MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ruled that information about George Floyd’s prior arrests can’t be used at the trials of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death. However, Judge Peter Cahill also ruled in a decision made public Tuesday that the jury can hear about two prior cases involving Derek Chauvin, the former officer accused of kneeling on handcuffed Floyd’s neck despite Floyd’s pleas for air. In one case, Chauvin knelt on the neck of a woman who was prone on the ground. In the other, Chauvin saw two other officers place a man in a side recovery position. The judge says he will explain his reasoning at a later date.
Consult your manualThe manual explains the options for managing the system.What if you can’t find your instruction manual?”Any manufacturer or their local distributor can supply a set ofinstructions,” Seymour said. “Just call and request a copy.”Be sure to have your system’s model number and name handy.Another easy way to get a manual is to visit the manufacturer’sWeb site. Most firms offer their newer instruction manuals on theWeb.If you don’t have a controller chart, you can make one, Seymoursaid. Just sketch the landscape and the irrigated area.Set the controller to run each station and draw an outline onyour landscape sketch of the areas each station irrigates. Thenlabel each station with the appropriate controller number on thedrawing.”It’s also good to note what types of plants are in each zone,”she said, “so you can adjust each station’s run time for theplants’ needs.” Rain sensors worth extra costIf your system doesn’t have a rain sensor, add one.”A rain sensor detects rainfall and prevents the system fromirrigating when it’s raining,” Seymour said. “This is add-onequipment, but they’re inexpensive and usually pay for themselvesin water savings in one or two years.”You can buy a rain sensor and install it yourself or have anirrigation contractor put it in. Either way, put it where it’snot covered by building eaves and doesn’t collect irrigationwater. It may be best to attach it to the roof edge where thereare no interfering trees.Rain sensors are mandatory on any automated system installed in16 counties around Atlanta after Jan. 1, 2005. “Even if it’s notmandatory in your area,” Seymour said, “it’s the easiest way toreduce water waste from automated irrigation systems.”Whether you use an automated or manual system or just water witha garden hose, follow your county’s or city’s watering schedule.”Be aware of the current outdoor watering restrictions in yourcommunity and use them as a guide,” Seymour said. “But don’t justwater because it’s your day to water. Water based on your plants’needs.”Turf grass needs water just as it begins to wilt. Signs include achange to a dull, grayish or bluish green and leaves that beginto fold.Annual flowers have shallow root zones, so they usually need tobe watered more often than perennial flowers, which have deeperroots.Trees and shrubs have even deeper, more extensive roots. They canget to water far underground. Most can survive a long timewithout rainfall. Too much, too oftenSeymour said homeowners with irrigation systems often water toomuch and hurt their plants and grasses.”Plants that are stressed by excess water are more susceptible todisease and pest infestations,” she said. “When used wisely, ahome irrigation system can be a useful landscape tool.”If your system is automated, it should have either a timer or acontroller.”To efficiently irrigate, you need to know how to adjust, resetand program your system’s controller,” Seymour said. “Thecontroller is a combination of a clock and calendar andinstructions that you provide. Together, these components turnvalves on and off in your irrigation system.”To set the system, check the instruction manual for yourcontroller and a controller chart, a drawing of your landscapeshowing areas covered by each irrigation zone. Each zone iscontrolled by the corresponding station number. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaRecent Georgia rains have cut down on one landscaping chore:irrigating the lawn. But when it’s time to turn on your systemagain, experts urge you to use it wisely.”Irrigation supplements rainfall, and most years in Georgia, evenin summer, it isn’t needed every day,” said Rose Mary Seymour, anExtension Service water specialist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
By Dialogo January 06, 2012 Following a slight decrease in 2010, Afghanistan is expected to once again generate 90 percent of world opium production, according to UNODC. “Counter-narcotics operations are successfully disrupting the insurgents’ ability to process opium into heroin,” the ISAF spokesperson affirmed. The fight against drug trafficking in Afghanistan is a success thanks to the “incredible” seizures made in 2011, Carsten Jacobson, a spokesperson for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the NATO-led foreign military coalition, said at a press conference. “Narcotics trafficking has been a key generator of funding for the insurgency, but that source of revenue is diminishing,” Jacobson affirmed. Nevertheless, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) indicated in October 2011 that opium production in Afghanistan increased significantly in 2011 compared to 2010, when the harvest was affected by disease. Seizures of opium increased 13 percent and those of hashish 59 percent, while those of marijuana and morphine multiplied 12-fold and 10-fold respectively, according to ISAF statistics. For this year, UNODC estimates that potential production may reach 5,800 tons, compared to 3,600 tons last year.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The breach on Fire Island at Old Inlet opened by Superstorm Sandy is blamed by some for Long Island flooding and credited by others with improving Great South Bay water quality (FINS).New York State and federal agencies have begun the process of preparing to close the breach on Fire Island caused by Sandy amid renewed debate over whether it’s caused flooding on the South Shore.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requested Thursday that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) take the preliminary steps to seek out a contractor to fill in the breach—but they haven’t officially OK’d its closure.“If the breach does not close naturally, the closure process will be much further along,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement. He said the request will allow the state and feds “to act more quickly to close the breach if that is deemed necessary.”The breach falls within the remote eastern half of the barrier island in part of the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness Area—the only such federal preserve in the state—known as Old Inlet, which has opened and closed repeatedly throughout history.The south-facing portion of the breach facing the Atlantic Ocean has widened by more than 1,000 feet since the Oct. 29 superstorm—108 feet on Nov. 3 to 1,171 feet on Feb. 28—and the side facing the Great South Bay more than doubled from 276 feet to 616 feet during the same time period, according to the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS).“It’s not a final decision to close yet but having everything in place so that when a decision is made we have everything ready to go,” said FINS Superintendent Chris Soller, who believes the breach may still close on its own this spring.“It will probably be months rather than weeks,” said Chris Gardner, an ACE spokesman, referring to the time it takes to procure and haul in the required heavy machinery. “There’s a variety of different factors at play. Most importantly there’s not dredges working in the area that we can draw upon.”DEC, ACE and FINS, a unit of the National Park Service, together agreed to begin procuring a contractor under the Breach Contingency Plan, which was used for the first time after Sandy since being inked in 1996 following bungled breach repairs at Westhampton Beach.The plan was used to close two other breaches—one at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Beach and the other at Smith Point County Park on the other side of the Moriches Inlet—shortly after Sandy. The third breach has been closely monitored but left to close on its own because it falls within the federal wilderness area.A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who called a news conference this week blaming local flooding on the breach and demanding that it be closed immediately, did not respond to a request for comment on the DEC’s announcement.Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, contends that there is no proven link that the breach is causing flooding along Suffolk’s bay front. But, it is proven to be flushing the polluted Great South Bay.“We need to base decisions on fact, not fear,” she said. “I’m very frustrated that science somehow went out the window here … we shouldn’t substitute political science for good marine science.”
The Central Java Police have arrested a district police chief after he was reported to have crashed his car into a house, killing a 3-year-old girl and her 50-year-old grandmother in the process.The police chief, identified only as SY, is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol when he drove his Isuzu Panther into a house in Bangunrejo village in Pamotan district, Rembang regency, on Monday night.“We have been investigating it further to look for evidence,” Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Ahmad Luthfi said on Saturday as quoted by Kompas. He added that SY had been removed from his post as district chief. Central Java Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Iskandar Fitriana Sutisna said the police were still waiting on laboratory results to determine SY’s blood alcohol levels.“Regardless, he has caused the death of two persons. Whatever the reason, it was a form of negligence,” he said.In his statement to the police, SY claimed that he was trying to avoid a pedestrian who crossed the street right in front his car. The toddler’s father, Mahfudz, said that he could smell alcohol on SY’s breath. “At first, he did not admit that he was the driver and said that the driver had run away,” Mahfudz said.Before the incident occurred, the car was reportedly seen speeding at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday before it swerved left into the house. Witnesses said that SY was still wearing his police uniform when the incident took place. (trn)Topics :
Two of the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund’s top executives will take on leadership roles at the newly created combined investment company for 10 local government pension schemes (LGPS).Dawn Turner has been appointed chief executive officer of BPP Ltd, which will oversee the investment of £27.5bn (€31bn) pension assets of the funds, and Mark Mansley has been appointed its chief investment officer (CIO).Turner has been chief pensions officer at the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF), a recognised leader in responsible investment, for four years, and has been the interim managing director for the Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP).Mansley has worked alongside Turner as CIO at the EAPF, which he joined in 2011. Laura Chappell has been appointed chief compliance officer and risk officer of BPP Ltd, and Joe Webster joins as chief operations officer.Chappell was most recently head of risk for a large wealth manager in London, and has also worked in risk and compliance at Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock) and Schroders.Webster joins from Deutsche Bank, where he was global finance director for equity trading.Denise Le Gal, independent chair of BPP, hailed the appointments as a “milestone” in the long term development of the partnership.“The formation of the company and the recruitment of the key personnel marks the start of the final stage in the BPP funds’ journey to pooling assets,” Le Gal said. “We look forward to working together as one team to build a better future for our clients.”The three non-executive directors are Steve Tyson, Frédérique Pierre-Pierre, and Mike Clark. Their appointments were announced last month.The EAPF is one of the 10 founding members of BPP, which is one of the eight national ‘pools’ that have been created following a government push for increased investment scale and improved efficiency within the LGPS.It said it is reviewing its future business and staff requirements as part of the fund’s transition to BPP Ltd. In the interim, Faith Ward, the EAPF’s chief responsible investment and risk officer, will lead on investment matters and Craig Martin will continue as acting chief pensions officer.The other funds in the BPP collaboration are the pension funds for Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.BPP Ltd was formally created yesterday in Bristol when each of the founding funds signed the shareholder agreement to establish the company.The partnership will soon announce the appointment of its selected administrator and custodian.
Offshore rig builder Lamprell has appointed a new non-executive chairman of the company with effect from September 20, 2017.Lamprell said on Monday that John Malcolm would be taking the role of non-executive chairman following the planned retirement of John Kennedy from the board.John Malcolm has been an independent non-executive director since May 27, 2013, and Lamprell decided that his industry experience and knowledge of the company made him an excellent candidate for the chairman role from existing board members.John Kennedy will continue as a non-executive chairman and director until he retires on September 20, 2017.The company added that the composition of each of the board committees was amended as a result of the appointment. Namely, Debra Valentine was appointed as the chair of the Remuneration & Development Committee while Mel Fitzgerald was appointed as the chair of the Nominations & Governance Committee.John Kennedy, chairman of Lamprell, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to welcome John Malcolm as the new Lamprell chairman. John takes over the role at an important time for the company as it navigates through the continuing industry downturn. We are pleased to have someone with the right skills, industry knowledge and deep understanding of the company from within the board to assume the crucial role of chairman.”The soon-to-be chairman of Lamprell, Malcolm, added: “I would also like to personally thank John Kennedy for his leadership of the company over the past five years. I look to continue his efforts to implement the company’s strategic vision and to build on our participation in the transformational Maritime Complex in Saudi Arabia. Despite the current challenging market environment, I am confident that Lamprell has the potential and is well-positioned to deliver sustainable growth in the long term.”
“One area we’re specifically looking for input on is to help us inform the criteria for the site selection of the onshore substation area, close to the Norwich Main substation, as well as feedback to assist us in refining the detail of the onshore cable route from Weybourne to the substation site.” The second phase will be held in spring 2021 when the company will present its refined plans, invite comments to the Preliminary Environmental Report (PEIR) and provide additional information including visualizations of what the projects will look like onshore and from the coast. Equinor plans to submit the Development Consent Order (DCO) application by the end of 2021. Equinor said it had developed a range of options online and via dedicated communications lines due to the current social distancing practice to invite feedback and ensure that all interested parties have access to the information. They are being developed as one project with an integrated grid option. Cables from the extension projects will come ashore at Weybourne, before being installed in a trench heading south towards a new onshore substation, near to the existing National Grid Norwich Main Substation. Equinor has launched the community consultation period for the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind extension projects off the North Norfolk coast in the UK. The Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal extensions are two of the seven offshore wind extension projects that the Crown Estate selected in August 2019 following a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). “It’s really important to us to hear from the community at this early stage of the project, so that we can consider feedback from the local people as the projects develop,” said Kari Hege Mørk, Project Manager at Equinor. This first phase will run from 9 July to 20 August, and feedback is sought for the location of the onshore substation, the underground onshore cable route and any lessons that can be taken from the earlier construction of the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farms. After completing this first phase of consultations, Equinor will publish a report summarising the feedback received and how this is being considered.
HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Doctors set for first penis implant in US by: Associated Free Press – December 7, 2015 391 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Johns Hopkins University doctors are preparing for what would be the first US penis transplant, a procedure that could potentially help hundreds of wounded veterans.A Johns Hopkins spokeswoman confirmed a New York Times report that the first such operation was planned for a soldier who suffered genital injuries in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.The 12-hour operation would involve the stitching together of nerves and blood vessels and could restore urinary function and over time, the ability to have sex.Because the procedure would restore only the penis and not the testes, the patient would not be able to have biological children, according to the report.According to the Times, more than 1,367 soldiers suffered injury to their genitals between 2001 and 2013 in Iraq or Afghanistan.Although the procedure is not required to save a life, doctors and Pentagon officials told the newspaper they believe it is worthwhile to deal with the psychological trauma suffered by the soldiers.The university has been authorised to perform 60 of the experimental surgeries, with organs coming from deceased males whose families have given permission.Earlier this year, a South African man received the world’s first successful penis transplant and reported later he was to become a father.There was nothing preventing the South African patient from having children because his testicles, where sperm is produced, were not affected. Share Share Share
NEWNAN, Ga. – Both the champion and rookie of the year in the Deery Brothers Summer Series receive product awards again this season courtesy of Robert & Sons Aluminum.The top driver in overall point standings and the top finishing first-year competitor in the 31st annual tour for IMCA Late Models each get 10 sheets of aluminum from the Newnan, Ga., company.In its third year as an IMCA sponsor, Robert and Sons also distributes aluminum for commercial uses that range from trailers to signage and storefronts throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. More information is available by calling 800 206-8836, on Facebook and at the www.rsaluminum.com website.Champion of the 2016 Deery Series was Tyler Bruening. Rookie of the year was Cayden Carter.“We want to congratulate Tyler and Cayden on their accomplishments last season. We are happy to be a part of the IMCA team and are excited to help support the upcoming season with these same awards for 2017,” said Robert & Sons Vice President Steve Hinely. “Our goal has been to offer superior quality and customer service and also to provide new colors and finishes that have not been available in the past to help give the drivers the best looking car on the race track.”“This year we have added to our metallic finish line three more colors for a total of eight different colors. We now are stocking, white, black, red, chevron blue, yellow, charcoal, champagne and silver metallic and combined with our other stock colors, we offer more colors and finishes than any other supplier,” he continued. “To see our product be successful in its end use serves as our motivation to continue to provide and create new colors which is offered through a nationwide dealer network.”Roberts and Sons product certificates will be presented during the national IMCA awards banquet in November.“We’ve had different champions and rookies of the year in each season Robert & Sons has been a part of the IMCA program and with the beginning of the 2017 Deery Brothers Summer Series on the horizon, we are anxious to see if that trend continues,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Thanks to Robert & Sons Aluminum for their commitment to IMCA Late Model racing.”Opening night for the upcoming Deery Series is April 1 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.