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$50M lawsuit filed against Police for brutality

first_imgForty-nine-year-old Premchand (only name) has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Police after he was allegedly beaten by ranks of the Vigilance Police Station, East Coast Demerara (ECD), while in custody resulting in him being paralysed.The lawsuit was filed by Attorney Anil Nandlall on Thursday and listed Attorney General Basil Williams as the respondent.PremchandGuyana Times understands that Premchand of Lot 125 Strathspey, ECD, was taken into custody on December 26, 2018, after relatives reported a domestic incident. He was allegedly beaten by the ranks while in custody at the station.In the court documents seen by this publication, Premchand is seeking damages as follows: $10 million for the breach of his fundamental right and freedom to personal liberty as guaranteed by Article 139 of the Constitution; $10 million for false imprisonment between December 26 and December 29, 2018 at the Vigilance Police Station; damages in excess of $10 million for breach of his fundamental right and freedom not to be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading punishment as guaranteed by Article 141 of the Constitution; $10 million for assault, battery and personal injuries sustained while in custody, and another $10 million for exemplary damages, as well as any further and other orders the Court may issue.One of Premchand’s injuriesThe legal document detailed that on December 26, 2018, Premchand was arrested on a report of alleged abusive behaviour filed by his common-law wife. He was taken into custody by ranks from the ECD station and at the time, except for being intoxicated, he was said to be in good physical health.While in custody, it was noted that the man vehemently professed his innocence and denied the allegations of verbal abuse made against him. Upon arrival at the station, three ranks started beating Premchand.“…one of the officers hit him in the head with his gun several times, as a result he fell to the ground; whilst on the ground they kicked him and stamped on his back until he lost consciousness. The following morning, the Claimant (Premchand) regained consciousness and found himself in the Police lockups at the said Vigilance Police Station, experiencing unbearable pain. Shortly thereafter, one of the three officers entered the cell and began slapping and cuffing the Claimant in the face, demanding that he remain quiet, as he was groaning in pain,” the court documents state.It went on to say that Premchand was taken by the officers to a hospital at Nabaclis, ECD, and then to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, ECD, where certain medical tests were done and an X-ray examination was conducted at the latter facility. However, by that time, the father of one was unable to walk and continued to experience tremendous pain in his head and about his body.Premchand was subsequently released on bail from Police custody on December 29, and given his physical condition and injuries observed, he was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where he underwent brain surgery to effect the removal of blood clots from his brain.Additionally, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan showed that his spinal cord was damaged; a Computerisd Tomography (CT) scan revealed a vein in his brain had ruptured; and an X-ray examination was also done.Premchand was hospitalised for 13 days, where he received treatments for the various injuries sustained. According to the court documents, the two MRIs, the CT scan and the X-ray coupled with continued treatment at the hospital cost $2,060,000.In addition, $20,000 was spent on food and nourishment, another $50,000 on transportation and some $6000 in loss of income per day. These expenses are continuing.In an interview with Guyana Times two weeks ago, Premchand’s common-law wife, Navita, related that she questioned the ranks about his condition but no answer was provided.“I went back to the station, they said he was on bail and then I see, three Police [lifting] him in a sheet, bringing him out. I asked why is it that he was walking the other day and three of you fetching him and bringing him out. Nobody answer me,” the woman stated.Premchand’s matter is the second report of alleged Police brutality recently. The last incident saw 39-year-old Kalicharran Sawak succumbing to injuries sustained while in the Sparendaam lock-ups in December.Last month, Police Commissioner Leslie James told the media that if officers are implicated in the Sawak allegations, then they will be sanctioned.“I would be quite frank, my information is indeed that he was kept, I think, just over the 72-hour period and that is in breach. So of course, wherever the chips fall, we will pursue and whoever is responsible will be faced with sanctions,” the Top Cop had said.last_img read more

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Police to use pedal patrol Officers to target foot-traffic areas

first_imgRios and others who are now on bike patrol said they qualified for the program by taking a 40-hour course in “defensive driving” for bicyclists. The team includes six deputies and Craig, with a maximum of four typically on patrol at any one time. “Most of the people who are going to be doing the bikes are bike enthusiasts themselves,” Rios said. “They do this on their off time.” Craig said the program serves the two-fold purpose of reaching out to the community and being more effective in close quarters. “In an area that is subject to all kinds of auto burglaries and auto thefts, it lets us get around the traffic unhampered and stealthy,” Craig said. Rios said officers have made one arrest on bike patrol since they began work on Oct. 24, and they have stopped others for a variety of violations. “Of course, the people who we do stop are flabbergasted,” Rios said, adding that many motorists think the deputies are theater security or do not notice the bikes when driving. Capt. Michael Rothans presented one of the bikes at an Oct. 22 meeting, to show the council members the features of the equipment they helped to buy. “The captain played with lights and let the sirens whistle,” Mayor Ron Beilke said. Beilke said the idea for increased bike patrols came from the council, and Councilman Bob Archuleta even rode the new bicycle to get a feel for the job. Beilke said the bikes are a good alternative to patrol cars. “It’s less intrusive than having a squad car there, especially in a crowded situation like the Krikorian center,” Beilke said. Craig said the program is safe for officers on the job, and that they have backup support when needed. A squad car would be called in if a situation got dangerous, or if deputies wanted to transport someone after an arrest. Generally, however, the bicycle deputies stay independent of patrol cars, even riding the two miles from the station each day to their post at the theater. “It’s just as safe as walking,” Rios said. “If you’re a bike enthusiast, you know.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Visitors to the Krikorian theater may notice a new police presence around the complex next time they take in a movie. The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, with the help of the city, has recently purchased four new bicycles for officers to use in patrolling areas with heavy foot traffic. The new bikes will be used full time at the Village Walk Shopping Center, where the Pico Rivera Village Walk 15 Krikorian Premiere Theatre is located. “So far we’ve had all positive feedback,” said Sgt. Scott Craig, who heads the program. “The deputy is out of the car, and they’re more approachable and readily accessible.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Bicycle patrol had previously been used in Pico Rivera for special events, like Fourth of July celebrations. If the new patrol in the theater complex is successful, the program may be expanded to cover other areas including city parks and other shopping areas. “We’re looking forward to this being a permanent thing,” Deputy Jose Rios said. “That would be our vision.” Each bike costs about $2,100. They were purchased in a joint effort by the city and sheriff’s station. They replaced six older bikes, bought 12 years ago for special event patrol. Craig said the new bicycles have technological advantages over the old models. Rios said the difference is instantly noticeable for the cyclist. “The old bikes … they’re in disrepair,” Rios said. “The bikes we have now are hydraulic. They have hydraulic brakes, they have shocks. They’re awesome.” last_img read more

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Watford consider Lukaku swoop

first_img Jordan Lukaku, pictured here playing for Belgium in a Euro 2016 qualifier vs Andorra Watford are keeping tabs on Oostende defender Jordan Lukaku.The 21-year-old, who is the brother of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, has enjoyed a breakthrough season this year.The left-back made his debut for Belgium in October, while he has also been lauded for his performances at club level.?Watford, according to Belgian news outlet DH, are interested in Lukaku and are considering a move this summer.The Hornets are in the market for a left-back during the upcoming transfer window, with Nathan Ake due to return to Chelsea after his loan spell at Vicarage Road.As well as Watford, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham have all scouted Lukaku over the past 12 months. 1last_img read more

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Liverpool v Sevilla live stream and confirmed lineups

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp and Unai Emery CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVERPOOL V SEVILLA LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Liverpool are hoping to end their season in triumphant fashion this evening, with a view to win the 12th European trophy of their illustrious history.The Reds have picked up five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three Super Cups over the years, and they can add the Europa League trophy to their collection.However, they have to overcome Sevilla in the final, who are the victors of the last two editions of the competition.Jurgen Klopp has already become a cult hero on Merseyside for his role in getting the side to the final, and he will go down in the club’s history with a piece of silverware in his debut season at Anfield.SEE ALSO: Photos from all 11 of Liverpool’s European finals ahead of Sevilla clash!The German has named a strong starting XI, including the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, with Daniel Sturridge starting in attack for the Reds. Jordan Henderson, on his return from injury, has had to accept a place on the bench rahter than in the starting line-up.Confirmed line-ups:Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, SturridgeSubstitutes: Ward, Benteke, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Origi, SkrtelSevilla XI: Soria, Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero, Krychowiak, N’Zonzi, Coke, Banega, Vitolo, GameiroSubstitutes: Sergio Rico, Kolodzieczak, Iborra, Cristoforo, Pareja, Konoplyanka, Llorentelast_img read more

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GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY U14s PIPPED BY CARNDONAGH IN FINAL

first_imgCongratulations to our county lads and management team on the victory over a dogged Down team in tough conditions in Breffni on Sunday.Well done to our own,” captain fantastic” Michael Murphy and St Michaels ace Colm Mc Fadden on their match winning scores and overall contribution to the victory.Is it fair that these players along with their team colleagues are now asked to compete against eachother in what is, essentially, a must win in the Championship for their club teams on Saturday evening? The game is fixed for The Bridge, Dunfanaghy on Saturday 29th. The reserve team throw in at 6 o’clock and seniors at 7.30pm. Hard luck to our U-14 team and management who lost out in the final to Carndonagh in Lifford on Friday evening last. Hopes were high after their impressive victory over St Eunans 48 hours earlier in the semi-final in O’Donnell park,but alas it was not to be. However, this team can hold their heads high and the club are assured of a wealth of talent that is progressing from this squad for the future. Well done Lads.Good luck and have fun to all competing in the clubs 5k on Tuesday 25th June. A tremendous amount of work has been put into this, and we wish it every success and hopefully good weather.Lotto winning no’s this week were 2,8,16 and24. Match 3 winner Orla McDaid New Mills.Next week sellers are Colm Carberry and Eamonn Moy.Jackpot is €2540.00.Sellers for 6th July are Eamonn Murray and John Doherty.Our third team recorded a victory over Glenfin in their last league game? of the season in div.5 on Monday evening 24th of June. Well done on your committment lads over the campaign. The club would like to offer best wishes to all our young members who have just completed their exams and we wish you all the best on your journey into third level or the work place,what ever you decide. Good Luck to all.GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY U14s PIPPED BY CARNDONAGH IN FINAL was last modified: June 25th, 2013 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL RELEASED ON BAIL FOLLOWING BUNCRANA BURGLARIES

first_imgA notorious criminal has been released on bail after being arrested in connection with a spate of burglaries in Buncrana over the weekend.Jason HaugheyJason Haughey was released amidst a heavy Garda presence after appearing at Letterkenny District Court this morning. However his solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked for his client to be remanded until February 24th to address matters.Mr Gallagher claimed his client faced only one charge and was entitled to bail.The court heard that Haughey of Pairc na hAluine, Buncrana, was asleep at an address in Buncrana and found with £32 in his pocket – believed by Gardai to come from recent burglaries.Inspector Michael Harrison said he was objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the case and the fact that Haughey was unlawfully at large.The court heard that Haughey had only day of a previous sentence to serve.Another man is also due to appear in court charged with a number of alleged incidents at Cloncool Park.Mr Gallagher said there was a certain element of a ‘lynch mob’ mentality surrounding his client.But Judge Paul Kelly said there was no ‘lynch mob’ in his court.He released Haughey, who has a number of previous convictions on his own cash bond of €100 and an independent surety of €500.The case was adjourned until March to hear a direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case.However solicitor Patsy Gallagher made an application to have Haughey remanded to address the technical issue that his client is technically unlawfully at large.NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL RELEASED ON BAIL FOLLOWING BUNCRANA BURGLARIES was last modified: February 17th, 2014 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)last_img read more

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HARPS WORK HARD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS

first_imgPerfect conditions at Finn Park resulted in a perfect scoreline for Finn Harps as they beat Waterford to snatch a much-needed 1-0 win.Harps striker Ruairi Keating scored the all important goal for Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.Harps were always on top in this game which saw a troubled Waterford side threaten only on a rare occasion in each half.The teams went in scoreless at half-time but the combination of Kevin McHugh, Ruairi Keating supported by Mickey Funston always looked threatening. It was Keating who snatched the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute when he raced through to slot past the visiting goalkeeper Burns.McHugh and sub Sean McCarron should have added to the Harps tally.Ollie Horgan will be happy with the three points against a disjointed Waterford team who lacks ideas in the last third of the pitch.  HARPS WORK HARD TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 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:donegalfinn harpsFinn Parkwaterfordlast_img read more

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The search is on for Donegal’s best kept council housing estate

first_imgResidents in Council Housing estates across Donegal are being encouraged to enter this year’s Best Kept Council Housing Scheme competition.“We have over 200 Council housing estates all over Donegal and there are lots of residents living in these estates that do a tremendous job year in and year out keeping their estate in tip top shape” says Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan.“This competition is about acknowledging the great work that they do. This year we are also keen to encourage more and more estates to enter the competition. The competition is organised on a Municipal District basis with a substantial prize fund to be won. Prizes are awarded for schemes of 20 houses or less, schemes of between 21 and 50 houses and schemes of 51 houses or more.” The competition is easy to enter and is currently open for applications. Adjudication will take place during August. Marks will be awarded for effort involved; absence of litter; planting trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens; colour and colour harmony; condition of houses in the scheme; absence of unsightly objects and other special factors.Cllr. Crossan believes that this is a great way for communities to come together to make their own estate a great place to live in and to bring up their families. “Each year I have the pleasure of seeing first-hand the work that is done by residents groups in these estates where people are working together, creating a sense of pride and community spirit in their own areas and we are keen to recognise their achievements.”To qualify for the competition at least 20% of the total number of dwellings in an estate must be in the ownership of the Council. To enter the competition simply submit an entry form signed by two tenants of the Scheme on behalf of the residents.Competition entry forms are available from the Housing Section in any Council Office or by calling (074) 91 53900. The latest date for receipt of entry forms for the competition is Friday 26th July 2019. The search is on for Donegal’s best kept council housing estate was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Frustrated Benitez demands an improvement against Arsenal

first_imgRafael Benitez has told Chelsea’s players he expects an improved performance when they host Arsenal this weekend.The Blues’ stuttering home form continued on Wednesday night when they surrendered a two-goal lead against Southampton, who fought back to draw 2-2.It was another disappointment for Chelsea following recent wins at Stamford Bridge for Swansea and QPR.Jason Puncheon got Southampton’s equaliser.And the frustrated interim manager said: “We cannot be happy drawing at home. The next game has to be different.”Benitez will assess John Terry ahead of Sunday’s derby but has indicated that he will not select the Blues skipper.Terry recently returned to first-team action after two months on the sidelines but lacks match fitness.Speaking after deciding to leave Terry on the bench for the Southampton game, Benitez said: “The other day we were winning and gave him the opportunity to play some minutes and that was fine.“But to play a high line with a player with no match fitness would be a risk.”See also:Chelsea left stunned by Saints comebackChelsea v Saints player ratingsTerry could return for Arsenal clash Under-fire Benitez blames poor defending and missed chancesWenger plans to attack stuttering Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa’s social entrepreneurs

first_imgFour men and women have been chosen as finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007, in recognition of their solutions to combating the social and economic challenges South Africa faces today.Helen Lieberman (in photo) and her colleague, Sipho Puwani of Ikamva Labantu is one of four South Africans have been chosen as finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007. (Image: Antoine Gazeau, via The Roger E. Joseph Prize)Brand South Africa reporterFour innovative South Africans have been chosen as finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007, in recognition of the positive impact of their achievements in the areas of social change and sustainability.According to organisers the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the awards, held in partnership with Ernst & Young, are an acknowledgement of the positive impact of those people’s efforts on South Africa, through a focus on social change, innovation and sustainability.The foundation adds that such candidates are exceptional individuals who implement practical and sustainable solutions to tackle the challenges South Africa faces today, be it in health, education, economic empowerment or the environment.“The finalists are change agents in the social sector. Their success is measured not by profit by to the extent they generate social value,” said foundation member Francois Bonnici in a statement issued last week.“Their dynamism and energy have allowed them to find new solutions which are critically needed to improve South Africa’s problem solving capacity on key issues such as skill development and service delivery.”South African First Lady Zanele Mbeki, an active board member of the Schwab Foundation, also gave the four finalists’ achievements exposure during the World Economic Forum on Africa, held recently in Cape Town.The finalists are:Cedric Buffler, Trident InstituteCedric Buffler’s Trident Institute offers the Micro-MBA programme which has helped to create or improve over 160 000 small businesses since 1991. To date Trident has trained over 4800 Trainer – Mentors, representing some 350 organisations.Recognising the challenge of funding for education, Trident also established the Micro-MBA Bursary (Scholarship) Fund, to provide an avenue to donors to provide funding for people who could not afford to attend the courses to have full access.Helen Lieberman and Sipho Puwani, Ikamva LabantuHelen Lieberman and Sipho Puwani are the driving force behind Ikamva Labantu, which celebrates 45 years of existence this year. Working in partnership with the community, Ikamva Labantu (which means “The future of our nation”) strives to improve the quality of life for South Africa’s underprivileged communities by providing a holistic approach to capacity building, social development and other services.Today, its primary focus falls on four main areas of social development: health (focusing on primary health interventions); education and skills development; food security and enterprise development; access to land and buildings.Nathalie Killassy, Stitch WiseNatalie Killassy’s Stitch Wise is an internationally recognised producer of backfill products and a broad range of protective wear with registered patents and innovative ranges.The company had its beginnings when Killassy, noting the prevalence of disabling injuries in mineworkers, sought to design equipment which would enhance underground support, and personal protective equipment that would help prevent these injuries.The majority of employees are paraplegics who – having suffered disabling injuries underground – are employed by the company to produce equipment that will ensure that their colleagues underground are protected from similar injury.Taffy Adler, Johannesburg Housing CompanyTaffy Adler is changing the face of downtown Johannesburg and reversing the apartheid city while providing safe, affordable and comfortable housing.His organisation, Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), is refurbishing occupied buildings and constructing new ones in the inner city; its 24 buildings offer a home to more than 8500 people.Focusing on long-term maintenance and sustainability while working with the communities around the buildings and mobilising commercial funding for social housing, JHC delivers housing with sensitivity to social and economic realities.The juryThe jury in charge of choosing the winner features a host of prominent leaders including Soul City founder Garth Japhet and Gordon Institute of Business Science Extraordinary Professor and Absa Bank’s future chairperson, Gill Marcus.The winner, to be selected on 15 November 2007, will gain access to the meetings of the World Economic Forum, as well as to the Schwab Foundation’s global network, providing them with “unprecedented opportunities to engage global decision takers from the public, corporate, media and academic sectors to strengthen and expand their models”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Bidvest buys UK seafood distributor

first_img24 December 2010South African diversified industrial group Bidvest is to acquire the whole of Seafood Holdings, a leading national fresh seafood producer and distributor to the catering and hospitality industry in the United Kingdom, for £45-million (about R473-million).Seafood includes famous regional brands such as Daily Fish and Southbank Fresh Fish in London; Direct Seafoods in London, Colchester and Scotland; Kingfisher Brixham and Openshaws in Birmingham and Manchester; C&G Neve in Fleetwood; and Taylor Foods in Newcastle.“Seafood provides Bidvest with a unique opportunity to acquire a market- leading fresh fish foodservice business with sufficient geographic reach to provide a solid platform for growth,” Bidvest said in a statement this week.“Seafood will be operated and managed independently of 3663 [3663 First for Foodservice, another of Bidvest’s UK brands], although customer benefits and synergies will be achieved.”Seafood founder Toby Baxendale is to retire as CEO on acquisition to pursue other interests, though Bidvest says it is “confident the business, with its strong and entrepreneurial management team and dedicated employees, has the potential to contribute meaningfully to group performance over time”.Global foodservice distributionBidvest, a diversified industrial company listed on South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is one of the largest food service distribution companies in the world.Bidvest’s food service interests include 3663 First for Foodservice, one of the largest foodservice distributors in the UK with sales of over £1-billion a year, and Bidvest Logistics, a leading logistics supplier to national UK foodservice operators and fast food chains.Bidvest also owns national foodservice distributors in Australia, Belgium, greater China, Czech Republic, Dubai, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia and South Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ready for winter?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hopefully, “polar vortex” and “arctic blast” will be erased from our vocabulary this winter. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), this winter’s buzz term will be “El Niño.”El Niño is a large-scale, ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that causes a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the Pacific. This winter, Ohio could see warmer-than-average temperatures, but cold air outbreaks and snow storms will still likely occur.To help Ohioans prepare for this year’s cold season, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) has been promoting measures to take before the winter temperatures arrive.Ohioans are being encouraged to update their safety plans, replenish their disaster supply kit, and prepare themselves and their property for winter-related incidents.“Check the expiration dates on your nonperishable food. Stock up on bottled water. Refresh supplies in your first aid kits. Ensure you have jumper cables and supplies in your car,” said Sima Merick, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “Make sure your vehicle is road-ready and winterized. And don’t forget to check the batteries in your flashlights, radios and smoke detectors.”When the weather is bad, driving can get pretty hectic. Before getting on the road, it’s best to know before you go. Pay attention to weather forecasts and traffic reports. Listen for reports of school and business closings, snow emergencies, traffic delays or road closures. Plan your drive time accordingly.To help prepare for winter, OCSWA recommends the following: Preparing a home for winterCut and remove low-hanging and dead tree branches. Ice, snow and strong winds can cause tree limbs to break and fall. Have your gutters cleaned. Snow and ice can build up quickly if gutters are clogged with debris. Have auxiliary heaters, furnaces and fireplaces maintenance checked or serviced before using. If using a portable generator, read instructions thoroughly to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy; talk with your insurance agent about the financial risks that winter can bring. Consider purchasing flood insurance. Prepare winter disaster kits for the home and vehicleRefresh stored nonperishable foods and bottled water. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and radios. Winter emergency kits should include warm clothing, blankets, flashlights, new batteries, coats, hats, gloves, a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio, first aid kit, and enough nonperishable food and water (one gallon per person, per day) to sustain every family member for several days. Have stored food, bottled water and supplies for your pets, as well. Invest in a NOAA public alert/weather radioEvery home, school and business should have a tone-alert weather radio with a battery back-up. Weather and public alert radios are programmed to automatically sound an alert during public safety and severe weather events. Click on www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/ for additional information. Updating disaster preparedness plansEvery home, school, and business should have written plans for the different types of disasters that can occur. Review the plans with the entire family or staff. Everyone should know what to do in the event of a snow or ice storm, a prolonged power outage, a flood or fire. Post contact information for your local emergency management agency. Prepare and practice drills that require sheltering in place and evacuation. Update your emergency contact list and establish a meeting place outside of the home, school or business, where others will know where to find or meet you.OCSWA is an advocate for emergency preparedness and is comprised of representatives from the following: American Red Cross; Emergency Management Association of Ohio; National Weather Service; Ohio Citizen Corps; Ohio Department of Public Safety — Emergency Management Agency; Ohio Insurance Institute; Ohio Department of Commerce — State Fire Marshal; Ohio Departments of Aging, Education, Health, Insurance, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Natural Resources, and Transportation; NBC4 (WCMH) and WBNS-10TV.last_img read more

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What Happened When I Took My Dating Life Mobile

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The bar was empty as I waited. Outside it was snowing and dark, another typical evening of what seemed like of what was an endless blanket of snow. Or, as we call it, February in Boston. “Can I get you a drink?” the bartender asked.“I am meeting someone,” I said. “I will wait until … the person I am supposed to meet shows up.”I glanced at my phone for the time. It was the same phone that set up this date. Why shouldn’t it tell me the time? It was 5:08 … she was late. I’ve been down this road before. Set up a date through an online dating site and get stood up. It is one of the perils of putting yourself out there: you are asking to be let down. This time, I hadn’t actually used a dating “site” to meet somebody. It was actually an app. For more than a month, I threw myself into the world of mobile dating. At least, I tried to throw myself into the world of mobile dating. I used only mobile devices and apps to try and find dates and maybe, just maybe, find that special someone.It became an exercise in patience and humility. No Matter Where You Go, There You AreWhen I was younger, I thought I could reinvent my entire personality by moving to a new city. Meet new people that did not know my foibles, get a fresh start and be a completely different person. After a couple attempts to recreate myself in a different place, I came to a clichéd but (at the time) startling realization: no matter where you go, there you are.Just because I changed my surroundings didn’t mean that I was fundamentally any different. And this is kind of how I now feel about dating apps.(See also: Taking My Dating Life Mobile: A Social Experiment)Before taking my dating life mobile, I had a long history with online dating. Between Match and eHarmony, OKCupid and others, I have kept a profile active for the sake of curiosity and serendipity. If someone happened to message me, great, I would do my due diligence and follow up. If not? Well, no skin off my back.The problem comes when you put your eggs in the online dating basket. When you actively try to find a match on a dating site, such as Match, you are asking for frustration. I sighed. The phone read 5:11. “This isn’t the first time you’ve been stood up,” I told myself. The bar had acquired two other patrons, a couple of guys sitting at the very end. The two bartenders leaned against the counter, very bored, watching the red carpet show ahead of the Oscars on TV. “Only thing to do is have a drink and then get going,” I mumbled. I signalled one of the bartenders over. A momentary gust of wind swept the bar and everybody looked toward the door.And there she was.Here’s The ScenarioNote: this comes from a man’s perspective. I have heard several similar stories from women, but I don’t claim that these experiences are universal.Still, anybody who’s spent much time in online dating likely knows this scenario. You browse a lot of profiles. Along the way you “wink” or “like” several of them. If you feel a particular connection, you send along a message. And wait.And wait.Many times you never hear anything back. If you are lucky, you get that ping where somebody has responded. This is your opening. You send a couple of messages back and forth. After an appropriate amount of time, you ask the person if they want to meet.Silence. [See Also: Top Dating Apps For iPhone, iPad And Android]Sometimes the conversation just peters out. You ask a question that never gets answered. You are left wondering what the hell just happened. This basic script is no different between online dating and mobile dating apps.An hour drifted to two. What I had envisioned would be an hour of awkward get-to-know-you conversation and then fleeing the date turned into casual, witty banter between two people whose personalities may be bit comfortably askew.I looked at her and sipped the last bit of my margarita.“One more drink?” I asked.“Sure,” she said.The Difference In Going Mobile The basic human experience in digital dating may not be all that much different between the online world and the mobile world. The same neurotic habits of profile browsing and inefficient, unresponsive communication are present in both environments. Notifications … everywhereYet, there is one big difference when it comes to using mobile app: immediacy. This immediacy is created by three distinct mobile features – geolocation and push notifications and social media.When you are sitting at your computer flipping through profiles, there is really no such thing as geolocation. You do not know if somebody is from where they say they are. People may say they live in Boston when they really live out in the suburbs. You do not really know until you start talking to them.When you have your phone filled with dating apps, you know when people are close. Why? Because your smartphone will tell you. The typical message looks something like this:“Hey, a potential date is nearby. Want to message her?”This can create some odd moments. I live near a pub, and every time somebody with one of these dating apps was at the pub, I’d get a notification. This can be kind of cool, like vetting the dating pool at the pub before deciding to leave my apartment. On the other hand, it can be highly obtrusive. I don’t know if women were seeing the same message coming from the app about me, though I have to assume they probably were.Another problem? Driving.One particular app called MeetMoi is especially aggressive in its push notifications. I was driving to New York City from Boston in early March, with a quick stop at Foxwoods Casino on the way. On I-395 in northern Connecticut, I was getting basically non-stop notifications. “Hey, a date is near. Message her?”I suppose there are a lot of single women in northern Connecticut.Now, there’s something to be said for Serendipity. Maybe one of these days one of those push notifications is going to have the woman of my dreams. Most of the time they are just annoying. Social ProfilesThe classic online dating sites highly encourage users to create in-depth profiles from a multitude of questions. Part of the reason for that is that they want to help you “find your perfect match.” The other reason is that they are just like any other website ever: they want to know as much about you as possible to help with advertising.Mobile is a little different. Creating an in-depth profile through an app on a smartphone is a little bit more difficult. It is harder to type and not all touchscreens are created with the same type of responsiveness. It is much easier for the app developer to just hook your profile up through your Facebook profile and let you edit it from there.Apps like location-based Tinder and Let’s Date do this. Both will also show you if a prospective mate has any Facebook friends in common. Sometimes you can click on their Facebook profile from the app. And yes, you are going to end up clicking on that link.You might tell yourself that you are curious. And you are, no doubt about it. But, checking out a stranger’s Facebook profile is also kind of creepy and stalker-ish. If you use one of these apps, you are going to want to go into the settings and make sure that random people cannot click through to your profile.  The red carpet festivities had started in earnest on the televisions above the bar. The sound was off so all we got were the pictures of pretty people in fancy clothes. We proceeded to go all Mystery Science Theater 3000, making up interview questions and responses, basically being giant dorks. It was fun. Another hour rolled along. The latest. We finished the last round of drinks and checked the time. It was past 8:00, pretty late for two working people on a Sunday night. We left the bar, into the thick snow of a Boston that seemed deserted.“Can I give you a ride home,” I asked.She looked at me, perhaps a little sideways, and shrugged.“Yes.”How’d That Story End?You want to know how many different people I met, don’t you? It’s OK. I get the voyeuristic nature of writing about online dating. I chatted with several women through a variety of apps. Just about all those conversations fizzled out.Except for, well, one.One.That’s right. Through a full month of using dating apps all the time, everywhere I went, I met exactly one person for a date in the real world.And that’s all I’m going to tell you about that.Images of couples courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#mobile#online dating The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Algorithmic Transparency Is the Next Disruption for Tech Companies

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#algorithms#Facebook#Google#social networks Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The current notion of personalization is fairly shallow. Users can customize the kind of content they receive via Google Alerts and blog or website subscriptions, but not in the way an underlying infrastructure handles it. For comparison, this is like being able to choose your car’s color but not the make or model.For personalization to carry any meaningful benefit, it must begin to impact the algorithms and infrastructure at the lower stacks of digital interactions. Privacy is paramount for users, evidenced by the University of Phoenix findings that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults on social media claim to have been hacked.Users have constantly evolving levels of control when it comes to how pictures, videos, audio files, and other pieces of online content are handled. Now, the opportunity exists to follow the same scheme in terms of algorithms. Open algorithms give all users, regardless of technical ability, the level of control and transparency that’ll help them feel sure that their personal information is secure.The Opportunity of Open AlgorithmsA group that includes MIT Media Lab, Orange, and the World Economic Forum is pioneering this movement through its Open Algorithms project, known as OPAL. Essentially, the goal is to create a hub of anonymized data to which everyone from telecom providers to major banks would contribute. Then, the users themselves would take advantage of visual tools to connect relevant data sets in ways that satisfy their individual needs and wants.The brief history of the internet is filled with swift failures on a massive scale. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica debacle is proof that even major players would be wise to use new business models to secure long-term viability. The concept of open algorithms creates new challenges, but it also provides sweeping opportunities for monetization as end users become co-developers on a platform.The current model of hoarding user data to predict what kind of advertising they want to see is primitive and outdated. In an ecosystem of open algorithms, Facebook and Google could inspire users themselves to choose the advertisements they want to see, leading directly to more conversions. Businesses can utilize this data to craft ads that best approach a target audience: Instead of guessing what an ad should contain, data tells you what might pique a target audience’s interest, leading to more targeted messages and a potential for more conversions. Ultimately, this approach benefits users, developers, and advertisers in ways that are too exciting to ignore.Once the concept of open algorithms reaches maturity and widespread adoption, it will lead to sweeping changes in how we understand digital interactions:Services Will Become Decentralized and DemocraticA company like Google or Facebook will still be the core enabler of a service, but the end user will have far more control over the behavior of the platform. Certain protocols will still exist, but users will be able to set up groups and behaviors that are flexible and variable. They will be able to control their interactions to a much greater extent while contributing to the platform in meaningful ways.Google and Facebook’s new location-sharing offerings — Location Sharing and Live Location, respectively — could present privacy issues but represent a step forward in the open algorithm discussion. In Facebook’s case, the live location-sharing feature is embedded in the Messenger app and allows the user to share his or her real-time whereabouts for one hour.Each service allows users to control how much information is shared about their locations and, more importantly, who can track them. If these users continue using location platforms and other offerings that utilize open algorithms, they’ll want to know how their information will be protected within those ecosystems.Users Will Own Information and Form Independent ConnectionsServices like Amazon or Spotify exist inside rigid silos. Currently, Facebook monopolizes 50 minutes daily of the average user’s time. In a future of open algorithms, users will be able to link and travel between platforms with far greater freedom. We will no longer think of platforms as independent islands, but rather as building blocks we can construct according to our own agendas.You’ve seen Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms link to an Instagram. But now you’re seeing Spotify partner with Facebook to import contacts, show what friends are listening to, and let users share music on their timelines and discover new artists.The open algorithm movement could eventually lead to Facebook users being able to customize their own Spotify dashboards on the site and upload playlists and favorite songs from there. Sites that are one-stop shops for measuring social media imprint are nothing new, though very few give users the chance to balance all their social presences in one spot.Orange, meanwhile, is teaming with colleges and universities to help cultivate public-private relationships surrounding big data. Individual schools can compile information and use that data for respective bits of social good. This is just a small glimpse of what we could see as open algorithms become more prevalent.Closed Algorithms Will Fight for SurvivalThe internet is locked in a battle over more control versus more democracy, one that will soon begin to affect core players who are currently committed to closed algorithms, but it won’t be easy to convince companies with traditional “I own your data, so I’ll sell your data” business models, which depend entirely on “black box” data and privacy approaches, to open their ecosystems.Amazon’s algorithm for compiling “frequently bought together” recommendations has been criticized for something along these lines. Just five days after a subway explosion in London last year, British shoppers received suggestions for bomb ingredients while perusing the site for groceries and other accessories. Earlier that year, a U.K. newspaper noted, Amazon had bomb-making books on offer just days after a terrorist attack in Manchester. After the London attack, members of Parliament asked Amazon to look into tightening up its algorithms.While mistakes like Amazon’s are avoidable and unfortunate, the financial potential for open algorithms will be too much for closed-algorithm enthusiasts to combat. In fact, an Accenture study found that 75 percent of consumers will buy products that address them personally or remember past purchases.The convenience factor of open algorithms puts users in the driver’s seat to control everything they see and don’t see. Taking out that middleman could allow businesses to charge more on services, meaning customers may gladly pay more for personalization options.New Business Models Will Develop and DominateSimilar to the way peer-to-peer file sharing disrupted the music industry, open algorithms will disrupt the information economy. Facebook is a dominant marketing platform, one that, according to Social Media Examiner, is used by 93 percent of social marketers. But the future success of Facebook will not be owed to the amount of data it has control over. It’ll come via the amount of agency that users have over their own data. The flexibility of open algorithms is what will continue to drive traffic to the platform and continue to make it an appealing ecosystem for advertisers.Open algorithms are a technical challenge, but the greatest hurdle to adoption is one of attitudes and cultures. Users are already clamoring for the kind of freedom that open algorithms provide. The platforms that embrace, rather than fight, this freedom will be well-positioned for the next generation of online life. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Hossein Rahnama is the founder and CEO of Flybits, a cloud-based, context-as-a-service solution with offices in Toronto, Redwood City, and London. Hossein Rahnama Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

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NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, continues to post MVP-like stat line of 29.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ After figuring in what appeared to be a verbal altercation, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney have put their differences behind them.The usually mild mannered 22-year-old Greek forward was recently heard unleashing an expletive-laden tirade against Sweeney while on the bench during the team’s 121-108 loss against the Utah Jazz over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “That’s what me and Sweeney do,” Antetokounmpo told reporters, as seen on a clip from the Bucks’ official Twitter page. “You always fight with your brothers. You know, it’s something common.”“That’s what we do. We fight. We argue. At the end of the day we both want to win.”@Giannis_An34 on his relationship with Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/uNlJ4XQaw8— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 26, 2017After a promising start to the 2017-2108 NBA season, tensions are certainly high in Milwaukee as the team has lost  three of its last four games, with a subpar 9-9 record.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img LATEST STORIES Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Giannis yelling “I’ll fuck you up” at Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/OQjS8K0BIh— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) November 26, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But after cooler heads prevailed, last season’s NBA Most Improved Player downplayed the spat and said the altercation happened in the heat of the moment.last_img read more

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