Ballistics expert identifies ammunition found at crime scene

first_imgSmyth Street executionAs Morris Prince’s trial continued at the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh, police ballistics expert, Inspector Eon Jackson identified multiple bullets and spent shells of ammunition which were retrieved from the crime scene. This suggested that several shots were fired when businessman O’Riley Small was killed on March 19, 2016.Jackson, who has over 20 years’ experiences in ballistics, told the 12-member jury that he examined ten .40 spent shells and two .40 bullets which were handed over to him by Corporal Radcliff. Jackson observed that the 10 cases were all discharged and from examination, he reasoned that the weapon used was either a .40 pistol or a 10mm pistol. He prepared an analyst’s report and wrote his statement.Murder-accused Morris PrinceThe witness then identified the exhibits which were admitted into evidence. He explained that when a firearm is being discharged and it explodes, hot gas force the residue into the air. He further stressed that gunshot residue remains on the body for about 36 hours. Police Corporal Radcliff had testified that gunshot residue was found when he tested Prince while he was in custody but the defence had argued that a police station would have been contaminated with such a material.It was on Wednesday last that the jury was told that the defendant, Prince, was not only seen with a gun at the crime scene but was later found with an article of clothing that was similar to what the shooter was clad in. This had been the evidence for ex-Corporal Derwin Eastman, who claimed he saw Prince, in a “crouched over” position at the crime scene with a gun and asked him if the weapon was licenced.He had noted that he went back to the scene to see if Morris was still there, but he had “left the scene”. Corporal Eastman said that they later went to the Rio Night Club where Morris was contacted and was later taken into custody.Charlene Forde, sister of the deceased man, had recounted that she heard rapid gunshots just as she was about to open the door to let her brother in.According to reports, the deceased man was executed when he had reportedly entered his yard at Lot 2 Smyth Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, after he returned home from a night out.It was reported that he was approached by a man who discharged several rounds in his direction thus causing him to sustain multiple injuries. The defendant is being represented by Attorney Mark Waldron while State Counsels Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case.last_img read more

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Science Reporter Says Scientists Are Like Cattle

first_imgA science reporter lists several reasons why scientists are about as trustworthy as bankers.The Science and Technology Editor at The Conversation, Akshat Rathi, should know about scientists.  Not only does he hold that prestigious editorial position, he has a PhD in organic chemistry from Oxford University as well as a Bachelor of Technology in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.   Rathi doesn’t trust the opinions of scientists to be right any more than he trusts other fallible professionals, judging from his latest column on The Conversation, entitled, “Scientists falter as much as bankers in pursuit of answers.”  He also has help from a Nature article that found serious flaws in that paean of scientific reliability, peer review:Here we show that even when scientists are motivated to promote the truth, their behaviour may be influenced, and even dominated, by information gleaned from their peers’ behaviour, rather than by their personal dispositions. This phenomenon, known as herding, subjects the scientific community to an inherent risk of converging on an incorrect answer and raises the possibility that, under certain conditions, science may not be self-correcting.Here are some of Rathi’s reasons for keeping scientists off their pedestals:One of the reasons is that, once a hypothesis becomes widely accepted, it becomes very difficult to refute it, which makes it, as Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University recently put it, “vampirical more than empirical – unable to be killed by mere evidence.”… as humans, scientists try to be rational but remain stuck on certain views in the face of contrary evidence.… some scientists make up data to further their careers.… the “publish or perish” culture forces scientists to consciously or unconsciously gravitate towards results that support their conclusions.… the peer review system does not always live up to its high aims.Subjectivity wins.Scientists are subject to a “herd mentality.”Rathi ends by quipping that the Nature article itself might be an example of herding.His list is interesting but incomplete.  He might have added the observation by C. S. Lewis that there is not one thing represented by “science” but “only particular sciences, all in a stage of rapid change, and sometimes inconsistent with one another.”  We should not be looking for “scientific” truth, he said, but rather logical truth.  Write in and tell us other reasons for being wary of scientific claims.  Let’s use the sacred cows of science for hamburger rather than for worship. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Top 10 San Francisco Startup Neighborhoods

first_imgTags:#start#tips chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… While we have chronicled some of the best cities around the globe for startups to set-up shop, the San Francisco area is still the promised land for Internet entrepreneurship. Others come close, but no other city can match the vibrant atmosphere that flourishes in the Bay Area, but what are the best neighborhoods for tapping into the startup ecosystem? Posterous co-founder Garry Tan has sought to solve this problem for San Francisco newcomers by creating an interactive Google map detailing the area’s top 10 startup camps.Tan provides complete coverage of the area, from Mountain View in the south to Berkeley in the north east. His selections were based on three criteria that he believes to be the most pertinent to young startups: proximity to other startups, access to food, and access to public transportation. There are neighborhoods for entrepreneurs on a tight budget, those who have some cash already rolling in, or those who simply enjoy movies and Japanese food. Starting in the north, Tan recommends Berkeley “for foodie hackers who don’t mind being far from [Silicon Valley].” The college town is just a short trip on the BART from downtown San Francisco, and the student population is an excellent source of cheap labor, says Tan. The other benefit of the East Bay which Tan leaves out is that the area tends to be a few degrees warmer than San Francisco which is known for chilling fog during the summer months.There are three areas of downtown San Francisco that Tan suggests for startups: expensive SoMa, cheaper SoMa and The Mission. SoMa is ground zero for Web 2.0 startups like Twitter, and depending on where you look, there are certainly affordable parts for younger companies. The Mission, the home of Posterous and many others, is “recommended for awesome people,” says Tan.Working his way down the bay toward San Jose, Tan points out seven neighborhoods along the all important train lines, stopping first in Millbrae, which he says is an in-between commuter staging area for San Francisco. The other areas include San Mateo, Menlo Park and both higher and lower end regions of Palo Alto and Mountain View where companies like Facebook and Google reside.Tan’s map is a great resource for startups and entrepreneurs looking into loading up a U-Haul and finding a place in the Bay Area. Truth be told, however, anywhere in the region is likely to provide companies with that boost of startup buzz that emanates throughout the area. If San Francisco is too far or too expensive, be sure to review our Never Mind the Valley series for other great communities around the world where similar atmospheres exist.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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