Suspect arrested in ambush shooting of two LA sheriff’s deputies

first_imgkali9/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ALEX STONE and MATT GUTMAN, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A suspect has been arrested in the brazen ambush shooting that left two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies severely wounded, authorities said.Authorities identified the suspect as 36-year-old Deonte Murray.Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced the arrest during a news conference on Wednesday, saying the Sept. 12 surprise attack showed “the worst of humanity — a cowardly act where a suspect ambushed and shot and attempted to kill two of our deputies.”“This cowardly ambush was followed by bystanders celebrating and cheering that the deputies had been shot, and that followed at the hospital — the sanctity, the quiet sanctity of the hospital — with protesters cheering and chanting for the deputies to die,” Villanueva said. “These acts and that day, I will not forget it, and it represents the worst in humanity and it shocked the whole nation. And that evening, I said we will find this man. And I can report today, we have found our suspect.”Murray has been in custody since Sept. 15, when he was arrested in connection with an alleged carjacking and a 10-hour standoff with police in the Lynwood section of Los Angeles, sheriff’s officials said. But when he was arrested, sheriff’s officials told reporters that Murray was not the suspect in the shooting of the deputies and that the search for that gunman, which prompted a reward that soared to $675,000 with private donations, was ongoing.During Wednesday’s news conference, Villanueva faced numerous questions about why his agency initially ruled out Murray as the ambush suspect. Officials claimed that at the time of Murray’s arrest they didn’t know for sure he was the alleged gunman.Murray was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in the Compton branch of Los Angeles Superior Court on two counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a statement from Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Murray pleaded not guilty to the charges and a preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 28, Lacey said.Lacey said that if convicted, Murray faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.Murray was ordered held in jail on $6.15 million.The ambush unfolded on Sept. 12 as the two deputies, whose names have not been released by the sheriff’s department, sat in a marked patrol vehicle near the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center in Compton, authorities said. Surveillance video released by the sheriff’s department showed an individual dressed in black shorts, a dark jacket and wielding a pistol walk up to the vehicle and shoot through the passenger-side window without warning.The shooter ran to a black four-door sedan and sped away, authorities said. As the gunman fled, surveillance video showed the patrol vehicle’s passenger-side door open and one of the wounded deputies, described as a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old, stumble out.Villanueva told ABC News earlier last month that despite being shot four or five times, including once in the jaw, the female deputy walked around the patrol vehicle to help her 24-year-old partner, who suffered gunshot wounds to his forehead, arms and one hand.Both deputies initially were in critical condition and taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where they underwent surgery. They’ve since been released but are facing long rehabilitation periods, officials said.Officials have not commented on Murray’s motive for the alleged ambush “beyond the fact that he hates policemen and wants them dead,” said Kent Wegener, captain of the LA Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.At the time of Murray’s arrest, reports circulated online implying that the armed carjacking suspect caught in Lynwood could be the gunman wanted in the surprise attack on the two deputies. However, the sheriff’s department issued a statement describing the online reports as “ERRONEOUS information” and said, “there are no named or wanted suspects at this time.”When Murray was arrested, reporters asked Villanueva why Murray was being held on $2 million bail and asked the sheriff directly if he was connected to the ambush, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC.“[He] was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking,” Villanueva said then. “And he actually shot the victim with an AR-15, and stole the vehicle. So that, itself, is going to necessitate the higher bail. And he is an extremely dangerous person, and thankfully he was arrested without incident — without, at least, anybody being injured.”Lacey said the carjacking occurred on Sept. 1 in Compton when Murray allegedly shot the carjacking victim in the leg. Following Murray’s arrest on Sept. 15, he was charged with one count each of carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a semi-automatic firearm.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgWell its been hectic hectic hectic the weather has been brilliant and finn Valley have gone joint top underage club in the country with Leevale ,Cork having amassed 21 medals at 2 weekends of national underage competition.Bernie Alcorn and Neil Martin have led successful squads at European youth Olympic Games in Utrecht and European junior champs Rieti while Sarah Collins finished 7th in Rieti meet in the 5k previous to that John Kelly and Fellan Mc Guigan were in Ukraine mixing it with the top athletes globally at youth level in world youth champs supported by family members.Mark Hoy ran an 800m pb testimony to months of hard work and then there was in recent days the final underage nationals which as I relate pushed the medal tally up once again . Yes Tullamore Saturday was relay day and no joy certainly finals 4th,5th place finishs but we haven’t as a unit been able to field medal winning teams to any great degree in this discipline in recent years something to consider . What we can do is hit the nail in individual events citing Sunday AAron Mc Glynn 1500 gold to add to 800m previous and mentioning he has indoor ,cross country titles on the shelf as well . what a season . John Kelly metres to spare in the discus and James silver in discus with a really strong performance . Naoimh Mc Granaghan ,Blaithnaid Patton and Simone Crawford all medallists and delight for Jordan Byrne silver in the walk .Credit at this time to the work rate of coachs and the support of family the winning ingredient for a loyal bunch. Aine Kerr just out of medal list in long but her day will come . James Speight has gone to Columbia to compete in a duathlon in the world Games exciting challenge for him and on the other side of the scale Eddie Gallen finished 3rd in the Irish championship 24hr ultra run in Belfast covering 215km yes 215km his 4th best time ever .This weekend its back on the road chasing medals at national senior champs in Santry led by currently Irelands only A standard T/F athlete Tori Pena having had the confidence of a 4-50 in France recently and there is Dempsey Mc Guigan,Mark Hoy ,Teresa Mc Gloin etc etc . Team for world champs in Moscow to be announced early next week. ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC REPORT was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC REPORTlast_img read more

Necking in the Dark: Evolutionists Clueless about Giraffes

first_imgEvolutionary storytelling about giraffes’ long necks goes back before Darwin, but all the tales have one thing in common: they don’t work. Doesn’t matter. Evolution marches on.Nature‘s Editorial this week should have been a supreme embarrassment. But when only evolutionary explanations are tolerated, those in power have no fear of shame. They can toss out various ‘narratives’ and ‘scenarios’ with alacrity, never needing to submit any of them to serious testing or debate. This editorial is a case in point: “Giraffes could have evolved long necks to keep cool,” the headline reads. “Another explanation offered for one of animal kingdom’s most distinctive features.”How did the giraffe get its long neck? The obvious answer — and some of you are probably shouting it at the page or screen right now — is that it evolved as a benefit that allowed the animals to reach and eat higher leaves. Perhaps. Probably, even. That was certainly Charles Darwin’s explanation. But it’s not certain, and other possible origins for one of the animal kingdom’s most distinctive features are still a topic of debate among zoologists and evolutionary biologists alike.So here in 2017, over 150 years since Darwin, evolutionists are still debating the neck of the giraffe. Further reading shows that no evolutionary theory works. Lamarck’s theory was wrong (that adults stretch their necks to reach higher leaves). Darwin’s theory was wrong (that necks evolved to be long first, then were found to be adaptive). Chapman Pincher’s 1948 theory was wrong (that the neck evolved so giraffes could reach water past their long legs; the authors claim that giraffe ancestors “had managed perfectly well with long legs and short necks for millions of years”). Sexual selection theories come and go (that females like long necks, or that males use them to battle for females).Surprisingly, the Editors have something nice to say about Lamarck’s defunct theory: “The French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck suggested that giraffes’ necks became stretched as they constantly reached for foliage (an idea very much ahead of its time but for which he is sometimes unfairly ridiculed).” Maybe they refer to the fact that Darwin evolved to become more Lamarckian in later editions of the Origin. They wouldn’t want to indirectly disparage the hero of evolution.The latest story getting the Editors’ vote is that giraffes keep cool with longer necks in arid environments.And then there is thermoregulation. Originally, the suggestion was that long necks (and legs) significantly tilted the balance between volume and surface area that determines how quickly animals (and other bodies) gain and lose heat. Giraffes might look as if they have a larger than usual surface area compared with barrel shaped rhinos, elephants and others — but do they? It turns out that few people have tried to measure the surface area of enough giraffes to be sure. That’s what the scientists do in the latest study.They looked at measurements made for dozens of giraffes culled in Zimbabwe. They found that, pound for pound, the surface area of a giraffe is actually no larger than would be expected for any other animal of the same mass. And the creatures are no better at keeping cool, until, the scientists go on to suggest, they turn to face the Sun — as many giraffes are seen to do on hot days.That’s it. That’s the end of the Editorial. Sound convincing? What evolved, a behavior (turning to face the sun), or the neck? If this were a law of nature, every mammal in the same environment should either evolve a long neck, or learn to face the sun, or both. Why not just face the sun with a short neck? Why not just evolve to prefer shade? Why not evolve sunscreen, like the short-necked, fat hippos do? Why not evolve to live in the water, like the hippos? Why not evolve big ears to shed excess heat, like the elephants? Why not evolve to burrow underground? Why not become nocturnal? So many easier options exist for thermoregulation; why the long neck?The Editors fail to list the numerous random mutations that would have had to occur to evolve a long neck. The heart would have to get much stronger. The vertebrae would have to expand. The skull would need an absorbent tissue to prevent the giraffe’s brains from exploding every time it bent over for a drink. Valves in the veins would have to check rapid downward flow when bending over. A giraffe with a long neck but none of these engineering changes existing simultaneously would die.In the Journal of Creation last year, Jean K. Lightner compared neck vertebrae of okapi, giraffe and alleged intermediate fossil form Samotherium from a design perspective.Update 9/20/17: A new paper in PLoS One announces new post-cranial bones (ossicone, astragalus and metatarsal) of members of the giraffe family. The bones, found in Pakistan, they claim cover 1.3 million years of the Miocene epoch. The paper, “The earliest ossicone and post-cranial record of Giraffa,” contains a surprise (but not to creationists). Has the giraffe evolved? No; the fossils “demonstrate that the genus has been morphologically consistent over 9 million years.” The paper has nothing to say about evolution, Darwin, Lamarck or natural selection. Their last sentence affirms this was a surprise: “The described specimens are the first and only Miocene non dental material of Giraffa known, and are pivotal in our understanding of the ever-surprising genus.”The Nature editorial is so inane, it almost seems like the Editors are asking for spitballs and tomatoes. But nobody will shoot their ideas down, because they live behind impregnable walls that skeptical volleys cannot penetrate. Having outlawed all voices from intelligent design or creation scientists, the Darwin guards can just tell stories all they want, laugh, and get away with it. The lapdog media will be sure to honor them appropriately for their wisdom and scientific insight.Like Dr Bergman wrote yesterday, criticism of Darwinism is forbidden because it is politically incorrect. King Charlie’s domain is a totalitarian regime, where non-cooperators are Expelled to fend for themselves outside the walls of the castle. DODOs laugh among themselves, but never take a hit for their silly, unscientific stories. Do they hate creationists all the time? No, because they never hear them. How can you hate a non-entity? In Darwin Fantasyland, giraffes evolved long necks for one materialistic, unguided reason or another. How doesn’t matter. Stuff happens.(Visited 651 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Case IH extends hay and forage lineup with Optum Tractor Series and ISOBUS Class 3 capabilities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Additions offer producers increased productivity and efficiency  To better meet power and equipment needs of high-volume hay and forage producers, Case IH beefed up its forage lineup this month with the new Optum tractor series. Fulfilling a new horsepower segment, the Optum tractor joins the company’s complete line of hay and forage equipment, which includes updates across its tractor lineup. Elevating baling productivity, Case IH also announced a new ISOBUS Class 3 enabled Feedrate Control system available for select LB4 series large square balers.“Case IH is proud to offer a full line of hay and forage equipment,” said Dave Henderson, Livestock Marketing, Case IH. “From hay cutting and handling equipment to balers and tractors, Case IH offers a lineup of innovative equipment to harvest and handle this important feedstuff, along with a broad mix of tractors designed to meet producer’s individual needs — no matter how unique or specialized.”New Optum tractor series delivers heavy-duty, year-round performance. From the iconic Farmall® series to the new Optum tractor, Case IH now offers producers four tractor series designed with the right mix of power, efficiency and versatility for any hay and forage task.A multipurpose workhorse, the Optum series features the necessary horsepower for high-volume hay and forage operations, plus enough muscle for larger tillage tools and planters. With PTO horsepower ranging from 240 to 270 hp, the tractor series delivers big-iron power, performance and comfort — plus outstanding features and technology, including the fuel-saving Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).“Built for heavy-duty, year-round application, the Optum series combines efficient power with operator convenience to handle the large workload and multiple tasks of hay and forage operations, row crop applications and farmstead upkeep,” said Dave Bogan, marketing manager, Maxxum/Puma Tractors. “Fulfilling a new horsepower requirement, we designed this series to meet the needs of customers looking for that optimal power-to-weight ratio for any field, cultivation or haulage task.”Highlighting the versatility of the Optum tractor, Bogan added, “It teams just as well with a large square baler or grain cart as it does with a midsize planter or seeder.”Mirroring its progressive feature set, the Optum tractor features new Case IH family styling. The modern look offers a redesigned hood, grille and roof cap with LED lighting, along with a spacious SurroundVision cab designed for maximum comfort and convenience.Other key Optum series features include:Efficient Power: Meeting Tier 4 B/Final emissions, Optum tractors feature Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)-only technology to produce raw power and torque with less fuel. Additional fuel-saving technologies include a variable vane cooling fan and in-cab electronically shifted front and rear PTO economy speed options.Superior roadability: An available antilock braking system, autoguidance and in-cab tire pressure monitoring system provide greater productivity and control.Maximum versatility: Three bar-axle choices offer the complete range of wheel spacing options for row crop applications. A flange axle and tire offering — for large singles up to 900 mm wide — are also options. Large hydraulic pumps can run planters and seeders, plus reactive steering, suspended axle and cab suspension are built to power through any haulage task.ISOBUS Class 3 functionality: ISOBUS Class 3 enables the CVT Optum tractor and its approved implement to optimize the job at hand. Using ISOBUS Class 3, the implement can control tractor functions such as ground speed, rear PTO and rear hitch for increased performance and throughput.Multipurpose lineup offers comfort, performance and versatility. Highlighted by the Optum tractor, the Case IH hay and forage tractor lineup also includes similar updates across its Puma and Maxxum series offerings.Model Year 2016 Puma series enhancements: New roof cap styling, enhanced lighting packages and a redesigned grab-rail lighting structure improves form and function. Deluxe seating and leather-wrapped steering wheel options add comfort, and available antilock braking and hill-holder technology for powershift models provide greater roadability. CVT models include ISOBUS Class 3 functionality.Model Year 2016 Maxxum series enhancements: New seating choices, a radio antenna amplifier and HVAC control panel make an already best-in-class cab experience even better. A second accumulator added to the front-axle suspension system improves the overall ride. CVT models also include ISOBUS Class 3 functionality.Tractors team with LB4 series large square balers for high-tech haying. Pairing perfectly with the ISOBUS Class 3 functionality offered across the Case IH hay and forage tractor lineup, Model Year 2016 LB4 series large square balers are now even easier to operate. Available through AFS Connect, the new ISOBUS Class 3 functionality allows select balers to change settings on compatible tractors (Model Year 2016 CVT Optum, Puma and Maxxum tractors) to achieve maximum productivity and optimal bale quality.Appropriately named Feedrate Control, the advanced baling technology enables the baler to run at optimal performance by controlling the speed of the tractor. Using Feedrate Control, the baler controls the tractor’s forward speed through ISOBUS Class 3 commands, maintaining desired capacity by using a charge sensor. The system then calculates the best speed based on the information received from the sensors.Feedrate Control includes two running operations:Charge Control (available on LB334R and LB434R rotor cutter configurations): Charge Control automatically adjusts the tractor’s speed to reach optimal capacity inside the baler. This results in a higher feedrate throughput by up to 9 percent overall.Slice Control (available on all configurations of LB334 and LB434 models): Slice Control automatically adjusts the tractor’s speed based on bale slice thickness. This allows the operator to predetermine the number of slices per bale to create more consistency.“Feedrate Control helps producers maximize their productivity and efficiency by always running at full capacity — no matter the crop yield or level of operator experience,” said Cole Carling, marketing manager, Hay and Forage. “Without the need to monitor tractor speed, operators can work in comfort and with less fatigue. They also will have greater peace of mind knowing each bale is consistent in quality, flake size and shape.”Carling also pointed to increased fuel savings of up to 4 percent as a result of more-efficient baler operation.To learn more about the complete Case IH hay and forage offering, from cutting to conditioning and from balers to tractors, visit your local Case IH dealer or read more

Sign The White House Petition To Make Cellphone Unlocking Legal Again

first_imgTags:#Carriers#DMCA#Government#jailbreaking Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tinkerers, open source ideologues, mobile developers and enthusiasts and even plain old mobile consumers who want a bit of choice, you got some bad news earlier this year: It is now illegal to unlock your smartphone. Through a decree from the Library Of Congress through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as of Jan. 26, 2013, the exception explicitly allowing consumers to unlock any new smartphones they purchase has been ended.Unlocking smartphones is a way for consumers to change the SIM cards in their devices so they can use it on a different carrier. For instance, if you unlocked your Samsung Galaxy S 3 you could then change carriers from AT&T to T-Mobile by replacing the SIM card.What Is The Unlocking Petition All About?A petition has been presented to the White House on its “We the People” website, which allows U.S. residents to entreat the U.S. government to address particular concerns. The White House is committed to respond to any petition that gets 100,000 signatures.Here is the text of the petition:The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA.As of January 26, consumers will no longer be able unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired.Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full.The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked.We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal.The petition is now nearly a month old, having been started on Jan. 24 this year. It has until Feb. 23 to garner 100,000 signatures. As of the afternoon of Feb. 20, the petition was still about 12,000 votes short of obliging the White House to respond. Why Is Unlocking Important?Consumers can face financial hurdles and loss of choice if the unlocking ban remains in effect. The most obvious problem is for overseas travelers who want to unlock their phones so they can use a local SIM card and avoid the exorbitant voice and data charges that domestic carriers like AT&T charge for foreign use. Consumers may also want to unlock their phones to switch carriers or if they want to sell their phones to independent third parties. The carriers and manufacturers, meanwhile, stand to benefit from the unlocking ban. If consumers are forced into contracts when they buy their phones, they cannot easily switch carriers without hefty early termination fees. Manufacturers benefit because if somebody wants to join a new carrier, they have to buy a new phone. Wireless trade groups like the CTIA look out for the interests of manufacturers and carriers (especially the carriers) and have endorsed the unlocking ban.Who’s Behind The Unlocking Petition?One of the petition’s organizers is Sina Khanifar. He started a website while at college in 2004 called that sold software that unlocked consumers’ cellphones. Shortly thereafter he was hit by a cease-and-desist letter from Motorola alleging that he was circumventing DMCA rules that prohibit unlocking phone.. With the help of the founder of Stanford’s Cyberlaw Clinic, Jennifer Granick, an exemption was created in the DMCA that specifically allowed consumers to unlock their phones. That exemption expired on Jan. 26.Khanifar does have some incentive to make cellphone unlocking legal. The Cell-Unlock website is still active and is being run by his brother, Sohail. The other organizer of the petition is Derek Khanna, a former staff member of the Republican Study Committee who was infamously terminated from the group after releasing a memo on copyright and intellectual property legislation that was not well received by the Grand Old Party. Before his termination, Khanna was regarded as a tech-savvy young member of the Republican party. He is now a visiting law fellow at Yale University.Want to end the unlocking ban? Sign the petition by Friday to ensure the White House responds. last_img read more

Abhay Chautala rules out INLD’s merger with JJP

first_imgIndian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala on Tuesday set aside speculations about coming together of his party and its offshoot outfit – the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) in Haryana.On Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala’s father Ajay Chautala met his estranged younger brother, Mr. Abhay Chautala, causing speculations among party ranks about a truce between both the leaders of the “Chautala family”.Asked about the meeting and the INLD’s future political prospects, Mr. Abhay Chautala told The Hindu over telephone that “…the chapter is closed. When they have gone away and we are separate now, then it’s over.” A party source said “nothing much should be read into the meeting as it was a customary one among the family members.”Deepavali greetingsThe meeting took place at the family’s farmhouse in Teja Khera in Sirsa district and Deepavali greetings were exchanged. “The two brothers had a cordial conversation,” said the source.The INLD, led by former Chief Minister O.P. Chautala saw a split in 2018 after a bitter power struggle between Ajay Chautala, who is serving a 10-year jail sentence in a teacher recruitment scam, and Mr. Abhay Chautala, who was the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly and had been running the party since 2013. Amid the family feud, Mr. Ajay Chautala and Mr. Dushyant Chautala floated the JJP.In the recent Assembly polls, the JJP made an impressive debut by securing 10 seats, and struck a deal with the BJP to form a coalition government. The INLD saw a near washout from the political arena by winning just one seat.Ahead of Mr. Dushyant Chautala’s oath as Deputy Chief Minister last week, Mr. Ajay Chautala was released from the Tihar jail on a two-week furlough.The BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 40 seats in the recent polls but fell short of six seats to form a government on its own. The majority mark is 46. The BJP and the JJP then decided to form an alliance government.last_img read more

Cybercrime a major global threat – Minister Chuck

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says cyber-crime is a major global threat that represents a clear and present danger to democracies and the rule of law everywhere.   He said there is an urgent need for the strengthening of international cooperation and the harmonization of policy and legislative instruments in the criminal justice system to combat the threat.  “Mobile fraud has increased by 173 per cent between 2013 and 2015, and while mobile transactions are growing, fraud is growing at an even faster clip. In 2015, 45 per cent of all transactions originated from the mobile channel, while 61 per cent of fraud attempts were made from a mobile device,” he noted.He said that cyber-crime costs are projected to reach US$2 trillion worldwide by 2019 and the cyber-security products and services market is expected to grow from US$75 billion in 2015 to US$175 billion by 2020.  “We are confronting a boundless and borderless threat and an unprecedented threat to the global economy and global security,” he stressed.Minister Chuck, who was addressing the 4th North American and Caribbean International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on November 3, said that in light of the challenges, societies cannot now afford for a fragmentation of cyber-crime laws, divergence of procedural powers, lack of access to extraterritorial data by law enforcement authorities, and ineffective international cooperation mechanisms.He said legal luminaries everywhere must be bold in considering options to strengthen the legal, institutional, investigative and prosecutorial mechanisms to combat cyber-crime.  “We must come together,” he stressed.  “We have to face the realities, the challenges and do what is necessary to ensure the protection of our communities.  We cannot afford for the criminals to beat us. That is something we should not even try to fathom, as the consequences would be too grave to even contemplate,” he argued.For her part, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, acknowledged that combating cyber-crime is challenging but expressed confidence that “together we shall not only persevere, we will also be victorious”.She noted that the conference provides an opportunity to examine a wide range of areas as it relates to the issue.  “Our objective is to ensure that cyber-crime does not continue to undermine good governance, democracy and the safety of our citizens,” Ms. Llewellyn said.The three-day IAP conference was attended by prosecutors and law-enforcement officers from more than 24 countries in the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and Europe.  The discussion focused on a wide range of topics relating to prosecution and ways to make the justice system more effective in addressing cybercrime.last_img read more