Tan nominated to Massachusetts Juvenile Court

first_imgGov. Deval Patrick ’82 has nominated Gloria Tan, a clinical instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute, to a seat on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court.  A leading national authority in the field of juvenile justice, Tan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the juvenile bench in Massachusetts.As a judge on the Juvenile Court, Tan will rule on cases regarding delinquency, children in need of services, care and protection petitions, cases in which an adult contributes to the delinquency of a minor, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings, and youthful offender cases.Currently, Tan teaches and supervises law students who represent indigent adults and youth in criminal and delinquency proceedings. Prior to joining CJI, Tan served as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, as well as an attorney for CPCS’s Youth Advocacy Division.On Sunday, the students presented their model policies and participated in a discussion with Dean Minow. “After the presentations, we had an utterly fascinating conversation with the panelists that lasted about an hour longer than we had scheduled,” said Daniel Doktori ’13, an organizer of the event and one of the dean’s liaisons to the Harvard Innovation Lab. “This was a great example of Dean Minow’s commitment to alternative methods of legal education and her support of student-led initiatives.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Warm December

first_imgAfter a bone chilling November, Georgia saw warmer and wetter weather in December. The rain eliminated drought across the state, although some patches of abnormally dry conditions were still present at the end of the month. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations in the state was 7.73 inches in Albany—3.98 inches above normal—and the lowest was in Brunswick at 1.32 inches—1.32 inches below normal. Atlanta received 5.51 inches, 1.61 inches above normal; Augusta received 4.21 inches, 0.82 inches above normal; Athens received 4.69 inches, 0.96 inches above normal; Macon received 5.89 inches, 1.85 inches above normal; Columbus received 4.62 inches, 0.35 inches above normal; and Valdosta received 4.10 inches, 0.93 inches above normal. New daily rainfall records were reported in December for two towns—Macon and Alma. Observers in Macon reported 2.68 inches on Dec. 24, surpassing the old record of 2.04 inches set in 1924. Alma observers reported 2.54 inches on Dec. 23, beating the old record of 1.35 inches set in 1986. The highest single-day rainfall, according to a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteer, was 6.97 inches in Thomas County, east of Thomasville, on Dec. 24. Another Thomas County observer, just north of Boston, Georgia, recorded 5.75 inches on the same day, and a Grady County observer, near Cairo, GA, recorded 5.72 inches of rain. The highest monthly total rainfall was 11.79 inches, recorded by the Cairo observer in Grady County, followed by 9.77 inches recorded by the Thomasville observer. Severe weather occurred in Georgia on four out of 31 days in December. Tornadoes struck on Dec. 23 and Dec. 29 in Lowndes County, including a strong EF2 storm (the F-scale ratings run from EF0 to EF5) that injured nine people two miles south of Valdosta on Dec. 29. An EF1 tornado was also reported in Pierce and Appling counties on Dec. 24, causing damage to roofs, power lines and trees.The relatively wet conditions across the state improved soil moisture in many areas, aiding small grain crops and pastures and ending the moderate drought in southwest Georgia. For the state as a whole, temperatures were well above normal. While final statistics are not yet available, December 2014 should be one of the warmest Georgia has experienced in 30 years. The monthly average temperature in Atlanta was 50 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.7 degrees above normal; Athens, 48.5 F, 3.1 degrees above normal; Columbus, 52.1 F, three degrees above normal; Macon, 51 F, three degrees above normal; Savannah, 55.8 F, 4.1 degrees above normal; Brunswick, 56.7 F, 2.6 degrees above normal; Alma, 54.5 F, 1.9 degrees above normal; Augusta, 49.8 F, 2.6 degrees above normal; Albany, 54 F, three degrees above normal; and Valdosta, 56.3 F, 3.2 degrees above normal. Alma broke its daily high temperature record on Dec. 28 with a new reading of 80 F, surpassing the old record of 79 F from 2008. Savannah tied its record of 80 F on the same date, matching the record from 1982. The National Weather Service cooperative observer in Washington, GA, reported that December’s average temperature was the sixth warmest in that area in 107 years of record. The outlook for January shows a slightly increased chance of warmer than normal temperatures for south Georgia and a slightly increased chance of wet conditions in northwest Georgia. Continued swings in temperature, including the potential for some cold outbreaks, should be expected this month.El Niño-like conditions are still present in the eastern Pacific Ocean, but have not reached the threshold for declaration of an official El Niño and are not expected to be the major driver of conditions this winter. However, the predicted climate for January, February and March still reflects the likelihood of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation that are usually associated with an El Niño. For more information, please see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/. Email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture, for sharing on the blog, to [email protected] .last_img read more

CVE funds study of Pearl Street in Essex Junction

first_imgExposition Convenes Community Study GroupTo Begin Work on Pearl Street Vision ProjectSaratoga Associates hired to develop proposals for village ‘Gateway’ ESSEX JUNCTION – A diverse group of village officials, business owners, community members, and planners gathered recently at the Champlain Valley Exposition to explore how they want Pearl Street – the gateway to Essex Junction – to look, feel and function.Saratoga Associates of Saratoga Springs, NY was hired by the Champlain Valley Exposition’s Board of Directors to provide its architectural and streetscape planning services to the village as it begins reviewing how Pearl Street works and ways it could be improved. “It’s a way of giving something back to the community that will have a lasting impact. It matters to us what happens because Pearl Street is the front door of the Fair and the many other events held here” said CVE’s General Manager David Grimm.The master plan for the Exposition currently includes upgrading the “front yard” it presents to Pearl Street, including a new main pedestrian gate, landscaping and eventually moving some of the agricultural buildings on the grounds away from the street.The issue at hand, according to Dan Sitler, president of Saratoga Associates, is how can Essex Junction and Essex best compete in a market that already includes a very popular shopping district on Church Street and Waterfront in Burlington; a busy South Burlington shopping mall; and the big-box retail stores in Williston’s Taft Corners.”Our goal is to help you bring your ‘main’ street up to today’s standards, while maintaining the New England village feel of your community. A lot of things are changing in the economy and communities and it’s important to realize people’s expectations are shifting as well,” he said.The review process, which included two, two-hour workshops, was designed to collect opinions and observations from residents, supplemented by a day spent driving around Chittenden County to see the “competition.” Saratoga Associations will return here in June to present its formal recommendations to the focus group. Included will be suggestions on how to proceed with planning issues, finding the funding for projects and ways to gather feedback on the proposals from the community.Saratoga Associates identified four distinct districts within the Route 15/Pearl Street corridor from Five Corners to Suzie Wilson Road – Five Corners and the historic downtown; the residential Hillcrest neighborhood; the shopping centers and Champlain Valley Exposition; and the transitional commercial highway section on Route 15.Among the initial findings from the workshops:· There is a need and desire to “tame” the highway with reduced speeds and additional crosswalks and create a “sense of arriving” in Essex Junction.· Wider, more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and bicycle paths would better serve the many residential neighborhoods and schools in the area.· Benches, planters, better signs and pedestrian-scaled lighting would enhance the overall experience and encourage walking in the village.· Maintain and enhance the architectural style of the village, especially as buildings are remodeled or reconfigured. Special attention should be paid to buildings, lot sizes and their relationship to the street with height and setback.· A mix of affordable housing, shopping (including a grocery store in the village) and maintaing service-oriented businesses are key to the on-going success of the village as a center of community life.”Essex Junction is already a very walkable, fun, friendly and livable village. It has a lot of what many other communities are striving to create or rebuild. The challenge for Essex Junction,” Sitler told the focus group, “is to manage its growth, pay attention to the quality of commercial and residential projects, avoid sprawl and look for ways to creatively redevelop and reinvest in some of your problem areas along Pearl Street.” Everyone seemed to agree that while Pearl Street has already made some good strides with the addition of Highland Village condos and the recent façade upgrades at the two shopping centers, there is still much to be done. “You need to get the word out to the investors and developers that Essex Junction is open for business and looking for quality development. Keep the momentum going, showcase the Exposition and engage the community in this process,” Sitler concluded.—————-For more information, contact Stephen Mease, Public Relations Director of Champlain Valley Exposition, 878-5545 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

FIDAE 2012 to Promote Development of Space Technology in the Americas

first_img The organizers of the 17th edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2012) have announced that two specialized forums on the advantages associated with the acquisition of new space technologies will be held as part of the exhibition. The two events are titled “Benefits of the Use of Space Technology for the Development of Countries” and “Development and Space Technologies.” During the symposia, which will take place in Chile on March 27 and 28, 2012, representatives of the international space industry will introduce the wide range of space technology currently in existence to an audience made up of officials, deputy secretaries and members of government commissions, and high-ranking commanders and project directors from the Armed Forces and security services, among others. Delegations from the majority of the continent’s space agencies, most notably those headquartered in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru are also expected to attend the forums. The organizers also noted that the forums will be held at the same time that the defense ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) agreed to create a shared space agency for peaceful purposes and that several Latin American nations are carrying out plans to manufacture satellites and launch them into space or have established alliances with other entities in order to put them into orbit, as in the case of Chile. Other examples are Venezuela, which is working on the construction of a local satellite, and Brazil, which already has seven satellites in orbit and has additional plans to send up a defense satellite in 2014. For its part, Argentina has two satellites in operation and is designing radar satellites. Similarly, the Bolivian satellite Tupac Katari is expected to become operational in 2014. By Dialogo November 30, 2011last_img read more

Trump is nation’s biggest disgrace

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have just turned on the news about our president — who has proved to be, probably, the biggest disgrace our country has ever known. He’s beyond arrogant. I have no words to describe the shame and horror this despicable man has brought to this country.  To trash anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with him is beyond description. I only hope that some of his admirers are intelligent enough to admit they just possibly made a big mistake — or that someone with more intelligence than Trump (that shouldn’t be hard) can get this man impeached quickly (ASAP) before he nominates Putin to be his BFF (best friend forever).I have never been so ashamed of this great country. Are we no longer the land of the free and the brave? Remember the big deal because the football players didn’t “honor” the flag because they didn’t stand for the national anthem? What has this president done to honor the United States of America? There’s more disrespect in Trump’s behavior than anything I have ever seen in more than 80 years of living here. He’s despicable.Pat BruschettiCanajoharie  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

Russia examines ventilator type sent to US after fires kill six

first_imgRoszdravnadzor, Russia’s healthcare watchdog, said it would check the quality and safety of the ventilators in the two hospitals, and the St Petersburg hospital said it would stop using the model in question for now. The manufacturer urged people to avoid rushing to conclusions.The model in question, the Aventa-M, was among those sent to the United States from Russia at the start of April to help it cope with the coronavirus pandemic, and is made by a firm that is under US sanctions.The Ural Instrument Engineering Plant (UPZ) in Chelyabinsk, 1,500 km (930 miles) east of Moscow, confirmed that the Aventa-M is one of its products and had been supplied to Saint George’s Hospital.”We have no official data about which devices were installed in the zone of the (St Petersburg) fire,” a spokeswoman added. Moscow has begun investigating the safety of a Russian-made medical ventilator, some of which have been sent to the United States, after six people died in hospital fires reported to involve two such machines.Five people died at Saint George’s Hospital in St Petersburg on Tuesday – including four in a coronavirus intensive care unit, according to a local lawyer. A source told the TASS news agency that the blaze erupted after a ventilator – used to help severely ill COVID-19 patients breathe – burst into flames in the ward.A similar fire – caused by the same model of ventilator, according to a law enforcement source speaking to TASS – killed one person in a hospital in Moscow on Saturday. Topics :center_img Russia is relatively well stocked with ventilators, and has increased domestic production since the coronavirus outbreak.Data experts and some medics say many machines in use outside Russia’s big cities are old – but TASS said the ventilator in St Petersburg was new and had been installed this month.Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), which controls UPZ, said its ventilators had passed all the necessary tests and had been used by medical facilities in Russia since 2012 without any safety concerns.”We’re looking at different scenarios: the state of the (electricity) network, the medical institutions’ engineering infrastructure, the medical equipment, and compliance with fire safety rules,” it said in a statement.”We call on the media and other interested parties not to rush to conclusions and wait for the results of official checks.”US firms and nationals have been barred from doing business with KRET since July 2014.Russia has reported 232,243 cases of the novel coronavirus and 2,116 deaths. last_img read more

Arsenal’s Adidas away kit for 2020/21 season leaked

first_imgArsenal’s Adidas away kit for 2020/21 season leaked Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 May 2020 1:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal’s last away shirt in white was in the 2007/08 Premier League season (Getty Images)The kit is expected to be officially launched in July.However, that could potentially be delayed if the current Premier League campaign is still in progress.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal are set to move to a white away jersey for the 2020/21 Premier League season (Footy Headlines)Arsenal look set to go from yellow to white as images of their Adidas away jersey for the 2020/21 Premier League season have been leaked.After Arsenal signed a £300 million deal with Adidas in 2018, Gunners fans were delighted with the home and away designs at the start of this season.But following their iconic ‘bruised banana’ away shirt, Arsenal are now in line to switch to a white jersey for the next season.Footy Headlines, who frequently obtain kit leaks before they are officially unveiled, have got their hands on the latest design for Arsenal’s next away strip.ADVERTISEMENTIt’s claimed that the shirt’s official colour is ‘cloud white’, which is a very light shade of grey, while the Adidas logo and three stripes on the shoulders are black. 🔎 pic.twitter.com/tasZwn2F5H— Footy Headlines (@Footy_Headlines) May 28, 2020 Arsenal fans loved the ‘bruised banana’ away shirt Adidas produced for this season (Getty Images)center_img Comment The shirt also features a red ‘raspberry ripple’ effect across the front of the shirt.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe shorts have not yet been leaked but they are expected to be a maroon colour. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Accounting roundup: Reporting body backs down on IAS 19 proposals

first_imgThere was broad support among committee members for the proposal.The committee signalled it would also include a reference to materiality in the package it sends back to the IASB.The proposed amendments will force entities to use updated assumptions to measure service cost and net interest for the remainder of the reporting period when remeasuring DB liabilities under IAS 19.When developing the proposed amendments, the board argued that there would be no changes to how and when DB sponsors would remeasure the net liability. However, respondents to the amendments warned that the proposed changes could affect the frequency and timing of remeasurements.In response, the IFRIC proposed removing minor plan amendments from the scope of the changes. The board, however, disagreed with this analysis.As part of their analysis, IFRIC staff conceded that the proposals could affect where and when entities remeasure net DB liabilities.Accordingly, IFRIC staff proposed that the IASB should update the discussion in the “basis for conclusions” to the amendments.However, some board members had reservations about this proposal and instead referred the matter back to the committee for it to consider the wisdom of including minor plan amendments in the scope of the amendments.IASB accounting framework nears completionMeanwhile, the IASB has concluded its deliberations on its conceptual framework project and cleared staff to commence balloting on the updated framework document.The board’s conceptual framework – which forms the basis for its standard-setting activities – has been a battleground between some investor groups and the board in recent years.Critics of the board’s framework argued that it ought to include a reference to prudence as a brake on the excesses that led up to the 2008 financial crisis.The IASB removed the concept from the 2010 iteration of its framework.According to the latest IASB workplan, the board is slated to issue the finalised framework during the final quarter of the year.Staff told the board last November that they expect the new framework to have little impact on preparers.FRC seeks GAAP feedbackThe UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued for public comment a series of amendments to FRS 102, the UK GAAP (‘generally accepted accounting principles’) source for unlisted entities.The amendments, which are open for public comment until 30 June 2017, affect directors’ loans, intangible assets, investment property, the classification of financial instruments, and the definition of a financial institution.If confirmed, the proposals will apply from 1 January 2019.Separately, the FRC is reviewing its for process to bring changes to major international reporting standards, such as those covering financial instruments accounting under IFRS 9, as well as leasing and revenue recognition.The regulator said it was currently reviewing responses to its September 2016 consultation on the matter.Any changes to UK GAAP will not take effect until 1 January 2022. The FRC added that it would consult on any such proposals “toward the end of the third quarter of 2017”. The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) has backtracked on earlier proposals to relax the likely impact of amendments affecting the treatment of defined benefit (DB) pension fund remeasurements.The committee will now recommend that the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) approve the changes to International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits, (IAS 19) with no update to the proposed amendments.Committee member Reinhard Dotzlaw said: “I agree with the staff proposals and I also agree with the staff proposal to amend the basis for conclusions not to give a steer as to whether it would affect the timing of, and frequency of, remeasurement.“In my mind that is based on a materiality decision and preparers would consider the materiality of a plan amendment in the context of the financial statements as a whole.”last_img read more

Bulldogs Softball Team Come Up Short Against Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs traveled to South Dearborn Monday Night to take on the Knights. Despite some tremendous defensive plays by the Bulldogs they were unable to hold off the Knights and fell in a key conference match up 4-0.Leading in hitting for the Bulldogs were Sarah Meyer going 2-3 and Ellie Waechter and Whitney Axsom 1-3.Lady Bulldogs fall to 3-10 on the season and 2-5 in conference play. They will host Franklin County Tuesday night at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Todd Reed.last_img

Moyes hits out at ‘rank’ defending

first_imgDavid Moyes accused Manchester United of “rank and rotten” defending as the Scot endured a hellish return to Goodison Park. The result and the performances of both sides showed just how much United have regressed under Moyes and how far Everton have come under his successor Roberto Martinez, who has now collected a record 20 league wins since moving to Goodison Park. United tested Tim Howard on just two occasions while Everton out-muscled and outclassed their opponents in midfield. Wayne Rooney had a disappointing afternoon in front of goal while Lukaku caused Jonny Evans and Jones problems throughout. Moyes, surprisingly, thought his team did not play too badly. “We played very well in the first half,” said Moyes, who spent 11 years at Everton before moving to Old Trafford. “We had passed the ball really well, kept the ball but we didn’t have the final pass, the killer through ball that was needed in the final third. “I didn’t think we deserved to go in 2-0 down at half-time, that’s for sure. “We had good play, good control of the game, and we had the bulk of the ball.” Martinez, who became the first Everton boss to do the double over United in 44 years, hailed his team’s performance as “electrifying”. “This was an important win for our fans,” said the Spaniard. “We knew that since the 1969-70 season we had never done the double over United and I think that is when we won the league. “That tells you this group of players is ready to develop. “That performance was full of energy, it was dynamic on the counter attack. I thought we looked electrifying.” Despite the midweek defeat to Crystal Palace, Everton are just one point short of fourth-placed Arsenal with three matches left. Martinez is refusing to get carried away with talk of his team pipping the Gunners to fourth, though. “We have another nine points to fight for,” said Martinez. “We play Manchester City, Southampton, and Hull a week before the cup final. You couldn’t pick a worse three games.” For Moyes the season is over. He now has the unwanted tag of being the man who has failed to take United into the Champions League for the first time in 19 years. As ever, there was an attempt from the Scot to cast a positive light on his team’s woeful season. “I think everybody knows that we are on track to make changes and do some different things,” he said. “We are rebuilding. “I understand it has not been good, I recognise it has not been good, and it needs to be better.” On the pitch it was a grim day for the United boss as his team suffered their 11th defeat of the season. Phil Jones blocked Romelu Lukaku’s shot with his outstretched arm and Leighton Baines converted the resulting spot-kick before Alex Buttner played Kevin Mirallas onside and the Belgian beat David de Gea from a tight angle. Moyes tried to put a positive spin on what was a dreadful defeat, but he did not hold back when giving his assessment of his team’s defending for both goals. “I thought the two goals we conceded today were rank, rotten,” the United boss said. “The (first) goal was a big kick up the pitch, it was nodded down and picked up, and for us to concede a goal like that was terrible. “The second was a better move but we should have defended it much better that we did. “We gave away two terrible goals but prior to that we passed the ball brilliantly well, kept the ball, had great control of the game. “What we couldn’t do is make enough chances, but we had a great control and we got done by two stupid decisions.” Everton strolled to an easy 2-0 win that ended United’s hopes of Champions League qualification with four matches remaining. Moyes was barracked by the home support throughout and one Everton fan even turned up in a Grim Reaper’s costume to poke fun at the United boss from just behind the dugout. Press Associationlast_img read more