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Army seizes newspaper issues day after day on “security” grounds

first_img Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the army’s many seizures of newspapers, throughout Nigeria and urges the authorities to respect the public’s right to information.Soldiers have seized many newspapers, including the Leadership, The Nation and Daily Trust, since 6 June, and have threatened and sometimes detained distribution personnel during the confiscations.Army spokesman Chris Olukolade described the seizures as a “routine security action” following “intelligence reports indicating movement of materials with grave security implications across the country using the channel of newsprint-related consignments.” The army wanted to ensure that no material threatening the security of Nigerians was being transported in newspaper distribution trucks, he explained.The confiscations began early on 6 June when members of the security services and armed forces moved in on distributors and sellers in Nigeria’s main distribution points – Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos, Maiduguri and Ibadan – seizing copies of The Punch, Vanguard, The Nation, Leadership and other newspapers. Copies were also seized at Lagos international airport and in the Port Harcourt region.The Leadership, one of the newspapers most targeted by the seizures, reported on 3 June that ten army generals and five non-commissioned officers had been tried and convicted by court martial of complicity with the terrorist group Boko Haram. The military denied this the next day, accusing the newspaper of trying to sully the image of the army and its troops. The Nigerian media have often criticized the army’s inability to deal with Boko Haram.“We call on the Nigerian military to put a stop to such practices,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the army had really feared that weapons were being transported in newspaper trucks, why did confiscate all these newspapers? These actions obstruct the Nigerian public’s right to information. The army must accept criticism in the media without preventing their circulation.”Despite condemnation by many news media and international organizations on 6 June, the army continued to confiscate newspapers such as Leadership Weekend, The Guardian on Saturday, ThisDay, Weekend Trust, Sun, Pilot, NewsWatch, The Mirror and Saturday Punch throughout the weekend.Personnel in charge of the Leadership’s distribution were arrested in the north of the country on the morning of 7 June and were held until the afternoon. One of the newspaper’s editors said “no reason” was given by the soldiers. “I learned they flipped through the pages to be sure that there is no major stories on Boko Haram. They have no justification for this (…) They just want to cripple the newspapers in the country.”Soldiers also stormed distribution centres in the northern town of Gariki on 7 June, threatening distributors and sellers and preventing newspaper vans from being unloaded, while The Nation’s distribution vans were intercepted in the southwest and copies of the newspaper were seized before they could be distributed.Soldiers intercepted vans carrying The Nation’s Sunday edition in the central city of Jos on 8 June while, in the central city of Minna, a witness said ten soldiers went into a distribution centre at around 7 a.m. and examined all the newspaper issues very closely.After a detailed inspection, they allowed distribution of the Vanguard, Tribune, Sun, Union, ThisDay, Guardian and Sunday NewsWatch but didn’t allow the distribution of The Nation, Leadership and Daily Trust newspapers. The soldiers remained until the mid-afternoon to ensure that these three newspapers were not distributed.Distribution of the same three newspapers was reportedly prevented in a similar incident in the southern city of Benin.On 9 June, for the fourth day running, the armed forces obstructed the circulation of newspapers, especially in Lagos and Ibadan. The Nation, Leadership and Daily Trust were again among the newspapers that were most targeted.A Nigerian military officer said this “routine operation” would continue until the armed forces had decided that the security situation was satisfactory.Nigeria is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further Follow the news on Nigeria Receive email alerts NigeriaAfrica RSF_en June 10, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria June 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Army seizes newspaper issues day after day on “security” grounds Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms February 8, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Student government recommends sexual violence policy reforms to Board of Trustees

first_imgEric Richelsen In their first of two reports to the University’s Board of Trustees, student government leaders on Oct. 15 presented a report on the current state of sexual violence at Notre Dame and how the University can further work to solve the issue.Student body president senior Bryan Ricketts said his administration chose to look at sexual violence in part because of the momentum the topic has gained both on campus and around the country in recent years.“Sexual violence is something we’ve been talking about on our campus for a long time now,” he said. “… There’s a lot of talk about prevention and what we’re doing on front, and in addition to that it’s sort of widely accepted as a rule — but also statistically at Notre Dame — that the number of reported assaults does not nearly match the number of actual assaults that we have on campus.“Those are still issues that we’re trying to work through,” he said. “That was a big reason behind the impetus of this report, to give some context to where we are on campus as well as to do a little digging what we need to do better and where we’re not meeting the standards.”The report focused on four major topics: campus conversation surrounding sexual violence, the trajectory of change on the issue at Notre Dame, alcohol culture’s role in sexual violence and a process overview, supplemented by students’ experiences.  It concluded with a series of recommendations to Trustees on how to curb sexual violence on campus, as well as how to improve the process of reporting and navigating the Title IX process.The campus conversation section included a history of sexual violence policy on campus in the last 10 years as well as a more thorough look at the last year and the It’s On Us campaign, student body chief of staff Dan Sehlhorst said.“We looked at all the major incidences, as well, that happened in Notre Dame’s [recent] history, like the Abram Elam trial, the Vagina Monologues and a number of other institutional changes that have happened along the way,” he said.Sehlhorst said the trajectory of change framework used in the report breaks down social change into three separate stages: awareness, education and action.“The first step, awareness, really corresponds to the One is Too Many campaign and some of the earlier efforts dating back over 10 years,” he said. “All of those efforts were centered around the idea that this is happening — building awareness that this is happening, the extent to which it’s happening, making sure it’s prominent on people’s minds.”Sehlhorst said the education stage was largely taken on by the original implementation of the It’s on Us campaign last year.The final phase, action, has focused on bystander intervention, particularly in the last year with the continuation of It’s on Us and the beginning of the GreenDot program, Sehlhorst said.Ricketts said the Board asked him and student body vice president senior Nidia Ruelas to look into the intersection of alcohol culture and sexual violence when they met last in June. Ruelas outlined a number of trends surrounding alcohol on Notre Dame’s campus based on information from the Wellness center.Ruelas said that, through interviews with campus rectors and residents’ assistants (RAs), student government leaders found that student perception of drinking culture might not align with the reality.“In these interviews was the acknowledgement that there is this perception among students on campus that more students are drinking than they actually are,” she said. “This kind of permeates this alcohol culture in which students think they have to go out and get drunk and that’s the only way to do this. And at the same time they’re putting themselves at risk, and not taking care of each other or taking care of themselves.”The fourth component of the report, the process overview, examined counseling and health services for students as well as the two reporting options students have available to them on campus — the Title IX process, which goes through the University conduct process, and reporting through Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), which opens a criminal investigation.By speaking with more than 30 students who had been through the process and others who are familiar with it, student government identified several parts of the process students found unnecessarily difficult or inadequate.In the NDSP reporting process, Sehlhorst said some students felt the tone of NDSP investigators came off in a way students perceived as unwelcoming. In addition, he said some Saint Mary’s students felt they had a more difficult time reporting at Notre Dame.Ruelas said students had similar complaints about administrators involved in the Title IX reporting process, and that they could at times come across as “abrupt and unconcerned.”The recommendations put forth by Ricketts, Ruelas and Sehlhorst fell into four main categories: campus climate for reporting and support, campus sexual violence policies, the Title IX process and accountability.The recommendations on climate and support deal largely with cooperation with students and administration at Saint Mary’s. Ruelas cited the issue of no-contact orders. As a part of the Title IX process, when a student files a complaint against another student, a no-contact order is put in place. The University then informs hall staff and NDSP of the no-contact order, but Sehlhorst said the University does not currently inform Saint Mary’s staff when a no-contact order is issued involving a Saint Mary’s student.“There’s not that same level of communication on the ground, with hall staff, professors and security. … That same burden of telling administrators and rectors is not there [for Notre Dame students],” he said.The report also recommends that “staff advocates,” or resource coordinators, be made available to students from the moment they report an incident of sexual violence, Ricketts said.“Right now when you go through the process, you’re given a resource coordinator, you can have someone with you. “… When you’re initially interviewed by NDSP, that may happen immediately following the assault. It may be at one in the morning at the hospital, they may be doing follow-ups the next day. And, if you haven’t reported to the Title IX coordinator, you don’t have a resource coordinator. It may just be you.“Given the issues that students had with tone and the questions asked, we think it would be helpful to have a support person there who can help if a difficult situation comes across.”Ruelas said they also recommended the inclusion of emotional violence to the dating and domestic violence policy. She said this would allow students in emotionally violent relationships to access the resources given to a complainant in a Title IX case, which are more extensive.As part of the Title IX process recommendations, student government put forth three specific policy proposals.First, they recommended that complainants be allowed to keep the notes they take during conduct hearings. Currently, complainants must leave their notes in the room and the notes are destroyed upon completion of the process — although an official record of all disciplinary proceedings is kept by the University.“The purpose of that is that if the complainant wanted to take this to a civil case outside of the University, they could do so with the notes they had taken during the proceedings on campus,” Ruelas said.The report also recommends the University resolve all pending Title IX cases of students who have been dismissed prior to their leaving campus.“If the same respondent is named in multiple cases, and that same respondent is temporarily dismissed on one of them, the process as of last year was that all the other cases would be suspended until that individual reapplied to the University — and who knows when that would be,” Sehlhorst said. “So then you have that problem of opening all the wounds again for the complainant.”Sehlhorst said the final recommendations on accountability focus on two specific areas.“There are two elements,” Sehlhorst said. “We are calling for the university to publicly release the 2015 [sexual assault] climate survey, including the raw data. There are 26 schools which have released their surveys, so this is not an unprecedented step for Universities to do this.“The second thing we recommend is publishing aggregate statistics on all sexual violence. That means the number of incidences of each type, the number that go into the Title IX process, the number of cases in which respondent is found responsible and the number of each type of disciplinary outcome.”Ricketts said his administration has been working with relevant departments on the policy changes they suggested.“We’ve had a good response, a positive response to this so far,” Ricketts said. “If I could say anything to the students reading this, first of all you are not alone if anything in this report or the students’ stories has applied to you. We encourage you to come talk to us, or publicly if you wish, and continue this campus conversation.“This is one of the big reasons we wanted to do this, to make sure that students feel like they can talk about these issues, because we can’t pretend they don’t happen,” he said. “They can’t get better if we pretend that they don’t. … It’s imperative that if we have students who have been traumatized, that we don’t let those feelings be perpetuated.”Tags: Board of Trustees, sexual assault, sexual violence, Student government, student government reportlast_img read more

One Person Injured in Small Plane Crash at Wellington’s Aero Club

first_imgOne person was injured Sunday in a single-engine airplane crash at the Wellington Aero Club, officials say.The plane crashed onto a grass runway and did not damage any nearby homes, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesperson Albert Borroto.The extent of the person’s injuries are unknown, but PBCFR Trauma Hawk responded to the incident.No other information is available at this time.This is a developing story.last_img

Batting superstar Harmanpreet targets World Cup T20 win for India

first_imgImage Courtesy: ICC/AFPAdvertisement enghNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs89xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eazt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7v9tWould you ever consider trying this?😱9yCan your students do this? 🌚u3oscRoller skating! Powered by Firework Luck has not been in favour for the Indian Women’s cricket team in the past world cup tournaments. From two back to back semi final exits all the back in 1997 and 2000, the Women in Blue were denied of their maiden world title by an inch by the hosts England in the final of 2017. Three years from now, the squad is looking forward to the seventh edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, starting this Friday. In between the warm up matches, a light of hope and an aroma of confidence oozes out from the team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ICC/AFPWith still three warm up game left before the world cup commences, the captains of all the ten participating cricket teams got together for the ‘Captain”s Media Day’ event hosted at the Taronga Zoo in Mosman, Sydney today.Following the event, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur shed some words on the squad’s preparation to face the defending champions and hosts Australia in the inaugural world cup match this Friday at the Sydney Showground Stadium.Advertisement Speaking to ICC< Kaur said: “Our team is growing day by day, everyone is looking so positive. It’s going to be very big if we win, I was very surprised at all the reactions from 2017.”Following the 9 runs defeat in the 2019 WC final at Lord’s, India reached the semi finals of the 2018 T20 World Cup, but they faced an unlucky exit again in the hands of the England Women.Advertisement Recalling the 2017 WC, Kaur said that a maiden World Cup triumph will be a massive achievement for the squad. The 30 year old continued: “I was very surprised at all the reaction from 2017. My parents didn’t tell me, they didn’t want us to feel the pressure. If we win, it’s going to be very big for us. We will try to give our best.”Inputs came from the young and sensational Jemimah Rodrigues, who believes the tournament opener match versus the Aussies to be very vital for her future. “I think it will be one of the most important games in my career,” Rodrigues told reporters.The young all rounder made her international T20 debut in the 2018 World Cup against South African Women, and commented on the excitement she is feeling for stepping foot in Australia for the first time.“Playing a World Cup … the first match in Australia and for me first time playing in Australia. Nothing is more exciting than India in Australia, so it will be a match we all will be keen to play and just excited, can’t wait to get to the first match,” the 19 year old added.Also read-India women narrowly lose tri series tournament to Australia in finalsWatch: Jemimah Rodrigues and Harleen Deol dedicate a rap song to ‘Thor’ Harmanpreet Kaur Advertisementlast_img read more

South Africa provides security to South Sudan

first_imgThe South African National Defence Forcewill be providing extra security in SouthSudan during the celebrations which markthe country’s formal declaration ofindependence. (Image: flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Consul General Gabriel Setlhoke SANDF +27 12 355 6321 RELATED ARTICLES • SA regains UN Security Council seat • SA enters military pact with Argentina • Two centuries of South African Military • Swedish army prefers SA vehicle Nosimilo RamelaSouth African soldiers have arrived in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, to help with setting up tight security measures ahead of the 9 July celebrations which mark the country’s formal declaration of independence.On 6 July the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly passed the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, on which the new nation will be founded.At least 30 African heads of state, foreign ministers, and leaders of regional and multilateral organisations are expected to witness the historical birth of Africa’s 54th nation.President Jacob Zuma is leading a South African delegation, which is said to be the largest that will be present at the declaration ceremony, to Juba.  The party includes former president Thabo Mbeki, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, presidential special envoy to Sudan Charles Nqakula, and a number of other cabinet ministers.The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is to assist with providing extra security in Juba, and securing South Sudan’s airspace, during the celebrations. The SANDF will also assist with the accreditation of dignitaries.Although the presence of the SANDF in Juba was initially to provide security to just the South African delegation, it was felt that the best way to protect the local contingent was by securing the entire celebration.Barnaba Benjamin Marial, South Sudan’s minister of information and broadcasting, said that over 3 500 representatives are expected to attend the festivities. They include kings, chiefs and elders from across the 10 states of the independent region, as well as leaders from the business community, civil society, and women and youth movements.“It will be a historic occasion for all our people who have travelled a long and difficult road to the birth of this nation,” he said, adding that while there may be challenges ahead, the South Sudanese nation would “face them as united, peaceful, and independent, and build a stable and prosperous country.”To commemorate the birthday of the Republic of South Sudan, as it will be known, Marial said bells and drums would sound at midnight on 8 July, the eve of independence.The birth of the Republic of South SudanIn January 2005, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the Sudanese government – represented by the National Congress Party – struck a peace agreement to end Africa’s longest-running civil war. About 2-million people have lost their lives over the years.In January, this year a referendum took place in Southern Sudan to give citizens a say in whether the region should remain a part of Sudan or become independent. In February the referendum commission revealed a result overwhelmingly in favour of independence.According to the programme for the day, Sudan’s president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon will be key speakers at the event.James Wani Igga, the speaker of South Sudan’s Legislative Assembly, will proclaim the independence of the new nation, after which President Salva Kirr will sign the new transitional constitution.Kirr will then lead the lowering of the flag of Sudan and the raising of the new flag of the Republic of South Sudan. He will then take the oath of office as the country’s first president.last_img read more

Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members My grandfather, William L. Holladay, was a refrigeration and cooling engineer. Decades ago, he wrote a pioneering, speculative article on ground-source heat pumps, “The Heat Pump: What it does, and what it may do someday.” The article appeared in the October 1948 issue of Engineering and Science Monthly. (For a basic explanation of how a heat pump works, and the difference between an air-source heat pump and a ground-source heat pump, see Heat Pumps.)Even back in 1948, my grandfather realized that the Achilles’ heel of ground-source heat pumps was their high cost. He wrote, “To use earth heat, a hole must be dug, and the cost, while not always predictable, will surely be high: maybe from 25 to 50 per cent of the entire project.”In the six decades since my grandfather’s article was published, engineers have not given up on ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs). Among those who remain enthusiastic about these systems are a group of true believers who are convinced that (a) this is a wonderful technology, and (b) there must be a way to bring costs down.Ground-source heat pumps are still expensive. One fan of the technology, Brian Clark Howard, has provided the following guideline to system costs: “In our book Geothermal HVAC, my co-author, Jay Egg, crunches the numbers for a typical homeowner, based on his 20+ years in the business. For a home geothermal system, he estimates the total installed cost at $42,000.”This estimate is similar to those made by two installers of ground-source heat pumps from Maine, Jeff Gagnon and Jim Godbout. In an episode of the Green Architects’ Lounge series on the GBA website, Gagnon estimated the cost of a residential GSHP system (including the cost of a drilled well) at $30,000 to $42,000, while Godbout gave an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000.Back in 1995, Steve Kavanaugh, a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Rebuilding in Tornado Country

first_img Fine Homebuilding: Energy-Efficient Framing Practices for Hurricane and Tornado Country Fine Homebuilding: Homes Can Survive TornadoesGreensburg’s Recovery Saga Gets GreenerA Heartland Approach to Energy EfficiencyGreen Basics: Insulated Concrete Forms Building Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design Tornadoes have struck the Midwest with a vengeance this year, killing dozens of people and causing widespread destruction of property. In the city of Moore, Oklahoma, a tornado with winds topping 200 miles per hour struck on May 20, reducing whole neighborhoods to rubble.Many homeowners will rebuild, so what should their new houses look like? In a post at GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum, David Gregory raises that question.“The likelihood of another direct hit is tiny,” Gregory writes “The biggest opportunity is improvements in comfort and reduced energy consumption. But durability, I’m sure, is on people’s minds, while costs are, of course, an issue.”Questions that Gregory finds important concern the design and construction of tornado safe rooms, construction details for roof overhangs, the costs and benefits of roll-down metal shutters to protect windows, and whether attics should be vented or unvented.“I wanted to tap the collective intelligence to work through how to build back better (or retrofit surviving homes for resilience), both in terms of ‘what’ and ‘how’ — especially, to discuss what is locally appropriate and cost-effective, specific technical resources, etc., given the unique and extreme conditions in Oklahoma.” Reinforcing wood-framed buildingsPatrick Walshe says that if homeowners decide to rebuilt with wood because concrete is too expensive, there are a number of ways to reinforce the structure.“Our house has the Simpson tie-down metal straps on the rafters and between the stories,” he writes. “There are 3-in. metal plate washers on the anchor bolts fastening the house to the slab as well as some heavy-duty metal brackets connecting studs to some anchor bolts. The house was built with pre-made stud panels sheathed with plywood. This plywood overlaps adjacent panels and the second floor in a jigsaw fashion. The design limited expanses of windows to allow enough shear strength in each wall.”In addition, he adds, the architect insisted that nail heads be flush with the plywood, not set below the surface. Double-stud walls are set on 2×10 plates and have 2 inches of Roxul insulation on the outside to make them stronger and to increase resistance to penetration by windblown objects.Hurricane ties between the rafters and wall framing, adds Dana Dorsett, “keep the roof from flying off in one piece.“Construction adhesive between the rafters and roof sheathing and tighter fastener spacing keep the sheathing from popping off a sheet at a time,” he adds. “If the wind strips the deck bare of roofing and foam, that’s a much cheaper repair than the whole roof (or whole house).” Tapping online resourcesGBA senior editor Martin Holladay, Lucy Foxworth, and Trevor Trainor point to a number of Web resources that can help people decide the specifics of rebuilding their homes.Among them:Information published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about safe rooms.“Tornados of the South: Structural Performance of Newly Constructed Homes in North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia,” at the web site of APA — The Engineered Wood Association. The download is free, Foxworth says, after completion of a simple online registration.An article about manufactured safe rooms from The Journal of Light Construction (to download the article, it looks like you’ll need to subscribe).A free article from JLC about code requirements for safe rooms.Recommendations from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Reinforced concrete structures resist tornado damageDana Dorsett suggests concrete walls and roofs reinforced with rebar would probably be able to resist just about any tornado structurally. “But,” he adds, “you’d still have to replace all the blown windows and doors, and some or all of the siding and exterior insulation, depending on the severity of the storm.”Code minimums for a concrete wall assembly in Oklahoma would require continuous exterior insulation rated at R-5, he adds, would easily be met with just 1 in. of foil-faced polyisocyanurate. Installing 1 1/2 in. of the insulation would bring the performance of the wall assembly up substantially “for not a huge uptick in cost,” Dorsett says.“How building with reinforced concrete compares to timber-framing costs depends on the costs of concrete and the cost of labor in that area,” he writes, “but for most homes in most markets it doesn’t rise to a double-digit cost adder to the project as a whole.”Mike Collignon, like Holladay, thinks walls built of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) would be a good way of guarding against tornado damage, although Collignon concedes that some homeowners will be scared off by the increased costs of building that way.center_img Taking a lesson from GreensburgOne model for post-tornado reconstruction comes from Greensburg, Kansas, a community of 1,400 people devastated by an extremely powerful tornado in May 2007.Thanks to emergency warnings about the approaching storm, casualties were kept to a minimum. Even so, 11 people were killed and 90% of the town’s buildings were destroyed by the 1.7-mile-wide tornado.The people of Greensburg decided to rebuild their town as a model green community, and their efforts were later described in a GreenTour Book. The rebuilding effort also is described in a report by the Building Science Corp., which was hired to help design replacement houses and train builders.Foxworth says some of the BSC recommendations for rebuilding are “a little surprising.”“They recommended building with 2×6 advanced framing with OSB shear panels in the corners and insulated foam sheathing elsewhere,” she says. “I thought foam sheathing was not a good barrier to windblown objects in tornado-prone areas.”No, Collignon says, foam sheathing is not much of a barrier to windblown objects unless “it is backed with something of significance, like Kevlar or concrete.“I’ve personally witnessed 2x4s fly right through brick veneer/batt insulation/frame construction during wind-cannon testing, and the speed of the stud was only simulating an EF-1 tornado (110 mph wind speed, 60 mph stud speed,” Collignon writes. “Foam insulation in that instance wouldn’t have fared too much better, in my opinion.”He adds, however, that he’s seen a video clip in which an ICF box built to simulate a closet was subjected to a TNT blast from only 6 ft. away. “There were areas of compression and minor burn marks on the foam,” he says, “but that was the limit of the damage.” RELATED ARTICLES Our experts’ opinionsHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:Martin and others have done a great job covering the issues and providing resources. I just have two perspectives to add:With support from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Department of Energy, BuildingGreen has been developing a window-covering website and selection tool. One of the coverings included in the resource is roller shutters. While not inexpensive, these shutters have a significant impact on energy efficiency and storm protection of windows. Check out the purchasing section of the site for qualifying roller shutters.Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. recently created the Resilient Design Institute and adds his perspective:The Resilient Design Institute recommends that safe rooms be installed in all new homes as well as existing homes undergoing major renovations in the parts of the country most vulnerable to tornados (red area in the FEMA wind vulnerability map). Guidance on building safe rooms is available from FEMA. In most of the country (all shaded and cross-hatched areas of the FEMA map), wind resistance should also be provided in home construction (for example, hurricane straps); in these areas, RDI recommends building to the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Code or its equivalent.last_img read more

Sport healthy and clear skin

first_imgI have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? I have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? -VishakhaOpen pores are mostly caused by blackheads and whiteheads left untreated. Use mild products like Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Uriage Crme Lavante to cleanse your face. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, every day in the mornings and re-apply every three to four hours. Also, make sure you clean your face adequately before going to bed and apply creams containing tretinoin 0.025 % every alternate night. This apart, go for regular facial clean-ups (one every month) to keep your skin clear of blackheads. And if none of these help, consider opting for pixel, a fractional laser treatment that is known to diminish open pores significantly.I developed acne after getting my back waxed recently. The prescribed medication for treatment have left scars. How do I clean upmy back? -VidyaUse creams containing AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid), creams with retinol or creams with Vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid, all of which are known lightening agents. Leave them overnight. However, since AHA and retinol-based creams are strong and can make your skin excessively dry, it is important to use small amounts and massage well. Since the skin on your back is thick compared to the rest of your body, it is important to use thicker creams as others won’t penetrate deep enough. Going for microdermabrasion and chemical peels helps scars lighten much faster, but it is important that these procedures are done under the supervision of a well-trained dermatologist.advertisementMy top tip: Never leave blackheads untreated. Use a specialised blackhead clearing scrub on your face once every week. Also, make sure you wash your face religiously before going to bed and apply a good night cream.Dr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at [email protected]last_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!

first_imgMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Andrew Cole has told Marcus Rashford to settle on his best position.Rashford, who has scored three goals so far this season, has received a considerable amount of criticism for some of his recent performances. Cole told The Sun: “He doesn’t really enjoy it with his back to goal and he wants to pick it up and run at the defender.”He is a super talent but he has to decide now what he wants to be.”Does he want to be a goalscorer or does he want to play off the left or right?”He’s 21 so I’d like to believe he knows what his strongest position is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img