first_imgThe archdiocese sent him for treatment in New Mexico in 1987. A year later, it allowed him to work at various parishes. But Baker allegedly continued to molest children. In 2000, the archdiocese settled for $1.25million with two brothers who accused Baker of molesting them in locations in Mexico, Arizona and California from 1984 to 1999. Baker, who paid $500,000 of the settlement, met them while he was priest at St. Hilary in Pico Rivera. Mahony began the process of removing Baker from the priesthood when Baker petitioned to leave the priesthood. His request was granted in December 2000. The reported molestation of one of the brothers would lead prosecutors to file a criminal case against Baker in 2006. The second alleged victim in the current criminal case is a boy Baker met while at a Los Angeles church, sheriff’s detectives said. “The cardinal admits that he made mistakes with Michael Baker,” said Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “Looking back in hindsight, the cardinal was naive. He thought at the time something like this could be treated with psychotherapy.” Tamberg called Baker “the worst kind of child molester” and said Baker lied about the nature and extent of his problem. “He never came forward and said he molested children. On the surface while he looked like he was complying with restrictions, he was not,” Tamberg said. Tamberg said Baker mischaracterized and lied about the nature of his problem to Mahony and the therapist. “When he made this half-hearted, insincere, inaccurate revelation (in 1986), he was taken from the ministry,” Tamberg said. He added that Baker was then sent to treatment and, based on the report from this treatment, he returned to the archdiocese in a limited capacity. “Back in those days only priests were allowed to sign checks. He would go to parishes, sign checks for day-to-day business. He was never a pastor again. He had restrictions,” Tamberg said. But Baker violated his restrictions in 1989, 1995 and 1996 by having contact with minors. These were not sexual in nature, according to a report by the archdiocese. After the third incident, he was transferred in 1997 to St. Camillus de Lellis in Los Angeles. “Its only parishioners are in-patients at (Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center),” the archdiocese report noted. Church officials said they didn’t get a victim complaint about Baker until 2000 and removed him from the ministry soon after. Four years later, the archdiocese listed in a report that Baker had 23 accusers from incidents starting in 1974 and ending in 1999. Baker was ordained as a priest in 1974. Tamberg isn’t sure if there are more than 23 alleged victims. “We put in what we know at the time,” he said. Sheriff’s detectives estimate there could be up to 28 victims. This summer, the archdiocese settled with more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse for $660million. Frank Zamora, 62, of La Mirada said his younger son, Dominic, was one of those plaintiffs. He said his son was an altar boy at St. Paul of the Cross in La Mirada and was molested by Baker from ages 7 to 14. Baker would attend gatherings at the Zamora home. He was known to take kids in the parish to McDonald’s. Frank Zamora said his son started drinking at an early age and lost his faith because of the alleged abuse. The Zamoras were unaware of what happened to their son until he told them four or five years ago. Dominic Zamora was in county jail for having unpaid traffic tickets when he spotted a familiar face in the lockup. “He called, `Baker is in here and I will tell you something,”‘ said his mother, Virginia. She said Baker was called “Father Mike” when he was at St. Paul and popular. “Oh, big time. He was popular with everybody. He still has followers,” she added. “To me, he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” She said her son gets really upset and doesn’t feel good because of flashbacks about the abuse. Frank Zamora makes a point of attending every time Baker is scheduled for a court appearance. His son also shows up. The younger Zamora was at Friday’s hearing but didn’t feel good and asked his father to take him home. “My son wants to see him wearing ankle bracelets, register as a sex offender and get jail time. He said. `The longer he is in jail, the longer kids will be safe.’ He ruined so many lives,” Frank Zamora said. “I come because I want to see him behind bars.” The elder Zamora blames Mahony and said the cardinal could have stopped the abuse when he found out in 1986 instead of shuffling Baker off to different churches. The current molestation case against Baker isn’t the only time the District Attorney’s Office accused the ex-priest of abusing children. In 2003, prosecutors charged Baker with molesting a former altar boy, Matthew Severson, at St. Hilary, St. Paul of the Cross and at a condominium in Palm Desert nearly 30 years ago. Severson testified that the alleged abuse happened when he spent nights at the rectory. It started when he was 8 in 1975 and ended when he was 19 in 1986. He said Baker sent him a letter dated Jan. 29, 1994, apologizing for “immature emotions and psychosexual screwed-up-ness (that) slashed and burned through those years of your life seeking self-satisfaction in the name of love.” But the 2003 criminal case and a dozen others involving former Los Angeles priests were dismissed after the Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot retroactively erase statutes of limitations. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Prosecutors allege that the 59-year-old Long Beach man molested two boys from 1994 to 1998 while assigned to churches in Pico Rivera and Los Angeles. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will return to Los Angeles Superior Court on Nov. 30 for a hearing. Baker is being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $800,000 bail. “I don’t say anything,” Baker’s lawyer, Donald Steier, said when asked for comment on the case. Baker is one of the more infamous priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese accused of sexually abusing children. Cardinal Roger Mahony was criticized for the way he handled Baker’s case. Baker was assigned to work, with restrictions, at different parishes after he admitted to Mahony in 1986 that he had a relationship with two boys for seven years. He was known as Father Mike, a popular priest at St. Hilary in Pico Rivera and at St. Paul of the Cross in La Mirada. But Michael Stephen Baker hid a dark side. The ex-priest once admitted to having relationships with boys. Children in parishes he served accused him of molesting them as far back as 1974. Since last year, the defrocked clergyman has been in a Los Angeles County jail as a second molestation case against him winds its way through the courts. last_img

first_imgAlleged killer Kieran McLaughlin, who was on the run in Donegal last week, has been charged with the murder of Barry McCrory in Derry.arrested : McLaughlinMr McCrory was killed by a lone gunman in a flat in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning last. Police investigating the killing arrested McLaughlin, from Elaghmore Park, Galliagh in the early hours of Wednesday morning last.He had been hiding out in the Killea area before crossing the border back into Derry.Detectives were granted a 36-hour extension to question the 58-year-old at Derry Magistrates Court yesterday morning.He is due to appear back the same court again tomorrow morning charged with murder and possession of firearms.A police spokesperson said: “A 58 year old man has been charged with murder and firearm offences and is due to appear at Derry Magistrates Court on the morning of Saturday 19 October.”McLAUGHLIN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF MAN IN DERRY was last modified: October 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:58DerrydonegalKieran McLaughlinlast_img read more

first_imgRyan Fredericks, Issa Dip, Lukasz Fabianksi and Jack Wilshere have already arrived at the London Stadium.Yarmolenko left Dynamo Kiev to join Dortmund last summer in a £23 million move, but now seems set to join the Hammers. 2 2 Shbalii Vadim, who is Yarmolenko’s agent, posted the image above on his Instagram story – it is the West Ham hotel in Bad Ragaz.According to Evening Standard, the 28-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini’s fifth summer signing. Andriy Yarmolenko is set to complete his move to West Ham United from Borussia Dortmund.The agent of the Ukrainian winger is at the Hammers’ Switzerland training camp ahead of his move to the London Stadium. Yarmolenko’s, posted a video of the West Ham Switzerland hotel on his Instagram Yarmolenko scored a brilliant goal in the Champions League last season against Tottenham last_img read more

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said Brian Cowen’s comments in the media today highlight the cocky and arrogant mentality that marked his and other Fianna Fáil led governments.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Brian Cowen’s comments highlight the cocky and arrogant mentality that marked his and other Fianna Fáil led governments.“Sinn Féin and others continually highlighted the weakness of our economy, the folly of an over dependence on the property market and the likelihood of a crash only to be told by Fianna Fáil that we were cribbing and complaining. “Bertie Ahern even went as far as to suggest that ourselves and others who were warning of the dangers facing the economy should just go and kill ourselves.“It is this type of arrogance, typified by Brian Cowen’s failure to listen to anyone who didn’t agree with him, that ultimately meant we had no plan B as we collapsed into crisis.“Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fáil colleagues, including Mícheál Martin, have a lot to answer for. His refusal to apologise to the Irish people shows he has not lost his arrogance.“Unfortunately Fianna Fáil has been replaced by Fine Gael, a party that shares Fianna Fáil’s ideology and is gaining a level of arrogance to compete with its predecessor.”  COWEN’S COMMENTS SHOW ‘ARROGANCE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

first_imgIrish Water are advising that there will be disruptions to the water supply in Ballybofey today.The disruption, between 9am and 5pm today, is due to ‘essential improvement works to the water mains along the Donegal Road in Ballybofey’.A statement explains: “The following Areas and Estates within Ballybofey will be directly disrupted/ affected by low pressure or potential loss of supply: “All customers served from watermain along Donegal Road from Gallagher’s Garage/ Roadhouse Bar  to Glenfin Road Junction (Corner Bar); Ard McCarron Estate; Barnes Court; Blackrock Drive; Town View Heights; Weavers; Trusk Road; All customers as far as Sessiaghoneill Bridge.“In addition, ALL customers served within the area from the Donegal Road may experience discoloration on resumption of supply following completion of the essential works.“For updates please contact Irish Water on 1890 278 278 or Log on to or follow @IWCare or check out Donegal County Council website.”‘Essential improvement works’ means water disruption in Ballybofey today was last modified: June 27th, 2017 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:BallybofeyDonegal County CouncilIrish Waterlast_img read more

first_imgDifferencesAir leakage: It’s true that neither insulation is an air barrier. Neither cellulose (even when dense-packed) nor fiberglass meet any technical standard for an air barrier. However, cellulose will slow air flow whereas fiberglass does not.When dense packed into a wall cavity, cellulose prevents most air flow. Even loose-fill cellulose slows some air movement.Flammability: Fiberglass and cellulose have different issues with fire and flame spread. Fiberglass is spun glass; it won’t burn at any normal temperature. Under direct flame, it will simply melt. However, most fiberglass batts are faced with kraft paper which most certainly will burn.Cellulose is ground-up paper. Very early cellulose-style insulation was quite flammable. (I mean, c’mon — it’s paper.) During the ’70s and ’80s, cellulose couldn’t shake a bad reputation stemming from (possibly apocryphal) stories about insulation fires.Modern cellulose is heavily treated (about 15% by volume) with boric acid, borax nitrate or ammonium sulfate. [Editor’s note: see Daniel Lea’s 3/8/2012 comment on this point below.] These chemicals aren’t harmful to people, but are very effective flame retardants and help reduce pest issues. Modern cellulose manufacture has sufficiently high production standards that product quality and flammability are no longer issues of concern.Ease of installation: Anyone can insulate a wall with fiberglass batts. It’s just a matter of cutting around electrical outlets, slapping the batts into the wall cavities and stapling the facing to the studs. Unfortunately, a fast, sloppy installation usually results in voids or imperfections. Proper installation of fiberglass batts is slow, meticulous work (which is why most fiberglass batt installations are fast and sloppy.)Fortunately, it’s harder to do a sloppy job with cellulose, although installing cellulose in a wall requires special equipment like high-powered insulation blowers which are a sight more powerful than the Geo Metro versions you can rent at the Big Box store. Also, unless you like blowing out your finish drywall, more than a little experience is helpful.Embodied energy: Embodied energy is the sum of energy required for a project or material. Fiberglass has a much higher embodied energy than cellulose insulation. Fiberglass is glass that is melted and spun into fibers like cotton candy. There are fiberglass brands which use recycled content but more often they use new raw materials.Most cellulose brands use a high recycled content and the production process (shredding paper and adding fire retardant borates) uses much less energy.Extreme cold: Last, the two types of insulation react very differently in extreme cold. During very cold weather — the type of weather sometimes seen in Minnesota or Maine — heat is quickly stripped from fiberglass insulation, and the R-value of fiberglass insulation drops. Cellulose doesn’t suffer as acutely from this problem. Of course, prices can vary from contractor to contractor, and may vary if you have access to a special deal, but in general, fiberglass batts and cellulose are usually the cheapest insulation options.Ease of Installation: Fiberglass has become the most popular insulation in the world because it is effective (if properly installed) and inexpensive. Contractors and do-it-yourself folks don’t need special training or equipment to install it. (However, inexperienced installers often do a sloppy job of installation, reducing the effectiveness of the insulation job.)When installed in an attic, blown-in cellulose requires about 3 molecules more effort. The job requires an insulation blower and 30 minutes of training from the guy at Lowe’s. (An important note: I am talking about blown-in cellulose here… not damp-spray, netted, or dense-packed cellulose.)R-value: Fiberglass batts and cellulose deliver comparable R-value (between 3.5 and 3.7 per inch). This can vary based on many factors, including settling, wind-washing or outside temperature, but in general the R-values of the two products are similar.Air leakage: Both types of insulation help retain heat, but neither one can act as an air barrier. Both cellulose and fiberglass allow air to pass through and need to be paired with an air barrier. The effective R-value of fiberglass can be particularly affected by air flow.Moisture: Neither insulation is a fan of moisture. Both cellulose and fiberglass can retain large amounts of moisture. Because of their high air permeability both can dry out very quickly.Cellulose and fiberglass are fibrous insulation which can easily trap moisture. If paired with a vapor barrier in a high moisture environment like your basement … it can be problematic.Wind washing: Lastly, when blown onto the floor of an attic with vented soffits, both loose-fill cellulose and fiberglass are susceptible to wind.A strong gust of wind will blow loose insulation all over the attic. With Maine’s stiff sea breezes, I’ve seen several houses whose insulation is blown entirely to one side. Loose-blown insulation requires properly sealed and blocked eaves to prevent wind washing. Installing Fiberglass RightHow to Install Cellulose InsulationBorrowing a Cellulose Blower From a Big Box StoreGBA Encyclopedia: Insulation ChoicesBlown Insulation for Attics: Fiberglass vs. CelluloseUnderstanding R-Value SimilaritiesCost: First off, both cellulose and fiberglass are inexpensive. Among the wide range of available insulation materials — including XPS foam board, EPS, polyisocyanurate, rock wool, and spray foam — cellulose and fiberglass are, inch for inch and square foot for square foot, the least expensive. The two least expensive and most commonly used residential insulation are fiberglass and cellulose. Granted, fiberglass is about 50 times more common — but a distant second is still second.Unless the homeowner opts for spray foam, the insulation choice usually comes down to fiberglass vs. cellulose. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of each one? How are they similar and how are they different?At first blush, itchy pink fiberglass and fluffy gray cellulose seems quite different. But the two types of insulation wouldn’t be competing for the same share of the housing insulation market if they weren’t in many ways alike.center_img BLOGS BY ERIC NORTH How to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic HatchCan Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?Essential Energy-Audit EquipmentThe Journal of Poor HomebuildingCape Cod Style Homes Are Difficult to Heat RELATED ARTICLES Which insulation should you choose?So should you insulate with cellulose or fiberglass? Well, I’ve included a photo showing insulation being installed at my house. (Click Image 2 below to see the photo.)We dense-packed the wall cavities with cellulose. I choose cellulose because of the better air sealing, and comparable R-value for the same price. Should you insulate with cellulose or fiberglass? It depends on the project at hand.last_img read more

first_imgEvery morning, Tufail Ahmed calls his parents in India at around a quarter to nine, or before what he calls “office time.” But Ahmed has no office to go to. He hasn’t been employed since he came to the US in 2014. Ahmed is on an H-4 visa, a dependent on his wife’s H-1B visa, which means he cannot work legally in the US. He is a househusband. But he doesn’t want his parents to know. So every morning, Ahmed calls them before “office time” and pretends like he’s going to work.Read it at Vice Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgSania Mirza and Saketh Myneni defeated their Chinese rivals 6-4, 6-3 to win the Asiad goldIndian tennis sensation Sania Mirza teamed up with Saketh Myneni to clinch the elusive gold medal in mixed doubles tennis event as India maintained the ninth position in the overall standings on the 10th day of competitions in the 17th Asian Games on Monday.The Indian duo thrashed the Chinese Taipei pair of Hsien Yin Peng and Hao Ching Chan in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 during their final clash of the event.Wrestler Bajrang and the men’s tennis combination of Sanam Singh and Myneni picked up silver medals on yet another productive day for the Indian contingent.Athletes O P Jaisha (women’s 1500m) and Naveen Kumar (men’s 3000m steeplechase) and wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav (74kg) also contributed to the medal collection by picking up bronze medals.Sania Mirza unleashes a forehand during her mixed doubles final at Asian GamesThe 27-year-old Sania stole the limelight as she paired up with unheralded Myneni to carve out an easy victory in the final against the Chinese Taipei pair of Hao Ching Chan and Hsien Yin Peng as the Indians ended their tennis campaign with an impressive haul of five medals.On the track and field, it was Seema’s day as she clinched the coveted gold medal, making amends for her non-participation in the last two Games in Guangzhou and Doha.Bajrang (61kg) was also a star performer as he scripted remarkable come-from-behind victories to reach the final where he ultimately succumbed to Massoud Mahmoud of Iran in a closely-contested bout.advertisementThe wrestlers continued to provide the much-needed boost to India’s medal collection as Narsingh Yadav also claimed a bronze in the men’s 74kg freestyle event.Sania Mirza and Saketh Myneni celebrate after winning the mixed doubles gold medalWith the addition of seven medals today, India maintained their ninth position with a total of haul of 42 — six gold, seven silver and 29 bronze. China maintained their supremacy with a tally of 238 (112-72-54) followed by hosts South Korea 146 and Japan 132.However, there was disappointment for the women’s hockey team which lost the semifinal match against South Korea 1-3 and will now take on Japan for the bronze medal play-off.The boxing ring also did not bring much cheers for the Indians with former World Championship bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) being the only one to advance to quarterfinals.Gaurav Bhiduri (52kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and Kuldeep Singh (81kg) bowed out after losing their respective quarterfinal bouts.last_img read more

first_imgTiger Woods got off to a struggling start to the PGA Championship when he double-bogeyed his first hole, the 10th, in the opening round.Woods, fresh off his Masters victory for his 15th career major, drove into the rough and had to pitch out to the fairway. His third shot sailed past the green, and he needed three more to get into the hole for a 6. He then parred the next four holes.Defending champion Brooks Koepka fared much better with a birdie on 10 and another on 14 to be one stroke behind early leader Matt Wallace.British Open champ Francesco Molinari bogeyed the 10th and 12th but birdied 14 in the group with Woods and Koepka to stand at 1 over.Wallace, from England, birdied Nos. 1, 2 and 4 on a sunny but windy morning.Tiger Woods is back at Bethpage Black after a late decision to skip the final round of practice at the PGA Championship.Woods had planned to play the front nine early Wednesday morning, but never showed up at the course. That led to speculation his surgically-repaired back was acting up. His manager says all was fine.Coming off his emotional win at the Masters, Woods is in the traditional group of current major champions. He is with U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.The forecast was good. The course was soft and wet. The scores were predictable. With a two-tee start, players starting on the back nine had a far more difficult start. Thomas Pieters opened with a triple bogey at No. 10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat had back-to-back double bogeys.advertisementThe only early drama was J.J. Spaun. He was in the first group and walked onto the tee at No. 1 with a minute to spare, avoiding a two-shot penalty. It didn’t seem to bother him. He was 2 under through four holes.Tiger Woods goes after his next major on a familiar golf course for a PGA Championship held on an unfamiliar spot on the calendar.The 101st PGA Championship began Thursday morning on Bethpage Black, the first time it has been held in May since 1949. The public course known as the “people’s country club” previously hosted two U.S. Opens.Rob Labritz, one of 20 club professionals in the 156-man field, hit the opening tee shot under a clearing sky on a course still damp from rain. He sent it well to the right in the rough among the trees.Woods plays later in the morning with defending champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods has not played a practice round since nine holes Monday morning.Also Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attackAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgNick Kyrgios was defaulted from his second round Italian Open clash against Norway’s Casper Ruud on Thursday after the hot-headed Australian hurled a chair on to the court.World number 36 Kyrgios was given a code violation for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after being broken early in the third set. Having already been handed a code violation earlier in the match, the latest outburst meant the umpire also handed him a game penalty.This prompted an angry Kyrgios to slam his racket into the ground, kick a water bottle before he tossed a chair towards the centre of the court.Cannot remember the last time this happened on the @ATP_Tour… King @NickKyrgios just got a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct then decided to peg a chair onto the court Humphreys (@JHumphreys28) May 16, 2019The frustrated 24-year-old shook hands with his opponent and the umpire before he strode off the court, effectively defaulting himself from the contest.Ruud was leading 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 when Kyrgios was disqualified and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.Also Read | Federer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in Romelast_img read more