Southeast Steals the Show at ICF World Championships

first_imgPaddlers hailing from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic represented the USA in a big way at this year’s International Canoe Freestyle World Championship in San Juan, Argentina.In all, 13 members of Team USA, over half the team, came from states within the Blue Ridge Outdoors coverage area, and with so many top notch white water destinations at our finger tips, it’s easy to see why.That includes Tennessee native Eric Jackson, founder of event sponsor Jackson Kayak, and his children Dane and Emily, Bennet Smith and Hunter Katich of Alabama, Western Carolina University grad Matt Anger, Anna Bruno (originally fromm Pennsylvania), Rowan Stuart of North Carolina, Olivia McGinnis and Tad Dennis of Georgia, Jordan Poffenberger of Virginia, Clay Wright of Tennessee, and Seth Chapelle of Maryland.The event, which wrapped up on Saturday December 2, saw Team USA place second overall with a total of six metals: 2 gold, 2 silver and two bronze. Great Britain took the overall title with seven metals, while France took third with a total of four.23-year-old Dane Jackson took first in the canoe men’s finals, breaking the record for the highest score in a single run in process, while Seth Chapelle and Jordan Poffenberger took third and fourth respectively.Olivia McGinnis of Georgia took third overall in the women’s junior kayak finals.Dane Jackson also earned a second place in the men’s kayak finals, while 50-year-old Clay Wright of Tennessee took first place in in the men’s squirt finals.Anna Bruno came away with third overall in the women’s squirt finals.All in all, it was a terrific showing for Team USA and the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions in particular. For a complete list of results, click here!last_img read more

Latest UK foot-and-mouth cases linked to earlier ones

first_imgSep 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – British officials who are investigating the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) said today that initials tests show the virus strain matches the strain found in outbreaks that surfaced in late July at two nearby farms. The focus of the outbreaks is an area in Surrey on the outskirts of London. The two earlier incidents are believed to have been caused by FMD virus that leaked from wastewater drains at a laboratory facility in nearby Pirbright. The facility houses a commercial FMD vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute. The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in a statement today, said initial virus sequencing indicates the virus in the new outbreak is type 01 BFS67, the same strain found in the earlier outbreaks. The latest cases were confirmed yesterday. In the two earlier FMD outbreaks, which were confirmed in early August, veterinary authorities culled nearly 600 animals to control the spread of the disease. A massive outbreak in Britain in 2001 led to the destruction of 7 million cattle to stop the disease. DEFRA said yesterday that animals on a farm next to the infected site would be destroyed as a precautionary measure. See also: Sep 12 CIDRAP News story “UK reports another foot-and-mouth outbreak” The current outbreak site is a farm near the town of Egham, about 10 miles from the two earlier outbreaks, the London Telegraph reported yesterday. Cattle on the farm were culled, and protection and surveillance zones were set up around the area, DEFRA reported. FMD is an extremely contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, pigs, and other ruminants, causing sores in the mouth and on the hooves. The debilitating condition does not usually kill adult animals, but it drastically reduces milk production. The disease very rarely affects humans, according to DEFRA.last_img read more

CFB 150: Top 10 college football walk-ons of all time

first_imgCollege football is built by, on and for blue bloods. It’s true in nearly every aspect of the sport, from the conferences, programs and coaches who have helped make every fall Saturday in its 150-year history.Which makes it all the more sweeter when success comes from unforeseen places and inauspicious beginnings. Nowhere is that more evident than that most important of college football ingredients: the players. 3. Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas StateLeave it to former Kansas State coach Bill Snyder to recognize the potential in Nelson, whom he moved from defensive back to wide receiver ahead of his redshirt freshman season in 2004. Nelson put together respectable seasons in 2005 and ‘06, compiling 1,216 receiving yards and nine touchdowns with a smooth blend of speed, athleticism, evasiveness and soft hands. It all came together in Nelson’s senior year, a season in which he caught 122 passes in 12 games for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had eight games of at least 100 receiving yards, two games with at least 200 receiving yards and six games with double-digit receptions. He also finished the final six games of his career with at least one receiving touchdown, adding two passing scores and two punt return scores to total 15 for the 2007 season. He finished his K-State career as a first-team All-Big 12 selection, a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist.2. Santana Moss, WR, MiamiMoss fell just short of the greatest walk-on of all time, but he at least can claim one of the best quotes of all time: “Big-time players step up in big games.” It took only three games for Miami coaches to realize their hometown walk-on was a “big-time player” deserving of a scholarship. Moss went from walk-on in 1997 to one of the university’s most decorated and celebrated receivers of all time in 2000. Moss threatened a big play every time he touched the ball, using his explosive play style to become the program’s all-time leading receiver with 2,546 receiving yards (passing Michael Irvin in the process), as well as the all-time leader in punt return yards (1,196) and all-purpose yards (4,394). He also compiled 28 total touchdowns (19 receiving, three rushing and six punt returns). His best statistical season came as a senior, when he totaled 1,604 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns en route to being named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Big East Special Teams Player of the Year in the same season. He also won the triple jump event for Miami in the 2000 Big East track and field championships in 2000, for good measure.1. Baker Mayfield, QB, OklahomaMayfield is the standard when it comes to college football walk-ons. He walked on twice at two different programs — at Texas Tech in 2013, then Oklahoma in 2014. Mayfield left the Red Raiders after the 2013 season, feeling he’d earned the right to a scholarship. He walked on to Bob Stoops’ team in 2014 — without contacting the staff — then proceeded to become one of the Sooners’ most accomplished quarterbacks of all time, compiling 13,185 total yards, 137 total touchdowns and an absurd 189.4 passer rating. That culminated in a 2017 season in which he completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 passing yards and 43 touchdowns to six interceptions while leading Oklahoma to the Playoff. That campaign earned him the Heisman Trophy — the first ever for a walk-on — and the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Mayfield was more than happy to wear his emotions on his sleeves, and to carry a giant chip on his shoulder; his already-competitive nature was amplified by the fact he felt overlooked by all the teams who didn’t offer him a scholarship out of high school. In that sense, it’s fair to say Mayfield wasn’t a great player despite his walk-on status. He was a great player because of it. Or, in this case, the walk-ons.CFB 150: Sporting News celebrates 150 years of college footballThese are the kinds of players who make up Sporting News’ 12th entry in our series celebrating 150 years of college football. They didn’t start their careers with pomp or circumstance, but nevertheless made their mark on their teams and, in turn, college football. It’s also a prerequisite to make this list: They must have started their career as walk-ons, meaning players such as J.J. Watt — who was a scholarship athlete at Central Michigan before walking on at Wisconsin — aren’t eligible.With that, Sporting News presents the top 10 walk-ons in college football history:10. Rashad Johnson, S, AlabamaBefore he became a two-time team captain, two-time All-SEC safety and 2008 first-team All-American at Alabama, Johnson was a running back recruit with no Division I scholarship offers. He played on special teams before transitioning to the secondary in his redshirt sophomore season, marking a turning point in his collegiate career. Once Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Johnson quickly became a cerebral part of the Crimson Tide defense, able to diagnose opposing formations, position teammates around him and make plays on the ball. He led the team with six interceptions in 2007 and five more in 2008. That includes a three-interception game against LSU in 2008, which helped his team beat the Tigers for the first time since 2002. His play helped spearhead a 12-2 season in 2008, the first of 11 consecutive 10-win seasons for Saban at Alabama. He was, in a sense, a prototype of future defensive standouts at Alabama.9. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn StateNassib joined Penn State football in 2011 as a 215-pound walk-on, then didn’t see game action in either of the next two seasons. That didn’t stop coach Bill O’Brien from handing him a scholarship just in time for the 2013 season. By then, Nassib — who had gained 60 pounds — used his improved physique to wrack up 19 tackles and two sacks over the next two seasons. He earned the starting position in 2015 and made good on his O’Brien’s faith. Nassib exploded onto the scene — and out of his stance — for 19.5 tackles for loss, a program-record 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. Nassib’s tackles for loss ranked him 11th nationally in the FBS that season, while his sack and forced fumble totals led all of FBS football. For his efforts, Nassib became a unanimous first-team All-American and won the Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.8. Adam Archuleta, LB, Arizona StateArchuleta was a three-year starter at linebacker for Arizona State after walking onto the team in 1996. He got better with each passing year in that starting role, totaling 75 tackles, five sacks and 18 tackles for losses in 1998; 111 tackles, five sacks and 21 tackles for loss in 1999; and 127 tackles, four sacks and 15 tackles for loss in 2000. His earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors twice, as well as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors and a nomination as a Butkus Award finalist as a senior. Archuleta tallied 330 tackles, 14 sacks, six fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles over his four-year career, earning a first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.7. Clay Matthews III, LB, USCDespite his envious NFL lineage — and the fact he was the fourth player in his family to play for the Trojans — Matthews earned his way onto Pete Carroll’s USC team as a walk-on in 2004. He turned down several opportunities to play in garbage time that season, opting instead to preserve his redshirt and eligibility. The tactic worked out for USC in the long run as Matthews became a three-time co-special teams player of the year for Trojans starting in 2006. He was mainly used as a reserve inside linebacker from 2005-07, but tallied 4.5 sacks in 2008 as part of a quartet of NFL-bound linebackers. He was particularly dangerous in the Trojans’ “elephant” position, in which he would use his linebacker speed and rushing abilities from the defensive end position. The stats never stood out, but his play did — part of the reason he became a first-round pick for the Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft.6. Brandon Burlsworth, G, ArkansasThere’s a reason Burlsworth is the namesake for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top FBS walk-on: He was a tremendous student-athlete at Arkansas who encompassed everything great about college football and whose play was as distinctive as his black-framed glasses. He turned down offers to play at smaller schools to walk on for the home-state Razorbacks in 1994. He weighed in at 300 pounds as a freshman, trimmed down to 260, then built himself back up into a formidable 300-pound guard, earning a scholarship and starting spot on Arkansas’ offensive line. He was a two-time All-SEC player in 1997-98, made the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year from 1995-98, became the first Razorback ever to finish their master’s degree before playing their final game and was only the second Razorback ever to have his jersey (No. 77) retired. Burlsworth died in 1999 in a car accident, a heart-breaking end to an astonishing life. His legacy will live on forever at Arkansas, and for every walk-on who dreams of greatness.5. Jim Leonhard, S, WisconsinLeonhard is a distinct entry on this list, not only for his aptitude as a defensive back and punt returner, but also because he didn’t earn a scholarship until his senior season, despite some monumental play before then. Opponents thought they could pick on the 5-8, 180-pound free safety when he took over the position as a sophomore in 2002; he responded with a nation-leading 11 interceptions and Big Ten-leading 25 pass breakups. They threw to him a little less in 2003, and still he finished with seven interceptions. They finally wisened up to his act as a senior, allowing him to pull down only three interceptions (enough for him to finish with 21 all-time, a Wisconsin school record). Leonhard was also a tremendous punt returner, finishing his career for what was then a Big Ten-record 1,347 punt return yards and three touchdowns. For his effort, he was a three-time All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection. Now he’s back in Madison as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator, perhaps coaching up the next great Wisconsin walk-on.4. Hunter Renfrow, WR, ClemsonSeveral walk-ons have better career stats than Renfrow, but how many of them made so many amazing plays on the game’ biggest stage? Renfrow turned down offers to play in the FCS so he could join Dabo Swinney’s squad in 2014: maybe the best business decision of his life. He built his 5-10 frame up from 155 pounds in 2014 to 176 pounds in 2015, earning a scholarship in the process. He then proceeded to play in four straight College Football Playoffs for the Tigers, helping them to championships in 2016 and ‘18. He was particularly impressive in the 2016 and ‘17 national championship games, tallying 17 receptions for 180 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama. That, of course, includes the last-second, go-ahead touchdown from Deshaun Watson in the latter matchup, which gave the Tigers a thrilling 35-31 win over the Crimson Tide. He tallied 11 receptions for 103 yards in his last three Playoff games, but that was only because teams knew by then to attempt to lock him down. It’s not hyperbole to call Renfrow, the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy winner, an integral part of Clemson’s twin dynasty with Alabama.last_img read more

Conte upset by lack of credit for champions’ run

first_imgHowever, it still leaves them third, 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who have won a record 16 successive league matches.“We won a difficult game and I want to remember that in the last ten games we won eight, drew one and lost only one,” said Conte.“If someone said to me ‘in the next ten games are you ready to sign for these results’, I’d say ‘I’m ready!’“Someone is forgetting this run because we see that there is another team that is winning every game.”The win would have been more convincing with better finishing.Conte wants his team to be more clinical in front of goal after complaining that single-goal victories do not allow him, his team or the Chelsea fans to relax.Chelsea had 24 shots against Southampton, an average of one every four minutes, but only eight were on target, and only Alonso’s sublime free-kick was able to beat Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Forster also pulled off several good saves and Pedro saw a deflected effort hit the base of the post, but Chelsea were guilty of misses, including a close-range effort from Cesc Fabregas that went through Forster’s legs but rolled across the goal and past the far post.“It was only 1-0 (although) we had many chances to score the second goal so you could be more relaxed,” said Conte.“I am very happy because I saw commitment and we finished with a clean sheet.“But for sure this season I think that we have created many chances but we must be more accurate with our finishing.“Because when you score more than one goal you can be more relaxed.”That absence of accuracy put more pressure on the defence and although they restricted Southampton to a handful of chances, Thibaut Courtois was forced to make two good saves from Southampton substitute Charlie Austin.“We had to pay attention to Southampton because they’re a good team with young players who are very fast,” said Conte.“But I’m happy because my players played the game with great concentration and we deserved to win.”Share on: WhatsApp Conte upset by lack of credit for champions’ runLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that Manchester City’s run of victories has denied his team the credit they deserve for their own recent good spell.A narrow but deserved 1-0 victory for the Premier League champions over a defensive Southampton, which came thanks to Marcos Alonso’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time, made it eight victories and a draw from their last ten matches.last_img read more

Smokies find talent in Kootenays, kick off season Saturday

first_imgThe 2012-13 roster also features Kootenay products Adam Wheeldon (Nelson), Joren Johnson (Shoreacres) and Brenden Heinrich (Kimberley); Wheeldon and Johnson are two of the eight returnees from 2011-12 headlined by new captain Garrett McMullen and starting goaltender Lyndon Stanwood.Trail will begin the season with only five of the requisite six overage spots filled with forwards McMullen, Brent Baltus, Tyler Berkholtz, Merrimack commit Alex Holland and defenseman Djordje Leposavic.Berkholtz and Holland both spent last season in the BCHL on Vancouver Island while Leposavic returns to his home province after playing Junior “A” in North Bay, Ontario last year.All 56 regular-season games will be broadcast live on FastHockey pay-per-view as well as through the Smoke Eaters’ Ustream channel.To find out more information on broadcast options, visit The Trail Smoke Eaters kick off the 2012-13 B.C. Hockey League season with a host of local talent Saturday at the Save-On Foods BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.The Smokies will have three Greater Trail products to start the season: 16 year-old forward Mitchell Foyle (Fruitvale) and 17 year-old forward Jake Lucchini (Trail) both join the Smokies from the major midget Kootenay Ice, while fellow 17 year-old Trail product Scott Davidson moves up from the Junior “B” Beaver Valley Nitehawks.last_img read more


first_imgAbout XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. Additionally, 25 Second Prize winners will receive a $100 Xpressbet wagering voucher and 50 Third Prize winners will receive autographed memorabilia signed by Hall of Fame jockeys, including John Velazquez, Mike Smith and Edgar Prado. Visit to sign up. In addition to participating in the $10K Bet Sweepstakes, new customers can earn a $125 Bonus by entering promo code XMAN125. “We’re excited to once again provide our customers the opportunity to experience a marquee event at an iconic horse racing venue,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “Both of last year’s Grand Prize winners not only hit big, which was incredibly exciting, but also raved about the experience. We love to reward our loyal customers, and this year we’ve introduced even more prizes so everyone that registers and plays has a greater chance of winning.” 2014 Grand Prize Winners Cashed for $60,000 on Florida Derby & Santa Anita Derbycenter_img February 2, 2015 (Washington, PA) – For the second consecutive year, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is giving two customers the opportunity to win a VIP trip to the Florida Derby and Santa Anita Derby, as well as $10,000 to place a Win bet on their race. Each Grand Prize winner will get to cheer their horse down the stretch in person from the track. The Grand Prize package also includes roundtrip airfare for two and three-nights hotel accommodations. In last year’s inaugural $10K Bet Sweepstakes, both Grand Prize winners parlayed their luck into an unforgettable experience at the track, complete with a winning wager. Tom Guadagno turned his $10,000 Win bet on the Florida Derby into a $43,000 payday when Constitution hit the wire first, while Scott Shore’s choice of California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby returned $17,000. Since 2000, the average Win payout is $19.71 in the Florida Derby and $14.63 in the Santa Anita Derby, based on a $2 wager. The Sweepstakes begins Sunday, February 1 and continues through Sunday, March 15. Registration is free for Xpressbet customers and registrants earn entries for every wager they make with Xpressbet. Bonus entries will be awarded for wagers made on Stronach Group Tracks and Hawthorne Race Course.last_img read more

South Africa’s 2014 elections – a resource pack

first_imgCompiled by Mary AlexanderOn 7 May 2014 South Africans will vote for their national and provincial government representatives, in the fifth democratic elections since the end of apartheid 20 years ago. We bring you a timetable leading up to the elections, a fun video for first-time voters, and useful contacts for finding out more about the election process.Information courtesy of the Independent Electoral Commission, or IEC, and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa.Jump to:The road to the vote – a 2014 elections timetableThe road to the vote – downloadsVideo: The I Vote South Africa campaign for first-time votersContact Electoral Commission offices countrywideOther useful contactsThe IEC’s Road to 2014 Elections infographic. Click for a larger view.The road to the vote – a 2014 elections timetable25 February – The election date is proclaimed, and the voters’ roll closed.28 to 31 March – Lists of all candidates for political parties, with accompanying documents, open for inspection at the IEC’s national office in Pretoria. See the IEC contact details below.1 April, 17h00 – Deadline for objections to political parties’ candidate lists.7 April, 17h00 – Deadline for the IEC to make decisions on objections to political parties’ candidate lists. Both the parties and objectors are notified of the commission’s decision.7 to 17 April – Applications for special votes open at local IEC offices. See contact details below. You can apply for a special vote if you’re unable to a voting station on election day because you are too old, ill, living with a disability, or pregnant, or if, for some other reason, you won’t be able to get to your voting station on election day.8 to 10 April – Appeals can be made to the Electoral Court against IEC decisions on objections to candidates.10 April – IEC issues the final voting station addresses and maps of mobile voting station routes.15 April, 17h00 – Deadline for the Electoral Court to rule on appeals against IEC decisions regarding objections to candidates. The IEC, political parties and objectors are all notified of the Electoral Court’s decisions.17 April, 17h00 – Deadline for applications for special votes.22 April – IEC releases final lists of candidates and political parties contesting the elections.24 April – IEC issues certificates to political parties.30 April – People living abroad cast their votes – only for national elections – during the office hours of their local South African embassy or consulate. In order to vote, expatriates must have completed a notification form at their embassy or consulate, the deadline for which was 12 March.5 and 6 May, 09h00 to 17h00 – Special votes cast at voting stations and with electoral officers’ visits to the homes of special voters.7 May, 07h00 to 21h00 – Election day in South AfricaYou must vote where you are registered. Check your voting station by SMSing your ID number to 32810 (SMS costs R1), use the My Voter Registration Details app on, or call the toll-free number 0800 11 8000.Voting stations close at nine at night, but all the people still in the queue at the time must be allowed to cast their vote.DownloadsThe IEC’s Road to the 2014 Elections infographic (740 KB)The IEC’s 2014 Elections timetable (166 KB)Both files in PDFFor first-time voters: the IXSA campaign – I Vote South AfricaWatch time-lapse video of the creation of the IXSA campaign’s graffiti logo:Find out more about the IXSA campaign here.Click the graphic below to download IXSA campaign wallpaper.Contact the Independent Electoral CommissionIEC National OfficeSpokesperson: Kate BapelaTel: 012 622 5700Fax: 012 622 5784Cell: 082 600 [email protected] CapeProvincial electoral officer: Thami MrajiTel: 043 709 4200Fax: 043 743 [email protected] StateProvincial electoral officer: Chris MephaTel: 051 401 5000Fax: 051 430 [email protected] electoral officer: Masego SheburiTel: 011 644 7400Fax: 011 644 [email protected] electoral officer: Mawethu MoseryTel: 031 279 2200Fax: 031 279 [email protected] electoral officer: Nkaro MatetaTel: 015 283 9100Fax: 015 297 [email protected] electoral officer: Steve NgwenyaTel: 013 754 0200Fax: 013 753 [email protected] CapeProvincial electoral officer: Bonolo ModiseTel: 053 838 5000Fax: 053 831 [email protected] WestProvincial electoral officer: Tumi ThibaTel: 018 391 0800Fax: 018 391 [email protected] CapeProvincial electoral officer: Courtney SampsonTel: 021 910 5700Fax: 021 910 [email protected] can also find the IEC online:Website: centre: 0800 11 8000Facebook: @IECSouthAfricaYouTube: useful election-related contactsAn alphabetical list of contacts for election information, monitoring, advice, training and voter education.Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA)For information and monitoring of advertising011 781 [email protected] Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA)For monitoring broadcasters and making complaints011 325 for Gender Equality (CGE)For monitoring gender injustice and making complaints011 403 People of South AfricaVoter education for disabled people021 422 [email protected] Institute of South Africa (Eisa)For research, information, advice, voter education and resources011 381 [email protected] of Expression Institute (FXI)For media monitoring011 482 [email protected] PrinterFor copies of Government Gazettes, in which election notices and legislation are published012 334 [email protected] Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)For information on election broadcasting, as well as advice, monitoring and complaints011 566 3000/[email protected] KPMG ethics lineToll-free: 0800 200 [email protected] Institute of Southern Africa (Misa)For coordinating media [email protected] Monitoring Project (MMP)For information and monitoring of election reportingContact: William Bird – director011 788 [email protected] or [email protected] Community Radio Forum (NCRF)For information, training and coordination of community radio reporting and broadcasting011 403 [email protected] Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)For training and advocacy to help citizens access information about the government, political parties, and the elections021 461 Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA)For election resources, information and monitoringContact: Fatima Hassan – executive director021 511 [email protected] Monitoring Group (PMG)For monitoring and information about South Africa’s parliament021 465 [email protected] Council of South Africa and South African Press OmbudsmanFor the self-regulation of journalists and monitoring the Press Code011 484 3612/[email protected] African Human Rights CommissionFor monitoring South Africans’ constitutional human rights, and complaints against human rights abuses011 877 [email protected]last_img read more

Getting Insulation Out of Your Walls and Ceilings

first_imgMore and more builders have realized the advantages of leaving stud bays empty and putting all of a home’s insulation outside of the wall and roof sheathing. If done correctly, exterior insulation can help produce a building that is almost airtight, very well insulated, and almost immune to water damage.The construction method was first developed in the early 1960s by the National Research Council of Canada. In its purest form, the method is known as PERSIST — an acronym for Pressure-Equalized Rain-Screen Insulated Structure Technique.Here’s how you build a PERSIST house:To some builders and building inspectors, PERSIST details seem counterintuitive or dangerous. One typical reaction is, “You can’t install peel-and-stick over your wall sheathing! It’s a wrong-side vapor barrier! The membrane will trap moisture! The walls can’t dry out!”Actually, the peel-and-stick works perfectly. The membrane acts as a combined air barrier, vapor barrier, and water-resistant membrane (WRB). Because the membrane completely seals the walls and roof, it produces an unusually airtight envelope.Since the membrane is on the warm-in-winter side of the insulation, it’s exactly where it belongs. All of the home’s framing and sheathing is on the conditioned side of the membrane, so these wood components are maintained at indoor conditions. That means they aren’t subject to swings in humidity or temperature; the framing stays stable and dry in all seasons, in all climates.On the exterior side of the membrane, there aren’t any components which are likely to suffer any moisture damage. Since the system includes a rainscreen behind the siding, any water that gets past the siding drains quickly from the walls.PERSIST has a few disadvantages. It costs more than conventional construction, because of the cost of the peel-and-stick membrane, the two layers of… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Give Local America: An opportunity to grow online

first_imgNetwork for Good is happy to partner with Kimbia to extend the reach of Give Local America, a nation-wide giving day that marks the 100-year milestone of community foundations in the United States.This national online giving event will take on May 6, 2014. Give Local America is expected to be the largest online giving day ever held on a single platform. Giving days help nonprofits connect with new donors in an easy and efficient way. Give Local America uses the power and pride of local communities to tie it all together. Want to find out more and get involved? To sign up, visit, find your city, and follow the easy registration process.last_img read more