first_imgINQUEST: The inquest into the murder of former IRA member turned British spy Denis Donaldson has incredibly been adjourned for the 16th time.The late Denis Donaldson was brutally murdered in April 2006. His inquest was adjourned this afternoon for the 16th time.Donaldson was murdered on the 4th of April 2006 in a isolated cottage in the rural village of Doochary in West Donegal.It is believed dissident republicans carried out the murder of Donaldson who was a close friend of Republican Bobby Sands. Garda Superintendent Michael Finan requested a further six-month adjournment at today’s inquest.Superintendent Finan said he was requesting another adjournment as he remained very confident a criminal investigation could take place but stressed he required more time – as he needs to present all evidence to the DPP correctly.Donegal Coroner Denis McCauley asked Superintendent Finan did he remain as confident as he did about criminal proceedings being launched as he did six-months ago.Superintendent Finan replied that his confidence had not been diminished and he remains as confident now as he did six-months ago. Coroner McCauley said he shared the frustrations of the family of Denis Donaldson who only found out about the adjournment request by the An Garda Siochana yesterday.McCauley said that in the future if the An Garda Siochana were seeking another adjournment then they should inform the family immediately as oppose to them having to sought an answer.McCauley said he feels the information he has been provided makes him confident that there is an active investigation taking place and there is a possibility that there could be a criminal investigation into his murder.McCauley agreed to the adjournment, but proposed that the adjournment should only be three months as oppose to the six month adjournment requested by Superintendent Finan.McCauley said he was very conscious of the time frame since Mr Donaldson’s death and said it’s important to meet in three months and review where the investigation is at and that is was the appropriate time frame. McCauley adjourned the inquest to the 9th of December but did reiterate that if they do seek another adjournment then they should inform the family as early as they possibly can.DENIS DONALDSON MURDER INQUEST ADJOURNED FOR THE 16TH TIME was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:adjournedDenis Donaldsoninquestmurdernewslast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Amazon reportedly plans to introduce new automated packing machines in its warehouses, potentially replacing 1,300 human jobs nationwide.But before getting the pink slip, existing employees can quit and start their own business—delivering Amazon packages.The new machines, from Italian firm CMC Srl, pack “much faster” than mere mortals, according to Reuters. Dubbed CartonWrap, the assembly-line appliance cranks out as many as 700 boxes per hour—five times the rate of a flesh-and-blood packer.And they require only three operatives: one to load customer orders, one to stock cardboard and glue, one to fix occasional jams.Similar technology in a handful of warehouses already leaves the scanning and boxing of products up to a robot. Now, Amazon is considering installing two devices at 55 U.S. fulfillment centers, potentially putting some 1,320 people out of work.“We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times, and adding efficiency across our network,” an Amazon spokesman told Geek in an emailed statement. “We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.” The company, which could pay $1 million per machine (plus operational expenses), expects to recoup the costs in less than two years.Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations, tweeted on Monday that Amazon is testing tech “that makes packages smaller with less overall cardboard waste.”“For all this fear of lost jobs the [No. 1] issue for most of us is finding enough people to fill the jobs we have and the new ones we are creating,” he wrote in response to the Reuters article.CMC did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Coincidentally (or not), Amazon this week launched a program that encourages existing employees to quit and start their own business delivering—no joke—Amazon goods.The move, as the Associated Press pointed out, comes as the conglomerate aims to reduce its Prime shipping time from two days to one.Amazon will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs, provide blue vans with the Amazon smile logo, and pay three months’ worth of salary for those accepted into the program.The offer is open to most part-time and full-time employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders, the AP said. It does not, however, extend to affiliate company Whole Foods.More than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the firm launched the Delivery Service Partner program last June.More on Geek.com:Watch: Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Can Stack Boxes Like a BossThis Humanoid Robot Could Replace Construction Workers11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs, ManEditor’s note: This article was updated at 8:40 a.m. ET with comment from Amazon.center_img Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them last_img read more