Teen charged for murder of Unity man

first_imgA 17-year-old on Friday morning made an appearance before the Chief Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged with killing a Unity, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man.Murder accused Marlon GarrettThe charge was read to Marlon Garrett of Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, by Magistrate Ann McLennan.It is alleged that on September 11, 2016, at Robb Street, Bourda, he murdered 34-year-old Omesh Chetram, of Unity, ECD.The matter was adjourned for October 18, 2016.According to reports, the deceased had an argument with the defendant at Board Market after the deceased was accused of stealing items from his stall. The defendant whipped out a knife and stabbed the deceased once to the lower region of his abdomen.The defendant then made good his escape. Chetram was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The defendant was later arrested and charged with the offence.last_img read more

‘Koo’ System to Help Rural Dwellers

first_imgMr. Jonako Binda of Bong County and a senior personnel analyst at the Internal Affairs Ministry is organizing the “Koo for Rural Self Development,” to help unite rural dwellers to work for each other’s interest.The Koo System is widely practiced in rural Liberia where two or more people join to help or work for each other, especially during the farming season. Binda said people’s homes were either broken down or damaged during the civil war and lack of material support has made it difficult for their reconstruction. He added that most of the youths have grown up with little or no skills while unemployment is rife among them in rural Liberia.“The idea for this initiative is to mobilize and encourage rural dwellers to help themselves and construct better houses,” Binda said. He said leadership for accountability and implementation will be set up to ensure the success of the exercise. “I will organize committees to call on the national government, individuals, humanitarian organizations as well as rural dwellers to contribute towards the process either in cash or in kind, which will be tools such as cutlasses, hammers, nails, saws, axes, shovels, diggers among others,” Binda stated. The most difficult part of the Koo System, he said would be feeding, and therefore the youths would be encouraged to get involved in agriculture, and would also appeal to national government, humanitarian organizations, individuals, as well as rural dwellers to support this exercise.“This could also help develop our country because it will be a community initiative where the young people and those with technical skills will be encouraged to participate to rebuild homes for themselves and their communities,” he said. Binda said the exercise would be organized like a cooperative business in which young men and women are brought together to work for each other. “I am convinced that Liberian youth, when they are properly organized, can work on this project,” he added. Binda said the association is expected to be launched shortly and the fifteen counties will be grouped into four regions. A team with experience in building and other disciplines would form part of the leadership. He will work along with county authorities for the implementation of the Koo System through town hall meetings and will also need the assistance of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and political leaders. The Koo System is practiced in rural Liberia to provide help to rebuild the community, as well as provide support by using young men and women to engage in community service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies in need of better effort in game two against Navigators

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will be back on the ice tonight for game two of their NWJHL semi final series against the North Peace Navigators. The Huskies fell in game one 6-1 and had the coaching staff calling out their lack of hard work after the game.That along with defensive breakdowns and poor decisions with break out passes plagued the team in Saturday’s opener and they’ll need to play smarter hockey this evening if they hope to steal home ice advantage against the NWJHL’s top team from the regular season.The game can be heard live on Moose FM with the pregame show starting at 7:45 and the opening faceoff to follow shortly thereafter at 8 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Shackles no longer sure thing at court

first_imgLANCASTER – A state appeals court has set aside a Lancaster Juvenile Court judge’s blanket policy requiring all minors who appear in delinquency court to be shackled with chains at the ankles. The Second District Court of Appeal ruled that the sheriff’s deputies who provide courtroom security and prosecutors must justify in advance why a particular minor should be restrained. “In our view, the use of physical restraints upon minors who appear in the Lancaster Juvenile Delinquency Court must be based on a showing that such restraints are necessary for each individual minor irrespective of the type of hearing or proceeding,” said the ruling, issued Monday. The three-judge appellate panel ruled in favor of a 16-year-old minor, identified in the decision as Tiffany A., who had challenged the policy of Juvenile Court Judge Richard Naranjo and was denied. The girl was released from custody in September. Prosecutors said they were disappointed with the decision and felt the burden should fall on the defense as to why a minor should be unrestrained, a policy upheld in the federal courts. The Juvenile Court, known as Department 285, has had the policy of putting ankle shackles on all detained minors who appear in court for at least two years, the ruling said. The policy was adopted because of the number of unlocked exits and unsecured hallways in the courtroom and because of the lack of sheriff’s personnel available to monitor the facility, the ruling said. Sheriff’s officials said the risk of minors escaping is significant given the design of the courtroom and location of the courthouse. The Juvenile Court is housed in the former Lancaster Superior Court at 10th Street West and Avenue J that handled adult criminal cases, among other things. The appeals court ruled that courtroom conditions and safety concerns cannot be the only consideration when determining the use of restraints. ” … Any decision to shackle a minor who appears in the Juvenile Delinquency Court for a court proceeding must be based on the nonconforming conduct and behavior of that individual minor,” according to the ruling. The justices also said shackling a juvenile goes against the minor’s right to due process and presumption of innocence. The shackles also create the “very tone of criminality juvenile proceedings were intended to avoid.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester United 1-1 Celta Vigo: Red Devils stars rated and slated

first_img 14 SUB – Wayne Rooney – N/A – Wasted time effectively in what could be his final home European appearance for the club Eric Bailly – 6 – Largely dominated his opponents in the air but was caught out by Guidetti on occasions. Stupidly got himself involved in a fracas with Roncaglia and will now miss the final against Ajax 14 Antonio Valencia – 6 – Given more freedom to attack than his opposite fullback. Had little to worry to worry about defensively, but could not provide enough quality in the final third 14 Daley Blind – 5 – Irked Mourinho with his risky style of defending on the night. Tried to play his way out of danger at the wrong time and would have been punished by a more clinical striker than Guidetti 14 14 Jesse Lingard – 5 – Rarely a threat and failed to provide the energy that Mourinho asked for. Will struggle to keep his place in the starting XI for the final in Stockholm on this evidence Sergio Romero – 7 – Pulled off a number of fine saves to deny Aspas and co. Selected again ahead of David de Gea and looks on course to get the nod for the showpiece event in Stockholm Matteo Darmian – 6 – The Italian fullback was targeted just like he was at the Emirates on the weekend. Recovered from a shaky start, but was far from convincing, as United scraped through to the final Marouane Fellaini – 7 – A night to remember for the big Belgian. Played further forward and gave United the platform to be more calm in their play after heading the hosts in front. Pressed aggressively and benefited from being played to his strengths 14 14 14 Paul Pogba – 8 – The French star has turned into something of a talisman in recent weeks. Showed great strength in the middle of the park and displayed an array of tricks and skills to wow the Old Trafford crowd 14 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6 – The Armenian has showed his best form in the Europa League this season, but it was his defensive duties that shone brightest on the night. Drifted inside from his wide role to congest United’s attacks at times 14 Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League final after drawing with Celta Vigo 1-1 at Old Trafford to progress 2-1 on aggregate.Marouane Fellaini’s first half header looked to have safely guided the Red Devils into the showpiece final, before Facundo Roncaglia scored in the final minutes of normal time to make for a nervy ending.But despite a late fracas involving Eric Bailly and goal scorer Roncaglia – who were both sent off – Jose Mourinho’s side held on in front of a relieved home faithful.So, how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out… Marcus Rashford – 7 – The youngster was asked to occupy a wider role when his team was out of possession – and it paid off handsomely. Produced a sensational cross for Fellaini to head United in front and caused Celta problems all night 14 14 14 SUB – Michael Carrick – 6 – Kept things relatively calm as Celta pushed for what would have been a winning goal Ander Herrera – 6 – Allowed Fellaini to threaten further forward as he largely sat back and protected the back-four. The Spaniard found it increasingly difficult to get a handle on the Celta midfield as the game progressed 14 SUB – Chris Smalling – N/A – Another defensive barrier for Celta to navigate in the dying stageslast_img read more

Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom completes move to Derby County

first_imgDerby have signed defender Andre Wisdom from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.The length of the 24-year-old’s contract has not been specified, but he will be returning to the club where he made 38 appearances during a loan spell in the 2013/14 season.Wisdom has agreed personal terms with Derby and will undergo a medical when he returns from holiday later this month, the club announced on their official website.He becomes the second new arrival at Derby this summer after Rams boss Gary Rowett signed fellow defender Curtis Davies from Hull last week.Wisdom has also had loan spells with West Brom and Norwich and spent time with Red Bull Salzburg last season where helped the Austrian club win the league and cup double.Playing at right-back, he was part of the Derby team which reached the Championship play-off final under Steve McClaren where they lost 1-0 to QPR at Wembley. Andre Wisdom during his Derby loan spell 1last_img read more

Can a Tech Company Build a City? Ask Google

first_imgNet-Zero Cities Aren’t Possible, You Say?Can Rural Living Be As Green As Urban Living? From The New York Times: City of the Future? RELATED ARTICLES No longer ‘us and them’Sidewalk Toronto is being built as a beacon for other cities to follow.The way Sidewalk Labs sees it, the idea that technologists and urbanists can’t get along has to change. The company is integrating urbanists and technologists into its product planning. It’s including residents and workers in beta testing, with a city government giving it social license to operate.Instead of a cartel of architects, urban planners, consultants, developers, and regulators mapping out the future of the city behind closed doors using the standard master planning process, the company will spend US$50 million over the next year to support an open conversation between citizens, governments, universities, and others about what Sidewalk Toronto should be.Sidewalk Labs hosted a community town hall meeting in November, inviting Toronto residents to join the conversation.Sidewalk Labs is building offices across the U.S. It’s recruiting a cavalcade of new product managers, partnership and business development managers, machine-learning specialists, and forward-thinking urbanists.If its aggressive recruitment strategy is anything to go by, Sidewalk Labs is aiming for its tech products — focused on urban disruption, powered by the data it hoovers up from our daily lives — to raise the bar for city-making around the world. Doctoroff describes his desire to expand to other cities as “insatiable.”No doubt there will be lots of ideas that go nowhere. But one thing is clear: Sidewalk Labs is thinking about cities like no other technology company has done before it.Whether it succeeds in actually building one is everybody’s business. By SARAH BARNSSidewalk Labs, the urban innovation startup owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has announced a partnership with the City of Toronto to develop a new waterfront precinct. Time to ask Google: Can you build a city?The Quayside precinct, dubbed “Sidewalk Toronto,” is to become a 500-hectare (1,236-acre) sandpit for testing a suite of new tech products. The aim is to radically reimagine the way a city is made. (Further reading: Creative City, Smart City … Whose City Is It?.)Even if only a fraction of the ideas being touted work, Sidewalk Labs will be expanding the possibilities of tech-enabled urbanism to far loftier heights than many run-of-the-mill smart city strategies.Best take note. Any city mildly interested in using technology smarts to improve cities should be paying very close attention. Learning from smart city failuresSidewalk Toronto plans to grow phoenix-like out of the ashes of failed smart cities.Smart cities are based on the idea that cities can be made more liveable, sustainable, and efficient by making better use of information and communications technologies. This idea promises a lot, but so far has failed to deliver much.center_img The biggest failures in the 20-year history of smart cities — notably China’s Dongtan and South Korea’s Songdo — are testament to the hard-boiled truth that good cities can’t be built out of a technology mainframe. Even if they have tech smarts, they haven’t been places people have learned to call home.And, as companies like IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft have learned, it’s not easy to redeploy the large-scale operating systems used by big organizations into complex urban environments.Cities are messy places. They’re a heady mix of privatized utilities, legacy infrastructures, resource-constrained public authorities, and opinionated voting publics. These ingredients have made it hard to sell a data platform that can operate at the scale needed to produce any real efficiency benefits.Instead, what has so far been delivered are cities abounding in prototypes of smart parking and smart lights. More were announced in November under the Australian government’s A$50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Reimagining cities from the internet upWe have seen very little of the “game-changing” disruption promoted at smart city conferences worldwide. This is also why Sidewalk Labs matters.Led by CEO Dan Doctoroff, who was deputy mayor of New York under Michael Bloomberg, the company is on a mission to “reimagine cities from the internet up.” Crucially, this is Google’s version of the internet — the one you’re most likely occupying most of your waking hours.Instead of trying to sell a clunky operating system that fits legacy infrastructure with new data points, Sidewalk Labs is building products it thinks will change how citizens use the city. And let’s not forget it will own and monetize the data created when people use these products.Rather than upgrading what we have already, the thinking behind Sidewalk Labs is more focused on the core of how people behave in cities.For instance, its parking app, Flow, isn’t just about helping you find an empty parking space, as many smart parking systems do. It introduces a new pricing model that lowers the cost of parking for people who have had to travel farther. And it penalizes those who really should have walked.The point of using sensors to monitor air quality and temperature isn’t just to generate real-time data, which governments may or may not use. It proposes to use the data to create optimized environments that reduce the need for restrictive zoning, allowing for “radical mixed use” zoning.City Block Health, another startup spun out of Sidewalk Labs, is a personalized health system in the U.S. for Medicaid or Medicare members. Presumably, though it’s a bit hard to tell, this will allow these people to be supported across many different (data-driven) interactions as they shop, commute, and go about their daily lives.This is human-centred product design for an era of not just digitally enabled but “Google-powered” citizens.The solutions offered here take in the full span of city regulation, pricing, planning, building, and human interaction. This is not just tinkering at the edges of urban systems with new technology; this is redesigning the system with the technology at the core.Of course, the scope to experiment with and ultimately reshape Google-powered urban behavior is only possible when Sidewalk Labs owns and operates the city space where it can trial its products. This is the premise of Sidewalk Toronto. Sarah Barns is a research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Australia’s Western Sydney University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Why Swarm Won’t Save Foursquare

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#ambient location#ambient location apps#applications#Foursquare#location apps#Location Services#Swarm A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Swarm was Foursquare’s way of ripping the check-in from its flagship app. The new social app uses your phone’s GPS function to broadcast where you are at all times, and view others’ locations, too. Named after the Foursquare “Swarm Badge” that signifies a busy location, Swarm is the latest “ambient location” app to launch this year. “Ambient location” apps rely on mobile phones’ location services to display your general area to your friends in a passive way, without the need to check into any specific location. That’s how Swarm works. If you decide you want to share your exact location with friends, Swarm’s check-in feature is basically the same, but now you can also share your future plans with friends and invite them to join in. Ambient location sharing can be turned off, but it’s on by default.See Also: Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-InI’m skeptical of location sharing in general. I rarely check into places until I’m ready to leave, and even then, I don’t see the benefit. And with Swarm, my general location is visible to anyone at any time. There are only a handful of people I’d be okay with knowing that information, and it’s not anyone on the friends list I’d amassed since joining Foursquare four years ago. I’m probably not alone here. Ambient location apps haven’t taken off, and even Facebook’s attempt to get friends to share their general locations has fallen flat. Most people don’t mind telling their friends where they are, as long as they’re okay with those friends joining them. I bet most people don’t have 100 or more friends they’d enjoy meeting up with randomly on the street. Foursquare doesn’t disclose monthly active user numbers, but the company boasts over 50 million app downloads. Still, one would imagine users stay in contact with friends over Twitter and Facebook more often than they do with Foursquare, and moving check-ins to Swarm may not help Foursquare in that regard. Reserve Your Tickets Now: Join ReadWrite And Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley To Talk About The Future Of AppsFoursquare is simply not as popular as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, even though the company is technically in the same category as those companies. In 2010, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley was even dubbed “The New King Of Social Media”—but four years later, Foursquare may be doing more rebuilding than refining.Swarm, Foursquare’s new social arm, will more or less need to build its community from the ground up; Crowley says the company is building tools to make it easier to bounce between Foursquare’s apps, but I doubt users like me, who primarily use Foursquare as a recommendation tool, will find Swarm appealing. A New Direction For FoursquareAs Swarm tries to popularize proximity apps, Foursquare will have its own hurdles to jump.The new Foursquare app to be released later this year will offer suggestions on where to go and what to order, based on users’ unique location histories. On the plus side, Foursquare’s directory of places consists of over six billion check-ins, which is more than any other service—arguably enviable by Google or Yelp. See Also: Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderFoursquare will learn your behavior based on your previous check-ins and ambient location data—such as where you like to eat, or when you like to go to the movies—and tailor suggestions for where you should go next. The Foursquare app will eventually deliver push notifications when you are at a new location, and serve up suggestions for what to do there. Many places have “tips,” or small reviews written by Foursquare after they check in. Unlike Yelp, these Foursquare reviews tend to be short and concise. As Foursquare moves away from the check-in, these reviews will be the focal point of the new application.The only way for Foursquare to collect your location data once check-ins are removed is to use location services running in the background to track where you’ve been, which is concerning for privacy-conscious folks. In order to receive tailored push notifications, you’ll have to let Foursquare track you.Foursquare’s collection of places is likely robust enough on its own to succeed as a competitor to Yelp. But will users be comfortable giving up their location information to both Foursquare and casual contacts on a regular basis? I’m not convinced. Lead image via John Fischer on Flickr The first thing I did after downloading Foursquare’s new Swarm app was drastically cull my friends list on Foursquare from over 100 people down to just 19. When I joined Foursquare a few years ago, I was living in Arizona, still in college—a completely different lifestyle. As the years went by, things changed but my friends list kept growing. I stopped using Foursquare for checking in, and started using it as a location recommendation service, similar to Yelp. In my mind, it wasn’t really a social network anymore—in fact, I started keeping it among the travel apps on my iPhone.This is the concept Foursquare wants to build: to move beyond the check-in. The company’s recent unbundling of its services yielded two separate entities—Swarm, the social network; and Foursquare, the app you’ll use when trying to figure out what to do next.Foursquare isn’t the first social network to experiment with splitting up its services. Facebook, most notably, has been trying to unbundle itself for years, sometimes failing along the way. Its latest move—forcing Facebook users into Messenger if they want to chat on mobile devices—was largely criticized, for example.Foursquare is also taking a risk by dividing its efforts for two distinctly different services seemingly working in opposite directions. Yes, Foursquare’s location discovery application will use your check-in data from Swarm, but Swarm also wants to create a different social experience entirely.Swarm—Creepy Or Convenient?  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Related Posts last_img read more

Former skipper Brendan Taylor back to strengthen Zimbabwe team for West Indies series

first_imgFormer captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe Test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-Test series at home to the West Indies.Taylor and Jarvis had opted to play county cricket in England under Kolpak contracts, which meant they could no longer play for Zimbabwe, but have since been convinced to return to the team.Taylor, 31, has an average of almost 35 in 23 previous Tests and brings a wealth of experience to the side. The 28-year-old Jarvis last played Test cricket in early 2013.Graeme Cremer will continue as captain but the squad has been overhauled after July’s tour to Sri Lanka with all-rounders Tendai Chisoro and Solomon Mire and wicket-keeper Nyasha Mayavo all in line for a first cap.There were also recalls for bowlers Chamu Chibhabha and Michael Chinouya.Both Tests are being played at the Queens Club in Bulawayo. The first Test starts on Saturday with the second scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.Squad:Graeme Cremer (captain), Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Michael Chinouya, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Nyasha Mayavo, Solomon Mire, Christopher Mpofu, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.last_img read more

Noisy protests by Cong prevent Tendulkar from speaking in RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 21 (PTI) Hes opened many an innings on the trickiest of pitches yet master blaster Sachin Tendulkar realised that politics is a different ball game when opposition protests in Rajya Sabha today washed away his “maiden” attempt to initiate a discussion on sports.As the Upper House met at 2 PM after a previous adjournment, a combative Congress members buoyed by the 2G case verdict began demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over remarks against predecessor Manmohan Singh.Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu was keen that a short duration discussion on the right to play and future of sports in India, to be initiated by Tendulkar, be taken up.Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agrawal, however, raised a point of order, in the context of the 2G verdict. After Agrawal had spoken Naidu again asked the cricketer to proceed with his “maiden” speech.Tendulkar readied to elaborate on a subject he is most qualified to speak on but belligerent Congress members were in no mood to play ball.Several of them were on their feet seeking an apology from Modi. In the din of their slogans, the proceedings were almost drowned.Seeking to restore order, Naidu repeatedly chided the protesters. He sought to remind the Congress leaders that Tendulkar was a Bharat Ratna, an inspiration for the youth, and someone who had done so much for the country, but the opposition party stuck to its stance.In his characteristic style, Naidu told the shouting members that all they would achieve by shouting will be “sore throats” and “wastage of time” and again advised them to listen to the little master.advertisementActor Jaya Bacchhan also appeared to be supporting Tendulkars bid to speak. But the protests continued.A livid Naidu said that the comments made by the protesters would not go on record and asked Tendulkar to proceed.The cricketer, however, could only stand and watch.”I dont want these sorts of scenes to be telecast around the country. A person who is a Bharat Ratna and who is speaking for the first time in the House is being obstructed like this. I dont want this message to go to the country,” an exasperated Naidu said as he adjourned the House for the day. PTI ADS ADSlast_img read more