Lawyer Joe Amendola with Jerry Sandusky.Jerry Sandusky, convicted child molester, will make a statement at his sentencing hearing Tuesday, according to his lawyer, Joe Amendola.Amendola said, “It’s as certain as certain can be” that the former Penn State assistant football coach will address Judge John Cleland and profess his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.Nobody else is expected to speak on Sandusky’s behalf during the sentencing hearing Tuesday in Bellefonte, Amendola said.“What I anticipate he’ll say is that he’s innocent,” Amendola said outside the courthouse.The attorney said others, including Sandusky’s wife, have submitted letters on his behalf and that Dottie Sandusky stands by her husband and will attend the sentencing.“He’s going to fight for a new trial,” Amendola said. He said “the important thing” about sentencing for the defense “is it starts the appellate process.”Last week, jurors in Sandusky’s trial said they wished Sandusky is imprisoned for life.Gayle Barnes, a homemaker and former school district employee, said she thinks a lot about the victims, particularly the eight who testified against Sandusky and provided what she considers the critical evidence of guilt. She said he deserves life in prison.“I do still feel good, what we as jurors did,” Barnes said. “I didn’t go there saying off the bat he’s guilty. I needed to listen to every single thing that was said.”Barnes said she has been in touch with a fifth juror and an alternate juror who also plan to attend the sentencing.High school science teacher Joshua Harper, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State, said that he takes pride in having served on the jury, and that the guilty verdict was not a close call. He wants Sandusky “put away for the rest of his life, really.”“This is what prisons are for, you know,” Harper said. “I mean, I don’t think you let a guy loose like that.”He also felt the victim testimony was pivotal.“It was such a consistent pattern of behavior,” Harper said. “It was just so solid. The defense was just so thin. There was no evidence that these kids were lying. Even the minor inconsistencies that the defense tried to bring up — and did bring up — that made it more convincing.”
Culture Tags More on harassment Dress measures how much wearer was groped Shocker! VR has a harassment problem too Comments 3 Shachihata A Japanese company is out with a portable UV stamp that lets victims of harassment leave an identifying mark on anyone who tries to assail them. “This is a stamp intended to deter nuisance,” reads a translated product page from Shachihata, a maker of pre-inked rubber stamps and stamp pads.Though the company doesn’t mention groping specifically, uninvited touches from chikan (gropers) are a widely known problem for women on packed rush-hour trains in Japan. Two decades ago, the country introduced female-only cars, and some lines have installed cameras as a deterrent. More recently, an app called DigiPolice came out, allowing victims to broadcast a loud “Stop it!” or pull up a full-screen SOS message they can show to fellow passengers. Shachihata’s new “anti-nuisance stamp” imprints a 9-millimeter image of an open hand in special ink that’s only visible under fluorescent light. The stamp comes in a little yellow case (signaling warning, the maker says) and has a reel cord so it can be attached to a bag or pocket. The product costs ¥2,700 (about $25, £21, AU $38), but a limited run sold out within the first hour. A Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department report from 2017 recorded 1,750 cases of groping or molestation, 30 percent of which occurred during the peak rush hour times of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. But as prevalent as groping is in Japan, the potential for misuse of a gadget like this is clear. What’s to stop someone from stamping someone to get revenge after being jilted? Or tagging someone who’s simply being annoying by talking on the phone too loudly? The ink can be washed off and the product is mainly meant as a deterrent, company spokesman Hirofumi Mukai told the Japan Times. The era of #MeToo has brought other products aimed at discouraging groping and calling attention to the general issue of harassment. The sensor-laden Dress For Respect, for example, measures how many times the wearer was groped and transfers that information via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time.Originally published Aug. 28, 1:44 p.m PT. Share your voice
A recent government order with potential to limit royalty fee charged on all new and advanced genetically modified (GM) seed technologies has been put on hold, reported Business Standard. The May 18 order was held back to have a wider public debate.Royalty or the trait fee charged on seeds by GM companies ( or the licensors) on domestic firms (the licensees) was capped to 10 percent of the maximum sale price in the recent order. An earlier order had restricted selling the seeds beyond Rs. 800 for every 450 grams.In further tightening of GM seed royalties, the 10 percent fee will be unchanged for the first five years from the date of its commercialisation and from the sixth year will be lowered by 10 percent annually.The Business Standard report noted that the most litigious of the clauses was that all existing agreements had to follow the new rules within 30 days, failing which the agreements would be considered void. Also disputable was the mandatory granting of licence to licensees within 30 days of request by anyone fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria.India has so far allowed usage of GM technology only in cotton seeds. Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (MMBL), a joint venture of U.S.-based Monsanto and India’s Mahyco, is the sole provider of GM cotton seeds in the country, reported Reuters. The government order has indirectly, albeit effectively, targeted Monsanto.MMBL’s India BusinessMMBL, the original licensee, has sublicensed the cotton seed technology to more than 50 domestic companies. These companies allege that MMBL collects Rs. 530 crore annually as royalty fee for its Bt technologies. Since 2002, its total collection amounted to Rs.7,000 crore. India’s GM seed market as a whole is around Rs. 3,500 crore per year, said Business Standard.The daily added that the first of the cotton seed technology from Monsanto’s stable was the Bollgard-1 technology that went off-patent in 2006. Then the company launched its BG-2 tech seeds, which has a 95 percent market share of India’s Bt cotton seeds. Its newer variant, BG-3 tech, is still pending commercial approval.
The Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine will host the third annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Global Health Equity Summit on Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. This instrumental and exciting Summit brings together inspired minds within the industry to address Emerging Global Health Equity Crisis in Non-Communicable Diseases Through Collaboration. These discussions are the foundation to “providing the infrastructure and support need to combat increasingly ‘global’ health problems.”Our distinguished speakers will discuss topics concerning: Global Approach to Non-Communicable Diseases, Successful Outcomes of Global Alliances, Business-Minded Approaches to Global Health Challenges, Global Impact of Poor Oral Health, The role of Women and Girls in Global Health, The Major Role of Non Traditional Health Providers, and Infrastructure and Acute Disasters.
5 min read April 12, 2016 If you are an entrepreneur, the Information Technology industry is a wonderful place to make your living. No matter how large and well financed your competition may be, they all have the same Achilles heel: new ideas and the drive to make them a reality. The innovator’s dilemma is alive and well in high tech.Moore’s Laws govern the field of innovation.All new IT offerings I have experienced over my four decades in the business have followed Geoffrey Moore’s technology adoption curve. The early adopters like to lead the pack in testing the usefulness of new things. Then, assuming these pioneers prove the worth of the new idea, the early majority jump on the bandwagon to ensure that they are benefiting from the innovation, and finally the rest come in when it is no longer deemed safe for one’s career to stay with the dinosaurs. Eventually, even the real laggards have no choice but to move over – typically when their supplier will no longer support the old solutions. And, of course, the process repeats with every crank of the innovation cycle, which is getting shorter with every generation.There is no law that says that the current market leader cannot be the innovator. In fact most new tech inventions are discovered in the labs of the major players. However, their business model constrains their willingness to pursue the innovation with the single-mindedness of a start up.IT inventions typically also share Gordon Moore’s law – they deliver two times the performance at a half of the cost of the generation of technology they replace.The impact of the second Moore’s law is that new technology offerings must generate 2 to 4 times the volume of sales to maintain the revenue stream from the previous generation. This makes it very hard for established players to aggressively drive innovation into the market – it hurts their own income statement, at least in the early part of the cycle. It is a hardy business leader indeed who has the fortitude to cannibalize his/her own business in the hot pursuit of innovation.Related: Is This The Revival Of Artificial Technology?Entrepreneurial advantage and acceptance of risk.Here is where the opportunity for a start-up comes in. The new entrepreneur has no business that can be cannibalized. They have no public shareholders who demand a predictable profit performance curve quarter after quarter. They are backed by venture capital that is used to make large bets on uncertain outcomes. They have the advantage of knowing that the market wants a solution to a business problem if it can be produced at a quarter of the current cost. And with the exception of the microchip technology, the tech industry requires little capital equipment to deliver a new solution. One only needs a great idea, an innovative and imaginative engineer, a financial backer and the energy to call on countless prospects to make them share your vision.It usually takes the established players two or more years and several significant customer losses to recognize the threat of the innovation and begin to respond. Even then, given the lead-time needed to catch up, they often have no alternative but to acquire the innovator’s business.Related: An Opportunity For Growth: Defining Failure In The Context Of EntrepreneurshipSeizing the right opportunity.My own company, Visier, is an interesting case in point. Visier is a cloud-based provider of workforce intelligence solutions, in essence providing insight for management about their workforce and optimization models for their future organization success.Historically, such insight was provided (if at all) by a locally developed set of queries and reports using spreadsheets or data warehouses and business intelligence (BI) tools. The market for spreadsheets and BI tools has developed over 20 years of hard work by a handful of large companies, such as Business Objects (now SAP), Cognos (now IBM), Hyperion (now Oracle) and Microsoft. The total product revenue in this market is about $15B annually, with perhaps another $40B in custom services that are necessary to make the BI technology work.The challenge with this approach is a very high cost (often $10M or more), very long lead-times (often more than 2 years), and a high risk of project failure due to technical complexity. In addition, BI tools require a significant degree of technical competence from the user, which most business people do not possess.We saw an opportunity to approach the problem differently, eliminating the services cost, complexity and the business risk. We developed a solution that delivers accurate business insights and plan alternatives to the hands of the business user, virtually instantly, with no dependency on any user technical skill. Cloud technology, coupled with in-memory and map-reduce processing, a deep knowledge of the application domain, the semantic linking of business terms and big data, and modern custom-designed graphics made the traditional BI tools based approach very vulnerable.In Visier’s case, the combination of these new techniques actually produces a 20:1 cost advantage and significantly reduced time to success over BI, a virtually unassailable advantage.With this kind of economic efficiency, which established player will have the appetite to jump in with both feet?Time will tell. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.