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Accused child killer freed

first_img…no case submission upheldA man who was accused of killing a 14-year-old boy on the Corentyne in 2016 was on Thursday set free after a no case submission was upheld by Justice Joann Barlow in the Berbice Assizes.Justice Joann Barlow ruled that there was no evidence to convict the accused.On trial for the August 2016 murder of 14-year-old Akeem Jamila Grimond, also called “Lil Boy” and ‘Ukery Black Boy’, of 53 Section ‘B’ Number 61 Village Corentyne, was Terami Gooleharran, also called “Bruise Up”.It was alleged that Gooleharran murdered the teenager between August 18 and 22, 2016. Grimond’s decomposed body was discovered in a ditch situated in the backlands of the village.The Prosecution’s case, presented by State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, was that Gooleharran killed Grimond and left his body at the village cemetery.The prosecution called seven witnesses, including a pathologist and wife of the accused — Tajwattie Persaud, also called ‘Finie,’ who was the Prosecution’s chiefFreed: Terami Gooleharranwitness.In her evidence, Persaud said that two days after Grimmond was reported missing, her husband came home with blood on his clothes, and he told her that the boy is dead, and they would have to buy biscuits and coffee.Under cross examination by Defence Attorney Sasha Robertson, Persaud said she had a good relationship with her husband.She also admitted that the day he had blood on his clothes, he did bring home pig meat. The woman also told the court that when her husband told her that they have to buy biscuit and coffee, there was already a tent erected in front of the yard where Grimond lived.Being re-examined by Prosecutor Hardy, the witness added that her husband told her that he killed the teenager. It was the first time she was mentioning this development since giving Police a statement back in 2016.She also admitted that she had made several reports at the Number 51 Police Station that her husband had physically hurt her.Robertson told the court that the Prosecution failed to make out a case against theDead: Akeem Jamila Grimondaccused. She argued that the chief witness would have moved out and started living with someone else as soon as her husband had been arrested.Robertson also noted that Government Pathologist Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan testified that the boy would have died days before he was last reported being seen. She also pointed out that the witnesses who testified said neither the step-father with whom Grimond lived nor his mother had attended the funeral, nor has either since been seen.Justice Barlow said the evidence seemed to be pointing to other people, and not the accused. She advised Gooleharran to stay away from Persaud, noting Persaud had said they were having issues in their relationship. He was also advised to pull his life back together, as he was freed.last_img read more

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Busch spun out by Burton at finish

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Jeff Burton nudged a spinning Kyle Busch across the finish line Saturday to win a chaotic, caution- marred Busch Series race at LasVegas Motor Speedway. Complaints about the reconfigured track and the hard tires Goodyear has provided then dominated the postrace conversation, as drivers warned the Nextel Cup race Sunday could be a disaster. “The race will suck,” said Kevin Harvick, who finished seventh. “The paving is awful. It’s rough. They had some guys that pave parking lots out there doing it. It’s pretty awful.” Las Vegas officials repaved the track during the offseason and increased the banking from 12 degrees to 20 as track owner Bruton Smith sought to improve the competition. But it made speeds extremely high, forcing Goodyear to bring a hard left tire that Matt Kenseth called “treacherous” to the track. Burton finally got to Busch again on the last lap, and used all of it to make his move. Burton went for it as they exited the last turn, pulling to the top of the track and making the pass on the outside. Busch wiggled slightly and his car bounced off Burton’s to start his spin across the finish line. “Couldn’t hold the bottom. Couldn’t hold the top. Couldn’t hold him off,” a frustrated Busch said as he walked away from his damaged race car. “He beat me fair and square.” Burton drove to Kyle Busch’s damaged car, saw Busch had already exited it and followed him. Busch then went up to the window and shook hands with Burton. “I take a lot of pride in getting by him, he’s one of the top young talents in the sport,” Burton said. “I knew if I went under him I would get too loose to pass him. So I just figured `What the hell? I’ll go up there and see what happens.’ I got up there and it stuck and I had momentum. “Then Kyle did exactly what I would have done. He tried to get me slowed down to slow my momentum down, and hang a left to try to get to the start/finish line. He just couldn’t stop it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Greg Biffle said it felt like he was driving on black ice, and Kasey Kahne said every lap is a fight to keep the car from wrecking. The Busch race was marred by a record 12 cautions for 58laps, and the postrace debate overshadowed a spectacular finish that denied Busch a victory on his home track. Contact between Burton and Busch as the two cars approached the checkered flag sent Busch into a spin, and he crossed the finish line backward before shooting up the track and into the wall. He still finished second. The Las Vegas native took turns dominating the race with his older brother, Kurt. Burton caught Kyle Busch on the 13th lap, but lost the lead after a red-flag restart. last_img
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Gor Mahia hit Nzoia to open nine-point gap

first_imgNzoia had the earliest chance of the game after a speedy start but Victor Omondi could not beat Gor shot stopper Peter Odhiambo one on one after running behind the Gor defense.K’Ogalo however grew into the game as it progressed with Tuyisenge and Kagere making inroads into the Nzoia backline, looking for that opening chance.They got the goal they yearned for in the 25th minute when Tuyisenge raced in to a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo cross, glancing it powerfully past the Nzoia keeper.The goal hugely calmed Gor down as they played with more ease, passing the ball around with comfort. Gor doubled their lead a minute to half time, Kagere again sneaking in behind the defense to head home a freekick from Kenneth Muguna.In the second half, Nzoia started with pace again and had a chance to half the deficit from the penalty spot after Gor keeper Odhiambo had fouled Masita Masuta. However, Steve Wakanya failed to convert, Odhiambo redeeming himself with a good save.Nzoia were punished for the missed chance three minutes later when Tuyisenge completed his brace with a neat finish.Kahata then made it 4-0 barely three minutes after coming in with another header, this time Tuyisenge turning from goal scorer to provider, floating in the cross.Dylan Kerr’s men managed to keep the score intact, choosing to enjoy the play and wind down the clock with Tuyisenge later withdrawn for John Ndirangu.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed vies for the ball with Nzoia forward Masita Masuta during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9- Jacques Tuyisenge struck a brace as record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia beat Nzoia Sugar 4-0 to open up a nine-point gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings.More goals from Meddie Kagere and substitute Francis Kahata lifted K’Ogalo to their 14th win of the season, moving a step closer to reclaiming the league title from Tusker FC. Second placed Sofapaka will be playing Chemelil Sugar on Sunday in Narok.last_img read more

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Arsenal team news: Defensive woes continue ahead of Newcastle trip

first_img Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker 1 Arsenal’s defensive woes are unlikely to improve before this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.Laurent Koscielny will have a fitness test on his back today (Thursday), but Per Mertesacker is all but ruled out with illness.Manager Arsene Wenger said: “Mertesacker is still sick and Koscielny will have a test today on his back. Mert is less likely to be fit.”There is some good news for Gunners fans, with Danny Welbeck doing well on his road to recovery from a knee injury and and Jack Wilshere close behind him following his ankle problem.“Welbeck is progressing well and if all goes well he should be back after the international break,” Wenger said.“Wilshere will be back training a week after Welbeck.”last_img read more

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Masry eulogized as hero, helper, friend to residents

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Due to his declining health, Masry resigned from the City Council only days before his death. A private memorial service was held Dec. 13, and the public memorial was held Thursday night in the Fred Kavli Theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Masry was elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council in November 2000 and served as mayor from December 2001 to December 2002. He was always a top vote-getter in municipal elections. Thousand Oaks voters supported his dedication to law enforcement, protecting the environment and sticking up for the common man. The Rev. Doug Posey of Living Oaks Community Church conducted the memorial, and speakers included Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and Sheriff Bob Brooks. Both called Masry a hero. “He faced life’s challenges and, where some would shrink, he stood strong,” Parks said. Among the environmental causes Masry championed in Ventura County were blocking the development of Ahmanson Ranch and establishing the Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources, or SOAR, initiative. Masry’s son, Louis, said his father would be proud of the city for achieving the distinction as the safest in the nation while he served on the City Council. “He was a real champion for public safety,” said Brooks. “He was a man of tremendous courage. He had the heart of a lion.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday to pay tribute to former city leader and attorney Edward Masry, one of the most popular figures in city history who became mayor after gaining fame through the film “Erin Brockovich.” Masry, who died Dec. 5 at 73 from complications of diabetes, was known as a champion of the underdog for his work on behalf of the environment. The 2000 film staring Julia Roberts as Brockovich and Albert Finney as Masry depicted how the lawyer and his self-trained legal assistant won a $333 million settlement for the residents of Hinkley, Calif., who claimed that Pacific Gas & Electric tanks leaked carcinogenic poisons into groundwater supplies. “If he saw someone who was struggling and he could figure out a way to help, he would,” said Merlin Olsen, the professional football Hall of Fame tackle and actor who hired Masry as an agent and attorney when Olsen played for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. last_img read more

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Criminal was rearrested after booze-bender while celebrating release

first_imgA criminal who previously escaped Garda custody from a courthouse was rearrested while celebrating his release from jail.William Reilly appeared in court again after going on a booze-bender. Reilly, aged 26, was stopped by Gardai in Letterkenny, Co Donegal after downing too many Jagerbombers, according to his solicitor.Reilly, who has 43 previous convictions, was acting aggressively and was intoxicated after being put out of the Warehouse Bar in Letterkenny.He had previously been on the run after giving Gardai the slip in January.Still wearing handcuffs, he managed to jump a barrier at the courthouse and flee.He hid in a nearby Garda shed before fleeing the area despite an extensive search by Gardai.He was caught in a car a number of weeks later during a routine Garda checkpoint at Castlefin on March 10th and returned to prison.Reilly appeared at Letterkenny District Court following the incident on July 8th at 3.30am, just a day after being released from Castlerea Prison.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client came before the court for all the wrong reasons.“He was highly intoxicated after appearing to have been put out of the bar earlier.“He was drinking Jaggerbombers and he has very little recollection of what happened on the night,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 7th for a probation report with a view to doing community service.Criminal was rearrested after booze-bender while celebrating release was last modified: November 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalescapedletterkennyWilliam Reillylast_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO OF DAIL DEBATE AS GOVERNMENT PREPARES TO SELL OFF DONEGAL FORESTS

first_imgSINN FEIN TD Martin Ferris has accused the Government of secretly flogging off forestry lands in Co Donegal. Deputy Ferris was speaking in the Dail when he raised how the Government refused to answer questions going back two years by insisting that Coillte is a private company.The Kerry North TD said this claim was nonsense – as Coillte is owned by government departments.Click to Play his claims made in the Dail.  DDTV: VIDEO OF DAIL DEBATE AS GOVERNMENT PREPARES TO SELL OFF DONEGAL FORESTS was last modified: December 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO OF DAIL DEBATE AS GOVERNMENT PREPARES TO SELL OFF DONEGAL FORESTSlast_img read more

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3 Ways iOS 7 Will Force Enterprises To Change

first_imgGiven this, the prospects for HTML5 becoming the one technology to rule them all look bleak. Mobile Web apps (and their hybrid cousins) remain cut off from all but a fraction of the capabilities available to native apps. As iOS 7’s 1,500 new APIs show, the gap will only grow. However well meaning the standards bodies that control the Web are, there’s very little chance they can match the pace of innovation even of a mobile laggard like Microsoft, never mind a pacesetter like Apple.This isn’t to say HTML5 will become irrelevant. It has its place (especially for content-driven apps). But where user experience, feature-richness, security and performance are concerned, that place looks bound to remain a distant second.Enterprise Strategies For Software DeliveryResearch firm Gartner makes a useful value distinction between “apps” and “applications.” Applications are baggy monsters prized for their long lists of capabilities, while apps are valued for doing a few things well and their purposefulness. Of course, in the enterprise we’ve optimized our delivery strategies (for design, for development and testing, for measurement, for release frequency etc.) around applications. Applications run the business. With the exception of a few industries, apps have been mostly an IT side project, a “we’ll-get-there-when-we-get-there” type of priority. The explosion of mobile computing and trends like bring-your-own-device (BYOD) have pushed apps higher in the IT food chain. After iOS 7, virtually every enterprise will refactor their software life cycle for mobile. There are a few reasons for this:Call volumes: When iOS 6 launched, 90% of users upgraded on the first day. This went largely unnoticed because iOS 6 had little to no impact on existing apps. But iOS 7 is a different story. The user interface differences mean that previous app versions will exhibit significant text and image rendering differences. Any organization that hasn’t already optimized its apps for iOS 7 may find heavy help desk call volumes almost immediately and will be bound to rethink their strategy for future releases.Competitive pressure: With iOS 7, savvy companies will recognize a hugely expanded palette for the kinds of apps they build, whether for customers or employees or both. Given the increasingly experience-driven economy, delivering great user experiences has become the new competitive edge. Companies in tight markets will see iOS 7 as a way to gain a leg up.iOS 7 is a milestone, not a finish line: In the legacy application world, we might confront one or two big pushes every three to five years (a new version of Windows, for instance) with relative stability the rest of the time. But given the mobile platform wars, enterprises are going to be contending with a regular stream of OS upgrades and new device types for years.“Creative destruction” (also known as Schumpeter’s gale) is one of those phrases that has been much in the media of late. It’s too much to claim that iOS 7 alone will set off another cycle. But Apple’s latest is bound to introduce new cracks in some current foundations. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Guest author Nolan Wright is the CTO of Appcelerator.Any day now, Apple will launch iOS 7. The release of Apple’s newest mobile operating system will be the most important event for the iPhone since it was first announced in 2007. iOS 7 includes an astounding 1,500 new APIs, a completely renovated user interface and a host of true enterprise features.The scope and magnitude of iOS 7 will bring about some major changes to how enterprises, brands, IT gurus and developers go about their day-to-day jobs. iOS 7 is bound to shake up several different aspects of the mobile development industry.Here are three areas overlooked by many people awaiting the release of iOS 7 and the consequences it will have.Disrupting The Mobile Device Management Market With iOS 7, the enterprise finally receives treatment as a first-class citizen. This is evident in the range of new security and app management features such as “open in management” (governing which apps and accounts can open attachments containing corporate data), enterprise single sign-on and per app VPN. Layered software design in iOS 7.Apple’s beefed-up corporate management capabilities are good news for the enterprise. But it comes with some consequences to existing industry verticals. iOS 7 will change the equation for mobile device management (MDM) vendors. These vendors proved their worth in the early days of BYOD as non-corporate devices began to flood the enterprise and IT departments scrambled for tools that would restore some semblance of governance and control. By targeting the device, corporate control could be regained relatively quickly. It was a brute force approach toward devices the corporation didn’t actually own, similar to an eager neighbor padlocking your house in the name of crime prevention.The strategy embedded in iOS 7—it’s the apps and data in those apps that need to be controlled, not the entire device—is one MDM vendors have been waking up to. See: mobile application management (MAM). The question is whether these vendors want to compete against embedded, native capabilities (perhaps on the argument that not every operating system will offer equivalent protections), or turn to less trampled pastures.Hopes For HTML 5 As A Mobile Cure-alliOS 7 is but the latest and largest entry in the mobile platform wars. Google will soon counter with Android 4.4 KitKat and the newlyweds of Microsoft and Nokia are surely not far behind. There’s far too much market share at stake for any one of these players to slow their research and development efforts.  Tags:#Apple#iOS 7#iPhone 5S Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nolan wright The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Lights Outs: Physicists Find a Faster Way to Switch LCDs

first_imgPhysicists have invented a much faster way to switch off liquid crystals, the materials that control light in many computer screens and televisions. The new technique probably won’t end up in liquid crystal displays (LCDs), as the switching is far faster than needed in those devices. But it puts a new twist on the concept of an LCD.”This is something new and very fresh,” says Tigran Galstian, an engineering physicist at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. “People must think about this to see if there is some practical application.”Liquid crystals resemble both of their namesakes. As in a liquid, molecules in a liquid crystal jumble about freely and flow. But as in a crystal, the rodlike molecules orient themselves in the same direction. The alignment defines an optical axis and gives the liquid crystal unusual properties. A key one is the way it affects polarized light—light whose electromagnetic waves ripples in a single direction. As it passes through a liquid crystal, light polarized parallel to the optical axis travels at a different speed than light polarized perpendicular to it. 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The display consists of a layer of liquid crystal between two plates of glass, which sit between two more plates of polarizing glass. The polarizers are set at a 90° angle, so that light that enters the display from behind and passes through the first polarizer is blocked by the second. In the “off” state, the liquid crystal is aligned so that it does nothing to the light and leaves the screen dark (see figure). When flipped “on,” however, an electric field reorients the molecules so that collectively they rotate the polarization of the light, allowing it to pass through the second polarizer and out of the screen. To form a picture, bits or “pixels” of the screen are controlled individually.The scheme has a basic limitation, says Oleg Lavrentovich, a physicist at Kent State University in Ohio. The electric field wrenches the molecules into the “on” orientation in nanoseconds. When the power goes off, the molecules relax back into their original orientation, which is set by a pattern etched into the confining glass—but they do so 1000 times more slowly, in milliseconds. “That’s the Achilles’ heel of liquid crystals,” Lavrentovich says.Now, he and Kent colleagues Volodymyr Borshch and Sergij Shiyanovskii have demonstrated a faster way to switch a liquid crystal, as they report today in Physical Review Letters. They begin with the usual crossed polarizers and a liquid crystal called CCN-47. In the experiment, in the off state the molecules start out in an orientation that lets light through. Lavrentovich and colleagues then apply an electric field. But they do it in a way that does not rotate the molecules but instead changes the amount of birefringence.Here’s how that happens. The molecules in CCN-47 aren’t cylindrical, but are shaped like planks. Normally, the planks all point in the same direction lengthwise, but neighboring molecules twist randomly in all directions, as thermal energy keeps the individual molecules jiggling. The electric field overcomes the twisting and stacks the planks like lumber. In that more orderly state, the liquid crystal has a slightly different birefringence, which changes the angle by which the light’s polarization rotates and the amount of light allowed through the cell. When the electric field vanishes, thermal jiggling of the individual molecules restores the liquid crystal to its initial condition in just 30 nanoseconds.The change in birefringence doesn’t shut off light completely, so the display is only dimmed rather than darkened. But the contrast could be heightened by adjusting the geometry and materials, Lavrentovich says. He says the technique might find uses in steering laser beams like the ones that can carry signals between satellites or in creating ultrafast shutters.The real value in the work may be the new approach, which relies on the collective behavior of the molecules to turn the polarization of light and their individual jiggling to flip between on and off configurations, Galstian says: “It’s a clever idea.”last_img read more

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Fiesta of Fun and Frolic

first_imgWhat would a government do if somebody proclaims himself King of Chaos and parades the city streets with revelers, acrobats, clowns, jesters, dancers and brass bands?Arrest him! Put him behind the bars!But in idyllic-sylvan Goa, the state government spends a fortune to aid King of Chaos or King Momo govern his unruly kingdom. Every year, a new King Momo is selected from amongst the people of Panaji. He rules as the King of Chaos for three long days, ordering his subjects to “eat-drink-and-be-merry.”The street revelry in Panaji, Vasco, Margoa, Ponda and Mapusa is embraced by hundreds of thousands of NRI Goans, locals, foreigners and peoples from all parts of India.An estimated 250,000 Diaspora Goans flew to Goa this year in February to join the revelries during the Goa Carnival.The festival is an opportunity to visit their villages where birds still chirp, sea waves generate plumes of froth as they dash against the shores and villagers brew feny from cashew nuts, much as their forefathers did.Non resident Indians, especially overseas Goans, were instrumental in the global popularization of the Goa Carnival since its revival in 1962. Every year thousands of them flock to Panaji for the carnival from Canada, Europe, USA, Africa, Asia and Australia. Entire cities in Goa are festooned with flowers, papers, balloons and colorful ribbons.The festival was introduced by the Portuguese and its character has been preserved with street processions of clowns wearing gaudy-colorful dresses and people donning decorative masks and dancers hooping it up in the streets. The Carnival, which begins around Easter Sunday, this year displayed colorful floats, amazing dances and colossal parades. Related Itemslast_img read more

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