Annapolis Wrapup Bills that Survived the 2015 Legislative Session

first_imgThe recently concluded 2015 legislative session was notable both for the  bills that passed (expanded felon voting rights, the Maryland Second Chance Act) and those that did not (law enforcement officers bill of rights reform).The AFRO has covered many of these bills over the course of these past three months, but below are some of the other bills with direct relevance to Baltimore City that made it out of the General Assembly this session and are heading to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk to await his signature (or veto). Law Enforcement ReformsWhile the 2015 legislative session was not particularly friendly to attempts to reform law enforcement practices in Maryland, two smaller measures sponsored by Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore City) did manage to pass the General Assembly.House Bill 339 will require the Maryland State Police to continue reporting demographic and other data related to traffic stops as a means to ensure that the agency is not engaged in racially disparate traffic enforcement.House Bill 771 will require the Baltimore Police Department to report certain information annually to the mayor and city council, as well as to the Baltimore City delegation to the General Assembly. Among the information the department will be required to report is the number of African American, Latino, and women officers in the department, as well as the number of civilian use of force complaints received against officers, and the number of officers suspended by the department with and without pay.House Bill 533, sponsored by Del. Charles Sydnor III (D-Baltimore County), creates an exemption from Maryland’s wiretap statute for the recording of oral communications by a policeworn body camera used in the course of a police officer’s official duties.While courts have consistently held that our wiretap statute only applies to private communications, according to David Rocah, senior staff attorney for the ACLU Maryland, some jurisdictions in the state were nonetheless worried that a court might one day rule that body cameras record audio in violation of Maryland law. This bill removes that concern and may help lead to greater adoption of body cameras across the state.House Bill 533 also requires the Maryland Police Training Commission to develop basic uniform policies for the use and operation of police-worn body cameras, which jurisdictions adopting the technology will have to conform to as of Jan. 1, 2016, according to Sydnor.House Bill 926, also sponsored by Sydnor, creates a pilot program for behavioral health police units in both Baltimore City and County. These units will be specially trained to handle and deescalate situations involving persons suffering from mental health issues, deemphasizing arrests and engagement in the criminal justice system for such persons.House Bill 954, sponsored by Del. Alonzo Washington (D-Baltimore City), will require all local law enforcement agencies to report annually on officer-involved deaths, as well as deaths suffered by officers in the line of duty. In the case of officer-involved deaths, agencies must include the age, gender, ethnicity, and race of both the deceased individual and the officer involved.House Bill 368, sponsored by Del. Pamela Beidle (D-Anne Arundel County), provides exemption from civil liability for police or first responders who administer anti-opiate drugs to persons suspected of having overdosed on heroin or other opiates. The bill provides exemption from liability for negligence by the first responder, but not gross negligence, according to Anderson, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. The exemption was asked for by both police agencies and first responders worried that their use of anti-opiate drugs could result in lawsuits in certain cases.Criminal JusticeSenate Bill 517, sponsored by chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Sen. Bobby Zirkin, strengthens the marijuana decriminalization law passed in 2014 by removing criminal penalties for the possession of drug paraphernalia related to the use or possession of marijuana. While possession of marijuana in amounts under 10 grams was already decriminalized (carrying only a civil fine) last year, possession of paraphernalia related to the use of marijuana could still serve as grounds for criminal charges. That will change if Hogan signs the bill into law.House Bill 121, sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City), gives judges in the state the discretion to ignore mandatory minimum sentencing laws for subsequent convictions of felony drug possession (currently, a second such offense carries a 10 year minimum, while a third carries a 25 year minimum) in favor of enrolling someone convicted of felony drug possession in a drug treatment program if the judge finds such treatment in the interest of justice and that the defendant at issue does not otherwise pose a threat to public safety.“Freddie Gray, the guy that was killed, he had three or four different convictions for possession with intent to distribute, and was never ever really given a chance to get into drug treatment. Maybe drug treatment would have had him off the streets and doings somethingpositive with his life other than being subjected to scrutiny by the police which ultimately resulted in his death. I think [House Bill 121] is an extremely important bill for Baltimore,” said Anderson.last_img read more

Intel flirts with exascale leap in supercomputing

first_img( — If exascale range is the next destination post in high-performance computing then Intel has a safe ticket to ride. Intel says its new Xeon Phi line of chips is an early stepping stone toward exascale. Intel on Monday announced its high performance chip family as Xeon Phi at the International Supercomputing conference in Hamburg, Germany. Xeon Phi is now the brand name for future Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture-based products. The announcement was obviously made at the right venue. The ISC is a key gathering for high-performance computing, networking and storage experts. Citation: Intel flirts with exascale leap in supercomputing (2012, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 Phys.Org … … 012-Presentation.pdf Explore further Intel Unveils New Product Plans for High-Performance Computing More information: Intel chips are used in the majority of the 500 fastest supercomputers. The Xeon processor is found in 70 percent of these top 500.The Xeon Phi is intended as a Xeon complement, optimized for highly parallel supercomputing. Xeon Phi works as a co-processor alongside a server CPU to accelerate workloads. The coprocessor will be compatible with x86 programming models, running as an HPC-optimized, highly parallel, separate compute node with its own Linux-based operating system, independent of the operating system of the host. The Phi technology is to enable both high performance and energy efficiency when processing highly parallel applications. The first Xeon Phi chip, codenamed Knights Corner, will be out at the end of this year. Knights Corner will have more than 50 cores and will deliver four or five gigaflops per watt. It will use 22 nanometer silicon and Intel’s 3-D TriGate Transistors. The architecture is ready for cluster-based experimental deployments.To reach exascale requires 40 to 50 gigaflops of performance-per-watt. The first Phi chip would deliver about four to five gigaflops per watt, according to Intel’s John Hengeveld, director of marketing for high-performance computing. Intel is working with other technology companies to support the new chip family. Intel has commitments from a number of computer partners, say reports, to make use of the Xeon Phi in their roadmaps. In its press announcement, Intel noted that its acquisition of Infiniband and interconnect assets from QLogic and Cray further present areas for Intel to innovate in delivering future scalable exascale-class platforms. Supercomputers can harness the parallel-processing capabilities of graphics processors and chips like Phi to carry out complex calculations in scientific and math research. The task of building specialized chips that can execute more calculations per second while keeping power consumption in check, though, is not trivial. Intel is targeting no sooner than 2018 as the year it reaches “exascale performance.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Men now open to various aspects of grooming

first_imgGroomed bodies to coiffed hair, smooth chests to manicured hands and beards, men are increasingly opening up to the various aspects of grooming from skin care, facial styling and body-grooming, reveals a survey.]According to Philips India’s annual Stylescape survey, men are getting inquisitive about grooming. This was the fifth annual survey conducted to study about male grooming preferences in India. They interviewed 300 males and 250 females in the age group 20-30 years in key metros, read a statement.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOut of various grooming habits like skincare, facial styling, shaving, hairstyling and body-grooming, the majority of women wanted their significant others to start taking care of their skin. And 74 per cent women take note of the skin quality when they notice men. Skin care is increasingly climbing up the priority list for men as well with 29 per cent stating that they consider skin care an important aspect of their grooming routine. What’s more? 79 per cent men admit to being open about trying skin care regimens at home. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFacial styling is the most sought after form of grooming. And when it comes to facial styling, shaving remains the first and foremost form of grooming 62 per cent men start with, followed by trimming as a second. When it comes to the fairer sex, 83 per cent women understand that men’s grooming consists of more than just shaving. To add to it, 73 per cent women mentioned an increase in the number of men they see during their visit to the salon. With 29 per cent men considering skin care an important aspect of their grooming routine, 61 per cent admitted to visiting a salon monthly.  Men are increasingly spending more on their grooming, with 39 per cent visiting the salon more than once a month; 20 per cent men spending over Rs 1,000 on services other than haircuts. The increasing trend of body-grooming stems from 55 per cent men wanting to take care of their bodies and maintain hygiene. As many as 73 per cent women admitted to having an aversion to men’s body hair. Most women admitted to sharing their grooming products with a male family member or friend. When asked, 41 per cent women said they had shared skin care products like facial scrubs, cleanser brushes and 26 per cent women shared grooming products like depilation creams. When it comes to discussing body-grooming with their partners, 69 per cent women indulge in such discussion. While men are taking control of their grooming rituals and choices; 73 per cent men admitted that they look at getting inputs and advice from people or turned towards men’s magazines, mobile apps, men’s blogs and brand websites for answers. Interestingly, the women too are taking charge – while 84 per cent women said they would like to talk to their partners about body grooming, 69 percent stated they already do.last_img read more

TV Startup Aereo Countersues Big Broadcaster

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global A tech startup that’s aiming to change the way people access and watch TV programming is fighting back after being subjected to numerous lawsuits from some of the largest broadcasting companies. The company, called Aereo, filed a lawsuit Monday against CBS Corp. in federal court in Manhattan after the broadcaster said it would pursue further legal action to shut Aereo down.In addition to CBS, broadcasters including ABC and Fox have been fighting Aereo, claiming the company is stealing their programming and re-selling it. Aereo uses miniature, internet-connected antennas to let customers stream live TV to any type of device — a mobile phone, tablet, computer or smart TV. Aereo charges $1 for daily access and $80 for a 12-month prepaid subscription.Aereo doesn’t pay broadcasters since the signals it is capturing are already freely available to individuals. Aereo argues that its antennas are legally no different than the ones people already use to watch TV in their own homes.”About 54 million Americans use some sort of antenna to watch TV,” the company said in a recent blog post. “This is not piracy. This has been part of the American way since the beginning of broadcasting.”In its lawsuit, Aereo is seeking judgment that its service does not violate federal copyright laws or infringe CBS’s copyrights. It is also asking that the judgment be applied nationwide. As of now, Aereo’s service is available only in the metropolitan area of New York City, but Aereo plans to bring it to Boston later this month.While Aereo has been fortunate so far — federal judges in New York turned down broadcaster requests for an injunction to stop Aereo from operating — it may face new challenges as it expands beyond New York. Last month, CBS communications executive Dana McClintock tweeted: “Stealing our signal will be found to be illegal in Boston, just as it will be everywhere else.”Aereo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Related: Russell Simmons Sets His Sights on YouTube with ‘Post-Racial’ Programming Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read May 7, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more