Gov. Holcomb Signs Victim Bill With Prosecutors, IPAC Leadership

first_imgGov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed Senate Enrolled Act 551 on Wednesday in the Statehouse with the bill’s author and sponsor, prosecutors and two constituents all in attendance.SEA 551, authored by Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, and sponsored in the House by Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Evansville, is a victims’ rights bill that addresses several important areas in the criminal justice world dealing with crime victims. The bill started when a constituent reached out to Sen. Messmer for help with a man who was grooming her 14-year-old daughter. Because no physical act had occurred, the mother was unable to file a restraining order. Sen. Messmer, with the help of county prosecutors, crafted language to put a stop to that type of behavior by allowing restraining orders against people who are making inappropriate contact with minors.“I am very pleased to see this legislation signed into law,” Messmer said. “SEA 551 will impact every Hoosier community by improving how we support victims as well as ensuring offenders are justly penalized for their actions.”SEA 551 contains several other provisions geared towards helping the victims of crimes, including adding confidentiality provisions for victims in court documents, barring the release of Department of Child Services reports during an ongoing criminal investigation, enhancing penalties on repeat strangulation offenders and allowing victims access to an emotional support animal or comfort item while testifying in court.The bill also addresses a gap in the current kidnapping and criminal confinement laws by creating an offense when the kidnapping or criminal confinement results in moderate bodily injuring to the victim. The legislation does away with the current practice of offenders having the opportunity to have their felony domestic battery conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.“To better protect domestic violence and child victims from their abusers, this new law will expand their privacy rights and ensure offenders are appropriately punished for their crimes,” McNamara said.  “Victims need to know that they are safe and have support, and this law will take steps to protect their physical and emotional health.”Prosecutors Bernard Carter, Lake County; Rodney Cummings, Madison County; and Patrick Harrington, Tippecanoe County, were all in attendance for the signing, along with IPAC Executive Director David Powell and Assistant Executive Director Chris Naylor.“We are thankful for all the hard work that went into this important bill,” said Powell. “We think this will be very impactful for the victims of crimes throughout Indiana.”The bill enjoyed broad bi-partisan support as it made its way through the legislature, it passed the Senate unanimously and moved out of the House with a vote of 92-4. The provision barring the disclosure of DCS reports has already become law, the rest of the bill will take effect on July 1, 2019.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Thursday or Friday.Todays READERS POLL question is: If the election was held today for Indiana Governor who would you vote for?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Bako targets premium sales with launch of Finest range

first_imgWholesaler Bako is cashing in on increased consumer demand for premium products with the launch of a Bako Finest range of foods and ingredients.The company said it was targeting the indulgent, health-aware and quality-conscious market with the range. Individual ingredients can be used to enhance a baker’s own recipes, while prepared foods can add extra value and luxury to existing menus.The first products in the range are Cornish pasties and pork pie crowns. The Cornish pasties are made using hand-prepared meat and vegetables. The pork pie crowns are made with hand-raised pastry.Bako plans to add Finest Cherries and Finest Chicken Meat next, with Finest Dried Fruit added in the new year.last_img

sweet on sugarcraft Sri Lankan celebration cake maker Indika Jayasena is honing her skills in sugarcraft, with a course at Brooklands College and her study is already paying off

first_imgI come from Sri Lanka where I worked as an assistant hotel manager, but I’ve always liked cooking, particularly cake-making and decorating, as my mother was very good at it and used to teach me. When I moved to the UK, I decided to start my own business as I saw there were a lot of opportunities in this country.I started Prestige Creations, which I now run with my husband, Rohan, from our home in Swiss Cottage in London and we’re doing well, making and decorating celebration cakes. That was four years ago, but I recently decided to have a look around at the competition and realised that I needed more knowledge. That’s when I decided I could improve sales and grow the business by learning some more skills, so I started off by doing a five-day course at the International School of Sugarcraft, which was very useful.I’m now doing a one-year, part-time advanced sugarcraft course at Brooklands College, where I go one day a week, from 9.30am-1.30pm. It’s pretty tough finding the time to do it, as I’ve also got two children (aged six and 10), but I’m really enjoying it and learning a lot.I’m constantly picking up new techniques; every day you learn something different, such as sugarpaste work, royal icing techniques, collage and bas relief. We’ve also been studying quilling, which is traditionally a paper craft but is being applied to cake decoration; it’s quite difficult and I can’t say that I’ve particularly enjoyed doing it!We work on dummy cakes, which I’ve kept and will have to display as part of our final assessment, while we also have an exam in June, which tests us on the theory we’ve learnt; 75% of the course is practical and 25% is theory. We are set projects throughout the year too and I have to do reading and research at the library.As soon as I learn the techniques, I use them on my own cakes and I think that has helped me sell more. People like the fact that my handmade cakes are fresh – much fresher than those you buy in the supermarkets, which can be frozen – and the fact that I can give them ideas, discuss what they want and come up with a bespoke cake. I particularly enjoy making children’s birthday cakes with cartoon characters, and I get ideas for them from books and magazines.I also enter competitions in my spare time and have had quite a few successes around the country. I’ve won two gold medals in the Squires Kitchen International School of Sugarcraft competition and, last month, I won three gold medals at the Wessex Salon Culinaire hotel and catering competition in Bournemouth, one of which was for my quilling technique on a fan, and another for making sugarcraft flowers – I had to make a rosebud, rose and three leaves in 20 minutes, which was quite a lot of pressure. I’m going to Cork in Ireland next month for another competition. I like entering them and, of course, winning is very rewarding.I’d really recommend studying sugarcraft to anyone thinking about it, even though it can be time-consuming. I think that if you have the drive to do something, you’ll be able to do it. The cake-making business is really competitive but I want to expand my company in future and set up a website and I’m confident that, after the course, I’llbe able to do that. nlast_img read more


first_imgn A man has denied murdering a fellow bakery worker in the car park at Fine Lady Bakeries, Banbury. Shahid Rehman, 29, of Grimsbury Green, Banbury, is accused of the murder of Imran Shah, 23. Mr Shah died from multiple wounds on Monday, 27 November, 2006. Rehman’s trial will begin at Oxford Crown Court on September 24.n Coffee chain Coffee Republic has signed a franchise agreement which will see the brand launched in Romania. The company has signed an agreement with Krruss Holdings to develop its coffee and deli bar concept in the country.n Cash & carry giant Booker and hi-tech wholesaler Blueheath are to merge. The new business, to be listed on the AIM market, will be called Booker Group and will be lead by current Booker chief executive Charles Wilson.n HTG Trading has sold its manufacturing business to Hubbard Products, a subsidiary of Zanotti SpA. HTG Trading’s distribution activities, Hubbard Ice Systems and Taylor Freezer, are unaffected by this change.n Foster Refrigerator has sold its 10,000th hydrocarbon cabinet. Hydrocarbon refrigerants can reduce both energy consumption and carbon emissions by 15%.n Baking equipment supplier Interbake (Bury) has been appointed UK and Irish agent for mixing systems specialist the Tonelli Group.n On 11 May British Baker wrote that Bell Perkins Industrial Easirobe enrober was made in Leeds. It is actually supplied by Brook Food Processing Equipment, based in Minehead, Somerset.last_img read more

Advice to students: Take risks and build courage

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. If you have these kinds of questions, it’s highly likely that your classmates are also thinking about them, so you’ll be doing everyone a favor by going out on a limb and asking. If you don’t feel comfortable asking questions in class, ask during office hours, or by email. If you’re afraid of looking silly or simple-minded, confront that fear head-on by asking anyway. Confronting our fears is how we build courage — it’s how we grow.Growth also requires not being too attached to a fixed idea of what your career has to look like. Some of us enter School with a strong sense of who we want to be, and what sort of path we have ahead of ourselves. It can be comforting to have a well-defined sense of purpose, but it can also lead us away from directions that might be much more fulfilling.Make sure to give yourself real opportunities to explore other disciplines. Be ambitious in trying things out, but be willing to pull back if you’ve taken on too much.If you find beauty where you didn’t expect it, if you find yourself drawn toward surprising directions, don’t be afraid to follow those threads. Give yourself permission to move off of your previously defined trajectory. You’ll get far more satisfaction out of focusing on what you genuinely love to do than on whom you feel like you’re supposed to be. And you’ll find that being even slightly closer to resonance in your choice of field can make an enormous difference in your enjoyment and productivity.Finally, be sure not to race through the basics of your subject. Even if you feel like you’ve seen it all before, it’s likely that your understanding will be far more nuanced the second or third time around. You can build up a tremendous amount of intuition by taking the time to think carefully about the foundations of your subject, making logical connections, and formulating the fundamental conceptual ingredients in an arrangement that feels more sensible to you, on your own terms.At the same time, keep in mind that balance is important, so don’t prioritize fortifying the foundations of your understanding over getting messy. Don’t worry about having to understand every single detail if it means circling around a problem endlessly. Jump in and start trying things. Uncovering new ideas inevitably requires wandering around in the dark to some degree, and the earlier you get used to it, the less scary it will seem.— Jacob barandesLecturer on PhysicsCo-director of Graduate Studies for Physics Our endless fascination with pi Physics lecturer Jacob Barandes breaks it down for us with help from his 9-year-old daughter, Sadie center_img This is part of a series called Focal Point, in which we ask a range of Harvard faculty members to answer the same question.Focal PointJacob BarandesQuestion: If you were to write a letter to your students, what would you want them to know?I mainly teach students in the physical sciences, but I have some advice to share with those who are studying subjects centered more broadly around problem-solving.First and foremost, remember that there are many ways to be extraordinary. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that ability in a particular discipline lies along a single axis, and that any two people in that discipline can be lined up and compared. But getting stuck in this mindset discourages cooperation and leads to a sense of competition, a feeling that we have to demonstrate that we’re better or more capable than those around us, and a constant fear of not measuring up. Just as importantly, this attitude is contrary to the history of scholarship in many disciplines.That history makes clear that major contributions come from people working together and bringing very different configurations of talents and skills to the table. Some are fast calculators. Others soak up knowledge and become walking libraries. Some are doggedly persistent, sticking to a problem for months or years until they make progress on it. Others have fantastic powers of focus and concentration. Some are inspirational leaders or collaborators. Others are brilliant explainers, capable of building intellectual bridges that make it possible for newcomers to join the effort and for experts to reach new vistas. Some are highly creative, able to set forth in directions that nobody else can see. Others are methodical and logical, catching mistakes that others make and identifying loopholes in calcified wisdom. Some are slow but deep thinkers, turning ideas over and over again in their heads until they discover new connections or unlock old mysteries.Most are just plain lucky — they find themselves in the right place at the right time with the right set of skills to learn what they need to know and contribute appropriately when their field is ripe for a breakthrough or discovery.If you love what you’re learning, if you find it beautiful and captivating, don’t worry about whether you’re going to be extraordinary at it — or what kind of extraordinary you might be. Embrace the risk of pursuing what interests you anyway. And, above all, never leave behind something you love doing just because you’re afraid you might not be great at it someday.Another piece of advice is that the best way to learn a subject is to ask naive questions. Don’t just ask about a complicated step in a calculation or point out a mistake in a lecture. Ask what words and definitions mean. Ask whether there are alternative ways to think about concepts. Ask for clarification of vague arguments. Ask whether there are easier ways to do things. Ask why things are the way they are. If you’re just plain confused, say so, and ask for further explanation. “If you find beauty where you didn’t expect it, if you find yourself drawn toward surprising directions, don’t be afraid to follow those threads.” Relatedlast_img read more

John Crabbe of Vermont Tent honored for dedication to hospitality industry

first_imgWhen John Crabbe began what is today one of the most successful event rental businesses in Vermont, he looked to a national business leader for his inspiration. One quote in particular from Lee Iacocca resonated with Crabbe, ‘people do business with people, not businesses.’ Crabbe knew early in his career that he wanted to personalize the service that he gave his customers and to also become a significant contributor to his community. These two guidelines helped to shape his leadership style and earn him the recognition by his peers with the 2010 Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Allied Member of the Year award. Crabbe will be honored alongside some of his friends and business associates at the Vermont Hospitality Awards on September 21 at Sugarbush Resort in Warren. The Allied Member of the Year award is designed to honor an individual who goes above and beyond in offering a service that supports the Vermont hospitality industry. Crabbe’s recognition of his employees as a critical element of the company’s success, ‘team training’ approach, and personal leadership both within and outside the company create an atmosphere of loyalty and support.  Rick Milliken, the General Manager of the DoubleTree Hotel nominated Crabbe for the award. ‘His dedication to service, respect for people, responsiveness, and generosity to the needs of the community makes John and the Vermont Tent Company an exceptional business.’Under Crabbe’s leadership, Vermont Tent annually donates 5’7 percent of their proceeds to local charities. They have allocated funding to help support organizations that focus on children, the arts, and cancer research. ‘The community is what has made us so successful, we can thank our customers for who we are today,’ said Crabbe. ‘By donating a large percentage of our revenue, we’ve been able to touch so many organizations and give back to a community that has been so generous to us.’Crabbe has also instituted a solid education and training program for his employees through the American Rental Association. Nearly a dozen of Vermont Tent employees have become Certified Event Rental Professionals, which ensures the highest quality of professionalism for their customers.Receiving awards and accolades for a thriving career and impact on the community makes Crabbe reflect on how he was able to be successful. He says that while it is incredible to receive the recognition from his peers in the industry, the most important part of an award like the Allied Member of the Year is the impact that it will have on his staff.‘I plan to have several of my employees at the award ceremony with me and to recognize the hard work that they have done over the years,’ said Crabbe. ‘Because without them this wouldn’t have been possible.’Source: The Vermont Tent Company. South Burlington, VT’September 20, 2010In 1976, John H Crabbe, started the Vermont Tent Company with one pole tent. Today, the Vermont Tent Company is nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in the Event Rental Industry. To date the Vermont Tent Company employs the largest staff of Certified Event Rental Professionals in Vermont. is external).last_img read more

Services Set for Navy SEAL from Massapequa Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jonathan KaloustA 23-year-old U.S. Navy SEAL from Long Island who was killed in a training accident at Fork Knox in Kentucky last week is being remembered in his hometown of Massapequa.Wake services for Jonathan Kaloust are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Massapequa Funeral Home on Park Boulevard in Massapequa Park. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the same location before Kaloust is buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn, according to the funeral home.Special Warfare Operator Third Class Jonathan Kaloust, based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Fort Story, Va., died after a Humvee he was riding in overturned, injuring six other sailors on May 15, The Associated Press reported.Kaloust had joined the Navy in 2011 after the former Massapequa High School wrestling star graduated from Binghampton University.He is survived by his parents, Gary and Irene Kaloust, and a sister, Melanie.last_img read more

3 things learned about millennials by watching HGTV

first_imgThe other weekend I was taking care of a friend who had just had surgery.  We ended up hanging out watching HGTV non-stop for 48 hours. If you’re familiar with HGTV, you know that they have found a winning formula with home improvement and real estate flipping shows – Property Brothers, Love It or List It, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop.Besides my friend and I, who else watches HGTV?  The network does very well with the advertiser-coveted 18-34 audience….in other words, Millennials.  Why does this matter to credit unions? If you are looking for content that will attract the attention of Millennials, rehabbing homes is a winner.  And the tie-ins with mortgages, home equity loans, and HELOCs is natural.  Lesson #1 – Millennial homeowners are looking for ways to add value to their homes through renovations (and they’re pulling money out of their homes to do it).Many millennials are starting with fixer uppers that are more affordable but need more work.  They are being strategic about making renovations that will add re-sale value to their home. HGTV shows always show the amount of money invested in the project, then the new value of the home (which is inevitably more than what was spent on the renovation, thus the profit.)    It’s all about ROI. These aren’t just cosmetic fixes. The renovation budget is considered an investment. This is one trend that is driving products like a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC).  A recent article talked about how Millennials are pulling cash out of their homes.“More Millennials are using HELOCs than Gen-Xers or baby boomers, according to a survey by TD Bank. In fact, more than a third of Millennials said they are considering applying for an HELOC in the next 18 months, which is more than twice the rate as Gen-Xers and nine times that of baby boomers.”Lesson #2 – Millennial renters want to improve their “homes” as well.Many Millennials are renting…but that’s not stopping them from wanting to improve their living space.  Faith Popcorn shares a case study of her successful work with Home Depot aimed at Millennial renters. their research, they uncovered a multi-billion dollar rental improvement market. Turns out renters care about home improvement as well.  So if you are creating content around home improvements, talk to renters as well as homeowners.   I’m sure many HGTV viewers are renters dreaming of their first home purchase and the incredible renovations they can do themselves.  (Or call in The Property Brothers to help.  Love those guys.)Lesson #3 – Couples tend to have different approaches to financial decisions.A constant theme among the HGTV programs is the conflict that arises between couples around money decisions.  It’s fascinating to see what each person wants and values in a home.  And it’s even more fascinating to see how they approach financial decisions.In the HGTV shows, the couples miraculously come together to a mutual decision.  But it’s in the conversations and conflict during the decision-making process that you really learn something about different money styles and what each needs to feel comfortable moving forward.I’ve done a decade of research on the differences in how men and women make financial decisions and these shows are a master class in seeing those differences first hand. For example, David and Hilary in Love It or List It has an ongoing competition. The one who is best at uncovering the values and priorities of each spouse and meeting the expectations of both is the one who wins.     No matter what financial product you are offering, you will be more successful if you identify the differences in the priorities of each spouse.  Is your current sales process designed to identify those differences?  If not, watch a little HGTV. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Beyond Manning & Cam: 10 Super Bowl Storylines You Should Follow

first_img4. Demaryius Thomas: Thomas’ mother Katin Smith was recently released from prison after serving 15 years for a drug trafficking charge, which came with a 20-year sentence. Smith in November was released to a halfway house after President Obama commuted her sentence, along with 45 other federal prisoners. On Jan. 17, Smith for the first time watched her son play on an NFL field when the Broncos battled the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round game. After the Broncos’ big win, Thomas gave the game ball to his mom. On Sunday, she’ll be in San Francisco to watch her son play in the Super Bowl.5.Ron Rivera: Panthers head coach Ron Rivera can make history in a few ways Sunday if Carolina comes out on top. He can join three other head coaches who won a Super Bowl both as a player and a head coach. Rivera could also be the second coach in history with Hispanic roots to win the big game.6. Michael Oher: A year after struggling with injuries as a Tennessee Titan, Oher, the inspiration for the book The Blind Side and the hit film of the same name, was recruited to join the Panthers by Cam Newton because the quarterback’s brother Cecil played with him in Baltimore, albeit as a member of the practice squad. Oher, whose tough childhood was documented in the popular film and whom bounced back after being waived by Tennessee, has yet to give up a sack in the playoffs.7. Greg Olsen: Olsen, who is the Panthers’ top option on offense, is making waves off the field for a good cause. Olsen is selling retro t-shirts showing some of the Panthers players on a trip to California for the Super Bowl. The shirts are selling for $25 each, with proceeds going to Olsen’s “HEARTest Yard” program, which helps families of children with congenital heart defects.8. Ted Ginn Jr.: The Panthers wideout and former ninth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft was once considered a bust not too long ago, after failing to live up to his billing as a play-making receiver. After bouncing around the league, which included stops in San Francisco, Carolina, and Arizona, Ginn is back with the Panthers, but this time performing like the player Miami thought they were getting when they invested a top-10 pick on him nine years ago.9. Jerricho Cotchery: Jerricho Cotchery, a former Jet, has come a long way since joining a gang at age 12 in Birmingham, Alabama, and surviving a car wreck that killed his friend. Cotchery, an Ed Block Courage Award winner, which is given to players who demonstrate sportsmanship and courage, is also a highly religious man and a great locker room presence and ultimate professional. The 33-year-old is a very reliable possession receiver for the Panthers.10. Corey Brown/ Bradley Roby: Corey Brown, a Panthers wideout, and Bradley Roby, a Broncos corner, will most certainly face each other at some point during Sunday’s game. While their matchup is not a hot topic, what is interesting is they were roommates in college when they played at Ohio State. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Nick Pasco Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img [dropcap]B[/dropcap]y now everyone knows that the Super Bowl may be the last game of Peyton Manning’s career and that Cam Newton is a budding star who may eventually assume the mantle as face of the league. Since we get two weeks of nonstop Super Bowl coverage, those two storylines, while extremely relevant, have us yearning for other notable nuggets to sink our teeth into before we gorge ourselves on wings, chips, and copious amounts of delicious, tummy-soothing guacamole, which we’ll no doubt wash down with hop-heavy craft brews.Since our beloved local franchises weren’t good enough to even make the playoffs, we’ve been stuck in a torturous malaise since the end of the regular season. Finally, the season is coming to an end and pitchers and catchers will be reporting in a matter of weeks, so we have something else to look forward to. But before you sit down and power on your brand new flat screen, check out some Super Bowl storylines that haven’t gotten as much attention in the lead-up to this year’s Manning Retirement Bowl.1. Thomas Davis: Davis has had some tough luck. The linebacker tore his ACL in the same knee three years in a row, from 2009, 2010, and 2011. To his credit, Davis has not given up. He is reportedly the only known player to battle back from three ACL tears throughout his career. On top of that, Davis broke his right forearm in the NFC Championship game wipeout of the Arizona Cardinals. Davis says he will play despite the fact he has 12 screws and a metal plate in his arm.2. Cam Newton/Von Miller: Carolina QB Cam Newton and Denver pass-rush extraordinaire Von Miller were taken No. 1 and 2 in the 2011 NFL Draft. Now the dynamic athletes find themselves opposing each other in the biggest game of their careers. When Newton steps up behind center, he’ll no doubt be paying close attention to Miller out of the corner of his eye, given the linebacker’s dominant performance against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game. Newton is no slouch himself. Should be fun.3. Jared Allen/DeMarcus Ware: Allen and Ware, two of the most ferocious pass rushers in the league for the past decade, sit atop the list of active sack leaders and are both 33 years old. The veteran QB chasers will both be playing in their first Super Bowl after previously falling short with their former teams. Allen is tied with Green Bay’s Julius Peppers with 136 career sacks and Ware is right behind with 134.5 sacks.last_img read more