More contraband unearthed at Lusignan Prison

first_imgA raid on the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, conducted jointly by ranks of the Police Force and the Prison Service on Monday, has resulted in the discovery of even more prohibited and contraband items.Items seized include 45 improvised weapons, six lighters, one metal foil, 36 razor blades, three cellphone chargers, one white cellphone, a quantity of empty zip lock bags, one tattoo machine, a quantity of nails, two headphones, three broken pieces of metal and a quantity of pallet wood.The search lasted for a few hours. Earlier in the month, a raid was conducted at the Georgetown prison at Camp Street during which 19 cellular phones, five phone chargers, one flash drive, 15 cigarette lighters, two packs of cigarettes, five pairs of scissors, seven improvised weapons, and 774 grams of cannabis were found.Prior to that raid, another raid was carried out at Lusignan Prison. Razor blades, 17 phone chargers, 24 lighters, a quantity of wires, eight metal spoons, two pairs of scissors, one plastic knife, two nail clips, a quantity of Ziplock bags, six bottles of pepper sauce, one pack of cards, three bottles of medicine, four bottles of oil with suspected cannabis seeds, one memory card and three mirrors were found.The smuggling of contraband items into prisons remains a perennial problem within the system. Authorities have been working assiduously to curb the practice, and these efforts have resulted in several prison officers being caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.In fact, back in July, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels, had disclosed during a press conference that several prison officers had been relieved of their duties after they were found to be working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of suspected contraband into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.last_img read more

Top 10 RSS & Syndication Technologies of 2009

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook has 350 million users today. Just 12 months ago there were a mere 140 million Facebook users. A syndicated stream is the default view in Facebook, meaning that 210 million more people have been introduced to this paradigm by Facebook in 2009. That’s a powerful cultural change.Twitter may not be anywhere near the size of Facebook, nor growing as fast, but for tens of millions of people, 2009 was a year they got comfortable with streams, lists (just like cute little OPML files!) and soon geolocation data – thanks to Twitter. Echo, from JS-Kit is a reverse syndication service for distributed social media conversations. It brings back tweets and other mentions to the page they refer to. The service is growing fast and becoming more sophisticated every week. New features come so fast and furious that it’s overwhelming but the end result is an experience that brings the dispersed social web back together again.Fever is a gorgeous new RSS reader that costs $30 and lives on your own server. It’s got a very interesting system for ranking hot stories by your own criteria – we just wish we could change the timeframe so that ranking was for every 2 or 3 hours, not per day. Fever looks great and works wonderfully on the iPhone. If people ask you what good web-based alternatives there are to Google Reader, Fever is a good place to start looking. Postrank just keeps getting smarter. This social media analytics service tracks distributed conversation regarding blogs and feeds and scores items based on the relative engagement of those conversations. The usefulness of this service just doesn’t stop and the company’s movement into large-publisher analytics and APIs this year should bode well for customers, developers and consumers. Postrank is the only service on this list that was also on 2008’s list.ActivityStreams is a proposed standard way to markup user activity data in social networks. If everyone adopted the standard, then streams of data would be interoperable, we could see what friends on other networks were doing and we wouldn’t be locked-in to the big networks because little innovators could provide tools for conversation. So far Facebook, MySpace, Netflix, Sun Microsystems and more are working hard at making this a reality. 2009 was a big year for ActivityStreams, right down to last week’s announcement that a feed normalization API was released by startup Cliqset.The Breaking News Online iPhone App is the best remnant of a fabulous story that’s changed dramatically in recent weeks. BNO is a news organization that’s so fast in breaking news from around the world that the Red Cross watches them for disaster news and MSNBC syndicates their stories. Unfortunately, the company owned by now 19 year old Michael van Poppel sold control over its wildly popular Twitter account to MSNBC this Winter, but the iPhone app remains a very valuable resource. BNO’s research and original reporting is definitely one of the biggest stories in syndication of 2009 and its iPhone app is a must-have. marshall kirkpatrick FeedlyTwinglyTwitterfeedPublic Radio TunerRegatorCollected.infoLazyFeed Tags:#2009 in Review#NYT#web#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… PubSubHubbub (and RSSCloud) are two feed formats for the real-time web. PubSubHubbub is method for pushing real-time updates from a publisher, to a hub and then to all subscribed parties – immediately. RSSCloud is a similar technology that originated years ago as a part of the RSS spec. These are the protocols that a whole new era of user and developer experience on the web will be built on.Superfeedr is a new service powering millions of real-time feeds. It’s a transformer, from lots of different formats into real-time feeds in PubSubHubbub or XMPP. It’s like FeedBurner for the real-time web.Tweetdeck (and Seesmic) are the market’s leading stream readers. They are tools for reading and writing to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and someday other social network streams. There are lots of innovative stream readers on the market, from the beautiful Skimmer to the Inspector-Gadget style Favit, but Tweetdeck is the clear market leader. It’s in a perpetual back-and-forth battle of the sweet features with Seesmic. Both are dramatically changing the way users experience the flowing social web.Honorable Mentions: Related Posts The web isn’t about pages any more. Now it’s about streams, feeds and syndication. As part of our annual Best of Series, below are our picks for the most important RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2009.You can see last year’s list here and most of those remain important services. Only one service makes a repeat appearance this year. It was a very big year for this class of technologies, after a long, sleepy period the Real-Time Web began to cause substantial disruptions over the last 12 months. Check out our list below and let us know if we’ve missed anything important or who your picks might be for next year.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Phoenix hopes for fair PBA treatment after Calvin Abueva suspension

first_imgCalvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix hopes the PBA will handle situations similar to Calvin Abueva’s case the same way should incidents of the same manner happen again in the future.“While we do not agree with the decision, we have no alternative at the moment except to abide by it,” the statement read. “We no longer wish to comment on the basis of the decision but just expect and hope that incidents like this in the future will be treated similarly and decided the same manner regardless of the player involved.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No shortage of financial support for Hidilyn Diaz, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “This is already a decision precedent that should be used as basis in deciding similar infractions.“Abueva, however, only had himself to blame in what had been a whirlwind last several days for the temperamental veteran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 31-year-old Abueva was fined P50,000 for clotheslining TNT import Terrence Jones in a blowout loss by Phoenix on Sunday and another P20,000 for making lewd gestures toward Maika Rivera, girlfriend of Blackwater guard Ray Parks, during their game on Friday.The league also suspended Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas for two games and fined him P40,000 for “flagrant misconduct” and “issuing statements detrimental to the league.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the indefinite suspension on Abueva should also serve as a reminder to other players to “act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished.”TNT also got heavy fines with Jones hit with a P70,000 fine for hitting Abueva in the groin and “physically contacting an official” while twins Anthony and David Semerad were fined P20,000 each “for fighting stance.”KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel was also fined P21,000 for disrespecting and throwing the ball at an official while assistant team manager Miguel Fernandez was fined P10,000 “for approaching the technical table.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

BEML shares spurt 14 as government decides to offload stake

first_imgThe Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave an approval for divesting 26 percent equity shares in BEML India out of the government shareholding 54.03 percent. Following the stake sale news, the BEML stock was trading at Rs 1,135 at around 11:25 a.m. on Monday, up 14.26 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The announcement of the stake sale was made after trading hours on Friday, January 6. The Bengaluru-based BEML company has an equity capital of Rs 41.64 crore. Also read: Govt to divest stake in BEML, Pawan Hans, Hindustan Newsprint, other PSUs”Ministry of Defence has communicated ‘in-principal’ approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Government of India, for strategic divestment of 26% equity shares in BEML Limited out of Government of India shareholding of 54.03%. The said shareholding would be sold to strategic buyer/s, to be identified by the Government of India by following due procedure,” the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.Post the divestment, the government’s shareholding in the defence ministry company will be down to 28 percent. The stake sale is expected to realise about Rs 1,000 crore for the government.For the financial year 2015-16, the company’s sales stood at Rs 3,426 crore, while the order book position as of November 30, 2016 was Rs 7,261 crore.Mutual Funds hold 18.64 percent, while retail shareholding is about 10 percent in BEML.The BSE Sensex was marginally down and trading at 26,746 while the NSE Nifty was flat 8,244. Dr Reddy’s Labs was the top Sensex loser, down 2.77 percent to Rs 3,073.last_img read more