Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnesty

first_imgAs the deadline for the second and final phase of the tax amnesty granted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) draws closer, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia has disclosed that billions of dollars have been collected as of the end of August.Speaking with reporters at the sideline of an event on Wednesday, the tax chief said the GRA has managed to collect over $5 billion so far and this figure may increase. He also reminded that this is the last extension that will be granted to the amnesty, while encouraging defaulters to pay.“Persons had an opportunity to pay their outstanding taxes in the first six months and it was extended for a second time for three months, so why should we continue to extend this? There is a limit to tax amnesty. Tax amnesty should not be given on a yearly basis,” he added.Statia noted that the GRA is waiving the interest and penalties and not the tax. While he expressed some level of satisfaction with the response from the general public, Statia said he is dissatisfied about the limited amount of persons who have come forward and voluntarily filed their returns.“What I am dissatisfied about is not the payment of the arrears, but I am sure that there are more persons who should have come forward and voluntarily filed their tax returns. We have not seen a great number of person doing that but those who have done so have made sizable payments.”The GRA head also asserted that paying taxes is an investment in one country’s progress. He said many persons who have failed to pay their taxes here, pay overseas.According to him, developed countries are now introducing programmes such as Domestic Resources Mobilisation, where once a person can mobilise their resources by paying their taxes, the countries don’t mind if the individuals invest the rest of the tax income in their countries.“They are doing so simply because they want to reduce aid to these countries and that is why there is a drive for people to pay their taxes in their home country instead of sending all oversees. You not paying your taxes means you are not patriotic, because taxation is a social contract.”Statia further argued that while people are always complaining that Government is not providing efficient public services, many of those who complain are not paying their rightful taxes.“Where would the Government get the funding to provide those services like healthcare, pay teachers, roads and hospitals? We give little and demand much. That is unfortunate in this country,” Statia added, explaining further the importance of taxation to the country.GRA had announced in January that it would be providing a period of amnesty for delinquent taxpayers. This move by the Authority was in keeping with the measures announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in his Budget 2018 speech last year.Jordan had said that the period of amnesty for taxpayers, both corporate and individual, would ensure they are able to get in order, the filing of true and correct tax returns and payment of their true and correct taxes. The amnesty is applicable to taxpayers who have principal taxes outstanding; non-filers such as persons who are delinquent in the filing and payment.The Minister said taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018 will have all interest and penalties waived, while those who file and pay all principal taxes between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 will have 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived.At the end of the last amnesty which ended in June 2018, it was announced that $3 billion was raked in, but this number has since climbed. The final amnesty ends September 30.last_img read more

High Court dismisses petition for ownership of city property

first_imgThe lengthy court battle between two top players in the local hardware business over prime property in Georgetown recently came to an end with the High Court dismissing a petition for declaration of title filed by Guyana Realty Investments Ltd (GRIL) – a company owned by Sattaur Gafoor.Proprietor of National Hardware Limited, Eddie Boyer claimed that he and his wife, Donna Boyer, have been legal owners of the property located at Lot 117 B Regent and Alexander Streets, Georgetown, since September 2008, and that they, in fact, have a transport title to show same.However, Gafoor, Chairman of Gafoor and Sons Group of Companies, alleged that GRIL – of which he is also the Chairman – has a prescriptive title, having purchased the property from Stanley Collymore back in 1993 to use as a paint shop.GRIL had filed a petition back in May 2009 for a declaration of title in relation to the property, which according to court documents, is in “the prime commercial district of Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown.”The matter was heard by acting Chief Justice Roxanne George. GRIL was represented by Senior Counsels (SC) Rex McKay, Edward Luckhoo and Neil Boston; while the Boyers were defended by commercial lawyer Devindra Kissoon of London House Chambers and senior land lawyer Rajendra Poonai, SC.According to court documents, GRIL maintained that it bought the property in 1993 from Bhaidwatie Bissoon and went into possession in that year and relies on its possession from 1993. The Boyers, on the other hand, while not acknowledging that GRIL was in possession from 1993, said that at best GRIL was in occupation of only a part of the property and was not in exclusive custody and control of the whole of the property and that the evidence on its behalf so confirms.In response, GRIL said that the evidence by and on behalf of the Boyers is replete with inconsistencies and cannot be relied on such as to negate its control of the entire property.In her judgement, Justice George pointed out that evidence during the trial show that Bissoon bought the property in 1989 for $1.5 million of which $1 million was paid and receipt acknowledged on the signing of agreement. The balance of $500,000 was to be paid on the passing of transport. But it was highlighted too that the 1989 agreement acknowledges that Bissoon was only in occupation and possession of a portion of the property.Judgement“There is no evidence that Bissoon was ever in possession of the remainder of the property or that she sought to exercise acts of ownership and control over it… [A] term of the 1993 contract clearly demonstrates that GRIL entered into actual possession of only one of the buildings [on the disputed property],” Justice George said in her judgment, which was seen by Guyana Times.According to the High Court judge, no evidence was led as to who the tenants were and which building or buildings they occupied. She further asserted that there was no evidence that the balance of the purchase price ($500,000) was indeed paid on the agreement by Bissoon.This, according to Justice George, is significant since no evidence was led on behalf of GRIL that this balance was ever paid. She contended that the non-payment of this balance on the purchase price has significance and cited the 2018 decision of the CCJ in Narine v Natram [2018] CCJ 26 AJ.“It was held in this case that where a purchaser has not completed payment for a property, they cannot seek to prescribe as being an owner in undisturbed possession as against the titleholder. This, coupled with my conclusion that the clause in the 1989 contract which as quoted above provides that Ms Bissoon continued in possession of a portion of the property with the then vendor to give up vacant possession of the remainder of the property by the passing of transport, indicates that she was not in exclusive control of the entire property. Thus, I have concluded that the four years of possession that Ms Bissoon allegedly had cannot be counted as being adverse exclusive possession of the property,” the judge found.On the other hand, the Chief Justice outlined that an agreement between the Boyers and Anthony Collymore (whom they bought the property from in 1978 and obtained the title until 2008) suggests that Collymore had control of the entire lot. However, the judge noted that no definitive findings were made in this regard since Collymore did not testify to confirm this and the evidence of two witnesses who did, lacks credibility.However, according to the High Court judge, the lack of credibility or evidence to support the Boyers’ case that GRIL could not have been in possession does not mean that this company can succeed in its petition.“This is because I have concluded that although I believe the evidence that GRIL purchased the property in 1993 and was in possession of a building which housed a paint store unto 2007, which would be in excess of 12 years; the evidence for GRIL does not establish actual possession and an intention to possess the whole property for the requisite period… It is clear from the 1993 agreement which they tendered that GRIL went into possession of that portion of the property which Ms Bissoon herself had possession of, which possession was confirmed by the agreement she had with Carol Blackmore (from whom she purchased the property),” she stated in her ruling.Justice George, in applying Narine v Natram, explained that Bissoon could not have had exclusive possession of the property. She pointed out that with the revocation of Blackmore’s grant of probate and Bissoon not having concretised her ownership of the property, the right, title and interest she sold to GRIL would have been limited at best.“This is a case that has turned not on the weakness of the case for the Boyers as opposers, but on the weakness of the case for GRIL as petitioner. Thus, I hold that the petition is dismissed with costs to the Boyers in the sum of $300,000,” Justice George ruled.last_img read more

Assembly OKs sentencing revisions

first_imgCritics of the Romero bill say that what it omits leaves the legislation open to a challenge. While the bill allows judges more latitude in imposing sentences, it does not contain a provision requiring judges to base their decision on facts presented to a jury – a key part of the Supreme Court ruling. Some legal experts and state lawmakers, including Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, say the only way for California to meet the Supreme Court’s standard is to require separate trial phases for juries to determine sentences, much as they do now in potential death penalty cases. Seven of nine states facing similar court challenges opted to include jurors in the sentencing phase, said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, a critic of Romero’s bill. The two other states responded by giving judges far more discretion than is in California’s law, Adachi said in an interview after the bill passed. “SB 40 is going to be found unconstitutional whenever it gets to the court,” he said. Romero responded that giving judges broad sentencing discretion removes the Supreme Court’s objection to California’s sentencing law. Democrats have promoted the bill as a stopgap measure while they consider creating a commission to review California’s sentencing and parole laws. Schwarzenegger also wants a wider review of the state’s sentencing laws as part of an overall prison-reform effort, which includes seeking ways to relieve severe prison overcrowding. Assembly Republicans supported the bill but said they do not want it linked to other sentencing changes or review. They are concerned that a sentencing commission could lead to shorter prison terms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lawmakers were forced to make changes after the high court in January struck down California’s Determinate Sentencing Law. In a 6-3 decision, the justices found that it improperly requires judges to choose the middle of three sentencing options unless the facts of a particular case justify a shorter or longer prison sentence. The justices said it is unconstitutional to increase a sentence based on facts that were not found true by a jury. The bill, by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, would allow judges to choose any sentence within a range set by law for a particular crime. It passed on a 63-4 vote. “If left unaddressed by the Legislature, we could have different responses by courts in every jurisdiction in the state,” said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from La Ca ada Flintridge. He said the legislation would streamline sentencing and avoid costly appeals for the next two years. Law enforcement officials estimate the Supreme Court’s ruling could allow 10,000 California convicts to seek new sentences. SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly on Monday approved a bill revising the state’s sentencing guidelines, a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year that ruled California’s current procedure unconstitutional. The Legislature is seeking to comply with the high court’s decision that a defendant’s sentence must be based on facts presented to the jury. Under current guidelines, many sentencing factors considered by judges are never presented to jurors. “Let’s vote to make our sentencing law again constitutional,” said Assemblyman Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana, who carried the bill in the Assembly. The bill returns to the Senate, which is expected to pass it and send it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal Youth Council contingent are on their way to Croke Park today for Dail na nÓg 2015.The event, which happens every 2 years, will see 200 young people aged 12-17 from all over Ireland come together to help discuss and vote upon a number of issues related to this years identified theme.Youth Councillors Ailbhe McGowan (St Catherines Killybegs) Aoife Gillespie (St Columbas Stranorlar) Hannah Healy (PCC Falcarragh) Megan Skinnader (Loreto Letterkenny) Meabh McDaid (Loreto Milford) David Moore (Glenties CS) and Joanne Brady and Tarlach Doherty (Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair) will represent the young people of Donegal at the event. The theme for this year will be: ‘The need for young people to have a stronger voice in their education.” This theme came out of workshop discussions at the Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase, in which over 400 young people voted on the areas of their lives in which they least had a say. Education and School came out on top.Participants will take part in workshop discussions before voting on the issues they feel most important for further work at national level. They will also contribute questions at the Q&A session with relevant ministers and government officials in the Department of Education.Following the event a Donegal delegate will then be elected to attend the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive monthly, with Aoife Gillespie, Tarlach Doherty and Megan Skinnader all going up for election in front of their fellow Donegal Youth Councillors at the upcoming December meeting. One of the trio will replace Maria Ferry from Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair, who was an outstanding representative over the last 2 years.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Dept of Children & Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.  DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL ON WAY TO CROKE PARK DÁIL Na nÓG was last modified: November 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Dail na nÓg 2015Donegal Youth Councillast_img read more

Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards

first_imgDelicious burgers are a-bun-dant in Donegal, as proved by three local venues who picked up National Burger Awards today. The best burgers of Ireland were announced by Kepak ahead of National Burger Day on Thursday 20th June.The overall winner of ‘Best Burger in Ireland’ was awarded to Handsome Burger in Galway. But Harvey’s Point, Johnny’s Ranch and Friar’s Rest all triumphed in the high-steaks contest.Harvey’s Point Hotel at Lough Eske won Best Hotel Burger in Ireland. The Best Independent Takeaway in Ulster was awarded to Johnny’s Ranch at Gamble Square Ramelton. Friar’s Rest in Letterkenny picked up the title of Best Independent Chain at today’s awards in Dublin.National Burger Day will be celebrated at a number of Donegal restaurants, where customers can get 2 for 1 burgers throughout the day.Check www.nationalburgerday.ie/map for the list of participating venues.  Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards was last modified: June 19th, 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

Brandon Monebrake, July 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It rained every day last week. We’re not getting a huge amount, just a little here and there. It’s supposed to hold off until Thursday now. We got an inch total all last week.We’ve got some corn that is still not completely tasseled yet, but the corn around home is all tasseled and shooting ears. The ears look great. The beans are finally taking off and growing and we are happy about that right now. We finally got some heat and the pushed them to get growing.Brodbecks has seen a little frogeye south of here where they have been having some fog. Golden Harvest has had some frogeye pop-up around us, but we have yet to have any. We have not found disease in the corn. It is looking good so far. The wind we’ve had has torn some of the leaves in the corn but other than that, it is looking really good.We have about 300-some acres of back-to-back beans and we’re going to put some fungicide on that, but otherwise we sit back and let it go and don’t put anything else on. All it seems to do is make it a point or two wetter a lot of times.We have one farm out in Richmond Indiana and last year was the only year we haven’t put fungicide on it and we lost a lot from that. This year we are putting it back on. It is back in the hills and hollows. We don’t want to haul all of the loads of corn out of there and it produces really good beans. It has ever since we’ve farmed it.Weed control has been keeping up. The beans I sprayed around home are holding up still. We have a little volunteer corn in the one field there around home and we got it sprayed and it is rolling up. We got our farms up at New Paris sprayed too. We’re pretty happy with things so far.last_img read more

Why Is the HERS Reference Home Based on an Outdated Energy Code?

first_imgThe HERS Index is a number that gives you a measure of how energy-efficient a home is. We can debate how relevant that number is or how accurate is the energy model it’s based on, but the fact is that it’s being used.The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) includes a compliance path based on the HERS Index, which they call the Energy Rating Index (ERI). Here in my state, Georgia Power has been educating home buyers on the HERS Index since they created their EarthCents program a couple of years ago. But the HERS Index is based on the 2006 IECC. Is that a problem?The HERS Index calculationA while back I wrote an article on the calculations behind the HERS Index, and I showed the equation that appears at the end of this paragraph. The important concept contained in that equation is the HERS reference home. What the calculation is doing is comparing the energy use of the home being rated to the energy use of the HERS reference home. The rated home has whatever insulation levels, airtightness, and other efficiency parameters the HERS rater enters (which, unfortunately, aren’t always what’s in the home). The reference home is set up to meet the energy efficiency requirements of the 2006 IECC.The equation for calculating the HERS Index shows that it’s a ratio of the energy used by the rated home to the energy used by the reference home, which is based on the 2006 IECC. RELATED ARTICLESHow Is a Home’s HERS Index Calculated?More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the HERS Index Study Finds Huge Variation in California HERS Rating ResultsThe 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy RatingsEnergy Modeling Isn’t Very Accurate The result is that if the number comes out to be exactly 100 (for a home with no onsite power production and a PEfrac of 1), that means, roughly, that it would meet the 2006 energy code.Shouldn’t we update the HERS Reference Home?But wait! The energy code is updated every three years. Since 2006, we’ve had the 2009 IECC, the 2012 IECC, and now the 2015 IECC. Shouldn’t we update the reference home to use the most recent version of the energy code?No. If we did update the reference home every time the code changed, we wouldn’t be able to compare the HERS Index of one home to that of a home using a different energy code. And the whole purpose of the HERS Index is to allow us to compare one home to another.Let me give you an example. We measure weight with respect to the Earth’s gravitational pull, but let’s say Congress passed a bill requiring that everyone born on or after 1 January 2015 had to be weighed according to a pound based on the Moon’s gravity. And those born in 2018 or later would have weights based on the gravity of Venus. In 2021, we’d switch again to pounds based on Jupiter’s gravity.I weigh 190 pounds. Someone born between 2015 and 2018 who weighed the same (that would be one huge baby!) would be 31.5 pounds. My weight twin born between 2018 and 2021 would weigh 172 pounds, and after 2021 they would 481 pounds.As you can see, it would be a complete mess and no one would be able to compare weights easily because of all the different references for the pound.One thing does changeBy keeping the reference home’s energy code set to the 2006 IECC, we can keep comparing the HERS Indices of different homes, but one thing does change: the HERS Index of a home that meets the current code.A new home meeting the 2006 energy code would have a HERS Index of 100. That’s shown in the scale above where it marks 100 as the Index of a “Standard New Home.” A new home meeting more recent codes would be lower. In Georgia, we’re on the 2009 IECC, and a typical new home just meeting the code would have a HERS Index of about 92. The 2012 and 2015 codes bring it down into the 80s.So there you have it. Despite the fact that energy codes have improved since 2006, we don’t want to mess with the HERS Reference Home. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Urban Rustic: Details for an Insulated Foundation

first_imgEditor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut.For the top of the footings we used a product from Cosella Dörken called Delta Footing Barrier. Acting as a capillary break, the membrane is supposed to help prevent moisture from wicking up from below the footing, where it could then migrate into the foundation wall and into the basement, or even the wall assembly above (worst-case scenario), causing mold or other moisture-related damage.It should help make the basement a very livable space, especially when combined with significant amounts of insulation on the exterior walls and under the slab (see Image #2 in the Photo Gallery at the top of the page).In other words, this junction represents a weak point in our thermal envelope and vapor barrier. Passive House proponents often talk about using a red pen on a construction drawing to follow the air barrier and thermal envelope (the goal: no gaps in air sealing or the layers of insulation). In theory, you should be able to do this all the way around the structure without once lifting your pen. If you can lift your pen (meaning there’s a gap in your air barrier or thermal envelope — which would be the case without the Delta membrane on top of our footing) — then it’s a weak point that should be addressed, if at all possible.Even with significant insulation on the exterior wall of the foundation (Roxul Comfortboard 80: 2 inches plus 3 inches), along with a sprayed-on waterproofing membrane, as well as a vapor barrier (Stego Wrap) and insulation (Roxul Comfortboard 80: 2 inches plus 2 inches) under the basement slab, this junction where the three elements meet — slab, footing, wall — is a weak point. Although it doesn’t address the weakness in R-value, at least the membrane should keep the moisture at bay. RELATED ARTICLESGreen Basics: Foundation TypesCapillary Breaks Above FootingsVideo: A Passivhaus FoundationHow to Insulate a Basement WallMineral Wool Isn’t Like Fiberglass Q&A: How Important Is a Foundation Thermal Break?Q&A: How to Finish Exterior Foundation InsulationBLOGS BY ERIC WHETZELThe Cedar Siding Is Here — Let’s Burn It An Introduction to a New Passive House Project With a 9-foot basement, we’re hoping the temperatures at this depth are consistently mild enough to avoid any kind of significant energy penalty. I’m confident this will be the case because in our last home, a typical suburban tract house without much insulation, the basement always stayed cool in the summer and warm in the winter, even though the ducts to the basement had been closed off so the space never saw any direct benefit from the HVAC system.For minimal cost in materials, the Delta membrane seems well worth it for the added peace of mind (see Image #3 in the Photo Gallery at the top of the page). I couldn’t find any local suppliers who carried the Delta membrane, so I ordered online from Spycor Building Products.Insulating and waterproofing foundation wallsFor the walls, first we used a spray-on waterproofing membrane from Tremco. After the waterproofing was complete, we began installing the two layers of Roxul Comfortboard 80, a dense, rigid form of insulation that can be used below grade. It will give the basement foundation walls R-20 of insulation value.Roxul is showing up in the big box stores here in the Chicago area, so it’s becoming easier to order. When questions came up about how to install Roxul, or which product to use where, their technical help via email was great. In our case, Fiona Schofield gave us a lot of useful information, including information on the long-term performance of Roxul (a.k.a. stone wool, rock wool, or mineral wool) in a below-grade application.In addition, after finding a video online, in which what looks to be a European version of Roxul is attached to a cinder-block wall with an adhesive or a thinset mortar, I contacted Fiona and learned it was OK to use an adhesive for our first layer (PL Premium, or similar polyurethane adhesive caulk) as long as we used a mechanical fastener for the second layer. In effect, the first layer just needs to stay on long enough for us to get the second layer up and attached with a mechanical fastener. This really saved us some time since the guys didn’t have to drill two full sets of holes.Liquid Nails worked really well at keeping the Roxul in place, even when the foundation was damp in certain areas. The guys also didn’t seem to mind cutting or otherwise working with the Roxul. We used serrated knives we purchased from Home Depot, made especially for cutting rock wool.This serrated knife we bought at Home Depot worked very well for cutting Roxul mineral wool insulation.After some experimenting, the guys also began using a small reciprocating saw, and even a table saw, to cut the insulation to size. I had my doubts about the table saw, but Phil said the Roxul cut easily, and it really didn’t seem to kick up a lot of dust (although he did wear a dust mask for protection).Once the first layer of Roxul (2 inches thick) was in place, we could then install a second, 3-inch layer on the top of it. After a lot of research, and even posting a question on Green Building Advisor, we decided to go with the Rodenhouse fastener (Plasti-Grip PMF) shown in Image #4 in the Photo Gallery at the top of the page.These really are easy to install. Using a hammer drill with a 5/16-inch masonry bit, the guys drilled a hole to the depth of the fastener, then tapped the PMF fastener home with a hammer. It’s a genuinely straightforward process. Sometimes a fastener wouldn’t sit perfectly, but as long as a majority of the fasteners on each board did, it didn’t seem to be a problem. Based on what I read online, they were much easier to work with than Tapcon or similar concrete screws.They weren’t cheap, but they were well worth the cost in materials for the savings in labor (and frustration). And Mitch Mahler from Rodenhouse was easy to work with via email in terms of ordering or getting answers to technical questions.Roxul normally recommends five fasteners per piece (one at each corner and one in the middle), but we found that four on a normal piece, and three for a long, narrow piece of insulation, worked fine — at least for the foundation where the backfill will help to keep the Roxul in place over the long haul.Thermal bridging in the foundationFollowing Passive House science principles, we tried to remove as many points of thermal bridging in the structure as we could. One area where this was addressed in the construction drawings was a 7-inch thermal break between the basement foundation and the attached garage foundation. In other words, there would be no physical connection between the garage and house foundations at all. The only connection would occur above, at the level of framing, where they would be tied structurally together.The idea was that we could place our two layers of Roxul (5 inches total) in that gap, thus maintaining our layer of Roxul on the exterior of the foundation, uninterrupted (the key point here) around the perimeter of the basement foundation.On the day the footings were installed, however, our concrete subcontractor expressed serious reservations about the long-term structural stability of the framed house and garage above this gap. He was worried that over time the two foundations might settle and move apart, wreaking havoc with the framed structures above.So I was back to post another question on Green Building Advisor: How important is a thermal break between a house foundation and an attached garage foundation? (Here is the link to the Q&A thread.) Unfortunately, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of information available as to how to proceed. In the end, we decided to ignore these connections, hoping that the thermal bridging at these two points (garage-house, garage-front porch-house) won’t be all that significant to our heating and air conditioning costs.I assumed that Passive House builders would incorporate rigid foam insulation into the concrete forms at these points, but I couldn’t find any pictures or descriptions showing or talking about this in books, magazines, or anywhere online. Either Passive House builders ignore these kind of connections, or I just missed the information somehow.We did our best to cover these thermal bridges, but clearly it’s imperfect, so all we can do is hope there won’t be a significant energy penalty associated with these connections.Installing basement windowsAs the Roxul was going on the foundation, Phil and Nils installed window bucks for the two basement windows (see Image #7 in the Photo Gallery at the top of the page). The bucks were sized so they meet up flush with the two layers of Roxul. Eventually, a layer of HardieBacker cement board and two coats of Tuff II (the product we’ll be using for the parge coat) will cover the window bucks, and also the transition between the top of the foundation walls and grade around the perimeter of the house.Window bucks were sealed to the concrete foundation before the connections were covered with Roxul insulation.I initially intended to use the R-Guard line of liquid membranes by Prosoco for air sealing and waterproofing all seams and window/door openings, but cold temperatures made this impossible (they require 40°F and rising, which would be the exception rather than the rule here in Chicago for December and January).Our Plan B was the series of Pro Clima products sold by 475 High Performance Building Supply. Most of them, including the sealant, can be used down to 14°F without issues. Another option would’ve been the line of Siga tapes, another popular choice used in Europe, available from Small Planet Supply.So as the window bucks went in, I followed, applying Contega HF sealant to all the seams and gaps. The sealant is acting as our first layer of air blockage. It’s super sticky, so I don’t doubt that it’s permanently flexible. I did a mock-up of our wall assembly months ago, and the HF on the seams is still tacky to the touch. It goes on light green, then slightly darkens as it dries.Here are some tips for using the sealant:I’ve found that completely snipping off the metal clip on the end of the sausage (as opposed to just cutting a couple of small slits around it) prevents it from getting jammed in the front end of the gun.If I have a half-finished sausage of HF at the end of the day, I put it in a tightly wrapped plastic bag overnight, which allows me to use it within a day or two without any problems.Use a tiny spatula to tool the HF into place rather than your finger, as you normally would with a caulk — it’s just too sticky to work by hand.Because the HF is so sticky, I wear nitrile gloves, so when it starts to get everywhere — and it will get everywhere if you let it — I just simply change to a new pair of gloves.For clean up, the Citrus Solvent we’ve been using with the tung oil works great.The Newborn brand of sausage gun we’re using for the HF sealant, found on Amazon, is a really well-made tool.Getting window details rightIt’s easy to forget the realities of a construction site when planning details, like the use of the Pro Clima tapes. I pictured it being a pretty straightforward process, not a winter day in the 20s, fingers numb, propped up on an unbalanced ladder in the hole, while the other guys are cutting wood and Roxul around me — a case of adapt or die, I guess, and a reminder not to be too overconfident about the products you’ll be using, or the installation process that inevitably goes with them.It was important that the connection between the window bucks and the concrete of the foundation be air-sealed and made watertight before it was completely covered by the two layers of Roxul.It was in the 20s and 30s, so the HF sealant took a couple of days to firm up before I could apply the series of Pro Clima tapes. I used a combination of tapes, including the Tescon Vana (the bright blue), Profil (light blue — great for making inside and outside corners), Contega Solido Exo (black, 6 inches wide), and the Extoseal Encors for our sills (475 has a great series of videos showing how to use each tape).We knew the bucks would be sitting for some time, exposed to the elements, before the windows actually show up, so we decided to completely cover the openings just to be safe. This gave me extra practice using the tapes, which definitely helped, and it meant not stressing out every time the forecast called for rain or snow.The only tape that gave me fits was the black Contega Solido Exo. It’s thinner than the other tapes, so it wants to stick to itself (wrinkles are more difficult to avoid), and I find it much harder to pull it away from its peel-and-stick backing than the other tapes. I worried that the Extoseal Encors might be difficult to get right, but it — along with the Tescon Vana and Profil tapes — was surprisingly easy to work with.In lieu of on-site training from someone who’s used a specific product consistently, videos are invaluable when using new products and you want to get the details right. Without them, you’d be in for a frustrating process of trial and error. This one was my Bible for installing Extoseal Encors:Extoseal Encors window flashing demonstration with Chris Corson of EcocorBecause the Extoseal Encors can stretch around corners it’s easy to stretch it too much, thereby inadvertently thinning it out. I’ve found that when I get to a corner it’s better to just fold it around the edge rather quickly, without overthinking it too much, which helps to maintain the thickness of the material at and around the corners.I can’t recommend enough doing a mock wall assembly, or practicing on scraps, to get a feel for using these products, before you find yourself on-site doing it for real.We’re almost ready to climb out of the hole. It will be exciting to watch the guys start framing so we can see the basic form of the house begin to take shape.last_img read more

Haryana: Rural students outshine urban counterparts in Class 12 exams

first_img He said that overall toppers in the examination are Naveen and Heena from Hisar. The board chairman said that 2,22,388 students had appeared in the senior secondary examination of which 1,41,973 have passed, 49,163 have got compartments and 31,252 failed.A total of 1,24,242 boys had appeared in the examination of which 70,936 have passed while 71,037 of the 98,146 girls have passed. Mr. Singh said that the pass percentage of government schools was 63.62 and that of private schools was 64.06.The result of private students was 47.44 per cent. As many as 19,076 such students had appeared in the examination of which 9,049 have passed. Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said here that this time the pass percentage of rural areas was 64.75 whereas it was 62.04 per cent in urban areas in the 12th class examination.Congratulating the students and the toppers, Mr. Sharma said in a statement, “The credit for this goes to Haryana government paying more attention to the school education and the hard work of the teachers and the children.”Mr. Sharma said that overall the girls have outshone boys with a better pass percentage of 72.38 as against 57.10 per cent of the boys. For the first time, the board has decided to keep safe the certificates and result of students in a ‘DigiLocker’ which could be downloaded from its website when needed, he said.The candidates’ result and mark sheet would be uploaded on the same locker. Subsequently, after the announcement of the results, it would provide the hard-copy of the marks sheet. Along with this, all the mark-sheets and the results declared from 2004 till date would also be uploaded on the digital locker, the Education Minister said.He said that the digital locker would be maintained on the basis of candidates’ mobile number and the Aadhaar card. Resultantly it would be easier for any recruitment agency to verify any result or certificate of the applicant through this, he said.After this decision, a code would be released to all the Sainik Boards, Haryana Public Service Commission and Haryana Staff Selection Commission so that the marks sheets of the candidate can be seen. “The concerned authority would be able to verify the application. It would save the time and would also avoid the possibility of any kind of fraud,” he said.He said that result can also be checked on mobile app developed by the Board which could be downloaded from Google Play Store by searching Education Board Bhiwani Haryana. Students from rural areas in Haryana have performed better than their urban counterparts, while girls have outshone boys in the Class XII state education board examinations, results for which were declared on Friday.The overall pass percentage for the Class XII Haryana School Education Board stood at 63.84 per cent.The result was declared jointly by Chairman of the Board, Dr. Jagbir Singh and Secretary, Dhirendra Khadgata in a press conference organised at Board office in Bhiwani on Friday. The students can check their results at website www.bseh.org.in and www.indiaresults.com, Mr. Singh said.Also Read Haryana orders probe into exam question rowlast_img read more

Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines

first_imgManny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines watches Jeff Horn of Australia falls on the mat during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he was still wanted a rematch with Jeff Horn after the Filipino boxing hero  pulled out of their scheduled bout in Australia later his year.Queensland’s premier, whose state government was the financial backer of a November 12 fight, announced on Friday that Pacquiao “cannot return to the ring” due to other commitments. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Djokovic becomes father of baby girl WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It will not push through there in Australia. But we are bringing the fight here in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said on radio station DZBB, adding negotiations were ongoing. “This will be good for our country’s tourism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacquiao, 38, had initially called for a rematch after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to the 29-year-old on points Horn in a major upset in Brisbane on July 2.Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had demanded a review of the bout but the WBO declared Horn the clear winner after a panel of judges re-scored the fight. center_img Read Next Now in the twilight of a 22-year professional career, Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent in eight years and briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator.But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.Pacquiao has defied calls to retire for good, including from his family and celebrated American trainer Freddie Roach.  Pacquiao dismissed funding concerns about hosting the multi-million dollar fight in the Philippines. “We have lots of friends who are supporting us including our tourism (department). The president is giving his all-out support,” Pacquiao said referring to his political ally Rodrigo Duterte.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more