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18th Century plum cake

first_imgPlums in old recipes mean currants rather than plums. Plum cakes were popular and there are a variety of recipes to choose from. This one comes from The Experienced English Housewife by Elizabeth Raffald, which was first published in 1769. Raffald was an impressively busy woman. She worked as a housekeeper for 15 years before moving to Manchester. There, she ran a confectioner’s shop, where round plum cakes were part of the daily offering to customers. Makes 10 x 20cm round cakes 3lbs 12oz/1.7kg butter2½lbs/1.2kg white sugar17 whole eggs17 egg yolks3lbs 12oz/1.7kg flour½oz/15g ground mace½oz/15g grated nutmeg (1½ nuts)16fl oz/450ml brandy or white wine1lb 4oz/560g currants1lb 4oz/560g raisinsZest from 2½ lemons1lb/450g candied orange and lemon peel3fl oz/70 ml orange flower water 1 Beat the butter to a cream2 Add the sugar and beat again until pale3 In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and yolks well4 Mix the eggs into the butter and sugar5 Add the flour and the spices6 Mix in the brandy, fruit and peel and orange flower water7 Put into greased tins with 1½ pints/¾-litre capacity8 Bake for 45 minutes at 180?Clast_img read more

Police reform bill could get vote next week in Indiana legislature

first_img Google+ Pinterest (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) A police reform bill could come to a vote in the Indiana House next week.A House committee unanimously approved a bill classifying chokeholds as deadly force. That would limit their use to the same extreme circumstances as shooting someone, and subject it to the same scrutiny.Avon Representative Greg Steuerwald’s (R) bill also requires the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to include de-escalation training, and would make it easier to decertify officers with a record of violence. Current law allows the state to suspend an officer’s certification only if he’s convicted of a crime which indicates violent tendencies. Steuerwald’s bill would require a due-process hearing on charges that an officer is dangerous, but a criminal conviction wouldn’t be a prerequisite.The bill requires police departments to supply an officer’s full employment record when another department is thinking about hiring the officer. State Police legal counsel Brad Hoffeditz says that’s been a problem. He says he’s often called police departments and gotten only a confirmation that the officer worked there.The bill makes it a misdemeanor for an officer to purposely shut off his body camera to conceal what he’s doing.Hoffeditz says the State Police support the bill. He says it puts into state law the standards the State Police already follow. The bill also has the backing of the Fraternal Order of Police, Indiana Sheriffs Association and the law enforcement academy. The academy’s Tim Horty says chokeholds are not part of the training curriculum, other than a demonstration to show trainees how to defend against them. He says the academy is “100-percent opposed” to their use by officers except in the most serious circumstances.The bill also has support from the N-Double-A-C-P, the Indianapolis Urban League and Indiana Black Expo. Indianapolis Representative Robin Shackleford (D) praises it as a significant step toward the reforms protesters have been seeking. Facebook By Network Indiana – January 13, 2021 2 258 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Police reform bill could get vote next week in Indiana legislature Previous articleBill revising Governor’s emergency orders power to get vote soonNext articleTwo arrested following string of Michiana porch thefts Network Indiana IndianaLocalNews Pinterestlast_img read more

Respected teacher and administrator Richard M. Hunt dies at 93

first_imgThe Harvard historian who literally wrote the book on his beloved alma mater died peacefully on April 10 at his home in Lincoln, Mass. Richard McMasters Hunt, a faculty member in social studies for 42 years and University Marshal for two decades, was 93.Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Hunt graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., in 1944 and Yale University in 1949. During World War II, he served in India with the American Field Service, and then later attended Columbia, where he earned his master’s degree in 1951. He held a Ph.D. from Harvard in history, which he completed in 1960.In all, Hunt spent nearly 50 years on Harvard’s campus as a respected teacher, statesman, and keeper of its storied history. He was a senior lecturer in social studies, University Marshal from 1982–2002, and assistant, and later, associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences during the 1960s and ’70s.As University Marshal, Hunt represented the President and Fellows of Harvard College in all matters of protocol, including welcoming international visitors and heads of state to the University.“Rick was so well suited to the role of University Marshal. He was gracious and always dignified,” said Margot Gill, Harvard’s current interim University Marshal and the administrative dean for international affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “There is hardly ever a time as I greet our international guests and welcome these delegations to Harvard that I don’t think about Rick Hunt. … He is still a presence here.”In that role Hunt also presided over special convocations, including Commencement. Colleagues say that he was known for his remarkable gift of diplomacy and for the way he was able to maintain great relationships across the University, attributes that ensured the success of the Commencement proceedings that unfolded under his nurturing watch. “His children learned early from him how much more interesting it is to find out about others than it is to speak about oneself.” — Susan Hunt Hollingsworth Grace Scheibner, whom Hunt hired as Commencement director in 1993, fondly recalled Hunt’s mentorship while working alongside him over the course of 25 years. She still holds onto a handwritten note that Hunt had placed on her desk chair after finishing their first Commencement together. It reads, “Grace, a thousand thanks. Thank you a thousand times — Rick.”“Rick was one of the most special people I have ever met, and I am grateful and deeply honored to have had the privilege of working with and learning from him,” she said. “He was a true living legend.”Following his retirement, Hunt co-wrote the book “Harvard A to Z,” a collection of essays about the University’s history, from stories about its famous alumni and scholars to informative musings on its well-known landmarks and its lesser-known curiosities. “Rick loved telling Harvard stories,” said Gill. “He saw himself as the keeper of many of Harvard’s most cherished traditions.”Hunt also adored the people within the Harvard community. The late Rev. Peter Gomes, long the Pusey Minister at Harvard’s Memorial Church, was a close friend, dedicating his collection of sermons “What We Forgot to Tell You” to Hunt, under the inscription:With careful and considerate confidencehe ordered our public occasionswhile sustaining with quiet convictionour communities of faith.Not all of Harvard’s Marshals have been Harvard faculty, but Hunt was, and he was a respected educator. He long taught a core curriculum course on Weimar and Nazi Germany, as well as a social studies junior tutorial on leadership and followership, while serving as chairman of the Faculty Committee on Religion, and as a member of the social studies and Center for European Studies committees.“Rick was a true educator in every sense and in many roles at Harvard,” said Terry Aladjem, a lecturer on social studies and the former executive director of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. “In our too-infrequent lunches, he would ask probing questions about the Bok Center — as he cared deeply about teaching at Harvard, the cultivation of our graduate students, and so much appreciated the center as a living tribute to former President Derek Bok. As a scholar, he taught perhaps the longest-running tutorial in social studies on leadership and followership and was remarkably insightful about the nature of totalitarianism. One knows he was a phenomenal teacher because he would hold you in his attention completely, and it was impossible to leave a conversation with him without being enlightened. We have lost a truly wise and caring man.” “There is hardly ever a time as I greet our international guests and welcome these delegations to Harvard that I don’t think about Rick Hunt. … He is still a presence here.” — Margot Gill Hunt led a busy life outside of Harvard, too, where he served as president of the American Council on Germany, a nonprofit organization devoted to strengthening American-German relations for 40 years, and he supported various organizations as a philanthropist, including as founding trustee of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, named after his father, who was president of the aluminum giant Alcoa for 30 years. He was also a founding board member and vice chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.Outside of his academic and philanthropic interests, Hunt maintained a variety of passions, in particular opera, magic, and tennis. A member of the Yale tennis team in the 1940s, he finally gave up the sport when his knees no longer allowed him to play. By then, he was in his late 80s. In those later years, Hunt played what he referred to as “Cinderella tennis,” wrote his daughter Susan Hunt Hollingsworth in a remembrance of her father, which meant he was “just hoping to make it to the ball.”“Rick Hunt was an admirable person in every sense of the word — kind, generous, capable, conscientious, and invariably decent toward everyone he encountered,” said former Harvard President Derek Bok. “His true nature was revealed to me most clearly on the tennis court, where we met more times than I can possibly remember. He would occasionally make a bad call to end a point. Without exception, every one of these mistakes involved calling my ball in when it was really out, never the reverse. He was a loyal and accomplished colleague, who accomplished a lot for Harvard as a teacher and administrator. I count it a great privilege to have known him well.”Hunt was a keen listener and lifelong learner, whether on campus or off. Wrote daughter Susan, “His children learned early from him how much more interesting it is to find out about others than it is to speak about oneself.” His son, Bill, added, “Our father defined ‘Renaissance Man.’ He read and studied nearly every conceivable subject, from ancient cultures, modern politics, and the strategy of the previous night’s Red Sox game. Most importantly, he was always interested in listening to others about their own interests and experiences. Everyone who knew him was dazzled by his unbounded intellectual curiosity.”Hunt is survived by his wife of 65 years, Priscilla Stevenson Hunt; their three children, Helen Hunt Bouscaren (Joe) of Cambridge, Mass.; Susan Hunt Hollingsworth (Mark) of Cleveland; and William “Bill” Edwards Hunt (Janet) of Pittsburgh; and eight grandchildren, Sophie, Justin, Isaac, Travis, Russell, Eli, Lindsay, and Lily.A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Council on Germany and The Posse Foundation.last_img read more

Jenkins: Seeberg investigation had ‘integrity’

first_img Jenkins said there is always a potential to improve investigations. Seeberg, a first year Saint Mary’s student, alleged that a Notre Dame student athlete sexually assaulted her on Aug. 31. She committed suicide Sept. 10. Seeberg e-mailed that statement to the officer at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5. Because the following day was Labor Day, Brown said the officer did not view the new statement until Sept. 7, at which time he found inconsistencies with the other two students’ statements. “The investigation was thorough and careful and I believe that that needs to be understood by all,” Jenkins told The South Bend Tribune. “The main point I want to make is the investigation had integrity. It followed the facts where it led and any results were based on that sort of investigation.” University spokesman Dennis Brown said because Notre Dame takes FERPA seriously, it has a policy of not publicly acknowledging the presence of disciplinary investigations. The NDSP officer contacted the accused student on Sept. 9, but the student did not return the phone call. The University worked with the accused student in the case of Seeberg’s allegations, however, and decided to speak about the investigation, Brown said. The officer learned on Sept. 11, a Saturday, that the Sept. 10 suicide of a Saint Mary’s student was Seeberg. On Monday, Sept. 13, Brown said the officer contacted other local law enforcement agencies because the death changed the perspective of the investigation. He also tried again to contact the accused student. The accused student met with the NDSP officer on Sept. 15. “I am the ultimate court of appeal in disciplinary matters and, consequently, I tried to remain somewhat distant so I am not tainted by one side or another presenting their side of the story,” Jenkins told The South Bend Tribune. On Sept. 1, Brown said Seeberg went to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to report a Notre Dame student-athlete assaulted her while they were in his dorm room on the evening of Aug. 31. A Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) officer, who Brown said has over 35 years of experience and has investigated over 200 sex crime allegations, met Seeberg at the hospital that evening and took a handwritten statement. Seeberg’s statement said the two male students appeared to text message one another, and then the male student and Saint Mary’s student left the room. According to Chicago attorney Joseph A. Power, Jr., who is representing the accused student, cell phone records that NDSP obtained for the investigation show that this text messaging did not occur. Beyond the Seeberg investigation, Brown said the University is working with the U.S. Department of Education on an overall review of its policies. This review is not related to any specific case. “Only Ms. Seeberg and the student-athlete were present during the alleged battery,” the release stated. “Conflicts exist among the witnesses’ accounts of the events given to the police. Subpoenaed cell phone records are inconsistent with parts of the complaint itself.” Jenkins said the University allows the prosecutor to make a conclusion on charges before determining whether to proceed with an internal disciplinary process. Brown said the University has not yet decided whether to hold a disciplinary hearing. The next day, Seeberg asked the officer for a copy of her original statement and said she would like to submit a second statement. According to Brown, Corr read the letter and also sent it to NDSP. Because Jenkins and Doyle could ultimately serve as levels of appeal in the University’s disciplinary process, they did not read the letter. While waiting for Seeberg’s second statement, Brown said the officer spoke with two students who had been with Seeberg and the accused student the evening of the alleged assault. “I’m certain, we can always improve,” he said, “but I am confident that this investigation was done with integrity. We followed the facts where they led. We achieved a sound result.” The University will work with the prosecutor’s office to decide whether to begin forwarding every investigation into sexual assault allegations, Brown said. The December press release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office on its decision not to prosecute also cited inconsistencies in the statements. Doyle met Lizzy’s father Tom Seeberg on Sept. 13 at a memorial Mass for Lizzy on Saint Mary’s campus. Since that time, Brown said Doyle maintained regular contact with Tom Seeberg. Tom Seeberg declined to comment. According to a Dec. 16 press release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, Seeberg alleged sexual battery, or forced touching of her breasts. Seeberg did not make an allegation of rape. The Seeberg family, through media outlets such as ABC News and The Chicago Tribune, expressed concern with the two-week period between the original allegation and the meeting with the accused student. In his interview with The South Bend Tribune, Jenkins cited the inconsistencies between the students’ statements as reason for the delay. The University had previously declined to comment on the topic, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits colleges and universities from discussing students’ education records. Seeberg alleged that the male student-athlete then kissed her and touched her breasts, then threw her aside when he received a text message or phone call. Power said the text messages showed neither a text message nor incoming phone call at that time. He said the statements from the other three students and the subpoenaed cell phone records support a phone call from the accused student to the other male student. According to Power, Seeberg’s statement was inconsistent with those of the three other students, who said the phone call was placed because the accused student wanted the other two students to return to the room. “I think it’s important that people recognize that the evidence shows one phone call,” Power said. “And that’s from the [accused student] from his phone to the dorm mate.” According to the statements from Seeberg, she was with the accused student, a Saint Mary’s student and another male Notre Dame student in a men’s residence hall at Notre Dame on the evening of Aug. 31. He also said NDSP normally does not send reports to St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office if the student filing an allegation does not request that it be forwarded. Seeberg had not expressed an interest in sending the report to the prosecutor, but the University did choose to forward the investigation results. In November, Seeberg’s parents sent a letter through their attorney to Jenkins, Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle and Notre Dame general counsel Marianne Corr. “We think the principle of privacy is so important that we’re willing to take some of the criticism that comes with that,” Brown said. “We’ll work with the prosecutor on that and try to determine what practice we should follow going forward,” he said. Following media coverage of sexual assault allegations made by Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg and an announcement from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office that no charges would be filed, the University called its investigation “thorough and careful.” “As you know it’s unusual and perhaps unprecedented for me to comment on a case like this,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a Dec. 21 interview with The South Bend Tribune. “But I cannot stand by and allow the integrity of Notre Dame to be challenged so publicly.” “We conducted an investigation, I think, that was judicious and fair to all parties involved,” Jenkins said. “We grieve for the Seebergs, for the loss of their daughter. At the same time, we have to follow the facts where they lead.”last_img read more

SPARK grad launches business

first_imgGail Hickey launched her new small business, The Bend Executive Shuttle, on Aug. 19 after successfully completing the SPARK program at Saint Mary’s College, an 11-week program sponsored by Saint Mary’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) that helps South Bend women gain business skills to succeed.Hickey has been an independent contractor in the South Bend area for the past six years. She developed a relationship between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and as a result obtained a large clientele, which gave her the idea to create her own shuttle company, Hickey said.“Because I was already an independent contractor, it was a very easy transition,” Hickey said. “But I needed things that I wasn’t privy to as far as business plan writing and things of that sort, which is why I ended up coming [to Saint Mary’s] to the SPARK program.”Hickey said her service is not just another cab company.“It is going to be a little more than [people] normally expect,” she said. “We do a lot more for our clients than other cab companies do and even more so than limos do. People have even called my service a ‘rolling concierge.’”In order to get the company off the ground, Hickey needed to learn how to write a business plan, develop social media and develop a capital for herself, she said.“There is a lot to put together and they give you all the tools,” Hickey said. “It’s not just the paper that they give you, but the camaraderie and the friendships you develop. It’s people that have the same vision as you do for wanting to be a woman in business, and you feed off that energy and it’s fabulous. … I would recommend it highly to anybody, and I have.”SPARK has three phases starting with an orientation session for anyone with a viable business idea and willingness to launch that business and they get selected, Martha Smith, WEI project director said.“Just because you apply to the program doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted,” Smith said. “We have a minimum of eight participants that we take in and a maximum of 14. The more likely they are to launch that business, the more likely they are to get accepted.”After orientation the 11-week course begins, meeting twice a week, Smith said. Community members with business expertise such as CPAs, lawyers, business owners, psychologists and social workers teach the classes.“We prefer that people with expertise in that particular area teach the class,” Smith said. “They give you their business card … they really, really want to help.Graduation follows the 11-week course, Smith said.“It’s a big high for everyone and then reality sets in — this is a lot of work and it’s not going to happen overnight,” Smith said. “At the end of the 11 weeks, there’s two features they end up with: a business plan and increased self-confidence.”Rekindle the Flame is the third component to SPARK, Smith said. Participants meet once a month at the college and have an educational component for one hour and one hour of networking. They discuss success stories and lessons they have learned.“This exchange is give and take, and once a year we have a retreat,” Smith said. “Everyone comes in together and again we celebrate successes and we learn from each other. ‘What could have been done better?’ or ‘How do we go forward?’ or ‘How do we tweak the idea so that you can too become a success story?’”Eighty-one women have gone through the SPARK and SPARKart program since 2011, Smith said. Hickey’s class was the most successful class thus far.“The neatest thing is that I’m a business owner,” Hickey said. “It brings tears to my eyes because I own my own business. That is so hard to do nowadays and I just thank God every day that I am a business owner. To be able to go into a company and tell them what I do and hand them my business card and have it say owner, that’s huge.”Saint Mary’s provides a connection to the SCORE program post-graduation. SCORE is a program sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide advice to small business owners.“They end the program and they end up with a business plan to do it and then SCORE takes over,” Smith said. “It’s a service that they don’t charge for and very few people take advantage of it. There’s a retired professor from Saint Mary’s, who is a SCORE advisor, and he connected us with SCORE.“It’s all Saint Mary’s connections that we offer to them. Saint Mary’s offers the connections and the network so they can be successful.”“The main feature [of SPARK] is that it is for women only,” Smith said. “It’s women helping women, that is our distinction. We take a woman whose business idea is viable and wishes to launch that business, regardless of where they come from.”Tags: SPARK, The Bend Executive Shuttlelast_img read more

23 Green Giant arborvitae

first_imgVolume XXXIINumber 1Page 23 By Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re looking for a large, fast-growing, evergreen plant to define property lines, screen undesirable views or serve as a windbreak, look no further than Green Giant arborvitae (Thuja (standishii x plicata) ‘Green Giant’). This 2007 Georgia Gold Medal winner is fast becoming one of the most popular plants in the nursery and landscape industries.Its popularity is partly because it’s an excellent alternative to Leyland cypress, which has serious disease problems in the Southeast. It’s being widely used to replace Leyland cypress hedges and screens across the Southeast.Green Giant arborvitae is a fast-growing evergreen tree. Its rich green summer foliage darkens only a little during the winter. Mature trees have persistent, oblong cones a half-inch long that emerge green and turn brown.Hardy throughout Georgia and the Southeast, Green Giant tolerates almost any soil condition and withstands adverse weather such as ice storms and wind. It has shown excellent pest resistance, too. Almost nothing bothers it. Even the deer don’t browse it.Think bigAs the name implies, Green Giant is a large plant, growing 50 to 60 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. It’s better suited for parks and large yards than for small lots with one-story homes. Once it’s established, it can grow more than 3 feet per year in good growing conditions. That’s another reason for its popularity.If your landscape is too small for a mass planting of this large-growing plant, consider planting just one in the front of the home as a living Christmas tree. It develops a nice pyramidal shape naturally and requires little pruning. The soft-textured, dense foliage makes it easy to hang Christmas lights, too.It was introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1967. By the end of the century, it had captured lots of attention with its blemish-free foliage and exclamation-point form.The original plant came from Denmark as a hybrid cross between Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and Japanese arborvitae (Thuja standishii).Green Giant is a public-domain tree, so anyone can propagate it, which is easily done with cuttings. That’s another reason so many nurseries are beginning to offer it.For best results, plant Green Giant arborvitae in full sun and a wide range of well-drained soils. It doesn’t like wet, poorly drained soils.Space the trees 15 feet apart in the row for best screening and wind resistance. Fertilize them in late winter and midsummer with granular fertilizer such as 16-4-8.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

State announces $1.8 million grant to redevelop Barre properties

first_imgA foreclosed apartment building will be refurbished and two blighted downtown buildings razed for redevelopment after the City of Barre was awarded a nearly $1.8 million grant by the Douglas Administration. In a ceremony at City Hall Park, Deputy Commerce and Community Development Secretary Jim Saudade announced the $1,769,400 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, funded by the federal government in response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis that gripped the country last year.“This money will help Barre revitalize its downtown, as well as preserve much-needed affordable housing,” Saudade said. “And it will help the economy in the short-term as well by creating jobs for local contractors and others.”The Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant will be used for three projects:1) $994,400 will be sub-granted to Central Vermont Community Land Trust who will buy the foreclosed apartment building at 8-10 Laurel St. and completely rehabilitate it;2) $700,000 will be used by the city to purchase the unsafe and blighted “Old Brooks Building” at a discount and then demolish it and clean the site as part of the city’s Depot Square re-development project;3) $75,000 for the city to purchase the burned-out “All Fired-Up” property at a discount and then demolish the remaining foundation, allowing the City to move forward with re-development plans for Merchants Row that includes re-location & design of the road, landscaping, sidewalks, other public amenities. “We are very pleased that the Douglas Administration and the state have stepped up to help as we invest in improving our downtown and creating both affordable housing and jobs for our residents,” said Barre City Mayor Thomas Lauzon.Late last year the federal government authorized Vermont to distribute $19 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to be used to buy and resell foreclosed homes and to refurbish or even demolish other buildings as part of the response to the mortgage crisis.The state’s plan for distributing the funds calls for providing $7 million to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency to buy and re-sell foreclosed homes to low- and moderate-income Vermonters.$3.1 million of the funds will be made available to municipalities that can administer their own such Neighborhood Stabilization plans.$8.9 million will go to non-profit or private developers for specific projects, with $3 million of the money administered for housing funding by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and $5.9 million administered by the Vermont Community Development Program.To view the complete plan visit: is external) Source: State of Vermont-30-last_img read more

Rocky Fork Rescued

first_imgFor over 20 years, trail lovers have been working to protect Rocky Fork, the largest remaining unprotected tract in the southern Appalachians. Located in the Bald Mountains of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Fork is a privately owned 10,000-acre tract bordering two national forests and includes ten miles of the Appalachian Trail. It stands out as some of the most important wildlife habitat in the eastern U.S., home to a healthy black bear population, some of the finest waters that remain for the native Appalachian brook trout, and more species of salamanders than Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Triple Falls on Rocky Fork CreekTriple Falls on Rocky Fork CreekSaving Rocky Fork has not been easy. Two previous attempts failed, in 1997 and 2001. Three years ago, in 2006, Rocky Fork again was placed on the market, and when ridge-top development loomed large as its likely fate, long-time Rocky Fork advocates scrambled into action to create widespread public awareness.The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, based in Asheville, N.C., stepped in, along with help from The Conservation Fund and Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Over the next three years, outdoor enthusiasts and local citizens worked shoulder to shoulder to protect Rocky Fork. Lobbying for public funding were Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative David Davis from Tennessee, and Representatives David Price and Heath Shuler from North Carolina. Assisting with private funding were key philanthropists who presently prefer to remain anonymous.Rocky Fork View near ATRocky Fork View near ATFinally, on December 15, 2008, the hard work paid off: Rocky Fork was purchased for nearly $40 million by The Conservation Fund and U.S. Forest Service. Much work still remains, as The Conservation Fund must now acquire funding for its reimbursement, in order for the final transfer of land to proceed. But for now, trail lovers are celebrating the permanent protection of a pristine mountain wilderness.last_img read more

Panama Delivers Three FARC Guerrillas to U.S. Authorities

first_imgBy Dialogo April 18, 2009 Panama, April 17 (EFE) – Today Panama surrendered three Colombian FARC guerrillas that had been held in that country to United States judicial authorities so they may be tried for crimes against collective security, the Foreign Ministry reported. Those being extradited are: Jorge Abel Ibarguen Palacio, Alexis Mosquera Rentería, and Yarley Bañol Ramos, who were arrested in February 2008 near the Panamanian town of Jaque, which is on the Pacific coast and shares a border with Colombia. According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, the delivery was made through a “simple and conditioned” process by which “those gentlemen will return to Panama and continue under the orders of national authorities, once the procedure in the United States is completed.” The guerrillas, identified at their arrest as members of the Front 57 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), were accused in Panama of attempted murder, attacks on state security, and carrying war weapons. The report also states that they are accused of drug trafficking, an offense for which they are required to stand trial in the U.S., foreign minister Samuel Lewis told the press. The same charges have also been brought against the Colombian guerrillas Juan Becheche, José Ibarguen, and Antonio Córdoba, who remain under arrest in the capital. These six guerrillas were arrested in February 2008 after a confrontation with Panamanian police forces in the Pacific Ocean while attempting to capture a patrol boat that was helping them in the high seas.last_img read more

Who’s using what?

first_img Who’s using what? Technology in today’s law offices January 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Who’s using what? Mark D. Killian Managing Editor As a sign of the growing impact of technology in the practice of law, two-thirds of Florida’s lawyers now prefer using computer online services to conduct legal research, according to The Florida Bar’s 2004 Economics and Law Office Management Survey.Sixty-six percent of respondents said they prefer conducting online research and the younger the lawyer, the greater their preference for online services. The survey found 87 percent of respondents under 35 prefer online research, compared with 71 percent of those 36 to 49 years old, and 55 percent of those 50 to 65. Almost all respondents (96 percent) over 65 still prefer books, manuals, or printed materials for legal research.Fifty-four percent of those surveyed listed Westlaw as their preferred legal research provider, followed by 18 percent who said they prefer Lexis/Nexis, and 12 percent who use a combination of both. The most frequently mentioned responses for the 16 percent who said they used other services were Versus Law, Lois Law, and Find Law.For operating system, 60 percent of respondents said their offices use Windows XP, followed by 20 percent with Windows NT. The other 20 percent report using Windows 98 or 98e or Windows 2000.For word processing software, 51 percent report they use Microsoft Word, while 24 percent use WordPerfect, and 25 percent use a combination of both word processing programs.When asked about time billing accounting software, the highest response was Timeslips, with 15 percent; followed by PC Law, 7 percent; Juris, 5 percent; TABS, 4 percent; Perfect Practice, 2 percent; and less than 1 percent of respondents use Perfect Law. Of the 24 percent who indicated they use other billing software, the most frequently listed responses were Quickbooks, Prolaw, Amicus, DTE, and CMS.ProDoc leads the way for Florida firms that use document management software with 8 percent, followed by Client Profiles, 6 percent; iManage (Interwoven) 3 percent; Hummingbird/PC Docs, 2 percent; and Worldox, less than 1 percent. Of the 16 percent who listed “other,” the most frequent responses were ProLaw, Time Matters, and Docs Open.The rundown for practice management software is as follows: Time Matters, 7 percent; Client Profiles, 6 percent; Amicus Attorney, 6 percent; Abacus, 2 percent; and Perfect Law, less than 1 percent. The most frequently listed others are Practice Master, Prolaw, and PC Law.Respondents listed QuickBooks as the most used accounting-only software at 24 percent; followed by Quicken, 9 percent; and Peachtree, 1 percent. Others listed software included PC Law, Microsoft Money, and Prolaw.last_img read more