Donegal father sentenced to 11 years for raping daughter

first_imgA Donegal father-of-six who repeatedly and regularly raped his teenage daughter has been jailed for eleven years.Maurice Lafferty (50) of Corcullen, Castlefin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughter Annie Lafferty at his home on dates between November 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Garda Sergeant John Dorian told Paul Carroll SC, prosecuting, that the accused man’s wife worked in Letterkenny and lived away from the home four nights a week during the period of offending.Gda Sgt Dorian said that on a night in November, 2010, Lafferty came into his then seventeen year old daughter’s bedroom. “You’re my good little girl, you’re the only one I can trust,” Lafferty said to her.Judge Alex Owens said Lafferty had only pleaded guilty at the last minute.Ms Annie Lafferty spoke after the court of how relieved she was after the court case. Watch on Virgin Media News here: Donegal father sentenced to 11 years for raping daughter was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – January 22nd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AUDIO: The ForecastOH_Ag_Net-1Keep the umbrella handy today. Rains start around noon in western Ohio, and will push east through the afternoon, evening and overnight. The front that is working through originated in the plains this weekend and has quite a history behind it already. For us, we see rains from .25”-.1” likely here through sunrise tomorrow. Temps probably stay warm enough, even overnight, that we see mostly liquid. That being said, we won’t rule out some sloppy wet snowflakes in NW Ohio and west central Ohio early tomorrow morning as temps pull back into the mid to lower 30s. .  A second, minor wave of action comes in over northern Ohio tomorrow morning and will look see rain changing to snow. Minor accumulations can be seen, mostly from US 30 northward.  The rest of the state will see plenty of clouds for the balance of tomorrow and through tomorrow night. The map above shows total precipitation (liquid equivalent) through tomorrow evening.Cold air continues to funnel in to the state at midweek. In fact, most of us will be struggling to get above freezing for Wednesday. We do not expect any precipitation with the cold air, and it really will not be nearly as cold as air masses behind our most recent frontal passages. Still, a return to slightly below normal air will be noticeable, given the mild push of the past few days. Winds return to the southwest on Thursday, and we should see another milder surge of air to finish the week. Temperatures begin to climb some on Thursday, but generally stay near to slightly above normal. We see Friday warmer with sunshine and above normal temps. Strong winds at 15-30 mph will mean we still feel a pretty good chill, though, even though actual air temps may run toward the lower to middle 40s again. This surge and strong wind set up will be in advance of our next system, which still looks strong.Even though we expect a strong system to move in from late next Friday right on through the weekend, it looks this morning like it is weaker, and has less moisture available than what we were seeing when we finished out last week on Friday. The rains should not drag out as long, and total, overall precipitation, in terms of its moisture equivalent looks better than it had. Scattered light showers Saturday morning, and then rains move east while intensifying into Sunday. We are going to put rain totals at .25”-1” with 90% coverage. However, the upper end of the range (.7” to 1” rain totals) looks to be limited to areas south of I-70. Rains will be the heaviest from Saturday night through midday Sunday. Later Sunday afternoon cold air starts to advance in on the backside of the front into the state, and by sunset Sunday, we could see rain changed over to snow over about 70% of the state. This will allow some snow accumulations, especially in eastern Ohio. We can see 2-6 inches in eastern Ohio, and a coating to 2 inches by Sunday midnight in central and western Ohio. These numbers can definitely change between now and then, but it looks like we are going to be in the right place to see cold air catch up with precipitation, while our neighbors to the west miss out on that part of this system. Strong NW winds will make for a cold finish to the weekend. The snow will be wet enough that we don’t expect serious blowing and drifting, but wind chills will be in play. .Some lake effect snows may develop next Monday (29th), particularly over northeast Ohio, but we won’t rule them out anywhere north of I-70. Accumulations will be mostly limited, but typical lake effect areas in NE Ohio could see several inches. Clouds will struggle to break for sun in other parts of the state, but we won’t rule it out. Strong NW winds will keep temperatures sub-freezing statewide, and that cold air holds through next Tuesday.We finish the 10 day period with wind shifting back to the SW for midweek next week, which will allot temps to moderate some for Wednesday, the 31st. We do not expect a big move above normal, but a return to normal for Wednesday is likely. A clipper races through next Thursday, and brings a quick burst of snow, along with colder air.The extended period brings another strong system up from the SW out of the central plains for the 3rd and early the 4th. This system has liquid precipitation potential up to 1.25” and coverage at 100% of the region. This system may have some rain to start, but its current projected track would signal that we need to be on the lookout for some significant snow as well. Time will tell. Behind that event, we put together several dry days, but could see another strong system for the 6th into the 7th, bringing the potential for snow. This would be the start of a potentially very active month of Februarylast_img read more

Alleged Wikileaks Leaker Faces Death Penalty

first_imgBradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who allegedly passed classified documents to the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, has just been charged with 22 additional counts, according to his attorney, Lieutenant Colonel David Coombs. Among these are “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense.Before we go on, you should understand two things. First, I am Son of Regular Navy. Second, I am not a fan of Wikileaks. Both of these things are relevant to my understanding of what has happened to Manning.Little Lord Fauntleroy vs. the Fighting Man As regards putting the lives of military people in danger, anything which does that leaves me absolutely arctic. You cannot understand what it’s like to go through an entire year not knowing, each day, whether your father has been killed unless you have in fact gone through it. And unless you have, shut up. Try not to forget, by the way, that the overwhelming majority of the men and women who risk their lives in the service are poor people. I don’t mean people who can’t afford decent weed. I mean people who know what it’s like to go hungry.As to the notion of Wikileaks being a journalistic organization, well, being someone who cavalierly plops into a web page a bunch of stuff they were handed by a person who actually took a risk without adding any value to it seems to strain the definition of journalist. (That’s the definition of a blogger.) The arrogance and disregard for simple fellow feeling repeatedly evinced by the knuckleheaded Little Lord Fauntleroy of the left, Julian Assange, leaves me red-hot. (Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.)So, both of those things established, I would not hesitate for a moment to cheer a death sentence for PFC Manning if he had passed the information he allegedly stole to a foreign government or armed group; especially one like Al Qaeda, which has unequivocally announced its continued desire to kill my fellow citizens. Manning has simply not done this. Because he has not, these charges come off as politicized revenge by politicians who have been made to look stupid simply by showing the world what they actually did!Actions vs. Theatre Last June, Manning was initially charged with four counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s Article 92, for disobeying orders, and eight counts of violating Article 134, a general misconduct charge, for disclosing classified information. These charges seem proportionate to what Manning is alleged to have done. Adding 22 additional counts, including a capital charge, is the kind of disproportionate and deadly political theatre I have come to expect from a country like Burma or Iran. American exceptionalism aside, this action flies in the face of every ideal the U.S. claims for itself and promulgates abroad – ideals which I claim as my own. Did Manning break the law? There seems to be evidence to that effect. Did he “aid the enemy”? Unless there is a raft of information that is currently not being shared even in outline, he certainly did not. And if that is the case, put it on the damned table. Otherwise, to each of the wrinkled, embittered and embarrassed old gremlins who’ve used this deluded boob as a sweet bit of political legerdemain to disguise their own impotence, I say: Act like a damned man. Other sources: MSNBC curt hopkins Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Breaking#news#Op-Ed#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Lead Paint and Old Clapboards

first_imgThis wall needs a rainscreenLead is an obvious concern, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, and any prep work on the clapboards will need the help of a contractor who understands and follows lead-safe procedures. Even if the lead problem can be solved, however, Zuman will have a wall without an effective air barrier.“If you leave the existing clapboard in place, you’ll have a wall without a rainscreen and without a decent exterior air barrier,” he says. “(Airkrete has a tendency to shrink away from the framing, so the Airkrete won’t be airtight).“I advise you to install new sheathing (installed in an airtight manner), new furring strips to create a rainscreen gap, and the siding of your choice. You’ll have a much better wall if you follow this advice.”Dana Dorsett also would like to see Zuman introduce a gap behind the siding.“Leaded paint is a true vapor barrier,” Dorsett says. “If it’s clapboards nailed directly onto the balloon framing (no plank sheathing) insulating the cavities will almost certainly cause the paint to fail in short years due to the high moisture content of the clapboards, followed by the nails &/or the clapboard itself.“It has survived until now due to the clapboards’ ability to dry quickly into the empty framing cavities,” Dorsett continues. “That rapid drying will no longer happen if the insulation is allowed in contact with the clapboards. Whether keeping the original clapboard or installing new ones, providing at least a 1/4-inch deep (1/2 inch would probably be easier and better) vent cavity between the clapboards and the insulation would provide significant mitigation against those issues.” RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to say:One option may be to encapsulate the lead paint on your siding. And I say this because you may have to limit the investment in your exterior wall cladding since you have so many other bigger fish to fry. Many years ago here at the BuildingGreen offices in Brattleboro, Vermont, we used LeadLock. (Our offices are located in the former Estey Organ Factory, once the world’s largest manufacturer of parlor organs).I agree that some sort of back-venting of your cladding is a good idea to maintain drying potential as you fill framing wall cavities with insulation. You should take a look at this GBA case study, where Jeff Medanich tried several different approaches to keeping existing siding in historic, originally unconditioned wood-framed cottages in Boulder, Colorado (admittedly, a drier climate than what you’re dealing with).I have always had reservations about AirKrete Insulation. Whenever I have asked the company about how well AirKrete stays bonded to surfaces like wood framing and sheathing — which tend to move quite a bit over time — they have stated they can add a proprietary agent to increase the material’s flexibility and bonding capabilities. Add? Why not require it or include this material automatically? A check of the AirKrete website reveals nothing about the airtightness characteristics of the material or any installations. I reviewed the sample specification offered on the AirKrete website and it includes nothing on airtightness. It does contain some woefully outdated text on “Vapor/Weather Barriers.”Then there is a photo in the AirKrete photo gallery. It shows AirKrete being injected into an existing brick wall assembly — presumably brick veneer — filling the dedicated free-drainage and capillary space between the veneer and the rest of the wall assembly! Not every space should be filled with insulation! Sometimes spaces have a reason for being.And as luck would have it, there is a new retrofit installation of AirKrete just accomplished in the last several weeks in my neck of the woods. It’s an historic wood-framed meeting house in northeastern coastal Massachusetts, with AirKrete used as cavity insulation. The retrofit project has been set up with a series of HOBO data loggers to measure conditions in the building space as well as sensors in walls. I will be working with the consultants on this project to see how the walls perform over time, including infrared imaging when depressurized to assess airtightness — stay tuned! The paint will not be a vapor barrierZuman wants a vapor-permeable wall system, and one of his concerns is that the lead paint on the clapboards creates a vapor barrier. Should be be concerned?Not really. Although, as Dorsett points out, lead paint is a true vapor barrier, as a practical matter that won’t be a concern here.“While Dana is correct that a perfect coat of lead-based paint, adequately thick, is a vapor barrier, you aren’t legally allowed to have that,” Holladay says. “You’ll end up with old clapboards that have been scraped and prepped (using lead-safe practices) and coated with a modern lead-free paint.“So if you keep the old clapboard and repaint it, you won’t have an exterior vapor barrier. You’ll have old clapboard with some flecks of older paint still clinging to it, but you won’t have 100% coverage of lead-based paint.”The only real concern with lead paint is the toxicity of the lead, a particular risk for any children or pregnant women who may be living in the house. Managing Lead Paint HazardsLead-Based Paint and Green RemodelingInsulating Walls in an Old House With No SheathingAll About Rainscreens John Straube: Rain Control in Buildings Joseph Lstiburek: Mind the Gap, Eh? The Rain Screen Wall Systemcenter_img Keeping the house fossil-fuel freeZuman doesn’t want materials in the house that are made with fossil fuels, so he’s turning to alternatives such as Airkrete (an insulation whose principal ingredient is magnesium oxide), magnesium oxide board sheathing (MgO board), and (for the roof) Pavatex, a European wood fiber insulation.“Basically all house builders until the end of WWI crafted homes using nontoxic materials,” Zuman writes. “Since my house is in New York, I’ve chosen to insulate the roof with a material that’s non-toxic and produced from a regenerative resource (cellulose has its own issues, though it was my first choice until I executed additional research). Sadly, the house building industry in the States, in my humble opinion, is stuck with sub-par options on so many levels.”Holladay notes that because Pavatex must be shipped from Europe to the U.S., there’s a fair amount of fossil fuel consumption involved in transportation, even if the product itself isn’t made with a petroleum-based foam.But Zuman argued the fuels used in the final delivery of a product aren’t significant in relation to the energy that went into developing and manufacturing.“The embodied energy involved in producing the inputs and in producing the logistics related to production of the inputs of a final product typically so far outweighs final delivery mileage that I don’t even consider such miles as relevant,” he says. “That noted, shipping items between places is about 10 times more efficient on a fossil fuel basis than motor trucking items.”Further, Zuman’s assertion that houses built before World War I are made with less toxic materials than houses today is just plain wrong, Holladay and others say.Lead-based paint dates to colonial times, and asbestos was first mined for use in insulation in 1858, he says. Steve Knapp adds that asbestos shingles and siding were introduced to the U.S. in 1907, while lead solder, coal and wood fires, and open-flame lighting all were environmental and health hazards that were common before World War I. Gregg Zuman’s house in Beacon, New York, was built near the start of the Civil War, and like most any building of that era it’s in need of a few repairs. At the moment, Zuman is stuck on what to do about the clapboard siding.“It’s slathered with lead paint, of course,” Zuman writes in a Q&A post. “The issue is how to move ahead: figure out a way to remove the lead paint and apply a coat of 50-50 pine tar-raw linseed or cut losses, remove the old clapboard, replace with cedar clapboard, and apply 50-50 pine tar-raw linseed or suck it up, paint over the lead paint with decent lead-free paint, and embrace compromise.”The cheapest option probably will be painting over the lead paint, but Zuman worries that would make the wall a vapor impermeable barrier — something he wants to avoid at all costs.The house is balloon framed, with no space between the framing and the siding — meaning no sheathing. Zuman plans on using Airkrete insulation, and his overall objective is to “honor the history of the structure while updating the materials were needed with products free of fossil fuels.”How does he proceed? That’s the issue for this Q&A Spotlight. Old houses have their challengesAs Zuman, a first-time homeowner, ponders the complexities of saving an old house, he wonders just what he’s got himself into.“Tough choice here,” he writes, “as the more I remove from the structure, the more of a fool I feel —what did I purchase again? I’ll be left with the balloon frame, the masonry, and the stone foundation including a stone lower floor wall that’s an insulation challenge all in itself.”Installing new cedar siding would strip the house of some of its character and history, but whatever he does will not be cheap. His plan is now to work with a local contractor who will “scrub the siding and see how it goes.” The idea is to clean up the existing siding as well as possible before coating it with a mix of pine tar and raw linseed oil, or another vapor-permeable finish.John Clark admits he’s not a huge fan of old wood houses, and says the real answer to Zuman’s problems may be a bolt of lightning.“Yes, as in ‘burn it down’ (I’m joking, kind of),” Clark says. “I don’t put much weight in the historical value of old wooden homes. They’re usually drafty, have odd dimensions, short ceilings, have structural issues, and much of their ‘value’ is locked up on the lot itself.“Conversely, you could always do a gut rehab and just get it fixed,” Clark continues. “Maybe look into a HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage where the cost to renovate is no more than 50% of the ‘as completed’ value of the home.”last_img read more

Parallels App Aims To Let Your Fingers Do The Tapping On Remote Desktops

first_imgSure, it can be convenient to use a tablet or smartphone to log into a remote computer. But it can also be a huge pain, not least because you still have to manipulate your Windows or Mac OS X software using a Frankensteinian hybrid of poke, drag, and swipe gestures. The release of Parallels Access from virtualization vendor Parallels aims to fix that, at least on the iPad.I’ve downloaded the app to try it out, and Parallels does seem to have improved upon the interface experience somewhat by enabling touch-screen gestures for application running on the remote machine. But there are a few features that could use a little polishing.In the basic gestures category, Access doesn’t offer anything much different than what LogMeIn has for either its free LogMeIn app or the $129.99 LogMeIn Ignition app. The advanced gestures, such as on-the-fly screen magnification to better tap desktop controls that get a lot smaller on your iPad screen, are more interesting. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What stands out is the way Access shifts the entire desktop experience into an app-centric screen that does away with desktop-centric tools like toolbars and Start menus. Just tap an icon on the screen and the application on the remote desktop starts right up—no need to first drag the desktop’s mouse over the icon. Switching apps with the App Switcher is a nice feature, too.Where Access Starts To Get DeniedWhere things go awry is in the connection to the desktop itself. Access automatically shifts the remote computer’s screen resolution to a size that will work on the iPad, and that’s fine. But there’s also a significant delay in resetting the desktop resolution back to normal after you turn off the Access app. You also have to confirm the disconnect on the desktop, not the app, which means that when you get back to your workstation, it might be awhile before your system is ready.This wasn’t a deal breaker, but it was kind of annoying after the first few disconnects.Pricing is another consideration. Access offers a 14-day trial, but after that, you’ll need to pay $79.99 annually. That’s a goodly chunk of change, but it’s still $60 lower than the cost of LogMeIn Ignition, which near as I can tell offers many of the same features but is not an annual fee.Another option would be to just install the free LogMeIn app on your iPad and then the LogMeIn Free client on your desktop machine. You can’t beat the price, even if the features are more limited.Parallels Access is fast, responsive and with just a couple of exceptions, pretty easy to use. But you should carefully weigh the costs with this class of app. After all, if you have to do a lot of work remotely, maybe you should just get a laptop.Update:Story updated to reflect the annual pricing of Parallels Access.Images courtesy Parallels. brian proffitt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Desktop Virtualization#iPad#Parallels Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Parties prepare for panchayat polls in Tripura

first_imgPreparations have begun for the upcoming three panchayat elections in Tripura. The announcement of poll schedules is expected in the next few days, a senior official in the State Election Commission (SEC) said on Monday.The commission has also declared the final electoral rolls. A total of 12,03,070 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. Over 90% of seats were won by the ruling CPI(M) led Left Front in the 2014 panchayat elections. However, in the last Assembly, Lok Sabha and by-elections, the CPI(M) saw a rout and incumbent BJP registered a huge win.The Congress is also gradually gaining ground. In the recent LS election in Tripura, the party secured 26% of votes pushing CPI(M) to third position.Sources said that the BJP is in the process of selecting candidates..last_img

Fruit wines to cost less in Maharashtra

first_imgFruit wines will be cheaper in the State. The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a cut in excise duty on fruit wines, except those made of grapes and mead, to ₹1 per bulk litre from the earlier 100% of manufacturing cost.The decision to reduce excise duty will be applicable to wines made of Indian blackberry, chickoo, banana, red dates, cashew apples and conkerberry and is likely to benefit horticulturists in the Konkan and in tribal areas.Prior to the decision, the wine manufacturers paid 100% excise duty on the manufacturing cost. As a result, the wines were costlier than soft alcoholic drinks such as beer and grape wine. “We have now reduced it to a negligible amount. It will boost the industry and consumers will benefit,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, State Excise Minister.A 330 ml beer bottle costs anywhere between ₹150 and ₹180 while table wine of 750 ml is available in the ₹250 to ₹ 400 range. Due to the cost difference, the wine industry in the State was suffering, said the minister. “Only four new businessmen joined the industry in the past two years. This decision will help entrepreneurs as well as farmers,” said the minister.Meanwhile, the State Excise Department earned a revenue of ₹25,323 crore in financial year 2018-19. In 2016-17, the State witnessed a 10% growth in revenues. In the next two years, the growth was 9% and 16.5% respectively.Decentralisation of responsibilities and ease of doing business through the online medium has helped the government with the excise department’s functioning, the minister said. “One of the reasons for an increase in the department’s revenue is the ease of doing business mechanism, adopted in issuing permits and licences in manufacturing as well as alcohol sale,” said Mr. Bawankule.last_img read more

Marcio Lassiter regains touch at right time

first_imgLassiter averaged just 6.8 points through Games 1 to 4  then, found his groove in Games 5 and 6 where he averaged 20 points per outing.The 31-year-old Lassiter played a vital role in Game 6 as San Miguel evened the series and forced a deciding seventh game on Wednesday, keeping the Beermen’s bid for a fifth straight Philippine Cup alive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was falling tonight. I was kind of mixing it up, going inside and cutting,” said Lassiter after the Beermen’s 98-86 win Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Coach [Leo Austria] was telling me to attack more, and I was fortunate to get my first three go in.”Lassiter’s Game 6 performance was also his best shooting night in the series as he converted 50 percent from the field, 7-of-14, including 3-of-6 from the three-point line. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Making Lassiter’s job lighter was the mere presence of five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo who constantly demanded double-teams that opened his teammates from the perimeter.“I was getting more and more comfortable and the guys were sharing the ball, that’s what we always do, and we’re just continuously sharing the ball,” said Lassiter.“The main focus is June Mar, and I just want to be there when they double, just to give more opportunity for him to work in the post and space the floor.”Lassiter added that San Miguel has to be mentally ready come Game 7 even if it has more experience playing in do-or-die situations.In the past five years under Leo Austria, the Beermen have played in two finals Game 7s and won.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve been in Game 7s before, and we’ll definitely bank on our experience to carry us,” said Lassiter. “At the same time we know it’s not going to be easy because both teams want to really win this game, and we know it’s going to be a grind out game.”“From this point we have to mentally prepare ourselves. We know it’s going to be a tough battle, so we just have to come out there and stay focused, stay locked in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess San Miguel, Magnolia on level playing field in Game 7, says June Mar Fajardocenter_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—If there is a player in this series who’s glad to get his rhythm back, it has to be San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter.The Beermen’s reliable wingman was flat the first four games of the series before turning things around in Games 5 and 6 just in time for the PBA Philippine Cup finale against Magnolia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more