Officers will be held accountable – President

first_imgLindo Creek CoI Report Even as Government continues to review the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report into the Lindo Creek Massacre, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Brigadier David Granger, on Wednesday said that those officers who are implicated in the Lindo Creek Massacre will face the consequences of their actions.“The report’s recommendations will be acted upon in due course. The days of concealing security sector mistakes and misdeeds are over. The Force’s officers will be held accountable for the consequences of their actions, and for the instructions they issue to their subordinates,” the President said in his remarks at the swearing-in of the new Police Service Commission.Moreover, the CoI report, which according to the President is being reviewed in detail, contains a lot of evidence.“That report raised troubling questions about the role of the Defence and Police Forces during the ‘troubles’, and the reticence of the political administration of the day to provide useful evidence to the Commission of Inquiry into the massacre,” he asserted.President Granger further stated that the ‘troubles’ was a dark period in the country’s history. He added there is need to build public trust in the Police Force, and noted that security reform is now more urgent in light of the CoI report.“The inability of the Police to arrest the outbreak of criminal violence quickly led to the emergence of so-called ‘phantom’ death squads. The ‘troubles” revealed also how drug lords had infiltrated the Force. The ‘troubles’ exposed the influence of a small but influential group of rogue officers. It revealed the need for more careful selection of officers, and improved intelligence-gathering,” the President added.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.Almost 10 years after the Lindo Creek massacre, President Granger established a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) and selected Retired Justice Donald Trotman to probe the killings. The inquiry commenced back in February, and after several months, the report was compiled and handed over to the President last week.The lone Commissioner had said the main objective of the CoI was to find the truth, and to bring healing and closure to the nation as a whole. He had expressed hope that the Lindo Creek and other inquiries would help bring about reconciliation among Guyanese.On the other hand, President Granger had described Lindo Creek as a “massacre of the innocent”, saying his Government believed the way the investigation was handled indicated that there was a high level of collusion.He had also rejected suggestions to extend the CoI’s focus to several years before 2008, when other major criminal activities had plagued the country.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had expressed skepticism about participating in, and supporting the work of, the Commission.The Party believes that, given the manner in which the CoI was constituted and the commentary from senior Government officials, it was designed to achieve a political outcome and continue the Government’s programme of witch-hunting Opposition personalities.The PPP/C had even said that the Government-sponsored inquiries into the ‘troubled’ period should have started from the period 1998, when the real wave of ethno-political violence commenced, which would assist in addressing the root cause of the violence.last_img read more

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For Athletics rookies, familiarity softens October pressures

first_imgSEATTLE — Sean Murphy’s promotion to the big leagues was expected, but a tad delayed.The catching prospect tore his meniscus in early spring, then re-injured it early August. A frustrating sequence for a budding star, sure, but one former catcher made sure to reach out every step of the way.“Yeah, Bob (Melvin) would text periodically about the knee, checking in,” Murphy said. “It shows he cares, and shows he is supportive, and to have him text me once in a while, it’s a good feeling.”Melvin …last_img read more

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GetGlue.com: Distributed Networking & Recommendations Made Simple & Fun

first_img“Nobody’s confortable sharing all of their stream,” said Kelton. “Financial sites, adult content – we don’t want any of that stuff shared.” In addition to having a set list of sites from which to pull browsing and interaction data, Kelton said, “The secondary privacy controls can prevent visits to a website from being shared unless the user has a specific interaction on that site. You can also opt to have a private profile so only your friends can see the items you interact with.” Finally, Kelton told us that users can delete or edit their own shared content on an item-by-item basis.Our other concern was whether Glue would be a semantic web geek-fest or whether the average end user would also be able to use, enjoy, and return to the site. Kelton said the site went over well with non-techie beta testers, many of whom started out using the GetGlue.com website and eventually also installed the add-on for an even richer experience.One of the factors we think makes Glue so much fun for end users, from geeks to complete Luddites, is its Foursquare-like system of achievement and rewards. “We’re big fans of game interaction driving the user experience,” said Kelton, who also revealed that the product team considered Xbox 360 as inspiration for the Glue system. Users can earn stickers on their profiles based on how many items they browse or interact with, how many users discover content through them, and how much of an expert they are on a particular topic.Glue’s game-like system of badges or stickers as rewards for user interactions and discovery makes for addictive browsing.Each item indexed by Glue can have a guru, and only one guru at a time. The result is friendly competition, increased interactions and a very sticky website that’s compelling and entertaining for even the least technical end user.The site also allows for content to be pushed to a user’s existing social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a demo video showing more about how the site works: Related Posts jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Once just a browser add-on that allowed users to surf smarter across several verticals, AdaptiveBlue’s Glue is now a site-centric product that acts as both a hub and a spoke of the social web.Glue’s synaptic web-esque technology is based on a user’s browsing across common sites such as Amazon, Wikipedia and YouTube, and those visits and any interactions (comments, “likes,” etc.) feeding back to automatically create a taste profile and a web of affinity with other users and recommendations of other items or content across about a dozen categories, including music, books and movies. So, can this be done without violating users’ privacy or – worse yet – frustrating and boring them into attrition?[Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold is a ReadWriteWeb writer.]AdaptiveBlue VP Fraser Kelton thinks both aims can be accomplished. In a phone interview this morning, he shared that Glue has a three-tiered set of privacy controls to ensure that items are shared only when a user wants them to be. As the privacy/permissions inverse of Facebook Beacon, an ill-fated system for socially powered product recommendation, the Glue system is completely opt-in for users and opt-out for publishers.Glue’s all-new user profiles are rolling out today at GetGlue.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As previously mentioned, the user experience of Glue – both the site and the revamped add-on – is one of synapses and nodes, not back-and-forth browsing and search for content. As data and content from all around the web is associated with films, books, music, and other items, users are able to quickly scan and consume related content without further navigation. This type of curated experience is something the AdaptiveBlue team calls “shortcut search.”As a social network, GetGlue.com is a hub; but the way it curates content makes it a series of spokes, as well.“You don’t have to go to Rotten Tomatoes or YouTube. We know there’s a subset of information users want, and we’re bringing it in,” said Kelton, who is very excited about Glue’s position on distributed social networking and the semantic web. “Jeremiah [Owyang] uses the term ‘social colonization.’ I also think we’re implementing what Charlene Li talks about when she uses the phrase, ‘The network is all around us.’” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Semantic Web#web last_img read more

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Your Doctor’s Visits Will Change Forever With These New Technologies

first_imgMaybe you’ve seen one of those Norman Rockwell paintings of kids in a physician’s office that make it seem as if taking your child to the doctor is an oil-painted slice of Americana.In reality, a pediatrician’s office can be a nightmarish place, rampant with germs and interminable waits. One reason a visit to the pediatrician has become such a trial is that the setup of a doctor’s office has not changed all that much since the 1950s. Name any other industry with a customer experience philosophy based on something called a “waiting room.”During a routine checkup, you may see your doctor or nurse for less than 20 minutes, but on average, those visits involve two hours of travel and waiting time. Technology could allow us to wake up from the ordeal of modern medicine and receive quality care outside of the four provider walls.As Dr. Eric Topol, a California cardiologist and author of “The Patient Will See You Now,” noted: “It takes 2.6 weeks to get an appointment with a primary care provider. Now you can do it in 2.6 seconds.”Imagine never having to set foot in another waiting roomSay your child has something minor like an earache. Technology has already reached a level where you should not have to brave the waiting room for a consultation.Instead, you could plug in a smartphone attachment that reads your child’s vital signs and, afterward, input that data into your doctor’s app. The nurse at your pediatrician’s office reviews the stats and symptoms, shoots you a follow-up text and in under an hour, your doctor has prescribed medication.In short, the art of medicine (with apologies to the timeless Rockwell) is ripe for a technological revolution. Healthcare organizations have traditionally been digital innovation laggards. But the time to embrace digital disruption is now.The good news: New care delivery business models and cutting-edge patient enablement tools have arrived and will continue to advance. Receiving on-demand urgent care from the comfort of your home or work is a reality through DispatchHealth’s mobile-based app, saving time and money. Concurrent, 24/7 e-visits are beginning to supplant traditional in-person office visits. Kaiser Permanente of northern California reported that it has seen e-visits conducted via email, phone and video outpace traditional doctor’s office visits.House calls 2.0 are on the horizonThese on-demand and telemedicine experiences are on the rise, in part due to a burgeoning DIY outlook on medicine that has taken firmer hold thanks to breakthrough technology. The market for mobile device apps related to health and fitness exploded into an estimated $26 billion industry in 2017. Medicine in the palm of your hand is no longer a thing of science fiction, which is further proven by the development of the tricorder.The tricorder — which at one point was literally nothing but a term for a fictional device used on “Star Trek” — is now a real handheld medical device that originally only allowed self-measurement of vital signs. That technology has advanced at warp speed into a powerful diagnostic instrument.The winner of the inaugural $2.5 million Tricorder XPrize, Final Frontier Medical Devices, developed a tricorder with diagnostic capabilities for 34 medical conditions. This wave of smart tools will increase our ability to receive home-based care. Patients could conceivably transmit quantitative and qualitative measurements of their health status to a doctor without ever leaving their bedroom.When you combine this rapidly advancing tech with advances in genetic databases and wearables, a more complete picture of patient health can be captured.And a machine shall lead usTrue analytics-driven medicine has been a goal of the industry for some time, but machine learning is putting that goal within closer reach. Robust computing platforms and sophisticated algorithms targeted for healthcare are increasing the accuracy of diagnoses and treatment on both macro- and micro-levels.For instance, machine learning has measurably improved diagnoses derived from echocardiograms. And while we may have a knee-jerk reflex to distrust machine-made medicine, we know that a big data approach to treatment in ovarian cancer patients has already extended lives: The analytics-driven prescription of beta blocker medication to ovarian cancer patients gave those patients up to four extra years of life.Some customer-driven companies try to deliver personalized service, but medicine startups Color and HumanCode are now taking that concept to a new level. Both companies developed DNA-driven products to identify genetic markers and redefine just how personalized medicine can become. The genetic test unveiled by Color, for example, tags genes that are known risk factors for a host of diseases, including ovarian, breast, pancreatic, prostate and colorectal cancers.Not only is technology advancing so far as to allow targeted, personalized care driven by the human genome and big data, but we are now also at a tipping point where the healthcare industry is implementing and leveraging those advances.Our long wait for the space-age modernization of medicine is over. The wave of healthcare’s future is beginning to crest. Now is the time to get on board and ride it to better health. Related Posts Susan McReynolds In the role of vertical strategy manager for CenturyLink, Susan McReynolds works with customers, analysts, and industry leaders to keep a pulse on the IT trends and challenges facing today’s healthcare and retail enterprises. Susan provides thought leadership on topics related to cybersecurity, digital transformation, and next-generation networking strategies. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Susan helped guide national and global athletic brands in developing custom visual merchandising programs. Tags:#health FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Businesslast_img read more

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Coach downplays win after Mighty roars to rout of varsity squad

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Mighty Sports-Philippines hammered out a dominant 87-58 victory over American University in Dubai on Friday night in the Dubai International Basketball Championships at Al Ahli Club gymnasium here.In front of Filipino overseas workers who filled the arena and cheered their hearts out, Mighty Sports roared to a strong start despite the struggles of former LA Lakers star Lamar Odom.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ronda now an Olympic qualifier ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Odom made just two of his 10 attempts for the night but got a lot of support from his teammates in the victory.Justin Brownlee came off the bench and led the attack with 17 points highlighted by three triples. Big man Randolph Morris showcased uncanny playmaking ability with a game-high four assists aside from 14 points and six rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We played a good game, but I don’t think this is the real competition. This is probably the weakest team in the whole tournament,” said Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu, stressing that the opposing squad was made up of collegiate players.last_img read more

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