first_imgThe Attorney General is now reviewing the MICA scheme and is preparing to sign off on it.The Mica Action Group yesterday met with Minister for Education and Skills, Joe Mc Hugh to discuss progress on the Mica scheme for homeowners affected by the defective blocks issue across Donegal.In today’s meeting, Minister Mc Hugh confirmed that the Mica scheme has now been finalised between the Department of Housing and Donegal County Council and is with the Attorney General for final sign off. Eamonn Jackson, Vice Chairperson of MAG who attended the meeting said the group is heartened by the developments.He said “Today Michael Doherty, Gordon Dickinson, Mary Connors and I from MAG met with Minister Joe Mc Hugh at my home in Milford to get an update on the Mica scheme. We took the opportunity to show Minister McHugh around my home and to show him the significant damage caused as a result of the defective blocks issue and to highlight the stress that this puts my family under as well as the many other families confronted with the same issue.“Minister Mc Hugh told us that the Mica scheme is now with the Attorney General for final review and sign off before being handed to Donegal County Council for implementation.“We were heartened to hear that this progress has been made and we again stressed the importance of the scheme opening and accepting applications as soon as possible. “We were also heartened to hear that since the Government have approved a significant budget of €580m euro to this scheme, that should we spend the €40M allocated, we are in a position to request further drawdown to ensure as many applications that are approved are dealt with in this coming year.“MAG want to thank Minister for Hugh for his continued support and are cautiously optimistic that we are nearing the end of a very long campaign to get this scheme over the line.”Attorney General set to sign off on MICA scheme was last modified: October 24th, 2019 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:Attorney GeneralblocksMICAMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

first_img26 April 2013Energy firm Total South Africa will invest R140-million over two years to upgrade its blending plant and expand the capacity of its fuel depot at Durban’s Island View Terminal facility, it announced on Wednesday.The investment follows the signing of a 15-year lease with Transnet National Port Authority.“We see this as a major vote of confidence in South Africa, as well as in other countries in southern Africa, as some of the additional lubricants we will be blending will be exported to Southern African Development Community countries, which we see as a growth market for our lubricants,” Total South Africa’s CEO, Christian des Closieres, said in a statement.Work on the plants is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.“Our roots in South Africa go back to the mid-1950s and we are committed to growing our business in South Africa and southern Africa through sustainably growing our infrastructure and distribution channels in the fuels and lubricants markets,” said Des Closieres.The blending facility upgrade will cost approximately R50-million and focus on modernising filling lines, an on-site laboratory and improving health and safety features and quality control measures.Expansion of the fuel storage depot will cost about R90-million and will allow 26% of fuel to be stored on-site.It is expected that the expansion will lead to an improved integration into national infrastructure such as the New Multi Product Pipeline.“We view this big investment in South Africa as further evidence of the successful partnership we have with our local shareholders in South Africa,” he said. “It also demonstrates our ongoing emphasis on health and safety quality control and catering for future growth.”Total South Africa’s local shareholders are black empowerment investment holding firm Tosaco and Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Remgro Ltd.It is the first subsidiary of an international petroleum company to comply with the ownership criteria of the Liquid Fuels Charter.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Which number is closest to your total direct and overhead cost of production per bushel of corn: $3.08, $4.17, or $6.21? Do you know? Forty-two farms completed their 2016 farm business and crop enterprise analysis in 2017. Farm size ranged from 40 to more than 1,900 acres.The four lowest cost producers averaged $3.08 per bushel, the median COP was $4.17, and the four highest cost producers averaged $6.21 per bushel.Only the high 20% of these corn enterprises generated a positive net return for corn. For the other 80%, the personalized benchmark reports they receive helped them identify strengths and areas of opportunity in each crop enterprise.The highest cost producers will know if their costs were high compared to previous years due to weather or other yield-depressing event or if these numbers are “normal” and are waving a big red flag. Combining the real-numbers information from enterprise and benchmark reports with production information gives each farm manager powerful information to make positive changes.The 2016 Ohio Farm Business Analysis Crop Summary with Benchmark Reports is now available to download at report includes enterprise summaries and benchmark reports for corn, corn silage, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and mixed hay. Any farm can use this information to supplement their decision-making.All crop, livestock and dairy farms are encouraged to do farm business analysis for their farm. Thanks to a three-year grant from USDA, Ohio has expanded capacity to do farm business analysis work with four additional Farm Business Analysis Technicians working in Ohio. Each farm receives their farm’s analysis as soon as it is completed. All analyses will be completed by the end of May with benchmark reports and summaries available this summer.Thanks to the USDA-NIFA Farm Business Analysis grant, the cost for a farm to complete an analysis for the 2017 business year is $100. To learn more about farm business analysis, contact Dianne Shoemaker or Haley Shoemaker at 330-533-5538 or email at [email protected] or [email protected] See past farm business summaries at read more

first_imgHenry has completed a basement renovation at his 1950s Toronto bungalow and is now grappling with an unexpected problem: One room of the house smells strongly of old, damp brick. From all appearances, the renovation was done carefully. The foundation wall, consisting of concrete block with brick above, now includes exterior waterproofing, damp-proofing membranes, and a layer of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam in an interior 2×4 wall. And yet, he writes in a Q&A post, all is not well.RELATED ARTICLESAll About BasementsHow to Insulate a Basement WallSleuthing a Basement Moisture ProblemCapillary Breaks Above Footings The odor is coming from the floor and/or wall of one of the rooms in the northeast part of the house, which is located directly over the basement laundry room. “I am not getting the smell anywhere else on the first floor,” Henry writes. “It seems to be strongest when the temperature changes drastically between inside and outside, i.e. the weather has been cooler the last few days and it’s less noticeable, although I haven’t correlated a specific trigger for the smell.” There’s no smell in the laundry room itself, and he’s found no evidence of either a leaky dryer vent or water leak. Nor has an extensive check of the attic and basement walls uncovered any visible water. Henry is beginning to suspect the cause is an uninsulated air gap at the perimeter of the floor framing, as suggested by the drawing at the top of this column. He’s thinking of adding more spray foam to close the gap. Is he right? And if so, what should he do about it? That’s where we start this Q&A Spotlight. Insulate and add a capillary break Zephyr7 suspects the odor is indeed coming from the damp block via the gap shown in the drawing. Because the block is sealed on the inside by a layer of closed-cell foam, the wall is staying wetter longer. So, he suggests, go ahead and seal the gap with spray foam, but make sure to add a capillary break between the top of the masonry wall and the rim joist. “What you don’t want to do is treat things with spray foam in a way that keeps your rim joist wet with no possibility to dry out,” he says. Zephyr7 explains that a capillary break is a piece of water impermeable material that prevents water from wicking out of the masonry wall and into the wood. He’s had good luck with using pieces of high-density polyethylene, which slides easily into small gaps. Others have recommended pieces of EPDM, a rubber-like roofing membrane. It’s more flexible, so a little more difficult to stuff into small gaps, he adds, but it’s readily available. The moisture can only go up Concrete block has a powerful capillary draw, adds Dana Dorsett, and without a break between the footing and the walls there’s only one way for the moisture to go—up. “If there isn’t a capillary break between the footing and the walls, with closed-cell polyurethane limiting the drying toward the basement, the only way for the moisture to go is up,” Dorsett writes. “With sufficient unpainted above-grade exterior exposure (at least a foot, two feet would be better) it may be able to dry toward the exterior.” Moisture in the brick veneer also could be contributing to the problem. Henry should be able to see weep holes every third brick or so near the bottom of the wall, and vents every third brick or so at the top of the wall, to create a convective drying loop. If not, adding them could help to mitigate the problem, Dorsett says. Will adding weep holes create a problem? Henry can’t find any evidence of weep holes or vents in the wall, and he wonders whether adding them now would court unexpected problems with moisture. “I’ve had a conversation around weeps and vents,” he says. “The only catch is if they are installed during construction my understanding is that there should be a weep sill or something to allow any moisture/water to run out behind the brick. In the current brick, there [are] no weep holes so I’m pretty confident no weep sill. As part of a retrofit, would one need to be installed?” That’s a question will have to leave for our resident technical expert, Peter Yost. Does the block really need to be dry? To Jon R, Henry’s situation is a good example of why a more vapor permeable foam, such as unfaced expanded polystyrene (EPS), would be a better choice. The reason is that it would allow more inward drying than closed-cell polyurethane foam and result in drier block. What, asks Michael Maines, “so you can dump moisture directly into the basement in perpetuity? No thanks. The block doesn’t care if it’s damp.” Well, Jon R says, the block may not care if it’s wet or dry, but the homeowner certainly will. “I’ve been in plenty of damp basements,” Maines says, “and find that owners prefer them to be dry.” Dorsett agrees with Jon R, noting that the rate at which moisture comes through the wall, even with 1 inch of Type II EPS, is comparable to what comes through a coat of interior latex paint—that is to say, not much. “Jon R is right,” he says. “It’s insignificant in terms of what happens to the indoor [relative humidity] in the basement, but makes a real difference in the moisture content of the wood in contact with the top of that wall. Even a tiny amount of ventilation with dry conditioned air from upstairs keeps the basement humidity in check, if diffusion through the foam is the primary source of moisture. “In the ‘-A’ climates [that is, the moist, eastern climates on a standard climate zone map] leakage of high dew-point outdoor air in summer would typically deliver an order of magnitude or more moisture than a whole foundation wall would through 1-inch Type II EPS.” Our expert’s view Let’s wrap this up with some thoughts from GBA Technical Director Peter Yost: I spent a bit of time emailing with Henry (original poster of this Q&A Spotlight) to make sure we had the right assembly and to get more information about the building. Henry’s brick is structural, not veneer. Henry checked in with more than one local mason who said it was not brick veneer. I asked Henry about this after he said there were no weeps in the brick. While we don’t know the exact configuration of the above-grade exterior wall, it’s probably two or three wythes. The house has a concrete block foundation wall topped by structural brick. The window sill and the well below the window are potential problem areas. This makes his exterior wall a mass or load-bearing masonry wall. Brick veneer is moisture-managed with a dedicated air space between the brick and the rest of the exterior wall and weeps to let any water that gets behind the brick a way to get out. Mass walls rely on a combination of deflection (overhangs, for example), hygric capacity (the masonry safely holds quite a bit of water), and finally in Toronto, lots of heat flow that protects the masonry wall from freeze-thaw damage. Building Science Corporation has a number of information resources on interior insulation retrofits of load-bearing masonry walls. In one (BSD-114: Interior Insulation Retrofits of Load-bearing Masonry Walls in Cold Climates), John Straube says this about the moisture balance in these types of exterior wall assemblies in cold climates: “For a moisture-related problem to occur, at least five conditions must be satisfied: 1. A moisture source must be available. 2. There must be a route or means for this moisture to travel. 3. There must be some driving force to cause moisture movement. 4. The material(s) involved must be susceptible to moisture damage. 5. The moisture content must exceed the material’s safe moisture content for a sufficient length of time.” Henry’s home is single-story with substantial overhangs and gutters. Given the list above, I am pretty sure that Henry’s building configuration—one-story with big overhangs—means that his exterior load-bearing walls don’t get wet enough for freeze-thaw to be a problem. And Henry’s problem to date is very localized; it’s a point-load moisture issue rather than a more generalized situation. Having said that, if Henry can easily decrease the wetting of the least protected portions of his mass walls—the three courses of concrete block above grade—he should go ahead and do just that. He is a bit lucky. You can readily paint concrete block to good effect to reduce bulk water wetting (and also select a paint that is vapor permeable for some outward drying potential). With brick, paint does not work very well because the hairline cracks formed with time between the brick and the mortar can’t be spanned by exterior paint. Even silanes and siloxanes—typically recommended for increasing the water resistance of exterior brick—have very limited crack-spanning ability. I think the damp smell is driven by air leakage. I can’t prove this but the fact that it is local, and the picture Henry posted, point to air leakage to me. To prove this, Henry could get a blower door test done on his home. In our ongoing email exchange, Henry and I also discussed the several utility penetrations right at this corner of the building (Henry says the smell is more toward the corner than right at the windows in the basement and first floor). Going after exterior and interior air sealing of these penetrations is a good idea. But his block foundation wall is wet, at least it’s wet close to where the odor is. Again, localized. So, if air leakage is the source of the odor, what is the source of wetting? In the photo Henry posted of the corner with the downspout and compressor, you can see the dryer vent exterior exhaust; the window well that extends out just about as far as the gutter and overhang; and a double-window with an exterior sill of “rowlock” brick. The dryer vent located this for me as the area with the odor problem. The window well and rowlock brick are two potential sources of bulk wetting. The window well simply extends out to and maybe beyond the deflecting overhang and gutter (Recently, Henry said it was raining really hard in Toronto and indeed the outer rocks in the window well were wet). The rowlock is a classic problem: you can get away with a leaky-as-a-sieve sill made up of porous bricks and even more porous mortar at the base of a window with brick veneer but not for load-bearing masonry. All the water that the glass sheds can super-load the exterior sill with water. If you look at correctly detailed mass wall sills, the sill is typically impervious masonry like granite, metamorphic stone, and sometimes it is even metal. This window sill is impervious to water. Photo courtesy of Contractors Masonry Ltd. My bet is that if the rowlock proves to be the problem, it’s on the windward side of Henry’s home (circumventing the deflection provided by the overhang and gutter). But frankly, I am betting on the window well being the source of moisture for the damp smell. In our ongoing email exchange, Henry states that indeed the rocks in the well do get wet when it rains, but there are drains for the window well. A simple test would be to purchase a clear plastic window well shield and see what difference that makes. Michael Maine’s cool use of the psychrometric chart in this Q&A: I called Michael to talk this through with him. I think in addition to the psychrometric chart—which relates the vapor content and temperature of air volumes to vapor pressure—we need to look at the equivalent moisture content of materials and how that relates to vapor pressure of adjacent air volumes. But since we think the odor is an air leakage problem, we are going to leave this super-interesting topic and Michael’s numbers for another day. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

first_imgView comments FEU’s Ron Dennison shoots over UP’s Paul Desiderio during their game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. The Tamaraws won, 78-59. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio and Ron Dennison have a long history together.The two were teammates in University of Visayas and entered the UAAP in Season 76 and have crossed paths ever since.ADVERTISEMENT But their duel has been one-sided and the trend continued on Sunday when Dennison led Far Eastern University, 78-57, over Desiderio’s University of the Philippines in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.READ: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UPFEATURED 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 shutoutDesiderio, who was averaging 21 points a game heading into the matchup, ran into Dennison and FEU and he had little to show with only nine points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field.“I was expecting Dennison to come out like that,” said Desiderio in Filipino. “He knew everything that I was going to do, and I really struggled on offense.” “And I’m not really surprised that he’s been scoring a lot lately because he’s really a great basketball player.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Falcons soar to 3rd win, dump Red Warriors Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ READ: Familiarity helps Dennison stop DesiderioDennison was also effecting on the offensive end with16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.Dennison made a name for himself as a gritty defender but Desiderio wasn’t surprised with how the FEU guard excelled on both ends of the floor.Dennison averaged just 2.1 points a game in his first four years in the league, but he has proven this season he can be lethal on offense as well as one of the team’s primary scoring options.“Ron really is a great defender since high school, he knew every single one of my moves. I really struggled against him,” said Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina have made it through to the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon after pipping Australian Paul Hanley and Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a last-four match that lasted close to two hours.Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina have made it through to the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon. APThey will meet ninth seeds Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova in the final on Sunday.  Melzer and Benesova edged past eighth seed Daniel Nestor and Yung-Jan Chan 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.The Indo-Russian pair began by committing a lot of unforced errors in the first set but then saved two of five break-points to win it 6- 2.However, Hanley and Hsieh got their act together in the second set. The duo made few unforced errors to win it 6-3. The decider was a rollercoaster ride for Bhupathi and Vesnina as Hanley and Hsieh broke them in the third game to lead 2-1.But the fourth seeds broke back and held their serve to go up by 3-2, closing out the match with a break in the final game.If Bhupathi and Vesnina go on to win the title, it will be Bhupathi’s 12th Grand Slam, his seventh mixed doubles title, and his third in London.last_img read more

first_imgIran’s Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei grappled to Olympic wrestling gold in the men’s 96kg division on Tuesday, defeating Russia’s Rustam Totrov on points in the final. Rezaei, 26, won 3-0 to take down the 2011 world bronze medalist and secure a third wrestling gold for his country.Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia beat Cuba’s Yunior Estrada Falcon 3-0 in the bronze medal match.Jimmy Lidberg, the 2011 world silver medalist from Sweden, won the second bronze medal in the category, beating Belarusian athlete Tsimafei Dzeinichenka 3-1.last_img

first_img​Brighton boss Potter: Players not surprised about Alzateby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter believes that no one at the club was surprised about the impressive debut of Steven Alzate.The versatile youngster got his first chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.And he impressed in the game, earning a man of the match award.He only got in the team due to an injury crisis, but Potter knew that Alzate would grab his chance.Albion head coach Potter said to reporters after the game: “I thought he did really well, really pleased for him.”I think if you asked the boys, they are not surprised because he has trained with us every day.”He has shown that quality daily, it is just the next step to play.”We had a couple of injuries so it allows him to come and play but he probably deserved it on merit anyway, if I am honest.”The Bristol Rovers game (in the Carabao Cup), he was probably our best player.”It is nice for him to come through and make his Premier League debut.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgPrizeo — the celebrity-based charitable fundraising platform —has launched The Murray Bros. Caddyshack Experience with Bill Murray, which offers one lucky winner the opportunity to join the star and his five brothers to participate in their annual Charity Golf Tournament in St. Augustine, Florida.In 2001, Bill Murray and his five brothers – Andy, Brian, Joel, John, and Ed – opened Murray Bros. Caddyshack at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, in St. Augustine, Florida. Along with the opening of the restaurant, the brothers created the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament with the mission to partner with various charities to raise monies that provide medical services, educational programs, lifesaving equipment, and fundraising opportunities to better the lives in communities across the country.“This is a time when I enjoy Florida’s humidity and spend time with my brothers and friends for great golf, music and food,” said Bill. “And we also manage to do some good things for people.“If you’re not a golfer, don’t let that stop you. I’ll show you some tips and even if you just come to hang out with me on the course and for the parties – it will be worth it.“All I’m asking is that you make a small donation — even just $5 — so that we can raise money to help provide life-saving services to communities all across the country, but you can look to the right to read more about that.“Get ready though, ’cause all I hit are hole-in-ones. If you win this experience, just smile and try to keep up.”The winner of the experience will play golf with Bill Murray, as well as attend the VIP party upon arrival and the VIP concert and party following golf with Bill. The prize includes two nights in Florida and flights from anywhere in the world for two people.Prizeo, which was acquired by philanthropist Todd Wagner earlier this year, is a sister company to charity video network Chideo and charitable online auction platform Charitybuzz.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – An association representing some Tim Hortons franchisees says a prominent member has had his licence renewal denied amid ongoing tensions with the company.The Great White North Franchisee Association board says Mark Kuziora was denied a renewal for one of his two Toronto Tim Hortons outlets as an intimidation tactic.Kuziora, who is on the association board, was also named as a plaintiff last year in a lawsuit against Tim Hortons alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund.The association, which formed in 2017 in response to what they said was mismanagement from Tim Hortons and parent company Restaurant Brands International, says Kuziora was willing to go ahead with store renovation plans that franchisees have raised concerns about.Tim Hortons says Kuziora has no renewal rights under the agreement for the specific restaurant, and that they regularly add new owners as part of the normal course of business activity.The company and franchisees have been in disputes over a range of issues including cost-cutting measures, advertising, and recently announced plans for renovations that the association says will cost each restaurant owner about $450,000.last_img read more