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President Arroyo urged to take energetic measures to end impunity

first_img On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the first killing of a journalist during Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidency, Reporters Without Borders wrote to Arroyo today urging her to take energetic measures to put an end to impunity for the murders of journalists.Slain on 24 February 2001, Muhammad Yusop was the first of many journalists to be killed since Arroyo became president. Reporters Without Borders is backing the national day of action against impunity organised by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).The anniversary has coincided with the publication of the findings of the Melo commission and an investigation by the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Philip Alston. Everything points to the involvement of certain elements in the security forces in the murders of journalists and political activists.The letter called on President Arroyo to rapidly take the decisions that will enable the eradication of this kind of violence. “We are convinced that only way to consolidate the rule of law in the Philippines and to reinforce press freedom is to prosecute those responsible,” the organisation said. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific RSF_en Organisation February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines News May 3, 2021 Find out more News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped to go furthercenter_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Arroyo urged to take energetic measures to end impunity News June 1, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressalast_img read more

QPR v Arsenal line-ups: Rangers men return, Arsenal star on bench

first_imgQPR, without the suspended Joey Barton, have Sandro and Nedum Onuoha back from injury for the game against Arsenal at Loftus Road.Onuoha plays at centre-back, with youngster Darnell Furlong keeping his place at right-back. There is also a recall for Junior Hoilett.For Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey has recovered from a hamstring problem and is among the Gunners’ substitutes. Francis Coquelin plays despite fracturing his nose at the weekend. QPR: Green, Furlong, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Sandro, Henry, Hoilett, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Isla, Kranjcar, Vargas, Zarate. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Rosicky, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Chambers, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Welbeck. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Getting Spray Foam Right

first_imgTo maximize the chances of getting things right, we’ve started working with spray foam expert Henri Fennell. Over the course of a 40-year career, Henri has installed spray foam in projects as wide-ranging as the recent Guggenheim Museum renovation in New York City, the ARRO Research Station in McMurdo, Antarctica, and Boston’s own Big Dig. Recently Henri hung up his installer’s hat and started consulting with installers, contractors, architects, and building owners to ensure that their spray foam installations are safe and effective.Twenty years of experience coupled with Henri’s expert guidance has taught us that there are six steps to getting spray foam right:1. Select the right installer. We work with installers whose client service ethic, concern for safety, and commitment to quality match ours. This makes all the other steps much easier.2. Select the right product(s). “Spray foam” is a single term used to describe a broad range of materials that vary in cost, insulating value, and moisture management ability, among other things. Manufacturers also continue to develop new formulations and product characteristics every year. We tend to shy away from new products (we’ll let others be the guinea pigs when we can), and, working with Henri, we base our product choices on the optimum balance of cost, effectiveness, and environmental impact.3. Prepare the job site. This is our responsibility. We need to make it as easy as possible for the foam crew to access the work area and install the foam correctly and effectively. Often this requires us to remove some existing insulation. We also need to make sure that the site is safe for everyone, during installation as well as during the curing period (which typically lasts 24 hours). We set up ventilation for the duration of installation and curing; we require workers to wear personal protective equipment while in the spray zone; and we ask our clients to vacate their house until curing is complete.4. Spray the foam on-ratio. Pretty much all spray foams are manufactured on site by mixing together and heating two liquid components (part A and part B) to cause a chemical reaction of which spray foam is the result. Most air quality problems homeowners have with spray foam installations are a result of an imbalanced mixture that impedes the chemical reaction. Training and field experience go a long way towards helping ensure that the mixture is on ratio.But Henri has taken it a step further by developing a way to test the ratio. The first time we hired Henri to commission a job, he found that the mixture was off-ratio and spent several hours troubleshooting with the installer to correct the problem. While the installer knew the mixture was off, the ratio test proved invaluable in helping correct the problem in the mixing tank, before any foam had been applied. As a result the job was delayed by about half a day — a mild nuisance compared to tearing out uncured foam.5. Spray the foam at the proper temperature. Each manufacturer specifies a temperature range for installation, both for the materials and for the surfaces they are applied to. When components or surfaces are too cold, serious performance degradation can result. As a commissioning agent, Henri makes sure the installer relies on the manufacturer’s instructions and uses measurement equipment — not instinct — to evaluate whether the conditions are right for the work.6. Perform quality control testing on all installations. The best foam crew in the world will only get us 90% to 95% of the coverage that we’re looking for from a foam insulation job. This isn’t because spray foam crews are sloppy but because foam is hard to install evenly. Once the foam crew is done and the 24-hour waiting period is over, our own crew comes in with a blower door and infrared camera to test whether the installed product meets our expectations. More often than not, there are voids or gaps that we need to fill. We find them and fix them.By following these six steps, we believe we can and do deliver safe and effective spray foam applications. Some of our clients nonetheless want to avoid spray foam at all costs. More often than not, we can find alternatives for these homeowners; these alternatives are usually more labor-intensive and expensive than spray foam (otherwise we would have suggested them to begin with), but we find ways to make them work.Manufacturers and installers tend to view spray foam primarily as a product to be sold — and it certainly is that. But for it to be safe and effective, it also needs to be viewed holistically, as one integral part of a system that’s designed to provide efficiency, comfort, and safety for our clients. With Henri Fennell’s expert help, that’s the key value we try to add to our spray foam projects. Spray foam insulation scares homeowners more than it should — although this is hardly surprising given the horror stories that abound on the Internet. While some of these stories are legitimate, more are based on skewed perceptions or flawed science. The truth is that spray foam is an incredibly effective insulation material and that failures are incredibly rare.Spray foam also scares contractors less than it should. When we first started using spray foam in 1995 we were captivated by its ability to stop convective as well as conductive heat loss, its versatility, and its ease of installation (among other things). It almost seemed magical, certainly compared to alternatives like fiberglass and cellulose.While some of the magic has worn off over the past twenty years, many in our industry continue to take quality installation for granted. The truth is that spray foam is a highly sophisticated, occasionally finicky material that’s manufactured from the back of a truck on a construction site in conditions that are hard to control by people who are probably not paid nearly what they deserve. If you get it all right, you have a great insulation system in place. If you get something wrong, you can find yourself with a real mess on your hands. We’ve learned that the hard way, which is why we no longer take safe and effective installations for granted. Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamSpray Foam Jobs With Lingering Odor ProblemsSpray Foam Insulation: Open and Closed Cell Thermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for Spray FoamSpray Foam Insulation is Not a Cure-AllSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic BulletSpray Foam in Cold ClimatesDoes Spray Foam Insulation Out-Gas Poisonous Fumes?Concerns When Using Spray Foam in Retrofits Paul Eldrenkamp is the owner of Byggmeister Design Build. Rachel White is the company’s performance manager. This post originally appeared at the Byggmeister website. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Attempt to burgle apartment of Marathi litterateur P.L. Deshpande in Pune

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Maharashtra upgrades 64 primary health centres

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a month agoMourinho resists Schalke, AC Milan interest for Real Madrid offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho resists Schalke, AC Milan interest for Real Madrid offerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to secure a return to Real Madrid after turning down a number of jobs during the summer.Mourinho has been without a club since he was sacked by the Red Devils in December after a poor start to the 2018/2019 Premier League campaign. Goal says the Portuguese boss would be keen on a return to the Bernabeu if the club decide to part ways with Zinedine Zidane. Although Madrid are currently top of the La Liga with 14 points from their opening six games, the Frenchman has been under growing pressure after a number of unconvincing performances.The 56-year-old has attracted significant interest from the likes of Monaco, Lille, Wolfsburg, Schalke and AC Milan between May and September. last_img read more

Ceremony precedes first hearings of missing murdered indigenous women inquiry

first_imgWHITEHORSE – The head of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls says she understands why families in Whitehorse are anxious as the process begins.Many family members have waited a long time to tell their stories, said Chief Commissioner Marion Buller.“We want to make them feel welcome, safe and understood and heard. And I guess we’ll just have to prove that we can do it.”More than 40 people have signed up to speak at the inquiry’s first family hearings, starting Tuesday. Buller spoke to media on Monday inside a tent where testimony will be heard, saying her team is working hard to ensure the families’ expectations are met.A sacred fire ceremony in Whitehorse marked the opening of the hearings Monday morning. About 30 people gathered in a circle at sunrise for traditional prayers and songs as the fire was lit.It will burn until the hearings conclude later this week.Families have the option of testifying privately to a statement-taker or speaking publicly inside the white tent, where the interior walls are decorated with brightly coloured blankets created by volunteers and chairs are set up in a circle.Buller said the setting was designed to provide comfort and safety to families and survivors.The hearings begin as the inquiry faces scrutiny across the country over delays and poor communication. Families and advocates in Whitehorse have said they are eager to share their stories, but have questions about how they will be used.Buller said that the inquiry’s legal and health teams have been meeting with families in a number of Yukon communities to ensure they know the different options for participating and to make sure they have resources in their communities.Asked what kind of support will be provided to families after they testify, Buller said she couldn’t provide an “itemized list.”“But there certainly are supports available. It’s not just limited to what I call Western supports, there’s traditional indigneous supports as well,” she said.Thirteen people representing four families are expected to testify publicly on Tuesday.Hearings are set to conclude Thursday and Buller stressed that this will not be the only opportunity for Yukon families to share their stories.“People are going to come forward over time. There won’t be: ‘If you don’t speak to us this week, then you’re not going to speak to us.’ That’s not the case at all.”The hearings are scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Buller said she expects “long days.”“We’ll go as long as it takes for people to tell us what they want to,” she said.Commissioners will be examining and reporting on the causes of violence against indigenous females by scrutinizing practices, policies and institutions, including policing and child welfare.Jeanie Dendys, Yukon’s minister responsible for the women’s directorate, said 41 indigenous women have disappeared or been killed in the territory over several decades.Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston said he’s pleased the families of missing and murdered women in the territory finally have a chance to present their stories and share their challenges.“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity here in the Yukon, to start it off, to set the bar high,” Johnston said.“To give, most importantly, the families the opportunity to bring forward their cases and to hopefully have a little resolve in their life.”— With files from CKRWlast_img read more

SD 60 amends 201718 budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 released an amended version of its 2017/18 annual budget on Monday.The School District currently has a total of 6,167 students including adult students aged 19 or older, which is an increase of 91 from the projected number.Operating revenue is forecast to be $915,914 over projections, at a total of $63,044,805 which includes operating grants, transportation funding, carbon tax savings and summer and school fees. The School District’s expenses meanwhile were below projections by $365,144. Total expenses this year are projected to be $62,168,642, which includes staff salaries, benefits, services and supplies.The District’s total budget was $75,695,933 comprised of $3,347,708 for the amortization of buildings, $8,754,583 includes the Ministry of Education, Federal SWIS, school generated funds and ITA grants, and $1,425,000 from operational expenditures.last_img read more

Volkswagen vows to build 22 million ecars over next decade

first_imgFrankfurt: German automaker Volkswagen is saying it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously the company said it would aim for 15 million. That’s ambitious considering it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year. The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles. The company also disclosed Tuesday that operating profit at its core Volkswagen brand, one of 12, fell to 3.2 billion euros ( 3.6 billion) from 3.3 billion last year as the company faced bottlenecks certifying vehicles under new emissions tests.last_img read more

Hunting Regulations Available For 201819

first_imgAlaska has a very public process of setting hunting regulations. The Board of Game determines the hunting regulations and meets at least twice a year to establish the regulations. DF&G reminds hunters that if an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, Alaska State Trooper, police officer, or authorized Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) employee asks to see your license, locking-tags, harvest tickets, permits, game, or any equipment used to take game, you must show any or all of these items. Governor Bill Walker: “Wildlife is a draw that brings thousands of visitors to Alaska every year, and many come to enjoy hunting opportunities. More than 100,000 people buy Alaska hunting licenses every year. The proceeds from license sales, as well as firearms and ammunition, support wildlife research, management, hunter education programs, and outreach. This promotes sustainable wildlife populations, hunting opportunities, and safe hunters. Wildlife viewers and photographers also benefit, as does Alaska’s economy. More than 27,000 jobs are supported by the billions of dollars spent by hunters and wildlife viewers each year in Alaska.” Moose antlers are required to be sealed in Homer, Soldotna, or Anchorage ADF&G offices within ten days of take. Wildlife trooper offices on the Kenai Peninsula can also seal antlers by appointment.last_img read more