Bissonnette judges unusual sentencing decision likely to be appealed experts

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec judge’s “unusual” decision to modify the Criminal Code as he sentenced six-time murderer Alexandre Bissonnette to a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 40 years highlights the ongoing legal debate over consecutive life sentences in Canada, according to legal experts.On Friday, Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot rejected the Crown’s call to sentence Bissonnette to 150 years with no chance of parole, arguing a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Sentences that exceed an offender’s life expectancy and offer no reasonable hope of release are “grossly disproportionate and totally incompatible with human dignity,” he wrote in his 246-page decision.But instead of sentencing Bissonnette to serve his six sentences concurrently, Huot rewrote the 2011 consecutive sentencing law, section 745.51 of the Criminal Code, to give himself the discretion to deliver consecutive life sentences that are not in blocks of 25 years, as had been the case. (First-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole before 25 years.)In the end, Huot decided Bissonnette will serve at least 40 years in prison.Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Centre during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017 and opened fire.Kent Roach, a law professor at the University of Toronto, described Huot’s decision as “innovative.”“Charter challenges to the 2011 provisions had previously been denied on the basis that the judge was not forced to increase parole ineligibility for multiple murders,” he wrote in an email.“It may very well be appealed by both the Crown (who wanted far more than 40 years) and the defence, which may argue that if the judge thought the provision violated the Charter he should have imposed only 25 years of parole ineligibility.”But Renald Beaudry, a criminal lawyer who was at Bissonnette’s sentencing, doesn’t think the sentence would be easy to overturn.He noted that Huot’s lengthy decision included a comprehensive overview of worldwide jurisprudence on the issue of consecutive sentences, the philosophy behind the fundamental principles of Canadian law, and a summary of House of Commons debate on the issue.“He really backed himself up, to use the expression,” he said.On Friday, lawyers for both the Crown and defence said they would study the decision before deciding whether to appeal the sentence. A spokesman for the Quebec Justice department also indicated its lawyers were studying the possibility of appeal.Lisa Silver, a law professor at the University of Calgary, said the decision reflects the ongoing conversation in Canada surrounding the law that allows judges to “stack” life sentences for multiple murders instead of serving them concurrently.“(The decision) does seem unusual, but it’s also very consistent with what some judges are saying, not just about this section, but about sentencing and the larger discussion about these sections in the Criminal Code,” she said.Recent high-profile sentencing decisions across Canada have reflected different judicial approaches to the idea of multiple life sentences.The longest prison sentence in Canada to date is 75 years without parole, which has been given to at least five triple killers including Justin Bourque, who murdered three RCMP officers in a shooting spree in New Brunswick in 2014.But other judges have rejected calls for consecutive sentences, including the Toronto judge who on Friday sentenced Bruce McArthur to life in prison with no parole for 25 years for murdering eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.Silver said the difference in sentences can be problematic because it leads to comparisons, such as the perception that a gay or Muslim person’s murder isn’t “worth” as much as that of an RCMP officer.But she said people should understand that a sentence isn’t about putting a numerical value on a person’s life.“We need to remember that sentencing is individual, it takes in a number of factors, and those include the circumstances of the crime, the severity, the impact on the community, but it also has to reference the circumstances and background of the offender,” she said.Silver agreed  that the Bissonnette sentencing is also likely to be appealed, and she believes that’s a good thing.She said she believes the consecutive sentencing law needs to be reviewed in order to provide more guidance for judges and avoid the harm caused by the perception of inconsistent sentencing.“The difficulty in the street level is, these are communities that need to have some closure,” she said. “And when you have appeals and decisions that, in a public view don’t seem consistent, it’s difficult for people to move on with their lives.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Roger Waters To Perform With Military Veterans

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival are proud to announce that John Mayer and Roger Waters will perform at the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes event on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Beacon Theatre, in addition to previously announced performers Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams.Roger Waters will be performing with a band comprised of military veterans.Musical performances will be streamed live on YouTube and available worldwide on Remind.org, the website of the Bob Woodruff Foundation as the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes gala kicks off at the same time as the event, 8 p.m. EST. Viewers of the live stream will be able to make donations to the BWF to help support injured service men and women.“We look forward to this event all year, because we are always honored when we get to meet the inspirational men and women who have served our country so heroically,” said Bob Woodruff, co-founder, the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “In addition, we are amazed at the caliber of talent we are able to pull in for the benefit. These performers simply want to help give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much. We hope that the social media component, new this year, will enable more people to enjoy the show—and will raise even more awareness for the cause that lies behind it.”“We’re always profoundly appreciative of these incredible artists who donate their time and considerable talents to this cause every year,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. “To add John Mayer and Roger Waters to a line-up already bursting with star power and talent is a testament to the amazing work that the Bob Woodruff Foundation is doing on behalf of those injured soldiers who have so bravely served our country.”This is the sixth year of the nationally recognized Stand Up for Heroes benefit; the five previous events have raised more than $10 million in all to support wounded warriors and their families.The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $12 million to help wounded service members, veterans and family members.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Volkswagen reaches settlement deal for 30L diesel vehicles in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Volkswagen has reached a $290.5-million deal to settle claims in Canada covering 20,000 3.0-litre Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal.The agreement was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition.In addition to the proposed class settlement, which is subject to court approval, Volkswagen Group Canada has agreed to pay a $2.5-million civil penalty.If approved, cash payments will be made to roughly 15,000 owners and lessees of model year 2013-2016 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0L diesel vehicles who receive the recall for an emissions repair as well as an extended emissions warranty.Payments will also be made to owners and lessees of affected model year 2009-2012 vehicles, as well as additional options that include buyback, trade-in, early lease termination or, if approved by the U.S. EPA and available by recall in Canada, a modification to reduce emissions.The agreement follows a settlement deal last year covering Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with 2.0-litre diesel engines.last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP still investigating disappearance of Eva Mitchell

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Eva Mitchell 15 years later.The 15-year anniversary for missing person, Eva Mitchell, will happen on August 20th, 2019.The Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a missing elderly female on August 20th, 2004 from a family member in Kelly Lake, B.C. Eva Mitchell frequently went for walks in the woods to pick berries without ever telling anyone however the day after Mitchell was reported missing, her dog was located walking home without her.There was a report of an unknown male living in a trailer not too far from Mitchell’s residence however he has never been located or identified.Eva Mitchell is described as;Aboriginal83 years old at the time she went missingApproximately 130 lbsBetween 5’ and 5’5 tallGrey hairThis investigation remains active and ongoing with the Dawson Creek RCMP continuing to investigate leads and following up on information already provided.Multiple resources have been utilized including, the RCMP Police Dog Services, RCMP Air Support services, Search and Rescue, and multiple local community assistance. Anyone with information on Mitchell’s location or her disappearance is requested to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

EC bribery case Delhi HC stays trial against Dhinakaran

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday stayed the trial against former AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran in the ‘two leaves’ party symbol bribery case. Justice Sunil Gaur also sought response of the Delhi Police on Dhinakaran’s plea challenging framing of charges against him by the trial court for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence in the case. The high court in its interim order stayed the trial court proceedings against Dhinakaran and listed the matter for further hearing on March 20. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items In 2017, Delhi Police’s crime branch filed a charge sheet alleging that alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar had conspired with Dhinakaran and others to bribe poll panel officials to get the two leaves symbol for Sasikala-led AIADMK faction. Dhinakaran won the by-elections held in Radha Krishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in December, 2017, under the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol with a margin of over 40,000 votes.last_img read more

India may not have elections if Modi reelected may go China way

first_imgNew Delhi: India may not see another election if Narendra Modi is re-elected as prime minister, Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has claimed, suggesting that the country may go the way of China and Russia. Gehlot also said both democracy and the country were in danger under Modi, who he said would do anything to get back to power. People felt he could even go to war with Pakistan to achieve this goal, the Congress leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Dubbing Modi a good actor , Gehlot said he could do much better in Bollywood and would have left his indelible mark in acting. He also alleged that he was a “master in marketing false promises”. “If people re-elect Modi, then there is no surety on whether elections will be held in the country or not. ‘Chunav honge bhi, aur nahin bhi honge…jaise China, Russia mein hota hai’ (Elections will be held in the country and yet not be held, like what happens in China, Russia),” Gehlot said during an interaction with PTI. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He was suggesting that polls will be held on the lines of those in China and Russia, where only one party rules and who becomes the president or the prime minister is decided beforehand. His remarks come in the wake of a fierce battle emerging between the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections starting April 11. The Congress and the BJP are locked in a war of words while trying to win this crucial election. “This man can do anything to win elections…People felt he could even go to war with Pakistan, which is not a good thing….The personality of Modi ji that has emerged before the country is that he can go to any extent before and after elections…to win elections, Gehlot said while attacking Modi and added that none including Amit Shah know what is in his mind”. Taking a swipe at what he termed Modi’s acting skills , the senior Congress leader said, If Modi ji was in Bollywood, maybe he would have left a different mark in the country and abroad, with his mastery in acting, oratory skills and antics.” Claiming that the “truth is on our side”, Gehlot said truth shall finally emerge victorious. He asserted that people in the country are far wiser as they can differentiate between falsehood and truth and public conscience will side with the truth, which is on their side. The veteran Congress leader also accused the prime minister of misusing Indian embassies in garnering the support of NRIs outside the country during his visits abroad. The reference was to the prime minister’s public events during his visits abroad. Gehlot alleged that they were organised with the active support of Indian embassies that drew widespread support from the NRI community. There should be tolerance in a democracy, he said, alleging that BJP leaders have “no tolerance as they don’t want anyone from the opposition to question them”. “It is not in their DNA,” he said. The Rajasthan chief minister hit out at Modi over his style of functioning and said he has focussed on targeting opposition leaders by misusing agencies instead of governance during his rule and that is why he had no result to show . Gehlot, who has held several key positions in the Congress during his almost five-decade political career, also attacked Modi over the use of language, saying it did not behove one who held the top post of the country’s prime minister. He accused Modi of having failed to fulfil the promises made to people before assuming power. He also targeted the RSS, BJP’s ideological fountainhead, dubbing it an extra-constitutional authority that was trying to impose its people on every institution in the country.last_img read more

Carrick happy to help Pogba

first_imgPaul Pogba had been criticized a lot this season but he managed to show an extraordinary performance against Manchester City in the derby game and helped his team to grab a win by scoring two crucial goals.Michael Carrick, his experienced teammate, admitted that he had a small chat with Pogba during the half-time break and he tried to help him – and after this, the Frenchman scored a brace…The former England international spoke about his teammate as he said, according to fourfourtwo.com:“I just kept it simple and said ‘this is what you are’ and ‘this is what you’re good at. But listen, he scored two goals, so it’s not down to me.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m glad I did [have an impact] because it shows little things do register with players.”“Three or four years ago I probably wouldn’t have thought I’d go down that route. It wasn’t until I started my coaching badges that I found that I enjoyed it.”“Eventually, I think I would like to be a manager. It looks easier than it obviously is, but of course, it’s not easy.”“There is an element that keeps nagging away at me in games where I think what I would do there and what would I change.”last_img read more

Turnagain Arm Hikers Advised Caution Following Reports Of Unusual Black Bear Behavior

first_imgDave Battle biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: “Just coming straight at them with its head down, not phased by yelling, waving arms, or even the dogs barking at it. It just kept coming. Didn’t have any vocalizations or anything that would indicate defensive behavior. And that’s the kind of thing that concerns us with black bears.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers along the Turnagain Arm Trail to use caution, following multiple reports of a black bear displaying unusual behavior. The second report happened on Monday, closer to McHugh. Battle says in that case, hikers reported seeing a bear above them on a hill. It reportedly circled around and got close to their dog. One of the hikers fired a warning shot with a pistol, driving the bear off. If hikers do choose to use the trail, DF&G advises hikers to travel in groups. ADF&G has more information on bear safety on their website. The agency received the first report on May 23. A black bear approached two adults and two dogs about a mile south of the McHugh trailhead.last_img read more

BRAC Hiatus Wont Extend Indefinitely

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — With the Trump administration’s decision not to request additional base closures with this year’s budget submission, the Pentagon’s uphill battle to demonstrate the benefits of a new BRAC round to lawmakers has been placed on the back burner, but the discussion can be expected to return to Capitol Hill eventually. At some point, DOD will need to rebalance its infrastructure, Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the audience Wednesday at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. “[That] will have to occur through a BRAC,” Harrison said.That time likely could come when lawmakers realize the rising defense budget is not translating into a significantly larger force structure. The need to curb spending as the nation’s debt grows could provide a strong push in that direction as well. “Then BRAC will come back up,” Harrison said.An additional factor at play is the dispute between the Pentagon and Congress over DOD’s estimate of its excess capacity. Lawmakers, along with a recent Government Accountability Office report, have called for a more precise estimate of the military’s unused capacity. In response, defense officials point out that is only possible when Congress authorizes a new BRAC round. Both sides have a point in this standoff, but lawmakers will be hesitant to jump into a new round in the absence of better data, said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“It certainly helps forestall the next BRAC round,” Eaglen said.last_img read more

Lil Peep AltRockHipHop Fusion Rapper Dies At 21

first_img Facebook Email https://twitter.com/PostMalone/status/931045155502661632 Lil Peep began his career in music after leaving high school early and earning his degree via online courses. He began releasing self-produced music on YouTube and SoundCloud, where he discovered an unexpectedly fervent fanbase, prompting him to release his first mixtape Lil Peep Part One in 2015.Though ostensibly a rapper, Lil Peep drew acclaim from his fans and music critics alike for his refusal to be pinned down by the conventions of any one genre, often sampling artists such as Underoath, Brand New, the Postal Service, Oasis, and the Microphones to build the sonic bed for his Southern-rap inspired vocal deliveries. His lyrical content — touching equally on themes of relationships, revenge, angst, and self-harm — prompted Pitchfork to label him as an artist who was “reinventing heart-on-sleeve agony for a new generation.” Lil Peep, Alt-Rock/Hip-Hop Fusion Rapper, Dies At 21 Lil Peep was vocal on social media and in his songwriting about his close relationship with his mother. She has released a statement through a representative of First Access Entertainment, stating she remains “very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life,” and that she is “truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.”CyHi The Prynce Gives The Scoop Behind ‘No Dope On Sundays’Read more Fans and fellow artists take to social media to mourn the young artistBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 11:28 am American rapper, singer, and producer Lil Peep — née Gustav Åhr — died Nov. 16 prior to a tour appearance in Tucson, Ariz. A spokesperson for the Tucson Police Department has confirmed that evidence was found on the rapper’s tour bus indicating the cause of death to be a drug overdose, according to The New York Times. https://twitter.com/tunjiige/status/931048539156774912 The SoundCloud rapper and rising alt-pop star was on tour in support of his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1. He died just two weeks following his 21st birthday. Best known for his self-produced bedroom-recorded tracks such as “Crybaby” and “Hellboy,” Lil Peep built a rabid online fanbase through his unique blend of emo-rock hooks and trap-inspired rapping. References to heavy drug use as self-medication to deal with severe depression were a staple of the young rapper’s songwriting, and his soul-baring acknowledgement of his real-life trials and mood swings forged a powerful connection with a fanbase built almost entirely via SoundCloud and Instagram. nineteen (prod. smokeasac) by ☆LiL PEEP☆ “I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘F***, I wish I didn’t wake up,'” he said in an interview with Pitchfork. “That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that s*** out.” Rapper Lil Peep Dies At 21 lil-peep-alt-rockhip-hop-fusion-rapper-dies-21 Twitter News https://twitter.com/jackalproducer/status/931046742719586305last_img read more

Ministers Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity Celebrates 110 Years

first_imgThe Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity kicked off its 110th Anniversary celebration with song, prayer and the word on Monday, March 5.The Rev. A.C.D. Vaughn was part of the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore & Vicinity 110th Anniversary celebration kick-off. (Courtesy photo)Over 100 members of the Conference sat inside New Shiloh Baptist Church, their regular meeting place, in West Baltimore to honor the past, celebrate the present and envision the future of the Conference. President Bishop J.L. Carter addressed the audience.“In this room, there is a true spirit of excellence,” he said, before Rev. Cameron Carter began his sermon.Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, past eight-term president of the Ministers’ Conference and pastor at Baltimore’s Sharon Baptist Church, took the microphone later in the program to remind attendees of the Conference’s rich history. Vaughn detailed the Conference’s beginnings under Dr. G.R. Waller of the Trinity Baptist Church and its early mission to support education. President Carter gave the benediction and promised more events in the near future.This is the first event of at least three to precede the Conference’s 110th Anniversary Banquet Celebration on Sept. 20.For more information contact Dr. Sandra Conner at REVDRCONNER@GMAIL.COM.last_img read more

Conviction That Led to Chiefs Firing Overturned

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROIn December of 2015, Pocomoke city resident Gerry Fitch was summoned from her jail cell in the Worcester County Detention Center by investigators for Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt.Fitch was serving time for drug possession.  So, she was uncertain as to why detectives who normally probe corruption with the state officials were interested in speaking to her.But when they started asking her about an alleged relationship with the former and first African-American chief of Pocomoke City, Kelvin Sewell, she said she was confused.Kelvin Sewell, a former Baltimore homicide detective, was fired when he was police chief of Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Md. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently overturned the conviction in a case in 2016 that led to his firing. (AFRO Photo)“It was an urban myth, they said, that I was supposedly pregnant by chief Sewell when I was arrested,” Fitch said in an interview with the Real News Network.“But It wasn’t true.”The interview was part of a wide-ranging investigation against Sewell after he was fired by the Pocomoke city council without explanation.The ongoing saga added a new twist last week, when the Maryland Court of special appeals overturned his conviction of misconduct in office by a Worcester jury in 2016.The charges were brought by Davitt based upon an investigation of a 2014 accident involving two parked cars in which prosecutors convinced a nearly all-White jury Sewell should have charged the driver.But in an opinion issued Nov. 29, the court ruled that Worcester County judge’s decision to bar Sewell from calling expert witnesses prejudiced the jury.In an explosive dissenting opinion Judge Dan Friedman said there was not enough evidence to prove Sewell had committed misconduct, and state prosecutor Emmet Davitt should be barred from trying to case again.“It is my view that the State has failed to prove any intent at all, let alone a corrupt one,” Friedman wrote.Despite the setback, in an email to the AFRO, Davitt said his office is more than likely to retry the case.“After reviewing the appellate court decision and speaking to the victims of the accident, it is very likely that we will retry case. Just need to double check availability and status of witnesses,” Davitt said.However, he would not commit or confirm on Fitch’s recounting of her encounter investigators.The possibility that Davitt may retry the case prompted criticism from State Senator Jill P. Carter.“The entire case smacks of racism and retaliation.  I hope the state prosecutor will not expend any more state funds trying to secure a conviction on such flimsy evidence,” State Senator Jill P. Carter told the AFRO.The court’s high-profile decision casts doubt on an investigation into Sewell, which initiated after he had filed EEOC complaints against the city of Pocomoke and Worcester County State’s Attorneys’ office. It also adds weight to the accusations of retaliation that have surfaced since Sewell was fired by the Pocomoke City Council in 2015 after he refused to terminate two Black officers who had also filed EEOC complaints.State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt indicted Sewell in 2016 for failing to charge a driver who had struck two parked cars in 2014.The charges allege Sewell had failed to cite Pocomoke resident Doug Matthews for leaving the scene of an accident. Prosecutors alleged Sewell had let Matthews go because both were members of an African-American Masons chapter on the Eastern Shore.But the court ruled that Sewell and Matthew’s membership “was not competent to prove that Sewell acted with corrupt intent.”  A lack of evidence the judges argued made the expert witness testimony critical to Sewell’s case.During the trial Sewell sought to call two policing experts to refute Davitt’s assertion his decision to charge Matthews was unusual. But the judge ruled that expert testimony would confuse the jury and barred Sewell from calling them.But a main point of contention during the trial was the involvement of the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office in the investigation.  In court filings Sewell’s attorneys argued the case was retaliation for filing EEOC discrimination complaints against Worcester County.As proof, his defense cited emails between Davitt’s office and Worcester County prosecutors which revealed the case against Sewell originated with the same Worcester County agency he had filed an EEOC complaint against.The murky origin of the charges and the court’s decision is already prompting calls for Davitt to drop the case.One group, The Caucus of African-American Leaders, plans to send an open letter to Davitt asking him not to retry the case.“What we hope would look at the entire the circumstance and take into account that race and racism has played a factor in this case and they will drop the case as a result of it,” said Carl Snowden, who works with the group.(full disclosure this reporter co-wrote a book with Sewell).last_img read more

Your next assembly lines may have Baxter robot doing pickup w Video

first_img Credit: Rethink Robotics The company offers Baxter with two kinds of grippers to choose from. Electric parallel grippers enable Baxter to pick up objects of varying sizes. Vacuum cup grippers are meant for hard-to-grasp objects, such as smooth, nonporous or relatively flat items.While Baxter is not the ideal choice for tasks that require an extremely strong or fast industrial robot, Baxter is smart enough to adapt to changes. The robot uses vision to locate and grasp objects, and can be programmed to perform a new task just by holding its arms and moving them to the desired position. The robot can continue to work even after missing a pick-up or dropping a part. It can visually detect parts and adapt to variations in part placement and conveyor speed. If Baxter drops an object, it knows to get another before trying to finish the task. What is not at all mindless about Baxter is its design in that, for an industrial robot, Baxter enjoys an incredible lightness of non-being. Baxter has thick, round arms, but they are not heavy. The arm moves in a fluid motion. “When you hold the cuff, the robot goes into gravity-compensation,” said Rodney Brooks, the company founder, “zero-force mode,” as if the arm is floating. Credit: Rethink Robotics Baxter signs British flu vaccine deal Explore further Citation: Your next assembly lines may have Baxter robot doing pick-up (w/ Video) (2012, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-lines-baxter-pick-up-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: www.heartlandrobotics.com/inde … php/products/baxter/ Another differentiator is that, while Baxter is smart, it does not require a high learning curve. One of the argued barriers to industrial adoption of robots has been training requirements to operate industrial robots. The disadvantage has been in the thought of requiring employees to train in programming and in interacting with new robotic equipment, eating up time and financial output. Rethink’s team claims Baxter units can be retasked in a matter of minutes. “No custom application code is required to get it started. So no costly software or manufacturing engineers are required to program it,” according to the company. Baxter is taught via a graphical user interface and through direct manipulation of its robot arms. Nontechnical, hourly workers can train and retrain Baxter right on the line.As for safety, the designers gave Baxter sensors to detect people within contact distance and trigger the robot to slow to safe operation speeds. If Baxter’s power supply were cut, its arms would relax slowly. Employees would have time to move out of the way. Baxter is based on the vision of roboticist. Rodney Brooks, company founder of Rethink Robotics, which started in 2008. Baxter’s first shipments will start next month. Credit: Rethink Robotics © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Rethink Robotics is introducing Baxter to the manufacturing sector with a note: Baxter can ignite a revolution in breaking down costs and safety barriers holding back automation in American manufacturing. The Boston-based company says the $22,000 (list price) robot is a fraction of the cost of traditional industrial robots “with zero integration required.” Baxter has been expressly designed to work on assembly lines to perform menial tasks. Baxter has two arms, each with seven degrees of freedom, and a reach similar to that of a human, to take over the mindless menial tasks. It can load, unload, sort, pack, unpack, snap-fit, grind and polish. last_img read more

Cuba cruise calls flights exempt but new Kempinski blacklisted

first_imgCuba cruise calls, flights exempt but new Kempinski blacklisted << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Thursday, November 9, 2017 Share Tags: Cuba WASHINGTON — While Canadian travellers are still flocking to Cuba’s beaches in record numbers, American travellers with Cuba on their wish list are even less likely to go now that President Trump’s administration has handed down specific travel, commerce and financial restrictions for the island.Now off-limits to U.S. citizens are dozens of Cuban hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses included on a lengthy American blacklist of entities that have links to Cuba’s military, intelligence or security services.Blacklisted hotels include the Manzana Kempinski, which opened with great fanfare this year as Cuba’s first to meet the international five-star standard.Most Americans will once again be required to travel as part of heavily regulated, organized tour groups run by U.S. companies, rather than voyaging to Cuba on their own.The stricter rules are the implementation of Trump’s revised Cuba policy announced in Miami back in June. They mark a return to the tougher U.S. stance toward Cuba that existed before former President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro restored diplomatic relations in 2015.“These measures confirm there is a serious reversal in bilateral relations which has occurred as a result of the decisions taken by the government of President Donald Trump,” said Josefina Vidal, the top Cuban diplomat for North America.However the overall impact on American business with Cuba will be limited. Trade is sparse as it is and many American travellers already stay at hotels not on the no-go list.Cruise ship calls and direct commercial flights between the countries will still be permitted.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe rules are designed to steer U.S. economic activity away from Cuba’s military, intelligence and security services, which dominate much of the economy through state-controlled corporations. The goal is to encourage financial support for Cuba’s growing private sector, said senior Trump administration officials, who briefed reporters on a conference call on condition they not be quoted by name.“We have strengthened our Cuba policies to channel economic activity away from the Cuban military and to encourage the government to move toward greater political and economic freedom for the Cuban people,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.The new policy maintains several categories of travel to Cuba that are permitted despite the embargo, which carries on decades after the Cold War’s end. Americans can still travel on educational and “people to people” trips as well as visits designed to support the Cuban people by patronizing privately owned small businesses that have popped up across the island in recent years.But those travelling to support Cuba’s people must have a daylong schedule of activities designed to expose them to Cubans and steer dollars toward citizens, such as renting rooms in private homes. Those on organized, “people to people” or educational visits must be accompanied by a representative of the U.S.-based group organizing the trip.Vidal, the Cuban diplomat who was the public face of Cuba’s opening with the United States during the Obama administration, said the policy would harm Cuba’s economy, American citizens and U.S. businesses. The rules were also quickly denounced by travel groups and proponents of closer U.S. ties to the island.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe rules come amid deep strains in the U.S.-Cuba relationship stemming from invisible, unexplained attacks that have harmed more than two dozen U.S. government personnel in Havana since 2016. The attacks led the Trump administration to order most of its diplomats to leave Cuba in September and issue a sweeping travel warning urging Americans to stay away.Officials insisted that the new, tougher rules had no connection to the attacks. The U.S. first complained to Cuba’s government about the attacks in February, four months before Trump announced his broader policy intentions.Some exceptions will accommodate Americans who already plan to visit Cuba. Those who booked “people to people” trips before Trump’s June announcement will be exempt, along with Americans who organized education trips before the rules start on Thursday. Business deals already reached with entities on the prohibited list will be allowed to proceed.It’s unclear how aggressively the U.S. will police the new rules. Officials said they would use information obtained from several U.S. agencies to catch violators, who could be subject to penalties and criminal prosecution.The blacklist bars business with the large military-run corporations that dominate the Cuban economy. These include GAESA and CIMEX, holding companies that control most retail business on the island; Gaviota, the largest tourism company; and Habaguanex, which runs Old Havana.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Every loss is a tough pill to swallow.The Arizona Cardinals dropped their seventh game of theseason Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, losing 23-7. What makes it worse is the Cardinals, after rolling offtwo straight wins, finally looked like a team that wasready to turn the corner. Then came Sunday, as the 49ers forced five Cardinalsturnovers and only allowed 229 yards of offense. Even though the loss has potential to hurt the team’smentality, head coach Ken Whisenhunt says his team doesn’thave a negative state of mind. “You don’t have to spend a lot of time studying theplayers or how they play certain techniques or how theyplay the schemes of their offense or defense,” Whisenhuntsaid. “You can have a greater anticipation of how theirgoing to play you, so it gives you a chance to really finetune and really prepare with your gameplan.” 0 Comments   Share   “I think that they believe that we are making progress asa team,” Whisenhunt said. “Even though things weren’tgoing well those guys were still very positive veryupbeat.” The Cardinals have been competitive in four of the sevenlosses, losing by a combined 11 points. So even though theCardinals haven’t been good, there is something to buildon.“We’re not where we want to be record wise, but we’ve wontwo of the last three games so our guys are seeingimprovement,” Whisenhunt said. “I see positive signs allthe time in the practice field from the effort, we’ve gotenough good leaders that work hard all the time like Larry[Fitzgerald], like Darnell [Dockett] that set the tempo.” Whisenhunt believes his players will not becomediscouraged at any point this season. “Our guys have worked hard,” Whisenhunt said. “We gotenough young guys that want to play and that want to do itthe right way that it hasn’t been an issue.” The Cardinals must now move on and prepare for the Rams onSunday. Whisenhunt says this week will be about finetuning the scheme since the two teams have already metonce this season. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

September 11 2015Congratulations to Pete Seiter a

first_imgSeptember 11, 2015Congratulations to Pete Seiter and Eric Doriean from Australia upon completion of the Arcosanti workshop. In the middle is Rowan, the youngest resident of Arcosanti.Pete is staying on as a volunteer in the planning department and tour guide. Eric was a great help in the AIS department.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]last_img

More than 85 of millennials in US broadband house

first_imgMore than 85% of millennials in US broadband houses subscribe to at least one over-the-top (OTT) video service from providers that include Netflix and Amazon, according to Parks Associates.The research firm said that more than 25% of millennials subscribe to three or more OTT services and more than 50% subscribe to at least two.“Overall penetration of subscription OTT video services among millennials has topped out, suggesting that those households that want such a subscription already have one or more,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates.“The more interesting and important question is how many subscriptions they will keep.”Millennials, a group categorised by Parks as being born in 1982 or later, were the largest consumers of over-the-top video, followed in succession by each older generation – ‘gen X’, ‘baby boomers’ and ‘mature’.While less pronounced, the trend towards internet video services was also noted among non-millennial viewers, with OTT service penetration among baby boomers (born 1946-1964) and mature viewers (born 1945 and earlier) up 10% overall between 2016 and 2017.“For consumers, self-aggregating content is simply part of the entertainment experience, particularly millennial households,” said Hunter Sappington, researcher, Parks Associates.“Their evaluation criteria for services, and brand loyalty, differs from that of previous generations. To take advantage of this self-aggregation trend, providers need to understand the evaluation criteria consumers use for their OTT services, which can vary from household to household.”last_img read more

15 Fab Quotes About the Making of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club

first_imgInspiring Quotes Contributor 6 min read Next Article 15 Fab Quotes About the Making of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Bill Schulz Image credit: Bettmann | Getty Images John, Paul, George and Ringo, plus a host of others, give a glimpse into the creation of the landmark record on its 50th anniversary. For those of you who read the news today and thought “oh boy”, here’s a fun distraction: This year/month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles game-changing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, culminating in a re-mastered release of the record as well as an hour-long PBS documentary premiering Saturday, June 3rd at 8 p.m. ET. Here are thoughts from the Fab Four themselves, as well as other artists, on the record that re-imagined pop music.Competitive set“The big influence was Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. I just thought, Oh dear me. This is the album of all time. What the hell are we going to do?” — Paul McCartney Sgt. Pepper’s origin story”We were fed up with being Beatles…we’d now got turned on to pot and thought of ourselves as artists rather than just performers… then suddenly on the plane, I got this idea. I thought, Let’s not be ourselves. Let’s develop alter egos so we’re not having to project an image which we know.” — Paul McCartney Related: The Most Inspiring Quotes from 2017 Commencement SpeechesJust say no“I never took it [LSD] in the studio. We didn’t really shove the LP full of pot and drugs. We were more consciously trying to keep it out. You wouldn’t say, ‘I had some acid, baby, so groovy,’ but there was a feeling that something had happened between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper.’” — John Lennon Lucy was really a girl named Lucy“People later thought ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ was LSD. I swear– we didn’t notice that when it first came out.” — Paul McCartney Related: 11 Inspiring Quotes About What It Means to Be an EntrepreneurUrge to innovate“When I first started in the music business, the ultimate aim for everybody was to try and recreate, on record, a live performance as accurately as possible. Without being too pompous, we decided to go into another kind of art form, where we are devising something that couldn’t be done any other way. We were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” — producer, George Martin Divine intervention“The night we went to record ‘Fixing A Hole’ a guy turned up at my house who announced himself as Jesus. So I took him to the session. You know — couldn’t harm, I thought. Introduced Jesus to the guys. Quite reasonable about it. But that was it. Last we ever saw of Jesus.” — Paul McCartney  No clue what come next”Now that we only play in the studios, and not anywhere else, we have less of a clue what we’re going to do. Nobody knows what the tunes sound like until we’ve recorded them and listen to them afterward.” — George Harrison Related: 9 Surprisingly Inspiring Quotes from ‘Trainspotting’Rating Ringo“[Ringo] Starr is vastly underrated. The drum fills on the song ‘A Day In The Life’ are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say ‘I want it like that.’ He wouldn’t know what to do.” — Phil Collins “A Day In The Life” was not a typical day in the life“Brian Jones and Marianne Faithfull were in attendance, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Donovan and Mike Nesmith, while a 40-piece orchestra, wearing funny hats and clown noses, generated a tremendous orchestral tsunami the likes of which had never been heard before – certainly not on a pop record.” — journalist Darryn King The concept that wasn’t a concept“’Sgt. Pepper is called the first concept album, but it doesn’t go anywhere. All my contributions to the album have absolutely nothing to do with this idea of Sgt. Pepper and his band, but it works, because we said it worked, and that’s how the album appeared. But it was not put together as it sounds, except for Sgt. Pepper introducing Billy Shears and the so-called reprise. Every other song could have been on any other album.” — John Lennon George wasn’t so curious“I felt we were just in the studio to make the next record, and Paul was going on about this idea of some fictitious band. That side of it didn’t really interest me. The trips to India had really opened me up…I’d been let out of the confines of the group, and it was difficult for me to come back into the sessions…It was a job, like doing something I didn’t really want to do, and I was losing interest in being ‘fab’ at that point.” — George Harrison Related: Inspiring Quotes From ’80s and ’90s MoviesWho invited these people?“I still have no idea who chose some of those people [on the cover]. I think [artist] Peter Blake put a lot of the more confusing people in there. The ones I wanted were people I admired. I didn’t put anybody on there because I didn’t like them (unlike some people…)” — George Harrison Keith just can’t”If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away — you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties — ‘Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'”  — Keith Richards John’s dark side“It is a diary form of writing. All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically… any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace.” — John Lennon A little help from John’s hand”I think that was probably the best of our songs that we wrote for Ringo actually. I remember giggling with John as we wrote the lines, ‘What do you see when you turn out the light/ I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine.’ It could have been him playing with his willie under the covers…” — Paul McCartney  –shares June 1, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Register Now » Guest Writerlast_img read more

CHEQ Report Online Ad Fraud To Cost 23 Billion Globally in 2019

first_imgMarketers are expected to lose $23 billion this year in online ad spending because of ad fraud, a global economic study by CHEQ has revealed.The military-grade cybersecurity company commissioned a report about the full scale of ad fraud, undertaken with economist Roberto Cavazos, a professor at the University of Baltimore, using the latest economic analysis, proprietary CHEQ data, and expert interviews. The report finds that while direct global economic costs of ad fraud are conservatively placed at $23 billion, indirect economic and social costs may increase the total to $30 billion.The report finds that with marketers pouring billions into digital ads, up to 30% of ads are affected by fraud, affecting 21 trillion online ads each year. However, the study argues that not all instances cost the same, and in many cases, fraud disproportionately affects low level campaigns with cheaper CPM (cost per thousand). The study argues that a 7.5% composite rate of total ad spend lost to ad fraud reflects a  mix of both lower end and higher-end ad campaigns, totaling losses of $23.7 billion in 2019. Left unchecked the level of fraud is expected to reach $26 billion by 2020, $29 billion by 2021 and $32 billion by 2022.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive ScoringThe complexity of the online advertising ecosystem and lack of transparency has created a growing incentive for fraudsters to hijack the fast-growing $316 billion global digital advertising budget. The report finds that online advertising is uniquely susceptible to frauds, compared to other sectors, such as finance or health, due to lack of oversight or transparency, and failure to achieve high-profile prosecutions.The cost of fraud could be placed even higher if indirect and opportunity costs could be calculated—this refers to the losses and opportunity costs on society as a result of systematic fraud. Such indirect costs include less trust, reduced innovation, and disinclination to spend on online advertising.Marketing Technology News: Hitachi and Virtusa Partner to Advance AI in Financial ServicesProfessor Roberto Cavazos said: “I have studied the economic costs of fraud in many sectors for decades, and I was left stunned by the scale of fraud in online advertising. The online advertising ecosystem has created a situation in which the interests of more than 20 parties are not aligned, while there is little regulation, connectedness or disincentive against fraud. It will require honest and robust methods to confront the realities and tackle this challenge.”CHEQ founder and CEO Guy Tytunovich added: “Spending on online advertising has overtaken traditional media like TV, radio, outdoor, and print. This makes it wishful thinking to believe that fraudsters will not continue to be creative and innovative in targeting online adverting dollars. Every day we are seeing growing sophistication and frequency of attacks against online ad campaigns. The problem is exacerbated by the number of participants in a complex system, and the unique circumstances allowing bad actors to thrive.”Marketing Technology News: Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud CHEQ Report: Online Ad Fraud To Cost $23 Billion Globally in 2019 PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 2:59 pmJune 4, 2019 CHEQCPMMarketing Technologymilitary-grade cybersecurityNewsOnline Ad Fraudproprietary CHEQ data Previous ArticleWith 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMONext ArticleIBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and Consumerslast_img read more

Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data

first_img acquirationB2B Customer Data Platformsb2b dataLeadspaceMarketing Technology NewsNewsReachForce Previous ArticleCommunity Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality SectorNext ArticleTechBytes with Lauren Maffeo, Associate Principal Analyst at GetApp (a Gartner company) Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data Platform PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 12:48 pmJuly 8, 2019 As Interest in the B2B CDP Category Heats Up, Leadspace Adds Reachforce’s Offerings and Expertise to Power Customers’ Data-Driven Marketing and Sales Efforts Leadspace, the leading B2B Customer Data Platform, has acquired ReachForce, a private company with complementary B2B data solutions like SmartSuite and SmartForms. Leadspace will add Reachforce team members, technology, and strong customer and industry relationships. They’ll also add an Austin, Texas office to the Leadspace locations in San Francisco, CA and Hod Hasharon, Israel.Leadspace, recently named a “leader” in The Forrester New Wave™: B2B Customer Data Platforms, Q2 2019 report, looks at this acquisition as an opportunity to strengthen its team, expand its offerings, and add to its growing customer community.“ReachForce is a well-respected brand with an experienced team in the B2B marketing tech space,” notes Leadspace CEO, Doug Bewsher. “We’ve known them, and competed against them, over the years, so we’re excited to be joining forces now to move the B2B CDP space even further.”Marketing Technology News: Converge Technology Solutions Acquires Nordisk Systems, Inc.With all of the interest surrounding the CDP category, the ReachForce team saw joining Leadspace as a great next step to where they’d been moving. With the SmartSuite and highly successful SmartForms products, ReachForce customers will now be able to tap into the wide set of data sources and signals on the Leadspace CDP and will also benefit from Leadspace’s advanced AI and analytics offerings for predictive and persona modeling and scoring. “We are excited to join the Leadspace team. The combination results in one of the most comprehensive B2B offerings and clearly establishes the leading B2B Customer Data Platform,” adds former ReachForce CEO, Dion Cornett.The B2C space has blazed a trail with Customer Data Platforms, using them to solve data challenges created by complicated consumer buying and affinity behaviors. Now CDPs are proving their immense value in solving B2B marketing and sales teams’ own unique data challenges – like bridging data silos, creating a single source of truth for company- and person-level business data, and making sense of the data to improve future performance. And with B2B CDP leaders rapidly bolstering their offerings, it’s clear there’s plenty of innovation and advancement ahead.Marketing Technology News: Tapad Partners with Programmatic Buying Platform, Beeswax, to Extend Identity ResolutionRingCentral is one of several companies who have been working with both ReachForce and Leadspace in recent years, and believes in the importance of data-driven marketing. Dave Cowings, Chief Marketing Data Scientist at RingCentral stated: “We’ve loved working with both the Leadspace and Reachforce teams, and we think they’ll fit wonderfully together. We see a lot of value in unifying all the data expertise that the Reachforce team brings on Leadspace’s powerful and flexible platform. More and more companies are starting to see this value too, so we look forward to where the new Leadspace team will take it in the future!”The newly combined teams look forward to expanding the joint customer family, and working on exciting new features coming later this summer.Marketing Technology News: RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad Experienceslast_img read more