Suggestions to save sugar (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,On the evening of January 6, 2018, at the reception to observe India’s Republic Day, the Indian High Commissioner and Guyana’s President spoke at the event. Both of them alluded to India’s readiness to assist Guyana to develop the sugar industry.That has put to rest some Government spokesperson’s claim that they knew nothing of this, which I had mentioned on several occasions before. Now, all have admitted that the offer is there for the taking.Therefore, there is no sound reason to continue the programme to close estates. Indeed, the argument can be made not just to halt that programme, but also to reopen Wales Estate. The reopening of the Wales Estate should be done now before its infrastructure is destroyed.The task of GuySuCo’s management and the Government is to clearly identify the help that is needed and to make concrete proposals to the Indian Government and allow the industry to emerge from its present difficulties and become prosperous again.In this regard, I wish to make some proposals, not exhaustive, but some which I think can help change the fortunes of the industry.In the first place, it is clear that we need to immune the industry from the crisis which has come from outside, that is mainly low prices on the international market.To do so, we have to move towards producing new products. The PPP/C Administration had begun that process. It needs to be continued. New revenue streams must be pursued.One of the important products that can be produced by GuySuCo is ethanol. This offers great possibilities. Ethanol can take the place of 10 per cent of the gasoline that is imported for vehicles immediately. That would be a big revenue enhancement to GuySuCo.The fact that GuySuCo is still State-owned and we have in our hands Guyoil, another State-owned company, helps to facilitate this easily. The two companies can partner to blend ethanol with gasoline and sell at the pumps. Both companies stand to gain greatly. Our country can save valuable foreign exchange in reducing our gasoline imports for vehicles and equipment by 10 per cent.This is another cost-cutting measure for GuySuCo, whose fuel bill is significant. It can use fuel that it produces.Moreover, it is a product that can be exported to many countries. That can earn us quite a bit of foreign exchange and enhance GuySuCo’s fortunes greatly. GuySuCo was already pursuing a value-added policy.We have established packaging plants at Blairmont and Enmore. That can allow us to get higher prices for our sugar and we can become independent of the world market prices. This process has gone a far way.We have also seen the concern of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) in relation to getting molasses for its own distillery. It is also a fact that Banks DIH Limited spends millions to import raw alcohol to produce its brand of rum.It is clear that both or one of these companies can partner with GuySuCo to produce raw alcohol right here. It would save our country the foreign exchange that Banks DIH Ltd now expends to import this product. It could earn money by supplying alcohol to our hospitals and export to the Caribbean. Banks DIH Ltd and DDL are already branded product, therefore, our returns here would be great. We could get premium prices.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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Berbice man found dead with gunshot wounds

first_imgA farm attendant was on Monday found dead with gunshot wounds at a ranch situated along the Canje River, Berbice.Dead is Harrinarine Samaroo, 51, a labourer of Betsy Ground, East Canje.The incident occurred sometime between 18:30h on Sunday and 13:30h on Monday. Police have detained one man for questioning.Dead: Harrinarine SamarooReports are that Samaroo and Frederick Bascom, a 25-year-old man, were at a cattle ranch situated at New Forest along the Canje River when the incident occurred.Bascom is said to have been in a hammock on the upper flat of the camp house, which is a small zinc building while Samaroo was in the yard when Bascom reportedly felt a lash to his hand causing him to receive injuries. As a result, he jumped through a window and ran away.There are also reports that at the same time Bascom received that lash, there was the sound of what appeared to be a gunshot.Bascom reportedly left the area and used the cane fields to get to the road and subsequently the Reliance Police Station where the matter was reported.According to Bascom’s mother, Roshnie Bascom, her son said they were attacked and he managed to escape. She said he was of the opinion that he was shot and ran into the bushes and hid. After a while, he made his way out to the road at New Forest and had to walk two miles in thick mud.At that stage, he was still four miles away from the Police station.When the Police arrived at the area, they discovered Samaroo lying on his right side in a foetal position. The body appeared to have a gunshot injury on the right side of his neck and left ear; there also seemed to be an exit wound at the back of his head.According to Roshnie Bascom, who is in charge of the 500-acre ranch, the camp is very dangerous. The woman recalled two instances where Samaroo was attacked on the farm, including once when he was stabbed.Meanwhile, the dead man’s sister told Guyana Times that the family has a suspect in mind after listening to the bits and pieces of information they were able to pick up.The mother of the dead man, Chanderdai Punya, said this is the second of her six children to have died tragically within the past six months.The woman, who is now confined to a bed, related to this publication some of the hardships she endured to raise her six children as a single parent. In tears she explained that her eldest son died late last year.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commander Lindon Alves said an investigation has been launched into the incident.He said that there was no one in custody for the murder. However, Roshnie Bascom said her son was detained at the Reliance Police Station in relation to the incident.She related that when she he spoke with one of the investigators on Tuesday morning about his release, she was told that 72 hours had not expired since his detention.“The officer told me that they could keep him for more than 72 hours.”Samaroo and his brother had been working in the backdam for more than a decade. He leaves to mourn four sisters and a mother. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Top 25 basketball roundup: Florida’s outlook: Rocky after loss

first_imgThe Gators (25-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) continued a troubling trend for the defending national champions, who have lost three of four after a 17-game winning streak. “I don’t think people should look at us for slow starts. I don’t understand why Tennessee and Vanderbilt don’t get credit,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “When teams are playing against a team that’s won so much, teams are going to come out ready to play.” The Vols (21-9, 9-6) dominated Florida until the Gators started making a run late in the second half. Tennessee had a 17-0 run in the first half and were ahead by as many as 27in the second half. No. 12 Pittsburgh 80, West Virginia 66: The host Panthers (25-5, 12-3) remained in contention for the host Big East regular-season title. BYU 62, No. 25 Air Force 58: Austin Ainge scored 14 points as the visiting Cougars (22-7, 12-3) clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title. Chris Lofton scored 21points, and host Tennessee pulled away from No. 5 Florida in the first half and held on for an 86-76 victory Tuesday night. “When we play at home, we’re hard to beat,” Lofton said. “It’s the crowd. You’re at your home gym and everybody is with you. I feel like we come out and play hard at home.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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KITCHEN HERO DONAL COOKING UP A STORM IN DONEGAL

first_imgTV chef Donal Skehan plans to cook up a storm in his new Kitchen Hero tour and you may be part of the show.“I’ll be getting help from the audience cooking. Sure, everybody always wants to nominate somebody in their house that doesn’t do the cooking. It’ll be great craic,” Donal told Donegal Daily.The 25-year-old food writer and television presenter brings his live cooking show to An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, next month where he will be cooking six recipes on stage. Following the success of last year’s live tour, Donal wanted to do it all over again.“It was such a great time and even people who don’t normally do the cooking came along. I don’t want anymore couch-cooking,” he told us.Donal will cook up delicious, everyday, simple Home Cooked meals live on stage, with lots of fun, loads of food and lashings of audience participation.He said: “These are recipes that everyone can make and the aromas around the theatre will be unbelievable.” There will be lots of cooking tips and he will be answering all your questions.He told Donegal Daily that he’s looking forward to coming to the North West as he loves the area.“In my boyband days I was living in Strabane and would have been in Letterkenny so I’m fairly familiar with it. I’m really looking forward to the tour and meeting everyone,” said the Kitchen Hero star.Donal is currently filming a mini series for the Food Network in Vietnam.After the show there will be a chance to meet Donal who’ll be signing books, fielding questions and taking the “odd selfie or two”. Donal, presenter of BBC’s Junior Masterchef, brings his Kitchen Hero Two – The Home Cooked Tour to An Grianán on Sunday November 16.Now Win TicketsTo celebrate the upcoming tour Donal has a family ticket in the location of your choice to giveaway. Details:http://www.donalskehan.com/2014/10/kitchen-hero-tickets-up-for-grabs/Entries close next Tuesday, October 21. KITCHEN HERO DONAL COOKING UP A STORM IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 15th, 2014 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:An grianancookingDonal SkehanKitchen HeroletterkennyWin Ticketslast_img read more

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ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR HANDS ON YOUR DONEGAL MARATHON T-SHIRT?

first_imgDanny McDaid runs through the tape to mark the official launch of the Donegal Marathon 2014 this evening.Are you one of those who have successfully completed the NW 10K recently? Did you get the T-shirt? Whether you did or you didn’t, there’s a new T-shirt about to hit Donegal. The Donegal Marathon 2014 T-shirt will be exclusively available on Sunday, 24th August 2014!This magnificent piece of running apparel cannot be bought in any of our wonderful sports shops around the county; nor can it be purchased online.There are only two ways to earn this unique piece of clothing. One is through sweat, dedication, and the occasional blister, which will be worth every stitch and thread as you put in the graft for the ultimate running challenge of completing a full or half marathon. The other way is perhaps a little easier. Just mark the date in your calendar, get yourself registered nice and early, and walk the half Marathon. This year’s event is a little bit of history in the making as it is the first time since 1983 that the Donegal Marathon has been staged. These are exciting times and it is a testament to the incredible upsurge in the popularity of running in Donegal today.The marathon promises to be a social as well as sporting event that reaches out to everyone. The organisers are determined that the marathon can be anything that you want it to be. At the top end, there promises to be top quality competition for the various categories, while the emphasis will also be firmly on making it a fun day out for entrants and supporters alike.This is a socially inclusive sporting event and you don’t need to be a super-fit star of the athletics world to take part. You just need some motivation, enthusiasm, and a big dollop of spirit, to make the Donegal Marathon 2014 a special moment for you that will live in your heart long after the dust has settled and the times have been logged.If you are planning to do the Donegal Half-Marathon or Full Marathon, there is a special early bird option that offers the cheapest possible price with €40 for the full marathon and €25 for the half marathon, but you can only avail of this offer until the 30th June, so register now. For more information, visit www.donegalmarathon.ie and like us on facebook for details of the course, training programmes for full and half marathon, and much, much more. ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR HANDS ON YOUR DONEGAL MARATHON T-SHIRT? was last modified: May 12th, 2014 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:DONEGAL MARATHONT-SHIRTlast_img read more

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RTE STAR TUBRIDY TO HAVE A MINI ‘STAYCATION’ IN DONEGAL!

first_imgRTE star Ryan Tubridy is on his way to Donegal.Ryan Tubridy is on his way to Dunfanaghy.The Late Late Show presenter is heading to Dunfanaghy for a special feature on the Wild Atlantic Way.‘Tubridy’s Wild Atlantic Way Adventure’ will roll into the busy seaside village on Wednesday week, June 10th.The presenter will focus on the west coast tourism route, encouraging Irish holidaymakers to get out and discover the wonders of Ireland’s western seaboard.Fáilte Ireland is encouraging everyone to come out and attend the broadcasts.Looking forward to the arrival of the popular 2FM show, Fiona Monaghan, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Wild Atlantic Way, said everyone is welcome to come along and take part in the show.“We are delighted that Ryan has decided to experience the Wild Atlantic Way first-hand and more importantly tell his listeners all about it. This is the second consecutive year the show has chosen to showcase the Wild Atlantic Way.“This year, spectators who come down to watch the broadcast in either Westport, Rosses Point or Dunfanaghy can expect to see plenty of festivities including cooking demonstrations, ice cream vans and of course plenty of prize giveaways. We are encouraging everyone to come on down and join us in bringing the Wild Atlantic Way to cars and kitchens right across the country.”The show will broadcast from 8:45am – 11:00am.RTE STAR TUBRIDY TO HAVE A MINI ‘STAYCATION’ IN DONEGAL! was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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:2FMdonegalDunfanaghyRTERyan Tubridyshowlast_img read more

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Massive response to RAP Ireland’s recruitment drive

first_imgDespite the icy weather conditions, RAP’s operations director, John McDermott was overwhelmed at the turnout for their recruitment open day at their Gweedore Plant.Less than 3 weeks ago RAP placed a call out to the public for people who might be returning from home for a Christmas break and maybe would be interested in making a more permanent move home.Knowing that there were jobs available in the area, would give them the security to return. RAP were also interested to hear from anyone who was thinking of a career change, people living in Donegal or the surrounding counties. It’s still not too late to send in your CV: The positions available are for, Production Supervisors, Machine Operators, Stores Personnel, Admin Staff, Maintenance Technicians, Quality Manager, HR Manager, Support Service Manager, Graphic Designer, Resource Planning Manager, IT Technician and a New Product Development Manager.Watch the campaign video here: Commenting on the campaign, John McDermott, Operations Director said, “We are one of the largest employers in the Donegal Gaeltacht and having been established now in the heart of the community for 20 years, employing over 200 people, we know and understand that although people may think that we operate from a remote part of the world, it’s the work-life balance and the people in our community who have made our business a success. Our employees work hard, take pride in their jobs and in their workplace and this is clear to see when our customers visit us on site from time to time.”Rapid Action Packaging Ireland Ltd in GweedoreJohn continued: “We’ve invested heavily over the years in research, development and innovation in an effort to create advanced processes that produce packaging solutions specific to our client’s needs. Continued up-skilling of our employees is central to that. We have also invested heavily in our manufacturing facility in Gaoth Dobhair over the past 20 years and this has helped us compete on a global scale. “Our investments have been the major factor in winning a host of high profile contracts with companies such as Pret A Manger, Asda, Morrissons, Co-Operative Food, Waitrose, Carrefour, Aldi, Starbucks, Sainsburys, McDonalds, and KFC, to name but a few.”“Almost 14 million units of food packaging leave Gaoth Dobhair for the USA, the Middle East, Australia and countries all across Europe every week and to know that over two million people a day purchase a product that we have produced packaging for from Donegal, is amazing.”“In the past year, our production throughput has grown by over 33%, so we know we had to expand our team to keep up with customer demands. Our aim is to encourage people living abroad or at home seeking a career change to apply for these jobs.”“Our staff turnover is very low, so that’s a reflection of our company being good place to work. I am proud to say, that three of the first four people employed when we first set up in January 1998 still remain in our employment today.“We have people commuting daily from all over Donegal, such as Letterkenny, Dungloe and Killybegs and also have people making the daily commute from Derry and Omagh. That speaks for itself really. Many others that had no ties with the area whatsoever, made the move with their families from Ireland and abroad and have settled into the community here extremely well.” says John. “Now that the foundations are in place and with the people we need hope to recruit, we can expand our manufacturing abilities at the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and grow RAP as the world leader in next generation packaging.“We will be reviewing all of the applications next week and every person who applied for these positions will be contacted within the next 2-3 weeks. It’s still not too late to send in your CV, please do so by emailing info@rapire.com outlining the position that you are interested in applying for. Go raibh míle maith agat,” concludes John.Massive response to RAP Ireland’s recruitment drive was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:EmploymentGAELTACHTGweedoreJob VacanciesjobsrapRapid Action Packaging Ireland Ltdlast_img read more

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Inishowen Councillors make pact to call on urgent commitment for MICA Redress Scheme

first_imgCouncillors in Inishowen agreed at this week’s Municipal District meeting to contact Government representatives and urge a commitment to the MICA Redress scheme.Councillors are set to contact the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Minister of Housing ,Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State for Housing Mr.Damien English and local Minister and Government Chief Whip Mr.Joe McHugh.The Inishowen representatives want a commitment now to the introduction of a Redress scheme for affected householders and the inclusion in Budget 2019 when it is announced in October later this year of the first significant tranche of Government funding support to address the blight of families in Donegal. The motion was proposed by Carndonagh SF Councillor Albert Doherty and received the unanimous support of all the Inishowen MD Councillors.Commenting on the motion, Councillor Doherty welcomed the very recent publication by NSAI of the draft I.S.465 which outlines a protocol which will be used to assess and categorise damage in properties where the concrete blocks are suspected to contain the minerals MICA and Pyrite.He encouraged all homeowners engineers, technical experts and everyone affected by this issue to visit nsai.ie and have their say on the “Your Standard” ” Your Say” portal over the next few weeks.He reminded all that the consultation period ends on July 18th. “The expert panel the concrete blocks technical committee and the significant devotion ,effort commitment of the MICA Action Group and the resolute people of Donegal has brought all thus far in the assessment of damages caused  pursuit of a Redress scheme for householders,” he said.“It is timely and appropriate now for the government to commit to the introduction of a redress scheme in principle now and to ensure that Budget 2019 delivers the first tranche of financial support to address the issue.”Inishowen Councillors make pact to call on urgent commitment for MICA Redress Scheme was last modified: June 14th, 2018 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) Tags:Councillor Albert DohertyInishowenMica Redress Schemelast_img read more

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Half-time: Leeds United 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR should be ahead at Elland Road, where Joey Barton netted in the 10th minute after a nice move but was wrongly adjudged to be offside.Earlier, Shaun Wright-Phillips headed tamely at former QPR keeper Paddy Kenny after being found by Clint Hill’s cross.After being denied a perfectly good goal the visitors continued to create openings, with Wright-Phillips heading wide following Danny Simpson’s cross.Leeds then enjoyed a decent spell of pressure and Nedum Onuoha spared Karl Henry’s blushes by denying Ross McCormack with a fine block after the R’s midfielder had given the ball away.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp selected the same side which started last weekend’s win at Bolton. Junior Hoilett – back in the squad after recovering from a hamstring problem – is among the substitutes.QPR (4-4-2):Green; Simpson, Dunne, Onuoha, Hill; O’Neil, Barton, Henry, Wright-Phillips; Johnson, Austin.Subs. Yun, Jenas, Hoilett, Zamora, Murphy, Faurlin, Shariff.  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Can IoT prevent gun violence across America’s cities?

first_imgTags:#Data analytics#featured#gun safety#IoT#sensor technology#shotspotter#Smart Cities#top#violence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts Local municipalities are increasingly turning to smart city technology to reduce public crime through efforts such as connected lighting, targeted surveillance and data assets.One of the more innovative smart solutions is ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection, acoustic surveillance technology that uses sensors to detect, locate and alert law enforcement agencies of illegal gunfire incidents in real time. I spoke to CEO, Ralph A. Clark to learn more.How does it work?ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors that are strategically placed in an array of 15-20 sensors per square mile in order to reliably detect and accurately triangulate gunshot activity. Each sensor captures the precise time, location, and audio snippet associated with boom and bang sounds (impulsive noise) that may represent a gunshot. This data is first filtered by sophisticated machine algorithms that are then further qualified by experts at the 24×7 Incident Review Center at ShotSpotter to ensure the events are in fact gunfire. As Clark explained:“We have machine classification techniques that we use that can automatically filter out local noises that aren’t gunshots.  And then we process the data through our incident review center. Typically gunfire can be heard as far away as a mile, (unlike fireworks and car backfire) It’s a very distinct noise that has certain sharpness and features that we can extract. Then there’s also the idea of how our sensors participate in the solution. With gunfire you frequently find that the sensor participation is directional. So, it typically happens in a northeast fashion versus a firework which tends to be much more omnidirectional and where the sensor participation will be 360 degrees.”Additionally, Shotspotter can append the alert with any other critical intelligence such as whether a fully automatic weapon was fired. This process takes less than 45 seconds between the actual shooting and the digital alert (with a precise location dot on a map) popping onto the screen of a computer in the 9-1-1 Call Center.Clark noted that Shotspotter had two different use cases:“One is kind of a policing, public safety solution. Which you think of in terms of square miles of coverage. to deal with ongoing, urban violence. The other use case is security use case where you are covering much smaller area and more concerned with the unthinkable happening like an active shooter situation (such on a school campus). It’s more of an alarm type of solution for the rare, if ever, event of an active shooter, And I would say our technology worked very well in both those situations, I mean we’re in the business of detecting, locating and alerting on gun violence in real time and there’s no other company in the world that has our amount of experience dealing in this area in the urban environment.”What is the impact on crime statistics and gun violence?I was curious to learn about how the detection of gun activity could reduce the incidence of gun violence. As Clark discussed:“When you understand how pervasive the problem of gun violence is in many of our cities, there’s certainly a deterrent aspect when you can  can expect a very quick and precise response anytime someone fires a gun. This means that communities suffering from gun violence now begun to see a much more precise, more coordinated respectful response by police to the event. It changes the relationship because now you have communities that aren’t afraid to provide that little bit of insight or intelligence of who they think might be involved in these situations and help police identify and intercept them before they hurt and kill somebody.The other thing about gun violence that is not very well understood by most people is that actually very few people that are driving most of the gunfire. This is not a problem of an entire community where everybody has a gun and everybody shooting. It’s more likely the case that 60 to 70 percent of the Gun violence being perpetrated by a handful of individuals. Like 10 or 20 people, and to deter and prevent and intercept even a small number of those even smaller number of folks that are involved means we see a reduction in shooting.”In New York alone, since deploying ShotSpotter in March 2015, ShotSpotter provided 1,672 alerts on where guns went off, 74% of which, weren’t reported by 911. Cops said ShotSpotter helped recover 32 firearms, including 13 on cases with no 911 call, and has led to 21 arrests. Eight of those arrests had no 911 call.See also: Can a blockchain- IoT hybrid finally give us smart guns?Currently, federal homicide prosecutors are using ShotSpotter analysis and evidence to determine if a gunshot has, or has not occurred, the location of the gunshot, and the precise location of the shooting. SST has been admissible in court cases in 17 states as well as in federal court.  Financially,  Shotspotter is funded through city and police budgets and “often there’s  funding that comes from different federal agencies like the ATF, Department of Homeland Security, or even HIVE they have funds for security that they use to make safer neighborhoods.” Currently, it’s deployed in over 90 cities around the world including San Francisco, Kansas City, and Boston.Interestingly, the company has also been doing some work on conservation in Africa to deter rhino poaching and blast fishing — where explosives are uses in place of nets or fishing line, in effect killing the coral reef as well as the sea life. Shotspotter is a great example of how sensor technology and data analytics can respond to a complex social problem. 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