Vandals target Barry Brodd’s former home after testimony in Derek Chauvin’s defense

first_imgSanta Rosa Police Department via Facebook(SANTA ROSA, Calif.) — The former Northern California home of an expert police use-of-force witness who testified last week for the defense in the Derek Chauvin murder trial was targeted over the weekend by vandals, police said.Police in Santa Rosa, California, said the vandalism occurred early Saturday morning at the former home of Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa Police Department training officer, who moved out of the residence several years ago and no longer lives in the state.“Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.Police were called to the home just after 3 a.m. by the new homeowners, who told officers they were awakened by a group of people dressed all in black, who threw a severed pig’s head on their front porch and splattered blood on the front of their house, officials said.“It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” the police statement reads.About 45 minutes later, a statue of a giant hand outside the Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall was also found coated in blood, police said. The vandals also left a sign in front of the statue that included a picture of a pig and the words “Oink Oink,” police said.“The suspects were seen fleeing the area and matched the descriptions of the suspects who vandalized the house,” the police statement reads.Brodd, a consultant on police practices and use of force, testified Tuesday as a paid expert witness for the defense.He testified that his review of the evidence in the high-profile case led him to the opinion that the type of force Chauvin used on George Floyd was justified and that the former Minneapolis police officer “was acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd.”Brodd’s opinion countered several Minneapolis Police Department use-of-force trainers and top department officials who testified that the amount of force Chauvin used on Floyd was excessive, unnecessary and not written anywhere in the agency’s policies and practices.“That action is not de-escalation,” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified during the trial, which heads into closing arguments on Monday. “And when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and when we talk about our principles and the values that we have, that action goes contrary to what we are talking about.”Brodd testified that his career as a police officer spanned 29 years, the majority of it with the Santa Rosa Police Department.Following Brodd’s appearance at the Chauvin trial, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro issued a statement slamming the testimony.“Mr. Brodd’s comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department,” Navarro said in his statement, adding that Brodd has not worked for his agency since 2004.Brodd could not be reached on Sunday for comment.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New Web tool tracks H5N1 testing of US wild birds

first_imgAug 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced yesterday the launch of a Web site that allows the public to view current information about testing of wild birds for H5N1 avian influenza.The site, available at, is part of a database and Web application housed at the US Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., according to a press release yesterday from the USGS. The Web application, called HEDDS (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System), allows scientists to share information on sample collection sites, bird species sampled, and test results.”HEDDS provides a critical comprehensive view of national sampling efforts at a time when the demand for this type of information is increasing, along with the growing interest in HPAI surveillance efforts in wild birds,” said project leader Joshua Dein, VMD, MS, of the USGS Wildlife Health Center.The national wild-bird surveillance plan, released in March 2006, is part of US efforts to prepare for a potential flu pandemic. The plan includes five strategies for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Sample numbers from three of these will be available on HEDDS: live wild birds, subsistence hunter-killed birds, and investigations of sick and dead wild birds. The other two strategies involve domestic bird testing and environmental sampling of water and wild-bird droppings.Agencies, organizations, and policymakers involved in avian flu monitoring and response can access the database. Scientists can use the data to assess risk and refine monitoring strategies if H5N1 avian flu is detected in the United States. Public access is more limited but includes a map showing the number of samples collected in each state.The 2006 surveillance year runs from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2007. So far this year, 9,590 wild-bird samples have been entered into HEDDS. No cases of H5N1 have been detected. Most of the samples are from Alaska because it is the first US stopover for birds from Asia and other continents where the H5N1 virus is present. Federal officials announced on Aug 9 that surveillance efforts had expanded to the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands.A map on the new USGS site shows that 9,327 birds from Alaska have been tested so far this year, with only a few from most other states.  Last year officials tested just 721 birds from Alaska and none from most other states, another map shows.The goal of the surveillance program for 2006 is to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples from wild birds and 50,000 environmental samples, officials have said.HEDDS was produced by the National Biological Information Infrastructure Wildlife Disease Information Node, part of the USGS National Wildlife Center. Several agencies are financially supporting the system, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the USGS, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Participants include state wildlife agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations.See also:Aug 24 USGS press release on Web site tracking H5N1 testing of wild birds 9 CIDRAP News story “US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska”last_img read more

Croatian island products deserve a much better way of promotion

first_imgBy the way, the Croatian Island Product (HOP) is an excellent project aimed at promoting original island products, and was launched 12 years ago. As these are authentic island products, each with its own unique story, I enthusiastically quickly clicked to watch the new promotional video. But let’s go in order… But the enthusiasm quickly faded and turned into disbelief. Disaster is a mild word for the new HOP promotional video, which certainly deserves much better promotion and interpretation. In order to come to life on the market, a quality label must have strong visibility and recognizability, especially of the local population who must live with it and recommend and communicate to tourists about the importance and quality of HOP. The promotional video, if it can be called that, in accordance with new trends in production, was made in Croatian and English. As they point out from the Cluster, to agree that on all ships, catamarans and ferries of Jadrolinija in passenger salons the promotional Video Hop will be released and the video will be forwarded to all Tourist Boards, Croatian Tourist Board and CNTB branches abroad, all for promotion unique brand “Croatian island product”. So far, more than 300 manufacturers have received the HOP label for almost a thousand products from 24 islands (Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Pag, Krk, Lastovo, Dugi Otok, Rab, Cres, Losinj, Prvic, Ugljan, Mljet, Solta, Zirje, Pasman, Iz, Murter, Olib, Kornat, Rava, Silba, Zlarin) and the Pelješac peninsula. Unfortunately, the video is anything but promotional, so the question is how is it even possible, today in 2019, for someone at that level to record a video of such low quality and without any story. It would be interesting to find out what the cost of video production is. Croatian island products, as I mentioned above, each has a unique and authentic story – therefore, storytelling at its strongest. But… On the other hand, Jadrolinija connects the islands and it is impossible to reach the islands without them. Therefore, they are an excellent medium because tourists have to wait to reach the island by ferry. The key words are: they have time and we have their attention, and they have nothing to do. However, in addition to broadcasting the mentioned promotional video, it might be more efficient to find brochures and posters about HOP, as well as for Jadrolinija to sell HOP products, and not to sell mostly foreign products within the cafe on the ferry. Every tourist who comes to the island must see the sign of HOP on the ferry and get acquainted with the story. Island products on which he runs and rides. By the way, during the year HOP organizes fairs on the waterfront as well as on the main square in Zagreb. But, unfortunately, it has not yet become a recognizable brand on the market, especially for foreign tourists. Just one banal example, on arrival on the island there are no signs, banners, billboards, etc.… ways of communicating, branding and connecting with the sign of HOP. Like threads in destinations. Here, the landlords have a big role, so that those who are in direct contact tell the story to the guests, and if they have a bed & breakfast, to offer one of the HOP products. center_img HOP products are a story we should be proud of and this is exactly what tourists want to experience and taste. This is our comparative advantage and added value of a tourist product. Of course, in addition to the tourist segment, it should certainly be emphasized that the local economy on the islands is encouraged, employs local residents, which directly affects the rest of the population on our islands. In the wilderness of the Internet, today I was attracted by the news about a new promotional video for the project Croatian Island Products – HOP. These are food (wines, brandies, liqueurs, olive oils, cheeses, desserts, fish, salad marinades, jams, honey), cosmetics and clothing products, as well as souvenirs and intangible heritage. I emphasize once again that this is a great project, but unfortunately it is a miracle that in Croatia we do not know or do not want to, because we certainly have the knowledge to sell great stories and create added value. In today’s time and global market competition, where everyone is fighting for the attention of every guest, it is simply inadmissible to make such a production bad mosaic promotional video, which has long been overtaken by time and trends. Business Cluster Association “Croatian Island Product” in cooperation with “Art Film” from Matulji, under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds that co-financed the production of a new promotional video. Also, Jadrolinija was the sponsor of the video, and the realization of the same was helped by the Tourist Board of the City of Korčula. Find out more about Croatian island products here Source / Photo: otocniproizvod.hrlast_img read more

Canada’s new prostitution law

first_img3News 5 June 2014Canada’s attorney-general has unveiled a law that makes it legal to sell sex to individuals but illegal to buy it, after the high court struck down an anti-prostitution law.The new law switches the focus of criminal charges from sellers of sex to potential buyers, and prohibits advertising sexual services.“We’re targeting Johns and pimps, those that treat sexual services as a commodity,” Justice Minister and Attorney-General Peter MacKay.He said the measure would endeavour to protect communities as well as vulnerable people, “and recognises the inherent dangers associated with prostitution.”Under the law, penalties will range from a $1,000 fine to 14 years in prison.The Supreme Court in December struck down key provisions of the original law that effectively criminalised prostitution, saying that they endangered prostitutes. read more

USC meets Pac-12 foe Washington in weekend series

first_imgThe Trojans improved their record to 12-9 after their midweek 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. Coming into that game, the Trojans were desperate for a win, having lost their previous four games in miserable fashion.Redshirt junior infielder Stephen Dubb takes a swing against Washington on Thursday. Jonathan Wong | Daily Trojan“The offense going out and putting up a three-spot in the first was big,” sophomore pitcher Austin Manning said to to USC Athletics. “It being my first start of the year, there were obviously a few nerves, but them doing that helped me just focus on going out there and doing my job.”Now, USC turns its attention to Washington for a weekend series. The Huskies are currently tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 with an 11-10 overall record on the year and a 4-2 conference record. The Trojans, meanwhile, are tied for sixth in the conference despite posting a better overall record than the Huskies. Furthermore, after their most recent victory against the NCAA’s top ranked team in the country, Oregon State, the Huskies are entering this game with a ton of momentum. After losing their first two games in their series against the Beavers, the Huskies ended the Beavers’ 15-game winning streak in the third game with an impressive 8-4 victory. “I’m just happy for our guys,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said to University of Washington Athletics. “We’re a little beat up and we were short-handed today. That is a great team, so this is a good win for us.” On paper, this should be a pretty evenly matched series. Both the Trojans and Huskies post similar batting averages — .240 and .252, respectively — and a similar on-base percentage; the Trojans’ .336 just shy of the Huskies’ .340. However, the Huskies do have a slight advantage in ERA compared to the Trojans. As freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt and company proved in their no-hitter against Utah earlier in the season, the Trojans’ pitching staff is capable of rising up to the occasion. Junior shortstop Chase Bushor is a player to watch in this series for the Trojans. After freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez sustained injuries, Bushor has stepped in and made an instant impact on this Trojan offense. He currently bats .317 on the season and has looked equally impressive in the field. Meanwhile, junior Mason Cerrillo is the player to watch for the Huskies in this series. On the year, he’s batting an impressive .393 in 56 at bats.The Trojans took Thursday’s series opener 1-0 courtesy of a go-ahead solo shot by redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta in the eighth inning. “It felt good [to hit the homerun]. I was just trying to stay inside the ball and get a good piece so it felt nice,” Armenta said after the game. “It was a good win on Tuesday, and it was just important to get back on track and keep playing good baseball.”Heading into the game, Armenta was batting .220 on the season with 4 RBI’s to his name. He batted ninth in the lineup, and Hubbs seemed satisfied with his performance and the depth of his lineup after the game.“[His homerun] was big,” said Hubbs. “He’s been scuffling a little bit, but he’s been starting to swing a little bit better. Hopefully it’s a good sign to come.”The Trojans pitched a shutout in Thursday night’s game as freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt pitched seven innings, allowing no runs on only three hits. He looked in control for most of the game, throwing eight strikeouts on the day.“As poorly as we pitched the past week and half that’s how well we pitched the first two games this week,” Hubbs said. “I’m pleased I thought Kyle was strong for seven innings. His first time on short rest.”After Thursday night’s victory, the Trojans improved their record to 13-9 on the season and 3-4 in the Pac-12. The next game will take place on Friday night at 6 p.m. and the following game will be a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more