In 2012, Anjelica Huston’s volunteer work accomplished a goal first set in 2008, when Huston filmed PETA’s hard-hitting video exposé of how great apes suffer in the entertainment industry: All of the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. have now adopted policies stating that they will not use chimpanzees and other great apes in their commercials.And to honor Huston for her work defending animals—which this year also included speaking out against the deadly fur trade and New York’s cruel horse-drawn carriage industry—PETA has named her its 2012 Person of the Year.“Having worked with actors for many years, I find it hard to believe that anyone would have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into show business. But the next time that you see a chimpanzee in a movie, on TV, or in an ad, chances are, that’s exactly what happened,” Huston says in her exclusive PETA video. The actor sent her video to agency chiefs across the country, showing them exactly how great apes are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and frequently beaten during training to perform in ads for companies such as Dodge, Europcar, Pfizer, Samsung, and Travelers Insurance, all of which pulled their ads after talks with PETA.Huston’s activism for animals in 2012 also included an appeal to the New York City Council to support a bill that would phase out the city’s archaic horse-drawn carriage industry as well as a letter to the Irish government urging the country to honor its commitment to ban fur farms. “I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur,” Huston wrote. “I had a change of heart when I learned how minks and foxes on fur farms are crammed into tiny, dirty cages and driven so crazy by the confinement that many … cannibalize their cage mates.”Previous PETA Persons of the Year include outspoken vegans Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, and Russell Simmons. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Tags Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries Amazon Scout robots are heading out to deliver packages Amazon Prime Air’s new delivery drone could sneak up on you Inside an Amazon warehouse that ships your supersized purchases More Amazon delivery stories For instance, there’s no way to get packages out of a Scout now without a person coming up to it, pulling open its lid on top and taking out its payload. Scott said one idea could be to have Scouts wait for a while for customers to come home. Also, the Scout has magnetic locks in its lid to keep its top closed while it’s driving and to protect its packages from theft. It’s possible a resident could use the Amazon app in the future to unlock the bot and get her package once she comes home.To train Scouts on how to navigate around Snohomish, Amazon created bicycle trailers that were equipped with the same camera arrays as the robots. Riders would go around in neighborhoods capturing every detail of the sidewalks, streets, gutters and even the weeds.Then, Amazon created virtual worlds that were nearly identical to the streets the Scouts would be driving on and trained the robots over and over again using these digital doubles. That way, when the Scouts were ready to go out into the real world, they would be far more prepared for what they were about to experience.As the Scouts learn more about the world, they can be trained on less information to understand the way around new neighborhoods, allowing Amazon to quickly spread out more Scouts, Scott said.To see where to go, Scouts are equipped with GPS, radar and front- and rear-facing cameras. Scott showed me a video of a Scout in action on the street, slowing rolling along the sidewalk and carefully stopping when a neighborhood cat jumped in front of it.Amazon created digital doubles of real neighborhoods to teach the Scouts how to move around. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET The current version is being developed for suburban deliveries, but there’s a possibility future Scout robots will be able to function in a city or rural areas.While the Scouts remain a curiosity now, Scott said the bots were intentionally built to look cute, friendly and most importantly unassuming. Yes, the bots have a bright blue color emblazoned with the Prime logo on either side, as well as bright flashing lights, which are needed for when Scouts cross the street. Plus, when you open a Scout’s lid, it’s painted bright white and orange inside, offering a pleasing contrast to the blue exterior and giving the feel of opening a present. Otherwise, Scouts were built so they would fade into the background and fit seamlessly in a suburban setting.”That’s exactly what we want,” Scott said. “It’s designed for boring.”Originally June 10, 5 a.m. PT.Update, 9:50 a.m. PT: Adds more details about the Scout. 1:32 Plus, Amazon’s leaders have often mentioned that even as the company continues to find new ways to automate tasks, it also continues to hire rapidly as demand from customers grows. Amazon on Friday lost its contract with FedEx Express, a sign of growing friction with its shipping partners as Amazon keeps developing its own delivery infrastructure. If more turmoil like that happens with UPS or the US Postal Service, Amazon will need all the help it can get — from humans and robots — to make sure it delivers its packages on time.Teaching Scout to rollToday, the Scouts are loaded up in vans and brought to neighborhoods where they make their deliveries. To ensure the Scouts are working properly, each robot is assigned an Amazon worker — folks Scott called “ambassadors” — who walks with the bots during their deliveries and removes the packages stowed away in their bellies. The Scout program started with six robots, but Scott didn’t say how many robots are currently in use, or when and where the program will be expanded.The idea is to eventually pair the Scouts with delivery drivers and let the robots operate more on their own, but the details are still being worked out, Scott said. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Internet 7 The Scout is already delivering boxes to customers in Snohomish County, Washington. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Sean Scott is almost poetic when describing his intense interest in sidewalks.”Each sidewalk is like a snowflake,” Scott, who’s soft-spoken with a friendly smile, told me with a bit of excitement in his eyes. “Because the textures are different, the way they’re laid out is different, what we see on the sidewalk is different.”Scott, vice president of the Amazon Scout program, is particularly curious about the drab and overlooked sidewalk because that’s the workspace of his Scout delivery robots. The e-commerce giant in January introduced these machines, which look like blue coolers on six wheels and can autonomously navigate suburban environments to bring packages to customers’ homes. The company is already using them to deliver orders in Snohomish County, Washington, just north of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.While Amazon has been mostly mum about Scout so far, Scott offered a more in-depth look at the robot during an interview last week at the company’s re:MARS robotics and space conference in Las Vegas. Just across from him in our conference room sat one of these robots, powered off but appearing at-the-ready for its next assignment. The Scout uses magnetic locks to keep its lid closed while driving and to protect its packages inside. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET “Customers have really welcomed Amazon Scout,” Scott said. “They find the device really cute.”The bots are another effort by Amazon to add more technology and automation into its delivery infrastructure. It already uses hundreds of thousands of robots in its warehouses to store and move around shelves of products. It’s also been developing drones to get packages to customers in less than 30 minutes. All this work should help Amazon in its costly push to transition its Prime two-day shipping program to one day, a plan it announced in April and is already rolling out.Amazon isn’t alone in its delivery robot work. Google, Workhorse and others are developing delivery drones, while Postmates and the startup Starship are working on sidewalk delivery bots.But as robots have gotten more sophisticated, many people have raised concerns that these machines could replace a lot of human workers, such as autonomous trucks and taxis taking away thousands of professional drivers’ jobs. A Brookings Institution study from January found 25% of US jobs, including food preparation and office administration, are already at high risk of becoming automated.It’s also hard to know how people outside of the Snohomish test area will react to having these camera-filled bots rolling down their streets.”History has shown us that we never know how customers are going to react to anything until they experience it,” said Brendan Witcher, a Forrester analyst. “The other thing history has shown us is some people will bristle and others will be delighted.”It will be up to Amazon, he added, to communicate and be transparent with residents to show them why such robots should be a part of their lives.Scott said Amazon isn’t developing Scout to take away workers’ jobs but instead to improve and grow the company’s delivery infrastructure. “We think it will make delivery drivers more efficient,” helping them deliver more packages, he said. Comments Amazon Prime Bots Amazon Robots
August 29, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now U.S. businesses can now legally operate drones.A new rule goes into effect today that allows people to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes. It takes the form of the “Part 107” amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations Title 14, which consists of laws regarding aeronautics, aviation and space exploration. The FAA and the Department of Transportation have jointly prepared a 624-page document outlining the various stipulations.Related: NoFlyZone Wants to Help Keep Drones From Flying Over Your HomeThe UAS must:Weigh less than 55 pounds.Remain within the visual line of site of the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls. (Alternatively, the UAS must remain within the visual line of sight of a second individual, a designated but unrequired “visual observer” who is not piloting it. Only one remote pilot in command and one visual observer is allowed per UAS.)Remain close enough to the pilot and the person manipulating the flight controls for those people to see the aircraft with unaided vision (with the exception of corrective lenses).Not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation.Not operate under a covered structure.Not operate inside a covered stationary vehicle.Operate only during daylight or “civil twilight” (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.Must yield right of way to other aircraft.Not exceed a maximum ground speed of 100 mph (87 knots).Not exceed a maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level unless within 400 feet of a structure.Operate in a minimum weather visibility of three miles from control station.Not operate from a moving aircraft.Not operate from a moving vehicle unless the operation is over a sparsely populated area.Not carry hazardous materials.Undergo preflight inspection by the remote pilot in command.Not be operated by a person who knows or has a reason to know that he or she has a physical or mental condition that would interfere with safe operation.Other info:Foreign-registered small UAS are allowed to operate under Part 107 if they satisfy other requirements.The flight must occur wholly within the bounds of a state and may not involve transport between Hawaii and another place in Hawaii through airspace outside Hawaii; the District of Columbia and another place in the District of Columbia; or a territory or possession of the United States and another place in the same territory or possession.Most of the restrictions discussed above are waivable if the applicant demonstrates that his or her operation can safely be conducted under the terms of a certificate of waiver.Those piloting small UAS must meet a list of requirements as well, from remote pilot airman certification (with a small UAS rating) to vetting by the TSA. In addition, all UAS must be registered with the FAA.Previously, commercial drone operation was illegal unless a business qualified for an exemption, which was a lengthy and expensive process.Goldman Sachs industry research predicts that the global commercial drone market is expected to grow to $20.6 billion over the next five years, according to MarketWatch. Cell tower and wind turbine maintenance, roof inspections and surveying are some of the fields that will benefit greatly today’s changes.Related: Heads Up: Amazon Wants Delivery Drones to Find You Wherever You AreDrone groups have commended the government for finalizing the rule so quickly. In February 2015, the Government Accountability Office estimated a two- to three-year wait, according to Aviation Daily. A year and a half later, the FAA has delivered on getting it through “as expeditiously as possible.”While Amazon drone deliveries are still illegal given the limitations of the new rule, the government’s seemingly positive attitude toward commercial drone operations shows promise for future developments. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read Enroll Now for Free
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And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 16:56Police and paramedics called to three car smashEmergency services were called to Leek this afternoon following a three vehicle crash.The incident took place close to the town’s B&M store off the A53. West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were contacted by police at 3.15pm. A spokeswoman said: “One ambulance attended and three patients were described as ‘walking wounded’. They were assessed but did not require hospital treatment.”16:45Arrests made following attempted burglaryTwo men are being quizzed following an attempted burglary where armed offenders arrived in four trucks.Full story here.16:16Councillor quitsConservative councillor David Harrison has resigned his seat from Newcastle Borough Council. The local authority has confirmed there is now a ‘casual vacancy’ for a borough councillor to represent the Maer and Whitmore ward. An election will be held if two electors from within the borough council request for an election.15:48Curry night raises cash for veteransHundreds of pounds has been raised for veterans following a charity night at an Indian restaurant. Around 40 guests turned out for the fund-raiser at Cellarhead’s Mantra Indian restaurant where diners enjoyed a three-course meal. And the event, held on March 21, helped to raise £350 for the Royal British Legion. Owner Shivani Chadha: “This is the third time we have done a charity night. I love to do charity nights as we just feel it’s a good thing to do. “We are planning to do another for the Royal British Legion in August. We would like to thank everyone who supported the evening.” 15:39Slow traffic in FentonThere is ‘heavy’ traffic on both City Road and Victoria Road this afternoon.15:27Man, 18, charged with rapeOfficers investigating a ‘serious sexual assault’ in Crewe have confirmed a teenager has been charged and remanded in custody. Cheshire Police launched an investigation following the alleged incident in the town last month. On Saturday Joshua Cooper, aged 18, of Prunus Road, Crewe, appeared at Warrington Magistrates where he faced three counts of rape. He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Chester Crown Court on April 18. 13:24Longport trafficHeavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.13:13Smallthorne clearedMoorland Road / Ford Green Road clear at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 12:55Advance traffic warning Advance Warning – Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday – Championship football match at Bet365 Stadium. Kick off at 3pm. Expect extra traffic on the A50 and A500. On 30th March. 12:46Vehicle stranded12:46M6 Staffordshire updateM6 Southbound entry slip road from the Hanchurch Interchange clear, traffic returned to normal, accident cleared at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Note change of details. Originally reported as the exit slip road, updated location as of 12:40. 12:44National news: Brexit latestPrime Minister Theresa May has left Number 10 in a car with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay after a special meeting of Cabinet.12:42M6 in Cheshire One lane closed due to accident on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.12:38Chell delaysA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.12:37M6 Staffordshire M6 Southbound exit slip road partially blocked, heavy traffic due to accident at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).12:06National: Brexit latest Ministers declined to respond to any questions from reporters when leaving Downing Street. 12:05Rail delaysPossible delays on Transport for Wales due to trespass incident at Cwmbran. 11:51Four minute delays in Bucknall Queuing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 11:51Air travel disruptionPossible disruption for flights between the UK and Germany and maybe some delays to flights over German air space due to an air traffic control technical issue in Frankfurt. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline. 11:43M6 update11:37Travel giant Thomas Cook to close 21 stores axing 320 jobsThomas Cook apologised to the holidaymaker. Travel giant Thomas Cook has announced it plans to axe 21 stores – putting 320 jobs at risk.The firm, which has 10 stores in Staffordshire and Cheshire, says it wants to ‘streamline’ its UK retail network as it tries to battle against the changing shopping habits of its customers.The company currently has retail shops in Hanley, Newcastle, Longton, Stafford, Crewe, Congleton, Talke and Alsager, but none are considered at risk.Read more.11:03M6 broken down lorrySlow traffic due to earlier broken down lorry on M6 Southbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). All lanes have been re-opened. Lane one (of three) was closed.11:03M6 broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.09:50M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of three) is closed.09:23Brexit latestHousing Secretary James Brokenshire, Business Secretary Greg Clark, Cabinet Minister Brandon Lewis, and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt have arrived at Downing Street ahead of a Cabinet meeting. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said “Good morning” to reporters as he walked through the door of Number 10 at the same time as Larry the cat.09:19Four minute delays in Smallthorne Usual congestion on A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane around Moorland Road (Small Thorne Roundabouts). Travel time is four minutes. 09:18Bucknall Road inbound Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.09:14Burslem accident Reports of accident on Chell Heath Road at Harlequin Drive. Traffic is coping well. 08:48A34 Trent ValeUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:48A50 westboundQueuing traffic on A50 Westbound from A521 (Tesco Roundabout / Caverswall / Meir Park, Blythe Bridge) to A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).
Police search for missing woman Landscaper Paul Martin’s fine showed his van had been observed on Goodson Street for less than a minute “There was never going to be a bus stopped opposite because they don’t run, so the road would not be blocked by my van. Where’s the common sense in issuing a fine if there are no buses running?” The motorist said he paid his fine, which reduced to £35 within 14 days, because he did park on double yellow lines. But says he can’t understand why it’s a no loading zone when the buses do not stop on Goodson Street. Read MoreShopper buys traffic warden a doughnut as a thank you – and returns to car to find a parking ticket He added: “There’s no buses going down there and at the time I didn’t see the no loading sign. I can’t understand the council putting a no loading bay sign because the traffic will always flow down there. “Instead of putting a bus stop in that isn’t used they should have extended the parking bays so that more people can park there, they could get another four spaces. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailLandscaper Paul Martin was caught by a council traffic warden – after he parked on double yellows in a no loading zone in the city centre. But the 50-year-old was astounded when he returned to his car on Goodson Street, Hanley, to find a £70 penalty notice on his silver Nissan van after being inside Abakhan fabric store for just two minutes. The parking fine showed the dad-of-two’s van had been observed for less than a minute on June 11. The hefty fine means Paul has to pay £35 for every minute his car was parked there. Read MoreDad’s £3.78 McDonald’s treat ruined by ‘disrespectful’ £100 fine Now Paul has slammed Stoke-on-Trent City Council for ‘having no common sense’. Paul, from Cheadle, said: “I parked on the double yellows because all of the parking bays were full. On the opposite side is a bus stop, so there was a sign on the double yellows saying ‘no loading at any time’ but I didn’t notice that when I parked there. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes 50-year-old Paul Martin’s receipt from the Abakhan fabric store shows he paid for his zip and left the store at 10.21am “I’ve paid the fine but I think it shouldn’t be a no loading zone if no buses will be stopping opposite as the traffic will always be able to flow. They’re just trying to make money even thought there was never going to be a bus going down there. “The sign should be taken down until the buses start, I think it’s a joke.” A council spokesman said: “Waiting is not allowed in this area at any time and it is clearly marked out. The vehicle parked on recently repainted double yellow lines, next to a sign highlighting the restriction and alongside double yellow ‘tabs’ on the kerb. “Just a few yards away is a section of lawful pay-and-display bays for people to park and access the local facilities. “We have an appeal process for anyone who feels they have received a parking ticket unfairly but in this case Mr Martin has paid the fine, therefore accepting liability and closing the case.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Landscaper Paul Martin was parked outside Abakhan fabric store, Hanley, for just two minutes “I went into Abakhan fabrics on Goodson Street to buy a £2.60 replacement zip for my wife’s dress as we were going to a wedding on the Saturday. “I was in there for two minutes and when I came out there was a ticket on my van which showed my vehicle had been there from 10.19am-10.19am. I was so mad, it’s not even a minute of observation. “I came out of the shop at 10.21am, two minutes after I parked there, to see a ticket. I went to speak to parking services and they said it’s an instant fine because it’s a no loading zone. Read MoreBlundering traffic wardens wrongly hand out 675 parking fines on seven car parks (and here’s where) “I said ‘I understand that, but I was only there for two minutes, can there not be a five minute leeway?’ But I was told no. The traffic warden could have easily come into the shop and said to me ‘you’re not supposed to park there’ and I could have moved the van. But nobody did and for a two minute stop I’ve been fined £70. “I went back to Abakhan’s to speak to the assistant manager there about it and they said the bus stop opposite the double yellows doesn’t even run, no buses stop there. “She says since the no loading bay was put in because of the bus stop her delivery drivers are always being fined, instead they have to pay to park in one of the bays to load and unload.