Jamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend was once again found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in a Serbian Court yesterday. Ffriend, now 36, was being retried on the charge of being responsible for the death of Nevena Dragutinovic, a 30-year-old account executive, on November 3, 2012. He was first found guilty of the charge in September 2014 for the woman’s death and sentenced to serve three years in prison. However, an appeals court ordered a retrial, citing several mistakes made by the presiding judge. Ffriend, who has five months left on his sentence, will once again appeal the verdict, and this time, the appellate court’s decision will be the final verdict in the case. He will remain free until the appellate court makes its decision. FINAL APPEAL A date for the final appeal will be determined once the judge submits a written verdict explaining her latest decision, including why she chose to ignore the court-appointed expert’s testimony that, having reconstructed the scene of the incident, that the Jamaican’s explanation was plausible and that it was possible that he was not guilty. The judge had based her initial guilty verdict on the expert witness’ testimony, but this time chose to ignore it. “It’s just sad, man. It feels like somebody just took the air out of me,” said Ffriend in reaction to the verdict. However, he remains hopeful, as his lawyers have said that they now have a stronger case to take to the appeals court. During the first appeal, the court ruled that there were six mistakes that needed to be addressed during the retrial, and even suggested that the scene of the incident be reconstructed. During the retrial, the scene of the incident was reconstructed, during which Ffriend testified about what occurred on that fateful night three years ago. The court-appointed expert testified on his new findings, which corroborated with the Jamaican’s testimony, but the judge chose to ignore the new information he provided to the court. She claimed that she would not accept the verdict of the expert, as he had changed portions of his testimony from the first trial and that she was not obligated to accept his findings. In her opinion, Ffriend was guilty. – Leighton Levy
Rob Green starts for QPR on ‘Stan Bowles Day’ at Loftus Road despite speculation the goalkeeper is about to re-sign for his former club West Ham.Rangers are unchanged from the side which won 3-2 at Wolves in midweek.Keeper Alex Smithies, signed from Huddersfield on Thursday, is among the substitutes.The home side are still without Jamie Mackie, who who has a groin problem, while Yun Suk-Young and Leroy Fer are close to returning following knee injuries.Rangers are honouring club icon Stan Bowles, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Bowles is attending today’s game with his family and will be presented to the crowd before kick-off.Bowles is a guest of honour at Loftus Road this afternoonRotherham, meanwhile, are without the suspended Kirk Broadfoot. The Millers line-up includes former R’s player Emmanuel Ledesma.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Henry, Faurlin, Luongo; Chery; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hill, Doughty, Kpwekawa, Hoilett, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas. Rotherham: Roos; Buxton, Halford, Collins, Newell; Frecklington, Smallwood, G Ward, Ledesma; Derbyshire, Clarke-Harris. Subs: Collin, Thorpe, Rawson, Green, D Ward, White, Maguire.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Another day, another new player.So it goes in Giants camp, where new president of baseball Farhan Zaidi is working diligently to add quality depth while maintaining optimal roster flexibility.Thus far, none of the new players the Giants have acquired are 26-year-old superstar free agents. But a few are expected to help the club improve immediately, including Friday’s signee, switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte.“To have not just a switch-hitter, but a guy who has …
Tags:#Apple#mobile#Poll What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The rise of Apple as the darling of the technology industry was a decade in the making. The company had fallen on hard times before its co-founder and guru Steve Jobs came back in 1997 and redefined what Apple computers stood for.A decade later, in 2007, Apple released the iPhone, and love for the company as well as its revenue have skyrocketed since. But will the litany of lawsuits coming out of Cupertino, finally sour public opinion?The iPhone and iPad are two of the best-selling consumer-electronics products of all time. Each iteration leads Apple’s sales to greater heights. To many, Apple can do no wrong.They think that every decision is right, every mistake is someone else’s fault. Others have come before. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry was once so ubiquitous and heavily used in businesses that it earned the nickname “crackberry.” Nokia was a dominant global cellphone maker for years. Both companies now struggle, their once loyal customers likely toting iPhones right now. Poor decisions and bad timing led to their downfalls. The same fate is not coming to Apple soon. The company enjoys undeniable momentum, having sparked the global market for smartphones and tablets. The true mobile-computing revolution, however, has not been the technology, but the market Apple created. To protect its market and thought leadership, Apple has turned to the legal system. The company owns a clutch of patents for the design and functionality of touchscreen computers and it is using these patent to beat its competitors, if possible, into surrender.Apple has sued Samsung, HTC and Motorola in courts around the world. New patent claims are filed by Apple and other companies in the mobile industry so regularly that it is hard to keep up. The current case in point is the battle being fought between Apple and Samsung in a California court. Apple claims that Samsung willfully copied the design and functionality of the iPhone, and is asking for billions of dollars in damages. An Apple win here could set a precedent that leaves other companies vulnerable to Apple patent claims. But the courtroom battles are straining the affections of buyers and the trade media. Comments on Apple/Samsung articles that we have published are more vitriolic than usual even if Apple still has phalanxes of staunch, vocal supporters.Apple-bashing is not a new phenomenon. Yet more people are questioning Apple’s motives and whether it is still a mobile innovator. “Apple is a technology-recipe company,” said Logan Hale from the Web show Tek Syndicate. “They take interesting things that other people have done and they add a little garlic, maybe some cilantro, and then say, blam, this is lovely.” Hale said the product “is delicious, and you like it, and then you run around to most of your friends and say ‘look at what Apple has invented.’ Well, they have not invented most of those things.”Have your opinions of Apple changed? Has it become a bully? Can it still innovate? Let us know in the comments.