The Big Read: Return of the (porn) king Steve Crow

first_imgNZ Herald 7 October 2015Pornographer Steve Crow was meant to be on the comeback trail.Instead, it turned out to be a dead end road.Just hours after the first Queen Street Boobs on Bikes parade in four years, Crow was told he would have to resign as a director of the company which organised the parade.Then Herald inquiries revealed the parade wasn’t even a formal parade – the motorbikes carrying topless porn stars pelted past thin crowds at 40km/h after stern warnings from police not to hold up traffic.By day’s end it appeared a case of emperor’s’s new clothes and Crow seemed just a little, well, premature.For years, Crow has been a controversial New Zealand figure. It was he who signed up a pregnant woman for a porn film called Ripe. He has 33 convictions for distributing objectionable material.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11525423last_img read more

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Electrician nabbed for gun, bullets, grenade

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Barbaza municipal police station. ILOILO City – For owning an unlicensed firearm, an electrician was arrested in Barangay Ipil, Barbaza, Antique. A .38 revolver loaded with six live bullets and a fragmentation grenade were recovered from the house, a police report showed. Armed with a search warrant, police raided the house of 52-year-old Joefel Alavata around 5:30 a.m. on July 29. Charges for violations of Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Illegal Possession of Explosives will be filed against him./PNlast_img read more

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Windies Women overpower Sri Lanka in ODI opener

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – West Indies Women overpowered Sri Lanka Women by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match One-Day International series here Wednesday.Playing at the Brian Lara Stadium, they easily chased down 137 with 11 overs to spare, securing the result which handed them an important two points in the new round of the ICC Women’s Championship.Former captain Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with an unbeaten 32 while Chedean Nation got 24 and Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews, 22 apiece.Left-arm spinner and captain Inoka Ranaweera claimed two for 27.However, Matthews and Nation started the recovery effort by posting 42 for the third wicket. Matthews faced 64 balls and counted two fours while Nation faced 46 deliveries and gathered three fours.Matthews was forced off hurt in the 20th over and Nation followed 16 balls later, to leave the hosts on 61 for three in the 23rd over.Aguilleira then anchored two stands to see Windies Women to a comfortable win. The right-hander produced a busy innings off 48 deliveries with a single four, putting on 34 for the fourth wicket with Dottin before adding a further 43 with Kyshona Knight (21 not out) in an unbroken fifth wicket stand.Earlier, the visitors were dismissed for 136 with two balls left in the innings, after winning the toss and opting to bat.They were undermined by off-spinners Matthews (3-18) and Taylor (3-24), along with leg-spinner Afy Fletcher (3-42) all of whom grabbed three wickets each.Opener Yashoda Mendis top-scored with 34 off 72 balls while Dilani Manodara scored 28 not out and Chamari Atapattu, 25.The innings was in good stead at 63 for one in the 24th over, with Atapattu and Mendis involved in a 41-run second wicket partnership.But once Matthews had Atapattu caught and bowled, the Sri Lankans collapsed with the last nine wickets tumbling for 73 runs.last_img read more

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‘Jim Bob from Japan’ given 14-day prison sentence

first_imgA 39-year-old man from Malin has been given a 14-day prison sentence after being found lying on the road by Gardaí.Sean McDaid, of Bunn, Culkenny, Malin, was before Letterkenny District Court on charges following the incident on July 29, 2018. Gardaí received a report of a man lying on the road.McDaid was asked for his name by Gardaí and replied ‘Jim Bob’ and gave his address as ‘Japan’.McDaid has been in custody since September 30.Patsy Gallagher, solicitor for McDaid, said his client had some difficulty with alcohol and had fallen through the cracks.“He accepts that he was drunk and he has no recollection of it,” Mr Gallagher said.“He consumed a number of prescriptive medications and alcohol on the day.”Judge Paul Kelly sentenced McDaid to 14 days imprisonment, back-dating the term to October 21.‘Jim Bob from Japan’ given 14-day prison sentence was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtMalinSean McDaidlast_img read more

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It’s Alive! Studying the Living Building Challenge

first_imgI spent most of a day recently in a seminar on the Living Building Challenge (LBC), a self-described philosophy, advocacy tool, and certification program for sustainable building. If people outside the industry think that existing green building programs are pie-in-the-sky and touchy-feely, put together by granola-eaters, then they are going to have to adjust their scales for the LBC. Currently in its 2nd version with a new release planned for 2012, it does have many similarities with other green certification programs, although it is in some ways both simpler and more complex than anything else in the marketplace.Forget sustainable — how about restorative?“Green” is often used interchangeably with “sustainable,” and neither word yet does justice as a name for what we are all working towards.In a lecture many years ago I heard Michael Braungart discuss his problem with the word “sustainable” by asking the audience if they were asked how their marriage was doing, would they want to respond “sustainable”? He advocated for moving towards a restorative model, and this is what the LBC is doing.Their goal is to create structures that not only have a lower impact on the environment, but change the paradigm of how we build so that those structures become restorative to our ecosystems. The creators believe that over the past 200 years we have used technology to separate ourselves from the environment and now it is time for us to reconnect with it.Probably the key difference between LBC and all other certification programs is that certification is based on a full year of building operation instead of estimated or modeled energy and water use.The flower as guiding principleThe LBC is broken down into seven “petals,” each with a subset of twenty “Imperatives.” Projects are separated into four typologies: Neighborhood, Building, Landscape and Infrastructure, and Renovation.Building is the most common, covering all new buildings and any work on existing buildings exceeding minor improvements; those are covered by the Renovation typology. Landscape and Infrastructure are unconditioned projects that do not include physical structures as the primary program, although they can include park-like structures such as amphitheaters, restrooms, roads, bridges, and sports facilities. A Neighborhood includes multiple buildings in a single campus, drawing heavily on the principles of New Urbanism.The first five petals look very similar to categories in many traditional green building programs: Site, Water, Energy, Health, and Materials. While in last two, Equity and Beauty, the LBC appears to differentiate itself, many of the imperatives push the envelope the furthest.“Imperative” is another name for requirements or prerequisites, so familiar to those certifying green buildings. As in other programs, imperatives are required, except for certain exceptions, based on project type. For example, Neighborhood and Building typologies require that all imperatives be met. Landscape and Infrastructure are exempt from four and Renovation is exempt from seven.Finally, LBC classifies projects in one of six “Transects,” a variation on those created by New Urbanism. They include Natural Habitat, Rural Agriculture, Village, General Urban, Urban Center, and Urban Core. Each of these transects affect the specific requirements of each imperative. For example, one imperative requires including food production on site, with the portion of the site devoted to this agriculture ranging from 80% in the Rural Agriculture transect to 0% in the Urban Core.You say prerequisite, I say imperativeWhat appears to be the simplicity of the LBC is the list of 20 Imperatives which (with certain exceptions as mentioned above) must be met for certification. There are no points to add up nor different levels of certification (although partial certification is now available); you either make it or you don’t. This does, at first glance, appear simple, but there are many exceptions and interpretations of imperatives. These serve to both make the program more accessible to ambitious projects that otherwise wouldn’t meet certification as well as to make it more complex that it first appears.I won’t list all 20 Imperatives in this article — you’ll have to go to the LBC website for that — but I will review some of the key ones, and how they are interpreted. In my mind, the most important imperatives are #5, Net Zero Water, #6, Ecological Water Flow, and #7, Net Zero Energy.Net zero water means just that — the project must have a closed-loop water system that uses rain and wastewater for all potable and non-potable water on the site. Interesting exceptions to this lofty goal include drilling an on-site well, or, if after submitting a complete water capture and reuse design to the local jurisdiction you are turned down, a project is allowed to use an outside water source.Ecological water flow is sort of the opposite of net zero water. All storm and sanitary discharge must be managed on site. No physical connection to a municipal sewer system is allowed. If the codes require a sewer connection, you must install a valve so you can disconnect after project is completed. Options to meet this imperative include installation of a septic system or an on-site sewage digester.Finally, Net Zero Energy means what it says (including no combustion equipment allowed in the project); however it is more rigorous than the common definition. Renewable power must be generated on-site, not purchased from a local utility. Exceptions for this imperative include fuels cells powered by hydrogen created from electrolysis, recreational fireplaces in certain institutional projects, and biogas created on-site used for cooking fuel.Slow and steadyTo date, there have been three buildings certified as Living Buildings, one residential project Petal (partially) certified, and several projects in their first year of occupancy phase.My biggest concerns with the program is that there is, at this point, very little guidance through the process, although they are starting to offer consulting to project teams, and a lack of attention to the actual building process. We were told of one of the certified projects that had much higher than projected energy use during the occupancy phase. Investigations showed that there was missing insulation in several key areas, which, when corrected, resulted in the building meeting its goals. It sounds like the team may have had more ambition in taking on this program than actual high-performance building experience.At the end of this seminar, I definitely had a much better understanding of the LBC, and certainly appreciate the effort that has gone into developing this program. As was stated at the beginning of the day, their goals are to inspire and change the building paradigm, something that they are working hard to do.The LBC looks as much like a political movement as a building certification program. Their impact will most likely be limited for the foreseeable future, but it will be interesting to see what influence they have on design and construction over the next few generations.last_img read more

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Veteran Reintegration

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDReintegration to civilian life can be a difficult process for veterans returning from deployment. It is important for mental health care providers to be aware of the difficult process veterans may face during their transition back to civilian life and how to help veterans make a smooth transition. Koenig, Maguen, Monroy, Mayott, and Seal (2014) conducted a study on recently returned veterans to learn more about reintegration into civilian life.[Flickr, 100315-F-2616H-022 by Kenny Holston, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The researchers sought to gain insight into veterans’ experiences transitioning from military to civilian life through interview-based qualitative research. The study included 31 veteran participants who had returned from deployment within two years of the study. The researchers collected data through a semi-structured interview with eligible participants. The researchers reported that none of the veterans returned home from deployment unchanged. Veterans reported difficulty transitioning back to a once familiar civilian life. Through the data collected, the researchers categorized veterans’ struggles of reintegration into three categories: intrapersonal, professional and education, or interpersonal. The researchers described veterans as having difficulty transitioning on an intrapersonal level when a veteran reported difficulty in a civilian life activity that evoked wartime deployment. For example, some participants reported difficulty driving as a civilian because they would catch themselves vigilantly scanning for potential IEDs on the road. The researchers also found veterans struggled with reintegration on a professional and educational level. The researchers reported that some veterans returning to their civilian profession or studies found the work to be dissatisfying and slow paced. The veterans also expressed difficulty transitioning from working in a close unit during deployment to a workplace with little camaraderie. The last category identified was interpersonal difficulties. The veterans reported that their physical separation, due to deployment, resulted in gaps in once familiar relationships. The researchers reported veterans felt their physical separation had caused emotional separation in once close relationships due to missing life events while deployed. Veterans reported struggling with isolation and reconnecting with prior relationships.[Flickr, 150720-N-FQ994-123 by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa U.S. 6th Fleet, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Practitioners are encouraged to help veterans integrate in all three categories to promote a smooth transition. The researchers provide a module of questions that can help practitioners facilitate healthy communication within all three domains, and stress the importance of helping veterans build coping strategies that will help foster growth through the reintegration process. For more information about helping veterans and their families after deployment visit some of MFLN’s previous blogs here and here. Also, check out this MFLN webinar: Understanding the Outdoor Recreation Restoration Program Leader as Caregiver in Returning Veterans!ReferencesKoenig, C., Maguen, S., Monroy, J., Mayott, L., & Seal, K. (2014). Facilitating culture-centered communication between health care providers and veterans transitioning from military deployment to civilian life. Patient Education and Counseling, 95(3), p. 414 – 420. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2014.03.016This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, You Tube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Myles Turner, Pacers beat up well-worn Wizards

first_imgIndiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) works the ball toward the basket against the defense of Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)INDIANAPOLIS — Even well-rested opponents haven’t had much chance against Myles Turner recently.The night after a marathon victory, the Washington Wizards didn’t have the legs to keep up.ADVERTISEMENT Turner had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat sluggish Washington 105-89 on Sunday.The Wizards were coming off a triple-overtime win over Phoenix in Washington the previous night. They shot a season-low 36.8 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We knew they were fatigued, but it’s an NBA team, so they’re going to go out there and give us their best shot,” Turner said.Turner has a double-double in four straight games after never stringing together more than two straight in his career. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 Ravenas, Baser Amer dish holiday assist to the poor on Christmas Eve Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img MOST READ Bryant said fatigue was a pretty big factor.“We had some open looks at the beginning of the second half that just didn’t fall for us and a little fatigue set it,” he said. “But I felt we pushed through.”Turner was 3-of-10 shooting in the first half, but finished 8 of 17.“In the second half, he starting knocking down shots and rotating the ball,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “That’s the read he and (Sabonis) have to make.”Indiana stretched its seven-point halftime lead to 84-64 in the third quarter. The Wizards were 8-of-30 shooting in the period.“Our defense towards the end of the third quarter, we locked down and we got three or four stops in a row,” Turner said.The Wizards had 13 first-half turnovers, eight more than the Pacers.The Wizards finished with 22 turnovers while the Pacers had 17, including nine in fourth quarter.“We are still turning the ball over too many times,” McMillan said. “We just got careless in the fourth quarter. You have to play the game for 48 minutes.”Turnovers frustrated Wizards coach Scott Brooks as well. “He’s been playing well on both ends of the floor,” guard Victor Oladipo said. “Defensively, he’s been amazing for us.”Turner said he is being more aggressive on his rebounding.“Just going to go get the ball as opposed to just kind of waiting for it to come to me,” he said. “I think that’s the big difference.”The Pacers had seven players in double-figure scoring. Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to contribute 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 of his 14 points in the first half.Markieff Morris led the Wizards with 16 points off the bench. Thomas Bryant added 11 points, hitting 3 of 6 shots a night after making all 14 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “When you play against a good team, you have to take care of the ball, especially on the road,” Brooks said. “They scored 25 points off of our turnovers. We haven’t played well on the road.”TIP-INSWizards: John Wall played after missing Saturday night’s game against Phoenix with flu-like symptoms. Wall had seven points on 1-of-7 shooting … Washington has lost seven of nine to fall to 13-21. … After registering his first career triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, leading scorer Bradley Beal had a quiet night with a season-low seven points.Pacers: Darren Collison, Aaron Holiday and Oladipo each scored 12 points and Thaddeus Young had 10. … Tyreke Evans missed his second consecutive game with a bruised right knee. … Pacers are the only team in 2018 not to lose more than two games in a row.GIVING SPIRITOladipo gifted the Kia car he won as the 2017-18 NBA Most Improved Player to a domestic violence survivor who works with the Julian Center, an Indianapolis organization supporting domestic violence survivors.UP NEXTWizards: Concludes two-game trip at Detroit on Wednesday night.Pacers: Will look to extend its winning streak to three at Atlanta on Wednesday. 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THE UNLIKELY RISE OF SCHITTS CREEK

first_imgSchitt’s Creek is a Peak TV rarity: Instead of steadily shrinking over time, the Canadian-produced comedy from co-creators/stars Eugene and Dan Levy has actually gotten bigger with age. Since launching on cable’s Pop network in 2015, the show has seen its linear ratings more than double and its overall audience soar past 3 million viewers. Word of mouth around the series has also exploded, fueled by critical acclaim and a 2017 deal which put past seasons of the show on Netflix. But Schitt’s didn’t just happen overnight. It’s been a slow-rolling success, blowing up at a point in its run when most other shows would just be starting to wind down. Ahead of Wednesday’s season-five premiere on Pop, Vulture called up the Levys, as well as execs at two of their network partners, for the inside story on just how the Rose family blossomed into an American beauty.TV history is filled with examples of great shows gone too soon because they ended up in the wrong home. Freaks and Geeks, for example, might have lasted more than one season had it had been bought by the young-skewing WB Network instead of NBC. The Levys were well aware of this when they were pitching their idea for Schitt’s Creek to both American and Canadian networks in 2014. The duo envisioned their show as a series that would be “a bit niche, to say the least,” as the younger Levy puts it. (In case you’ve missed out on Schitt’s mania, the show imagines what would happen if a superrich family of socialite royalty — think the Kardashians — suddenly found themselves nearly penniless and living out of a motel room in the middle of nowhere.) While the elder Levy says he and son “kind of knew this was not gonna be a network show,” they took it to some broadcast outlets in both countries anyway. A meeting at one such outlet here — Eugene Levy thinks it was ABC — went well: “[They] seemed to react very positively to it,” he says. “I remember one executive saying, ‘We can’t wait to get our hands on this.’” This did not make Levy happy, however. “I remember hearing that and kinda feeling a little nervous,” he says, alluding to broadcast TV’s historic penchant for micromanaging showrunners. The father and son also pitched some major American cable networks, but with less success. “HBO and Showtime did not respond to it,” Eugene Levy says.The response was much warmer when the duo took the show to a leading broadcast network in their home country, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC, like ABC in America, is a somewhat broad-skewing, over-the-air broadcast network. That might have ruled them out as a potential home, given the Levys desire to go somewhere more amenable to a “niche” idea. But right around the time the Levys were pitching Schitt’s Creek, the Canadian TV powerhouse was undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis in its comedy development philosophy. “In 2014, we made a decision to prioritize half-hour, single-camera comedies with a unique point of view and authentic, character-driven storytelling,” says Sally Catto, general manager for programming at CBC. Or, as Eugene Levy puts it, “They were heading in more of a cable direction for their comedies. The timing was right.” The CBC was very interested in Schitt’s Creek, both because they liked its off-center sensibility and because Eugene Levy and co-star Catherine O’Hara are comedic royalty in Canada. The Levys agreed to sell it to the CBC, which underscored its commitment to the program by renewing it for a second season even before the first episode aired. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jon Gruden witness to Braxton Millers spring performance

“They’ve got a hot-shot guy in here from Dayton. No. 5 is all I know. Braxton is his name. He’s pretty darn good.” That’s what NFL analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden said about Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller after spending Wednesday and Thursday watching the team practice. Gruden was the keynote speaker at Friday’s coaches clinic. The skills that earned Gruden’s lofty praise were on full display Saturday during OSU’s annual Spring Game. Miller completed seven of 12 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, and also led the offense on a 14-play, 92-yard touchdown drive. Coach Jim Tressel took notice. “I thought Braxton probably played a little bit more relaxed and had a little bit more fun than he has had,” Tressel said. Miller, who enrolled at OSU for Winter Quarter to get acclimated to the offense, has been thrust into a quarterback competition after incumbent starter, senior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, was suspended for the first five games of next season. Since enrolling, Miller has spent much of his time just trying to learn the offense. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, who enrolled early when he was a freshman, said Miller has done well so far. “I came in early as a freshman, and it’s overwhelming,” Sweat said. “I think Braxton does a great job of being mature and learning the plays. I think he’ll be a good player.” On Saturday, Miller showed the dual-threat capabilities that made him such a highly prized recruit coming out of high school by routinely avoiding the pass rush and rushing for 19 yards on five carries. Senior running back Dan Herron said Miller’s elusiveness adds another dimension to the offense. “When you got a guy back there like Braxton who can throw it or run it, it gives you a lot of options,” Herron said. Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham and Kenny Guiton are also in the mix to replace Pryor and all have more experience with the offense than Miller. But Tressel said Miller will have as much opportunity as anyone. “We’re going to play whoever we need to, and it doesn’t exclude Braxton,” Tressel said. Miller, who was the only quarterback to complete more than half of his passes, has played well enough to be in consideration to become the starter, and has also gained his teammates’ respect. “I was curious to see how he was going to do today in more of a live setting,” senior center Mike Brewster said. “And I told him. I said: ‘Man, you did a good job today. I’m proud of you.’ He’s just a high school guy out there doing that stuff. That’s pretty impressive.” But, Brewster said, spring ball is only the beginning. The right to be the starter in the fall might be earned during the next three months, as the team takes a break from practicing until summer camp. “Over the next few months, he’ll be in the film room learning,” Brewster said. “I’m sure Terrelle will be bringing him along.” Pryor, Herron, offensive lineman Mike Adams, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. read more

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