BetBright brings Netflix tech to betting slips

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation 27th July 2018 | By contenteditor BetBright brings Netflix tech to betting slips AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter BetBright is aiming to bring the customisation and community functionality of Netflix to sports wagering after launching its new BetFeed service.The Dublin-based operator, which earlier this year said a focus on in-house development was at the heart of its growth strategy, said the platform will offer customers a more interactive digital experience, citing the focus on multi-user influenced discovery and curation developed by tech giants such as the TV on-demand streaming service. offers a “unique insight” into which events or bets are popular with other people.  Customers will be able to see in real-time the exact number of people who are betting on a selection, enhancing their experience and encouraging social interaction. The page also allows customers to browse a scrollable feed of up to 100 bets and copy them into their bet slip with a single click.“Whether it’s Facebook, Netflix or Spotify, the modern digital consumer is used to being able to like and follow trending social feeds and content, from their friends’ photos to their movie and music choices,” said Sarne Lightman, managing director of BetBright.“Until now, traditional sportsbooks have lacked even the most basic social functionality leaving customers betting in a vacuum with nothing but the odds as evidence to what other users might be doing around them.”Users will be given greater control to sort and filter their feed with things they are interested in and can sort their feed by the most popular or latest bets. BetFeed can also be refreshed every 30 seconds for real-time offers.Lightman added: “Like the disrupters in other digital industries, BetBright understands how important the social experience is to the savvy digital customer and BetFeed is the next step on our journey to modernise and disrupt the digital sport betting industry.”BetBright has introduced the feature as it looks to build on an impressive period of growth. It trebled turnover in 2017, and in February said it hopes to double this total again in the current year. It said it expects profit for 2018 to total £25m (€28.4m/$35m).In announcing plans for the year it said “our plan is to use our technology ownership technology ownership and the in-house development of this, as an enabler of innovation and differentiation – which will enable us to shake-up what is an already crowded market and stand apart from competitors, which include some very successful and well-known brands.” Sports betting Operator adds ‘social experience’ to betting with its BetFeed platformlast_img read more

Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgCavmont Capital Holdings Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileCavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc is a registered commercial bank in Zambia and the holding company of Cavmont Bank Limited. Cavmont Bank was established in 2004 through the merger of Cavmont Merchant Bank Limited and New Capital Bank Plc. The financial institution offers products and services for retail, commercial and corporate banking; including treasury and credit products. In addition to general transaction accounts, clients of Cavmont Bank are offered solutions for long-term savings and investments, time and repo deposits, foreign exchange trading, personal and business loans, overdraft and salary advance accounts, residential and building loans, invoice discounting facilities, guarantee bonds, and short- and medium-term finance options. Cavmont Bank has 19 branches operating in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc. is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABC Banking Coporation Ltd (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileABC Banking Corporation Limited is a financial institution that specialises in the provision of banking services for individuals as well as corporate institutions. The company’s offered services include, covers deposits, lending and cards, leasing as well as trade finance and treasury products, catering for both the local and international markets. ABC Banking Corporation Limited operates in three man pillars which are; domestic banking, international banking and treasury operations. ABC Banking Corporation Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

First radio appeal by children’s hospices

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 September 2003 | News All week, Foresters members and staff arevolunteering time to answer the phones and take pledges.As a thank you to those who make a donation, Foresters are running a freeprize draw for a weekend trip to Disneyland Paris for two adults and two children. Callers will be asked a simple tie-breaker question and their name will automatically be entered into the prize draw. Tagged with: Individual giving  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img First radio appeal by children’s hospices About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. International financial and charitable organisation Foresters are launching the first radio appeal in aid of the Association of Children’s Hospices (ACH).Foresters are launching the appeal in National Children’s Hospice Week, which runs from 20 to 27 September 2003.The ‘Foresters Call in 4 Kids’ radio appeal supports eight local children’s hospices throughout the UK with agoal of raising over £20,000. Local radio stations will be airing promotional advertisements throughout Children’s Hospice Week, highlighting the needs of children’s hospices. Advertisementlast_img read more

Lack of clear legislation and government violations of international commitments reinforce community media fear of closures

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Reports NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas to go further Organisation center_img RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders calls on Mexico’s federal authorities to clarify the legal situation of community radios that are threatened with closure or repeated suspension. The case of Radio Totopo, a station based in Juchitán (in the southern state of Oaxaca), is one of many that highlight Mexico’s failure to respect international agreements protecting community media.“The way the authorities currently deal with community media – which are nearly all radio stations – is both arbitrary and absurd,” the press freedom organisation said. “Some stations operate under the community label although their format and goals are clearly commercial. Community media need to have legislation that meets their criteria. At the same time, the way broadcast frequencies are assigned results in a discretionary system that very often discriminates against the small indigenous community stations that the government is supposed to help under the constitution and certain international treaties.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Confiscating the equipment of more and more stations on the grounds that they are broadcasting illegally will not solve anything. Our organisation will support any constructive initiative involving the authorities and the national and international organisations that represent community media.”Radio Totopo broadcasts 95 per cent of its programmes in the Zapotec language to the four indigenous communities in its region. One of its coordinators, Carlos Sánchez Mártinez, told Reporters Without Borders that the station fears it could be closed after a series of raids on 29 August by the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) against 14 stations that claim to be community media although some were regarded as commercial.Some stations were launched on the initiative of Oaxaca state governor Ulises Ruíz Ortiz, who has often clashed with the local press and whose bodyguards were alleged to have been involved in the murder of US cameraman Brad Will of the Indymedia agency during a serious social and political crisis in the autumn of 2006 (see releases).The fears of Oaxaca’s indigenous media have also been fueled by the murders of Teresa Bautista Flores, 24, and Felicitas Martínez, 20 – both employees of La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence), a radio station broadcasting to the Trique indigenous community – on 7 April in the small locality of Putla de Guerrero. Their murders have not been solved.More generally, as Reporters Without Borders and other organisations – the Mexican branch of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the Association for the Right to Information and Article 19 – have noted, discretionary practices continue to prevail in the assignment of frequencies and closures of radio stations.Between 12 June and 17 July, no fewer than 40 of the 131 available frequencies were assigned to mainly commercial radio stations, at the expense of community and educational stations. Several media – such as Radio Ñomndaa and La Palabra del Agua in the southwestern state of Guerrero on 12 July and Radio Tierra y Libertad a month earlier in the northeastern state of Nuevo León – were closed or their equipment was seized by the federal police during the same period. At the same time, many frequency requests by community radio stations were rejected.Reporters Without Borders points out that the Mexican authorities are required by article 2 of the constitution to “provide for the conditions under which the indigenous peoples and communities can acquire, operation and administer means of communication.” In September 1990, Mexico also ratified the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 169 giving indigenous communities and minorities the right to have the own media and to receive the necessary aid for this purpose.As a member of the Organisation of American States, Mexico is bound by the legal precedents set by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and by its Declaration of Principles, article 2 of which establishes the right to “receive, seek and impart information by any means of communication without any discrimination for reasons of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, economic status, birth or any other social condition.”The San Andrés Larrainzar accords signed in February 1996 also state that “the indigenous populations can have their own media.” September 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lack of clear legislation and government violations of international commitments reinforce community media fear of closures Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico News Newslast_img read more

‘Impossible To Find A Perfect Solution Liked By All Stakeholders’ : Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL Against SOP For Functioning Of Courts[Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Impossible To Find A Perfect Solution Liked By All Stakeholders’ : Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL Against SOP For Functioning Of Courts[Read Order] Mustafa Plumber4 July 2020 12:54 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by an advocate challenging the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the High Court allowing partial functioning of district courts in the state. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy stopped short of imposing an exemplary cost of Rs 1 lakh, on the party in person Advocate…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by an advocate challenging the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the High Court allowing partial functioning of district courts in the state. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy stopped short of imposing an exemplary cost of Rs 1 lakh, on the party in person Advocate Rajadithya Sadasiva by saying “Though this is a fit case where costs quantified at an amount not less than Rs.1,00,000 should be imposed on the petitioner, we are not doing so. The reason is that if mercy and leniency are to be shown, the are to be shown by the Judges, who are occupying Constitutional posts. Therefore, we exercise our jurisdiction by showing mercy and we are not imposing any costs on the petitioner.” The petitioner argued that the SOP subjects the court staff and judicial officers to the dangers of epidemic. It was aruged that cross-examination by video conferencing is not effective. Further, most of the stages of the trial can be taken care of by sending emails. He submitted that instead of allowing Advocates to appear physically and make oral submissions or allowing Advocates to participate in Video Conferencing hearings, video clips of submissions should be permitted to be forwarded by email.  The bench during the hearing said “It is very easy to sit in AC offices and argue all this. There is always going to be opposition to the procedure adopted, by certain members of the bar. It is easy to throw stones at us. But let us tell you that courts are for litigants and not only for the advocates.” The bench in its order said “As we are dealing with an extraordinary situation, it is impossible to find a perfect solution which will be liked by all stakeholders. Before framing procedures at every stage there was consultation with the Bar association and Bar Council, Advocate General and Additional Solicitor General. By publishing notice on website, suggestions were called and those suggestions were referred to a court appointed committee and that is how SOP was published and revised from time to time after consulting stakeholders. The procedure laid down is not rigid. In fact SOP underwent changes from time to time. We may note here that no one can claim what is devised by SOP is perfect.The reason is the situation is abnormal.” Referring to the suo-motu Public Interest litigation taken up by the court to address various legal and technical issues which would arise on partial functioning of courts, the bench said “Efforts were made to reconcile the provisions of law for efficient functioning of the Courts during the period of limited functioning. A suo-motu PIL has been initiated to ensure that courts function in more effective and litigant friendly manner in the days of the pandemic.” It added that “Several members of the bar will have their opinions. However, the institution of court is not run on the basis of individual opinions.The ultimate object of SOP is to ensure that the limited functioning of the Court continues in a best possible manner without the Courts becoming the source of spreading the pandemic of Novel CoronaVirus.” The bench concluded by saying that “Suffice it to say that this Public Interest Litigation is not worthy of entertaining at all. This is not a case which could have been brought to the Court by way of a writ petition in the nature of PIL. In fact, this is a fit case where exemplary costs should be imposed on the petitioner, who himself is a member of the Bar. There are urgent matters waiting in the queue and the Court cannot be forced to devote such a long time for dealing with a PIL filed by a member of the bar challenging certain provisions of the SOPs.”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Utah Gymnastics Celebrates Successful Season With A Cookout

first_img Tags: Erika Muhaw/Maddy Stover/MaKenna Merrell-Giles/Missy Reinstadtler/MyKayla Skinner/Tiffani Lewis/Utah Gymnastics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-While Memorial Day weekend signifies a great time to have barbecues or cookouts, the Utah Red Rocks gymnastics squad celebrated a successful season with one of their own at Sugarhouse Park.Last week, the gymnasts and coaches honored their run to the Super Six with a cookout while co-head coaches Tom Farden and Megan Marsden spent time thanking their staff and team for a season which saw them finish fifth overall at the NCAA Championships.They also presented team awards. These went to MyKayla Skinner, the team’s MVP, MaKenna Merrell-Giles (named “most improved” by coaches), Missy Reinstadtler (the Dahl Academic-Athletic) and Maddy Stover (the recipient of the Greg Marsden “leadership” award).These three decorated athletes have now become repeat winners of all these respective awards they received.The Red Rocks also bid farewell to three outgoing seniors, Stover, Tiffani Lewis and Erika Muhaw. May 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Gymnastics Celebrates Successful Season With A Cookout Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

SmartSearch adds new facial recognition

first_imgSmartSearch has added a new facial recognition feature to its award winning digital anti-money-laundering (AML) platform, providing additional peace of mind to clients requiring visual confirmation of customer ID.Where there are travel restrictions, prospective customers are unable to present ID documents and proof of address in person. SmartSearch’s electronic verification platform allows clients to perform the Know Your Customer and AML checks in seconds. Screening against global sanctions and politically-exposed persons lists is included, with ongoing daily monitoring.The process can be carried out remotely, new customers onboarded with minimum fuss. Incorporating facial recognition, SmartSearch also provides visual ID verification.John Dobson, CEO said, “We are here to make our clients’ lives easier, give them peace of mind, meeting due diligence responsibilities and guarding against unscrupulous criminals. The risk of a firm targeted by money-launderers varies but the impact can be devastating.“Electronic checks can reveal discrepancies in a client’s personal history and flag it up further action. Facial recognition gives crucial reassurance that the person is on the level.“With elements of social distancing likely to remain for some time, doing this in person, is no longer possible. Facial recognition means our clients can do everything remotely – protecting their businesses and their staff.”Know Your Customer AML checks facial recognition digital anti-money-laundering (AML) platform SmartSearch’s electronic verification platform john dobson Smartsearch June 18, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’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 2021 Home » News » SmartSearch adds new facial recognition previous nextProptechSmartSearch adds new facial recognitionThe Negotiator18th June 20200178 Viewslast_img read more

ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise concludes in Zhanjiang, China

first_imgThe Chinese People’s Liberation Navy and navies of ASEAN member states have completed the at-sea phase of the inaugural ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise.The exercise spanned five days from October 22 to 27 and concluded with a field training exercise in Zhanjiang, China.Co-organised by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the exercise involved more than 1,000 personnel deployed on board eight ships and at the exercise Combined Command Post in Ma Xie Naval Base.Brunei, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam deployed ships to the exercise.Employing the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), the sea-phase of the exercise included joint search and rescue operations and medical evacuation drills with the use of helicopters. These naval serials were executed based on plans developed during the table-top exercise held in Singapore in August 2018. Professional exchanges on military medicine and diving were also organised onshore.“The successful conduct of the inaugural ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise is an important achievement for the navies of ASEAN and China,” exercise co-director, Commander of First Flotilla and Commanding Officer of 185 Squadron from the Republic of Singapore Navy, COL Lim Yu Chuan said. “The exercise drills have enabled us to strengthen interoperability and more importantly, build trust and confidence for our navies to work with one another in responding to maritime incidents at sea.”“Through this exercise, ASEAN and China navies strengthened friendships and enhanced mutual understanding and cooperation” Commander of PLA Combat Support Flotilla, Southern Theater Command, Senior Captain Zhu Jianda, also the co-exercise director, said. “I hope to see more of such interactions in the future.” View post tag: ASEAN-China Maritime exercise View post tag: Chinese Navy Photo: Photo: Republic of Singapore Navycenter_img View post tag: RSN Share this articlelast_img read more

Faced With Staggering Backlogs of Rape Kits, States Change Testing, Investigations

first_imgFaced With Staggering Backlogs of Rape Kits, States Change Testing, InvestigationsSeeking to secure justice for thousands of rape victims, about 20 states are moving to test a backlog of unexamined rape kits found in storage rooms in police departments across the country — and change the rules for how rape cases are handled in the future.Some states, including Colorado, Illinois, Ohio and Texas, already have passed laws that require that old kits be tested, and have seen charges brought against suspects as a result. In several states, including Michigan and Tennessee, law enforcement agencies face new time limits for submitting rape kits for testing. In others, law enforcement agencies were ordered to make a full count of their backlogged kits before state officials decide how to go about testing them.This year, Arizona, Hawaii, New Hampshire and New York are considering bills that would require an inventory of backlogged rape kits. Oregon is considering legislation that would require testing the old kits, and Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island are considering bills that would require both, according to the Joyful Heart Foundation, a nonprofit founded by actress Mariska Hargitay of the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit television program and which advocates for the testing of all rape kits.The goal of all the legislation is to ensure that forensic evidence in the kits, such as DNA that is collected from victims in an invasive process that can last four to six hours, is promptly and properly tested to help identify and prosecute suspected rapists. The DNA evidence is placed in an FBI database so that it can be compared to that of criminals and suspects who’ve had theirs taken.“For someone to have survived a rape, reported it to police, and endured the invasive evidence collection, only to have it sit in an evidence room untested — I find that appalling,” said state Rep. Janet Adkins, a Florida Republican who is sponsoring a bill that would require faster testing of new rape kits.The exact number of untested rape kits across the country is not known, but indications are it’s staggering. The Joyful Heart Foundation initially documented about 140,000 kits in the 27 states for which it has data. But Ilse Knecht, the group’s policy director, said old kits are continuously being discovered. Last week, for instance, Honolulu police officials said they had a backlog of 1,500 rape kits dating back more than a decade. Florida officials said in January that nearly 13,500 untested kits had been found across the state.“We don’t really have a figure for how many kits there are, and that’s a symptom of the problem,” Knecht said.Backlogs often grew over the years because testing is expensive and labs with limited capacity can be forced to address some cases over others. Older kits piled up because evidence collected in the 1980s was used to run blood tests — something that happened only when there was a suspect to compare it with.Advocates for rape survivors say the kits also piled up because rape cases weren’t investigated seriously. “The bigger problem is not that they chose not to test the kit but that they chose not to investigate the case,” said Rebecca Campbell, a professor at Michigan State University who helped Detroit assess its backlog.While many states have intensified their efforts to deal with their backlogs since discovering them, investigators and prosecutors stress that testing the kits can be meaningless without police following up on them.“Some people are just testing the kits, and I don’t get that approach at all,” said Kym Worthy, Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor, which had a backlog of 11,000 in 2009, much of which was from Detroit. “It’s great to test the kits and it puts information in the [FBI] database, but it does nothing for justice.”Testing Pays OffSo far, just Colorado and Illinois have cleared their backlogs.But some cities have taken action. Detroit and Houston began testing kits as part of a federal National Institute of Justice program that required them to study how the backlogs were created and how to avoid them in the future.The cities sent the kits to private labs for testing because state or local police labs were overburdened. Houston spent $4.4 million to send its backlog of 6,600 kits — some of which dated to the 1980s — to two private labs in 2013. When the testing was completed, comparisons with the FBI database that contains DNA profiles of more than 12 million offenders and suspects led to 66 new charges. The results also helped police confirm 132 previous arrests that were made without DNA evidence.Detroit, which received $7 million from the state to test its backlog, has seen the number of untested kits drop from roughly 11,000 to 1,000, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. The kits helped identify 729 suspects and ultimately led to 36 convictions.By testing the kits and entering the results into the FBI’s database, police aren’t just coming up with new suspects in old cases — they’re connecting them to cases in other states and jurisdictions and mapping out the paths of serial rapists. “Rape kits in just one city and one county have tentacles in 39 other states,” Worthy said.When Detroit first decided to test its backlog, Campbell of Michigan State University said some people involved with the project were uncertain whether they should test kits that were beyond the statute of limitations. The state eliminated the statute of limitations for rape in 2001. But for most cases older than that, prosecutors had six years in which to bring charges. There also were questions about whether it made sense to test kits in cases in which a victim knew her attacker or focus instead on “stranger rape” kits.Testing of the first 2,000 kits in Detroit showed why it’s important to test all the kits, Campbell said. There were just as many hits on the FBI database in older cases as in newer ones, and the kits from acquaintance rapes got just as many matches as stranger rape cases. Just because a rapist is known to the victim, doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking to see if he was responsible for other crimes, Campbell said.Looking Back vs. Looking ForwardMany states that want to reduce their backlog start with an inventory of police vaults and evidence rooms, which the New York Legislature is considering requiring.Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat who sponsored the New York bill, said it’s important to understand the scope of the problem to decide how to fix it. Texas required a count in 2011, and, after about 20,000 kits were found, the Legislature in 2013 set aside nearly $11 million for testing.Audits can help states decide whether they can handle the tests within state labs or need to contract with a private lab, where it can cost $500 to $1,500 to test a kit. Colorado spent $2.7 million to test its 3,500 backlogged kits in private labs.States also are acting to ensure new backlogs don’t occur.Michigan passed legislation that gives police 14 days to get kits to the lab and requires labs to test the kits within three months, as long as they have sufficient staff to do so.Colorado mandates that all new kits be tested, with law enforcement required to submit them to the state lab within 21 days. It’s something Janet Girten with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which tests the kits, said is essential for making sure the state never has “a backlog of kits unanalyzed in law enforcement vaults.”But the mandate also creates three to four times the workload the lab had when police departments sent kits on a case-by-case basis, Girten said. To help deal with that, the state set aside $5 million annually for the lab to hire 16 more scientists.Last year, Tennessee passed a bill that gives law enforcement 60 days to submit a kit for testing and requires a state task force to come up with a new policy on investigating rape cases.Other states are considering similar legislation this year. A Florida bill, for instance, would give law enforcement 30 days to submit a kit to a lab, and labs would have 120 days to test it. A Kentucky bill would give law enforcement 30 days to submit the kit, but it puts more pressure on labs to speed up testing over time. Labs would need a 90-day average testing time by 2018 and a 60-day average turnaround by 2020.Beyond the LabInvestigators, prosecutors and victims’ advocates say that while testing rape kits is important, more needs to happen to bring justice in cases of rape.Both Cleveland and Detroit have set aside people to work solely on backlogged cases, using a mix of local, state and federal funds to hire more investigators and prosecutors.Rick Bell, assistant prosecutor in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County, said his team spends an average of 40 hours following up on a case once an old kit gets tested. Even with about 25 people looking into old cases in Cleveland, Bell said, it will take years to go through them all. But the investigations have led to 136 convictions, and those people are serving an average of about 10 years, he said.Support for VictimsThe push to get kits tested has also put a spotlight on victims, how they are treated by police and how to give them justice.Collecting the evidence is very involved and invasive, with victims naked in front of a stranger while their bodies are combed and swabbed for evidence.“It’s a lengthy exam and hours of questioning when all they really wanted to do was go home and shower,” said Knecht of the Joyful Heart Foundation.Several police departments have adopted new policies for investigating rapes. In Houston, advocates are available to help guide victims through the justice system and efforts are made to accommodate a victim’s gender preference for an investigator.Some entities are also looking at ways to track the kits. Detroit now has bar codes on all its kits that police can use to monitor them.Washington is considering a bill that would impose a $4 state tax on people who enter a strip club, with the money used, in part, to pay for a tracking system that the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tina Orwall, a Democrat, would like to make accessible to victims. Orwall said the proposal would help the state monitor law enforcement’s progress and is “a great way to be accountable to victims.”NEWERTop State Stories 2/17FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more