“Sharky” committed to stand trial for murder of overseas-based Guyanese

first_imgWayne Anthony Chester, called “Sharky”, of 236 Section C, Block Y, Diamond Housing Scheme, was on Wednesday committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court for the 2017 murder of Purcell Moore at Craig Village, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Wayne ChesterChester, 24, was on trial before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When the matter was called, the Magistrate ruled that sufficient evidence has been presented before the court to establish a prima facie case against Chester.The charge alleged that on December 20, 2017, at Craig, EBD, Chester murdered Purcell Moore, a resident of the village, during the course of a robbery.According to reports, Moore was returning home from a shop when he was confronted by armed men.Dead: Purcell MooreIt was reported that an argument erupted between Moore and the suspects, which resulted with a scuffle, during which several rounds were discharged at Moore and the men fled the scene.The injured man was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Chester is the third person to be charged with the murder of Moore. Kevin Persaud, 21, of 14th Avenue Diamond, EBD and Selwyn Dawson, 21, of Kaneville, EBD were already charged for the heinous crime.In May, Chester was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Magistrate Rondel Weaver for a number of crime-related charges.The charges alleged that on January 6, 2019, at Conciliation Drive, Tucville, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and being armed with an unlicensed gun, Chester robbed Bowen Cromwell of $512,600 in cash and jewellery.On the same date and at the same place, he also allegedly damaged two car parts valued at a total of $85,000, which belonged to Cromwell.Chester was also charged with discharging a loaded firearm with intent to wound Cromwell, having a pistol in his possession without being the holder of a firearm licence, and being in possession of unlicensed ammunition.last_img read more

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Man City, Liverpool look for fresh impetus after stumbles

first_imgJurgen Klopp’s team, who face a tricky-looking trip to West Ham on Monday, were unable to fully capitalise, held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester the following evening.Adding to the intrigue, Tottenham, for many weeks on the fringes of the title race, are now just two points behind City despite being without the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli.AFP Sports picks out some of the main talking points ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.Can Liverpool conquer nerves?Liverpool looked on course to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League when Sadio Mane gave them an early lead against Leicester but they were pegged back and had to settle for a draw.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds fans at Anfield after his side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester © AFP / Paul ELLISJurgen Klopp’s men are five points clear of Manchester City with 14 games to go but former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand suggested nerves are already playing a part at Anfield.“That is something Klopp will have to address,” said the BT Sport pundit. “You don’t want to see nerves at this stage, this is early.“I think they looked nervous, the crowd were nervous and it fed into the players.”Can Man City recover fear factor?Manchester City lost 2-1 at Newcastle despite a goal for Sergio Aguero © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYManchester City enjoyed more than three-quarters of the possession against Newcastle but still ended on the losing side — their fourth Premier League defeat of the season.Guardiola’s team appeared to have put December’s wobble behind them and had smashed in 29 goals without reply in all competitions going into the match at St James’s Park.Their past three league defeats have come in games in which they have taken the lead, a run the manager will be desperate to end.Spurs look to Son for inspirationMauricio Pochettino admitted he did not want Son Heung-min to play the full 90 minutes of his side’s 2-1 win against Watford on Wednesday but circumstances forced his hand.Son Heung-min was Tottenham’s danger man against Watford © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISThe South Korean, playing in his first match since returning from the Asian Cup, was the standout player against Watford and netted their crucial equaliser.Pochettino knows how much he needs Son in the absence of Kane and Alli, even if he is aware of the need to avoid burnout.“He finished very tired, with some cramp,” said the Spurs boss, whose side host Newcastle on Saturday.“We’re going to see if he can recover for the next game. If he’s OK maybe he’s going to be in the starting eleven, if not on the bench.“For sure if we need him, he’s going to help the team.”Pressure builds on SarriChelsea’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth on Wednesday left them outside the Premier League’s top four.Maurizio Sarri (right) saw his side humbled 4-0 by Bournemouth in midweek © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKThe Blues were unbeaten in their first 18 competitive games under Maurizio Sarri but they have lost five out of their past 12 league matches and are finding goals difficult to come by.Sarri, who held a lengthy dressing room inquest at Bournemouth, has questioned the mentality of his players and his own ability to motivate them.New on-loan forward Gonzalo Higuain needs to start scoring quickly for the misfiring team and has a golden chance to open his account at home to bottom club Huddersfield on Saturday.Can United break into top four?Manchester United, away to Leicester on Sunday, were sixth when manager Jose Mourinho was sacked in December. Now they are… sixth.Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof scores the equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Burnley © AFP / Paul ELLISSix consecutive league wins under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before Tuesday’s draw against Burnley mean United have closed the gap to Chelsea and Arsenal to just two points after being 11 points off the top four when the Portuguese was dismissed.The progress under the interim boss has been stark. But fans will be anxious to see concrete proof that they are heading in the right direction.FixturesSaturday (6pm unless stated)Tottenham v Newcastle (3:30pm), Brighton v Watford, Burnley v Southampton, Chelsea v Huddersfield, Crystal Palace v Fulham, Everton v Wolves, Cardiff v Bournemouth (8:30pm)SundayLeicester v Manchester United (5:05pm), Manchester City v Arsenal (7:30pm)MondayWest Ham v Liverpool (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (right) will be seeking to apply pressure on Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 1 – Manchester City have another chance to ratchet up the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend as both teams seek to recover from disappointing midweek results.Pep Guardiola’s defending champions, who host Arsenal on Sunday, had the opportunity to cut Liverpool’s lead to a single point on Tuesday, at least temporarily, but slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Newcastle.last_img read more

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Everyone is pining over MB tree deal

first_imgA 40-foot-tall Italian stone pine tree that pitted neighbor against neighbor and prompted a lawsuit last year in Manhattan Beach will stay rooted. Under terms of two settlements reached recently, the city Wednesday trimmed back the tree and its owner will construct a retaining wall separating the Chestnut Avenue properties. Plaintiff Steven Zukotynski and his wife filed suit in August 2006 against next-door neighbor Marilyn Beaumont and the city of Manhattan Beach, claiming the tree’s thick roots prevented them from building on the lot next door. The Zukotynskis asked for damages, removal of the tree and a declaration that the city’s tree preservation ordinances are unconstitutional. In addition to funding the tree’s trimming, the city will pay an arborist to watch over it during construction, allow Zukotynski to follow his original building plans and ante up a $3,500 credit toward his building permit fees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Nobody wins,” said Richard Knickerbocker, an attorney for Zukotynski. “It’s a shame, the whole situation is a shame. It probably wasn’t a settlement that made either party really happy.” Under a separate deal, Beaumont must pay for a new retaining wall to run between her property and Zukotynski’s. Beaumont’s homeowners insurance will cover the costs, but she still felt caught in the middle of a larger dispute over a city ordinance and a tree that was planted long before she bought her home in 1983. “The stinky part was this was a result of the city, and I’m the one who ends up paying and getting screwed more or less,” she said. “All they had to do is give him their permits.” The lawsuit centered around a set of ordinances Manhattan Beach first established in 1993 that require city permits for landowners to remove any tree in town. After Zukotynski said Beaumont’s tree interfered with his home’s construction plans, Beaumont applied for a permit but was turned down. Zukotynski himself appealed the decision to the Planning Commission and City Council, which both upheld the denial. Staffers last year halted construction on the project after they said Zukotynski ignored their request that he pay for an arborist who would examine the tree and protect it and its roots during construction. But despite getting a good trimming Wednesday, the pine is still unsafe because of its size, age and location, Knickerbocker said. Tree protection ordinances like Manhattan Beach’s are growing more commonplace nationwide, and often value trees over people’s rights and safety, he added. “What’s going on with this tree thing across the country, I think, is a little crazy,” he said. Manhattan Beach City Attorney Bob Wadden acknowledged that Manhattan Beach’s tree protection ordinances are strong, but said they are by no means the most aggressive in the South Bay. “This case was a good example of conflicts between development and protecting trees,” he said. In a move unrelated to the suit settlement, the Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday headed toward stronger tree protection in town. The council increased fines for illegal removal or damage to trees, basing penalties on the appraised value of the tree with increases based on the number of offenses. The city also will investigate the possibility of licensing tree trimmers to ensure their qualifications, and improve education and outreach to the public about tree preservation. andrea.woodhouse@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Beauty: All you need to know about treating adult acne

first_imgBeautician Lorraine Quinn from Beauty at the Lodge Ballybofey explains the causes of adult acne, how to treat it and how to keep it at bay.‘Adult Acne’ is the term used to describe the growing phenomenon of people in their late 20s, 30s and even 40’s and 50’s getting spots. 80% of those with ‘Adult Acne’ are thought to be women and this has been blamed on changes in hormone levels raised by stress, switching or stopping the contraceptive pill, menopause and lifestyle factors, including diet. ‘Adult Acne’ is no different to the acne that teenagers get and can be equally damaging psychologically.Acne – Before using Elements of Evolution, a product used by Beauty at the Lodge Acne – After using Elements of Evolution, a product used by Beauty at the Lodge The Possible Causes: Your hormones may be to blame.Fluctuation in hormones, such as before your menstrual cycle, is the main cause. Specifically, androgens (male hormones) like testosterone. This usually rears its ugly head in the form of deep (painful) cystic acne around the chin, neck, and back. Stress could be an extra (and very influential) driving force.Another source of hormonal changes is stress. Whether you work full time, are a full-time Mum, or juggle both, chances are, your stress levels are high. When you’re stressed, you have an organ called the adrenal gland that makes the stress hormone cortisol, and puts it out into the body to help the body deal with stress. Unfortunately, a tiny bit of testosterone leaks out with it, and for women this male hormone can drive the oil glands to produce more oil.Stress Pollution isn’t helping your case either.Air pollution deposits layers of dirt on your face, especially if you live in a city. If you were to walk around outside for a half hour, come home and wipe your face with a face wipe, you will see what colour it is. You may be using the wrong products.If you have oily or combination skin and are prone to breakouts, you should be using skin-care products labelled oil-free, non-comedogenic or water-based. Just one of these will ensure that the lotion you’re slathering on isn’t going to clog your pores and make matters worse. You’re cleansing too frequently and intensely.Over washing your face can make acne worse, cleansing more than twice a day is too much and can just dry out skin, which can cause your skin to produce more oil to overcompensate. Specific foods may or may not have an effect.We’ve all heard the foods that allegedly cause acne such as chocolate, fried foods, pizza, caffeine, nuts. However, this has not yet been proven to cause spots and breakouts , but there are always exceptions. If you break out when you eat chocolate, don’t eat chocolate. Same with dairy, which again, has been shown in some cases to have an effect but no concrete cause-and-effect relationship exists.The one food recommended to avoid is iodine. Iodine causes acne in everyone if you eat enough. You can find it in shellfish, like lobster, prawns, crab and some greens like kelp and spinach. The difference between iodine and those other “acne-causing foods” is that iodine builds up over weeks and months before it starts to affect skin. Your sweet tooth may cause a skin problem.Another potential skin saboteur is sugar, because it raises your insulin level. More and more evidence shows that insulin may boost those oil-triggering male hormones. Stick to low-glycaemic foods, ones that have complex carbs like whole grains, which break down slower in the body and cause less of an insulin spike. The Treatments:Salicylic acid is the gold standard of acne treatment. Salicylic acid is both highly keratolytic and comedolytic and is oil-soluble which can penetrate, polish and clear inside the pore. When used regularly, salicylic acid not only unclogs pores and helps clear acne, but it also prevents new acne and blackheads from forming. Benzoyl peroxide works by actually killing the acne bacteria, while exfoliating the pores at the same time. It’s not so gentle and can make skin really dry and irritated if you use too much. Stick to spot-treating with this one.Sulfur draws oil out of skin and has a drying effect, making it another great spot treatment. You’ll also find it as the active ingredient in some face masks.Glycolic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid and an exfoliating ingredient that targets both acne and wrinkles at the same time. The same way it helps acne, it helps wrinkles by removing dead cells on the surface. If you have effective exfoliation, you’re stimulating collagen and hyaluronic acid, this will help improve your skin’s texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles while also clearing up breakouts.Retinol is a vitamin A derivative, which the skin absorbs and converts to retinoic acid. Retin-A is the prescription form. Topical retinoids are fortunately one of the most effective treatments for acne, and also happens to be a highly effective antiaging ingredient, because of its collagen-building properties. The biggest downside is they’re harsh and can sometimes be too much for sensitive skin. Prevention: Exfoliation is key and something you should do more regularly.Exfoliation is the most important thing you can do on a regular basis to be fighting acne both in terms of preventing it and treating it. Always keep a spot treatment handy.Spot treatments are key for treating a pimple ASAP. Benzoyl peroxide is often vilified for being harsh, but when it comes to really zapping a zit, it should be your best friend. Just dab it on the trouble spot to dry it out and kill bacteria. Look for products that also fight inflammation.Inflammation is always involved when you have a breakout, causing that swelling and redness, which we all work hard to cover up with our best concealer. I would recommend a Skin Repair Treatment which is rich in antioxidants that help calm down irritation. You may need more than just topical treatments.Hormones are ruthless, and all the topical treatments in the world won’t make a difference if yours are seriously out of whack. In that case, you need to fix things internally first. I would recommend a visit to your GP to see what works for you. Never try to extract cysts on your own.Those big, painful spots will leave a scar if you pick and prod at them, the only way to reduce it quickly is to drain it, and that’s not a DIY deal. The reason they’re painful is because quick expansion stretches the nerves. Acne Scarring. Scars that are indented aren’t going to go away on their own and most likely need professional treatment. Talk to us about a course of Skin Microneedling with proven results to eliminate acne scarring. MicroneedlingTreatments for Acne:Acne and the scarring that go along with this condition can be treated with an array of products. Some products can do more harm to the skin than good. There are products on the market that temporarily help the skin but then once you cease using them the skin erupts worse than ever!Our Elements of Evolution Treatment for Acne & Scarring:This is an 8 week treatment combining facial therapy & Microneedling which will produce outstanding results! It is a medium chemical peel and a rapid skin cell rejuvenation therapy at the same time. This course will treat acne, acne scarring and control oiliness.The treatment is used in conjunction with a daily skin care regime.Ask us today how we can improve your skin   (074) 91 30446 https://www.facebook.com/beauty.at.the.lodge.ballybofey/Lorraine xBeauty: All you need to know about treating adult acne was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Lorraine QuinnShare 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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Breaking: Dr McDaid quits Hospice to seek further clarity from Good and New cancer charity

first_imgDr. James McDaid has confirmed he has stepped down as Chairperson of the Donegal Hospice.The Letterkenny GP said that he had served five years in the position and that it was time for change stating no member of an executive committee should remain longer than that period.Secondly, he said that his decision to cut ties from the Hospice will give him more independence in pursuing answers from the Good and New cancer charity and its recent controversy. He said that having been deeply involved with raising funds and with the founding of the Donegal Hospice since 1988, he was acutely aware that their independence and integrity had to be fully protected.Dr McDaid told the Tirconail Tribune that he had tried to engage with the Good and New charity with regard to transparency ever since 2015.However, he had come to the conclusion that he could deal with these issues more independently while ensuring the Hospice was not dragged into the controversy by giving up his responsibilities and role as their Chairperson.Dr. McDaid said that he wanted to make it very clear that he had not made any allegations against the Good and New company. He said he was searching for answers to basic questions raised and in finding a paper trail that could convince him and those who’d raised this issue with him as their doctor and a fundraiser, that all monies donated are fully accounted for and that the company will engage with their support base in the process of clarification.He said that he’d addressed a number of questions to all interested parties in the Good and New charity including not joining the governance of the Irish Cancer Society in 2010: purchasing a 33 seater coach as the Altnagelvin Radiotherapy unit was coming onstream to serve Donegal and why a company limited by guaranteed said that part of that process was to own a property.He stated “I am shocked by the response that I’ve received from the charity’s public relations company which reads: “The Good and New Charity has, for the past month, been pursued by the media and has answered all questions put to the charity.“The Good and New charity is not going to engage in discussion between two local charities, which is what this is now deteriorating into. The public are entitled to support whatever charities they wish. We are always happy to consider applications for new board members to be part of moving the charity forward, and in turn be involved in all the day-to-day dealings of the charity.“We have referred your email to the Charities Regulator and should you have further queries perhaps you would address them to that office.” Dr. McDaid said it was factually incorrect to say that the Good and New charity is not going to engage in discussion between two local charities, which is what this is now deteriorating into’.“I have never sought to represent or involve Donegal Hospice in this matter. I’ve stepped down as Chairperson and again I must emphasise that Donegal Hospice was never part of this controversy.“On another point I was appalled to read the original story in the Sunday Times about the amount of money held by Good and New as they continued to seek donations to keep the cancer bus on the road.“Since then I’ve had 37 queries from my patients and the public seeking assurances about transparency and I owe it to all of them to try and find answers,” he said. In his latest correspondence to the public relations company representing Good and New, Dr. McDaid said he cannot accept the assertion from Good and New that all questions have been answered or that they (GnN) are not going to engage in discussion between two local charities. “I am glad to know that you referred my questions to the Charity Regulator. I will of course forward them also … however I understand the office of the Regulator is to investigate areas of “charity fundraising fraud “ and none of my questions involved that particular issue.“My questions were raised by disappointed people who had worked so hard to raise hundreds of thousands of Euro to help the cancer patients of Donegal. “As so many people have written/contacted me (including former voluntary workers and patients who used the bus) I feel I have no option but to try and get answers to their questions, ie where did all the money go? “Obviously you were unaware that after 30 years I have stepped down from my position, on account of that specific point.“I would never want the Donegal Hospice embroiled in this unsavoury situation As a matter of fact it was Donegal Hospice policy during my tenure not to share any fundraising activity or share a presentation event if this (GnN) charity was involved. In some instances there was some overlap because we were not made aware of their presence. “Perhaps you might persuade Good and New to discuss these concerns in public. People want answers and to be reassured that their efforts went to those intended,” his statement concluded.He told the Tribune that not one of his 14 questions had been addressed. He said his queries are fundamental for all charitable organisations and he’s mystified why there has been no satisfactory response.He said that where any group or individual has a concern about their donations or contribution they should put those matters into the public domain in order to address issues surrounding transparency and to be assured that governance is in compliance with the regulations for charitable groups.He has claimed that the press statement for Good and New issued on December 20th last by a Dublin based public relations company is inaccurate and must be addressed fully.The statement read: “The charity is an association and has a registered charity number (as per above) but is moving to a company limited by guarantee structure which was a legal requirement to purchase the property.”“I have challenged the accuracy of that statement because there is no such obligation” he commented.Dr. McDaid said: “In the light of stories in the Sunday Times, the Good and New cancer charity needs to provide total clarity and transparency on their work and insofar as I am concerned have not found that detail in their response on December 20th last year.“Every donation, to every charity group should have a paper trail with a receipt to match all the contributions. Insofar as I am concerned this confirmation is needed to ensure that the concerns I’ve heard are cleared up, once and for all. So far that has not happened.“As someone working with charities, collecting and accounting for donations over many years, I feel that I have a responsibility to ensure the confidence and trust placed in all our voluntary groups in Donegal are explicitly honoured with full accountability.“In light of the questions raised by the public with me about the failure of Good and New to respond to the queries on transparency and their lack of a paper trail for cash donations I have no option but to continue to seek answers and to keep asking questions,” he added.Good and New told the Tribune their company is in the process of seeking charity status and is working with the Charity Regulator to finalise same.“This process can take some time hence the charity is still operating as an association until this process is completed,” added their statement.The new Chairperson of Donegal Hospice is Grace Boyle.Dr. McDaid proposed that no Chairperson should serve for longer than a five-year period and that new directors should be appointed every three years.Breaking: Dr McDaid quits Hospice to seek further clarity from Good and New cancer charity was last modified: January 26th, 2018 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:donegal hospiceDr James McDaidGood and New Cancer Charitylast_img read more

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Archaeology: Babylonian Clay Tablet Mentions Biblical Name

first_imgJeremiah mentioned Nebo-Sarsekim and Nebuchadnezzar, and so did Babylonian scribes.  The Times Online reported today, “The British Museum yesterday hailed a discovery within a modest clay tablet in its collection as a breakthrough for biblical archaeology – dramatic proof of the accuracy of the Old Testament.”  An article in the Telegraph calls it “a fantastic discovery, world-class find” and includes a picture and full translation of the small tablet.    The great King Nebuchadnezzar had been known from extra-Biblical sources, but Nebo-Sarsekim was not – till now.  He is mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3 as one of the officials of Nebuchadnezzar present at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC.  Jeremiah was an eyewitness to these events.  Now, the same name has been deciphered on a clay tablet from Sippar, a site a mile from Baghdad, where the Babylonians had a huge sun temple.  The tablet, recording Nebo-Sarsekim’s gift of gold to a temple in Babylon, dates to 10 years before the siege of Jerusalem.    The British Museum acquired this small tablet in 1920, but it had never been translated.  Dr. Michael Jursa (U of Vienna), one of the few scholars who can read cuneiform script, made the discovery while translating tablets on a research trip to the museum.  “Finding something like this tablet, where we see a person mentioned in the Bible making an everyday payment to the temple in Babylon and quoting the exact date, is quite extraordinary,” he said.  Dr. Irving Finkel of the British Museum added, “If Nebo-Sarsekim existed, which other lesser figures in the Old Testament existed?  A throwaway detail in the Old Testament turns out to be accurate and true.  I think that it means that the whole of the narrative [of Jeremiah] takes on a new kind of power.”    This story was found on Todd Bolen’s Bible Places blog.  Bolen is compiling a list of Biblical characters mentioned in extra-Biblical sources, and says the list is already long; now he can add another one.    Meanwhile, what’s new with the Jehoash Inscription and the James Ossuary? (See 04/21/2003, 06/19/2003.)  Dissatisfied with the rush to judgment by the Israel Antiquities Authority that they are forgeries, the Biblical Archaeology Society has pushed for more unbiased analysis, claiming the evidence is strong for their authenticity.  They issued a special report this month to bring readers up to date.  The full report from their conference of scholars last January is available.Todd Bolen took umbrage at the Times’ quote of a scholar who responded that the name on the clay tablet means “the Biblical story is not altogether invented.”  It is not invented at all, he retorted.  The more evidence, the weaker the case of liberal skeptics becomes.  This would be a good time to read the book of Jeremiah.    The Old Testament narratives have the feel of history.  Sure, there are great stories of adventure, intrigue, relationships, accomplishments, heroes and villains, but they are not just invented stories: the amount of detail provided (names, places, dates, events) is far and above what would be expected in fiction.  The details are presented in a matter-of-fact way that has the ring of truth (see, for example, the listings of David’s officers, priests and assistants in I Chronicles).  No reader would look at this and think it is made up: it has the look and feel of official documentation.    Names mentioned in the Bible have turned up in inscriptions from Egypt, Moab, Babylon and throughout Israel itself.  Another interesting point to consider is that the Bible presents its heroes in all their human frailty.  Most inscriptions from kingdoms outside Israel exaggerate their victories and quash their embarrassments: not the Bible.  The sins of even David and Solomon are exposed in all their ugliness, right next to other passages describing their moments of victory and godliness.  Combined with the detail and the archaeological attestations, this is unprecedented in ancient records.    Today’s news is another small piece of silent testimony, rising from the dust and from the back rooms of a museum, that the Bible told real history about real people and real events.  No other ancient “religious” text has so much internal and external corroboration.  Israel and its surrounding kingdoms have been plundered and destroyed so many times, it should be understandable that evidence is scattered and fragmentary: think of the serendipitous discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Codex Sinaiticus (almost burned in the hearth by monks), and the Moabite Stone (almost destroyed by nomads thinking it contained gold).  Much remains hidden in the dust, but there is enough to give an honest inquirer confidence to take the Biblical record very seriously.    For another look into Biblical archaeology, read Dr. Alan Millard’s 2002 review of the historical and archaeological case for King Solomon’s riches, republished this month on Associates for Biblical Research.  (Note that this article predated the 2005 possible discovery of Solomon’s palace, 02/09/2007, 08/09/2005).  Solomon lived 360 years before Jeremiah.  The farther back in time, the more fragmentary the evidence, but why not consider the Bible as primary evidence?  Its record fits the period and the hard evidence we do have.  Millard explains why the critics’ argument from silence represents bias, not scholarship.    A good layman’s-level paperback overview of Biblical archaeology is The Stones Cry Out by Randall Price (1997).  Many exciting Bible-corroborating artifacts have surfaced in the intervening decade.  Archaeological pieces have been falling into place and silencing critics for a long time now.  It’s tantalizing to ponder what more discoveries remain to be made among the 130,000 clay tablets still lying untranslated in dark shelves of the British Museum.(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Grab for bags could cause airfares to triple

first_imgAirfares would have to triple if aviation regulators were to re-certify aircraft to the reality of recent chaotic passenger evacuations.The evacuation of the burning American Airlines Boeing 767 at Chicago airport on Friday is a carbon copy of the accidents over the past few years with most passengers carrying their baggage with them.World’s scariest landingMH370: New evidence confirms spiral divePassengers are risking their lives, and those of fellow passengers, with the obsession of taking cabin baggage with them in an emergency.Aircraft are certified on the basis of all passengers off in 90 seconds with half the exits out of use. The stark reality is it takes three times longer – and sometimes more – with passengers slowing the process by grabbing bags.In the evacuation certification tests, the “passengers” are aircraft manufacturer employees who know the drill and they have no baggage.If regulators were to re-certify the long-range Boeing 777 to the reality of what actually happens, the 550 exit limit aircraft would have to be recertified to just 183 passengers – half its typical load. But for smaller aircraft such as the widely used A320 – and Boeing 737 – which has an exit limit of 195 and a typical configuration of 180 mostly economy passengers the impact would be devastating with a new limit of just 65.That would mean a tripling of airfares to make the aircraft economically viable.The impact on the industry and the world economy would be devastating but something needs to be done before hundreds die in an aircraft evacuation. And authorities are already stirring. Last year after a British Airways incident at Las Vegas the highly respected British Civil Aviation Authority issued a blunt warning to its airlines: Stop passengers taking their hand luggage off with them in an emergency evacuation!This is how passengers evacuated in the Airbus A380 certification test. The airline industry needs to take decisive action, perhaps by locking overhead lockers for takeoff and landing, to prevent passengers taking their baggage with them after a plane crash.Or an extreme measure would be to ban carry-on baggage other than a small bag such as a back pack.It is sobering to consider that it quite often takes 40 minutes to board a plane because of passenger/ baggage congestion.Not only does taking your baggage dramatically slow the process, there’s a distinct possibility that the bags with protruding metal parts will snag and then deflate the escape slides — rendering them useless.And in the scramble to get overstuffed bags out of lockers, passengers may be knocked out and the aisle blocked for precious seconds.There is also the very real prospect of passengers jumping on to the escape slide with their bag and knocking themselves or another passenger out, or even killing them.Duty-free alcohol is even more lethal because if the bottle breaks there is flammable liquid everywhere, not to mention broken glass.In a related development, passengers in these disasters are turning them into social media events by taking video and pictures and then trying to be the first to upload the images to Facebook or Twitter.Complicating matters airlines are not enforcing carry-on baggage limits for competitive reasons, says Steven Reed, National Industrial Officer with the Flight Attendants Association of Australia.“There is a very real potential for a catastrophe,” Mr Reed told AirlineRatings.com.The combination of passengers not listening, larger and heavier bags and more aggression and defiance from air travellers is a perfect storm, suggests Mr Reed.Tragically, it will take a disastrous evacuation with multiple deaths for the industry to act.last_img read more

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Journey to the Center of the EarthCache

first_imgEarlier this year, the Geocaching HQ video team followed a team of brave geocachers on an endeavor that is unprecedented in the Geocaching world. Their ultimate goal: to find the most difficult EarthCache in the world. The video detailing their journey is now live for the geocaching community.EarthCaches were created as a joint partnership with Geocaching.com and the Geological Society of America. There’s no physical container, but each EarthCache teaches you an Earth science lesson. Once at the coordinates, geocachers must answer certain questions in order to log a find.Find an EarthCache near you.Ready to join the team? Get your HardCORE EarthCacher shirt and decals at Shop Geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related2.5 Weeks Left Until CITO Weekend 2015April 6, 2015In “Cache In Trash Out”Thank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 4, 2012July 5, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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Researchers Test a New Type of Insulation

first_imgResearchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have helped develop a type of building insulation that combines vacuum panel cores and rigid foam. The new composite boards have double the thermal performance per inch of insulation now on the market. In an announcement, ORNL said that the modified atmosphere insulation (MAI) composite had resistance to heat flow “at least twice that of current building insulation materials made of plastic foams, cellulose or fiberglass.” “We’ve proven that MAI-based composites are technically viable options for buildings, providing higher performance than current insulations,” study co-author Kaushik Biswas said in a prepared statement.RELATED ARTICLESInsulation ChoicesChoosing Rigid FoamDoes Vacuum Insulation Make Sense? The results of their study were published in the journal Applied Energy. (A short summary of their findings can be viewed online for free, but the full article is behind a paywall.) Vacuum insulated panels (VIPs) are an established technology, but their use is limited. VIPs are much better insulators than conventional products, but they are expensive, can’t be modified in the field, and may show a loss of performance over time as the vacuum seal gradually degrades. For those reasons, VIPs are a specialty product useful in some situations but not as a replacement for conventional types of building insulation. The MAI composite boards were created in a semi-automatic operation and were much simpler to make than traditional vacuum insulation panels, lowering costs to within reach for some retrofit applications, according to researchers who worked on the project. Real world testing is underway In a telephone call, project manager André Desjarlais said Oak Ridge collaborated with two manufacturers — Firestone and NanoPore — to develop panels that combine fumed silica, barrier materials borrowed from the food industry, and polyisocyanurate foam board. Samples from a limited production run were installed in a low-slope rooftop in Caribou, Maine, over the summer (see the photos in the gallery above). The new insulation consists of MAI panels completely encased in polyiso. The composite has at least two advantages over the vacuum panels that have been on the market for decades: they’re much cheaper to make, and they should last for 25 years without a significant decline in R-value. A 2-inch-thick MAI/polyiso panel has an R-value of about 25, or R-12+ per inch — about twice as high as polyiso foam alone. By themselves, the sealed MAI packages have an R-value of 40 per inch. “The idea of having this encapsulated package and pulling a vacuum on it and getting a high R-value has been around for 40 years, maybe longer,” Desjarlais said. “The issue has always been one of cost.” In its early work with NanoPore, the lab learned that 80% of the cost of vacuum panels is in manufacturing. To lower the cost, researchers started with fumed silica, a common and relatively inexpensive nano material that already has broad commercial uses (it’s used to filter swimming pool water, for example). They combined that with an outer barrier material similar to what is used in the food industry to keep products fresh. “We’re basically taking a potato chip bag and filling it with dirt,” he said. “That’s what we’ve got.” The lab also worked with Firestone, a major producer of polyiso panels for the commercial roofing market. The group adapted an existing foam line and found a way to insert a dozen MAI panels inside a 4×8 sheet of foam. The facing of the foam is printed to show where the panels are located, so that if the roofing contractor wants to use mechanical fasteners to install the sheets it can be done — providing the installer is careful. In the Maine test installation, Desjarlais said, the roof was divided into thirds. In one section, installers used mechanical fasteners to put down the insulation; in another the sheets were fully adhered (no mechanical fasteners). On the last section, a double layer of polyiso was installed. So far, embedded sensors indicate that all parts of the roof are performing about the same. Desjarlais said he’d like to return to the test site with an infrared camera when it gets a little colder for a followup visit. Costs are coming down A major goal of the project was to find a way to make high-performance panels at an attractive cost. Loose-fill fiberglass costs between 3 and 5 cents per square foot per R, Desjarlais explained, while rigid foam insulation costs about 10 cents per square foot per R. “We’re about in the 20-cent range, where it used to be a buck,” he said. “We’ve made a big dent in the cost.” Although the new vacuum panels are not yet competitive with conventional building insulation, “it’s getting close.” A simulator at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory used to test the performance of a new type of insulation panel. With lower costs, Desjarlais thinks the panels could have two important applications: retrofits for low-slope commercial roofs, and residential energy retrofits. Rooftops of commercial buildings are often crowded with mechanical equipment and access hatches, making it difficult if not economically impossible to add layers of conventional polyiso during an upgrade. Having R-25 panels only 2 inches thick would be a breakthrough when space is a key issue. Roofers would find the insulation very familiar. “We wanted to come up with packaging similar to what contractors see today,” Desjarlais said. “What better place to put it then right inside the foam board they’re used to handling. It looks like, it tastes like, it smells like a piece of polyiso foam. The only time you’ll know that it’s not is when you pick it up. It weights about five times more than a piece of polyiso foam.” Residential energy upgrades also are a likely target for producers. A 2-inch-thick panel applied to the outside of the house would be enough to meet current energy codes in the continental U.S., even if the house had no cavity insulation, Desjarlais said. One problem would be wall areas where standard 4×8 sheets or half sheets wouldn’t fit. Like the old vacuum panels, MAI sheets can’t be cut in the field without piercing the barrier and ruining the vacuum. The solution would be for a contractor to have standard polyiso on hand to fill in spots where the vacuum-panel sheets wouldn’t work. Better performance over time One advantage of making the cores of the vacuum panels from fumed silicate is that high R-values are possible without pulling a very “hard” vacuum, Desjarlais said. And, when plotting R-values against pressure, the curve tends to be very flat over a wide range of vacuum pressures, from 10 to 100 torr (torr is a unit of measurement for vacuums). That means the panels can afford to lose a relatively large amount of vacuum before their thermal performance fails. “We can over-evacuate it and have quite a bit of cushion in vacuum loss before we see any significant loss of R-value,” Desjarlais said. “We think we can get 25 years of service out of a panel if we evacuate to a certain level. Even if it leaks, the R-value loss is minimal.” Leaks should be less likely because the barrier material that’s used to encase the silica also is much better than what was available 25 years ago. Back then, vacuum panels relied on a two-component barrier of aluminized Mylar. Today, barrier materials are six or seven layers thick and don’t cost any more, he said. Coming to market? It’s one thing to develop a promising prototype in the lab, and another altogether to invest in manufacturing and marketing to get it to consumers. The panels appear to be working exactly as designed on a roof in Caribou, Maine, but will either NeoPore or Firestone feel good enough about its commercial prospects to bring it to market? That’s not a question Desjarlais can answer. Both firms are apparently weighing their options at the moment and have not made a decision. “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic,” Desjarlais said. GBA emailed inquiries to both companies seeking comment on how likely it was that the ORNL research would result in a commercially available product. In a reply, Firestone spokeswoman Laura McCaslin confirmed the company is working on the insulation, adding, “We can’t comment on any additional details at this time regarding commercialization or future plans for going to market as they have not been determined.” NeoPore did not respond. This post was updated on Sept. 25 to include new information from Firestone.last_img read more

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