Blaze at grocery store in Mishawaka under investigation

first_img Google+ Twitter Photo by Tommie Lee, 953 MNC. Crews responded to a fire at Love’s Supermarket in Mishawaka.The call came in around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Main Street, between 9th and 11th Streets in Mishawaka.Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the building.Traffic was blocked while crews doused the flames.The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Facebook By Jon Zimney – January 30, 2021 0 271 Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Blaze at grocery store in Mishawaka under investigation Twitter IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleElkhart auto shop, vehicles damaged in business fireNext articleStueben County Police arrest suspected molester at South Bend bus station Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Press release: Dstl AI tracks global radar systems

first_imgDstl has worked with industry partners 3SDL Ltd to tackle the problem. The new and novel machine-learning software has been developed to automate the process, which allows much greater accuracy on the location and identifies radars in near real time.Jamie Thomas, a Warrant Officer with the Royal Navy, said: Moonlight provides a mission critical input into the UK’s maritime operational picture at the Maritime Operations Centre. Moonlight data is fused with other sources to provide situational awareness as well indications and warnings to deployed frontline units. This is critical to support the decision-making process and is key to providing success on operations on a daily basis. A key part of our role at Dstl is making sure we protect our people and the platforms they work within. This novel software improves the MOD’s knowledge of radar threats, making sure we have safer operations for all of our Armed Forces. It significantly enhances operational effectiveness saves the user time and money. Thousands of radars exist globally, many of which are being used by hostile nations to track and potentially threaten UK military operations. Getting accurate, real-time information on these radars is extremely problematic, time-consuming and costly, in addition to the risk of leaving our Armed Forces operating with limited information.Dstl’s Moonlight system uses machine-learning algorithms to gather vital data. It is the only system of its kind which automatically updates the position of more than 10,000 radars every day using machine learning thereby saving 32,000 hours of manual analytical effort each month. The data gathered is now helping to improve planning and post event analysis of UK supported joint maritime, land and air missions.Dstl’s Alasdair Gilchrist, said: The United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have all expressed an interest in using Moonlight. Dstl is now designing a version for NATO, which will greatly improve the Alliance’s ability to identify and locate threat radars.last_img read more

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Freedom Bakery crowdfunding for second site

first_imgIn response to “growing demand”, Freedom Bakery will launch a second crowdfunding campaign on 7 April. Freedom Bakery is a Glasgow-based social enterprise that gives training and employment to recently released ex-offenders.Artisan breads and cakes are being baked and sold to the public by a group of prisoners at HMP Low Moss, near Bishopbriggs. This follows similar schemes in London and Italy, whereby offenders bake and create pastries during their sentence.Matt Fountain, a self-taught baker, launched the initiative in an attempt to offer inmates employment, after finding himself disheartened by the high levels of reoffending in Scotland – the reconviction rate there is 64%. Due to “growing demand”, there are now plans afoot for a second bakery in the city.More opportunitiesFreedom said: “We need to establish a second bakery in Glasgow, so that we can provide more opportunities for the people we’re working with, ultimately with short-term employment opportunities as they leave prison.“It will also allow us to trade more broadly, meeting increasing demand so that we can reinvest our profits back into the people we were established for. The plans for our new bakery mean we will be able to engage with more groups in society, provide classes for the public and increase our service in the community.”The group aims to raise £15,000 towards the creation of the second bakery. And it said there would be “exciting rewards” for those who contribute.last_img read more

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The epic of Hadzi

first_imgPoet David Ferry had just finished his English translation of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” in 1993 when he walked into the studio of sculptor and Harvard Professor Dimitri Hadzi. A stone sculpture there caught Ferry’s eye, and he asked Hadzi if he could use an image of it on his upcoming book cover.Hadzi said yes and went a step further, naming the abstract sculpture “Gilgamesh,” after the ancient king of Uruk, tested by the gods in a search for immortality.Cynthia Hadzi said the statue was a favorite of her husband, who died in 2006. Another favorite of his was Harvard’s Mineralogical and Geological Museum, which he visited regularly for meetings of the Boston Mineralogical Club. So it made sense to her to bring the two together.“We’d always held onto it as a favorite of his,” she said of the statue. “I felt it needed to be seen by more people.”Now “Gilgamesh” stands just outside the Mineralogical and Geological Museum’s doorway, in the courtyard between the museum and the Tozzer Library.Hadzi was a renowned sculptor as well as a professor in Harvard’s Visual and Environmental Studies Department. He worked mostly in bronze, though not exclusively. Examples of his work stand in museums and public spaces around the world. Locally, there is “Omphalos,” in gray and red granite, in Harvard Square, and “Thermopylae,” in bronze, outside the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston.In addition to “Gilgamesh,” which was dedicated at a ceremony Sept. 13, Cynthia Hadzi also donated several samples of stone specimens from around the world that her husband had planned to use for sculptures and that had been stored at the studio.Mineralogical and Geological Museum Director Charles Langmuir said it was appropriate for the museum to have a sculpture at its doors that was not only made of stone but that also represents trials on the path to self-knowledge suffered by Gilgamesh, hero of the Sumerian epic that is one of the earliest literary works.“Cynthia made the generous offer of allowing this beautiful sculpture to be placed near the museum,” Langmuir said. “I love the idea because Gilgamesh is the most ancient of tales about a wonderful hero and the trials he goes through on the path to self-knowledge. To have that image done in beautiful stone is very appropriate for Harvard and also for its location near the museum.”“Gilgamesh” stands just outside the Mineralogical and Geological Museum’s doorway, in the courtyard between the museum and the Tozzer Library.last_img read more

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Romola Garai & More Will Join Rosemary Harris in Indian Ink Off-Broadway

first_img Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe (Garai) on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor (Harris) tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. Bamji appeared previously in the American premiere of Indian Ink at the American Conservatory Theatre; his additional stage credits include the Olivier-winning A Disappearing Number, which he also co-wrote with his fellow cast. Buell’s Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown and 42nd Street. Choksi recently appeared on stage in Bike America and Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812. Huff returns to Roundabout after appearing in The Lion in Winter and The Foreigner. Lagerfelt, known for her role of “CeCe” Rhodes on Gossip Girl, has appeared on Broadway in shows including Lend Me a Tenor, The Real Thing and Small Family Business. Maskati’s stage credits include Disgraced and Modern Terrorism. McGeever’s earlier Roundabout shows include Cyrano De Bergerac and The Common Pursuit. Meaney has appeared in regional productions including Venus in Fur and Owners. Mills’ stage credits include Zorro,and Inga Binga. Naidu has appeared on stage with Theatre de Complicite and in the Public’s Little Flower of East Orange. Patel made his Broadway debut in War Horse. Rosen has appeared on Broadway in The Big Knife and The Normal Heart. Varma’s previous New York credits include D’Arranged Marriage, Barriers and One out of Ten. Garai received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in The Hour and Emma. She has also appeared on screen in I Capture the Castle, Atonement, One Day, Amazing Grace, Vanity Fair, The Hour and the upcoming Suffragette; on stage, she has appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Seagull and King Lear, the West End’s Calico and The Village Bike for the Royal Court. A full creative team will be announced at a later date. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014 Indian Inkcenter_img View Comments Related Shows Rounding out the cast are Firdous Bamji, Bill Buell, Nick Choksi, Neal Huff, Caroline Lagerfelt, Omar Maskati, Tim McGeever, Brenda Meaney, Philip Mills, Ajay Naidu, Bhavesh Patel, Lee Aaron Rosen and Rajeev Varma. Romola Garai will star in the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, joining the previously announced Tony winner Rosemary Harris. The Roundabout production, directed by Carey Perloff, will begin performances at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on September 4. Opening night is set for September 30.last_img read more

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Masque Attacks threaten Apple iOS users

first_imgThe Milpitas, Calif.-based security firm FireEye has reported that hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in Apple’s mobile operating system to launch “Masque Attacks” – malware disguised as popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Chrome.The cybersecurity firm said it has discovered 11 iOS threats. The malicious apps look like their legitimate counterparts on a user’s device, but are designed steal sensitive information and send it to a remote server. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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3 must-have training courses for your collections staff

first_imgCompliance is a major point of contention for many lenders—particularly when it comes to their collection operations. Many of the laws that were enacted decades ago to protect consumers have components that are almost irrelevant to the collections industry. For example, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was initially enacted to protect consumers from excessive telemarketing calls. However, the standards of this law are also applied to debt collection, which frankly, was never the intent of the law. While the laws that govern collection operations will most likely continue to evolve with changing technology and consumer behavior, it’s important for lenders to implement regular and relevant training courses for their collection staff. The cost of non-compliance—even when due to ignorance of the law—is high. For example, collection operations that are found in violation of TCPA rules could face fines of $500 to $1,500 per violation! So, as you can see, it’s critical that your collections staff is thoroughly trained to compliantly do their jobs. Here are the three must-have training courses that you should ensure your staff is up-to-speed on: Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP)Signed into law on July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act created more focused regulatory scrutiny over the financial services industry.  One of the major intentions of the Act was to prevent unfair business practices or other predatory behaviors by lenders which caused confusion or otherwise deceived consumers. The result of this was UDAAP. UDAAP prohibits firms offering financial services from engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. However, the challenge for collection firms is that those terms are vague, undefined, and unclear. Likewise, they are essentially determined by the consumer.Collection operations don’t necessarily know, with certainty, what actions violate UDAAP, making compliance that much more problematic. According to the CFPB, an unfair act or practice:Causes or is likely to cause substantial injury to consumers;The injury is not reasonably avoidable by consumers; andThe injury is not outweighed by countervailing benefits to consumers or to competitionWhile complying with UDAAP may not be a perfect science, the important thing to remember is that you should have a well-documented manual that includes what you expect from your staff when they are interacting with debtors, and what behavior is unacceptable. Your staff should be trained on the policies and procedures included in your manual, and have easy access to the document. Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA)Enacted in 1978 to eliminate abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices, particularly from third-party debt collection agencies, the FDCPA restricts the time and frequency of collection calls, and provides guidelines for acceptable, and not acceptable, behaviors by debt collectors. However, since the CFPB has become a major player in the regulatory landscape, the former list of specific “don’ts” that previously encompassed FDCPA directives, has become more of an ambiguous model, much like UDAAP.Proper training should cover the guidelines under which debt collectors may conduct business, define rights of consumers involved with debt collectors, and prescribe penalties and remedies for violations of the Act. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)The original intent of the TCPA was to protect consumers from excessive telemarketing calls; however, the FCC and CFPB swept debt collection under the same umbrella as telemarketing calls, causing major contention for lenders and collection agencies. In 2012, after much push back from collection operations, the FCC addressed their concerns by providing guidance on what constitutes consent for calls made to wireless lines, as well as other elements of the act.To prevent or reduce TCPA violations, your staff should be thoroughly trained on all aspects of the law, and continuously monitored to catch and correct violations.Remaining compliant takes diligence, awareness, and monetary and time resources. However, investing in compliance is critical to avoid potential scrutiny from regulators and/or violations. The ins and outs of the aforementioned collections laws can be complex and overwhelming, so we created our latest ebook, Compliance in the Collections Industry, as a guide to gain a better understanding of the three Acts discussed in this article as they relate to collections operations, and achieve and maintain compliance. Download your free copy today! 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Cote Chris Cote has been with SWBC since 2011 and has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. As the Compliance Officer for the SWBC Financial Institution … Web: https://www.swbc.com Detailslast_img read more

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Interviewing? Don’t overlook this opportunity to stand out!

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: www.humanidei.com Details You’ve found your dream job and sailed through the screening process. You are wrapping up a fantastic interview where you connected easily with the search committee, sharing your ideas to carry the organization forward. You have a good feeling about this! Just as you start to relax and take a deep breath, one last inquiry is made: What questions do you have for us? Your mind suddenly goes blank. You had done research about the organization and the role ahead of time. The engaging dialogue throughout the interview made you even more confident you want this job. There really isn’t anything else you need to know to move forward, but it would be a mistake to miss this opportunity.  The candidate’s chance to ask questions of the search committee is a key element of the interview process, and one more way to stand out as the right choice. It is also one of the most overlooked and often missed opportunities. As a hiring manager or a recruiter, I find myself on pins and needs for the candidates when we get to this point: I have seen many great interviews quickly go south when this time is focused on compensation or benefits rather than strategy and insight.Curious if this was just a personal pet peeve or a belief shared by other experts, I reached out to Lisa Burroughs, Director of Search and Strategy at O’Rourke & Associates for her perspective. Burroughs shared that by the time candidates are presented for an interview, they have already been well-vetted and deemed fully capable of doing the job. A primary purpose of the interview is to assess cultural fit and chemistry. “At O’Rourke, we spend a lot of time educating candidates about what the board is looking for in their next CEO. Smart candidates leverage that knowledge in their answers to questions and in the questions they ask.” Here are ten appropriate questions to ask at the end of an interview. Bring three or four with you to your next interview and you won’t miss your opportunity to stand out. 1. What characteristics are most important for someone to bring to this role?After listening to their answer, it is appropriate to respond with why you are confident that you possess those characteristics. 2. What are some of the biggest challenges or obstacles that I might encounter in the first year? After you have listened, acknowledge the reality of these challenges and explain any experience you have overcoming similar obstacles or lessons you have learned that may be applied. 3. How would you describe the team I will get to work with? This is a good chance to understand the organizational culture. Be honest with yourself: Will you like the fit? If not, is there an appetite to change this culture for the better? How easily will others come along?4.What is the first thing I should do or learn in order to set the stage for success?Take the opportunity to show that you are ready to make a difference from your very first day… and that you are already thinking about how you will add value.  5. What was the greatest strength of the person who previously filled this role?Listen carefully here… The response should leave you confident that employees are valued and help you understand what kind of shoes you need to fill. 6. Why are you looking to fill this role now?Maybe you already know why the role is open: It is a new position, your predecessor was promoted or retired, or he or she left the organization. If you don’t know, the response to this question will give you one more chance to understand how employees are valued, as well as if there are skeletons in the closet that might need to be addressed with remaining team members.7. What does the organization value most? Are defined values communicated to employees?For the candidate, this provides an opportunity to gain insight into organizational culture, while also showing an interest in working somewhere he or she will really belong. For the organization, it positions the candidate as a team player who wants to be part of something greater than him- or herself. 8. What is the organization’s philosophy on employee training and development?If continued growth is important to you, an answer that demonstrates commitment to employee development should make you feel good about accepting this position. Asking this question gives an opportunity to show your interest in ongoing education and self-improvement, and also provides a look at the value the organization places on its people. 9. One year from now, what will we have accomplished together that will make you proud of hiring me?This is a great opportunity to show enthusiasm for how you can help the organization reach its goals. After listening, you can respond with your ideas for how to get to that end point.   10. What are the next steps in the hiring process?While questions about salary and benefits are not appropriate during the interview, this question demonstrates an enthusiasm for moving forward, and a desire to be well-prepared for whatever may come next in the screening process.last_img read more

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‘Anxious, hopeful’: US voters react as polls close

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IMF chief sees ‘mild’ virus impact on global economy

first_imgIt is too early to tell the economic toll from the virus outbreak in China, but the hit to global growth should be “mild,” International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said Wednesday.The death toll from the new coronavirus epidemic in China has climbed past 1,350, but hopes have risen that the outbreak could peak later this month.The IMF is expecting a “V-shaped impact,” with a sharp decline in activity in China followed by a sharp recovery, meaning there likely will only be a “mild impact on the rest of the world,” Georgieva said on CNBC. But she cautioned: “It is still too early to make projections,” and the global economy is “somewhat less strong” than it was when China faced the SARS virus epidemic in 2003.”China was different, the world was different. This virus is clearly more impactful and the world economy then was very strong,” she said.The IMF projects China’s economy will grow 6.0 percent this year, compared to 10 percent in 2003.US officials likewise are reluctant to provide forecasts but say the impact on the American economy probably will be short-lived.”There’s no question it’s having a significant impact in China,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told legislators Wednesday. But for the US economy “I don’t expect that the coronavirus will have an impact beyond this year.”He echoed the comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, saying, “we’re obviously monitoring very carefully.” Topics :last_img read more

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