Judicial Nominating Commission Preparing For Final Supreme Court InterviewsOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe applicant interview process to fill the impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court is winding down, with the first half of semifinalist interviews now complete. Six of the 11 semifinalists who applied to fill Justice Robert Rucker’s seat after he retires next month sat for their half-hour interviews with Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission Tuesday. The last five interviews are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Here’s a look at what the applicants had to say during their second round of interviews:Judge Vicki Carmichael, Clark Circuit CourtPolitics has no place in the practice or administration of the law, Carmichael said during her interview, telling the JNC that if a case she is hearing has a political element, she looks strictly to the facts to inform her decision. Further, Carmichael, who was elected to the bench as a Democrat, said politics wouldn’t matter even if she were appointed to the state’s highest bench by Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican.Asked about the cases or judicial issues that keep her up at night, the Clark County judge said she is often troubled by cases involving children and drugs, and sometimes a combination of the two. When she’s considering a decision, the judge said she always asks herself whether her ruling will make a positive difference in the child or drug user’s life.Rep. Thomas Washburne, Old National BancorpIndiana Supreme Court justices are tasked with hearing cases from nearly every area of the law, and while Washburne said no one can ever be an expert in all of those areas, the state representative said his analytical ability would help him tackle cases from areas of the law that he is less familiar with. That involves looking at a case to discern the specific issues to be considered, an ability he said he has honed during his legal career.Diversity is among the most important considerations the JNC is taking into account when making its recommendations to Holcomb, and Washburne told the committee that he values citizens’ rights to advocate for diversity and racial equality. Asked specifically about the Black Lives Matter movement, Washburne said he does not always agrees with the movement’s methods, but applauds its supporters for their tenacity in exercising their constitutional rights.Judge Christopher Goff, Wabash Superior CourtWith the recent revelation that Indiana bar passage rates fell to 48 percent in February, the JNC frequently asked candidates how they would propose improving that rate in the future. Goff said it seems as though law schools aren’t attracting the same level of students as they did a generation ago, which is contributing to the dropping bar passage rate. However, if attorneys reach out to potential students and show them how important it is to be a lawyer, then Goff said a stronger group of students might enroll and help raise the passage rate again.Asked how he views diversity on the court, Goff told the JNC that he adopted a black child in his early 20s, so he tries to view the world through the eyes of his son. Additionally, Goff said he pursued an African-American Studies minor at Ball State University, so he has always had an interest in promoting African-American culture.William Riley, Riley Williams & Piatt LLCAs one of the few semifinalists who is a trial lawyer, Riley told the JNC that he takes a healthy fear with him into each trial – the fear of letting his client down. In the same way, Riley said he would take the same fear to the Indiana Supreme Court – the fear of letting the state down – and would take his work as a justice very seriously in order to keep that fear from becoming reality.Similarly, asked how his experience in civil cases would influence his work on the Supreme Court bench, Riley said he has acquired a genuine respect for all lawyers he argues with or against. That respect would extend to his fellow justices, he said, as well as to the lawyers who would argue before him.Judge Maria Granger, Floyd Superior CourtAs the only black semi-finalist applying to fill Rucker’s seat, Granger said her role in promoting diversity on the court could be one of education and community outreach. Going out into the community is a key element of getting multiple perspectives on an issue, as well as building public trust and consensus, she said.Part of public trust is transparency in the courts, including the trial courts, an idea Granger said she tries to promote in her own courtroom. However, the judge also said trial courts should think carefully before allowing cameras into their courtrooms, as she has seen instances in which that level of transparency has done more harm than good.Elizabeth Green, Riley Bennett Egloff LLPWith a practice that focuses on business and commercial litigation, Green conceded that she would have a steeper learning curve when hearing cases involving criminal and constitutional law as a justice. However, she said in preparation for her Tuesday interview she asked a colleague to help her brush up on criminal law, and further said her career has helped her “learn how to learn” new areas of the law as it has become necessary.Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been mentioned several times throughout the interview process, but when asked about the often brusque tone he took in his dissenting opinions, Green said she did not believe in “pounding the fist.” Such an approach is not useful, Green said, and often, the message a justice is trying to convey can get lost if they are too aggressive in their opinions.The final five interviews will begin Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Rush and the JNC will then meet in executive session to select three finalists to send to Holcomb, who will have 60 days to make a final selection. Read a recap of tomorrow’s interviews at www.theindianalawyer.com, and follow @Indiana_Lawyer on Twitter for live updates.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Dear Editor,A Food Standards Agency study, published last week, stated that there was little to no nutritional difference between organic and non-organic produce. Leaving aside the arguments for and against the study, we would like to focus on two overlooked aspects. For us at least, the major benefits of organic are not in comparing what is in organic food (nutritional values), but rather what is not in organic food – pesticide residues, chemicals, e-numbers, artificial colourings etc. The evidence here is pretty much pro-organic.Secondly, as a dedicated organic wholesale bakery, in business for 10 years, we have to adhere to a strict list of what natural, organic ingredients we are permitted to use. Our recipes are uncomplicated; they are the same that have been used for hundreds of years – flour, egg, milk, butter, raising agent – mix, into the oven, done. But we were unable to achieve the same results by automating our process as we do in hand-baking; the machines could not handle the consistency of our organic batters.Customers choose organic products for different reasons, such as taste, quality standards or perceived benefits. We stand by their right to do so.Lise Madsen, MD and founder,Honeyrose Bakery
Sandwiches are the key drivers of spend in the lunchtime food-on-the-go (FOTG) market, according to the latest data by Kantar Worldpanel, revealed at the recent Lunch! show.Sandwiches, including carriers such as paninis, rolls, and bagels, currently have a 39% share of the lunchtime FOTG market (52 w/e 4 September 2011). Confectionery holds a 17% share, while savoury pastries have a 10% share, Kantar Worldpanel consumer insight director Jay Thaliwal, told visitors.While the total FOTG market, worth £9.7bn, is currently growing at 5%, savoury pastries are growing at a slower rate of 4%, and are losing market share. Confectionery is growing at 6%, while sandwiches are growing at 5%. Despite the fact fewer shoppers are buying sandwiches, those that do are buying more, said Thaliwal.Looking specifically at the lunchtime sandwich market worth circa £3.9bn and rising by £195.5m year-on-year he said the data showed coffee shops/cafés had achieved the highest gains, with spend up 15%. The ’eating venues’ category which includes the likes of Greggs, Subway, Pret, Upper Crust, and other high street bakery outlets saw spend rise by 6%. However ’eating venues’ held a much higher spend share of the market, at around 31%, while coffee shops/cafés had approximately a 13% share.Kantar said that while coffee shops remained the most expensive option, their prices have remained flat, which has helped to retain customers. In terms of where the growth in the sandwich market was coming from, Thaliwal said that London remained the largest market, with a 22% share, and had achieved year-on-year spend growth of 9%. Other growth regions were Scotland up 9%, with a 9% share; and Lancashire up 8%, with a 12% share.
Greggs, the BB75 leading bakery retailer, has seen like-for-like sales growth of 3.2% in the first 26 weeks of the year to 28 June.Total sales during the same period grew by 3.1%.The company said: “While our year-on-year performance has benefited from comparison with a period of weak trading in 2013, sales growth is also being driven by initiatives that have further improved our products, availability, service and value.”It added: “Given the encouraging trading performance in the first half of the year, along with good cost control and the benefit of property disposal profits, we expect to show operating profits of around £16-17 million when we report our interim results on 30 July 2014.”During the first 26 weeks, Greggs completed 131 shop refurbishments, in line with plans to refit around 200 shops during 2014. It also opened 26 new shops and closed 36 shops, meaning Greggs now has 1,661 shops.As previously reported, the company has disposed of a number of surplus freehold properties in the year to date, realising property profits of £1.4m. The company concluded: “Sales comparables strengthen in the second half, although the risk of further input cost inflation appears to be reducing. Overall, we expect to deliver an improved financial result for the year and further progress against our strategic plan.”
Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.The specialist tea and crumpet business had planned to unveil a second outlet in Soho this spring, but were unable to find a site, British Baker has learnt.Cakes including madeleines and lemon drizzle will be on the menu, alongside a bespoke sweet and savoury crumpet selection when the Leather Lane destination officially launches this week (7 April).Gluten-free brownies and a date & pecan loaf will also be served up alongside a selection of teas.The company opened its first dedicated teahouse in Shoreditch, east London last December, after securing £184,990 from 95 backers following a crowdfunding campaign.Prior to that, founder Emilie Holmes operated out of a 1974 Citroen-H van into a mobile brew bar.Good cup of teaHolmes said: “I’m not a coffee drinker, I’m a tea drinker, and although I can appreciate a good cup of coffee, I want a cup of tea on the way to work.”“London’s coffee culture is really exciting – there are amazing baristas out there all geared up to prepare your perfect cup of coffee, but I couldn’t understand why tea had missed a trick… Pastries, for example, are delicious, but go best with a coffee, whereas everyone knows the perfect match for a crumpet is a cup of tea.”
In 2015, The Claypool Lennon Delirium emerged as one of the year’s most exciting new bands. The seemingly unlikely duo of Primus bassist Les Claypool and Beatles offspring/Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger leader Sean Lennon came together in a psychedelic collaboration on tour together. Their relationship blossomed when the two spent more time together over a holiday break, “drinking vino, hunting mushrooms and throwing musical pasta at the walls” at Claypool’s Rancho Relaxo. The fun times eventually morphed into the release of an album and a lengthy tour full of summer festival appearances. The duo released Monolith of Phobos in early June that year and received widespread praise for their hauntingly special original music.While Claypool tends to keep his side-projects short, the duo collaborated again in 2017 for a special Record Store Day release, which featured four cosmically psychedelic covers, including “Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, “Boris the Spider,” by The Who, “The Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, and “Satori” by Flower Travellin’ Band. Again, the CLD impressed beyond measure.Over the weekend, Chaney Claypool–wife of Les–posted photos to her Instagram account after a group dinner at Single Thread Farms in Healdsburg, CA. The photos included Les Claypool and Sean Lennon with a caption that revealed the dynamic duo’s recent time in the studio. “Thank you, @sidestep7 the guys needed a night off from recording,” the post reads, with the punctuating hashtags #claypoollennondelirium, #dayoff, and more. This can (hopefully) only mean one thing, that the Claypool Lennon Delirium are working on a follow-up album to their 2015 Monolith of Phobos. Check out the post below, and get ready for some more musical pasta. Recently, Primus and Mastodon announced plans for an extensive summer tour together starting in early May and spanning through to July. The tour will see the two groups also supported by JJUUJJUU and All Them Witches for select dates. This joint tour comes on the heels of Primus’ New Year’s Eve show, which saw supergroup Legend Of The Seagullman, a band featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon plus Danny Carey of Tool, open for the group led by bassist Les Claypool. Head here for more information.Listen to Monolith of Phobos below:
Bill Angrick, a Notre Dame graduate from the class of 1990, spoke as a part of the “Boardroom Insights” lecture series put on by the Mendoza College of Business. Angrick is the CEO of Liquidity Services Inc., a multimillion dollar company that specializes in the buying and selling of excess materials between businesses. The lecture walked the audience through the various stages of growth of Liquidity Services, while also offering valuable pieces of advice on how to build a thriving company. Angrick said in the beginning, his goal was to “provide clients and buying customers the world’s most transparent, innovative, and effective online marketplaces and integrated services for surplus assets … An eBay from business to business.” After raising capital from clients and venture capitalists, the company began to expand into buying and selling products from various sectors, Angrick said. He said he credits this growth to the “network effect.” “More supply leads to more relevant listings for buyers, which leads to more buyers. More buyers leads to more transactions, meaning better results for sellers, thus creating more sellers, which circles back to more supply,” Angrick said. He said the company received its first government contract in 2001- the US Military wanted to use the company to sell its own excess products. The company then went on to win the Defense Logistics Agency Award for Vendor Excellence four times. Liquidity Services Inc. went public in 2006. From there, the company grew at an quickly, its gross revenue booming from $72 million in 2003 to $360 million in 2008, Angrick said. Beginning in 2009, the business moved into acquiring other companies, such as GovDeals and Network International, and taking their markets global. They also expanded into other sectors, which included electronics, consumer packaged goods, biopharmaceutical products, and machinery. This year alone, the gross revenue of Liquidity Services Inc. was $1 billion and was on Forbes’ list of Fastest Growing Tech Companies, Angrick said. Angrick said to run a large company, one needs to have strong convictions of where one is taking the company. He said that a key component to achievement is building great teams: cultivating top talent, bringing new employees into the mission of the company, making everyone feel a part of something, empowering employees to do their job, and making clear what the objective is, not how to achieve the objective. Angrick said one also has to be bold and take risks, and build awareness of their brand. At the end of the lecture Angrick reflected back on how what he had learned in his years at Notre Dame has influenced him throughout life. Angrick said Notre Dame’s emphasis on strong values and faith has helped him immeasurably in his ventures, and the university’s stress on community, teamwork, and excellence will stay with him throughout the rest of his life. “It is your obligation to make your mark,” Angrick said.
Dear Mountain Mama, My fiancé and I love the outdoors. We both love Asheville and want to get married in the mountains. But we disagree on whether to elope or invite guests. We are on a modest budget, but we want to create magical memories of the start of our lives as newlyweds. Can you help with a compromise?Thanks,Love BirdDear Love Bird,With the Blue Ridge Mountains, the French Broad River, dozens of nearby creeks and lakes, your options to get married outdoors are limitless. Love Bird, it sounds like you’ve met your nature soul mate. But sometimes even with our soul mate we disagree about important issues, including whether or not to invite guests.What about starting off your marriage on the right foot by compromising? How about planning an outdoor wedding along a secluded creek? You and your mate could raft down and a few of the people your fiancé couldn’t imagine not being at your wedding could join you at the ceremony site.Lucky for you, companies like Asheville Adventure Weddings cater to folks just like you. The founders, both local outdoor junkies, will listen to your vision of a perfect wedding and then create it. Whether you desire to get married perched on a mountaintop with a star-studded sky as a backdrop or on the side of the river with a waterfall in the background, they can make your wedding dreams realty. The company caters to intimate wedding parties, whether it’s a bride and groom wanting to elope in the wilderness or a few of the couples’ closest friends.So Love Bird, find a quiet time to talk to your sweetie, and over a bottle of wine share your visions for your wedding. Together you can create a celebration of your love just as unique as the two of you.Here’s to happy nuptial planning! Mountain Mama
Stopping Narco-Violence For drug traffickers, moving cocaine from South America to Central America is a matter of exploiting weaknesses. By sea, go-fast boats and semisubmersibles race toward the isthmus, hugging the coast until they find the opportunity to hand off their goods or an opening to reach land. By air, prop planes fly in wide arcs around the airspace of countries that can track them, destined for remote landing strips far out of range of security forces. At the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC), held from April 18-19, 2012, in San Salvador, El Salvador, leaders from across the isthmus gatherted to discuss shared threats and the strategies that are succeeding. In support of the Central American Regional Security Initiative and the Central American Integration System, Operation Martillo, or “hammer,” launched on January 15, 2012, as one such successful strategy designed to stop drug traffickers from using Central America’s littoral routes. The operation includes U.S. military participation through the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-South), a component of SOUTHCOM. Operation Martillo and other complimentary partner nations and interagency operations have resulted in a 39 percent overall reduction in air flights, with a 49 percent reduction of air flights into Central America. It has also caused noticeable changes to maritime trafficking patterns, with participants seizing 30 vessels and detaining 102 suspected traffickers, with 52 metric tons seized or disrupted by June 2012. Other nations, such as Honduras, have put into place operations focused on destroying clandestine runways that have allowed traffickers departing from Venezuela and Colombia to use their territory for drug storage and transit. Operation Armadillo identified between 30 and 35 runways during its initial phase in February-March 2012. In that time frame, and in cooperation with the U.S., it destroyed 13 through the use of helicopters departing from forward operating bases, Special Forces and “Sappers,” or engineers specialized in explosives. “This has brought about a reduction in narcotrafficking in this area that has been seen positively by national authorities and cooperating nations,” said Gen. Osorio. Military leaders in Central America have another concern: If they don’t act decisively and collaboratively, drug traffickers and gangs may unite and strengthen. Some say this union has already started, calling the actors “baby cartels,” while others refer to it as the “narco-gang” threat, and underscore the danger of having gangs evolve into powerful, sophisticated cartels that can challenge state stability. Armed forces in the region enjoy strong popular support, with militaries in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua ranking high in polls, according to military leaders. This citizen support, backed by political will, gives the military the authority to take bold action against transnational organized crime. “Traffickers are nimble, but they’re not omnipotent,” JIATF-South’s Rear Adm. Michel said. “They’re businessmen. When enough pain is enough for a businessman, I don’t know the answer to that.” Sources: The Miami Herald, McClatchy Washington Bureau, http://nuevaya.com.ni Countries in what is known as the “Northern Tier” of Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – are the most affected by drug trafficking according to the the 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, an annual report by the U.S. Department of State. Nonetheless, the assessment shows that the repercussions impact every country on the narcotrafficking corridor. “Our countries, we all know, are transit countries that narcotraffickers are taking advantage of to conduct their operations,” said General René Osorio, chairman of the Joint Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces. Honduras has the distinction of having captured the first drug trafficking semisubmersible in the Caribbean, with help from the U.S., retrieving some 6.7 metric tons of cocaine in July 2011. General Helmuth René Casados, chief of the Joint Staff of Guatemala, said his country is focusing on bolstering citizen security by closing porous borders and neutralizing another threat that has intensified in recent years, the drug trafficking organization Los Zetas. Gen. Casados said that new ideas, new projects and creativity are the mark of regional security plans discussed at CENTSEC 12, the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC, for its Spanish acronym) and other international forums. “In our planning process, we are always taking into account that plans are flexible, versatile, and nothing is final,” he said. Territorial Penetration The drug-fighting strategy in Nicaragua, Central America’s largest country by land mass, is known as “Muro de Contención” (Containment Wall). The whole-of-government approach strives to prevent drug traffickers from penetrating national territory, whether by land or sea, and put in place the legal mechanisms to imprison traffickers. To achieve this end, Nicaragua has instituted new laws to strengthen its legal framework; its border commanders meet regularly with their counterparts in border nations and its Navy communicates with the U.S. Coast Guard to execute enhanced counter drug operations off its coasts. “In Operation Martillo, we have had success. It has allowed us to develop joint operations principally in the maritime realm, participating dynamically with [U.S.] Southern Command,” said Brigadier General Adolfo Zepeda, director of military intelligence and counterintelligence of the Nicaraguan Army. “It’s the first time we tried to synchronize air, land and sea to counter transnational criminal organization efforts across the entire isthmus,” JIATF-South director, Rear Admiral Charles Michel, told Diálogo at CENTSEC 2012. The new approach acknowledges that transnational criminal organizations cannot be defeated by one nation. Rather, just as drug traffickers attempt to take advantage of international boundaries, international partners must utilize effective and efficient relationships to stop them. “Operation Martillo is a clear example of searching for integration strategies of our countries,” General César Adonay Acosta, head of the Joint General Staff of the Salvadoran Armed Forces, told Diálogo at CENTSEC. With drug sales rivaling the GDPs of some countries in the region, state stability and citizen security are at risk if countries in the hemisphere go it alone. “Narco-activity and drug trafficking from the south to north in our countries generates incalculable levels of violence.” Anticipating Change By Dialogo July 01, 2012
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John Omard (Nassau County Police Department)The principal of Freeport’s J.W. Dodd Middle School is facing criminal sexual act charges after he was arrested for engaging in “sexual acts” with a male teenager, Nassau County police said.The principal, 44-year-old John Omard, was charged with four counts of criminal sexual act and will be arraigned Wednesday in Hempstead.The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 15, 2012 when Omard met the then-16-year-old victim through a social media website, police said. He allegedly arranged a meeting and drove the victim “back to his house and engaged in sexual acts with the victim against his will,” police said in a news release.Freeport School District Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kunchman released a statement on the district’s website notifying parents that school officials are aware of the investigation. Without identifying Omard by name, Kunchman said the “individual has been administratively reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation currently being conducted by law enforcement authorities.”“The district will continue to cooperate with law enforcement during their investigation,” Kunchman added. “As this is a personnel matter, the district is legally prohibited from discussing any specifics regarding this individual and the police investigation.”Former Assistant Principal Robert Micucci, who had been with the district for 36 years before retiring in 2011, will take over in the interim, the district said.