Police witness testifies to taking 16 crime scene photos

first_imgFive Star Backdam killingJustice James Bovell-Drakes, concluding the voir dire (trial within a trial) in the murder case in which Marlon Marion Freeman is accused of murdering miner Timothy Adams at Turtle Creek, Five Star Backdam, North West District (NWD) on December 22, 2013, called in the 12-member panel of jurors to hear the case as the main trial continued on Thursday.When his case came up late last month, Freeman had denied that he was responsible for the murder of Timothy Adams, and the jury was subsequently empanelled to hear his case.At Thursday’s trial, Medex Colleen Edgillo testified that she had pronounced Adams ‘dead before arrival at the Pakera Hospital’ at Matthew’s Ridge, NWD, where she had examined Adams’s body and had found that he was lifeless andDeceased miner Timothy Adamshad no heartbeat. Edgillo told the court that she had seen a deep puncture wound to the right side of his neck and a laceration to the left side of his head.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Folio Richards, the witness announced that she was unable to determine the time of death, but noted that, based on her experience, the laceration was consistent with blunt trauma.Police Detective Collis Duke also took the stand, and related to the court that he had, with his Blackberry mobile phone, taken 16 photographs of the crime scene. However, the defence questioned why Duke had taken 4 years to print the said photos, having printed the exhibits earlier this year. And Duke could not say if it was standard procedure of the Police Force to so do.Testifying earlier on in the trial, Duke had related that on the day in question he had travelled to Turtle Creek Road, where he had examined the area and found an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), CG 6335, facing north in a stationary position, and had observed the body of a male lying face down.He had also said he later learnt that the deceased was named Timothy Adams, and had been a gold miner and dredge owner.According to the Policeman, Adams had been wearing a jersey, brown three-quarter pants, and a pair of yellow slippers at the time of his demise.Duke also recalled seeing on Adams a 10.3 cm wound, with what appeared to be blood oozing from it.The late Timothy Adams had reportedly met his demise while en route to a mining camp.State Counsels Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are presenting the Prosecution’s case.The case continues before Justice James Bovell-Drakes.last_img read more

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Man United line up v Arsenal: Spain international to return? Plus Falcao’s latest setback

first_imgLouis Van Gaal delivered mixed news for Manchester United fans suggesting David De Gea and Michael Carrick could be fit to face to Arsenal tomorrow, but Radamel Falcao is facing two more weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.Following the international break, the club reported up to 12 players who could be absent for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Arsenal – live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Saturday, from 5pm.Daley Blind suffered a serious knee injury in the Netherlands’ 6-0 win over Latvia and is expected to be out until the new year, while defenders Marcos Rojo, Rafael, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are still on the treatment table. Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard are both long-term absentees.Van Gaal has question marks over Luke Shaw and Carrick, while De Gea returned to training yesterday and could return barring any ruccurence of a finger injury which ruled him out of international duty.Here’s an injured XI based on United’s injury woes from this week:Van Gaal also confirmed that Monaco loanee Falcao suffered a new injury in training, leading to questions over the Colombian’s long-term fitness.The 28-year-old has made just five appearances, scoring once for the Red Devils since his deadline day arrival and he has missed the last three league games with a knee problem.Falcao reassured fans the new injury was a calf problem sustained in training, but despite the former Atletico Madrid’s man reputation as one of the world’s deadliest strikers, some fans have dismissed the idea of making Falcao’s deal permanent for a reported £43m at the end of the season.See some of the reaction here…United fans, how worrying is the club’s injury list? Should Falcao be signed on permanent deal despite his injury concerns? Comment below… 1 Louis Van Gaal delivered mixed news for Manchester United fans suggesting David De Gea and Michael Carrick could be fit to face to Arsenal tomorrow, but Radamel Falcao is facing two more weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury. last_img read more

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STOLEN: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PET LAMB?

first_imgMISSING: Donegal Daily has been contacted to share the following information in relation to a pet lamb that went missing last night. The family of the pet lamb are devastated by its disappearance, and are appealing for information. The family suspect it may have been stolen and are offering a reward for its return.Owner Roisin Dillon told Donegal Daily, “Our pet lamb went missing last night, it may have been stolen. “We think it was taken in the early hours of this morning in the Manor area. “Please if anybody has seen it, or knows whereabouts it is, then please contact me ASAP, reward offered and please share around!” If you’ve seen the lamb or know where it is then contact our Donegal Daily Facebook page.STOLEN: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PET LAMB? was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appealFeaturesLambmissingnewspetstolenlast_img read more

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Man charged as court hears HALF A MILLION damage caused in Letterkenny fire

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with an incident in which up to HALF A MILLION euro of damage was caused.Paul McGinley, aged 30, from Glen Hola, Gortahork, was arrested in connection with yesterday’s incident at Letterkenny Main Street. A total of nine cars were destroyed and two shops severely damaged when a fire broke out at an underground carpark at Rosemount Lane.Garda Emmett Brady gave details of officially charging McGinley who faces a total of ten different charges including one of burglary and nine of criminal damage.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the special sitting of Letterkenny District Court she as objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the charges.She also said there will be more serious charges.She said the matter was very serious and said they were now awaiting specialist engineers to arrive at the scene to assess the cost of the damage caused.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan arriving at court this morning. Pic by Northwest Newspix.After discussing the matter with his client, solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client posed no flight risk and did not have a passport.However Judge Paul Kelly said he was refusing bail as he did believe there was a risk that McGinley would not show up for his future court sittings.He remanded him in custody to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday next.The court was also told that another man arrested in connection with the same incident is currently in Letterkenny University Hospital.Man charged as court hears HALF A MILLION damage caused in Letterkenny fire was last modified: October 1st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chargeddonegalfiregortahorkJudge Paul KellyletterkennyPaul McGinleylast_img read more

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Appeal for witnesses after boy is killed in tragic crash

first_imgGardaí in Buncrana are appealing for witnesses following the fatal road crash involving a teenage boy. The young teen, understood to be only 14 years old, was driving the car when it crashed at Tullyalley, Redcastle, between 5pm and 6pm last evening, Friday June 8th 2018.The teenager was the only occupant and was fatally injured when the car he was driving lost control and crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.The stretch of road is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Appeal for witnesses after boy is killed in tragic crash was last modified: June 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hi-tech classroom for better learning

first_imgProf Charl Cilliers says the Den Bosch experimental classroom was designed in consultation with neurologists to ensure that the room made it possible for students to engage all their senses in the learning process. (Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Charl Cilliers   Stellenbosch University  +27 21 808 4971 RELATED ARTICLES • SA universities among the best • Sea life explained for young explorers • A fun approach to science teaching • E-classroom, a fun way to learnWilma den HartighStellenbosch University (SU) has launched a new high-tech teaching space on its campus. The experimental classroom is encouraging social learning among students and stimulating brain functioning through new ways of teaching and presenting information.The Den Bosch (Dutch for ‘the forest’) experimental classroom, the first venue of its kind on the campus, is a significant departure from traditional lecture venues that have chairs bolted to the floor, rows of wooden desks and very little natural light.This room is equipped with the latest audio and visual technology, music, colour, art, modern furniture and even a small kitchen where students can prepare beverages.There are projection facilities, equipment for hearing-impaired students, a television screen, wireless internet, a touch screen presentation computer, and for a trial period a set of tablet computers which can be handed out to students to participate in active learning exercises.Prof Charl Cilliers, director of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at SU, says there is also no static furniture in the room. The chairs, which play an important role in the success of presentations and conversations, each have a desk and space for a computer or satchel on the seat.“The idea is that students can ‘drive’ around in class – from a more traditional lecture model to forming small chat groups or even a big circle,” he says.Den Bosch isn’t just a fancy gimmick; the venue is a working classroom that is getting students excited about learning. The room will never replace an enthusiastic lecturer, or a hard working student, but it does enhance the student’s learning experience.Student-focused, 21st century learning spaceCilliers says the experimental classroom is a way of optimising learning, but it also creates an accessible and relevant education environment.Teaching has to be in step with a changing world where just about every student has internet access and electronic devices such as a smart cellular phones, laptops, and computers. Students are also increasingly engaging with each other via social media platforms such as Twitter, instant messaging and Facebook.This is why progressive teaching spaces are important.Last year Cilliers visited colleges and universities in the US that use similar approaches to deliver information to a generation of tech-savvy students living in an increasingly technological age.“The classroom stems from a growing realisation that if want to focus on ‘Generation Y’ (the millennial generation), we have to adapt our content and look at new ways of teaching and delivering information,” he says.“We have to recruit and retain good students and keep their interest, and to do this we have to improve instructional facilities.”Psychological benefitsThe classroom also has important psychological benefits for students, preparing them for the new demands of the working world.“The world demands more than graduates with top qualifications and marks,” Cilliers says, adding that employers are looking for graduates with skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and good interpersonal relationships.Den Bosch was designed in consultation with neurologists to ensure that the room made it possible for students to engage all their senses in the learning process.“We carefully chose the colour of the room to be green as it is conducive to cognitive functioning,” he says.One of the walls has a calming picture of a forest scene, there is ample natural lighting and soft tranquil music plays throughout the lecture. All these elements contribute to creating a calm alertness within students.“This draws the mind into a quiet state,” Cilliers says.A successful experimentThe university plans to use the Den Bosch model in other lecture halls on campus in the future.Cilliers believes that more research is needed on the impact of such learning environments on the wellbeing and performance of students, as well as lecturing and other academic staff.His colleagues recently held a strategy session in the room, and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. “They said that their creativity levels have never been as high before,” he says.Dr JP Bosman, senior advisor at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, adds that the classroom can also be used in the training of lecturers.“By teaching in a room that offers more options in terms of technology and encourages more flexible facilitating, lecturers are encouraged to be creative and expand their presentation techniques,” Bosman says.Although the room has its limitations, and might not suitable for lecturing in all subjects, there is a move away from the traditional information delivery model. A university should not be a place where only information is provided; it must help people develop well-rounded people with skills they need in the workplace.“The classroom creates a desire for learning and exploring,” Cilliers says.last_img read more

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S-noilite® 23″ 58cm Long Layer Wavy Full Wigs Pink Synthetic Hair Curly Anime Wig Cosplay Party Heat Resitant, Nice wig colour is a nice shade of pink good

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Managing corn harvest this fall with variable corn conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Elizabeth Hawkins, James Morris, Will Hamman, Ohio State University Extension Thanks to the weather we had this year, corn is variable across fields and in some areas we will be harvesting corn at higher moistures than normal. Stalk quality may also be variable by field and amount of stress the plant was under. This variability and high moisture may require us to look harder at combine settings to keep the valuable grain going into the bin. Each .75-pound ear per 1/100 of an acre equals 1 bushel of loss per acre. This is one ear per 6, 30-inch rows in 29 feet of length. A pre harvest loss assessment will help with determining if your combine is set properly. Initial settings for different combines can be found in the operator’s manual but here are a few adjustments that can be used to help set all machines. Corn headSetting the combine starts at the header with an average of 66% of all machine harvest loss in corn occurring here. The major adjustments on the header are deck plate width and gathering chain speed. Setting deck plates in variable field conditions can be challenging, hydraulic adjust deck plates help a lot but if they are not automatic adjust you will have to keep up with changing conditions throughout the field. Under normal conditions deck plates should be set to 1.25 inches in the front and one-eighth-inch wider at the back, 1 and three-eighths inches. While this is a starting point, a better method is to use actual stalks of corn and set the deck plates one-sixteenth of an inch wider at the front than the third node width of a corn stalk. If you check the best and the worst corn in the field you should be able to get an idea of how to vary deck plates on the go, possibly make marks on the indicator gauge to know where you want to be in each area. The basic goal is to keep deck plates narrow enough that we avoid butt shelling and ears slipping between the plates into the stock roll but still manage to be wide enough that most of the stalk and leaves get pulled though. If stalk lodging is present, increase deck plate taper, more open at the top will decrease fodder entering the combine. The other major setting is matching gathering chain and stalk roll speed to combine ground speed, which can be a challenge if you cannot vary header speed from the combine cab. The threshing system works best when full so we speed up in lower yielding areas but if the gathering chains/stalk rolls don’t change speed our header loss will increase. This leads to another balancing act of increasing speed for harvest efficiency and seeing increased grain loss. If ground speed is 4 mph gathering chains should be running at 55 rpm. With the ratio staying constant across all ground speeds. Chain lugs should be opposite each other. With variable field conditions, making sure your rubber ear savers are present and flexible will retain whole ears from being lost. ThreshingIf the header worked properly there will not be a great deal of fodder in the threshing system, increased fodder leads to higher threshing losses. The first consideration in threshing settings is cob integrity, which is often compromised in stressed and high moisture corn. When setting concaves the goal is to not break cobs into more than 2 pieces crosswise and not break them length wise at all. The initial concave clearance on most machines is 3mm over cob diameter. Cobs should be coming out the back of the machine intact but when you break them in half, there should be signs of compression. Rotor or cylinder speed should be set using your book and only sped up if concave clearance is set and ears are still not threshed. Increasing rotor speed can increase threshing quality without breaking cobs, better than tightening concave settings. In wet corn, damaged grain is more often caused by high rotor speed than narrow concave settings.  When harvesting high moisture corn, technically anything over 22%, according to most manufacturers, different concaves can help with threshing. Changing the large wire concaves to round bar, either straight or fish bone helps maintain cob integrity and grain quality in wet corn. Extremely wet corn, over 30% moisture, will need round bar concaves to maintain threshing grain quality. Wet corn can be damaged much more easily during threshing. Cleaning shoeThe last settings are in the cleaning shoe, fan speed and sieve opening. In corn, especially wet corn, most if not all of the separation and cleaning should take place on the top sieve. For dry corn, the lower sieve should be closed a little tighter than the top sieve. In wet corn, many manufacturers recommend opening the bottom sieve all the way so that corn easily moves into the clean grain elevator and does not over load the tailings auger. All the separation is then taking place on the top sieve. A common starting opening is five-eights of an inch, then open until the first cob appears in the grain tank and shut one notch. A challenge this fall will be with kernel size. Even wet kernels may be smaller than average this year causing you to need a top sieve opening to be less than five-eighths inch. Kernel size will have increased variability, ears with many aborted kernels will have much large kernels than those on normal ears. Fan speed should be increased until all red chaff is gone from the grain tank then slowed down 30 to 50 rpms to keep grain from being blown out the back. This may actually be at lower rpms this year than most years due to low test weight which makes each kernel lighter than normal and more likely to blow out of the machine. Often fan speed settings are opposite of logic, increasing fan speed often decreases losses because chaff floats more allowing grain to fall through the sieves better. Checking harvest loss and combine settingsWhen assessing combine settings there are four areas of loss to consider. The first is preharvest lost which is one .75-pound ear per 1/100 of an acre, which is one ear in 30-inch rows per 29 feet in 6 rows or 21.8 feet in 8 rows. The next source of loss is header loss, then threshing and sieve loss. When counting individual kernels, 2 kernels per square foot equally distributed equals one bushel pre acre. In order to determine which part of the combine to adjust you need to calculate loss from each area. To check header loss stop the combine and back up the length of your combine. Then for 30-inch rows count the number of kernels in front of the combine from center of row to center of row for 4 feet of length which equals 10 square feet and divide by 20 to get bushels per acre. Each row of your header should be checked, since only one may be out of adjustment, record each row separately. Also check for additional ears that may have been lost by the header and not pre harvest, remember one .75-pound ear per 1/100 of an acre equals a bushel. Record header loss to subtract from separator and cylinder loss. Preform the same kernel count behind the machine as you did in front subtract each row individually from header loss calculate separation loss. Watch for any cobs that still have corn on them this is threshing loss count these separate. A study conducted in Iowa found the best set combines have a total loss, pre and post-harvest loss, of 1.5 bushel per acre. Setting harvest loss/Tattletale monitorsOnce your machine is set to expected harvest losses, adjust your loss monitors in order to use these monitors in the field. Harvest lost monitors work by sensing grain impact on the sensors, grain size and sensitivity can be adjusted to calibrate these loss monitors. Larger grain hits more area on the sensor increasing loss values. Larger harder grain also hits with more force. Usually you adjust grain size and then sensitivity. Good luck with harvest this fall.last_img read more

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R-House is Still a Passivhaus Contender

first_imgLast spring we mentioned that construction was about to begin on the winners of a green-home competition called “From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes.” The contest was intended to showcase high-quality design, sustainability, and cost-effective building practices for single-family homes.The contest was established by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in partnership with the Syracuse Center of Excellence and nonprofit housing and community groups Home HeadQuarters and the Near West Side Initiative. One of the key competition rules: limit construction costs to $150,000. The competition attracted entries from 52 design teams.The winning projects, which were sold before they were completed last summer, all came in close to 1,100 sq. ft. (excluding unconditioned basement space). For example, the single-story, flat-roofed Live Work Home, designed by Cook + Fox of New York City and Terrapin Bright Green of Washington, D.C., was built with structural insulated panels and an interior that can be modified to offer 1,100 to 1,363 sq. ft., depending on what combination of residential, small-business, and/or studio uses are required by the occupants.TED, another flex-space structure, was designed by Onion Flats of Philadelphia and built to 1,130 sq. ft. over three stories, with 2×6 stick construction and insulation to R-40 for exterior walls and R-60 for the roof.Airtight and on budget A recent post by Jetson Green brought our attention back to the contest’s remaining winner, R-House, a 1,100-sq.-ft. dwelling with a corrugated aluminum skin and design and construction details intended to bring it to the Passivhaus performance standard. Architecture Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer, both in New York City, collaborated on the design, and HomeHeadquarters handled the construction.Dana Frankel of Della Valle Bernheimer noted in an e-mail to GBA that the house has not yet been through the Passivhaus certification process. Frankel did, however, provide a few performance details. The foundation – a slab over 8 in. of extruded polystyrene – is rated at R-44. The thermal resistance of the exterior walls and roof is R-66, with airtightness at 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. (The annual heat requirement, based on Passive House Planning Package calculations, is 15 kWh/m2∙a and the heat load is 16 W/m2.)The project team went with Thermotech R-5 Plus triple-pane windows, with glazing-only U-factors of 0.16 for the south-facing windows and 0.12 for all others. The glazing-only SHGC value is 61% on the south side of the house, 31% elsewhere.Even though Passivhaus certification has not yet been assured, R-House did attract the attention of the American Institute of Architects’ Housing Awards jury, which in 2010 honored the project with an AIA Award of Merit. “We were so happy to see that a Passive House entered,” wrote one juror. “It is strengthened by its highly functional and compact plan.”last_img read more

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Qureshi was arrested during Gujarat riots

first_imgThe Gujarat Police on Friday said Altaf Qureshi, a suspected ISI agent held from Mumbai two days ago, had been arrested during a communal riot at Dhoraji in Rajkot district in 2002.After Qureshi was arrested from south Mumbai by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Rajkot police started a probe into his links in Gujarat, said Antrip Sood, SP, Rajkot. Qureshi, 37, accused of working for Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, had been arrested and charge-sheeted in a rioting case in his hometown Dhoraji in 2002.“On checking past records, we found he was arrested as well as charge-sheeted in a case of rioting and attempt to murder during an incident of communal violence in Dhoraji. He was part of a mob which damaged property,” Mr. Sood said. Qureshi’s family still lives in Dhoraji.“We have learned that Qureshi moved to Mumbai a few years ago. Upon learning about his arrest, we formed several teams to investigate whether he had any connections here,” Mr. Sood said.According to the ATS, Qureshi deposited money in the bank account of Aftab Ali, another ISI agent, in Lucknow for carrying out espionage activities. Ali was arrested from Faizabad in UP on May 3. Acting on leads provided by Ali, the UP ATS picked up Altaf and Javed Naviwala from Mumbai. The three were part of an espionage ring with links to the Pakistan High Commission, ATS officials said on Thursday.last_img read more

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