Violent crime

Socure Unveils the Industry's Most Accurate AI-Powered Global Watchlist Screening and Monitoring Solution

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., April 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Socure , the leading provider of artificial intelligence for digital identity verification, sanctions screening, and fraud prevention, today unveiled the industry's most accurate AI-powered global watchlist screening and monitoring solution.

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  • INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., April 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Socure , the leading provider of artificial intelligence for digital identity verification, sanctions screening, and fraud prevention, today unveiled the industry's most accurate AI-powered global watchlist screening and monitoring solution.
  • "With its new global watchlist screening with monitoring solution, Socure has introduced innovations that enable compliance leaders to reduce the noise, sharpen accuracy, and elevate operational efficiency."
  • To drastically improve accuracy and reduce investigation time, Socure developed the industry's first two-stage scoring system, paired with strong operational controls.
  • Socure employs generative AI within its watchlist solution to automatically filter, rank, classify, extract, or summarize various information from processed data to highlight relevant insights.

Incensed Ex-Violent Crime Detective empowers families to avoid becoming victims

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In the face of escalating violence and growing concerns for the safety of our families, former SJPD Violent Crime Detective Joe Grasso has taken matters into his own hands.

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  • SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In the face of escalating violence and growing concerns for the safety of our families, former SJPD Violent Crime Detective Joe Grasso has taken matters into his own hands.
  • Grasso's street experience prior to becoming a cop, combined with his time as a detective and gang expert, has exposed him to the harsh reality of crime in our society.
  • Participants will learn crucial strategies such as alertness, situational awareness, and effective response tactics to violent encounters.
  • These techniques can serve as a last resort to keep victims safe during violent encounters.

Keep America Beautiful Kicks off the 2024 Great American Cleanup

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Stamford, CT, March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Keep America Beautiful® today officially kicks off its 2024 Great American Cleanup®, the annual spring-cleaning event in which 300,000 Americans are expected to take part in activities to pick up litter and green their communities between now and the first day of summer.

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  • Stamford, CT, March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Keep America Beautiful® today officially kicks off its 2024 Great American Cleanup®, the annual spring-cleaning event in which 300,000 Americans are expected to take part in activities to pick up litter and green their communities between now and the first day of summer.
  • “Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we set a cleanup record in 2023, and we’re aiming to break that record in 2024,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Lawson.
  • But Keep America Beautiful officials say the impact of the cleanup goes far beyond simply making communities look nicer.
  • Sponsors for the 2024 Great American Cleanup include Altria, Cox, Diageo, Dow, McDonald's, Reynolds American, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, and Yuengling.

RapidSOS Closes $150M Financing Round led by Funds and Accounts Managed by BlackRock to Advance Intelligent Safety

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

NEW YORK, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- RapidSOS, the intelligent safety company, today announced an additional $75 million raise led by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, which closes the company's latest round at $150M. 

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  • RapidSOS' Intelligent Safety Platform fuses artificial and human intelligence to proactively manage emergency response, save lives, and protect property
    NEW YORK, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- RapidSOS, the intelligent safety company, today announced an additional $75 million raise led by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, which closes the company's latest round at $150M.
  • "In today's highly complex and uncertain world, industries are spending billions of dollars in the name of safety and security.
  • RapidSOS has spent over a decade and a quarter billion dollars on safety, security, and health response research and development.
  • I'm excited to bring BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager with $10T under management, to this mission of transforming safety and emergency response."

Sanford Heisler Sharp Names Thiru Vignarajah Baltimore Office Managing Partner

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Monday, January 8, 2024

BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanford Heisler Sharp today announced Thiru Vignarajah became the firm’s new Baltimore Managing Partner on January 1, 2024.

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  • BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanford Heisler Sharp today announced Thiru Vignarajah became the firm’s new Baltimore Managing Partner on January 1, 2024.
  • Prior to that, he was a litigation partner in DLA Piper’s Baltimore office.
  • “Thiru brings to our firm exceptional trial experience, as well as most impressive BigLaw, complex litigation, prosecutorial, and management skills,” said David Sanford, Co-Founder and Chairman of the firm.
  • Vignarajah is well-known in Baltimore, where he has previously run for public office and recently announced his interest in the possibility of a second run for mayor of the city.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Saadi Joins Blank Rome as a Litigation Partner in Pittsburgh

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Pittsburgh, Nov. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Yvonne M. Saadi has joined the firm as a partner in the Commercial Litigation group in Pittsburgh.

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  • Pittsburgh, Nov. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Yvonne M. Saadi has joined the firm as a partner in the Commercial Litigation group in Pittsburgh.
  • Yvonne will focus her practice on counseling clients in litigation and white-collar matters and investigations.
  • “I am pleased to welcome Yvonne to the firm,” said Grant S. Palmer , Blank Rome’s Chair and Managing Partner.
  • In addition to her litigation work, Yvonne advised clients on mitigating litigation risk, on internal investigations, and on corporate documents and financial instruments.

Reforms to strengthen Canada's bail system and help keep communities safe to become law

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

This means ensuring our bail laws keep people safe, strengthen public confidence in the justice system and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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  • This means ensuring our bail laws keep people safe, strengthen public confidence in the justice system and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • These targeted changes to our bail system will help improve the safety of people and communities from coast to coast to coast.
  • Today's reforms to Canada's bail system are an important additional step needed to strengthen public confidence in a criminal justice system that protects everyone.
  • Canadians should know that their voices have been heard as we strengthen our bail system.

How effective are public service announcements? Three scholars weigh in

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

After T disappears, Tasha learns from law enforcement and Barron that her older brother has been shot and killed.

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  • After T disappears, Tasha learns from law enforcement and Barron that her older brother has been shot and killed.
  • While the PSA – released in September 2023 – is heartbreaking, a critical question remains: Will it work?
  • To answer that question, The Conversation reached out to three communication scholars for their perspectives on the effectiveness of PSAs.

Jessica Gall Myrick, professor of health communication

  • They are at what researchers call the “precontemplative stage.” For such people, a PSA can be more persuasive if it just gets them to think about the topic.
  • Research suggests that many audiences often respond more favorably to messages that offer some hope, at least by the end.
  • Hope is an important emotion because it can boost our confidence in our ability to handle the threat discussed in the PSA.
  • However, it is memorable – it has the potential to keep people thinking about the issue of gun violence.

Holli H. Seitz, professor of communication

  • In such cases, the effects are called “boomerang effects” because they go in an unexpected direction.
  • Case in point: From 1998 to 2004, Congress appropriated over US$1.2 billion for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
  • To increase the effectiveness of PSAs, we can look to communication research for guidance.
  • An evaluation of that campaign showed desirable effects on public attitudes toward the appropriate use of ambulances.

Sara C. Doan, assistant professor of experience architecture

  • This story allows people to bring their own knowledge, experience and social connections to the problem of gun violence, making people want to act.
  • … Just feed my birds for me, alright?” This dialogue feels genuine, without the cheesiness that made people joke about previous anti-drug PSAs.
  • The horrors of gun violence should not be made into a snappy slogan, which, thankfully, Maryland’s PSA avoids.
  • Holli H. Seitz receives funding from the Extension Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • She has previously received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Jessica Gall Myrick receives funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Kirk Cameron isn't running from his critics -- he's extending an olive branch instead

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

CONROE, Texas, Oct. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor, author, and beloved family advocate Kirk Cameron is excited to announce the release of his newest children's book on October 23rd, 2023. Cameron, who has authored two previous children's books that touched on important themes such as the fruits of the spirit and humility, has turned his attention to what he considers the most pressing issue for today's children: loving one's enemies. As children witness conflicts between political parties, global disputes, and even familial divides, it's become more crucial than ever to instill in them the lessons of compassion and understanding. He does so in a most engaging and clever way in his book, The Fox, the Fair, and the Invention Scare.

Key Points: 
  • Kirk also points out, "all along, our children are watching, trying to make sense of things.
  • Kirk Cameron continues to make a positive impact on the world by sharing these vital life lessons with children and families across the globe.
  • Kirk Cameron is a Christian, producer, actor, television and film icon, and loving husband and father of six.
  • For more information about Kirk Cameron and BRAVE Books, visit bravebooks.us .

Why the Voice could be a bulwark against Trumpism gaining a stronger foothold in Australia

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

As former Labor minister Barry Jones has wisely noted, the Voice referendum feels like 2016 all over again.

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  • As former Labor minister Barry Jones has wisely noted, the Voice referendum feels like 2016 all over again.
  • The only consolation was that Trump did not win a majority of votes in the United States.
  • Maybe the Voice will prevail, as Senator Pat Dodson says:
    I believe Australians are better than this.

A campaign defined by fear-mongering

    • Anthony Albanese has said there is “nothing scary, nothing to be fearful of here”.
    • Liberal Party politicians have been warned that those who support the Voice will lose their pre-selection for seats in parliament.
    • Former ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell has said
      This has been politicised to the point that people aren’t comfortable to campaign for what they believe in because of the politics.
    • This has been politicised to the point that people aren’t comfortable to campaign for what they believe in because of the politics.

How Trump’s messages seep into Australia

    • If he returns to power, Australia will undoubtedly see a steady flood of these messages via his social media posts and pronouncements from the Oval Office.
    • “Law and order” will be a recurrent theme in the 2024 presidential election, should Trump be the Republican candidate again.
    • Trump supporters in Australia, including some who hold or aspire to public office, will pick up those messages and propagate them here.
    • Read more:
      'Alt-right white extremism' or conservative mobilising: what are CPAC's aims in Australia?

Why the Voice could insulate Australia from Trumpism

    • The existence of the Voice will mean that Trumpism is unlikely to derail what the body is intended to achieve.
    • The victorious opponents of the Voice, with their echoes of Trumpism, will be poised to keep advancing their agenda.
    • As George Megalogenis recently concluded, “A ‘no’ vote would revive both the colonial ghost of dispossession and the federation ghost of the White Australia policy.” That would be a victory for Trumpism in Australia, even before Trump’s fate is decided next year by voters in America.