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first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Fast-Attack View post tag: Louisville View post tag: visits Back to overview,Home naval-today Los Angeles-Class Fast-Attack Submarine USS Louisville Visits Malaysia Share this article April 4, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: USS View post tag: Los Los Angeles-Class Fast-Attack Submarine USS Louisville Visits Malaysia View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: submarine View post tag: Malaysia The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived in Malaysia April 3 for a visit as part of its deployment to the western Pacific.Louisville moored alongside USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) to receive tended support for the submarine tender.“We anticipate performing a variety of submarine support services for Louisville to ensure all systems are fully functioning and operational when she returns to sea,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Hicks, Emory S. Land’s production maintenance officer.Emory S. Land’s Repair Department is capable of providing tended support to U.S. submarines worldwide. Land can conduct equipment adjustments, repair and manufacturing to ensure the continued readiness of Louisville and quality of life for its crew during their deployment.With a crew of more than 145 Sailors and officers, Louisville will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.“I visited Sepangar on a previous deployment, so I am excited for my crew to see this beautiful country, be exposed to its rich culture, and interact with its people,” said Cmdr. Lee P. Sisco, commanding officer. “It is mutually beneficial for the United States Navy and royal Malaysian navy to have professional and personal interactions between our service members. Not only does this help us to improve each other’s capabilities through shared ideas and knowledge, but we also build upon the trust and cooperation that are critical in our relationship as counterparts.”Louisville is a multi-mission platform that can operate independently, or in conjunction with carrier strike groups and joint forces to support the mission of the United States Navy throughout the world.“From the moment Louisville left Pearl Harbor, our Sailors have stayed focused, active and alert,” said Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Joseph Bransfield, chief of the boat. “Each Sailor on board knows that ownership, stewardship and high standards lead to excellence, which in turn results in quality liberty. While we are in port we plan to spend time reconnecting with family and friends, recharging our batteries and forging new memories with our shipmates.”For most of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Malaysia.“Growing up in a small New England town, I didn’t experience much diversity,” said Electronics Technician Seaman Joshua Hamilton. “Our port visit to Malaysia will be my first chance to experience a new culture. After being underway for so long I am excited to be in the sun again and participate in the Malaysian outdoors.”Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Louisville is one of the most advanced and stealthiest attack submarines in the world. Louisville uses her stealth, mobility, endurance, and firepower to perform missions in undersea warfare, surface warfare, strike warfare, mine warfare, battlespace preparation including intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and combat search and rescue.Louisville is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Commissioned in 1986, it is the fourth United States ship to bear the name.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 04, 2012; View post tag: Angeles-Classlast_img read more


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first_imgRadio NZ News 18 May 2019Family First Comment: ‘Life’ just keeps on winning Missouri’s state legislature has passed a controversial bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.The bill was approved by the Republican-led Senate and the House of Representatives.Republican Governor Mike Parson is now expected to sign the bill so it can become law.If approved, abortions past eight weeks would be banned in most cases, including rape or incest.Missouri state Senator Jill Schupp, a Democrat, condemned the bill for failing to “understanding that women’s lives all hold different stories”.However, Republican state Senators Dave Schatz and Caleb Rowden published a joint statement praising the “life-affirming” legislation.The votes come just days after Alabama’s governor signed a near-total ban on abortion in the state, promoting protests and concern from pro-choice supporters.Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio are among the other states to pass new abortion restrictions.Most anti-abortion bills have faced legal challenges. However, this is what pro-life supporters hope will happen, as they want to reach the Supreme Court in order to challenge its landmark decision to legalise abortion in 1973.Earlier this year the Supreme Court blocked implementation of new abortion restrictions in Louisiana. However, the ruling was made by a narrow margin and the case is due to be reviewed later this year.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/389519/missouri-passes-bill-that-outlaws-most-abortions-at-eight-weekslast_img read more


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first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 10:49 IST Jets Dealing With Injuries, Inexperience At ‘thin’ WR Group Breshad Perriman took off down the field and Sam Darnold saw him all the way. Written By LIVE TV First Published: 17th August, 2020 10:49 IST COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Breshad Perriman took off down the field and Sam Darnold saw him all the way.The ball zipped through the humid air and dropped right into Perriman’s hands for an impressive training camp practice touchdown.”Sam dropped a dime in there,” Perriman said Sunday, “and I was able to make the catch.”The New York Jets hope this is only a peek into what will be a season filled with highlights between Darnold and his developing but, for the moment, banged up group of wide receivers.“This receiving corps has a lot of unique traits,” Jamison Crowder said. “We’ve got size, we’ve got speed, bigger receivers. I think it’s going to be fun.”As long as they’re healthy, that is.Rookie Denzel Mims, the team’s second-round draft pick in April, has missed the first few practices of camp with a hamstring injury. He’s expected to be a key contributor this season, but coach Adam Gase acknowledged his on-field progress is being affected by every practice he can’t go.Vyncint Smith, who had 17 catches for 225 yards in an increased role in the offense late last season, is sidelined with a core muscle injury and is set to see a specialist to determine the next course of action.“Obviously, we’re a little thin right now,” Gase said. “We’ve got two guys that aren’t practicing.”That led to the Jets agreeing to terms on a contract Sunday with veteran receiver Chris Hogan, who was with Carolina last season but has also played with AFC East rivals Buffalo, Miami and New England.Crowder, who led New York with 78 catches last season, and Perriman, who broke out in the second half with Tampa Bay a year ago, are the only healthy starters. Other than Hogan and perhaps Braxton Berrios, the rest of the Jets’ receivers are a mix of unproven players trying to make their mark in the NFL. That group includes Jeff Smith, Josh Malone, Jehu Chesson, Lawrence Cager and George Campbell.“I like our young guys,” Gase said. “I like the way our guys developed. I think you’re always going to look at it as, hey, how do we improve. I mean that’s what Joe (Douglas) and his crew does. They’re always going to be looking to find somebody else to — if somebody is available that can help our team, they won’t be afraid to go get them.”For an offense that struggled mightily last year — New York ranked 27th in yards passing and last in total yards — the Jets need to bounce back in a big way.A lot of that is on Gase himself, and the coach has acknowledged he needs to use running back Le’Veon Bell more effectively. Douglas revamped the offensive line and the Jets will start five players in Week 1 who weren’t in the lineup in last year’s opener.Crowder said a “major X-factor” for the Jets’ passing game is the return of tight end Chris Herndon, who was limited to only one game last season because of a suspension and injuries.That should all help Darnold, who will be counted on to make a big leap in Year 3. But the lack of proven (or, healthy) receivers might make that a bit easier said than done. Darnold developed a good rapport with Robby Anderson over the past two seasons, but the receiver signed with Carolina in free agency.“All I know is that Robby had a great impact on our offense and he produced for us,” Darnold said. “I’m excited to have the guys that we have now, and guys are going to continue to learn this offense and grow within it. I’m just going to do my part in making sure that they understand what we have to do as an offense and where we go from here.”The speedy Perriman will almost certainly have plenty to do with that.After not living up to his lofty draft status as a first-round pick by Baltimore in 2015, Perriman was cut after training camp three years later. He signed with Washington, but was waived five days later and joined Cleveland in the middle of that season.Perriman signed with Tampa Bay last year and made the most of increased playing time because of injuries to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. He finished with career bests in receptions (36), yards receiving (645) and touchdowns (six), with much of that production coming in the final month.“Last season was last season,” Perriman said. “It was a great run, but now I’m trying to tap into a whole other level.”He already likes what he has seen from Darnold, and their 50-yard touchdown play Sunday showed a glimpse of developing chemistry.“The touch he has is unreal,” Perriman said. “It’s so receiver friendly.” WATCH US LIVElast_img read more


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first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Uzbekistan opens consultation for launch of national lottery July 20, 2020 Ilya Machavariani – Dentons CISMarket developments in the CIS region have shot to the forefront of the industry’s agenda, as an intense July saw Ukraine approve its Gambling Law mandate, the Russian Duma announce an overhaul of sports betting laws and taxes, whilst Uzbekistan forms a counsel for the development of a national lottery.  At the coalface of rapid developments,  Ilya Machavariani, Head of Russia and CIS Gambling and Gaming Practices for international law firm Dentons, tells SBC that stakeholders must acknowledge and understand intricate cultural and geopolitical dynamics which shape how legislations are formed and adopted.___________________SBC: Ilya thanks for this interview. Leading Dentons Eastern European practice group you have been a very busy man under lockdown. Why has this been a period of  ‘movement and disruption’ for the CIS region with regards to adopting new gambling legislations? Ilya Machavariani (Head of Dentons CIS ): I believe that existing movements in this region is a part of the bigger process of governments of jurisdictions around the world finally realising that it is impossible to combat offshore gambling and the only way forward is to regulate it.Zooming into CIS, I also believe that it was a matter of time until the regulations here will catch up with incredibly talented and proficient gambling practitioners originating from this part of Europe. It was imminent that all this expertise will finally leak out to high cabinets.To add to that, I also think that current international attention to these markets is partly a result of an existing knowledge gap between international betting and gaming community and ex-USSR territories. Honestly speaking, sometimes I have a feeling that amount of non-CIS betting professionals’ knowledge about more conventional markets surpasses their understanding of markets over here to the great extent. There are perfectly legitimate reasons for that: a language barrier, cultural, business, and political differences requiring anyone entering this territory to adjust to them, unclear regulations (sometimes) and general otherness of these markets.SBC: The CIS is formed of many young nations, redeveloping their commercial structures and identities. How is this dynamic going to shape how betting laws are adapted and interpreted? IM: I would not say that CIS nations could be qualified as “young” anymore. Decades passed since the fall of communism and these decades were really eventful and each nation pursued its own way during these years.Consequently, each nation came up with and preserved its own approach to the betting laws. Some prefer to use neighbour’s legislation as a template for its very own laws (for instance, curios researcher might see that Kazakhstan’s betting legislation is relatively close to a Russian one), some are looking for their unique way (e.g. Russia, Belarus, and Georgia, which have created legislation aimed at attracting foreign investments), some decide to look at well-known jurisdictions and mix foreign approach with local trends and ideas (e.g. Ukraine, Uzbekistan).SBC: Observing the Ukraine which is governed by a novice first-time government. Can it really, therefore, fulfil a full-scale gambling agenda by the end 2020? IM: I am always cautious about timelines when it comes to Ukraine as I do not want to create additional heat around the topic that is already really hot – my main desire is to keep everyone informed with the most accurate information possible in the circumstances; nevertheless I believe that if Ukrainian Gambling Commission (that is still yet to be formed as of July 2020) would accept first applications this year, it would be simultaneously encouraging and a bit surprising.If this scenario presents itself then Ukrainian government deserves an “A” for its efforts to go all the way through from complete gambling ban to the regulated market in less than two years.SBC: Are CIS states, therefore, conflicted in whether to adopt an open market framework or subsequently choose a monopoly structure for their gambling laws? IM: I would not say that there is a conflict or even any dispute in terms of this choice. As the reasoning behind adoption of gambling legislation is usually revolves around the governments’ attempts to increase revenues, it is counterproductive (to say the least) to create a regulated, but monopolised betting market.Of course, it may be argued that this approach allows the government to keep the industry on a short lead, but, in my opinion, such method is really blunt and simple; it is also might show lack of initiative from the government’s side, which is always discouraging.To add to that, as mentioned earlier, this territory is a homeland for lots and lots brilliant specialists who are eager to familiarize governments with a modern state of the industry, latest trends and best approaches that could be used to establish an open, competitive and fair market (provided that such brilliant specialists do not feel that they would be able to control this monopoly).SBC: Criticism has been lobbied at CIS states for not following western protocols in adopting gambling legislation… Is this a fair narrative? IM: This is a fair narrative indeed. But the reasons for this narrative might be surprising for you as this approach of CIS states has nothing to do with a possible biased point of view of the ex-Soviet governments on the western models.I told you before about my feeling that there is a knowledge gap between the international community and post-soviet markets, but this is not the only existing gap of such sort. Sometimes, when governments in the CIS are starting to legalise gambling or modify outdated legislation, they are not actively seeking help or assistance from the industry. It is really unusual for CIS states to conduct official consultations or engage outside specialists that could bring valuable expertise to the table.On the contrary, Ukraine and Russia are going a different way here as Ukrainian authorities have engaged a vast network of lawyers and gambling executives in order for them to assist in the preparation of the gambling law; in the meantime, Russian government has formed a separate expert group that has representation from each and every level of the Russian market – operators, regulator (and other involved state bodies), self-regulated organisations (their purpose is to oversee operators), lawyers (such as myself) and payments organisations.On reflection, latest changes to the Russian laws were not reviewed by this expert group and were adopted without any consultations with the market – in other words, mechanism of involvement of experts still requires some modifications (but I hope that Russia is getting somewhere).Despite Ukrainian and Russian efforts, the usual outcome of government’s passive approach is that preparation of the gambling legislation falls down on the shoulders of people who might be not familiar with gambling industry at all; therefore it is really hard to criticize them for not knowing latest Maltese or UK or European developments.SBC: So finally, following months of Lockdown, how do you see CIS developments playing out – what timelines and developments should industry stakeholders anticipate? IM: Well, I do not want to chart CIS states as all of them are important for me and I really care for each country’s movement towards modern gambling market, but if we would focus on the legislative developments in this region, I would say that you need to keep a weather eye out for further developments and market opening in Ukraine (late 2020 – early 2021), first steps towards betting legalisation in Uzbekistan (late 2020 – mid-2021; this market might compete with Ukraine if the course of legalisation stays the same), and unexpected changes in Russia (literally anytime when the State Duma is not in recess)._____________________ Ilya Machavariani – Dentons – Head of Russia and CIS Gambling and Gaming Practiceslast_img read more


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first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved the first of three readings of ordinances increasing rates for water, sewer, storm sewer and sanitation services.City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the funds from the increases will be used to address infrastructure replacement needs in the community, especially during adverse events.  “It’s water main breaks due to extreme weather, whether it’s flooding due to “I & I” (inflow and infiltration) getting into the sewer systems and causing backups. All of these items really address the dilapidation of infrastructure over the years and the requirement of making continued investments in those funds so that we have reliable utilities.”Burnett says the costs of maintaining the city’s infrastructure continue to rise.  “The cost of construction has outpaced inflation …it’s been much higher than inflation, but those costs are really being borne by the repairs through increased utility costs. Not to mention there’s more and more regulatory requirements to come down on water and sewer making sure they we are providing very clean high quality water to the individuals who utilize our water utility, but also making sure that we are passing clean waste water when it’s returned to the river.”Burnett says a small increase in funds now is better than deferring to a later time in attempting to address infrastructure issues around the community.  “One of the biggest problems you can run into is if you have deferred maintenance or deferred replacement on a utility, often times you don’t see the impact that until 10, 20, 30, or 40 years down the road. At that point, the cost of replacing all of the miles and miles and miles of water and sewer lines and storm sewers within the community becomes absolutely oppressive on the rate payer because that cost is then all borne at one point. So it’s important to make sure that you’ve got to steady schedule of replacing all of this infrastructure so that we’re not essentially taking this time for ourselves and then our grandchildren are paying all the cost of the maintenance we didn’t do.”The ordinances need to be approved two more times before they go into effect. The water rate increase for a homeowner who averages 500 cubic feet of monthly use would be about $1.19 per month. The sewer rate increase would be about 43 cents per month for the same homeowner. The storm sewer rate increase would be $1 per month over existing rates. The sanitation rate increase will be an additional 55 cents per month, raising the rate from $11.10 to $11.65 per month starting in July.last_img read more


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first_imgMaking contraception available to 200 million women who want access remains a controversial issue. (Image: DFID) International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region +254(20)2720 280 [email protected] • The fight to stop teenage pregnancy • Mama puts power in mom’s hands • Taking the risk out of giving birth • Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity • Yvonne urges women to aim high Sulaiman PhilipOn the sidelines of the recently concluded US-Africa summit in Washington DC, American First Lady Michelle Obama met the spouses of the visiting heads of state. Obama highlighted the importance of extending to women the rights that men take for granted. She expressed the belief that famine and disease would be checked only if women – and girls – were given full access to education.“Until we value women and girls, we won’t tackle those other problems. Until we prioritise our girls and understand that they are as important and that their education is as important as the education of our sons, then we will have lots of work to do,” Obama said.Beyond education, on a continent where young girls are often kept uneducated – there are 30 million African girls without access to basic education – and rape is used as a weapon of war, access to contraception is just as important. ‘I Decide’, a campaign of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has as its goal the universal availability of education and information about family planning, as well as access to safe abortion. IPPF wants sexual and reproductive rights to be included in the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire next year.The aim is to get 1 000 000 people to attach their signatures to its call to provide access to the 220 million women in the developing world who are denied contraception because of poverty or traditional beliefs about a women’s role. By 2020, the IPPF wants all women to be guaranteed the right to make decisions over their own bodies. Mama Africa sings itYvonne Chaka Chaka is one many women’s rights campaigners who have pledged support for the campaign. In a recent opinion piece she wrote: “Investing in reproductive health is a no-brainer – it benefits individuals, communities, governments, businesses and economies alike. I think it’s time that women and girls had a chance to decide for themselves. Part of the campaign is urging world leaders to put sexual and reproductive health and rights at the heart of global development.”In Dakar, the imams call it family spacing, arguing that what is good for the woman is good for society. In Uganda, HIV-positive mother of seven Sarah Arawo would like to not have any more children; but she fears her husband’s anger if she starts using any form of contraception.African women eager to prevent or space pregnancies face the nightmare of a chronic lack of female reproductive health services and taboos around sexuality. Close to half of the births in Africa are unwanted and there were almost 6 million abortions on the continent in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available. Of those, just 3% were done in medical facilities.According to the World Health Organization, one in 26 African women dies from a maternity-related cause; in Europe the number is one in 9 400. In developed countries, 62% of women use some form of contraception, while the number in Africa has hovered around 43% for the last decade. The gap between contraception use in high and low economic sectors in Africa is even more marked – 52% versus 35%. Young mothers like Edith Amos, 18, deserves the opportunity to determine their own future. Contraceptives give the world’s poorest women the power to decide if and when to have another child. (Image: DFID)  Unmet needsIn Uganda, 41% of women who want access to contraception fail to get it. The unmet need in Rwanda is 38% of women; Kenya’s is 25%. On average, African women give birth to seven children, which puts a strain on resources in countries that cannot afford them. Dr Moses Muwonge of Uganda’s Ministry of Health warned that the country would continue to fail its women if more resources – money – were not found. “Uganda’s contribution towards funding family planning is negligible. It is less than 5%. Unless donors increase funding, it might not be easy for the country to meet the unmet needs.”In 2012, Melinda Gates pledged a billion dollars towards making affordable lifesaving contraceptive health services available to 120 million women by 2020. This followed her visit to Africa where she heard stories of desperate women unable to get even the most basic contraceptives. “I heard stories of women who snuck away from their husbands to obtain birth control shots at a local clinic, only to be turned away as the clinic had run out of the product. My goal is to get [family planning and birth control] back on the global agenda,” the philanthropist told Newsweek. Pushed by the conservative religious right, the US, the largest donor of health funding to Africa, has been cutting funds to programmes that have been beneficial to women. NGOs that distribute condoms or teach sex education beyond abstinence have seen funding dry up. In 2012, there was a 48% increase in the number of abortions performed in Kenya, where the abstinence movement is active, spurred on by Roman Catholic bishops who counsel against believing in questionable statistics designed to scare them into accepting legalised abortion.While religious leaders – Christian and Muslim especially – argue against contraception, some national governments are waking up to the importance of giving women a choice. Nigeria’s population will exceed 240 million by 2050, and most of that population is likely to be poverty stricken. In a nation where the biblical edict to be fruitful and multiply is taken literally, any talk of contraception faces opposition. But President Goodluck Jonathan has come out in support of birth control because of concerns about over-population and poverty.“We are extremely religious people. It is a very sensitive thing, a difficult thing for you to tell any Nigerian to number their children because it is not expected to reject God’s gifts,” Jonathan has written. Education is powerEducating African girls has in it the power to change the continent. The 16 million young girls kept from school to be wives or cheap labour could one day be Africa’s leaders and entrepreneurs. Families too poor to educate their daughters keep tomorrow’s mothers and caregivers in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to escape. Educated girls become women who earn more, delay marriage and have fewer children. They have healthier children and are able to raise themselves and their families out of poverty. The increased number of educated African women – who have become business and political leaders – have helped to grow the economies of the continent and liberalised the political landscape.Along with educational funding for girls, Michelle Obama urged the spouses of Africa’s leaders to recognise their own power. She appealed to them to begin building their own legacies, separate from their husbands. “We have to fight for our girls, the rest will follow.”She reminded the women that their time on Earth was short; that they could give African girls the opportunities they had. To laughter she ended: “And remember, women are smarter than men.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe spirit of cooperationIt’s really great stuff! And not only that, but they are sharing this freely with anyone and everyone through their website. They’ve put the Creative Commons license (that’s the CC on the images above) on all of it, so you’re free to use it pretty much how you choose as long as you follow their (light) restrictions:Hammer & Hand’s Best Practices Manual is covered by a Creative Commons license that allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as content is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to Hammer & Hand. If any piece is shared online, it is required to credit Hammer & Hand and include a link to the relevant source page.Sam Hagerman, a co-owner of Hammer & Hand, wrote: “We look forward to our role as participants in the economy of knowledge around all these concepts. Our efforts are offered in the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and the greater good.”Thank you, Hammer & Hand, for helping us fight the devil in those details! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. When I was building a home in 2001, I came up against a gazillion little things that I needed guidance on. I’d never built anything larger than a bookcase, so new home construction was quite a big step.I bought books, scoured the web, and tried to get as much info out of Southface as I could, but I still couldn’t find everything I needed. As a result, I made mistakes because, as you know, the devil is in the details.Builders now have a lot more information available online. Of course, there’s Green Building Advisor. (You’re soaking in it!) If you’re a GBA Pro you get access to a great library of details and more. And it doesn’t take a lot of work for a researching builder to end up at the web site of Building Science Corporation. Lstiburek and company provide a great service to us all by making so much information freely available. Ibacos, another Building America Partner, has likewise put a lot of great info on the web, mostly through the Building America Solution Center.I just learned of a really nice addition to this online resource a couple of weeks ago. Hammer & Hand is a construction company in Portland and Seattle that focuses on high performance buildings, particularly Passive House. I’ve gotten to know several of them from the Passive House conferences I’ve attended over the past few years, and they’re a really impressive group. Zack Semke e-mailed me recently to tell me about their Best Practices Manual.center_img From conditioned crawl spaces to kick-out flashing…The diagram above is from the manual, and it’s from the chapter on one of my favorite topics: crawl spaces. This is their diagram for detailing an encapsulated crawl space in new construction. They also show how to encapsulate a crawl space in an existing home and how to keep the building enclosure at the floor above the crawl space — along with recommending when that’s OK.The manual doesn’t have everything you might look for — yet. They’re still working on it and will release more details as they are developed. The manual is also biased toward their climate. Their recommendation for ventilating an encapsulated crawl space is to put in an exhaust system and ideally to use an HRV. That might work in the Pacific Northwest, where the outdoor air is cool and dry, but it’s not ideal for humid climates. (Yes, I really did say the Northwest is cool and dry. It’s a psychrometrics thing.) If you want more on that topic, I’ve written up a more complete discussion of ways to deal with crawl space air.The chapters in the manual are:FlashingSealant Joints (from which Image #2 below is taken)Windows & DoorsRain ScreensWall PenetrationsRoofsBasementsCrawlspacesDeckslast_img read more



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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


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