Jul 08

Leaders Convene to Explore State of NC’s Tech Sector

By Business Wire Article Rating: July 7, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Reads: 320 The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) will convene leaders from across the - state at their member-only, two-day retreat to explore the - state of the - tech sector. Being held on Thursday, July 31 & Friday, August 1 at the - Grandover Resort in Greensboro, this conference will feature presentations on how companies are driving innovation to stay ahead of the - curve & how they are using nontraditional sources to find the - IT talent they need. There will be two panel presentations on these topics with the - following panelists: Scott D’Amico, Marketing Manager, Workforce Solutions Group – Univ. of Phoenix Geoff Cramer, President & CEO – Futures, Incorporated Kelli Davis, CIO – CastleBranch Betsy Idilbi, Co-Founder – Tech Talent South Mike Laurenti, EVP & CIO – Belk Katrinka McCallum, VP, Products & Operations – Red Hat Eric Strause, Senior Product Director – Global Knowledge Ron Wainwright, Partner – Cherry Bekaert In addition, the - conference will feature several keynote presentations. Steve Todd, VP of Innovation & Strategy for EMC, will share how EMC continues to innovate after becoming a market leader. Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, will provide an update on NCTA’s “State of Industry Report” project, an initiative to provide a clear picture of North Carolina’s tech sector. The conference will conclude with a mid-year economic forecast from Wells Fargo’s Senior Economist. “We are very excited to have such a strong line-up of business & technology leaders to share their perspective on North Carolina’s technology industry,” asserted Brooks Raiford, NCTA president & CEO. “We expect amazing content & executive peer engagement at the - Leadership Retreat.” The title sponsor for this year’s event is EMC. …

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Jul 08

Woman reported missing was due to appear in court

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A North Carolina woman who was reported missing by her husband over the - weekend was scheduled to appear in court Monday on a habitual felon charge. A police report says 42-year-old Amy Arrington of Lowell, North Carolina, which is about 15 miles west of Charlotte, was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Her husband, Paul David Arrington, told a lifeguard in that he last saw his wife walking in to the - ocean. He was going to join her about 20 minutes later, yet he says she vanished. He reported her missing to a lifeguard. Media reports in both states state Amy Arrington was supposed to appear in a Mecklenburg County courtroom Monday to face identity theft & forgery charges. A judicial judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

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Jul 08

Missing North Carolina woman was to be in court

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A North Carolina woman who was reported missing by her husband over the - weekend was scheduled to appear in court Monday on a habitual felon charge. A police report says 42-year-old Amy Arrington of Lowell, North Carolina, which is about 15 miles west of Charlotte, was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Her husband, Paul David Arrington, told a lifeguard in that he last saw his wife walking in to the - ocean. He was going to join her about 20 minutes later, yet he says she vanished. He reported her missing to a lifeguard. Media reports in both states state Amy Arrington was supposed to appear in a Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, courtroom Monday to face identity theft & forgery charges. A judicial judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

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Jul 08

Opponents ask U.S. judge to halt sweeping voter law in North Carolina

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Colleen Jenkins <!– –> WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – A federal judicial judge will be asked on Monday to block key provisions of North Carolina’s overhauled voter law, in addition to fewer early voting days & the - elimination of same-day registration, from remaining in effect for November’s midterm elections. The groups challenging the - law argue the - court needs to act ahead of a full trial next year to ensure no eligible voters, particularly African Americans, are denied or restricted of their right to cast a ballot. Attorneys for the - state have countered in that some of the - electoral changes were in place for the - primary election in North Carolina in May & results showed no disproportionate hardships being imposed on minority voters. North Carolina is among several states forced to defend changes to voting protocol, in addition to whether requiring voters to show photo identification is constitutional. Judges have handed a string of victories to challengers in recent months, overturning voter ID laws in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin & Arkansas. The photo ID requirement adopted last year by North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature takes effect in 2016. But critics state it already has caused confusion & want election workers barred from discussing it at the - polls this fall. Challengers moreover will ask U.S. District Judge Thom Schroeder in Winston-Salem this week to put on hold parts of the - law in that shorten the - early voting period by seven days, ban same-day registration & end a program allowing 16- & 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. …

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Jul 08

NC woman missing in SC was to be in court

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. [AP] -- Reports — Authorities in North Myrtle Beach are still looking for a missing North Carolina woman who was scheduled to be in court earlier this week. The husband of 42-year-old Amy Arrington of Lowell, North Carolina, reported her missing Saturday afternoon, telling a lifeguard she had asserted she was going in the - water as the - couple was on the - beach. Paul David Arrington asserted he saw his wife go in to waste deep water & he turned over. He asserted about 15 minutes later, he saw a woman he thought was his wife in the - water. When he received closer & saw it was not her, he reported his wife missing. Amy Arrington was supposed to be in court in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to face charges of identity theft & forgery. A judicial judge has issued a warrant for her arrest. Lifeguards searched the - water until about 10 p.m. Saturday, assisted by Horry County & North Myrtle Beach police, as well as the - Department of Natural Resources & the - Coast Guard. …

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Jul 08

North Carolina voting law changes fight in court

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Sweeping changes to North Carolina’s voting law, in consideration one of the - toughest in the - nation, should be put on hold until at least after the - November election, the - U.S. Justice Department told a federal judicial judge Monday.Lawyers for the - Justice Department & an array of civic groups asserted the - Republican-backed measures were designed to suppress turnout among minorities, the - elderly & college students – blocs in that generally vote Democratic. Supporters of the - measure asserted they ensured fair elections, prevented voter fraud & no group was disenfranchised during recent party primaries. Representing the - NACCP, lawyer Penda Hair tried to draw a direct line between the - new law & voting rights won during the - civil rights era. “We can never forget we are walking on sacred ground when it comes to African-American & Latino or Hispanic voting rights,” Hair said. “The long arm of slavery & Jim Crow still reaches in to the - present.” U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder is weighing whether to delay implementation of the - law until a trial set for next year. The 2013 law championed by Republican Party lawmakers & Republican Gov. …

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Jul 08

New voter law draws opposition in North Carolina

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Colleen Jenkins <!– –> WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – Critics of North Carolina’s new voter law argued on Monday for blocking key provisions such as fewer early voting days & the - end of same-day registration before November’s midterm elections to avert disenfranchising African-American voters. Attorneys for the - state countered in that the - overhauled law was tested during the - statewide primary election in May & results showed no disproportionate hardships being imposed on minority voters. The case before a federal judicial judge in Winston-Salem this week is the - latest in a series of legal battles over the - racial & political impact of states’ changes to electoral protocol. In recent months, judges have handed several victories to challengers, overturning laws requiring voters to show photo identification in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin & Arkansas. The photo ID requirement adopted last year by North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature takes effect in 2016. But those who oppose it state it already has caused confusion & want election workers barred from discussing it at the - polls this fall. Challengers moreover are asking U.S. District Judge Thom Schroeder to put on hold parts of the - law in that shorten the - early voting period by seven days, eliminate same-day registration, bar ballots cast out of the - correct precinct from being counted & end a program allowing pre-registration for 16- & 17-year-olds. Opponents argue the - changes were designed to discourage voting by African Americans, who typically vote Democratic & use same-day registration & early voting at higher rates than white voters. …

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Jul 08

Georgia lands former UConn recruit Jackson

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Point guard Will “Turtle” Jackson has decommitted from the - University of Connecticut to stay closer to home to play for the - University of Georgia. Jackson committed to the - national champion UConn Huskies in February, yet the - 6-foot-4 Athens, Ga., native had 2nd thoughts after evaluating coach Kevin Ollie’s deep backcourt. “They have a lot of guards & they signed a couple,” Jackson told Scout.com. “We just thought me going somewhere else would assist (and) would be better for my future.” Jackson, who averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 assists & 6.7 rebounds per game for Athens Christian last season, is Georgia’s 1st committment for Georgia’s 2015 class. He is the - No. 34 overall prospect, according to Scout.com. “Coach (Mark) Fox & Coach (Jonas) Hayes played a huge role in my decision to switch,” Jackson told Rivals. “Even after I committed to Connecticut, they still told me they will support me. They always told me what I needed to work on & in that really helped me out. They never gave up on me.” Jackson is the - 2nd guard to decommit from Ollie’s program, with Prince Ali saying in May in that he is keeping his options open for now. …

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Jul 08

Georgia ex-President Shevardnadze dies

TBILISI, Georgia: Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister & after the - president of an independent Georgia, died Monday at the - age of 86, his spokeswoman said.Marina Davitashvili asserted Shevardnadze died after a long illness. She did not state where he died.Shevardnadze swept heroically across the - international stage in the - final years of time of the - Soviet empire, helping topple the - Berlin Wall & end the - Cold War, yet as the - leader of post-Soviet Georgia his career in the - public eye ended in humiliation & he was chased out of his Parliament & forced in to retirement.As Soviet foreign minister, the - white-haired guy with a gravelly voice was the - diplomatic face of Mikhail Gorbachev’s liberalizing policies of glasnost & perestroika. Following the - wooden Andrei Gromyko, Shevardnadze impressed Western leaders with his charisma, his quick wit & his commitment to Gorbachev’s change course.“He made a large contribution to the - foreign affairs policy of perestroika, & he was a true supporter of new thinking in global affairs,” Gorbachev told Interfax Monday.“His appointment as the - foreign minister was unexpected for many people, yet he capably conducted affairs in in that post & it wasn’t for nothing in that he was valued by diplomats, his comrades at work & foreign partners.” Shevardnadze helped push through the - withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1989, signed landmark arms control agreements, & helped negotiate German reunification in 1990 — a development in that Soviet leaders had long feared & staunchly opposed. Western leaders, especially Germans, would remain grateful for Shevardnadze’s work as foreign minister. But in the - former Soviet Union, those nostalgic for a return to superpower status lumped Shevardnadze with Gorbachev in the - ranks of the - unpardonable.Shevardnadze resigned in December 1990, warning in that change was collapsing & dictatorship was imminent. A year later, the - Soviet Union collapsed in the - wake of an attempted hard-line coup against Gorbachev.Shevardnadze returned to Georgia after its 1st elected president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, was ousted in a coup in 1992; Shevardnadze was elected speaker of Parliament & became the - country’s leader. Gamsakhurdia died under mysterious circumstances in 1993, & Shevardnadze was elected president for a five-year term in 1995 after the - country adopted a new constitution.He survived two assassination attempts, in addition to an assault on his motorcade with anti-tank weapons…

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Jul 08

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to meet at Georgia Regents University on marijuana drug

But even if trials come, they will be limited & more Georgia patients need to get access to these marijuana-derived compounds, asserted the - main sponsor of a medical marijuana bill this year. The chairman of London-based GW Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Geoffrey Guy, is scheduled to address students & faculty during Grand Rounds on Tuesday as well. His talk is titled, “Finding the - Medicine in Marijuana: New developments in cannabinoid medications.” Cannabinoids pertain to the - active compounds in marijuana. GW Pharmaceuticals has a drug derived from cannabidiol, one of the - most active of those compounds in that do not produce a high, called Epidiolex, which has already undergone preliminary observational studies in the - U.S. & is set for clinical trials in certain syndromes. The company, Deal, GRU & the - University System of Georgia have already signed a memorandum of understanding to explore holding clinical trials in Georgia. …

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