Just One More Time

first_img“Just one more time.”You know those words likely in the same capacity as I do, that infamous phrase you or one of your friends has said right before doing something borderline stupid which, more often than not, ends in either total embarrassment, injury, or both.“Just one more time” is right up there with “Hey, watch this.”It never ends well.Let me tell you about the last time I said “Just one more time” to myself.It was the day after Ocoee Fest outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. I didn’t know anyone to paddle with, but I refused to leave without hopping in my boat and at least getting on the water for a little bit. My solution? Hell Hole.I’m by no means a playboater. I have a playboat, yes (a pretty yellow Dagger Jitsu that reminds me of a fat banana). I can sometimes, very occasionally, catch a wave and surf it for a second, but I’m no playboater.There’s a reason Hell Hole has its name. Steep, turbulent, and kinda wild, if you’re not getting worked by the hole itself, you’re likely getting trampled by the herd of commercial rafts charging downriver. Doesn’t sound very appealing to an amateur playboater, right? But with roadside access, good eddies, a (relatively) clean washout, and early Sunday hours on my side, I thought to myself, “What do I have to lose?”Surprisingly, or maybe not (as it was the Sunday after the festival), there were no kayakers parked at Hell Hole when I pulled in with the Jeep and Go. I thought I’d misunderstood the directions a boater had given me that morning, so I walked down to the river to check it out. Normally, Hell Hole is packed with kayakers sitting in both eddies, waiting their turn to surf. But today, with the exception of a few tourists and commercial photographers, the place was empty.I looked down at my watch. It was almost 11a.m.I told myself I’d surf until noon which would give me plenty of time to pack up and hit the road and (shockingly) be on time to meet my friends in Knoxville. I wasn’t feeling particularly excited to just park and play, but I wasn’t dreading it either. I know how my surf attempts usually go. I paddle into the feature, don’t make it the first few times, get really frustrated, charge hard, make it, surf for about a millisecond, get power-window-shaded, roll up with my helmet half off my face, and then sit in the eddy trying to re-orient myself.In all, I normally have a good time, even if I repeat that process for an hour.Which, is exactly what I did.I tried to plug my bow down a few times and throw a loop. That, of course, only increased my violent window shades. After the first few runs, water was pouring out of my nostrils like a broken faucet, but I was actually having fun getting worked. Finally, after nearly a half hour of being the sole source of entertainment for the crowds standing on the bank, a few paddlers floated downstream and stopped to play at the feature. Their surfs were a little longer than mine, but not much better, so I relaxed a little more, finding hilarity in our useless attempts to throw ends down in the churning hole.I pulled off to the side and got out onto the bank, emptying the water that had accumulated in my boat. I sat there for a minute on the rocks, watching the rafts come crashing through and cheering on the kayakers that stopped to surf. I looked down at my watch – it was already 11:45am.Just one more time, I told myself as I cranked on the back brace. After all, I was on the river left side of the river and my Jeep was parked on river right. The only logical way to get to my car would be to surf over there.Which I did.And then I swam.I don’t really remember how it happened. I do remember having a pretty decent surf, flipping, carping my roll once, twice, three times, then sliding upside down over the first ledge of the rapid behind Hell Hole. At that point, I’d run out of breath, lost my grip on my paddle, and was just done.I pulled my skirt and gargled for air as I surfaced, sandwiched in between my boat and paddle. I watched my Freewaters float downstream away from me, but I couldn’t have cared less. A kind boater in a red Jefe helped nudge my floating shit show into the eddy at the bottom, told me he’d set my flip flops on the side of the road if he saw them, then peeled back out to join his crew.I began my walk of shame up the bank, struggling to avoid the broken shards of beer bottles that littered the leaf-strewn ground. When I finally wiggled my way to the top, I hoisted my boat on my shoulder, took a deep breath in, and tried to shake it off.Everybody swims, I told myself.At least, that’s what everybody says every time I swim.I sucked in my pride and began walking back to the car, delicately placing each bare foot on the smoothest patch of gravel. I had floated quite a ways downstream, and as the sound of rushing whitewater and voices cheering returned, I increasingly became more self-conscious.DCIM101GOPROEspecially when I realized that I was on the wrong side of the river.A bridge crosses the river, right over Hell Hole and into Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) property. Once you cross that bridge, the entire left side of the river is bordered with a seven-foot barrier of chain link fencing. Of course, I walked up that side of the bank and found myself trapped inside the chain link fencing. No one was around to unlock the gate for me.I sighed. Could this get any more embarrassing?I launched my boat and paddle over the gate, too annoyed to care how much plastic the chain link fence scraped from the bottom. I climbed up and followed my gear, disregarding the incredulous stares I got from the tourists that lined the bank. My skirt snagged on the gate as I jumped down, sending me flying back into the chain link fence instead of landing gracefully on my feet like a cat.As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, a guy with a professional-grade camera and a beefy tripod came walking up the trail behind me.“Man, I caught every bit of that action! Front and center!”I don’t think I even humored him with a reply. I threw my boat on the Go, took off my skirt and PFD, and drove to Knoxville in sopping wet clothes and a soggy attitude to match.###Please, help me feel better about myself and share your “Just one more time” stories. I know you’ve been there, don’t be shy. We can revel in our embarrassment together. But maybe, per this awesome blog post I recently read on 7 Strange Questions That Will Help You Find Your Life Purpose, embarrassing yourself isn’t so bad after all.last_img read more

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Colombia develops air and land radar to fight the FARC and improve security

first_img Using technology to improve public safety The Colombian Ministry of Defense is preparing to develop the country’s first radar systems. The radar systems will monitor air and land traffic, officials said. The systems will be developed by the Corporation of Advanced Technology (CODALTEC). The company is owned by the Colombian Ministry of Defense. The radar systems will improve public safety and help security forces in their ongoing battle against organized crime groups, authorities said. A team of 20 Colombian military engineers and police officers comprise the Research Group for the Development of Sensors and Radars (GIDS). The GIDS is developing the radar systems. When it is in place, the air radar will have a range of 45 kilometers, authorities said. The land radar will have a range of 12 kilometers. Security forces will use the radar systems to detect suspicious aircraft and land vehicles. The radars will be deployed in sensitive areas – near oil pipelines, hydro-electricity stations and in battalions. They will also be used for civilian purposes, such as monitoring speed on roads and mining exploration. “Progress in science, technology and innovation contributes to the development of all societies,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said. “The government is committed to finding better defense and security tools to ensure people’s safety across the country.” Cyber-security Technological innovation in defense and security is becoming a larger part of Colombian industry. In addition to the radar projects, COLDATEC is scheduled to present Markab, the country’s first military simulator manufactured in Colombia, in January of 2014. The Markab simulator allows security forces to operate the military vehicle ASV M1117, which is known as Pegaso. This is a “milestone” that shows how the Armed Forces are working to modernize, creating skills and coming together to protect citizens, Pinzón said. The Markab is a training tool for Colombian Army crews who drive the light armored vehicle. It enables soldiers to simulate military operations and learn how to identify and avoid risks. Markab was developed by a team of 24 engineers and 11 military officers. The simulator will improve crew training “without having to put the vehicle at risk,” said retired Gen. Julio González, the director of COLDATEC, according to published reports. Colombia expects to receive 30 Pegaso armored vehicles in the coming months to add to the 39 purchased in 2008 and used by the Army since the start of 2011. The vehicles were purchased from the U.S. company Textro Marine & Land Systems. The vehicles have been used by military forces in Iraq and Bulgaria. The all-terrain vehicle can transport up to 11 troop members shielded from weapons, artillery and mortar attacks. Military development is ripe for export. According to authorities, it can be adapted to other models with “small modifications” in technological development. A simulator can like the Markab could be sold for about $10 million (USD) on the international market. The development of military technology, for use in Colombia or for the purposes of international trade, is a priority, defense officials have said. The Pegaso light armored military vehiclecenter_img By Dialogo March 27, 2014 Colombian security forces are also working on cyber-security programs authorities said. Security forces are developing tools to guard the country’s sovereignty in the digital world and safeguard the rights of its citizens. Colombian security forces must remain vigilant about improving the country’s technological capabilities, said Íñigo Guevara, a security analyst at the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico City. “The radar project result will enable (Colombia) to have tactical radars. They may not improve on other radars currently available on the international market but the important issue here is technology transfer for developing radars in Colombia,” Guevara said. The Markab simulator will also help train military personnel who use Pegaso vehicles, according to the security analyst. Colombia has the potential to become a leader in certain niche technology markets for defense thanks to the experience gained in combatting the FARC and other organized crime groups, he added. “The Colombian military industry is a successful example of how to take advantage of what is, in other terms, a misfortune – combat,” Guevara said. Some of the most important defense and security projects developed by Colombia in the last three years include: exporting its LPR-40 river patrol boats, the SIMART simulator for unmanned aircraft and the BDA amphibious landing craft. CODALTEC science and technology policies are the same as those at the Ministry of Defense, based on four principles: solving the requirements of security forces, developing technology that is applicable to more than one force, offering products for military and civilian use and being financially sustainable over time. The work that the Military Forces have been doing for the technological development is very good, it was about time since such experienced Forces should offer their knowledge to the world, so that it can be replicated by the countries that need it. Such is the case of the Colombian Air Force who is developing cutting-edge technology for each one of their activities and has surprised us by being the first Air Force in the world to arm a black hawk helicopter, and they have also created different versions such as the Arpia IV; similarly, the technology and simulators for drones, the development of their own drone, the strategic laser-guided weaponry systems and a series of innovations, have provided them with a strategic advantage over enemies and criminals of the FARC and ELN. Colombia is a great nation that deserves all the recognition from the world and we are sure that they will achieve it. I hope they end with the FARC and ELN terrorists that have caused so much harm to the Colombians, such as the recruitment of children to go to war, extortion, kidnappings, targeted death of peasants and indigenous people, forced displacement, blowing up pipelines that harm the environment, bottom line, the crimes are numerous and justify putting an end to this group. We don’t want the FARCs, we want a country at peace, we want respect and dignity for the victims. The work that the Military Forces have been doing for the technological development is very good,. It was about time these experienced Forces should offer their knowledge to the world so that it can be replicated by the countries that need it. Such is the case of the Colombian Air Force who is developing cutting-edge technology for each one of their activities and has surprised us by being the first Air Force in the world to arm a black hawk helicopter, and they have also created different versions, such as the Arpia IV; similarly, the technology and simulators for drones, the development of their own drone, the strategic laser-guided weaponry systems and a series of innovations, have provided them with a strategic advantage over enemies and criminals of the FARC and ELN. Colombia is a great nation that deserves all the recognition from the world and we are sure that they will achieve it. I hope they end with the FARC and ELN terrorists that have caused so much harm to the Colombians, such as the recruitment of children to go to war, extortion, kidnappings, targeted death of peasants and indigenous people, forced displacement, blowing up pipelines that harm the environment. The bottom line is the crimes are numerous and justify putting an end to this group. We don’t want the FARCs, we want a country at peace, we want respect and dignity for the victims. We must keep cracking down on those guerrilla bandits that keep lying. I want to proudly point out the work of our armed forces, but the best radar that Colombia can implement is to end the administrative corruption in order to invest in human talent and infrastructure. Colombian security forces are using a variety of technological tools to improve public safety. For example, in May 2013, security officials publicly presented SIMART, a program which allows authorities to pilot aircraft remotely. SIMART allows security forces to remotely pilot military airplanes in remote jungle regions where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Los Urabeños, Los Rastrojos, and other transnational criminal organizations operate. The GIDS engineers are being trained in radar, equipment and systems development at the Politécnica University of Madrid (UPM). They are also working with two Spanish companies to learn radar production. GIDS will present these two modern radar prototypes in 2015. GIDS engineers will continue to work on the radar systems in Madrid until returning to Colombia in 2016, authorities said. The radar devices are scheduled to be delivered to the Colombian Air Force (FAC) that year. The radar systems will be manufactured at the Apiay Military Base in Villavicencio in the Meta region. last_img read more

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North Amityville Man Convicted of Murdering Girlfriend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A North Amityville man has been convicted of helping an alleged gunman fatally shoot his 30-year-old girlfriend in the apartment the couple shared inside a Halloween supply store three years ago.A Suffolk County jury found Joseph DeFelice, 34, guilty Thursday of second-degree murder, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation.Prosecutors have said DeFelice collaborated with 36-year-old David Newbeck of Massapequa in killing Mandy Jo Jenkins in August 2010 after Jenkins filed identity theft charges against Newsbeck’s girlfriend, Jennifer Russini.Newbeck has pleaded not guilty to the same charges as DeFelice and is slated to be tried separately. Russini is serving prison time for the identity theft and criminal possession of a forged instrument.Police had apprehended DeFelice and Newbeck after each fled the state. Each has been held without bail since being brought back to Long Island to face the charges.DeFelice had given investigators a half dozen different versions of the story of Jenkins’ disappearance before police discovered her remains in North Lindenhurst months after the murder, authorities have said.He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 13 before Judge John Toomey.last_img read more

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PREMIUMActivists demand transparent, accountable ethics investigation into Firli

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here #KPK KPK ethics ethical-violation Firli-Bahuri Activists have demanded that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) supervisory council ensure transparency and accountability in its hearing of a case pertaining to alleged ethics violations of chairman Firli Bahuri, which is set to continue next week.Firli is accused of violating the KPK’s code of ethics by living a “hedonistic lifestyle” following reports of him using a private helicopter on a personal trip from South Sumatra’s capital of Palembang to the city of Baturaja in the same province in June.”All processes in the hearing should ensure transparency and public accountability, in line with prevailing regulations on the KPK and its ethics investigation,” Kurnia Ramadhana of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said.The KPK supervisory council wrapped up its first session on Tuesday, during which it heard testimonies from Boyamin Saiman of… Topics : Facebook Google Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta’s new signing Alex Runarsson inspired by Arsenal legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann

first_imgMikel Arteta’s new signing Alex Runarsson inspired by Arsenal legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 1:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kShares The Iceland goalkeeper began training with Arsenal on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)‘Big characters, big personalities but also great goalkeepers. It is not easy to follow those guys but someone has to do it! ‘Football would be no fun without having this type of pressure so it will be a challenge but I am up for it.’As for current goalkeepers he admires, Arsenal’s newest signing highlighted Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Growing up I always liked the modern style of goalkeepers, the ones who play in a similar style to how I do,’ he added.‘I enjoyed watching Hugo Lloris when he came to the Premier League, playing high outside the box, I also enjoy watching Manuel Neuer because he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world. ‘I am still young so I don’t go back that long but the modern style of goalkeepers who can make saves, but also contribute to the team when they are attacking.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lionel Messi was ‘tempted’ to follow Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal, reveals former agentMORE: Mikel Arteta and Edu react as Arsenal complete Alex Runarsson transfer Advertisement Comment Alex Runarsson wants to emulate Arsenal legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal signing Alex Runarsson has revealed he wants to emulate Gunners legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann.Iceland goalkeeper Runarsson completed his move to the Emirates on Monday, signing a four-year contract with the Premier League club.The 25-year-old had spent two years at French side Dijon and will wear the number 13 shirt at Arsenal, playing back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.Runarsson supported Arsenal growing up and wants to emulate childhood heroes Seaman and Lehmann.ADVERTISEMENTEngland legend Seaman made more than 550 appearances for Arsenal in hid 13-year spell at the club, helping Arsene Wenger win two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.AdvertisementAdvertisementFormer Germany international Lehmann, meanwhile, was an integral member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ which dominated the Premier League in 2003-04.‘They are amazing – I remember watching Seaman play when I was a small kid, the same with Jens Lehmann,’ Runarsson told Arsenal.com.last_img read more

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ESG roundup: Is there a right time for corporate disclosure?

first_imgThe experiment was run twice, once with positive CSR information signalling potential future growth, and then with information giving a potential negative signal about potential future risks.According to the article’s authors, the results suggested that CSR information released at a different time to that for financial data could lead to “asymmetric anchoring” by investors.The researchers found that investors receiving positive CSR information in this way did not react to it, indicating a strong anchor to the evaluations based solely on financial data. When CSR and financial information were disclosed simultaneously investors seemed to include the positive CSR information into their valuations and generate higher firm valuations than investors who received the information sequentially.However, when the CSR information was negative investors responded to it much in the same way whether or not its disclosure was “temporally disconnected” from the financial information.“They almost fully overcome any anchoring effect from initial valuations based on financial information only,” according to the researchers.“Investors’ asymmetric anchoring is induced by differences in cognitive effort invested in CSR information processing, which depends on whether CSR information signals future profits or losses,” they said.Bassen’s co-authors were Markus Arnold, from the Institute of Accounting at the University of Bern in Switzerland, and Ralf Frank of the German Association of Investment Professionals (DVFA). The DVFA provided the access to the investment professionals participating in the experiments, hence the German skew.The article can be found here.Impax to buy US SRI Pioneer PaxImpax Asset Management is to acquire Pax World Management LLC, one of the world’s first socially responsible investors, in a $52.5m (€43.9m) deal.Together, the asset managers would have £10.3bn (€11.7bn) of assets under management.The acquisition made strategic sense because both Impax and Pax were “pioneering firms focused on the transition to a more sustainable economy”, according to a statement.In addition, the companies said there was growing interest among asset owners around the world “in allocating capital to high-growth sustainable investment opportunities, in investment products that take a broad view of risk, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and/or that demonstrate positive, non-financial impact”.Pax was founded in 1971, when it introduced what it says was the first publicly available mutual fund in the US to use social as well as financial criteria in the investment decision-making process.Under the terms of the agreement, Impax will acquire 100% of Pax with an initial valuation of $52.2m, plus additional contingent payments of up to $37.5m in 2021, depending on Pax’s performance.ESG integration expectation surpriseLess than half of investment consultants and investors responding to a CAMRADATA survey said they expected asset managers to have ESG considerations integrated in their investment process. Last year’s survey found half of respondents expecting ESG integration at asset managers.Many investors have proclaimed their commitment to ESG investing and in recent years there has been a strong move in this direction, with companies signing up to measures such as the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment.Sean Thompson, managing director at CAMRADATA, told IPE: “We were surprised that investors were suggesting that it wasn’t as important to them to have ESG integrated, or at least their asset managers to have ESG integrated in the investment process.“Overall it was an interesting one. While there were some undecided as well, it wasn’t clear-cut that people were saying ‘it’s very important’.”He suggested the result may simply be down to this year’s cross-section of respondents.There were 118 respondents to this year’s survey, of which 58% were asset managers and 42% were investment consultants and institutional investors. Most of the asset manager respondents managed money for pension schemes and insurance companies, while three-quarters of the 25 consultant respondents provided services to pension schemes only.The majority of asset managers in the survey said they have ESG integrated in their investment process. The survey can be found here.Beware green bonds’ exposure Green bonds are more exposed to environmentally-related credit risks, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has noted in its latest quarterly review.“While the management of environmental risks extends far beyond green bonds, it is important to avoid the misperception that green bonds are insulated from such risks,” it said. “In fact, among all rated bonds, those with a green label are more likely to be in sectors that are exposed to such risks.”The central bank organisation said that within a universe of corporate debt rated by Moody’s, 13.2% was issued by institutions in industries with moderate or greater exposure to environmental credit risk, and around 2.9% by institutions in industries classified as either immediate or emerging elevated risk.Looking at the industry composition of green bonds alone, however, 22.4% were issued in sectors with moderate or greater exposure to environmental credit risk, and nearly 14% by institutions in industries classified as either immediate or emerging elevated risk.The percentage of green bonds in high risk sectors was four times as much as that for overall rated debt, it said. The timing of a company’s disclosure of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information can make a difference to how that information is valued by professional investors, according to a new academic paper.The researchers concluded that corporate social responsibility (CSR) information “is not always treated entirely rationally by capital market participants”.Alexander Bassen, professor of capital markets and management at the University of Hamburg, Germany, was one of the authors of the paper. He told IPE the researchers chose the term CSR rather than ESG to address the corporate perspective. In academic literature, CSR is often understood as representing the perspective of corporates, while ESG represents the investor. The experiments involved presenting European – mostly German – professional mainstream investors either with CSR information alongside a company’s financial disclosure, similar to an integrated report, or with CSR disclosure in a standalone report “temporally disconnected” from the firm’s financial disclosure.last_img read more

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Text Alerts Keep Kids, Parents on Track For College Prep

first_imgHoosier teens and their parents can stay on top of college preparations through “Trip to College Alerts.” Photo provided by the Indiana Youth Institute.With 83 percent of teens having cell phones and more than half of them texting daily, what better way to keep them informed about what’s necessary to get into college than with texts? According to Kate Coffman, project director for College and Career Counseling at the Indiana Youth Institute, that’s what “Trip to College Alerts” are all about.“For instance, a 10th-grader this month was reminded about the upcoming PSAT and that they needed to register for that,” she cited. “A junior might be reminded about SAT or ACT deadlines. But younger students, we talk to them about the classes they need to take in high school to be prepared.”There is no charge for the service, unless a cell phone plan doesn’t cover texting. Coffman said that to sign up for the alerts, text the word “grad” and the 4-digit year of graduation to 69979.Coffman noted that the “Trip to College Alerts” also are helpful for parents to receive.“Their biggest fear is that they’re going to miss something and that mistake is going to cost their student either the chance to be admitted or the chance to get the financial aid they need to make it possible,” she said.The college prep counselor added that the texts are also a way to help kids who don’t believe they can get to college, to give them inspiration and useful information to make it happen.Coffman said feedback from the pupils in their pilot program was dramatic.“One hundred percent of them would recommend it to a friend and 70 percent of them had clicked through to the different links we provided,” she said. “We even had some of the parents sign up and the parents’ feedback was really positive.”Coffman said more information about the texting service and staying on pace for college is available at TripToCollege.org.last_img read more

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Final wishes: Dearborn Co. woman wants dog alongside

first_imgConnie Lay’s will includes the fate of her dog, Bela. (Image: WXIX-TV)AURORA, Ind. – An Aurora woman’s will is raising questions about what happens to your possessions after you die.Connie Lay recently passed away and her will stipulates that the ashes of her dog, Bela, be spread along with hers.Legally, a pet is considered a possession. However, Bela is alive and well and would have to be put down to make Lay’s final wishes become reality.The German Shepard was scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday but that has now been put on hold.Bela is being housed at the PAWS Humane Center in Lawrenceburg while legal proceedings with the estate are being finalized.PAWS issued a statement Tuesday saying the organization “has no legal right or control over his outcome.”“Bela will not be euthanized at our facility, either by PAWS staff or the Dearborn County Animal Control Officers. If a euthanization decision is reached by the estate, then it will be the responsibility of the estate to make those arrangements elsewhere.”Another option in Lay’s will is to send the dog to a no-kill shelter in Utah.What do you think? Tell us on our Facebook page.last_img read more

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Decatur County judge publicly admonished

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County judge Timothy Day has been publicly admonished by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications following a series of domestic incidents involving weapons.Day ran against Robert Wickens in the 2012 election and was successful in his bid, receiving 61.3% of the vote. Day received his Bachelors from Ball State University. He received his degree from Indiana University’s School of Law. Day served as Decatur County deputy prosecutor for two years, and, following that, as a Decatur County public defender for one year. Since that time, he has worked in private practice.The complete account of the incidents and admonishment:PUBLIC ADMONITION OF THE HONORABLE TIMOTHY B. DAY DECATUR CIRCUIT COURT The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has determined that formal disciplinary charges are warranted against the Honorable Timothy B. Day. However, in lieu of filing formal disciplinary proceedings, the Commission issues this Admonition pursuant to Supreme Court Admission and Discipline Rule 25 VIII E(7) and with the consent of Judge Day. Judge Day fully cooperated with the Commission in this matter and acknowledges he violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Commission admonishes Judge Day for injudicious behavior in his personal life which prompted law enforcement investigations. By engaging in this conduct, Judge Day violated Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct which requires judges to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid the appearance of impropriety. October 1, 2014 Incident:In August and September 2014, Judge Day and his wife (“S.D.”) were estranged and living in separate residences but continued to have regular contact, including eating lunch together often. On October 1, 2014, Judge Day and S.D. had made plans for S.D. to call him later in the morning. By noon, since Judge Day had not heard from S.D., he went to lunch. Before returning to work, Judge Day drove by the Lake Point Apartments, where he knew a man lived with whom he believed S.D. was romantically involved, and saw his wife’s car parked in the lot. Judge Day then returned to work and sent a text to his wife to the effect that he had seen S.D.’s car in the parking lot and was ready to end their marriage. Judge Day continued to text his wife, and this time she responded. Throughout the afternoon, the couple continued to text each other with dramatic texts about the state of their relationship. According to Judge Day, S.D. denied having a romantic relationship with the man who she visited at the Lake Point Apartments and suggested that Judge Day could have stopped by to meet him. Sometime after 4:30 p.m., Judge Day again was in the area of the Lake Point Apartments when he saw his wife’s car behind him. According to Judge Day, he decided to turn into the apartment complex to see if S.D. would actually introduce him to the man whom the judge believed was his wife’s boyfriend. At the time, Judge Day had a loaded shotgun in his pickup. Concerned because of the nature of the texts between the two of them, S.D. called a Trooper she knew with the Indiana State Police on the Trooper’s personal cellphone and conveyed that her husband was going to confront the man she was seeing, and her husband had a gun with him. S.D. then pulled her car into the apartment complex in an attempt to speak with her husband and to stop him from going to the other man’s apartment. The Trooper arrived on the scene within a few minutes (the Trooper was not in uniform as he was off duty at the time of the call, but he was in a marked police vehicle) and observed Judge Day seated in his pickup truck and S.D. standing outside the driver’s side of the truck, and the two were engaged in what the Trooper perceived as a heated conversation. The Trooper told S.D. to return to her vehicle, and he approached the passenger’s side of Judge Day’s pickup truck. He saw a shotgun parallel to the judge’s leg with the barrel of the shotgun on the floorboard next to the gas pedal. The Trooper secured the weapon, unloaded it, and placed it in his police cruiser. The Trooper then went back to talk to Judge Day about the judge’s intent being at the apartment complex and noticed that Judge Day was in a highly agitated state. The Trooper also spoke to S.D. that evening, and she expressed concerns about the judge’s prior conduct with another man whom she had been seeing a year earlier and told the Trooper her husband was very jealous and controlling of her. S.D. later refused to speak to law enforcement but retracted her prior statements when she spoke to the special prosecutor and the Commission. A special prosecutor decided not to file any criminal charges.During the subsequent investigation by the Commission, Judge Day indicated that he always kept a loaded shotgun in the truck underneath the back seat. He further indicated that he moved the shotgun from the back seat to the front seat to place it in plain view when he saw the Trooper arrive on the scene. However, the Trooper never saw the judge move the shotgun, although he was watching the vehicle closely because of S.D.’s report that Judge Day had a gun. Judge Day never informed the Trooper that he had changed the scene by moving the shotgun. December 29, 2015 Incident:By December 2015, Judge Day and S.D. continued to live apart and dissolution proceedings had been filed but not finalized. On the evening of December 29, 2015, S.D. and the Days’ sixteen-year-old daughter (R.D.) came over to Judge Day’s residence so R.D. could get ready to go out with friends. While R.D. went upstairs to get ready, S.D. went to see Judge Day in his bedroom, and the two talked about the marital relationship, including the possibility of reconciliation. Sometime between 8:23 p.m. and 8:42 p.m. that evening, Judge Day received several texts from J.S., a woman Judge Day was dating, and S.D. saw the text notification. S.D. became upset and took Judge Day’s cellphone off the nightstand and proceeded out of the bedroom. Judge Day followed after S.D., demanding that she return the phone and attempted to grab the phone from S.D. The couple continued to argue about the phone. S.D. went down the hallway and threw the phone out the door into the driveway. R.D., who heard the commotion, retrieved the phone and returned it to Judge Day. He then went back to his bedroom, followed by S.D. After hearing a disturbance, R.D. also went into the bedroom. In a statement to a police detective, S.D. indicated that she followed Judge Day back to the bedroom because she was concerned that he might harm himself because of prior statements he had made to her. S.D. has since retracted this statement. In the bedroom, Judge Day picked up a rifle he kept in his bedroom by the barrel. While Judge Day had possession of the rifle, S.D. grabbed the other end of the rifle, and the two engaged in a tug-of-war over the weapon. During the Commission’s investigation, Judge Day stated that he picked up the rifle to move it to his closet. He also stated that his reason for engaging in the tug-of-war with S.D. over the weapon was his concern that S.D. would attempt to take the rifle, which had sentimental value to the judge, out of the house. The couple struggled over the rifle until their sixteen-year-old daughter interceded and grabbed the middle of the rifle. The couple then let go of the weapon, and R.D. left with the weapon through a bedroom door that went to the outside of the property. S.D. promptly began calling and texting other individuals to discuss what had just occurred and to express her concerns about Judge Day’s conduct with guns and his mental state. She later located R.D. on the property, and S.D. and R.D. left the property. S.D. called the mother of a friend of her son to indicate that she was going to pick her son up that night and told the mother, “Tim pulled a gun and it was bad” or words to that effect. When she went to pick up her son, S.D. also communicated to her son’s friend’s mother that she felt like she was between a rock and a hard place and just wanted Tim to get help. S.D. has since retracted these statements she made by text and in various phone calls. The child’s mother, who S.D. had told this information to, is a relative of law enforcement officers and relayed her concerns about the statements to them. Eventually, the information reached the Sheriff who called S.D. on January 7, 2016 to confirm the information. He then referred the matter to the Indiana State Police, who conducted an investigation between January 8, 2016 and January 15, 2016. The results of the investigation were referred to a special prosecutor, but no criminal charges were filed. At no time on December 29, 2015, or even a few days after, did Judge Day call the police to report this incident nor did he inform the Commission that another incident involving a gun had occurred, despite his knowledge that the Commission had investigated the prior October 1, 2014 incident and expressed concerns. The Commission believes that, considering the totality of circumstances of these two incidents, which occurred less than fourteen months apart, Judge Day made several missteps which escalated the conduct and led to more police involvement. By engaging in this conduct, the judge violated his ethical duty to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid the appearance of impropriety, as required by Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. This Admonition concludes the Commission’s investigation, and Judge Day will not formally be charged with ethical misconduct.last_img read more

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Steve Bruce a happy man as Hull start to rise again

first_img “There was doom and gloom for too many months, too many weeks. Thankfully, we’re starting to lift that cloud a little bit. “It is going to still be difficult and we can’t get carried away with it, but we’ve done okay over the last few weeks so onwards and upwards.” Hull will look to take their unbeaten run into double figures when they return to Championship action at MK Dons on Saturday, when Leicester resume their impressive Premier League campaign at West Brom. Claudio Ranieri’s side are unlikely to struggle with fatigue at the Hawthorns given the City boss made 10 changes at the KC Stadium. Amongst those alterations saw Ben Chilwell make his professional debut, last season’s academy player of the year impressing at left-back. “In general, I am pleased with how I performed, but obviously the result is the main thing and it didn’t go our way,” he told Foxes Player. “If we were to win it, it would have been a much better debut, but to make my professional debut is obviously a massive thing for me and my family. “I thought I did well but the result was the main thing and that didn’t go our way, so I am a bit disappointed.” The past six months have been topsy-turvy at the KC Stadium after their latest two-year dalliance with top-flight football came to an end. However, City look well placed to make an immediate return to the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run to a ninth match in all competitions against Premier League high-fliers Leicester on Tuesday. The Capital One Cup last-16 tie went the distance by the Humber, with the hosts triumphing on penalties after back-up goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic denied Riyad Mahrez from the spot. It takes Hull into the uncharted territory and leaves the fans dreaming of a return to Wembley following last year’s FA Cup final appearance. “Look, if you can get a home draw then that’s all you can be thankful for,” City boss Bruce said. “If you’re going to go onto a cup final or cup semi-final, then you have to play who you have to play. “But we know at home that we can give anyone a game, especially when I’ve seen a performance like that and for the last month or so now. “Things are looking better than they were a few weeks ago in the summer, which is good to see.” Dealing with relegation was an understandably difficult period for Hull, but the response has been impressive and the club currently sit second in the Championship. “I think that was important that we needed to go on a run, needed to give everything a lift,” Bruce said of their unbeaten record. Steve Bruce believes the “doom and gloom” around Hull is beginning to lift after making it through to their first-ever League Cup quarter-final. Press Associationlast_img read more

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