New Prosecutor assigned to Westford, Cummings case

first_imgA new Police Prosecutor was on Friday assigned to lead the case against former Public Service Minister Jennifer Westford and her personal secretary Margaret Cummings, both of whom are charged with multipleFormer Public Service Minister Jennifer Westfordcounts of fraud.Both Westford and Cummings made their appearance before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Prosecutor Tashanna Lake was assigned to be the new prosecutor.The court was informed that the outstanding statements to be presented to the defence council will be handed over when the case is called again on August 11, 2016.At their last court appearance the matter, which was to commence, had to be postponed after attorney Neil Boston, a member of Westford and Cummings defence team, informed the court that the statements from a witness was not made available to them.He claimed that his team would not be able to effectively function in their capacity to defend Westford and Cummings. He further made an application for continuance in order for the statements to be made available to them.This application was supported by Neville Jeffers, who was prosecuting the case, after which it was granted byMargaret CummingsMagistrate Latchman.In total, 24 charges of fraud have been brought against both Westford and Cummings.last_img read more

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Public Infrastructure Ministry to remove hindrances from roadways

first_imgCome April 1, 2019, the Public Infrastructure Ministry will be conducting a countrywide campaign to remove all obstructions or encumbrances on the main access roads.This initiative will be conducted in accordance with Section 29 of the Road Act, Cap. 51:01 of the Laws of Guyana, the Ministry stated.The public and violators are advised to remove all such violations on or before the campaign commences.“All encumbrances found on the Government’s reserve during this campaign will be removed immediately, with a recovery cost attached,” the Ministry warned.The Ministry said the campaign will target derelict vehicle/equipment, immovable vehicles, paddy drying, hardware stores, barber shops, rum shops and bars, builders waste, roadside shop, car parks, sawmill, sand/stone heaps, tyre-servicing shops and several others.Paddy drying has been a major encumbrance for road users over the yearsSubject Minister David Patterson told Guyana Times the campaign is an annual activity which is only to be conducted on the public roads. He made it clear that minor roads will not be targeted during this operation.“It’s restricted only to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure roads, so we won’t be going in anybody’s backyard. It’s on the main roads where people usually have combines and so on,” he said.In the interview, Patterson made specific reference to the number of lives that have been lost as a result of such obstacles being on the roadways. He was keen to note that the Ministry will not enter areas such as Sophia, Greater Georgetown; Beirut, and Prashad Nagar.According to him, the roads which will be targeted are “the declared public roads, such as the East Coast Highway (and) the Linden Highway, those are declared public roads under the Ministry”. Small roads such as exist in Sophia will be exempted from the exercise.Residents of Berbice, especially those living along the Corentyne Highway, are complaining bitterly about the drying of paddy of the roadways, and he said it must be a hindrance to commuters.According to residents, what is more worrying is the lack of response from the Police in Region Six in enforcing traffic laws in the region. Guyana Times was told that the Police response to the continued drying of paddy on the Corentyne Highway calls in question whether the Police are making attempts to put an end to the practice, which endangers all road users.Concerns have also been raised by road users in regard to the huge mud piles and sand heaps that are usually found on the roads.last_img read more

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APNU/AFC failing miserably on pro-poor policies – Jagdeo

first_img…as Govt already revised 2018 economic growth downwardsWith Government already revising its 2018 growth projections downwards, the Parliamentary Opposition is expressing concern that the economy is hollowing out at an alarming rate.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at a recent press briefing, zeroed in on the state of the economy, and noted that reports on Guyana’s economy tell a worrying story. One such story was told by the 2017 macro-economic report, which showed that the deficit in Guyana’s balance of payments is on the rise.Balance of payments is statistical data on a country’s fiscal transactions, including imports and exports. To therefore record a deficit, Guyana would have had to spend more on imports, among other things, that it derived from exports.According to the report, Guyana’s overall balance of payment in the 2017 fiscal year showed a deficit of US$69.5 million. This is a hike when compared to US$53.3 million recorded the previous year.“All of these things are creeping up on us,” Jagdeo related. “They’ll hit us one day, and that’s when we’ll see the big deterioration in our dollar and our inflation rate. There is a hollowing out of the economy that we don’t see.“We see the sloth in construction and retail trade, and the fall in forestry sector and sugar, but there is a hollowing out of our variables. These ratios…mean something: (that) the Government is living above its means, and is borrowing like crazy, spending on things that are not productive. And we’ll suffer the consequences,” he warned. According to Jagdeo, the Government has failed to implement incentives and formulate pro-poor, pro-growth policies. Jagdeo recalled a statement made by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on his (Jagdeo’s) tenure as Finance Minister. At the time, Jordan was employed in the Finance Ministry.“That (budget) is your framework, your budget. Everything else must support growth in the economy, job creation, and enhancing welfare for people. His (Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s) budgets seem designed to undermine growth.”“So he (Jordan) misses the big picture. That’s why (Nagamootoo) said he (Jordan) used to write my speeches there…they have fetishes for long speeches…he never sat in the room where policy was determined. (They) have to understand the engines that drive the economy.”Revised growthAt the recent 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank, held in Grenada, Minister Jordan announced that the previous 3.8 per cent growth projection he had announced at the last budget reading would be revised downwards.“In spite of both domestic and external shocks, Guyana has maintained its positive growth trajectory; that has been evident for over a decade. In 2017, the economy recorded a growth rate of 2.1 per cent, reflecting improved performances in the forestry and rice sectors. On the other hand, contractions were witnessed in sugar and the construction and mining sectors,” Jordan had said.“The outlook for 2018 is very positive, notwithstanding further declines in the sugar industry. Real growth is projected to be 3.4 per cent, slightly below the budgeted 3.8 per cent, with increased output in rice, construction, manufacturing and services sectors,” Minister Jordan said in his speech, calling this a robust performance.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent, recorded in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rates as follows: in 2014, it was 3.8 per cent; in 2015, it was 3.2 per cent; and in 2016, it was 3.3 per cent. For 2017, initial projections of 3.8 per cent were revised to 3.1 per cent. This figure then went to 2.9 per cent before the final figure of 2.1 per cent was determined.Jordan had claimed that the poor performance was linked to the dismal figures recorded in sectors, including sugar — a sector the Government itself had radically downsized when it came to office.last_img read more

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New Leeds boss: ‘My players will take the game by the scruff of the neck’

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 📸 | New #LUFC head coach Marcelo Bielsa settles into his office at Thorp Arch pic.twitter.com/uuCyflZ1xD— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 25, 2018The 62-year-old Bielsa had successful spells in charge of his national team as well as neighbouring Chile, and feels ready for the new challenge ahead.“It was a case of me convincing myself, no one had to convince me,” Bielsa said.“I was convinced by the strength of Leeds United as a club and institution and the possibilities of Leeds in a sporting sense.“I looked from a sporting point of view. Those things came about together to help me make my choice.”Asked for a transfer update ahead of the new Championship season, which gets underway at home against relegated Premier League side Stoke City on August 5, Bielsa said insisted there were no plans for major changes.“For the moment we’re not intending to bring too many new faces in,” he said.The boss also added there could be some departures in a “trimmed down squad”. RANKED REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Former Argentina boss Bielsa was appointed the new Elland Road chief earlier this month, signing a two-year deal to succeed Paul Heckingbottom, with an option for a third season.The 62-year-old Argentine started his new job this week and gave his first press conference on Monday afternoon, saying via a translator:  “I want people to take the game by the scruff of the neck, to get the ball and play.“We have an obligation as managers to put in place what we believe to be right. I think the players have enough about them to take my beliefs into action.”Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani introduced the new boss, whom he said had “other options” over the Yorkshire outfit, adding that his experience “speaks for itself” and he was the man who could help change the “mentality in the club”. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ New Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland However, the Argentinean coach would not set any targets for a first campaign in England, with Leeds fans longing for a return to the Premier League.“It’s imprudent to promise something when there are so many uncertainties, but at the same time not to be impossible dreaming about that happening,” he said.“With the history of this club, they know how to measure success and failure at the end of the season.“I much prefer to try and demonstrate, to give examples rather than predict.” IN DEMAND LATEST New Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has said he chose the job because of ‘the strength of Leeds United as a club and institution’ and vowed his new players will ‘take the game by the scruff of the neck’ under his leadership. moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets targets LIVING THE DREAM 1 Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

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GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN AND WOODLANDS TAKE CREDIT UNION QUIZ HONOURS

first_imgTEAMS from Gaelscoil Adhamhnain and Woodlands National School have been crowned Letterkenny Credit Union Schools Quiz Champions.The Gaelscoil team took the honours in the U-11 category whilst Woodlands were runaway winners in the U-13 category.More than 80 teams from schools across the area took part in the well-organised competition at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday night. The winning teams will now go on to represent the area against schools from Derry and Tyrone. GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN AND WOODLANDS TAKE CREDIT UNION QUIZ HONOURS was last modified: February 5th, 2013 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:GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN AND WOODLANDS TAKE CREDIT UNION QUIZ HONOURSlast_img read more

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Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

first_imgDrake beings the MVC schedule at home Sept. 21 against in-state foe UNI followed by 17 more games against conference foes. Print Friendly Version Complete Schedule The 2018 campaign begins in Texas Aug. 24-25 with three matches at a tournament hosted by Sam Houston State. The Holy Cross Invitational follows before the Bulldogs return home to host the Drake Invitational Sept. 7-8 in the Knapp Center. Drake will host Eastern Illinois, South Dakota State, UMass-Lowell and Iowa as part of the two-day event. The Bulldogs are building off of one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2017 in which they won 23 games, the third most in program history and most since 2010. That team finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference standings with 12 MVC wins, the second most ever by the program in an 18-game conference schedule. This year’s team returns 10 members of that team including All-MVC selection Cathryn Cheek and MVC All-Freshman team honoree Emily Plock. The final non-conference tune-up comes in Columbia, Mo., at the Mizzou Invitational against Ohio, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Iowa. The 2018 Drake University volleyball team will play a total of 13 matches in the Knapp Center as part of a 31-game schedule announced by head coach Darrin McBroom Monday, May 21. Story Linkslast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 29, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A wet week is upon us. Rain arrives today by midday or afternoon, and we have rain chances every day through Friday. We may end up with a little bit less in the way of thunderstorms, and therefore slightly lower rain totals for the week, but we still have moisture every day, which means we are not seeing any significant dry down at all this week. A bit of a silver lining this morning is the fact that we do see holes in the coverage across the state on a daily basis over the next week or so, but everyone still can pick up some moisture. There is some optimism in the extended forecast this morning, but not much before then.Today rains overspread the state but concentrate mostly on the northern half. We expect rain totals of .25”-.75″. While we do not expect significant rains in the southern third of Ohio today, we won’t rule out a few showers here and there, with a few hundredths to a tenth or two. Today’s rains will end up with about 70% coverage over the entire state.Tomorrow, showers concentrate more on central Ohio, but once again, we are not going to get too cute and limit the spread of moisture. Rain totals will be from a few hundredths to half an inch with 50% coverage.Wednesday and Thursday show additional showers, but less of a thunderstorm threat right now. Wednesday’s action will be a few hundredths to .4” with 50% coverage, and then Thursday .1”-.7” with 80% coverage. Showers linger into Friday as well, but will generally be no more than .25” with coverage at 40%. The map at right shows rain potential through Friday night.We finally get to some drier weather as we move into this weekend. Saturday will feature a slow clearing, and then sunshine dominates on Sunday. Temps will continue to be cool, and we see a bit of a threat of frost over north central and northeast Indiana those mornings. On Monday, moisture looks to try pass by to the north, over Michigan, Lake Erie and southern Ontario, but right now it seems to want to stay out of our area. We will need to watch that closely, but with the current set up, that would mean we pick up 3 days of dry weather back to back from the weekend into early next week.Rain and thunderstorms do return for next Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday. The biggest thunderstorms die out to our west over IL and perhaps a few get into western Indiana,  but we still have to allow for .25”-.75”of general rain potential over about 60% of the state for the period. That coverage will be skewed more to the northern half of the state. We will dry down for the balance of Wednesday afternoon.The extended period features a dry start. We see nothing through the 12th, meaning we string together 5 days back to back of dry weather with good evaporation and near to above normal temps. Rains arrive the 13th near the end of the extended 11-16 day window, bringing totals of .25”-.75” to the region once again and coverage at 80%.last_img read more

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FTC To Smartphone Makers: Fix Security Or End Up Like HTC

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#complaint#federal trade commission#FTC#HTC#personal data#privacy#security#settlement#smartphones#tablets Related Posts antone gonsalvescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Mobile device manufacturers should pay close attention to a recent settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and HTC, which the Commission claimed had failed to protect customer’s privacy and personal data. Rather than affecting only HTC, the agreement is a warning that the commission is finally prepared to hold device makers responsible for securing their products.How It StartedHTC drew the attention of the FTC by deploying customized software in 22.5 million Android devices that allowed third-party applications to bypass a security mechanism requiring user permission before installation. The HTC software was meant to gather data only to help the manufacturer troubleshoot problems, but its implementation showed HTC was clueless when it came to security.In investigating HTC’s sloppy work, the FTC found a number of poor security practices. For example, HTC had no effective program for assessing the security of products before shipping them to consumers. In addition, engineering staff was not properly trained in security and privacy and there was no testing for security flaws. Also, there was no process for receiving and addressing vulnerabilities found by third-party researchers and academics.The FTC’s findings were listed in a complaint that HTC settled by agreeing to a “comprehensive security program” that includes patching vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers and spammers. The agreement is a big deal, because taken together with the original complaint, the FTC has outlined for all device manufacturers what it considers best practices for security.“To settle the case – the FTC’s first against a device manufacturer – HTC has agreed to a far-reaching settlement that imposes a first-of-its-kind remedy: patching vulnerabilities on millions of mobile devices,” FTC senior attorney Lesley Fair wrote in the commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection blog.Dismal Android SecurityMakers of Android smartphones and tablets have created a huge security problem by shipping devices with older versions of the operating system and then failing to quickly update the software with the latest security fixes from Google. This has left millions of customers with devices that contain known vulnerabilities that cybercriminals are working feverishly to exploit.“It’s reasonable to assume that the next thing the FTC will look at is the unpatched vulnerabilities in Android itself that Google has fixed, but where the fixes haven’t reached end users either because of the handset vendors or the wireless carriers,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said. “This is probably the most interesting FTC case to come out in the last couple of years.”The rise in Android malware is substantially faster than any other Internet-delivered malicious app, according to Cisco’s recent 2013 Annual Security Report. At the same time, cybercriminals are developing better software tools for breaking into Android devices.In October 2012, the FBI warned that cybercriminals had built a mobile version of FinFisher, commercial spyware sold to law enforcement and governments, to steal personal data from Android phones. Also last year, the first Android botnet was discovered on the Internet, according to Cisco. A botnet is a network of compromised devices used to distribute malware and spam.The FTC Isn’t AloneThe FTC won’t be alone in demanding better consumer protection from device manufacturers. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chair of the bi-partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, plans to reintroduce this year “The Mobile Device Privacy Act,” which would require companies to get the permission of consumers before using any monitoring software on mobile devices.“With this important settlement, the FTC has sent a strong signal to the mobile marketplace that consumers’ sensitive information must be safeguarded,” Markey said.With so much government attention on mobile device security, it’s clear that manufacturers can no longer treat data protection and consumer privacy as an afterthought. Both will soon have to become a top priority.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

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3 AI Trends Every Real Estate Broker Should Know

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Nick Jiang Nick is the Cofounder & CEO @ Birdnest, a curated, visual place for startups to find their dream office. Prior to Birdnest, Nick had grown venture-funded startup Shots to over 10M active users. Duke MBA, Princeton Engineering. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI#real estate AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Artificial intelligence (AI), simulation of human intelligence by machines, has become part of our daily lives. We are conversing with Alexa, getting rides from self-driving smart cars, receiving recommendations on music and movies, and playing games against computers. But what about applying AI in buying homes or renting offices?Real estate seems to be a few steps behind when it comes to technology adoption, even though it is the largest asset class in the world, contributing $3.5T to the US GDP. But there are early signs that AI is already part of our home buying and office renting experience.At Birdnest, we are seeing a growing demand from our customers for a better and faster experience. On the other side, we are seeing a growing number of brokers who want to start adopting technologies to provide a better experience. Here are three AI trends that every real estate broker should know.Alexa, Answer the CallA new study reveals that 48% of buyer inquiries never received a response and that the average response time from a broker was 917 minutes. In another study, 93% of buyers rated responsiveness as a very important quality. Brokers know this, which is why they usually team up on a deal so that when they’re busy, their colleague can respond to the inquiry. But what if no one is available? Enter the “Siri’s for real estate,” who are always available, 24/7.OJO Labs, an Austin based startup who has raised $71M, is developing a real estate chatbot that answers potential clients’ questions about listing information via text message.Like most people, I had a mixed chatbot experience. When I asked about HOA cost, it gave an accurate answer within 2 minutes. But when I asked a more open-ended question, “Is the neighborhood safe?” it didn’t understand.Given that almost half the buyer inquiries never received a reply, this will certainly help brokers capture some of those leads. And with their recent acquisition of WolfNet, they have access to millions of additional data points to improve their algorithm. Their main competitors include Structurely and Keller Williams’ Kelle.The Crystal BallWouldn’t it be great if you can predict who will list a home or who will buy a home soon? When every broker is looking for that extra edge to win a deal, nothing is more important than having that crystal ball!Rex, a Los Angeles based startup with over $70M in funding, is using AI to predict buyers who are most likely to buy a specific home. It sends out targeted ads based on who it thinks the likeliest buyers are. Then based on who clicks on the ad, it targets similar customer segments in future ads. In addition, the computer uses data from retailers and businesses to further improve its accuracy.First, a North Carolina based startup with over $7M in funding, analyzes a broker’s contacts to “identify how much more likely than average your contacts are to sell in the next year.” During the pilot period with @properties, First predicted over 1,800 homes that listed during that period.Reevaluate, another startup that predicts who is most likely to move within the next 3-6 months, claimed they have a 36.4% accuracy rate by analyzing over 200 data points, from spending habits to social news and more.Goodbye PaperworkAs Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is money.” This couldn’t be more true for real estate brokers, and one of the tasks that suck their time is paperwork.Imagine how much time is spent entering information about a space, like its lighting, room types, kitchens to name a few. Thanks to Restb.ai, AI can automatically populate this information by analyzing a property’s photos. Its technology can classify images into 30+ homes scenes, recognize 16 architectural styles, and instantly tag 30+ valuable home features. Recently, MRED has partnered with Restb.ai “because it will save time and reduce hassle,” according to MRED CTO Chris Haran.Leverton, a Berlin-based startup with $17M in funding, reads and extracts key information from corporate documents, leases, and contracts. All the broker has to do is to upload his documents, then AI starts to extract key information like “rent charges” and allow brokers to quickly search this information. For brokers, this means more insights in less time, a key reason JLL signed a partnership with them.AI is here to assist brokers, not to replace them. AI technology is here to help a broker be more responsive. To save them time from paperwork so they can spend more time finding the right space for their clients. They are here to empower brokers to provide the ultimate experience for their clients and bring meaning to the statement that “real estate is a relationship business.” Related Posts last_img read more

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In Srinagar, Ram Madhav pushes for third front

first_imgBJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, during his two-day visit to Kashmir, commended newly elected Srinagar mayor Junaid Azim Mattu and held a meeting with Peoples Conference (PC) chief Sajad Lone, pushing for a third front ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in the State.Emerging as permanent partners, the PC and BJP leaders uploaded pictures on social media of their meetings with Mayor Mattu, PC’s councillors and Mr. Lone. “I interacted with newly-elected councillors of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). It’s a team of youngsters led by young Mayor Mattu from Sajjad Lone’s PC. He was supported by the BJP and independents. He defeated a candidate supported by the Congress, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC),” said Mr. Madhav.Former NC spokesman Mattu, 34, became Srinagar’s Mayor this week in closely contested polls between the Congress and the PC-BJP alliance. Mr. Mattu won 40 wards out of 74, while the Congress managed just 26 with its own members resorting to cross-voting. Mr. Mattu has graduated in Business and Finance from Michigan State University and returned to J&K in 2009. He joined the National Conference as spokesman and quit it recently to contest the polls. “The two parties discussed various plans to usher Srinagar into an era of development,” said Mr. Mattu.Madhav’s meeting comes as a shot in the arm of PC ahead of the Assembly polls. The PC has two MLAs from north Kashmir as of now, including Mr. Lone representing Handwara constituency. The party plans to field more candidates from Srinagar for the first time, in a bid to bring to the fore a third front within the Kashmir valley. “We managed to penetrate the base of the electorate in Srinagar through diligence. We will build on this. This will help our prospects in the next polls. PC will field candidates from Srinagar too next time,” Mayor Mattu told The Hindu after winning the mayoral elections. Meanwhile, Mr. Madhav, who sought feedback from party leaders in Srinagar for the upcoming panchayat polls, flew back to Delhi on Friday.Boycott callMeanwhile, JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Friday called for a boycott of panchayat elections, starting from November 17.last_img read more

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