Brothers sentenced over firearm attack on estate agency

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Brothers sentenced over firearm attack on estate agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleBrothers sentenced over firearm attack on estate agencyJoshua and Brandon Maas both discharged a ‘lethal’ weapon at the branch of Gateshead agency Carousel, and also later damaged one of its cars.Nigel Lewis10th August 20202 Comments1,030 Views Two brothers who discharged an air pistol at an estate agency window and damaged one of the company’s cars after being told they were to be evicted from their rented home have been jailed after causing damage estimated at £5,000.Joshua Maas, 24 and his brother Brandon 19, had been renting a home in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear but after two months at the property had not paid any rent after problems accessing benefits.The property’s managing estate agency, Carousel, then instigated eviction proceedings against the pair and served paperwork at the address informing them of this.That evening the Maas brothers drove to the central Gateshead estate agency branch of Carousel (pictured) and fired pellets at its window, punching seven holes in the glass. Fortunately, no staff were in the office at the time but two ‘terrified’ nearby pedestrians witnessed the attack, which included loud bangs as the firearm discharged.After driving off, the pair then spotted one of Carousel’s leased and branded company cars which was parked on a street two miles away, stopping to fire pellets at the vehicle, shattering two sides windows, a rear window and puncturing the body work.FirearmWhen their car was searched five days later, police found what was classed to be a ‘lethal barrelled firearm’.At court the pair admitted affray and criminal damage and Joshua was jailed for 12 months and Brandon to nine months suspended for 18 months.The judge said their sentences took into account the brothers’ troubled upbringing and the fact that Joshua suffered from ADHD but also reflected their ‘foolish’ and ‘very immature’ actions, as well as the terror that the estate agent’s staff felt in the day’s afterwards before their arrest, local media report.carousel gatehead August 10, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 10th August 2020 at 12:10 pmCan’t afford to pay Rent, but CAN afford an Air weapon and Ammunition – PRIORITIES ?Log in to ReplyPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 10th August 2020 at 12:07 pmAmazing the Crime you can get away with by pleading ‘ Thick and uneducated ‘Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

First Night Review: Duchess of Malfi

first_imgThe first half is excellent. Scene changes are fast and maintain dramatic momentum. Titas Halder’s direction displays a keen sense for blocking that never leaves the large stage of the Playhouse feeling too empty and the musical effects are well chosen. Mention must also be made of the Duchess herself. Sian Robins-Grace is stunning. She produces an emotional range unmatched by anyone else on stage. And her carriage commands our attention even when Webster has nothing for her to say. Owen Findlay also bears note as the strongest male actor in the cast for his charming and yet complex Bosola. The Dutchess of Malfi is truly a study in disintegration. By the play’s end we have witnessed no less than seven gruesome murders through means as fantastical as a poisoned Bible, and the play’s central sibling trio (the Duchess and her two brothers) are finished off in an odd mix of madness, maniacal scheming, and revenge. It is this tremendous sense of decay that seems best to encapsulate the present production. It starts strong and ends farcically. In short, the play was perhaps forty-five minutes too long. Some more insightful cuts and a more polished second half would not so disappointingly have detracted from the production’s many commendable attributes. However, these two performances hid faults that began to increasingly detract from the production as it proceeded. Brian McMahon’s Ferdinand is abysmal. Always agitated, he blunders through many of the most sensuous lines in the play and does little to convey the romantic interest in his twin sister (the Duchess) that fuels his jealous and yet self-destructive rage against her. Unfortunately, his final lunacy was hardly shocking, since the only contrast in his delivery throughout the play was one of volume rather than tone, cadence, or manner. By Jay Alexander Hilton Butler This deficiency was not particularly noticeable in the first half because the play worked so well as a whole. However, such faults became increasingly apparent after the intermission with the breakdown of its other positive elements. Scene changes were slower, music was not used as skilfully, and the play dragged. It seemed almost as though there had not been as much time devoted to rehearsing the latter half since many of the interactions between characters were unnecessarily awkward. The dramatic climax was certainly the execution of the Duchess (a tremendously gripping scene) and yet the play carried on for quite some time afterward with little character development apart from Ferdinand’s transformation into a werewolf. This is largely, of course, a fault of the play as Webster’s crude love of needless gore is aired fully. Yet, a bolder director might well have simply ended the play immediately after the Duchess’ death or played the final scenes with more subtlety. Instead, what followed was something of a comic circus with bodies splayed across the stage. After Bosola stabbed the scheming Cardinal, for instance, the latter fell awkwardly at the top of a staircase and was forced thereafter to prop himself up (so as not to fall down the stairs entirely) while chiming in occasional lines.last_img read more

Vertical Solution Providers Need to Adopt Data-Centric Approach to Digital Transformation

first_imgHow does digital transformation impact Vertical Solution Providers (VSPs) and what are the associated threats and opportunities? In my view, VSPS are to the forefront of the digital transformation charge, increasingly adding sensors and software analytics to their solutions to allow customers extract incremental value.The big game changerOf course, technology continues to be the big game changer. IoT sensors have dramatically reduced in price and with consumption-based pricing models, the Cloud has become a cost effective option for even small and medium sized business to consider. While not yet mainstream, we are increasingly seeing Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning plus Virtual and Augmented Reality being adopted. At the same time, VSPs are under increasing pressure from customers to offer flexible deployment options and innovative pricing models.Data rules OKData continues to be central – the so-called new currency of the marketplace. However, it needs to be captured, secured, managed, stored, and analyzed, sometimes in real-time to trigger automatic actions – just think of autonomous vehicles. Increasingly, data also needs to be integrated and combined with other data sources in order to generate unique business insights and facilitate new revenue streams or customer services.All of this means that Vertical Solution Providers are uniquely positioned to leverage data to transform a whole range of industries and in the process ensure their own businesses remain competitive and relevant.Be data-centric and outcomes focusedThis is pretty exciting stuff as the implications for business model innovation for VPS and their customers are huge. However, to exploit this opportunity, VSPs need to adopt a data-centric approach when designing solutions.It’s all about thinking long-term business outcomes versus short-term product solutions. After all, in our connected world, making money is not limited to physical product sales; other revenue streams after the initial product sale, including value-added services, subscriptions, and apps, can easily exceed the initial solution purchase price.Foster partnershipsThere’s also a need to take off any blinkers and look outside for inspiration. Instead of just focusing on developing your own capabilities – important as that continues to be – you should also think about how you will monetize your product and how your product can allow others to also generate value.My top tips for successDesign solutions that can scale to meet customer’s growing data needs today and in the future. For example, if you are building a surveillance solution that can protect a building, how can it scale to protect the neighborhood or indeed the entire city? Think ahead.Design tailored solutions that will optimize the performance of your application. Remember –not all workloads are created equal. There are horses for courses. Some workloads require rapid response time (low latency). For example, in financial markets, the execution time of a high frequency trade is counted in microseconds. Others like photo and video sharing need the capacity to store and archive vast amount of data.Have a data strategy in mind when building your solutions. How can you monetize the data your solutions are capturing in order to maximize value for you and your customers?Some use cases are becoming more mature such as predictive/proactive maintenance, but keep an open mind as the possibilities for new ideas are endless. I am seeing exciting innovation from start-ups across all verticals, for example solutions that identify patterns to measure customer satisfaction, and offer preventive actions to retain business or detect fraud more efficiently.The good news is that Dell EMC OEM has a long track record of partnering with VSPs. In May of this year, we unveiled hyperconvergence upgrades, designed for customers that are grappling with ongoing digital transformation efforts, and the pressure to deliver higher performance and greater automation.For example, our PowerMax storage enterprise line now includes sNVMe support and a built-in machine learning engine while XtremIO all-flash array offers native replication for the first time and a lower entry-level price. In the server arena, we expanded our PowerEdge portfolio and recently announced bundled server solutions designed to accelerate AI-driven workloads.Leading the chargeIn conclusion, I believe that VSPs are poised to disrupt different industries and drive positive societal change. Just think of the potential for better patient care, more efficient manufacturing plus smarter and safer digital cities.In upcoming blogs, I plan to look at this topic in more detail and discuss how it relates to specific vertical industries. In the meantime, do you have tips to share? What has been your experience of digital transformation?  I welcome your comments and questions. Do join the conversation.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: out the Dell EMC All-Flash and Hybrid storage portfolio, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors here.Learn more about Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI, Machine and Deep Learning here.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter and @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.last_img read more

Brazil and Paraguay Sign Agreement to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_img On 28 June, in the context of the Mercosur summit held in Asunción through 29 June, the governments of Brazil and Paraguay signed a cooperation agreement to combat drug trafficking. The text provides for a better exchange of information and the harmonization of technological and investigatory approaches to combating “transnational organized crime, preventing drug abuse, and rehabilitating drug addicts,” according to the official statement. On 29 June, the presidents of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, met on the sidelines of the summit, their first meeting since the Brazilian president took office in January. By Dialogo June 30, 2011last_img read more

How to upgrade your ATMs to EMV and stay in business

first_imgby: Bob SilkerWith liability shifts fast approaching, many independent ATM deployers (IAD) are asking: How do I upgrade my portfolio and stay in business. With estimates from Aite Group putting overall upgrade costs around $2,000-4,000 per ATM, it’s no wonder many business owners are suffering from sticker shock.But fraud costs after MasterCard’s liability shift beginning on October 1, 2016 could be far more detrimental – a whopping $50,000 per skimming incident as estimated by the U.S. Secret Service.ATM locations last to upgrade are more likely to absorb enormous amounts of fraud. It’s highly unlikely fraudsters are going to simply close up shop because ATMs begin getting EMV card readers installed on them. They will begin branching out, and with so smart phone apps available to help pinpoint an ATM anywhere in the U.S., it won’t be hard for them to find at-risk ATMs.Experts have seen similar fraud migrations happen in every other region of the world as they upgraded to chip technology. In fact, small areas, with very few ATMs, began seeing so much fraudulent traffic in Canada during the EMV migration that processors shut down those machines until they were upgraded. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

DNC middle class forum set for Wednesday

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr America’s Credit Unions and RealClearPolitics will conduct a second middle class forum Wednesday, this one at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia. The forum is scheduled to begin at noon (ET), and a link to a live video stream will be available on“Decoding 2016: The Middle Class Vote” will start with a keynote interview with John Anzalone, the head pollster for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Next will be a panel with Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy at think tank Third Way, as well as A.B. Stoddard and Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics.The forum will conclude with a keynote interview with Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and a Q&A session.A similar forum was held at the Republican National Convention last week, also sponsored by America’s Credit Unions and hosted by RealClearPolitics. continue reading »last_img read more

Strengthen your team by asking this question

first_img continue reading » Leadership is all about steering your team and organization in the right direction. You set the vision, culture, and expectations for your employees to thrive in their roles. But how often do you ask your employees how they’re doing? You likely have regular one-on-ones with direct reports, but are you intentional in making sure they have everything they need for success?David Dye, a leadership expert and author, suggests leaders ask this simple question regularly: “How can I help?”As one of my recent blogs explained, people are reluctant to ask for help for a number of reasons. By asking, “How can I help?” you’re taking some of the pressure off your employees who might be uncomfortable coming directly to you.Dye further outlines some things leaders should listen for when asking to help:Equipment and skills they need. While it can be expensive, it’s important to keep your office’s tech and training up to date. Slow computers or unorganized platforms can greatly hamper productivity. And if you want to keep your company competitive, providing employees with training that will take their skills and problem solving to the next level is imperative. Be willing to invest in these areas, and let your employees know you’re open to hearing their pitches as to why it’s needed. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nassau Emergency Management Deputy Commissioner Charged With Perjury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The deputy commissioner of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management was arrested Thursday for allegedly failing to disclose on his job application that he was convicted of a felony, prosecutors said.Edward Korona, Jr. did not enter a plea when he was arraigned on charges of perjury, four counts of offering a false instrument for filing, four counts of making an apparently false sworn statement—all felonies—and a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.“We vehemently deny the charges and I think as this case proceeds in the courts it will show that these charges have no merit,” his Garden City-based attorney, N. Scott Banks, told reporters outside court after Korona left without commenting.Prosecutors alleged that the 53-year-old Hicksville man, who was previously chief of the Hicksville Fire Department, wrote “No” on four civil service job application forms between 2007 and 2013 next to the question asking if he was ever convicted of a violation, misdemeanor or felony.“A criminal conviction should not be an absolute bar to government employment, but lying about a prior felony four times on sworn job applications is a serious offense—especially for a high-ranking official entrusted with important responsibilities,” acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Korona was convicted of burglary and attempted burglary in 1982, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. He served four years in prison before he was released, the agency said.“I waited in the car,” Korona allegedly told investigators with the district attorney’s office who questioned him about the alleged application omissions, according to court documents obtained by the Press. He also allegedly told investigators that he had also been arrested prior to the burglary in both Nassau and Suffolk counties for an “incident related to a vehicle,” but believed that those convictions were given youthful offender status.“He was hired as a civil servant in 1986, has retained his permanent civil service title and accordingly this matter is under review,” Nassau County Attorney Carnell Foskey said in a statement in response to questions posed to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s spokesman regarding Korona’s employment status.Korona, who was appointed to his current position, has donated nearly $1,000 to Mangano’s campaign and the Nassau County Republican Committee, according to the state Department of Elections.Singas said the allegations surfaced amid her office’s continuing investigation into the county’s contracting process, which has been the focus of numerous inquiries this year. Korona is not accused of any crimes related to contracts, prosecutors noted.Nassau County Judge Frank Doddato released Korona without bail. Korona faces up to four years in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court Nov. 10.-With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Unai Emery challenges Granit Xhaka after confirming his five Arsenal captains

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Sep 2019 4:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been appointed as Arsenal’s vice-captain (Picture: Getty)As to why the process had dragged on into the final week of September, Emery added: ‘Timing? One month ago they were here, [Laurent] Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, they were the captains. I decided in that moment to wait to use every player for that vote. When the last player left from here – [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan – I didn’t want a player who is not going to be here to do one vote.‘I waited for the moment we closed the squad to decide. In pre-season we had three captains, they were Xhaka, Monreal and Mesut. I spoke, I want to be five. After Monreal left and Mkhitaryan we did that.‘I said to the players from me, we can have five players with that armband and represent as a captain but you are also with the capacity to be the leaders in the dressing room and the pitch. Everybody should use that capacity to help the time.’MORE: Martin Keown explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be Arsenal captain instead of Granit XhakaMORE: Three reasons Unai Emery is making a mistake by appointing Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has been confirmed as Arsenal’s new captain (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has challenged Granit Xhaka to win over Arsenal fans after he was confirmed as the club’s new captain.The Arsenal head coach has delayed naming Laurent Koscielny’s successor and took on board the recommendations of his first team squad before appointing the divisive Switzerland international.Xhaka, who turned 27 today, was booed after he was hauled off against Aston Villa last weekend after another error strewn performance but Emery insists he retains complete faith in the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.On why Xhaka represented the obvious choice, Emery said: ‘First he’s mature. He has experience. We are living every time under pressure, under criticism, as a coach, as a player, as a club. But really the most important thing is to stand up each moment, go ahead with his qualities, with his behaviour, with his commitment.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In the dressing room the players voted him as the first leadership. I know, I spoke with him, we want to change that opinion outside. That respect he has inside is very, very important. Also show outside, keep moving ahead, playing, improving, behaviour, commitment. Each match is for him, for me, for us, a very good opportunity to show our capacity.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But really I trust and believe in him. He is a good man. A good professional. A good player.‘Sometimes he makes mistakes. But the most important thing is to analyse, to learn and correct those mistakes. The future is going to say to us. Our challenge and his challenge is to change that opinion, above all with a personality and improving each match, improving and giving us his help every time.’Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil will form the rest of Arsenal’s leadership group, but Emery insists Xhaka’s new status will not render him an automatic selection.‘The performance is giving me the next first XI, the next players to play, not the captains,’ he said. Advertisement Comment Unai Emery challenges Granit Xhaka after confirming his five Arsenal captainslast_img read more