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Taxi driver jailed 18 years for raping child

first_imgAfter being convicted and placed on remand for little over two months for the rape of a minor, 41-year-old Morris Johnson was on Friday handed down a sentence of 18 years behind bars by Justice Brassington Reynolds.Jailed: Morris JohnsonJohnson was found guilty of the charge by a 12-member jury back in July, after being on trial before Justice Reynolds at the Sexual Offences Court at the Demerara High Court. Johnson was slapped with the charge, which detailed that between August 12 and August 13, 2017 in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16.The probation revealed that several persons in Johnson’s neighbourhood firmly believed that he was involved in such acts; however, his wife described him as a “hardworking and caring” husband, who cares for his family.Attorney Keoma Griffith in a plea of mitigation told the court that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family, is a father of two, and is currently expecting a third child. This, he asked the court to consider when handing down the sentence.However, State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs contended that a sentence be passed on Johnson, which will deter others for committing such an offence and also given the negative impact the experience had on the victim.As such, Justice Reynolds imposed the aforementioned sentence while informing that the convict will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.last_img read more

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Pasadena among top 5 ‘cleantech’ cities

first_imgAnything from biofuels to renewable energy falls under the cleantech requirements. SustainLane Government sought out cities that had funded cleantech incubation centers or energy start-ups. Caltech funds and assists Pasadena’s environmental projects with its nonprofit organization Entretech, located on its campus. Entretech works with a network of investors to offer support to cleantech start-ups. Additionally Old Pasadena’s Idealab generates, funds and hosts companies with new innovate technology-related ideas. It has produced more than 50 different companies. “We have a whole host of companies that have been quite successful and have looked to challenge the status quo in their particular area,” Bridwell said. The company’s most recent developments have been in robotics and solar energy. “It’s a tight-knit community that is interested in making technological solutions work,” Bridwell said. Heartland Resource Technologies in Pasadena develops formulations using soybean protein as adhesives for construction products to replace petroleum-based adhesives. “We’re less expensive and one of the benefits is that we’re reducing formaldehyde,” said company CEO Frank Trocino. “A lot of these investment groups are looking for green technologies.” Warren Karlenzig, chief strategy officer of SustainLane Government, said Pasadena could reach a No. 1 ranking in the future. The city is just starting to get involved with applying clean technologies. Further involvement from the city and the state would help Pasadena get higher cleantech rankings, he said. “So far the state of California has only thrown its weight behind Berkeley as a cleantech cluster,” Karlenzig said. SustainLane Government has been a resource that the state and local governments have referenced. It has a large sustainability knowledge base and networks with similar cites. This is the first cleantech listing that this Internet and media company has done. “We’ve had incredible recognition in this anywhere from scientists and companies to state local leaders. We think we nailed it pretty well,” Karlenzig said. For more information on the cleantech ranking visit www.sustainlane.us/articles/cleantech.jsp. SustainLane Government, a company that specializes in nationwide surveys and environmental information gathering, named Yelena Ovcharenko can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2705.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pasadena ranks among the top five cities in innovative, environmental-friendly technology, according to a national research organization. Pasadena the No.4 “cleantech” city in the U.S., mainly because it is home to the California Institute of Technology, Idealab and the Pasadena Angels. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is in adjacent La Ca ada Flintridge. “We all share in the excitement of being a part of community that has that kind of interest,” said Teresa Bridwell, spokeswoman from Idealab. Cleantech refers to products and services that develop cleaner technology by reducing the use of natural resources and offer a cleaner, less wasteful alternative to traditional products and services. last_img read more

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Getting a handlebar on diplomacy

first_imgCAMP DAVID, Md. – Camp David, a venue for war-planning and Mideast peace negotiations, is also set up to handle a little bicycle diplomacy. Before they took a private ride around the presidential retreat, President George W. Bush and Danish President Anders Fogh Rasmussen traded self-deprecating remarks about their pedaling prowess. Bush, who turns 60 in July, joked that he would finish his talks with the 53-year-old Danish leader after biking and lunch “presuming he doesn’t ride me into the ground.” “It’s important to have good weather today because the prime minister’s going to give me a mountain biking lesson after this news conference,” Bush said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The tall, lean Fogh Rasmussen humbly replied: “I’m looking forward to exploring Camp David in even greater detail on bike. It’s going to be hard work, I know that. But I will do my very best to keep up with you, Mr. President.”last_img read more

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VIDEO: Portuguese youngster hits stunning volley in U-21 European Championships

first_imgSpain booked their place in the semi-finals of the U-21 European Championships after beating Portugal 3-1 on Tuesday evening.La Roja claimed the Iberian derby bragging rights, but Portuguese substitute Bruma stole the show with a stunning volley.Saul Niguez and Everton target Sandro Ramirez gave the Spaniards a two goal advantage before Bruma hauled his side back into the game.Spotting his chance to strike, the RB Leipzig youngster beautifully connected with the ball after a Portuguese set-piece was cleared from danger.Watch the stunning strike below…. Who cares about losing when you score stunners like this! 1last_img read more

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MacLOCHLAINN CALLS FOR URGENT REVIEW OF CUTS TO DONEGAL LEADER FUNDING

first_imgPádraig Mac Lochlainn, TD has described the massive cuts to LEADER Programme funding in Donegal as disastrous for communities across the county.Padraig Mac LochlainnHe has called on the Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Alan Kelly to urgently review these massive cuts and to work with his Government colleagues in implementing a parallel funding programme to adequately compensate local communities for this “serious and devastating financial loss.Deputy Mac Lochlainn was responding to the announcement by Ministers Alan Kelly and Ann Phelan in which it was revealed that LEADER Programme funding in Donegal, for the next five years, has been cut from €21 million in the previous programme down to just under €13 million. Some parts of Donegal including Inishowen will see their funding halved.He said “This massive cut represents a disaster for communities across Donegal.“It is beyond me how any government Minister can stand over such a move while claiming to be acting in the best interests of rural towns and villages throughout Ireland. It is a disgrace that Government TDs are now spinning this as a positive development”.“The reality is that this move will have devastating consequences for local development programmes throughout Donegal. Local Development Programmes will face the possibility of closure. Local development workers, many of whom are already on short-term and protective notice, face the prospect of losing their jobs. “Donegal is now on the verge of losing the vital contribution these organisations make in terms of fostering rural jobs, enterprise and social inclusion initiatives. The move completely undermines local rural development strategies in Donegal and furthers the erosion of the community-led ethos that has made these programmes so successful.“These huge cuts represent yet another phase in this government’s sustained attack on rural Ireland.”He concluded that he is now calling on Minister Alan Kelly to urgently review these massive cuts and to work with his Government colleagues in implementing a parallel funding programme to adequately compensate our local communities for this serious and devastating financial loss.MacLOCHLAINN CALLS FOR URGENT REVIEW OF CUTS TO DONEGAL LEADER FUNDING was last modified: March 23rd, 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)last_img read more

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Fancy getting free fuel for your first 10,000 kms of driving?

first_imgIt’s not often you get free fuel to keep you going for your first 10,000 kilometres.But that’s exactly what you’ll get from Donaghey Van Centre in Letterkenny.The company has a huge number of vans for sale with a large range of new and pre-owned vehicles available. Included amongst the range is the new Talento From €18,495 + vat and the Talento is available in SWB,LWB,Crew Cab and Combi.The amazing offer on the free fuel for your first 10,000 kms is available up until December 30th this year.So what are you waiting for?Get down to Donaghey Van Centre today where your driving (at least the first 10,000 kms) is absolutely FREE! See more at www.donagheyvancentre.comFancy getting free fuel for your first 10,000 kms of driving? was last modified: November 21st, 2016 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)last_img read more

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McKinleyville High to celebrate 2019 HOF class

first_imgMcKinleyville High School announced its 2019 Hall of Fame class earlier this week.The 1985 Girls Basketball team, Kevin Weaver (class of 1999) and Courtney “Cuffee” Bunch (class of 2007) will be celebrated Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the school’s multi-purpose room. In addition, the inductees will serve as the grand marshals for the homecoming parade  on Friday at noon and will be introduced prior to the start of the Football game at 6:15 p.m.The highly acclaimed 1985 Girls Basketball team …last_img read more

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Study Details Health Risks of Insulation and Air-Sealing Products

first_imgA group of organizations promoting energy-efficient housing has published a report on insulation and air-sealing products, concluding that chemical emissions from some commonly used building materials can pose long-term health risks. A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials comes from a group called Energy Efficiency for All and is based on research by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the International Living Future Institute, the Healthy Building Network, and others. Although written specifically for those working on energy upgrades for affordable multifamily projects, the recommendations should be useful across the building industry, the authors said.RELATED ARTICLESInsulation ChoicesAll About Indoor Air QualityWorrisome Chemicals Lurk Even In Green BuildingsA Free Online List of Questionable ChemicalsFresh Warnings on a Class of Common Chemicals The benefits of insulating and air sealing are clear, the report said, but upgrades also can introduce a variety of chemical hazards, including halogenated flame retardants, formaldehyde-based binders, isocyanates, and phthalate plasticizers. “The health effects of these chemicals include reproductive and developmental impacts, carcinogenicity, and the ability to cause or exacerbate asthma,” the report notes. “Moreover, some of these chemicals persist and accumulate in the environment and in people and thus can have broad-reaching, long-term impacts.” The health ranking for various types of insulation and air-sealing products favors fiberglass and cellulose insulation over foam insulation, especially foams that are mixed on site. It also recommends acrylic-based sealants with low levels of volatile organic compounds over modified polymer and polyurethane sealants that typically contain phthalates and other chemicals. The potential for chemical emissions is key because Americans spend an average of 90% of their time inside, the report says. Chemical components of insulation and air-sealing materials also pose threats to the workers who manufacture, install, and dispose of the products. Researchers blamed the problem on a weak regulatory environment, misconceptions about chemicals in building products and their impact on health, and a lack of disclosure about chemical content. A 1976 law on toxic substances grandfathered some 62,000 chemicals without any evaluation, for example, and in the 40 years since then the Environmental Protection Agency has required health testing on only about 200 of them. “Chemicals are assumed safe unless proven otherwise,” the study says. “And even for restricted chemicals the actual restrictions can be minimal.” Ranking building insulation The report includes rankings for building and pipe insulation, ranging from the very best to the very worst products on the market. Researchers liked expanded cork board the best, but also included loose-fill fiberglass, dense-pack fiberglass, spray-applied fiberglass and fiberglass batts in the same “green” category. Also recommended, although not as highly, were fiberglass batts, cellulose and cotton batts, loose-fill cellulose, dense-packed cellulose, and wet-blown cellulose. At the bottom of the rankings were spray polyurethane foam (the worst) and extruded polystyrene (XPS). In the middle were mineral wool batts and boards, polyisocyanurate, and expanded polystyrene (EPS). Similarly, the report recommends formaldehyde-free fiberglass pipe insulation over polyethylene foam or elastomeric foam pipe insulation. “Not all products toward the top of the ranking are expensive or limited in availability,” it notes. “Commonly used fiberglass and cellulose insulations are some of the highest ranked from a health perspective, and have the lowest installed cost for any given R-value. While the R-value per inch is higher for many foam products, the R-value per dollar is not.” Air-sealing products Air-sealing products that are applied wet emit “chemicals of concern” as they dry or cure, the report says, so solid forms of sealants are usually better choices. General recommendations include: Caulk-type sealants are better than spray-foam sealants. Foam sealing products that are not reacted on site are better than those that are. Avoid products with phthalate plasticizers. Look for acrylic-based sealants with low levels of volatile organic compounds. For HVAC sealing, use foil-backed butyl tape. Avoid products that are marketed as antimicrobial. The best sealants from a health standpoint were, in order, non-combustible sodium silicate caulk, expanding polyurethane foam sealant tape, acrylic latex sealant, siliconized acrylic sealant, and intumescent acrylic firestop sealant. The three worst were one-component polyurethane sealant (at the very bottom), one-part polyurethane spray foam sealant, and modified polymer sealant. These contained a variety of chemical components with an impact on health, including organotin catalyst, phthalates, halogenated flame retardant, and isocyanates. The Environmental Protection Agency also has raised health concerns about spray polyurethane foam and suggests that people with a history of skin conditions, respiratory allergies, or asthma may want to consider alternatives. How do you know what you’re buying? The report discusses the potential health consequences of using building products that contain certain chemicals. But the authors acknowledge that it’s not always easy for consumers to know exactly what they are buying. “Even as we seek safer alternatives to harmful chemicals in building products, we at the same time need content transparency so that we can know what chemicals comprise a given product,” the report says. “Unfortunately, chemical transparency has been difficult to secure. Manufacturers often cite proprietary concerns, face complex supply chains, or simply fail to recognize the need to disclose detailed material information.” When a number of similar products are on the market, it’s easier to gather information about what’s in them. But it’s more difficult to evaluate a single, “one-off” product when the contents are not fully disclosed. As a result, the report could not recommend some promising products, such as non-isocyanate one-part spray foams. The authors suggested that the industry take a number of steps, such as urging manufacturers to be more transparent about what goes into their products. Builders also should support the development of healthier products so they get to market as soon as possible, and get involved in industry-wide discussions about the problem. Once manufacturers see a demand, the authors note, they develop new products that can meet both health and energy performance criteria. This post was updated with a new photograph on Jan. 3, 2018.last_img read more

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Lessons in Creativity From Pixar’s Top Creatives

first_imgLearning from the best is a good way to learn a lot quickly. Take the time to digest these excellent lessons in creativity from Pixar’s top people.Learning how to be more creative, how to handle creative teams, and to steward your work to it’s best creative potential is a challenge. Undoubtably, Pixar Animation Studios, knows how to overcome these challenges better than most. In this roundup we’ll get insights from some of Pixar’s top people, including President Ed Catmull and Monster’s University first-time director Dan Scanlon.In the video above you can get a taste of what it’s like to be inside a Pixar story meeting – an extremely collaborative and spontaneous place, where they practice what Pixar calls ‘Plussing’. This is the idea taken from improv comedy that every offer is accepted and added to, making the final idea a much better version of it’s first incarnation. I also talk a bit about applying this idea in my eBook on being a freelance creative.In a much more interesting new book, Creativity Inc., Ed Catmull shares his thoughts on how overcoming the ‘unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration’ has made Pixar so phenomenally successful. For a taster of how Pixar’s ‘Braintrust’ functions to keep their films on track and the creative environment healthy, check out this extended excerpt from Creativity Inc. over on Fast Co Create.A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Our decision making is better when we draw on the collective knowledge and unvarnished opinions of the group. Candor is the key to collaborating effectively.Lessons Learned from Making Monster’s UniversityIn this fascinating 40 minute Google Talk, Monster’s University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae share their journey in making the film. In another excellent article from Fast Co. Create the two share a ton of great advice for working in creative teams, that they themselves learned from Pixar head honcho, John Lasseter:I feel like one thing John [Lasseter] does well is he is a great cheerleader and a great supporter of people,” says Scanlon. “He keeps people enthusiastic and he inspires them to do even better. I think that shows in the films that the company has made over the years. Sometimes those films go through some dark phases, where they’re really not working, and it’s important to have someone like John who always goes back to the beginning. When things aren’t working, he says, ‘When we came up with the idea for this, I heard this thing, and the heart that’s in there. I know that that’s still there.’ He reminds you why you started, and I think that’s such an important thing.Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling For Creative SuccessPixar’s storytelling abilities are at the heart of their creative, critical and commercial success. In what has evolved as an Internet gem, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted 22 rules of storytelling that she had picked up during her time in the halls of Pixar. Those 22 tweeted rules have subsequently been turned into a collection of inspiring slides by Dino Ignacio. You can check out all 22 rules in their original tweets here on PremiumBeat or as Pixar art slides over on Fast Co Create.What is great about so much of the advice in the 22 rules, is that it informs the process of creating a great story, more than what that story should be. This makes the advice applicable in so many diverse creative scenarios that can all involve polished storytelling. If you want to go into a lot more depth than 22 sets of 140 characters, then multi-media storyteller Stephan Vladimir Bugaj has put together a free 75 page ebook, analysing the wisdom behind each of the 22 story nuggets. You can download it directly here.My own more in-depth analyses are moored in the original statements, and make use of additional concise statements to grab the reader’s attention and direct them from idea to idea.That’s exactly how you structure any story: A series of simple hooks followed by details that enrich and deepen the original idea, enticing your audience to keep taking each next step along the path from premise to conclusion. Ultimately, my own analyses are themselves intended to get you thinking about the enumerated aspects of storytelling presented in the series, not as the be-all and end-all of story doctrine.Lastly, to round out this section on Pixar’s storytelling magic, you might find it helpful to print out this great infographic and stick it on a wall where you can see it often. It’s a 5 point distillation of a TED talk by Pixar director Andrew Stanton, on what he thinks are the key ingredients to any great story. Download a print resolution copy here.The Most Difficult Creative Decision of AllOne of the most inspiring, and challenging aspects of Pixar’s creativity is their ruthlessness when it comes to protecting the quality of their final product. If it’s not right, they’ll stop, figure out what’s not working and then start over.These restarts have happened before, on Toy Story and Ratatouille and most recently on the in-production Good Dinosaur. Pixar’s president Ed Catmull shares his thoughts on why this is such a critical decision to commit to, and that really, more people should make it too.Right now, since Disney Animation has Frozen, which has a shot at becoming a billion-dollar movie, they’re elated. Meanwhile, at Pixar, after a lot of work we’ve had to say, “You know, Good Dinosaur doesn’t meet our standards, so we’re going to restart. It’s a promising idea, but we need to rethink the team.” That’s painful, but it’s a pain we own.last_img read more

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News Corp Elevates India Business

first_imgRupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is restructuring its Asian broadcast business, significantly elevating the profile of its STAR India business.The group’s Asian broadcast business is being segmented into STAR India, STAR Greater China and Fox International Channels.STAR India will run 19 channels and manage News Corp.’s interest in seven ventures. STAR Greater China will oversee five Chinese language channels and two joint ventures. Fox International Channels combines 37 channels including Star World and National Geographic Channel. Related Itemslast_img read more

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