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Inmate charged for beating prisoner to death

first_imgThe inmate, who allegedly attacked and severely beat another prisoner with a piece of wood, was on Wednesday slapped with the capital offense of murder and appeared at the Cove and John Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-one-year-old Devindira Persaud, who was on remand at the Lusignan Holding Bay, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on another charge, made his appearance before Magistrate Fabayo Azore. It is alleged that he hit 23-year-old Samuel Lyttle of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara (WCD) with a piece of wood on June 25 at the prison.It is alleged that Lyttle was in his hammock when Persaud attacked him with a wood that had a nail stuck through it. Persaud reportedly lashed Lyttle repeatedly about the head before being restrained by prison wardens.Lyttle succumbed one day after the beating at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Lyttle was remanded on June 19 on breaking and entering and larceny charges.However, on June 25, he and Persaud were involved in an argument when the perpetrator allegedly picked up a piece of wood and struck him. Lyttle was treated at the prison infirmary but was rushed to GPHC due to the severity of his injuries. Persaud was remanded and the case will continue on August 8 at the Vigilance Magistrates’ Court.It was only in April that another prisoner of the said prison was also killed by other inmates who beat him following a dispute. That prisoner has been identified as 30-year-old Shaheed Ali of Albouystown, Georgetown.last_img read more

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NOW MET EIREANN ISSUES WARNING FOR SNOW

first_imgWe could be getting some of this!DONEGAL’S week of wacky wintry weather is set for another twist – SNOW!Met Eireann says snow is certain to hit the county overnight on Thursday and into Friday at levels above 200ft.But they also warn it could also fall at lower levels…and there might be quite a bit of it. The prediction is because of a cold blast of low pressure set to cross Ireland on Thursday evening.At this stage the west and south west of the county is most likely to get most of any snowfall.Freezing temperatures of -3C are also predicted overnight into Friday, making many roads hazardous.The Orange Status storm alert currently in place runs out at 10am today.  NOW MET EIREANN ISSUES WARNING FOR SNOW was last modified: December 11th, 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) Tags:donegalsnowstormlast_img read more

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Should we believe Amari Cooper saying Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAmari Cooper isn’t only a different receiver with the Cowboys. He’s apparently trying his hand at news-breaking now, too.Cooper told The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins Thursday that Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him, rather that owner Mark Davis spearheaded sending Cooper to Dallas for a 2019 first-round pick in late October. Watkins also included in his story that Cooper said former Raiders general manager …last_img

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How I Loved, And Lost, an Aardvark

first_imgOne day in December I was visiting family and picked up my niece Xander from daycare. We had to leave before her balloon got turned into an animal. It was disappointing. So when we got back to her house, I pulled out my iPhone and showed her an app called Aardvark. We asked Aardvark how we could turn one long balloon into a balloon animal. My niece jumped up and down with excitement every time we got an iPhone push notification that someone out on the internet had an answer to offer. The first 3 people said “draw eyes on it and call it a snake.” That was funny the first time. Then, someone came through with a great link to good instructions for making a balloon animal. We made one, we were happy and proud, and we’d become the kind of people who knew how to make balloon animals.A month later, Xander was visiting my house and we gave her a package of balloons. She whipped up a giraffe, a horse and a princess crown in minutes. Her mom asked her how she did it and you know what she said? “The Aardvark taught me how to do it!” Google announced today that it bought the company that made that iPhone app. It feels like some closure on my past year of hunting the story of the Aardvark, both personally and professionally. I’ve asked for and received from Aardvark advice on cooking, home repair, what color shirt to wear on TV, whether I can easily catch a cab at a particular BART stop and how to make balloon animals. Today Google officially announced the acquisition of Aardvark and its availability in Google Labs. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few stories about my year following this company and using its service. There’s no knowing how much attention the project will get inside Google, so this may be a case of “it was fun while it lasted.” But it sure was fun. And perhaps this acquisition won’t be the last we hear of Aardvark, after all.Founded by ex-Google employees, here’s how Aardvark describes its team that built the system: “Over 2009, the company built an amazing technical team of over twenty people, including engineers from each of Silicon Valley’s major technology companies, four AI Ph.D.s, and founders from a dozen different successful startups.” Those people are all Google employees now and have a tidy pile of money.How Aardvark WorksI love telling people about Aardvark. It’s interesting, easy to understand and makes almost everyone raise their eyebrows, whether in intrigue or skepticism. Here’s how it works: you get an invite from a friend and that friend says you are someone who knows about music, PHP, Portland, Oregon and barbecue. Then, you accept the invitation and say “I also know about skateboarding and training flea circuses.” So Aardvark tags you as a person who knows about those things.Then, you can ask Aardvark any question you can think of, through Instant Messaging, iPhone, web or Twitter interfaces. The system looks at the text of your question, figures out what the topic is, then goes looking for someone to answer it. Aardvark seeks out people who are tagged as knowing about the topic of your question, are most socially-close to your immediate circle of friends (on Twitter, Facebook or Aardvark), who are available at that very moment via IM or iPhone and who have been rated in the past as good people to answer questions, who have the same propensity to use or avoid obscenity as you do, and a number of other criteria. Aardvark then pings those most-qualified people to ask if they are available to answer your question. If they say they are, it acts as an intermediary, delivering your question and bringing you back answers. The vast majority of questions are answered to the satisfaction of the people who asked them within 5 minutes. It’s amazing. There’s all kinds of technology under the hood, too. The service watches what you’re Tweeting about if you’ve associated your Twitter account, for example, and considers you particularly qualified to answer questions about topics you’ve been discussing most recently on Twitter. It really is an amazing system, from the rapid text analysis to the people-sorting to the well-thought-out user experience. Aardvark’s investors got a little bit of money out of the deal, but seeing one of the leading examples of what some people believe is the future of search (social search) sell for a mere $50 million does raise questions. With a total of $1.3 billion invested in various companies, lead backer August Capital is probably disappointed at this small exit, even if it is nearly 10X the $6 million that Aardvark had raised.The price may well be based on the company’s failure to find a substantial number of users. Aardvark said earlier this month that it had fewer than 100,000 registered users. So be it. The founders will now return to Google, their former employer, with a powerful proof of concept, an eye for the huge Google user base and several million dollars in each of their pockets. Maybe they’ll continue to work on Aardvark itself and maybe they won’t. Only time will tell.In the mean time, I’ve had a great time using Aardvark and have even put it to work for me professionally.Last October I was walking down the street in San Francisco after lunch, headed back to the Moscone Center to see what was rumored to be a big announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit. Microsoft was going to announce that it cut a deal with Twitter to include Tweets in Bing search results. The much more connected Kara Swisher broke the news and I was trying to think of how to add value to the conversation with my coverage. So I put out a tweet: “Are there any User Experience experts at Web 2.0 who can talk to me about Bing/Twitter integration?”By the time I sat down on the floor of the crowded convention hall before the announcement, I hadn’t gotten a single reply on Twitter. So I decided to fire up Aardvark. I asked it by IM, “are there any UX pros available right now to give me a live reaction to some news about to break?” I was quickly delivered 3 suitable User Experience design professionals from around the country, asking me how they could help, through the Aardvark IM interface. I typed, copied and pasted as fast as I could – sending them the link to bing.com/twitter as soon as it was available, getting their thoughts, asking follow-up questions, separating three live interviews in one chat stream (chatting with Aardvark) into three separate interview chunks of text. It was crazy! I typed and thought and parsed as fast as I possibly could and then boom – within minutes of the announcement being over, I had a blog post up. Three User Experience professionals react to the way that the first major search engine to do so integrated the Twitter stream. It was quite a rush and something I couldn’t have done in any other way, without Aardvark. We all knew that Aardvark was born and raised to be sold, probably to Google. When Michael Arrington broke the news 2 months ago that Aardvark was in talks with Google, it wasn’t a surprise. Nor was it a surprise that TechCrunch broke the story, Arrington has held an annual summer event at the offices of August Capital, Aardvark’s lead investor, for years. He’s very connected to the circle of people around Aardvark, as he is with hot Silicon Valley startups quite often.A few days after that news came out, Aardvark CEO Max Ventilla was a guest on Leo Laporte’s show This Week in Tech. I ended up butting in far too much, explaining Vark and telling stories in the TWiT chat room that Leo asked Max about live on the show. I was a little worried that Max was going to get tired of me. I’d been trading emails with him, cursing him for giving exclusives to other media outlets, interviewing him at length for our research report on the future of the Real-Time Web and just generally being a harassing fan and overeager news blogger.After the show, I shot him an email anyway. I told him that I’m not connected enough to break the news that Aardvark is about to sell, but I’d like to try to out-write my competitors. Just like the New York Times writes obituaries for famous people before they die, I’d like to spend some time with him so I can write the story of Aardvark ahead of time, before it gets acquired.He told me there was no rush, that nothing was really happening, but agreed to schedule a call. We scheduled some time, but that morning a pipe exploded in the basement of my house. I emailed him and said I’d reschedule sometime soon. That was two weeks ago. I never got to dive deep into the story of Aardvark, before it got acquired, and now there’s no telling what the future will bring for the company. But I did have a great time chasing Aardvark around in my personal and professional life over the last year. I know how to make a mean sweet potato and butternut squash soup thanks to Aardvark, and I’m not afraid to put certain Arm and Hammer products on my carpet to vacuum up, even if they aren’t labeled for it explicitly. Thanks, Aardvark community.These days I haven’t been responding to my Aardvark IMs as much as I used to. I used to answer lots of questions, so now I get a lot of questions. Most of them are on topics I have no interest in. I spent the end of last year chasing down the next social search company that caught my fancy, the then-unlaunched Quora, built by some of the very first people to join and leave Facebook in the early days. I posted the first screenshots of Quora and use it regularly still, but as a web technology writer it’s my job to be looking for the next new thing.I still enjoy Aardvark and I love the ideas behind it. We’ll see what happens to it at Google, but if absolutely nothing else: my niece and I now know how to make balloon animals. I think that’s very cool.Congrats on your sale, team Vark, and good luck changing the world of search at Google. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#Features#Real-Time Web#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Check out our list of tech hits and misses from CES 2017

first_imgWair anti-pollution scarfAir quality may seem like someone else’s problem unless you’re trying to go for a run or ride a bike in Beijing, London or Warsaw. IoT already enables citizens to use sensor tech to measure and monitor urban air quality around the world. French start-up Wair has created a connected pollution scarf which incorporates a filter mask which stops 99% of pollen, gas and bacterial microparticles up to PM0.1μm. A corresponding app tracks daily pollution in your locations and advises you when the filter needs changing.  It retails at $68 and includes an additional filter. This is the kind of product that you wish was superfluous but evidence suggests otherwise.Verdict: Hit The GeniCanThe GeniCan is a smart device that clips onto your existing garbage can or recycle bin allowing you to add items to your grocery list automatically as you dispose of them. It also matches coupons to products, and optionally delivers items to your doorstep. It also translates barcodes and spoken word into a customized grocery list stored on the GeniCan app. People who order early can get it for $119 with the company’s Indiegogo campaign.I’m undecided on this one. Most of my food waste is not bar coded  –such as veggie scraps and coffee grounds — and I’d be required to verbally tell the bin each time I was disposing of each these items, not to mention those ready cooked leftovers. In the future will it be able to talk to my smart refrigerator and compost bin to ensure that I don’t get the same product purchased in multiples by each device? What if one requires an Alexa and another a Google Home? What if they join forces and decide not to order me more chocolate? Things could get messy here.Verdict: You decide. Is it a hit or a miss? Cate Lawrence Related Posts 42TeaDo you drink a lot of tea? Apparently, you might be making it incorrectly. 42tea (IoTea-get it?!) is a connected cube and accompanying app that guides users through each of the steps of tea preparation (quantity, temperature and brewing time) based on the type of tea. The app analyzes the user’s tea consumption to create a palate profile of sorts to recommend new varieties to drink.Sure, it’s a rather harmless product in the great scheme of things, and I can imagine it ending up in Christmas stockings next year as it retails for $65. But I can’t help wondering if the kind of people who would buy this should be trusted with a kettle of boiling water and what the tea makers of China, India and Japan would think of this.Verdict: Miss Follow the Puck Well, another CES is in the books. We all got together with 165,00 of our closest friends in Vegas to check out the latest in tech, walking millions of millions of miles over more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space. It can be a challenge to find the shining star smart devices amidst the noise and lights, especially as the lowlights tend to show themselves pretty easily.But here’s just a pinch of some of the hits and misses of CES smart devices this year:Whirlpool ZERA Food RecyclerWith 20% of the average home’s food ending up in the bin, composting is a great way to ensure that uneaten leftovers give something back. The Zera system comes from WLabs of Whirlpool Corporation.It’s the first indoor recycler in the US that converts a week’s worth of food waste into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer within 24 hours by using a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and mixing to expedite the decomposition process. Unlike traditional composting methods like worm farms and Bokashi bins, families can use the Zera system year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through an app that monitors the fertilizing process.That said, the app seems somewhat superfluous given that each composting cycle takes only 24 hours, surely it’d be better-served monitoring the fridge’s contents to reduce overall food waste in addition to operating the compost bin? The price of $899 makes it rather prohibitive to all but the most ardent green folk. It’s progressing well on Indiegogo and it’s one of those products likely to have lower priced imitators in the future.Verdict: Hitcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by WithingsHave you ever thought you might be brushing your hair too hard? Rest assured; help is at hand with the smart hairbrush. The Kérastase Hair Coach is equipped with a range of rather sophisticated analytics: a microphone that listens to the sound of hair brushing to identify patterns, providing insights into manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage; 3-axis load cells that measure the force applied to the hair and the scalp when brushing; an accelerometer and a gyroscope which help further analyze brushing patterns and count brush strokes, with haptic feedback signaling if brushing is too vigorous; and conductivity sensors to determine if the brush is being used on dry or wet hair in order to provide an accurate hair measurement.These sensors feed data automatically via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to a dedicated mobile app, which then takes into account weather factors like humidity, temperature, UV and wind. By tracking the way a person brushes and factoring in aspects of daily life, the smart brush app provides valuable information including a hair quality score, data on the effectiveness of brushing habits, personalized tips and Kérastase product recommendations.There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the tech per se, it’s pretty innovative, but I can’t help wishing the efforts were used to solve a bigger problem than hair brushing. I’m also not sure how many people would purchase it over a traditional hairbrush. It retails for $200 which is apparently pretty affordable for a specialist hairbrush.Verdict: MissOticon Opn hearing aidOpn is the world’s first connected hearing aid. Before you shout that it’s another example of “IoT for IoT’s sake,” hear me out. Firstly it’s powered by the Velox platform which according to makers, enables it to overcome a challenge that even the most advanced solutions of today can’t solve — the ability to handle noisy environments with multiple speakers.Through the use of precise sound analysis performed over 100 times a second, important sound such as speech can be located from any direction, with background noise de-emphasised for optimum clarity. Research suggests that wearers’ can enjoy 30 percent better speech understanding, 20 percent less listening effort, and up to 20 percent more recall of what was said.It also uses IFTTT  to alert the wearer when the doorbell rings, the smoke detector goes off or a baby monitor is chiming (or other functions of the owner’s choosing). For an aging population which may suffer from declining hearing, this is good tech.Verdict: Hit Tags:#42Tea#air pollution#air quality#CES2017#Connected Devices#connected home#featured#Genican#Kerastase#Opn#Oticon#smart fridge#smart hairbrush#smart home#top#Wair#Whirpool#Withings Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Double whammy! Djokovic, Federer crash out in US Open shocker

first_imgRoger Federer and Novak Djokovic react after losing their US Open semifinals on SaturdayInstead of Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday.First, Japan’s Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major singles championship match by staying fresher than Djokovic in stifling heat and winning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Then, Croatia’s Cilic used every bit of his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) frame to deliver stinging serves and flat groundstrokes during a quick-as-can-be 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer.”It’s fairly simple, I think: Marin played great and I maybe didn’t catch my best day,” Federer said after his 1-hour, 45-minute loss. “That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.”So much for No. 1-seeded Djokovic facing the No. 2-seeded Federer in a matchup between men who have combined to win 24 Grand Slam trophies. In what some will see as signaling a generational shift in tennis, Monday’s final will be No. 10 Nishikori against No. 14 Cilic.Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open semifinal”That’s going to be a sensational day for both of us,” said Cilic, who at 25 is a year older than Nishikori.For the first time in nearly a decade – since Marat Safin beat Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open in January 2005 – a major final will be contested without at least one of Federer, Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, who didn’t attempt to defend his 2013 U.S. Open title because of a right wrist injury.advertisementThat trio won 34 of the past 38 Grand Slam trophies, including two months ago at Wimbledon, when Djokovic edged Federer in a five-set final.”It’s exciting for the game to have different faces from time to time,” the 33-year-old Federer said. “It’s definitely refreshing to some extent. It’s big for Croatia; it’s big for Japan.”Cilic, forced to sit out last year’s U.S. Open during a doping suspension, is the first man from Croatia to get this far at a major since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001.That’s nothing compared to Japan’s wait.Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first Asian to reach a major singles championship finalAs it is, Nishikori was the first man from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 1933.”Very happy to make history,” said Nishikori, who moved to Florida at age 14.He weaved his way through a pair of five-setters totaling more than 8 1/2 hours while No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Milos Raonic, yet appeared much more lively as the temperature neared 100 degrees (37 Celsius) than Djokovic, a guy widely considered as fit as they come.”Just wasn’t myself,” Djokovic said.Especially in the pivotal third-set tiebreaker. He missed a pair of backhands. He double-faulted. He missed a forehand, and another to end the set, then smacked a ball in anger. Up in the stands, Nishikori’s coach, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, rose to his feet and pumped his fists.Making Nishikori’s performance all the more impressive is that as recently as a few weeks ago, he was swinging a racket while seated in practice, unable to run because he had a cyst removed from the bottom of his right foot in August.”I didn’t even know if I should come to New York,” he said, “so I wasn’t expecting nothing, actually.”Chang refused to let Nishikori think that way.”He might not have prepared the best way he knows how. But just because you haven’t done that doesn’t mean that you don’t give yourself the opportunity to come out and play,” Chang said. “That’s why I told him, ‘You get past the first round, the second round, anything can happen.'”This unforeseeable U.S. Open final shows that’s true.In the quarterfinals Thursday night, Federer dropped the first two sets against Gael Monfils and faced two match points, but escaped.There would be no such comeback against Cilic, who worked to improve his game while sidelined after testing positive for a stimulant in May 2013. He said he ingested the substance accidentally via a glucose tablet; the International Tennis Federation sought a two-year ban but it eventually was reduced to four months.Cilic had only played one previous major semifinal, at the 2010 Australian Open, while this was Federer’s 36th. And Cilic came into the day with an 0-5 head-to-head record.But this one went the other way. Wasn’t even close.Cilic hit serves at up to 132 mph (213 kph) and finished with 13 aces, including three in the final game. That he would serve effectively was no surprise. What truly stood out, though, was the way Cilic managed to hang with Federer in exchanges from the baseline.advertisement”He played,” Federer said, “with no fear.”last_img read more

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