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Professor emeritus dies at 79

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgNai-Chien Huang, professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday at his home in Los Altos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 79 years old. Huang joined Notre Dame’s faculty in 1983, according to a University press release. Prior to joining Notre Dame’s staff, he served on the faculties of the University of California at San Diego, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin. He retired in 2001. A native of Nantong, China, Huang studied engineering at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, graduating in 1953. He earned his master’s degree from Brown University in 1958 and his doctoral degree from Harvard in 1963. In a written tribute, Joseph Powers, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, said his colleague epitomized the term of “a gentleman and a scholar.” “He was a great teacher, always impeccable in his presentation and with a conspicuous reverence for knowledge. He loved Notre Dame, its students and faculty, and he was a great role model … including for me.” Huang is survived by his wife of 49 years, Geraldine, and their two children, Sheila and Nathan.last_img read more

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Armed for agriculture

By on January 17, 2021

first_imgA team of Georgia National Guardsmen will soon deploy to Afghanistan on a special mission to revitalize the war-torn country’s agriculture industry. And University of Georgia experts will arm them with the knowledge to do it. Later this month, 18 members of the Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team will visit the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga., to get hands-on training from specialists with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The guardsmen will be trained in irrigation, crop production, pest management, soils assessment, livestock management, food storage and more. Agricultural developmentGeorgia is one of five states preparing units with agriculture experience to aid Afghanistan. The first citizen soldiers from Georgia, Augusta’s 201st Regional Support Group, deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year after training with CAES agriculture specialists in March 2011. “These are not typical training sessions for us, but when the Georgia National Guard asked for help, we wanted to do all we could,” said Steve Brown, assistant dean for UGA Cooperative Extension. “While our scientists may not be experts in Afghan agriculture, the basics are the same worldwide.”More than 70 percent of Afghans are farmers, but lack the knowledge to produce viable crops and productive yields. Thirty years of war and prolonged drought have set them back. “Farming techniques used by the Afghan people are like those from the mid-1800s. They don’t have the chemicals or the equipment we have in the states. There is no electrical grid,” said Colonel Craig McGalliard, who leads the 265th out of Metter, Ga. “The Afghan people have been farming for thousands of years and they have good ideas based on their resources, but we hope to show them how to improve.”The 58-member team is comprised of agricultural specialists and security personnel. The seven female members on the team will work on women’s initiative programs like beekeeping and poultry production. “Our 10 agriculture specialists already know the areas we are focused on, but we need this training to give everyone a broader idea of what the other team members are working on so we can assist them,” said SGM Jay Sharpe. Once deployed, the guardsmen will pull from their training and reach out to UGA specialists they meet while in Tifton. “UGA is part of our reach back capability once we get in country. They have the expertise to assist our team and people like me who don’t have an agricultural background,” McGalliard said. The missionWhile Georgia Guardsmen have been deployed to Afghanistan for more than 10 years, they are now arriving with technology and agricultural know-how to share with Afghan farmers. The guardsmen aim to help the farmers grow crops to feed their families and possibly for the export market. Focus will be placed on improved methods for wheat production and storage and apple processing, two of the areas most important crops. “Bread is their No. 1 food staple, most of their population survives on it,” McGalliard said. “If they have a bad wheat harvest, they starve.”Due to lack of cold storage, the region’s apples are often bought cheaply at harvest and then sold back to the farmers in a processed state or later in the year at an escalated price. The guard’s mission is to help Afghans change their practices through education, mentorship and ‘easy-to-train, easy-to-sustain’ crop, livestock, water and land-management projects that fit their culture and environment, McGalliard said.The guard will work with the Afghanistan director of agriculture, irrigation and livestock to show new farming methods to people of the Wardak and Logar provinces, where they will be stationed. Wardak and Logar receive little rainfall and depend on snowmelt from the mountains to fill aquifers. The guardsmen plan to teach farmers how to slow down the water flow and manage it better. “This mission is perfect for the guard as the organization’s symbol [the Minuteman] is an armed farmer standing with a musket in one hand and a plow in the other,” McGalliard said. “The guard has a unique capability for this mission because we have people who raise livestock or crops and happen to be in the guard.” The Georgia National Guard made a three-year commitment to return to Afghanistan for agriculture training. The 265th will deploy this spring for a nine-month stint in Afghanistan.last_img read more

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Legislative Action

By on December 19, 2020

first_imgLegislative Action March 15, 2006 Regular News Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice. The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on February 17 the Board of Governors approved the following positions of The Florida Bar: 18. Supports legislation consistent with the Supreme Court of Florida’s December 15, 2005, certification of need for new judges.last_img read more

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NAFCU retells bureau: Consumer complaints shouldn’t be public

By on December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, in a letter Wednesday, agreed with Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s position that the bureau is not statutorily required to “run a Yelp for financial services sponsored by the federal government.”“Publication of unverified consumer narratives can have long-lasting effects on a credit union’s reputation, resulting in fewer members, market share, and potentially resulting in more time-consuming examinations,” Berger wrote as he reiterated that the bureau should remove its consumer complaint database from public view.NAFCU has pressed the bureau to avoid publication of complaint information that cannot be fully verified in order to reduce the risk of reputational harm. Mulvaney has indicated that changes will likely be made to the database to keep it consistent with the law.last_img read more

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New York comedian brings light to Governor Cuomo’s daily briefings

By on December 8, 2020

first_imgThe first briefing she saw, Governor Cuomo began talking about his daughter’s boyfriend. “As a comedian I was feeling, and as a person, how am I useful right now? What can I do?” said DeCotis. “Just for people to have a small sense of relief that’s not at the expense of anyone is a small part of something I could do to help people right now.” Maria DeCotis started watching the governor’s news conferences when she picked up on something. One New York comedian is taking advantage of that. “Maybe I can just use the words he already has then just match it with something visually that’s telling a different story,” she said. “I just thought it was hilarious and I knew I wanted to do something with it but I was like, I shouldn’t write a script, what he said was already so perfect, I don’t really know how to heighten this any further. What he said as is was perfect so I didn’t want to touch it,” she said. Her videos have even given her a new purpose. Since she posted her first video in early May, DeCotis has grabbed the attention of thousands, even the governors. Being a comedian, DeCotis knew she had to act on the opportunity. All to help lighten up a dark situation.center_img That’s how DeCotis came up with the idea to create lip syncing videos. “The response was positive from the governor, that he liked my videos, so that was pretty exciting,” said DeCotis. It led to creating more videos over the weeks, to provide New Yorkers with laughs in a time they’re needed most. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo enters the living rooms of thousands of New Yorkers daily with his televised briefings. “I just noticed here and there he would say silly things and he has a really funny dynamic with his brother,” said DeCotis. While he mostly talks about the pandemic, he’s known to occasionally go off on some tangents. “I think the main reaction was people being like, ‘Oh my goodness I really needed to laugh. I really needed this today, I’ve been feeling so heavy, this was such a light part of my day,'” said DeCotis. To see all of DeCotis’ videos, you can check out her Twitter or Instagram.last_img read more

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‘Not the letter’: Minister Mahfud clarifies dismissive remark about West Papua report

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgRead also: Thousands of Papuans protest racism, violence against themMahfud was previously under fire for dismissing documents on the victims of human rights violations in West Papua.I the documents were the names and locations of 57 political prisoners charged with treason in seven cities across the country. There were also the names and ages of 243 civilians who had died during the Nduga military operation since December 2018, Veronica claimed in a statement.Veronica said Mahfud’s dismissive statement “might likely exacerbate Papuans’ collective pain.”Veronica was named a suspect by the police in September last year for allegedly violating four laws, including the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, by reportedly encouraging Papuans and West Papuans to stage riots across the provinces in that month. Mahfud added that he was in Canberra with Jokowi during the latter’s state visit and that he did not see Veronica or other people handing over the documents.”Many people give the President letters during his visits and they are not trash,” Mahfud wrote. “I didn’t say Veronica Koman’s documents [given to President Jokowi] was trash,” the minister wrote on his official Twitter account, @mohmahfudmd, on Thursday.”What I actually said was if someone said Veronica gave the letter to the President in Canberra, the information was trash because no one saw her do that,” he went on to say. Topics : Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD clarified on Thursday that he did not refer to documents on the victims of human rights violations in West Papua recently handed over to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as trash.Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman claimed that she had handed the documents over the documents during the President’s state visit to Australia earlier this week.Mahfud was quick to dismiss Veronica’s claim that the documents “might end up as trash.”last_img read more

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IDOR rolls out new payment programs

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has instituted new payment plan options to help ease the burden to Hoosier taxpayers. The new payment plan options became effective in early May and allow individuals to establish plans for a longer period of time without the previous requirement of a down payment equal to 20 percent of the outstanding liability.“Without question, the inflexibility of DOR’s payment plan structure was one of the most commonly cited frustrations from taxpayers and their representatives throughout 2017,” said DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “It was imperative that we re-visit the process to determine new options to ensure taxpayers could pay their debt in a reasonable amount of time and fewer Hoosiers would be in financial hardship due to their tax obligations.”To establish a payment plan, the amount of tax due must be $100 or greater. The new payment plan options are as follows based on the amount owed:$101 – $1,000 owed: up to a 12-month payment plan$1,001 – $5,000 owed: up to a 24-month payment plan$5,001 or above: up to a 36-month payment planDOR partnered with several organizations, including Indiana Legal Services (ILS) and the University of Notre Dame Tax Clinic, in a collaborative effort to create a more realistic solution to benefit low-income taxpayers who struggle to fulfill their tax obligations. For instance, the previous payment option only offered up to 24-month plan and often required a down payment of at least 20 percent. The new payment plans will provide increased flexibility in order to assist taxpayers, thanks to the feedback obtained from directors at ILS and Notre Dame.“This change in direction can also be largely attributed to the work of our Commissioner’s Tax Advisory Council, which began meeting earlier this year, and features both Frank DiPietro from ILS and Patrick Thomas from Notre Dame,” Commissioner Krupp added.Payment plans can be created online through DOR’s INtax system at www.intaxpay.in.gov or by calling DOR Payment Services at 317-232-2165, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST. For more information on the Commissioner’s Tax Advisory Council, visit www.in.gov/dor/5739 on the DOR website.“We commend the Commissioner and the Indiana Department of Revenue for recognizing the financial hardships that result in owing money and taking action to help low-income Hoosiers pay what they owe without further hurting their financial status,” said Frank DiPietro, Director of the ILS Low Income Tax Clinic.last_img read more

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Season championship night win to Holliday at West Liberty

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Aug. 27) – West Liberty Raceway hosted season championship racing on Sat­urday night with the iWireless IMCA Late Model division headlining the program.The 25-lap main event saw Chad Holladay advance from his fourth row start and sail on to the victory in the caution-free feature. The win for Holliday put an exclamation point on his 2016 Late Model track championship. Andy Eckrich ran a strong race in taking second ahead of Jeremiah Hurst.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds closed out the regular season with Brad Dubil scor­ing his second win in the last month in the very tough class. Dubil shot out front early and led the caution-free race flag to flag. The racing behind Dubil was very intense as the season point title was up for grabs. Chris Zogg finished one position behind his nearest competition for the point title, Jerry Luloff. Zogg won the point title. Matt Fulton took second ahead of Luloff and Zogg.Tim Plummer broke out of the pack of race lead contenders in the Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA North­ern SportMod season championship race and went on to record the feature win. Plummer scored a comfortable win ahead of 2016 track champion Dalton Simonsen.Jason KlerkDerus fought his way to the front and took the lead late in the season championship race in the US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact class. KlerkDerus secured his second consecu­tive West Liberty Raceway track title with the win. Brendon Schultheis ran second ahead of Brad O’Brien.The next event at West Liberty Raceway will be the annual Liberty 100 presented by Ideal Ready Mix. Qualifying will be Friday, Sept. 23 with main events, including two 50-lap features for Deery Brothers Summer Series drivers being run on Saturday, Sept. 24.All West Liberty Raceway classes will run at the Liberty 100.last_img read more

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Investigation underway after person shot near Versailles

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first_imgVersailles— The Indiana State Police began an investigation on Monday into a shooting that occurred at rural Ripley County residence that sent one victim to a Louisville hospital for treatment.At around 4:30 pm on Monday troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post and deputies from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on West County Road 700 South after receiving a report that a male had been shot at the residence.Officer arrived and located a 24-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body. The victim was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison before being transferred to a Louisville area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.The investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives has determined that an altercation at the residence led to the victim being shot. At this time, there have not been any arrests in this case and the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Giants edge Stars in thriller

By on September 20, 2020

first_img Press Association Belfast Giants came out victorious in their thrilling 7-6 overtime win over the Dundee Stars at the Dundee Ice Arena. Conor Shields was the key man as he netted a hat-trick, including the winning goal in overtime, and two assists to seal the victory and help the Giants go a point clear at the top of the Elite League standings. Dundee are fifth after suffering a fourth successive loss. Robert Dowd scored an overtime-winning goal to give the Sheffield Steelers a 4-3 victory over the Cardiff Devils at the Sheffield Arena. center_img Ben O’Connor, Levi Nelson and Mike Duco were also on the scoresheet to help Sheffield move into fourth while Cardiff slip to third. last_img read more

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