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Four windows smashed in attack on Donegal home

first_imgAn investigation has been launched after the windows of a house were damaged in Carrigart.Four windows were smashed in the criminal damage incident in the Gortnabrade area.The act took place sometime between the 27th of June (Thursday) at 9pm and midday on Monday July 1st Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the public who can offer any assistance with enquiries to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Four windows smashed in attack on Donegal home was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Are Green Building Materials Approved by The Building Code?

first_imgThe materials you select will help determine just how green the home is. Materials vary in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact. New products come on the market every day. and their value and environmental friendliness are touted at trade shows. But can you get a permit and pass inspections if you commit to building with these new products?As a building official, it is my job to help ensure the safety of people who will live or work in the buildings of my community. The standard I use to make that happen is the building code.The International Residential Code (IRC) is designed to distinguish between minimum safety requirements and those beneath that building safety platform. The code’s language falls into two major code requirement categories: prescriptive (think “prescribed”); and performance (think: “it must perform”). Both are sprinkled throughout the code for various reasons: It may be hard to define safe installation in prescriptive language; or it performance language may not be user friendly enough to adequately describe the right way to do something.Use of materials is established through prescriptive language. For example, the IRC uses prescriptive language to approve the use of wood framing, light-gauge steel framing, concrete, and masonry.Green building is more concerned with performance language because you seek to use materials that are not in the IRC’s prescriptive specifications. Most homes are built according to IRC, so the code covers only a few popular building materials. It does not include straw bale, adobe, or similar sustainable material types. It would not include an innovative method of using one of these few popular materials either. For those, you need a different approach.IRC Section R104.11 deals with alternative materials and methods of construction and has been part the code from the beginning. It allows the flexibility necessary for a building official to accept any viable material or method of construction as long as it satisfies the intent of the code.R104.11 Approval of Alternative Materials, Design, and Methods of Construction and Equipment:“The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternative material, design or method of construction shall be approved where the building official finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code. Compliance with the specific performance-based provisions of the International Codes in lieu of specific requirements of this code shall also be permitted as an alternate.”This section is not limited to structural integrity. It could even mean health or sanitation standards as well. A better way to consider this provision is as a miniature code in itself. So ANY material or method of building MUST be approved as long as the intent of the code is satisfied. Examples of natural, sustainable materials that have been approved in building departments across the country include adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, COB, bamboo and cork.Examples of manufactured product innovations include light-gauge steel framing, insulated concrete forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels, engineered lumber, I-joists, finger-jointed lumber, aerated autoclave masonry, EIFS, mortarless block — even water-saving measures such as waterless urinals. Examples of alternative techniques include frost-protected shallow foundations, green roofs, alternative wood framing techniques, gray water systems, rainwater harvesting. and even earth-ship buildings. Energy generation such as photovoltaic systems, wind generators, geothermal systems, and microcogeneration are also the result of scientific advances accepted through this provision.In fact many current elements in the modern code had to work their way through this acceptance process. For example, ICFs and light-gauge steel framing are now in the code as prescriptive-use materials. The process of using the provision encouraging alternative materials has served as a means for practical testing to observe performance under real-life conditions.In order for a building official to accept your alternative approach, however, YOU must demonstrate how it satisfies the intent of the code for that condition. How do you do that? There are lots of ways. Here’s the code text for the testing that you must submit:R104.11.1 Tests. Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of this code, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of this code, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the building official shall have the authority to require tests as evidence of compliance to be made at no expense to the jurisdiction. Test methods shall be as specified in this code or by other recognized test standards. In the absence of recognized and accepted test methods, the building official shall approve the testing procedures. Tests shall be performed by an approved agency. Reports of such tests shall be retained by the building official for the period required for retention of public records.This is how you get there. There are a variety of ways in which to substantiate the viability of the material or method. The most common is an independent testing laboratory, which will test and then list the product for that use. Normally the manufacturer will seek this testing before marketing, but not always. The testing is based on certain standards unique to that material. The testing may be for structural integrity, fire resistance, resistance to moisture or similar performance measure. When complete and the material passes these rigorous tests, the manufacturer will take that data to an evaluation service and have the product listed. International Code Council Evaluation Service and Underwriters Laboratories are examples of product listing services.Another common approach is to hire a local or regional registered design professional, such as an engineer or architect, to perform an analysis to submit. For example, let’s say you want to build a home using straw bale. There may be no independent listing for test results (there are now) for this new material so, your most economical approach is to hire an engineer to create a design. The engineer performs a rational analysis and demonstrates the integrity of the material, then seals the design and takes on much of the responsibility and liability for any potential failure.last_img read more

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Activist dies in police custody in Rajasthan

first_imgA transparency activist arrested along with two members of his extended family allegedly after a fight among them over their ancestral property died on Sunday in police custody at Balotra near here, said an officer. Following the custodial death of 42-year-old activist Jagdish Goliyar, all personnel of the Pachpadra police station have been transferred to the district police lines, said Barmer SP Sharad Chaudhary. The custodial death would be probed by a judicial magistrate, Mr. Chaudhary said. To ascertain the exact cause of the death, a medical board would be conducting his autopsy on Monday under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, he added. Balotra Deputy Superintendent of Police Subhash Chandra said the activist is suspected to have died of some internal injuries that he suffered in the fight with his family members.Goliyar worked as a typist at district court besides doubling up as a transparency activist.last_img read more

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Gin Kings turn back Elite

first_img“It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Bayron overtakes Lascuña Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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BCCI backs Ganguly, tells Ombudsman his conflict of interest could be sorted

first_imgIf Sourav Ganguly is to resign from Cricket Association of Bengal in the conflict of interest case, even Sachin Tendulkar (mentor, Mumbai Indians) and VVS Laxman (mentor, Sunrisers Hyderabad) could be forced to do the same.BCCI Ombudsman Justice D K Jain has sought a written submission from Sourav Ganguly after Saturday’s hearing, even as the Board put its weight firmly behind the former India skipper in the alleged conflict of interest case.Three Bengal-based cricket fans — Bhaswati Shantua, Abhijeet Mukherjee and Ranjit Seal — had alleged that Ganguly’s duty as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president is in direct conflict with his dual role as an advisor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as well as Cricket Advisory Committee member.The BCCI termed that the former India captain’s alleged conflict of interest comes under the ‘tractable category’ which could be sorted without much fuss and with “full disclosure”.According to the BCCI’s constitution clause 38 (3) (a): “Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and – or – with full disclosure of the interest involved.”It is learnt that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) does not want Ganguly to be penalised if he makes “full disclosure”.”Agreed that he resigned from IPL technical committee and Governing Council after the sub-committees were dissolved when new constitution came into force. Yes, he is still a part of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) but that committee has met only twice in four years,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told PTI.advertisement”How can we stop him from performing his professional activities as a cricketer? Let the Ombudsman decide as this could be sorted without any problem. If full disclosure is made, the BCCI sees no harm in continuing in all three posts. If Ombudsman feels otherwise, he may have to resign from two of three posts,” the official said.However, if Ganguly is to resign from CAC, even Sachin Tendulkar (mentor, Mumbai Indians) and VVS Laxman (mentor, Sunrisers Hyderabad) could be forced to follow suit.As far as adminstration is concerned, Ganguly’s six-year tenure before the mandatory cooling-off as an office-bearer will only end in July 2020.In his deposition, Ganguly said that he is working in a voluntary role with the IPL franchise.”Sourav, in his verbal submission, told the Ombudsman that he is not taking a single penny as DC advisor even though his name is there in the Team Officials’ list,” a source said.Jain, who is also BCCI’s Ethics Officer met Ganguly, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri (representing the CoA) and legal counsel of the complainants, senior Supreme Court advocate Biswanath Chatterjee, for around three hours.All three parties met Jain together at the Delhi Capitals’ team hotel for a meeting that went on for three and half hours.”I have heard both the parties as well as the BCCI and will soon give my order. However since hearing is over as per principles of natural justice, both parties can give their written submissions before the final order is pronounced,” Justice Jain said after the meeting.When asked if there is a timeline, he said: “Of course, there is a timeline. I can’t tell you what happened as the matter is sub-judice. But the order will come out soon.”Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s on-field outburst at umpires: Everyone is humanAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly replies to ombudsman, clarifies stand on conflict of interestAlso See https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/video/dinesh-karthik-exclusive-interview-india-world-cup-squad-ipl-2019-kolkata-knight-riders-1503798-2019-04-17last_img read more

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