BURNABY, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated a new virtual camera used by game makers at an Electronic Arts Canada studio near Vancouver on Thursday after promoting the country’s technology sector to officials in Washington state.Trudeau held the camera on his shoulder as two actors wearing special suits pretended to box at the company’s Capture Lab, an animation facility in Burnaby.The prime minister also attended a roundtable at Electronic Arts with business leaders from health care, clean technology, digital animation and visual effects.“We’re going to talk about how the government can be a better partner, or better get out of your way in some cases, to allow you to continue to grow, to succeed, to create great opportunities for innovations that are going to advance success in Canada, create good jobs for Canadians and draw in great people from around the world,” Trudeau said before the discussions began.Jon Lutz, vice-president of financial planning and strategy at Electronic Arts, said the company that has created some of the world’s most successful video games is always looking for the most qualified people.“We need the best people from all over the world so we welcome any strategies that grow the talent pool in Canada and enable us to compete on the global stage,” he said.“We certainly welcome greater collaboration with our partners in the U.S. and anything that helps build the talent base up in Vancouver,” Lutz said, adding the interactive entertainment industry is a key subsector of technology and could continue growing in Canada.Later Thursday, Trudeau attended a Liberal party fundraiser in downtown Vancouver, where he applauded local members for signing up 7,000 newcomers since last summer.Trudeau called on his supporters to keep working hard as he warned about the momentum that upcoming leadership races could give the party’s rivals.“We’ve got competition. The Conservatives are electing a new leader next weekend. The NDP will do the same later this year. And history has shown that these things matter,” he said, speaking to a room of a couple hundred people.Outside the venue, protesters carried signs calling for an end to Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, whose terminus is in Burnaby, and to the Site C hydroelectric megaproject in the province’s north.Earlier in the day, Trudeau met Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Seattle where they discussed the development of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, an initiative that aims to strengthen technology industry ties between British Columbia and Washington.The pair also spoke about trade, investment opportunities and innovation in the energy sector, said Trudeau’s office. In brief remarks before the meeting, the prime minister said Washington and Canada share common goals.“We’re both strongly engaged on issues of climate change, on issues of openness to trade, on leadership on refugees as well and an understanding that diversity can be a real source of strength,” he said.Inslee said the state and country share an “incredible commitment” to defeating climate change and a recognition that they can grow their economies at the same time.“It is a great pleasure to know we have a national leader in the North American economy that is committed to that,” he said.But protesters clad in yellow hazardous material suits that read “Keystone XL Toxic Cleanup Crew” gathered outside the hotel to criticize Trudeau’s environmental record, arguing his support of pipelines is at odds with any global warming promises he has made.Chanting “Tar sands or clean lands, Trudeau you have a choice,” the group of about a dozen people demanded that the prime minister rescind his support of Keystone XL and the Trans Mountain expansion, two pipelines that have generated considerable debate in the U.S.Janene Hampton of the Colville Okanagan Tribe in northern Washington said Trudeau claims he cares about indigenous people yet he sides with companies that want to build pipelines that threaten the water sources of Aboriginal Peoples.“He’s approving these pipelines and the things that they’re asking for. He’s supporting the corporations. He says that he’s an indigenous peoples’ ally. Well, that’s not being an ally,” she said.Protester Mike Foster said he’s especially concerned about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to the West Coast and the impact that increased tanker traffic will have on Washington state’s endangered killer whale population.“We have 78 orca whales left in Puget Sound and the number of tankers coming through these waters would be increased 700 per cent,” he said.Kinder Morgan Canada’s $7.4 billion pipeline expansion, approved by Trudeau’s government last year, would increase the number of tankers in coastal waters from about five per month to 34 per month.In 2015, former U.S. president Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta to Nebraska, but President Donald Trump overturned the decision this year.— With files from Laura Kane in Seattle.
The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Guzzo Cinemas is looking to expand beyond Quebec to other major Canadian cities.The Montreal-based cinema chain says it has been looking for opportunities in areas including Vancouver and Calgary.Guzzo Cinemas president Vince Guzzo says he’s hoping the expansion will allow him to take advantage of opportunities in other cities and find new synergies for his business, which also includes a construction company and Giulietta Pizzeria restaurants.Despite the struggles theatre businesses have faced in recent years with the growth of streaming services, Guzzo says the industry is “booming” and he feels the streaming is only causing consumers to seek more personal ways to take in films.Guzzo Cinemas expansion will put the company in competition with entertainment giant Cineplex Inc., which owns over 150 theatres.To counteract box office volatility and streaming companies, Cineplex has diversified its offerings beyond cinemas with gaming restaurant complexes the Rec Room and Playdium. Companies in this story: (TSX:CGX)
Washington: Over $600,000 has been raised in just eight days through crowd-funding for the treatment of a 13-year-old Indian-American girl fighting for her life after an Iraq war veteran in California mowed her and her family in a suspected case of hate crime. On April 23, Dhriti Narayan, a grade 7 student, her brother, father and other family members were crossing a road in Sunnyvale when they were struck down by a former soldier, Isaiah Peoples, 34, reportedly to be suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPeoples, an Iraq war veteran, injured seven others, who were crossing the road, including Dhriti’s father and her 9-year-old brother. The family was targeted apparently in hate crime because the motorist thought they were Muslims, police said. Peoples, who was unharmed in the incident, is facing eight counts of attempted murder and is being detained at Santa Clara County Jail with no bail set. According to a crowdfunding page, GoFundMe, set up to help the family cover her medical costs, Dhriti has suffered life threatening injuries including severe brain injuries and is currently on life support. Since the fundraising appeal went live on GoFundMe eight days ago, more than 12,400 people have donated money and have raised around USD 605,000. The target was USD 500,000.
Srinagar: Six militants were killed on Thursday in encounters in with security forces in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir while a civilian and a soldier also lost their lives, police said.While three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, a civilian and a soldier were killed in the encounter in Pulwama, three militants were eliminated during a gun battle with security forces in Shopian district, a police spokesman said. “On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched this morning by police and security forces at Delipora area in district Pulwama,” the spokesman said. He said as the security forces were evacuating the target house, the hiding militants started firing indiscriminately.
The show put on by the WWE for Monday Night Raw in Nationwide Arena can be a tough act to follow.But with the faint smell of pyrotechnic smoke and testosterone wafting through the air, Columbus Blue Jackets fans were treated to a 3-2 victory over their rivals, the Nashville Predators.Defying expectations, Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock went back to struggling goaltender Steve Mason in net against the Predators. After Mason gave up a soft goal to the Minnesota Wild in the Jackets’ last game, a 4-2 loss, Hitchcock was widely expected to give Mathieu Garon the start.“It’s my decision. I like the way he reacted after the third goal,” Hitchcock said. “It was a bad goal and he knows it. We can keep bailing on people or ride it out.”Mason, playing in his 100th career NHL game, justified his coach’s confidence with 29 saves.The game opened as so many others have this season for the Jackets: With Columbus trying to find new and unusual ways to shoot themselves in the foot.In the early minutes of the first period, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jan Hejda passed the puck to line mate Mike Commodore; a nice thought. The only problem was that Commodore was no longer in possession of his hockey stick.Commodore gamely tried to pass the puck soccer-style to a teammate with his skate, but the end result was a turnover deep in the Blue Jackets’ own zone.In spite of the early miscues, Columbus fought the Predators to a draw in the first period. It was a victory of sorts for the struggling Jackets, who had given up a goal in the first four minutes of play in each of the last seven games. Mason had seven saves in the period.The second stanza saw a boost in the action.After Columbus forward Chris Clark drew a hooking penalty in the early minutes of the period, Mason was forced to make several spectacular saves during the ensuing Predator power play. One saw him dropping into the butterfly position as he made a glove save on a Nashville laser shot.Center Derick Brassard broke the scoring deadlock at the 16:10 mark of the second period.Columbus defenseman Milan Jurcina fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line in the Predator’s zone. The puck was re-directed by Brassard from the middle of traffic in front of the net and slid through the five-hole of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. OSU product R.J. Umberger also assisted on the play.“I parked myself in front of the net,” Brassard said of the goal. “You get yourself there and good things can happen.”Columbus continued the scoring in the third.Following a hooking penalty on Nashville captain Jason Arnott, Jackets’ left-wing Kristian Huselius cashed in on the power play opportunity with his 16th goal of the season.The goal came on a special teams’ play that would have pleased Hickory coach Norman Dale, of the Hoosiers movie fame.While set up in their power play, Columbus made five crisp passes between each Jacket player on the ice, before Huselius took the shot and put the puck in the net. Thirty-nine seconds later, Fredrik Modin extended the Blue Jackets’ lead to three, as Rinne lay helplessly on his back after a collision in front of the net.The Predators bravely hung in, converting on two scoring chances as the third period winded down.First Martin Erat beat Mason high and left with a wrist shot, and then Patric Hornquist drew Nashville to within one with a rebound goal.The Jackets’ faithful began to get a little restless. They had seen this scenario before.But Mason was up to the challenge as he withstood the onslaught of Predator shots to make the lead stand up and deliver the victory for Columbus.Hitchcock was effusive in his praise of his goalie following the game.“Our goalie was the best player on the ice and we needed him today,” Hitchcock said. “He can win games by himself.”The Jackets’ coach confirmed that Mason will get the start again against the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night. With the Kings bringing a 4-1 record in their last five games, they’re sure to need another stellar game from him.
Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team turned around its downward trajectory Monday, rising from No. 17 to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.After losing to Penn State Jan. 25 and falling four spots from No. 13, Ohio State bounced back with wins against Indiana and Illinois. The Buckeyes are joined by No. 3 Purdue, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 20 Michigan as Big Ten teams in the top 25. They travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face the Boilermakers at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ohio State will head back onto the road to face the Wolverines on Feb. 18.AP Poll Villanova (48) Virginia (16) Purdue Michigan State Xavier Cincinnati Texas Tech Auburn Duke Kansas St. Mary’s Gonzaga Arizona Ohio State Tennessee Clemson Oklahoma Rhode Island West Virginia Michigan North Carolina Wichita State Nevada Kentucky Miami (FL)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has made Juventus even more determined to win the Champions League, says head coach Massimiliano AllegriThe Italian giants have gone 22 years without glory in Europe, despite having reached the final of the Champions League five times since defeating Ajax in a penalty shoot-out at Rome in 1996.But upon witnessing five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo take just eight minutes to score his first goal for the Bianconeri in the side’s annual friendly against the B team, Allegri’s hopes for the upcoming season have grown.“Naturally, we have bigger ambitions of winning the Champions League than in previous years, just as we want the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana,” said the Italian, according to Goal.“Ronaldo has above all brought experience at international level and is an extra motivation for the younger guys to aim higher. You don’t win five Ballon d’Or trophies for nothing and you can see how hard he works to get there.“However, Real Madrid have won four of the last five editions of the Champions League and they did that through hard work. We’ve got to work, too, and this is the first time I’ve really seen the whole squad play together.”While Juventus have undoubtedly been bolstered by the arrival of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Ronaldo, Allegri feels that the squad has strengthed anyway.“This is a team built every year to achieve every objective,” he added to RMC Sport.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We have more experience now, and there have been the arrivals of Ronaldo, Emre Can, [Joao] Cancelo, [Leonardo] Spinazzola will be available, the return of [Leonardo] Bonucci…“I would say the team has improved but you can talk about that all day long. There’s a field of green where you have to play, you have to run, you have to have great respect for your opponents.“This year, more than ever, we want to beat everyone.”Juventus will next face Chievo Verona this Saturday for their Serie A opener.✒ Duty for @Cristiano ?#VillarPerosa ?? #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/iCUp9ZXRZz— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 12, 2018
The Chilean striker has only scored once in seven matches played with Manchester United in the English Premier League this seasonChilean striker Alexis Sanchez is in bad form right now.The Manchester United footballer has scored only once in seven matches in the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.And he also hasn’t played for his country since March of this year. Now everything can change.Chile national team manager Reinaldo Rueda says he hopes to select Sanchez for the friendly game against Mexico.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I talked with him about that. What we want is that we hope his experience and ability can contribute to the team with his share of goals,” Rueda was quoted by Four Four Two.“And the important thing is that other players also score goals. The forwards have changed because they have not been in a good moment.”“Alexis is a benchmark, an elite player and he always enjoys being with the national team, joining his team-mates and getting to know the younger ones,” he added.“We hope he has a good game because we know that he has also had difficulties with his club. He has not had the continuity that we all expected for one reason or another.”
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue. In addition to the performance on stage, Katie will also be involved in music-based activities in New York City. Katherine Delker’s performance scheduled for Sunday, February 4th in New York City. Katherine Delker, a 9th grade student at Soldotna High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Katie will perform Soprano 1 in February with the Honors Women’s Choir. Participation is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the nation.The performance at Carnegie Hall is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many blessed with vocal talents envision the day when they can be on stage, maybe one of the grandest stages; how about Carnegie Hall. Katie will join other performers from the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. All will perform at Carnegie Hall. Katie Delker on nomination processAudio PlayerDecker-on-nomination-process.mp3VmDecker-on-nomination-process.mp300:00RPd Katie Delker on choir and tour eventsAudio PlayerDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp3VmDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp300:00RPd
The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted back in 2016 to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Sunday October 7, will kick off the seasonal landfill closure. From October to May each year the landfill will be open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday. The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning October 7 through April 28, 2019. Sundays will re-open for the summer season. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667.
The twenty-year-old digital brand, which features news, reviews, and analysis of the independent film industry, will join Penske’s existing entertainment brands Variety, Deadline Hollywood, TVLine.com, and Hollywood Life, among others. “We’ll be expanding our coverage even further, and our reach. We’ll be bigger and better,” writes Harris in a note on Indiewire.com. “But the most fundamental elements will remain unchanged: We remain committed to covering the best in film and television with voices that are fresh, strong, and unique.” “Indiewire has a rich history as one of the early innovators in digital media—and I’ve long admired the company and its team’s dedication to informing and breaking the most essential news in independent film,” said Penske Media chairman and CEO, Jay Penske, in a statement. Launched by Eugene Hernandez in 1996, Indiewire’s blog network now includes high-profile film industry commentators such as Anne Thompson, Leonard Maltin, and Peter Bogdanovich. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Penske has confirmed that Indiewire’s editor-in-chief, Dana Harris, will remain in her current position after Indiewire’s operations are transferred to Penske’s offices in Los Angeles and New York, reporting directly to Jay Penske. Publisher James Israel will also continue to lead sales and marketing, reporting to Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino and Penske Media’s EVP of strategy, George Grobar. The acquisition follows Penske’s $100 million purchase of Fairchild Media—owners of fashion media brands WWD, among others—from Condé Nast in August of 2014 and, more recently, its acquisition of entertainment awards prediction site GoldDerby.com last July. Penske Media Corp. has acquired independent film site Indiewire from SnagFilms, Inc., the company announced today.
MA MannanSuspended Gazipur City Corporation mayor MA Mannan filed a writ petition with the High Court on Sunday morning challenging the government order over his suspension for the third time.Advocate Abu Hanif, counsel of Mannan, filed the petition on behalf of the GCC mayor.A hearing over the writ petition will be held at the court of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan in the afternoon, said Hanif.On 6 July, the government suspended Mannan after the mayor took his office barely 19 days following a court order.The Local Government Division issued a notification in this regard as a lower court accepted charges against Mannan in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for misusing power and embezzling state money.Mannan took the charge of the city mayor on June 18, after 28 months of suspension, following an order of the Supreme Court.The GCC mayor has now been suspended thrice, with the first suspension on 19 August 2015 and then on 18 April last year.
Citation: Toshiba 3D glasses-free 55-incher touts especially fine resolution (2011, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-toshiba-3d-glasses-free-incher-touts.html The Regza 55X3. More information: Press release Explore further Toshiba supersized, glasses-free, 3-D TV steals IFA show © 2011 PhysOrg.com The new Regza, placed on view at Japan’s CEATEC Japan 2011, can display 3,840 x 2,160-pixel 2-D video along with glasses-free 3-D but the latter is at a lower resolution. Toshiba’s new model is in the league of what is called “Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) technology, at 3840 x 2160 pixels.As for the 3-D feature, played in “naked eye” 3-D, without the aid of special glasses, the 3-D is at a lower resolution.Reviewers say that the 3-D display is still impressive. The new TV has a face-tracking application to make sure the 3-D viewing experience is optimized for all viewers at multiple seating locations.Release of the 55-inch Regza 55×3 is set for mid-December in Japan. Pricing will be $11,730. Toshiba plans to manufacture 1,000 units per month. Toshiba Corporate Senior Vice President, Masaaki Oosumi said that they are targeting initial monthly sales of 1,000 units but expect a lift in that number once the product goes overseas. There were no details provided on when the TV would be offered overseas and where. The price tag is one that mass market consumers would consider either impossible or absurd. Nonetheless, Toshiba knows its market and consumer interests.Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba’s executive officer, corporate senior vice president and president and CEO of Digital Products & Services Company of Toshiba, said “We want to realize video of [sic] dreams.”Toshiba sees the gold in making television sets that carry superior high resolution, period. “When you keep improving the resolution, what you see will eventually become almost similar to real-life 3-D images,” said Taro Hiyama, chief marketing executive for Toshiba’s digital products and services unit, according to The Wall Street Journal. That level of high-definition may become possible in four to five years, he said. The 3-D application is powered by CEVO-ENGINE Duo, which is the company’s high-performance multi-processor platform. Japanese video 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. (PhysOrg.com) — A 3-D television that needs no special glasses? Been there. A television with supersized screen? Yesterday’s news. Toshiba, on the other hand, this week announced its 55-inch Regza 55×3 LCD television that carries 2-D content that stands out in its “ultra” high display resolution, along with its 3-D capabilities that are glasses-free.
by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.26.19 7:03pm In closing arguments in a death penalty trial, the prosecution told an all-white jury that a black defendant was “a big black bull.” In the case of a different black man, prosecutors justified excluding a black juror because he drank alcohol by calling him a “blk wino,” whereas a potential white juror who drank was considered “ok” and a “country boy.” And in another courtroom exchange, a prosecutor grilled a black juror about whether he had trouble reading, but those same questions were never directed at other prospective jurors. In North Carolina, the state’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week about these and other instances in which lawyers for six death row inmates say racial bias played such a role that their clients should not be executed, but rather given life in prison without parole.Attorneys for the inmates say the evidence presented could potentially prompt new trials. “They are waiting to see how the court is going to rule,” said lawyer David Weiss of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, part of a coalition representing the six inmates. The arguments before North Carolina’s highest court Monday and Tuesday are part of a complicated, years-long legal battle over racial discrimination in death row cases. A decade ago, in 2009, the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature passed a one-of-its-kind law called the Racial Justice Act that allowed death row inmates to challenge their punishment if they could show that race was a “significant factor” in being sentenced to death. Nearly every single person on the state’s death row, including many white inmates, filed claims. But in 2013, North Carolina’s newly elected Republican majority repealed the law, and all the pending cases later were voided.Lawyers and researchers, though, had already begun to dig into how much race was an issue in death penalty trials in North Carolina. One study that examined death row cases in the state over two decades found that prospective black jurors were dismissed more than twice as often as jurors of other races. That evidence, lawyers for the inmates say, should not be ignored.”Is the state Supreme Court going to say, ‘No, this this repeal doesn’t mean we’re going to end our look into racial bias in the state’s death penalty, we’re going to continue this investigation, we’re going to continue to examine these cases?” Weiss said. Consider the case of Marcus Robinson. He was 18 when authorities say he killed 17-year-old Erik Tornblom, who is white. Robinson is black. In 1994, a jury convicted him of murder and he was sentenced to death. When Robinson had a chance under the Racial Justice Act to prove that race may have played a role in his being sent to death row, he and his lawyers poured over the prosecution’s notes and found that 50 percent of prospective black jurors were dismissed, but just 4 out of 28 nonblack jurors were booted. Federal courts have banned intentionally striking jurors based on race, a standard that applies in states such as North Carolina. But criminal justice experts say prosecutors are able to circumvent the ban by kicking black jurors off trial panels, purportedly for race-neutral reasons. And that’s what a court found happened in Robinson’s case — the first to win an evidentiary hearing under the Racial Justice Act.In 2012, in a 167-page opinion, Judge Greg Weeks concluded that prospective black jurors had been systematically excluded from Robinson’s trial, writing that it played a “distorting role.” The judge reduced his sentence to life. Yet after the Racial Justice Act was repealed, the ground shifted again. Now Robinson, 46, is back on death row. Robinson is one of four inmates who were resentenced to life without parole under the Racial Justice Act. Their cases, long with those of two inmates who filed petitions but were never given hearings, are before North Carolina’s high court. The outcome could affect nearly 150 other prisoners who petitioned under the Racial Justice Act but were never given their day in court. Lawyers for those prisoners who filed claims say the law might now be gone, but they should still have a chance to prove that their clients’ punishment was racially motivated. “If the seven justices rule in favor of the defendants, they will allow a much-needed systematic review of race discrimination in capital punishment,” reads a Charlotte Observer opinion piece written by Bryan Stevenson, who runs the Equal Justice Initiative and who testified as an expert during Robinson’s evidentiary hearing. “If they decide against the defendants, the justices will send a message that a mountain of evidence demonstrating racial injustice can be tossed aside and ignored.” A group of former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials has an even more ambitious hope: that the court will use the case as an opportunity to strike down capital punishment in the state altogether. State prosecutors counter that the law in question is now off the books and that the petitioners should move on. In legal submissions to the state’s high court, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office argued that a lower court acted appropriately when all of the claims under the Racial Justice Act were voided following the law’s repeal.Robinson had opportunities on appeal to raise claims that his trial was tainted by racism, prosecutors said.”Defendant has had numerous opportunities to raise claims of racial discrimination through procedures which have been, and continue to be, available to convicted criminal defendants in North Carolina,” wrote Senior Deputy Attorney General Danielle Marquis Elder. It is not clear when high court is expected to rule. Before the act was repealed, elected district attorneys across North Carolina were fiercely against it.In a 2011 letter to state lawmakers from the statewide district attorney conference, Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle wrote that the Racial Justice Act “purports to protect murderers from racial bias. Let me assure you, it does not.””This act simply allows complex statistical maneuvering to overrule a jury’s decision, ignore the heinous acts of a murderer and ultimately put an end to the death penalty in our state,” Doyle wrote. “District Attorneys are being forced to devote a ridiculous amount of time and resources to these convicted murderers’ cases.” She noted that the law swamped district attorney offices across the state with so many claims that the it was “crippling our criminal justice system.” For instance, Doyle estimated that the cost of copying all the documents and other evidence in one case that was being newly questioned could cost up to $50,000. The district attorney group declined to comment to NPR about the case now in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court.State statistics show that of the 142 people currently on death row in North Carolina, more than half – 78 of them – are black. About 22 percent of the state’s population is black, Census figures show. 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There’s a marketplace full of tech trying to replace the humble metal key with apps: Just tap a button and your door opens. There are advantages. Business owners, for example, can easily control who has access to their offices and when. But, well, is it a good idea? Answer: Yes, as long as you consider the following.Security: “With software and wireless, there is an entirely new set of vulnerabilities,” says security expert Marc Weber Tobias. Hacker break-ins, as well as the physical kind, are a real possibility. He suggests sticking to brands such as Schlage, Kwikset, Yale and Medeco, which have a track record of producing reliable locks.Keypad: Depending on a dedicated app for entry has its problems. Workers, say, may have incompatible devices, and a dead phone could result in a lockout. To avoid snafus, consider a smartlock that also has a number-combination keypad bypass.Compatibility: If you’re building out an automated office — one where, for instance, the lights and air-conditioning automatically turn on when a door is unlocked — make sure your lock works with your preferred automation platform, whether it be Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings or another option.Remote access: How much control do you need? Some smartlocks allow you to open and close them from anywhere in the world via app, while others only give you this ability if you’re within Bluetooth range. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global September 19, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read
When companies first began establishing an internet presence a generation ago, brand-savvy businesses worked with designers and web developers to make sure their sites were customer-friendly and that content was consistent with their brand. They didn’t just scan printed marketing collateral and post it online, leaving it to the search engine to present their material in the best light. But today, some brands are essentially taking the same risk by putting their brand’s voice in the hands of third-party AI platforms.That’s a mistake.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkVoice-driven AI assistants are the next frontier in customer communications. Approximately 45 million Americans now own a smart speaker, according to CIRP survey data. If you’re communicating with customers across multiple channels, you can’t afford to ignore the growing popularity of AI assistants.Recognize the opportunity for your brand.AI assistants are a huge opportunity for your brand: They’re becoming the go-to search tool for users, who would rather ask Alexa or Google a question than type text into a device. This has companies that want to communicate with customers wherever they are looking for quick ways to establish a voice platform presence. They’re right to want to communicate with customers in their homes as quickly as possible. But it’s risky to rush onto a voice platform without first creating a strategy to protect the brand’s voice.In their hurry to capitalize on the opportunity AI assistants offer, too many companies are leaving their brand’s voice in the hands of the AI platform. That leaves them at risk of being “lost in translation” with an AI presence that doesn’t reflect their brand standards and isn’t consistent with their customer communication across other channels, including telephone voice response, online videos, etc.Worse, it creates a situation where different brands are delivering the exact same customer experience. You need only look to the Alexa skills offered by American Express and Capital One — two financial brands with very different brand images — to hear this brand confusion in action. Both use similar questions and the exact same native Alexa voice to deliver their brand experience. When you consider that American Express goes to the effort of piping a unique brand smell into its Centurion Lounges to differentiate its brand, it’s simply startling that they leave their brand voice up to the base voice provided by Amazon.Related: Artificial Intelligence Now Has a Voice, But Security Challenges LoomPut your company in the driver’s seat.So what’s the alternative? Instead of leaving such an important communication function in the control of a platform, you should put your company in the driver’s seat and create your own branded, AI-driven communication capabilities with an app that’s designed for voice-enabled platforms. Leaders in sectors like insurance, financial services and retail are already doing just that, creating AI assistant-driven apps to engage customers in conversation on AI platforms in a natural, human voice that matches their brand.If you’re proactive about managing your brand, consider working with a vendor that specializes in voice communications. Collaboration with a partner can allow you to develop and deploy interfaces that let your company communicate with customers via API-enabled, data-driven dialogues. With this approach, deployment is relatively simple and communication is consistent across all voice platforms.Retailers, insurers and financial services firms are already using this approach to converse with customers through AI assistants — responding to customer questions about deliveries, appointments, balances, claims and payments, for example. But with the right partner, brands can ensure customer data is applied correctly while also protecting the brand’s voice. When you consistently use up-to-date, accurate customer data, you build stronger connections with customers.Related: Everything You Can Do With Amazon AlexaTake control of the data.Another advantage to taking control of your brand’s voice on a third-party AI assistant platform is that the data becomes a two-way street. When you create your own app (e.g., Alexa Skills, etc.) you own the transaction data, and you can integrate data from AI transactions into your customer relationship management (CRM) system.The spike in sales of voice-enabled AI assistants makes it clear that the conversation with customers is moving to that platform, whether your brand is ready or not. If you take the time to create a deliberate strategy, you’ll gain an advantage like the one early internet adopters had when they published a well-designed, consistent, on-brand website.The risk to companies that leave their brand voice in the hands of third-party platforms is clear: An inconsistent voice across channels dilutes brand value and erodes customer trust. And without control of the data generated via interactions with AI assistant users, brands will miss out on the chance to build more complete profiles and continuously improve the customer experience.Related: 10 Crazy Tidbits About the First Voice of Apple’s SiriGet the expertise you need.While forward-thinking companies are moving to AI-driven platforms with branded voice response capabilities, it remains rare. The overwhelming majority of companies that have established a presence on AI platforms are leaving their brand voice in the hands of the platform owner. That means the quicker you get your company’s branded voice on AI platforms, the longer you’ll enjoy a competitive advantage.You don’t have to develop your own skills or actions to take advantage of the incredible opportunity the rise of voice-enabled AI platforms presents. By working with digital voice communication experts who can provide API-enabled, data-driven dialogues, you can carry on the conversation with customers where they work and live, with customers inviting you into their homes in a more intimate way than just sitting in front of a laptop screen.And by developing applications for AI platforms, you can ensure that your company is ready and able when customers ask their AI assistants for more information about a product or service, to resolve a customer service issue, and much more. With the right strategy, you can communicate with your customers in a strong, distinctive voice that won’t get lost in translation. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 9, 2018 Enroll Now for Free
Centara Ceysands Sri Lanka takes top honorsCentara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka has just been recognized as as “Best new Hotel of the year – Luxury/Upper Segment” for 2015 at the HICSA ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’. The honor came as part of HVS’s 11th Annual Hotel Investment Conference, convened in New Delhi during April 7- 8th.HVS, one of Asia’s leading hospitality consulting firms, created HICSA ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ in 2009, as a way to acknowledge outstanding new hotel developments in the South Asian region each year. A two-day conference dedicated to the hospitality industry, HICSA is widely viewed by global industry leaders as the premier hospitality event for the South Asian region. Candidates in each of the six categories are deliberated upon during the Conference, resulting in announcements of the winners at the conclusion of the Conference’s first day.The HICSA ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’ have over the years become a highly-regarded means by which new hotels can gain recognition and celebrate success. Since the inception of the Awards, more than 210 hotels have been nominated in the various categories, and this year the event attracted close to 500 delegates from across 21 countries, and was home to lively strategic discussions upon the future development and direction of the hotel and tourism industry in the region.Mr. Sisira Senaratne, Hotel Manager of Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, commented that he was extremely proud that the Resort was recognized as “Hotel of The Year”. “What could have been a more positive endorsement of all of my team’s efforts at the Resort than this award? We’re all thrilled to have contributed in our different ways to such a successful venture.”Source = Centara Hotels & Resorts
Middle East and North African streaming service, Icflix, has struck a partnership with Saudi Telecom Company Group-owned VIVA Bahrain.Through the deal, VIVA customers will be able to access Icflix’s catalogue of movies, TV shows, cartoons and documentaries for BHD3 (€6.98) per month.VIVA subscribers will be able to access the content on up to five devices including smartphones, smart TVs, computers and tablets.Customers that opt to activate their Icflix subscription will get charged for the service on their VIVA bill, or have it taken out of their pre-paid phone credit.“Audiences in the Kingdom of Bahrain will enjoy an exciting, everywhere viewing experience through a simple subscription process straight from their mobile phone. This is great news for those who especially enjoy watching movies and TV series on the go on their smart phones or tablets” said Icflix founder and CEO, Carlos Tibi.Andrew Hanna, Viva Bahrain’s chief commercial officer, said: “With this value-added service our customers can enjoy streaming their favourite content having the freedom to choose when, where and how they watch their favourite movies and TV series.”
By Jeff Clark, Casey ResearchGold’s pullback a year ago no doubt shook out a lot of nervous buyers. They got in on the rise, they got nervous on the pull back. They sold, and they lost.That’s just the way the market works.But it’s a shame, because when we look logically at gold’s historical performance – for example over the last 12 years – we see that holding their nerve, tough though it can be, will most likely turn out to be the best approach, and for good reason.Look at gold prices for the last five years.You can see, despite the pullback, that the trend is clearly heading up.But to get a feel for when the current pullback will end and to understand what we can expect when it does, consider these three key reasons you should be considering gold in your portfolio mix:1. Gold is an inflation hedge.Our economy has been flooded with paper money and national debt has skyrocketed.At the same time, the dollar is being actively devalued in order to repay that debt.To you and me, it means that sooner or later inflation – real inflation – will hit us hard. It’s just a matter of when, not if.Historically, as I discuss in my report The Three Best Ways to Invest in Gold, gold has been the number-one way to protect yourself from inflationary times.If we are heading toward a period of high inflation, as it seems clear we are, then gold should play its part in protecting you when it arrives.2. Gold is a dollar hedge.As we come out of the summer and straight into elections, the chance of any big plan for reducing pressure on the dollar is slight. Problems caused by negative interest rates, debasement from bailouts, debts, and money printing are all pushing the dollar lower.Yet gold has risen against the dollar, euro, Swiss franc, Canadian dollar, and British pound every year since 2000. The following list shows gold’s rise from then, priced in US dollars (gains listed are year over year).2000 – $271.502001 – $278.10 (gain of 2.43%)2002 – $347.50 (gain of 24.96%)2003 – $415.20 (gain of 19.48%)2004 – $437.10 (gain of 5.27%)2005 – $516.60 (gain of 18.19%)2006 – $636.00 (gain of 23.11%)2007 – $833.30 (gain of 31.02)2008 – $880.80 (gain of 5.7%)2009 – $1,095.60 (gain of 24.39%)2010 – $1,421.60 (gain of 29.76%)2011 – $1,566.40 (gain of 10.19%)Those numbers show a solid, unbroken, and global bull market.3. The US dollar has inflation baked in the cake (and so do many other currencies).Because the Fed continues to pour money into the economy, it’s difficult to say for certain when gold will make a dramatic move. But when inflation hits home and people start to question the value of paper currency, then people will turn to history’s premier safe haven – gold.Getting your timing right is tricky. If you buy today, gold may still go down. You could hold off buying and watch the price take off. The important thing to realize, though, is that the overall trend is clearly upward.Currency dilution is a key factor, and signs –including growing expectations for another round of economic “stimulus” from the Fed soon – tell us that it is coming. When headlines about gold start showing up on the evening news, it will be too late. By then, of course, prices will be moving fast, so logically, the time to get in is now.There are three ways to invest in gold as prices take off once more: Owning physical gold; owning “paper gold”; and finally – where the life-changing profits can come from – owning the right gold stocks.Getting your strategy right, and doing it sooner rather than later, is the key.