GIMP now (finally) available as a native Mac app | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

This is something that’s been a long time coming, and it’s finally here. GIMPis an excellent Photoshop-esque open source photo editor. While it’s been available on Mac for a long time, it has required the X11 Window environment, which itself needs a separate (and somewhat messy) installation. For a long time, the programmers working on GIMP have been promising to eventually take it native, but it hasn’t happened until just recently. As of version 2.8.2, you can now simply go grab the GIMP .dmg file from the main website, and then install and run on your Mac as needed.

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September 12, 2012 Lunch and CLE Program – Stern v. Marshall

United States Supreme Court Stern v. Marshall decision and its effect on bankruptcy courts’ exercise of judicial power–“narrow” question of limited scope or more far reaching implications?

Presented by:

Hon. Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz

 

Co-Sponsored by the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association and Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association

 

LUNCH AND CLE PROGRAM

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WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

LUNCH 12:30P.M.TO1:00P.M. CLE 1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M.

 

COST: $25.00 (includes lunch, gratuity and written materials)

 

WHERE: P.J.’S PUB AND GRILL 116 WALTON STREET SYRACUSE,NY13202

PHONE: 315-478-3203

 

CLE CREDIT: 1 HOUR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “CENTRAL NEW YORK BANKRUPTCY BARASSOCIATION, INC.” AND MAIL RESERVATION FORM (EXTENDED) AND CHECK TO:
CENTRAL NEW YORK BANKRUPTCY BAR ASSOCIATION, INC.
C/O MACKENZIE HUGHES LLP
ATTN: NEIL J. SMITH, ESQ.
PO BOX 4967, SYRACUSE, NY 13221-4967

 

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Conduct Commission Questions If Judicial Plates Violate Code-NYLJ

Judges whose license plates identify the office they hold may, in effect, be trading on their positions to avoid the consequences of being stopped for traffic infractions, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct has suggested.

Prompted by a recent disciplinary decision, the commission is seeking input for a public report to address the issue of whether the special vehicle plates violate the code of judicial conduct. It sent letters earlier this month to more than 200 judicial and legal organizations seeking input.

The commission initially disclosed in Matter of Schilling that it planned to conduct the study. In that case, the commission recommended the removal of former town justice Diane Schilling of East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, for arranging to fix one traffic ticket issued to herself and another to the wife of a fellow justice (NYLJ, May 11).

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In his letter seeking input, commission administrator Robert Tembeckjian said the agency’s staff is studying how many judicial plates are issued in New York, who holds them and if the plates carry any special privileges for the bearers. The staff is also researching the policies of other states on issuing plates identifying a vehicle as being owned by a judge.

 

StayExempt.org

 

The IRS office of Exempt Organizations (EO) is pleased to present“Stay Exempt”–a series of dynamic and comprehensive tax coursesthat can help your tax-exempt organization maintain its exempt status and meet its filing requirements.

As part of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) operating division of the Internal Revenue Service, EO strives to support the IRS mission of ensuring that all customers understand and meet their tax responsibilities.  It does this by offering specialized assistance to the full range of organizations exempt from Federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code.  EO’s programs and services help these organizations understand and comply with tax laws and regulations governing their tax-exempt status.

The Director of EO plans, manages, directs, and executes nationwide activities for EO.  The Director reports to the TE/GE Division Commissioner. The Director also supervises and is responsible for EO’s offices of Customer Education & Outreach, Rulings & Agreements, and Examinations.

The EO Customer Education & Outreach office coordinates, assists, and supports the development of internal and external communications, forms and publications, and external education and outreach efforts, including this website.

The EO Rulings and Agreements office processes applications for tax exemption and provides direction through private letter rulings and technical guidance.

The EO Examinations office promotes compliance by analyzing operational and financial activities of exempt organizations.  These activities include developing processes to identify areas of noncompliance, developing corrective strategies, and assisting other EO functions in implementing these strategies.

To find out more about EO, or for more information about exempt organization tax compliance issues, visit the EO pages external link at the IRS website. external link  For account-specific questions, call TE/GE’s Customer Account Services, toll-free, at 877-829-5500.

 

Here’s an example of the materials available:

 

 

play Presentation 1: Navigating IRS Resources for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Published: June 30, 2011
Ever wonder what the IRS Web site contains for exempt organizations? This mini-course will show you what’s available and how to find it.

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USCIS – I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

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English: The logo of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (English) Español: El logotipo del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (Inglés) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Continue to Use the Current Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

 

Until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on the forms section of http://www.uscis.gov. This form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.

Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.

Subscribe to I-9 Central to receive Form I-9 updates. This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/i-9

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Revised Jury Instructions Hope to Deter Juror Use of Social Media During Trial | United States Courts

A Judicial Conference Committee has updated the model set of jury instructions (pdf) federal judges use to deter jurors from using social media to research or communicate about cases on which they serve. The new guidelines provide detailed explanations of the consequences of social media use during a trial, along with recommendations for repeated reminders of the ban on social media usage.
The update comes in response to a national survey of federal trial judges by the Federal Judicial Center at the request of the Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (CACM).
“The overwhelming majority of judges take steps to warn jurors not to use social media during trial, but the judges surveyed said additional steps should be taken,” said Judge Julie A. Robinson, CACM Committee chair. “The judges recommended that jurors frequently be reminded about the prohibition on social media before the trial, at the close of a case, at the end of each day before jurors return home, and other times, as appropriate. Jurors should be told why refraining from use of social media promotes a fair trial. Finally, jurors should know the consequences of violations during trial, such as mistrial and wasted time. Those recommendations are now part of the guidelines.”
Read the full story.

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