Man’s side is heard in polygamist’s trial

first_imgCOURTS: “I wanted the marriage to last forever,” he says, adding that he never forced his former wife into sex. By Jennifer Dobner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE, Utah – The two people at the center of a criminal case against a polygamous-sect leader have painted dramatically different pictures of their arranged marriage. The woman, now 21, said Jeffs, president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commanded her to obediently give herself to her husband “mind, body and soul.” Steed, however, said Jeffs simply counseled patience, prayer and love. The defense team called 10 witnesses over nearly two days, but it was Steed’s testimony that clearly captured the jury’s attention. Closing arguments were set for Friday. Jeffs could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. Like the couple’s own stories, other witnesses on both sides offered different views of the FLDS culture and religious beliefs. Testifying for prosecution, the woman’s two sisters said FLDS members, who number 10,000 on the Arizona-Utah border, live in a rigid, patriarchal society where obedience is expected and wives cannot question or refuse their husbands. Nine FLDS members, however, said just the opposite, describing a church where men are taught to lead with love and wives are treated as partners, not servants. In telling his story Wednesday, Steed, now 26, contradicted the words of his former wife, saying there was never a time in their 31/2-year relationship that he forced sex on her. He wanted the marriage “to last forever.” Steed has not been charged in the case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A young woman said she tearfully objected and was forced to have sex against her will when she was just 14. Her tears? Her husband didn’t recall any during the 2001 wedding ceremony and insisted it was the teen bride who snuggled up to him to have her back scratched before their first sexual encounter. “I believe that every story needs two sides for the truth to come out,” Allen Steed said Wednesday as he testified for the defense. Warren Jeffs, 51, is charged with two felony counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in the ceremonial marriage between the girl and Steed, a cousin who was 19 at the time. Washington County prosecutors contend Jeffs used his authority as a feared and respected church leader to force the religious and sexual union of Steed and the 14-year-old bride. last_img read more

Fifa mulls ‘easier’ 2010 tickets for locals

first_img18 January 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed this week that moves are afoot to change the way tickets are sold in South Africa in order to accommodate local fans.Speaking to BuaNews, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said they had raised the matter with Fifa and that it would be discussed at the next executive meeting to be held in Zurich.At the moment, tickets can be bought by filling in application forms at First National Bank (FNB) branches or fans can apply for tickets online.The process has sparked an outcry from football fans, who complain that it is just too complicated to secure tickets for Africa’s first world cup tournament.Unfamiliar technologySome soccer analysts have also pointed out that ordinary soccer supporters in South African may not be familiar with the internet and other technology used to apply for World Cup tickets.“We are definitely in the process of changing this and as a member of the ticketing committee, I am confident that Fifa will understand our position,” Jordaan said, adding that fans can expect to buy their tickets over the counter from April.Jordaan cautioned though, that people should not wait for that time and should in the meantime use the current process to purchase their tickets: “If you wait for that time, there is danger that there will be few or no tickets at all,” he said.Around 50% of the three-million tickets made available by Fifa have been sold.The move comes with only a week before the closing of the third ticket sales phase for the general public on 22 January.New sales phaseMeanwhile, Fifa also announced the creation of a new sales phase between 9 February and 7 April, to ensure that fans from the qualified associations have more time and easier access to tickets to watch their teams.The arrangement will only cater for supporters of the participating member associations and add to previously taken measures directed at South African residents.“Only one such phase had previously been planned, starting on 5 December 2009 and closing on 13 January 2010. This sales phase will run at the same time as the fourth sales phase for the general public carried out via Fifa.com and the FNB branches (in South Africa only) and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis,” said Fifa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

“4Rs for a Growing Ohio” event to announce expansion of Certification Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is is set to announce the expansion of its voluntary program to agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers statewide in Ohio, effective Jan. 1, in efforts to improve the quality of Ohio’s waterways at the “4Rs for a Growing Ohio” launch event Dec. 9 in Radnor, Ohio. Friday, Dec. 9, 1-3:30 p.m.Special guests will include David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; representatives from the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program; 4R certified retailers; farmers; and agriculture industry leaders and stakeholders.  The event will be at the Homestead at Radnor Event Venue, 2866 St. Rte 203, Radnor, Ohio 43066last_img read more

“Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)” (GCRVXB) GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK November 8, 2010

first_imgDecent into “Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)”There are just five words in the name of this geocache. It’s the fourth word you should pay attention to most. It’s the word “extreme.” The geocache is rated a terrain five, for a heart-pounding, jaw-dropping reason.“Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)” (GCRVXB) challenges experienced and prepared vertical cavers to geocache in the deep recesses of a nearly forgotten Kentucky cave.Cache owner Moonsovrbend warns this cache is only for the most competent vertical cavers, accomplished at repelling and then ascending  a free-hanging rope.The cache was published in January of 2006. More then twenty extreme geocachers logged a smiley on the cache and enjoyed the thrill of underground exploration. One geocacher described the cache as “a beautiful experience.” This cache, and many of the most extreme caches, require extensive planning and organization. Cache owners, like Moonsovrbend, are often more than happy to assist in preparation for the cache.At the bottom of “Cavers Plunge (an extreme geocache)”Geocaches range from easy to extreme. The rating system for “difficulty” and “terrain” ranges from one star (most accessible) through five stars (most difficult). Be aware of the terrain and difficulty ratings before you attempt a geocache.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedRubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News”Klettersteig Mürren – Gimmelwald GC1DDQ5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK July 18, 2011July 18, 2011In “Extreme Geocaching”last_img read more

U.K. Pushes Ahead with Plans for Eco-Towns

first_imgThe British government originally supported proposals for 10 energy efficient and sustainably built housing communities – known in England as eco-towns. But local resistance trimmed the list of viable proposals to four.Still, green building advocates in the U.K. are celebrating, since any advance for low-carbon housing, especially affordable housing built on a relatively large scale, is considered a major victory. The four projects – planned for the counties of Cornwall, Hampshire, Norfolk, and Oxfordshire – would accommodate about 30,000 residents among them.If approved by local planning departments, the eco-towns will be constructed over the next five years to at least Level 4 of Britain’s Code for Sustainable Homes, which ranks sustainable construction features from Level 1, for minimal standards, to Level 6, for buildings that meet the highest standards.Two other sites, in Essex and Yorkshire, are still developing their proposals.The projects are expected to include community heat sources and be highly energy efficient, and meet high standards for recycling and water use. The new buildings also will be equipped with smart meters and renewable-energy features such as solar panels and small-scale wind turbines.Along with the eco-town plans, Housing Minister John Healy also announced that, beginning in 2016, all new homes built in Britain will have to meet a zero-carbon-emissions standard.last_img read more

Researcher Tempers Warning on Insulation Flame Retardant

first_imgA German researcher who earlier this year warned that not enough is known about the potential environmental hazards of a fire retardant widely used in rigid foam insulation has authored another article, this one suggesting that actual risks are probably limited. Christoph Koch, a researcher and faculty member at University Duisburg-Essen, warned in a January paper that a flame retardant called Polymeric FR could degrade when exposed to heat and UV radiation into smaller molecules whose environmental effects aren’t known. The article, published in Environmental Science & Technology, said studies covering these compounds are limited. “As the U.S. EPA and others stated, the long-term behavior of Polymeric FR is largely unknown,” Koch said at the time. Although the flame retardant might indeed be a step in the right direction environmentally, he added, it would take more research to confirm it.RELATED ARTICLESResearchers Raise Questions About Rigid Foam Flame RetardantMaking Healthier, Greener Foam InsulationCalifornia Law Addresses Fire Retardants in Homes In the new article, the authors said, “Detected degradation products cause almost no acute toxicity, whereas chronic toxicity might be relevant. Nevertheless, as long as polymeric flame retardants are only used in building insulation, the actual risk seems to be rather limited.” Based on the few studies that are available, it adds, Polymeric FR is “an important step towards environmentally safer [flame retardants].” Polymeric FR was developed by Dow in 2011 as a replacement for HBCD (hexabromocyclodecane), a brominated flame retardant considered too persistent and too toxic for continued use. U.S. manufacturers of expanded and extruded polystyrene insulation (EPS and XPS) have since switched to Polymeric FR, and millions of pounds of it are produced every year. Dow reacted angrily to the initial report from Koch and his colleagues. The company criticized both Koch and Environmental Health News, which originally reported his findings, for what it claimed were technical lapses. Dow also castigated Koch for failing to reveal that he had a part-time job with Rockwool, a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation and a Dow competitor. One key point of contention was how Polymeric FR was tested. Koch subjected the compound to heat and UV radiation but did not run the same tests on samples of insulation that had been treated with it. That, Dow claimed, skewed the results. Original findings have not changed, author says In a new paper, published by Chemosphere earlier this month, Koch and co-author Bernd Sures said they were summing up what had already been published and reiterated their finding that Polymeric FR could degrade into other molecules under specific circumstances. Koch said in an email that nothing in this new article (the body of which is behind a paywall) changes his original conclusions. “This review does not alter the conclusions of the scientific article which was published earlier this year in Environmental Science and Technology,” he wrote. “This scientific article dealt with the potential degradation of ‘Polymeric FR’ and concludes that degradation of ‘Polymeric FR’ can indeed take place under certain circumstances. The review does not change this conclusion — ‘Polymeric FR’ can still degrade under certain circumstances.” DuPont, however, seized on wording of the second article to claim Koch’s new analysis looked at Polymeric FR more favorably. (Dow and Dupont merged in 2017 before dividing into three separate companies.) “As a result, Koch’s new analysis of his prior research walks back many of his original conclusions,” Greg Bergtold, business advocacy director at DuPont de Nemours, Inc., said in a letter emailed to GBA. He also pointed out that Polymeric FR is currently licensed only for use in plastic building materials — not in textiles, electronics or other consumer products — where it might be exposed to heat and sunlight. Manufacturer submits rebuttal paper DuPont also has submitted a rebuttal to Environmental Sciences & Technology that hat yet to be published, Bergtold said in an email. It repeats arguments that Koch’s original work “contains multiple flaws.” “The speculation by Koch et al. that Polymeric FR technology may lead to degradation products that ‘might have potentially adverse environmental effects’ is both unsupported by the results presented and contradicted by their own work in a separate publication,” the paper says. “On the contrary, studies of Polymeric FR to date show good stability for environmentally-relevant degradation pathways, and show little toxicity concern for degradation that could be expected to occur over the life cycle of PS foam insulation.” Koch, however, said he wasn’t backing away from earlier conclusions. “I understand that it is tempting to focus on the ‘the actual risk seems to be rather limited’ sentence,’ ” he said, “but one should not forget the other parts of the review article in Chemosphere.” Insulation treated with Polymeric FR might pose few risks when protected inside buildings, Koch said, but could be exposed to adverse conditions at the end of its service life — when it was landfilled, for example. Koch said the original article didn’t include any risk assessment because  their work was incomplete. “We were not writing that the actual risk seems to be rather limited because our ecotoxicological experiments were not finished when we submitted the article to [Environmental Science & Technology],” his email said. “Thus we did not say anything specific concerning a risk.” In a footnote to that original research paper in Environmental Science & Technology, the authors said said none of the money for the research came from Rockwool, “nor has there been any other influence regarding this research project.” An addendum to that article said Koch’s affiliation with Deutsche Rockwool DmbH & Co. came after he had started work on his Ph.D. project. “The study was solely supported by university funds,” it says. “The conflict of interest statement and other funding sources are correct as published in this article.”last_img read more

Ping Is Dead. Long Live Apple’s New Social Strategy

first_imgPing, the pseudo-social network once proudly baked into iTunes, will be no more by the end of the month, Apple announced on Thursday. It’s a smart (if overdue) move, but now the company needs to get more serious about integrating established social networks into its products. Amid celebrated hardware launches, anticipated operating system updates, and insane revenue numbers, Ping stood out as the most glaring product-related stain in Apple’s recent history. Nobody liked it, and the word Ping practically became shorthand for what happens when a tech giant launches a new product or feature only to see it fizzle. Apple deserves some credit for recognizing that Ping wasn’t working and deciding to focus elsewhere. After all, it rakes in billions of dollars each quarter, the vast majority of which comes from selling mobile hardware, followed by things like MacBooks and iPods, tied together by a converging pair of operating systems. The company has its hands full with digital media and related initiatives, too. It didn’t need its own social network. That said, this isn’t Apple’s last social hurrah. Social media still has an important role to play in the company’s future, and it needs to forge the right strategy. Rather than rolling its own, the company needs to ensure that existing social platforms are integrated with its products in ways that benefit its customers. The first phase of that strategy is well underway. Once Apple pushes out the next Mountain Lion and iOS 6 update, both of the company’s major operating systems will feature deep integration with Facebook and Twitter. But why stop there? That integration could be even deeper, and more important, it could include other popular social networks.Posting iPhone photos directly to Facebook and Twitter is nice, but the visual nature of Pinterest and Instagram begs for equally easy sharing to those services from within iOS. Tweeting and posting status updates from across the OS is great for users (and the services, at least as far as Twitter was concerned when iOS 5 launched), but there may come a day when the unthinkable becomes unavoidable and we see a Google+ button baked into the operating system. Don’t hold your breath on that one.However Apple’s social strategy shapes up, it will have to – by definition – serve the interests of users. That’s something Ping just wasn’t doing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlowcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

India Today @ the Olympics: Welcome to London, but keep your wallets handy!

first_imgHaving heard horror stories about the preparedness of the Heathrow airport to handle huge passenger traffic, I moved towards the immigration officer with trepidation.No doubt, the lady officer behind the immigration counter was curt and wanted to clear me quickly, but she had to fully satisfy herself that the finger-print matching was done properly. These days, with the clock ticking away fast for the opening ceremony on July 27, nothing can be left to chance if you are entering London.Past immigration, getting the media accreditation card was also not a problem at all. It really came as a surprise how all this was happening so smoothly as athletes had complained they had to face long waits.But the bigger surprise was how the transportation by tube, or the Heathrow Express, into Paddington in central London was even more efficient. The fear of getting lost by official cabs was not there and in less than half an hour, five Indian mediapersons were in central London. The surprise did not end there as shared cabs were there for onward travel from central London to Stratford, where the Olympic Park is situated.Cabbies the world over like to talk. Mike, as the 64-year-old wanted to be called, was no different. Once he got talking, it was hard to stop him.He spoke of everything — recession, high prices of tickets for the London Olympics, how Stratford was a dirty area and now had been transformed.But his anger was aimed towards the London organisers (LOCOG) as he felt the tickets were overpriced. “It’s just too much paying 150 pounds per ticket for athletics and I have been told I will be allowed inside the arena for just three hours. Imagine, I spend 1,000 pounds for the family and it seems like a waste,” Mike thundered.advertisementThe mood all over London, where the pound sterling is such a strong currency, is similar. The commoner does feel tickets have been overpriced and of the million tickets up for sale, many have disappeared!That’s a story very similar to our own Commonwealth Games, where the organising committee first printed lesser number of tickets, which resulted in empty stands.Our cabbie Mike then went on to thank us for bringing sunny weather to London. After heavy showers for weeks, bright sunshine saw Londoners strip their woolens and dress lightly. He was again cautious when he said, “Don’t be fooled, one can never say when it will again start raining.”Finally, when I reached Stratford, the virtual Olympic hub in east London, I got a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium. Security was tight and like the Delhi cops, they were shooing us away from vantage points, minus the abuses.Stratford in itself is a sleepy suburb. A new shopping complex and plenty of commercial malls have come up in a big way, but the crowds aren’t huge really. Locals who live closer to the Olympic venues aren’t the ones who will be filling in the arenas as tickets are priced high and had to be booked in advance.Inside the high security Olympic Stadium complex, which also houses the international broadcast centre and the main press centre, the final coat of paint is being applied. There is a busy look and security is very tight. From wallets to cell phones, cameras and even wrist watches, everything is put through the scanner.Yes, the security personnel are courteous, but they do look worried as the crowds have started trooping in. Food outlets are getting ready and junk food stalls are bound to do good business.However, the worrying factor is a high price one has to pay for communication. Unlike New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games, where the data cards were free, here there’s a 180 pound sterling charge, which comes to almost Rs 16,000 for the entire fortnight.If you want to extend your stay for the Paralympics, it costs a bigger bomb. Welcome to London!last_img read more

Caroline Wozniacki, Madison Keys to play clay-court final in Charleston

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Wozniacki will be making her third appearance in the Volvo Car Open final. The Dane lost in 2009, but took home the title two years later.Keys is into her second Volvo final, losing the 2015 championship against Angelique Kerber.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, logisticsNeither Wozniacki nor Keys has won this season, continuing a curious trend on the WTA of a different winner each week. So far, there have been no multiple winners through 14 tournaments.Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, has now beaten Martic all six times they have played. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ 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 Last foul, dribble no-call make refs focus of Final Four Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Caroline Wozniacki, from Denmark, returns a shot to Petra Martic, from Croatia, during their semifinal match at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Wozniacki won 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. — Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys will play for the title in Charleston after posting straight-set wins on Saturday.The fifth-seeded Wozniacki advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 seed Petra Martic of Croatia. The eighth-seeded Keys outlasted Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-0, winning eight of the final nine games following a 70-minute rain delay at the season’s first clay-court tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Premier League: Newcastle draw at West Brom, Palace hold Brighton

first_imgNewcastle ended a run of four straight Premier League losses by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, whose winless run stretched to 13 games ahead of its likely appointment of Alan Pardew as manager.Pardew, who will reportedly be hired on Wednesday, will inherit a side two points above the Premier League relegation zone.Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put Albion 2-0 up by the 56th minute at The Hawthorns, but Ciaran Clark reduced the deficit in the 59th and Newcastle equalized through Jonny Evans’ own goal in the 83rd.Newcastle’s comeback moved the team up to 12th place and five points clear of the bottom three ahead of a weekend trip to Chelsea.Pardew, who wasn’t at the match, will take on former club Crystal Palace on Saturday should his appointment be confirmed.PALACE EARN FIRST AWAY POINTPremier League strugglers Crystal Palace earned its first away point of the season with a 0-0 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.Bottom of the table, Palace was unable to make a breakthrough as the team’s search for a first league goal on the road since April continues.Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha went closest for the visitors when they were thwarted in quick succession by a superb double save from goalkeeper Mat Ryan, while Brighton striker Glenn Murray had a late header blocked on the line by Andros Townsend.Palace, under former England manager Roy Hodgson, is level on nine points with 19th-place Swansea, which has a game in hand. Brighton slipped to 10th in the standings.advertisementlast_img read more