A handcuffed Sampson Boymah, in black jacket and tie, and court officers in a scuffle on their way to the Monrovia Central PrisonBy Abednego DavisA prison commitment turned into a scuffle between the handcuffed defendant Sampson Boymah, accused of stealing US$21,000 and several bailiffs (court officers).No one sustained any injury during the scuffle last Friday at the Monrovia City Court when court officers eventually subdued the fraudster and landed him in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP).Defendant Boymah, chairman of the Liberia Non-Governmental Organization Network, a development and human rights advocacy group, is charged with theft of property, forgery and criminal conspiracy in connection with his alleged unauthorized withdrawal of US$ 21,000 from the network’s account at Ecobank Liberia.Friday’s fight started when Magistrate Kennedy Peabody handed Boymah’s commitment documents to the officers to have him jailed at the MCP. Boymah attempted to resist, although he was in handcuffs. He was eventually subdued by the involvement of additional officers.Magistrate Peabody issued commitment orders immediately after Boymah failed to obtain the services of a lawyer to secure his criminal appearance bond, as his crime qualified him for a bail.“There were verbal arguments and there was a fight,” an eyewitness said.Another eyewitness narrated to the Daily Observer that the commotion started when the handcuffed Boymah refused to walk with the bailiffs to the Capitol Bypass, a five-minute walk from the courtroom, to board a hired tricycle to take him to the MCP, as there was no available vehicle to transfer him to prison where he will remain until his family can post the bond.Samuel G. Morris, a dismissed Ecobank teller, filed the case against Boymah.Morris had earlier told the court that Boymah submitted forged documents from the network based on which he (Morris) withdrew the US$21,000 and paid the amount to Boymah, although Boymah is not a signatory to the network’s account. Despite dismissing Morris, the bank was compelled by the network to repay the US$21,000.A writ of arrest in the possession of this newspaper alleges that in September 2014, Boymah conspired with co-defendant Constance Teah, who is on the run, and using fake documents, withdrew US$21,000 from the network’s account – 0811014700381301.“The defendants exercised unauthorized control over the network’s account and deprived the owner,” the court document alleges.Boymah’s action, the record alleges, was wicked, and in violation of sections 15.51, 15.70 and 10.2 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Monday it is evaluating whether to pursue a probation violation charge against now-terminated San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, who was arrested for domestic-violence in Tampa over the weekend.Police meanwhile released 911 audio from the call by his “on-again off-again” girlfriend, who had recanted similar allegations earlier this year.Booking photo of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster after he was …
PITTSBURGH — The A’s might have skirted an injury issue with Blake Treinen, who was unavailable to pitch Saturday because of right elbow soreness.When Treinen reported to PNC Park on Sunday for the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates, whatever Treinen was feeling had mostly dissipated.Manager Bob Melvin had Saturday that Treinen would “probably” be unavailable for Sunday’s game because of the arm issues, and he held back Lou Trivino to close.Even though Treinen is feeling better, …
In this final installment about insulation we’ll take a look at the family of rigid boardstock materials. Unlike fiberous or spray-foam insulation that is installed in wall or ceiling cavities between the studs, rafters, or joists, boardstock insulation is applied either on the interior or exterior surface, spanning across the framing.The three most common types of rigid boardstock insulation are plastic foams: extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, and polyisocyanurate. Extruded polystyrene (XPS), including the familiar light-blue Dow Styrofoam and Owens Corning’s pink Foamular, is the most moisture-resistant of these three and is commonly used below-grade to insulate the exterior of foundation walls and under basement slabs. XPS provides an insulating value of R-5 per inch. Unfortunately, XPS (in this country) is still made with ozone-depleting HCFC blowing agents, which manufacturers are required to eliminate by 2010. Manufacturers of blowing agents, refrigerants, and other compounds have made great progress in eliminating substances that destroy the Earth’s protective ozone layer in the stratosphere since the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was discovered in the 1980s. XPS is the only insulation material still made with ozone-depleting blowing agents.Expanded polystyrene (EPS), also known as beadboard, is manufactured more locally by smaller companies than is XPS, and it can be purchased in a much wider range of dimensions, thicknesses, and densities. The most common EPS, with a density of about 1 pound per cubic foot, doesn’t perform well below-grade, but it can be ordered at higher densities that do much better in such applications. For below-ground use, I recommend at least 1.5 pounds per cubic foot. Two-pound EPS is even better, with performance much closer to that of XPS. The most common low-density EPS insulates to about R-4 per inch. It is manufactured with pentane as the blowing agent, which does not harm ozone. EPS is the most common insulation material used in producing structural insulated panels, such as those made locally by Winter Panel Corporation and Foard Panel.Polyisocyanurate is the highest-insulating boardstock option, providing R-6.0 to R-6.5 per inch. A special low-conductivity gas fills cells in the insulation, and foil facing slows down the loss of this gas or entry of air—a process that, unfortunately, reduces the R-value somewhat over time. This gas fill or “blowing agent” used to be an ozone-depleting compound, but manufacturers have shifted to ozone-safe blowing agents, usually pentane.Polyisocyanurate is most commonly used for roofs and walls, but almost never below ground because it can absorb moisture.In addition to these three rigid-foam boardstock materials, there are also rigid fiberglass and mineral wool boardstock insulation products. These are excellent in the right applications, but they are usually only available for commercial construction; they are not carried by most building supply centers serving residential builders and homeowners.No matter what the type, boardstock insulation opens up some great opportunities for creating highly insulated—or superinsulated—walls. With new construction, I have long been a proponent of going well beyond a typical 2×6 wall insulated with cavity-fill fiberglass or cellulose. I believe that a reasonable R-value target for walls is R-35, and if I were building a new house I’d probably aim even higher. The easiest way to achieve such a high insulation level with wood-frame construction is a 2×6 wall with cellulose cavity-fill insulation and then an exterior layer of 3” of polyisocyanurate boardstock. However, that wall system, providing about R-35, will entail some extra effort with detailing:First, the thicker walls will require extra trim around windows and doors. Second, you will probably have to combine two layers of boardstock insulation (a 1” layer and a 2” layer) to achieve the recommended three inches. Third, to provide racking strength (to hold the walls square), let-in metal bracing, or plywood or OSB sheathing, will be needed in addition to the boardstock insulation.Lastly, to install siding, you’ll need strapping with extra-long screws to secure it to the wall studs. (An added benefit is that the air space behind the siding that this strapping creates—called a rainscreen detail—improves the life of the siding and reduces the frequency of repainting.)By providing such a thick layer of foil-faced boardstock insulation on the exterior, there is virtually no chance of moisture condensing within the 2×6 wall cavity; the cavity-fill cellulose insulation will be fully protected. Other approaches for achieving superinsulated houses, including SIP construction, double-stud walls, and special non-structural wall trusses that are hung on the outside of the structural wall, will be covered over the coming months in this column.
It is the season of Anna and it is no wonder that the biggest fashion statement doing the rounds is to be seen in an Anna T-shirt.The Nehru cap has made a fashionable comeback and this time it has a new name – I am Anna.Young, old, men and women – Anna supporters from every part of the country are sporting the Anna topi (cap).The political statement in white has entered the spiritual space as well. The faithful have an anti-corruption song in their heart and Anna on their mind.Seventy-four-year-old Anna Hazare has triggered a fashion trend and Indians are lapping it up. From Anna T shirts to wrist bands, brand Anna is taking all imaginable and unimaginable form.Being sold by Anna’s India Against Corruption team, these products are selling like hot cakes.T-shirt stores and Khadi Gram Udyogs are also stocking up on Anna products. But the demand still seems to be higher than the supply.A man from Bikaner says, he wanted 600 topis, but managed to get only six, adding he will order more from MP.Anna products are on sale at all protest venues. Proceeds from the sale are going into funding arrangements at the venue itself.”Though it is a trade secret, still I will let you know. We are getting these things from Khadi Gram,” says a trader.While the T-shirts with slogans are priced between Rs 100 and Rs 300, the cap is going between Rs 15 and Rs 40.Other merchandise like the Anna wristbands and posters are going at Rs 20. Some things like the Anna tattoos and flag face-paint are available for free.advertisementAnna Hazare is now sharing space with Che Guevara and Bob Marley on T shirt shelves. He is turning into a cult figure.
Top-order batsman James Vince has been added to the England squad for the fourth Test versus India, starting from August 30 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.Vince, who failed to make the squad for any of the first three Tests, is likely to provide cover for Jonny Bairstow, who fractured his right middle finger during the third Test at Trent Bridge.”England National Cricket Selectors have named a 14-man squad for the fourth Specsavers Test match against India at Ageas Bowl starting on Thursday August 30.”Hampshire batsman James Vince has been added to the squad. The 27-year-old right-hander last played for England in Christchurch in April against New Zealand, has been in excellent form in the Specsavers County Championship. The Hampshire captain averages 56 in Division One this summer and made scores of 74 and 147 for his county in their win against Nottinghamshire at the Ageas Bowl this week,” said a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.Vince, who is likely to play the fourth Test if Bairstow fails to recover in time, replaced Jamie Porter in the 14-man squad for the home side.Also read – Big blow for England, Jonny Bairstow suffers minor finger fracture”The selection panel felt this was the right time to reintroduce James Vince to the Test squad. James will provide cover in case Jonny Bairstow’s fractured finger prevents him playing in the fourth Test match.”James returns to the England set-up in confident form and scoring runs. He has been in excellent form for Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship, with 847 runs at 56.46, including 74 and 147 this week – runs that shaped Hampshire’s win against Nottinghamshire. James’ match-winning runs also helped Hampshire to win the Royal London Cup earlier this summer.advertisement”Jamie Porter has been part of the last three Test squads. But the selection panel did not want him to miss the opportunity of playing for Essex in the next round of championship matches. He will return to the squad in the event of an injury to a seam bowler,” said national selector Ed Smith.Bairstow sustained a minor fracture to his left middle finger during India’s second innings of the third Test at Trent Bridge on Monday.Bairsotw failed to collect a James Anderson delivery in the 44th over and walked out in pain.Jos Buttler took over wicketkeeping duties for England but it was not yet clear whether Bairstow would bat in England’s second innings.However, Bairstow did come out to bat in the second innings as England looked to save the Test match but was bowled first ball by Jasprit Bumrah on day four of the Test match.Buttler is likely to continue with the wicket-keeping duties if Bairstow fails to recover in time for the penultimate Test.England squad: Joe Root (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (WK), Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will receive a presentation regarding the 2018-2019 Wilmington Middle School Program of Studies.The School Committee will receive a report regarding scheduled Summer/Early Fall DPW and Public Buildings projects at the schools.The School Committee will begin discussion over proposed changes to the district’s Free and Reduced Price Food Services Policy and Meal Charge Policy.The School Committee will officially set the last day of school.The School Committee will also receive a Superintendent Report, report from its Student Representative, and any subcommittee reports.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-E — Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon. The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”
Kolkata: For the first time in India, Geological Survey of India (GSI) is going to use ultramodern remote sensing technology with the help of sensor developed by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), USA called — “Advanced Visible Infra-Red Imaging Spectrometer Next Generation (AVIRIS-NG)” to locate minerals like lead, zinc, copper, platinum, diamond, gold and other associated minerals.”This sensor is an engineering marvel and has been proved effective for mapping surface mineralogy in different parts of the world,” a senior GSI official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRecently, AVIRIS-NG sensor was mounted onboard ISRO aircraft for acquiring the hyperspectral images for fourteen mineralized blocks in different parts of India, namely Jhagadia and Ambaji of Gujarat, Zawar, Udaipur, Pur Banera, Jahazpur and Bhukia in Rajasthan, Hutti-Maski in Karnataka, Wajrakarur in Andhra Pradesh, Sittampundi in Tamil Nadu, KuhiKhobna in Maharashtra, Tundi in Jharkhand and Chattarpur in Madhya Pradesh.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been recently signed between the GSI and the National Remote Sensing Centre-Indian Space Research Organization (NRSC-ISRO) in Kolkata in presence of Dr Dinesh Gupta, Director General, GSI and Santanu Chowdhury, Director, NRSC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe main objective of the MoU is to utilise these airborne hyperspectral data by the scientists of GSI and ISRO to find surface signatures of mineralization in those 14 promising areas in the next 3 years. As a matter of fact, every mineral shows specific spectral character and hence hyperspectral remote sensing is used to detect minerals based on their spectral characteristics.It may be mentioned that hyperspectral data has immense potential for mineral exploration with regard to mapping of the host rock and surface alterations associated with the mineral forming processes.Hyperspectral remote sensing, also known as imaging spectroscopy, are not only used on earth but also used for mapping minerals on Moon and Mars.