Man faces court for abusive language towards wife

first_imgA 38-year-old man, who allegedly verbally abused his reputed wife, was on Monday released on bail by Principle Magistrate Judy Latchman when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dexter Heshaun of Lot 6 Norton Street, Georgetown, denied the allegation made out against him. The charge alleged that on September 17, 2018, at East Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, he used abusive language towards Odessa Grant.The facts presented in the court stated that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant went to her daughter’s school to drop off water and juice, when the construction worker approached her and started asking her several questions. An argument ensued, and he allegedly became abusive towards her.The matter was reported and Heshaun was later arrested and charged.Magistrate Latchman released him on $10,000 bail. The case will continue today.last_img read more

Jagdeo calls for Minister Patterson to be fired for lying

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has demanded that Head of State David Granger immediately fire Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson over what he described as a repeated plethora of blatant lies in an attempt to defame the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its approach to building a new Demerara River crossing.Jagdeo told reporters Minister Patterson had not only lied in his utterances with regard to him having doled out all of the Petroleum Blocks available for exploration, but in his pronouncements over the new crossing for the Demerara River.Speaking to the new river crossing, Minister Patterson during an Alliance For Change (AFC) press engagement this past week had insinuated that the Jagdeo-led Administration had not only gone to tender for a new bridge, but that he was peeved since the then favoured location would have seen his friend profiting.Jagdeo further charged that the PPP commissioned a prefeasibility study in 2013 at a time when he had already left office and had, in fact, invited Expressions of Interest for three different locations, a clear testament to the fact that the Administration had not yet settled on a location for the construction of the new infrastructure.Exploration LicencesJagdeo also spoke to Patterson’s reaction to his prediction of impending acts of corruption through the award of Exploration Licences to be issued to companies currently applying that share close linkages – through complex shareholding structures – with Ministers of Government.According to the Opposition Leader, the ploy employed by Patterson was, in fact, a strategy to deflect from the substance of the allegations laid in relation to the corrupt practices and focus attention on further misrepresentation of fact.Misrepresentation, he said, is readily reported by the “fake news” outfit Kaieteur News, which the former President accused of being in the pockets of the regime as an outlet to peddle misinformation.Still on the lies exhibited by Minister Patterson, Jagdeo drew reference to his assertions that the PPP/Civic Administration under the former President had given out licences to unknown persons – information that could have readily been had since that is available at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Speaking specifically to the coverage provided by the “fake news” outfit, Jagdeo drew reference to the fact that when Patterson’s lies had been exposed using maps and information supplied by the GGMC, this was carried by all of the media houses except the Kaieteur News.In his criticisms, Jagdeo noted that although the news outfit was provided with a copy of the map showing the available blocks, this was not represented.He expanded by saying that with the perception being peddled by Minister Patterson that all the oil blocks had been given out, the Administration can secretly enter into deals for the remaining blocks since the impression given by Patterson is that there are no available petroleum blocks.According to Jagdeo, “this Minister should be fired for lying…what Patterson said at that press conference is a lie and no amount of obfuscation, no amount of the Kaieteur News’ lies that they keep peddling and the fake news can change that fact.”Having established that Patterson had lied on the matters related to the petroleum blocks, the Opposition Leader also called out the Minister over his misrepresentations on the proposed bridge across the Demerara River.In seeking to debunk the assertions made by Patterson, the former President drew reference to a document which the Minister had displayed at his press conference purportedly requesting in excess of $100 million in order to fund a prefeasibility study.According to Jagdeo, that study commissioned by the PPP in 2013 after his tenure in office, in fact, cost just over $5 million, a far cry from the more than $150 million the coalition paid for a substantive study.The former President was adamant that following its prefeasibility study in 2013, the Government then tested the market by inviting Expressions of Interest specifying the three locations that had been identified.Jagdeo said Minister Patterson needed to understand the concept of testing the market and pointed out if the then Government had already made a decision on the Houston-Versailles location, it would not have issued an EoI request in the latter part of 2013 identifying the three possible sites that were proposed in the prefeasibility study.Jagdeo told media operatives that when the matter was first raised by the PPP/C, the questions related to the proposed financing structure, possible subsidies, Government guarantees and toll increases – questions he said Patterson is yet to answer.He pointed to the study conducted by Government which indicated various options for tolls and subsidies.According to Jagdeo, the PPP/C is merely seeking to solicit answers to questions from Government on the likely increases in tolls, subsidies and debt guarantees to be borne by the State among other uncertainties.last_img read more

Men to be tried in stabbing

first_imgPASADENA – Two men will be tried for attempted murder in the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy during an argument in Sierra Madre’s Memorial Park on Dec. 1, a judge ordered Friday. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Fred J. Fujioka determined there was enough evidence to support the charges against defendants Marvin Joseph Chang, 18, of Monterey Park, and Richfield “Richie” Jia Chang, 24, of Los Angeles. Authorities were unclear whether the two men are related. A third defendant – Ryan Richard Swender, 18, of Arcadia – will stand trial along with the Changs for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the attack. Ensley testified that Swender told him he wanted to fight and called friends – the Changs – for assistance. The Changs arrived soon after in a van, Ensley testified. Swender phoned the teen who had confronted him in the liquor store parking lot, and the two agreed to meet at the park, Ensley said. Ensley testified that he sat in his car about 30 or 35 feet away during the fight, which happened at about 5:30 or 6 p.m. “I objected to the fight,” Ensley said. “I was going to make sure Ryan was OK and didn’t end up in a gutter.” At about 10 p.m., Swender called Ensley to pick him up from work because Swender had received text messages indicating that police had swarmed the park. After casing the area, the two met up with Marvin Chang and some others. Ensley testified that Chang and his friends “thought it was humorous they had stabbed a kid in the park.” molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All three will be arraigned Feb. 26 in Pasadena Superior Court, 300 E. Walnut St., Department F. Swender posted $1 million bail in December, and has been free since. He was in court Friday. Marvin Chang is being held on $1,050,000 bail. Though Richie Chang’s bail was set at $1.5 million, he cannot be released because of a prior felony conviction for robbery in November 2000, according to court documents. The victim was treated at a nearby hospital for multiple stab wounds and later released, Sierra Madre police Chief Marilyn Diaz has said. Dane Ensley, 18, of Pasadena, testified Friday on behalf of the prosecution in exchange for immunity, meaning he will not be charged in the crime. Ensley claimed he was a witness to the fight and was friends with Swender at the time. Ensley testified Friday that Marvin Chang and some friends were joking about the incident after the fact, adding that Marvin Chang had stabbed the victim. Around 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Ensley said he and Swender stopped at Happy’s Liquor in Sierra Madre. While they were in the parking lot, another teen approached Swender and said his friends “were upset at Ryan.” Ensley testified that Swender pushed the other teen, and that he and Swender then left in Ensley’s car. last_img read more

No smoke without fire as the brilliant ‘Smokie’ return to play in Donegal

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: The timeless rock band Smokie have announced that there are returning to Donegal early next year for a concert at The Clanree Hotel. The 70’s rock icons have spanned the generations with their music appealing to those of all ages.They’ve officially announced that they will play at The Clanree Hotel, on Saturday 18th Feburary, 2017. Tickets are on sale Saturday 1st October at Ticketmaser:  0844 2774455 or alternatively via www.Aikenpromotioins.comLook at the Guinness Book Of Hit Singles and you could be forgiven for thinking Smokie’s success story was a 1970s phenomenon.After all, 11 of their 14 British hits came in that eventful musical decade.However, their massive success story has continued to flourish around the globe including Scandinavia, South Africa, Germany and even China.  Smokie are a band which has sold out tours and gained platinum records in four decades – 70s, 80s, 90s and the present day. A quick recap then on past glories.  Smokie first got together at school in Yorkshire in the late 60s. After going through various names and styles, they signed with Mickie Most’s then ultra-hot RAK label and found themselves chartbound.Songs like ‘If You Think You Know How To  Love Me’, ‘Don’t Play Your Rock’n’Roll To Me’, ‘It’s Your Life’ and ‘Oh Carol’  (all Top 10 entries) became radio staples and gave Smokie their ticket to travel the world.The sound was a combination of hook-laden songs and Smokie’s distinctive but unashamedly Stateside-influenced soft-rock harmonies, their secret being their vocal blend – a rasping, emotion-drenched lead set against melodic harmonies that produces an unique, bittersweet result.After accumulating worldwide sales of over 30 million, Smokie made ‘Wild Horses’, a 1997 Nashville-recorded album that cost the band a quarter of a million pounds to produce.  It gave them a foothold in US country radio, while hits collections continue to find a ready market.That trend continued with ‘Uncovered’ and ‘Uncovered Too’, which were both huge hits throughout Scandinavia – reaching the top 5 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – achieving double platinum status In 2003, Smokie released the ultimate greatest hits collection.  Entitled “The Box Set”, the collection consisted of 10 CD’s spanning the decades from the 1970’s through to today and gained Gold and Platinum awards throughout Scandinavia.2004 was spent mainly in the studio writing and recording their brand new album “On the Wire”.  Written mainly by Smokie themselves, this chart topping album has proved that Smokie are still on top formWhen Vladimir Putin decided to assemble a group of artistes from around the world to perform to perform at his personal New Years Party at the Kremlin Palace he told his aides that they simply had to get his favourite group you guessed it none other than Yorkshire’s  very own Smokie2006 saw the band release their new album “From The Heart” a fabulous love album with three brand new songs. 2008 saw the release of the band’s latest release, Smokie’s All Time Greatest Hits Collection, a 3 CD collection of Smokie’s best known tracks, including Alice, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, I’ll Meet You At Midnight, along with some other favourites Whiskey In The Jar, (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight, I Don’t Wanna Talk About It2010 saw Smokie gain new chart success with a CD of brand new material, Take A Minute. Released initially in Denmark in August of that year, it peaked at number two on the Danish album chart. Releases in the remainder of Scandinavia and Germany took place during October, with the single “Sally’s Song” — a continuation of the story of the other character in “Living Next Door to Alice” — also released.This decade has seen the band on an extensive tour of the UK, Australia, The Far East, and they are currently on a sell-out tour in Europe.There’s no smoke without fire, so the saying goes – and Smokie are still firing on all five cylinders!No smoke without fire as the brilliant ‘Smokie’ return to play in Donegal was last modified: September 30th, 2016 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:clanree hotelEntertainmentFeaturesnewsSmokielast_img read more

RUNNING WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF DONEGAL MARATHON

first_imgA series of workshops for runners of all levels will take place in the coming weeks. Organised by The Donegal Marathon, in conjunction with the Donegal Sports Partnership, the workshops are designed to help runners of all levels enhance their running experience.These practical and informative sessions are ideal for, (but not limited to), those considering running this year’s Donegal Half or Full Marathon on Sunday, 21st August. Taking place in three locations across the county, the workshops will include expert advice for every class of runner; from first-time runners to seasoned athletes. The sessions will cover key issues facing runners including practical demonstrations and advice on warm ups, cool downs, stretching, pacing, the use of heart rate monitors,  hydration, optimal food for training,  foam rolling and rehab from minor injuries.To facilitate runners across Donegal, the workshops have been organised for three locations in the county. The first workshop will take place on Wednesday, 11th May in An Craoibhin Centre, Termon, followed by one on Monday, 16th May in Sliabh Sneacht Centre, Drumfries (beside North Pole Bar).The final workshop will happen on Wednesday, 18th May in Inver Community Centre, Inver. The workshops will run from 7.30 – 9.00pm and the cost per event is €5 per person. Places can be booked via www.activedonegal.com.Attendees on the night will get the opportunity to learn from experts in their field. Speakers include former international athlete and now Development Officer with Athletics Ireland Paul McKee, nutritionist Thérèse Laverty and Chartered Physiotherapist Lorraine Boyce. Paul McKee is a former international athlete who has represented Ireland many times in international competition. He was a member of the Irish 4 x 400 metre relay team at the Sydney Olympics and has also represented Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games. He is currently employed as a Development Officer with Athletics Ireland.Thérèse Laverty has a vast amount of experience supporting individual athletes in boxing, athletics, football, Gaelic games, triathlon, swimming and golf, as well as working with a range of teams including the Donegal Senior hurlers and footballers and Finn Harps FC. During the workshop, Thérèse will focus on the basics of nutrition, offering simple and practical tips to benefit all runners, from elite athletes to recreational runners.Lorraine Boyce is a Chartered Physiotherapist with her own practice in Letterkenny. A keen sports woman, Lorraine will offer invaluable information around stretching techniques, foam rolling and why prevention is better than cure.Encouraging runners of all levels to attend the workshops, Coordinator with The Sports Partnership, and Donegal Marathon Committee member, Myles Sweeney said: “We held a number of these workshops last year and received excellent feedback from those in attendance, so it made sense to host them again this year. People found the sessions really useful and left with practical advice on everything from training plans, to the type of food they should be eating, ways to avoid injury, tips on increasing stamina and mental toughness and the importance of rest days.”“We’re four months out from the Donegal Marathon, so whether you’re planning on running the full or half marathon, or just interested in learning more about ways to maximise your run, this is the perfect opportunity to get the information you need. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A, but places are limited so early booking is advised.” Early bird registration fees are now available for the 2016 Donegal Marathon and competitors can book via www.donegalmarathon.ie or by downloading the registration form. The early bird fee for the Donegal Full Marathon is €44 and for the Half Marathon, the early bird rate is €29. Early Bird rates will close at midnight on Tuesday, 31st May 2016.For more information on the Donegal Marathon workshops, contact Myles Sweeney, Donegal Sports Partnership on myles@activedonegal.com or 074 9116707.RUNNING WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: April 30th, 2016 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:DONEGAL MARATHONrunning workshopslast_img read more

‘I’LL FIGHT TO STOP HGV LEVY’ – McHUGH

first_imgJoe McHugh TDFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has today called for support and serious engagement from all relevant groups regarding the upcoming introduction of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Road User Levy, which is due to come into effect from April 2014.“The HGV Road User Levy, which is a UK based charge to be paid by all HGVs weighing 12 tonnes or more along UK roads, will be introduced in April 2014. This will affect not just Donegal hauliers who currently travel on roads in Northern Ireland in order to reach their destination throughout Ireland, but will also impact other industries such as farming and construction, which may now consider taking longer routes in order to avoid paying this levy.“The cost implications for hauliers from the Republic of Ireland are significant. For those hauliers who apply before the April 2014 deadline it will cost (STG) £1,000 per year. Those who miss the deadline or can’t afford the yearly rate face a £10 charge for every day they use roads in Northern Ireland. “There is also a concern about how this will affect consumers in Co. Donegal. The majority of food and goods brought into the County travel through Northern Ireland and the introduction of this levy could have a knock-on effect on consumers purchasing these goods as the suppliers look to cover the additional costs.“In my capacity as Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I will be meeting with the Northern Ireland select committee and will be using this opportunity to raise this issue at the meeting. I will be engaging with Laurence Robertson MP (Chair of the Committee) and Neil Holland, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy around the levy and I will also be writing formally to Mark H Durkan, Northern Ireland Minister for the Environment as well as the UK Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, on this issue.“This is a UK Government decision which affects Northern Ireland and in turn, will impact Donegal county more than any other in the Republic, due to our location and proximity with Northern Ireland. The Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, engaged with his counterparts in the UK during the drafting of this legislation for derogation of the A5 Road, which unfortunately wasn’t included.“This is a very serious matter which affects any business using large lorries who are required to use Northern Ireland’s roads and it is important that we get as many people around the table as possible to pursue all options available to us. This is why I have been engaging with as many stakeholders as possible in relation to this issue, including the Northern Ireland Department of Environment, the Irish Department of Transport, the Irish Hauliers Association and independent business owners who have grave concerns around the impact of this levy to their business. “The Irish Road Hauliers Association have highlighted their concerns regarding the levy and the increased pressure this will put their members under. Due to the nature of this levy, hauliers travelling from Donegal to other areas in Ireland will have to incur higher costs than their counterparts, which will challenge their competitive nature and leave them at a disadvantage when competing with other businesses.“The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment has issued a consultation paper; this is specifically for submissions regarding the introduction of a new fixed penalty and associated penalty deposits for non-payment of the HGV Road User Levy. The closing date for responses is Monday 3rd February 2014.” ‘I’LL FIGHT TO STOP HGV LEVY’ – McHUGH was last modified: January 28th, 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:’I’LL FIGHT TO STOP HGV LEVY’ – McHUGHlast_img read more

LACEY COULD WALK AWAY UNLESS HE CAN SIT OUT SOME LEAGUE GAMES

first_imgGAA: Karl Lacey has admitted that he may not commit to Donegal next year if he has to participate in the Allianz National League campaign.Lacey feels his body wouldn’t sustain training in November, December and January and then playing a full round of league games, before embarking on another Ulster SFC campaign. Lacey is 31 and has clocked up a lot of mileage in his legs, but he has also had to undergo a number of operations in recent years and that has inevitably put a strain on his body.Lacey is unsure whether Gallagher would be willingly to let him sit out the league campaign and hasn’t spoken to him yet regarding next year’s campaign.Lacey told The Belfast Telegraph, “I don’t know what his (Gallagher’s) plans are.“If he wants me back in November, December, January time for training, I don’t think my body will sustain that for the whole season. “So hopefully we can come up with something and see what the best structure is to put in place for me. I suppose I want to be peaking around May, June or July rather than during the National League.”Asked if he would prefer to miss the League, Lacey responded by saying, “It might be an option. It’s trying to take down the game time, training load and match load a bit.“I suppose at my age (31) and with the amount of miles I have in my legs, taking that down a bit is probably the best way to go for me.“I don’t know if Rory is going to be happy with that.”Lacey also believes that despite Paul Durcan’s move to Qatar feels he’ll have plenty of time to get ready for the Ulster SFC if he returns as expected in April.Lacey said, “He mightn’t be around for the National League but even if you had him home around April he still has plenty of time,” said the Four Masters man. “I’m sure he will be training over there. There are GAA clubs over there so if he gets involved with them and if he was looking to get back in April, I’m sure Rory wouldn’t close the door.”LACEY COULD WALK AWAY UNLESS HE CAN SIT OUT SOME LEAGUE GAMES was last modified: September 15th, 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:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more

Provincial spending on track: report

first_img4 February 2003Nine months into financial year 2002/03 and government’s provincial spending is said to be on track, with provinces having already spent R104.5-billion, or 71.1%, of their total budgets, according to the Third Quarterly Expenditure and Revenue Report.This is R16.8-billion more than its expenditure at the same time last year, said the document released by the National Treasury in Pretoria on Friday.“Provincial expenditure is now comparable with national departments’ expenditure of R87.5-billion or 73.8% spent (or transferred) for the same nine-month period,” the report stated.Provinces have collected 93% of budgeted own revenue of R4.4-billion for the year, collecting R4.1-billion after nine months.“The high 93% collection may be an indication of provinces being modest in their revenue projections in their initial budgets, as the R4.3-billion budgeted amount is still less than the R4.5-billion actually collected in the previous year,” the report noted.The collection varies from a low of 77.3% in Gauteng to a high of 148.8% collected in the Eastern Cape.The report explained that national government had transferred R88.8-billion of the equitable share, and R9.7-billion in conditional grants, to provinces in the first nine months.According to the report, education expenditure is at R39-billion or 74.2% of the budget of the adjusted R52.5-billion. Health expenditure is at R23.8-billion or 72% of the adjusted budget of R33-billion.On social development, provinces spent R23.8-billion or 74.3% of their revised budget in the first nine months of the financial year.“This represents a massive increase over the R17.1-billion spent for the same period last year. The reason for this is the acceleration in the take-up of the Child Support and Disability Grants, as well as payment of the R2-billion social grant arrears (transferred on the last day of the previous financial year),” the report said.However, the biggest provincial capital budgets are for public works, roads and transport.“These departments are performing the best, having spent R2.9-billion or 68% of their R4.2-billion budget. The spending compares well with the R2-billion spent last year for the same period, and to the full-year spending of R3.2-billion last year.”Between provinces, the lowest spending is in North West (42.3%), while Gauteng recorded 116.5% in spending.Head of inter-governmental relations in the National Treasury, Ismail Momoniat, said the fact that the problem of under-spending had been addressed was a good sign.However, he said there was a need for national departments and portfolio committees to check on the ground as to whether the money had indeed been spent correctly.“It is good that sectors like education, health and social development are spending their monies. We assume that clinics are being upgraded, social services are improved and children, elderly and the disabled are getting their grants,” Momoniat said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

IBM’s Cognitive Computing Plans: Giving Smartphones 5 Senses

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Five SensesTouch: IBM also expects smartphones and tablets to communicate using haptics, nonverbal communication that enables people to experience how an object feels. Haptic feedback is already use to for many things, including to provide tactile sensation when typing on a glass keyboard, but that’s only the beginning. Eventually, devices pointed to an ecommerce site could vibrate to simulate the feel of a fabric’s weave, for example. (Click on the images to download the infographics.)Sight: Vision will get an upgrade, too. IBM believes computers will be able to identify images and understand what they mean without the use of tags. This will lead to systems that can help doctors analyze X-ray pictures, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, ultrasound or computerized tomography scans.Hearing: There will also be improvements in computers’ ability to hear and understand sound. Greater sensitivity to sound pressure, vibrations and waves could lead to more-accurate landslide warnings, for example.Taste: Computers with virtual taste buds will be able to calculate flavor, according to IBM, helping chefs improve recipes or create new ones. The systems will break down ingredients to their respective chemicals and calculate their interactions with neural sensors in a person’s tongue and nose.Smell: And, finally, according to IBM, computers will have an acute sense of smell in order to diagnose from a person’s breath a coming cold, liver and kidney disorders, diabetes and tuberculosis. Similar to how a Breathalyzer detects alcohol, the computer will be able to check for molecular biomarkers pointing to diseases.IBM believes it can blend the sensory innovations in computing with mobile devices, cloud computing and social media to create, “an unbounded set of possibilities in terms of what we can do,” Kerrie Holley, an IBM research fellow, told ReadWrite.How We’ll Use Cognitive ComputingIn time, cognitive computing will be able to do what people don’t do well, such as understand the interactions of changing elements in huge systems. Examples include the global economy or weather patterns. With the help of a thinking, sensory-aware machine, we’ll be able to cut through the complexity of these systems, helping us make more-accurate predictions and anticipate the consequences of particular actions.In addition, cognitive systems can help us separate our personal prejudices and egos from the facts in trying to solve a problem.“The machines will be more rational and analytic,” Bernard Meyerson, chief innovation officer at IBM, said in a blog post. “We’ll provide the judgment, empathy, moral compass and creativity.”Think of it this way: The human-digital relationship will mirror the extraordinarily effective partnership enjoyed by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on Star Trek.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement IBM believes technology’s future lies in cognitive computing, which essentially means making computers think more like humans do. To IBM, that includes giving computers sensors that enable it to touch, see, hear, taste and smell – sensory input as one more piece in the puzzle to help solve problems.IBM’s Five in FiveIBM’s progress toward cognitive computing is seen in the company’s annual end-of-year predictions. Rather than its usual practice of prognosticating on where five technologies will be in five years, this year’s Five in Five focuses on innovations that make it possible for computers to experience each of the five senses.The projections mark the very beginning of what will be a long journey toward cognitive computing. The first step in building machines ablet to behave, think and interact like humans is to give them the same sensory abilities. That way computers can understand their environment, learn from it and act upon it. For example, if a robot could hear a train’s whistle and feel the vibration on the tracks, it might be able to figure out that a locomotive is coming and get out of the way. antone gonsalves Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Future Tech#IBM#predictions#smartphones Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Satish Shetty murder: CBI files closure report after 7 years

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a closure report in the Satish Shetty murder case in a special court here on Wednesday. The report has brought an end to a case that has been dragging for more than seven years.Shetty, a Right to Information activist and whistleblower, was hacked to death outside his home in Talegaon in January 2010. On October 15, 2009, Shetty had lodged a complaint of massive land grab against 14 people, including Virendra Mhaiskar, chairman and managing director of Mumbai-based Ideal Road Builders (IRB) Infrastructure Developers Limited. Shetty accused the company and its subsidiary, Aryan Infrastructure Investment Pvt. Ltd., of snatching government and private land totalling 73.88 hectares in Maval Taluk by forging documents and manipulating land records. However, the CBI filed the closure as it apparently did not find anything against Mr. Mhaiskar in both the murder as well as land scam cases. Sandeep Shetty, the brother of the slain RTI activist, alleged that the closure report was filed in a “covert manner” without the CBI intimating him of it. ‘Probe is a charade’Sandeep Shetty said, “By now, it is painfully obvious that this whole charade [investigation into the murder] is completely political in nature… It has nothing to do with the investigators, who are under political pressure. A closure report is filed without any knowledge of the aggrieved party.” He alleged that the IRB had received a copy of the closure report before it was filed.“I came to know [of the filing of the closure report] through the media. I have been calling the investigating officer Vijay Shukla and CBI officials, but to no avail. My calls are getting unanswered,” said Sandeep Shetty. On December 6 last year, the CBI had filed a charge sheet against 18 persons including Mr. Mhaiskar based on the complaint of land grab lodged by the slain whistleblower in 2009. However, last month, a special court had discharged Mr. Mhaiskar and three others in connection with the land-grab case.In August 2014, the CBI submitted a closure report in the case at the Wadgaon Maval court in Pune district following a drawn-out investigation and a chargesheet running into more than 10,000 pages and after failing to name the killer.In 2016, the agency filed a supplementary chargesheet against the two former police officers former police inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar and retired sub-inspector Namdev Kauthale, both previously attached to the Pune Rural police, for allegedly conspiring to fabricate and manipulate evidence and shield the real conspirators in Shetty’s murderHowever, that very month, both Andhalkar and Kauthale were granted bail by a local court. “I had met the CBI Director Alok Verma on February 22 in New Delhi. At the time, the Director has chastised investigating officials of filing a closure without arresting those named in the charge sheet. Yet, a year later, what I dreaded has happened,” said Sandeep Shetty. He has said that he would appeal against the CBI’s closure report in the Bombay High Court.last_img read more