Victim’s family accuses Police of poor investigation

first_imgMon Repos shooting…says suspect in plain sightFazil Haniff in his hospital bedThe family of 27-year-old Fazil Haniff, who was allegedly shot to his stomach by his wife’s lover, is accusing the Police of dragging their feet when it comes to the investigation since the suspect is in plain sight and is yet to be apprehended.Haniff, a resident of Mon Repos Pasture, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was shot once to his stomach on November 17 at his home. The incident occurred around 21:00h after the suspect visited the man’s home where he was accused of having an affair with the man’s wife.The father of two remains hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where his condition has been fluctuating ever since.The man’s brother, Nazim Haniff, the Toshao of Yarakita Village in Region One (Barima-Waini), told Guyana Times that his brother had emergency surgery to remove his spleen since the shooting.“Since my brother get shoot, the Police didn’t tell us anything since. The man name Ron and he from Albouystown and he just walking free and the Police just not doing anything as my brother need justice,” he related.Nazim added that the suspect has been contacting his sister-in-law since the incident. He claims that the affair, between the suspect and his sister-in-law, has been allegedly going on for over a year.last_img read more

Labourer remanded for stealing car mirrors

first_imgEric Abrigo of Albouystown, Georgetown on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a simple larceny charge.The 30-year-old labourer appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge when it was read to him.Police stated that on October 13, 2019 at Ruimveldt Police Station, he stole two car mirrors valued at $60,000 belonging to Julius Smith.Eric Abrigo escorted by a Police OfficerThe defendant, in his address to the court, stated,”I was outside the compound fetching solar panels, when I saw a man snatch the mirrors and run up the road”.The Prosecutor did not present any facts into the matter; however, he objected to bail being granted on the grounds that the defendant has no fixed place of abode.The Magistrate, after listening to the Prosecutor’s grounds, remanded the defendant to prison. Abrigo is slated to make his next court appearance on November 8.last_img read more

Defense firms see earnings increase

first_imgEarnings at defense contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. rose in the first quarter as both companies increased sales to military and government customers. Both companies disappointed investors, however, as Lockheed sales fell short of expectations and Northrop delivered lower than forecast earnings because of a strike at one of its shipyards. Northrop Grumman said Tuesday its first-quarter net income jumped 8 percent on increased sales to government and commercial customers. But the results missed Wall Street estimates in part because of a monthlong strike at its Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard, which cut earnings by about 2 cents per share. Its ship business is also still recovering from damage to facilities caused by Hurricane Katrina. Shares fell $2.45, or more than 3 percent, to end at $74.17 on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares had been trading in a 52-week range of $61.51 to $76.90. The company said it was on track to meet earlier earnings guidance for the full year, however. Net income climbed to $387 million, or $1.10 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $358 million, or $1.03 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue increased 4 percent to $7.3 billion, compared to $7.1 billion in the same period last year. The results missed analyst expectations of $1.14 per share in profit on revenue of $7.52 billion, according to a Thomson Financial poll. Executives praised the quarter, which delivered significant increases in cash flow and improvement in profit margins. “This was a strong quarter by every measure,” chief executive Ronald D. Sugar told analysts during a conference call. Sugar noted that the company had secured an $875 million contract to provide mail sorting equipment to the U.S. Postal Service and a $559 million contract along with European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. to build unmanned surveillance drones for Germany. The company suffered a setback during the quarter on its joint venture with Lockheed Martin to modernize U.S. Coast Guard vessels and build new ships and helicopters. The so-called Deepwater program has been criticized by Congress after design flaws were found in some ships. The Coast Guard took over control of the program from Northrop Grumman and Lockheed, although the companies continue to work on individual projects. “It’s premature to speculate on the causes of the structural problems until all of the analysis is completed,” Northrop Grumman chief operating officer Wesley Bush said. Lockheed raised for the second time its full-year financial forecast and now expects profit between $6.20 and $6.35 per share on sales between $40.35 billion and $41.35 billion. Wall Street is looking for profit of $6.06 per share on revenue of $41.11 billion. Lockheed Chief Financial Officer Christopher Kubasik said the higher outlook was due to a combination of the first-quarter gains of 21 cents a share and expected strength companywide, including programs such as missiles, government satellites and F-16 sales. “I call it half operational and half one-time items,” he said. The company has already factored in the effects of a recent Navy decision to cancel a contract for a warship after the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on cost controls. Analysts have said the financial impact on the defense giant should be minimal. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest military contractor, said Tuesday first-quarter earnings jumped 17 percent because of higher sales at its technology unit and one-time gains. The company, which makes F-16 fighter jets, Patriot missiles and military information-technology systems, also raised its 2007 financial targets to reflect recent acquisitions, operational improvements and the first quarter performance. Lockheed earned $690 million, or $1.60 per share, in the three months ended March 31, up from $591 million, or $1.34 a share, a year ago. The latest results included gains totaling 21 cents per share from the sale of land holdings, the reversal of a legal settlement and a tax benefit. Excluding the gains, the earnings surpassed expectations on Wall Street, where analysts were looking for profit of $1.37 per share, according to Thomson Financial. Sales increased 1 percent to $9.28 billion but trailed Wall Street estimates of $9.57 billion. Investors focused on the sales miss, sending the company’s shares down $2.25, or 2.3 percent, to close at $94.82 on the New York Stock Exchange. They have traded in a 52-week range of $69.87 to $103.50. Prudential analyst Byron Callan blamed the miss on lower-than-expected sales at the company’s electronics systems. A 9 percent decline in space systems sales was expected after Lockheed changed its accounting for its launch business. 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

Harbor panels will examine truck fee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE“However, the ports cannot continue to effectively move goods without reducing air pollution and public health risks,” he said. The Long Beach harbor commission is set to consider the fee proposal Monday, while the Los Angeles harbor commission will take up the matter Dec. 20. “We’ve been working hand in hand with the Port of Long Beach on all components of the Clean Trucks Program and will continue to in the future,” said Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. The proposed container fees would be collected by the ports’ shipping terminals, according to port officials. Trucks would be monitored for compliance by radio frequency tracking devices. The charge is expected to be suspended by 2012, when about 16,800 drayage trucks operating at the ports are expected to meet 2007 federal emissions standards, resulting in an 80percent reduction in diesel emissions, according to port officials. The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions are scheduled next week to consider a fee that’s expected to generate $1.6 billion to replace or retrofit diesel-spewing big rigs with cleaner-burning trucks, marking the long-delayed second step of the Clean Trucks Program. The proposal calls for placing a $35 charge on all loaded cargo containers entering or leaving the ports by short- haul drayage trucks beginning June 1. The fee would not apply to containers entering or leaving the ports by train. “We acknowledge that this fee will result in additional costs to cargo owners and may ultimately increase slightly the cost of goods,” said Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. The fee proposal is a follow-up to last month’s decision to ban older, dirtier trucks from the ports beginning on Oct. 1, 2008, as part of the Clean Trucks Program and the wider Clean Air Action Plan. “Clearly the trucks are a priority to clean up, and I think this fee reflects that priority,” said Martin Schlageter, a spokesman for the Coalition for Clean Air. “I think it’s appropriate that the owners of the cargo share the burden of that clean-up plan.” Truckers have argued that they have been left out in developing the Clean Trucks Program, including devising ways to pay for the $1.8 billion plan. “The fee proposal is kind of vague,” said Julie Sauls, vice president of external affairs for the California Trucking Association. “It’s not really clear how they will disperse the funds,” Sauls said. “That’s our biggest concern because we want to know how the funds will be utilized to replace the trucks.” The Clean Trucks Program was scheduled to begin Jan. 1, but a series of delays has pushed back the implementation date significantly later. The stall stems in part from a study released earlier this year by economist John Husing, who found that high costs associated with the plan could force a majority of the 1,300 port trucking companies out of business, resulting in a loss of drivers and a temporary slowdown of cargo deliveries. As a result, port officials went back to the drawing board to come up with a payment plan for the new, cleaner-burning trucks. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose 15th District includes the Port of Los Angeles, said she supported the proposed fee. “The question now is how that money will be spent so that we can truly clean up the trucks, while also providing the port with a steady and reliable workforce,” she said. “Clean trucks are great, but won’t do us much good without a stable workforce to drive them.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS VAN?

first_imgAdvertising featureIf you have not seen this van in the Dunfanaghy, Dungloe, Falcarragh, Gweedore or the Rosses areas of Donegal it could be said that you have probably not spent a lot of time on the road in the past 3 years. Gaoth Dobhair native Brian Mac Gairbhigh has been running his Computer repair business in these areas for the last 3 years. Brian has previously worked in the LYIT computing department, a computer repair business in Letterkenny and with local government agency Údarás na Gaeltachta repairing computers and providing network hardware and software support.His van is a very familiar site on the roads of Donegal as he has been providing a low cost mobile computer repair service to homes and businesses in these areas and has admitted himself to being told by customers that they “sometimes see him on the road 2 or 3 times a day”.Brian operates his home based business from a state of the art computer repair workshop mainly repairing Laptop and Desktop computers and admits that it has been tough starting and operating a business in the worst recession in living memory.“I have received little or no help or support from any government agency in the current or previous government which had been disappointing as they continuously talk about turning Ireland into knowledge based economy and creating Information Technology based jobs which is exactly what I do. “However my work has its own rewards such as helping stressed out and very worried business people that have lost data from a hard-drive crash or computer virus infection and helping them to get there business up and running again as quickly as possible.“Most businesses now heavily rely on and cannot run there day to day operations without the use of their office computer. I have also recovered photos and important documents for families such as photos with great sentimental value and even the odd Thesis or two. Business and home users fail to carry out regular backups and do not realise that it’s not a question of IF the hard drive in their computer will fail but WHEN!”Brian’s company TECHIE2U Mobile Computer Repairs has a very varied customer base and Brian says he enjoys the daily challenge of I.T. based problem solving and meeting new customer’s everyday from all walks of life, home users right up to large companies with no I.T. Department and even some famous people too.For more info click: www.techie2u.ie  HAVE YOU SEEN THIS VAN? was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 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

TEARS AND HEARTACHE AS SISTERS LAID TO REST

first_imgJody BroganTHERE were heartbreaking scenes today at the funeral for tragic fire victims Jody and Anngeline Brogan.Family and friends wept as their coffins were taken to the graveyard at St Columba’s Church in Drumoghill after Requiem Mass where Father Brian Quinn urged mourners to remember the girls and the joy they had brought to the world.Mum-of-one Jodie, 28, and her sister Anngie, who was a 27-year-old mother of three died after fire engulfed their home in Ceannan View, Letterkenny, last Friday morning. Today at their funeral, there heartbroken parents Frankie and Mary and their six brothers and sisters were comforted by a wide circle of family and friends. Hundreds and hundreds of people were there, many forced to stand outside the chapel which was crammed inside.Parish Priest of the Church of the Irish Martyrs Father Brian Quinn said today: “I ask you today to remember Jody and Anngie in your own lives. Remember them as a daughter, a sister, a mother and a friend.“Remember them as people who made a difference. Remember them not in the absolute hell of the housefire in Ceannan View but as they are now in heaven in peace and joy.”Fr Quinn asked mourners to pray for the young women’s parents Frankie and Mary and for their brothers and sisters Frankie, Conor, Christopher, Natasha, Kirsty and Orla. The family followed to coffins to the graveyard for the burial. TEARS AND HEARTACHE AS SISTERS LAID TO REST was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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

ChaCha Beats Google and Yahoo in Mobile Voice Search Tests

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Google#mobile#web But was this a fair fight? Mobile analyst firm MSearchGroove has just published the results of a series of tests which show that the mobile search service ChaCha beat out two other voice-enabled search applications on the iPhone when it comes to search query accuracy. [Update, Ed: a commenter points out that the report was actually sponsored by ChaCha] To test this, the researchers used Google’s own mobile application and Vlingo for iPhone, an app that lets you search both Google or Yahoo. Oddly, they ignored Yahoo’s mobile app, which also has voice search built in. The results of their study aren’t entirely shocking: if you want to be understood, ask a human, not a computer.The Mobile Search TestsChaCha’s mobile search service can be accessed both by SMS and by calling a toll-free 1-800 number. Since these tests focused on voice search, the phone-in method was used. When using ChaCha, the service identified the queries accurately in 94.4% of the cases and delivered accurate search results 88.9% of the time. Vlingo, which the researchers used to test Yahoo search, only interpreted queries correctly in 72.2% of the cases and delivered accurate results 27.8% of the time. Google, surprisingly, fared worst of all. Their mobile application only understood spoken queries in 16.7% of tests and delivered accurate results 22.2% of the time. To test the applications, the researchers conducted two rounds of tests using both keyword search and natural language queries where they asked questions using sentences. The queries represented a cross-section of typical mobile searches in categories like navigation, directions, local search, general information, social search, and long-tail search.It’s not all that surprising to find that ChaCha outperformed the other voice-enabled applications – after all, they have real, live humans on the other end of the line to interpret the spoken questions. What is surprising, though, is how wide the gap is in between the human-powered search and the speech recognition apps, especially when contrasting ChaCha with Google.Did Google Just Get Beaten at Search? When you think of search, you tend to think “Google.” When you use Google, there’s a certain expectation that your queries will be interpreted accurately and your results will be relevant. What these tests show, however, is that when it comes to the mobile platform, all bets are off. Not only was Google outperformed by a mobile application whose name few mainstream users have probably heard of (Vlingo), they were also outperformed by a crowdsourced workforce who answer ChaCha queries in their spare time. Could this mean that mobile search is an area – perhaps the only area – where a competitor could actually get a foothold and steal away a bit of Google’s market share? Well, not so fast. Google could still dominate on mobile thanks to brand recognition alone. Mainstream users aren’t going to seek out new alternatives to search, even if they’re better. That’s precisely why companies like Microsoft have to spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns just to gain a percentage point or two of search market share. Then there’s the fact that tests which compare human-interpreted queries to machine-interpreted ones seem a little unfair. We all know that people can still understand each other much better than computers can. (Well, for now at least). ChaCha wins this round, but only because this was never a fair fight to begin with. Speech recognition and natural language processing are technologies still in their infancy. But if we know Google, they’re coding away right now to improve them as we speak.last_img read more

How to Create A Realistic Lens Flare In DaVinci Resolve

first_imgNeed a lens flare for your shot? Avoid the unimpressive plug-ins and customize your own flare in DaVinci Resolve.When VideoCopilot announced their Optical Flare plug-in in 2009 (released in 2010), my heart filled with joy knowing that every single shot from my DV camcorder would now feature a lens flare. They are the icons of blockbusters, right? Nearly a decade later, I now spend as much time as possible keeping my shots flare-free. How times change.However, if you need to include a lens flare in your shot for creative reasons — see J.J. Abrams‘s reasoning for excessive lens flare in Star Trek — or if you need to match a flareless shot with another flared shot in your scene, you’re typically going to need a plug-in like Optical Flare. The majority of NLEs come with a flare plug-in, but as you can see with Premiere’s below, they typically aren’t that great.In the studio version of Resolve 14, however, there’s a flare plug-in that’s it’s incredibly powerful. I find tutorials for effects that are very shot specific — such as a lens flare — are difficult to produce properly because everyone’s shot will be different. The flare will differ depending on the light source, lens type, aperture settings, and more. If I document a method on how to produce a flare from sunlight, it may look completely different on your footage. Therefore, we will look at how the plug-in works by fixing a problem I have with a shot, and we will explore the different areas of the plug-in in the process.The BasicsYou can work with the effect on the Edit Page. However, you can’t move the flare around within the viewer, and for that reason, I recommend working with the flare in the color page.This is the problem that needs addressing. We have a long shot of the musician sitting on his flight case, and it cuts to a close-up, but only the close-up features a lens flare, and the director wants both shots to have the same flare.In the color page, add a new node, and add the Resolve Flare effect found under Resolve Light FX to the node.Now you need to jump over into the effects settings panel. This effect offers an abundance of customizable properties. Since the flare is an optical element produced by the lens, you have to make sure it looks real. Resolve gives us the tools to do so.The lens flare settings break down into six control areas: flare presets, position, global corrections, aperture, elements, and global blend.While there aren’t as many built-in presets available as there are in Optical Flares, the eight presets cover the basics you expect from the most common light sources — and of course, these are all highly customizable.To replicate the evening sun, I’m going to select the late afternoon preset, which presents us with a flare that mimics the setting golden sun. Initially, it’s not in the correct position, so with the OpenFX overlay activated, I can quickly reposition the starting point of the glare within the viewer. If, however, you prefer to use the sliders, you can do so by opening the Position panel in the settings menu.From the edits we’ve made so far, we can see that the two top panels are the control areas that create the foundation of the flare.Creative ElementsLooking at the shot we need to match, you can see we still have a few steps to complete to make the flares look identical. First, we need to remove the starburst. You can do this in the Elements panel. This panel is the control area for each layer and individual element of the flare. I would argue that this part of the plug-in is the magical component — you can really customize every aspect of the flare. You could even create some sci-fi effects with this plug-in. You don’t often see this kind of power with a plug-in or effect in an NLE.In the Show Controls For drop-down menu, you can find a host of different elements to adjust. Since the shot we are trying to match doesn’t have a starburst, we need to reduce it, so it’s barely visible.Since we’re already in the Elements panel, I also need to remove the ghost elements of the flare because they are not visible in the shot we are trying to match. We can do this by changing the type to “none.”This is how the shot currently looks.It’s getting there, but we need to increase the size of the flare spot. We can do this with the Global Corrections panel. However, this settings panel affects all areas of the flare. This is great for adding blur or colorizing the entire flare, but for individual element adjustments, you’ll want to stick with the Elements panel.Therefore, we need to reopen the drop-down menu and select Show Controls For Flare Spot. Here, I’m going to increase the size, reduce the irregularity (which will factor for light streaks), enhance the softness, and color the flare similar to that of the close-up.Finally, I’m going to colorize the ghost elements at the bottom of the composition to better match the close-up, and this is the final result.Based on what we started with, I think these two shots will now cut together quite nicely, and I’d be very surprised if the audience could tell that the flare is computer generated. While we’ve covered the majority of the functions in the plug-in, we haven’t discussed Global Blend and Aperture. Global Blend has one slider function, and that is to set the amount the flare blends with the source media. The Aperture panel will allow you to adjust how many blades make up the iris. As a six-bladed aperture will create a different starburst than a seven-bladed aperture.Lewis McGregor is a certified BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Trainer.Looking for more information on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles:Learn How To Create A ‘Deakinizer’ Tilt-Shift Effect In ResolveMaster Resolve’s Built-In Film Grain with This RundownDaVinci Resolve Being Weird? This Is Probably WhyGet to Know The Dynamic Zoom Tool In Resolve 14Get To Know DaVinci Resolve 14’s Three Auto Save Functionslast_img read more

The Right Sales Training

first_imgThe right sales process, sales methodology, or sales training for one sales organization, may be entirely wrong for another sales organization. There are dozens of factors to consider. Here are a few of the most important.Strategy: What is the company’s overall strategy? How does the sales force contribute to the attainment of strategic goals? If the training isn’t aligned with, or can’t contribute to the overall strategy, it isn’t the right training.Maturity: How mature is the sales organization as a whole? Does it have the competencies it will need to execute the process, methodology, or training outcomes? There are some sales organizations that won’t be ready for certain training and development. They would be better served with something that moves them towards maturity.Leadership: Is the leadership capable of leading the execution of the sales process, methodology, or training? Are they deeply engaged? The return on an investment of training and development is directly proportional to the amount of leadership exercised before, during, and after the training.Needs: What does the sales force need to improve their results? How tightly aligned with those needs is the process, methodology, or training? Training that doesn’t provide the sales force with what it needs to succeed isn’t the right training?Clients and Customers: Training around sales processes, sales methodologies, or other sales skills needs to account for who you are selling to. What does the sales organizations clients (or customers) need? How does the training help the sales force create value for their clients?The process, methodology, or sales training some other company is using may not be right for you and your sales organization. It doesn’t matter how popular it is, and it doesn’t matter how much you feel the need to provide your sales force with something new.The most effective sales training around a process, methodology, and sales skills are principle-based. You don’t perform better by chasing novelties. You perform better by better executing the fundamentals.last_img read more

BCCI gives green signal to Kochi IPL team, to feature in IPL-4

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday allowed the squabbling Kochi franchisee to participate in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), ending the suspense over the fate of team.The IPL governing council, which had given a third deadline to Kochi last week after the consortium’s investors reached a last-minute agreement over their shareholding pattern, today approved their ownership structure and took it in its fold.”At their meeting today, the IPL Governing Council confirmed that the Kochi Franchisee had satisfactorily responded to the notice issued to them by the BCCI, and decided that the Franchisee Kochi Cricket Pvt. Ltd., would play in the IPL from 2011 onwards,” BCCI Secretary and President-Elect N Srinivasan said in a release.The decision comes on the backdrop of the legal developments involving the BCCI and expelled IPL franchisees – Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, the IPL governing council.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the IPL, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event.But the owners of the beleaguered franchise made a last ditch attempt to save the outfit by reaching a compromise.Before the compromise, the investors of the franchise, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, had written to the BCCI informing them of their intention to withdraw from the IPL.That letter was sent after the BCCI, which had on October 10 expelled Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals for allegedly violating contractual agreements, gave a termination notice of 30 days to the franchise to sort out internal disputes regarding the shareholding pattern.advertisementThe investors in the consortium — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity.The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaekwad family — Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaekwad family.The Gaekwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least some of it to put an end to the squabbling which threatens the very existence of the team.The BCCI has made it clear that eight teams will take part in the fourth edition of the league scheduled from April 8, just six days after the World Cup.- With PTI inputslast_img read more