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first_imgVANCOUVER – Eight organizations in British Columbia are joining forces to advocate for ride-hailing services in the province as soon as possible.The Ridesharing Now BC coalition has been formed by groups including the Vancouver Board of Trade, BC Business Council, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and San Francisco-based on-demand transportation company Lyft.A news release from the coalition says it has launched a letter-writing campaign to B.C. politicians calling for a competitive ride-hailing industry “that can deliver much-needed choice to B.C. passengers.”Supporters are directed to the www.ridesharingnow.com website, where they can sign and email a letter to their representative in the legislature calling for speedy introduction of ride-hailing services.Coalition spokesman Ian Tostenson says politics, rather than public opinion, is driving decision making in Victoria.He says the government sets the conditions that will attract ride-hailing services to B.C., and warns it should not be taken for granted that companies such as Lyft and Uber will inevitably operate in the province.“The B.C. government appears to be moving toward a model that would simply replace the taxi monopoly with a one-app monopoly that favours taxis,” Tostenson says in the release.Other anchor members of the coalition include the Vancouver Economic Commission, BC Chamber of Commerce, Finger Food Studios, the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association and the Urban Development Institute.Anne McMullin, president and chief executive officer of the institute’s Pacific region says balanced, well-planned communities depend on convenient, reliable and affordable transportation options.“The Urban Development Institute is strongly encouraging the B.C. government to follow the lead of over 40 other Canadian jurisdictions that already benefit from ride-sharing, and take immediate action to introduce a framework to enable a competitive market for ride-sharing that increases choice for passengers,” McMullin says.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says renewable sources of electricity in Canada will grow over the next 20 years but so will Canadian oil and natural gas production.In a new report, the national regulator says Canadians will learn to use less energy, even as the economy grows, through to 2040.Under its reference or base case, the NEB predicts total Canadian electricity generation will increase by about 12percentt from 2017 to 2040, with most of the new sources from natural gas, wind or hydro. By 2040, the share of non-emitting electricity generation rises to nearly 84 percent, compared to about 80 percent now.The NEB forecasts crude oil production will grow to 6.9 million barrels per day in 2040, up 58 percent from 4.4 million barrels per day in 2017, with most of the increase from the oilsands.The board envisions price discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend compared with U.S. benchmark crude will remain higher than typical at US$26.30 per barrel in 2020 but will return to a sustained level of US$14 per barrel by 2027.Carbon intensity in Canadian energy sources will decline, it says, as more natural gas is consumed at the expense of coal and oil products.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Rabat – ‘‘Dock In Absolute’’ performed, for the first time in Morocco on Friday, in the Chellah Jazz Festival in Rabat.‘‘Dock In Absolute’’  is comprised of three professional musicians : percussionist Michel Meis, electric bass guitar player David Kintziger, and pianist and composer Jean-Philippe Koch.The Belgium-Luxembourg trio, who share a love of jazz, combined different styles of progressive jazz, classical and rock, while performing the pianist’s own compositions at the Chellah Jazz Festival on Friday. Held annually under the theme ‘‘European Jazz – Moroccan music ’’, the Chellah Jazz Festival is an EU initiative in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour- Zaer Wilaya and in collaboration with embassies and cultural institutes of EU member -states in Morocco.On the second day of the festival, ‘‘Dock In Absolute’’ performed special peices like ‘‘O-zone’’ and ‘‘Sparkling summer’’ in the first part of the evening. Later, European jazz met Moroccan music when the band performed with Alex Camil, saxophonist and composer, and Mohamed Amine Elbliha, a Moroccan keyboardist and percussionist.According to Jutta Unger, who brings European artistic direction to the festival along with afro-jazz musician Majid Bekkas, ‘‘Dock In Absolute are amazing musicians. They represent music with a lot of influence, in particular classir rock with a fresh, modern and passionate fusion, while adding a certain strenght to jazz. This group plays all around the world and they adore sharing their music. It is a universal emotion for them’’.The trio’s performance met with great success, more than 1,300 people attended the concert, according to Jihane, the festival’s press relations manager. read more

MIRABEL, Que. — Bombardier Inc. will not factor the fraught NAFTA renegotiations into a decision on whether to shift component work on its Q400 plane from Toronto to Mexico or another lower-cost region, the Canadian plane and train maker said Tuesday.The Montreal-based company has announced it will reduce costs on the turboprop plane by moving Q400 wing and cockpit work from Toronto. However, when and where that work will move hasn’t been decided, said Todd Young, vice-president of customer service and support for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.“The final decision will be based on economics,” he said at an all-day session updating the company’s commercial aircraft programs.“We will not make a decision that is not going to save money for the Q400.”The component assembly work could be transferred to its low-cost centres in Mexico or Morocco or be outsourced to third-party suppliers. The final assembly of the plane will be completed in Toronto.Canadian companies with manufacturing capacity in Mexico are worried that the U.S. push to renegotiate the trade deal between the three North American countries will add restrictions that make it costlier to maintain their operations or lead to higher tariffs if the deal is terminated.Unionized workers at the Toronto plant originally objected to the company’s efforts to shift the work to make the plane more competitive. However, they eventually agreed to the move.The company also said in its market update Tuesday that there is a global market of 12,550 for the size of commercial planes it produces, worth US$820 billion over the next 20 years.The 100- to 150-seat segment, which includes its CSeries passenger jets, will lead the way with 6,800 deliveries valued at US$580 billion at 2017 list prices. That’s down from 7,000 forecast two years ago, which the company said is due to a slowdown in China.Bombardier expects to capture about half the global market with its controversial CSeries, which it says is burning three per cent less fuel than originally promised — resulting in lower operating costs.The improvement hasn’t yet translated into new orders but marketing head Patrick Baudis said it is one of the plane’s selling features.“The better the plane, the more you get value out of the plane, the more your plane becomes competitive and attractive to the market,” he said in an interview.The company’s CSeries jets continue to be at the centre of an ongoing trade battle with United States-based Boeing, which has accused Bombardier of selling the jets to U.S.-based Delta Airlines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies in Canada.Boeing walked away from talks with Canadian officials aimed at resolving the American aerospace company’s trade dispute with Montreal-based Bombardier, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday.David MacNaughton’s comments are the first revelation that the Trudeau government has spoken directly with Boeing about the dispute, which has become a flashpoint for the Liberals.They also come as media reports say British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will visit Canada next week, defended Bombardier during a recent call with U.S. President Donald Trump.Bombardier said it welcomes the support from Britain but wouldn’t say what it feels would be an appropriate settlement.“I’m not going to speculate on the outcome of a deal. We will be strategic in our thinking and we’re going to do what’s right for our people here at Bombardier and for aerospace in Canada,” Fred Cromer, the company’s president of Commercial Aircraft told reporters. read more

Rangana and three others were remanded over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Chanaka Amila Rangana was refused bail today over a recent attack and was ordered to be remanded until May 02.Chanaka Amila Rangana had been arrested and remanded over an attack on the Kataragama Police Station in January this year.

DANIEL ALFREDSSONAfter Alfredsson’s stunning decision to sign with the Detroit Red Wings the previous summer in free agency, there was a mix of anger toward the Senators and the player himself in Ottawa.But on Dec. 1, 2013, Ottawa fans put aside any disappointment and showered the 17-year Senator with love.As soon as Lyndon Slewidge finished up his rendition of “O Canada,” the Senators’ tribute to Alfredsson began on the video boards. Alfredsson stood in front of the visiting bench and looked up at the screen while the crowd rose to its feet to make a standing ovation the backdrop to the moment.In total, the tribute lasted 67 seconds, but the chants of “Alfie” lasted long after.“I really appreciate the gesture from the Sens organization and the fans,” Alfredsson said after the Wings’ 4-2 win. “It’s extremely humbling.” WAYNE GRETZKYLeave it to Bob Cole to sum up the ex-Edmonton Oilers legend’s return to the city best.“This means so much to this city, to this country and to this hockey team here,” the CBC play-by-play man said as a standing ovation greeted Gretzky when he took to the ice for the Los Angeles Kings prior to the game against the Oilers at Northlands Coliseum on Oct. 19, 1988.“And he’s going to mean so much to Los Angeles. Well, they appreciate Wayne Gretzky and they’re on their feet here again at the Coliseum for 99 in black and silver.”Another standing O came prior to Gretzky’s first shift in Edmonton after the trade that rocked the hockey world the previous summer. Gretzky had two assists in an 8-6 loss.“It was a great ovation,” Gretzky said. “Words can’t describe it. It was a great feeling and I appreciated the applause, but in some sense, it probably would have got those guys going.” MATS SUNDINWhile some Maple Leafs fans weren’t happy when Sundin didn’t waive his no-trade clause at the end of a lost 2007-08 season, the sore feelings didn’t linger.After signing with the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent in the summer of 2008, Sundin scored the shootout winner at the then-Air Canada Centre on Feb. 22, 2009.After he was named first star, he took a bow, blew kisses in the air and waved to the people who came to adore him over 13 memorable seasons with the Leafs.”There’s been a buildup for this game,” Sundin said. ”All the battles and everything we’ve gone through over the last 13 years with the Leafs, so many ups and downs and disappointments and happiness. A lot of feelings came to mind on the ice.”The ovation from the fans was very special. I’ll remember that the rest of my life.” SAKU KOIVUIt’s often been said that no team does better tributes than the Montreal Canadiens — and the Habs didn’t disappoint on Jan. 22, 2011.Fans chanted ”Saku, Saku” as a 2002 image of the Finn wearing a Montreal jersey flashed on the scoreboard as the national anthems ended before the Canadiens’ game against the Anaheim Ducks. They stood and cheered for about two minutes as Koivu circled nervously at centre ice and broke into a roar when he raised his stick to acknowledge the fans.”A lot of what I am today is because of Montreal,” Koivu, who overcame a battle with cancer during his time with the Habs, said after the Ducks’ 4-3 shootout win. ”There’s still a kind of bond with the fans here.” ANDREW LADDLadd’s name may not hold the same stature as other names on this list, but he goes down as the first Winnipeg Jets 2.0 captain to return to the city.On March 19, 2016, after being traded to Chicago prior to the trade deadline, Ladd scored for the Blackhawks in a 4-0 win. He was honoured with a video tribute.“It was awesome,” said Ladd, who raised his stick toward the 15,294 fans at MTS Centre.“I always appreciated the fans and the people of Winnipeg when I was here. I appreciated the ovations and can’t say enough about the city.” ROBERTO LUONGOA unique captain as goalie for the Vancouver Canucks, Luongo was shipped to the Florida Panthers, at the 2014 trade deadline.On Jan. 19, 2015, he returned to the building where he played for the Canucks for eight seasons and also guided Canada to Olympic gold in 2010.Luongo stopped 31 shots in a 3-1 Panthers win. During the first period, Luongo looked up at the scoreboard and tapped his heart to acknowledge the crowd after a video tribute.Chants of “Loo” were heard every time Luongo made a save.“It’s nice to receive that acknowledgment,” Luongo said. “I gave my heart and soul the whole time. There was some ups and downs obviously, but at the end of the day I am glad the positive is remembered more than the negative.” Like many before NHL team captains before him, San Jose Sharks captain Erik Karlsson figures to receive a rousing ovation when he makes his return to Ottawa on Saturday to face the Senators.Even when a captain’s tenure doesn’t end perfectly, the trend seems to be for fans to remember the good times for homecoming occasions.Here’s a look at how returns went down for notable captains of the seven Canadian NHL teams: JAROME IGINLAThe Boston Bruins-Calgary Flames game on Dec. 11, 2013 started a few minutes late. Flames fans at the Saddledome made sure of that, thanks to the tribute they gave Iginla.Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the previous trade deadline before signing with the Bruins in the summer, Iginla received a hero’s welcome for his return after 16 seasons in Calgary.The standing ovation began even before the a pre-game video tribute. Iginla attempted to get his game face on, but it cracked into a wide grin at the familiar chants of “Iggy, Iggy” and he raised his stick again.“It was definitely emotional. It was a cool feeling,” Iginla said after the Bruins’ 2-1 win. “It felt special, the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny standing out there.” The Canadian Press read more

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILEamon Gilmore takes the morning’s Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, before TDs agree to the day’s agenda at 10:51am.The legislative agenda will see TDs finalise their consideration of two Bills: The Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill 2013, which gives the Minister for Health new powers to limit the sale and marketing of tobacco; andThe Electoral (Amendment) (Dail Constituencies) Bill 2012, which gives legal effect to the proposed changes to Dáil boundaries.If there’s time after those two Bills are disposed of – and if they weren’t already finished up yesterday – there’ll be more discussion on legislation to rationalise the number of VECs, and on abolishing FÁS.Four topical issues will be discussed at 3:42pm, before Michael Noonan ends the day with Questions to the Minister for Finance at 4:30pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s day is a pretty short one: there’s 75  minutes of discussion and debate on the matters of the day in the Order of Business (10:30am), before Emer Costello MEP continues a series of speeches from MEPs to mark 40 years of Irish membership of the European Union.Her speech deals with the quest for social inclusion in Europe, and the problem of unemployment.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESThe fairly straightforward days in either chamber are made up for by the presence of five committee meetings. Here they are, in order of when they start:The Committee on Health and Children meets at 9:30am to discuss the establishment of the Child and Family Support Agency. Among the speakers are UNESCO professor Pat Dolan, and the HSE’s Gordon Jeyes. (Watch here.)At 10am the Public Accounts Committee casts its eyes over the Department of Education and Skills budget for 2011, and also discusses salary overpayments to teachers in the last few years. (Watch here.)Also at 10am, the Public Expenditure and Reform sub-committee discusses a procedural motion from Brendan Howlin. Irish financial law means cash authorised for spending in one year, but which isn’t actually spent that year, can’t be cleared for spending unless the Oireachtas says so. This motion would allow some of the cash assigned for spending in 2012 to be carried over and be used this year. (Watch here.)At 10:30am the Agriculture committee discusses a proposal from Simon Coveney to extend special provisions which allow him to appoint special investigators for agricultural matters. The laws stem from the foot and mouth saga, but could (in theory) also apply to the horse meat scandal. (Watch here.)Finally, at 2pm, the EU Affairs committee discusses the future of Ireland’s membership of the EU – and three specific topics: financial integration, democratic accountability, and the possible impact for Ireland if the UK leaves. The participants will include the Irish Times’ economics editor Dan O’Brien, the Irish Examiner’s Brussels correspondent Ann Cahill, and RTÉ’s economics editor Seán Whelan. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

first_imgTempête Xynthia : plus de 1300 maisons vont être raséesFrance – Cinq semaines après le passage de la tempête Xynthia en Vendée et en Charente-Maritime, le gouvernement a annoncé que près de 1.400 maisons seraient détruites pour rendre les parcelles concernées à la nature.Situées en zones inondables, ce sont quelque 1.393 habitations, 798 en Vendée dont 674 sur la seule commune de La-Faute-sur-Mer, et 595 en Charente-Maritime, qui devraient être rasées, a annoncé le porte-parole du gouvernement, Luc Chatel. “Dans les zones d’extrême danger, où les risques peuvent être mortels, il n’est pas acceptable de laisser les habitants se réinstaller” a-t-il insisté.Les préfets des régions concernées publieront au cours de la semaine le tracé des “zones noires” qui seront rendues à la nature. “Ce sera douloureux pour eux, […] l’État s’engagera à ce qu’il y ait des acquisitions amiables”, a assuré Jean-Louis Borloo, le ministre de l’Environnement.Des “zones jaunes”, à savoir des secteurs exposés aux risques mais pouvant être protégés, ont également été délimitées. Ces zones “devront faire l’objet d’un programme de protection basé sur des systèmes d’alerte, d’évacuation, de prescription technique sur les bâtiments ou encore de protection collective” a expliqué Luc Chatel.Si le secrétaire d’État au logement, Benoît Apparu, a promis aux habitants dont les maisons seront détruites qu’ils seront indemnisés au prix du marché avant la tempête, nombreux sont ceux qui craignent que ces indemnisations ne soient pas à la hauteur, leurs habitations étant situées dans des zones balnéaires où le foncier atteint des prix très élevés.Le 8 avril 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — People have a right to privacy in the text messages they send from their phones, even if they can’t know for sure who might be reading them after they’re delivered, Washington’s Supreme Court held in two related cases Thursday.In separate 5-4 opinions, the justices overturned two Cowlitz County heroin convictions in cases that hinged on text messages a detective read on someone else’s phone.“People have an expectation of privacy in their text messages,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the cases. “People have a right to have those messages delivered without fear of government intrusion or interception, and if the government wants to intrude or intercept them, they have to get a warrant or a wiretap to do so.”The cases arose from the arrest of Daniel Lee in Longview in 2009. After obtaining Lee’s cellphone, a detective started going through the text messages on it without a warrant. He found drug-related messages from Jonathan Roden, then responded, set up a drug deal and arrested Roden for attempted heroin possession. The detective also noticed texts coming in from Shawn Daniel Hinton and similarly arrested him.Writing for the majority in both cases, Justice Steven Gonzalez said the men had an expectation of privacy in the content of their text messages, just as they would have if they sent a sealed letter or made a phone call, and that Washington state residents have an expectation that their text messages won’t be read by police without a warrant.last_img read more

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No Matter The Outcome Of The Midterms Texas Delegation In Congress Poised

first_imgOfficial House portraits/Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Castro/Alyssa Banta: Johnson/DenKuvaiev: iStockTop row, left to right: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Reps. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, and Michael McCaul, R-Tomball. Bottom row: U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D- Dallas.After years as the dominant state delegation on Capitol Hill, Texans in Congress are bracing for a marked decline in political clout in Washington.For the past two terms, Texas Republicans wielded an unmatched seven committee gavels within the U.S. House and saw U.S. Sen. John Cornyn become the highest-ranking Texas senator since Lyndon Baines Johnson. But that power will begin to wane in the coming months, even if Republicans manage to keep control of both chambers.It was all inevitable, and members saw this transition coming for years.“It certainly puts Texas in a position of reduced influence for the GOP conference as a whole and congress in general,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan. “So I’m hopeful that we’ll be in a position to quickly regain some chairmanships because of the size and strength of the delegation.”Flores is an example of the generational transition taking place.“I feel like I just got here,” he laughed. “It’s been less than eight years.”First elected in 2010, he will soon become one of the more senior members of the delegation as eight Texans in the U.S. House are not running for re-election, ensuring that the largest class of Texas freshman in recent memory will come to Congress next year. The group will lack choice committee assignments, institutional knowledge and seniority.The root of much of this transition is the GOP’s rules on term limits for leadership posts, thereby encouraging more of its members to become chairs when the party controls the House. Republicans climb the Congressional ranks quickly – but their time at the top of the Hill is finite.Of the seven Texas U.S. House chairmen, three are termed out in January: U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling at the House Financial Services Committee, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul at the Homeland Security Committee and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Hensarling and Smith are retiring, along with other fixtures of seniority: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, Gene Green, D-Houston, Sam Johnson, R-Richardson, Ted Poe, R-Humble.U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a relatively junior member of the House Armed Services Committee, is vacating his seat to run for U.S. Senate.And then there is the Senate situation: Cornyn faces a term limit in his post as U.S. Senate majority whip. Yet his political future remains promising. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier this summer he intends to keep Cornyn within the leadership circle. Many delegation Republicans are hopeful he might one day ascend to the GOP leader position in the Senate.Back in the House, loss in seniority may not just come from retiring chairmen. Three Texas Republicans who Democrats are targeting also hold important slots. U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is the House Rules Committee chairman – a post that lacks term-limits but serves as the pleasure of the GOP house leader.Also facing strong challenges: U.S. Reps. John Culberson, R-Houston, and John Carter, R-Round Rock. The two men are senior members of the House Appropriations Committee – a key jurisdiction when it comes to securing Hurricane Harvey relief funding.That those three congressmen – all in districts that were considered safe Republican territory until this election cycle – are becoming part of the worried calculations within the Texas GOP delegation, is indicative of the growing sense on Capitol Hill that Democrats could take back control of the House this fall.Should that happen, the remaining chairmen will lose power and become ranking members.Several GOP delegation sources interviewed for this story were quick to reinforce that several chairmen will all-but-certainly be their party’s highest-ranking member on key committees next term should Democrats win control of the chamber: U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry of Clarendon at House Armed Services; U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady at the House Ways and Means Committee and U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Midland at the House Agriculture Committee.And there are also potential chairs on deck.While McCaul is moving out of the homeland security realm, he is in contention to run a different committee: the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.But the biggest chair race of all involves another Texan – U.S. Rep. Kay Grangerof Fort Worth.If not for the battle to succeed U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan as the leader of House Republicans, her fight to become the chairwoman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee would be the most exciting political contest in the GOP conference.Multiple sources say there are no assurances she will win the position, but she is, without question, a top contender.However, if Democrats take control of the chamber, all of these GOP calculations become essentially moot. Fights over chairmanships will become battles for the relatively neutered position of committee ranking member.U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, is a third-term member who is on the leadership ascent within his caucus. He argues that Texas Democrats will hold power – just not on the scale of the current state of the GOP side.“I think Texas will fair well,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll have seven, because that’s a lot.”Based on multiple interviews, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, is the only Texan likely postured to become a chair – of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, in a Democratic takeover.Democrats do not have term limits on leadership roles and usually prioritize seniority over nearly all other considerations.Furthermore, while it is not a formal committee position, Castro is on track to become the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a powerful voting bloc within the Democratic side.Perhaps it’s making the best of an unpleasant situation, but some delegation sources suggest there is a silver lining to the transition.Those seven gavels from Texans have been something of a source of resentment for House Republicans from other states. So much so, it was a key argumentagainst Brady’s ultimately successful bid to run the House Ways and Means Committee.And Democrats and Republicans alike argue that Texas will not ever be ignored, no matter rank or seniority.It is simply too large of a group – 38 members now and, due to strong population growth, more to come in next decade’s reapportionment – to not have a major say in national policy. Those Texans are scattered all over the committees, and will almost always have a voice when sorting out policy – even if it is just at the rank-and file level.Yet despite the nastiness and partisanship of this past term, a number of the members bonded over their work following Hurricane Harvey and they insist the delegation will always find a way to come together amid a crisis.Yet they concede it’s highly unlikely any of the freshmen joining the delegation will earn their first choice in committee assignments.“We’re going to have to earn that back,” said Green, referencing the lost seniority.“You have to pay your dues, so to speak,” the Houston Democrat added.Flores, the Bryan Republican, concurred.“We do have some good members coming in, and I think we’re going to be okay,” he said. “But for at least a Congress or two, we are not going to have nearly the influence we have today.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Why Uber when you can SureFly?Workhorse Group plans to conduct the first manned flight of its SureFly personal helicopter in January.Unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June, the electric hybrid octocopter is safer, easier to fly, and more affordable than a conventional chopper, according to the manufacturer.AdChoices广告Its eight propellers and gas combustion engine boast an estimated 70-mile range, ideal for short hop application. An on-board, fully redundant backup battery system can drive the electric motors in the event of engine failure. (That’s where the ballistic parachute comes in.)Its four carbon fiber arms fold down for “easy” storage (via Workhorse Group)Early SureFly models will be pilot-operated—via a joystick, like flying a drone—with room for two passengers and a payload of up to 400 lbs.Of course, no modern transportation system is complete without autonomous technology, which Workhorse Group hopes to roll out in future designs.The company is working toward full vehicle certification by late 2019.“After productive conversations with the Federal Aviation Administration, we’re excited to be on a path forward to experimental status for the SureFly,” CEO Stephen Burns said in a statement.Room for two (via Workhorse Group)Expected to sell for $200,000, the helicopter is aimed at precision agriculture, emergency responders, the military, and city commuters.Yes, that’s right: In a couple of years, you’ll be able to hop into your private whirlybird and fly to the office, laughing at the suckers still stuck in traffic 4,000 feet below.“While we have much work ahead of us in our march toward certification, this first test flight represents a significant milestone for the project,” Burns said.SureFly takes up about as much room as a pick-up truck (via Workhorse Group)The event is scheduled for Jan. 8 in Las Vegas—just ahead of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. (date and time are subject to change, based on weather and regulatory approval from the FAA and local municipalities.)Don’t worry if you miss the big performance: SureFly will be on display at CES from Jan. 9-12 on the Central Plaza, near the main entrance of the tradeshow.center_img U.S. Army To Test Remote-Controlled Combat VehiclesDomino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston last_img read more

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target I’ve spent the past week playing the final version of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. I still love the game’s inexplicable franchise mash-up inside an X-COM-style strategy game, but I don’t have too much more to say about its excellent tactics mechanics I didn’t already say in my lengthy preview. It’s just nice to confirm the gameplay still holds up and in fact gets deeper as you invest more hours into it. I even came around on the block-pushing puzzles since they require the same strategic positioning thinking as the turn-based combat.So instead I wanted to talk about about another aspect of this, my favorite new Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda. This is an aspect that has only become more apparent the more I play. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the final form of Nintendo and Ubisoft’s long-standing video game publisher corporate bromance, is the best bootleg Mario Game.Mario games are really, really weird. They’ve always been, we’ve just gotten used to it, and they always should be. But even as Mario heads off into New Donk City with its realistic human beings, there’s a familiar consistency to his weirdness that Nintendo can’t help but provide. There’s a sense that this strangeness is still canon or “on-model.” The closest the comes to breaking is when other 2nd party studios develop Mario games, like the weirdly violent Super Mario Strikers, but even there Nintendo is still a guiding hand keeping things on the rails.However, any time you see Mario and Mario-related iconography and merchandise from sources other than Nintendo, the results tend to be uncanny dreams and nightmares. Nintendo’s Mario is so specific that even a mild alteration breaks the spell and reminds us of how unsettling this cartoon but fully grown adult Italian-American hairy man and his mushroom universe is. Just check out the Twitter feed Shitty Mario to understand what I’m talking about.pic.twitter.com/VRoGeX49le— Shitty Mario (@ShittyMario) August 18, 2017Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is absolutely dripping with this bootleg Mario aesthetic. It’s totally the video equivalent of this knock-off Mario fidget spinner. And it’s not just because of the presence of the Raving Rabbids, although an uncomfortably aggressive and masculine Rabbid dressed as Mario or a selfie-obsessed smartphone Rabbid in Princess Peach drag have bootleg quotients that are off the scale.If anything the Rabbids and their contemporary slapstick sense of humor feel more like extended guest stars in Ubisoft’s attempt to make a classic comedy Mario spin-off in the vein of Super Mario RPG (a Square Enix game which itself was a bit of a bootleg Mario at the time). It’s just that the game is full of these tiny little deviations from what an internally produced Mario game would ever be.Not to spoil too much, but even from the first frame the game is on some buckwild business that feels super foreign for a Mario game. There’s this whole framing device, a voiced pre-rendered cinematic with the kind of Western AAA production value Nintendo usually avoids, about hip technological teenagers in the real-world accidentally merging the fictional Mario and Rabbids worlds or something?The Rabbids show up in their time-traveling washing machine, making this canon with other Rabbids games. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the whole story tied into the Assassin’s Creed (and now Final Fantasy XV) universe by the end, that the whole time you’ve been reliving Mario’s genetic memories in the Animus fighting Templar Rabbids. After all, arguably the best Assassin’s Creed game starred an Italian who loved to jump.The game itself, while gorgeous despite occasional technical hiccups, also doesn’t quite look like a Nintendo Mario game. There’s a plastic, toyish quality to the visuals, almost like the old Donkey Kong Country but with much higher fidelity. It adds to the sense that this is a very shiny and lovely fake, like those Hollywood-aping 1970s grindhouse movies shot throughout pastoral Europe. The most memorable music is loving orchestral covers of classic Mario tracks, exquisite but imitations.The generic text boxes might not look as lovely. They almost seem like unfinished placeholders. But the words within them are chef’s kiss sublime in how bizarre they are in a Mario context. After you get past the initial shock of reading light cursing in a Mario game (ah, the French) you’ll begin to notice the deeper shock of how weirdly heightened and dramatic the dialogue is. Bowser Jr. threatens you with oblivion as your robot helper companion Beep-0 compares you to the Greek sex god Aphrodite. And that’s before the fully sung Italian opera boss fight.Oh, and don’t forget that this is the Mario game where all the cartoon kids mascots have guns, which is the most fever dream bootleg Mario thing of all. Just watch this trailer (with it’s bootleg AC/DC muzak) again.More cynically, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle‘s non-Nintendo status can also be seen in its business model. While Nintendo has dabbled with season passes in huge games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, extra DLC after the fact is Ubisoft’s bread and butter. So of course this game is already preparing to sell you more content going into 2018, content I’m already willing to begrudgingly purchase because I like the game so much.Ubisoft should be shocked and grateful this game has any good will at all thanks to surprisingly fantastic showings after weeks of eyebrow-raising and expectation-lowering rumors and leaks. I hope they don’t greedily squander it with typical big video game publisher BS. At preview events Nintendo reps would always stress how this is a Ubisoft game and now I get why.Regardless, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an incredible, beautiful tactics game that’s accessible without sacrificing unique strategic depth. But it’s also a fascinating example of what happens when the zany but conservative Nintendo opens up its world-famous franchises to someone else’s interpretation. It’s like those guest animator openings on recent Simpsons episodes. We’ll be getting a proper official weird Mario on Nintendo Switch later this year with Super Mario Odyssey, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a great bootleg Mario, too.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/61. Mario and the Raving Rabbids have joined forces to make a promising video game.2. Rabbid bosses put weird spins on classic Mario iconography.3. This turn-based strategy game resembles classics like X-COM.4. I’m very excited for this game.5. The surprisingly vast amount of movement and combat options really lets you plan out elaborate strategies. 6. Bizarre premise aside, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is shaping up to be a fun, deep, beautiful tactics game for Nintendo Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Renewable energy road map for Sunderban homes

first_imgKolkata: As part of its continued efforts towards sustainable development, WWF India has enabled alternative energy access to a cluster of households at Gosaba block in the Sunderbans. The organization, under its ‘Sahasra Jyoti’ project, had been working extensively with local communities in the mangrove forest area of West Bengal to provide them cost-effective energy solutions – while reducing the pressure on surrounding environment, a WWFI official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA solar project at Satjelia Island in the area has already covered five hamlets, he said.”We have installed five micro grids in three phases with the installed capacity of 56.18 kW,” senior coordinator-energy access and communities, Climate Change and Energy Programme, Subhro Sen said.The number of establishments covered under the project in Gosaba block included 25 shops, eight institutions and 512 houses, he said, adding that over 2100 individuals have benefitted in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Sixty per cent of the households that got electricity belonged to BPL families. We have also installed 50 street lights as part of the initiative,” he said.Four village energy committees, with local people as members, have been formed in the area to monitor the project implementation and eight persons have been trained to function as system operators, he added.The project has improved the living conditions of people in the rural areas, a senior official at the Kolkata chapter of the organization said.”The village folks can now keep their shops are open till late in the evening and children can study after sunset,” the official added.last_img read more

Monument to be erected in memory of Marichjhapi incident says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced setting up of a monument at Marichjhapi Island in the Sunderbans in memory of the incident of forcible eviction of Bangladeshi refugees in 1979 and the subsequent deaths of around thousands in police firing, starvation and disease. The response came from Banerjee during the question answer session in the Assembly about tourism projects in South 24-Parganas. Responding to another poser on whether the government is planning to host a light and sound show on Plassey ground, where the 1757 war of independence was fought similar to what is hosted at Motijheel, Banerjee said the proposal is under consideration. The response from the Chief Minister came after Tourism minister Goutam Deb failed to deliver proper information regarding tourism projects.last_img read more

Discovering life through melodies

first_imgMelodies that are soothing tend to be remembered by connoisseurs and to showcase the best, Atul productions is coming up with the lushness of classical Indian music in a live show titled-’Mousiqui – A musical interpretation of life’ at Siri Fort Auditorium in the national Capital.Atul Productions in association with A & G Partners, promises to enthrall the music lovers with their 35-member troupe of exemplary singers, musicians and dancers. The show is planned as a series of 10 events in important Indian cities starting with its grand opening in Delhi followed by Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh and others. Through a grand event at Assi Ghat, Varanasi around Vijayadashami this year, ‘Mousiqui’ will take the audience through musical interpretation of the five stages of life.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The experience includes the serene seven notes of sur, the mystic melodies of raaga, the rejection and acceptance of unconditional love, the competitive spirit of Jugalbandi and the never-ending search for the supreme. This transcendent live music performance by musicians, singers and dancers will take Indian music and dance aficionados on a soul enriching experience.In the presence of elite dignitaries and classical music connoisseurs, Mousiqui will be unveiled with all the musical chords in a perfect harmony.Created by Sajjad Ali Chandwani, the festival –’Mousiqui – A musical interpretation of life’ is one of its kind. The composer Sajjad Ali is the grandson of legendary Ghulam Mohammed (Music Director of the film Pakeezah) and comes in with an experience of over a thousand international performances of similar shows in countries like France, UK, Canada etc.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Content Technology | October 08, 2010 FDA Clears Two New MRI Scanners News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more October 8, 2010 – Two new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners have received 510(k) FDA clearance and are now commercially available in the United States. The Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla and Magnetom Skyra 3T scanners are the first Tim 4G and DOT systems to receive U.S. clearance.Tim 4G, the fourth generation of Siemens-exclusive RF technology, starts with 48 RF channels at both 1.5 and 3T – presently the highest standard RF channel configuration offered at either field strength. Tim’s new all digital-in/digital-out design, DirectRF, integrates all RF transmit and receive components at the magnet, eliminating analog cables. Additionally, a new coil architecture, Dual-Density Signal Transfer, sends signals from two independent coil elements on a single wire using two different frequencies. This offers improved signal-to-noise and enables higher density of RF elements/channels within a given coil housing.The Aera and Skyra systems also feature the DOT (day optimizing throughput) engine that provides a customizable framework for patient personalization, user guidance and exam automation. The Magnetom Aera and Skyra systems have been available outside the United States since November 2009.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more last_img read more

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first_img Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcarecenter_img Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Technology | November 10, 2010 Functional Analytics Offered as Next Step in Advanced Visualization November 10, 2010 – New 4-D functional analytic advanced visualization software will be introduced at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. PhyZiodynamic, by Ziosoft, is based upon a supercomputing foundation and provides cutting-edge algorithms for functional imaging analysis across multiple dimensions.The technology offers precise dynamic imaging, ensuring true fidelity for all emerging DICOM datasets. Multiple FDA-cleared applications for MR, CT and other modalities enable new ways to visualize anatomy in motion, instead of single images frozen in time. The software offers CT noise reduction, allowing lower dose management without compromising resolution.For more information: www.ziosoftinc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_imgLA PAZ, Bolivia – An inter-oceanic canal the government of President Daniel Ortega plans to build to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will convert Nicaragua into the “richest” country in Central America, Ronald MacLean Abaroa, the Bolivian spokesman for Chinese firm HKDN, which will conduct feasibility studies for the project, told a Bolivian daily on Sunday.MacLean was mayor of La Paz during several administrations in the 1990s, as well as foreign minister, minister of the economy and a presidential candidate in 2002. He is now an adviser to the Chinese company HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKDN), owned by Chinese businessman Wang Jing.Interviewed by the daily Página Siete de La Paz, the Bolivian economist and politician explained plans for feasibility studies of the 286-kilometer canal project, which were contracted by the Nicaraguan government on June 15.“Nicaragua is going to become the richest country in Central America, and that will affect the entire region,” said MacLean, who also is a former World Bank official.The HKDN spokesman said “investment in this project is three or four times greater than Nicaragua’s entire GDP, and that will affect employment and prosperity. We’re talking about $30-$40 billion in investment.”Studies by HKDN, which has become the target of critics from members of Nicaragua’s political opposition because its headquarters are located in Hong Kong with a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, will take up to two years, and the construction phase of the massive project could take up to 10 years.MacLean said Nicaragua’s canal would offer several advantages over the Panama Canal.“Bigger ships will travel through Nicaragua, and countries with a coast will have to invest in their ports so that these ships can pass through the canal,” he said. Ships passing through the Panama Canal can carry up to 6,000 containers, while Nicaragua’s canal will facilitate the next generation of super ships, which can carry up to 18,000 containers, he added.MacLean also responded to critics of the plan, who say it will be an environmental calamity for Nicaragua.“Nicaragua, because of the civil war and poverty, is already mostly deforested, and it doesn’t have the resources for environmental conservation. But a project like this [the canal] could generate resources to clean up Lake Nicaragua, which is suffering from sedimentation,” he said. “If the environmental impact was negative, this project wouldn’t be undertaken.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each o

first_imgCosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.Constand, 45, a former Temple women’s basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called “your friends” and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no.It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.“The time for the defendant to escape justice is over,” prosecutor Stewart Ryan said in his closing argument. “It’s finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences.”Another prosecutor, Kristen Feden, said Cosby was “nothing like the image that he played on TV” as sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing father of five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad.Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an “a–hole” after the prosecutor asked that Cosby be immediately jailed because he might flee. Cosby denied he has an airplane and shouted, “I’m sick of him!”The judge decided Cosby can remain free on bail while he awaits sentencing.Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of his accusers whimpered and cried. Constand remained stoic, then hugged her lawyer and members of the prosecution team.“Justice has been done!” celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who represented some of Cosby’s accusers, said on the courthouse steps. “We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed.”The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. One of those women asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”The panel of seven men and five women reached a verdict after deliberating 14 hours over two days, vindicating prosecutors’ decision to retry Cosby after his first trial ended with a hung jury less than a year ago. Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Apr 26, 2018 10:56 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assaultCosby was charged with violating Andrea Constand in 2004 Bill Cosby, center, reacts after spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, left, addressed the media for Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine) Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a womancenter_img Summary bill cosby|guilty Related articles:The charges against Bill Cosby and the sentences they carryIn closing, defence calls Cosby accuser ‘pathological liar’Cosby’s lawyers say accuser lied about assault Related Stories The Latest: Cosby jury focuses on star defence witnessIn closing, defence calls Cosby accuser ‘pathological liar’ Cosby’s retrial took place against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement against sexual misconduct that has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.The jurors all indicated they were aware of #MeToo but said before the trial they could remain impartial. Cosby’s lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.After failing to win a conviction last year, prosecutors had more courtroom weapons at their disposal for the retrial. The other accusers’ testimony helped move the case beyond a he-said, she-said, allowing prosecutors to argue that Cosby was a menace to women long before he met Constand. Only one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby’s first trial.Cosby’s new defense team, led by Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, launched a highly aggressive attack on Constand and the other women.Their star witness, a longtime Temple employee, testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for nearly $3.4 million over a decade ago.“You’re dealing with a pathological liar,” Mesereau told the jury.His colleague on the defense team, Katheen Bliss, derided the other accusers as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.But Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand’s lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’” The sedative was a popular party drug before the U.S. banned it more than 30 years ago.Cosby also acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter. But he identified them as the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl and insisted they were meant to help her relax.The entertainer broke racial barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, “I Spy,” in the 1960s. He created the top-ranked “Cosby Show” two decades later. He also found success with his “Fat Albert” animated TV show and served as pitchman for Jello-O pudding.Later in his career, he attracted controversy for lecturing about social dysfunction in poor black neighborhoods, railing against young people stealing things and wearing baggy pants.It was Cosby’s reputation as a public moralist that prompted a federal judge, acting in response to a request from The Associated Press, to unseal portions of the deposition.Its release helped destroy the “Cosby Show” star’s career and good-guy image. It also prompted authorities to reopen the criminal investigation, and he was charged in late 2015.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.last_img read more