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Spotify monthly active user base reaches 100 million

first_imgHeadphones are seen in front of a logo of online music streaming service Spotify in this February 18, 2014 illustration picture. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Advertisement Swedish music streaming service Spotify said on Monday its user base had grown to 100 million, up from 75 million previously, as it pushed into new markets and despite competition from the likes of Apple Music.Spotify has the music streaming industry’s biggest paid subscriber base, with 30 million users paying to listen, but the vast majority still tune in for free with commercial breaks.Competition is fierce with Apple Music launched just last year and already claiming 13 million paid users while Alphabet’s Google competes with Google Music and Youtube. – Advertisement – Sources have told Reuters that Amazon.com Inc is preparing its own standalone service.Spotify, founded in 2006, pays more than 80 percent of its revenue to record labels and artists and has not yet shown a profit as it spends to grow internationally.Last year, it made an operating loss of 184.5 million euros ($209 million), widening from 165.1 million in 2014[Reuters]last_img read more

OnePlus 3T Launch Set for November 15th

first_imgAndroid 7.0 Nougat Update comes to LG G5 smartphone holders. Image Credit: LG Advertisement OnePlus 3T was expected to be launched on November 14, however, following the chip-maker, Qualcomm Inc. revelation that OnePlus will be launching with a Snapdragon 821-based product soon, OnePlus has officially announced that it is launching a Snapdragon 821-based product on November 15 at 1pm EST (9pm EAT), and the event will be live streamed from its official Facebook page.The Chinese based smartphone manufacturers in a teaser video on its twitter page showed the calling of the upgraded variant OnePlus 3T, confirming the arrival of Snapdragon 821 chipset in the new variant, with a maximum clock speed of 2.35GHz.Earlier, Qualcomm had also tweeted that OnePlus‘ upcoming smartphone will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor.Something new from @OnePlus is on the way…and it’s powered by our #Snapdragon 821 processor. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/3jOyZFRQ5t— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) November 7, 2016 – Advertisement – T-7: The @Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz) is coming your way. Find out more on November 15. pic.twitter.com/fA8mUTYAjd— OnePlus (@oneplus) November 8, 2016SpecsOnePlus 3T will sport an Optic AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 6GB of RAM, 3300mAh battery, running on Android 7.0 Nougat-based Oxygen OS.We shall provide you with the more specs when the phablet is launched.last_img read more

Seedstars World announces the 9 startups to compete at Seedstars World Kampala

first_imgAdvertisement Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming to Uganda for the 3rd time. With the support of the Stanbic Bank Uganda and our local ambassador Outbox Hub, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on the August 4th.In line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 500, 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.The event will take place at Outbox Hub (Soliz House Plot 23 Lumumba Ave, Kampala, Uganda) with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges. The top startup will be declared the most promising startup in Uganda in 2017, and will be invited to pitch at the global stage.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The startups that were selected to participate at the Seedstars World Kampala pitching event are:Chap Chap Africa LimitedChapChap is a mobile payments platform that enables users to earn and save while they top-up airtime, pay bills and shop online.CHARIS FOR GRACEsmartAgric is an online, interactive and dynamic cost planner that helps farmers to evaluate options much easier and conveniently with up-to-date prices.ClinicPesaclinicPesa is a platform to set aside dedicated healthcare funds in order to extend healthcare micro-savings discipline and loan.Kuanza Gari LimitedKuanza Gari is a fingerprint based car ignition system that enables users to capture, store and use their fingerprints to start cars.Musana CartsMusana Carts provides the support to street vendors in Africa to achieve a clean and dependable work environment through solar powered street carts.NumidaNumida is a free business financial management mobile app to issue affordable, convenient and unsecured credit to Ugandan MSMEs.TrendingshoWTW is an online flexible and local TV service that lets watch content on the go.Ubuntu CapitalUbuntu Capital provides digital marketing and payment solutions for medium enterprises, enabling them to realize their market potential.hiDrhidr is a mobile app to enable patients to consult accredited doctors at a fraction of the cost of a traditional office consultation.“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. As this will be our 3rd time to organize our event in Kampala, our excitement level and expectations are high.” explains Fanny Dauchez, Associate for Africa at Seedstars World, “We are impressed by what we have seen in the continent so far and cannot wait to add startups from Uganda on the map.”At the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to 50,000 USD.To attend the event and watch the pitches, anyone can RSVP here (limited number of spots available).last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Ascot on Saturday

first_imgI met bookmaker Tony Styles on the way into the racecourse. He was on the way out, not because the rain had put him off, but to buy a Racing Post. He was quite annoyed that the confectionary hut on course had been banned from selling them so he had to traipse back from whence he came to buy one outside. ‘Put it in your blog’ he implored, your wish is my command Tony.Summer Mile Family Raceday at Ascot was never going to be Royal Ascot in attendance or turnover. Added to that the meeting is part of Super Saturday so there’s a lot of action to attract the punting pound. Luckily for those of us who made schoolboy errors, and I wasn’t alone, the rain had stopped by the opening Ruddy Novice Auction Stakes.I was making a little video clip with one of my old bosses Dave Phillips for the ‘Simon Nott Meets The Ring’ (CLICK HERE) when just as we finished a lady came up and had £2.50 each way Curiosity at 9/4, that didn’t auger well for the rest of the day. It was OK though, Dave said he had plenty of change. Sadly the results started badly too. It’s never a great start when the 15/8 favourite wins, as did Curiosity, but at least the layers could pay out in shirt sleeves. The lady that bet 9/4 the winner with Dave Phillips certainly had value but probably rued her caution.Totescoop6 Heritage Handicap StakesWithout wishing to turn this blog into like something from the Met Office, it was decidedly humid betting on the next. They might love these big handicaps in betting shops but they aren’t the best punting medium for bookies on-course. Backers tend to trim their already modest bets and layers just have to hope whatever wins is green on the screen.We laid plenty of horses very small but needed a miracle. We didn’t get one, Danzeno was was backed from 6/1 into 4/1 favourite and bolted up. The places were no good either so add to that a large payout queue and we got an unwanted treble up.Playboy Club London Handicap StakesThere did appear to be a plethora of PR types about for a rainy Saturday. Maybe the hope of an invitation to the this race’s sponsor’s box was the lure? Back down on the joint business was brisk but the most popular question of the day, was as it is so often ‘What’s your minimum bet?’ Today the answer was £2.50 each way or £5 win, they all add up.Favourite backers started to think that it was easy just betting the short ones, I wouldn’t say they shovelled it on but Laraaib was backed steadily from 11/4 into 2/1f and they were right. Super Saturday was shaping up to be anything but for the bookmakers.Trant Engineering Fillies’ Handicap StakesYou couldn’t really call Mittens weak, rather easy to back so the ring had a glimmer of hope they might get her beaten. They never had a hope she romped home at 3/1 – the fourth winning favourite in a row. With the banker of the meeting to follow bookmakers’ mettle was going to be tested in the next.Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile StakesMy old boss Jack Lynn’s words ‘Don’t Educate Them’ were ringing in my ears as poor Kyle was asked for £2.50 each way on odds on jolly Mutakayyef and he pointed out they would be better off having it on to win. Still the customer is always right. Mind you if it wasn’t for the shrapnel bets there wouldn’t have been a lot fielded as there were no lumps on offer.Which was just as well, 4/7 favourite Mutakeyyef made it five favourites from five. The most popular question now being ‘Who’d be a bookmaker?’ The only saving grace being there were no big, let alone mega, punters to bother us. It must be Ben that attracts them.Ruddy Novice Auction StakesWith three races still to go it’s fair to say the ring were already working to weary automation. Only the shrill and slightly tipsy calls of £2.50 each way keeping them from teetering into resigned acceptance that today was going to be a bad day. To make things worse business had slowed to match the layers’ demeanour. Over on the rails it was the same. Armaloft Alex reported a punter determined enough to successfully negotiate the minimum bet bet from a fiver to £2 only for the punter to try and have it on the only non-runner in the race.One layer exhibited his frustration pricing up his board including 9/5 15/1 and 17/1 twice. His near neighbour commenting ‘9/5 should only ever be heard in Country & Western classics, not the betting ring’.The favourites flip flopped during betting with Laugh A Minute going off as 15/8 jolly. Then it happened, it was all academic, the books blinked and rubbed their eyes and blinked again just to be sure. A result! 14/1 winner Tigre Du Terre put a spring back into their step and almost smiles on their faces. It’s amazing how quickly the fun of gloom can lift in the betting ring. Now rather than ‘can we go home yet?’ It was ‘bring on the penultimate!’Woodford Reserve Handicap StakesWe actually laid a bet of note £1,400 – £400 Cape Coast, OK it was a hedge bet to another bookie which is rare, we should have read the warning sign because before Kyle could say, ‘You’ve got that’ it was 3/1 and favourite with original jolly Bin Battuta very weak, another flip flop and it wasn’t even sunny.Just before the off Kyle got offered a £1.50 bet in 10p & 20p pieces and a Tote voucher, both politely declined.The market got it wrong, Bin Battuta won at 7/2, beating 11/4f Cape Coast after a real tussle which meant a winning race for us despite being original jolly.GL Events UK Handicap StakesThe one result for the bookmakers of the afternoon only stopped the rot but didn’t save the day by any means. The concluding 7/2 the field handicap wasn’t the ideal race to try and and salvage the day from a jolly five fold disaster. To make things worse after eight races the punters appeared rather refreshed with some wobbling on stilettos in evidence but generally in great humour so all good. Surprisingly some backers had been keeping their powder dry with some decent bets in evidence, steady £50, £60, £100 etc.It all added up to a nice few quid on My Dad Syd which we had for four figures at the off. Kyle was praying for a result and we got one. 8/1 Cricklewood Green got us the money! Aye Aye we’ll be back in a fortnight. SIMON NOTT: I backed my first loser of the day when I left my coat at home, it was lovely back in Devon. No excuse though, I’ve been in the game long enough to know that was a schoolboy error. Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

Rice U experts available during 2015 hurricane season

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMedia Advisory: Rice U. experts available during 2015 hurricane seasonHOUSTON – (June 15, 2015) – With the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season here, Rice University has various experts available to talk about storms that enter the Gulf of Mexico and also storms from past years.Rice’s 2015 hurricane experts include:Phil Bedient, professor of civil engineering and director of the SSPEED Center designer of the Flood Alert System 3, can discuss flooding issues that arise from tropical depressions or hurricanes. In his 2012 book, “Lessons from Hurricane Ike,” Bedient and more than 20 other researchers gave a 194-page account of what they learned from studying the 2008 storm that caused nearly $25 billion in damages and killed dozens.Created in 1997, the Flood Alert System 3 is an integrated system utilizing radar, rain gauge information, bayou stage data and hydrologic modeling for the purpose of issuing flood warnings and forecasts for its users. This Third-Generation Rice University/Texas Medical Center Flood Alert System (FAS3) uses the latest hydrologic technology to more accurately predict the overall threat of out-of-bank flooding of Brays Bayou near the Texas Medical Center and uses Google Maps.The FAS3 is interactive and provides real-time updates every 5 minutes through state-of-the-art servers, allows extreme traffic visits and has a back-up monitoring system in Oklahoma. Accessible from any computer with Internet access, automatic emergency alerts are distributed to notify and initiate flood protection measures. FAS3 has a track record of success with over 50-plus major events, including Tropical Storm Allison (2001) and Hurricane Ike (2008).John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, academic director of Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability and author of the book “The Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast,” can explain how hurricanes have impacted and helped draw the modern coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and other Gulf Coast states.Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, can comment on the way that power grids, communications networks, utilities and other “lifeline systems” respond to natural disasters. He can also speak about the city of Houston’s Storm Risk Calculator, which he helped develop at Rice.Bob Stein, professor of political science, can talk about government reaction to a storm and the politics that are in play. He also can speak about the city of Houston’s Storm Risk Calculator, which he helped develop at Rice.Mark Jones, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can discuss government reaction to a storm and the politics that are in play.Ken Medlock, director of Rice University’s Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, can address what can happen to gasoline prices around the country when refining and pipeline infrastructure is negatively affected for an extended time.Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering, can speak about the threats hurricanes pose to offshore drilling platforms. His group conducts research in deepwater fixed and floating platforms, drilling and riser technology; the group has performed Department of Energy and industry-funded research. His group’s research focuses specifically on development of new monitoring and damage identification algorithms and techniques for deepwater platforms and risers, for structural integrity assessment, fatigue damage estimation and maintenance before costly, dangerous failures can occur. Nagarajaiah was closely involved in the investigations into the 2010 deepwater Horizon disaster (Macando).Terry Hemeyer, adjunct professor in Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a crisis communications expert, can discuss the ongoing communications challenges and public relations strategies that government agencies and corporations face in times of disaster.Pedro Alvarez, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering, can discuss the environmental impact and the cleanup efforts communities could face when large hurricanes strike.National Hurricane Center storm names for the 2015 Atlantic storms:AnaBillClaudetteDannyErikaFredGraceHenriIdaJoaquinKateLarryMindyNicholasOdettePeterRoseSamTeresaVictorWanda-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” click here.last_img read more

ABCWashington Post Poll Clinton 47 Percent Trump 43 Percent

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share An ABC/Washington Post poll released on Monday shows Donald Trump at 43 percent and Hillary Clinton at 47 percent.The two candidates, the poll noted, have “historic unpopularity,” the highest on record for a final ABC/Washington Post poll—dating back to 1984—or a Gallup poll, dating back decades to the 1940s. About 60 percent view Trump, the Republican nominee, unfavorably while 56 feel the same way about Clinton, the Democratic nominee.The poll noted that Trump is seeing an advantage among independent voters, with 66 percent viewing Clinton unfavorably while 58 view Trump unfavorably.Libertarian Gary Johnson netted 4 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein got 4 percent in the poll.Related CoverageWikiLeaks Leaked Email: CNN Asked DNC for Trump Questions The poll was carried out among 2,220 likely voters from Thursday until Sunday. There is a 2.5 percentage-point margin of sampling error.It found that nonwhite voters support Clinton 72 to 19 percent over Trump, a 53-point advantage that is smaller than President Obama’s 61 percent margin over Republican Mitt Romney during the election four years ago. Meanwhile, white voters support Trump by 53 to 38 percent, which is less than Romney’s 59-39 percent over Obama during the previous election.Trump holds a 49 percent to 42 percent advantage over voters in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Ohio—battleground states. 2016 race Show Discussioncenter_img ABC-Washington Post Poll: Clinton 47 Percent, Trump 43 Percent By Epoch Newsroom November 7, 2016 Updated: November 7, 2016 Share this article Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) in Warren, Mich., on Aug. 11, 2016. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images); and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

Florida Suspends All Tolls Across State Ahead of Hurricane Irma

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered the suspension of all tolls across the state ahead of Hurricane Irma.Scott told the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to make the move, which would allow people in the state to move more freely across Florida—or out of the state—ahead of Irma, a Category 5 hurricane expected to hit Florida in the coming days.Scott released a statement on the matter.“In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls across the State of Florida to keep traffic flowing. They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida,” the statement reads.(NOAA) (NOAA)“Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared. FDOT has been in constant contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners. We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe,” ends the statement. The toll suspension takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.Scott also called on the National Guard and declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida.shshshshshshshadahdshCurrently the strongest hurricane recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, Irma could be catastrophic for Florida if it doesn’t wane, The Washington Post reported.The storm won’t hit Florida until the weekend, according to current predictions, but the Leeward Islands, which include the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, will see tropical storm winds tonight and expected hurricane conditions early Wednesday.ventusky-wind-20170910t1800-26n81wCurrent projections by the National Weather Service (NWS) have Florida seeing possible tropical storm conditions Friday and hurricane conditions on Saturday.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is warning of a “POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE IRMA” in its normal full-caps update on its site.The NHC warns “preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area.”Matthew Little contributed to this report (Florida Department of Transportation) center_img Florida Suspends All Tolls Across State Ahead of Hurricane Irma By Jack Phillips September 5, 2017 Updated: September 5, 2017 US Show Discussionlast_img read more

Buzz Aldrin Battles Family for Control of His Business and Legacy

first_img Share Aldrin, 88, grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated third in his class at West Point. Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” during the Apollo 11 exravehicular activity (EVA). (NASA/Neil Armstrong)He earned a doctoral degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross from the Korean War and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Aldrin also has honorary degrees from six colleges and universities. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin during WE Day New York Welcome to celebrate young people changing the world at Radio City Music Hall on April 6, 2017, in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WE) Hey Twittersphere, pls RT @buzzs_xtina was terminated and does NOT represent Buzz Aldrin in ANY capacity. Her days of using Buzz’s voice & brand to self-promote/ promote her clients i.e. @AstroTerry are over. [Hope she changes her twitter handle soon as that’s just embarrassing!]— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) 19 czerwca 2018 Show Discussion Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is in a legal battle with two of his adult children and a former business manager, who he says are trying to take over his legacy and money.Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the moon, filed a lawsuit in a Florida court on June 7, directed against two of his three children, Andrew and Janice Aldrin, and his former business manager, Christina Korp.At stake is control of his private company, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, and his nonprofit ShareSpace Foundation, according to the Wall Street Journal. Former NASA astronauts Buzz Aldrin (L) and Michael Massimino (R) testify before the Senate Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee on Capitol Hill, on Feb. 24, 2015, in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)The paper reported that Aldrin said in an interview that his son and daughter, Andrew and Janice Aldrin, asked a Florida state court to appoint them his co-guardians. They alleged Aldrin is “in cognitive decline” and is experiencing paranoia and confusion. If appointed co-guardians, the two would be entitled to make decisions on his behalf, and give them control of his finances and business dealings. According to court documents reviewed by WSJ, the two also asked the court to compel Aldrin to undergo a mental health examination. They claim their father is associating with new people who may be manipulating him.Aldrin denies the allegations and is scheduled to undergo the examination on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to WSJ, citing his legal representation.“Nobody is going to come close to thinking I should be under a guardianship,” Aldrin said in an interview last week, WSJ reported.Aldrin voluntarily submitted to a mental evaluation in April of this year. Dr. James Spar, a professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA Medical School conducted the exam and concluded Aldrin is “cognitively intact and retains all forms of decisional capacity,” according to WSJ. Buzz Aldrin is honored with the Steiger Award 2014 at Heinrichshuette on Oct. 3, 2014, in Hattingen, Germany. (Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)The lawsuit that Aldrin filed on June 7 accuses his son Andrew Aldrin and his former business manager Christina Korp of elder exploitation, unjust enrichment, and of converting his property for themselves. The suit also claims they have assumed control of Aldrin’s “space memorabilia, space artifacts, social media accounts, and all elements of the Buzz Aldrin brand.”His daughter Janice is accused of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty.WSJ reported that Aldrin’s two children said through lawyers that they are “deeply disappointed and saddened by the unjustified lawsuit that has been brought against us individually and against the Foundation that we have built together as a family to carry on Dad’s legacy for generations to come. We love and respect our father very much and remain hopeful that we can rise above this situation and recover the strong relationship that built this foundation in the first place.”On June 18 Aldrin took to Twitter after more than a month of dormancy, posting a forceful message toward Korp and another of her clients, fellow astronaut Terry Virts.“Hey Twittersphere, pls RT @buzzs_xtina was terminated and does NOT represent Buzz Aldrin in ANY capacity,” Aldrin wrote. Share this articlecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Buzz Aldrin Battles Family for Control of His Business and Legacy By Tom Ozimek June 26, 2018 Updated: June 26, 2018 Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM US News Watch Next: Timelapse Video Captures ‘Ocean’ of Clouds Over Vancouver, British Columbialast_img read more

Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Stealing US Military Technology

first_imgA rocket is prepared for launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 17, 2017. (Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images) Share A Chinese national living in California recently pleaded guilty to stealing U.S. military technology on behalf of the Chinese regime.Between 2013 and 2015, Cathy Chen, whose Chinese name is Chen Si, sent “advanced radar, military-grade communications jammers, low-noise amplifiers, and Ka-band space communications” to China via Hong Kong, without seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to a July 12 report by Orange County Weekly, a California newspaper, citing federal prosecutors. Products with sensitive technology are under export control and require special permission to ship overseas.Chen, who used multiple aliases since arriving in the United States in 2007, was able to obtain the technology through her role providing accounting services for aerospace companies, including U.S. defense contractors.She falsified immigration papers in order to continue staying in the country. In 2012, she married a Chinese man who graduated from a Communist Party military training school in China.Chen’s father also has ties to the military, according to OC Weekly.After obtaining the military equipment, Chen conspired with several companies based in Shenzhen in southern China to conceal the true destination and user of the equipment. The companies include Chen Archangel Systems Space, Century Electronic International Co., and Star Aero Investment Ltd. Federal agents obtained records showing that Chen used a disposable cell phone to reach a Chinese contact, who instructed her to, when asked, insist that the technology would not leave the United States.She received more than $200,000 in payments for making the shipments.Chen faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and penalties up to $1.75 million. Her sentence will be announced on Oct. 1.A number of Chinese nationals have been caught by U.S. authorities stealing military technology in order to support the Chinese regime’s attempts to catch up with U.S. military.In September 2017, Yiheng Percival Zhang, a Chinese professor teaching biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, was charged with conspiring to defraud the federal government. His research involved the U.S. Army, air forces, and the National Defense University.Two Chinese nationals were charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets in 2015, after they conspired to steal source code and other key military technology from their American employers, Avago Technologies in Colorado and Skyworks Solutions in Massachusetts. Follow Annie on Twitter: @annieeenyc Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Stealing US Military Technology By Annie Wu, Epoch Times July 16, 2018 Updated: October 8, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion China-US News Share this articlelast_img read more

4 People Missing in Northern California Wildfire 16 Found Safe

first_img REDDING, Calif.—Assisted by calmer winds at their backs, firefighters in northern California on July 31 tightened their grip on a deadly blaze raging for more than a week around the city of Redding, as 16 people listed as missing turned up safe.Four others reported missing in the sprawling fire zone, 160 miles north of the state capital Sacramento, remained unaccounted for, said Redding police Sergeant Todd Cogle, who has overseen efforts to find them.The Carr Fire has claimed six confirmed fatalities since gale-force winds whipped the blaze into a flaming cyclone that jumped a river and roared with little warning into Redding and adjacent communities in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region on July 26.Whole neighborhoods were laid to waste as residents fled for their lives, many with only their pets and few belongings.Among the dead were two firefighters, as well as two young children who perished with their great-grandmother as they huddled under a wet blanket while their house went up in smoke. Also killed was a man who stayed at his home despite an evacuation order. Authorities said his remains were later found in the rubble of the house, which burned to the ground.Nearly 1,000 dwellings and more than 400 other buildings were reduced to ruins in what state officials now rank as the seventh most destructive wildfire in California history. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) listed the cause of the blaze, which erupted last Monday, as the “mechanical failure of a vehicle.” US News Show Discussion Todd Abercrombie, of Cal Fire watches the fire behavior as firefighters monitor fire movement as it crosses Highway 299 just west of Buckhorn Summit near the Trinity County line. (Kelly Jordan via USA Today Network) Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Search for Missing NarrowsAs of the afternoon on July 31, five days after the Redding fire storm, police were still trying to account for 20 people reported missing by family or friends.Discovering most homes of those in question had been spared from the fire, frustrated police took the unusual step of publicizing the names of the missing, Cogle said.Within hours 16 of them, previously unaware they were being sought, were located when they saw their names on television or the internet and contacted authorities, he told Reuters.“It speaks to the power of the media,” Cogle said.Meanwhile, some 4,100 firefighters gained significant additional ground, helped by a second day of diminished winds.CalFire reported 30 percent of the blaze’s perimeter corralled by containment lines by the nightfall, up from 5 percent during much of the past week, even as the footprint of scorched landscape grew to almost 113,000 acres.Some evacuees have been allowed to return home, though as many as 37,000 remained displaced.Lighter winds also gave a boost to firefighters battling a pair of fires at the southern end of Mendocino National Forest, where some 12,200 people were under mandatory evacuation orders.Those blazes, dubbed the Ranch and River fires, have charred more than 80,000 acres, with containment measured at 12 percent for the two together.The Carr Fire stood as the most formidable of 94 wildfires burning across 13 U.S. Western states, from Texas to Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.California, with 17 large active blazes reported, has been one of the hardest hit, with a volatile mix of triple digit-temperatures, erratic winds and drought-parched vegetation fueling intense wildfire activity.By Rollo Ross 4 People Missing in Northern California Wildfire, 16 Found Safe By Reuters August 1, 2018 Updated: August 1, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

Video Hurricane Florence Slams Pier in N Carolina

first_img A video shows Hurricane Florence’s waters battering a pier in Rodanthe, North Carolina, on Sept. 13.Rebecca Wells Hooper captured the footage, showing the water getting dangerously close to the pier entry.At 12 p.m. on Sept. 14, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Florence is still a Category 1 storm with 80 mph sustained winds. The storm is moving 6 mph west and is “wobbling slowly” over the extreme southern part of North Carolina, the agency said.“NOAA Doppler weather radar data and surface observations indicate that the center of Hurricane Florence has turned back toward west. An erratic motion between westward and west-southwestward is likely today,” the NHC said.Huge rainfall totals have been recorded in North Carolina. The NHC said that 18.5 inches of rain have fallen in Oriental, North Carolina; 14 inches in Surf City, North Carolina; 13.8 inches in Morehead City, North Carolina; and 13 inches in Jacksonville, North Carolina.According to the NHC’s discussion, “The hurricane is turning westward as it continues a slow forward motion … Florence is currently in a region of weak steering currents associated with a col between two mid-level anticyclones.” It added, “Over the next few days, a high-pressure area is forecast to build to the east-northeast of the tropical cyclone. As a result, the system should gradually turn northwestward and northward in 2-3 days.”About 150 people need water rescues in New Bern in the early morning of Sept. 14.“Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern. We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue. More are on the way to help us. WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. #FlorenceNC,” the city tweeted at 2 a.m. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this articlecenter_img Show Discussion US News Video: Hurricane Florence Slams Pier in N. Carolina By Jack Phillips September 14, 2018 Updated: September 14, 2018last_img read more

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first_img Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Officials from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still trying to determine how the water from the reservoir, which is used to irrigate the crops, became contaminated.Contamination develops from human or animal feces.“It’s important to note that although this is an important piece of information, the finding on this farm doesn’t explain all illnesses and our traceback investigation will continue as we narrow down what commonalities this farm may have with other farms that are part of our investigation,” the FDA said in a press release.“While the analysis of the strain found in the people who got ill and the sediment in one of this farm’s water sources is a genetic match, our traceback work suggests that additional romaine lettuce shipped from other farms could also likely be implicated in the outbreak.”Investigators have obtained records from five restaurants in four different states that identify 11 different distributors, nine different growers, and eight different farms as potential sources of contaminated romaine lettuce.Because the outbreak started in late November, officials said that romaine lettuce from three counties possibly involved in the outbreak is likely safe, as long as it was harvested after Nov. 23.The counties are San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, and Ventura.The outbreak likely originated in Monterey, San Benito, and/or Santa Barbara Counties, officials said. The latter is where Adams Bros. Farms is located.e coli Escherichia coli, known as E. coli. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)E. coliE .coli are bacteria found in foods, intestines, and the environment. Many strains are harmless but others can make humans sick.People usually get sick from E. coli between two and eight days after swallowing the germ and some people who get sick may develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).The infection is usually confirmed by testing a stool sample.People develop E. coli in different settings, including consumption of contaminated food, consumption of raw milk, consumption of contaminated water, and contact with the feces of infected people.“Sometimes the contact is pretty obvious (working with cows at a dairy or changing diapers, for example), but sometimes it is not (like eating an undercooked hamburger or a contaminated piece of lettuce),” the CDC said.“People have gotten infected by swallowing lake water while swimming, touching the environment in petting zoos and other animal exhibits, and by eating food prepared by people who did not wash their hands well after using the toilet. Almost everyone has some risk of infection.”From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Share this article California Farm Linked to Lettuce E Coli Outbreak Recalling Cauliflower By Zachary Stieber December 15, 2018 Updated: December 15, 2018 US News The California farm that was linked to the lettuce E. coli outbreak is recalling cauliflower in addition to the lettuce.Adam Bros. Farming in Santa Maria said that it was recalling green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and cauliflower.The produce was harvested between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, the company said in a press release (pdf). The recall is due to possible E. Coli contamination, although none of it has tested positive for the bacteria.The voluntary recall was initiated after sediment from a reservoir near where the lettuce and cauliflower was grown tested positive for E. coli.“Filtered and treated water from the reservoir may have come in contact with the produce after it was harvested,” the company said. “None of the filtered, treated water has tested positive for E. coli.”The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Dec. 14, that 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce, which also spread into Canada, and that additional farms are likely involved in the outbreak. The last illness was reported on Nov. 16. Romaine lettuce in a file photo. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img US News Show Discussion ‘The Baby’s Turning Blue:’ 911 Call Details Woman Giving Birth in Vegetative State By Jack Phillips January 14, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2019  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Anyone with information regarding the alleged assault can contact the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141.Dr. C. Kevin Huls, who is a clinical assistant professor and maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, told AP that if a woman is fed the same amount every day, she may not show signs of pregnancy. Reports have indicated that the unnamed woman has tubes to help her breathe and eat.“A good way to understand it is that really, the baby’s going to continue to grow even at the expense of the mom’s nutrition,” Huls told AP. “So, her weight may not change because she’s not taking in additional calories.”“There may be changes to her body that are going to go undetected in a chronic care condition or at a facility like this.” The 29-year-old woman, who had incapacitated since age 3, delivered a healthy child, The Associated Press reported.Previous reports said the woman had been in a vegetative state for the past 14 years after a near-drowning incident.About five minutes after the call, the caller told emergency services that the baby was breathing.“That’s the baby crying. We’re getting vitals from mom right now,” the caller said.Phoenix police have launched a sexual assault investigation into the case and are looking for a suspect.hacienda healthcare building Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona on a Jan. 4, 2019. A woman in a vegetative state gave birth on Dec. 29, 2018, in a Hacienda facility, prompting a sexual assault investigation. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Investigators are now collecting DNA from the facility’s male employees or anyone else who might have contacted her, reported AP.The infant is in good health in the care of a hospital and will be taken in by family, reported The Washington Post.Internal InvestigationHacienda HealthCare announced on Jan. 13 that it had hired former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley to carry out an internal review of the company’s policies.“Mr. Romley will have unfettered access to every facet of Hacienda’s business—including all the records related to this matter,” read a statement from Hacienda, NBC News reported.“We will do everything we can to aid this review and, once it is complete, to make sure this unprecedented situation never, ever happens again.”Hacienda will work with investigators and “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization,” Gary Orman, a member of Hacienda’s board of directors, stated, according to the Post.“I will be looking at all facets that are tied around how a situation as horrendous as this can come about,” Romley told the Arizona Republic.hacienda ceo resigns Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare’s longtime CEO, announced his resignation on Jan. 7, 2019. (Hacienda Healthcare)The woman’s birth ensnared Hacienda’s CEO, Bill Timmons, who tendered his resignation last week.No suspects have been named in the case. “The baby’s turning blue! Baby’s turning blue!” screamed a woman into a phone at a 911 dispatcher last month when a woman in a vegetative state gave birth.She called on the paramedics to arrive faster.“We’re not prepared for this,” said the nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The 911 calls from the Dec. 29 birth were released on Jan. 11.“One of our patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant,” the nurse also said in the call.hacienda health on maps A Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, Arizona. (Google Street View)The 911 dispatcher then asked the nurse how far along the mother was in her pregnancy but the nurse didn’t know. “This is a complete surprise. We were not expecting this,” the nurse said.center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. on Jan. 4, 2019, (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo) Share this article Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgThe weather news company said it is forecasting between 12 and 14 tropical storms and hurricanes for the season, which is “near- to slightly above-normal.”“Of those storms, five to seven are forecast to become hurricanes and two to four are forecast to become major hurricanes,” AccuWeather said.Last year, the United States was hammered by several tropical storms and hurricanes, including Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence. Michael recently was upgraded to a Category 5 after the National Weather Service analyzed it. A tropical cyclone might develop in the Atlantic Ocean this week, located about 1,000 miles east of Florida. (NHC) Share this article Tropical Cyclone Could Develop in Atlantic This Week, Says NHC By Jack Phillips May 20, 2019 Updated: May 20, 2019 Share Seasonal #hurricane forecast from @ColoradoStateU predicts slightly below-average season: 13 named storms, 5 hurricanes & 2 major (Cat 3+, >=111 mph) hurricanes. Primary reason for slightly below-avg forecast is anticipated continuation of weak #ElNino. https://t.co/uxucIf9qQB pic.twitter.com/o0pWt1GUBh— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) April 4, 2019 It added that two hurricanes may hit the continental United States in 2019.Looking at recent weather patterns, 2019 could be similar to 1969 when “Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf coastline, making landfall in Waveland, Mississippi, and causing widespread damage to several coastal areas, including Mobile, Alabama,” said AccuWeather. “It became one of only three Category 5 hurricanes on record to impact the U.S.” center_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   With this year’s 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast, we’re introducing a new kind of risk map. https://t.co/Sgcqj9OWmS (1/3) pic.twitter.com/9RzKA0b0fX— AccuWeather (@accuweather) April 3, 2019 A tropical cyclone might develop in the Atlantic Ocean this week, located about 1,000 miles east of Florida.The National Hurricane Center (NHC), in an update on May 20, said there is a 60 percent chance that a tropical storm could form within the next five days.If it forms, the system would be the first named storm of 2019 season. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and lasts until November. There is a 60 percent chance a low pressure system develops into a tropical cyclone this week southwest of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. (NHC)“Showers and thunderstorms have increased overnight and this morning in association with a trough of low pressure located about midway between the Bahamas and Bermuda,” said the NHC in an update at 7:30 a.m. ET. “A low pressure system is expected to form within this area of disturbed weather later today, and this system could become a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone by tonight or Tuesday while it moves northward or northeastward.”The next day, “conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for further development, and the system should be absorbed by a cold front,” said the NHC.A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane is slated to investigate the disturbance on May 20. The NHC said that people in Bermuda should monitor the system.If the low-pressure system becomes a tropical storm, the NHC would name it “Andrea.”Other names that may be used this year are Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, and Wendy, said the NHC. Last year, the names Florence and Michael were retired after two hurricanes with those names devastated the Carolina and Florida, respective. This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Michael (C), in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 9, 2018. Weather forecasters have posthumously upgraded last fall’s Hurricane Michael from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5. (NOAA via AP)12 to 14 Named StormsSeveral weeks ago, AccuWeather released its forecast for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts in June. US News last_img read more

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first_img Share this article Emory University in Atlanta. (Wikimedia Commons) Emory University Fires 2 Professors for Not Disclosing Ties to China By Cathy He, Epoch Times May 25, 2019 Updated: May 26, 2019 Share Emory University has fired two Chinese-American biomedical professors for failing to disclose funding from and ties to Chinese institutions, while receiving grants from the U.S. government.The Atlanta-based university said in a statement on May 23 that an investigation revealed that “two of its faculty members named as key personnel on NIH [National Institute of Health] grant awards to Emory University had failed to fully disclose foreign sources of research funding and the extent of their work for research institutions and universities in China.”While the university didn’t identify the former staffers, the Chinese science-related website Zhishi Fenzi identified the scientists as Li Xiaojiang and his wife Li Shihua, both veteran professors at the school’s department of human genetics.The website, citing an unidentified member of Li Xiaojiang’s research team, said the university closed down Li’s laboratory on May 16 while he was in China; it also said the university took the computers and research documents, and questioned team members about Li’s links to China.The professors’ profiles have been removed from Emory’s website, along with the homepage for their joint laboratory, Li Laboratory.The investigation was triggered after the NIH last August sent a letter to more than 10,000 academic research institutions across the United States warning about the threat of intellectual property theft and foreign interference, and asked for help curbing “unacceptable breaches of trust and confidentiality.” Recipients of NIH grants must disclose if they receive funds from foreign entities, and aren’t allowed to share their applications with other people.In April, NIH Director Francis Collins told a Senate committee that the agency was investigating NIH-funded foreign scientists at more than 55 U.S. institutions.Collins said at the Senate hearing there were “egregious instances” of scientists breaching grant rules by “double dipping,” or not disclosing foreign funding for work that is NIH-funded, “diverting intellectual property” that belongs to their U.S. institution, and sending grant proposals to other countries, allowing “ideas to be stolen.”The NIH is the largest funder of biomedical and public health research in the United States. Last fiscal year, it issued roughly $39 billion in federal funding to 2,500 to 3,000 institutions, supporting 300,000 to 350,000 scientists across the country.Both Lis, who are U.S. citizens, had been working at Emory for 23 years. Li Xiaojiang has been a tenured professor at the university since 2005, according to the website.Li Xiaojiang moved to the United States from China to undertake doctoral studies in 1987, the website said, and became a naturalized citizen.The couple is known for work using gene-editing technology to engineer pigs and mice in the study of Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.According to Yahoo Finance, Li Xiaojiang also has held positions at various Chinese universities since 2007, including most recently as a professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou.Li was also selected as a member of the Chinese regime’s “Thousand Talents Program” in 2010, the news site said. The recruitment program, which aims to lure top Chinese scientists working abroad to move to China, has come under increased scrutiny in Washington over concern that it enables the transfer of U.S. intellectual property.In December 2018, NIH published a report raising concerns that Thousand Talents recruits had access to U.S. intellectual property and that they transfer key data—produced using U.S. federal research money—to China.In a statement to Science Magazine on May 24, Li Xiaojiang said Emory dismissed his wife and himself “simultaneously without any notice or opportunity for us to respond to unverified accusations.”The scientist disputed the university’s claims that they failed to disclose ties with China, saying, “I have disclosed my Chinese research activity to Emory University each year since 2012.”This isn’t the first time that ethnically Chinese researchers have been dismissed after NIH raised concerns over foreign influence in U.S. research last year.In April, The MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas—a top research institute—ousted three Asian senior researchers after NIH notified the center about several faculty members who had potentially attempted to steal U.S. scientific research. Follow Cathy on Twitter: @CathyHe_ET center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   China-US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img JACKSON, Ga.—A Georgia inmate convicted of the 1996 shotgun slaying of a man who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Walmart store was executed late June 21.Marion Wilson Jr., 42, was pronounced dead at 9:52 p.m. following an injection of the sedative pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, the office of the Georgia attorney general said in a statement.Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the shotgun slaying of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks in Milledgeville, a community in rural Georgia about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.Death Penalty Georgia Chris Parks poses with a portrait of his brother Donovan Corey Parks in Powder Springs, Ga. on June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)Wilson was convicted in November 1997 of malice murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Butts was found guilty of the same charges about a year later.Butts, who was 40, was executed in May 2018. Wilson’s execution came after the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, denied his clemency request. Efforts by his lawyers to get the courts to intervene also were unsuccessful.The killing occurred on March 28, 1996, after Parks went to a Walmart to buy cat food, leaving his car right out front. A witness heard Butts ask Parks for a ride, and several people saw them getting into Parks’ car, according to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of evidence and the testimony presented at trial.Death Penalty Georgia Chris Parks looks at a portrait of his brother Donovan Corey Parks in Powder Springs, Ga. on June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)Butts was in the front passenger seat and Wilson was in the back as they left. A short distance away, the men ordered Parks out of the car, shot him in the back of the head and stole his car, prosecutors said.At Wilson’s trial, while asking the jurors to impose the death penalty, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said Wilson “blew (Parks’) brains out on the side of the road.” A year later, during the sentencing phase of Butts’ trial in front of a different jury, Bright said Butts “pulled the trigger and blew out the brains of Donovan Corey Parks.”Lawyers for each man seized on that discrepancy to argue that their client wasn’t the triggerman and shouldn’t be executed. State lawyers argued that it doesn’t matter who fired the fatal shot, that both men participated in the crime.Wilson’s lawyers noted that Bright later said under oath that he believed Butts was the shooter. They argued that while Wilson knew Butts probably intended to rob someone that night, he didn’t know that Butts planned to harm or kill anyone and that Wilson played no active role in the slaying.Wilson’s sentence was, therefore, unconstitutionally excessive and disproportionate, his lawyers had argued in an unsuccessful court filing. Bright also deliberately misled the jury about Wilson’s role to secure a death sentence in violation of his right to “a fair and reliable sentencing proceeding,” Wilson’s lawyers wrote.State lawyers countered that Bright repeatedly said throughout the trial that it wasn’t clear which man fired the gun, but they said there was enough evidence that Wilson participated in the killing to merit a death sentence.Wilson’s lawyers had also written in a clemency petition that his childhood was characterized by abuse, neglect and instability that led him to engage in criminal behavior that escalated as he got older. But they said the prosecution exaggerated Wilson’s juvenile criminal record and provided misleading speculation on his gang involvement.Wilson was the second prisoner executed by Georgia this year. He was also the 1,500th put to death nationwide since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.By Kate Brumback US News Marion Wilson Jr. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP) Georgia Puts Inmate to Death for Man’s 1996 Shotgun Slaying By The Associated Press June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more