SMC discusses Ferguson in Justice Fridays Series

first_imgSaint Mary’s students and the College’s Justice Department gathered Oct. 17, to reflect on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. The discussion was introduced and facilitated by associate professor of religious studies Stacy Davis as part of the Justice Fridays series held in the Saint Mary’s Student Center.Davis said responses regarding Ferguson can be divided into four sources: residents of the cities of Ferguson and St. Louis, the police shift between Ferguson and St. Louis County, the Department of Justice and social justice groups.Davis said the circumstances in Ferguson raise the question: “What does it mean when police act like military?”Ferguson began to pique to public’s interest when the police “left the uncovered body” of Michael Brown in the streets and began to “cover their nametags with black tape” to conceal their identities, Davis said.She said the public was surprised and appalled by “nonviolent protesters getting gassed in this country.”Davis said the Pentagon should reconsider the consequences before it distributes extra military equipment to police officers.“They are not soldiers,” she said.Davis discussed the significance of the Ferguson and St. Louis County police representations in the media.“The police response to the shootings, in many ways, has been bigger than the shootings itself,” she said.Davis said the issues highlighted during the protests should not wane the same way passing trends do.“We want to keep this in the forefront,” Davis said. “We don’t want people to forget. Last month, colleges across the country have had panels and peaceful protests. [Saint Mary’s] did the same. On our first day of classes, Aug. 25th, there was a nationally renown #handsupwalkout campaign to raise awareness of police brutality and cruelty.”Davis said supporters of the peaceful protest gathered in Ferguson and St. Louis between October 9 and 13 to raise awareness about police brutality.“What happened there affects all of us no matter where our political interests stand,” Davis said.Tags: Ferguson, handsupwalkout, Justice Fridays, militant police force, Stacy Davislast_img read more

Sprinkler care

first_imgBy Kerry HarrisonUniversity of GeorgiaMost Georgia lawns have had plenty of rain in the past few weeks. Take this time now, before the drying heat of summer arrives, to check and fix any problems with your home irrigation.Make sure the sprinkler heads are properly adjusted and not spraying too far out or too close in. Look for signs of broken risers beneath the sprinklers. Sometimes this is obvious: You’ll have a traffic-stopping geyser. A cracked riser will allow water to boil up around the sprinkler.Inspect the sprinkler riser wiper seal, the soft plastic seal around the pop-up riser stem, for leakage. A small amount of water emitting past the wiper seal is acceptable while the system is running. Too much flow-by while a system is operating, though, indicates a damaged seal.Many times people will replace a sprinkler because it leaks between the wiper seal and pop-up stem after the system has turned off. But this leakage doesn’t indicate a problem. If water drains out after the system has turned off and eventually stops, the valve is fine.For spray heads with filters under the nozzle, hold the pop-up stem and unscrew the nozzle carefully. A damaged nozzle may result in an uneven spray pattern. A damaged pop-up stem will result in a poorly performing wiper seal. Remove and clean the filter.To clean clogged nozzles, flush with water or lightly tap on a firm surface. While the filter is out, turn on the irrigation zone and flush out the sprinkler body.Reinstall the filter and nozzle, turn on the zone and recheck for effective coverage. Make all of the necessary adjustments to cover the area properly. While the water is on, inspect the other heads in the zone for proper operation.To clean filters installed under the pop-up stem, unscrew the cap from the body. Don’t allow dirt to fall into the sprinkler body while the riser assembly and cap are removed.The filter is at the bottom of the riser assembly. Remove it and flush it with water. Before reinstalling the assembly, run a small amount of water through the system to flush any debris caught in the sprinkler body.It’s critical that broken or poorly performing sprinkler heads be replaced. When a specific sprinkler isn’t operating as designed or if water is flowing freely because of a worn wiper seal, the performance of all the other heads in the zone is affected. Water flowing unchecked past a wiper seal will cause a loss in pressure and affect the other sprinklers’ performance.Georgia has no mandatory, statewide, watering restrictions now. But there are some guidelines.If your street address is an odd number, you’re asked to water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If it’s an even number, you’re asked to do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. There’s no outside watering on Friday.(Kerry Harrison is an Extension Service irrigation engineerwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

2.2 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Colombian Caribbean Waters

first_img Colombian Coast Guard personnel seized 2.2 tons of cocaine being transported on a speedboat in the Caribbean Sea and arrested the five crew members, one of them Honduran, the Colombian National Navy announced Monday. Units of the Pacific Naval Force located and intercepted the “go-fast” boat, with three outboard motors, when it was at sea near the coast of the Colombian locality of Sapzurro, in the province of Choco. Admiral César Narváez, the commander of the Pacific Naval Force, told AFP that the seizure of the drugs was achieved using intelligence information obtained from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), supplied to the Colombian police. According to that information, the contraband, valued at around US$ 60 million, is believed to belong to the Los Urabeños criminal gang, the Navy’s announcement indicated. The 2.2 tons of cocaine, distributed across 2,200 packages, and the boat’s five crew members were turned over to the local authorities. By Dialogo September 14, 2011last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Jazz said he died from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.Sloan spent 23 seasons coaching the Jazz. The team — with John Stockton and Karl Malone leading the way in many of those seasons — finished below .500 in only one of those years. Sloan won 1,221 games in his career, the fourth-highest total in NBA history.Utah went to the finals twice under Sloan, both times falling to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.Sloan entered the Hall of Fame in 2009. He spent 34 years in the employ of the Jazz organization, either as head coach, assistant, scout or senior basketball adviser.Sloan started as a scout, was promoted as an assistant under Frank Layden in 1984 and became the sixth coach in franchise history on Dec. 9, 1988, after Layden resigned. NFL-PACKERS-ADAMSPackers’ Montravius Adams faces marijuana, driving chargesELKO, Ga. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams was arrested in Georgia this week and charged with marijuana and driving offenses.He was stopped Tuesday on suspicion of driving with a suspended registration and no insurance, according to a Houston County Sheriff’s Office report. It was not immediately clear why police had such suspicions. The report said an officer detected a scent of marijuana, which was found in a search of the car.Adams faces misdemeanor charges of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended registration and driving without insurance. He was released from the Houston County Detention Center on $2,964 bond. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-OBIT-SLOANJazz great and Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan diesUNDATED (AP) — Jerry Sloan, the coach who took the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 on his way to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 78. Star college football recruit charged with attempted murderACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — A high school football player designated as a star recruit for colleges by ESPN is accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.Luke Hill faces charges including attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing gunshots that struck a home in Accokeek, Maryland, on Monday night, according to charging documents obtained by The Washington Post. The home is suburban Washington D.C.Hill, a defensive back who graduated from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore after withdrawing from St. John’s College High during his junior year, had committed to play at the University of Oregon, but Coach Mario Cristobal told The Oregonian that he was cut from their program this spring.Prince George’s County Police redacted the name of the target, but ESPN reported that it was Ishmael Leggett, Hill’s former classmate at St. John’s. Leggett, a 6-foot-4 guard who has committed to play basketball this fall at the University of Rhode Island, wouldn’t comment to the Post, but his next coach expressed relief that the gunshots missed. Adams was a 2017 third-round draft pick from Auburn. He had 19 tackles last year while playing in 14 games and making two starts. He finished with 26 tackles and 1 ½ sacks in 2018 while playing 16 games and making one start.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL awaits players’ vote before discussing what comes nextUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is taking a major step toward formulating the remainder of their season. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as they return to play format. Results of the vote could be in as soon as Friday night.Under the proposal plan, the top four teams in each of the Eastern and Western Conferences would play each other for seeding while the remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16. That would mean byes for Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia in the East and defending champion St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas in West. NFL-CATHOLIC BISHOP-TOM BRADYNew England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom BradyPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he’s with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former Patriots quarterback while praising Brady’s former boss for raising more than $1 million for coronavirus relief by auctioning a Super Bowl ring.Tobin tweeted – “Bob Kraft is auctioning a Super Bowl ring for charity,” Tobin tweeted. “Very admirable indeed. But is it true that Tom Brady bid on it because he knows it’s the only way he’ll get another ring?” May 22, 2020 Even if the executive board votes to approve the format, the league and players union still need to negotiate other details, including health and safety protocols. But the format is a substantial piece of the return to play puzzle to award the Stanley Cup this season.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—The Arizona Diamondbacks have started individual workouts as baseball begins a measured return to play from the coronavirus pandemic. A small number of players worked out at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Salt River Fields, their spring training facility about 20 miles away in Scottsdale. The players were separated as much as possible to follow league-mandated guidelines, and the workouts were cleared by Major League Baseball.—The governing body for Texas public high school sports says it will allow on-campus summer strength and conditioning programs as the state gradually eases rules put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The University Interscholastic League canceled its spring sports championships, which were interrupted just as the boys’ basketball tournament was getting started in March. Schools have been closed for about two months.—Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton raised over $200,000 for COVID-19 relief during an 11-hour radiothon. Connaughton was on the air on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison throughout the day Thursday. He was joined on air at various times by Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo and Kyle Korver as well as coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst and co-owner Marc Lasry. —Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he thinks college football will return on schedule with some level of fans in the stands. Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators. But the state rules have so far not touched college sports.—A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the 2022 college baseball season. Under the proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July.—The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines.—The Southeastern Conference is allowing voluntary athletic activities to occur on each of its campuses starting June 8, at the discretion of each university. SEC officials noted the workouts would take place “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.”The SEC had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to the pandemic.FOOTBALL RECRUIT-SHOOTING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of a college admissions bribery scheme, but a judge has not decided whether he’ll accept the deals they made with prosecutors.The famous couple appeared on separate screens during their video hearing, both sitting with a lawyer, showing no emotion as the prosecutor detailed their crimes and making no comments other than to answer questions from federal judge Judge Nathaniel Gorton.Under their proposed deals, Loughlin, 55, hopes to spend two months in prison and Giannulli, 56, is seeking to serve five months. But the judge said he will decide whether to accept the deals after considering the presentencing report, a document that contains background on defendants and helps guide sentencing decisions. Update on the latest sports Brady won six championships in 20 seasons in New England before signing a free agent deal with Tampa Bay.Tobin proudly touts in his Twitter profile that he’s a Pittsburgh native. That prompted a couple of people to reply that Brady has a better chance at another ring than Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more