How victory over India gave England confidence vs Australia in World Cup semi-final

first_imgThis has been quite a journey for England in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The hosts are through to the final where they will take on New Zealand at Lord’s on July 14 after crushing defending champions Australia in a one-sided semi-final.But 20 days ago, England were nervous. They had just failed to chase down 233 against Sri Lanka; at that stage, England had won 4 and lost 2 out of their 6 matches.By then, New Zealand, India and Australia were looking red-hot and that stunning Sri Lankan win over England had opened up the tournament nicely.England had started their World Cup campaign brilliantly. They smashed South Africa by 104 runs on May 30 but lost their second match to Pakistan. Victories over Bangladesh, West Indies and Afghanistan sent English hopes soaring.But there was a twist in the tale. England lost back-to-back games to Sri Lanka and Australia. Jonny Bairstow got into a spat with former captain Michael Vaughan and you could suddenly feel the tension in the English camp.England had their task cut out now. Next up, they had to face India who were unbeaten at that stage. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were on fire and the Indians were dangerous even without Shikhar Dhawan.On June 30, England’s campaign got back on track. Jason Roy came back from injury and reunited with Jonny Bairstow and the two dominated India’s star-studded bowling line-up.Jonny Bairstow smashed a hundred and England posted 337 which India failed to chase down thanks to MS Dhoni’s baffling go-slow approach.advertisementAnother convincing victory over New Zealand sealed a semi-final berth for England. But their opponents were their oldest nemesis.England had lost to Australia at Lord’s on June 25 and here they were up against the defending champions in the semi-final of the World Cup. Australia had never lost a World Cup semi-final. This was England’s first World Cup semi-final in 27 years.But England brushed aside a strong Australian team.In the 2019 World Cup, Australia had lost only to India and South Africa – the last defeat sent them to Birmingham to play England. And England were ready. They were ready because it was here at this very venue that they had vanquished another powerhouse.”To be honest, having beaten India at this ground, we’d have come here with similar confidence, taken the momentum from the group stages,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.What a turnaround this has been for England. Morgan had replaced Alastair Cook before the 2015 World Cup. 4 years ago, England were knocked out of the group stages but this time, Morgan and England were ready to make amends.Also Read | World Cup 2019: England crush defending champions Australia, set up final vs New ZealandAlso Read | Whoever beats India will win World Cup. Michael Vaughan’s prediction will only be partly correctAlso Read | Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath’s 12-year World Cup record with 27th wicketAlso See:last_img read more

Juventus’ Blaise Matuidi on racist fans: ‘Weak people try to intimidate with hate’

first_imgShare on WhatsApp The 30-year-old, who joined Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, made clear his dismay on Facebook, writing: “Today I experienced racism during the match. Weak people try to intimidate with hate.”He added: “I am not a hater and can only be sorry for those who set bad examples. Football is a way to spread equality, passion and inspiration and this is what I am here for. Peace. #equalgame”Verona were punished after the game on 30 December, in which Matuidi scored. They were fined €20,000 and told that the south stand will be closed if such behaviour is repeated by fans inside the next 12 months.Juventus’s win at Cagliari means they are second in the table after 20 games, one point behind the leaders Napoli. Roma’s Antonio Rüdiger: ‘There is too much racism in Serie A. We must act’ Share on Twitter news Share on Messenger Juventus Share on Facebook Read more Blaise Matuidi has said he was racially abused during Juventus’s 1-0 win at Cagliari, two days after Verona were hit by a suspended partial stadium ban and a fine after their fans racially abused the Frenchman. Share on LinkedIn European club football Share via Email Share on Pinterest Race Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd defender Marcos Rojo: I do have white line fever

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo: I do have white line feverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcos Rojo says he enjoys the physical style of the Premier League.Rojo has become popular among supports for his robust style of defending.He told manutd.com: “That’s the way I play my football. That is me on the field. If you see me off the field, I’m the most laid back guy – laughing, joking all day and having fun but, as soon as I cross that white line and go on to the field, I don’t know what happens! “I’m a different person. Something happens inside me and I change. If the ball is there to be won, I go for it and give it everything I’ve got. Individual battles, individual duels, I am always up for them.” last_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 2 Brighton 0

first_imgDavid Brooks scored both goals as Bournemouth ended a three-game losing run in all competitions with a 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion.A fine finish in each half from the 21-year-old secured all three points for Eddie Howe’s side, who had lost back-to-back league matches before going down 1-0 to Chelsea in the EFL Cup this week.Brighton were unlucky to be behind after a good first-half showing, but they rarely looked likely to get back into the game once Lewis Dunk was sent off with 17 minutes of normal time remaining. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chris Hughton’s side have now failed to beat Bournemouth since a 3-2 win in England’s third tier back in January 2008.Asmir Begovic made good saves to deny Yves Bissouma and Jurgen Locadia before Brooks broke the deadlock 21 minutes in, beating Leon Balogun before blasting home left-footed from the edge of the area.It was a goal that was at odds with Brighton’s control over much of the first half, and only another fine sprawling stop from Begovic prevented Dunk from heading in an equaliser before the interval.Bournemouth assumed control over proceedings after the break, though, and Brighton’s task appeared to be beyond them when Dunk was given a second booking for lunging to trip up Callum Wilson.Brooks made certain of the win four minutes later, racing to meet substitute Ryan Fraser’s cross and looping a header over Mat Ryan and into the right-hand corner of the net.What does it mean? Bournemouth in top eight for ChristmasA run of seven defeats in their last eight games, and no goals scored in their last three, had left Bournemouth feeling a little blue ahead of the Christmas period.However, this victory over their south-coast rivals means they will be in the top eight of the table come December 25, which fans would almost certainly have signed on for before the season started.Brighton have a nine-point cushion to the bottom three, but Hughton will be a little concerned by how little his side threatened in the second half after playing so well in the first.Brooks shows a clinical touchBrooks’ goals each showcased a very difficult skill that this impressive young winger managed to make look easy. He is fast becoming Bournemouth’s most important player.Dunk leaves Brighton in troubleDunk’s crude attempt to stop Wilson running away from him left the visitors with little chance of salvaging a result, and his imminent suspension comes at a time when Shane Duffy has been banned for the last three games. Not ideal for Hughton.Key Opta Facts- Bournemouth registered a clean sheet in the Premier League for the first time in eight games, since a 3-0 win against Fulham in October.- Hughton has never beaten Bournemouth in his managerial career, losing four and drawing once (all while in charge of Brighton). – Brooks has netted five goals in his last 11 league appearances, after managing just three in his previous 35.- Josh King has been directly involved in 44 Premier League goals for Bournemouth (35 goals, 9 assists), 10 more than any other player (Wilson on 34). What’s next?Bournemouth head to Wembley to take on Tottenham on Boxing Day, while Brighton host Arsenal read morelast_img read more

Young: It was a tough week for Man Utd

first_imgAshley Young admits Manchester United have endured “a tough week”, but has called on those around him to “play for the badge” as a new era is opened at Cardiff.The Red Devils will take to the field in South Wales with a new manager at the helm, with Jose Mourinho having been relieved of his duties.Inconsistent displays from an underperforming squad spelled the end for the Portuguese, with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool proving to be the final straw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been drafted in as Mourinho’s successor and is being backed to bring a feel-good factor back to Old Trafford.Young concedes there have not been too many smiles on United faces of late, but told the club’s official website: “It’s been a tough week.“But we’ve got to move on now, move forward and concentrate on this game. We need to get ourselves back to winning ways.“You go out there as a player and you want to win, play for the badge, play for this fantastic club, the best club in the world and for us now it’s about looking ahead and looking at the next couple of games we’ve got coming up.“It’s a busy Christmas period and we want to get points on the board and start getting ourselves back up the table.”The Red Devils are looking for returning hero Solskjaer to make an immediate impact, with the presence of a 1999 Treble winner helping to raise spirits around the club.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cardiff City 2013-14“I’m sure Ole is excited to be back, Mike Phelan as well,” added Young. “For Ole to walk back in here must feel unbelievable. The fans love him, he loves the club and it can only be a good thing for us.“With me being one of the older heads, I [previously] worked under Mike and it’s nice to see him back on the training pitch again.”Young has also hailed the impact of the backroom team at United, with Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez all having important roles to play in the present and future.“Carras, Kieran and Emilio have been fantastic,” he said. “The training sessions they’ve put on have been fantastic, top notch.“I can definitely see Carras being a manager one day and Kieran has been brilliant stepping up to the first team [from the Under-18s]. He’s taken to it like a duck to water and Emilio is a fantastic goalkeeping coach. It’s nice for them to be here and work under Mick and Ole as well.“The main thing for us has been not to be caught up in everything and instead just concentrate on our work on the pitch and get ourselves fully prepared for this weekend’s game. That’s all you can do as players; be prepared and be ready for the game that we’ve got coming up.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Welcome back Man Utd’ – Fans react to Solskjaer debut

first_imgWelcome back Manchester United. Thanks Ole for the attacking football, we were all missing it. Let’s hope that it last. Exciting times ahead. #MUFC #1MUN— Man United Source (@1ManUnitedNews) December 22, 2018 If the Premier League had started on the day that Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over at Old Trafford, @ManUtd would be top. 🥴— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 22, 2018 First time Man Utd have scored 5 goals in one game, since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson! Brilliant from solskjaer! Man Utd sign him up on that long term contract right now!!!!👀— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) December 22, 2018 Amazing turn around already for United, give Solskjær the permanent job imho.— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) December 22, 2018 Five goals scored for the first time since under Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League. Forgot what that felt like. Here’s to more under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 22, 2018 You’re being naive if you don’t think José Mourinho’s Manchester United would have scored five against Cardiff. Okay, it might taken them six or seven matches to get there but still.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) December 22, 2018 Manchester United never scored more than four goals in a game during Jose Mourinho’s 144 matches in charge.They have done it in their first game after his sacking.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) December 22, 2018 Manchester United 5… Fergie days back in one game!!! #MUFC— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) December 22, 2018 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a five-star debut as Manchester United manager.The former United striker oversaw a thumping 5-1 win over his former charges, Cardiff City.A Jesse Lingard double, as well as goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial, gave Solskjaer the perfect start to his time in the dugout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And fans are already champing at the bit to see United back in action, while a number of cheeky Tottenham fans hope that Solskjaer’s form continues, so Mauricio Pochettino remains in north London.last_img read more

‘Solskjaer making it impossible to be ignored’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer is making it impossible for Manchester United to ignore his claims to becoming the club’s permanent boss, admits Andy Cole.The Norwegian was charged with overseeing a rescue mission upon inheriting the reins from Jose Mourinho in December.Those at Old Trafford turned to a familiar face in an effort to salvage a season which was going nowhere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer was handed a deal through to the end of the 2018-19 campaign, with the Treble-winning hero from the club’s past still tied to his post at Molde.He has exceeded all expectations since taking the reins, with eight successive victories collected, and Cole believes the former striker has to be considered a leading contender to take the job full time.The ex-United striker told Sky Sports: “I look at Ole and I see that he is a student of the game.“He was prepared to take in a lot of information and break it down and do what he thought was right with it.“Looking at him, he is always speaking about Sir Alex [Ferguson] and what he takes from him and what he is trying to do with the players.“That’s what the manager used to do with us. He was always talking to us to get the best from us. You can see Ole does that because after every game he is on the pitch with the players. A lot of the modern-day managers are doing that.“Everyone wants to get the best from the players so you have to put your arm around them and show them that they are important to you.“How do you keep your job? You have to win matches. If he continues to do that then nobody can turn around and say you shouldn’t get the job because he hasn’t done X, Y and Z.“If this continues and Manchester United beat PSG [in the Champions League] and win midweek against Burnley then I don’t think you can look any further. He is gaining experience and winning matches and that is what everyone is asking him to do.”Under Solskjaer, United have moved back to within three points of the Premier League’s top four.They are also readying themselves for a last-16 showdown with PSG in Europe and saw a 3-1 victory away at Arsenal on Friday carry them through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Province Maintaining Existing Food and Nutrition Policy

first_imgThe province is maintaining the existing food and nutrition policy for public schools. Education Minister Ramona Jennex clarified today, June 6, that the policy is not intended to ban items such as cakes from school and community celebrations. A memo sent from provincial staff to schools last month raised questions about how spring flings are treated under the policy. “The policy hasn’t changed,” said Ms. Jennex. “Childhood obesity is a serious concern and it is crucial for us, as a society, to promote healthy living. “But I know spring flings traditionally have an important role in many communities, and I look to principals, parents and school advisory councils to use common sense and make good choices on what is appropriate at these events.” The Food and Nutrition Policy was introduced in 2006, after the province received feedback from more than 1,000 Nova Scotians, including parents, school staff, education partners and health professionals. The policy is intended to ensure that healthy food choices are the most accessible choices in schools. Section 6.1 makes allowance for less-nutritious food alongside healthy options at special functions, including spring flings. The policy is reviewed every two years and will be reviewed again in the coming school year. “We will continue to consult parents, schools and our partners in health and education, and only make changes based on consultation,” Ms. Jennex said. “We must work together to teach our children that the healthy choice is the best choice.” The province will release a comprehensive plan to tackle childhood obesity later this week. That plan is based on advice from more than 1,100 groups and people who participated in the consultation. The food and nutrition policy is online at www.ednet.ns.ca/healthy_eating .last_img read more

Indigenous pipeline bidder launches listening tour along Trans Mountain route

first_imgThe existing Trans Mountain pipeline crosses a river in Chilliwack, B.C., near Cheam First Nation. (APTN file)The Canadian PressAn Indigenous group planning to bid for ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline is launching a “listening tour” of Indigenous communities in B.C. and Alberta.Project Reconciliation says the tour will begin in Kamloops in mid-August and will invite First Nations and Metis Nation people and communities along the pipeline route from Edmonton to the West Coast to share their thoughts about Indigenous ownership.Delbert Wapass, executive chair and founder of Project Reconciliation, says the tour will provide information on his group’s proposal but is also designed to gather feedback to be reflected in its final submission to the federal government.51 per cent Wapass, the former chief of Saskatchewan’s Thunderchild First Nation, is proposing ownership of at least 51 per cent of the federal government-owned pipeline be shared among all participating Indigenous communities in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.The group would put 80 per cent of the cash flow from the pipeline stake into a “sovereign wealth fund” to invest in environmentally friendly projects.Its bid is opposed by the Western Indigenous Pipeline Group which argues Trans Mountain should be owned by communities actually located on the route as they are most at risk from an oil spill.Ottawa has indicated support for the idea of selling the pipeline to Indigenous owners but says decisions won’t be made until the pipeline expansion project is “de-risked.”last_img read more

Shell urges CAPP to adjust emission policies to support carbon pricing

CALGARY — Global energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is urging Canada’s largest oil and gas organization to get off the fence and support both the Paris climate accord and the pricing of carbon to encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions.In a new report, Shell says it has reviewed its relationships with 19 industry associations around the world and decided to leave one of them, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, because of “material misalignment.”It found some misalignment with nine others, including the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.In the report, Shell says CAPP is out of line because it doesn’t comment on the Paris accord, nor does it publicly support federal and provincial carbon pricing frameworks in Canada.It adds that it is aligned with CAPP, however, on support of Canada’s climate targets and policies that encourages technology and innovation to address climate change, as well as on the use of natural gas as an energy source and properly managing methane.Shell was a much bigger player in the Canadian oilpatch before it sold most of its oilsands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in 2017.“Taking into account the broader value of our membership, we remain a committed member of CAPP. We will continue to engage with the association and closely monitor our alignment on climate-related topics,” the Shell report concludes. Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press read more

PM Visits Fundaciones

Students and staff of Fundaciones (El Centro) got a welcome treat on Thursday morning (June 6), when Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness stopped at the institution’s Hillcrest Avenue location in St. Andrew. Mr. Holness visited the early childhood division, where he observed the delivery of instruction in English and Spanish at that level. Story Highlights He played chess with the students, toured the school’s herb and vegetable garden, and read to the children from the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Students and staff of Fundaciones (El Centro) got a welcome treat on Thursday morning (June 6), when Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness stopped at the institution’s Seymour Avenue location in St. Andrew.Mr. Holness visited the early childhood division, where he observed the delivery of instruction in English and Spanish at that level.He played chess with the students, toured the school’s herb and vegetable garden, and read to the children from the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), engages with students at Fundaciones, before playing a game of chess with them. The Prime Minister visited the school on Hillcreast Avenue, St. Andrew, on Thursday (June 6). Director, Fundaciones, Rachael McDonald, said the students and staff members were happy for the visit from the Prime Minister.“Our children were very excited to show him some of what they are learning, some of what they have been doing, and, of course, to share whatever they want to share with him. We are also very thankful to have been able to speak a little bit about Spanish as a foreign language with him and have good dialogue about his views on this,” Ms. McDonald said.With centres in Kingston and Montego Bay, Fundaciones delivers programmes and activities for children from 18 months to 18 years.“Fundaciones is literally Spanish for foundations, and what we are giving kids at every level, in every programme, are the fundamentals that they need to learn in order to survive,” Ms. McDonald told JIS News. The staff members also shared their teaching techniques with the Prime Minister, which incorporate the use of both English and Spanish languages in the classroom, and illustrated what other schools can do to model their example. read more

PHOTOS March Against Child Labour

Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, interacts with young Catherine Marsh during the road march observing World Day Against Child Labour. The march, which started at the Ministry’s 1F North Street location, culminated at the St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston. World Day Against Child Labour is observed annually on June 12 and focuses attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The day is celebrated under the theme ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’. Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne (third right), along with volunteers, participates in the road march observing World Day Against Child Labour. The march, which began at the Ministry’s 1F North Street location culminated at the St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston. World Day Against Child Labour is observed annually on June 12 and focuses attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The day is celebrated under the theme ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’. Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne (left); Country Coordinator, WINROCK International, Cheryl Ivey (centre) and Director of Child Labour in the Ministry, Sasha Deer-Gordon, participate in the road march observing World Day Against Child Labour. The march, which started at the Ministry’s 1F North Street location, ended at the St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston. World Day Against Child Labour is observed annually on June 12 and focuses attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The day is celebrated under the theme ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’. read more

AC Marriott Hotel to Elevate Kingston as Destination of Choice for Corporate

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he anticipates that the new US$55 million AC Marriott Kingston Hotel will elevate the capital city and, by extension, Jamaica as the regional destination of choice for visitors and corporate events.The facility, which is situated on Lady Musgrave Road and is slated to be formally opened on Monday (June 17), is a collaboration between the Sandals Resorts Group, and the Marriott International hotel chain.Speaking with JIS News after touring the hotel on Friday (June 14), Mr. Holness noted that the establishment’s 220 rooms will go a far way in filling Kingston’s shortage of quality rooms, incorporating modern amenities and features that reflect the lifestyle of modern travellers.The Prime Minister said he was also pleased with the banqueting and meeting facilities, which can accommodate over 600 persons, noting that “this is where the real demand is in Kingston”.“We have always said it is our dream to make Kingston the centre of the Caribbean… the centre of culture, the centre of arts and lifestyle [and] entertainment; so you need facilities like these,” he added.Mr. Holness also welcomed news that 219 of the 220 employees are Jamaican, citing this as a “big winner’ while adding that the overall project represents a “great investment” in infrastructural and human capital development.Sandals Group Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, said the hotel’s construction forms part of the conglomerate’s vision of changing the dynamics of the hospitality industry in Kingston and the Caribbean, by providing modern world class facilities.He advised that reservations have already been received for 20 per cent of the rooms, since the hotel opened for business on Thursday (June 13), while the venue has been booked for 40 conferences and events.Mr. Stewart invited Jamaicans, and other persons, to come in for the experience which encapsulates the AC Marriott Kingston Hotel. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he anticipates that the new US$55 million AC Marriott Kingston Hotel will elevate the capital city and, by extension, Jamaica as the regional destination of choice for visitors and corporate events. Speaking with JIS News after touring the hotel on Friday (June 14), Mr. Holness noted that the establishment’s 220 rooms will go a far way in filling Kingston’s shortage of quality rooms, incorporating modern amenities and features that reflect the lifestyle of modern travellers. Story Highlights The facility, which is situated on Lady Musgrave Road and is slated to be formally opened on Monday (June 17), is a collaboration between the Sandals Resorts Group, and the Marriott International hotel chain. read more

Security Ministry to Acquire Software for DNA Database

Story Highlights Dr. Chang said the various upgrades, such as acquisition of the DNA database, are in keeping with the Government’s commitment to use forensic technology in its crime-fighting efforts. This was announced by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during a tour of the Institute of Forensic Science & Legal Medicine (IFSLM) in Kingston, on Wednesday, July 3. The Ministry of National Security is to acquire software and associated equipment for a DNA database, at a cost of US$450,000, this financial year. The Ministry of National Security is to acquire software and associated equipment for a DNA database, at a cost of US$450,000, this financial year.This was announced by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during a tour of the Institute of Forensic Science & Legal Medicine (IFSLM) in Kingston, on Wednesday, July 3.Dr. Chang said the various upgrades, such as acquisition of the DNA database, are in keeping with the Government’s commitment to use forensic technology in its crime-fighting efforts.“The IFSLM is currently in the process of improving its capacity and capabilities for greater efficiency and effectiveness. This modernisation will enable the IFSLM to increase its use of DNA and other biological evidence to solve crimes, by prosecuting offenders and exonerating the innocent,” he explained.Dr. Chang noted that as of June 2019, a total of 461 DNA samples had been submitted to the Institute for forensic investigations.“Additionally, the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) and DCS (Department of Correctional Services) detention officers submitted 476 DNA samples to populate the DNA Registry. For the first half of 2019, IFSLM conductedDNA analysis on 313 cases involving 460 exhibits and found matches in 47 per cent of the cases,” he pointed out.Director of IFSLM, Dr. Judith Mowatt, said the database will make a profound difference in the use of DNA and other biological evidence to solve crimes.“It will be the first time we are having a national database. In terms of technology and infrastructure, we have the latest equipment and kits. But what we don’t have is a DNA database that will create the intelligence from all of those profiles that we have generated,” she noted.“Our DNA analysis is helping to give the police intelligence in terms of crime detection, so they will send us samples from a case that they would like us to connect to the suspect,” Dr. Mowatt explained. read more

Jamaica Fire Brigade Receives More Equipment

The donation was made by the United States Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Programme Office, through the United States Embassy in Kingston. Story Highlights Valued at over $30 million, the first responder equipment includes 42 fire proximity suits, 244 fire proximity gloves, 27 fire boots, 10 coveralls, 360 bed nets, 18 cots, 60 axes, 60 shovels, six rakes and two large military-grade tents. These will be distributed to the 34 fire stations across 13 divisions of the JFB islandwide. The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has received equipment from the United States Embassy in Kingston to strengthen its capacity.Valued at over $30 million, the first responder equipment includes 42 fire proximity suits, 244 fire proximity gloves, 27 fire boots, 10 coveralls, 360 bed nets, 18 cots, 60 axes, 60 shovels, six rakes and two large military-grade tents. These will be distributed to the 34 fire stations across 13 divisions of the JFB islandwide.The donation was made by the United States Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Programme Office, through the United States Embassy in Kingston.The handover ceremony was held on Monday (July 15) at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hagley Park Road in Kingston.In his remarks at the ceremony, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, expressed his gratitude for the equipment, which he said will go a far way in saving lives.“We are a grateful nation. It is of importance that when we ask the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade to put their lives on the line that we do so by providing the necessary equipment to enable them to perform their duties,” he said.“The Government has spared no expense in providing the requisite support to maintain the JFB. On behalf of the Government and the people of Jamaica, we express our thanks and appreciation. These equipment will come in handy and I know that you will use it to the best of your ability and continue to uphold the high standards you have set,” the Minister told the JFB members in attendance.For his part, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy, Eric Khant, said the United States Government remains a committed partner in strengthening Jamaica’s capacity to counter man-made and natural disasters.“The relevance of the nation’s first responders never dissipate or wane. The need is always great, as no one can ever tell when a disaster will strike. The United States believes in Jamaica’s future and we are committed to working with Jamaican partners, as well as international partners, to ensure when a disaster strikes, Jamaica is fully prepared to manage that disaster and minimise the devastation,” he said.Mr. Khant reiterated the United States Government’s continued support in enhancing Jamaica’s disaster risk mitigation plans, pledging US$5 million towards the effort.He noted that a joint exercise by members of the District of Columbia National Guard, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) was recently conducted. This was one of several initiatives to improve Jamaica’s disaster response. It focused on real time, on-the-ground response to a major earthquake event.Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, JFB, Warren Malcolm, said the United States Embassy has been a very important partner of the JFB and has contributed to the growth and development of the Jamaica fire service.“Their assistance over the years has assisted the Brigade tremendously in increasing our inventory of tools and equipment and even enhancing our capabilities by way of training opportunities from which the JFB has benefited, mainly in the areas of fire-fighting, rescue operations and hazardous materials response,” he noted. The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has received equipment from the United States Embassy in Kingston to strengthen its capacity. read more

JIS on Path to ISO 90012015 Certification

ISO Certification is part of the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is on a path to achieving certification in ISO 9001:2015 this year.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on July 16.ISO Certification is part of the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.The objective is to raise the quality of service across the public sector, with an emphasis on executive agencies.One of the requirements is to integrate quality management (QM) principles in the agency’s daily activities, and provide the foundation to enhance performance.A quality management system manual is being developed, which outlines the JIS’s commitment to leadership; communications and engagement of people; a process approach; improvement; customer focus; risk and opportunity as well as evidence-based decision-making; and relationship management.The certification project is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.Mr. Henry further informed that the JIS has operationalised a programme to manage the agency’s intellectual property (IP).This, he said, follows the development of an IP Policy Manual, which directs the agency on the management and protection of its assets by providing procedural guidance.“The development and implementation of the policy forms part of the agency’s modernisation thrust as we align the deployment of cutting-edge equipment and technologies with globally relevant management systems and tools,” Mr. Henry said.He noted that the treatment and management of IP has become a critical component of the agency’s functions.Mr. Henry told the House that there has been increased demand for JIS content for use locally and internationally by creative and media enterprises, for websites, social media, as well as derivative productions, such as documentaries. The JIS information is also used for teaching and instruction.“An Intellectual Property Management Committee (IPMC) has been formed and is responsible for the administration of this policy, and for its periodic review and revision,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Henry said the programme to convert the JIS archives to digital format is in full operation, following the award of a grant in the sum of $28.78 million.“The digitisation of content in the photo, television, radio and research and publications archives will set the stage for an integrated approach to transitioning from analogue to digital operations,” he told the House.Minister Henry informed that the JIS continues to expand its social media footprint on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, increasing engagement with the younger demographic.He cited the Studio 58A Facebook live interview programme as an increasingly popular communication tool, which allows the agency to receive immediate feedback from the public. Story Highlights The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is on a path to achieving certification in ISO 9001:2015 this year. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on July 16. read more

ZOSOs Extended in Denham Town and Mount Salem

The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, Kingston, and Mount Salem, St. James, will be extended by a further 60 days to October 19, 2019 and November 7, 2019, respectively. In his address, Dr. Chang noted that the declaration of the Mount Salem and the Denham Town ZOSOs was a breakthrough initiative in Jamaica’s history. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 23), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, Kingston, and Mount Salem, St. James, will be extended by a further 60 days to October 19, 2019 and November 7, 2019, respectively.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 23), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.In his address, Dr. Chang noted that the declaration of the Mount Salem and the Denham Town ZOSOs was a breakthrough initiative in Jamaica’s history.He pointed out that the experience has, so far, produced some lessons and has proven its worth at various levels.“The partnership between the citizens and the Security Forces is also changing, with the presence of the Joint Force within the Zone, and is yielding positive results,” Dr. Chang said.A Zone of Special Operations was declared for the community of Denham Town from October 7, 2017 for a period of 60 days. The current period constitutes the 10th period of extension, which is slated to expire on August 19, 2019.“The community of Denham Town was plagued with increased gang-related violence. Since the declaration of the Zone of Special Operations, security forces have been allowed to conduct strategic operations designed to target the violence producers, thereby facilitating the conditions for social intervention and economic development,” Dr. Chang said.The Zone of Special Operations was declared for the community of Mount Salem with effect from September 1, 2017. The current period constitutes the 11th period of extension, which is slated to expire on September 7, 2019.“Prior to the implementation of the Zone of Special Operations, the Mount Salem community had been plagued with increased gang-related violence and criminal activities among several gangs operating from communities within the Division,” Dr. Chang said.He noted that conflict among gangs was attributed to the quest for turf, control and the disproportionate allocation of illegal proceeds from lottery scamming and other illicit activities.The Minister informed that over the period September 1, 2017 to July 17, 2019, the community experienced no murders or shootings.He noted that the following objectives will remain the focus of the operations: create an environment for continued social intervention; eradicate the threat to democratic governance posed by organised crime; methodically conduct searches for arms and ammunition; create the condition for building positive relations and trust between the citizen and the police; re-establish legitimate community structure; and restore the confidence of citizens, visitors, and investors, so that the country can experience economic growth and prosperity.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister. read more

School Administrators Urged to Take Steps to Eliminate Sexual Harassment

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is advising administrators in educational and training institutions to take the necessary steps to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment.The Ministry, in a recent bulletin, said that sexual harassment “is a barrier to equal opportunity and treatment of females and males”.In an effort to ensure that all students are safe and secure while in their care, school administrators are being directed to become familiar with a brochure issued by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, which guides the process on how to treat with such incidents.The Ministry reminded institutions that they have a responsibility to develop a policy to address sexual harassment; conduct workshops/training sessions with all teaching staff and other employees; ensure that the issue of sexual harassment is incorporated in the curricula; put in place a complaint/grievance procedure or committee to handle reports of sexual harassment from students; protect against victimisation and false accusations; and to ensure that the accuser and accused have an equal chance to be heard. read more