Police Release Five Victims of Homophobia from ‘Protective Custody’

first_imgThe spokesperson of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter, said at least five persons, who were taken into ‘protective custody’ during a violent attack which rocked the quiet suburbs of Sinkor two weeks ago, has been released.The five individuals were part of a larger group of people who were said to be attending a birthday party in Sinkor at a Drop-In-Center (DIC) owned and operated by Population Services International (PSI) when they came under a massive attack from residents of the community over suspicion they were “Gays” (homosexuals).“A total of five persons were brought to our headquarters. Some of them sustained injuries as a result of the stone-throwing,” Carter said.The party, according to sources, was the 33rd birth anniversary of a staff member of PSI, and the entity seized the occasion to boost attendance at the DIC, following a previous incident last year that dampened the interest of a key section of the population who frequent the location for regular HIV/AIDS checkups.Carter said the five individuals will not be forwarded to court as they are victims who the police had ‘saved’ from mob violence and prosecution is out of the question as they were not “caught in the act of homosexuality.”Articles 14.74, 14.79 and 50.7 [of the Penal Code of 1976] consider “voluntary sodomy” as a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one-year imprisonment.However, Liberia’s gay community says harassment and discrimination are widespread against their associates, but Carter furthered that the police could not arrest any of the assailants.“It was during the night hours; we only managed to restore calm in the midst of the stone-throwing,” he said.PSI Liberia continues to remain silent on probes by journalRAGE over the level of security measures employed, which would have staved off the attack from community members.But in a statement published in local news outlets including the Daily Observer, PSI Liberia Country Director, Rajiv Dua, said rumors circulating on social media that the entity was hosting a “Gay party” are “rumors of evil.”According to the statement, Dua said that the party, hosted by ‘Saranna,’ was the birthday of one of their clients at the center, during which time PSI peer educators would take advantage to conduct HIV/AIDS testing and counseling to those vulnerable groups, most of whom showed up during the night hours.“They invaded our premises because of wrong rumors,” Dua is quoted in the statement.“We provide HIV & AIDS testing and counseling at that premises, and the party was set up to ensure that a greater part of the population of this vulnerable group showed up to be tested and counseled, but unfortunately, people with no idea of what was happening invaded and manhandled them,” he said.However, observers say the imbroglio at the center could have been prevented if the organization had employed stringent security measures. But Carter added, “The police only got involved when the altercation broke out.”Source: journalRAGEShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Your Inner Ape Just Got Older

first_imgEvolutionists have doubled their date of the chimp-human split from 7 million to 13 million years ago.  How, and why?National Geographic announces gleefully, with a picture of a chimp playing with a child, “Ancient Human-Chimp Link Pushed Back Millions of Years.”  Based on a study of chimp genes in Science Magazine, the claim adds another problem, just in time for Father’s Day: the researchers claim that males contribute 90% of random mutations to the next generation (Gee thanks, Dad).One might think that doubling the age of the split would cause problems for evolutionary dating, but evolutionists are clever.  They found a way to make both dates true:On the surface, this and other recent studies contradict the general consensus suggested by the fossil record: that the last common ancestor of the two species, a flat-footed ape, lived some seven million years ago.But both observations could still be true, said paleoanthropologist John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who was not involved in the new study. The ape-like common ancestor species might have endured until 7 to 10 million years ago, long after the genetic split between chimps and humans, he said.The new estimate is based on current mutation rates in the sample, but a lead author confessed, “We also don’t know if mutation rates varied widely in the ancient past; maybe they were different than now.”  So this is a tentative reassessment, based on chimpanzee genes from only two males, two females, and their offspring covering 3 generations (9 individuals total).  There’s plenty of wiggle room left, therefore, if they look at a bigger sample, or the genes of other primates.  Chimpanzees are notoriously promiscuous.  The older the male, the more mutations, too.  Varying mutation rates “could also change estimates of the age of an ancestral genetic split between men and chimps.”Despite these weaknesses of the study, Charles Q. Choi at Live Science, as usual, regurgitated the claims without any skepticism or hard questions.The games evolutionists play can quite accurately be called monkeyshines (n., frivolous or mischievous pranks; monkey business).  This is not unflattering, because in their own view, they themselves are really just glorified monkeys.  Time to remember Darwin’s horrid doubt: “But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy,” he wrote a friend in July 1881.  “Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” Ten months later, he died and found out. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2pcs Personality Devil Skeleton Hand Bone Claw Hairpin Zombie Horror Hair Clip : hey are worth the money and stay in my hair great however I got two left hands but no one

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Use Plenum Trusses To Keep Ducts Out of Your Attic

first_imgIf you want to do something really stupid with the ducts for a heating and air conditioning system, put them in an unconditioned attic.In cold climates, designers, builders, and contractors know this and, for the most part, avoid it. They also have basements as an alternative location. In hot climates, designers, builders, and contractors do the really stupid thing all the time. I’ve written about alternatives in the past, but over the holidays I came across a paper showing what might just be the solution you’ve been looking for. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. If you look closely, you’ll see a few changes, but the main one of interest here is that open rectangular area in the middle. It creates what they call a reverse bulkhead, since it’s above the ceiling plane instead of below. That’s where the ducts will go. How to use the plenum truss reverse bulkheadFirst, IBACOS did this project with a production builder in California. The homes were all one-story, slab-on-grade, single family detached homes. They didn’t have crawl spaces, basements, or framed floor systems to run the ducts in. The objective was to get the homes to pass the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) using the option for ducts inside the building enclosure.Here’s what they did:1. Install the air handler in a mechanical closet inside the house. This takes some space from inside the house, but it makes the unit more accessible and keeps it in conditioned space. Meet the plenum trussThe Building America program has done a lot of great research on what works in high performance homes. Even better, they make the information available to all of us and publish the results on their website. One of their research partners is IBACOS, a company based in Pittsburgh, and they recently published a report titled Measure Guideline: Implementing a Plenum Truss for a Compact Air Distribution System (pdf).The basic idea is to use a modified roof truss so you can leave your ductwork above the ceiling plane in a home but also get it into conditioned space. Before we get to the modified truss, though, let’s take a look at the standard truss. RELATED ARTICLES Keeping Ducts IndoorsHow to Get Your Ducts Inside the Building EnclosureCreating a Conditioned AtticSealing DuctsDuct Leakage Testing GBA Detail Library: Duct soffitDucts in the Attic? What Were They Thinking?Ducts Inside website IBACOS report: Implementing a Plenum Truss 2. Use a compact duct system so ducts don’t have to go out to the perimeter of the house. With high performance windows, we don’t need to put supply vents at the perimeter. Proper register choice can get enough air to the perimeter.center_img Download the IBACOS report Benefits and costsThe main benefit is that you get most of the ductwork into conditioned space. You also get to do it without insulating the whole roof deck (generally done with spray foam insulation) or dropping bulkheads below the main ceiling plane.The cost of the trusses may be higher, but that could be offset by reducing the size of the HVAC system as a result of getting the ducts inside the conditioned space. Going with a compact duct system could reduce the cost further.IBACOS did some energy modeling and found reductions in source energy (from 123 MMBtu/yr to 112 MMBtu/yr), HERS Index (from 54 to 52), and annual energy costs (from $1274 to $1158). They’re also doing long-term monitoring of the test house and will be publishing the results of that soon, too.If you’re building homes and still putting ducts in unconditioned attics, it’s time to adopt a new method. This could be the one that will work for you. There are a lot of different kinds of trusses, but a typical one looks something like the one shown above. The modified plenum truss that’s shown in the IBACOS paper looks like this: 3. Install and seal an air barrier over the top and sides of the reverse bulkhead. The pressure and thermal boundary of the conditioned space moves from the ceiling to the outer surfaces of the reverse bulkhead.4. Put most of the ducts inside the reverse bulkhead. The IBACOS paper shows a little bit of ductwork coming out of the reverse bulkhead into the unconditioned attic. They don’t really discuss that except to say that you need to seal all the penetrations.5. Insulate the ceiling, including the top and sides of the reverse bulkhead. Insulate the top of the reverse bulkhead and the rest of the flat ceiling as normal. (I like blown insulation for that.) If you’re going to use blown insulation, be sure to install dams on the sides of the reverse bulkhead to keep the insulation at the full depth all the way across the top. Insulate and sheathe the sides of the reverse bulkhead as you would any other attic kneewall.last_img read more

Hot Petron sweeps first round; F2 bounces back

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments That’s bad news from the rest of the field.Stephanie Niemer scored 23 points, while a flu-stricken Kath Bell added 19 for Petron, which finished the job in just 66 minutes.Niemer, who is hunting her first PSL crown, unloaded 18 kills, one block and four aces.“It’s really proud of our imports, they’re very dedicated and very professional,” said Delos Santos.Erica Wilson provided 13 points for the HD Spikers, who fell to 4-3.ADVERTISEMENT 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 The Blaze Spikers will start their second round campaign when they battle struggling Foton on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.Meanwhile, Lindsay Stalzer led the Cargo Movers with 19 points as they moved up to 6-1, while PLDT fell to 3-4. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The two parted ways last Thursday after sharing the tournament lead for quite some time—Petron pinned a first loss on F2 Logistics—but except for their slightly different records, they’re back to doing the same old stuff.Whipping their PSL foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was a clean sweep of the their first seven matches for the Blaze Spikers, who appear to be peerless at this point of the conference.“I think we did a good job, but it doesn’t end here,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s a good thing if we can maintain our winning streak. But we still have to step up if we want to remain undefeated in this very tough tournament.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Make it a ‘5-peat’ for CEU MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron fittingly closed out the first round by dominating Cignal, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Muntinlupa Sports Center.F2 Logistics bounced back from a loss after crushing PLDT, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board says it has enough evidence against Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif on spot-fixing

first_imgThe legal advisor of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tafazzul Rizvi has said that there is enough evidence against Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif on spot-fixing and other charges.Rizvi said in an interview that the “available evidence in the form of telephone conversations, messages etc had all undergone forensic testing and were enough to convince the tribunal, formed to hear the spot-fixing charges, to take action against the players”.He felt that the two players were trying to misguide the tribunal.”They are trying to use legal terms to save themselves and misguiding the tribunal,” said Rizvi.The lawyers of both players have said that the PCB has insufficient evidence against their clients but Rizvi insisted that the evidence was strong and enough to hand over punishments to the players.The PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit, meanwhile, has also summoned Pakistani allrounder Muhammad Nawaz for questioning on May 11.Nawaz’s call up is said to be related to an incident in Australia when Pakistan was touring there last winter.The sources within the board say that the spot-fixing case could take an interesting turn when Pakistani Test opener Nasir Jamshed will record his statement to the ACU on skype from London.Rizvi also said that Latif insisted that he had not met a bookmaker but the bookmaker had met him.”Even if the bookmaker met him why didn’t he report this immediately to the authorities and this in itself is a punishable offence under the anti-corruption code,” he added.The lawyer for Latif has raised the objection that all three members of the tribunal were former employees of the board.advertisementThe tribunal is headed by retired Justice Asghar Haider, who worked as legal advisor for the PCB, former Test captain Wasim Bari, who has worked in various capacities in the board.The third member is Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia, who was chairman of the board between 1999 and 2003.last_img read more

#MeToo Cycle Diaries

first_imgFor model Priyanka Kochhar, it was a bad break-up. For Pakistan’s Zenith Irfan, it was the quest to realise her late father’s dream. For Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge thrown at her by her brother. But these biker girls also had one common reason to take up motorcycling: There’s,For model Priyanka Kochhar, it was a bad break-up. For Pakistan’s Zenith Irfan, it was the quest to realise her late father’s dream. For Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge thrown at her by her brother. But these biker girls also had one common reason to take up motorcycling: There’s no glass ceiling to their sense of adventure. Known as #bikewithgirl on Instagram, Kochhar straddled three different superbikes for a cruise across Croatia in the Harley-Davidson Triple Threat event in April. Zenith’s journeys culminated in a critically acclaimed documentary, Motorcycle Girl, released in Pakistan this year. And Kashyap is set to hit the international rally circuit after becoming the first woman to finish the prestigious Raid De Himalaya and Desert Storm rally in the Xtreme Moto Category. Another thing they share: they all hope to ride into a day when pepper spray and body alarms are things of the past.Priyanka Kochhar, 32MumbaiOnly Indian woman participant in Harley Davidson Triple Treat Press Event, CroatiaDaily Ride: KTM Duke-200The Essentials: Hydration pack, pepper spray if riding in India, energy bars, day and night visorsWhat was the highlight of your ride through Croatia?Riding the Iron 1200 bike (256 kg), which is seven times my weight! But everything went smooth, thanks to the brilliant instructors. It was great to ride the Harley on Croatia’s cities and mountains. We toured and raced. It was a complete experience.When did you start motorcycling and how did it happen to you?Around four years ago, I had a bad break-up and was left with no friends. I just didn’t know how to get out of the gloomy mindscape. A friend of mine owned a Royal Enfield. I borrowed it from him and crammed up a lot of tutorials. A few falls, and the bike accepted me.advertisementDo you think things have changed for women riders since you first started?When I started, there were hardly any women on these machines. Now we see a ratio of 88:12 in many events. What we need are more exclusive motor­sport events for women in order to encourage them to participate.Dudes are always talking about women drivers. Unfortunately, the moment [guys] realise that it’s a woman riding, they start following and racing.Zenith Irfan, 23PakistanHas travelled to the dangerous northern areas of Pakistan on her bike. Zenith IrfanDaily Ride: Suzuki GS 150The Essentials: Two pairs of clothing (winter/ summer), rain gear, mini toolkit, camping gearHow does it feel now that there’s a film on you?It is a wonderful feeling. The movie has been received well and hailed by critics as “the film that has changed Pakistani cinema”.How did you start?I turned 18 in 2013 and decided to fulfil my late father’s wish to travel round the world on a motorcycle. I have clocked 20,000 km and visited more than 200 cities in provinces like Gilgit Baltistian, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. I hope that one day relations with India would improve so that I am able to ride to Kerala.How do men in Pakistan react seeing you ride a motorcycle?In the mountains, men are proud to see a woman rider exploring the valleys. I get mixed reactions from city men. Pakistanis are not used to seeing a woman on a bike.Sarah Kashyap, 32ChandigarhShe is the first Indian woman to have completed the Raid and Desert storm Sarah KashyapDaily Ride: KTM EXC 250, but soon a Honda CRF 450The Essentials: A US Army body alarm. A loud sound in case of an emergency can give you enough time to escape. Torch, puncture kit, repair kit, medicines, basic spare partsHow were you introduced to motorcycling?It started at the age of 16 when my brother challenged me to ride a bike.What’s your next goal?I want to be the first Asian woman to complete the Dubai International Baja & Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. I want to participate in the toughest offroad race in the world-The Dakar Rally.What’s it like to be a woman biker in India?I get thumbs ups all the time from people but men try to race me as their egos get bruised when a woman overtakes.last_img read more

Danish broadcast production start up NIMB TV has l

first_imgDanish broadcast production start up NIMB TV has launched what it claims to be the country’s first UltraHD mobile unit.The compact three-wheel scooter van can be used for live broadcast productions and big screen events and is equipped for multi camera 4K production.Softron’s OnTheAir Video Express powers 4K playout from the unit, which was designed specifically for news production and live shows.last_img