New charges filed against Rush County sex offender

first_imgRushville, In. — Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has arrested Joseph E Stevens, 26, of Rushville, following a month-long investigation. The warrant was served at the Rush County Jail where he was incarcerated for unrelated charges.Stevens, a registered sex offender in the State of Indiana, was the target of the investigation following information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The investigation revealed that sometime prior to Steven’s incarceration at the Rush County Jail, he began an inappropriate online relationship with a 15 year old female online via social media. Stevens then traveled to Vigo County where he allegedly met with that same juvenile and had sexual contact with her.Stevens will be charged in Vigo County for sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation. Stevens will remain in the Rush County Jail on local charges until he is extradited to Vigo County for the current pending charges relating to the online investigation.last_img read more

Public briefing on Falcarragh water upgrade taking place on Friday

first_imgBusinesses and residents of Falcarragh and Gortahork are being invited to a briefing on the upcoming water mains replacement works to fix major issues in the town.The public briefing is scheduled for 2pm on Friday 6th September in the Falcarragh Community Centre, where businesses, local politicans and the public can learn about the works.Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is set to commence works to replace problematic water mains the area to reduce high levels of leakage. Local residents and businesses have been affected by frequent bursts and outages this year due to the old and damaged water pipes.The water mains renewal works involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.7 kilometres of pipes in Gortahork and 1.6 kilometres in Falcarragh with modern, high density polyethelene (plastic) ones.This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water. Irish Water has said that the works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Traffic management will be in place in different areas during this time which may involve local diversions.  Public briefing on Falcarragh water upgrade taking place on Friday was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Falcarraghgortahorklast_img read more

Bill to promote a healthy lifestyle

first_img7 May 2008The Parliament’s portfolio committee on health is to hold hearings on amendments to the Tobacco Control Act, in an effort to further enhance the control of tobacco products and promote healthy lifestyles.Addressing a Social Cluster briefing on Monday, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said amending the Bill was part of the Department of Health’s “healthy lifestyles” campaign, which seeks to encourage South Africans to adopt and practice healthy lifestyles as part of decreasing the burden of disease facing the country.The hearings, which will take place this week, seek to amend the Act to be in line with the international standards set in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.Tshabalala-Msimang said the amendment Bill included “strengthening sections which prohibit advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the regulation of smoking in public places”.She said the amended Bill would also introduce picture-based health warnings as well as the removal of misleading descriptions such as “mild” and “light”, which carries a fine of R1-million.“The Bill increases the penalties so that they become a real deterrent against contravention of the Act,” she said. “The fine for the owner of a public place or employer who fails to ensure that there is no smoking in a smoke free area has been increased from R10 000 to R50 000.”The penalty for selling tobacco products to a minor (persons aged under 18) has been increased from R10 000 to R50 000, while the penalty for advertising and promotion has been increased from R200 000 to R1-million.Also included are new offences such as failing to protect employees from tobacco smoke pollution, selling tobacco products in a health institution and retailer not complying with point of sale conditions.This was part of the department’s approach in dealing with comprehensive healthcare, which looks at health promotion, reduction of communicable and non-communicable diseases and the unnatural causes of death such as accidents and injuries.Besides the amendments to the Tobacco Control Act in its drive toward healthier lifestyles for all South Africans, the department was also increasing the number of health promoting schools from 3500 to at least 5000 schools.These schools have initiated the programmes to prevent tobacco use, development of food gardens and sports participation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Play your part in saving energy

first_img49m, South Africa’s biggest energy saving movement, has called on all South Africans to save energy this winter. “The purpose of this outdoor campaign is to remind all South Africans to do their bit to save electricity during the hardest months of the year where demand increases drastically as research has shown that for every degree the temperature drops, electricity demand increases by up to 700MW during the evenings,” said Kheepe Moremi, 49M’s ambassador. The commercial opens with a black screen, with small white copy and audio telling the viewer that every little bit of saving helps. The radio commercial also calls on listeners to start saving the little they can, as it will help ease the pressure on the national grid. The campaign now has new television and radio commercial adverts that not only emphasise the importance of saving electricity but also shows consumers that 49M is really putting its money where its mouth is. South Africans heeded the call and saved a whopping 402MW, enough electricity to power the city of Mangaung (Bloemfontein) for a day. The campaign, which is fast becoming a trendsetter by challenging citizens to live energy efficient lives, has been well received through a nationwide creative campaign reminding all of the power they have to make a difference. 23 May 2012 The campaign can also be seen on billboards in metropolitan areas and townships across the country. These adverts are aimed at motorists and commuters in transit. Black 49M branded taxis will also hit the streets soon – an initiative that will take the 49M brand to new heights. A lot has been done since the campaign was launched just over a year ago. Recently, the movement called on all South Africans to participate in Earth Hour on March 31 by switching off all unused electricity appliances. Source: BuaNews The television commercial literally saves power by only using a black screen and uses audio to communicate the message to save energy. To date, the campaign has reached more than 40 000 South Africans in one-on-one conversations and over 7-million people through the above-the-line campaign.last_img read more

We look up to you: Ibrahim

first_imgDr Mamphela Ramphele and Dr Mo Ibrahim, two distinguished world leaders. The ZK Matthews auditorium at Unisa in Pretoria was the venue for this year’s lecture. The annual Nelson Mandela lecture has featured prominent leaders such as former US president Bill Clinton, former Irish president Mary Robinson, and Nobel laureate, the late Wangari Maathai.(Images: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangCEO, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• A nation of paradoxes: Robinson• ’The infinite gardens of Mandela’• ’Befriending the mistakes of the past’• Madiba’s legacy is forever• Scholarship builds future MandelasSource: Nelson Mandela Centre of MemoryDr Mo Ibrahim, businessman, academic and philanthropist, delivered the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria on 17 August 2013. He joins luminaries such as former US president Bill Clinton, former Irish president Mary Robinson, and Nobel laureate, the late Wangari Maathai, who have all shared their opinion on important social issues through the annual event.This year’s lecture was attended by guests that included deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, academic and political party leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Professor Mandla Makhanya, the Unisa vice-chancellor, struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, former Pan Africanist Congress president Mostoko Pheko, and Prof Njabulo Ndebele, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Singing superstar Lira sang the national anthem, to the delight of the attendees.Mandela spent much of his 27 years in prison studying law through Unisa and on 17 May 1989, while still imprisoned at Victor Verster Prison, he graduated in absentia with an LLB from the institution.The theme for this year’s lecture was Building Social Cohesion and was a call for all South Africans to work towards a united, cohesive, democratic and national society. The address was directed at all African nations, however.According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which monitors development in Africa, South Africa moved up from 31st in 2000 to 22nd in 2012 in terms of rural development, but there is still a lot to be done.Overall South Africa is number five in terms of governance, according to the foundation’s survey. However, the gap between the rich and the poor is still stark.“South Africa is the least equitable country in the whole world, and it’s only legitimate for us to ask after 20 years of independence, why is that? It’s a challenge our friends in South Africa need to face up to,” the Sudanese national told guests.He touched on policy issues, including the subject of land: “You tried the system of willing buyer, willing seller and it didn’t work. Isn’t it time to find a solution within the Constitution to deal with this issue?” he asked.Another sacred cow, he said, was the matter of black empowerment, aimed at bridging the gap between the rich and the (mostly black) poor. “Did it help?” he asked. “If so, why are we at the bottom of the Gini table?”Ibrahim did not leave young people out of his address. “What are we preparing (young people) for?” he asked. “Are we producing the kind of people that future jobs will require? I am not sure.”He referred to the millions of young Africans who are about to enter the job market as “a tsunami”.“Where will the jobs come from?” he asked. “Without jobs, there will be no hope for the youth … and this is a major problem.”Ibrahim also urged African leaders to address the issue of education. A united Africa?On the need for African integration, Ibrahim cited another statistic: only 11% of trade in Africa takes place between its 54 states. Travelling between countries is hampered by strict controls and visa requirements.“Getting visas is a major problem,” he said, before confessing to using his British passport, and not his Sudanese one, to travel within Africa. A British passport, he said, is welcome across the continent. Women in Africa“We cannot talk about social cohesion without talking about women, the pillar of the African economy – 70% of the population is dependent on the land, and women do agriculture, not men,” Ibrahim pointed out.Violent crimes committed against women, he said, represent a serious threat to the African economy.“One cannot afford to lose this vital production element of society essential for social cohesion,” he said.He commended the South African government for being one of the most progressive in the world in terms of female representation in leadership, but pointed out that this is not reflected in society. “Cultural issues are difficult to face and it takes everyone in society to address them.” South Africa does matterIn conclusion, Dr Ibrahim called on South Africa to live up to its promise and to show the type of leadership that is fitting of the most advanced economy on the continent.“South Africa really matters to us Africans,” he said. “We look up to you. We look with admiration at the wonderful struggle for freedom, your founding fathers, especially Nelson Mandela, who is an African icon.In a frank rebuke, Dr Ibrahim said the African community expected more of us.“You are not doing your job,” he said. “We expect more of you. We expect leadership – we have a serious deficit. South Africa needs to step up and play a better role in Africa.“We are waiting. Don’t keep us waiting for a long time.” Read Ibrahim’s full speech below:I am really honoured to stand here before you today to deliver this lecture. I must confess l looked up the list of previous speakers and found out they fell mostly under categories of either presidents or Nobel Prize laureates, l am neither. l wish to congratulate the trustees in opting for a commoner like me to present this lecture – brothers and sisters, please manage your expectations.Building social cohesion is our topic today. I believe social cohesion is really about really holding our society together.It is about building a national identity that transcends ethnic, religion, class and gender. It is more than just a passport or an ID, it is where we achieve common purpose as citizens and when we really feel that we have equitable access and participation in the political, economic, social and cultural life of our country.It’s not about entitlement, but about equal opportunities and hope. It is about dialogue, listening and talking the Madiba way.Nelson Mandela is gifted with many extraordinary qualities, but for me the most potent quality he has is his ability to build bridges; to search for and find that common ground with others. And then use that common ground to build on understanding and find solutions. That is Madiba’s way.There is no doubt that great progress has been achieved in this country over the past 20 years. We do publish every year, my foundation, an index of governance, the African Index of Governance.We measure the 88 indicators of performance of each government in all aspects of their activities. South Africa ranked, in the year 2000, as number 31 in rural development out of 54 countries in Africa. Last year it was 22nd. There has been much improvement from 31 to 22nd. It is not a fantastic score, but it is a market improvement. It also tells us that a lot still has to be done about rural areas.I must say also that overall, South Africa is number five, it comes fifth in our overall index of governance. It’s a remarkable score to be number five out of 54. It is not bad at all. It is really good. However, the gap between rich and poor people in this country is still remarkable.The Gini table, which l admit is not the perfect measure but is a very important indicator, lists South Africa right at the bottom.This is the least equitable country in the whole world, and is it only legitimate for us to ask, after 20 years of independence, what exactly is really going on here? That’s the real challenge that our friends here in South Africa need to face up to. I think what we need is to have a good conversation about our policies on what worked and what did not work. We need to be brave, really, and have that kind of discussion.If we start with the issue of land, a very important issue, this country adopted a policy of willing seller and willing buyer. I think, and you would probably agree, it did not work.Isn’t it time for people to seek other solutions? Isn’t it time to find a solution within the Constitution that offers an equitable solution to all parties to address that issue? It is a very important issue for our people in the rural areas. And the government needs to have the courage in order to deal with that. Governance is never easy, but it has to be faced and this is a very important issue and it has not been addressed in the past 20 years.Black empowerment, the adopted black empowerment policy, was the objective of bridging the gap between the rich and the poor. Isn’t it the time to check what really happened with black economic empowerment? Did it help really bridge the gap between the rich and the poor? And if it did, why are we at the bottom of the table? I think we really need to have a conversation about that – at least for the sake of social cohesion. Talking about social coherence, we must also talk about young people, the youth. The youth are the largest constituency in our continent.Not only in South Africa, but in our continent. Half of the African population is below 19 years old. This is the largest constituency in Africa. This can be wonderful news but it can also be a major problem for us. It can be wonderful news because our democracy in South Africa and in Africa is the inverse of that democracy in Europe, China and Japan. There are no young people really in China or Japan. There have stopped having babies for some reason. Can Africa dream of being the future factory of the world instead of China? China is going to have a crunch in the next 10 or 20 years. Can we do that? What a wonderful prospect for us to have, that huge productivity of such young people can bring to our factories, our land and work place here. But in order to do that, we need to do two things:The first thing will have to be attention to education and training of that group of young people. What are we preparing them for? Is our education system matching our business needs? Are we producing the kind of people that future jobs will require? Are we doing that? I am not sure. I was having a conversation an hour ago with the vice-chancellor here and we both agreed that 2% of African students are studying agriculture, yet 70% of our people are living off the land. So we have an issue here of matching educational and training programmes to the job market. How many business people are involved in the educational process? I think none. That’s the first issue.The second issue is African economic integration. Only 11% of our trade is amongst the Africans. We refuse to let our people travel from one country to another. We always need a visa. And l also say, sadly, although being Sudanese, whenever l travel in Africa l always carry a British passport, because l am welcome.My colleague here, a member of our board, had huge trouble in getting a visa to be able to join me here. He was a secretary-general of the UN, a board member, but just to get a visa here is a major trouble. But with my British passport l am welcome here through your immigration lines. Is that acceptable?And let us take this further, as 54 countries, we are all subscale. We only have 14 exchanges, stock markets. Only six or seven of them have any liquidity. How can anybody start a business in a country which does not have a liquid stock exchange? If you are looking to invest money, you are looking at the dollar, you are looking for the exits. We have countries that have farming, we have countries that have tomatoes rotting because we cannot move tomatoes from here to there. There is no scale.If China was 54 different countries, would China have been where it is today? So let us get it clear in our heads that for us to move forward, we need to understand the important economic integration of Africa. We need freedom to move people, goods and capital across our borders. That is essential. So l think these are the two prerequisites. Simple. It’s not difficult. We need to get that in order for us to move forward. And we have an amazing future. We are a very rich continent. But what happens if we fail? We have a tsunami of young people, millions of young Africans coming for jobs every year. Where will these jobs come from? This is a recipe for a serious upheaval.Millions of young people without jobs and more important without hope, is a major problem. If you haven’t locked up your doors and called the army, that is a bleak future to face. That is a very serious issue. l hope that our leaders, and not only South Africa but all across Africa, can help us sleep tonight knowing that the tsunami of young people is coming, which we need to deal with. Our future depends on how we are going to deal with those young people. That is the mother of all social cohesion issues we face.Still on young people, given what is happening, given the demography of Africa, the majority of African people are under 19 years old. Below 25 years old is over 60% of the population. How much space do they have in the public arena? Who is listening to them? Are they invited to the table? The future they deserve is there. They understand the future better than us, and maybe they have better solutions than us. Have we had space for young people to come forward and join us in this process of thinking about what needs to be done? That is the challenge we need to deal with.Let’s go back to the numbers, l love the numbers, I am an engineer. I say half the population are around 19 years old. Do you know what the medium age is for African presidents? If you just compare the two numbers, you can see how divided we are. Where is the social cohesion here? This may be very interesting to note, Obama became president at 47 years old. Clinton at 46 years old. So people in their 40s are being elected to run a country that is not only the greatest super power, but it has a GDP economy of 15-trillion dollars a year – 15 times the total economy of Africa, which is about a trillion dollars.And those guys who are 40 years old are deemed to be able to run the US. Here we have somebody in our neighbouring country, who at 90 years old, is about to start a new term. So what is wrong with us? And the other day l was thinking, if Obama senior decided to take the young Obama back to Kenya, where would the young Obama be today? You may guess, l know, he will never be president of Kenya.We cannot talk about social cohesion without talking also about another important thing in our society, women.Women are actually the pillar of the African economy.  Seventy percent of our population depend on land, on agriculture. Who does agriculture? Women do agriculture. They do agriculture, family and kids and also schools. And yet women have not yet been allowed the dignity they really deserve in our society. There still is this male dominated xenophobia about women and we have to admit that.We have a problem here in Africa. And we really need to face the real problem. Rape is a terrible crime. Somehow it is widespread in Africa and widespread here in this country. That is not acceptable. So we cannot afford to lose what is vital productive element in our society, one essential for our social coherence.One thing l have to say here, is that l really wish to commend the government and the people of South Africa, l note that you have quite a good number of women in government, in parliament, as heads of state, companies and parastatals. Actually you have a high percentage of women, higher than any African country, actually higher than any country in the world and that is a wonderful achievement. So we have great tolerance and acceptance of the role of women and they do amazing jobs, really, but in the rest of society we don’t see that respect being reflected. We have a cultural issue and that is something we need to work on because culture is very difficult to change unless everybody is willing to work on that issue.Just to mention in figures, Africa in general improved a lot on ratings over the past 10 years on gender issues. We moved 37% up so that’s a great achievement over the past 10 years. But we are coming from a very low base so we should not pat ourselves on the back, not yet. There is a lot of work that needs to be done.Now finally I would really like to say that South Africa matters. Of course it matters to you as South Africans; it also matters to us as Africans. We look up to you. You are the most advanced – economically, industrially – country in Africa. We look in admiration to your wonderful struggle to freedom. We look at your founders, founding fathers, the great Mandela, he is our hero. He is an African icon. Not only for you, he is our hero too. So we expect a lot from you. And we will not refrain from being critical when we see you wavering and misbehaving because you matter for us. You are the locomotive. You are supposed to pull this region forward, economically, socially and culturally. We expect more from you.Unfortunately we have a deficit in leadership in Africa. In all of our 54 countries, you will understand exactly what l mean.We have a serious deficit in leadership. South Africa needs to step up and really play a better role in working with Africa. Leadership is not about bossing people around. Leadership is not about securing a seat on a security council on behalf of Africa or chairing the African Union.The leadership we are looking for is true engagement with Africa. We need a cohesive voice for Africa and that cohesive voice you can really help formulate. We need a cohesive voice on the issues of transparency, tax evasion and a lesser transfer of funds, a lot of issues really important for Africa, where we really need your strong voice to be there.You have a role to play in Africa by understanding Africa, by engaging with Africa. That is what we are looking for. We are waiting, don’t keep us waiting for a long time. As transcribedlast_img read more

A new option for temporary grain storage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On-farm grain storage can be a key component of any farmer’s grain marketing plan, but what if you don’t have enough? There are now some options for grain storage that may be just what some farms need to leverage what they harvest this fall.On-Store is a new, fully aerated temporary grain storage system that is offered as a 20,000 or 50,000 bushel system.“The most important aspect of On-Store systems, with the widening basis and new for immediate storage, is that these can be up and operational in just one day,” said Scott Gladish, On-Store’s national sales director. “So, you’ve got all that additional storage in a small amount of time and added flexibility with harvest time logistics when there is no need to choose between sitting at the elevator or sitting in a combine.”The On-Store systems consist of a galvanized steel grain ring, grain vac unloading system ports and an aeration system that is equipped with a five or 10-horsepower fan.“Farmers are utilizing these units to hedge against the markets, which have not been friendly as of late,” Gladdish said. “The markets don’t care if farmers have issues or if their cost of production is higher than what corn pays, but if you are able to increase storage it can allow for better hedging against these lower markets.”Installations of these units are dealer supported and require very little preparation on the farm.“The farmer will need to get the ground level in a 60- or 90-foot ring, building a crown in the middle with a box blade, sloping it off 1% to 2% to the edge,” Gladdish said. “Then there is a very thick 40 mil floor moisture barrier on the floor to protect the corn.”More information can be found at www.onfarmonstore.com and members of Ohio Corn and Wheat can pick up an exclusive 10% discount on all orders.last_img read more

U.K.’s Architype Wins Ashden Award for Commitment to Sustainable Design

first_imgBy at least one estimate, the buildings U.K. architecture firm Architype has designed since its inception 25 years ago have produced 35% less carbon dioxide than comparably sized structures built to code.And while some Architype designs incorporate renewable-energy installations, the superior performance of its buildings derives largely from an emphasis on airtight shells, thorough insulation, passive solar gain, and natural ventilation – essential precepts of Passivhaus design. That approach, and the firm’s longtime commitment to the use of sustainable materials, earned it a 2009 Ashden Award during a ceremony in London last month.Architype, with offices in London and Hereford, was one of two finalists in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy’s business category, and won a prize of 15,000 pounds (about $24,000 U.S.). Awards also were given to charities, schools, and local governments for sustainable-energy achievements, and in international and outstanding-achievement categories.Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are intended to both publicize the work of green-building advocates and practitioners and help them further develop that work.As noted in an Ashden Awards press release, Architype hasn’t stopped trying to improve the performance of the projects it works on: the buildings in its portfolio that are scheduled for completion in the next two years are expected to be 65% more energy efficient and generate 75% less CO2 than they would if they were built to code.last_img read more

Rescuing a Problem Cathedral Ceiling

first_imgInstalling rigid foam is yet another optionZach has found a deal on 3-inch-thick foil-faced polyisocyanurate board, and suggests putting two layers of this insulation against the roof deck between the rafters. “This will be a cut-and-cobble job from below, but each of the 11-foot runs are straight and wide open, so putting up rigid foam seems like it won’t be too bad of a job,” Zach says. “Rip the sheet on the table saw, spray foam the rigid to the rafter bay.”That approach will work, says William Geary. The foam can be cut so it fits tightly between the rafters, or loose with foam filling the gaps around the edges of the foam.“If your interior trim details allow, I suggest you strap across the bottom of the rafters with 1×3 or 1×4 (this will help reduce thermal bridging and reduce nail pops from seasonally moving 2x12s) and fill the remainder of the cavity with dense-pack Spider fiberglass or cellulose under Insulmesh netting,” Geary adds.Holladay advises that, If Zach insists on the “cut-and-cobble” approach — a method that some homeowners like, but that no professional contractor uses — it would be better to combine “cut-and-cobble” with a continuous layer of foam on the interior, on the underside of the rafters, to address the problem of thermal bridging. As long as there’s enough rigid foam against the roof sheathing, Zach shouldn’t have to worry about any moisture problems in the ceiling with this “foam sandwich.” Despite the cost, foam is the best optionEven though the closed-cell foam isn’t cheap, GBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay thinks it’s Zach’s best bet for curing the problem. Vented or unvented roof assembly?As David Sheard points out, there are two competing theories on how to insulate this kind of ceiling.“The two different theories are to leave an air space above the foam, below the roof sheathing, to allow air to vent from soffit areas to a ridge vent, which would keep the roof deck cooler and avoid condensation to build,” Sheard says, summing up a classroom discussion in his Canadian Home Inspectors’ course. “The second theory is to fill the entire cavity tight with foam making contact with the bottom side of the roof sheathing.”One key question about the unvented assembly, he adds, is whether it affects the life expectancy of asphalt shingles on the roof, and whether manufacturers will honor warranties when shingles are installed over an unvented roof.“Either way will work,” Holladay replies. “If you want to have a ventilation gap between the top of the cured spray foam and the underside of the roof sheathing, you’ll need to install very rigid insulation baffles before the foam is installed.”As to the warranty issue, he says, it varies by manufacturer. Many won’t provide a warranty if there is no ventilation channel beneath the sheathing. “There is little logic to justify their position, however,” Holladay says. “Fortunately for contractors, the roofing warranties are almost worthless, so this issue doesn’t matter too much.” Prevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!It’s OK to Skimp on Insulation, Icynene says From Building Science Corp.: Moisture-Safe Unvented Wood Roof Systems “It can be installed from below — a job that will require new ceiling drywall — or it can be done from above — a job that will require new roofing,” Holladay says. “If your current bids seem high to you, you can always contact other contractors for more bids. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the job ended up costing what you were told.”Zach thinks the foam will be between 6 inches and 7 inches thick, and plans on filling the rest of the cavity with R-19 fiberglass batts. In order to spread the costs out, Zach wonders if it’s OK to leave the insulation exposed for the winter and tackle the drywall later.Unfortunately, that’s not an option, Holladay says. Exposed foam is a fire hazard that must be covered with gypsum drywall to meet code requirements. There will be some thermal bridging through the 2×12 rafters, he adds, but not enough to cause any real problems. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost credits the good points made by Martin and other commenters, adding these points:Use a certified spray foam company and trained installer. Many if not most of the problem spray foam installations I have seen are due to a substandard level of expertise by the installer or the company in general. In the U.S., we don’t require certified spray foam companies and trained installers the way the Canadians do, but we should. Look for certification and training such as this one from the Air Barrier Association of America.Go with water-blown foam. The benign water-blown spray foams have way less of an environmental footprint than the R245fa-blown foams. But you should be aware that switching to water-blown spray foam is not likely to save you any money. It should also be mentioned that flame retardants are still an issue even with water-blown spray foams.It’s more important to get a continuous air seal than it is to vent. Venting all those valley rafter cavities is really tough to do, of course. But if you don’t have that topside drying potential of the venting, than the vapor profile of your roof assembly becomes critical. Take a look at this blog I wrote on the subject.An unvented roof assembly must dry in one direction. I like the idea of continuous rigid insulation on the interior, as both an interior air barrier (if all seams and margins are taped/sealed) and a thermal break on the roof framing. But since the top side of the assembly — your asphalt roofing shingles — form a layer with very low vapor permeance, using foil-faced rigid foam eliminates any drying potential to the interior of your roof assembly. To provide some ability for the assembly to dry to the interior, you will need to pick a rigid insulation with at least some vapor permeability, such as EPS or rigid mineral wool. (I must say, I have never used rigid mineral wool on the interior of a roof assembly and can imagine there is a learning curve there). RELATED ARTICLES You could call it the $6,500 problem, because that’s what it’s going to cost Kacey Zach to re-insulate a cathedral ceiling with closed-cell polyurethane foam and hang new drywall. Writing at Green Building Advisor’s Q&A forum, Zach explains the situation: a cathedral ceiling framed with 2x12s and insulated with fiberglass batts to R-38 “with no regard to air sealing.”The result? Nasty ice dams where two sections of roof intersect. “I’ve gotten quotes to spray foam the ceiling to R-38 with closed-cell foam for $4400,” Zach writes. “I also got quotes to re-drywall the ceiling after it is all done for $2k. I could be into this project for nearly $6500…yikes! Do I have any other less costly options?”That’s the subject of this Q&A Spotlight. Less foam, more fiber insulationDana Dorsett has a slightly different suggestion: “Rather than an ungodly R-38 of closed cell foam, it’s fully code-legal, moisture-safe, and cheaper to go with R-20 in closed-cell foam against the roof sheathing, and fill the rest of the cavity with fiber insulation to bring it up to code-minimum R-value.” Dorsett adds a link to the section of the International Residential Code dealing with roof assemblies.The reason to dial back the amount of closed-cell foam is the HFC-245fa blowing agent it uses, Dorsett says, a chemical with 1,000 times the global-warming footprint of carbon dioxide. “Using any more than the minimum required for meeting the other goals is the way to go,” he adds. “This is getting there with half the foam in a safe and responsible manner that can’t be argued by inspectors.”Another option, Dorsett adds, is an Icynene water-blown product called MD-R-200, which has an R-value of 5.2 per inch and is a Class 3 vapor diffusion retarder (1.8 perms at a thickness of 3 in.), according to the manufacturer.“You’d still be able to get to R-38 even in 2×10 framing without burning up the planet,” Dorsett says, “and it would be sufficiently vapor retardant to protect the roof deck.” Aloha Energy, in Saratoga Springs, New York, also has a water-blown closed-cell foam, he adds, and isn’t too far from where Zach lives.last_img read more

The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA

first_imgReggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons reacts reacts to a call late in the game next to Luke Babbitt #8 of the Atlanta Hawks at Little Caesars Arena on November 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 111-104. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThe Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play.They’ve certainly been worth watching.Detroit’s 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the NBA through the season’s first month. The Pistons already have a road win at Golden State, swept a five-game homestand — possibly to the delight of all those unoccupied red seats at Little Caesars Arena, more on that in a moment — and are off to their best start in 12 years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that we’re playing as a team right now,” Detroit’s Luke Kennard said. “We’re really locked in. We’re really playing together and we play hard. When you have a team that does that together, you win.”Now comes the test.Starting Wednesday, the Pistons play five of their next six games on the road — visiting Milwaukee, Indiana and Minnesota before returning home to face Cleveland, then heading right back out for a trip to Oklahoma City and Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter topping Miami to finish off a 5-0 homestand Sunday, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy made no effort to hide how pleased he is right now.“We did a great job here, and now you just move on to the next challenge,” Van Gundy said. “Now nine of 11 on the road, the next three games on the road against teams you beat at home so you know they want back at you. The challenges just keep mounting, but you put wins in the bank.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Maybe at some point, there will be fans in the seats.The brand-new Detroit arena has a listed capacity for basketball at 20,491, which was the announced crowd for opening night. In seven games since, the Pistons have announced crowds between 13,709 and 17,683 — and those numbers may be generous, given how empty the building looks on television. Officially, Detroit sold 76 percent of its tickets in those seven games.GIANNIS WATCHTechnically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough.The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Read Nextcenter_img No resolution: PBA Board leaves LA with league’s fate hanging Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion — Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Friday: Russell Westbrook has triple-doubles in his last two games vs. the Spurs.— Houston at Memphis, Saturday: The Rockets’ wide-open offense goes up against the Grizzlies’ airtight defense.— Washington at Toronto, Sunday: John Wall vs. Kyle Lowry might get overlooked on an NFL Sunday, but shouldn’t.STAT LINE OF THE WEEKPaul George, Oklahoma City: His 37-point, eight-rebound, five-assist game against Dallas on Sunday wasn’t even his best game of the week (he had 42, 9 and 7 two nights earlier against the Clippers). But the Sunday game gets the nod since it came on Russell Westbrook’s birthday and when asked what he got his teammate, George said “I got him 37.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.”Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.ANNIVERSARIESA couple of significant milestone dates are nearing.Sunday marks the 13th anniversary since the so-called “Malice at The Palace,” the infamous brawl involving Indiana and Detroit after Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) went into the stands after a fan hit him with a drink. The aftermath included nine players being suspended, and security in NBA arenas has been different ever since.And Tuesday is the 16th anniversary of the first call-up from what is now called the NBA G League — the Denver Nuggets brought eventual NBA champion Chris Andersen up from the Fayetteville Patriots, a move that paved the way for hundreds of players to truly view the development league as a springboard to the NBA.THE WEEK AHEADSome games to keep an eye on over the coming days:— Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, Wednesday: Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball, a matchup of future NBA assist leaders.— Golden State at Boston, Thursday: An NBA Finals preview? The road team has won five straight in this series. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool, Everton watching Club Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjuma

first_imgLiverpool, Everton watching Club Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjumaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClub Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is attracting major Premier League interest.Danjuma is on the radar of AC Milan, which Club Brugge have confirmed, though reports of a bid already tabled have been denied.The 21 year-old only moved to Belgium last summer from NEC Nijmegen, but his impact has attracted interest from across Europe.Along with Milan, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are also interested in Danjuma. He has scored five times and gave four assists in fifteen official matches for his new club.Manchester City were also keen on Danjuma before he left NEC in the summer for a cut-price €1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more