Swiss police open criminal case against Blatter

first_imgZURICH (AP):FIFA President Sepp Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities yesterday as a probe into football corruption reached the highest levels and left his grip on the top job in peril.The Swiss attorney general’s office opened proceedings against Blatter for possible criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA money. Authorities also searched Blatter’s office and seized data.The announcements came as FIFA wrapped up a two-day executive committee meeting and marked another stunning day of turmoil for the governing body and Blatter, who have been targeted by American and Swiss investigations into corruption.The 79-year-old Blatter is set to step down in February as a result of those probes, but yesterday’s events made an early exit seem inevitable.The opening of formal criminal proceedings against Blatter could lead the FIFA ethics committee to provisionally suspend him from duty.Blatter’s US-based lawyer, Richard Cullen, said in a statement his client was cooperating and that “certainly no mismanagement occurred.”The latest allegations also threaten UEFA President Michel Platini, Blatter’s one-time protege and favourite to succeed him in February’s election. Platini was questioned as a witness yesterday about taking a “disloyal payment” from Blatter of two million Swiss francs (now US$2.04 million) of FIFA money in February 2011.At the time, Platini was already tipped as a future FIFA leader though unlikely to run against Blatter in that year’s presidential election – instead backing the incumbent against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. Blatter was re-elected in May 2011 after Bin Hammam withdrew amid bribery allegations.Paid laterAccording to Switzerland’s attorney general, the money was supposedly paid nine years later for Platini’s work as Blatter’s football adviser at FIFA from 1999-2002.Under Swiss law, a payment is classified disloyal if it is against the best interest of the employer in this case FIFA.Platini said in a statement issued by UEFA that he was entitled to receive the money.”I wish to state that this amount relates to work which I carried out under a contract with FIFA and I was pleased to have been able to clarify all matters relating to this with the authorities,” Platini said. The statement did not address the apparent nine-year wait for payment.The American probe rocked FIFA on May 27, when senior officials suspected of bribery and racketeering were arrested in dawn raids at a luxury Zurich hotel two days before Blatter’s re-election.Blatter is a stated target of that case but has always denied being corrupt, blaming individuals who are outside of FIFA’s controlBut the Swiss allegations suggest authorities suspect Blatter of criminal mismanagement of FIFA money to shore up his own power base – political enrichment, if not taking money himself.Blatter had been set to hold a news conference for international media after the executive committee meeting, but it was first postponed and then suddenly cancelled.FIFA later issued a statement saying the Swiss attorney general “conducted interviews and gathered documents pursuant to its investigation,” adding that it was cooperating with the probe but would not make further comments.Blatter is the first person publicly revealed to be formally quizzed as a suspect in the Swiss case, which FIFA instigated last November when it complained about possible money laundering in the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.Valcke suspendedHis right-hand man, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, was suspended last week after being implicated in a scheme to sell tickets for the 2014 World Cup on the black market.Friday’s allegations also relate to undervalued World Cup broadcasting contracts for the Caribbean that Blatter agreed to with disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner in 2005.”There is as suspicion that, in the implementation of this agreement, Joseph Blatter also violated his fiduciary duties and acted against the interest of FIFA,” the Swiss federal office said.Warner, who was a long-time FIFA power broker supporting Blatter at elections, was indicted in the wide-ranging US case in May.last_img read more

Environmental awareness in schools’ curriculum proposed

first_imgThe Department of Environment on Wednesday handed over a series of proposals to the National Centre for Educational Research Development (NCERD) to introduce environmental topics in the current school curriculum.Since October last year, a team of specialists would have converged to examine the current syllabus used from Grades One to Nine and ways in which these topics can be incorporated into daily lessons.Environmental Policy and Education Coordinator of the Department, Alvin Doris handing over the revised document to NCERD Director Jennifer CumberbatchFour areas were mainly targeted, namely: agriculture and forestry, biodiversity, climate and land geography in subject areas: English language, social studies, agricultural science and integrated science.Environmental Policy and Education Coordinator of the Department, Alvin Doris stated that the idea was to determine whether there was comprehensive environmental coverage across these subjects. As expected, lessons on pertinent environmental issues were lacking.“As you can imagine, there was little to none because our school’s curriculum had not been revised in part for decades…We thought that it was incumbent upon us, being the State agency with overarching mandate for environmental governance, to contribute to that process somehow…We saw that the lack of environmental coverage provided us an opportunity to propose what could be infused,” Doris indicated.He acknowledged the fact that students are sometimes burdened with numerous topics to cover before the end of the school year. Hence, they inserted information where it was relevant in existing topics.“The complaint has always been that the schools’ curriculum is so packed already so we had to be mindful of how much we propose, we had to strategically think about infusion rather than altogether wholesale introduction of new topics,” the Coordinator pointed out.Guyana has taken up the mantle of executing the Rio Conventions, namely on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification.For this, Rio Mainstreaming Project Manager, Michelle Klass explained that a four-year project, slated to conclude next year, was employed to monitor the implementation of the Convention and strengthen technical capacities. Now, the Rio Convention and other environmental issues will be taught at a different level.“The objective is to strengthen technical capacities for mainstreaming and monitoring achievements of the Rio Convention….This important exercise will see our children benefitting from an updated curriculum that incorporates not only the Rio Convention that the project is focusing on but other aspects of the environment including our Green State Development Strategy,” Klass asserted.In receiving the revised syllabus, Director of NCERD, Jennifer Cumberbatch said they will review these suggestions before introducing them in the curriculum. This initiative has been welcomed by educators and both public and private institutions.“Having a meaningful curriculum is essential to a child’s education, life and thus, to a whole nation…We are thankful for the tangible way in which the Office of Climate Change has supported us by these suggested inclusions in the curriculum. I’ve seen a bit of it and recognised that some of it is really good but we have not looked at it in its entirety,” the NCERD Director noted.Through its curriculum reform project, the Education Ministry had introduced a reformed curriculum in schools across the country, through a pilot programme which included space for any modifications.Assistant Chief Education Officer, Carol Benn made this announcement earlier this year, where she also informed that a new timetable would’ve accompanied the syllabus in 115 primary schools. Both were implemented as pilot projects.last_img read more

Dean Herrington chases challenge, not cushier deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFerry said there’s a regular pay scale in place at Alemany, as there is at Hart, and Herrington hasn’t been granted special bonuses. “The rumor mill is flying with everyone,” Ferry said. “The only promise I made Dean is that I’d be supportive of football and that I’d help with the boosters and summer camps and that he’d be in charge of the program.” Ferry said there are assistants in place at Alemany, but it’s unclear if Herrington will retain them. Herrington, 42, has proclaimed that he simply wants to be a head coach after 22 years as an assistant, and money was not his primary motivation for leaving his job as the the offensive coordinator at Canyons, one of the top community college programs in the nation. Since its last playoff appearance in 1999, Alemany has gone 15-44, a six-year winning percentage of just .254. Ferry, calling the hiring of Herrington “a clear indication that Alemany intends to immediately compete for a CIF championship,” has vowed an instant turnaround. “This is a huge step in the right direction,” said Ferry, an Alemany alum. “We’re going to take athletics and football very seriously at Alemany.” The difficult part for Herrington will be separating from Hart football on Friday nights, as the former Hart quarterback has remained an active staff adviser since leaving in 2000. His brother Mike is Hart’s head coach and athletic director, and his other brother, Rick, is Hart’s defensive coordinator. “That’s going to be tough,” Herrington said. “It’s definitely going to be different.” Herrington, who conducted his first spring practice at Alemany on Monday, said he isn’t familiar with Alemany’s full schedule for next season. According to a partial schedule on calpreps.com, Alemany plays two Saturday games next season on weekends when Hart plays on Friday. Meanwhile, Canyons has begun an immediate search for a new offensive coordinator. The top candidate is Don Fellows, a former L.A. Valley College offensive coordinator who, like Herrington, favors a wide-open passing scheme. Prior to Herrington’s arrival in 2002, Canyons head coach Chuck Lyon handled the play-calling. Lyon said he’s not surprised to lose Herrington. “It was only a matter of time,” Lyon said. “We’re one of the top teams in the USA, and when you win, you’re going to lose people. Look how many assistants USC has lost, like Norm Chow. You have to expect things like this.” College of the Canyons advanced to the Southern California Regional final last season, and Lyon is confident such success will continue. “It’s a good thing all the way around,” he said. “Let’s put it this way: We scored 40 points a game before Dean got here. We scored 40 points a game when he was here. And we’re going to score 40 points a game now he’s not here. That’s the way we look at it, and I wish him the best of luck. He made a decision about what he wants to do, and I support him.” With one week of spring drills remaining, Andrew Miramontes, a gray-shirt freshman who starred at City Section power Birmingham High of Lake Balboa, is among three candidates competing for Canyons’ starting quarterback position. The others are returning sophomore Garrett Graves and gray-shirt freshman Ryan Whitcomb from Nordhoff High. After a three-week break, summer practice will begin June 19. The Saugus High annual Sammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 at Saugus. The event recognizes the top student athletes in all sports, with emphasis on citizenship, teamwork and other positive qualities. Last year’s winners were Daniel Hughes (baseball), Zach Schafer (football), Marc Pipitone and Adrienne Minor (golf), Chester Brezensky and Megan Buehler (swimming), Hannah Frick and Bryant Hinesly (cross country), Matther Swarbrick and Lauren Moore (track), Tim Samway and Kim Weiner (soccer), Ashley Arnett (softball), Bryan Steinhoff and Brittney Bevel (tennis), Kevin Estes and Melissa Putich (volleyball), Sam Hein and Megan Mattivi (basketball). After considering leaving the football team to concentrate on academics and baseball, Golden Valley High quarterback Corey Bryant has reaffirmed his commitment to stay. “I’m definitely playing, and we look good in spring practice,” Bryant said. “We have a lot of good returning receivers.” The Santa Clarita Wildcats youth-football program is looking for a coach for the J2 level (13 and under). Head coach experience isn’t necessary but football experience is preferred. Contact John Torres: coachjt@comcast.net. For more information, check scwildcats.com. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dean Herrington, the former football assistant at Hart High and College of the Canyons, said he’s hearing all sorts of wild rumors about his salary and perks when he takes over as head coach at Alemany High of Mission Hills. Two inside sources have said Herrington’s deal includes an $80,000 salary, a company car, a guarantee of five on-campus assistants and other perks including coverage of yearly financial dues at Valencia Country Club. Herrington and newly named Principal Frank Ferry, who hired him, say no way. “That’s not even close. It’s a regular deal,” Herrington said. “I’ve heard the rumors, too.” last_img read more

THREE DONEGAL STORES NAMED IN IRELAND’S TOP 100

first_imgThree well-known Donegal stores have been named among the Top 100 stores by Retail Excellence Ireland.The stores are McElhinneys, Greene’s Shoes and Brennan’s Pharmacy.The Top100 stores are part of the Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practise standards in the Irish retail industry. The awards, taking place on Saturday 3rd November 2012, focus on promoting and recognising standards of excellence in retail. The awards programme is now the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Ireland.As part of the Top100 selection process, all store entrants were visited by a Mystery Shopper, with those exceeding demanding service and standards criteria making it to the Top 100 Stores.A team of Store Assessors will now visit each of the Top100 Stores, selecting the Top50 stores and then the final Top 30. The winning stores will be selected based on the reports data gathered and a review of store photography and in-store video recording evidence.David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive, Retail Excellence Ireland commented, “I want to commend all of the retailers who entered this year. In particular, I congratulate the Top100 stores for making it through. “The very high standard of service, customer engagement, display and levels of investment among Irish retailers made selecting this year’s Top100 particularly difficult. The REI awards are about recognising and rewarding retail excellence”. THREE DONEGAL STORES NAMED IN IRELAND’S TOP 100 was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brennan’s PharmacyGreene’s ShoesMCELHINNEYSRetail Excellencelast_img read more

Calls for emergency water works in Ballindrait after sixth burst pipe in two weeks

first_imgFurther calls have been made for urgent works be carried out by Irish Water in east Donegal as the water shortage problem worsens around the county. The calls come after a water main burst for the sixth time in two weeks in an area around Ballindrait.The news comes after a score of issues in the last number of weeks, with businesses and residents in Falcarragh and surrounding areas also been consistently affected by water outages over the last 12 months.  Cllr Gary Doherty has made the demand after the east Donegal area was left without running water.He said: “I have been in contact with Irish Water this morning to demand that they immediately carry out emergency works to install new mains coming up the hill from Ballindrait towards Tober and Ballinabreen.“It is absolutely scandalous that the people living in this area are without water now for the sixth time inside two weeks.“Residents in this area have been blighted by repeated bursts over the last number of years, however, the problem has ridiculous levels following the installation of the new mains at the bottom of the hill. “The new mains has meant increased pressure in the old pipe going up the hill and is causing it to burst repeatedly.“The time for excuses on Irish Water’s lack of action is long gone,” Doherty added.“They have a duty of responsibility for the delivery of water service in this country and the people of this area deserve better than what they are getting at the moment.“In that regard, I am appealing for residents who are affected to call Irish Water on 1890 278 278 to register their anger today and join with me in demanding that emergency works are carried out as soon as possible.“Enough is enough.” Calls for emergency water works in Ballindrait after sixth burst pipe in two weeks was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African family opens home to refugees

first_img8 July 2015A KwaZulu-Natal family has opened its 20ha farm to 143 foreign nationals, including children, who were displaced during the recent xenophobic attacks in the province.Andrew and Rae Wartnaby, both 47, from Hope Farm in Killarney Valley in Cato Ridge said they were heartbroken when they heard that the eThekwini Municipality was closing the single remaining camp for displaced foreign nationals in Chatsworth last week.The couple’s hearts sank further when they heard that foreign nationals had been arrested and separated from their children on Friday after “illegally” occupying the camp.“On Friday we received a message from a friend informing us that they had arrested all the people and separated them from their families, so we went to Chatsworth Police Station to find out how we could help,” explained Andrew. “Welfare was there. They separated the children and they put everyone in jail and the children were taken away to a children’s home.”The couple spent the weekend speaking to lawyers and offering assistance. “The lawyers said if these people have somewhere to go, then they will be able to sort out the charges and get the families reunited. So we said that we have space, we can do it.”The couple spoke to the lawyers and prosecutors and a decision was taken not to prosecute the foreign nationals.Help from all quarters“The next thing we heard was that they are releasing them and bringing the children back. We then suddenly realised that we didn’t know how we were going to get them to here and where all these people were going to sleep, but we have had so much help,” said Andrew.Most of the families at the farm are from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.“We just have a heart for children. We want children to have families, be fed and looked after. At the beginning of the attacks I wanted to go to Durban and help, but God said to me that I should not get involved now. He said we must wait and he would need us in the end,” said Rae.Asked how her family was coping, she said: “It’s been a day. Everybody is organised. We told everyone that they are welcome in our home and they are guests here.“So they cook their own breakfast, lunch and supper. Our plan is to set them up with their own families in their own tents. Everyone is going to have their own plate and spoons,” she added.Public appealThe couple is appealing to the public for assistance. “We need anything that you need in your home. If everyone gives us a plate and a spoon, we would have enough. We urgently need mattresses and blankets.“Gift of the Givers, the South African Council of Churches, Islamic Relief and various churches will be assisting us from Wednesday,” Rae said.The Wartnabys, who have 11 children – two foster, two biological and the rest adopted, said they were used to having a full house. “We have looked after foster children since we got married in 1990. This is the first time we have done this on such a big scale,” she added.Andrew added that the family liked flying under the radar, while Rae admitted that the past 24 hours had been overwhelming.“It has been difficult, but look at them; they are happy. It’s a different vibe to the camps because it is safe and it is private property and not owned by municipal land.Badly treated“I just want to apologise for the way they were treated. They weren’t supposed to be treated like that. They come from other countries and some of them can’t go back home because there is war.”Asked how long they would accommodate their guests, Rae said: “The mediators are coming on Friday and the United Nations, and after that we will be able to make better decisions on the issue.”The foreigners were occupying one of the rooms on the farm which would be getting a new floor this week.Rae said her children had adapted to the extended family. “They are enjoying themselves. They love it. They didn’t get a chance to go on holiday this year, but they are having fun.”The family is self-sufficient. They farm their own chickens and vegetables, and have their own water and solar power system.They did not want the issue to be about them. “I know it sounds like we are doing something awesome and unique, but there are many other people doing this and if more people were doing something like this then we wouldn’t have so many people without homes,” said Rae.Refugees’ responseThe Wartnabys’ guests have mixed feelings about their new home. Omba Mfunti, 43, from the DRC, was not shy to say that she was not happy.“We are grateful that Andrew and Rae are letting us stay here, but I just want to leave South Africa,” said the mother of four. “The way we were arrested on Friday violated our rights. The problem is that there is war in Congo. We’ll go anywhere where we will find peace.”Joseph Irambona, 45, from Burundi, was reading his Bible; he has been in South Africa since 2003. “We do not want to go back to our communities. I have been running away from xenophobia since 2008 and I am still running today. It is not right,” he said.He said living on the farm was better than at the camp.Famba Famba, 40, also from the DRC said he was confused. “I don’t know what is happening. We were arrested and then we were released and now we are here.”He said he needed time to adjust to his new environment.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Fungicide economics

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature has been too generous with moisture this year in most of the Corn Belt states. It has hurt some crops but has been conducive to the development for diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot. Some of the early planted corn has already been sprayed with foliar fungicides. Late planted corn is starting to pollinate. I have seen a lot of these two diseases during the last two weeks especially on corn after corn ground and have been asked by some farmers if these fungicides applications are economical at the current prices. Some of the guidelines for economic thresholds are given below:• Corn needs to be protected from leaf diseases mostly during the grain-fill period. Depending on relative maturity of the hybrid, 45 to 55 days, are needed from pollination to physiological maturity or Black Layer.• We need to protect leaves above the ears which produce most of the grain yield. Foliar fungicides provide protection for only 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the fungicide and adjuvant used.• It costs $30 to $40 per acre to have fungicides applied. At current grain prices, you would need about 10 B/A yield increase to break even. So, make sure you apply fungicides after all silks are brown and only if disease starts to move on the ear-leaf and above.• Some farmers are thinking about adding CoRon to the fungicide as a source of supplemental Nitrogen if their fields showed N-deficiency symptoms due to too much rain and flooding.• Tests conducted by the university researchers indicate it is not cost effective to apply fungicides as a preventive measure without the presence of the diseases. However, some newer chemicals with systemic qualities may be available.• Realize that fungicides do not protect your crops from diseases caused by bacteria like Goss’ Wilt and viruses.• Hybrids with good tolerance to Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot are available. Make sure to check with your Seed Consultant Rep before you order seed for next year.last_img read more

5 Sites to Help You Set Up Your New Gadgets

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It’s been almost a year since I last worked with DIY repair site FixYa but I still remember the traffic spike we’d see every Christmas. While families would be thrilled to unwrap smart phones, netbooks and flat screen monitors in the early morning, they’d find themselves lost in a sea of instructions by noon. There is nothing worse than having a new shiny toy and not being able to play with it. In addition to FixYa, below are a few resources you can use to help set up your new gadgets. 1. How Stuff Works: If you’re looking for a basic understanding of your computer or device, you can always check out this site for some helpful videos. The site offers tips on everything from adding RAM to your laptop to deconstructing your wireless mouse. 2. Videojug: This site offers videos on everything from cooking to cars. The site’s technology and cars section offers a variety of how-to information including how to get videos onto your iPod to how to set up your PlayStation. 3. Aardvark: When in doubt, ask the mob. While not specifically a gadget site, Aardvark allows you query your network for answers via email, instant message, iPhone app and web interface. Named ReadWriteWeb’s Best Little Co. of 2009, the beauty of this site is that only those with a self-proclaimed expertise will be asked to solve your gadget problems.4. Gdgt: Gdgt is a social wiki site where users trade tips and tricks on their favorite gadgets. Launched by former Engadget editors Ryan Block and Peter Rojas, the site offers specs and reviews on some of the newest products on the market. If you can’t solve your gadget-related issue on one of the video sites, it’s probably because the product is too new to have how-to videos. Check Gdgt for the listing and look at the discussion page for details. 5. iFixit Teardowns: And finally, if you’re feeling ambitious and you don’t want to wait on the phone for a manufacturer’s 1-800 number, iFixit offers user-generated teardown guides. The guides give a photo documentation of gadget disassembly as well as commentary on parts and hardware. Check your product documentation before venturing into this territory, you wouldn’t want to void your warranty before getting the device working. last_img read more

What Edition of the Code Are You Using?

first_imgIf it’s so good, why does the Code keep changing?The answer is…to get even better! Essentially the code changes to improve a (regulatory) process, reduce cost, allow new or different ways of doing something, or sometimes to increase safety. A change in the building code can be suggested by anyone who has a legitimate suggestion to improve it. While that may sound simple, it’s a bit more complex. Anyone who cares to can submit a code change to the International Code Council, along with substantiation and supporting rationale, through forms found at the ICC website.Proposed changes in the model code follow a government consensus process where a mixture of stakeholder interests are represented during the initial code development hearings by a committee. Then, at the final action hearings only governmental members have a vote.The proposal will be considered during a public hearing by a committee whose interests focus on specific code provisions― architectural, structural, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, etc. The committee votes to recommend or refute the proposal and will sometimes tweak the proposed change. To ensure accountability, floor members with voting rights (building officials) who disagree with the decision of the committee, can ask for a floor action that would reverse the committee’s recommendations. The decisions made are published for anyone’s review. Then, during a subsequent public comment period, anyone can suggest alternative wording to the proposed code change.All of the proposals are presented to the voting membership of the ICC in what’s called Final Action Hearings. Those proposals passing this hurdle are then compiled into a new published code (IRC, IBC, etc) on three year intervals. This new book is called the model code. Its contents don’t become law until an authority having jurisdiction (city, state or county) adopts it. In almost all cases this comes with amendments or changes to that model code. The locality usually modifies the code to reflect local or regional interests. So, for all the items discussed in national publications like Fine Homebuilding, the adopting jurisdiction has the final word in the enforceable language in any Code.A mixture of changes range from semantics or terminology to very substantial requirements. Many times the changes are to explain the code provision better…to better clarify the intent. Sometimes the change is to improve grammar or punctuation. Sometimes the code change reduces a requirement. Sometimes, based on a national trend, a requirement is added to respond to a perceived unsafe condition. For example, a recent change in the 2009 IRC will require every home built to have fire sprinklers after January 1, 2011.Technology allows for a safety measure that didn’t exist before. For example, Carbon Monoxide detectors, unheard of 20 years ago, will now be required in new homes. However, changes also allow for new materials to be used such as insulated concrete forms, light gauge steel framing or air admittance valves. Significant changes that affect green building are common in the last several code editions. In the most recent edition (2009), the IRC increased energy efficiency requirements about 15% overall and specified that half of all lamps be energy efficient type (CFLs).If you have a good idea for a code change, I would encourage you to seek support from the local chapter of the International Code Council. Each state or locality has an organization that is a chapter member of ICC. Their support will be important if not essential. The final vote for or against a proposed code change falls to the governmental members; states, cities and counties who enforce these same codes.last_img read more

India gets its own superheroine Rakshasi on DC Comics cover

first_imgThe DC Comics coverIndia has got its own superheroine Rakshasi on a DC Comics cover, titled The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, in its tenth issue. The blue-bodied character is described as India’s nuclear woman and sports golden headgear straight from Indian mythology. India’s officially sanctioned ‘Firestorm’ also triumphs,The DC Comics coverIndia has got its own superheroine Rakshasi on a DC Comics cover, titled The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, in its tenth issue. The blue-bodied character is described as India’s nuclear woman and sports golden headgear straight from Indian mythology. India’s officially sanctioned ‘Firestorm’ also triumphs over her opponent in true Indian style-with one foot on his chest, as she stands blazing over him on the cover.last_img read more