Bishop Miege has established an anonymous hotline where students and parents can report incidents or concerns to Roeland Park police.Bishop Miege High School students or parents wanting to anonymously report incidents now have a hotline number they can call or text. The voice mailbox is forwarded to the school’s resource officer and two assistant principals.“It’s a good tool for them to use if they are concerned about their safety,” Roeland Park Police Department chief John Morris said.More and more schools are deploying such tactics to improve school safety. The Shawnee Mission School District, for example, uses a web-based reporting tool to accomplish the same objective, giving members of the school community a way to alert authorities to a range of concerning behavior, from safety threats, bullying, harassment, intimidation or potential self harm.The hotline is one of the school’s safety initiatives being promoted by the Roeland Park Police Department and its School Resource Officer Cliff Chaffee. Roeland Park and Bishop Miege entered an agreement last summer that placed a student resource officer from the city’s police department on site.The school is also considering installing vaping detectors to help curb the use of e-cigarettes and noise detectors that could alert officials of yelling or screaming.When triggered the detectors notify the school resource officer and other officials via text.Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly commended the RPPD with the quick implementation of the SRO program and success of Officer Chaffee.“[We] get only positive reports of how he is helping that community,” Kelly said.Roeland Park approved the SRO contract last July. The cost of the full-time position, about $72,000 a year, is covered by Bishop Miege.
In June 2019, Barco filed suit in the United States against Delta Electronics, Inc. and its subsidiary Vivitek Corporation for infringement of its ClickShare patents. Now, less than a year after the case began, Delta and Vivitek have agreed to withdraw their LauncherPlus products from the U.S. market.Barco’s U.S. lawsuit against Delta and Vivitek is part of an effort to enforce its patents against those who commercialize wireless presentation systems copying ClickShare’s original features. As a direct result of Barco’s enforcement action, Delta and Vivitek have agreed to withdraw their LauncherPlus wireless presentation product in the U.S.This follows the completion of another U.S. infringement case in February 2020. Barco ended its lawsuit against Sahara Presentation Systems after obtaining that its Clevershare products were materially redesigned to avoid patent infringement.Barco has also obtained IP protection victories in other countries, including a preliminary injunction against two distributors in Denmark in 2018, seizure of devices from the ISE trade show in the Netherlands in 2017 and 2019, as well as various settlement agreements preventing distributors from further dealings in infringing devices.In March 2020, Patent Number 10,585,814 was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for ClickShare. This new patent provides even broader protection for every iteration of ClickShare by removing certain restrictions on where the operative software must be stored within the presentation-system environment. Moreover, in January 2020, the USPTO issued a notice of allowance for U.S. patent application US20190205275, protecting Barco’s Clickshare Conference. A positive search report was also issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization for the co-pending international patent application WO2019129696A1.
The New York Times:When it comes to taking lecture notes, Laura Gayle, a sophomore at Florida State University, has her methods. A smiley face connotes an important person. If the professor says, “Make sure you know this,” she uses an asterisk. A triangular button signals a video clip played in class. Later, she will organize the notes, write a video summary and check uncertainties against the textbook or with the professor. For “Introduction to Classical Mythology,” she’ll even alphabetize a list of Greek gods and goddesses.Then, a few days before the exam, she puts it all up for sale.Since last fall, when she uploaded her macroeconomics notes ontoFlashnotes.com to pay for a birthday gift for her mother, Ms. Gayle has sold more than 500 copies of the study guides that she’s put together for her courses, made over $3,285 and tapped into a growing, if controversial, online marketplace.Read the whole story: The New York Times
NPR:Somehow we’re squeezing 18 people into our apartment for Thanksgiving this year, a year when too many people are worrying about fraught post-election conversations. My relatives, who luckily are all cut from the same political cloth, range in age from my mother, aged 92, to my 32-year-old nephew (my 17-month-old granddaughter’s political leanings are still unfolding.)I love them all, but in a way the one I know best is the middle-aged man across the table whose blue eyes look just like mine: my younger brother Paul.…So if your kid sister is the queen bee in any social gathering, you might get labeled “the quiet one” even if you’re not especially quiet, just quiet in comparison. And if you’re a bright child who always gets good grades, you might not get much credit for that if your big brother is a brilliant child with straight A’s. There’s only room for one “smart one” per family — you’ll have to come up with something else. (I was smart, but Paul was smarter; I ended up being the “good one.”)The very presence of siblings in the household can be an education. When a new baby is born, writes psychologist Victor Cicirelli in the 1995 book Sibling Relationships Across the Life Span, “the older sibling gains in social skills in interacting with the younger” and “the younger sibling gains cognitively by imitating the older.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 9% feel they were successful in keeping their resolutions. The problem may be in the timing. According to research being presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Convention the time for successful habit change isn’t based on the calendar, but on big changes to our everyday lives like moving to a new home.“Changing your habits is very difficult,” says Bas Verplanken, professor of social psychology at the University of Bath, “including finding the right moment to make a change.”Everyday choices Share Habits develop when we repeat behaviors, and they are reinforced the more everything around us stays the same. Some habits are beneficial, such as brushing your teeth daily. Other habits can benefit communities and affect how we respond to decisions such as recycling, what we buy, and how we commute.Work from Verplanken and colleagues show habits can be changed when you change the factors around the habit (location, context). Researchers call this the “discontinuity effect.”Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work“Changing from December 31st to January 1st is not a dramatic discontinuity,” says Verplanken. “Many resolutions are made on December 31st, and go down the drain on January 2nd.”Verplanken notes the New Year may be a nice moment to mark the start of a new phase, but the point of the discontinuity effect is that the change in behavior is embedded in other changes.“In the case of moving to a new home for instance, people may need to find new solutions for how to do things in the new house, where and how to shop, commute, and so on. All of these aspects are absent when talking about New Year resolutions.”Location mattersVerplanken studied the behaviors of over 800 people, half of whom had recently moved and half of whom had been at the same home for several years. Participants responded to questions on 25 environment related behaviors including water and energy use, commuting choices, and waste (food waste, recycling).According to his research, people who received an intervention and had recently relocated reported more change eight weeks later on a composite of twenty-five environment-relevant behaviors compared to participants who had not recently relocated.These results were consistent in spite of the strength of previous habits and views, and are consistent with research from others.Verplanken will present his talk, Empowering Interventions to Promote Sustainable Lifestyles: Testing the Habit Discontinuity Hypothesis in a Field Experiment on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the SPSP Annual Convention. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Email Share on Facebook Pinterest
Traffic Alert:One way flagging operations are underway near the intersection of DP Road and N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) because of fire hydrant work in the roadway. The work for the hydrant is related to construction of the new Canyon Walk Apartments. Because this is a congested work zone adjacent to the NMDOT project for the roundabout construction, traffic should expect delays and use caution. Work is expected to be completed later today or early Thursday.
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With the myriad of domestic challenges facing the profession at the moment – from economic downturn to the potential impact of the legal aid reforms and the regulatory challenges flowing from the Legal Services Act, it is good to see that the Law Society has not closed its eyes to global issues.The Society’s International Human Rights (IHR) Committee last week called on the US and the Iraqi government to intervene to protect Iranian refugees living in Iraq. The plea followed a reported attack by Iraqi forces on Camp Ashraf, which is home to 3,500 Iranian refugees. The attack reportedly left 13 people dead and more than 400 injured. Until January 2009, the security of the camp and the safety of its residents were guaranteed by coalition forces in Iraq. Those duties were transferred to Iraqi forces following assurances given by the Iraqi authorities that the refugees would be treated humanly and their rights under international law respected. The residents of the camp are ‘protected persons’ under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which gives them the right not to be forcibly displaced, deported, expelled or repatriated in violation of the principle of non-refoulement. Malcolm Fowler, an IHR committee member, said: ‘We are calling on Iraqi forces to immediately cease the use of all violence against the residents of the camp. These forces must also allow the International Committee of the Red Cross, relevant United Nations bodies, lawyers and the press into Camp Ashraf.’ Amnesty International claims to have seen video footage of Iraqi forces beating people and firing on them. Cynics may say that the committee’s criticism is unlikely to have any impact on what the Americans or the Iraqis do, so what is the point. Indeed, some years ago there was a move to disband the IHR committee by some who felt Chancery Lane’s function was only to look after the interests of its members. But surely as we live in a global community, lawyers have a duty to speak out against injustice and to seek to uphold the rule of law across the globe. To anyone who would seek to deride the committee’s work, I remind them of the words of 18th century Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke: ‘All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.’
Wind of change: City firm LG advised wind turbine manufacturer Clipper Windpower on a $206m (£128m) investment in the company and $64m (£40m) cash offer to shareholders by industrial technology company United Technologies Corporation. Linklaters advised UTC. Raising a glass: US firm Shearman & Sterling advised glass container manufacturer Ardagh Glass Finance on a €180m (£157m) bond offering. Winter’s lease: US firm Mayer Brown advised financial trading and software company CMC Markets on the lease of a 54,000 square foot office at 133 Houndsditch, London, from property investors Henderson Global Investors, advised by US firm K&L Gates. Class act: US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges advised Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board on acquiring Acorn Care and Education, which provides UK special needs schools. City firm Travers Smith advised Acorn’s shareholders, while City firm Nabarro advised its management. Tiger feat: Magic circle firm Clifford Chance advised Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and DBS on a $178m (£110m) flotation by Tiger Airways in Singapore, advised by US firm Latham & Watkins. Rights move: Magic circle firm Linklaters advised financial group UniCredit on a €4bn (£3.49bn) rights issue. US firm Shearman & Sterling advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UniCredit Bank as global coordinators and bookrunners, and a consortium of other banks as bookrunners and co-lead managers. Under the hammer: US firm Jones Day advised a syndicate of banks on West Ham United football club’s sale to businessmen David Sullivan and David Gold for around £105m. CB Holding, a special purpose vehicle which previously owned the club, was advised by magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. National firm DLA Piper advised Sullivan.
Judicial independence in Hungary is facing its biggest threat since the country’s 1989 revolution, following the government’s decision to force 200 judges into retirement and replace them with nominees of a single politically appointed individual. This development is one of several legislative changes introduced by prime minister Viktor Orban, who swept into power with a so-called ‘super majority’ in 2010. These include restrictions on the media, the arts, churches and the central bank, as well as the effective seizure of €10bn in private pension assets. The judges’ retirements were forced by reducing the retirement age from 70 to 62 years. This measure and changes to the pension system have led to nearly 8,000 individual applications being lodged against Hungary at the European Court of Human Rights in the last month. Council of Europe secretary general Thorbjorn Jagland wrote to Hungary’s foreign affairs minister Janos Martonyi on 11 January to remind him of the country’s obligations ‘flowing from its membership of the Council of Europe’. He said that the government should respect not only ‘human rights, democracy and rule of law in the course of the legislative process’, but also the ‘underlying principles of democracy’ and the ‘checks and balances ensured through the proper functioning of independent institutions’.