Holdup Ends in One Death, Anger in New Kru Town

first_imgA 21 year old Sierra Leonean man was reportedly stabbed to death by a robber only identified as Red in a holdup attempt that went wrong Wednesday night in Nyuanpanton, near New Kru Town, Monrovia.An eye-witness told the Daily Observer that the victim was ordered by Red to empty his pockets. When Red approached the young Sierra Leonean to demand what was in his wallet and he refused, Red called out to three other friends who joined him in the attack.“He called out to his friends by the nicknames One Million, Pretty Jean and Blank Check who joined him in forcing the victim to turn his money over to them,” a neighbor said.When Red stabbed the victim, and found out that he had only LD200 on him, they realized what they had done was wrong, according to neighbors.They narrated that the victim had been struggling to make ends meet doing “a little selling business” and his death was unfortunate.“The young man was only about 21 years,” another neighbor said, adding that “his death makes it five the number of young people in the community who have been killed by knife wielding robbers since the beginning of 2016.” When the victim’s fellow Sierra Leoneans heard about his death, a group of them, armed with anything they could use as weapons, rushed to Nyuanpanton to search for anyone connected to the young man’s death, residents told the Daily Observer.“His friends came to our community in search of those involved in the boy’s death and when they located Red and his friends’ zinc house they began to break it down.“Later the police were informed sent out several officers, including PSU who came to calm the situation down,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, Police officers have arrested one of the four attackers named One Million and detained him at the New Kru Town Depot, while investigations continued yesterday.The body of the victim was deposited at the Redemption Hospital morgue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Raiders’ Brandon Marshall says he’s moving on

first_imgALAMEDA — And the first domino to fall for the Raiders is linebacker Brandon Marshall.Signed in the off-season as a potential starter on the weak side, the former Denver Broncos linebacker was recovering from knee surgery and last played extensively in the third preseason game against Green Bay.A Super Bowl champion with Denver in 2016, Marshall was one of 13 players who were either released, waived or waived/injured Friday.Marshall did not play Thursday night in a 17-15 loss to Seattle …last_img

The first “Cab Cam” of 2015 as planting ramps up in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With an unusual break from rain and cold weather this spring, many farmers across Ohio headed to the fields to work ground, spray and in some cases even begin the 2015 planting season. Ty Higgins found The Kocher Family of MKB Farms in Galion, Ohio doing just that. Nick Kocher was Ty’s guest for the first Cab Cam of the season.last_img

Do We Really Want to Talk to Strangers Based on Our Location?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#conferences#SXSW 2011#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img With SXSW well under way in Austin, Texas, the servers behind apps like Beluga, GroupMe, Kik and FastSociety must be working overtime. After all, people like talking to their friends, right? In this same batch of apps, we’ve seen another phenomenon, though – apps that make it quicker an easier to talk to people you don’t know – and we have one big question: Do people really want to talk to strangers?Two apps that immediately come to mind in the sphere are Yobongo and Ask Around, both of which use location to bring strangers together in a group chat. For Yobongo, the value proposition is that a group chat room based on your location and a number of other signals can make it easier to meet the people around you. Co-founder Caleb Elston distinguished Yobongo from other group messaging apps, explaining that “those products are focused on organizing your close friends around very specific topics or events. We are focused on ambient real-time communication with real people you may not even know.”Ask Around, on the other hand, is “a location-centric app that lets people join, save and share conversations taking place in their immediate vicinity.” The basic idea here is that the people around you can offer a value that services like Google cannot, based on the simple fact that you have  common location. Why is the train stopped? Google might not know, but the person five cars up might. So let’s look at these two scenarios a bit more: Yobongo wants to make it easier to meet people around me by breaking the ice a little bit and Ask Around wants to help out with local search by providing a way to quickly ask people around me questions in real time. Say I go to the bar and I’m the shy type. I sit down, order a beer, and whip out my trusty iPhone. I open up Yobongo and I see it says I’m chatting with 10 people near Austin. How long do I sit at the bar and chat with people on my iPhone before the ice has been broken enough to overcome my shyness and finally say “Hey, let’s cross the room and talk face to face”? Since this is a chat based around location, it’s also very real-time. There’s only so much time before one of us potentially moves on to another location and makes the jump from one room to another. Here’s the thing: if I’m the type of person that can’t go to a place and meet people face to face, is two seconds of chatting on my phone really going to break down the barriers of introduction enough to get past that? I’m not so sure it is. Now, Ask.com says that Ask Around can be the service I go to when I want to know about what’s going on around me.We saw some of this location-centric chat behavior evolving naturally in our flagship app and took the hint that there was real interest in having a discussion with those people around you.  Launching Ask Around as a separate app dedicated wholly to this use case lets everyone explore the shared experience of location. Want to have a behind the scenes conversation with friends in the bar? Predict the next play in the game to those watching it with you? Find out where off campus people are heading tonight?  Discover what the crowd across the street is looking at? Ask Around is the app for that.With Ask Around, the group conversation is entirely public – just as with Yobongo – so I’m not sure how much I would use it for a “behind the scenes” conversation, but what about the rest of these ideas? Do I want to predict the next play with people around me? Is this supposing that I’m at the game or a sports bar? And if so, why does the location actually matter? It would seem we’re talking about a topic, not a location. And if the crowd across the street is looking at something, why not cross the street and look yourself? The biggest question for a service like Ask Around is, who is on the other end? When that hypothetical train stops, do we all jump on Ask Around to talk to people in our immediate location? The idea seems to be based around asking questions to people in a vicinity, but is a location a strong enough bond to get strangers communicating? And if everyone goes on there to ask questions, who’s doing the answering? So, the question really is with group messaging for strangers – how do you keep both parties interested on both ends? What’s the incentive to keep Ask Around running on your phone if you don’t have a question? For Yobongo, is a mix of location and social signals enough to match user expectations and bring the serendipitous connections promised?Bringing location explicitly into the formula of communication with strangers is a relatively new thing and we’re sure to see more of it, but we’re not so sure that it’s there quite yet. What do you think? What apps have you seen that do it just right? Has Yobongo brought you serendipity or Ask Around information you wouldn’t have otherwise found? So far, it hasn’t for me. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansonlast_img read more

ABB Signs Marine Automation Deal in China

first_imgzoomImage provided by ABB; Image courtesy: Viking Line Technology company ABB has won its first marine automation system contract for a cruise ferry in China.The deal was signed after the technology package for Chinese-built Viking Line vessel has been extended to include the ABB Ability™ System 800xA, which integrates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform.Adding marine automation to the technology package would improve project management, as well as result in greater vessel efficiency and digitalization, according to ABB.“Extending our arrangement with ABB to include the full automation package made perfect sense, given that ABB has the dedicated local automation team and access to global engineering resources that will ensure both responsiveness and delivery of a vessel benefiting from the highest levels of systems integration,” Jan Hanses, President and CEO, Viking Line.The 63,000 gross ton LNG-fueled cruise ferry, which is being built at Xiamen Shipbuilding, will have space for 2,800-passengers when it joins services connecting the Finnish port of Turku, the Åland Islands and Stockholm, Sweden, in 2020.As well as the ABB electrical power generation, distribution systems and bow thruster motors, the vessel will be the first cruise ferry in the world to feature twin XO 2100-type Azipod® units.“As ABB’s first marine automation contract for a cruise ferry in China, this is a breakthrough in a crucial territory where our marine business continues to increase, but it also confirms that our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected’ strategy is gaining traction in a growing number of sectors and markets,” Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, said.last_img read more