“We are in no way telling you that that he is not an evil, bad \. … The deed itself is the crime,” Perlo said. “But there are some things to be considered in sparing his life.” Deliberations began at the Norwalk Superior Courthouse Monday afternoon. The jury asked for a DVD recording of the defendant about two weeks after the deputy’s murder before deliberations ended for the day. The DVD, which featured prominently earlier in the trial, showed a conversation Orozco had with two friends – a fellow gang member and a gang associate – while they were in a holding cell at the Bellflower Superior Court in July 2005. In the taped conversation, Orozco is laughing and joking about the publicity surrounding the shooting. On June 24, 2005, Ortiz was investigating a shooting that occurred a few days earlier when he chased Orozco into a Hawaiian Gardens apartment complex. As the gang investigator reholstered his weapon to talk to one of Orozco’s friends, a young mother with her small daughters and other adults inside her apartment, Orozco aimed his weapon through a crack in the front door and pulled the trigger. Perlo urged the jury not to dismiss the gravity of a sentence of a life in prison. The term penitentiary, he explained, was created on the idea of penitence; of providing a place in modern society where criminals would be forced to sit and consider their actions. “Each of you must decide if each of you is willing to put your finger on the button of death,” Perlo said. The jury is scheduled to return to deliberations at 9 a.m. today. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 499-1261. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most involved in the murder trial thought the panel would need more time to come to a decision on Orozco’s ultimate fate, and whether it will entail a lifetime spent behind bars with no hope of parole or death by lethal injection. The one point attorneys on both sides made clear is the awesome responsibility the jurors now face. Prosecutor Lowell Anger listed dozens of reasons why the penalty should be nothing less than death, noting the calculated murder of Ortiz, a Diamond Bar father of two young boys and newlywed of three weeks, as well as Orozco’s alleged violent criminal history. “What is the appropriate punishment for someone who not only doesn’t show remorse, he revels in his notoriety … whose life is a moral failure \ so much destruction and pain?” Anger asked. Defense Attorney Stan Perlo made no excuses for his client, repeatedly telling the jury his presentation of mitigating factors was not meant to provide justification but merely to explain the circumstances that contributed to the crime, chiefly his client’s indoctrination into the gang lifestyle and his history of drug abuse. NORWALK – Life or death? That decision for convicted killer Jose Luis Orozco was put to a jury of seven men and five women Monday. The same jury took about four hours before finding the 29-year-old Hawaiian Gardens gang member guilty in the ambush murder of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz last month. On March 20, Orozco was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and two weapons violations, as well as several special-circumstance allegations – murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait, murder to avoid arrest, and carrying out the crime to benefit his gang.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is prepared to continue his playing career away from Anfield if he is not offered a new deal by the Merseyside club.The 34-year-old, who is nearing 700 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, is out of contract at his boyhood side at the end of the current campaign and is yet to hold talks over an extension.“I can only worry about this season because I’m only contracted until May,” Gerrard said, in an interview with the Daily Mail.“As it stands at the moment, I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.“We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision. If they don’t come then I will see what’s out there.”Gerrard also leapt to the defence Mario Balotelli, who has come under-fire having struggled to make a major impact at Anfield following his summer move from AC Milan.Among those to have questioned the Italian’s credentials is Gerrard’s old friend and team-mate Jamie Carragher, who labelled Balotelli as a “panic” buy following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona over the summer.Yet Gerrard said: “You have to respect Jamie’s opinion. He knows football but it’s too early to get on Mario’s back.“He just needs time to score the goals he needs to prove to people he is worthy of staying here. I am not going to judge him after 10 games. To come in after Suarez was always going to be a big ask and he’s not feeling sorry for himself. He is working hard, doing extra shooting sessions.“I’ve actually been impressed (with) the way he goes about his work. You hear all kinds of stories and rumours before you meet him, but he does all the work. I like the guy.” 1 Steven Gerrard
TOKYO – Weakened by scandal and failure at the ballot box, Japan’s prime minister announced Wednesday that he was quitting after only a year in office, bowing out amid a political brawl over the country’s aid to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan. The Kyodo News agency, citing unidentified government sources, reported that Shinzo Abe was to seek medical treatment at a hospital today. The Prime Minister’s Office had no comment on the report, but earlier, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano said health concerns contributed to Abe’s decision to leave office. He said Abe’s medical problem was not life-threatening, but refused to provide details. Abe surprised members of his party and even his own Cabinet by deciding to resign only days after he pledged to stake his government on the success of legislation to extend Japan’s naval mission in the Indian Ocean. The nationalist Abe, whose government was severely damaged by a string of scandals and his party’s loss of control of the upper house of parliament in July elections, said someone more politically viable should shepherd the Afghan measure that the opposition is trying to scuttle. A tabloid also has been threatening to publish an article alleging Abe dodged inheritance taxes, Kyodo reported late Tuesday. Abe’s office denied the allegation, the report said. Abe, whose support ratings in opinion polls had sagged to about 30 percent, did not announce a date for his departure. The Liberal Democratic Party said it would use a streamlined election process to choose his successor as party president, reportedly on Sept. 19. The party leader is guaranteed election as prime minister because the party controls parliament’s lower house. Some party lawmakers urged the return of Abe’s charismatic predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi. “Calls for Koizumi were the loudest,” parliament member Masahiko Shibayama told reporters after a meeting of some ruling party legislators. Kyodo said at least 31 party lawmakers signed a petition calling for Koizumi’s return. But lawmaker Gaku Ishizaki told TV Asahi that the former premier had so far rejected the idea of returning to power. Abe’s former foreign minister, Taro Aso, was widely viewed as the front-runner. Aso, a conservative who while serving as foreign minister angered China by calling it a military threat, said it was too soon for him to comment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I decided a quick decision was necessary, and that a further delay would cause political confusion,” he said during a nationally televised news conference. “I find myself unable to keep my promises – I myself have become an obstacle to fulfilling those promises.” Abe, at 52 the country’s youngest postwar prime minister, listed the election defeat and an opposition leader’s refusal to meet with him earlier Wednesday as signs that he could no longer lead. It was clear, however, that Abe’s unpopular government had become a liability for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which is facing increasing calls from the resurgent opposition to hold early elections for the powerful lower house of parliament. Four of Abe’s Cabinet ministers have resigned in scandals, including one who quit this month just a week after being appointed. An agriculture minister committed suicide over a money scandal in May. “It appears Abe finally cracked under the psychological pressure,” said Eiken Itagaki, a political analyst. “He stalled in trying to save his government after the election defeat, and now time has run out.”
Daniel and Majella get ready to hit the road.If you own a B&B and a man comes to your house who looks and speaks like like Daniel O’Donnell, the chances are it will be him.That’s because the singer and his wife Majella yesterday kicked off their six week tour of Ireland’s bed and breakfasts.Daniel and Majella make the mark of their road-trip in the sand.Daniel and Majella are filming their road trip especially for UTV with a series on their travels due to be broadcast later in the year. Daniel got things off to a romantic start when he drew his and Majella’s initials inside a love-heart on a beach yesterday.The couple also took a picture of themselves beside their car which they will be using on their road-trip.The couple’s schedule remains a mystery so they could be coming to stay in your town any day now.Daniel revealed recently how he has signed up to take acting classes in Galway over the summer so they may well be popping along the Wild Atlantic Way. DANIEL AND MAJELLA BEGIN THEIR SIX WEEK B&B TOUR OF IRELAND! was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bed and breakfastsdaniel o’donnelldonegalMajellaroad-trip
Donegal is set to bask in warm and sunny weather this weekend as summer finally arrives in the north-west.Friday and Saturday will be warm and dry with temperatures reaching up to 20C.The sun will be at its best on Friday, with more hazy conditions expected tomorrow. The good conditions will be ideal for the Donegal International Rally as stages are held in some of the county’s most scenic locations.Unfortunately, Met Eireann has forecast a return of the rain on Sunday. The day will remain warm, with temperatures of 15-20C. But heavy and thundery rain is due to arrive in northern counties by Sunday afternoon.Next week looks set to be the hottest week of the year so far. Early forecasts say that high temperatures of 24C are expected during the week.Met Eireann forecasters said: “Latest indications are for very warm and humid weather, with temperatures several degrees above normal, generally into the low 20s, and even a little higher on some of the days later in the week. “Whilst there will be lengthy spells of summer sunshine, some heavy thundery showers will break out from time to time too.”Beach day anyone?If you’re out and about watching the Donegal International Rally stages, don’t forget to follow the Donegal Daily Live Blog at: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/06/20/live-follow-the-2019-joule-donegal-international-rally-on-our-live-blog/LIVE: Follow the 2019 Joule Donegal International Rally on our live blogDonegal heats up for sunny weekend and 24C highs next week! was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Chelsea had the upper hand in the early stages of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.With the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg, Chelsea looked menacing during a frenetic start and might have been awarded a penalty in the opening five minutes.Diego Costa got the better of Mamadou Sakho on the right-hand side and picked out Willian, whose shot was blocked by Lucas with the ball hitting the Liverpool man’s hand as he threw himself in the way.At the other end, Raheem Sterling scampered towards goal after Kurt Zouma had misjudged a long ball, but the centre-back recovered to tackle him after Sterling had gone past Chelsea skipper John Terry.With Terry back in the side after being rested for Saturday’s FA Cup debacle against Bradford, Blues boss Jose Mourinho made a bold decision by retaining youngster Zouma and instead dropping Gary Cahill to the bench.Eden Hazard’s away goal means a 0-0 draw would take Chelsea to Wembley to face Tottenham or Sheffield United in the final – but only if that were to remain the scoreline after extra time. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ake, Ramires, Remy, Drogba. Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Moreno, Markovic, Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling.Subs: Ward, Johnson, Lovren, Lambert, Lallana, Allen, Balotelli.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
6 December 2012South African law firm Webber Wentzel has signed an agreement to enter a collaborative alliance with global law firm Linklaters, starting in February 2013, the company announced on Tuesday.“The alliance will provide clients with a unique advantage in Africa through the firms’ combined experience, know-how and international and on-the-ground resources,” Linklaters said in a statement.The partnerships will allow both firms to expand their African footprint, as well as enable Webber Wentzel to benefit from Linklaters partners in Asia-Pacific, particularly China, India, Korea, Japan and Australia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.Linklaters also has specialist Africa-focused resources at its core offices in London, Lisbon and Paris.The company was ranked the top international law firm in Africa by Chambers Global 2012, an independent guide to global law firms, and has experience in key traditional sectors in Africa, including energy, mining, infrastructure, telecommunications and financial services.“We are confident that this collaborative alliance will further enable us to build lasting relationships with clients in Africa and those outside looking to invest in this dynamic market,” said Linklaters’ firm-wide managing partner, Simon Davies.Webber Wentzel operates in sectors including mining, banking, insurance, media, property and telecommunications and has clients in over 47 African countries.“Our alliance with Webber Wentzel further strengthens our market-leading service through an enhanced on-the-ground presence and the combining of teams of the best local and international lawyers, and underlines our-long-term commitment to clients doing business across the African continent,” said senior partner at Linklaters, Robert Elliot.“Demand for cross-border legal services continues to grow strongly,” said senior partner at Webber Wentzel, David Lancaster. “This arrangement is consistent with our strategy of helping clients whenever they do business in Africa.“There is huge potential for Africa growth – and therefore legal work – in a large and complex market,” he said.SAinfo reporter
Martin’s 10 Rules of LightingGreen Basics: Lighting and Phantom LoadsAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?Future of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyLEDS Could Get A Lot Cheaper Editor’s Note: Lyndon Than is a professional engineer and Certified Passive House Consultant who took a year off from work to design and build a home with his wife Phi in North York, a district of Toronto, Ontario. A list of Lyndon’s previous blogs at GBA appears in the sidebar below. For more, you can follow his blog, Passive House Toronto. This post originally appeared in November 2014. Some Thoughts on Drainwater Heat RecoveryRemovable Basement FloorsWalls, Roof, and an ElevatorDesigning a High-Performance Home RELATED ARTICLES Cree recently announced another breakthrough in LED technology: a commercially available LED with a new level of efficacy: 200 lumens per watt (Lm/W)! This is only a chip at the moment, but it is available for purchase — and this is of great interest to makers of flashlights, at the very least. For actual luminaires, they offer a 2-foot-square commercial unit performing at 150 Lm/W, not necessarily with the same chips — I don’t know. Pretty awesome performance.The complexity of switching to LED lighting keeps surprising me. At first, I began to learn about the three main specs:Efficacy (lumens per watt)Correlated Color Temperature (CCT)Color Rendering Index (CRI) Armed with just these three, one goes shopping for energy-efficient LED replacements or integrated fixtures. Very quickly, we find ourselves surprised at the field of offerings. The first surprise is that all the major manufacturers’ offerings are low-efficacy, offering usually not more than 60 Lm/W. I scoffed at this, in error. The next thing you run into is that there are often no claims of efficacy on some products; and then, frequently, there is no certification label. Never mind the CRI — which hardly ever appeared.Then, we were in Costco the other day and found the Luminus product. It lists all three main specs, and carries all the certifications, and the purchase price (it was a sale) was $5 each. Pretty impressive to find a product with this level of efficacy, at this color, with a CRI of over 85, and at a $5 price.Looking around, we find highly acclaimed products like one from Soraa,which uses a different LED technology — GaN (I assume this means gallium nitride). At 54 Lm/W for the 3000K MR16 bulb, one is not impressed by the efficacy. But look at the CRI — 95% — a figure you just can’t find in the common PC (phosphor coated?) LED technology. BLOGS BY LYNDON THAN Flicker and actual performanceAnd then I discovered LED Benchmark. These are the same guys doing benchmark testing of things like video cards and hard drives. I highly recommend their website, where you can expand your knowledge of LED lighting beyond the three main specs. They also have comparisons between LEDs and halogens. It was there that I found that we can go beyond the factors I had been considering to include flicker and actual performance.Many of the lesser-known product offerings (the cheap ones generally) frequently do not live up to their claims of efficacy, color rendering, or even color temperature. And all those low-efficacy major brands? Often they have sacrificed efficacy for color rendering and reduced flicker. Having purchased a number of LED products now, I can confirm that flicker and CRI are important measures of light quality and should be given significance in the purchase decision. I am now, unlike before, willing to compromise on efficacy to get a light that has no flicker and a high color rendering index.An LED chip claiming a light output of 1,000 lumens — which probably isn’t true.The photo at left shows an LED chip I bought on eBay. It claims a 1,000-lumen output. Using my lab power supply, I found that it consumes only about 4 watts, so I highly doubt the claimed output. The color is warm white, as claimed, but the light quality was terrible — I’m not sure why, but probably the CRI is low and flicker is high.We were very lucky to come across a batch of fixtures on Kijiji [a Canadian classified ad website] and bought about 60 trimless recessed light fixtures. (The two types shown below as Image #2 and Image #3 are RSA brand by Cooper). These usually cost about $200 per fixture plus about $65 per trim ring. Costly when you consider that a house can easily have 100 recessed lights. We got them for about $6 each, so we are installing these. They are low voltage (12V), with a solid-state voltage converter.
Often believed by locals and passersby to be abandoned churches or lighthouses, these lofty towers built of fired bricks can be spotted in and around Kolkata.Not many are aware that these structures, rising 20 m above the ground, were built to undertake one of the greatest surveys in the 19th century — the Great Trigonometrical Survey (GTS) — aimed at measuring the entire terrain of the Indian subcontinent and the great Himalayan mountain peaks including Mount Everest.Almost 200 years after the GTS was undertaken, a group of geographers and archaeologists have surveyed 15 such towers spread around 50 km radius of Kolkata under the project, “Legacies of the GTS in West Bengal.”Keith Lilley, professor of historical geography at Queen’s University Belfast and the principal investigator of the project, said that some towers have survived while some others are soon to be lost forever.“Restoration of these towers is possible and is also important. What is required is an assessment and consolidation of these structures. These structures have been built on firm ground and have survived almost 200 years,” Prof. Lilley told The Hindu.Referring to one such tower located in the southern fringes of Kolkata — the Samalia GTS — he said the tower has nearly collapsed. Half of the tower, run over by vegetation, fell in 2011. Researchers who carried out the fieldwork said the locals believe that the tower was a batighar or lighthouse, erected during the colonial period to keep an eye on the countryside.The Bhola GTS tower near Singur in Hooghly district is thought of as a church by locals. Some locals, however, believe that Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah built the structure to look out for the Marathas, who plundered parts of Bengal in the 18th century.M. Satish Kumar, another professor from the Queens University, said multiple narratives centring around these towers were an equally important part of culture as the towers.“In the earlier times these structures were seen as an imposition of the British Empire on the landscape and were even opposed,” he said, referring to the towers located around Kolkata.Prof. Satish Kumar, however, added that there was not much opposition for such structures in the Madras Presidency where the population “had better understanding about science” and knew what these structures aimed at.Bishnupriya Basak , assistant professor in the Department of Archaeology of Calcutta University, who has also been associated with the project, said that mapping was an essential part of colonial rule but it was through this project that the culture of surveying has been documented in such detail. “It is like surveying the surveyors,” she remarked.There are other fascinating stories about the GTS towers.Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, was named George Everest, the first Surveyor General of India who had described the GTS as “perhaps of itself the most herculean undertaking on which any Government ever embarked.”“George Everest was particularly pleased with the towers erected in the north of the city, now on the Barrackpore Trunk Road, which was referred as Calcutta Baseline for the survey. Interestingly, these towers were built under the guidance of Radhanath Sikdar, a city-based mathematician who played an important role in the survey,” said Rajat Sanyal, also an assistant professor in the Department of Archaeology.In an attempt to highlight the cultural significance of the heritage, an exhibition titled “Legacies of the GTS in West Bengal” will be organised by the National Library, Kolkata, later this month.“There are hundreds of thousands of such towers and trigonometrical stations across the sub-continent and a detailed study can bring more awareness about the collective value of these towers and the significance which GTS has not only for India but for the world,” Prof. Lilley said.