World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin printSafety Innis Gaines and the TCU defense held Kansas to just 159 yards of total offense in the game. Photo by Heesoo YangFollowing their first loss of the season against SMU, TCU football dominated Kansas in their Big 12 opener, 51-14.“I was really happy how they came out and got ready and they played,” head coach Gary Patterson said about his team.The win served as a resounding response to last year’s 27-26 loss against the Jayhawks. TCU exploded offensively, scoring touchdowns on seven of their 12 drives.In his second-straight start, first-year Max Duggan went 5-for-6 with 88 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone. He would finish 8-for-11 with 100 yards.After Duggan’s electric start, graduate transfer Alex Delton played for the majority of the rest of the contest. Delton finished 10-of-15 with 186 yards.Patterson said after the game that he felt Delton looked “more comfortable out there.”Running back Darius Anderson continued his streak of dominance with his third-straight game of 100 or more rushing yards. The senior finished with 115 yards on the ground and a touchdown.Running back Darius Anderson contributed 115 yards and a touchdown on the ground for TCU in the win. Photo by Heesoo Yang“It feels great,” Anderson said about three-straightgames with 100-plus yards. “I give allthe credit to the o-line.”TCU came out of the gate with something to prove. After running backs Anderson and Sewo Olonilua gained 33 yards on the ground, Duggan hit receiver Dylan Thomas on a 26-yard dime to put TCU up 7-0 just 3:48 into the game.The score was the first of the season for Thomas andonly the second of his career.“That was one of the things we emphasized in practice,” Anderson said. “Today, we started fast, and I feel like if we keep doing that and execute, we can be really good.”This momentum would carry onto their second drive, as the Frogs marched 72-yards down the field in 17 plays. The drive ended in a one-handed catch by tight end Pro Wells’ to extend TCU’s lead to 14.Quarterback Max Duggan finished with 100 yards and two touchdowns in his second-straight start. Photo by Heesoo YangAfter Kansas’ third-straight punt, wide receiver Jalen Reagor made his presence known- he muffed the punt before picking it up and exploding 73-yards for the score.The return was the first special-teams touchdown of Reagor’s career and his first touchdown since the season-opening win over UAPB.Delton came soon after and was effective right away, orchestrating a five-play, 69-yard drive ending in an Olonilua touchdown run. This was the first time that TCU had scored a touchdown all season with Delton under center.Going into the halftime break, the Frogs led the Jayhawks 38-0. The 38 points were the most Kansas had given up all season.The Frogs would slow down in the second half, scoring just 13 points. TCU would punt four times after scoring on all six of their first-half drives. TCU would gain 274 yards in the second half, bringingtheir total to 625 on the day. It wasthe Frogs’ first time to have 600 or more yards of total offense since theygained 619 in a 56-36 win over SMU in 2017.Though Kansas would end up gaining 104 yards of offenseand scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone, TCU’s first half leadproved enough to seal the victory.“I wasn’t particularly happy with the second [half],” Patterson said. “If you want to be a great football team, then you’ve got to finish.”Kansas finished with just 159 yards on the day.Playing with the lead in the second half gave TCU time to play first-year running backs Darwin Barlow and Daimarqua Foster. Barlow took 13 carries for 51 yards, while Foster took eight carries for 66 yards and a score in his first-career game.“It was so fun. It was so exciting,” Anderson said about watching the young running backs. “I see what they do every day, and they’re willing to learn and work.”Linebacker Garret Wallow finished with six tackles on the day. Defensive tackle Ross Blacklock contributed five tackles of his own.The win improves TCU to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 inBig 12 play.After two-straight games at home, TCU will head on the road to play Iowa State for their next action. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Post Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Facebook Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. 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Latest developments: The day before the UAE UPR session, a parody of judicial proceedings Yesterday, Sunday 27 January 2013, the Attorney General of the UAE, Salem Saeed Kubaish stated that “94 Emirati suspects have been referred to the Federal Supreme Court as part of the case relating to the organisation which sought to seize power in the country”. After more than 6 months without any judicial proceeding for some of the detainees, they are – the day before the UAE UPR session – accused of charges including “communicating with individuals and international and foreign entities and establishments based outside the State in order to distort the image of the State”, seeking “to disseminate these fabrications through the members of the organisation, the media and the social networking sites on the Internet” and “launch(ing), establish(ing) and r(unning) an organisation seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power(Khaleej Times, WAM, “94 Emirati suspects referred to the Federal Supreme Court”, 27 January 2013, http://bit.ly/X4n4KB ”. These charges closely resemble accusations against human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, with a worrying emphasis on communication via social media and the internet with “establishments based outside the State”. The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, in 2011, stated: The Special Rapporteur remains concerned that legitimate online expression is being criminalized in contravention of States’ international human rights obligations, whether it is through the application of existing criminal laws to online expression, or through the creation of new laws specifically designed to criminalize expression on the Internet. Such laws are often justified on the basis of protecting an individual’s reputation, national security or countering terrorism, but in practice are used to censor content that the Government and other powerful entities do not like or agree with.([Frank LaRue, Special Rapporteur on promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression “Report to the General Assembly”, 16 May 2011, para 34)] April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Discrimination against the Bedoon communityAlthough the UAE affirms that efforts to resolve the situation have been made since mid-2008, by facilitating the granting of a nationality other than Emirati nationality, in order to then apply for a residence permit in the UAE, this practice is counter-productive. One of the only countries who is willing to grant nationality to members of the Emirati Bedoon community are the Comoro Islands, after the impoverished island state received large sums of money from the UAE in 2009. However, once individuals take the necessary steps to adopt Comorian nationality, they are often threatened with deportation. Numerous Bedoon remain in retention, waiting for their supposed deportation to the Comoros. Receive email alerts to go further Attacks on Human Rights DefendersIn addition to the ongoing detentions of two prominent human rights lawyers, Dr Mohamed Al-Roken and Dr Al-Mansoori, Ahmed Mansoor, one of the UAE5 referred to above, has been subjected to physical assaults at least twice over the past nine months. These attacks are accompanied by a well-organized smear campaign launched against him, including statements by officials claiming that he is an Iranian spy in addition to innumerable threats against him on social networks. He is also unable to travel as the authorities refuse to return his passport.The use of travel bans, the stripping of nationalities and the disbanding of rights organizations are all methods used by the Emiratis authorities to silence the voices that are calling for reform and respect for public liberties.In November 2012, Federal Decree No.5/2012 on combating cyber crimes was adopted. This law poses a serious threat to the freedom of expression and assembly of peaceful activists as it provides a definition of online activities which could be used to limit the work of activists who use the internet to express their opinion. The law stipulates penalties of imprisonment on any person who may create or run an electronic site or any information technology means, to deride or to damage the reputation or the stature of the state or any of its institutions. Our organisations fear that the “fight against cyber-crimes” could be used as a pretext to repress freedom of expression and imprison activists, just as the “fight against terrorism” often has been.TortureTorture by members of the State Security forces remains a concern, with further allegations being documented as recently as September 2012, such as the cases of Ahmed Al-Suweidi, Abdulelah Al-Jadani and Musab Khalil Abood, which leading human rights organisations including the undersigned denounced. In addition, other individuals arrested in the current crackdown, including Dr Al-Roken’s son and son-in-law, have been tortured. United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa January 28, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights groups call for an end to the crackdown on human rights defenders and political activists as UPR begins International community condemns the human rights violations committed by the UAE authoritiesOn 17 July 2012, as the second wave of arrests and detention of peaceful activists was just starting, OHCHR’s spokeperson Rupert Colville called the Emirati authorities “to guarantee that human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals and urge them to release those who have been detained for peaceful exercise of their fundamental human rights”. The dire human rights situation in the UAE has also been highlighted by a strong resolution(http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-T…) by the European Parliament, which condemned the situation, calling it as a “crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society activists”. It called for “the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and activists including human rights defenders and calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to ensure that detainees deemed to have broken the law be brought before a judge, be charged with a crime and be provided with the legal assistance of their choosing.” The undersigned human rights organisations therefore urge the authorities to: 1.Release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience and activists including human rights defenderss or ensure that detainees deemed to have broken the law be brought before a judge, be charged with a crime and be provided with the legal assistance of their choosing.2.Halt all persecution of human rights defenders and those peacefully expressing their opinions, including On-Line activists. Immediately release and expunge the convictions of those convicted for expressing their opinion peacefully and Ensure that Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes is in full conformity with relevant international norms namely the right to freedom of expression and association.3.Take all necessary measures to ensure that torture and ill-treatment ceases in all places of detention; that all cases of torture be investigate by impartial and independent authorities; and that torturers be held accountable for their crimes. 4.To ensure that all trials meet international fair trial standards, including the full independence of the judiciary, and that all those detained arbitrarily are released as quickly as possible. 5.To end to discrimination against the Bedoon community, including in the application of its nationality law. 6.Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders and activists in UAE are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. News Smear campaign launched by the Emirati authoritiesIt appears that ‘national security’ has been used as a pretext by the Emirati authorities to stifle dissent and repress all activists asking for democratic reforms and respect for human rights. The Emirati authorities have since launched a smear campaign against the detainees and their families using state-run media. The individuals are accused by local media, known to be close to the authorities, of being part of a local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and of attempting to create a military wing aimed at establishing an Islamic state in the United Arab Emirates. Families of a number of those detained have also had their bank accounts frozen, leading to understandable stress, beyond that created by the detention of their loved one.Although some of the detainees are members of Al-Islah (the Reform and Social Guidance Association), a non-violent political movement advocating for political reforms, the other detainees are jurists, law professors at university, lawyers and human rights defenders held solely due to their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities. . In addition to the 66 peaceful activists detained, other citizens were arrested arbitrarily by the Emirati security services, which brings the total number of people arbitrarily detained to 93, including 12 Egyptian nationals. RSF_en Follow the news on United Arab Emirates News Unfair trialsur organisations are concerned at the large number of unfair trials in the country, beyond the crackdown described above. Numerous individuals continue to be arbitrarily detained without charge, forced to make forced confessions, and in some cases convicted without receiving the minimum guarantees of a fair trial. RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Today, the human rights record of the United Arab Emirates will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council as the situation in the country continues to deteriorate. On this occasion, the undersigned organisations call on Human Rights Council member-states to urge the United Arab Emirates to put an end to the current crackdown against peaceful human rights defenders and political activists and to honour its commitments as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council to “uphold(s) the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” (UN General Assembly resolution 50/251 para. 9). Ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression: detention, torture, smear campaign & attacks on peaceful activists The ‘UAE5’ and the beginning of the crackdown on freedom of expressionSince March 2011, a severe crackdown against human rights defenders, civil society activists and advocates of political reform has been carried out by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates. While the region was undergoing popular uprisings demanding greater civil and political rights, 132 Emiratis citizens signed a petition calling for the election of all the members of the Federal National Council and to give them legislative powers (demanding an elected parliament with legislative powers). Five individuals or the so called “UAE5”, including prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East advisory committee, were arrested and tried in this context. The “UAE 5” were held from April to November 2011. All of them were found guilty of “publicly insulting” the President of the UAE, following a fundamentally unfair trial. Only days after being condemned, their sentences were commuted by Emirati president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and were released, demonstrating the political nature of the trial. The ‘UAE 66 – arbitrary detention and torture of human rights defenders & peaceful political activistsA new wave of arrests began in March 2012 which reaches 66 individuals, composed of human rights defenders and peaceful political activists. Most of these individuals have been detained incommunicado for weeks before being allowed to contact their families; many were mistreated, and in some cases tortured; most have not had access to legal counsel or proper contact with their families, and all have had their detention repeatedly renewed without judicial review of the legality of their detention. Seventy seven of them remain in detention to date – with one individual, Mr Ahmed Abdulkhaleq, a member of the ‘UAE 5’ and Bedoon rights activist, having being expelled to Thailand on 16 June 2012. Moreover, all attempts to provide legal assistance to the detainees are undermined by the harassment and intimidation of their lawyers by the authorities. The lawyers of the ‘UAE5’, Dr Mohamed Al-Roken and Dr Al-Mansoori are now themselves detained as part of the group of 66 individuals mentioned above. Dr Al-Roken was arrested while trying to obtain information about family members who had been arrested. A number of foreign lawyers who attempted to offer legal assistance to the detainees were not allowed into the country. Signatory organisationsAlkarama FoundationAmnesty InternationalArab Network for Human Rights InformationCairo Institute for Human Rights StudiesGulf Center for Human RightsReporters Without Borders United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more News December 23, 2020 Find out more
By Muriel J. SmithRUMSON – After hearing 40 minutes of reports from the education, policy and ad hoc committees on book selections for juniors and seniors, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Board of Education, in informal action, praised the findings of the committees which all recommended that regardless of parental opinions that two books were deemed obscene because of their content and language, both should remain required reading.Siobhan Fallon Hogan, who with her husband led the move that eventually had 325 parents sign petitions to have “Cal” and “Death and the Maiden” not be banned, but to permit alternative selections for their being required reading, expressed disappointment at the reports and pointed out that the parents who protested to the required reading were not shown any respect. “There is a strong current of hypocrisy at RFH,” she told The Two River Times. “Ironically after the last BOE meeting … the senior parents received a letter from the administration that said, ‘No costumes are permitted that are of fensive to any sexual orientation preference or to any national, ethnic, religious or gender groups.’ Yet these books … of fend 325 parents and they are not only allowed but required reading. The administration places demands on students and parents in regards to areas that they deem important, yet a group of 325 parents gets zero respect or consideration. They do not tolerate or respect our wishes which are simply that our children receive an education where the bar is raised.”In the school library, which ironically had two posters promoting Banned Books Week, the board heard lengthy reports from member Sarah Maris, who explained the ad hoc committee had met for two hours and reviewed all the complaints about “Cal” and “Death and the Maiden,” and Lourdes Lucas of the policy committee, who said it is important for students to become “comfortable with the uncomfortable.”Maris said the committee found that the coarse language included in the books is common and gave a stronger understanding of the situation described in the book. Language and sexual scenes in “Cal” were not designed to titillate, she said, but rather tell the struggles of the people involved. She said the committee found that the brief sexual sections in the book should not shock students. Earlier in her report, the board member had pointed out the health classes and grade levels in the school’s education policy including anatomy and sexual education in freshman year, family structures, sexuality values, birth control and respect in the junior year, along with the mechanics of sexual function and social behavior, and a refresher in senior year, all were positive educational areas in the health curriculum.The committee reports indicated that analyzing quotations and critical thinking are important areas of education to prepare high school students for the challenges of college, and changing the program to include alternative reading of other selections for students whose parents objected to these two books would not be effective and would require more of the teacher’s time since common reading and discussion is important towards those goals.Maris said it “would be a nightmare for parents to choose and against our goal for educational excellence.” Teachers would talk in advance to students about uncomfortable passages, she said, and if a student is uncomfortable, there are many professionals in the building, in addition to their own parents, to whom they could talk. In reading the reports, Maris alluded to premature ejaculation explained in health classes, then shuddered and added, “I can’t believe I said that at a board of education meeting.”Board member Lourdes Lucas gave two reports from committees, noting it was good that concerns were raised since it gave the board the opportunity to review the entire policy. She indicated it was a high school requirement to assist students to “be comfortable with the uncomfortable” before they enter college. The committee did recommend greater transparency but found the policy on the mechanics for raising concerns is sufficient as it stands. Lucas continued that the educators select the books to help students understand the complex truths of the world and for their literary and educational value. She conceded in the report that there is no written policy on book selection, but students and parents have the right to discuss the selections.Others at the public hearing following the report reading both praised and criticized the work of the committees, with some saying the ad hoc committee, which included the English Department chairman, the principal who had openly opposed any change at the October board meeting, and the librarian who works under the principal “doomed any changes before they even met.”After the public hearing, when many of the parents had left the meeting, Board President Lisa Waters invited board members to express their opinions of the reports. Most praised the detail, research and time the committees spent in compiling their report, noting it had been a vigorous process.
As of Wednesday, June 16, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases state-wide reached 167,703, an increase of 330 overnight. Of that total, there have been 12,769 deaths, an increase of 47 overnight. In Monmouth County specifically, that includes Atlantic Highlands, 34; Colts Neck, 83; Fair Haven, 28; Highlands, 33; Holmdel, 305; Little Silver, 37; Middletown, 742; Monmouth Beach, 21; Ocean- port, 63; Red Bank, 236; Rumson, 40; Sea Bright, 12; Shrewsbury Borough, 54; and Tinton Falls, 216. NEW JERSEY – When students and staff return to college campuses this year, things will look much different than they have in years past, said secretary of higher education Zakia Smith Ellis Wednesday in a press conference. In-person instructionwill be limited to in-personclinical, lab and hands-onprogramming. Instructioncan also occur completelyoutdoors as long as theyabide by outdoor occupancyrestrictions established bythe state. “This is a crucial step that allows schools to plan summer learning programs and special education services that will provide assistance to those students who need it the most,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet in a press release. “We’ve heard from countless parents and educators about the importance of summer learning and ESY, especially now that so many students and families have faced unexpected obstacles with remote learning over the past three months. We believe schools can provide the necessary summer instruction while ensuring the safety of students and teachers, and their families.” On the 100th day since the first death of COVID-19 in New Jersey, the state released guidelines for colleges and universities to reopen for in-person instruction this summer and fall, effective July 1. However, institutions will be required to develop restart plans and have them reviewed by the Department of Health at least 14 days before in-person instruction can resume. The article originally appeared in the June 18-24, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Some students will be permitted to return to residential facilities, but there must be quarantine and isolation spaces on campus and common spaces must be closed. Campus dining will be adjusted to follow statewide restrictions in place currently, as will transportation and athletic operations. Career and training schools may also reopen July 1 in accordance with proper safety and health protocols. “We know that many students prefer in-person learning, particularly those who are experiencing hardship,” or for those whose home environment isn’t favorable for educational purposes, said Ellis. Individuals on campus will be required to wear face masks or coverings in indoor spaces and are recommended to do the same outdoors, especially when others are present. Institutions will be responsible for creating testing protocols and accommodating anyone with positive diagnoses or symptoms of the virus. Social distancing will be mandated and equipment must be sanitized regularly, Ellis said. All in-person programs must be conducted with proper health and safety protocols, according to the state, and remote learning may still proceed for students after July 6. Programs may include traditional summer school, ESY programming with appropriate instruction for special needs students, credit recovery programs and more. Earlier in the week, the Department of Education released guidelines for summer education programs to be conducted in-person, including extended school year (ESY), according to the governor’s office. It will take effect July 6. “As we move forward in our restart and recovery, these institutions will play a huge role. They are where our future workforce is being created and where many advances in the life sciences and engineering and in other areas that will have a tremendous impact on our larger economy, are taking shape,” said Murphy Wednesday. “Their health and the health of everyone on campus is critical to the overall public health of our state.” By Allison Perrine
It’s five games and, well, there’s not really much to talk about the start of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Grand Forks Border Bruins.But, as head coach Brent Batten sees it, sometimes a team must hit rock bottom before it can starting making the climb back to respectability.Batten only hopes that improvement comes sooner than later.“We have only four players returning, we have a brand new executive and I’m a new coach,” said Batten prior to last week’s rout in Nelson against the Leafs.The two teams are back on the ice Thursday, this time in Border Bruins Country.“Every game you going into you’re always looking for a win, that’s for sure but we’re just looking to execute our systems,” Batten explained.Experts say that divisional games are the most important for teams — those four-pointers that can push one team up and keep the other down.Grand Forks has been have their share of difficulty in the Murdoch Division going winless in five games against three of the five clubs — Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Nelson.Those three teams have outscored the Bruins by a collective score of 50-8.Of course drastic changes on any team will no doubt shake up the squad for the coming season.But if the Bruins are to make a chase at the big three, Nelson, Castlegar and Beaver Valley, or, shoot for the final playoff spot I the division, the team appears to be in good hands with Batten at the helm.Despite Grand Forks being his first head coach job at the junior level, the 29-year-old has a wealth of experience.Batten, a native of Manitoba, comes to Grand Forks with a few years coaching academy hockey in the Okanagan. Mixed into his coaching, after playing junior in Saskatchewan and CIS for Brandon University, was time behind the bench with Estevan Bruins in Saskatchewan.Only time will tell if Batten’s experience helps the Border Bruins return to respectability in the KIJHL’s Murdoch Division.BORDER TALK: If anyone thought the Nelson Leafs schedule was, to say the least, awful, take a look at the Grand Forks agenda. The Bruins play all nine games in October at home. The Leafs play seven of 13 games in October at [email protected]
“The ball would not travel at all and the players were very wet. The sticks splashed water like crazy.”LVR now advances to meet the Rossland Royals in the West Kootenay Zone Final Thursday at Pass Creek.The winner advances to the B.C. High School Girl’s Fieldhockey Championship next month in Burnaby.The loser has one more shot to reach the provincial tournament through a wild-card game Tuesday, October 30 against Fraser Valley No. 2 in Kelowna. The L.V. Rogers Bombers once again rode the shutout goalkeeping of Tara Yowek to stop the Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-0 in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Fieldhockey playoff action Tuesday at Pass Creek Park in Robson.Sarah Wade, Allie Zondervan and Paige Mansveld, on a penalty stroke when a Stanley Humphries players sat on the ball at the goal line, scored goals for the Bombers.”There was no snow on the field but (field) was covered in water and puddles and made for a very ugly game,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson.
The only reason they’re not already used on every stick-built house is inertia. “We’ve been doing it this way for 30 years and it’s never been a problem.” If you’re a builder and worried about trying something new, check out Matt Risinger’s video about standard framing versus advanced framing.The exterior walls in a typical house are 25% framing. Wood has an R-value of about 1 per inch. Most insulation is close to 4 per inch. Using these advanced framing techniques will reduce the amount of wood in those walls and increase the insulation.It’s time to get over the inertia. These things are easy, easy, easy. Your house won’t fall down. Instead, your house will be better. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Most new homes in North America are built with sticks. The early home builders used bigger pieces of wood — timbers — and when the smaller dimensional lumber that we use so much today hit the market, they scoffed at those new-fangled little woody things, calling them sticks. Now our home construction industry is full of people who do stick building and the home you live is most likely stick-built. And sadly, many of the techniques used to build many of those homes are the same used before we started insulating them.Before insulation became widespread, it didn’t matter if you put extra wood in your walls. In fact, many builders still think more wood is better. But when your insulation goes into the cavities between framing members, every extra bit of wood means less insulation. That means more heat loss in winter and more heat gain in summer because wood has an R-value less than a third that of most insulation. (Putting all the insulation on the outside is better, but that’s more expensive and not likely to happen on a wide scale in the residential market.)The good news is there are some simple ways to improve the framing and get more insulation without compromising the structural stability of the home. Here are three I think ought to be used on every stick-built home.Ladder T-wallsThis one is a no-brainer. When an interior wall intersects an exterior wall, the standard practice is to use three studs to complete the T-wall. The photo above shows what that looks like.[Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy]The oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing you see in the photo above will get covered with insulation. The space between those two studs in the exterior wall, however, won’t get any insulation. There’s no way to get it there. (Well, you could drill holes and try to spray foam in there, but spraying foam in a closed cavity risks blowing out the wall or leaving voids. Plus, few builders would take the time to do that.)One easy solution is the ladder T-wall. The diagram at right shows what it looks like.Rather than vertical studs, you take some of your scrap wood and run it across horizontally. You put the wide side against the T-wall stud so you have space in the back to insulate that cavity. It’s beautiful! You save wood and get a better-insulated house, too.The photo above is from the North Central Georgia affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. We work with them and are always impressed with their ability to implement stuff like this.Here’s what it looks like in real life (right).It’s got 1-by deadwood for drywall and what is essentially fireblocking through the cavity.Of course, there are variations of advanced framing at T-walls. Here’s one that a client of ours used a few years ago (right). RELATED ARTICLESThe Pros and Cons of Advanced FramingGBA Encyclopedia: Efficient Framing Fine Homebuilding: ”The Future of Framing Is Here” by Joseph Lstiburek The advanced framing alternative is to use three studs but leaves an opening to get insulation back into the corner, like this (right).It’s usually called a California corner here in the Southeast. I’m not sure what it’s called in California. Maybe just a corner? That DOE fact sheet I mentioned above also shows how to do a two-stud corner. Here’s the diagram (right).It uses less wood and gives you even more space for insulation. Check out the fact sheet for more details on that. The natural solution here is to throw some insulation in the gap. You can do it easily with rigid foam board. If you don’t like foam, you can use mineral wool or something else. Just get some insulation in there. Otherwise, you’ve got a thermal bridge that wastes your heating and cooling dollars and could create other problems, like making your mean radiant temperature uncomfortably cold in winter or hot in summer.The image at right (from the same U.S. Dept. of Energy document on advanced framing as the ladder T-wall image) illustrates how it works.Going a step further, you can get more reduction of thermal bridging at headers by sizing them properly or not using them at all. A lot of framers will use the same size header in every opening of the house. But different openings have different loads to transmit. And some have no load. In those cases, you can make the header smaller or eliminate it, leaving room for even more insulation.Too easy not to useThese three advanced framing techniques for walls in stick-built homes are too easy not to use. In fact, some people will look at these and dispute their being called “advanced framing” at all. But in the Southeastern U.S. and some other regions, plenty of builders still haven’t adopted these three techniques. California corners and two-stud cornersThis is similar to the T-wall problem. The standard practice uses three studs and blocks off the corner so you can’t insulate it. Here’s what it looks like (right). Insulated headersHeaders abound in stick-built homes. They carry the load when you can’t put in studs at the regular spacing, as is the case where you have doors and windows. They’re often made with two pieces of bigger wood, like 2x10s, but they have a gap. In a 2×4 wall, two 2x10s on edge are 3″ thick. The wall is 3.5″ thick. In a typical home, that extra half inch is wasted. In a 2×6 wall, you’re wasting 2.5”.
Earlier, University of Santo Tomas picked up its first win after handling University of the East with ease for a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 decision.Cherry Rondina dropped 20 points and Dimdim Pacres added eight points for the Tigresses, who rebounded from their opening-day loss to defending champion La Salle.“This was a good bounce back win for us after coming from that five-set loss, said UST coach Kung Fu Reyes in Filipino.“We just have to be consistent because in the first two sets we really performed well, but when we got to the third set we kind of relaxed.”UST was on the offensive throughout the game and scored on 40 spikes, 13 more than what UE was able to muster, while also enjoying 26 free points due to the Lady Warriors’ errors.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Bulldogs celebrate after taking the early tournament lead. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University arrested a late-game meltdown to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and grab the early solo lead in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the third and fourth sets, the Lady Bulldogs reestablished their dominance in the deciding fifth behind Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points, while Nabor—who had 11 points and 29 excellent sets—knocked the Lady Eagles out cold by scoring three straight service aces, the last landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense that sealed the win.The Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in two games as the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since opening Season 73 with a 1-1 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU looked utterly dominant in the first two sets despite wobbling midway through the second, but coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentary lapse in communication that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth set.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions,” Castillo told reporters. “But they quickly fixed it.” MOST READ UST is coming off a five-set loss to La Salle on opening day, unable to match the composure of the defending champions. View comments
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Private sector was candid in its explanation at the sluggish pace at the One Stop Shop and the DG said, the season is here for zero tolerance for inefficient service as the country rolls out the red carpet to more investment. Related Items:anya willams, Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference, streamlining government services Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference PROVO INT’L HAILED AS IMPRESSIVE NECESSARY FEAT BY NATION’S LEADERS Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Tough talk came from the head of the Civil Service on Thursday at the one day Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference held by the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency at Beaches Resort. DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Her Excellency, Deputy Governor Anya Williams said not only will the system be streamlined so that payments for licenses and other articles linked to doing one type of business, for example, will be lumped; but the training investment and performance reviews of workers now demands that the public sector delivers services in excellence.