Delhi High Court Directs SBI To Open FCRA Accounts Of NGOs Within 10 Days Of Receiving Centre’s Approval

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs SBI To Open FCRA Accounts Of NGOs Within 10 Days Of Receiving Centre’s Approval Sparsh Upadhyay22 May 2021 4:25 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Thursday (May 20) directed the State Bank of India (SBI) to ensure that applications for opening the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) account by NGOs who seek to receive foreign funds are processed at the earliest and that their bank accounts are made operational within 10 days of receiving approval from Central government.The Bench of Justice Rekha Palli ordered this in a clutch of petitions filed by NGOs and the order came days after the High Court asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to consider extending the deadline (April 1, 2021) for opening the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) account by NGOs who seek to receive foreign funds.Submissions of the PetitionersThe Petitioners submitted that they continued to be prevented from receiving foreign contributions owing to certain processing delays attributable to the State Bank of India (SBI). It was submitted that:-Despite the timely submission of FC-6 certificates with the State Bank of India (SBI), the new designated accounts of the petitioners with the SBI New Delhi Main Branch for receiving foreign contributions, have not been made operational. This has created a difficult situation for the petitioners who are completely unable to receive any foreign contributions and use that money for the sustenance of the organization and their social outreach programs.Court’s orderIn these circumstances, the Court disposed of the petitions by directing that in the future:”The State Bank of India (SBI) shall ensure that all the applications of the petitioners herein, as well as those of a like nature submitted by other similarly situated applicants, shall be processed at the earliest and the relevant bank accounts sought to be set up for receiving foreign contributions, shall be made operational within ten days of receipt of the FC6 certificate from the concerned applicant.”Lastly, the petitioners were granted liberty to move an application for revival of these petitions in case the respondents fail to adhere to the schedule indicated hereinabove.BackgroundThe matter pertained to Section 17 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 [w.e.f. September 2020] read with a public notice issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in October 2020 which made it mandatory for NGOs that receive foreign contributions to open an FCRA account in the State Bank of India, New Delhi Main BranchNGOs had submitted that they were facing tremendous difficulty both in the opening of the FCRA account, as also in the subsequent approval which is to be obtained from the MHA, as, without the approval of the MHA, no foreign contributions can be received by them.A prayer was also made for extending the deadline of 1st April, 2021 permitting receiving of foreign contributions by a period of six months, and for directing the MHA to grant FC6C certificates to the Petitioners in an expeditious manner.Notably, The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday extended time for FCRA account holders until June 30, 2021, to open their “FCRA Account” in the New Delhi Main Branch (NDMB) of the State Bank of India.The Ministry of Home Affairs (@HMOIndia) has extended time for FCRA account holders until June 30, 2021, to open their “FCRA Account” in the New Delhi Main Branch (NDMB) of the State Bank of India.Read Notification:— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 19, 2021Case title – MOTHERS TOUCH CHARITY FOUNDATION v. UNION OF INDIA & ANR. [W.P.(C) 5287/2021]Click here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsDelhi High Court FCRA Account State Bank of India FCRA Accounts Of NGO Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) account State Bank of India (SBI) Justice Rekha Palli Next Storylast_img read more

What a difference a Day makes

first_img “I looked up at him and I said, ‘Well, it’s better than the way I’ve been living.’ I got off the floor and I do not remember walking to the first tee. I don’t remember the front nine until I started coming into it.” Spieth is looking to become only the sixth man, after Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to win the Masters and US Open in the same year. The world number two can also become the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors aged 21 or younger, not to mention getting halfway to an unprecedented calendar grand slam. “I will think about it a little bit because I want to win two in a row, but once I get out on the course tomorrow I will just be focused on the round and how to separate myself from the pack,” said Spieth, who set numerous records on his way to victory at Augusta National in April. “I think as I sleep on it and wake up there will certainly be some nerves. It’s not like I’m a veteran at this by any means. “But by the time we tee off, if I can convince myself that I’m free rolling, I’ve got one of these and the other guys are trying to chase their first…. I know how hard it is to chase your first and close it out. “If we can use that winning formula we had back in April, mentally, then all it comes down to is can I just pull off the shots. It’s all on execution. I’m going to need to execute a little bit better, because mentally I think I’ll be strong enough to pull it off. “I knew that even par was a really good score starting the day, but when I get to seven under for the tournament [after birdies on the second and third] I don’t want to finish at four under, no matter where you’re playing. “I didn’t drive the ball extremely well and then when I had my opportunities, I had two eagle putts that I three-putted. So I had four three-putts today.” Johnson took a three-shot lead into the final round at Pebble Beach in 2010 but collapsed to a closing 82, while a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the US PGA two months later cost him a place in the play-off. “I’ve been in the situation a few times so I know how to handle myself. I know what it takes to get it done,” said Johnson, who held a two-shot lead after his fifth birdie of the day on the 12th, but then ran up a double bogey on the next. “And tomorrow I just need to go out there and focus one shot at a time. And we’ll see what happens.” Grace briefly held the lead after birdies on the fifth and eighth but dropped three shots in the next five holes before a birdie on the 15th. “I actually played some great golf and the concentration slipped a little bit around the turn,” Grace said. “I’m still happy. We all dream of this and we all practice for this, so it’s a matter of fact if you grab it or you don’t. “I’m stoked. I can’t wait. To go into a tournament like the U.S. Open, having a chance to win my first major is something special.” However, after covering the front nine in 37 to fall seven shots off the pace, Day carded five birdies and one bogey to come home in 31 and set the clubhouse target of four under par which was matched by Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and South African Branden Grace. Day, who finished second on his US Open debut in 2011, joint second in 2013 and fourth last year, said: “I didn’t feel that great coming out early, I felt pretty groggy on the front nine just from the drugs that I had in my system, then kind of flushed that out on the back nine. “But then the vertigo came back a little bit on the 13th tee box, and then I felt nauseous all day. I started shaking on the 16th tee box and then just tried to get it in, really. “Last year I didn’t play the round after I had vertigo (at the Bridgestone Invitational) and this one was worse. I think the goal was just to go through today and see how it goes.” Caddie Col Swatton said Day had almost retired three times but added: “He has played well in the US Open before and is playing well in this one. He just dug deeper than he ever dug before. It was really, really impressive.” Day’s performance recalled memories of Ken Venturi’s victory in the 1964 US Open, the last year the final 36 holes were played in one day. In oppressive heat, Venturi showed signs of dehydration after a third round of 66 and a doctor recommended he stop playing because it could be fatal. However, Venturi ignored the advice and shot a closing 70 to win his only major title. “I was lying next to my locker and Dr Everett says, ‘I suggest that you don’t go out. It could be fatal,'” Venturi recalled in 2011 when the US Open returned to Congressional. Day was walking from the elevated tee on the par-three ninth – his final hole – on Friday when he suddenly fell to the ground, the 27-year-old needing several minutes of treatment before unsteadily getting to his feet and completing his round. The world number 10, who underwent a range of tests after withdrawing from a PGA Tour event due to severe dizziness three weeks ago, was later diagnosed as suffering from Benign Positional Vertigo and visibly struggled during Saturday’s r ound. A day after collapsing on the course, Jason Day produced a remarkable performance to claim a share of the lead heading into the final round of the 115th US Open at Chambers Bay. Press Associationlast_img read more

Mahatma brace saves Hearts from defeat

first_imgHearts of Oak prevented defeat at the Golden City Park courtesy an injury time equaliser from Mahatma Otoo as they drew 2-2 with Berekum Arsenals.The draw extended the Phobians’ winless run to five consecutive games and they are two points and a place above the relegation zone.Arsenals scored the opener through Isaac Ayisoni in the first half but Otoo drew Hearts level 20 minutes after the break.But the home side doubled their lead from the spot when James Boadu converted a penalty awarded Arsenals in the 76th minute.Arsenals were coasting to rare win when Otoo again tied the game, two minutes into injury time.last_img read more

Ubuntu is about relationships

first_imgThe concept of ubuntu is complex, and is difficult to nail down. There is some consensus though, that it relates to how one operates in the world on a moral and humanitarian level. Practised with the good of all in mind, it can help individuals and the community.For many, ubuntu is defined as “a person is a person through other people”. (Image: Brand South Africa)Shamin ChibbaLive with ubuntu – the plea has been made by leaders across political, religious and social lines as a means of marking Heritage Month this year.The month is held each September, with Heritage Day, a national public holiday, celebrated on 24 September. It has become something of a tradition for South Africans to have a braai on this day, and most museums and memorials offer free entry.This year, ubuntu is the focal point. The president of the ANC Veteran’s League, Sandi Sijake, wants all South Africans to restore ubuntu in society; and Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has asked that we begin the month with ubuntu instead of a braai. It is an inspiring call in a country riven by division, but it is difficult to answer when people are so odds as to what the term really means.Goodness Ncube, a shoe salesman in Killarney, Johannesburg, defines ubuntu are the ability to relate to each other. Tabitha Mahaka, a Zimbabwean expatriate, believes it is about feeling at home in a foreign country. And Ismail Bennet, a store manager, has not even heard of the term.For many, ubuntu is defined as “a person is a person through other people”. Originally a South African concept, it became globally recognised after Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu referred to it during his anti-apartheid campaign in the 1980s. In 2008, he explained that ubuntu was the essence of being human, meaning that a person could not exist in isolation. “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world.”According to Wits University associate lecturer in philosophy, Jason van Niekerk, there is more to ubuntu than its oft-repeated phrase or Tutu’s musings. Though the word is derived from the Nguni languages of Xhosa and Zulu, the philosophy is not exclusive to these two cultures. Instead, it encapsulates numerous sets of values that have their roots in various African cultures. Van Niekerk explains that ubuntu is better defined as the nurturing of relationships with other people. “Ubuntu is a feature we take on by interacting with others like ourselves. It is about showing empathy and putting effort into building relationships.”Van Niekerk, who recently completed his doctoral thesis on ubuntu, says philosophies that come directly from small-knit societies are focused on communities and why they matter, unlike Western philosophy, which is concerned with the individual’s place in the world. Most cultures in Africa emphasise a number of moral duties, including safeguarding tradition so as to maintain a connection to community, refraining from being too competitive so as not to harm relationships, and the obligation to marry and have children. “These are a set of claims, characteristic in many African cultures, which are bundled up into ubuntu.”Van Niekerk’s enquiry into ubuntu came out of a personal need to connect with the world. While in high school, he fell ill and was bedridden for months. When he returned to school, he felt isolated and had to relearn how to interact with people. And then, during his years as a student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, he learned the significance of community. “There is something damaging and valuable [about] being isolated. People do not know how valuable and rich relationships with each other are.”OriginsThough it is widely accepted that ubuntu originated in South Africa, it is unclear when the philosophy was first recorded. According to associate professor Christian BN Gade at Aarhus University in Denmark, some suggest the word was brought to public attention by novelist Jordan Kush Ngubane, whose writings on the subject appeared in The African Drum magazine and in his novels, which were published between the 1950s and 1970s. In Conflicts of Minds, Ngubane defined ubuntu as “the philosophy which the African experience translates into action”.Professor Gabriel Setiloane once thought the term was first used at the South African Institute for Race Relations conference in Durban in 1960. However, during his research, Gade discovered 31 texts published before 1950 that used the word, the earliest of which is I-Testamente Entsha by HH Hare. Published in 1846, the word “ubuntu” appears four times in the book. Today, the document can be found in the New York Public Library.But Van Niekerk points out that most African philosophy has been passed down orally, implying that the concept of ubuntu existed long before the word was written down.Beyond human relationsMotlatsi Khosi, a lecturer in African philosophy and ubuntu at the University of South Africa, says ubuntu’s focus on relationships goes beyond those that are between humans. It also relates to the way people interact with both the natural and metaphysical worlds, the latter consisting of unseen elements such as ancestors and God. “Present day ubuntu takes away metaphysical aspects. It should be about how to make sense of the connection with the universe, animals, nature and humans.”Khosi explains that ubuntu structures every living being in a hierarchy and allocates particular responsibilities to each of them. Only once they undergo a rite of passage will their roles change. For instance, a boy may initially take on a minor role within his family but after undergoing an initiation into manhood, he will be obliged to marry and have children, and provide for them.Her exploration of ubuntu stems from her experiences as an adolescent who floated between two different worlds – one as a city girl who lived in a Johannesburg suburb and attended a private school, and the other as a child who shared a close bond with her extended family from the township of Sharpeville. “From a young age you have to act in a certain way to access these different spaces. If you are not playing the game, your humanity can be taken away from you.”Intentionally vagueAll attempts to define ubuntu have only made the philosophy more unclear. When referring to ubuntu, Van Niekerk says most people would quote Tutu. However, the archbishop had simply bundled together a number of African values. “There are many definitions and it is a term used to bring out a set of values that are incorporated with one another.”Through his research on ubuntu, Van Niekerk hopes to get rid of the haziness associated with the word and provide a clear definition for it. It is intentionally made vague in public discussions, he believes, and as a result it has been loosely used to describe any African philosophy or values. He refers to an incident in which the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) used the term irresponsibly. “Dirco put out a white paper saying that ubuntu was the driving feature behind its foreign policy. But they could not define ubuntu themselves so they withdrew the paper.”Khosi points out that some philosophers use this lack of clarity to discredit ubuntu. Others, she claims, recognise similarities between ubuntu and Western philosophy and conclude that the former is not needed if the values already exist in another philosophy.Van Niekerk echoed her sentiments, saying that in philosophical circles, there is a move towards making it a part of a philosophy everyone recognises. Yet Khosi feels that finding a definition for ubuntu should not be a philosopher’s purpose and they should instead concentrate on the values it entails. “We should stop focusing on the name and look at the philosophies as they are actually actions dealing with humans.”Are South Africans practising ubuntu?For most of the time Khosi studied ubuntu, she sought the answer to whether South Africans were practising it or not. For her, it does exist, but only in places where it is most needed, such as in settlements and poor rural areas where people are tired of being treated as commodities.She speaks of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a shack dwellers’ movement that aims to improve living conditions for the poor, as an example of where ubuntu is thriving. Established in Durban in 2005, the organisation has grown to tens of thousands of supporters from over 30 urban settlements across the country. Through this movement, the ideas and voices of the poor are taken seriously. “These people are living in horrible conditions. Their houses are constantly taken away. But through Abahlali, they are reclaiming their humanity.”This ties in with her claim that ubuntu is not merely an idea but an action as well. She adds that ubuntu is at play when we approach a person and ask ourselves how we can act in a way that will increase their humanity and in turn our humanity too.Mahaka holds that many South Africans are ignorant of ubuntu, driven by a fear of the unknown. “We fear other cultures and other religions. But when you get to know somebody you realise we are all the same.” The way one can learn about it, she adds, is by visiting the homes of work colleagues and seeing how they live. Mahaka recently visited a co-worker at her home in Diepsloot for Sunday lunch and admitted that all her preconceived notions of the township were shattered. “There are lots of shacks and people, but this was her home, and it was beautiful.”Ncube says that ubuntu in South Africa is not where it should be but there is potential to make it work for us. “We are not where we need to be, but we are trying.”Bashier Percuis, a resident from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, says people in his community lack ubuntu as they live for themselves. “They do not care for one another. If we communicate and neighbours talk to one another about the problems in our area then we can come to a solution.”Bennet, originally from Cape Town, adds that he cannot believe in a philosophy that states a person is a product of his or her community; he is his own self-made person. Each decision he makes is done for his own good and is not influenced by community. “Whatever decision I make is not because of other people but because I made the decision myself.”For Van Niekerk, the answer to whether South Africans practise ubuntu or not is ambivalent. Though few people uphold it, most do not have the moral ideals to practise it. He also implies that the philosophy can be manipulated to achieve a community’s aims.Philosopher and clinical psychologist Dirk Louw referred to the 2008 xenophobic attacks in his study titled Power Sharing and the Challenge of Ubuntu Ethics as an example of where ubuntu was warped to target a certain group of people. He stated that the overvaluing of community can lead to hurting others in the name of community. He also noted that ubuntu could degenerate into “totalitarian communalism”, which could also be understood as a tendency to isolate and exclude a certain group of people. He added that when ubuntu was derailed, it could fortify an identity through limitation and segregation.Ubuntu and globalisationOne of the reasons ubuntu is taken seriously today is because it conflicts with globalisation and capitalism, says Khosi. This economic system de-humanises people as it forces us to judge others by their money and education. “Ubuntu is here but it is fighting against very powerful forces that keep people poor and de-humanise them.”Having visited Abahlali baseMjondolo, Khosi realised that there is a form of knowledge that exists outside of academia, which has to be taken seriously. Its source can be found in informal settlements, among the poor whose experiences are just as valuable as those of any academic. “Ubuntu is an everyday struggle. It is a reaction to the dehumanising world of individualism, materialism and isolation.”But contrary to what Khosi believes, globalisation could work in favour of ubuntu, especially when taking pan-Africanism into consideration. The idea is to unite Africans on the continent and those of the diaspora and eliminate any remnants of colonialism and oppression experienced in the past.About ubuntu’s role in pan-Africanism, author Mfuniselwa John Bhengu says that unity can only be achieved through internalising and infusing the philosophy in all pan-African processes. The provision of ubuntu within the context of pan-African world views will help to drive the African renaissance on the continent and in the diaspora. “Ubuntu provides Africans with a sense of self-identity, self-respect, dignity, unity and achievement. It enables Africans to deal with their problems in a positive manner by drawing on the humanistic values they have inherited and perpetuated throughout their history.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Roofing and Cladding for the Orenco Passivhaus

first_imgThis is Part 4 of a blog series describing construction of the Orchards at Orenco project in Oregon. The first installment was titled The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S. Blown-in fiberglass between the studsOnce the building was dried in, we began interior finish work. Insulation netting was installed over the exterior wall framing and fiberglass insulation was then blown into the 2×10 wall cavities (see Image #22). A smart vapor retarder (MemBrain) was then stapled up on the walls over the insulation netting (see Image #23).Before the drywall was hung, the insulation was inspected by both the local building department and Earth Advantage, the PHIUS+ rater for the project. After factoring in the advanced framing methods and details, the 9 ¼ inches of blown fiberglass, and the 1 ½ inch of mineral wool exterior insulation, the total R-value of the exterior walls is 39.An important quality control issue arose during construction: How to best verify the quality of the blown fiberglass installation in the 9 ¼” wide wall cavities? The specifications called for the insulation to be installed at a certain density; however, you can’t determine density visually. To some degree the density can be checked with a simple “mattress test,” by placing one’s hand on the netting and pushing on the installed insulation to “feel” the density, but this is a subjective assessment.Travis Moore, our clever project engineer, developed a crude but effective measuring device to provide a more objective assessment: a sampling box constructed of sheet metal and tape that allowed for a number of random inspections of the installed density (see Image #24). The box was pushed through the netting and insulation, and then pulled back out of the wall cavity, thereby removing one cubic foot of installed insulation (see Image #25). The box was then weighed on a scale to determine the as-installed density (see Image #26). A log was developed to record the sampling done during the course of the installation (see Image #27). Through a combination of visual inspection and random sampling with Travis’ box, we identified a number of wall areas that needed additional insulation and the insulators returned to blow in more fiberglass. RELATED ARTICLES The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.Placing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationWalls and Windows for the Orenco PassivhausMultifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in Oregon Cutting mineral woolMineral wool boards can be difficult to cut to fit tightly around windows and penetrations. With a bit of research we located a tool made specifically for this application and offered it to the subcontractors.This tool, the SkärBord insulation cutting table, is manufactured in Sweden and is sort of like a large miter box for insulation material (see Image #17). It allowed the trades to make quick, accurate cuts of the material, which helped us achieve a very high quality installation. (For more information on mineral wool cutting tables, see this GBA article: “Mineral Wool Insulation Isn’t Like Fiberglass.”) Exterior rigid foam insulationThree layers of 4-inch polyisocyanurate rigid insulation were then installed over the self-adhered membrane (see Image #10). The base layer was screwed into the roof trusses and the upper layers were then adhered to each lower layer, thus minimizing the impact of thermal bridging through the fasteners.Joints in the insulation boards were staggered to further prevent any potential thermal leakage paths. Once the insulation had been laid, a coverboard was installed and then the 80 mil single-ply roofing membrane (Firestone UltraPly TPO XR 135) was fully adhered to the coverboard (see Image #11). The total R-value of the roof assembly is R-78. Vapor-permeable materials encourage dryingSeveral design measures improve the moisture performance and durability of the exterior walls.As required by the Passivhaus standard, a high level of airtightness (maximum 0.6 ach50) was specified to improve the building’s thermal performance and to limit the potential for condensation within the walls.The wall materials were chosen with any eye to vapor permeance. This was done to maximize drying capacity: a “flow-through” design concept, if you will.Roxul insulation was installed on the exterior to limit thermal bridging but also to help keep the temperature of the wood framing and sheathing above the dew point for nearly the entire year. A mineral wool product was specified rather than XPS or EPS due to its high vapor permeance.The housewrap (Tyvek CommercialWrap) has a very high vapor permeance (28 perms).Plywood sheathing was chosen rather than OSB due to its higher wet-cup perm rating (10 perms).Lastly, the MemBrain vapor retarder was specified for the interior side of the wall — rather than polyethylene sheeting or kraft paper — in order to facilitate drying to the interior should there be any moisture remaining in the wall upon completion of construction, or should small amounts of moisture enter the wall in service. Keeping the furring strips co-planarInitially the siders encountered difficulties in terms of getting the furring to lay flat on the mineral wool (see Image #16). It took some time for the crew to get a good feel for the proper amount of drive on the screws to achieve a co-planar application. On early mockups of the exterior wall, we had identified this issue, noting that plywood furring in particular was susceptible to compression into the mineral wool layer. We found that 1×4 furring when installed over the high-density mineral wool was more rigid and did not exhibit the compression problem in the same way as did the plywood furring strips. However, the siders were concerned about splitting with the 1×4 material and pushed for using the plywood instead; this was agreed to by the design team.Roxul has issued installation guidelines and now recommends 2×3 or 2×4 furring for siding installations over semi-rigid mineral wool. Although 2x material is not necessary for structural attachment of the siding, it would certainly help with maintaining a flatter (more co-planar) application of the furring and limiting the potential for splitting. A monitoring set-up will track moisture performanceEarly on during construction, we worked with Building Science Consulting Inc. (BSCI) and Roxul to establish a program to monitor the moisture performance of the exterior walls. As the interior finish cycle began, BSCI came to the site and installed sensors, pins, and other instrumentation to serve the monitoring study.Relative humidity (RH) sensors and moisture content pins were placed in southward-facing wall cavities at two adjacent apartments on the third floor of the building. The same application went into place at north-facing wall cavities in the two apartments across the hall. Sensors were also placed on the face of the housewrap (WRB) and within the exterior insulation layer at the same wall locations.Sensors and pins will measure moisture content, temperature, and RH. Data collection is planned for a period of one to two years. Analysis reports, findings and conclusions will be available from Roxul at a future date.A forthcoming blog will discuss the blower-door test at the Orchards at Orenco project. Supporting the brick veneerBrick veneer generally only occurs at the base of the walls, extending four feet or so up the facade. In typical construction, brick veneer is supported on a ledge that is cast into the foundation; however, this approach creates a large thermal bridge. To minimize thermal bridging at this project, the brick veneer is supported on a continuous 4”x4” galvanized steel ledger angle that has been thermally isolated from the primary structure, using off-the-shelf steel FAST brackets (manufactured by Fero Corporation), installed at 3’-0” on center along the concrete foundation around the base of the building (see Image #18).By using these brackets, we were able to apply the expanded polystyrene insulation in a continuous layer over the exterior side of the concrete foundation (see Image #19). After the steel brick ledge was attached (see Image #20), the brickwork began (see Image #21). Mike Steffen is a builder, architect, and educator committed to making better buildings. He is vice president and general manager of Walsh Construction Company in Portland, Oregon. Two types of siding over exterior mineral woolThe building is clad in fiber-cement siding and brick veneer (see Image #12).Before installing any cladding, the masons and siders first installed a 1 1/2-inch-thick layer of 8 lb. density mineral wool insulation over the water-resistive barrier (WRB), which on this project consists of Tyvek CommericalWrap. The masons used Rockboard 80 mineral wool and the siders used ComfortBoard IS mineral wool (see Image #13). Both products are manufactured by Roxul.Stainless-steel masonry anchors were installed over the housewrap. These anchors penetrate the exterior insulation layer, creating minor thermal bridges. At the siding areas, ¾ inch thick x 3 inch wide treated plywood vertical furring strips were installed over the continuous insulation layer (see Image #14). The siders then nailed the fiber-cement planks to the furring strips with stainless steel siding nails (see Image #15).The structural engineer of record for the project — Scott Nyseth of Stonewood Structural Engineers — designed the attachment of the furring strips to the backup wall: #12 hot-dipped galvanized screws, 4 ½ inches long, fastened at 16 inches on center vertically in line with the studs. Air sealing detailsOnce the roof framing was complete, including the parapet walls, we then installed a self-adhered rubberized asphalt membrane (Firestone V-Force) over the roof sheathing and several inches up the faces of the parapets (see Image #7). This membrane serves multiple functions: it’s a vapor barrier and air barrier for the roof assembly, but also a temporary roof to help keep the building interior dry until we could install the insulation and permanent roofing.All of the service penetrations of the roof (such as plumbing vents) were sealed to the self-adhered membrane with wet sealant (see Image #8). A highly insulated and airtight roof assembly tops off the Orchards at Orenco building enclosure. Overall the roof construction was very straightforward, although the parapets complicated things somewhat. Once the roof trusses were placed, they were sheathed with plywood. At the edge of the roof, we carried out a simple detail that ultimately helped us achieve a very high level of airtightness.Experience on previous projects has taught us that the joint between the wall and roof is one of the most problematic areas for maintaining air barrier continuity. We therefore spent a considerable amount of time early during the design phase to discuss this issue and to develop a conceptual approach for the wall-to-roof joint (see Image #2, below). Typically, parapet walls on wood-frame buildings are framed as an extension of the roof truss framing; however, this standard approach prohibits a simple, constructable, and effective detail for transitioning air barrier from the wall sheathing to the roof sheathing.Working with the design team, we decided that the parapet walls would be framed as separate components placed on top of the roof sheathing and fastened to the roof framing, but this would be done only after the air barrier had been transitioned from the wall to roof at the sheathing planes (see Images #3 and #4, below). The final detail followed the initial concept very closely.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war06:56Magalong drops Albayalde’s name in ‘ninja cops’ probe01:37Protesters 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2016, file photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. The free agent quarterback was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism on Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ’s magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism.Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kaepernick says on Twitter he’s “honored” by the recognition.The magazine ‘s story includes comments from several of Kaepernick’s supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole says Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand for something. Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is “the greatest reward” he could ask for.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 shutoutlast_img read more

Ibra promises MLS Cup in call to Galaxy fan

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has already endeared himself with LA Galaxy fans. The Swede kicked off his time in MLS with some stunning heroics on his debut back in March and hasn’t slowed down since. A hat trick against Orlando City last week saw the 36-year-old bring his side from behind on three occasions in a winning effort.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ibrahimovic has been a hit off the pitch as well, from his full page ad announcing his arrival in LA to his multiple appearances on national television shows to his welcoming of NBA star LeBron James to the city. Now he’s making good with the fans of the club on a personal level as well. The Galaxy shared a video of the former Manchester United star calling a season ticket holder and thanking him for renewing his package. And, as you would expect, the Lion brought a little of flair and entertainment to the conversation. After thanking the fan for his loyalty, Ibrahimovic makes a series of promises before asking if there’s anything else he would like. #LAGalaxy Employee of the Month: @Ibra_official. 😂The 🦁 hits the phone lines to thank Season Ticket Members for renewing in 2019:— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 3, 2018Then, of course, he promises to bring the MLS Cup back to LA. Would you expect anything less?last_img read more

10 months agoEverton join battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxford

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton join battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have joined the battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxford.Everton are joining the race to land West Ham’s Oxford, says the Daily Mail.The central defender’s future is uncertain after manager Manuel Pellegrini said he may benefit from a move.The 20-year-old, however, will not consider a loan move.And Everton are among the clubs interested in taking Oxford when the transfer window opens. last_img read more

14 days ago​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs loss

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs lossby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola spoke passionately to players after their Champions League defeat against Tottenham last season – in a bid to inspire them onto domestic glory.City felt hard done by when they went out on away goals in the quarter finals of the European competition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last term.They went out in heartbreaking fashion when what seemed like a late winning goal was ruled out by VAR.The Sun reports that Pep said the following to his players after the game: “I’m proud of you. I know you feel like s*** and you think it’s not fair.”Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Eat this f****** s*** that we have to eat.”Because we did everything to eliminate Spurs and they f****** beat us, we’re out on our f****** a*****.”Now we just have to fight for everything we have left, stand up and fight for what we can still win.” last_img read more

9 days ago​Southend move on from Henrik Larsson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southend move on from Henrik Larssonby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend have lost out on the chance to make Henrik Larsson their next manager.The Swedish legend was seen as the favorite for the job, but it appears that any deal is now dead in the water.Sportbladet says Tommy Johnson was set to take over as the head of recruitment at the club.It was part of the deal to bring Larsson as manager.Johnson is backing out and is taking another job, which means Larsson is reconsidering as well.Larsson told the Swedish newspaper: “I was ready to sit down on a plane, fly over and sign on. Everything was basically clear.”Johnson felt important because he knows this league.”Of course it’s sad. At the same time, I know how this business works. Nothing is done until everything is signed.” last_img read more

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