HALIFAX – A prosecutor asked the jury deciding the fate of accused murderer Christopher Garnier to sit in silence for two minutes Monday, reaffirming the minimum length of time it would have taken to strangle Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell.Christine Driscoll said the Crown had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Garnier, 30, punched and strangled Campbell inside a Halifax apartment more than two years ago, and used a compost bin to dispose of her body near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“The truth is that Ms. Campbell did nothing wrong. Her life was over and she was treated like trash,” Driscoll said during her closing arguments in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.But the defence argued the off-duty Truro police constable’s death was a tragedy, not a murder.Defence lawyer Joel Pink asked the 14-member jury to find his client not guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body, saying the 36-year-old woman died accidentally during rough sex.He said Garnier “at all times acted lawfully and properly.”“There was an unexpected tragedy on McCully Street in Halifax. A tragedy, however, does not make the actions of a man or woman a crime,” Pink told the jury Monday.“It only becomes a crime when the actions of the man or woman meet the requisites of law. I respectfully submit that this is not the case here.”Driscoll pointed out that the “remarkable” thing about what happened on Sept. 11, 2015, is that many of the events in question were captured on video, including Campbell and Garnier meeting and kissing at the Halifax Alehouse. But the roughly 45 minutes the pair were inside the McCully Street apartment early that morning, after being dropped off by a cab from the downtown bar, were not.“For that very short period, but very important time period, Ms. Campbell cannot speak for herself. But the forensic evidence speaks for her, and it speaks loud and clear,” said Driscoll, reminding the jury of blood spatter evidence from inside the apartment.Driscoll also noted that Campbell had a broken nose and that her DNA was found on Garnier’s T-shirt and the clasp of his watch.The Crown lawyer said Garnier took steps to conceal evidence by disposing of her body, ditching the compost bin in bushes, putting his T-shirt and her car keys into a garbage bag, and throwing them into a dumpster, and tossing his broken necklace onto the roof of a building.Driscoll said items in the car Garnier was driving at the time of his arrest — including a tarp, gloves, rope and gasoline — shows he remembered where he dumped her body and planned to move her remains. The jury has heard officers followed Garnier to an area near the bridge, where Campbell’s body was discovered on a steep embankment hours earlier.Garnier took the stand in his own defence last week, telling the jury that during sex play, Campbell encouraged him to choke and slap her before she died. However, he said his memories about that night are fragmented.He said he doesn’t remember walking with the compost bin through the city’s north end towards the harbour and dumping her body in thick brush, where it stayed undetected for about five days.Driscoll said Garnier “concocted this story in an attempt to take all of the responsibility off of himself.”“He cannot live with what he has done. He cannot accept that he is responsible for this,” she said. “He’s actually suggesting that she killed herself, and it’s ridiculous.”Pink noted that chief medical examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes conceded during his testimony that Campbell’s injuries, including her broken nose, could have been caused after she died.He said Campbell’s death did not amount to culpable homicide, and that there is “not a scintilla of evidence” to prove Garnier lost control and murdered Campbell.“We are not assembled here today for vengeance. We are here for a just and proper resolution of this matter,” said Pink.Pink said the defence of automatism was available to Garnier on the charge of interfering with a dead body.A psychiatrist called by the defence last week said automatism is a condition in which a person is not consciously aware or in control of their actions. Dr. Stephen Hucker also said Garnier suffered from acute stress disorder following Campbell’s death, which could explain his memory loss.Driscoll ended her closing arguments by reminding the jury that Bowes concluded Campbell died of strangulation.“He said, at a minimum, (it’s) two minutes of continuous pressure to cause death,” she told the packed courtroom before asking for two minutes of silence.Garnier, wearing a black suit jacket, sat quietly at his lawyer’s bench throughout the closing arguments.Justice Joshua Arnold is expected to give his final instructions to the jury on Wednesday, after a break in the trial on Tuesday. Following his instructions, the jury will be sequestered until they reach a verdict.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
September 14, 2019
That analysis consisted of market research as well as reviews of taxonomies and workflows for the company’s editors, Rowlands says. The first sites to feature the new designs—which were accomplished in collaboration with digital design and tech company HUGE—are Delta Farm Press, Southeast Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press and Western Farm Press. National Hog Farmer, Beef magazine, Corn and Soybean Digest, Hay and Forage Grower and Farm Industry News will relaunch over the next few weeks. The sites will feature new search tools and streamlined navigation in addition to blogs, video and Webinars.“We updated both the technology and the content, and we are writing content in a way that will increase its effectiveness to the user,” says Rowlands. “The Web framework is component based, so the designs will have one framework and one platform, but each group will have its own taxonomy that is determined by the individual markets.”Rowlands says Penton will be able to monetize the project by leveraging the market research along with the editorial enhancements. “We are testing several new products in the market that will better align the marketers’objectives with our new content modules,” she says. “In addition, you will see enhanced educational components and modules that will be introduced throughout the next year as well as enhanced distribution channels for the user. Our content will be fresh and stay current for our readers and will help ensure the branding efforts of our customers are sticking even as the user makes deeper dives into the sites.”With the Web-first approach, content online will largely be expanded and/or embellished in print, which still remains a “very important” medium, Rowlands says. Penton will continue to roll out more redesigned sites over the rest of the year but the majority will be unveiled throughout 2011. In an expansive effort that will eventually see the majority of the company’s more than 100 Web sites relaunched, Penton Media is unveiling a re-engineering of its nine Agricultural Group sites. According to CEO Sharon Rowlands, the project will move Penton’s Web sites away from simply being companions to its magazines to full-fledged Web-first products.“We have changed the way that we think about digital content creation and the market,” Rowlands tells FOLIO:. “The year-long analysis [Penton conducted] was very insightful and provided us with a real understanding of the consumption habits in the market. Traditionally, individual markets relaunched Web sites based on their perceptions and not what the market wanted and needed. Now, the market will provide us with ongoing feedback on our products and will shape the progression of the sites going forward.”
September 13, 2019
Solano County, Calif., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Travis Air Force Base, including the associated special use airspace and C-17 assault landing zone.The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS planning process to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. Solano County has received an OEA grant to assist in the preparation of a JLUS for Travis AFB located in Fairfield, Calif. The county will be the project sponsor.Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. Proposals should be submitted to: Jim Leland, principal planner, Solano County Department of Resource Management, 675 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533, no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, on Aug. 31.The request for proposals can be viewed on the county website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
September 11, 2019
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, November 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 5pm. High near 68. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.Early Voting: Early ends today! The Town of Wilmington is offering early voting, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. Drop-In Preschool Storytime at 10am. Cultures & Communities: Sugar Skulls & Papel Picado at 2:30pm. Humans vs. Zombies at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
September 10, 2019
Tags Share your voice 4 Mobile Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg Comments COO Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is leaning into regulation. James Martin/CNET Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reiterated the social network’s call for regulation on Wednesday, saying the company wanted to be an active partner in developing new rules to govern the internet. The law could be modeled on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, Sandberg suggested at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.The EU law, which is a little over a year old, governs companies that collect, store or process large amounts of information on residents of the EU, requiring more openness about what data they have and who they share it with.”Companies like ours shouldn’t make as many decisions as we do,” Sandberg said. “New rules need to be written for the internet and we want to help make that happen.”Sandberg’s comments fit into Facebook’s evolving attitude as it faces calls for it to be broken up, most notably from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this year that the government and regulators should play a “more active role” when it comes to harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. During the appearance, Sandberg also conceded Facebook wasn’t prepared for the foreign interference that took place on the social network during the 2016 presidential. Zuckerberg had previously said it was “crazy” to think that fake news on Facebook swayed voters in 2016.”We really missed it,” Sandberg said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
September 10, 2019
Share your voice Computers Roadshow Tags Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV 8:35 It’s a major effort to design a processor chip. The magnitude of the work is reflected in the gargantuan number of transistors — 6 billion — that make up the processing circuitry on each of Tesla’s chips. But Tesla’s in-house expertise, spanning everything from processors and software to battery manufacturing and charging stations, gives it a major advantage over conventional automakers.”Other car manufacturers can’t compete,” said New Street analyst Pierre Ferragu in an August report on Tesla. “Their business model doesn’t allow them to fit all cars with this expensive hardware, and they run vastly behind on technology, depending too much on their suppliers and unable to tightly integrate hardware, software, and operations. As a result, Tesla is setting the standard for mass-market autopilot.”Two brains for self-driving safetyEach Tesla computer has two AI chips, a redundant design for better safety, Venkataramanan said. There’s redundancy in the chips’ power supplies and data input feeds, too. Even the car’s cameras are on two separate power supplies to guard against failures.”There are a lot of redundancy features, which makes sure … nothing untoward happens to the system” if a sensor, component, camera or power supply fails, Venkataramanan said.Each chip makes its own assessment of what the car should do next. The computer compares the two assessments, and if the chips agree, the car takes the action. If the chips disagree, the car just throws away that frame of video data and tries again, Venkataramanan said. That’s one of the reasons Tesla wanted powerful AI chips that could handle such a high frame rate for video.Highly optimizedEach Tesla AI chip runs at 2GHz and performs 36 trillion operations per second. That performance is possible because Tesla optimized the chips for self-driving cars and dropped anything more general purpose, said Debjit Das Sarma, another Tesla chip designer and former AMD engineer.For example, the chip handles data recorded as 8-bit integers instead of the 16-bit floating-point numbers more common in AI tasks but that require more power to process. For another, it’s got an extremely limited set of instructions it can process. And it’s got a gargantuan 32 megabytes of high-speed SRAM memory on the chip, which means it doesn’t have to wait around while fetching data from much slower conventional DRAM memory.”Rather than spending all the power on these profligate things, we wanted to spend most of the energy on what really matters for us,” Das Sarma said. Although Tesla designed the core AI elements of the processor, it relied on off-the-shelf elements for things like graphics processing.The AI chip took 14 months to design, and now Samsung is manufacturing the processor. It’s shipping in newer Tesla cars now, and older models can be upgraded. 9 Photos Comments Now playing: Watch this: 38 Two big, square AI processors power Tesla’s third-generation full self-driving car computer. Tesla showed the computer at the Hot Chips conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET Designing your own chips is hard. But Tesla, one of the most aggressive developers of autonomous vehicle technology, thinks it’s worth it. The company shared details Tuesday about how it fine-tuned the design of its AI chips so two of them are smart enough to power its cars’ upcoming “full self-driving” abilities.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and his colleagues revealed the company’s third-generation computing hardware in April. But at the Hot Chips conference Tuesday, chip designers showed how heavy optimizations in Tesla’s custom AI chips dramatically boosted performance — a factor of 21 compared to the earlier Nvidia chips. As a bonus, they’re only 80% the cost, too.The company needed better hardware to achieve its 2019 full self-driving goal, in which cars navigate not only freeways as today but also local streets with stop signs and traffic lights. “It was clear to us, in order to meet our performance levels at the power constraints and the form factor constraints we had, we had to design something of our own,” said Ganesh Venkataramanan, one of the chip designers and a former AMD processor engineer. Processors Elon Musk Samsung Tesla
September 5, 2019
The Bombay stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) will conduct muhurat trading session on account of Diwali on 11 November, 2015, even as sentiments are rather subdued among investors and traders after the Bihar Assembly election results.The special trading session will be conducted between 5.45 pm and 6.45 pm on Wednesday, heralding Samvat 2072.With the 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex falling to a six-week low on Tuesday to close at 25,743 on the last trading day of Samvat 2071 and sentiments not so gungho among investors after the BJP-led NDA suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Grand Alliance, one can expect a muted mahurat trading on Wednesday.The markets ended Samvat 2071 with a net loss, with the S&P BSE Sensex shedding 1,043 points, or 3.90% and the NSE Nifty falling by 212 points, or 2.70%.Yet, some analysts and investors are optimistic about Samvat 2072, saying there won’t be an encore of Samvat 2071.Ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala believes Samvat 2072 is going to be better than last year. “The market has corrected, time has passed, expectations have moderated and the flow of local money is progressing very well. Slowly but surely the economy is on an uptick. So, with expectations bellied and commitments reduced, with domestic money coming, economy on upswing we are at a bottom,” Rakesh Jhunjhunwala told CNBC-TV18, reports www.moneycontrol.com.Brokerages have their own recommendations for Samvat 2072, with Bangalore-based Infosys being seen by many brokerages as worth-buying. The stock closed at Rs 1,106.40 on the BSE on Tuesday.Prabhudas Lilladher has a buy rating on the stock with a target of Rs 1,440 per share, while Motilal Oswal’s target price is Rs 1,250, justifying the recommendation on the basis of the company’s performance in the first two quarters of 2015-16 and sustained improvement in performance in the full year.Other stocks that are being seen as winners are HDFC Bank (target price of Rs 1,350, Tuesday’s closing price Rs 1,054) by Motilal Oswal, though Prabhudas Lilladher’s target for the stock is Rs 1,200.The exchanges will remain closed on Thursday, 12 November, 2015, for Diwali Balipratipada holiday.
September 3, 2019
A police man was killed as a truck crushed a motorcycle in Magura sadar upazila on Friday.The deceased is Amirul Islam, 30, an inhabitant at Rajdharpur village of Jhenidah sadar upazila, reports BSS.The police said the accident took place in Alomkhali area on Magura-Jhenidah road early in the morning when Amirul was returning to Magura police line, leaving him dead on the spot.The police have seized the truck.
September 2, 2019
X Davis Land/Houston Public MediaDr. Peter Hotez speaks alongside health officials and advocates at Pin Oak Middle School on February 13, 2019.Following an announcement by La Porte ISD that an elementary student is suspected of having contracted measles, local health advocates stopped by a Houston ISD school Wednesday to urge Texas lawmakers to revisit the state’s vaccination laws.Among them were representatives with Houston ISD, Harris County Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, and advocacy groups Children at Risk and Immunization Partnership. The group spoke one at a time, asking parents to vaccinate their children and for lawmakers to reconsider the state’s non-medical exemption program for parents who don’t want to vaccinate. The student suspected of having measles at La Porte joins three others in Harris County and four more statewide who have caught measles in 2019. Texas saw only a single case of measles in 2015 and 2016 each, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said the number of measles cases so far this year may indicate more vaccine-preventable illnesses to come.“We know once vaccine coverage starts to decline the first breakthrough infection you always see is measles,” Hotez said. “Measles is like a biomarker of declines in vaccine coverage. It’s a biomarker that we’re not doing our job in getting our kids vaccinated.”The resurgence of measles, considered to have been eradicated in the United States in 2000, has stoked concerns about vaccination rates. Along with recent measles cases, advocates point to school closures due to flu outbreaks as a signal fewer parents are chasing to vaccinate. At least a dozen schools across Texas have closed for multiple days this year because of too many sick students and teachers, Texas Standard reports.The leading cause behind parents not vaccinating their children is a movement based on misinformation, largely stemming from a debunked and fraudulent study linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism, according to advocates.Hotez attributes the spreading of false information to not knowing the truth and a natural concern for their kids — and the fact you can also make some money writing a book about it. Changing the lawsIn Texas, health advocates largely blame outbreaks on the state’s non-medical exemption rule, which lets a parent opt-out of school-required vaccines for reasons of personal belief. A recent report by the Immunization Partnership puts the rate of non-medical exemptions 25 times higher for the 2017-2018 school year than when the law went into effect in 2003.Gwen Johnson, the Director of Health Services for Houston ISD, said parents need more accurate data about vaccines as misinformation spreads.“I think people do take for granted that we’ve been doing vaccines for years and we’re just going to keep doing what our parents did et cetera,” Johnson said. “They may need some more updated knowledge around that that they can share in their own communities.”Advocates worry increasing exemption rates threaten children who are too young to be vaccinated, children in between their first and second MMR shots, or people who have certain medical conditions. Having enough people vaccinated keeps preventable diseases from spreading when they are introduced, an effect called herd immunity.To make vaccine rates more transparent, Democratic State Representative Gene Wu of Houston is drafting legislation that would require childcare facilities to report their vaccination rates and “to let parents know what percentage of their students at the facility are actually vaccinated,” he told Houston Matters. “This will help parents make a decision about where they want to send their kids.”Officials at Harris County Public Health said if you think your child may have measles or another highly-contagious disease contact your health care provider before arriving as a sick child can infect others even just in a waiting room.Listen to the full Houston Matters interview with State Representative Gene Wu in the audio below: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /11:47 Listen Share
August 9, 2019
19Feb Rep. Potvin seeks to lift bake sale ban in schools State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, introduced legislation and a resolution today so public schools can have food-based fundraisers during school hours.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Smart Snacks in School standards require all public schools to offer healthier foods to students, including ready-to-eat food sold to raise funds for extra-curricular activities. Most bake sale items, such as brownies and cookies, along with candy bars, do not meet these federal standards, so they are no longer allowed to be sold during school hours.“Bake sales and other food-based fundraisers are time-honored traditions used year after year to raise funds for important school activities, annual class trips, and sports boosters,” Rep. Potvin said.Under the federal law, states are allowed to determine if a set number of in-school food fundraisers will be allowed. Twenty-one states have created exemptions, but since the Michigan Department of Education has declined to do this, local schools must stick with the federal requirements.“A lot of school groups depend on these food sales as the primary source of income to fund those special opportunities for students during the school year. By joining the other states that allow more flexibility, Michigan school districts will have greater local control in deciding what fundraising is appropriate,” Rep. Potvin said.House Bill 4230 and the resolution will be referred to committee for consideration next week.##### Categories: News
August 9, 2019
Categories: Wentworth News 24May Rep. Wentworth encourages businesses to honor country, community heroes State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, Wednesday introduced legislation encouraging businesses to display patriotism and honor fallen heroes.Under Wentworth’s proposal, businesses would not be prevented or prohibited by an ordinance from displaying signs or flags on or within the premises to promote patriotism and commemorate military heroes, police officers, firefighters and first responders who were killed in the line of duty.Wentworth’s measure addresses a few recent incidents where businesses have been forced to remove signage or flags due to local ordinances, or pay fines if refusing to cooperate.“No business or individual should be discouraged from displaying any sign of tribute for heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities,” Wentworth said. “Waving flags as a tribute to military members, law enforcement and first responders killed in the line of duty should be encouraged. These businesses should be lauded for the respect they show for their community’s heroes.”House Bill 6063 now moves to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration.
August 7, 2019
Roger BlakewayThe UK Society of Broadband Professionals (SCTE) has teamed up with central and eastern Europe broadband event the East and Central European Broadband Expo (ECEBE) to create a single unified broadband event in the region, to take place in Hungary from September 22-23.The SCTE’s Balkan Broadband conference and exhibition, held last year in Belgrade, Serbia, will become part of the two-day ECEBE event and take place at a new central location in Budapest. The event will be known as “ECEBE in association with SCTE, The Society for Broadband Professionals.”“Traditionally, our Balkan conferences and exhibitions have been held across the Balkan region in countries such as Kosovo, Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia,” said Roger Blakeway, president of the SCTE.“Merging with ECEBE in Hungary will both provide a neutral venue and also help to reduce the number of exhibitions and conferences during the autumn season. While we will continue to support the SCTE Balkan group with SCTE events in the Balkans region, we are delighted to be working with ECEBE to grow this combined event across eastern and central Europe.”
August 7, 2019
Liberty Global-owned pay TV operator UPC Czech Republic has extended its Horizon Go mobile TV offering, adding 43 new channels to the service.The latest raft of additions – described as a mix of movie, factual, music, lifestyle and news services, and channels from neighbouring Slovakia – to the service mean that Horizon Go users can view up to 123 channels in total, including 50 HD services, depending on the package they take.Subscribers of the basic Klasik package can view 53 mobile channels, while Komfort customers get 104 and Komplet subscribers have access to 123 channels.Marketing director Jan Kohout said that the service would be further improved in coming months, with new functionality added.