Family’s lawyers claim recording shows Juneau officer planned fatal shooting

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | Public SafetyFamily’s lawyers claim recording shows Juneau officer planned fatal shootingAugust 12, 2020 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:A Juneau police officer’s uniform from 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/08/12STEPHENS-NPR1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Attorneys for the family of a man fatally shot by a Juneau police officer last December are highlighting audio of the officer talking to himself before the shooting. The attorneys argue that what the officer says shows the officer’s state of mind and indicates that killing Kelly Stephens was planned.In a press conference Wednesday and in a letter to state prosecutors, the attorneys called for the state to reopen its investigation into Juneau Police Officer James Esbenshade. Previously, the state’s Office of Special Prosecutions reviewed the Juneau Police Department’s investigation, concluded the shooting was legally justified self-defense, and declined to prosecute.The audio the attorneys highlighted Wednesday was captured on Esbenshade’s body camera while he was driving earlier that December night, after interviewing someone Stephens had threatened while swinging a dog leash with a chain attached.The attorneys said they hired technical experts to boost the audio from the raw footage. They’re highlighting these two clips, which were recorded about an hour and a half before the shooting. Some of the words are hard to understand.Here’s the first:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/08/Esbenshade1-web.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.According to the attorneys’ transcript, they claim that Esbenshade said, “I’d shoot you. On video. … If you came at me with that, I’d shoot you. Drop you dead. You can’t do that, you commin’ at me with a deadly weapon. It’s like you pulled a gun on me, I’m gonna shoot. I don’t know what the hell you’re thinking.”And the second clip, recorded a few minutes later:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/08/Esbenshade2-web.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Again, it’s hard to hear, but the lawyers claim he’s saying “You only get one chance, you better make it good, ‘cause when I got ahold of you, there’d be nothing left of you.”The Juneau Police Department’s report on the incident does note some of Esbenshade’s words from this part of the body cam tape. But the Stephens’ family attorneys take issue with the state leaving them out of its summary of facts in its review of the shooting.Stephens family attorney John Sweeney said state of mind is an important factor in prosecuting homicides.“Apparently, there was some thought about what was going to happen if that scenario presented itself,” Sweeney said. “That is what is so troubling to us. And that is what we’re asking for the prosecutors’ office to take a look at.”About an hour and a half after those words were recorded, Officer Esbenshade’s body camera and dashboard camera captured the fatal shooting. Esbenshade was responding to a report of a gunshot at a housing complex. Within seconds of getting out of his car, Stephens repeatedly threatened to kill the officer while walking toward him and swinging a rope leash with a carabiner and chain attached to it.The Juneau Police Department released this photo of a rope leash with a carabiner and chain attached to it that Kelly Stephens was swinging before a Juneau police officer fatally shot him on Dec. 29, 2019.Esbenshade ordered him to stop three times, then shot Stephens once.State attorneys said they are reviewing the material in light of the family’s request and will respond by early next week.State investigation aside, the Stephens’ family filed a wrongful death suit in federal court in July. It names Officer Esbenshade, Police Chief Ed Mercer, and the City and Borough of Juneau as defendants.The Stephens’ attorneys said that lawsuit will proceed, regardless of what happens with the state’s investigation. Attorney John Sweeney said criminal prosecutions of police use of force are rare and overwhelmingly fail. But he said he’s had success with civil cases.Juneau’s City Attorney Rob Palmer said the city and police department won’t comment on that pending case.“The reason why, is if people have disputes involving legal matters, they need to litigate those through the court process and not through the media process. Because it’s not fair to everybody involved, including the clients of Ben Crittenden.”Ben Crittenden is another Stephens’ family attorney. Crittenden said the purpose of the press conference was to counter bad publicity from the Juneau Police Department’s own press conferences after the incident, and from releasing the body and dashboard camera videos of the shooting without context.This story has been expanded with the audio the attorneys highlighted, comment from several parties, an update on a related civil lawsuit and additional background information. Share this story:last_img read more

Labour urged to shift to the centre by Tony Blair and Chuka Umunna following General Election defeat

first_img Labour urged to shift to the centre by Tony Blair and Chuka Umunna following General Election defeat whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Labour is being urged to re-focus on the centre ground in the wake of its devastating General Election performance – its worst since 1987.Senior figures associated with the party have argued that the defeated Ed Miliband did not do enough to win over aspirational voters and spent too much time attacking job creators and the wealthy. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Labour must be for “ambition and aspiration as well as compassion and care.” Writing in The Observer, Blair argues: “the route to the summit lies through the centre ground.”Blair, the only Labour leader to ever win three elections, urged his party to do more to win over businesses following Miliband’s shift to the left. He writes:We have to appeal to those running businesses as well as those working in them. We need to persuade people that we will run the economy well and efficiently and that must contain a measured defence of our economic record when in government which correctly describes the impact of the global financial crisis of 2008 but also acknowledges where we could have done better.We have to conduct the big argument on the wealth-creating potential of the macro-economy, not only the targeted campaign on the injustices of it. So we were proud in 1997 to put forward the case for Britain’s first minimum wage. But we could never have won an election on it unless set within a broader framework. The same is true with zero-hours contracts.One potential candidate to replace Labour leader is shadow secretary Chuka Umunna, who put forward a similar case in today’s Observer and on The Andrew Marr Show that Labour failed to appeal to middle-class voters by not giving enough credit to wealth creators. Umunna argued: “You cannot be pro-business by beating up on the terms and conditions of their workers and the trade unions that play an important role representing them. But you cannot be pro good jobs without being pro the businesses that create them.Read more: Labour dominates in LondonRead more: Runners and riders for the Labour leadershipRead more: On the trail with Labour’s business star Chuka Umunna”In spite of the fact that our policy offer was pro-business, the rhetoric often suggested otherwise. And sometimes we made it sound like we saw taxing people as a good in itself, rather than a means to an end.”Former Labour business secretary Lord Mandelson, also speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, slammed Ed Miliband’s decision to move the party away from New Labour and described his view of the business world as “completely useless”.Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham was made the bookies’ favourite to be next Labour leader in the immediate aftermath of Miliband’s resignation, yet bookies William Hill has made Umunna the 2/1 favourite in its latest odds.Other possible candidates include shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley and former paratrooper. Joe Hall center_img Share Sunday 10 May 2015 8:05 am Tags: Chuka Umunna General Election 2015 Labour leadership race Peoplelast_img read more

Cancer drugs, though cheaper in the developing world, remain unaffordable in poorer countries

first_img Talia Bronshtein/STAT Source: Global differences in cancer drug prices: A comparative analysis Leave this field empty if you’re human: Many of the countries in the survey have single-payer, government-run health care systems, so those drug costs are coming out of the national treasury, at least in part, as well as from cancer patients who pay some or all of the cost out of pocket.Yet, the sticker prices studied by Goldstein’s team might not perfectly track drug expenditures, because the calculations reflect list prices, not discounted prices. Although drug makers often have discount programs, they are so opaque and difficult to qualify, Goldstein cautioned, that it’s almost impossible to learn what they are.“It’s often a secret,” he said. Cancer patients in the United States may envy the low prices that people in, say, India pay for chemotherapy and other cancer drugs. But in fact, prices are less affordable in low- and middle-income countries, new research shows.And just as poorer countries’ inability to afford HIV/AIDS drugs ignited bitter controversy, the price of cancer drugs “also raises ethical questions,” said Dr. Daniel Goldstein, who presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago on Monday.“If there are effective cancer therapies available in the West and not in developing countries, it will become a serious issue in coming years,” said Goldstein, an oncologist at Israel’s Rabin Medical Center.advertisement Sharon Begley About the Author Reprints Related: Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. @sxbegle The median price for eight branded cancer drugs such as Avastin and Gleevec ranged from $1,515 in India to $8,694 in the US, the researchers reported. For 15 generics such as docetaxel and paclitaxel, the cost of a month’s supply ranged from $120 in South Africa to $654 in the US.advertisement But US patients were better able to afford the drugs, when “affordability” is calculated as a percentage of per capita gross domestic product required to pay for a month’s supply of the median-priced drug, the study found.Per capita GDP can roughly be thought of as each person’s “share” of a country’s total economic output. By that measure, cancer patients in Australia pay 71 percent of their monthly economic output for a month’s supply of a brand-name cancer drug; it’s 313 percent in India, 286 percent in China, and 192 percent in the US.“The trend we’re seeing is that even though drug prices in India and China are much less than in the US, because their GDP is so much lower, the drugs are significantly less affordable,” Goldstein said.For generics, affordability ranged from 6 percent of monthly per capita GDP in Australia to 8 percent in Israel to 33 percent in India to 48 percent in China. Please enter a valid email address. BusinessCancer drugs, though cheaper in the developing world, remain unaffordable in poorer countries The affordability of cancer drugs remains a problem for many Chinese patients. Eugene Hoshiko/AP Global Differences in Cancer Drug PricesExplore the affordability of brand-name and generic cancer drugs in seven countries with this data visualization. We’ve compared the drug prices to an economics metric known as GDP PPP per capita per month, which stands in for an average individual’s purchasing power. Hover over the data points to see how easy, or hard, it is to afford cancer drugs on a typical monthly income in each country.$0$484$1,091$1,110$2,761$3,319$3,879$4,531GDP PPP ($ per month)IndiaSouth AfricaChinaIsraelUKAustraliaUSPatented drug price as % of GDP PPP100% – monthly GDP PPPGeneric drug price as % of GDP PPP Privacy Policy Sharp rise in cancer drug spending forecast, but access remains a problem Goldstein and his colleagues from four countries calculated the prices of a month’s supply of 23 cancer drugs in Australia, China, India, Israel, South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. [email protected] By Sharon Begley June 6, 2016 Reprints Tags cancerChinadrug pricesIndialast_img read more

As controversies swirl, CDC director is seen as allowing agency to buckle to political influence

first_imgHealthAs controversies swirl, CDC director is seen as allowing agency to buckle to political influence Now, 2 1/2 years into his tenure, the storied agency finds itself in new and treacherous waters, its reputation stained, and the morale of its staff at a historic low, current and former CDC insiders told STAT. Many say Redfield is not doing enough to safeguard the reputation of the CDC and the integrity of its work, and that he is failing to successfully fend off political interference that is eroding Americans’ trust in the organization. CDC Director Robert Redfield (right) testifying before a Senate panel in June, along with Brett Giroir, the HHS assistant secretary for health. Al Drago – Pool/Getty Images @HelenBranswell Tags Coronavirus Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. In a written response, the CDC director sidestepped all of STAT’s questions — about political influence on guidance documents, revisions of MMWR articles, and his own pledge to safeguard the agency’s reputation. Instead, he said he believes the CDC “remains the world’s premiere public health agency.”“I believe, without question, that CDC science, data, and service have had a tremendous impact on saving human life” in the pandemic, Redfield wrote.When asked Wednesday during congressional testimony about political interference in the MMWR, Redfield said it had not happened.“At no time has the scientific integrity of the MMWR been compromised. And I can say that under my watch it will not be compromised,” he told Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).Redfield, a deeply religious man — he often ends an interview by saying “God bless” — is described by many as earnest and kind. Caputo called the director “one of my closest friends in Washington” in a statement issued to the New York Times.But sources tell STAT that Redfield is not a good listener. This is a shortcoming he seems aware of; in his March 2018 address to CDC staff, he said his wife, Joy, had given him a to-do list for his new job: “The first one was ‘Listen.’ The second one was, ‘Don’t interrupt.’ The third one was ‘Listen.’”Redfield did not come to the CDC with a background in public health. And he struggles as a communicator, eroding his ability to advocate for the CDC’s positions, a number of sources suggested. At meetings of the White House coronavirus task force, he is said to frequently defer to the more assertive Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Though he has stepped into the breach left by the CDC director, Fauci is not a trained public health expert either. Like Redfield, he is a virologist and an HIV clinician.Besser acknowledged he doesn’t know if or how hard Redfield fights for the CDC behind closed doors; Frieden noted it has been reported the CDC director pushed back on the issue of the MMWR.But Redfield’s lack of a public defense of the agency he was so eager to lead is deeply concerning to CDC staff and alumni.“The CDC director — and this goes for anyone in leadership — has to look inside themselves and say: ‘There is a line that I will not cross. And there’s a line that I will not allow others to cross, if it undercuts the value of the agency,’” Besser said. “And time and time again in this pandemic we’ve seen political actions that have undermined the credibility of the CDC, undermined the trust of the public in the CDC. And we have not been seeing a forceful defense of that by the CDC director.”“What we’re seeing now is an erosion of that trust,” he said. “That’s detrimental and will cost lives.” The CDC has always been an apolitical island. That’s left it defenseless against Trump Please enter a valid email address. Related: About the Author Reprints Helen Branswellcenter_img STAT Reports: On multiple occasions, guidance documents written by CDC staff — recommendations that are meant to be the most up-to-date distillation of the emerging science on the SARS-CoV-2 virus — have been revised by political appointees in Washington to reflect administration goals.Guidance to help churches safely resume in-person services in May originally recommended that the use of choirs be suspended or at least decreased due to evidence that choirs had been associated with a number of super-spreading events, including one in Washington state. That advice, however, was removed, according to the Washington Post, which cited objections from Vice President Mike Pence’s office.Former CDC Director Tom Frieden — Redfield’s immediate predecessor — called that revision “unjustifiable. It’s putting people’s lives at risk.”Over the summer, according to multiple reports, officials in Washington also intervened to alter guidance on whether or not to reopen schools. That guidance was changed to suggest the CDC felt opening schools was of paramount importance, regardless of whether doing so would spread Covid-19.“They worked on the school guidelines for months,” Rosenberg said of the CDC staff. “Around the clock, 24/7, they were working to get the best scientific guidance for the country. And then … the White House stuck an introduction on the front of it on the CDC website that said: ‘The most important thing is for kids to go back to school.’ That wasn’t written by CDC. That wasn’t anything CDC people wanted to say.” Most recently, guidance on who to test for Covid-19 was changed to recommend against the testing of people who had been in contact with cases but were asymptomatic. In fact, finding people as soon as possible so they can be told to isolate is key to containing spread of the virus. “This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what public health is,” Frieden said.The testing advice change led to the extraordinary publication of an op-ed in the New York Times late last month urging public health officials around the country to “Ignore the CDC.” It was written by Harold Varmus, a former director of the National Institutes of Health, and Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation.In recent days, first Politico and then other news organizations have reported that officials in Washington have been attempting to revise or delay the publication of scientific reports in the CDC’s online journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. MMWR, as it is better known, is a bedrock of public health. It is where the first reports of AIDS cases in the United States were published; it is where public health workers seeking the latest on an outbreak or a disease first turn.Michael Caputo, director of communications for the Department of Health and Human Services and his scientific adviser, Paul Alexander, a sometimes part-time university lecturer from McMaster University in Canada, had reportedly been demanding to read and change MMWR articles before they were published. Caputo has denied having read MMWR articles before publication.On Wednesday, HHS announced that Caputo — who alleged on Facebook last weekend that CDC scientists were engaged in “sedition” — was taking a 60-day medical leave and Alexander was leaving the department.The CDC declined to make Redfield available for an interview but invited written questions for this story. By Helen Branswell Sept. 16, 2020 Reprints Privacy Policy An interview with the CDC director on coronavirus, masks, and an agency gone quiet In his first address to the staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield called the Atlanta-based agency “the best science-based, data-driven agency in the world.”His voice breaking repeatedly as he tried without success to hold back tears, Redfield — named director of the CDC in March 2018 — told thousands of employees he had long dreamed of leading the prestigious institution, considered the gold-standard for public health agencies around the globe. He made them a solemn vow.“My pledge to you is that I will work to continue this legacy,” said Redfield, a virologist and physician who specialized in the care of people with HIV. “We’re not an opinion organization. We’re a science-based, data-driven organization. That’s why CDC has the credibility around the world that it has.”advertisement Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: “I find it concerning that the CDC director has not been outspoken when there have been instances of clear political interference in the interpretation of science,” said Richard Besser, a former acting CDC director and now president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.advertisement Former CDC staffers, a number of whom exchange worried emails bemoaning the state of the agency, are deeply alarmed but wary of speaking out. One former official said current staff are in a quandary over what to do. “Even if you got a dozen of them to resign at the same time, it’s a one-day story,” said the former official.Others were willing to speak publicly.“I think [Redfield]’s not showing the kind of leadership in defense of the institution and in defense of science that I would hope to see,” said Mark Rosenberg, who was the first director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.“A reputation that takes 75 years to build can be destroyed in four months. That’s horrifying,” said Rosenberg, who is now retired but remains in touch with former colleagues.Public health experts at the CDC who led the country’s responses to countless threats over decades — the deadly emergence of HIV, the anthrax attacks of the autumn of 2001, SARS, the H1N1 flu pandemic, and Ebola — have been sidelined and silenced by the administration in the midst of President Trump’s reelection campaign. 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Kia leads J.D. Power Initial Quality Study results for 2016

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSGrand CherokeeJeepNewsAnthony YelchinChrysler Group LLCComputer TechnologyJalopnik.comJeep Grand CherokeeScience and TechnologySoftwareStar TrekTechnology COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada advertisement Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The new software will be available to Grand Cherokees equipped with the 3.6-litre V6 and 5.7L V8 engines. EcoDiesel and SRT models will be subject to another reacall this summer, according to the document. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Fiat Chrysler could be facing a lawsuit over its EcoDiesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 pickups. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” See More Videos Fiat Chrysler is said to be introducing a software update to address transmission issues in Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years.Per Jalopnik (hat tip to Automotive News), an FCA document suggests a fix is in store to address issues around confusing gear selectors in certain Grand Cherokees. It would introduce a so-called Auto Park feature, which automatically places the Grand Cherokee’s transmission in Park should the driver fail to do so themselves before stepping out.The update involves reprogramming the Grand Cherokee’s power and transmission control modules, as well as the radio frequency hub and the instrument panel. FCA will begin notifying owners of affected Grand Cherokees about the fix this Friday. The fix comes after the death of Star Trek star Anthony Yelchin. Reports say he was pinned to the security gate of his home by his 2015 Grand Cherokee – which itself is suggested to have been included in Fiat Chrysler’s recall of 1.1 million vehicles for that exact issue. last_img read more

2017 Ford F-150 pickup gets minor fuel economy bump

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada For 2017, Ford’s tweaked 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 pumps out 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The 10-speed automatic transmission, meanwhile, is jointly developed with General Motors; don’t be surprised if it eventually appears under the skin of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSF-150FordNewsAutomobile ManufacturingAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive TechnologyCars and Car DesignChevrolet SilveradoConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesCulture and LifestyleDodge RamFord EcoBoostFord F-150General Motors CorporationGMC SierraIndustriesManufacturing SectorMotor Vehicle ManufacturingPickup TrucksScience and TechnologyTechnologyVehicle Control Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Ford F-150 just got a little more efficient for the 2017 model year. Trending Videoscenter_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Ford F-150 just got a bit more efficient for 2017.Thanks to the revised 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine and a new 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 F-150 4×2 is rated at 18 MPG city, 25 MPG highway and 18 MPG combined – improvements by 1 MPG respectively over the 2016 model.Four-wheel-drive F-150s, on the other hand, see a 2-MPG bump in combined fuel economy to 20, while city and highway ratings rise by 1 MPG to 17 and 23, respectively. Incremental improvements for sure, but it’s enough to give the F-150 better highway fuel economy than the 4.3L V6-powered Chevy Silverado, as well as tying the Pentastar V6-powered Ram 1500 on highway fuel economy. advertisement See More Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

2018 Mazda6 getting more power, concept-inspired looks

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Mazda6 advertisement RELATED TAGSMazdaMazda6Los AngelesL.A. Auto ShowNewsLos Angeles Auto ShowMazda 6Mazda CX-9Mazda Motor Corporation Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Mazda6 ‹ Previous Next ›center_img Trending in Canada We’ll bring you more on the 2018 Mazda6 later this month from the 2017 L.A. Auto Show, where it will officially debut. Visually, the 2018 Mazda6 dons a new front end seemingly inspired by the Design Vision Concept. The tweaks include a restyled grille, new headlights and a revised bumper, and we can pick out a new wheel design based on the teaser photo. The cabin also sees a handful of visual tweaks, coming across as more elegant and less cluttered than before. The Mazda6 sedan is finally getting something we’ve wanted for quite some time – more power.For 2018, Mazda will stuff the CX-9‘s 2.5-litre turbo-four under the hood of the 6. Exact power figures haven’t been detailed just yet, but in the CX-9, the engine produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque on 93-octane gas, and 227 horses on regular-grade gas. The normally aspirated, 2.5L four-cylinder sticks around, but it will be more efficient thanks to a new cylinder deactivation system, allowing it to run on two cylinders at times. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

FTC mulls massive fine for Facebook breach

first_img FacebookFTC Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Related Home FTC mulls massive fine for Facebook breach Diana Goovaerts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 FEB 2019 Tags center_img Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Facebook faced a multi-billion fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle an investigation into the 2018 Cambridge Analytica data breach, The Washington Post (WP) reported.If implemented, the fine would set a new record for violation of an order from the Commission, topping a $22.5 million penalty levied against Google in 2012.In 2011, Facebook inked a settlement deal with the FTC to more stringently protect user information following allegations it failed to honour privacy promises made to users. When news of the Cambridge Analytica breach broke in March 2018, members of Congress called on the FTC to look into whether Facebook had violated that agreement.Later that month, the Commission opened a “non-public investigation” into the incident.Facebook confirmed to WP talks with the FTC are underway, but did not provide specifics.Such a massive fine against a tech company would not be without precedent: European antitrust authorities in July 2018 levied a record-breaking €4.3 billion penalty on Google for abusing the dominant position of its Android operating system.If the pair cannot reach an agreement, the FTC would also have the option to file a lawsuit against Facebook. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleFormer Telia staff cleared in Uzbek bribery caseNext ArticleIMF urges authorities to step-up on Africa regulation Author Asia Australia funds regulator to oversee new media lawlast_img read more

Materialist Origin-of-Life Solutions All Depend on a “Free Lunch”

first_imgIntelligent Design Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Life Sciences Materialist Origin-of-Life Solutions All Depend on a “Free Lunch”David [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 2, 2017, 1:20 AM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Mancenter_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All TagsabiogenesisBrian MillerCenter for Science & CultureID the FutureJohn D. SutherlandMiller-Urey experimentMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biologyorigin of lifeSarah ChaffeeZombie Science,Trending Recommended This from Nature Reviews Chemistry caught our eye – an unexpectedly candid admission of how far origin-of-life research is from shedding real light on its subject. From “Studies on the origin of life — the end of the beginning,” by John D. Sutherland of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England:Understanding how life on Earth might have originated is the major goal of origins of life chemistry. To proceed from simple feedstock molecules and energy sources to a living system requires extensive synthesis and coordinated assembly to occur over numerous steps, which are governed only by environmental factors and inherent chemical reactivity. Demonstrating such a process in the laboratory would show how life can start from the inanimate. If the starting materials were irrefutably primordial and the end result happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to extant biology — for what turned out to be purely chemical reasons, albeit elegantly subtle ones — then it could be a recapitulation of the way that natural life originated. We are not yet close to achieving this end, but recent results suggest that we may have nearly finished the first phase: the beginning. [Emphasis added.]In other words, they’re nowhere near a solution, if purely materialistic processes are taken for granted as the only possible means toward life’s beginning.And no wonder. As Center for Science & Culture research director Brian Miller explains in a new ID the Future episode with Sarah Chaffee, all the available solutions depend on expectations of a “free lunch.” As we know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.It sounds like that is why, 65 years after the Miller–Urey experiment (see Zombie Science, pp. 50-56), the search for answers is not even past the “beginning” stage. It remains the case that the only known source of the information needed for abiogenesis is intelligence.In an admirably clear discussion, Dr. Miller debunks some common misunderstandings surrounding the topic. Listen to the podcast here, or download it here.Photo credit: © thinglass — stock.adobe.com.last_img read more

Action needed to cut speed in housing estates – Mc Monagle

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleJason Quigley to meet Mathias Eklund in LondonNext articleBurtonport needs investment now – Gallagher News Highland Action needed to cut speed in housing estates – Mc Monagle Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter By News Highland – March 20, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Serious concern has been raised over the high speed some motorists are traveling through private estates while children are at play.Several instances have been highlighted, particularly in the Letterkenny area, however Donegal County Council say that they are limited to what they can do because they are not Council-owned estates.It has led to the suggestion that affected residents should erect speed limit signage themselves but these would not be legally binding.Cllr. Gerry McMonagle says all children deserve the same level of protection, regardless of where they live…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/gerryestates1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more