Man who killed New York City jogger Karina Vetrano sentenced to life in prison

first_imgWABC(NEW YORK) — Chanel Lewis, 22, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano, who was beaten and strangled to death while out for a jog near her home in Queens.The sentence was handed down by a judge who a day earlier rejected a defense motion to vacate Lewis’ conviction based on allegations of juror misconduct. Lewis was convicted after five hours of deliberations following his second trial after the first ended in a mistrial.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Storm brings winds, fire danger and flash flooding from Plains to the Gulf Coast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — There have been more than 300 damaging storm reports from Texas all the way to New Jersey with 18 reported tornadoes in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.Also, within the same storm system, almost 9 inches of rain fell in parts of Tennessee and produced deadly flash flooding.Nashville, Tennessee got 7 inches of rain which was the most rain in a two-day period since 2010 as well as the second wettest two day period in Nashville history.Overnight, this same storm moved through the Northeast with winds up to 76 mph in Delaware and up to 72 mph in Staten Island, bringing with it damage to trees, power lines and buildings across the region.On Monday, the storm will move out but gusty winds will continue for the Northeast from New York to Maine where gusts could reach near 60 mph and high wind alerts have been issued for the area.Meanwhile, a new storm system is developing in the West with more than a dozen states on alert for strong winds, fire danger and heavy snow from California to Illinois.By Tuesday afternoon and evening, a Western storm will move into the southern Plains and bring more threats for strong thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail as heavy rain will also be possible.By Wednesday, this same storm system will move into the Gulf Coast states, the Southeast and parts of the East Coast with strong to severe storms bringing damaging winds, large hail and possible flash flooding possible once again for the same areas that got hit very hard last week.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Democratic Senator Tallian Announces Run For Attorney General

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comIndiana Sen. Karen Tallian has announced she will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for attorney general, alluding to the sexual misconduct scandal enveloping current officeholder Curtis Hill and criticizing his “right-wing agenda.”“While I have been proud to serve in the State Senate, a decade of Republican supermajority across three branches of government has made Indiana a state of extreme politics,” Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, said in a statement released Wednesday by the Tallian for Attorney General campaign. “I am running to restore checks and balances to the Statehouse and to be a voice for all who live here. It is time that Hoosiers have leadership that listens to their problems and fights for solutions.“The Attorney General should be the citizen’s advocate and work for all of us, not filing lawsuits trying to take away our legal rights,” Tallian’s statement said. “The Attorney General’s office should not be trying to promote a right-wing agenda to overturn healthcare for pre-existing conditions and take away the ability for Hoosiers to have affordable insurance coverage. Curtis Hill has not been an advocate for Indiana citizens, and he has not brought integrity and reason to this office.”A member of the state Senate since 2005, the Porter County Democrat was among the first lawmakers to call for marijuana legalization. She has authored several marijuana legalization bills in previous sessions that went unheard by Statehouse committees despite some bipartisan proposals in recent sessions. Tallian chairs the Senate Democratic caucus and is ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.Hill, who has not officially announced whether he will seek re-election, already has one Republican challenger. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP attorney John Westercamp announced his bid for attorney general in June with a campaign-style statewide swing.Political parties will select their nominees for attorney general during party conventions next year. Voters will elect the next AG in November 2020.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Boy Scouts of America removes ban on transgender members

Several months after Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus removed a transgender boy, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado, from their group, the Boy Scouts have said they will accept transgender children into their group.“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs,” the organization said in a press release Monday. “However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”This week, a statewide group responded. “Garden State Equality is thrilled with the decision that will impact trans boys across the country who wanted to participate in the Boy Scouts of America,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director for Garden State Equality, a New Jersey LBGTQ advocacy group that has started a petition to have Joe reinstated.Though surprised by the ruling, Fuscarino said he believed it was inevitable. “When James Dale filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay scouts, that took decades for them to reverse their decision,” he said. “We’re just really pleased and honestly surprised that the Boy Scouts of America acted so quickly, and did the right thing in this situation by allowing trans scouts. We’re happy that thousands of people took action and signed the petition. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Boy Scouts of America felt that pressure.”Though he kept the family’s plans after the ruling confidential, Fuscarino said he’s spoken with Joe and his mother about it. Joe is “pleased” by the outcome. “I hope that he will be able to enjoy life the way that young boys do, by playing with his friends and winning some basketball games,” he said.The historic decision comes four years after the Scouts removed their longtime ban on gay members, and two years after they removed their ban on gay scout leaders.Watch future issues for more information. × read more

Milking your offer

first_imgThe dairy sector has seen prices of raw ingredients rocket alongside all the other commodities, and the café and bakery retailing sector is no stranger to this. But aside from cost, what issues do bakery retailers and cafés face when it comes to the dairy products they use? Is it important to them to use locally sourced and/or organic products, and do customers care?Big-name branded café chains are increasingly going for organic milk to differentiate their offering. Formed in 1992, AMT Coffee, which currently has 45 outlets, decided to switch to using 100% organic milk in November 2005, partly on the back of its switch to 100% Fairtrade coffee, but mainly in response to comments via its customer feedback cards, asking why they weren’t doing organic milk. “We also noticed that using different milks was slowing down our speed of service,” says Daniel Buckland, buyer for AMT.Rise in costsThe move to organic has meant the price of the milk has gone up significantly, costing AMT approximately 20% more, but that hasn’t put it off. It was the first national coffee company to make the change to 100% organic milk, and now others are following in its footsteps. “Pret A Manger and Eat are now using organic milk as well,” says Buckland. If big names like that are doing so, it won’t be long before the trend increases. AMT also likes to keep its sourcing local, and has been down to the farm in Bedford where most of its milk supply comes from.The same is increasingly true of smaller operators, such as Bea’s of Bloomsbury in London, which sells artisan cakes and pastries as well as teas and coffees at its bakery café in Theobald’s Road. The business has a very strong environmental policy, sourcing locally as much as is feasible, and only sourcing from suppliers that use sea or road freight. Managing director, founder and head pastry chef Bea Vo says customers are becoming increasingly picky about the details, questioning whether milk used in products is organic. “A lot of people are asking about that now,” she says. “My biggest concern is that all the dairy products are locally sourced from the UK.”This is highlighted in the company philosophy, which features prominently on its website, and states a desire to make a difference in the world. However, Vo says, it isn’t always easy keeping track of whether products are of local origin, which is why her dairy produce is supplied by Allan Reeder, a family-run dairy goods firm, which specialises in supplying the restaurant, hotel, bakery and catering trade within the M25 area. The milk used is mostly organic, although she explains they use organic milk in their bakery products, but not in their drinks as she finds it doesn’t foam up properly.So, with this increasing interest in producing certified organic produce, does this signal a trend for organic milk? From July 1 this year, Arla Foods increased the payment to its organic co-operative members in Denmark and Sweden, in order to attract more organic producers. Arla is currently the world’s largest producer of organic milk and is intent on sourcing more. “We believe that interest in organic production will continue to grow both in Denmark and Sweden and abroad,” explains CEO Peder Tuborgh.Other businesses, such as Bettys Café Tea Rooms, which offers bakery treats across six locations in Yorkshire, serving an array of teas and coffees selected by its sister company, Taylors of Harrogate, alongside milkshakes and ice cream, says that while it offers organic, this doesn’t yet feature highly across its standard product range.Some of Bettys’ products, – mainly breads, in which it uses organic cheese for example – have been certified organic by the Soil Association, but it doesn’t offer organic milk in its teas and coffees, says Rhoda Bowers, technical manager of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Group, as customers haven’t expressed a strong interest in it, or asked about the type of milk used.As well as being less harmful to the environment, due to the lack of pesticide use, AMT believes organic milk is better for the cows and for us. Despite the fact that not all bakery and café retailers are jumping on the organic milk bandwagon, it is evident that some retailers are finding it can make a small differentiator on the menu.—-=== Mariano Semino’s top tips on making a great cappuccino ===Mariano Semino works at the Ca’puccino branch at Harrods, and has won the Italian championship in cappuccino-making.l First it is important to make sure the steamer is cleaned properly, so that milk never curdles in it, which will spoil the cappuccino.l The key to ensuring you are able to taste the milk and the coffee together in the cup is to keep a check on the milk’s temperature.l Baristas must check the temperature by keeping a hand on the jug during the steaming process, to make sure the temperature doesn’t go over 72?C, as overheated milk instantly loses its protein and tastel The milk must also be frothed up until it becomes creamy, as opposed to airy and thin. The core ability of the barista lies in allowing no air bubbles to form inside it, so that the milk doesn’t go flat within seconds.—-=== Every little bit helps ===With pressure on companies to reduce packaging and become more eco-friendly, what dairy products can you use in a café environment to make a small contribution to cutting packaging waste?One dairy innovation, created in response to storage and environmental issues is a new type of single serve milk portion. Dairystix, based in Plymouth, Devon, claims to have manufactured the world’s first ’milk in a stick’ portion for the foodservice market. “They have been developed in response to a perceived need for an alternative to the old plastic jigger pots,” says Andrew Gibb, marketing controller at Single Source, which co-owns Dairystix. Many single source products have evolved into single stick portions, and Dairystix has been developed in the same format, using milk from UK farms.Gibb explains the product produces 50% less waste going to landfill than standard jigger pots, as well as saving on transportation space. “Standard jiggers fit about 120 to a box, whereas Dairystix can be packed about 200 to a box, so its a 40% saving on space,” says Gibb.—-=== Cravendale’s guide to creating latte art ===The key to latte art is texturing your foamed milk, says Cravendale, which supplies filtered fresh milk.Texturingl To texture the milk, once the foam has grown and the milk has reached about 40?C, lower the steam wand into position on the jug’s side before tilting the jug to a 40? angle. This causes a whirlpool effect, and will break down any bubbles, creating a thick, smooth foam.l When the temperature of the milk reaches 60?C, turn off the steam. The temperature will then continue to rise to 65-70?C.l Next, tap the base of the jug on the counter. This will burst any large surface bubbles.l Then gently swirl the jug until the microfoam flows and appears thick and shiny, giving it a final swirl before each pour to stop the bubbles from sticking.Creating a leafl Tilt the jug and pour the crema with a wide wiggle starting from the cup centrel Draw towards yourself with smaller and smaller wigglesl Pour away from yourself in a straight line, to turn the wiggly shape into a leaf.last_img read more

News story: Innovative satellite tech company invests in the UK space sector

first_img SatixFy UK is an excellent example of how working together we can bring investment to the UK, attract new engineers to work in the space sector and support innovative space companies to become really successful here, whilst driving significant export opportunity. The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy sets out a clear vision for the UK to become the world’s most innovative nation and we are working with industry to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030. SatixFy, the satellite communication technology company, has gone from strength to strength since setting up UK operations in August 2016, after being established in Hong Kong, with its first design centre in Israel, in 2012.With the support of the UK Space Agency, Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade, the company now has 77 full-time employees in Farnborough and Manchester – out of 150 worldwide – and attracted a further $20 million of investment.Having developed its innovative technology, SatixFy UK is now selling its products. Just 18 months after being established, the company’s customers already include some of the world’s largest satellite operators and satellite manufacturers.The company received funding to develop revolutionary flat antennas which could have applications in the Internet of Things market, connecting vehicles to the internet, as well as for user terminals for the upcoming Low Earth orbiting (LEO) constellations. The company’s new development centre in Manchester designs space-hardened silicon chips for satellite payloads with a first chip for on-board-processing.Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade, the UK government’s international economic department, said: Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: Becoming an integral part of the UK space industry, with the support of the UK authorities, has been one of the most successful business decisions SatixFy has taken. The level of support and goodwill we have received from the UK government was very important for us. Within a short period of 18 months, we have been able to establish two successful design centres and design our first chips. Within 2 years from our starting point, we will already be selling our products. We plan to continue to grow our UK infrastructure and use it as a base for our future electronically steered antennas and satellite payloads product lines. SatixFy’s story is an excellent example of how Innovate UK, the UK Space Agency and the Department for International Trade use the support tools at our disposal to attract companies to set up and grow in the UK. The UK offer goes well beyond our ability to co-invest in projects; we work hard to ensure that the whole value chain is well connected, is collaborating and is co-innovating. I look forward to seeing the fruits of SatixFy’s early success and would also encourage any other technology companies wishing to establish and grow in the UK to get in touch.center_img We are delighted with the success that SatixFy have enjoyed since opening their UK operations. They are a ringing endorsement for the compelling offer the UK presents to innovative, ambitious companies seeking to grow and compete successfully in the booming global space market. SatixFy UK has received a commitment for funding of more than €30 million, for several programmes, from the European Space Agency’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Satellites (ARTES) programme, which transforms research into successful commercial projects. The UK is the largest funder of the programme which is designed to support industry by funding the demonstration of advanced technologies, systems, services and applications in a representative space environment.Craig Brown, Innovation Lead for Space at Innovate UK and the UK’s Delegate to the ESA ARTES Satcom programme, said: SatixFy UK is investing €15 million in its UK centres and other UK contractors including Cadence and TVS.Likewise, SatixFy UK has formed a new joint venture with Singapore Technologies Engineering (STE), which will see STE invest $20 million to develop and sell commercial Aero antennas for the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market while ownership of the technology remains in the UK.Yoel Gat, CEO of the SatixFy Group said:last_img read more

Keep Austin Weir’d: Bob Weir Awarded Key To The City Of Austin For His “Vote Local” Initiative

first_imgThis weekend, Bob Weir took to Austin, Texas, to continue his Campfire Tour with his Campfire Band with two shows at The Moody Theater for Austin City Limits Live. Before his first performance on Saturday, the Grateful Dead guitarist met with Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, to talk about his “Vote Local” initiative. This newest project is in conjunction with HeadCount, an organization that advocates for musicians and music lovers to get more involved in politics and for which Weir is a board member. After Saturday’s meeting, Weir kicked off the first of two nights at Moody Theater with the Campfire Band featuring Steve Kimock, Jash Kaufman, Jon Shaw, and The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. This most tour has been in support of Weir’s recent solo album, Blue Mountain, which was released during the tail-end of last year. You can check out pictures from Weir’s mayoral meeting below, as well as setlists from Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Pope may support same-sex unions, but that doesn’t mean the Vatican does

first_imgThe disclosure this week of Pope Francis’ support of same-sex civil unions sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church and progressive and conservative circles alike. It came in a papal interview in “Francesco,” a documentary that premiered Wednesday, and represented a major break with Vatican teaching, leaving many wondering whether an official change might be coming soon. In the film Francis says, “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.” The Gazette spoke with Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of comparative theology, about the pope’s comments and what they mean for members of the Catholic LGBTQ community. Q&AFrancis X. ClooneyGAZETTE:  What was your reaction when you heard about the pope’s comments on same-sex unions?CLOONEY: On the one hand, it’s not surprising at all, because Archbishop Bergoglio [now Pope Francis] struggled with the issue of formal marriage relationships when he was in Argentina and pointed to a compromise such as calling same-sex unions civil unions and not marriage. This debate is similar to what we went through in this country a decade or so ago. But I think Francis’ openness to same-sex unions is also more fundamentally representative of his instinct that human beings have a right to be together, a right to union, a right to family, and therefore, that it would be unjust to provide no way at all for people to live together as a couple. I think it’s his basic sense of human compassion and his openness to finding ways to help people to live the lives that they feel they must live.On the other hand, you can’t imagine previous popes speaking in this fashion. That doesn’t mean that someone like John Paul was not a compassionate person, but they were so clearly linked to, focused on, church doctrine, and the preservation of marriage between a male and a female and, given their attitudes toward homosexuality, they simply wouldn’t speak in this fashion, whatever they may personally have felt. And I think what is new here is that Francis, as all the reports say, is in the non-authoritative context of a documentary — not sitting on the chair of Peter as pope making a proclamation ­— speaking his mind as probably most Catholics in the West would also speak their minds and say, “Well yes, some kind of way to allow people to live their lives happily and in peace is what matters.”GAZETTE:  Does this change anything about the church’s overall doctrine?CLOONEY: Probably not, because he hasn’t pushed it that far in terms of recognizing gay marriages. But implicitly, it’s undercutting the rhetoric that being gay is a grave disorder or that being gay and living out a gay commitment is something that God disapproves of. Francis is taking a positive attitude and therefore changing the climate, even if there are going to be Catholics who resist this greatly.GAZETTE:  I know Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in Providence, R.I., has come out very strongly against this. Do you expect an even greater backlash from conservative and other voices in the church?CLOONEY: Yes, but not as much as one might think. This news is based on a documentary, and it’s in keeping with things Francis has said previously. Conservative critics are not going to be surprised by this, even if they will be very annoyed by it. People who are against any compromise in this direction will see this as another sign that Francis has gone astray, that he is not adhering to church teaching. And they will add this to their list of complaints about him, even though he’s the pope and deserving of their respect. You may recall much earlier in his papacy, when people asked him about his thoughts on homosexuality, he said “Who am I to judge people in their lives?” This is Francis, and for many, this is a wonderful Francis; but for some, it’s the Francis they can’t abide, and they will continue to protest.GAZETTE:  Can you see him pressing this forward to doctrinal change?CLOONEY: Several years ago, when there was discussion with the pope and some of the bishops about divorced and remarried Catholics returning to Communion, Francis didn’t bite the bullet and declare that they’re welcome back to Communion if they’re in a stable second marriage. But he said that good priests, who know how to be pastoral, will know how to relate to people. It was as if to say: If a couple who are divorced and remarried comes to you, you’ll help them to find their way. My sense is that Francis is not the man as pope, particularly going on 10 years into his papacy, to be making declarations that push the church where it’s not ready to go. But rather, again, he is giving a green light, really, to priests and others involved in counseling couples to say we have to find ways to welcome Catholics as they are: Be pastoral; be like Jesus. And I think this opens the door, even though it will be controversial in some circles, to saying couples who are in a same-sex marriage are members of the parish and welcome in Catholic worshipping communities. Of course, in some dioceses, such couples will not be welcome to Communion. There will be differences in response and pastoral practice. So I think what is at stake is a kind of incremental pastoral disposition, whereby things will change, as they always have, only slowly. The pope is saying things that other popes never would have said previously. But I don’t see Francis being in the position to make any kind of daring pronouncement in the years to come about gay marriage. I wouldn’t anticipate that coming.,GAZETTE:  Does this kind of comment potentially set the stage for another Vatican council?CLOONEY: Well, there have certainly been calls for a coming Vatican III. I think there’s a sense that some 50 or 60 years after the last council, which opened things up, there’s a need to consolidate and catch up to where things are in the world around us now. How much has changed since 1965! Some, who still regret the way Vatican II was implemented, will also want to have a Vatican III, if not turn back the clock, rather to tighten things up under a more conservative pope. In a sense it’s like calling a constitutional convention in this country: Liberals and conservatives would see such a convention as to their advantage. But I think all this depends first of all on how long Francis is pope. He’s not said he’s going to retire, but he seems to be the kind of man who would be sensible enough to say, “If I can’t do the job, I will retire,” even if he hasn’t said that yet. So then it will also depend on who the next pope would be.GAZETTE:  Do you have a sense of whether the church is on a more liberal trajectory in terms of selecting popes?CLOONEY: Sometimes there’s this sense that if you’ve gone from Benedict on the more conservative side to Francis on the more liberal side, it could be that the cardinals look around and want a shift back a little the other way. And therefore, the next pope would be less likely to make any bold gestures. But again, in 1957 or 1958, nobody expected John XXIII, who was put in as an older caretaker pope, would suddenly call Vatican II. This knocked many cardinals off their seats, so to speak. It could be that such surprising things may happen fairly quickly.All of this is analogous to how change happens in this country with Congress and the Supreme Court making decisions, sometimes behind popular opinion, sometimes against it. But remember that Francis is in a sense a pastoral incrementalist. He believes that you’ve got to change the way we Catholics, clergy, bishops, all of us think about human decency, our responsibility to members of the church, compassion, helping people in trouble. If you change people’s minds and hearts, then the church will continue to grow in new ways. Whereas if you put in something legally that is too far ahead of where people are, it could be counterproductive.GAZETTE:  Can you talk a bit about the complexity of being the pope for a global community?CLOONEY: It’s one thing were Pope Francis the pope only of North America and Western Europe. But everything he says will be read by Catholics in South America, which is still very Catholic in many ways, and also by Catholics in more conservative Catholic communities in Africa and Asia. So going incrementally and pastorally step by step is probably Francis’s instinct, because he knows either he would infuriate Catholics in the West by not going fast enough, or anger Catholics in other parts of the world, who would say, “This is far too fast. This is out of keeping where our culture is.” In certain African countries, homosexuality is still, I think, illegal and can be punished. So saying something about same-sex marriages will be heard in one way in certain countries in Africa, and very differently in New York or Boston or London, where the response will be quite different. I think Francis has to be looking in both directions. And his basic sense is: Change our hearts, how we think as priests and bishops, and so on, and then that will be an infusion of the whole church with a new attitude slowly arriving.GAZETTE:  Could you see Pope Francis making other kinds of comments about women priests or priests being able to marry going forward?CLOONEY: Many Catholics have been hoping, with each pope for the past 50 years or so, that the pope would say something to change the dynamic on married priests and women priests, but it hasn’t happened. There has been the issue of women deacons serving in ordained ministry — there’s evidence about women deacons in the early church. But Francis, thus far into his papacy, hasn’t really changed church policy even on that. But with his “who am I to judge” comments, Francis was showing that the church is like a Red Cross station on the battlefield of life, there to help people and not to sit in an ivory tower casting judgments on people. In this way he has set a tone, which is quite clear, about wanting to have an inclusive church, wanting to have a church where people are not left out because some particularities about themselves, their self-identity.But he doesn’t seem to be the one, as more liberal Catholics would want, to say, “Let’s just ordain women deacons, period. Let’s just do it.” I think as pope, he in theory at least has the power to do that, just as Pope John Paul claimed the power for himself to stop entirely the discussion about the ordination of women, saying it’s not even to be discussed in the church anymore, period. But that didn’t work, it didn’t stop discussion. Francis could say something like that, speaking very firmly on marriage or ordination. But again, would it be wise?You think of Supreme Court decisions in this country like Roe v. Wade, and can ask whether decisions from above are the best way to change how people think about these issues. I think Francis feels the change has to come more from leaders talking to the people, listening to the people, so that ideas and sentiments seep upward through the church, not just come down from above. So I don’t think he’s going to say anything dramatic about women in the church or married priests in the church. Remember that the bishops of the Amazon region had their annual meeting just a year ago. In their document they called for married priests, arguing that they simply didn’t have enough priests, and that people have a right to Mass and the sacraments, and that the only way to do that is to ordain married men. Francis had the prerogative of issuing the final statement, and he left out reference to that request. He didn’t condemn them and say it’s impossible, but he just didn’t follow up on it. And I don’t see evidence that he’s going to suddenly start acting more boldly at this point on issues such as marriage. A positive attitude toward civil unions may well be as far as he goes.In terms of his recent comments, people who are in gay unions or gay marriages should therefore not be expecting that suddenly everything is going to be all right. But given Francis’ view of how things change, simply that he’s willing to say these things and air new ideas again and again is a big step forward. It’s not an authoritative pronouncement from Vatican City, per se. But it’s the slow change that moves things forward in a healthy way.Interview was gently edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

Mexican soldiers rescue toddler abandoned in Rio Grande

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say soldiers and immigration agents have rescued a 2-year-old girl from Chile after she apparently fell into the Rio Grande and the adults who were with her left her and crossed the river into the United States. Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said Sunday that the incident happened a day earlier as a group of migrants was crossing the river near Ciudad Acuna, across from Del Rio, Texas. The agency says the adults made gestures, pointing out the toddler to soldiers and immigration agents, who waded into the river to rescue her. Officials say the adults did not stop to retrieve the girl and continued across the river. The girl has been placed with child welfare authorities.last_img read more

Become a Vendor Assessment Jedi

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Randy Lindberg, Founder and Managing Partner with Rivial Security (A Quantivate Partner)There are some ordinary steps that you can take to assess vendor due diligence. But, you don’t want to be ordinary…To be a Vendor Assessment Jedi, use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework!Vendor due diligence is the process of ensuring that the use of external IT service providers and other vendors does not create unacceptable potential for business disruption or negative impact on business performance.To accomplish the objective of vendor due diligence, your credit union needs to:Gather company details such as ownership specifics, company size, products offered, and locationUnderstand the company’s financial position, or rather, is this vendor financially stable enough to service your needs for at least 1 to 2 years continue reading »last_img read more