Undercover Cops impersonate journalists

first_imgParliament drama continues…sits at press table in chambersAnother situation almost escalated in Parliament on Wednesday when two plain clothes Police Officers took turns pretending to be reporters while sitting at the press table in the National Assembly.When day three of the meeting of the Committee of Supply commenced onUndercover Cops posing as journalists in ParliamentWednesday, the journalists noticed a strange person sitting at the press table but raised no alarm. However, as the day progressed, and it was observed that the stranger made no attempt to fit in nor communicate with other journalists, this left reporters suspicious.That suspicion was heightened when the first stranger was replaced by a second one, who acted in the same manner. It was also observed that the second stranger had a bulge at his waist, resulting in many of the journalists believing that he may have been armed.As such, a complaint was lodged with the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, who immediately investigated. He reported that the officers were there on assignment but was unable to determine who authorised the assignment.The officers were immediately summoned and ordered to leave the precinct of the Public Buildings which they did.It was also related that acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, had no idea as to who authorised the officers to work undercover in the National Assembly.He promised to investigate and determine who ordered that the officers’ presence be in the National Assembly and that they impersonate journalists at the press table.Isaacs told reporters that the officers had no permission to sit at the press table and added that they were improperly attired as well.He noted that the National Assembly gives permission to have two undercover officers from the Special Branch along with two uniformed female officers in the public gallery at every Sitting of the House.When contacted, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman told this publication that the incident was a “genuine mix up” that was “rectified” but did not indulge in further details.The incident once again raises the question of the safety of parliamentarians and all those within the confines of the parliamentary Chambers during every sitting of the House. Just last Friday, the greater public saw the invasion of the National Assembly by a woman dressed as Santa Claus ringing a bell and carrying a dictionary along with other paraphernalia.Her invasion seemed to be well-planned, since it happened as soon as most of the Government Ministers left the Chambers.last_img read more

Concussion could end Green’s career at 37

first_imgFrom news services Thanks to a conflict in sports schedules at the Trent Green household, his wife was spared the scary sight of him face down and motionless on the field Sunday in Houston. When the Miami Dolphins quarterback was knocked unconscious by a severe concussion that could end his career, wife Julie was back home in South Florida at a tennis match with their children. “She was listening to the game with an earpiece, but she didn’t have to sit and watch,” Dolphins coach Cam Cameron said Monday. “So that’s a blessing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGreen’s concussion was diagnosed as grade three, the most severe, and he’ll undergo further tests to determine his future. He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cleveland, and Cameron declined to discuss the possibility the injury will force the 37-year-old Green to retire. “I don’t think we really know the full extent, because there are some ongoing tests,” Cameron said. “Right now I just think there are too many unknowns.” Cleo Lemon, who replaced Green at Houston, will make his second NFL start against the Browns. Second-round draft pick John Beck becomes the backup. Green took a knee to the head blocking 315-pound tackle Travis Johnson on an end-around, then crumpled to the ground. Teammates kneeled in prayer while medical personnel revived Green, and he was strapped to a stretcher before being carted away. But he took a flight home with the team, and A.J. Feely said it was difficult to tell he had been hurt. Pittman out two months Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman could be sidelined up to two months with an ankle sprain that has the Buccaneers scrambling for experienced help at running back. Coach Jon Gruden said the team was waiting for the results of an MRI exam, but that it appeared Pittman, injured during Sunday’s 33-14 loss at Indianapolis, will be out six to eight weeks. A knee injury ended star running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams’ season, but Pittman was doing well before his setback. Delhomme out for year Jake Delhomme last week called surgery on his strained right elbow “a last resort.” After experiencing pain trying to throw on Monday, the Panthers quarterback decided the worst-case scenario couldn’t be avoided. Delhomme will have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow next week, leaving the Panthers without their leader on offense and scrambling to find another quarterback. Originally injured two weeks ago, Delhomme didn’t show any improvement when trying to throw Monday. A day earlier he threw briefly on the side while sitting out Carolina’s win over the Saints. “I think (Sunday) he was just trying to see how it felt,” Coach John Fox said. “Today he really pushed it.” Goodell weighs decision Commissioner Roger Goodell will review next week whether to reduce Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson’s suspension from eight to six games. “I did talk to Tank about a week ago and I’m going to be reviewing his case shortly,” Goodell said. “He has been doing some very positive things about changing his life and making better decisions going forward.” Around the league Seahawks: Longtime Seattle fullback Mack Strong has a neck injury that will end his career. It won’t require surgery, but Strong told reporters that it will end his career. The two-time Pro Bowler turned 36 this month, and has spent 15 seasons with the Seahawks. Broncos: Center Tom Nalen tore his right biceps muscle and will be out for the season. The five-time Pro Bowler was injured in the first quarter of a 41-3 loss to San Diego on Sunday, but kept playing. Eagles: Star running back Brian Westbrook said the stomach muscle he injured on Sept. 23 is getting better. He might play Sunday. 49ers: Former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy has been tapped by Mayor Gavin Newsom to lead efforts to keep the team from moving to a new stadium in Silicon Valley. Jaguars: Rookie coach Bobby Petrino insisted that Joey Harrington is still the No. 1 quarterback, but former Jacksonville starter Byron Leftwich is waiting in the wings for his chance. Browns: Cleveland anxiously awaited MRI results on running back Jamal Lewis’ sprained right foot, an injury that knocked him out after one play in Sunday’s loss to New England. Chiefs: Quarterback Damon Huard is awaiting test results on his bruised shoulder that will determine if he can play this week against Cincinnati. Vikings: Sidelined for the last two games with a groin strain, Tarvaris Jackson is expected to return Sunday as the starting quarterback against Chicago.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


first_imgMagnífico! Naiara Sanchez Abad’s Doodle4Google entryTHE people of Carndonagh are getting behind a foreign exchange student whose Doodle4Google entry has caused quite a stir.Spanish student Naiara Sanchez Abad’s is in 2nd Year at Carndonagh Community School.Teacher Michelle McGee is hoping thousands of people across County Donegal will now vote for Naiara’s entry. “Her doodle has been selected to go through to the national competition. Public voting has started and closes on 10th March. Voting is sure to be frantic in schools throughout the country, so be sure to give Naiara your vote,” said Michelle.“It would be fantastic if Donegal got behind Naiara….it might make some headlines over in Spain!”You can vote here:http://www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d4-3  DONEGAL URGED TO VOTE FOR SPANISH STUDENT’S BEAUTIFUL DOODLE4GOOGLE! was last modified: February 18th, 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:CarndonaghDoodle4GooglemagníficoNaiara Sanchez Abadlast_img read more


first_imgATHLETICS: Finn Valley AC enjoyed an exciting and rewarding day at the Ulster x country masters champs at UUC on Saturday afternoon.Up first was the men and it dosen’t get any more exciting than a provincial team win when its by one point and that was the outcome in Valleys favour 50pts to North Belfast 51. Within an 8k battle such as there is not only sweat from competitors but it hits out on the supporters who have gotta move from point to point all the while reading where the or what the scores might be – anyhow all is well that ends well.The Valley heroes on this day were Dermot Mc Elchar, Shane Mc Nulty, John Mc Enhill and a newcomer to the tough world of cross country Seamus O Donnell from Convoy.Job done time to put on the happy faces and ably supported by Brian Mc Crea and Kieran Carlin.For god measure Pauric Mc Kinney from Buncrana a member of Inishowen AC took the individual spot underlining the good news Donegal story. Needles to relate Mark Conolly who has motivated these lads and coached them over the years was a happy man.Next up were the Women and on arrival memories of a great day for Catriona Devine then Mc Granaghan winning a tough teak Ulster senior against serious Belfast competition many years ago.Well she was here again and coming from 9th at 2 k to go pushed for home to take the Masters title.Her reaction of course ‘I won I’m delighted ‘and so she should be.It was a good week for the dedicated Killygordon mother of two as she had placed 3rd in nationals the previous Sunday.Her team  joined by Sinead Kenny, Eimear Mc Dermott and Donna Evans 3rd the bronze medals with Marie Harper also on board. A good day at the office for Valley.ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC WIN ULSTER MASTERS CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: February 1st, 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:athleticsChampionshipsFinn Valley ACMastersSportUCClast_img read more


first_imgA KILLYBEGS man had a lucky escape today after his house went on fire.Forensics officers are today trying to establish the cause of the blaze at the home on the Conlin Road in the town.Three fire tenders attended the scene after the alarm was raised shortly after 1am. A neighbour said: “The house is damaged but thankfully no-one was hurt.”Gardai have preserved the scene and are “carrying out routine enquiries” into the cause of the blaze. FORENSICS OFFICERS EXAMINE SCENE OF KILLYBEGS FIRE was last modified: January 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:killybegs firelast_img read more

Schwarzenegger to step up campaigning

first_img Schwarzenegger also has just launched a television ad that features him speaking directly to camera. His campaign had been criticized for pulling ads that featured the governor, with the implication that his personal low ratings in polls were driving down his campaign for reform measures on the ballot. Campaign officials said they were just trying to rotate the message and the ads, and in the new ad Schwarzenegger takes a more humble, almost apologetic, tone. “Two years ago, you elected me to change Sacramento and put California back on track,” he says in the ad. “I’ve had a lot to learn. Sometimes I learned the hard way. But my heart is in this, and I want to do right by you.” The governor’s opponents will continue to dog the governor at events, holding rallies and “faux debates” outside of his appearances where he has refused to engage opponents. And they, too, will continue intense get-out-the-vote efforts. “Up and down the state, we’re going to be having get-out-the-vote picnics, get-out-the-vote rallies, and most importantly, get-out-the-vote precinct walks, where we’re actually talking to voters one-on-one,” said Robin Swanson, spokeswoman for the Alliance for a Better California. “In every region across California, there is going be phone banking. Usually it’s a theme night — sometimes we’ll have phone banks with firefighters, or sometimes it’s with (political) leaders.” Fund raising for the election overall has totaled $200-$250 million, with the largest single source of fundraising coming from the pharmaceutical industry, which amassed more than $80 million to promote the drug-discount measure Proposition 78. The industry is also working to defeat Proposition 79, a separate drug-discount measure proposed by consumer groups, who have raised less than $1 million, though they are getting assistance from the alliance. The alliance has raised more than $33 million to defeat Schwarzenegger’s reform measures, though many unions are raising additional funds through separate committees and Schwarzenegger’s campaign has estimated the unions collectively have raised more than $100 million. The California Teachers Association alone has contributed at least $53 million to anti-Schwarzenegger efforts, much of it coming from a dues increase on its own members. Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team, meanwhile, has raised about $34 million, with the governor chipping in more than $4 million from his own pocket. — Harrison Sheppard can be reached at (916) 446-6723, or by e-mail at harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The special-election campaign hits its final throes this week, and voters will be bombarded with a flurry of competing messages on television, in their mailboxes and in face-to-face visits to their doorsteps. With the latest poll showing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reform measures lagging but within striking distance, and with a low-voter turnout projected, campaigns will be aggressively intensifying last-minute efforts to get core supporters to the polls. “In the last week of this campaign, the airwaves are going to be so filled with advertising, I don’t think any one ad is going to have an impact,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of USC. “So they might as well do it the old-fashioned way and get out there and drag people to the voting booths.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The governor’s final week of campaigning will be highlighted by a series of live, televised town hall forums up and down the state. He has forums this week in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Sacramento, similar to events he did last week in Fresno and Walnut Creek, as well as in Sacramento for Univision. “He’s clearly decided he wants to talk to real people,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at Cal State Sacramento. “It’s a shame he didn’t do it sooner. I think he does better in that format. The voters would not have had to endure these relentless negative ads.” The first forum in Walnut Creek last week featured two opponents speaking about the measures as well, but not while Schwarzenegger was on stage, and most of the subsequent events will not feature any opponents. His Los Angeles forum is 5 p.m. Thursday at KNBC (Channel 4) studios in Burbank.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSVoodoo Venue Cup  1st RoundDonegal Town Reserves                  5 v 4                   Castlefin Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                 2 v 1                   Curragh Athletic ReservesMilford United Reserves                 0 v 5                   Glenree United Reserves Fintown Harps AFC                       1 v 7                   St. Catherines ReservesDrumkeen United                            4 v 5                   Glencar CelticArranmore United                            4 v 0                   Drumbar F.C.Glenea United Reserves                   2 v 0                   Drumoghill F.C. ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Cup  Area FinalsLetterkenny AreaMilford United                                2 v 1                  Kilmacrennan CelticDonegal Town Area St. Catherines                                   3 v 1                   Cappry RoversGweedore AreaGlenea United                                  2 v 1                   Gweedore UnitedLifford AreaCastlefin Celtic                                5 v 1                   Raphoe TownDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSaturday 5th SeptemberVoodoo Venue Cup                           K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Quarter FinalsSt. Catherines Reserves                      v                      Arranmore United ( K.O. 1 p.m. )Strand Rovers                                     v                      Donegal Town ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                    v                      Glenea United ReservesGlenree United Reserves                    v                      Glencar CelticSunday 6th September Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division        K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Milford United                                   v                      Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers                                   v                      St. CatherinesCastlefin Celtic                                   v                      Drumoghill F.C.Glenea United                                     v                      Kilmacrennan CelticRathmullan Celtic                               v                      Kildrum TigersWatson Hire Division OneCranford United                                  v                      Keadue RoversBonagee United                                   v                      Gweedore UnitedDonegal Town                                                v                      Lagan HarpsRaphoe Town                                     v                      Lifford CelticCT Ball Division TwoCurragh Athletic                                 v                      Deele HarpsWhitestrand United                            v                      Erne WanderersLetterbarrow Celtic                             v                      Copany RoversEany Celtic                                         v                      Ballybofey UnitedGlenree United                                    v                      Dunkineely Celtic DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE RESULTS AND FIXTURES AT A GLANCE was last modified: August 30th, 2015 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:Donegal Junior LeaguefixturesreportsResultslast_img read more

Here Are the Basics on Passivhaus

first_imgThe North American Passive House Network has published an e-book explaining the basics of Passivhaus and net-zero-energy construction techniques. It’s a free download.Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables makes the case that with very low air infiltration rates and lots of insulation, Passivhaus buildings are natural candidates for net-zero-energy operation with the incorporation of some renewable energy.The book, written by Mary James of Low Carbon Productions, explains the fundamentals of Passivhaus structures: high levels of insulation, thermally insulated window frames with high-quality glazing, techniques that minimize thermal bridging, low rates of air leakage, and mechanical ventilation systems.A section called “Leading Regions” tours areas where Passivhaus construction has been particularly successful. They include parts of Europe, Canada, and both New York and San Francisco.Individual projects are showcased in a section called “Beacons.” Each description offers a summary of the project along with a spec box detailing predicted heating and cooling energy, square footage, and air leakage. You’ll get the very basics of construction, but no detailed descriptions or drawings. However, links at the bottom of each description will take readers to one or more web sites where more information may be available — for example, web sites maintained by project architects or renewable energy system contractors who worked on the projects.There are examples of both new construction and retrofits, single-family and multifamily. Profiled projects come from all over the country.last_img read more

Big Data: Overhyped And Overpaid?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#DataSift#Gartner#Hadoop#Ovum#twitter Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Matt Asaycenter_img Related Posts Gartner research director Svetlana Sicular thinks Big Data is about to plummet off the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment.” Perhaps. But other data from Twitter and job trends suggest a much more complicated picture.Sicular reaches her conclusions about Big Data based on a series of conversations with IT professionals over the past few weeks, in addition to a roundtable with Hadoop vendors Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR. In discussing Hadoop, the vendors suggest that “MapReduce has always been Hadoop’s bottleneck or that Hadoop is ‘primitive and old-fashioned,’” apparently disillusioned with the state of Big Data’s poster child/elephant. This could be chalked up to the Hadoop vendors simply acknowledging that despite being an excellent technology, Hadoop still has a ways to go. But Sicular’s conversations with enterprise business analysts are more damaging:My most advanced… Hadoop clients are also getting disillusioned. They do not realize that they are ahead of others and think that someone else is successful while they are struggling. These organizations have fascinating ideas, but they are disappointed with a difficulty of figuring out reliable solutions… Formulating a right question is always hard, but with big data, it is an order of magnitude harder, because you are blazing the trail (not grazing on the green field).And yet, these same companies don’t seem to be giving up on Big Data. For example, DataSift plowed through 2.2 million Twitter mentions by more than 981,000 authors, as Ovum analyst Tony Baer reports, finding that positive mentions of Big Data vendors outnumber negative mentions by 3-to-1. And while Baer acknowledges that “Twitter streams are not a scientific focus group for detecting brand awareness, they provide a valuable window on market thinking.” Indeed, given the levels of Big Data hype, it’s surprising that the overall mood about Big Data remains overwhelmingly positive.So much so, in fact, that enterprises are paying a premium to hire job candidates with Big Data-relevant technology skills, as Dice.com’s 2012-2013 annual salary survey reveals. Job candidates with Big Data technology expertise command an average salary of $100,000, while other hot technologies like cloud/virtualization ($90,000) and mobile ($80,000) yield lower salaries. As Alice Hill, managing director of Dice.com, asserts, “We’ve heard [Big Data] is a fad, heard it’s hyped and heard it’s fleeting, yet it’s clear that data professionals are in demand and well paid.”While Gartner clearly has a valid point that Big Data’s outsized expectations are sure to crash into reality at some point, it’s also clear from jobs data, in particular, that enterprises see enough value from their data that they’re willing to pay up for expertise that can analyze it. Will they be disappointed? Possibly. But the jobs data indicates we have yet to plummet into Gartner’s “trough of disillusionment.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Facebook’s Copycat Strategy: All The Innovation It Needs

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Matt Asay Tags:#Facebook#innovation#Instagram#Microsoft#twitter#video Two-thirds of its 1.1 billion monthly active users log into Facebook through their mobile phones. Facebook doesn’t need to dazzle these users with Home or some other contraption. Facebook simply needs to maintain its comfortable experience for existing users while adding in functionality that takes off elsewhere, like Instagram Video (copying Twitter) or check-ins (copying Foursquare).While some numbers have suggested a teenage exodus off the platform, the truth is more complex.Facebook’s Willingness To Bet (And Buy) BigAnd when a rival service shows enough growth with teens or other desirable demographics to warrant it, Facebook can simply acquire the product. While the company already dominated photo sharing, Facebook acquired Instagram to give its mobile photo business a jumpstart. Facebook can afford to buy out rivals, given the mountainous cash hoard it raised in its IPO.This is why I’m sanguine on Facebook’s future. The social networking giant is in the perfect position to survey the market for rising innovations and blend them into the existing Facebook experience in ways that complement the comfortable Facebook experience. Usually this can be done through home-grown development, but when an acquisition is needed, the company has shown the willingness to spend big on a category leader.This is in stark contrast to another market leader that has generally embraced the embrace-and-extend approach to innovation: Microsoft. As The Wall Street Journal‘s Rolfe Winkler puts it, “Microsoft keeps hitching its fortunes to lame horses,” turning to Nokia, Yahoo!, Dell, Barnes and Noble and other great companies whose market presence has faded. So long as Facebook is willing to clone or acquire the best rival innovations, it should be able to continue growing its revenue even as it improves its utility to new and existing users. Facebook increasingly plays copycat to Twitter and other Silicon Valley upstarts when it comes to innovation, but with over 1.1 billion active users, Facebook can afford to be a fast follower. Indeed, the right strategy may well be to simply copy or acquire others’ innovations as they become popular. After all, as much as people may wring their hands about Instagram or Snapchat beating Facebook to this or that feature, the hardest feature of all to copy is a massive, built-in audience. A Quick History Of Facebook Imitations (Er, “Innovations”)A quick review of Facebook’s most recent product updates suggests that the company is having trouble coming up with novel features. Hashtags are the latest feature to arrive, a clear rip-off of Twitter, and just before that Instagram Video, which looked suspiciously like Twitter’s Vine. Or how about its check-in feature, which mimicked Foursquare? While some might pillory Facebook for lacking creativity, the fact is that being a fast (or even slow) follower is arguably the right strategy for a company with such a deep installed base. When was the last time you or your friends actually celebrated Facebook changing its interface or otherwise altering your comfortable Facebook experience?And did anyone really want Facebook Home? This counts as real innovation and it also counts as a serious innovation misstep.It turns out that copying others’ functionality is not only safe, it’s smart. Just ask Apple. Apple hasn’t innovated the portable music player, smartphone or tablet. Yet it still dominates either market share or profit share in all of these markets by improving upon others’ innovations. Predicting the future is really hard and frankly doesn’t usually lead to big paydays. But making that future safe and easy for a large audience? That pays big dividends.Facebook’s Numbers Suggest It’s Doing Things RightWhile Facebook has a lot of work to do on its monetization strategy, and its advertising still leaves something to be desired, as Hunter Walk points out, the company continues to print money. Critics howled that the company didn’t “get” mobile, but each quarter the percentage of Facebook’s company’s revenue derived from mobile keeps growing, most recently jumping to 30% in its Q1 2013, up from 23% a year ago. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more