Police Say Murders Fell Below 80 in September, First Time in 8 Years

first_imgRelatedPolice Say Murders Fell Below 80 in September, First Time in 8 Years FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The police are reporting that, for the first time since July 2002 when 72 murderers were recorded, the number of murders committed in a single month fell below 80, with the 77 recorded in September.Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) statistics, released Monday (October 11), showed that last month’s figure was 55 less than for the same period last year, representing a 42 per cent per cent decline. Additionally, last month accounted for the lowest number of murders in any month reported so far this year.September 2010, according to the JCF, was also the fourth consecutive month that the number of crimes committed declined, as well as fall below the psychological 100 mark. The overall number of murders reported between January and September this year, 1065, was 135 less than the same period last year.Fifteen of the 19 police divisions recorded declines in murders during September, with Hanover leading the way with a 300 per cent drop. Other divisions, which recorded declines, were: Kingston Eastern, Central and Western; St. Andrew North and South; St. Catherine North and South; St. James, which recorded a 70 per cent dip, falling from 27 in September 2009 to eight this year; and Clarendon, which reported five less murders last month.The police are also reporting an overall 14 per cent decline in five of the six other categories of major crimes committed during September, compared to August. The statistics showed that the overall incidence of shooting, rape, carnal abuse, robbery and larceny, reported between January and September, totaled 401 which, added to the 77 murders, total 478 major crimes reported for the month.Break-ins totaled 336, the only area recording an increase, bringing the overall tally for September to 814, about 131 less than the number for the same period last year.The JCF reported that some 30 firearms and 175 rounds of ammunition were recovered by members of the security forces during September. Pistols accounted for the most firearms recovered with 15 finds, followed by revolvers – 12; and one find each of a sub-machine gun, a homemade gun and shotgun. The overall figure was 13 less than the corresponding period last year.The gun figured in 57 or 74 per cent of the murders committed during September, while the knife was used to commit 12, or 16 per cent, of the murders and the machete in three or four per cent. The remaining five murders, six per cent, were attributed to others types of weapons.The 175 rounds of ammunition recovered were 181 less than the find for the same period, last year. Advertisements RelatedPolice Say Murders Fell Below 80 in September, First Time in 8 Yearscenter_img RelatedPolice Say Murders Fell Below 80 in September, First Time in 8 Years Police Say Murders Fell Below 80 in September, First Time in 8 Years National SecurityOctober 11, 2010last_img read more

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Buyer II (Accounting & Procurement)

Job SummaryPerform intermediate to complex professional procurementfunctions to purchase supplies, materials, equipment, and servicesfor the university.ResponsibilitiesThe incumbent will be responsible for all assigned departmentprocurement outside of the P-Card System. This position develops,posts, evaluates, and awards bids within the university’s delegatedpurchasing authority on Georgia Procurement Registry (GPR). Thisposition also issues purchase orders under $50,000, tracks purchaseorder fulfillment, and monitors contract performance. Additionally,the incumbent will ensure that all procurement activity followsfederal, state, and University System of Georgia laws and policies.Others duties as assigned.Candidate must become GCPA certified after six (6) months ofhire.Typical Allocation of Duties:Process purchase orders and requisitions -35%Process purchase orders and requisitions; determines the correctmethod for procuring services and goods.Maintain vendor contact and assist departments -15%Maintain contact with vendors, assist departments in completingregistration through the onboarding system, input and build casesfor vendors by validating information provided and adding tosoftware system.Prepare bids – 10%Prepare requests for bids, qualifications, and proposals within adepartmentally designated financial threshold. Provide support forthe selection process.Confer with departments – 10%Confer with university departments regarding requirements,specifications, and deliveries. Resolve problems and provideguidance related to the purchasing process.Serve as liaison – 10%Serve as liaison between campus and procurement regarding allprocurement-related items, including but not limited to E-pro,Contracts, Vendors, PCard, Fuel Card, and Policyinterpretation.Reconcile purchase orders – 10%Reconcile monthly open, and zero-dollar purchase order reports.Work with departments, vendors, and Accounts Payable staffregarding open PO balances, missing or late invoices, backorderedand damaged products, missing orders, and more.Ensure compliance – 10%Ensure compliance with state laws and university purchasingpolicies and procedures. Required QualificationsRequired ExperienceBachelor’s degree in a specified field and three (3) or more yearsof related work experience. Professional licensure, certification,and/or designation may be required in some areas.Proposed Salary$44,986Conditions of EmploymentEmployment is contingent upon successful completion of abackground check. Position May Require Credit Check (if usingP-Card, working with Cash, etc.).Position Requires completion of VSU’s Annual Compliance Trainingcourse (such as State Business Transactions, Drug Free Workplace,Anti-Harassment Policy, Introduction to Information Security,Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Policy, USG EthicsPolicy, Conflict of Interest/ Outside Activities Policy, LeaveProcedures for Faculty and Staff, Georgia Open Records Act, FamilyEducational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Contracts 101.Supervisory positions require training in FMLA andWorker’s Compensation. read more

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FOMC expected to stay the course

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Open Market Committee will conclude its two-day meeting on monetary policy today and is expected to stay on its current course of tapering in its monthly asset purchase program.NAFCU Research Assistant Doug Christman said the FOMC is likely to reduce monthly asset purchases by another $10 billion going forward, as it has done in previous meetings. Current indications also point to the Fed leaving the federal funds rate at the 0 to 0.25 percent target range for now, he added. The committee will issue a statement at 2 p.m. Eastern.After its last meeting in March, the FOMC announced the Fed would slow its purchase of additional agency mortgage-backed securities to a pace of $25 billion a month and longer-term Treasury securities to a pace of $30 billion per month, down from $30 billion and $35 billion, respectively. continue reading »last_img read more

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How to judge restorative justice

first_imgThe Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) has called on the government to legislate to increase the use of restorative justice – the process that gives victims the chance to tell offenders the impact of their crime. It is designed to hold offenders to account for what they have done, help them understand its impact, take responsibility and make amends. In a report Restorative Justice: Time for Action, the CJA urges the government to put a duty on criminal justice agencies to offer restorative justice to all victims of crime pre-sentence, whenever an offender pleads guilty and agrees to participate in the process, and where it is appropriate and safe to do so. But is restorative justice the answer to overcrowded prisons and high reoffending rates, or is it a soft option used by the police to cut costs by not charging people and abused by defendants who want to escape prosecution or get a lighter sentence? The case put by the CJA for restorative justice is compelling. It says the overuse of prison has led to a rise in the prison population from under 45,000 in 1993 to 85,000 today. With 60% of prisons overcrowded, the system does not have the space or resources to engage meaningfully with prisoners. The result is high reoffending rates: 48.5% of ex-prisoners and 45% of those who have served a sentence of 12 months or less are convicted of a further offence within a year of release. ‘In spite of record spending, reoffending rates remain high and public confidence in the criminal justice system low,’ says the CJA. It suggests: ‘At a time of austerity, resources need to be focused on responses to offending that are efficient and effective, and which also meet the needs of victims and communities.’ Currently, restorative justice can be used as an alternative to cautions for low level crime; with a conditional caution as an alternative to prosecution; as a pre-sentence offer once an offender has pleaded guilty, to inform sentencing; to form whole or part of a sentence imposed, or offered independently of the sentence. The CJA says that the voluntary process, used only where victims choose it, has high victim satisfaction rates. It cites Ministry of Justice research that says 85% of victims were very or quite satisfied with the experience and almost 80% would recommend it to others. In addition it helped victims feel a sense of closure and helped alleviate post-traumatic stress symptoms for victims of serious crime. MoJ research also suggests that the process reduced reoffending by around 14% and saves £9 for every £1 spent. The CJA report contains two case studies. The first was of a woman called Kathleen whose husband of 28 years was killed when a driver doing a U-turn on a dual carriageway collided with his bike. After her meeting with the driver who was convicted of dangerous driving, Kathleen said: ‘It was the first time I’d slept since my husband had died. It was very empowering. I was able to find closure.’ The second was Michelle, whose house had been broken into during the night. After meeting one of the lads involved, she said: ‘When I got out of the meeting, the knot had gone from my stomach, and I just felt so much better.’ The process appeared not only to have helped Michelle, but the offender too. Michelle asked to be kept informed of his progress. Scott, the offender, told the restorative justice officer: ‘I can’t do burglaries now, because I keep hearing your words in my head and it stops me doing it.’ It appears then to be a no-brainer – there should be greater use of quality restorative justice. But cynics will always point to examples that undermine the approach, such as the incident reported last week in the Daily Telegraph. It was about a thief who had stolen the replacement laptop of the victim after he was ‘forced to apologise’ under a restorative justice programme after stealing their original laptop. Reading the article it appeared that the arrangement was not a formal restorative justice programme – the offender had gone round by himself and without prior arrangement or consent from the victim after he said the police had asked him to visit to apologise. It would, I think, be unfair to judge restorative justice on the basis of that incident, but rather on the case put by the CJA. Follow Catherine on Twitterlast_img read more

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Neymar hails multi-million euro tax victory

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Barcelona superstar Neymar claimed “a great victory” on Thursday after seeing a 50 million euro fine imposed by Brazilian tax authorities reportedly halved on appeal.Neymar, who has also been fighting a legal battle over his transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, had argued that he was within his rights to have his family control his lucrative image rights.Brazilian prosecutors had insisted that such a procedure encouraged tax evasion.The new financial calculation has not been made, but the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper estimated Thursday that the original fine of 188 million reais (about 50 million euros) imposed in March 2016 could be halved.“We won a great victory, which belongs to God. Our family businesses have been recognized as legitimate,” the player’s father Neymar Santos said on social media.On Wednesday, a financial appeals court (CARF), a body linked to the Economy Ministry, quashed two convictions against the player in relation to irregularities in the payment of taxes on deals through two companies created by his father. However, three other convictions were upheld.Neymar has also been fighting lengthy legal battles over his move to Barcelona in 2013.Barcelona had originally published the transfer figure as 57.1 million euros, with 40 million euros of that given to the player’s family.But Spanish authorities believed the true transfer figure was at least 83 million euros.In December last year, a Spanish court ratified a deal that left Barcelona with a 5.5-million-euro fine but avoiding trial on tax evasion charges over the contested 2013 transfer. Tweet Share InternationalNewsPrintSports Neymar hails multi-million euro tax victory by: Associated Free Press – March 17, 2017 103 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

first_imgJapan’s Naomi Osaka kisses her trophy the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne’s Brighton Beach following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men’s or women’s tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years.“I feel like I’m literally just still learning,” the 21-year-old Osaka said. “Everyone kind of adjusts to being No. 1 in a different way.”Simona Halep’s 48-week stay atop the WTA rankings ended Monday as she slid to No. 3 after a fourth-round loss to Serena Williams, one year after getting to the final at Melbourne Park.“The main goal is just to play as good as I can every match, to win every match I play, so the ranking doesn’t really matter,” Halep said.Halep said the year-end ranking is what is “more important” than where things stand now, “so I will not stress myself about this.”Osaka’s second consecutive major title, following her success at the U.S. Open last year, helped her rise three spots.She was born in Japan — her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian — and moved to the United States when she was 3. She has dual citizenship and now is based in Florida.Osaka is the youngest woman to reach the top since 2010, when Caroline Wozniacki did it at 20.“People were talking about (me) being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that,” Osaka said. “But the ranking was never my real goal. It was just to win this tournament.”The runner-up at Melbourne Park, Petra Kvitova, jumped from No. 6 to No. 2.Sloane Stephens is No. 4, and Karolina Pliskova went from No. 8 to No. 5.Williams missed the 2018 tournament after having a baby; her quarterfinal run this time pushed her up five places to No. 11.Surprise semifinalist Danielle Collins, a 25-year-old from Florida, climbed from No. 35 to No. 23. The woman she upset in the fourth round, three-time major champion Angelique Kerber, dropped from No. 2 to No. 6.Novak Djokovic’s record seventh Australian Open title allowed him to stay at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, and Rafael Nadal’s runner-up showing kept him at No. 2.But 2017-18 champion Roger Federer’s fourth-round exit took him from No. 3 down to No. 6.The player who beat Federer, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, turned his first run to a Grand Slam semifinal into a career-best ranking of No. 12.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Neymar turns it on as PSG score seven in Celtic destruction

first_img Incidencias Alphonse Areola; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Layvin Kurzawa; Adrien Rabiot, Marco Verratti (Giovani Lo Celso, min.76), Julian Draxler (Javier Pastore, min.67); Neymar, Kylian Mbappé (Ángel di María, min.76) y Edinson Cavani. Craig Gordon; Mikael Lustig (Nir Bitton, min.13), Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic, Kieran Tierney; Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, James Forrest, Olivier Ntcham (Eboué, min.69); Moussa Dembélé (Griffiths, min.77). Poor Celtic defending contributed to PSG getting their fourth before the interval, as they failed to deal with a Neymar free-kick into the box and Mbappe fired in. PSG Celtic lost 7-0 to Neymar’s Barcelona in this competition last season and this turned into a similar hiding as Verratti made it five before Cavani volleyed in the sixth, his 21st of the season. Neymar’s form has dipped over the last six weeks, and yet the Brazilian led the turnaround in stunning style. He levelled in the ninth minute with a low finish into the far corner from a tight angle following an Adrien Rabiot pass. Upd. at 23:34 That scuppered PSG’s hopes of becoming the first side to complete the group phase without conceding a goal, but quickly the Scottish side were wondering if they had scored too soon. MATCH FACTS Champions League Marco Verratti made it five with quarter of an hour left, before Cavani got his second and a sensational Dani Alves hit wrapped up the French giants’ biggest win in the competition. El PSG arrolla al Celtic con un recital de Neymar IN SPORT.ES He loves playing against the Scottish side and he claimed an assist as it became 3-1 just before the half-hour, using his shoulder to help an Alves ball across the face of goal for Cavani to turn in. And he scored again midway through the first half with a low strike beyond Craig Gordon after a one-two with Marco Verratti. Celtic The Ligue 1 leaders had taken their took their foot off the gas after the break but they rounded out their win with three more goals late on. Celtic, who were already eliminated, will at least secure the consolation of a Europa League spot in the New Year as long as they avoid a heavy defeat at home to Anderlecht in their next outing. Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) amonestó a Simunovic y Bitton por el Celtic. Neymar was back in the mood with the Brazilian scoring twice to set up Paris Saint-Germain’s comeback from behind as they hammered a shellshocked Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Moussa Dembele had put the visitors ahead inside a minute at the Parc des Princes, but Neymar’s brace soon turned the game around and both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe added goals of their own before the interval. PSG Árbitro Bayern won 2-1 at Anderlecht on Wednesday, while PSG remain on course to finish with maximum points in the section having already set a new record for goals in the group stage with 24. Already through to the last 16 before this game, they will look to clinch top spot in Group B ahead of Bayern Munich when they travel to Germany for their final game next month. CEL They had suffered their heaviest ever home defeat in Europe when they last faced PSG in September, losing 5-0. They had also only ever managed just two wins in 29 previous away games in the group stage, and yet they stunned their hosts by going ahead with just 58 seconds played. The best was saved for last as Alves made it seven with a quite stunning effort from 22 yards that arced into the top-left corner of the net. AFP CET 22/11/2017 That was a sixth goal in five Champions League outings this season for the world’s most expensive player, and it was also the seventh time he had found the net against Celtic. 0-1, m.2: Moussa Dembélé; 1-1, m.9: Neymar; 2-1, m.22: Neymar; 3-1, m.28: Cavani; 4-1, m.35: Mbappé; 5-1, m.75: Verratti; 6-1, m.79: Cavani; 7-1, m.80: Dani Alves. Goles 7-1 Quinta jornada correspondiente al grupo B de la Liga de Campeones disputado en el Celtic Park de Glasgow. Alves gave away a corner before Paris had even made it out of their own half and Olivier Ntcham’s low delivery was then swept home by Dembele, the highly-rated France under-21 striker who was on PSG’s books as a youngster.last_img read more

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Cricket : Sachin Tendulkar on the verge of creating global Sport Academies.

first_imgAdvertisement 3aoe5oNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjcrwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8cpqj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7in7Would you ever consider trying this?😱92cCan your students do this? 🌚1vukdRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar has joined forces with Middlesex Cricket to launch an academy. The leading run scorer in Test and One Day International wants to create a platform to learn and practice for the budding males and females between the ages of 9-14, where cricket shall be the primary sport.Advertisement “Along the way, there were many guys who approached me but I was not convinced with what they wanted to do,” Sachin said in an interview.The first cricket camp is scheduled to be hosted from 6-9th August at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood while Mumbai shall be hosting one in November.Advertisement Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy’s proposal was discussed over a period of 10 months between Sachin and Middlesex. Finally, they came to an agreement when both ends were convinced.Advertisement The academy’s vision is to not focus only on Cricket but to promote other sports like Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Swimming, Billiards and many other sport across the world.The highest civilian ‘Bharat Ratna’ award winner Tendulkar seems to embark on a new journey with great ambition and planning.Also Read :Cricket: Root goes back to basics to face Kuldeep YadavCricket: Twitter reacts to Fakhar Zaman’s double century Advertisementlast_img read more

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Second teen charged, funeral fundraiser kicks off

first_imgA second person has been charged over the death of Pakenham teenager Laa Chol, who was killed during an altercation…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Kyra Gillespie last_img

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