Jamaica begins preparations

first_imgJamaica will start a training camp in preparation for a historic appearance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal Championship to be held in Havana, Cuba, January 22-26.A 16-man squad was named by player/coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore to start training today at the National Indoors Sports Centre.A total of eight teams, divided into two groups, will participate in the CFU tournament.Group One comprises: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, CuraÁao and Guyana, while Group Two features host Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and St Maarten.Jamaica is scheduled to face Guadeloupe on January 22 in the opening game at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba.The top three from the CFU will advance to the CONCACAF Championship on May 8-15 in Costa Rica. After that, the top four will advance to the 2016 World Futsal Championship.The training squad is: Anthony Marks, Savian Maxwell, Loran Lewis, Jason Wint, Theodore Whitmore, Fabian Taylor, Edsel Scott, Ramone Sibley, Jerome Haughton, David Swaby, Marcelino Blackburn, Shavar Blake, Marvin Morgan, Michily Waul, Donovan Carey and Kemeel Wolfe.last_img read more

South African local elections date set

first_img12 April 2016The next local government elections will take place on 3 August 2016.The minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs would follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the date and fulfil other requirements needed, the Presidency said yesterday in announcing the date.All South Africans who are eligible to vote, in particular young people over the age of 18 who will vote for the first time, are urged to register on the voters’ roll during the voter registration weekend.People can still go to their local Electoral Commission office to register and check their details on the voters’ roll. Click here to find an office near you. Voter registration will close when the date of the election is officially published in the Government Gazette.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

What’s the Best Approach for a Rainscreen?

first_imgOur expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost added these points:Free-draining furring strips. In addition to Coravent “honeycombed” manufactured furring strips, there is BattensPlus. Note that for both types of manufactured furring strips, you are likely to run into the issue of sufficiently fastening the wall cladding to the furring strip. While simply fastening the cladding to the furring strip meets code when the wooden furring strip is attached directly to the wall framing, attaching the cladding to just the manufactured “honeycombed” furring will not suffice nor meet the building code; you will need to fasten cladding with fasteners that are long enough to go through the furring strip and fasten to the wall framing.Furring strips versus spacer mesh. The other way to create a free-draining space (in lieu of furring strips) is a manufactured spacer mesh, such as Benjamin Obdyke’s HomeSlicker. But of course, this material is not inexpensive (probably about $0.40 a square foot). And both approaches create significantly deeper, more difficult, and more labor-intensive flashing details at penetrations.Where is the WRB? In this discussion, there is no explicit discussion or reference to the weather-resistive barrier (WRB). I think it assumes that the dedicated WRB is the exterior face of the rigid insulation, with seams taped or Z-flashed. There is a new product from Benjamin Obdyke, HydroGap, that combines the rainscreen gap with a housewrap. Although the 1 millimeter “nubs” of HydroGap may seem minimal, research indicates that a 1 mm gap results in at least 90% effective free drainage. And that 1 mm thickness means NO significant additional depth to the wall assembly and no difficult, deeper flashing details at penetrations.I just wrote a product review on HydroGap for Environmental Building News’s February issue. The product is being launched at NAHB’s International Builder’s Show in Orlando with product availability nationwide at about the same time. Instead, Geary suggests one of three options:Run the furring strips vertically — the best option.If the furring strips must go on horizontally, find some way to create a 3/8-inch air space between the furring strips and the rigid foam.Use Cor-a-Vent horizontally to facilitate air and moisture movement behind the siding.“Whatever you do, make sure you detail the rainscreen properly at the bottom of the wall to allow drainage and airflow and at the top of the wall to allow airflow, and use bug screen,” Geary says. Horizontal furring is a problemInstalling the furring horizontally might make it easier to put up the siding, but it will to cut down on the flow of air behind the siding and will block the drainage of any water that gets past the siding.Torsten Hansen suggests offsetting the furring away from the foam to allow back-venting of the panels. But William Geary suggests even this won’t be enough.“The horizontal furring strips are the problem if you don’t provide for (1) sufficient drainage for the rainscreen (this will be blocked by the horizontal strips), and (2) sufficient vertical airflow behind the siding (this also will be blocked by the horizontal furring strips,” Geary writes. “I doubt you can cut enough kerfs to provide for adequate drainage AND airflow.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Vented Rain Screen Siding Assemblies All About RainscreensFastening Furring Strips to a Foam-Sheathed WallFiber Cement Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing” Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of Insulation Aaron Vander Meulen is building a house whose exterior walls will consist of 2×4 framing with cellulose insulation, bracing, 2 in. of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam, furring strips and, finally, Extira siding, an exterior grade wood composite.Meulen is leaning toward horizontal rather than vertical furring strips because they’ll make it easier to install the 2-ft. by 4 ft. panels.“Running the furring strips horizontally allows the panels to be fastened in a location the makes sense for the panels, as well as allowing some customization of panel size,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “What am I missing/overlooking?”center_img RELATED ARTICLES The choice of siding may be a factorAlthough Holladay’s house shows no signs of problems, the particular type of siding that Meulen has in mind could be a game-changer, Geary says. “I don’t know what type of siding Martin has but I suspect it is much more vapor permeable than Extira which is a resin-molded MDF,” he writes. “There’s no way you’re going to get much if any vapor diffusion through that material.“Plus, comparing siding installed flush to wood sheathing (presumably separated by tar paper or not) is a LOT different from the situation where the sheathing is XPS or polyiso foam. The vapor profiles of these wall systems are entirely different!”Meulen’s proposed wall section creates a “sandwich” of two vapor impermeable layers, the foam and the siding, with not much air circulation between them.Moreover, he adds, the use of Extira siding may be a problem in its own right. A look at the manufacturer’s website finds the material is recommended for use in signs and trim work, as well as a variety of other exterior uses, but not specifically for siding.“I also note that they provide only a 5-year warranty and they have all kinds of warnings about painting and not letting your siding come in contact with standing water,” Geary says. “I suggest you speak with the manufacturer directly about your application. It might be fine but I’m not sure it’s a good idea.”Why not, he adds, use fiber cement siding instead? Meulen has used the material for exterior applications before, and the fiber-cement siding he’s seen isn’t as smooth as he’d like it.Geary’s information about Extira’s low permeance caused Holladay to back-pedal. Holladay says that Meulen might be smart to take Geary’s points into consideration. “I think that you need to research the points raised by William and should perhaps consider a more conventional siding material,” he says. Horizontal furring is no problemGBA senior editor Martin Holladay has a couple of suggestions — careful flashing and substituting polyisocyanurate foam for the XPS — but on the issue of horizontal vs. vertical furring, Holladay says that Meulen is unlikely to run into a problem. “I think your horizontal furring strips will work fine,” Holladay writes. “Of course you won’t get vertical ventilation channels, but your siding will still dry out after a rainstorm — it just might take a few hours longer to dry. Not a big deal.”Holladay recognizes that horizontal furring won’t be as effective as furring applied vertically, but he also points out that siding can be installed over horizontal furring without suffering moisture damage. In fact, the siding on his own house was installed that way 30 years ago, and there’s no evidence of any problems.“I also know that for decades, siding was installed tight to the sheathing, and most such walls performed adequately,” Holladay says. “Installing an air space will be a huge improvement. The amount of bulk water that gets past siding is small. It dries out by evaporation (diffusion). This drying is accelerated by sunlight and by daily changes in temperature. These temperature changes have the effect of a pumping action that aids air exchange in the air space behind the siding.”last_img read more

You Are Stalled

first_imgYou Are StalledYou’re working a big deal through your pipeline. Things are going well–even better than expected. You have the ability to create tremendous value for this dream client. And they appreciate what you do and how you do it. If anything was ever a sure bet this would be it.Now you’re going through the motions. There are some phone calls you need to make. There are some emails that need to be sent and responded to. There are even a couple meetings on your calendar. You might even need to have a few internal conversations with your team about the implementation plan.This deal is anything but stalled.The Deal Is Fine. You Aren’t.Because you are confident you’re going to win this deal, you’ve completely stopped prospecting. And you have started to ignore the other existing opportunities in your pipeline. Those opportunities are smaller and not as certain to close any time soon.If we’re being honest, you still have time to work on opportunity acquisition, don’t you? You still have time to open the new relationships that will provide you with your next big deal.You still have time to make calls, schedule meetings, and schedule the appointments that will move the other deals in your pipeline forward, if you wanted to. Right?Making calls to prospective clients, scheduling appointments to move other opportunities forward, and doing all of the other work that you need to build your sales results won’t take anything away from your ability to you will win your big deal. It won’t do anything to lessen the likelihood you win either.You don’t have a time management problem. You have a “me management” problem.Not taking these actions is a type of stall. It has the same result as if all the opportunities in your pipeline stalled at exactly the same time (minus your one big deal, of course).Don’t stop working because you are close on a big deal.QuestionsIs there really so much work around your big deal that you can do nothing else?What are the rewards of working on only your on, really close, really big deal? What are the (many) risks?How many deal can you effectively work at one time?last_img read more