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(WJTV) A Mississippi couple honeymooning in London said Wednesday s terrorist attack came as a complete shock. They visited Parliament hours before the attack happened.

Katie and Ben Weldon have been in London for the past eight days. They tell WJTV that they visited Parliament Wednesday morning, before the attacks.

Everything was totally calm, Katie said. The attacks were an unexpected and tragic turn for her honeymoon.

We are in the taxi, and the guy says, Hey, I don t know if you know anything yet but somebody has been shot at Parliament, and apparently somebody has run over some people.’

Katie and her husband were on the other side of town shopping when they got the news of the attacks.

It kinda makes you realize your own mortality, she said. Since the attacks, she said there s now an increased security along the streets. Authorities said a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and the attacker then stabbed a police officer outside the British Parliament. At least four people died, including the attacker and a police officer.

The couple said they decided to honeymoon in London after terror attacks in Nice and Paris, France.

We specifically decided not to go to Paris because everything over there was just a little too amped up, and so now we re here, and this happened, Katie said.

The couple plans to head home Thursday.

I m not fearful, and I think that s because everybody here, who work here and really live in London are kind of acting the same way, she said.

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View as list View as gallery Open Gallery Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackTwo policemen stand guard at a cordoned off area on the way to the Houses of Parliament in central London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/ Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackThe River Thames backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as “Big Ben” in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/ Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackPeople stand near a crashed car and an injured person lying on the ground, right, on Bridge Street near the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Britain has been targeted Wednesday by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident, after vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others injured, around the same time as a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament. (James West via AP) Mandatory credit Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackIn this image from video, a girl lying on the ground is treated by passers-by on the Embankment near to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Britain has been targeted Wednesday by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident, after vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others injured, around the same time as a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament. (AP Photo) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackAn injured man sits covered with a blanket as emergency services staff provide medical attention to injured people on the south side of Westminster Bridge, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackEmergency services transport an injured person to an ambulance, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackEmergency services staff provide medical attention close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. There are also reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackPolice officers walk through Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackPolice secure the area close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackPolice secure the area close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackArmed police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackPolice secure the area on the south side of Westminster Bridge close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Mississippi Couple On Honeymoon In London Visited Parliament The Morning Of The AttackArmed police officers enter the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Two policemen stand guard at a cordoned off area on the way to the Houses of Parliament in central London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/ Matt Dunham) The River Thames backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as “Big Ben” in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/ Matt Dunham) People stand near a crashed car and an injured person lying on the ground, right, on Bridge Street near the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Britain has been targeted Wednesday by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident, after vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others injured, around the same time as a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament. (James West via AP) Mandatory credit In this image from video, a girl lying on the ground is treated by passers-by on the Embankment near to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Britain has been targeted Wednesday by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident, after vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others injured, around the same time as a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament. (AP Photo) An injured man sits covered with a blanket as emergency services staff provide medical attention to injured people on the south side of Westminster Bridge, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Emergency services transport an injured person to an ambulance, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Emergency services staff provide medical attention close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.” Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. There are also reports of a vehicle hitting pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Police officers walk through Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Police secure the area close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Police secure the area close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Armed police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Police secure the area on the south side of Westminster Bridge close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Armed police officers enter the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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You’re Fired? – New Hampshire Magazine

Law and fairness aren t always the same

By Jeff Woodburn

You're Fired? - New Hampshire Magazine

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The renowned Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes scolded a young attorney carrying on about some heart-wrenching inequity with a cold snap of reality. This is a court of law, he said, not a court of justice. That distinction the letter of the law versus what we think is just doesn t always feel right. There is often outrage when our statutes don t meet our moral sense of fairness. That was the case when a young Concord Monitor intern was dispatched to cover the feel-good news of the state s first birth of the New Year. What Leah Willingham, a senior at Mount Holyoke College, quickly learned on the early morning of January 1, was the story was not about the bouncing baby boy, but rather his dad.

The story is now well-known. Lamar Austin, a part-time security guard and army veteran, was fired for missing work so he could be with his wife and witness the birth of his son. The story exploded across the news wires. Today, Austin s name garners nearly a half-million Google search results that s twice as many as Governor Chris Sununu. What followed the incident was a quick education about how few rights employees actually have to fight what may be perceived as an unfair firing. The state s American Civil Liberties Union gets tons of calls about wrongful termination cases, says their lead attorney Gilles Bissonnette. However, since the cases are so laboriously fact-intensive and the policy advancements are so minimal, they are almost always turned down. Like many, New Hampshire is an at-will employment state, which means no reason or formal notice needs to be given to fire someone, and conversely no employee is required to provide reason or notice to the employer.

The law is designed to protect the employer, says Jon Meyer, a Manchester attorney who represents employees. The fact that you are treated unfairly doesn t mean that you ll have a legal claim.

Meyer contends that, by and large, things are getting worse for employees. It was not uncommon in the early 1980s for private sector employees to have meaningful protections, he says. In part, the shift is a result of the decline of labor unions, which organize collective bargaining contracts for all employees that include, among other things, compensation, employee protections and due process. But that s not all, says Meyer. Those lucky few who get an employee contract may get more clarity on the terms of employment, compensation and period of notice required by either party to terminate. They can require (as some states do) that just cause be provided for termination. Typically, employment contracts broadly outline the terms of the relationship between employers and employees. Those employees who are offered an employee contract are often afforded additional protections beyond what is in federal and state law, but increasingly, says Meyers, employees are being asked to give up rights [in employment contracts].

Simply put, employment contracts are agreements between two parties and are governed by the laws of contract. Employees and employers can agree to terms that limit their rights, provided that they are not contrary to law. This means an employee can be asked to sign an arbitration clause that requires disputes be settled outside the court system. Since in most cases employers have more leverage than employees, employment contracts increasingly include non-compete clauses plus compensation for education and training. But don t think employers can run roughshod companies have a lot to lose. That s why strong human resource policies and training are needed. New Hampshire may be an at-will state, but that doesn t mean employers don t get sued, says Benjamin King, a Concord attorney who works with both employers and employees. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on sex, age or disability, among other reasons. There are also protections in place for whistle-blowers. After the passage of Senate Bill 416 in 2016, employees cannot be retaliated against for requesting workplace flexibility, a provision that may have actually applied to Austin s situation.

Jennifer Parent, a Manchester attorney and former NH Bar Association president who represents employers, says the key is good communication and that the goal is for everyone to work in a safe, healthy environment. But, for the employer and employee, there seem to be converging interests to move on and not get bogged down in a fight that may hurt both parties reputations and their long-range goals of lucrative employment and commercial success. King suggests creating a clear record of progressive discipline, performance-based benchmarks and a predictable process. If the expectations are not met, termination is not a surprise and no need for an extensive conversation, he says. The last thing any employer wants is to be sued, or maybe even worse, to become the butt of an unflattering, high-profile news story. As for Austin, the new father, he has moved to an electrician apprentice program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Dover and holds no ill will toward his former employer.

It s been kind of weird for me, says Austin. At one point, I thought no one really cared about anyone else s struggles. But at this point, God has shown me that people really do care.

NGA Chair Says Cybersecurity is Key States’ Issue

By: Homeland Security Today Staff

03/15/2017 ( 7:12pm)

NGA Chair Says Cybersecurity Is Key States' Issue

National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman, Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, said the states role in strengthening the nation s cybersecurity to protect critical infrastructure and personal data is vital.

By 2020, 200 billion networked devices are expected to be connected across the globe, McAuliffe told state officials and business leaders in Silicon Valley. Domestic and foreign actors target sensitive information and systems that, if compromised, could have significant economic and political consequences, and result in serious damage to our vital infrastructure.

For far too long, cybersecurity has been seen as an information technology issue that requires technical solutions, McAuliffe stated. Through my initiative, I have sought to highlight that cybersecurity is a whole-of-state issue that affects every level of government and every facet of our daily lives.

McAuliffe s remarks were part of a regional cybersecurity summit tied to his NGA chair s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge[1], which focuses on developing state strategies for strengthening cybersecurity practices and bringing together policy leaders from every state as well as private sector experts and federal partners to highlight innovative practices and identify ways in which state-driven solutions can be replicated nationwide.

NGA said, The event brought together thought leaders, private sector experts and teams from more than 20 states and territories to discuss innovative practices and solutions to cyber threats. Sessions were held on a variety of topics, including addressing the cybersecurity workforce deficit, improving states cyber response plans, confronting threats to election systems, dealing with vulnerable critical infrastructure, using the National Guard as an asset to improve preparedness and engaging public and private partners to help mitigate risk to the health care sector.

Participants also heard from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; Michael Duff, chief information security officer at Stanford University; and Michael DeCesare, CEO of San Jose based cybersecurity firm Forescout, plus Virginia Public Safety Secretary Brian Moran and Technology Secretary Karen Jackson; Oklahoma Chief Security Officer Mark Gower; West Virginia Chief Information Security Officer Joshua Spencer; Iowa Policy Advisor to the governor, Cord Overton; and officials from the FBI, National Security Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

At the recent NGA Winter Meeting, McAuliffe hosted a session on cybersecurity with guests from Google, Deloitte & Touche, Morrison Foerster and the University of Southern California.

NGA said, Since July 2016, he has hosted two regional summits (the first in Boston), plus five roundtables to discuss the intersection of cybersecurity and health care, education and workforce, critical infrastructure, autonomy and the Internet of Things. The capstone meeting of [McAuliffe’s] … initiative will take place in Leesburg, Virginia, June 14-15[2].


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