Two more Guyanese are facing drug trafficking charges after they were separately busted at the John F Kennedy (JKF) Airport in New York, United States with cocaine.Guyanese business owner Luke Kendall, was nabbed with cocaine pellets in his stomach upon his arrival on September 20, 2018, in the United States.According to reports, Kendall arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana and was subjected to a routine search by immigration agents at the airport. He was reportedly visiting the United Stated to purchase items for a business that heOdessa Edmondsonusually operates for his mother.However, when the man was asked by the agents to provide names and contact numbers for the persons he was visiting, those persons indicated that they had no idea Kendall was visiting. By this time, the ranks ordered the man to undergo an X-ray examination after which it was revealed that he had ingested cocaine pellets.Further examinations showed that the drug mule had more than 200 pellets containing the illegal drug, which he swallowed. He later admitted to swallowing more than three pounds of the substance.Kendall was charged and arraigned with the offence on September 24, 2018, before Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione. His preliminary hearing is set for October 8.Meanwhile, a young mother of Ituni, Upper Demerara River, is similarly facing drug trafficking charges after she was apprehended at with some 200 cocaine pellets in her stomach two Saturdays ago. The woman, Odessa Edmondson, who travelling with her baby, was intercepted by US Customs and Border agents.Agents observed Edmondson perspiring and acting in a suspicious manner which led agents to question her further. It was then that the young woman reportedly admitted to ingesting the pellets, revealing that she was going to be paid some US$6000 to smuggle the drugs into the United States. Edmondson reportedly excreted the pellets weighing over three pounds. As such, charges have sinceCocaine pelletsbeen filed against her.Guyanese Kurt and Maria Bruney were recently nabbed in similar circumstances when they were both busted by US Customs and Border officers at the JFK Airport. The couple allegedly attempted to smuggle hundreds of cocaine pellets into the US, after arriving in New York on a flight from Guyana on September 23.The husband was reportedly approached by officers to do an X-ray and just then, his partner in life and crime reportedly spilled the beans that they had ingested cocaine pellets. The East Coast Demerara couple both cumulatively had well over 200 cocaine pellets in their systems, with the contents of an excreted pellet testing positive for cocaine. Reports indicate that a sum of US$6000 was promised for his efforts, which was a similar amount to that of the suspected Linden mule.These individuals follow in the footsteps of several locals who were busted in the US attempting to smuggle drugs. The majority of the mules have been identified as women and they would often blame their economic and single-parent status for drug smuggling. However, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall recently outlined that one’s economic circumstances is no excuse for drug smuggling. As reported in sections of the media, CANU is working closely with the US immigration unit to probe the “cocaine ring”.
As president, Sarkozy says he would loosen labor laws to make the stagnant economy more competitive worldwide – a formula that risks street protests by a populace deeply attached to its generous social protections. He promises to cut taxes, but also assert the state’s interest in industrial giants. Sarkozy would be the first child of an immigrant in the Elysee Palace – his father fled Hungary’s communists after World War II – but would close France’s doors to many immigrants. He would also crack down on teen criminals and repeat offenders. Sarkozy’s fierce language toward delinquents when he was interior minister helped make him enemy No. 1 among black and Arab youth in the down-and-out housing projects that erupted in riots in 2005, an explosion of anger over discrimination, joblessness and poverty. Sarkozy and Royal offer starkly different solutions for France’s woes. Royal, still combative and determined despite the polls, sought to portray Sarkozy as too unstable and too brutal to lead the nation. She let out all the stops Friday – the last day she was allowed to speak publicly before Sunday’s voting. “The choice of Nicolas Sarkozy is a dangerous choice. I do not want France to be oriented toward a system of brutality,” Royal said on RTL radio. She said she felt a “responsibility to raise the alert about the risks of this candidacy and the violence and brutality that will be set off in the country. Everyone knows it, but no one says it. It is a kind of taboo.” Later Friday, she said if Sarkozy is elected, “democracy will be threatened.” During a campaign stop in Rosporden, in northwestern France, she noted a security helicopter passing ahead and said: “They’re watching us.” Earlier this week, she even raised the prospect of “civil war.” Possible unrest Police are keeping watch for possible unrest in poor, immigrant-heavy neighborhoods if Sarkozy is elected. Community associations say they fear an outbreak of anti-Sarkozy violence, such as car burnings like those that marked the riots, on election night. In an interview with the daily Le Parisien published Friday, Royal said Sarkozy has “the same neo-conservative ideology” as Bush. She said, “He mimics the American president’s technique of compassionate conservatism,” which she described as pretending to care but failing to act when people are suffering. Sarkozy has openly praised many things about the United States. Still, Sarkozy calls the Iraq war “a historic error” and suggests import taxes on countries, such as the United States, that don’t respect the Kyoto accords on global warming. Sarkozy gently mocked Royal for being glum Friday and called her Bush comments “extreme.” Sarkozy’s camp says Royal’s ideas are fuzzy and that she does not have enough experience. “She is not in a good mood this morning; it must be the polls,” he said on Europe-1 radio. Clearly confident, Sarkozy did not predict Sunday’s outcome, but said: “I am waiting serenely for the French people’s choice.” Three polls published Friday suggested that Sarkozy strengthened the lead he has commanded for months, giving him a winning margin of between 6 and 9 percentage points. The solid figures for Sarkozy suggested he emerged the victor from the candidates’ much-watched televised debate Wednesday, their only face-to-face encounter in the campaign. On Friday, Royal shrugged off her low poll numbers, noting that some voters were still undecided. “There is still hope,” Royal said during a final campaign tour in Lorient in western France. “It’s up to you to decide, not the polls,” she said in an appeal to voters. At midnight Friday, the candidates were required to fall silent to give voters a day of reflection before the election begins Sunday morning.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARIS – Nicolas Sarkozy, who would warm up relations with the United States and prod the French to work more, was favored to win presidential elections Sunday – and to dash Socialist Segolene Royal’s hopes at becoming France’s first woman president. Despite Royal’s fierce final blows Friday, all final polls suggested that Sarkozy will win Sunday’s runoff and take over this restless, troubled nuclear power from the aging Jacques Chirac. If the polls prove right, France would have a president friendly toward the United States but not servile, who gladly shook President George W. Bush’s hand but wants a deadline on pulling out of Iraq, and wouldn’t favor war against Iran. Loosen labor laws
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The new Brattleboro Food Co-op building with affordable housing on the top two floors is nearly completed, and we’ll be shopping there in just a week or two. So, how did the building turn out? Were the goals achieved? Are the mechanical systems going to work as intended? How effectively was the building envelope constructed?We won’t know the answers to all of these questions for a while, but we do now know about one key measure of performance: the airtightness of the envelope. When most commercial buildings are completed (as well as houses, for that matter) there is no testing of airtightness. There should be. Through pressure-testing of a building, one learns all sorts of things about how well it was built and how tightly windows and doors keep out drafts, and how effectively various dampers on mechanical equipment perform.Last Thursday evening I assisted two friends, Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance, Inc. in Montpelier, Vermont (the energy and environmental consultant on the Co-op project) and building scientist Terry Brennan of Camroden Associates in Westmoreland, New York, as well as Gary Swindler from Efficiency Vermont, carry out comprehensive blower-door testing of the building. Remarkably tightAir leakage measurements were taken of the whole building both by pressurizing it and by depressurizing it and then those two values were averaged — showing about 6,200 cubic feet per minute of air leakage at a 50 pascal difference in pressure (abbreviated as cfm50). The measurement made through depressurization (sucking air out of the building) came in significantly lower (5,900 cfm50), because when you depressurize, windows and dampers tend to be sucked more tightly closed.When reported in cfm per square foot of building shell at 50 pascals (a common way to report air tightness), the air leakage for the entire building (excluding the first floor slab) was 0.12 cfm50/ft2. For the Co-op store and offices only (the first two floors) that air leakage was 0.18 cfm50/ft2 and for the apartments alone the leakage was 0.041 cfm50/ft2. If you include the first floor slab area in that assessment, the air leakage for the entire building was lower: 0.09 cfm50/ft2 of shell. All of these are very respectable numbers — especially for such a large building.The measured results met the airtightness goals that Andy had set for the 47,500 square-foot building, so he was pleased. He attributed the good performance in part to a complete air barrier that was provided for the building using a special type of oriented strand-board (OSB) sheathing that includes a barrier layer (the Zip system) and to the high-quality dampers on mechanical equipment that the engineers specified.The quality of workmanship also played a huge role — even with good specifications, poor workmanship can result in poor performance. “The builders really took this seriously and it shows in the results,” Andy told me. “They deserve lots of credit.” A blower door is a special frame with one or two large fans in it that is tightly mounted in an exterior door frame. By operating the fan and measuring how much airflow is required to maintain a certain pressure differential between the interior and exterior, the air tightness of the building can be measured.It’s a pretty complicated process with a big building, but it was called for in the Co-op design specifications. After the construction workers had ended their work day on Thursday, we installed two blower doors in the building: one in a store entry door on the north side of the building (facing the old building) and another in an entry door that leads into the two floors of housing on the other corner of the building (facing Canal Street). Each of these blower doors was fitted with two fans.Before the testing could begin, various openings were sealed, such as mechanical dampers, doorways where weatherstripping hadn’t yet been installed, and the lift on the loading dock. And water traps on sinks and toilets either had to be filled with water or taped off so that the depressurization of the building wouldn’t pull sewer gases into the building. Fortunately, Andy, Terry, and Gary knew exactly what they were doing. RELATED ARTICLES Blower Door Basics Blower Door Testers WantedHow Much Air Leakage in Your Home Is Too Much?How to Get Good Blower-Door Results The future of envelope commissioningThe testing that was carried out at the Co-op last week is a relatively new thing. Some form of “commissioning” (testing of the building components and systems before occupancy) is almost always done with large, complex buildings, but envelope commissioning with blower doors to measure airtightness and identify problems is relatively new.The envelope commissioning process really should begin during building design, when the specifications of various components and systems are examined relative to their likely impact on airtightness. Through meetings with the contractor, tweaks are often made to the design to ensure that airtightness features are really buildable — that’s an advantage of integrated design, in which the contractor participates in some of the design process.In addition to the entire-building testing that was done last Thursday, Andy conducted a number of airtightness measurements during construction. He tested window installation tightness both on a mock-up and on three installed windows, tested a corner of the building at the top floor, and conducted inter-apartment air leakage testing twice during construction. Compartmentalization is an important part of air sealing in multifamily buildings — to reduce air infiltration caused by the stack effect or wind, to reduce cross-unit smells and sound migration, and enhance safety should there ever be a fire.I was incredibly impressed with this process of airtightness testing at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. It makes me feel good that the place where my wife and I shop for nearly all of our food is at the leading edge not only of energy-efficient green design, but also with the process of envelope commissioning.In future columns I’ll report on some of the innovative features that are incorporated into our Co-op building. Digging deeper into the building performanceBy manipulating the two blower doors in a way I couldn’t quite figure out, Andy and Terry were able to determine that of the total 6,200 cfm50 air leakage, only 940 cfm50 (15%) was attributed to the two floors of apartments, even though those apartments account for a third of the surface area of the building. As expected, the store, with all of its connections to the outdoors (entry doors, loading dock, mechanical systems, etc.) account for the bulk of the air leakage.After collecting the baseline air tightness data with everything sealed off, Andy and Terry were able to unmask various mechanical dampers, vents, and the loading dock lift to see how significant the changes were. By doing this they learned a lot about the building. The main kitchen range hood accounts for 1,000 cfm50 (when the fan is not operating!), while a smaller pizza ventilation hood accounts for another 300 cfm50.Andy, Terry, and Gary (with a helper from general contractor Baybutt Construction) worked late into the night collecting this data, not finishing up until after 1 a.m. I had bailed out earlier to deal with some writing deadlines, but heard the results from Andy the next morning.Both Andy and Terry were pleased with the information they collected. “We got a very nice data set,” Andy told me. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
Tags:#Graphene#Internet of Things#IoT#terahertz band Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ryan Matthew Pierson If you use wireless connections on your various devices today, there’s a very good chance that device is using a shared area of the wireless spectrum called radio waves. These waves float all around us, every day. Our phones, Wi-Fi routers, and even the electric meters on the side of our homes use radio waves to communicate.With so many devices coming online now with the proliferation of the Internet of Things, this spectrum is becoming a very cluttered place.See also: Are smart city startups really just Cleantech 2.0?The terahertz band, however, is like a brand new toll road. It’s paved and ready with many lanes open for traffic. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of people using it. This is due to the fact that for decades we’ve been using radio waves and all of the accessible technology does, too.This means innovators need to think outside the radio wave. They need to come up with a new technology that can communicate efficiently on the terahertz band.Dr. Josep Jornet, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is currently working on a three-year research project leveraging a $600k grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research.The goal of this program: to develop a wireless network that operates in the terahertz band.Jornet recently noted from the University of Buffalo, “For wireless communication, the terahertz band is like an express lane. But there’s a problem: there are no entrance ramps.”Terahertz band: The challenge and the solutionTerahertz waves have a lot of great communications potential. It’s a space where data can be transmitted much faster than through radio waves. It is also largely virgin territory free from the noise that millions of wireless devices are generating.Unfortunately, there is a downside to these waves. It is difficult to use them to carry a signal across long distances. Where you can use a relatively low-powered radio transmitter to send a signal across miles or even into space, the terahertz wave is a bit more complex.One solution being examined by Jornet and his team are tiny graphene-based radios that enable nano-devices to not only send and receive data, but to do so as part of a type of nano-swarm that enables the signal to be transmitted across a longer distance.Instead of sending a slow signal from point to point using radio waves, these little nano radios would carry a signal through many different smaller points. This allows a lot more data to travel a greater distance.The result, tiny nano devices sending and receiving data at a rate of over 1 terabit per second. That’s fast.These antennas are also remarkably small thanks to the graphene materials. They are just 10-100 nanometers wide and one micrometer long. For reference: a nanometer is one billionth of a meter.The applications for this technology are very real. The medical field would benefit greatly from nano-machines that can travel harmlessly through the human body, reporting any issues and offering valuable insights into the patient’s health.If this research proves fruitful, we could be seeing another big step towards not just a better Internet of Things, but an Internet of Nano-things. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…