Command Centre to be built to tackle crime

first_img– as Govt looking to implement ‘Smart City, Safe City’ programmeWhen it was implemented in Mexico, the ‘Smart City, Safe City’ programme was lauded for its success rates. Plans are currently being developed for Guyana to get its own version of this programme; including the construction of a unified command centre.Citizenship Strengthening and Security Programme (CSSP) Project Coordinator, Clement HenryAccording to Citizenship Strengthening and Security Programme (CSSP) Project Coordinator Clement Henry, all that was being awaited was approval to begin construction of this command centre… for which a design has already been sourced. In a sit down with the media, Henry explained how it would work.“All information coming in will be processed and observed at the unified command centre. We have been negotiating with these other agencies,” he related. “There’s a design already out there and it is just for us to move, once we get the go ahead, is to proceed with the procurement for the construction of that building.”“We believe that this surveillance system will contribute greatly to both crime prevention and crime investigation. Because with the videos that come into the command centre, they can do post event analysis that will be helpful in tracking down offenders.”It was in 2016 that Government officials went on a trip to China on a quest to secure smart city technology for the programme. While in China, they were supposed to observe innovative ways to upgrade Guyana’s surveillance system and further develop the Smart City Project, which has been identified as one of the CSSP’s initiatives under the US$15 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Local law enforcement officials have been able to use footage from surveillance cameras around the city to assist in investigations into criminal activities; however many are critical, stating that the cameras are either inferior or too few.Besides this initiative, Henry had recently announced that the CSSP will facilitate the construction of 18 victim-friendly Police stations, which are slated to be completed by the end of 2018. These stations are being redesigned to address the capacity issues in responding to crime and violence within the country, which includes physical violence against women.An example of a convergent command centre at the Huawei Safe City Summit in 2016Henry, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), described domestic violence as a “serious issue.” It is within this context that the stations are being fashioned to include materials, equipment, and rooms that are convenient for reports and complaints to be made against perpetrators.The modernisation of these stations is expected to foster an environment conducive to the efficient reporting system that caters specifically to victims.Henry claimed that the CSSP is currently procuring a consultancy firm to conduct a full diagnostic review in order to understand and resolve any and all issues victims have relating to reporting matters and identifying perpetrators.“We are designing the Police stations in a user-friendly manner… we’ve noticed from the safe neighbourhood surveys that many times people are reluctant [to make reports]… sometimes they complain that when they make a report, particularly domestic violence reports, [that] there is not enough confidentiality in the way they have to make the report at the open enquiries desk.”Plans are on stream to construct special rooms for domestic violence interviews as well as rooms for Identification Parades so that victims are not placed face-to-face with and intimidated by perpetrators.Construction began on 12 Police stations in the last quarter of 2017 and another six are slated to commence by the second quarter of 2018. The Cane Grove Police Station is almost entirely completed using the refurbished design and is currently awaiting Intercom Systems.Construction of redesigned stations in Mibicuri, La Grange, Kwakwani, Mackenzie, Issano, and Annai are moving apace. Among the six stations that are slated to commence construction this year are those located at Whim, Albion, and Springlands.last_img read more

Miner receives ‘short end of stick’ after allegedly raping teenage girl

first_img— victim’s mother, older sister team up, take matters into own handsBy Kristen MacklingamAn alleged rapist had the tables turned on him after the sister of the underage female with whom he forcefully had anal sex teamed up with her mother to teach him an unforgettable lesson.The 28-year-old suspect, a miner by occupation, is the boyfriend of the young girl’s sister and would usually visit their home in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on a regular basis.Reports are that in the wee hours of Tuesday, the alleged rapist was at the home with the 15-year-old girl consuming alcohol.The teenager, who ended up sitting at the edge of her bed at some point, became intoxicated and it was then the miner reportedly took advantage of her. He reportedly took off her clothing and performed anal sex on her despite her objections.Hours after the traumatising ordeal, the distraught female contacted her mother via telephone and notified her of what took place. The mother, according to reports received, ordered the victim and her other daughter to meet with her at the address she was staying at the time.The alleged rapist was also requested to meet them. As he turned up at the address, he was invited to sit on a chair.Guyana Times understands that the 15-year-old’s mother bluntly asked the suspect if he engaged in anal sex with her younger daughter and the man denied having done so.This was when his girlfriend left her seat and dealt several punches to his face before lashing him repeatedly about his body with a mop stick that was nearby.While this was happening, the aggravated mother went to her kitchen, retrieved a knife from the cupboard and dealt the miner several chops about his body.After the beating, the suspect confessed to having sex with the 15-year-old but claimed he had “oral” sex with the girl and not anal sex.The man’s girlfriend then left the room and quickly returned with a hammer, which she used to deal several lashes about his body.Not satisfied, the girls’ mother threatened to kill him. Less than a minute later, the woman and her older daughter teamed up to rip his clothes off and forcefully insert the wooden part of the hammer (handle) into his anus.Police ranks were then summoned to the scene about an hour and a half after and both the alleged rapist and the 15-year-old girl were taken to the Bartica Hospital.The alleged rapist was admitted at that health facility in light of wounds he received while the teenager was treated and sent away.Meanwhile, the man’s girlfriend and her mother are in police custody as investigations into the matter continue.alast_img read more

Kenya’s Sindo Utd lose to Somaliland side in historic friendly

first_img0Shares0000Sindo United that became the first ever foreign football club to play in Somaliland, a country that is not recognized internationally. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22 – Kenya’s Division Two club Sindo United lost 3-1 to home team Hargeisa Municipality of Somaliland in an international friendly match played in the Capital of Somaliland.Somalilanders thronged the Hargeisa National Stadium to watch Sindo United that became the first ever foreign football club to play in Somaliland, a country that is not recognized internationally. AbdulWahab Mujahid scored the lone goal for the Kenyan side but they were overwhelmed by the Somalilanders who had Fathi Naja scoring a hat trick.Hargeisa Municipality of Somaliland won 3-1in the international friendly match played in the Capital of Somaliland. Photo/COURTESYSomaliland embassy in Nairobi organized the match alongside Sindo United sponsors The Jefferson Group.“Today was a historic day for Kenya and Somaliland. It’s a great moment for Kenya and Somaliland youth to build ties through sports,” Bashe Omar Awil, the Somaliland ambassador to Kenya said.“This football friendly is the first of many to come. We are working in a sports tourism strategy,” he added.Sindo United, a second division of the formidable Kenya soccer scene, arrived Friday and was welcomed to the country by the Republic of Somaliland Minister of Sports and Liban Yussuf Gahnug, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International relations along with a posse of other top officials.Kenya’s Division Two side Sindo United warming up in a friendly match. Photo/COURTESYSomaliland separated from Somalia in 1990 when the war broke out in the latter and has since declared its independence. But the country remains unrecognized internationally. Somaliland has no football league, they annually hold tournaments sponsored by local corporates.Hargeisa Municipality side who played Sindo United on Saturday is considered the best in the country. But due to lack of affiliation to international federations, the country has no national side.“This friendly has opened our eyes. We will work towards building a national team from this,” Somaliland sports minister Boos Mire said.0Shares0000(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham face missing out on £12m transfer target

first_img Aymen Abdennour [right] Atletico Madrid are set to hijack West Ham’s pursuit of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour.With Tottenham on the verge of completing the signing of Toby Alderweireld, Atleti are keen to bring in a replacement and see the Tunisian as an ideal candidate.Manchester United and Liverpool are also keeping tabs on the player’s situation, but, according to AS, Atletico have emerged as frontrunners alongside the Hammers in the race to land the 25-year-old.Monaco are prepared to allow Abdennour to leave this summer for a fee of around £12m and that price could be too much for West Ham, opening the door for Atletico to make a swoop. 1last_img

Sales & Services: Need furniture that doesn’t break the bank?

first_imgDonegal Daily’s new Sales & Services section gives you a list of the top businesses and services within Donegal.The Sales & Services section is now live on our website so if you require any business have a look at our brand new section for contact information.Below are some of the top Furniture stores in Donegal, so if your a looking for new furniture make sure to have a look at what these top furniture stores in Donegal have in stock. If you would like to place your business in front of 55,000 readers a day contact Hugh today on 087 164 1160 or on hughboyle95@gmail.comOnly 5 businesses per category so don’t miss out and call today to book your spot. Sales & Services: Need furniture that doesn’t break the bank? was last modified: July 19th, 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:business directorydiscount furniture letterkennyDonegal DailyFurniture liquidatorsales & serviceslast_img read more

MacLOCHLAINN: ONE IN FIVE ESCAPE MOTORING OFFENCES

first_imgSinn Féin Justice spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that the latest report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) vindicates Sinn Féin’s ongoing publicly aired concerns on the termination of Fixed Charged Notices by senior members of An Garda Síochána and the large percentage of court summons issued that have not served by gardaí.The C&AG’s report reveals that half of all court summons issued for unpaid Fixed Charged Notices were not served by gardaí and that around one in five drivers are getting away with road traffic offences due to procedural failures.Deputy Mac Lochlainn told Donegal Daily: “Last week, I revealed that figures from the Court Service had been brought to my attention, confirming that over 38% of garda summons issued by the courts from January 2009 to December 2012 had not been served. “Out of a total of 1, 688,349 Garda Summons issued, 646,509 were not served. I have since written to the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter and also sent a parliamentary question seeking urgent clarification.“The findings in the C&AG’s report that half of all court summons issued for unpaid Fixed Charged Notices were not served by gardaí are consistent with the Court Service data I have brought into the public domain. The system in place is not working. It has been clearly open to abuse and has cost the tax payer, millions of euro in unpaid fines.”He continued: “The focus in the report on the termination of Fixed Charged Notices is also very welcome. Last year, two Garda whistle blowers brought this matter into the public domain after having their concerns and questions raised internally within An Garda Síochána, essentially stone walled.“The attempts to discredit these courageous whistle blowers have been once again laid bare by this report and the list of questions for the Garda Commissioner and Minister Alan Shatter grow longer every day. “Sinn Féin will continue to shine a light on all of this until we are assured that the lessons are learned and public confidence is restored.” MacLOCHLAINN: ONE IN FIVE ESCAPE MOTORING OFFENCES was last modified: October 1st, 2013 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:Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG)Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnlast_img read more

Alex set to join PSG – report

first_imgChelsea defender Alex is set to snub QPR and join former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St-Germain, according to the Daily Mirror.The transfer-listed centre-back has been holding talks with R’s manager Mark Hughes but is believed to favour a £4m move to the French club, who are also being linked with Frank Lampard.The Daily Mail suggest QPR could order Anton Ferdinand to shake hands with John Terry before Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.The Mail also say Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains determined to drive through a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Willian before the transfer deadline. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Sharks end Jets home winning streak in overtime

first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba — Joe Pavelski scored his team-leading 29th goal in overtime on Tuesday, ending the Winnipeg Jets’ seven-game home winning streak.Pavelski clinched a 3-2 win for the Sharks with 2:11 remaining in the extra session, burying a pass from Brent Burns on the penalty kill after his team got called for having too many men on the ice. Burns got the play started by forcing a turnover from Patrik Laine in the defensive zone.The Sharks penalty kill went 5-for-5 on the night, playing a …last_img

What’s New in Biomimetics?

first_img(Visited 145 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterest It’s hard to keep up with the numerous advancements in science coming from inspiration provided by natural design.Climbing bot: Robots inspired by geckos can now carry 100 times their own weight, New Scientist reports.Cell pump light switch: Adjustments to a sodium pump in cell membranes is enabling a protein-based light switch, PhysOrg says, in the new field of “optogenetics”— switching with light-sensitive proteins.Sunflower scissors: A protein found in sunflower seeds can both cut and repair molecules. PhysOrg says that using this molecular machine will help the development of new drugs.Neural computers: Use of “memristors” (resistors with memory) is allowing computer scientists to design computers that mimic the neural networks in the brain (Nature News).Ant-i spam: Need better spam filtering? Look to the ant, thou programmer. PhysOrg says that ants use a “distributed decision network” that is inspiring anti-spam technologies.Ant-i traffic: Why don’t ants get into traffic jams on their trails? Science Magazine says that traffic engineers could alleviate congestion by following their example. Counter-intuitively, “the bugs hit the gas instead of the brakes as it got more crowded, upping their speed by about 25% as their density doubled.” Don’t try that on the freeway just yet until scientists work out the dents.Synthetic nanofactories: The future is in sythetic biology, Live Science says. Ginkgo Bioworks, seeking to build nature-inspired factories at the molecular scale, “is one of a growing number of companies engineering technology with lessons from nature,” the article says. “Its founders are redesigning industrial engineering for a new generation — a manufacturing revolution powered by biology.”Pulling water from thin air: Tomatoes and other plants with tiny hairs on their leaves are inspiring ways to collect mist from the air to alleviate global water shortages, Science Daily reports.Fish armor: More on efforts to create armor from designs in fish scales was reported on PhysOrg. “The secret behind this material is in the combination and design of hard scales above with soft, flexible tissue below,” an engineer said of the scales on elasmoid fish that inspired the biomimicry.Fish submarines: Speaking of fish, PhysOrg also reported that submarine designers are looking to extinct lungfish for innovations in submarine design. They call this “paleobiomimicry.” They’re investigating how sensitive hair cells on the “lateral line” of fish, used for their sonar, might help design subs that can more effectively locate things like downed aircraft MH370.Membrane channels: Lawrence Livermore Labs has found a way to build spontaneously-assembling “biomimetic, nanoporous membrane channels” with carbon nanotubes the way cells build them with proteins (PhysOrg).Win-win photosynthesis: Progress in artificial photosynthesis continues. Science Daily reports a major breakthrough for sunlight harvesting, using light-capturing nanowire arrays and live bacteria. If it works, it will be a win-win for humans and the environment.Cuttlefish camo: Researchers at University of Nebraska-Lincoln are making progress imitating the “master of disguise,” the cuttlefish, which can change colors almost instantly. “This is a relatively new community of research,” said Li Tan of UNL on PhysOrg, who co-authored a recent paper outlining the team’s design. “Most of the people (in it) are inspired by the cuttlefish, whose skin changes color and texture, as well.” Changing texture is much harder than changing color, they are finding.Insect hearing aids: “An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionise modern-day hearing aid systems,” reports Science Daily.Sandalwood yellow: Sandalwood is known for its red pigment, but the yellow pigment is much more complex. PhysOrg reports that “biomimetic access to yellow pigment” has been found in red sandalwood. Trying to mimic the complicated production of this pigment would make for easier access to the popular color for various uses.Cautionary tales: All this mimicking of nature is wonderfully promising, but safety must be considered. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Design at Harvard has drawn up some guidelines for proactive safety processes when working on experiments involving risks like synthetic bacteria.Wonderful reports keep coming from the world of biomimicry: copying nature’s incredible designs! Just don’t turn loose any biomimetic rattlesnakes or mosquitos.last_img read more

Madiba magic for Bafana Bafana

first_img4 June 2010 Nelson Mandela met Bafana Bafana’s World Cup team at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg on Thursday to wish the team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Mandela Day “We hope that all South Africans will wear their football shirts tomorrow for the last official Football Friday,” said International Marketing Council of South Africa marketing manager Sophie Masipa. This is in honour of the 67 years that Mandela sacrificed to make South Africa and the world a better place. ‘No one like you’ Introducing 1.98 metre-tall defender Matthew Booth to chants of Boooooth, Mokoena told Mandela, who stands an impressive 1.94 meters himself: “This is the tallest man in the building”. Captain Aaron Mokoena introduced Mandela to all the team members, including coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and the technical and management teams. Mandela will be 92 years old on 18 July. His birthday has been endorsed by the United Nations as International Nelson Mandela Day. On the day, people throughout the world are encouraged to give at 67 minutes of their time to do good work. The Nelson Mandela Foundation supports South Africa’s Football Fridays and Fly the Flag campaigns, which are aimed at building national unity and generating excitement ahead of the Football World. “Nelson Mandela, there is no one like you,” sang the audience as he entered the room. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Wearing a Bafana Bafana jersey carrying the captain’s number “4”, Mandela arrived to cheers and song from the team, members of his family and his staff.last_img read more