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  • GFF-Always Championship Cup 2019 kicks off today

    first_img… Six women’s clubs set to face-off in round-robin play at GFF NTCTHE battle for female supremacy in the 2nd edition of the Guyana Football Federation/Always Female Championship Cup competition is set to get underway today at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence, East Bank Demerara.Female players from six clubs drawn from the West Demerara and Georgetown Football Associations will be locked in battle in the 11 v 11 format of the game. Last year’s inaugural tournament was played using the 7 v 7 format.Ansa McAl Trading, the local distributors of the Always sanitary napkins have once again committed their full support towards the development of female football by maintaining their partnership with the GFF.The clubs set to compete are Foxy Lady FC, Fruta Conquerors FC, Guyana Defence Force FC, Guyana Police Force FC, GT Panthers FC and Santos FC.Teams would be using the round-robin format over two rounds of play, the top four teams emerging from the first round will advance to the second round.Matches would be of 70 minutes’ duration, 35 minutes each segment with 10 minutes for the half-time break.Santos and Fruta Conquerors have been given the opportunity to set the pace for the tournament as they will match skills from 13:00hrs today followed by a clash between the Armed Forces, Guyana Defence Force and Guyana Police Force from 14:30hrs.On Sunday, another double-header is scheduled. Santos will come up against the Guyana Defence Force from 13:00hrs with the main attraction between Guyana Police Force and Foxy Lady.last_img read more

  • Rivals chase teenage prospect

    first_imgChelsea have invited highly-rated young goalkeeper Dominik Dyk to train with them, the Daily Mail reports.The 16-year-old Pole, who plays for Morawica Moravia, has also attracted interest from Fulham.AVB in the news again.The Sun, which on Friday linked Fabio Capello with Chelsea, note that Blues owner Roman Abramovich has again visited the club’s training ground – seemingly increasing the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.Several papers include Villas-Boas’ recent comments about players who dive in order to win penalties.He believes new rules should be introduced – as with the clampdown on two-footed tackles – in order to deal with the problem.Meanwhile, speaking ahead of his team’s match against QPR, Blackburn striker Yakubu has claimed that he rejected a transfer to Loftus Road.Yakubu was one of a host of forwards Rangers enquired about prior to the sacking of Neil Warnock, and the Nigerian says he had the chance to move.The Daily Star quote Yakubu as saying: “I decided not to go. I’m really happy here, so why leave? I’m lucky to be at Blackburn.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Tourism Sector Is Attractive For Foreign Direct Investment

    first_imgCEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

  • Reviving an Old Debate on Vapor Barriers

    first_imgPoly vapor barriers are a problemIt is GBA advisor Carl Seville who’s first to reply, with a comment that seems to summarize current thinking on the practice. Vapor barrier is really a misnomer, he says, when the poly should more correctly be called a vapor diffusion retarder. But leaving that aside for the moment, a poly layer can be “very problematic,” Seville says.“They are a disaster in warm humid climates, and even in cold climates, if there is any air conditioning being used,” Seville writes. “There is a big opportunity for vapor drive to the interior where it will condense inside the wall cavity. Vapor barriers in extreme cold climates can serve a purpose if they are installed without any gaps or perforations — if there are, moisture laden air will flow right through any gaps, minimizing its effectiveness.“In most warm climates, there is enough cold weather that walls dry to the exterior in the winter, so an exterior barrier is also problematic.”Experts in the field believe that careful air sealing, not a vapor barrier, is the real key to keeping moisture vapor out of wall cavities.“I’ll let Martin defend himself, but I must say a couple things,” adds Brett Moyer. “I think you really need to go back and review some Building Science 101. Who are these ‘experts’ at the AIA conference? ALL legitimate and respected building scientists do NOT recommend a vapor barrier/Class I vapor retarder anywhere but the most extreme cold climates. Homes in the lower 48 — Airtight Drywall Approach and a Class III vapor retarder (latex paint) is all you need.“The key to a durable wall assembly is air sealing, not vapor barriers.” The post was simply labeled “Martin Holladay” — for the GreenBuildingAdvisor senior editor — but the question from architect Stephen Thompson went to the heart of one of the most contentious building questions in recent history: is a polyethylene vapor barrier a good idea?Thompson tells Holladay he’s read much of what Holladay has had to say about vapor barriers, but he still is puzzled by several comments.“You believe that polyethylene film is not to be used as a vapor barrier,” Thompson says in his Q&A post. “I could not disagree more; after 10 years of work in Minnesota, I’ve seen what can happen when VBs are left out. All of the expert seminars at the AIA Convention insist that VBs are essential in cold climates. After viewing their photos of buildings turned icicle, I must agree.”Thompson makes two other points: that some GBA readers have implied an exterior vapor barrier is correct, when in fact that only makes sense in the deep South, and that some readers have referred to Tyvek, the house wrap made by DuPont, as a vapor or air barrer, which is not correct. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Why architects believe in vapor barriersIf architects are highly trained building professionals, why do some of them continue to promote the use of poly vapor barriers when experience suggests they can cause problems? Architect Bill Rose joins the discussion to offer this theory:“Architects are pretty much the last remaining defenders of the vapor barrier. Why is that?” Rose writes. “I try to explain it using the ideas of performance and prescription. The client, and the public, want performance. Prescriptions (standards, codes, etc. …) are invented as shortcuts to performance, and they facilitate commerce. Two problems: 1) prescriptions never get better over time, and 2) institutions accrue around them drawing profit and protection.“The vapor barrier is a prescription,” he adds. “It has outlived its usefulness. It detracts from performance at least as often as it provides benefit, all somewhat climate-dependent of course, and mostly it has no impact on performance. Buildings don’t need poly vapor barriers, architects need vapor barriers. My colleague Larry Elkin calls them ‘liability barriers.’ ”Rose refers readers to two papers, Insulation Draws Water and an ASHRAE standard on moisture control. Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks! Vapor Profiles Help Predict Whether a Wall Can DryAre Dew-Point Calculations Really Necessary?When Sunshine Drives Moisture Into Walls Although the practice is not required by code, some builders in cold climates continue to install a poly vapor barrier over the studs before the wall is covered with drywall. The poly is supposed to stop the migration of water vapor into wall cavities during the winter, where it would condense and cause problems such as mold or decay.But as building scientists learned more about the movement of air and moisture through walls and roofs, the practice was discouraged in all but the most extreme climates. Thompson’s question, especially because it comes from a building professional, revives this old debate once again and is the focus of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Podcast: Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers Beware of moisture driven inwardHolladay says an interior polyethylene vapor barrier “can work” in cold climates such as Vermont, Minnesota, and Canada, providing the building is not air conditioned, and there is no exterior foam sheathing on the walls. Still, he says, it’s not a great idea.Holladay directs Thompson to an article he wrote on vapor barriers and inward solar vapor drive. In it, Holladay discusses the origins of the vapor barrier recommendation, and some of the building disasters that resulted from using them in air-conditioned buildings.A Cincinnati builder, Zaring Homes, was actually driven out of business by moisture problems in brick-clad houses it built.But in the case of Zaring Homes, Thompson thinks the blame may have been unfairly leveled at the vapor barrier and not the fact that the brick veneer was installed without a “suitable cavity” behind it. A 2-in. air space behind the brick allows the masonry to dry out, and should be combined with brick vents and 2 in. of rigid foam insulation over the sheathing.“… And so, I stubbornly question if this discussion isn’t more about solid moisture barriers preventing water and water vapor from entering assemblies from the outside as opposed to air-conditioned poly properly positioned in a poorly designed moisture barrier assembly?” Thompson says. “Your patience please. It’s difficult to teach old dogs new tricks.”Holladay, however, thinks Thompson is confusing the effects of diffusion, water penetration, and air leakage. Inward solar vapor drive is a diffusion phenomenon that doesn’t have much to do with water penetration — and the problem can even occur in walls with an air gap.“Your concern about interior poly is misplaced, because wintertime moisture migration into wall cavities is mostly an air leakage phenomenon; diffusion plays only a very minor role,” Holladay says. “You need an interior air barrier, not a vapor diffusion barrier, to address the problem of wintertime moisture migration into wall cavities. In your original post, you mentioned ‘icicles.’ Ice accumulation in wall cavities is not a result of diffusion.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, has to say:Bear with me while I make a couple of key points before getting to the question at hand.1. Building assemblies and materials get wet in one of four ways: bulk water, capillary water, air-transported vapor, and vapor diffusion.2. In general, we need to worry about wetting in that order. There is the exception of solar-driven moisture being driven by vapor diffusion.3. Building assemblies and materials dry in one of two ways: free drainage (bulk water) and by diffusion or evaporation.4. We need to worry as much about how things dry as we do about how they get wet.Whether we are talking about vapor barriers or retarders, we are talking about keeping building assemblies and materials from getting wet by the least important mechanism for wetting, which is vapor diffusion. And if we are focusing on the vapor permeability of just one component or material in the assembly, we are not dealing with how these assemblies and materials are going to dry.If the choice is made to have an interior layer of polyethylene sheeting serve as the air barrier and the vapor retarder for outward moisture drive during the winter in a really cold climate — 9,000 heating degree days or more — be sure of three things:1. That the polyethylene is actually a complete air barrier as proven by a blower-door test result.2. That the assembly is designed to dry to the exterior.3. And that the building is not air-conditioned during the summer.Can you design and build assemblies that dry to the interior in really cold climates, have an interior air barrier not made of poly, and air condition that building in the summer? Yes, you can — any PERSIST OR REMOTE wall assembly can do just that, or any assembly designed using either or both of these approaches: vapor profile and dewpoint method analysis.Finally, install mechanical systems that manage interior relative humidity in cold climates to reduce vapor drive — in other words, a ventilation system. That, a continuous air barrier, and designing/building assemblies to be able to dry are much more important than any prescription for an interior vapor retarder — much less a barrier — in cold climates. The difference between air and moisture barriersThompson responds that despite this assertions, both the Canadian Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy continue to recommend vapor barriers on the interior side of studs in cold climates.But Lucas Durand isn’t convinced that the practice is endorsed so broadly. “In my opinion, the National Building Code of Canada does quite a good job in distinguishing between vapor retarders and air barriers,” he writes. “My experience has been, however, that despite having clear guidance on distinguishing between the two, every building professional I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with has somehow had it drilled into them that they are something like the same thing,” he adds.“My best guess is that the building industry in Canada has built so many homes for so long that use a poly ‘VB’ as a vapor retarder and air barrier, they have somehow become synonymous with each other. The reality is you can get a lot more in terms of energy performance and durability if you understand the role of each as a separate entity within a wall system and make design choices that use sometimes different materials to optimum effect.”Robert Hronek suggests Thompson spend some time reading up on the topic at the web site of the Building Science Corp., where Joseph Lstiburek discusses how much moisture an air leak can carry through a small tear in a polyethylene vapor barrier.“Poly is rarely installed to the level of being an air barrier as well as a vapor barrier,” Hronek writes. “If its not an air barrier than it is not really a vapor barrier. Except in the most extreme climate a vapor retarder is all that is needed. Painted drywall is a vapor retarder. Add dense-pack or spray foam insulation and you don’t have the air flow carrying moisture into the wall. Take it farther with advanced air sealing and it gets better.”last_img read more

  • 10 months ago​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hause

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hauseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are inching closer to a deal for Wolves defender Kortney Hause.The Wolves defender has only managed two games in the Carabao Cup this term.He has been absent from the Premier League entirely.And Sky Sports reports the 23-year-old is available this month, with Villa the team that has the most concrete interest.Their boss Dean Smith wants to add to his defense, as they chase promotion to the top flight. last_img read more

  • 7 days agoBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Euros

    first_imgBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Eurosby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England striker Darren Bent says Callum Hudson-Odoi must be included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro2020 squad.The 18-year-old scored twice for England U21s in the 5-1 win over Austria this week.And Bent wants to see the talented Chelsea winger called up to the senior team.He told TalkSPORT: “He wasn’t getting enough game time in the Premier League, even though he was outstanding in the Europa [League] last season.”If he’s fully fit, he’s got to be on that plane to the [European] Championships next summer because he’s got a large amount of time now to get back to full fitness.”He’s one of these rare players in this country we’ve got who can go past people at speed.”For me, once he’s back fully fit, that is going to be a big, big boost to Chelsea Football Club and England as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Twosided benefit

    first_imgThe economic survey of 2019-20 has called for extensive use of behavioural economics. A key area where this can work wonders is taxation. Several broad funds of the Central Government should be created such as the National Defence Fund, the National Education Fund, etc. A 200 per cent deduction should be given for donations to these funds. This system has immense benefits for both business and government. The business can enhance its reputation by saying “We donated for our soldiers” by contributing to the National Defence Fund. The government gets Rs 50 instead of Rs 35. The business owner can support the cause he believes in, at a very low cost. A donation of Rs 50 requires an additional payment of just Rs 15. Unlike tax, there is a positive feeling attached in paying this 50. The business owner can get respect in his social group by saying “I donated Rs 50 lakh for the education of poor children” if he donates to the National Education Fund. Nobody will care if he says “I paid Rs 35 lakhs in income tax” because his friends will say, “obviously you did, otherwise the government would arrest you”.’ Also Read – A special kind of bondThe only benefit from paying your taxes is not having to pay penalties or having your assets attached. By donating, the personal benefits are substantial. You get a sense of personal satisfaction and enhanced respect. There are also clear business benefits to being a socially responsible entity. Consumers want to buy your products. Talented employees want to work for you. Investors want to invest in you. It makes complete sense to pay a little more for all these benefits. So it would often make sense even for a soulless corporation to donate. It would make sense for homo economicus, not just homo sapiens. Also Read – Insider threat managementThis is also a very good way to channelise people’s sympathy and their desire to participate during national events such as a terror attack or a natural calamity. The government must actively seek donations. It is extremely important that money is collected as soon as disaster strikes. Public memory is short but the expenditure is drawn out. Rebuilding costs much more than rescue. But no one pays for rebuilding. Funds must be collected when newspaper headlines (and more importantly, Facebook newsfeeds) are with you. This means advertisements. The advertisements must clearly state the 200 per cent deduction. This will showcase that the government is committed to the cause as they are willing to forgo double the tax revenue for this cause. Would it be unethical for the government to ask its citizens for money to do its job? Wouldn’t it be more unethical to let people’s sympathy go to waste, or worse, to let it go towards some unscrupulous NGOs? The money goes straight to the department or ministry that needs it. This saves the trouble of going through the finance ministry for funds. Emergency funds can be raised easily by the respective ministry. Recognition and appreciation can go a long way in getting people to donate. The lowest level can be an automated email by the recipient department thanking the donor. The highest level can be a trophy or medal awarded by the Prime Minister at an annual function. Just a few hours of the Prime Minister’s time can help raise thousands of crores. Acknowledging the actual impact will take this even further. For example, a person who donates Rs 10 crores to the HRD ministry can be given a certificate that says, “Your donation has funded the education of 10,000 children”. There will be healthy competition on two sides: On the donors’ side, taxpayers will compete to win the highest awards within their social circle. This means more resources to fund public welfare. On the recipient’s side, ministries and departments will compete to demonstrate that they are worthy of donations. The recipients that can achieve a greater impact for lesser money will be able to attract more donations. The system is a wonderful win-win. The government gets more money. The taxpayers are much happier because they are donating, not paying a tax. The ministries perform better work to attract donations. There is no potential harm. At worst, taxpayers don’t opt-in. In that case, they end up paying tax normally and nothing changes. To be truly effective, the deduction needs to be insulated from Minimum Alternate Tax. This can be done by allowing a 200 per cent deduction while computing “book profits”. The proposed Direct Tax Code is intended to modernise the income tax law. With the 200 per cent deduction, it can also become ground zero for behavioural economics in India. (The author is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary topper with expertise in Corporate Affairs. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • Liberals promise tax break for green tech companies netzero emissions by 2050

    first_imgBURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is announcing a plan to make Canada carbon neutral by 2050 on the heels of a high-profile United Nations climate meeting yesterday.To set the stage for his announcement Tuesday morning, Trudeau chose Nano One Materials, a company that works on cutting-edge battery technology, which just so happens to be in Burnaby riding of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.Trudeau says #ClimateChange is already an economic issue. Many times, and with similar wording, he accused his Conservative rivals of not getting that @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/hQtSKMErVk— Kurtis Doering (@KDnewsguy) September 24, 2019If elected, Trudeau says net-zero clean tech companies would see their corporate taxes cut in half under a re-elected Liberal government.“The clean tech market is exploding. This is the way the world is going. This is the next great economic frontier,” he says.RELATED: Environment in spotlight on day 14 of election campaignTrudeau adds the climate is going to have to be a part of every major policy discussion going forward.“You pay for climate change when you’re facing higher insurance premiums, or when tourists skip your town because of smoke from neighboring forest fires is too much. You pay when a drought devastates your crops, and you pay when deadly heat waves paralyze your city for days,” he says. “Climate change is already making life more expensive for Canadians. We have to take it seriously, and that starts with setting ambitious but essential goals outlining how we’re going to get there.”He insists his party will meet and exceed its 2030 emissions targets, but his government has so far been scant on details about how that will be achieved.Trudeau is also blasting several prominent conservative leaders saying that, on the climate issue, they just don’t care.Trudeau attacks the “new breed of Conservatives” like @AndrewScheer, @jkenney, and @fordnation of ignoring the climate crisis. “They just don’t care, and the just don’t get it.” pic.twitter.com/GcVP2EuDcJ— Kurtis Doering (@KDnewsguy) September 24, 2019The NDP was quick to challenge the Liberals’ climate plan, issuing a statement shortly after Trudeau’s announcement, reading simply: “You. Bought. A . Pipeline.”The NDP responds to the ambitious climate change plan from the Liberals with this simple news release #elxn43 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/r8amO3XaTY— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 24, 2019last_img read more

  • First allIndigenous rugby team to compete at national level

    first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsAn old sport is quickly gaining traction among Mi’kmaq youth in the Maritimes.Rugby is becoming so popular on Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey reserves in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that youth have formed the first all-Indigenous team to compete at the national level.The Indigenous Spruce will play against New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I, B.C. and Ontario in Vancouver this week.“This isn’t really a provincial team for us. I sort of consider this our Mi’kmaq and Maliseet national team,” said Jason Peters, CEO of Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick.Given the worldwide popularity of rugby sevens, Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick decided to put the ball in the hands of its youth.“We thought, wow, what a great opportunity — all we would need is seven players to actually play,” said Peters.They now have about two-dozen girls and 18 boys on the roster for the U-18 teams.And Peters said he expects 1,500 Indigenous youth will be playing rugby by August.Isaiah Saulis, one of the team’s senior players, says he’s looking forward to playing at the nationals this week in Vancouver.“It’s a great learning experience,” he said. “Playing at the highest level in Canada, at provincials, there’s nothing better that a team can get than that.”Blake Edwards, a coach with Indigenous Spruce, was recruited to visit reserves, introduce youth to the sport, and coach the teams.“That’s the greatest joy I have out of it, seeing kids walking off the field with a big smile on their face, or the beads of sweat coming down their faces as well, knowing they’ve played a hard game — be it win or lose, they still have fun doing it, learning a new game, learning new skillset.”Peters said it’s all about bringing two cultures together.“We’re introducing an old sport to an ancient culture – the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet.”After the Indigenous Spruce compete in the nationals, they’ll be heading overseas to compete against teams in England, Ireland and Wales this summer.Next year, they’re bound for New Zealand.last_img read more