Teen gets 5 years for armed robbery

first_imgOne day after an 18-year-old teen told the court that he committed the robberies because he was hungry and had no money, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Quacy JupiterPrincipal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus handed down the sentence on Tuesday to Quacy Jupiter of Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.He was slapped with five charges when he made his first court appearance, however, he only admitted to robbing two persons while denying the third. He had also denied being in possession of an illegal gun and ammunition when Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus had read the charges.The Magistrate sentenced Jupiter to two and a half years for each of the charges to which he pleaded guilty. The sentences will run concurrently, hence, he will only spend two and a half years behind bars.The first charge stated that on August 1, 2019, at Louisa Road, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Robert Rollins of a number of items which collectively totalled $43,000.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he robbed Ulric Bristol of a quantity of items valued at $63,000.The third charge stated that he robbed Roxanne Daniels of two mobile phones and $15,000 in cash, totalling $131,000.It was further alleged that on August 1, 2019, at Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .32 revolver and four matching rounds of ammunition without being a licensed firearm holder.The matters were reported and a search was carried out in a room in which the suspect was occupying where the stolen articles were found.Jupiter was then arrested and taken to the station where he was positively identified by the victims as the perpetrator. As such, he was charged for the offences.last_img read more

In Mali, Mud Hut Upgrades Are Nixed by World Heritage Label

first_imgI’ve never been there, but according to a recent article in the New York Times (sorry if I am relying on this paper too much for inspiration), the city of Djenne, Mali, is a veritable museum of historic mud brick buildings. Among them is the Grand Mosque, the largest mud brick, or adobe, building in the world, originally built in the 13th century and replaced with the current building in 1907.In addition to the mosque, there are hundreds of mud brick homes in current use that, according to the city’s World Heritage site designation, may not be updated. This apparently restricts owners from making improvements such as tiling floors, adding windows to rooms that have none, and installing showers or even screen doors. These restrictions have created quite a backlash, including a riot in 2006 following an initial restoration survey.Tourist-driven urban planning?In recent years, the city has developed serious sewage problems, as there is no central sanitary system. This, along with open trash dumps in the area, caused tourists to complain to UNESCO, who warned the city that it was at risk of losing its World Heritage site designation.Apparently this designation is important to the tourism industry, which is a major source of income for the area. So, while in theory, the city welcomes the designation, the program prohibits many changes to buildings, including many interior renovations. One house is described as having a room that measures 6 feet by 3 feet, without any windows; under UNESCO regulations, the room cannot be changed from its grave-like current design. While I appreciate the efforts to avoid losing historic buildings, since when does tourism trump the right of people to improve their homes? Man, I’m starting to sound like a libertarian!I feel their painI imagine that these residents hope to improve their living conditions through home improvements, which apparently they are restricted from doing. While I make no claims that my problems with the local historic commission compare to the challenges of the residents of this World Heritage site, there are some similarities.They just want to make their homes comfortable, clean, and safe, but by doing so they run afoul of regulations. In my historic district, things I want to do that will create a higher-performance, more sustainable home are restricted, due mostly to pressure applied by a small but vocal minority in the neighborhood.While I believe that effective laws and regulations help maintain a safe and comfortable living environment, many of those laws and regulations are out of date, are counterproductive, and often lead to poor solutions that benefit no one.Is there a solution?Obviously, having no regulations isn’t the answer, but neither is more regulation necessarily a suitable solution. Some neighborhoods have elected not to seek historic designations, leaving more options for homeowners choosing to build or renovate than those living in areas that have been designated historic. I haven’t seen that being in a historic district implies better or more appropriate design; rather, it tends to satisfy that vocal minority and its particular tastes.Historic committees are made up of people who are fallible and, like most groups, tend to make decisions that comprise a range of compromises (not unlike our federal government). I’m not sure that there we will find solutions that will satisfy me and my local historic commission, or the citizens of Djenne and the administrators of the World Heritage designation. Maybe we can find a benevolent dictator to take over and judge with a fair hand. Any volunteers out there?last_img read more

Complex Three-Dimensional Air Flow Networks

first_imgA lot of discoveries and research work over the past four decades have led to our current understanding of air leakage in buildings. I’ll mention a few here, but I want to focus on one: the MAD AIR paper by John Tooley and Neil Moyer. The full title of the paper was, Mechanical Air Distribution And Interacting Relationships. The first letters of those words spell out MAD AIR.A bit of pressure testing historyIn classes that teach people some basic building science (e.g., BPI Building Analyst, HERS rater), pressure testing is one of the most important topics covered. We teach people how to do blower door tests, duct leakage tests, and a little zonal pressure diagnostics. We show them how duct leakage or closed doors can create pressure differences. And we make the connection between air leakage and comfort, health, durability, and efficiency. But where did all this come from?Home Energy magazine published a nice article on the history of the blower door back in 1995. First developed in Sweden in 1977, the blower door came to America a couple of years later. By 1986, there were 13 companies making this invaluable tool.Also in the late ’70s, Gautam Dutt and his colleagues at Princeton University combined pressure testing with infrared imaging. They called themselves the House Doctors, diagnosing home performance problems and prescribing air sealing remedies. Dutt is also gets credit for discovering the “thermal bypass” while studying heat loss in New Jersey townhouses. RELATED ARTICLESBlower Door BasicsReturn-Air ProblemsAll About Furnaces and Duct SystemsKeeping Ducts IndoorsSealing DuctsResidential CommissioningIs It OK to Close Air Conditioner Vents in Unused Rooms? The 1980s were an exciting time to be doing this research because the new tools gave energy auditors a way to find out what was really going on in our buildings. At first, though, the focus was on air leakage through the building enclosure. They were looking for holes that robbed homes of conditioned air or brought in unwanted unconditioned air.Tooley and Moyer’s MAD AIR researchIn the 1980s, John Tooley and Neil Moyer had a small company called Natural Florida Retrofit, Inc. They were doing pressure testing and fixing homes in central Florida, a hot, humid climate where pretty much everyone has an air conditioner. By the ’80s, those air conditioners were mostly of the central type, with ducts running through attics, garages, and crawl spaces.Tooley and Moyer wrote the MAD AIR paper in 1988, documenting their findings from 371 single family homes. They first found the infiltration rate of the homes (see Image #2, below). Then they looked at what happened to the pressures between inside the home and outside when they did crazy things like turning the air handler on or closing bedroom doors.What they found was that duct leakage can have a big effect on the pressure in a home. They also found that closing bedroom doors can have a big effect. And they correlated these issues with the airtightness of the homes. Here are some of the main takeaways from their paper:Return leakage outside the enclosure causes the house pressure to go positive, which results in conditioned air leaking out.Supply leakage outside the enclosure causes the house pressure to go negative, which results in unconditioned air leaking in.Closing doors to bedrooms that don’t have return vents causes the main part of the house to develop negative pressure and the bedrooms to go positive.If you’ve taken any type of building science class, this should sound familiar. For example, we have sayings for numbers 1 and 2 above: Return leaks blow; supply leaks suck. Now you know where it comes from.One of the most important aspects of their paper was that they saw the implications of these problems. They wrote, “These factors can be major contributors to (1) excessive energy consumption, (2) poor thermal comfort, (3) degradation of building materials and (4) indoor air quality problems (i.e. homeowner health to the possible extent of illness, grave sickness and even death).” They discussed the role of mechanical systems in backdrafting and mold growth, the effects of homeowners closing registers to unused rooms, and more. This was groundbreaking work!Tooley and Moyer weren’t the first ones to do this kind of work. They cite a couple of earlier papers on infiltration and air conditioners. (See page 5 of their paper.) But I believe they may have been the first to put all this together and see how important it was to deal with the mechanical systems and their effect on house pressures and air leakage.At the 2016 Affordable Comfort conference in Austin, I had the honor of moderating a couple of sessions called Insights from Home Performance Veterans. The speakers were Gary Nelson of The Energy Conservatory, David Keefe of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and John Proctor of Proctor Engineering. They shared a lot of great stories of those early days when we learned so much about how buildings work, including Tooley and Moyer’s MAD AIR work.Lstiburek takes it furtherAnd then there’s Joe Lstiburek, who had been doing a lot of building science work during the ’80s as well. He pushed the airtight drywall approach, studied backdrafting, and did a lot of other work to understand the building enclosure.The MAD AIR paper by Tooley and Moyer was an important part of his doctoral research. His PhD thesis is called Toward an Understanding and Prediction of Air Flow in Buildings. The first people he thanked in the acknowledgments were his advisors. The second two mentioned were Tooley and Moyer. Here’s how the abstract begins:“This thesis makes two fundamental arguments in the analysis of air flow in buildings:buildings are complex three dimensional air flow networks driven by complex air pressure relationships; andthe key to understanding air flow in buildings is the building air pressure field.”In short, he took what Tooley and Moyer started and turned it into a full academic exposition of pressure and air flow in buildings. He worked through the pressure differences that drive air movement between indoors and outdoors, often going through interstitial spaces (a word he used 127 times in his thesis).We all owe a big debt of gratitude to the building science pioneers who helped lead us to our current understanding of these principles. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Vaporware Allegations Latest HP/Autonomy Twist

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Settling the latest shareholder suit from Hewlett-Packard’s Autonomy debacle should be easy. All HP has to do is show that it has actually built some marketable software out of the $10.3 billion acquisition. The question is, where is that software?Stanley Morrical isn’t convinced such software exists, so last week he sued HP in Federal court in San Jose, CA, accusing the company of fraud. Morrical is not buying HP’s claims that Autonomy executives duped it into buying the British software maker last year through “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures.” HP has asked US and British regulators to investigate for criminality.HP’s Alleged Cover UpHP says it will take an $8.8 billion write off from the purchase of Autonomy, most of it due to paying too much for Autonomy because of alleged shenanigans with Autonomy’s accounting prior to HP’s acquisition of the UK company. But Morrical says all of these allegations are covering up HP’s incompetence in failing to upgrade Autonomy’s software and release it as a sellable product.“In an effort to conceal their own gross mismanagement, fraudulent conduct and potential exposure to securities claims, HP’s officers and directors have blamed the entirety of the $8.8 billion write-down on accounting issues,” Morrical’s lawsuit says.HP did not respond to a request for comment.The suit’s allegations stem from HP’s announcement in November 2011 that IDOL 10, a major upgrade of Autonomy’s IDOL 7, was ready. In general, IDOL software searches, organizes and manages all data within an enterprise. The upgrade included integration with HP’s data analytics application, acquired that same year with the purchase of Vertica.Where’s IDOL 10?While claiming to have IDOL 10 ready, HP actually had nothing to sell, Morrical is accusing. Essentially, he claims, IDOL 10 was vaporware.“You go out in the market and say it’s available and it’s not,” Aron Liang, an associate at the San Francisco law firm Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, which is representing Morrical, said. “So either they knew it and they’re lying or they don’t even know what they’re selling, which in some ways may even be worse.”David Schubmehl, a tech analyst for International Data Group, said he was briefed on IDOL 10 in June. However, Schubmehl says he hasn’t talked to any companies using the software.“I can’t confirm that anyone is actually using IDOL 10,” Schubmehl said. “However, I have had briefings about that back in June and it certainly seemed to be part of their big data offerings.”In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, an HP spokesman declined to comment on the status of IDOL 10.The suit also accuses HP’s leadership of corporate waste and failing to meet their legal obligation to act in the best interest of shareholders.Buying AutonomyHP made the accounting allegations against Autonomy in November of this year, roughly a year after agreeing to buy the software maker. Other tech companies and industry experts have said Autonomy was overpriced.The deal was brokered by HP’s then-CEO Leo Apotheker, who was ousted months later and replaced with ex-eBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman.Whitman, who was on the HP board when the Autonomy deal was approved, takes no responsibility for the purchase and believes HP shouldn’t either. But shareholders aren’t buying it. Others who have filed suits over Autonomy claim they are the real victims and they want their day in court.In the case of Morrical, he also wants to see some real software come out of the deal. If HP has it, then the company shouldn’t have any trouble showing him.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. antone gonsalves Tags:#HP center_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

New Series: Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth

first_imgThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunesand our website. Return to article. Long DescriptionIt is estimated that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday [1]. Most perpetrators of child sexual abuse are often family members or close friends of the family. However, one interesting statistic is that one third of child sexual abuse cases are perpetrated by children under the age of 18, categorized as child-on-child sexual abuse [2].Child sexual abuse can be a very tough topic to discuss. It is important to prepare families and professionals with strategies to keep kids safe and thriving during childhood and youth.According to the CDC [3] it is imperative to recognize the prevalence of child sexual abuse and its consequences which can lead to issues later in life like drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, suicide, and other issues highlighted in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research.The National Child Traumatic Stress Network [4] stresses that whether this abuse is perpetrated by an adult or another child or teen, we must be aware of the trauma, both immediate and long-term, that can bubble to the surface disguised as unfavorable social and emotional reactions.The answers to the questions below will help you better understand what to look out for if sexual abuse and trauma has occurred:What are normal sexual behaviors in children and youth?How do we determine types of behaviors that are concerning or problematic?How are children and families affected by concerning sexual behavior?To address this topic, MFLN Family Development is offering the upcoming Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth series.Join us May 22, 2019 for our webinar, “Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth” which will be facilitated by Dr. Shelley Martin, a child abuse pediatrician and US Air Force Colonel.  Dr. Martin consults in cases of child maltreatment, child abuse, and neglect to all branches of the Armed Forces.RSVP for the May 22 webinar at militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/29419Also included in this series are Anchored podcast episodes.We are thrilled to have Dr. Gregory Leskin of the UCLA National Center for Child Trauma and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Military and Veteran Families Director as one of our guests focusing on helpful information for both parents and professionals working with children.Bookmark our “Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth” series page so that you will know when we update it with podcast episodes and additional resources.*Revised on 9/10/19 to reflect series title changeReferences[1] Townsend, C., & Rheingold, A.A., (2013). Estimating a child sexual abuse prevalence rate for practitioners: studies. Charleston, S.C.,Darkness to Light. Retrieved from http://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/PREVALENCE-RATE-WHITE-PAPER-D2L.pdf. [4] The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2019). Effects of Child Sexual Abuse. Retrieved from: https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/sexual-abuse/effects [2] Finklehor, D., & Shattuck, A. (2012) “Characteristics of Crimes Against Juveniles.” Crimes Against Children Research Center. Retrieved from: www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV26_Revised%20Characteristics%20of%20Crimes%20against%20Juveniles_5-2-12.pdf. [3] Center for Disease Control (2016). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/index.htmlCDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fviolenceprevention%2Facestudy%2Findex.htmllast_img read more

Wine tasting experience with Matthew Jukes

first_imgMatthew Jukes is returning to Canberra to host the 2013 Wine Dinner in conjunction with the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard.The dinner will be held at Old Parliament House on Friday, 8 November from 6.30pm.This is a unique opportunity to taste some of the season’s best wines and meet the wine makers from Brindabella Hills, Capital Wines, Clonakilla, Collector, Eden Road, Four Winds, Gallagher, Mt Majura, Nick O’Leary and RavensworthTickets are now available for purchase via the website below for $150 per person or a table of 10 for $1400 – www.vinnies.org.au/matthew-jukes-dinner-act.For more information on the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event please click on the article below. Related LinksVinnie-Yard Wine Dinnerlast_img read more

$1 Billion for Social Housing in 63 Constituencies

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the programme will comprise three modalities – the provision of indigent housing; relocation of vulnerable communities; and the upgrading of Tenements/‘Big Yards’. “This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” Dr. Clarke said, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives today (March 7). The Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme across all 63 constituencies. The Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme across all 63 constituencies.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the programme will comprise three modalities – the provision of indigent housing; relocation of vulnerable communities; and the upgrading of Tenements/‘Big Yards’.“This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” Dr. Clarke said, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives today (March 7).He also informed that the Government is increasing its allocation to the Jamaica Integrated Community Development Project by 41 per cent or $627 million in 2019/20, and will spend a total of $2 billion on this project this year.“This project contributes towards increased community safety and violence prevention in 17 economically vulnerable and socially volatile communities and enhances access to basic urban infrastructure and services, including sanitation, water and electricity as well as youth development programmes,” Dr. Clarke said.In addition, the Government is increasing its allocation to the Poverty Reduction Programme by 174 per cent or from $349 million to $558 million in financial year 2019/2020.This project is the fourth phase of a programme supporting poverty reduction in Jamaica through grant funding from the European Union, the largest provider of grants to Jamaica.last_img read more

Manchester Uniteds worst start in 26 years

Manchester Uniteds worst start in 26 years

first_imgJose Mourinho’s warning before the new season appears to have been justified with two losses in their first three games.Jose Mourinho was the voice of pessimism coming into the season, complaining his team had not reinforced enough to mount a title challenge.No help came at the transfer deadline, but the Red Devils opened their season with three points against Leicester City in a scrappy 2-1 victory.Whatever optimism that may have emerged from that victory has quickly been replaced by concern as United have now been defeated in their next two games.A surprise 3-2 defeat to Brighton, who are expected to be in the mix for relegation, put United into a precarious position. And Tottenham has now pushed them further toward the brink, hammering the Red Devils 3-0, at Old Trafford no less.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.A second-half opener from Harry Kane and a brace from Lucas Moura put United to the sword and sent them tumbling down into the bottom half of the table after three games.The start is the worst Manchester United had suffered since the 1992-93 season, 26 years ago, when the club also lost two of their first three contests but went on to win the League.last_img read more

Pardew opened up on his failure at West Brom

Pardew opened up on his failure at West Brom

first_imgAlan Pardew was selected as the coach that was supposed to save West Bromwich Albion but he failed and the Baggies were relegated to the Championship the previous season and the coach was sacked before the end of the season.The former Newcastle and Crystal Palace coach spoke about this experience as he claimed, according to Birmingham Mail: “(The taxi incident) was damaging in so much that prior to that trip – which was meant to be a team-bonding trip – we had a fantastic result against Brighton and we had beaten Liverpool in the cup with their strongest team.”“Suddenly, I felt we were there. I thought we were going to make it really tight for everybody else.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“The Barcelona thing was a terrible incident.”“The players let themselves down, they let the club down and they let me down.”“From that moment forward, we never got results.”last_img read more

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

first_imgScotland international Callum Paterson reveals he wants a more attacking role with the national team.The former Hearts man who was played as right back during Scotland’s 4-0 win over Albania revealed he would prefer to be deployed in a more advanced position for Scotland in future.Paterson has been playing in attack for his club Cardiff City in England this season and was moved into defence after the withdrawal of both Stephen O’Donnell and Kieran Tierney due to injury.Paterson said, according to Evening Times:“It’s not my favourite position. I like to attack. I was a bit exposed on Satur-day night. It’s not the best for me, but I’d do whatever is asked for me for the country.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It’s a massive thing to get called up for your country and even bigger to play. I’ll always be happy to pull on that jersey. I’ve loved being back. I hated being out in the international wilderness.”“But I’m an attacking player. I love going forward and scoring goals. I got 10 goals last year and only started playing just before Christmas.”“I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but it shows I can get in the box and cause problems. That’s me scored three goals in four games in the Premier League.”“Having said that, it’s massive for the manager to trust me and know I am capable of doing that. I had it mentioned a few times. I am a Jack of all trades, master of none. It’s not great to hear, but hopefully I can nail down a place in the future.”“I haven’t quite done it for Cardiff yet, but I am getting there and I’d love to do it for Scotland as well. But I know when it comes to international football it’s sometimes a case of needs must.”last_img read more