Polygraph results debated at Fairbanks Four hearing

first_imgCrime & CourtsPolygraph results debated at Fairbanks Four hearingOctober 23, 2015 by Dan Bross, KUAC Share:One of the Fairbanks Four passed a polygraph.The results of the lie detector test taken by Marvin Roberts last year were shared during day 13 of an evidentiary hearing being held to consider whether Roberts, George Frese, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent, the men convicted of fatally beating John Hartman in 1997, are in fact innocent.Polygraph expert David Raskin of Homer administered the test and presented Robert’s answers to key questions like:“Did you participate in any way in the assault of John Hartman? Answered ‘no,’” Raskin said.Polygraphs use sensors to measure physical responses indicative of lying and telling the truth, and Raskin says Robert’s responses ranked extremely high on a truthfulness scale.“You have to have a -8 or lower to fail the test; a +8 or higher to pass the test,” Raskin said. “Mr. Roberts produced a score of +47.”Polygraph results are generally not admissible in court and it’s unclear whether Judge Paul Lyle will consider them in ruling on the Fairbanks Four request for exoneration.The State attempted to discredit the polygraph results. Attorney Bob Linton took aim at the technology used to test Roberts, Raskin’s wording of questions, and the validity of the science itself, quoting from a 2002 National Research Council funded polygraph study.“Almost a century of research in scientific psychology and physiology provides little basis for the expectation that a polygraph test could have extremely high accuracy,” Linton said. “The physiological responses measured by the polygraph are not uniquely related to deception.”Raskin countered that the review did not include any polygraph scientists and that numerous laboratory studies show polygraphs to be 90 percent accurate.Linton characterized Raskin as a polygraph advocate who profits from the technique.Share this story:last_img read more

DOT to design safety improvements at Juneau’s Fred Meyer intersection

first_imgJuneau | TransportationDOT to design safety improvements at Juneau’s Fred Meyer intersectionOctober 18, 2020 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Alaska transportation officials secured $300,000 in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program dollars for the design of short-term improvements to the intersection of Egan Drive and Yandukin Drive in Juneau. If more funding becomes available, construction could happen in 2022. (Image courtesy Alaska DOTPF)State transportation officials have secured $300,000 to design small-scale safety improvements to the highway intersection near Juneau’s Fred Meyer. David Epstein is the Department of Transportation’s regional traffic and safety engineer. He says the money comes through the federal government’s Highway Safety Improvement Program. It’s purpose is “to build highway improvements that maximizes lives saved and serious injuries eliminated per the dollar spent.”From 2013 to 2016, he said there were two crashes in the intersection of Egan Drive and Yandukin Drive that led to hospitalizations.There are three changes to come. First, the speed limit on that stretch of Egan Drive from Sunny Point to Mendenhall Loop Road will be reduced seasonally. From November through January, the speed limit will be 45 miles per hour, instead of 55. Second, the markings of the left turn lanes off of Egan Drive will be changed to shorten the distance across oncoming traffic and improve sight lines.And third, the outbound, right turn lane of Egan Drive in the intersection will also be better marked. Epstein says that’s expected to help drivers on the other side of the highway waiting to turn left. “That has been a problem for some of our drivers. Like, ‘Is that person turning straight, or is he pulling through?’” Epstein said. These improvements complement a longer-term effort to redesign and rebuild the entire intersection. Epstein expects the design work on the shorter term improvements to be done next year. He says it’ll cost another estimated $1.2 million to make the improvements and won’t happen until 2022 at the earliest. Jim Brown is managing the department’s longer-term plan for the intersection, which is going through a process that relies heavily on public comment to land federal funding. “We’re looking at 2023 and beyond for the long-range piece of these improvements,” Brown said. He says about 190 people participated in a public meeting on Wednesday where transportation officials presented several redesign concepts. The concepts address safety first, but also try to improve alternate routes in case of a crash, access for pedestrians and cyclists, and traffic flow. The latest public comment period opened Wednesday and runs through Nov. 12. Brown says a report should be published in the spring that narrows down the list of redesign options to the department’s and community’s top picks. More information about the department’s process and plans, plus a form to comment, are available at the department’s Egan-Yandukin online open house website.Share this story:last_img read more

On The Books: Literary Critic David Kipen on What’s Caught His…

first_imgUncategorizedOn The Books: Literary Critic David Kipen on What’s Caught His EyeThese three Chandleresque mysteries honor literary sleuth Philip Marlowe, who’d be 75 this yearBy David Kipen – March 4, 2014831ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIn the last four months I’ve read three Raymond Chandler novels—none of them by Chandler himself. Last year Janice Steinberg’s The Tin Horse tracked a minor character from The Big Sleep, the “intelligent Jewess” Philip Marlowe flirts with in a bookstore, into her own adventure as a Boyle Heights-bred lawyer. In February Kim Cooper, coproprietrix of Esotouric’s bus tours, published The Kept Girl, a voice-perfect 1920s mystery narrated by a pre-Marlowe Chandler (full disclosure: I blurbed it). Enter Booker-winning Irish novelist and critic John Banville’s The Black-Eyed Blonde, released under his never-secret pseudonym, Benjamin Black. This one’s impeccably ventriloquized, but Marlowe dithers away too much suspense as he gripes about his case. Happy 75th, Marlowe. Don’t your heirs know not to give a septuagenarian a mirror for his birthday? TAGSDavid KipenL.A. CulturePhilip MarloweRaymond ChandlerPrevious articleDown South: A New Dish at The Hart & The HunterNext articleCandyland: Sockerbit, a Swedish Candy Shop, Hits West Third This MonthDavid Kipen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.Historical Figures Tell the Story of L.A., One Letter and Diary Entry at a TimeWhat Defines a Successful Immigrant?last_img read more

Consumer confidence rising in Canada, but remains fragile

“It is tough to see where we are going to get significant growth in Canada,” Reitzes said. “The growth drivers are going to have to be external.” He noted the Canadian consumer is nearly tapped out, with high levels of household debt, and employment growth has been sluggish. As well, governments across Canada are in belt-tightening mode as they look to reduce deficits that ballooned during the latest economic downturn. “U.S. growth is the key and U.S. growth is going to be driven by employment growth,” he said. Both retail sales and consumer confidence posted gains in separate reports Thursday, but the underlying results carried signs of weakness. Statistics Canada said retail sales gained 0.5% in January, however excluding the auto sales, sales slipped 0.5% in January. Economists had expected a gain of 1.8%. Meanwhile, the Conference Board of Canada said consumer confidence continued to rise in March, gaining 4.3 points to stand at 79.5, its third consecutive month of gains. But, the think-tank warned it was fragile as most of the gains were due to a single factor — attitudes towards major purchases. The report found that 44.2% of those questioned said that now is a good time to make a major purchase, helped in part by super-low interest rates on loans. The latest read on the Canadian economy came ahead of the inflation report Friday by Statistics Canada. The consensus estimate by economists ahead of the report is that prices climbed 2.7% in February, while core inflation was up 2.2%. Reitzes noted that the weak retail sales numbers for January, combined with other weak wholesale trade and manufacturing data, suggest the economy may have contracted slightly at the start of the year. He estimated the economy either shrank 0.1% or showed no growth at all. Reitzes said eventually the growth in the U.S., Canada’s largest export market, will trickle over the border, but it will take time. “We have seen it on the trade side where exports to the U.S. have picked up,” he said. CIBC economist Emanuella Enenajor suggested the economy shrank 0.1% for January. “That suggests our previous call for 2.4% GDP growth in the first quarter looks unattainable, with growth now tracking closer to 1.8%,” Enenajor wrote in a note to clients. The suggestion of a soft January follows recent suggestions by others that the prospects for the economy have been picking up as the U.S. economy gathers steam and the European sovereign debt crisis appears to be ebbing. On Monday, TD Bank upgraded its outlook for the Canadian economy for the first time in a year, boosted by an improved forecast for the global economy, but raised concerns about rising household debt and government deficits. The bank said it expects the economy to grow 2.2% in 2012, up from a December forecast of 1.7%. The Royal Bank suggested Thursday that Canadians and Americans share concerns about the economy, but attitudes seem to be a bit gloomier south of the border. The bank (TSX:RY) said 28% of Canadians believed the economy would improve next year, while 26% of Americans shared that view — the highest level in more than a year. Craig Wong OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Keywords Economic forecasts,  Consumer attitudesCompanies Conference Board of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Canadian economy showed signs of life Thursday amid reports that both consumer confidence and retail sales crept higher in recent months, however economists warned there are still challenges ahead. BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes said it will be up to the improving U.S. economy to drag Canada along this year as domestic demand remains weak. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Delinquencies on consumer debt drops to pre recession levels

Related news Canadians more focused on saving than paying down debt: survey More than half of U.S. millennials actively contribute to retirement accounts: survey Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media One in five Canadians will need to liquidate an asset to pay for debt: survey Keywords Consumer borrowing and saving Equifax Canada says delinquencies on consumer debt fell to pre-recession levels during the summer — even though the amount of money owed continued to rise. The credit-monitoring firm says only 1.22% of debts were unpaid after 90 days or more in the July-September quarter. That’s down sharply from 1.37% in the previous quarter and the lowest deliquency rate on records going back to early 2007, before the recession began. Equifax says Canadians continued to increase the total amount of non-mortgage consumer debt, which includes credit cards, bank loans and auto leases. Canadian non-mortgage debt totalled $489 billion in the third quarter, up from $484.7 billion in the second quarter. Balances on credit cards were actually down, while money owed to banks through term loans and lines of credit grew only moderately. The biggest increased was a nine per cent increase in auto financing loans. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Investors see shine in gold as markets fall

first_img The December gold contract was ahead US$16.70 to US$1,279.30 an ounce. The precious metal is usually seen as a safe haven to investors at a time of geopolitical uncertainty. With U.S. President Donald Trump warning North Korea of “fire and fury,” some investors have become concerned that the war of words between the two countries could escalate. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 36.64 points to 22,048.70, the S&P 500 index inched down 0.90 of a point to 2,474.02 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 18.13 points to 6,352.33. The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of US78.71¢, down 0.20 of a U.S. cent. Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract was up US39¢ to US$49.56 a barrel, September natural gas advanced US6¢ at US$2.88 per mmBTU and September copper declined US2¢ at US$2.93 a pound. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Major North American indices fell on Wednesday and investors flocked to gold amid growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.02 points to 15,217.33 in a broad-based decline that saw many sectors finish in the red while bullion stocks surged almost 1.9%. Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch last_img read more

Consulate General of Jamaica Hosts Diaspora Conversation

first_imgConsulate General of Jamaica Hosts Diaspora Conversation UncategorizedNovember 26, 2008 RelatedConsulate General of Jamaica Hosts Diaspora Conversation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The first in a series of conversations with key Diaspora communities in the United States of America (USA), was launched at the Consulate General of Jamaica, in New York, on November 17.Aimed at promoting critical thinking concerning the further development of the Jamaican Diaspora Movement, the event featured speakers from the Irish American community.The conversation, themed: ‘From Immigrant Community to Diaspora Movement, the Irish Americans: a Case Study’, and sponsored by Moet Hennessy, looked at the experience of the Irish and their progress toward national development.The discussion featured presentations by Ambassador and Consul General of Ireland to the USA, Niall Burgess, and Chief Operating Officer of Moet Hennessy, Jim Clerkin, with emphasis on how the Irish used education as a tool in the development of the Diaspora.For the second in the series of conversations, in January, presenters will look at the development of India.The Consulate General of Jamaica is hosting the series, spearheaded by Consul General, Geneive Brown Metzger, in collaboration with the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board of the North East USA, and the Organisation for International Development (OID). Advertisementscenter_img RelatedConsulate General of Jamaica Hosts Diaspora Conversation RelatedConsulate General of Jamaica Hosts Diaspora Conversationlast_img read more

Seventh Special Purpose Grant Agreement Between Hiroshima Prefectural Government and UNITAR

first_imgSeventh Special Purpose Grant Agreement Between Hiroshima Prefectural Government and UNITAR Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR is delighted to announce the signing of the 7th Special Purpose Grant Agreement (SPG) with the Hiroshima Prefectural Government for FY 2021 to 2023.Since the establishment of UNITAR Hiroshima Office in 2003, the Hiroshima Prefectural Government has continuously supported our implementation of trainings, which include programmes in peacebuilding and disarmament, disaster risk reduction, entrepreneurship and more.“I am much pleased to finalize the seventh renewal of the SPG agreement and look forward to UNITAR’s continue operations in Hiroshima,” said Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, at an online signing ceremony of this agreement on 24 March, 2021. Governor Yuzaki also expressed his gratitude for UNITAR’s cooperation on the Hiroshima Initiative, a newly established framework working for a world free from nuclear weapons, and its promoting organization, HOPe, or Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace.“We are grateful and honoured to have our base in Hiroshima – a city that reminds people of both the darkness and brightness of humankind. Hiroshima symbolizes the best of humanity – resilience, determination, courage, forgiveness, and rebirth,” said Mr. Nikhil Seth, UNITAR’s Executive Director. “We are proud of and honoured by our long-standing partnership with the Hiroshima Prefectural Government. We look forward to further enhancing this partnership as Hiroshima flourishes as a world centre of peace and UNITAR as a training arm of the United Nations.”Since 2003, 50,000 women and man from around the world have taken advantage of learning offered by UNITAR Hiroshima Office. These people would not have been able to benefit from these learning services without the contribution of the Hiroshima Prefectural Government. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, director, disaster, Government, Humanity, Internet, Japan, nuclear, online, rebirth, resilience, UN, United Nations, worldlast_img read more

Clark County pursuing no-barrier COVID-19 testing

first_imgClark County pursuing no-barrier COVID-19 testingPosted by Chris BrownDate: Wednesday, December 16, 2020in: Newsshare 0 The free clinics would likely be provided by Medical Teams InternationalVANCOUVER — People living in Clark County who’d like to get tested for COVID-19 but lack insurance or a doctor to recommend them may soon have an option.At a Board of Public Health meeting on Tuesday, Clark County Public Health Officer and Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick announced that they were nearing a contract to provide no-barrier testing.Medical Teams International volunteers Janet and Kul Jaswal swab young Julian for COVID-19 at a drive-up clinic. Photo courtesy Medical Teams InternationalMedical Teams International volunteers Janet and Kul Jaswal swab young Julian for COVID-19 at a drive-up clinic. Photo courtesy Medical Teams International“We’re going to be standing up a testing location, drive up as well as walk up,” Melnick told the Board. “It’ll be at Tower Mall. Our target date is January 4.”The announcement came two weeks after the last Board of Public Health meeting, during which racial inequality was deemed a public health crisis.During that meeting, Melnick faced questions about whether they would soon be able to provide testing to people who lack insurance, or a source of income to pay for office visits, since minority populations tend to be more impacted by the virus and also less likely to seek testing on their own.“We haven’t put the money into testing, because it would really drain the resources away from doing the case investigations,” Melnick said at that meeting.Since then, Clark County Public Health received more resources via a direct disbursement of CARES Act funding from the state Department of Health. That money opened the door to begin talks with a nonprofit to conduct the testing.Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick. File photoClark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick. File photoWhile nothing has been announced, Melnick said it would likely be a similar program to the one in Cowlitz County, where he is also the public health director. That testing program is run by the nonprofit Medical Teams International, through funding from the state.“It happened pretty quickly in Cowlitz County,” Melnick said at the Dec. 2 meeting. “So I’m hoping it will happen here as well.”At Tuesday’s meeting, Melnick said the free testing clinic at the Tower Mall site would be in partnership with the city of Vancouver, and likely run several days a week for at least three weeks.For those worried about the images of painful COVID-19 testing done with a cotton swab deep in the nasal passages, Melnick has some good news.“It’s going to be a non painful test,” he said.Medical Teams International uses a test that allows the person being tested to swab their own mouth, deposit the swab in a sterile baggie, and then return it. Results are usually available in 3-5 days.“It’ll be a PCR test, so an accurate test,” says Melnick, adding that they should be able to do between 500 and 1,500 tests per day.The Tower Mall site along Mill Plain was chosen because the city of Vancouver owns most of it, and it’s in a relatively central location with easy access by bus.Further details were expected to be released, along with a testing schedule, within the coming weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Next : Those in need blessed at Fort Vancouver Terrace ApartmentsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Qualcomm wins appeal in FTC patent row

first_img Diana Goovaerts Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN Tags A US appeals court handed Qualcomm a win in an ongoing battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its patent licensing practices, overturning an earlier ruling which would have forced the company to renegotiate old deals with customers.In its decision, the appeals court determined the FTC failed to prove Qualcomm’s alleged conduct impaired the opportunities of rivals in violation of competition law, noting “profit-seeking behaviour alone is insufficient to establish antitrust liability”.Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm EVP and general counsel, said in a statement the ruling “validates our business model and patent licensing programme and underscores the tremendous contributions that Qualcomm has made to the industry”.The FTC filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in January 2017, claiming the company used anti-competitive tactics to maintain a dominant position in the semiconductor market. A judge ruled in the regulator’s favour in May 2019, ordering the company to strike new deals with its customers.Qualcomm promptly appealed the decision, with its case bolstered by support from the Department of Justice, which claimed a damaging ruling against the company could harm national security by weakening its ability to compete with Chinese rivals. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? Español Relatedcenter_img Home Qualcomm wins appeal in FTC patent row Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 AUG 2020 Previous ArticleFacebook brings payment plays under one roofNext ArticleXiaomi readies Mi 10 Ultra, Redmi K30 Ultra essential patentsFTCpatent licensingQualcommlast_img read more