stripe Premier League standings.It was their first win in six matches and snapped a series of drawn games that resulted in them sliding into the pack. They are also one point ahead of Harbour View and Boys’ Town, who defeated Arnett Gardens 1-0 yesterday.”Both teams played tactically well, and the win will give us a good feeling for our next game against Tivoli,” cited Reno technical director Wendell Downswell.”It augurs well going forward that we start winning our matches, especially the ones played at home, and today, we did that thanks to that wonderful goal from Gillings,” added Downswell.The pace of the game, particularly in the first half, was nothing to write home about, with the visitors enjoying the better of play.Harbour View had only two shots on goal despite having the lion’s share of possession, and although Nicholas Beckett looked comfortable in midfield, it amounted to little as the Reno defence held firm.Reno handed goalkeeper Dennis Clayton his first start after a long layoff due to injuries, and he did well to keep the score even with a spectacular one-handed save to deny Jorginho James in the 12th minute. Clayton was at full stretch to tip James’ effort over the crossbar with Harbour View threatening.Reno holding-midfielder Romario Downswell had a chance to score, but his header was narrowly off target in the 17th minute.In the second half, Gillings scored from 30 yards out, driving his free-kick out of reach of Harbour View goalkeeper Devon Haughton in the 48th minute.”This is not what we planned at all, coming so far,” said Harbour View coach Ludlow Bernard.”We talked about getting the maximum points from this game, but it was not to be as Reno defended well,” he said.last_img read more

He was our No.1 – heartfelt poem honours rally legend Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly

first_imgDonegal will say goodbye to a local hero on Thursday when Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly is laid to rest. Shock and sadness permeated through the county following the tragic accident which took the life of driver Manus Kelly at the Donegal International Rally on Sunday.As a father of five, a rally champion, a businessman and a county councillor, he has touched many lives. Kind-hearted tributes poured in for the Glenswilly man in recent days to remember his best qualities, his sportsmanship and his kindness. Thousands more have expressed their deepest sympathies with his family and friends and all those affected. One friend, Pete Rose from Letterkenny, has put his grief into writing. In this poem written for the Kelly family, he shares how Manus will always be in the hearts of his family, friends and fans:The lights are Red, the flags are yellowThe sky is dark, the Clouds they billow.The hay bales are gone, and banners are down,A whole county shocked as we gather around.There are no words, no gesture can heal,The wounds that we have or the way that we feelThe loss is too much to ever be measuredThe memories are all we have to be treasured.Nobody could know you were going away,People feel Robbed and had much more to say,Taken too soon, is a phase that they use,Emphasis placed on the best that they choose. A Husband, a Son, a Brother, a Gent,Respected by all everywhere that he went,Soft spoken and kind as long as the Day,Always made time, for all things that you’d Say.The sense of Loss is enormously Deep,A County, a Town joins together to Weep,A Rally Champion to many, Husband & Father to 5A Brother to 8, Keep his memory alive.He’s the dew on the Grass at the first Rally StageHe’s the spirit of the co-driver as they turn over that page.He’s the breeze at Knockalla as they head around that turn, The sound of the tires as the diff spins & burns.The lift of the car as they dive over the bridge,The heart of the Rally Fan, looking over the hedge.How can we help remember Manus this way,We can tell all the stories and things that he’d say,The way that he’d smile and things that he’s done,Tell all that ask you, He was our No.1Words: Pete Rose He was our No.1 – heartfelt poem honours rally legend Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Manus ‘mandy’ kellypoemRIPtributelast_img read more

Birds Excel in Distance, Harmony

first_imgBird feats are outstanding.  Two notable cases were announced this week:Air Marathon:  The longest animal migration in the animal kingdom is performed by the sooty shearwater, reported National Geographic News.  They migrate 40,000 miles a year from New Zealand to the North Pacific, in complex figure-eight patterns that touch the coasts of South America, California Alaska, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and almost to Antarctica.  When crossing the equator they can fly 640 miles in a single day.Choral Wrens:  National Geographic also reported that tropical “Plain-tailed wrens sing what is perhaps the most complex and coordinated birdsong known.”  Groups sing antiphonal renditions of a-b-c-d patterns with 15 variations per phrase.  The males and females alternate the parts.  Researchers found seven birds participating in one of the choruses.  They “are so precise that a casual listener wouldn’t realize there was more than one singer, experts say.” See a picture and description of the sooty shearwater at WhatBird.com.  The NG article on wrens includes a sound recording of their complex concerts.If birds kept natural history guides, would they publish amazing facts about human feats in airline flight and choral music?  If so, they might remark how wasteful and inefficient our jets are, or how dull and slow our singing is.  But they still might be impressed at how hard we try.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled out

first_imgThe frame of the A hi fambeni is made from light and strong advanced materials, and was built by students from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. (Image: Tshwane University of Technology) South Africa’s rural communities may soon have access to a new, greener form of transport, following the recent launch of the country’s first hydrogen-powered bicycle.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor unveiled the vehicle at a technology conference earlier in August 2010 at the Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge in the North West province.The name of the bicycle is A hi fambeni, which is Xitsonga for “let’s go”.“A hi fambeni offers a practical way to promote public awareness of hydrogen as a clean energy alternative,” Pandor said at the launch.Team effortThe bicycle was developed by students of the Tshwane University of Technology in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Hydrogen SA, which was set up by the South African government in 2008 to investigate the use of hydrogen as a sustainable and clean source of energy.The team mentor was internationally renowned motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche, who was sponsored by the department to work at the university for a month during the design process.The South African-born Terblanche has been based in Italy for the past 20 years as a designer and consultant for prominent bike manufacturers Ducati and Piaggio, among others, and has scooped three prizes over the years at the Milan Motorcycle Show.Terblanche became involved in A hi fambeni through the Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RETECZA), which is a non-profit initiative between the department, the Tshwane university, the Georgia Institute for Technology in the US, a consortium of the world’s leading motor manufacturers and a group of South African companies.RETECZA – set up to develop technology for cleaner, more sustainable energy and poverty alleviation – hosted the conference at which the hydrogen bicycle was launched.Top local and international researchers delivered papers at the conference, which focused on how technology can improve the standard of living in rural communities. There were contributions from a variety of overseas experts, including individuals from Sweden, Germany and Italy.‘E-bikes huge part of the future’A hi fambeni is not a conventional bicycle that needs vast amounts of pedalling: it’s powered by electricity that comes from hydrogen fuel cells, which are generally quiet and reliable units as they have no moving parts. Although there are other types of electric bicycles in South Africa, these are powered by lead batteries, not fuel cells.Electric bikes, or e-bikes for short, are a huge part of the future of the green transport sector, Pandor said at the launch, adding that she was pleased the innovation was based on the bicycle, which is an affordable mode of transport.“In many ways, the future of e-bikes can be seen in what has happened over the last decade in China, where the growth in the number of electric bikes has been spectacular. In 1998 there were a mere 400 000 there, but in 2008 there were 21-million,” the minister said.In 2007 the science and technology department launched Shova Kalula, which means “push easily” in isiZulu. This is a partnership with the private sector and civil society that plans to give 1-million bicycles to school children by 2015 and to build dedicated bicycle paths across the country.Pandor said she hopes there will be some synergy between Shova Kalula and the A hi fambeni prototype.She added that the plan is to start with an environment-friendly bike, a trike and then a car.last_img read more

Mmmmm…Buckeye state BBQ

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mike Ryan, OCJ Field ReporterFew meals rival the tastes, aromas, and visual pleasures offered by good barbecue.Famed American writer and food aficionado Jim Harrison once said that the sensory experience provided by authentic barbecue makes him “rethink food as a sacrament and those who man the barbecue pit as priests of a holy substance.”The barbecue establishments featured here are a testament to Harrison’s observation. These purveyors of smoked meat from across the state each have their own distinct personality and style, which is reflected in the mouth-watering barbecue that they serve up in their unique restaurants. Velvet Smoke BBQ, CincinnatiTodd Wernicke is Velvet Smoke BBQ’s Executive Pitmaster, serving up high quality meats such as Duroc pork and Angus Beef to hungry restaurant patrons throughout the Cincinnati region. The folks at Velvet Smoke got their start in the barbecue business as competition cooks and judges on the Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit.Todd Wernicke, Velvet Smoke BBQ“Through the years of honing our craft on the competitive circuit, we have developed techniques and flavors that have proven to be winners at the judges’ tables and on our customers’ tables as well,” Wernicke said. “We feel that our time on the competitive circuit makes our BBQ unique by bringing that knowledge and the flavor profiles associated with it to our customers. All of our pitmasters are Grand Champion winners, which not many BBQ joints can say.”At Velvet Smoke, they use only the highest quality ingredients and make all of their sides, rubs, and sauces in house from scratch. The restaurant’s specialty is their delectable burnt ends.“Our specialty is burnt ends, which is my personal favorite as well. We have customers who will come in and inquire about them and ask, ‘Why would I want something that is burnt?’ They aren’t actually burnt, but are cubes from the fattier point end of the brisket that we leave on the smoker a little longer to get more of what we call ‘bark’ in the BBQ world. Bark is the crust that forms on the outside of the meat from the combination of rub and smoke,” Wernicke said. “Combine the extra moisture from the fat and the bark from the extra time in the pit — it’s heavenly. I’ve never heard a complaint. Once someone tries them, they are hooked for life.”Experts at their craft, the award-winning pitmasters at Velvet Smoke Barbecue serve up the smoky, sultry tastes of summer.“Good barbecue comes from the proper amount of smoke and seasonings and knowing the proper tenderness to achieve. Every piece of meat is different; a true pitmaster knows exactly when that particular cut of meat is done and is at optimum tenderness to be served to our standards,” Wernicke said. “Barbecue is a food which I associate with gathering friends and family together: a lazy summer day, the sweet smell of smoke wafting through the air, and good times. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Meat, fire, friends, and a cold beverage — that spells summer to me.”Velvet Smoke BBQ opened its first restaurant in 2012 and now has three locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Menus and further information can be found at www.velvetsmokebbq.com. The Port Lounge and Smokehouse, ThornvilleVisitors to The Port walk into a smokehouse and bar that has the feel of a Southern honky tonk, complete with an open-air atmosphere filled with unique decor and the smell of wood smoke, outdoor seating, and live bands on the water who perform regularly throughout the summer months.Mark Bernhard, The Port Lounge and SmokehouseOwner and pitmaster Mark Bernhard’s smokehouse, which is open seasonally from the last weekend in April through mid-September, is an offshoot of his year-round bar, The Port Lounge, the first licensed liquor establishment in Perry County after Prohibition. Located on popular vacation destination Buckeye Lake, The Port is accessible by car and also has docks available for hungry lake goers to tie up their boats and come ashore for a cold drink and some hot smoked meats.“Our signature beef brisket and ribs are the number one sellers. We are conveniently located only 2 miles off of I-70; the highway often brings people from hundreds of miles away to our restaurant for our barbecue. A lot of people from Texas say the brisket reminds them of home and that our brisket is comparable to anything they’ve had in Texas BBQ country. All of our meats are dry rubbed and our six signature homemade barbecue sauces are served on the side. For side dishes, our homemade Mac and Cheese is a hot commodity. We sell it by the wheelbarrow load; our grilled asparagus is also a big hit,” Bernhard said.Along with the live music on holidays, weekend nights, and Sunday afternoons, The Port often has special events and BBQ meal deals.“In honor of my father, ‘Big’ Chris Bernhard, founder of The Port Lounge, we offer the popular ‘Big Chris’ Feast for Two, which consists of 1.5 pounds of smoked meats of the customer’s choice, three sides, and beer bread, which is baked daily on-site. The last Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., we have a Lobsterfest where guests are served clams, mussels, and a whole fresh Maine lobster that never touches land, going from boat to truck to table overnight,” Bernhard said.Bernhard enjoys manning his smoker and the friendly atmosphere at his business.“We don’t use any gas in our pit like many barbecue restaurants do; the amount of wood that a lot of people use for a burn doesn’t even get my smoker started. The fire in the smoker never dies during the summer months and I am smoking fresh meats five to six days a week. I have a great staff, the food is great, and I enjoy serving it to the customers. I like cooking for people and feeding people and seeing that pleased smile on their faces when they bite into our authentic barbecue,” he said.They can be reached at 740-246-5000 and are also on Facebook @PortSmokehouse. Hickory Pit BBQ, Delphos and WapakonetaSmall business owner Bryan Hutchison’s entrepreneurial spirit and love ofBryan Hutchison, Hickory Pit BBQbarbecue inspired him to get into the barbecue business. Hutchison raises feed crops on his farm on the Allen/Auglaize county line and owns several enterprises throughout the region. Out of his two gas station/convenience stores in Delphos and Wapakoneta, Hutchison sells his signature product, Hickory Pit BBQ.“We offer Certified Angus beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and baby back ribs. I make a sweet house sauce with a lot of brown sugar. The pulled pork is by far the customer favorite, but I prefer the beef brisket,” Hutchison said. “It gives me great joy bringing an excellent product to my customers’ table that I would eat myself.”In 2008, when Hutchison purchased his convenience stores, he knew he wanted to offer his customers more than the standard pizza and roller dog fare typical of gas station marts.“I wanted to do something food-oriented at the gas station and I knew I wanted it to be a destination, rather than a run-of-the-mill convenience store,” Hutchison said. “Barbecue is something that I always enjoyed eating, but back in ‘08, I had to drive an hour plus to find good barbecue. So I figured, why not set up a BBQ joint?”Over the past decade, Hutchison has worked hard to establish Hickory Pit BBQ’s reputation for excellent food and customer service. People come from near and far to pick up Hutchison’s signature meats.“At The Point gas station in Delphos where Hickory Pit BBQ is made and sold, we open at 5 a.m., and by 7 a.m. the place is full of local farmers and laborers. The Point/Hickory Pit BBQ is a gathering place to meet up, get coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and a sack lunch of BBQ for the day’s work. At lunch, a lot of local guys come in on their breaks, especially during harvest time,” he said. “This is one of the benefits of being on the outskirts of Delphos. The store in Wapakoneta is just off I-75, and as a testament to the quality of our barbecue, we get a lot of travelers who stop by once a year on their way to or from someplace to gas up and specifically to purchase our smoked meats.”More about Hickory Pit BBQ can be found at hickorypitbbq.net.last_img read more

QUEENSLAND TOUCH GAME DEVELOPMENT OFFICER POSITION VACANT

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Queensland Branch is seeking applicants for a Game Development Officer position (GDO) to be located in the North of the State in Townsville or Rockhampton. The GDO will service the surrounding region to improve touch football competitions and provide quality experiences for participants.Remuneration will be in the range of $30-$45K plus super.Applications addressing selection criteria must be sent via email to [email protected] by Friday 17th November 2006. A full job description can be obtained by opening the attachment provided. JOB DESCRIPTION GDORelated Filesqt_gdo_position-pdflast_img

Video: Oakland’s Max Hooper Runs Into Stands To Hug Father After Senior Day Win

first_imgMax Hooper hugs father after Senior Day win.Vine/Chris VanniniOakland’s Max Hooper is one of the most unique players in all of college basketball. The Golden Grizzlies’ gunner has hit 102-of-229 shots this season, and every single attempt has come from beyond the three point arc. On senior night against Detroit, after scoring 12 points in a 108-97 win, Hooper ran into the stands after the game to see his father Chip, who suffered a stroke in October and has been battling cancer for years.This is one of the most touching college basketball videos you’ll see this year.Video of Max Hooper going into the crowd to see his dad. https://t.co/xuSEQ0H2bN— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 27, 2016ESPN has longer video of the emotional moment here.Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free-Press wrote a great story about Max and his father after the game.“It’s something we both embody, that will, that we won’t be denied,” Max said. “Him being here tonight is such a moment. You can’t replicate this moment. It comes around once in a lifetime. He didn’t promise me but said I’m going to be at a game. I believed he would.”Oakland finishes the year 21-10, and second in the Horizon league heading into the conference tournament.last_img read more

‘Plan Secure Jamaica’ Well Advanced – P.M. Holness

first_img “This will take time, and the development of unity of purpose within the Parliament, the whole of the Government and the entire country around crime management strategies and methods,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is well advanced in executing Plan Secure Jamaica, which will target a reduction in murders below the regional average of 16 per 100,000 (under 500) within the next decade. Story Highlights He was addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 8) on the expiration of the States of Public Emergency (SoEs). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is well advanced in executing Plan Secure Jamaica, which will target a reduction in murders below the regional average of 16 per 100,000 (under 500) within the next decade.“This will take time, and the development of unity of purpose within the Parliament, the whole of the Government and the entire country around crime management strategies and methods,” Mr. Holness said.He was addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 8) on the expiration of the States of Public Emergency (SoEs).Mr. Holness said he remains in touch with the Parliamentary Opposition on the matter which he noted was discussed with Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, on January 2, 2019.Additionally, the Prime Minister said a follow-up involving representatives of the Government and Opposition were held on January 7, 2019.Consequent on Parliamentary votes taken on December 11, 2018, which saw the Opposition voting against extending the States of Public Emergency, the security measures in St. Catherine North expired on January 2, 2019, and sections of the Corporate Area on January 7, 2019.The State of Public Emergency in St. James is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2019.Prime Minister Holness informed that for 2018, 1,287 persons were murdered, 21.9 percent less than 2017 and 4.9 per cent fewer than 2016.He further indicated that there were 1,154 shootings, 22.3 percent less than 2017 and a 5.9 per cent decline over 2016.“In effect, Jamaica currently has a murder rate of approximately 47 per hundred thousand. This is almost three times higher than the average for Latin America and the Caribbean, which has the highest homicide rate globally of 16 per 100,000 of population,” he stated“We are approximately eight times higher than the global average of six per 100,000. Bear in mind, that New York, a metropolis of more than eight million people, had a murder rate of 3.3 per 100,000 or 289 murders in total,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that, on average, approximately 18,000 deaths are registered in Jamaica annually, noting that based on 2014 data, 67 per cent of deaths, five years and older, were due to Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).However, he stated that in the age group 15 to 35, violence is the main cause of deaths, accounting for one-third of the casualties.“Violence is the second leading cause of death in the age group 35 to 45. These are the most productive years of our citizens. If this were a disease, epidemiology would classify this as a health emergency,” Mr. Holness said.As at January 7, 2019, 20 murders have been recorded, compared to 45 in the previous year. In St. Catherine North, for 2018, murders decreased by 28.5 per cent and shootings by 40.9 per cent respectively, compared to 2017.In St. James, murders decreased by 70 per cent in 2018 and shootings by 58.6 percent respectively, relative to 2017.“Though we have made significant gains in the reduction of violent crimes, we are not out of the woods. The criminal elements still retain the capacity, capability and the intent,” Mr. Holness said.He added that through the employment of the States of Public Emergency and Zones of Special Operations “we have been able to reduce the opportunities to commit crimes and reduce the capability of some criminals.”“However, the threat they pose still exists and are above the capacity of regular law enforcement in some areas. The statistics highlight that there are some areas of specific cause for concern. I wish to point out that Kingston and St. Andrew accounted for 11 out of the 20 murders,” the Prime Minister said.“With the resources at our disposal; we will continue to focus on containing the gangs; maintaining presence as best as possible in order to reassure the public, using all the powers available under the Jamaica Constabulary Force Act to ensure the maximum level of security possible for our citizens. We have been doing so by using curfews and other methods at our disposal,” he added.Mr. Holness said the Government continues to increase the amount of resources allocated to enhance the capacity of the criminal justice and law enforcement systems to be able to respond effectively to the growing and multiple threats to our national security and the peace and safety of the community.last_img read more