Guyana gets forensic video analysis training

first_imgClosed circuit television (CCTV) cameras can now be found in homes and businesses all over Guyana. The challenge of the proliferation of video evidence requires a response from all justice sectors. Investigators, Police Prosecutors, prosecutors within the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Magistrates andCanadian expert Brett Hallgreen discusses processing video surveillance evidence and Judge Michael Hicks explains its use in court (bottom right) at the Forensic Video Analysis Seminar, in Georgetownrepresentatives from the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) benefited from a two-day seminar on November 29 and 30, 2016. Hosted in Guyana, the seminar was held under the Canadian funded ‘Strengthening the Criminal Justice System in Guyana’ project and was in keeping with the project’s objective to develop the technical capacity of the Police, Police Prosecutors, State Prosecutors and Magistrates to collect, analyse and present forensic evidence as a means of decreasing impunity rates.The focus of the seminar was to also introduce technology being used in the newly established Forensic Video Units at the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory. Further, the seminar provided the opportunity for cross sector understanding of the various role and functions with the introduction of forensic video evidence.Through this project, the Justice Education Society (JES) of British Columbia has provided training and equipment to both the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Forensic Science Laboratory. The two agencies are establishing units with standardised operational procedures.According to Evelyn Neaman, Guyana Project Manager of JES, the society’s experience with justice reform initiatives in other countries is that it is imperative that the different sectors of the justice system understand how this evidence is extracted, processed and secured and how it will be used in court.The seminar included an overview of best practices in collecting video evidence and presenting and assessing video evidence at trial. The seminars are being delivered by Canadian experts, Judge Michael Hicks (retired) and Forensic Video Analysis Expert Brett Hallgreen.JES is a Canadian non–profit organisation with an impressive record of improving the effectiveness of justice systems in Canada and around the world. The Guyana project is being implemented in collaboration with the Public Security and Legal Affairs Ministries, as well as the Office of the Chancellor of the Judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the GPF.last_img read more

Bayern joy as Lewandowski sinks Dortmund

first_img0Shares0000DORTMUND, April 4- Bayern Munich ground out a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday to delight coach Pep Guardiola and underline their status as runaway German league leaders.Poland striker Robert Lewandowski returned to haunt his former club and his first-half header at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion gave Bayern their 21st league win of the season to stay on course for a third league title. Despite missing injured stars David Alaba, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben and restricted to 50 percent possession, Bayern took the few chances that came their way to stay ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.In recent years, the tie has been dubbed Germany’s ‘Der Klassiker’, but the defeat leaves last season’s runners-up Dortmund tenth and now 15 points from a Champions League place after poor results this season.“It was tight up until the very end,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.“We defended well but we didn’t do well with less possession than we are used to. It was a hard-fought win.”Guardiola pulled a surprise before kick-off by naming a three-man defence with Lewandowski up front and World Cup-winner Mario Goetze on the bench.But the Spaniard singled out Brazil defender Dante for praise and was delighted with his side’s victory after suffering a shock home defeat to third-placed Borussia Moenchengdladbach last time out.“This game carries a lot of worth for me,” said Guardiola, whose side is 34 points ahead of Dortmund in the table.“Every match is unbelievably difficult and we have to really push ourselves.“We held up well against a very good team and I want to dedicate the win to Dante.“I’d like to have a thousand Dantes in the team.”Dortmund captain Mats Hummels insisted Bayern “were not the better team”, but the defending champions took their chances and restricted Borussia to two clear Marco Reus second-half chances.Hummels took responsibility for Bayern’s goal as Lewandowski was left unmarked to head home on 36 minutes.“I have no problem taking the blame for conceding the goal, but it wouldn’t have stoped them scoring,” said the 26-year-old, who has been linked to a move to Manchester United.This was Dortmund’s first league defeat since the start of February, but they remain 34 points behind Bayern and are six points off a Europa league place for next season.“The second half was ok but the finishing and the decisiveness was missing,” said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.“We said at the break that we had to be more physical.“Bayern hardly ever play as many long balls against other teams as they do against us.”“We didn’t do that much wrong, but it wasn’t enough in the end.“Bayern’s defensive set-up was sensible and it worked.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgJim Doherty the Newtowncunningham Clay Pigeon Shooter is to receive the ‘International Achievement’ award at next Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star function in the Mount Errigal Hotel (January 25th).And his 2012 successes have again put him in the frame to retain the county’s ‘Overall Sports Star Award’, which he won last January for his achievements in the previous yearWhile Doherty may not have attained the same level of success that earned him the ‘Overall Award’ for 2011 he still represented Ireland on three different teams at the World, European and Home International competitions in Wales last July. He ended Doherty as runner-up in the Home International category in an Irish team that he has been a member of every year since 1997.Despite all his success on the international stage in recent years he only won his first national title in March at Garbally in Tyrone, which clearly demonstrates the high standard of the sport in this country.Tickets for the Donegal Sports Star Awards on next Friday night, January 25th can now be booked by contacting the Mount Errigal Hotel on 9122700. Tickets are priced at 25 euro for adults and 15 euro for primary school pupils.For further information on the Donegal County Council sponsored event visit or follow us on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards.  JIM DOHERTY ON TARGET FOR SPORTS STAR AWARD was last modified: January 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CLAY PIGEON SHOOTERJIm DohertySPORTS STAR AWARDlast_img read more

Lakeside club hit with suit

first_imgThe widely respected 18-hole course, which forms the southern bank of Toluca Lake, occasionally hosts charity events and also is used by local high school and college golf teams. “It’s hard for me to believe that Lakeside would allow naked women to be serving liquor on the golf course,” said Bob Thomas, spokesman for the Southern California Golf Association, who is not a member there. “It is not even conceivable in my mind.” (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsLakeside General Manager Lance Sabella called the suit “a most unfortunate attempt to deflect attention” from Lee’s own misconduct. “This reluctant proposal (to terminate Lee’s membership) comes after three years of discussion, notices and hearings concerning his disruptive, ungentlemanly and unacceptable conduct,” Sabella said. He did not deny the lawsuit’s allegations and declined to comment further. Before filing the lawsuit Thursday, Lee’s wife spoke with the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, which plans to send Lakeside a letter seeking an explanation, said Jan Tucker, NOW co-president. “These people must think they have the wagon circled and they are going to keep time from going forward,” Tucker said. “They don’t understand this is the 21st century and this is California and people are not going to allow this.” For 82 years, Lakeside’s roster has boasted Hollywood’s biggest stars. Terrell, who declined to release the membership, said it still includes celebrities, entertainment executives, news anchors and politicians. BURBANK – A golf course made famous by Bing Crosby and Bob Hope refuses to grant memberships to women, but hosts an annual tournament where male golfers are served liquor by nude females, says a civil-rights suit filed by a member and his wife. Lakeside Golf Club discriminates against women by preventing them from becoming members and by limiting them to undesirable tee times, says the suit filed by Reginald Lee and Jennifer Merkel of Sherman Oaks. According to a club roster, all regular and life members are men, allowing them to hold equity, vote and play whenever the course is open, said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Leo Terrell. When Lee and Merkel complained, the suit claims, the club responded by scheduling a hearing for Wednesday to terminate Lee’s membership. last_img read more

‘The second goal felt like Christmas’ – Klopp hails Liverpool’s return to form

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it “felt like Christmas” as his players bounced back from their worst game of the season to beat Huddersfield 3-0.The 4-1 humiliation against Tottenham last weekend brought criticism raining down on the Reds boss and his players, but a return to winning ways alleviated some of the pressure.Daniel Sturridge’s 100th club goal provided the crucial breakthrough five minutes after the break, and Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum made sure of the points after Mohamed Salah had missed a penalty at the end of the first half, which was followed by boos from disgruntled fans.“Of course we had not the best week. We take the situation really seriously. It is really important,” said Klopp about the last seven days.“Tottenham was the worst game we played in the season and you can’t ignore it. It can happen.“The first goal (against Huddersfield) we forced the situation. The second one after a set-piece felt like Christmas. We had a lot of good set-pieces today.“The third one was nice play. Big relief. The pressure was there. I could hear it. People didn’t like the first half too much.“It was not too difficult to fix at half time. We had more players between the decisive lines and it was more difficult for Huddersfield to defend.“Three goals, three points, clean sheet.” Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager last_img read more

Euro 2016 winner Bruno Alves completes move to Rangers

first_imgRangers have completed the signing of Portuguese international Bruno Alves on a two-year deal.The veteran defender, who won the European Championships in France last summer, is Pedro Caixinha’s first summer signing. Alves arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday to finalise talks with the Ibrox club, finalising the move from Italian side Cagliari.The 35-year-old has a busy summer schedule, however, with international fixtures throughout June. He is in Portugal’s squad for their friendly against Cyprus on June 3 and World Cup qualifier against Latvia a week later. He is then expected to be take part in the Confederations Cup in Russia later in the month.Alves is just 11 appearances away from breaking 100-cap barrier for Portugal. He has represented the senior side since 2007.Caixinha has been keen to do business quickly ahead of the club’s first round Europa League qualifier on June 29. “I’m very happy to join the club,” he told Rangers TV. “I will do my best to win, that is the main reason I have come here. “I have this feeling and desire to win and I think to move here will bring this back to me and my career. “At almost all the clubs I have played, I win, and I expect to win here for the fans and for the club. “I think I can do this here. I have so many great memories. It’s going to be an amazing journey, I am sure about that.”Discussions have taken place with midfielders Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack about potential moves to Ibrox. Caixinha is also keen on Mexican international Carlos Pena, currently under contract with Club Leon.last_img read more

Picture special: Children’s Christmas 3k brings Convoy’s community spirit to the fore

first_imgTHE COMMUNITY in Convoy came together this morning for a Children’s Christmas 3k run run and walk, involving almost 200 children.The event was organised by Convoy AC in conjunction with the two national schools – Scoil Bhríde and Convoy Joint NS – in the village.The event was organised to help promote fitness and good health. “We are a mixed community and we thought it would be fun to get children and parents together and do a festive 3k,” one of the organisers said.Convoy was painted Hi Vis yellow and Santa red as the community spirit of Convoy shone through.Parents, grandparents and other family members joined with the children and Santa Claus himself made an appearance to present the medals at St Mary’s Hall, where refreshments were served. Picture special: Children’s Christmas 3k brings Convoy’s community spirit to the fore was last modified: December 10th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Pisgah Forest Entrance Improvement Options to be Presented

first_imgThe fly-fishing is fabulous. The cycling trails are exceptional, and all of the many others draws to the Pisgah National Forest have led to high traffic volumes and increased congestion in recent years.The N.C. Department of Transportation, in coordination with the City of Brevard and Transylvania County, will present options to improve the intersection of Asheville Highway and Hendersonville Highway/Pisgah Highway to alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow through the busy area.A new roundabout option has garnered the most support through the early stages of developing this project. A signalized option will also be presented.Both options offer notable traffic improvements over the signal in place now. But the roundabout option would have reduced delays as traffic volumes continue to increase in the future. In addition, the roundabout is more in line with local planning objectives for the Pisgah Forest Neighborhood and offers safer bicycle and pedestrian facilities.A map of the project study area can be found on the NCDOT website.The options will be presented at a drop-in public meeting on Thursday, May 24 from 4-7 p.m. at the Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard. NCDOT officials will be available to answer questions and receive comments.If area residents are unable to attend the meeting, they will still have a chance to submit comments on the project until June 15.Contact Division 14 Project Engineer Jonathan Woodard at for additional information or to submit comments.The project started at a local level over more than a decade. The U.S. 64/N.C. 280 corridor was identified as needing improvement in ago in the Transylvania County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.Less than two years ago the Pisgah Forest Small Area Plan recommended roundabouts at the intersections and improved bicycle and pedestrian improvements.The Land of Sky Rural Planning Organization — which consists of individuals from local governments — and the NCDOT scored the project high in 2016 so it received funding and the go-ahead in 2017.At the meeting, NCDOT will provide auxiliary ads and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jenny Noonkester at (704) 940-4787 or as early as possible so arrangements can be made.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Pink Columbines in Bloom

first_imgWe’ve had a wet, cool spring in southeast Michigan. But my pink Columbines didn’t seem to mind. They’ve been blooming for the past three weeks.Somehow the delicate pink flowers withstood the downpours of rain and strong winds this month’s storms brought to southeast Michigan. The columbines are one of the few flowers in bloom in my garden this week, while the rose buds are still forming and my cleomes, asters, and snapdragons have yet to form any buds. For me, it sure seemed like we had one of the wettest months of May. But my memory must be failing me. According to the Detroit Free Press article about raining 21 out of 28 days in May, metro Detroit had less than half the precipitation as one year ago, in May 2018.Tell that to my waterlogged lawn, as I make squish-squish sounds every time I walk on it. How about you? How are your spring flowers doing? What’s in bloom in your garden today? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Mini Daffodils in BloomWith all the rain showers we’ve had in southeast Michigan in the past week, it’s no surprise my spring bulbs have finally started to burst into bloom. My mini daffodils popped through the soil earlier this month. The gorgeous yellow flowers, less than eight inches tall, started blooming a few…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: My Garden Today, Coreopsis in BloomWith the cool weather and heavy spring rains ending (we hope!) in southeast Michigan, my early summer flowers are finally in bloom. Including one of my favorites, the yellow-petaled Coreopsis that blooms in my front courtyard. I believe the blooms in this post are a hybrid between the field Coreopsis…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: First Bloom on my Pink HibiscusWhat a treat to see the first blooms of my pink Hibiscus plant in my garden today! I planted it two years ago and this year was the first year the Hibiscus bloomed. All I could say when I saw the bloom this morning was, what a gorgeous flower! My…In “Garden”last_img read more

Real-World Lessons from Hostage Situations

first_imgLate in August 2017, on a trendy stretch of one of America’s most iconic streets—King St. in Charleston, SC—a fired dishwasher returned to the restaurant where he had worked and shot and killed a former coworker. Announcing, “There’s a new boss in town,” he took another person hostage for several hours until police shot the suspect, critically wounding him.Active shooter events are more common, but workplace hostage situations do occur. In a recent security industry webinar, representatives from the Arapahoe County (CO) Sheriff’s Office said it’s important for an organization’s active shooter planning and training to account for the possibility of a hostage scenario. The two are closely linked, they noted. Hostage events can become active shooting incidents and, conversely, active shooting events can become hostage situations.[text_ad use_post=’125303′]- Sponsor – Although it’s often left out of active shooter training, the officers said it’s important for company protection leaders to cover the actions employees should take in a hostage scenario. They said it’s critical to stress the distinction between the two types of events because how employees respond—and whether they remain safe—depends on it.Trying to escape during an active shooting may be lifesaving, but during a hostage situation, it is likely to cause a situation that is typically resolved peacefully to turn deadly.Some training points:The longer the situation goes on, the better the likelihood that law enforcement will resolve it. Do not lose hope.Do not speak unless spoken to; don’t argue; don’t make suggestions. Do not antagonize the hostage-taker.Make eye contact unless told not to. It’s harder for a hostage-taker to hurt someone with whom they’ve made eye contact.Leave if threatened and told to leave. A store manager should not insist on staying with other hostages, for example.Be observant. If released, you may be able to provide law enforcement with useful information.Try to remain calm. If a hostage-taker is armed with a “bomb,” keep in mind that such devices are typically designed to instill fear and are not usually capable of causing great harm and are typically not as dangerous as victims are likely to think.When rescued, be aware that you may be placed in handcuffs until everyone is identified.Real-World Lessons from Hostage SituationsFrom actual hostage-taking incidents, including one at Discovery Channel when a radical environmentalist, angry at its programming, took several employees hostage at its corporate offices, here are some additional actions that retailers might consider.Conduct annual evacuation drills at main corporate offices, have a defined process for sending out timely communication with instructions on how to exit the building, and pre-assign to each floor a captain to lead emergency evacuations. A representative from Discovery Communications said its staff’s proper execution of the building evacuation plan was critical to keeping staff out of harm’s way.Think about how you would be able to watch and share video from inside your building. Discovery’s security team was able to make live video from internal building surveillance cameras available for police to watch during the course of the siege, information that helped law enforcement successfully conclude the incident. (The suspect was killed, and no hostage was injured.)Keep a record of threats and assess the need to investigate. If a disgruntled customer sends a retailer a threatening note, he or she may just be blowing off steam. But it could also be a precursor to something more serious.In the incident at Discovery Channel, company personnel were aware of the individual who took hostages at their office building. Two years prior, the man was arrested for creating a disturbance outside the building, and had been instructed by a court that he would be jailed for up to 60 days if he came within 500 feet of the building. He also had published a manifesto listing his “demands” regarding the channel’s television programming.After the incident, a Discovery spokesman told the Washington Post that the company was “aware of him but did not take his threats seriously.” Andrew Milne, senior counsel at Garson Claxton LLC, told the Washington Business Journal that companies should maintain a record of any hateful comments by people with issues toward a company or its employees. If you don’t maintain records of such communications, it’s impossible to identify when an individual is persistent or when animosity appears to be escalating, he said.Provide LP and store managers with de-escalation training—it can be critically important. In a hostage event at a community hospital near Fort Stewart in Savannah, GA, staff response was vital in the peaceful resolution of a hostage crisis. Two hostage victims, a nurse practitioner and a technician, were credited with calming the gunman until professional hostage negotiators arrived.“Working together, they maintained the situation, kept the gunman out of the territory where he could harm someone else, and bought time for someone else to get there,” Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, a senior Fort Stewart commander, told the Associated Press.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated September 4, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more