Ramnarine under fire in T&T

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine has come under fire for criticising the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s (TTCB) position on the sacking of Denesh Ramdin as captain of the West Indies Cricket team. TTCB president Azim Bassarath and former Trinidad and Tobago Red Force manager Manohar Ramsaran have both blasted Ramnarine after he told the Daily Express that he was confused by TTCB’s stance on Ramdin’s removal. Ramdin was axed as Test captain after just 15 months in charge and replaced by one-day skipper Jason Holder ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka. “It is unethical and highly irresponsible to be a member of an organisation and run to the media and air your views when there are processes within the organisation to have your complaints and concerns properly addressed,” said Ramsaran who also suggested that Ramnarine should have tendered his resignation before going public with his baseless comments. “It was under his watch that regional cricket was made a laughing stock and while he advocated a militant approach to resolving players’ issues, the fortunes of the team hit rock bottom and are yet to recover”. Ramnarine is an ordinary board member of the TTCB. He was replaced last year as WIPA president by Jamaican Wavell Hinds.last_img read more

Mother Wants Help for Daughter

first_imgThe mother of an 8-year-old girl, Rosetta Brown, is calling on the government and philanthropists to assist her daughter, little Nancy Togbah, to seek treatment abroad.Little Togbah drank caustic soda at the age of 4 and had been suffering from the problems over the past years leaving her unable to eat or drink well.This situation has led the little child to be in a poor health condition.According to little Togbah’s mother, she (Togbah) was taken to Ghana to obtain further test and medication, but was later frustrated by the result when she was asked to pay the sum of US$2,500 for surgery after the test.“I managed to talk to people for her to travel to Ghana to do her test,” Madam Charlesetta N. Williams, a Liberian humanitarian, who usually flies sick Liberian kids abroad for treatment, said.“I was told that we have to pay the US$2,500 and that caused me and my daughter to come back from Ghana without the surgery,” Rosetta said sadly.She stated that because her daughter is not eating or drinking anything, her throat usually get tight and sored and it hurts her when she tries to eat or drink.“This has caused her to have a tight throat that she finds it difficult to swallow any thing at time, if she happens to eat something that does not pass her throat; we have to get at the hospital for the people to get it out,” the distressed mother noted.According to Mrs. Browne, her daughter Togbah sometimes spends a week without eating or drinking.She explained that doctors in the country have advised her to take little Togbah abroad to have surgical treatment because the problem cannot be solved in Liberia.According to the mother, doctors have created some means for the child to take in food and water, but it is not a guarantee that she can perpetually survive on.Mrs. Browne is engaged in small business to meet the challenge arising from poverty, but indicated that it is not enough to meet this huge task.Rosetta Browne said, “‘I sells cold water and small, small things, but this cannot allow my daughter to get treatment abroad. This is why I am calling on the general public to assist me to take her abroad,” she said.Rosetta Browne can be reached on these contacts 0777944319/0888046880Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trio jointly charged for money changer’s murder

first_img…more than 12 witnesses expected to testifyKerwin Dos Santos and George Hope, both 24, of Freeman Street, La Penitence, Georgetown; and Kacey Heyliger, 25, of Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown, on Friday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after they were charged jointly with the murder of an America Street money changer.The men after leaving the courtroomThe three men, who were initially charged separately for the man’s murder, had individual charges withdrawn against them and a joint charge of murder instituted.The prosecution intends to call 13 witnesses during the Preliminary Inquiry. The men were further remanded and are expected to return to court on June 8.Shawn Nurse, called “Fabulous” was plying his trade on the corner of America Street and Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown when he was shot and killed during a robbery.According to reports, Nurse, of Apartment 33 Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot during a struggle with a gunman, who along with accomplices, were attempting to relieve him of a large sum of foreign and local currency. He was shot to the head in the process.The father of three died at the scene, while his killers fled with an undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of gold jewellery, leaving a 9mm spent shell at the scene.Several persons were questioned and gave a description of the shooter. At the time of the shooting incident, the suspect was reportedly clad in a red hoodie and a pair of brown trousers.The men charged in this matter are no strangers to the courts, since they appeared on previous occasions charged with similar offences.last_img read more

Everton on alert as Barcelona consider cutting short Deulofeu loan spell

first_img1 Gerard Deulofeu Everton have been placed on red alert after hearing that Barcelona are unhappy with the amount of action on-loan youngster Gerard Deulofeu is receiving at Sevilla, according to reports in Spain.The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, where he made 29 appearances and scored four goals.Roberto Martinez was keen to keep the youngster for another year, but Barca decided to send him to fellow La Liga side Sevilla instead.The move has not worked out so far, though, with Deulofeu having played just 17 minutes of La Liga football.And, according to repoerts in Spain, the lack of playing time is said to have angered Barcelona.As a result, Barcelona make look to review the loan agreement in January when the transfer window reopens.Such news will be of interest to Everton, who were reportedly keen on bring Deulofeu back to the Premier League for another season during the summer.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Liverpool still tipped to miss out on top four

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Liverpool beat Bournemouth on Monday night to make it two wins from two in the Premier League, but the Coral spokesman revealed the Reds are still outsiders to finish in the top four.Stevens also looked ahead to the first leg of Manchester United’s Champions League play-off clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday night and said Louis van Gaal’s side are 1/12 to qualify.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Have you seen Banjo?

first_imgBanjo the Yorkshire Terrier has been missing since Friday evening in the Ballymacool area.Banjo is three years old and has a red collar on.If you have seen Banjo please don’t hesitate to email info@donegaldaily.com or message our Facebook page. Have you seen Banjo? was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ballymacoolfound dogLost DogYorkshire Terrierlast_img read more

Groundspeak Holiday Card

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – December 21, 2010December 21, 2010In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – December 7, 2011December 7, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Caption Contest 14 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeOctober 7, 2010In “Lackeys” Happy holidays from the Lackeys at Groundspeak!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img

Fixing a Glitch in a Double-Stud Wall

first_imgOther possible fixesPeterson thinks that tying the two walls together by toe-nailing framing lumber around the window openings would be less difficult than cutting the MemBrain to add gussets.The blocking would work, Holladay says, although it won’t be as strong as adding gussets.Jim Tyler has another suggestion: use a T-iron connector to link inner and outer stud walls.“Maybe order some T-iron and cut to lengths just shy of the width of your wall,” Tyler says. “Drill two holes for screws or nails at each end. Set the depth of a circular saw to match the leg of the T, and make cuts from interior to exterior every foot or so around your rough openings. Then press the leg of the T into the slots and drive 16d [nails] or structural screws through the drilled holes.”Other possibilities include wrapping the rough openings with finished plywood instead of drywall. The plywood could be painted. Or, adds Matthew Hancock, connect the two walls with 1/4-inch sheathing and then add 1/4-inch drywall on top of that.Burke Stoller is a fan of wrapping window and door openings with plywood.“We always wrap our window (and door) openings in good-one-side plywood, and just have our drywallers run their drywall up to the edge of the RO, install a corner bead, and skim coat the entire plywood window liners when they mud their bead,” Stoller says.“You may want to brush the liners with a water and weld bond white glue solution before the drywallers start installing their corner bead, as it helps the mud adhere to the plywood properly. We have had zero issues with this.”If Peterson prefers having a wood window sill, rather than a drywall return, he could simply add one on the bottom of the opening.Also consider, says Dan Kolbert, the possibility of changing the window order.He points out that Intus, Peterson’s chosen window manufacturer, doesn’t make windows in standard sizes. Instead, they are made to order in 1/4-inch increments. That explains the 14-week wait to get them, and changing the order now might push Peterson to the back of the line. Still, it’s an option worth considering. Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:In order for MemBrain to act as a primary and continuous interior air barrier, it has to be fully supported. It is after all, only 2 mils thick (.002 inches), one-third the thickness of standard polyethylene sheeting (sometimes referred to by the brand name “Visqueen”). Why so thin? Almost certainly so the material can achieve its variable vapor permeability in the ideal range as an interior vapor retarder for heating climates.CertainTeed is specific about the required installation details when MemBrain is being used as both an interior vapor retarder and an air barrier: The installation manual does not exclude the use of MemBrain with cellulose but specifically states the cavity insulation must be installed first, and it does not mention any cavity insulation other than unfaced fiberglass batts. MemBrain is not listed in any approved assemblies by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA).I have worked on projects that used MemBrain as a smart vapor retarder and would never specify it as the primary air barrier; it is simply not substantial enough for the job. This is especially true when trying to use it as the interior containment during cellulose cavity installation. Remember, small voids in a vapor retarder — which is resisting vapor pressure as a field effect driven by diffusion — are fine, but small voids in an air barrier are not, since air leakage is driven by convective forces.MemBrain has variable vapor permeance; its dry cup vapor permeance is 1 perm and its wet cup vapor permeance is 10 perms. The ASTM E96 vapor permeance tests are conducted at a constant temperature. This means that during the wet cup test, the absolute moisture content of the material, as well as the relative humidity (in the pores), is higher. MemBrain’s pores are “opening up” due to the increase in actual moisture content in the wet cup test. Changing temperature and relative humidity in a wall cavity does not necessarily involve a change in the absolute humidity the materials are experiencing. (See the psychrometric chart below).For me, this is yet another reason that MemBrain is intended to be an interior vapor retarder, right up against the backside of the interior sheathing where its temperature is pretty close to the steady interior conditioned-space temperature and where it will respond appropriately to varying moisture content of the materials it is adjacent to. Is the MemBrain strong enough?Peterson has read that Intello might have been a better choice than MemBrain, and two GBA readers question whether MemBrain will stand up to the pressure of dense-packed cellulose.“The advantage of Intello for blowing cellulose is that it’s reinforced and can take the pressure,” writes Charlie Sullivan. “It would be better for blowing cellulose if it were air-permeable, but then it wouldn’t work as an air barrier. I’m worried about getting the cellulose sufficiently dense-packed, which is important in a deep wall, with the MemBrain.”“Lots of people have talked about that being an ideal location for the air barrier,” he adds, “but usually it’s plywood there, not a membrane. The building science is fine with a membrane there, but as you are discovering, the construction process is tricky.”Yes, Peterson replies, installing MemBrain on the backside of the inner 2×4 wall is tricky, complicated by the damage that the framers did to the membrane during construction.“Not only for the issue at hand, but also when the framers tipped up the last two inner walls, they ripped off the bottom and sides of the MemBrain that was so carefully attached,” he says. “I had a half a day of going back and doing my best to reseal these edges with acoustical sealant and Tyvek tape. Luckily, there was still some slack on the bottom, and I had left a foot at each corner to overlap, so I feel good about the repair.”There’s another consideration with MemBrain, Dorsett says: “MemBrain’s vapor retardancy varies with the relative humidity of the air,” he says. “When it is installed just behind the wallboard, the temperature of the air next to the MemBrain is nearly room temperature and the relative humidity (RH) is dramatically lower than the RH of the entrained air next to the cool sheathing in winter. But the deeper the MemBrain is into the wall-R, the higher the RH of the entrained air proximate to the MemBrain, and the more vapor-open it will be.”How MemBrain performs depends on where it’s located, as well as on the climate and R-value of the wall. “In very cold climates it’s important to do at least some napkin-math analysis on that to make sure it performs well enough when buried in an intermediate layer,” Dorsett writes. RELATED ARTICLES Double-Stud WallsLstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall DesignStrategies & Details: High R-Value Walls: Building Details for Double-Stud Wall ConstructionHow to Design a WallMonitoring Moisture Levels in Double-Stud WallsExterior Rigid Foam on Double-Stud Walls Is a No-Nocenter_img “You certainly need some type of gussets to tie these walls together,” he says. “If that means cutting the MemBrain, you’ll have to cut the MemBrain, then do your best to repair it with high-quality tape.“Your builder’s error has structural implications as well as air-barrier implications,” Holladay adds. “Note to other GBA readers: Double-check your rough opening measurements before you frame your walls!”Peterson has seen details showing the placement of the MemBrain (or other type of membrane or even plywood) at this location to control air movement. So, he says, how are gussets between the two walls normally attached?“The suggested gussets would be an attempt to solve the problems arising from the fact that your framer made a mistake on your window rough openings,” Holladay replies. “Your walls lack the usual plywood boxes at the window rough-openings — boxes which tie the two walls together — and all of us who are advising you are trying to come up with an alternative way of tying your walls together. These gussets aren’t necessary with most double-stud walls — they are an attempted fix for your situation.” Adam Peterson is building a house with double-stud exterior walls, and he’s run into a problem.“Blame it on lack of clarity on my part,” Peterson writes in a post at GBA’s Q&A forum, “but when my framer built my double-stud walls he didn’t oversize the window rough openings to account for 1/2-inch plywood sheathing connecting the inner to the outer walls. He figured that this gap could be covered solely with drywall.”The back of the inside stud walls have been covered with MemBrain, an air barrier and “smart” vapor retarder, which has been bedded in acoustical sealant and stapled in place. This is in advance of blowing cellulose into the wall cavities. Later, Peterson will insulate the inner 2×4 wall, which is the service cavity for plumbing and wiring.But what should he do about the lack of a solid connection between inner and outer stud walls at the window openings?“I’m wondering how the lack of plywood here will impact airtightness,” Peterson writes. “Should I take extra measure to apply acoustic sealant to the drywall window return?“I will need to blow in the insulation prior to drywall, of course, so I will need some sort of blocker at the rough openings in order to prevent the cellulose from flying out of this gap. Perhaps just some more MemBrain stapled wall-to-wall? Just trying to think of the implications this will have on my build.”Peterson’s dilemma is the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Installation of MemBrain is a problemHaving the MemBrain installed now is not ideal, says GBA senior editor Marin Holladay.Holladay agrees with earlier comments from Michael Maines and Dana Dorsett that gussets should be installed to connect the two stud walls.last_img read more

10 Things You Should Know About Mirrorless Cameras

first_imgThinking about getting a mirrorless camera? Here are 10 things you need to know.Mirrorless cameras have been increasing in popularity over the last few years and for good reason. They offer many benefits over traditional DSLRs…1. Mirrorless Cameras Aren’t Limited to Cropped SensorsEven though most popular mirrorless cameras are cropped, it is possible to have a full-frame mirrorless camera. For example, some cameras like the Lecia M9 and the Sony A7 are both full-frame and mirrorless. Having a full frame sensor is important because it allows you to get wide shots without having to use an expensive fish-eye lens or a speedbooster.2. Mirrorless Cameras are Small and LightweightBecause mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirrorbox mechanism, they tend to be smaller and lightweight. For example, the new Sony A7S is only a little over a pound – that’s half the weight of the Canon 5D Mark III. While it may not make a big difference on a professional shoot, if you do a lot of street photography a lighter camera can do wonders for your shoulders.3. Mirrorless Cameras Don’t Have MirrorsAn Example of a Mirrorless Shutter: Learn more about this process on our How Camera Shutters Work postDo you know what “mirrorless” means? In short, a mirrorless camera is different than a DSLR because it doesn’t use a mirrorbox to send the image to the viewfinder. Instead, when looking into the viewfinder on a mirrorless camera you are actually viewing a digital representation of the image as it passes through the sensor.4. Mirrorless Cameras have a Shorter Flange-Focal Distance than DSLRsA flange-focal distance is the distance from the end of the lens to the camera sensor. In a DSLR, the flange focal distance must be large enough to allow space for a mirror, but in a mirrorless camera you don’t have this issue.5. Speedboosters Make Mirrorless Cameras Much More Viable for Video ProductionPhoto via NoFilmSchoolIt’s no secret that most mirrorless cameras have cropped sensors. This is normally a problem because of the difficulty in capturing wide shots with a cropped sensor….that was until Speedboosters became prevalent. Speedboosters, like the ones created by Metabones, not only increase the incoming light of your lens, but they also make your overall image wider.6. Some Mirrorless Cameras Can Shoot 4K VideoMany of the most popular mirrorless cameras, like the Panasonic GH4, allow users to shoot in 4K. Gone are the days of mirrorless cameras being behind when it comes to resolution. Other mirrorless cameras, like the Sony A7S, can output 4K via HDMI. While it’s safe to say that the market isn’t quite ready to watch/broadcast videos at 4K resolution, having the ability to record 4K is a great way to insure your camera is future-proof and gives you more options in post.7. Mirrorless Cameras Can Take More than Just MFT LensesAlthough the large majority of mirrorless cameras natively have a micro four thirds lens mount, there are a number of mirrorless cameras that accept other types of camera mounts by default. These lens mounts range from the high-end Leica M mount to the consumer level Samsung NX Mount.8. Mirrorless Cameras Aren’t Just for AmateursYou definitely won’t have to look long to find an amateur mirrorless camera, but the same could be said about DSLR cameras. You might be surprised to hear that mirrorless cameras aren’t just entry or mid-level cameras, they can actually get pretty high-end. Luxury camera manufacturers like Leica have camera lines that are entirely mirrorless.9. Mirrorless EVF Viewfinders Give You In-Line Exposure Read-OutsIf you regularly shoot photography with a DSLR than you know that even with an exposure meter you can get results that are vastly different from what you expected when you clicked the shutter button. However, when you use a mirroless camera you are actually looking at a small video screen instead of an optical viewfinder. This can be better because it gives you an accurate image readout without having to take a picture and review how it looks.10. Mirrorless Cameras are SilentBecause mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirror box on the inside of the camera they don’t have to flip a mirror up when shooting a picture. For this reason, the operation of a mirrorless camera is quiet. This is a great feature if you shoot live events like weddings or ceremonies.last_img read more