WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Russian President Vladimir Putin are over and he is calling for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. During his first visit to the State Department as president, Biden offered his strongest condemnation of Putin as large protests have broken out throughout Russia following the jailing of Navalny. Biden was also seeking to make clear to the world that he’s making a dramatic turn away from Putin following the presidency of Republican Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation and often sought to downplay the Russian leader’s malign actions.
January 26, 2021
Citywide Classroom South Bend (CCSB) is a new initiative created by enFocus that is providing free internet access to students in the South Bend community during this unprecedented time. After receiving a grant of $1.8 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund in September, CCSB has put $1.5 million toward providing internet access to a projected 2,200 homes and 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. CCSB currently serves 20 schools in the South Bend area and is planning on adding nine more to the service in the coming week.Gillian Shaw, program director of research and development for enFocus and Notre Dame ESTEEM alumna, said she realized change was needed in the South Bend community to address the “digital divide,” or the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not. With the impact of COVID-19 on education, she said reliable internet service is essential for students, so enFocus partnered with the South Bend community to apply for the GEER grant this past summer. “We decided that we needed to apply for this grant opportunity to address the needs of the students in South Bend,” Shaw said. “They’ve been going through a lot with e-learning and having to adjust to that kind of learning environment. [We] identified this opportunity and knew that it was something that needed to happen with the students.”EnFocus is a non-profit company that focuses on community impact in the South Bend-Elkhart region through innovation. In collaboration with the South Bend Community School Corporations and its director of technology, as well as the City of South Bend Department of Innovation and Technology, enFocus created CCSB and has been working to bridge the “digital divide.”Madi Rogers, the project manager of CCSB and a second-year innovation fellow at enFocus, has been leading the initiative. CCSB first piloted free internet access in early October, then officially implemented the program on Oct. 2 to the first tier of 10 schools in the area. This week, they began serving 10 more schools and will finish with the third tier of nine schools next week. “We predict about 30% of students within South Bend Community School Corporation do not have access to stable internet in their homes, which can be anywhere from 2,700 students to 5,400 students who don’t have access when they’re at home,” Rogers said.However, this initiative serves more than just students. Along with the shift to online learning, there have also been many people who have adjusted to working at home. Rogers acknowledges that CCSB provides internet access that is available to the entire household and can benefit other family members such as parents or siblings.“These devices not only benefit the students who are able to do their work and stay active in school, but also can benefit the families, and using the devices to hopefully bridge the digital divide that we’ve seen in South Bend,” Rogers said.This initiative is helping South Bend adjust to the conditions created by the pandemic. While COVID-19 may have lasting effects on society and the way that education is distributed, Shaw believes that CCSB will have a lasting impact on the post-pandemic world, too, by providing internet access for years to come. For now, Shaw hopes to bridge the technological gap and give each student a chance to maximize their potential.“CCSB is very important to me because I’ve been working with the South Bend school district for so long, and I know that these students really want to learn and need to learn to be able to succeed in life,” Shaw said. “If [students] don’t have internet in their home, especially when they have to learn at home, it just puts them at an inherent disadvantage, and I think it’s really unfair. When I think about what I can do to ensure that everybody has a chance, this seems like something that really speaks to my heart.”Tags: Citywide Classroom, internet access, online learning, south bend schools
January 1, 2021
Middlebury College,By James Dwinell. During his weekly press conference this afternoon, Governor Douglas was asked what he would do when his term was up. He said he had options but had not made any decisions and was still looking.However, after the press conference, Douglas was answering questions from a group of reporters and said, “Oh, by the way, I have agreed to teach a Vermont government and politics course during the January intensive at Middlebury College. Governor Kunin did the same and I have been reviewing what she did.”I don’t want to experience what I did when my secretary of state years ended in 1991. I remember waking up Friday morning with nothing to do and it terrified me.”So in January, I will be driven to Montpelier by my security detail and then (my wife) Dorothy will come and pick me up in the Neon, now a bit rusty I am told, and take me home to teach at Middlebury. And to answer your question, whatever I end up doing it will be here in Vermont; we are not moving.”Governor Douglas lives in Middlebury. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1972. That same year he was elected to the Vermont Legislature. He eventually served as a senior member of Governor Richard Snelling’s staff before being elected to several terms as both secretary of state and state treasurer, before being elected governor in 2002.
December 30, 2020
I spent a few hours yesterday roasting in the sun on a rooftop deck at one of my favorite breweries. Sweat pouring down my beard, I could barely drink fast enough to replenish the liquids I was losing. It was dangerous work, and it made me realize I’m ready for fall. I mean it. I love summer (beaches, bikinis, swimming holes, bikinis…), but I’m done with 200 degree days. I’m over drinking my entire Camelbak reservoir before I even leave the trailhead. I want to be chilly when I go camping. I want to feel the crunch of fresh fallen leaves under my feet during a trail run. I want to put on a flannel and get giddy when the temperature drops to the point where there’s potential snow in the forecast.I know I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s just Labor Day, and this is the South. September is usually pretty damn hot. There are more sweaty days ahead of me. But if I can’t bask in the glory of a chilly fall day right now, at least I can drink a fall beer. Even though it’s still hotter than a boiled peanut, breweries are stocking the shelves with pumpkin beers and malty porters and Marzen-style lagers. Hops take a back seat during the fall (for the most part) and the malt bill steps forward letting you know that it’s time to add a layer of fat for winter. Starr Hill has a new variety 12 pack out just in time for the change in seasons that features two new fall beers, a lager and this tasty brown ale pictured here, called Last Leaf, that’s brewed with a bit of local maple syrup. Last Leaf is replacing Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter (sorry pumpkin beer fans). Replacing pumpkin beers with more subtle fall flavors like maple is a move I’d like to see more breweries replicate. The maple comes through on the nose, and is there on the sip, but it’s subtle, and you get as much vanilla as maple, so it’s not like you’re drinking a stack of pancakes here. More than adding a hint of sweetness, the addition of maple syrup adds a rich, almost silky mouthfeel to the beer that keeps you coming back for more. And the beer just feels like fall. It makes me want to chop wood and grow my beard out.
December 30, 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Service comply with order to put grizzly bears back on Endangered Species List North Carolina’s 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea trail turns 42 years old this September and the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea trail are inviting hikers of all abilities to come out and celebrate. The move to delist the Yellowstone grizzly was an attempt to carve the Yellowstone grizzly out of the larger whole, and conservationists warned it did not take a look at the bigger picture of grizzly recovery. A federal judge agreed and blocked the delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly. On July 31, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it had complied with the court order and relisted the Yellowstone grizzly bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Thirty-three group hikes are being offered in 27 trail towns across the state over the weekend of Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. The hikes will range in distance from one to twelve miles and in difficultly from easy to strenuous. There’s also a 42-mile challenge for hikers looking for an endurance challenge. For more information about any of the hosted hikes visit the website: https://mountainstoseatrail.org/birthdayhike/. Before the year 1800, approximately 50,000 grizzly bears roamed the United States and parts of Mexico. But by 1975 less than 1,000 grizzly bears remained and the animal was listed on the Endangered Species Act. As part of the grizzly recovery plan, six recovery regions were identified, one of which was the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Grizzly bears in this region have made a strong recovery, growing from less than 150 to around 700, though recovery efforts in other regions have been less successful. Two years ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service attempted to remove the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park from the endangered species list. Celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea trail birthday this September
December 19, 2020
March 1, 2004 Regular News DPC continues work on firm breakup rule DPC continues work on firm breakup rule A proposed rule seeking to set guidelines for contacting clients when a lawyer leaves a law firm or a law firm breaks up will receive further study from the Disciplinary Procedure Committee.The Board of Governors did not vote on the measure at its January 30 meeting after the Young Lawyer Division raised objections. Bar President Miles McGrane asked DPC Chair Don Horn to consider the YLD concerns rather than have the entire board get involved in amendments.Horn said the proposal arose from a grievance case that resulted from a lawyer taking some client files when he left the firm. The Bar realized it didn’t have any rules that regulated the breakup of firms or the departure of firm members.So the DPC took up the matter and drafted a proposed Rule 4-5.8, Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firms. (See official notice in the January 1 Bar News. )“We generally describe what the Bar would expect from lawyers who decide to leave a law firm or when the law firm is dissolving, in part to make sure the clients are not harmed and to provide the lawyers with some guidance on what they ought to do,” Horn said. “It pretty much requires lawyers to try to reach some agreement on how things are going to be done. . . and requires them to inform the clients of their options and inform them of any financial consequences of any of the options.”YLD President Mark Romance said the division generally supports the concept of the rule, but has some problems with the way it was drafted.“It prohibits a lawyer who is leaving a law firm from unilaterally contacting a client without trying to negotiate a common communication with the law firm,” he said. “The rule does not prohibit the law firm from contacting the client.”That, he added, could favor the firm.Other problems, he said, are that a discussion on who owns the client file is in a commentary but not in a rule and the rule does not discuss what happens when a lawyer leaves and neither the firm nor the lawyer wants to take a client.On Romance’s first point, Horn said the committee considered that issue, but recognized the client to be a client of the firm, not the lawyer, and so didn’t prohibit contact by the firm. “The rule was to deal with the departing lawyer’s conduct,” he said.On other criticisms, he said the rule was not intended to say who owns a client file because there are contractual relationships and case law that determine ownership. He said what to do if neither the departing lawyer nor the law firm want a client is governed by Rule 4-1.6.Board member Jay White called the rule a good start, but said he agreed with the YLD reservations. McGrane then asked Horn to take the issue back to the DPC.On other matters, the board rejected a DPC recommendation to change Bar policies that would allow a partner or associate of a board member to represent respondents in limited types of Bar grievances. Current rules prevent any member of a governor’s firm from representing anyone in a grievance and prohibits their firm members from the same representations without a board waiver.Horn said the representation could occur only if the board gave a waiver, but other board members said it would create a bad impression.The board voted to reject that recommendation 14-11.The board did approve the DPC recommendation to rewrite several rules to replace the term “disciplinary resignation” with “disbarment by consent.” Horn said the committee was concerned the public would not appreciate that a disciplinary resignation was as serious as a disbarment.The board also approved the DPC recommendation to create a standing board policy that a grievance investigation may be deferred if there was a pending criminal or civil case on the same matter. “The purpose of the rule is to try to keep folks from using the disciplinary process as a substitute for civil proceedings or other remedies,” Horn said.Bar Counsel Tony Boggs said the change should not affect the statute of limitations on handling a grievance because the deadline would be tolled during the court proceedings as the complaint would be filed with the Bar but action on the complaint would be deferred.
December 18, 2020
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marquise BrahamThe family of a Queens teenager who they say committed suicide two weeks ago in Uniondale over hazing rituals at his Pennsylvania university fraternity hopes his story serves as a wake-up call.Marquise Braham, an 18-year-old freshman at Penn State Altoona, had jumped to his death from the roof of the Long Island Marriot the night of Friday, March 14. His family, who are holding services on LI for the Rosedale teen starting Thursday, suspects that his suicide stemmed from pledging with Phi Sigma Kappa.“It’s what happened in Altoona that sent him off the roof of the Marriott in New York,” the teen’s father, Rich Braham, told Altoona Mirror, the local newspaper covering the western Keystone State college town. “It’s clear he didn’t want to go back there.”The family has given the teen’s cell phone and laptop computer to Nassau County police, who are turning the evidence over to Logan township police, authorities said. The university and national chapter of the fraternity have both reportedly suspended the local chapter, meaning it can’t take on new pledges pending completion of the probes.“We’re hearing rumors, but at this point that’s what they are to us until we can prove them,” Ron Heller, chief of Logan township police, told the Press. “We’re looking at a whole gambit of things.”Heller said that aside from possible violations of Pennsylvania anti-hazing law, if there’s evidence that Braham killed himself out of duress from his alleged involvement in hazing, then charges could be filed under the state’s assisted suicide law, too. He noted that his investigators have interviewed two people so far, but the teen’s frat brothers have hired attorneys.Braham, who had graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School—a block from the hotel where he took his life—was home on spring break at the time of his death.Mike Paul, the family spokesman, said that Braham had become part of the Altoona frat’s leadership as the chapter’s secretary while in his second semester, which he noted is rare.“The Braham family has two goals: to find out and share the whole truth…as to what caused their son to take his own life, and to allow fellow parents and students at Penn State and nationwide to learn the truth about what is happening within fraternities,” said Paul, who also had a message for the teen’s frat-mates.“If you can go to sleep at night and say, ‘the fraternity and hazing had absolutely nothing to do with this,’ you go ahead and do that,” Paul said. “But if you’re up at night…it will eat you up the rest of your life. This is not a short-term thing….tell the truth to law enforcement, the truth will set you free.”Wake services for Braham are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Park Funeral Chapel, 2175 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park. His funeral is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Snows, 258-15 80th Ave. in Floral Park.The family requests donations be made in his memory to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here.
September 28, 2020
By Susanne den Hoed, HR Department at Temporary Works DesignTemporary Works Design (TWD) is an ambitious and innovative engineering firm, working with major on- and offshore contractors to assist them with practical solutions for their wide variety of constructions and installation challenges.Specialized in the structural and mechanical design of custom installation equipment, TWD’s engineering and design consultants develop tailored methods, structures and tools which are key to the realization of some highly iconic offshore projects. Because every project is unique, we work from concept to detail, with flexibility, practicality and most importantly creativity as the driving forces behind each of our designs. Together with the client we find the best solution for his or her project.Examples are giant “robot arms” for installing the biggest wind turbine foundations offshore; installing 250 caissons of 9000 ton each for a new harbour in North-Africa; and the design of the jacking constructions that supported the Rijksmuseum during its renovation.DevelopmentDevelopment is one of the pillars of TWD. According to our vision the professional and personal growth of employees is very important. Not only to ensure that all projects are engineered on a high level, but also to broaden each person’s knowledge.When an employee starts his or her career at TWD, they quickly enrol in new employee workshops. These workshops focus on TWD’s working methods and basic knowledge that is useful to get all new employees up to speed.Next to technical topics, such as practical and structural design, we also focus on project management and soft skills with workshops about coaching, project management, presentations and communication. After a workshop, employees are encouraged to use their new skills immediately in their work.Besides workshops, employees learn quickly on the job ensuring a steep learning curve. This is a by-product of working on many diverse projects and working in teams with different backgrounds and specialties. This learning curve is also developed by regular coaching meetings between the employee and the supervisor.TWD is an innovative company which is always open to new methods, solutions and thus designs. This means developing continuously is important.An example on how quick an employee can develop and have a steep learning curve is Simon Lembrechts; currently Commercial Manager at TWD.A Career at TWDAs a Civil Engineering graduate, Simon Lembrechts started at TWD in 2013. During his first 1.5 year at the company, he was a (Project) Engineer responsible for the structural and mechanical design of installation equipment of two offshore wind farms pictures (Northwind in Belgium and Gemini in The Netherlands) and the installation equipment of a floating submerged fresh-water pipeline between Turkey and Cyprus.After this fast-paced and demanding but rewarding period, Simon became TWD’s first Business Developer. In charge of the development and market introduction of TWD’s in-house innovations, he became familiar with the main market players, trends and challenges. It’s in this entrepreneurial roll that the possibility of TWD’s first international branch was established.Five months after, in September 2016, Simon moved to London with the initial ambition to take a year to explore TWD’s opportunities in the UK market.After an exploration period of 4 months, the first UK project was a fact: the design of an innovative tool to install over 700 tubular piles for the construction of Port of Dover Expansion. Now, 2.5 years later, TWD operates a UK branch with 14 employees and is TWD involved in a broad range of UK construction works!Work environmentWorking at TWD means working in a friendly environment amongst creative, talented and ambitious people. We work in a young, yet professional team where employees are offered possibilities to develop themselves. The job is varied, and employees are involved from design to mobilization, in major installation projects of diverse leading (offshore) contractors. We work hard to deliver quality and finish projects in time, but there is also time to have coffee and lunch together and to enjoy fun group activities on a regular basis.Note: The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Offshore WIND.
September 28, 2020
Completions service company Tendeka has signed a three-year contract with Mubadala Petroleum to supply sand-face completion equipment in Thailand.The deal will see Tendeka supply its FloElite sand screens and FloSure autonomous inflow control devices (AICDs) to Mubadala Petroleum’s Jasmine, Manora and Nong Yao fields in the Gulf of Thailand.The contract also has the option of two one-year extensions.Keith Parrott, Tendeka’s South East Asia area manager, said: “This contract ensures our presence in Thailand for the next three to five years and serves as a basis to grow further across the region and emphasises our commitment in providing technology to increase oil recovery rates for life of field.“There is a significant challenge with early water breakthrough on oil producers. Our technology has the ability to choke back unwanted water from being produced to surface and is recognised for delivering marked production enhancement around the world.”Tendeka has installed more than 7,000 passive ICDs and more than 42,000 AICDs around the world.
September 24, 2020
Greensburg, In. — Republican H. Wayne Shake has entered the race for sheriff in Decatur County.Shake attended North Decatur High School, studied criminology at Vincennes University, criminal justice at Indiana State University and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1988. He has served as town marshal in Westport, with the Greensburg Police Department and with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.The Republican field for sheriff now consists of Shake, Indiana State Police master trooper Jim Ponsler, former Greensburg police chief Bill Meyerrose and former Decatur County sheriff’s detective Rick Underhill. Primary Election Day is in May of 2018.