iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Two Indianapolis circuit court judges were shot while in the parking lot of a White Castle early Wednesday morning, according to police.Clark County Judges Bradley Jacobs and Andrew Adams, who were visiting Indianapolis for a conference, were shot just before 3:30 a.m. following a disturbance that began in the parking lot, according to a statement from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.Both of the judges were taken to the hospital — one in critical but stable condition, and the other in serious condition — police said. Both victims were in stable condition on Wednesday afternoon, police said.An initial statement from police said the judges had been involved in a disturbance at the Red Garter Gentlemen’s Club, about a block away from the fast food chain, but a further investigation determined that they were never inside the club prior to the shooting, Indianapolis Police Sgt. Jim Gillespie told ABC News.Indianapolis Deputy Chief Christopher Bailey told The Courier-Journal that Adams and Jacobs had been in other bars in the area, but not the gentlemen’s club.There is no evidence that they were targeted because they are judges, The Courier-Journal reported. The investigation is ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) celebrated National Homeownership Month at Putney resident Dennis Miller’s new home at Locust Hill Mobile Home Park Tuesday. Miller is the first homeowner to purchase an energy efficient modular home through USDA Rural Development’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program.“Manufactured homes have long offered an affordable housing option for many Vermonters, however older manufactured homes often have high maintenance and operational costs,” said Ted Brady, USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director. “The energy cost savings of new manufactured and modular homes, combined with USDA’s long-term, low-rate, no-down-payment mortgages, offer existing and potential manufactured housing park residents new financing opportunities.”Miller, a Putney resident employed by the Putney School, purchased a Vermont-made Net Zero Energy Capable VERMOD and placed it in the Locust Hill Mobile Home Park owned by Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. Miller’s purchase, coordinated by Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, was completed with financial support from Champlain Housing Trust, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Efficiency Vermont and USDA Rural Development.USDA Rural Development’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program allows low income homebuyers to purchase a high-performance modular or manufactured home in a manufactured home park using a 30 to 33-year mortgage at 3 percent. Very low income homebuyers may be eligible for an interest subsidy down to 1 percent. Brady noted that park tenants seeking a mortgage to purchase a new home and site it on a leased manufactured park lot traditionally face short-term, high-interest mortgages.Two models of high-performance homes have been approved for purchase through the pilot program, the Better Homes AHEAD Manufactured Home and the VERMOD modular home. Homeowners in Rural Development-approved parks are eligible for participation in the program. More information on Rural Development’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program can be found on the Rural Development website or by contacting Jill Chapman at (802) 828-6022 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).Rural Development and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust celebrated Miller’s new home and Homeownership Month during a service project in the Locust Hill Mobile Home Park. Park residents and community members joined staff in cleaning the park and in planting a community garden.The Windham & Windsor Housing Trust has been strengthening the communities of Southeast Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing and through ongoing support and advocacy for its residents since 1987. WWHT now provides 707 affordable apartments throughout Windham and Windsor counties, coaching to families to help them prepare for and navigate the home buying process, and direct loans to homeowners for repairs, energy upgrades and accessibility improvements. For more information, visit our website at www.w-wht.orgor(link is external) call us at 802-254-4604.USDA, through its RD mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of $213 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont Rural Development website (www.rd.usda.gov/vt (link is external)) or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.PUTNEY, VT. (June 21, 2016)- The U.S. Department of Agriculture
Irisity AB (publ) is launching the deep-learning algorithm IRIS Violent Behavior for increased safety in public places.Real-time detection of potentially harmful behavior in public and private areas is a sought-after but challenging task for surveillance systems and security providers. So far, this detection has mostly been done manually at high cost and low precision.Irisity’s new deep-learning algorithm IRIS Violent Behavior analyzes with high precision and in real time an unlimited number of cameras and triggers video alarms when violent behavior is identified. The algorithm uses pose estimation technology to determine the exact position of selected body parts and has been trained on millions of images. IRIS Violent Behavior identifies situations with violent or otherwise unusual human motion, including situations likely caused by violence, such as people sitting or lying down on the ground.The service can be easily installed on both existing and new cameras and thereafter protects public places around the clock.Irisity’s new algorithm is included as an add-on to the SaaS service. IRIS is fully scalable for large installations and can be selected together with Irisity’s patented real-time anonymization for the protection of personal privacy.IRIS Violent Behavior is now offered to customers in Sweden and internationally together with our global partner G4S.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mark McWatters’ nomination to serve on the National Credit Union Administration board has been sent to the U.S. Senate by President Obama.“This is a pro forma step in the process that formally puts the nomination in the hands of the Senate. Now, the Banking Committee will begin their vetting process in advance of an eventual hearing,” Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan said.Obama announced his intent to nominate McWatters in mid-December. McWatters’ nomination is subject to a nomination hearing by the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and a confirmation vote by the Senate.If confirmed, McWatters would replace board member Michael Fryzel, whose term ended Aug. 2 last year, but he is allowed to continue serving until another board member is confirmed. continue reading »
JAEC looks to inform the public about judicial candidates September 1, 2007 Managing Editor Regular News JAEC looks to inform the public about judicial candidates Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Bar’s Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee has set its sights on putting information in the hands of voters to help them make informed decisions when casting votes for judges.Ninth Circuit Judge John Marshall Kest, chair of the JAEC, said the plan is to come up with an instrument to provide objective information about a candidate’s education, training, professional background, and civic involvement.“It is not an evaluation where we are saying somebody is good or bad. It is to supply the voters with all of the information and let them make that decision,” Kest said, noting the plan is still in preliminary stages.The idea was prompted by requests from the public, Kest said.“During this last election, I received a massive number of requests from individuals — as every attorney does: ‘Tell me about these individuals running. Who are they?’” Kest said. Local bar associations, he added, are also looking to the Bar to help them provide more information about judicial candidates.Under the judicial nominating commission process, Kest noted, JNC commissioners have full background checks, complete judicial applications, and community recommendations to help guide them in making nominations.“That is not available if someone runs. . . so we are trying to provide some of that information to the public,” Kest said.The JAEC also sought input from the Bar’s Citizens Forum to help guide the committee.Citizens Forum member Ricardo Gonzalez of Miami praised the concept and said any additional information that can be given to the voting public would be beneficial.Gonzalez said when voters go into the booth now, “you are faced with five of six names that mean absolutely nothing to the layperson.”“How can you make a choice if you have nothing but the names of these people?” Gonzalez asked. “There is no history or background on which to base your decision.”Citizens Forum member Yvonne Loggins-Coleman of Orlando applauds the Bar for the effort and coming to the forum for input.“One of the things the Citizens Forum clearly felt is we would like to have statements from the candidates regarding why they feel they are the best person to be elected — what they see their role as a judge is so that people clearly understand that this person clearly understands what this job is all about,” said Loggins-Coleman, adding the public clearly is not as informed about its judicial candidates as it is those seeking other offices.“We just want to make sure we get all the facts and information out there that are useful to the public to make an educated decision,” she said. Kest said many parts of the plan still need be worked out, such as if the Bar will collect and distribute the information or make standard survey forms available to voluntary bars for their use.Kest hopes the panel can complete it work in the next six months or so and have a plan ready to present to the Board of Governors.
June 15, 2009 Regular News St. Lucie County County Bar hosts Law Day events ST. LUCIE COUNTY BAR and the Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library again co sponsored their annual Law Week Reception and Student Art Contest at the St. Lucie County Courthouse in Ft. Pierce. The Law Week honorees for outstanding civic leadership embodying the principles of the theme “The Legacy of Lincoln: Celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial” were James “Bo” Powell, former Ft. Pierce city manager and police chief, and retired Judge Phillip Nourse. Nineteenth Circuit Chief Judge William Roby talked about Judge Rupert Smith for whom the public law library is named. Judge Smith’s leadership led to the creation of law libraries across the state. The keynote speaker was U.S. Southern District Judge Jose Martinez who discussed the new federal courthouse in Ft. Pierce. Michael Lannon spoke on “Education’s Role in Shaping the Attitude of Future Generations About the Law.” The annual reception always includes the traditional award of cash prizes to the winner of the Student Art and Poster Contest, which drew more than 300 entries. The winner of the $500 high school prize was David Imperato of St. Lucie West Centennial High. Kelly Fryer of Sungrove Middle School took home the $150 middle school prize. Third-grader Gabrielle Rodriguez of the Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts won the $100 upper elementary prize and Megan Avdette, a first-grader at Mariposa Elementary, won the $50 lower elementary prize. Pictured in the back from the left are Michael Lannon, superintendent of schools, Judge Martinez, Judge Burton Connor, Chief Judge Roby, and Frank Fee III. In the front from the left are Kim Cunzo, chair of the art contest, Avdette, Rodriguez, Imperato, and Fryer.
March 15, 2011 Regular News Florida Bar’s website will soon sport a new look A cleaner looking website that’s easier for lawyers and the public to use was unveiled to the Bar Board of Governors at its recent Tallahassee meeting. The new website is scheduled to go online around May 1.Board member Jake Schickel, who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the redesign, gave the board a sneak peak and explained the reasoning behind the changes.“One of the conscious decisions we made is to get the site right for lawyers to use,” Schickel said. The Bar hired an outside company to handle the redesign, which included an extensive study of how people use the site, which included observing people navigate the site and inquiring what they liked and didn’t like and what could be made easier.The overhaul was necessary, he said, because of the massive growth of the site, which attracts millions of viewers each month and now has over 60,000 pages.The review has already resulted in several improvements to the site, in addition to the ones to be rolled out in May. Schickel said those include:• An improved Google-based search function to replace the site’s original search engine. While that might sound like a simple change, setting up the Google analytics also provided the opportunity to optimize the most widely used search engine on the Internet.• A “sounds like” feature that allows searchers to find a particular lawyer even if they don’t know exactly how to spell the name. Unlike the original search function, the new member search can handle hyphenated names.• A v-card service to allow a viewer to download contact and other information about a lawyer in the Find-a-Lawyer section.• A quick-links function on the homepage that facilitates navigation around the site.• The ability of lawyers to add additional information, such as practice areas, languages spoken, and the like to their member page on the site and for website users to use an expanded search for Bar members based on that information. Around 40,000 Bar members have taken advantage of the service to include more information on their member page.Improvements still to come, he said, are:• A visually cleaner, less complicated homepage. Schickel said everyone wants a presence on the homepage, which has led to a cluttered homepage that sometimes is hard to use or find information.• Relocating the search function from the bottom left homepage menu to the top of the page. Schickel said this change makes the search service much easier to find.• A drop-down menu when the cursor is moved over a link, showing options of that link. Currently, users have to click the link to see the menu, and if the item they want isn’t there, they have to use the back button on their browser to return to the previous page. The drop-down menus will make site navigation simpler, Schickel said.• Making it straightforward for users to retrace their steps through the website via “bread crumbs,” in case they’ve taken a wrong click or want to return to information on a previous page. Francine Walker, director of the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department, said studies showed “that a lot of our members were getting lost; they were getting deep into the site and found they were in the wrong place and couldn’t get out unless they clicked home.”• Including a “what do you want to do?” button on the home page that will provide users with direct links to complete tasks on the site, such as registering for CLE and updating their profiles.• Redesigning the site to conform to the wider computer monitors now in use.• Allowing members the option to remain logged in at the site, so they are signed in even if they leave the site and return later.• The Find-a-Lawyer search function would be available on the homepage, instead of requiring a click to get to the search.In addition to the user study, Walker said the Bar looked at other state bar websites and studies on effective web design. Florida Bar’s website will soon sport a new look
Peter Barker is managing director of BIM Academy, which was founded by Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture in 2010 as a centre of excellence to support industry through consultancy, education and research and development.Among its achievements, it has given graduates a head start in developing their skills before moving to sought-after jobs in industry, including FIFA World Cup 2022, Laing O’Rourke, RTKL and Turner and Townsend. BIM Academy has also built a reputation for authoritative and impartial advice on BIM strategy and implementation for clients such as Quintain, NBS, WRAP and Newcastle and Cambridge Universities, as well as clients in Hong Kong and the Middle East.Peter was the architectural director at Ryder Architecture responsible for the early research and development of BIM within the practice from 2003. He has over 25 years’ practical experience in the design and delivery of projects in a number of sectors including education, healthcare, leisure and process engineering.
AUSTRALIA: ‘The biggest shake up to the state’s railways in a generation’ was announced by New South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian on May 15.The ‘Fixing the Trains’ initiative will see RailCorp replaced by two new organisations over the next 12 to 18 months. Sydney Trains is to be created to take over suburban services, while NSW Trains would operate long-distance inter-city and regional trains. The government hopes the new organisations will be better placed to tailor services to meet different customer needs. ‘RailCorp has tried to be everything to everyone and failed’, said Berejiklian. A new Customer Service Division is to be created from July 1, while responsibility for construction and major projects will be transferred to Transport for NSW, which was created last year with responsibility for policy and planning. Around 750 RailCorp middle-management jobs are to go through voluntary redundancies. Train cleaning procedures will be revised to eliminate legacy working practices, with 870 staff transferring to a specialist unit and ‘commercial’ benchmarks introduced. The government is predicting that patronage on its rail services will grow by 50% over the next 25 years, and says meeting this demand would be ‘unsustainable without reform’. It claims RailCorp’s operating costs are 50% higher per passenger-km than comparable international systems, with rolling stock maintenance costs 30% higher per vehicle-km. ‘RailCorp is currently financially unsustainable’, said Berejiklian. ‘It costs A$10m a day to run, with costs rising three times as fast as the number of passenger journeys.’ Restructuring aims ‘to give the people of NSW the world-class rail system they deserve’, said Berejiklian. ‘This is all about making customers the focus of the railways, not the bureaucracy. These changes will align rail services to customers’ needs and make it easier for rail employees to do their job. Unless we take drastic action, things will continue to get worse’. Berejiklian said more changes are planned, but privatisation ‘is not our policy.’
GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has signed a €160m contract for 38 Alstom Coradia Lint regional diesel multiple-units, which will be used on Dieselnetz Südwest services in Rheinland-Pfalz, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg from 2015.The contract announced on June 28 includes 14 DMUs with 112 seats ordered under a framework agreement signed in 2008, and 24 units with 160 seats as an option on a 2011 order. They will be manufactured at Alstom’s Salzgitter site. The low-floor units will be equipped with air-conditioning, CCTV, two wheelchair spaces and an accessible toilet.