DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa alternative fuel engine manufacturer has reached an agreement with an irrigation pump maker in California to make the world’s first ammonia-powered irrigation pump system.
The system will help meet California’s new strict emissions requirements scheduled to go into effect in 2010, the companies said.
Hydrogen Engine Center of Algona said Tuesday it’s working with Corcoran, California-based Sawtelle & Rosprim to integrate HEC ammonia-powered engines with Sawtelle’s pumps “to complete a prototype system for testing and evaluation.” The prototype system will run 24 hours a day.
The sytem will be tested during California’s 2007 irrigation season. If testing is successful, HEC plans to begin selling ammonia-powered irrigation systems in California in 2008. more
BAGHDAD, Sept. 19 — The chief judge in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein was removed from the case on Tuesday after he said last week that Mr. Hussein was “not a dictator,” government officials said.
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq decided to remove the judge, Abdullah al-Amiri, because he had “hurt the feelings’’ of Kurds and many other Iraqis with comments that seemed to support Mr. Hussein, according to Bassam al-Husseini, one of the prime minister’s advisers.
Mr. Husseini said the judge has been reassigned to other cases. Mohammed al-Uraibiy, another member of the five-judge panel that has been hearing Mr. Hussein’s case, will take over as chief judge.
Last week, a court prosecutor demanded the judge be removed for showing bias toward Mr. Hussein and letting him harangue witnesses.
Can the Prime Minister do this? Can you imagine Bush removing a judge because he thought the judge was bias? ‘Splain this to me? How is this a democracy, again?
A friend sent me this link. I wonder if she (Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex in the City) listens every week or just every now and then?