Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week L-R: Jesus Rojas (20), Geovany Martinez (19) and Aaron Vazquez (33).On Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 04:00 a.m. a resident on Grove Lane in Sierra Madre heard noises in the front of his residence. The resident looked out the window and observed a suspect breaking into his vehicle. The resident went outside and confronted the suspect, who was now inside his vehicle, and a brief struggle ensued. The suspect had a large silver object in his hand which the resident felt was a gun. Fearing for his safety the resident backed away from the suspect allowing the suspect flee southbound to a dark colored SUV. As the SUV pulled up another suspect ran out of the residence south of the original victims and fled to the vehicle.Within minutes of the original call officers spotted the dark colored SUV traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Baldwin from Sierra Madre Blvd. A high risk traffic stop was conducted and three suspects were detained without incident. Stolen property and narcotics were located inside the vehicle.Police Chief Larry Giannone said “we discourage residents from confronting suspects for their safety but are glad the victim is okay. The quick response from the officers was instrumental in apprehending these suspects and recovering the victim’s property”. Police located additional property in the vehicle and will be attempting to identify other victims.The three suspects are gang members and have lengthy arrest records. All three suspects reside in El Monte and were booked at the Pasadena City Jail. Bail for each is set at $50,000. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Police, Fire & The Courts Suspects Arrested for Robbery Attempt and Possession of Stolen Property Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 1:15 pm HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty
Franchised coffee chain Esquires Coffee has added two stores in Balham, London, and Esher, Surrey.Esquires acquired the pre-existing coffee house Lavish Habit in Balham on 7 August, while the second store in Esher will open on 25 August and will be the fourth Esquires Coffee house for franchise owner Chris Rance.The stores will specialise in organic coffee, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies and brunch-inspired menus including avocado on toast and smoked salmon bagels as well as “coffee shop sweet treats”.“With rent and rates in main city centres becoming increasingly unaffordable, creating destination coffee shops that serve and act as the hub of the community in suburban locations makes better business sense for Esquires Coffee franchise owners,” said Esquires Coffee marketing manager Kerry Noble.The openings will take the firm’s total number of sites to 31 and it aims to open three more in Yate (Glos), Hanley (Staffs) and Liverpool by the end of the year.“We are recruiting new franchisees for single and multistore units, as well as through the acquisition of smaller existing coffee chains should the opportunity arise,” Noble added.The company revealed to British Baker that it has ambitions to have 200 outlets by 2021 in the UK.
Source: NBT. NORWICH, N.Y. (JANUARY 26, 2010) –# # # In a December 30, 2009, article titled “America’s Best And Worst Banks,” Forbes.com ranked NBT Bancorp as the ninth-best bank in the nation. NBT recently opened a branch in Burlington.Forbes ranked the 100 largest banks, thrifts and holding companies on “eight financial measures that gauge asset quality, capital adequacy and profitability.” These financial institutions each have $5 billion or more in assets. The website ranked the institutions on each measure and added up the individual rankings.Forbes noted that NBT Bancorp’s reserves as a percentage of nonperforming loans was 165 percent, the “fifth-highest among big banks.” NBT Bancorp was one of only two institutions from the East Coast to make the top 10. More information on the rankings can be found at www.forbes.com/bank-ratings(link is external).In an article accompanying the rankings, Forbes stated that it wanted to “drill a little deeper into the health” of the nation’s largest banks, especially since some observers may assume that the “banking crisis is just about over.” Based on its findings, the website said those observers “would be wrong.”NBT Bancorp President and Chief Executive Officer Martin Dietrich said, “This recognition helps validate our efforts to be a high-performing financial company while remaining safe, sound and secure. The U.S. economy and banking industry face continuing challenges, but we will keep our focus on taking care of our customers and delivering long-term value to our shareholders.”Forbes is one of the world’s leading providers of business information. Its magazines and other media reach 50 million businesspeople around the globe.NBT Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, N.Y. The company had assets of $5.5 billion as of December 31, 2009. The company primarily operates through two full-service community bank divisions and two financial services companies. NBT Bank, based in Norwich, N.Y., has 84 offices in upstate New York and one office in Burlington, Vt. Pennstar Bank, based in Scranton, Pa., has 38 offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. EPIC Advisors, Inc., based in Rochester, N.Y., is a full-service 401(k) plan recordkeeping firm. Mang Insurance Agency, LLC, based in Norwich, N.Y., is a full-service insurance agency.
“I can report that there were 13 victims so far, plus the suspect, that are deceased,” the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Brenda Lucki, told Canadian broadcaster CBC.The victims included a female RCMP officer, Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Force, while a second officer was injured.In Nova Scotia several victims were discovered both outside and inside a house in the town, sparking a 12-hour manhunt through multiple communities.”The search for the suspect ended this morning. When the suspect was located. And I can confirm that he is deceased,” Chief Superintendent Chris Leather told a press conference earlier. Topics : A gunman killed at least 13 people in an overnight shooting rampage across rural Nova Scotia, before being found dead Sunday after one of Canada’s worst killing sprees in decades, federal police said.Identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when police were alerted to shots fired in the town of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province.Gun violence in Canada is far less than in the neighboring United States, and weapons more strictly controlled, and the killings were the country’s worst since 1989 when a gunman murdered 14 female students at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Leather said that at one point the suspect appeared to be wearing part of a police uniform and was driving a vehicle made to look like an RCMP cruiser. One officer dead, one injured RCMP tweeted several times that he was not an officer and warned he was considered “armed and dangerous.””The initial search for the suspect led to multiple sites in the area, including structures that were on fire,” Leather told the news conference.Leather said there was no final count on the number of victims, and that the investigation was in its early stages. Another police spokesperson said, without further details, that the gunman was killed after an officer intervened.Police said they had no indication of a motive at this stage. Lucki told CBC said there was no indication “at this point” of a terrorist motive.”What I would say is that it appears to be at least in part, very random in nature,” said Leather.”We are in the early stages of an incredibly detailed and complex investigation that has forever changed countless lives.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that he “was saddened to learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia.”He said he hopes for a full recovery of the wounded, “including one RCMP member who is in hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.”
The Grand Forks lost for the 19th straight time Friday night in the Boundary City.However, don’t tell the Nelson Leafs those 19-straight loss Bruins are easy ponits on the schedule.Grand Forks pushed the Leafs for most of the game before surrendering a 4-1 decision in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win was the eighth consecutive for the Green and White, leaders of the Murdoch Division. After a scoreless first period, Grand Forks opened the scoring minutes into the second frame when Jacbo Jeske beat Cody Boeckman in the Nelson nets.Casen Willans got that one back before team captain Colton Schell notched what proved to be the winner with five minutes remaining in the period.Goals by Cole Arcuri, on the power play, and Jacob Boyczuk ten seconds apart sealed the hard-fought win for Nelson.Nelson, improving to 14-5-1, out shot the Bruins 47-30.Grand Forks goalie Robert Dunsmuir was outstanding in the home nets.The Leafs host Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell finished the game with three points while defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Matthew Naka each had two assists. . . .Schell is on a six-game point streak with 14 points duirng that time. . . .Nelson rookie Colton McCarthy was a minus-1 in two games for the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Tribe lost 2-1 to Calgary and 5-2 to Medicine Hat. Moose Jaw plays in Cranbrook Saturday against the Ice. The coaching staff wanted to get a look at McCarthy, property of the Warriors, and asked the Leaf rookie to play on this three-game western road swing.
Draw on humble roots by practicing at Youngstown State? Check.Win the next game? They did in 2011 and ’12, when the 49ers triumphed after a Youngstown connector between back-to-back road games.CINCINNATI, OH – … YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Bunkering here for a week is meant to enhance the 49ers’ job prospects come Sunday’s game at the Cincinnati Bengals.Cut down on cross-country travel? Check.Keep body clocks on the Eastern Time Zone? Check.Bond inside a six-story Holiday Inn? Check.
7 December 2007South Africa has launched a Braille version of the Department of Home Affairs’ “Know your Home Affairs Services” brochure, to better cater for blind people and ensure that they do not have to rely on others to access government services.Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba presented the Braille version of the brochure to the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) in Garankuwa to the northwest of Pretoria on Wednesday.Speaking to BuaNews at the handing over ceremony, Gigaba said the move was part of the department’s efforts to reach out to society, especially the disabled. He added that as part of their strategy, the department was also working towards ensuring that all its offices are accessible for the disabled people.“Our approach is to ensure that all receive government services in a manner convenient to them,” he said. “We want to ensure that all people get services with ease and know where to get services.”Home Affairs said in a statement that it was a milestone for the department to produce Braille for the first time to cater for the blind on all its nine civic services and products that range from birth registration, marriages, including civil union, and passport applications.SANCB community development coordinator Chris Bhudeli said he was pleased with the Braille version, as it would make life a lot easier for blind people.“We will no longer have to rely on other people to read for us information about Home Affairs,” he said, adding that he wished all government departments could do the same.Bhudeli said the government information should be made available in audio to cater for those who cannot read Braille.“Not all of us can read Braille; audio will cater for such people,” he said.The department has been undergoing several changes since being taken over by director-general Mavuso Msimang in September. Stating that Home Affairs had the reputation of “being one of South Africa’s most dysfunctional departments,” Msimang has set his eye on transforming the organisation within 12 months.These include checking up on the progress of an ID or passport application through SMS, and the introduction of the new Coat of Arms on the country’s passports.“We are duty bound as a government of the masses to ensure that we do all that is in our power to curb the marginalisation of vulnerable sectors of the society,” Gigaba said. “We hope that this gesture will go a long way in demonstrating our commitment to facilitate universal access of information to diverse community across the country.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Airtight Wall and Roof SheathingPrevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationAir Sealing an AtticAir-Sealing Tapes and GasketsQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersOne Air Barrier or Two?Blower Door BasicsGetting the Biggest Bang for Your Air-Sealing BuckPinpointing Leaks With a Fog Machine RELATED ARTICLES California-Builder-Report.pdf Minnesota-report.pdf How much does it costCost is the “golden question,” Springer said. There’s no simple answer and the company doesn’t offer a flat fee.“It’s really project based,” he said. “If you’re starting at 17 ach50 and you want to go to Passive House it’s going to cost more than if you start at 7 ach50 and want to go to Passive House.”Installers would like to have at least a rough idea of where they’re starting before estimating how long the process will take.An AeroBarrier installer monitors progress on a computer screen. The automated system takes a blower-door snapshot every 90 seconds, allowing the installer to reach whatever airtightness goal is specified.“It’s typically priced per square foot, based on volume and different aspects of the project,” he said. “It could cost as little as 90 cents a square foot or as much as $4.50 a square foot. It really depends. You can get it as low as 90 cents to $1.50 a square foot. If you don’t want certified Passive House, we could get you below 1 ach50 for $1.50 a square foot.”That would make the cost of air-sealing to 1 ach50 or below in a hypothetical 2,000-square-foot house about $3,000.One key question for builders is how much of the special sealing tapes, foam, gaskets and other specialized products could be eliminated while still getting the house into the 1 ach50 neighborhood or below. Could AeroBarrier replace all of those specialized products, the ones that cost David Goodyear $4,500?Aeroseal says it is working with the Department of Energy’s Building America program to better understand the optimum time for an AeroBarrier application, and what air-sealing products could be skipped by a builder. But the idea, Springer said, is that any product the builder is using specifically for air-sealing and nothing else could be eliminated.“We could hit point-three ach50 on every install if we really wanted to,” he said. “We’re tying to have an impact on the building industry by helping builders build better houses every time they build, and take the guesswork out of it. At the end of they day, they have to change nothing in the build process, they can insert us for half a day into the process, and we can hit any number they want.” Here’s how it worksAccording to the company, a house can be sealed any time after rough-in, right up until the time occupants move in. It goes something like this:Technicians start by setting up a series of spray nozzles (Aeroseal calls them “emitters”) throughout the house. The brains of the operation is a machine that controls the flow of sealant to the emitters and controls temperature and humidity inside the building. Depending on the size and layout of the space, installers could use between two and 16 emitters.Anything that should not be sealed — bathroom fans, for example — must be protected so they don’t get plugged. The low-VOC, waterborne latex sealant can fill gaps up to 1/2 inch wide.With a blower door running, the emitters start misting the sealant. Installers start with 50 pascals of pressure, the same that would be used for a standard blower-door test, but may ratchet that up to as much as 100 pascals. Installers monitor progress on a computer screen. When the building is tight enough to hit whatever target the installer is looking for, the equipment is turned off. Thirty minutes later workers can re-enter the building and get back to work (Aeroseal says the sealant is GreenGuard Gold certified.) During application, everyone but the installer must clear out.The automated process gives the installer a blower-door readout every 90 seconds. “All the person doing the install has to do is monitor the computer and do what the computer says to do when it tells you to do it,” Springer says. “So, if you just want to hit 3 ach50 so you can close on your house and get a certificate of occupancy, we can hit 3 ach50 on the nose. I’m not guessing if I’m going to hit 3 ach50. I know for a fact I’m hitting 3 ach50.”How long the process takes depends on three key factors: the starting air leakage, the volume of the space that’s being sealed, and the air leakage target. That’s going to vary quite a bit, but the process on a hypothetical single-family house of 2,000 square feet of average construction might take between four and five hours, including setup and cleanup time, according to Springer. Questions from buildersThe process could be a boon for production builders who, in Springer’s words, “are struggling to meet code.” But both durability and redundancy will be issues for builders to weigh — especially owner/builders who plan on long-term occupancy, not just a sale or a certificate of occupancy.Eric Whetzel, who is writing a series of posts about building a 1,500-square foot Passive House near Chicago, estimates he has spent about $15,000 on air-sealing products that he’s installed himself. He wouldn’t even guess how much time he’s put into the effort.“It almost sounds too good to be true,” he said in an email. “If it works, it certainly sounds like a game-changer that could make airtight construction available to even the most green-resistant production builder. Presumably, a builder using this product would be counting on it for all, or nearly all, of their air-sealing, so if it fails over time it could be disastrous for the structure.”Goodyear raised the same concerns. In an email, he said: “The only question I would raise is where is the redundancy? I’m not a huge fan of air-sealing without levels of redundancy built in. Should one component fail, another is there to back it up…So, adding multiple products working together decreases the likelihood of failure should the structure change, which it will over the service lifetime of the building.“It’s a great idea,” he added, “much more cost effective, but the long-term performance is the big question.”There’s also the time factor. In Goodyear’s case, that amounted to more than 23 eight-hour days to reach his airtightness goals.Springer says AeroBarrier could accomplish the same thing in a half-day, and plug leaks that are impossible to see.“The biggest problem is that if you can’t see it you can’t seal it,” he said. “The chance of missing something is still high. The beauty of our technology is that you don’t have to know where it is. Our sealant is going to find it.” For Aeroseal, adapting the duct-sealing technology originally devised at the University of California made sense as building codes and public interest both lined up behind tighter buildings and better energy efficiency.“We thought the technology would make a lot of sense in sealing the whole building envelope, which is typically a pretty difficult thing for builders to do effectively,” Paul Springer, Aeroseal’s manager of business development, said in a telephone call. “We believed that if we could do what we do with Aeroseal on a bigger scale that it would be a great solution for the marketplace.” Experience in the fieldLike the Aeroseal duct-sealing technology, AeroBarrier was originally cooked up at the University of California and has been in development for four years. Last year, Aeroseal did some 500 installations using its own crews, but only this year was the technology made generally available. As a result, Springer said, the company doesn’t have a ton of data on the long-term durability of the sealant.“Our subset of testing in the real world is minimal,” he said.However, Springer says lab tests simulating 50 years of wear show negligible degradation of the sealant over that time. He also offered two Building America reports on the use of AeroBarrier in demonstration projects, one in California, the other in Minnesota. The report on the California testing was written by Curtis Harrington, a professional engineer with the University of California-Davis (where the process was originally invented), and Dave Bohac, a professional engineer at the Center for Energy and Environment.In that field test, AeroBarrier was used to seal four homes in a subdivision in Lodi. Two of the houses were sealed with AeroBarrier after open-cell spray foam had been sprayed at the rim joist and below the roof deck. Here, installers got the houses to an average of 1.09 ach50 at the rough stage of construction (before drywall) with between 1 and 3 hours of sealing time.“There were slight differences in the time required for sealing and the starting leakage rate which is likely due to differences in the floor plan for the homes,” the report says. “The AeroBarrier reduced the leakage in both cases by about 75% bringing them down to 1.11 and 0.95 ACH50, which is roughly 80% below the California requirement of 5 ACH50.”Even before AeroBarrier was applied, these houses were “consistently below code” for airtightness, the report says. “However,” it adds, “it appears that the greatest benefit for the AeroBarrier method would be a possible reduction in overall sealing costs by eliminating many of the current sealing practices.”The two other houses in Lodi were sealed before open-cell foam was installed. These required a little more prep work to get the houses to 4.39 ach50 and 3.47 ach50 respectively before AeroBarrier came into the picture. The AeroBarrier process reduced leakage by about 85%, to 2.15 and 1.43 ach50, the report said. After spray foam was installed, air leakage dropped to 1.25 and 1.06 ach50.“The AeroBarrier installations were all very effective at sealing air leaks in the homes,” the report says. “The average tightness achieved was 1.09 ACH50 which is nearly 80% below the California requirement of 5 ACH50, and this is before drywall is installed in the homes. That is compared to an average tightness of 4.10 ACH50 for homes at the same stage of construction but not treated with AeroBarrier.”AeroBarrier’s website also includes testimonials from Dwell Development in Seattle, and Mandalay Homes a net-zero developer in Arizona that became a beta tester for AeroBarrier and reports consistent blower door results of 0.6 ach50. For 20 years, a company called Aeroseal has been marketing a technique to seal air ducts from the inside with an aerosol mist, eliminating leaks that degrade the performance of HVAC systems and waste energy. Aeroseal now says the same approach can be used to seal whole houses, and offers builders a way of simplifying and speeding up one of the most persnickety details of building a high-performance house.As it is, builders hoping to meet something as stringent as the Passivhaus airtightness requirement or build a net-zero energy house can count on investing many hours in applying acoustical sealant, gaskets, and flashing tape to plug air leaks. Materials alone may run into the thousands of dollars.David Goodyear, for example, says it took 190 man-hours and some $4,500 (Canadian) in materials to meet the Passive House airtightness requirement on the 2,176 square-foot, two-story house he’s building in Flatrock, Newfoundland. Even meeting the much more lenient requirements in model building codes may give some builders a royal headache.Is there a better way? Ohio-based Aeroseal thinks so. After four years of testing and development, it has started marketing an alternative called AeroBarrier, which it says will prove faster, more reliable and potentially cheaper than air-sealing by hand.Like the system used to seal air ducts, AeroBarrier works by forcing an atomized sealant into cracks and crevices under pressure and lets the compound gradually plug up leaks. In a few hours, the company says, a typical single-family house can be sealed tightly enough to satisfy most building code requirements. With a little more time, getting to the Passivhaus requirement — 0.6 air changes per hour under 50 pascals of pressure (0.6 ach50)— is entirely possible.
Miss Ahmedabad 2007, Heena Vashisht has been on a roll since she won the crown. With a slew of titles in her kitty, her moment of glory was being crowned Miss India University Photogenic 2010 at the Mr and Ms University and College Idol in the all India finale in,Miss Ahmedabad 2007, Heena Vashisht has been on a roll since she won the crown. With a slew of titles in her kitty, her moment of glory was being crowned Miss India University Photogenic 2010 at the Mr and Ms University and College Idol in the all India finale in Mumbai. Over the last three years, Vashisht has catwalked the runway at shows of Vogue, Pantaloons and Levis, anchored events and done photo-shoots for print/editorial advertisements.Fashion frenzy: This diva loves to shop for trendy clothes. “I love to buy different kinds of clothes. I like to look classy and chic always, wear the most stylish outfits. When I find a sexy dress, I don’t need an occasion to buy it. I just buy accessories to match,” she says.Brand brigade: She is often seen sporting Dolce & Gabbana shoes and sunglasses. Her favourite fashion brands are Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren.Bag essentials: She always carries her Blackberry, fragrances, shades and a designer wallet in her handbag. She never travels out of Ahmedabad without a laptop and a camera.Style icon: “I think Priyanka Chopra rocks, she is my style icon. I love the way she dresses up and the way she talks. She has luscious lips and is a complete package of style, intelligence and the oopmh factor. I try to emulate her hairstyle, her dresses, piercing, her sexy pout, and am off to the malls to hunt for anything new she wears,” says the lady.On the spotadvertisementNaseeruddin Shah was seen dining at the Poolside Grill of the Cambay Grand Hotel in Ahmedabad recently. He was in the city with Ratna Pathak Shah and Heeba Shah for a performance of their production Ismat Aapa ke Naam based on three short stories of Ismat Chughtai at Jai Shankar Sundari Hall.Author Chetan Bhagat was recently spotted in the city alongwith Spice Group’s Dilip Modi. The two were in Ahmedabad for a seminar organised by Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries.Many stalwarts of the film industry were present at the International film festival at the City Pulse in Ahmedabad. Those seen at the do included cine star Asha Parekh, film director Ketan Mehta, Subhash Ghai, Satish Kaushik, actor Anupam Kher, Manisha Koirala, Sridevi, Divya Dutta among others.