Criminal cases backlog reduced by 37 in Demerara

first_img… 223 to be heard in June sessionIn light of the April 2018 Criminal Assizes in Demerara coming to an end, a total of 37 cases were disposed of, the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) disclosed on Friday. The session commenced on April 3 with a total of 242 cases listed to be heard and of the 37 cases that were disposed of, only 23 engaged the court’s attention.The other 14 were nolle prosequi (not prosecuted) by the Chambers; 13 were for sexual offences in which the complainants did not want to proceed with the matters, while the other was a manslaughter case in which the witnesses failed to attend court despite several advertisements being published for them to come forward. Nevertheless, courtroom trials resulted in six convictions, five guilty pleas, three formal verdicts of not guilty, five hung juries and four not guilty verdicts by jury. Justices Jo-Ann Barlow, James Bovell-Drakes and Sandil Kissoon presided over this session.There were 11 sexual offence cases that were presented by State Counsel Narissa Leander, Tiffiny Lyken and Abigail Gibbs before Madam Justice Barlow in the Sexual Offences Court.In four of these cases, the accused were found guilty by jury verdicts and sentenced respectively to 52 years imprisonment, life imprisonment, 25 years and seven years imprisonment respectively. In another three cases, the virtual complainants testified before Judge and jury that they did not wish to proceed with their matters; Justice Barlow then directed the juries to return formal verdicts of not guilty.Of the four other cases, one accused was remanded back to prison to await a new trial after his jury failed to reach a verdict, while the accused in the three other cases were acquitted by their respective juries.Meanwhile, 10 matters were presented before Justice Kissoon. Of these 10 matters, eight were for the offence of murder and were prosecuted by State Counsels Mandel Moore and Lisa Cave. In five of these cases, the accused persons pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter; three of them were each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment while the other two were respectively sentenced to 14 years and 22 years imprisonment.Of the three other cases, one accused was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment after the jury unanimously found him guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter. Another one was acquitted by his jury, while the remaining matter saw the jury failing to reach a verdict. This hung jury resulted in the indictment being nolle prosequi by the DPP because the accused already had two previous hung jury verdicts – April 2014 and December 2015.The other two cases presented before Justice Kissoon were for the offence of attempted murder. In one case presented by State Counsels Lisa Cave and Shawnette Austin, the jury returned in proportion of eight not guilty to four guilty. State Counsels Cave and Orinthia Schmidt presented the other case, which resulted in another hung jury with nine guilty and three not guilty.On the other hand, Justice Bovell-Drakes heard two murder cases; one of which was presented by State Counsels Austin and Seeta Bishundial. The accused in this trial was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment after the jury returned a majority verdict of guilty for the lesser offence of manslaughter. The other case which was prosecuted by State Counsels Moore and Bishundial, the jury failed to reach a verdict and returned hung.The Demerara June Criminal Assizes commenced on Tuesday June 5, once again with Justices Barlow, Kissoon and Bovell-Drakes. A total of 223 cases have been listed to be heard.Meanwhile, during the months of January to May, the DPP appeared 22 times in the Guyana Court of Appeal.Of these 22 matters, three appellants were allowed their appeals and had their convictions and sentences set aside and the charge for murder was substituted with the lesser offence of manslaughter. Of these three, two had their sentences varied to 20 years each while the other one had 12 years imprisonment imposed.Four other appellants had their appeals allowed in part to appeal against their sentences which varied from 25 years to 18 years, 31 years to 24 years, 24 to 22 years and four years to one year imprisonment.Four other appellants had their Applications to Appeal against conviction and sentences dismissed. While one other appellant had his appeal against his sentence for causing death by dangerous driving dismissed; however based on the aggravating factors, the Court of Appeal substituted the sentence with a $300,000 fine.Additionally, there were six applications for bail pending Appeal; of which three were granted while the other three were denied. One matter was struck out because the Court of Appeal ruled it was a matter for the Full Court. Two matters were withdrawn.In one other matter, the court did not convene because the convict who was sentenced to 76 years imprisonment for the offence of murder and had appealed against his conviction, committed suicide by hanging.Meanwhile, the Demerara Full Court sat 11 times during the months February to May. The Full Court granted five applications to appeal against convictions and sentences. Four other appellants had their Applications to Appeal dismissed while two Applications to Appeal were withdrawn, one of which was by the State.last_img read more

HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT FINN VALLEY VINTAGE RALLY AND THRESHING DAY

first_imgHUNDREDS are expected to flock to the twelfth annual Finn Valley Vintage Rally and Threshing Day which takes place this Sunday, at Crossroads, Killygordon.Charlie and Lee Patton, Stranorlar at the Finn Valley Vintage Rally and Threshing Day.There will be a large number of events and attractions on the day including stationary engines, bale rolling, tractor balancing and children’s sports including a free bouncy castle, and of course, traditional threshing.Local man, Martin Gallen, will be giving a weight lifting demonstration. A large number of fine examples of vintage farm machinery and cars will also be on display with entrants expected to travel from all over the North West.Organised by the Finn Valley Vintage Club, the rally has raised tens of thousands of euro for local charities over the last decade.According to the organisers, the idea of the event is to promote agricultural, vintage and other items of heritage and also provide a venue suitable for the enthusiast to show items of yesteryear.Club Chairman, Mr Jason Patton, said they also wanted to allow the public the opportunity to view such rare treasures. He said they are expecting another bumper crowd this year again at the Cross.“We have been putting a lot of hard work and time in to organising this event over the past year. This is a very worthy event and more than €10,000 was raised last year alone with all the money going to local charities,” Mr Patton said.Gates open at 12 noon and admission will cost just seven euro for adults and two euro for teenagers. Younger children will be admitted free of charge.For further details contact 086 3764067. HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT FINN VALLEY VINTAGE RALLY AND THRESHING DAY was last modified: August 6th, 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:FINN VALLEY VINTAGE RALLY AND THRESHING FAIRKillygordonlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB LAUNCH NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News:Naomh Colmcille GAA Club are hosting a Kelloggs GAA Cul Camp from the 6th to the 10th of July for all children aged 6 to 13 years. Camp starts at 10 am to 2.30 pm. Please bring packed lunch and dress for the weather!! Tuck shop provided. Each child will receive a Jersey,training top and a backpack in county colours. Cost is €55 for the first child and €45 for second child and €40 for each child thereafter. A week of fun games and crack with qualified coaches. Everyone welcome. Contact Sharon on 08709685558.The U12s hosted Letterkenny Gaels on Monday.There are a limited number of season tickets now available for free entry to all adult Donegal club league and championship matches (excluding Naomh Colmcille home games). €30 for the ticket or €50 for the ticket and Donegal club gear. Contact Alison Ferry.Time is running out to get club registration sorted. If you think you’ll be looking for Donegal tickets for the Championship you’ll need to become a member. Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559).Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Championship match at home to Naomh Padraig Muff this Monday (6th) at 7:30 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Training Wednesday (8th) 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U14s. Training Wednesday (8th) at 5:30 pm. Bring boots and runners. Check the Facebook page for latest update. U12s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s and last week’s numbers will be included in next week’s notes.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB LAUNCH NEW FACEBOOK PAGE was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:NoticesSportlast_img read more

Searching for meaning

first_img What are Smith’s leadership qualities? “He’s young, but he’s real mature. I saw him at my graduation and I said, ‘What are you doing here?’ He was getting his degree and he’s two years behind me.” Herrion’s narrow eyes widened as he talked, while his voice jumped an octave or he laughed to emphasize a point. He was every bit the expressive, jovial giant some of his teammates have described, the same guy who jumped up to join Smith when the quarterback was forced to sing the Utah fight song. Given Herrion’s personality and his station at the doorway to the locker room, it was hard not to notice him. And yet the reality is many teammates, coaches, staff members or reporters who cover the team never really knew him. Unless you were an offensive lineman, looking for a karaoke partner or a comment on Alex Smith, there seemed little reason to bother. Herrion had been released from the Cowboys’ practice squad last season and was signed by the 49ers to their practice squad late in the year. They sent him to NFL Europe, but his best hope appeared to be returning to the practice squad for further development. While the headlines this summer have been dominated by a number of NFL stars who are unhappy with the millions they’re making, walk into any training camp and you’ll find dozens of players like Herrion. They are the ones who arrive without a signing bonus, who earn $775 a week in NFL Europe, who spend four months at mini-camps or organized team activities, and who stand to make just over $3,000 per week once they’re on the practice squad. Mostly they are there so teams have enough bodies so as not to burn out their starters in practice and exhibition games. Most never see an NFL game paycheck. The 49ers held a memorial service for Herrion on Tuesday and sent an almost 30-member delegation to Texas for Saturday’s funeral. One of his closest friends on the team, guard Eric Heitmann, a fellow Texan, composed a song for the service earlier this week that he played on the piano. Another, receiver Fred Amey, wrote a rap song for Herrion. The 49ers held a tribute to Herrion prior to their exhibition game Friday night and will wear a black sticker with his number, 72, on their helmets this season. Many of Herrion’s former teammates spent the week searching for meaning. Soon, life and the business of winning football games will resume. A five-minute conversation is hardly enough time get to know a man, but it was more than enough to realize Herrion touched the lives of the people who did. —Billy Witz covers the NFL for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3621 or billy.witz@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the last week, I’ve come to learn a lot about Herrion. He grew up poor in the projects in Fort Worth, Texas. He didn’t qualify academically to play college football, but after two years at a junior college he graduated from the University of Utah with a B-plus average. He sometimes struggled with his weight. His father, J.C., died two years ago at age 51 from a stroke. He’d hoped to make enough money playing football to build his mother, Janice, a home on land his family owned in Louisiana. At the time, all I knew was he was one of two 49ers who were college teammates of Alex Smith, San Francisco’s rookie quarterback and No. 1 draft pick. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 I’d already talked with the other, safety Arnold Parker who, like Herrion, is a free agent trying to make the team. When I asked Herrion if he had a few minutes to talk about Smith, I wasn’t expecting much more than I got from Parker, a few recollections of his Utah days with Smith and perhaps some insight into this unlikely new face of the 49ers’ franchise. Instead, as I asked questions, Herrion didn’t just give answers, he gave pictures. When you were at Utah did you ever think you were blocking for a future No. 1 pick? “Never. I was getting ready to go play in NFL Europe and saw them on TV talking about quarterbacks that might go in the first round. They said Alex Smith and I’m like, serious? Later when I started hearing about him maybe being the No. 1 pick? ‘Aw, man, look at this Alex Smith.’ Getting a chance to block for him is something I’m real proud of.” How would you describe his personality? “Real humble. If I was going to describe him, I’d just say one word – good guy. That’s two words, but you know what I mean.” center_img Three days before he died, Thomas Herrion sat in front of his stall at the entrance to the San Francisco 49ers locker room and looked just like any other NFL player going through the grind of training camp. His uniform half off, the rest of it soaked in sweat from a hard day’s work, Herrion was in the process of removing the wrap from his ankles when I approached him. last_img read more

Brotherly combo scores for Ducks in season opener

first_img But Joffrey Lupul, entering his second NHL season, had two goals, one at even strength, the other short-handed. “Getting the first goal was a relief,’ said Selanne, in his second tour with the Mighty Ducks. “The first win was more important.’ Scott Neidermayer was happy to get back to work after losing a season to the lockout in what could be a faster, more-fluid NHL because of several rules changes. “Both teams were excited to get back on the ice,’ he said. “You have that combined with the number of penalties and it wasn’t really a control game for either team. There was a lot of activity all over the ice.’ The Mighty Ducks converted two of nine power-play chances, while the Blackhawks were 1-for-9. Rob Niedermayer said the last time he and his brother scored a goal for the same team in the same game was with Team Canada during the 2004 World Cup. Scott wasn’t so sure, but looks forward to skating with his brother. “I don’t have that good a memory of it, but if he said it, it must be true,’ Scott Niedermayer said of scoring in the same game. “Just going the full season of competing together for the same team will be special for us.’ CHICAGO — The Mighty Ducks got goals from likely and unlikely sources in their season-opening 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Teeumu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer the Ducks’ big free agent acquisitions scored power-play goals and Rob Niedermayer, Scott’s younger brother, added one with the Ducks short-handed. center_img Lupul profited from playing on Anaheim’s special teams to get his first career short-handed goal. “I don’t think I saw two seconds on penalty killing last year,’ Lupul said. “Now (coach) Randy (Carlyle) is giving me a great opportunity to kill penalties and work on the power play. It’s something I’ve got to run with.’ Anaheim got 36 saves from Jean- Sebastien Giguere. However, Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin the highest profile free agent goalie this summer after helping Tampa Bay win the Stanley Cup in 2003-04 allowed five goals on 24 shots. “I have to do a better job of controlling (the puck),’ Khabibulin said. “I really wanted to do well. Home openers are usually a tough game to play.’ Chicago rookie Rene Bourque scored in his first NHL game, while Mark Bell and Curtis Brown added goals. “It’s one game. I’m not going to sit there and beat the team down after one game,’ Chicago coach Trent Yawney said. “The start was excellent. When we played 5-on-5 hockey, we were very, very good. “When they scored two short- handed goals, that’s difficult. It takes a little wind out of your sails.’ Eight of the nine free agents signed by the Blackhawks since July 2004 played Wednesday. Only defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (sore ribs) didn’t dress. The Mighty Ducks had three newly signed free agents Selanne, Scott Niedermayer and Jason Marshall in their lineup. Bell opened the scoring at 8:22 of the first period by jamming a loose puck past Giguere from a scrum in front of the net. Selanne was credited with a 5- on-3 power-play goal at 11:33 that tied it 1-all. Petr Sykora’s shot from the point struck Selanne, then ricocheted off Chicago defenseman Jassen Cullimore and slipped between Khabibulin’s pads. Lupul’s scored the first short- handed goal of his career with 2:30 left in the first to put Anaheim ahead 2-1. After breaking away down left wing, Lupul cut in front and fired a low shot that squeezed between Khabibulin’s pads and barely trickled over the goal line. Lupul’s second goal, at 2:19 of the second, made it 3-1. He cut down left wing, backed in rookie defenseman Brent Seabrook, cut to the net and scored on another low shot. Brown cut it to 3-2 at 8:40 when he took Kyle Calder centering pass and scored from the edge of the crease. Scott Niedermayer’s goalmouth deflection on the power play made it 4-2. Bourque made it 4-3 by popping in a rebound on the power play with 3:56 left in the second. Rob Niedermayer converted a rebound for a short-handed goal at 1:40 of the third to make it 5-3. 160Want 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

Defense team member for Saddam found dead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hours later, his body, bearing signs of torture, was found on a sidewalk by the Fardous Mosque in the nearby Ur neighborhood. Sunni insurgents are known to have disguised themselves in police or military uniforms in attacks usually targeting Shiites. But Sunni Arab leaders have accused Interior Ministry forces or militias allied to the Shiite-led government of killing Sunnis taken from their homes by men in uniform. The killing spread fear among the other 12 defense lawyers at Wednesday’s opening session of the trial for Saddam and seven co-defendants. On Friday, they demanded that the trial now set to resume Nov. 28 – be postponed if investigations into the slaying are not finished. They also demanded the government provide them protection and even move the trial outside Iraq, said Khamees Hamid al-Ubaidi, one of Saddam’s two lawyers. Moving the trial seemed highly unlikely. The government has fiercely rejected any international venue, insisting Saddam should be tried by Iraqis in Iraq. BAGHDAD, Iraq – The body of a lawyer in Saddam Hussein’s trial was found dumped in the street with two bullet wounds in the head hours after gunmen dressed as security forces took him from his office. A fearful defense team demanded Friday that the trial be delayed or moved out of Iraq. Four American service members were killed in insurgent attacks, edging the total number of U.S. military deaths near 2,000 since the start of the Iraq war. Investigators were trying to determine if the killers of Sunni Arab lawyer Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi were Saddam opponents lashing out at the defense team or perhaps Sunni insurgents – including many Saddam supporters – trying to disrupt the trial. Al-Janabi was the lawyer for Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former head of Saddam’s Revolutionary Court. Ten gunmen wearing police and military uniforms walked into al-Janabi’s office Thursday evening in Baghdad’s Shaab neighborhood, and he went with them without resistance, police Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi said. “It is time to lay low,” al-Ubaidi said. “When something like this happens, who wouldn’t be terrified?” He said he had taken personal steps for security but would not elaborate. Government officials, including some from the Interior Ministry, were meeting Friday night to discuss protecting defense lawyers, al-Ubaidi said. Ministry and government officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the meeting or the lawyers’ demands. Saddam and his co-defendants face possible death sentences if convicted on charges of murder and torture for the 1982 massacre of 148 Shiites in the town of Dujail. They have pleaded not guilty. Heavy security was provided for trial prosecutors and judges, who were considered likely targets of insurgents. Their names have not been revealed and their faces were not shown in the broadcast of Wednesday’s opening session – with the exception of the presiding judge and the top prosecutor, whose identities were revealed for the first time. But no security measures were extended to the defense lawyers. Their identities have been known, though most of them have not been prominent in the press. “The government exerts its best efforts to provide security for all people and all those involved in the trial, but we cannot provide total security because of the violence in the country,” government spokesman Laith Kubba said earlier Friday, condemning the slaying. “We do not know who was behind this operation. Is it designed to hinder the trial process or is it a case of vendetta?” Saddam’s chief lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, said after the kidnapping that defense lawyers had been threatened in recent weeks by e-mail, mobile phone text messages and telephone calls. During Wednesday’s session, al-Janabi, with silver hair and a dark black mustache, sat with the other defense lawyers in two rows of desks to the right of their clients, who sat inside a white pen with metal bars.last_img read more

How to Close the Gender Gap in STEM Patenting

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Follow the Puck A lack of diversity among product design teams has negatively impacted the experience women have with countless products. For instance, when seat belts were created, they were designed with the average man in mind. As a result, studies have shown that seat-belted women are 47 percent more likely to be seriously injured than seat-belted men in car crashes.The effects of this lack of diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields goes beyond the design of products, however. Women are less likely to participate in STEM to begin with, much less patent and commercialize their inventions. Of all patent holders, only 10 percent are women.Organizations across the country are trying to change this dynamic by creating programs designed to increase diversity in innovation, entrepreneurship, and patenting. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in conjunction with Qualcomm, recently issued a report on seven such organizations that can act as resources and inspirations for newer programs.One program included in the research, BioSTL, connects women, minority, and immigrant innovators with resources and people who can help them commercialize innovations related to bioscience tech industry. Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, director of bioscience and entrepreneurial inclusion at BioSTL, says moves toward inclusive and equitable entrepreneurship will be a major trend this year, “ensuring that all that want to participate in entrepreneurship and have great ideas [and] technologies are supported, mentored, and funded equitably.” Here’s what women and underrepresented entrepreneurs can learn from this recent research about ways to move their innovative ideas forward:1. Find experts to work with you one-on-one.The Accelerating Women and underRepresented Entrepreneurs (AWARE) program has found success in having an Entrepreneur in Residence work with program participants individually on the patenting and commercialization process. Working one-on-one with each member, the EIR acts as a mentor and helps would-be entrepreneurs access important resources. Mentorship can mean the difference between success and failure for many businesses — in fact, founders that have been mentored by top-performing business executives are three times more likely to eventually have top-performing businesses themselves.        But it’s not just about mentorship. Startups often make costly, potentially damaging legal mistakes when they’re just beginning, such as not complying with securities laws or ignoring intellectual property protection. You need to work with experts in business law, HR, and finance to ensure you’re establishing your business on a solid footing.2. Engage in hands-on learning. Being a lifelong learner is an important quality for STEM entrepreneurs and professionals. It allows you to keep a finger on the pulse of the marketplace, stay ahead of automation at work, and even reduce stress and slow cognitive decline. A study by Babson College reveals that experiential learning helps newer and future entrepreneurs tap into both their creative and logical minds to be successful.Seek out opportunities for hands-on learning to reap these benefits. For instance, a 10-week program at the University of Florida, Empowering Women in Technology Startups (EWITS), helps women learn how to commercialize inventions. During the program, participants are split into groups and given the task of developing a business model for a real technology. With the guidance of an experienced businesswoman, each team builds a simulated company around the technology, ending with a pitch to a panel of female investors, who judge each proposal and provide feedback to all teams.3. Access federal research dollars.Researchers continue to assess the extent to which gender bias leads to disparities in federal funding across various STEM grant programs. One study concluded that a subconscious gender bias could be causing individuals reviewing National Institutes of Health grant renewal applications to hold women to higher standards than men, meaning women applicants don’t have the same continued funding opportunities as their male counterparts. Fortunately, several grants have been created specifically with women in mind in an effort to combat such disparities.For example, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase Assistance Program was created to work directly with women- and minority-owned small businesses to assist with applications for DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 1 awards. It acts to increase diversity by connecting applicants with mentors and other industry experts who can provide even more assistance to these budding entrepreneurs.Breaking into STEM fields is hard enough as it is, but when women and minorities have even more difficulty patenting and commercializing their inventions, we all lose. By addressing these inequities, we’re more likely to gain products that truly work for everyone. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#gender gap#Patents#stem#women in tech Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

UK pays local Muslims to spy on terror suspects

first_imgLondon, Sep 20 (PTI) In a controversial move, British intelligence agency MI5 is paying Muslim informants across the UK for short-term spying missions to help avert terrorist attacks by homegrown Islamist extremists, according to a media report. Individuals across the UK are being employed on temporary assignments to acquire intelligence on specific targets, The Guardian reported, citing sources within the Muslim community. One such source said an informant was recently paid as much as 2,000 pounds (over 2 lakh rupees) by the British security services to spy on activities relating to a mosque over a six-week period. However, the use of payments to gather intelligence prompted warnings that the system risked producing information “corrupted” by the money on offer, the report said. The initiative is being co-ordinated under the governments official post-9/11 counter-terrorism strategy. Its strand known as Pursue has an official remit to “stop terrorist attacks in this country and against our interest overseas. This means detecting and investigating threats at the earliest possible stage”. The Security Service, commonly known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5), is the Britains domestic counter- intelligence and security agency – part of the intelligence machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS; also known as MI6) focused on foreign threats, Defence Intelligence (DI) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The programme is “been driven by the (intelligence) agencies, its a network of human resources across the country engaged to effectively spy on specific targets. Its decent money,” said another source. The sources did not divulge the number of informants receiving government funding or how much of the agencys national security budget is allocated to such transactions. However, the use of payments to gather information prompted calls for caution from senior figures in the Muslim community, who warned that such transactions could produce tainted intelligence. Salman Farsi, spokesman for the East London Mosque, the largest in the UK, said: “We want our national security protected but, as with everything, there needs to be due scrutiny and we need to ensure things are done properly. “If theres money on the table, wheres the scrutiny or the oversight to ensure whether someone has not just come up with some fabricated information? Money can corrupt.” Lessons should be learned from the governments central counter-radicalisation programme, called Prevent, which was introduced following the July 7 bombings, but despite tens of millions of pounds spent and hundreds of initiatives has been criticised for failing to achieve its goals, Farsi said. He added: “When they started dishing out money, everyone was willing for a bit of money to dish the dirt, make up stuff. Theres good work to be done, but quite frankly you dont need to send in informants to mosques to find out whats going on. We need a fresh approach, genuine community engagement.” PTI SAI AKJ SAIadvertisementlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League, Juventus vs Lokomotiv Moscow LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Juventus will eye to extend their unbeaten streak in UEFA Champions League 2019-20 when they host Lokomotiv Moscow on October 23 in their third group stage match day. With goals coming from Higuain, Bernardeschi and Ronaldo, the Italian champions defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in their last champion league encounter. Meanwhile, the Russian side were handed a defeat by Atletico Madrid. Currently, after two games, Juventus are on top of group standings, whereas Lokomotiv are on third spot. The UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Juventus vs Lokomotiv Moscow fixture will be played at the Juventus Stadium.Expressing his joy over Juventus’ improved attacking approach, Cristiano Ronaldo said, “I think the team is getting better. We are getting more and more confident. We are playing a different brand of football, more attacking.” The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also praised team manager Maurizio Sarri for giving more opportunities to the side. “I like the way he (Sarri) wants the team to play. We are creating more opportunities, we have more confidence in ourselves, I’m happy with these changes. Maybe we could score a little more but I’m proud of what we are doing,” the Portuguese star said.Juventus will step into the dugout without Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia Perin and Mattia De Sciglio. Joining the injury list are Douglas Costa, who suffered a thigh injury, and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (groin injury).For Lokomotiv, Fedor Smolov is expected to make it to the playing XI.UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Juventus possible line-up vs Lokomotiv Moscow: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Matuidi, Pjanic, Khedira; Ronaldo, Higuain, BernardeschiUEFA Champions League 2019-20 Lokomotiv Moscow possible line-up vs Juventus: Guilherme; Ignatyev, Howedes, Corluka, Rybus; Mario, Krychowiak, Murilo, Barinov, Zhemaletdinov; SmolovWhat time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 12:30 am on October 23. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.25 pm slot and six that will start at 12:30 am on October 23.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Juventus vs Lokomotiv Moscow will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Juventus vs Lokomotiv Moscow live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. champions leagueChampions League 2019-20Europefootball First Published: October 22, 2019, 3:59 PM ISTlast_img read more