Machine operator remanded on narco charge

first_imgKeith StevensA 37-year-old heavy duty operator was remanded to prison on Tuesday when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Keith Stevens, of Lot 54 Republic Avenue, Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD), pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. The prosecution is contending that on September 23, 2016 at First Avenue, Bartica, he had in his possession 14.61 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The court was told that on the day in question, ranks on duty were on patrol when they saw the defendant with a large garbage bag acting in a suspicious manner. As such, the ranks approached Stevens, who then threw the bag in a parked car and attempted to escape. He was, however, pursued by ranks and eventually caught.The defendant’s Attorney contended that the prosecution’s case was flawed, claiming his client was an operator and the illicit drug was found in a car that his employer sent to pick him up. The Attorney added that his client only joined the taxi upon request of his employer and had no knowledge that the drug was in the car. As such, he requested bail which, however, was denied. The matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court where it would be called again on October 12, 2016.last_img read more

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Fiorentina hosts Napoli in Serie A opening weekend headline fixture

first_img Tags: Italian Serie Atop Parma vs JuventusStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSaturday, 24-08-2019 @7pmSerie A makes its long-awaited return with a true nostalgic clash, but Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to be on the Juventus bench against Parma.The new Bianconeri boss is suffering from pneumonia and still undergoing treatment, but has been keeping up to date with the squad’s training sessions via a video link and his trusted staff. It’s one of a few areas of uncertainty for a revamped squad with completely different tactical approach to the eight years under Antonio Conte and Max Allegri. Sarri has always taken a while to get going with new teams, so not even being there in person will only stall his progress further.This is a fixture that had many thrilling encounters from the past, including the 1994-1995 campaign, when the clubs went head to head on three fronts, including the UEFA Cup Final.The hosts have already kicked off their season, having beaten Venezia in the Coppa Italia last week, while La Vecchia Signora will be looking to start their pursuit of a record-extending ninth straight Scudetto with a victory in Emilia-Romagna.Parma have added a few pieces so far in their summer mercato, with Andrea Adorante at €5m from Inter being their biggest investment. However so far in pre-season and in the cup game last week, Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Brugman has been a pillar in Coach Roberto D’Aversa’s team already. Speedy winger Yann Karamoh is also one to look out for this coming campaign.Whilst Juve have added in demand centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and even brought back goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, their sales can be seen as head scratchers. Allowing right-back Joao Cancelo and striker Moise Kean to leave brought in much-needed cash, but a willingness to ship Paulo Dybala around Europe has been a bone of contention for many Juventini.Parma were the ultimate counter-attack specialists last season and that is probably still the case, albeit with a slightly more expansive style this time around. Karamoh and Gervinho guarantee pace to turn teams over quickly, while Roberto Inglese – back permanently now after his loan from Napoli – is unbeatable in the air.We could very well see an entertaining score draw on Saturday afternoon. Leonardo Bonucci is expected to get the nod alongside Giorgio Chiellini rather than throw Matthijs de Ligt in for his Serie A debut from the start, while Douglas Costa is preferred to Federico Bernardeschi. Cristiano Ronaldo has fully recovered from his muscular issues.Juraj Kucka is in doubt for the hosts, so Gaston Brugman or Alberto Grassi could step in. Karamoh is a more attacking choice than Luca Siligardi and should be fascinating on the same flank as Ronaldo and Alex Sandro.Juve have played Parma in the opening Serie A round three times and won all of them in 1990-91, 2011-12 and 2012-13.Fiorentina vs NapoliStadio Artemio Franchi, FlorenceSaturday, 24-08-2019 @9:45pmFiorentina are recharged under new ownership and they are going to need full power as they welcome Scudetto contenders Napoli.Last season is one to forget for La Viola, as they barely survived the relegation dogfight. It’s time to look ahead for Vincenzo Montella and his men, who have revamped the squad and have new President Rocco Commisso with ambitious plans.They will dive headfirst into a real battle against Carlo Ancelotti’s fearsome Napoli, where one point would be a good deal for the home team. However, optimism should be the outlook, as a new owner and new players signify new dawn for the Tuscan team, and they should go straight for the jugular. A good result would be a tonic for the young squad.Veteran superstar Franck Ribery has arrived just in time for Serie A kick-off. Whether he will make his debut on the left flank is in doubt, but should be on the bench. Erick Pulgar was a pillar in the midfield in Bologna’s desperate surge for survival last season and is almost certain to make his debut in a Viola jersey. Returning Milan Badelj can start too, but Pol Lirola picked up an injury during the hard-fought 3-1 Coppa Italia win over Monza.Napoli will have another go at trying to beat Juventus to the Scudetto, and only three points will be acceptable for the Partenopei. They have very bad memories of this stadium, as a 3-0 loss here with Kalidou Koulibaly’s early dismissal proved the turning point in the title race two years ago.A key signing has already been made in Kostas Manolas, brought in from Roma to unite with Koulibaly. Napoli, on paper at least, boast one of the strongest central defensive partnerships in football.Fiorentina went nine games straight without finding the net at the end of last season and struggled badly to break down Serie C side Monza in the Coppa Italia. Giovanni Simeone has fallen out of favour and Kevin-Prince Boateng is rusty after six months on the Barcelona bench.Cristiano Biraghi is unlikely to feature amid negotiations for a move to Inter, leaving only inexperienced Lorenzo Venuti.Arkadiusz Milik is not fully fit, so Dries Mertens should lead the way with support from Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinski and Jose Callejon. Hirving Lozano only arrived from PSV Eindhoven midweek, so might not even be on the bench.This is the fourth time Napoli pay a visit to the Artemio Franchi on opening day. They lost the first attempt in 1950, followed by two victories and a 1-1 draw, most recently in 2010.Udinese vs AC MilanDacia Arena, UdineSunday, 25-08-2019 @7pmMarco Giampaolo is the new Coach of Milan, but the line-up against Udinese should look pretty familiar.The Rossoneri seem unlikely to have many summer signings in the starting XI, as Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic and Leo Duarte all arrived quite late to the party. The only one who might push his way in is Rafael Leao in place of transfer-listed Samu Castillejo, as their brief pre-season friendly test showed a good rapport with Krzysztof Piatek.Suso is a mainstay in the Milan side, but has been revamped as a trequartista in Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation. Mattia Caldara and Theo Hernandez are injured, with Franck Kessie some way off match fitness.For Udinese, it seems like it’ll be another season-long struggle to avoid relegation. Rodrigo De Paul and Seko Fofana, two of their more influential players, appear to be on the way out to Fiorentina and Atalanta respectively, with no new signings to replace them in sight.That’s in the future, though, as it’s likely both will still be available for this opening fixture, joining Ignacio Pussetto in support of Kevin Lasagna. Sebastien De Maio is on the treatment table, with Hidde Ter-Avest and Giuseppe Pezzella also in doubt, so Becao could get his debut.These sides met in the opening Serie A round on four occasions, resulting in a Milan victory and three consecutive stalemates.Cagliari vs BresciaSerdegna Arena, CagliariSunday, 25-08-2019 @9:45pmCagliari and Brescia have invested heavily and hope to challenge for mid-table more than just Serie A safety this season.The Rondinelle topped Serie B last term, gaining promotion under Eugenio Corini’s first year in charge, but will have to hope that their sensational signing Mario Balotelli will indeed be crucial in their pursuit for safety, although the 29-year-old will be sitting out a ban for the first four matches.The Sardinians had an active transfer campaign, fueled primarily by the sale of promising talent Nicolò Barella, which allowed a homecoming for Inter outcast Radja Nainggolan, return for Luca Pellegrini, on loan from Juventus, plus Marko Rog (suspended for this game) and Nahitan Nandez in midfield.The club was wise to stick with Coach Rolando Maran, putting at his disposal an exciting team that will undoubtedly produce many surprises this season, while also giving continuity to a project started years ago.Fresh from a 2-1 victory against Chievo in the Coppa Italia qualifiers, Cagliari will probably field the same 4-3-1-2 formation, with Nandez, Nainggolan and Artur Ionita in the middle of the park, a trequartista role for Valter Birsa behind experienced duo Joao Pedro and Leonardo Pavoletti. Rafael is set to replace first-choice goalkeeper Alessio Cragno, who will be out for two months due to a shoulder injury.Brescia are expected to deploy a similar formation, with Alfredo Donnarumma and Ernesto Torregrossa leading the attack, while 19-year-old sensation Sandro Tonali will be handed creative duties in a deep-lying playmaker position. Mario Balotelli and Ales Mateju sit out bans, while ex-Cagliari captain Daniele Dessena and Emanuele Ndoj are unavailable due to injury.These sides have met 18 times in Serie A and only shared the spoils twice, but they haven’t met in the top flight since April 2011.Hellas Verona vs BolognaStadio Marc’Antonio Bentagodi, VeronaSunday, 25-08-2019 @9:45pmHellas Verona have stuttered in pre-season and host an ambitious Bologna, but both Coaches are absent for very different reasons.Neither tactician will be on the bench at the Stadio Bentegodi for this season opener. Verona boss Ivan Juric is suspended, making way for assistant Matteo Paro, who followed him from the latest spell at Genoa. Sinisa Mihajlovic will watch on from his hospital bed, as he has done throughout the summer via live-streaming technology, as he undergoes chemotherapy for leukaemia. Trusty assistant Miroslav Tanjga is keeping the bench warm for him until he is well enough to return, but Bologna are at pains to point out Mihajlovic absolutely remains the Coach, giving instructions and wall-shaking team talks remotely.The Rossoblu surged up the standings once Mihajlovic took over from Pippo Inzaghi last season, going from relegation favourites to comfortable mid-table success story thanks to nine wins, three draws and five losses. They invested heavily this summer with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Stefano Denswil, Jerdy Schouten, Andreas Skov Olsen and the confirmation of players previously on loan like Riccardo Orsolini, Nicola Sansone and Roberto Soriano.Blerim Dzemaili and Schouten are on the treatment table, with Orsolini recovering from a shoulder injury. Mattia Destro and Federico Santander are battling for the centre-forward role, supported by evergreen Rodrigo Palacio. They started the campaign on the right foot, flattening Pisa 3-0 in the Coppa Italia with Andrea Poli, Orsolini and Palacio on target.Verona already crashed out of the Coppa Italia last week, losing 2-1 to Cremonese in extra time. It does not bode well for a side that must be among the favourites to drop straight back down.Luigi Vitale and Samuele Di Carmine are suspended for this season opener, with Emmanuel Badu undergoing treatment for a pulmonary embolism, which could’ve been extremely serious if not spotted so quickly. Veteran defender Salvatore Bocchetti is carrying a knee injury.Verona have won just one of their nine Serie A season openers as a newly-promoted side, drawing one and losing the other seven.Roma vs GenoaStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 25-08-2019 @9:45pmBoth Roma and Genoa enter the 2019-20 Serie A season hoping to redeem themselves under new Coaches after poor campaigns.The Giallorossi finished sixth last year and were only granted automatic qualification for the Europa League due to Milan’s issues with Financial Fair Play. The Grifone, on the other hand, left it to the last match of the season to escape relegation and remain in Serie A purely thanks to their head-to-head record with Empoli.In the wake of their worst league finish since the 2012-13 season (in which they also came sixth), Roma brought in a slew of replacements all across the board. Gianluca Petrachi came in to replace Monchi as the new sporting director, Paulo Fonseca took up the managerial role following Claudio Ranieri’s return to the club as caretaker manager, and the additions of Pau Lopez, Leonardo Spinazzola, Amadou Diawara and more speak volumes to the direction the club wants to head toward.Like Roma, Genoa also brought in a new Coach and players following their disappointing season. The nine-time Serie A winners were on the brink of relegation and seemed set for the drop, but a 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on the final matchday saw them remain in Italy’s top flight.Former Empoli and Roma boss Aurelio Andreazzoli came in to replace Cesare Prandelli, and Lasse Schöne was their marquee signing from Ajax. Andrea Favilli, Stefano Sturaro and Ionut Radu remain, so there is a lot of promise surrounding this Genoa side. The only direction for Genoa is up, so expect them to come out determined to start things off on the right foot.Spinazzola is out injured and likely to miss the Rome Derby too, so Alessandro Florenzi and Jesus Kolarov should act as full-backs. Diego Perotti impressed in pre-season and Nicolò Zaniolo can take on a trequartista role.Genoa have both Marko Pajac and Kevin Agudelo suspended, while Riccardo Saponara and Sturaro are on the treatment table. Christian Kouame hopes to use his pace against the ageing Roma back-line.Considering the strength of both sides, as well as Roma’s outstanding home record against Genoa, it’s hard to go against the Giallorossi edging the visitors out here.Roma have won the last 13 league matches at the Stadio Olimpico against Genoa, which is their longest active home winning streak against any current Serie A side.Sampdoria vs LazioStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSunday, 25-08-2019 @9:45pmLazio await injury updates for this very tricky trip to Sampdoria, which will feel like a derby for Eusebio Di Francesco.The former Roma Coach was sacked just days after a heavy defeat to Simone Inzaghi’s men back in March, so has extra motivation to make a good impression on his Serie A debut with the Blucerchiati.Samp have already played one competitive match, a hard-fought 3-1 Coppa Italia victory away to Crotone on August 18, coming back from a goal down. Fabio Quagliarella converted a penalty in that tie and is hoping to carry on where he left off last season, as Capocannoniere. Gonzalo Maroni also found the net, before he was stretchered off with a badly-sprained ankle. The Argentine is therefore expected to miss out, along with suspended Fabio Depaoli, while Gaston Ramirez and Gianluca Caprari are favourites to start rather than Manolo Gabbiadini.Lazio have to wait on injuries too, as Manuel Lazzari could remarkably start just days after fracturing a metacarpal bone in his hand. The former SPAL star had surgery to stabilise it and insists he has no problems playing with a protective cast, having already fractured his wrist some time ago.Lucas Leiva and Felipe Caicedo are major doubts with muscular concerns, while Jony Rodriguez is still waiting for his international transfer to come through following Malaga’s legal action. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic seems to have recovered and is fit to start in midfield with Denis Vavro tipped for a defensive spot.Lazio won the Coppa Italia and therefore qualified for the Europa League, but lost focus in Serie A and finished just one place above Samp in the final standings. Inzaghi had his men more concentrated during the summer, winning all their friendlies against the likes of Bournemouth and Celta Vigo.Lazio have won 11 of their last 15 Serie A meetings with Sampdoria, home and away, losing only once.SPAL vs AtalantaStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraSunday, 25-08-2019 @9:45pmAtalanta made history last season with a third-place finish, but have it all to do again with this trip to Andrea Petagna’s SPAL.The Bergamaschi are coming back energized and confident following the most successful campaign in the club’s history. Not only did they reach the Coppa Italia Final, but also qualified for the Champions League, ending the season ahead of Inter, Milan and Roma.Gian Piero Gasperini’s men make the trip to the Stadio Paolo Mazza, a ground which has proven difficult in the past, with the hopes of starting the new campaign with the full three points. La Dea are coming off an eventful pre-season in which they played five friendlies, losing three and winning two.Coming into the year certain of Champions League football, Atalanta have added to their arsenal of players, including Luis Muriel, Martin Skrtel and Ruslan Malinovskyi to help compete at a higher level. However, Josip Ilicic and goalkeeper Marco Sportiello are suspended for this opening weekend in Serie A, while Timothy Castagne is out injured.SPAL on the other hand are coming into this match enthusiastic to start the season on the right foot and give their home fans a well-deserved show. The men from Ferrara finished last term in 13th position, and despite the loss of star player Manuel Lazzari to Lazio, will be aiming to finish even higher this year.The style of Coach Leonardo Semplici is not unlike Gasperini, as both focus on attacking and entertaining football built around a three-man defence. Andrea Petagna experienced both, as he left Atalanta for SPAL and enjoyed the most prolific season of his career.The Spallini have already played a competitive game last week, beating Serie C side Feralpisalò3-1 in the Coppa Italia, despite going behind within 60 seconds of that tie.The Biancazzurri will have to live without Algerian international Mohamed Fares on the wing, as he will be sidelined for several months with a serious knee injury, but will be energized by the introduction of new boys Marco D’Alessandro (on loan from Atalanta) and Federico Di Francesco.Atalanta have lost the first game of the season more than any other team in Serie A, with 27 losses. Their only previous Week 1 encounter with SPAL ended 0-0 in 1954.Torino vs SassuoloStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoSunday, 25-08-2019 @9:45pmAfter a 3-2 home defeat to Wolves in their Europa League play-off, Torino will have to refocus as they welcome Sassuolo for their Serie A season opener.The Granata will be bitterly disappointed with that result, as it leaves them with a mountain to climb ahead of the return leg in England next week, as coming back from conceding three away goals to a team like Wolves is not a situation they wanted to find themselves in.There will be little time to lick their wounds, however. As Torino are certainly well aware, Sassuolo have built their reputation on causing all sorts of trouble for the bigger teams in Serie A since they burst onto the scene in 2013, and if they have been able to beat the likes of Juventus, Inter and Milan, then a smaller outfit like the Granata would be no exception for the plucky Neroverdi.Over the summer, they’ve added players like West Ham’s Pedro Obiang, himself no stranger to Serie A having spent time with Sampdoria in the past, and experienced striker Francesco Caputo, who valiantly attempted to keep Empoli afloat in the top flight last season with his goal-scoring efforts.Domenico Berardi and Francesco Magnanelli sit out bans, with Alfred Duncan and Filip Djuricic injured. That means Jeremie Boga and Caputo should be joined by Enrico Brignola in the trident attack.Torino, meanwhile, will few real options for squad rotation even if they wanted to, as Iago Falque, Simone Edera, Vittorio Parigini and Lyanco are on the treatment table. Alex Berenguer and Soualiho Meite were particularly poor against Wolves, while Ola Aina should get his first start of the season in place of Cristian Ansaldi.Walter Mazzarri has never lost to Sassuolo as a Coach, drawing two and winning four, including two different 7-0 results for Inter.Inte Milan vs LecceStadio, Guiseppe Meazza, MilanMonday, 26-08-2019 @9:45pmAntonio Conte makes his Inter debut by welcoming his hometown club Lecce to San Siro on Monday evening.The Nerazzurri have changed both personnel and Coach since scraping into fourth place on the final day of last season.Antonio Conte replaced Luciano Spalletti and reunited with his former Juventus director of sport Beppe Marotta and they have gone about their business in trying to build a competitive team.Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku arrived from Manchester United for around €65m plus €13m in possible bonuses and will be expected to fire in the goals that former captain Mauro Icardi used to score. The Argentine hitman is still refusing to leave the club and won’t feature in this game, despite his threats to remain in Milan and fight his way back into the side. He’ll be supported by Lautaro Martinez, fresh from an impressive Copa America performance.The Beneamata overhauled their midfield by bringing young Italy internationals Nicolò Barella and Stefano Sensi from Cagliari and Sassuolo respectively.Uruguayan defender Diego Godin also arrived from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, but is unlikely to feature in this tie, as he is struggling with injury.Lecce, on the other hand, gained promotion from Serie B by finishing as runners-up to Brescia and will partake in their first top-flight campaign since the 2011-2012 season.The Giallorossi have already been in action this summer, when they beat Salernitana 4-0 in the Coppa Italia last weekend. Former Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula bagged himself a brace and will be expected to lead the line for the Southern team this year.The Salentini have also brought in defenders Luca Rossettini and Andrea Rispoli to add some much-needed Serie A experience, however, they will still be considered as one of the favourites to be relegated. Like many newly-promoted teams, they’ve made the potential mistake of transforming the squad without much time for them to gel.It will be down to Coach Fabio Liverani to mastermind the great escape by avoiding the drop, and if they can pick up anything out of this game, they will be well on their way.Expect this game to be a first test for the Nerazzurri’s title credentials and Conte will have his men prepared to hit the ground running. Sassuolo caught the Milanese outfit napping on the first day of last season by winning 1-0 at the Mapei Stadium, this year they’ll need to kickstart their campaign with a win if they are to be taken seriously as contenders.There is a growing theme in recent years, as Inter have lost two of the last three season openers. However, Lecce have never won a Serie A Week 1 fixture, managing only six draws from 15 attempts.Lecce have lost 14 of their 15 Serie A trips to Inter, the only exception being a 1-0 victory in November 2000.Comments last_img read more

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How reliable will this year’s test plot data be?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s corn and soybean crops experienced exceptional growing conditions in 2015, including record rainfall in June and July followed by a drier than normal August conditions in many areas. The persistent rains saturated soils and caused localized ponding and flooding. These conditions resulted in root damage and N loss that led to uneven crop growth and development between and within fields. Agronomists often question the value of test plot data when adverse growing conditions severely limit yield potential.The validity of test plot results depends primarily on whether effects of the varied stress conditions are uniform across test plots. If not, test plot data may be questionable. To be certain that effects of stress were fairly uniform, it would be necessary to monitor test plots on a regular basis to determine crop response to the various stresses as they occurred; however, such monitoring was probably unlikely in many test plot fields.Another problem with test plot results is that the various yield limiting factors may accentuate the natural “variability” already existing in the field, and may thereby further “mask” the true treatment effects that are being compared. Stress conditions like the ponding and saturated soils this year coupled with slight differences in soil organic matter, drainage, weed control, etc. across a field may magnify differences in crop performance.If one assumes that the varied stress conditions affected test plots uniformly within a field, then interpretation of test plot data becomes an issue. This issue can be especially relevant when evaluating results of hybrid and cultivar performance trials affected by excessive soil moisture. Did a hybrid or cultivar yield well under saturated soils because it genuinely possessed some flooding tolerance or because it was planted in better drained areas of the field? This year we have more than a 100 bushels per acre difference in plot yield between hybrid entries planted at different locations within a field that are related to soil drainage and N loss. Usually there are striking visual differences between such plots associated with plant height and overall plant health but differences are not always pronounced.Test plot information this year can still be very useful but take precautions. Results from single on-farm strip tests should not be used to make a decision on adoption of a treatment or variety. Even replicated data from a single test site should be avoided, especially if the site was characterized by abnormal growing conditions. Use test plot data from multiple sites (and preferably from at least two years of testing) and inquire about the weather patterns and conditions associated with the results. Look for consistency in a product or cultivar’s performance across a range of environmental conditions.last_img read more

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Making Healthier, Greener Foam Insulation

first_imgFlame retardants used in foam insulationWe don’t want insulation materials to catch fire, so it is logical to add flame retardant (FR) chemicals to these materials if it will prevent them from catching fire. That’s the reason HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) is added by all polystyrene insulation and TCPP (Tris [1-chloro-2-propyl] phosphate) is added to most polyisocyanurate and spray polyurethane foam insulation. These are both halogenated flame retardants — the first using bromine, the second chlorine. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Rigid Foam Insulation Polystyrene Insulation: Does It Belong in a Green Building?Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the PlanetCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation The efficacy of flame retardants compared with thermal barriersCombustion studies that were done in the 1970s showed that if the insulation is not protected with a thermal barrier, there is no correlation between the presence of flame retardant and the extent of the resultant fire. Thus, the inclusion of a flame retardant does not seem to appreciably increase the fire resistance of foam insulation, according to a peer-reviewed technical paper recently published in the journal Building Research and Information.However, thermal barriers like 1/2-inch drywall work extremely well at containing fires. The 15-minute protection provided by 1/2-inch drywall gives occupants time to escape a fire. In other words, of the two measures used to impart fire safety to a building assembly (flame retardants in foam insulation and thermal barriers) almost all of the fire safety benefit is provided by the thermal barrier. The problem with these halogenated flame retardants is that they have significant health and environmental risks. The HBCD that is used in all polystyrene (both extruded and expanded) is being targeted for international phase-out by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It is highly persistent in the environment and bioaccumulative in the food chain; it is believed to cause reproductive, developmental, and neurological impacts. Less is known about the TCPP used in spray polyurethane foam and polyisocyanurate, but there is significant concern in the health and environmental community.Building codes require that foam-plastic insulation meet a very specific flammability standard. But building codes also require — for most applications — that foam insulation has to be separated from living space by thermal barriers, such as gypsum drywall. As readers of this blog know, I’ve come down fairly hard on certain types of foam insulation over the years. The downsides include the blowing agents used in extruded polystyrene (XPS) and most closed-cell spray polyurethane foam and the flame retardants that are added to all foam-plastic insulation to impart some level of fire resistance.Now there’s an effort afoot to change building codes in a way that would allow manufacturers to remove the hazardous flame retardants. This is the subject of a just-published feature article in Environmental Building News (log-in required).This is a significant energy issue, because layers of foam insulation provide the easiest way to achieve the level of energy performance needed to approach net-zero-energy performance. If we’re going to add a lot of foam insulation to our homes, we want that to be safe for the occupants and the environment.center_img Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Changing building codes to allow elimination of flame retardantsBecause the vast majority of the fire safety in a building enclosure is provided by the thermal barrier, a group of environmentally aware architects, chemists, and code experts is seeking to change building codes to allow non-FR foam to be used in applications where adequate protection is provided by a thermal barrier. (Full disclosure: I have been involved in this initiative.)The code change would allow the FR-free foam to be used below-grade, where the insulation is sandwiched between concrete and earth (hardly a fire risk), and where the foam is separated from the living space by a 15-minute thermal barrier, such as 1/2-inch drywall.For the former application (below-grade insulation), I believe it’s a no-brainer. Over half of XPS is installed below-grade, so I think there could be a very viable product free of flame retardants for this application. The change to building codes wouldn’t mandate the elimination of flame retardants, but it would give manufacturers the option to do so if they chose to. Eliminating the flame retardant for above-grade applications where there is a 15-minute thermal barrier isn’t a slam-dunk, but I believe the case being made is strong.Changing building codes, however, is a long, challenging process; I don’t know what chances the initiative has. In my article research, manufacturers expressed reservations that they don’t want to have to produce, distribute, and market two different lines of material, and they point out that they also have to be concerned with fire safety of material being stored and during construction (before drywall is installed).On the other hand, though, foam insulation manufacturers spend a lot to incorporate flame retardants into their products. The insulation contains a not-insignificant amount of these chemicals: 12.5% TCPP in open-cell spray polyurethane, 4% TCPP is closed-cell spray polyurethane, and 2.5% HBCD in extruded polystyrene. A lot of the strategies for “greening” building products increase the manufacturing costs, while removing expensive flame retardants should reduce costs. So there is some interest by the industry in this change.As described in our Environmental Building News article this month, “Getting Flame Retardants Out of Foam Insulation,” the code-change initiative is being targeted, initially, at the International Residential Code. If successful, an effort to change the International Building Code (for commercial buildings) will follow.last_img read more

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Tallo heats up as Racal cruises past AMA

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mario Bonleon topscored for AMA Online Education with 31 points and 12 rebounds, but shot 8-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-8 from three.Daniel Salonga also had 20 markers and four boards, while Renzo Subido got 11 in the loss.The Scores:RACAL MOTORS 118 – Tallo 20, Lozada 17, Cortez 15, Salado 13, Ayonayon 12, Faundo 9, Capacio 9, Dela Cruz 7, Apreku 6, Mangahas 4, Grimaldo 2, Bulawan 2, Abrigo 2, Cabrera 0.AMA 100 – Bonleon 31, Salonga 20, Subido 11, Teodoro 9, Pontejos 8, Villanueva 7, Jordan 4, Bragais 4, Celso 4, Grospe 2, Carpio 0, Calma 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 36-16, 66-43, 94-73, 118-100.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Mac is very impressive for his first game for us,” noted coach Jerry Codiñera. “I hope he continues to play the way he did.”Tallo’s hot-shooting was the perfect encapsulation of Racal Motors’ blazing start, where it went on a 13-of-17 clip from the field in the first quarter to grab a 36-16 lead, which further extended to 31, 106-75, with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Of course, we’re happy because we got our first win, which is very crucial for a team that has went on an overhaul. We’ll just make our adjustments along the way,” said Codiñera.Janus Lozada added 17 markers, while Jam Cortez chimed in 15 points and five boards for the Alibaba. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Mac Tallo. PBA IMAGESMac Tallo scorched from beyond the arc in his debut as Racal Motors zoomed past AMA Online Education, 118-100, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Cebuano guard fired 15 of his 20 points in the first half and shot 4-of-9 from three to help the Alibaba cruise to their first win of the conference. He also had four assists and three rebounds in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NBA: Wall believes Kentucky prospect Fox better than Ball, Fultz BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab- KXIP win by 8 wkts

first_imgPunjab all-rounder Paul Valthaty claimed four wickets and scored a fine 75 as Punjab beat Hyderabad by eight wickets in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Saturday. Score | PhotosA 166-run target wasn’t a tough one for Punjab considering the fine form their openers Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty have been in this edition of the IPL. The two went on charge from the word go and walloped the opposition bowlers. In fact their required run rate was under control from the begenning as the two were scoring more than 10 runs an over to start with.The hosts tried hard to break their stand but failed as the two openers batted on and within minutes Punjab has crossed the 100-run mark. At last there was some cheer amongst the Hyderabad players when leggi Amit Mishra break their stand.On the last ball of the 14th over, Gilchrist played a pull shot off Mishra that was pouched by D Ravi Taje in the deep. He fell for 61, but not before doing the damage. Gilchrist and Valthaty had put 136 runs for the first wicket.With the Punjab captain back in the dugout, Valthaty too walked back a few minutes later with a fine 75 against his name. And this time too is was Mishra who took the wicket. Valthaty went for a big hit but failed to clear Ishant Sharma at long on. His quick-fire 75 that came of just 47 balls was decorated with 8 fours and five over the fence shots.advertisementFinally, Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Dinesh Karthik scored the home run for their team in the 18th over.Hyderabad innings Earlier, Punjab all-rounder Paul Valthaty finished with fine figures of 4-0-29-4 to restrict Hyderabad to 165/8.Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bowl and got the result of his decision early with opener Sunny Sohal falling to Ryan Harris in the first over when the score was 13.However post that wicket, Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan got on with a partnership putting on 75 runs for th second wicket before the former fell to Piyush Chawal’s turn in the 11th over. After his dismissal Dhawan too lost his rhythm and played a sweep shot to Sunny Singh at short fine leg off Paul Valthaty. Dhawan fell on 46 and Hyderabad fell to 92/3 in the 12th over.Valthaty came around to scalps Bharat Chipli to reduce the hosts to 112/4 in the 15th over. A straight one from Valthaty was played down the long on by Chipli, where Shaun Marsh took a clean catch to dismiss him on 14.JP Duminy, who was still at the crease and was looking dangerous went was an aerial shot, but mistimed it and the ball after taking a long loop fell in the safe hands of the bowler Ryan McLaren on 18. Hyderabad fell to 129/5. Two balls later, Marsh clean bowled Manpreet Gony on a duck and Hyderabad were 137/6 17.3 overs.In the last game, Valthaty had impressed everyone with his batting performance. Today, he was impressive with the ball. In the 19th over he claimed Daniel Christian and Amit Mishra on consecutive balls to complete his four-wicket haul. Hyderabad managed to score 165/8 in 20 overs.last_img read more

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Government to Spend $1 Billion to Cut Waiting Time in Public Health System

first_img The Government is to spend $1 billion on an initiative to address excessive waiting in the public health system.Focus will be placed on reducing the long waits for certain day and inpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests, and bed space shortages.This was announced by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 7.He informed that Professor Archibald McDonald, a trained surgeon and respected academic, will be appointed to oversee this effort.Dr. Tufton pointed out that currently there are patients waiting over a year for general surgeries, such as hernia.“It’s not going to kill them, but it places citizens of this country in so much pain. There is downtime from work,” he said.For other procedures, such as hysterectomies or myomectomies, there are patients waiting for over 10 months, and for surgeries, including radical prostatectomy, patients are waiting for over six months.“We would be an uncaring government if we did not find a way to respond to this very difficult situation for so many Jamaicans. Those who are poorest are the ones that suffer the most,” Dr. Tufton said.Under the programme, Jamaicans who are examined in the public health system and approved for diagnostic tests will be given the tests free of charge, even if they have to get them done by an approved private provider.In the case of surgeries, the Government will look at the priority placement of each surgery and determine a maximum wait time. Similarly, where possible, the Government will outsource those procedures to achieve minimal wait.Some of these surgeries include hernias; prostate – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and Cancer; uterine fibroids; haemorrhoids; gallbladder diseases – gallstones and cholecystitis; and orthopaedic procedures.Diagnostic Services include CT scans; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); ultrasound; angiography; endoscopy (colonoscopy and urogenital endoscopy); and histopathology.The billion-dollar intervention will also seek to free up bed space by removing social cases from hospitals and placing them in nursing homes, based on certain criteria.Dr. Tufton said the large number of social cases in the system is as a result of persons who are fit clinically for discharge from the hospital, but who remain because their relatives have failed to claim them.“We are going to assess each social case once they are eligible for release. If they are an infirm and have nowhere else to go, we will collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and where there is space available, to transfer these social cases [to infirmaries],” he pointed out.Additionally, the Minister said the Government is looking at how it can take action against the relatives of some of the persons who have been abandoned at hospitals.In many instances, he said relatives show up after their family member has died to collect a death certificate in order to claim their assets.“I have looked at the law and under the National Health Services Act, Section 13, the Minister can intervene and make regulations to force persons who have the responsibility and the means to take their loved ones from these hospitals and take control or charge of these persons,” Dr. Tufton said.He added that this can also be facilitated through provisions in the Poor Relief Act and Maintenance Act.Currently, there are 197 social cases in hospitals across the island. This was announced by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 7. Focus will be placed on reducing the long waits for certain day and inpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests, and bed space shortages. Story Highlights The Government is to spend $1 billion on an initiative to address excessive waiting in the public health system.last_img read more

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International Film Submissions Now Open – Vaughan International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Submissions for the early bird deadline is December 31, 2017. High school student submissions are also open. Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.comAbout VFF: The Vaughan Film Festival is an exciting four-day festival showcasing Canadian and international multigenre short film. As a not-for-profit organization, the Festival is committed to promoting and furthering arts education. It also supports the arts community by granting various scholarships and bursaries to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in the city of Vaughan Facebook Vaughan, Ontario – It’s that time of year again! International film submissions are now open! Now in its 6th edition, the Vaughan International Film Festival’s exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent. Filmmakers from around the world can submit their short film and get a chance to take home a Golden Reel Award!Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awardsincluding Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy.Student submissions are also open! Ontario high school students can have their short films on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2000.00 towards the department that assisted them in creating the film. Twitterlast_img read more

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Unbridled Love Royal New Years Eve Start Filming in Vancouver Area

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Unbridled Love (TV Movie)Following the death of her aunt, Sarah returns home to her Uncle’s farm for the holidays. Although she was hoping to find comfort in her family’s Christmas traditions, her uncle’s plan is to avoid them altogether. In the midst of their tension, a handsome Hollywood celebrity named Graham comes knocking, looking to use the farm as research for his next film. It takes some wooing for Graham to convince Sarah to let him use the property, but as he begins his work, Sarah finds herself in love with Graham. Between her family struggles and her new romance with Graham, Sarah winds up with a Christmas she’ll never forget.Unbridled Love stars Oakville, Ontario native Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Librarians), Kristoffer Polaha (Where Hope Grows, Get Shorty) and Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores, Chicago Fire).READ MOREcenter_img Facebook LINDY BOOTH LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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US Tim Hortons franchisee group sues RBI over alleged price gouging equity

first_imgA group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Restaurant Brands International “established a very aggressive and improper investment strategy in the Tim Hortons franchisee system, which resulted in the economic squeezing of Tim Hortons franchisees by RBI,” reads the suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida court on behalf of the American chapter of the Great White North Franchisee Association.None of the allegations have been proven in court and RBI disputes the allegations.The U.S. GWNFA group, which says it represents about half of all American Tim Hortons franchisees, claims RBI and Tim Hortons USA strip them of income and profit through increased and improper franchisee fees.RBI raised the prices of necessary products and services — like food supplies, paper cups, containers and cleaning supplies — that franchisees must purchase from approved vendors, according to the suit. These prices are “significantly above” open market prices, the suit alleges.Tim Hortons franchisees pay $104.08 more per case of Applewood bacon than Wendy’s franchisees do, according to the court documents, and $23.85 more for boxes of diet and regular Coke.It also claims the company requires franchisees who want to sell their stores to first offer it to the company for the five-year declining depreciated value of the furniture, fixtures and equipment.The GWNFA wants the court to declare the practices a breach of contract.RBI spokeswoman Devinder Lamsar said in an emailed statement that the lawsuit “does not at all reflect the facts.”She said the company “will respond in due course with the facts to this U.S.-based claim” and that RBI works closely with its Canadian and U.S. advisory boards made up of franchisees committed to its plan to grow the business and franchisee profitability.“These franchisees have been unfairly squeezed by Tim Hortons/RBI to the point where they are, in many cases, no longer viable businesses,” said Jerry Marks, one of the lawyers representing the GWNFA in this case, in a statement.“We expect to stop this type of abusive franchisor behaviour.”RBI is also facing two lawsuits from the Canadian GWNFA chapter, including one alleging the company improperly used money from a national advertising fund.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

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