Region 1 man jailed for killing friend

first_imgA fight between two intoxicated men, which left one of them dead, has now ended with the other serving 12 years in jail.Ignatius France leaving court on TuesdayIgnatius France of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), was on Tuesday sentenced to 12 years in prison by High Court Judge Justice Navindra Singh after he pled guilty to manslaughter. The 35-year-old man was initially charged for murder. The court heard that on May 11, 2012, at Port Kaituma, Region One, he killed Mark Ashby.France was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay, who in a plea of mitigation informed the court that his client acted in self-defence since he was attacked by the deceased during an argument.The court heard that on May 11, 2012, France and Ashby were involved in an argument which escalated into a scuffle, during which the accused, who was intoxicated at the time, armed himself with a chopper and dealt the deceased a chop to the neck.Ashby was rushed to the Port Kaituma Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Before handing down the sentence, Justice Singh told France to “try and live a better life” when he gets out of prison since the entire matter was the result of imbibing alcohol.When the 12-year sentence was handed down, Justice Singh ordered that the seven years the accused spent on remand be deducted from the sentence.The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohammed, Tuanna Hardy and Abigail Gibbs.last_img read more

Fort St. John City Council Agenda for July 13th

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Lakers get story on slip

first_img“It was just a patch of ice,” Radmanovic said. “I had my hands in the pockets, I didn’t have time to pull them out when I was falling down. So I fell straight on my shoulder.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson was dubious at best of Radmanovic’s report, saying, “After we get Pinkerton on the case, we’ll get back to you on that.” “We have to accept that story and go from there,” Jackson added. Jackson later described the time Radmanovic will miss as “filling out the term of his sentence.” Radmanovic was staying at the home of fellow Serbian countryman and former Lakers center Vlade Divac. What Jackson was skeptical about was that Radmanovic wasn’t doing his best Shaun White impersonation on the slopes. The eight-week timetable for Radmanovic’s injury would have him returning in mid-April for the final two games of the regular season. EL SEGUNDO – As if Kwame Brown’s cake-throwing incident last month wasn’t absurd enough, the Lakers now have the story of how Vladimir Radmanovic went out for coffee in Park City, Utah, and came back with a separated right shoulder. That was the account offered as the Lakers reassembled following the All-Star break and Radmanovic tried to explain how he slipped on an icy sidewalk Saturday afternoon and wound up with a shoulder injury that will sideline him for eight weeks. center_img He was asked Tuesday if this was starting to feel like a lost season. “I hope it’s not,” Radmanovic said. “I hope that we’re going to make the playoffs and hopefully I’ll recover sooner than they’re predicting. I’m not losing my hope. We’ll see how things are progressing.” The Lakers could start either Brian Cook or Maurice Evans in Radmanovic’s place tonight against Portland. Also: Jackson said he hadn’t talked with general manager Mitch Kupchak about the possibility of reuniting with 41-year-old Scottie Pippen, who said over the weekend that he would like to come out of retirement and play again. With Radmanovic injured, Jackson did say, “To get through (the season) and get into the playoffs we may need some help.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

We will not be invincible this season- Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on May 20, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 21- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has admitted it would be hard for the team to replicate its 2015 feat of going the whole season unbeaten amidst the challenge of intense  fixture congestion with both local and CAF assignments on their plates.Gor Mahia have four fronts to concentrate on over the next two months with the Sportpesa Super Cup starting on June 3, the FKF Shield, their Kenyan Premier League title defense and biggest of them all, the CAF Confederation Cup. Add on to this that seven of their players will be involved with the national team which plays two friendly games in Machakos on May 25 and 28 before proceeding to India for a four-nations tournament.K’Ogalo were on the verge of their first defeat of the season on Sunday when they dropped a two goal lead to go down 3-2 to Sofapaka, but a last gasp Innocent Wafula goal wiped off their blushes.“I don’t think we are going to be invincible this year. It is impossible with our fixture list. I have seen Sofapaka play two other matches and they don’t play like that. They come to beat Gor Mahia and everyone else does,”“We had an eight point lead and we thought we had won the league and relaxed,” a dejected Kerr said after his side’s 3-3 draw with Sofapaka on Sunday.Gor Mahia players celebrate their last minute equalizer during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on May 20, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor find themselves with a hefty fixture list and with KPL’s plan of having the league ending in October, they stand the risk of burnout which may adversely affect their hopes for a title this season.Gor have had a rough patch winning only two of their last five league matches and drawing three. In all those occasions, they have conceded a whooping 11 goals.It is Sunday’s performance against Sofapaka that irked the coach the most, saying his players did not show the urge and spirit to fight, but left a bit of room for praise for their late equalizer.“We were 2-0 up and we were comfortable thinking yes, we have won the game. Credit to Sofapaka and I think they deserved to win because they fought. We did it again; we had a two goal lead and went to sleep. My problem with this team is that there’s no single of them who wants to fight,” Kerr further lamented.“We were outmuscled, outfought, outplayed… yes, we played good football sometimes but we didn’t get that nastiness to win,” the tactician further added.Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere celebrates his goal against Sofapaka during their Kenyan Premier League match on May 20, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe draw against Sofapaka trimmed Gor’s lead at the top to just three points off second placed Ulinzi Stars who have played two matches more.Kerr admitted that the recent slump worries him that fighting for the league title will not be an easy task.Gor Mahia will now shift focus to the Super Cup title defense which kicks off on June 3 and the allure of having his team play at Goodison Park will be an extra motivation.“It is a great opportunity to travel to Europe but it will not be easy because every team wants to have that chance. We just have to work hard,” added the tactician.With the Mashemeji Derby hanging in the balance, Gor will be pulling their attention to the Super Cup. Their next CAF Confederation Cup assignment though is on June 19, giving his best players some time to recover.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘We can go all the way,’ says Solskjaer after United’s last-gasp PSG stunner

first_imgEven so, Juan Bernat had netted in between for PSG, and it looked as though the French side would stumble on until the drama at the death.Slovenian referee Damir Skomina awarded a spot-kick after reviewing the images when he had been alerted of a possible handball by PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe in the box.Rashford duly beat Gianluigi Buffon from 12 yards, as United won a European tie after losing the first leg at home for the first time in their history.“We always believed, that’s the thing,” an elated Solskjaer said. “The plan was to get the first goal, be in the game with five or 10 minutes to go, and we were.”Their improbable victory — following Ajax’s similarly stunning turnaround against holders Real Madrid 24 hours earlier — takes them through to the last eight for the first time since 2014.“Of course we fancy ourselves. We can go all the way, but we just have to wait for the draw and then take the game as it comes,” said the Norwegian, who has now overseen nine consecutive away wins, a club record.“We have had loads of injuries and suspensions but that was maybe a good thing today because we had a fresh team, and loads of energy.”– Groundhog day –Kylian Mbappe cut a disconsolate figure at the end of PSG’s defeat at the hands of Manchester United © AFP / FRANCK FIFEWhile United celebrate, for PSG and their Qatari owners this defeat will feel like groundhog day.For the third year running they fail to make the quarter-finals, after their defeat at the hands of Real Madrid a year ago and their humiliating collapse against Barcelona in 2017.Electric at Old Trafford in the first leg, Kylian Mbappe was poor here and Neymar was again missing, watching from the stands as he recovers from injury.“If it were a league game you would wipe your mouth and go on, but today it’s horrible and cruel,” said coach Thomas Tuchel.“It happens once in 100 games. We did not deserve to go out over 180 minutes.”However, the German refused to say the officials had got the late penalty call wrong.“I think it’s a 50-50 decision. What makes it super hard is that I had the clear feeling that the shot was not on target.”United were missing Paul Pogba through suspension and nine more players were sidelined due to fitness problems.Despite that, they achieved one of their greatest European results, up there with their 3-2 win at Juventus in the 1999 semi-finals, which came after they fell two goals behind early on.– Lukaku double –Solskjaer was on the bench that night, and the Norwegian watched from the sideline here — curiously with a bib on over his jacket apparently due to a colour clash with PSG’s kit — as his side went in front inside two minutes.Romelu Lukaku took advantage of defensive errors to score a first-half brace for Manchester United © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATA dreadful back-pass attempt by PSG defender Thilo Kehrer fell to Lukaku, who rounded Buffon and scored.The hosts pulled themselves together to equalise in the 12th minute when Mbappe squared for Bernat to turn in his third Champions League goal this season.However, the visitors were gifted another goal half an hour in.Not closed down 25 yards out, Rashford tried a shot that was powerful but straight at Buffon. Yet the veteran Italian spilled the ball, and Lukaku followed in to score his sixth goal in three games.PSG — so slick in France — were wobbling again at the business end of the Champions League.Angel Di Maria had a goal ruled out for offside in the 56th minute and Mbappe then managed to fall when clean through late on, with Bernat sending the loose ball against the post.It still looked as though they would hang on, but then VAR intervened, and Rashford sent United into ecstasy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford celebrates with his teammates after his last-gasp VAR-awarded penalty took Manchester United through at PSG’s expense © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPARIS, France, Mar 7 – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his side “can go all the way” in the Champions League after Marcus Rashford’s dramatic stoppage-time penalty gave them a stunning 3-1 win away to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday as they improbably reached the quarter-finals on away goals.A seriously depleted United looked to have given themselves too much to do after losing 2-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie last month, yet a Romelu Lukaku brace in the first half at the Parc des Princes gave them hope.last_img read more

Kick Off: Football tactics special – Monday, June 26

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by authors Michael Cox and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the development of tactics since the Premier League’s inception 25 years ago.The trio trace the importance of foreign influence within previous title winning teams, combining traditional physicality with modern finesse, and the alarming shortage of British managers working in England’s top-flight today.Listen above or click here to download the Kick Off special from iTunes, along with previous editions.last_img

ELECTION 2014: CUTLIFFE CLAIMS POLLING CLERKS WILL EARN UP TO €300 PER DAY

first_imgIndependent Candidate in the Letterkenny and Milford electoral area Peter Cutliffe, has claimed polling clerks get net anything up to €300 per day during the local election weekend. He is reminding voters on election day to note that they themselves could be sitting in that polling-clerk job earning €300 per day, not to mention similar positions at the Count the following day.Commissioner for Oaths & Peace Commissioner, Mr Cutliffe told Donegal Daily,”I am very annoyed that the County Registrar has ignored my calls to advertise these public positions, and as a consequence voters will be greeted on election-day by the their regular polling-clerk. “This is certainly not a personal attack on anyone but rather a criticism at the lack of transparency in recruitment process for these positions.“In my opinion, this non-transparency represents everything that is wrong in Ireland & as far as I’m concerned the “jobs for the boys” culture is alive and well in Donegal.ELECTION 2014: CUTLIFFE CLAIMS POLLING CLERKS WILL EARN UP TO €300 PER DAY was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Election 2014:newsPeter CutliffePoliticslast_img read more

Honouring South Africans who fought in World War I

first_imgIt has been a century since South African and other soldiers lost their lives in World War I. The refurbishment of the Delville Wood South African National Memorial in France means that every South African soldier who fought is now honoured. Previously the contribution of black soldiers was sidelined. South Africa’s participation in World War I is commemorated with the refurbishment of the Delville Wood South African National Memorial to include all the soldiers of all races who lost their lives in the battle and the war. (Image: Yusuf Abramjee, Twitter)Priya PitamberIt is little known that a century ago South African troops from all races fought in one of the bloodiest battles in World War I.The Battle of Delville Wood took place in France, in July 1916. It was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme between the armies of the German Empire and the British Empire and was the first major clash South Africa undertook during the Great War. The commander, Brigadier General Lukin, received the order to “take and hold the wood at all costs” from 14 to 20 July 1916.“For six days and five nights a soldier was killed every minute, with one South African soldier dying every three minutes,” said President Jacob Zuma during the centenary commemoration at the site of the battle. “The brigade was tasked to ‘break through the enemy lines by any means necessary’.”Out of 3 153 men who entered Delville Wood, only 142 walked out alive.Watch this in-depth look at South Africa’s contribution to World War I:A history forgottenBlack soldiers who enlisted formed the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), but its contribution has largely been ignored in military records.“The SANLC has hardly received any attention in South African histories,” noted the Department of Military Veterans. “Nor did they receive any medals for their participation in the war.”The original Delville Wood South African National Memorial was inaugurated in 1926 at Deville Wood, built on a 63ha piece of land bought by author and politician Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, and presented to South Africa. “The representation of Africans during the war is very minimal and it distorts the important role they played in various theatres of war,” said the department.The SANLC mainly provided a supportive role to soldiers because they weren’t allowed to carry weapons for two reasons, said Zuma.“First, giving black and white South Africans the same roles in the war was seen to accord blacks the same status as whites, contrary to the then dominant political ideology.“Secondly, General Louis Botha and the ruling white elite feared that training blacks in the handling of firearms would empower them to, in future, use such military expertise to fight white supremacy.”Black soldiers were also buried not in Delville, but in other areas in France.“The injustice that we have to redress is that the Delville Wood Memorial Museum in the past reflected a very biased South African military history,” said Zuma.The refurbished memorial is now reflective of the full story of South Africa’s contribution to the war.The battle of #DelvilleWood became one of the deadliest Somme engagements of WWI. @PresidencyZA @VeteransZA pic.twitter.com/1QGFd2IsVR— France in S. Africa (@FrenchEmbassyZA) July 12, 2016In recognitionA memorial wall now includes the names of every South African who fought during the war.Unveiling the Wall of Remembrance at the 100 Delville Wood Centenary Commemoration of Delville Wood Museum, France. pic.twitter.com/wrPQvb1sWK— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) July 13, 2016There is a Garden of Remembrance for those who perished but whose remains were never found.The Deville Wood Museum will also house a new exhibition. “Care has been taken that the new murals in the museum will depict the involvement of the SANLC in the Great Wars, as well as the sinking of the SS Mendi,” said Zuma.The refurbishment presented a powerful message of reconciliation and provided “some redress that will further consolidate the diversity of our South African nation”.All South Africans should be proud of the achievements of the men in Delville, he said. “Let their ideal be our legacy and their sacrifice our inspiration.”It is a reference to the words on the archway of the memorial:“Their ideal is our legacy“Their sacrifice our inspiration”last_img read more

African army expected by year end

first_img17 June 2015The African Union (AU) believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders pledge to accelerate the African Standby Force (ASF).This was of the resolutions adopted at the 25th AU summit, which ended in Johannesburg on 15 June. The continent desperately needs a strong force for peace and security that will ensure Africa has the stability it needs for sustainable development to take root.Such a force is also crucial to counter terrorists groups such as Boko Haram and al- Shabaab that have killed thousands of people and displaced many in west Africa. The envisaged 25 000-strong ASF operating through five regional brigades is expected to be the backbone of the continent’s new peace and security architecture.AU chairperson, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, confirmed that the first training exercises for the force would be held in South Africa towards the end of October. It is hoped that by the end of the year, all regions will be ready to form part of the single force.Reading from the declaration of the summit, Mugabe noted that the “troubling” state of peace and security on the continent needed to be given attention. “We condemn the act of terrorisms committed by extremists across Africa and we resolved to confront terrorism collectively in order to defeat it,’ he said.Female empowermentThe summit, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 7 to 15 June, had the theme “Year of women empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.After two days of intense deliberations on the future of the continent, Mugabe said the AU leaders resolved to adopt the plan to implement the first 10 years of Agenda 2063.Agenda 2063 is a blueprint adopted at the AU summit in Ethiopia in 2013. It deals with how the continent should learn from the lessons of the past and take advantage of the opportunities available in the short, medium and long term to achieve a prosperous Africa by 2063, a year that will mark 100 years of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the AU.Leaders also backed initiatives aimed at the empowerment of women. They highlighted what they called “eradication of the hoe” and introducing modern equipment for women working in agriculture.The political crisis in Burundi and ways to fund AU operations were also discussed. The summit explored ways to end the dependence of the AU on foreign donors for its operations – 70% of the union’s budget comes from donors, a state many leaders are keen to change.Leaders resolved to intensify their efforts to address the migration issue. Thousands of African migrants lose their lives in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach greener pastures in Europe, and migration is evidently a worry for the AU. It also resolved to improve infrastructure and technology advancement on the continent.Al-BashirThe summit was, however, overshadowed by the participation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide. The ICC on Sunday urged the South African government to arrest the Sudanese leader.But AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma defended the continental body’s decision to invite al-Bashir to the gathering, saying the AU was not party to the Roman Statute; rather, member states were.“He has always attended our summits; this was not the first time. The AU is not a bilateral meeting; it is a multilateral meeting. When a country hosts an AU summit it sticks by the AU rules. President al-Bashir has always attended our summits and will continue to do so,” she said.Even though the South African government is a signatory to the ICC statute, to act on the court’s request to arrest al-Bashir would have gone against the AU’s decision to grant prosecution immunity for all sitting heads of state.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Robocalypse? I Think Not.

first_imgRelated Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Guido Jouret is the Chief Digital Officer at ABB. He leads the next level of development and deployment of ABB’s digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses. Predictions of the Robocalypse are everywhere. “Robots Are Winning the Race for Jobs,” headlines The New York Times, which linked workplace automation to the rise of despotic rulers around the world. Elon Musk warns “Robots will do everything better than us.” On one hand, 72 percent of Americans are worried about an automated future (Pew ). On the other hand, 94 percent of American workers don’t think a robot will take their job (NPR).Denial, fear (rational or irrational), or just confusion, these unsettled attitudes are understandable. The 4th Industrial Revolution – the meshing of the physical and digital worlds – is far more disruptive than the previous three. They replaced human brawn with automation. The fourth is replacing human brain. Digital automation – artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, smart hardware, and robotics – will soon be doing what we’ve always considered skilled human jobs.Should we be afraid of robots? In the near term, I agree with Ruchir Sharma, Chief Global Strategist of Morgan Stanley, who points out, “the robots are coming just in time.” Robots aren’t taking our jobs. There’s actually a massive shortage of talent converging with the aging of global workforces, and we need robots to do jobs there aren’t enough humans to do:The displacement of truck drivers by autonomous trucks – “robot” trucks – will supposedly create enough social dislocation to trigger “riots in the streets,” according to Andrew Yang, a New York technology executive and 2020 Democratic Party presidential hopeful. The reality? Right now there are more open U.S. truck driver jobs – 48,000 – than there are coal miners in the entire country (40,000).Japan, with its aging population, is short almost 400,000 caregivers for the elderly, and the government has a program to increase social acceptance of robotic caregiving to fill the gap.If the U.S. and other countries seal their borders, they’ll be short millions of people to work farms and meat-processing plants.There are 6 million U.S. jobs currently going unfilled for lack of proper skills.In the short term, not enough robots have shown up yet. (And 70 percent of the world’s robots, by value, are concentrated in one industry: automotive.)If we think of robots not as sci-fi monsters but simply the physical interfaces of digital automation, we can understand why many experts expect automation to create a better future, not just for wealthy elites but for multitudes.Right now, we’re in a disruptive early stage that simply doesn’t feel good to a lot of people. But over time, I agree with a recent predictionby the Progressive Policy Institute that intelligent automation can create a job-rich, “dynamic new economy every  bit as revolutionary as the advent of electricity.”Digital automation is not solely about increased efficiency, which would indeed be a job-killer. It’s about augmenting human talent to create entirely new levels of flexibility, agility, and customization in imagining and delivering new products and services – the exact capabilities that lead to more rewarding jobs and an enhanced quality of life for larger numbers of people.This moment – the early years of the 4th Industrial Revolution – is like the early years of the Age of Electricity, when fears of the unknown gave way to the steady renovation of the world. Just as everything was electrified then, today we’re in the process of adding digital intelligence to everything in our world. As Kevin Kelly of Wired put it, “Everything we formerly electrified, we will now cognitize.”And like electricity, intelligent automation will evolve from ominous mystery to a humdrum everyday enabler as it transforms the global economy and our entire civilization.How many jobs will intelligent automation destroy or create? Expert opinion varies widely, to say the least. The most commonly cited negative numbers come from three places: a 2013 Oxford study that said 47 percent of US jobs will be automated in the next few decades; an OECD study suggesting that 9 percent of jobs in the organization’s 21 member countries are automatable; and a 2017 McKinsey report saying 400 million to 800 million jobs worldwide could be automated by 2030.On the positive side, some experts, such as London School of Economics Labor Professor Alan Manning, believe intelligent automation will have zero impact on employment. The research firm Forrester foresees the net creation of nearly 15 million new American jobs in the next 10 years. The Center for the Future of Work predicts intelligent automation will replace 19 million U.S. workers while creating 21 million new jobs.I incline to the optimistic. Among other benefits, digital automation has the potential to solve the productivity conundrum that’s been holding back wages and prosperity throughout the 21st century. Take the U.S. example: For the last 10 years, physical industrie that represent 75 percent of American private sector employment  – manufacturing, energy, transportation, infrastructure, utilities – have grown at the feeble annual rate of 0.7 percent. By contrast, intelligently automated digital industries, which employ 25 percent of U.S. private workers, grew at an average annual rate of 2.7 percent in that period.Now here’s the good news: intelligent digital automation is coming to physical industries. I see it every day at work. Transformative automation could well raise economy-wide productivity and growth to digital-industry levels over the next few years, in the same way computer network­ing accelerated industrial productivity, growth, and prosperity in the 1990s.Automation’s acceleration of the broader U.S. economy to digital’s 2.7 percent annual growth rate would add $8.6 trillion in worker pay and $3.9 trillion in government revenues over the next 15 years, according to the Progressive Policy Institute.That economic surge would benefit not just the familiar coastal locations but extend to places like Kentucky, where rising e-commerce employment (warehousing, storage, fulfillment) is already enhancing the state’s economy.And the nearly $4 trillion in extra government revenue could be used for effective retraining and supportive social programs not only for those displaced by automation, but also for workers who need immediate education, reskilling, and placement services to fill those six million jobs currently going unfilled because people lack the skills to do them, or the awareness that the job openings even exist.What’s required to benefit the most from the automated 4th Industrial Revolution is preparedness in education and social policy on a nation-by-nation basis. Ominously, as I travel the world I see a universal lack of policy readiness, even in countries eager to prepare for the future of work. Every country needs broader planning engagement among leaders in government, industry, and education.Education for the automated future must go beyond the 3Rs and STEM to include skills that allow people to surf future changes and remain employable using uniquely human skills robots can’t replace – seeing the patterns around them, figuring out solutions, working in fluid teams, and adapting as situations change. It will be a long time before machines replace “HUMINT” – human intelligence.In social policy, countries must guard against painful – and politically explosive – human disruption by considering everything from a guaranteed income to all-encompassing approaches such as Denmark’s “flexicurity,” which combines portable health insurance, income support, and lifelong learning to move workers flexibly from obsolete old jobs to more rewarding new ones. (This is not as Scandinavia-utopia as it sounds: majorities of Americans support similar programs, according to Pew.)Our humane impulse – fight progress to “save jobs” – may seem compassionate, but it’s the wrong thing to do. Right now, we need robots to do jobs people aren’t available to do. In the longer term, artificially hampering or postponing innovation won’t save jobs, it will just delay automation’s benefits, including the development of more rewarding, better-paying work that’s not dirty, dangerous, or demeaning. Automation will allow humans to stop the struggle of adapting to technology as technology increasingly adapts to them.The fundamental issue is not the work digital automation will take from humans, but the better work – the better jobs – it will do with humans. Automation’s elements are merely tools empowering us to build a smarter, more humane, cleaner, more empathetic world of widespread innovation and greater abundance by augmenting human talents.Our major challenge now, globally, is to develop & implement national policies ASAP, so every country is ready to harvest the riches of the 4th Industrial Revolution, robots included. Robocalypse? I think not. Follow the Puck Guido Jouret Tags:#4th Industrial Revolution#ABB#automation#future of work#robots Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more