Shumlin appoints Barry Peterson to magistrate judge post

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of attorney Barry D. Peterson of Fletcher as Magistrate Judge of the Family Division of Vermont’s Superior Courts. Peterson has held the post in an acting capacity in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Franklin counties as needed in recent years. ‘Barry’s broad experience, both in law and in his community, make him the perfect fit for Family Division Magistrate,’ Shumlin said. ‘He has already served in this role in an acting capacity, so he’ll hit the ground running.’ Peterson, whose office is in Jericho, joined his wife, Lori J Ruple, to start the law firm Peterson & Ruple in 1988. There he has focused on family law and represented clients in real estate, bankruptcy, small business and personal injury matters. In addition to serving as Acting Magistrate, he has sat as Acting Judge on small claims cases in Lamoille Superior Court on a regular basis. Peterson also has been a Cooperating Attorney with Vermont Legal Aid/Law Line of Vermont, doing substantially reduced fee bankruptcies for low-income Vermonters since 2005 and has served as Guardian Ad Litem in family law cases. In his community, Peterson has coached youth sports for many years, and served as a member of the Fletcher Elementary School board from 1993 to 2005. He graduated from Pace University in New York in 1980 and from Vermont Law School in 1985. He has two children, 23 year old daughter Kelsey and 21 year old son Carter.Governor’s office. 1.9.2012last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Brings Luxury Right at Your Fingertips

first_imggiphy samsungSamsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G comes with a stunning and bold design that transforms mobile experiencesI’ve been using this device heavily for the past week as my primary phone, and I feel confident in saying that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is definitely the phone of the year for me!From multiple hands-free viewing options to next-level content creation, here’s everything you need to know about the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G:- Advertisement – Got an important email from your manager? On the Galaxy Z Fold2, you can check the answer on the web, and answer via messenger all on the same screen without closing a single window.  For multitasking, I prefer side-by-side app use rather than top-and-bottom app use.Be it dragging and dropping a graph from Excel into your PowerPoint presentation, or picking an image from your gallery and dropping it into a message to send to a friend, the Galaxy Z Fold2 makes multitasking more seamless with the drag and drop functionality between the apps. Talk about convenience!App Pair giphy 3 gifPair your favorites with App Pairs on Galaxy Z Fold2 5G for quick access  App Continuitygiphy 1 samsungGalaxy Z Fold2’s UI is optimized not only for its Main screen but also for its Cover screen, so you can easily use all your apps with one hand, even when the device is closed. – Advertisement – As I sit here today with the all-new Galaxy Z Fold2 5G in my hands, I can’t help but wonder about how Samsung is rewriting the rules of smartphone multitasking with its newly-launched foldable phone. Category-defining features such as powerful performance, foldable glass and impressive battery life come together in Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s futuristic and innovative form factor. It isn’t just a foldable phone, it’s a movement waiting to happen.The first thing you are going to love about the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is that it is a gorgeous piece of tech. I had the Mystic Bronze colour variant which, in my opinion, totally added to the charm of the phone. Out of the box, the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G feels pretty different from a traditional phone. An engineering marvel, Samsung’s foldable device comes with a stunning and bold design that transforms mobile experiences. Samsung has further innovated to make this phone-mini laptop/tablet hybrid a lot more versatile, thanks to the new Flex Mode. – Advertisement – giphy 2 gifWith app continuity, you can seamlessly go from the small screen to the larger screen inside without needing to reopen the app you were using.Apps like Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, and others will have their interface extended and additional content visible when the device is unfolded, which I believe is a must-have feature for professionals. While I was reviewing this phone, I found this feature particularly useful in responding to emails. Just unfold the device to get a full-featured editing space that’s far more useful than what’s visible on the Cover screen.Multi Active WindowBe it juggling the demands of work and home life or grinding to meet crucial deadlines, it goes without saying that multitasking has now become an integral part of our daily lives. The Multi-Active Window on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G made it easier for me to manage tasks and stay organized as I could keep several app windows open on the same screen.To begin multitasking, simply swipe from the right side of the screen. A tray of suggested apps will appear, and when you choose which to open, it will automatically shift into a dual-screen setup. Even if there are multiple apps open on a screen, they still function smoothly in their resized configuration. The Galaxy Z Fold2 can free up your hands and give you more flexibility while multitasking.  ezgifcom gif maker gifGalaxy Z Fold2 makes multitasking more seamless with the drag and drop functionality between the apps Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is now up for purchases in India, priced at Rs. 1,49,999. You can also avail no-cost EMIs starting at just Rs 12,499 per month. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G comes with the Galaxy Z Concierge service, which provides 24×7 assistance to buyers as well as Samsung Care+ protection against accidental and liquid damage for a year. You can also get the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite at just Rs 4,099, along with free access to YouTube Premium for four months and Rs 2,000 off on anything you buy from the Samsung Shop app.With its cutting-edge foldable mechanism, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is here to redefine the way we use our smartphones today. The foldable device combines the portability and flexibility of a smartphone with the power and screen size of a tablet or a mini laptop for ultimate productivity. Whether folded or unfolded, you can enjoy a luxury mobile experience with Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s premium design. Grab this beauty today! Multitasking isn’t just hassle-free and more powerful on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G– it’s also customizable. The improved Multi-Window saves you ample time by allowing you to create presets of up to three of your favorite apps using App Pair. Not only can you launch multiple apps at once, you can launch them in your preferred Multi-Active Window layout.You can view your schedule, check emails, and catch up on the latest news – all with the tap of a single button. I would highly recommend you take the time to set up an App Pair for two to three apps that you regularly use. Having these App Pairs setup on the device was such a timesaver and considerably increased my productivity with the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. Split Screen CaptureThe Split Screen Capture is another feature that makes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G more powerful and versatile. When using the Galaxy Z Fold2 in the Multi-Active Window mode, Split Screen Capture takes an individual screenshot of every app open. Let’s say, you’re sending an updated PowerPoint presentation to your boss, so with the help of Split Screen Capture, you can quickly take a screenshot, drag and drop it to the messenger without having to resize, edit, and re-open apps. Whether you want to watch a video while looking through photos, or send emails while browsing the news, simply open the apps at the same time using the split screen or pop-up view. Three apps can be launched simultaneously on the Galaxy Z Fold2. I customized the Multi window tray to include my most-used apps, so I could always have everything I always needed. Impressive stuff, isn’t it? Innovative Camera ExperienceSamsung Galaxy Z Fold2’s biggest asset has to be its 7.6-inch main screen. Ramp up the selfie game by using the 10-megapixel selfie camera on the foldable device’s Main screen. Samsung has placed the inner and external selfie cameras into cutouts, which definitely looks very elegant. Both the internal and external displays have 10-megapixel selfie cameras. The best way to do it will be to unfold the device fully and use the main cameras along with the cover display as your viewfinder. When it’s picture perfect, tap the shutter to capture the perfect moment. Dual Preview dualDual Preview shows a preview of the image on both the cover and main screens of the smartphone Every transition brings with it a bit of uncertainty, but that’s certainly not the case with the new Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. Open an app on the Cover Screen, then unfold to see it on the bigger screen with an optimized UI without any glitches or delay. The transition between screens is super smooth and intelligently optimised for the apps you are using. On the Cover screen, you can open up apps like YouTube, Netflix, Google Maps, and others and use them to your heart’s delight. And if you want to use the app on a larger screen, then simply unfold the Galaxy Z Fold2 and the app you were using on the cover screen will appear on the Main screen in all its glory with a high refresh rate super AMOLED display.You can also use the Landscape orientation on the Cover screen if you’re browsing websites or watching a video. You can optimize apps that don’t use the full-screen aspect ratio in the settings to make it fit the screen as much as possible. It no longer feels like that you’re using Android through a peephole, and that’s all because the cover screen has now grown from 4.6-inches to 6.2-inches.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

World Cup workers still not protected in Qatar, according to Amnesty

first_imgBy Luke BradshawAMNESTY International has released a report stating that people working in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup continue to be mistreated, despite assurances from authorities.Ahead of the tournament, according to the human rights organisation, workers continue to be exploited, going unpaid and having their rights violated.It comes after new laws were passed in Qatar that were supposed to improve conditions for workers, including those working on various 2022 World Cup projects.With an agreement with the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, the laws are intended to improve workers’ rights, including the introduction of a minimum wage, insurance and the ending of the controversial sponsorship of labour.Qatar’s labour sponsorship is a system that involves workers’ passports being handed over to their employers when they join the company.Given that the vast majority of workers are immigrants, mostly from Bangladesh, it makes it incredibly difficult for them to then change jobs or leave the country, because they need their employers’ permission to get their passport back.The 52-page report focused on three cleaning and construction companies, not specifically pertaining to the World Cup. It stated that hundreds of workers were being employed without being paid, with over 1 600 complaints submitted by workers.Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty International’s deputy director of global issues, said: “Despite the significant promises of reform which Qatar has made ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it remains a playground for unscrupulous employers.“Migrant workers often go to Qatar in the hope of giving their families a better life – instead many people return home penniless after spending months chasing their wages, with too little help from the systems that are supposed to protect them.”The abuse of human rights has been a constant problem since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar since 2010. In response to the ongoing problems, last year it was announced that Qatar would introduce a Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund. This was supposed to provide workers who had not been paid with compensation, but has gone completely unfunded, according to Amnesty.FIFA responded to the report by Amnesty. They said: “We would like to note that, as confirmed by Amnesty International, the report does not concern World Cup sites. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has also confirmed that the contractors referenced in the report have never been engaged on World Cup projects in Qatar.“We, however, acknowledge the importance of the new labour dispute committee as an important part of the broader labour rights reforms taking place in Qatar. We know that the Qatari authorities are working intensely in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation and other stakeholders with a view to further improve the effectiveness of this complex but vital mechanism.A spokesman at the Government Communications Office of the State of Qatar said: “We are aware of a recent report published by Amnesty International concerning the status of workers in Qatar.“Qatar has made substantial progress on labour reforms. We continue to work with NGOs, including the International Labour Organisation (ILO, to ensure that these reforms are far-reaching and effective. Any issues or delays with our systems will be addressed comprehensively. We have said, from the outset, that this would take time, resources and commitment.” (Yahoo Sport UK)•last_img read more

Women’s Tennis: Badgers look to make final push for Big Tens over weekend

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team (8–13, 2–7 Big Ten) will travel on the road to face No. 44 Nebraska (16–6, 5–4 Big Ten) and Iowa (10–12, 2–7 Big Ten) this weekend.With only the top 10 teams reaching the Big Ten Championships, Wisconsin is especially motivated to perform well this weekend. In the Big Ten, Wisconsin is No. 13 behind Iowa and Penn State at No. 11 and Maryland and Indiana at No. 9. In the standings, they are currently 2–8, a half-game behind Iowa and Penn State’s 2–7 conference record and just 1 1/2 games behind Maryland and Indiana’s 3–6 conference record.Since Wisconsin beat Maryland earlier in the year, the Badgers could break the top 10 through a tiebreaker with the Terps if they both finished equal in the standings. For this to happen though, Wisconsin would probably need to win their last two decisions and have both Penn State and Maryland perform poorly in their final contests.But first, Wisconsin will need to focus on what has been a very impressive Nebraska team this year.Four Badgers to be honored at Team USA Awards as part of USA Olympic women’s hockey teamAfter winning gold in February, former Badgers Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan and Alex Rigsby could take home even Read…Despite being ranked so highly, Nebraska’s strength seems to come at the back end of their slots in singles play. In the No. 1 slot, the Cornhuskers have won only 40 percent of their matches but they’ve won 70 percent of their overall singles decisions.The team’s winningest player is Katerina Matysova who has a 16–3 overall record mostly in the No. 5 slot.Paula Del Cueto Castillo and Brianna Lashway have also been successful in the No. 1 doubles slot for Nebraska, holding a 14–4 record in that position.For Iowa Elise van Heuvelen has been the most frequent player in the No. 1 slot this year, with a 7–8 record in that position but a 13–8 record overall.When they play, they look invincible. But off the field, they struggle with mental health like anyone elseOur sports heroes are invincible. Their feats become legendary. They hit harder and run faster. Simply by the virtue of Read…Zoe Douglas and Yufei Long will likely be in the first doubles slot for the Hawkeyes with a 7–3 record playing in the top spot.The Badgers will counter this attack with one of the best freshmen in the country, Lexi Keberle whose 25–10 record speaks for itself.Keberle will play in doubles alongside her partner Kelsey Grambeau where the two have a 7–6 overall record this year. For Grambeau this could be the final set of matches in her illustrious career with the Badgers.Women’s tennis: Slumping Badgers fall short in final home match against Ohio StatePrior to the match on April 8, the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team was eager to close the at-home Read…Though the Badgers have struggled recently dropping their past six decisions Grambeau sees the team as on par with the rest of the conference.“I think obviously on the score lines it looks like it hasn’t been what we wanted,” said Grambeau. “We faced the top two teams in the Big Ten this past weekend and we’re right there with them. We know that we can play with these guys.”Opening serve in Nebraska will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with matches starting against Iowa at 12 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

Kyle Lowry wants fan who shoved him at NBA Finals banned from games

first_imgKyle Lowry drew unwanted contact from a fan sitting courtside during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. The Raptors guard is calling for a permanent ejection of the spectator.Lowry told reporters after Toronto’s victory that he doesn’t want the man who shoved him to step foot in an NBA arena again. Lowry flew into the seats while chasing after the ball early in the fourth quarter, landing on several other spectators. The shove, which landed on Lowry’s left shoulder, came from someone who was not in Lowry’s path.MORE: Game 3 as it happened The offending fan was later ushered out of Oracle Arena.center_img UPDATE: In a statement released Thursday, the Warriors identified the fan who shoved Lowry as part-owner Mark Stevens.”Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the statement read. “We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct. There is no place for such interaction between fans — or anyone — and players at an NBA game.”Mr. Stevens will not be in attendance at any of the remaining games of the 2019 NBA Finals. Review of this matter is ongoing.”last_img read more