Water utilities have a challenging but important charge – to deliver their customers’ water as reliably as possible while operating efficiently. However, the current state of the art in the water industry can limit both reliability and energy efficiency. Here’s an example of what I mean:We have a customer who installed our software suites on their 5-pump pump station. As we were learning how the customer operates the station, the operations manager told us that pump 2 at the station was the operators’ favorite pump. Indeed, as we looked at their operating data, we found that pump 2 was their lead pump, meaning that whenever the station needed to deliver water, pump 2 would be the first pump to turn on.However, once our Asset Management Suite software performed automated tests on each of the five pumps at the station, it was clear that pump 2 was a poor choice for a lead pump. Here is a picture of what pump 2’s measured head and efficiency curves looked like in comparison to factory (brand new) curves:Pump 2’s pump curves: Comparing the factory efficiency curve (yellow) to the tested efficiency curve (red) shows that the pump has worn significantly – from a peak efficiency of about 85 percent to a peak efficiency of about 59 percent. Comparing the factory capacity curve (light blue) to the tested capacity curve (dark blue) shows that the pump has also worn in terms of capacity.In contrast, pump 1’s measured pump curves very nearly match the factory curves:Optimization calculations show that pump 1 uses about 25 percent less energy to deliver almost double the flow of pump 2. It is clear that pump 2 should not have been the “favorite pump” at this station. After seeing the results of the pump tests, the station operators took pump 2 offline.Surely this case is an outlier, right? No. Unfortunately, the station operators were completely unaware of the difference in performance and efficiency between pump 1 and pump 2 because they had no data or metrics that they could use to compare the two pumps. This lack of data is standard throughout the water industry. Most often, utilities employ a “run-to-failure” maintenance schedule – meaning that pumps are replaced when they become so worn that they stop pumping. As we saw with our friends at the 5-pump pump station, this means that pumps can operate for years with significantly reduced energy efficiency. Utilities are essentially “flying blind” in terms of the health of some of their most important assets – their pumps.In response to this problem, Specific Energy has developed a simple but effective metric that operators and engineers can use to track pump efficiency and target specific pumps for predictive maintenance – the Pump Health Index (PHI). Specific Energy’s Asset Management Suite automatically calculates PHI after a pump is tested by taking the ratio of the peak tested efficiency value to the peak factory efficiency value. For example, in the case that I mentioned before, pump 2 scored a PHI of 69, while pump 1 scored a PHI of 102.The utility is now installing the Asset Management Suite on more sites to acquire valuable PHI metrics on each of their pumps.Pump Health Index is a simple but powerful metric that all utilities should be tracking to improve the operation and maintenance of their systems, but new insight into pump health and operation should not end with PHI. In a follow up post, I will cover some more advanced metrics that utilities can track to achieve the best practices in pump station asset management and operation.What questions do you have?
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Yellow shirt sporting activists of the Telugu Desam Party have hit the streets in Andhra Pradesh. They are out chasing the grand goal of the TDP national president N. Chandrababu Naidu to raise the membership of the party from 50 lakhs to one crore though legislative assembly elections are more than two and a half years away. It is a tall order considering the target is to enroll one of every five residents, excluding post millennial children, of the state as well as the other Telugu speaking fledgling Telangana.Naidu is more serious about than most TDP activists imagine. He began, by setting an example on Tuesday morning, by enrolling afresh at his riverside home at Undavalli near Vijayawada and exhorted cabinet colleagues to ensure there is no let up in the membership campaign called Jana Chaitanya Yatra. Then, he set out to join the rank and file on a journey by bicycle, which is also the party poll symbol, from Ongole, the headquarters town of arid Prakasam district, to Koppolu village where he launched the enrolment drive that is to run through November.To provide the impetus, Naidu is to travel through four districts while son N. Lokesh, who is the party’s national general secretary, is to visit remaining 9 districts besides goading others to enroll online like he did. Tech savvy Naidu has introduced online membership through the party website for the first time and a facility to download a party app in every assembly constituency.Naidu has warned that in case MPs, MLAs and those in charge of the constituencies do not take the lead in organizing the yatra, as provided for in an elaborate schedule, he will direct party observers for the different areas to set out on the drive. Party meetings at the district level are to be held on November 23, 24 and 25 to do a stocktaking of the progress in realizing targets before a final push to attain the one crore goal.advertisementThe TDP chief is eager to expand the party base in order to reach out to the prospective youthful activists before other political parties do and infuse fresh blood ahead of the elections to the municipalities and the state legislative council. He is hopeful of enlisting greater steadfast support if the party were to explain the salient features of the diverse development and welfare programmes and convince people about the TDP’s commitment having begun with a major challenge – a truncated Andhra Pradesh without a large urban sprawl that could impress those in the countryside as the state capital. And it is to remind them about it the humble beginnings on June 2, 2014, that he chose to begin on November 1 – the formation day of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh way back in 1956.Sensing the target is a formidable challenge, the TDP is luring supporters with attractive incentives. Free accident insurance, free health and life insurance, education of children, self employment facilities are among the offers being made to those joining the party for the first time. The party has chalked out a 50 point programme rolling out several incentives free of cost to the members. Nearly 4,000 members have benefitted during crisis situations from the incentives in the past. “Ours is the only party to provide insurance and education facilities to all party members’ families,” asserts Naidu. “But we hope members do not depend on the party for their livelihood.”
SAM CLOVIS HAS RESIGNED HIS POST AS SENIOR ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.CLOVIS TOLD KSCJ NEWS THURSDAY NIGHT THAT FRIDAY WILL BE HIS LAST DAY IN WASHINGTON AND THAT HE IS RETURNING HOME TO NORTHWEST IOWA.CLOVIS TOLD NEWS DIRECTOR WOODY GOTTBURG THAT “FIVE YEARS OF LIVING OUT OF MY SUITCASE AND TRUCK IS ENOUGH AND I NEED TO RECHARGE”.CLOVIS HAD PREVIOUSLY WITHDRAWN HIS NAME AFTER BEING NOMINATED TO BE THE U.S.D.A UNDERSECRETARY FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND ECONOMICS BECAUSE OF DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION TO THE NOMINATION.HE IS A FORMER PROFESSOR AT MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE, HOSTED A TALK SHOW ON KSCJ AND IS A RETIRED FIGHTER PILOT.WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY ON KSCJ NEWS AT 5PM FRIDAY.
Oddly, I think Oklahoma State has the right kind of team to beat Baylor this year.Last season’s team against this year’s Baylor would have been hideous, NSFW, even. But gone are Monken’s middle fingers and in are Yurcich’s long, plodding, Big 10-like drives that have recently ended in lots and lots of touchdowns but continue to frustrate us because they take more than, say, 90 seconds.But you know how you beat a team like Baylor? You take away their big, long plays and make them grind out plays against you up the middle. Short plays, lengthy drives, and tons of opportunities to create turnovers. You make them impatient. The worst thing that can happen to a team like Baylor is getting in trouble on the road against a team that won’t give you the ball back. You start getting antsy and trying to score 20-point TDs. Don’t believe me? Go mention the words “44 minutes of Stanford possession” to your friend who roots for Oregon…Here’s Baylor’s formula:It is surreal on long drives — drives that last longer than 80 yards. It is first in the country in points per drive (3.80 points) on these long fields. For context — OSU only averages slightly more than that on short drives (drives that start inside its opponents’ own territory).But Baylor isn’t having to grind to get these points. It ranks first nationally in the following categories:Plays over 20 yards (2 more than second-best)Plays over 30 yards (12 more)Plays over 40 yards (9 more)Plays over 50 yards (3 more)Plays over 60 yards (2 more)Plays over 70 yards (Even)Plays over 80 yards (Even)They crush you with their 70-yard passes after you pin them in their own territory — you guys watched the Kansas State game, yes? They had nothing but their lengthy, dazzling passes.I realize taking these away is a lot easier said than done but you have to get in a war with them. This is counterintuitive to the way OSU has been playing but a more conservative gameplan early might make for more turnover opportunities late. You really think Baylor wants to grind for four quarters against a defense as deep as OSU’s with its starting left tackle out, its best receiver out, and two of its three best running backs possibly out?No.They want to score quickly and often and if you can let them dink and dunk they’ll get frustrated and Petty might lose his cool and hand Justin Gilbert a couple more mil in the form of gift-wrapped interceptions.This feels like OSU’s only chance. You try to shoot it out with them and that’s not happening. But if you slow play them they might break and turn it over. Maybe they won’t, but I think you have to take the chances. The best part is that OSU’s offense is perfect for this. For the first time in a while, too. OSU loves to run it — over and over and over again. 60 percent, sometimes 70 percent of the time. This is a good thing against Baylor because you can sustain drives that way and force their offense to sit on the sidelines and listen to a bunch of Baptist jokes from our drunken fans.They might panic like Oregon on the Farm and they might furiously rally at the end and scare the piss out of everyone, but by then it might be too late.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Given the fact that Emmanuel Ogbah’s decision to stay in college or jump to the NFL could have major implications, it’s fair to assume he has gotten a lot of questions regarding where he stands on his decision. As the Cowboys prepare for the upcoming Sugar Bowl, Emmanuel Ogbah released a statement making it clear that he is focused on one thing: helping his team prepare to win the Sugar Bowl.“I am focused on helping my team win the Sugar Bowl and I ask that you please respect that and do not ask me questions about the NFL Draft. There is a time for all of that, but it’s not now. Team first. Go Pokes.#gopokes pic.twitter.com/eoV84uKZgg— Emmanuel Ogbah (@Eman_OSU38) December 21, 2015
zoomImage Courtesy: ASTON Russia-based producer of foodstuffs and ingredients ASTON has signed contracts with two Chinese shipyards for the construction of four new bulk carriers.As informed, the vessel quartet is part of a series of ten ships with a deadweight of 8,000 tons.ASTON has not disclosed the price that would be paid for the four newbuilds.Addressing two unnamed Chinese shipbuilders, Vadim Vikulov, CEO of ASTON, said that the company’s long-term plan to build new ships will now be realized.ASTON added that it commissioned its fourth 45,000 dwt vessel in March this year.The company operates ports terminals on the river Don, a shipbuilding yard, a dry-cargo vessel for river-sea navigation, oil tankers and bulkers for grain transportation.World Maritime News Staff
Industry insiders say the cannabis product shortages that have plagued many provinces will likely persist for years. Here are a few numbers on how Canadian recreational cannabis sales have unfolded during their first legal month:132: The number of companies licensed to produce cannabis in Canada, according to Health Canada.78: The number of companies with a licence for sales.191: The number of expansion amendments that Health Canada has issued, allowing licence holders to expand production capacity.14,500 kilograms: The amount of dried cannabis licensed producers reported shipping to provincial and territorial retailers at the end of September, along with 370 litres of cannabis oil.40 per cent: The portion of its initial product order the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation received leading up to legalization day on Oct. 17.20-30 per cent: The portion of its initial product order Cannabis NB received leading up to legalization.340 kilograms: The amount of cannabis Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries shipped to retailers in October.51,277: The combined number of transactions made at the B.C. Cannabis Store in Kamloops and the online store between Oct. 17 and Nov. 13.More than 200,000: The number of orders the Ontario Cannabis Store has received since legalization day.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThe national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has announced its first public hearings will be held in Whitehorse on May, 29.The announcement comes seven months after the inquiry was first unveiled by the Justin Trudeau Liberal government.The commission confirmed there will be 32 hearings across the country in total, but no other locations or dates have been released.The inquiry has also yet to confirm a location and time for the hearing in the Yukon city.The inquiry has been holding sessions with families in cities across the country to get their thoughts on how the inquiry should conduct its two year journey investigating the root causes of the disproportionate number of Indigenous women who fall victim to violence.New dates for these sessions were also announced Tuesday.They include:Whitehorse: April 11, 12 and 13Edmonton and Thunder Bay: April 18, 19 and 20Halifax and Winnipeg: May 1, 2 and 3Northern British Columbia and Saskatoon: May 16, 17 and 18In addition, there will be a family advisory circle for Quebec in Montreal on May 9 and firstname.lastname@example.org
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has sought to obtain statements from Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa over the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena.The CID informed court today that they had also asked the wife of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa to appear before the CID to record a statement on the alleged plot. (Colombo Gazette)
Oil rises near $91 a barrel, taking cue from surging stock markets; gas prices drop again AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil rose for the first time in four days Tuesday, but traders questioned whether the gains were sustainable.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil for April delivery rose 70 cents to finish at US$90.82 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, gained US$1.52 to end at $111.61 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Oil rode the coattails of global stock markets. Stocks rallied as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao confirmed the country’s annual growth target of 7.5 per cent and retail sales rose in Europe. A number of European indexes rose 2 per cent or more. In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average shot to a record high.Oil is still down more than 6 per cent over the past two weeks. That’s helped push down prices at the gas pump. The average price for a gallon of gas fell a penny overnight to US$3.74, and is now 3 cents cheaper than a year ago.Some traders think Tuesday’s oil trading is just a pause in a downward trend.“The ability of Brent and WTI to rebound back to above US$110 and US$90 suggests to us a bear market that could be in a pause for a while before resuming a decline that could carry down to about the US$104 and US$85 areas within the next week or two,” said Jim Ritterbusch of the energy consulting group Ritterbusch and Associates.As this week goes along, oil traders will be monitoring fresh information on U.S. supplies of crude and refined products and the latest government data on hiring.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline added 5 cents to finish at US$3.15 a gallon (3.79 litres).— Heating oil rose 5 cents to end at US$2.97 a gallon (3.79 litres).— Natural gas was flat at US$3.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE)Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2013 1:36 pm MDT
We were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief yesterday after 10 months of waiting for the white iPhone 4 to be released. After all the wait, there may be the slightest, and we mean slightest, bit of a problem with the new phone. It appears that the device is just a tiny bit thicker than the original black iPhone 4.At 0.2mm more thick, most people won’t even notice the difference. It won’t really feel any heavier or look any larger than the black version, so what’s the big problem? It seems that some iPhone 4 cases won’t fit the new white version.AdChoices广告Many cases are made out of materials that can stretch and give a little, but there are some made at such a precise size that they might not budge when you try to fit them over your white iPhone. Unless it’s a clear case, we don’t know why you’d have waited this long for a white iPhone you’re just going to cover up with a case.Speculations say that the extra 0.2mm could be due to the UV protection that the device needs. The white plastic is susceptible to UV degradation, which can change both the way it looks and how durable it is. Apple’s spec page still shows a 9.3mm thickness, but if you read the fine print, it says the actual weight and size can “vary by configuration and manufacturing process.”Again, we’re talking such a small amount of difference, that it probably won’t affect you. But, as our math teachers used to tell us, being exact is extremely important. A bridge-builder doesn’t want to be off by 0.2mm, for example.The lesson to take away from this is that before you go out and buy a case for your new white iPhone 4, make sure it fits.Photo via Ubergizmo
CONCERNS HAVE BEEN expressed over the quality of care received by those at a State-run residential facility after HIQA ordered that half of the units were not fit for purpose.The John of God facility in Louth has been the subject of a number of unannounced inspections in recent years where assessors have found a number of failings. And in a move to address serious issues at the facility, HIQA will now close half of its living facilities.A statement given to RTÉ by HIQA said the move was taken because of “ongoing serious concerns for the safety and care of residents”. It said it had taken the action in a bid to “safeguard the residents”.Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said he is “gravely concerned” following the HIQA decision to close half the units at the premises at Drumcar.Speaking following an RTE report which highlighted the consistent difficulties, Adams said that, in recent years, he had raised concerns about what he had described as “the inappropriate use of residents’ money for medical aids and examinations and the suspension of respite services on the site last summer”. The latter had caused great distress, he added. Feb 17th 2017, 7:38 AM Image: Shutterstock/sylv1rob1 Share Tweet Email2 HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit for purpose The facility at Drumcar has been the subject of a number of HIQA inspections in the past. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 7:38 AM http://jrnl.ie/3244401 10,328 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee 16 Comments Once again, St John of God has failed people with disabilities in county Louth. The HSE must act to ensure that the safety and comfort of residents is guaranteed.A number of failings had been identified by HIQA over the course of a number of inspections with the last one occurring in May 2016.The centre, which is run by St John of God Services, is home to 22 adult male residents with intellectual disabilities. Over the course of the inspection, the centre failed 14 out of 18 tests.In the case of the man whose money was used to buy furnishings for the centre, the report said he had no independent representative or next of kin. It said his finances had not been managed appropriately.Inspectors were informed during feedback that a review would be completed with a view to repaying the resident for the items.Another major concern identified was free access, through unlocked interconnecting doors, from the adult centre to an adjoining respite service where children were accommodated. HIQA said this posed a risk to vulnerable persons. The issue was addressed by the person in charge during the inspection.Back in 2015, HIQA published a report into the facility which detailed a litany of failures which could mostly be attributed to staffing levels.There were concerns about a resident who had sustained a number of falls. An assessment found they required a sit-stand hoist but this never materialised and the resident had another fall this year. Again, there was no suitable intervention put in place.In another instance, where a resident was assessed as requiring a hoist for safe transfer, documentation stated that “four attempts were made to assist a resident off the floor.”Incidents of injury and harm between residents, including hitting out and biting,occurred on an almost daily basis and was observed by staff, one inspection report found.Read: Is everything ok with the government’s proposed regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city?> Short URL Image: Shutterstock/sylv1rob1
Yahoo : Scott Thompson avoue sa fauteAccusé d’avoir menti sur son CV par un actionnaire de Yahoo, Scott Thompson, PDG de la firme depuis janvier dernier, a avoué sa faute et espère un retour rapide au calme. Mais rien n’est moins sûr.Nouveau PDG de Yahoo depuis janvier, Scott Thompson avait la lourde tâche de redresser la santé de l’entreprise, et de la rendre plus compétitive sur le secteur. Des milliers de licenciements et une bataille judiciaire contre Facebook (sur l’utilisation de brevets) plus tard, Yahoo refait parler d’elle.Daniel Loeb, actionnaire à 5,8 % de Yahoo, a jeté un nouveau pavé dans la mare en expliquant que Scott Thompson aurait menti sur son CV pour son accession à la tête de la firme.Face à cette nouvelle, le Conseil d’administration avait lancé une enquête interne sur cette affaire il y a quelques jours, et, aux dernières nouvelles, une personne appartenant elle-même au Conseil d’administration de Yahoo, Patti Hart, viendrait de quitter son poste. Yahoo l’expliquant dans un communiqué : “Mme Hart, directrice générale d’International Game Technology (IGT), a prévenu que le conseil d’administration d’IGT avait demandé qu’elle renonce à siéger au conseil d’administration de Yahoo”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Est-elle en lien avec l’Affaire Thompson ? Pour l’instant, aucun élément ne semble lier ces deux personnes. Quant à Scott Thompson, lui, semble vouloir tourner la page de cette mésaventure et avoue sa faute. Il “regrette les répercussions de cette affaire sur l’entreprise et sur l’ensemble d’entre vous”, et ajoute qu’il respectera les choix du Conseil d’administration et les résultats de l’enquête interne.La faute avouée du PDG de Yahoo sera-t-elle à moitié pardonnée ? Ce sont les enquêteurs internes de la firme qui trancheront.Le 9 mai 2012 à 12:06 • Maxime Lambert
Let’s talk about Toad. Isn’t Toad a great Mario character? Serving roles as varied “fastest turnip plucker in Super Mario Bros. 2” to “literally the entire population of the Mushroom Kingdom, Toad is just dope. Pick him as your main in Mario Kart, listen to his terrible shrieks, Photoshop him with an adult diaper and a man’s legs, or compare him to the awful president of the United States, Toad is just so useful. And if you want to have a good useful Toad of your own, your best pick is the Toad amiibo ($18.95). Stay on target After amiibo first got Nintendo in the toys-to-life game with the entire Smash Bros. roster, amiibo lines for other Nintendo franchises started hitting the shelves. The Toad amiibo was part of the general Mario line, released in time for Mario Party 10 on the Wii U. Whereas Smash amiibo were saddled with the awkward floating poses derived from that game’s key art, the Mario line were much more durable NFC toys. Toad stands firmly on two legs, rocking his little vest, waving at you, stuntin’ on everyone with his huge fungus head/hat.The Toad amiibo works with all sorts of Mario-related Wii U, 3DS, and Nintendo Switch games. Unlock Toad costumes in Mario Kart 8, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Miitopia, and Super Mario Maker. Find new moons in Super Mario Odyssey and new puzzles in Picross 3D: Round 2. And of course the amiibo works with Toad’s own precious puzzle-platforming adventure Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker. Use the amiibo to unlock new Pixel Toads to hunt in each level, giving you more reasons to return to and explore the crafty dioramas.Listen, you all know why we’re talking about Toad today. He’s just so pure. Plus we’re big Mojo Nixon fans. So celebrate Toad and all the good he’s done for America and the world with the Toad amiibo. For more on Mario check out our review of Mario Tennis Aces and why Mario is supposed to be weird.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
Vancouver City Council on Monday held a workshop to discuss the waterfront property, owned by the Port of Vancouver, where Mayor Tim Leavitt called it a “great project.”The half-hour meeting had Greg Turner, land use manager for the city, lead councilors through the possible phases of construction of the 10.37-acre property. The project will have four developable blocks near the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.The blocks would be built up in six phases, according to the presentation. In all, it plans to build 355 residential units, 62,000 square feet of retail space and 200,000 square feet of commercial space.First, the port expects to rehabilitate Terminal 1, the buildings closest to the Columbia River. The former Red Lion closed October 2015 and was partially demolished in March.The second phase would build parking and connect the Waterfront Renaissance Trail to the city-owned waterfront park, to the east. The park is owned by the city of Vancouver but it is technically part of the separate, 21-block development led by Tualatin, Ore.-based firm Gramor.
Judge Robert Lewis lifted the contempt order against Brent Luyster Jr. on Monday, after the boy’s attorney said he still refused to testify in his father’s triple aggravated murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.The 13-year-old’s attorney, Michael Borge, said he spoke with Luyster Jr. before court, and he had not changed his mind about testifying.Luyster Jr. is reportedly an eyewitness to the July 15, 2016, shooting in which Brent Luyster Sr. is accused of killing Joseph Mark LaMar, 38; LaMar’s partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43; and Zachary David Thompson, 36, at LaMar’s home southeast of Woodland. Thompson’s partner, Breanne Leigh, then 32, was wounded.Prosecutors told the judge they don’t want Luyster Jr. held in Clark County juvenile detention any longer, citing concerns that the boy’s attorney and psychologist voiced about his well-being.The defense said they will not call the boy to testify and agreed he shouldn’t be held any longer.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PineappleAircrashlanding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Eleuthera – Several passengers were injured when a plane crash landed in Eleuthera, Bahamas on Tuesday night. The Eleutheran news reports that authorities have confirmed that a combination of bad weather and mechanical failure led to the frightening touch down where all on board were shaken but are safe.Pelting rain could be seen in the photographs of the Pineapple Air Charter flight, which reportedly skidded off the runway when its landing gear did not deploy; it happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday January 9, 2018. Fifteen passengers and two pilots were on the flight, where the injured were treated by Emergency Medical Services and some referred to the Levy Medical Clinic for further evaluation, said the news report online.The crash landing forced the Governor’s Harbour International Airport to be closed to air traffic until around 1 p.m. today, January 10, while Civil Aviation Authorities were on the ground to investigate the cause of the scary incident.Pineapple Air operates fights into Eleuthera, Long Island, Acklins and Crooked Island and has been operating in The Bahamas since 1999.#MagneticMediaNews#PineappleAircrashlanding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the chamber’s version of the fiscal 2020 NDAA would not be slowed by minority calls this week to delay its passage until after the Democratic presidential debates, CQ reported.McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor Tuesday, said Democrats will have to filibuster the annual defense policy bill if they want to delay final votes on the measure this week, according the report.Democrats have sought to slow the NDAA’s passage by including a key amendment that would block the White House from striking Iran without congressional approval, and requesting delay of a vote until after this week’s Democratic presidential debates, according to Roll Call.“Postpone legislation on our national defense to accommodate the presidential race? In the middle of this ongoing crisis overseas? Come on. Come on,” McConnell said, according to the report.Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday called for postponing the NDAA until after the debates so every senator could be present to vote on the Iran amendment.Democrats will have to decide Wednesday whether to deny cloture on the bill, which requires 60 votes to advance, temporarily halting a chamber vote until after the July 4 recess so all senators could vote on the Iran amendment.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has also offered an amendment to end the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which gives the president broad authority to wage military campaigns without congressional approval. Paul has also threatened to stage a filibuster if denied a floor vote on his proposal.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tia Dufour ADC AUTHOR
A dispute over Mat-Su Borough emergency services workers retirement benefits has been settled out of court. According to the Borough, nine workers involved in the dispute will be paid a total of $160,311 plus attorney fees.Mat-Su Borough manager John Moosey says the Borough admitted no wrongdoing.“We don’t believe the Borough’s in the wrong, but a settlement avoids the uncertainty of a trial, and avoids the negative impacts to our Borough operations.”The dispute over retirement eligibility began when the Borough revised its definition of “employee.”The Borough signed on to the state’s PERS retirement plan in 1968.During the 1970s, Borough EMS workers were volunteers, later on becoming part time, or full time paid workers. A couple of years ago, the Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits asked the Borough to reclassify it’s employee categories. Moosey says the nine plaintiffs disagreed with the Borough’s recent categorization, which did not entitle them to retirement benefits, and they sued.Moosey says the settlement leaves no possibility of appeal.