IPAC Hires New Assistant Executive Director

first_img The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has selected a new Assistant Executive Director to replace Chris Naylor, who will take over as IPAC Executive Director next month.Courtney Curtis, a deputy prosecutor at Marion County and, most recently, Johnson County, was hired at the conclusion of IPAC’s three-month selection process in August. September 3 was her first official day on staff. Curtis will assume IPAC’s number two role with Naylor replacing current Executive Director Dave Powell, who is stepping down in October.Curtis brings a wealth of leadership experience to IPAC having been a Division Chief in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. She has been a prosecutor since 2004 and has handled a litany of cases from misdemeanors to murder and rape cases. The majority of her career has been spent handling homicides as well as crimes against women and children and Curtis is passionate about protecting victims. While in Johnson County, Curtis was a member of the Special Victim’s Unit.“I’m excited to announce that Courtney Curtis has joined the IPAC leadership team,” said Chris Naylor. “Courtney brings a tremendous combination of prosecutorial experience and passion for developing trial skills that will advance the efforts of Indiana’s prosecutors and their staff.”As Assistant Executive Director, Curtis will take an active role in planning IPAC’s many training sessions and conferences. Curtis has been a valuable faculty member in the past for IPAC’s trial advocacy courses and has presented at training and conferences nationwide throughout the course of her career. IPAC hosts a summer and winter conference, three to five trial advocacy courses throughout the year as well as several other one-day pieces of training tailored to the needs of Indiana’s prosecutors.Curtis attended Indiana University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree and received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Maurer Law School at Indiana University in Bloomington.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New species

first_imgHis drinking water smelled like old bait-shrimp, and the Putnam County homeowner wanted Keith Fielder, the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, to tell him why. What they found swimming around in his well still hasn’t been identified.Water quality specialists with the UGA Environmental Services Laboratory used a submersible camera to help identify the problem at the waterfront home on Lake Sinclair. “As we lowered the camera, we noticed flashes coming by the lens,” Fielder said. “When we reached the bottom, something swam by the lens, stopped and then swam by again. We all looked at each other like ‘What in the world was that?’ When we looked at the tape later, they were everywhere.”It turns out what they saw back in May 2006 was an unidentified isopod, similar to a small shrimp. They were being chewed up by the well pump, collecting in the filter and causing the smell and concern. A large crack in the well casing was found, too, which allowed water to flow in and maybe the creatures. Wire traps baited with bits of fresh fish were used to catch some of the isopods. Eleven specimens were caught and sent to experts at universities and research facilities across the U.S. Scientists at Penn State University and Texas A&M University at Galveston identified the organism as an asellid isopod. But it didn’t match any known species. George Wilson, a scientist at the Center for Evolutionary Research at the Australian Museum of Natural History, determined the organism didn’t match any specimen in any catalog of known asellid. Both female and male organisms were identified of what was determined to be an unknown species of asellidae and possibly a new genus.Back in Georgia, Fielder and other UGA Extension agents continue to use the camera as a diagnostic tool to solve well mysteries.“We’ve had a lot of fun with this camera and we’ve seen a lot of interesting things,” Fielder said. “It was really neat to find the isopod. The more we use it, the more unusual things we will find.”The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provides access to five cameras stationed across Georgia, one in each of the four UGA Extension districts and another at the AESL in Athens. UGA Extension agents have access to the cameras and the training to operate them. The brainchild of the late Paul Vendrell, a CAES water quality program coordinator, the concept grew from a camera fishermen use for scouting. Similar cameras are also used by professionals in the drilling industries. “Vendrell developed the methodology to use it in an extension environment to help homeowners,” he said. “It is a simple, efficient, practical tool and has become a very real way of helping people.”The camera has an automatic depth-tracking feature, which helps precisely locate problem areas. In addition to isopods, the camera has pinpointed faulty sub-surface geology, well casing failures, surface water intrusion and bad well equipment.“We find all kinds of stuff down in wells,” Fielder said. “We find some pretty well-established bacteria colonies that link and chain up into bio-films. They are almost sponge-like and attach to walls and casings. Folks just don’t want to see that down their wells.” Fish have been found in some wells and tree roots are a common find. Pieces of metal or trash have also been found, along with cell phones, hair dryers and dead rodents. “Most people don’t care to know they have stuff swimming in their drinking water,” Fielder said. “The more wells we drop a camera down, there is no telling what we will find.”last_img read more

How the $2 trillion stimulus package will impact business

first_img continue reading » COVID-19 has had an unimaginable impact on nearly every aspect of daily life for consumers and businesses alike around the world. Currently, the disease shows no sign of slowing down, and the concern for how this will impact American lives and businesses continues to grow. With the rising concern of the economy, the U.S. Congress has responded in a big way, negotiating a historic, bi-partisan $2 trillion stimulus package in hopes of breathing life into our struggling economy.The stimulus package will offer relief to consumers and businesses alike, and like most legislation, can be complex, so we’ll outline some of the major provisions that will impact businesses in today’s blog post.What is included in the stimulus package?The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is the largest economic stimulus package in modern history. The bill includes $2 trillion in tax provisions and other stimulus measures, including emergency business lending. The infusion of cash promises to provide assistance for struggling American businesses and families, as well as healthcare workers that are standing on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brisbane’s affordability game is strong with cheapest three-bed house rent at $265/wk

first_imgThis is the cheapest three bedroom house you can rent in Brisbane right now. Picture: Realestate.com.auAS affordability issues rage across the capitals, latest data shows the cheapest rent you can pay for a three bedroom Brisbane house right now was $265 — and it’s not a one-off with two more in the area available at $300 a week.The three bedroom, single bathroom house at 123 Railway Parade, Darra, is about 500 metres away from Darra train station and shops, which are a 40 minute train ride or half an hour by car from the Brisbane CBD. It has undercover parking. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe post-war timber house was being marketed as having a large entertainer’s deck, three minutes from Inala shopping centre and two minutes from a popular community kindy.The property also has two sheds and was pet friendly with bond set at $1,200, according to agent Li Chin or Ironfish Property Management.Also in the same suburb, at 66 Centaurus St in Inala, a three bedroom, single bathroom, triple garage house was available at $300 a week — and the owners were so keen to land someone soon, they’ve offered a week rent free. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoCould this be the beginning of a very spacious rumpus room? Picture: Realestate.com.auSure, it’s not the prettiest thing on the market right now — but it’s neat and tidy and close to transport and shops. It has lino on some floors but also high ceilings, It’s not fully fenced, but the yard is large and level. It’s not suitable for dogs but other pets will be considered. It certainly can’t be beaten on affordability. Bond is $1,060, with rent calculated monthly at $1,148.Stephanie Russ of Maison Real Estate — Mount Ommaney has the property available from September 16.Also in the same area in Brisbane’s southwest are two other three bedroom houses up for rental at $300 a week.A three bedder that has a single bathroom and a double-car garage at 14 Pigeon Street, Inala, is available from September 13. Great spot for a barbie. Picture: Realestate.com.au 66 Centaurus St, Inala Qld 4077. Picture: Realestate.com.au 123 Railway Parade, Darra Qld 4076. Picture: Realestate.com.aucenter_img What a massive yard. Picture: Realestate.com.au A very spacious kitchen with an upright oven. Picture: Realestate.com.au 14 Pigeon Street, Inala Qld 4077. Picture: Realestate.com.au The property is close to amenities. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe property was being marketed as being close to Inala Civic Center, walking distance to Richlands East State School and an easy commute to Ipswich Motorway. Pets would be considered on application, according to agents Melina Reardon and Kerryanne Drummond of Ray White Forest Lake. Bond was set at $1,200.last_img read more

COLUMN: Words draw power to sports

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that this is actually my last column as sports editor of this publication. For the past year, I’ve had the privilege of fully immersing myself in USC athletics, and time sure does fly when you’re having fun.Going into last January, I remember saying that I wanted my tenure as sports editor to be as intriguing as possible, and now that it’s almost over, I realize that’s exactly what I got and more.I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly from the majority of the 21 intercollegiate sports that USC has to offer. Women’s sand volleyball notching a perfect season on their way to a national title, the football program capturing one of the nation’s best recruiting classes and baseball returning to the postseason for the first time in a decade were a few of the positive highlights that I had the fortune of seeing firsthand last spring.Then came the storm of the fall, which has already featured a 22-match winning streak by the No. 1-ranked women’s volleyball team, a thrilling NCAA tournament game win on penalty kicks by women’s soccer and the mid-season revival of the football team under the leadership of interim head coach Clay Helton. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but a Pac-12 Championship game would truly be the icing on the cake.Last but not least, a copy of the Oct. 13 issue of the DT hangs in the sports office. In bold, the headline on the front page reads “Coach Steve Sarkisian fired.”  Every time, I take a glance at the front page, it brings back memories of a story within the story. On the surface, the story discusses the termination of Sarkisian, just a day after he was asked by Athletic Director Pat Haden to take a leave of absence for health reasons that turned out to derive from alleged alcoholism. Putting my journalistic duties aside, though, I saw a man whose life unraveled publicly in the most unfortunate of ways.Something I’ve always considered when writing is that student-athletes, coaches and administrators are all human, too. For that reason, I never wanted to be the one that absolutely bashed a coach or dug up dirt on a group of players. First and foremost, I always aimed to maintain my integrity and relationships, whether that be with coaches, players or sports information directors.Call it a learning experience, but I just look back at all of the mistakes I’ve made during my time as sports editor. I’ve misspelled words, messed up headlines, misidentified players in photos and made a few inaccurate predictions here and there. As a perfectionist, those errors always killed me. In effect, I owned up to those missteps and took the criticism, whether it be in public or private, just like any coach or player would if they made a wrong decision or played poorly. But at the end of the day, we move on because there’s almost always another game to be played in the near future or, in my case, another paper to be put out the next day.There’s no doubt in my mind that this position has helped me grow into the person I am today. The sports section has taught me so much, both internally and externally.I’m just hoping that when someone picked up the paper each day, or read online or on social media, they learned something new or were moved by a certain story, thought or opinion.The great amount of power sports carry is indisputable, but words only further strengthen them and have the ability to bring them to life in ways one could never imagine. That’s what I’ve been trying to accomplish when I put my head down and start pitching stories, writing or editing every day.I ‘ve got a couple issues left, but I just wanted to take the time to say thank you.Thank you to all of the student-athletes, coaches, sports information directors, athletic department administrators, mentors and, last but not least, my writers. Without y’all, this section wouln’t be possible.It may sound like I’m about to sign off for the last time, but don’t worry, I’ll be back. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” ran Fridays.last_img read more