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Mossimo Giannulli loses bid to finish prison term at home

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s request to serve the remaining three months of his prison term in the college admissions bribery scheme at home. Giannulli had argued he should be released to home confinement for the rest of his five-month sentence because he spent eight weeks under “extreme” conditions in solitary confinement after reporting to prison in November. But U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said Giannulli failed to demonstrate an “‘extraordinary and compelling’ reason warranting his release,” though he noted that the quarantine was “longer than anticipated.”last_img read more

Equinor agrees new climate change commitments with investors

first_img“If and when a relevant well below 2°C scenario is available, with necessary price assumptions, Equinor will include this in its overall stress testing,” the statement added.A spokesperson for the investors leading the engagement said that institutional investors were asking the International Energy Agency to issue a “beyond 2°C” scenario “with enough granularity and price assumptions to allow Equinor and other companies to stress test their portfolios on a quantitative basis against a scenario aligned with the Paris agreement in a way that is comparable across regions”.HSBC Asset Management, Storebrand Asset Management and UBS Asset Management led the engagement with Equinor.Odd Arild Grefstad, CEO of Storebrand Group, said the company was taking “critical steps in the right direction”.Valeria Piani, strategic engagement lead for UBS Asset Management, said: “Equinor and investors have together defined an ambitious pathway which will see the company play an even more active role in the transition to a lower carbon economy.”The investors would continue their collective engagement with Equinor “as they deliver on these crucial commitments,” she added.‘No’ to Scope 3 targetsThe publication of the joint statement coincided with Equinor releasing its notice of its upcoming annual general meeting (AGM), in which it set out its recommendation that shareholders reject the climate change-related shareholder proposals that have been filed.One of these is a resolution from Dutch campaign group Follow This that calls on the company to set targets that include emissions from the use of its products – so-called Scope 3 emissions.Echoing the position expressed in the statement with the investors, Equinor said it was committed to playing an “active and positive role” in decarbonisation, but that “our activities do not include direct engagement with end users of products”.Follow This’s Mark van Baal said oil and gas companies without Scope 3 targets “can never commit to the Paris Agreement”.He said the campaign group hoped investors would vote for its resolution, saying it was the same one that “compelled Shell to set a climate ambition for Scope 3”.Royal Dutch Shell is the only oil and gas major to have set emission reduction targets that include Scope 3 emissions, announcing the plans for these in a joint statement with investors in December.Earlier this month Follow This announced it would be withdrawing its climate resolution for this year’s Shell AGM because it had agreed with major Dutch investors to give the company more time to align its targets with the Paris Agreement.Climate Action 100+ investors have also reached agreements with Shell and BP. Today’s announcement about the outcome of their engagement with Equinor comes after several civil society groups called for more transparency and bolder action from the iniative’s co-ordinating organisations and signatory investors. Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor has committed to take “significant additional action” on climate change, according to institutional investors who led engagement with the company as part of the collaborative initiative Climate Action 100+.In a joint statement with the investors the renamed Statoil said it would set climate-related “ambitions” beyond 2030 for its business activities and strengthen the link between its climate-related targets and remuneration for senior executives and employees.Equinor already has climate-related targets for emissions from its operations by 2030 and a 2020 target for low carbon research and development expenditure.The company also committed to assess its portfolio, including new material capital expenditure, against a “well below” 2°C warming scenario.last_img read more

April 9, 2019 Police Blotter

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Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair

first_imgPhoto Essay by Anthony V. Cosentino FAIR HAVEN – The annual Fair Haven Fire Company Firemen’s Fair continues through Saturday, Sept. 3. This year’s fair, said to be the largest firemen’s fair in New Jersey and the second largest fair of any kind in the state, features a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, in addition to the more thrilling Zipper and Wipeout.Children have the opportunity to ride on a real fire truck, complete with blaring sirens. Hamburgers, hot dogs to seafood specialties are for sale.The fair is the main fundraising event for the Fair Haven Fire Department and takes place on the firehouse grounds at 645 River Road.last_img read more

Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon begins search for new race director

first_imgFor more than three decades Larry Bickerton has been a mainstay with the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon — the last three as Race Director.Bickerton also has been personally participating in every race since the event begain back in the 1980’s.However, the former dentist and avid triathlon enthusiast, has decided to resign from his position as Race Director of the summertime event.So effective November 1, the Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon committee will begin to search for a new Race Director to take the annual event into year 33. “The new Race Director will be supported by a committee of 10 experienced directors, plus Larry has offered to provide mentorship to the new individual or individuals (some years two or more people have shared the Race Director responsibilities),” a message on the Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon website said.”This is your chance to put back into the community. There’s a great nucleus to build from, and a lot of tradition to follow,” the website added.”You will face challenges and need to make significant decisions, but the reward of seeing your effort pay off in smiling, tired competitors will be with you forever.”Anyone interested in learning more about the Race Director position should email [email protected] 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon is set for Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Lakeside Park.Competitors enter the Olympic  — 1.5 kilometer swim, 39 km bike and 10 km run — or Sprint — 500 meter swim, 22 km cycle and five kim run — Course.The main hub for the event is beautiful Lakeside Park that provides the backdrop for the transition stage.last_img read more

Avoid costly problems in the spring by proper winterizing of your sprayer now

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Avoid costly problems in the spring by proper winterizing of your sprayer nowIt is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer too long if you already have not done so. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing.  Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year. RinsingIt is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tank, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly. If you did not, make sure this is done before storing the sprayer. A sprayer that is not rinsed thoroughly after each use, and especially after the spraying season is over, may lead to cross-contamination of products applied for different crops, and clogging of nozzles. Pay even more attention to avoid cross-contamination problems that may result in serious crop injury if you are using some of the new 2,4-D and Dicamba herbicides. Another problem that may result from lack of, or insufficient rinsing of the complete sprayer parts is clogged nozzles. Once the nozzles are clogged, it is extremely difficult to bring them back to their operating conditions when they were clean. Leaving chemical residues in nozzles will usually lead to changes in their flow rates, as well as in their spray patterns resulting in uneven distribution of chemicals on the target.Depending on the tank, proper rinsing of the interior of the tank could be easy or challenging. It will be very easy if the tank is relatively new and is equipped with special rinsing nozzles and mechanism inside the tank. If this is not the case, manual rinsing of the tank interior is more difficult, and poses some safety problems such as inhaling fumes of leftover chemicals during the rinsing process. To avoid these problems, either replace the tank with one that has the interior rinse nozzles, or install an interior tank rinse system in your existing tank.For effective rinsing of all the sprayer components, circulate clean water through the whole sprayer parts several minutes first with the nozzles off, then flush out the rinsate through the nozzles. Rinsing should be done preferably in the field, or on a concrete chemical mixing/loading pad with a sump to recover rinse water. Regardless, dispose of the rinsate according to what is recommended on the labels of the pesticides you have used. Always check the label for specific instructions. However, most labels recommend following procedure: If rinsing is done on a concrete rinse pad with a sump, put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. If the rinsing is done in the field, make sure you are not flushing out the rinsate in the system in one area. It is best to further dilute the rinse water in the tank and, spray it on the field on areas where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. CleaningRinsing the system with water as explained above may not be sufficient to get rid of chemicals from the sprayer. This may lead to cross-contamination problems. Residues of some pesticides left in the sprayer may cause serious problems when a spray mixture containing these residual materials is applied on a crop that is highly sensitive to that pesticide. To avoid such problems, it is best to clean and rinse the entire spraying system with some sort of a cleaning solution. Usually a mixture of 1 to 100 of household ammonia to water should be adequate for cleaning the tank, but you may first need to clean the tank with a mixture containing detergent if tank was not cleaned weeks ago, right after the last spraying job was done. Some chemicals require specific rinsing solution. There is an excellent Extension Publication from University of Missouri which lists many commonly used pesticides and the specific rinsing solutions required for them. It is available online. Check it out (http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G4852). However, you should always check the product label to find out the most recent recommendations on cleaning agents.Cleaning the outside of the sprayer components deserves equal attention. Remove compacted deposits with a bristle brush. Then flush the exterior parts of the equipment with water. A high pressure washer can be used, if available. Wash the exterior of the equipment either in the field away from ditches and water sources nearby, or a specially constructed concrete rinse pad with a sump. Again, the rinsate should be disposed of according to the label recommendations. As I mentioned earlier, most labels recommends the same practice: put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. WinterizingCheck one more time to make sure there is no liquid left inside any of the sprayer parts to prevent freezing. Especially the pump, the heart of a sprayer, requires special care. You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing.  After draining the water, add a small amount of oil, and rotate the pump four or five revolutions by hand to completely coat interior surfaces.  Make sure that this oil is not going to damage rubber rollers in a roller pump or rubber parts in a diaphragm pump. Check the operator’s manual. If oil is not recommended, pouring one tablespoon of radiator rust inhibitor in the inlet and outlet part of the pump also keeps the pump from corroding. Another alternative is to put automotive antifreeze with rust inhibitor in the pump and other sprayer parts. This also protects against corrosion and prevents freezing in case all the water is not drained. To prevent corrosion, remove nozzle tips and strainers, dry them, and store them in a dry place. Putting them in a can of light oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene is another option. StorageFind ways to protect your sprayer against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unpro­tected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer. Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage. Ultraviolet light softens and weakens rubber materials such as hoses and tires and degrades some tank materials. The best protection from the environment is to store sprayers in a dry building. Storing sprayers in a building also gives you a chance to work on them any time during the off-season regardless of weather. If storing in a building is not possible, provide some sort of cover. When storing trailer-type sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.Finally, check the condition of all sprayer parts one more time before leaving the sprayer behind. Identify the parts that may need to be worked on, or replaced. Check the tank, and hoses to make sure there are no signs of cracks starting to take place. Check the painted parts of the sprayer for scratched spots. Touch up these areas with paint to eliminate corrosion. By the way, don’t forget to cover openings so that birds don’t make a nest somewhere in your sprayer, and insects, dirt, and other foreign material cannot get into the system. Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension Agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 3 | Sheaffer Farms, Wyandot County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The third week of Feeding Farmers, sponsored by AgriGold, took Dale and the Ohio Ag Net crew to Wyandot County to Sheaffer Farms (RCJ Sheaffer Partnership). The crops are looking pretty good in their area, but as Joe Sheaffer tells Dale Minyo in this video interview, there are plenty of holes due to excessive rain. Some corn is already tasseling and soybeans are far ahead of schedule.last_img

WorkHands Wants To Become The Blue-Collar LinkedIn

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit lauren orsini According to the most recent statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation, blue collar workers make up roughly 60% of the workforce in each U.S. state.  However, you’d never know that browsing the Internet.While there are dozens of job boards that specialize in white collar jobs, if you’re looking for a skilled labor job, your best bet is to check your local Craigslist listings. The staff of WorkHands, is hoping to change that. A LinkedIn-like service for blue collar workers in the U.S., a new social network that launched Tuesday. Putting The Internet To WorkA software engineer, WorkHands CEO Patrick Cushing is the black sheep of his blue collar family. His dad fixed oil burners for a living, and his brother is a professional welder. He realized first hand that blue collar workers are always online, even if their jobs are not. “My brother has had Facebook since the beginning,” he said. “I looked at someone like my brother and realized he had all these online tools for his social life and none for his work career.”Perhaps because of the white collar backgrounds of most Silicon Valley types, most job networks are designed with similar job hunters in mind. There are thousands of blue collar professionals connected on LinkedIn, but Cushing argues that network doesn’t cater to them as specifically as WorkHands does. “Linkedin makes it really hard to demonstrate what you’re great at in the trades,” he said. “If you’re a great welder, one of the best ways to demonstrate that is to show your welds.”A machinist’s profile on WorkHands.In the same vein, the most prominent part of any WorkHands profile is a photo gallery. In this early adopter’s profile, photos of the student’s metalwork are placed more prominently than his experience or education history. Just like skillful code can be a ready calling card for a tech job, a well-welded piece of metal may be all a trades employer needs to see. WorkHands profiles also include sections you’d never see on LinkedIn, such as a place for workers to list the types of power tools they own and can use or a list of the workers’ licenses and certifications, used for operating heavy machinery or driving utility vehicles. But through testers, the WorkHands crew has met with the most enthusiasm with the photo gallery feature. “So many of the workers we talk to, we ask about their work and they pull out their phone and have pages and pages of photos of it,” said Cushing.  “They’re inherently proud of the work they do with their hands.”Keeping Social GoingFor this reason, the WorkHands crew believes that it can keep workers using the network even after they’ve already found a job. They can upload photos and approve of connections’ handiwork by clicking the “solid” button, a straight-talking version of Facebook’s “like.” Other features are on the way, too. This quarter, Cushing hopes to launch private networks for technical schools, employers, and other organizations, a mobile app, and a job board. Right now WorkHands is free for workers and employers alike, but eventually the network will make money by charging companies for their job listings. Already, WorkHands has helped a handful of students at Laney College in Oakland, CA find jobs at a local ironworking company. The network has worked well for students, who are already constantly online, and for companies, which before have never had a network to find welders, woodworkers, and other skilled laborers all in one place. The blue collar Internet already existed, said Cushing. They just needed the right tools.“The assumption that this workforce isn’t already online is something we’re really trying to challenge,” said Cushing.Image of WorkHands team courtesy of WorkHands. Tags:#Blue Collar#employment#LinkedIn Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Why did he have to use us to justify his decision?” the team’s statement said.Narvasa defended himself regarding the issue, saying that he “did not have any bad intentions” when he shared the information to the media.“I received the trade from (TNT governor) Rickie Vargas and (alternate governor) Pato Gregorio. They found my statement mentioning that it was uncalled for. I told them, when I said that, I was just telling the story. I did not mean to discredit you or disrespect them, but they found it very offensive,” he said.The league’s ninth commissioner said that if governors had an issue with his decision, they should have made an appeal in the weekly board meetings as predicated in the PBA by-laws, a move which is in contrast to the Board’s agreement days prior expressing their “all-out support” for his decision.“In any trade, there is a recourse. If the commissioner has made a grave mistake, anyone from the Board of Governors can appeal the decision of the commish as long as it wins by a vote of two-thirds. They can review, they can reverse, and/or modify the decision of the commissioner. It’s in the by-laws and constitution. It’s specifically written there,” he saidADVERTISEMENT Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principle QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Therefore, let’s say I made a grave mistake in this trade, they have the recourse among themselves in a special meeting to hold the trade. They have 10 days to make the complaint, so that means the trade is on hold and it’s not approved. Even if the commissioner approved it already, if there is an appeal to the chairman, they can review, they can modify, or reverse my decision, which they did not adopt.”Narvasa shared that he is saddened by the recent turn of events which cast the league in a bad light.“I feel bad more for the PBA. I was already involved in the private sector and I was happy there. But I was willing when they asked me to do the sacrifice in trying to balance their interests,” he said. “Now, they wanted to get me out of the way and I don’t know where that’s coming from, but that’s the situation.”The executive then stressed the necessity for the Board to convene and mend these issues quickly to maintain the credibility the Office of the Commissioner holds going forward.“I hope the Board of Directors talk among themselves already. I want it to be clarified for future commissioners. I know I’m here temporarily. There will be another commissioner here. Everybody wants to make sure that he has to remain independent. He cannot be influenced by any team. He cannot be frightened,” he said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33‘We are all suffering,’ Panelo says of commuting00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmbattled PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has heard enough and said that despite all the controversies hurled his way, parity has always been his priority since he assumed his post.Narvasa said that he always tried to give everyone a fair shake, citing his approval of TNT’s trades to secure the top selections in the 2015 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT “What call for parity are they talking about? I have always ensured parity in all decisions I made as commissioner, not only in the trade involving Kia and San Miguel Beer, but even when TNT acquired the first round picks of Kia and Blackwater in the past to get Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario,” he said on a statement in Thursday.The KaTropa first got Blackwater’s first rounder, which turned out to be Tautuaa, in exchange for Larry Rodriguez and the former’s 2015 first rounder a year prior, before dealing with then-Mahindra for the second overall pick Rosario for Aldrech Ramos, Nino Cañaleta, and Rob Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT has been vocal of its displeasure of Narvasa following his approval of the San Miguel-Kia trade, which sent 2017 top overall selection Christian Standhardinger to the Beermen.The KaTropa management also hit Narvasa for allegedly dragging them into the issue after the league executive bared that assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted the Fil-German’s application papers, a duty Membrere did in “as a representative of Smart Gilas.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

FEU’s Dennison sets career-high amid jeers from DLSU crowd

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The graduating guard said the jeers only fueled him to play better and he played his best game yet, putting up a career-high 21 points to go along with seven boards, and four assists.“Those boos were added motivation for me,” said Dennison, whose previous career-high of 13 points also came against La Salle, in Filipino. “People close to me know that whenever the crowd is against me I play usually harder.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDennison was also efficient from the floor going 10-of-14 overall and 9-of-12 in the two-point region.Also, Dennison’s 21 points are almost half of his total production from Season 79. He only scored 45 points the entire season last year. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES De Ocampo goes to Meralco in three-team trade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University lost its opener against defending champion La Salle but another story was Ron Dennison’s personal battle against the crowd in white-and-green inside Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.Dennison was the focus of the La Salle faithful’s hatred, which stemmed from an on-court scuffle involving the Tamaraws and Green Archers in the Kadayawan Cup a few weeks back.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments “I want to show to the La Salle crowd that I can play cleanly,” said Dennnison. “I think they saw that. They aren’t blind for all I know.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more