Two A&M students aim to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Laura - KAGSTV.com

Two A&M students aim to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Laura - KAGSTV.com


Two A&M students aim to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Laura - KAGSTV.com

Posted: 31 Aug 2020 06:10 PM PDT

They are reaching out to local officials from cities in both Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana to determine where the greatest need for resources is.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A&M students Vincent Hale and Dalan Jones are from Orange, Texas; just miles away from where Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm on August 27, 2020.

"Having grown up in a town like Orange, we had to watch our community rebuild itself numerous times after hurricanes like Rita, Ike and Harvey," said Hale in a release.

That's why the two students are teaming up to provide aid to residents of their hometown. They've created a website where people can send donations to people in Orange and Orange residents can request help.

"We haven't really set a fundraising goal, we just want to help as many people as possible in whatever way that help is needed," Jones said in the release.

The duo has partnered with United Way to send resources to Orange and Southwest Louisiana. They are also reaching out to local officials from cities in both Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana to determine where the greatest need for resources is.

"After we get a good gauge of where and how we can make the biggest impact, we will begin purchasing and delivering supplies to those in need," Jones said.  "We plan to keep our social media pages and website up-to-date with all of our progress and be as transparent as possible with how we're working to give back."

If you know of someone affected by hurricane Laura and they're in need of assistance, you can go to Hale and Jones' website HERE. You can also follow their Facebook for updates regarding their relief progress.

Grants aim to help Grandview businesses hurt by pandemic - Yakima Herald-Republic

Posted: 31 Aug 2020 02:14 PM PDT

GRANDVIEW — Grandview-area small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a piece of $190,000 in grants being offered by the city of Grandview and the Grandview Port District.

Business owners can apply for up to $5,000 to cover expenses since the end of March, according to a news release.

To qualify, businesses must be in either the city or the port district, have been in business for at least a year, have five or fewer employees, and have had to close or reduce operations because of the pandemic.

The application window opens Tuesday morning. It must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 14 to be considered in the first ranking and awards.

For more information about applying, call the Yakima County Development Association at 509-575-1140 or visit the city's website at grandview.wa.us.

— Yakima Herald-Republic

The First Case against Trademark Infringement under Thailand's Computer Crime Act - Lexology

Posted: 01 Sep 2020 01:16 AM PDT

As the Thai government became increasingly aware of the exponential rise of online IP infringement, in 2017 the government amended the Computer Crime Act (CCA) to give IP owners the option of blocking websites containing IP-infringing content. In the years following this, however, no trademark owner relied on the website-blocking measures under the amended CCA, which are set out in section 20(3) of the law. This changed recently, when Tilleke & Gibbins assisted our clients in filing complaints under section 20(3) of the CCA against websites infringing trademarks online. This article will briefly discuss the legal measures under section 20(3) along with our firsthand experience in the first case to use this provision against online trademark infringement in Thailand.

Since this provision became effective, more than 90 cases have been brought to the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) and more than 1,400 URLs from more than 50 websites have been successfully blocked. However, based on our knowledge, these cases were primarily brought for copyright infringement, especially in relation to the film and music industries. No trademark owner had ever brought a case to take action against online trademark infringement.

Our client, a Japanese multinational corporation specializing in cameras and optical technology, received complaints from customers about a website selling dashboard cameras bearing the client's trademark. With the aim of shutting down the infringing websites immediately, we assisted the client in sending cease-and-desist letters to the website operator, the website registrar, and the seller. Despite our attempts to coordinate with the concerned parties, we did not receive any cooperation from them.

As time passed, several other similarly infringing websites came to our attention, and it appeared that traditional measures would not be the right approach to combat the ongoing infringement of our client's trademark. Therefore, we recommended to the client that they consider the applicable website-blocking measures under the CCA.

These measures were untested. While section 20(3) of the CCA allows trademark owners to request website blocking by filing a complaint with the concerned authorities, no one had previously taken advantage of this legal option. As a result, some concerns were raised by DIP officers as they had not previously used such a strategy in a trademark infringement case. After several consultations with the DIP officers, we finally filed a complaint for trademark infringement directly with the DIP on January 23, 2020, without the need to initiate a case with the police. This complaint was the first submitted directly to the DIP in relation to a trademark infringement matter.

After careful consideration, the director-general of the DIP agreed with us that the act of offering dashboard cameras bearing our client's trademark for sale without authorization constituted an infringement of our client's trademark under section 110(1), in combination with section 108, of the Trademark Act B.E. 2534 (1991). The DIP then forwarded the matter to the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) for further action. After the minister approved our case, the responsible MDES officer was able to file a complaint with the court requesting that the infringing websites be blocked. The court subsequently allowed the website blocking to proceed as requested, and this instance of online infringement of our client's trademark was stopped.   

This first test case shows that the website-blocking measures under the CCA are actionable and effective for online trademark infringement cases in Thailand. This has implications not only for copyright and trademark owners but also for other IP owners looking to eliminate online infringement of their products or services, and protect their valuable brands and IP assets. This new tool in the IP enforcement toolkit offers effective and efficient new possibilities for those seeking to enforce their rights against online infringement—a positive development in the fight against an avenue of infringement that can sometimes be difficult to block

New Ad Blitz Takes Aim at Deadly Experiments on Owls at Johns Hopkins University - PETA

Posted: 31 Aug 2020 01:10 PM PDT

PETA Calls For End to Cruel and Wasteful Tests as the Fall Semester Begins

For Immediate Release:
August 31, 2020

Contact:
Amanda Tumbleson 202-483-7382

Baltimore – PETA is kicking off the fall semester at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a new ad placed on six bus shelters near campus calling for an end to the school's gruesome and deadly brain experiments on barn owls. In addition, to reach students who are learning online this semester, PETA has placed the ad on the website of The Johns Hopkins News-Letter (the school's student paper) as well as in The Baltimore Sun and on Facebook.

The ad details how experimenters cut into barn owls' skulls, implant electrodes in their brains, lock them in restraining devices for many hours, and then bombard them with noises and lights to observe their reactions. The birds are eventually killed.

"Johns Hopkins University has shown time and again that it doesn't give two hoots about owls abused for its junk science, and this needs to stop," says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. "PETA's ad blitz exposes the millions of dollars and dozens of lives wasted by mutilating, tormenting, and killing owls in crude brain experiments that aren't applicable to humans."

Funded by the National Institutes of Health and JHU with more than $2.5 million, experimenter Shreesh Mysore intends to use 50 to 60 barn owls in his current set of painful experiments, including six birds just for surgical practice for his staff. Numerous published studies have shown that animal experimentation wastes resources and lives, as more than 90% of basic research—much of it involving animal experimentation—fails to lead to treatments for humans.

PETA's ad appears on bus shelters at these intersections:

  • Charles Street and University Parkway
  • 33rd Street and Guilford Avenue
  • Greenmount Avenue and Exeter Hall Avenue
  • North Avenue and St. Paul Street
  • York Road and E. Cold Spring Lane
  • York Road and Winston Avenue

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to experiment on"—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.

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