Bruins Shut Out Capitals to end 14-Game Skid vs. Washington

first_imgBy Stephen Whyno, AP Hockey WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Boston Bruins players could feel themselves making progress in recent games against the Washington Capitals even as the losses piled up.All it took was finishing one play, a commitment to team defense and a handful of timely saves by Tuukka Rask for the Bruins to end their 14-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 1-0 victory Sunday. Boston beat Washington for the first time since March 29, 2014, and its 14 consecutive victories against Arizona are now the longest active winning streak against one opponent in the NHL.“We’ve had some tight games,” said Rask, who made 24 saves for just his second career victory in 19 appearances against Washington. “It’s one of those things that just happens in sports where you get into these streaks of either winning or losing and at some point they’re going to snap.”Thanks to David Krejci’s goal, the Bruins snapped their three-game skid and handed the Capitals their eighth loss in nine games.Outscored 45-21 during their 14-game run of futility, the Bruins dominated the Capitals in almost all facets of the game and would have blown them out if not for the play of goaltender Braden Holtby, who made 37 saves. Holtby was helpless to stop Krejci’s shot on a one-timer after a tic-tac-toe puck movement and a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug midway through the second.Rask earned “TUUK!” chants rom Bruins fans in attendance, no louder than when he flashed the glove to snare a shot from Travis Boyd in the slot in the third period. The Finnish goalie picked up his 253rd career victory to take over first place on the Bruins’ all-time list.“He was in control all night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We were pretty clean in front of him there till the end, and when we weren’t, he was there for us. Happy for him, I think the guys in the room are as well and hopefully he keeps building on it.”Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo didn’t believe there was necessarily a theme or specific problem that led to such a lopsided stretch against Washington and thought his team was getting closer to breaking through. Afterward, captain Zdeno Chara said the Bruins “finally” got the win against Washington.In many ways, the Capitals had themselves to blame.Fed up by mental mistakes, Capitals coach Todd Reirden used ice time as a weapon to punish players. He benched Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitrij Jaskin for much of the first period after each took a penalty and Andre Burakovsky for the first few minutes of the second for a defensive-zone turnover that almost led to a goal.Washington leads the league with 191 minor penalties.“I think as you get past the All-Star break and you start making a push toward the playoffs, that’s an area we have to get better in, as we’ve taken far too many minor penalties with our sticks,” Reirden said. “We have to be more disciplined if we’re going to have success moving forward from here, and I thought the last 30 games is a good time to implement that.”Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup after being forced to sit out Friday against Calgary for skipping All-Star Weekend. Ovechkin powered around Chara for a scoring chance in the first period but couldn’t crack Rask. He will need to wait at least one more game to pass Sergei Fedorov for the most points by a Russian player.“I’m so happy he didn’t get it on me,” Rask said. “I didn’t know that. That would’ve been in my head if I knew that. That’s good. I’m not facing them again, so that’s good.”NOTES: Capitals C Lars Eller was out with a lower-body injury that caused him to leave Friday’s game against Calgary. … D Christian Djoos began a two-game conditioning assignment with Hershey of the American Hockey League. … Boston improved to 14-4-2 on Super Bowl Sunday, third in the NHL in such victories behind Montreal and Washington. … Bruins center Patrice Bergeron played his 999th regular-season game.UP NEXTBruins: Host former Capitals coach Barry Trotz and the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders on Tuesday.Capitals: Host Calder Trophy front-runner Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Senate Passes Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2013

first_img “This measure will enable a more equitable sharing of the tax burden by providing a platform for bringing more persons…who currently evade (paying) taxes… into the tax net,” The Bill also proposes the imposition of a $1 million limit on cash transactions with financial institutions. More persons are expected to be brought under the tax net consequent on the passage of the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2013, in both Houses of Parliament.The Bill was passed in the Senate on Friday (October 18) with two amendments, following its approval in the Lower House on Tuesday (October 15).Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, who piloted the Bill in the Upper House, said the legislation will create a paper trail that will assist the tax authorities in collecting the critical revenues necessary for Jamaica to meet its economic objectives.“This measure will enable a more equitable sharing of the tax burden by providing a platform for bringing more persons…who currently evade (paying) taxes… into the tax net,” he said.Senator Golding noted that the Bill will also facilitate a more accurate measurement of the national economy, “which suffers for a massive understatement of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the huge informal economy operating outside (the) formal transactional and reporting systems”.The Bill also proposes the imposition of a $1 million limit on cash transactions with financial institutions. This means that under the provisions for reporting suspicious transactions, engagements exceeding $1 million cannot be undertaken by anyone other than a “permitted person,” such as a bank or licensed financial institution.“It is a fundamental enhancement of the law enforcement system to support the combating of serious crime under (the Proceeds of Crime Act) POCA, by limiting the ability to use raw cash to settle large transactions. Limiting the size of cash transactions will have the positive benefit of reducing the behavioural tendency among some business people to put their lives in danger by keeping large cash amounts,” Senator Golding said.He noted, however, that this provision does not preclude persons from collecting several cash payments in bona fide transactions which, individually, are less than $1 million but total or exceed that sum. Similarly, the provision does not prohibit legitimate multiple transactions of less than $1 million each, but which add up to or exceed that figure.“Indeed, this law will not prohibit anyone having more than $1 million on them, though of course, it is very risky to do so and it ought to be discouraged. It is only if a single cash payment exceeds $1 million that one party to the payment, that is, either the payer or the receiver, must be a commercial bank or other Bank of Jamaica (BoJ)-licensed deposit-taking entities or credit unions, or a licensed cambio. However, artificially splitting up a transaction into several payments to make the transaction appear to be below $1million will be prohibited,” Senator Golding explained.The Justice Minister said the Bill also seeks to ensure that Jamaica is fully compliant with certain international requirements as it relates to money laundering and terrorism financing.“Since 2005, Jamaica has taken several measures (including the passage of the POCA in 2007) to strengthen its framework for combating money laundering and financing of terrorism. Jamaica is required to continue to review its laws to ensure that we are compliant with the requisite international standards,” he said.Other amendments to the Act include addition of an oversight regime for designated non-financial businesses and professions, such as attorneys, accountants, real estate dealers, and dealers in special metals and stones.The Act also outlines the powers that designated competent authorities will have in relation to the role of compliance monitoring with the anti-money laundering requirements.Amendments have also been made to the Bill to ensure consistency in term definitions used in the POCA with those outlined in the Financial Investigations Division Act. Story Highlights The Bill was passed in the Senate on Friday (October 18) with two amendments, following its approval in the Lower House on Tuesday (October 15).last_img read more

Compensation Committee Gets Extension

first_img The mandate of the Compensation Committee is to investigate and determine claims for compensation, loss and damage to properties and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect to the events of May 2010. Story Highlights Senator Ruel Reid said the additional time is necessary, given the volume of work to be completed. The West Kingston Incursion Victim Compensation Committee has been given a one-month extension to complete its work. The West Kingston Incursion Victim Compensation Committee has been given a one-month extension to complete its work.Making the disclosure at yesterday’s (September 13) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said Cabinet has approved payment of a balance of $23.9 million to the Chairman and Commissioners of the Committee.Senator Reid said the additional time is necessary, given the volume of work to be completed.The Committee, which is Chaired by Hon. Justice Seymour Panton, is looking into issues of compensation for the estate of persons who were killed, detained or suffered loss and damage to property during the May 2010 West Kingston upheaval.The establishment of the Committee was one of the recommendations of the Commission of Enquiry Report.The mandate of the Compensation Committee is to investigate and determine claims for compensation, loss and damage to properties and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect to the events of May 2010.Other members of the committee are Ministers of Religion, the Reverends Rennard White and Herro Blair Jr. Carlene Larmond, an attorney experienced in litigation, serves as Legal Advisor to the Committee.last_img read more