From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Water-usage in U.S. hits record low since 1970
Date: Wed Nov 19 13:12:32 MST 2014
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November 19, 2014


Water use in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest since before 1970, according to a report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report, Estimated use of water in the United States in 2010, is the 13th in a series of USGS Circular reports that have been published every five years since 1950.


The 60-year span of national reports represents the longest compilation record of water-use data by a federal agency in the U.S. Estimates of withdrawals enable the depiction of trends in total water use for the nation among different geographic areas, categories of use, and sources over time. More


Alfredo Beltran Leyva

One of the alleged leaders of the Beltran Leyva Organization, a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel responsible for importing multi-ton quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on Nov. 15, 2014. He made an initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay in Washington.


"Over the past two decades, the Beltran Leyva Cartel has distributed tens of thousands of kilograms of dangerous narcotics and engaged in a campaign of violence that sparked drug wars and jeopardized public safety across North America," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's (DOJ) Criminal Division, in a statement. The extradition "of alleged kingpin Alfredo Beltran Leyva is an important step toward stamping out an organization that has ruined the lives of so many. The Justice Department is committed to working with our international partners to bring the rest of the organization to justice." More



Melville, NY-based Verint Systems Inc. has announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its "Safe City Program." The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city's municipal agencies to enhance public safety.


The City of São Bernardo do Campo, located in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, is home to more than 750,000 people. Like many large urban centers, São Bernardo do Campo has a myriad of civil agencies that are responsible for helping ensure public safety and the delivery of public services, such as transportation, education and healthcare. As such, coordination and communication between these agencies is paramount. Leading the charge to bring them together was the Secretaria de Segurança Urbana (Department of Urban Security), the municipal body responsible for forming and implementing public municipal city security policies. More



Plano, TX-based  Tyler Technologies, Inc. has signed an agreement with the city of Brentwood, TN, for its Tyler Public Safety and Incode court case management software suites to streamline the city's day-to-day operations.


By utilizing Tyler software for both its court and public safety solutions, Brentwood will experience a seamless flow of information, increased productivity and a reduction of duplicated data.


"We are excited to work with Tyler as our sole vendor for both our police and court software as this will streamline many inefficient functions that resulted from having to manage systems from two different vendors," said Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes. "Tyler's software features will increase efficiencies throughout the department, while also decreasing the amount of paper we consume, moving us toward a paperless environment.More


General Peter Pace

McLean, VA-based Haystax Technology, a provider of advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions, has announced that retired U.S. Marine General Peter Pace has been named chairman of the company's board of directors. In this role, Pace will guide the Haystax business strategy and offer insights to best support America's security needs. Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom has been a member of the Haystax board since 2013.


"We welcome Pace to his new role as Haystax chairman. We are confident that under his stewardship, we will continue to deepen our commitment to serving the most critical defense and intelligence missions," said William B. Van Vleet III, CEO of Haystax. "Pace's experience and strategic guidance will ensure that Haystax remains a leader at the intersection of analytics and cybersecurity for both our Federal customers and multinational corporations." More



Santa Clara, CA-based Cyphort, a pioneer of Advanced Threat Defense solutions, has announced the appointment of co-founder Dr. Fengmin Gong as chief strategy officer. Dr. Gong joined Cyphort in 2012 to lead Cyphort's Security Research, and will now add the additional responsibility for helping drive the overall technology strategy for the company.


Dr. Gong is a security veteran with over 25 years' experience working in the industry. Prior to joining Cyphort, Dr. Gong co-founded Palo Alto Networks and IntruVert Networks. More


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