Drivers with unpermitted tinted windows may soon see a relaxation of the stringent tint policy or stronger enforcement of it depending on the contents of the report on a research survey which was presented to Cabinet.According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, at his post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, the report was presented by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan for Cabinet’s perusal and adoption. He noted that the survey was aimed at reviewing the policy by which vehicle tint permits are issued in Guyana.“The main purpose was to solicit the views of citizens on the use of vehicles with tinted windows in Guyana. The report also included information on best practices of a number of countries with regards to the use of motor vehicles with tinted windows. Cabinet accepted report and undertook to examine full content before approval,” Harmon informed.According to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, “No person shall have fitted to his motor vehicle and glass or safety glass or any material used in the place of such glass or safety glass which is so tinted or otherwise treated or coloured in such a manner or to such extent, as would result in obstructing the identification of the driver of the motor vehicle or any other person travelling in the motor vehicle by any person from outside the motor vehicle.”Earlier last year, Minister Ramjattan had stated that the issue of tinted vehicles has been the cause of some amount of criticism against his Ministry and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), especially since sections of the population are allowed to have tinted vehicles. According to Minister Ramjattan, the ministerial discretion is a difficult thing. Persons who are suffering from a range of health conditions have also been granted approval to use tints on their vehicles.“As it is, I have restricted it to people who suffer skin disease and ultraviolet rays affecting their eyes and also for certain public officials who for security reasons, need it and some businessmen. But it is very narrow right now, but a lot of people are asking me how I can give others and not give them,” he was quoted as saying.He said while many people approach his Ministry with health issues as the reason for their need to use tint, the police have pointed out some persons are using tints so dark, it has become a threat to security.“But what is the view of the people out there?… we need to talk to the people and get their views on what should be the policy…How can I give the businessman and not give them… there is a need for renewing a policy orientation on the problem,” Minister Ramjattan had indicated, hence the reason he undertook the survey.
The future of one of Donegal’s best known businesses hangs in the balance after a decision by the National Roads Authority to erect a barrier outside the premises.The Mace convenience store and restaurant at Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny, which employs 22 people on a full and part-time basis, is a hugely-popular stopping point for shoppers.But now the NRA told its owners that they are cutting off a filter lane on the main N14 road into the store. The NRA claims the filter lane is a safety hazard and plan to erect barriers to prevent motorists from turn right when coming into Letterkenny from the Derry Road.Management at the store say the move will cut its business by 50% and they will be left with no option but to close its doors.The workforce has already dwindled from 33 down to 22 because of the recession and management say they simply cannot afford any more cuts.A spokesman for the store told Donegaldaily.com that staff have been informed of the situation that they could close. “If this decision goes ahead then we will have no choice but to close the premises.“People will not go all the way into the Pole Star roundabout and then turn back – it doesn’t make sense.“We are talking about losing 50% of our business and I cannot afford to do that in the current climate.“We are barely making ends meet because of the rising cost of electricity and other things.“The staff know about the situation and they know our hands are tied. We are in the hands of the NRA at the moment but it seems the decision has already been made,” he said. The NRA claims the filter lane into the shop is a safety hazard.However the spokesman for Mace at the Dry Arch said safety has never been an issue.“I cannot ever remember a crash from a car crossing from the filter lane into our premises.“There is adequate space and plenty of long breaks in the traffic flow for people to cross. “I just do not accept that as a reason,” he said.Management at the store, who have had two meetings already with the NRA, say work on the barriers could begin later this month or in October.EndROAD BARRIER PLAN THREATENS FUTURE OF 22 JOBS AT LETTERKENNY STORE was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dry Arch ComplexMaceNRA
New FaceTime icon; Credit: 9to5macThe Biggest News?: Multitouch GesturesThe multitouch gesture support is probably the most interesting of all the known additions. When the update goes live on the iPad, you’ll be able to use four or five fingers to pinch to the homescreen, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar and swipe left or right between apps.The gestures will have their own panel in within the Settings application on the iPad, where they can be switched on or off. Find My MobileMe Friends?A more curious development is the reference to a “Find My Friends” setting within Apple’s MobileMe service. MobileMe, a premium service providing email, calendar, contacts, file and photo sharing and more, appears to be adding a social element, too. In the developer build, this feature was spotted in strings related to the Settings app, but what it means is still unclear.One line of speculation is that this may be the start of a location-enabled service, which will help you find your friends near you.And perhaps, as Engadget recalls, it’s related to that Apple patent application which showed plans for a location-based social networking app called “iGroups.” As described, iGroups would let people share data with each other using a service like MobileMe. Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web Find My Friends, Credit: EngadgetFinally, iPad Gets Its Orientation Lock BackIf you’re a regular iPad reader, especially one who lounges in bed, reading the iPad at odd angles, you know that the device’s orientation sensor is easy to trigger. Just a slight move, and the screen flips from portrait to landscape. Fortunately, the built-in toggle switch made keeping the screen locked into place a breeze. But in iOS 4.2, Apple decided to make the toggle switch function more like it does on its other mobile devices – the update turned it into a mute button.Now, it’s not like you couldn’t use orientation lock feature – it’s still there – it’s just that process became a bit more cumbersome. You have to double-tap the Home button to bring up the multitasking bar, swipe right to reveal the player controls and then tap the orientation lock icon. Three steps when it used to be one.And yes, this was my own personal pet peeve, I have to admit. If you at all felt the same here, you’ll be pleased to know that the toggle switch will now be adjustable. If you’re dying to have it return to its old ways, that will be possible: orientation or mute, it’s your decision. For once, Apple isn’t telling me what’s best, but is giving me a choice, and for that, I’m grateful. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Multitouch Gestures Switch; Credit: EngadgetFor some reason, the Internet rumor mill has decided that this (arguably somewhat advanced) feature means that Apple is intending to do away with the Home button on its devices. We’ll go just ahead and opine here: that’s crazy talk. As Apple insider John Gruber explains, “these gestures do mean that you don’t have to use the Home button. But there’s a serious discoverability problem with them. The physical Home button is impossible to miss. That it is the one and only button on the faces of these devices is a big part of why normal people are able to pick them up, start playing with them, and figure out how to get around with no help…I don’t think the iOS Home button is going anywhere.”Agreed.However, they look like great fun to try. Related Posts A Wi-Fi hotspot feature which can be turned on by the iPhone’s mobile carriers isn’t the only new addition expected in Apple’s forthcoming update to its mobile operating system, iOS 4.3. A developer build of the OS released yesterday has revealed several notable additions, including support for multitouch gestures, improvements to AirPlay, new ad formats for iAd and even hints of what may be a social networking gambit tied into Apple’s MobileMe platform.However, as a regular iPad reader, I have to admit I’m just as thrilled that the iPad’s right-side toggle switch, which begin its life as an orientation lock (locking portrait or landscape modes) before being transformed into a mute button via the latest update, is now going to be configurable by the end user. Mute switch or orientation lock: it’s your call. Thank you, Apple, thank you. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement New Features: Here’s What We KnowYesterday, Apple seeded the beta of iOS 4.3 to developers for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. In it are the following new features:Wi-Fi Hotspot: As we already knew, the personal hotspot capabilities are present for GSM devices, although it’s up to individual carriers to implement this setting. It’s doubtful that AT&T will be one of them. Verizon, however, is. AirPlay support for third-party native and Web applications: Previously in iOS 4.2, AirPlay, the feature that lets you stream video from your mobile device to an Apple TV or other third-party AirPlay-enabled hardware, was only available to the built-in Apple apps. With 4.3, any third party app can offer this functionality, too. A redesigned FaceTime icon: A minor change, but it looks good. Support for fullscreen iAd banners on iPad: A new iAd format which Apple says is “easy to implement,” allows its users to collect 60% of the revenue generated. Multitouch gesture support for the iPad: More on this belowConfigurable switch for the iPad, as mentioned above, the toggle can be used as a mute button or orientation lockHTTP Live Streaming Statistics: This allows developers to track their video streams’ popularity and measure their performance.
Insect worriesOne of the things about a frost-protected shallow foundation that has always made me uneasy is the potential for insect intrusion into the foam. Northern Minnesota is not a termite zone, but will it be 100 years from now?I searched fruitlessly for information on how deep in the soil termites and carpenter ants will burrow. Regardless, I wanted to protect my foam, and also block any possible path from the foundation insulation into the wall insulation.I initially explored wrapping all of the wing insulation and the vertical face of the foundation foam with stainless-steel screen cloth, but that was prohibitively expensive, especially for something I wasn’t sure was necessary. I eventually settled on covering the top of the wing insulation with Ice& Water Shield, and extending that up the face of the foundation. That would later be lapped with more peel-and-stick flashing to connect the Zip sheathing to the face of the foundation.This created a nice barrier against burrowing insects (and varmints) from the exterior, and broke the potential path between the foundation insulation and the exterior wall foam with a peel-and-stick flashing. I also couldn’t find any information about whether ants or termites would chew through Ice & Water Shield, but I assumed they would not. Subsequent layers of metal flashing would further reduce that risk. This is the second part of a blog series by architect Elden Lindamood about the design and construction of his own home. The first installment was called A Low-Energy House for Northern Minnesota.Progress has continued on the new house, and a few things have come up along the way to warrant minor changes in the foundation insulation details and window installation. It is refreshing to work with a builder who asks questions and works with me to alter things and arrive at alternate solutions that seem more practical and buildable to him without losing my performance or aesthetic intent. Too many times I have arrived on project sites to find a builder who simply “did it the way he’s always done it” despite the bid set that specified otherwise.I’d like to share some of the details that my builder and I altered from the original design. I’ll also share a few experiences with the nailbase insulation panels in case a reader is considering that wall construction method. The nailbase skin is smaller than the nailbase insulationWe also stipulated that the nailbase panels have an OSB skin measuring 47 3/4 inches x 95 3/4 inches and an EPS panel measuring 48 inches x 96 inches. This was done on the recommendation of a builder; based on experience on a previous job, he thought it would aid in getting the joints between panels really tight.It turns out that although the manufacturer was very accommodating at providing the panels we requested, the OSB skins aren’t all glued perfectly centered, or straight, on the foam panels. Thus Steve learned that to ensure accuracy, he needed to measure his cuts off the foam, not from the OSB edge.Since this is winter construction, the panel adhesive, which you are to apply liberally between each panel, is cold and a bit stiff. That means that the panel joints don’t seem as tight to me as they might be if the sealant was more easily squished. Again, there isn’t much we can do about that except wait until May, so we’ll make do.Fortunately, because of panel screw alignment with the studs, the panel joints don’t often fall on a stud in the cavity wall and the potential for thermal bridging at a panel joint is somewhat minimized. It does make me reconsider the merits of multiple layers of foam with staggered seams, though.Steve also commented that he really liked the large washers provided with the screws, and that it was much easier to install the panels in a flat plane than it is to install furring strips directly over thick foam. ARTICLES BY ELDEN LINDAMOOD A Low-Energy House for Northern MinnesotaInstalling Windows in a Minnesota House Relative Humidity and Makeup Air at a Tight Minnesota HouseA Follow-up From Northern Minnesota RELATED ARTICLES Polyethylene Under Concrete SlabsFoam Under Footings Frost-Protected Shallow FoundationsQuestions and Answers About Air Barriers A Deep Energy Retrofit Using Nailbase Insulation PanelsDo I Need a Vapor Retarder? Right out of the gate, the excavator encouraged me to use sand for the base rather than the crushed gravel that I had specified. My original intent was to take advantage of crushed stone’s lesser tendency for capillary action on a site with a high water table to help ensure that the slab, the slab insulation, and horizontal wing insulation would stay dry. In talking it through with the builder and excavator, however, I agreed since my site is dead flat for hundreds of feet in any direction, and since there was no way to run a drain tile to daylight, that using sand (which would be cheaper and easier to work) was an acceptable solution in this instance.Had it been a full basement below the water table, I wouldn’t have relented. Steve also suggested that he could run the sub-slab vapor barrier / soil gas barrier continuously down, under, and up the form for the thickened slab edge, helping to protect it from capillary moisture (see Image #4, below). I agreed that was a good plan, and we were on our way. The nailbase panels cuppedA previous project taught us a few things about using nailbase panels for our high-R walls.The first issue is that the nailbase panels were cupped. Having an OSB skin on only one side makes them less stable than a SIP, so they all seem to cup with the center of the OSB skin moving outward about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.This isn’t problematic in and of itself, but it does make it critical that the attachment screws get a good purchase in order to pull the center of the panel tight to the wall. The panel manufacturer, Extreme Panel, usually provides 8 1/2 inch self-tapping screws with their 8-inch nailbase panels. These screws are long enough (normally) to grab the structural sheathing beyond.Note that the manufacturer only requires you to screw into the sheathing, which is why the 8 1/2 inch screws are what they usually provide. Because of the cupping issue, we ordered 9 1/2 inch wood-tipped screws instead, hoping to get a better bite in the sheathing and pull the panels tight. (I should mention that the nailbase manufacturer was very helpful in ordering the non-standard screws, and has been a pleasure to work with).Even with these more aggressive screws, Steve said he thinks it is best to hit a stud so that he doesn’t just strip out the hole trying to pull the panel center tight. He added that if he were to do it again, a 10-inch screw might be preferred. Frost heaving pushes up the flashingSteve placed a prefinished metal flashing over the top of the peel-and-stick flashing to protect and finish the foundation (see Image #5, below). This was then taped, and we were ready for the nailbase panels — with one small hitch.Since we are building in the winter, in northern Minnesota, despite the fact that the weather has been mercifully mild so far, winter construction brought its first complication. We had a significant amount of rain before I backfilled the trench against the metal foundation flashing. The soil that I backfilled with was sandy in many places, and muddy topsoil in others. The soil was saturated.A few weeks after that was done and Steve was getting ready to place the first nailbase panel, he noted that the wet soil had grabbed the metal flashing as it froze, and heaved it up about 1/4 inch. This meant that the joint between the bottom of the nailbase panel and the top of the foundation insulation wouldn’t be as tight as I hoped.Since there wasn’t much that could be done, shy of waiting until next May, we decided to place a strip of expanding foam tape at the rear of the joint, and a liberal bead of sealant at the front of the joint (see Image #6). This should serve to keep insects and vermin out of the joint.I’ll definitely watch the joint over the next couple of years as things settle in to be sure it doesn’t open up. If it does, I’ll have to caulk it. Steve is inclined to think it will never be a problem. Planning for an attic catwalkI had the truss manufacturer add an additional single horizontal member to each attic truss at 28 inches above the bottom of the trusses. This allowed Steve to install a catwalk using plywood salvaged from the concrete forms. The catwalk runs the length of the attic (see Image #8, below). This added a couple of hundred dollars to the cost of the truss package, but if I ever have to do any work in the attic, I think I will be happy I don’t have to wade through 24 inches of cellulose.Steve suggested some good installation details for the ceiling air barrier. He installed the polyethylene before the interior partitions were framed, so the membrane is continuous across the top plates of the partitions. He instructed the plumbing and electrical trades that he wants as few holes as possible in that membrane.He also sealed the ceiling air barrier to the lower of the two top plates at the exterior walls (see Image #9). This makes the air barrier continuous through that plate to the exterior Zip sheathing. (The Zip sheathing was also sealed to that plate when the sheathing was installed.)When penetrations are made in that plate, the penetrations can be sealed more easily from the interior side of the penetration, eliminating the possibility of air infiltration between the plates, which I have seen when conduction blower door tests at other jobs (see Image #10).In my next blog, I hope to share some photos of the window installation and to talk about the changes we made to those details. In the meantime, Steve is trying to get the envelope closed in just as the Minnesota winter is getting really harsh. Should the base be crushed stone or sand?One of the first conversations I had with my builder, Steve Johnson, that resulted in an alternate detail involved the insulation surrounding the frost protected shallow foundation (see Images #2 and #3, below). The original and revised details seem very similar at first blush, but there are a number of differences which were all carefully considered for constructability and performance. Sealing the nail headsWith the foundation complete, the above-grade walls were framed and sheathed with Zip System OSB. The joints were taped — the taped sheathing will be my air barrier — and the sheathing was also taped back into the framed window openings. Since this is for air control only, and the windows will be “outies” at the face of the nailbase panels, the openings didn’t need to be flashed at the Zip sheathing, but simply sealed.Even though Huber says you don’t need to tape or seal the nail holes in the panel fields, my partner Catherine and I spent a few hours taping little squares of Zip tape over each nail hole. It may not make any difference, but since I am going for a ridiculously tight envelope, I thought it was worth the minimal effort (see Image #1 at the top of the page). The nailbase corners come together in a mitered jointSteve opted to miter the outside corners of the nailbase panels. He cut them short so that he could fill the gap with canned spray foam.The manufacturer suggested a butt joint with a piece of extra OSB glued on, but Steve liked the miter joint idea better. He did the second corner with a 43-degree cut so the gap gets wider toward the outer edge, allowing for easier filling with the canned foam (see image #7, below). He is using a track saw with a chainsaw-type attachment that allows him to make his miters in the thick material.Other than making the exact kind of mess you’d expect from cutting EPS with a chainsaw, the cuts are straight and the cutting method seems to work great. His non-mitered cuts are executed with a Festool track saw, cutting 3 inches deep on each side and then finishing off the unreachable center of the cut with a handsaw. Using multiple layers of thinner foam would make cutting easier because you could use a table saw or circular saw, but I think the time lost with the nailbase panels is made up in the speed of installation. I’ll ask Steve to share further impressions on the process when the job is finished.Also note that I opted to extend the trusses out over the nailbase panels, as opposed to running the nailbase panels up to the roof deck (see Image #1 at the top of the page). I did this because at the time it seemed easier than notching the nailbase panels around the truss tails or holding them below the soffits. Also, the nailbase panels are expensive, so reducing the area covered by the panels and filling the area with the attic cellulose seemed more prudent. You really could do it either way, but this is the direction I chose. Foundation insulation changesAs the drawings show, I switched from XPS to Type IX EPS for the under-slab insulation. This was primarily a matter of cost and availability, with a very small energy penalty (and a slight global warming potential improvement). The builder installed the EPS in two 4-inch layers, with the vapor barrier placed between the two layers.We then discussed my detail showing a single continuous sheet of insulation from beneath the footing, extending out to form the horizontal wing insulation. I thought I was being helpful by detailing it so Steve wouldn’t have to cut any more foam than necessary, but because of how he wanted to set his wood foundation forms, that was going to be difficult. I was hesitant to let that one go because I was concerned about a joint or gap at the lower, outer slab edge. However, Steve wanted to install the vertical exterior foam post-pour, so the vertical insulation could then go on prior to the wing insulation, creating a lapped joint that I was happy with.This detail also allowed Steve to slope the exterior wing insulation away from the house without the need for the extra tapered insulation that I envisioned placing on top of it. Additionally, Steve asked if the 2’0″ dimension that I had initially indicated from the top of slab to bottom of thickened edge was code-required. I looked into it and determined that the 2’0″ dimension was required to the bottom of foam, not the bottom of the concrete. This allowed Steve to cut his forms and vertical insulation to 24 inches instead of 27 inches.All of this discussion lead to a good foundation detail that fit the builder’s preferred process, met my performance goals, and saved some time and money. This is how I wish all projects would go — but I digress. Elden Lindamood is an architect with Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth, Minnesota.
A case has been registered against a teacher and a security personnel of a school in Pune for allegedly making a 15-year-old student perform 100 sit-ups as punishment for not bringing a workbook, the police said on Wednesday.In their complaint with the police, the victim’s parents have said their son, a Class X student at Mahaveer English Medium School, was asked to stand outside the classroom by his Hindi teacher, who instructed a security guard to make him do 100 sit-ups.The boy was unable to stand on his feet and complained of acute stomach pain when he got home from school, the complaint said. When they sought an explanation from the school, the authorities asked them to visit the next day, the parents said.“We have booked both the teacher and security guard under sections of Juvenile Justice Act,” said a police officer attached to the Swargate police station. No arrest has been made so far.The school administration has said the boy was asked to perform only 15 to 20 sit-ups. Principal Alaknanda Sengupta said the student was asked to do sit-ups by the guard, who asked him to stop after 15 to 20 sit-ups when he complained of stomach pain.
Senior batsman Rahul Dravid termed the upcoming Test series between India and England as a fight between the bowling attacks of the two sides.”They have a good attack. They have improved since we last played them. We respect them but we know we can also play well. It might be the contest which decides the series,” Dravid said in London on Tuesday.England’s three-pronged attack of James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad along with off-spinner Graeme Swann commands a lot of respect from opposition while India has great players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Dravid himself. The trio share 99 Test centuries between them.India Captain MS Dhoni during a practice session at Lord’s”The two teams have played well over the last few years. We are very proud of our record both home and away and England has a great record too. It surely gives an edge to the series,” commented Dravid.The stylish right-hander believes it is important that his side gets off to a good start, something which can set the tone for the high-profile series. “It’s important we start of well. We do realise that sometimes it hasn’t been as good as we would like it to be. We want to start well as it can make a big difference.” The senior batsman feels at home whenever he plays at Lord’s where he made his Test debut 15 years back.”Personally, it (Lord’s) has very special memories. I always feel in some strange way at home. I feel this is a place of cricket, I feel this is a place that understands cricket. I even come here when I am not playing. “That 95 which I scored (in debut) meant a lot to me. I had some good fortune to be able to play that Test match, there were a few injuries and I was lucky to get an opportunity.advertisement”I knew it might be my only chance and I’d have to go back to India and start again -and a lot of batsmen score first-class runs in India. I never expected that I’d be here 15 years later talking about it.”I remember, I was on 50 not out and walking across the Lord’s with Srinath that evening. I realised it was a very significant innings and had given me some more breathing space,” he recollected. Dravid recognised his role in the team was to lay the platform on which a few of the more exciting stroke- makers of his team could build the score.”With the advent of one-day and Twenty20 cricket, a lot of shots are played which is fantastic and great to watch. But every team has players with specific roles, specific skills and you need all kind of them. Men like Jonathan Trott have similar kind of role.”Men like Viru, Sachin and Laxman are more expressive stroke-players. It takes all kind of players to make a good team.” The Indians had a disappointing outing against Somerset, but Dravid said it wouldn’t unduly worry his team.”It can happen sometimes in tour games. Having come from the West Indies and worked hard for runs, you could experiment in such games and play too many shots. But we have learnt our lessons and have the skill to bounce back.” Inevitably, questions on coach Duncan Fletcher were asked and if he was fitting in well with the Indian team.”He has a calming influence and just speaking to him you know he’s someone who has seen a lot of situations, batsmen, techniques.”He is still feeling his way a little bit for besides the ones who were in the West Indies, others have been around with him for only 3-4 days.”With inputs from PTI
Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement The 2017 Rosie finalists are in and Edmonton prizewinners include three nods for Niobe Thompson and Rosvita Dransfeld’s organ-transplant documentary Memento Mori, three for NFB short documentary 19 Days about refugee families, and the gender binary best performance categories being taken by locals Carlee Tyski in On the Rocks and Jesse Lipscombe for his role in It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway.In 2015, Thompson won five Rosies for his The Great Human Odyssey, which ran on CBC’s The Nature of Things.The National Film Board’s Memento Mori, which was filmed in part in Canada’s busiest transplant centre at the University of Alberta Hospital, saw the film crew privileged with tremendous access to literally life-and-death situations, at times emotionally harrowing. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment