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Duluth police veteran named interim chief, making her first woman to lead force

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Duluth Police Veteran Named Interim Chief, Making Her First Woman To Lead Force

DULUTH, Minn. — A longtime staffer at the Duluth Police Department is set to be the first woman to lead it as interim chief.

Laura Marquardt, a deputy chief who heads the administrative division, will be the department’s interim police chief beginning Aug. 1. Mayor Emily Larson offered the job to Marquardt on Monday and announced her appointment late Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s one of those honors you get to have,” Marquardt told the Duluth News Tribune shortly after the mayor’s announcement. “To me, this police department is a family and it’s a calling, and to be able to serve it in this capacity is an honor, and it’s humbling.”

Marquart was first hired at the department in 1995. She was a patrol officer until 1999; an investigator for its child abuse and neglect unit until 2003; then for its violent crimes unit until 2011, when she was named a sergeant in the department’s property, evidence and crime scene unit. She was promoted to lieutenant in the administrative division in 2014, then deputy chief in 2016.

In abstract terms, Marquardt said she sometimes thinks of the job, which is dominated by men, differently than her male counterparts.

“I utilize a lot more of my adaptivity and listening and speaking skills to walk through the world than, potentially, more direct type communication,” Marquardt said. “As a female in law enforcement, you need to be able to use those direct forms of communication, you need to know when to use them well, but you can’t rely on them because, frankly, if you’re a big dude, you’re going to have an advantage over me, physically. So, in my 27 years, I’ve had to hone how to compensate for that and how to make sure that I’m providing the best service for my community.”

She acknowledged that people might be intrigued by the first-woman aspect of her promotion, but said it’s only one “small sliver” of a broader pie.

Marquardt is set to succeed Chief Mike Tusken, who announced his retirement from the department earlier this summer in favor of a post at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s law enforcement program.

Marquardt said she applied for the more permanent chief job, too, but isn’t sure what her chances are.

The plan, at least while she’s the interim chief, is to stay the course and continue working on projects staffers there have already undertaken, including a plan to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and another to conduct a racial bias audit.

“I think of it as an extension of what I’m already doing and what we’re doing as an organization,” she said.



Digital retirement platform Penfold raises $8.5M Series A led by Bridford Group – TechCrunch

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Digital Retirement Platform Penfold Raises $8.5M Series A Led By Bridford Group – Techcrunch

Penfold, a digital retirement platform, has closed a £7 million ($8.49 million) Series A funding round led by Bridford Group, an investment group.

Jeremy Coller, chief investment officer and chairman of Coller Capital, also participated in the round. Penfold has also raised additional funds via crowdfunding from its client base. The money will be used to develop Penfold’s workplace pensions division.

Chris Eastwood, co-founder of Penfold, commented (in a statement): “It has been a great year for Penfold – from launching our Workplace Retirement offering to reaching £100m of AAU .”

Bridford Group, lead investor, commented: “The pension industry is a huge market – with £8,000,000 in savings in the UK alone. Despite this, many people remain indifferent and uncommitted to their pensions. With so many people not saving enough, there is a real opportunity for a new provider to step in.


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‘Stop Houston Murders’ PAC takes aim at ‘crime-soft Democrat judges’

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'Stop Houston Murders' Pac Takes Aim At 'Crime-Soft Democrat Judges'

Stop Houston Murders, a political action committee formed in Houston, Texas, to confront “soft-on-crime Democratic judges,” seeks to draw attention to the soaring rate of violent crime and murder in the city. city ​​and about the judges facilitating a criminal capture-and-release program.

“Our loved ones have been taken from us by criminals who should have been in prison, who have been released on tragically insufficient bonds to again murder, injure and intimidate again,” reads the PAC’s website.

Calling the practice “judge the violence,” the group seeks to “restore sanity and peace to Harris County” and “stop the horrific ongoing crime carnage in our city by educating the public, removing responsible for their duties and restoring functional criminal justice. system in Houston.

The website also notes that at the start of 2022, Houston had the highest murder rate of any major US city, “even higher than Chicago.” The same web page lists the cases and the names of the judges who presided over them.

The group lists three contributing factors to how violent crime has become such a huge problem in the city.

First, the website addresses the “catch and release” program in the city, saying, “Democrats seized control of Harris County government and courts in 2018. They quickly installed a revolving door at the courthouses with catch-and-release policies that free criminals from returning to the streets of the Houston area.

“Policies were put in place by choice – by Democratic judges and others following their party’s stated goal of ‘transforming’ the police, abolishing cash bail and ending sentences that are actually tough on crime,” the section continues. “They treat criminals as victims, rather than protecting the people who are actually being terrorized and destroyed by these criminals.”

The second factor listed is “delayed justice”, in which the group points out that the county has more than 135,000 untried criminal cases, 60,000 pending felony cases and 450 unadjusted capital murder cases.

“Judges don’t hold trials,” the section says. “Charged criminals are allowed to roam the streets. They have no incentive to return to court when the time for trial finally arrives.

“There is no excuse for these judges to release violent criminals to terrorize and murder us,” he exclaims.

Third, the group says there is a “lack of law enforcement resources.”

“Only a dozen people in the sheriff’s office are looking for more than 25,000 suspects,” the website says. “Police departments in the region are understaffed by nearly 2,000 officers, and trials are moving at a snail’s pace, leaving accused criminals free to commit other crimes.” The site continues:

Enforcement resources have been diverted to things like bike lanes and salaries rather than hiring desperately needed new officers. The police are demoralized by arresting offenders at great personal risk, only to see them immediately reappear on the streets.

The group held a rally in Houston on July 27 where family members of the victims told their stories.

“Harris County’s justice system is broken,” Aimee Castillo, whose brother was murdered by someone on bail, said at the rally. “josh [her brother] had the right to be in public and not be targeted by violent criminals who Harris County judges continue to allow back on the streets.

Breccan F. Thiès is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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Has Sweden’s controversial Covid strategy paid off? In many ways he did – but he let the old people down

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Has Sweden'S Controversial Covid Strategy Paid Off? In Many Ways He Did - But He Let The Old People Down

By PTI August 13, 2022, 1:47 PM IST (Released)


In spring 2020, Sweden’s reported COVID death rate was among the highest in the world. Neighboring countries that implemented rapid lockdown measures, such as Norway and Denmark, are faring much better, and Sweden has been harshly criticized for its lax approach.

As much of the world shut down at the start of the COVID pandemic, Sweden remained open. The country’s approach was controversial, with some calling it “the Swedish experiment”. But nearly two and a half years after the start of the pandemic, what can we say today about the results of this “experiment”?

First, let’s recap what Sweden’s strategy looked like. The country has largely stuck to its pandemic plan, originally designed for use in the event of an influenza pandemic. Instead of lockdowns, the goal was to achieve social distancing through public health recommendations.

Swedes have been encouraged to work from home if possible and to limit travel within the country. In addition, people aged 70 or over have been asked to limit social contact and people with COVID symptoms have been asked to self-isolate. The goal was to protect the elderly and other high-risk groups while slowing the spread of the virus so the healthcare system is not overwhelmed.

As the number of cases increased, some restrictions were imposed. Public events were limited to a maximum of 50 people in March 2020 and eight people in November 2020. Visits to nursing homes were banned and high schools closed. Primary schools, however, remained open throughout the pandemic.

Face masks were not recommended for the general public during the first wave, and only in certain situations later in the pandemic.

In spring 2020, Sweden’s reported COVID death rate was among the highest in the world. Neighboring countries that implemented rapid lockdown measures, such as Norway and Denmark, are faring much better, and Sweden has been harshly criticized for its lax approach.


But defenders of Sweden’s strategy claimed it would pay off in the long run, arguing that the draconian measures were not sustainable and that the pandemic was a marathon, not a sprint.

So, has Sweden’s approach paid off?

Take excess mortality as a key example. This metric takes the total number of deaths and compares that figure to pre-pandemic levels, capturing the broader effects of the pandemic and accounting for incorrect reporting of COVID deaths.

Although Sweden was hit hard by the first wave, its total number of excess deaths in the first two years of the pandemic was actually among the lowest in Europe.

The decision to keep primary schools open has also paid off. The incidence of severe acute COVID in children has been low, and a recent study showed that Swedish children did not suffer from the learning loss seen in many other countries.

With this in mind, the Swedish strategy has gone from being a “disaster” and a “cautionary tale” to that of a “Scandinavian success story”. But to draw meaningful conclusions, it’s crucial to dig a little deeper into how Swedes have handled the pandemic.

Notably, any perception that Swedes have gone about their daily lives during the pandemic as if nothing has changed is wrong.

In a survey conducted by the Swedish Public Health Agency in spring 2020, more than 80% of Swedes said they had adapted their behavior, for example by practicing social distancing, avoiding crowds and public transport and working outside. residence. Aggregated mobile data confirmed that Swedes have reduced travel and mobility during the pandemic.

The Swedes were not forced to take action against the spread of the virus, but they did it anyway. This voluntary approach may not have worked everywhere, but Sweden has a history of high trust in authorities and people tend to comply with public health recommendations.

It is also difficult to compare Sweden’s results with those of countries other than Scandinavia which have very different social and demographic conditions.

Strengths and weaknesses

Despite the benefits of avoiding the lockdown, the Swedish response has not been flawless. At the end of 2020, the Corona Commission, an independent committee appointed by the government to assess Sweden’s response to the pandemic, found that the government and the Public Health Agency had largely failed in their ambition to protect older people.

At that time, almost 90% of people who died from COVID in Sweden were 70 or older. Half of these people lived in a nursing home and just under 30% received home help services.

Indeed, many problems within elderly care in Sweden have become evident during the pandemic. Structural shortcomings such as insufficient staffing have left care homes unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the situation.

In its final report on the response to the pandemic, the Corona Commission concluded that stricter measures should have been taken at the start of the pandemic, such as quarantine for people returning from high-risk areas and a temporary ban entry into Sweden.

The commission, however, said the non-lockdown strategy was fundamentally reasonable and that the state should never interfere with the rights and freedoms of its citizens more than absolutely necessary. The commission also supported the decision to keep primary schools open.

By comparison, the Corona Commission in Norway, one of the few countries in Europe with lower excess mortality than Sweden, concluded that although Norway’s handling of the pandemic has been generally good, children have been hit hard. affected by the confinements and the authorities have not sufficiently protected them.

The aim of the Swedish strategy was to reduce the spread of the virus, but also to take into account other aspects of public health and to protect freedom and fundamental rights. While Sweden’s strategy remains controversial, most countries are now taking similar approaches to the lingering pandemic.

In hindsight, it seems a little unfair that the country that followed its pre-pandemic plan should be the country accused of conducting an experiment on its population. Perhaps Sweden should be seen as the control group instead, while the rest of the world underwent an experiment.


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3 ways to print from your iPad

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3 Ways To Print From Your Ipad

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, especially if you are one of the many people who use their iPad for work or school, you may want to print something. Fortunately, the iPad printing situation is much better than before. An Apple-designed system, AirPrint, works if you have the right printer – but even if you don’t, we have a few workarounds.

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The easiest way to print from any iOS device, including an iPad, is to use a printer that supports AirPrint. AirPrint is a technology that printer manufacturers can build into their devices, so you don’t need to install any additional drivers to get your iPad to “talk” to the printer.

Today, many printers are compatible with AirPrint. To check if you have an AirPrint printer or to find one to buy, check out Apple’s list here. To print a document, webpage, email, or other item from your iPad, follow these steps:

1. Connect your iPad and your printer to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Find the document, web page or email you want to print.

3. Click the share button (usually at the top or bottom of the screen) and select To print.

4. The printer name should appear. If you have multiple AirPrint printers on your network, select the one you want from the list that appears.

Alternatives to AirPrint

There are several software and cloud-based options if you don’t have an AirPrint printer on your network. Google Cloud Print was shut down last year, but Printopia is a popular app alternative that still works. Install the software on your MacOS computer and it lets you print over Wi-Fi using your Mac as an intermediary, routing the file from the iPad to the printer. The handy thing is that no software is needed for the iPad – just install the macOS software and select your printer to share during the setup process.

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Printopia will use your Mac as an intermediary between the iPad and a printer.

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There are other programs that do the same thing, but this is the one we tested successfully in our lab. It’s free to try and $20 to buy.

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Manufacturer’s proprietary app

If your printer doesn’t support AirPrint or you want finer control, check to see if your printer has its own iOS app. Brands like HP and Lexmark have standalone apps to let you print directly from your iPad or iPhone. HP is the HP Smart app; Brother has the Brother Mobile Connect; Canon is the Canon Print Inkjet app; and Epson is the Epson iPrint. Note that while this guide is primarily for iPad users, these apps will also work with other iOS devices such as the iPhone.


Putting an iPad inside a printer won’t print your documents, but the steps in this guide will.

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Hizbul leader’s son and 3 others lose government jobs due to terrorism Link

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Hizbul Leader'S Son And 3 Others Lose Government Jobs Due To Terrorism Link

The four employees were terminated under Section 311 of the Constitution.

New Delhi:

In a massive crackdown on the terrorist ecosystem, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha fired the services of four government employees, including the wife of Bitta Karate accused of terrorism and the son of Syed Salahuddin for having had ties to terrorism.

Assbah Arzoomand Khan, the wife of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front main terrorist Farooq Ahmed Dar aka Bitta Karate, is an officer in the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS) in 2011. Muheet Ahmad Bhat, Scientist-D works with the University of Kashmir; Majid Hussain Qadri, Senior Assistant Professor, University of Kashmir, and Syed Abdul Mueed, IT Director, Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), have all been dismissed citing Article 311 of the Constitution of India .

According to the government, Assbah Arzoomand Khan was removed from office because during investigations by the Union Territory Administration, it emerged that she was a secessionist with close ties to terrorist groups and the agency Pakistani intelligence ISI.

“She came into the limelight during the Karate trial. Assabah first got a job at Sher e Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Kashmir in 2003. Her appointment was reportedly a backdoor and seems been handled by someone in the administration,” an official said. officer part of the JK administration revealed.

According to him, it was also revealed that between 2003 and 2007, she was absent from work for months without any action being taken against her. Eventually, she was sacked in August 2007.

“While she was away from work, she traveled to Germany, the UK, Helsinki, Sri Lanka and Thailand,” he added.

The investigation also revealed that she worked as a courier for the JKLF. “During most of her travels, she used to fly via various airports but returned to India by road from Nepal or Bangladesh,” said an official familiar with the ongoing investigation against her.

According to the record kept by the UT administration, Assbah Arzoomand Khan passed his JKAS exam in 2011 and married Bitta Karate within months.

According to the JK administration’s list, Muheet Ahmad Bhat – a D scientist from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kashmir – was also fired for terrorist links.

“Muheet was an executive member of Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) from 2017 to 2019 and its president from 2017 to 2019. He played a key role in organizing student and street protests in 2016 in which many young people died,” said an official who is part of the investigation.

According to him, a member of KUTA, Muheet Ahmad Bhat distributed KUTA funds to rock flayers and some families of terrorists. According to the JK administration file, in January 2018, he provided financial assistance to the families of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.

“He also arranged funds to pay the families of terrorists killed by security forces. KUTA had carefully avoided his registration as a company to avoid audit scanners but continued to use banking channels. He is considered to be a key man who radicalized students and carried out Pakistani propaganda in Kashmir,” the filing states.

The dossier further states that Majid Hussain Qadri is a hard-line LeT terrorist. “When Qadri was an MBA student at Kashmir University in 2001, he came into contact with two Pakistani LeT terrorists in August 2001 and became LeT’s contact person for Kashmir University for radicalization, recruitment,” the file says, adding that in 2002 he was tasked with acting as a gun smuggler for terrorists. In 2003, he was assigned the position of LeT spokesman and continued until his arrest in June 2004. A sniper rifle was also recovered from him. He was detained under Jammu and Kashmir’s public security law for two years and later acquitted by the court.

In March 2007, he was appointed as a contract lecturer at the University of Kashmir. “His recruitment file was never sent to the CID for character verification. He was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Kashmir in 2010. He is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Management Studies,” said a senior administration official JK. .

Syed Abdul Mueed, son of the so-called Supreme Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was also sacked. He worked as IT Manager at JKEDI.

In 2012, Syed Abdul Mueed was appointed IT consultant on a contract basis. Sources said the rules were bent to name him. At least three members of the selection board were also made up of officers known to be sympathetic to terrorism. His contract position was later transformed into a permanent position.

“Also in his case, no mandatory CID verification was carried out,” a JK administration official said.

Interestingly, Salahudin’s two other sons, Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf, were also inducted into the government system in the 2000s in flagrant violation of standards while bypassing the vetting process. Both were sacked and are now in jail awaiting trial.


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This Mean Girls Cast Group Chat Update Is So Interesting

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This Mean Girls Cast Group Chat Update Is So Interesting

The mean girls the enduring bond of the cast is beyond grool.

Eighteen years after the first theatrical release of the fan-favorite film, Jonathan Bennett– who played the iconic role of Aaron Samuels in comedy – gives an adorable update on his longtime friendships with his former co-stars.

“I’m talking to Dany [Franzese]I’m talking to Lindsay [Lohan]I’m talking to Amanda [Seyfried] once in a while,” he exclusively told E! News. pop of the day at Hallmark Channel’s Christmas-Con 2022. “We have a mean girls group chat that lights up every October 3.”

As die-hard fans recall, October 3 was officially dubbed Mean Girls Day because of the scene in which Lohan’s character, Cady Haron, asks Aaron out on the date in an attempt to flirt.

“It’s like a family,” Bennett continued. “We all need to be involved in this really special movie that meant a lot to a lot of people and you don’t always come in your career.”

Her co-star Lacey Chabert—aka Gretchen Wieners—echoed Bennett’s sentiments at Christmas-Con, telling E! “it feels like no time has passed” since the filming of the 2004 film.


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