first_imgFederal Court: Disbarred Lawyer Can’t Seek JudgeshipIndiana/Lawyer by Dave Stafford-August 10, 2016 A disbarred Goshen lawyer who wanted to run for judge of Elkhart Circuit Court got nowhere trying to convince a federal judge he was wrongly denied the opportunity.Joseph Lehman was disbarred in July for unauthorized practice of law following his suspension for two years in 2014 for violations including improperly managing his trust account, systemic negligence in representing clients, and disclosing confidential information through the improper disposal of closed case files.Lehman said his application to be placed on the ballot was rejected by the Indiana Election Commission because he failed to provide a file-stamped statement of economic interest by the deadline. He asked the federal court to order the commission to place his name on the November ballot as the Democratic Party’s candidate “as no one else is now on the ballot for that position.” Lehman also accused at least one Republican candidate in the May primary of being among a group of four lawyers he accused of “pocketting (sic) forfeited bail money.”“Lehman wants to be placed on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for Elkhart Circuit Court judge. But, to borrow from General Sherman, if nominated Lehman cannot run, and if elected he cannot serve,” District Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen wrote in an order issued Monday in the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division.Van Bokkelen dismissed Lehman’s complaint as moot and denied his motion to proceed in his pro se complaint without pre-payment of fees and costs. He wrote that Lehman, who filed the complaint while he was suspended but before his disbarment, is ineligible to serve as a Circuit judge under Article 7, Section 7 of the Indiana Constitution, which requires a Circuit judge “shall have been duly admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Indiana. …”“Accordingly, Lehman can prove no set of facts in support of his claim that would entitle him to relief,” Van Bokkelen wrote in Joseph C. Lehman v. Individual members of the Indiana Electoral Commission, 3:16-CV-458. The judge dismissed the claim after screening for frivolousness or failing to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.Elkhart attorney Michael Christofeno won a four-way Republican primary race for Circuit Court judge and will be the lone candidate on the November ballot. There were no Democratic candidates for the spot on the primary ballot, and the party slated no candidate prior to the deadline. Longtime Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker, a Republican who has been on the bench since 1998, did not seek re-election.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgThe indicators paint a sad and disturbing picture of Zimbabwe. The once thriving “bread basket” of Africa has become politically and economically paralyzed, with a falling GDP, life expectancy of just 44 years, and a per capita income of only US$274 per year. Yet there is also reason for hope, with a new coalition government in place and promises of reform. For Violet Gonda, 2011 M.C./M.P.A. candidate, a Zimbabwean banished from her homeland for almost a decade, this union of failed policy and dreams for a better tomorrow drive her ambition as a citizen, journalist and Harvard Kennedy School student.“When I left Zimbabwe it was a beautiful country,” Gonda says, “but the reports that I hear from back home are really depressing. Zimbabwe has changed greatly; much of the country’s infrastructure has collapsed and sadly there are some things that cannot be repaired because the damage has been too much. But I still feel that I can play a positive role in rebuilding and fighting for a better Zimbabwe, when I leave the Kennedy School.”It was while working for a radio station in London in 2002 when Gonda learned that she was banned from returning to Zimbabwe. SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe’s first independent radio station, had apparently upset the government with its coverage of the nation’s economic and political troubles. Media restrictions in Zimbabwe forced the journalists to broadcast daily news and current affairs programs on shortwave from London. Gonda was among a group of six journalists banned from returning to Zimbabwe by the government led by President Robert Mugabe.“At the time we thought that it was just ridiculous. We are citizens of Zimbabwe and no one had a right to stop us from entering our country. In any case, we didn’t think the ban would really last long because Zimbabwe was about to have elections in 2002. The mood in the country around that time was – people were fed up. We thought people were ready for change,” she said. “So we were upset, but not that upset because we thought it was going to be short-lived. Reality is, nine years later 87-year-old Mugabe is still in power and I’m still in exile.”Gonda harbors ambitions of returning home, but continued political violence and repression of anti-government activists cause her great concern.last_img read more


first_img Despite ongoing difficulties around the redevelopment of Casement Park – a proposed venue for the event – Stormont ministers have reaffirmed their desire to see Ireland host the sporting spectacle. Arlene Foster said: “The Northern Ireland Executive is fully committed to providing all the necessary support required by the bid team to ensure the delivery of a compelling, world class bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.” Press Association The Northern Ireland Executive is committed to delivering a “compelling” bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the First Minister has said. center_img The comments were made as members of the bid’s oversight board, including former Tanaiste Dick Spring and Irish rugby international Brian O’Driscoll – one of the world’s most capped international players – visited Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium, another proposed venue for some fixtures. Also at the meeting was Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who said everyone must “go the extra mile” to secure success. “A Rugby World Cup in Ireland would prove to be a hugely attractive destination for rugby supporters from throughout the world and we would relish the opportunity to welcome them to one of the world’s major sports gatherings, the Rugby World Cup, in 2023,” he said. “I am confident, with the co-operation already in evidence between both governments, sporting bodies and the general public, Ireland would deliver a hugely successful tournament for World Rugby.” Last week the Northern Ireland Assembly was told that delays around work at Casement Park were creating a bad impression for bid organisers. Plans have been effectively stalled since the High Court overturned a decision to approve a 38,000-capacity stadium in 2014. The judge found that Environment Minister Mark H Durkan acted unlawfully in granting permission a year earlier following a legal challenge by residents living close to the stadium. However, Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin has repeatedly insisted that a new stadium will be built. She said: “A redeveloped Casement Park is a Programme for Government commitment and integral to the bid for 2023. “I remain committed to ensuring that we deliver on that commitment and I am confident we will do so.” last_img read more


first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A two-year old project by Google engineers working across departments to enable users to remove their data from Google services has been opened to the public in the form of a website with import and export instructions for Google services the team has helped “liberate”. Called the Data Liberation Front, the project team said in a Google blog post today that it has “liberated” more than half of the major Google services. “In the upcoming months,” writes project lead Brian Fitzpatrick, “we also plan to liberate Google Sites and Google Docs (batch-export).”Google deserves big accolades for working to make data export easy and for making all the information readily accessible. Hey Facebook – are you working on something similar to this or are you hoping that the borders of your users’ data will remain unbreached by the Data Liberation Front?Making sure the door isn’t locked if users choose to leave a service is a required, if less exciting, part of the data portability movement. Just as important as a bulk dump of user data is the option for users to easily and securely port data online from service to service for immediate personalization based on past activity at a legacy site. Google is a market leader in that kind of data portability as well.The information on DataLiberation.org does not include instructions for deleting your data from Google’s servers. The project is taking suggestions for acts of liberation on a Google Moderator page and is publishing updates on Twitter. Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… chris cameron Targeting Ads at User BehaviorsUser behavior seems to play a large role in determining which Facebook video ads work the best. By rewarding game players with virtual currency, advertisers see higher click-throughs, longer watch times and higher value from their ads. Interstitial ads, which pop up as users navigate through games and apps, garner just a fraction of the view time and click-through rate despite being cheaper to implement. Interstitial ads seem obtrusive to users since they only appear at the exact moment a user has clicked to navigate from one screen to another, so it makes sense that users close them quickly in frustration. By offering Facebook users with rewards for watching videos at their own discretion, advertisers attain much higher view times and click-throughs.center_img With a population approaching half of a billion users, if Facebook was its own nation it would be the third largest in the world behind China and India. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that secondary activities on Facebook – like viewing videos – can still produce high rankings for the site that compete with the likes of Hulu and YouTube. One of the ways users on Facebook view video is through advertisements, and a recent study by TubeMogul revealed some interesting stats on which ones worked, and why.TubeMogul studied the various forms of video advertising displayed throughout Facebook, including in-banner video, interstitial and virtual currency ads. Virtual currency ads are served to gamers who receive points or virtual money within a game in return for completing them, and they turned out to be one of the best methods of attracting traffic.You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch YoursAccording to the study, around 43% of virtual currency ad viewers completed the entire ad, and roughly 52% watched at least three quarters of the ad. These numbers just barely inch out those of in-banner and interstitial ads, but where the virtual currency ads excel is in click-through and share rate. By rewarding viewers for completing ads, advertisers see a click-through rate double that of in-banner ads and over 5 times that of interstitial ads. Users share these ads on Facebook and Twitter roughly 50% more than in-banner ads and around 6 times more than interstitial ads. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#Facebook#web Additionally, virtual currency ads are watched 6 seconds longer than in-banner ads on average, and nearly 5 times longer than interstitial ads. The most intriguing statistic from the study, especially for advertisers, is the price of these ads compared to how long they are watched. The study found that virtual currency ads average $0.22 per minute viewed, nearly identical to the $0.23 cost for interstitial ads. In-banner ads, on the other hand, averaged $6.27 per minute viewed.How Facebook Ads Stack Up Against Web BenchmarksBut how do these Facebook ads compare to ads placed outside of the site. TubeMogul used an off site benchmark to gauge the advantage or disadvantage of using Facebook for video ads. The study found that Facebook users are nearly twice as likely to finish watching ads than they would outside of the site, but click-throughs for the benchmark ads were higher than in-banner and interstitial Facebook ads. Virtual currency and in-banner ads are watched between 9 and 15 seconds longer than offsite ads, but the offsite ads tend to be better value to advertisers than many Facebook-based ads.last_img read more


first_imgGRAND MANAN, N.B. – A little-known cross-border dispute that has simmered between Canada and the United States since the late 1700s is now approaching the boiling point.In the past two weeks, at least 10 Canadian fishing boats from New Brunswick have been intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents while fishing in the disputed waters around Machias Seal Island, a spokesman for the fishermen says.Laurence Cook, chairman of the advisory board for Lobster Fishing Area 38, said Wednesday that some Canadian vessels were boarded by American agents who asked about possible illegal immigrants.“There’s been a bit of a misunderstanding there somewhere,” Cook said in an interview. “They’re in international waters, so border patrol shouldn’t be boarding Canadian vessels.”Machias Seal Island, which is about 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan Island and east of Maine, is in a disputed area known as the Grey Zone, where lobster fishermen from both Canada and the United States have long fished side by side.The small island is a flat, treeless piece of rock, which includes a large colony of puffins and a lighthouse that is manned by two Canadian lightkeepers year-round.However, both Canada and the United States claim sovereign jurisdiction over the island and the surrounding waters at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.As lucrative lobster catches have increased in the zone, competition between fishermen has intensified in the past decade.“Neither country accepts that there is a Grey Zone,” said Stephen Kelly, a research scholar at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a former American diplomat who served in Canada. “That’s created more tension in the area over the last decade.”Kelly said both countries have done very little to assert their claims.“Sometimes doing nothing is better,” he said. “But in this case, just because it looks like it’s not broken can be very deceiving — especially with our new president in the United States. The last thing Canada wants is for Donald Trump to seize on this as an example of U.S. sovereignty being challenged.”The suggestion that the border agents were looking for illegal immigrants seems improbable, he said.“That’s possible, but … the Gulf of Maine is not a major route for illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States,” Kelly said. “If anything, people are sneaking the other way. They’re trying to get out of the U.S. and into Canada to claim asylum.”He said drug smuggling is a more relevant concern.On Grand Manan, local residents are speaking out about the U.S. intervention, said Cook.“I guess the comment on the street would be: ‘Typical American bullies,’” he said. “They’re not happy about it, and they don’t think (the Americans) have any business doing this.”Cook said he’s never before seen border patrol agents in the area, where the U.S. Coast Guard typically patrols. He said he had no idea why American authorities are suddenly flexing their muscles.“All of a sudden the attitude has changed. What caused that? You’ll have to talk to border patrol.”The U.S. Border Patrol, which is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, declined to comment and referred all inquiries to the U.S. State Department, which did not respond to a request for an interview.Global Affairs Canada distributed a brief statement saying it is investigating “these incidents that occurred in Canadian waters.”Spokesman John Babcock said the Canadian government is also talking with U.S. agencies, though he did not provide details about the fishermen’s allegations or Ottawa’s response.“Canada’s sovereignty over the Machias Seal Island and the surrounding waters is long-standing and has a strong foundation in international law,” Babcock said.“Until the matter of the boundary is resolved, we will continue to take practical steps with the U.S. to ensure that the area is well-managed. Canada and the U.S. have a long history of co-operation which ensures that fishing in this area is well-managed and safe for both countries.”The Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association issued a statement that used much the same language. As well, the group suggested the actions of the U.S. agents may have been routine.“We understand that a few Grand Manan fishermen were approached by the United State Border Services during the month of June. Our understanding is that this was a part of a regular exercise being conducted along the U.S. marine border.”The association said it has enjoyed a respectful and cordial relationship with its U.S. counterparts.— By Michael MacDonald in Halifaxlast_img read more


first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Gone are the days when employees sat at their desks with corporate-issued laptops or when employees would “VPN” into the office just to get their email. And gone are the days when mobile email meant the drab Blackberry.By 2017, Gartner predicts that more than half of all large corporations will require their employees to bring their own devices (BYOD) to work. At the same time the use of cloud applications is exploding, since they are easy to use from anywhere at any time. However, at the intersection of BYOD and the cloud are two huge concerns for IT staff and employees alike — security and privacy. Established solutions on the market largely fail to address these areas simultaneously, and both must be balanced for BYOD and the cloud to move forward.Related: Tech Trend for 2014: The Risk in BYOD OfficesToday’s employees are continuously connected to both work and their private life using a range of devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops, switching between these devices as they go about their lives. Compounding matters, employees use their preferred cloud apps for both work and personal use. Cloud apps are always up to date, easy to acquire and far easier to use than on-premise corporate apps. In many organizations, the sanctioned apps provided by IT tend to be woefully out of date and antiquated in comparison.Against this backdrop of BYOD and self-serve cloud applications, corporate IT struggles to control and secure corporate data. Familiar security products and technologies are designed to protect corporate infrastructure. But with BYOD and the cloud, corporate data is served from third-party cloud apps via third-party mobile networks to employee-owned BYOD mobile devices and laptops. The challenge of securing sensitive corporate data in this uncontrolled environment is daunting, and largely unsolved.Initial attempts at securing corporate data in BYOD and cloud environments comprised of installing mobile device management (MDM) software on each device. MDM software controls how employees can use their devices and monitors all employee actions on them. Naturally, employees were not thrilled that corporate IT could monitor even their personal communications on their own phone. In a recent survey conducted by an MDM vendor, 70 percent of employees expressed privacy concerns regarding MDM agents on their devices.   Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmarePrivacy concerns have driven savvy employees to carry two devices, one for work and one for personal use.Early approaches to securing data in cloud apps have also been heavy-handed. These approaches inspect and block access to cloud apps, whether personal or work related, violating employee privacy. In fact, separating personal use from business use is no easy task since employees may use the same cloud app for both.In the end, when sensitive corporate information leaks, corporate IT has no idea how it got there. Corporate data has become like the dollar bill — employees need to use it anywhere, any time to be productive, but they should not be able to make unauthorized copies.What corporate IT really needs is a technology to track and secure data no matter where it is — in the cloud, on employee devices or anywhere on the internet. Such a technology would not only enable corporate IT to say “yes” to the cloud apps and devices that employees want, but also finally be able to answer the perplexing question: “Who leaked that spreadsheet on Dropbox?”Related: Employees Ditch Company Tech in Favor of Personal Devices 3 min read February 14, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more