By Dialogo March 21, 2013 The United States will fund a police task force to combat the most serious crimes in Honduras, considered the most violent country in the world, U.S. officials stated on March 18. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, told the press that “the new task force will train the police and prosecutors to adequately investigate serious crimes in Honduras.” Brownfield stated that $6 million will be allocated to address major crimes, while $10.3 million will be destined to training the police force and prosecutors against violence and money laundering. The official, along with Ambassador Lisa Kubiske, signed the cooperation agreement with Honduran Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn. The resources will also support programs for at-risk youth, to organize community police, and to strengthen processes on crime scenes. As part of his agenda, Brownfield visited San Miguel, a community located in eastern Tegucigalpa, to supervise an educational initiative focused on preventing the proliferation of gangs which trained 2,500 teenagers in 2012. The U.S. official also met with Minister of Defense Marlon Pascua, Minister of Security Pompeyo Bonilla, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Arturo Corrales. According to figures from the Violence Observatory of the National Autonomous University in Honduras, the homicide rate was 85.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.
Kingston’s Under-15 cricket team lifted the 2015 Kingston Wharves Under-15 crown last Friday after they defeated defending champions St Elizabeth by 59 runs at Sabina Park.As Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) celebrates its 70th anniversary and 26 years as title sponsors of the competition, Kingston have achieved what could be considered a memorable victory.Scores: Kingston, 171 for nine in their allotted 40 overs; St Elizabeth, 112 all out. George Seymour led the way for Kingston with 50 not out while Razzaq Williams scored 48.In the bowling department, Rajiv Redhi bagged 4 for 26 from eight overs. He was supported by Matthew Comrie, 2-for 10, and Akeem Malcolm, 2-for 27.Joseph Simpson, 20, and Joshua Watson, 16, top-scored for St Elizabeth, while Roberto Simpson took three wickets for 14 runs and Romario Moxam, two for 28.”We went to the final last year with the same team and lost by one run. It was a big disappointment for most of us to lose a competition by one run, so to come back this year and do it all over with the same team is wonderful,” said Kingston’s coach Marlon Ramdeen.St Elizabeth’s coach, Tedroy Bromfield, bemoaned his team’s poor fielding and bowling.TOO MANY EXTRAS”We had too many extras – 40. The boys didn’t maintain their discipline and dropped some catches, so we let ourselves down by not doing the basics right,” Bromfield said.Mark Williams, chief operating officer of KWL, lauded the young cricketers.”Young men, this is your starting ground. All the big-named players – Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, even Stafanie Taylor – they all came through Kingston Wharves Under-15, so you are having a good launching pad,” he said.Kingston Wharves awarded four cash bursaries to the most valuable players from the four semi-finalists, and their total sponsorship package is worth approximately $5 million annually.